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Pro. But love will not be spurr'd to what it Sil. A thousand more mischances than this one Thu, What says she to my face? [loaths. Have learn'd me how to brook this patiently. Pro. She says, it is a fair one.

(black. 2 Out. Come, bring her away. (her ? Thu. Nay, then the wanton lies, my face is 1 Out. Where is the gentleman that was with Pro. But pearls are fair; and the old saying is, 30ut. Being uimble footed, he hath out-run Black men are pearls in beauteous ladies' eyes. But Moyses, and Valerius, follow him. [os, Jul. 'Tistrue; such pearls 'as put out'ladies' Go ihou with her to the west end of the wood, eyes ;

There is our captain: we'll follow him that's For I had ratherwinkthan look on them.(Aside. The thieket is beset, he cannot,'scape. [fied; Thu. How likes she my discourse?

10ut.Come, I must bring you to our captain's Pro. Ill, when you talk of war. [peace ? Fear not; he bears an honourable mind, Icave: Thu. But well, when I discourse of love, and And will not use a woman lawlessly. Jul. But better, indeed, when you

hold

Sil. O Valentine, this I endure for thee! peace. '?) [Aside.

[Exeunt. Thu. What says she to my valour?

SCENE IV. Pro. 0, sir, she makes no doubt of that.

Another part of the Forest. Jul. She needs not, when she knows it cowardice.

[Aside.

Enter VALENTINE. Thu. Wbat says she to my birth?

Val. How use doth breed a habit in a man! Pro. That you are well deriv'd.in This shadowy desert, unfrequented woods, Jul.True; from a gentleman to a fool.(Aside. I better brook than flourishing peopled towns: Thu. Considers she my possessions ? Here can I sit alone, unseen of any, Pro. (, ay's and pities them.

And, to the nightingale's complaining notes, Th. Wherefore?

Tune my distresses, and record y my woes. Jul. That such an ass should owe* them. Othou that dost inhabit in my breast,

[Aside. Leave not the mansion so long tenantless; Pro. That they are out by lease.

Lest, growing ruinous, the building fall,
Jul. Here comes the duke.

And leave no memory of what it was!
Enter DUKE.

Repair me with thy presence, Silvia;
Duke. How now, sir Proteus? How now, What halloing, and what stir, is this to-day?

Thou gentle nymph,cherish thyforlorn swain!Thório? Which of you saw sir Eglamour of late?

These are my mates, that make their wills their Thu. Not I.

Have some unhappy passenger in chace: [law, Pro. Nor I.

They love me weli; yet I have much to do, Duke. Saw you my daughter?

To keep them from uncivil outrages. Pro.

Withdraw thee, Valentine; 'who's this comes Neither.

here? Duke. Why, then she's fled unto that peasant

(steps aside. And Eglamour is in her company. (Valentine;

Enter PROTEUS, SILVIA, and JULIA. "Tis true; for friar Laurence met them both,

Pro. Madam,this service I have done for you, As he in penancewander'dthrough the forest :

(Though you respect not aught your servant Him he knew well, and guess'd that it was she;.

To hazard life, and rescue you from him (doth,) But, being mask'd, he was not sure of it:

That would have forc'd your honour and your

love. Besides, she did intend confession

* (look; At Patrick's cell this even; and there she was A smaller boon than this I cannot beg,

Vonchsafe me, for my meed ||, but one fair These likelihoodsconfirm her fight from hence. And less than this, I am sure, you cannot give. Therefore, I pray you, stand not to discourse,

Val. How like a dream is this I see and hear! But niount you presently; and meet with me Upon the rising of the mountain foot" (Aled : Love, lend me patience to forbear a while.

(Aside. That leads towards Mantua, whither they are Despatch, sweet gentlemen, and follow me.

Sil. O miserable, unhappy that I am! [Exit.

Pro. Unhappy were you, madam,ere I came; Thu. Why, this it is to be a peevisht girl," | But, by my coming, I have made you happy

Sil. By thy approach thou mak'st me most That flies her fortune when it follows her:

unhappy. I'll after; more to be reveng’d'on Eglamour, Than for the love of reckless | Silvia. [Exit.

