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Enter gilded my foot, sometimes my portly belly.

Falstaff, Host, Bardolph, Nyin, Pistol, and Pist. Then did the sun on dunghill shine.


Fal. Mine host of the Garter, Host. What says my bully-rook? Speak scholarly, and wisely. 'al. Truly, mine host, I must turn away some of my followers. Host. Discard, bully Hercules; cashier: let them wag; trot, trot. Fal. I sit at ten pounds a week. Host. Thou'rt an emperor, Caesar, Keisar, and Pieczor. "I will enoulin Birdoph; he hill draw, he shall top: said i wei, buily Hector? j."Do so, good mine host. Host. I have spoke; let him follow: let me see the footh, and line. I am at a word; follow. [Erit Host. Fal. Bardolph, follow him; a tapster is a good trade: an old cloak makes a new jerkin; a withered serving-man, a fresh tapster: go; adieu. Bard. It is a life that I have desired; I will thrive. | Erit Bard. Pist. O base Gongarian' wight! will thou the spigot on JNym. He was gotten in drink: is not the humour conceited 7 His mind is not heroic, and there's the humour of it. Fal. I am glad, I am so acquit of this tinderbox; his thefts were too open: his filching was like an unskilful singer, he kept not time. JNym. The good humour is, to steal at a minute's rest. Pist. Convey, the wise it call: steal foh; a fico” for the phrase! Fal. Well, sirs, I am almost out at heels. Pist. Why then let kibes ensue. Fal. There is no remedy; I must coney-catch; I must shift. Pist. Young ravens must have food. Fal. Which of you know Ford of this town 7 Pist. I ken the wight; he is of substance good. Fal. My honest lads, I will tell you what I am about. Pist. Two yards, and more. Fal. No quips now, Pistol; indeed, I am in the waist two yards about: but I am now about no waste; I am about thrift. Brictly, I do mean to make love to Ford's wife; I spy entertainment in her; she discourses, she carves, she gives the leer of invitation: I can construe the action of her familiar style; and the hardest voice of her behaviour, to be English'd rightly, is, I am Sir John Falstaff’s. Pist. He hath studied her well, and translated her well; out of honesty into English. o: The anchor is deep; will that humour pass Fal. Now, the report goes, she has all the rule of o husband's purse; she hath legions of anels. g Pist. As o, devils entertain; and, To her, ou, say 1. JNorm. The humour rises; it is good: humour me the angels. Fal. I have writ me here a letter to her: and here another to Page's wife; who even now gave me good eyes too, examin'd my parts with most judicious cyliads: sometimes the beam of her view

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tion this letter to mistress Page; and thou

.Noum. I thank thee for that humour. Fal. O, she did so course o'er my exteriors with such a greedy intention, that the appetite of her eye did seen to scorch me up like a burning-glass! Here's another letter to her: she bears the purse too: she is a region in Guiana, all gold and bounty. i will be cheator, to them both, and they shaji be exchequers to me; they shall be my East and West Indies, and I will trade to them both. Go, bear this to mistress Ford: we will thrive, lads, we will thrive. Pist. Shall I Sir Pandarus of Troy become, And by my side wear steel ? then, Lucifer, take all ! .Nym. } . run no base humour; here, take

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ack : Falstaff will learn the humour of this age, French thrift, you rogues; myself, and skirted £5. soil Falstaff and Robin. Pist. Let vultures gripe thy guts for gourd and fullamo holds, And high and low beguile the rich and poor: Tester I'll have in pouch," when thou shalt lack, Base Phrygian Turk! .Nym. I have operations in my head, which be humours of revenge. Pist. Wilt thou revenge 2 'um. By well-in, and her star Pist. With wit, or steel? .Noum. With both the humours, I I will discuss the humour of this love to Page. Pist. And I to Ford shall eke unfold, How Falstaff, varlet vile His dove will prove, his old will hold, And his son'couch defile.

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Quick. What: John Rugby 1–I pray thee, go to the casement, and see if you can see my master master Doctor Čains, coming: if he do, i'faith, and find any body in the house, here will be an old abusing of God’s patience, and the king's English. Rug. I'll go watch. [Erit Rugby. Quick. Go; and we'll have a posses for’t soon at night, in faith, at the latter end of a sea-coal fire. An honest, willing, kind fellow, as ever servant shall come in house withal; and, I warrant you, no tell-tale, nor no breed-bate: to his worst fault is, that he is given to o ; he is something peevish” that way; but nobody but has his fault;-but let that pass. Peter Simple, you say your name is? Sin. Ay, for fault of a better. Quick. And master Slender's your master? 7) Sixpence I'll have in pocket. § Instigate. (9) Jealousy.

