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Page. He said, sir, you should procure him better assurance than Bardolph : he would not take his bond and yours ; he liked not the security. Fal. Let him be damned like the glutton may his tongue be hotter | *-A whoreson Achitophel a rascally yea-forsooth knave to bear a gentleman in hand, and then stand upon security —The whoreson smooth-pates do now wear nothing but high shoes, and bunches of keys at their girdles ; and if a man is thorough with them in honest taking up,” then they must stand upon security.— I had as lief they would put ratsbane in my mouth, as of fer to stop it with security. , I looked he should have sent me two and twenty yards of satin, as I am a true knight, and he sends me security. Well, he may sleep in security ; for he hath the horn of abundance, and the lightness of his wife shines through it : and yet cannot he see, though he have his own lantern to light him.—Where’s Bardolph 2 Page. He's gone into Smithfield, to buy your worship

a horse.

Fal. I bought him in Paul's;4 and he'll buy me a horse in Smithfield : an I could get me but a wife in the Stews, I were manned, horsed, and wived.

Enter the Lord Chief Justice, and an Attendant. Page. Sir, here comes the nobleman that committed the prince for striking him about Bardolph. Fal. Wait close, I will not see him. Ch. Just. What’s he that goes there 2 ...Atten. Falstaff, an’t please your lordship. Ch. Just. He that was in question for the robbery 2 .Atten. He, my lord : but he hath since done good service at Shrewsbury ; and, as I hear, is now going with some charge to the lord John of Lancaster. Ch. Just. What, to York 2 Call him back again. .Atten. Sir John Falstaff Fal. Boy, tell him, I am deaf. Page. You must speak louder, my master is deaf_

(2) An allusion to the fate of the rich man, who had fared sumptuously every day, when he requested a drop of water to cool his tongue, being tormented with the flames HENLEY.

(3) That is, if a mon by taking up goods is in their debt. To be thorough seems to be the same with the present phrase,—To be in with a trad sman.


(4) At that time the esort of idle people, cheats, and knights Jo post. In an old coli, ctions of proverbs, I find the following : “Who goes to Westminster for a wife; to St. Paul’s for a man, and to Smithfield for a horse, may meet with a whore, a knave, and a jade.” STEEV.

C.Jus. I am sure,he is,to the hearing of any thing good. -Go, pluck him by the elbow ; I must speak with him. ...Atten. Sir John, Fal. What a young knave, and beg Is there not wars 2 Is there not employment 2 Doth not the king lack subjects do not the rebels need soldiers ? Though it be a shame to be on any side but one, it is worse shame to beg than to be on the worst side, were it worse than the name of rebellion can tell how to make it. ...Atten. You mistake me, sir. Fal. Why, sir, did I say yon were an honest man * setting my knighthood and my soldiership aside, I had lied in my throat if I had said so. .Atten. I pray you, sir, then set your knighthood and your soldiership aside ; and give me leave to tell you, you lie in your throat, if you say I am any other than an honest man. Fal. I give thee leave to tell me so I lay aside that which grows to me ! If thou gett'st any leave of me, hang me ; if thou takest ieave, thou wert better be hanged : You hunt-counter, 5 hence avaunt ...Atten. Sir, my lord would speak with you. Ch. Just. Sir John Falstaff, a word with you. Fal. My good lord —God give your lordship good time of day. I am glad to see your lordship abroad : I heard say, your lordship was sick: I hope, your lordship goes abroad by advice. Your lordship, though not clean past your youth, hath yet some smack of age in you, some relish of the saltness of time ; and I most humbly beseech your lordship, to have a reverend care of your health. Ch. Just. Sir John, I sent for you before your expedition te Shrewsbury. Fal. An’t please your lordship, I hear, his majesty is returned with some discomfort from Wales. Ch. Just. I talk not of his majesty :—You would not come when I sent for you. Fal. And I hear moreover, his highness is fallen into this same whoreson apoplexy. Ch. Just. Well, heaven mend him I pray, let me speak with you. Fal. This apoplexy is, as I take it, a kind of lethargy, an’t please your lordship ; a kind of sleeping in the blood, a whoreson tingling.

(5). It is not impossible this word may be found to signify a catchpole or bum-bailiff. He was probably the judge's tipstaff. RiTSöN.

Ch. Just. What tell you me of it be it as it is. Fal. It hath its original from much grief; from study, and perturbation of the brain : I have read the cause of his effects in Galen ; it is a kind of deafness. Ch. Just. I think, you are fallen into the disease ; for you hear not what I say to you. Fal. Very well, my lord, very well ; rather, an’t please you, it is the disease of not listening, the malady of not marking, that I am troubled withal. Ch. Just. To pumish you by the heels, would amend the attention of your ears ; and I care not, if I do become your physician. Fal. I am as poor as Job, my lord; but not so patient: your lordship may minister the potion of imprisonment to me, in respect of poverty ; but how I should be your patient to follow your prescriptions, the wise may make some drachm of a scruple, or, indeed, a scruple itself. Ch. Just. I sent for you, when there were matters against you for your life, to come speak with me. 'al. As I was then advised by my learned counsel in the laws of this land-service, I did not come. Ch. Just. Well, the truth is, sir John, you live in great infamy. Fal. He that buckles him in my belt, cannot live in less. Ch. Just. Your means are very slender, and your waste is great. Fal. I would it were otherwise ; I would my means were greater, and my waist slenderer. Ch. Just. You have misled the youthful prince. Fal. The young prince hath misled me : I am the fellow with the great belly, and he my dog. Ch. Just. Well, I am loath to gall a new-healed wound; your day’s service at Shrewsbury hath a little gilded over your night’s exploit on Gads-hill : ;You may thank the unquiet time for your quiet o'er-posting that action. Fal. My lord 2 Ch. Just, But since all is well, keep it so : wake not a sleeping wolf. Fal. To wake a wolf, is as bad as to smell a fox. Ch. Just. What you are as a candle, the better part burnt out. Fal. A wassel-candle,” my lord ; all tallow : if r did say of wax, my growth would approve the truth. (7). A wassel candle is a large candle lighted up at a feast. There is a poor

