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on myself, muft I? you have not the book of riddles about you, have you?
Simp. Book of riddles ! why, did you not lend it to Alice Shortcake #upon Allballowmas last, a fortnight afore Michaelmas ?
Sbal. Come, coz; come, coz ; we stay for you : a word with you, coz: marry this, coz; there is, as 'twere, a tender, a kind of tender, made afar off by Sir Hugle here; do you understand me?
Slen. Ay, Sir, you shall find me reasonable ; if it be fo, I shall do that that is reason.
Shal. Nay, but understand me.
Eva. Give ear to his motions, Mr. Slender : I will description the matter to you, if you be capacity of it.
Slen. Nay, I will do as my cousin Shallow says: I pray you pardon me; he's a Justice of peace in his country, Gimple tho' I stand here.
Eva. But that is not the question ; the question is concerning your marriage.
Shah Ay, there's the point, Sir.
Eva. Marry, is it; the very point of it, to Mrs. Anne Page
Slen. Why, if it be so, I will marry her upon any reasonable demands.
Eva. But can you affection the 'oman ? let us command to know that of your mouth, or of your lips ; for divers philosophers hold, that the lips is parcel of
3 — upon Allhallowmas laft, and marking how the Seasons a fortnight afore Michaelmas.) run: and therefore I have venSure, Simple's a little out in his tur'd to suspect our Poet wrote Reckoning. Allhallaws is al- Martlemas, as the Vulgar callit: most five Weeks after Michael which is near a fortnight after mas. But may it not be urg'd All Saints Day, i. o. eleven Days, it is defign'd Simple hould ap- both inclusive. THEOBALD. pear thus ignorant, to keep up This correction, thus serious. Character ? I think, not. The ly, and wisely enforced, is refimpleft Creatures (nay,even Na- ceived by Sir Tho. Hanmer, but torals) generally are very precise probably Shakespeare intended a in the Knowledge of Feitivals, blunder.
the mind, therefore precisely, can you carry your good Will to the maid?
Shal. Cousin Abraham Slender, can you love her ?
Slen. I hope, Sir, I will do, as it shall become one that would do reason.
Eva. Nay, Got's lords and his ladies, you must speak poslitable, if you can carry her your defires towards her.
Sbal. That you must : will you, upon good dowry,
Slen. I will do a greater thing than that upon your request, cousin, in any reason. T. Shal
. Nay, conceive me, conceive me, fweet coz; what I do, is to pleasure you, coz; can you love the maid?
Slen. I will marry her, Sir, at your request : but if there be no great love in the beginning, yet heav'n may decrease it upon better acquaintance, when we are marry'd, and have more occasion to know one another:' * I hope, upon familiarity will grow more contempt: but if you-fay, marry her, I will marry her, that I am freely diffolved, and diffolutely.
Eva. It is a ferry discretion answer, fave, the fall is in th’ort dissolutely; the ort is, according to our meaning, resolutely; his meaning is good. Shal. Ay; I think, my cousin meant well. Slen. Ay, or else. I would I might be hang'd, la.
4 - I hope upon Familiarity resolutely: but to make him fay,' will grow more Content:] Cer on the present Occafion, that tainly, the Editors in their Sa- upon Familiarity will grow more gacity have murder'd a Jeft here. Content, instead of Contempt, is It is design'd, no doubt, that disarming the Sentiment of all Slender should say decrease, in- its Salt and Humour, and disap. Stead of increase; and disolved, pointing the Audience of a readiffolutely, instead of resolved and fonable
Cause for Laughter,
Enter Mrs. Anne Page: Shal. Here comes fair mistrels Änne : 'would, I were young for your sake, mistress Anne!
Anne. The dinner is on the table; my father desires your worship's company.
Shal. I will wait on him, fair mistress Anne.
Eva. Od's plessed will, I will not be absence at the Grace.
[Ex. Shallow and Evans. Anne. Will't please your worship to come in, Sir ? Slen. No, I thank you, forsooth, heartily ; I am Anne. The dinner attends you, Sir.
Slen. I am not a-hungry, I thank you, forsooth. Go, Sirrah, for all you are my man, go wait upon my cousin Shallow : (Ex. Simple.) A Justice of peace fometime'may be beholden to his friend for a man. I keep but three men and a boy yet, 'till my mother be dead; but what though, yet I live like a poor gentleman born.
Anne. I may not go in without your worship; they. will not fit, 'till you come.
Slen. I'faith, I'll eat nothing : I thank you as much as though I did.
Anne. I pray you, Sir, walk in.
Slen. I had rather walk here, I thank you : I bruis’d my shin th’other day with playing at sword and dagger with a master of fence, three veneys for a dish of ftew'd prunes ; and, by my troth, I cannot abide the smell of hot meat fince. Why do your dogs bark so? be there bears i'th' town? Anne. I think, there are, Sir; I heard them talk'd
of. Slen. I love the sport well, but I shall as soon quar
rel at it as any man in England. You are afraid, if you see the bear loose, are you not?
Anne. Ay, indeed, Şir. .
Slen. That's meat and drink to me now; I have seen Sackerson loose twenty times, and have taken him by the chain ; but I warrant you, the women have so cry'd and Thriek'd at it, that it pasts : but women, indeed, cannot abide 'em, they are very ill-favour'd rough things.
Enter Mr. Page. Page. Come, gentle Mr. Slender, come; we stay for you.
Slen. I'll eat nothing, I thank you, Sir.
Page. By cock and pye, you shall not chuse, Sir; come ; come.
Slen. Nay, pray you, lead the way.
Slen. Truly, I will not go first, truly-la : I will not do you that wrong.
Anne. I pray you, Sir.
Slen. I'd rather be unmannerly, than troublesome you do yourself wrong, indeed-la. [Exeunt.
SCE N E VI.
Re-enter Evans and Simple. Eva. Go your ways, and ask of Doctor Caius' house which is the way; and there dwells one mistress Quickly, which is in the manner of his nurse, or his dry
5 that it paft:-] It fentence completed would be, paft, or this passes, was a way of This passés all expreffon, or perspeaking customary heretofore, haps, This passes all things. We to signify the excess, or extra- ftill use palling, well, passing ordinary degree of any thing. The Arange. WARBURTON.
nurse, or his cook, or his laundry, his washer, and his wringer.
Simp. Well, Sir.
Eva. Nay, it is pétter yet ; give her this letter ; for it is a 'oman that altogethers acquaintance with miltress Anne Page ; and the letter is to desire and require her to follicit your master's desires to mistress Anne Page; I pray you
I will make an end of my dinner ; there's pippins and cheese to come.
Enter Falftaff, Hoft, Bardolph, Nym, Piftoland Robin.
Hoft. What says my bully Rock ? speak fchollarly, and wisely.
Fal. Truly, mine hoft, I must turn away fome of my followers.
Hot. Discard, bully Hercules, cashier ; let them wag : trot, trot.
Fal. I fit at ten pounds a week.
Hoft. Thou’rt an Emperor, Cæfar, Keisar, and Pheazar. I will entertain Bardolpb, he shall draw, he shall tap : said I well, bully Hector?
Fal. Do so, good mine host.
Hoft. I have spoke, let him follow, let me see thee froth, and live : I am at a word; follow. [Exit Hoft.
Fal. Bardolph, follow him ; a tapster is a good trade: an old cloak makes a new jerkin; a wither'd servingman, a fresh tapster; go, adieu. Bard. It is a life that I have desir'd: I will thrive,
[Exit Bard. Pift. O base Hungarian wight, wilt thou the spigot wield?