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little regard in these coster-monger times, that true-A man can no more separate age and covetousvalour is turned bear-herd: Pregnancy? is made a ness, than he can part young limbs and lechery : tapster, and hath his quick wit wasted in giving but the gout galls the one, and the pox pinches the reckonings : all the other gifts appertinent to man, other; and so both the degrees prevent* my curses. as the malice of this age shapes them, are not-Boy! worth a gooseberry. You, that are old, consider Page. Sir? pot the capacities of us that are young: you mea
Fal. What money is in my purse ? sure the heat of our livers with the bitierness of Page. Seven groats and two-pence. your galls: and we that are in the vaward of our Fal. I can get no remedy against this consumpyouth, I must confess, are wags too.
tion of the purse : borrowing only lingers and linCh. Just. Do you set down your name in the gers it out, but the disease is incurable.—Go bear scroll of youth, that are written down old with all this letter to my lord of Lancaster ; this to the the characters of age? Have you not a moist eye? prince; this to the earl of Westmoreland ; and this a dry hand ? a yellow cheek? a white beard? a io old mistress Ursula, whom I have weekly sworn decreasing leg? an increasing belly? Is not your to marry since I perceived the first white hair on my voice broken? your wind short ? your chin double? chin: About it; you know where to find me. (Erů your wit singles and every part about you blasted Page.) A pox of this gout! or, a gout of this pox ! with antiquity ? and will you yet call yourself young? for the one, or the other, plays the rogue with my Fye, fye, fye, Sir John!"
great toe. It is no matter, if I do halt; I have the Fal. My lord, I was born about three of the wars for my colour, and my pension shall seem the clock in the afternoon, with a white head, and more reasonable: A good wit will make use of any something a round belly, For my voice,-I have thing; I will turn diseases to commodity.' (Exić. lost it with hollaing, and singing of anthems. To
SCENE III. York. A Room in the Archbishop's approve my youth further, I will not : the truth is, I
Palace. Enter the Archbishop of York; the am only old in judgment and understanding: and he thai will caper with me for a thousand marks,
LORDS HASTINGS, MOWBRAY, and BARDOLPI. let him lend me the money, and have at him. For Arch. Thus have you heard our cause, and known the box o' the ear that the prince gave you,-he
our means; gave it like a rude prince, and you took it like a And, my most noble' friends, I pray you all, sensible lord. I have checked him for it; and the Speak plainly your opinions of our hopes :young lion repents; marry, not in ashes, and sack. And first, lord marshal, what say you to it ? cloth; but in new silk and old sack.
Mowb. I well allow the occasion of our arms; Ch. Just. Well, heaven send the prince a better But gladly would be better satisfied, companion !
How, in our means, we should advance ourselves Fal. Heaven send the companion a better prince! To look with forehead bold and big enough I cannot rid my hands of him.
Upon the power and puissance of the king. Ch. Just. Well, the king hath severed you and Hast. Our present musters grow upon the file Prince Harry: I bear, you are going with Lord To five and twenty thousand men of choice ; John of Lancaster, against the archbishop, and the And our supplies live largely in the hope carl of Northumberland.
Of great Northumberland, whose bosom burns Fal. Yea; I thank your pretty sweet wit for it. With an incensed fire of injuries. But look you pray, all you that kiss my lady peace Burd. The question then, Lord Hastings, standeth at home, ihat our armies join not in a hot day! for,
thus: by the Lord, I take but two shirts out with me, and whether our present five and twenty thousand I mean not to sweat extraordinarily: if it be a hou May hold up head without Northumberland. day, an I brandish any thing but my bottle, I would
Hast. With him, we may. I might never spit white again. There is not a Bard.
Ay, marry, there's the point : dangerous action can peep out his head, but I am But if without him we be thought too feeble, thrust upon it: Well, I cannot last ever :4 But it My judgment is, we should not step too far was always yet the trick of our English nation, if Till we had his assistance by the hand : they have a good thing, to make it too common. If For, in a theme so bloody-fac'd as this, you will needs say, I am an old man, you should Conjecture, expectation, and surmise give me rest. I would to God, my name were not of aids uncertain, should not be admitted. so terrible to the enemy as it is. I were better to Arch. 'Tis very true, Lord Bardolph ; for, indeed, be eaten to death with rust, than to be scoured to It was young Hotspur's case at Shrewsbury. nothing with perpetual motion.
