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Sbal. Not a whit.
tale, if matters grow to your likings. Eva. Yes, py'r-lady; if he has a quarter of your Page. I am glad to see your worships well : I coat, there is but three skirts for yourself, in my thank you for my venison, master Shallow. simple conjectures: but that is all one: If fir John Shal. Master Page, I am glad to see you: Much Falstaff have committed disparagements unto you, good do it your good heart! I wish'd your venison I am of the church, and will be glad to do my bene- better; it was ill kill'd:- How doth good mistress volence, to make atonements and compromises be- Pageand I thank you always with my heart, la; tween you.
with my heart. Sbal. The council Thall hear it; it is a riot. Page. Sir, I thank you.
Eva. It is not meet the council hear of a riot; Shal. Sir, I thank you; by yea and no, I do. there is no fear of Got in a riot : the council, look Page. I am glad to see you, good master Slender. you, shall desire to hear the fear of Got, and not to Slen. How does your fallow greyhound, fir? I hear a riot; take your vizaments in that. heard say he was out-run on Cotsale 2. .
Sbal. Ha! o'my life, if I were young again, the Page. It could not be judg’d, sir. sword should end it..
Slen. You'll not confess, you'll not confess. Iva. It is petter that friends is the sword, and Sbal. That he will not ;'tis your fault, 'tis your end it: and there is alfo another device in my fault :- 'Tis a good dog. prain, which, peradventure, prings goot discretions Page. A cur, fir. with it: There is Anne Page, which is daughter to Sbal. Sir, he's a good dog, and a fair dog; can maiter George Page, which is pretty virginity. there be more said he is good, and fair-Is fir
Slen. Mistress Anne Page? she has brown hair, John Falstaff here? and speaks small like a woman."
Page. Sir, he is withinį and I would I could do Eva. It is that very person for all the 'orld, as a good office between you. just as you will defire; and seven hundred pounds of Eva. It is spoke as a christians ought to speak. monies, and gold, and silver, is her grandfire, upon Sbal. He hath wrong'd me, master Page. his death's-bed, (Got deliver to a joyful resurrec- Page. Sir, he doth in some sort confess it. tions !) give, when she is able to overtake seventeen Shal. If it be confess'd, it is not redress’d; is not years old: it were a goot motion, if we leave our that so, master Page? He hath wrong'd me;-inpribbles and prabbles, and desire a marriage between deed, he hath; at a word, he hath ;---believe me; master Abraham and mistress Anne Page.
-Robert Shallow, esquire, faith, he is wrong'd. Slen. Did her grandfire leave her seven hundred Page. Here comes fir John. pounds ?
Enter Sir John Falsteff, Bardolpb, Nym, and Pistoi. Eva. Ay, and her father is make her a petter Fal. Now, master Shallow ; you'll complain of penny.
me to the king? Slen. I know the young gentlewoman; she has Sbal. Knight, you have beaten my men, kill'd good gifts.
my deer, and broke open my lodge. Eva. Seven hundred pounds, and possibilities, is Fal. But not kiss'd your keeper's daughter? good gifts.
Sbal. Tut, a pin! this shall be answer'd. Sbal. Well, let us see honest master Page: Is Fal. I will answer it strait ;-I have done all Falstaff there?
this:--That is now answer'd. Evi. Shall I tell you a lie? I do despise a liar, as Şbal. The council Thall know this, i I do despise one that is falle; or, as I despise one Fal. 'Twere better for you, if 'twere known in that is not true. The knight, fir Jahn, is there; council 3 : you'll be laughed at. and, I befeech you, be ruled by your well-willers. Eva. Pauca ver ba, Sir John; good worts. I will peat the door [ Knocks for master Page. What, Fal. Good worts 4 ! good cabbage :-Slender, I hoa! Got pless your house here !
broke your head ; What matter have you against me? Enter Page.
