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bhoot in de park; and I vill teach a scurvy jack Quic. In truth, sir, and she is pretty, and hcape priett to meddle or make : you may be neft, and gentle ; and one that is your friend, I ge; it is not good you carry here : -by gar, I can tell you that by the way, I praise heaven for it. Il cut all his two stones; by gar, he shall not Fent. Shall I do any good, thinkest thou ? fhall tre a stone to trow at his dog. [Exit Simple. I not lose my suit ? ni. Alas, he speaks but for his friend.

Quic. Troth, sir, all is in his hands above ; but Csias. It is no matter-a for dat : do you not notwithstanding, master Fenton, I'll be sworn on a ta3 me dat I shall have Anne Page for myself - book, she loves you : -Have not your worship E, I vill kill de jack priest; and I have ap- a wart about your eye? pied mine hoft of de Jarterre to measure our Feni. Yes, marry, have I; what of that ? waipa;—by gar, I vill myself have Anne Page. Quic. Well, thereby hangs a tale :--good faith,

ais. Sir, the maid lores you, and all fall be it is tuch another Nan ; -but I detett, an honest weli: we must give folks leave to prate: What, maid as ever broke bread :->We had an hour's talk de goujeres.

of that wart ;-I Thall never laugh but in that maid's Cousins. Rugby, come to the court vit me :: -company ! -But indeed she is given too much Biga, if I have not Anne Page, I fall turn your to allicholly and musing : But for you,

-Well head out of door :-Follow my heels, Rugby.

[Ex. Caius and Rugby. Fent. Well, I shall see her to-day : Hold, there's . You shall have An fools-head of your own. money for thee ; let me have thy voice in my No, I know Anne's mind for that : never a wc-behalf: if thou feest her before me, commend ma n Windfor knows more of Anne's mind than me I do; nor can do more than I do with her, I thank Quic. Will I ? ay, faith, that we will : and I beoren.

will tell your worship more of the wart, the next F. [Vitbin.] Who's within there, ho ? time we have confidence; and of other wooers.

i. Who's there, I crow? come near the Font. Well, farewell; I am in great halte now. beple, I pray you.

[Exit. Enter Mr. Fenton.

Quic. Farewell to your worship.--Truly, an Fest. How now, good woman ; how dost thou ? honest gentleman ; but Anne loves him not; I

4. The better that it pleases your good wor- know Anne's mind as well as another does : Out plo afk.

upon't! what have I forgot ? Io2. What news?how does pretty mistress Anne?!

[Exit.

go to.

ACT II.

SCENE 1.

What a Herod of Jewry is thisiem wicked, Before Page's house.

wicked world !-one that is well nigh worn to Enter Mijirefs Page with a letter. pieces with age, to thew himself a young gallant ! LaprelPaza. W .

letters in the holy-day-time drunkard pick'd (with the devil's name) out of my of a beauty, and am I now a subject for them conversation, that he dares in this manner assay Let me see :

me? Why, he hath not been thrice in my com<k * es reason why I love you; for 2 shough pany!—What should I say to him ?-1 was then bozje reason for bis precisan, be admits bim not for frugal of my mirth:-heaven forgive me! Why, trvaar' rlier : You are not young, no more am 1; go to I'll exhibit a bill in the parliament for the putting czy reare's fympatby: you are merry, so am I; Ha! down of men. How shall I be reveng'd on him? Stian bere's nori Symparby: you love fack, and for reveng'd I will be, as sure as his guts are made

de 1: Would you dejire better sympathy? let it of puddings. #le, aijirejs Page, fat the least, if the love of

Enter Mistress Fordo Dating car fu fice) that I love thee. I will not Mrs. Ford. Mittress Page! trust me, I was going Pris no: a soldier-like phrase; but I say, to your house.

Mrs. Page. And, trust me, I was coming to you.
Í nire own true knight,

You look very ill.
By day or nighe 3,

Mrs. Ford. Nay, I'll ne'er believe that; I have to
Or any kind of ligbe,

thew to the contrary.
:lb ull bis migbr,

Mrs. Page. Faith, but you do, in my mind.
For ebee to figbi.

