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With the like bold, just, and impartial spirit, have done 'gainst me. There is
hand : You shall be as a father to my youth; My voice shall sound as you do prompt mine ear; 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 rase out Rotten opinion, who hath writ me down After my seeming. The tide of blood in me Hath proudly flow'd in vanity till now: Now 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.
[to Ch. Jus. Our coronation done, we will accite, As I before remember'd, all our state :
And (God consigning to my good intents)
Glostershire. The garden of Shallow's house.
Enter FALSTAFF, SHALLOW, SILENCE, BARDOLPH,
PAGE, and DAVY.
Shal. Nay, you shall see mine orchard, where, in an arbor, we will eat a last year's pippin of my own graffing, with a dish of carraways, 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 husbandman.
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. Si. Ah, sirrah ! quoth-a-we shall • Do nothing but eat, and make good cheer,
[singing. And praise Heaven for the merry year;
When flesh is cheap and females dear,
So merrily ;
Shal. Give master Bardolph some wine, Davy.
Davy. Sweet sir, sit; [seating Bardolph and the Page at another table.] I'll be with you anon :most sweet sir, sit. Master page, good master page, sit : proface ! 1 What you want in meat we ʼll have in drink. But you must bear; the heart's all.
[Exit. Shal. Be merry, master Bardolph ;-and my
little soldier there, be merry. Si. ·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,' &c.
Fal. I did not think, master Silence had been a man of this mettle.
Si. Who I? I have been merry twice and once,
1 Italian: much good may it do you.
Davy. There is a dish of leather-coats 1 for you.
[setting them before Bardolph. Shal. Davy!
Davy. Your worship I-I'll be with you straight. [to Bardolph.] A cup of wine, sir? Si. 'A cup of wine, that's brisk and fine,
[singing. And drink unto the leman ? mine;
And a merry heart lives long-a.' Fal. Well said, master Silence.
Si. And we shall be merry; now comes in the sweet of the night.
Fal. Health and long life to you, master Silence ! Si. • Fill the cup, and let it come;
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,
Davy. I hope to see London once ere I die.
Shal. By the mass, you 'll crack a quart together. Ha! will you not, master Bardolph ?
Bar. Yes, sir, in a pottle pot.3
1 Apples commonly called russetines. ? Sweetheart. 3 A measure containing two quarts.
Shal. I thank thee. The knäve will stick by thee; I can assure thee that: he will not out; he is true bred.
Bar. And I 'U stick by him, sir.
Shal. Why, there spoke a king. Lack nothing : be merry. [knocking heard.] Look who 's at door there. Ho! who knocks ?
[Exit Davy. Fal. Why, now you have done me right.
[to Silence, who drinks a bumper. Si. Do me right,
(singing. And dub me knight: 1
Samingo.' Is 't not so ?
Fal. 'Tis so.
Si. Is 't so? Why, then say an old man can do somewhat.
Re-enter DAVY. Davy. An it please your worship, there's one Pistol come from the court with news.
Fal. From the court? Let him come in.
How now, Pistol ?
Pis. God save you, sir John !
In Shakspeare's time, he who drank a bumper to the health of his mistress on his knees, was dubbed a knight for the remainder of the evening.