Bard. It was, my lord; who lind himself with hope, Ch. Just. Well, be honest, be honest; and God Eating the air on promise of supply, bless your expedition !
Flattering himself with project of a power Fal. Will your lordship lend me a thousand Much smaller than the smallest of his thoughts :' pounds, to furnish me forth ?
And so, with great imagination, Ch. Just
. Not a penny, not a penny; you are too Proper to madmen, led his powers to death, impatient to bear crosses. Fare you well: Com- And, winking, leap'd into destruction. mend me to my cousin Westmoreland.
Hast. But, by your leave, it never yet did hurt, (Ercunt Chief Justice and Attendant. To lay down likelihoods, and forms of hope. Fal. If I do, fillip me with a three-man beetle.“ Bard. Yes, in this present quality of war;
Indeed the instant action,'" (a cause on foot), | Costcr.monger times are perly pedilling iimes; when the prevalence of trade has produced that mean. Generally kills it. A three-man bretle is a heavy beetle, ness that rates the merit of every thing by money. with three hamules, used in driving piles, &c. 2 Pregnancy is readiness.
7 To prevent is to anticipate. 3 Single is simple, silly. How much has been writ.
Minc eyes prerent the night watches.!-- Pe. cxix. ten about this phrase, and to how little purpose! Sin. One of our old translators renders the “ Noctem quæ gle-witted and single-sould were common epithets instalat interpræcapere ; to prerent the night that was as with our ancestors, to designate simple persons.
hantl.' 4 The rest of this speech, which is not in the folio, is 8 Commodity is profil, interest. restored from the quarto copy,
9 That is, which turned out to be much smaller than, 5 A quibble is here intended between crosses, contra. &c. ryings, and the sort of money so called.
10 The first twenty lines of this speech were first in. 6 This alludes to a cominon but cruel diversion of serted in the folio, 1623. This passage has perplexed boys, called fillipping the toad. They lay a board, two the editors. The old copies read: or three feet long, at right angles, over a transverse "Yes, if this present quality of war, piece, two or three inches thick ; then placing the toad Indeed the in-tant action: a cause on foot at one end of the boarii, the other end is struck by a Lives so in hope : As in,' &c. bat or large stick, which throws the poor toad forty It has been proposed to read :or fifty feet perpendicular from the earth; and the fall 'Yes, if this present quality of war ;
Lives so in hope, as in an early sprmg
And being now trimm'd in thine own desires, We see the appearing buds; which, to prove fruit, | Thou, beastly feeder, art so full of him, Hope gives not so much warrant, as despair, That thou provok’st thyself to cast him up. That frosts will bite them. When we mean to So, so, thou common dog, didst thou disgorgo build,
Thy glutton bosom of the royal Richard ; We first survey the plot, then draw the model ; And now thou would'st eat thy dead vomit up, And when we see the figure of the house,
And howl'st to find it. What trust is in these times? Then must we rate the cost of the erection : They that, when Richard liv’d, would have him die, Which if we find outweighs ability,
Are now become enamour'd on his grave : What do we then, but draw anew the model Thou, that threw'st dust upon his goodly head, In fewer offices; or, at least, desist
When through proud London he came sighing OĦ To build at all ? Much more, in this great work, After the admired heels of Bolingbroke, (Which is, almost, to pluck a kingdom down, Cry'st now, I earth, yield us that king again, And set another up,) should we survey
And take thou this! O thoughts of men accurst! The plot of situation, and the model;
Past, and to come, seem best ; things present, worst. Consent' upon a sure foundation;
Mowh. Shall we go draw our numbers, and set on? Question surveyors; know our own estate,
Hast. We are time's subjects, and time bids be llow able such a work to undergo,
SCENE I. London. A Street. Enter Hostess; Gives o'er, and leaves his part-created cost
Fang, and his Boy, with her; and SNARE follow A naked subject to the weeping clouds,
ing. And waste für churlish winter's tyranny, Hast. Grant, that our hopes (yet likely of fair Host. Master Fang, have you entered the action? birth, )
Fang. It is entered. Should be still-born, and that we now possess'd Hosi. Where is your yeoman ?? Is it a lusty yeoThe utmost man of expectation;
man? will a' stand to't? I think, we are a body strong enough,
Fang. Sirrah, where's Snare ? Even as we are, to equal with the king.