(10) Strife. 11) Foolish.

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for my master, in the way of marriage. Quick. This is all, indeed, la ; but I'll ne'er put my singer in the fire, and need not. Caius. Sir Hugh send-a you?–Rugby, baille: me some paper:—Tarry you a little-a while. . writes. Quick. I am glad he is so quiet: if he had been thoroughly moved, you should have hoard him so loud, and so melancholy ;-but notwithstanding, man, I’ll do your master what good I can : and, the very yea and the no is, the French doctor, my master, I may call him my master, look you, for I keep his house; and I wash, wring, brew, bake, scour, dress meat and drink, make the beds, and do is myselfSin. 'Tis a great charge, to come under one body's hand. Quick. Are you advis'd o' that? you shall find it a great charge: and to be up early, and down late;— but notwithstanding (to tell you in your ear; I would have no words of it;) my master himself is in love with mistress Anne Page: but notwithstanding that, I know Anne's mind,-that’s nei ther here nor there. Caius. You jack'nape; give-a dis letter to sil Hugh ; by gar, it is a shallenge: I vill cut his troat in de o: and I will teach a scurvy jack-a-nape priest to meddle or make:-you may be gone; it is not good you tarry here:—by gar, I will cut all his two stones; by gar, he shall not have a stone to trow at his dog. [Exit Simple. Quick. Alas, he speaks but for his friend. Caius. It is no matter-a for dat:—do not you tell-ame dat I shall have Anne Page for myself? —by gar, I will kill de Jack priest; and I have appointed mine host of de Jarterre to measure our weapon :-by gar, I will myself have Anne Page. Quick. Sir, the maid loves you, and all shall be well: we must give folks leave to prate: What, the good-jer 1* Caius. Rugby, come to the court vit me;—by ar, if I have not Anne Page, I shall turn your i. out of my door:—Follow my heels, Rugby. [Ereunt Caius and Rugby. Quick. You shall have An fools-head of your own. No, I know Anne's mind for that: never a woman in Windsor knows more of Anne's mind than I do; nor can do more than I do with her, I thank heaven. Fent. [Within..] Who's within there, ho? Quick. Who's there, I trow Come near the house, I pray you.

Enter Fenton.

Fent. How now, good woman; how dost thou ? Quick. The better, that it pleases your good worship to ask. 'ent. What news? how does pretty mistress Anne 7 Quick. In truth, sir, and she is pretty, and honest, and gentle; and one that is your friend, I can tell you that by the way; I praise heaven for it. Fent. Shall I do any good, thinkest thou? Shale I not lose my suit? Quick. Troth, sir, all is in his hands above: but notwithstanding, master Fenton, I'll be sworn on a book, she loves you :—Have not your worship a wart above your eye 7 - * * Fent. Yes, marry, have I; what of that 2 Quick. Well, thereby hangs a tale;—good faith,

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it is such another Nan:—but, I detest," an honest maid as ever broke bread:—We had an hour's talk of that wart;-I shall never laugh but in that maid's company.—But, indeed, she is given too pouch to allicholly” and musing: but for youWell, go to. Fent. Well, I shall see her to-day: hold, there's money for thee; let me have thy voice in my behalf: if thou seest her before me, commendme— Quick. Will I ? i'taith, that we will: and I will tell your worship more of the wart, the next time we have confidence; and of other wooers. Fent. Well, farewell; I am in great haste }. .rto. Quick. Farewell to your worship.–Truly, an honest gentleman; but Anne loves him not; for I know Anne's mind as well as another does : — Out upon't what have I forgot? Eril.

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Josrs. Page. What have I 'scaped love-letters in the holy-day time of my beauty, and an I now a subject for them Let me see: [reads. .dsk me no reason why I lore you; for though tore use reason for his precisian,” he admits him not for his counsellor : You are not young, no more am I; go to then, there’s sympathy : you are merry, so am I; ha / has then there's more sympathy: you love sack, and so do I would you desire #. sympathy 2 Let it suffice thee, mistress Page (at the least, if the lore of a soldier can suffice,) that I love thee... I will not say, pity me, ’tis not a soldier-like phrase ; but I say, love me. By me, Thine own true knight, By day or night, Or any kind of light, With all his might,

*or thee to fight, John Falstaff.

