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Shal. Under king Harry.
Pijt. A foutra for thine office! -
Fal. What is the old king dead?
Fal. Away, Bardolph, saddle my horse.—Mafter Robert Shallow, chuse what office thou wilt in the land, 'tis thine. -Pistol, I will double charge thee with dignities.
Bard. O joyful day! I would not take a knighehood for my fortune.
Pift. What ? I do bring good news.
Fal. Carry master Silence to bed.Mafter Shallow, my lord Shallow, be what thou wilt ; I am fortune's steward. Get on thy boots, we'll ride all night.-Oh, sweet Pistol !-Away, Bardolph. -Come, Piftol, utter more to me; and, withal, devise something to do thyself good. Boot, boot, master Shallow. I know, the young king is sick for me,
Let us take any man's
It is a term of reproach, frequent in the writers contemporary with our poet. Bisognoso, a needy perfon; thence metaphosically, a base scoundrel. THEOBALD.
Nain, in Pierce Pennylesse bis Supplication, &c. 1595, says, “ Proud lords do tumble from the towers of their high descents, " and be trod under feet of every inferior Besonian.
In The Widow's Tears, a comedy by Chapman, 1612, the primitive word is ufed :
fpuru'd out by grooms, like a base Bufogno !” And again, in Sir Giles Goojecap, a comedy, 1606,
“ If he come like to your Besogno, your boor, so he be “ rich, they care not.” STEEVENS.
- fig me like The bragging Spaniard.] To fag, in Spanish, bigas dar, is to infult by putting the thumb between the fore and middle finger.
From this Spanith custom we yet say in contempt, “ a fig is for you.” JOHNSON.
horles; the laws of England are at my commandment. Happy are they which have been
my and woe to my lord chief justice !
Pift. Let vultures vile seize on his lungs also ! ? Where is the life that late I led, say they ? Why, here it is, welcome these pleasant days. (Exeunt.
A street in London, Enter hostess Quickly, Doll Tear-sheet, and Beadles.
Hoft. No, thou arrant knave; I would I might dię, that I might have thee hang'd: thou hast drawn my shoulder out of joint.
Bead. The constables have delivered her over to me; and the shall have whipping-cheer enough, I warrant her. There hath been a man or two lately kill'd about her.
Dol. 3 Nut-hook, nut-hook, you lie. Come on. I'll tell thee what, thou damn'd tripe-visag'd rascal, if the child I go with do miscarry, thou hadît better thou hadit struck thy mother, thou paper-fac'd villain.
Hoft. O the Lord, that Sir John were come ! he would make this a bloody day to some body. But I pray God the fruit of her womb miscarry !
? Where is the life that late I led, &c.] Words of an old ballad. WABURTON.
3 Nut-hook, &c.] It has been already observed on the Merry Wives of Windsor, that nut- hook seems to have been in those times a name of reproach for a catchpoll. JOHNSON,
A nut-hook was, I believe, a perion who stole linen, &c. out at windows by means of a pole with a hook at the end of it. Greene, in his Arte of Conny-catching, has given a very particular account of this kind of fraud ; so that nut-look was probably as common a term of reproach as rogue is at present. In an old comedy, intitled, Match me in London, 1631, I find the following paliage“ She's the king's nut book, that when any " filbert is sipe, pulls down the bravest boughs to his hand.”
Bead. If it do, you shall have 4 a dozen of cushions again, you have but eleven now. Come, I charge you both go with me; for the man is dead that you and Pistol beat among you.
Dol. I'll tell thee what, 5 thou thin man in a censer! I will have you as foundly swing’d for this, you bluebottle rogue !-You filthy famish'd correctioner! ifyou be not swing'd, I'll forfwear 7 half-kirtles.
Bead. Come, come, you she-knight-errant; come.
Hoft. O, that right should thus o'ercome might! Well; of sufferance comes ease.
Dol. Come, you rogue, come. Bring me to a justice.
- a dozen of cushions - ] That is, to stuff her out that she might counterfeit pregnancy. So in Maflinger's Old Law:
* I said I was with child, &c. Thou saidit it was a cujbion," &c. STEEVENS.
rkou thin man in a cenjer!!] These old censers of thin metal had generally at the bottom the figure of some saint raised up with a hammer, in a barbarous kind of imbossed or chased work. The hunger-Starved beadle is compared, in substance, to one of these thin raised figures, by the same kind of humour that Pistol, in The Merry Wives, calls Slender, a laten bilbee.
WARBURTON. blue bottle rogue !) A name, I suppose, given to the beadle from the colour of his livery: JOHNSON.
? - balf-kirtles.) Probably the dress of the prostitutes of that time. JOHNSON.
A haif-kirile was, I suppose, the same kind of thing as we call at pretent a short-gown, or a bed-gown. There is a proverbial expresion now in use which may terve to confirm it. When a pcrion is loosely dress’d they say-Such a one looks like a win a bed-gown. See Wef ward Hoe, by Decker and Webster, 1612 forty millings I lent her to redeem two balf-filki kirtles." STEEVENS.
Enter two Grooms, strewing rushes.
i Groom. It will be two of the clock ere they come from the coronation ; dispatch, dispatch.
[Exeunt Grooms. Enter Falstaff, Shallow, Pistol, Bardolph, and the Boy.
Fal. Stand here by me, master Robert Shallow; I will make the king do you grace. I will leer upon him as he comes by.; and do buç mark the countenance that he will give me.
Pift. Bless thy lungs, good knight!
Fal. Come here, Pistol ; stand behind me. O, if I had had time to have made new liveries, I would have bestow'd the thousand pound I borrow'd of you. [TO Shallow.) But it is no matter ; this poor show doth better : this doth infer the zeal I had to see him.
Shal. It doth so.
Fal. As it were, to ride day and night, and not to deliberate, not to remember, not to have patience to shift me.
Shal. It is most certain,
& More rubes, &c.] It has been already observed, that, at ceremonial entertainments, it was the custom to strew the floor with rushes. Caius de Ephemera. JOHNSON.
9 It doth, it doth, it dotb.] The two little answers here given to Pistol are transferred by Sir T. Hanmer to Shallow, the repetition of it doth suits Shallow belt. JOHNSON.
Fal. But to stand stained with travel, and sweating with desire to see him : thinking of nothing else; putting all affairs else in oblivion; as if there were nothing elfe to be done, but to see him.
Pift. 'Tis semper idem; for absque hoc nibil est. ''Tis all in every part.
Shal. 'Tis fo, indeed.
Pist. My knight, I will enfame thy noble liver, And make thee rage. Thy Doll and Helen of thy noble thoughts Is in base durance and contagious prison; Haul'd thither By most mechanical and dirty hands. Rouze up revenge from Ebon den, with fell Alecto's
Fal. I will deliver her.
sounds. The trumpets found. Enter the King, and his train. Fal. God save thy grace, king Hal! my royal Hal!
Pift. The heavens thee guard and keep, ? moft royal imp of fame!
Fal. God save thee, my sweet boy!
1 'Tis all in every parr.] The sentence alluded to is,
'Tis all in all, and all in every part.” And so doubtlefs it hould be read. 'Tis a common way of expreffing one's approbation of a right measure to say, 'tis all
To which this phantastic character adds, with some humour, and all in every part: which, both together, make up the philofophic sentence, and complete the absurdity of Piftol's phraseology. WARBURTON.
mest royal imp of fame!] The word imp is perpetually used by Ulpian Fulwell, and other ancient writers, for progeny:
" And were it not thy royal impe
“ Did mitigate our pain," &c. Here Fulwell addresses Anne Boleyn, and speaks of the young Elizabeth. STEEVENS.