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Mrs. Page. The spirit of wantonness is, sure, And makes milcb-kine yield blood, and shakes a scared out of bim; if the devil bave him not in

cbain fee-simple, with fine and recovery, he will in a most hideous and dreadful manner : never, i think, in the way of waste, attempt us You bave heard of such a spirit ; and well you again.

know, Mrs. Ford. Shall we tell our husbands how the superstitious idle-headed eld • we have served bim

Received, and did deliver to our age, Mrs. Page. Yes, by all means; if it be but This tale of Herne the hunter for a truth. to scrape the figures out of your husband's brains. Page. Why, yet there want not many, that do If they can find in their hearts, the poor un

fear virtuous fat knight sball be any further aflicted, In deep of night to walk by this Herne's oak: we two will still be the ministers.

But what of this ? Mrs. Ford. I'll warrant, they'll bave him Mrs. Ford. Marry, this is our device ; publicly shamed : and, metbinks, there would That Falstaff at that oak shall meet with us, be no period to the jest, sbould he not be pub. Disguised like Herne, with huge horns ou bis licly sbamed.

head. Mrs. Page. Come to the forge with it then, Page. Well, let it not be doubted but he'll sbape it: I would not have things cool.

come, (Exeunt. And in this shape : When you have brought bim

tbither, SCENE III.-A Room in the Garter Inn. What shall be done with him ? what is your

plot ? Enter Host and BAR DOLPH.

Mrs. Page. That ikewise have we thought Bard. Sir, the Germans desire to have three

upon, and thus : of your horses : the duke himself will be to Nan Page my daughter, and my little son, morrow at court, and they are going to meet and three or four more of their growth, we'll him,

dress Host. What duke should that be, comes so Like urcbins, ouphes, † and fairies, green and secretly? I hear not of him in the court: Let

wbite, me speak with the gentleinen ; they speak with rounds of waxen tapers on their heads, English ?

And rattles in their bands; nipon a sudden, Bard. Ay, Sir ; I'll call them to yon. As Falstaff, she, and I, are newly met,

Host. They sball bave my horses; but I'll Let them from fortb a saw.pit rush at once make them pay, I'll sauce them; they bave had with some diffused song ; upon their sight my bouses a week at cominand ; I have turned We two in great amazedness will fly : away my other guests : they must coine off ; I'll Then let thein all encircle bim about, sauce themn : Come.

(Ereunt. And, fairy-like, to pinch the unclean knight;

And ask him, why that hour of fairy revel, SCENE IV.-A Room in FORD's House. In their so sacred paths he dares to tread,

In shape profane. Enter PAGE, FORD, Mrs. PAGE, Mrs. FORD,

Mrs. Ford. And till be tell the truth, and Sir HUGH EVANS.

Let the supposed fairies pinch him sound, Eva. 'Tis one of the pest discretions of a And bum bim with their tapers. 'oman as ever I did look upon.

Mrs. Page. The truth being known, Page. And did be send you both these letters We'll all present ourselves ; dishorn the spirit, at an instant ?

And mock him home to Windsor. Mrs. Page. Within a quarter of an hour. Ford. The children must Ford. Pardon me, wife : Henceforth do wbat Be practised well to this, or they'll ne'er do't. thou wilt,

Eva. I will teach the children their bebavi. I rather will suspect the sun with cold,

ours; and I will be like a jack-an-apes also, to Than thee with wantonuess : now doth thy ho. burn the knight with my taber. nour stand,

Ford. That will be excellent. I'll go buy In him that was of late a beretic,

them vizards. As firm as faith.

Mrs. Page. My Nan shall be the queen of all Page. 'Tis well, 'tis well ; no more.

the fairies, Be not as extreme in submission,

Finely attired in a robe of white. As in offence ;

l'age. That silk will I go buy ;-and in that But let our plot go forward ; let our wives

time Yet once again, to make us public sport, Shall master Slender steal my Nan away, Appoint a meeting with this old fat fellow,

(A side wbere we may take him, and disgrace bim for And marry her at Eton.--Go, send to Falstaff it.

straight. Ford. There is no better way than that they

Ford. Nay, I'll to him again in name of spoke of.

