Henry IV Part 1


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Prince and Poins
fat (adj.) 4 stuffy, fusty, close


PRINCE HAL

Ned, prithee come out of that fat room, and

lend me thy hand to laugh a little.


POINS

Where hast been, Hal?


PRINCE HAL

With three or four loggerheads, amongst
loggerhead (n.) blockhead, numbskull, dolt

three or fourscore hogsheads. I have sounded the very
hogshead (n.) large cask, barrel [of wine]

bass string of humility. Sirrah, I am sworn brother to a

leash of drawers, and can call them all by their Christian
christen (adj.) Christian
drawer (n.) one who draws drink from a cask, tapster, barman
leash (n.) [hunting] set of three, trio

names, as Tom, Dick, and Francis. They take it already

upon their salvation that though I be but Prince of

Wales yet I am the king of courtesy, and tell me flatly I

am no proud Jack, like Falstaff, but a Corinthian, a lad of
Corinthian (n.) true drinking companion
Jack (n.) 1 Jack-in-office, ill-mannered fellow, lout, knave

mettle, a good boy – by the Lord, so they call me! – and

when I am King of England I shall command all the

good lads in Eastcheap. They call drinking deep

‘ dyeing scarlet,’ and when you breathe in your watering

they cry ‘ Hem!’ and bid you ‘ Play it off!’ To conclude,
hem (int.) 1 [drinking call] make a noise like ‘ahem’; clear the throat
play it off [drinking call] finish it off, down it

I am so good a proficient in one quarter of an hour that I

can drink with any tinker in his own language during my

life. I tell thee, Ned, thou hast lost much honour that

thou wert not with me in this action. But, sweet Ned –
action (n.) 3 encounter, engagement, exploit

to sweeten which name of Ned I give thee this pennyworth

of sugar, clapped even now into my hand by an

underskinker, one that never spake other English in his
underskinker (n.) under-wine-waiter, under-tapster

life than ‘ Eight shillings and sixpence,’ and ‘ You are
base (adj.) 1 dishonourable, low, unworthy See Topics: Frequency count

welcome,’ with this shrill addition, ‘ Anon, anon, sir!
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently See Topics: Frequency count

Score a pint of bastard in the Half-moon!’, or so. But
bastard (n.) 3 variety of sweet Spanish wine
score (v.) 1 mark up, chalk up, add to the tally

Ned, to drive away the time till Falstaff come – I

prithee do thou stand in some by-room while I question
by-room (n.) side-room, private room

my puny drawer to what end he gave me the sugar. And
drawer (n.) one who draws drink from a cask, tapster, barman
puny (adj.) untried, inexperienced

do thou never leave calling ‘ Francis!’, that his tale to me

may be nothing but ‘ Anon.’ Step aside, and I'll show
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently See Topics: Frequency count

thee a precedent.
precedent (n.) 1 example, instance, case

Exit Poins


POINS

(within)

Francis!


PRINCE HAL

Thou art perfect.


POINS

(within)

Francis!

Enter Francis, a Drawer


FRANCIS

Anon, anon, sir. Look down into the Pomgarnet,

Ralph.


PRINCE HAL

Come hither, Francis.


FRANCIS

My lord?


PRINCE HAL

How long hast thou to serve, Francis?


FRANCIS

Forsooth, five years, and as much as to –
forsooth (adv.) in truth, certainly, truly, indeed See Topics: Frequency count


POINS

(within)

Francis!


FRANCIS

Anon, anon, sir.


PRINCE HAL

Five year! By'r lady, a long lease for the

clinking of pewter. But Francis, darest thou be so

valiant as to play the coward with thy indenture, and
indenture (n.) 2 contract, agreement

show it a fair pair of heels, and run from it?


FRANCIS

O Lord, sir, I'll be sworn upon all the books in
book (n.) 3 Bible, prayer-book

England, I could find in my heart –


POINS

(within)

Francis!


FRANCIS

Anon, sir.


PRINCE HAL

How old art thou, Francis?


FRANCIS

Let me see, about Michaelmas next I shall be –


POINS

(within)

Francis!


FRANCIS

Anon, sir – pray stay a little, my lord.


PRINCE HAL

Nay but hark you, Francis, for the sugar

thou gavest me, 'twas a pennyworth, was it not?


FRANCIS

O Lord, I would it had been two!


PRINCE HAL

I will give thee for it a thousand pound –

ask me when thou wilt, and thou shalt have it.


POINS

(within)

Francis!


FRANCIS

Anon, anon.


