Original Letters: &c. of Sir John Falstaff and His Friends; Now First Made Public by a Gentleman, a Descendant of Dame Quickly, from Genuine Manuscripts which Have Been in the Possession of the Quickly Family Near Four Hundred Years

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author; and published, 1796 - Falstaff, John, Sir (Fictitious character) - 123 pages
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Page 18 - Poins hath more colours than a jay, more abuse than a taught pie, and' for wit — the cuckow's dam may be Fool of the Court to him. I lie down at Shrewsbury out of base fear ! I melt into roods, and acres, and poles ! I tell thee what, Hal, there's not a subject in the land hath half my temperance of valour. — Did I...
Page iii - Original Letters, etc., of Sir John Falstaff and his friends, now first made public by a gentleman, a descendant of Dame Quickly, from genuine manuscripts which have been in the possession of the Quickly family near four hundred years.
Page 114 - But a' never liv'd to touch it — a' began all in a moment to sing ' Lovers all, a Madrigal '. 'Twas the only song Master Abram ever learnt out of book, and clean by heart, your Worship — and so a* sung, and smiled, and look'd askew at his own 'nose, and sung, and sung on, till his breath waxed shorter, and shorter, and shorter, and a...
Page 17 - Ha ! ha ! ha ! And dost thou think I would not offer up ten pound for thee ? yea, a hundred — more — but take heed of displeasing in thy sacrifice. Cain did bring a kid, yea, a firstling upon the altar, and the blaze ascended not. Abel did gather simple herbs, penny-royal, Hal, and mustard, a fourpenny matter, and the odour was grateful. I had ten pound for the holy offertory — mine ancient...
Page xxiv - Commoner in a jest. Robert Shallow, Esq. judgeth the hamlet of Cotswold. Doth not the name of judge horribly chill thee ? With Aaron's rod in his hand, he hath the white beard of Moses on his chin. In...
Page 19 - Was it for me to heap to thy manifold disquiets ? Was it for me to fret thee with, the advice of more enemies than thou didst already know of ? I could not take their lives, and therefore did I take their monies. I did fine them, lest they should scape...
Page 18 - I did lie down in the hope of sherking him in the rib — four drummers and a fifer did help me to the ground : — didst thou not mark how I did leer upon thee from beneath my buckler ? That Poins hath more scurrility than is in a whole flock of disquieted geese.
Page 1 - ... perpetual countenance is not unlike what thou wouldst conceit of the momentary one of the lunatic Jew, when he tumbled God's tables from the mount. He hath a quick busy gait — more of this upright Judge (perpendicular as a pikeman's weapon, Hal,) anon. I would dispatch with these Bardolph ; but the knave's hands — (I cry thee mercy) his mouth is full in preventing desertion among my recruits. An every liver among them haven't stood me in three and forty shilling, then am I a naughty escheator....
Page 110 - Let John Coomb widen the stocks — Hath he sent his bill, Davy ? Let my Cousin Silence have it for the Quorum. The County must pay it — 'tis a repair awarded for damages, damages by the rebels — in their retreat, Davy. — A new granary, and a dove-cot indeed, on my own lands, but that is nought, not awhit. — Marry, we examine — we east, and pay.
Page 8 - Thou knowest, Hal, as I am but man, I dare in some sort leer at the plate and pass, but as I have the body and blood of Christ within me, could I do it ? An I did not make an oblation of a matter of ten pound after the battle of Shrewsbury, in humble gratitude for thy safety, Hal. then am I the veriest transgressor denounced in God's code. But I'll see them damned ere I'll be charitable again. Let 'em coin the plate — let them coin the holy chalice.

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