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Slen. Truly, for mine own part, I would little or shelvy and shallow; a death that I abhor ; for the nothing with you : Your father, and my uncle, have water swells a man; and what a thing should I made motions; if it be my luck, so: if not, happy have been, when I had been swelled! I should have man be his dole! They can tell you how things been a mountain of mummy. better than I can: You your father ;

Re-enter BARDOLFH, with the wine. bere he comes,

Bard. Here's mistress Quickly, sir, to speak Enter PAGE and MISTRESS PAGE.

with you. Page. Now, master Slender :-Love him, daugh

Fal. Come, let me pour in some sack to the ter Anne. Why, how now! what does master Fenton here ? swallowed snow-balls for pills to cool the reins.

Thames water; for my belly's as cold, as if I had You wrong me, sir, thus still to haunt my house :

Call her in.
I told you, sir, my daughter is dispos’d of.

Bard. Come in, woman,
Feni. Nay, master Paye, be not impatient.
Mrs. Page. Good master Fenton, come not to my


Quick. By your leave; I cry you mercy: Give Page. She is no match for you.

your worship good-morrow. Fent. Sir, will you hear me?

Fal. Take away these chalices :6 Go brew me a Page.

No, good master Fenton. postle of sack finely. Come, master Shallow ; come, son Slender; in :

Bar. With eggs, sir ? Knowing my mind, you wrong me, master Fenton.

Fal. Simple of itself; I'll no pullet-sperm in my (Eseunt Page, Shallow, and SLENDER. | brewage.-Exit BARDOLPH.]-How now? Quick. Speak to mistress Page.

Quick. Marry, sir, I come to your worship from Fent. Good mistress Page, for that I love your

mistress Ford. daughter

Fal. Mistress Fond! I have had ford enough : I In such a righteous fashion as I dn,

was thrown into the ford; I have my belly full of

ford. Perforce, against all checks, rebukes, and manners, I must advance the colours of my love,

Quick. Alas the day! good heart, that was not And not retire : Let me have your good will.

her fault; she does so take on with her men; they Anne. Good mother, do not marry me to yond' mistook their erection. fool.

Fal. So did I mine, to build upon a foolish wo. Mrs. Page. I mean it not; I seek you a better

man's promise. husband.

Quick. Well, she laments, sir, for it, that it would Quick. That's my master, master doctor.

yearn your heart to see it. Her husband goes this Anne. Alas, I had rather be set quick i’ the earth, morning a birding ; she desires you once more lo And bowl'd to death with turnips.

come to her between eight and nine : I must carry Mrs. Page. Come, trouble not yourself: Good her word quickly: she'll make you amends, I warmaster Fenton,

rant you. I will not be your friend, nor enemy.

Fal. Well, I will visit her ; Tell her so; and bid My daughter will I question how she loves you,

her think what a man is : let her consider his frailAnd as I find her, so am I affected;

ty, and then judge of my merit. "Till then, farewell, sir :-she must needs go in;

Quick. I will iell her. Her father will be angry.

Fal. Do so. Between nine and ten say'st thou? (Ereunt Mrs. Page and ANNE. Quick, Eight and nine, sir, Fent. Farewell, gentle mistress; farewell, Nan.

Fal. Well, be gone : I will not miss her. Quick. This is my doing, now : Nay, said !,

Quick. Peace be with you, sir !

[Eril. will you cast away your child on a fool, and a physi

Fal. I marvel, I hear not of master Brook; ho cian? Look on master Fenton :--this is my doing. sent me word to stay within ; I like his money well. Fent. I thank theo; and I pray thee, once? 10- | O, here he comes. night

Enter FORD. Give my sweet Nan this ring: There's for thy pains. Ford. Bless you, sir !

