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Dol. Come, you rogue, come; bring me to a justice.
Enter the King, and his train, the Chief JusHost. Ay; come, you starv'd blood-hound.
tice among them. Dol. Goodman death! goodman bones ! Fal. God sạye thy grace, king Hal! my royal Ilost. Thou atomy thou !
Hal. Dol. Come, you thin thing; come, you rascal ! Pist. The heavens thee guard and keep, most 1 Bead. Very well.
[Exeunt. royal imp of fame
*Fal. God save thee, my sweet boy! SCENE V.--A public place near Westminster
King. My lord chief justice, speak to that Abbey.
Ch. Just. Have you your wits? know you Enter two Grooms, strewing rushes.
what 'tis you speak ?
Fal. My king ! my Jove! I speak to thee, 1 Groom. More rushes, more rushes. 2 Groom. The trumpets have sounded twice. King. I know thee not, old man: Fall to thy
1 Groom. It will be two o'clock ere they come prayers; from the coronation : Despatch, despatch. How ill white hairs become a fool, and jester!
[Ereunt Grooms. I have long dream'd of such a kind of man,
So surfeit-swell’d, so old, and so profane ; Enter FALSTAFF, SHALLOW, Pistol, BAR
But, being awake, I do despise my dream. DOLPH, and the Page.
Make less thy body, hence, and more thy grace ; Fal. Stand here by me, master Robert Shal- Leave gormandizing ; know, the grave doth gape low ; I will make the king do you grace: I will For thee thrice wider than for other men :leer upon him, as 'a comes by; and do but mark Reply not to me with a fool-born jest ; the countenance that he will give me.
Presume not, that I am the thing I was : Pist. God bless thy lungs, good knight. For heaven doth know, so shall the world per
Fal. Come here, Pistol ; stand behind me.- ceive, O, if I had had time to have made new liveries, That I have turn'd away my former self; I would have bestowed the thousand pound í So will I those, that kept me company. borrowed of you. [To Shallow.] But 'tis no When thou dost hear I am as I have been, matter; this poor show doth better : this doth Approach me; and thou shalt be as thou wast, infer the zeal I had to see him.
The tutor and the feeder of my riots : Shal. It doth so.
Till then, I banish thee, on pain of death,Fal. It shows my earnestness of affection. As I have done the rest of my misleaders, Shal. It doth so.
Not to come near our person by ten mile. Fal. My devotion.
For competence of life, I will allow you ; Shal. It doth, it doth, it doth.
That lack of means enforce you not to evil: Fal. As it were, to ride day and night ; and And, as we hear you do reform yourselves, not to deliberate, not to remember, not to have We will,- according to your strength, and quapatience to shift me.
lities, Shal. It is most certain.
Give you advancement.-Be it your charge, my Fal. But to stand stained with travel, and lord, sweating with desire to see him : thinking of To see perform'd the tenor of our word.nothing else; putting all affairs else in oblivion; Set on.
[Exeunt King, and his trais. as if there were nothing else to be done, but to Fal. Master Shallow, I owe you a thousand see him.
pound. Pist. 'Tis semper idem, for absque hoc nihil est : Shal. Ay, marry, sir John ; which I beseech 'Tis all in every part.
you to let me have home with me. Shal. 'Tis so, indeed.
Fal. That can hardly be, master Shallow. Do Pist. My knight, I will inflame thy noble liver, not you grieve at this ; I shall be sent for in And make thee rage.
private to him: look you, he must seem thus to Thy Doll, and Helen of thy noble thoughts, the world. Fear not your advancement; I will Is in base durance, and contagious prison ; be the man yet, that shall make you great. Haul'd thither
Shal. I cannot perceive how; unless you give By most mechanical and dirty hand :
me your doublet, and stuff me out with straw. Rouse up revenge from ebon den with fell Alec- I beseech you, good sir John, let me have tive to's snake,
hundred of my thousand. For Dol is in; Pistol speaks nought but truth. Fal. Sir, I will be as good as my word: this Fal. I will deliver her.
that you heard, was but a colour. [Shouts within, and the trumpets sound. Shal. A colour, I fear, that you will die in, Pist. There roar'd the sea, and trumpet- sir John. dang, 01 sounds.
Fal. Fear no colours; go with me to dinner.
Come, lieutenant Pistol ;---come, Bardolph :-) P.John. I like this fair proceeding of the king's: shall be sent for soon at night.
He hath intent, his wonted followers
Shall all be very well provided for ; Re-enter Prince John, the Chief Justice,
But all are banish'd, till their conversations Officers, 8c.
Appear more wise and modest tu the world. Ch. Just. Go, carry sir John Falstaff to the Ch. Just. And so they are. Fleet;
P. John. The king hath callid his parliament, Take all his company along with him. Fal. My lord, my lord,
Ch. Just. He hath. Ch. Just. I cannot now speak: I will hear P. John. I will lay odds,--that, ere this year you soon.
expire, Take them away.
We bear our civil swords, and native fire, Pist. Si fortuna me tormenta, spero me contenta. As far as France: I heard a bird so sing, [Éreunt Fal. Shal. Pist. Bard. Page, and Whose music, to my thinking, pleas'd the king; Officers, Come, will you hence ?
SPOKEN BY A DANCER.
First, my fear ; then, my court'sy ; last, my that were but light payment,- to dance out of your speech. My fear is, your displeasure ; mycourt'sy, debt. But a good conscience will make any posa my duty; an
my speech, to beg your pardons. sible satisfaction, and so will I. All the gentlea If you look for a good speech now, you undo me : women here have forgiven me ; if the gentlemen for what I have to say, is of mine own making ; will not, then the gentlemen do not agree with the and what, indeed, I should say, will, I doubt, gentlewomen, which was never seen before in such prove mine own marring. But to the purpose, an assembly. and so to the venture.-Be it known to you, (as One word more, I beseech you. If you be not it is very well,) I was lately here in the end of a too much cloyed with fat meat, our humble author displeasing play, to pray your patience for it, and will continue the story, with Sir John in it, and. to promise you a better. I did mean, indeed, to make you merry with fair Katharine of France: pay you with this ; which, if like an ill venture, where, for any thing I know, Falstaff shall die of it come unluckily home, I break, and you, my a sweat, unless already he be killed with your hard gentle creditors, lose. Here, I promised you, I opinions ; for Oldcastle died a martyr, and this is would be, and here I commit my body to your not the man. My tongue is weary; when my mercies : bate me some, and I will pay you some, legs are too, I will bid you good night : and so and, as most debtors do, promise you infinitely. kneel down before you ;-bat, indeed, to pray for
If my tongue cannot entreat you to acquit me, will you command me to use my legs ? and yet
END OF VOLUME FIRST.