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Unless I Matter with myself too much.

Come shadow, come, and take this shadow

up, Her hair is auburn, mine is perfect yellow : For 'tis thy rival. O thou senseless form, If that be all the difference in his love,

Thou shalt be worshipp’d, kiss'd lov'd, and ador'd; I'll get me such a colour'd periwig'.

And, were there sense in his idolatı y,
Her eyes are grey as glass : and so are mine; 5 My substance should be statue in thy stead.
Ay, but her forehead's low, and mine's as high. Til use thee kindly for thy mistress' sake,
What should it be, that he respects in her, That usd me so; or else, by Jove I vow,
But I can make respective' in myself,

i should have scratch'd out your unseeing eyes, If this fond Love were not a blinded god? To make my master out of love with thee. [Exit




Jul. She needs not, when she knows it coir

ardice. Near the Friar's cell, in filan.

[Aside. Thu. What says she to my birth? Enter Eglumour.

20 Pro. That vou are well deris d. Egl. THE sun begins to sild the western sky; Jul. True; from a gentleman to a fool. [Aside. And now it is about the very hour

Thu. Considers she my possessions?
That Silvia, at friar Patrick's cell, should meet me. Pro. O, ay; and pities them.
She will not fail; for lovers break not hours,

T. Wherefore?
Unless it be to come b'fore their time;

1251 Jul. That such an ass should owe them. [ Aside. So much they spur their expedition.

Pro. That they are out by lease.
See, where she comes: Lady, a lappy evening. Jul. Ilere comes the duke.
Enter Silvia.

Enter Duke.
Sil. Amen, amen! go on, good Eglamour, Duke. How now, sir Protheus? how now,
Out at the postern by the abbey-wall;


I fear, I am attended by some spies. [ofl.

Which of you saw sir Eglamour of late?
Egl. Fear not: the forest is not three leagues Thu. Not I.
If we recover that, we are sure enough. [Exeunt. Pro. Nor I.

Duke. Saw you my daughter?
135 Pro. Neither.

[Valentine; An apartment in the Duke's pulace.

Duke. Why, then she's filed unto that peasant Entor Thurio, Protheus, and Julia. And Eglamour is in her company. Thu. Sir Protheus, what says Silvia to my suit: Tis true; for friar Laurence mei them both,

Pro. Oh, sir, I tind her milder than she was ; As he in penance wander'd through the forest: And yet she takes exceptions at your person. 40 tim he knew well, and guess id that it was she; Thi. What, that my leg is too long?

But, being mask'd, he was not sure of it: Pro. No; that it is too little. [rounder. Besides, she did intend confession Thu. I'll wear a boot to make it somewhat At Patrick's cell thiseven ; and there she was not: Pro. But love will not be spurr’d to what it These likelihoods confirmi her flight from hence. loaths,

45 Therefore, I pray you, stand not to discourse, Thu. Wliat says she to my face?

Rut mount you presently; and meet with me Pro. She says, it is a fair one.

l'pon the rising of the mountain-foot Thu. Nay, then the wanton lies; my face is black. That leads towards Mantua, whitherthey are fled;

Pro. Pui pearls are fair; and the old saying is, Dispatch, sweet gentlemen, and follow me. “ Blach men are pearls in beauteous ladies' eyes."|50

[Exit Duke. Jul. 'Tistrue, such pearls as put out ladies'eves: Thu. Why, this it is to be a peevish girl, For I had ratherwink, than look on them. [Aside. That flies her fortune when it follows her: Thu. How likes she my discourse?

I'll atter; more to be reveng'd on Eglamour, Pro. III, when you talk of war. [peace: Than for the love of reckless Silvia. Thu. But well, when I discourse of love, and 55 Pro. And I will follow, more for Silvia's love, Jul. But better, indeed, when you hold you Than hate of Eglamour that goes with her. peace.

[Aside. Jul. And I will follow, more to cross that love, Thu. What says she to my valour?

Than hate for Silvia, that is gone for love. tro. Oh, sir, she makes no doubt of that.


