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Host. Come, we'll have you merry : I'll bring

Sil. And so, suppose, am I; for in his grave, you where you shall hear music, and see the gentle - Assure thyself, my love is baried. man that you ask'd for.

Pro. Sweet lady, let me rake it from the earth. Jul. But shall I hear him speak!

Sil. Go to thy lady's grave, and call hers thence ; Host. Ay, that you shall.

Or at the least, in hers sepulchre thine.
Jul. That will be music.

[ Music plays.
Jul. He beard not that.

(Aside. Host. Hark! hark !

Pro. Madam, if your heart be so obdurate, Jul. Is be among these?

Vouchsafe me yet your picture for my love, Host. Ay: but peace, let's hear 'em.

The picture that is hanging in your chamber.

To that I'll speak, to that I'll sigh and weep;

For, since the substance of your perfect self
Who is Silvia? What is she,

Is else devoted, I am but a shadow ;
That all our swains commend her ?

And to your shadow, I will make true love. (it.
Holy, fair, and wise is she ;.

Jul. If 'twere a substance, you would, sure, deceive The heavens such grace did lend her,

And make it but a shadow, as I am.

(Aside. That she might admired be.

Sil. I am very loath to be your idol, sir;
Is she kind, as she is fair!

But, since your falsehood shall become you well
For beauty lives with kindness :

To worship shadows, and adore false shapes,
Love doth to her eyes repair,

Send to me in the morning, and I'll send it:
To help him of kis blindness;

And so good rest.

And, being help'd, inhabits there.

As wretches have o'ernight,

That wait for execution in the morn.
Then to Silvia let us sing,
That Silvia is excelling.;

[Exeunt Proteus ; and Silvia, from above.

Jul. Host, will you go!
She excels each mortal thing,
Upon the dull earth dwelling:

Host. By my hallidom, I was fast asleep.
To her let us garlands bring.

Jul. Pray you, where lies sir Proteus !

Host. Marry, at my house : Trust me, I think 'tis Host. How now I are you sadder than you were be- almost day. fore! How do you, man ? the music likes you not.

Jul. Not so ; but it hath been the longest night Jul. You mistake; the musician likes me not.

That e'er I watch'd, and the most heaviest. (Exeunt. Host. Why, my pretty youth?

SCENE II. The same.
Jul. He plays false, father.
Host. How 1 out of tune on the strings?

Enter Eglamour.
Jul. Not so ; but yet so false that he grieves my

Egl. This is the hour that madam Silvia very heart-strings. post. You have a quick ear.

Entreated me to call, and know her mind; Jul. Ay, I would I were deaf! it makes me have There's some great matter she'd employ me in.

Madam, madam! a slow leart. Host. I perceive, you delight not in music.

Silvia appears above, at her Windoro. Jul. Not a whit, when it jars so.


Who calls ? Host. Hark, what fine change is in the music! Egl.

Your servant, and your friend; Jul. Ay; that change is the spite.

One that attends your ladyship's command. Host. You would have them always play but one Sil. Sir Eglamour, a thousand times good-morrow. thing?

Egl. As many, worthy lady, to yourself.
Jul. I would always have one play but one thing. According to your ladyship's impose,
But, host, doth this sir Proteas, that we talk on, I am thuis early come to know what service
often resort unto this gentlewoman?

It is your pleasure to command me in. Host. I tell yon what Launce, his man told me ; Sil. O Eglamour, thou art a gentleman, he loved her out of all nick.

(Think not, I flatter, for, I swear, I do not), Jul. Where is Launce !

Valiant, wise, remorseful, well accomplish'a. Host. Gone to seek his dog ; which, to-morrow, Thou art not ignorant, what dear good will by his master's command, he must carry for a present I bear unto the banish'a Valentine

i to his lady.

Nor how my father would enforce me marry
Jul. Peace ! stand aside; the company parts. Vain Thurio, whom my very soul abhorr'd.
Pro. Sir Thurio, fear not you! I will so plead, Thyself hast lov'd; and I have heard thee say,
That you shall say, my cunning drift excels.

No grief did ever come so near thy heart,
Thu. Where meet we!

As when thy lady and thy true love died, Pro. At saint Gregory's well.

Upon whose grave thou vow'd'st pure chastity. Thu. Farewell. Eseunt Thurio and Musicians. Sir Eglamour, I would to Valentine,

Silvia appears above, at her Windoro. To Mantua, where, I hear, he makes abode ; Pro. Madam, good even to your ladyship.

