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Pist. Ilow nos, Vephostophilus'?
but in honest, civil, godly company, for this trick: Slin. 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: 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?
men; you hear it. Era. Peace, I pray you! Now let us under
Enter mistress Anne Page with wine ; mistress stand: There is three umpires in this matter, as I Ford and mistress Page following: understand: that is--master Page, fidelicet, mas
Page. Nay, daughter, carry the wine in; we'll ter Page; and there is myself, fid licet, myself ; 10 drink within.
[Exit Anne Page. 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 Fut. 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. niy note-book; and we will afterwards ’ork upon
Page. Wise, bid these gentlemen welcome:the cause, with as great discreetly as we can.
Come, we have a hot venison pasty to dinner; Ful. Pistol,
come, gentlemen, I hope, we shall drink down ali Pist. He hears with ears. Era. The tevil and his tam! what phrase is 20 Slen. I had rather than forty shillings, I had my
unkindness. [Ere. all but Shal. Steni. and Eruns. this, He hears 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 niyself
, 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 riddles! 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 mountaiu-foreigner !--Sir John, JA 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 thy labras here 5.
Slin. Ay, sir, you shall find me reasonable; if
Shal. Nay, but understand me,
say, marry trap', with you, if you run the Era. Give ear to his motions, master Slender: out-houk'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 stand 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 my part, I say, the gentle Shal. Ay, there's the point, sir. man had drunk himself out of his five sentences. Era. Marry is it; the very point of it; to
Eva. It is bois tive senses: tie, what the igno- mistress Anne Page. rance is!
Sien. Why, if it be so, I will marry her, upon Bard. And being fap, sir, was, as they say, ca. 50 any reasonable demand4. shierd; and so conclusions pass’d the careires *. Eru. But can you allection the 'oman! let us
Slen. Ay, you spake in Latin then too; but 'tis command to know that of your mouth, or of 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. ? Mill'dsirp-nces were used by way of counters to cast up money: · These were the broad shillings of Edward VI., and at that time used at the play of shovel-board. : Mr. Theobald is of opinion, that by latten bilboe Pistol, seeing Slender such a slím, puny wight, would intimate, that he is as thin as a plate of that compound metal which is called latton; whilsť Mr. Steevens thinks, that latten bilboe means no more than a blude as thin us a lath. That is, hear the word of denial in my lips. Thou lyst. We often talk of giving the lie in a man's teeth, 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 marry irap! ? Muthook was a term of reproach in cant strain ; and, if you run the nuthook's humour on me, is in plain English, if you say I ! A military plirase.
parcel of the mouth: Therefore, precisely, can your dogs bark so? be there bears i’ the town? you carry your good-will to the maid?
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 l'eason.
atraid, if you see the bear loose, are you not? Era Nay, Got's lords and his ladirs, 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 ? loose, twenty times; and have Shal. That you must: Will you, upon good 10 taken him by the chain: but I warrant you, the dowry, marry her:
women have so cry'd and shriek'd at it, that it Siin. I will do a greater thing than that, upon pass’d?:--but women, indeed, cannot abide 'ein; your request, cousin, in any reason.
ihey are very ill-favour'd rough things. Shul. 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 ?
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 choose, heaven may decrease it upon better acquaintance, sir: coine, 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 first.
will marry her, that I am freely dissolved, and Anne. Not I, sir; pray you, keep on. dissolutely.
Slen. Truly, I will not go first; truly-la; I will Era. It is a fery discretion answer; save, the 25 not do you that wroug: faul is in the 'ort dissolutely: the 'ort is, according Anne. I pray you, sir. to our meaning, resolutely ;-his meaning is good. Slen. I'll ratirer be unmannerly, than troubles
Shal. Ay, I think my cousin meant weil. some : you do yourself wrong, indeed-la.[Ext unt. Slen. Ay, or else I would I might be hang’d, la.
'SCENE II. Re-enter Ane Puge.
Enter Evans and Simple. Shal. Here comes fair mistress Anne:- Would Era. Go your ways, and ask of Dr. Caius' I were young, for your sake, mistress Anne!
house, which is the way; and there dwells one 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 his dry nurse, or his cook, or his laundry, Shal. I will wait on him, fair mistress Anne. 35 his washer, and his wringer.
Eva. Od's plessed will! I will not be absence Simp. Well, sir. at the grace.