Brook : Page. How ! to send bin word they'll meet He'll tell me all his purpose : Sure, he'll come. him in the park at midnight! fe, fie; he'll never Mrs. Page. Fear not you that : Go, get us come.

properties, | Eva. You say he has been thrown in the And tricking for our fairies. rivers ; and has been grievously peaten, as an Eva. Let as about it: It is admirable plea. old 'oman : methinks, there should be terrors sures, and fery honest knaveries. in bin, that he should not come ; methiuks, his

(Exeunt PAGE, FORD, and EVANS. desh is punished, he shall bare no desires. Mrs. Page. Go, mistress Ford, Page. So think I too.

Send quickly to Sir Joha, to know his mind. Mrs. Ford. Devise but how you'll use him

(Erit Mrs. FORD. when he comes,

I'll to the doctor; he bath my good will, And let us two devise to bring him thither. And nore but he, to marry with Nan Page. Mrs. Page. There is an old tale goes, that That Slender, thougb well landed, is an idiot ; Herpe the hunter,

And he my husband best of all affects : Sometime a keeper here in Windsor forest, The doctor is well money'd, and bis friends Doth all the winter time, at still midnight, Potent at court ; he, none but be, shall have Walk round about an oak, with great ragg'd

her, horns ; Aud there be blasts the tree, and takes the cattle,

+ Elr, hogloblin.

Wild, discordan • Strikes.

Soundly.

| Necessaries.

• Old age.

her.

Though twenty thousand wortbier come to cravey from behind one of them, in a slough of mire ;

(Er it. and set spurs, and away, like three German de

vils, tbree doctor Faustuses. SCENE V.-A Room in the Garter Inn. Host. They are gone but to meet the date,

villain : do not say, they be fed ; Germans are Enter Host and SIMPLE.

bobest men. Host. What would'st thou bave, boor 1 what, thick-skin ? speak, breathe, discuss; brief, sbort,

Finter Sir Hucu Erass. quick, snap.

Eva. Where is mine host !
Sim. Marry, Sir, I come to speak with Sir Host. What is the matter, Sir ?
John Falstaff from master Slender.

Eva. Have a care of your entertainments : Host. There's bis chainber, his house, bis there is a friend of mine come to town, tells me castle, bis standing-bed, and truckle-bed ;. 'tis there is three couzin germans, that has cozened painted about with the story of the prodigal, all the hosts of Readings, of Maidenbead, ef fresh and new : Go, knock and call ; be'll speak Colebrook, of horses and money. I tell you for like an Anthropophaginian. unto thee : Knock, good-will, look you : you are wise, and full of I say.

gibes and vlouting-stogs; and 'tis not convenient Sim. There's an old woman, a fat woman, you should be cozened : Fare you well. gone up into his chamber ; I'll be so bold as

[Erit. stay, Sir, till she come down : I come to speak with her, indeed.

Enter Doctor Caius. Host. Ha! a fat woman! the knight may be Caius. Vere is mine Host de Jarterre. robbed : I'll call.-Bully knight! Bully Sir John ! Host. Here, master doctor, in perplexity, and speak from thy lungs military : Art thou there? doubtful dilemma. it is thine host, thine Ephesian, calls.

Caius. I cannot tell vat is dat ; but it is te!l. Fal. (above.) How now, mine host ?

a me, dat you make grand preparation for a duke Host. Here's a Bohemian-Tartar tarries the de Jarmany: by my trot, dere is no doke, dat coming down of thy fat woman: Let her de. the court is know to come; I tell you for good scend, bully, let her descend; my chambers are vill : adieu.

(Erit. honourable : Fye! privacy ! fye!