And, for the ways are dangerous to pass,

I do desire thy worthy company,
Sil. I thank you for your music, gentlemen :
Who is that, that spake!

Upon whose faith and honour 1 repose.
Pro. One, lady, if you knew his pure heart's truth, Bat think upon my griet, a lady's grief;

Urge not my father's anger, Eglamour,
You'd quickly learn to know him by his voice.
Sil. Sir Proteus, as I take it.

And on the justice of my flying hence,

To keep me from a most unholy match,
Pro. Sir Proteus, gentle lady, and your servant.
Sil. What is your will!

Which heaven and fortune still reward with plagues.
That I may compass yours. As full of sorrows as the sea of sands,

I do desire thee, even from a heart
Sil. You have your wish; my will is even this - To bear me company, and go with me:
That presently you hie you home to bed.

If not, to hide what I have said to thee,
Thou subtle, perjur'd, false, disloyal man!
Think'st thou, I am so shallow, so conceitless,

That I may venture to depart alone.
To be seduced by thy flattery,

Egl. Madam, I pity much your grievances

Which since I know they virtuously are plac'd,
That hast deceived so many with thy vows ?

I give consent to go along with you;
Return, return, and make thy love amends,
For me, -by this pale queen of night I swear,

Recking as little what betideth me,

As much I wish all good befortune you. I am so far from granting thy request,

When will yon go ? That I despise thee for thy wrongfal suit ;


This evening coming. And by and by intend to chide myself,

Egl. Where shall I meet you? Even for this time I spend in talking to thee.


At friar Patrick's cell, Pro. I grant, sweet love, that I did love a lady;

Where I intend holy confession. But she is dead.

Egl. I will not fail your ladyship : Jul.

'Twere false, if I should speak it; For, I am sare, she is not buried.


Good-morrow, gentle lady.

Sil. Good-morrow, kind sir Eglamour. (Exeunt. Sil. Say, that she be ; yet Valentine, thy friend, Survives ; to whom thyself art witness,

SCENE IV. The same. I am betroth'd: And art thou not ashamn'd

Enter Launce, with his Dog. To wrong him with thy importanacy?

Pro. I likewise hear, that Valentine is dead. Laun. When a man's servant shall play the cur


with him, look you, it goes hard : one that I brought I claim the promise for her heavenly picture. up of puppy; one that I saved from drowning, Your message done, bie home unto my chamber, when three or four of his blind brothers and sisters Where thou shalt find me sad and solitary. (Bxit. went to it! I have taught him-even as one would Jul, How many women would do such a message! say precisely, Thus I would teach a dog. I was sent Alas! poor Proteus ! thou hast entertain'd to deliver him, as a present to mistress Silvia, from A fox, to be the shepherd of thy lambs : my master; and I came no sooner into the dining-Alas, poor fool! why do I pity him chamber, but he steps me to her trencher, and steals That with his very heart despiseth me! her capon's leg. 0, 'tis a foal thing, when a cur Becanse he loves her, he despiseth me; cannot keep himself in all companies ! I would have, Because I love him, I must pity him. as one should say, one that takes upon him to be a This ring I gave him, when he parted from me, dog indeed, to be, as it were, a dog at all things. If To bind him

to remember my good will : I had not had more wit than he, to take a faalt upon And now ni I (unbappy messenger) me that he did, I think verily he had been hanged to plead for that which I would not obtain ; for't ; sure as I live, he had suffer'd for't : you shall To carry that which I would have refus'd; jadge. He thrusts me himself into the company of To praise his faith, which I would have disprais'd. three or four gentleman-like dogs, under the duke's I am my master's true confirmed love

; table : he had not been there (bless the mark) a pissing But cannot be true servant to my master, while; but all the chamber smelt him. Out with Unless I prove false traitor to myself. the dog, says one ; What cur is that I says another ; Yet I will woo for bim : but yet so coldly. Whip him out, says the third ; Hang him up, says As heaven, it knows, I would not have him speed. the duke. I having been acquainted with the smell before, knew it was Crab, and goes me to the fellow

