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Then let them all encircle him about, Jolin! speak from thy lungs military : Art thou
And, fairy like, to-pinch the unclean knight; there? it is thine host, thine Ephesian, calls.
And ask him, why, that hour of fairy revel, fal. (above.) How now, mine host?
In their so sacred paths he dares to tread, Host. Here's a Bohemian-Tartar tarries the
In shape profane.

coming down of thy fat woman: Let her de.
Mrs. Ford. And till he tell the truth, scénd, bully, let her descend; my chambers
Let the supposed fairies pinch bim sound*, are honourable: Fye! privacy ? fye!
And burn him with their tapers.

Enter Falstaff.
Mrs. Page. The truth being known,
We'll all present ourselves; dis-horn the spirit,

Fal. There was, mine host, an old fat woAnd mock him home to Windsor.

man even now with me; but she's gone. Ford.

The children must

Sim. Pray you, sir, was't not the wise § Be practised well to this, or they'll ne'er do't woman of Brentford ? Eva, I will teach the children their beha.

Fal. Ay, marry, was it, muscle-shell ; What

would viours; and I will be like a jack-an-apes also,

you with her ? to barn the knight with my taber.

Sim. My master, sir, my master Slender, Ford. That will be excellent. I'll go bay to know, sir, whether one Nym, sir, that be

sent to her, seeing her go thorough the streets, them vizards.

Mrs. Page. My Nan shall be the queen of guiled him of a chain, had the chain, or no. Finely attired in a robe of white, [time

Fal. I spake with the old woman about it.

Sim. And what says she, I pray, sir?
Page. That silk will I go buy ;- and in that
Shall master Slender steal my Nan away,

Fal. Marry, she says, that the very same

[Aside. man, that beguiled master Slender of his And marry her at Eton. -Go, send to Fal- chain, cozened him of it. staff straight.


Sim. I would, I could have spoken with Ford. Nay, Pll to him again in name of the woman herself; I had other things to have He'll tell me all his purpose: Snre, he'll come. spoken with her too, from him. Mrs. Page. Fear not you that: Go, get us

Fal. What are they? let us know.

Host. Ay, come; quick.
And tricking for our fairies. [propertiest,
Eva. Let us about it: It is admirable plea-

Sim. I may not conceal them, sir.

Fal. Conceal them, or thou diest. sures, and fery honest knaveries. Exeunt Page, Ford, and Evans. mistress Anne Page; to know, if it were joy

Sim. Why, sir, they were nothing but about Mrs. Puge. Go, mistress Ford,

master's fortune to have her, or no. Send quickly to sir John, to know his mind.

Fal. Tis, 'tis his fortune. [Erit lrs. FORD.

Sim. What, sir? I'll to the doctor; he hath my good will,

Fal. To have her,-or no: Go; say,

the And none but he, to marry with Nan Page.

woman told me so. That Slender, though well landed, is an idiot; And he my husband best of all affects :

Sim. May I be so bold to say so, sir?

Fol. Ay, sir Tike; who more bold? The doctor is well money'd, and his friends Potent at court; he, none but be, shall have her, master glad with these tidings. (Exit SIMPLE.

Sim. I thank your worship: I shall make my Though twenty thousand worthier come to crave her.

Host. Thou art clerkly ll, thou art clerkly, [Exit.

sir John: Was there a wise woman with thee? SCENE V.

Fal. Ay, that there was, mine host; one, that A Room in the Garter Inn.

hash tanght me more wit than ever I learned

before in my life: and I paid nothing for it Enter Host and SIMPLE.

neither, but was paid for my learning. Host. What would'st thou have, boor?

Enter BARDOLPH. what, thick-skin? speak, breathe, discuss; brief, short, quick, snap.

Bard. Ont, alas, sir! cozenage! meer cozen. Sim. Marry, sir, I come to speak with sir age! John Falstaff from master Slender.