[Er. Shal, and Erins. Era. Nay, it is petter yet:-give her this letslimne. Will't please your worship to come in, siri ter; for it is a 'oman that altogether's acquaintance Slen. No, I thank you, forsooth, heartily; I am with mistress Anne Page; and the letter is, to de
40 sire and require her to solicit your master's desires Anna. The dinner attends vou, sir.
to mistress Anne Page: I pray you be gone; I will Slen. I am not a-hungry, I thank you,
forsooth: make an end of my dinner'; there's pippins and -Go, sirrah, for all you are my man, go, wait
Icheese to come.
[Exeunt severally. upon my cousin Shallow: [Exit Simple.) A justice
SCE N E III. of peace sometime may be beholden to his friend 45
The Garter inn. for a inan :- I keep but three men and a boy yet, Enter Falstaf, Ilost, Bardolph, Nym, Pistol, and till my mother be dead: Isut what though? yet 1
Robin. live like a poor gentleman born.
Fal. Mine host of the Garter,Anne. I may not go in without your worship: Plost. 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 Fud. 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 Slon. I had rather walk here, I thank you : 1 them wag; trot, trot. bruis'd my shin the other day with playing at suord 55 Ful. I sit at ten pounds a week. and dagger with a master of fence, three veney's" Host. Thou'rt an emperor, Cæsar, Keisar, and for a dish of stew'd pruens; and, by my troth, I Pheezar. I will entertain Bardolph; he shall cannot abide the smell of hot meat since. Why del kuraw, 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.
Meaning, that it passed all expression. * A popular adjuration of those times. Cock is no more than a corruption of the Sacred Name, 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 pure is a table in the old Roman oitices, shewing liow to find out the service which is to be read on each day.
Fal. Do so, good mine host.
Jeyes too; examiu'd my parts with most judicious Host. I have spoke; let him follow: Let me eyliads®; sometimes the beain of her view gilded see the froth, and lime'; I am at a word; follow. my fool, sometimes my portly belly:
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 Ful. 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 meup 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 1000 ; 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-115 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 4.
|Falstatt will learn the humour of this age. Fal. Which of you know Ford of this town? French thrift, you rogues; myselt and skirted page. Pist. I ken the wight; he is of substance good.
[Ercunt Fulstuj and Boy. Fal. 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; I 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 humours, I: Falstalt'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.
Pist. As many devils entertain ?; and, To her, Ford to deal with poison; I will po-sess him with boy, say I.
yellowness'', for the revolt of mien" is dangerous: Nym. The humour rises; it is good: huniour 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’s wife who even now gave me good
[Ereunt. 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 drew the beer; the over, by mixing lim 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 sualing 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.
o 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 signities only a nian of war's boat. 13 Fullam is a cant term for false dice, high and low." Gourd was another instiment of gaming. 14 That is, jealousy.
"s Revolt of mien means change of counicnunce, one of the effects be has just been ascribing to jealousy.
• That is,
Caius. Fc, fe, fe, fe ! ma foi, il fait fort chaud. Dr. Caius's house.
Je m'en vai à la Cour, la grunde ujjaire.
Quic. Is it this, sir? Enter N1rs. Quickly, Simple, and Jolin Pugby. Caius. Oui, miterle au mon pocket; Depeches,
Quic. What; John Rughy!-I pray thee, go 5 quickly :-Vere is dat hnave 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
To my heel to de cout. Rug. I'll go watch.
[Erit Rugby Rug. "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 sca-coal tire 1. Qu'ay j'oublieě dere is some simples in my closet, An honest, willing, hind fellow, as ever servant dat I vill vot for the varld I shall leave behind. shall come in house withal; and, I warrant you, 15 Quic. Ah me! he'll find the young man there, no tell-tale, nor no breed-bate +: hij worst fault and be mad. is, that he is given to prayer; he is something Cuius. O diable, diable! vat is in my closet:peevish' that way: but nobody but has bis fault Villaine, lurron! Rugly, my rapier. --but let that pass. Peter Simple, you say you
[Pulls Simple out of the closet. name is?
20 Quic. Good master, be content. Sim. Ay, for fault of a better.
Cuius. Verefore shall I be content-a? Quic. And master Slender's your master?
Quic. The young man is an honest man. Sim. Av, 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?
25 Quic. I beseech you be not so tegmatic; bear Sim. No, to sooth: he hath but a little weet the truth of it, He came of errand to me from face, with a little yellow beard; a' Cain-colour'd parson llugh. beard.
Caius. Tel. Quic. A softly sprighted man, is he not?