What a Herod of Jewry is this 1–0 wicked, wicked world !—one that is well nigh worn to pieces with age, to show himself a young gallant." What an unweighed behaviour hath this Flemish drunkard picked (with the devil's name) out of my conversation, that he dares in this manner assay me? Why, he hath not been thrice in my compano 1–What should I say to him —I was then sougal of my mirth:-heaven forgive me !—Why, I ii exhibit a bill in the parliament for the putting ! »wn of men. How shall I be revenged on him for revenged I will be, as sure as his guts are made of puddings.

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|show you to the contrary : 0, mistress Page, give me some counsel ! ..Mrs. Page. What's the matter, woman 7 ..Mrs. Ford. 0 woman, if it were not for one trifling respect, I could come to such honour! ..Mrs. Page. Hang the trifle, woman; take the or: what is it !—dispense with trifles;–what is it ..Mrs. Ford. If I would but go to hell for an eternal moment, or so, I could be knighted. ..Mrs. Page. What 7–thou liest –Sir Alice Ford —These knights will hack; and so thou shouldst not alter the article of thy gentry. ..Mrs. Ford. We burn day-light:—here, read, read;—perceive how I might be knighted.—l shall think the worse of fat men, as long as I have an eye to make difference of men's liking: and yet he would not swear; praised women's modesty: and gave such orderly and well-behaved reproof to all uncomeliness, that I would have sworn his disposition would have gone to the truth of his words: but they do no more adhere and keep place together, than the hundredth psalm to the tune of Green Slores. What tempest, I trow, threw this whale, with so many tuns of oil in his belly, ashore at Windoor? How shall is be revenged on him?"ithink the lost way were to entertain him with hope, till the wicked fire of just have melted him in his own grease. Did you ever hear the like ..Mrs. Page. Letter for letter; but that the name of Page and Ford differs – to thy great comfort in this mystery of ill opinions, here's the twin brother of thy setter: butlet thine inherit first; for, I protest, mine never shall. I warrant, he hath a thousand of these letters, writ with blank space for different names (sure more,) and these are of the second edition: he will print them out of doubt: for he cares not what he puts into the press, when he would put us two. I had rather be a giantess, and lie under mount Pelion. Well, I will find you twenty lascivious turtles, ere one chaste man. ..Mrs. Ford. Why, this is the very same; the very hand, the very words: what doth he think of us? ..Mrs. Page. Nay, I know not: it makes me almost ready to wrangle with mine own honesty. I'll entertain myself like one that I am not acquainted withal; for, sure, unless he know some strain in me, that I know not myself, he would never have boarded me in this fury. ..Mrs. Ford. Boarding, call you it? I'll be sure to keep him above deck. ..Mrs. Page. So will I ; if he come under my hatches, I'll never to sea again. Let's be revenged on him: let's appoint him a meeting: give him a show of comfort in his suit; and lead him on with a fine-baited delay, till he hath pawn'd his horses to mine host of the Garter. ..Mrs. Ford. Nay, I will consent to act any villany against him, that may not sully the chariness” of our honesty. (), that inv husband saw this letter!, it would give eternal food to his jealousy. ..Mrs. Page. Why, look, where he comes ; and my good man too: he's as far from jealousy, as 1 am from giving him cause; and that, I hope, is an unmeasurable distance. .*1rs. Ford. You are the happier woman. ..Mrs. Page. Let’s consult together against this greasy knight: come hither. [They retire.

Enter Ford, Pistol, Page, and Nym. Ford. Well, I hope, it be not so.

| (2) Melancholy. } Most probably Shakspeare wrote Physician.

(4) Caution.

