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Host. Well, fare thee well: I have known thee these twenty-nine years, come peascod-time; but an honester and truer-hearted man, Well, fare thee well.
BARD. [Without.] Mistress Tear-sheet,
• Run, good Doll.] The quarto adds, “Come, shee comes blubberd, yea ? wil you come, Doli?"
6 SCENE I.-] This scene does not appear in the first quarto, published in 1600 ; but another edition was issued in the same year to supply the omission.
Deny it to a king? Then, happy low, lie down!
Enter WARWICK and SURREY, and Sir John BLUNT.
K. HEN. Why then, good morrow to you all, my lords.
War. We have, my liege.
K. HEN. Then you perceive, the body of our kingdom,
WAR. It is but as a body, yet distemper'd ;a
K. HEN. O God!* that one might read the book of fate,
(*) First folio, Heaven. * Yet distemper'd ;) That is, now distemper'd. See note (6), Vol. I., p. 485. ' b0, if this were seen,-] This half-line, and the three lines that follow, are not in the folio.
That I and greatness were compell’d to kiss :-
War. There is a history in all men's lives,
K. HEN. Are these things, then, necessities?
It cannot be, my lord ;
K. HEN. 'I will take your counsel :
SCENE II.—Court before JUSTICE SHALLOW's House in
Gloucestershire. Enter SHALLOW and SILENCE, meeting; MOULDY, SHADOW, WART,
FEEBLE, BULL-CALF, and Servants, behind. SHAL. Come on, come on, come on: give me your hand, sir; give me your hand, sir; an early stirrer, by the rood. And how doth my good cousin Silence ?
(*) First folio, life. * By the rood.) The cross and the rood are usually taken to be the same, but there is some reason to believe that in early times the rood properly signified the image of Christ upon the cross, and not a representation of the cross alone.
SIL. Good morrow, good cousin Shallow.
SHAL. And how doth my cousin, your bed-fellow ? and your fairest daughter and mine, my god-daughter Ellen ?
SIL. Alas, a black ouzel, cousin Shallow.
SHAL. By yea and nay, sir, I dare say, my cousin William is become a good scholar: he is at Oxford, still, is he not?
SIL. Indeed, sir; to my cost.
SHAL. He must then to the inns of court shortly: I was once of Clement’s-inn ;(1) where, I think, they will talk of mad Shallow yet.
Sil. You were called lusty Shallow, then, cousin.
SHAL. By the mass,* I was called any thing; and I would have done any thing, indeed, and roundly too. There was I, and little John Doit of Staffordshire, and black George Bare, and Francis Pickbone, and Will Squele, a Cotsole man, you had not four such swinge-bucklers in all the inns of court again : and, I may say to you, we knew where the bona-robas were, and had the best of them all at commandment. Then was Jack Falstaff, now sir John, a boy; and page to Thomas Mowbray, duke of Norfolk.
SIL. This sir John, cousin, that comes hither anon about soldiers ?
SHAL. The same sir John, the very same. I saw him break Skogan's (2) head at the court gate, when he was a crack, not thus high : and the very same day did I fight with one Sampson Stockfish, a fruiterer, behind Gray's-inn. O, the mad days that I have spent! and to see how many of mine old acquaintance are dead!
SIL. We shall all follow, cousin.
SHAL. Certain, 't is certain ; very sure, very sure: death, as the Psalmist saith,t is certain to all; all shall die. How a good yoke of bullocks at Stamford fair ?
SIL. Truly, cousin, I was not there.
SHAL. Jesu, Jesu!b dead !-he drew a good bow ;-and dead !-he shot a fine shoot:John of Gaunt loved him well, and betted much money on his head. Dead !-he would have clapped i’ the cloute at twelve score, and carried you a forehand shaft af fourteen and fourteen and a half, that it would have done a man's heart good to see. - How a score of ewes now?
SIL. Thereafter as they be:d a score of good ewes may be worth ten pounds.
SHAL. And is old Double dead?
(*) First folio omits, By the mass. () First folio omits, as the Psalmist saith.
(1) First folio, at. a A Cotsole man,–] Cotswold was celebrated for athletic sports in the time of our author, and, as Steevens observes, “Shallow, by distinguishing Will Squele as a Cotswold man, meant to have him understood as one who was well versed in manly exercises."
b Jesu, Jesu ! dead !-he drew a good bow ;-) So the quarto. The folio reads, Dead! sce, see ! 'he drew, &c.
é He would have clapped i’ the clout-] Hit the nail or pin which sustained the target.
Thereafter as they be :] That depends upon their quality.
Enter BARDOLPH, and one with him. BARD. Good morrow, honest gentlemen : I beseech you, which is justice Shallow?
SHAL. I am Robert Shallow, sir; a poor esquire of this county, and one of the king's justices of the peace: what is your good pleasure with me?
BARD. My captain, sir, commends him to you; my captain, sir John Falstaff: a tall gentleman, by heaven,* and a most gallant leader.
SHAL. He greets me well, sir; I knew him a good backsword man: how doth the good knight? may I ask, how my lady his wife doth ?
BARD. Sir, pardon; a soldier is better accommodated, than with a wife.
SHAL. It is well said, in faith,t sir; and it is well said indeed too. Better accommodated !-it is good; yea, indeed, is it: good phrases are surely, and ever$ were, very commendable. Accommodated !-it comes of accommodo: very good; a good phrase.
BARD. Pardon, sir; I have heard the word. Phrase, call you it? By this day, I know not the phrase: but I will maintain the word with my sword, to be a soldier-like word, and a word of exceeding good command. Accommodated; that is, when a man is, as they say, accommodated: or, when a man is,-being,—whereby,—he may be s thought to be accommodated; which is an excellent thing.
Enter FALSTAFF. SHAL. It is very just.—Look, here comes good sir John.-Give me your hand, give me your worship’s good hand: by my troth, you look well, and bear your years very well: welcome, good sir John.
FAL. I am glad to see you well, good master Robert Shallow :Master Sure-card, as I think.
SHAL. No, sir John ; it is my cousin Silence, in commission with me. FAL. Good master Silence, it well befits you should be of the peace. SIL. Your good worship is welcome.
Fal. Fie! this is hot weather.—Gentlemen, have you provided me here half a dozen sufficient men ?
SHAL. Marry, have we, sir. Will you sit?
SHAL. Where's the roll? where's the roll? where's the roll? Let me see, let me see. · So, so, so, so: yea, marry, sir :-Ralph Mouldy:-let them appear as I call; let them do so, let them do so
-Let me see; where is Mouldy ? MOUL. Here, an't please you.
SHAL. What think you, sir John ? a good limbed fellow: young, strong, and of good friends.
FAL. Is thy name Mouldy ? MOUL. Yea, an't please you. (*) First folio omits, by heaven.
(+) First folio omits, in faith. (1) First folio, every.
() First folio omits, may be. US First folio, trust me.
(1) First folio, if it.