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Pist. Let vultures vile seize on his lungs also! “ Where is the life that late I led ?" say they: Why, here it is; welcome these pleasant days!


SCENE IV. London. A street. Enter Beadles, dragging in Hostess Quickly and Doll

TEARSHEET. Host. No, thou arrant knave; I would to God that Ij. might die, that I might have thee banged: thou hast drawn my shoulder out of joint.

First Bead. The constables have delivered her over to me; and she shall have whipping cheer enough, I warrant ler: there hath been a man or two lately killed about her.

Dol. Nut-hook, nut-hook, you lie. Come on: I'll tell thec what, thou damned tripe-visaged rascal, an the child I now go with do miscarry, thou wert better thou hadst struck thy mother, thou paper faced villain.

Ilost. O the Lord, that Sir John were come! he would make this a bloody clay to somebody. But I pray God the fruit of her womb miscarry.

First Bead. If it dr, you shall have a dozen of cushions again; you have but eleven now. Come, I charge you both go with me; for the man is dead that you and Pistol beat amongst you.

Dol. l'il tell you what, you thin man in a censer, I will have you as soundly swinged for this, -you blue-bottle rogue, you filthy famished correctioner, if you be not swinged, I'll forswcar half-kirtles.

First Bead. Come, come, you she knight-errant, come.

Ilost. O God, that right should thus overcome might! Well, of sufferance comes ease.

Dol. Come, you rogue, come; bring me to a justice. 30
Host. Ay, come, you starved blood-hound.
Dol. Goodman death, .goodman bones!
Host. Thou atomy, thou!
Dol. Come, you thin thing; come, you rascal.
First Bead. Very well.


SCENE V. A public place near Westminster Abbey.

Enter tuo Grooms, strewing rushcr.
First Groom. More rushes, more rushes.
Sec. Groom. The trumpets have sounded twice.

First Groom. "Twill be two o'clock ere they come from the coronation: dispatch, dispatch.

(Ercunt. Enter FALSTAFF, SHALLOW, Pistol, BARDOLPH, and Page.

Pal. Stand here by mc, Master Robert Shallow; I will make the king do you grace: I will leer upon him as a' comes by; and do but mark the countenance that he will give me. Pist. God bless thy lungs, good knight.

9 Fal. Come here, Pistol; stand behind me. O, if I had had time to have made new liveries, I would have bestowed the thousand pound I borrowed of you. But 'tis no matter; this poor show doth better: this doth infer the zeal I had to see him,

Shal. It doth so.
Fal. It shows my earnestness of affection, --
Shal. It doth so.
Fal. My devotion,-
Shal. It doth, it doth, it doth.

20 Fal. As it were, to ride day and night; and not to deliberate, vot to remember, not to have patience to shift ine, –

Shal. It is best, certain.

Fal. But to stand stained witlı travel, and sweating with desire to see him; thinking of nothing else, putting all affairs clse in oblivion, as if there were nothing else to be donc but to see him.

29 Pist. 'Tis “semper idem,” for “obsque hoc nihil est.” 'tis all in every part.

Shal. 'Tis so, indeed.

Pist. My knight, I will inflame thy noble liver, And make thee rage. Thy Doll, and Helen of thy noble thoughts, Is in base durance and contagious prison; Haled thither By most mechanical and dirty hand: Rouse up revenge from ebon den with fell Alccto's snake, For Doll is in. Pistol speaks nought but truth. 40 Fal. I will deliver her.

[Shouts within, and the trumpets sound. Pist. There roar'd the sea, and trumpet-clangor sounds. Enter the King and his train, the LORD CHIEF-JUSTICE

among them.

Fal. God save thy grace, King IIal! my royal Hal!

Pist. The heavens thee guard and keep, most royal imp of fame!

