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than I do ; nor can do more than I do with her, I weighed behaviour hath this Flemish drunkard thank heaven.
picked (with the devil's name) out of my conver Fent. (Within.) Who's within there, ho ? sation, that he dares in this manner assay me
Quick. Who's there, I trow? Come near the Why, he hath not been thrice in my company !house, I pray you.
What should I say to him ?-I was then frugal o
my mirth :---heaven forgive me!-Why, I'll
bit a bill in the parliament for the putting down of Fent. How now, good woman: how dost thou ? fat men. How shall I be revenged on him ? for
Quick. The better, that it pleases your good wor- revenged I will be, as sure as his guts are made of ship to ask,
puddings. Fent. What news ? how does pretty Mistress Anne?
Enter Mistress FORD. Quick. In truth, sir, and she is pretty, and honest, Mrs. Ford. Mistress Page ! trust me, I was goand gentle ; and one that is your friend, I can telling to your house. yon that by the way; I praise heaven for it. Fent. Shall I do any good, thinkest thou ? Shall You look very ill.
Mrs. Page. And, trust me, I was coming to you. I not lose your suit ?
Mrs. Ford. Nay, I'll ne'er believe that; I have to Quick. Troth, sir, all is in his hands above : but show to the contrary. notwithstanding, master Fenton, I'll be sworn on a Mrs. Page. 'Faith, but you do, in my mind. book, she loves you :--Have not your worship a *Mrs. Ford. Well, I do ihen; yet, I say, I could wart above your eye?
show you to the contrary : 0, mistress Page, give Fent. Yes, marry, have I ; what of that?
me some counsel ! Quick. Well, thereby hangs a tale ;-good faith,
Mrs. Page. What's the matter, woman? it is such another Nan:-but, I detest' an honest
Mrs. Ford. O woman, if it were not for one trimaid as ever broke bread: We had an hour's ning respect, I could come to such honour ! talk of that wart;-) shall never laugh but in that maid's company !-But, indeed, she is given too honour: What is it ?-dispense with trifles;
Mrs. Page. Hang the trifle, woman; take the much to allicholly? and musing : But for you, what is it? Well, go to.
Mrs. Ford. If I would but go to hell for an eterFent. Well, I shall see her to- lay: Hold, there's nal moment, or so, I could be knighted. money for thee ; let me have thy voice in my
Mrs. Page. What?--thou liest ! -Sir Alice Ford! half: if thou seest her before me, commend me These knights will hack ;* and so thou should'st
Quick. Will I? i'faith, that we will: and I will not alter the article of thy gentry: tell your worship more of the wart, the next time Mrs. Ford. We burn day-light:" here, read, read; we have confidence; and of other wooers.
-perceive how I might be knighted.--I shall think Fent. Well, farewell ; I am in great haste now. the worse of fat mei, as long as I have an eye to
(Eril. make difference of men's liking : And yet he would Quick. Farewell to your worship:-Truly, an not swear; praised woman's modestý: and gave honest gentleman; but Anne loves him not ; for I such orderly and well behaved reproof to all unknow Anne's mind as well as another does : Out comeliness, that I would have sworn his disposition upon't! what have I forgot?
(Erit. would have gone to the truth of his words : but they
do no more adhere and keep place together, than tho
hundredth psalm to the tune of Green sleeves. What ACT II.
tempest, I trow, threw this whale, with so many SCENE I.-Before Page's House. Enter Mis- shall I be rovenged on him ? I think, the best way
tuns of oil in his belly, ashore at Windsor ? How tress Page, with a letter.