· It should be remembered, that false hair was worn by the ladies, long before rigs were in fashion. These false coverings, however, were call'd periccigs. ? A bigh forehead was in Shakspeare's time accounted a feature eminently beautiful. : That is, respectful, or respectable. . Sure means safe, » Oun them.



[Ereunt. 20. Pro. In love


Rather than have false Protheus rescue me. The Forest.

Oh, heaven be judge, how I love Valentine, Enter Silvia' and Outlaws.

Whose life's as tender to me as my soul; Out. Come, come;

And full as much (tor more there cannot be) Be patient, we must bring you to our captain.

51 do detest talse perjur’d Protheus: Jil. A thousand more mise bances, than this one,

Therefore begone, solicit me no more. [death, Have learn'd me sow to brook this patiently.

Pro. What dangerous action, stood it next to 2 Out. Come, bring her away.

fher Would I not undergo for one calm look? 1 Out. Where is the sent'eman that was with

Oh, 'tis the curse in love, and still approv'd, 3 Out. Being inmbk-octeu, he nathoutrun us;

10 When women cannot love, where they're belov’d. But Moyses, anu Valernis, istow him.

Sil. When Protheuscannot love, where he'sbelov'd. Go thou with her to the vest end of the wood,

Read over Julia's heart, thy first best love, Th. re is our catain: we'll to low him that's fied;

For whose dear sake thou didst then rend thy faith The thicket is beset, le cannot 'scape.

into a thousand oaths; and all those oaths 1 Oui. Come, I inust bring you to our captain's

15 Descended into perjury, to love me. [two,

Thou hast no faith leit now, unless thou hadst Fear not; he bears an honourable mind,

And that's far worse than none; better lave none And will not use a woman lawlessly.

Than plural faith, which is too much by one: Sil. O Valentine, this i endure for thee!

Thou counterfeit to thy true friend !
20 .

Who respects friend?

Sil. Ali men but Protheus.
The Outlaws' cude in the forest.

Pro. Nay, if the gentle spirit of moving words
Enter l'alontine.

Can no way change you to a milder forin, Val. How use doth breed a habit in a man! 25 P'|| woo you like a soldier, at arms' end; This shadowy desert, unfrequented woods, And love you’gainst the nature of love, force you. I better brook than tlourishing peopled towns: Sil. O heaven! Here can I sit alone, uns en of any,

Pro. I'll force thee yield to my desire. And, to the nightingale's complaining notes, Val. Ruffian, let go that rude uncivil touch; Tune my distresses, and record' my woes. 30 Thou friend of an ill fashion ! O thou that dost inhabit in my breast,

Pro. Valentine!

[or love; Leave not the mansion so long tenantless;

Val. Thou common friend, that's without faith Lest, growing ruinous, the building fall,

(For such is a friend now) treacherous man! And leave no memory of what it was !

Thou hast beguild my hopes; nought butmine eye Repair me with thy presence, Silvia; |35 Could have persuaded me: Now I dare not say, Thou gentle nymph, cherish thy forlorn swain ! I have one friend alive; thou wouldst disprove nie. What hallo ing, and what stir is this to-day? Who should be trusted, when one's own right hand These are my mates, that make their wills their Is perjur'd to the bosom? Protheus, Have some unhappy passenger in chace: [law, I am sorry, I must never trust thee more, They love me well; yet I have much to do, 40 Butcount the worlda stranger for thy sake. [curst! To keep them from uncivil outrages. [hiere The private wound is deepest: On time, most Withdraw thee, Valentine; who's this comes PMongst all foes, that a friend should be the worst!

[Vul. steps aside. Pro. My shame and guilt confounds me.Enter Protheus, Silvia, and Julia. Forgive me, Valentine! if hearty sorrow Pro. Vladam, this service I have done for you, 45 Be a sufficient ransom for oilence, (Though you respect not aught your servant doth) I tender it here; I do as truly suifer, To lrazard life, and rescue you from him, As c'er I did commit. That wou'd have forc'd yourbonourand your love. Val. Then I am paid; Vouchsafe me for any ineed” but one fair look; And once again I do receive thee honest: A smaller boon than this I cannot beg, 50 Who by repentance is not satisfy'd, And less than this, I am sure, you cannot give. Is nor of heaven, nor earth; for these are pleas'd;

Pal. How like a dream is this, I see, and hear! By penitence the Eternal's wrath's appeas'd:Love, lend me patience to forbear a while. [Aside. And, that my love may appear plain and free, Sil. O miserable, unhappy that I am!

