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As he in penance wander'd through the forest : Sil. O miserable, unhappy that I am!
Him he knew well, and guess'd that it was she; Pro. Unhappy were you, madam, ere I came;
But, being mask d, he was not sure of it:

But, by my coming, I have made you happy. Besides, she did intend confession

Sil. By thy approach thou mak’st me most At Patrick's cell this even; and there she was not:

unhappy. These likelihoods confirm her flight from hence. Jul. And me, when he approacheth to your Therefore, I pray you, stand not to discourse,


[Aside. But mount you presently; and meet with me Sil. Had I been seized by a hungry lion, Upon the rising of the mountain foot

I would have been a breakfast to the beast, That leads towards Mantua, whither they are fled: Rather than have false Proteus rescue me. Despatch, sweet gentlemen, and follow me. [Exit. O, heaven be judge how I love Valentine,

Thu. Why, this it is to be a peevish girl, Whose life's as tender to me as my soul; That flies her fortune when it follows her:

And full as much (for more there cannot be) I'll after; more to be revenged on Eglamour, I do detest false perjur'd Proteus; Than for the love of reckless Silvia. [Exit. Therefore begone, solicit me no more.

Pro. And I will follow, more for Silvia's love, Pro. What dangerous action, stood it next to Than hate of Eglamour, that goes with her. (Exit.

death, Jul. And I will follow, more to cross that love, Would I not undergo for one calm look? Than hate for Silvia, that is gone for love. [Exit. 0, 'tis the curse in love, and still approv'd,"

When women cannot love where they're belov'd. SCENE III.Frontiers of Mantua. The Forest. Sil. When Proteus cannot love where he's Enter Silvia and Outlaws.


Read over Julia's heart, thy first best love, Out. Come, come;

For whose dear sake thou didst then rend thy faith Be patient, we must bring you to our captain.

Into a thousand oaths; and all those oaths Sil. A thousand more mischances than this one

Descended into perjury, to love me. Have learn'd me how to brook this patiently.

Thou hast no faith left now, unless thou hadst two, 2 Out. Come, bring her away. 1 Out. Where is the gentleman that was with her? Than plural faith, which is too much by one:

And that's far worse than none; better have none 3 Out. Being nimble-footed, he hath out-run us, Thou counterfeit to thy true friend! But Moyses, and Valerius, follow him.


In love,
Go thou with her to the west end of the wood,
There is our captain ; we'll follow him that's fled;

Who respects friend?

All men but Proteus. The thicket is beset, he cannot 'scape. i Out. Come, I must bring you to our captain's Can no way change you to a milder form,

Pro. Nay, if the gentle spirit of moving words Fear not; he bears an honorable mind,

I'll woo you like a soldier, at arms' end; And will not use a woman lawlessly.

And love you 'gainst the nature of love, force you.

Sil. O heaven! Sil. O Valentine, this I endure for thee![Exeunt.


I'll force thee yield to my desire.

Val. Ruffian, let go that rude uncivil touch; SCENE IV.-Another part of the Forest.

Thou friend of an ill fashion!


Valentine! Val. How use doth breed a habit in a man!

Val. Thou common friend, that's without faith

or love, This shadowy desert, unfrequented woods, I better brook than flourishing peopled towns:

(For such is a friend now,) treacherous man! Here can I sit alone, unseen of any,

T'hou hast beguild my hopes; nought but mine eye And, to the nightingale's complaining notes,

Could have persuaded me: Now I dare not say Tune my distresses, and record® my woes.

I have one friend alive; thou wouldst disprove me. O thou that dost inhabit in my breast,

Who should be trusted now, when one's right hand Leave not the mansion so long tenantless;

Is perjur'd to the bosom? Proteus, Lest, growing ruinous, the building fall,

I am sorry, I must never trust thee more, And leave no memory of what it was !

