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Ga peleatly, and take this ring with thee, I will not look upon your master's lines :
Dereito madama Silvia:

I know, they are stuff'd with protestations,
Ste loud me well, deliver'd it to me.

And full of new-found oaths; which he will break, It æn, you lov'd not her, to leave her token: As easily as I do tear this paper. Se's ded, belike.

Jul. Madam, he sends your ladyship this ring. Pra. No lo; I think she lives.

Sil. The more shame for him, that he sends it me; 71. AS!

For, I have heard him say a thousand times, Pr. Why doft chou cry, alas?

Ilis Julia gave it him at his departure : Ja. I connu chule bus pity her,

Though his false finger hath profan’d the ring, Prs Wherefore ihould'It chou pity her? Mine shall not do his Julia fo much wrong.

Because, methinks, that the lov'd you as well Fal. She thanks you. A Fou do love your lady Silvia;

Sit. What say'lt thou ? She dreams on him, that has forgot her love: Yul. I thank you, madam, that you tender her: Pun doz un her, that cares not for your love. Poor gentlewoman! my master wrongs her nuk 'Ta paty love Thould be so contrary,

Sil. Doft thou know her? And, thrking on it, makes me cry, alas !

Jul. Almost as well as I do know myself: Pre. Well, give her that ring, and therewithal To think upon her woes, I do protest, Ti letter that's her chamber.—Tell my lady, That I have wept an hundred several times. I damn the promise for her heavenly picture. Sil. Belike, ihe thinks that Protheus hath forTour neilge done, hie home unto my chamber,

fook her.

[forrow, Were thou h.de find me sad and folitary.

Jul. I think the doth; and that's her caule of [Exii Protheus.

Sil. Is the not palling fair ? 921. How many women would do sucha mellage? Jul. She hath been fairer, madam, than she is : As por Protheus! thou haft entertain's When she did think my matter lov'd her well, A to be the lhepherd of thy lambs : She, in my judgment, was as fair as you ; Alz, poor fool! why do I pity him

But since the did neglect her looking-glais, Trzh his very heart deipifith me?

And threw her fun-expelling maik away, Becuie he loves her, he defpiseth me;

The air hath (tarv'd the roles in her cheeky, Berufe I love him, I must picy him.

And pinch'd the lily-tincture of her face, Tisning i gave him, when he parted from me, That now she is become as black as I. To bid han to remember my good will :

Sil. How call was the ? Add now I am (unhappy messenger)

Jul. About my Itature: for at Pentecost, To plead for thi, which I would not obtain; When all our pageants of delight were play'd, To cay that which I would have refus d; Our youth got me to play the woman's part, Tu pracje his faith, which I would have disprais'u. And I was trimın'd in madam Julia's gown; la n mater's true confirmed love;

Which served me as tit, by all men's judgment, B1 annot be true servant to my master, As if the garment had been made for me : Led poore false traitor to myself.

Therefore, I know the is about my heigla. Tecw. I woo for him ; but yet fu coldly, And, at that time, I made her weep a-goud", 4, taien it knows, I would not have him speed. For I did play a lamentable purt: Exter Silvia.

Madam, 'twas Ariadne, parlioning Godlewoman, good day! I pray you, be my mean For Theseus' perjury, and unjust Hight; Tuban.c where to speak with madam Silvia. Which I fo lively acled with my tears,

14. We would you with her, if that I be she? That my poor mistress, moved thereu ithal,

72!. If you be the, I do entreat your patience Wepe bicterly; and would I might be drid, Te iza me speak the meliage I am sent on. If I in thought felt not her very furrow! From whom?

Sil. She is beholden to thee, gentle youth :7.4. Frurn my master, fir Protheus, madam. Alas, poor lady! desolate and lett! . On! he sends you for a picture?

I weep myself, to think upon thy words. 4. Ay, madam.

Here, youth, there is my purse; I give thee this $.1. C'rtula, bring my picture there.

For thy sweet iniftress'sake, because thou lov'it her. [Picture brought. Farewell.

