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Mour. The lives of all your loving complices,
Leaue on you health, the which if you give ore,
To storiny paffion must perforce decay.

Bard. We all that are ingaged to this losse,
Knew that we ventured on such dangerous feas,
That if we wrought out life, twas ten to one,
And yet we venturd for the gaine proposde,
Choakt the respect of likely perill fear'd,
And since we are oreset, venture againe :
Come, we will al put forth body and goods.

Mour. Tis more then time, and my most noble lord,
I heare for certaine, and dare speake the truth.

North. I knew of this before, but to speake truth,
This present griefe had wipte it from my mind,
Gə in with me and counsell euery man,
The aptest way for safety and reuenge,
Get poltes and letters, and make friends with speed,
Neuer so few, and neuer yet more need.


Enter for Iohn alone, with his page bearing his sword and


Ichn. Sirra, you giant, what faies the doctor to my water?

Page. He said sir, the water ir self was a good healthy water, but for the party that owed it, he might haue moe difeases then he knew for.

Ichn. Men of al forts take a pride to gird at me: the braine of this foolish compoūded clay-man is not able to inuent any thing that intends to laughter, more then I inuent, or is inuēted on me, I am not only witty in my felfe, but the cause that wit is in other men. I do here walk before thee, like a fow that hath overwhelmd al her litter but one, if the prince put thee into my seruice for any other reason then to sett me off, why then I haue no iudgement, thou horeson mandrake, thou art fitter to be worne in my cap, then to wait at my


heels I was neuer manned with an agot till now, but I wil inset you, neither in golde nor siluer, but in vile apparell, and send you backe againe to your master for a jewell, the iuuenall the prince your mater, whose chin is not yet Aledge, I will sooner haue a beard grow in the palme of my hand, then he shal get one off his check, and yet he will not sticke to say his face is a face royal, God may finish it when he will, tis not a haire amisle yet, he may kecpe it still at a face royall, for a barber shall neuer earne sixpence out of it, and yet heele be crowing as if he had writte man euer since his father was a batcheler, he may keepe his owne grace, but hees almost out of mine I can assure him : what faid master Dommelton about the fattin for my fhort cloake and my floppes ?

Boy. He faide fir, you should procure him better assurance then Bardolfe, he would not take his band and yours, he liked not the securitie.

Sir Ihn. Let him be damn'd like the glutton, pray God his tongue be hotter, a horefon Achitophel! a rascall : yea forsooth knaue, to beare a gentle man in hand, and then stand vpon fecurity, the horson iinoothy-pates doe now weare nothing but hie Phooes and bunches of keyes at their girdles, and if a man is through with them in honest taking vp, then they must Stand vppon security, I had as liue they would put ratibane in my mouth as offer to stop it with security, I lookt a should haue fent me two and twenty yards of fattin (as I am a true knight) and he sends me security : well he may deepe in fecurity, for he hath the horne of aboundance, and the lightnesse of his wife shines through it: wheres Bardolf, and yet can pot he see though he haue his owne lantherne to light him.

Boy. Hecs gone in Smithfield to buy your worship a horse.

Sir lohn. I bought him in Paules, and heele buy me a horse in Smithfield, and I could get me but a wife in the stewes, I were man'd, horfde, and wiu’d.


Enter lord chiefe iuffice. Boy. Sir, here comes the noble man that committed the prince for striking him about Bardolfe.

Sir Ichn. Wait close, I will not see him.
luftice. Whats hee that goes there?
Seru. Falstaffe, and’tplease your lordship.
luft. He that was in question for the rob'ry.

Seru. He my lord, but he hath since done good feruice at Shrewsbury, and (as I heare) is now going with some charge to the lord lohn of Lancaster.

luft. What to Porke? call him backe againe.
Seru. Sir Iohn Falstaffe.
boln. Boy, tell him I am deafe.
Boy. You must speake lowder, my master is deafe.