were to entertain him with hope, till the wicked fire Mrs. Page. What! have I 'scaped love-letters of lust have melted him in his own grease.—Did in the holy-day time of my beauty, and am I now you ever hear the like? a subjekt for them ? Let me see : (Reads. Mrs. Page. Letter for letter ; but that the name of
Ask me no reason why I love you ; for though love Page and Ford differs !—To'thy great comfort in use reason for his precisian," he almits him not for his this mystery of ill opinions, here's the twin-brother counsellor : You are not young, no more am I; go of thy letter : but let thine inherit first ; for, I proIn then, there's sympathy : you are merry, so am I ; test, mine never shall. I warrant he hath a thouHa! ha! then there's more sympathy : you love sack, sand of these letters, writ with blank space for difand so do I; would you desire beller sympathy? Let ferent names, (sure more,) and these are of the it suffice thee, mistress Page (at the least, if the love second edition : He will print them out of doubt : of a soldier can rufice,) that I love thee.' I will not for he cares not what he puts into the press, when say, pity me, 'tis not a soldier-like ploase; but I say he would put us two. I had rather be a giantess, love me. By me,
and lie under mount Pelion. Well, I will find you Thine own true knight,
twenty lascivious turtles, ere one chaste man. By day or night,
Mrs. Ford. Why, this is the very same; the very Or any kind of light,
hand, the very words : What doth he think of us ? With all his might
Mrs. Page. Nay, I know not : It makes me alFor thce to fight,
most feady to wrangle with mine own honesty. I'll John Falstaff.
entertain myself like one that I am not acquainted
withal ; for, sure, unless he know some strain in What a Herod of Jewry is this !-0 wicked, wicked me, that I know not myself, he would never havo world !--one that is well nigh worn to pieces with boarded me in his fury. age, to show himself a young gallant! What an un
will soon become so hackneyed that your honour will I She means, I prolcsi.
not be increased by becoming one." 2 Melancholy.
5 A proverb applicable to superfluous actions in ge. 3 The meaning of this passage is at present obscure. ncral. Dr. Johnson conjectured, with much probability, that 6 Mrs. Page, who does not seem to have been intend. Shakspeare wroie Physician, which would render the ed in any degree for a learved lady, is here without sense obvious.
the least regard to propriety made to talk like an author 4 To huck was the appropriate term for chopping off about the press and printing. The translations of the the spurs of a knight when he was to be derailed. Classics, as Warton judiciously observes, soon in. The meaning therefore appears to be :-"these knights undateil our poetry with pedantič allusions to ancient will degrade you for an unqualified pretender.” Another table, often introduced as incongruously as the mention explanation has been offered ; supposing this to be a of Pelion here. The nautical allusions in the succeedcovert reflection upon the prodigal distribution of the ing passages are not more appropriate. But Shakspeare honour of knighthood by King James. “Those knights does not olien err in this way.
you not ?
Mrs. Ford. Boarding, call you it ? I'll be sure to Mrs. Ford. How now, sweet Frank? why art keep him above deck.
thou melancholy? Mrs. Page. So will I; if he come under my Ford. I melancholy! I am not melancholy.hatches, I'll never lo sea again. Let's be revenged Get you home, go. on him : let's appoint him a meeting; give him a Mrs. Ford, Faith thou hast some crotchets in show of comfort in his suit; and lead him on with a thy head now.-Will you go, mistress Page ? fine-baited delay, till he hath pawn'd his horses to Mrs. Page. Have with you.—You'll come to mine Host of the Garter.
dinner, George ?-Look, who comes yonder: sne Mrs. Ford. Nay, I will consent to act any vil- shall be our messenger to this paltry knight. lany against him, that may not sully the chariness!
(Aside to Mrs. Ford. of our honesty. O, that my husband saw this letter ! it would give eternal food to his jealousy.
Enter MISTRESS QUICKLY. Mrs. Page. Why, look, where he comes; and Mrs. Ford. Trust me, I thought on her : she'll my good man too: he's as far from jealousy, as I fit it. am from giving him cause; and that, I hope, is an Mrs. Page. You are come to see my daughter unmeasurable distance.
Anne? Mrs. Ford. You are the happier woman.
Quick. Ay, forsooth; And, I pray, how does Mrs. Page. Let's consult together against this good mistress Anne ? greasy knight: Come hither.
Mrs. Page. Go in with us, and see; we have an
hour's talk with you. Enter FORD, Pistol, Page, and Nym.
[Ereunt Mrs. Page, Mos. FORD, and
MRS. QUICKLY. Ford. Well, I hope it be not so.
Page. How now, master Ford ? Pist. Hope is a curtail dog in some affairs :
Ford. You heard what this knave told me ; dic Sir John affects thy wife. Ford. Why, sir, my wife is not young.