(Erit. Fal. Now, master Brook ? you come to know Quick. Now heaven send thee good fortune! A what hath passed between me and Ford's wife? kind heart he hath; a woman would run through fire Ford. That, indeed, Sir John, is my business...! and water for such a kind heart. But yet, I would Fal. Master Brook, I will not lie to you ; I was my master had mistress Anne; or I would master at her house the hour she appointed me. Slender had her; or, in gooth, I would master Fen Ford. And how sped you, sir ? ton had her : I will do what I can for them all three; Fal. Very ill-favouredly, master Brook. for so I have promised, and I'll be as good as my Ford. How so, sir ?' Did she change her determi, word; but speciouslyó for master Fontan. Well, nation ? I must of another errand to Sir John Falstaff from Fal. No, master Brook ; but the peaking cornuto, my two mistresses; What a beast am I to slack“ it? her husband, master Brook, dwelling in a continual

(Erit. 'larum of jealousy, comes me in the instant of our SCENE V. 1 Room in the Garter Inn. Enter encounter, after we had embraced, kissed, protested, Falstaff and BARDOLPH.

and, as it were, spoke the prologue of our comedy ;

and at his heels a rabble of his companions, thithor Fal. Bardolph, I say,

provoked and instigated by his distemper, and, forBard. Here, sir.

sooth, to search his house for his wife's lovo. Hal. Go fetch me a quart of sack; put a toast

Ford. What, while you were there? in't. (Exit BARD.) Haro I lived to be carried in a

Fal. While I was there. basket, like a barrow of butcher's offal; and to be

Ford. And did he search for you, and could not thrown into the Thames? Well; if I be served such

find you? another triek, I'll have my brains ta'en out, and

Fal. You shall hear. As good luck would havo butter'd, and give them to a dog for a now year's it

, comes in one mistress Pago; gives intelligence of gif. Tho rogues slighted mo into the river with as Ford's approach ; and, by her invention, and Ford's httlo remorse, as they would have drowned a bitch's wife's distraction, they conveyod me into a buckblind puppies, fifeca i tho litter : and you may basket. know by my size, that I have a kind of alacrity in sinking; if the bottom were as deep as hell, I should or lot be happy man.' Dole is the past participle and down. 'I had been drowned,

but that the shore was past tense of the A. S. verb Dælan, to deal, to divide, to

distribute. This is a proverbial expression of frequent occur. 21, e. some time to-night. 3 Specially. 4 Neglect. ronce. The apparent signincation here is : " Happiness 6 Pity.

6 Cups. be his portion who succeeds best,' but the general mean. 7 M. Mason proposes to read direction, but perhap ling of the phrase may be interpreted : 'Let his portion the chango is not necessary


ber more ;

Ford. A buck-basket?

bring my young man hero to school: Look, wher Fal. By the Lord, a buck-basket: rammed me his master comes ; 'uis a playing-day, I see. in with foul shirts and smocks, socks, foul stockings,

Enter Sir Hugh Evans. and greasy napkins ; that, master Brook, there was How now, Sir Hugh? no school to-day? the rankest compound of villanous smell, that ever offended nostril.

Eva. No; master Slender is let ihe boys leard Ford. And how long lay you there?

to play: Fal. Nay, you shall hear, master Brook, what I

Quick. Blessing of his heart ! have suffered to bring this woman to evil for

Mrs. Page. Sir Hugh, my husband says, my son

your good. Being thus crammed in a basket, a couple of protits

nothing in the world at his book ; I pray you, Ford's knaves, his hinds, were called forth by their ask him some questions in his accidence. mistress, to carry me in the name of foul cloihes to

Eva. Come hither, William; hold up your head ; Datchet-lane : they took me on their shoulders ; met the jealous knave their master in the door ; who

Mrs. Page. Come on, sirrah; hold up your head ; asked them once or twice what they had in their answer your master, be not afraid. basket: I quaked for fear, lest the lunatic knave

Eva. William, how many numbers is in nouns?

Will. Two. would have searched it; but Fate, ordaining he should be a cuckold, held his hand. Well; on went

Quick. Truly, I thought there had been one numhe for a search, and away went I for_foul clothes.

because they say, od's nouns, But mark the sequel, master Brook : I suffered the

Eva. Peace your tattlins. 'What is fair, William?