All, that was mine in Silvia, I give thee. Pro. Unhappy were you, madam, ere I came: 55 Jul. Oh me unhappy!

[Faints But, by my coming, I have made you happy. [py. Pro. Look to the boy,

[the matter Sil. Bythy approach thou mak'st me most unhap Val. Why, boy! why, wag! how now: what is Jul. And me, when he approacheth to your Look

up; speak presence.

[Aside. Jul. O good sir, my master charged me Sil. Had I been seized by a hungry lion, 160 To deliver a ring to madam Silvia; I would have been a breakfast to the beast, Which, out of my neglect, was never done.

· To record anciently signified to sing. Record is also a term still used by bird-fanciers, to express the first essays of a bird in singing. ? That is, reward,


Pro. Where is that ring, boy?

hold him but a fool, that will endanger Jul. Here'tis : this is it. [Gives a ring His body for a girl that loves him not: Pro. How! let me see :

I claim her not, and therefore she is thine. Why this is the ring I gave to Julia.

Duke. The more degenerate and base art thou, Jul. Oh, cry your mercy, sir, I have mistook : 5 To make such means for her as thou hast done, Tbisisthering yousent toSilvia(Shewsanotherring And leave her on such slight conditions.

Pro. But how cain'st thou by this ring? At my Now, by the honour of mine ancestry, I gave this unto Julia.

[depart, I do applaud thy spirit, Valentine, Jul. And Julia herself did give it me;

And think thee worthy of an empress' love. And Julia herself hath brought it hither, 10 Know then, I here forget all former griefs, Pro. How! Julia ?

Cancel all grudge, repeal thee home again. Jul. Behold her that gave aim to all thy oaths, Plead a new state in thy unrival'd inerit, And entertain'd them deeply in her heart : To which I thus subscribe, --Sir Valentine, How oft hast thou with perjury cleft the root ? Thou art a gentleman, and well deriv'd; Oh Protheus, let this habit make thee blush! 15 Take thou thy Sylvia, for thou hast deserv'd her. Be thou asbam'd, that I have took upon me Val. I thank your grace; the gift hath made Such an immodest rayment; if shame live

me happy. In a disguise of love:

I now beseech you, for your daughter's sake, It is the lesser blot, modesty finds,


To grant one boon that I shall ask of you. Women to change their shapes, than men their|20 Duke. I grant it, for thine own, whate'er it be. Pro. Than men their minds ! 'tis true; oh hea Val. These banish’d men, that I have kept ven! were man

withal, But constant, he were perfect: that one error Are men endu'd with worthy qualities ; Fills him with faults; makes him run through all! Forgive them what they have committed here, Inconstancy falls off, ere it begins: (sins : 25 And let them be recall’d from their exile: What is in Silvia's face, but I may spy

They are reformed, civil, full of good, More fresh in Julia's with a constant eye? And fit for great employment, worthy lord. Val. Come, come, a band from either :

Duke, Thou hast prevail'd: 1 pardon thein and Let me be blest to make this happy close;

thee; 'Twere pity two such friends should long be foes. 30 Dispose of them, as thou knowist their deserts. Pro. Bear witness, heaven,

Come, let us go; we will include all jars I have my wish for ever.

With triumphs, mirth, and rare solemnity: Jul. And I mine.

Vab. And, as we walk along, I dare be bold Enter Outlaws, with Duke and Thurio. With our discourse to make your grace to smile. Out. A prize, a prize, a prize! [duke. 35 What think you of this page, my lord? Val. Forbear, forbear, I say; it is my lord the Luke. I think the boy hath grace in him ; he Your grace is welcome to a man disgrac'd,


[boy. Banished Valentine.

Val. I warrant you, my lord; more grace than Duke. Sir Valentine!

