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but she hopes, there will come a time. I never Ford. I make bold, to press with so little preknew a woman so dote upon a man; surely, 1 paration upon you. think you have charms, la; yes, in truth.

Ful. You're welcome: What's your will? Give Fal. Not I, I assure thee; setting the attraction us leave, drawer.

[Exit Bardolph. of my good parts aside, I have no other charms. 5 Ford. Sir, I am a gentleman that have spent Quic. Blessing on your heart fort.

much; my name is Brook. Ful. But, I pray thee, tell me this: has Ford's Ful. Good master Brook, I desire more acwife, and Page's wife, acquainted each other how quaintance of you. they love me?

Ford. Good sir John, I sue for yours: not to Quic. That were a jest indeed!—they have not so 10 charge you“; for I must let you understand, I little grace, I hope :—that were a trick, indeed! think myself in better plight for a lender than you But mistress Page would desire you to send her are: the which had something embolden'd me to your little page, of all loves'! her husband has a this unseason'd intrusion; for they say, if money inarvellous intection to the little page; and, truly, go before, all ways do lie open. master Page is an honest man. Never a wife in 15 Fal. Money is a good soldier, sir, and will on. Windsor leads a better life than she does; do what Ford. Troth, and I have a bag of money here she will, say what she will, take all, pay all, go troubles me: if you will help me to bear it, sir to bed when she list, rise when she list, all is as Johin, take all, or half, for easing me of the carriage. she will; and, truly, she 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 20 your porter. must send her your page ; no remedy.

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

the hearing: Quic. Nay, but do so then: and, look you, he may Fal. Speak, good master Brook; I shall be glad come and go between you both; and, in any case, to be your servant. have a nay-word”, that you may know one another's 25 Ford. Sir, I hear you are a scholar,--I will be mind, and the boy never need to understand any brief with you;—and you have been a man long thing; for 'tis not good that children should known to me, though I had never so good means, know any wickedness: old folks, you know, have as desire, to make myself acquainted with you.

I discretion, as they say, and know the world. shall discover a thing to you, wherein I must very

Fal. Fare thee well: commend me to them 30 much lay open mine own imperfection : but both : there's my purse; I am yet thy debtor.- good sir John, as you have one eye upon my folBoy, go along with this woman.

--This news

lies, as you hear them unfolded, turn another indistracts me!

[Exeunt Quickly and Robin. to the register of your own; that I may pass with Pist. This pink'is one of Cupid's carriers;- a reproof the easier, sith’ you yourself know, Clapon more sails ; pursue; up with your fights*: 35 how easy it is to be such an offender. Give fire; she is iny prize, or ocean whelm them Fal. Very well, sir, proceed. all!

[Exit Pisto!. Ford. There is a gentlewoman in this town, Fal. Say'st thou so, old Jack? go thy ways; I'll her husband's name is Ford. make more of thy old body than I have done. Fal. Well, sir. Will they yet look after thee? Wilt thou, after the 401 Ford. Ihave long lov'd her, and, I protest to you, expence of so much money, be now a gainer: bestow'd much on her; follow'd her with a doting Good body, I thank thee: let them say, 'tis observance; engross’d opportunities to meet her; grossly done, so it be fairly done, no matter. fee'devery slight occasion, that could brit niggardly Enter Bardolph.

give me sight of her; not only bought many pre

45 sents to give her, but have given largely to many, Bard. Sir John, there's one master Brook be

to know what she would havegiven; briefly, I have low would tain speak with you, and be acquaint

pursued her, as love hath pursued me; which hath' ed with you; and hath sent your worship a morn

been, on the wing of all occasions. But whatsover ing's draught of sack.

I have merited, either in my mind, or in my means, ful. Brook, is his name?

150 meed", I am sure, I have receiv'd none; unless Bard. Ay, sir. Fal. Call bin in: [Erit Bardolph.] Such Brooks

experience be a jewel; that I have purchas'd at an

intinite rate; and that hath taught me to say this: are welcome to me, that o'erflow such liquor.