But count the world a stranger for thy sake. Repair me with thy presence, Silvia;


The private wound is deepest : O time, most curst! Thou gentle nymph, cherish thy forlorn swain!- | 'Mongst all foes, that a friend should be the worst! What halloing, and what stir is this to-day?

Pro. My shame and guilt confound me.These are my mates, that make their wills their law,

Forgive me, Valentine: if hearty sorrow Have some unhappy passenger in chase:

Be a sufficient ransom for offence, They love me well; yet I have much to do,

I tender it here; I do as truly suffer, To keep them from uncivil outrages.

As e'er I did commit.

Val. Withdraw thee, Valentine: who's this comes here?

Then I am paid; [Steps aside.

And once again I do receive thee honest :

Who by repentance is not satisfied,
Enter PROTEUS, Silvia, and Julia.

Is nor of heaven, nor earth; for these are pleas'd;
Pro. Madam, this service I have done for you, By penitence the Eternal's wrath's appeas'd :-
(Though you respect not aught your servant doth,) And, that my love may appear plain and free,
To hazard life, and rescue you from him

All that was mine in Silvia, I give thee. That would have forc'd your honor and your love. Jul. O me unhappy!

[Faints. Vouchsafe me for my meed but one fair look; Pro. Look to the boy. A smaller boon than this I cannot beg,

Val. Why, boy! why, wag! how now? what is And less than this, I am sure, you cannot give.

the matter? Val. How like a dream is this I see and hear! Look up; speak. Love, lend mc patience to forbear a while. (Aside. * Careless.

. Felt, experienced

• Sing


O good sir, my master charg'd me | Do not name Silvia thine; if once again, To deliver a ring to madam Silvia;

Milan shall not behold thee. Here she stands, Which, out of my neglect, was never done. Take but possession of her with a touch ;Pro. Where is that ring, boy?

I dare thee but to breathe upon my love.Jul Here ’tis: this is it. [Gives a ring.

Thu. Sir Valentine, I care not for her, I; Pro. How! let me see:

I hold him but a fool, that will endanger
Why this is the ring I gave to Julia.

His body for a girl that loves him not:
Jul. O, cry your mercy, sir, I ha mistook; claim her not, and therefore she is thine.
This is the ring you sent to Silvia.

Duke. The more degenerate and base art thou, [Shows another ring. To make such means for her as thou hast done, Pro. But, how cam'st thou by this ring? at my And leave her on such slight conditions.depart,

Now, by the honor of my ancestry, I gave this unto Julia.

I do applaud thy spirit, Valentine, Jul. And Julia herself did give it me;

And think thee worthy of an empress' love. And Julia herself hath brought it hither.

Know then, I here forget all former griefs, Pro. How! Julia!

Cancel all grudge, repeal thee home again.Jul. Behold her that gave aim to all thy oaths, Plead a new state in thy unrivall’d merit, And entertain'd them deeply in her heart: To which I thus subscribe,sir Valentine, How oft hast thou with perjury cleft the root?' Thou art a gentleman, and well deriv'd; O Proteus, let this habit make thee blush! Take thou thy Silvia, for thou hast deserv'd her. Be thou asham'd, that I have took upon me

Val. I thank your grace; the gift hath made me Such an immodest raiment; if shame live

happy. In a disguise of love:

I now beseech you, for your daughter's sake, It is the lesser blot, modesty finds,

To grant one boon that I shall ask of you. Women to change their shapes, than men their Duke. I grant it, for thine own, whate'er it be. minds.

