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Pip. How now, Mephostophilus??
but in honest, civil, godly company, for this trick; Slen. Ay, it is no matter,
if I be drunk, I'll be drunk with those that have Nym. Slice, I say! pauca, pauca , nice! that's the fear of God, and not with drunken knaves. my humour,
Eva. So Got 'udge me, that is a virtuous mind. Slen. Where's Simple, my man?--can you tell,
Fal. You hear all these matters denyd, gentle cousin ?
men ; you hear it, Eva. Peace, I pray you! Now let us under Enter Miftress Anne Page with wine ; mistress Ford ftand: There is three umpires in this matter, as I
and wiferejs Page following. understand : that is master Page, fidelicet, malter Page ; and there is myself, fidelicet, myself; and
Page. Nay, daughter, carry the wine in ; we'll
drink within. the three party is, laftly and finally, mine host of
[Exit Anne Page the Garter.
Slen. O heaven! this is mistress Anne Page, Page. We three to hear it, and end it between
Page. How now, mistress Ford ? them.
Fal. Mistress Ford, by my troth, you are very Eva. Fery goot ; I will make a prief of it in well met; by your leave, good mistress. my note-book; and we will afterwards ’ork upon
[Kifing bere the cause, with as great discreetly as we can,
Page. Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome: Fal. Piftol,-
Come, we have a hot venison palty to dinner s Pif. He bears with ears.
come, gentlemen, I hope, we shall drink down Eva. The tevil and his tam! whu phrase is all unkindness. [F.xe. alliut Sbal. Slend. and Evansa this, He bears with car? Why, it is affectations.
Slen. I had rather than forty shillings, I had my Ful. Pistol, did you pick master Slender's purse book of songs and sonnets here :--Sler. Ay, by these gloves, did he, (or I would
Enter Simple. I might never come in mine own great chamber How now, Simple; where have you been ; I must again else) of seven groats in mill-fixpences ?, and wait on myself, mult 1? You have not the book tuo Edward shovel-boards 33 that cost me two of riddles abuut you, have you? filling and two-pence a-piece of Yead Miller, by Siw. Book of riddles ! wlay, did you not lend thefe gloves.
it to Alice Shortcake upon Allhallowmas last, a Fol. Is this true, Pistol ?
fortnight afore Michaelmas ? Eva. No; it is falle, if it is a pick-purse. Sbai. Come, coz; come, coz; we stay for you. Pift. Ha, thou mountain-foreigner !Sir John, 14 word with you, coz; marry this, coz: There and master mine,
is, as 't were, a tender, a kind of tender, made I combat challenge of this latten bilboe 4 : afar off by fir Hugh here;—do you understand me? Word of denial in thy labra's here.
Slen. Ay, fir, you Thall find me reasonable ; if Word of denial ; froth and scum, thou ly'st, it be so, I shall do that that is reason. Slen. By these gloves, then, 'twas he.
Shal. Nay, but understand me. Nym. Be advis'd, Sir, and pass good humours : Slen. So I do, fir. I will say, marry trapo, with you, if you run the Eva. Give ear to his motions, master Slender : nut-hook's humour on me; that is the very note I will description the matter to you, if you be ca. of it.
pacity of it. Slen. By this hat, then, he in the red face had it : Slen. Nay, I will do, as my cousin Shallow for though I cannot remember what I did when says : I pray you, pardon me; he's a justice of you made me drunk, yet I am not altogether an peace in his country, simple though I stand bere. ais.
Eva. But that is not the question ; the question Fal. What say you, Scarlet and John ? is concerning your marriage.
Bard. Why, fir, for my part, I say, the gentle Shal, Ay, there's the point, sir. man had drunk himself out of his five sentences. Eva. Marry is it; the very point of it ; to
Eva. It is his five senses : fie, what the igno- mistress Anne Page. rance is !
Slen. Why, if it be so, I will marry her, upon Bard. And being fap, sir, was, as they say, ca- any reasonable demands. Thier'd ; and so conclusions pass’d the careires S. Eva. But can you affection the 'oman?
