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Pro. That you are well deriv'd.

[a fool.

Sil. O Valentine ! this I endure for thee. Jul. (Aside.] True ; from a gentleman to

[Exeunt. Thu. Considers she my possessions ? Pro. O, ay; and pities them.

SCENE IV.-Another part of the Forest. Th14. Wherefore ?


Enter Valentine.
Jul. [Aside.] That such an ass should owe
Pro. That they are out by lease.

Val. How use doth breed a habit in a man ! Jul. Here comes the duke.

These shadowy, desert, unfrequented woods, Enter Duke.

I better brook than flourishing peopled towns, Duke. How now, Sir Proteus ! how now, Here can I sit alone, unseen of any, Thurio !

And to the nightingale's complaining notes Which of you saw Sir Eglamour of late ? Tune my distresses, and record my woes. Thu, Not I. Pro. Nor I.

O thou, that dost inhabit in my breast, Duke. Saw you my daughter ?

Leave not the mansion so long tenantless, Pro. Neither.

Lest, growing ruinous, the building fall, Duke. Why, then,

And leave no memory of what it was ! She's filed unto that peasant Valentine ; Repair me with thy presence, Silvia ! And Eglamour is in company.

Thou gentle nymph, cherish thy forlorn swain ! "Tis true; for Friar Laurence met them both,

[Noise heard. As he in penance wander'd through the forest : What halloing, and what stir, is this to-day ? Him he knew well; and guess'd that it was she; These are my mates, that make their wills But, being mask'd, he was not sure of it :

their law, Besides, she did not intend confession [not. Have some unhappy passenger in chace. At Patrick's cell this even ; and there she was They love me well ; yet I have much to do, These likelihoods confirm her flight from To keep them from uncivil outrages.hence :

Withdraw thee, Valentine : who's this comes Therefore, I pray you, stand not to discourse, here?

(Retires. But mount you presently; and meet with me Enter Proteus, Silvia, and Julia. Upon the rising of the mountain-foot, [fied: Pro. Madam, this service I have done for That leads towards Mantua, whither they are you,

[doth,) Despatch, sweet gentlemen, and follow me. (Though you respect not aught your servant

(Exit. To hazard life, and rescue you from him Thu. Why, this it is to be a peevish girl, That would have forc'd your honour and your That flies her fortune when it follows her.

love : I'll after; more to be reveng'd on Eglamour Vouchsafe me, for my meed, but one fair look ; Than for the love of reckless Silvia. [Exit. A smaller boon than this I cannot beg, Pro. And I will follow, more for Silvia's And less than this, I am sure, you cannot give. love

Val. (Aside.] How like a dream is this I Than hate of Eglamour, that goes with her.

see and hear !

[Exit. Love, lend me patience to forbear a while. Jul. And I will follow, more to cross that Sil. O, miserable, unhappy that I am ! love,

Pro. Unhappy were you, madam, ere I Than hate for Silvia, that is gone for love.

came ;

[Exit. But by my coming I have made you happy. SCENE III.-Frontiers of Mantua.


Sil. By thy approach thou mak'st me most

unhappy: Forest. Enter Outlaws with Silvia.

Jul. (Aside.] And me, when he approacheth 1 Out. Come, come; be patient ; we must to your presence. bring you to our captain.

(one Sil. Had I been seized by a hungry lion, Sil. A thousand more mischances than this I would have been a breakfast to the beast, Have learn'd me how to brook this patiently. Rather than have false Proteus rescue me.

2 Out. Come, bring her away. [with her? O, heaven be judge, how I love Valentine, i Out. Where is the gentleman that was Whose life's as tender to me as my soul : 3 Out. Being nimble-footed, he hath out- And full as much (for more there cannot be) run us;

I do detest false perjur'd Proteus ! But Moyses, and Valerius, follow him. Therefore be gone, solicit me no more. Go thou with her to the west end of the wood ; Pro. What dangerous action, stood it next There is our captain. We'll follow him that's to death, The thicket is beset ; he cannot 'scape. (fled : Would I not undergo for one calm look ? [Ereunt all except the First Outlaw and Silvia. O, 'tis the curse in love, and still approv'd, i Out. Come, I must bring you to our When women cannot love, where they're becaptain's cave.

lov'd !

(belov'd. Fear not; he bears an honourable mind, Sil. When Proteus cannot love where he's And will not use a woman lawlessly. Read over Julia's heart, thy first best love,


For whose dear sake thou didst then rend thy Pro. But how cam'st thou by this ring? faith

At my depart I gave this unto Julia. Into a thousand oaths; and all those oaths Jul. And Julia herself did give it me; Descended into perjury, to love me.

