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Ford. Help to search my house this one time : Mrs. Page. Yea, by all means, if it be but to if I find not what I seek, shew no colour for my scrape the figures out of your husband's brains. If extremity, let me for ever be your table-sport ; let they can find in their hearts, the poor unvirtuous them say of me, As jealous as Ford, that search'a fat knight shall be any further afflicted, we two a hollow wall-nut for his wife's leman". Satisfy will be still the ministers. me once more, once more search with me.
Mrs. Ford. I'll warrant, they'll have him pubMrs. Ford. What hoa, mistress Page ! come you licly Tham’d: and, methinks, there would be no and the old woman down; my husband will come periods to the jest, should he not be publicly into the chamber.
tham’d. Ford. Old woman! what old woman's that? Mrs. Page. Come, to the forge with it, then,
Mrs. Ford. Why, it is my maid's aunt of Brent- Thape it: I would not have things cool. [Exeuni. ford. Ford. A witch, a quean, an old cozening quean!
SCENE III. Have I not forbid her iny house? She comes of errands, does the? We are simple men ; we do not
The Garter inn. know what's brought to pass under the profeffion
Enter Hcs and Bardolph. of fortune-telling. She works by charms, by spells,
Bard. Sir, the Germans desire to have three of by the figure, and such daubery 2 as this is : be your horses: the duke himself will be to-morrow yond our element : we know nothing - Come at court, and they are going to meet him. down, you witch; you hag you, come down, I Hoft. What duke should that be, comes fo sesay.
cretly? I hear not of him in the court : let me speak Mrs. Ford. Nay, good sweet husband ;--good with the gentlemen; they speak English? gentlemen, let him not strike the old woman. Bard. Sir, I'll call them to you. Enter Faltaff in women's cloaths, led by Mrs. Page. Hot. They shall have my horses; but I'll make
Mrs. Page. Come, mother Prat, come, give them pay, I'll sauce them: they have had my houses me your hand.
a week at command; I have turn’d away my other Ford. I'll prat her : Out of my doors, you guests: they must come off 6; I'll sauce them: witch! (Beats him.] you hag, you baggage, you come.
[Exeunt. pouicat, you ronyon 3! out! out! I'll conjure you, I'll fortune-tell you.
SCE N E IV. Mrs. Pags. Are you not afham'd? I think, you
Ford's boufe. have kill'd the poor woman. Mrs. Ford. Nay, he will do it :'Tis a goodly
Enter Page, Ford, Mrs. Pagt; Mrs. Ford, and Sir
Hugh Evans. Ford. Hang her, witch !
Eva. 'Tis one of the best discretions of a 'omans Eva. By yea and no, I think the 'oman is a as ever I did look upon. witch indeed : I like not when a’omans has a great
Page. And did he send you both these letters ar peard; I spy a great peard under his muffler. an instant?
Ford. Will you follow, gentlemen ? I beseech Mrs. Page. Within a quarter of an hour. you, follow; see but the issue of my jealousy: if
Ford. Pardon me, wife: Henceforth do what I cry out thus upon no trail 4, never trust me when
thou wilt; I open again.
I rather will suspect the fun with cold, (stand, Page. Let's obey his humour a little further : Than thee with wantonness: now doth thy honour Come, gentlemen.
[Exeunt. In him that was of late an heretic, Mrs. Page. Trust me, he beat him moft pitifully. As firm as faith. Mrs. Ford. Nay, by the mass, that he did not ;
Page. 'Tis well, 'tis well; no more. he beat him most unpitifully, methought.
Be not as extreme in submillion, Mrs. Page. I'll have the cudgel hallow'd, and As in offence; hung o'er the altar; it hath done meritorious fer- But let our plot go forward; let our wives vice.
Yet once again, to make us public sport, Mrs. Ford. What think you? may we, with the Appoint a meeting with this old fat fellow, warrant of womanhood, and the witness of a good Where we may take him, and disgrace him for it. conicience, pursue him with any further revenge?