Slen. Ay, you spake in Latin then too; but 'tis command to know that of your mouth, or of your no matter ; I'll never be drunk whilst I live again, I lips; for divers philosophers hold, that the lips is
1 The name of a spirit or familiar, in the old story book of Sir John Fauftus, or Joan Faul, and in those times acant phrase of abuse. 2 Miil'd-fixpences were used by way of counters to calt up money: 3 These were the broad shillings of Edward v1. and at that time used at the play of frovel-board. * Mr. Theobald is of opinion, that by latten bilboe Pistol, seeing Slender such a sim, puny wight, would intimate, that he is as thin as a plate of that compound metal which is called latten ; whilst Mr. Steevens thinks, that latten bilboe means no more than a blade as thin as a lath. s That is, hear the word of denial in my lips. Thou lyf. We often talk of giving the lie in a man's teeth, or in his throat. Pustol chooses to throw the word of denial in the lips of his adversary. 6 When a man caught in his own stratagem, the exclamation of infult probably was marry, trap!. ? Nuthook was a term of reproach in cant ftrain ; and, if you run the nutlook's humour on me, is in plain English, if you Say I am a (sief& A military phrale,
parcel of the mouth: Therefore, precisely, can your dogs bark so ! be there bears i' the town? you carry your good-will to the maid?
Anne. I think there are, fir; I heard them Sbal. Cousin Abraham Slender, can you love talk'd of. her
Slen. I love the sport well; but I shall as soon Slen. I hope, fir,- I will do, as it shall become quarrel at it, as any man in England :-You are one that would do reason.
afraid, if you see the bear loose, are you not ? Eva. Nay, Got's lords and his ladies, you must Anne. Ay, indeed, fir. Speak pofsitable, if you can carry her your
desires Slen. That's meat and drink to me now : I have towards her.
reen Sackerson- loose, twenty times ; and have taken Sbal. That you must: Will you, upon good him by the chain : bat, I warrant you, the women dowry, marry her?
have to cry'd and shriek'd at it, that it pats'd 3:-Slen. I will do a greater thing than that, upon but women, indeed, cannot abide ’ém ; they are your request, cousin, in any reason.
very ill-favour'd rough things. Sbal. Nay, conceive me, conceive me, sweet
Re-enter Page. coz; what I do, is to pleasure you, coz : Can you Page. Come, gentle master Slender, come; we love the maid?
stay for you. Slen. I will marry her, sir, at your request ; Slen. I'll eat nothing, I thank you, sir. but if there be no great love in the beginning, yet Page. By cock and pye 4, you shall not choose, heaven may decrease it upon better acquaintance, íir: come, come. when we are marry'd, and have more occasion to Slen. Nay, pray you, lead the way. know one'another: I hope, upon familiarity will Page. Come on, sir. grow more contempt : but if you say, marry ber, I Slen. Mistress Anné, yourself (hall go first. will marry her, that I am freely diliolved, and Anne. Not I, fir; pray you, keep on. diffolutely.
Slen. Truly, I will not go first; truly-la; Iwill Eva. It is a fery discretion answer ; fave, the not do you that wrong. faul' is in the 'ort diffolutely : the 'ort is, according
Anne: I pray you, sir. to our meaning, resolutely ;----his meaning is good. Simn. I'll rather be unmannerly, than troubles
Shal. Ay, I think my cousin meant well. some : you do yourself wrong, indeed-la. [Exeunt,
SC Ε Ν Ε II.
Enter Evan; and Simple.
Eva. Go your ways, and ask of Dr. Caius' Anne. The dinner is on the table ; my father de- house, which is the way: and there du'ells one fire your worship's company.
mistress Quickly, which is in the manner of his Shal. I will wait on him, fair mistress Anne. nurse, or his dry nurse, or his cook, or his laundry, Eva. Od's plesied will ! I will not be absence his washer, and his wringer. [Ex. Shal. and Evans.
