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miscarry, thoupaper-faced villain..n were come ;


Commons. If

SCENE IV.-- London.- A Street. I Shal. 'Tis so, indeed.

Pist. My knight, I will inflame thy noble liver. Finccer BE, DLES, dragging in Hostess QUICKLY, | And make thee rage. and DOLL TEAR-SHEET.

Thy Doll, and Helen of thy noble thoughts, Host. No, thou arrant knave : I would I might Is în hase durance, and contagious prisou; die, tbat I might have thee banged: thou hast Haul'd thither drawn my sboulder out of joint.

By most mechanical and dirty hand : 1 Bead. The constables have delivered her Rouse up revenge from ebon den with fell over to me; and she shall have whipping-cheer

Alecto's snake, enough, I warrant her : There hath been a man For Doll is in; Pistol speaks nought but truth. or two lately killed about her.

Fal. I will deliver her. Dol. Nut-book, nut-hook, • you lie. Come; [Shouts within, and the Trumpets sound. on; I'll tell thee what, thou damned tripe Pist. There roar'd the sea, and trumpetvisaged rascal; an the child I now go with, do

clangor sounds. miscarry, thou hadst better thou badst struck thy

Enter the KING and his Train, the CHIEP Host. O the Lord that Sir John were come ;

JUSTICE among them, he would make this a bloody day to somebody. Fal. God save thy grace, king Hal! my royal But I pray God the fruit of her womb miscarry 1 Hall

1 Bead. If it do, you shall have a dozen of Pist. The heavens thee guard and keep, most cushions + again ; you have but eleven now. (royal impof fame! Come, I charge you both go with me : for the Fal. God save thee, my sweet boy! man is dead. that you and Pistol beat among King. My lord chief justice, speak to that you.

vain man. Dol. I'U tell thee what, thou thio man in a Ch. Just. Have you your wits ? know you censer! I will have you as soundly swinged for

what 'tis you speak ? this, you blue-bottle rogue It you filthy famisbed

Fal. My king ! 'my Jove! I speak to thee, my correctioner! if you be not swinged, I'll forswear

heart! half-kirtles.

King. I know thee, not, old man : Fall to thy 1 Bead. Come, come, you she knight-errant,

prayers ; come.

| How ill white hairs become a fool and jester ! Host. O that right should thus overcome

I have long dream'd of such a kind of man, Inight! Well ; of sufferance comes ease.

So surfeit-swell'd, so old, and so profane ; Dol. Come, you rogue, come ; bring me to a But, being awake, I do despise my dream. justice.

Make less thy body hence, and more thy grace ; Host. Ay; come, you starved blood-bound. Leave gormandizing ; know, the grave doth gape Dol. Goodman death I goodman bones !

For thee thrice wider than for other men Host. Thou atomy, thou !

Reply not to me with a fool-born jest; Dol. Come, you thin thing ; come, you rascal! Presume not that I am the thing I was : 1 Bead. Very well.

Tereunt. For heaven doth know, so sball the world per.

ceive, SCENE V-A public Place near West- That I have turn'd away my former self ; minster Abbey.

So will I those that kept me company.

When thou dost bear I am as I have been, Enter two GROOMs, strewing rushes. Approach me; and thou shalt be as thou wast, 1 Groom. More rushes, more rushes.

The tutor and the feeder of my riots : 2 Groom. The trumpets have sounded twice. | Till then, I banish theet on pain of death, 1 Groom. It will be two o'clock ere they come

As I have done the rest of my misleaders. from the coronation : Despatch, despatch.

Not to come pear our person by ten mile. (Exeunt GROOMS.

For competence of life, I will allow you,

That lack of means enforce you not to evil; Enter FALSTAFF, SAALLOW, PISTOL, BAR And, as we hear you do reform yourselves, DOLPH, and the PAGB.

We will, -according to your strength, and qualiFal. Stand here by me, master Robert Shal.


(lord, low : I will make the king do you grace: I will give you advancement.-Be it your charge, my leer upon him, as 'a comes by; and do but mark | To see perfor

To see perform'd the tenor of our word. the countenance that he will give me.