Love like a sbadow flies, wben sutst.ince love pursues, Ah! ah! mistress Ford and mistress Page, have

Pursuing that that flies, and fiying zehat pursues. I encompass'd you ? go, to; via'!

55 Ful. Have you receiv'd no promise of satisface Re-enter Bardolph, with Ford disguis'd. tion at her hands? Ford. Bless you, sir.

Ford. Never, Fal. And you, sir : Would you speak with me Ful. Have you importun'd her to suchapromise?

* Of all loves, signifies no more than to send him by all means. ? That is, a watch-word. is a vessel of the small craft, enıployed as a carrier for merchants. * Fights are cloaths bung round the ship to conceal the men from the enemy, and close-fights are bulk-heads, or any other shelter that the fabrick of a ship atfords. 5 A cant plirase of exultation common in the old plays. • Meaning, pot with a view of putting you to expence. ? That is, since. • That is, reward.

Ford.

A pink

Ford. Never.

Fal. Hang him, poor cuckoldly knave! I know Fal. Of what quality was your love then? him not :-yet I wrong him to call him poor; they

Ford. Like a fair house, built upon another say the jealous wittoly knave hath masses of moman's ground; so that I have lost my editice, by ney; for the which, his wife seems to me well-famistaking the place where I erected it. 5 vour'd. I will use her as the key of the cuckoldly

Fal. To what purpose have you unfolded this rogue's coffer; and there's my harvest-home. to me?

Ford. I would you knew Ford, sir ; that you Ford. When I have told you that, I have told might avoid him, if you saw bim. you all. Some say, that, though she appear ho- ful. Hang him, mechanical salt-butter rogue! I nest to me, yet, in other places, she enlargeth 10 will stare him out of his wits; I will awe him with her mirth so far, that there is shrewd construction my cudgel; it shall hang like a meteor o'er the made of her. Now, sir John, here is the heart of cuckold's horns: master Brook, thou shalt know, my purpose: You are a gentieman of excellent I will predominate over the peasant, and thou shalt breeding, admirable discourse, of great admit- llie with bis wife.-Come to me soon at night: tance', authentic in your place and person, ge-15 Ford's a knave, and I will aggravate his stile ; nerally allow'l for many war-like, court-like, thou, master Brook, shalt know him for knave and learned preparations.

and cuckold :-come to me soon at night. [Erit. Fal. ( sir !

Ford. What a damn'd Epicurean rascal is this! Ford. Believe it, for you know it:—There is My heart is ready to crack with impatience. Who money; spend it, spend it ; spend more ; spend 20 says, this is improvident jealousy? my wife hath all I have; only give me so much of your time sent to him, the houristix’d, the match is made: in exchange of it, as to lay an amiable siege to Would any man have thought this? See the hell of the honesty of this Ford's wife: use your art of having a false woman! my bed shall be abus'd, my wooing, win her to consent to you; if any man coffers ransack'd, my reputation gnawn at; and I may, you may as soon as any.

25 shall not only receive this villainous wrong, but Ful. Would it apply well to the vehemence stand under the adoption of abominable terms, and of your affection, that I should win what you by hiin that does me this wrong. Terms! names ! would enjoy? methinks, you prescribe to your- FAmaimon sounds well; Lucifer, well; Barbaself very preposterously.

son, well; yet they are devils'additions, the names Ford. O, understand inv drift! she dwells so se- 30 of fiends: but cuckold! wittol! cuckold! the decurely on the excellency of her honour, that the fol- vil hinself hath not such a name. Page is an ass, Jy ofiny soul dares not presentitself;she istoo bright a secure ass; he will trust his wife, he will not be to be look'd against. Now, could I come to her jealous: I will rather trust a Fleming with my butwith any detection in my hand, my desires had 'in- ter, parson Hugh the Welchman with my cheese, stance and argument to commend themselves; I 35 an Irishman with my aqua vita bottle, or a thief could driveberthen from the ward'ofherpurity, her lo walk my ambling gelding, than my wife with herreputation, her marriage-vow, anda thousand other self; then she plots, then she ruminates, then she her defences, which are now too strongly embat- devises: and what they think in their hearts they tled against me: What say you to't, sir John? may effect, they will break their hearts but they