Jul. And me, when he approacheth to your Pro.And I will follow, more for Silvia's love.

presence.

[Aside. Than hate of Eglamour that goes with her.[Exit. I would have been a breakfast to the beast,

Sit. Had I been seized by a hungry lion, Jul.And I will follow more to cross that love, Rather than have false Proteus rescue me. Than hate for Silvia, that is gone forlove. (Exit. o, heaven be judge, how I love Valentine, SCENE III.

Whose life's as tender to me as my soul; Frontiers of Mantua. The Forest.

And full as much (for more there cannot be,)

I do detest false perjur'd Proteus : Enter Silvia and Out-laws. Therefore begone, solicit me no more.. [death, Out. Come, come;

Pro. What dangerous action, stood it next to Be patient, we must bring you to our captain. Would I not undergo for one calm look 3 + Foolish.

Careless. $ Sing | Reward.

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0,'tis the curse in love, and still approv'd", Jul. O, cry you mercy, sir, I have mistook ; When women cannot love where they're be. This is the riug you sent to Silvia. lov'd. [belov'd.

(Shews another ring. Sil. When Proteus, cannot love where he's Pro, But, how cam’st thou by this ring? at Read over Julia's heart, thy first best love, I gave this unto Julia.

[my depart, For whose dear sake thou didst then rend thy

Jul. And Julia herself did give it me; faith

And Julia herself hath brought it hither. Into a thousand oaths; and all those oaths Pro. How! Julia! Descended into perjury, to love me, [two, Jul.Behold her that gave aimt to all thyoathis, Thou hast no faiih left now, unless thou hadst And entertaind them deeply in her heart: And that's far worse than none; better have How oft hast thou with perjury clett the root ?

O Proteus, let this habit make thee blush ! Than plural faith, which is too much by one : Be thou asham'd, that I have took upon me Thon counterfeit to thy true friend !

Such an immodest raiment; if shame live Pro.

In love,

In a disguise of love: Who respects friend ?

It is the lesser blot, modesty finds, Sil.

All men but Proteus. Women to change their shapes, than men Pro.Nay,if the gentle spirit of moving words their minds. [heaven! were man Can no way change you to a milder form, Pro. Than men their minds? 'tis true: 0 I'll woo you like a soldier, at arms' end ; But constant, he were perfect: that one error And love you 'gainst the nature of love, force Fills him with faults; makes him run through Sil. O heaven !

[you. Inconstancy falls off, ere it begins: [all sins : Pro, I'll force thee yield to my desire. What is in Silvia's face, but I may spy

Val, Raffian, let go that rude uncivil touch; More fresh in Julia's with a constant eyes Thon friend of an ill fashion !

Val. Come, cume, a hand from either : Pro.

Valentine ! Let '

me be blest to make this happy close ? Val. Thou common friend, that's without 'Twere pity two such friends should be long faith or love,

foes. (For such is a friend now,) treacherous man! Pro. Bear witness, heaven, I have my wish Thou hast beguild my hopes; nought but Jul. And I have mine.

(for ever. mine eye

Enter Out-laws, with DUKE and THURIO. Could have persuaded me: Now I dare not say I have one friend alive ; thou would'st dis- Out.

A prize, a prize, a prize! prove me,

Pal, Forbear, I say; it is my lord the duke, Who should be trusted now, when one's right Your grace is welcoine to a man disgrac'd, Is perjur'd to the bosom? Proteus, Chand Banished Valentine. I am sorry, I must never trust thee more, Duke.

Sir Valentine! But count the world a stranger for thy sake. Thu. Yonder is Silvia ; and Silvia's mine. The private wound is deepest : 0 time, most Val. Thurio give back, or else embrace thy curst !

[worst !

death; Mongst all foes, that a friend should be the Come not within the measures of my wrath :

Pro. My shame and guilt confounds me.- Do not name Silvia thine ; if once again, Forgive me, Valentine:

if hearty sorrow Milan shall not behold thee. Here she stands, Be a sufficient ransom for offence,

Take but possession of her with a touch ;I tender it here; I do as truly suffer,

I dare thee but to breathe opon my love.As e'er I did commit.