Hosl. O lord, ay: good master Snare. Burd. Whal! is the king but five and twenty Snare. Here, here. thousand ?
Fang. Snare, we must arrest Sir John Falstaff. Hast. To us, no more; nay, nut so much, Lord Host. Yea, good master Snare ; I have entered Bardolph.
him and all. For his divisions, as the times do brawl,
Snwe. It may chance cost some of us our lives, Are in three heads : one power against the French, for he will stab. And one against Glendower; perforce, a third Hosi. Alas the day! take heed of him; he stab Must take up us : So is the unfirm king
bed me in mine own house, and that most beastly : In three divided ; and his coffers sound
in good faith, a' cares not what mischief he doth, it With hollow poverty and emptiness.
his weapon be out: he will foin like any devil; hn Arch. That he should draw his several strengths will spare neither man, woman, nor child. together,
Fung. If I can close with him, I care not for his And come against us in full puissance,
thrust. Need not be dreaded.
Host. No, nor I neither: I'll be at your elbow. Hast. If he should do so,
Fung. An I but fist him once ; an a' come but He leaves his back unarm'd, the French and Welsh within my vice ;! Baving him at the heels : never fear that.
Hosi. I am undone by his going; I warrant you, Bard. Who, is it like, should lead his forces he's an infinitive thing upon my score :-Good mashither ?
ter Fang, hold him sure ;--good master Snare, let Hast. The duke of Lancaster," and Westmore him nol' 'scape. He comes continually to Pieland:
corner (saving your manhoods,) to bny a saddle ; Against the Welsh, himself, and Harry Monmouth : and he's indited lo dinuer to the lubbar's head in But who is substituted 'gainst the French, Lumbert-street, to master Smooth's the silkman ; I I have no certain notice.
pray ye, since my exion is entered, and my case so Arch. Let us on;"
openly known to the world, let him be brought in And publish the occasion of our arms.
to his answer. A hundred mark is a long loan'' The commonwealth is sick of their own choice,
for a poor lone woman to bear : and I have borne, Their over-greedy love hath surfeited :
and borne, and borne ; and have been fobbed off, An habitation giddy and unsure
and fubbed off, and fubbed off, from this day to Hath he, that buildeth on the vulgar heart. that day, that it is a shame to be thought on. There O thou fond many !s with what loud applause is no honesty in such dealing ; unless a woman Didst thou beat heaven with blessing Bolingbroke, should he made an ass, and a beast, to bear every Before he was what thou would'st have him be?
In tuc'd the instant action : a cause on foot xonne was there made duke of Lancaster.' Annales,
1631.-He seems to have consulted Stowe (p. 323) beThe railing adopted by Steevens and Malone, from Iween the times of finishing the last play and beginning Johnson's suggestion, is that which I have given; it of the present. afforis a clear sense, and agrees with the whole tenor ! This speech first appeared in the folio. of Bardolph's argument; at the samo time little violence
5 Many or meyny; from the French mesnie, a mul. is done to the text, two letters only being changed. titure. I Agree.
6 Dressed. 2 During this rebellion of Northumberland and the 7 A bailiff's follower was formerly called a serjeant's Archbishop a French army of twelve thousand men ycoman. launded at Milford Haven in aid of Owen Glendower. 8 Thrust. See Holinshed, p. 531.