John Falstaff. Mrs. Ford. Well, I do then; yet, I say, I could 1 That is, earbus Gallicus. 2 The meaning is, though love permit reason to tell wlat is fit to be done, kejta fuliows its adrice.- By precisan, is meant one who pretends to a more than ordinary degree virtue and sanctity. 3 Meaning, at all times.

Thew

By sly

New you to the contraiy: 0, mistreis Page, give a fine baited delay, till he hath pawn'd his horses to me some counsel!

minc Hoit of the Gater. Mrs. Page. What's the matter, woman?

Mrs. Ford. Nay, I will consent to act any villainy Mrs. Ford. Owoman, if it were not for one trifling against him that may not fully the charinefss of our respect, I could come to such honour !

honetty. Oh, that my husband saw this letter! it Mrs. Page. Hang the trifle, woman; take the ho- would give eternal food to his jealousy. nour: What is it :-dispense with trifes ;-what Mrs. Page. Why, look, where he comes; and is it?

my good man too: he's as far from jealousy, as I am Mrs. Ford. If I would but go to hell for an eternal from giving him cause; and that, I hope, is an unmoment, or lo, I could be knighted.

measurable distance. Mrs. Page. What ? ---thou liest !--Sir Alice Ford! Mrs. Ford. You are the happier woman. These knights will hack; and fo thou shouldn Mrs. Page. Let's consult together against this not alter the article of thy gentry'.

greasy knight: Come hither. [Tbey retire. Mrs. Ford. We burn day-light 2 :--here, read, Enter Ford with Pifol, Page with Nym. read;—perceive how I might be knighted.--I shall Ford. Well, I hope it be not fo. think the worse of fat men, as long as I have an eye Pift. Hope is a curtail-dog in some affairs: to make difference of men's liking: And yet he Sir John attects thy wife. would not swear; prais'd women's moletty; and Ford. Why, sir, my wife is not young. [poor, gave such orderly and well-behav'd reproof to all Pift. He wooes both high and low, both rich and uncomeliness, that I would have sworn his disposi- Both young and old, one with another, Ford; tion would have gone to the truth of his words : He loves thy gally-maw fry 7; Ford, perpend. but they do no more adhere, and keep place toge Ford. Love my wife: ther, than the hundredth pfalm to the tune of Pill. With liver burning hot: Prevent, or go thou, Green Sleeves 3. What tempest, I trow, threw this Like Sir Actxon he, with Ringwood at thy heels:whale, with so many tuns of oil in his belly, athore 0, odious is the name! ar Windtor? How shall I be reveng'd on him? 1 Ford. What name, fır? think, the best way were to entertain him with Pift. The horn, I lay : Farewell. hope, till the wicked fire of lust have melted him in Take heed; have open eye; for thieves do foot by his own grease.Did you ever hear the like?

night: Mrs. Page. Letter for letter ; but that the name Take heed, ere summer comes, or cuckoo-birds do of Page and Ford differs ! --To thy great comfort

ling. in this mystery of ill opinions, here's the twin-bro- Away, fir corporal Nym.ther of thy letter: but let thine inherit first; for, Believe it, Page; he speaks sense. [Exit Pisiol. I protett, mine never shall. I warrant, he hath Ford. I will be patient; I will find out this. a thousand of these letters, writ with blank space Nyin.

in. [Speaking to Page.] And this is true; I like for different names, (sure more) and there are of the not the liumour of lying. He hath wrongd me in fecond edition: He will print them out of doubt; some humours: I thouid lave borne the humour d for he cares not what he puts into the 4 press, when letier to her; but I have a sword, and it ihall bite he would put us two. I had rather be a gianteis, upon my neceflity. He loves your wife; there's and lie under mount Pelion. Well, I will tind you the short and the long. My name is corporal Nym; twenty lascivious turtles, ere che chaste man. I speak, and I arouch. 'Tis true;—my name is

Mrs. Ford. Why, this is the very fame; the reny Nyn), and Falitaff loves your wife. -Adieu! I love hand, the very words: What doch he think of us? not the humour of bread and cheese; and there's the Mrio l'age. Nay, I know not: It makes me al-humour of it. Adieu.

