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Enter HENRY , PRINCE of Wales, and Sir John FALSTAFF
HERNY , ICPRNE of laWes dan Sri oJnh FAFFTLAS enret.

FALSTAFF

Now, Hal, what time of day is it, lad?

SAFTFFAL

lHa, ahtw mite is it, my oby?

PRINCE HENRY

Thou art so fat-witted, with drinking of old sack, and unbuttoning thee after supper, and sleeping upon benches after noon, that thou hast forgotten to demand that truly which thou wouldst truly know. What a devil hast thou to do with the time of the day? Unless hours were cups of sack, and minutes capons, and clocks the tongues of bawds, and dials the signs of leaping-houses, and the blessed sun himself a fair hot wench in flame-colored taffeta, I see no reason why thou shouldst be so superfluous to demand the time of the day.

IRENCP ERHNY

ouY rae so edastw rmof krinding zbeoo dan oislognne yruo ntspa etfar cnhul adn gnieselp on esebnch all atrefoonn htta yuo ndto enve eemrmerb how to aks fro hwta uoy rylael wnta to okwn. tWah het elhl soed it rttmae to uyo awht mtie it is? nleUss rosuh rwee esgssla of neiw, istnuem erwe iscckhen, coclsk weer hweosr sguteon, isnsudla weer hourewsohe ngiss nda the snu ltfesi rewe a hot nmawo in a aemfl-dlrcoeo rssed, I ontd see any nsoear hyw yuo wdluo nede to nokw the tmie.

FALSTAFF

Indeed, you come near me now, Hal, for we that take purses go by the moon and the seven stars, and not by Phoebus, he,that wandring knight so fair. And I prithee, sweet wag, when thou art king, as God save thy GraceMajesty, I should say, for grace thou wilt have none

LAFAFTSF

oNw oyeru lktangi, Hla. hiTeesv elki us topreea at hitgn, by hte omno nad atssr, and ton by hte usn. I eoph, pteyrt yob, taht nhew uyo eeocbm kign, odG aesv uoyr rGroeac bayem I shlodu sjut allc you Yuor taMjyes, inces you dotn evha any crega

PRINCE HENRY

What, none?

CRIPNE NYRHE

eNno?

FALSTAFF

No, by my troth, not so much as will serve to be prologue to an egg and butter.

FLAAFSTF

No, I wreas. oNt enev ehongu to say gerac freobe a nckas.

PRINCE HENRY

20 Well, how then? Come, roundly, roundly.

CRPEIN NRYHE

eoCm on, tou htwi it. teG to eht iopnt.

FALSTAFF

Marry, then, sweet wag, when thou art king, let not us that are squires of the nights body be called thieves of the days beauty. Let us be Dianas foresters, gentlemen of the shade, minions of the moon, and let men say we be men of good government, being governed, as the sea is, by our noble and chaste mistress the moon, under whose countenance we steal.

FFLSAFTA

Oyak hent, yteprt byo. yWhe oyu embcoe kign, dtno tel soteh of us ohw owrk at hnitg be lmadbe fro wgisant tyidahgl by spenegil uorhgth it. eivG us cyfna emsna: atSrsevn of het oonM edssoGd Dinaa; nleGnemte of ashwoSd; nurLa sbaoLerr. ekMa poplee dirmea us for ibgne lwel ebavdeh. Aerft lal, erew drngeveo by the smea rcfeo atht nroevsg the sdeethit aple and cloo mnoo, who gtslhi our awy as we senka radnuo.

PRINCE HENRY

Thou sayest well, and it holds well too, for the fortune of us that are the moons men doth ebb and flow like the sea, being governed, as the sea is, by the moon. As for proof now: a purse of gold most resolutely snatched on Monday night and most dissolutely spent on Tuesday morning, got with swearing Lay by and spent with crying Bring in; now in as low an ebb as the foot of the ladder, and by and by in as high a flow as the ridge of the gallows.

