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Slen. Mistress Ann Page? The has brown hair, and speaks small like a woman.

Eva. It is that ferry person for all the orld, a's just as you will defire ; and seven hundred pounds of monies, and gold and silver, is her grandfire upon his death's-bed (Got deliver to a joyful resurrections) give, when ne is able to overtake seventien years old it were a good motion, if we leave our pribbles and prabbles, and delire a marriage between master Abraham and mistress Ann Page. Slen.Did her grand-freleave her seven hundred pounds? Eva. Ay. and her father is make her a petter penny. Slen. I know the young gentlewoman; she has good gifts.

Eva, Seven hundred pounds, and posibilities, is good gifts.

Sbal. Well; let us see honeft Mr. Page: is Faltaff there?

EvaShall I tell you' a lye. I do depise a liar, as I do despise one that is falfe; or as I despise one that is

The Knight, Sir John, is there; and, I beseech you, be ruled by your well-wishers. I will peat the door [Knocks.) for master Page. What, hoa? Got bless your house here.

Enter Mr. Page. in to
Page. Who's there?

Eva. Here is Got's pleffing, and your friend, and justice Shallow; and here's young master Slender; that, peradventures, Thall tell you another tale, if matters

17 grow to your likings. od let my venison, mafter Sballoz.

Page. I am glad to see your worships well. I thank you

Shal. Master Page, I am glad to see you; much good do it your good heart: I with'd your venison

it was ill killa. How doth good mistress Page? and I thank you always with my heart, la; with

Page. Sir, I thank you.
- Sbal Sir, I thank you ; by yea and no, I do.
Page. I am glad to see you, good master Slender.


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my heart.

Slen. How do's your fallow greyhound, Sir? I heard say, he was out-run on Cotfale.

Page. It could not he judg'd, Sir.
Slen. You'll not confess, you'll not confess.

Shal. That he will not, 'uis your fault, 'tis your fault ; 'tis a good dog.

Page. A cur, Sir.

Shal. Sir, he's a good dog, and a fair dog ; can there be more said ? be is good and fair. Is Sir John Faltel" here?

Page. Sir, he is within ; and I would, I could do a good office between you.

Eva. It is spoke, as a christians ought to speak.
Sha!. He hath wrong'd me, master Page.
Page. Sir, he doch in some fort confess it,

Shal. If it be consels'd, it is not redress'd; is not that so, master Page ? he hath wrong'd me; indeed, ke hath ; at a word, he hath ; believe me, Robert Shallora Esquire faith, he is wrong'd.

Page. Here comes Sir John.
Enter Sir John Falstaff, Bardolph, Nym and Piftol.

Fal. Now, mafter Shallow, you'll complain of me to the King?

Shal. Knight, you have beaten my men, kill'd my deer, and broke open my lodge.

fal. But not kiss'd your keeper's daughter. Shal. Tut, a pin ; this shall be answered.

Fal. I will answer it strait : I have done all this. That is now answer'd.

Shal. The council fall know this.

Fal. 'T'were better for you, if 'twere not known in council; you'll be laugh’d at,

Eva. Paụca verba, Sir John, good worts.

Fal. Good worts? good cabbage. Slender, I broke your head : what matter have you against me?

Slen. Marry, Sir, I have matter in my head against you, and againt your cony.catching rascals, Bardolph, Nym, and Pistol


Bar. You Banbury cheese!
Slen. Ay, it is no matter.
Pift. How now, Mephoftophilus?
Slen. Ay, it is no matter.
Nym.Slice, I say; pauca, pauca: slice, that's may humour.
Slen, Where's Simple, my man? can you tell, coul.n?

Eva. Peace : I pray you : now let us understand; there is three umpires in this matter, as I understand ; that is, master Page; fidelicet, master Page; and there is myself; fidelicet, myself; and the three party is, laftly and finally, mine host of the garter.

Page. We three to hear it, and end it betiyeen them.

Eva. Ferry goot; I will make a prief of it in my note-book, and we will afterwards oik upon the caule with as great discreetly as we can.

Fal. Piftol,---
Pistol. He hears with ears.

Eva. The tevil and his famn! what phrase is this, he hears with ear? why, it is affectations.

Fal. Piftol, did you pick master Slender's purse?

Slen. Ay, by thele gloves, did he ; (or would I might never come in mine own great chamber again elle,) of seven groats in rnill-fixpences, and two Edward Shovel-boards, that cost me two shilling and two pençe a-piece, of lead Miller, by these gloves. Fal. Is tlris true. . Piftol? Eva. No; it is false, if it is a pick-purse. Pift. Ha, thou mountain foreigner!---Sir John, and

master mine, I combat challenge of this latten bilboe : (3)

Word (3) I combat challeng? of this Latin bilboe] Our modeřn Editors have distinguish'd this word, Latin, in Italie characters, as if it was address’d to Sir Hugh, and meant to call him pedantic blade, on account of his being a schoolmaster, and teaching Latin. But I'll be bold to fay, in this they do not take the Poet's conceit Pistol barely calls Sir Hugh mountain-foreigner, because he had interpos’d in the difpute : but then immediately demands the combat of Slender, for: having charg'd him with picking his pocket. The old quarto's write it latten, as it should be, in the common characters : And, as a proof that the Author design'd this should be address’d to Slender, Sir Hugh does not there interpose one word in the quarreli But what then