Fal. God save thee, my sweet boy!
King. My lord chief-justice, speak to that vain man.
Ch. Jusi. Have you your wits? know you what 'tis you

speak? Fal. My king! my Jove! I speak to thce, my heart! 50

King. I know thee not, old man: fall to thy prayers;
How ill wbite hairs become a fool and jester!
I have long dream'd of such a kind of man,
So surfeit-swell'd, so old and so profane;
But, being awaked, I do despise my dream.
Make less thy body hence, and more thy grace;
Leave gormandizing; know the grave doth gape
For thee thrice wider than for other men.
Reply not to me with a fool-born jest:
Presume not that I am the thing I was;

For God doth know, so shall the world perceive,
That I have turn'd away my former self;
So will I those that kept me company.
When thou dost hear I am as I have been,
Approach me, and thou shalt be as thou wast,
The tutor and the feeder of my riots:
Till then, I banish thee, on pain of death,
As I have done the rest of my misleaders,
Not to come near our person by ten mile.
For competence of life I will allow you,

70 That lack of means enforce you not to evil: And, as we hear you do reform yourselves, We will, according to your strengths and qualities, Give you advancement. Be it your charge, my lord, To see perform’d the tenour of our word. Set on.

(Exeunt King, &c. Fal. Master Shallow, I owe you a thousand pound.

Shal. Yea, marry, Sir John; which I bescech you to let me have home with me.

80 Fal. That can hardly be, Master Shallow. Do not you grieve at this; I shall be sent for in private to him: look you, he must scem thus to the world: fear not your ad: vancements; I will be the man yet that shall make you! great.

Shal. I cannot well perceive how, unless you should give me your doublet and stuff me out with straw. I beseecii you, good Sir John, let me have five hundred of my thousand.

Fal. Sir, I will be as good as my word: this that you heard was but a colour.

91 Shal. A colour that I fear you will die in, Sir John.

Fal. Fear no colours: go with me to dinner: come, Lieu. tenant Pistol; come, Bardolph: I shall be sent for soon at niglit.

Re-enter PRINCE JOHN, the LORD CHEF-JUSTICE; Officers Ch. Just. Go, carry Sir John Falstaff tu the Fleet: Take all his company along with him.

with them,

Fal. My lord, my lord, –

Ch. Just. I cannot now speak: I will hear you soon. 100 Take them away. Pist. Si fortuna me tormenta, spero contenta.

[Exeunt all but Prince John and the Chief-Justice. Lan. I like this fair proceeding of the king's: He hath intent his wonted followers Shall all be very well provided for; But all are banish'd till their conversations Appear more wise and modest to the world. Ch. Just. And so they are. Lan. The king hath call'd his parliament, my lord. Ch. Just. He hath.

110 Lan. I will lay odds that, ere this year expire, We bear our civil swords and native fire As far as France: I heard a bird so sing, Whose music, to my thinking, pleased the king. Come, will you hence?



Spoken by a Dancer. First my fear; then my courtesy; last my specch. My fear is, your displeasure; my courtesy, my duty; and my speech, to beg your pardons. If you look for a good speech now, you undo mc: for what I have to say is of mine own making; and what indeed I should say will, I doubt, prove my own marring. But to the purpose, and so to the venture. Be it known to you, as it is very well, I was lately here in the end of a displeasing play, to pray your patience for it and to promise you a better. I meant indeed to pay you with this; which, if like an ill venture it come unluck. ily home, I break, and you, my gentle creditors, lose. Here I promised you I would be and here I commit my body to your mercies: bate me some and I will pay you some and, as most debtors do, promise you infinitely. If my tongue cannot entreat you to acquit me, will

you command me to use my legs? and yet that were but light payment, to dance out of your debt. But a good conscience will make any possible satisfaction, and so would I. All the gentlewomen here have forgiven me: if the gen. tlemen will not, then the gentlemen do not agree with the gentlewomen, which was never seen before in such an assembly.

One word more, I beseech you. If you be not too much cloyed with fat meat, our humble author will continue the story, with Sir John in it, and make you merry with fair Katharine of France: where, for anything I know, Falstaff shall die of a sweat, unless already a' be killed with your hard opinions; for Oldcastle died a martyr, and this is not the man.

My tongue is weary; when my legs are too, I will bid you good night: and so kneel down before you; but, indeed, to pray for the queen.

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