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page: and, truly, master Page is an honest be brief with you and you have been a man man. Never a wife in Windsor leads a better long known to me, though I had never so good life than she does; do what she will, say what means, as desire, to make myself acquainted she will, take all, pay all, go to bed when she with you. I shall discover a thing to you, list, rise when she list, all is as she will; and, where in I must very much lay open mine own truly, she deserves it: for if there be a kind imperfection : but, good Sir John, as you have woman in Windsor, she is one. You must one eye upon my follies, as you hear them uneend her your page; no remedy.

folded, turn another into the register of your Fal. Why, I will.

own; that I may pass with a reproof the easier, Quick. Nay, but do so then : and, look you, sith* you yourself know, how easy it is to be he may come and go between you both; and, such an offender. in any case, have a nay-word,* that you may Fal. Very well, Sir; proceed. know one another's mind, and the boy never Ford. There is a gentlewoman in this town, need to understand any thing; for 'tis not good her husband's

name is Ford. that children should know any wickedness : Fal. Well, Sir. old folks, you know, have discretion, as they Ford. I have long loved her, and, I protest say, and know the world.

to you, bestowed much on her; followed her Fal. Fare thee well: commend me to them with a doting observance; engrossed opportuboth: there's my purse; I am yet thy debtor.-nities to meet her; fee'd every slight occasion, Boy, go along with this woman. This news that could but niggardly give me sight of her; distracts me! (Exeunt QUICKLY and Robin. not only bought many presents to give her, but Pist. This punk is one of Cupid's carriers :

:-have given largely to many, to know what she Clap on more sails ; pursue, up with your fights; would have given: briefly, I have pursued her, Give fire ; she is my prize, or ocean whelm them as love hath pursued me; which hath been, on all !

[Erit Pistol. the wing of all occasions. But whatsoever I Fal. Say'st thou so, old Jack? go thy ways; have merited, either in my mind, or in my I'll make more of thy old body than I have means, meed,t I am sure, I have received none; done. Will they yet look after thee? Wilt unless experience be a jewel: that I have purthou, after the expense of so much money, be chased at an infinite rate; and that hath taught now a gainer? Good body, I thank thee: Let me to say this : them say, 'tis grossly done; so it be fairly Love like a shadow flies, when substance love purdone, no matter.

sues ; Enler BARDOLPX.

Pursuing that that flies, and Nying what pursues. Bard. Sir John, there's one master Brook faction at her hands?

Fal. Have you received no promise of satisbelow would fain speak with you, and be ac- Ford. Never. quainted with you; and hath sent your worship

Fal. Have you importuned her to such a a morning's draught of sack.

purpose ? Fal. Brook, is his name?

Ford. Never. Bard. Ay, Sir.

Fal. Of what quality was your love, then? Fal. Call him in ; [Erit BARDOLPH.) Such

Ford. Like a fair house, built upon another Brooks are welcome to me that o'erflow such man's ground; so that I have lost my edifice, liquor. Ah! ha! mistress Ford and mistress by mistaking the place where I erected it. Page, have I encompassed you? go to; via !t

Fal. To what purpose have you unfolded Re-enter BARDOLPH, with FORD disguised.

this to me? Ford. Bless you, Sir.

Ford. When I have told you that, I have Fal. And you, Sir: Would you speak with

told you all. Some say, that, though she apme?

pear honest to me, yet, in other places, she Ford. I make bold, to press with so little enlargeth her mirth so far, that there is shrewd preparation upon you.

construction made of her. Now, Sir John, Fal. You're welcome; What's your wil here is the heart of my purpose : You are Give us leave, drawer. (Erit BARDOLPA, a gentleman of excellent breedirg, admiraFord. Sir, I am a gentleman that have spent in your place and person, generally allowed

ble discourse, of great admittance,f authentic much; my name is Brook. Fal. Good master Brook, I desire more ac

for your many warlike, court-like, and learnei quaintance of you.

preparations. Ford. Good Sir John, I sue for yours: not to

Fal, 0, Sir! charge you; for I must let you understand, I

Ford. Believe it, for you know it :--There is think myself in better plight for a lender than money; spend it, spend it; spend more ; spend you are: the which hath something embolden'd all I have; only give me so much of your time me to this unseasoned intrusion; for they say, the honesty of this Ford's wife: use your art

in exchange of it, as to lay an amiable siege to rif money go before, all ways do lie open.

