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Fal. 'Tis the more time thou wert us'd.

Shal. Ha, ha, ha! most excellent, i'faith! things, that are mouldy, lack use: Very singular good !-Well said, sir John; very well said.

Fal. Prick him.

Moul. I was prick'd well enough before, an you could have let me alone : my old dame will be undone now, for one to do her husbandry, and her drudgery: you need not to have prick'd me; there are other men fitter to go out than I.

Fal. Go to; peace, Mouldy, you shall go. Mouldy, it is time you were spent.

Moul. Spent !

Shal. Peace, fellow, peace ; stand aside ; Know you where you are ?-For the other, fir John :- let me see; Simon Shadow !

Fal. Ay marry, let me have him to sit under, he's like to be a cold soldier.

Shal. Where's shadow ?
Shad. Here, sir.
Fal. Shadow, whose fon art thou ?
Shad. My mother's son, sir.

Fal. Thy mother's fon! like enough ; and thy father's shadow: so the son of the female is the shadow of the male : It is often so, indeed; but not much of the father's substance.

Sbal. Do you like him, fir John ?

Fal. Shadow will serve for summer,-prick him ;-for we have a number of * shadows to fill up the muster-book.

Sbal. Thomas Wart!
Fal. Where's he?
Wart. Here, fire
Mhadows]-names for which pay is received, though there are no

Cuch men.

Fal,

Fal. Is thy name Wart?
Wart. Yea, fir.
Fal. Thou art a very ragged wart.
Shal. Shall I prick him, fir John?

Fal. It were superfluous; for his apparel is built upon his back, and the whole frame ftands upon pins : prick him no more.

Sbal. Ha, ha, ha!--you can do it, fir ; you can do it: I commend you well.- Francis fuble !

Feeble. Here, fir.
Fal. What trade art thou, Feeble ?
Feeble. A woman's taylor, fir.
Shal. Shall I prick him, sir?

Fal. You may: but if he had been a man's taylor, he would have prick'd you.—Wilt thou make as many holes in an enemy's battle, as thou hast done in a woman's petticoat ?

Feeble. I will do my good will, fir; you can have no more,

Fal. Well said, good woman's taylor! well said, courageous Feeble! Thou wilt be as valiant as the wrathful dove, or most magnanimous mouse.-Prick the woman's taylor well, master Shallow ; deep, mafter Shallow.

Feeble. I would, Wart might have gone, fir.

Fal. I would, thou wert a man's taylor ; that thou might'st mend him, and make him fit to go. I cannot put him to a private soldier, that is the leader of so many a thousands : Let that suffice, most forcible Feeble.

Feeble. It shall suffice, sir.

Fal. I am bound to thee, reverend Feeble.Who is next? Shal. Peter Bull-calf of the

green

! Fal. Yea, marry, let us see Bull-calf. b is built)-hangs hollow, as if set upon pios. in an enemy's battle,)-in an engagement, thousands :)-of lice.

Bull,

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Bull. Here, fir.

Fal. Trust me, a likely fellow !--Come, prick me Bull-calf, 'till he roar again.

Bull. Oh! good my lord captain,
Fal. What, dost thou roar before thou art prick'd?,
Bull. O lord, fir ! I am a diseas'd man.
Fal. What disease haft thou?

Bull. A whoreson cold, fir; a cough, fir; which I caught with ringing in the king's affairs, upon his coros nation day, fir.

Fal. Come, thou thalt go to the wars in a gown; we will have away thy cold; and I will take such order, that thy friends shall ring for thee.--Is here all ?

Shal. There is two more call'd than your number, you must have but four here, sir ;--and so, I pray you, go in with me to dinner.

Fal. Come, I will go drink with you, but I cannot tarry dinner. I am glad to see you, in good troch, master Shallow.

Shal. O, sir John, do you remember since we lay all night in the wind-mill in faint George's fields ?

Fal. No more of that, good master Shallow, no more of that.