Host. Where be my horses ? speak well of Host. There's his chamber, his honse, his

them varlctto. castle, his standing-bed, and truckle-bed; 'tis

Bard. Run away with the cozeners : for painted about with the story of the prodigal, so soon as I came beyond Eton, they threw fresh and new: Go, knock and call; he'll me off, from behind one of them, in a slough

of mire; and set spurs, and away, like three speak like an Anthropophaginian í unto thee: Knock, I say.

German deyils, three Doctor Faustnses.
Sim. There's an old woman, a fat woman, villain : do not say, they be filed; Germans

Host. They are gone but to meet the duke, gone op into his chamber; I'll be so bold as

are houest men.. stay, sir, till she come down: I come to speak with her, indeed.

Enter Sir HUGA EVANS Host.' Ha! a fat woman! the knight may Eva. Where is mine host? be robbed : I'll call.-Bully knight! Bully sir Host. What is the matter, sir?

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• Soundly.

+ Necessarica.

IA cannibal. $ Cunning woman, a fortune teller.


Eva. Have a care of your entertainments :

SCENE VI. there is a friend of mine come to town, tells Another Room in the Garter Inn. me, there is three couzin germans, that has

Enter FENTON and Host. cozened all the hosts of Readings, of Maidenhead, of Colebrook, of horses and money. I

Host. Master Fenton, talk not to me; my tell you for good-will, look you : you are wise, mind is heavy, I will give over all. [purpose, and full of gibes and vlonting-stogs; and 'tis

Fent. Yet hear me speak: Assist mein my not convenient you should be cozened: Fare And, as I am a gentleman, I'll give thee [loss. you well,

(Exit. A hundred pound in gold, more than your

Host. I will hear you, master Fenton; and Enter Doctor Carus.

I will, at the least, keep your counsel. [yoa

Fent. From time to time I have acquainted Cuius. Vere is mine Host de Jarterre.

With the dear love I bear to fair Anne Page ;Host. Here, master doctor, in perplexity, Who, mutnally, hath answer my affection and doubtful dilemma:

(So far forth as herself might be her chooser,). Cuius. I cannot tell vat is dat: but it is tell. Even to my wish: I have a letter from Her a me, dat you make grand preparation for a Of such contents as you will wonder at; duke 'de Jarmany: by my trot, dere is no The mirth whereof so lårded with my matter, duke, dat the court is know to come; I tell That neither, singly, can be manifested, you for good vill: adieu.

[Exit. Without the show of both;—wherein fat Host. Hue and cry, villain, go :-assist me, Falstaff knight; I am undone :-fly, run, hue and cry, Hath a great scene: the image of the jest villain! I am undone! [Exeunt Host and BARDOLPH. I'll show yon here at large. Hark, good

{Showing the Letter. Fal. I would, all the world might be co- nine host:

(and one, zened; for I have been cozen'd and beaten too. To-night at Herne's oak, just 'twixt twelve If it should come to the ear of the court, how Must my sweet Nan present the fairy queen; I have been transformed and how my trans. The purpose why, is heret; in which disguise, formation hath been washed and cudgeled, While other jests are something rank on foot, they would melt die out of my fat, drop by Her father hath commanded her to slip drop, and liquor fishermen's boots with me; ! Away with Slender, and with lim at Eton warrant, they would whip me with their fine Immediately to marry: she hath consented : wits, till I were as crest fallen as a dried pear. Now, sir, I never prospered since I forswore myself at Her mother, even strong against that inatch, Primeros. Well, if my wind were but long And firm for doctor Caius, hath appointed enough to say my prayers, I would repent. That he shall likewise shuffle her away,

While other sports are tasking of their minds, Enter Mrs. QUICKLY.

And at the deanery, where a priest attends, Now! whenee come you ?

Straight marry her : to this her mother's plot Quick. From the two parties, forsooth. 8be, seemingly obedient, likewise bath (rests :

Fal. The devil take one party, and his dam Made promise to the doctor ;-Now, thus it the other, and so they shall be both bestowed! Her father means she shall be all in white; I have suffered more for their sakes, more, And in that habit, when Slender sees his time than the villainous inconstancy of inan's dis. To take her by the hand, and bid her go, position is able to bear.