Enter Silvia, attended. that whips the dogs: Friend, qaoth I, you mean to Gentlewoman, good day! I pray you, be my mean whip the dog? Ay, marry, do i, qaoth he. You do To bring me where to speak with madam Silvia. him the more wrong, qaoth I; 'twas I did the thing Sil. What would you with her, if that I be she ? you wot of. He makes me no more ado, but whips Jul. If you be she, I do entreat your patience me out of the chamber. How many masters would To bear me speak the message I am sent on. do this for their servant ? Nay, I'll be sworn, I have Sil. From whom? sat in the stocks for puddings he hath stolen, other Jul. From my master, sir Proteds, madam. wise he had been executed : I have stood on the pil Sil. O!-He sends you for a picture ? lory for geese he hath killed, otherwise he bad suf Jul. Ay, madam. fered for't: thou think'st not of this now !--Nay, I Sil. Ursula, bring my picture there. remember the trick you served me, when I took my

[Picture brought. leave of madam Silvia ; did not l bid thee still mark Go, give your master this : tell him from me, me, and do as I do? When didst thou see me heave One Julia, that his changing thoughts forget, up my leg, and make water against a gentlewoman's would better fit his chamber, than this shadow. farthingale ? didst thou ever see me do such a trick ? Jul. Madam, please you peruse this letter.-

Pardon me, madam; I have unad vis'd
Enter Proteus and Julia.

Delivered you a paper that I should not ;
Pro. Sebastian is thy name? I like thee well, This is the letter to your ladyship.
And will employ thee in some service presently. Sil. I pray thee, let me look on that again.
Jul. In what you please ;-I will do what I can. Jul. It may not be ; good madam, pardon me.
Pro. I hope, thou wilt.-How now, you whoreson Sil. There, hold.

(To Launce. I will not look apon your master's lines : Where have you been these two days loitering! I know, they are stuff'd with protestations,

Laun. Marry, sir, I carried mistress Silvia the dog and full of new-found oaths; which he will break, you hade me.

As easily as I do tear his paper. Pro. And what says she to my little jewel? Jul. Madam, he sends your ladyship this ring. Laun. Marry, she says, your dog was a car; and Sil. The more shame for him that he sends it me: tells you currish thanks is good enough for such a For, I have heard him say a thousand times, present.

His Julia gave it him at his departure : Pro. But she received my dog!

Though his false finger hath profan'd the ring, Laun. No, indeed, she did not: here have I brought Mine shall not do hís Julia so much wrong. him back again.

Jul. She thanks you. Pro. What, didst thou offer her this from me! Sil. What say'st thou ?

Laun. Ay, sir; the other squirrel was stolen from Jul. I thank you, madam, that you tender her: me by the hangman's boys in the market-place: Poor, gentlewoman ! my master wrongs her much. and then I offered her mine own; who is a dog as Sil. Dost thou know her ? big as ten of yours, and therefore the gift the greater. Jul. Almost as well as I do know myself: Pro. Go, get thee hence, and find my dog again,

To think upon her woes, I do protest, Or ne'er return again into my sight.

That I have wept an hundred several times. Cher. Away, I say : Stay'st thou tó vex me here !

Sil. Belike, she thinks that Proteas hath forsook A slave, that, still an end, turns me to shame.

Jul. I think she doth, and that's her cause of sor(Exit Launce. Sil. Is she not passing fair!

[row. Sebastian, I have entertained thee,

Jul. She hath been fairer, madam, than she is ; Partly, that I have need of sneh a youth,

When she did think my master lov'd her well, That can with some discretion do my business, She, in my judgment, was as fair as you , For 'tis no trusting to yon foolish lout:

But since she did neglect her looking-glass,
But, chiefly, for thy face, and thy behaviour ; And threw her san-expelling mask away,
Which if my angury deceive me not),

The air bath stary'd the roses in her cheeks,
Witness good bringing up, fortune, and truth : And pinch'd the lily-tincture of her face,
Therefore know thou, for this I entertain thee. That now she is become as black as I.
Go presently, and take this ring with thee,

Sil. How tall was she !
Deliver it to madam Silvia :

Jul. About my stature : for, at Pentecost, She loved me well, deliver'd it to me.

When all our pageants of delight were play'd, Jul. It seems you loved her not, to leave her token : Our youth got me to play the woinan's part, She's dead, belike.

And I was trimm'd in madam Jalia's Pro. Not so ; I think, she lives.

Which served me as fit, by all men's judgment, Jul. Alas!

As the garment had been made for ine; Pro. Why dost thou cry, alas!

Therefore, I know she is about my height. Jul. I cannot choose but pity her.

And, at that time, I made her weep a-good, Pro. Wherefore shouldst thoa pity her!

