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Pist. Ilow now, Vephostophilus'?
but in honest, civil, godly company, for this trick; Slen. Ay, it is no matter.
if I be drunk, I'll be drunk with those that have Nym. Slice, I say! pauca, pauca; slice! that's the fear of God, and not with drunken knaves. my humour.
Era. So Got’udge me, that is a virtuous mind. Slen. Where's Simple, my man? can you tell, 5 Fal. You hear all these matters deny'd, gentlecousin ?
hear it. Era. Peace, I pray you! Now let us under
Enter mistress Anne Page with rrine; mistress standi: There is three umpires in this matter, as I Ford and mistress Page following: understand: that is--master Page, fidelicet, master Page ; and there is myself, fidi licet, myseli: 10, Page: Nay, daughter, carry the wine in; we'll
[Exit Anne Puge. and the three party is, lastly and finally, mine Slen. O heaven! this is mistress Anne Page. host of the Gaiter.
Page. How now, mistress Ford? Page. We three to hear it, and end it between Ful. Mistress Ford, by my troth, you are very them.
well met: by your leave, good mistress. Era. Fery goot: I will make a prief of it in 15
[Kissing her. my note-book; and we will afterwards ’ork upon
Page. Fife, bid these gentlemen welcome:-the cause, with as great discreetly as we can,
Come, we have a hot venison pasty to dinner ; Fal. Pistol, Pist. He hears with ears.
come, gentlemen, I hope, we shall drink down ali Eva. The tevil and his tam! what phrase is 20 Slen. I had rather than forty shillings, I had my
unkindness. [Ere. all but Shal. Slend. and Evans. this, He heurs with ear? Why, it is attectations.
book of songs and sonnets here:Ful. Pistol, did you pick master Slender's purse: Slen. Ay, by these gloves, did he, (or I would
Enter Simple. I might never come in mine own great chamber How now, Simple? where have you been? I must again else) of seven groats in mill-sixpences 2,25 wait on myself
, must I? You have not the book and two Edward shovel-boards ?; that cost me of riddles about you, have you? two shilling and two-pence a-piece of Yead Mill- Sim. Book of riddies! why, did you not lend er, by these gloves.
it to Alice Shortcake upon Allhallowmas last, a Fil. Is this true, Pistol ?
fortnight afore Michaelmas? Era. No; it is false, if it is a pick-purse. 30 Shal. Come, coz; come, coz; we stay for you, Pist. Ha, thou mountain-foreigner! - Sir John, A word with you, coz; marry this, coz: There and master mine,
is, as 'twere, a tender, a kind of tender, made afar I combat challenge of this latten bilboe" : off by sir Hugh here;-do you understand me? Word of denial in thv labras here.
Slin. Ay, sir, you shall find me reasonable; if Word of denial: froth and scum, thou ly’st. |35it be so, I shall do that that is reason. Slen. By these gloves, then, 'twas he.
Shal. Nay, but understand me, Nym. Be advis'd, Sir, and pass good humours: Slen. So I do, sir. I will say, marry trap', with you, if you run the Era. Give ear to his motions, master Slender: out-hook's humour'on me; that is the very note I will description the matter to you, if you be caof it.
40 pacity of it. Slen. By this hat, then, he in the red face hadit: Slin. Nay, I will do as my cousin Shallow says: for though I cannot remember what I did when I pray you, pardon me; he's a justice of peace in you made me drunk, yet I am not altogether an his country, simple though I siand bere. ass.
Era. But that is not the question; the question Fal. What say you, Scarlet and John? 45 is concerning your marriage.
Bard. Why, sir, for any part, I say, the gentle- Shul. Ay, there's the point, sir. man had drunk himself out of his five sentences. Er. Marry is it; the very point of it; to
Era. It is his tive senses: fie, what the igno- mistress Anne Page. rance is!