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4 mountain-copper, as its very name imports, and which we at this 224 The Merry Wives of WINDIOR. Word of denial in thy Labra's here: Word of denial, froth and fcum, thou ly’A. fignifies-latten bilbo 2 Why, Pifol seeing Slender such a slim puny, wight; would intimate, that he is as thin as a plate of ihat compound metal, which is call’a Totten; and which was, as we are told, the old oricbale. Monfcur Dacier, upon this verse in Horace's Epistle de Arte Poetica,

T.bis non ut nunc orichalco vincta, &c. says. Eft une espece de cuivre de montagne, come fon nom mefme le remoigne, c'ejf ce que nous afpel'ons aujourd' buy du letón.

Sort of s time of day call latten." Scaliger upon Feftus had said the same thing. The Metallifts tell us, it is copper mingled with lapis calami. xoris. The learned part of my readers will forgive me, if I attempt the correction of a pasage in Hesychius, upon the subject of oricbalc, which has been tamper'd with, but not cui'd, I think, to satisfaction. ορείχαλκος, χαλκός, χρυσώ έoικώς, η κρήνη αρχίχαλκος. (In the tra place, the series and order of Hefycbius thew he meant to write his theme, Opixu Anec, without the dipbthong.) Sopingius has conjec, tured, the last word should be a zpíxanxos. But what then has

xephen to do here ? Oricbalcum does not lignify a fountain; nor does Vibius Sequefter. or any body else to my knowledge, tell us of any fountain, Jake, or spring, that bore fuch'a name. Perhaps, the whole should be thas poinied and reform’d : 'Opixaaxos, ganxò; xpuas boxw s.pepe a to' cifti. Xanxós. Orichalcum, æs auri amulum; vel tum. quoddam; principium crijus,'&. Orichalc, a fort of brass like gold; or a compound me al, ihe foundation of which was brass. stepbanus, de urbibus, tells us of a ftone produc'd at Andeira, 'wiich, mingled with braís, became cricba!c. KPAOEIE zaaxm, 'Ofelgado xos yégvetas. Strabo is the foundation for what Stephanus says; who, Speaking of this stone, adds, If it be burnt with a certain earth, it melts to a counterfeit filver: which carth, having brass, mingled with ite.comes to that compounded metal which some call cricbalc. o poco λαβώσα χαλκών το καλέμεναν γίνεται KΡΑ ΜΑ, ότ.νες ορείχαλκος manžou. I'he old glossaries likewise have, aurichalca, xpe uaTija : which Junius in his book, de piflura veerum, corrects to KPA MA, TI: But Martinius, I find, disapproves of the correction. These quotations, I think, are somewhat in support of the conjecture I have offer'd. A word to the paffage quoted from Strabo, and I shall difmiss this criticism. Cafaubon very justly objects to the tautology of το καλέμενον, & ότινες καλώσι. He thinks, either something is wanting after nadeyevor: or that it should be expung’d. If I am aot miftaken, Strabo might bave wrote, with the change only of one letur, tò xanày mày őv givet i upána, perpulchra quidem fit mixtura : is e, a most beautiful compound is produced. The orichalç, we know, was so bright a metal, that, as Ifidore fays, it had the splen: 1 dor of gold, and the hardness of brass : and Pliny tells us, it was put under fome chrysolites, as a foil, to afast their lustre


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Slen. Ay, you spake in Latin' then too; but 'ris no

Slen. By these gloves, then 'twas he.

Nym. Be advis'd, Şir, and pass good humours: I will say marry trap with you, if you run the base humour on me; that is the

Slen. By this hat, then he in the red face had it; for tho? I cannot remember what I did when


made me drunk, yet I am not altogether an assosiasi ti keit

Fal. What say you, Scarlet and John?

Bard. Why, Sir, for my part, I say, the gentleman had drunk himself out of his five sentences. 3.1. Eva. It is his five senses : fy, what the ignorance is!

Bard. And being fap, Sir, was, as they say, cashier'd; and fo conclufions past the car-eires.

matter; I'll never be drunk whilft I live again, but in honeft, civil, godly company, for this trick; if I bę drunk, I'll be drunk with those that have the fear of God, and not with drunken knaves.

Eva. So Got udg me, that is a virtuous mind, S. Fal. You hear all the fe matters deny'd, gentlemen;

you hear it.

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Enter Miftrefs Ann Page, with wine tua Page. Nay, daughter, carry the wine


ein; we'll diink withino

[Exit Ann Pages Slen. O heav'n ! this is mistress Ann Page. sin : Enter Miffress Ford and Mistress Page. Page. How now,' miftrofs Fordson

Fal. Mistress Ford, by my troth; you are very welt met; by your leave, gwod mitteft.

(Kiving Page. Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome come we have a hot venison pafty to dinner.; come agentları men; I hope, we shall drink down all unkindness. din.

[Exě. F#. Page, &c. Manent Shallow, 'Evans, and Slender.

?? Slen. I had rather than forty shillings,"I' hndi niya book of songs and sonnets tiere.

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