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ACT V


SCENE I

Gloucestershire. SHALLOW'S house.
Enter SHALLOW, FALSTAFF, BARDOLPH, and Page.

Shal.
By cock and pie, sir, you shall not
away to-night. 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! Enter DAVY. (9)

Davy.
Here, sir.

Shal.
Davy, Davy, Davy, Davy, let me see,
Davy; let me see, Davy; let me see: yea,
marry, William cook, bid him come 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 (20)
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 need 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.
A' shall answer it. Some pigeons,
Davy, a couple of short-legged hens, a joint of
mutton, and any pretty little tiny kickshaws, (30)
tell William cook.

Davy.
Doth the man of war stay all night,
sir ?

Shal.
Yea, 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 backbitten,
sir; for they have marvellous foul linen.

Shal.
Well conceited, Davy: about thy (40)
business, Davy.

Davy.
I beseech you, sir, to countenance
William Visor of Woncot against Clement
Perkes of the hill.

Shal.
There is 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. I 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, come, come, off with
your boots. Give me your hand, Master Bardolph.

Bard.
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.

Fal.
I 'll follow you, good Master Robert
Shallow. [Exit Shallow.] Barlolph, look to
our horses. [Exeunt Bardolph and Page.] If
I were sawed into quantities, I should make
four dozen of such bearded hermits' staves as
Master Shallow. It is a wonderful thing to see
the semblable coherence of his men's spirits
and his: they, by observing of him, do bear
themselves like foolish justices; he, by conversing
with them, is turned into ajustice-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 takediseases,
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 a' shall laugh withoutintervallums.
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. [Exit.


SCENE II

Westminster. The palace.
Enter WARWICK and the Lord Chief-Justice, meeting.

War.
How now, my lord chief-justice! whither away?

Ch. Just.
How doth the king?

War.
Exceeding well; his cares are now all ended.

Ch. Just.
I hope, not dead.

War.
He's walk'd the way of nature;
And to our purposes he lives no more.

Ch. Just.
I would his majesty had call'd me with him:
The service that I truly did his life
Hath left me open to all injuries.

War.
Indeed I think the young king loves you not. (10)

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 LANCASTER, CLARENCE, GLOUCESTER, WESTMORELAND, and others.

War.
Here come the heavy issue of dead Harry:
O that the living Harry had the temper
Of him, the worst of these three gentlemen!
How many nobles then should hold their places,
That must strike sail to spirits of vile sort!

Ch. Just.
O God, I fear all will be overturn'd! (20)

Lan.
Good morrow, cousin Warwick, good morrow.

Glou. Clar.
Good morrow, cousin.

Lan.
We meet like men that had forgot to speak.

War.
We do remember; but our argument
Is all too heavy to admit much talk.

Lan.
Well, peace be with him that hath made us heavy!

Ch. Just.
Peace be with us, lest we be heavier!

Glou.
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. (30)

Lan.
Though no man be assured what grace to find,
You stand in coldest expectation:
I am the sorrier; would 'twere otherwise.

Clar.
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 forestall'd remission.
If truth and upright innocency fail me, (40)
I'll to the king my master that is dead,
And tell him who hath sent me after him.

War.
Here comes the prince. Enter KING HENRY the Fifth, attended.

Ch. Just.
Good morrow; and God save your majesty!

King.
This new and gorgeous garment, majesty,
Sits not so easy on me as you think.
Brothers, you mix your 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, (50)
For, by my faith, 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 (61)
By number into hours of happiness.

Princes.
We hope no other from your majesty.

King.
You all look strangely on me: and you most;
You are, I think, assured I love you not.

Ch. Just.
I am assured, if I be measured rightly,
Your majesty hath no just cause to hate me.

King.
No! How might a prince of my great hopes forget (69)
So great indignities you laid upon me?
What! rate, rebuke, and roughly send to prison
The immediate heir of England! Was this easy?
May this be wash'd in Lethe, and forgotten?

