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Glostershire. A Hall in Shallow's
Enter Shallow, FALSTAFF, BARDOLPH, and Page.
Shal. By cock and pye, sir, you shall not away' tonight.- What, Davy, I say !
Fal. You must excuse me, master Robert Shallow.
Shal. I will not excuse you; you shall not be excused; excuses shall not be admitted ; there is no excuse shall serve ; you shall not be excused.—Why, Davy!
Davy. Here, sir.
Shal. Davy, Davy, Davy,let me see, Davy; let me see.-Yea, marry, William cook, bid him conie hither.—Sir John, you shall not be excused.
Davy. Marry, sir, thus ;—those precepts cannot be served: and, again, sir,—Shall we sow the headland with wheat ?
Shal. With red wheat, Davy. But for William cook. -Are there no young pigeons ?
Davy. Yes, sir.Here is now the smith's note, for shoeing, and plough-irons.
Shal. Let it be cast, and paid.--Sir John, you shall not be excused.
Davy. Now, sir, a new link to the bucket must needs be had.--And, sir, do you mean to stop any
of William's wages, about the sack he lost the other day at Hinckley fair?
Shal. He shall answer it. Some pigeons, Davy; a couple of short-legged hens; a joint of mutton ; and any pretty little tiny kickshaws, tell William cook.
1 This adjuration, which seems to have been a popular substitute for profane swearing, occurs in several old plays.
Davy. Doth the man of war stay all night, sir ?
Shal. Yes, Davy. I will use him well; a friend i’ the court is better than a penny in purse. Use his men well, Davy; for they are arrant knaves, and will backbite.
Davy. No worse than they are back-bitten, sir; for they have marvellous foul linen.
Šhal. Well conceited, Davy. About thy business, Davy.
Davy. I beseech you, sir, to countenance William Visor of Wincot against Clement Perkes of the hill.
Shal. There are many complaints, Davy, against that Visor ; that Visor is an arrant knave, on my knowledge.
Davy. I grant your worship, that he is a knave, sir; but yet,
God forbid, sir, but a knave should have some countenance at his friend's request. An honest man, sir, is able to speak for himself, when a knave is not. Í have served your worship truly, sir, this eight years ; and if I cannot once or twice in a quarter bear out a knave against an honest man, I have but a very little credit with your worship. The knave is mine honest friend, sir ; therefore, I beseech your worship, let him be countenanced.
Shal. Go to; I say, he shall have no wrong: . Look about, Davy. [Exit Davy.] Where are you, sir John ? Come, off with your boots.-Give me your hand, master Bardolph.
Bård. I am glad to see your worship.
Shal. I thank thee with all my heart, kind master Bardolph ;--and welcome, my tall fellow. [To the Page.] Come, sir John.
[Exit SHALLOW. Fal. I'll follow you, good master Robert Shallow. Bardolph, look to our horses. [Exeunt BARDOLPH and Page.] If I were sawed into quantities, I should make four dozen of such bearded hermit's-staves as master Shallow. It is a wonderful thing to see the semblable coherence of his men's spirits and his.
1 « A friend in court is worth a penny in purse,” is one of Camden's proverbial sentences. See his Remaines, 4to, 1605.
They, by observing him, do bear themselves like foolish justices; he, by conversing with them, is turned into a justice-like serving-man; their spirits are so married in conjunction with the participation of society, that they flock together in consent, like so many wild geese. If I had a suit to master Shallow, I would humor his men, with the imputation of being near their master; if to his men, I would curry with master Shallow, that no man could better command his servants. It is certain, that either wise bearing, or ignorant carriage, is caught, as men take diseases, one
of another ; therefore, let men take heed of their company. I will devise matter enough out of this Shallow, to keep prince Harry in continual laughter, the wearing-out of six fashions, (which is four terms, or two actions,") and he shall laugh without intervallums. O, it is much, that a lie, with a slight oath, and a jest, with a sad brow, will do with a fellow that never had the ache in his shoulders! O, you shall see him laugh, till his face be like a wet cloak ill laid
up. Shal. [Within.] Sir John!
Fal. I come, master Shallow ; I come, master Shallow.
SCENE II. Westminster. A Room in the Palace.
Enter WARWICK and the Lord Chief Justice.
War. How now, my lord chief justice ? whither
Ch. Just. How doth the king ?
He's walked the way of nature;
1 Actions for debt.
War. Indeed, I think the young king loves you not.
Ch. Just. I know he doth not; and do arm myself, To welcome the condition of the time; Which cannot look more hideously upon me Than I have drawn it in my fantasy.
Enter PRINCE John, PRINCE HUMPHREY, CLARENCE,
WESTMORELAND, and others.
Ch. Just. Alas! I fear all will be overturned.
us heavy! 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 assured 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 honor, Led by the impartial conduct of my soul ; And never shall you see, that I will beg
A ragged and forestalled remission.
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. Brothers, you mix sadness with some fear; This is the English, not the Turkish court; Not Amurath an Amurath succeeds, But Harry, Harry. Yet be sad, good brothers; For, to speak truth, it very well becomes you: Sorrow so royally in you appears, That I will deeply put the fashion on, And wear it in my heart. Why, then, be sad; But entertain no more of it, good brothers, Than a joint burden laid upon us all. For me, by Heaven, I bid you be assured, I'll be your father and your brother too; Let me but bear your love, I'll bear your cares. Yet weep, that Harry's dead ; and so will I : But Harry lives, that shall convert those tears, By number, into hours of happiness. P. John, &c. We hope no other from your majesty. King. You all look strangely on me ;-and you
[To the Chief Justice. You are, I think, assured I love you not.
Ch. Just. I am assured, if I be measured rightly,
1 " A ragged and forestalled remission” is a remission or pardon obtained by beggarly supplication. Forestalling is prevention.