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1 Bead. If it do, you shall have a dozen of cushions again ; you have but eleven now.
Come, I charge you both
go with me, for the man is dead, that you and Pistol beat among you.
Dol. I'll tell thee what, thou thin man in a censer, I will have you as soundly swinged for this,—you bluebottle rogue ! you filthy famished correctioner! if you be not swinged, I'll forswear half-kirtles.
1 Bead. Come, come, you she knight-errant, come.
Host. O God, that right should thus overcome might!
Dol. Come, you rogue, come: bring me to a justice.
A public Place near Westminster Abbey.
Enter Two Grooms, strewing Rushes. 1 Groom. More rushes, more rushes ! 2 Groom. The trumpets have sounded twice.
1 Groom. It will be two o'clock ere they come from the coronation. Despatch, despatch. [Exeunt Grooms. Enter FALSTAFF, SHALLOW, PISTOL, BARDOLPH, and the
5 Enter Falstaff, &c.] The old stage-direction in the quarto, 1600, would show that the king and his train had passed over the stage before the entrance of Falstaff: it is, " Trumpets sound, and the King and his train pass over the stage; after them enter Falstaff, Shallow, Pistol, Bardolph, and the Boy.” The king, &c. return again soon afterwards, introduced by the words, “Enter the King
will make the king do you grace. I will leer upon him, as he comes by, and do but mark the countenance that he will give me.
Pist. God bless thy lungs, good knight.
Fal. Come here, Pistol; stand behind me.- Shallow.] 0! if I had had time to have made new liveries, I would have bestowed the thousand pound I borrowed of you. But 'tis no matter; this poor show doth better: this doth infer the zeal I had to see him.
Shal. It doth so.
Fal. As it were, to ride day and night; and not to deliberate, not to remember, not to have patience to shift me.
Shal. It is most certain.
Fal. But to stand stained with travel, and sweating with desire to see him : thinking of nothing else ; putting all affairs else in oblivion, as if there were nothing else to be done but to see him.
Pist. 'Tis semper idem, for absque hoc nihil est. 'Tis all in every part.
Shal. "Tis so, indeed.
Pist. My knight, I will inflame thy noble liver,
and his train.” Possibly, for the sake of the show, the king was originally made to walk in procession twice. The stage-directions in the folio correspond with those in the text.
6 It doth, it doth, it doth.] We have distributed these and some other speeches as in the folio. In the quarto they are confusedly given, and some modern editors seem to have felt themselves at liberty to dispose of them as they thought best. The quarto and folio vary in other more minute particulars.
Rouse up revenge from ebon den with fell Alecto's
snake, For Doll is in ; Pistol speaks nought but truth. Fal. I will deliver her.
[Shouts within, and trumpets sound. Pist. There roar'd the sea, and trumpet-clangor
Enter King and his Train, including the Chief Justice.
Fal. God save thy grace, king Hal! my royal IIal !
Pist. The heavens thee guard and keep, most royal imp of fame!
Fal. God save thee, my sweet boy!
Not to come near our person by ten mile.
[Exeunt King and his Train. Fal. Master Shallow, I owe you a thousand pound.
Shal. Ay, marry, sir John; which I beseech you to let me have home with me.
Fal. That can hardly be, master Shallow. Do not you grieve at this : I shall be sent for in private to him. Look you, he must seem thus to the world. Fear not your advancement; I will be the man yet that shall make you great.
Shal. I cannot perceive how, unless you should give me your doublet, and stuff me out with straw. I beseech you, good sir John, let me have five hundred of my thousand.
Fal. Sir, I will be as good as my word: this that you heard was but a colour.
Shal. A colour, I fear, that you will die in, sir John.
Fal. Fear no colours: go with me to dinner. Come, lieutenant Pistol ;—come Bardolph.--I shall be sent for soon at night.
Re-enter Prince John, the Chief Justice, Officers, &c.
Ch. Just. Go, carry sir John Falstaff to the Fleet. Take all his company along with him.
Fal. My lord, my lord !
Ch. Just. I cannot now speak: I will hear you soon. Take them away.
? And as we hear you do Reform yourselves,] Boswell states that the folio has redeem for “reform” of the quarto. No copy of the folio that I have ever met with has redeen.
8 — the tenor of our word.] So the folio : the quarto has “the tenor of my word.”
Pist. Se fortuna me tormenta, il sperare me contenta.
[Exeunt Fal. SHAL. Pist. Bard. Page, and
Ch. Just. And so they are.
P. John. I will lay odds, that, ere this year expire,
First my fear, then my courtesy, last my speech. My fear is your displeasure, my courtesy my duty, and my speech to beg your pardons. If you look for a good speech, now, you undo me; for what I have to say, is of mine own making, and what indeed I should say, will, I doubt, prove mine own marring. But to the purpose, and so to the venture.—Be it known to you, (as it is very well) I was lately here in the end of a displeasing play, to pray your patience for it, and to promise you a better. I did mean, indeed, to pay you with this; which, if, like an ill venture, it come un
9 I HEARD a bird so sing,] The folio," I hear a bird so sing,” which is clearly wrong: the quarto, “heard."
1 Epilogue.] Johnson remarks upon the flatness of the conclusion of this play, and this epilogue (which was evidently spoken by an actor, who was also a dancer) was perhaps added in order, in the words of Barten Halliday, “ the more cheerfully to dismiss the spectators."