Ch. Just.
I then did use the person of your father;
The image of his power lay then in me:
And, in the administration of his law,
Whiles I was busy for the commonwealth,
Your highness pleased to forget my place,
The majesty and power of law and justice,
The image of the king whom I presented,
And struck me in my very seat of judgement; (81)
Whereon, as an offender to your father,
I gave bold way to my authority
And did commit you. If the deed were ill,
Be you contented, wearing now the garland,
To have a son set your decrees at nought,
To pluck down justice from your awful bench,
To trip the course of law and blunt the sword
That guards the peace and safety of your person;
Nay, more, to spurn at your most royal image (90)
And mock your workings in a second body.
Question your royal thoughts, make the case yours;
Be now the father and propose a son,
Hear your own dignity so much profaned,
See your most dreadful laws so loosely slighted,
Behold yourself so by a son disdain'd;
And then imagine me taking your part
And in your power soft silencing your son:
After this cold considerance, sentence me;
And, as you are a king, speak in your state
What I have done that misbecame my place, (101)
My person, or my liege's sovereignty.

King.
You are right, justice, and you weigh this well;
Therefore still bear the balance and the sword:
And I do wish your honors may increase,
Till you do live to see a son of mine
Offend you and obey you, as I did.
So shall I live to speak my father's words:
'Happy am I, that have a man so bold,
That dares do justice on my proper son; (110)
And not less happy, having such a son,
That would deliver up his greatness so
Into the hands of justice.' You did commit me:
For which, I do commit into your hand
The unstained sword that you have used to bear;
With this remembrance, that you use the same
With the like bold, just and impartial spirit
As you have done 'gainst me. There is my hand.
You shall be as a father to my youth:
My voice shall sound as you do prompt mine ear, (120)
And I will stoop and humble my intents
To your well-practised wise directions.
And, princes all, believe me, I beseech you;
My father is gone wild into his grave,
For in his tomb lie my affections;
And with his spirit sadly I survive,
To mock the expectation of the world,
To frustrate prophecies and to raze out
Rotten opinion, who hath writ me down
After my seeming. The tide of blood in me (130)
Hath proudly flow'd in vanity till now:
How doth it turn and ebb back to the sea,
Where it shall mingle with the state of floods
And flow henceforth in formal majesty.
Now call we our high court of parliament:
And let us choose such limbs of noble counsel,
That the great body of our state may go
In equal rank with the best govern'd nation;
That war, or peace, or both at once, may be
As things acquainted and familiar to us;
In which you, father, shall have foremost hand. (141)
Our coronation done, we will accite,
As I before remember'd, all our state:
And, God consigning to my good intents,
No prince nor peer shall have just cause to say,
God shorten Harry's happy life one day! [Exeunt.


SCENE III

Gloucestershire. SHALLOW'S orchard.
Enter FALSTAFF, SHALLOW, SILENCE, DAVY, BARDOLPH, and the Page.

Shal.
Nay, you shall see my orchard,
where, in an arbour, we will eat a last year's
pippin of my own graffing, with a dish of
caraways, and so forth: come, cousin Silence:
and then to bed.

Fal.
'Fore God, you have here a goodly
dwelling and a rich.

Shal.
Barren, barren, barren; beggars all,
beggars all, Sir John: marry, good air.
Spread,Davy; spread, Davy: well said, Davy.

Fal.
This Davy serves you for good uses;
he is your serving-man and your husband.

Shal.
A good varlet, a good varlet, a very
good varlet, Sir John: by the mass, I have
drunk too much sack at supper: a good varlet.
Now sit down, now sit down: come, cousin.

Sil.
Ah, sirrah! quoth-a, we shall
Do nothing but eat, and make good cheer,
[Singing,
And praise God for the merry year; (20)
When flesh is cheap and females dear,
And lusty lads roam here and there
So merrily,
And ever among so merrily.

Fal.
There's a merry heart! Good Master
Silence, I'll give you a health for that anon.

Shal.
Give Master Bardolph some wine, Davy.

