Henry IV Part 2


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Falstaff, Shallow, Silence, Davy, Bardolph,

and the Page


SHALLOW

Nay, you shall see my orchard, where, in an

arbour, we will eat a last year's pippin of my own
arbour (n.) bower, shady retreat

graffing, with a dish of caraways, and so forth – come,
caraway (n.) carraway seeds, or a delicacy containing carraway seeds
graffing (n.) grafting

cousin Silence – and then to bed.


FALSTAFF

'Fore God, you have here a goodly dwelling,

and a rich.


SHALLOW

Barren, barren, barren; beggars all, beggars

all, Sir John – marry, good air. Spread, Davy, spread,
spread (v.) 2 lay the table

Davy, well said, Davy.
said, well well done


FALSTAFF

This Davy serves you for good uses – he is

your servingman and your husband.
husband (n.) houskeeper, steward, domestic manager


SHALLOW

A good varlet, a good varlet, a very good
varlet (n.) 1 knave, rogue, rascal, ruffian

varlet, Sir John – by the mass, I have drunk too much

sack at supper – a good varlet. Now sit down, now sit
sack (n.) [type of] white wine

down – come, cousin.


SILENCE

Ah, sirrah! quoth 'a, we shall
quoth (v.) said See Topics: Frequency count
quoth a, quotha (int.) did he say?, indeed!

(sings) Do nothing but eat, and make good cheer,

And praise God for the merry year,

When flesh is cheap and females dear,

And lusty lads roam here and there,
lusty (adj.) 2 merry, cheerful, lively

So merrily,

And ever among so merrily.
ever among all the while; or: everywhere


FALSTAFF

There's a merry heart, Good Master Silence!

I'll give you a health for that anon.
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently See Topics: Frequency count
health (n.) 1 toast, salutation in drink


SHALLOW

Give Master Bardolph some wine, Davy.


DAVY

Sweet sir, sit – I'll be with you anon. Most sweet
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently See Topics: Frequency count

sir, sit; master page, good master page, sit. Proface!
proface (int.) [polite expression used to someone about to eat or drink] may it do you good, for your benefit

What you want in meat, we'll have in drink; but you
want (v.) 1 lack, need, be without See Topics: Frequency count

must bear; the heart's all.
bear (v.), past forms bore, borne 6 tolerate, endure, put up with

Exit


SHALLOW

Be merry, Master Bardolph; and, my little

soldier there, be merry.


SILENCE

(sings)

Be merry, be merry, my wife has all,

For women are shrews, both short and tall.

'Tis merry in hall, when beards wags all,
wag (v.) 3 move, stir, rouse

And welcome merry Shrovetide! Be merry, be merry.


FALSTAFF

I did not think Master Silence had been a man

of this mettle.


SILENCE

Who, I? I have been merry twice and once ere

now.

Enter Davy
leather-coat (n.) russet apple [with a rough skin]


DAVY

(to Bardolph)

There's a dish of leather-coats for

you.


SHALLOW

Davy!


DAVY

Your worship! I'll be with you straight. (to

Bardolph) A cup of wine, sir?


SILENCE

(sings)

A cup of wine that's brisk and fine,

And drink unto thee, leman mine,
leman (n.) lover, paramour, sweetheart

And a merry heart lives long-a.


FALSTAFF

Well said, Master Silence.


SILENCE

An we shall be merry, now comes in the sweet

o'th' night.


FALSTAFF

Health and long life to you, Master Silence.


SILENCE

(sings)
come, let it [drinking call] pass it round

Fill the cup, and let it come,

I'll pledge you a mile to th' bottom.
pledge (v.) drink a toast to, drink to


SHALLOW

Honest Bardolph, welcome! If thou wantest

anything and wilt not call, beshrew thy heart. (to the

Page) Welcome, my little tiny thief, and welcome indeed,

too! I'll drink to Master Bardolph, and to all the

cabileros about London.
cabilero (n.) gallant, fine fellow


DAVY

I hope to see London once ere I die.
once (adv.) 3 one day, some time


BARDOLPH

An I might see you there, Davy –


SHALLOW

By the mass, you'll crack a quart together – ha!
crack (v.) 4 drink, empty, knock back

will you not, Master Bardolph?


BARDOLPH

Yea, sir, in a pottle-pot.
pottle, pottle-pot (n.) drinking vessel containing two quarts


SHALLOW

By God's liggens, I thank thee. The knave
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count

will stick by thee, I can assure thee that; 'a will not out,
out (v.) drop out, quit

'a; 'tis true bred!


BARDOLPH

And I'll stick by him, sir.