She shall go with him ;-her mother bath Quick. And have not they suffered ? Yes, intended, I warrant; speciously one of them; mis- The better to denote her to the doctor, tress Ford, good heart, is beaten black (For they must all be mask'd and vizarded) and blue, that you cannot see a white spot That, quaint 1 in green, she shall be loose about her.

enrobei, · Fab. What tellist thou me of black and With ribands pendant, faring 'bout her head; blue! I was beaten myself into all the colours And when the doctor spies his vantage ripe, of the rainbow, and I was like to be appre- To pinch her by the band, and on that token, hended for the witch of Brentford; but that The waid hath given consent to go with him. my admirable dexterity of wit, my counter- Host. Which means she to deceive ? father feiting the action of an old woman, delivered or mother?

(with me: me, the kwave constable had set me i' the Fent. Both, my good host, to go along stocks, i the common stocks, for a witch. And here it rests,--that you'll procure the vicar

Quick. Sir, let mc speak with you in your To stay for me at church, 'twixt twelve and chamber : you shall hear how things go; and, And, in the lawful name of marrying, (one, I warrant, to your content. Here is a letter To give our hearts united ceremony. will say somewhat. Good hearts, what ado Host. Well, husband your device ; I'll to here is to bring you together! Sure, one of the vicar:

(priest. you does not serve heaven well, that you are Bring you the maid, you shall not lacka 80 crossed.

Fent. So shall I evermore be bound to thee; Fal. Come up into my chamber. (Ereunt. I Besides, I'll make a present recompense.

(Ererent. * A game at cards. * In the letter. 1 Fantastically.

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ACT V. SCENE I. A Room in the Garter Inn. is in green: when you see your time, take Enter FALSTAFF and Mrs. QUICKLY.

her by the hand, raway with her to the

deanery, and despatch it quickly: Go before Fal. Proythee, no more prattling ;-go. into the park; we two must go together. I'll hold*: This is the third time; I hope, Cuius. I know vat I have to do; Adieu good luck lies in odd numbers. Away, go; Mrs. Page. Fare you well, sir. [Exit they say, there is divinity in odd numbers, Caius.] My husband will not rejoice so either in nativity, chance, or death,

---Away. much at the abuse of Falstaff, as he will Quick. I'll provide you a chain; and Pichafe at the doctor's marrying my daughter ; do what I can to get you a pair of horns. but''tis no matter; better a little chiding,

Fal. Away, I say; time wears : hold up than a great deal of heart-break, your head, and mince. [Exit Mrs. QUICKLY. Mrs. Ford. Where is Nan now, and her Enter FORD.

troop of fairies?

and the Welsh devil, Hugh? How now, master Brook ?. Master Brook, hard by Herne's oak, with obscured lights ;

Mrs. Page. They are all couched in a pit the matter will be known tv-night, or never. which, at the very instant of Falstaff's and our Be you in the Park about midnight, at meeting, they will at once display to the night. Herne's oak, and you shall see wonders. Ford, Went yon not to her yesterday, sir, him.

Mrs. Ford. That cannot chvose but amaze as yon told me you had appointed?

Mrs. Page. If he be not amazed, he will Fal. 'I went to her, master Brook, as you be mocked; if he be amazed, he will every see, like a poor old man: but I came from way be mocked. her, master Brook, like a poor old woman. Mrs. Ford. We'll betray him finely. That same knave, Ford her husband, hath

Mrs. Page. Against such lewdsters, and the finest mad devil of jealonsy in him, master

their lechery, Brook, that ever governed frenzy: I will Those that betray them do nó treachery. tell you. He beat me grievously, in the

Mrs. Ford. The hour draws on; To the shape of a woman; for in the shape of man, bak, to the oak I

(Ereunt. master Brook, I fear not Goliath with a weaver's beam ; because I know also, life is SCENE IV. Windsor Park. a shuttle. am ; go along ;

Evans, and Fairies. placked geese, played truant, and whipped member your parts: be pold, I pray you:

Eva. Trib, trib, fairies; come; and retop, I knew not what it was to be beaten, till follow me into the pit; and when I give the lately. Follow me: I'll tell you strange watch-ords, do as 1 pid you ; Come, come; I will be revenged, and I will deliver his wife trib, trib.

