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Pris play, which was probably written in the year 1600, was faulty and imperfect play in 1619, as he would have a legiti

catered at Stationers' Hall, by John Busby, Jan. 18, 1601:- mate claim to the inished MS. The first perfect and entire copy was published in the folio The events of the play are snpposed to take place between the of 1623. There had been previously two mutilated quarto first and second parts of Henry the Fourth.-Falstaff is still editions given to the public-one in the year 100%; the other, in favour at court, and the coupliment of Ford on his warlike 1619.-I agree with Mr. Boaden, in considering these to have preparatims, must allude to the good service he had dove at been printed from an imperfect copy, surreptitiously obtained Shrewsbury:, I be adventures of Falstaff, in this play, bear from some person in the employ of the theatre, or from tran- some resemblance to the Lovers of Pisa, a story in Tarleton's scription during the representation, and not, as has been sup- News out of Purgatory. posed, from the rough drauwht of an original play, which was The tradition respecting the origin of this inimitable comedy afterward revised and enlarged by the author.-lly reasons is, that Queen Elizabeth was so well pleased with the admifor holding this opinion are, tha' the charms which occur in rable character of falsuaff in The Tire Paris of Henry IV. the dialogue, are such as would render the story of the play that, as Mr. Rowe informs us, she commanded Shakspeare to almost unintelligible: of this Mr. Boaden quotes one instance, continue it for one play more, and shew him in love. To this in Act 1, Sc. t, where Dr. Caius says, sir Hugh send a command we owe the Verry Hures of llindsor ; which, Mr. you," and immediately sends him a challenge; in the folio, Gildon says, [Remarks ou Shakspeare's l'lays, 8vo. 1710,) he Mrs. Quickly had before told him that simple had come with was very well assured our author tinished in a fortnight. He a message from Parson Ungb; but this piece of information quotes no authority. The circumstance was first mentioned being onnitted in the first quarto edition, the Doctor's anger by Mr. Dennis. “This comedy," says he, in his Epistle is reudered unintelligible:-again, the quarto contains many Dedicatory to The Comical Gallant (an alteration of the preprofane and gross expressions, which are opitted in the folio, sent play, 1702, was written at her (Queen Elizabeth' and which might be expected to exist in a copy made during com niand, and by her direction, and she was so eager to su representatiou from the mouths of the players, who, we know it acted, that she commanded it to be finished in four' from Shakspeare's own complaint of them, were in the habit days; and was afterward, as tradition tells us, very wel! of uttering more of this kind of offensive matter than was set pleased at the representation."

The information, it is pro down for them by the author ;-again, had the copy been babie, came originally from Dryden, who, from his intimacy fairly obtained, with the consent of the author, 1q 1609, there with Sir William Davenabt, had an opportunity of learning would have been no reason for the editor's reprinting th many particulars concerning our author.


PERSUNS REPRESENTED. may: they may give the duzen white luces in their Sir John FALSTAFF.

Shal. It is an old coat. FENTON.

Eva. The dozen white louses do become an old coat Shallow, a country justice.

well; it agrees well, passant : it is a familiar beast SLENDER, cousin to Shallow.

to man, and signifies-love. Mr. FORD, Mr. Page, two gentlemen dwelling at

Shal. The luce is the fresh fish; the salt fish is an Windsor.

old coat. William Page, a bou, son to Mr. Page.

Slen. I may quarter, coz !. Sir Hugh Evans, a Welch parson.

Shal. You may, by marrying: Dr. Caius, a French physician.

Eva. It is marring, indeed, if he quarter it. Host of the Garter Inn.

Shal. Not a whit. BARDOLPH, Pistol, Nym, followers of Falstafi.

Eva. Yes, py'r-lady; if he has a quarter of your Robin, page to Falstaff.

coat, there is but three skirts for yourself, in my SIMPLE, servant to Slender.

simple conjectures : but this is all one : If sir John RUGBY, servant to Dr. Caius.

Falstaff have committed disparagements unto you, I Mrs. FORD.

am of the church, and will be glad to do my benevoMrs. PAGE.

lence, to make atonements and compromises between Mrs. ANNE Page, her daughter, in love with Fenton. you. Mrs. QUICKLY, servant to Dr. Caius.

