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King. You all look strangely on me; and you most:
[to the Ch. Jus. You are, I think, assured I love you not.
Ch. Jus. I am assured, if I be measured rightly, Your majesty hath no just cause to hate me.
King. No? How might a prince of my great hopes forget So great indignities you laid upon me? What? rate, rebuke, and roughly send to prison The immediate heir of England ? Was this easy? 1 May this be wash'd in Lethe, and forgotten? Ch. Jus. I then did use the
your father: The image of his power lay then in me; And, in the administration of his law, Whiles I was busy for the commonwealth, Your highness pleased to forget my place, The majesty and power of law and justice, The image of the king whom I presented, And struck me in my very seat of judgment; Whereon, as an offender to your father, I gave bold way to my authority, And did commit you.
If the deed were ill, Be you contented, wearing now the garland, To have a son set your decrees at naught; To pluck down justice from your awful bench; To trip the course of law, and blunt the sword That guards the peace and safety of your person ; Nay more, to spurn at your most royal image,
And mock your workings in a second body.1
You did commit me; For which, I do commit into
hand The unstain'd sword that you have used to bear; With this remembrance ;—that you use the same
1 To treat with contempt the acts of your representative. 2 In your regal character and office.
With the like bold, just, and impartial spirit,
[to Ch. Jus. Our coronation done, we will accite, As I before remember'd, all our state :
And (God consigning to my good intents)
No prince nor peer shall have just cause to say,—
The garden of Shallow's house.
Enter FALSTAFF, SHALLOW, SILENCE, BARDOLPH, PAGE, and DAVY.
Shal. Nay, you shall see mine orchard, where, in an arbor, we will eat a last year's pippin of my own graffing, with a dish of carraways, and so forth; come, cousin Silence ;-and then to bed.
Fal. 'Fore God, you have here a goodly dwelling, and a rich.
Shal. Barren, barren, barren; beggars all, beggars all, sir John-marry, good air.-Spread, Davy; spread, Davy: well said, Davy.
Fal. This Davy serves you for good uses: he is your serving-man and your husbandman.
Shal. A good varlet, a good varlet, a very good varlet, sir John. By the mass, I have drunk toc much sack at supper:-a good varlet.
down, now sit down :-come, cousin.
Si. Ah, sirrah! quoth-a.- -we shall
'Do nothing but eat, and make good cheer,
And praise Heaven for the merry year;
When flesh is cheap and females dear,
And ever among so merrily.'
Fal. There's a merry heart! Good master Silence, I'll give you a health for that anon.
Shal. Give master Bardolph some wine, Davy. Davy. Sweet sir, sit; [seating Bardolph and the Page at another table.] I'll be with you anon :— most sweet sir, sit. Master page, good master page, sit: proface! What you want in meat we 'll have in drink. But you must bear; the heart's all. [Exit. Shal. Be merry, master Bardolph ;—and my little soldier there, be merry.
Si. Be merry, be merry; my wife has all;
For women are shrews, both short and tall: 'Tis merry in hall, when beards wag all, And welcome merry shrove-tide.
Be merry, be merry,' &c.
Fal. I did not think, master Silence had been a man of this mettle.
Si. Who I? I have been merry twice and once,
1 Italian much good may it do you.