Fal. Money is a good soldier, Sir, and will on. of wooing, win her to consent to you; if any

Ford. Troth, and I have a bag of money here man may, you may as soon as any. troubles me: if you will help me to bear it, Sir

Fal. Would it apply well to the vehemency John, take all, or half, for easing me of the of your affection, that I should win what you carriage.

would enjoy? Methinks, you prescribe to Fal. Sir, I know not how I may deserve to be yourself very preposterously. your porter.

Ford. O, understand my drift! she dwells so Ford. I will tell you, Sir, if you will give the folly of my soul dares not present itself ;

securely on the excellency of her honour, that me the hearing

Fal. Speak, good master Brook; I shall be she is too bright to be looked against. Now, glad to be your servant.

could I come to her with any detection in my Ford. Sir, I hear you are a scholar, I will hand, my desires had instance and argument to

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commend themselves; I could drive her then

SCENE III.-Windsor Park. from the ward* of her purity, her reputation,

Enter Caius and RUGBY. her marriage-vow, and a thousand other her

Caius. Jack Rugby! defences, which now are too strongly embattled against me: What say you to't, Sir John

Rug. Sir.

Caius. Vat is de clock, Jack? Fal. Master Brook, I will first make bold with your money; next, give me your hand;

Rug. 'Tis past the hour, Sir, that Sir Hugh and last, as I am a gentleman, you shall, if you

promised to meet. will, enjoy Ford's wife.

Caius. By gar, he has save his soul, dat he is Ford. O good Sir!

no come; he has pray his Pible vell, dat he is no Fal. Master Brook, I say you shall.

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

if he be come. Ford. Want no money, Sir John, you shall

Rug. He is wise, Sir; he knew, your worwant none.

Fal. Want no mistress Ford, master Brook, ship would kill him, if he came. you shall want none.

Caius. By gar, de herring is no dead, so as I shall be with her (I may tell you,) by her own appointment; even tell you how I vill kill him.

I vill kill him. Take your rapier, Jack; I vill as you came in to me, her assistant, or go-be

Rug. Alas, Sir I cannot fence. tween, parted from me: I say, I shall be with

Caius. Villany, take your rapier. her between ten and eleven ; for at that time

Rug. Forbear; here's company. the jealous rascally knave, her husband, will be forth. Come you to me at night; you shall Enter Host, SAALLOW, SLENDER, and PAGE. know how I speed.

Host. 'Bless thee, bully doctor. Ford. I am blest in your acquaintance. Do

Shal. 'Save you, master doctor Caius, you know Ford, Sir?

Page. Now, good master doctor! Fal. Hang him, poor euckoldly knave! I

Slen. Give you good-morrow, Sir. know him not :-yet I wrong him, to call him

Caius. Vat be all you, one, two, tree, four, poor; they say, the jealous wittolly knave hath

come for? masses of money; for the which his wife seems

Host. To see thee fight, to see thee foin,* to to me well-favoured. I will use her as the key see thee traverse, to see thee here, to see thee of the cuckoldly rogue's coffer ; and there's my there; to see thee pass thy punto, thy stock, Jrarvest-home.

thy reverse, thy distance, thy montánt. Is he Ford. I would you knew Ford, Sir; that you dead, my Ethiopian? is he dead, my Francisco ? might avoid him, if you saw him.

ha, bully! What says my Æsculapius? my Fal. Hang him,mechanical salt-butter rogue! Galen? 'my heart of elder? ha! is he dead, I will stare him out of his wits; I will awe him bully Stale? is he dead? with my cudgel : it shall hang like a meteor o'er the cuckold's horns : master Brook, thou of the vorld'; he is not show his face.

