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here, and hath drawn him and the rest of their Mrs. Ford. I'll first direct my men, what they company from their sport, to make another experi- shall do with the basket. Go up, I'll bring liner. meni of his suspicion : but I am glad the knight for him straight.

(Erit. is not nere ; now he shall see his own foolery. Mrs. Page. Hang him, dishonest varlet! we

Mrs. Ford. How near is he, mistress Page ? cannot misuse him enough.

Mrs. Page. Hard by; at street end; he will We'll leave a proof, by that which we will do, be here anon.

Wives may be merry, and yet honest too: Mrs. Ford. I am undone !-the knight is here. We do not act, that often jest and laugh;

Mrs. Page. Why, then you are utterly shamed, 'Tis old but true, Still swine eat all the draff. and he's but a dead man. What a woman are

(Erit. you!--Away with him, away with him; better shame than murder.

Re-enter Mrs. Ford, with lvo servants. Mrs. Ford. Which way should he go? how should I bestow him ? Shall I put him into the bas Mrs. Ford, Go, sirs, take the basket again on ket again?

your shoulders; your master is hard at door: if he

bid you set it down, obey him: quickly, despatch. Re-enter Falstaff.

(Erit.

1 Serv. Come, come, take it up. Fal. No, I'll come no more i' the basket: may 2 Serv. Pray heaven, it be not full of the knight I not go out, ere he come ?

again. Mrs. Page. Alas, three of master Ford's bro 1 Serv. I hope not; I had as lief bear so much thers watch the door with pistols, that none should lead. issue out; otherwise you might slip away ere he But what make you here ?

Enter Ford, Page, Shallow, Caius, and Sir Hugh Fal. What shall I do?--I'll creep up into the

Evans. chimney. Mrs. Ford. There they always use to discharge have you any way then to unfool me again ?-Set

Ford. Ay, but if it prove true, master Page, their birding-pieces: creep into the kiln-hole.

down the basket, villain :-Somebody call my Fal. Where is it?

wife: Mrs. Ford. He will seek there on my word. -0, you panderly rascals! there's a knot, a ging,

-You, youth in a basket, come out here! he hath an abstract for the remembrance of such a pack, a conspiracy against me: now 'shall the

devil be shamed. What! wife, 1 say! come, places, and goes to them by his note: there is no hiding you in the house.

come forth; behold what honest clothes you send Fal. "I'll go out then.

forth to bleaching: Mrs. Page. If you go out in your own sem

Page. Why, this passes ;• Master Ford, you blance, you

die, sir John. Unless you go out dis- are not to go loose any longer ; you must be guised,

pinioned. Mrs. Ford. How might we disguise him?

Eva. Why, this is lunatics! this is mad as a mad

dog! Mrs. Page. Alas the day, I know not. There

Shal. Indeed, master Ford, this is not well ; is no woman's gown big enough for him; other

indeed. wise, he might put on a hat, a muffler, and a kerchief, and so escape.

Enter Mrs. Ford. Fal. Good hearts, devise something : any extremity, rather than a mischief.

Ford. So say I too, Sir.—Come hither, mistress Mrs. Ford. My maid's aunt, the fat woman of

Ford; mistress Ford, the honest woman, the Brentford, has a gown above. Mrs. Page. On my word, it will serve him; jealous fool to her husband !—I suspect without

modest wife, the virtuous creature, that hath the she's as big as he is : and thcre's her thrum'd hat, and her muffler too: run up, sir John.

cause, mistress, do I ?

Mrs. Ford. Heaven be my witness, you do, if Mrs. Ford. Go, go, sweet sir John ; mistress Page and I will look some linen for your head.

you suspect me in any dishonesty. Mrs. Page. Quick, quick; we'll come dress Come forth, sirrah.

Ford. Well said, brazen-face; hold it out.you straight : put on the gown the while.

[Pulls the clothes out of the basket. (Erit Fal.