Slen. Marry, fir, I have matter in my head Page. Who's there?
against you ; and against your coney-catching 5 rar, Eva. Here is Got's plessing, and your friend, cals, Bardolph, Nym, and Pistol. and justice Shallow: and here is young master Bar. You Banbury cheese 6! Slender, that, peradventures, fhall tell you another Slen, Ay, it is no matter
I Advisement is now an obsolete word, ? He means Coffwold, in Gloucesterskire; where in the beginning of the reiga of James the First, by permission of the king, Dover, a public-spirited attorney of Barton on the Heath, in Warwickshire, instituted on the hills of Cotswold an annual celebration of games, conlisting of rural sports and exercises. These he constantly conducted in perfon, well mounted, and accoutred in a suit of his majesty's old cloaths; and 'they were free quented above forty years by the nobility and gentry for fixty miles round, till the grand rebellion abolished every liberal establishment. The games were, chicfly, wrestling, leaping, pitching the bar, handling the pikc, dancing of women, various kinds of hunting, and particularly courling the hare with greyhounds. 3 Fallaff here probably quibbles between council and counsel; the latter signifies fecrecy; and his meaning seems to be, 'Twere better for you if it were known only in secrecy, i. e. among your friends. 4 Worts was the ancient name of all the cabbage kind, 5A eoney-catcher was, in the time of Elizabeth, a common name for a cheat or larper, ** This alludes to the thin carcase of Slender.
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Pif. How now, Mephoftophilus??
but in honest, civil, godly company, for this trick: Sl. Ay, it is no matter.
if I be drunk, I'll be drunk with those that have N. Slice, I say ! pauca, pauca ; Nice! that's the fear of God, and not with drunken knaves. by humoor.
Eva. So Got 'udge me, that is a virtuous mind, Sles. Where's Simple, my man-can you tell, Fal. You hear all these matters deny'd, gentle
men ; you hear it. Esa. Pexe, I pray you! Now let us under
der; Enter Miftress Anne Page with wine ; mistress Ford ftand: There is three umpires in this matter, as I understand ; that is master Page, fidelicet, master
and mistress Page following. Page; and there is myself, fidelicet, myself; and the three party is, lastly and finally, mine host of ar
of drink within.
[Exit Anne Page, the Garter
Slen. O heaven! this is mistress Anne Page. Pace We three to hear it and end it between 1 Page. We three to hear it, and end it between
Page. How now, mistress Ford ?
Fal. Mistress Ford, by my troth, you are very Eva. Fery goot : I will make a prief of it in well met : by your leave, good mistress. my note-book; and we will afterwards 'ork upon
[Kissing ber. the cause, with a great discreetly as we can.
| Page. Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome :Fal. Putol,
Come, we have a hot venison party to dinner ; P:. He hears with ears.
come, gentlemen, I hope, we fhall drink down Eva. The tevil and his tam! what phrase is all
rape is all unkindness. [Exc. all but Shal. Slend. and Evans. this, He beats with ear? Why, it is affectations.
Slen. I had rather than forty shillings, I had my Fal. Pistol, did you pick master Slender's purse?
book of songs and sonnets here : Sles. Ay, by these gloves, did he, (or I would
Enter Simple. I might never come in mine own great chamber How now, Simple ; where have you been ; I must again else) of seven groats in mill-fixpences 2, and wait on myself, muft I? You have not the book
#o Edward shovel-boards 3; that cost me two of riddles about you, have you? thelling and two-pence a-piece of Yead Miller, by Sim. Book of riddles ! why, did you not lend these gloves.
it to Alice Shortcake upon Allhallowmas laft, a Fal. Is this true, Pistol ? ..
fortnight afore Michaelmas ? Eva, No, it is false, if it is a pick-purse. Sbal. Come, coz; come, coz ; we stay for you. Pit. Ha, thou mountain-foreigner !--Sir John, A word with you, coz; marry this, coz: There and master mine,
is, as 'twere, a tender, a kind of tender, made I combat challenge of this facten bilboe 4 : afar off by fir Hugh here ;-doyou understand me? Word of denial in thy labra's heres,
Slen. Ay, fir, you fall find me reasonable ; if Word of denial : froth and scum, thou ly'ft. lit be so, I shall do that that is reason. S!--. By these gloves, then, 'twas he.
Shal. Nay, but understand me. Nya. Be advis'd, Sir, and pass good hamours :: Slen, So I do, fir. I will say, marry trap, with you, if you run the Eva. Give ear to his motions, master Slender : cut-book's humour 7 on me; that is the very note I will description the matter to you, if you be ca
pacity of it. Sla. By this hat, then, he in the red face had it ; Slen. Nay, I will do, as my cousin Shallow for though I cannot remember what I did when says: I pray you, pardon me; he's a justice of you made me drunk, yet I am not altogether an pe?ce in his country, simple though I stand here.