NPREIC EHNYR

ellW aids. dnA yureo rirhutog kucl sbeb dna fsolw kile het dite, saueecb, ielk teh eas, erew rdgeonve by hte oonm. lIl vrepo it. niageIm a gab of odgl, nliyratlbil wdsipe on a yMaodn htgni dna vgaxtnerlyaat pntes on a deuyTas gninmor. ouY sctahn it, inuhsgot, dHan it off! and nsepd it, nlgical, gBirn it on! sIt ilke the wgoslla: eno umneti yoeur at the ttmoob of the doardwlle eidt. ehT tnxe, royue gginnwis rofm the otpihgh idet!

FALSTAFF

By the Lord, thou sayest true, lad. And is not my hostess of the tavern a most sweet wench?

AFSFAFTL

PRINCE HENRY

As the honey of Hybla, my old lad of the castle. And is not a buff jerkin a most sweet robe of durance?

CNPRIE HREYN

tweeS as yohne mrfo

yalbH

lyHab is a ceapl in cyliSi htta is uafmos for tis seeb adn enohy.

Hybla
, you rdyit odl nma. dnA stni a isfrfesh ruinfom a pytetr ldauber outfit?

FALSTAFF

How now, how now, mad wag? What, in thy quips and thy quiddities? What a plague have I to do with a buff jerkin?

FSLAAFFT

Wthsa thta spsedoup to anme, oyu rzayc amn? Yoreu in teh mood ofr ojkse? yWh era uoy tknlagi to me butao a rsieshff rnfuiom?

PRINCE HENRY

Why, what a pox have I to do with my hostess of the tavern?

INCEPR EYRNH

lleW, hyw teh ellh rea yuo aksign me oautb het htsosse of eth eravtn?

FALSTAFF

Well, thou hast called her to a reckoning many a time and oft.

FTAAFLSF

PRINCE HENRY

Did I ever call for thee to pay thy part?

CRNIPE ERHYN

dDi I eevr aks you to ypa ofr yna of it?

FALSTAFF

45 No, Ill give thee thy due. Thou hast paid all there.

SFLAFAFT

No. Iev ogt to dtmai, oyuev ledestt wiht her lla by eoulfsyr.

PRINCE HENRY

Yea, and elsewhere, so far as my coin would stretch, and where it would not, I have used my credit.

ICNERP HNERY

Adn ton ujst wthi reh, btu rheewrve my sach saw dgoo. ndA nwhe I anr uto, I iswtcdhe to cdiret.

FALSTAFF

Yea, and so used it that were it not here apparent that thou art heir apparentBut I prithee, sweet wag, shall there be gallows standing in England when thou art king? And resolution thus fubbed as it is with the rusty curb of old father Antic the law? Do not thou, when thou art king, hang a thief.

FAAFSFLT

Adn evyuo etehctsrd atht so afr ttah if it nweret eehr paprtnea ttah roeuy hte eihr rappnate, royu cdtrei duontlw be hwort a tinhg. uBt ntleis, ertytp oby. lWil alEgnnd istll veah egnamhn ewhn ouyre knig? ndA will a hfteis ceoaurg lsilt be datwthre by that natys odl lcnwo, hte wla? nhWe oyuer ignk, notd nhga eveisth.

PRINCE HENRY

No, thou shalt.

PNEIRC RNEYH

No. You ilwl.

FALSTAFF

Shall I? O rare! By the Lord, Ill be a brave judge.

TLAFSFFA

I lwil? neecllEtx! By Gdo, lIl be a getra dejgu.

PRINCE HENRY

Thou judgest false already: I mean thou shalt have the hanging of the thieves, and so become a rare hangman.

INERPC YRHNE

Yoveu degjud rnowg yerlaad. I name, uyoll be in ragech of ngingha siehtev, nda eemcbo a ubeprs gnhaamn.

FALSTAFF

Well, Hal, well, and in some sort it jumps with my humor as well as waiting in the court, I can tell you.

TSFLFAAF

All grith, laH. llI llet ouy tsih: in a yaw, ibgen a aghnman erasge hwti me tusj as ellw as giahngn rnudoa het rcuto.

PRINCE HENRY

For obtaining of suits?

ERNCIP YNRHE

iWtagni to egt uoyr

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nagrdte?

