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Which is almost to pluck a kingdom down
And set another up, should we survey
The plot of situation and the model,
Consent upon a sure foundation,
Question surveyors, know our own estate,
How able such a work to undergo,
To weigh against his opposite; or else
We fortify in paper and in figures,
Using the names of men instead of men:
Like one that draws the model of a house
Beyond his power to build it; who, half through,
Gives o'er and leaves his part-created cost
A naked subject to the weeping clouds
And waste for churlish winter's tyranny.

Hast. Grant that our hopes, yet likely of fair

birth,

Should be still-born, and that we now possess'd
The utmost man of expectation,
I think we are a body strong enough,
Even as we are, to equal with the king.
L. BARD. What, is the king but five and twenty

thousand ? Hast. To us no more; nay, not so much, Lord

Bardolph. For his divisions, as the times do brawl, Are in three heads: one power against the French, And one against Glendower; perforce a third Must take up us: so is the unfirm king In three divided ; and his coffers sound With hollow poverty and emptiness.

Hast.

Let us on,

ARCH. That he should draw his several strengths

together And come against us in full puissance, Need not be dreaded.

If he should do so, He leaves his back unarm’d, the French and Welsh Baying him at the heels: never fear that. L. Bard. Who is it like should lead his forces

hither? Hast. The Duke of Lancaster and Westmoreland; Against the Welsh, himself and Harry Monmouth: But who is substituted 'gainst the French, I have no certain notice.

ARCH. And publish the occasion of our arms. The commonwealth is sick of their own choice; Their over-greedy love hath surfeited : An habitation giddy and unsure Hath he that buildeth on the vulgar heart. O thou fond many, with what loud applause Didst thou beat heaven with blessing Bolingbroke, Before he was what thou wouldst have him be! And being now trimm'd in thine own desires, Thou, beastly feeder, art so full of him, That thou provokest thyself to cast him up. So, so, thou common dog, didst thou disgorge Thy glutton bosom of the royal Richard ; And now thou wouldst eat thy dead vomit up, And howl'st to find it. What trust is in these times? They that, when Richard lived, would have him die,

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Are now become enamour'd on his grave:
Thou, that threw'st dust upon his goodly head
When through proud London he came sighing on
After the admired heels of Bolingbroke,
Criest now () earth, yield us that king again,
And take thou this! O thoughts of men accursed !
Past and to come seems best; things present worst.

MowB. Shall we go draw our numbers and set on? Hast. We are time's subjects, and time bids be gone.

[Exeunt.

ACT THE SECOND.

SCENE I.

London. A street,

Enter Hostess, Fang and his Boy with her,

and SNARE following. Host. Master Fang, have you entered the action? Fang. It is entered. Host. Where's your yeoman ?

Is't a lusty yeoman? will a' stand to't?

Fang. Sirrah, where's Snare ?
Host. O Lord, ay ! good Master Snare.
SNARE. Here, here.
Fang. Snare, we must arrest Sir John Falstaff.

Host. Yea, good Master Snare; I have entered him and all. SNARE. It

may

chance cost some of us our lives, for he will stab,

Host. Alas the day! take heed of him; he stabbed me in mine own house, and that most beastly: in good faith, he cares not what mischief he does, if his weapon be out: he will foin like any devil; he will

spare neither man, woman, nor child. Fang. If I can close with him, I care not for his thrust.

Host. No, nor I neither: I'll be at your elbow.

Fang. An I but fist him once; an a' come but within

my vice,-Host. I am undone by his going ; I warrant you, he's an infinitive thing upon my score. Good Master Fang, hold him sure: good Master Snare, let him not ’scape. A'comes continuantly to Pie-corner--saving your manhoods—to buy a saddle; and he is indited to dinner to the Lubber's-head in Lumbert street, to Master Smooth's the silkman : I pray ye, since my exion is entered and my case so openly known to the world, let him be brought in to his answer. A hundred mark is a long one for a poor lone woman to bear: and I have borne, and borne, and borne, and have been fubbed off, and fubbed off, and fubbed off, from this day to that day, that it is a shame to be thought on. There is no honesty in such dealing ; unless a woman should be made an ass and a beast, to bear every

knave's

wrong. Yonder he comes; and that arrant malmsey-nose knave, Bardolph, with him. Do your offices, do your offices : Master Fang and Master Snare, do me,

do do me your offices.

me,

Enter FALSTAFF, Page, and BARDOLPH. Fal. How now! whose mare's dead? what's the matter?

Fang. Sir John, I arrest you at the suit of Mistress Quickly.

Fal. Away, varlets! Draw, Bardolph: cut me off the villain's head : throw the quean in the channel.

Host. Throw me in the channel! I'll throw thee in the channel. Wilt thou ? wilt thou ? thou bastardly rogue! Murder, murder! Ah, thou honey-suckle villain! wilt thou kill God's officers and the king's? Ah, thou honey-seed rogue! thou art a honey-seed, a man-queller, and a womanqueller.

Fal. Keep them off, Bardolph.
Fang. A rescue! a rescue!
Host. Good people, bring a rescue

or two. Thou wo't, wo’t thou? thou wo't, wo't ta ? do, do, thou rogue ! do, thou hemp-seed !

FAL. Away, you scullion! you rampallian ! you fustilarian! I'll tickle your catastrophe.

Enter the Lord Chief-Justice, and his men. CH. Just. What is the matter? keep the peace here, ho!

Host. Good my lord, be good to me. I beseech you, stand to me. CH. Just. How now, Sir John! what are you

brawling here? Doth this become your place, your time and business? You should have been well on your way to York.

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