For I did play a lamentable part;
Jul. Because, methinks, that she lov'd you as well Madam, 'twas Ariadne, passioning
As you do love your lady Silvia :

For Theseus' perjury, and unjast Night;
She dreams on him, that has forgot her love ; Which I so lively acted with my tears,
You dote on her, that cares not for your love. That my poor mistress, moved therewithal,
'Tis pity, love shoul so contrary;

Wept bitterly; and, would I might be dead,
And thinking on it makes me cry, alas !

If I in thought felt not her very sorrow! Pro. Well, give her that ring, and therewithal Sil. She is beholden, to thee, gentle youth This letter ;-that's her chamber. -Tell my lady, Alas, poor lady! desolate and left!


I weep myself, to think upon thy words.

Thu, Not I. Here, youth, there is my purse; I give thee this Pro.

Nor I. For thy sweet mistress' sake, because thou lor'st her. Duke.

Saw you my daughter !


Neither. Jul. And she shall thank you for't, if e'er you know Duke. Why, then she's fled unto that peasant VaA virtuous gentlewoman, mild, and beautiful. [her. And Eglainoar is in her company. lentine ; I hope my master's suit will be but cold,

'Tis true ; for friar Laurence met them both, Since she respects my mistress' love so much. As he in penance wander'd through the forest : Alas, how love can trifle with itself!

Him he knew well, and guess'd that it was sle; Here is her pictare: Let me see; I think,

But, being mask'd, he was not sure of it: If I had such a tire, this face of mine

Besides, she did intend confession Were full as lovely as is this of hers :

At Patrick's cell this even ; and there she was not : And yet the painter flatter'd her a little,

These likelihoods confirm her flight from hence. Unless I flatter with myself too much.

Therefore, I pray you, stand not to discourse, Her hair is auburn, mive is perfect yellow :

But mount you

esently: and meet with me If that be all the difference in his love,

Upon the rising of the mountain-foot I'll get me such a coloar'd periwig.

That leads towards Mantua, whither they are fed : Her eyes are grey as glass; and so are mine : Despatch, sweet gentlemen, and follow me. (Esit. Ay, but her forehead's low, and mine's as high, Thu. Why, this it is to be a peevish girl, What should it be, that be respec's in ber,

That flies her fortune when it follows her: But I can make respective in myself,

I'll after ; more to be reveng'd on Eglamour, If this fond love were not a blinded god!

Than for the love of reckless Silvia. (Esit. Come, shadow, come, and take this shadow up, Pro. And I will follow, more for Silvia's love, For 'tis thy rival. Othou senseless form!

Than hate of Eglamour that goes with her. [Exit. Thou shall be worshipp'd, kiss'd, lov'd, and ador'd ; Jul. And I will follow, more to cross that love, And, were there sease in his idolatry,

Than hate for Silvia, that is gone for love. (Exit. My sabstance should be statue in thy stead. I'll use thee kindly for thy mistress sake,

SCENE III. Frontiers of Mantua. The Forest. That us'd me so; or else, by Jove I vow,

Enter Silvia, and Outlaws.
I should have scratch'd out your unseeing eyes, Out. Come, come ;
To make my master out of love with thee. (Exit. Be patient, we must bring you to oar captain.

Sil. A thousand more mischances than this one

Have learn’d ine how to brook this patiently.

2 Out. Come, bring ber away.

1 Out. Where is the gentleman that was with her ? SCENE I. The same. An Abbey.

3 Out. Being nimble-tooted, he hath out-run us, Enter Eglamour.

But Moyses, and Valerius, follow him. Egl. The sun begins to gild the western sky; Go thou with her to the west end of the wood, And now, it is about the very our

There is our ca ain: we'll follow him

at's ded; That Silvia, at Patrick's cell, should meet me.

The thicket is beset, he cannot scape. She will not fail ; for lovers break not hours,

1 Out. Come, I must bring you to our captain's care: Unless it be to come before their time;

Fear not; he bears an honourable mind,
So much they spur their expedition.

And will not use a woman lawlessly.
Enter Silvia.

Sil. O Valentine, this I endare for thee! [Exeunt.
See, where she comes : Lady, a happy evening! SCENE IV. Another Part of the Forest.
Sil. Amen, amen! go on, good Eglamour !

Enter Valentine.
Out at the postern by the abbey-wall;
I fear, I am attended by some spies.

Val. How ase doth breed a habit in a man ! Egi. Fear not: the forest is not three leagues off;

This shadowy desert, unfrequented woods, If we recover that, we are sure enough. Exeunt.

