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Henry IV, Pt. 2: Act IV, Scene 3

Henry IV, Pt. 2
Act IV, Scene 3

Yorkshire . Another part of the Forest of Gaultree .

  1. Alarum . Excursions . Enter Falstaff and Colevile , meeting .

Falstaff

1 - 2
  1. What’s your name , sir ? Of what condition are you , and of
  2. what place ?

Sir John Colevile

3
  1. I am a knight , sir , and my name is Colevile of the Dale .

Falstaff

4 - 7
  1. Well then , Colevile is your name , a knight is your degree ,
  2. and your place the Dale . Colevile shall be still your name ,
  3. a traitor your degree , and the dungeon your place , a place
  4. deep enough ; so shall you be still Colevile of the Dale .

Sir John Colevile

8
  1. Are not you Sir John Falstaff ?

Falstaff

9 - 12
  1. As good a man as he , sir , whoe’er I am . Do ye yield , sir ? Or
  2. shall I sweat for you ? If I do sweat , they are the drops of
  3. thy lovers , and they weep for thy death ; therefore rouse up
  4. fear and trembling , and do observance to my mercy .

Sir John Colevile

13 - 14
  1. I think you are Sir John Falstaff , and in that thought yield
  2. me .

Falstaff

15 - 19
  1. I have a whole school of tongues in this belly of mine , and
  2. not a tongue of them all speaks any other word but my name .
  3. And I had but a belly of any indifferency , I were simply the
  4. most active fellow in Europe . My womb , my womb , my womb
  5. undoes me . Here comes our general .
  1. Enter Prince John of Lancaster , Westmorland , Blunt , and the
  2. rest .

Prince John of Lancaster

20 - 25
  1. The heat is past , follow no further now ;
  2. Call in the powers , good cousin Westmorland .
  3. Exit Westmorland . Retreat .
  4. Now , Falstaff , where have you been all this while ?
  5. When every thing is ended , then you come .
  6. These tardy tricks of yours will , on my life ,
  7. One time or other break some gallows’ back .

Falstaff

26 - 36
  1. I would be sorry , my lord , but it should be thus . I never
  2. knew yet but rebuke and check was the reward of valor . Do
  3. you think me a swallow , an arrow , or a bullet ? Have I , in my
  4. poor and old motion , the expedition of thought ? I have
  5. speeded hither with the very extremest inch of possibility ;
  6. I have found’red ninescore and odd posts , and here ,
  7. travel - tainted as I am , have , in my pure and immaculate
  8. valor , taken Sir John Colevile of the Dale , a most furious
  9. knight and valorous enemy . But what of that ? He saw me , and
  10. yielded , that I may justly say , with the hook - nos’d fellow
  11. of Rome , There , cousin , I came , saw , and overcame .”

Prince John of Lancaster

37
  1. It was more of his courtesy than your deserving .

Falstaff

38 - 47
  1. I know not : here he is , and here I yield him , and I beseech
  2. your Grace let it be book’d with the rest of this day’s
  3. deeds , or by the Lord , I will have it in a particular ballad
  4. else , with mine own picture on the top on’t ( Colevile
  5. kissing my foot ), to the which course if I be enforc’d , if
  6. you do not all show like gilt twopences to me , and I in the
  7. clear sky of fame o’ershine you as much as the full moon
  8. doth the cinders of the element ( which show like pins’ heads
  9. to her ), believe not the word of the noble . Therefore let me
  10. have right , and let desert mount .

Prince John of Lancaster

48
  1. Thine’s too heavy to mount .

Falstaff

49
  1. Let it shine then .

Prince John of Lancaster

50
  1. Thine’s too thick to shine .

Falstaff

51 - 52
  1. Let it do something , my good lord , that may do me good , and
  2. call it what you will .

Prince John of Lancaster

53
  1. Is thy name Colevile ?

Sir John Colevile

54
  1. It is , my lord .

Prince John of Lancaster

55
  1. A famous rebel art thou , Colevile .

