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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.
    caliuer into Warts hand Bardolfe.
    Bar. Hold Wart, trauers thas, thas, thas.
    1805Fal. Come mannage me your caliuer: so, very wel, go to, very
    good, exceeding good, O giue me alwaies a little leane, olde
    chopt Ballde, shot: well said yfaith Wart, th'art a good scab,
    hold, theres a tester for thee.
    Shal. He is not his crafts-master, he doth not do it right; I
    1810remember at Mile-end-greene, when I lay at Clements Inne,
    I was then sir Dagonet in Arthurs show, there was a little
    quiuer fellow, and a would mannage you his peece thus, and a
    would about and about, and come you in, and come you in,
    1815rah, tah, tah, would a say, bounce would a say, and away again
    would a go, and againe would a come: I shall nere see such a
    Fal. These fellowes wooll doe well M. Shallow, God keep
    you M. Scilens, I will not vse many words with you, fare you
    1820wel gentlemen both, I thank you, I must a dosen mile to night:
    Bardolfe, giue the souldiers coates.
    Shal. Sir Iohn, the Lord blesse you, God prosper your af-
    faires, God send vs peace at your returne, visit our house, let
    1825our old acquaintance be renewed, peraduenture I will with ye
    to the court.
    Fal. Fore God would you would.
    Shal. Go to, I haue spoke at a word, God keep you.
    1830Fal. Fare you well gentle gentlemen.
    1830Shal. On Bardolfe, leade the men away, as I returne I will
    fetch off these iustices, I do see the bottome of iustice Shallow,
    Lord, Lord, how subiect we old men are to this vice of lying,
    this same staru'd iustice hath done nothing but prate to me,
    1835of the wildnesse of his youth, and the feates he hath done a-
    bout Turne-bull street, and euery third word a lie, dewer paid
    to the hearer then the Turkes tribute, I doe remember him
    at Clements Inne, like a man made after supper of a cheese pa-
    ring, when a was naked, he was for all the worlde like a forkt
    reddish, with a head fantastically carued vpon it with a knife,
    a was so forlorne, that his demensions to any thicke sight were