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A foutra 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, 't is thine. -Pistol, I will double-charge thee with dignities.
Bard. O joyful day !-I would not take a knighthood for my fortune.
Pist. What! I do bring good news.
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 unto my lord chief justice !
Pist. Let vultures vile seize on his lungs also ! " Where is the life that late I led"," say they ; Why, here it is : welcome this pleasant day ! (Exeunt.
SCENE IV.- London. A Street. Enter Beadles, dragging in Hostess Quickly, and DOLL
TEAR-SHEET. Host. No, thou arrant knave : I would to God I might die, that I might have thee hanged; thou hast drawn my shoulder out of joint.
1 Bead. The constables have delivered her over to me, and she shall have whipping-cheer enough*. I warrant her. There hath been a man or two lately killed about her.
Dol. Nut-hook, nut-hook, you lie. Come on: I'll tell thee what, thou damned tripe-visaged rascal, an
1 Insult, by putting the thumb between the fore and middle finger; fico. has the same signification. ? This quotation is also made in "Taming of the Shrew." 3 these pleasant days : in f. e. * Not in the quarto.
the child I now go with do miscarry, thou hadst better thou hadst struck thy mother, thou paper-faced villain.
Host. O the Lord, that sir John were come ! he would make this a bloody day to somebody. But I pray God the fruit of her womb miscarry!
1 Bead. If it do, you shall have a dozen of cushions again; you have but eleven now. Come, I charge you both go with me, for the man is dead, that you and Pistol beat among you.
Dol. I'll tell thee what, thou thin man in a censer, I' will have you as soundly swinged for this,—you bluebottle rogue! you filthy famished correctioner! If you be not swinged, I'll forswear half-kirtles.
1 Bead. Come, come, you she knight-errant, come.
Host. O God, that right should thus overcome might! Well, of sufferance comes ease.
Dol. Come, you rogue, come: bring me to a justice.
[Exeunt. SCENE V.-A public Place near Westminster Abbey.
Enter two Grooms, strewing Rushes. 1 Groom. More rushes, more rushes ! 2 Groom. The trumpets have sounded twice.
1 Groom. It will be two o'clock ere they come from the coronation. Despatch, despatch. (Exeunt Grooms.? Enter FalstAFF, SHALLOW, Pistol, BARDOLPH, and the
Page. Fal. Stand here by me, master Robert Shallow; I will make the king do you grace. I will leer upon him, as he comes by, and do but mark the countenance that he will give me.
Pist. God bless thy lungs, good knight.
1.-[TO SHALLOW.] 0! if I had had time to have made new liveries, I would have bestowed the thousand pound I borrowed of you. But 't is no matter; this poor show doth better: this doth infer the zeal I had to see him.
Shal. It doth so.
Fal. It shows my earnestness of affection. * In the quarto ed., the king and his train here pass across the stage.
Pist. It doth so.
Fal. As it were, to ride day and night; and not to deliberate, not to remember, not to have patience to
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. ”T is semper idem, for absque hoc nihil est. 'T is all in every part. Shal. T is
so, indeed. Pist. My knight, I will inflame thy nobler liver, And make thee rage. Thy Doll, and Helen of thy noble thoughts, Is in base durance, and contagious prison ; Haul'd thither By most mechanical and dirty hand : (snake, Rouse up revenge from ebon den with fell Alecto's For Doll is in ; Pistol speaks nought but truth. Fal. I will deliver her.
[Shouts within, and trumpets sound. Pist. There roar'd the sea, and trumpet-clangor
sounds. Enter King and his Train, including the Chief Justice.
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 !
you speak? 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;
(Exeunt King and his Train. Fal. Master Shallow, I owe you a thousand pound.
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 should 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, Officers, &c.
Ch. Just. Go, carry sir John Falstaff to the Fleet. Take all his company along with him.
Fal. My lord, my lord !
Ch. Just. I cannot now speak : I will hear you soon. Take them away.
Pist. Se fortuna me tormenta, il sperare me contenta. (Exeunt Fal. SHAL. Pist. BARD. Page, and Officers. P. John. I like this fair proceeding of the king's.
He hath intent, his wonted followers
Ch. Just. And so they are.
P. John. I will lay odds, that, ere this year expire,
BY ONE THAT CAN DANCE.
First my fear, then my courtesy, last my speech. My fear is your displeasure, my courtesy my duty, and my speech to beg your pardons. If you look for a good speech, now, you undo me ; for what I have to say, is of mine own making, and what indeed I should say, will, I doubt, prove mine own marring. But to the purpose, and so to the venture.—Be it known to you, (as it is very well) I was lately here in the end of a displeasing play, to pray your patience for it, and to promise you a better. I did mean, indeed, to pay you with this; which, if, like an ill venture, it come unluckily home, I break, and you, my gentle creditors, lose. Here, I promised you, I would be, and here I commit my body to your mercies : bate me some, and I will pay you some; and, as most debtors do, promise you infinitely.
If my tongue cannot entreat you to acquit me, will you command me to use my legs ? and yet that were but light payment, to dance out of your debt; but a good conscience will make any possible satisfaction, and so will I. All the gentlewomen here have forgiven me; if the gentlemen will not, then the gentlemen do
1 These words are not in f. e. VOL. IV.-29