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Henry IV, Part 1

Henry IV, Part 1 Translation Act 4, Scene 2

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Enter FALSTAFF and BARDOLPH

FALSTAFF

Bardolph, get thee before to Coventry. Fill me a bottleof sack. Our soldiers shall march through. We’ll to Sutton Coldfield tonight.

FALSTAFF

Bardolph, go ahead of me to Coventry and get me a bottle of wine. Our soldiers will keep marching but we'll go to Sutton Coldfield tonight.

BARDOLPH

Will you give me money, captain?

BARDOLPH

Will you give me money for it, captain?

FALSTAFF

Lay out, lay out.

FALSTAFF

Pay for it yourself.

BARDOLPH

This bottle makes an angel.

BARDOLPH

That will make me an angel.

FALSTAFF

An if it do, take it for thy labor. An if it make twenty, take them all. I’ll answer the coinage. Bid my lieutenant Peto meet me at town’s end.

FALSTAFF

Well if it does, then keep it for your trouble. Even if it earns you twenty shillings, then keep them all, I can pay you for it. Tell my lieutenant Peto to meet me at the edge of the town.

BARDOLPH

I will, captain. Farewell.

BARDOLPH

I will, captain. Goodbye then.

Exit BARDOLPH

FALSTAFF

If I be not ashamed of my soldiers, I am a soused gurnet. I have misused the King’s press damnably. I havegot, in exchange of a hundred and fifty soldiers, threehundred and odd pounds. I press me none but good householders, yeomen’s sons; inquire me out contracted bachelors, such as had been asked twice on the banns; such a commodity of warm slaves—as had as lief hear the devil as a drum, such as fear the report of a caliver worse than a struck fowl or a hurt wild duck. I pressed me none but such toasts-and-butter, with hearts in theirbellies no bigger than pins' heads, and they have bought out their services, and now my whole charge consists of ancients, corporals, lieutenants, gentlemen of companies— slaves as ragged as Lazarus in the painted cloth, where the glutton’s dogs licked his sores; and such as indeed were never soldiers, but discarded, unjust servingmen, younger sons to younger brothers, revolted tapsters, and ostlers tradefallen, the cankers of a calm world and a long peace, ten times more dishonorable-ragged than an old feazed ancient; and suchhave I to fill up the rooms of them that have bought out their services, that you would think that I had a hundred and fifty tattered prodigals lately come from swine-keeping, from eating draff and husks. A mad fellowmet me on the way and told me I had unloaded all the gibbets and pressed the dead bodies. No eye hath seen such scarecrows. I’ll not march through Coventry with them, that’s flat. Nay, and the villains march wide betwixt the legs as if they had gyves on, for indeed I had the most of them out of prison. There’s not a shirt and a half in all my company, and the half shirt is two napkins tacked together and thrown over the shoulders like a herald’s coat without sleeves; and the shirt, to say the truth, stolen from my host at Saint Albans or the red-nose innkeeper of Daventry. But that’s all one; they’ll find linen enough on every hedge.

FALSTAFF

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Enter PRINCE HENRY and Lord WESTMORELAND

PRINCE HENRY

How now, blown Jack? How now, quilt?

PRINCE HENRY

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FALSTAFF

What, Hal, how now, mad wag? What a devil dost thou in Warwickshire?—My good Lord of Westmoreland, I cry you mercy: I thought your Honor had already been at Shrewsbury.

FALSTAFF

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WESTMORELAND

Faith, Sir John, ’tis more than time that I were there and you too, but my powers are there already. The King, I can tell you, looks for us all. We must away all night.

WESTMORELAND

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FALSTAFF

Tut, never fear me. I am as vigilant as a cat to steal cream.

FALSTAFF

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PRINCE HENRY

I think to steal cream indeed, for thy theft hath already made thee butter. But tell me, Jack, whose fellows are these that come after?

PRINCE HENRY

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FALSTAFF

Mine, Hal, mine.

FALSTAFF

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PRINCE HENRY

I did never see such pitiful rascals.

PRINCE HENRY

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FALSTAFF

Tut, tut, good enough to toss; food for powder, food for powder. They’ll fill a pit as well as better. Tush, man, mortal men, mortal men.

FALSTAFF

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WESTMORELAND

Ay, but, Sir John, methinks they are exceeding poor andbare, too beggarly.

WESTMORELAND

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FALSTAFF

Faith, for their poverty, I know not where they had that, and for their bareness, I am sure they never learned that of me.

FALSTAFF

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PRINCE HENRY

No, I’ll be sworn, unless you call three fingers in theribs bare. But, sirrah, make haste. Percy is already inthe field.

PRINCE HENRY

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Exit PRINCE.

FALSTAFF

What, is the King encamped?

FALSTAFF

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WESTMORELAND

He is, Sir John. I fear we shall stay too long.

WESTMORELAND

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FALSTAFF

Well,To the latter end of a fray and the beginning of a feastFits a dull fighter and a keen guest.

FALSTAFF

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About the Translator: Lani Strange

Lani is currently studying for an MA in Shakespeare Studies at King's College London and Shakespeare's Globe. She has a BA in English and Latin Literature from the University of Warwick and worked as a Teacher of Drama for a year in between her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. She has a love for all things theatrical and spends all of her free time either watching theatre or taking part in it herself.