PRINCE HAL

Anon, Francis? No, Francis, but tomorrow,

Francis. Or Francis, a-Thursday. Or indeed Francis,

when thou wilt. But Francis!


FRANCIS

My lord?


PRINCE HAL

Wilt thou rob this leathern-jerkin, crystal-button,
leathern-jerkin (adj.) wearing a leather jacket

not-pated, agate-ring, puke-stocking, caddis-garter,
caddis-garter (adj.) garter made of coloured worsted yarns
not-pated (adj.) crop-headed, short-haired
puke-stocking (adj.) dark-coloured woollen stocking

smooth-tongue Spanish pouch?
pouch (n.) purse, wallet


FRANCIS

O Lord, sir, who do you mean?


PRINCE HAL

Why then your brown bastard is your only
bastard (n.) 3 variety of sweet Spanish wine

drink. For look you, Francis, your white canvas doublet

will sully. In Barbary, sir, it cannot come to so much.
sully (v.) dim, stain, tarnish


FRANCIS

What, sir?


POINS

(within)

Francis!


PRINCE HAL

Away, you rogue, dost thou not hear them

call?

Here they both call him; the Drawer stands amazed,

not knowing which way to go

Enter Vintner


VINTNER

What, standest thou still and hearest such a

calling? Look to the guests within.

Exit Francis

My lord, old Sir John with half-a-dozen more are at the

door. Shall I let them in?


PRINCE HAL

Let them alone awhile, and then open the

door.

Exit Vintner

Poins!

Enter Poins


POINS

Anon, anon, sir.


PRINCE HAL

Sirrah, Falstaff and the rest of the thieves

are at the door. Shall we be merry?


POINS

As merry as crickets, my lad. But hark ye, what

cunning match have you made with this jest of the
cunning (adj.) 2 skilfully made, ingenious

drawer? Come, what's the issue?
issue (n.) 2 outcome, result, consequence(s) See Topics: Frequency count


PRINCE HAL

I am now of all humours that have showed

themselves humours since the old days of goodman

Adam to the pupil age of this present twelve o'clock at

midnight.

Enter Francis

What's o'clock, Francis?


FRANCIS

Anon, anon, sir.

Exit


PRINCE HAL

That ever this fellow should have fewer

words than a parrot, and yet the son of a woman! His

industry is up-stairs and down-stairs, his eloquence the

parcel of a reckoning. I am not yet of Percy's mind, the
parcel (n.) 1 part, piece, portion, bit
reckoning (n.) 2 bill [at an inn], settling of account

Hotspur of the north, he that kills me some six or seven

dozen of Scots at a breakfast, washes his hands, and says

to his wife, ‘ Fie upon this quiet life, I want work.’ ‘ O

my sweet Harry,’ says she, ‘ how many hast thou killed

today?’ ‘ Give my roan horse a drench,’ says he, and

answers ‘ Some fourteen,’ an hour after, ‘ a trifle, a

trifle.’ I prithee call in Falstaff. I'll play Percy, and that

damned brawn shall play Dame Mortimer his wife.

‘ Rivo!’ says the drunkard. Call in Ribs, call in Tallow!
rivo (int.) [unclear meaning] exclamation used while drinking

Enter Falstaff, Gadshill, Bardolph, and Peto;

followed by Francis with wine


POINS

Welcome, Jack, where hast thou been?


FALSTAFF

A plague of all cowards, I say, and a vengeance

too, marry and amen! Give me a cup of sack, boy. Ere I

lead this life long, I'll sew nether-stocks, and mend
nether-stock (n.) stocking for the lower leg

them and foot them too. A plague of all cowards! Give

me a cup of sack, rogue. Is there no virtue extant?
virtue (n.) 3 courage, valour, bravery

He drinks


PRINCE HAL

Didst thou never see Titan kiss a dish of

butter – pitiful-hearted Titan! – that melted at the sweet

tale of the sun's? If thou didst, then behold that

compound.
compound (n.) 2 lump, composition, mass


FALSTAFF

You rogue, here's lime in this sack too. There
lime (n.) 2 lime-juice [added to wine to improve its sparkle]

is nothing but roguery to be found in villainous man, yet

a coward is worse than a cup of sack with lime in it. A

villainous coward! Go thy ways, old Jack, die when thou

wilt. If manhood, good manhood, be not forgot upon

the face of the earth, then am I a shotten herring. There
shotten (adj.) spawned, that has shot its roe

live not three good men unhanged in England, and one

of them is fat, and grows old. God help the while, a bad
while (n.) 2 times, age

world I say. I would I were a weaver: I could sing

psalms – or anything. A plague of all cowards, I say still.
still (adv.) 2 ever, now [as before]


PRINCE HAL

How now, woolsack, what mutter you?