[Exit Nym. most ready to wrangle with mine own honeity. I'll 1:36. The humo.er of it, quoth a'! here's a fellow entertain myself like one that I am not acquzinteil fristas humour out of its wits. withal; for, lure, unless he knew some itrin in Ford. I will seek out Falstaff. me, that I know not myself, he would never have Page. I never heard such a drawling, affecting boarded me in this fury.

rogue. Mrs. Ford. Boarding, ca!l you it? I'll be sure to Ford. If I do find it, well. keep him above deck.

Page. I will not believe fuch a Cataian 9, though Mrs. Page. So will I; if he come under mythe priest o’the town commended him for a true hatches, I'll never to fca again. Let's be reveng'd man. on him: let's appoint bir a meeting; give him a Ford. 'Twas a good sensible fellow : Well. fhuw of comfoit in his suit; and lead him on with! Page. How now, Meg?

want.

1 To kack, is an expression used in another score of this play, to signify to do misihief. The sense of this passage inay th refore be, Thefe knights are a riotous, diffolute fort of people, and on that account thou thouldit no: wish to be of the number. 2 That is, we have more proof than we

3 a popular ballad of those times. 4 Prefs is ufed herc ambiguously, for a parfs to print, and a press to facere s That is, the caution which ought to attend on it. 0 A curtail-dog was a dog witafetail, by ihe laws of the foresl, was cut off, from his belonging to an unqualified person. 7 A medley.'.8 Dy a budaiuti, lome kind of tharper was probably meant.

Atra

Ur. Page. Whither goyou, George?—Hark you. (fir Hugh the Welch priest, and Caius the French

Miri. Fd. How now, sweet Frank? why art doctor. thu melancholy:

Ford. Good mine host o'the Garter, a word with Fr. I melancholy! I am not melancholy-Get you. ma home, go.

Hoft. What say'st thou, bully-rook? hrs. Ford. Faith, thou hast some crotchets in thy

[They go a little ander beai now, -Will you go, mistress Page?

Shal. [To Page.] Will you go with us to behold Mr. Pags. Have with you.--Tou'll come to it? My merry host hath had the measuring or their duer, Garge:---Look, who comes yonder: the weapons; and, I think, he hath appointed them has be our meilenger to this paltry knight. contrary places : for, believe me, I hear the par

[-ie 10 Hrs. Ford. Con is no jester. Hark, I will tell you what our Enter Mifrefs Quickly.

{port shall be. Mr.Fard. Trust me, I thought ouler: fhe'll fitit. Hot. Halt thou no suit against my knight, my Dr. Page. You are come to see my daughter guest-cavalier ?

Ford. None, I proteít: but I'll give you a Ay, forfooth: And, I pray, how does good pottle of burnt fack to give me recourse to liim, mitress Anne?

and tell him, my name is Brock, only for a jeft. Vri. P234 Go in with us, and see; we have an Hoff. My hand, bully : thou shalt have egress bor's talk wih you.

and regress; said I well ? and thy name Thall be Ex. Mrs. Paze, Mrs. Ford, and Mrs. Quickly. Brook: It is a merry knight.-----Will you go anPe. How now, master Ford?

heirs 2? Fred. You heard what this knave told me; did Shal. Have with you, mine host. Tou oot?

Page. I have heard, the Frenchman hath good Hage. Tes; and you heard what the other told me skill in his rapier. F-1 Do you think there is truth in them? Sbal. Tut, fir, I could have told you more: In

P 7. Hang'em, Naves! I do not think the knight these times you Itand on distance, your paffes, stocdi after it: but there, that accuse him in his in- cado's, and I know not what : 'tis the heart, marbirouards our wives, are a yoke of his discarded ter Page ; 'tis here, 'tis here. I have seen the time, Da]: very rogues', now they be out of service. with my long swords, I would have made you four F. Here they his men ?

tall fellows ikip like rats. P2!. Marty, were they.

Hult. Here, boys, here, here ! Thall we wag? Ford. I like it never the better for that.--Does Page. Have with you :-I had rather hear them te lie at the Garter?

ícold i han fight. [Ex?unt llofi, Shallow és Paze Pazt. Ay, narty, does he. If he thould in Ford. Though Page be a secure fool, and stand tend bis Forage towards my wife, I would turn her o firmly on his wife's frailty 4, yet I cannot put off 1 x de to him; and what he gets more of her than my opinion to easily: She was in his company at words, let it lie on my head.