Val. These banish'd men, that I have kept withal, Pro. Than men their minds? 'tis true: O heaven! Are men endued with worthy qualities;

Forgive them what they have committed here, But constant, he were perfect: that one error And let them be recalls from their exile: Fills him with faults; makes him run through all They are reformed, civil, full of good, sins:

And fit for great employment, worthy lord. Inconstancy falls off, ere it begins:

Duke. Thou hast prevaild: I pardon them, and What is in Silvia's face, but I may spy

thee; More fresh in Julia's with a constant eye? Dispose of them, as thou know'st their deserts. Val. Come, come, a hand from either:

Come, let us go; we will includes all jars Let me be blest to make this happy close; With triumphs, mirth, and rare solemnity. "Twere pity two such friends should be long foes. Val. And, as we walk along, I dare be bold, Pro. Bear witness, heaven, I have my wish for With our discourse to make your grace to smile:

What think you of this page, my lord ? Jul. And I have mine.

Duke. I think the boy hath grace in him: he

blushes. Enter Out-laws, with DUKE and Taurio.

Val. I warrant you, my lord; more grace than Out. A prize, a prize, a prize!

boy. Val Forbear, I say; it is my lord the duke. Duke. What mean you by that saying? Your grace is welcome to a man disgrac'd,

Val. Please you, I'll tell you as we pass along, Banished Valentine.

That you will wonder what hath fortuned.Duke. Sir Valentine!

Come, Proteus; 'tis your penance, but to hear Thu. Yonder is Silvia; and Silvia's mine.

The story of your loves discovered: Val Thurio, give back, or else embrace thy That done, our day of marriage shall be yours; death;

One feast, one house, one mutual happiness. Come not within the measure of my wrath::

[Exeunt. Direction. An allusion to clearing the pin in archery. • Length of my sword.

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SCENE I.-Windsor. Before Page's House. you, I am of the church, and will be glad to do

my benevolence, to make atonements and comproEnter Justice SHALLOW, SLENDER, and Sir' Hugh

miscs between you. Evans.

Shal. The Council shall hear it; it is a riot. Shal. Sir Hugh, persuade me not; I will

Era. It is not meet the Council hear a riot; there make a Star-chamber matter of it; if he were is no fear of Got in a riot; the Council, look you, twenty sir John Falstaffs, he shall not abuse Robert shall desire to hear the fear of Got, and not to hear Shallow, esquire.

a riot; take your vizaments in that. Slen. In the county of Gloster, justice of peace,

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

sword should end it. Shal. Ay, cousin Slender, and Cust-alorum.

Era. It is petter that friends is the sword, and Slen. Ay, and ratolorum too; and a gentleman end it: and there is also another device in my prain, born, master parson; who writes himself armigero; which, peradventure, prings goot discretions with in any bill, warrant, quittance, or obligation, armi- it: There is Anne Page, which is daughter to

master George Page, which is pretty virginity. gero. Shal. Ay, that we do: and have done any time

Slen. Mistress Anne Page? She has brown hair, these three hundred years.

and speaks small like a woman. Slen. All his successors, gone before him, have

Eva. It is that fery person for all the 'orld, as done't; and all his ancestors, that come after him, just as you will desire: and seven hundred pounds may: they may give the dozen white luces in their of monies, and gold, and silver, is her grandsire,

upon his death's bed (Got deliver to a joyful resurShal. It is an old coat.

rections !) give, when she is able to overtake sevenEva. The dozen white louses do become an old teen years old: it were a goot motion, if we leave coat well; it agrees well, passant: it is a familiar our pribbles and prabbles, and desire a marriage beast to man, and signifies—love.

between master Abraham and mistress Anne Page. Shal. The luce is the fresh fish; the salt fish is

Shal. Did her grandsire leave her seven hunan old coat.

dred pounds ? Slen. I may quarter, coz?

Era. Ay, and her father is make her a petter penny. Shal. You may, by marrying.

Shal. I know the young gentlewoman; she has Eva. It is marring indeed, if he quarter it.

good gifts. Shal. Not a whit.

Eva. Seven hundred pounds, and possibilities, Eva. Yes, py'r' lady; if he has a quarter of is good gifts.

