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Slen. Ay, you spake in Latia then too; but Slen. I hope, sir,-I will do, as it shall be* tis no matter: I'll ne'er be drunk whilst I come one that would do reason.

live again, but in honest, civil, godly company, Eva. Nay, Got's lords and his ladies, you

for this trick: if I be drunk, I'll be drunk must speak possitable, if you can carry her ut with those that have the fear of God, and not your desires towards her. with drunken knaves.

Shul. That you must: Will you, upon good Era. So Got ’udge me, that is a virtuous dowry, marry her? mind.

Slen. I will do a greater thing than that, Fal. You hear all these matters denied, gen- upon your request, cousin, in any reason. tlemen; you hear it.

Shal. Nay, conceive me, conceive me, sweet

coz; what I do, is to pleasure you, coz: Can Enter Mistress Anne PAGE, with wine ;

you love the maid? Mistress Ford and Mistress Page foi- Slen. I will marry her, sir, at your request;

but if there be no great love in the beginning, Page. Nay, daughter, carry the wine in; yet heaven may decrease it upon better acwe'll drink within.

[Exit ANNE PAGE. quaintance, when we are married, and have Slen. O heaven! this is mistress Anne Page. more occasion to know one another: I hope, Page. How now, mistress Ford ?

upon familiarity will grow more contempt : Pal

. Mistress Ford, by my troth, you are but if you say, marry her, I will marry her, very well met: by your leave, good mistress. that I am freely dissolved, and dissolutely.

(kissing her.

Eva. It is a fery discretion answer; saye, Page.Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome:- the faul is in the 'ort dissolutely: the 'ort is, Come, we have a hot venison pasty to dinner; according to our meaning, resolutely ;-his come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down meaning is good. al unkindness.

Shal. Ay, I think my consin meant well. (Exeunt all but SHAL. SLEND. and Evans. Slen. Ay, or else I would I might be hanged,

Slen. I had rather than forty shillings I had la. my book of songs and sonnets here:

Re-enter ANNE PAGE.

Shol. Here comes fsir mistress Anne :1.4 How now, Simple! where have you been? I Would I were young, for yonr sake, mistress

must wait on myself, must I? You have not Anne ! * The Book of Riddles about you, have you?

Anne. The dinner is on the table; my faSim. Book of Riddles! why, did you not ther desires your worships' company. bi Send it to Alice Shortcake upon Allhallowmas Shal. I will wait on him, fair mistress Anne. last, a fortnight afore Michaelmas ?

Eva. Od's plessed will! I will not be ab. Shal. Come, coz; come, coz;. we stay for sence at the grace. you. Aword with you, coz; marry, this, coz;

(Exeunt Shallow and Sir H. Evans. There is

, as 'twere, a tender, a kind of tender, Anne. Will't please your worship to come made afar off by sir Hugh here;-Do you un in, sir?

Slen. No, I thank you, forsooth, heartily; Slen. Ay, sir, yon shall find me reasonable; I am very well. page if it be so, I shali do that that is reason. Anne. The dinner attends you, sir. Shal. Nay, but understand me.

Slen. I am not a-hungry, I thank you, forSlen. So I do, sir.

sooth : Go, sirrah, for all you are my man, go, Eta. Give ear to his motions, master Slen- wait upon my cousin Shallow: [Exit SIMPLR. der: I will description the matter to you, if A justice of peace sometime may be beholden you be capacity of it:

to his friend for a man :- I keep but three men Slen. Nay, I will do as my cousin Shallow and a boy yet, till my mother be dead : But Hays: I pray you, pardon me; hi's a justice what though? yet I live like a poor gentleman peace in his country, simple though I stand born.

Anne. I may not go in without your worEva. Bat this is not the question; the ques- ship: they will not sit, till yon come. too is concerning your marriage.

Šten. I'faith, I'll eat nothing; I thank you Shal. Ay, there's the point, sir.

as much as though I did. Eva. Marry, is it; the very point of it; to Anne. I pray you, sir, walk in. mistress Anne Page.

