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the woman's tailor well, master Shallow; deep, master Shallow.
Fee. I would, Wart might have gone, sir.
Fal. I would, thou wert a man's tailor, that thou mightst mend him, and make him fit to go. I cannot put him to a private soldier, that is the leader of so many thousands. Let that suffice, most forcible Feeble.
Fee. It shall suffice, sir.
Fal. I am bound to thee, reverend Feeble. Who is next?
Shal. Peter Bullcalf of the green !
Fal. 'Fore God, a likely fellow! Come, prick me Bullcalf, till he roar again.
Bull. O lord ! good my lord captain,
Fal. What, dost thou roar before thou art pricked ?
Bull. O lord, sir! I am a diseased man.
Bull. A whoreson cold, sir; a cough, sir, which I caught with ringing in the king's affairs upon his coronation day, sir.
Fal. Come, thou shalt go to the wars in a gown ; we will have away thy cold; and I will take such order,1 that thy friends shall ring for thee. Is here all ?
1 Take such measures.
Shal. Here is two more called than
number; you must have but four here, sir; and so, I pray you, go in with me to dinner.
Fal. Come, I will go drink with you, but I cannot tarry dinner. I am glad to see you, in good troth, master Shallow.
Shal. O, sir John, do you remember since we lay all night in the windmill in Saint George's fields.
Fal. No more of that, good master Shallow; no more of that.
Shal. Ha, it was a merry night. And is Jane Night-work alive?
Fal. She lives, master Shallow.
Fal. Never, never : she would always say, she could not abide master Shallow.
Shal. By the mass, I could anger her to the heart. She was then a bona-roba. Doth she hold her own well ?
Fal. Old, old, master Shallow.
Shal. Nay, she must be old; she cannot choose but be old; certain, she's old; and had Robin Night-work by old Night-work, before I came to Clement's-inn.
Si. That's fifty-five year ago.
Shal. Ha, cousin Silence, that thou hadst seen that that this knight and I have seen !-Ha, sir John, said I well?
Fal. We have heard the chimes at midnight, master Shallow.
Shal. That we have, that we have, that we have;
in faith, sir John, we have; our watch-word was, * Hem, boys !' Come, let 's to dinner ; come, let ’s to dinner. O, the days that we have seen !-Come,
[Exeunt Falstaff, Shallow, and Silence. Bull. Good master corporate Bardolph, stand my friend; and here is four Harry ten shillings in French crowns for you.
truth, sir, I had as lief be hanged, sir, as go; and yet, for mine own part, sir, I do not care; but, rather, because I am unwilling, and, for mine own part, have a desire to stay with my friends ; else, sir, I did not care, for mine own part, so much.
Bar. Go to; stand aside.
Moul. And, good master corporal captain, for my old dame's sake, stand my friend : she has nobody to do any thing about her, when I am gone; and she is old, and cannot help herself: you shall have forty, sir.
Bar. Go to; stand aside.
Fee. By my troth, I care not;—a man can die but once: we owe God a death; I 'll ne'er bear a base mind: an 't be my destiny, so; an 't be not, so. No man 's too good to serve his prince; and, let it go which way it will, he that dies this year, is quit for the next.
Bar. Well said; thou 'rt a good fellow.
Re-enter FALSTAFF and JUSTICES. Fal. Come, sir, which men shall I have ? Shal. Four, of which you please.
Bar. Sir, a word with you. I have three round to free Mouldy and Bullcalf.
Fal. Go to; well.
you have ?
Fal. Do you choose for me.
Shal. Marry, then,-Mouldy, Bullcalf, Feeble, and Shadow.
Fal. Mouldy, and Bullcalf :-for you, Mouldy, - stay at home till you are past service; and, for your part, Bullcalf, grow till you come unto it; I will none of
Shal. Sir John, sir John, do not yourself wrong; they are your likeliest men, and I would have you served with the best.
Fal. Will you tell me, master Shallow, how to choose a man? Care I for the limb, the thewes, the stature, bulk, and big assemblance of a man? Give me the spirit, master Shallow. Here's Wart; you see what a ragged appearance it is : he shall charge you and discharge you with the motion of a pewterer's hammer; come off and on swifter than he that gibbets on the brewer's bucket: and this same half-faced fellow, Shadow,- give me this man: he presents no mark to the enemy; the foeman may with as great aim level at the edge of a penknife: and, for a retreat, how swiftly will this Feeble, the woman's tailor, run off! O, give me
1 The muscular strength.
the spare men, and spare me the great ones. Put me a caliver 1 into Wart's hand, Bardolph.
Bar. Hold, Wart, traverse; thus, thus, thus.
Fal. Come, manage me your caliver. So :—very well :-go to :very good; exceeding good. O, give me always a little, lean, old, chapped, bald shot. Well said, i' faith, Wart; thou ’rt a good scab. Hold, there's a tester for thee.
Shal. He is not his craft's master; he doth not do it right. I remember at Mile-end green, (when I lay at Clement's inn ;-I was then sir Dagonet in Arthur's show) there was a little quiver fellow, and ’a would manage you his piece thus; and ’a would about, and about, and come you in, and come you in: rah, tah, tah,' would ’a say; bounce,' would 'a say; and away again would 'a go, and again would ’a come :-I shall never see such a fellow.
Fal. These fellows will do well, master Shallow. God keep you, master Silence; I will not use many words with you. Fare you well, gentlemen both: I thank you: I must a dozen mile to-night. Bardolph, give the soldiers coats.
Shal. Sir John, Heaven bless you, and prosper your affairs, and send us peace ! As you return, visit my house ; let our old acquaintance be renewed : peradventure, I will with you to the court.
Fal. I would you would, master Shallow.
1 A hand-gun,