I better brook than flourishing peopled towns :

Here can I sit alone, unseen of any,

And, to the nightingale's complaining notes,

Tane my distresses, and record my woes.
The same. An Apartment in the Duke's Palace,

O thou that dost in habit in my breast,
Enter Thurio, Proteus, and Julia.

Leave not the mansion so long tenantless;
Thu. Sir Proteus, what says Silvia to my suit ! Lest, growing rainous, the building fall,

Pro. O, sir, I find her milder than she was; And leave no memory of what it was! And yet she takes exceptions at your person. Repair me with thy presence, Silvia; Thu. What, that my leg is too long?

Thou gentle nymph, cherish thy forlorn swain ! Pro. No; that it is too little.

What halluoing, and what stir, is this to-day! Thu. I'll wear a boot, to make it somewhat rounder. These are my mates, that make their wills their law, Pro. But love will not be sparr'd to what it loaths. Have some unhappy passenger in chase : Thu. What says she to my ?

They love me well; yet I have much to do, Pro. She says, it is a fair one.

To keep them from uncivil outrages.. Thu. Nay, then the wanton lies; my face is black. Withdraw thee, Valentine ; who's this comes here! Pro. But pearls are fair; and the old sayiog is,

[Steps aside. Black men are pearls iu beauteous ladies' eyes. Jul. 'Tis true; such pearls as put out ladies' eyes :

Enter Proteus, Silvia, and Julia. For I had rather wink than look on them. (Aside. (Though

you respect not aught your servant doth),

Pro. Madam, this service I have done for you, Thu. How likes she my discourse ?

To hazard life, and rescue you from him Pro. Ill, when you talk of war. Tku. But well, when I discourse of love and peace! That would have forc'd your honour and your love. Jul. But better, indeed, when you hold your peace.

Vouchsafe me, for my meed, but one fair look ; (Asille.

A smaller boon than this I cannot beg,

And less than this, I am sure, you cannot give. Thu. What says she to my valour!

Val, How like a dream is this I see and hear! Pro. O, sir, she makes no doubt of that. Jul. She needs not, when she knows it cowardice. Love, lend me patience to forbear a while. (Aside.


Sil, o miserable, unhappy that I am ! Thu. What says she to my birth?

Pro. Unhappy were you, madam, ere I came ; Pro. That you are well deriv'd.

But, by my coming, I have made you happy. Jul. True from a gentleman to a fool. (Aside.

Sil. By thy approach thou mak'st me most un happy. Thu. Considers sbe my possessions!

Jul. And me, when he approacheth to your presence.

(Aside. Pro. O, ay; and pities them.

Sil. Had I been seized by a hungry lion,
Ths. Wherefore!
Jul. That such an ass should owe them.

I would have been a breakfast to the beast,

Rather than have false Proteus rescue me.
Pro. Tbat they are out by lease.
Jul. comes the duke.

O beaven be judge, how I love Valentine,

Whose life's as tender to me as my soul
Enter Duke.

And full us mach (for more there cannot be),
Dute. How now, sir Proteus ! how now, Thurio ! I do detest false perjur'd Proteus :
Which of you saw sir Eglamour of late !

Therefore be gone, solicit me no more,

marry her!

Pist. How now, Mephostophilas ?

Eva. Bat that is not the question; the question is Slen. Ay, it is no matter,

concerning your marriage. Nym. Slice, I say ! pauca, pauca; slice! that's my Shal. Ay, there's the point, sir. humour.

Eva. Marry, is it; the very point of it; to misSlen. Where's Simple, my man !--can you tell, tress Anne Page.. cousin ?

Slen. Why, if it be so, I will marry her, upon any Eva. Peace, I pray you! Now let us understand reasonable demands. there is three umpires in this matter, as I understand : Eva. But can you affection the 'oman? Let us comthat is,---master Page, fidelicet, master Page ; and mand to know that of your mouth, or of your lips; there is myself, fidelicet, myself'; and the three party for divers philosophers hoid, that the lips is parcel of is, lastly and finally, mine host of the Garter. the mouth ;-therefore, precisely, can you carry your

Page: We three, to hear it, and end it between good will to the inaid ? them.

Shal. Cousin Abraham Slender, can you love her! Eva. Ferry goot: I will make a prief of it in my Slen. I hope, sir,-I will do, as it shall become note-book; and we will afterwards 'ork upon the one that would do reason. cause, with as great discreetly as we can.

