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Fal. O'horseback, ye cuckoo ! but, afoot, he will not budge a foot.
P. Hen. Yes, Jack, upon instinct.
Fal. I grant ye, upon instinct. Well, he is there too, and one Mordake, and a thousand blue-caps 1
Worcester is stolen away to-night: thy father's beard is turned white with the news : you may buy land now as cheap as stinking mackerel.
P. Hen. Why then, 'tis like, if there come a hot June, and this civil buffeting hold, we shall buy maidenheads as they buy hobnails, by the hundreds.
Fal. By the mass, lad, thou sayest true; it is like, we shall have good trading that way. But, tell me, Hal, art thou not horribly afeard ? thou being heir apparent, could the world pick thee out three such enemies again, as that fiend Douglas, that spirit Percy, and that devil Glendower? Art thou not horribly afraid ? doth not thy blood thrill at it?
P. Hen. Not a whit, i' faith ; I lack some of thy instinct.
Fal. Well, thou wilt be horribly chid to-morrow, when thou comest to thy father : if thou love me, practise an answer.
P. Hen. Do thou stand for my father, and examine me upon the particulars of my life.
Fal. Shall I ? content. This chair shall be my
i Scotsmen in blue bonnets.
state, this dagger my sceptre, and this cushion my
P. Hen. Thy state is taken for a joint-stool, thy golden sceptre for a leaden dagger, and thy precious rich crown for a pitiful bald crown!
Fal. Well, an the fire of grace be not quite out of thee, now shalt thou be moved.
Give ine a cup of sack, to make mine eyes look red, that it may be thought I have wept; for I must speak in passion, and I will do it in king Cambyses' vein.!
P. Hen. Well, here is my leg.2
Fal. And here is my speech. Stand aside, nobility.
Host. This is excellent sport, i' faith.
Host. O, the father, how he holds his countenance ! Fal. For God's sake, lords, convey my tristful 3
queen, For tears do stop the floodgates of her eyes.
Host. O rare! he doth it as like one of these harlotry players, as I ever see.
Fal. Peace, good pint-pot; peace, good ticklebrain. Harry, I do not only marvel where thou spendest thy time, but also how thou art accompanied; for though the camomile, the more it is trodden on, the faster it grows, yet youth, the more it is wasted, the sooner it wears. That thou art my son, I have partly thy mother's word, partly my own opinion; but chiefly, a villanous trick of thine eye,
" A character in a tragedy by Preston, written in 1570. · Obeisance.
3 Sorrowful. * Probably the nickname of some strong liquor.
and a foolish hanging of thy nether lip, that doth warrant me.
If then thou be son to me, here lies the point;—why, being son to me, art thou so pointed at? Shall the blessed sun of heaven prove a micher, and eat blackberries ? a question not to be asked. Shall the son of England prove a thief, and take purses ? a question to be asked. There is a thing, Harry, which thou hast often heard of, and it is known to many in our land by the name of pitch : this pitch, as ancient writers do report, doth defile ; so doth the company thou keepest: for, Harry, now I do not speak to thee in drink, but in tears; not in pleasure, but in passion ; not in words only, but in woes also. And yet there is a virtuous man, whom I have often noted in thy company, but I know not his name.
P. Hen. What manner of man, an it like your majesty?
Fal. A good portly man, i' faith, and a corpulent; of a cheerful look, a pleasing eye, and a most noble carriage ; and, as I think, his age some fifty, or, by'r lady, inclining to threescore; and now I remember me, his name is Falstaff: if that man should be lewdly given, he deceiveth me; for,
I A truant.