Will. Pulcher. pangs of three several deaths; first, an intolerable fright, to be detected with' a jealous rotten bellweth

Quick. Poulcats! there are fairer things than er: next, to be compassed like a good bilbo, in the poulcats, sure. circumference of a peck, hilt to point, heel to head :

Eva. 'You are a very simplicity 'oman; I pray and then, to be stopped in, like a strong distillation, you peace. What is lapis, William ? with stinking clothes that fretted in their own grease :

Will. A stone. think of thai,-a man of my kidney,—think of that;

Eva. And what is a stone, William ? that am as subject to heat as butter; a man of con

Will. A pebble. tinual dissolution and thaw; it was a miracle to

Eva. No, it is lapis; I pray you remember in 'scape suffocation. And in the height of this bath, your prain. when I was more than half stewed in grease, like a

W'il. Lapis. Dutch dish, to be thrown into the Thames, and cool

Eva. That is good, William. What is he, Wils

liam, that does lend articles ? ed, glowing hot, in that surge, like a horse-shoe; think of that ;-hissing hot, -think of that, master be thus declined,

Singulariter, nominativo, hic, hæc,

Will. Articles are borrowed of the protioun ; and Brook.

hoc, Ford. In good sadness, sir, I am sorry that for my sake you have suffered all this. My suit then is

Eva. Nominativo, hig, hag, hog; pray you, mark: desperate ; you'll undertake her no more.

genetivo, hujus : Well, what is your accusative case ? Fal. Master Brook, I will be thrown into Ætna,

Will. Accusativo, hinc. as I have been into Thames, ere I will leave her

Eva: I pray you, have your remembrance, child ; thus. Her husband is this morning gone a birding : Accusativo, hing, hang, hog. I have received from her another embassy of meet

Quick. Hang hoy is Latin for bacon, I warrant you. iny; 'twixt eight and nine is the hour, master Brook.

Eva. Leave your prabbles, 'oman. What is the Ford. 'Tis past eight already, sir.

focative case,

William ? Fal. Is it?' I will then address) me to my ap

Will. 0-vocativo, O. pointment. Come to me at your convenient leisure,

Era. Remember, William ; focative is caret. and you shall know how I speed; and the conclu

Quick. And that's a good root. sion shall be crowned with your enjoying her: Adieu.

Eva. 'Oman, forbear. You shall have her, master Brook; master Brook,

Mis. Page. Peace. you shall cuckold Ford.


Eva. What is your genitive case plural, William ?

Will. Genitive case ? Ford. Hum! ha! is this a vision ? is this a dream ?

Eva. Ay. do I sleep? Master Ford, awake ; awake, master Ford; there's a hole made in your best coat, master

Will. Genetivo,-horum, harum, horum. Ford. This 'tis to be married! this 'lis to have

Quick. 'Vengeance of Jenny's case! fie on her! linen, and buck-baskets !-Well

, I will proclaim my--never name her, child, if she be a whore. self what I am: I will now take the lecher; he is

Eva. For shame, 'oman. at my house : he cannot 'scape me; 'tis impossible he teaches him to hick and to hack, which they'll do

Quick. You do ill to teach the child such words: he should ; he cannot creep into a halfpenny purse, aor into a pepper-box: but, lest the devil that guides fast enough of themselves; and to call horum :him should aid him, I will search impossible places.


upon you ! Though what I am I cannot avoid, yet to be what I

Eva. 'Oman, art thou lunatics? hast thou no unwould not, shall not make me tame: if I have horns derstandings for thy cases, and the numbers of the to make one mad, let the proverb go with me, I'll be genders ? Thou art as foolish christian creatures horn mad.


as I would desires.

Mrs. Page. Pr’ythee hold thy peace.

Eva. Show me now, William, some declension ACT IV.

of your pronouns.

Will. 'Forsooth, I have forgot. SCENE I.- The Street.-Enter Mrs. PAGE, MRS. Eva. It is ki, ka, cod; if you forget your kics, QUICKLY, and WILLIAM.

your kæs, and your cods, you must be preeches.s Mrs. Page. Is he at master Ford's already, think'st Go your ways, and play, go. thou?

Quick. Sure, he is by this; or will be presently: sions, has this very phrase--detected with, for iripeachbut truly, he is very courageous. mad, about his ed with, or held in suspicion by:-

"What is he of our bloode that wold not be sory throwing into the water. Mistress Ford desires you To heare our names toith vile fame so detected." to come suddenly.