Davy.
Sweet sir, sit; I'll be with you anon;
most sweet sir, sit. Master page, good master
page, sit. Proface! What you want in meat,
we'll have in drink: but you must bear; the
heart's all. [Exit.

Shal.
Be merry, Master Bardolph; and,
my little soldier there, be merry.

Sil.
Be merry, be merry, my wife has all; [Singing.
For women are shrews, both short and tall:
'Tis merry in hall when beards wag all,
And welcome merry Shrove-tide.
Be merry, be merry.

Fal.
I did not think Master Silence had (41)
been a man of this mettle.

Sil.
Who, I? I have been merry twice and
once ere now.
Re-enter DAVY.

Davy.
There's a dish of leather-coats for you. [To Bardolph.

Shal.
Davy!

Davy.
Your worship! I'll be with you
straight [to Bardolph] . A cup of wine, sir?

Sil.
A cup of wine that's brisk and fine, [Singing.
And drink unto the leman mine; (50)
And a merry heart lives long-a.

Fal.
Well said, Master Silence.

Sil.
An we shall be merry, now comes in
the sweet o' the night.

Fal.
Health and long life to you, Master
Silence.

Sil.
Fill the cup, and let it come; [Singing.
I'll pledge you a mile to the bottom.

Shal.
Honest Bardolph, welcome: if thou
wantest any thing, and wilt not call, beshrew
thy heart. Welcome, my little tiny thief [to
the Page]
, and welcome indeed too. I'll drink
to Master Bardolph, and to all the cavaleros
about London.

Davy.
I hope to see London once ere I dvie.

Bard.
An I might see you there, Davy,-

Shal.
By the mass, you 'll crack a quart to
gether, ha! will you not, Master Bardolph?

Bard.
Yea, sir, in a pottle-pot.

Shal.
By God's liggens, I thank thee: the
knave will stick by thee, I can assure thee (71)
that. A' will not out; he is true bred.

Bard.
And I 'll stick by him, sir.

Shal.
Why, there spoke a king. Lack nothing:
be merry. [Knocking within.] Look
who's at the door there, ho! who knocks? [Exit Davy.

Fal.
Why, now you have done me right. [To Silence, seeing him take off a bumper.

Sil.
Do me right, [Singing.
And dub me knight:
Samingo. (80)
Is't not so?

Fal.
'Tis so.

Sil.
Is't so? Why, then, say an old man
can do somewhat. Re-enter DAVY.

Davy.
An't please your worship, there's
one Pistol come from the court with news.

Fal.
From the court! let him come in.
Enter PISTOL.
How now, Pistol!

Pist.
Sir John, God save youl

Fal.
What wind blew you hither, Pistol?

Pist.
Not the ill wind which blows no man
to good. Sweet knight, thou art now one of
the greatest men in this realm.

Sil.
By'r lady, I think a' be, but goodman
Puff of Barson.

Pist.
Puff!
Puff in thy teeth, most recreant coward base!
Sir John, I am thy Pistol and thy friend,
And helter-skelter have I rode to thee,
And tidings do I bring and lucky joys
And golden times and happy news of price.

Fal.
I pray thee now, deliver them like a (101)
man of this world.

Pist.
A foutre for the world and worldlings base!
I speak of Africa and golden joys.

Fal.
O base Assyrian knight, what is thy news?
Let King Cophetua know the truth thereof.

Sil.
And Robin Hood, Scarlet, and John. [Singing.

Pist.
Shall dunghill curs confront the Helicons?
And shall good news be baffled? (110)
Then, Pistol, lay thy head in Furies' lap.

Shal.
Honest gentleman, I know not yourbreeding.

Pist.
Why then, lament therefore.

Shal.
Give me pardon, sir: if, sir, you
come with news from the court, I take it there's
but two ways, either to utter them, or toconceal
them. I am, sir, under the king, in some
authority.

Pist.
Under which king, Besonian? speak, or die.

Shal.
Under King Harry.

Pist.
Harry the Fourth? or Fifth?