Caius. By gar, he is de coward Jack priest shalt know, I will predominate o'er the peasant, and thou shalt lie with his wife.—Come to Hector of Greece, my boy!

Host. Thou art a Castiliant king, Urinal ! me soon at night :-Ford's a knave, and I will

Caius. I pray you, bear vitness that me have aggravate his stile ;+ thou, master Brook, shalt stay six or seven, two, tree hours for him, and know him for a knave and cuckold :-come to he is no come. me soon at night.


Shal. He is the wiser man, master doctor: he Ford. What a damn'a Epicurean rascal is is a curer of souls, and you a curer of bodies ; this !—My heart is ready to crack with impa- if you should fight, you go against the hair of tience. Who says, this is improvident jea- your professions: is it not true, master Page? lousy? My wife hath sent to him, the hour is

Page. Master Shallow, you have yourself fixed, the match is made. Would any man been a great fighter, though now a man of have thought this ?--See the hell of having a

peace. false woman! my bed shall be abused, my

Shal. Bodykins, master Page, though I now coffers ransacked, my reputation gnawn at; be old, and of the peace, if I see a sword out, and I shall not only receive this villanous my finger itches to make one: though we are wrong, but stand under the adoption of abomi-justices, and doctors, and churchmen, master nable terms, and by him that does me this Page, we have some salt of our youth in us; wrong. Terms! names - Amaimon sounds

we are the sons of women, master Page. well; Lucifer, well; Barbason, well; yet they

Page. 'Tis true, master Shallow. are devils' additions, the names of fiends : but

Shal. It will be found so, master Page. cuckold! wittolf-cuckold! the devil himself Master doctor Caius, I am come to fetch you hath not such a name. Page is an ass, a se- home. I am sworn of the peace; you have cure ass; he will trust his wife, he will not be showed yourself a wise physician, and Sir jealous : I will rather trust a Fleming with my Hugh hath shown himself a wise and patient butter, parson Hugh the Welshman with my churchman : you must go with me, master cheese, an Irishman with my aqua-vitæ bottle,

doctor. or a thief to walk my ambling gelding, than

Host. Pardon, guest justice :-A word, monmy wife with herself: then she plots, then she

sieur Muck-water. ruminates, then she devises : and what they

Caius. Muck-vater; vat is dat? think in their hearts they may effect, they will break their hearts but they will effect. Heaven valour, bully.

Host. Muck-water, in our English tongue is be praised for my jealousy !-Eleven o'clock the hour ;-I will prevent this

, detect my wife, vater as de Englishman :-Scurvy jack-dog

Caius. By gar, then I have as much muckbe revenged on Falstaff

, and laugh at Page. I priest! by gar, me vill cut his ears. will about it; better three hours too soon, than

Host. He will clapper-claw thee tightly, a minute too late. Fie, fie, fie! cuckold ! cuck

bully. old! cuckold !

Add to his titles.
* Fence.

| Terms in fencing. Kontented Cuckold. v l’squebangh.

Cant term for Spaniard. Drain of a dunghill.


Caius. Clapper-de-claw! vat is dat? Heaven prosper the right !-What weapons is Host. That is, he will make thee amends. he?

Caius. By gar, me do look, he shall clapper- Sim. No weapons, Sir : There comes my de-claw me; for, by gar, me vill have it. master, master Shallow, and another gentle. Host. And I will provoke him to't, or let him man from Frogmore, over the stile, this way.

Eva. Pray you, give me my gown; or else Caius. Me tank you for dat.

keep it in your arms. Host. And moreover, bully,–But first, mas

Enter Page, SHALLOW, and SLENDER. ter guest, and master Page, and eke cavalero Slender, go you through the town to Frogmore. Shal. How now, master parson? Good mor

[.Aside to them. row, good Sir Hugh. Keep a gamester from Page. Sir Hugh is there, is he?

the dice, and a good student from his book, and Host. He is there : see what humour he is it is wonderful. in; and I will bring the doctor about by the Slen. Ah, sweet Anne Page ! fields; will it do well?