Ful. Master Brook, I will first make bold with 40 will effect. Heaven be prais'd for my jealousy! your money; next, give me your hand; and last, Eleven o'clock the hour ;-) will prevent this, as I am a gentleman, you shall, if you will, en- detect my wife, be reveng'd on Falstaff, and joy Ford's wife.

laugh at Page: I will about it;-better three hours Ford. O good sir !

too soon, than a minute too late. Fie, fie, fie! Fal. Master Brook, I say you shall.

45 cuckold! cuckold! cuckold!

[Exit. Ford. Want no money, sir John, you shall

SCENE III. want none, Fal. Want no mistress Ford, master Brook,

Windsor Park. you shall want none. I shall be with her (I may

Enter Caius and Rugby. tell you) by her own appointment; even as you 50 Caius. Jack Rugby? came in to me, her a sistant, or go-between, part

Rug. Sir. ed from me: I say, I shall be with her between ten Caius. Vat is the clock, Jack? and eleven; for at that time the jealous rascally Rug. 'Tis past the hour, sir, that sir Hugh knave, her husband, will be forth. Come you to promis’d to meet. me at night; you shall know how I speed. 55 Caius. By gar, he has save his soul, dat he is

Ford. I am blest in your acquaintance. Do no conie; he lias pray his Pible vell, dat he is no you kuow Ford, sir?

come: by gar, Jack Rugby, he is dead already,

lif he be come. · Meaning, admitted into all, or the greatest companies. ' Allowed is approved. 'Instance is erample. • Meaning, the defence of it.

Rug

Rug. He is wise, sir; he knew, your worship ja wise and patient churchman: you must go with would kill hiin, if he came.

me, master doctor. Caius. By gar, de herring is no dead, so as I Host. Pardon, guest justice: A word, monvill kill him. Take your rapier, Jack'; I vill tell sieur mock-water?. you how I vill kill him.

5 Caius. Mock-vater! vat is dat? Rug. Alas, sir, I cannot fence.

Host. Mock-water, in our English tongue, is Cuius. Villan-a, take your rapier.

valour, bully. Rug. Forbear; here's company.

Caius. By gar, then I have as much mock-vater Enter Host, Shallow, Slender, and Page. as de Englishman:-Scurvy-jack-dog-priest! by Host. 'Bless thee, bully doctor.

10 gar, me vill cut his ears. Shal. 'Save you, master doctor Caius.

Host. He will clapper-claw thee tightly, bully. Page. Now, good master doctor.

Caius. Clapper-de-claw! vat is dat? Sl: n. Give you good-morrow, sir.

Host. That is, he will make thee amends. Caius. Vat be all you, one, two, tree, four, Caius. By gar, me do look he shall clapper-decome for?

15 claw me; for, by gar, me vill have it. Host. To see thee fight, to see thee foin', to see Host. And I will provoke him to't, or let him thee traverse, to see thee here, to see thee there; to wag. see thee pass thy punto, thy stock', thy reverse, thy Caius. Me tank you for dat. distance, thy montant. Is he dead, my Ethiopian? Host. And moreover, bully,—But first, master is he dead, my Francisco? ha, bully? What says 20 guest, and master Page, and eke cavalero Slender, my Æsculapius? my Galen? my heart of elder go you through the town to Frogmore? ha! is he dead, bully Stalet? is he dead?

[Aside to them. Caius. By gar, he is de coward Jack priest Page. Sir Hugh is there, is he? of de vorld; he is not shew his face.

Host. He is there: see what humour he is in; Host. Thou art a Castilian 5 king, Urinal ! 25 and I will bring the doctor about the tields: will Hector of Greece, my boy!

lit do well? Caius. I pray you bear vitness dat me have Shall. We will do it. stay six or seven, two, tree hours for him, and All. Adieu, good master doctor. he is no come.