Eva. But that is not the question ; the question, Fal. What say you, Scarlet and John ? is concerning your marriage. Bard. Why, fir, for my part, I say, the gentle. Sbal. Ay, there's the point, sir. men bad drunk himself out of his five sentences. Eva. Marry is it ; the very point of it; to
Eva. It is his five senses : fie, what the igno- mistress Anne Page. rance is!
Slen. Why, if it be so, I will marry her, upon Berd. And being fap, fir, was, as they say, car any reasonable demands. ftuer'd; and fo conclufions pafs'd the careires 8. Eva. But can you affection the 'omanlet us
Sio Ay, you spake in Latin then too ; but 'tis command to know that of your mouth, or of youc. po matter ; I'll never be drunk whilft I live again, I lips; for divers philosophers bold, that the lips is
The name of a spirit or familiar, in the old story book of Sir Jahn Fauftus, or Joan Fauft, and. in those cimes a cant phrase of abuse. ? Milld-f xpences were ufed by way of counters to cast up money.. 3 These were the broad shillings of Edward Ví. and at that time used at the play of shovel-board - Mr. Thcobald is of opinion, that by latten bifboe Pistol, seeing Slender such a sim, puny wighe, would intimate," that he is as thin as a plate of that compound metal which is called latten ; whilt Mr. Stecvens thinks, that latten bilboe means no more than a blade as thin as a lath. S That is, hear the word of denial in my lips. Thou ly. We often talk of giving the lie in a man's teeth, or in his throat. Peto chooles to throw the word of denial in the lips of his adversary. When a man was caugnt in his own stratagem, the exclamation of insult probably was marry, trap! 7 Nuthook was a term of reproach in cant Itrain; and, if you run the nutkook's humour on me, is in plain English, if you h ! ez a thief, A military phrase.
parcel of the mouth: Therefore, precisely, can your dogs bark so ! be there bears i' the town? you carry your good-will to the maid?
Anne. I think there are, fir; I heard their · Sbal. Cousin Abraham Slender, can you love talk'd of. her!
Slen. I love the sport well; but I shall as soon Slex. I hope, sir, I will do, as it shall become quarrel at it, as any man in England :-You are one that would do reason.
afraid, if you see the bear loose, are you not ? Evt. Nay, Got's lords and his ladies, you must Anne. Ay, indeed, fir. . speak pofsitable, if you can carry her your desires Slin. That's meat and drink to me now : I have towards her.
seen Sackerfonloose, twenty times ; and have taken Shal. That you must: Will you, upon good him by the chain : but, I warrant you, the women dowry, marry her?
have so cry'd and shriek’d at it, that it pats’d: Slen. I will do a greater thing than that, upon but women, indeed, cannot abide 'em ; they are your request, cousin, in any reason.
very ill-favour'd rough things. Sbal. Nay, conceive me, conceive me, sweet
Re-enter Page. COZ; what I do, is to pleasure you, coz : Can you Page. Come, gentle master Slender, come; we love the maid?
stay for you. Slen. I will marry her, sir, at your request ;/ Slen. I'll eat nothing, I thank you, fir. but if there be no great love in the beginning, yet! Page. By cock and pye 4, you thall not choofe, heaven may decrease it upon better acquaintance, fir : come, come. when we are marry'd, and have more occasion to Slen. Nay, pray you, lead the way, know one another: I hope, upon familiarity will Page. Come on, lir.. grow more contempt : but if you say, marry ber, I! Slen. Mistress Anne, yourself Mali go first. will marry her, that I am freely dissolved, and Anne. Not I, fir; pray you, keep on. diffolutely.
Slen. Truly, I will not go first; truly-la: I will Eva. It is a fery discretion answer ; fave, the not do you that wrong." fau!' is in the 'ort dissolutely : the 'ort is, accordingl Anne. I pray you, fir. to our meaning, resolutely ;--his meaning is good. Slen. I'll rather be unmannerly, than trouble.
Shal. Ay, I think my coufin meant well. Some : you do yourself wrong, indeed-la. [Exeunt,
S c E N E II.
