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Enter PRINCE JOHN OF LANCASTER, WARWICK, Lords,
K. Hen. Look, look, here comes my John of
Lancaster. P. John. Health, peace, and happiness to my
royal father! K. Hen. Thou bring'st me happiness and peace,
son John; But health, alack, with youthful wings is flown
From this bare, wither'd trunk: upon thy sight,
My lord of Warwick!
War. 'Tis call’d Jerusalem, my noble lord.
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Glostershire. A hall in Shallow's house.
Enter SHALLOW, FALSTAFF, BARDOLPH, and PAGE. Shal. By cock and pye,1 sir, you
shall not away to-night. What, Davy, I say !
Fal. You must excuse me, master Robert Shallow.
Shal. I will not excuse you; you shall not be excused; excuses shall not be admitted; there is
" A popular adjuration.
no excuse shall serve ; you shall not be excused. Why, Davy!
Davy. Here, sir.
Shal. Davy, Davy, Davy,---let me see, Davy; let me see: yea, marry, William cook, bid him hither. Sir John, you shall not be excused.
Davy. Marry, sir, thus; those precepts 1 cannot be served; and, again, sir,—shall we sow the headland with wheat ? Shal. With red wheat, Davy. But for William
are there no young pigeons ? Davy. Yes, sir. Here is now the smith's note, for shoeing and plough-irons.
Shal. Let it be cast, and paid. Sir John, you shall not be excused.
Davy. Now, sir, a new link to the bucket must needs be had :-and, sir, do you mean to stop any of William's wages, about the sack he lost the other day at Hinckley fair ?
Shal. He shall answer it.- -Some pigeons, Davy; a couple of short-legged hens; a joint of mutton; and any pretty little tiny kickshaws, tell William cook.
Davy. Doth the man of war stay all night, sir ?
Shal. Yes, Davy. I will use him well: a friend i' the court is better than a penny in purse. Use
his men well, Davy; for they are arrant knaves, and will backbite.
Davy. No worse than they are back-bitten, sir; for they have marvellous foul linen.
Shal. Well conceited, Davy. About thy business, Davy.
Davy. I beseech you, sir, to countenance William Visor of Wincot against Clement Perkes of the hill.
Shal. There are many complaints, Davy, against that Visor : that Visor is an arrant knave, on my knowlege.
Davy. I grant your worship, that he is a knave, sir; but yet, God forbid, sir, but a knave should have some countenance at his friend's request. An honest man, sir, able to speak for himself, when a knave is not. I have served your worship truly, sir, this eight years; and if I cannot once or twice in a quarter bear out a knave against an honest man, I have but a very little credit with your worship. The knave is mine honest friend, sir; therefore, I beseech your worship, let him be countenanced.
Shal. Go to; I say, he shall have no wrong. Look about, Davy. [Exit Davy.] Where are you, sir John? Come, off with your boots.
Give me your hand, master Bardolph.
Bar. I am glad to see your worship.
Shal. I thank thee with all my heart, kind master Bardolph: and welcome, my tall fellow. [to the Page.] Come, sir John.
[Exit Shallow. Fal. I'll follow you, good master Robert Shallow.
Bardolph, look to our horses. [Exeunt Bardolph and Page.] If I were sawed into quantities, I should make four dozen of such bearded hermit's staves as master Shallow. It is a wonderful thing, to see the semblable coherence of his men's spirits and his. They, by observing him, do bear themselves like foolish justices; he, by conversing with them, is turned into a justice-like serving-man: their spirits are so married in conjunction with the participation of society, that they flock together in consent, like so many wild geese.
If I had a suit to master Shallow, I would humor his men with the imputation of being near their master ; 1 if to his men, I would curry with master Shallow, that no man could better command his servants. It is certain, that either wise bearing or ignorant carriage is caught, as men take diseases, one of another; therefore let men take heed of their company.
I will devise matter enough out of this Shallow, to keep prince Harry in continual laughter the wearing out of six fashions, (which is four terms, or two actions) and he shall laugh with
ut intervallums. O, it is much, that a lie with a slight oath, and a jest with a sad brow,? will do with a fellow that never had the ache in his shoulders ! O, you shall see him laugh, till his face be like a wet cloak ill laid
up. Shal. [within.] Sir John !
| Admitted to their master's confidence. * A serious face.