Eva. Nay, Got's lords and his ladies, you must Fal. Pistol,

speak possitable, if you can carry her your desires toPist. He hears with ears.

wards her. Eva. The tevil and his tam ! what phrase is this, Shal. That you must : will you, upon good dowry, He hears with ear? Why, it is affectations.

Fal. Pistol, did you pick master Slender's purse! Slen. I will do a greater thing than that, upon your

Slen. Ay, by these gloves did he (or I would I request, cousin, in any reason. might never come in mine own great chamber again Shal. Nay, conceive me, conceive me, sweet coz; else), of seven groats in mill-sixpences, and two what I do, is to pleasure you, coz : Can you love the Edward shovel-boards, that cost me two shilling and maid ? two-pence apiece of Yead Miller, by these gloves. Slen. I will marry her, sir, at your request; but if Fal. Is this true, Pistol!

there be no great love in the beginning, yet heaven Eva. No; it is false, if it is a pick-purse. may decrease it upon better acquaintance, when we are Pist. Ha, thou mountain-foreigner !--sir John, and married, and have more occasion to know one anomaster mine,

ther: I hope, upon familiarity will grow more conI combat challenge of this latten bilbo :

tempt : but if you say, marry her, I will marry her, Word of denial in thy labras here;

that I am freely dissolved, and dissolutely. Word of denial; froth and scum, thou liest.

Eva. It is a fery discretion answer ; save, the faul' Slen. By these gloves, then 'twas he.

is in the 'ort dissolutely : the 'ort is, according to our Nym. Be advisa, sir, and pass good humours : 1 meaning, resolutely ;-his meaning is good. will say, marry trap, with you, if you run the nut Shal. Ay, I think my cousin meant well. hook's humour on me; that is the very note of it. Slen. Ay, or else I would I might be hang'd, la.

Slen. By this hat, then he in the red face had it : for though I cannot remember what I did when you

Re-enter Anne Page. made me drunk, yet I am not altogether an ass. Shal. Here comes fair mistress Anne :-Would I Fal. What say you, Scarlet and John!

were young, for your sake, mistress Anne ! Bard. Why, sir, for my part, I say, the gentleman Anne. The dinner is on the table; my father dehad drunk himself out of his five sentences.

sires your worsbips' company Eva. It is his five senses : fie, what the ignorance Shal. I will wait on him, fair mistress Anne. is !

Eva. Od's plessed will! I will not be absence at Bard. And being fap, sir, was, as they say, ca- the grace. [Exeunt Shallow and Sir H. Evans. shier'd ; and so conclusions pass'd the careires. Anne. Will't

please your worship to come in, sir ? Slen. Ay, you spake in Latin then too; but 'tis no Slen. No, I thank you, forsooth, heartily; I am matter : I'll ne'er be drunk wbilst I live again, but very well. in honest, civil, godly company, for this trick : if I Anne. The dinner attends you, sir. be drunk, I'll be drank with those that have the Slen. I am not a-hungry, I thank you, forsooth: fear of God, and not with drunken knaves.

Go, sirrah, for all you are iny man, go, wait upon my Eva. So Got 'udge me, that is a virtuous mind. cousin Shallow : ( Exit Simple) A justice of peace

Fal. You hear all these matters denied, gentlemen; sometime may be beholden to his friend for a man : you hear it.

- I keep but three men and a boy yet, till my mother Enter Mistress Anne Page, with Wine ; Mistress

be dead but what though! yet I live like a poor Ford and Mistress Page following:

gentleman born. Page. Nay, daughter, carry the wine in ; we'll will not sit, till

you come.

Anne. I may not go in without your worship : they drink within.

(Exit Anne Page.

S'en, l'faith, I'll eat nothing ; I thank you as much Slen. O heaven! this is mistress Anne Page,

as though I did. Page. How now, mistress Ford ? Fal. Mistress Ford, by my troth, you are very well

Anne. I pray you, sir, walk in.

Slen. I had rather walk here, I thank you : I met: by your leave, good mistress. Page: Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome : - Cone, and dagger with a master of fence, three veneys for

[Kissing her. bruised my shin the other day with playing at sword we have a hot venison pasty to dinner; come, gen- a dish of stewed prunes; and, by my troth, I cannot tlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness. abide the smell of hot 'meat since. Why do your

(Exeunt all but Shal. Slender, and Evans. dogs bark so ! be there bears i'the town! Slen. I had rather than forty shillings, I had my book of songs and sonnets here:

Anne. I think there are, sir; I heard them talked

of. Enter Simple.