Slen. Why, if it be so, I will marry her, upon Bard. And being fap, sir, was, as they say, ca. 50 any reasonable demandy. shier'd; and so conclusions pass'd the careires. Era. But can you affection the 'oman? let is
Slen. Ay, you spake in Latin then too; but 'tis command to know that of your mouth, or of your no matter: I'll never be drunk whilst I live again, lips; for divers philosophers hold, that the lips is
'The name of a spirit or familiar, in the old story-book of Sir John Faustus, or Joan Faust, and in those times a cant phrase of abuse. 2 Mill'd sirpances were used by way of counters to cast up money: 3 These were the broad shillings of Edrward VI., and at that time used at the play of shori l-board. * Mr. Theobald is of opinion, that by latten bilboe Pistol, seeing Slender such a slím, puny wight, would intimate, that lie is as thin as a plate of that compound metal which is called latton; whilst Mr. Steevens thiuks, that latten bilboe means no more than a blude us thin us a lath. 5 That is, hear the word of denial in my lips. Thou ly'st. We often talk of giving the lie in a man's tecth, or in his throat. Pistol chooses to throw the word of denial in the lips of his adversary. • When a man was caught in his own stratagem, the exclamation of insult probably was murry trap!
? Muthook was a ierin of reproach in cant strain ; and, if you run the nuthook's humour on me, is in plain English, if you say I am a thief. • A military plirase.
parcel of the mouth: Therefore, precisely, can your dogs bark so? be there bears i' the town? you carry your good-wili to the inaid?
Anne. I think there are, sir; I heard them Shal. Cousin Abraham Slender, can you love
talk'd of. her?
Slen. I love the sport well; but I shall as soon Slen. I hope, sir,— I will do as it shall become 5 quarrel at it, as any man in England :-You are one that would do reason.
atraid, if you see the bear loose, are you not? Era. Nay, Got's lords and his ladies, you must Anne. Ay, indeed, sir. speak possitable, if you can carry her your desires Slen. That's meat and drink to me now: I have towards her.
een Sackerson o loose, twenty times; and have Shal. That you must: Will you, upon good 10taken him by the chain: but I warrant you, the dowry, marry her:
women have so cry'd and shriek'd at it, that it Sten. I will do a greater thing than that, upon pass’d?:--but women, indeed, cannot abide 'em; your request, cousin, in any reason.
they are very ill-favour'd rough things. Shal. 'Nay, conceive me, conceive me, sweet
Re-enter Page. CoZ; what I do, is to pleasure you, coz: Can you 15 Page. Come, gentle master Slender, come; love the maid?
we stay for you. Slen. I will marry her, sir, at your request ; Slen. I'll eat nothing, I thank you, sir. but if there be no great love in the beginning, yet Page. By cock and pye“, you shall not chouse, heaven may decrease it upon better acquaintance, sir: come, come. when we are marry'd, and have more occasion to 20 Slen. Nay, pray you, lead the way; know one another: I hope, upon familiarity will Page. Come on, sir. grow more contempt: but if you say, marry her, Slen. Mistress Anne; yourself shall go
first. I will marry her, that I am freely dissolved, and Anne. Not I, sir; pray you, keep on. dissolutely.
Slen. Truly, I will not go tirst; truly-la; I will Era. Ii is a fery discretion answer; save, the 25 not do you that wrong. faul is in the 'ort dissolutely: the ’ort is, according Anne. I pray you, sir. to our meaning, resolutely;-his meaning is good. Slin. I'll ratirer be unmannerly, than trouble
Shal. Ay, I think my cousin meant well. some : you do yourself wrong, indeed-la.[Excunt,
Enter Evuns and Simple.
Anne. The dinner is on the table; my father mistress Quickly, which is in the manner of his desires your worship’s company.
nurse, or liis dry nurse, or his cook, or his laundry, Shal. I will wait on hiin, fair mistress Anne. 35 his washer, and his wringer. Eva. Od's plessed will! I will not be absence Simp. Well, sir.
[Ex. Shul, and Erins. Eva. Nay, it is petter yet:-give her this let. sine. Will't please your worship to come in, sir; ter; for it is a’oman that altogether's acquaintance Sun. No, I thank you, forsooth, heartily; I am with mistress Anne Page; and the letter is, to de
40 sire and require hier to solicit your master's desires Ann:. The dinner attends vou, sir.
to mistress Anne Page: I pray you be gone; I will Slen. I am not a-hungry, I thank youl,
forsooth: make an end of my dinner; there's pippins and -Go, sirrah, for all you are my man, gọ, wait
cheese to come.
