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And nightly, meadow-fairies, look, you sing, Become the forest better than the town?
Like to the Garter's compass, in a ring:

Ford. Now, sir, who's a cuckold now? Master
The expresscire that it bears, green let it be, Brook, Falstaff's a knave, a cuckoldly knave: bere
More fertile-fresh than all the tield to see, are his horns, master Brook: And, master Brook,
And Iloni Soil Qui Mal y Pense, write, 5 he hath enjoy'd nothing of Ford's but his buck-
In emerak tulis, flowers purple, blue, and white; basket, his cudgel, and twenty pounds of money;
Like sapphire, pearl, and rich embroidery, which must be paid to master Brook; his horses
Puckled below fair knighthood's bending knee; are arrested for it, master Brook.
Fairies use flowers for their charactery'.

Mrs. Ford. Sir John, we have had ill luck; we
Away; disperse: But, till 'tis one o'clock, 10 could never meet. I will never take you for my
Our dance of custom, round about the oak love again, but I will always count you my deer.
Of Herne the hunter, let us not forget. [order set: Fah I do begin to perceive that I am made an

Era. Pray you, lock hand in hand; yourselves in
And twenty glow-worms shall our lanthorns be, Ford. Ay, and an ox too; both the proofs are
To guide our measure round about the tree. 15 extant.
But, stay; I smell a man of iniddle ? earth.

Fal. And these are not fairies? I was three or Ful. Ileavens defend me from that Welch fairy! four times in the thought they were not fairies: lest he transform me to a piece of cheese! [birth. and yet the guiltiness of my mind, the sudden sur

Eru. Vile worm, thou wasto'erlook'deveniu thy prize of my powers, drove the grossness of the

Quic. With trial-tire touch me his finger end: 20 foppery into a receiv'd belief, in despight of the If he be chaste, the flame will back descend, teeth of all rhime and reason, that they were faiAnd turn him to no pain; but if he start, ries. See now, how wit may be made a Jack-aIt is the flesh of a corrupted heart.

lent', when 'tis upon ill employment! Eva. A trial, come.

Eva. Sir John Falstaff, serve Got, and leave [They burn him with their tapers, and pinch him.25 your desires, and fairies will not pinse you. Come, will this wood take fire?

Ford. Well said, fairy Hugh.
Fal. Oh, oh, oh!

Era. And leave your jealousies also, I pray you.
Quic. Corrupt,corrupt, and tainted in desire! Ford. I will never mistrust my wife again, till
About him, fairles; sing a scornful rhime: thou art able to woo her in good English.
And, as you trip, still pinch him to your time. 301 Fal. Have I lay'd my brain in the sun, and dried

Era. It is right; indeed, he is full of leacheries it, that it wants matter to prevent so gross o'erap.1 iniquity.

reaching as this? Am I ridden with a Welch goat The SONG.

too? shall I have a coxcomb or frize 6? 'tis time I Fie on sinful phantasy!

were choak'd with a piece of toasted cheese. Fie on lust and lurury!!

35 Eva. Seese is not good to give putter; your Lust is but a bloody fire,

pelly is all putter. Kindled with unchaste desire,

Ful. Seese and putter! have I liv'd to stand in Fed in heart; whose fames aspire,

the taunt of one that makes fritters of English :As thoughts do blow them, higher and higher. this is enough to be the decay of lust and latePinch him, fuiries, mutually:

40 walking, through the realm. Pinch him for his villainy;

Mrs. Page. Why sir John, do you think, though Pinch him, and burn him, and turn him about, we would have thrust virtue out of our hearts by 'Tilicandles, and star-light, and moonshine be out. the head and shoulders, and have given ourselves [During this song, they pinch him. Doctor Caius without scruple to hell, that ever the devil could

comes one tear, and steals away a fairyingreen; 45 have made you our delight?
Slender another way, and he takes aüay a fairy Ford. What a hodge-pudding? a bag of flax ?
in rehite; and Finton comes, and steals away Mrs. Page. A puft'd inani
Mrs. Anne Pnge. A noise of hunting is made Page. Old, cold, wither'd, and of intolerable
within. All the fuiriesrun away. Falstaf pulls entrails?
of his buck's had, and rises. ]