Page. Save you, good Sir Hugh! Shal. We will do it.

Era. 'Pless you from his mercy sake, all of Page, Shal. and Slen. Adieu, good master you! doctor.

Shal. What! the sword and the word ! do (Ercunt Page, Shallow, and SLENDER. you study them both, master parson?

Caius. By gar, me vill kill de priest; for he Page. And youthful still, in your doublet. speak for a jack-an-ape to Anne Page.

and hose, this raw rheumatick day? Host. Let him die : but, first, sheath thy im

Eva. There is reasons and causes for it. patience; throw cold water on thy choler: go Page. We are come to you, to do a good about the fields with me through Frogmore; I office, master parson. will bring thee where Mrs. Anne Page is, at a Eva. Fery well : What is it? farm-house a feasting; and thou shall woo her: Page. Yonder is a most reverend gentleman, Cry'd game, said I well?

who belike, having received wrong by some Caius. By gar, me tank you for dat : by gar, person, is at most odds with his own gravity I love you; and I shall procure-a you de good and patience, that ever you saw. guest, de earl, de knight, de lords, de gentle

Shal. I have lived fourscore years and upmen, my patients.

ward; I never heard a man of his place, graviHost. For the which, I will be thy adversary ty, and learning, so wide of his own respect. towards Anne Page ; said I well?

Eva. What is he? Caius. By gar, 'tis good; vell said.

Page. I think you know him ; master doctor Host. Let us wag then.

Caius, the renowned French physician. Caius. Come at my heels, Jack Rugby. Eva. Got's will, and his passion of my heart !

(Exeunt. I had as lief you would tell me of a mess of

porridge. ACT III.

Page. Why? SCENE I.-A Field near Frogmore. Eva. He has no more knowledge in HiboEnter Sir Hugh Evans and SIMPLE.

crates and Galen, and he is a knave besides ;

a cowardly knave, as you wculd desires to be Era. I pray you now, good master Slander's

acquainted withal. serving-man, and friend Simple by your name,

Page. I warrant you, he's the man should which way have you looked for master Caius, fight

with him. that calls himself Doctor of Physic?

Slen. O, sweet Anne Page! Sim. Marry, Sir, the city-ward, the park

Shal. It appears so, by his weapons :- :-Keep ward, every way; old Windsor way, and every them asunder ;-here comes doctor Caius. way, but the town way.

Era. I most fehemently desire you, you will Enter Host, Caius, and Rugby. also look that way.

Page. Nay, good master parson, keep in Sim. I will, Sir.

your weapon. Eva. 'Pless my soul ! how full of cholers I

Shal. So do you, good master doctor. am, and trempling of mind - shall be glad, Host. Disarm them, and let them question ; if he have deceived me how melancholies I let them keep their limbs whole, and hack our am -I will knog his urinals about his knave's English. costard,* when I have good opportunities for Caius. I pray you, let-a me speak a word vit

. the 'ork pless my soul !

[Sings. your ear : Verefore vill you not meet-a me? To shallow rivers, to whose falls

Eva. Pray you, use your patience : In good Melodious birds sing madrigals ;

time. There will we make our peds of roses, Caius. By gar, you are de coward, de Jack And a thousand fragrant posies.

dog, John ape. To shallow

Eva. Pray you, let us not be laughing-stogs Mercy on me! I have a great dispositions to ship, and I will one way or other make you

to other men's humours ; I desire you in friendcry.

amends:-I will knock your urinals about your Melodious birds sing madrigals ;

knave's cogscomb, for missing your meetings When as I sat in Pabylon, t

and appointments.
And a thousand
fragrant posies.

Caius Diable! Jack Rugby,—mine Host de
To shalloro-

Jarterre, have I not stay for him, to kill him? Sim. Yonder he is coming, this way, Sir have I not, at de place I did appoint? Hugh.