. Enter Evans and simple.
Eya, Go your ways, and alk' of Dr. Caius' I were young, for your fake, mistress Anne ! la omne. The dinner is on the table; my father de
Thouse, which is the way; and there dwells one fires your worship’s company.
mistress Quickly, which is in the manner of his Shai. I will wait on him, fair mistress Anne.
aurse, or his dry nurse, or his cook, or his laundry, Eva. Od's plessed will ! I will not be absence"
his washer, and his wringer. at the grace.
(Ex. Shal, and Evans! Simp. Well, fir. Anne. Willit please your worship to come in, fir ? |
5) Eva. Nay, it is petter yet :-give her this let. - Slen. No, I thank you, forsooth, heartily ; I
"Jter ; for it is a 'oman that altogether's acquaintance
with mistress Anne Page ; and the letter is, to deam very well. Arme. The dinner attends you, fir,
fire and require her to folicit your master's defires Slen. I am not a-hungry, I thank you, forsooth:
to mistress Anne Page : I pray you be gone; I will -Go, firrah, for all you are my man, go, wait||
make an end of my dinner ; there's pippins and
[Exeunt severally. upon my cousin Shallow :[Exit Simple. A justiceleçois come. of peace sometime may be beholden to his friend
Ş ÇENE III. for a man :I keep but three men and a boy yet,
Tbe Garter inn. till my mother be dead: But what though? yet I Enter Falstaff, Hoft, Bardolph, Nym, Pillol, and Robin. live like a poor gentleman born.
Fal. Mine host of the garter, Anne. I may not go in without your worship ; Hoft. What says my bully-rook ? speak (chol. they will not fit till you come. .
larly, and wisely. Sler. l'faith, I 'll eat nothing: I thank you as Fal. Truly, minç host, I must turn away some much as though I did.
of my followers. Anne. I pray you, sir, walk in.
l'Host. Discard, bully Hercules ; cashier ; let them Slen. I had rather walk here, I thank you ; I wag; tpot, trot. bruis'd my shin the other day with playing at sword! Fal. I ft at ten pounds a week, and dagger with a master of fence, three veneys Hoft. Thou 'rt an emperor, Cæsar, Keisar, and for a dish of stew'd pruens; and, by my troth, I Pheezar, I will entertain Bardolph; he thall cannot abide the smell of hot meat since. Why do draw, he shall tap : said I well, bany Hector
I That is, three different set-to's, houts, a technical term from the French, venue, 2 The name of a bear. 3 Meaning, that it passed all expression. 4 A popular adjuration of those times, Cock is no more than a corruption of the Sacred Name, as appears from cock's wounds, cock's bones, and cock's mother, and some other exclamations which occur in the old Moralitics and Interludes. The pye is a table in the old Roman offices, thewing how to find out the service which is co be read on cạch day,
! Do fo, good mine hoft.
eyes too; examin'd my parts with most judicious H. I have spoke ; let him follow : Let me cyliads 8; sometimes the beam of her view gulded see thee froth, and lime ?; I am at a word; follow. my foot, sometimes my portly belly.
Exit Hoft. Pift. Then did the sun on dung-hill shine. Fal. Bardolph, follow him ; a tapster is a good Nym. I thank thee for that humour. trade: An old cloak makes a new jerkin ; a Fal. O, she did so course o'er my exteriors with wither'd ferring-man, a fresh tapster : Go; adieu. such a greedy intention %, that the appetite of her Bard. It is a life that I have defir'd: I will eye did seem to scorch me up like a burning-glass!
[Exit Bard. Here's another letter to her: the bears the purse Psa. O bale Gongarian wight 2! wilt thou the too; she is a region in Guiana, all gold and frigot wield?
bounty. I will be cheater 10 to them both, and they Ny. He was gotten in drink : Is not the hu- Thall be exchequers to me; they shall be my Eart mou conceited? His mind is not heroic, and there's and West-Indies, and I will trade to them both. tee tumour of it.
Go, bear thou this letter to mistress Page; and thou Fal. I am glad, I am so acquit of this tinderbox ; this to mistress Ford: we will thrive, lads, we will his thefts were too open : his filching was like an thrive. mikilful finger, he kept not time.