Shal. Ha, it was a merry night. And is Jane Nightwork alive?

Fal. She lives, master Shallow.
Shal. She could never away with me.

Fal. Never, never : she would always say, she could pot abide master Shallow.

Shal. By the mass, I could anger her to the heart. She was then a bona-roba. Doth the hold her own well ?

Fal. Old, old, master Shallow.
Shal. Nay, the must be old; she cannot chuse but be

old;

old; certain, she's old; and had Robin Night-work by old Night-work, before I came to Clements-inn.

Sil. That's fifty-five years ago.

Shal. Ha, cousin Silence, that thou hadft Teen that that this knight and I have seen!

-Ha, fir John, said I well? Fal. We have heard the chimes at midnight, master Shallow.

Shal. That we have, that we have, that we have ; in faith, fir John, we have; our watch-word was, Hem, boys ! -Come, let's to dinner; come, let's to dinner :-0, the days that we have seen !--Come, come.

(Exeunt Falstaff, and Justices. Bull. Good master corporate Bardolph, stand my

friend; and here is four Harry ten shillings in French crowns for you. In very truth, fir, I had as lief be hang'd, fir, as go: and yet, for mine own part, sir, I do not care ; but,

rather, because I am unwilling, and, for mine own part, · have a desire to stay with my friends ; else, fir, I did not care, for mine own part, so much.

Bard. Go to; stand aside.

Moul. And good master corporal captain, for my old dame's fake, stand my friend : she has nobody to do any thing about her, when I am gone ; and she is old, and cannot help herself: you shall have 'forty, fir.

Bard. Go to ; stand aside.

Feeble. I care not ;-a man can die but once ;- we owe God a death ;-I'll ne'er bear a base mind :-an't be my destiny, fo; an’t be not, so: No man's too good to serve his prince: and, let it

go
which

way it will, he that dies this year, is quit for the next.

Bard. Well said ; thou’rt a good fellow.
Feeble. 'Faith, I'll bear no base mind.

(Re-enter Falstaff, and Justices. forty, fir}-forty shillings for my discharge also.-four too, fr.ur Harry ten filling of me too, fir,

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Fal. Come, sir, which men shall I have?
Skal. Four of which you please.

Bard. Sir, a word with you :-I have three pound to free Mouldy and Bull-calf.

Fal. Go to; well.
Sbal. Come, fir John, which four will you have ?
Fal. Do you chuse for me.

Shel. Marry then,-Mouldy, Bull-calf, Feeble, and Shadow.

Fal. Mouldy, and Bull-calf :-For you, Mouldy, stay at home still; you are past service :-and, for your part, Bull-calf,—-grow'till you come unto it; I will none of you.

Sbal. Sir John, fir John, do not yourself wrong; they are your likeliest men, and I would have you serv'd with the best. Fal. Will

you tell me, master Shallow, how to chuse a man ? Care I for the limb, the thewes, the stature, bulk and big assemblance of a man? give me the spirit, master Shallow.--Here's Wart ;--you see what a ragged appearance it is: he shall charge you, and discharge you, with the motion of a pewterer's hammer; come off, and on, swifter than he 'that gibbets-on the brewer's bucket. And this same half-fac'd fellow Shadow,-give me this man ; he presents no mark to the enemy; the foe-man may with as great aim level at the edge of a pen-knife: And, for a retreat, -how swiftly will this Feeble, the woman's taylor, run off? O, give me the spare men, and spare me the great ones.—Put me k a caliver into Wart's hand, Bardolph.

Bard. Hold, Wart, 'traverse; thus, thus, thus.
Fal. Come, manage me your caliver. So :-very well:

three pound]-finking one for himself.

8 till you are. bassemblage.

i i bat gibbets-on the brewer's bucket.)--that hangs the buckets to the yoke.

a culiver)--a fufee, a firelock. traverse ; ]-you handle it improperly.

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