[Ercunt severally upon my cousin Shallow: [Exit Simple.) A justice
SC EN E III. of peace sometime may be beho'den to his friend 45
The Gurter inn. for a man :- I keep but three men and a boy yet, Enter Falstaff, Host, Bardolph, Nym, Pistol, and till iny mother be dead: but what though? yet 1 live like a poor gentleman born.
Fal. Mine host of the Garter,Anne. I may not go in without your worship: Host. What says my bully-rook? speak scholthey will not sit till you come.
50 larly, and wisely. Slen. I'faith, I'll eat nothing: I thank you as Ful. Truly, mine host, I must turn away some much as though I did.
of my followers. Anne. I pray you, sir, walk in.
Host. Discard, bully Hercules; cashier : let Slin. I had rather walk here, I thank you: | them wag; trot, trot. bruis'd my shin the other day with playing at sk ord 55 Ful. I sit at ten pounds a week. and dagger with a master of fence, three veneys" Host. Thou’rt an emperor, Cæsar, Keisar, and for a dish of stew'd pruens; and, by my troth, I Pbetzar. I will entertain Bardolph; he shall cannot abide the smell of hot meat since. Why dol kiraw, he shall tap: said I well, bully Hector?
"That is, three different set-to's, bouts, a technical term from the French, venue. 2 The name of a bear. Meuning, that it passed all expression. * A popular adjuration of those times. Cock is no more than a corruption of the Sacred Naine, as appears from cock's wounds, cock's bones, and cock's mother, and some other exclamations which occur in the old Moralities and Interludes. The pye is a table in the old Roinan offices, shewing low to find out the service which is to be read on each day.
at the grace.
Fal. Do so, good mine host.
eyes too; examiu'd my parts with most judicious Host. I have spoke; let him follow: Let me eyliads • ; sometimes the beam of her view gilded see the froth, and lime'; I am at a word; follow. my fool, sometimes my portly belly.
[Erit Hosi. Pist. Then did the sun on dung-hill shine. Fal. Bardolph, follow him; a tapster is a good 5 Nym. I thank thee for that humour. trade: An old cloak makes a new jerkin; a Fal. O, she did so course o'er my exteriors with wither'd serving-man, a fresh tapster: Go; adieu. such a greedy intention', that the appetite of her
Bard. It is a life that I have desir'd: I will eye did seem to scorch mé up like a burning-glass ! thrive.
[Erit Bard. Here's another letter to her: she bears the purse Pist. O base Gongarian wight?! wilt thou the 10 00 ; she is a region in Guiana, all gold and spigot wield?
bounty. I will be cheater'° to them both, and they Nym. He was gotten in drink: Is not the hu- shall be-exchequers to me; they shall be my East mour conceited? His mind is not heroic, and and West Indies, and I will trade to them both. there's the humour of it.
Go, bear thou thisletter to mistress Page; and thou Fal. I am glad, I am so acquit of this tinder-15 this to mistress Ford: we will thrive, lads, we will box; his thefts were too open: his filching was
thrive. like an unskilful singer, he kept not time.
Pist. Shall I sir Pandarus of Troy become, Nym. The good humour is, to steal at a minute's And by my side wear steel? then, Lucifer take all ! rest!
Nym. I will run no base humour: here, take the Pist. Convey, the wise it call; Steal! foh; a 20 humourletter; I will keepthehaviour ofreputation. fico for the phrase!
Fal. Hold, sirrah, bear you these letters tightly"; Fal. Well, sirs, I am almost out at heels. Sail like my pinnace" to these golden shores. Pist. Why then, let kibes ensue.
[To Robin. Fal. There is no remedy; I must cony-catch, Rogues, hence, avaunt! vanish like hailstones, go; I must shift.
25 Trudge, plod, away,o'the hoof; seekshelter, pack! Pist. Young ravens must have food *.
Falstati will learn the humour of this age. Fal. Which of you know Ford of this town? French thrift, you rogues; myself and skirted page. Pist. I ken the wight; he is of substance good.