Shal. Well, let us see honest master Page: Is your coat, there is but three skirts for yourself, in my simple conjectures: but this is all one: if Sir Falstaff there? John Falstaff have committed disparagements unto

Eva. Shall I tell you a lie? I do despise a liar,

as I do despise one that is false; or as I despise 1 A title formerly appropriated to chaplains. 3 By our



4 Advisement.

Custos Rotulorum.

one that is not true. The knight, sir John, is Slen. Where's Simple, my man?- can you tell, there; and, I beseech you, be ruled by your well-cousin ? willers. I will peat the door [knocks] for master Eva. Peace: I pray you! Now let us understand: Page. What, hoa! pless your house here! There is three umpires in this matter as I under

stand: that is—master Page, fidelicet, master Page; Enter PAGE.

and there is myself, fidelicet myself; and the three Page. Who's there?

party is, lastly and finally, mine host of the Garter. Era. Here Got's plessing, and your friend, Page. We three, to hear it, and end it between and justice Shallow : and here young master Slen

them. der; that peradventures shall tell you another tale, Eva. Fery goot: I will make a brief of it in my if matters grow to your likings.

note-book; and we will afterwards 'ork upon the Page. I am glad to see your worships well: I cause, with as great discreetly as we can. thank you for my venison, master Shallow.

Fal. Pistol,-Shal. Master Page, I ain glad to see you; Much

Pist. He hears with ears. good do it your good heart! I wished your venison Eva. The tevil and his tam! what phrase is this, better; it was ill-killed:-How doth good mistress He hears with ear? Why, it is affeciations. Page ?—and I love you always with my hcart, la ; Fal. Pistol, did you pick master Slender's purse? with my heart.

Slen. Ay, by these gloves, did he, (or I would I Page. Sir, I thank you.

might never come in mine own great chamber again Shal. Sir, I thank you; by yea and no, I do. else,) of seven groats in mill-sixpenccs, and two Ed. Page. I am glad to see you, good master Slender. ward shovel-boards,' that cost nie two shillings and

Slen. How does your fallow greyhound, sir? I two pence a-piece of Yead Miller, by these gloves. heard say he was outrun at Cotsale.

Fal. Is this true, Pistol ? Page. It could not be judged, sir.

Era. No; it is false, if it is a pick-purse. Sken. You'll not confess, you'll not confess. Pist. Ha, thou mountain-foreigner !

-Sir John, Sha!. That he will not;—'tis your fault, 'tis your

and master mine, fault:-"Tis a good dog.

I combat challenge of this latten bilbo ::
Page. A cur, sir.

Word of denial in thy labras" here;
Shal. Sir, he's a good dog, and a fair dog; Can Word of denial; froth and scum, thou liest.
there be more said? he is good, and fair.—Is sir Slen. By these gloves, then 'twas he.
John Falstaff here?

Nym. Be advised, sir, and pass good humors: Page. Sir, he is within; and I would I could do I will say, marry trap, with you if you run the nuta good office between you.

hook’s humor on me; that is the very note of it. Era. It is spoke as a Christian ought to speak. Slen. By this hat, then he in the red face had it: Shal. He hath wrong'd me, master Page. for though I cannot remember what I did when you Page. Sir, he doth in some sort confess it. made me drunk, yet I am not altogether an ass.

Shal. If it be confess'd, it is not redress’d; is not Fal. What say you, Scarlet and John? that so, master Page? He hath wrong'd me; in Bar. Why, sir, for my part, I say, the gentleman deed, he hath;--at a word, he hath;-believe me; had drunk himself out of his five sentences. -Robert Shallow, esquire, saith, he is wrong d.

Eva. It is his five senses: fie, what the ignoPage. Here comes sir John.

rance is!

Bar. And being fap,' sir, was, as they say, Enter Sir Joux Falstaff, BARDOLPH, Nym, cashier'd; and so conclusions pass'd the careires." and Pistol.