50 Ford. And one that is as slanderous as Satan?
Enter Page, Ford, &c. They lay hold on him. Page. And as poor as Job?
Page. May, do not fly: Ithink, we havewatch’u Ford. And as wicked as his wife?
you now;

Eva. And given to fornications, and to taverns, Will none but Ilerne the hunter serve your turn? and sacks, and wines, and metheglins, and to Mrs. Puge. I pray you come; hold up the jest 55 drinkings, and swearings, and starings, pribbles no higher:

and prabbles? Now, good sir John, how like you Windsor wives? Fal. Well, I am your theme; you have the See you these, husband? do not these fair yoaks, start of me; I am dejected; I am not able to an

· Or the matter with which they make letterz. ? Spirits being supposed to inhabit the ætherial regions, and fairies to dwell under ground, men therefore are in a middle station. signiñes incontinence. * That is, the fire in the blood. 5 A Jack o’Lent was a puppet thrown at in Lent, like Shrove-tide cocks. That is, a tool's cap made out of Welch cloth.

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plummet o'er me?: use me as you will. by gar, a boy; it is not Anne Page: by gar, I am

Ford. Marry, sir, we'll bring you to Windsor, cozer'd.
to one master Brook, that you cozened of money, Mrs. Page. Why, did you not take her in
to whom you should have been a pandar: over 5 green?
and above that you have suffer'd, I think, torepay Caius. Ay, be gar, and 'tis a boy: be gar, I'll
that money will be a biting afhiction. (amends: raise all Windsor.

[Exit Caius.
Mrs. Ford. Nay, husband, let that go to make Ford. This is strange: Who hath got the right
Forgive that sum, and so we'll all be friends. Anne?
Ford. Well, here's my hand; all's forgiven at last. 10 Puge. My heart misgives me-

Here comes
Page. Yet be cheeriol, knight: thou shalt eat master Fenton,
a posset to-night at my house; where I will desire

Enter Fenton and Anne Page. thee to laugo at my wife, that now lauglis at How now, master Fenton ? thee: Tell her, master Slender hath married her Anne. Pardon, good father! good my mother, daughter.

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pardon! Mrs. Page. Doctors doubt that; if Anne Page Page. Now, mistress, how chance you went not my daughter, she is, by this, doctor Caius' wife. with master Slender?

[Aside. Mrs. Page. Why went you not with master Enter Slender,

doctor, maid? Slen. Whoo, ho! ho! father Page!

20 Fent. You do amaze her: Hear the truth of it. Page. Son! how now? how now, son? have You would have married her most shamnefully, you dispatch'd?

Where there was no proportion held in love. Slen. Dispatch'd! I'll make the best in Glo The truth is, She and I, long since contracted, cestershire know on't; would I were hang’d, la, Are now so sure, that nothing can dissolve us. else.

25 The offence is holy, that she hath committed; Page. Of what, son?

And this deceit loses the name of craft, Slen. I came yonder at Eaton to marry mistress Of disobedience, or uvduteous title: Anne Page, and she's a great lubberly boy: If it Since therein she doth evitate and shun had not been i’ the church, I would have swing'd A thousand irreligious cursed hours, [her. him, or he should have swing’d me. If I did not 30 Which forced marriage would have brought upon think it had been Anne Page, would I might never

Ford. Stand not amaz'd: here is no remedy:stir, and 'tis a post-master's boy.

In love, the heavens themselves do guide the state; Page. Upon my life then you took the wrong. Money buys lands, and wives are sold by fate. Slen. What need you tell ine that? I think so, Fal. I am glad, though you have ta'en a special when I took a boy for a girl: If I had been mar-|35|stand to strike at me, that your arrow hath glanc'd. ried to him, for all he was in woman's apparel, 1 Page. Well, what reinedy? Fenton, heaven would not have had bim.

give thee joy! Page. Why, this is your own folly: Did not 1 What cannot be eschew'd, niust be embrac'd. tell you, how you should know my daughter by Eva. I will dance and eat plums at yourwedding. her garments?