Ford. There is no better way than that they spoke of.. Mrs. Page. The ipirit of wantonness is, sure, Page. How? to send him word they'll meet him fcar'd out of him; if the devil have him not in fee
in the park fimple, with fine and recovery, he will never, 1 At midnight! fie, fie; he will never come. think, in the way of waste, attempt us again. Eva. You say, he hath been thrown into the
Mrs. Ford. Shall we tell our husbands how we rivers ; and hath been grievously peaten, as an oid have served him?
'oman: methinks, there should be terrors 'n him,
credit for you.
Liver. Leman is derived from leef, Dutch, beloved, and man.
2 Dauberies are disguises.
4 This 3 Ronyon, applied to a woman, imports much the same with scall or scab spoken of a man. expression is borrowed from hunting. Trail is the scent left by the passage of the game. To rry out, is to open or bark. s Meaning, there would be no proper catastrophe. 6 That is, they
that he fhculd not come: methinks, his flesh is land I will be like a jack-an-apes alfo, to burn the punih’d, he shall have no desires.
knight with my taber. Page. So think I too.
Ford. This will be excellent. I'll go buy them Mrs. Ford. Devise but how you'll use him when vizards. he comes,
Mrs. Page. My Nan Thall be the queen of all And let us two deviie to bring him hither.
the fairies, Mrs. Pige. There is an old tale goes, that Finely artired in a robe of white. Here the hunter,
Page. That filk will I go buy ;--and in that time Somet me a keeper here in Windsor forest, Shall matter Slender steai my Nan away, [zipide. Doth all the winter time, at still midnight, And marry her at Eaton.-Go, send to Falitart Walk round about an oak, with great ragg'd horns ;
traigiit. And there he blasts the tree, and takes ' the cattle; Ford. Nay, I'll to him again in the name of Brook: And makes milch-kine yield blood, and thakes a He'll tell me all his purpose. Sure, he'll come. In a molt hideous and dreadful manner: [chain Mrs. Page. Fear not you that : Go, get us proYou have heard of such a spirit; and well you know, And tricking for our fairies.
[perties 5 The fuperftitious idle-headed eld 2
Eva, Let us about it: It is admirable pleasures, Receivid, and did deliver to our age,
and fery honest knaveries. This tale of Herne the hunter for a truth.
[Exeunt Page, Ford, and Evans. Page. Why, yet there want not many, that do fear Mrs. Purge. Go, mistress Ford, In deep of night to walk by this Herne's oak: Send Quickly to fur John, to know his mind. But what of this?
[Exit Mrs. Ford.. Mri. ford. Marry, this is our device;---- I'll to the doctor; he hath my good will, That F.lftaff at that oak thall meet with us. And none but he, to marry with Nan Page. We'll send him word to meet us in the field, That Slender, though well landed, is an ideot; Diiguis'd like Heme, with huge horns on isis head. And he my huiband beit of all atfects:
Page. Well, let it not be doubied but he'll come, The doctor is well money'd, and his friends And in this shape: When you have brought him Potent at court; he, none but he shall have her, thither,
Though twenty thousand worthier come to cravo What fall be done with him ? what is your plot :
[E.ait Mrs. Pege. That liken ise we have thought
SCENE upon, and thus: Nan Page my daughter, and my little fon,
The Garter inn. And three or four more of their growth, we'll dress
Enter Hinsi ard Simple Like urchins 3, ouphes, and fairies, green and white,
11. What woullit thou have, boor what, With rounds of waxen tapers on their heads, thick-skin ? speak, breathe, discuss; brief, thor', And rattles in their hands; upon a sudden, quick, fuar. As Falitatt, ihe, and I, are newly met,
Simp. Marry, sir, I come to speak with fir John Let them from forth a faw-pit ruth at once
Faltaia from malter Slender. With fome diftused 4 fung: upon their right, Hol. There's hi, chamber, his house, his cattle, Wrto in great amazedness will fiy:
his itanding-bed, and truckie-bed 7; 'tis painted Then let them all encircle him about,
about with the itory of the prodigal, fresh and Ali, iry-like, to-pinch the linclean knight; new; Go, knock and call; he'll speak like an And ask him, why that hour of fairy revel, Anthropophiçinuar unto thee: Knock, I say. In their 10 sacred paths be dares to tread
Şimp. There's an old woman, a fat wonian gone In thape prophane?
up into his chamber; I'll be so bold as ttay, lir, Mrs. Forch And till he tell the truth,
'till the come down : I come to speak with her, L-the supposed fairies pinch him found,
indeed. Anl burn him with their tapers.
