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shew you to the contrary: 0, mistress Page, give la fine baited delay, till he hath pawn'd his horses to me some counsel!

mine host of the Garter. Mrs. Page. What's the matter, woman? Mrs. Foru. Nay, I will consent to act any villainy

Mrs. Ford. Owoman, if it were not for one tri- against him that may not sully the churiness' of our fling respect, I could come to such honour ! 5 honesty. Oh, that iny husband saw this letter! it

Mrs. Page. Hang the trille, woman; take the would give eternal food to his jealousy. honour: What is it :-dispense with trifles; Mrs. Puge. Why, look, where he comes; and what is it?

mny good man too: he's as far from jealousy, as I ain Mrs. Ford. If I would but go to hell for an eter- from giving him cause; and that, i hope, is an unnal moment, or so, I could be knighted.

10 measurable distance. Mrs. Puge. What?—thou liest !-Sir Alice Mrs. Ford. You are the happier woman. Ford !—These knights will hack; and so thou Mrs. Page. Let's consult together against this shouldst not alter the article of thy gentry'.

greasy knight: Come hither.

[They retire. A1rs. Ford. We burn day-light? :-here, read, Enter Ford zeith Pistol, Page with Nym. read;--perceive how I might be knighted.— I shall 15 Ford. Well, I hope it be not so. think the worse of fat men, as long as I have an eye Pist. Hope is a " curtail-dog in some affairs : to make difference of men's liking: And yet he Sir John affects thy wiie. would not swear; prais'd women's modesty ; and Ford. Why, sir, my wife is not young. [poor, gave such orderly and well-behav'd reproof to all Pist. He wooes both high and low', both rich and uncomeliness, that I would have sworn his disposi-20 Both young and old, one with another, Ford ! tion would have gone to the truth of his words: Ile loves thy gally-mawtry'; Ford, perpend. but they do no more adhere, and keep place toge

Ford. Love my wife? ther, than the hundredth psalın to the tune of

Pist. With liver burning hot: Prevent, orgothou, Green Sleeves ?. What tumpest, I trow, threw this LikeSir Actaonhe, with Ringwoodatthy heels:whale, with so many tuns of oil in his belly, ashore 250, odious is the name! at Windsor? How shall I be revenged on bim? !

Ford. What name, sir? think, the best way were to entertain him with Pist. The horn, I say: Farewell. hope, till the wicked fire of lust have melted him in Take heed; have open eye; for thieves do foot by his own grease: Did you ever hear the like:

night. Mrs. Page. Letter for letter; but that the name 30 Take heed, ere summer comes, or cuckoo-birds do of Page and Ford ditlers!—To thy great comfort

sing. in this mystery of ill opinions, here's the tuin-bro- Away, sir corporal Nym.ther of thy letter: but let thine inherit first, for Believe it, Page; he speaks sense. [Erit Pistol. I protest mine never shall. I warrant, he hath a Ford. I will be patient; I will find out this. thousand of these letters, writ with blank space for 35 Nm. [Speaking to Page.] And this istrue; I like different names, (sure more) and these are of the not ibe humour vi lying. He hath wrong'd me in second edition: He will print them out of doubt; some humours: I should have borne the humour'd for he cares not what he puts into the 'press, when letter to her; but I have a sword, and it shall bite he would put us two.

i bad rather be a giantess, upon my necessity. The loves your wife; there's and lie under mount Pelion. Well, I will find you 10 the short and the long. My name is corporal Nym, twenty lascivious turtle, ere one chaste man. I speak, and I avouch. "Tis true ;---my name is

Mis. Ford. Why, this is the very same; the very Nym, and Falstaff loves your wife.-Adieu! I love hand, the very words: What duth he think of us? not the humourof breadand cheese; and there'sthe Mrs. Puge. Nay, I know not: It makes me al- humour of it. Adieu.

[Exit ym. most ready to wrangle with mine own honesty. I'll 45 Page. The humour of it, quoth a'! here's a felentertain myself like one that I am not acquainted low frights humour out of its wits. withal; for, sure, unless he knew some strain in Ford. I will seek out Falstaff. me, that I know not myself, he would never have Page. I never heard such a drawling, affecting boarded ine in this fury.

rogue. Mrs. Ford. Boarding, call you it? I'll be sure to 50 Ford. If I to find it, well. keep him above deck.