Sim. Ay, forsooth, to desire ber toSim. Ay, torsooth: but he is as talla man of his 30 euic. Peace, I pray you. hands, as any is between this and his head; he Caius. Peace-a your tongue: Speak-a your tale. 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 hin ; Does he not hold up his heat, 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 Cuius. Sir Hugli send-a you?—Rugby, baille: fortune! Tell master parson Evans, I will do me some paper: Tarry you a little while. what I can for your masier: 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 have heard him so Re-enter Rugby.
loul, 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. Tie will not stay long.-\lhat, John 45 tor I keep his house; and I wash, wring, brew, Rugly! John, what John, I say I-Go, John, bake, scour, dress meat and drink, make the beds, go erquire for my master; I doubt, he be noi and do all myself, well, that he comes not home :--and down, Sim. 'Tis a great charge, to come under one dorit-down-11* &r.
[Sings. body's hand. Enter Doctor Caius.
50 Quic. Are you avis'd o'that? you shall find it Cains. Wat is yousing? 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 boia laie;--but notwithstanding, (to tell you in your tierszerd; a box, a green-a boa; do intend vaul ear; I would have no words of it) my master himI speak? a giren-a box.
ritis in love with mistress Anne Page: but notQuic. 11, torsooih, I'll fetch it vou. 155 with-tanding that,.----I know Anne's mind,Iain glad kipuvant not in himself: itheind found lat's peither here nor there, the young man, he would have been lioru-mad. Cuius. Youj ch’nape; give-a dis letter to Sir
[.Isite. liugli; by gar, it is a shallenge: I vill cut bis ! That is, when my master is in bed. 2 Bule in an obsolete word, signifying strife, contention. ? Foolisti.
it're, in the northern dialeil, sienoties very little, Can and Judas, in the tapestries and pictures of old, were represented with rello: beards. Probably in allusion to the jockey measure, so many hunds high, Ised by grooms when speaking of horses. That is, scolded. * To deceive her master, she sing as it at her work, ! Borders in French, siga wities 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-pape priest to meddle or inake:
-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 Fent. 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: -do you not notwithstanding, master Fenton, I'll besworn on a tell-a me dat I shall have Anne Page for myself? book, she loves you:-Ilave not your worship by gar, I vill kiil de jack priest; and I have ap
a wart about your eye? pointed mine host of de Jarterre to measure om 10 Fent. Yes, marry, luavel; what of that? weapon ;-by gar, I vill myself have Anne Page. Quic. Well, thereby bang; a tale:- good faith,
Quic. Sir, the maid loves you, and all shall be it is such another Nan; buildetest, an honest weil: we must give folks leave to prate: What, maid as ever broke bread:-Webadan hour'staik 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: But for youhead out of door :-Follow my heels, Rugby.
Well go to. [Ex. Caius und Rugby. Fent. Weil, I shall seeherto-day: Hold, there's Quic. You shall have An fool's-head of yourown. money for thee; let me have thy voice in my No, I know Anne's mind for that: never a woman 20 behali: if thou seest her before me, commend in Windsor knows more of Anne's mind than I 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. What news? how doespretty mistress Anne:
Let me see:
What a Herod of Jewry is this?
-0 wicked, Before Page's house.
10 wicked world !--one that is well niglı won 10 Enter Mistress Page with a letter. vieces with age, to shew himself a young gallant! Blistress Page. W HAT, bave 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
45 ne? Why, 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 lost use reason for his precision, he admitshim nol frugal of my mirth:-heaven forgive me! -\Vhv, for his counsellor: You are not young, no more an
I'll exhibit a bill in the parliament for the putting li gotothen, th're's sympath: you are merry, so
down of men. How shall I be reveng' on him? aml: Ha ha! then there's more sympathy: you 50 for reveng'd I will be, as sure as his guis are made Lore sac grind so dol:Would you desire better sum- of puddings. pathy? kt il suffice thee, mistress Page, (at the
Enter Mistress Ford. toast, if the love of a soldier cun suffice) that I love Mrs. Ford. Mistress Page! trust me, I was gother. Iwill not sayy, pity me, 'tis not a soldier-like ling to your house. phrase; but I say, love me. By me,
55 Mrs. Puge. And, trust me, I was coming to you. Thine oun true knight,
You look very ill.
Mrs. Ford. Nay, I'll ne'er believe that; I have
to shew to the contra: y. With all his mighi,
Nárs. Paige. Faith, but you d), in my mind. For thee io nght, John Falstaff. 160 Mrs. Ford, Well, I do then; yet, I say, I could * That is, morbus Gallicus. 2 The meaning is, though love permit reason to tell rehat is fit to be done, he seldom foliores its advice.-By precision, is meant one who pretends to a more than ordisary degree of virtue and sanctity. Meaning, at all times. E 2