Page. This passes ! Mrs. Ford. I would my husband would meet| him in this shape: he cannot abide the old woman clothes alone.

Mrs. Ford. Are you not ashamed ? let the of Brentford; he swears, she's a witch; forbade

Ford. I shall find you anon. her my house, and hath threatened to beat her.

Eva. "Tis unreasonable! Will you take up your Mrs. Page. Heaven guide him to thy husband's wife's clothes ? Come away, cudgel; and the devilo guide his cudgel aster

Ford. Empty the basket, I say. wards !

Mrs. Ford. Why, man, why,-Mrs. Ford. But is my husband coming ?

Ford. Master Page, as I am a man, there was Mrs. Page. Ay, in good sadness, is he; and talks of the basket too, howsoever hc hath had in- basket: Why may not he be there again? In my

one conveyed out of my house yesterday in this telligence.

house I am he is : my intelligence is true; Mrs. Ford. We'll try that; for I'll appoint my men to carry the baskei again, to meet him at the my jealousy is reasonable : Pluck ine out all the door with it, as they did last time. Mrs. Page. Nay, but he'll be here presently: die a Nea's death.

Mrs. Ford. If you find a man there, he shall let's go dress him like the witch of Brentford.

Page. Here's no man. (1) Shot note of. (2) Seriousness. (3) Gang. (4) Surpasscs, to go beyond bounds

your hand.

Shal. By my fidelity, this is not well, master/licly shamed: and, methinks, there would be no Ford; this wrongs you.

period to the jest, should he not be publicly Eva. Master Ford, you must pray, and not shamed. follow the imaginations of your own heart : this is Mrs. Page. Come, to the forge with it then, jealousies.

shape it: I would not have things cool. (Exeunt. Ford. Well, he's not here I seek for. Page. No, nor no where else, but in your brain. SCENE II.--Aroom in the Garter Inn. Enter Ford. Help to search my house this one time:

Host and Bardolph. if I find not what I seek, show no colour for my extremity, let me for ever be your table-sport: let Bard. Sir, the Germans desire to have three of them say of me, As jealous as Ford, that search'd your horses: the duke himsell will be to-morrow at a hollow walnut for his wife's leman. Satisfy me court, and they are going to meet him. once more; once more search with me.

Host. What duke should that be, comes so se Mrs. Ford. What hoa, mistress Page ! come cretly? I hear not of him in the court : Let me you, and the old woman down; my husband will speak with the gentlemen ; they speak English ? come into the chamber.

Burd. Ay, sir; I'll call them to you. Ford. Old woman! What old woman's that ? llost. They shall have my horses; but I'll make

Mrs. Ford. Why, it's my maid's aunt of Brent- them pay, l'il sauce them: they have had my house ford.

a week at command ; I have turned away my other Ford. A witch, a quean, an old cozening quean! guests : they must come off; I'll sauce them: Come. Have I not forbid her my house? She comes of

(Eseunt. errands, does she? We are simple men; we do not know what's brought to pass under the profes- SCENE IV. A room in Ford's House. Enter sion of fortune-telling. She works by charms, by Page, Ford, Mrs. Page, Mrs. Ford, and Sir spells, by the figure, and such daubery as this is; Hugh Evans. beyond our element: we know nothing. -Come down, you witch, you hag you; come down, I say, Eva. 'Tis one of the pest discretions of a 'oman

Mrs. Ford. Nay, good sweet husband ;—good as ever I did look upon. gentlemen, let him not strike the old woman. Page. And did he send you both these letters at

an instant ? Enter Falstaff in women's clothes, led by Mrs. Page. Mrs. Page. Within a quarter of an hour.

Ford. Pardon me, wife: Henceforth do what Mrs. Page. Come, mother Pratt, come, give me thou wilt ;

I rather will suspect the sun with cold, Ford. I'll prat her:-Out of my door, you l'han thee with wantonness : now doth thy honour witch! (beats him.) you rag, you baggage, you stand, polecat, you ronyon!: out! out! I'll conjure you, In him that was of late a heretic, I'll fortune-tell you.