9 The quarto reads vier. Vice is used for grasp or 3 This is an anachronism. Prince John of Lancaster clutch. The fist is vulgarly called the rice in the west was not created a duke till the second year of the reign of England. of his brother, King Henry V. At this time Prince 10 The old copies read long one;' which Theobala Henry was actually duke of Lancaster. Shakepeare supposed was a corruption of lone or loan. Mr. Douce was misled hy Stowe, who, speaking of the first parlia: chiliks the alteration umaressary; and that the husless ment of King Henry IV.says, Then the king rose, and means to say that a humed mark is a long score, or made his elder sonne prince of Wales, &c.: his second I reckosring, for her so bear
Enter Sir John FalsTAFF, Page, and whereby I told thee, they were ill for a green wound? BARDOLPH.
And didst thou not, when she was gone down stairs, Yonder he comes ; and that arrant malmsey-nose desire me to be no more so familiarity with such knave, Bardolph, with him. Do your offices, do poor people; saying that ere long they should call your offices, master Fang, and master Snare; do me madam ? And didst thou not kiss me, and bid me, do me, do me your offices.
me fetch thee thirty shillings? I put thee now to fal. How now ? whose mare's dead? what's the thy book-oath ; deny it if thou canst. matter?
Fal. My lord, this is a poor mad soul; and she Fang. Sir John, I arrest you at the suit of Mis- says, up and down the town, that her eldest son is tress Quickly.
like you: she hath been in good case, and, the Fal. Away, varlets !— Draw, Bardolph ; cut me truth is, poverty hath distracted her. But for these off the villain's head; throw the quean in the chan- foolish officers, I beseech you, I may have redress nel.
against them. Host. Tnrow me in the channel? I'll throw thee Ch. Just. Sir John, Sir John, I am well acquainted in the channel. Wilt thou? wilt thou? thou bas- with your manner of wrenching the true cause the tardly rogue !-Murder, murder! O thou honey- false way. It is not a confident brow, nor the suckle villain! wilt thou kill God's officers, and throng of words that come with such more than the king's ? O thou honey-seed' rogue ! thou 'art a impudent sanciness from you, can thrust me from a honey-seed; a man-queller, and a woman-queller. level consideration : you have, as it appears to me, Fal. Keep them off, Bardolph.
practised upon the easy-yielding spirit of this woFang. A rescue! a rescue !
man, and made her serve your uses both in purse
and Hosi. Good people, bring a rescue or two: person. Thou wo't, wo'i thou? thou wo't, wo't thou ? do, Host. Yea, in troth, my lord. do, thou rogue! do, thou hemp-seed!
Ch. Just. 'Pr’ythee, peace :-Pay her the debt Fal. Away, you scullion! you rampallian! you you owe her, and unpay the villany you have done fustilarian! I'll tickle your catastrophe.
with her; the one you may do with sterling money,
and the other with current repentance. Enter the Lord Chief Justice, attended.
Fal. My lord, I will not undergo this sneap Ch. Just. What's the matter ? keep the peace without reply. You call honourable boldness, imhere, ho!
pudent sauciness: if a man will make court'sy, and Host. Good my lord, be good to me! I beseech say nothing, he is virtuous : No, my lord, my you, stand to me!
humble duty remembered, I will not be your suitor; Ch. Just. How now, Sir John? whai, are you I say to you, I do desire deliverance from these brawling here?
officers, being upon hasty employment in the king's Doth this become your place, your time, and busi- affairs. ness?
Ch. Just. You speak as having power to do You should have been well on your way to York- wrong: but answer in the effect of your reputation, Stand from him, fellow; wherefore hangʻst thou on and satisfy the poor woman. him ?
Fal. Come hither, hostess. [Taking her aside. Host. O my most worshipful lord, an't please
Enter GOWER. your grace, I am a poor widow of Eastcheap, and he is arrested at my suit.
Ch. Just. Now, master Gower; what news? Ch. Just. For what sum?
Gow. The king, my lord, and Harry prince of Host. It is more than for some, my lord: it is for
Wales, all, all I have: he hath eaten me out of house and Are near at hand: the rest the paper tells. home; he hath put all my substance into that fat
Fal. As I am a gentleman :belly of his ;--but I will have some of it out again,
Host. Nay, you said so before. or I'll ride thee o' nights, like the mare.