Page's house; and, what they made there, I know Fird. I do not mitdoubt my wife ; but I would not. Well, I will look further into 't: and I bei th to turn them together: A min may be too have a disguise to found Falstaff: If I find her hoe c.deat: I would have nothing lie on my head : nett, I lote not my labour; if the be otherwise, Ice not be thus fatisfied.

'ris labour well beltow'd.

[Exit, Page. Look, where my ranting host of the

S CE N E II. Guter comes : there is either liquor in his pate, or

The Garter inn.
me in his purse, when he looks so merrily.
*, nos, mine hoft:

Enter Faljiaff and Pisiol.
Enter Hot and Shallow.

Fal. I will not lend thee a penny. Hel. How, now, bully-rook? thou 'rt a gen Pift. Why, then the world's mine oysters, which ceran : cavalero-justice, I say.

I with sword will open. I will retort the sum in buil follow, mine hoit, I follow. Good equipage. 50, and twenty, good malter Page! Maiter Fal Noţ a penny. I have been content, sir, P54, sill you go with us? we have sport in you should lay my countenance to pawn: I have

grated upon my good friends for three reprieves for Hist. Tell him, cavalero-justice ; tell him, bully- you and your coach-fellow, Nym į or elle you had TOK!

look'd through the grate, like a geminy of baboons. sbal Sir, there is a fray to be fought between I am damn’d in hell, for swearing to gentiemen, ? That is, cheats. 2 This passage is evidently obscure, Mr. Steevens proposes to read, will

ge er, hearts ? in confirmation of which conjecture, he observes, that the Hoft eolls Dr. Caius Een r Eider; and adds, in a subsequent scene of this play, Farewell, my hearts, 3 Before the israduction of rapiers, the swords in use were of an enormous length. Shallow here censures the 115072t:on of lighter weapons. 4 To sand on any thing, lignifies to inff on it. To Ford, who is tobus, all chajtity in women appears as frailty. s Dr. Gray supposes Shakipeare to allude to an 06 prerb, * The mayor of Northampton opens oysters with his dagger : that is, to keep them ist scient diftance froin his nose, that town being fourscore miles from the sea. 6 Dr. Warburton Cetures the meaning of this to be, I will pay you again in itolen goods; and his opinion is con** by that of Mr. Farmer,

not.

my friends, you were good soldiers, and tall" fellows: Fal. Well: mistress Ford;what of her ? and when mistress Bridget lost the handle of her Quic. Why, sir, she's a good creature. Lord, fan?, I took 't ipon mine honour, thou hadft it lord ? your worthip's a wanton : Well, heaven

forgive you, and all of us, I pray ! Pift. Didst thou not share ? hadst thou not fifteen Fal. Mistress Ford ; --come, mistrets Ford, rence ?

Quic. Marry, this is the short and the long of it ; Fal. Reason, you rogue, reason : Think'st thou, you have brought her into such a canaries“, as 'tis I'll endanger my soul gratis? At a word, hang no wonderful. The best courtier of them all, when more about me, I am no gibbet for you :-30. the court lay at Windsor, could never have brought A fort knife and a thong--to your manor of her to such a canary. Yet there has been knights, Pickt-hatch3, go.—You'll not bear a letter for me, and lords, and gentlemen, with their coaches ; I you rogue Lyou stand upon your honour ! warrant you, coach after coach, letter after letter, Why, thou unconfinable baseness, it is as much as gift after gift ; smelling so sweetly, (all musk) and I can do, to keep the terms of my honour precise. so rusling, I warrant you, in silk and gold ; and in I, I, I myself sometimes leaving the fear of hea- such alligant terms; and in such wine and sugar ven on the left hand, and hiding mine honour in of the best, and the fairelt, that would have won my necessity, am fain to shuffle, to hedge, and to any woman's heart; and, I warrant you, they lurch; and yet you, rogue, will ensconce 4 your could never get an eye-wink of her. I had myself rags, your cat-a-mountain looks, your red-lattices t-enty angels gisen me this morning: but I defy phrases, and your bold-beating oaths, under the all angels, (in any such fort as they say) but in the Thelter of your honour ! You will not do it, you? way of honesty :-and, I warrant you, they could

Pilt. I do relent : what wouldst thou more of never get her so much as sip on a cup with the man?

proudelt of them all: and yet there has been earls, Enter Robin.

nay, which is more, pensioners ? ; but, I warrant Rob. Sir, here's a woman would speak with you. you, all is one with her. Fal. Let her approach.