Shal. The council shall hear it ; it is a riot.

Eva. It is not meet the council hear a riot; there Servants to Page, Ford, &c.

is no fear of Got in a riot : the council, look you, SCENE.-WINDSOR ; and the parts adjacent.

shall desire to hear the fear of Got, and not to hear a riot ; take your vizaments in that.

Shal. Ha ! o' my life, if I were young again, the

sword should end it. ACT I.

Eva. I. is petter that friends is the sword, and end

it: and there is also another device in my prain, SCENE I.-Windsor. Before Page's House. which, peradventure, prings goot discretions with it: Enter Justice SHALLOW, SLENDER,

There is Anne Page, which is daughter to master

George Page, which is pretty virginity. ant Sir Hugh Evans.

Slen. Mistress Anne Page? She has brown hair, Shal. Sir Hugh, persuade me not; I will make a and speaks small like a woman. Star-chamber matter of it: if he were twenty sir John Eva. It is that fery person for all the 'orld, as just Falstaffs, he shall not abuse Robert Shallow, esquire. as you will desire ; and seven hundred pounds of

Slen. In the county of Gloster, justice of peace, monies, and gold, and silver, is her grandsire, upon and coram.

his death's bed, (Got deliver to a joyful resurrerShal. Ay, cousin Slender, and Cust-alorum. tions !) give, when she is able to overtake seventeen

Slen, Ay, and ratolorum too; and a gentleman born, years old : it were a goot motion, if we leave our master parson ; who writes himself armigero ; in any pribbles and prabbles, and desire a marriage between bill, warrant, quittance, or obligation, armigero. master Abrahain, and mistress Anne Page.

Shar. Ay, that we do ; and have done any time Shal. Did her grandsire leave her seven hundred these three hundred years.

pound? Slen. All his successors, gone before him, have Eva. Ay, and her father is make her a pelle done't ; and all his ancestors, that come after him, penny.

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I know the young gentlewoman; she has Slen. Ay, it is no matter. gifts.

Pist. How now, Mephost rates: Eva. Seven hundred pounds, and possibilities, is Slen. Ay, it is no matter. good gifts.

Nym. Slice, I say! pavia Dayco lice! that's Shal. Well, let us see honest master Page : Is my humour. Falstaff there?

Slen. Where's Simple, Api

Dósan:-cau ou tell, Eva. Shall I tell you a lie ? I do despise a liar, as cousin ? I do despise one that is false; or, as I despise one Eva. Peace: I pray you ! Now 'el l's cadeistard : that is not true. The knight, sir John, is there ; and, There is three umpires i cis naiter, as ! under I beseech you, be ruled by your well-willers. I will stand : that is,-master Page weliset, master Page: peat the door (knocks.) for master Page. What, hoa ! and there is myself, fideli -, inyself; and the three Got pless your house here !

party is, lastly and inalla, nire host of the Garter.

Page. We three, to hear ondend it between tbem. Enter Page.

Eva. Ferry goot: I will make a frie! of it in my Page. Who's there?

note-book ; and we will uterwards 'ark upon the Eva. Here is Got's plessing, and your friend, and cause, with as great dis erently as we can justice Shallow : and here young master Slender ; Fal. Pisto!, ihat, peradventures, shall tell you another tale, Pist. He hears with ears matters grow to your likings.

Eva. The tevil with his t

a qarase is this Page. I am glad to see your worships well : I thank He hears with ear? Why, it' affectations. you for my venison, master Shallow.

Fal. Pistol, did you pick maste: Siender's purse? Shal. Master Page, I am glad to see you; Much Slen. Ay, by these gloves, otid he, (or I would good do it your good heart! I wished your venison might never come in mine owa great chamber again better; it was ili killed :- How doth good mistress else,) of seven groats in miitogrences, and mo Page ? - and I love you always with my heart, la ; Edward shovel-boards, that co. e ke two shilling and with my heart.

two pence a piece of Yead Mil'er, by these icioves. Page. Sir, I thank you.

Fal. Is this true, Pistol ? Shal. Sir, I thank you ; by yea and no, I do.

Eva. No; it is false, if it is a pickup ISO Page. I am glad to see you, good master Slender. Pist. Ha, thou mountain-foreigner's $'abr anni Slen. How does your fallow greyhound, sir? I heard

master mine, say, he was out-rún on Cotsale.