Fal. As I am a gentleman; —Come, no more Fal. I think I am as like to ride the mare, if I words of it. have any vantage of ground to get up.
Host. By this heavenly ground I tread on, I must Ch. Just. How comes this, Sir John? Fye! what be fain to pawn both my plate, and the tapestry of man of good temper would endure this tempest of my dining-chambers. exclamation ? Are you not ashamed to enforce a
Fal. Glasses, glasses, is the only drinking: and poor widow to so rough a course to come by her for thy walls, -a pretty slight drollery, or the story own?
of the prodigal, or the German hunting in water Fal. What is the gross sum that I owe thee?
work, 8 is worth a thousand of these bed-hangings Hosl. Marry, if thou wert an honest man, thyself
, and these fly-bitten tapestries. Let it be ten pound, and the money too. Thou didst swear to me upon
if thou canst. Come, and it were not for thy hua parcel-gilt' goblet, sitting in my Dolphin-chamber, mours, there is not a better wench in England. Go at the round table, by a sea-coal fire, upon Wednes? wash thy face, and 'drawo thy action : Come, thon day in Wheeson-week,* when the prince broke thy must not be in this humour with me! dost not know head for liking his fathers to a singing-man of me? Come, come, I know thou wast set on to this? Windsor ; thou didst swear to me then, as I was
Host. 'Pray thee, Sir John, let it be but twenty washing thy wound, to marry me, and make me nobles ; j'faith I am loath to pawn my plate, in good my lady thy wife. Canst thou deny it? Did not earnest, la. goodwife Keech, the butcher's wife, come in then, 6 Sneap is reproof, rebuke. Thus in Brome's Anti and call me gossip Quickly? coming in to borrow podes :a mess of vinegar; telling us, she had a good dish
'Do you sneap me, my lord ? of prawns; whereby thou didst desire to eat some; And again :
No need to come hither to be sneap'd'. ili is scarce necessary to remark that honey-suckle
even as now I was not, and honey-sced are Dame Quickly's corruptions of When you sneapd me, my lord.' homicidul and homicide.
Snip, snib, snieb, and snub, are different forras of the 3 To quell was anciently used for to kill. A man. same word. To sneap was originally to check or pinch queller, a manslayer, or murderer; homicidu.'--Ju. by frost. Shak speare has sneaping frost and sneaping nius's Nomenclator, 1555.
winds in other places. 3 Parcel-gill is partly gill, or gilt only in parts. Lane. 7 Suitably to your character. ham, in his Lelter from Kenilworth, describing a bride. 8 Wuler irork is water colour paintings or hangings cup, says, 'It was formed of a sweet sucket barrel, a The painted cloth was generally oil colour ; but a faire turn's foot sel to it, all seemly be-sylvereil and par. cheaper sort, probably resembling in their execution col gill.' T expression common in old writers some modern paper-hangings, was broug!ıl fronu Hol. Lo need further illustration.
land or Germany, executed in water colour, or distem. 4 The folio reads Whitsun-ucek : but the corruption per. The Gernian hunting, or wild boar bunt, would is in the hotless's manner.
consequently be a prevalent subiec The folio has' for likening him to,' &c.
my lord ?
Fal. Let it alone ; I'll make other shift: you'll be Peins. How ill it follows, after you have laboured a fool still.
so hard, you should talk so idly? Tell me, how many Host. Well, you shall have it, though I pawn my good young princes would do so, their fathers being gown. I hope you'll come to supper; you'll pay so sick as yours at this time is ? me altogether.
P. Hen. Shall I tell thee one thing, Poins ? Fal. Will I live?-Go, with her, with her; (To Poins. Yes; and let it be an excellent good thing. BARDOLPH.) hook on, hook on.
P. Hen. It'shall serve among wits of no higher Host. Will you have Doll Tear-sheet meet you breeding than thine. at supper?