Page. Yes; and you heard what the other told Pist. He woos both high and low, both rich and me poor,
Ford. Do you think there is truth in them? Both young and old, one with another, Ford :
Page. Hany'em, slaves ! I do not think the knight He loves the gally-mawfry;Ford, perpend."
would offer it: but these that accuse him in his inFord. Love my wife ?
tent towards our wives, are a yoke of his discarded Pist. With liver burning hot :: Prevent or go thou, men; verv rogues, now they be out of service. Like Sir Actæon he, with Ring-wood at thy heels :
Ford. Were they his men ? 0, odious is the name !
Page. Marry, were they. Ford. What name, sir ?
Ford. I like it never the better for that.-Does Pist. The horn, I say: Farewell.
he lie at the Garter ? Take heed; have open eye; for thieves do foot by Page. Ay, marry, does he. If he should intend night:
this voyage towards my wife, I would turn her loose Take heed, ere summer comes, or cuckoo-birds do to him; and what he gets more of her than sharp sing.
words, let it lie on my head. Awty, Sir corporal Nym.
Ford. I do not misdoubt my wife ; but I would Believe it, Page ; he speaks sense. [Erit Pistol. be loath to turn them together? A man may be too
Ford. I will be patient; I will find out this. confident: I would have nothing lie on my head;
Nym. And this is true. (To Page. I like not I cannot be thus satisfied. the humour of lving. He hath wronged me in some Page. Look, where my ranting host of the Gar humours; I should have borne the humoured letter ter comes: there is either wquor in his pate, or to her : but I have a sword, and it shall bite upon money in his purse, when he looks so merrily.my necessity. He loves your wife; there's the How
mine host ? short and the long. My name is corporal Nym; I
Enter Host and SHALLOW. speak, and I avouch. ”Tis true :—my name is Nym, and Falstaff loves your wife.-Adieu ! I love not Host. How now, bully-rook ? thou'rt a gent.ethe humour of bread and cheese ; and there's the man: cavalero-justice, I say, numour of it. Adieu.
Shal. I follow mine host, I follow.-Good even, Page. The humour of it, quoth’a! here's a fellow and twenty, good master Page! Master Page, wlu frights humour out of his wits.
you go with us? we have sport in hand. Ford. I will seek out Falstaff.
Host. Tell him, cavalero-justice; tell him, bullyPage. I never heard such a drawling, affecting rook; rogue.
Shal. Sir, there is a fray to be fought, between Ford. If I do find it, well.
Sir Hugh the Welsh priest, and Caius the French Page. I will not believe such a Cataian," though doctor, the priest of the town cominended him for a true man.
Ford. Good mine host o'the Garter, a word with Ford. "Twas a good sensible fellow: Well. you. Page. How now, Meg?
Host. What say'st thou, bully-rook ? Mrs. Page. Whither go you, George ?-Hark
[They go aside. you.
Asp. But that a rook by wearing a pied feather,
The cable hatband, or the three-piled ruft, 1 i. e. the caution which ought to attend on it.
A yard of shoe-lie, or the Switzers knot 2 A curtail dog was a common dog not meant for
On his French garters, should affect a humour, sport, part of the tails of such dogs being commonly cut
O'lis worse than most ridiculous. off while they are puppies; it was a prevalent notion
Cor. He speaks pure truth; and now if an idiot that the tail of a dog was necessary to him in running,
Have but an apish or fantastic strain, hence a dog that missed his game was called a curtail,
It is his humour. from which cur is probably derived.
Induction to Every Man Out of his Humour. 3 A medley.
Steevens quotes an Epigram from Humours Ordinarie, 4 Congider.
1607, to the same effect. 5 The liver was anciently supposed to be the inspi. 7 i. e. a Chinese, Calaia, Cathay, being the name rer of amorous passions. Thus in an old Latin distich: given to China by the old travellers, some of whom
Cor arrlet, pulmo loquitur, fel commovet iras have mentioned the dexterous thieving of the people Splen ridere facit, cogit amare jecur.?
there; hence a sharper or thief was sometimes called a 6 The first foljo reads-English. The abuse of this Cataían. word humour by the coxcombs of the age had been ad. 8 This and the two preceding speeches are solilo. mirably satirized by Ben Jonson. After a very perti. quies of Ford, and have no connection with what I age nent disquisition on the real meaning and true applica. says, who is also making commenw on what had pas tion of tho word, he concludes thus :
sed without attending to Ford.