Fal. But what says she to me! be brief, my Enter Mistress Quickly.

good the Mercury. Quic. Give your worship good-morrow.

Quic. Marry, she hath receiv'd your letter; for Fal. Good-morrow, good wife.

the which the thanks you a thousand times : and Quic. Not so, an't please your worship, she gives you to notify, that her husband will be Fal. Good maid, then.

absence from his house between ten and eleven. Quic. I'll be sworn ; as my mother was, the first Fal. Ten and eleven. hour I was born.

Quic. Ay, forsooth; and then you may come Fal. I do believe the swearer : What with me and see the picture, she says, that you wot 8 of ;

Quic. Shall I vouchsafe your worship a word or master Ford, her husband, will be from home, two?

Alas! the sweet woman leads an ill life with him ; Fal. Two thousand, fair woman; and I'll he's a very jealousy man; she leads a very frama vouchsafe thee the hearing.

pold 9 life with him, good heart. Quic. There is one mistress Ford, fir ;-I pray, Fal. Ten and eleven : Woman, commend me come a little nearer this ways :- I myself dwell to her; I will not fail her. with master doctor Caius.

Quic. Why, you say well : But I have another Fal. Well, on: Mistress Ford, you say, mellenger to your worthip : Mistress Page has her

Quic. Your worship says very true : I pray your hearty commendations to you too ;---and let me tell worship, come a little nearer this ways.

you in your ear, she's as fartuous a civil modeft Fal. I warrant thee, nobody hears;-mine own wife, and one (I tell you) that will not miss you people, mine own people.

morning nor evening prayer, as any is in Windsor, Quic. Are they fo? Heaven bless them, and whoe'er be the other : and 'The bade me tell your make them his servants !

worship, that her husband is seldom from home;

1 A tall fellow, in the time of our author, meant, a Rout, bold, or courageous perfon.

2 Fansa in Shakspeare's time, were more costly than they are at prelent, as well as of a different construction. They consisted of oltrich feathers, (or others of equal length and flexibility) which were stuck in:o handles. The richer tort of these were composed of gold, silver, or ivory of curious workman hip. The sum of forty pounds was sometimes given for a fan in the time of queen Elizabeth, 3 A noted place for thieves and pickpockets. Piche-hatch probably is derived from the pickes placed upon the hatches of the doors of the bawdy-houses of those times; a precaution which perhaps the unseasonable and obftreperous irruptions of the gallants of that age might render necellary. 4 A sconce is a petty fortification : to enfonce, therefore, is to protect as with a fort. s Your ale-house conversation. Red luttice at the doors and windows, were formerly the external inlignia of an alehouse. Hence the present chequers; and it is very remarkable, that shops, with the sign of the chequers, were common among the Romans. 6 This is the name of a brilk light dance, and not therefore improperly used in vulgar language for any hurry or perturbation : perhaps, however, it is not improbable, ihat canaries is only a mittakc of Mrs. Quickly's for quandaries. i A penfioner, in those times, meant a gentleman always attendant upon the person of the prince.

8 To wot is to know. 9 Ray says, that frampald, or frampard, fignities freijul, peexisk, cross, froward.

but he hopes, there will come a time. I never

Ford. I make bold, to press with so little prepakaw a woman to dote upon a man ; surely, I ration upon you. it as you have charms, la; yes, in truth.

Fal. You're welcome : What's nur will? Give tale Soti, I alíure thee ; setting the act action us leave, drawer.

Exit Bardolph. any good parts afide, I have no other charms. Ford. Sir, I am a gentleman thias

me bave ipent I. Belling on your heart for 't.

much; my name is Brook. idi. Bu, I pray thee, teli me this : has Ford's Fal. Good malter Brook, I defu more acwite, ut Page's wife, acquainted each other how quaintance of you. Llore me?