Simp. Well, fir. Anne. Will it please your worship to come in, sir?
Eva. Nay, it is petter yet :-give her this lete Slen. No, I thank you, forfooth, heartily ; I ter; for it is a ’oman that altogether's acquaintance
with mistress Anne Page ; and the letter is, to deam very well. Anne. The dinner attends you, fir.
fire and require her to folicit your master's desires Slen. I am not a-hungry, I thank
to mistress Anne Page: I pray you be gone ; I will forsooth :
you, -Go, firrah, for all you are my man, go, wait
make an end of my dinner; there's pippins and cheele to come.
[Exeunt severally. upon my cousin Shallow : [Exit Simple.] A justice of peace sometime may be beholden to his friend
S CE N E III. for a man :-1 keep but three men and a boy yet,
Tbe Garter inn. till my mother be dead: But what though yet I Enter Falstaff, Hofi, Bardolph, Nym, Piftol, and Robine live like a poor gentleman born.
Fai. Mine host of the garter,-Aane. I may not go in without your worthip : Hoft. What says my bully-rook ? speak schole they will not fit till you come.
larly, and wisely. Sten. I'faith, I'll eat nothing: I thank you as Fal. Truly, mine hori, I must turn away some much as though I did.
of my followers. Anne. I pray you, sir, walk in.
Hoft. Discard, bully Hercules ; cashier : let them Slen. I had rather walk here, I thank you : I was; trot, trot. bruis'd my thin the other day with playing at sword Fal. I fit at ten pounds a week. and dagger with a master of fence, three veneys Hof. Thou 'rt an emperor, Cæsar, Keisar, and for a dith of stew'd pruens; and, by my troth, 1 Pheezar. I will entertain Bardolph; he thall cannot abide the smell of hot meat since. Why do draw, he shall tap; faid I well, bully Hector 1 i That is, three different set-to's, bouts, a technical term from the French, venue,
%. The name of a bear.
3. Meaning, that it pasied all expression. * A popular adjuration of those times. Cock is no more than a corruption of the Sacred Name, as appears from cock's wounds, cock's bones, and cock's mother, and some other exclamations which occur in the old Moralities and Interludes. The Dye is a table in the old Roman offices, lhewing how to find out the service which is to be read on Each day,
at the grace.
Fal. Do fo, good mine hoft.
eyes tvo; examin'd my parts with most judicious Hot. I have spoke ; let him follow : Let me eyliads Ø ; Tometimes the beam of her view gilded see chee froth, and lime '; I am at a word ; follow. my foot, sometimes my portly belly,
[Exit Hoft. Pill. Then did the sun on dung-hill shine. Fal. Bardolph, follow him; a tapster is a good Nym. I thank thee for that humour. tonde: An old cloak makes a new jerkin ; a Fal. O, she did fo course o'er my exteriors with wither'd serving
min, a fresh tapster : Go; adieu. such a greedy intention, that the appetite of her Bard. It is a life that I have desir'd: I will eye did seem to scorch me up like a burning-glass! thrive.
[Exit Bard. Here's another letter to her: The bears the purse Pift. O base Gongarian wight 2! wilt thou the too; me is a region in Guiana, all gold and spigot wield?
bounty. I will be cheater 10 to them both, and they Nym. He was gotten in drink : Is not the hu- thall be exchequers to me; they thall be my East mour conceited ? His mind is not heroic, and there's and Weft-Indies, and I will trade to them both. the humour of it.
Go, bear thou this letter to mistress Page; and thou Fal. I am glad, I am so acquit of this tinderbox ; this to mistress Ford: we will thrive, lads, we will his thefts were too open : his filching was like an thrive. unikilful singer, he kept not time.
Pift. Shall I sir Pandarus of Troy become, Nym. The good humour is, to steal at a minute's And by my side wear steel? then, Lucifer take all reft 3.