SHALLOW

Why, there spoke a king. Lack nothing! Be

merry!

One knocks at door

Look who's at door there, ho! Who knocks?

Exit Davy


FALSTAFF

(to Silence, seeing him drink)

Why, now you

have done me right.
right, do one 1 give one satisfaction


SILENCE

(sings)

Do me right,

And dub me knight:

Samingo.
samingo (int.) [unclear meaning] type of drinking refrain [Latin ‘mingo’ = urinate]

Is't not so?


FALSTAFF

'Tis so.


SILENCE

Is't so? Why then, say an old man can do

somewhat.

Enter Davy


DAVY

An't please your worship, there's one Pistol come

from the court with news.


FALSTAFF

From the court? Let him come in.

Enter Pistol

How now, Pistol!


PISTOL

Sir John, God save you!


FALSTAFF

What wind blew you hither, Pistol?


PISTOL

Not the ill wind which blows no man to good.

Sweet knight, thou art now one of the greatest men in

this realm.


SILENCE

By'r lady, I think 'a be, but goodman Puff of

Barson.


PISTOL

Puff?

Puff i'thy teeth, most recreant coward base!
base (adj.) 2 low-born, lowly, plebeian, of lower rank See Topics: Frequency count
recreant (adj.) cowardly, faint-hearted, craven

Sir John, I am thy Pistol and thy friend,

And helter-skelter have I rode to thee,

And tidings do I bring, and lucky joys,

And golden times, and happy news of price.


FALSTAFF

I pray thee now, deliver them like a man of

this world.


PISTOL

A foutre for the world and worldlings base!
base (adj.) 2 low-born, lowly, plebeian, of lower rank See Topics: Frequency count
foutre (n.) [strong rude expression of contempt] fuck
worldling (n.) citizen of the world, world's inhabitant

I speak of Africa and golden joys.


FALSTAFF

O base Assyrian knight, what is thy news?

Let King Cophetua know the truth thereof.


SILENCE

(sings)

And Robin Hood, Scarlet, and John.


PISTOL

Shall dunghill curs confront the Helicons?

And shall good news be baffled?
baffle (v.) 2 treat shamefully, expose to ridicule

Then, Pistol, lay thy head in Furies' lap.


SILENCE

Honest gentleman, I know not your breeding.
breeding (n.) 3 ancestry, parentage, noble lineage


PISTOL

Why then, lament therefor.
therefor (adv.) therefore, for that


SHALLOW

Give me pardon, sir. If, sir, you come with

news from the court, I take it there's but two ways,

either to utter them or conceal them. I am, sir, under

the King, in some authority.


PISTOL

Under which king, Besonian? Speak, or die.
besonian, bezonian (n.) scoundrel, rogue, low fellow


SHALLOW

Under King Harry.


PISTOL

                         Harry the Fourth, or Fifth?


SHALLOW

Harry the Fourth.
foutre (n.) [strong rude expression of contempt] fuck
office (n.) 2 role, position, place, function


PISTOL

                         A foutre for thine office!

Sir John, thy tender lambkin now is King;

Harry the Fifth's the man. I speak the truth –

When Pistol lies, do this, and fig me, like
fig (v.) 1 word used along with a rude gesture [of the thumb between the first two fingers of a fist]

The bragging Spaniard.


FALSTAFF

                         What, is the old King dead?


PISTOL

As nail in door! The things I speak are just.
just (adj.) 6 truthful, honest


FALSTAFF

Away, Bardolph, saddle my horse! Master

Robert Shallow, choose what office thou wilt in the land,
office (n.) 2 role, position, place, function

'tis thine. Pistol, I will double-charge thee with dignities.
double-charge (v.) load twice over


BARDOLPH

O joyful day! I would not take a knighthood

for my fortune.


PISTOL

What, I do bring good news?


FALSTAFF

Carry Master Silence to bed. Master Shallow,

my lord Shallow – be what thou wilt – I am fortune's

steward! Get on thy boots; we'll ride all night. O sweet

Pistol! Away, Bardolph!

Exit Bardolph

Come, Pistol, utter more to me, and withal devise

something to do thyself good. Boot, boot, Master
boot (v.) 3 put on one's boots

Shallow! I know the young King is sick for me. Let us
sick (adj.) 1 longing, pining, avid

take any man's horses – the laws of England are at my

commandment. Blessed are they that have been my
commandment, commandement (n.) 1 command, instruction, order

friends, and woe to my Lord Chief Justice!


PISTOL

Let vultures vile seize on his lungs also!

‘ Where is the life that late I led?’ say they;

Why, here it is. Welcome these pleasant days!

Exeunt

 
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