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Touching our person seek we no revenge ;
[Exeunt Conspirators, guarded.
London. Mrs. Quickly's house in Eastcheap. Enter PISTOL, MRS. QUICKLY, NYM, BARDOLPH, and
Mrs. Quick. Pr'ythee, honey-sweet husband, let me bring thee to Staines.
Pis. No; for my manly heart doth yearn.
Bardolph, be blithe; Nym, rouse thy vaunting
veins ; Boy, bristle thy courage up; for Falstaff he is dead, And we must
therefore. Bar. Would I were with him, wheresome'er he is, either in heaven or in hell !
Mrs. Quick. Nay, sure, he's not in hell; he's in Arthur's bosom, if ever man went to Arthur's bosom. 'A made a finer end, and went away, an it had been any christom child ; 1 'a parted even just between twelve and one, ev'n at turning o'the tide : for after I saw him fumble with the sheets, and play with flowers, and smile upon his fingers' ends, I knew there was but one way; for his nose was as sharp as a pen, and 'a babbled of green fields. · How now, sir John ?' quoth I: 'what, man! be of good cheer. So 'a cried out— God, God, God!' three or four times : now I, to comfort him, bid him, 'a should not think of God; I hoped, there was no need to trouble himself with any such thoughts yet : so, 'a bade me lay more clothes on his feet: I put my hand into the bed, and felt them, and they were as cold as any stone; then I felt to his knees, and so upward, and upward, and all was as cold as any stone.
Nym. They say, he cried out of sack.
I A child not more than a month old.
Mrs. Quick. Nay, that 'a did not.
Boy. Yes, that 'a did; and said, they were devils incarnate.
Mrs. Quick. 'A could never abide carnation; 'twas a color he never liked.
Boy. 'A said once, the devil would have him about women.
Mrs. Quick. ’A did in some sort, indeed, handle women : but then he was rheumatic;1 and talked of the whore of Babylon.
Boy. Do you not remember, ’a saw a flea stick upon Bardolph's nose; and ’a said, it was a black soul burning in hell-fire ?
Bar. Well, the fuel is gone that maintained that fire: that's all the riches I got in his service.
Nym. Shall we shog off? the king will be gone from Southampton.
Pis. Come, let's away.—My love, give me thy
lips. Look to my
my moveables : Let senses rule ; ? the word is, ' Pitch and pay; Trust none; For oaths are straws, men's faiths are wafer-cakes, And hold-fast is the only dog, my duck ; Therefore, caveto be thy counsellor. Go, clear thy crystals.3 Yoke-fellows in arms, Let us to France ! like horse-leeches, my boys ;
" Mrs. Quickly probably means lunatic.
To suck, to suck, the very blood to suck !
[kissing her. Nym. I cannot kiss ; that is the humor of it: but adieu.
Pis. Let housewifery appear; keep close, I thee command. Mrs. Quick. Farewell ; adieu.
France. A room in the French King's palace. Enter FRENCH KING attended ; DAUPHIN,
BURGUNDY, CONSTABLE, and others. Fr. King. Thus come the English with full power
upon us ; And more than carefully it us concerns, To answer royally in our defences. Therefore the dukes of Berry, and of Bretagne, Of Brabant, and of Orleans, shall make forth, And you, prince Dauphin,—with all swift despatch, To line, and new repair, our towns of war With men.of courage and with means defendant: For England his approaches makes as fierce, As waters to the sucking of a gulf. It fits us then to be as provident As fear may teach us, out of late examples Left by the fatal and neglected English
Upon our fields.
Dau. My most redoubted father,
O peace, prince Dauphin!
shall find, his vanities forespent 3 Were but the outside of the Roman Brutus,
i Render callous, insensible.
In making objections.