(Exil Falstaff. As firm as faith. Mrs. Page. Are you not ashamed? I think, you Page.

'Tis well, 'tis well ; no more. have kill'd the poor woman.

Be not as extreme in submission, Mrs. Ford. Nay, he will do it:--'Tis a goodly As in offence; credit for you.

But let our plot go forward : let our wives Ford. Hang her, witch!

Yet once again, to make us public sport, Eva. By yea and no, I think, the 'oman is a Appoint a meeting with this old fat fellow, witch indeed : I like not when a 'oman has a great Where we may take him, and disgrace him for it. peard; I spy a great peard under her mussler. Ford. There is no better way than that they

Ford. Will you follow, gentlemen ? I beseech spoke of. you, follow; see but the issue of my jealousy: if I Page. How! to send him word they'll meet him cry out thus upon no trail," never trust me when I in the park at midnight! fie, fie; he'll never come. open* again.

Eva. You say he has been thrown in the rivers ; Page. Let's obey his humour a little further; and has been grievously peaten, as an old 'oman; Come, gentlemen. (Ex. Page, Ford, Shal. and Eva. methinks, there should be terrors in him, that he

Mrs. Pagę. Trust me, he beat him most pitifully. should not come; methinks his flesh is punished,

Mrs. Ford. Nay, by the mass, that he did not; he shall have no desires. he beat him most unpitifully, methought.

Pagt. So think I too. Mrs. Page. I'll have the cudgel hallowed, and Mrs. Ford. Devise but how you'll use him when hung o'er the altar; it hath done meritorious service.

Mrs. Ford. What think you ? May we, with the And let us two devise to bring him thither. warrant of womanhood, and the witness of a good Mrs. Page. There is an old tale goes, that Herne conscience, pursue him with any further revenge ? the hunter,

Mrs. Page. The spirit of wantonness is, sure, Sometime a keeper here in Windsor forest, scared out of him ; if the devil have him not 'in fee. Doth all the winter time, at still midnight, simple, with fine and recovery, he will never, I Walk round about an oak, with great rayg'd horns; think, in the way of waste, attempt us again. And there he blasts the tree, and takes the cattle;

Mrs. Ford. Shall we tell our husbands how we And makes milch-kine yield blood, and shakes á have served him?

chain Mrs. Page. Yes, by all means; if it be but to In a most hideous and dreadful manner. scrape the figures out of your husband's brains. If You have heard of such a spirit; and well you they can find in their hearts, the poor unvirtuous know, fat knight shall be any further aflicted, we two will The superstitious idle-headed eld still be the ministers.

Receiv'd, and did deliver to our age,
Mrs. Ford. I'll warrant, they'll have him pub. This tale of Herne the hunter for a truth.

(1) Lorer, (2) Seab. (3) Scent. (4) Cry out. (5) Strikes. (6) Old age.

he comes,

Page. Why, yet there want not many, that do fear thick-skin ? speak, breathe, discuss; brief, short, In deep of night to walk by this Herne's oak; quick, snap. But what of this?

Sim. Marry, sir, I come to speak with sir John Mrs. Ford. Marry, this is our device; Falstaff from master Slender. That Falstaff at that oak shall meet with us, Host. There's his chamber, his house, his castle, Disguis'd like Herne, with huge horns on his head. his standing-bed, and truckle-bed; "his painted