[Exeunti into your hand.-- Follow : Strange tbiugs SCENE V. Another part of the Park. in hand, master Brook! follow. [Exeunt,

Enter FALSTAFF disguised, with a buck's SCENE II. Windsor Park,

head on. Enter Page, SHALLOW, and. SLENDER.

Fal. The Windsor bell hatb struck twelve; Page. Come, come; we'll couch i' the the minute draws on: Now, the hot-bloodeu castle-ditch, till we see the light of our fairies. gods assist me-Remember, Jove, thou'wast -Remember, son Slender, my daughter." ; a bull for thy Europa; love set on thy horns.

Slen. Ay, forsooth; I have spoke with -O powerful love! that, in some respects, her, and we have a nay-wordt, how to know makes a beast'a man; in some other, a man one another.

I come to her in white, and a beast.Yon were also, Jupiter, a swan, for cry, mum; she cries, budget ; and by that the love of Leda ;–0, omnipotent love! we know one another.

how near the god drew to the complexion of Shal. That's good too: But what needs a goose ?--A fault done first in the form of a either your mum, or her budget! the white beast'; -0 Jove,'a beastly fault! and then will decipher her well enough.--It hath another fault in the semblance of a fowl'; struck ten o'clock.

think on't, Jove; a foul 'fault.-When gods Page. The night is dark ; light and spirits have hot backs, what shall poor men do's will become it well. Heaven prosper uur For me, I am here a Windsor stag; and the sport! No man means evil but the devil, fattest, I think, i' the forest : send me a cool and we shall know him by his horns. Let's rut-time, Jove, or who can blamé me to piss away ; follow me.'

[Exeunt. my tallow? Who comes bere? my doe ? SCENE III. The Street in Windsor.

Enter Mrs. Fond and Mrs. Page., Enter Mrs. Page, Mrs. Ford, and Dr. Mrs. Ford. Sir John? art thou there, my CAIUS.

deer? my male deer? Mrs. Page. Master doctor, my daughter Fal. My doe with the black seat Let

* Keep to the time. + Watch-word.

I'll tell you a11, master becomes with me Enter Sir Hucu

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the sky rain potatoes; let it thunder to the And, Hony svit qui mal y pense, write, tune of Green Sleeves ; hail kissing.comfits, In emerald tufts, flowers parple,blue,and white; and snow eringoes; let there come a tempest Like sapphire, pearl, and rich embroidery, of provocation, I will shelter me here. Buckled below fair 'knight-hood's bending

(Embracing her.

knee : Mrs. Ford. Mistress Page is come with Fairies ase flowers for their charactery $. me, sweetheart.

Away; disperse: Bat, till 'tis one o'clock, Fal. Divide me like a bribe- buck, each a Our dance of custom, round about the oak baunch: I will keep my sides to myself, my Of Herne the hunter, let us not forget. shoulders for the fellow of this walk, and Eva. Pray you, lock hand in hand, your. my horns I bequeath your husbands. Am I selves in order set: a woodman? Hal Speak I like Herne the And twenty glow-worms shall our lanterns be, hunter ?_Why, now is Capid a child of con- To guide our measure round about the tree. science; he makes restitution. As I am a But, stay; I smell a man of middle earth. true spirit, welcome! [Noise within. Fal. Heavens defend me from that Welsh Mrs. Page. Alas! what noise ?

fairy ! lest he transform me to a piece of cheese! Mrs. Ford. Heaven forgive our sins ! Pist. Vile worm, thou wast o'er-look'd Fal. What should this be?

even in thy birth.

[end : Mrs: Page: } Away, away. (They run of. If he be chaste, the flame will back descende

. Fal. I think, the devil will not bave me And turn him to no pain; but if he start, damned, lest the oil that is in me should set It is the flesh of a corrupted heart. hell on fire; he would never else cross me thus. Pist. A trial, come. Enter Sir Hugh Evans, like a satyr; Eva, Come, will this wood take fire ?

