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become it well Heaven prosper our sport! Nol Entor Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Page. man meas evil but the devil, and we shall know

Mrs. Ford. Sir John? art thou there, my deer? him by his horns. Let's away ; follow me.

my male deer?

[Excunt. SCENE

Fal. My doe with the black scut? --Let the sky III.

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

Mr. Page. Malter 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. go together.

Fal. Divide me like a bribe-buck, each a haunch: Cuiss. I know vat I have to do; Adieu. [Exit. I will keep my sides to myself, my shoulders for

Ns. Page. Fare you well, sir. My husband will the fellow of this walk 4, and my horns I bequeath Det 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 am great deal of heart-break.

a true spirit, welcome!

[Noise witbina Mrs. Ford. Where is Nan now, and her troop Mrs. Page. Alas! what noise? of fines? and the Welch devil Evans ?

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

} Away, away. [The wo

women run out. wil at once display to the night.

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

Hr. Page. If he be not amaz’d, he will be never would else cross me thus. mak'd; if he be amaz’d, he will every way be Enter Sir Hugh like a faryr ; Quickly, and others, mock'd Mrs. Ferd. We'll betray bim finely. [lechery,

drefs'd like fairies, with tapers. Mrs. Page. Against such lewdsters, and their

Quic. Fairies, black, grey, green, and white, Tu fe that betray them do no treachery.

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

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

Crier Hobgoblin, make the fairy 0-yes.
Exte Sir Hugh Evans, and Fairies.

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

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

I'll wink and couch: No man their works muft eye. Enter Falfaff with a buck's head on.

[Lies down upon his face. Fel. The Windsor bell hath struck twelve ; the

Eva. Where's Bede?

-Go you, and where you ricte draws on: Now, the hot-blooded gods al

find a maid, Eit me!-Remember, Jove, thou wait a bull for That, ere the deep, hath thrice her prayers said, De Europa; love set on thy horns.-On powerful Rein up the organs of her fantasy ; bre! that, in some respects, makes a beast a man ; Sleep The as sound as careless infancy : i come other, a man a beast.—You were also, But those, as Neep, and think not on their fins, [Thins. Jupiter, a swan, for the love of Leda ;--Oh, om- Pinch them, arms, legs, backs, shoulders, sides, and potent love! how near the god drew to the com Quic. About, about; papion of a goofe -A fault done first in the form Search Windsor castle, elves, within and out: # a beat;- Jove, a beastly fault !-and then Screw good luck, ouphes, on every sacred room; Zother fault in the semblance of a fowl;-think That it may stand till the perpetual doom, 't, Jove ; a foul fault.-When gods have hot In state as wholsome 7, as in state ’tis fit; backs, what shall poor men do ? For me, I am Worthy the owner, and the owner it. beea Windsor stag; and the fattest, I think, i' the The several chairs of order look you scour frat: Send me a cool rut-time, jove, or who With juice of balm, and every precious Rower: en blame me to piss my tallow '; who comes Each fair instalment coat, and several crest,

With loyal blazon, evermore be bleit!

here? my.

doe?

* A technical phrase spoken of bucks who grow lean after rutting-time, and may be applied t?

Potatoes, when they were first introduced in England, were supposed to be strong provocatives. 3 Sugar-plums perfum'd to make the breath sweet. 4 That is, for the keeper of this estre By cuflom, the Ahoulders and humbles were a perquisite of the keeper's. $ The whortleberry. * Toa: is, elevate her ideas above sensual desires and imaginations. 7 Wholfeme bere signifies entire u jefect.

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

Ford. Now, sir, who's a cuckold now ? Master 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, matter Brook, And Honi Soil Qui Mal y Pense, write,

he hath enjoyed nothing of Ford's but his buckIn emerald tufts, Howers purple, blue, and white; baiket, his cudgel, and twenty pounds of money; Like fapiire, 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",

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 aro To guide our measure round about the tree. extant. But, itay; 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 thoug!ıų they were not fairies : Left he transform me to a piece of cheese! [birth. and yet the guiltiness of my mind, the sudden sur

Eva. Vile worm, thou wast o'erlook'd even in thy prize of my powers, drove the grosiness of the

Quic. With trial-fire touch me his finger end: forpery 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 Itart, ries. See now, how wit may be made a Jack-d. It is the fieth 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 pircb him. 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 miftruit 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 Fie on finful phantasy!

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

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

pelly is all putter. Kindled with unchasie defire,

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

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

walking, through the realm. Pinck him for his villainy;

Mrs. Page. Why, fir John, do you think, Pinch bim, and burn him, and turn him about, though we would have thrust virtue out of our 'Till candles, and far-light, and moon-fine be out. hearts by the head and shoulders, and have given [During this song, they pinch him. Doétor 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 he takes

away a fairy in

Ford. What, a hodge-pudding a bag of fiax : qubite; and Fenton comes, and steals arvay Mrs.l Mrs. Page. A puff'd man? Anne Page. A roife of bunting is made within. Page. Old, cold, wither'd, and of intolerable All the fairies run away. Falsaf pulls off bis entrails ? b:uck's bend, and rises.]