Slen. I had rather walk liere, I thank you : Slen. Why, if it be so, I will marry her, I bruised my shin the other day with playing pon any reasonable demands.

at sword and dagger with a master of fence, Eva. But can you affection the’oman? Let three veneyst for a dish of stewed pranes; ".command to know that of your mouth, or and, by my troth, I cannot abide the smell of your lips; for divers philosophers hold, that hot meat since. Why do your dogs bark so 3 the lips is parcel of the mouth ;—Therefore, be there bears i' the town? precisely, can you carry your good will to the Anne. I think there are, sir; I heard them

talked of. Shal. Cousin Abraham Slender, can you Slen. I love the sport well; but I shall as

soon quarrel at it as any man in England; • An intended blunder.

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good trade: Anold cloak makes a new jerkin; keyp Anne. Ay, indeed, sir.

å withered serving-man, a fresh tapster: Go; tem Slen. That's meat and drink to me, now: I adieu. have seen Sackerson * loose, twenty times; Bard. It is a life that I have desired; I will slå Parol and have taken him by the chain; but, I war- thrive. rant you, the women have so cried and shriek'd Pist. O base Gongarian wight! wilt thou: at it, that it pass’dt:- but women, indeed, the spigot wield ? cannot abide 'em; they are very il-favoured Nym. He was gotten in drink: Is not the de; 1 vi rough things.

humour conceited ? His mind is not heroic. Re-enter Page.

and there's the humour of it. Page. Come, gentle master Slender, come; Fal. I am glad I am so acqnit of this tinders we stay for you.

box; his thefts were too open: his filching was Slen. I'll eat nothing; I thank you, sir. like an unskilful singer, ne kept not time. Page. By cock and pye, you shall not choose, Nym. The good humour is, to steal at a mi sir : come, come.

nute's rest. Slen. Nay, pray you, lead the way.

Pist. Convey, the wise it call: Steal! foh Page. Come on, sir.

a ficog for the phrase! Slen. Mistress Anne, yourself shall go first.

Ful. Well, sirs, I am almost ont at lieels. Want Anne. Not I, sir; pray you, keep on. Pist. Why then let kibes ensae.

Slen. Truly, I will not go first; truly, la : I Fal. There is no 'remedy; I must conejen bude will not do you that wrong.

catch; I must shift. Anne. I pray you, sir.

Pist. Young ravens must have food. Slen. I'll rather be unmannerly than trou. Fal. Which of you know Ford of this town blesome: you do yourself wrong, indeed, la. Pist. I ken the wight; he is of substanc

[Exeunt. good, SCENE II. The same.

Fal. My honest lads, I will tell what


am about. Enter Sir Hugh Evans and SIMPLE. Pist. Two yards, and more. Eva. Go your ways, and ask of Doctor the waist two yards abont: but I am not mul

Fal. No quips now, Pistol ; indeed I am a due Caius' house, which is the way: and there manner of his nurse, or his dry nurse, or his do mean to make love to Ford's wife; I pantai, dwells one mistress Quickly, which is in the about no waste; I am about thrift. Briefly, shford cook, or his Jaundry, his washer, and his entertainment in her; she discourses,she carves wringer.

sbe gives the leer of invitation: I can coustra Simp. Well, sir.

the action of her familiar style; and the bard Eva. Nay, it is petter yet:-give her this est voice of her behaviour, to be English? letter; for it is a 'oman that altogether's ac rightly, is, I um sir John Falstof's. quaintance with mistress Anne Page ; and the

Pist. He hath studied her well, and tran, letter is, to desire and require her to solicit lated her well; out of honesty into English. your master's desires to mistress Anne Page:

Nym. The anchor is deep: will that humou pray you, be gone; I will make an end of my dinner; there's pippins and cheese to come. rule of her husband's purse; she hath legion

Fal. Now, the report goes, she has all the [Ereunt.

of angels ll. SCENE III. A Room in the Garter Inn. Pist. As many devils entertain; and, To her Enter FALSTAFF, Host, BARDOLPH, NYM,

boy, say I. Pistol, and Robin.