I combat challenge of this latten bi Page. It could not be judg'd, sir.

Word of denial in thy labras here; Slen. You'll not confess, you'll not confess.

Word of denial : froth and scum, tho Shal. That he will not ;-'tis your fault, 'tis your Slen. By these gloves, then 'twas he. fault :-'Tis a good dog.

Nym. Be advis'd, sir, and pass good amour : Page. A cur, sir.

will say, marry, trap, with you, if you rri tte 15Shal. Sir, he's a good dog, and a fair dog; Can hook's humour on me: that is the very no there be more said ? he is good, and fair. Is sir John Slen. By this hat, then, he in the red fas" Falstaff here?

for though I cannot remember what I did low on Page. Sir, he is within ; ana I would I could do a made me drunk, yet I am not aitogether an a good office between you.

Fal. What say you, Scarlet and John ? Eva. It is spoke as a Christians ought to speak. Bard. Why, sir, for my part, I say, the gentl Shal. He hath wrong'd me, master Page.

had drunk himself out of his five sentences. Page. Sir, he doth in some sort confess it.

. Eva. It is his five senses : fie, what the ignorance is Shal. If it be confess'd, it is not redress'd; is not Bard. And being fap, sir, was, as they say, cathat so, master Page ? He hath wrong'd me; indeed, shier'd ; and so conclusions pass'd the careires. he hath ;-at a word he hath ;--helieve me; Robert Slen. Ay, you spake in Latin then too; but 'tis no Shallow, esquire, saith, he is wrong'd.

matter : I'll ne'er be drunk whilst I live again, but Puge. Here comes sir John.

in honest, civil, godly company, for this trick: if :

be drunk, I'll be drunk with those that have the fear Enter Sir 'JOHN FALSTAFF, BARDOLPII, Nym,

of God, and not with drunken knaves. and PISTOL.

Eva. So Got 'udge me, that is a virtuous mind. Fal. Now, master Shallow ; you'll complain of me Fal. You hear all these matters denied, gentlemen ; 10 the king?

Shal. hinight, you have beaten my men, killed my deer, and broke open my lodge.

Enter Mistress Anne Page with wine ; Mistress Fal. But not kiss'd your keeper's daughter ?

Ford and Mistress Page following. Shal. Tut, a pin! this shall be answer'd.

Page. Nay, daughter, carry the wine in ; we 'U Fal. I will answer it straight ;-I have done all drink within.

[Erit Anne PAGE. this :_That is now answer'd.

Slen. O heaven! this is mistress Anne Page. Shal. The council shall know this.

Page. How now, mistress Ford ? Fal. 'Twere better for you, i. it were known in Fal. Mistress Ford, by my troth, you are very well counsel : you 'll be laugh'd at.

met: by your leave, good mistress. [kissing her. Eva. Pauca verba, sir John, goot worts.

Page. Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome : Fal. Good worts ! good cabbage.- Siender, I broke Come, we have a hot venison pasty to dinner; come, your head ; What matter have you against me ? gentlemen, I hope we shail drink down all unkind

Slen. Marry, sir, I have matter in my head against ness. [Ereunt all but Shal. SLENDER, and Evans. you; and against your coney-catching rascals, Bar- Slen. I had rather than forty shillings, I had my do’ph, Nym, and Pistol. They carried me to the book of Songs and Sonnets here :tavern, and made me drunk, and afterwards picked

Enter SIMPLE. mr pocket Bard You Banbury cheese'

How now, Simple! Where have you been? I must

you hear it.

wait on myself, must I? You have not The Book of peace sometime may be beholden to his friend for a Riddles about you, have you ?

man:-1 keep but three men and a boy yet, till my Sun. Book of Riddles! why, did not you lend it mother be dead : But what though? yet I live like to Alice Shortcake upon Allhallowmas last, a fort- a poor gentleman born. night asore Michaelmas ?

Anne. I may not go in without your worship: Shal. Come, coz; come, coz; we stay for you. they will not sit, till you come. A word with you, coz: marry, this, coz; There is, Ślen. I'faith, I'll eat nothing; I thank you as as 'twere, a tender, a kind of tender, made afar off by much as though I did. sir Hugh here ;-Do you understand me?