Pift. Shall I fir Pandarus of Troy become, Nys. The good humour is, to steal at a minute's And by my fide wear steel? then, Lucifer take all !
Nym. I will run no base humour: here, take the P: 4. Convey, the wise it call; Steal! foh; a humour letter; I will keep the haviour of reputation. fico for the phrase !
| Fal. Hold, firrah, bear you these letters tightly"; Fal. Well, firs, I am almost out at heels. Sail like my pinnace 12 to these golden shores. Pie. Why then, let kibes ensue.
[To Robin. Fal. There is no remedy; I must cony-catch, I Rogues, hence, avaunt! vanish like hailftones, go; met shift.
Trudge, plod, away, o'the hoof; seek shelter, pack! Pif. Young ravens must have food 4.
Falstaff will learn the humour of this age, Fal. Which of you know Ford of this town: French chrift, you rogues ; myself, and skirted page. Pif. I ken the wight; he is of substance good.
[Exeunt Falstaff and Boy. Fal. My boneft lads, I will tell you what I am Pift. Let vultures gripe thy guts! for gourd, abot.
and fullam 13 holds; Pit. Two yards, and more.
And high and low beguiles the rich and poor: . Fal. No quips now, Pistol : Indeed, I am in the Tester I'll have in pouch, when thou shalt lack, W tyo yards about : but I am now about no Base Phrygian Turk! sae; I am about thrift. Briefly, I do mean tol Nym. I have operations in my head, which be make love to Fard's wife; I spy entertainment in humours of revenge. her; the discourses, she carves 5, the gives the Pijt. Wilt thou revenge? boer af invitation : I can construe the action of her! Nym. By welkin, and her star! tanica stile; and the hardest voice of her beha- | Pift. With wit, or steel? vor, to be Englith'd rightly, is, I am for John Nym. With both the humours, I:
I will discuss the humour of this love to Ford.
How Falstaff, varlet vile,
Fal. Now, the report goes, she has all the rule of And his soft couch defile.
yellowness14, for the revolt of mien 15 is dangerous : Wyn. The humour rises; it is good: humour me that is my true humour. tagels.
Pix. Thou art the Mars of malecontents: I seFal. I have writ me here a letter to her: and here cond thee; troop on. sister to Page's wife; who even now gave me good
* This alludes to the tricks of frothing beer and liming fack, practised in the time of Shakspeare. I he hard was done by putting soap into the bottom of the tankard when they drew the beer; the bet, by mixing line with the lack (i. e. sherry) to make it sparkle in the glass. 2 This is a
dy on a line taken from one of the old bombast plays. 3 Nym means to say, that the perition of stealing is to do it in the shortest time possible. 4 A proverb. s In those times the
az of both sexes were instructed in carving, as a necessary accomplishment 6 That is, warned. 7 The old quarto seads: As many devils attend hor! $ Probably froin oeiliades, French. tas, eagerness of desire. 10 By this is mcant escheatour, an officer in the Exchequer, in no
repute with the common people. 11 Perhaps we should read rightly. 12 A pinnace anciently Say to have fignified a small vellel or Noop, attending on a larger. At present it signifies only a a war's boat 13 Fullam is a cant term for falle dice, high and low. Gourd was another Funers of gaming. 14 That is, jealousy. 15 Revolt of mien mcans change of countenance, one * the effetts he has just been afcribing to jealousy.
| Caius. Fc, fe, fé, fe! ma foi, il fait fort chaud.
14e m'en vai à la Cour, Dr. Caius's house.
la grande affaire.
Quic. Is it this, Sir? Enter Mrs. Quickly, Simple, and John Rugby. Caius. Ouv, mettez le au mon pocket ; Depechez,
Quic. What; John Rugby!.I pray thee, go quickly :--Vere is dat knave Rugby? to the casement, and see if you can see my master, uic. What, John Rugby! John ! master Doctor Caius, coming: if he do, i'faith, Rug. Here, Sir. and find any body in the house, here will be an Caius. You are John Rugby, and you are Jack old abusing of God's patience, and the king's Rugby : Come, take-a your rapier, and come after English.
my heel to de court. Rug. I'll go watch.