Shal.
Harry the Fourth.

Pist.
A foutre for thine office!
Sir John, thy tender lambkin now is king;
Harry the Fifth's the man. I speak the truth:
When Pistol lies, do this; and fig me, like
The bragging Spaniard.

Fal.
What, is the old king dead?

Pist.
As nail in door: the things I speak are just.

Fal.
Away, Bardolph! saddle my horse.
Master Robert Shallow, choose what office
thou wilt in the land, 'tis thine. Pistol, I will (130)
double-charge thee with dignities.

Bard.
O joyful day!
I would not take a knighthood for my fortune.

Pist.
What! I do bring good news.

Fal.
Carry Master Silence to bed. Master
Shallow, my Lord Shallow,--be what thou
wilt; I am fortune's steward--get on thy
boots: we'll ride all night. O sweet Pistol!
Away, Bardolph! Exit Bard.] Come, Pistol,
utter more to me; and withal devise something
to do thyself good. Boot, boot, Master
Shallow: I know the young king is sick for
me. Let us take any man's horses; the laws of
England are at my commandment. Blessed are
they that have been my friends; and woe to
my lord chief-justice!

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! [Exeunt.


SCENE IV

London. A street.
Enter Beadles, dragging in HOSTESS QUICKLY and DOLL TEARSHEET.

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

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

Dol.
Nut-hook, nut-hook, you lie. Come
on; I'll tell thee 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.

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

First Bead.
If it do, 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.
I'll 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
forswear half-kirtles.

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

Host.
O God, that right should thus over
come might! Well, of sufferance comes ease,

Dol.
Come, you rogue, come; bring me to (30)
a justice.

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. [Exeunt.


SCENE V

A public place near Westminster Abbey.
Enter two Grooms, strewing rushes.

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.
patch. [Exeunt. Enter FALSTAFF, SHALLOW, PISTOL, BARDOLPH, and Page.

Fal.
Stand here by me, 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. (9)

Pist.
God bless thy lungs, good knight.

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 v
I had to see him.

Shal.
It doth so.

Fal.
It shows my earnestness of affection,--

Shal.
It doth so.

Fal.
My devotion,-- (20)

Shal.
It doth, it doth, it doth.

Fal.
As it were, to ride day and night;
and not to deliberate, not to remember, not to
have patience to shift me,--

Shal.
It is best, certain.

Fal.
But to stand stained with travel, and
sweating with desire to see him; thinking
of nothing else, putting all affairs else inoblivion,
as if there were nothing else to be done (29)
but to see him.

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: (39)
Rouse up revenge from ebon den with fell Alecto's snake,
For Doll is in. Pistol speaks nought but truth.

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 Hal! 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. Just.
Have you your wits? know you what 'tis you speak? (50)

Fal.
My king! my Jove! I speak to thee, my heart!

King.
I know thee not, old man: fall to thy prayers;
How ill white hairs become a fool and jester!
I have long drearm'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: (60)
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. (70)
For competence of life I will allow you,
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 tenor of our word.
Set on.[Exeunt King, etc,

Fal.
Master Shallow, I owe you a thousand
pound.

Shal.
Yea, marry, Sir John; which I beseech (80)
you to let me have home with me.

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 seem
thus to the world: fear not your advancements;
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 beseech you, good Sir John,
let me have five hundred of my thousand.

Fal.
Sir, I will be as good as my word: (91)
this that you heard was but a color.

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

Fal.
Fear no colors: go with me to dinner:
come, Lieutenant Pistol; come, Bardolph:
I shall be sent for soon at night. Re-enter PRINCE JOHN, the LORD CHIEF-JUSTICE; Officers with them.

Ch. Just.
Go, carry Sir John Falstaff to the Fleet:
Take all his company along with him.

Fal.
My lord, my lord,-- (100)

Ch. Just.
I cannot now speak: I will hear you soon.
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. (110)

Ch. Just.
He hath.

Lan.
I will lay odds that, ere this yeai 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? [Exeunt.

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