FALSTAFF

A king's son! If I do not beat thee out of thy

kingdom with a dagger of lath, and drive all thy subjects
lath (n.) 1 thin wood

afore thee like a flock of wild geese, I'll never wear hair

on my face more. You, Prince of Wales!


PRINCE HAL

Why, you whoreson round man, what's the
whoreson (adj.) [abusive intensifier, serious or jocular] bastard, wretched, vile See Topics: Swearing

matter?


FALSTAFF

Are not you a coward? Answer me to that –

and Poins there?


POINS

Zounds, ye fat paunch, an ye call me coward by

the Lord I'll stab thee.


FALSTAFF

I call thee coward? I'll see thee damned ere I

call thee coward, but I would give a thousand pound I

could run as fast as thou canst. You are straight enough

in the shoulders, you care not who sees your back. Call

you that backing of your friends? A plague upon such
backing (n.) backing up, being in support

backing, give me them that will face me! Give me a cup

of sack! I am a rogue if I drunk today.


PRINCE HAL

O villain! Thy lips are scarce wiped since

thou drunkest last.


FALSTAFF

All is one for that. (He drinks) A plague of all

cowards, still say I.


PRINCE HAL

What's the matter?


FALSTAFF

What's the matter? There be four of us here

have taken a thousand pound this day morning.


PRINCE HAL

Where is it, Jack? where is it?


FALSTAFF

Where is it? Taken from us it is. A hundred

upon poor four of us.


PRINCE HAL

What, a hundred, man?


FALSTAFF

I am a rogue if I were not at half-sword with a
half-sword, at at the length of a small-sized sword, at close quarters See Topics: Weapons

dozen of them two hours together. I have scaped by
scape, 'scape (v.) escape, avoid See Topics: Frequency count

miracle. I am eight times thrust through the doublet,

four through the hose, my buckler cut through and

through, my sword hacked like a handsaw – ecce
ecce... behold the evidence See Topics: Latin

signum! I never dealt better since I was a man. All would
deal (v.) 1 proceed, behave, conduct oneself

not do. A plague of all cowards! Let them speak. If they

speak more or less than truth, they are villains and the

sons of darkness.


PRINCE HAL

Speak, sirs, how was it?


GADSHILL

We four set upon some dozen –


FALSTAFF

Sixteen at least, my lord.


GADSHILL

And bound them.


PETO

No, no, they were not bound.


FALSTAFF

You rogue, they were bound, every man of

them, or I am a Jew else: an Ebrew Jew.


GADSHILL

As we were sharing, some six or seven fresh

men set upon us –


FALSTAFF

And unbound the rest, and then come in the

other.


PRINCE HAL

What, fought you with them all?


FALSTAFF

All? I know not what you call all, but if I

fought not with fifty of them I am a bunch of radish. If

there were not two or three and fifty upon poor old

Jack, then am I no two-legg'd creature.


PRINCE HAL

Pray God you have not murdered some of

them.


FALSTAFF

Nay, that's past praying for, I have peppered

two of them. Two I am sure I have paid, two rogues in
pay (v.) 3 kill, settle with, discharge

buckram suits. I tell thee what, Hal, if I tell thee a lie,
buckram, buckrom (n./adj.) 1 rough cloth, coarse linen

spit in my face, call me horse. Thou knowest my old

ward – here I lay, and thus I bore my point. Four rogues
point (n.) 1 sword-point
ward (n.) 1 [fencing] defensive posture, parrying movement

in buckram let drive at me –
drive, let shoot, strike at, aim blows at


PRINCE HAL

What, four? Thou saidst but two even now.
even, e'en (adv.) 2 just [now]


FALSTAFF

Four, Hal, I told thee four.


POINS

Ay, ay, he said four.


FALSTAFF

These four came all afront, and mainly thrust
afront, a-front (adv.) abreast, side by side in front
mainly (adv.) 1 greatly, very much, mightily
thrust at / in (v.) make a thrust, lunge, stab [at]

at me. I made me no more ado, but took all their seven

points in my target, thus!
point (n.) 1 sword-point
target (n.) light round shield See Topics: Weapons


PRINCE HAL

Seven? Why, there were but four even

now.


FALSTAFF

In buckram?


POINS

Ay, four, in buckram suits.


FALSTAFF

Seven, by these hilts, or I am a villain else.


PRINCE HAL

Prithee let him alone, we shall have more

anon.


FALSTAFF

Dost thou hear me, Hal?


