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Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Rosemary Gaby
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Henry IV, Part 2 (Quarto 1, 1600)

The second part of
Iohn I giue thee leaue to tell me, so I lay aside that which
360growes to me, if thou getst any leaue of me, hang me, if thou
takst leaue, thou wert better be hangd, you hunt coũter, hence,
seru. Sir, my Lord would speake with you.
Iust. Sir Iohn Falstaffe, a word with you.
365Falst. My good Lord, God giue your lordship good time
of day, I am glad to see your lordship abroade, I heard say your
lordship was sicke, I hope your lordship goes abroade by ad-
uise, your lordship, though not clean past your youth, haue yet
some smack of an ague in you, some relish of the saltnes of time
in you, and I most humbly beseech your lordship to haue a re-
uerend care of your health.
Iustice Sir Iohn, I sent for you before your expedition to
sir Iohn Andt please your lorship, I heare his maiesty is re-
375turnd with some discomfort from Wales.
Iust. I talke not of his maiesty, you would not come when I
sent for you.
Falst. And I heare moreouer, his highnes is falne into this
same horson apoplexi.
380Iust. Well, God mend him, I pray you let me speake with
Falst. This appoplexi as I take it? is a kind of lethergie, and't
please your lordship, a kind of sleeping in the bloud, a horson
Iust. What tell you me of it, be it as it is.
Falst. It hath it originall from much griefe, from study, and
385perturbation of the braine, I haue read the cause of his effects
in Galen, it is a kind of deafenes.
Iust. I think you are falne into the disease, for you heare not
what I say to you.
Old. Very wel my lord, very wel, rather and't please you it is
390the disease of not listning, the maladie of not marking that I
am troubled withall.
Iust. To punish you by the heeles, would amend the atten-