Hoft. Ha! a fat woman! the knight may be Mrs. Page. The truth being known,
robb’d: l'll call. --Bully knight! Bully fir John! We'll all present ourselves; dif-lom the spirit, 1peak from thy lungs military : Ait thou there? And mock hiin home to Windfor.
it is thine host, thine Ephesian, calls. Ford. The children must
Feljiaff above. Be practis'd well to this, or they'll ne'er do 't. Fal. How now, mine host?
Eva. I will teach the children their behaviours; Hof. Here's a Bohemian Tartar o tarries the
1 Tolake, here means to seize or frike with a disease.
2 Meaning, age.
3 Urchin is a hedgehog; but is here used to signify any thing little and dwarfish. Oujh is a fairy or goblin. Warburton íays, this signifies a song that strikes out into wild fentiments beyond the bounds of nature, such as those whose fubjeét is fairy land. 5 Properties are incidental neceffaries to a theatre, cxclufise of fcenes and dretles. 6 To trick, is to dress out. 7 The utual furniture of chambers in thote cimcs confitted of a ttanding-bed, under which was a truckle, or running bed. In the former lav the master, and in the latter the servant. 8 That is, a Cannibal. The Holt uses this highfounding word to afonith Simple; an effect which he probably likewife means to produce by the kord l.pcfian, which fullows. 9 Sce the preceding note.
soming down of thy fat woman: Let her descend, horses and money. I tell you for good-will, look bully, let her defcend; my chambers are honour- you: you are wile, and full of gibes and routing, able : Fie! privacy? fie!
stogs and 'tis not convenient you thould be cozon'd; Enter Fulfi.ff.
[txit. Fal. There was, mine holt, an old fat woman
Enter Caius. even now with me; but she's gone.
Caius. Vere is mine H. de Jaricrre? Sip. Pray you, sir, was't not the wise woman of 1/of. Here, muiter ductor, in perplexity, and Brentford :
doubtful dilemma. Fal. Ay, marry was it, muiTel-Thell!; What would Caius. I cannot tell vat is dat: But it is tell-a-me, you with her?
dat you make a grand preparation for a duke de Ja. Simp. My master, sir, master Slender sent to her, "ry: by my tror, dere is no duke, dit de court is feeing her go through the itreet, to know, fir, whe- know, to come: I tell you for gowd-vill: adicu. ther one Nym, fir, that beguild him ofacian, had
(Exit. the chain, or no.
Hofi. Hue and cry, villain, go! assist me, knight; Fal. I (pake with the old womın about it. i am undone :-fly, run, hue and cry, villain! I'm $. And what fa's Me, I pray, sir?
[Exit. Fal. Marry, she favs, that the very fame man, Fal. I would all the world might be cozen'd; that beguild master Slender of his chain, cuzend for I have been cozen'd, and beaten to. If it him of it.
hould come to the ear of the court, how I have Simp. I would I could have spoken with the wo- been transform'd, and how my transformation bach man herself; I had other things to have spoken been waihd and cudgeld, they would melt me with her too, from him.
out of my fat, drop by drop, and liquor fitherFrl. What are they? let us know.
mei's bouts with me: I warrant, they would H. Ay, come ; quick.
whip me with their fine wits, till I were as crettSirp. I may not concepl them, fir.
faln as a dry ' pear. I never profper'd fince I Fal. Conceal them, or thou di'ft.
torerwore myself at Primero 3. Well, if my wind Simp. Why, fir, they were nothing but about were but long enough to say my prayers, I would miftrets Ane Page; to kuow, if it were my maf- repent.ter's fortune to have her, or no.
Exer Miltre Quickly. F.l. 'Ti, 'tis his fortune.
