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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.
Bard. 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 humour his men, with the imputation of being near their master :8 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
bearded hermit's-staves -] He had before called him the starved justice. His want of flesh is a standing jest.
- near their master ;] i.e. admitted to their master's confidence.
fashions, (which is four terms or two actions,)' and he shall laugh without 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!
Fal. I come, master Shallow ; I come, master Shallow.
Westminster. A Room in the Palace.
Enter WARWICK, and the Lord Chief Justice.
? Ch. Just. How doth the king ? War. Exceeding well; his cares are now all
He's walk'd the way of nature ;
9 two actions,] There is something humorous in making a spendthrift compute time by the operation of an action for debt. fellow that never had the ache -] That is, a young
fellow, one whose disposition to merriment time and pain have not yet impaired.
To welcome the condition of the time;
Enter Prince John, Prince HUMPHREY, CLARENCE,
WESTMORELAND, and Others.
Ch. Just. Alas! I fear, all will be overturn'd.
us heavy! Ch. Just. Peace be with us, lest we be heavier ! P. Humph. O, good my lord, you have lost à
friend, indeed : And I dare swear, you borrow not that face Of seeming sorrow; it is, sure, your own. P.John. Though no man be assur'd what grace
to find, You stand in coldest expectation : I am the sorrier; 'would, 'twere otherwise. Cla. Well, you must now speak sir John Falstaff
fair; Which swims against your stream of quality. Ch. Just. Sweet princes, what I did, I did in
honour, Led by the impartial conduct of my soul ; And never shall you see, that I will beg
A ragged and forestall'd remission.
War. Here comes the prince.
Enter King HENRY V.
jesty. King. You all look strangely on me and you most;
[To the Chief Justice. You are, I think, assur'd I love you not.
Ch. Just. I am assurd, if I be measurd rightly, Your majesty hath no just cause to hate me.
not the Turkish court;] Not the court where the prince that mounts the throne puts his brothers to death.
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?? May this be wash'd in Lethe, and forgotten? Ch. Just. I then did use the person
your own dignity so much profan'd,
3 w Was this easy?] That is, was this not grievous ? Shakspeare
in this sense elsewhere. JOHNSON. 4 To trip the course of law,] To defeat the process of justice; a metaphor taken from the act of tripping a runner.
s And mock your workings in a second body.] To treat with contempt your acts executed by a representative.
and propose a son : ] i. e. image to yourself a son, contrive for a moment to think you have one.