quibble upon the word wax, which signifies increase as well as the matter of the honeycomb, JOHNS.

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Ch. Just. There is not a white hair on your face, but

should have his effect of gravity.
'al. His effect of gravy, gravy, gravy.

Ch. Just. You follow the young prince up and down, like his ill angel.

Fal. Not so, my lord ; your ill angel is light ; but I hope, he that looks upon me, will take me without weighing : and yet, in some respects, I grant, I cannot go, I cannot tell :8 Virtue is of so little regard in these coster-monger times,” that true valour is turned bearherd : Pregnancy 1 is made a tapster, and hath his quick wit wasted in giving reckonings: all the other gifts appertinent to man, as the malice of this age shapes them, are not worth a gooseberry. You, that are old, consider not the capacities of us that are young : you measure the heat of our livers with the bitterness of your galls : and we that are in the vaward of our youth, I must confess, are wags too.

Ch. Just. Do you set down your name in the scroll of youth, that are written down old with all the characters of age 2 Have you not a moist eye 2 a dry hand * a yellow cheek 2 a white beard 2 a decreasing leg 2 an increasing belly 2 Is not your voice broken 2 your wind short 2 your chin double your wit single 22 and every part about you blasted with antiquity 2 and will you yet call yourself young 2 Fie, fie, fie, sir John

'al. My lord, I was born about three of the clock in

the afternoon, with a white head, and something a round belly. For my voice,—I have lost it with hollaing, and singing of anthems. To approve my youth further, I will not : the truth is, I am only old in judgment and understanding; and he that will caper with me for a thou. sand marks, let him lend me the money, and have at him. For the box o' the ear that the prince gave you, —he gave it like a rude prince, and you took it like a sensible lord. I have checked him for it ; and the young lion repents : marry, not in asbes, and sack-cloth ; but in new silk, and old sack.

Ch. Just. Well, heaven send the prince a better companion

(8) I cannot be taken in a reckoning ; I cannot pass current. ..., JOHNS. (9) A coster-monger is a costard-monger, a dealer in apples called by that name, because they are shaped like a costard, i. e. man’s head. STEEV, (1) Pregnancy is readiness. STEEV. (2) In ancient language, single often means small. STEEV. in our author’s time, small beer was called single beer, and that "of a stronger quality, double beer, MALONE.


Fal. Heaven send the companion a better prince I cannot rid my hands of him. Ch. Just. Well, the king hath severed you and prince Harry : I hear, you are going with lord John of Lancaster, against the archbishop, and the earl of Northumberland. Fal. Yea; I thank your pretty sweet wit for it. But look you pray, all you that kiss my lady peace at home, that our armies join not in a hot day ! for, by the Lord, I take but two shirts out with me, and I mean not to sweat extraordinarily : if it be a hot day, an I brandish any thing but my bottle, I would I might never spit white again. There is not a dangerous action can peep out his head, but I am thrust upon it : Well, I cannot last ever : But it was always yet the trick of our English. nation, if they have a good thing, to make it too common. If you will needs say, I am an old man, you should give me rest. I would to God, my name were not so terrible to the enemy as it is. I were better to be eaten to death with rust, than to be scoured to nothing with perpetual motion. Ch. Just. Well, be honest, be honest; And God bless your expedition : Fal. Will your lordship lend me a thousand pound, to furnish me forth 2 Ch. Just. Not a penny, not a penny ; you are too impatient to bear crosses. 3 Fare you well : Commend me to my cousin Westmoreland. [Ez. C.Just. & Atten. Fal. If I do, fillip me with a three-man beetle.*—A man can no more separate age and covetousness, than he can part young limbs and lechery : but the gout galls the one, and the pox pinches the other ; and so both the degrees prevent my curses.—Boy Page. Sir

[3] I believe a quibble was here intended. A cross is a coin so called because stamped with a closs. STEEV. [4]. A beetle wielded by three men. POPE.--A diversion is common with boys in Warwickshire and the adjoining counties, on finding a toad, to lay a board about two or three feet long, at right angles, over a stick ut two or three inches diameter. Then F. the toad at one end, the other is struck by a bit or large stick. which throws the creature forty or fifty feet perpendicular from the earth, and its return in general kills it. This is called fillipping a toad. A three-man beetle is an instrument used for driving piles ; it is made of a log of wood about eighteen or twenty inches diometer, and fourteen or fifteen inches thick, with one short and two long handles. A man at each of the long handles manages the fall of the beetle, ond a third man, by the short handle assists in raising it to strike the blow. Such an implement was, without doubt, very suitable for fillipping so eorpulent a being as Falstaff. STEEV.

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