Slen. I love the sport well ; but I shall as soon How now, Simple! where have you been ! I must quarrelat it, as any man in England :--you are afraid, wait on myself, must I? You have not The Book of it you see the bear loose, are you not? Riddles about you, have you?

Anne. Ay, indeed, sir. Sim. Book of Riddles ! why, did you not lend it to Slen. That's meat and drink to me now: I have Alice Shortcake, upon Allhallow mas last, a fortnight seen Sackerson loose, twenty tiines; and have taken afore Michaelmas ?

him by the chain : but, I warrant you, the women Shal. Come, coz; come, coz; we stay for you. Ahave so cried and shrieked at it, that it pass'd :--but word with you, coz: marry, this, coz there is, as women, indeed, cannot abide 'em : they are very ill'twere, a tender, a kind of tender, made afar off by favoured rough things. sir Hugh here ;--do you understand me! Slen. Ay, sir, you shall find me reasonable ; if it

Re-enter Page. be so, I shall do that that is reason.

Page. Come, gentle master Slender, come ; we Shal. Nay, but understand me.

stay for you. Slen. So I do, sir.

ślen. I'll eat nothing; I thank you, sir. Eva. Give ear to his motions, master Slender : 1 Page. By cock and pye, you shall not choose, sir : will description the matter to you, if you be capacity come, come. of it.

sten. Nay, pray you, lead the way. Slen. Nay, I will do as my cousin Shallow says : 1 Page. Come on, sir. pray you, pardon me; he's á justice of peace in his Slen. Mistress Anne, yourself shall go first, country, simple though I stand here.

Anne. Not I, sir ; pray you, keep on.


Slen. Truly, I will not go first; traly, la : I will Fal. O, she did so course o'er my exteriors with not do you that wrong:

such a greedy intention, that the appetite of her eye Anne. I pray yoo, sir.

did seem to scorch me up like a burning-glass ! Here's Slen. I'll rather be unmannerly than troublesome: another letter to her: she bears the purse too : she is you do yourself wrong, indeed, la. (Exeunt. a region in Guiana, all gold and bounty. I will be

cheater to them both, and they shall be exchequers to SCENE II. The same.

me; they shall be my East and West Indies, and I Enter Sir Hagh Evans and Simple.

will trade to them both. Go, bear thou this letter to Eva. Go your ways, and ask of doctor Caius' house, mistress Pageand thou this to nistress Ford : we which is the way: and there dwells one mistress will thrive, lads, we will thrive. Quickly, which is in the manner of his nurse, or his and by my side wear steel! then, Lucifer take all!

Pist. Shall I sir Pandarus of Troy become, dry narse, or his cook, or his laundry, his washer, and his wringer.

Nym. I will run no base humour; here, take the Sin. Well, sir.

humour letter ; I will keep the 'haviour of reputut

tion. Eva. Nay, it is petter yet:_give her this letter ; for it is a 'oman that altogether's acquaintance with

Fal. Hold, sirrah, (To Rob.) bear you these letters

tightly; mistress Anne Page ; and the letter is, to desire and require her to solicit your master's desires to mistress Rogues, hence, avaant! vanish like hail-stones, go,

Sail like my pinnace to these golden shores.Anne Page : I pray you, be gone; I will make an Trudge, plod, away, o'the hoof; seek shelter, pack'! end of my dinner there's pippins and cheese to l'alstall' will learn the humour of this age,


French thrift, you rogues ; myself, and skirted page. SCENE III. A Room in the Garter Inn.

(Exeunt Falstaff anl Robin.

Pist. Let vultures gripe thy guts ! for gourd and Enter Falstaff, Host, Bardolph, Nym, Pistol, and

fullam holds, Robin.

And high and low beguile the rich and poor : Fal. Mine host of the Garter,

Tester I'll have in poach, when thou shalt lack, Host. What says my bully-rook ! Speak scholarly, Base Phrygian Turk ! and wisely.

Nym. I have operations in my head, which be buFal. Truly, mine host, I must turn away some of mours of revenge. my followers.

Pist. Wilt thou revenge ! Host. Discard, bully Hercules; cashier : let them Nym.

By welkin, and her star! wag ; trot, trot.

Pist. With wit, or steel? Pal. I sit at ten pounds a week.


With both the humours, I ; Host. Thou’rt an emperor, Caesar, Keisar, and I will discuss the humour of this love to Page. Pheezar. I will entertain Bardolph ; he shall draw, Pist. And I to Ford shall eke unfold, he shall tap : said I well, bully Hector 1

How Falstaff', varlet vile, Fal. Do so, good mine host.

