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For whose dear sake thou didst then rend thy Pro. But how cam'st thou by this ring? faith
At my depart I gave this unto Julia. Into a thousand oaths; and all those oaths Jul. And Julia herself did give it me; Descended into perjury, to love me.
And Julia herself hath brought it hither. Thou hast no faith left now, unless thou'dst Pro. How ! Julia !
(none Ful. Behold her that gave aim to all thy And that's far worse than none : better have and entertain'd them deeply in her heart : Than plural faith, which is too much by one. How oft hast thou with perjury cleft the root ! Thou counterfeit to thy true friend !
O Proteus ! let this habit make thee blush : Pro.
In love Be thou asham'd, that I have took upon me Who respects friend?
Such an immodest raiment,-if shame live S:l.
All men but Proteus. In a disguise of love. Pro. Nay, if the gentle spirit of moving It is the lesser blot, modesty finds, words
Women to change their shapes, than men their Can no way change you to a milder form,
minds. I'll woo you like a soldier, at arms' end,
Pro. Than men their minds ! 'tis true. 0 And love you 'gainst the nature of love,--force heaven! were man Sil. O heaven!
[you. But constant, he were perfect : that one error Pro. I'll force thee yield to my desire. Fills him with faults; makes him run through Val. (Coming forward.] Ruffian, let go that all sins: rude uncivil touch ;
Inconstancy falls off, ere it begins. Thou friend of an ill-fashion !
What is in Silvia's face, but I may spy Pro. Valentine! (faith or love ; More fresh in Julia's, with a constant eye? : Val. Thou common friend, that's without Val. Come, come, a hand from either. (For such is a friend now) treach'rous man ! Let me be blest to make this happy close: Thou hast beguild my hopes: nought but "Twere pity two such friends should be long
foes. Could have persuaded me. Now I dare not say, Pro. Bear witness, heaven, I have my wish I have one friend alive : thou wouldst dis
for ever. prove me.
[hand Jul. And I mine. Who should be trusted now, when one's right Enter Outlaws, with Duke and Thurio. Is perjur'd to the bosom? Proteus,
Out. A prize ! a prize ! a prize! (the duke. ---I am sorry I must never trust the more, Val. Forbear, forbear, I say ! it is my lord But count the world a stranger for thy sake. Your grace is welcome to a man disgrac'd, The private wound is deepest. O time most Banished Valentine. Duke. Sir Valentine ! curst!
(worst ! Thu. Yonder is Silvia ; and Silvia's mine. Mongst all foes, that a friend should be the Val. Thurio, give back, or else embrace thy
Pro. My shame and guilt confound me.- death. Forgive me, Valentine. If hearty sorrow Come not within the measure of my wrath : Be a sufficient ransom for offence,
Do not name Silvia thine ; if once again, I tender't here; I do as truly suffer,
Milano shall not hold thee. Here she stands : As e'er I did commit.
Take but possession of her with a touch ;Val.
Then, I am paid ; I dare thee but to breathe upon my love. And once again I do receive thee honest.- Thu. Sir Valentine, I care not for her, I: Who by repentance is not satisfied,
I hold him but a fool, that will endanger Is nor of heaven, nor earth; for these are His body for a girl that loves him not : pleas'd.
I claim her not, and therefore she is thine. By penitence th' Eternal's wrath's appeas'd :- Duke. The more degenerate and base art And, that my love may appear plain and free, thou, All that was mine in Silvia I give thee. To make such means for her as thou hast done, Jul. O me unhappy!
[Faints. And leave her on such slight conditions. -Pro. Look to the boy.
Now, by the honour of my ancestry, Val. Why, boy! why, wag! how now! I do applaud thy spirit, Valentine, What's the matter? look up ; speak.
And think thee worthy of an empress' love: Jul. O good sir, my master charg'd me to Know then, I here forget all former griefs, deliver a ring to Madam Silvia; which, out of Cancel all grudge, repeal thee home again : my neglect, was never done.
Plead a new state in thy unrivall'd merit, Pro. Where is that ring, boy?
To which I thus subscribe, -Sir Valentine, Jul. Here 'tis : this is it. [Gives a ring. Thou art a gentleman, and well deriv'd;
Pro. How ! let me see !-why, this is the ring Take thou thy Silvia, for thou hast deserv'd her. I gave to Julia.
Val. I thank your grace ; the gift hath made Jul. O. cry you mercy, sir; I have mistook : me happy. This is the ring you sent to Silvia.
