Henry IV Part 2

by: William Shakespeare

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worst side, were it worse than the name of rebellion can tell
how to make it.
wrong side—even if the rebellion were more despicable than the word “rebellion” already leads me to believe.

SERVANT

70You mistake me, sir.

SERVANT

You’re mistaken, sir.

FALSTAFF

Why sir, did I say you were an honest man? Setting my
knighthood and my soldiership aside, I had lied in my throat
if I had said so.

FALSTAFF

Why is that? Did I say you were an honest man? Because, setting aside the fact that I’m knight and a soldier, I’d be nothing but a liar if I said that.

SERVANT

I pray you, sir, then set your knighthood and our soldiership
75aside, and give me leave to tell you, you lie in your throat if
you say I am any other than an honest man.

SERVANT

Then please, sir, set aside your knighthood and your soldiership and let me tell you that you’re a deliberate liar, if you say I’m anything other than an honest man.

FALSTAFF

I give thee leave to tell me so? I lay aside that which grows
to me? If thou gett’st any leave of me, hang me; if thou tak’st
leave, thou wert better be hanged. You hunt counter. Hence!
80Avaunt!

FALSTAFF

Should I allow you to say that? Should I set aside something that’s mine by right? If I allow you anything, hang me. If you allow yourself, hang you. You’re running in the wrong direction: get out of here! Go!

SERVANT

Sir, my lord would speak with you.

SERVANT

Sir, my master wants to speak with you.

CHIEF JUSTICE

Sir John Falstaff, a word with you.

CHIEF JUSTICE

Sir John Falstaff, I’d like a word with you.

FALSTAFF

My good lord. God give your Lordship good time of the day.
I am glad to see your Lordship abroad. I heard say your
85Lordship was sick: I hope your Lordship goes abroad by
advice. Your Lordship, though not clean past your youth,
have yet some smack of an ague in you, some relish of the
saltness of time in you, and I most humbly beseech your
Lordship to have a reverent care of your health.

FALSTAFF

My good sir! God grant you a good day! It’s great to see you out and about: I’d heard you were sick. I hope your doctor knows you’re out. Though you’re not entirely past your youth, your lordship, you have a touch of age in you, a touch of the passage of time, and I must humbly urge you to take good care of your health.

CHIEF JUSTICE

90Sir John, I sent for you before your expedition to
Shrewsbury.

CHIEF JUSTICE

Sir John, I sent for you to come see me before you left for Shrewsbury.

FALSTAFF

An ’t please your Lordship, I hear his Majesty is returned
with some discomfort from Wales.

FALSTAFF

If you don’t mind my saying so, I hear the King is back from Wales and it didn’t go so well.