Nym. The humour rises; it is good: humon

me the angels. Fal. Mine host of the Garter,

Fal. I have writ me here a letter to her Host. What says my bully-rook? Speak and here another to Page’s wife; who ever scholarly and wisely.

now gave me good eyes ton, examin'd my Fal. Truly, mine host, I must turn away parts with most judicious eyliads : sometime some of my followers.

the beam of her view gilded my foot, some Host. Discard, bully Hercules; cashier: let times my portly belly. them wag; trot, trot.

Pist. Then did the sun on dungbill shine. Danes Fal. I sit at ten pounds a-week.

Nym. I thank thee for that humour. Host. Thou'rt an emperor, Cæsar, Keiser, Fal. O, she did so course o'er my exterior and Pheezar. I will entertain Bardolph; he with such a greedy intention, that the

appetit shall draw, he shall tap: said I well, bully of her eye did seem to scorch me up like. Hector?

burning glass! Here's another letter to her Fal. Do so, good mine host.

she bears the purse too; she is a region in Host. I have spoke; let him follow: Let Guiana, all gold and bounty. I will be cheater me see thee, froth and lime: I am at a word; to them both, and they shall be exchequers to follow.

(Exit Host. me; they shall be my East and West Indies • The name of a bear exhibited at Paris-Garden in Southwark. + Surpassed all expression. I For Hungarian.

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and I will trade to them both. Go, bear thou Quick. Does he not wear a great round this letter to mistress Page; and thou this to beard, like a glover's paring-knife mistress Ford: we will thrive, lads, we will Sin. No, forsooth: he hath but a țittle wee thrive.

face, with a little yellow beard; a Cain-coPist. Shall I sir Pandarus of Troy become, loured beardoi si in And by my side wear steel ? then, Lucifer take Quick. A softly-sprighted man, is he not? all!

Sim Ay, forsooth, but he is as tallitt a man : Nym. I will run no base homopr; here, take of his hands, as any is between this and his the humour Jetter; I will keep the 'bayiour of head; he hath fought with a warrener In repatation.

Quick. How say you?-0, I should rememFal. Hold, sirrah, (to Rob.) bear you these ber him ; Does he not hold up his head, as it · letters tightly *;

were? and strut in his gait? Sail like my pinnace to these golden shores. Sim. Yes, indeed, does he. Rogues, hence avaunt! vanish like hail-stones, Quick. Well, heaven send Anne Page no go;

(pack! worse fortune? Tell master parson Evans, I Trudge, plod away, o' the hoof; seek shelter, will do what I can for your master :: Anne is Falstaff will learn the humour of this age, a good girl, and I wish French thrift, you rogues; myself, and skirted.

Re-enter RUGBY. page. {Exeunt FALSTAFF and Robin. Pist. Let vultores gripe thy guts! for gourd Rug. Out, alas ! here comes my master. and fulham holda, - ,,

Quick, We shall all be shent $5: Run in And high and low beguile the rich and poor : here, good young man, go into this closet. Tester; I'll have in pouch,when thou shalt lack, stay long: -- What, John Rúgby ! John, what,

(Shuts Simple in the closet.) He will not Base Phrygian Turk!

Nym. I have operations in my head, which John, 1 say!-Go, John, go inquire for my be humours of revenge.insé poliisi

master; I doubt be be pot well, that he comes Pist. Wilt thou revenge?

not home :--and down, down, adown-a, &c. Nym. By welkin, and her star!!tiori in 1.''! Hin

[Sings. Pist. With wit or steel?

Enter Doctor Caius: Nym. With both the humours, I:

Caius. Vat is you'sing? I do not like dese I will discuss the humour of this love to Page. toys: Pray you, go and vetch me in my closet Pist. And I to Ford shall eke unfold, un boitier verd a box, a green a box: Do

How Falstaff, varlet vile, ... intend vat I speak? a green a box..
His dove will prove, bis gold will hold, Quick. Ay, forsooth, I'll fetch it you. I

And his soft couch defile..! am glad he went not in himself; if he had Nym. My humonr shall not cool. I will in. found the young man, he would have been cense 5 Page to deal with poison; I will possess born-mad.

