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Henry IV, Pt. 2: Act 4, Scene 3

Henry IV, Pt. 2
Act 4, Scene 3

Yorkshire. Another part of the Forest of Gaultree.

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

Falstaff

2 - 3
  1. What’s your name, sir? Of what condition are you, and of
  2. what place?

Sir John Colevile

4
  1. I am a knight, sir, and my name is Colevile of the Dale.

Falstaff

5 - 8
  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

9
  1. Are not you Sir John Falstaff?

Falstaff

10 - 13
  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

14 - 15
  1. I think you are Sir John Falstaff, and in that thought yield
  2. me.

Falstaff

16 - 20
  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

23 - 29
  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

30 - 40
  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

41
  1. It was more of his courtesy than your deserving.

Falstaff

42 - 51
  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

52
  1. Thine’s too heavy to mount.

Falstaff

53
  1. Let it shine then.

Prince John of Lancaster

54
  1. Thine’s too thick to shine.

Falstaff

55 - 56
  1. Let it do something, my good lord, that may do me good, and
  2. call it what you will.

Prince John of Lancaster

57
  1. Is thy name Colevile?

Sir John Colevile

58
  1. It is, my lord.

Prince John of Lancaster

59
  1. A famous rebel art thou, Colevile.

Falstaff

60
  1. And a famous true subject took him.

Sir John Colevile

61 - 63
  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

64 - 66
  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

68
  1. Now, have you left pursuit?

Earl of Westmorland

69
  1. Retreat is made and execution stay’d.

Prince John of Lancaster

70 - 78
  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

79 - 81
  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

82 - 83
  1. Fare you well, Falstaff. I, in my condition,
  2. Shall better speak of you than you deserve.
  1. Exeunt all but Falstaff.

Falstaff

85 - 121
  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

122
  1. The army is discharged all and gone.

Falstaff

123 - 126
  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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