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Falstaffs Lament Over Prince Hal Become Henry V

 One that I cherished,
Yea, loved as a son - 
Up early, up late with,
My promising one:
No use in good nurture,
None, lads, none!

Here on this settle
He wore the true crown,
King of good fellows,
And Fat Jack was one - 
Now, Beadle of England
In formal array - 
Best fellow alive
On a throne flung away!

Companions and cronies
Keep fast and lament; - 
Come, drawer, more sack here
To drown discontent;
For now intuitions
Shall wither to codes,
Pragmatized morals
Shall libel the gods.
One I instructed, Yea, talked to -alone: Precept -example Clean away thrown! Sorrow makes thirsty: Sack, drawer, more sack! - One that I prayed for, I, Honest Jack! To bring down these grey hairs - To cut his old pal! But, I'll be magnanimous - Here's to thee Hal!

by Herman Melville
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