Page. Well, let it not be doubted but he'll come, about with the story of the prodigal, fresh and new: And in this shape: When you have brought him Go, knock and call; he'll speak like an Anthropor thither,

phaginians unto thee: Knock, I say. What shall be done with him ? what is your plot ? Sim. There's an old woman, a fat woman, gone Mrs. Page. That likewise have we thought up- up into his chamber; I'll be so bold as to stay, sir, on, and thus :

till she come down: 'I come to speak with her, inNan Page my daughter, and my little son, deed. And three or four more of their growth, we'll dress Host. Ha! a fat woman! the knight may be robLike urchins, ouphes,' and fairies, green and white, bed: I'll call.-Bully knight! Bully sír John! With rounds of waxen tapers on their heads, speak from thy lungs military: Art thou there? it And rattles in their hands; upon a sudden, is thine host, thine Ephesian, calls. As Falstaff , she, and I, are newly met,

Fal. (.Above.) How now, mine host ? Let them from forth a saw-pit rush at once

Host. Here's a Bohemian Tartar tarries the With some diffused? song ; upon their sight, coming down of thy fat woman: Let her descend, We two in great amazedness will fly:

bully, let her descend: my chambers are honoura. Then let them all encircle him about,

ble: Fie! privacy? fie!
And, fairy-like, to pinch the unclean knight ;
And ask him, why, that hour of fairy revel,

Enter Falstaff.
In their so sacred paths he dares to tread,
In shape profane.

Fal. There was, mine host, an old fat woman Mrs. Ford.

And till he tell the truth, even now with me; but she's gone. Let the supposed fairies pinch him sound,» Sim. Pray you, sir, was't not the wise woman And burn him with their tapers.

of Brentford 1 Mrs. Page.

The truth being known, Fal. Ay, marry, was it, muscle-shell; What We'll all present ourselves; dis-horn the spirit, would you with her ? And mock him home to Windsor.

Sim. My master, sir, my master Slender, sent to Ford.

The children must her, seeing her go through the streets, to know, sir, Be practised well to this, or they'll ne'er do't. whether one Nym, sir, that beguiled him of a chain,

Eva. I will teach the children their behaviours ; had the chain, or no. and I will be like a jack-an-napes also, to burn the Fal. I spake with the old woman about it. knight with my taber.

Sim. And what says she, I pray, sir ? Ford. That will be excellent. I'll go buy them Fal. Marry, she says, that the very same man, vizards.

that beguiled master Slender of his chain, cozened Mrs. Page. My Nan shall be the queen of all him of it. the fairies,

Sim. I would, I could have spoken with the Finely attired in a robe of white.

woman herself; I had other things to have spoken Page. That silk will I go buy ;-and in that time with her too, from him. Shall master Slender steal my Nan away, {Aside. Fal. What are they? let us know. And marry her at Eton.- Go, send to Falstaff

Host. Ay, come ; quick. straight.

Sim. I may not conceal them, sir. Ford. Nay, I'll to him again in name of Brook :

Fal. Conceal them, or thou diest. He'll tell me all his purpose : sure he'll come. Sim. Why, sir, they were nothing but about Mrs. Page. Fear not you that : Go, get us pro- mistress Anne Page; to know, if it were my mas. perties,

ter's fortune to have her, or no. And tricking for our fairies.

Fal. "Tis, 'tis his fortune. Eva. Let us about it: It is admirable pleasures,

Sim. What, sir ? and fery honest knaveries.

Fal. To have her,-or no: Go; say, the woman [Exeunt Page, Ford, and Evans. told me so. Mrs. Page. Go, mistress Ford,

Sim. May I be so bold to say so, sir ? Send quickly to sir John, to know his mind. Fal. Ay, sir Tike; who more bóld ?

(Erit Mrs. Ford. Sim. I thank your worship: I shall make my I'll to the doctor; he hath my good will,

master glad with these tidings. (Erit Simple. And none but he, to marry with Nan Page. Host. Thou art clerkly, thou art clerkly, sir That Slender, though well londed, is an idiot ; John: Was there a wise woman with thee? And he my husband best of all affects :

Fal. Ay, that there was, mine host; one that The doctor is well money'd, and his friends hath taught me more wit than ever I learned before Potent at court; he, none but he, shall have her, in my life: and paid nothing for it neither, but Though twenty thousand worthier come to crave was paid for my learning.

