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Henry IV, Part 2

Henry IV, Part 2 Translation Act 5, Scene 5

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Enter two GROOMS, strewing rushes

FIRST GROOM

More rushes, more rushes.

FIRST GROOM

More rushes, more rushes. 

SECOND GROOM

The trumpets have sounded twice.

SECOND GROOM

The trumpets have already been blown twice. 

FIRST GROOM

'Twill be two o'clock ere they come from the coronation.Dispatch, dispatch.

FIRST GROOM

It will be two o'clock before they get here from the coronation. Hurry up and finish. Hurry. 

Exeunt

Enter FALSTAFF, SHALLOW, PISTOL, BARDOLPH, and PAGE

FALSTAFF

Stand here by me, Master Robert Shallow. I will make the King do you grace. I will leer upon him as he comes by,and do but mark the countenance that he will give me.

FALSTAFF

Stand here next to me, Master Robert Shallow. I will make the King give you his approval. I will look at him charmingly as he walks past us, and just wait for the face he will make back at me. 

PISTOL

God bless thy lungs, good knight!

PISTOL

God bless your words, good knight!

FALSTAFF

Come here, Pistol, stand behind me. [to SHALLOW ] O, if I had had time to have made new liveries, I would have bestowed the thousand pound I borrowed of you. But ’tisno matter. This poor show doth better. This doth infer thezeal I had to see him.

FALSTAFF

Come here, Pistol, stand behind me.

[To SHALLOW]
Oh, if I had had the time to make us new uniforms, I would have used that thousand pounds I borrowed from you. But, it doesn't matter. It's better that we look poor—it shows how eager I was to see him.

SHALLOW

It doth so.

SHALLOW

Yes, it does. 

FALSTAFF

It shows my earnestness of affection—

FALSTAFF

It shows him how serious my feelings are for him—

SHALLOW

It doth so.

SHALLOW

It does.

FALSTAFF

My devotion—

FALSTAFF

My devotion—

SHALLOW

It doth, it doth, it doth.

SHALLOW

It does, it does, it does. 

FALSTAFF

As it were, to ride day and night, and not to deliberate, notto remember, not to have patience to shift me—

FALSTAFF

The truth is, we rode all day and all night, not considering our plan, not thinking of stopping, not even having the time to change my shirt—

SHALLOW

It is best, certain.

SHALLOW

It will look good, that's for certain.

FALSTAFF

But to stand stained with travel and sweating with desire to see him, thinking of nothing else, putting all affairs else in oblivion, as if there were nothing else to be done but to see him.

FALSTAFF

We will stand there, dirty from our journey and sweating with our desire to see him. We couldn't think of anything else, all other matters were ignored, our only concern was seeing him.

PISTOL

'Tis semper idem , for obsque hoc nihil est ;’tis all in every part.

PISTOL

It is all the same, for there is nothing apart from this. Nothing else is important.

SHALLOW

'Tis so indeed.

SHALLOW

That's true indeed. 

PISTOL

My knight, I will inflame thy noble liver, and make thee rage. Thy Doll and Helen of thy noble thoughts is in base durance and contagious prison, Haled thither by most mechanical and dirty hand. Rouse up revenge from ebon den with fell Alecto’s snake, for Doll is in. Pistol speaksnought but truth.

PISTOL

My knight, I am going to stir up your noble liver, and make you angry. Your Doll, the mistress of your noble thoughts, has been imprisoned in a dirty and infected jail—hauled there by an unemotional and dirty hand. Summon up revenge from the deepest pit of your stomach, and release the snakes of hell. For Doll is in prison. Pistol only speaks the truth. 

FALSTAFF

I will deliver her.

FALSTAFF

I will set her free.

Shouts within, and the trumpets sound

PISTOL

There roared the sea, and trumpet-clangor sounds.

PISTOL

That was the sea roaring. The blaring trumpets have sounded. 

Enter PRINCE HENRY and his train, the Lord CHIEF JUSTICE among them

FALSTAFF

God save thy Grace, King Hal, my royal Hal.

FALSTAFF

God save your Grace, King Hal, my royal Hal. 

PISTOL

The heavens thee guard and keep, most royal imp of fame!

PISTOL

May the heavens look after you, you royal child of fame!

FALSTAFF

God save thee, my sweet boy!

FALSTAFF

God save you, my sweet boy!

KING

My Lord Chief Justice, speak to that vain man.

KING

My Lord Chief Justice, speak to that foolish man. 

CHIEF JUSTICE

[to FALSTAFF] Have you your wits? Know you what ’tis to speak?

CHIEF JUSTICE

[To FALSTAFF] Are you out of your mind? Do you know what you are saying?

FALSTAFF

My King, my Jove, I speak to thee, my heart!

FALSTAFF

My King, my Jupiter, I am speaking to you, my dear one!