Detected must have the same meaning here, for Fal. Mrs. Page. I'll be with her by and by; I'll but staff was not discovered, but suspected by the jealous

Ford. Some modern editors have unwarrantably sub I With, by, and of were used indiscriminately with stituted by for with. much licence by our ancestors, Thus in a subsequent 2 A Bilbo is a Spanish blado remarkable for its tem passage of this play we have :

per and flexibility. The best were made at Bilboa, I sooner would suspect the sun with cold. town in Biscay. Delected appears to have been used in the sense of 8 Make myself ready. Ouvragucun Lepoctéd, impeaclied. Oavendish. in bis Metrical vi Brunched, 1. e flogged

Mrs. Page. He is a botter scholar than I thought Mrr Ford. There they always used to discharge he was.

their birding-pieces: Creep into the kiln-hole. Eva. Ile is a good sprag' memory. Farewell, Fal. Where is it? mistress Page.

Mrs. Ford, He will seek threre On my word. Mrs. Page. Adieu, good Sir Hugh. (Exit Sir Neither press, cofrer, chest, trunk, well, vault, but Hugm.] Get you home, boy.--Comc, we stay too he hath an abstract for the remembrance of such song.

(Ereunt. places, and goes to them by his note: There is no SCENE II. A Room in Ford's House. Enter

hiding you in the house. FALSTAFF and Mrs. FORD.

Ful. I'll go out then.

Mrs. Page. If you go out in your own semblance, Fal. Mistress Ford, your sorrow hath caten up you die, Sir John. Unless you go out disguised,my sufferance : I see, you are obsequious2 in your Mrs. Ford, How might we disguise him? love, and I profess your requital !o a hair's breadth; Mrs. Page. Alas the day, I know not. There is not only, mistress Ford, in the simple office of love, no woman's gown big enough for him; otherwise, but in all the accoutrement, complement, and cere; he might put on a hat, a muftler, and a kerchief, mony of it. But are you sure of your husband now? and so escape.

N1rs. Ford. Ile's a birding, sweet Sir John. Pal. Good hearts, devise something: any ex· Mrs. Page. [within.] What hoa, gossip Ford! tremity, rather than a mischief. wha' hoa!

Mrs. Ford. My maid's aunt, the fat woman of Mrs. Ford, Step into the chamber, Sir John. Brentford," has a gown above.


Mrs. Page. On my word, it will serve him; she's Enter MRs, Page.

as big as he is : and there's her thrum'd hat, and

her muffler too : Run up, Sir John. Mrs. Page. How now, sweatheart? who's at home beside yourself?

Mrs. Ford. Go, go, sweet Sir John: mistress Mrs. Ford. Why, none but mine own people.

Page and I will look sone linen for your head.

Mrs. Page. Quick, quick; we'll come dress you Mrs. Page. indeed ? Mrs. Ford. No, certainly ;-speak louder. (Aside. straight : put on the gown the while.

(Exit FALSTAFF. Mrs. Page. Truly, I am so glad you have nobody here.

Mrs. Ford. I would my husband would meet him Mrs. Ford. Why?

in this shape : he cannot abide the old woman of Mrs. Page. Why, woman, your husband is in his Brentford ; he swears, she's a witch; forbade her old lunes again: he so takes on yonder with my my house, and hath threatened to beat her. husband ; so rails against all married mankind; so

Mrs. Page. Heaven guide him to thy husband's curses all Eve's daughters, of what complexion cudgel; and the devil guide his cudgel afterwards !

Mrs. Ford. But is my husband coming ? socver; and so buffets himself on the forehead, crying, Peer out, peer out! that any madness, I ever of the basket too, howsoever he hath had intelli

Mrs. Page. Ay, in good sadness, is he; and talks yet beheld, seemed but tameness, civility, and pa

gence. tience, to this his distemper he is in now: I am glad the fat knight is not here.

Mrs. Ford. We'll try that; for I'll appoint my Mrs. Ford. Why, does he talk of him?

men to carry the basket again, to meet him at the was carried out, the last time he searched for him, let's go dress him like the witch of Brentford. 10° Mrs. Page. Of none but him; and swears, he door, with it, as they did last time.

