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become it well Heaven prosper our sport! No! Entor Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Page. man means evil but the devil, and we hall know Mrs. Ford. Sir John ? art thou there, my deer ? him by his horns. Let's away ; follow me. my male deer?

[Exeunt. 'Fal. My doe with the black scut : _Let the sky SCENE III.

rain potatoes 2; let it thunder to the tune of Green Eco Mifress Page, Mistress Ford, and Dr. Caius. Sleeves; hail kissing-comfits 3, and snow eringoes;

Mrs. Page. Master doctor, my daughter is in let there come a tempest of provocation, I will green: when you see your time, take her by the shelter me here. hand, away with her to the deanery, and dispatch Mrs. Ford. Mistress Page is come with me, it quickly : Go before into the park; we two must sweetheart. o together.

Fal. Divide me like a bribe-buck, each a haunch: Caids. I know yat I have to do; Adieu. [Exil. I will keep my sides to myself, my shoulders for Ms. Page. Fare you well, sir. My husband will the fellow of this walk 4, and my horns I bequeath mot rejoice so much at the abuse of Falstaff, as he your husbands. Am I a woodman? ha! Speak I will chafe at the doctor's marrying my daughter : like Herne the hunter?-Why, now is Cupid a bu 'tis no matter; better a little chiding, than a child of conscience; he makes restitution. As I ain greu deal of heart-break.

a true spirit, welcome!

(Noise witbita Mrs. Ford. Where is Nan now, and her troop Mrs. Page. Alas! what noise? of fairies and the Welch devil Evans ?

Mrs. Ford. Heaven forgive our fins ! Ms. Page. They are all couch'd in a pit hard Fal. What Thall this be? by Herne's oak, with obscur'd lights; which, at Mrs. Ford. 2 A the very instant of Falltaff's and our meeting, they Mrs. Page. Sa

Away, away. (The women run oui. will at once display to the night.

Fal. I think the devil will not have me damn'd, Mrs. Ferd. That cannot chuse but amaze bim. left the oil that is in me should set hell on fire; he

Mrs. Page. If he be not amaz'd, he will be never would else cross me thus. mockd; if he be amaz’d, he will every way be Egter Sir Hugh like a satyr; Quickly, and others, nock' Mrs. Ferd. We'll betray him finely. [lechery,

I drefi'd like fairies, with tapers. Mrs. Page. Against such lewdsters, and their! Quic. Fairies, black, grey, green, and white, Those that betray them dó no treachery.

You moon-thine revellers, and shades of night, Mr. Ferd. The hour draws on ; To the oak. You orphan-heirs of fixed destiny, to the oak!

[Exeunt.

Exeunt. | Attend your office, and your quality.
SCENE IV.

Crier Hobgoblin, make the fairy o-yes.
Exter Sir Hugh Evans, and Fairies.

| Eva. Elves, list your names; filence, you airy toys. Eva. Trib, trib, fairies; come; and remember Cricket, to Windsor chimneys shalt thou leap: Four parts: be pold, I pray you; follow me into Where fires thou find'st unrak'd, and hearths unthe pit ; and when I give the watch-'ords, do as I There pinch the maids as blue as bilberry 5 : [swept, ped you; Come, come; trib, trib. sExcunt. Our radiant queen hates Nuts, and Nuttery. [die :

Fal. They are fairies ; he, that speaks to them, Thall SCENE V.

I'll wink and couch: No man their works must eye. Ester Falfaff with a buck's bead on.

(Lies down upon his face. Fal. The Windfor bell hath struck twelve; the Eva. Where's Bede!..Go you, and where you Frute draws on: Now, the hot-blooded gods af

find a maid, Ef me!-Remember, Jove, thou wast a bull for That, ere the deep, hath thrice her prayers said, Dry Europa; love set on thy horns.-Oh powerful Rein up the organs of her fantasy 6; bore! that, in some respects, makes a beast a man ; Sleep she as sound as careless infancy:

some other, a man a beast.--You were also, But those, as Neep, and think not on their fins, [thins. Jopiter, a swan, for the love of Leda - Oh, om- Pinch them, arms, legs, backs, shoulders, fides, and

potent love ! how near the god drew to the com-1 Quic. About, about ; pledion of a goose ?-A fault done first in the form Search Windfor castle, elves, within and out: at a beat;-0 Jove, a beastly fault !-and then Strew good luck, ouphes, on every facred room; zother fault in the femblance of a fowl ;-think That it may stand till the perpetual doom, oot, Jove ; a foul fault.- When gods have hot In state as wholsome 7, as in stare 'cis fit; backs, what shall poor men do? For me, I am Worthy the owner, and the owner it. berea Windsor stag ; and the fatteft, I think, i' the The several chairs of order look you scour foret: Send me a cool rut-time, love, or who With juice of balm, and every precious flower:

blame me to piss my tallow'; Who comes Each fair instalment coat, and several crest, here? my doe?