Shal. We you (to PAGE) go with us to behold self sometimes, leaving the fear of heaven on the it? my merry host hath had the measuring of their left hand, and hiding nine honour in my necessity, weapons; and, I think he hath appointed them am fain to shuffle, to hedge, and to lurch; and yet, contrary places : for, believe me, I hear the parson you, rogue, will ensconce your rags, your cat-ais no jester. Hark, Í will tell you what our sport mountain looks, your red-latticelo® plirases, and shall be.
your bold-beating oaths, under the shelter of your Host. Hast thou no suit against my knight, my honour ! You will not do it, you? guest-cavalier ?
Pist. I do relent; what would'st thou more of Ford. None, I protest : but I'll give you a potlle man ? of Surnt sack to give me recourse to him, and tell
Enter Robin him, my name is Brook; only for a jest. Host. My hand, bully: thou shalt have egress
Rob. Sir, here's a woman would speak with you and regress; said I well? and thy name shall be Fal. Let her approach. Brook : It is a merry knight.-Will you go, Cava
Enter MISTRESS QUICKLY. liers ?1 Shal. Have with you, mine host.
Quick. Give your worship good-morrow. Page. I have heard, the Frenchman hath good Fal. Good-morrow, good wife. skill in his rapier.
Quick. Not so, an't please your worship. Shal. Tut, sir, I could have told you more : In Fal. Good maid, then. these times you stand on distance, your passes, Quick. I'll be sworn; as my mother was, the firyt stoccadoes, and I know not what: 'tis the heart, hour I was born. master Page : 'tis here, 'tis here. I have seen the Fal. I do believe the swearer: What with me? time, with my long sword,? I would have made you Quick. Shall I vouchsafe your worship a word or four tall fellows skip like rats.
two? Host. Here, boys, here, here! shall we wag? Fal. Two thousand, fair woman; and I'll vouch
Page. Have with you :-I had rather hear them safe thee the hearing. scold i han fight. (Exeunt. Host, SHAL. and PAGE. Quick. There is one Mistress Ford, sir ;-I pray,
Ford. Though Page bo a secure fool, and stands come a little nearer this ways :-I myself dwell with so firmly on his wife's frailty, yet I cannot put off master doctor Caius. my opinion so easily ; She was in his company at Fal. Well, on: Mistress Ford, you say, Page's house ; and, what they made3 there, I know Quick. Your worship says very true: I pray your not. Well, I will look further into't: and I have a worship, come a little nearer this ways. disguise to sound Falstaff: If I find her honest, I Fal. I warrant thee, nobody hears ;-mine own lose not my labour; if she be otherwise, 'tis labour people, mine own people. well bestowed.
Quick. Are they so ? Heaven bless them, and SCENE II. A Room in the Garter Inn. Enter make them his servants !
Fal. Well : mistress Ford :-what of her 3 Falstaff and Pistol.
Quick. Why, sir, she's a good creature. Lord, Fal. I will not lend thee a penny.
Lord ! your worship's a wanton: Well, heaven for Pist. Why, then the world's mine oyster, give you, and all of us, I pray! Which I with sword will open.
Fal. Mistress Ford :--come, mistress Ford,-. I will retort the sum in equipage.*
Quick. Marry, this is the short and the long of it; Fal. Not a penny. I have been content, sir, you you have brought her into such a canaries' as 'tis should lay my countenance to pawn: I have grated wonderful. The best courtier of them all, when the upon my good friends for three reprieves for you and court lay at Windsor, could never have brought her your coach-fellowNym; or else you had looked to such a canary. Yet there has been knights, and ihrough the grate like a geminy of baboons... I am lords, and gentlemen, with their coaches; I warrant damned in hell
, for swearing to gentlemen my friends, you, coach after coach, letter after letter, gist after you were good soldiers, and tall sellows: and when gift; smelling so sweetly (all musk,) and so rushmistress Bridget lost the handle of her fan,“ I took't fing, I warrant you, in silk and gold; and in such upon mine honour, thou hadst it not.