PRINCE HAL

Ay, and mark thee too, Jack.
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of] See Topics: Frequency count


FALSTAFF

Do so, for it is worth the listening to. These

nine in buckram that I told thee of –


PRINCE HAL

So, two more already.


FALSTAFF

Their points being broken –
point (n.) 2 (usually plural) tagged lace [especially for attaching hose to the doublet]


POINS

Down fell their hose.


FALSTAFF

– began to give me ground. But I followed me

close, came in, foot and hand, and, with a thought,
close (adv.) 1 closely, staying near

seven of the eleven I paid.
pay (v.) 3 kill, settle with, discharge


PRINCE HAL

O monstrous! Eleven buckram men grown

out of two!


FALSTAFF

But as the devil would have it, three

misbegotten knaves in Kendal green came at my back and

let drive at me, for it was so dark, Hal, that thou couldst
drive, let shoot, strike at, aim blows at

not see thy hand.


PRINCE HAL

These lies are like their father that begets

them, gross as a mountain, open, palpable. Why, thou
gross (adj.) 2 large, big, huge

clay-brained guts, thou knotty-pated fool, thou whoreson,
knotty-pated (adj.) block-headed, dull-witted

obscene, greasy tallow-catch –
tallow-catch (n.) [unclear meaning] dripping-pan [placed under roasting meat]


FALSTAFF

What, art thou mad? Art thou mad? Is not the

truth the truth?


PRINCE HAL

Why, how couldst thou know these men in

Kendal green when it was so dark thou couldst not see

thy hand? Come, tell us your reason. What sayest thou

to this?


POINS

Come, your reason, Jack, your reason!


FALSTAFF

What, upon compulsion? Zounds, an I were

at the strappado, or all the racks in the world, I would
strappado (n.) type of torturing instrument

not tell you on compulsion. Give you a reason on

compulsion? If reasons were as plentiful as blackberries, I

would give no man a reason upon compulsion, I.


PRINCE HAL

I'll be no longer guilty of this sin. This

sanguine coward, this bed-presser, this horse-back-breaker,
bed-presser (n.) sluggard, lazy fellow
sanguine (adj.) 2 red-faced, ruddy-hued

this huge hill of flesh –


FALSTAFF

'Sblood, you starveling, you elf-skin, you dried
elf-skin (n.) shrunken thing, mere nothing
starveling (n.) 2 skinny individual, lanky fellow

neat's tongue, you bull's-pizzle, you stock-fish! O for
neat (n.) ox, cow, cattle
stockfish (n.) dried cod

breath to utter what is like thee! You tailor's-yard, you
yard (n.) 1 yard measure

sheath, you bow-case, you vile standing tuck!
standing (adj.) 2 standing on end, upright, upended
tuck (n.) rapier, long slender sword See Topics: Weapons


PRINCE HAL

Well, breathe awhile, and then to it again,

and when thou hast tired thyself in base comparisons

hear me speak but this.


POINS

Mark, Jack!
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of] See Topics: Frequency count


PRINCE HAL

We two saw you four set on four, and bound

them and were masters of their wealth – mark now how a

plain tale shall put you down. Then did we two set on
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of] See Topics: Frequency count

you four, and, with a word, out-faced you from your
word, with a in brief, in short See Topics: Discourse markers

prize, and have it, yea, and can show it you here in the

house. And Falstaff, you carried your guts away as

nimbly, with as quick dexterity, and roared for mercy,

and still run and roared, as ever I heard bull-calf. What
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

a slave art thou to hack thy sword as thou hast done, and

then say it was in fight! What trick, what device, what

starting-hole, canst thou now find out, to hide thee from
starting-hole (n.) bolt-hole, loophole, evasion

this open and apparent shame?
apparent (adj.) 1 plainly visible, conspicuous, evident, obvious


POINS

Come, let's hear Jack, what trick hast thou now?


FALSTAFF

By the Lord, I knew ye as well as he that made

ye. Why, hear you, my masters, was it for me to kill the

heir apparent? Should I turn upon the true prince?

Why, thou knowest I am as valiant as Hercules. But

beware instinct. The lion will not touch the true prince.

Instinct is a great matter; I was now a coward on

instinct. I shall think the better of myself, and thee,

during my life – I for a valiant lion, and thou for a true

prince. But by the Lord lads, I am glad you have the

money! Hostess, clap to the doors! Watch tonight, pray
clap to (v.) shut tight, slam shut

tomorrow! Gallants, lads, boys, hearts of gold, all the
gallant (n.) 1 fine gentleman, man of fashion See Topics: Address forms

titles of good fellowship come to you! What, shall we be

merry? Shall we have a play extempore?
extempore (adj./adv.) 1 without preparation, improvised, for the occasion


PRINCE HAL

Content, and the argument shall be thy
argument (n.) 2 story, subject, plot
content (adj.) 1 agreeable, willing, ready See Topics: Frequency count

running away.