Anne. I pray you, sir, walk in. Slen. Ay, sir, you shall find me reasonable ; if it Slen. I had rather walk here, I thank you ; 1 he so, I shall do that that is reason.

bruised my shin the other day with playing at sword Shal. Nay, but understand me.

and dagger with a master of fence, three veneys for Slen. So I do, sir.

a dish of stewed prunes; and, by my troth, I cannot Eva. Give ear to his motions, master Slender : I abide the smell of hot meat since. Why do your dogs will description the matter to you, if you be capa- bark so ? be there bears i' the town. city of it.

Anne. I think there are, sir ; I heard them talked of. Šlen. Nay, I will do as my cousin Shallow says; Slen. I love the sport well; but I shall as soon I pray you, pardon me; he's a justice of peace in quarrel at it, as any man in England :—You are his country, simple though I stand here. afraid, if you see the bear loose, are you not?

Eva. But this is not the question ; the question Anne. Ay, indeed, sir. is concerning your marriage.

Slen. That's meat and drink to me now: I have Shal. Ay, there's the point, sir.

seen Sackerson loose twenty times; and have taken Eva. Marry, is it; the very point of it; to mis- him by the chain : but, I warrant you, the women tress Anne Page

have so cried and shriek'd at it, that it pass'd :-but Slen. Why, if it be so, I will marry her, upon women, indeed, cannot abide 'em; they are very ill any reasonable demands.

favoured rough things. Evan. But can you affection the 'oman ? Let us command to know that of your mouth, or of your

Re-enter Page. lips ; for divers philosophers hold, that the lips is Page. Come, gentle master Slender, come ; we parcel of the mouth ;—Therefore, precisely, can you stay for you. carry your good will to the maid?

Šlen. I'll eat nothing, I thank you,

sir. Shal. Cousin Abraham Slender, can you love her ? Page. By cock and pye, you shall not choose, sir ;

Sien. I hope, sir,--I will do, as it shall become come, come. one that would do reason.

Slen. Nay, pray you, lead the way. Eva. Nay, Got's lords and his ladies, you must Page. Come on, sir. speak possitable, if you can carry her your desires Slen. Mistress Anne, yourself shall go

first. towards her?

Anne. Not I, sir ; pray you, keep on. Shal. That you must : Will you, upon good dowry, Slen. Truly, I will not go first; truly, la : I will

not do you that wrong: Slen. I will do a greater thing than that, upon your Anne. I pray you, sir. request, cousin, in any reason.

Slen. I'll rather be unmannerly than troublesome, Shal. Nay, conceive me, conceive me, sweet coz; you do yourself wrong, indeed, Ia. [Ereunt. what I do, is to pleasure you, coz: Can you love the maid?

SCENE II.- The same. Slen. I will marry her, sir, at your request ; but

Enter Sir Hugh Evans and SIMPLE. if there be no great love in the beginning, yet heaFen may decrease it upon better acquaintance, when Eva. Go your ways, and ask uf Dr. Caius' house, we are married, and have more occasion to know one which is the way; and there dwells one mistress another: I hope, upon familiarity will grow more quickly, which is in the manner of his nurse, or his contempt: but if you say, marry her, I will marry dry nurse, or his cook, or his laundry, his washer, her, that I am freely dissolved, and dissolutely. and his wringer.

Eva. It is a fery discretion answer; save, the Simp. Well, sir. faul’ is in the 'ort dissolutely: the 'ort is, according Eva. Nay, it is petter yet: —give her this letter ; to our meaning, resolutely ;--his meaning is good. for it is a 'oman that altogether's acquaintance with

Shal. Ay, I think my cousin meant well. mistress Anne Page: and the letter is, to desire and Slen. Ay, or else I would I might be hanged, la. require her to solicit your master's desires to mistress

Aane Page : 1 pray you, begone ; I will make an Re-enter Anne Page.

end of my dinner; there's pippins and cheese to come. Shal. Here comes fair mistress Anne :-Would I

[Ereunt were young, for your sake, mistress Anne !

Anne. The dinner is on the table; my father de. SCENE III.--A Room in the Garter Inn. si as your worships' company: Shal. I will wait on him, fair mistress Anne.