Mrs. QUICKLY, and Pistol; ANNE [They burn him with their tapers. Page, as the Fairy Queen, attended by Fal. Oh, oh, ob!

[desire ! her brother and others, dressed like Quick. Corrupt, corrupt, and tainted in fairies, with waxen tapers on their heads. About him fairies; sing a scornful rhyme : Quick. Fairies, black, grey, green,and white, And, as you trip, still pinch him to your time. You moon-shine revellers, and shades of night, Eva. It is right; indeed he is full of You orphan-heirs of fixed destiny,

lecheries and iniquity... Attend your office, and your quality t.Crier Hobgoblin, make the fairy o-yes.

SONG. Pist. Elyes, list your names ; silence, you airy toys.

leap: Fye on sinful fantasy! Cricket, to Windsor chimneys shalt thou Fye on lust and luxury! Where fires thou find'st onrak’d, and hearths Lust is but a bloody fire, unswept,

Kindled with unchaste desire, There pinch ihe maids as blue as bilberry 1:

Fed in heart; whose flames aspire, Our radiant queen hates sluts, and sluttery.

As thoughts do blow them, higher and higher. Fal. They are fairies ; he, that speaks to Pinch him, fairies, mutually; them, shall die:

Pinch him for his villainy; (about, I'll wink and couch : No man their works Pinch him, and burn him, and turn him must eye.

(Lies down upon his face. Till candles, and star-light, and moonshine Eva, Where's Pede?-Go you, and where

be out. yon find a maid,

During this song, the fairies pinch Falstaff. That, ere she sleep, has thrice her prayers said, Doctor Caius comes one way, and steals Raise ор the organs of her fantasy,

away a fairy in green ; Slender another Sleep she as sound as careless infancy; way, and takes of' a fairy in white ; and But those as sleep, and think not on their sins, Fenton comes, and steals away Mrs. Pinch them, arms, legs, backs, shoulders, sides, Anne Page. A noise of hunting is made Quick. About, about; (and shins,

within. All the fairies run away. Fal. Search Windsor castle, elves, within and out: staff pulls off his buck's head, and rises. Strew good luck,oaphes, on every sacred room; That it may stand till the perpetual doom,

Enter Page, Ford, Mrs. Page, and Mrs. In state as wholesome, as in state 'tis fit;

Ford. They lay kold on him. Worthy the owner, and the owner it.

Page. Nay, do not ny : I think, we have The several cbairs of order look you scour

watch'd you now;

(turn With juice of balm, and every precious flower: Will zone but Herne the hunter serve your Each fair instalment, coat, and several crest, Mrs. Page. I pray you, come; hold up With loyal blazon, evermore be blest !

the jest no higher

(wives And nightly, meadow-fairies, look, you sing, Now, good sir John, low like you Windsor Like to the Garter's compass, in a ring : See you these, busband? do not these fair The expressure that it bears, green let it be,

yokes | More fertile fresh tban all the field to see ; Become the forest better than the town? • Keeper of the forest. + Fellowship. * Whortleberry The letters.

| Horns which Falstaff had.


made an ass.

Ford. Now, sir, who's a cuckold now ?- Windsor, to one master Brook, that you have Master Brook, Falstaff's a knave, a cuckoldly cozened of money, to whom you should have knave; here are his horns, master Brook: been a pander: over and above that you Aud, master Brook, he bath enjoyed nothing have suffered, I think, to repay that money of Ford's but his buck-basket, his cudgel, and will be a biting affliction. (make amends : twenty pounds of money ; which must be Mrs. Ford. Nay, husband, let that go to paid to master_Brook; his horses are arrested Forgive that sum, and so we'll all be friends. for it, master Brook.