[Exeunt Page, Shallow, and Slender. Shal. He is the wiser man, master doctor: he 30 Caius. By gar, me vill kill de priest ; for he is a curer of souls, and you a curer of bodies; if speak for a jack-a-pape to Anne Page. you should fight, you go against the hairs of your Host. Let him die: but, first, sheath thy improfessions: is it not true, master Page? patience; throw cold water on thy choler : go

Page. Master Shallow, you have yourself been about the fields with me through Frogmore; I a great fighter, though now a man of peace. 35 will bring thee where Mrs. Anne Page is, at a

Shal. Body-kins, master Page, though I now farm-house a feasting; and thou shalt woo her : be old, and of the peace, if I see a sword out, my Cry'd game", said I well? finger itches to make one: though we are justices, Caius. By gar, me tank you for dat: by gar, and doctors, and churchmen, master Page, we I love you, and I shall procure-a you de good have some salt of our youth in us; we are the 40 guest, de earl, de knight, de lords, de gentlemen, sons of women, master Page.

my patients. Page. 'Tis true, master Shallow.

Host. For the which, I will be thy adversary Shal. It will be found so, master Page. Master toward Anne Page, said I well? doctor Caius, I am come to fetch you home. I Caius. By gar, 'tis goud; vel said. am sworn of the peace: you have shew'd yourself 45 Host. Leg us wag then. a wise physician, and sir Hugh hath shewn himself Caius. Come at my heels, Jack Rugby. [Ereunt.

To foin, was the ancient term for making a thrust in fencing, or tilting. ? Stock is a corruption of stocata, Ital. from which language the technical terms that follow, are also adopted.

3 We must remember, to make this joke relish, that the elder tree has no heart. Probably this expression was made use of in opposition to the common one, heart of ouk. * The reason for calling Cajus bully Stale, and afterwards Urinal, must be sufficiently obvious to every reader. · Castilian and Ethiopian, like Cataian, appear in our author's time to have been cant terms. 6 This is a proverbial phrase, and is taken froin stroking the hair of animals a contrary way to that in which it grows, and is of similar import with that now in use, against the grain. Perhaps by mock-water, is meant counterfeit. The water of a gem is a technical term. Dr. Warburton thinks it should be read thus, CRY AIM, said I well? i. e. consent to it, approve of it. Have not I made a good proposal for to cry aim signities to consent to, or approve of any thing. The phrase was taken originally from archery. Mr. Steevens defends, however, the present reading, and conjectures, that cry'd game might mean in those daysa profess'd buck, one who was as well known by the report of his gallantry, as he could have been by proclamation.

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SCENE I.

son, is at most odds with his own gravity and Frogmore.

patience, that ever you saw.

Shal. I have liv'd fourscore years, and up-
Enter Erans and Simple.

ward; I never heard a man of his place, gravity, Era. I

PRAY you now, good master Slender's 5 and learning, so wide of his own respect.

serving-man, and friend Simple by your Era. What is he? name, which way have you looked for master Puge. I think you know him ; master doctor Caius, that calls himself Doctor of Physick ? Caius, the renowned French physician.

Simp. Marry, sir, the Pitty-wary', the Park- Evu. Got's will, and his passion o'my heart! I ward, every way; old Windsor way, and every 10 had as lief you would tell me of a mess of porridge. way but the town way.

Puge. Why? Era. I most feheniently desire you, you will Evu. He has no more knowledge in Hiboalso look that way.

crates and Galen,-and he is a knave besides; a Simp. I will, sír.

cowardly knave, as you would desires to be acEva. 'Pless my soul! how full of cholers I am, 15 quainted withal. and trempling of mind !-I shall be glad, if he Page. I warrant you, he's the man should have deceiv'd me: how melancholies I am!- fight with him. will knog his urinals about his knave's costard, Slen. O, sweet Anne Page ! when I have good opportunities for the 'ork:

Enter Host, Caius, and Rugby. 'pless my soul !

[Sings. 20. Shal. It appears so, by his weapons :-Keep By shallow rivers, to whose falls

them asunder;—here comes doctor Caius.
Alelodious birds sing madrigals ;

Page. Nay, good master parson, keep in your
There will we make our peds of roses, weapon.
And a thousand vragrant posies.