Now! whence came you ? Sirp. What, fır?
Cuir. From the two partics, forsooth, Ful. To have her or no: Go; say the woman • Ful. The devii take one party, and his dam the told me to.
other, and so they shall be both bettou'd! I have Simp. May I be so bold to say so, fir? sufiur'd more for their fakes, more, than the vilFal. Ay, str Tike; like who more bold. lainous inconttancy of mail's ditpontion is able to
Simp. I think your worship: bhuail make my bcar. matter gld with these tidings. [Exit Simple. I c. And have not they suffer'd? yes, I war
P74. Thou art clerkly ?, thou art cleibely, fir rant ; fpeciously one of them; mistress Fort, good John: Was there a wise woman with thee? heart, is beaten black and blue, that you cannot (ce
Fal. Ay, that there was, nune hoft; one, that a white spot about her. hath taught me more wit than ever I learn'd before Fal. What tell'lt thou me of black and blue? in my life: and I paid nothing for it neither, but I was beaten myself into all the colours of the rainwas paid for my learning.
bow'; and I was like to be aj prehended for the Enter Bardolph.
witch of Brentfordd; but that my admirable dex, Barrd. Out, alas, fir! cozenage! mere cozenage! terity of wit, counterfeiting the action of an old
Hasi. Where be my horses : ípeak well of them, woman, deliver'd me, the knave constable lad varletto.
set me i' the stocks, i the common ftocks, for a Burd. Run away with the cozeners: for so soon witch. 23 I came beyond Eaton, they threw me off, from Quic. Sir, let me speak with you
in behind one of them, in a lough of mire; and set ber: you shall hear how things go; and, I warspurs, and away, like three German devils, three rant, to your content. Here is a letter will say Ductor Faustus's.
fomewhat. Good hearts, what ado is here to bring Hot. They are gone but to meet the duke, vil- you togaler! sure, one of you does not serve Lin: do nor say, they are fied; Germans are ho- heaven will, that you are so crof: 'd. neft men.
Fal. Come up into my chamber. [Excurida
S CE N E VI.
Enter Fenton and Hloft, Eck. Have a care of your entertainments : there Iloft. Master Fenton, talk not to me; my mind is a friend of mine come to towny tells me, there
is heavy, I will give over all. is three coucin-geimins, that has cozen'd all the Fent. Yet hear me speak: Aillt me in my hoits of Rw11.35, of Maidenheads of Çolebrook, of purpore,
! Falstaff probably calis simple mufelfiell, from hit funding with his mouth open, . That is, febular-ike. Anne at cards.
your chiam. ,
And, as I am a gentleman, I'll give thee While other sports are talking of their minds, A hundred pound in gold, more than your loss. And at the deanery, where a priest attends,
Hon. I will hear you, master Fenton; and I Straight marry her; to this her mother's plot will, at the least, keep your counsel.
She, seemingly obedient, likewise hath Fent. From time to time I have acquainted you Made promise to the doctor :-Now, thus it rests ; With the dear love I bear to fair Anne Page;. Her father means the shall be all in white; Who, mutually, hath aniwer'd my affection And in that habit, when Slender sees his time (So far forth as herself might be her chuser) To take her by the hand, and bid her go, Even to my wish : I have a letter from her She shall go with him : her mother hath intended, Of such contents as you will wonder at ;
The better to devote 4 her to the doctor, The rnirth whereof's so larded with my matter, (For they must all be maik'd and vizarded) That neither, singly, can be manifested,
That quaint 5 in green, the thall be loose errobid, Without the shew of both : Fat fir John Falstaff With ribbands pendant, faring 'bout her head; Hath a great scene ; the image of the jest And when the doctor spies his vantage ripe,
[Shewing a letter. To pinch her by the hand, and, on that token, I'll thew you here at large. Hark, good mine The maid hath given consent to go with him. host;
[one, Hoft. Which means the to deceive : father or To-night at Herne's oak, just 'twixt twelve and
mother? Muft my sweet Nan present the fairy queen; Fent. Both, my good host, to go along with me ; The purpose why, is here? ; in which disguise, And here it rests--that you'll procure the vicar While other jests are something rank on foot, To stay for me at church, 'twixt twelve and one, Her father hath commanded her to Nip
And, in the lawful name of marrying, Away with Slender, and with him at Eaton [sir, To give our hearts united ceremony. (vicar Immediately to marry: the hath consented: now, Holi. Well, husband your device; I'll to the Her mother, even 3 strong against that match, Bring you the maid, you shall not lack a priest, And firm for doctor Caius, hath appointed
Fent. So Thall I evermore be bound to thee; That he shall likewise shuffle her away,
Besides, I'll make a present recompence. [Exeunt,
shape of man, master Brook, I fear not Goliah Enter Falsaff and Mrs. Quickly.
