Page images
PDF
EPUB

From this bare, wither'd trunk. Upon thy sight
My worldly business makes a period.

Where is my lord of Warwick?

P. Henry. My lord of Warwick!

K. Henry. Doth any name particular belong
Unto the lodging where I first did swoon?

War. 'Tis calld Jerusalem, my noble lord.
K. Henry. Laud be to God! even there my life

must end.
It hath been prophesy'd to me many years,
I should not die but in Jerusalem;
Which vainly I suppos'd the Holy Land:-
But bear me to that chamber; there I'll lie:
In that Jerusalem shall Harry die.

[Exeunt.

А A CT

V. SCENE I.

Shallow's seat in Glo'stershire.

Enter Shallow, Silence, Falstaff, Bardolph, and Page.

SHALLOW.
Y cock and pye, Sir, you shall not away to-

night. What! Davy, I say!Fal. You must excuse me, master Robert Shallow.

Shal.

B

' By cock and pye,-) This adjuration, which seems to have been very popular, is used in Soliman and Perseda, 1599, as well as by Shakespeare in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Ophelia likewise says,

By cock they are to blame.”
Cock is only a corruption of the Sacred Name, as appears

from many passages in the old interludes, Ganmer Gurton's Needle, &c. viz. Cocks-bones, cocks-wounds, by cock's mother, and some others. The pie is a table or rule in the old Roman offices,

Thewing,

Hh 3

Sbal. I will not excuse you; you shall not be excused; excuses shall not be admitted; there is no excuse shall serve ; you shall not be excus’d. Why, Davy!

Enter Davy. Davy. Here, Sir.

Shal. Davy, Davy, Davy; let me fee, Davy; let me fee : — yea, marry, William cook, bid him come hither. -Sir John, you shall not be excus’d.

Davy. Marry, Sir, thus :—3 Those precepts cannot be fervid: and, again, Sir - Shall we fow the headland with wheat ?

Shal. With red wheat, Davy. But, for William cook :--Are there no young pigeons ?

Shewing, in a technical way, how to find out the service which is to be read upon each day. What was called The Pie by the clergy before the Reformation, was called by the Greeks 12, or the index. Though the word lisvač fignifies a plank in its original, yet in its metaphorical sense it signifies savic if wypa Papuén, a painted table or picture; and because indexes or tables of bcoks were formed into square figures, resembling pictures or painter's tables hung up in a frame, these likewise were called Trivaxes, or, being marked only with the first letter of the word, Tlis or Pies. All other derivations of the word are manifestly erroneous.

In a second preface Concerning the Service of the Church, prefixed to the Common Prayer, this table is mentioned as follows,

“ Moreover, the number and hardness of the rules called “ the Pie, and the manifold changes," &c. Dr. Ridley.

A printing letter of a particular lize called the pica, was probably denominated from the pie, as the brevier from the brevi. ary, and the primer from the primer. Steevens.

? I will not excuse you, &c.] The sterility of justice Shallow's wit is admirably described, in thus making him, by one of the finest strokes of nature, so often vary his phrase, to express one and the fame ching, and that the commoneft. WARBURTON.

Those precepts cannot be serv’d:-) Precept is a jus tice's warrant. To the offices which Falstaff gives Davy in the following scene, may be added that of justice's clerk. Davy has almost as many employments as Scrub in The Stratagem.

JOHnsos.

Davy. Yea, Sir.---Here is now the smith's note for shoeing and plow-irons.

Sbal. Let it be caft and paid. Sir John, you shall not be excus'd. [Goes to the other side of the stage.

Davy. Now, Sir, a new link to the bucket muft needs be had.-And, Sir, do you mean to stop any of William's wages about the fack he lost the other day at Hinckly fair ?

Sbal. He shall answer it. - Some pigeons, Davy ; a couple of short-legg'd hens; a joint of mutton ; and any pretty little tiny kickshaws : -- tell William cook.

Davy. Doth the man of war stay all night, Sir?

