Henry IV Part 2


Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Justice Shallow and Justice Silence


Come on, come on, come on! Give me your

hand, sir, give me your hand, sir! An early stirrer, by

the rood! And how doth my good cousin Silence?


Good morrow, good cousin Shallow.
morrow (n.) morning See Topics: Frequency count


And how doth my cousin your bedfellow? And

your fairest daughter and mine, my god-daughter Ellen?


Alas, a black woosel, cousin Shallow!


By yea and no, sir. I dare say my cousin

William is become a good scholar – he is at Oxford still,

is he not?


Indeed, sir, to my cost.


'A must then to the Inns o' Court shortly. I

was once of Clement's Inn, where I think they will talk

of mad Shallow yet.


You were called ‘ lusty Shallow ’ then, cousin.
lusty (adj.) 2 merry, cheerful, lively


By the mass, I was called anything, and I

would have done anything indeed too, and roundly too.
roundly (adv.) 3 smartly, briskly, directly

There was I, and little John Doit of Staffordshire, and

black George Barnes, and Francis Pickbone, and Will

Squele, a Cotsole man – you had not four such swinge-bucklers
swinge-buckler (n.) swashbuckler, swaggering ruffian

in all the Inns o' Court again. And I may say

to you, we knew where the bona-robas were, and had
bona-roba (n.) high-class prostitute, good quality bit of stuff See Topics: Italian and Spanish

the best of them all at commandment. Then was Jack
commandment, commandement (n.) 1 command, instruction, order

Falstaff, now Sir John, a boy, and page to Thomas

Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk.


This Sir John, cousin, that comes hither anon
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently See Topics: Frequency count

about soldiers?


The same Sir John, the very same. I see him

break Scoggin's head at the court gate, when 'a was a

crack, not thus high; and the very same day did I fight
crack (n.) 3 young rascal, little rogue

with one Sampson Stockfish, a fruiterer, behind Gray's

Inn. Jesu, Jesu, the mad days that I have spent! And to

see how many of my old acquaintance are dead!


We shall all follow, cousin.


Certain, 'tis certain, very sure, very sure.

Death, as the Psalmist saith, is certain to all; all shall

die. How a good yoke of bullocks at Stamford fair?
how (adv.) how much?, at what rate?
yoke (n.) 2 pair, couple, brace


By my troth, I was not there.


Death is certain. Is old Double of your town

living yet?


Dead, sir.


Jesu, Jesu, dead! 'A drew a good bow, and

dead! 'A shot a fine shoot. John o' Gaunt loved him well,

and betted much money on his head. Dead! 'A would

have clapped i'th' clout at twelve score, and carried you
carry (v.) 12 [archery] send, shoot
clap (v.) 3 enter, strike, place
clout (n.) 2 [archery] pin fixing a target, cloth patch at the centre of a target; mark, bull

a forehand shaft a fourteen and fourteen and a half,
forehand, fore-hand (adj.) 2 [archery] shooting straight ahead
shaft (n.) [long and slender] arrow

that it would have done a man's heart good to see. How
how (adv.) how much?, at what rate?

a score of ewes now?


Thereafter as they be; a score of good ewes may
thereafter as according as, depending on

be worth ten pounds.


And is old Double dead?


Here come two of Sir John Falstaff's men, as I


Enter Bardolph and one with him
morrow (n.) morning See Topics: Frequency count


Good morrow, honest gentlemen.


I beseech you, which is Justice Shallow?


I am Robert Shallow, sir, a poor esquire of
esquire (n.) 2 gentleman, country squire

this county, and one of the King's justices of the peace.

What is your good pleasure with me?


My captain, sir, commends him to you, my
commend (v.) 1 convey greetings, present kind regards See Topics: Frequency count

captain Sir John Falstaff, a tall gentleman, by heaven,
tall (adj.) 1 brave, valiant, bold

and a most gallant leader.


He greets me well, sir; I knew him a good

backsword man. How doth the good knight? May I ask
backsword (adj.) sword-like stick with a basketwork hilt, used in fencing practice

how my lady his wife doth?