His dove will prove, his gold will hold, Host. I have spoke; let him follow : let me see

And his soft couch defile. thee, froth and lime : I am at a word ; follow. (Exit. Nym. My humour shall not cool : I will incense

Fal. Bardolph, follow him; a tapster is a good Page to deal with poison ; I will possess him with trade : an old cloak makes a new jerkin ; a withered yellowness, for the revolt of mien is dangerous: that serving-man, a fresh tapster : go adieu.

is my true humour. Bard. It is a life that I have desired; I will thrive. Pist. Thou art the Mars of malcontents: I second [Exit. thee; troop on.

(Exeunt. Pist. O hase Gongarian wight! wilt thou the spigot wield?

SCENE IV. A Room in Dr. Caias's House. Nym. He

was gotten in drink : is not the humour conceited ? His mind is not heroic, and there's the Enter Mrs. Quickly, Simple, and Rugby. humour of it.

Quick. What; John Rugby!- I pray thee, go to Pal. I am glad, I am so acquit of this tinder-box; the casement, and see if you can see my master, mashis thefts were too open : bis filching was like an ter doctor Caias, coming: if he do, i'faith, and find unskilful singer, he kept not time. Nym. The good humour is, to steal at a minute's any body in the house, here will be an old abusing of

God's patience, and the king's English. rest.

Rug. I'll go watch.

Exit. Pist. Convey, the wise it call : steal! foh ; a fico

Quick. Go; and we'll have a posset for't soon at for the phrase!

night, in faith, at the latter end of a sea-coal fire. Fal. Well, sirs, I am almost out at heels.

An honest, willing, kind fellow, as ever servant shall Pist. Why then let kibes ensue. Fal. There is no remedy ; I mast coney-catch ; Itale, nor no breed-bate': his worst fault is, that he is

come in honse withal; and, I warrant you, no tellmust shift.

given to prayer; he is something peevish that way: Pist. Young ravens must have food.

but nobody but has his fault;but let that pass. Pal. Which of yon know Ford of this town? Peter Simple, you say your name is ! Pist. I ken the wight; he is of substance good. Sim. Ay, for fault of a better. Fal. My honest lads, I will tell you what I am

Quick. And master Slender's your master! about.

Šim. Ay, forsooth. Pist. Two yards, and more.

Quick. Does he not wear a great round beard, like Fal. No quips now, Pistol; indeed I am in the

a glover's paring-knife! waist two yards abont: but I am now about no waste ;

Sim. No, forsooth: he hath but a little wee face, I am about thrift. Briefly, I do mean to make love with a little yellow beard ; a cane-coloured beard. to Ford's wife; I spy entertainment in her; she

Quick. A softly-sprighted man, is he not! discourses, she carves, she gives the leer of invita

Sim. Ay, forsooth: but he is as tall a man of his tion: I can construe the action of her familiar style ; hands, as any is between this and his head; he hath and the hardest voice of her behaviour, to be Èng-fought with a warrener. lish'd rightly, is, I am sir John Falstaff's.

Quick. How say you 1-0, I should remember him; Pist. He huth studied her well, and translated her does he not hold up his head, as it were ! and strat well : out of honesty into English.

in his gait! Nym. The anchor is deep: will that humour pass!

Sm. Yes, indeed, does be. Fal. Now, the report goes, she has all the rule of

Quick. Well, heaven send Anne Page no worse her husband's parse; she hath legions of angels. fortune! Tell master parson Evans, I will do what I Pist. As many devils entertain; and, To her boy, can for your master: Anne is a good girt, and I

wish Nym. The humour rises ; it is good: humour me

Re-enter Rugby. the angels.

Pal. I have writ me here a letter to her : and here Rug. Out, alas ! here comes my master. another to Page's wife ; who even now gave me good Quick. We shall all be shent: run in here, good eyes too, examind my parts with most jadicious ey- young man ; go into this closet. (Shuts Simple in the líads : sometimes the beam of her view gilded my closet] He will not stay long.-What, John Rugby! foot, sometimes my portly belly.

Joho, what, John, I say !-Go, John, go inquire for Pist. Tben did the sun on dunghill shine.

my master: I doubt, he be not well, that he comes not Nym. I thank thee for that humour.

home :--and doron, doron, adowon-a, &c. (Sings

say I.

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