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Sir John FALSTAFF.

Robin, Page to Falstaff. FENTON.

SIMPLE, Servant to Slender.
SHALLOW, a Country Justice.

Rugby, Servant to Dr. Caius.
SLENDER, Cousin to Shallow.
Mr. FORD, Two Gentlemen dwelling at Mrs. FORD.
Mr. PAGE,
Windsor.

Mrs. Page.
WILLIAM PAGE, a Boy, Son to Mr. Page. Mrs. ANNE Page, her Daughter, in love with
Sir Hugh Evans, a Welsh Parson.

Fenton.
Dr. Caius, a French Physician.

Mrs. QUICKLY, Servant to Dr. Caius.
Host of the Garter Inn.
BARDOLPH,

Servants to Page, Ford, &c.
PISTOL, Followers of Falstaff.
Nyu,

Scene, Windsor; and the parts adjacent.

ACT I.

agements unto you, I am of the church, and SCENE I.---Windsor. Before Page's House. will be glad to do my benevolence, to make

atonements and compromises between you. Enter Justice SHALLOW, SLENDER, and Sir*

Shal. The Council shall hear it; it is a riot. Hroh Evans.

Era. It is not meet the Council hear a riot; Shal. Sir Hugh, persuade me not; I will there is no fear of Got in a riot: the Council, make a Star-chamber matter of it: if he were look you, shall desire to hear the fear of Got, twenty Sir John Falstaffs, he shall not abuse and not to hear a riot; take your vizaments Robert Shallow, esquire.

in that. Slen. In the county of Gloster, justice of Shal. Ha! o' my life, if I were young again, peace, and coram.

the sword should end it. Shal. Ay, cousin Slender; and Cust-alorum.t Era. It is petter that friends is the sword,

Slen. Ay, and ratolorum too; and a gentle and end it: and there is also another device man born, master parson ; who writes himself in my prain, which, peradventure, prings goot armigero ; in any bill, warrant, quittance, or discretions with it. There is Anne Page, obligation, armigero.

which is daughter to master George Page, Shal. Ay, that we do; and have done any which is pretty virginity. time these three hundred years.

Slen. Mistress Anne Page? She has brown Slen. All his successors, gone before him, hair, and speaks smallt like a woman. have done't; and all his ancestors, that come Eva. It is that fery verson for all the ‘orld, after him, may: they may give the dozen white as just as you will desire; and seven hundred luces in their coat.

pounds of monies, and gold, and silver, is her Shal. It is an old coat.

grandsire, upon his death's-bed, (Got deliver Era. The dozen white louses do become an to a joyful resurrections !) give, when she is old coat well; it agrees well, passant: it is a able to overtake seventeen years old : it were familiar beast to man, and signifies-love. a goot motion, if we leave our pribbles and

Shal. The luce is the fresh fish ; the salt fish prabbles, and desire a marriage between mas. is an old coat.

ter Abraham, and mistress Anne Page. Slen. I may quarter, coz?

Shal. Did her grandsire leave her seven bun. Shal. You may, by marrying

dred pound? Era. It is marring indeed, i he quarter it. Era. Ay, and her father is make her a petter Shal. Not a whit,

penny: Era. Yes, py'rt-lady; if he has a quarter of Shul. I know the young gentlewoman; she your coat, there is but three skirts for yourself, has good gifts. in my simple conjectures : but that is all one : Era. Seven hundred pounds, and possibiliIf Sir John Falstaff have committed dispar- ties, is good gifts.

* A title formerly appropriated to chaplains, † Cusios rotulorum.

t By our.

* Court of Star-chamber. + Adsisement.
А

can.

Shal. Well, let us see honest master Page : Slen. Ay, it is no matter. Is Falstaff there?

Pist. How now, Mephostophilus ?* Eva. Shall I tell you a lie ? I do despise a Slen. Ay, it is no matter. liar, as I do despise one that is false ; or, as I Nym. Slice, I say! pauca, pauca ;t slice! that's despise one that is not true. The knight, Sir my humour. John, is there ; and, I beseech you, be ruled Slen. Where's Simple, my man ?--can you by your well-willers. I will peat the door tell, cousin ? [knocks] for master Page. What, hoa ! Got Eva. Peace: I pray you! Now let us underpless your house here !

stand : There is three umpires in this matter

as I understand: that is master Page, fideliEnter Page.

cet, master Page; and there is myself, fidelicet, Page. Who's there?

myself; and the three party is, lastly and Eva. Here is Got's plessing, and your friend, finally, mine host of the Garter. and justice Shallow : and here young master Page. We three, to hear it, and end it boSlender ; that, peradventures, shall tell you tween them. another tale, if matters grow to your likings. Eva. Fery goot: I will make a prief of it in

Page. I am glad to see your worships well : my note-book; and we will afterwards 'ork I thank you for my venison, master Shallow. upon the cause, with as great discreetly as we

Shal, Master Page, I am glad to see you; Much good do it your good heart! I wished Fal. Pistol, your venison better : it was ill kill'd :-How Pist. He hears with ears. doth good mistress Page ?--and I love you Eva. The tevil and his tam! what phrase is always with my heart, la ; with my heart. this, He hears with ear? Why, it is affectations. Page. Sir, I thank you.