Slen. Ay, you spake in Latin then too: but'tis Fal. Now, master Shallow; you'll complain of no matter: I'll ne'er be drunk whilst I live again me to the king?

but in honest, civil, godly company, for this trick Shal. Knight, you have beaten my men, killed my the fear of God, and not with drunken knaves.

if I be drunk, I'll be drunk with those that have deer, and broke open my lodge. Fal. But not kiss'd your keeper's daughter.

Eva. So Got 'udge me, that is a virtuous mind. Shal. Tut, a pin! this shall be answer'd.

Fal. You hear all these matters denied, gentleFal. I will answer it straight;-I have done all

men; you hear it. this:-That is now answer'd.

Enter Mistress Anve Page with wine; Mistress Shal. The council shall know this.

Ford and Mistress Page following: Fal. "Twere better for you, if it were known in counsel: you'll be laugh'd at.

Page. Nay, daughter, carry the wine in; we'll drink within.

[Exit Anne PAGE. Era. Pauca verba, sir John, good worts.

Slen. O heaven! this is mistress Anne Page. Fal. Good worts !good cabbage.-Slender, I

Page. How now, mistress Ford ? broke your head; What matter have you against me? Fal. Mistress Ford, by my troth, you are very

Slen. Marry, sir, I have matter in my head well met: by your leave, good mistress. (Kissing her.. against you; and against your coney-catching' rascals, Bardolph, Nym, and Pistol. They carried Come, we have a hot venison pasty to dinner;

Page. Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome: me to the tavern, and made me drunk, and after-come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all wards picked my pocket.

unkindness. Bar. You Banbury cheese!"

[Exeunt all but Saal., SLENDER, and Evans.. Slen. Ay, it is no matter.

Slen. I had rather than forty shillings, I had my Pist. How, now, Mephostophilus ?'

book of Songs and Sonnets here:Slen. Ay, it is no matter. Nym. Slice, I say, pauca, pauca; slice! that's

Enter SIMPLE. my humor.

How now, Simple! where have you been? I must . Cotevold, in Gloucestershire.

· King Edward's shilling usod in the game of shuffle • Worts was the ancient name of all the cabbage kind. board. - Blade as thin as a lath. Nothing but paring! If you say I am a thief.

• Drunk. • The name of an ugly spirit.

. The bounds of good behavior.


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wait on myself, must I? You have not The Book Slen. I am not a-hungry, I thank you, forsooth: of Riddles about you, have you?

Go, sirrah, for all you are my man, go, wait upon Sim. Book of Riddles! why, did you not lend it my cousin Shallow: [Exit Simplx.) A justice of to Alice Shortcake upon Allhallowmas last, a fort- peace sometime may be beholden to his friend for night afore Michaelmas ?'

a man:--I keep but three men and a boy yet, till Shal. Come, coz; come, coz; we stay for you. my mother be dead: But what though? yet I live A word with you, coz; marry, this, coz; There like a poor gentleman born. is, as 'twere a tender, a kind of tender, made afar Anne. I may not go in without your worship: off by sir Hugh here ;-Do you understand me? they will not sit till you come.

Slen. Ay, sir, you shall find me reasonable; if Slen. I' faith, I'll eat nothing; I thank you as it be so, I shall do that that is reason.

much as though I did. Shal. Nay, but understand me.

Anne. I pray you, sir, walk in. Slen. So I do, sir.

Slen. I had rather walk here, I thank you: I Era. Give ear to his motions, master Slender: I bruised my shin the other day with playing at sword will description the matter to you, if you be capa- and dagger with a master of fence, three veneys city of it.

for a dish of stewed prunes; and, by my troth, I Slen. Nay I will do as my cousin Shallow says: cannot abide the smell of hot meat since. Why do I pray you, pardon me; he's a justice of peace in your dogs bark so? be there bears i' the town? his country, simple though I stand here.

Anne. I think there are, sir; I heard them talked Eva. But this is not the question; the question is concerning your marriage.