Duke. What mean you by that saying? Thu. Yonderis Silvia; and Silvia's mine (death; 40 val. Please you, I'll tell you as we pass along, Val. Thurio, give back, or else embrace thy That you will wonder, what hath fortuned. Come not within the measure' of my wrath: Come, Protheus: 'tis your penance, but to hear Do not name Silvia thine; if once again,

The story of your loves discovered: Milan shall not behold thee. Here she stands, That done, our day of marriage shall be yours; Take but possession of her with a touch ; 145 One feast, one house, one mutual happiness. I dare thee but to breathe upon my love.

[Exeunt omnes. Thu. Sir Valentine, I care not for her, I;

That is, the reach of my anger. • To include is to shut up, to conclude.


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Robin, page to Falstaff

: SHALLOW, a country justice,

William Page, a boy, son to Mr. Page. SLENDER, cousin to Shallow.

SIMPLE, servant to Slender. Mr. Page, two gentlemen dwelling at Windsor.

KUGBY, serrant to Dr. Caius. . ; } Sir Huch Evans, a Welch parson.

Mrs. PAGE. Dr. Caius, a French doctor.


Mrs. Anne Page, daughter to Afr. Page, in love BARDOLPH.

with Fenton. Pistol,

Mrs. QUICKLY, sertant to Dr. Caius.
Servants to Page, Ford, &-c.
SCENE, Windsor; and the parts adjacent.

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Shal. Ay, that I do: and have done any time

these three hundred years. Before Page's house in Windsor.

Slen. All his successors, gone before him, have Enter Justice Shallow,Slender,andSirHughErans. done't; and all his ancestors, that come after him, Shal. Sir Hugh?, persuade me not of its ! 5 may: they may give the dozen white luces in

their coat. he were twenty sir John Falstaffs, he shall not Shal. It is an old coat. abuse Robert Shallow, esquire.

Era. The dozen white louses do become an Slen. In the county of Gloster, justice of peace. old coat well; it agrees well, passant: it is a faand coram

10 miliar beast to man, and signihes-love. Shal. Ay, cousin Slender, and * custolorum. Shal. The luce' is the fresh fish; the salt fish

Slen. Ay, and ratalorum too; and a gentle. is an old coat. man born, master parson; who writes himself ar Slen. I may quarter, coz. migero; in any bill, warrant, quittance, or obli Shal. You may by marrying, gation, armigero.

Eva. It is marring, indeed, if he quarter it. Queen Elizabeth was so well pleased with the admirable character of Falstaff in the Two Parts of Henry IV. that, as Mr. Rowe informs us, she commanded Shakspeare to continue it for one play more, and to shew him in love. To this command we owe The Merry Wires of Windsor: which, Mr. Gildon says, he was very well assured our author finished in a forinight. This is the first of sundry instances in our poet, where a parson is called sir; upon which it may be observed, that anciently it was the common designation both of one in holy orders and a knight. 'The Star-chamber had a right to take cognizance of routs and riots. * Probably intended for a corruption of Custos Hofulorum. 'The luce is a pike or jack. This passage is also supposed to point at Sir Thomas Lucy, who was the cause of Shakspeare's leaving Stratford.


Shal. Not a ithit.

tale, if matters grow to your likings. Eva. Yes, py’r-lady; if he has a quarter of your Puge. I am glad to see your worships well: I coat, there is but three skirts for yourself, in my thank you for my venison, master Shallow. sinple conjectures: but that is all one: if sir Johii Shai. Master l'age, I am glad to see you: Much Falstaff have committed disparagementsunto you, 5 good do it your good heart! I wish d your veniI am of the church, and will be glad to do my be son better; it was ill kill'd:-How doth good nevolence, to inake atonements and compromises mistress Page?-and I thank you always with iny between you.

heart, la; with my heart. Shal. The council shall hear it; it is a riot.

Page. Sir, I thank

you. Eva. It is not meet the council hear of a riot; 10 Shal. Sir, I thank you ; by yea and no, I do. there is no fear of Got in a riot: the council, look Page. I am glad to see you, gooxi master slender, you, shall desire to hear the fear of Got, and not Slen. How does your taliow greyhound, sir? I to hear a riot ; take your vizaments in that. heard say he was out-run on Cotsale ..