Shal. So do you, good master doctor.
By shallow

Host. Disarm them, and let them question; let 'Mercy on me! I have a great dispositions to cry. them keep their limbs whole, and hackour English, Melodious birds sing madrigals;

Caius. I pray you, let-a me speak a word vit
When as I sat in Babylon-

your ear: Verefore vill you not meet-a me?
And a thousand dragrant posies.

Eva. Pray you, use your patience: In good time.
By shallow

[Hugh. 30

Caius. By gar, you are de coward, de Jack Simp. Yonder he is coming, this way, sir

dog, John ape. Evu. He's welcome:

Eva. Pray you, let us not be laughing-stogs to
By shallow rivers, to whose fulls-

other men's humours; I desire you in friendship, Heaven

prosper the right!-What weapons is he? and will one way or other make you amends :-) Simp. No weapons, sir : There comes my mas- 35 will knog your urinals about your knave's cogster, master Shallow, and another gentleman from combs, for missing your meetings and appointe: Frogmore, over the stile, this way.

ments.
Eru. Pray you, give me my gown; or else Caius. Diable !~ Jack Rugby,-mine Host de
keep it in your arms.

Jarterre, have I not stay for him, to kill him?
Enter Page, Shallow, and Slender. 40 have I not, at de place I did appoint?
Shal. How now, master parson? Good-mor- Era. As I am a christians soul, now, look

you,
sow, good sir Hugh. Keep a gamester from the this is the place appointed; I'll be judgment by
dice, and a good student from his book, and it is mine host of the Garter.
wonderful.

Host. Peace, I say, Gallia and Gaul, French Slen. Ah sweet Anne Page!

45 and Welch, soul-curer and bodyPuge. Save you, good sir Hugh!

Caius. Ay, dat is very good! excellent!
Eva. 'Pless you from his mercy sake,all of you ! Host. Peace, I say; hear mine host of the Gar-

Shal. What the sword and the word! do you ter. Am I politick? am I subtle? am I a Mastudy them both, master parson?

chiavel ? Shall I lose my doctor ? no; he gives me Page. And youthful still, in your doublet and 50 the potions, and the motions. Shall I lose my parhose, this raw rheumatick day?

con: my priest? my sir Hugh? no; he gives me Era. There is reasons and causes for it.

the pro-verbs, and the no-verbs. Give me thy Puge. We are come to you, to do a good of- hand,terrestrial; so:-Give methy hand, celestial: fice, master parson.

so.—Boys of art, I have deceiv'd you both; I have Eva. Fery well : What is it?

|55 directed you to wrong places: your hearts are Page. Yonder is a most reverend gentleman, mighty, your skins are whale, and let burnt sack be who, belike, having receiv'd wrong by some per- the issue.-Come, lay their swords to pawn:

· The old editious read, the Pittie-ward, the modern editors, the Pitty-zary. There are now 10 places answering to either of these names at Windsor.

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Follow me, lad of peace; follow, follow, follow. the gives her folly motion, and advantage: and now

Shal. Trust me, a mad host.–Follow, gentle she's going to my wife, and Falstaff's boy with her, men, follow,

A man may bear this shower sing in the wind !Slen. O, sweet Anne Page!

and Falstail's boy with her! -Good plots ! [Exeunt Shal. Slen. Page, and Host. 5 they are laid; and our revolted wives share damCaius. Ha! do I perceive dat? have you nation together. Well; I will take him, then tormake-a de sot of us? ha! ha!

ture my wife, pluck the borrow'd veil of modesty Eva. This is well: he has made us his vlouting from the so seeming mistress Page, divulge Page stog.—I desire you, that we may be friends; and himself for a secure and wilful Actxon; and to let us knog our prains together to be revenge on 10 these violent proceedings all my neighbours shall this same scald , scurvy, cogging companion, the cry aim'. The clock gives me my cue, and my host of the Garter.

assurance bids me search; there I shall find Fal: Caius. By gar, vit all my heart; he promise to staff: I shall be rather prais’d for this, than bring me vere is Anne Page: by gar, he deceive mock’d; for it is as positive as the earth is firm, me too.

