1. librarysleevefacing:

Photo by the Robinson Music Library at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

I will never, ever tire of librarysleevefacing.

    librarysleevefacing:

    Photo by the Robinson Music Library at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

    I will never, ever tire of librarysleevefacing.

  2. FALSTAFF
    God save thy grace, King Hal! my royal Hal!

    PISTOL
    The heavens thee guard and keep, most royal imp of fame!

    FALSTAFF
    God save thee, my sweet boy!

    KING HENRY IV
    My lord chief-justice, speak to that vain man.

    LORD CHIEF-JUSTICE
    Have you your wits? know you what ‘tis to speak?

    FALSTAFF
    My king! my Jove! I speak to thee, my heart!

    KING HENRY V
    I know thee not, old man: fall to thy prayers;
    How ill white hairs become a fool and jester!

    — Hal’s final repudiation of Falstaff, from Henry IV: Part II, V.v. [single tear]

  3. But to say I know more harm in him than in myself,
    were to say more than I know. That he is old, the
    more the pity, his white hairs do witness it; but
    that he is, saving your reverence, a whoremaster,
    that I utterly deny. If sack and sugar be a fault,
    God help the wicked! if to be old and merry be a
    sin, then many an old host that I know is damned: if
    to be fat be to be hated, then Pharaoh’s lean kine
    are to be loved. No, my good lord; banish Peto,
    banish Bardolph, banish Poins: but for sweet Jack
    Falstaff, kind Jack Falstaff, true Jack Falstaff,
    valiant Jack Falstaff, and therefore more valiant,
    being, as he is, old Jack Falstaff, banish not him
    thy Harry’s company, banish not him thy Harry’s
    company: banish plump Jack, and banish all the world.

    — Falstaff pleads for clemency from his beloved Hal. He is pathetic here—both of them know how lecherous and greedy and legitimately harmful he is—but what’s also apparent is just how much he loves Hal. It’s heartbreaking. From Henry IV: Part I, II.iv.