Set on.

(Exeunt KING, and his Train. Pist. God bless thy lungs, good knight.

Fal. Master Shallow, I owe you a thousand Fal. Come here, Pistol ; stand behind me.

pound. o if I had bad time to have made new liveries, I

Shal. Ay, marry, Sir John ; which I beseech would have bestowed the thousand pound I bor you."

I har you to let me bave home with me. rowed of you. TO SHALLOW.) But 'tis no mat- 1.

Fal. That can hardly be, master Shallow, ter. this noor how doth better. This doib infer Do not you grieve at this : I shall be sent for in the zeal I had to see him.

private to him : Jook you, he must seem thus to Shal. It doth so.

the world. Fear not your advancement; I will Fal. It shows my earnestness of affection.

be the man yet, that shall make you great. Shal. It doth so.

Shal. I cannot perceive how; unless you give Fal. My devotion.

me your doublet, and stuff me out with straw, Skal. Ji doth, it doth, it doth.

I beseech you, good Sir John, let me have five Fal. As it were, to ride day and night ; and

and hundred of my thousand. not to deliberate. not to remember, not to have I Fal. Sir, I will be as good as my word ; this patience to shift me.

that you heard, was but a colour. Shal. It is most certain.

Shal. A colour, I fear, that you will die in, Fal. But to stand stained with travel. and Sir John. sweating with desire to see him : thinking ofl Fal. Fear no colours ; go with me to dinner. nothing else : putting all affairs else in oblivion : Come, lieutenant Pistol ;-come, Bardolph :as if there were nothing else to be done. but to I shall be sent for soon at night. see him.

Re-enter Prince John, the CHIEF JUSTICE, Pist. 'Tis semper idem, for absque hoc

Oficers, &c. nihil est : Tis all in every part.

Ch. Just. Go, carry Sir John Falstaff to the


Take all bis company along with him.
• A term of reproach for a catchpoll.
+ To counterfeit pregnates.

• Child.
1 Beadles usually wore a blue livery

# This fact is recorded at length by Hollinghed.

Fal. My lord, my lord,

will, I doubt, prove mine own marring. But to Ch. Just. I cannot now speak : I will bear you the purpose, and so to the venture.-Be it knowu Take them away.

(soon. | to you, (as it is very well,) I was lately here in Pist. Si fortuna me tormenta, spero me the end of a displeasing play, to pray your pati. contenta.

ence for it, and to promise you a better. I did (Exeunt Fal. SHAL. Pist. BARD. PAGE, mean, indeed, to pay you with this : which, if, and Officers.

like an ill venture, it come unluckily home, í P. John. I like this fair proceeding of the break, and you, my gentle creditors, lose. Here, king's :

I promised you, I would be, and here I commit He hath intent, his wonted followers

my body to your mercies : bate me soine, and I Sball all be very well provided for :

will pay you some, and, as most debtors do, But all are banisb'd, till their conversations promise you infinitely. Appear more wise and modest to the world.

If my tongne cannot entreat you to acquit me, Ch. Just. And so they are.

will you command me to use my legs ? and yet P. John. The king bath call'd his parliament, that were but ligbt payment,- to dance out of my lord.

your debt. But a good conscience will make any Ch. Just. He hath.

possible satisfaction, and so will l. All the genP. John. I will lay odds, that, ere this year tlewomen here bave forgiven me ; if the gentle. expire,

men will not, then the gentlemen do not agree We bear our civil swords, and native fire, with the gentlewomen, which was never seen As far as France: I heard a bird so sing,

before in such an assembly. Whose music, to my thinking, pleas'd the king. One word more, I beseech you. If you be not Come, will you hence ?

