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and the money too. Thou didit swear to me on a par-
Fal. My Lord, this is a poor mad soul, and the says up and down the town, that her eldeit son is like you. She hath been in good case, and the truth is, poverty hath distracted her; but for these foolish officers, I beseech you, I may have redress againit them.
Ch. Juft. Sir John, Sir John, I am well acquainted with your manner of wrenching the true cause the false way. It is not a confident brow, nor the throng of words that come with such more than impudent faucie nels from you, can thrust me from a level confideration. I know you have practis'd upon the easy-yielding spirit of this woman.
Hoft. Yes, in troth, my Lord.
Ch. Juft. Pr'ythee, peace; pay her the debt you owe "her, and unpay the villany you have done her; the one you may do with Sterling money, and the other with current repentance.
Fal. My Lord, I will not undergo this sneap* with. out reply. You call honourable boldneis impudent faucinels : if a man will court'sy and say nothing, he is virtuous. No, my Lord, my humble duty remember'd, I will not be your suitor: I say to you, I delire deliverance from there officers, being upon hally employment in the King's ailairs. * A Yorkihire word, for rebuke, Z 2
Ch. Fuft. You speak as having power to do wrong; but answer in the etfe&t your reputation, and satisfy the poor woman. Fal. Come hither, hoftefs.
[ Afide, SCENE III. Enter Mr. Gower. Ch. Juft. Master Gower, what news ?
Gower. The King, my Lord, and Henry Prince of Are near at hand: the rest the paper tells. [Wales,
Fal. As I am a gentleman
Fal. As I am a gentleman :-come, no more words of it.
Hoft. By this heav'nly ground I tread on, I must be fain to pawn both my plate, and the tapestry of my dining chambers.
Fal. “ Glasses, glaffes, is the only drinking; and “ for thy walls, a pretty flight drollery, or the story “ of the prodigal, or the German hunting in water“ work*, is worth a thousand of these dead-hangings, is and these fly-bitten tapestries: let it be ten pound, if " thou canst. Come, if it were not for thy humours, there is not a better wench in England. Go, wash thy face, and draw thy action: come, thou must not be irr this humour with me; do'st not know me? Come, come, I know thou wast fet on to this.
Hoft. Pr'ythee, Sir John, let it be but twenty nobles; I am loath to pawn my plate, in good earnest, la.
Fal. Let it alone, I'll make other thift; you'll be a fool still.
Hoft. Well, you shall have it, though I pawn my gown. I hope you'll come to supper : you'll pay me all together
Fal. Will I live? go with her, with her: hook on, hook on.
Hoft. Will you have Doll Tear-sheet meet you at 'fupper? Fal. No more words. Let's have her.
[Exeunt Hostess and Serjeant. Ch. Juft. I have heard better news. Fal. What's the news, my good Lord. 1.l. in water-colours,
Chi Fust. Where lay the King last night? 7 Gower. At Bafingitoke, my Lord.
Fal. I hope, my Lord, all’s well. What is the news, my
Gower. No; fifteen hundred foot, five hundred horse
Fal. Comes the King back from Wales, my Noble Lord ?
Ch. Juft. You shall have letters of me presently. Come, go along with me, good Mr. Gower.
Fal. My Lord, Ch. fuft. What's the matter? Fal. Master Gower, shall I intreat you with me to dinner? ?'Gower. I must wait upon my good Lord here ; I thank you, good Sir John.
Ch. Juft. Sir John, you loiter here too long, being you are to take soldiers up in the countries as you go. * Fal. Will you sup with me, Master Gower!
Ch. Juft. What foolish master taught you these manhers, Sir John?
Fal. Maiter Gower, if they become me not, he was a fool that taught them me. This is the right fencing grace, my Lord, tap for tap, and so part fair. Ch. Juft. Now the Lord lighten thee, thou art a
SCENE IV, Continues in London.
Enter Prince Henry and Poins.
Poins. Is it come to that? I had thought, weariness durst not have attach'd one of fo high blood.
P. Henry. It doth me, though it discolours the complexion of my greatness to acknowledge it. Doth it not lhew vilely in me' to defire small beer ?
Poins. Why, a prince should not be fo loosely studied as to remember so weak a composition.
P. Henry. Belike then my appetite was not princely got; for, in troth, I do now remember the poor crea
true, small beer. But, indeed, these humble confiderations make ine out of love with my greatness. “ What
a di grace is it to me to reme:nber thy name? or to “ know thy face to-rrorrow! or to take note how “ many pair of filk stockings thou halt (viz. these, “ and thote that were the peach-colour'd ones); or to “ bear the inventory of thy shirts, as one forfuperfluity, " and one other for use? but that the tennis courtkeeper knows better than]; for it is a low ebb of linen with thee, when thou keepest not racket there, as thou hait not done a great while, because the rest of thy low countries have made a shift to eat up thy holland. And God knows, whether those that bawl out of the ruins of thy linen, shall inherit his kingdom: but the midwives fay the children are not in the fault; whereupon the world increases, and kindreds are mightily strengthened.
Poins. How ill it follows, after you have labour'd so hard, you should talk so idly? Tell me, how many good young princes would do so, their fathers lying fo fick as your's at this time is.
P. Henry. Shall I tell thee one thing, Poins? Poins. Yes, and let it be an excellent good thing.
P. Henry. It shall serve among wits of no higher breeding than thine.
Poins. Go to; I stand the push of your one thing that you'll tell.
P. Henry. Why, I tell thee, it is not meet that I 'fhould be fad now my father is sick; albeit I could tell to thee, (as to one it pleases me, for fault of a better, to call my friend), I could be fad, and fad indeed too. Poins. Very hardly upon such a subject.
P.Henry. By this hand, thou think'st me as far in the devil's book, as thou and Falstaff, for obduracy and perfiltency. Let the end try the man. But I tell thee, my heart bleeds inwardly, that my father is to fick; and keeping such vile company as thou art, hath in reason taken from me all oftentation of sorrow.
Poins. The reason ?
P. Henry. What would'st thou think of me if I should weep?
Poins. I would think thee a molt princely hypocrite. P. Henry. It would be every man's thought; and
thou art a blessed fellow, to think as every man thinks. Never a man's thought in the world keeps the road-way better than thine; every man would think me an hypocrite indeed. And what excites your most worshipful thought to think fo?
Poins. Why, because you have seemed so lewd, and so much ingraffed to Falitaff.
P. Henry. And to thee.
Poins. Nay, by this light, I am well spoken of, I can hear it with mine own ears. The worst they can say of me is, that I am a second brother, and that I am a proper fellow of my hands: and those two things I confefs I cannot help. Look, look, here comes Bardolph.
P. Henry. And the boy that I gave Falttaff. he had him from me Christian, and fee it the fat villain have not transforın'd him ape.
SCENE V. Enter Bardolph and Page.
Bard. Come, you virtuous ats, and baihful fool, mult you be blushing? Wherefore bluth you now.whai a maidenly man at arms are you become? Is it such a matter to get a pottle-pet's maidenhead?
Page. He call?d me even now, my Lord, through a red lattice, and I could discern no part of his face from the window; at last I lov'd his eyes, and methought he had made two holes in the ale-wife's new petticoat, and peep'd through.
P. Henry Hath not the boy profited ?
Page. Marry, my Lord, Althea dream'd Be was deliver'd of a firebrand; and therefore I call him her dream.
P. Henry. A crowns-worth of good interpretation; there it is, boy.
[Cives bim money. Poins. O that this good blossom could be kept from cankers ! well, there is fixpence to preserve thee.
Bard !f you do not make him be hang'd among you, the gallows shall be wrong'd.