[Ercunt Fulstaff and Boy. Ful. My honest lads, I will tell you what I am Pist. Let vultures gripe thy guts! for gourd, about.
and fullam 13 holds ; Pist. Two yards, and more.
And high and low beguiles the rich and poor: Fal. No quips now, Pistol: Indeed, I am in the Tester l'll have in pouch, when thou shalt lack, waist two yards about: but I am now about no Base Phrygian Turk! waste; ! ain about thrift. Briefly, I do mean to Nym. I have operations in my head, which be make love to Ford's wife; I spy entertainment in 35 humours of revenge. her; she discourses, she carves', she gives the Pist. Wilt thou revenge? leer of invitation: I can construe the action of her
Nym. By welkin, and her star! familiar stile; and the hardest voice of her beha- Pist. With wit, or steel? viour, to be English'd rightly, is, I am sir John Nym. With both the lumours, I: Falstaff's.
40 I will discuss the humour of this love to Ford. Pist. He hath study'd her will, and translated Pist. And I to Page shall eke unfold, her will; out of honesty into Engiish.
How Falstaff, varlet vile,
Fal. Now, the report goes, she has all the rule of And his soft couch defile. her husband's purse; she hath a legion of angels. 45 Nym. My humour shall not cool: I will incense
Pist. As many devils entertain "; and, To her, Ford to deal with poison; I will po-sess him witlı boy, say I.
yellowness !!, for the revolt of mien's is dangerous: Nym. The humour rises; it is good: humour That is my true humour: me the angels.
Pist. Thou art the Mars of malecontents: I seFal. I have writ me here a letter to her: and here 50 cond thee; troop on. another to Page’swife who even now gave me good
[Excunt. " This alludes to the tricks of frothing beer and liming sack, practised in the tinie of Shakspeare. The first was done by putting soap into the bottom of the tankard when they dre the beer; the other, by mixing lime with the sack (i. e. sherry) to make it sparkle in the glass.
2 This is a parody on a line taken from one of the old bombast plays. Nym means to say, that the perfection of stcaling is to do it in the shortest time possible.
* A proverb.
$ In those times the young of both sexes were instructed in carving, as a necessary accomplishment.
6 That is, explained. * The old quarto reads: As many devils attend her! Probably from oeillades, French. eagerness of desire. By this is meant eschetour, an officer in the Exchequer, in no good repute with the common people. Perhaps we should read rightly. 12 A pinnace anciently seems to have signified a small vessel or sloop, attending on a larger. At present it signifies only a man of war's boat. * Fullum is a cant term for false dice, high and low. Gourd was another instrument of gaming. 14 That is, jealousy.
1s Revolt of mien means change of counienance, one of the eflects he has just been ascribing to jealousy,
Caius. Fe, fe, fe, fe ! ma foi, il fait fort chaud. Dr. Caius's house.
Je m'en vui à la Cour',- -la grande utjaire.
Quic. Is it this, sir? Enter NIrs. Quickly, Simple, and Jolin Rugby Caius. Ou?, mitteele au mon pocket; Depechez,
Quic. What; John Rugby!- pray thee, gol 5 quickly:'ere is dat knave Rugby? to the casement, and see if you can see my master, Quic. What, John Rugby! John! master Doctor Caius, coming: if he do, i'faith,
Rug. Here, sir. and find any body in the house, here will be an Cuius. You are John Rugby, and you are Jack old abusing of God's patience, and the king's Rugby: Come, take-a your rapier, and come after English.
10 my heel to de cout. Rug. I'll go watch.
[Erit Rugb!. Hug. 'Tis ready, sir, here in the porch. Quic. Go; and we'll have a posset tor't soon at Caius. By my trot, I tarry too long:-Od's me! night, in faith, at the latter end of a sea-coal tire!. Qu'ay j'oublie dere is some simples in my closet, An honest, willing, kind fellow, as ever servant at I vill not for the varld I shall leare behind. shall come in house withial; and, I warrant you, 15 Quic. Ah me! he'll find the young man there, no tell-tale, nor no breed-bates: his worst lault and be mad. is, that he is given to prayer; he is something Caius, O diable, diable! vat is in my closet: peevish' that way: but nobody but has his fault Villaine, lurron! Rugby, my rapier. but let that pass. Peter Simple, you say you
[Pully Simjite out of the closet. name is?