FALSTAFF

Ah, no more of that Hal, an thou lovest me.

Enter Hostess


HOSTESS

O Jesu, my lord the Prince!


PRINCE HAL

How now, my lady the Hostess, what

sayest thou to me?


HOSTESS

Marry my lord, there is a nobleman of the court

at door would speak with you. He says he comes from

your father.


PRINCE HAL

Give him as much as will make him a royal
royal (adj.) 2 kingly; also: to the value of the English coin worth ten shillings See Topics: Money

man and send him back again to my mother.


FALSTAFF

What manner of man is he?


HOSTESS

An old man.


FALSTAFF

What doth gravity out of his bed at midnight?
gravity (n.) 2 old age, the aged, the elderly

Shall I give him his answer?


PRINCE HAL

Prithee do, Jack.


FALSTAFF

Faith, and I'll send him packing.

Exit


PRINCE HAL

Now, sirs, by'r lady, you fought fair, so did

you, Peto, so did you, Bardolph. You are lions too, you

ran away upon instinct, you will not touch the true
touch (v.) 8 wound, hurt, injure

prince, no, fie!


BARDOLPH

Faith, I ran when I saw others run.


PRINCE HAL

Faith, tell me now in earnest, how came

Falstaff's sword so hacked?


PETO

Why, he hacked it with his dagger, and said he

would swear truth out of England but he would make

you believe it was done in fight, and persuaded us to do

the like.
like, the the same


BARDOLPH

Yea, and to tickle our noses with spear-grass,

to make them bleed, and then to beslubber our garments
beslubber (v.) besmear, bedaub, spread thickly
true (adj.) 4 honest, upright, law-abiding

with it, and swear it was the blood of true men. I did

that I did not this seven year before: I blushed to hear

his monstrous devices.


PRINCE HAL

O villain, thou stolest a cup of sack eighteen

years ago, and wert taken with the manner, and ever
manner (n.) 7 [legal] thing stolen, stolen goods

since thou hast blushed extempore. Thou hadst fire and
extempore (adj./adv.) 2 spontaneously, involuntarily, without thinking

sword on thy side, and yet thou rannest away. What

instinct hadst thou for it?


BARDOLPH

My lord, do you see these meteors? Do you

behold these exhalations?
exhalation (n.) 2 fiery emanation, flaming body


PRINCE HAL

I do.


BARDOLPH

What think you they portend?
portend (v.) mean, signify, import


PRINCE HAL

Hot livers, and cold purses.
cold (adj.) 3 empty, bare, lacking life
hot (adj.) 6 feverish, heated, burning
liver (n.) 1 part of the body thought to be at the seat of the passions [especially sexual desire]


BARDOLPH

Choler, my lord, if rightly taken.
choler (n.) anger, rage, wrath


PRINCE HAL

No, if rightly taken, halter.
halter (n.) 1 rope with a noose [for hanging]

Enter Falstaff
bare-bone (n.) skinny person, fleshless one

Here comes lean Jack, here comes bare-bone. How now

my sweet creature of bombast, how long is't ago, Jack,
bombast, bumbast (n.) wool padding, stuffing; also: high-flown language, empty words

since thou sawest thine own knee?


FALSTAFF

My own knee? When I was about thy years,

Hal, I was not an eagle's talon in the waist – I could have

crept into any alderman's thumb-ring. A plague of
thumb-ring (n.) small ring used for sealing documents

sighing and grief, it blows a man up like a bladder.

There's villainous news abroad. Here was Sir John

Bracy from your father. You must to the court in the

morning. That same mad fellow of the north, Percy,

and he of Wales that gave Amamon the bastinado, and
bastinado cudgelling, beating with a stick [esp. on the soles of the feet]

made Lucifer cuckold, and swore the devil his true
cuckold (n.) [mocking name] man with an unfaithful wife See Topics: Frequency count

liegeman upon the cross of a Welsh hook – what a
hook (n.) 2 pike, bill-hook
liegeman (n.) vassal, subject, follower
true (adj.) 1 loyal, firm, faithful in allegiance

plague call you him?


POINS

O, Glendower.


FALSTAFF

Owen, Owen, the same. And his son-in-law

Mortimer, and old Northumberland, and that sprightly

Scot of Scots, Douglas, that runs a-horseback up a hill

perpendicular –


PRINCE HAL

He that rides at high speed, and with his

pistol kills a sparrow flying.