Iust. I am sure he is to the hearing of any thing good, goe plucke him by the elbow, I must speake with him.

Seru. Sir Lohn.

Falst. What? a yong knaue and begging ? is there not wars? is there not employment? doth not the king lacke sub. iects? do not the rebels need souldiers, though it be a shame to be on any side but one, it is worse shame to beg then to be on the worst fide, were it worfe then the name of rebellion can tell how to make it.

Seru. You mistake me fir.

John. Why sir, did I say you were an honest man, setting my knighthood and my fouldiership aside, I had lied in my throat if I had said so.

Seru. I pray you fir then set your knighthood, and your soldiership aside, and giue me leaue to tell you, you lie in your throate, if you say I am any other then an honest man.

lohn. I giue thee leaue to tell me, so I lay aside that which growes to me, if thou getst any leaue of me, hang me, if thou takst leaue, thou wert better be hangd, you hunt couter, hence, auaunt.


Seru. Sir, my lord would speake with you.
Iuft. Sir John Falstaffe, a word with you.

Falst. My good lord, God giue your lordship good time of day, I am glad to see your lordship abroade, I heard say your lordship was ficke, I hope your lordship goes abroade by aduise, your lordship, though not clean past your youth, haue yet some smack of an ague in you, some relish of the faltnes of time in you, and I most humbly beseech your lordship to haue a reuerend care of your health.

Iuftice. Sir lohn, I sent for you before your expedition to Shrewsbury.

Sir lohn. Andt please your lordlhip, I heare his maiesty is returnd with fome discomfort from Wales.

Iuft. I talke not of his maiesty, you would not come when I sent for you.

Falst. And I heare moreouer, his highnes is falne into this famc horson apoplexi.

luft. Well, God mend him, I pray you let me speake with you.

Falst. This apoplexi as I take it? is a kind of lethergie, and't please your lordship, a kind of fleeping in the bloud, a horfon tingling.

luft. What tell you me of it, be it as it is.

Fal;t. It hath it originall from much griefe, from study, and perturbation of the braine, I haue read the cause of his effects in Galen, it is a kind of deafenes.

luft. I thinke you are falne into the disease, for you heare not what I say to you.

Old. Very wel my lord, very wel, rather and't please you it is the disease of not listning the maladie of not marking that Į am troubled withall.

luft. To punish you by the heeles, would amend the attention of your eares, and I care not if I doe become your phifi


Falst. I am as poore as Iob my lord, but not fo pacient, your lord ship may minister the potion of imprisonment to me, in respect of pouerty, but how I should be your pacient to follow your preicriptions, the wise may make som dramme of a scruple, or indeede a scruple it selfe.

Iuft. I funt for you when there were matters against you for your life to come speake with me.

Falt. As I was then adaisde by my learned counfail in the lawes of this land seruice, I did not come.

Iuft. Wel, the truth is fir Ichn, you liue in great infamy.

Falt. He that bucklcs himselfe in my belt cannot liue in lefle.

Iust. Your meanes are very slender, and your waste is great.

Falft. I would it were otherwise, I would my meanes were greater and my waste fiender,

Iuft. You haue milled the youthfull prince.

Falst. The yong prince hath milled me, I am the felow with the great belly, and he my dogge."

Iujt, Wel, I am loth to gall a new hcald wound, your daies feruice at Shrewsbury, hath a little guilded ouer your nights exploit on Gadshill, you may thanke th’vnquiet time, for your quiet oreposting that action.

Falst. My lord.

Iujt. But since all is well, keepe it so, wake not a Neeping wolfe.

Falt. To wake a wolfe, is as bad as smell a fox.
Iuft. What you are as a candle, the better part, burnt out,

Falst. A wassel candle my lords al tallow, if I did say of wax, my growth would approue the truth.

Iuft. There is not a white haire in your face, but should haue his effect of grauity. Fulft. His effect of grauy, grauie, grauie.

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