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poor, Botn young and old, one with another, Ford; He loves thy gally-mawsry;” Ford, perpend.” Ford. Love my wife 2 Pist. With liver burning hot: prevent, or go thou, Like sir Actaeon he, with Ring-wood at thy heels: O, odious is the name ! Ford. What name, sir? Pist. The horn, I say: farewell. Take heed, ere summer comes, or cuckoo-birds do sing.— Away, sir corporal Nym.— Believe it, Page; he speaks sense. [Erit Pistol. Ford. I will be patient; I will find out this. .N'ym. And this is true. [To Page.] I like not the humour of of He hath wrong'd me in some humours; I should have borne the humoured letter to her: but I have a sword, and it shall bite upon my necessity. He loves your wife; there's the short and the long. , My name is corporal Nym ; I speak, and I avouch. 'Tis true:—my name is Nyin, and Falstaff loves your wife.—Adieu ! I love not the humour of bread and cheese; and there's the humour of it. Adieu. [E.cit Nym. Page. The humour of it, quoth 'a! here's a sellow frights humour out of his wits. Ford. I will seek out Falstaff. Page. I never heard such a drawling, affecting

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in his intent towards our wives, are a yoke of his discarded men; very rogues, now they be out of service. Ford. Were they his men? Page. Marry, were they. Ford. I like it never the better for that.—Does he lie at the Garter 7 Page. Ay, marry, does he. If he should intend this voyage towards m wife, I would turn her loose to him ; and what he gets more of her than sharp words, let it lie on my head. Ford. I do not misdoubt my wise; but I would be loth to turn them together: A man may be too confident: I would have nothing lie on my head: I cunnot be thus satisfied. Page. Look, where my ranting host of the Garter comes: there is either liquor in his pate, or money in his purse, when he looks so merrily.— How now, mine host?

Enter Host and Shallow.

Host. How now, bully-rook? thou'rt a gentleman: cavalero-justice, I say. Shal. I follow, mine host, I follow.—Good even and twenty, good master Page Master Page, will you go with us? we have sport in hand. slot. Tell him, cavalero-justice; tell him, bully rook. Shal. Sir, there is a fray to be fought, between . Hugh the Welsh priest, and Caius the French octor. Ford. Good mine host o' the Garter, a word with you. Host. What say'st thou, bully-rook? so go aside. Shal. Wilso [to o o with us to behold it? my merry host hath had |. measuring of their weapons; and, I think, he hath appointed them contrary places: for, believe me, I hear, the parson is no or. Hark, I will tell you what our sport shall be. Host. Hast thou no suit against my knight, my guest-cavalier 7 Ford. None, I protest: but I’ll give you a pottle of burnt sack to give me recourse to him, and tell him, my name is Brook; only for o: ilot. My hand, bully: thou shalt have egress and regress; said I well ? and thy name shall be Brook: It is a merry knight.—Will you go on, hearts 2 Shal. Have with you, mine host. Page. I have heard, the Frenchman hath good skill in his rapier. Shal. Tut, sir, I could have told you more : In these times you stand on distance, your passes, stoccadoes, and I know not what: 'tis the heart, master Page; 'tis here, 'tis here... I have seen the time, with my long sword, I would have made you four tall" fellows skip like rats. Host. Here, boys, here, here ! shall we wago Page. Have with you:—I had rather hear them scold than fight. [Errunt Host, Shallow, and Page. Ford. Though Page be a secure fool, and stands so firmly on his wife's frailty, yet I cannot put off my opinion so easily : She was in his company at Page's house; and, what they made" there, I know not. Well, I will idol, further intoti and shov, a disguise to sound Falstaff: If I find her honest, I lose not my labour; if she be otherwise, 'tis lobotor well bestowed. [Erit.

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Fat. I will not lend thee a penny. Pist. Why, then the world’s mine oyster, Which I with sword will open.— I will retort the sura in equipage." Fal. Not a penny. I have been content, sir, you should lay my countenance to pawn: I have grated upon my good friends for three reprieves for you and your coach-fellow” Nym; or else you had looked through the grate like a geminy of baboons. I am damned in hell, for swearing to gentlemen my friends, you were good soldiers, and tall fellows: and when mistress Bridget lost the handle of her fan, I took’t upon my honour, thou hadst it not. Pist. Didst thou not shiro hidst thou not fis. teen pence 1 Fal. Reason, you rogue, reason: Think'st thou, I'll endanger my soul gratis 2 At a word, hang no more about me, I am no gibbet for you :—go.—A shortknife and a throng :”—to your manor of Pickthatch," go.—You'll not bear a letter for me, you rogue !—you stand upon your honour !—Why, thou unconfinable baseness, it is as much as I can do, to keep the terms of my honour precise. I, I, I myo: leaving the fear of heaven on the left hand, and hiding mine honour in my necessity,