Mrs. Page. Nay, but he'll be here presently : in a basket: protests to my husband he is now here; and hath dras n him and the rest of their company shall do with the basket. Go up, I'll bring linen

Mrs. Ford. I'll first direct my men, what they from their sport, to make another experiment of his

for him straight. suspicion : but I am glad the knighi is not here;

(Erit. now he shall see his own foolery.

Mrs. Page. Hang him, dishonest varlet! we can

not misuse him enough. Mrs. Ford. How near is he, mistress Page ?

We'll leave a proof, by that which we will do, Mrs. Puge. Hard by; at street end; he will be

Wives may be merry, and yet honest too : here anon. Mrs. Ford. I am undone !--the knight is here.

We do noi act that often jest and laugh;

"Tis old but true, Still suine cat all the draft. Mrs. Page. Why, then you are utterly shamed, and he's but a dead man. What a woman are you?

[Exit. --Away with him, away with him, better shame

Re-enter Mrs. Ford, with two Servants. than murder.

Mrs. Ford. Which way should he go? how should Mrs. Ford. Go, sirs, take the basket again on I bestow him? Shall I pui him into the basket again? your shoulders; your master is hard at door; if

he bid you set it down, oboy him, quickly despatch. Re-enter FALSTAFF. 1 Seru. Come, come, take it up:

Erit. Fal. No, I'll come no more i' the basket: May 2 Serv. Pray heaven, it be not full of the knight I not go out, ere he come?

again. Mrs. Page. Alas, three of master Ford's brothers 1 Serv. I hope not; I had as lief bear so much watch the door with pistols, that none shall issue lead. out; otherwise you might slip away ere he came. But what makes you here?

Enter FORD, PAGE, SHALLOW, Carus, and SIR Fal. What shall I do?--I'll creep up into the

Hugh Evans. chimney.

Ford, Ay, but if it prove true, master Page, have I Qmck, alert. The word is sprach.

you any way then to unfool me again ?.-Set down 2. So, in Hamlet; To do obsequious sorrow. The ihe basket, villain :-Somebody call my wife :epithet obs pious refers, in both instances, to the seri. You, youth in a basket, come out here !--0, you ousness with which obsequies are performed. 3 i. e. lumacy, frenzy.

91. e. a list, an inventory, or short note of. 4 Shakspeare refers to a sport of children, who thus 8 In the early 410. it is: "My maid's aunt Gillian of call on a snail to push forth his horns :

Brentford.” “ Peer out, peer out, peer out of your hole, 9 A hat composed of the weaver's tufts or thrums, of Or else I'll beat you as black as a coal."

of very coarse cloth. A mutler was a part of femala at • 5 This is one of Shakspeare's anachronisme: hire which only covered the lower part of the face. has alen introduced pistols in Pericles, in the reign of 10 This old witch Jyl or Gillian of Brentford seems Antiochus, two hundred years before Christ.

to have been a character well known in popular story at 6. This phrase has been already noticed. It occurs the time. “Jyl of Brentford's Testament was printed again in As You Like It, in the sense of do:

by Copland long before, and Laneham enumerates it * Now, sir, what make you here?"

as in the collection of Capt. Cox, the 'mason, now well It also occurs in Hamlet, Othello, and Love's Labour's known to all, from the mention of him in the romance Lost.

of Kenilworth.

panderly rascals! there's a knot, a ging,' a pack, cat, you ronyon ! out! out! I'll conjure you, I'll a conspiracy against me: Now, shall the devil bé fortune-tell you.

(Exit Falstaff. shamed. What! wife, I say! come, come forth; be Mrs. Page. Are you not ashamed ? I think you hold what honest clothes you send forth to bleaching. have killed the poor woman.

Page. Why, this passes ! Master Ford, you are Mrs. Ford. Nay, he will do it;-'Tis a goodly not to go loose any longer; you must be pinioned. credit for you.

Eva. Why, this is lunatics! this is mad as a Ford. Hang her, witch! mad dog!

Eva. By yea and no, I think, the 'oman is a Shal. Indeed, master Ford, this is not well; in- witch indeed: I like not when a 'oman has a great deed.

peard; I spy a great peard under her muffler. Enter Mrs. Ford.

