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Nym. He was gotten in drink, is not the humour conceited ? His mind is not heroick, and there's the humour of it.

Fal. I am glad, I am so quit of this tinderbox; his thefts were too open ; his filching was like an unskilful finger, he kept not time.

Nym. The good humour is to steal at a minute's reft.

Pift. Convey, the Wise it call : steal? foh; a fico for the phrase !

Fal. Well, Sirs, I am almost oct at heels.
Pift. Why then let kibes ensue.

Fal. There is no remedy: I must cony-catch, I must shift.

Pift. Young ravens must have food.
Fal. Which of you know Ford of this town?
Pift. I ken the wight, he is of substance good.
Fal. My honest lads, I will tell you what I am about.
Pift. Two yards and more.

Fal. No quips now, Pistol : indeed I am in the waste two yards about; but I am now about no waste, I am about thrift. Briefly, "I do mean to make love to Ford's wife: I spy entertainment in her ; she discourses, she carves, she gives the leer of invitation : I can construe the action of her familiar stile, and the hardest voice of her behaviour, to be english'd right, is, I am Sir John Falstaff's.

Pift. He hath study'd her well, and transated her well: out of honesty into English.

Nym. The anchor is deep; will that humour pass?

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- at a minute's ref] relation the anchor has to transa. It was very judiciously suggested tion. Perhaps we may read the to me by a young gentleman authour is deop; or perhaps the who knows more of mufick than line is out of its place, and should 1, that our authour probably be inserted lower after Falfaff wrote at a minim's refi.

has said, ? The anchor is deep ; Willibar Sail like my pinnace to those goldhumour pass?) I see not what en fores.


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Fal. Now, the report goes, she has all the rule of her husband's purse: she hath a legion of angels.

Pift. As many devils entertain, and to her, boy, ... Nym. The huinour rises; it is good; humour me the angels.

Fal. I have writ me here a letter to her; and here another to Page's wife, who even now gave me good eyes too, examin'd my parts with most judicious eyliads; sometimes, the beam of her view gilded my foot; sometimes, my portly belly.

Pift. Then did the fun on dung-hill shine.
Nym. I thank thee for that humour.

Fal. O, she did so course o'er my exteriors with such a greedy intention, that the appetite of her eye did seem to scorch me up like a burning-glass. Here's another letter to her ; she bears the purse too; she ® is

8 a region in Guiana, all gold and bounty. "I will be Cheater to them both, and they shall be Excbequers to me; they shall be my East and West-Indies, and I will trade to them both. Go, bear thou this letter to

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s she is a Region in Guiana, all Poet was likely, I imagine, to Gold and Bounty.] If the Tra- bave a proper Impression on the dition be true (as I doubt not, People, when the Intelligence of but it is) of this Play being such a golden Country was fresh wrote at Queen Elizabeth's Come in their Minds, and gave them mand; this Passage, perhaps, Expectations of immense Gain. may furnish a probable Conjec

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'cill 9 I will be Cheater to them after the Year 1598. The men- both, and they shall be Exchequers tion of Guiana, then so lately dis- to me ;-] The fame joke is incover'd to the English, was a tended here, as in the second very happy Compliment to Sir part of Henry the fourth, Act 2. W. Raleigh, who did not begin I will bar no boneft man his Expedition for South America my boufe, nor no Cheater. --By 'till 1595;

and return'd from it which is meant Escheatours, an in 1596, with an advantageous officer in the exchequer, in no account of the great Wealth of good repute with the common Guiana. Such an Address of the people,



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mistress Page, and thou this to mistress Ford: we will thrive, lads, we will thrive.

Pift. Shall I Sir Pandarus of Troy become, And by my side wear steel? then, Lucifer, take all !

Nym. I will run no base humour; here, take the humour letter, I will keep the 'haviour of reputation.

Fal. Hold, Sirrah, bear you these letters tightly, Saillike my pinnace to these golden shores. [To Robin Rogues, hence, avaunt ! vanish like hail-ftones, go; Trudge, plod away o'th' hoof, feek shelter, pack! Falstaff will learn the humour of the age, French thrift, you rogues ; myself, and skirted page.

