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than speak; and speak fooner than think; and think sooner than pray; and yet I 2, for they pray continually unto their Saint the Common-wealth ; or rather, not pray to her, but prion her; for they ride up and down on her, and make her their boots.

Cham. What, the common-wealth their boots ? will The hold out water in foul way?

Gads. ? She will, she will; justice hath liquor'd her. We steal as in a castle, cock fire; we have the receipt of Fern feed }, we walk invisible.

Cham. Nay, I think rather, you are more beholden to the night, than the fern-feed, for your walking invisible.

Gads. Give me thy hand : thou shalt have a share in our purchase, as I am a true man.

Chem. Nay, rather let me have it, as you are a false thief.

Gads. Go to, * Homo is a common name to all men. --Bid the oftler bring my Gelding out of the stable. Farewel, ye muddy inave.



2 She will, she will; justice wonder always endeavours to both liquor'd her.) A Satire on auginent itself, they ascribed chicane, in courts of juttice ; to Fern-feed many ftrange prowhich supports ill men in their perties, some of which the rufviolations of the law, under the tick virgins have not yet forvery cover of it. WARBURTON. gotten or exploded. we hare the ruceipi of

Homo is a rame, &c.] Fern-fieds -) Fern is one of Ga'shill had promised as he was those plants which have their a true man, the chamberlain wills feed on the back of the leaf fo him to promise rather as he is a small as to escape the fight. false thief ; to which Gudsbill anThose who perceived that jern swers, that though he might have was propagated by femination reason to change the word true, and yet could never see the feed, he might have spared man, for were much at a loss for a folu- bomo is a name common to all tion of the difficuity; and as men, and among others to thieves.


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P. Henry. Stand close.

Enter Falstaff.

Fal. Poins, Poins, and be hanged, Poins !

P. Henry. Peace, ye fat kidney'd rascal, what a brawling doft thou keep ?

Fal. What, Poins ! Hal! P. Henry. He is walk'd up to the top of the hill, I'll go

feek him. Fal. I am accurst to rob in that thief's company: the rascal hath remov'd my horse, and ty’d him, I know not where. If I travel but + four foor by the square farther afoot, I shall break my wind. Well, I doubt not but to die a fair death for all this, if l'Icape hanging for willing that rogue. I have forsworn his company hourly any time this two and twenty year, and yet I am bewitch'd with the rogue's company. If the rascal have not given me s medicines to make me love him, I'll be hang’d; it could not be elle; I have drunk medicines. Poins! Eal! a l'lague upon you

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both. Bardolph! Peto! I'll starve, ere I'll rob a foot further. An 'twere not as good a deed'as to drink, to turn true man, and to leave these rogues, I am the veriest varlet that ever chew'd with a tooth. Eight yards of uneven ground, is threescore and ten miles afoot with me, and the stony-hearted villains know it well enough. A plague upon't, when thieves cannot be true one to another. [They whistle.] Whew! a plague upon you all. Give me my horse ; you rogues, give me my horse, and be hang’d.

P. Henry. Peace, ye fat guts ! lye down, lay thine ear close to the ground, and list if thou canst hear the tread of travellers.

Fal. Have you any levers to lift me up again; being down ? 'Sblood, I'll not bear mine own felh so far afoot again, for all the coin in thy father's exchequer. What a plague mean ye, 7 to colt mé thus ?

P. Henry. Thou liest, thou art not colted, thou art uncolted.

Fal. I pr’ythee, good Prince Hal, help me to my horse, good King's son.

P. Henry. Out, you rogue! shall I be your oftler ?

Fal. Go hang thy self in thy own heir-apparent garters 8; if I be ta’en, I'll peach for this. An I have not ballads made on you all, and sung to filthy tunes, let a cup of sack be my poison. When a jest is so forward, and afoot too!-I hate it.

Enter Gads-hill.

Gods. Stand,
Fal. So I do against my will.




rah a foot further.] other sense opposes it by uncolt, This is only a slight errour which that is, unhoise. yet has run through all the cop es.

heir-ap;arent garters ;] We should read rub a foot." So Alluding to the order of the we now say rub on.

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Poins. O, 'tis our Setter, I know his voice. 9 Bardolph.—What news ?

Gads. Case ye, case ye; on with your visors; there's mony of the King's coming down the hill, 'tis going to the King's Exchequer.

Fal. You lie, you rogue, 'tis going to the King's tavern.

Gads. There's enough to make us all.
Fal. To be hang'd.

P. Henry. Sirs, you four shall front them in the narrow lane ; Ned Poins and I will walk lower ; if they 'scape from your encounter, then they light on us.

Peto. But how many be of them?
Gads. Some eight or ten.
Fal. Zounds! will they not rob us?
P. Henry. What, a coward, Sir John Paunch.

Fal. Indeed, I am not John of Gaunt, your grandfather ; but yet no coward, Hal.

P. Henry. Well, we'll leave that to the proof.

Poins. Sirrah, Jack, thy horse stands behind the hedge; when thou need'st him, there shalt thou find him. Farewel, and stand fast.

Fal. Now cannot I strike him, if I should be hang'd.

P. Henry. Ned, where are our disguises ?
Poins. Here, hard by. Stand close.

Fal. Now, my masters, happy man be his dole, say I; every man to his business.

Bardolph —What news.] In hill and Bardolph enter together, all the copies that I have seen but the old copies bring in GadsPoins is made to speak upon the hill alone, and we find that Falentrance of Gads-hill thus, ftaff, who knew their stations,

O, 'tis our Siter, I know his calls to Bardolph among others qoice.-Bardolph, What news? for his horse, but not to GatsThis is absurd; he knows Gads bill who was posted at a distance. kill to be the setter, and asks We should therefore read, Bardolph what news. To coun- Poins. O'tis our serter, &c. enance this impropriety, the

Bard. What news ? lacer edicions have made Gads- Gadih, Cafe je, &c. VOL. IV.



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Trav. Come, neighbour; the boy shall lead our horses down the hiil: we'll walk a foot a while, and ease our legs.

Thieves. Stand,
Trav. Jesu bless us !

Fal. Strike; down with them, cut the villains' throats; ah! whorson caterpillars; bacon-fed knaves; they hate us youth ; down with them, Aeece them.

Trav. 0, we are undone, both we and ours for ever.

Fal. Hang ye, gorbellied knaves, are you undone ? no, ye fat chuffs, I would your store were here. On, bacons, on! what, ye knaves ? young men must live; you are grand jurors, are ye? we'll jure ye, i’faith.

[Here they rob and bind them : Exeunt.

Enter Prince Henry and Poins. P. Henry. The thieves have bound the true men. Now could thou and I rob the thieves and go merrily to London, it would be argument for a week, laughter for a month, and a good jest for ever.

Poins. Stand close, I hear them coming.
Enter Thieves again at the other part of the stage:

Fal. Come, my masters, let us share, and then to horse before day; an the Prince and Prins be not two arrant Cowards, there's no equity stirring. There's no more valour in that Poins, than in a wild Duck.

P. Henry Your mony.
Poins. Villains !
[As they are sharing, the Prince and Poins set upon
them. They all rin away, and Falstaff after a

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