I now beseech you, for your daughter's sake, (Shows another ring. To grant one boon that I shall ask of you.
Duke. I grant it, for thine own, whate'er it With our discourse to make your grace to be.
smile. Val. These banish'd men, that I have kept What think you of this page, my lord ? withal,
Duke. I think the boy hath grace in him : Are men endu'd with worthy qualities :
(than boy. Forgive them what they have committed here, Val. I warrant you, my lord, -more grace And let them be recall'd from their exile : Duke. What mean you by that saying ? They are reformed, civil, full of good,
Val. Please you, I'll tell you as we pass And fit for great employment, worthy lord.
along, Duke. Thou hast prevail'd; I pardon them, That you will wonder what hath fortuned.-and thee :
Come, Proteus ; 'tis your penance, but to hear Dispose of them, as thou know'st their deserts. The story of your loves discovered : Come ; let us go : we will include all jars That done, our day of marriage shall be yours ; With triumphs, mirth, and rare solemnity. One feast, one house, one mutual happiness. Val. And as we walk along, I dare be bold
MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR.
DRAMATIS PERSONÆ. Sir John Falstaff.
Bardolph, Pistol, Nym, followers of Falstaff. Fenton.
Robin, page to Falstaff. Shallow, a Country Justice.
Simple, servant to Slender.
Rugby, servant to Dr. Caius.
Mistress Page. Sir Hugh Evans, a Welsh Parson.
Anne Page, her daughter, in love with Fenton. Dr. Caius, a French Physician.
Mistress Quickly, servant to Dr. Caius.
Servants to Page, Ford, &C.
Shal. The luce is the fresh fish ; the salt fish
is an old coat. SCENE I.-Winds Before Page's House.
Slen. I may quarter, coz? Enter Justice Shallow, Slender, and Shal. You may, by marrying. Sir Hugh Evans.
Eva. is marring, indeed, if he quarter it. Shal. Sir Hugh, persuade me not ; I will Shal. Not a whit. make a Star-chamber matter of it: if he were Eva. Yes, py'r lady ; if he has a quarter of twenty Sir John Falstaffs, he shall not abuse your coat, there is but three skirts for yourself, Robert Shallow, Esquire.
in my simple conjectures: but that is all one. Slen: In the county of Gloster, justice of If Sir John Falstaff have committed disparagepeace and coram.
ments unto you, I am of the church, and will Shal. Ay, cousin Slender, and cust-alorum. be glad to do my benevolence, to make atone
Slen. Ay, and ratolorum too; and a gen- ments and compromises between you. tleman born, master parson ; who writes him- Shal. The council shall hear it : it is a self armigero, --in any bill, warrant, quittance riot. or obligation, armigero.
Eva. It is not meet the council hear a riot ; Shal. Ay, that I do ; and have done any there is no fear of Got in a riot : the council, time these three hundred years.
look you, shall desire to hear the scar of Got, Slen. All his successors, gone before him, and not to hear a riot ; take your vizaments in have donet; and all his ancestors that come that. after him, may : they may give the dozen Shal. Ha! o'my life, if I were young again, white luces in their coat.
the sword should end it. Shal. It is an old coat.
Eva. It is petter that friends is the sword, Eva. The dozen white louses do become an and end it: and there is also another device in old coat well ; it agrees well, passant: it is a my prain, which, peradventure, prings good familiar beast to man, and signifies-love.
discretions with it: there is Anne Page, which ter penny,
is daughter to master George Page, which is is not that so, master Page? He hath wronged pretty virginity.
me; indeed, he hath ;-at a word, he hath ;Slen. Mistress Anne Page? She has brown believe me :-Robert Shallow, Esquire, saith, hair, and speaks small, like a woman. he is wronged.
Eva. It is that fery person for all the 'orld, Page. Here comes Sir John. as just as you will desire ; and seven hundred Enter Sir John Falstaff, Bardolph, Nym, pounds of monies, and gold, and silver, is her
and Pistol. grandsire, upon his death's-bed, (Got deliver to Fal. Now, master Shallow,-you'll coma joyful resurrections !) give, when she is able plain of me to the king ? to overtake seventeen years old. It were a goot Shal. Knight, you have beaten my men, motion, if we leave our pribbles and prabbles, killed my deer, and broke open my lodge. and desire a marriage between master Abra- Fal. But not kissed your keeper's daughter ? ham and Mrs. Anne Page.