Sir, pardon; a soldier is better accommodated
accommodate (v.) 1 furnish, equip

than with a wife.


It is well said, in faith, sir;, and it is well said

indeed too. ‘ Better accommodated!’ It is good, yea

indeed is it. Good phrases are surely, and ever were,

very commendable. ‘ Accommodated:’ it comes of

accommodo. Very good, a good phrase.


Pardon, sir, I have heard the word – phrase
phrase (n.) 1 phrasing, language, mode of expression

call you it? By this day, I know not the phrase, but I

will maintain the word with my sword to be a soldier-like

word, and a word of exceeding good command, by
command (n.) 1 authority, commanding power

heaven. Accommodated: that is, when a man is, as they

say, accommodated, or when a man is being whereby 'a

may be thought to be accommodated; which is an

excellent thing.


It is very just.
just (adj.) 1 accurate, exact, precise

Enter Falstaff

Look, here comes good Sir John. Give me your good

hand, give me your worship's good hand. By my troth,

you like well, and bear your years very well. Welcome,
like (v.) 6 thrive, look, do

good Sir John.


I am glad to see you well, good Master Robert

Shallow. Master Surecard, as I think?


No, Sir John, it is my cousin Silence, in

commission with me.
commission (n.) 1 warrant, authority [to act]


Good Master Silence, it well befits you should

be of the peace.


Your good worship is welcome.


Fie, this is hot weather, gentlemen. Have you

provided me here half a dozen sufficient men?
sufficient (adj.) able, capable, competent


Marry, have we, sir. Will you sit?


Let me see them, I beseech you.


Where's the roll? Where's the roll? Where's

the roll? Let me see, let me see, let me see. So, so, so,

so, so, so, so. Yea, marry, sir. Rafe Mouldy! Let them

appear as I call, let them do so, let them do so. Let me

see – where is Mouldy?

Enter Mouldy


Here, an't please you.


What think you, Sir John? A good-limbed

fellow, young, strong, and of good friends.
friend (n.) 2 relation, relative, kinsman


Is thy name Mouldy?


Yea, an't please you.


'Tis the more time thou wert used.


Ha, ha, ha! Most excellent, i'faith! Things

that are mouldy lack use! Very singular good, in faith,

well said, Sir John, very well said.


Prick him.
prick down, prick (v.) mark (down), put on a list, record in writing


I was pricked well enough before, an you could
pricked (adj.) [of wine] soured, gone off

have let me alone. My old dame will be undone now for
dame (n.) 1 woman, girl See Topics: Address forms
undo (v.) 2 bring to naught
undone (adj.) ruined, destroyed, brought down See Topics: Frequency count

one to do her husbandry and her drudgery. You need
husbandry (n.) 2 household work, chores

not to have pricked me; there are other men fitter to

go out than I.


Go to! Peace, Mouldy; you shall go, Mouldy;

it is time you were spent.
spend (v.) 1 use up, wear out, exhaust, bring to an end




Peace, fellow, peace – stand aside. Know you

where you are? For th' other, Sir John – let me see.

Simon Shadow!

Enter Shadow


Yea, marry, let me have him to sit under. He's

like to be a cold soldier.
cold (adj.) 6 calm, cool, deliberate
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably See Topics: Frequency count


Where's Shadow?


Here, sir.


Shadow, whose son art thou?


My mother's son, sir.


Thy mother's son! Like enough, and thy
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably See Topics: Frequency count

father's shadow. So the son of the female is the shadow

of the male; it is often so, indeed – but much of the

father's substance!


Do you like him, Sir John?


Shadow will serve for summer. Prick him, for

we have a number of shadows fill up the muster-book.
shadow (n.) 9 fictitious name, invented man


Thomas Wart!

Enter Wart


Where's he?


Here, sir.


Is thy name Wart?


Yea, sir.


Thou art a very ragged Wart.
ragged (adj.) 4 dressed in rags, unkempt, tattered


Shall I prick him, Sir John?


It were superfluous, for his apparel is built
apparel (n.) clothes, clothing, dress See Topics: Frequency count

upon his back, and the whole frame stands upon pins.
pin (n.) 2 peg [to hold things together]
stand upon (v.) 4 depend on, rely upon, hinge on

Prick him no more.