Host, Hue and cry, villain, go :-assist me, Enter FALSTAFF.

knight ; I am undone :-Ay, run, hue and cry,

villain ! I am undone ! Fal. There was, mine host, an old fat woman

[Exeunt Host and BARDOLPH. even now with me ; but she's gone,

Fal. I would all the world might be cozened; Sim. Pray you, Sir, was't not tbe wise + woman for 1 bave been cozeu'd and beaten too. If it of Brentford i

should come to the ear of the court, box I bave Fal. Ay, marry, was it, muscle-shell ; What been transformed, and bow my transformation would you with her ?

hath been washed and cudgelled, they would Sim. My master, Sir, my master Slender, sent melt me out of my fat, drop by drop, and liquor to her, seeing her go thorough the streets, to know, fishermen's boots with me ; 1 warrant, they would Sir, whether one Nym, Sir, that beguiled him whip me with their fine wits, till I were as crest. of a cbain, had the cbain, or no.

fallen as a dried pear. I never prospered since Fal. I spake with the old woman about it. I forswore myself at Primero.. Well, if my Sim. And what says she, I pray, Sir ? wind were but long enough to say my prayers, I

Fal. Marry, she says, that the very same man, would repent.that beguiled master Slender of his chain, cozened him of it.

Enter Mrs. QUICKLY. Sim. I would I could have spoken with the Now ! whence come you? woman herself ; I had other things to have apo- Quick. From the two parties, forsooth. ken with her too, from him.

Fal. The devil take one party, and his dam Fal. What are they? let us know.

the other, and so they shall be both bestowed ! ! Host. Ay, come ; quick.

have suffered more for their sakes, more than the Sim. I may not conceal them, Sir.

villanous inconstancy of man's disposition is able Fal. Conceal them, or thou diest.

to bear. Sim. Why, Sir, they were nothing but about Quick. And have not they suffered ? Yes, I mistress Anne Page ; to know, if it were my warrant; speciously one of them ; mistress Ford, master's fortune to have her, or no.

good heart, is beaten black and blue, that you Fal. 'Tis, 'tis his fortune.

cannot see a white spot about her. Sim. What, Sir ?

Fal. Wbat tell'st thou me of black and blue ? Fal. To have her,-or no : Go; say, the wo. I was beaten myself into all the colours of the man told me so.

rainbow, and I was like to be apprehended for Sim. May I be so bold to say so, Sir 3

the witch of Brentford; but that my admirable Fal. Ay, Sir Tike ; who more bold !

dexterity of wit, my counterfeiting the action of Sim. I thank your worship : I shall make my an old woman, deliver'd me, the knare constamaster glad with these tidings. (Exit SIMPLE. ble had set me i' the stocks, i' the common

Host. Thou art clerkly, s thou art clerkly, Sir stocks, for a witcb. John : Was there a wise woman with thee? Quick. Sir, let me speak with yon in your

Fal. Ay, that there was, mine host; one, that chamber : you shall hear how things go; and, I bath taught me more wit than ever I learned warrant, to your content. Here is a letter will before in my life: and I paid nothing for it nei say somewhat. Good hearts, what ado bere is ther, but was paid for my learning.

to bring you together! Sure, one of you does not

serve beaven well, that you are so crossed.
Enter BAR DOLPH.

Fal. Come up into my chamber.
Bard. Out, alas, Sir! cozenage ! meer coz-

[Ereunt enage ! Host. Where be my horses I speak well of

SCENE VI.-- Another Room in the Garter them varletto.

Inn.
Bard. Run away with the cozeners : for so

Enter FENTON and Ilost. soon as I came beyond Eton, they threw ine off,

Host. Master Fenton, talk not to me; my

mind is beavy, I will give over all. • A cannibal. + A cunning woman, a fortune- Fent. Yet hear me speak : Assist me in my elier. 1 He calls Simple Muscle-shell, because he stood with

purpose, his mouth open. Scholar-like.

• A game at cardo

And, as I am a gentleman, I'll give thee

Fal. Away, I say; time wears: bold up your A hundred pound in gold, more than your loss. head, and mince. (Exit Mrs. QUICKLY.

Host. I will hear you, master Fenton ; and I will, at the least, keep your counsel.

Enter Ford. Kent. From time to time I have acquainted How now, master Brook? Master Brook, the you

matter will be known to-night, or never. Be you With the dear love I bear to fair Anne Page ;

in the Park about midnight, at Herue's oak, and Who, mutually, bath answer'd my affection

you shall see wonders. (So far forth as herself might be her chooser,)

Ford. Went you not to her yesterday, Sir, as Even to my wish : 1 bave a letter from her

you told me you bad appointed ? of such contents as you will wonder at :

Fal. I went to her, master Brook, as you see, The mirth whereof so Jarded with my matter,

like a poor old man : but I came from her, That neither, singly, can be manifested,

'That Without the show of both ;-wherein' fat Fal-master Brook, like a poor old woman. staff

same knave, Ford her husband, bath the

finest mad devil of jealousy in him, master Hath a great scene : the image of the jest.