(Exit.

Enler Bardolph. SCENE V.A room in the Garter Inn. Enter Bard. Out, alas, sir! cozenage! meer cozenage! Host and Simple.

Hosl. Where be my horses ? speak well of them,

varletto. Host. What would'st thuu have, door? what, Bard. Run away with the cozeners; for so soon

her.

(1) Elfs, hobgoblins. (2) Wild, discordant. 13) Soundly. (4) Necessaries. (5) Cannibal.

(6) Cunning woman, a fortune-teller.
(7) Scholar-like.

men.

Purpose,

as I came beyond Eton, they threw me off, from SCENE VI.-Another Room in the Garter Inn. behind one of them, in a slough of mire; and sets

Enter Fenton and Host. spurs, and away, like three German devils, three Doctor Faustuses.

Host. Master Fenton, talk not to me; my mind Host. They are gone but to meet the duke, vil- is heavy, I will give over all. lain: do not say, they be fled ; Germans are honest Fent. Yet hear me speak: Assist me in my

And, as am a gentleman, I'll give thee
Enter Sir Hugh Evans.

A hundred pounds in gold, more than your loss.

Host. I will hear you, master Fenton ; and I Eva. Where is mine host ?

will, at the least, keep your counsel. Host. What is the matter, sir ?

Fent. From time to time I have acquainted you Eva. Have a care of your entertainments: there with the dear love I bear to fair Anne Page; is a friend of mine come to town, tells me, there Who, mutually, hath answered my affection is three cousin Germans, that has cozened all the (So far forth as herself might be her chooser,) hosts of Readings, of Maidenhead, of Colebrook, Even to my wish: I have a letter from her of horses and money. I tell you for a good-will, of such contents as you will wonder at; look you: you are wise, and full of gibes and The mirth whereof so larded with my matter, vlouting-stoys; and 'tis not convenient you should That neither, singly, can be manifested, be cozcned: Fare you well.

(Exit. Without the show of both; wherein fat Falstaff

Hath a great scene; the image of the jest
Enter Doctor Caius,

(Showing the letter.

I'll show you here at large. Hark, good mine host: Caius. Vere is mine Host de Jarterre ?

To-night at Herne's oak, just 'twixt twelve and Host. Here, master doctor, in perplexity, and

one, doubtful dilemma.

Must my sweet Nan present the fairy queen, Caius. I cannot tell vat is dat: but it is tell-a The purpose why, is here ;? in which disguise, me, dat you make grand preparation for a duke de While other jests are something rank on foot, Jarmany: by my trot, dere is no duke, dat de Her father hath commanded her to slip court is know to come; I tell you for good vill : Away with Slender, and with him at Éton adieu.

(Eril. Immediately to marry: she hath consented : Host. Hue and cry, villain, go :-assist me, Now, sir, knight; I am undone :-fly, run, hue and cry, vil. Her mother, even strong against that match, lain! I'am undone! (Ezeunt Host and Bardolph. And firm for doctor Caius, hath appointed

Fal. I would, all the world might be cozened; That he shall likewise shuffle her away, for I have been cozen'd and beaten too. If it should While other sports are tasking of their minda, come to the ear of the court, how I have been And at the deanery, where a priest attends, transformed, and how my transformation hath been Straight marry her: to this her mother's plot washed and cudgelled, they would melt me out of She, seemingly obedient, likewise hath my fat, drop by drop, and liquor fishermen's boots Made promise to the doctor ;-Now, thus it rests. with me;

I warrant, they would whip me with Her father means she shall be all in white; their fine wits, till I were as crest-fallen as a dried And in that habit, when Slender sees his time pear. I never prospered since I forswore myself To take her by the hand, and bid her go, at Primero.' 'Well, if my wind were but long She shall go with him :-her mother hath intended, enough to say my prayers, I would repent. The better to denote her to the doctor,

(For they must all be mask'd and viz'arded,) Enter Mrs. Quickly.