alligant terms; and in such wine and sugar of the Pist. Didst tho not share ? hadst thou not fif- best, and the fairest, that would have won any woteen pence?
man's heart; and, I warrant you, they could never Fal. Reason, you rogue, reason : Think'st thou, get an eye-wink of her. I had myself twenty anI'll endanger my soul gratis ? At a word, hang no gels given me this morning : but I defy all angels more about me, I am no gibbet for you :-go.-Alin any such sort, as they say,) but in the way of short knife and a throng; to your manor of Pickt- honesty:--and, I' warrant you, they could never hatch,
go.-You'll not bear a letter for me, you get her so much as sip on a cup with the proudest rogue! you stand upon your honour !-Why, thou of them all: and yet there has been carls, nay, unconfinable baseness, it is as much as I can do to which is more, pensioners ; 12 but I warrant you, ali keep the terms of my honour precise. I, I, I my- is one with her.
1 The folio of 1623 reads An-heires, which is unin leathers, fixed into handles, some of which were made telligible; the word in the text, the conjecture of Mr. of gold, silver, or ivory of curious workmanship. Boaden, Malone considered the best that had been of. 7 i. e. go and cut purses in a crowd. Purses being fered. Canaleires would have been the orthography then worn hanging at the girdle. of the old copy, and the host has the term frequently in 8 Pick'l-hatch was in Turnbull Street, Cow Cross, his mouth. Mr. Steevens substituted on hearts. Clerkenwell, a haunt of the worst part of both sexes.
2 Before the introduction of rapiers the swords in use The useasonable and obstreperous irruptions of the were of an enormous length and sometimes used with swash-bucklers of that agc rendered a hatch or half both hands. Shallow, with an old man's vanity, cen door with spikes upon it a necessary defence to a bro. gures the innovation, and ridicules the terms and use of thel, and hence the term became a cant phrasc to de. the rapier. See note on K. Henry IV. P. 1, Actii. Sc. 4. note a part of the town noted for brothels.
3 an obsolete phrase, signifyng-what they did 9 A sconce is a fortification ; to ensconce is there. there.' In Act iv. Sc. 2. of this play we have again, fore to protect as with a fort. what make you here ; for what do you here
10 Alchouse language. Red lattice windows formerly 4 Equipage appears to have been a cant term, which denoted an alehouse, as the chequers have done since. Warburton conjectured to mean stolen goods. Mr. 11 A mistakc of Mrs. Quickly's for quandaries. Ca Steevens thinks it means attendance; i. e. 'if you will nary was, however, a quick and lively dance mention lend me the money, I will pay you again in attendance,' ed in All's Well thaí Ends well, Act ii. Sc. I. but has failed to produce an example of the use of the 12 i. e. Gentlemen of the band of Pensioners. Their word in that sense.
dress was remarkably splendid, and therefore likely to 5 i. e. he who draws along with you, who is joined attract the notice of Mrs. Quickly. Hence, Shakspeare, with you in all your knavery.
in a Midsummer Night's Dream, has selected the gold 6 FE were costly appendages of female dress in en-coated cowelips to be pensioners to the Fairy $h speare's time. They consisted of ostrich and therl Quoe!
Ful. But what says she to me ? be brief, my
Enter BARDOLPX. good she Mercury. Quick. Marry, she hath received your letter ; for would fain speak with you, and be acquainted with
Bard. Bir John, there's one master Brook below the which she thanks you a thousand times: and you : and hath sent your worship a morning's she gives you to notify, that her husband will be draught of sack.o absence from his house between ten and eleven.
Fal. Brook is his name? Fal. Ten and eleven?
Bard. Ay, sir. Quick. Ay, forsooth; and then you may come Fal. Call him in: [Exit BARDOLPH.] Such and see the picture, she says, that you woth of;— Brooks are welcome to me, that o'erflow such limaster Ford, her husband, will be from home.
quor. Ah! ha! mistress Ford and mistress Page, Alas! the sweet woman leads an ill life with him; have I encompass'd you? go to; via! he's a very jealousy man; she leads a very fram
Re-enter BARDOLPH, with Ford disguised. pold? life with him, good heart.