With loyal blazon, evermore be blest !

" A technical phrase spoken of bucks who grow lean after rutting-time, and may be applied to nen. Potatoes, when they were first introduced in England, were supposed to be strong provoatives. 3 Sugar-plums perfum'd to make the breath sweet. 4 That is, for the keeper of this

trie. By custom, the thoulders and humbles were a perquisite of the keeper's. The whortleberry. * That is, elevate her ideas above sensual desires and imaginations. 7 Wholfeme here signifies entire #korfct.

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, fir, who's a cuckold now ? Maiter The expressure that it bears, green let it be, Brook, Falstaff's a knave, a cuckoldly knave: hero More fertile-fresh than all the field to see;

are his horns, master Brook : And, master Brook, And Honi Soit Qui Mal y Pense, write,

he hath enjoyed nothing of Ford's but his buckIn emerald tufts, Powers purple, blue, and white; baiket, his cudgel, and twenty, pounds of money i Like faphire, pearl, and rich embroidery, which must be paid to master Brook; his horses Buckled below fair knighthood's bending knees are arrested for it, master Brook. Fairies use flowers for their charactery", 1 Mrs. Ford. Sir John, we have had ill luck; we Away; disperse: But, till 'tis one o'clock, 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: Fal. I do begin to perceive that I am made an

Eva. Pray you, lock hand in hand; yourselves in ass. 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. extant. But, stay; I smell a man of middle earth.

Fal. And there are not fairies ? I was three or Fal. Heavens 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 guilçiness of my mind, the sudden surEva. Vile worm, thou waft o'erlook'd even in thy prize of my powers, drove the grosiness of the

Quic. With trial-fire touch me his finger end: 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 faj, And turn him to no pain ; but if he start,

ries. See now, how wit may be made a Jack-2It is the flesh of a corrupted heart.

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

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

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

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

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

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

too shall I have a coxcomb of frize 6 ? 'tis time I Fic on linful phantasy!

were choak'd with a piece of toasted cheese. Fie on luft and luxury 3!

Eva. Seese is not good to give putter ; your Luft is but a bloody fire 4,

pelly is all putter. Kindled with unchasie defire,

Fal. Seese and putter! have I liv'd to stand in Fed in beart; zubofe flames aspire,

the taunt of one that makes fritters of English ? As thougbts do blow ibem, higher and higher. this is enough to be the decay of lust and latePinch bim, fairies, mutually:

walking, through the realm. Pinch bim for his villainy;

Mrs. Page. Why, fir John, do you think, Pinch bim, and burn him, and turn him aboul, though we would have thrust virtue out of our 'Till candles, and far-light, and moon-fhine be out. hearts by the head and shoulders, and have given During this song, they pincb bim. Doctor Caius comes ourselves without scruple to hell, that ever the one way, and steals away a fairy in green; Slen-devil could have made you our delight? der another way, and be takes away a fairy in Ford. What, a hodge-pudding a bag of fiax: wubite; and Fenton comes, and feals away Mrs. Mrs. Page. A puff'd man Anne Page. A roife of bunting is made within. Page. Old, cold, wither'd, and of intolerable All tbe fairies run away. Falstaf pulls off bis entrails ? buck's head, and rises.7'

. Ford. And one that is as flanderous as Satan? Enter Page, Ford, &c. They lay bold on him. I Page. And as poor as Job ? Page. Nay, do not fy: I think, we have Ford. And as wicked as his wife? watch'd you now ;

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

and prabbles ? Now, good fir 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

I Or the matter with which they make letters. 2 Spirits being supposed to inhabit the ætherial regions, and fairies to dwell under ground, men therefore are in a middle station. 3 Luxury here fignifies incontinence. 4 That is, the fire in the blood. 5 A Jack o' Lent was a puppet throwo at in Lent, like Shrove-tide cocks. 6 That is, a' fool's cap made out of Welch cloth.

