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p, John. Well, peace be with tilui that hath
made us heavy I C'A. Just. Peace be with us, lest we be Ilea
P. Humph. O good my .ord, you have lost a friend Indeed; And I dare swear, you borrow not that face Of teeming sorrow , it is, sure, your own. p. John. Though no man be assur'd what grace to And, You stand in coldest expectation: I am the sorrier; 'would 'twere otherwise. Via. Well, vou must now speak Sir John Falstaff fair; Which swims against our stream of quality. Ch. Just, Sweet princes, what l did, I did in honour,
U *1 by the impartial conduct of my soul;
Enter King Hekbt V.
OA. Just. Good morrow; and heaven save your majesty I
A inc. This new and gorgeous garment, majesty,
Sits not so easy on me as you think.—
ThH is the English, not the Turkish court;
King. You all look strangely on me :—and you most: [To the Ch. Justice.
You Ate, I think, assur'd I love you not. Vh Just. I am assur'd, if I be measur'd rightly,
Yom majesty hath no just cause to hate ine.
King. No I Hon might a prince of my great hopes forget So great indignities you laid upon me? What 1 rate, rebuke, aud roughly send to prison The in,mediate heir of England f Was this easy? Hay Ulis be wash'd in Lethe, aud forgotten I
Ch. Just. 1 then did use the persou of your
The image uf his power lay then In me:
Nay, nu ie; to spurn at your most royal image,
• EMMMf of rtie Tnrki, died In 1MW; hit *o» mho tmcewiitl liiui i,.,j a|| hit brother* ttrauftJcd.
And mock your workings in a second body
Therefore still bear the balance and the sword;
For which, I do commit into your hand [bear;
With the like bold, just, and impartial spirit, As you have done 'gainst me. There is my hand;
You shall be as a father to my youth: [ear: My voice snail sound as you do prompt mine And I will stoop aud humble my iuteuts
To your well-practis'd wise directions.
And, princes all, believe me, 1 beseech yuu ;—
As thing acquainted and familiar to us;
In tWhicb you, father, shall have foremost hand.— [To the L>ord Cu. JviTica. Our coronation done, we will accite. As 1 before remember'd, all our state: Aud (God consigning lo my good intents,) No prince, nor peer, shall have just cause to say,—
Heaven shorten Harry's happy life one day.
SCENE III.—Glostershire.—The Garden of Shallow's house.
Enter Falstaff, Shallow, Silence, BahDolph, the Page, and Divr. Sltal. Nay, you shall see mine orchard: where, in an arbour, we will eat a last year's pippin of my own grading, with a dish of carraways, aud so furth ;—come, cuusiu Sileuce and then to bed.
Fat. 'Fore God, you have here a goodly dwelling, and a rich.
Shot. Barren, barren, barren; beggars all, beggars all. Sir John:—marry, good air.— Spread, Davy ; spread, Davy; well said, Davy.
fiat. This Davy serves you for good uses; he is your serving-man, aud your husbandman. Shal. A good varlet, a good varlet, a very
• Treat with contempt your artf executed l>> a Kj.1** ■entama.
1 t Iu your rcjal character aud office.
good varlet, Sir John.—By the mass, J have
drunk too much sack at supper: a goot
varlet. Now sit dowu, now sit down:—come cousin.
Sit. Ah, sirrah t quoth-a,—we shall
And praise heaven for the merry year ,
Davy. Sweet Sir, sit; [Seating Bardolph and the Page at another table.] I'll be with
you Moot—most sweet Sir, sit. Master
Page, good master Page, sit: proface !• What yon want In meat, we'll have in drink. But you must bear; The heart's all. [Edit.
Shal. Be merry, master Bardolph ;—and my little soldier there, be merry.
Sil. Be merry, be merry, wy wife's as all; t [Singing.
For women are shrews, both short and tail: *Tis merry in halt, when beards wag alt,
And welcome merry shrove-tide. Be merry, be merry, 4cSal. I did not think master Silence had been a man of this mettle. Sil. Who I I I have been merry twice and
Re-enter Davy. There is a dish of leather-coats \ for
[Setting them before Bardolph. Shal. Davy,—
Davy. Your worship T—I'll be with you straight. [To Bard.]—A cup of wine. Sir!
Sit. A cup of wine, that's brisk and fine,
And drink unto the leman ) mine;
[Singing. And a merry heart lives long-a.
Fat. Well said, master Silence.
Sil. And we shall be merry ;— now comes in the sweet of the night.
Fat. Health and long life to you, master Silence.
Sit. Fill the cup, and let it come;
I'll pledge you a mile to the bottom.
Shal. Honest Bardolph, welcome: if thou wantest any thing, and wilt not call, beshr thy heart.—Welcome, my little Uny thief; [To the Page.] and welcome, indeed, too.—I'll drink to master Bardolph, and to all the cavaleroes about Londou.
