Henry IV Part 2

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter SHALLOW, FALSTAFF, PAGE, and BARDOLPH
SHALLOW, FALSTAFF, BARDOLPH, and the PAGE enter.

SHALLOW

By cock and pie, sir, you shall not away tonight.—What,
Davy, I say!

SHALLOW

By gum, sir, you will not leave tonight. Hey, Davy!

FALSTAFF

You must excuse me, Master Robert Shallow.

FALSTAFF

Please excuse me, Master Robert Shallow.

SHALLOW

I will not excuse you. You shall not be excused. Excuses
5shall not be admitted. There is no excuse shall serve. You
shall not be excused.—Why, Davy!

SHALLOW

I will not excuse you. You will not be excused. Excuses will not be allowed. No excuse will do. You will not be excused. Hey, Davy!
Enter DAVY
DAVY enters.

DAVY

Here, sir.

DAVY

Here, sir.

SHALLOW

Davy, Davy, Davy, Davy, let me see, Davy, let me see, Davy,
let me see. Yea, marry, William cook, bid him come
10hither.—Sir John, you shall not be excused.

SHALLOW

Davy, Davy, Davy, Davy, let’s see, Davy, let’s see, Davy, let’s see. Oh yes, right: tell William the cook to come here. Sir John, you will not be excused.

DAVY

Marry, sir, thus: those precepts cannot be served. And again,
sir, shall we sow the hade land with wheat?

DAVY

Well sir, here’s the thing. Those warrants couldn’t be served. And once more, sir, should we plant wheat at the field’s edges?

SHALLOW

With red wheat, Davy. But for William cook, are there no
young pigeons?

SHALLOW

Plant red wheat, Davy. But as for William the cook—aren’t there any young pigeons?

DAVY

15Yes, sir. Here is now the smith’s note for shoeing and plow
irons.

DAVY

Yes, sir. Here’s the bill from the blacksmith for horseshoes and plow blades.