Poins. Go to; I stand the push of your one thing Fal. No more words ; let's have her.
should be sad, now my father is sick: albeit I coul: Ch. Just. I have heard better news.
tell to thee (as to one it pleases me, for fault of a Fal. What's the news, my good lord ?
better, to call my friend,) I could be sad, and sad Ch. Just. Where lay the king last night ?
indeed too. Gow. At Basingstoke, my lord.
Poins. Very hardly, upon such a subject. Fal. I hope, my lord, all's well: What's the news, P. Hen. By this hand, thou think'st me as far in
the devil's book, as thou, and Falstaff, for obduracy Ch. Just. Come all his forces back?
and persistency: Let the end try the man. But I Gow. No; fifteen hundred foot, five hundred tell thee,-my heart bleeds inwardly, that my father horse,
is so sick: and keeping such vile company as thou Are march'd up to my lord of Lancaster,
art, hath in reason taken from me all ostentation of Against Northumberland and the archbishop.
Fal. Comes the king back from Wales, my noble Poins. The reason ? lord ?
P. Hen. What would'st thou think of me, if I Ch. Just. You shall have letters of me presently: should weep? Come, go along with me, good master Gower. Poins. I would think thee a most princely hypoFul. My lord!
crite. Ch. Just. What's the matter?
P. Hen. It would be every man's thought: and Fal. Master Gower, shall I entreat you with me thou art a blessed fellow, to think as every man to dinner ?
thinks; never a man's thoughts in the world keeps Gow. I must wait upon my good lord here: I the road-way better than thine : every man would thank you, good Sir John.
think me a hypocrite indeed. And what accites Ch. Just. Sir John, you loiter here too long, being your most worshipful thought to think so? you are to take soldiers up in counties as you go. Poins. Why, because you have been so lewd, and
Fal. Will you sup with me, master Gower ? so much engrafted to Falstaff.
Ch. Just. What foolish master taught you these P. Hen. And to thee. manners, Sir John ?
Poins. By this light, I am well spoken of, I can Fal. Master Gower, if they become me not, he hear it with mine own ears: the worst that they can was a fool that taught them me.—This is the right say of me is, that I am a second brother, and that I fencing grace, my lord ; tap for tap, and so part fair. am a proper fellow of my hands; and those two Ch. Just. Now the lord lighten thee! thou art a things, 1 confess, I cannot help. By the mass, bero
(Exeunt. comes Bardolph.
P. Hen. And the boy that I gave Falstaff: he SCENE JI. The same. Another Street. Enter had him from me christian; and look, if the fat PRINCE HENRY and Poins.
villain have not transformed him ape. P. Hen. Trust me, I am exceeding weary. Poins. Is it come to that? I had thought, weari
Enter BARDOLPH and Page. ness durst not have attached one of so high blood. Bard. 'Save your grace!
P. Hen. 'Faith, it does me ; though it discolours P. Hen. And yours, most noble Bardolph! the complexion of my greatness to acknowledge it.
Bard. Come, you virtuous ass (To the Page,] Doth it not show vilely in me to desire small beer? you bashful fool, must you be blushing? wherefore
Poins. Why, a prince should not be so loosely blush you now? Whai a maidenly man at arms studied, as to remember so weak a composition. are you become! Is it such a matter, to get a pot
P. Hen. Belike then, my appetite was not princely tlepot's maidenhead ? got ; for, by my troth, I do now remember the poor Page. He called me even now, my lord, through creature, small beer. But, indeed, these humble a red-lattice, and I could discern no part of his face considerations make me oui of love with my great- from the window: at last, I spied his eyes; and, ness. Whal a disgrace is it to me, to remember thy methought, he had made two holes in the ale-wife's name? or to know thy face to-morrow? or to take new petticoat, and peeped through. note how many pair of silk stockings thou hast; viz. P.' Hen. Hath not the boy profited ? these and those that were the peach-colour'd ones? Bard. Away, you whoreson upright rabbit, away! or to bear the inventory of thy shirts ; as, one for
Page. Away, you rascally Alihea's dream, away! superfluity, and one other for use ?-but that the
P. Hen. Instruct us, hoy : What dream, boy ? tennis-court keeper knows better than l; for it is a
Page. Marry, my lord, Althea dreamed she was low ebb of linen with thee, when thou keepest not delivered of a firebrand; and therefore I call him racket there ; as thou hast not done a great while, her dream. because the rest of thy low-countries have made a P. Hen. A crown's worth of good interpretation. shift lo cat up thy holland : and God knows, whether - There it is, hoy.