[Exie Silvia. gre your master this : tell him from me, Jul. And Me Mall thank you for't, if e’er you One }{2, that his changing thoughts forget,

know her. u better fit his charnber, than this thadow. A virtuous gentlewoman, mild and beautiful.

3.1. Modem, please you perule this letter. I hope, my master's suit will be but cold, Pirjon r, madam ; I have unadvis'd Since the respects my mistress' love so much Dema'd you a paper that I should not ;

Alas, how love can trifle with itself! 10x s the later to your ladythip.

Here is her picture : Let me see; I think, 24. I pray thee, let me look on that again. If I had such a tire, this face of mine 12. It may not be; good madam, pardon me. Were fuli as lovely as is this of her's : St. There, hold.

And yet the painter fatter'd her a litt.e,

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Unless I fatter with myself too much.

Come, shadow, come, and take this shadow up, Her hair is auburn, mine is perfect yellow : For 'tis thy rival. Othou senseless form, If that be all the difference in his love,

Thou shalt be worshipp’d, kifs’d, lov'd, and ador'd; I'll get me such a colour'd periwig!

And, were there sense in his idolatry,
Her eyes are grey as glass: and so are mine; My substance should be statue in thy stead.
Ay, but her 2 forehead's low; and mine's as high. I'll use thee kindly for thy mistress’ fake,
What should it be, that he respects in her, That usd me so; or else, by Jove I vow,
But I can make respective 3 in myfelf,

I should have scratch'd out your unseeing eyes,
If this fond love were not a blinded god ? To make my master out of love with thee. [Exit.

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SCENE I.

Ful. She needs not, when she knows it cow. ardice.

[Afde. Near the Friar's cell, in Milan.

Tbu. What says the to my birth?
Enter Eglamour.

Pro. That you are well deriv'd.
HE sun begins to gild the western sky; Jul. True; from a gentleman to a fool. [-Afide.

Tbu. Considers she my polleflions ?
That Silvia, at friar Patrick's cell, should meet me. Pro. O, ay; and pities them.
She will not fail ; for lovers break not hours, Tou. Wherefore ?
Unless it be to come before their time;

Jul. That such an ass should owes them.[ Afde. So much they spur their expedition.

Pro. That they are out by lease. See, where she comes : Lady, a happy evening. Jul. Here comes the duke. Eriter Silvia.

Entcr Duke. Sil. Amen, amen! go on, good Eglamour, Duke. How now, fir Protheus ? how now, Out at the postern by the abbey-wall;

Thurio ?
I fear, I am attended by some spies.

Which of you saw fir Eglamour of late ?
Egl. Fear not : the forest is not three leagues off; Tbu. Not I.
If we recover that, we are sure 4 enough. [Exeunt.

Pro. Nor I.
SCENE II.

Duke. Saw you my daughter?
Pro. Neither.

[Valentine; An apartment in the Duke's palace.

Duke. Why, then she's filed unto that peasant Enter Thurio, Protheus, and Julia. And Eglamour is in her company. Thu. Sir Protheus, what says Silvia to my suit ? 'Tis true ; for friar Laurence met them both,

Pro. Oh, sir, I find her milder than the was; As he in penance wander'd through the forest : And yet she takes exceptions at your perion. Him he knew well, and guess’d that it was The ; Tbu. What, that my leg is too long?

But, being malk’d, he was not sure of it : Pro. No ; that it is too little. [rounder. Besides, the did intend confession Thu. I'll wear a boot, to make it somewhat At Patrick's cell this even ; and there she was not : Pro. 'But love will not be spurr'd to what it These likelihoods confirm her flight from hence. loaths.

Therefore, I pray you, stand not to discourse, Thu. What says she to my face?

But mount you presently; and meet with me Pro. She says, it is a fair one.

Upon the rising of the mountain-foot Thu. Nay, then the wanton lies ; my face is black. That leads towards Mantua, whither they are filed :

Pro. But pearls are fair ; and the old saying is, Dispatch, sweet gentlemen, and follow me. « Black men are pearls in beauteous ladies' eyes.”