Puge. I will not believe such a Cataian®, though dirs. Puge. So will I; if he come under my the priest o’the town commended him for a true hatches, I'll never to sea again. Let's be revengd on him: let's appoint him a meeting; give him a Ford. 'Twas a good sensible fellow: Well. show of comfort in his suit; and lead him on with(55) Puge. Now now, Meg?

To hack, is an expression used in another scene of this play, to signify to do mischief. The sense of this passage may therefore be, These hnights are a riotous, dissolute sort of people, and on that account thou shouldst not wish to be of the number. ? That is, we have more proof than we want. • A popular ballad of those times. Presijs used bere ambiguously, for a press to print, and a press to squeeze. · That is, the cuition which ought to attend on it. • Persons not qualified to keep a vreyhound cut ott his tail, and then he is termed a lurcher; vet seldom lets his gamo escape. S. A, A swedley * By a Cutaiuri, some kind of sharper was probably meant.



sport shall be.

Mrs.Page. Whithergo you,George?-Hark you. sir Hugh the Welch priest, and Caius the French Mrs. Ford. How now, sweet Frank? why art doctor. thou melancholy?

Ford. Good mine host oʻthe Garter, a word with Ford. I melancholy! I am not melancholy.-

you. Get you home, go.

Host. What say'st thou, bully-rook? Mrs. Ford. Faith, thou hast some crotchets in

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you go, mistress Page ? Shal. [To Puge.] Will you go with us to behold Mrs. Puge. Have with you. You'll come to it? My merry host hath båd the measuring of their dinner, George-Look, who comes yonder: she weapons; and, I think, he hath appointed them shall be our messenger to this paltry knight. 10 contrary places: for, believe me, I hear the par

[Aside to Jlrs. Ford. son is no jester. llark, I will tell you what our Enter Alrs. Quickly. Alrs.Ford. Trust me, I thought on her: she'll fitit. Host. Hast thou no suit against my knight, my Mrs. Puge. You are come to see my daughter guest-cavalier? Anne?

15 Ford. None, I protest: but I'll give you a potQuic. Av, forsooth: And, I pray, how does good tle of burnt sack to give me recourse to him, and mistress Anne?

tell him, my name is Brook, only for a jest. Mrs. Page. Go in with us, and see; we have an Host. My hand, bully: thou shalt have egress hour's talk with you.

and regress; said I well? and thy name shall be [Er. Mrs. Page, Mrs. Ford, and Mrs. Quickly. 20 Brook: It is a merry knight. -Will you go anPage. How now, master Ford?

Theirs ?? Ford. You heard what this kinave told me; did Shal. Ilave with you, mine host. you not?

Puge. I have heard, the Frenchman hath good Page. Yes;and vou heard whattheothertold me: skill in his rapier. Ford. Do you think there is truth in them? 25 Shal. Tut, sir, I could have told you more: In

Page. Hang'ein slaves! I do not think the knight these times you stand on distance, your passes, would offer it: but these, that accuse bim in his in- stoccados, and I know not what: 'tis the heart, tent towards our wives, are a yoke of his discarded master Page; 'tis here, 'tis here. I have seen the men; very rogues', now th y be out of service. time, with my long sword ', I would have made Ford. Were they his men?

30 you four tall teilows skip like rats. Page. Marry, were they.

Host. Here, boys, here, here! shall we wag? Ford. I like it never the better for that.-Does Page. Have with you:—I had rather hear them he lie at the Garter?

scold ihan tight. [ Exeunt Ilost, Shallow and Puge. Page. Ay, marry, does he. If he should in- Ford. Though Page be a secure fool, and stand tend his voyage towards my wife, I would turn her 35 so firmly on his wife's frailty *, yet I cannot put off loose to him; and what he gets more of her than my opinion so easily: She was in his company at sharp words, let it lie on my head.

Page's house; and, what they made there, I know Ford. I do not misdoubt iny wife; but I would not. Well, I will look further into't: and I have be loth to turn them together: A man may be too a disguise to sound Falstatt: If I find her honest, confident: I would have nothing lie on my head : 10 I lose not my labour; if she be otherwise, 'tis laI cannot be thus satisfied.

bour well bestow'd.