Foril. Will you follow, gentlemen? I beseech

you, foilow; see but the issue of my jealousy; if I Ford. So say I too, Sir.-Come hither, mistress cry out thus upon no trail,' never trust me when I Ford; mistress Ford, the honest woman, the mos open again. dest wise, the virtuous creature, that ha•' the jea Page. Let's obey his humour a little further : lous fool to her husband !-I suspect wit it cause, Come, gentlemen. mistress, do I?

(Ereunt Page, Ford, Shallow, and Evans. Mrs. Ford. Heaven be my witnes ou do, if Mrs. Page. Trust me, he beat him most pitifully. you suspect me in any dishonesty.

Mrs. Ford. Nay, by the mass that he did not ; Ford. Well said, brazen-face; hoke { out-he beat him most unpitifully, methought. Come forth, sirrah. [Pulls the clothes if the basket.

Mrs. Page. I'll have the cudgel hallowed, and Page. This passes !

hang o'er the altar; it natn donc meritorious service. Mrs. Ford, Are you not ashamea! let the clothes Mrs. Ford. What think you? May we, with the alone.

warrant of woman-hood, and the witness of a good Ford. I shall find you anon.

conscience, pursue him with any further revenge ? Evu. 'Tis unreasonable ! Will you take up your Mrs. Page. The spirit of wantonness is, sure, wife's clothes ? Come away.

scared out of him; if the devil have him not in seeFord. Empty the basket, I say.

simple, with fine and recovery,' he will never, I Mrs. Ford. Why, man, why?

think, in the way of waste,' attempt us again. Ford. Master Page, as I am a man, there was Mrs. Ford, Shall we tell our husbands how wo one conveyed out of my house yesterday in this have served him? basket : Why may not be be there again? In my Mrs. Page. Yes, by all means ; if it be but to house I am sure he is: my intelligence is true; my scrape the figures out of your husband's brains. If jealousy is reasonable : Pluck me out all the linen. they can find in their hearts, the poor unvirtuous

Mrs. Ford. If you find a man there, he shall die fat knight shall be any further afflicted, we two will a flea's death.

still be the ministers. Page. Here's no man.

Mrs. Ford. I'll warrant they'll have him publicly Shal. By my fidelity, this is not well, master shamed : and, meininks, there would be no periodo Ford; this wrongs you."

to the jest, should be not be publicly shamed. Eva. Master Ford, you must pray, and not fol Mrs. Page. Come to tne force with it then, shape low the imaginations of your own heart: this is jea- it: I would not have things cool. (Exeunt. lousies. Ford. Well, he's not here I seek for.

SCENE HI. d room in the Garter Inn. Enter

Host and BARDOLPH. Page. No, nor no where else, but in your brain. Ford. Help to search my house this one time; Bard. Sir, the Germans desire to have three of if I find not what I scek, show no colour for my ex- your horses: the duke himself will be tv-morrow tremity, let me for ever be your table-sport; let at couri, and they are going to meet him. them say of me, As jealous as Ford, that searched Host. What duke should that be comes so sea hollow walnut for his wife's leman. Satisfy me cretly? I hear not of him in the court: Let me once more; once more search with me,

speak with the gentlemen; they speak English ? Mrs. Ford. What hoa, mistress Page ! come

Bard, Ay, sir, I'll call them to you. you, and the old woman down; my husband will Host. They shaji have my horses; but I'll make come into the chamber.

them pay, I'll sauce them: They have had my house Ford. Old woman! What old woman is that? a wuek at command ; I have turned away my other Mrs. Ford. Why, it is my maid's aunt of Brentford. guests: they must come off;'! I'll sauce them; Ford. A witch, a quean, an old cozening quean! Come.

(Ereuni. Have I not forbid her my house ? She comes of SCENE IV. A Room in Ford's House. Enter errands, does she? We arc simple men; we do not know what's brought to pass under the profession of

Page, Ford, Mrs. Page, Mrs. FORD, and SIR

HUGH EVANS. fortune-telling. She works by charms, by spells, by the figure, and such dauberys as this is ; beyond Eva. 'Tis one of the pest discretions of a 'oman our element; we know nothing. Come down; as ever I did look upon. you witch, you hag you ;, come down, I say. Page. And did he send you both these letters at

Mrs. Ford. Nay, good, sweet husband ;-good an instant ? gentlemen, let him not strike the old woman.