with a weaver's beam; because I know alío,
life is a fhuttle. I am in haite; go along with Fal.
no more pratling ;--gome; I'll tell you all, master Brook. Since I I'll hold: This is the third time ; I hope pluck'd geefe, playd truant, and whipp'd top, I good luck lies in odd numbers. Away, go; they knew not what 'twas to be beaten, till lately. lay, there is divinity in odd numbers, either in na- Follow me: I'll tell you strange things of this tivity, chance, or death.--Away.
knave Ford; on whom to-night I will be reQuic. I'll provide you a chain ; and I'll do what veng'i, and I will deliver his wife into your hand, I can to get you a pair of horns. [ Exit Mrs. Quickly. Follow : Strange things in hand, master Brook! Fal. Away, I say ; time wears : hold up your follow.
[Excunt. head, and mince 6.
S CE N E II.
Windsor Park. matter will be known to-night, or never.
Enter Page, Shallow, and Slender. you in the Park about midnight, at Herne's oak, Page. Come, come ; we'll couch i' the castle, and you thall see wonders.
ditch, till we see the light of our fairies. RememFord. Went you not to her yesterday, fır, as you ber, fon Slender, my daughter, told me you had appointed ?
Sler. Ay, forsooth; I have spoke with her, and Fal. I went to her, master Brook, as you see, we have a nay-word 7 how to know one another. like a poor old man : but I came from her, mai- I come to her in white, and cry, mum; he cries, ter Brouk, like a poor old woman. That same budgit; and by that we know one another. knave, Ford her husband, hath the finest mad de Sbal. That's good too : But what needs either vil of jealousy in him, master Brook, that ever your mum, or her budget ? the white will decipher goverp'd frenzy. I will tell you.—He beat me her well enough. It hath struck ten o'clock. grievously, in the shape of a woman; for in the Page. The night is dark; light and spirits will
* That is, the representation.? In the letter. 3 Even here means as. 4. Perhaps we should yead denote.
3 As quaint fignifies fantastical, the meaning may be, fantastically dreft in green, 6 To mince is to walk with aliected delicacy. 7 That is, a watch-werd.
become it well. Heaven prosper our sport! No Exter Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Page.
Mrs. Ford. Sir John. art thou there, my deer?
my male deer [Exeuni.
Fal. My doe with the black fcut?--Let the sky SCENE III.
rain potatoes ? ; let it thunder to the tune of Green Exter Mifress Page, Miftress Ford, and Dr. Caius. Sleevuess hail kiling-comfits 3, ard Inow eringoes ;
Mrs. Page. Maiter doctor, my daughter is in lct there come a tempcft of provocation, I will green : when you see your time, take her by the thelcer me here. hand, away with her to the deanery, and dispatch Mrs. Ford. Mistress Page is come with me, it quickly : Go before into the park; we two must sweetheart. go together.
Fal. Divide me like a bribe-buck, each a haunch; Cairs. I know vat I have to do; Adieu. [Exit. I will keep my sides to myself, my shoulders for
Mrs. Page. Fare you well, sis. My husband will the fellow of this walk 4, and my horns I bequeath not rejoice so much at the abuse of Falstaff, as he your husbands. Am I a woodman? ha! Speak I will chafe at the doctor's marrying my daughter : like Herne the hunter?Why, now is Cupid a but 'tis no matter ; better a little chiding, than a child of conscience; he makes restitution. As I am great deal of heart-break.
a true spirit, welcome!