(Gives him money. those that hawl out the ruins of thy linen,' shall in
Poins. O, that this good blossom could be kept herit his kingdom: but the midwives say, the chil- from cankers !-Well, there is sixpence to preserve dren are not in the fault; whereupon the world in- thee. creases, and kindreds are mightily strengthened.
in a note on The Merry Wives of Windsor, Act i. Sc. 4 I His basiard children, wrapt up in his old shirts. That a tall or a proper fellore was sometimes used in The ellipsis out for out of, Steevens says, is sometimes an equivocal sense for a thirf, there can be no doubt, used.
Cutgravc has a proverb, ‘Les beaux hommes ac gibet : 2 Ostentation is not here used for boastful show, but The gibbet makes an enil of proper men.! A striker is for mere outoard shoir :
one of its meanings, according to Cotgrave,' who taking Like one well studied in a sad ostent
a proper youth to be his apprentice, to teach him the To please is grandan.'— Merchant of Venice. oriler of striking and loisting.'--Greene's Art of Cony, 3 A proper fellow of my hands is the same as a la!! Carching. fellow of his hands, which has been alroady explained 4 An alehouse window,
Bard. An you do not make him bo hanged among Poins. I am your shadow, my lord ; PN follow you, the gallows shall have wrong.
you, P. Hen. And how doth thy master, Bardolph? P. Hen. Sirrah, you boy,
-and Bardolph ;-Do Bard. Well, my lord. He heard of your grace's word to your master, that I am yet come to town: coming to town; there's a letter for you.
There's for your silence. Puins. Delivered with good respect.-And how Bard. I have no tongue, sir. doth the martlemas,' your master ?'
Page. And for mine, sir,-) will govern it. Burd. In bodily health, sir.
P. Hen. Fare ye well; go. (Exeunt BARDOLPH Poins. Marry, the immortal part needs a physi- and Page.]—This Doll Tear-sheet should be some cian; but that moves not him; though that be sick, road. it dies not,
Poins. I warrant you, as common as the way beP. Hen. I do allow this wen’ to be as familiar tween Saint Albans and London. with me as my dog: and he holds his place ; for, P. Hen. How might we see Falstaff bestow look you, how he writes.
himself lo-night in his true colours, and not ourPoins. (Reals.) John Falstaff, knight, -Every selves be seen? man must know that, as oft as he has occasion to Poins. Put on two leather jerkios, and aprons, name himself. Even like those that are kin to the and wait upon him at his table as drawers. king; for they never prick their finger, but they say, P. Hen. From a god to a bull ? a heavy descen-: There is some of the king's blood spill : How comes sion! it was Jove's case. From a prínce to a that ? says he that takes upon him not to conceive: prentice ? a low transformation! that shall be mine : the answer is as ready as a borrower's' cap; I am for, in every thing, the purpose must weigh with the The king's poor cousin, sir.
folly. Follow me, Ned.
(Exeunt; P. Hen. Nay, they will be kin to us, or they will fetch it from Japhet. But the letter :
SCENE JII. Warkworth. Before the Castle. Poins. Sir John Falstaff, knight, to the son of the Enter NorthCMBERLAND, Lady NORTHUYking, nearest his father, Harry, Prince of Wales, BERLAND, and LADY PERCY. greeting.-Why, ihis is a certificate. P. Hen. Peace!