Brook, that ever governed frenzy. I will tell

(Showing the letter. I'll show you here at large. Hark, good mine you. He beat me grievously, in the shape of

a woman ; for in the shape of man, master host : To-night at Herne's oak, just 'twist twelve and Brook, I fear not Goliath with a weaver's beam;

because I know also, life is a shuttle. I am one, Must my sweet Nan present the fairy queen ;

in baste ; go along with me; I'll tell you all,

master Brook. Since I plucked geese, played The purpose why, is here ;' in wbich disguise, While other jests are something rank on foot,

truaut, and whipped top, I knew not what it Her father hath commanded her to slip

was to be beaten, till lately. Follow me: I'll

tell you strange things of this knave Ford : on Away with Slender, and with him at Eton

whom to-uight I will be revenged, and I will Immediately to marry : she hath consented :

deliver his wife into your band.- Follow : Strange Now, Sir, Her mother, even strong against that match,

things in hand, master Brook I follow.

[Ereunt. And firm for doctor Caius, bath appointed That he shall likewise shuffle ber away, While other sports are tasking of their minds,

SCENE II.-Windsor Park. And at the deanery, where a priest attends,

Enter PAGE, SHALLOW, and SLENDER, Straight marry her : to this her mother's plot She, seemingly obedient, likewise bath

Page. Come, come; we'll couch i' the castle Made promise to the doctor ;-Now, thus it ditch, till we see the light of our fairies.-Rerests:

member, son Slender, my daughter. Her father means she shall be all in white; Slen. Ay, forsooth; I have spoke with her, Aud in that habit, when Slender sees his time and we have a nay-word,' how to know one To take her by the hand and bid her go,

another. I come to her in white, and cry, mum; She shall go with him :-her mother bath in- she cries, budget ; and by that we know one tended,

another. The better to denote her to the doctor,

Shal. That's good too : But what needs either (For they must all be mask'd and vizarded,)

your mum, or her budget ? the white will deThat, quaint in green, she shall be loose en- cipher her well enough.--It bath struck ten rob'd,

o'clock. With ribbands pendant, flaring 'bout ber bead ; Page. The night is dark; light and spirits And wben the doctor spies his vantage ripe, will become it well. Heaven prosper our sport! T'o pinch her by the hand, and, on that token, No may means evil but the devil, and we shall The maid hath given consent to go with him. know him by his horus. Let's away ; follow me. Host. Which means she to deceive father or

[Ereunt. mother Fent. Both, my good host, to go along with

SCENE III.-The Street in Windsor. me : And here it rests,—that you'll

procure the

Enter Mrs. Page, Mrs. FORD, and Dr. vicar

CAIUS. To stay for me at church, 'twixt twelve and one,

Mrs. Page. Master doctor, my daughter is in And, in the lawful name of marrying,

green : when you see your time, take ber by the To give our hearts united ceremony.

hand, away with ber to the deanery, and despatch Host. Well, husband your device ; I'll to the it quickly : Go before into the park; we two vicar:

must go together. Bring you the maid, you shall not lack a priest. Caius. I know vat I have to do ; Adieu.

Fent. So shall I evermore be bound to thee; Mrs. Page. Fare you well, Sir. (Exit Caius.) Besides, I'll make a present recompense. My busband will not rejoice so much at the

(Ereunt. doctor's marrying my daughter : but 'tis no

matter ; better a little chiding, than a great deal of heart-break,

Mrs. Ford. Where is Nan now, and her troop

of fairies ? and the Welsh devil, Hugh? ACT V.

Mrs. Page. They are all couched in a pit bard SCENE 1.-A Room in the Garter Inn.

by Herne's oak, wiib obscured lights; which, at

the the very instant of Falstall's and our meet. Enter FALSTAFF and Mrs. QUICKLY.

ing, they will at once display to the night,

Mrs. Ford. That cannot choose but amaze Fal. Pr’ythee, no more prattling ;-go.

him. I'll hold : t This is the third time; I hope, good Mrs. Page. If he be not amazed, he will be Juck lies in odd numbers. Away, go ; they say, mocked ; if he be amazed, he will every way be there is divinity in odd numbers, either in mocked. nativity, chance, or death.-Away.