FALSTAFF

You have hit it.


PRINCE HAL

So did he never the sparrow.


FALSTAFF

Well, that rascal hath good mettle in him, he

will not run.


PRINCE HAL

Why, what a rascal art thou then, to praise

him so for running!


FALSTAFF

A-horseback, ye cuckoo, but afoot he will not
afoot (adv.) 1 on foot

budge a foot.
budge, bodge (v.) 1 flinch, shrink, move away


PRINCE HAL

Yes, Jack, upon instinct.


FALSTAFF

I grant ye, upon instinct. Well, he is there too,

and one Mordake, and a thousand blue-caps more.
blue-cap (n.) [contemptous] one who wears a blue bonnet; Scotsman

Worcester is stolen away tonight. Thy father's beard is

turned white with the news. You may buy land now as

cheap as stinking mackerel.


PRINCE HAL

Why then, it is like if there come a hot June,
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably See Topics: Frequency count

and this civil buffeting hold, we shall buy maidenheads

as they buy hob-nails, by the hundreds.


FALSTAFF

By the mass, lad, thou sayest true, it is like we

shall have good trading that way. But tell me, Hal, art

not thou horrible afeard? Thou being heir apparent,
afeard (adj.) afraid, frightened, scared See Topics: Frequency count
horrible (adv.) extremely, exceedingly, terribly

could the world pick thee out three such enemies again,

as that fiend Douglas, that spirit Percy, and that devil
spirit (n.) 8 troublesome devil, high-spirited fiend

Glendower? Art thou not horribly afraid? Doth not thy

blood thrill at it?
thrill (v.) 1 shiver, tremble, feel a pang of emotion


PRINCE HAL

Not a whit, i'faith, I lack some of thy

instinct.


FALSTAFF

Well, thou wilt be horribly chid tomorrow

when thou comest to thy father. If thou love me,

practise an answer.


PRINCE HAL

Do thou stand for my father and examine

me upon the particulars of my life.


FALSTAFF

Shall I? Content! This chair shall be my state,
content (adj.) 1 agreeable, willing, ready See Topics: Frequency count
state (n.) 8 throne, chair of state

this dagger my sceptre, and this cushion my crown.


PRINCE HAL

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.


FALSTAFF

Well, an the fire of grace be not quite out of

thee, now shalt thou be moved. Give me a cup of sack to

make my 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.
vein (n.) 2 style, manner


PRINCE HAL

Well, here is my leg.
leg (n.) 1 bending of a knee, genuflection, obeisance


FALSTAFF

And here is my speech. Stand aside, nobility.


HOSTESS

O Jesu, this is excellent sport, i'faith.
sport (n.) 1 recreation, amusement, entertainment See Topics: Frequency count


FALSTAFF

Weep not, sweet Queen, for trickling tears are vain.


HOSTESS

O the Father, how he holds his countenance!
countenance (n.) 2 expression, look, face
hold (v.) 1 keep, maintain, observe


FALSTAFF

For God's sake, lords, convey my tristful Queen,
tristful (adj.) sad, sorrowful, dismal

For tears do stop the floodgates of her eyes.


HOSTESS

O Jesu, he doth it as like one of these harlotry
harlotry (adj.) trashy, tawdry, third-rate

players as ever I see!


FALSTAFF

Peace, good pint-pot, peace, good
tickle-brain (n.) type of strong drink

tickle-brain.

(as KING)

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 villainous trick of thine eye, and a foolish hanging
foolish (adj.) 2 roguish, lewd; or: ridiculous
trick (n.) 3 peculiarity, idiosyncrasy, distinguishing trait

of thy nether lip, that doth warrant me. If then thou be
nether (adj.) 1 lower, bottom
warrant (v.) 5 tell, assure, give good grounds to

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.
micher (n.) truant, absentee, malingerer

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 –
pitch (n.) 3 black tar-like substance [used to waterproof planks, etc; often, a symbol of defilement]

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.


PRINCE HAL

(as himself)
like (v.) 1 please, suit See Topics: Politeness

What manner of man, an it like your Majesty?