Davy. I hope to see London once ere I die.
Bard. An 1 might see you there Davy,—
.Shal. By the mass, you'll crack a quart together. Ha! will you not, master Baidolph J
Bard. Yes, Sir, in a pottle pot.
Shal. 1 thank thee i—The knave will stick by thee, 1 can assure thee that: be will not out; he is true bred.
Bard. Aud I'll stick by bim, Sir.
Siml. Why, there spoke a kiug. Lack nothing: be merry. [Knocking heard.] Look who's at door there; Ho I who knocks?
Fal. Why, now yon have done me right.
[To Silkncb, who drinks a bumper, Sit. Do me right, [Singing And dub me knight:^ Samingo If
Is't not sot
Why, then say an old man can
Davy. An it please your worship, there's one Pistol come from the court with news. Fat. From the court, let bim come in.—
Fal. How now, Pistol f
Pist. God save you, Sir John!
Fal. What wind blew you hither. Pistol f
Pist. Not the ill wind which blows no man to good.—Sweet knight, thou art now one of the greatest men In the realm.
Sit. By'r lady, 1 think 'a be; but good man Puff of Barton.
Puff in thy teeth, most recreant coward base I—
Fat, I pr'ytbee now, deliver them like a man of this world.
Pist. A foutra for the world, and worldliugs base 1
I speak of Africa, and golden joys.
Let king Copbetua know the truth thereof.
Shall dunghill curs confront the Heli-
And shall good news be baffled?
breeding. Pist. Why then, lament therefore. Shal. Give me pardon. Sir:—If, Sir, yon come with news from the court, I take it, there is but two ways; either to utter them, or to conceal them. I am, Sir, under the kiug, in some author it v. Pist. Under which king, Bezouiau 1 speak,
Harry the Hub's the man. I speak the truth:
Fat. Away, Bardolph; saddle my horse.— Master Robert Shallow, choose what office thou wilt In the laud, 'tis thine.—Pistol, I wilt double-charge thee with dignities.
Bard. O joyful day I—I wonld not take a knighthood fur my fortune. Pist. Wbatf 1 do bring good news? lal. Carry master Silence to bed.—Master Shallow, my lord Shallow, be what thou wilt, l am fortune's steward. Get on thy boots; we'll ride all night:—O sweet Pistol;—Away, Bardolph. [hiit. Bard.]—Come, Pistol, utter more to me; and, withal, devise something, to do thyself good.—Boot, boot, master Shallow; I know, the youug king Is sick for me. Ltt us take any man's horses; the laws of England are at my commandment. Happy are they which have been my friends; and woe to my lord chief justice 1 Pist. Let vultures vile seize on his lung* also 1
Where is the life that late I led, say they:
SCENE IF.—London.—A Street.
Fitter Bej Dles, dragging in Hostess Quickly,
1 Bead. The constables have delivered her over to me; and she shall have whipping-cheer enough, I warrant her: There hath been a man or two lately killed about her.
Dol. Nut-hook, nut-hook, * you lie. Come; on; I'll tell thee what, thou damned tripevtsaged rascal; an the child ! now go with, do miscarry, thou hadst better tbouhadst struck thy mother, thou paper-faced villain.
Host. O the Lord that Sir John were come; be would make this a bloody day to somebody. But 1 pray God the fruit of ber womb miscarry I 1 Bead. If it do, y«u shall have a dozen of cushions t again; you have hut eleven now. Come, I charge you both go with me; for the man is dead, that you and Pistol beat among you. *
Dot. I'll tell thee what, tbou thin man In a censer 1 I will have you as soundly swinged for this, you blue-bottle rogue If you filthy famished correctioner I if you be not swinged, I'll forswear halt tilths.
I Bead. Come, come, yon she knight-errant, come.
Host. O that right should thus overcome might 1 Well; of sufferance comes ease.
Dol. Come, you rogue, come; briug me to a
Host. Ay ; come, you starved blood-hound.
SCEtVS V.—A public Place near Westminster Abbey.
Enter two Grooms, strewing rushes.
1 Groom. More rushes, more rushes.
2 Groom. The trumpets have sounded twice
from the coronation: Despatch, despatch.
Enter Fai,Staff. Shallow, Pistol, Bar
Dolph, and the Pack. Fal. Stand here by me, master Robert Shallow; I will make the king do you grace: I will leer upon him, as'a comes by; and do but mark the countenance thfct he will give me. Pist. God bless thy lungs, good knight. Fal. Come here, Pistol; stand behind me.— O if I had had time to have made new liveries, 1 would have bestowed the thousand pound I bor rowed of you. [To Shallow.] But 'tis uo mat ter; tbia poor show doth better: this doth Infer the zeal I had to sec him. Shal. It doth so. Fal. It shows my earnestness of affection. Shal. It doth so. Fal. My devotion. Shal. It doth, itdnth, it doth. 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 sweatiug with desire to sec him: thinkins 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: l it all in every part.