Ford. Bless you, sir. Fal. Ten and eleven : Woman, commend me to
Fal. And you, sir: Would you speak with mo? her ; I will not fail her.
Ford. I make bold to press with so little prepaQuick. Why, you say well : But I have another ration upon you. messenger to your worship : Mrs. Page hath her
Fal. You're welcome ; What's your will? Givo hearty commendations to you too ;-and let me tell
us leave, drawer.
[Exit BARDOLPH. you in your ear, she's as fartuous a civil modest
Ford. Sir, I am a gentleman that have spent wise, and one (I tell you) that will not miss you much ; my name is Brook. morning nor evening prayer, as any is in Windsor, Fal. Good master Brook, I desire more acquaintwhoe'er be the other and she bade me tell your ance of you. worship, that her husband is seldom from home; Ford.' Good Sir John, I sue for yours : not to but she hopes, there will come a time. I never charge you ; for I must let you understand, I think knew a woman so dote upon a man; surely, I think myself in better plight for a lender than you are : you have charms, la ; yes, in truth.
the which hath something embolden'd me to this Fal. Not I, I assure thee; setting the attraction unseason'd intrusion; for they say, if money go beof my good parts aside, I have no other charms.
fore, all ways do lie open. Quick. Blessing on your heart fort!
Fal. Money is a good soldier, sir, and will on. Fal. But, I pray thee, tell me this: has Ford's Ford. Troth, and I have a bag of money hero wife, and Page's wife, acquainted each other how troubles me: if you will help me to bear it, Sir they love me?
John, take all, or half, for easing me of the carQuick. That were a jest, indeed !-they have not riage. 80 little grace, I hope :--that were a trick, indeed!
Fal. Sir, I know not how I may deserve to be But mistress Page would desire you to send her
your porter. your little page of all loves ;' her husband has a Ford. I will tell you, sir, if you will give me the marvellous infection to the little page; and, truly, hearing. master Page is an honest man.' Never a wise in Windsor leads a better life than she does; do what to be your servant.
Fal. Speak, good master Brook; I shall be glad she will, say what she will, take all, pay all, go to Ford. Sir, I hear you are a scholar,- I will be bed when she list, rise when she list, all is as she brief with you ; and you have been a man long will; and, truly, she deserves it : for if there be a known to me, though I had never so good means, kind woman in Windsor, she is one. You must as desire, to make myself acquainted with you. send her your page; no remedy.
shall discover a thing to you, wherein I must very Fal. Why, I will.
much lay open mine own imperfection : but, good Quick. Nay, but do so then : and, look you, he Sir John, as you have one eye upon my follies, as may come and go between you both; and, in any you hear them unfolded, turn another into the recase, have a nay word, that you may know one gister of your own; that I may pass with a reproof another's mind, and the boy never need to under the easier, sith you yourself know, how easy it is stand any thing; for 'tis not good that children to be such an offender. should know any wickedness; old folks, you know, Fal. Very well, sir ; proceed. have discretion, as they say, and know the world. Ford. There is a gentlewoman in this town, her
Fal. Fare thee well : commend me to them both: husband's name is Ford. there's my purse; I am yet thy debtor.—Boy, go Fal. Well, sir. along with this woman. This news distracts me! Ford, I have long loved her, and, I protest to
[Exeunt QUICKLY and Robin. you, bestowed much on her; followed her with a Pist. This punk is one of Cupid's carriers : doting observance;engrossed opportunities to Clap on more sails ; pursue, up with your fights;' meet her; fee'd every slight occasion, that could Give firo; she is my prize, or ocean whelm them but niggardly give me sight of her; not only bought all !
many presents to give her, but have given largely to Fal. Say'st thou so, old Jack? go thy ways; many, to know what she would have given : briefly, I'll make more of thy old body than I have done. I have pursued her, as love hath pursued me; which Will they yet look after thee? Wilt thou, after the hath been on the wing of all occasions. But whatexpense of so much money, be now a gainer? soever I have merited, either in my mind or in my Good body, I thank thee : Let them say, 'tis grossly means, meed, I am sure, I have received none; undone ; so it be fairly dono, no matter.