FALSTAFF

(as KING)
corpulent (adj.) well-made, full-bodied
portly (adj.) stately, majestic, dignified

A goodly portly man, i'faith, and a corpulent; of a cheerful

look, a pleasing eye, and a most noble carriage; and, as I
carriage (n.) 1 bearing, demeanour, manner of behaviour

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, Harry, I see
lewdly (adv.) 1 wickedly, evilly, mischievously

virtue in his looks. If then the tree may be known by the

fruit, as the fruit by the tree, then peremptorily I speak it,
peremptorily (adv.) assuredly, positively, decisively

there is virtue in that Falstaff. Him keep with, the rest

banish. And tell me now, thou naughty varlet, tell me where
naughty (adj.) 1 wicked, evil, vile
varlet (n.) 1 knave, rogue, rascal, ruffian

hast thou been this month?


PRINCE HAL

Dost thou speak like a king? Do thou stand

for me, and I'll play my father.


FALSTAFF

Depose me? If thou dost it half so gravely, so

majestically, both in word and matter, hang me up by the

heels for a rabbit-sucker, or a poulter's hare.
poulter (n.) poulterer
rabbit-sucker (n.) sucking rabbit, baby rabbit


PRINCE HAL

Well, here I am set.
set (adj.) 2 formally seated, arranged in a position of state


FALSTAFF

And here I stand. Judge, my masters.


PRINCE HAL

(as KING)

Now, Harry, whence come you?


FALSTAFF

(as HAL)

My noble lord, from Eastcheap.


PRINCE HAL

(as KING)

The complaints I hear of thee are grievous.


FALSTAFF

(as HAL)
false (adj.) 4 wrong, mistaken

'Sblood, my lord, they are false!

Nay, I'll tickle ye for a young prince, i'faith.
tickle (v.) 4 flatter, gratify, please


PRINCE HAL

(as KING)
ungracious (adj.) 1 wicked, without grace, profane

Swearest thou, ungracious boy? Henceforth ne'er look on me.

Thou art violently carried away from grace. There is a devil

haunts thee in the likeness of an old fat man, a tun of man is
tun (n.) 1 barrel, large cask

thy companion. Why dost thou converse with that trunk of

humours, that bolting-hutch of beastliness, that swollen
bolting-hutch (n.) sifting-bin [used in filtering flour from bran]
humour (n.) 5 secretion, fluid, juice

parcel of dropsies, that huge bombard of sack, that stuffed
bombard, bumbard (n.) large leather wine-jug
dropsy (n.) type of disease in which the body retains watery fluids

cloak-bag of guts, that roasted Manningtree ox with the
cloak-bag (n.) bag for carrying clothes [such as a cloak], portmanteau

pudding in his belly, that reverend Vice, that grey Iniquity,
grey (adj.) 1 aged, senescent, very old
pudding (n.) 2 stuffing
vice (n.) 1 (usually capitalized) buffoon, stage jester See Topics: Contemporary figures, factual and fictitious

that Father Ruffian, that Vanity in years? Wherein is he

good, but to taste sack and drink it? Wherein neat and

cleanly, but to carve a capon and eat it? Wherein cunning,
capon (n.) 1 chicken, castrated cockerel [bred for eating]
cleanly (adj.) 2 deft, skilful, clever
cunning (adj.) 1 knowledgeable, skilful, clever

but in craft? Wherein crafty, but in villainy? Wherein

villainous, but in all things? Wherein worthy, but in nothing?


FALSTAFF

(as HAL)
take me with you I don't understand you

I would your grace would take me with you. Whom means

your grace?


PRINCE HAL

(as KING)

That villainous abominable misleader of youth, Falstaff,

that old white-bearded Satan.


FALSTAFF

(as HAL)

My lord, the man I know.


PRINCE HAL

(as KING)

I know thou dost.


FALSTAFF

(as HAL)

But to say I know more harm in him than in myself were to

say more than I know. That he is old, the more the pity, his

white hairs do witness it, but that he is, saving your reverence,

a whoremaster, that I utterly deny. If sack and sugar
sack (n.) [type of] white wine
whoremaster (n.) fornicator, lecher, one who deals with whores

be a fault, God help the wicked! If to be old and merry be a

sin, then many an old host that I know is damned. If to be

fat be to be hated, then Pharaoh's lean kine are to be loved.
kine (n.) cattle, cows

No, my good lord! Banish Peto, banish Bardolph, banish

Poins – but for sweet Jack Falstaff, kind Jack Falstaff, true

Jack Falstaff, valiant Jack Falstaff – and therefore more

valiant, being as he is old Jack Falstaff – banish not him thy

Harry's company, banish not him thy Harry's company.

Banish plump Jack, and banish all the world.


PRINCE HAL

(as KING)

I do, I will.

A knocking heard

Exeunt Hostess, Francis and Bardolph

Enter Bardolph, running


BARDOLPH

O my lord, my lord, the sheriff with a most

monstrous watch is at the door.
watch (n.) 1 watchmen, officers, street patrol


FALSTAFF

Out, ye rogue! Play out the play! I have much

to say in the behalf of that Falstaff.