Thu. Sir Valentine, I care not for her, I ; Val. Then I am paid;

I hold him but a fool, that will endanger And once again I do receive thee honest :- His body for a girl that loves him not: Who by repentance is not satisfied, (pleasd; I claim her not, and therefore she is thine. Is nor of heaven, nor earth ; for these are Duke. The moredegenerate and base artthou, By penitence the Eternal's wrath's appeas'd:- To make such means | for her as thou hast done, And, that my love may appear plain and free, And l ave her on such slight conditions. All that was mine in Silvia, I give thee. Now, by the honour of my ancestry, Jul. O me, unhappy!

[Faints. I do applaud tby spirit, Valentine, Pro. Look to the boy.

And thiuk thee worthy of an empress' love. Val. Why, boy! why, wag! how now? what Know then, I here forget all former griefs, is the matter?

Cancel all grudge, repeal thee home again.-Look up; speak.

Plead a new state in thy unrivall'd inerit, Jul. O good sir, my master charg'd me To which I thus subscribe,-sir Valentine, To deliver a ring to madam Silvia ;

Thou art a gentleman, and well deriv'd; [her. Which, out of my neglect was never done. Take thou thy Silvia, for thou hast deserv'd Pro. Where is that ring, boy?

Val. I thank your grace; the gift hath made Jul. Here 'ris: this is it. (Gives a ring. me happy. Pro. How! let me see:

I now beseech you, for your daughter's sake, Why this is the ring I gave to Julia.

To grant one boon that I shall ask of you. * Felt, experienced. + Direction, An allusion to cleaving the pin in archery. Length of my sword.

| Interest.

Duke. I grant it, for thine own,whate'er it be. Val. And, as we walk along, I dare be bold Val. These banish'd men, that I have kept With onr discourse to make your grace to smile: withal,

What think you of this pagé, my lord ? Are men endued with worthy qualities; Duke. I think the boy hath grace in him; Forgive them what they have cominitted he blushes. here,

Val. I warrant you, my lord; inore grace And let them be recall'd from their exile :

than boy. They are reformed, civil, full of good,

Duke. What mean you by that saying? And fit for great employment, worthy lord. Val. Please you, I'll tell you as we pass along, Duke. Thou hast prevaild: I pardon them, that you will wonder what liath fortuned.and thee;

Oome, Proteus; 'tis your penance, but to hear Dispose of them, as thou know'st their de- The story of your loves discovered : serts.

That done, our day of marriage shall be yours; Come, let us go; we will include * all jars One feast, one house, one' mutual happiness. With triumphst, mirth, and rare solemnity.

(Ereint, 1. Conclade.

1 Masks, revels.

In this play there is a strange mixture of knowledge and ignorance, of care and negligence, The versification is often excellent, the allusions are learned and jast; but the author conveys his heroes by sea from one inland town to another in the same country; he places the emperor at Milán, and sends his young men to attend him, but never mentions bim more ; he makes Protens, after an interview with Silvia, say he has only seen her picture; and, if we may credit the old copies, he bas, by mistaking places, left his scénery inextricable. The reason of all this confusion seems to be, that he took his story from a novel, which he sometimes followed, and sometimes forsook; sometimes remembered, and sometimes forgot.

That this play is rightly attributed to Slakspeare, I have little doubt. If it be taken from him, to whom shall it be given? This question may be asked of all the disputed plays, except Tutu's ANDRONICUS, and it will be found more credible, that Shakspeare might sometimes sink below his highest flights, than that any other should rise up to his lowest.

JOHNSON

MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR.

Persons represented. SIR JOHN FALStarf...

BARDOLPH, 7 PENTON.

PISTOL, followers of Falstaf.

Nem, SHALLOW, a country justice.

Rovin, page to Falstaff.
SLENDER, cousin to Shallow,

SIMPLE, servant to Slender. :
MR. FORD, ļ two gentlemen dwelling at RUGBY, servant to Dr. Caius.
MR. PAGES Windsor.
WILLIAM PAGE, a boy, son to Mr. Page.

Mrs. Ford.