(Exit Falstaff and Boy.

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Pift. Let vultures gripe thy guts ; ' for gourd, and

Fullam holds :
And high and low beguiles the rich and poor.
Tester I'll have in pouch, when thou shalt lack,
Base Phrygian Turk !

Nym. I have operations in my head, which be humours of

Pit. Wilt thou revenge?
Nym. By welkin, and her star.
Pist. With wit, or steel?

Nym. With both the humours, I:
I will discuss the humour of this love to Ford.


for gourd, and Ful. cant term. Who, be serve? He lam bolds :

keeps high men and low men, bx And high and low beguiles the bas a fair living at Fullam.

rich and poor.) Fullam is As for Gourd, or rather Gord, it a cant term for falfe dice, high was another inftrument of gamand low. : Torriano, in his Ita- ing, as appears from Beaumont bian Dialionary, interprets Pise and Fletcher's Scornful Lady. by false dice, high and low men, And thy dry bones can reach at no high Fullams, and low Fullams. thing now, but GORDS er nineFobnfon, in his Every man out of pins. bis humour, quibbles upon this


Pijt. And I to Page shall eke unfold,

How Falstaff, varlet vile,
His dove will prove, his gold will hold,

And his soft couch defile.
Nym. My humour fhall not cool ; I will incense
Ford to deal with poifon ; I will poffess him with yel-
lowness; for the Revolt of Mien is dangerous : chat
is my true humour.

Pist. Thou art the Mars of male-contents, I second thee; troop on.



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Changes to Dr. Caius's House.
Enter Mrs. Quickly, Simple, and John Rugby.
Quick. HAT, John Rugby! I pray

the casement, and see if you can see my master, maiter Doctor Caius, coming ; if he do, i'faith,

; and find any body in the house, here will be old abusing of God's patience, and the King's English,

Rug. I'll go watch.

Quic, Go, and we'll have a poffet for’t soon at night, in faith, at the latter end of a fea-coal fire. [Exit Rugby.] An honest, willing, kind fellow, as ever servant shall come in house withal ; and I warrant you, no tell-tale, nor no breed-bate ; his worst

fault is, that he is given to pray'r; he is something
peevish that way; but no-body but has his fault; but
let that pass. Peter Simple, you say your name is?

Sim. Ay, for fault of a better.
Quic. And master Slender's your maiter ?
Sim. Ay, forsooth.




the Revolt of Mien] I serve, for of the present text I suppose we may read, tbe revolt can find no meaning. of men. Sir T. Hanmer reads, o at the latter end, &c.] ibis revolt of mine. Either may That is, when my masteris in bed.


Quic. Quic. Does he not wear a great round beard, like a glover's paring-knife ?

Sim. No, forsooth; he hath but a little wee-face, with a little yellow beard, 4 a Cain-colour'd beard. : Quic. A foftly-fprighted man, is he not?

Sim. Ay, forsooth, but he is as tall a man of his hands, as any is between this and his head : he hath fought with a warrener.

Quic. How say you ? oh, I fhould remember him; does he not hold up his head, as it were? and strut in his gate ?

Sim. Yes, indeed, does he.

Quic. Well, heav'n send Anne Page no worse fortune! Tell master parson Evans, I'll do what I can for

your master: Anne is a good girl, and I wish

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Enter Rugby.
Rug. Out, ałas ! here comes my master.

Quic. We shall all be fhent; run in here, good young man; go into this clofet ; [fouts Simple in the closet.] He will not stay long. What, John Rugby! John! what Job, I lay : go, John, go enquire for my master ; I doubt, he be not well, that he comes not home: and down, down, a-down-a, &c. [Sings.

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Enter Doctor Caius. Caius. Vat is you fing? I do not like des toys; pray you, go and vetch me in my closet un boilier verd; a box, a green-a box; do intend vat I speak ?

a green-a box.


+ a cane-colour'd beard.] Cain and Judas, in the TapeThus the latter Editions. I have stries, and Pictures of old, were restor'd with the old Copies. represented with yellow Beards.


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