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Score a pint of bastard in the Half-moon, or so. But, Ned, to drive away the time till Falstaff come, I pr’ythee, do thou stand in some by-room, while I question my puny drawer, to what end he gave me the sugar; and do thou never leave calling-Francis, that his tale to me may be nothing but-anon. Step aside, and I'll show thee a precedent.

Poins. Francis !
P. Hen. Thou art perfect.
Poins. Francis!

[Exit Poins.
Fran. Anon, anon, sir.--Look down into the
Pomegranate, Ralph.

P. Hen. Come hither, Francis.
Fran. My lord.
P. Hen. How long hast thou to serve, Francis ?
Fran. Forsooth, five year, and as much as to-
Poins. [Within.] Francis !
Fran. Anon, anon, sir.

P. Hen. Five years! by’rlady, a long lease for the clinking of pewter. But, Francis, darest thou be so valiant, as to the play the coward with thy indenture, and to shew it a fair pair of heels, and run from it?

Fran. O lord, sir! I'll be sworn upon all the books in England, I could find in my heart

Poins. [Within.] Francis!
Fran. Anon, anon, sir.
P. Hen. How old art thou, Francis?

Fran. Let me see,--About Michaelmas next I shall be

the stage,

9 Enter Francis.] This scene, helped by the distraction of the drawer, and grimaces of the Prince, may entertain

upon but affords not much delight to the reader. The author has judiciously made it short. Johnson.

| Look down into the Pomegranate,] To have windows or loopholes looking into the rooms beneath them, was anciently a general custom.




Poins. [Within.] Francis!
Fran. Anon, sir.-Pray you, stay a little, my lord.

P. Hen. Nay, but hark you, Francis: For the sugar thou gavest me,—'twas a pennyworth, was't not?

Fran. O lord, sir! I would, it had been two.

P. Hen. I will give thee for it a thousand pound: ask me when thou wilt, and thou shalt lave it.

Poins. [Within.] Francis!
Fran. Anon, anon.

P. Hen. Anon, Francis? No, Francis: but tomorrow, Francis; or, Francis, on Thursday; or, indeed, Francis, when thou wilt. But, Francis,

Fran. My lord?

P. Hen. Wilt thou rob this leathern jerkin, crystal button, nott-pated, agate-ring, puke-stocking, caddis-garter, smooth-tongue, Spanish-pouch,

Fran. O lord, sir, who do you mean?

P. Hen. Why then, your brown bastard* is your only drink: for, look you, Francis, your white canvas doublet will sully: in Barbary, sir, it cannot come to so much.

Fran. What, sir?
Poins. [Within.] Francis!

P. Hen. Away, you rogue; Dost thou not hear them call?

[Here they both call him; the Drawer stands

amazed, not knowing which way to go.




? Wilt thou rob this leathern jerkin, &c.] The Prince intends to ask the drawer whether he will rob his master, whom he denotes by many contemptuous distinctions. Johnson.

caddis-garter,] Caddis was worsted galloon. MALONE.

brown barstard -] Bastard was a kind of sweet wine. The Prince finding the waiter not able, or not willing, to understand his instigation, puzzles him with unconnected prattle, and drives him áway. JOHNSON.


Enter Vintner. Vint. What! stand'st thou still, and hear'st such a calling? Look to the guests within. [Exit Fran.] My lord, old sir John, with half a dozen more, arc at the door, shall I let them in?

P. Hen. Let them alone awhile, and then open the door. [Exit Vintner.] Poins!

Re-enter Poins. Poins. Anon, anon, sir.

P. Hen. Sirrah, Falstaff and the rest of the thieves are at the door; Shall we be merry?

Poins. As merry as crickets, my lad. But hark ye; What cunning match have you made with this jest of the drawer? come, what's the issue?

P. Hen. I am now of all humours, that have showed themselves humours, since the old days of goodman Adam, to the pupil age of this present twelve o'clock at midnight. [Re-enter Francis with Wine.] What's o'clock, Francis?

