Henry IV, Pt. 2
Act 4, Scene 3
Yorkshire. Another part of the Forest of Gaultree.
- Alarum. Excursions. Enter Falstaff and Colevile, meeting.
Falstaff2 - 3
- What’s your name, sir? Of what condition are you, and of
- what place?
Sir John Colevile4
- I am a knight, sir, and my name is Colevile of the Dale.
Falstaff5 - 8
- Well then, Colevile is your name, a knight is your degree,
- and your place the Dale. Colevile shall be still your name,
- a traitor your degree, and the dungeon your place, a place
- deep enough; so shall you be still Colevile of the Dale.
Sir John Colevile9
- Are not you Sir John Falstaff?
Falstaff10 - 13
- As good a man as he, sir, whoe’er I am. Do ye yield, sir? Or
- shall I sweat for you? If I do sweat, they are the drops of
- thy lovers, and they weep for thy death; therefore rouse up
- fear and trembling, and do observance to my mercy.
Sir John Colevile14 - 15
- I think you are Sir John Falstaff, and in that thought yield
Falstaff16 - 20
- I have a whole school of tongues in this belly of mine, and
- not a tongue of them all speaks any other word but my name.
- And I had but a belly of any indifferency, I were simply the
- most active fellow in Europe. My womb, my womb, my womb
- undoes me. Here comes our general.
- Enter Prince John of Lancaster, Westmorland, Blunt, and the
Prince John of Lancaster23 - 29
- The heat is past, follow no further now;
- Call in the powers, good cousin Westmorland.
- Exit Westmorland. Retreat.
- Now, Falstaff, where have you been all this while?
- When every thing is ended, then you come.
- These tardy tricks of yours will, on my life,
- One time or other break some gallows’ back.
Falstaff30 - 40
- I would be sorry, my lord, but it should be thus. I never
- knew yet but rebuke and check was the reward of valor. Do
- you think me a swallow, an arrow, or a bullet? Have I, in my
- poor and old motion, the expedition of thought? I have
- speeded hither with the very extremest inch of possibility;
- I have found’red ninescore and odd posts, and here,
- travel-tainted as I am, have, in my pure and immaculate
- valor, taken Sir John Colevile of the Dale, a most furious
- knight and valorous enemy. But what of that? He saw me, and
- yielded, that I may justly say, with the hook-nos’d fellow
- of Rome, “There, cousin, I came, saw, and overcame.”
Prince John of Lancaster41
- It was more of his courtesy than your deserving.
Falstaff42 - 51
- I know not: here he is, and here I yield him, and I beseech
- your Grace let it be book’d with the rest of this day’s
- deeds, or by the Lord, I will have it in a particular ballad
- else, with mine own picture on the top on’t (Colevile
- kissing my foot), to the which course if I be enforc’d, if
- you do not all show like gilt twopences to me, and I in the
- clear sky of fame o’ershine you as much as the full moon
- doth the cinders of the element (which show like pins’ heads
- to her), believe not the word of the noble. Therefore let me
- have right, and let desert mount.
Prince John of Lancaster52
- Thine’s too heavy to mount.
- Let it shine then.
Prince John of Lancaster54
- Thine’s too thick to shine.
Falstaff55 - 56
- Let it do something, my good lord, that may do me good, and
- call it what you will.
Prince John of Lancaster57
- Is thy name Colevile?
Sir John Colevile58
- It is, my lord.
Prince John of Lancaster59
- A famous rebel art thou, Colevile.
- And a famous true subject took him.
Sir John Colevile61 - 63
- I am, my lord, but as my betters are
- That led me hither. Had they been rul’d by me,
- You should have won them dearer than you have.
Falstaff64 - 66
- I know not how they sold themselves, but thou like a kind
- fellow gavest thyself away gratis, and I thank thee for
- Enter Westmorland.
Prince John of Lancaster68
- Now, have you left pursuit?
Earl of Westmorland69
- Retreat is made and execution stay’d.
Prince John of Lancaster70 - 78
- Send Colevile with his confederates
- To York, to present execution.
- Blunt, lead him hence, and see you guard him sure.
- Exeunt Blunt and others with Colevile.
- And now dispatch we toward the court, my lords,
- I hear the King my father is sore sick.
- Our news shall go before us to his Majesty,
- Which, cousin, you shall bear to comfort him,
- And we with sober speed will follow you.
Falstaff79 - 81
- My lord, I beseech you give me leave to go through
- Gloucestershire, and when you come to court stand my good
- lord in your good report.
Prince John of Lancaster82 - 83
- Fare you well, Falstaff. I, in my condition,
- Shall better speak of you than you deserve.
- Exeunt all but Falstaff.
Falstaff85 - 121
- I would you had the wit, ’twere better than your dukedom.
- Good faith, this same young sober-blooded boy doth not love
- me, nor a man cannot make him laugh, but that’s no marvel,
- he drinks no wine. There’s never none of these demure boys
- come to any proof, for thin drink doth so over-cool their
- blood, and making many fish-meals, that they fall into a
- kind of male green-sickness, and then when they marry, they
- get wenches. They are generally fools and cowards, which
- some of us should be too, but for inflammation. A good
- sherris-sack hath a twofold operation in it. It ascends me
- into the brain, dries me there all the foolish and dull and
- crudy vapors which environ it, makes it apprehensive, quick,
- forgetive, full of nimble, fiery, and delectable shapes,
- which deliver’d o’er to the voice, the tongue, which is the
- birth, becomes excellent wit. The second property of your
- excellent sherris is the warming of the blood, which before
- (cold and settled) left the liver white and pale, which is
- the badge of pusillanimity and cowardice; but the sherris
- warms it, and makes it course from the inwards to the parts’
- extremes. It illumineth the face, which as a beacon gives
- warning to all the rest of this little kingdom, man, to arm,
- and then the vital commoners and inland petty spirits muster
- me all to their captain, the heart, who great and puff’d up
- with this retinue, doth any deed of courage; and this valor
- comes of sherris. So that skill in the weapon is nothing
- without sack (for that sets it a-work) and learning a mere
- hoard of gold kept by a devil, till sack commences it and
- sets it in act and use. Hereof comes it that Prince Harry is
- valiant, for the cold blood he did naturally inherit of his
- father, he hath, like lean, sterile, and bare land, manur’d,
- husbanded, and till’d with excellent endeavor of drinking
- good and good store of fertile sherris, that he is become
- very hot and valiant. If I had a thousand sons, the first
- humane principle I would teach them should be, to forswear
- thin potations and to addict themselves to sack.
- Enter Bardolph.
- How now, Bardolph?
- The army is discharged all and gone.
Falstaff123 - 126
- Let them go. I’ll through Gloucestershire, and there will I
- visit Master Robert Shallow, esquire. I have him already
- temp’ring between my finger and my thumb, and shortly will I
- seal with him. Come away.