120 lic. Good master, be content. Sim. Ay, for fault of a better.
Cuius. Verefore shall I be content-a? Quic. And master Slender's
Quic. The young man is an honest man. Sim. Ar, forsooth.
Caius. Vat shall de honest man do in my closet? Quic. Does he not wear a great round beard, Jere is no honest inan dat shall come in my closet. like a glover's paring-knite?
251 Quic. I beseech you be not so tlegmatic; hear Sim. No, torsooth: he hath but a little wee the truth of it. He came of errand to me from face, with a little yellow beard; a' Cain-colour' parson Ilugh. beard.
Caius. Vell. Quic. A softly sprighted man, is he not?
Sim. Ay, forsooth, to desire her toSim. Ay, torsooth: but he is as talla man of his 30 Quic. Peace, I pray you. hands“, as any is between this and his head; he Cuius. Peace-a your tongue: Speak-a yourtale. hath fought with a warrener.
Sim. To desire' this honest gentlewoman, your Quic. How say you ?
-oh, I should remem- maid, to speak a good word! to mistress Anne Page ber him ; Does he not hold up his head, as it were? for my master in the way of marriage. and strut in his gait?
35 Quic. This is all, indeed-la ; but I'll never put Sim. Yes, indeed, does he.
my finger in the fire, and need not. Quic. Well, heaven send Anne Page no worse Caius. Sir Hugh send-a you?- Rugby, bailles fortune! Tell master parson Evans, I will do me some paper: Tarry you a little while. what I can for your master: Anne is a good girl, Quic. I am glad he is so quiet: if he had been and I wish
40 thoroughly moved, you should bave heard him so Re-enter Rugby.
loue, and so melancholy;-but notwithstanding, Rug. Out, alas! here comes my master. man, I'll do for your master what good I can:
Quic. Weshail all be shent’: Run in here, good and the very yea and the nois, the French doctor, young man; go into this closet. [Shuts Simple in my master, I may call him my master, louk you, ihe croset.] lle will not stay long.-What, John 45 for I keep his house; and I wash, wring, brew, Rugby! John, what John, I say!-Go, John, bake, scour, dress meat and drinh, make the beds, go enquire for my master; I doubt, he be not and do all myself. well, that he comes not home:--and down, Sim. 'Tis a great charge, to come under one doton (l- lain-11° &c.
[Sings. body's hand. Enter Doctor Caius.
50 Quic. Are you aris'd o’that? you shall find it Caius. Vai is vou sing? I do not like dese toys; a great charge: And to be up early, and down Pray you, go and vetch me in my closet un boi- laie;-but notwithstanding, (to tell you in your tiers ri?; a box, a green-a box; do intend vat car; I would have no words otit)my master himI speak? a given-a box.
it is in love with mistress Anne Page: but notQuic. ly, torsooth, I'll fetch it you. 155 with-tanding that,.---I know Anne's mind,I am glad he went not in himself: it he had found What's neithe: here nor there. the young man, he would have been born-inadi. Cuius. You j ck'nape; give-a dis letter to Sir
[.isive. Hugh; by gar, it is a shallenge: 1 vill cut his " That is, when my master is in bed. 2 Bule is an obsolete word, signifying strife, contentjon. 3 Foolisis.
itse, ju the northern dialect, siznities very little. Can and Judas, in the tapestries and pictures of old, were represented with rellox beards. Probably an allusion to the jockey measure, so many hands high, liseid hy grooms when speaking of horse's. "That is, scolded. * To deceive lier master, she sing as it at her work. ! Border, in French, sigilies a case of surgeon's instruments.
throat in de park; and I vill teach a scurvy jack- Quic. In truth, sir, and she is pretty, and honest, a-nape priest to meddle or make:
-you may be
and gentle, and one that is your friend, I can tell gone; it is not good you tarry here:- -by gar, I you that by the way, I praise heaven for it. vill cut all his two stones; by gar, he shall not have Frnt. Shall I do any good, thinkest thou? shall a stone to trow at his dog. [Exit Simple. 5 I not lose my suit? Quic. Alas, he speaks but for his friend.
