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1 Car. What, oftler! come away, and be hang'd, come away.
2 Car. I have a gammon of bacon, and two orazes of ginger, to be delivered as far as Charing.cross.
i Car. 'Odsbody! the turkies in my pannier are quite Itary’d. -What, oftler !--A plague on thee! halt thou never an eye in thy head ? canst not hear? An 'cwere not as good a deed as drink, to break the pate of thee, I am a very villain.-Come, and be hang'd :-Haft no faith in thee?
Enter Gads bill.
Gads. Good morrow, carriers. What's o'clock ?
Gads. I pr’ythee, lend me thy lanthorn, to see my gelding in the stable.
i Car. Nay, soft, I pray ye; I know a trick worth two of that, i'faith.
Gads. I pr’ythee, lend me thine.
2 Car. Ay, when, canst tell ?—Lend me thy lanthorn, quoth a ?-marry, I'll see thee hang'd first.
Gads. Sirrah carrier, what time do you mean to come to London ?
2 Car. Time enough to go to bed with a candle, I warrant thee.-Come, neighbour Mugges, we'll call up the gentlemen ; they will along with company, for they have great charge,
Gads. What, ho! chamberlain ! Cham. 'At hand, quoth pick-purse. a razes)-races, entire roots.
o be iwo o'clock!]-thus the carrier means to miscad Gadbill, whom he suspects to be a highwayman. F At hand, quo:h pick-pürje.)-A proverbial expresion,
Gads. That's even as fair asmat hand, quoth the chamberlain : for thou variest no more from picking of purses, than giving direction doth from labouring; thou lay'tt the plot how.
Cbam. Good morrow, master Gads-hill. It holds current, that I told you yesternight: There's “a franklin in the wild of Kent, hath brought three hundred marks with him in gold: I heard him tell it to one of his company, last night at fupper ; a kind of auditor ; one that hath abundance of charge too, God knows what. They are up already, and call for eggs and butter: They will away presently.
Gads. Sirrah, if they meet not with " saint Nicholas' clerks, I'll give thee this neck.
Cham. No, I'll none of it: I pr’ythee, keep that for the hangman; for, I know, thou worship'st saint Nicholas as truly as a man of falshood may.
Gads. What talk'st thou to me of the hangman? if I hang, I'll make a fat pair of gallows : for, if I hang, old fir John hangs with me; and, thou know'st, he's no ftarveling. Tut! there are other ' Trojans that thou dream'st not of, the which, for sport sake, are content to do the profession some grace ; that would, if matters Thould be look'd into, for their own credit fake, make all whole. I am join’d with % no foot land-rakers, no longstaff, fix-penny strikers ; none of these mad, mustachio, purple-hu'd malt-worms: but with nobility, and tran
a franklin)-a yeoman, • Saint Nicbolas' lerks]-or knights, a cant name for robbers, as old Nick is for the devil.
f Trojans]-thieves. Love's LABOUR LOST, Vol. I. p. 618 and 619. King and Coff. s no fost land-rakers, &c.]—no foot pads, no fellows that infeft the soads with long staves, and stop men for fixpence.
muslacbio, purple-bu'd wall-worms :) - sed faced tipplers, with whilers.
quillity.; burgomasters, and great 'oneyers ; such as can *hold in; such as will strike sooner than speak, and speak sooner than drink, and drink sooner than pray : And yet I lie; for they pray continually unto their faint, the commonwealth ; or, rather, not pray to her, but prey on her; for they ride up and down on her, and make her their boots.
Cham. What, the common-wealth their boots ? will she hold out water in foul way?
Gads. She will, she will; juftice hath liquor'd her. We steal as in a castle, cock-sure ; we have the receipt of fern-seed, we walk invisible.
Cham. Nay, by my faith ; I think, you are more beholden to the night, than to fern-seed, for your walking invisible.
Gads. Give me thy hand : thou shalt have a fare in our purchase, as I am a true man.
Cham. Nay, rather let me have it, as you are a false thief.
Gads. P Go to; Homo is a common name to all men.Bid the oftler bring my gelding out of the stable.' Farewell, you muddy knave,
[Exeunt. onegers ;] - officers of the exchequer--monegers, officers of the mint, or bankers ; mynbeers ; feigniors.
k bold in ; &c.]—such as will stick to their game; or close to ope an. other,--not peach :-such as will cake'a purle without hub.bub; and though rather apt to preach over their liquor, are more inclined to drink than to pray.
s boats, ]-booty. m will she hold out water in foul way ? &c.)--help you out at a dead lift? Yes, the chicanery of the law will bring us out of any scrapes,
o fern-jeed,]—which grows secretly on the back of the leaf, whence it was suppoíed to convey invisibility.
• purchase,}-acquifition, spoil." They will feal any thing, and “call it purchase.” HENRY V. AA III, S. 2. Box.
P Ga 10 ;]- you might have faid “ falle man."
The Road by Gads-bill. Enter Prince Henry, Poins, and Peto. Poins. Come, shelter, shelter; I have remov'd Falstaff's horse, and he frets like a gumm'd velvet.
P. Henry. Stand close.
P. Henry. Peace, ye fat-kidney'd rascal; What a brawling dost thou keep?
Fal. What, Poins, Hal !
go seek him.
Fal. I am accurft to rob in that thief's company : the rascal hath remov'd my horse, and ty'd him I know not where. If I travel but four foot " by the square further afoot, I shall break my wind. Well, I doubt not but to die a fair death for all this, if I 'scape hanging for killing
I have forsworn his company hourly any time this two and twenty year,
yet I am bewitch'd with the rogue's company. If the rascal have not given me medicines to make me love him, I'll be hang'd; it could not be else; I have drunk medicines.-Poins-Hal! -a plague upon you both!-Bardolph!-- Peto !-I'I Starve ere ' I'll rob a foot further. An'twere not as good a deed as drink, to turn true man, and to leave these rogues, I am the veriest varlet that ever chew'd with a tooth. by the square)-mile, measure, esquierre. - jumps twelve foot and a half by th' Squire.."
Winter's Tali, Vol. II. p. 638. Ser. Pll rob]-proceed upon this plan a foot further.
Eight yards of uneven ground, is threescore and ten miles afoot with me; and the stony-hearted villains know it well enough: A plague upon't, when thieves cannot be true one to another! [they whistle.] Whew!-A plague upon you all! Give me my horse, you rogues ; give me my horse, and be hang’d.
P. Henry. Peace, ye fat-guts ! lye down; lay thine ear close to the ground, and lift if thou canst hear the tread of travellers.
Fal. Have you any levers to lift me up again, being down ? 'Sblood, I'll not bear mine own felh so far afoot again, for all the coin in thy father's exchequer. What a plague mean ye, 'to cost me thus ?
P. Henry. Thou liest, thou art not colted, thou art un. colted.
Fal. I pr’ythee, good prince Hal, help me to my horse; good king's son. P. Henry. Out, you rogue ! shall I be your
oftler ? Fel. Go, hang thyself in thy own heiç-apparent garters! If I be ta’en, I'll peach for this. An I have not ballads made on you all, and sung to filthy tunes, let a cup
of sack be my poison: When a jest is so 'forward, and afoot too! I hate it.
Enter Gads-bill and Bardolph.
Poins. O, 'tis our fetter ; I know his voice.
Bard. Cafe ye, case ye; on with your visors; there's money of the king's coming down the hill, 'tis going to the king's exchequer.
to calt me-trick, fool.
forward, ]-carried so far.