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Author: William Shakespeare
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Henry IV, Part 1 (Quarto 1, 1598)


of Henrie the fourth.
ought him a thousand pound.
Prin. Sirrha, do I owe you a thousand pound?
Falst. A thousand pound Hall? a million, thy loue is worth a
million, thou owest me thy loue.
2145Host. Nay my Lord, he cald you iacke, and saide hee woulde
cudgel you.
Falst. Did I Bardol?
Bar. Indeed sir Iohn you said so.
Fal. Yea, if he said my ring was copper.
2150Prin. I say tis copper, darest thou be as good as thy word now?
Falst. Why Hall? Thou knowest as thou art but man I dare,
but as thou art prince, I feare thee as I feare the roaring of the
Lyons whelpe.
2155Prin. And why not as the Lyon?
Fal. The king himselfe is to be feared as the Lion, doest thou
thinke ile feare thee as I feare thy father? nay and I doo, I pray
God my girdle breake.
Prin. O, if it should, howe woulde thy guts fall about thy
2160knees? but sirrha, theres no roome for faith, trueth, nor hone-
stie, in this bosome of thine. It is all fild vp with guttes, and mid-
riffe. Charge an honest woman with picking thy pocket, why
thou horeson impudent imbost rascall, if there were anie thing
in thy pocket but tauerne reckonings, memorandums of baudie
2165houses, and one poore peniworth of sugar-candie to make thee
long winded, if thy pocket were inricht with any other iniuries
but these; I am a villain, and yet you will stand to it, you will not
pocket vp wrong, art thou not ashamed?
Fal. Doest thou heare Hall, thou knowest in the state of inno-
cencie Adam fell, & what should poore iacke Falstalfe do in the
daies of villanie? thou seest I haue more flesh then another man,
& therfore more frailty. You confesse then you pickt my pocket.
Prin. It appeares so by the storie.
Fal. Hostesse, I forgiue thee, go make ready breakfast, loue thy
husband, looke to thy seruaunts, cherish thy ghesse, thou shalt
2180find me tractable to any honest reason, thou seest I am pacified
still, nay preethe be gone.
Exit Hostesse
Now Hal, to the newes at court for the robbery lad, how is that
2185answered?
Prin.