[Exit. Page. Look, where my ranting host of the

SCENE II. Garter comes: there is either liquor in his pate, or

The Gurter inn. money in his purse, when he looks so merrily.Ilow now, mine host?


Enter Falstaff and Pistol.
Enter Host and Shallow.

Ful. I will not lend thee a penny. Host. How now, bully-rook? thou’rt a gen- Pist. Why, then the world'sinine oyster', which tleman: cavalero-justice, I say.

I with sword will open. I will retort the sum in Shal. I follow, mine host, I follow. Good equipage even, and liventy, good master Page! Master 50 Ful. Not a penny. I have been content, sir, Page, will you go with us? we have sport in you should lay my countenance to pawn: I have hand.

grated upon my good triends for three reprieves for Host. Telllim, caralero-justice; tell him, bully- you and your coach-fellow, Nym; or else you had rook!

look'd through the grate, like a geminyot baboons. Shul. Sir, there is a fray to be fought betweenl5511 am damu'd in hell, for swearing to gentleinen,

I That is, cheats. ? This passage is evidently obscure. Mr. Steevens proposes to read, Will you go on, hearts? in confirmation of which conjecture, he observes, that the Host calls Dr. Caius Heart of Eliler; and adds, in a subsequent scene of this play, Farewell, my hearts. 3 Before the introduction of rapiers, the swords in use were of an enormous length. Shallow here censures the innovation of lighter weapons.

* To stand on any thing, signifies to insist on it. To Ford, who is jeaJons, all chastity in women appears as frailty, • Dr. Gray supposes Shakspeare to allude to an old' proverb, “ The mayor of Northampton opens oysters with his dagger:" that is, to keep them at a sufficient distance from his nose, that town being fourscore miles from the sea. • Dr. Warburton conjectures the meaning of this to be, I will pay you again in stolen goods; and his opinion is confirmed by that of Mr. Farmer.





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my friends, you were good soldiers, and' tall fe! Fil. Well: mistress Ford;what of her? lows: and when mistress Bridget lost the handle Quic. Why, sir, she's a good creature. Lord, ot hår fan, I took't upon mine honour, thou lord! your worship's a wanton: Well, heaven hadst it not.

forgive you, and all of us, I pray! Pist. Didst thou not share? hadst thou not fif- 5 Ful. Mistress Ford; come, mistress Ford, teopence?

Quic. Marry, this is the short and the long of it; Fil. Reason, you rogue, reasor: Think'st thou, you have brought her into such a canaries", as ’tis, I'll «ndan zer my ou g ut.s? gta sord!, hang n wonderful. The best courtier of them all, when more about me, I am no gibbel for you:-80.- the court lay at Windsor, could never have brought A short kn fe and a thog,--10

) your manor os 10 her to such a canary. Yet there has been knights, Picki-hatch ', 90.-You'll not bear a letter for me, and lords, and gentlemen, with their coaches; I vou rogue !--you stiind upon your honour !- warrant you, coach after coach, letter after letter, Why, thou unconsinable baseness, it is as much a gift atter gilt; smelling so sweet y, (ail musk; and I cai do, io keep the terms of my honour precise. so rusling, I warrant you, in silk and gold; and in 1, 1, I myself somet mes kaving the fear of hea- 15 such alligant t-rins; and in such wine and sugar ven on the leit hand, and billing mine honour in pf the best, and the faire t, that would have won my necessity, am fain to sboc, to hedge, and to any woman's heart; au!, I warrant you, they Jurch; and yet you, rogue, wili en conce* your could never get an eye-wink of her.--I had myself rags, your cat-a-1mountain 'ooks, your red-latiice twenty angels given ine this morniny: buit luery phrases, and your bold-beating oaths, noder the 20 all angels, (in i ny such sort as they say) but in the sheller of your honour! You will lot do it, you? way of honesty:-aud, I warrant you, they could Post. I do relent: what would'st thou more oi never get her so much as sip on a cup with the man?

proudest of them all: and yet there has been earls, Enter Robin.

vay, which is more, pensioners’; but, I warrant Rob. Sir, here's a wo nan would speak with you. 2: 1 ou, all is one with her. Ful. Let her approach.

Ful. But what says she to me? be brief, my Enter tirs. Cui kly.

good she Mercury. Quic. Give your worship good-morrow.