KING

I know thee not, old man. Fall to thy prayers. How ill white hairs become a fool and jester. I have long dreamt of such a kind of man, So surfeit-swelled, so old, and so profane; But being awaked, I do despise my dream. Make less thy body hence, and more thy grace; Leave gormandizing. Know the grave doth gape For thee thrice wider than for other men. Reply not to me with a fool-born jest. Presume not that I am the thing I was, For God doth know—so shall the world perceive— That I have turned away my former self. So will I those that kept me company. When thou dost hear I am as I have been, Approach me, and thou shalt be as thou wast, The tutor and the feeder of my riots. Till then I banish thee, on pain of death, As I have done the rest of my misleaders, Not to come near our person by ten mile. For competence of life I will allow you, That lack of means enforce you not to evils. And, as we hear you do reform yourselves, We will, according to your strengths and qualities, Give you advancement. [to CHIEF JUSTICE ] Be it your charge, my lord, To see performed the tenor of my word.— [To the attendants] Set on.

KING

I don't know you, old man. Fall to your knees and pray. White hair doesn't suit a fool and a clown like you. I have dreamed about a man like you for a long tim—ridiculously swollen, old, and so foul. But now that I am awake, I hate that dream. Lose some weight and find some manners instead; stop eating so much. You know that your grave is going to have to be three times wider than other men's. And don't reply to me with some kind of foolish joke, because I am not the man I was before. For God knows—and the whole world will soon realize—that I have left behind my previous life. And so I will also leave behind the people I knew in that life. If you ever hear that I have gone back to my old ways, then come and find me. You will be like you were before—my teacher and the inspiration of my rebellious ways. But until then, I banish you, on pain of death, and you must not come within ten miles of me—this is the same warning I have given to the other men who have misled me. I will give you just enough money to live on, so that you won't be tempted to do bad things. And, if we hear that you have changed your ways, we will give you the honors that your strengths and qualities deserve. 

[To CHIEF JUSTICE] It is up to you to make sure that this order is carried out.

[To the attendants] Let's go.

Exeunt PRINCE HENRY, the CHIEF JUSTICE, and the attendants.

FALSTAFF

Master Shallow, I owe you a thousand pound.

FALSTAFF

Master Shallow, I owe you a thousand pounds.

SHALLOW

Yea, marry, Sir John, which I beseech you to let me havehome with me.

SHALLOW

Yes, indeed, Sir John. And I would like to take the money home with me.

FALSTAFF

That can hardly be, Master Shallow. Do not you grieve at this. I shall be sent for in private to him. Look you, he must seem thus to the world. Fear not your advancements. I will be the man yet that shall make you great.

FALSTAFF

You can't do that, Master Shallow. Don't worry about this. He will want to talk to me in private—this is just how he has to act in front of everyone else. Don't worry about your own future, I will still be the man who will make you great.

SHALLOW

I cannot well perceive how, unless you should give me your doublet and stuff me out with straw. I beseech you, good Sir John, let me have five hundred of my thousand.

SHALLOW

I don't know how you plan on doing that, unless you let me wear your jacket and stuff it full of straw. Please, good Sir John, can I just have five pounds out of that thousand?

FALSTAFF

Sir, I will be as good as my word. This that you heard wasbut a color.

FALSTAFF

Sir, I will be as good as my word. Everything you just heard is simply a color, just a pretense.

SHALLOW

A color that I fear you will die in, Sir John.

SHALLOW

A collar that I am scared will kill you, Sir John.

FALSTAFF

Fear no colors. Go with me to dinner.—Come, LieutenantPistol.—Come, Bardolph.—I shall be sent for soon at night.

FALSTAFF

Don't be afraid of any collars. Come on, let's go and have lunch. Come on, Lieutenant Pistol. Come on, Bardolph. He will send for me soon in the evening.

Enter the Lord CHIEF JUSTICE and Prince John of LANCASTER; officers with them

CHIEF JUSTICE

Go, carry Sir John Falstaff to the Fleet.Take all his company along with him.

CHIEF JUSTICE

Go on, take Sir John Falstaff to prison and take all of his friends with him as well.

FALSTAFF

My lord, my lord—

FALSTAFF

My lord, my lord—

CHIEF JUSTICE

I cannot now speak. I will hear you soon.—Take them away.

CHIEF JUSTICE

I can't speak to you now. I will hear what you have to say soon enough. Take them away.

PISTOL

Si fortune me tormenta, spero me contenta.

PISTOL

If my fortunes torment me, then hope contents me.

Exeunt all but Prince John of LANCASTER andthe CHIEF JUSTICE

LANCASTER

I like this fair proceeding of the King’s. He hath intent his wonted followers Shall all be very well provided for, But all are banished till their conversations Appear more wise and modest to the world.

LANCASTER

I like how the King has handled this situation. He has made sure that his old followers will be looked after and provided for, but he has banished them until they can act with the intelligence and modesty they need to have in this world.

CHIEF JUSTICE

And so they are.

CHIEF JUSTICE

That he has.

LANCASTER

The King hath called his parliament, my lord.

LANCASTER

The King has assembled his parliament, my lord.

CHIEF JUSTICE

He hath.

CHIEF JUSTICE

He has. 

LANCASTER

I will lay odds that, ere this year expire, We bear our civil swords and native fire As far as France: I beard a bird so sing, Whose music, to my thinking, pleased the King. Come, will you hence?

LANCASTER

I bet that before this year is over, we will have tried to invade France. I heard a bird singing about it, and I noticed that the King liked hearing that song. Come on, will you go with me?

Exeunt

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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.