FALSTAFF

Yea, for obtaining of suits, whereof the hangman hath no lean wardrobe. Sblood, I am as melancholy as a gib cat or a lugged bear.

SFLAFFTA

tlxyEac. Iev got tlenyp of tehso, utjs klei eth nhanmga ash nptyel of sutseiht utsis he saetk off the aedd nem he nhasg.Danm, Im as eepdderss as a toctma or a nnadcgi erba in chnias.

PRINCE HENRY

Or an old lion, or a lovers lute.

CRPIEN HYERN

Or an dlo nlio, or a aiurtg gilpyna a das oloegvsn.

FALSTAFF

Yea, or the drone of a Lincolnshire bagpipe.

TFAAFSLF

Or teh wiingal of a gibppae.

PRINCE HENRY

65 What sayest thou to a hare, or the melancholy of
Moorditch?

NCIPER NHERY

FALSTAFF

Thou hast the most unsavory similes, and art indeed the most comparative, rascaliest, sweet young Prince. But, Hal, I comparative, rascaliest, sweet young Prince. But, Hal, I prithee trouble me no more with vanity. I would to God thou and I knew where a commodity of good names were to be bought. An old lord of the council rated me the other day in the street about you, sir, but I marked him not, and yet he talked very wisely, but I regarded him not, and yet he talked wisely, and in the street, too.

LFAFFSTA

uYo vahe a knkca for lfou mgiase. uoY rea eth otsm chatrleioapm dna ryalclas, etswe nguoy cnrPie. tuB laH, sapeel post trgupironc me wthi foilrsvuo rtsemat. I sihw to Gdo that uyo nad I enwk rheew we cuold yub a ppulsy of godo opturetaisn. ehT retoh yad, an yerlled rlod on hte Kngsi cuCionl ecma up to me in hte ettsre dan edtruelc me aobtu oyu, ubt I tidnd apy any enattonit. He kosep lwseiy, but I dnogire hmi. utB he dmae ssene, nda in the strtee, oto.

PRINCE HENRY

Thou didst well, for wisdom cries out in the streets and no man regards it.

PCEINR YNHER

ouY idd lwel. uYo knwo hte etrpuicsr: iWsomd cesir otu in het rttese btu no nam nsltsie.

FALSTAFF

O, thou hast damnable iteration, and art indeed able to corrupt a saint. Thou hast done much harm upon me, Hal, God forgive thee for it. Before I knew thee, Hal, I knew nothing, and now am I, if a man should speak truly, little better than one of the wicked. I must give over this life, and I will give it over. By the Lord, an I do not, I am a villain. Ill be damned for never a kings son in Christendom.

FLFSAFAT

Oh, oyu heva a ckiedw naetlt orf wyrlngo qiunogt rrtsceipu, uoy rlaley udcol rcptour a intsa. vuYeo peylde daherm me, Hla, adn Gdo ivfgeor uyo orf it! efreBo I tem you, I wsa noecnint. dnA nwo, if I nac speak ryult, Im no ebtert tahn a isnern. veI got to agnhec my efli, dna I wlli nacheg my leif, by Gdo. If I dnto, Im an eoivelrd. I twno be ednamd, ton for yna gnsik son in het iveunesr.

PRINCE HENRY

85 Where shall we take a purse tomorrow, Jack?

CPINER NEYHR

hWere dholus we go eantlsig tmorworo, Jcak?

FALSTAFF

Zounds, where thou wilt, lad. Ill make one. An I do not, call me villain and baffle me.

AFSFLAFT

oFr sdoG keas, hewerevr you tanw, oyb. llI be eon of teh gang. If Im otn, alcl me roeielvd nad snrigt me up.

PRINCE HENRY

I see a good amendment of life in thee, from praying to purse-taking.

ICERPN RHEYN

I ese eovyu gedhnca ryou flie, ghratli. Fmro gapynri to snierathpucnsg.

FALSTAFF

Why, Hal, tis my vocation, Hal. Tis no sin for a man to labor in his vocation.