(Aside. him with yellowness ll; for the revolt of mien CALUB. Fe, fe, se, fe! ma foi, il fait fort is dangerons: that is my true humour. chaud. Je m'en vais à la cour,-la grand

Pist. Thon art the Mars of malcontents : lafaire, second thee; troop on. , ut ini : ; (Exeunt. Quick. Is it this, sir?

Cuius. Ouy; mette le au mon pocket; DeSCENE IV. A Room in Dr. Csias's House. peche, quickly :-Vere is dat knave Rugby? Enter Mrs.QUICKLY, SIMPLE,and Ruçby.

Quick. What, John Rugby! John!

Rug. Here, sir.. Quick. What, John Rugby!-I pray thee, Cuius. You are John Rugby, and you are go to the casement, and see if you cap see my Jack Rugby: Come, take-a your rapier, and master, master Doctor Caius, coming: if he come after my heel to de court. do, i' faith, and find any budy in the house, Rug. 'Tis ready, sir, here in the porch. here will be an old abusing of God's patience, Caius, By my irot, 1 tarry too long :-Od's and the king's English. hind,

me! Qu'ay j'oublié ? dere is some simples in Rug. I'll go wajch. (Exit Rugby, my closet, dat hyill, not for the varld I shall

Quick. Go; and we'll have a posset for't leave behind. soon at night, in faith, at the latter end of a Quick. Ah me! he'll find the young man ta-coal fire. An honest, willing, kind fellow, there, and be mad. as ever servant shall coine in house withal; I'Cuius. O diable, diable! vat is in my cloand, I warrant you, no tell-tale, nor no breed-set?-Villany? lurron! (Pulling Simple out.] bate 4: his: worst fault is, that he is given to kugby., my řapiera'" prayer; be is something peevish ** that way's Quick. Good master, be content. but nobody but has bis fault but let that Caius. Verefore sball I be content-a? pass.

Peter Simple, you say your name is 3 Quick. The young man is an honest man. Sim. Ay, for fault of a better.

Caius. Vat shall de honest man do in my Quick. And master Slender's your master closet ? dere is no honest man dat shall come Sim. Ay, forsooth.''

lin my closet. • Cleverly.

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Caius. Rugby, come to the court vit me, Cairs. Vell. i f

By gar, if I have not Anne Page, I shall turn Sim. Ay, forsooth, to desire her to 1700 your head out of my door Follow my heels, Quick. Peace, I pray you.

Rugby. s) {Exeunt CAIUS Únd RUGBY Caius. Peace-a-yourtongues-Speak-a your Quick. You shall have An fools-head of tale... 1971 Jus Hinnoil your own. No, I know Anne's mind for that:

Sim. To desire this honest gentlewoman, never a woman in Windsor knows more of your maid, to speak a good word to mistress Anne's mind than I do ; nor can do more than Anne Page for my master, in the way of mar- I do with her, I thank heaven. riage.

Fent. [within.] Who's within there, ho? Quick. This is all, indeed, la ; but I'll ne'er Quick Who's there, I trow?. Come near put my finger in the fire, and need not. the house, I pray you. !.! Caius. Sir Hugh send-a you? ++ Rugby,

Enter FENTON. baillez me some paper :- Tarry you a litile-a Fen. How now,good woman; how dost thou? wbile.

it writes. Quick. The better, that it pleases your good Quick. I am glad he is so guiet: if he had worship to ask. !!! been thoroughly moved, you should have heard · Fent. What news? how does pretty mistress him 'so loud and so melancholy ;-But not- Anne? withstanding, man, I'll do your master what Quick. In truth, sir, and she is pretty, and good'I can: and the very yea and the no is, honest, and gentle and one that is your friend, ihe French doctor, my master, I may call I can tell you that by the way; I praise heaand I wash, wring, brew, bake, scour, dress Fent. Shall I do any good, thinkėst thou? meat and drink, make the beds, and do all Shall I not lose my suit? uvi! myself;