Eva. As I am a Christians soul, now, look Eva. He's welcome :

you, this is the place appointed ; I'll be judge To shallow rivers, to whose falls

ment by mine Host of the Garter.

Host. Peace, I say,Guallia and Gaul, French * Header Babylon, the first line of the 139th Psalm.) and Welsh ; soul-curer and body-curer.


[Exeunt. Page.

Caius. Ay, dat is very good ! excellent! A man may hear this shower sing in the wind! Host. Peace, I say; hear mine host of the -and Falstaff's boy with her !

-Good plots !Garter. Am I politic? am I subtle? am I a they are laid; and our revolted wives share Machiavel? Shall I lose my dootor? no; he damnation together. Well; I will take him, gives me the potions, and the motions. Shall then torture my wise, pluck the borrowed veil i lose my parson? my priest? my Sir Hugh? of modesty from the so seeming* mistress Page, no; he gives me the proverbs and the no- divulge Page himself for a secure and wilful verbs.-Give me thy hand, terrestrial; so: Actæon ; and to these violent proceedings all Give me thy hand, celestial ; so.—Boys of my neighbours shall cry aim.t (Clock strikes.] art, I have deceived you both; I have directed The clock gives me my cue, and my assurance you to wrong places : your hearts are mighty, bids me search ; there I shall find Falstaff: I your skins are whole, and let burnt sack be shall be rather praised for this, than mocked; the issue.-Come, lay their swords to pawn for it is as positive as the earth is firm, that Follow me, lad of peace; follow, follow, follow. Falstaff is there: I will go.

Shal. Trust me, a mad host :-Follow, gen- Enter Page, SAALLOW, SLENDER, Host, Sir tlemen, follow.

Hugh Evans, Caius, and Rugby. Slen. O, sweet Anne Page!

Shal. Page, &c. Well met, master Ford. (Exeunt SHAL. SLEN. PagE and Host. Caius. Ha! do I perceive dat? have you cheer at home; and, I pray you, all go with

Ford. Trust me, a good knot: I have good inake a de sot* of us? ha, ha! Eva. This is well; he has made us his vlout

Shal. I must excuse myself, master Ford. ing-stog. - desire you, that we may be friends; and let us knog our prains together, to dine with mistress Anne, and I would not

Slen. And so must I, Sir; we have appointed to be revenge on this same scall, scurvy, cogo break with her for more money than I'll speak ging companion, the host of the Garter.

of. Caius. By gar, vit all my heart; he promise to bring me vere is Anne Page : by gar, he de- tween Anne Page and my cousin Slender, and

Shal. We have lingered about a match beceive me too.

this day we shall have our answer. Eva. Well, I will smite his noddles :-Pray

Slen. I hope, I have your good-will, father you, follow.

SCENE 11.-The Street in Windsor. Page. You have, master Slender ; I stand

Enter Mistress PAGE and ROBIN. wholly for you :-but my wife, master doctor, Mrs. Page. Nay, keep your way, little gal is for you altogether. Tant; you were wont to be a follower, but now Caius. Ay, by gar; and de maid is love-a you are a leader: Whether had you rather, me; my nursh-a Quickly tell me so mush. lead mine eyes, or eye your master's heels ?

Host. What say you to young master FenRob. I had rather, forsooth, go before you ton? he capers, he dances, he has eyes of youth, like a man, than follow him like a dwarf. he writes verses, he speaks holyday, I he smells Mrs. Page. O you are a flattering boy; now, April and May: he will carry't, he will carry't;

'tis in his buttons ; he will carry't. I see, you'll be a courtier.

Page. Not by my consent, I promise you. Enter Ford.