[Exie Duke. Jul. 'Tis true, such pearls as put out ladies' eyes ; Thu. Why, this it is to be a peevish girl, For I had rather wink, than look on them. (Aside. That flies her fortune when it follows her : Tbu. How likes The my discourse?

I'll after; more to be reveng'd on Eglamour, Pro. Ill, when you talk of war. (peace ? Than for the love of reckless Silvia. Tbu. But well, when I discourse of love, and Pro. And I will follow, more for Silvia's love, Jul. But better, indeed, when you hold your Than hate of Eglamour that goes with her. peace.

[-Ajide. Jul. And I will follow, more to cross that love, Thu. What says she to my valour?

Than hate for Silvia, that is gone for love. Pro. Oh, sir, she makes no doubt of that.

[Excunt.

! It should be remembered, that false hair was worn by the ladies, long before wigs were in fashion. These false coverings, however, were callid periwigs. 2 A high forehead was in Shakspeare's time accounted a feature eminently beautiful. 3 That is, rcfpcciful or respectable, 4. Suic means fafc. 5 Owo them,

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3 CE N E III.

Rather than hwe false Protheus rescue me.
Tbe Foreft.

oh, heaven be judge, how I love Valentine,

Whose life's as tender to me as my soul ;
Enter Silvia and Oui-laws.

And full as much (for more there cannot be)
Ca. Come, come ;

I do deteft falte perjur’d Protheus : kes, we must bring you to our captain.

Therefore be gone, folicit me no more. 5.1. A thouiand more mischances, than this one,

Pro. What dangerous action, stood it next to death, Haie land me how to brook this patiently.

Would I not undergo for one calm look ? 2 04. Come, bring her away. [her ? Oh, 'tis the curse in love, and ftill approv’d, 1 Cat. Where is the gentleman that was with When women cannot love, where they're belov'd. 30si. Being aimble-footed, he hath out-run us;

Sil. When Protheus cannot love, where he's belov'de But Movies, and Valerius, follow him.

Read over Julia's heart, thy first best love, Gothou with her to the west end of the wood,

For whose dear fake thou didst then rend thy faith There is our captain : we'll follow him that's fled; Into a thousand oaths; and all thote Oaths The chicket is belet, he cannot 'scape.

Descended into perjury, to love me. i 14. Come, I must bring you to our cap- Thou haft no fait'ı left now, unless thou hadít two, win's cave:

And that's far worse than none; better have noge Fexroa; he bears an honourable mind, Than plural faith, which is too much by one: And will not use a woman lawlessly.

Thou counterfeit to thy true friend! S. O Valentine, this I endure for thee !

Pro. In love,

[Excuni. Who respects friend?
SCENE IV.

Sil. All men but Protheus.
The Ozi-laws' cave in tbe forest.

Pro. Nay, if the gentle spirit of moving words
Enter Valentine.

Can no way change you to a milder form, P. How use doch breed a habit in a man ! I'll woo you like a soldier, at arms end; Tashdowy desert, unfrequented woods, And love you 'gainst the nature of love, force you. I better brook than flourishing peopled towns : Sil. Oh heaven! Hare can I fit alone, unseen of any,

Pro. I'll force thee yield to my desire. And, to the nightingale's complaining notes, Val. Ruffian, let go that rude uncivil couch; Tune m; diftresses, and record! my woes. Thou friend of an ill fashion ! Oibou that datt inhabit in my breast,

Pro. Valentine !

slove; Lare not the manfion so long tenantless ;

Val. Thou common friend, that's without faith or Lai, growing ruinous, the building fall, (For such is a friend now) treacherous man! And leave no memory of what it was !

Thou hast beguild my hopes ; nought but mine eye kepair me with thy presence, Silvia;

Could have persuaded me: Now I dare not say, Thu gentle nymph, cherish thy forlorn swain !- I have one friend alive; thou wouldit disprove me. Wizz ballooing, and what stir is this to-day? Who should be trusted, when one's own right hand Tisele are my mates, that make their wills their law, Is perjur'd to the botom? Protheus, Hare fore unhappy patienger in chace: I am sorry, I must never trust thee more, Toep lore me well ; yet I have much to do, But count the world a stranger for thy fake. To keep them from uncivil outrages.