Slen. I love the sport well; but I shall as soon Shal. Ay, there's the point, sir.

quarrel at it as any man in England :-You are Eva. Marry, is it; the very point of it; to mis- afraid, if you see the bear loose, are you not? tress Anne Page.

Anne. Ay, indeed, sir. Slen. Why, if it be so, I will marry her, upon Slen. That's meat and drink to me now:I have any reasonable demands.

seen Sackerson loose, twenty times: and have taEra. But can you affection the 'oman? Let us ken him by the chain: but, I warrant you, the cominand to know that of your mouth, or of your women have so cried and shriek'd at it, that it lips; for divers philosophers hold, that the lips is pass'd:'—but women, indeed, cannot abide 'em; parcel of the mouth;—Therefore, precisely, can they are ill-favored, rough things. you carry your good will to the maid ? Shal. Cousin Abraham Slender, can you love her?

Re-enter Page. Slen. I hope, sir, I will do, as it shall become

Page. Come, gentle master Slender, come; we one that would do reason.

stay for you. Eva. Nay, Got's lords and his ladies! you must Slen. I'll eat nothing; I thank you, sir. speak possitable, if you can carry her your desires

Page. By cock and pye, you shall not choose, towards her.

sir; come, come. Shal. That you must: Will you, upon good Slen. Nay, pray you, lead the way. dowry, marry her?

Page. Come on, sir. Slen. I will do a greater thing than that, upon Slen. Mistress Anne, yourself shall go first. your request, cousin, in any reason.

Anne. Not I, sir, pray you, keep on. Shal. Nay, conceive me, conceive me, sweet Slen. Truly, I will not go first; truly, la; I will coz; what I do, is to pleasure you, coz: Can you not do you that wrong. love the maid?

Anne. I pray you, sir. Slen. I will marry her, sir, at your request; but

Slen. I'll rather be unmannerly than troubleif there be no great love in the beginning, yet some; you do yourself wrong, indeed, la. [Excunt. heaven may decrease it upon better acquaintance, when we are married, and have more occasion to

SCENE II. The same. know one another: I hope, upon familiarity will

Enter Sir Hugu Evans and SIMPLE. grow more contempt; but if you say, marry her, I will marry her, that I am freely dissolved, and Eva. Go your ways, and ask of Doctor Caius' dissolutely.

house, which is the way: and there dwells one Eva. It is a fery discretion answer; save, the mistress Quickly, which is in the manner of his faul is in the 'ort dissolutely: the ’ort is, according nurse, or his dry nurse, or his cook, or his laundry, to our meaning, resolutely ;—his meaning is good. his washer, and his wringer. Shah Ay, I think my cousin meant well.

Sim. Well, sir. Slen. Ay, or else I would I might be hanged, la.

Eva. Nay, it is petter yet: give her this

letter; for it is a'oman that altogether's acquaintance Re-enter Anne Page.

with mistress Anne Page; and the letter is, to deShal. Here comes fair mistress Anne:—Would sires to mistress Anne Page: I pray you begone;

sire and to require her to solicit your master's de I were young, for your sake, mistress Anne ! Anne. The dinner is on the table; my father and cheese to come.

I will make an end of my dinner; there's pippins desires your worships' company.

[Exeunt. Shal. I will wait on him, fair mistress Anne. SCENE III.-A Room in the Garter Inn. Era. Od's plessed will! I will not be absence at

Enter Falstaff, Host, BARDOLPH, NYM, PISTOL,

and Robix. [Exeunt Shallow and Sir H. Evans. Anne. Will’t please your worship to come in, sir?

Fal. Mine host of the Garter, Slen. No, I thank you, forsooth, heartily; I am Host. What says my bully-rook? Speak schol.

arly, and wisely. Anne. The dinner attends you, sir.

* Three set-tog, bouts, or hits.

• The name of a bear exhibited at Paris-Garden, South1 An intended blunder.

· Surpassed all expression.

the grace.

very well.


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