Mrs. Page. Within a quarter of an hour.

Ford. Pardon me, wife : Henceforth do what thou Enter Falstaff in women's clothes, led by Mrs.

wilt ; Page.

I rather will suspect the sun with cold, 1? Mrs. Page. Come, inother Pratt, come, give me Than theo with wantonness : now doth thy honour

stand, Ford. I'll prat her:-Out of my door, you In him that was of late an heretic, witch! (beats him) you rag, you baggage, you pole- As firm as faith.

1 Gang. ? Surpasses, or goes beyond all bounds. acquired her knowledge of these terms he has not in. 3 i.e. “This is below your character, unworthy of you.' formed us. 4 Lover. 5 Falsehood, imposition.

9 This is another forensic expression. Mr. Steevens 6 Means much the same as scall or scab, from Rog. says that the meaning of the passage is, “ he will not neuse, Fr.

make further attempts to ruin us by corrupung our virtue 7 Expressions taken from the chase. Trail is the and destroying our reputation.” scent left by the passage of the game. To cry out is to 10 i. e. righi period, or proper catastrophe. open, or bark.

11 To come off is to pay, to come doron (as we now 8 Řitson remarks that Shakspeare "had been long say,) with a sum of money. It is a phrase of frequent enough in an attorney's office to know that fee-simple occurrence in old plays. is the largest estate, and fine and recovery the strongest 12 The reading in the text was Mr. Rowe's. The old assurance, known to English Law. How Mrs. Page / copies read "I rather will suspect the sun with gold

your hand.

he comes,

Page. "Tis well, 'tis well; no more, Mrs. Page.

The truth being known, Be not as extreme in submission,

We'll all present ourselves; dis-horn the spirit, As in offence ;

And mock' him home to Windsor. But let our plot go forward: let our wives


The children must Yet once again, to make us public sport,

Be practised well to this, or they'll ne'er do't. Appoint a meeting with this old fat fellow,

Eva. I will teach the children their behaviours; Where we may take him, and disgrace him for it. and I will be like a Jack-an-apes also, to burn the

Ford. There is no better way than that they knight with my taber. spoke of.

Ford. That will be excellent. I'll go buy them Page. How! to send him word they'll meet him vizards. n the park at midnight! fie, fie; he'll never come. Mrs. Page. My Nan shall be the queen of all tho i Eva. You say, he has been thrown into the ri

fairies, vers; and has been grievously pealen, as an old Finely attired in a robe of white. 'oman ; methinks there should he terrors in him, that Page. That silk will I go buy ;-and in that timo he should not come; methinks, his flesh is punished, Shall master Slender steal my Nan away, he shall have no desires.

And marry her at Eton. (Aside.) Go, send to Fal. Page. So think I too.

staff straight. Mrs. Ford. Devise but how you'll use him when Ford. Nay, I'll to him again in name of Brook :

He'll tell me all his purpose : Sure, he'll come. And let us two devise to bring him thither.

Mrs. Page. Fear not you that : Go, get us proMrs. Page. There is an old tale goes, that Herne perties." the hunter,

And tricking for our fairies. Sometime a keeper here in Windsor forest, Eva. Lei us about it: It is admirable pleasures, Doth all the winter time, at still midnight, and fery honest knaveries. Walk round about an oak, with great rayg'd horns 3

[Ereunt Page, Ford, and Evans. And there he blasts the tree, and takes' the cattle; Mrs. Page. Go, mistress Ford, And makes milch-kine yield blood, and shakes a Send quickly to Sir John, to know his mind. chain

(Erit MRS. FORD. In a most hideous and dreadful manner :

I'll to the doctor; he hath my good will, You have heard of such a spirit; and well you know, And none but he, to marry with Nan Page. The supers tious idle-headed elda

That Slender, though well landed, is an idiot ; Received, and did deliver to our age,

And he my husband best of all affects : This tale of Herne the hunter for a truth.

The doctor is well money'd, and his friends Page. Why, yet there want not many, that do fear Potent at court; he, none but he, shall have her, In deep of night to walk by this Herne's oak;' Though twenty thousand worthier come to crave her. But what of this?