Quic. Marry, ste bath received your letter; for Ful. Good-morrow, good wife.

the which she thanks you a thousand times: and Quic. Not so, an't please your worship. 30 she gives you to notily, that her husband will be Ful. Good maid, then.

absence from his house between ten and eleven. Quic. I'll b. sworn; as my mother was, the first Fal. Ten and eleven. hour I was born.

Quic. Ay, forsooth; and then you may come Eil. I do believe the swearer: What with me and see the picture, she says, that you wot: of;

Quic. Shall I vouchsafe your worshipa word or 35 - master Ford, her husband, will be from home. two?

Alas! the sweet woman leads an ill life with him; Fil. Two thousand, fair woman; and I'l he's a very jealousy man; she leads a very framvo! chsafe thiee the hearing.

pold' life with him, good heart. Quic. There is one mistress Ford, sir ;-) I pray,

Fal. Ten and eleven: Woman, commend me come a little nearer this ways:--I myself dwell 40 to her; I will not fail her. with master doctor Caius.

Quic. Why, you say well: Put I have another Ful. Well, on: Mistress Ford, you say,-- messenger to your worship: Mistress Page has her

Quic. Your worship says very true: I pray your hearty commiendations to you too ;--andletmetell worship, come a little nearer this ways.

you in your ear; she's as tartuous a civil modest Fal. I warrant thee, nobody hears;--nine owi. 45 wife, and one (I tell you) that will not miss you people, m'ne own people.

morning nor evening prayer, as any is in Windsor, Quic. Are th v so fiearen bless them, and whoe'er be the other: and she bade me tell your make them his servants!

worship, that her husband is seldom from home; " A tall fillore, in the time of our author, meant, a stout, bold, or courageous person. 2 Fans, in Shakspeare's time, were more costiv than they are at present, as well a- of a different construction. They consisted of ostrich feathers, (or others of equal length and flexibility, which were stuck into handles. The richer sort of these were composed of gold, silver, or ivory of curious workmanship: The sum of forty pouncis was sometimes given for a fan in the time of queen Elizabeth. A noted place for thieves and pickpockets. Picki-haich probably is derived from the piche's placed upon the herches of the doors of the bawdy-houses of those times; a precaution which perhaps the unseasonable and obstreperotis irruptions of the gallants of that age miglit render necessary. * A sconce is a petty fortification: 10 en conce, therefore, is to protect as with a fort. * Your ale-house conversation. Rod lutice at the doors and windows, were forinerly the external insignia of an ale-house. Hence the present chequers; and it is very remarhable, that shops, with the sign of the chequers, were common among the Romans, * This is the name of a brisk light dance, and not therefore improperly used in pulgar language for any hurry or perturbation : perhaps, however, it is not improbable, that canuries is only a mistake of Mrs. Quickly's for granturies. A pensioner, in those times, meant a gentle man always attendant upon the person of the prince. To uot is to know. Ray says, that frampald, or frampard, sigpities freijut, perish, cross, frozuard.






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but she hopes, there will conte a time. I never | Ford. I make bold, to press with so little preknew a woman so dote upon a man; surely, 1 paration upon you. think you have charms, la; yes, in truth.

Fil. You're welcome: What's your will? Give Ful. Not I, I assure thee; setting the attraction us leave, drawer.

[Erit Burdolph. of my good parts aside, I have no other charms. 5 Ford. Sir, I am a gentleman that have spent Quic. Blessing on your heart fort.

much; my name is Brook. Ful. But, I pray thee, tell me this: has Ford's Ful. Good mnaster Brook, I desire more acwite, and Page’s wite, acquainted each other how quaintance of you. they love me?

Ford. Good sir John, I sue for yours: not to lic. That were a jest indeed!—they have not so 10 charge you“; for I must let you understand, I little grace, I hope:-that were a trick, indeed! think myself in better plight for a lender than you But inistress Page would desire you to send her are: the which had something embolden'd me to your little page, of all loses!! her husband has a Jenis unseason'd intrusion; for they say, if money marvellous intection to the little page; and, truly, go before, all ways do lie open. master Page is an honest man.