Shal. Yes, Davy. I will use him well. A friend i the court is better than a penny in purse. Use his men well, Davy; for they are arrant knaves, and will backbite.

Davy. No worse than they are back-bitten, Sir ; for they have marvellous foul linen.

Sbal. Well conceited, Davy. About thy business, Davy.

Davy. I beseech you, Sir, to countenance William Visor of Woncot against Clement Perkes of the Hill.

Sbal. There are many complaints, Davy, against that Visor; that Visor is an arrant knave on my knowledge.

Davy. I grant your worship, that he is a knave, Sir ; but yet, God forbid, Sir, but a knave should have some countenance at his friend's request. An honest man, Sir, is able to speak for himself, when a knave is not. I have serv'd your worship truly, Sir, these eight years; and if I cannot once or twice in a quarter bear out a knave against an honest man, I have but very little credit with your worship. The knave is mine honest friend, Sir; therefore, I beseech

your worship, let him be countenanc'd.

Sbal. Go to; I say, he shall have no wrong. Look about, Davy. Where are you, Sir John? Come, off

with

Hh4

with your boots. " Give me your hand, master Bardolph.

Bard. I am glad to see your worship.

Shal. I thank thee with all my heart, kind master Bardolph. And welcome, my tall fellow [to the Page]. Come, Sir John.

Fal. I'll follow you, good master Robert Shallow. [Exeunt Shallow, Silence, &c. Bardolph, look to our horses. If I were faw'd into quantities, I should make four dozen of such 4 bearded hermit's-ftaves as master Shallow. It is a wonderful thing to see the semblable coherence of his mens' spirits and his; they, by observing of him, do bear themselves like foolish justices; he, by conversing with them, is turn’d into a justice-like serving-man. Their spirits are so married in conjunction, with the participation of society, that they flock together in consent, like so many wild-geele. If I had a suit to master Shallow, I would humour his men with the imputation of be. ing near their master: if to his men, I would curry with master Shallow, that no man could better command his servants, It is certain, that either wise bearing, or ignorant carriage, is caught, as men take diseales, one of another: therefore let men take heed of their company. I will devise matter enough out of this Shallow to keep prince Harry in continual laughter the wearing out of six fashions, (which is four terms or 5 two actions) and he shall laugh without intervallums. O, it is much that a lie with a night oath, and a jest with a sad brow, will do with

6 fellow that never had the ache in his shoulders !

O, you

bearded hermit's-faves] He had before called him the farved justice. His want of Helh is a standing jest.

JOHNSON. Siwa a&tions)--) There is something huinorous in making a spendthrift compute time by the operation of an action for debt. JOHNSON.

fellow that never had the ache-) That is, a young

follow,

O, you shall see him laugh till his face be like a wet cloak ill laid up.

Shal. [within] Sir John!

Fal. I come, master Shallow; I come, master Shallow.

[Exit Falstaff

SCENE II.

The court, in London. Enter the earl of Warwick and the lord Chief Justice. War. How now, my lord Chief Justice ? whither

away

? Ch. Just

. How doth the king? War. Exceeding well; his cares are now all ended. Ch. Juft. I hope not dead?

War. He's walk'd the way of nature; And, to our purposes, he lives no more. Ch. Just

. I would his majesty had calld me with

him: The service that I truly did his life Hath left me open to all injuries.

War. Indeed, I think, the young king loves you

not.

Ch. Juft. I know he doth not; and do arm myself To welcome the condition of the time; Which cannot look more hideously on me Than I have drawn it in my fantasy.

Enter lord John of Lancaster, Gloucester, and Clarence.

War. Here come the heavy issue of dead Harry. O, that the living Harry had the temper Of him, the worst of these three gentlemen, How many nobles then should hold their places, , That must strike fail to fpirits of vile fort!

fellow, one whose difpofition to merriment time and pain have not yet impaired, JOHNSON,

Ch. Just.

« PreviousContinue »