That, quaint in green, she shall be loose enrob'd, Now! whence come you?

With ribbands pendant, flaring 'bout her head ;

And when the doctor spies his vantage ripe, Quick. From the two parties, forsooth.

Fal. The devil take one party, and his dam the To pinch her by the hand, and, on that token, other, and so they shall be both bestowed! I have The maid hath given consent to go with him.

Host. Which means she to deceive ? father or suffered more for their sakes, more, than the vil

mother? lanous inconstancy of man's disposition is able to

Fent. Both, my good host, to go along with me: bear. Quick. And have not they suffered? Yes, To stay for me at church, 'twixt twelve and one,

And here it rests,--that you'll procure the vicar warrant; speciously one of them; mistress Ford, And, in the lawful name of marrying, good heart, is beaten black and blue, that you can- To give our hearts united ceremony. not see a white spot about her. Fal. What tell'st thou me of black and blue? I

Host. Well, husband your device; I'll to the was beaten myself into all the colours of the rain-Bring you the 'maid, you shall not lack a priest.

vicar; bow, and I was like to be apprehended for the witch of Brentford; but that my admirable dex

Feni. So shall I evermore be bound to thee; terity of wit, my counterfeiting the action of an old Besides, I'll make a present recompense. (Exeunt. woman, deliver'd me, the knave constable had set me i' the stocks, i' the common stocks, for a witch.

Quick. Sir, let me speak with you in your chamber : you shall hear how things go; and, !

ACT V. warrant, to your content. Here is a letter will say somewhat. Good hearts, what ado here is to SCENE I.A Room in the Garter Inn. Enter bring you together! Sure, one of you does not

Falstaff and Mrs. Quickly. serve heaven well, that you are so crossed. Fal. Come up into my chamber. [Exeunt. Fal. Pry'thee, no more prattling ;—go. I'N (1) A game at cards.

(2) In the letter. (3) Fantastically.

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hold:' This is the third time; I hope good luck the very instant of Falstaff's and our meeting, they lies in odd numbers. Away, go, they say, there will at once display to the night. is divinity in odd numbers, either in nativity, Mrs. Ford. That cannot choose but amaze him. chance, or death.-Away.

Mrs. Page. If he be not amazed, he will be Quick. I'll provide you a chain; and I'll do mocked; it he be amazed, he will every way be what I can to get you a pair of horns.

mocked. Ful. Away, I say; time wears; hold up your Mrs. Ford. We'll betray him finely. nead, and mince. (Erit Mrs. Quickly. Mrs. Page. Against such lewdsters, and their

lechery, Enter Ford.

Those that betray them do no treachery.

Mrs. Ford. The hour draws on: To the oak, How now, master Brook? Master Brook, the mat- to the oak.

(Ereunt. ter will be known to-night, or never. Be you in the Park about midnighi, at Herne's oak, and you SCENE IV.-Windsor Park. Enter Sir Hugh shall see wonders.

Evans, and Fairies. Ford. Went you not to her yesterday, sir, as you told me you had appointed ?

Eva. Trib, trib, fairies; come; and remember Fal. I went to her, master Brook, as you see, your parts: be pold, I pray you; follow me into like a poor old man: but I came from her, master the pit; and when I give the watch-'ords, do as I Brook, like a poor old woman. That same knave, pid you: Come, come; trib, trib. (Ereunt, Ford her husband, hath the finest mad devil of Jalousy in him, master Brook, that ever governed SCENE V: -- Another part of the Park. Enter phrensy. I will tell you.-He beat me grievously, Falstaff disguised, with a buck's head on. in the shape of a woman; for in the shape of man,

Fal. The Windsor bell hath struck twelve; the master Brook, I sear not Goliath with a weaver's beam ; because I know also, life is a shuttle. I am minute draws on: Now, the hot-blooded gods assist in haste; go along with me; I'll tell you all