Never a wife in 15 Ful. Money is a good soldier, sir, and will on. ljudsor leads a better life than she does; do what Foril. Troth, and I have a bag of money here she will, say what she will, take all, pay all, go troubles me: if you will help me to bear it, sic to bed when she list, rise when she list, all is as John, take all, or half, for easing me of the carriage. she will; and, truly, she deserves it; for if there ful. Sir, I know not how I may deserve to be be a kind woman in Windsor, she is one. You 20 your porter. must send her your page ; no remedy.

Ford. I will tell you, sir, if you will give me Ful. Why, I will.

the hearing: Quic. Nav, but dusothen: and,look you,hemay Fal. Speak, good master Brook; I shall be glad come and go between you both; and, in any case, to be your servant. have a nay-word, that you may know one anothers25 Ford. Sir, I hear you are a scholar,-I will be mind, anl the boy never need to understand any brief with you;—and you have been a man long thing; for 'tis not good that children should known to me, though I had never so good means, know any wickedness: old folks, you know, have as desire, to make myself acquainted with you. I discretion, as they say, and know the world. shall discover a thing to you, wherein I must very

Fal. Fare thee well: commend me to them 30 much lay open mine own inperfection : but both : there's my purse; I am yet thy debtor.--- good sir John, as you have one eye upon my folPav, go along with this woman. This news lies, as you hear them unfolded, iurn another indistracts me! [Excunt Quickly and Robin. to the register of your own; that I may pass with

Pist. This pink ’ is one of Cupid's carriers;- a reproof the easier, sith' you yourself know, Clapon more sails; pursue; up with your tights*: 35 how easy it is to be such an offender

. Give tire; she is iny prize, or ocean whelm them Fal. Very well, sir, proceed. all!

[Erit Pisto. Ford. There is a gentlewoman in this town, Fal. Say'st thou so, old Jack? go thy ways; I'll her husband's name is Ford. make more of thy old body than I have done. Fal. Well, sir. Will they yet look after thee? Wilt thou, after the 40 Ford. Ihave longlov'd her, and, I protest to you, expence of so much money, be now a gainer: bestow'd much on her; follow'd her with a sheing Good body, I thank thee: let them say, 'tis observance; engross’d opportunities to meet her; grossly lie, so it be fairly done, no matter. fee'devery slight occasion, that couldbut niggardly. Enter Burdolph.

give me sight of her; not only bought many pre

45 sents to give her, but have given largely to many, Burd. Sir John, there's one master Brook be

to know what she would have given; brieily, I have low would fain speak with you, and be acquainted with you; and haih sent your worship a morn

pursued her, as love hath pursued me; which hath

been, on the wing of ali occasions. But whatsoever ing's draught of sach.

I have merited, either in my mind, or in my mans, tul. Brook, is his name?

50 meed", I am sure, I have receiv'd none; unless Burd. Av, sir.

experience be a jewel; that I have purchas’datan Fol.Call him in: [Erit Bardolph.] Such Brooks

intinite rate; and that hath taught me to say this: are welcome to me, that o'ertiow such liquor.

Love like a sbadow fli-s, when substance love pursues, Ah! ah! mistress ford and mistress Page, have

Pursuing tbat tbat firs, and flying what pursues. I enconpass'. you ? go, to; ria"!

55 Fal. Have you receiv'd no promise of satisfacRe-enter Bardolph, with Ford disguis'd. tion at her hands? Ford Bless you, sir.

Ford. Never. ful. And you, sir : Would you speak with me? Ful. Have you importun'd her to suchapromise?

Of all lor's, signifies no more than to send him by all means. 2 That is, a catch-icord. A pink ia ve sel of the sinall craft, enıployed as a carrier for merchants. Fights are clouths hung round the ship to conceal the men from the enemy, and close-lights are bulk-heads, or any other shelter that the fabrick of a ship atfords. A cant phrase of exultation common in the old plays. Meaning, Hol with a view of putting you to expence. ? That is, since. • That is, reward.



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Ford. Never.

Fal. Hang him, poor cuckoldly knave! I know Fal. Of what quality was your love than? him not :-yet I wrong him to call him poor; they

Ford. Like a fair house, built upon another say the jealous wittoly knave hath masses of moman's ground; so that I have lost my edilice, by ney; for the which, his wife seems to me well-famistaking the place where I erected it.

5 vour'd. I will use her as the key of the cuckoldly Ful. To what purpose have you unfolded this rogue's coffer; and there's my harvest-home. to me?