Quick. Troth, sir, all is in His bands above: Sim. 'Tis a great charge, to come under one but, notwithstanding, master Fenton, I'll be body's hand.

sworn on a book, she loves you Have not Quick. Are you avis'd o' that? you shall find your worship a wart above your eye? it a great charges and to be up early and Fent. Yes, marry, bave 1; what of that?': ! down late ;-but notwithstanding, (to tell you Quick. Well, thereby 'hangs a tale; goed in your ear; I would have no words of it;) faith, it is such another Nanbut, I detest t, my master himself is in love with mistress an honest maid as ever broke bread :We had Anne Page: butnotwithstanding that, I know an hour's talk of that wart;--I shall never laugh Anne's mind that's neither here nor there. but in that maid's company - Bat, intleed,

Caius. You jack’nape; give-a dis letter to she is given too much to allicholy i and mus" Sir Hugh; by gar, it is a shållenge: I vill cut ing. But for you Well, go to his troat in de park; and I vill teach a scurvy Fent. Well, I shall see her to-day: Hold, jack-a-nape priest to meddle or make :--you there's money for thee; let me bave thy voice may be gone; it is not good you tarry here : in my bebali: if thou seest her before me, by gar, I vill cut all his two stones by gar, commend me he shall not have a stone to trow. at his dog. Quick. Will I ?\Pfaith, that we wild and I

(Exit SIMPLE. will tell your worship more of the wart, the Quick. Alas, he speaks but for his friend! next time we have confidence, and of other

Caius. It is no matter-a for dat:--do not wooers.'' you tell-a me dat I shall bave Anné Page for Fent. Well, farewell ; I am in great haste inyself ?-by gar, I vill kill de Jack priest ; now.

:-? (Exit. and I have appointed mine host of de Jarterre Quick. . Farewell to your worship. --Truly, to measure our weapon :--by gar, I vill my- an honest gentleman; but Anne loves him not self have Anne Page.

for I know Anne's mind' as well as another Quick. Sir, the maid loves you, and all shall does :-Out upon't! what have I forgot ? [Exit.

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ACT II. SCENE I. Before Page's House.'. admits him not for his counsellor : You are

not young, no more am 2; go to then, there's Enter Mistress PAGE, with a letter.

sympathy: you are merry, so am I; Ha! Mrs. Page. What! have I 'scaped love-let-ha! then there's more sympathy: you love ters in the holiday time of my beauty, and am sack, and so do I; Would you desire better I now a subject for them? Let me see: (Reads. sympathy? Let it sufice thee, mistress Page,

Ask me no reason why I love you; for (at the least, if the love of a soldier can though love use reason for his precisiang, hel suffice,) that I love thee. I will not say,

! * The goujere, what the pox!

+ She means, I protest. # Melancholy.

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pity me, 'tis not a seldier-bike-phrase ; but inherit first, for, 1 protest, mine never shall. I say, love me. By me,i! nisi 103.59.4, I warrant, he hath a thousand of these letters, Thine own true knight,

It, writiwith blank space for different names, (suré By day or night, 131

more,) and these are of the second edition : He Or any kind of light,

will print them out of doubt : for he cares not With all his might,

what he puts into the press, when he would For thee to fight, John Falstaff. put us two. I had rather be a giantess, and lie

under mount Pelion. Well, I will find you What a Herod of Jewry is this!.0 wicked, twenty lascivious turtles, ere one chaste man. wicked world one that is well nigh worn to Mrs. Ford. Why, this is the very same; the pieces with age, to show himself a young gal: very hand, the very words: What doth he lant! What an unweighed behaviour bath this think of us? Flemish drunkard picked (with the devil's Mrs. Pagė: Nay, I know not: It makes me name) out of my conversation, that he dares almost! ready to wrangle with mine own hoz in this manner assay me? Why, the bath not nesty. I'll entertain myself like one that I am been thrice in my company! What should I not acquainted withal; for sure, avless he know say to him!- was then frugal of my mirth:-some strain in me that I know not myself, he heaven forgive me! Why, I'll exhibit a bill wonld never have boarded me in this fury. in the parliament for the putting down.of men.