(Ereunt. too much cloyed with fat meat, our humble

author will continue the story, with Sir John in it, and make you merry with fair Katbarine of

France : where, for any thing I know, Falstaff EPILOGUE

shall die of a sweat, unless already he be killed

with your hard opinions ; for Oldcastle died a SPOKEN BY A DANCER

martyr, and this is not the man. My tongue is

weary ; when my legs are too, I will bid you

y court'sy: last, my good night : and so kneel down before you, speech. My fear is, your displeasure ; my but, indeed, to pray for the queen. court'sy, my duty ; and my speech, to beg your pardons. If you look for a good speech now,

| Most of the ancient interludes conclude with you undo me : for what I have to say is of mine

I prayer for the King or Queen. Hence, perhaps, the

e Vivant Res et Regina, at the bottom of ou moderu play own making; and what, indeed, I should say, bille.


LITERARY AND HISTORICAL NOTICE. THE cransactions comptized in this historical play commence abont the latter end of the first, and terminate in

the eighth, year of King Henry's reign; or with the inarriage between him and Katharine, princess of France, which reconciled the differences of the two crowns. It was written in the year 1599, at the time when Eliza beth's forces in Ireland were commanded by the Earl of Essex. Shakspeare, who had shewn the boundla foibles and dissipation of Henry, whilst a prince, was under the necessity of pourtraying the dignity as lustre of his character sa monarch. In this, with one exception (the scene of his courtship) he has fully succeeded. The old woman's account of Falstaff's death is admirably written: it is simply pathetic, and na. turally circumstantial: every reader must regret bidding adieu to the facetious old knight, whose jokes so in. variably produced a sinile. Or Pistol, Dr. Jobnson says, "his ohoracter has perhaps been the model of ail the ballies that have yet appeared on the English stage."


CHARLES THE SIXTH, King of France. DUKE OF GLOSTER, Brothers to the King.



BON DUKE OP YORK, Cousin to the King,




AMBASSADORs to the King of England,
EARL OF CAMBRIDGE, 7 Conspirators against

ISABEL, Queen of France.

KATHARINE, Daughter of Charles and Sir Thomas ERPINGHAX, GOWER, FLUELLEN,

MACMORRIS, JAMY, Oficers in King ALICE, a Lady attending on the Princess
Henry's Army.

BATES, COURT, WILLIAMS, Soldiers in the QUICKLY, Pistol's wife, a Hostess.

same. NYM, BARDOLPH, PISTOL, formerly Servants Lords, Ladies, Officers, French and English to Falstaff, now Soldiers in the same.

SoldiersMessengers, and Attes. Boy, Serrant to them.-A HERALD.--CHORUS. I


The SCENE, at the beginning of the play, lies in England ; but afterwards wholly in France.

| Tuto inake image talk of hors the receiv


Attest, in little place, a million ;
Oh! for a mose of fire, . that would ascend And let us, ciphers to this great accompt,
The brightest heaven of invention

On your imaginary forces work:
A kingdom for a stage, princes to act,

Suppose, within the girdle of these walls And monarchs to behold the swelling scene! Are now confin'd two mighty monarchies, Then should the warlike Harry, like himself, Whose high up-reared and abuiting fronts Assume the port of Mars; and, at his heels, The perilous, narrow ocean parts asunder. Leash'd in like hounds, whould famine, sword, Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts ; and fire,

Into a thousand parts divide one man, Crouch for employment. But pardon, gentles And make imaginary puissance : all,

Think, wben we talk of horses, that you see them The flat upraised spirit that hath dar'd

Printing their proud hoofs i'the receiving earth : On this unworthy scaffold to bring forth

For 'lis your thougbts that now must deck our So great an object : Can this cockpit hold

kings, The vasty fields of Frauce; or may we cram Carry them here and there : jumping o'er times; Within this wooden 0, + the very casques,

Turning the accounplishment of many years That did affright the air at Agincourt!

Into an hour glass; For the which supply, O pardon ! since a crooked figure may

Admit me chorus to this history;

Who, prologue-like, your humble patience rray, • Alluding to the Peripatetic system ; which imagines Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play. averal heavens one above another; the lust and highest of which was one of fire. An allusion to the circular form of the theatre.

• Powers of fancy.

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