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  • Title: Henry IV, Part 2 (Quarto 1, 1598)
  • Editor: Rosemary Gaby

  • Copyright Rosemary Gaby. This text may be freely used for educational, non-profit purposes; for all other uses contact the Editor.
    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Rosemary Gaby
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    Henry IV, Part 2 (Quarto 1, 1598)

    Henry the fourth.
    1570Psalmist saith) is certaine to all, all shall die. How a good yoke
    of bullockes at Samforth faire?
    Silens By my troth I was not there.
    Shal. Death is certaine: Is olde Dooble of your towne li-
    uing yet?
    1575Silens Dead sir.
    Shal. Iesu, Iesu, dead! a drew a good bow, and dead? a shot
    a fine shoote: Iohn a Gaunt loued him well, and betted much
    money on his head. Dead! a would haue clapt ith clowt at
    twelue score, and caried you a forehand shaft a foureteene and
    1580foureteene and a halfe, that it would haue doone a mans heart
    good to see. How a score of Ewes now?
    Silens Thereafter as they be, a score of good Ewes may be
    worth tenne pounds.
    1585Shal. And is olde Dooble dead?
    Silens Heere come twoo of sir Iohn Falstaffes men, as I

    Enter Bardolfe, and one with him.

    Good morrow honest gentlemen.
    1590Bard. I beseech you, which is Iustice Shallow?
    Shall. I am Robert Shallow sir, a poore Esquire of this
    Countie, and one of the Kings Iustices of the Peace: what is
    your pleasure with me?
    Bard. My Captaine, sir, commends him to you, my Cap-
    1595taine sir Iohn Falstaffe, a tall gentleman, by heauen, and a most
    gallant Leader.
    Shall. He greets me wel, sir, I knew him a good backsword
    man: how doth the good knight? may I aske how my Ladie
    his wife doth?
    1600Bar. Sir, pardon, a souldiour is better accommodate than
    with a wife.
    Shallow It is well sayde in faith sir, and it is well sayde in-
    deede too, better accommodated, it is good, yea in deede is