MRS. PAGE, Sir Hugh Evans, a Welsh parson.

Mrs. ANNE PAGE, her daughter, in love DR. CAIUS, a French physician.

with Fenton, Host of the Garter inn,

Mrs. Quickly, servant to Dr, Caius,
Servants to PAGE, FORD, &c.
Scene,-Windsor, and the parts adjacent.

ACT 1. SCENE I. Windsor. Before Page's House. will be glad to do my benevolence, to make

atonements and compromises between you. Enter Justice SHALLOW, SLENDÉR, and

Shal. The Council 3 shall learit; it is a riot. Sir • HUGH EVANS.

Eva. It is not meet the Council hear a riot;

there is no fear of Got in a riot : the Council, Shal. Sir Hugh, persuade me not; I will look you, shall desire to hear the fear of Got, make a Star-chamber matter of it: if he were and not to hear a riot; take your vizaments li twenty sir John Falstaffs, he shall not abuse in that. Robert Shallow, esquire.

Shal. Ha! o'my life, if I were young again, Slen. In the county of Gloster, justice of the sword should end it. peace, and coram.

Eva. It is petter that frienils is the sword, Shal. Ay,cousin Slender,and Cust-alorum.t and end it: and there is also another device in

Slen. Ay, and rutolorum too; and a gen. my prain, which, peradventure, prings goot tleman born, master parson ; who writes him-discretions with it: There is Anne Page, which self armigero; in any bill, warrant, quittance, is daughter to master George Page, which is or obligation, armigero.

pretty virginity, Shal. Ay, that we do; and have done any Slen. Mistress Anne Page? She has brown time these three hundred years.

hair, and speaks small like a woman. Sien. All bis saccessors, gone before him, Eva. It is that fery verson for all the 'orld, have donet; and all his ancestors, that come as just as you will desire; and seven hundred after him, may: they may give the dozen pounds of monies, and gold and silver, is hier white laces in their coat.

grandsire, upon his death's-bed, (Got deliver Shal. It is an old coat.

to a joyful resurrections !) give, when she is Eva. The dozen white lonses do become an able to overtake seventeen years old: it were old coat well ; it agrees well, passant: it is a a goot motion, if we leave our pribbles and familiar beast to man, and signifies-love, prabbles, and desire a marriage between mas

Shal. The luce is the fresh fish; the salt fish ter Abraham and mistress Anne Page. is an old coat.

Shal. Did her grandsire leave her seven Slen. I may quarter, coz?

hundred pound? Shal. You may, by marrying.

Eva. Ay, and her father is make her a petEva. It is marring indeed, if he quarter it.

ter penny: Shal. Not a whit.

Shal. I know the young gentlewoman; she Eva. Yes, py'rt lady; if he has a quarter of has good gifts. your coat, there is but three skirts for your- Eva. Seven hundred pounds, and possibiliself, in my simple conjectures : but that is all ties, is good gifts. one: If sir John Falstaff have committed dis- Shal. Well, let us see honest master Page: paragements unto you, I am of the church, and Is Falstaff there?

• A title formerly appropriated to chaplains. + Custos Rotulorum.
By our. Court of Star-chamber. Advisement. I Soft.

Eva. Shall I tell you a lie? I do despise a Slen. Marry, sir, I have matter in my hea liar, as I do despise one that is false; or, as I against you; and against your coney-catching despise one that is not true. The knight, sir rascals, Bardolph, Nym, and Pistol. The John, is there ; and, I beseech you, be ruled carried me to the tavern, and made me drun by your well-willers. I will peat the door and afterwards picked my pocket. [knocks] for master Page. What, hoa! Got Bar. You Banbury cheese)! pless your house here!

Slen. Ay, it is no matter.
Enter PAGE.

Pist. How now, Mephostophilus ||?
Page. Who's there?