less experience be a jewel : that I have purchased
acquaintance. The practice was continued as late as I To wol is to know. So in K. Henry VIII. wot you the Restoration. In the Parliamentary History, vol. what I found?
xxii. p. 114, we have the following passage from The 2 Frampold here means fretful, peerish, or vera. Life of General Monk, by Dr. Price. “I came to the lious. This obsolete word is of uncertain etymology. Three Tums, before Guildhall, where the general had
3 Of all loves, is an adjuration only, and signifies no quartered two nights before I entered the tavern with more than by all means, for the sake of all love. It is a servant and portmanteau, and asked for a room, again used in Othello and in A Midsurnmer Night's which I had scarce got into but wine, followed me as a Dream.
present from some citizens desiring leave to drink their 4 A watchword.
morning's draught with me." 6 Fights are the waist cloths which hang round about 7 Via, an Italian word, which Florio explains :the ship to hinder men from being seen in fight; or any “ an adverb of encouragement, on away, go to, away place wherein men may cover themselves, and yet use forward, go on, despatch.". It appears to have been a their arms.-Phillips' World of Words.
common exclamation in Shakspeare's time. Antonini 6 It seems to have been a common custom in taverns renders it in Latin eja, age. in Shakspeare's time, lo send presents of wine from one 8 Since. room to another either as a memorial of friendship, or 9 Observance is diligent heed, or attention.-Bul (as in the presont instance) by way of introduction to lokar.
as soon as any.
at an afinite rate ; and that hath taught me to say Ford. I would you knew Ford, sír; that you this :
might avoid him, if you saw him. Love like a shadon flies, when substance love pursues ; I will stare him out of his wits ; I will awe him
Fal. Hang him, mechanical salt-butter rogue' Pursuing that that flies, and flying what pursues. with my cudgel; it shall hang like a meteor o'er the
Fal. Have you received no promise of satisfac- cuckold's horns': master Brook, thou shalt know, I tion at her hands ?
will predominate o'er the peasant, and thou shalt lio Ford. Never.
with his wife.-Come to me soon at night :-Ford's Fal. Have you importuned her to such a purpose ? a knave, and I will aggravate his stile ;' thou, Ford. Never.
master Brook, shalt know him for a knave and Fal. Of what quality was your love then?
cuckold :-corne to me soon at night. (Erit. Ford. Like a fair house, built upon another man's Ford. What a damned Epicurean rascal is this! ground, so that I have lost my edifice, by mistaking -My heart is ready to crack with impatience.the place where I erected it.
Who says this is improvident jealousy ?-My wife Fal. To what purpose have you unfolded this to hath sent to him, the hour is fixed, the match is
made. Would any man have thought this ?-See Ford. When I have told you that, I have told you the hell of having a false woman! my bed shall be all. Some say, that though she appear honest to abused, my coffers ransacked, my reputation gnawa me, yet, in other places, she enlargeth her mirth at; and I shall not only receive this villanous wrong, so far, that there is shrewd construction made of but stand under the adoption of abominable terms, her. Now, Sir John, here is the heart of my pur- and by him that does me this wrong. Terms pose : You are a gentleman of excellent breeding, names !---Amaimon sounds well; Lucifer, well; admirable discourse, of great admittance,' authen- Barbason, well; yet they are devils' additions, the tic in your place and person, generally allowed? for names of fiends : but cuckold! wittole cuckold! the your many warlike, courtlike, and learned prepa
devil himself hath not such a name. Page is an rations.
ass, a secure ass; he will trust his
wife, he will not Fal. O, sir !