Mrs. Ford. We'll betray him finely. Quick. I'll provide you a chain ; and I'll do Mrs, Page. Against such lewdsters, and thef: what I can to get you a pair of borns.

lechery,

Those that betray him do no treachery. • In the letter.

+ Fantastically. . Keep to the time.

• Watch-word. 32.

Mrs. Ford. The hour draws ou ; To the oak, ! I'll wink and couch : No man their works must to the oak!

(Exeunt.

eye. (Lies down upon his face.

Eva. Where's Pede I-Go you, and where you SCENE IV.-Windsor Park.

find a maid,

That, ere she sleep, bas thrice her prayers said, Enter Sir Huch Evans, and Fairies.

Raise up the organs of her fantasy, Eva. Trib, trib, fairies; come ; and remem- Sleep sbe as sound as careless infancy, ber your parts : be pold, I pray you ; follow me But those as sleep, and think not on their sias, into the pit; and when I give the watch-'ords, Pinch them, arins, legs, back, shoulders, sides, do as I pid you ; Come, come ; trib, trib.

and shins.
[Exeunt. Quick. About, about;

Search Windsor castle, elves, within and out: SCENE V.-Another part of the Park. Strew good luck, ouphes, on every sacred roon; Enter Falstarr disguised, with a buck's In state as wholesome, as in state 'tis fit;

That it may stand till the perpetual doom, kead on.

Worthy the owner and the owner it. Fal. The Windsor bell hath struck twelve ; The several chairs of order look you scour the minute draws on: Now, the bot-blooded with juice of balm, and every precious flower: gods assist me:-Reinember, Jove, thou wast Each fair instalment, coat, and several crest, a bull for thy Europa; love set on thy borns. With loyal blazon, evermore be blest ! - powerful love! that, in some respects, makes And nightly, meadow-fairies, look, you sing, a beast a man ; iu some other, a man a beast. Like to the Garter's compass, in ring: -You were also, Jupiter, a swan, for the love the expressure that it bears, green let it be, of Leda ;-0 omnipotent love how near the More fertile-fresh tban all the field to see ; god drew to the complexion of a goose !-A And, Hony soit qui mal y pense, write, fault done first in the form of a beast ;-0 in emerald turis, towers purple, blue, and Jove, a beastly fault! and then another fault

white; in the semblance of a fowl; think on't, Jove ; Like sapphire, pearl, and rich embroidery, a foul fault.-When gods have hot backs, what Buckled below fair knighthood's bending kuee : shall poor men do? For me, I am here a Fairies use flowers for their cbaractery. Windsor stag ; and the fattest, I think, i' the Away; disperse : But, till 'tis one o'clock, forest : send me a cool rut-time, Jove, or wbo Our dance of custom, round about the oak can blame me to piss my tallow? Who comes of Herue the hunter, let us not forget, bere ? my doe ?

Eva. Pray you, lock band in baud : your.

selves in order set : Enter Mrs. FORD, and Mrs. Page, And twenty glow-worins shall our lanterns be, Mrs. Ford. Sir John ? art thou there, iny To guide our measure round about the tree. deer 1 my male deer ?

But stay ; I smell a man of middle earth. Fal. My doe with the black scut 1--Let the Fal. Heavens defend me from that Welsh sky rain potatoes ; let it thunder to the tune of fairy ! lest be transform me to a piece of Green Sleeves ; hail kissing-comdits, and snow cheese! eringoes ; let there come a tempest of provoca

Pist. Vile worm, thou wast o'er-look'd even tion, I will shelter me here.

in thy birth. [Embracing her. Quick. With trial-fire touch me his fingerMrs. Ford. Mistress Page is come with me,

end : sweetheart.