• A term of reproach for a raU-bpoll.
♦ To counterfeit pregnancy.
uallr wore a blue liver*
Shal. Tis so, Indeed.
Pist. My knight, 1 will luftame thy noble liver.
Thy Doll, and Helen of thy noble thought*,
By most mechanical and dirty hand:
[Shouts within, and the Trumpets t
Enter the King and his Train, the Chief
Pist. The heavens thee guard and keep, most
Ch. Just. Have you your witsT know you
what 'tis you speak 7 Fal. My king I my Jove I I speak to thee, my heart I
King. I know thee, not, old man: Fall to thy
How HI white hairs become a fool and Jester I
I have turn'd away my former self;
ror competence oi mc, i wm tuiui* j«u,
Fal. Master Shallow, I owe you a thousand
Shal. Ay, marry, Sir John; which I beseech you to let me have home with me.
Fat. 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; 1 will be the man yet, that shall make you great.
S/ial. I cannot perceive bow; unless you five me your doublet, and stuff me out with straw. I beseech you, good Sir John, let me have five hundred of my thousand.
I'al. Sir, I will be as good as my word ; this that you heard, was but a colour.
Shal. A colour, I fear, that yon will die in,
Fal. Fear no colours; go with me to dinner.
Take all his company along with him.
t This fart ia recorded at length by Ilolliuahad.
Pal. My lord, my lord,
(Just. 1 cannot now speak: I will bear yon Take them away. [soon. Pitt. Si fortuna me tormenta, spero me contenta.
[Exeunt Fal. Shal. Pist. Babd. Paul, and Officers. P. John. I like this fair proceeding of the king's:
He bath intent, bis wonted followers
Ch. Just. And so they are.
P. John. Tbe king bath call'd bis parliament, my lord.
Ch. Just. He bath.
P. John. I will lay odds, that, ere this year expire,
We bear our civil swords, and native fire.
Spoken By A Danckb
First, my feat-; then, my conrt'sy; last, my speech. My fear is, your displeasure; my court'sy, 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; aud what, indeed, I should say.
will, [ doubt, prove mine own marring. But to tbe purpose, and so to tbe venture.—Be it known to you, (as It is very well,) I was lately here in tbe 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 tbis: which, if, like an ill venture, it come nnlucklly home, I break, and you, my gentle creditors, lose. Here, I promised you, I would be, and here I commit my body to your mercies: bate me some, and I will pay you some, and, as moat debtors do, promise you infinitely.
If my tongue caunot entreat ybii to acquit me, will you command me to use my legs % aud yet that were but light payment,—to dance out of your debt. But a good conscience will make any possible satisfaction, and so will I. All tbe gentlewomen here have forgiven me; If tbe gentlemen will not, tbeu the gentlemen do not agree with the gentlewomen, which was never seen before in such an assembly.
One word more, I beseech you. If you he not too much cloyed with fat meat, our humble author will continue the story, with Sir John in it, and make yon merry with fair Katharine of France: where, for any thing I know, Falstaff shaP. die of a sweat, unless already be be killed with your bard opinions; for Oldcastle died a martyr, and this is not tbe man. My tongue is weary; when my legs are too, I will bid yon good night: and so kneel down before you j— but. Indeed, to pray for the queen. *
* Most of tbe ancient interlude* conclude with a pnrer for the King or Queen. Hence, porhap*, th« Vivant Rum tt /farina, at the bottom of ©■- modern play Willi.
KING HENRY V.
LITERARY AND HISTORICAL NOTICE. THE transaction* computed tr :bb historical play commence about the loiter end of the first, and terminate in the eighth, year <>l King Henry's reign t or with tho marriage between him end Katharine, priucess of Francs which reconciled the difference! of the two crowna. It waa written in the year 1MB, at the time when Eliza bcth's forces in Ireland were commanded by the Earl of Essex. Shakspeerc, who had shewn the boundtej foibles and dissipation of Henry, whilst ■ priuce, was under the necessity of pourt raying the dignity aa lustre of his character ■ a monarch. In this, with one exception (the scene of his courtship) he has fully succeeded. The old woman's account of FalstafTs death is admirably written : (t is simply pathetic, and naturally circumstantial ■ every reader must regret bidding adieu to the facetious old knight, whose jokes eo invariably produced a smile. Of Pinto), Dr Johnson says, " hi* character has perhaps been the model of ail the Lallies that bare yet appeared on the English stage."
The Scene, at the beginning of the play, lies in England; but afterwards wholly in France.
Crouch for employment. But pardon, gentles
The flat unraised spirit that hath dar'd
* Alluding to the Peripatetic system i which imagines * * < r 11 heavens one above another , the luit and highest tt which -nan one of fire,
t An allusion to the circular form ol the theatre.
Attest, in tittle place, a million;
Carry them here and there : jumping o'er times |
• rowers of faruf.