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good.--Sweet knight, thou art. now one of the fride all night:-Oh, sweet Pistol!-Away, Bargreatest men in the realm.

dolph.-Come, Pistol, utter more to me; and, Sil. Indeed I think ’abe; but goodman Puff of withal, devise something to do thyself good.-Barson.

Boot, boot, master Shallow; I know, the young Pist. Puff?

5 king is sick for me. Let us take any man's Puff in thy teeth, most recreant coward base! borses; the laws of England are at my commandSir John, I am thy Pistol, and thy friend, ment. Happy are they which have been my And helter-skelter have I rode to thee;

friends; and woe to my lord chief justice! And tidings do I bring, and lucky joys,

Pist. Let vultures vile seize on his lungs also ! And golaen times, and happy news of price. 10 Where is the life that late I led', say they ::

Fal. I pr’ythee now, deliver them like a man Why, here it is; Welcome these pleasant days. of this world. [base!

[Excunt. Pist. A foutra for the world, and wor:dlings

S CE N E IV. I speak of Africa, and golden joys.

A str-et in London. fal. O base Assyrian knight, what is thy news: 15 Enter Hostess Quickly,DollTear-sheet, & Beadles. Let king Cophetua know the truth thereof. Host. No, thou arrant knave; I would I might

Sil. And Robin Hood, Scarlet, and John.(Sings. die, that I might have thee hang'd: thou hast

Pist. Shall dunghill curs confront the Helicons drawn my shoulder out of joint. And shall good news be baffled?

Bead. The constables have deliver'd her over Then, Pistol, lay thy head in Furies' lap. [ing. 20 to me; and she shall have whipping-cheer enough,

Shal. Honest gentleman, I know not your breed- I warrant her: There bath been a man or two, Pist. Why then, lament therefore.

lately, kill'd about her. Shal. Give me pardon, sir.—If, sir, you come Dol. Niu-hook, nut-hook', you lie. Come on; with news from the court, I take it, there is but I'll tell thee what, thou damn'd tripe-visag?d rastwo ways; either to atter them, or to conceal 25 cal; if the child I now go with, do miscarry, thou them. I am, sir, under the king, in some au- hadst better thou badst struck thy mother, thou thority.

paper-fac'd villain. Pist. Under which king, 'Bezonian? speak, or Host. O the Lord, that Sir John were come! he die.

would make this a bloody day to somebody. But Shal. Under king Harry.

30 f pray God, the fruit of her womb miscarry! Pist. Harry the fourth or fifth?

Bead. Ifit do, you shall have a dozen of cushions Shal. Harry the fourth.

again; you have but eleven now. Come, I Pist. A foutra for thine office !

charge you both go with me; for the man is Sir John, thy tender lambkin now is king; dead, that you and Pistol beat among you. Harry the fifth's the man. I speak the truth: 35 Dol. I'll tell thee what, thou thin man in a cenWhen Pistol lies, do this ; and tig me', like ser'! I will have you as soundly swing'd for this, The bragging Spaniard.

you blue-bottle rogue! you filthy famish'd corFal. What is the old king dead?

rectioner! if you be not swing'd, I'U forswear Pist. As nail in door: the things I speak, are just. half-kirtles'.

Fal. Away, Bardolph; saddle my horse.-- Mas- 40 Bead.Come,come, you she knight-errant; come. ter Robert Shallow, chuse what oftice thou wilt in Host. O, that right should thus overcome might! the land, 'tis thine.--Pistul, I will double-charge Well ; of sufferance comes ease. thee with dignities.

Dol. Come, you rogue, come; bring me to a Bard. O joyful day! I would not take a justice. knighthood for my fortune.

45 Host. Ay; come, you starv'd blood-hound. Pist. What? I do bring good news?

Dol. Goodınan death! goodman bones! Fal. Carry master Silence to bed.-Master Host. Thou atomy", thou ! Shallow, my lord Shallow, be what thou wilt, I Dol. Come, you thin thing; come, you rascal" ! am fortune's steward. Get on thy boots; we'll Bead. Very well.