If he be chaste, the flame will back descend, Fal. Divide me like a bride-buck, each a And turn him 10 no paid ; but if he start baunch; I will keep my sides to myself, my It is the flesh of a corrupted heart. shoulders for the fellow • of this walk, and my

Pist. A trial, come. horns I bequeath your husbands. Am I a wood- Eva. Come, will this wood take fire ? man? ha! Speak I like Herne the hunter ?

(They burn him with their lapers. Why, now is Cupid a child of conscience ; he Fal. Ob ob ! oh! makes restitution. As I am a true spirit, wel. Quick. Corrupt, corrupt, and tainted in decome!

(Noise within.

sire! Mrs. Page. Alas! what noise?

About him fairies ; sing a scornful rhyme : Mrs. Ford. Heaven forgive our sins ! And, as you trip, still pinch him to your time. Fal. What should this be 3

Eva. It is right; indeed he is full of lecheries

and iniquity. Mrs. Page: } away, away. (They run off. Fal. I think the devil will not have me

SONG, damned, lesl the oil that is in me should set hell on fire ; he would never else cross me

F'ye on sinful fantasy ! tbus.

Fye on lust and luxury !

Lust is but a bloody fire, Enter Sir HUGA EVANS, like a satyr ; Mrs.

Kindled with unchaste desire, QUICKLY, and PISTOL; ANNE PAGE, as the

Fed in heart ; whose flames aspire, Fairy Queen, attended by her brother and

As thoughts do blow them, higher and higher. others, dressed like fairies, with waxen ta

Pinch him, fairies, mutually, pers on their heads.

Pinch him, for his villany ; Quick. Fairies, black, grey, green, and white,

Pinch him, and burn him, and turn him You moon-shine revellers, and shades of night,

about, You orphan-heirs of fixed destiny,

Till candles, and star-light, and moonshine

be oul.
Attend your office, and your quality.t-
Crier Hobgoblin, make the fairy o.ses.
Pist. Elves, list your naines; silence, you

During this song, the faries pinch FALSTAFF. airy toys.

Doctor CAIUS comes one way, and steals Cricket, to Windsor chimnies shalt thou leap :

away a fairy in green; SLENDER another Wbere fires thou fud'st unrak'd, and heartbs

way, and takes of a fairy in white;

and FENTON comes, and steals away Mrs. unswept, Tbere pinch the maids as blue as bilberry ; !

ANNE PAGE. A noise of hunting is made Our radiant queen hates sluts and sluttery.

within. All the fairies run away. Pali

and Fal. They are fairies; he tbat speaks to them

STAFP pulls off his buck's head shall die :

rises.

• Keeper of the forest. Fellowshiv. Wortleberry,

• The letters.

Enter Page, Ford, Mrs. Page, and Mrs. to one master Brook, that you have cozened of FORD. They lay hold on him. money, to whom you should bave been a pan

der : over and above that you have suffered, Page. Nay, do not fy: I think we have I think, to repay that money will be a biting watch'd you now:

affliction. Will none but Herne the bunter serve your Mrs. Ford. Nay, husband, let that go to make turu?

amends : Mrs. Page. I pray you, coine ; bold up the Forgive tbat sum, and so we'll all be friends. jest no bigher :

Ford. Well, here's my hand; all's forgiven at Now, good Sir Jobu, how like you Windsor

last. wivest

Page. Yet.be cheerful, knight : thou shalt eat See you these, husband I do not these fair a posset to-night at my bouse ; wbere I will yokes*

desire thee to laugh at my wife, that now laughs Become the forest better than the town?

at thee : Tell her, master Slender hath married Ford. Now, Sir, who's a cuckold now ?- her daughter. Master Brook, Falstaff's a knave, a cuckoldly Mrs. Page. Doctors doubt that : If Anne Page knave; here are his horns, master Brook : And, be my daughter, she is, by this, doctor Caius' master Brook, he bath enjoyed nothing of Ford's wife.

[Aside. but his buck-basket, bis cudgel, and twenty pounds of money; which must be paid to mas

Enter SLENDER. ter Brook ; his horses are arrested for it, master Brook.

Slen. Whoo, bo ! bo ! father Page. Mrs. Ford. Sir Jobn, we have had ill luck ;

Page. Son! how now? how uow, son 1 bave we could never meet. I will never take you you despatched ? for my love again, but I will always count you cestershire know ou’r ; would I were banged, la,

Slen. Despatched-l'll make the best in Glov. my deer.