Shal. Tut, a pin ! this shall be answered. Shal. Did her grandsire leave her seven Fal. I will answer it straight :- I have done hundred pound?
all this._That is now answered. Ev. Ay, and her father is make her a pet- Shal. The council shall know this.
Fal. "Twere better for you, if it were known Shal. I know the young gentlewoman ; she in counsel : you'll be laughed at. has good gifts.
Eva. Pauca verba, Sir John; goot worts. Eva. Seven hundred pounds, and possibili- Fal. Good worts ! good cabbage.-Slender, ties, is good gifts.
I broke your head; what matter have you Skal. Well, let us see honest master Page. against me? Is Falstaff there?
Slen. Marry, sir, I have matter in my head Eva. Shall I tell you a lie? I do despise a against you ; and against your coney-catching biar, as I do despise one that is false ; or as I rascals, Bardolph, Nym, and Pistol : they despise one that is not true. The knight, Sir carried me to the tavern, and made me drunk, John, is there ; and, I beseech you, be ruled and afterwards picked my pocket. by your well-willers. I will peat the door Bard. You Banbury cheese! for master Page. [Knocks.] What, ho! Got Slen. Ay, it is no matter. pless your house here !
Pist. How now, Mephostophilus ! Page. (Within.] Who's there?
Slen. Ay, it is no matter. Eva. Here is Got's plessing, and your friend, Nym. Slice, I say! pauca, pauca ; slice ! and justice Shallow ; and here young master that's my humour. Slender, that peradventures, shall tell you
Slen. 'Where's Simple, my man ?-can you another tale, if matters grow to your likings. tell, cousin ? Enter Page.
Eva. Peace, I pray you. Now let us Page. I am glad to see your worships well understand : there is three umpires in this I thank you for my venison, master Shallow. matter, as I understand ; that is-master Page,
Shal. Master Page, I am glad to see you: fidelicet, master Page ; and there is myself, much good do it your good heart! I wished fidelicet, myself; and the three party is, lastly your venison better ; it was ill kill'd.-How and finally, mine host of the Garter. doth good mistress Page ?-and I thank you Page. We three, to hear it, and end it be. always with my heart, la ; with my heart. tween them. Page. Sir, I thank you.
Eva. Fery goot : I will make a prief of it in Shal. Sir, I thank you ; by yea and no, I do. my note-book; and we will afterwards 'ork Page. I am glad to see you, good master upon the cause, with as great discreetly as we Slender.
[can. Slen. How does your fallow greyhound, sir? Pist. He hears with ears. I heard say, he was outrun on Cotsall.
Eva. The tevil and his tam ! what phrase is Page. It could not be judged, sir.
this, He hears with ear f" Why, it is affectaSlen. You'll not confess, you'll not confess. tions.
(purse? Skal. That he will not :-'tis your fault, Fal. Pistol, did you pick master Slender's 'tis your fault:—'Tis a good dog.
Slen. Ay, by these gloves, did he,-or I Page. A cur, sir.
would I might never come in mine own great Skal. Sir, he's a good dog, and a fair dog : chamber again else, -of seven groats in millcan there be more said ? he is good, and fair. sixpences, and two Edward shovel-boards, -is Sir John Falstaff here?
that cost me two shilling and two pence a. Page. Sir, he is within ; and I would I could piece of Yead Miller, by these gloves. do a good office between you.
Fal. Is this true, Pistol ? Eva. It is spoke as a Christians ought to Eva. No ; it is false, if it is a pick-purse. speak.
Pist. Ila, thou mountain foreigner ! - Sir Skal. He hath wronged me, master Page. John and master mine, Page. Sir, he doth in some sort confess it. I combat challenge of this latten bilboShal. If it be confessed, it is not redressed ;/Word of denial in thy labras here;
Word of denial : froth and scum, thou liest. says : pray you pardon me; he's a justice of
Slen. By these gloves, then, 'twas he, peace in his country, simple though I stand
Nym. Be avised, sir, and pass good here. humours. I will say, “ marry trap," with you, Eva. But that is not the question: the if you run the nuthook's humour on me; that question is concerning your marriage. is the very note of it.
Shal. Ay, there's the point, sir. Slen. By his that, then, he in the red face Eva. Marry, is it ; the very point of it ; to had it ; for though I cannot remember what I mistress Anne Page. did when you made me drunk, yet I am not Slen. Why, if it be so, I will marry her altogether an ass.
upon any reasonable demands. Fal. What say you, Scarlet and John ? Eva. But can you affection the 'oman?