[Exit Rugby Rug. 'Tis ready, Sir, here in the porch. Quic. Go; and we'll have a posset for 't soon at Gains. By my trot, I carry too long :-Od's me! night, in faith, at the latter end of a sea-coal fire. Qu'uv j'oublie? dere is some simples in my closet, An honeft, willing, kind fellow, as ever servant dat I vill not for the varld I shall leave behind. Thall come in house withal; and, I warrant you, Quic. Ah me! he'll find the young man there, no tell-tale, nor no breed-bate? : his worst fault and be mad. is, that he is given to prayer; he is something! Caius. O diable, diable! vat is in my closet ? peevith 3 that way: but no body but has his fault ; Villaine, Larron! Rugby, my rapier. --but let that pass. Peter Simple, you say your
[Pulls Simple out of the clofet. name is?
Quic. Good master, be content. Sin, Ay, for fault of a better.
Cajas. Verefore shall I be content-a? Quic. And master Slender's your master ?
Quic. The young man is an honest man. Sim. Ay, forsooth.
Caius. Vat shall de honest man do in my closet? Quic. Does he not wear a great round beard, dere is no honeft man dat shall come in my closet. like a glover's paring-knife?
Quic. I beseech you, be not fo flegmatic; hear Sim. No, forsooth: he hath but a little wee 4 the truth of it. He came of an errand to me from face, with a little yellow beard ; a 5 Cain-colourd parson Hugh. beard.
Caius. Vell. Quic. A softly-sprighted man, is he not?
Sim. Ay, forsooth, to desire her to Sim. Ay, forsooth: but he is as tall a man of his Quic. Peace, I pray you. hands o, as any is between this and his head ; he Caius. Peace-a your tongue: Speak-a your tale. hath fought with a warrener.
Sim. To defire this honest gentlewoman, your Quic. How say you ?----oh, I should remem- maid, to speak a good word to mistress Anne Page ber him ; Does he not hold up his head, as it were for my master in the way of marriage. and strut in his gait ?
| Quic. This is all, indeed-la; but I'll never put Sim. Yes, indeed, does he.
my finger in the fire, and need not. Quic. Well, heaven send Anne Page no worfe Caius. Sir Hugh fond-a you?--Rugby, baillez fortune! Tell master parfon Evans, I will do me some paper : Tarry you a little while. what I can for your matter : Anne is a good girl, Quic. I am glad he is so quiet : if he had been and I with
thoroughly moved, you should have heard him fo Re-enter Rugby.
| loud, and so melancholy ;-but notwithstanding, Rug. Out, alas ! here comes my master. man, I'll do for your master what good I can ;
Quic. We shall all be shent ? : Run in here, good and the very yea and the no is, the French doctor, young man; go into this closet. (Sbut. Simple in my master, -I may call him my master, look you, the cloje:.] He will not stay long. What, John for I keep his house; and I wah, wring, brev, Rugby! John, what, Joho, I say !-Go, John, bake, scour, dress meat and drink, make the beds, go enquire for my maiter ; I doubt, he be not and do all myself. well, that he comes not home :-and down, down, Sim. 'Tis a great charge, to come under one Q-down-as, &c.
[Sings. body's hand. Enter Doctor Caius.
| Quic. Are you avis'd o' that? you fall find it Caius. Vat is you sing? I do not like dele toys; a great charge: And to be up early, and down Pray you, go and vetch me in my clofet un boitier late ;--but notwithstanding, (to tell you in your verd; a box, a green-a box; do intend vat I ear; I would have no words of it) my master him. speak? a green-a box.
self is in love with mistress Anne Page : but notQuick. Ay, forsooth, I'll fetch it you.
withstanding that, I know Anne's mind, I am glad he went not in himself: if he had found that's neither here nor there. the young man, he would have been horn-mad. Cuius. You jack'nape; give-a dis letter to Sir
[Afide. Hugh; by gar, it is a fhallenge: I vill cut his
I That is, when my master is in bed. 2 Bate is an obsolete word, signifying strife, contention. 3 Foolish. 4 Hér, in the northern dialect, lignifies very little. S Cain and Judas in the tapestries and pictures of old, were represented with yellow beards. 6 Probally an als lusion to the jocky measure, so many hands high, used by grooms when speaking of horses 7 That is, scolded.' 8 To deceive her master, the lings as if at her work. 9 Boitici, in French higuifies a case of surgeons inftrumenis,