North. I pray thee, loving wife, and gentlo Poins. I will imitate the honourable Romano in daughter, brerity :-he sure means brevity in breath ; short- Give even way unto my rough affairs; winded.-) commend me to thee, I commend thee, Put not you on the visage of the times, and I leave thee. Be not too familiar with Poins : And be, like them, to Percy troublesome. for he misuses thy favours so much, that he swears, Lady N. I have given over, I will speak no more: thou art to marry his sister Nell. Repent al idle Do what you will; your wisdom be your guide. times as thou may's, and so farewell.
North. Alas, sweet wife, my honour is at pawn ;
much as to say, as thou usest him,) Lady P. O, yet, for God's sake, go not to these
and Sir John, with all Europe. When you were more endear'd to it than now; My lord, I will steep this letter in sack, and make When your own Percy, when my heart's dear Harry, him eat it.
Threw many a northward look, to see his father P. Hen. That's to make him eat twenty of his Bring up his powers: but he did long in vain. words. But do you use me thus, Ned? must I marry Who then persuaded you to stay at home? your sister ?
There were two honours lost; yours, and your son's. Poins. May the wench have no worse fortune! For yours, -may heavenly glory brighten it! but I never said so.
For his,-it stuck upon him, as the sun P. Hen. Well, thus we play the fools with the In the grey vault of heaven: and, by his light, time : and the spirits of the wise sit in the clouds, Did all the chivalry of England move and mock us.-- Is your master here in London ? To do brave acts; he was, indeed, the glass Bard. Yes, my lord.
Wherein the noble youth did dress themselves. P. Hen. Where sups he? doth the old boar feed He had no legs, thai practisd not his gait:' in the old frank ?5
And speaking thick, whích nature made his blemish, Bard. At the old place, my lord; in Eastcheap. Became the accents of the valiant : P. Hen. What company
For those that could speak low, and tardily, Page. Ephesians, my lord; of the old church. Would turn their own perfection to abuse, P. Hen. Sup any women with him ?
To seem like him : So that, in specch, in gait, Page. None, my lord, but old mistress Quickly, In diet, in affections of delight, and mistress Doll 'Tear-sheet.
In military rules, humonrs of blood, P. Hen. What pagan? may that be?
He was the mark and glass, copy and book," Page. A proper gentlewoman, sir, and a kins. That fashion'd others. And him, -0 wondrous him! woman of my master's.
O miracle of men !--him did you leave P. Hen. Even such kin as the parish heifers are (Second to none, unseconded by you,) to the town bull. Shall we steal upon them, Ned, To look upon the hideous god of war at supper ?
In disadvantage ; to abide a field,
Where nothing but the sound of Hotspur's name i Falstaff is before called “thou latter spring, all-hal. Did seem defensible;13—so you left him: lorn summer,' and Poins now calls him marllemas, a eorruption of martinmas, which means the same thing. S i. e. act. In a Ms. Jeuer from Secretary Conway The feast of St. Martin being considered the latter end of to Buckingham, at the Isle of Ree, also what the loris autuinn. Este de Sl. Marlin is a French proverb for a have advanced for the expedition towards you, since late summer. It means therefore an old fellow with Saturday that they returned from Windsor with charge juvenile pa slona.
to bestore themselors seriously in it.'— Conway Papers. 2 Swoln excrescence.
9 The folio reads derlrns'un. 3 The old copy reads a borrowed cap. The emenda. 10 The twenty-two following lines were first given in tion is Warburton's.
the folio. 4 That is Julius Casar. Falstaff alludes to the reni, 11 Speaking thick is speaking mick, rapidity of utter. pid, vici, which he afterwards quotes.
Baret translates the unhilitus creber of Virgil 6 A sly, a place to falten a boar in.
thickpulireathing. 6 A cant phrase probably signifying topers, or jolly 12 Thus in the Rape of Lucrece : companions of the old sori.
“For princes are the giuss, the school, the book 7 Massinger, in The City Madam, has used this Wliere subjects' eyes do learn, do read, do look.' phrase for a wench :
13 Defensible does not in this place mean capable of in all these places
defence, but bearing strong!h, furnishing the means I've had my several pagans billeted." our fence ; the pasrive for the active participle.