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Quic. Ay, forsooth, I'll fetch it

you. I am glad, he went not in himself; if he had found the young man, he would have been horn-mad. [Afde.

Caius. Fe, fe, fe, fe, mai foi, il fait fort chaud ; je m'en vaie à la Cour la grande affaire.

Quic. Is it this, Sir ?

Caius. Ouy, mettez le au mon pocket; Depêchez, quickly; ver is dat knave Rugby?

Quic. What, John Rugby ! John!
Rug. Here, Sir.

Caius. You are John Rugby, and you are Jack Rugby; come, take-a your rapier, and come after


heel to the Court.

Rug. 'Tis ready, Sir, here in the porch.

Caius. By my trot, I tarry too long : od's me ! Qu' ay j' oublié ? dere is some simples in my closet, dat I will not for the varld I thall leave behind.

Quic. Ay-me, he'll find the young man there, and be mad.

Caius. O Diable, Diable! vat is in my closet ? villaine, Larrox, Rugby, my rapier.

[Pulls Simple out of the closet. Quic. Good master, be content. Caius. Wherefore shall I be content-a? Quic. The young man is an honest man.

. Caius. What shall de honest man do in my closet? dere is no honest man dat shall come in my closet.

Quic. I beseech you, be not so flegmatick; hear the truth of it. He came of an errand to me from parfon Hugh. · Caius. Vell.

Sim. Ay, forsooth, to desire her to ---
Quic. Peace, I pray you.
Cai. Peace-a your tonge.-Speak-a your tale.

Sim. To desire this honeft gentlewoman, your maid, to speak a good word to mistress Anne Page for my master in the way of marriage.


Quic. Quic. This is all, indeed-la ; but I'll never put my finger in the fire, and need not.

Caius. Sir Hugb send-a-you? Rugby, baillez me some paper; tarry you a little while.

Quic. I am glad he is so quiet ; if he had been thoroughly moved, you should have heard him so loud, and so melancholy.—But notwithstanding, man, I'll do for your master what good I can; and the very yea and the no is, the French Doctor my master. (I may call him my master, look you, for I keep his house, and I wash, wring, brew, bake, scour, dress meat and drink, make the beds, and do all myself.)

Sim. 'Tis a great charge to come under one body's hand.

Quic. Are you a-vis'd o’that? you shall find it a great charge ; and to be up early and down lare.—But notwithstanding, to tell you in your ear, I would have no words of it, my master himself is in love with mistress Anne Page ; but, notwithstanding that, I know Anne's mind, that's neither here nor there.

Caius. You jack’nape; give-a this letter to Sir Hugb; by gar, it is a shallenge: I will cut his throat in de parke, and I will teach a scurvy jack-a-nape priest to meddle or make- --you may be gone; it is not good you tarry here; by gar, I will cut all his two stones ; by gar, he shall not have a stone to trow at

[Exit Simple. Quic. Alas, he speaks but for his friend.

Caius. It is no matter'a ver dat: do you not tell-a-me, dat I shall have Anne Page for myself?' by gar, I vill kill de jack priest ; and I have appointed mine host of de Jarterre to measure our weapon ; by gar, I will myself have Anne Page.

Quic. Sir, the maid loves you, and all shall be well: we must give folks leave to prate ; what, the goujere!

Caius. Rugby, come to the Court with me ;by gar, if I have not Anne Page, I shall turn your

head teld I did commend for bis counsellor :) This is ob- A great PRECISIAN to her, for scure ; but the meaning is, iho' ber woman. WARBURTON. love permit rea for 10 tell what is Precisan." Of this word I do fit to be done, be seldom follows its not see any meaning that is very advice. By precisar, is meant apposite to the present intention. one who

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[Ex. Caius and Rugby. Quic. You fhall have An fools-head of your own. No, I know Anne's mind for that ; never a Woman in Windfor knows inore of Anne's mind than I do, nor can do more than I do with her, I thank heav'n.

Fent. (within.) Who's within, there, hoa?

Quic. Who's there, I trow, come near the house 1 pray you.

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Fent. How now, good woman, how doft thou ?