Fal. Pistol, did you pick master Slender's Shal. Sir, I thank you; by yea and no, I do. purse ? Page. I am glad to see you, good master Slen. Ay, by these gloves, did he, (or I would Slender.

I might never come in mine own great chamber Slen. How does your fallow greyhound, Sir ? again else, of seven groats in mill-sixpences, I heard say, he was out-run on Cotsale. and two Edward shovel-boards,t that cost me Page. It could not be judg’d, Sir.

two shillings and twopence a-piece of Yead Slen. You'll

not confess, you'll not confess. Miller, by these gloves. Shal. That he will not ;='tis your fault, 'tis Fal. Is this true, Pistol ? your fault :-'Tis a good dog.

Eva. No; it is false, if it is a pick-purse. Page. A cur, Sir.

Pist. Ha, thou mountain-foreigner !Sir Shal. Sir, he's a good dog, and a fair dog ;

John, and master mine,
Can there be more said ? he is good, and fair. I combat challenge of this latten bilbo :$
Is Sir John Falstaff here?

Word of denial in thy labras|| here; Page. Sir, he is within ; and I would I could Word of denial; froth and scum, thou liest. do a good office between you.

Slen. By these gloves, then 'twas he. Eva. It is spoke as a Christians ought to Nym. Be advised, Sir, and pass good huspeak.

mours : I will say, marry trap, with you, if Shal. He hath wrong'd me, master Page. you run the nuthook's humour on me; that is Puge. Sir, he doth in some sort confess it. the very note of it.

Shal. If it be confess’d, it is not redress'd; is Slen. By this hat, then he in the red face not that so, master Page? He hath wrong'd had it: for though I cannot remember what me; indeed, he hath ;-at a word, he hath;- I did when you made me drunk, yet I am not believe me ;-Robert Shallow, esquire, saith, altogether an ass. he is wrong'd.

Fal. What say you, Scarlet and John ? Page. Here comes Sir John.

Bard. Why, Sir, for my part, I say, the Enter Sir John Falstapp, BARDOLPH, Nym, gentleman had drunk himself out of his five and Pistol.

Eva. It is his five senses : fie, what the ignoFal. Now, master Shallow; you'll complain rance is ! of me to the king?

Bard. And being fap,** Sir, was, as they Shal. Knight you have beaten my men, killed say, cashier'd ; and so conclusions pass’d the my deer, and broke open my lodge.

careires.tt Fal. But not kiss'd your keeper's daughter? Slen. Ay, you spake in Latin then too; but Shal. Tut, a pin ! this shall be answer'd. 'tis no maiter: I'll ne'er be drunk whilst I live Fal. I will answer it straight;-I have done again, but in honest, civil, godly company, for all this :-That is now answer'd.

this trick: if I be drunk, I'll be drunk with Shal, The Council shall know this.

those that have the fear of God, and not with Fal. "Twere better for you, if it were known drunken knaves. in counsel : you'll be laugh'd at.

Evu. So Got 'udge me, that is a virtuous Eva. Pauca verba, Sir John, good worts. mind.

Fal. Good worts !+ good cabbage. Slender, Fal. You hear all these matters denied, genI broke your head ; What matter have you tlemen; you bear it. against me ?

Slen. Marry, Sir, I have matter in my head Enter Mistress ANNE Page with wine; Mistress against you; and against your coney-catching! Ford and Mistress Page following. rascals, Bardolph, Nym, and Pistol. They carried' me to the tavern, and made me drunk, drink within.

Page. Nay, daughter, carry the wine in; we'll

(Exit ANNE PAGE. and afterwards picked my pocket. Bard. You Banbury cheese!

* The name of an ugly spirit.

King Edward's shillings, used in the game of shuffle * Cotswold in Gloucesterebire.

Blade as thin as a lath. 11 Lips. + Worts was the ancient name of all the cabbage kind. 1 If you say I am a thief.

** Drunk Sharpera. | Nothing but paring.

tt The bounds of good behaviour.

+ Few words.

board.

Sler. O heavens! this is mistress Anne Page. Shal. Ay, I think my cousin meant well.
Page. How now, mistress Ford ?

Slen. Ay, or else I would I might be hanged,
Ful. Mistress Ford, by my troth, you are very la.
Fell met: by your leave, good mistress.

Re-enter ANNE PAGE. [Kissing her.

Shal. Here comes fair mistress Anne :Page. Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome :- Would I were young, for your sake, mistress Come, we have a hot venison pasty to dinner; Anne! come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down

Anne. The dinner is on the table; my father all unkindness.

desires your worships' company. [Ereunt all but SHALLOW, SLENDER, and Evans.