Nym. I will run no bare humour: here, take the P.A. Convey, the wise it call ; Steal! foh; a humour letter; I will keepthe haviour of reputation. fico for the phrase 1
Fal. Hold, firralı, bear you these letters tightly");
[To Robin. Fal. There is no remedy; I must cony-catch, I Rogues, hence, avaunt! vanish like hailstones, go; must shift.
Trudge, plod, áway, o'the hoof; seek shelter, pack!
Falstaff will learn the humour of this age,
[Exeunt Falstaff and Boy. Fal. My honest lads, I will tell you what I am Pist. Let vultures gripe thy guts! for gourd, about.
and fullam 13 holds; Pit. Two yards, and more.
And high and low beguiles the rich and poor:
I will discuss the humour of this love to Ford.
How Falstaff, varlet vile,
Ful. Now, the report goes, she has all the rule of And his soft couch defile.
Pif. As many devils entertain 7; and, To ber, boy, Ford to deal with puifon; 1 vill pollets him with say 1.
yellownessl., for the revolt of mien 15 is dangerous : Nym. The humour rises; it is good: humour me that is my true humour. the angels.
Pift. Thou art the Mars of malecontents: I see Fal. I have writ me here a letter to her: and here cond thee; troop on. another to Page's wife; who even now gave me good
This alludes to the tricks of frothing beer and liming fack, practised in the time of Shakspeare. The first was done by putting soap into the botom of the tankard when they drew the beer; the other, by mixing lime with the lack (i. e. fherry) to make it sparkle in the glass.
2 This is a parody on a line taken from one of the old bombast plays. 3 Nym means to say, that the perfection of ttealing is to do it in the shortest time poslible. 4 A proverb.
5 In ihole times the young of both fexes were inltructed in carving; as a necessary accoinplishmento That is, explained. 7 The old quarto reads: As many devils attend her! 8 Probably from or ildes, French. 9 That is, cagerness of delire. © By this is meant efcheutvur, an officer in the Exchequer, in no go i tepute with the common people. u Perhaps we inould read rightly. 12 A pinnace anciently ice iris to have ignified a linall vellel or sloop, attending on a larger. Ai present it rignifies only a man of war's boat 13 Fullam is a cant teim for false dice, high and loa. Gourd was another initrument of gaming. 14 That is, jealousy. Is Revolt of mien mcans change of courienance, one of the effects he has jult beeo alcribing to jealousy.
SCE N E IV.
Caius. Fr, fe, fe, fe! ma foi, il fait fort chaud. Dr. Caius's house.
Je m'en vai à la Couro -la grande affaire.
Quic. Is it this, Sir ? Errer Mrs. Quickly, Simple, and John Rugby. Caius. Ouv, mettes le au mon pocket ; Depechez,
Quic. What; John Rugby! I pray thee, go quickly :-Vere is dat knave Rugby? to the casement, and see if you can see my matter, Quic. What, John Rugby! Jolin! master Doctor Caius, coming: if he do, i'faith, Rig. Here, Sir. and find any body in the house, here will be an Caius. You are John Rugby, and you are Jack old abusing of God's patience, and the king's Rugby : Come, take-a your rapier, and come after English.
my feel to de court. Rug. I'll go watch.
[Fri Ray. Rug'Tis really, Sir, here in the porch. Quic. Go; and we'll have a posset for 't foon at Caius. By my trot, i tarry too long :-Ou's me! night, in faith, at the latter end of a sea-coal fire !. 'ay j'oublie? dere is some simples in my closet, An honest, willing, kind fellow, as ever fervant dai 1 vill not for the varld I fall leave behind. shall come in house withal; and, I warrant you, Quic. Ah me! he'll find the young man there, no tell-tale, nor no breed-bate? : his wortt fault and be mid. is, that he is given to prayer ; he is something Caius. O diable, diable! vat is in my closet ? peevith 3 that way: but no body but has his fault ; Villaine, Larron! Rugby, my rapier. —but let that pais. Peter Simple, you say your
[Pulls Simple out of the closet. name is?
Quic. Good master, be content. 5:14. Ay, for fault of a better.