The private wound is deepest: On time, most curst! Withdraw thee, Valentine ; who's this comes here ? 'Mongst all fues, that a friend should be the worst!

[Val. fteps aside. Pro. My shame and guilt confounds me. Exter Probew, Silvia and Julia. Forgive me, Valentine: if hearty sorrow Pra Madam, this service have 1 done for you, Be a sufficient ransom for offence, (Theugh yon respect not aught your servant doth) I tender it here; I do as truly suffer, To hazard life, and rescue you from him,

As e'er I did commit.
The wou'd have forc'd your honour and your love. Val. Then I am paid;
Vouchsafe me for my meed? But one fair look; And once again I do receive thee honest:
A smaller boon than this I cannot beg,

Who by repentance is not satisfy'd,
And lets than this, I am sure, you cannot give. Is nor of heaven, nor earth; for these are pleas'd;

Tel. How like a dream is this, I see, and hear ! By penitence the Eternal's wrath's appeas'd :Loz, kend me patience to forbear a while. [-Afide. And, that my love may appear plain and free,

Sil. O miserable, unhappy that I am ! All, that was mine in Silvia, I give thee.
Prs. Unhappy were you, madam, ere I came : Jul. Oh me unhappy!

[Paints. 2d, by my coming, I have made you happy. [py. Pro. Look to the boy.

[the matter? S.. By thy approach thou mak'ít me most unhap J'al. Why, boy! why wag! how now! what is JH And me, when he approacheth to your Look up; speak. presence.

[Aidi.

Jul. O good fir, my master charg'd me SL Had I been seized by a hungry lion, To deliver a ring to madam Silvia; would have been a breakfast to the beast, Which, out of my neglect, was never done. 1

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Pro. Where is that ring, boy?

I hold him but a fool, that will endanger Jul. Here 'tis : this is it. [Gives a ring. His body for a girl that loves him not : Pro. How ! let me

I claim her not, and therefore she is thing. Why this is the ring I gave to Julia.

Duke. The more degenerate and base art thou,
Jul. Oh, cry your mercy, fir, I have mistook: To make such means for her as thou halt done,
This is the ring you sent to Silvia. (Shews anorber ring. And leave her on fuch Night conditions.-

Pro. But how cam'st thou by this ring? At my depart, Now, by the honour of my ancestry,
I gave this unto Julia.

I do applaud thy spirit, Valentine,
Jul. And Julia herself did give it me; And think thee worthy of an empress' love.
And Julia herself hath brought it hither. Know then, I here forget all former griefs,
Pro. How! Julia?

Cancel all grudge, repeal thee home again.
Jul. Behold her that gave aim to all thy oaths, Plead a new state in thy unrival'd merit,
And entertain'd them deeply in her heart: To which I thus subscijbe,--Sir Valentine,
How oft halt thou with perjury cleft the root? Thou art a gentleman, and well deriv'd ;
Oh Protheus, let this habit make thee blush! Take thou thy Silvia, for thou haft deserv'd her.
Be thou asham'd, that I have took upon me

Val. I thank your grace; the gift hath made me Such an immodeft rayment; if Name live

happy. In a disguise of love:

I now beseech you, for your daughter's sake, It is the leiser blot, modesty finds,

To grant one boon that I Mall ask of you.
Women to change their shapes, than men their minds. Duke. I grant it, for thine own, whate'er it be.
Pro. Than men their minds ! 'tis true: oh heaven! Val. These banith'd men, that I have kepe
were man

withal,
But constant, he were perfect: that one error Are men endu'd with worthy qualities ;
Fills him with faults; makes him run through all sins: Forgive them what they have committed here,
Inconftancy falls off, ere it begins :

And let them be recall'd from their exile :
What is in Silvia's face, but I may spy

They are reformd, civil, full of good, More fresh in Julia's with a constant eye? And fit for great employment, worthy lord. Val. Come, come, a hand from either :

Duke. Thou haft prevailid : I pardon them, and Let me be bleit to make this happy close ;

thee ; *Twere pity two such friends thould long be foes. Dispose of them, as thou know'st their deserts. Pro. Bear witness, heaven,

Come, let us go; we will include 2 all jars I have my wish for ever.