(Erit. Mrs. Ford. Marry, this is our device; That Falstaff at that oak shall meet with us,

SCENE V. A Room in the Garter Inn. Enter Host

and SIMPLE. Disguised like Herne, with huge horns on his head.

Page. Well, let it 'not be doubted but he'll come, Host. What would'st thou have, boor? what, And in this shape : When you have brought him thick-skin ? speak, breathe, discuss; brief, short, thither,

quick, snap. What shall be done with him ? what is your plot ? Sim. Marry, sir, I come to speak with Sir John Mrs. Page. That likewise have we thought upon, Falstaff from master Slender. and thus :

Host. There's his chamber, his house, his castle, Nan Page my daughter, and my little son, his standing-bed, and truckle-bed ;' 'uis painted And three or four more of their growth, we'll dress about with the story of the prodigal, fresh and new: Like urchins, ouphes, and fairies, green and white, Go, knock and call; he'll speak like an Anthropos With rounds of waxen tapers on their heads, phaginian'o unto thee: Knock, I say. And rattles in their hands ; upon a sudden,

Sim. There's an old woman, a fat woman, gono As Falstaff, she, and I, are newly met,

up into his chamber; I'll be so bold as stay, sir, Let them from forth a saw-pit rush at once till she come down : I come to speak with her, inWith some diffused song; upon their sight, deed. We two in great amazedness will fly:

Host. Ha! a fat woman! the_knight may be Then let them all encircle him about,

robbed : I'll call.-Bully knight! Bully Sir John! And, fairy-like, to-pinch the unclean knight ; speak from thy lungs military : Art thou there? it And ask him, why, that hour of fairy revel, is thine host, thine Ephesian, calls. In their so sacred paths he dares to tread,

Fal. (above.) How now, mine host ? 'In shape profane.

Host. Here's a Bohenian-Tartar tarries the Mrs. Ford. And till he tell the truth, coming down of thy fat woman: Let her descond, Let the supposed fairies pinch him sound,' bully, let her descend; my chambers are honourAnd burn him with their tapers.

able: Fye! privacy ? fye! 1 To take signifies to seize or strike with a disease, occurs in this sense : “speak you Welsh to him : I doubt to blast. So, in Lear, Act ii. Sc. 4:

noc but thy speech shall be more diffuse to him, than his • Strike her young bones, ye taking airs, with lame. French shall be to thee.” Coigrave explains diffused

by the French diffus, espars, obscure, and in Cooper's And in Hamlet, Act. I. Sc. 1:

Dictionary, 1584, I find obscurum interpreted obscure, "No planets strike, difficult, diffuse, hard to understand. Skelton uses No fairy takes, no witch has power to charm.” diffuse several times for strange or obscure; for instance, " or a horse that is taken. A horse that is berest of in the Crown of Laurel: his feeling, moving, or stirring, is said to be taken, and "Perseus pressed forth with problems diffuse.". in sooth so he is, in that he is arrested by so villanous a 6 To-pinch : to has here an augmentative sense, liko disease : yet some farriers, not well understanding the be has since had: all was generally prefixed, Spenser ground of the disease, conster the word taken to be has all to-torn, all lo-rent, &c. and Milion in Comus ali stricken by some planet, or evil spirit, which is false." to-ruffled. -C. vii. Markham on Horses, 1595. Thusalso in Hor. 7 Sound, for soundly, the adjective used as an adverb man's Vulgaria, 1519. “He is taken, or benomed. At. 8 Properties are little incidental necessaries to a thea. tonitus est."

tre : tricking is dress or ornament. 2 Old age.

9 The usual furniture of chambers, at that time, was 3 The tree which was by tradition shown as Herne's a standing-bed, under which was a trochle, truckle, or oak; being totally decayed, was cut down by his late running bed: from trochlea, a low wheel or castor. In majesty's order in 1795.

the standing bed lay the master, in the truckle tho ser 4 Els, hobgoblin.

vant. o some diffused song, appears to mean come obscure 10 i... a cannibal : min. bost we those fukian words strenge song. In Cavendish's Life of Wolsay the word lo anonish Simple.


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