Enter the Hostess


HOSTESS

O Jesu, my lord, my lord!


PRINCE HAL

Heigh, heigh, the devil rides upon a fiddle-stick.

What's the matter?


HOSTESS

The sheriff and all the watch are at the door.
watch (n.) 1 watchmen, officers, street patrol

They are come to search the house. Shall I let them in?


FALSTAFF

Dost thou hear, Hal? Never call a true piece of

gold a counterfeit. Thou art essentially made without
counterfeit (n.) 1 false imitation, spurious image

seeming so.


PRINCE HAL

And thou a natural coward without

instinct.


FALSTAFF

I deny your major. If you will deny the sheriff,
deny (v.) 6 refuse admittance to, keep out
major (n.) major premiss, proposition

so; if not, let him enter. If I become not a cart as well as
become (v.) 2 grace, honour, dignify See Topics: Frequency count

another man, a plague on my bringing up! I hope I shall
bringing up (n.) upbringing, breeding

as soon be strangled with a halter as another.
halter (n.) 1 rope with a noose [for hanging]


PRINCE HAL

Go hide thee behind the arras. The rest,
arras (n.) tapestry hanging

walk up above. Now, my masters, for a true face, and
true (adj.) 4 honest, upright, law-abiding

good conscience.


FALSTAFF

Both which I have had, but their date is out,

and therefore I'll hide me.

Exeunt all but the Prince and Peto


PRINCE HAL

Call in the Sheriff.

Enter Sheriff and the Carrier

Now, master Sheriff, what is your will with me?


SHERIFF

First, pardon me, my lord. A hue and cry
hue and cry (n.) general pursuit [of a felon]

Hath followed certain men unto this house.


PRINCE HAL

What men?


SHERIFF

One of them is well known my gracious lord,

A gross fat man.
gross (adj.) 5 heavy, weighty, bulky


CARRIER

                         As fat as butter.


PRINCE HAL

The man I do assure you is not here,

For I myself at this time have employed him.

And Sheriff, I will engage my word to thee,
engage (v.) 1 pledge, give the guarantee of

That I will by tomorrow dinner-time

Send him to answer thee, or any man,

For anything he shall be charged withal.

And so let me entreat you leave the house.


SHERIFF

I will, my lord. There are two gentlemen

Have in this robbery lost three hundred marks.


PRINCE HAL

It may be so. If he have robbed these men

He shall be answerable. And so, farewell.


SHERIFF

Good night, my noble lord.


PRINCE HAL

I think it is good morrow, is it not?
morrow (n.) morning See Topics: Frequency count


SHERIFF

Indeed, my lord, I think it be two o'clock.

Exit with Carrier


PRINCE HAL

This oily rascal is known as well as Paul's.

Go call him forth.


PETO

Falstaff! Fast asleep behind the arras, and snorting
arras (n.) tapestry hanging

snorting like a horse.


PRINCE HAL

Hark how hard he fetches breath. Search

his pockets.

Peto searcheth his pockets, and findeth certain papers

What hast thou found?


PETO

Nothing but papers, my lord.


PRINCE HAL

Let's see what they be, read them.


PETO

Item a capon . . . . 2s. 2d.

Item sauce . . . . . 4d.

Item sack two gallons . . . 5s. 8d.

Item anchovies and sack after supper 2s. 6d.

Item bread . . . . . ob.
ob (n.) obolus, halfpenny See Topics: Money


PRINCE HAL

O monstrous! But one halfpennyworth of

bread to this intolerable deal of sack? What there is else
intolerable (adj.) excessive, exorbitant, exceedingly great

keep close, we'll read it at more advantage. There let him
advantage (n.) 1 right moment, favourable opportunity
close (adv.) 6 safely, secretly, out of sight

sleep till day. I'll to the court in the morning. We must

all to the wars, and thy place shall be honourable. I'll
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank See Topics: Frequency count

procure this fat rogue a charge of foot, and I know his
charge (n.) 2 company, command
foot (n.) 1 foot-soldiers, infantry

death will be a march of twelve score. The money shall

be paid back again with advantage. Be with me betimes
advantage (n.) 4 interest, bonus, addition
betimes (adv.) 1 early in the morning, at an early hour

in the morning, and so, good morrow, Peto.
morrow (n.) morning See Topics: Frequency count


PETO

Good morrow, good my lord.
morrow (n.) morning See Topics: Frequency count

Exeunt

 
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