[Ereunt. · Lines taken from an old bombast play of King Cophetua ; of whom, we learn from Shakspeare, there were ballads too. See Lore's Labour's Lost. • This is a term of reproach, frequent in the writers contemporary with our poet. Bisognoso, a needy person; thence, metaphorically, a base scoundrel. Tofig, in Spanish higas dar, is to insult by putting the thumb between the fore and middle finger. From this Spanish custom we yet say in contempt, " a fig for you.” 4 Words of an old ballad. . It has been already observed on the Nierry Wives of Windsor, that nut-hook seems to have been in those times a name of reproach for a catchpole ; or nut-hook might probably have been as common a term of reproach as rogue is at present. 6 That is, to stuff her out that she might counterfeit pregnancy. These old censers of thin metal had generally at the bottom the figure of some saint raised up with a hammer, in a barbarous kind of imbossed or chased work. The hungerstarved beadle is compared, in substance, to one of these thin raised figures, by the sanie kind of humour that Pistol, in the díerry W’ives, calls Slender a laten bilboe. • A name probably given to the beadle, from the colour of his livery; or perhaps the allusion may be to the great flesh-fly, conmonly called a blue-bottle. A half-kirtle was the same kind of thing as we call at present a short.gown, or a bed-gown: and was the dress of the courtezans of the time. * Atomy for anatomy.

11 Lean deer were called rascal deer.


II have long dream'd of such a kind of man, A public place near Westminster Abbey.

So surfeit-swell’d, so old, and so profane';

But, being awake, I do despise my dream. Enter trro Grooms, strewing rushes.'

Make less thy body, hence, and more thy grace; I Groom. More rushes, inore rushes.

5 Leave gormandizing; know, the grave doth gape 2 Groom. The trumpets have sounded twice. For thee thrice wider than for other men:

1 Groom. It will be iwo o'clock ere they come Reply not to me with a fool-born jest ; from the coronation: Dispatch, dispatch. Presume not, that I am the thing I was:

{Ereunt Grooms. For heaven doth know,so shall the world perceive, Enter Fal. Shallow, Pistol, Bardolph, and the Boy. 10 That I bave turn'd away my former self; Fat. Stand here by ine, inaster Robert Shallow;

So will I those that kept me company. I will make the king do you grace: I will leer When thou dost hear I am as I have been, upon him as a' comes by; and do but mark the

Approach me; and thou shalt be as thou wast, countenance that he will give me.

The tutor and the feeder of my riots: Pist. Bless thy lungs, good kuight! 15'Till then, I banish thee on pain of death,

Fal. Come here, Pistol; stand behind me.- As I have done the rest of my misleaders,-O, if I had time to have made new liveries, I Not to come near our person by ten miles. would have bestow'd the thousand pound I bor- For competence of life, I will allow you; tow'd of you. [To Shallow.) But 'tis no matter; That lack of means enforce you not to evil: this poor show doth better: this doth infer the 20 And, as we hear you do reform yourselves, (ties, zeal I had to see him.

We will, according to your strength and qualiShal. It doch so.

Give you advancement.-Be it your charge, my Ful. It shews my earnestness of affection,

lord, Pist. It doth so.

To see perforin’d the tenor of our word.— Liel. My devotion.

125 Set on.

[Exit King, &c. Shal. It doth, it doth, it doth.

Ful. Master Shallow, I owe you a thousand Fal. As it were, to ride day and night; and not pound. to deliberate, not to remember, not to have pa- Shul. Ay, marry, Sir John; which I beseech tience to shist me.

you to let ine have home with me. Slal. It is most certain.

301 Fal. That can hardly be, master Shallow. Do Fül. But to stand stained with travel, and sweat- not you grieve at this; I shall be sent for in priing with desire to see him: thinking of nothing vate to him: look you, he must seem thus to the else; putting all affairs else in oblivion; as it world. Fear not your advancement; I will be there were nothing else to be done, but to see him. the man yet, that shall make you great.

Pist. "Tis semper idem, for ubsque hoc nihilest: 35 Shal. I cannot perceive how: unless you give 'Tis all in every part.

me your doublet, and stuff me out with straw. I Shal, 'Tis indeed.

beseech you, good Sir John, let me have five hunPist. My knight, I will enflame thy noble liver, dred of my thousand. And inake thee rage.