Cuius. Verefore thall I be content-a? Cic. And master Slender's your master ? Duii. The young man is an hon«it man. Sin. Ay, forlooth.
Caridi. Vat ihall de honest man do in my closet ? Quic. Does he not wear a great round beard, dere is no honest man dat Thall come in my clolet. like a glover's paring-knife?
Q. I beseech you, be not so fegmatic; hear Sim. No, forsooth: he hath but a little wee 4 the truth of it. He came of an errand to me from face, with a little yellow beard ; a Cain-colourd parton Hugh. beard.
Sim. Ay, forsooth: but he is as tall a man of his! Quic. Peace, I pray you. hands", as any is between this and his head ; he Caius. Peace-a your tongue : Speak-a your tale. hath fought with a warrener.
Sim. To defire this honeft gentiewomen, your Qrc. How say you?---oh, I should remem- maid, to speak a good word to mittreis Anne Page ber him; Does he not hold up liis head, as it were : for my matter in the way of marriage. and ftrut in his gait?
Quic. This is all, indeed-la; but I'll never put Sim. Yes, indeed, does he.
my finger in the fire, and need not. Quic. Well, heaven send Anne Page no worse Caius. Sir Hugh send-a you?--Rugby, boilies fortune! Tell master parson Evans, I will do me some paper : Tarry you a little while. what I can for your matter : Anne is a good girl, Quic. I am glad he is so quict: if he had been and I will
thorvughly moved, you sholilu liave heard him io Re-enter Rachy.
loud, and lo melancholy ;—but notwithstanding, Rug. Out, alas ! here comes my master. man, I'll do for your master what good I c.in ;.
Quic. We th:all be thert 7 : Run in here, good and the very yea and the no is, the French doctor, young man ; go into this closet. (Sbuts Simple in my matter,--1 may call him my matter, look you, rhe eloct.] He will not stay long.-What, John for I keep his houle; and I wath, wring, brew, Rugby! John, what, Jorin, I fay!-Go, John, buke, 1cour, dress meat and drink, make the bed, go enquire for my master; I doubt, he be not and do all myself. well, that he comes not home :-dná down, down, Sim. 'Tis a great charge, to come under one a-down-a', &c.
[Sing..body's hand. Enter Doctor Caius.
Quic. Are you avis d o' that? you Thall find it Caius. Vat is you fing! I do not like dele toys; a great charge: And to be up early, and down Pray you, go and vetch me in my closet un boitier late ;-but notwithlanding, (to tell you in your verd; a box, a green-a box; do intend vat I ear; I would have no words of it) iny master himspeck ? a green-a b.)x.
ielf is in love with mistress Anne Page : but notQuik. Ay, forfooth, I'll fetch it you.
withranding that ---I know Anne's mind,-I am glad he went not in himielf: is te had found that's neither here nor there. the young man, he would have been loin-mad. Caius. You jack’nape; give-a dis letter to Sir
[- izid.. Hugh; by gar, it is a fhallenge: I vill cut his
I That is, when my maller is in bed. 2 Bulte is an obfolete word, fignifying frife, contention. 3 Foolish. 4 Ice, in the northern diaket, ignities very little.
's Cain and Judas, in the tapestries and pictures of old, were represenied with yellow beards.
0 Probably an allufion to the jocky measure, so wary load's bizh, used by jrooms when speaking of horses. 7 That is, scolded.' 8. To deceive her naiter, the fings as if at her work. 9 Boitici, in French, siguifies a case of surgeons inflıuments,
throat in de park; and I vill teach a scurvy jack-1. Quic. In truth, fir, and she is pretty, and hoE-nape priest to meddle or make: -you may be nest, and gentle ; and one that is your friend, I gone; it is not good you tarry here :-- -by gar, I can tell you that by the way, I praise heaven for it. vill cut all his two stones; by gar, he shall not Fens. Shall I do any good, thinkett thou ? ihall have a stone to trow at his dog. [Exit Simple. I not lose my suit ? Quic. Alas, he speaks but for his friend.