Enter FalstAFF, Host, BARDOLPH, Nym, P18701.,

and Robin. Era. Od's plessed will! I will not be absence at

[Ereunt Shallow and Sir H. Evans. Fal. Mine host of the Garter, Anne. Will't please your worship to come in, sir ? Host. What says my bully-rook ? Speak scholarıy. Slen. No, I thank you , forsooth, heartily; I am and wisely.

Ful. Truly, mine host, I must turn away some ol Anne. The dinner attends you, sir.

my followers. Slen. I am not a hungry, I thank you, foisuoth. Host. Discard, bully Hercules ; cashier : let them Go, sirrah, for all you are my man, go, wait upon wag; trot, trot. my cousin Shallow: [Erit Simple.) A justice of Fal. I sit at ten pounds a week.


marry her?


the grace.


very well.


Host. Thou’rt an emperor, Cæsar. Keisar, and Fal. Hold, sırrah, (to Rob.) bear you these letters Pheczar, I will entertain Bardolph ; he shall draw, tightly; he shall tap: said I well, buily Hector?

Sail like my pinnace to these golden shores.-Fal. Do so, good inine host.

Rogues, hence, avaunt! vanish like hail.stones, go; Host. I have spoke ; let him follow: Let me see Trudge, plod, away, o' the hoof; seek shelter, pack thee froth, and lime: I am at a word ; follow. Falstaff will learn the humour of this age,

[Exit Host. French thrift, you rogues ; myself, and skirted page. Fal. Bardolph follow him: a tapster is a good

(Eseunt Falstaff and Robin. trade: and an old cloak makes a new jerkin; a withered Pist. Let vultures gripe thy guts ! for gourd, and serving-man, a fresh tapster : Go; adieu.

fullam holds, Burd. It is a life that I have desired : I will And high and low beguile the rich and poor ; thrive.

[Exit Band. Tester I'll have in pouch, when thou shalt lack, Pist. O base Gongarian wight! wilt thou the Base Phrygian Turk ! spigot wield ?

Nym. I have operations in my head, which be huNym. He was gotten in drink : Is not the humour mours of revenge. conceited ? His mind is not heroic, and there's the Pist. Wilt thou revenge? humour of it.

Nym. By welkin, and her star! Fal. I am glad, I am so acquit of this tinder-box; Pist. With wit, or steel ? his thefts were too open; his filching was like an Nym. With both the humours, I : unskilful singer, he kept not time.

I will discuss the humour of this love to Page. Nym. The good humour is, to steal at a minute's Pist. And I to Ford shall eke unfold,

How Falstaff, varlet vile, Pist. Convey, the wise it call : Steal! foh; a fico His dove will prove, his gold will hold, for the phrase!

And his soft couch defile. Fal. Well, sirs, I almost out at heels.

Nym. My humour shall not cool : I will incense Pist. Why then, let kibes ensue.

Page to deal with poison; I will possess him with Fal. There is no remedy; I must coney catch ; yellowness, for the revolt of mien is dangerous: that I must shift.

is my true humour. Pist. Young ravens must have food.

Pist. Thou art the Mars of malcontents : I second Fal. Which of you know Ford of this town? thee; troop on.

{E:eunt Pist. I ken the wight; he is of substance good.

Fal. My honest lads, I will tell you what I am SCENE IV.A Room in Dr. Caius's House. about.

Enter Mrs. QUICKLY, SIMPLE, and Rugby. Pist. Two yards and more.

Fal. No quips now, Pistol ; Indeed I am in the Quick. What: John Rugby!-I pray thee, go to waist two yards about: but I am now about no waste; the casement, and see if you can see my master, masI am about thrift. Briefly, I do mean to make love ter Doctor Caius, coming : if he do, i'faith, and find to Ford's wife ; I spy entertainment in her ; she dis- any body in the house, here will be an old abusing courses, she carves, she gives the leer of invitation : of God's patience, and the king's English. I can construe the action of her familiar style ; and Rug. I'll go watch.