Falstaff

56
  1. And a famous true subject took him .

Sir John Colevile

57 - 59
  1. I am , my lord , but as my betters are
  2. That led me hither . Had they been rul’d by me ,
  3. You should have won them dearer than you have .

Falstaff

60 - 62
  1. I know not how they sold themselves , but thou like a kind
  2. fellow gavest thyself away gratis , and I thank thee for
  3. thee .
  1. Enter Westmorland .

Prince John of Lancaster

63
  1. Now , have you left pursuit ?

Earl of Westmorland

64
  1. Retreat is made and execution stay’d .

Prince John of Lancaster

65 - 72
  1. Send Colevile with his confederates
  2. To York , to present execution .
  3. Blunt , lead him hence , and see you guard him sure .
  4. Exeunt Blunt and others with Colevile .
  5. And now dispatch we toward the court , my lords ,
  6. I hear the King my father is sore sick .
  7. Our news shall go before us to his Majesty ,
  8. Which , cousin , you shall bear to comfort him ,
  9. And we with sober speed will follow you .

Falstaff

73 - 75
  1. My lord , I beseech you give me leave to go through
  2. Gloucestershire , and when you come to court stand my good
  3. lord in your good report .

Prince John of Lancaster

76 - 77
  1. Fare you well , Falstaff . I , in my condition ,
  2. Shall better speak of you than you deserve .
  1. Exeunt all but Falstaff .

Falstaff

78 - 113
  1. I would you had the wit , ’twere better than your dukedom .
  2. Good faith , this same young sober - blooded boy doth not love
  3. me , nor a man cannot make him laugh , but that’s no marvel ,
  4. he drinks no wine . There’s never none of these demure boys
  5. come to any proof , for thin drink doth so over - cool their
  6. blood , and making many fish - meals , that they fall into a
  7. kind of male green - sickness , and then when they marry , they
  8. get wenches . They are generally fools and cowards , which
  9. some of us should be too , but for inflammation . A good
  10. sherris - sack hath a twofold operation in it . It ascends me
  11. into the brain , dries me there all the foolish and dull and
  12. crudy vapors which environ it , makes it apprehensive , quick ,
  13. forgetive , full of nimble , fiery , and delectable shapes ,
  14. which deliver’d o’er to the voice , the tongue , which is the
  15. birth , becomes excellent wit . The second property of your
  16. excellent sherris is the warming of the blood , which before
  17. ( cold and settled ) left the liver white and pale , which is
  18. the badge of pusillanimity and cowardice ; but the sherris
  19. warms it , and makes it course from the inwards to the parts’
  20. extremes . It illumineth the face , which as a beacon gives
  21. warning to all the rest of this little kingdom , man , to arm ,
  22. and then the vital commoners and inland petty spirits muster
  23. me all to their captain , the heart , who great and puff’d up
  24. with this retinue , doth any deed of courage ; and this valor
  25. comes of sherris . So that skill in the weapon is nothing
  26. without sack ( for that sets it a - work ) and learning a mere
  27. hoard of gold kept by a devil , till sack commences it and
  28. sets it in act and use . Hereof comes it that Prince Harry is
  29. valiant , for the cold blood he did naturally inherit of his
  30. father , he hath , like lean , sterile , and bare land , manur’d ,
  31. husbanded , and till’d with excellent endeavor of drinking
  32. good and good store of fertile sherris , that he is become
  33. very hot and valiant . If I had a thousand sons , the first
  34. humane principle I would teach them should be , to forswear
  35. thin potations and to addict themselves to sack .
  36. Enter Bardolph .
  37. How now , Bardolph ?

Bardolph

114
  1. The army is discharged all and gone .

Falstaff

115 - 118
  1. Let them go . I’ll through Gloucestershire , and there will I
  2. visit Master Robert Shallow , esquire . I have him already
  3. temp’ring between my finger and my thumb , and shortly will I
  4. seal with him . Come away .
  1. Exeunt .
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