The gentleman is of no having :8 he kept comFord. Well met, mistress Page: Whither go pany with the wild Prince and Poins; he is of you ?

too high a region, he knows too much. No, he Mrs. Page. Truly, Sir, to see your wife: Is shall not knit a knot in his fortunes with the she at home?

finger of my substance: if he take her, let him Ford. Ay; and as idle as she may hang to- take her simply; the wealth I have waits on gether, for want of company : I think, if your my consent, and my consent goes not that way. husbands were dead, you two would marry. Ford. I beseech you, heartily, some of you

Mrs. Page. Be sure of that,—two other hus- go home with me to dinner: besides your cheer, bands.

you shall have sport; I will show you a monFord. Where had you this pretty weather-ster. -Master doctor, you shall go ;-30 shall cock?

you, master Page ;-and you, Sir Hugh. Mrs. Page. I cannot tell what the dickens

Shal. Well, fare you well :-we shall have his name is my husband had him of: What do the freer wooing at master Page's. you call your knight's name, sirrah?

(Exeunt SAALLOw and SLENDER. Rob. Sir John Falstaff.

Caius. Go home, John Rugby;

I come anon. Ford. Sir John Falstaff!

(Erit Rugby. Mrs. Page. He, he; I can never hit on's

Host. Farewell, my hearts: I will to my name. There is such a league between my honest knight Falstaff, and drink canary with good man and he !-Is your wife at home, in- him.

Exit Host. deed?

Ford. (Aside.] I think, I shall drink in pipeFord. Indeed, she is.

wine first with him ;' I'll make him dance. Mrs. Page. By your leave, Sir;-I am sick, Will you go, gentles ? till I see her. [E.reunt Mrs. PagE and Robin. Al. Have with you, to see this monster. Ford. Has Page any brains? hath he any

[Eteunt. eyes ? hath he any thinking? Sure, they sleep; SCENE III.-A Room in Ford's House he hath no use of them. Why, this boy will

Enter Mrs. Ford and Mrs. PAGE. carry a letter twenty miles, as easy as a cannon will shoot point-blank twelve score. He

Mrs. Ford. What, John! what, Robert ! pieces-out his wife's inclination; he gives her

Mrs. Page. Quickly, quickly: Is the buck folly motion, and advantage: and now she's basket going to my wife, and Falstaff's boy with her.

Mrs. Ford. I warrant : What, Robin, I say. *Specivus

Shall encourage: * Tool. * For het

Out of the common style, Not rich.

in me.

Enter Servants with a basket.

Mrs. Ford. Believe me, there's no such thing Mrs. Page. Come, come, come.

Fal. What made me love thee? let that perMrs. Ford. Here, set it down. Mrs. Page. Give your men the charge; we suade thee, there's something extraordinary in

thee. Come, I cannot cog, and say, thou art must be brief,

Mrs. Ford. Marry, as I told you before, John, this and that, like a many of these lisping hawand Robert, be ready here hard by in the brew- thorn buds, that come like women in men's

aphouse ; and when I suddenly call you, come parel, and smell like Bucklers-bury* in simpleforth, and (without any pause, or staggering) time; I cannot: but I love thee ; none but

thee; and thou deservest it. take this basket on your shoulders: that done, trudge with it in all haste, and carry it among

Mrs. Ford. Do not betray me, Sir; I fear, the whitsters* in Datchet mead, and there you love mistress Page. empty it in the muddy ditch, close by the walk

by the Countert-gate ; which is as hate

Fal. Thou might'st as well say, I love to Thames' side.

ful to me as the reek of a lime-kiln. Mrs. Page. You will do it? Mrs. Ford. I have told them over and over;

Mrs. Ford. Well, heaven knows, how I love they lack no direction: Be gone, and come you; and you shall one day find it.

Fal. Keep in that mind ; I'll deserve it. when you are called. [Exeunt Servants.

Mrs. Ford. Nay, I must tell you, so you do; Mrs. Page. Here comes little Robin.

or else I could not be in that mind, Enter Robin.