[Noise wirbimo Mrs. Ford. Where is Nan now, and her troop Mrs. Page. Alas! what noise? of fairies and the Welch devil Evans ?
Mrs. Ford. Heaven forgive our sins! Mrs. Page. They are all couch'd in a pit hard Fal. What shall this be? by Heme's oak, with obscur'd lights; which, at Mrs. Ford. the very instant of Falstaff's and our meeting, they Mrs. Page.
Away, away. (The women runout. will at once display to the night.
Fal. I think the devil will not have me damn'd, Mrs. Ford. That cannot chuse but amaze him. left the oil that is in me thould fet hell on fire; he
Mrs. Page. If he be not amaz'd, he will be never would else cross me thus. mock'd; if he be amaz’d, he will every way be Enter Sir Hugh like a fatyr ; Quickly, and others, mock'd. Mrs. Ford. We'll betray him finely. (lechery,
dress'd like fairies, with tapers. Mrs. Page. Against such lewditers, and their
Quic. Fairies, black, grey, green, and white, Those that betray them do no treachery.
You moon-line rerellers, and Thades of night, Mrs. Ford. The hour draws on ; To the oak, You orphan-heirs of fixed destiny, to the oak !
[Exeunt. Attend your office, and your quality.--
Crier Hobgoblin, make the fairy o-yes.
Eva. Elves, list your names ; silence, you airy toys. Eva. Trib, trib, fairies ; come; and remember Cricket, to Windsor chimneys shalt thou leap: your parts ; be pold, I pray you ; follow me into Where fires thou find'st unrak'd, and hearths unthe pit; and when I give the watch-ords, do as I There pinch the maids as blue as bilberry 5: [swept, pid you ; Come, come; trib, trib. [Exeunt. Our radiant queen hates Nuts, and Nuttery. [die:
Fol. They are fairies; he, that speaks to them, ihall SCENE V.
I'll wink and couch: No man their works must cye. Enter Falsaff with a buck's head on.
[Lies down upon his face. Fal. The Windfor bell hath ftruck twelve; the
Eva. Where's Bede?
-Go you, and where you minute draws on: Now, the hot-blooded gods as
find a maid, fuft me !-Remember, Jove, thou wast a bull for That, ere the sleep, hath thrice her prayers said, thy Europa; love fet on thy horns.--Oh powerful Rein up the organs of her fantasyo; love! that, in some respects, makes a beast a man ; Sleep the as found as careless in fancy: in some other, a man a beaft.You were also, But those, as Aleep, and think not on their sins, [thins, Jupiter, a (wan, for the love of Leda ;-Oh, om- Pineh them, arms, legs, backs, shoulders, fides, and nipotent love ! how near the god drew to the com Quic. About, about; plexion of a goose ?-A fault done first in the form Search Windsor castle, elves, within and out ; of a beast ;-0 Jove, a beastly fault !—and then Strew good luck, ouphes, on every sacred room; another fault in the semblance of a fowl;--think That it may stand till the perpetual doom, on't, Jove; a foul fault. When gods have tot In state as wholsome 7, as in state 'tis fit; backs, what shall poor men do? For me, I am Worthy the owner, and the owner it. here a Windsor stag ; and the fattest, I think, i'the The several chairs of order look you scour forest : Send me a cool rut-time, jove, or who With juice of balm, and every precious flower : can blame me to piss my tallow Who comes Each fair instalment coat, and several crest, here? my doe?
With loyal blazon, evermore be blest! " A technical phrase spoken of bucks who grow lean after rutting-time, and may be applied to men. 2 Potatoes, when they were firit introduced in England, were fuppoted to be strong provocatives.
3 Sugar-plums perfum’d to make the breath sweet. 4 That is, for the keeper of this district. By cultom, the shoulders and humbles were a perquisite of the keeper's. S The whortleberry. That is, elevate her ideas above sensual desires and imaginations. 7 Whelfe me bere fignifics en:ire