Fal. I do begin to perceive that I am made else. an ass.

Page, or what, son ? Ford. Ay, and an ox too ; both the proofs are

Slen. I caine yonder at Eton to marry misextant.

tress Anne Page, and she's a great lubberly Fal. And these are not fairies? I was three boy : 10 it bad not been i' the churcb, I would or four times in the thought they were pot bave swinged him, or he should have swinged fairies : and yet the guiltiness of my mind, the me.

If I did not thiuk it had been Anne Page, sudden surprise of my powers, drove the gross would I might never stir, and 'tis a post-master's ness of the foppery into a received belief, in boy; despite of the teeth of all rhyme and reason,

Page. Upon my life then you took the wrong. that they were fairies. See now, how wit may

Slen. What need you tell me that? I think be made a Jack-a-lent, when 'lis upon ill ein so, when I took a boy for a girl: If I had been ployinent.

married to him, for all he was in womau's apÉva. Sir John Falstaff, serve Got, and leave parel, I would not have had bim. your desires, and fairies will not pinse you.

Page. Wly, this is your own folly: Did not I Ford. Well said, fairy Hugh.

tell you, how you should kuow my daughter by Eva. And leave you your jealousies too, 1 ber garments ? pray you.

Slen. I went to her in white, and cried mum, Ford. I will never mistrnst my wife again, and she cried budget, as Anne and I had apuill thou art able to woo her in good English.

pointed ; and yet it was not Anne, but a post. Fal. Have I laid my brain in the sun, and master's boy. dried it, that it wants matter to preveut 80

Eva. Jeshu! Master Slender, cannot you see gross o'er-reaching as this? Am I ridden with but marry boys ? a Welsh goat too? Shall I have a coxcomb of Page. 'Oh I am vexed at heart : What shall I frize ? + 'lis time I were choked with a piece of do? toasted cheese.

Mrs. Page. Good George, be not angry : I Eva. Seese is not good to give putter; your knew of your purpose ; turned my daughter into pelly is all putter.

green ; and, indeed, she is now with the doctor Fal. Seese and patter! Have I lived to stand at the deauery, and there married. at the taunt of one that makes fritters of English? This is enough to be the decay of lust and late

Enter CAIUS. walking, through the realm. Mrs.' Page. Why, Sir John, do you think, cozened ; i ba' married un garçon, a boy ; un

Caius. Vere is mistress Page? By gar, I am though we would have thrust virtue out of our bearts by the head and shoulders, and have paisan, by gar, a boy ; it is not Anne Page : by given, ourselves without scruple to hell, ibat gar; I am cozened. ever the devil could have made you our de

Mrs. Page. Why did you take ber in light?

green?

Caius. Ay, he gar, and 'tis a boy ; be gar, Ford. What, a hodge-pudding ? a bag of flax?

I'll raise all Windsor. Mrs. Page. A puffed man?

[Erit Caius. Page. Old, cold, withered, and of intolerable

Ford. This is strange : Who hath got the right

Anne ? entrails ? Ford. And one that is as slanderous as

Page. My heart misgives me : Here comes Satan 1

master Fenton. Page. And as poor as Job ? Ford. And as wicked as his wife 3

Enter FENTON and ANNE PAGE. Eva. And given to fornications, and to taverns, How now, master Fenton ? and sack, and wine, and metheglins, and to Anne. Pardon, good father, good my motber, drinkings, and swearings, and starings, pribbles

pardon ! and prahbles ?

Page. Now, mistress ? how chance you went Fal. Well, I am your theme : you have the not with master Slender ? start of me; I am dejected; I am not able to

Mrs. Page. Why went you not with master answer the Welsh flannel ; I ignorance itself is a

doctor, maid 1 plummet o'er me: use me as you will.

Fent. You do amaze • her : Hear the truth of Ford. Marry, Sir, we'll bring you to Wiudsor,

it.

You would have married her most shamefully, • Horns which Falstaff had.

Where there was no proportion held in love. + A fool's cap of Welsh materials. | Flanud was originally the manufacture of Wales.

• Confound her by your questions.

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