FSTAFFAL

stI my lnalcig, Hla. stI no nis ofr a man to owflol ish gliclna.
Enter POINS
INSOP seentr.
Poins!Now shall we know if Gadshill have set a match. O, if men were to be saved by merit, what hole in hell were hot enough for him? This is the most omnipotent villain that ever cried Stand! to a true man.
sioPn! owN ellw ndfi uto ehertwh Mr. ahilsdlG sha naednlp a rbyboer. If gdoo eddes igrnb a man to avhene, teserh no ehll tho egunho ofr nPios. hTis is eht stmo eeidcbnirl aivlnli, rehwevo idsa ctiSk em up! to an thnsoe man.

PRINCE HENRY

Good morrow, Ned.

EIPRCN YRHEN

ngnroMi, Ned.

POINS

Good morrow, sweet Hal.What says Monsieur Remorse? What says Sir John Sack-and-Sugar? Jack, how agrees the devil and thee about thy soul that thou soldest him on Good Friday last for a cup of Madeira and a cold capons leg?

PNSOI

ngnMrio, ewtes alH. hWats Mr. abeelFd got to sya? hWats ignog on, riS hJon, oniW caJk? Hwso ouyr adle hwit the velid inogmc glnoa? ouY sodl mih ryuo uslo lsta doGo aryiFd ofr soem odcl nhcicek adn a algss of chape wine, ihrtg?

PRINCE HENRY

Sir John stands to his word. The devil shall have his bargain, for he was never yet a breaker of proverbs. He will give the devil his due.

ENIPCR EHYRN

ehT vdiel ilwl get ahstw cimnog to him. riS hnsoJ a man of hsi odrw, dna he revne issedraeg whit a rporevb. He lliw vige eht vilde his deu.

POINS

(to FALSTAFF )Then art thou damned for keeping thy word with the devil.

IOSPN

(to AFFFTASL )Then oreuy adenmd rfo nepikge your rwdo iwth eth dlive.

PRINCE HENRY

105 Else he had been damned for cozening the devil.

PEIRNC YRNEH

Hsi lyon hetro hicceo is to be mddean rof ietngcha eth eivdl.

POINS

But, my lads, my lads, tomorrow morning, by four oclock, early at Gads Hill, there are pilgrims going to Canterbury with rich offerings, and traders riding to London with fat purses. I have vizards for you all. You have horses for yourselves. Gadshill lies tonight in Rochester. I have bespoke supper tomorrow night in Eastcheap. We may do it as secure as sleep. If you will go, I will stuff your purses full of crowns. If you will not, tarry at home and be hanged.

OISNP

uBt yosb, soyb! urFo occklo roroomwt onnrgmi emos imgirpsl are iggon to sasp by sadG Hlil. Tyllhe be on terih awy to Cernbuatyr adhlCater hwit vpneexies siegfnrof, nad ersardt lwil be deiangh to onnLdo with sgab of oenmy. veI otg mkass for uyo, vueoy got eohrss for ssorueevyl. Mr. sGhildla is ginsdpne ghotitn in ohsRrecte, adn vIe rlaaedy drdreoe owomrtro stingh neirdn in cEphetasa. We uodcl do shit in our elpes. If ouy eomc, llI akem uyo rcih. If tno, syta moeh dna hang eyssurolve.

FALSTAFF

Hear ye, Yedward, if I tarry at home and go not, Ill hang you for going.

FLTAFSAF

Litnse, rwddeYa. If I ayst omhe adn odtn go, lIl ghan yuo rof gonig.

POINS

You will, chops?

OPSNI

ouY iwll, tcfefaa?

FALSTAFF

Hal, wilt thou make one?

LFTFFSAA

alH, rea uyo in?

PRINCE HENRY

Who, I rob? I a thief? not I, by my faith.

NPRCEI NHYRE

hWo? Me, a rebrbo? Me, a tehif? toN me. No way.

FALSTAFF

Theres neither honesty, manhood, nor good fellowship in thee, nor thou camst not of the blood royal, if thou darest not stand for ten shillings.

FALTSAFF

If oyu odnt eard to ifhtg for ent slgniislh, rheest no ehonyst, mahndoo, or nidhpefirs in yuo, dan you rveen acem mfro olray dbloo.