Ford. Well, here's my hand; all's forgiven Mrs. Ford, Sir John, we have had ill

at last. lack; we could never meet. I will never Page. Yet be cheerful, knight: thou shall take you for my love again, but I will always eat a posset to-night at my house; where I count you my deer.

will desire thee to laugh at my wife, that Fab. I do begin to perceive that I am now laughs at thee: Tell her, master Slender

bath married her daughter. Ford. Ay, and an ox too; both the proofs Mrs. Page. Doctors doubt that: If Anne are extant.

Page be my daughter, sbe is, by this, doctor Fal. And these are not fairies? I was Caius' wife.

(Aside. three or four times in the thought, they were

Enter SLENDER. not fairies : and yet the guiltiness of my mind, the sudden surprise of my powers,

Slen. Whoo, hol ho! father Page!

Page. Son! how now? how now, son? drove the grossness of the foppery into a have you despatched ? received belief, in despite of the teeth of all

Slen. Despatched—I'll make the best in rhyme and reason, that they were fairies. Glocestershire know on't; would I were See now, how wit may be made a Jack-a. hanged, la, else. lent, when 'tis upon ill employment !

Pugé. Of what, son? Eva. Sir John Falstaff, serve Got, and leave

Slen. I came yonder at Eton to marry misyour desires, and fairies will not pinse you.

tress Anne Page, and she's a great lubberly Ford. Well said, fairy Hugh. Eva. And leave you yonr jealousies too, I have swinged him, or he should have swinged

boy: If it had not been i’ the church, I would pray yon. Ford. I will never mistrost my wife again, woul

me. If I did not think it had been Anne Page,

I might never stir, and 'tis a post mastill thou art able to woo her in good English. ter's boy.

Fal. Have 1 laid my brain in the sun, and dried it, that it wants matter to prevent so

Page. Upon my life then you took the

wrong. gross o'er-reaching as this ? Am I ridden

Slen. What need you tell me that? I think with a Welsh goat too? Sball I have a cos!, when I took a boy for a girl: If I had comb of frize*? 'tis time I were choked been married to him, for all be was in woman's with a piece of toasted cheese. Eca. Seese is not good to give pu:ter; apparel, I would not have had him.

Page. Why, this is your own folly. Did your pelly is all patter.

not I tell you, how you should know my Fui. Seese and patter! Have I lived to

daugliter by her garments ? stand at the taunt of one that makes fritters

Slen. I went to her in white, and cry'd of English? This is enough to be the decay mum, and she cry'd budget, as Anne and I of lust and late-walking, through the realm.

had appointed; and yet it was not Anne, but Mrs. Page. Why, sir John, do you think,

a post-master's boy. though we would have thrust virtue out of

Eva, Jeshu! Master Slender, cannot you our hearts by the head and shoulders, and

see but marry boys? have given ourselves without scruple to hell, that ever the devil could have made you I do?

Page. 0, I am vexed at heart: What shall our delight?

Mrs. Page. Good George, be not angry: I Ford. What, a hodge-pudding? a bag of fax?

knew of your purpose; turned my daughter Mrs, Page. A puffed man? Page. oid, cold, withered, and of into doctor at the deanery, and there married.

into green; and, indeed, she is now with the lerable entrails ? Pord. And one that is as slanderous as Satan?

Enter Caius. Page. And as poor as Job?

Cairs. Vere is mistress Page? By gar, I Ford, And as wicked as his wife ?

am cozened; I ha' married un garçon, a boy; Eva. And given to fornications, and to un paisan, by gar, a boy; it is not Anne

and sack, and wine, and metheglins, Page: by gar, I am cozened. and to drinkings, and swearings, and starings, Mrs. Puge. Why,did you take her in green? pribbles and prabbles ?

Caius. Ay, begar, and 'tis a boy: be gar, I'll Ful. Well, I ain your theme : yon have raise all Windsor.

(Exit Caius. the start of me; I am dejected; I am not able Ford. This is strange: Who hath got the to answer the Welsh fannel; ignorance itself right Anne? is a plummet o'er me : use ine as you will. Page. My heart misgives me: Here comes Ford. "Marry, Sir, we'll bring you to master Fenton.

* A fool's cap of Welsh materials.

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