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Sil. By'r lady, I think ’a be; but goodman Puff of Barson.
Fal. I pr’ythee now, deliver them like a man of this world.
Pist. A fico for the world, and worldlings base! I speak of Africa, and golden joys.
Fal. O base Assyrian knight, what is thy news ? Let king Cophetua know the truth thereof.
Sil. And Robin Hood, Scarlet, and John. [Sings.
Pist. Shall dunghill curs confront the Helicons? And shall good news be baffled
? Then, Pistol, lay thy head in Furies' lap. Shal. Honest gentleman, I know not your
breeding. Pist. Why then, lament therefore.
Shal. Give me pardon, sir ; — If, sir, you come with news from the court, I take it, there is but two
ways ; either to utter them, or to conceal them. I am, sir, under the king, in some authority. Pist. Under which king, Bezonian? speak, or
die. Shal. Under king Harry, Pist.
Harry the fourth ? or fifth ?
A fico for thine office !
Fal. What! is the old king dead ?
Fal. Away, Bardolph; saddle my horse. - Master Robert Shallow, choose what office thou wilt in the
land, 'tis thine. — Pistol, I will double-charge thee with dignities.
Bard. O joyful day!- I would not take a knight-hood for
Fal. Carry master Silence to bed. - Master Shallow, my lord Shallow, be what thou wilt, I am fortune's steward. Get on thy boots; we'll ride all night:-0, sweet Pistol :- Away, Bardolph. [Exit BARD.] - Come, Pistol, utter more to me; and withal, devise something, to do thyself good. Boot, boot, master Shallow ; I know, the young king is sick for me. Let us take any man's horses ; the laws of England are at my commandment. Happy are they which have been my friends; and woe to my lord chief justice !
Pist. Let vultures vile seize on his lungs also !
A public Place near Westminster Abbey,
Enter Two Grooms, strewing Rushes.
1 Groom. It will be two o'clock ere they come from the coronation : Despatch, despatch.
Enter FALSTAFF, SHALLOW, PISTOL, BARDOLPH,
and the Page. Fal. Stand here by me, master Robert Shallow ; will make the king do you grace: I will leer
upon him, as ’a comes by; and do but mark the countenance that he will give me.
Pist. Bless thy lungs, good knight.
Fal. Come here, Pistol ; stand behind me. -O, if I had had time to have made new liveries, I would have bestowed the thousand pound I borrowed of you. [To SHALLOW.] But 'tis no matter ; this poor
show doth better : this doth infer the zeal I had to see him.
Shal. It doth so.
Fal. As it were, to ride day and night ; and not to deliberate, not to remember, not to have patience to shift me.
Shal. It is most certain,
Fal. But to stand stained with travel, and sweating with desire to see him : thinking of nothing else; putting all affairs else in oblivion; as if there were nothing else to be done, but to see him.
Pist. 'Tis semper idem, for absque hoc nihil est?: 'Tis all in every part. Shal. 'Tis so, indeed.
[Shouts within, and the Trumpets sound. Pist. There roar'd the sea, and trumpet-clangor
Enter the King and his Train, the Chief Justice
among them. Fal. God save thy grace, king Hal! my royal Hal!
Pist. The heavens thee guard and keep, most royal imp of fame!
Fal. God save thee, my sweet boy!
7 'Tis all in all, and all in every part.
King. My lord chief justice, speak to that vain Ch. Just. Have you your wits? know you what
'tis Fal. My king ! my Jove! I speak to thee, my
heart! King. I know thee not, old man : Fall to thy
prayers ; How ill white hairs become a fool, and jester! I have long dream’d of such a kind of man, So surfeit-swell'd, so old, and so profane ; But, being awake, I do despise my dream. Make less thy body, hence®, and more thy grace ; Leave gormandizing; know, the grave doth gape For thee thrice wider than for other men : Reply not to me with a fool-born jest ; Presume not, that I am the thing I was :For heaven doth know, so shall the world perceive; That I have turn'd away my former self; So will I those that kept me company, When thou dost hear I am as I have been, Approach me; and thou shalt be as thou wast, The tutor and the feeder of
riots : Till then, I banish thee, on pain of death, As I have done the rest of my misleaders, Not to come near our person by ten miles. For competence of life, I will allow you, That lack of means enforce you not to evil :And, as we hear you do reform yourselves; We will, — according to your strength, and quali
ties, Give you
advancement. Be it your charge, my
lord, To see perform'd the tenor of our word.
[Exeunt King, and his Train. Fal. Master Shallow, I owe you a thousand
Shal. Ay, marry, sir John ; which I beseech you to let me have home with me.
Fal. That can hardly be, master Shallow. Do not you grieve at this; I shall be sent for in private to him : look you, he must seem thus to the world. Fear not your advancement; I will be the man yet, that shall make you great. Shal. I cannot perceive how; unless
you give me your doublet, and stuff me out with straw. I beseech you, good sir John, let me have five hundred of my thousand.
Fal. Sir, I will be as good as my word: this that you heard, was but a colour.
Shal. A colour, I fear, that you will die in, sir John.
Fal. Fear no colours ; go with me to dinner. Come, lieutenant Pistol; - come, Bardolph:- I shall be sent for soon at night.
Re-enter Prince John, the Chief Justice,
Ch. Just. And so they are.
lord. Ch. Just. He hath. P, John. I will lay odds, --- that, ere this year