Ford. I would you knew Ford, sir ; that you Ford. When I have told you that, I have told might avoid him, if you saw him. you all. Some say, that, though she appear ho- Ful. Hang him, mechanical salt-butter rogue! I nest to me, yet, in other places, she enlargeth 10 will stare him out of his wits; I will awe him with her mirth so far, that there is sbrewd construction iny cudgel; it shall hang like a meteor o'er the made of her. Now, sir John, here is the heart of cuckold's horns: inaster Brook, thou shalt know, my purpose: You are a gentleman of excellent I will predominate over the peasant, and thou shalt breeding, admirable discourse, of great admit- lie with his wife.-Come to me soon at night:tance', authentic in your place and person, ge-15 Ford's a knave, and I will aggravate his stile ; nerally allo:v'it for many war-like, court-like, thou, master Brook, shalt know him for knave and learned preparations.

and cuckold :-come to me soon at night. [Erit. Fal. O sir !

Ford. What a damı’d Epicurean rascal is this!Ford. Believe it, for you know it:-There is My heart is ready to crack with impatience.-Who money; spend it, spend it ; spend more ; spend 20 says, this is improvident jealousy? my wife hath all I have; only give me so much of your time sent to him, the hour istix'd, the match is made:in exchange of it, as to lay an amiable siege to Would any man have thought this? See the hell of the honesty of this Ford's wife: use your art of having a false woman! my bed shall be abus’d, my wooing, win her to consent to you; if any man

coffers ransack’d, my reputation gnawn at; and I may, you may as soon as any.

25 shall not only receive this villainous wrong, but Fal. Would it apply well to the vehemence stand under the adoption of abominable terms, and of your affection, that I should win what you by him that does me this wrong. Terms! names! would enjoy? methinks, you prescribe to your

-Amaimon sounds well; Lucifer, well; Barbaself very preposterously.

son, well; yet they are devils'additions, the names Ford. O, understand my drift! she dwells so se- 30 of fiends: 'but cuckold! wittol! cuckold! the decurely on the excellency of her honour, thatthefol- vil himself hath not such a name. Page is an ass, Jy ofmy soul dares not present itself;sheistoo bright a secure ass; he will trust his wife, he will not be to be look'd against. Now, could I come to her jealous: I will rather trust a Fleming with my butwith any detection in my hand, my desires had 'in- ter, parson Hugh the Welchman with my cheese, stance and argument to commend themselves; I 35 an Irishman with my aqua vitæ bottle, or a thief could driveber hen fromtheward of her purity,her to walk my aunbling gelding, than my wife with her: reputation, hermarriage-vow, anda thousand other self; then she plots, then she ruminates, then she her detences, which are now too strongly embat- devises: and what they think in their hearts they tled against me: What say you to't, sir John? may effect, they will break their hearts but they

Fal. Master Brook, I will first make bold with 40 will effect. Heaven be prais'd for iny jealousy! your money; next, give me your hand; and last, Eleven o'clock the hour;-I will prevent this, as I am a gentleman, you shall, if you will, en- detect my wife, be reveng'd on Falstaff, and joy Ford's wife.

laugh at Page: I will about it;—better three hours Ford. O good sir !

too soon, than a minute too late. Fie, fie, fie! Fal. Master Brook, I say you shall,

45 cuckold ! cuckold! cuckold!

[Exit. Ford. Want no money, sir John, you shall

SCENE III. want none. Fal. Want no mistress Ford, master Brook,

ll'indsor Park. you shall want none. I shall be with her (I may

Enter Caius and Rugby. tell you) by her own appointment; even as you 50 Caius. Jack Rugby? came in to me, her a-sistant, or go-between, parted from me: I say, I shall be with her between ten Catus. Vat is the clock, Jack? and eleven; for at that time the jealous rascally Rug: "Tis past the hour, sir, that sir Hugh knave, her husband, will be forth. Come you to promis'd to meet. me at night; you shall know how I speed. 155 Caius. By gar, he has save his soul, dat he is

Ford. I am blest in your acquaintance. Do no come; he has pray his Pible vell, dat he is no you kuow Ford, sir?

come: by gar, Jack Rugby, he is dead already,

lif he be come. Meaning, admitted into all, or the greatest companies. ? Allowed is approved. Instance is

3 example. • Meaning, the defence of it.

Rug: Sir.

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