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Before God, I am exceeding weary.

Prince Hal
Before God, I am exceeding weary.
Is ’t come to that? I had thought weariness durst
not have attached one of so high blood.
Prince Hal
Faith, it does me, though it discolors the complexion
of my greatness to acknowledge it. Doth it
not show vilely in me to desire small beer?

I do now remember the poor creature small beer.
But indeed these humble considerations make
me out of love with my greatness.

Why, a prince should not be so loosely studied
as to remember so weak a composition.
Prince Hal
Belike then my appetite was not princely got,
for, by my troth, I do now remember the poor
creature small beer. But indeed these humble considerations
make me out of love with my greatness.
What a disgrace is it to me to remember thy name,
or to know thy face tomorrow, or to take note how
many pair of silk stockings thou hast—with these,
and those that were thy peach-colored ones—or to
bear the inventory of thy shirts, as, one for superfluity
and another for use. But that the tennis-court
keeper knows better than I, for it is a low ebb of
linen with thee when thou keepest not racket there,
as thou hast not done a great while, because the rest
of the low countries have made a shift to eat up thy
holland; and God knows whether those that bawl
out the ruins of thy linen shall inherit His kingdom;
but the midwives say the children are not in the
fault, whereupon the world increases and kindreds
are mightily strengthened.
How ill it follows, after you have labored so
hard, you should talk so idly! Tell me, how many
good young princes would do so, their fathers being
so sick as yours at this time is?
Prince Hal
Shall I tell thee one thing, Poins?
Yes, faith, and let it be an excellent good thing.
Prince Hal
It shall serve among wits of no higher breeding
than thine.
Go to. I stand the push of your one thing that
you will tell.
Prince Hal
Marry, I tell thee it is not meet that I should be
sad, now my father is sick—albeit I could tell to
thee, as to one it pleases me, for fault of a better, to
call my friend, I could be sad, and sad indeed too.
Very hardly, upon such a subject.
Prince Hal
By this hand, thou thinkest me as far in the
devil’s book as thou and Falstaff for obduracy and
persistency. Let the end try the man. But I tell thee,
my heart bleeds inwardly that my father is so sick;
and keeping such vile company as thou art hath in
reason taken from me all ostentation of sorrow.
The reason?
Prince Hal
What wouldst thou think of me if I should weep?
I would think thee a most princely hypocrite.
Prince Hal
It would be every man’s thought, and thou art
a blessed fellow to think as every man thinks. Never
a man’s thought in the world keeps the roadway
better than thine. Every man would think me an
hypocrite indeed. And what accites your most worshipful
thought to think so?
Why, because you have been so lewd and so
much engraffed to Falstaff.
Prince Hal
And to thee.
By this light, I am well spoke on. I can hear it
with mine own ears. The worst that they can say of
me is that I am a second brother, and that I am a
proper fellow of my hands; and those two things, I
confess, I cannot help.

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