Quic. Troth, sir, ail is in his hands above; but Carus. It is no matter-a for dat:
notwithstanding, master Fenton, I'll besworn on a tell-a me dat I shall have Anne Page for myself?- book, she loves you:have not your worship by gar, I vill kill de jack priest; and I have ap
a wart about your eye? pomted mine host of de Jarierre to measure oin 10 Fent. Yes, marry, have l; what of that? weapon;-by gar, I vill myself have Anne Page. Quic. Well, thereby hangi a tale:-good faith,
Quic. Sir, the maid loves you, and all shall be it is such another Nan;-- -butl detest, an honest well: we must give folks leave to prate: What, maid as ever broke bread:-Webadan hour'stalk the goujere!
of that wart; I shall never laugh but in that Cuius. Rugby, come to the court vit me:
15 maid's company!
-But indeed she is given too By gar, if I have not Anne Page, I shall turn your much to allicholly and musing: Bul for youhead out of door :-Follow my heels, Rugby.
Well->go to. [Er. Caius und Rugb. Fent. Well, I shall seelerto-day: Hold, there's Quic. You shall have An fool's-head of yourown. money for thee; let me have thiy voice in my No, I know Anne's mind for that: never a woman 20 behalt: if thou seest her before me, commend in Windsor knows more of Anne's mind than 1 do; nor can do more than I do with her, I thank Quic. Will I? ay, faith, that we will: and I heaven.
will tell your worship more of the wart, the next Fent. [Within.] Who's within there, ho? time we have confidence; and of other wovers. Quic. Who's there, I trow come
near the 25
Fent. Well, farewell; I am in great haste now. house, I pray you.
[Erit. Enter Mr. Fenton.
Quic. Farewell to your worship.-Truly, an Fent. How now, good woman; how dost thou? honest gentleman; but Anne loves him not; I
Quic. The better that it pleases your good wor- know Anne's mind as well as another does: Out ship to ask.
30 upon't! what have I forgot? Fent. Whatnews? how doespretty mistress Anne?!
What a Herod of Jewry is this?
-O wicked, Before Page's house.
40 wicked world !--one that is well nigla wo! 10 Enter Mistress Page with a letter. pieces with age, to shew himself a young gailant ! Mistress Page. WHAT, have I’scap'd love- What an unweigh'i behaviour has this Flemish
letters in the holy-day-time drunkard pick'd (with the devil's name, out of my of my beauty, and am I now a subject for them? conversation, that he dares in this manner assay Let me see:
45 ne? Wliy, he hath not been thrice in my comAsk me no reason why I love you ; for? though pany:- What should I say to him?-I was then love use reason for his precision, headmitshim not frugal of my mirth:-heaven forgive me!-!Vhy, for his counsellor: You are not young, no more am I'll exhibit å bill in the parliament for the putting ligotothen, there's sympath: you are merry, so
down of men. Flow shall I be reveng'd on him? aml: Hu! ha! then there's more sympathy: you 50 for reveng'd I will be, as sure as his guis are made love sac , (end so dol:Would you desire bettersum- of puddings. pathy? let it suffice ther, mistress Page, (at the
Enter Mistress Ford. teast, vf the love of a soldier cun suffice) that I love Mrs. Ford. Mistress Page! trust me, I was gothee. I will not say, pity me,'tis not a soldier-like ing to your house. phrase; but I say, love me. By ine,
55 Mrs. Puge. And, trust me, I was coming to you. Thine own true knight,
You look very ill.
Mrs. Ford. Nay, I'll ne'er believe that; I have
to shew to the contrary. With all his might,
Mrs. Paige. 'Faith, but you do, in my mind. For thee to light, John Falstaff. 160 Airs. Ford. Well, I do then; yet, I say, I could " That is, morbus Gallicus. 2 The meaning is, though lore permit reason to tell what is fit to be done, he' seldom foliows its advice.—By precision, is meant one who pretends to a more than ordisary degree of virtue and sanctity. Meaning, ut all times. E 2