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With triumphs, mirth, and rare solemnity. In this play there is a strange mixture of know Come, let us go; we will include: all jars. ledge and ignorance, of care and negligence. The
Val. And, as we walk along, I dare be bold versification is often excellent, the allusions are With our discourse to make your grace to smile: learned and just ; but the author conveys his What think you of this page, my lord ?
heroes by sea from one inland town to another in Duke. I think the boy hath grace in him; he the same country: he places the emperor at Milan, blushes.
and sends his young men to attend him, but neir Val. I warrant you, my lord; more grace than mentions him more ; he makes Proteus, after au boy.
interview with Silvia, say he has only seen her pic. Duke. What mean you by that saying? ture: and, if we may credit the old copies, lie has,
Val. Please you, I'll tell you as we pass along, by mistaking places, left his scenery inextricable. That you will wonder what hath fortun'd. - The reason of all this confusion seems to be, that Come, Proteus ; 'tis your penance, but to hear The took his story from a novel which he sometines The story of your loves discovered :
followed and sometimes forsook; sometimes reThat done, our day of marriage shall be yours; membered
d sometimo One feast, one house, one mutual happiness. That this play is rightly attributed to Shak
(Exeunt. speare, I have little doubt. If it be taken from him,
to whom shall it be given ? This question may be (1) Masks, revels. (2) Conclude. asked of all the disputed plays, except Titus An
dronicus; and it will be found more credible, that Shakspeare might sometimes sink below his highest Mights, than that any other should rise up to his llowcst,
PERSONS REPRESENTED. Sir John Falstaff
(Robin, page to Falstaff. Fenton.
Simple, servant to Slender.
Rugby, servant to Dr. Caius,
Mrs. Anne Page, her daughter, in love with Fenton, Sir Hugh Evans, a Welsh parson.
Mrs. Quickly, servant to Dr. Caius.
Servants lo Page, Ford, &c.
Scene, Windsor; and the parts adjacent. Nym,
1 Eva. It is not meet the council hear a riot; there
is no fear of Got in a riot : the council, look you, SCENE I.-Windsor. Before Page's horse.
shall desire to hear the fear of Got, and not to hear Enter Justice Shallow, Slender, and Sir Hugh to
la riot; take your vizaments in that.
Shal. Ha! o' my life, if I were young again, the Evans.
sword should end it.
1 Eva. It is petter that friends is the sword, and Shallow.
end it: and there is also another device in my
prain, which, peradventure, prings goot discretion's SIR Hugh, persuade me not; I will make a Ster!
with it: there is Anne Page, which is daughter to chamber matter ol it: the were twenty Sir John noster George Page, which is pretty virginity. Falstaffs, he shall not abuse Robert Shallow, es- Men. Mistress Anne Page? She has brown hair quire.
and peaks smalle like a woman. Slen. In the county of Gloster, justice of peace,
Eyd. It is that fery person for all the 'orld, as and coram.
ljust as you will desire; and seven hunded pounds Shal. Ay, cousin Slender, and cust-alorum. ?
of moniss. and gold, and silver, is her grandsire, Slen. Ay, and ratolorum too; and a gentleman upon his l'enty's-bed (Got deliver to a joyful resurborn, master parson; who writes himself armigero; rections !) :ic, when she is able to overtake evenin any bill, warrant, quittance, or obligation, ar
teen years old : it were a goot motion, if we leave migero.
lour pribbles and rrabbles, and desire a marriage Shal. Ay, that we do; and have done any time between masie: Abraham, and mistress Anne these three hundred years.
Slen. All his successors, gone before him, have Shal. Did her crucsire leave her seven hundred done't; and all his ancestors, that come after him,pound may: they may give the dozen white luces in their
Eva, Ay, and her fa'leris make her a petter penny. coat,
Shal. I know the young gentlewonnan; she has Shal. It is an old coat. Eva. The dozen white louses do become an old
a good gifts.
Eva. Seven hundred pounds, and possibilities, is coat well; it agrees well, passant: it is a familiar
goot gifts. beast to man, and signifies-love.
| Shal. Well, let us sce honest master Page : is Shal. The luce is the fresh fish; the salt fish is Falstaff there? an old coat.
| Eva. Shall I tell you a lie ? I do despise a liar, Slen. I may quarter, coz?
as I do despise one that is false; or, as I despise Shal, You may, by marrying. Eva. It is marring indeed, if he quarter it.
one that is not true. The knight, sir John, is there;
and, I beseech you, be ruled by your well-willers. Shal. Not a whit. Eva, Yes, py'r lady; if he has a quarter of your What, hoa ! Got pless your house here!
I will peat the door [knocks] for master Page. coat, there is but three skirts for yourself, in my simple conjectures : but that is all one: if Sir John Falstaff have committed disparagements unto you,
Enter Page. I am of the church, and will be glad to do my benevolence, to make atonements and compromises
Page. Who's there? between you..
Eva. Here is Got's plessing, and your friend, Shal. The council' shall hear it; it is a riot. and justice Shallow: and here young master Slen(1) A title formerly appropriated to chaplains,
(3) By our. (4) Court of star-chamber (2) Custos rotulorum,
1 (5) Advisement. 16) Soft.
der; that, peradventures, shall tell you another tale, understand: that is, master Page, fidelicet, master if matters grow to your likings.