Mrs. Ford. Boarding, call you it? I'll be How shall I be revenged on him? for revenged sure to keep him above deck. I will be, as sure as his guts are made of pud

Mrs. Page. So will I; if he come under my dings.

hatches, I'll never to sea again. Let's be re. Enter Mistress FORD. sy is

venged on him : let's appoint him a meeting; * Mrs. Ford. Mistress Page! trust me, I was give him a show of comfort in his suit; and going to your house.

i lead him on with a fine-baited delay, tilt he hath Mrs. Page. And, trust me, I was coming to pawn'd his horses to mine Host of the Garter. you. You look very ill.

Mrs. Ford. Nay, I will consent to act any Mrs. Ford. Nay, I'll ne'er belieye that; 1 villainy against him, that may not sully the have to show to the contrary: 5.

chariness of our honesty. O that my husMrs. Page. 'Faith, but you do, in niy mind. band saw this letter! it would give eternal

Mrs. Ford. Well, I do then; yet, I say, I food to his jealousy. ... could show you to the contrary: 0, mistress Mrs. Page. Why, look, where he comes ; Page, give me some counsel! ;** and my good man too: he's as far from jea

Mrs. Page. What's the matter, woman? - ' lousy, as I am from giving him cause; and Mrs. Ford. ( woman, if it were not for one that, I hope, is unmeasurable distance. trifling respect, I could come to snch honour! Mrs. Ford. Let the happier woman.

You are Mrs. Page. Hang the trifle, woman; take Mrs.

consult together against the honour:

What is it?-dispense with triffes : this greasy.knight: Come hither, IThey retire. what is it?

Mrs. Ford. If I would but go to hell for an Enter Ford, Piston, Pact, and Nym. eternal moment or so, I could be knighted." Ford. Well, I hope it be not so.

Mrs. Page: What'--thoit liest | Sir Alice Pist. Hope is a curtail f dog in some affairs : Ford !--These knights will hack; and so thon Sir John affects thy wife. shouldst not alter the article of thy gentry. Ford. Why, sir, my wife is not young,

Mrs. Ford. We burn day-light:-here, read, Pist. He wooes both high and low, both read ;-perceive how I might be knighted.-1

rich and poor, sha have an eye to make difference of men's lik- He loves gally-mawfryti Ford, perpend ş. ing: And yet he would not swear; praised Ford. Love my wife?

[thou, women's modesty : and gave such orderly and Pist. With liver burning hot: Prevent, or go well-behaved reproof to all uncomeliness, that Like sir Actæon he, with Ring-wood at thy I would have sworn bis disposition would Ó, odions is the namne!

[heels: have gone to the truth of his words : bat they 'Ford. What name, sir? do no more adhere and keep place together, Pist. The horn, I say. Farewell. than the hundredth psalm to the tune of Green Take heed; haye open eye; for thieves do foot sleeves. What tempest,"1. trow, threw this by night: whale, with so many tuns if oil in his belly; Take heed, ere summer comes, or cuckoo-birds ashore at Windsor? How shall I be revenged Away, sir corporal Nym. on him? I think, the best way were to enter- Believe it, Page; he speaks sense. tain him with hope, till the wicked'fire of lust

(Exit Piston have melted him in his own gréase. Did you Ford. I will be patient; I will find out this. ever hear the like?

Mrs. Page. Letter for letter, ; but that the not the humour or lying. He hath wronged náme of Page and Ford differs ! - To thy, great me in some humours; 1 shonld have borne the comfort in this mystery of ill opinions, here's hamoured letter to her but I have a sword, the twin brother of thy letter : but let' thine and it shall bite upon my necessity. He loves Caution: Hi * A'dog

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