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S CE N E. IV. Manent Shallow, Evans, and Slender. Slen. I had rather than forty shillings I had my book of songs and sonnets here.

Enter Simple. How now, Simple, where have you been? I must wait on myself, must I ? you ve not the book of riddles about you, have you?

Simp. Book of riddles! why, did you not lend it to Alice Shortcake upon Allhallowmas last, a fort. night afore Michaelmas ?

Shal. Come, coz; come coz; we stay for you : a word with you, coz: marry this, coz; there is, as 'twere, a tender, a kind of tender, made afar off by Sir Hugh here ; do you understand me?

Slen. Ay, Sir, you shall find me reasonable: if it be so, I shall do that that is reason.

Shal. Nay, but understand me.
Slon, So I do, Sir.“

Eva. Give ear to his motions, Mr Slender : I will description the matter to you, if you be capacity of it.

Slen. Nay, I will do as my cousin Shallow says: I pray you, pardon me; he's a justice of peace in his country, simple tho' I stand here.

Eva. But that is not the question; the question is concerning your marriage.

Shal. Ay, there's the point, Sir.

Eva. Marry is it; the very point of it, to Mrs Anne Page.

Slen. Why, if it be so, I will marry her upon any reasonable demands.

Eva. But can you affection the 'oman ? let us command to know that of your mouth, or of your lips; for divers philosophers hold, that the lips is parcel of the mind * ; therefore precisely, can you carry your good will to the maid?

* Parcel of the mouth. Revisal.

Shal. Cousin Abraham Slender, can you love her?

Slen. I hope, Sir, I will do as it shall become one that would do reason.

Eva. Nay, Got's lords and his ladies, you must speak poflitable, if you can carry her your desires towards her.

Shal. That you must: : will you, upon good dow

ry, marry her?

Slen. I will do a greater thing than that upon your request, cousin, in any reason.

Shal. Nay, conceive me, conceive me, fweet coz; what I do is to pleasure you, coz; can you love the maid ?

Slen. I will marry her, Sir, at your request : but if there be no great love in the beginning, yet heav'n may decrease it upon better acquaintance, when we are married, and have more occasion to know one another. I hope upon familiarity will grow more contempt; but if you say marry her, I will marry her, that I am freely diffolved, and diffolutely.

Eva. It is a ferry discretion answer, save the fall is in th’ort diffolutely; the ort is, according to our meaning, resolutely ; his meaning is good.

Shal. Ay, I think my cousin meant well.
Slen. Ay, or else I would I might he bang'd, la.


Enter Mistress Anne Page. Shal. Here comes fair Mistress Anne : 'would I were young

for your fake, Mistress Anne ! Anne. The dinner is on the table; my father defires your Worship's company:

Shal. I will wait on hin, fair Miftress Anne. Eva. Od's plessed will, I will not be absence at

[Ex. Shallow and Evans. Anne. Will't please your Worship to come in, Sir? Slen. No, I thank you, forsooth, heartily; I am Anne. The dinner attends you, Sir. Slen. I am not a-hungry, I thank you, forsqotlar

the grace.

very well

Go, sirrah, for all you are my man, go wait upon my cousin Shallow : [Ex. Simple. ] A juliice of peace sometime may be beholden to his friend for a man. I keep but three men and a boy yet, 'till my mother be dead; but what though, yet I live like a poor gentleman born.

Anne. I may not go in without your worship; they will not fit 'till you come.

Slen. l'faith l'll eat nothing: I thank you as much as though I did.

Anne. I pray you, Sir, walk in.

Slen. I had rather walk here, I thank you: I bruis'd my shin th' other day, with playing at livord and dagger with a master of fence, three veneys for a diih of stew'd prunes; and, by my troth, I cannot abide the smell of hot meat since. Why do your dogs bark so? be there bears i’ th' town? Aune. I think there are, Sir; I heard then talk'd

of. Slen. I love the sport well, but I shall as soon quarrel at it as any man in England. , You are afraid if you see the bear loole, are you not?

Anne. Ay, indeed, Sir.

Slen. That's meat and drink to me now; I have seen Sackerson loote twenty times, and have taken hiin by the chain; but I warrant you the women have lo cry'd and shriek'd at it, that it päft * : but women indeed cannot abide 'em, they are very illfavour'd rough things.

Enter Mr Page. Page. Come, genile Mr Slender, come; we stay

for you.

Slen. I'll eat nothing, I thank you, Sir.

Page. By cock and pye, you thall not chuse, Sir; come, come.

slen. Nay, pray you, lead the way. Page. Come on, Sir.

* It past, or this palles, was a way of speaking customary heretofore, to signify the excess, or exit aordinary degrees of any thing: Warburton.

Slen. Mistress Anne, yourself shall go

first. Anne. Not I, Sir; pray you, keep on.

Slen. Truly I will not go first, truly-la: I will not do you that wrong.

Anne. I pray you, Sir.

Slen. I'll rather be unmannerly than troublefome; you do yourself wrong, indeed-la. (Exeunt.


Re-enter Evans and Simple. Eva. Go your ways, and ask of Doctor Ciausa house which is the way; and there dwells one Mistress Quickly, which is in the manner of his nurse, or his dry nurse, or his cook, or his laundry, his washer, and his wringer.

Simp. Well, Sir.

Eva. Nay, it is petter yet; give her this letter; for it is a 'oman that altogethers acquaintance with Mistress Anne Page ; and the letter is to desire and require her to folicit your master's desires to Mistress Anne Page. I pray you be gone; I will make an end of my dinner; there's pippins and cheese to

[Exeunt severally.



Changes to the Garter-inn. Enter Falstaff, Hoft, Bardolph, Nym, Pistol,

and Robin. Fal. Mine host of the Garter.

Host. What says my bully Rock ? speak scholarly and wisely.

Fal. Truly, mine host, I must turn away some of my followers

Hoft. Discard, bully Hercules, cashier ; let them wag: trot, trot.

Fal. I sit at ten pounds a week. Hoft. Thou’rt an Emperor, Cæsar, Keisar and Pheasar. I will entertain Bardolph, he shall draw, he shall tap: said I well, bully Hector?

Fal. Do so, good mine host.

Hoft. I have spoke, let him follow ; let me see thee froth, and live: I am at a word; follow. [Exit Hoit.

Fal. Bardolph, follow him; a tapster is a good trade: an old cloak makes a new jerkin; a wither'd ferving-man a fresh tapster; go, adieu. Bard. It is a life that I have desir'd: I will thrive.

[Exit Bard. Pist. O base Hungarian wight, wilt thou the spigot wield?

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

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

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

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

Fal. Well, Sirs, I am almost out at heels.
Pist. Why, then let kibes ensue.

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

Pift. Young ravens must have food.
Fal. Which of you know Ford of this town?
Pift. I ken the wight, he is of substance good.

Fal. My honest lads, I will tell you what I am about.

Pist. Two yards and more.

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

Pist. He hath study'd her well, and translated her well, out of honesty into English.

Our author probably wrote, at a minim's reft. Johasi

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