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Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Rosemary Gaby
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Henry IV, Part 2 (Quarto 1, 1598).


Henry the fourth.
And we with sober speede will follow you.
Falst. My Lord, I beseech you giue me leaue to go through
Glostershire, and when you come to court, stand my good lord
2320in your good report.
Prince Fare you wel Falstaffe, I, in my condition, shal better
speake of you then you deserue.
Fal. I would you had the wit, twere better than your duke-
dome, good faith this same yong sober blouded boy doth not
2325loue me, nor a mān cānnot make him laugh, but thats no maruel,
he drinkes no wine, theres neuer none of these demure boyes
come to any proofe, for thin drinke doth so ouer-coole theyr
blood, and making many fish meales, that they fall into a kind
2330of male greene sicknes, and then when they marry, they gette
wenches, they are generally fooles and cowards, which some
of vs should be too, but for inflammation: a good sherris sacke
hath a two fold operation in it, it ascendes mee into the braine,
dries me there all the foolish, and dull, and crudy vapors which
enuirone it, makes it apprehensiue, quicke, forgetiue, full of
nimble, fiery, and delectable shapes, which deliuered ore to
the voyce, the tongue, which is the birth, becomes excellent
wit. The second property of your excellent sherris, is the war-
2340ming of the blood, which before (cold & setled,) left the lyuer
white & pale, which is the badge of pusilanimitie and cowar-
dize: but the sherris warmes it, and makes it course from the
inwards to the partes extreames, it illumineth the face, which
2345as a beakon, giues warning to al the rest of this little kingdom
man to arme, and then the vitall commoners, and inland petty
spirits, muster me all to their captaine, the heart: who great, and
pufft vp with this retinew, doth any deed of courage: and this
2350valour comes of sherris, so that skill in the weapon is nothing
without sacke (for that sets it aworke) and learning a meere
whoord of gold kept by a diuell, till sacke commences it, and
sets it in act and vse. Hereof comes it, that Prince Harry is
valiant, for the cold blood he did naturally inherite of his fa-
2355ther, he hath like leane, sterile, and bare land, manured, hus-
banded and tilld, with excellent endeuour of drinking good
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