Act 1 - Scene 2
London. An apartment of the Prince's.
Enter the PRINCE OF WALES and FALSTAFF
Now, Hal, what time of day is it, lad?
Thou art so fat-witted, with drinking of old sack
and unbuttoning thee after supper and sleeping upon
after noon, that thou hast forgotten to
demand that truly which thou wouldst truly know.
What a devil hast
thou to do with the time of the
day? Unless hours were cups of sack and minutes
capons and clocks the
tongues of bawds and dials the
signs of leaping-houses and the blessed sun himself
a fair hot wench in
flame-coloured taffeta, I see no
reason why thou shouldst be so superfluous to demand
the time of the
Indeed, you come near me now, Hal; for we that take
purses go by the moon and the seven stars, and
by Phoebus, he,'that wandering knight so fair.' And,
I prithee, sweet wag, when thou art king, as, God
thy grace, majesty I should say, for grace
thou wilt have none,
No, by my troth, not so much as will serve to
prologue to an egg and butter.
Well, how then? come, roundly, roundly.
Marry, then, sweet wag, when thou art king, let not
us that are squires of the night's body be called
of the day's beauty: let us be Diana's
foresters, gentlemen of the shade, minions of the
moon; and let men
say we be men of good government,
being governed, as the sea is, by our noble and
chaste mistress the
moon, under whose countenance we steal.
Thou sayest well, and it holds well too; for the
fortune of us that are the moon's men doth ebb and
like the sea, being governed, as the sea is,
by the moon. As, for proof, now: a purse of gold
snatched on Monday night and most
dissolutely spent on Tuesday morning; got with
swearing 'Lay by' and
spent with crying 'Bring in;'
now in as low an ebb as the foot of the ladder
and by and by in as high a flow
as the ridge of the gallows.
By the Lord, thou sayest true, lad. And is not my
hostess of the tavern a most sweet wench?
As the honey of Hybla, my old lad of the castle. And
is not a buff jerkin a most sweet robe of durance?
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