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Fal. Well, that rascal hath good mettle in him; he will not run.
P. Hen. Why, what a rascal art thou then, to praise him so for running ?
Fal. O'horseback, ye cuckoo! but, afoot, he will not budge a foot.
P. Hen. Yes, Jack, upon inistinct.
Fal. I grant ye, upon instinct. Well, he is there too, and one Mordake, and a thousand blue-caps' more: Worcester is stolen away to-night; thy father's beard is turned white with the news ; you may buy land now as cheap as stinking mackarel.'
P. Hen. Why then, 'tis like, if there come a hot June, and this civil buffeting hold, we shall buy maidenheads as they buy hob-nails, by the hundreds.
Fal. By the mass, lad, thou sayest true ; it is like, we shall have good trading that way.-But, tell me, Hal, art thou not horribly afeard? thou being heir apparent, could the world pick thee out three such enemies again, as that fiend Douglas, that spirit Percy, and that devil Glendower? Art thou not horribly afraid? doth not thy blood thrill at it?
P. Hen. Not a whit, i'faith; I lack some of thy instinct.
Fal. Well, thou wilt be horribly chid to-morrow, when thou comest to thy father: if thou love me, practise an answer.
9- blue-caps-) A name of ridicule given to the Scots from their blue-bonnets.
- you may buy land, &c.] In former times the prosperity of the nation was known by the value of land, as now by the price of stocks. Before Henry the Seventh made it safe to serve the King regnant, it was the practice at every revolution, for the conqueror to confiscate the estates of those that opposed, and perhaps of those who did not assist him. Those, therefore, that foresaw the change of government, and thought their estates in danger, were desirous to sell them in haste for something that might be carried away. Johnson.
P. Hen. Do thou stand for my father, and examine me upon the particulars of my life.
Fal. Shall I? content:- This chair shall be my state, this dagger my scepter, and this cushion my crown.
P. Hen. Thy state is taken for a joint-stool, thy golden scepter for a leaden dagger, and thy precious rich crown, for a pitiful bald crown!
Fal. Well, an the fire of grace be not quite out of thee, now shalt thou be moved.-Give me a cup of sack, to make mine eyes look red, that it may be thought I have wept; for I must speak in passion, and I will do it in king Cambyses'4 vein.
P. Hen. Well, here is my leg."
Fal. And here is my speech:—Stand aside, nobility.
Host. This is excellent sport, i'faith.
are vain. Host. O, the father, how he holds his countenance! · Fal. For God's sake, lords, convey my tristful
queen, For tears do stop the flood-gates of her eyes.
Host. O rare! he doth it as like one of these harlotry players, as I ever see.
Fal. Peace, good pint-pot; peace, good ticklebrain. —Harry, I do not only marvel where thou
2 This chair shall be my state,] A state is a chair with a canopy over it.
3= this cushion my crown.] Dr. Letherland, in a MS. note, observes that the country people in Warwickshire use a cushion for a crown, at their harvest-home diversions.
_ king Cambyses' -] The banter is here upon a play called, A lamentable Tragedie, mired full of pleasant Mirth, containing the Life of Cambises, King of Persia. By Thomas Preston. (1570.] THEOBALD.
- my leg.] That is, my obeisance to my father. 6- tickle-brain.] This appears to have been the nick-name of some strong liquor.
the Life MLEOBAL That is, appe
spendest thy time, but also how thou art accompanied: for though the camomile, the more it is trodden on, the faster it grows, yet youth, the more it is wasted, the sooner it wears. That thou art my son, I have partly thy mother's word, partly my own opinion; but chiefly, a villainous trick of thine eye, and a foolish hanging of thy nether lip, that doth warrant me. If then thou be son to me, here lies the point;—Why, being son to me, art thou so pointed at? Shall the blessed sun of heaven prove a micher, and eat blackberries! a question not to be asked. Shall the son of England prove a thief, and take purses ? a question to be asked. There is a thing, Harry, which thou hast often heard of, and it is known to many in our land by the name of pitch: this pitch, as ancient writers do report, doth defile; so doth the company thou keepest: for, Harry, now I do not speak to thee in drink, but in tears; not in pleasure, but in passion; not in words only, but in woes also :-And yet there is a virtuous man, whom I have often noted in thy company, but I know not his name.