Bard. Why, sir, for my part, say, the Let us command to know that of your mouth, gentleman had drunk himself out of his five or of your lips ; for divers philosophers hold, sentences,
that the lips is parcel of the mouth : therefore, Eva. It is his “ five senses:" fie, what the precisely, can you carry your good will to the ignorance is !
[her? Bard. And being fap, sir, was, as they say, Shal. Cousin Abraham Slender, can you love cashier'd ; and so conclusions pass'd the Slen. I hope, sir, I will do as it shall become careires.
one that would do reason. Slen, Ay, you spake in Latin then too; but Eva. Nay, Got's lords and his ladies, you 'tis no matter : I'll ne'er be drunk whilst I must speak possitable, if you can carry her live again, but in honest, civil, godly company, your desires towards her. for this trick ; if I be drunk, i'll be drunk Shal. That you must. Will you, upon good with those that have the fear of God, and not dowry, marry her? with drunken knaves.
(mind. Slen. I will do a greater thing than that, Eva. So Got 'udge me, that is a virtuous upon your request, cousin, in any reason.
Fal. You hear all these matters denied, Shal. Nay, conceive me, conceive me, sweet gentlemen ; you hear it.
coz : what I do, is to pleasure you, coz. Can Enter Anne Page, with Wine; Mistress you love the maid ? Ford and Mistress Page.
Slen. I will marry her, sir, at your request ; Page. Nay, daughter, carry the wine in ; but if there be no great love in the beginning, we'll dririk within.
[Exit Anne Page. yet heaven may decrease it upon better acSlen. O heaven ! this is mistress Anne Page. quaintance, when we are married, and have Page. How now, mistress Ford !
more occasion to know one another : I hope, Fal. Mistress Ford, by my troth, you are upon familiarity will grow more contempt; very well met: by your leave, good mistress. but if you say, "Marry her," I will marry her :
[K'issing her. that I am freely dissolved, and dissolutely. Page. Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome. - Eva. It is a fery discretion answer ; save, Come, we have a hot venison pasty to dinner: the faul' is in the 'ort" dissolutely :" the 'ort come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down is, according to our meaning, "resolutely."all unkindness.
His meaning is goot. [Exeunt all but Shallow, Slender, and Evans. Shal. Ay, I think my cousin meant well.
Slen. I had rather than forty shillings, I Slen. Ay, or else I would I might be hanged, had my book of Songs and Sonnets here. la. Enter Simple.
Shal. Here comes fair mistress Anne.--[ReHow now, Simple! Where have you been? enter Anne Page.] Would I were young for I must wait on myself, must I ? You have not your sake, mistress Anne. the Book of Riddles about you, have you ? Anne. The dinner is on the table; my father
Sim. Book of Riddles? why, did you not desires your worships' company. lend it to Alice Shortcake upon Allhallowmas Shal. I will wait on him, fair mistress Anne. last, a fortnight afore Michaelmas ?
Eva. Od's plessed will! I will not be abShal. Come, coz; come, coz; we stay for sence at the grace. you. A word with you, coz; marry, this,
(Exeunt Shallow and Sir H. Evans. coz: there is, as 'iwere a tender, a kind of Anne. Will't please your worship to come tender, made asar off by Sir Ilugh here: do in, sir? you understand me?
Slen. No, I thank you, forsooth, heartily ; I Slen. Ay, sir, you shall find me reasonable : am very well. if it be so, shall do that that is reason.
done. The dinner attends you, sir. Shal. Nay, but understand me.
Slen. I am not a-hungry, I thank you forSlen. So I do, sir.
sooth.-Go, sirrah, for all you are my man, Eva. Give ear to his motions, master go, wait upon my cousin Shallow.' [Exit Slender : I will description the matter to you, Simple.] A justice of peace sometime may be if you be capacity of it.
beholden to his friend for a man.---I keep but Slen. Nay, I will do as my cousin Shallow three men and a boy yet, till my mother be dead; but what though? yet I live like a poor
Host. What says my bully-rook? Speak gentleman born.
scholarly and wisely. Aane. I may not go in without your wor- Fal. Truly, mine host, I must turn away ship: they will not sit, till you come. some of my followers.