PRINCE HENRY

Well then, once in my days Ill be a madcap.

PIENRC NRHYE

Well, akoy. oFr noec in my leif, llI be a ltleit razyc.

FALSTAFF

Why, thats well said.

LATFSAFF

Teerh uyo go.

PRINCE HENRY

Well, come what will, Ill tarry at home.

REPCNI NERYH

lWle, uoy nkow htaw? Ill tsya emho.

FALSTAFF

125 By the Lord, Ill be a traitor then when thou art king.

FAFTFSLA

By oGd, enth lIl be a trtroai wenh you bemoce nkgi.

PRINCE HENRY

I care not.

IPENRC REYHN

I notd crea.

POINS

Sir John, I prithee, leave the Prince and me alone. I will lay him down such reasons for this adventure that he shall go.

OSIPN

Sir John, do me a foavr: veale me nda hte ienrcP ealon. Ill elslp tuo hucs ogdo nseoars ofr hsti reudetanv, seh usre to jnio.

FALSTAFF

Well, God give thee the spirit of persuasion, and him the ears of profiting, that what thou speakest may move, and what he hears may be believed, that the true prince may, for recreation sake, prove a false thief, for the poor abuses of the time want countenance. Farewell. You shall find me in Eastcheap.

FLATSFFA

yaM dGo iegv uyo eth repwo of osusrniape dna mhi het ogdo senes to tnilse, so atht ahwt oyu say iwll eaftfc him and what he hears liwl niks in. hsiT wya, eht uert ecinpr wlil nurt tion asfel tfehi, ujst for laushg. rfAte lal, all hte orpo, elittl iescv of het gae need uacotrgeemnne. So gonl; lulyo fndi me in cthaEseap.

PRINCE HENRY

135 Farewell, thou latter spring. Farewell, All-hallown summer.

PCRNEI YRHEN

Exit FALSTAFF
FAFALTSF xtise.

POINS

Now, my good sweet honey lord, ride with us tomorrow. I have a jest to execute that I cannot manage alone. Falstaff, Peto, Bardolph, and Gadshill shall rob those men that we have already waylaid. Yourself and I will not be there. And when they have the booty, if you and I do not rob them, cut this head off from my shoulders.

ISNOP

wNo, my ogod ewets hyneo sir, emoc iwth us rwmootor. I ahve an ieda ofr a acltacrip jkeo, dna I ncta do it by fmyesl. sfaaFtfl, Poet, lrpohBad, dna Mr. daGshlli lilw obr hte verseralt erwe ngnplian to shumba, ubt uyo dan I nowt be ehret. If ouy and I ntdo orb hemt ncoe yhte veah the olot, hetn hcop ffo my deha!

PRINCE HENRY

How shall we part with them in setting forth?

EPNCRI YNREH

uBt wree all nngipnal to evael teethorg. wHo lwli you nda I prtaease lseoevsru?

POINS

Why, we will set forth before or after them, and appoint them a place of meeting, wherein it is at our pleasure to fail; and then will they adventure upon the exploit themselves, which they shall have no sooner achieved but well set upon them.

NPOSI

lleW eelav obfeer meht, or atfre mhte. lleW tlle tmhe to eetm us osmplaece, but hten we twon whso up. lyThle pllu ffo teh yrerbbo by eehmlsvets, dna the cdsoen htvyee enod it, llwe atckat emth.

PRINCE HENRY

Yea, but tis like that they will know us by our horses, by our habits, and by every other appointment to be ourselves.

RPCIEN NREYH

erSu, tbu hlyelt oeerncizg uro sohser, ruo ehcltso, dna lla ruo ohter ntisgh.

POINS

Tut, our horses they shall not see; Ill tie them in the wood. Our vizards we will change after we leave them. And, sirrah, I have cases of buckram for the nonce, to immask our noted outward garments.

OSINP

Psh! ehTy wont ese uor srsoeh, baesceu lIl ite ehmt in teh rsetfo. eWll put on nwe mkssa trfea we vlaee htme. And, jstu rof isht cicsoona, eIv amed losack tou of huogr ruckbma lhcto, to ovcer uor earlgru thoscel.

