Henry IV, Pt. 2
Act V, Scene 1
Gloucestershire . Shallow’s house .
- Enter Shallow , Falstaff , and Bardolph , with Page .
Shallow1 - 2
- By cock and pie , sir , you shall not away tonight . What ,
- Davy , I say !
- You must excuse me , Master Robert Shallow .
Shallow4 - 6
- I will not excuse you , you shall not be excus’d , excuses
- shall not be admitted , there is no excuse shall serve , you
- shall not be excus’d . Why , Davy !
- Enter Davy .
- Here , sir .
Shallow8 - 10
- Davy , Davy , Davy , Davy , let me see , Davy , let me see , Davy ,
- let me see . Yea , marry , William cook , bid him come hither .
- Sir John , you shall not be excus’d .
Davy11 - 12
- Marry , sir , thus ; those precepts cannot be serv’d ; and
- again , sir , shall we sow the hade land with wheat ?
Shallow13 - 14
- With red wheat , Davy . But for William cook — are there no
- young pigeons ?
Davy15 - 16
- Yes , sir . Here is now the smith’s note for shoeing and
- plough - irons .
- Let it be cast and paid . Sir John , you shall not be excus’d .
Davy18 - 20
- Now , sir , a new link to the bucket must needs be had ; and ,
- sir , do you mean to stop any of William’s wages , about the
- sack he lost at Hinckley fair ?
Shallow21 - 23
- ’A shall answer it . Some pigeons , Davy , a couple of
- short - legg’d hens , a joint of mutton , and any pretty little
- tiny kickshaws , tell William cook .
- Doth the man of war stay all night , sir ?
Shallow25 - 27
- Yea , Davy , I will use him well . A friend i’ th’ court is
- better than a penny in purse . Use his men well , Davy , for
- they are arrant knaves , and will backbite .
Davy28 - 29
- No worse than they are backbitten , sir , for they have
- marvail’s foul linen .
- Well conceited , Davy . About thy business , Davy .
Davy31 - 32
- I beseech you , sir , to countenance William Visor of Woncote
- against Clement Perkes a’ th’ Hill .
Shallow33 - 34
- There is many complaints , Davy , against that Visor . That
- Visor is an arrant knave , on my knowledge .
Davy35 - 43
- I grant your worship that he is a knave , sir ; but yet God
- forbid , sir , but a knave should have some countenance at his
- friend’s request . An honest man , sir , is able to speak for
- himself , when a knave is not . I have serv’d your worship
- truly , sir , this eight years ; and I cannot once or twice in
- a quarter bear out a knave against an honest man , I have
- little credit with your worship . The knave is mine honest
- friend , sir , therefore I beseech you let him be
- countenanc’d .
Shallow44 - 46
- Go to , I say , he shall have no wrong . Look about , Davy .
- Exit Davy .
- Where are you , Sir John ? Come , come , come , off with your
- boots . Give me your hand , Master Bardolph .
- I am glad to see your worship .
Shallow48 - 50
- I thank thee with my heart , kind Master Bardolph , and
- welcome , my tall fellow .
- To the Page
- Come , Sir John .
Falstaff51 - 74
- I’ll follow you , good Master Robert Shallow .
- Exit Shallow .
- Bardolph , look to our horses .
- Exeunt Bardolph and Page .
- If I were saw’d into quantities , I should make four dozen of
- such bearded hermits’ staves as Master Shallow . It is a
- wonderful thing to see the semblable coherence of his men’s
- spirits and his . They , by observing him , do bear themselves
- like foolish justices ; he , by conversing with them , is
- turn’d into a justice - like servingman . Their spirits are so
- married in conjunction with the participation of society
- that they flock together in consent , like so many wild
- geese . If I had a suit to Master Shallow , I would humor his
- men with the imputation of being near their master ; if to
- his men , I would curry with Master Shallow that no man could
- better command his servants . It is certain that either wise
- bearing or ignorant carriage is caught , as men take
- diseases , one of another ; therefore let men take heed of
- their company . I will devise matter enough out of this
- Shallow to keep Prince Harry in continual laughter the
- wearing out of six fashions , which is four terms , or two
- actions , and ’a shall laugh without intervallums . O , it is
- much that a lie with a slight oath and a jest with a sad
- brow will do with a fellow that never had the ache in his
- shoulders ! O , you shall see him laugh till his face be like
- a wet cloak ill laid up .
- Within .
- Sir John !
- I come , Master Shallow , I come , Master Shallow .
- Exit .