With triumphs, mirth, and rare solemnity. Jul. And I mine.

Val. And, as we walk along, I dare be bold Enter Out-laws, with Duke and Thurio. With our discourse to make your grace to smile. Out. A prize, a prize, a prize! [duke. What think you of this page, my lord ?

Val. Forbear, forbear, I say; it is my lord the Duke. I think the boy hath grace in him ; he Your grace is welcome to a man disgrac'd,

blushes.

(boy. Banished Valentine.

Val. I warrant you, my lord ; more grace than
Duke. Sir Valentine !

Duke. What mean you by that saying?
Thu. Yonder is Silvia ; and Silvia's mine. [death ; Val, Please you, I'll tell you as we pass along

Val. Thurio, give back, or else embrace thy That you will wonder, what hath fortuned.
Come not within the measure of my wrath : Come, Protheus : 'tis your penance, but to hear
Do not name Silvia chine; if once again, The Atory of your loves discovered :
Milan Thall not behold thee. Here the stands, That done, our day of marriage Mall be yours i
Take but poffeffion of her with a touch ;--- One feast, one house, one mutual happiness,
I dare thee but to breathe upon my love.-

[Excunt omnes. Tbu. Sir Valentine, I care not for her, I;

* That is, the reach of my anger, 2 To include is to shut up, to condude.

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Sir Johs FALSTAFF,

Nym. FESTOX.

Robin, page to Falstaff. SHALLOW, a country justice.

WILLIAM PACE, a boy, son to Mr. Page. SLENDER, cousin 19 Sballow.

SIMPLE, servant 10 Slender. }

RUGBY, servant 10 Dr. Caius. M. FORD,

199 gentlemen dwelling as Windfor. Sia Huch Evans, a Welch parfon.

Mrs. Page,
Dr. Carrs, a French dotor.

Mrs. FORD.
THE GARTER.

Mrs. Ann Page, daughter to Mr. Page, in BARDOLPH.

love with Fenton. Pistoi.

Mrs. QUICKLY, servant 19 Dr. Caius.
Servants to Page, Ford, Sc.
SCENE, Windsor; and she purts adjacent.

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Shal. Ay, that I do; and have done any time

these three hundred years. Before Pagi's house in Windsor.

Slen. All his successors, gone before him, have Free fise Shallw, Slender, and Sir Hugh Evans. done't; and all his ancestors, that come after him,

IR Hugb?, persuade me not: I will may: they may give the dozen white luces in their be were twenty fu John Falstaffs, he hall not abuse Shal. It is an old coat. Robert Shallow, esquire.

Eva. The dozen white loures do become an old Slee. In the county of Gloster, justice of peace, coat wells it agrees well, pallant: it is a familiar

beart to man, and signifies-love. Skal. Ay, cousin Slender, and 4 cxftalarum. Shal. The luces is the fresh fish; the falt fish

C'e. Ay, and ratalorum too; and a gentleman is an old coat. ben, matar parlon; who writes himself armigero; Slen. I may quarter, coz. in any bill, wayant, quittance, or obligation, ar Shal. You may, hy marrying.

Eva. It is marring, indeed, if he quarter it.

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Queen Elizabeth was so well pleased with the admirable character of Falstaff in the Two ziej Heery IV, that, as Mr. Rowe informs us, she commanded Shaklpeare to continue it for beplay more, and to thew him in love. To this command we owe The Merry Wives of Win!for : 2. Mr. Gildon says, he was very well assured our author finished in a fortnight.

2 This is be bort of fundry initances in our poet, where a parfon is called fir; upon which it may be observed, Ma anc ewly it was the common designation boiń of one in' holy orders and a knight. 3 The *:*<in'e had a right to take cognizance of routs and riots. 4 Probably intended for a corruption estas Retuistua. 5 The luce is a pike or jack. This passage is also supposed to point at Sir Tacas Lucy, who was the cause of Shakspeare's leaving Stratford,

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