[Erit Rroby. the hardest voice of her behaviour, to be Ěnglish'd

Quick. Go ; and we'll have a posset for't soon at rightly, is, I am sir John Falstaff's.

night, in faith, at the latter end of a sea coal fire. Pist. He hath studied her well, and translated her an honest, willing, kind fellow, as ever servant well ; out of honesty into English.

shall come in house withal , and, I warrant you, no Nym. The anchor is deep: will that humour pass? tell tale, nor no breed-bate : his worst fault is, that

Fal. Now, the report goes, she has all the rule of he is given to prayer; he is something peevish that her husband's purse, she hath legions of angels.

way; but nobody but has his fault :- but let that Pist. As many devils entertain ; and, To her, boy, pass. Peter Simple, you say your name is ?

Sim. Ay, for fault of a better. Nym. The humour rises; it is good: humour me Quick. And master Slender 's your master ? the angels.

Sim. Ay, forsooth. Fal. I have writ me here a letter to her : and here Quick. Does he not wear a great round beard, like another to Page's wife; who even now gave me good a glover's paring knife ? eyes too, examined my parts with most judicious

Sim. No, forsooth: he hath but a little wee face, eyliads : sometimes the beam of her view gilded my with a little yellow beard ; a Cain-coloured beard. foot, sometimes my portly belly.

Quick. A softly-sprighted man, is he not ? Pist. Then did the sun on dunghill shine.

Sim. Ay, forsooth: but he is as tall a man of his Nym. I thank thee for that humour.

hands, as any is between this and his head; he hath Fal. O, she did so course o'er my exteriors with fought with a warrener. such a greedy intention, that the appetite of her eye

Quick. How say you ?-0, I should remember did seem to scorch me up like a burning glass! Here's him: Does he not hold up his head, as it were ? and another letter to her : she bears the purse too; she is seru: in his gait? a region in Guiana, all gold and bounty. I will be

Siin. Yes, indeed, does he. cheater to them both, and they shall be exchequers

Quick. Well, heaven send Anne Page no worse to me; they shall be my East and West Indies, and fortune! Tell master parson Evans, I wiy do what I will trade to them both. Go, bear thou this letter I can for your master: Anne is a good girl, and I to mistress Page; and thou this to mistress Ford :

wish we will thrive, lady, we will thrive.

Re-enter Rugby. Pist. Shall I sir Pandarus of Troy become,

Rug. Out, alas ! here comes my master. And by my side wear steel ? then, Lucifer take all ! Quick. We shall all be shent : Run in here, good

Num. I will run no base humour: here, take the young man ; ge into this closet. (Shuts Simple in humour letter ; I will keep the 'haviour of reputation. the closet.] He will not stay long.–What, John

say I.

a green-a box.

of my

Rugby! John, what John, 1 say!-Go, John, go priest to meddle or make :: you may be gone, it is iaquire for my master ; I doubt, he be not well, that not good you tarry here :- by gar, I vill cut all his he comes not home :-and down, down, adown-u, &c. two stones ; by gar, he shall not have a stone to trow [Sings. at his dog.

[Erit SIMPLE. Enter Doctor Caius.

Quick. Alas, he speaks but for his friend.

Coius. It is no matter a for dat:--do not you tell-a Caius. Vat is you sing ? I do not like dese toys; me dat I shall have Anne Page for myself ?- by gar, Pray you, go and vetch me in my closet un boitier | I vill kill de Jack Priest ; and I have appointed verd; a box, a green-a box; Do intend vat I speak ? mine host of de Jarterre to measure our weapon ·

by gar, I vill myself have Anne Page. Quick. Ay, forsooth, I'll fetch it you. I am glad Quick. Sir, the maid loves you, and all shall be he went not in himself: if he had found the young well: we must give folks leave to prate : What, the man, he would have been horn-inad. [ Aside. good-jer !

Caius. Fe, fe, fe, fe! ma foi, il fait fort chaud. Caius. Rugby, come to de court vit me :-By gar, Je m'en vais à la cour,-la grande affuire.

if I have not Anne Page, I shall turn your head out Quick. Is it this, sir ?

door :--Follow my heels, Rugby. Cuius. Ouy; mette le au mon pocket; Depêche,

(Eseunt Caius and Rugby. quickly :-Vere is dat knave Rugby?

Quick. You shall have An fools-t:ead of your own. Quick. What, John Rugby! John!