40 Fal. When night-dogs run, all sorts of deer are Slen. I went to her in white, and cry'd mum,

chaco. and she cry'd budget, as Anne and I had appointed: Mrs. Page. Well

, I willinuse no further:--Master yeyintés and yet it was not Anne, but a post-master's boy.

Fenton,
Era. Jeshu! Master Slender, cannot you see

Heaven give you many, many merry days !

45 Good husband, let us every one go home, Page. O, I am vex'd at heart: What shall I do: And laugh this sport o'er by a country fire; Mrs.Page. Good George, be not angry; I knew Sir John and all. of your purpose; turn'd my daughter into green;

Ford. Let it be so: Sir John, and, indeed, she is now with the doctor at the To master Brook you yet shall hold your word; deanery, and there married.

50 For he, to-night, shall sye with mistress Ford. Entor Caius.

[Exeunt omnes. Caius. Vere is mistress Page? By gar I am coFlannel was originally the manufacture of Wales. 2 On the meaning of this difficult passage commentators are g eatly divided. Dr. Farmer's conjecture, that we should read, “ Ignorance itself is a planet o er me," appears to be the most intelligible.

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SCENE I.

But that your sufficiency, as your worth is able,

25 And let them work'. The nature of our people, The Duke's Palace.

Our city's institutions, and the terms Enter Duke, Escalus, and Lords. For common justice, you are as pregnant' in, Duke. FISCALUS,

As art and practice hath enrich'd any . My lord.

That we reinember: There is our commission, Duke. Of government the properties to unfold, 30 From which we would not have you warp.-Call Would seem in mne to affect speech and discourse; I say, bid come before us Angelo. [hither, Since I am put to know, that your own science What ligure of us think you he will bear? Exceeds, in that, the lists of all advice

For you must know, we have with special soul My strength can give you: Then no inore remains, Elecied him our absence to supply;

* The story of this play is taken from the Promos and Cassandra of George Whetstone, published in 1578, and which was probably originally borrowed from Cinthio's Norels. Meaning, I am obliged to acknowledge.

. Limits. * This passage has much exercised the sagacity of different editors. Theobald is of opinion, that either from the impertinence of the actors, or the negligence of the copyists, it has come mutilated to us by a line being accidentally left out, and proposes to read thus:

-Thén no more remains,
But that to your sufficiency you add
Due diligency as your worth is able,

And let them work.
Sir Tho. Hanmer endeavours to supyly the deficiency as follows:

-Then no more remains,
But that to your sufficiency you join

A will to serve us, as your worth is able. Dr. Warburton is for reading, instead of But that, Put to your sufficiency, which he says here means authority, and then the sense will be as follows: Put your skill in governing (says the duke) to the power which I gire you to crercise it, und let them work together. Dr. Johnson, however, approves neither of Theobald's conjecture, nor of Warburton's amendinent. ? That is, ready, or knowing in. ! That is, of special favour or affcction.

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Lent him our terror, drcst him with our love; Though it do well, I do no not relish well
And given his deputation all the organs

Their loud applause, and Ave's vehement;
Of our own power: What think you of it? Nor do I think the man of safe discretion,
Escal. If any in Vienna be of worth

That does affect it. Once more, fare you well. To undergo such ample grace and honour, 5 Ang. The heavens give safety to your purposes! It is lord Angelo.

Escal.Leadforth, audbring you back in happiness!

Duke. I thank
Enter Angelo.

you:

[Exit.

Escal. I shall desire yon, sir, to give me leave
Duke. Look where he comes.

To have free speech with you; and it concerns me
Ang. Always obedient to your grace's will, 10 To look into the bottom of my place:
I come to know your pleasure.

A power I have; but of what strength and nature
Duke. Angelo,

I am not yet instructed.