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fizer the Welch flannel!; ignorance itself is a zen'd; I ha' married un garcon, a boy ; un paisan, punnet o'er me ? : use me as you will.

by gar, a boy; it is not Anne Page : by gar, I am Ford Marry, fir, we'll bring you to Windsor, cozen'd. to che 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 green ? and above that you have suffer'd, I think, to repay Caius. Ay, be gar, and 'tis a boy : be gar, I'll chat money will be a biting amiction. [amends : raise all Windsor.

[Exit Caius. Mrs. Fard Nay, husband, let that go to make Ford. This is strange : Who hath got the right Forgive that fum, and so we'll all be friends. Anne ?

Ford. Well, here's my hand; all's forgiven at last. Page. My heart misgives me :--Here comes

Pere. Yet be cheerful, knight : thou shalt eat a master Fenton, poflet to-night at my house ; where I will defire

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

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

{Ahide.Mi's, Page. Why went you not with master Enter Slender,

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

Fent. You do amaze her: Hear the truth of it. Pags. Son! how now how now, fon? have You would have married her most shamefully, yoa dispatch'd ?

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

| The offence is holy, that the hath committed : Paze. Of what, fon?

And this deceit loses the name of craft,
Sle. I came yonder at Eaton to marry mistress Of disobedience, or unduteous title.
Arne Page, and the's a great lubberly boy: If it Since therein the doth evitate and thun
had not been i' the church, I would have swing'd) A thousand irreligious cursed hours, .

[hет. Em, or he should have swing'd me. If I did not 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: . ftir, and 'tis a poft-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.

Slas. What need you tell me that? I think 1o, Fal. I am glad, though you have ta'en a special wben I took a boy for a girl ; If I had been mar- stand to strike at me, that your arrow hath glanc'd ned to him, for all he was in woman's apparel, 1 Page. Well, what remedy? Fenton, heaven wou'd not have had him.

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

Fal. When night-dogs run, all sorts of deer are Sier. I went to her in white, and cry'd mum, chac'd. n the cry'd badget, as Anne and I had appointed;! Mrs. Page. Well, I willmuse no further:-Master yet it was not Anne, but a post-master's boy.

Fenton, Edz. Jethu! Mater Slender, cannot you fee Heaven give you many, many merry days! but marry pois?

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;

Alrs. 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 fo :- --Sir John, zod, indeed, the is now with the doctor at the To master Brook you yet shall hold your word; desnery, and there married.

For he, tornight, shall lye with mistress Ford. Enter Caius.

[Exeunt omnesa Caius. Vere is mistress Page By gar, I am co

1 Fland was originally the manufacture of Wales. 2 On the meaning of this difficult pallage commentators are greatly divided. Dr. Farmer's conjecture, that we should read, “Ignorance itself na planet o'er me," appears to be the most intelligible,

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| But that your sufficiency, as your worth is able, Tbc Duke's Palace.

And let them work 4. The nature of our people,

Our city's institutions, and the terms
Exter Duke, Escalus, and Lords,

For common justice, you are as pregnant 5 in, Date L SCALUS,

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

That we remember: There is our cominiffion, D . Of government the properties to unfold, From which we would not have you warp.- Call Woald seem in me to affect speech and discourse; I say, bid come before us Angelo. [hither, Seance I am put to know?, that your own science, What figure of us think you he will bear? Exceeds, in that, the lists 3 of all advice

for you must know, we have with special soul 6 My strength can give you: Then no more remains, Elected him our absence to supply ;

* The ftory 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 Novels. 2 Meaning, I am obliged to acknowledge. '3 Limits. 4 This passage has much exercised the sagacity of different editors. Theobald is of opinion, that either from the impertinence of the actors, or the négligence of the copyilts, it has come mutilated to us by a line being accidentally left out, and proposes to read thus;

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

And let them work.
& Tho Hanmer endeavours to supply the deficiency as follows:

Then no more remains,
But that to your fufficiency you join

A will to serve us, as your worth is able. Dr. Warburton is for reading, instead of But that, Put to your suficiency, which he says here means authenty, and then the sense will be as follows: Put your skill in governing (says the duke) to the Mat which I give you to exercise it, and let them work together. Dr. Johnson, however, approves neither of Theobald's conjecture, nor of Warburton's amendment. 5 That is, ready, or knowing • That is, of special favour or affection,

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