Rob. (within.] Mistress Ford, mistress Ford ! Mrs. Ford. How now, my eyas-musket?+ here's mistress Page at the door, sweating, and what news with you?

blowing, and looking wildly, and would needs Rob. My master Sir John is come in at your speak with you presently. back-door, mistress Ford; and requests your

Fal. She shall not see me; I will ensconcef company,

me behind the arras. Mrs. Page. You little Jack-a-lent,I have you

Mrs. Ford. Pray you, do so; she's a very been true to us?

tattling woman.- (Falstaff hides himself. Rob. Ay, I'll be sworn: My master knows

Enter Mistress PAGE and Robin. not of your being here; and hath threatened What's the matter ? how now? to put me into everlasting liberty, If I tell you

Mrs. Page. O mistress Ford, what have you of it; for, he swears, he'll turn me away.

done? You're shamed, you are overthrown, Mrs. Page. Thou’rt a good boy; this secrecy you are undone for ever. of thine shall be a tailor to thee, and shall make

Mrs. Ford. What's the matter, good mistress thee a new doublet and hose.—I'll go hide me.

Page ? Mrs. Ford. Do so:-Go tell thy master, I am

Mrs. Page. O well-a-day, mistress Ford ! alone. Mistress Page, remember you your having an honest man to your husband, to give

[Erit Robin

him such cause of suspicion ! Mrs. Page. I warrant thee; if I do not act it,

Mrs. Ford. What cause of suspicion ? [Exit Mrs. PAGE.

Mrs. Page. What cause of suspicion?--Out Mrs. Ford. Go to then; we'll use this un- upon you ! how am I mistook in you? wholesome humidity, this gross watry pum

Mrs. Ford. Why, alas! what's the matter? pion ;-we'll teach him to know turtles from

Mrs. Page. Your husband's coming hither, jay..

woman, with all the officers in Windsor, to

search for a gentleman, that, he says, is here Enter FALSTAFF.

now in the house, by your consent, to take an Fal. Have I caught thee, my heavenly jewel? ill advantage of his absence : You are undone. Why, now let me die, for I have lived long Mrs. Ford. Speak louder.--[Aside]—"Tis enough; this is the period of my ambition: o not so, I hope. this blessed hour!

Mrs. Page. Pray heaven it be not go, that Mrs. Ford. O sweet Sir John!

you have such a man here: but 'tis most cerFal. Mistress Ford, I cannot cog, I cannot tain your husband's coming with half Windsor prate, mistress Ford. Now shall I sin in my at his heels, to search for such a one. I come wish: I would thy husband were dead: I’il before to tell you : If you know yourself clear, speak it before the best lord, I would make, why I am glad of it: but if you have a friend thee my lady.

here, convey, convey him out. Benot amazed; Mrs. Fod. I your lady, Sir John! alas, I call all your senses to you ; defend your reshould be a pitiful lady.

putation, or bid farewell to your good life for Fel. Let the court of France show me such ever. another; I see how thine eye would emulate

Mrs. Ford. What shall I do?-There is a the diamond: Thou hast the right arched bent gentleman, my dear friend; and I fear not mine of the brow, that becomes the ship-tire, the tire- own shame, so much as his peril: I had rather valiant, or any tire of Venetian admittance. than a thousand pound, he were out of the Mrs. Ford. A plain kerchief, Sir John: my

house. brows become nothing else; nor that well nei

Mrs. Page. For shame, never stand you had ther.

rather, and you had rather : your husband's here Fal. Thou art a traitor to say so: thou at hand, bethink you of some conveyance : in would'st make an absolute courtier; and the the house you cannot hide him.-0, how have firm fixture of thy foot would give an excellent you deceived me!-Look, here is a basket; if motion to thy gait, in a semi-circled farthin- he be of any reasonable stature, he may creep gale. I see what thou wert, if fortune thy foe in here; and throw foul linen upon him, as if were not; nature is thy friend : Come, thou it were going to bucking: Or, it is whitingcanst not hide it.

time,|| send him by your two men to Datchet * Bleachers of linen.


A young small hawk. 1A puppet thrown at in Lent, like shrove cocks. * Formerly chiefly inhabited by druggista. † Prison. Venetian fashions


Tapestry. 11 Bleaching time


hiss me,

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