P. Hen. What manner of man, an it like your majesty?
Fal. A good portly man, i'faith, and a corpulent; of a cheerful look, a pleasing eye, and a most noble carriage; and, as I think, his age some fifty, or, by'r-lady, inclining to threescore;, and now I re
I though the camomile, &c.] This whole speech is supremely comick. T'he simile of camomile used to illustrate a contrary effect, brings to my remembrance an observation of a late writer of some merit, whom the desire of being witty has betrayed into a like thought. Meaning to enforce with great vehe. mence the mad temerity of young soldiers, he remarks, that " though Bedlam be in the road to Hogsden, it is out of the way to promotion.” Johnson.
- a micher;] i. e. truant; A micher, means a lurking thief distinguished from one more daring.
member me, his name is Falstaff: if that man should be lewdly given, he deceiveth me; for, Harry, I see virtue in his looks. If then the tree may be known by the fruit, as the fruit by the tree, then, peremptorily I speak it, there is virtue in that Falstaff: him keep with, the rest banish. And tell me now, thou naughty varlet, tell me, where hast thou been this month?
P. Hen. Dost thou speak like a king? Do thou stand for me, and I'll play my father.
Fal. Depose me? if thou dost it half so gravely, so majestically, both in word and matter, hang me. up by the heels for a rabbet-sucker,' or a poulter's hare.
P. Hen. Well, here I am set. ·
Fal. 'Sblood, my lord, they are false :-nay, I'll tickle ye for a young prince, i'faith.
P. Hen. Swearest thou, ungracious boy? henceforth ne'er look on me. Thou art violently carried away from grace: there is a devil haunts thee, in the likeness of a fat old man: a tun of man is thy companion. Why dost thou converse with that trunk of humours, that bolting-hutch? of beastliness, that swoln parcel of dropsies, that huge bombard of sack, that stuffed cloak-bag of guts, that roasted Manningtree ox® with the pudding in his
9--rubbet-sucker, &c.] Is, I suppose, a sucking rabbet. The jest is in comparing himself to something thin and little. So a poulterer's hare; a hare hung up by the hind legs without a skin, is long and slender. Johnson.
i bolting-hutch--) Is the wooden receptacle into which the meal is bolted. Steevens. . _ that huge bombard of sack,] A bombard is a barrel.
- Manningtree ox-) Manningtree in Essex, and the
belly, that reverend vice, that grey iniquity, that father ruffian, that vanity in years! Wherein is he good, but to taste sack and drink it? wherein neat and cleanly, but to carve a capon and eat it? wherein cunning, but in craft? wherein crafty, but in villainy? wherein villainous, but in all things? wherein worthy, but in nothing?
Fal. I would, your grace would take me with you;4 Whom means your grace?
P. Hen. That villainous abominable misleader of youth, Falstaff, that old white-bearded Satan. .
Fal. My lord, the man I know.
Fal. But to say, I know more harm in him than in myself, were to say more than I know. That he is old, the more the pity,) his white hairs do witness it: but that he is (saving your reverence, a whoremaster, that I utterly deny. If sack and sugar be a fault, God help the wicked! If to be old and merry be a sin, then many an old host that I know, is damned: if to be fat be to be hated, then Pharoah's lean kine are to be loved. No, my good lord; banish Peto, banish Bardolph, banish Poins: but for sweet Jack Falstaff, kind Jack Falstaff, true Jack Falstaff, valiant Jack Falstaff, and therefore more valiant, being as he is, old Jack Falstaff, banish not him thy Harry's company, banish not him thy Harry's company; banish plump Jack, and banish all the world. P. Hen. I do, I will.
[A knocking heard. [Exeunt Hostess, Francis, and BARDOLPH.
neighbourhood of it, are famous for richness of pasture. The farms thereabouts are chiefly tenanted by graziers. Some ox of an unusual size was, probably, roasted there on an occasion of publick festivity, or exposed for money to publick show.
4- take me with you ;] That is, go no faster than I can follow. Let me know your meaning.