Ha, ha, ha! You can do it, sir, you can do it;

I commend you well. Francis Feeble!
commend (v.) 4 praise, admire, extol

Enter Feeble


Here, sir.


What trade art thou, Feeble?


A woman's tailor, sir.


Shall I prick him, sir?


You may; but if he had been a man's tailor

he'd ha' pricked you. Wilt thou make as many holes in
prick (v.) 5 dress up, deck out

an enemy's battle as thou hast done in a woman's
battle (n.) 2 battle array, war formation, ranks of soldiers



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


Well said, good woman's tailor! Well said,

courageous Feeble! Thou wilt be as valiant as the

wrathful dove or most magnanimous mouse. Prick the
magnanimous (adj.) valiant, heroic, courageous

woman's tailor well, Master Shallow; deep, Master



I would Wart might have gone, sir.


I would thou wert a man's tailor, that thou

mightst mend him and make him fit to go. I cannot put
put (v.) 6 enlist, call up [as]

him to a private soldier, that is the leader of so many

thousands. Let that suffice, most forcible Feeble.


It shall suffice, sir.


I am bound to thee, reverend Feeble. Who is
reverend (adj.) revered, worthy, respected



Peter Bullcalf o'th' green!

Enter Bullcalf


Yea, marry, let's see Bullcalf.


Here, sir.


'Fore God, a likely fellow! Come, prick Bullcalf

till he roar again.


O Lord, good my lord captain –


What, dost thou roar before thou art pricked?


O Lord, sir, I am a diseased man.


What disease hast thou?


A whoreson cold, sir, a cough, sir, which I
whoreson (adj.) [abusive intensifier, serious or jocular] bastard, wretched, vile See Topics: Swearing

caught with ringing in the King's affairs upon his

coronation day, sir.
day (n.) 3 anniversary


Come, thou shalt go to the wars in a gown.
gown (n.) 2 dressing-gown, nightgown

We will have away thy cold, and I will take such order
order, take make arrangements

that thy friends shall ring for thee. Is here all?


Here is two more called than your number.

You must have but four here, sir; and so, I pray you,

go in with me to dinner.


Come, I will go drink with you, but I cannot

tarry dinner. I am glad to see you, by my troth, Master
tarry (v.) 2 stay for, wait for, allow time for



O, Sir John, do you remember since we lay all

night in the Windmill in Saint George's Field?


No more of that, Master Shallow.


Ha, 'twas a merry night! And is Jane Nightwork



She lives, Master Shallow.


She never could away with me.
away with (v.) get on with, bear, endure


Never, never. She would always say she could

not abide Master Shallow.


By the mass, I could anger her to th' heart. She

was then a bona-roba. Doth she hold her own well?
bona-roba (n.) high-class prostitute, good quality bit of stuff See Topics: Italian and Spanish


Old, old, Master Shallow.


Nay, she must be old, she cannot choose but
choose, cannot have no alternative, cannot do otherwise See Topics: Politeness

be old, certain she's old, and had Robin Nightwork by

old Nightwork before I came to Clement's Inn.


That's fifty-five year ago.


Ha, cousin Silence, that thou hadst seen that

that this knight and I have seen! Ha, Sir John, said I



We have heard the chimes at midnight, Master



That we have, that we have, that we have! In

faith, Sir John, we have. Our watchword was ‘ Hem,
hem (int.) 1 [drinking call] make a noise like ‘ahem’; clear the throat

boys!’ Come, let's to dinner; come, let's to dinner.

Jesus, the days that we have seen! Come, come.

Exeunt Falstaff, Shallow, and Silence


Good Master Corporate Bardolph, stand my
corporate (n.) malapropism for ‘corporal’
stand (v.) 9 act as, be, hold good as

friend – and here's four Harry ten shillings in French

crowns for you. In very truth, sir, I had as lief be
very (adj.) 1 [intensifying] thorough-going, absolute

hanged, sir, as go. And yet for mine own part, sir, I do
lief, had as should like just as much See Topics: Frequency count

not care, but rather because I am unwilling, and, for

mine own part, have a desire to stay with my friends;

else, sir, I did not care, for mine own part, so much.