Shal. I will wait on him, fair mistress Anne. Slen. I had rather than forty sbillings, I had my book of Songs and Sonnets here

Eva. Od's plessed will! I will not be ab

sence at the grace. Enter SIMPLE.

[Exeunt Shallow and Sir H. Evans. How now, Simple! where have you been ? I

Anne. Will't please your worship to come must wait on myself, must I ? You have not

in, Sir. The Book of Riddles about you, have you?

Slen. No, I thank you, forsooth, heartily; I Sim. Book of Riddles! why, did you not lend am very well. it to Alice Shortcake upon Allhallowmas last,

Anne. The dinner attends you, Sir. a fortnight afore Michaelmas ?*

Slen. I am not a-hungry, I thank you, forShal. Come, coz; come, coz; we stay for sooth: Go, sirrah, for all you are my man, go,

wait upon my cousin Shallow : [Erit SIMPLE. There is, as 'twere, a tender, a kind of tender, to his friend for a man :-I keep but three men you. A word with you, coz: marry, this, coz; A justice of peace sometime may be beholden made afar off by Sir Hugh here ;-Do you un- and a boy yet, till my mother be dead. But derstand me? Slen. Ay, Sir, you shall find me reasonable ; born.

what though ? yet I live like a poor gentleman if it be so, I shall do that that is reason. Shal. Nay, but understand me.

Anne. I may not go in without your worship: Slen. So I'do, Sir.

they will not sit, till you come. Era. Give ear to his motions, master Slender:

Šlen. I'faith, I'll eat nothing; I thank you I will description the matter to you, if you be

as much as though I did. capacity of it.

Anne. I pray you, Sir, walk in. Slen. Nay, I will do as my cousin Shallow

Slen. I had rather walk here, I thank you; says: I pray you, pardon me; he's a justice

of I bruised my shin the other day with playing peace in his country, simple though I stand at sword and dagger with a master of fence, here.

three veneys* for a dish of stewed prunes ; Era. But that is not the question ; the ques- hot meat since. Why do your dogs bark so ?

and, by my troth, I cannot abide the smell of tion is concerning your marriage.

be there bears i' the town? Shal. Ay, there's the point, Sir. Era, Marry, is it; the very point of it; to talked of.

Anne. I think, there are, Sir; I heard them mistress Anne Page. Slen. Why, if it be so, I will marry her, upon soon quarrel at it, as any man in England.-

Slen. I love the sport well ; but I shall as any reasonable demands.

Eran. But can you affection the 'oman ? Let You are afraid, if you see the bear loose, are us command to know that of your mouth, or of you not? your lips; for divers philosophers hold, that

Anne. Ay, indeed, Sir.

Slen. That's meat' and drink to me now:I the lips is parcel of the mouth ;-Therefore, precisely, can you carry your good will to the have seen Sackersont loose, twenty times; and maid?

have taken him by the chain : but, I warrant Shal. Cousin Abraham Slender, can you love you, the women have so cried and shriek'd at her ?

it, that it pass'd :t-but women, indeed, canSlen. I hope, Sir, I will do, as it shall be not abide 'em ; they are very ill-favoured come one that would do reason.

rough things.

Re-enter PAGE. Era. Nay, Got's lords and his ladies, you must speak possitable, if you can carry her Page. Come, gentle master Slender, come; your desires towards her.

we stay for you. Shal. That you must: Will you, upon good Slen. I'll eat nothing ; I thank you, Sir. dowry, marry her ?

Page. By cock and pye, you shall not choose, Slen. I will do a greater thing than that, upon Sir : come, come. your request, cousin, in any reason.

Slen. Nay, pray you, lead the way. Shal. Nay, conceive me, conceive me, sweet Page. Come on, Sir. coz; what I'do, is to pleasure you, coz: Can Slen. Mistress Anne, yourself shall go first. you love the maid ?

Anne. Not 1, Sir ; pray you, keep on. Slen. I will marry her, Sir, at your request; Slen. Truly, I will not go first; truly, la : I but if there be no great love in the beginning, will not do you that wrong. yet heaven may decrease it upon better ac- Anne. I pray you, Sir. quaintance, when we are married, and have Slen. I'll rather bé unmannerly than troublemore occasion to know one another: I hope, some : you do yourself wrong, indeed, la. upon familiarity will grow more contempt :

(Exeunt. but if you say, marry her, I will marry her,

SCENE II.-The same. that I am freely dissolved, and dissolutely. Era. It is a fery discretion answer;, save,

Enter Sir Hugh Evans and SIMPLE. the faul' is in the Fort dissolutely : the 'ort is, Eva. Go your ways, and ask of Doctor according to our meaning, resolutely ;-his Caius' house, which is the way: and there meaning is good.

Three set-to's, bouts, or hits.

t. The name of a bear exhibited at Paris-Garden in An intended blunder,

Southwark.

Surpassod all expression.

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