Fal. Sir, I will be as good as my word: this Thy Doll, and Helen of thy noble thoughts, 40 that you heard, was but a colour. Is in base durance, and contagious prison;

Shal. A colour, I fear, that you will die in, Sir Hlaul'd thither

John. By most mechanical and dirty hand:- (snake, Fil. Fear no colours; go with me to dinner. Rouze up revenge from ebonden with fell Alecto's Come, lieutenant Pistol; come, Bardolph:-1 For Doll is in; Pistol peaks mought but truth. 45 shall be sent for soon at night. Ful. I will deliver her.


Re-enter the Chief Justice, Prince John, &c. Pist. There roar'd the sea, aud trumpet-clangor

Ch. Just. Go,carry Sir John Falstaff to the Fleet; Intrumpets sound. Enterthu king, and his truin. Ful. God save thiy grace, hing llal! my royal

Take all his company along with him.

Ful. My lord, my lord, llal!

Ch. Just. I cannot now speak; I will hear yos Pist. The heavens thee guard and keep, most

Take them away. royal imp- of faine! Fal God save thee, ny sweet boy! (man.

Pist. Sifortuna mctormenta, spero me contenta.

[Ereunt. king. My lord chief justice, speak to that vain Ch. Just. Ilave you your wits: know you what 55 Manent Lancaster, and Chief Justice. tis you speak?

[heart! Lan. I like this fair proceeding of the king's: Fal. My king! my jove! I speak to thee, my He bath intent, his wonted followers king. I know thee not, old man: Fall to thy Shall all be very well provided for; prayers;

But all are banísh'd, till their conversations How ill white hairs become a fool, and jester! 160 Appear more wise and modest to the world.

* At ceremonial entertainments, it was the custom to strew the floor with rushes. · Imp means progeny; and is probably derived from imp-in, a Welch word, which primitively signifies a sprout, a vucker, Profine, in our author, often signifies lore of tulk, without the particular idea now given it.

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Ch. Just. And so they are.

[lord. As far as France: I heard a bird so sing, Lan. The king hath call'd his parliament, my Whose music, to my thinking, pleas'd ihe king. Ch.just. He hath.

Come, will you hence? lan. I will lay odds,—that ere this year expire,

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FIRST, my fear; then, my court'sy; last

, my meill you command me to use my legs? and yet speech. My fear is, your displeasure; my that were but light payment,- to dance out of couri'sy, iny duty; and my speech, to beg your your debt. But a good conscience will make any pardons. If you look for a good speech now, possible satisfaction, and so will I. All the

geng you undo me: for what I have to say, is of mine ilewomen here hade forgiven me; if the gentleown making and what, indeed, I should say, men will not, then the gentlemen do not agree will, I doubt, prove mine own marring. But to with the gentlewomen, which was never seen bethe purpose,

und so to the venture. -Be it known fore in such an assembly. to you (as it is very well) I was lutely here in One word more, I beseech you. If you be the end of a displeasing play, to pray your pa- not too much cloy'd with fat meat, our humble tience for it, and to promise you a better. I did author will continue the story, with Sir John in meail, indeed, to pay you with this; which it, it, and make you merry with fair Katharine of like an ill venture, it come unluckily home, I France: where, for any thing I know, Falstuff break, and you, my gentle creditors, lose. Here, shall die of a sweat, unless already he be killed I promised you, I would be, and here I commit with your hurd opinions ; for Oldcastle died a my body to your mercies: bate me some, and 1 martyr, and this is not the man. My tongue is will pay you some, and, as most debtors do, pro- weary; when my legs are too, I will bid you mise you infinitely.

good night: and so kneel down before you ;—but, If my tongue cannot entreat you to acquit me, lindeed, to pray for the queen?,

· This epilogue was merely occasional, and alludes to some theatrical transaction. ? It was the custom of the old players, at the end of their performance, to pray for their patrons. Almost all the ancient interludes conclude with some solemn prayer for the king or queen, house of commons, &c. Hence, perhaps, the Vivant Rer et Regina, at the bottom of our modern play-bills.



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