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P. John. We meet like men that had forgot to
speak. War. We do remember; but our argument Is all too heavy to admit much talk. P. John. Well, peace be with him that hath made
us beavy! Ch. Just. Peace be with us, lest we be heavier ! P. Humph. O! good my lord, you have lost a 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 th' impartial conduct“ of my soul; And never shall you see, that I will beg A ragged and forestallid remission?. If truth and upright innocency fail me, I'll to the king, my master, that is dead, And tell him who hath sent me after him. War. Here comes the prince.
Enter King Henry V. Ch. Just. Good morrow, and heaven save your
majesty! King. This new and gorgeous garment, majesty, Sits not so easy on me as you think.
IMPARTIAL conduct-] Thus the quartos, rightly, beyond dispute. The folio reads imperial.
? A Ragged and FORESTALL'D remission.] Both “ragged” and “forestall’d" are rather puzzling epithets as applied to "remission,” which of course is pardon. By “ragged,” Johnson understands poor and base; and “ forestall’d” perhaps means anticipated by the king before it is asked.
sadness with some fear:
P. John, &c. We hope no other from your majesty'.
[To the Chief Justice. You are, I think, assur'd I love
Ch. Just. I am assurd, if I be measur'd rightly,
We hope no other from your majesty.) This line has the prefix of Bro. for Brothers, in the quarto ; and John, fc. in the folio.
And struck me in my very seat of judgment:
gave bold way to my authority, And did commit you.
If the deed were ill,
With the like bold, just, and impartial spirit,
[To the Lord Chief Justice.
9 My father is gone wild into his grave,] The meaning (remarks Malone) is, My wild dispositions having ceased on my father's death, and being now as it were buried in his tomb, he and wildness are interred in the same grave. Pope, not perceiving the true intention of the poet, substituted wail'd for “ wild;" but no subsequent editor followed his example.
Glostershire. The Garden of SHALLOW's House.
Enter FalsTAFF, SHALLOW, SILENCE, BARDOLPH, the
Page, and Davy. Shal. Nay, you shall see mine orchard; where, in an arbour, 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 husband.
Shal. A good varlet, a good varlet, a very good
Do nothing but eat, and make good cheer, [Singing.
* By the mass,] Even this exclamation, having reference to a ceremony exploded in our reformed church, was expunged in the folio, probably at the instance of the Master of the Revels.
3 And EVER AMONG so merrily.] “Ever among” is an idiomatic expression, used by Chaucer and many later writers. No originals of this and other musical outbreaks by Silence have been discovered. They are printed as prose in the old copies.