, mas- me!-Remember, Jove, thou wast a bull for thy ter Brook. Since I plucked' geese, played truant, Europa ; love set on thy horns.-0 powerful love? and whipped top, I knew not what it was to be that, in some respects, makes a beast a man; in beaten, lilllately. Follow me; I'll tell you strange

some other, a man a beast.-You were also, Jupiter, things of this knave Ford : on whom to-night I will a swan, for the love of Leda; 0, omnipotent be revenged, and I will deliver his wife into your

lore! how near the god drew to the complexion of hand. - Follow : Strange things in hand, master a goose !--A fault done first in the form of a beast; Brook! follow.

(Exeunt.

- Jove, a beastly fault! and then another fault

in the semblance of a fowl; think on't, Jove; a SCENE II.-Windsor Park. Enter Page, Shal- soul fault.-When gods have hot backs, what shall low, and Slender.

poor men do? For me, I am here a Windsor stag;

and the fattest, I think, i' the forest : send me a Page: Come, come; we'll couch i’ the castle- cool rut-time, Jove, or who can blame me to piss ditch, till we see the light of our fairies.-Remem- my tallow! Who comes here ? my doe ? ber, son Slender, my daughter. Slen. Ay, forsooth; I have spoke with her, and

Enter Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Page. we have a nay-word, how to know one another. Mrs. Ford. Sir John ? art thou there, my deer? I come to her in white, and cry, mum ; she cries, my male deer? budget; and by that we know one another. Shal. That's good too: But what needs either rain potatoes, let it thunder to the tune of Green

Fal. My doe, with the black scut?-Let the sky your mum, or her budget? the white will decipher Sleeves, hail kissing comlits, and snow eringoes; her well enough.-It hath struck ten o'clock. Page. The night is dark ; light and spirits will shelter me here.

let there come a tempest of provocation, I will become it well. Heaven prosper our sport! No

[Embracing her.

Mrs. Ford, Mistress Page is come with me, man means evil but the devil, and we shall know sweetheart. him by his horns. Let's away; follow me.

Fal. Divide me like a bribc-buck, each a haunch: [Ereunt. I will keep my sides to myself

, my shoulders for the

fellow) of this walk, and my horns I bequeath your SGENE III.-The Street in Windsor. Enter husbands. Am I a woodman? ha ! Speak U like Mrs. Page, Mrs. Ford, and Dr. Caius.

Herne the hunter ?-Why, now is Cupid a child of

conscience; he makes restitution. As I am a true Mrs. Page. Master doctor, my daughter is in

spirit, welcome!

[.Noise within. green: :: when you see your time, take her by the

Mrs. Page. Alas! what noise ? hand, away with her to the deanery, and despatch| Mrs. Ford. Heaven forgive our sins ! it quickly: Go before into the park; we two must

Fal. What should this be? go together.

Mrs. Ford. Caius. I know vat I have to do; Adieu.

Mrs. Page. { Away, away.

(They run off Mrs. Page. Fare you well, sir. (Exit Caius. ] My husband will not rejoice so much at the abuse lest the oil that is in me should set hell on fire; he

Fal. I think, the devil will not have me damned, of Falstaff, as he will chafe at the doctor's marry- would never else cross me thus. ing my daughter: but 'tis no matter ; better a little chiding, than a great deal of heart-break. Enter Sir Hugh Evans, like a satyr; Mrs. Quickly

Mrs. Ford. Where is Nan now, and her troop and Pistol; Anne Page, as the Fairy Queen, at of fairies ? and the Welsh deyil, Hugh?

tended by her brother and others, dressed like Mrs. Page. They are all couched in a pit hard fairies, with waxen tapers on their heads. by Herne's oak, with obscured lights; which, at

Quick. Fairies, black, grey, green, and white, (1) Keep to the time. (2) Watch-word.

(3) Keeper of the forest,

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