Slen. Ay, it is no matter. Eva. Here is Got's plessing, and your friend,

Nym. Slice, I say! pauca, paucal; slici and justice Shallow: and here young master

that's my huinour. Slender; that, peradventures, shall tell you

Slen. Where's Simple, my man?-can yo another tale, if matters grow to your likings. tell, cousin? Page. I am glad to see your worships well:

Eva. Peace, I pray you ! Now let us unde I thank you for my venison, master shallow. stand: There is three umpires in this matte Shal. Master Page, I am glad to see you;

as I understand that is master Page, fide Much good do it your good heart! I wished cet, master Page; and there is myself, fidelice your venison better; it was ill kill'd:-How myself; and the three party is, lastly and fina doth good mistress Page?-and I love you al- ly, mine host of the Garter. ways with my heart, la; with

my
heart.

Page. We three, to hear it, and end it b Page. Sir, I thank you.

tween them. Shal. Sir, I thank you; by yea and no, I do.

Eva. Fery goot: I will make a prief of Page. I am glad io see you, good master in my note-book; and we will afterwards’oi Slender.

upon the cause, with as great discreetly as w Slen. How does your fallow greyhound, sir? | can; I heard say, he was outrun on Cotsale *.

Fal. Pistol! Page. It could not be judg'd, sir.

Pist. He hears with ears. Slen. You'll not confess, you'll not confess,

Eva. The teyil and bis tam! what phrase i Shal. That he will not ;-'tis your fault, 'tis this, He'hears with ear? Why, it is affet your fault :—'Tis a good dog.

tations. Puge. A cur, sir,

Fal. Pistol, did you pick master Slender Shal, Sir, he's a good dog, and a fair dog ; purse? Can there be more said? he is good and fair.

Slen. Ay, by these gloves, did he, (or Is sir John Falstaff here?

would I might never come in mine own gren Páge. Sir, he is within; and I would I could chamber again else,) of seven groats in mil do a good office between you.

sixpencês, and two Edward shovel-boards * Eva. It is spoke as a christians ought to speak. that cost me two shilling and two pence a-piec Shal. He hath wrung'd me, master Page.

of Yead Miller, by these gloves. Page. Sir, he doth in some sort confess it. Fal. Is this true, Pistol? Shul. If it be confess'd, it is not redress'd;

Eva. No; it is false, if it is a pick-purse. is not that so, master Page? He hath wrong'd

Pist. Ha, thou mountain-foreigner!-S me; indeed, he hath;—at a word, he hath;

John, and master mine, believe me ;-Robert Shallow, esquire, saith, Word of denial in thy labras fi here;

I combat challenge of this latten bilbott: he is wrong'd, Page. Here comes sir John.

Word of denial; froth and scim, thon liest.

Slen. By these gloves, then, 'twas he. Enter Sir John FalstafF, BARDOLPH,

Nym. Be advised, sir, and pass good h NYM, and Pistol. mours: I will say, marry trap,

with Fal. Now, master Shallow; you'll com- you run the nüthook'sys humour on me; the plain of me to the king ?

is the very note of it. Shal. Knight, you have beaten my men, Slen. By this hat, then, he in the red fac killed my deer, and broke open my lodge.' had it: for though I cannot remember what

Fal. But not kiss'd your keeper's danghter? did when you made me drunk, yet I am un Shal. Tnt, a pin! tbis shall be answer'd. 1 altogether an ass. Fal. I will answer it straight ;-I have done Ful. What say you, Scarlet and John? all this : That is now answer'd.

Bard. Why, sir, for my part, I say, tl Shal. The Council shall know this.

gentleman had drank himself out of his tiv Fat. 'Twere better for you if it were known sentences. in counsel : you'll be laugh'd at.

Eva. It is his five senses: fie, what the i Eva. Pauca verba, sir John, good worts. norance is! Fal.Good worts + 1 good cabbage.Slender, Bard. And being fap|ll|, sir, was, as the I broke yonr bead; What matter have you say, cashier'd; and so conclusions pass'd th gainst me?

careires. . Cotswold in Gloucestershire. + Worts was the ancient name of all the cabbage kind.

Sharpers. Nothing but paring! . || The name of an ugly spirit. | Few words. ** King Edward's shillings used in the gaine of 'shuttie-boards ++ Blade as thin as a lath.

$$ If you say i am althief. Il Drunk 59 The bounds of good behaviour.

you,

II. Lips.

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