Ford. 'Good fir John, I sue for yours : mo i. That were a jest, indee?!--they have not charge you; for I muit let you understand, I to zte Tace, I hope :--that were a trick, indeed! think myself in better plight for a lender than you Biatres Page would defire you to send her are: the which hath something embolden'd me to outie paze, of all loves'; her husband has a this unreason'd intrusion; for they say, if money arrellus infection to the little page ; and, truly, go before, all ways do lie open. nite Page is an honest man. Never a wife in Fal. Money is a good folder, fir, and will on. Wtor leads a better life than she does ; do what Ford. Troth, and I have a bag of money here * will, iay what the will, take all, pay all, go troubles me: if you will help me to bear it, fir Do bed when the lift, rise when the litt, all is as John, take all, or half, for easing me of the carriage. foc wl; and, truly, the deserves it ; for if there Fal. Sir, I know not how I may deserve to be be a kind woman in Windsor, she is one. You your porter. 1. Cerd her your page; no remedy.

Ford. I will tell you, fır, if you will give me the Fal. Why, I will.

hearing. is. Nay, but do so then: and, look you, he Fal. Speak, good master Brook; I shall be glad muy ame and go between you both; and, in any to be your servant. cie, have a nay-word ?, that you may know one Ford. Sir, I hear you are a scholar, I will be auer's mind, and the boy never need to under- brief with you;—and you have been a man long find any thing; for 'tis not good that children known to me, though I had never so good means, budu kaow any wickedness: uld folks, you know, as desire, to make myself acquainted with you. I tare dicretin, as they say, and know the world. Thall discover a thing to you, wherein I muit very

Fal. Fare thee well : commend me to them much lay open nine own imperfection : but, good bith: there's my purte ; I am yet thy debtor.- fir John, as you have one eye upon my follies, as Br, go along with this woman.---This news you hear them unfolded, turn inother into the redrsets me!

[Exrun! Quickly and Robin.gifter of your own; that I may pass with a reproof P2. This pink 3 is one of Cupid's carriers :--- the easier, fith 7 you yourself know, how easy it is Cap on more fails; pursue ; up with your fights 4; to be such an offender. Gie fre; she is my prize, or ocean whelm them Fal. Very well, fir; proceed. al !

[Exit Pijol. Ford. There is a gentlewonian in this town, her Fal Say it thou so, old Jack? go thy ways; l'11 husband's name is Ford, Eike more of thy old body than I have done. Will Furl. Well, fir. dey yet look after thee? Wilt thou, after the ex Tord. I have long lov’d her, and, I protest to you, perice of so much money, be now a gainer? Good Bestow'd much on her; follow'd her with a doting buy, I thaak thee : let them say, 'tis groflly done, observance; engrofs'd opportunities to meet her ; fo : be fairly done, no matter.

fec'd every flight occasion, that could but niggardly Enter Bardolph.

give me fight of her ; not only bought many presents Bard. Sir John, there's one mafter Brook below what the would have given: briefly, I have pursued

to give her, but have given largely to many, to know kould fin speak with you, and be acquainted with her, as love hath pursued me; which hath been, on you; and bath sent your worship a murning's the wing of all occasions. But whatsoever I have dragbt of lack.

merited, either in my mind, or in my means, meed, Fal. Brook, is his name?

I am sure, I have received none; unless experience Bar. Ay, fir. Fil. Cail him in: (Exit Bardo/pb.] Such Brooks and that hath cauglit me to say this:

be a jewels that I have purchas'd at an infinite rates are welcome to me, that o'erflow such liquor. Ah! Ath! mistress Ford and mistress Page, have I en

Love like a shadow flies, when fickfance love purfiles,

Pursuing that thai Hie., and Hying what purfweso forppa's d you go to; vias!

Fal. Have you receiv'd no promise of satisfaction Re-enter Bardolph with Ford disguis’d. at her hands Fará Bless you, fir.

Ford. Never. Fal. And you, fır; Would you speak with me? Fal. Have you importun'd her to such a purpose !

I Of all loves, signifies no more than to send him by all means. 2 That is, a watch-vord. 3 A Azt is a velic of the small craft, employed as a carrier for merchants. 4 Fights are cloaths hung mund the ship to conceal the men from the enemy, and close-fights are bulk-heads, or any other shelter but the fabrick of a ship affords, ś A cant phrase of exultation coinmon in the old plays. • Mcanias, not with a view of putting you to expence,

7 That is, lince, 8 That is, reward, E 4

enjoy!

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