Quic. Troth, sir, all is in his hands above; but Caius. It is no matter-a for dat do you not notwithstanding, master Fenton, l'll be sworn on a tell-a me dat I shall have Anne Page for myself ?
-book, she loves you :
-Have not your worship by gar, I vill kill de jack priest; and I have ap- a wart about your eye? pointed mine host of de Jarterre to measure our Fent. Yes, marry, have I ; what of that ? weapon ;-by gar, I vill myself have Anne Page. Quic. Well, thereby hangs a tale :-good faith,
Quic. Sir, the maid loves you, and all thall be it is such another Nan ;- but deteft, an honest well: we must give folks leave to prate : What, maid as ever broke bread :-We had an hour's talk the gouiere!.
of that wart ;-I shall never laugh but in that maid's Caius. Rugby, come to the court vit me : company! -But indeed she is given too much By gar, if I have not Anne Page, I Mall turn your to allicholly and musing : But for you-Wellhead out of door :--Follow my heels, Rugby.
[Ex. Caius and Rugby. Fent. Well, I shall see her to-day : Hold, there's Quic. You shall have An fools-head of your own. money for thee ; let me have thy voice in my No, I know Anne's mind for that : never a wo- behalf: if thou seeft her before me, commend man in Windsor knows more of Anne's mind than me-I do; nor can do more than I do with her, I thank Quic. Will I ? ay, faith, that we will : and I heaven.
will tell your worship more of the wart, the next Feni. [Witbin.] Who's within there, ho? time we have confidence ; and of other wooers.
Quic. Who's there, I trow? come near the Fent. Well, farewell; I am in great halte now. houte, I pray you. Enter Mr. Fentor.
Quic. Farewell to your worship. Truly, an Fent. How now, good woman ; how dost thou ? honeit gentleman ; but Anne loves him not; I
Quic. The better that it pleases your good wor- know Anne's mind as well as another does : Out Bhip to alk.
upon 't! what have I forgot Feni. What news? how does pretty mistress Anne?!
What a Herod of Jewry is this : O wicked, Before Page's boule.
wicked world !--one that is well nigh worn to Enter Mijirefs Page with a letter. pieces with age, to shew himself a young gallant! Nifress Page. W HAT, have a cap'd love. What an unweigh'd behaviour has this Flemish
letters in the holy-day-time drunkard pick'd (with the devil's name) out of my of my beauty, and am I now' a subject for thein ? conversation, that he dares in this manner assay Let me see :
me? Why, he hath not been thrice in my comtik me no reason why I love you; for 2 though pany!-What should I lay to him ?~I was then love ufe req3a for bis precisian, be admies bim not for frugal of my mirth:---heaven forgive me !—Why, bis cumellor : You are not young, no more am 1; go to l'll exhibit a bill in the parliament for the putting iber, there's sympathy: you are merry, fo am I; Ha! down of men. How shall I be reveng'd on him? ba! then there's more Synpathy: you love faik, and for reveng'd I will be, as sure as his guts are made so do I: Would you desire better sympathy? let it of puddings. Face sbee, mijirejs Page, /a: the leaji, if ibe love of
Enter Mistress Ford. foldier can office) ibai I love ibee. I will not Mrs. Ford. Mistress Page! trust me, I was going Jay, pity me, 'tis not a fuldier-like phrase; but I Jury, to your house. doue me.
Mrs. Page. And, trust me, I was coming to you.
You look very ill.
Mrs. Ford. Nay, I'll ne'er believe that; I have to kind of light,
Thew to the contrary.
Mrs. Puge. 'Faith, but you do, in my mind.
John Falstaff. Mrs. Ford. Well, I do then; yet, I say, I could 1 That is, morbus Gallicus. 2 The meaning is, though love permit rea fon to rell what is fit to be done, ke fellom follows its advice.-By precisan, is meant one who pretends to a more than ordinary degree of virtue and fancity. 3 Meaning, at all times.