Shal. Ha! o'my life, if I were young again, the Page. It could not be judg’d, sir. sword should end it.

115 Slen. You'll not contess, you'll not confess. Era. It is petter that friends is the sword, and Shal. That he will not;—'tis your fault,'tis your end it: and there is also another device in my fault:—'Tis a good dug. prain,which, peradventure, pring gooddiscretions Pagr. A cur, sir. with it: There is Anne Page, which is daughter to Shal. Sir, he's a good dog, and a fair dog; master George Page, which is pretty virginity: 20 can there be more said he is good, and fair.--Is

Slen. Mistress Anne Page? she has brown hair, sir John Falstatt here? and speaks small like a woman.

Pige. Sir, he is within ; and I would I could do Era. It is that very person for all the 'orld, as a good office between you. just as you will desire; and seven hundred pounds Era. It is spoke as á christians ought to speak. of monies, and gold, and silver, is her grandsire,25 Shal. He hath wrong'd me, master Page: upon his death's-bed,(Gotdeliver to a joyful resur Page. Sir, he doth in some sort contess it. rections!) give, when she is able to overtake seven Shal. If it be confess'd, it is not redress’d; is not teen years old: it were a goot motion, if we leave that so, master Page? He hath wrong'd me;-inour pribbles and prabbles, and desire a marriage deed, he hath ;-at a word, he hath ;-believe me; between master Abrahamand mistress Anne Page. 30 Robert Shallow, esquire, saith, he is wrong’d.

Slen. Did her grandsire leave her seven hun Page. Here comes Sir John. dred pounds ?

Enter Sir John Falstuj, Bardolph, Nym,and Pistol. Eva. Ay, and her father is make her a petter Ful. Now, master Shallow; you'll complain of penny

me to the king? Slen. I know the young gentlewoman; she has 35 Shul. Knight, you have beaten my men, kill'd good gifts.

my deer, and broke open my lodge. Era. Seven hundred pounds, and possibilities, Fal. But not kiss'd your keeper's daughter? is good gifts.

Shul. Tut, a pin! this shall be answerd. Shual. Well, let us see honest master Page: Is Ful. I will answer it strait;-I have done all Falstaff there?

40|this :- That is now answer'd. Era. Shall I tell you a lie: I do despise a liar, as Shal. The council shall know this. I do despise one that is false; or, as I despise one Fat. "Twere better for you, if'twere known in that is not true. The knight, Sir John, is there ; counsel '; you'll be laughed at. and, I beseech you, be ruled by your well-willers. Era. Pauca verba, sir John ; good worts. I will peat the door [Knocks] for master Page. 45 Tal. Good worts *! good cabbage:-Slender, I What, hoa ! Got pless your house here!

broke your head;What matterhaveyou against me! Enter Puge.

Slen. Marry, sir, I have matter in my head Page. Who's there?

against you; and against your coney-catching Era. Here is Got's plessing, and your friend, rascals

, Bardolph, Nyon, and Pi tol. and justice Shallow: and here is young master 50 Bır. You Banbury cheese! Slender, that peradventures shall tell you another Slen. Ay, it is no matter.

i Adrisement is now an obsolete vord. ? He means Cotstcold, in Gloucestershire; where in the beginning of the reign of James the First, by permission of the king, Dover, à public-spirited attorney of Barton on the Heath, in Warwickshire, instituted on the hills of Cotswold an annual celebration of games, consisting of rural sports and exercises. These be constantly conducted in person, well mounted, and accoutred in a suit of his majesty's old cloaths; and they were trequented above forty years by the nobility and gentry for sixty miles round, till the grand rebellion abolished every liberal establishment. The games were, chietiy, wrestling, leaping, pitching the bar, handling the pike, dancing of women, various kinds of hunting, and particularly coursing the hare with greyhounds.

* Falstaff here probably quilbles between council and counsel; the latter signifies secrecy; and his meaning be, 'Twere better for you if it were known only in secrecy, i. e. among your friends. * l'orts was the ancient name of all the cabbage kind. • Á coney-cutcher was, in the time of Elizabeth, a common name for a cheat or sharper. This alludes to the thin carcase of Slender.


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