Fran. Anon, anon, sir.

P. Hen. That ever this fellow should have fewer words than a parrot, and yet the son of a woman! His industry is-up-stairs, and down-stairs; his eloquence, the parcel of a reckoning. I am not yet of Percy's mind, the Hotspur of the north; he that kills me some six or seven dozen of Scots at a breakfast, washes his hands, and says to his wife,


I am not yet of Percy's mind,] The drawer's answer had interrupted the prince's train of discourse. He was proceeding thus:--I am now of all humours that have showed themselves hva mours ;

-I am not yet of Percy's mind; that is, I am willing to indulge myself in gaiety and frolick, and try all the varieties of human life. I am not yet of Percy's mind, who thinks all the time lost that is not spent in bloodshed, forgets decency and civility, and has nothing but the talk of a soldier. Johnson.

Fye upon this quiet life! I want work.


sweet Harry, says she, how many hast thou killed to-day Give my roan horse a drench, says he; and answers, Some fourteen, an hour after; a trifle, a trifle. I pr’ythee, call in Falstaff; I'll play Percy, and that damned brawn shall play dame Mortimer his wife. Rivo, says the drunkard. Call in ribs, call in tallow.




Poins. Welcome, Jack. Where hast thou been?

Fal. A plague of all cowards, I say, and a vengeance too! marry, and amen!–Give me a cup of sack, boy..Ere I lead this life long, I'll sew netherstocks, and mend them, and foot them too. A plague of all cowards !-Give me a cup of sack, rogue.--Is there no virtue extant? [He drinks.

P. Hen. Didst thou never see Titan kiss a dish of butter? pitiful-hearted Titan, that melted at the sweet tale of the son! if thou didst, then behold that compound.

Fal. You rogue, here's lime in this sack too: There is nothing but roguery to be found in villainous man: Yet a coward is worse than a cup of sack with lime in it; a villainous coward.--Go thy ways, old Jack; die when thou wilt, if manhood, good manhood, be not forgot upon the face of the earth, then am I a shotten

herring. There live not three good men unbanged in England; and one of them is fat, and grows old: God help the while! a bad world, I say! I would, I were a weaver ; I could sing psalms or any thing: A plague of all cowards, I say still.

P. Hen. How now, woolsack? what mutter you?


Rivo,] This was perhaps the cant of the English taverns,

nether-stocks,] Nether-stocks are stockings. VOL. IV.


Fal. A king's son! If I do not beat thee out of thy kingdom with a dagger of lath, and drive all thy subjects afore thee like a flock of wild


I'll ne

whe ver wear hair on my face more. You prince of Wales! !

P. Hen. Why, you whoreson round man! what's the matter?

Fal. Are you not a coward ? answer me to that; and Poins there?

Poins. 'Zounds, ye fat paunch, an ye call me coward, I'll stab thee.

Fal. I call thee coward ! I'll see thee damned ere I call thee coward: but I would give a thousand pound, I could run as fast as thou canst. You are straight enough in the shoulders, you care not who sees your back : Call you that backing of your friends ? A plague upon such backing ! give me them that will face me.-Give me a cup of sack - : I am a rogue, if I drunk to-day. P. Hen. Ovillain! thy lips are scarce wiped

. since thou drunk'st last.

Fal. All's one for that. A plague of all cowards, still say I.

[He drinks. P. Hen. What's the matter? Fal. What's the matter there be four of us here

HOW have ta'en a thousand pound this morning.

P. Hen. Where is it, Jack? where is it?

Fal. Where is it? taken from us it is: a hundred upon poor four us.

P. Hen. What, a hundred, man?

Fal. I am a rogue, If I were not at half-sword with a dozen of them two hours together. I have 'scap'd by miracle. I am eight times thrust through the doublet ; four, through the hose; my buckler cut through and through; my sword hacked like a hand-saw, ecce signum. I never dealt better since I was a man: all would not do. A plague of all cowards !--Let them speak : if they speak more or

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