Go to; stand aside.


And, good Master Corporal Captain, for my old

dame's sake stand my friend. She has nobody to do
dame (n.) 1 woman, girl See Topics: Address forms
stand (v.) 9 act as, be, hold good as

anything about her when I am gone, and she is old and

cannot help herself. You shall have forty, sir.


Go to; stand aside.


By my troth, I care not; a man can die but once:

we owe God a death. I'll ne'er bear a base mind. An't,
base (adj.) 1 dishonourable, low, unworthy See Topics: Frequency count

be my destiny, so; an't be not, so. No man's too good

to serve's prince; and, let it go which way it will, he

that dies this year is quit for the next.
quit (adj.) 2 freed [from], relieved [of]


Well said; th'art a good fellow.


Faith, I'll bear no base mind.

Enter Falstaff and the Justices


Come, sir, which men shall I have?


Four of which you please.


(aside to Falstaff)

Sir, a word with you. I have

three pound to free Mouldy and Bullcalf.


Go to, well.


Come, Sir John, which four will you have?


Do you choose for me.


Marry, then, Mouldy, Bullcalf, Feeble, and



Mouldy and Bullcalf: for you, Mouldy, stay at

home till you are past service; and for your part,

Bullcalf, grow till you come unto it. I will none of you.
come to (v.) achieve, attain, arrive at


Sir John, Sir John, do not yourself wrong:

they are your likeliest men, and I would have you served

with the best.


Will you tell me, Master Shallow, how to

choose a man? Care I for the limb, the thews, the
thews (n.) muscles, sinews, bodily strength

stature, bulk, and big assemblance of a man? Give me
assemblance (n.) appearance, display, composition

the spirit, Master Shallow. Here's Wart; you see what

a ragged appearance it is. 'A shall charge you, and
charge (v.) 9 load [a gun]

discharge you, with the motion of a pewterer's hammer,
discharge (v.) 5 fire [a gun]
pewterer (n.) maker of pewter utensils

come off and on swifter than he that gibbets on the
gibbet (v.) [unclear meaning] hang [as on a gibbet]

brewer's bucket. And this same half-faced fellow
bucket (n.) beam, yoke [for hoisting or carrying]
half-faced (adj.) 1 thin-faced, with a pinched look

Shadow; give me this man: he presents no mark to the

enemy – the foeman may with as great aim level at the
aim (n.) 2 target, object, goal
level at (v.) 1 aim for, have as a target

edge of a penknife. And for a retreat, how swiftly will

this Feeble the woman's tailor run off! O, give me the

spare men, and spare me the great ones. Put me a caliver
caliver (n.) type of lightweight musket See Topics: Weapons
spare (adj.) 2 lean, thin, gaunt

into Wart's hand, Bardolph.


Hold, Wart, traverse. Thas! Thas! Thas!
traverse (v.) 2 [unclear meaning] take aim, about turn


Come, manage me your caliver. So, very well!
manage (v.) 1 wield, handle, use

Go to, very good! Exceeding good! O, give me always
exceeding (adv.) exceedingly, extremely, very

a little, lean, old, chopped, bald shot. Well said, i'faith!
chopped, chopt (adj.) 2 dried up, fissured, cracked
said, well well done
shot (n.) 2 armed soldier, gunner, marksman

Wart, th'art a good scab. Hold, there's a tester for thee.
scab (n.) scurvy fellow, scoundrel, villain
tester, testril (n.) sixpenny piece See Topics: Money


He is not his craft's master; he doth not do it

right. I remember at Mile End Green, when I lay at
lie (v.) 1 live, dwell, reside, lodge

Clement's Inn – I was then Sir Dagonet in Arthur's

show – there was a little quiver fellow, and 'a would
quiver (adj.) nimble, quick, active
show (n.) 2 spectacle, display, ceremony

manage you his piece thus, and 'a would about, and
manage (v.) 1 wield, handle, use
piece (n.) 7 cannon, piece of artillery, fire-arm

about, and come you in, and come you in, ‘ Rah, tah,
come in (v.) 1 approach, move towards

tah!’ would 'a say. ‘ Bounce!’ would 'a say. And away

again would 'a go, and again would 'a come. I shall

ne'er see such a fellow.