Page; and there is myself, fidelicet, myself ; and Page. I am glad to see your worships well: I the three party is, lastly and finally, mine host of thank you for my venison, master Shallow. the Garter.
Shal. Master Page, I am glad to see you ; much Page. We three, to hear it, and end it between good do it your good heart! I wished your venison them. better; it was ill killed :-how doth good mistress Eva. Fery goot: I will make a prief of it in my Page ?-and I love you always with my heart, la; note-book; and we will afterwards 'ork upon the with my heart.
cause, with as great discreetly as we can. Page. Sir, I thank you.
Page. I am glad to see you, good master Slen- Eva. The tevil and his tam ! what phrase is this, der.
He hears with ear? Why, it is affectatious. Slen. How does your fallow greyhound, sir? Il Fal. Pistol, did you pick master Slender's purse? hcard say, he was outrun on Cotsale.
Slen. Ay, by these gloves, did he (or I would I Page. It could not be judg'd, sir.
might never come in mine own great chamber again Slen. You'll not confe
not confess e lse,) of seven groats in mill-sixpences, and two Shal. That he will not; - tis your fault, 'tis your Edward shovel-boards,' that cost me two shilling fault:-'tis a good dog.
and two pence apiece of Ycad Miller, by these Page. A cur, sir.
gloves. Shal. Sir, he's a good dor, and a fair dog; canFal. Is this true, Pistol ? there be more said ? he is good, and fair.--Is sir Eva. No; it is (alse, if it is a pick-purse. John Falstaff here?
Pist. Ha, thou mountain-foreigner !--Sir John, Page. Sir, he is within ; and I would I could do and master mine, a good oflice between you.
I combat challenge of this latten bilbo :* Eva. It is spoke as a christians ought to speak. Word of denial in thy labras' here; Shal. Ile hath wrong'd me, master Page.
Word of denial; froth and scum, thou liest. Pare. Sir, he doth in some sort confess it.
Sien. By these gloves, then 'twas he. Shal. If it be consess'd, it is not redress'd; is not | Nym. Be advised, sir, and pass good humours that so, master Page? he hath wrong'd me; in- I will say, marry trap, with you, if you run the deed, he hath ;-at a word, he hath ;-b:lieve me ;-nuthook'sio humouron me; that is the very note of it. Robert Shallow, esquire, saith, he is wrong'd. Slen. By this hat, then he in the red face had it : Page. Here comes Sir John.
for though' I cannot remember what I did when you
made me drunk, yet I am not altogether an ass. Enter Sir John Falstaff, Bardolph, Nym, and Fal. What say you, Scarlet and John ? Pistol.
Baril. Why, sir, for my part, I say, the gentle
linan had drunk himself out of his five sentences. Fal. Now, master Shallow; you'll complain or Eva. It is his tive senses: fic, what the ignorance me to the king ?
Shal. Knishi, you have beaten my men, killed! Baril. And being liipli sir, was as they say, my dcer, and broke open my lodre.
cashier'd ; and so conclusions pass'd the cartires.is Fal. But not kiss'd vour kecper's daughter. Sien. Ay, you spake in Latin then too; but 'tis Shal. Tut, a pin! this shall be answer’il. no metter: I'll ne'er be drunk whilst I live again,
Fil. I will answer it straight ;-I have done all but in honest, civil, godly company, for this trick: this:--that is now answer'd.
if I be drunk, I'll be drunk with those that have the Sla. The council shall know this.
Cear of God, and not with drunken knaves. Fil. "Twere better for you, if it were known in Erit. So Got 'udge me, that is a virtuous mind. counci: you'll be lauth'd at.
Fal. You hear all these matiers denied, gentle Evl. Pauci verba, Sir John, rood worts. men ; you hear it.
Fal. Good worts !2 good cabbage.-Slender, 1 broke your head; what matter have you against Enter Mistress Anne Page with rrine; Mistress me ?
Ford and Mistress Page following. Slen. Marry, sir, I have matter in my head against you; and against your coner-catching Page. Nay, daughter, carry the wine in; we'll rascals, Bardolph, Nym, and Pistol. They carried drink within.
(Exit Anne Page. me to the tavern, and made me drunk, and after- Slen. O heaven! this is mistress Anne Page. wards picked my pocket.
Page. low now, mistress Ford ? Bar. You Banbury chccse !*
Fr!. Mistress Ford, by my treth, you are very Slen. Ay, it is no matter.
well met: by your leave, good mistress. Pist. How now, Mephostophilus ?
(kissing her. Slen, Av, it is no matter.
Page. Wise, bid these gentlemen welcome :Nyin. Slice, I say! pauca, pauca ;6 slicc! that's Come, we have a hot venison pasty to dinner; come, my humour.
gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkind"Slen. Where's Simple, my man?-can you tell, ness.
(Ereunt all but Shal. Siend, and Evans, Eva. Peace, I pray you! Now let us under- Slen. I had rather than forty shillings, I had my stand: there is three umpires in this matter, as I book of songs and sonnets here:
(1) Cotswold in Gloucestershire.
I (7) King Edward's shillings, used in the game (2) Worts was the ancient name of all the cab- of shulle-board. bage kind.
(8) Blade as thin as a lath. (9) Lips. (3) Sharpers. (4) Nothing but paring. (16) If you say I am a thief. (11) Drunk 5) The name of an ugly spirit. 16 Few words. (12) The bounds of good behaviour,