No, I know Anne's mind for that: never a woman Rug. Here, sir.

in Windsor knows more of Anne's mind, than I do: Caius. You are John Rugby, and you are Jack nor can do more than I do with her, I thank heaven. Rugby: Come, take-a your rapier, and come after Fent. [Within.) Who's within there? ho ! my heel to de court.

Quick. Who's there, I trow? Come near the house, Rug. 'Tis ready, sir, here in the porch.

I pray you. Caius. By my trot, 1 tarry too long : Od's me!

Enter Fenton. Qu'ay j'oublié ? here is some simples in my closet, dat I vill not for the varld I shall leave behind.

Fent. How now, good woman; how dost thou ? Quick. Ah me! he'll find the young man there, Quick. The better, that it pleases your good worand be mad!

ship to ask. Caius. O diable, diable! vat is in my closet ?- Fent. What news ? how does pretty mistress Anne ? Villany! larron! (pulling Simple out.] Rugby, my Quick. In truth, sir, and she is pretty, and honest, rapier.

and gentle; and one that is your friend, I can tell Quick. Good master, be content.

you that by the way; I praise heaven for it. Caius. Verefore shall I be content-a?

Fent. Shall I do any good, thinkest thou ? Shall I Quick. The young man is an honest man.

not lose my suit? Caius. Vat shall de honest man do in my closet ? Quick. 'Troth, sir, all is in his hands above: but dere is no honest man dat shall come in my closet. notwithstanding, master Fenton, I'll be sworn or a

Quick. I beseech you, be not so flegmatick; hear book, she loves you :-Have not your worship a wart the truth of it: He came of an errand to me from above your eye? parson Hugh.

Fent. Yes, marry,

have I ; what of that? Caius. Vell.

Quick. Well, thereby hangs a tale ;-good faith, Sim. Ay, forsooth, to desire her to

it is such another Nan ;-but, I detest, an honest Quick. Peace, I pray you.

maid as ever broke bread : We had an hour's talk of Caius. Peace-a your tongue :—Speak-a your tale. that wart :- I shall never laugh but in that maid's

Sim. To desire this honest gentlewoman, your company! But, indeed, she is given too much to maid, to speak a good word to Mrs. Anne Page for allicholly, and musing : But for you-Well, go to. my master, in the way of marriage.

Fent. Well, I shall see her to-day; Hold, there's Quick. This is all, indeed, la; but I'll ne'er put money for thee ; let me have thy voice in my behalf : my finger in the fire, and need not.

if thou seest her before me, commend meCaius. Sir Hugh send-a you ?- Rugby, buillez me Quick. Will I ? i'faith, that we will; and I will some paper : Tarry you a lyule a while. [Writes. tell your worship more of the wart, the next time we

Quick. I am glad he is so quiet: if he had been have contidence; and of other wooers. thoroughly moved, you should have heard him so Fent. Well, farewell ; I am in great haste now. loud, and so melancholy ; – But noiwithstanding,

[Erit. man, I'll do your master what good I can : and the Quick. Farewell to your worship.-Truly, an ho. very yea and the no is, the French doctor, my mas- nest gentleman; but Anne loves him not; for I know ter, — 1 may call him my master, look you, for I keep Anne's mind as well as another does :-Out upon't! his house, and I wash, wring, brew, bake, scour, what have I forgot ?

(Erit. dress meat and drink, make the beds, and do all myself :

Sim. 'Tis a great charge, to come under one body's hand.

ACT II. Quick. Are you avis'd o'that ! you shall find it a great charge: and to be up early and down late ;

SCENE 1.— Before Page's House. but notwithstanding, (to tell you in your ear; . I Enter Mistress Page, with a Letter would have no words of it;) my master himself is in love with mistress Anne Page but notwithstanding the holy-day time of my beauty, and am I now a sub

Mrs. Page. What! have I 'scap'd love-letters in that,-I know Anne's mind,- that's neither here nor there.

ject for them ? Let me see :

[Reads. Carus. You Jack'nape ; give a dis letter to sir Ask me no reason why I love you ; for though love Hugh; by gar, it is a shallenge ; I vill cut his troat use reason for his precisian, he admits him not for his in de park; and I vill teach a scurvy jack-a-nape counsellor : You are not young, no more am l; go to

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