Slen. I'faith, I'll eat nothing ; I thank you Host. Discard, bully Hercules ; cashier : as much as though I did,
let them wag ; trot, trot. Anne. I pray you, sir, walk in.
Fal. I sit at ten pounds a week. Slen. I had rather walk here, I thank you. Host. Thou'rt an emperor, Cæsar, Keisar, I bruised my shin the other day with playing and Pheezar. I will entertain Bardolph ; he at sword and dagger with a master of fence, shall draw, he shall tap: said I well, bully three veneys for a dish of stewed prunes ;- Hector? and, by my troth, I cannot abide the smell of Fal. Do so, good mine host. hot meat since.- Why do your dogs bark so? Host. I have spoke ; let him follow.--Let be there bears i the town? (talked of. me see thee froth and lime : am at a word ; Anne. I think there are, sir, I heard them follow.
[Exit. Slen. I love the sport well ; but I shall as Fal. Bardolph, follow him. A tapster is a soon quarrel at it as any man in England. - good trade : an old cloak makes a new jerkin ; You are afraid, if you see the bear loose, are a withered serving-man, a fresh tapster. Go; Anne. Ay, indeed, sir. (you not ? adieu.
[thrive. Slen. That's meat and drink to me, now : Bard. It is a life that I have desired : I will I have seen Sackerson loose twenty times, and Pist. O base Gongarian wight! wilt thou have taken him by the chain; but, I warrant the spigot wield?
[Exit Bard. you, the women have so cried and shriek'd at Nym. He was gotten in drink : is not the it, that it passed : but women, indeed, cannot humour conceited ? His mind is not heroic, abide 'em; they are very ill-favoured rough and there's the humour of it. things.
Fal. I am glad I am so acquit of this tinderRe-enter Page.
box: his thefts were too open ; his filching Page. Come, gentie master Slender, come ; was like an unskilful singer, --he kept not time. We stay for you.
Nym. The good humour is to steal at a Slen. I'll eat nothing, I thank you, sir.
minute's rest. Page. By cock and pye, you shall not choose, Pist. Convey," the wise it call. "Steal!" sir: come, come.
roh ! a fico for the phrase ! Slen. Say, pray you, lead the way.
Fal. Well, sirs, I am almost out at heels. Page. Come on, sir.
Pist. Why, then, let kibes ensue. Sien. Mistress Anne, yourself shall go first. Fal. There is no remedy; I must coneyAnne. Not I, sir ; pray you, keep on. catch ; I must shift. Slen. Truly, I will not go first ; truly, la ; Pist. Young ravens must have food. I will not do you that wrong.
Fal. Which of you know Ford of this town? Anne, I pray you, sir.
Pist. I ken the wight : he is of substance Sien. I'll rather be unmannerly, than good.
[am about. troublesome. You do yourself wrong, indeed, Fal. My honest lads, I will tell you what I la. (Exeunt.
Pist. Two yards, and more.
fal. No quips now, Pistol : indeed, SCENE II.-The Same,
in the waist two yards about ; but I am now Enter Sir Hugh Evans and Simple. about no waste ; I am about thrist. Briefly, Ev. Go your ways, and ask of Dr Caius' I do mean to make love to Ford's wife : I spy house, which is the way: and there dwells one entertainment in her; she discourses, she mistress Quickly, which is in the manner of his carves, she gives the leer of invitation : I can purse, or his dry nurse, or his cook, or his construe the action of her familiar style ; and laundry, his washer, and his wringer.
the hardest voice of her behaviour, to be Sim. Well, sir.
Englished rightly, is, “ I am Sir John FalEva. Nay, it is petter yet.-Give her this staff's." letter; for it is a 'oman that altogethers ac- Pist. He hath studied her well, and transquaintance with mistress Anne Page : and the lated her well,-out of honesty into English. letter is, to desire and require her to solicit Nym. The anchor is deep: will that humour your master's desires to mistress Anne Page. pass ? I pray you, be gone. I will make an end of Fal. Now, the report goes, she has all the my dinner; there's pippins and cheese to come. rule of her husband's purse ; he hath a legion
[Exeunt. of angels. SCENE III.-d Room in the Garter Inn.
Pist. As many devils entertain ; and “ To
her, boy," say I. Enter Falstaff, Host, Bardolph, Nym, Pistol, Nym. The humour rises; it is good : humour and Robin.
me the angels. Ful, Mine host of the Garter,
Fal. I have writ me here a letter to her ;