Ford. And one that is as sanderous as Satan? Enter Page, Ford, & c. They lay bold on bilu. Page. And as poor as Job ? Page. Nay, do not Ay: 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 prabbļes? 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 therсtore are in a middle station. 3 Luxury here signifies incontinence. 4 That is, the fire in the blood. S A Jack o' Lent was a puppet chrowo at in Lent, like Shrove-tide cocks, 6 That is, a fool's cap made out of Welch cloth.

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fica the Welch flannel! ; ignorance itself is a zen'd ; I ha' married un garcon, a boy ; un paisan, putinet o'er me 2 : use me as you will. by gar, a boy; it is not Anne Page : hy gar, I am

od Marry, fir, we'll bring you to Windsor, cozen’d. to cae outer Brook, that you cozened of money, Mrs. Page. Why, did you not take her in

wom you should have been a pandar: overgreen? zizbore that you have suffer'd, I think, to repay

Caius. Ay, be gar, and 'tis a boy : be gar, I'll to niney will be a biting affliction. (amends : raise all Windsor.

[Exie Caius. Mrs. Ford. Nay, huiband, let that go to make

Ford. This is strange: Who hath got the right Forgire that fum, and so we'll all be friends. Anne ?

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

Pure. Yet be cheerful, knight : thou shalt eat a master Fenton. poilet to-night at my house ; where I will desire

Enter Fenton and Anne Page. ide to Ligh at my wife, that now laughs at How now, malter Fenton ? Live: Tell her, matter Slender hath married her Anne. Pardon, good father ! good my mother, cughter.

pardon ! Mrs. Puge. 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?

[-4fide. Muse Page. Why went you not with master Enter Slender,

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

Fent. You do amaze her: Hear the truth of ite Pags. Son! how now ? how now, fon? have You would have married her must shamefully, you dispatch'u ?

Where there was no proportion held in love. Ss. 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 ditfolve us. ele.

The offence is holy, that the hath commilted : Pazu. Of what, fon?

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

[her. Et, or he thould have twirg'd me. If I did not which forced marriage would have brought upon nk it had been Anne Page, would I might never

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

In love, the hearens themselves do guide the state ; Page. Upon my life then you took the wrong. Money buys lands, and wives are fold by fate.

S'e. What need you tell me that? I think 10, Fal. I am glad, though you have ta'en a special ben I took a boy for a girl; If I had been mar- Itand to Atrike at me, that your arrow hath gland'da Tell to him, for all he was in woman's apparel, 1 Page. Well, what remedy? Fenton, heaven would not have had him.

give thee joy! Paze. Why, this is your own folly : Did not 1 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. bar garments ?

Fal. When night-dogs run, all sorts of deer are Sir. I went to her in white, and cry'd mum, chac'd. zu he cry'd budget, as Anne and I had appointed; Mrs.Prge. Well, I willmuse no further:-Master re it was not Anne, but a poft-matter's boy.

Fenton, Ecz. Jethu! Maiter Slender, cannot you see Heaven give you many, many merry days! bet marry poys?

Good husband, let us every one go home, Pagz. , I am vex'd at heart : What shall I do? And laugh this sport o'er by a country fire;

Ms. Page. Good George, be not angry; I knew Sir John and all. of vor purpose; turn'd my daughter into green ; Fod. Let it be fo:

--Sir John, si indeed, she is now with the doctor at the To malter Brook you yet shall hold your word; Sekery, and there married.

For he, to-night, shali lye with mistress Ford. Enter Caius.

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

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ifficult passage commentators are greatly' divided. Dr. Farmer's conje&ture, that we Mhould read, " Ignorance ittelf pa pazzat o'er me," appears io be the most intelligible,

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

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

For common justice, you are as pregnant s in,
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As art and practice hath enrich'd any
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That we remember : There is our commiffion,
D. . Of government the properties to unfold, From which we would not have you warp.-Call
Would lem in me to affect speech and discourse; I say, bid come before us Angelo. [hither,
Seze I am put to know?, that your own science, What figure of us think you he will bear?
Exceeds, in that, the lifts 3 of all advice

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

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* The story of this play is taken from the Promos and Cassandra of George Whetstone, published is 3578, and which was probably originally borrowed from Cinthio's Novels. 2 Meaning, I am sbrized to acknowledge. * 3 Limits. 4. This passage has much exercised the sagacity of different C:2013. Theobald is of opinion, that either from the impertinence of the actors, or the negligence of the copyiits, it has come mutilated to us by a line being accidentally left out, and proposes 10 read thus;

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

And let them work.
& Tha 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 Jufficiency

, which he fays here means anty, and then the sense will be as follows: Put your jkill in governing (lays the duke) to the u ukich I give you to exercise it, and let them work together. Dr. Johnson, however, approves Keither of Theobald's conjecture, nor of Warburton's amendment. $ That is, reuwy, or knowing . • That is, of special favour or affection,

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