it ; you have brought her into such a canaries, as 'tis wonderful. The best courtier of them all, when the court lay at Windsor, could never have brought her to such a canary. Yet there has been kni: and lords, and gentlemen, with their coaches : warrant you, coach after coach, letter after letter, gift after gift; smelling so sweetly (all musk,) as: so rushling, I warrant you, in silk and gold; and in such alligant terms; and in such wine and sugar of the boo and the fairest, that would have won any woman's heart; and, I warrant you, they could never get an eye-wink of her.—I . myself twca'y angels given me this morning: but I dely all angess (in any such sort, as they say,) but in the way of honesty:—and, I warrant you, they could never to: her so much as sip on a cup with the proudest of them all: and yet there has been earls, nay, which is more, pensioners; but, I warrant you, ii is on with her. Fal. But what says she to me? be brief, my good she Mercury. Quick. Marry, she hath received your letter, for the which she thanks you a thousand times : and she gives you to notify, that her husband will be absence from his house between ten and elevel: Fal. Ten and eleven 7 Quick. Ay, forsooth; and then you may come and see the picture, she says, that you woto of:

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Enter Robin.

Rob. Sir, here's a woman would speak with you. Fal. Let her approach.

Enter. Mistress Quickly.

Quick. Give your worship good-morrow. Fal. Good-morrow, good wife. Quick. Not so, an’t please your worship. Fal. Good maid, then 2 Quick. I'll be sworn; as my mother was, the first hour I was born. Fal. I do believe the swearer: What with me? Quick. Shall I vouchsafe your worship a word or two 7 Fal. Two thousand, fair woman; and I’ll vouchsafe thee the hearing. Quick. There is one mistress Ford, sir;-I pray come a little, nearer this ways:—I myself dwel with master doctor Caius. Fal. Well, on : Mistress Ford, you say,+ Quick. Your worship says very true: I pray your worship, come a little nearer this ways. Fal. I warrant thee, nobody hears;—mine own people, mine own people. Quick. Are they so '. Heaven bless them, and make them his servants' Fal. Well ; mistress Ford;—what of her ? Quick. Why, sir, she's a good creature. Lord, lord ' your worship's a wanton : Well, heavensor. give you, and all of us, I pray ! Fal. Mitress Ford–come, mistress Ford. Quick. Marry, this is the short and the long of

1) Pay you again in stolen goods.

; Draws along with you. 3) To cut purses in a crowd. 4) Pickt-hatch was in Clerkenwell. (5) Protect,

Alas! the sweet woman leads an ill life with him ; he's a very jealousy man; she leads a very frampold” life with him, good heart. Ful. Ten and eleven Woman, commend me to her ; I will not sail her. Quick. Why, you say well: But I have another

|messenger to your worship: Mistress Page hath

her hearty commendations to you too;-and let me tell you in your ear, she's as fartuous a civil modest wife, and one (I tell you) that will not miss your morning nor evening prayer, as any is in Windsor, whoe'er be the other; and she bade me tell your worship, that her husband is seldom from home; but, she hopes, there will come a time. I never knew a woman so dote upon a man: surely, I think you have charms, la; yes, in truth. Fal. Not I, I assure thee; setting the attraction of my good parts aside, I have no other charms.

Quick. Blessing on your heart for’t

Ful. o I pray thee, tell me this; has Ford's wife, and * wife, acquainted each other how they love me

tick. That were a jest, indeed!—they have root

so little grace, I hope:-that were a trick, indeed But mistress Page would desire you to send h, , your little page, of all loves; 19 her husband has a marvellous insection to the little page : and, truly, master Page is an honest man. ever a wife if, Windsor leads a better life than she does; do who she will, say what she will, take all, pay all, go to bed when s o rise when she list, all is as she will; and truly she deserves it: for is there be a kind woman in Windsor, she is one. You must send her your page; no remedy.

Fal. Why, I will.

Quick. Nay, but do so then: and, look you, he may come and go between you both; and, in ...y case, have a nay-word," that you may know on. another's mind, and the boy never o to under

: Ale-house. 7) A mistake of Mrs. Quickly's for quandary. S) Know... (9) Fretful, peevish. 10) By all means. (11) A watch-word.

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