These fellows will do well, Master Shallow.

God keep you, Master Silence; I will not use many

words with you. Fare you well, gentlemen both; I thank

you. I must a dozen mile tonight. Bardolph, give the

soldiers coats.
coat (n.) 2 coat-of-mail, surcoat


Sir John, the Lord bless you! God prosper

your affairs! God send us peace! At your return, visit

my house; let our old acquaintance be renewed.

Peradventure I will with ye to the court.


'Fore God, would you would.


Go to; I have spoke at a word. God keep you!
word, at a 1 in a word, once and for all, in short See Topics: Discourse markers


Fare you well, gentle gentlemen.
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count

Exeunt Shallow and Silence

On, Bardolph, lead the men away.

Exeunt Bardolph and the recruits

As I return, I will fetch off these justices. I do see the
fetch off (v.) 3 fleece, trick, get the better of

bottom of Justice Shallow. Lord, Lord, how subject we

old men are to this vice of lying! This same starved
starved (adj.) 3 scrawny, lean, emaciated

justice hath done nothing but prate to me of the wildness
prate (v.) prattle, chatter, blather See Topics: Frequency count

of his youth, and the feats he hath done about Turnbull

Street, and every third word a lie, duer paid to the
due (adv.) duly, dutifully, fully

hearer than the Turk's tribute. I do remember him at

Clement's Inn, like a man made after supper of a

cheese-paring. When 'a was naked, he was for all the

world like a forked radish, with a head fantastically

carved upon it with a knife. 'A was so forlorn that his
forlorn (adj.) 2 meagre, puny, scrawny

dimensions to any thick sight were invincible. 'A was
thick (adj.) 2 dull, dim, poor

the very genius of famine, yet lecherous as a monkey,
genius (n.) 1 soul, spirit, being

and the whores called him mandrake. 'A came ever in
mandrake (n.) 2 variety of poisonous plant [whose long forked root was thought to resemble a man's legs and private parts; thus, with aphrodisiac properties]

the rearward of the fashion, and sung those tunes to the
rearward of, in the (prep.) in the rear of, following on behind

overscutched housewives that he heard the carmen
carman (n.) carter, carrier, wagoner
housewife, huswife (n.) [pron: 'husif] hussy, wanton, minx
overscutched (adj.) [unclear meaning] well-beaten, often whipped

whistle, and sware they were his fancies or his good-nights.
fancy (n.) 8 impromptu composition, musical invention
good-night, good night (n.) 1 night-time serenade

And now is this Vice's dagger become a squire,
vice (n.) 1 (usually capitalized) buffoon, stage jester See Topics: Contemporary figures, factual and fictitious

and talks as familiarly of John o' Gaunt as if he had

been sworn brother to him, and I'll be sworn 'a ne'er
brother, sworn companion-in-arms, devoted friend

saw him but once in the tilt-yard, and then he burst his
burst (v.) 2 crack, split open
tilt-yard (n.) tournament ground

head for crowding among the marshal's men. I saw it

and told John o' Gaunt he beat his own name, for you

might have thrust him and all his apparel into an
apparel (n.) clothes, clothing, dress See Topics: Frequency count

eel-skin – the case of a treble hautboy was a mansion for
case (n.) 9 holder, covering, receptacle
hautboy (n.) type of musical instrument; oboe See Topics: Stage directions

him, a court. And now has he land and beefs. Well, I'll
beefs (n.) fat cattle, oxen

be acquainted with him if I return, and't shall go hard

but I will make him a philosopher's two stones to me. If
philosopher's two stones two hypothetical means of (i) giving eternal youth and (ii) turning base metals into gold

the young dace be a bait for the old pike, I see no
dace (n.) type of small fish, used as a bait

reason in the law of nature but I may snap at him. Let
reason (n.) 6 alternative, choice, possibility

time shape, and there an end.


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