[ther, There is a kind of character in thy life,

Ang. "I'is so with me:-Let us withdraw toge-
That, to the observer, doth thy history

And we may soon our satisfaction have
Fully unfold: Thyself and thy belongings 15 Touching that point.
Are not thine own so proper', as to waste

Escal. I'll wait upon your honour. (Ereunt.
Thyselí upon thy virtues, them on thee.

SCENE II.
Heaven doth with us, as we with torches do;
Not light them for themselves: for if our virtues

The Street.
Did not go forth with us, 'twere all alike

Enter Lucio and tro Gentlemen.
Asif we had theni not. Spirits are not finelytouch'a, Lucio, If the duke, with the other dukes, come
But to line issues?: nor nature never ? lends not to composition with the king of Hungary,
The smallest scruple of her excellence,

why, then all the dukes fall upon the king. But, like a thrifty goddess, she deterinines

i Gent. Heaven grant us its peace, but not the Hlerself the glory of a creditor,

25 king of Hungary's!
Both thanks and use. But I do bend my speech 2 Gent. Amen.
To one that can my part in him advertise*: Lucio. Thou concludst like the sanctimonious
Hold therefore Angelo':

pirate, that went to sea with the ten commandIn our remove, be thou at full ourself:

ments, but scrap'd one out of the table. Mortality and mercy in Vienna

30 2 Gent. Thou shalt not steal ? Live in thy tongue and heart: Old Escalus, Lucio. Ay, that he raz'd. 'Though first in question “, is thy secordary. 1 Gent. Why, 'twas a commandment to comTake thy commission.

mand the captain and all the rest from their funcAng. Now, good my lord,

tions; they put forth to steal: There's not a solLet there be some more test made of my metal, (35 dier of us all, that, in the thanksgiving before meat, Before so noble and so great a figure

doth relish the petition well that prays for peace. Be stamp'd upon it.

2 Gent. I never heard any soldier dislike it. Duke. No more evasion :

Lucio. I believe thee; for, I think, thou never
We hare with a leaven'd' and prepared choice wast where grace was said.
Proceeded to you; therefore take your bonours. 40 2 Gent. No? a dozen times at least.
Our haste from hence is of so quick condition, 1 Gent. What? in metre?
That it prefers itself, and leaves unquestion'd Lucio. In any proportion ", or in any language.
Matters of needful value. We shall write to you, 1 Gent. I think, or in any religion.
As time and our concernings shall iinportune, Lucio. Ay! wliy not? Grace is grace, despight
How it goes with us; and do look to know 45 of all controversy : As for example ; Thou thyself
What doth befall you here. So, fare you well: art a wicked villain, despight of all grace.
To the hopeful execution do I leave you

1 Gent. Well, there went but a pair of shears Of your commissions.

between us". Ang. Yet, give leave, my lord,

Lucio. I grant; as there may between the lists
That we may bring you something on the way. 50 and the velvet: Thou art the list.
Duke. My haste may not admit it;

1 Gent. And thou the velvet: thou art good vel-
Nor need you, on mine honour, have to do vet; thou art a three-pil'd piece, I warrant thee; !
With any scruple: your scope is as mine own; hrad as lief be a list of an English kersey, as be pild,
So to inforce, or qualify the laws,

as thou art pild, for a French velvet. Do I speak As to your soul seems good. Give me your hand; 55 feelingły now? I'll privily away: I love the people,

Lucio. I think thou dost; and, indeed, with most But do not like to stage me to their eyes: Ipainful feeling of thy speech: I will, out of thine That is, are not so much thy own property. 2 To'great consequences.

* Two negatives not used to inake an affirmative, are common in Shakspeare's plays. * That is, one that can inform himself of that which otherwise it would be my part to tell him. 5 That is, continue to be Angelo. That is, first appointed. 'A leavened choice means a choice not hasty, but considerate.

* That is, Your fullness of power. • There are metrical graces in the Primers, which probably were used in Slukspeare's time. 1. That is, in any form. Meaning, we are both of the same piece.

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