be jealous : I will rather trust a Fleming with my Ford. Believe it, for you know it :—There is butter, parson Hugh the Welshman with my cheese, money; spend it, spend it, spend more ; spend all an Irishman with my aqua-vitæ bottle, or a thief to I have; only give me so much of your time in ex- walk my ambling gelding, than my wife with herself; change of it, as to lay an amiable siege to the ho- then she plots, then she ruminates, then she devises: nesty of this Ford's wife: use your art of wooing, and what they think in their hearts they may effect, win her consent to you; if any man may, you may they will break their hearts but they will effect
Heaven be praised for my jealousy!-Eleven o'clock Fal. Would it apply well to the vehemency of the hour- I will prevent ihis, deiect my wife, be reyour affection, that I should win what you would venged on Falstaff, and laugh at Page. I will about enjoy ? Methinks you prescribe to yourself very it; better three hours too soon, than a minute too preposterously,
late. Fie, fie, fie! cuckold! cuckold! cuckold ! Ford. O, understand my drift! she dwells so se
(Ezil. curely on the excellency of her honour, that the folly SCENE III. Windsor Park. Enter Carus and of my soul dares not present itself; she is too bright
RUGBY. to be looked against. Now, could I come to her
Caius. Jack Rugby. with any detection in my hand, my desires had instance and argument to commend themselves; I
Rug. Sir. could drive her then from the ward' of her purity,
Caius. Vat is de clock, Jack? her reputation, her marriage-vow, and a thousand
Rug. 'Tis past the hour, sir, that Sir Hugh proother her defences, which now are too strongly em
mised to meet. battled against me: What say you to't, Sir
Caius. By gar, he has save his soul, dat he is no Fal. Master Brook, I will first maké bold with
come: he has pray his Pible vell, dat he is no your money ; next give me your hand; and last, as
come: by gar, Jack Rugby, he is dead already, if
he be come. I am a gentleman, you shall, if you will, enjoy Ford's wife.
Rug. He is wise, sir ; he knew your worship Ford. O good sir !
would kill him, if he came. Fal. Master Brook, I say you shall.
Caius. By gar, de herring is no dead, so as I vill Ford. Want no money, Sir John, you
kill him. Take your rapier, Jack; I vill tell you want
how I vill kill him. Fal. Want no mistress Ford, Master Brook, you
Rug. Alas, sir, I cannot fence. shall want none. I shall be with her (I may tell
Caius. Villany, take your rapier. you,) by her own appointment; even as you came
Rug. Forbear; here's company. in to me, her assistant, or go-between, parted from me : I say, I shall be with her between ten and
Enter Host, Shallow, SLENDER, and PAGE. eleven ; for at that time the jealous rascally knave, Host. 'Bless thee, bully doctor. her husband, will be forth. Come you to me ai Shal. Save you, master doctor Caius. night; you shall know how I speed.
Page. Now, good master doctor! Ford. I am blest in your acquaintance. Do you Slen. Give you good-morrow, sir. know Ford, sir ?
Caius. Vat be all you, one, too, tree, four, como Fal. Hang him, poor cuckoldly knave! I know for ? him not :-yet I wrong him to call him poor; they Host. To see thee fight, to see thee foin, to see say, the jealous wittosly knave hath masses of mo thee traverse, to see thee here, to see thee there; ney; for the which his wife seems to me well- to see thee pass thy punto, thy stock, thy reverse, favoured, I will use her as the key of the cuckoldly thy distance, thy montant. Is he dead, my Ethirogue's coffer; and there's my harvest-home. opian ? is he dead, my Francisco ? ha, bully!
1 i.e. admitted into all, or the greatest companies. a great countie or earle." But Randle Holme, in his 2 Allowed is approved. So in King Lear :
Academy of Armory, informs us that “ Amaymon is -“ if your sweet sway
the chief whose dominion is on the north part of the in. Allow obedience,” &c.
fernal gulf; and that Barbatos is like a Sagittarius, 3 1. e. defence.
and has thirty legions under him." 4 This is a phrase from the Herald's Office. Falstaff 6 A lame contented cuckold knowing himself to be means that he will add more titles to those Ford is al. one. From the Saxon willan, to know. ready distinguished by.
7 Usquebaugh. Reginald Scou, in his Discovery of Witchcraft, 8 The ancient term for making a thrust in fencing. may be consulted concerning these demons. “ Amai. 9 Terms in fencing. The stoccado, the reverso, &c. mon," he
says, was King of the East, and Barbatos from the Italian.