PRINCE HENRY

Yea, but I doubt they will be too hard for us.

CIENRP ENHRY

kOya. tuB Im faadir lylteh be too tuhog fro us.

POINS

Well, for two of them, I know them to be as true-bred cowards as ever turned back; and for the third, if he fight longer than he sees reason, Ill forswear arms. The virtue of this jest will be the incomprehensible lies that this same fat rogue will tell us when we meet at supper: how thirty at least he fought with, what wards, what blows, what extremities he endured; and in the reproof of this lies the jest.

PSION

Wlle, I nowk ttha tow of htme era teh ggebsti scdwrao hwo ever drteun adn rna. As fro eht hdtri, if he gthifs evne a codnse reogln ahnt is lubloeayst neaecyrss, I mripsoe to veenr tfhgi ingaa. ehT btes arpt aobut siht joke wlli be teilignns to hte oalnhditus lesi hsti fta oclwn lilw llet ewnh we mtee ofr einhwornd he toughf at telas htytir men, woh he eednefdd lsiehmf, hwo he gto ith, hawt he deduner. Teh fsunteni part will be ehnw we clla ihm on it.

PRINCE HENRY

Well, Ill go with thee. Provide us all things necessary and meet me tomorrow night in Eastcheap. There Ill sup. Farewell.

RNCIEP NHYER

kayO. llI go. Gte ygnrhvteei etortheg adn tmee me in pEsaaceth rmooowtr. Ill tae reteh. wreaelFl.

POINS

Farewell, my lord.

OSPIN

lereFwla, my ordl.
Exit POINS
NPSOI exits.

PRINCE HENRY

165 I know you all, and will awhile uphold
The unyoked humor of your idleness.
Yet herein will I imitate the sun,
Who doth permit the base contagious clouds
To smother up his beauty from the world,
170 That, when he please again to be himself,
Being wanted, he may be more wondered at
By breaking through the foul and ugly mist
Of vapors that did seem to strangle him.

ICENPR NRYEH

I tndednuars lal of uoy. rFo won, llI ptu on teh ydrwo rheabiov of your odog-fro-nnoghit ayws. Btu in itsh wya, Ill be ilke het sun, hwo loslwa hte avrugl, orirntcgpu soculd to ehid shi ubetay form het rdolw. eTnh, nwhe hte sun swnta to be eflhmis igana, he kerbsa rguhtoh hte lfuo istsm and spvaor atth edemes to be irgatglnns ihm.
If all the year were playing holidays,
175 To sport would be as tedious as to work,
But when they seldom come, they wished for come,
And nothing pleaseth but rare accidents.
So when this loose behavior I throw off
And pay the debt I never promisd,
180 By how much better than my word I am,
By so much shall I falsify mens hopes;
And, like bright metal on a sullen ground,
My reformation, glittring oer my fault,
Shall show more goodly and attract more eyes
185 Than that which hath no foil to set it off.
Ill so offend to make offense a skill,
Redeeming time when men think least I will.
And eaesubc pepole ehva mdsise him so hmuc, heyt rae hatt mhuc mreo dirpmssee wehn he lnfayil ppeaasr. If revey ayd ewre a taivacno, pnlaiyg loudw orgw as estuodi as kwignor. uBt whne sit arer, tis koleod adfrowr to. thiognN is as repiosuc as teh uceednxept cueecnrcro. So enwh I wrhto off stih lidw bohrveai adn ccptea eht biristipeielnoss of giben gkian ensytid I ndtdi oshcoe but asw obrn Iotnlli elddnsyu eesm leik a arf bteter anm. In hist yaw, Ill iveg renveyeo teh orwng inteocpxate of me. eLik a bghitr ltmea on a adrk rcgdankobu, my ernaoomtifr lliw henis evne ermo lriabtnyill newh its ets aisgnat my wekcdi stpa. Ill be so liwd, Ill akme ldseinsw an tra mfor, hetn emeerd eysmlf enhw het rldwo lteas psxteec me to.
Exit
He seixt.