15 that Falstaff is there: I will go. Eva. Well, I will smite his noddles:—Pray Enter Page, Shallow, Slender, Host, Evans, and

Caius.
SCENE II.

Shal. Page, fc. Well met, master Ford.
The street in Windsor.

Ford. Trust me, a good knot : I have good

20 cheer at home; and, I pray you, all go with me. Enter Mistress Page and Robin.

Shal. I must excuse myself, master Ford. Mrs. Page. Nay, keep your way, little gal- Slen. And so must I, sir; we have appointed to Jant: you were wont to be a follower, but now dine with mistress Anne, and I would not break you are a leader : Whether had you rather lead with her for more money than I'll speak of. mine eyes, or eye your master's heels ?

25 Shal. We have linger'd about a match between Rob. I had rather, forsooth, go before you like Anne Page and my cousin Slender, and this day a man, than follow him like a dwarf.

we shall have our answer. Mrs. Page. O, you are a flattering boy; now Slen. I hope I have your good-will, father Page. I see, you'll be a courtier.

Page. You have, master Slender; I stand wholly Enter Ford.

30 for you :-but my wife, master doctor, is for you Ford. Well met, mistress Page: Whither go altogether. you?

Caius. Ay, by gar, and de maid is love-a-me; Mrs. Page. Truly, sir, to see your wife; is my

nursh-a Quickly tell me so mush. she at home?

Host. What say you to young master Fenton? Ford. Ay; and as idle as she may hang toge-35 he capers, he dances, he has eyes of youth, he ther, for want of company: I think if your hus- writes verses, he speaks holy-dayî, he smells bands were dead, you two would marry. April and May: he will carry't, he will carry't ; Mrs. Page. Be sure of that,—two other hus

l'tis in his buttons'; he will carry't. bands.

Page. Not by my consent, I promise you. The Ford. Where had you this pretty weather-cock:40 gentleman is of no having“: he kept company

Mrs. Page. I cannot tell what the dickens his with the wild prince and Poins; he is of too high name is my husband had him of: What do you a region, he knows too much. No, he shall not call your knight's name, sirrah?

knit a knot in his fortunes with the finger of my Rob. Sir John Falstaff.

substance: if he take her, let him take her sima Ford. Sir John Falstaff!

45 ply; the wealth I have waits on my consent, Mrs. Puge. He, he! I can never hit on's name. and my consent goes not that way. There is such a league between my good man and Ford. I beseech you, heartily, some of you go he!-Is your wife at home, indeed?

home with me to dinner: besides your cheer, Ford. Indeed she is.

you shall have sport; I will shew you a monMrs. Page. By your leave, sir;—I am sick’till 50 ster.—Master doctor, you shall go :-so shall I see her. [Ereunt Mrs. Page and Robin. you, master Page;—and you, sir Hugh. Ford. Has Page any brains? hath be any eyes? Shal. Well, fare you well:

1:-we shall have the hath he any thinking sure they sleep; he hath no freer wooing at master Pages. use of them. Why, this boy will carry a letter twenty Caius. Go home, John Rugby; I come anon. miles, as easy as a cannon will shoot point blank 55 Host. Farewell, my hearts: I will to my hotwelve score. He pieces-out his wife's inclination; nest knight Falstaff, and drink canary with him.

'Scall was an old word of reproach, as scab was afterwards. · Setming is specious. shall encourage. That is, in an high-flown, fustian style. It was called a holi;-day style, from the old custom of acting their farces of the mysteries and moralities, which were turgid and bombast, on holy-days. This alludes to an old custom among the country fellows, of trying whether they should succeed with their mistre ses, by carrying the baicht lor's buttons (a plant whose flowers resemble a coat-button) in their pockets ; and they judged of their good or bad success, by their growing, or their not growing there. Haring is the same as estate or fortune. 01

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