Quic. The better, that it pleafes your good worship to ask

Fent. What news ? how does pretty mistress Anne ?

Quic. In truth, Sir, and she is pretty, and honest, and gentle, and one that is your friend, I can tell you that by the way, I praise heav'n for it.

1 Fent. Shall I do any good, think’tt thou? hall i not lose my fuit ?

Quic. Troth, Sir, all is in his hands above ; but notwithstanding, master Femton, I'll be fworn on a book, The loves you-Have not your worship a wart above your eye?

Fent. Yes, marry, have I; and what of that? • Quic. Well, thereby hangs a tale , good faith, it is such another Nan; but, I deteft, an honest maid as ever broke bread ;-we had an hour's talk of that wart - : I shall never laugh but in that maid's company! But, indeed, she is given too much to allicholly and musing;

Well-go to Fen. Well, I shall see her to day , hold, there's money for thee ; let me have thy voice in my behalf; if thou feeft her before me, commend me Quis. Will I ? ay, faith, that we will : and I will

but for you


tell your worship more of the wart, the next time we have confidence, and of other wooers.

Fen. Well, farewel, I am in great hafte now. [Exit.

Quic. Farewel to your worship. Truly an honest gentleman, but Anne loves him not; I know Anne's mind as well as another does. Out upon't, what have I forgot ?


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Before Page's House.

Enter Mrs. Page, with a Letter.

Mrs. PAGE.

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HAT, have I scap'd love-letters in the holy

day-time of my beauty, and am I now a subject for them ? let me see:

Ask me no reason, why I love you ; for tho love use reason for his precisans, be admits bim not for bis counJellor : you are not young, no more am I go to tben,


ibo' love use reason for Maine, in his City Match, bis precifian, be admits bim not

pretends to a more than Perhaps Falstaf said, Though ordinary degree of virtue and love use reason as bis phyfician, fanctity. On which account they be admits him not for his counselgave this name to the puritanslor. This will be plain sense. of that time. So Osborne, Ak not the reason of my Conform their mode, words and the business of Reason is not to jooks to these PRECISIANS. And allift love but to cure it.


love ;

there's sympathy : you are merry, so am I; .ba! ha! then there's more sympathy; you love fack, and so do I; would you desire better Tmpathy ? let it suffice thee, mistress Page, at least if the love of a soldier can suffice, that I love thee. I will not say, pity me, 'tis not a soldier-like phrase ; but I say, love me :

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By me, thine own true Knigbt,

By day or night,
Or any kind of light,
With all kis might,
For thee to fight. John Falstaff.

What a Herid of Jewry is this? O wicked, wicked world! one that is well nigh worn to pieces with age, to show himself a young gallant ! what unweigh'd behaviour hath this Flemish drunkard pickt, i'th' devil's name, out of my conversation, that he dares in this manner essay me? why, he hath not been thrice in my company : what should I say to him ?-_I was then frugal of my mirth '_heav'n forgive me-Why, I'll exhibit ? a Bill in the Parliament for the putting down




._ I was then frugal of cessarily read--for the putting my mirth, &c.] By breaking down of lat Men. -Mrs. Ford this speech into exclamations, fays in the very ensuing Scene, the text may ftand; but II jhall think the worse of fat Men, once thought it must be read, If as long as I have an Eye, &c. I was not then frugal of my And in the old Quarto’s, Mrs. mirth.

Page, so soon as me has read the a bill in the Parliament Letter, fuys, W'ell, I fall trust for the putting down of Men :--) fat Men the worse, while I live, What, Mrs. Page, put down the for his fake: And he is call'd, the whole Species Unius ob noxam, jat Knight, the greasy Knight, for a single Offender's Trespassi by the Women, throughout the Don't be so unreasonable in your Play.

THEOBALD. Anger. But 'tis a false Charge -I'll exhibit a Bill in Paragainst You. I am persuaded, a lament for putting down of men:} Short Monofyllable is dropt out, Mr. Theobald says, we must newhich, once reftor'd, would qua- cessarily read, lify the matter, We must ne


jor puting down of fat


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