And Julia herself hath brought it hither. Thou hast no faith left now, unless thou'dst Pro. How! Julia !

Toaths, two,

(none Jul. Behold her that gave aim to all thy And that's far worse than none : better have and entertain'd them deeply in her heart : Than plural faith, which is too much by one. How oft hast thou with perjury cleft the root ! Thou counterfeit to thy true friend !

O Proteus ! let this habit make thee blush : Pro.

In love Be thou asham'd, that I have took upon me Who respects friend?

Such an immodest raiment,--if shame live Sil.

All men but Proteus. In a disguise of love. Pro. Nay, if the gentle spirit of moving It is the lesser blot, modesty finds, words

Women to change their shapes, than men their Can no way change you to a milder form,

minds. I'll woo you like a soldier, at arms' end,

Pro. Than men their minds ! 'tis true. O And love you 'gainst the nature of love, -force heaven ! were man Sil. O heaven!

[you. But constant, he were perfect : that one error Pro. I'll force thee yield to my desire. Fills him with faults; makes him run through Val. (Coming forward.) Ruffian, let go


all sins: rude uncivil touch ;

Inconstancy falls off, ere it begins. Thou friend of an ill-fashion !

What is in Silvia's face, but I may spy Pro. Valentine! (faith or love ; More fresh in Julia's, with a constant eye?; Val. Thou common friend, that's without Val. Come, come, a hand from either. (For such is a friend now) treach'rous man ! Let me be blest to make this happy close: Thou hast beguild my hopes: nought but "Twere pity two such friends should be long mine eye

foes. Could have persuaded me. Now I dare not say, Pro. Bear witness, heaven, I have my wish I have one friend alive : thou wouldst dis

for ever. prove me.

(hand Jul. And I mine. Who should be trusted now, when one's right Enter Outlaws, with Duke and Thurio. Is perjur'd to the bosom? Proteus,

Out. A prize! a prize ! a prize! (the duke. – I am sorry I must never trust thee more, Val. Forbear, forbear, I say! it is my lord But count the world a stranger for thy sake. Your grace is welcome to a man disgracid, The private wound is deepest. O time most Banished Valentine. Duke, Sir Valentine ! curst!

(worst ! Thu. Yonder is Silvia ; and Silvia's mine. "Mongst all foes, that a friend should be the Val. Thurio, give back, or else embrace thy Pro. My shame and guilt confound me.

death. Forgive me, Valentine. If hearty sorrow Come not within the measure of my wrath : Be a sufficient ransom for offence,

Do not name Silvia thine; if once again, 1 tender't here; I do as truly suffer,

Milano shall not hold thee. Here she stands: As e'er I did commit.

Take but possession of her with a touch ;l'al.

Then, I am paid ; I dare thee but to breathe upon my love. And once again I do receive thee honest. Thu. Sir Valentine, I care not for her, I : Who by repentance is not satisfied,

I hold him but a fool, that will endanger Is nor of heaven, nor earth ; for these are His body for a girl that loves him not: pleas'd.

I claim her not, and therefore she is thine. Ev penitence th' Eternal's wrath's appeas'd :- Duke. The more degenerate and base art And, that my love may appear plain and free,

thou, All that was mine in Silvia I give thee. To make such means for her as thou hast done, Jul. O me unhappy!

[Faints. And leave her on such slight conditions.Pro. Look to the boy.

Now, by the honour of my ancestry, Val. Why, boy! why, wag! how now! I do applaud thy spirit, Valentine, what's the matter? look up ; speak.

And think thee worthy of an empress' love : Jul. O good sir, my master charg'd me to know then, I here forget all former griefs, deliver a ring to Madam Silvia ; which, out of Cancel all grudge, repeal thee home again : my neglect, was never done.

Plead a new state in thy unrivalld merit, Pro. Where is that ring, boy?

To which I thus subscribe, --Sir Valentine, Jul. Here 'tis : this is it. [Gives a ring. Thou art a gentleman, and well derivd;

Pro. How! let me see !-why, this is the ring Take thou thy Silvia, for thou hast deserv'd her. I gave to Julia.

Val. I thank your grace; the gift hath made Jul. O, cry you mercy, sir; I have mistook: me happy. This is the ring you sent to Silvia.

I now beseech you, for your daughter's sake, (Shows another ring. I To grant one boon that I shall ask of you.

Duke. I grant it, for thine own, whate'er it With our discourse to make your grace to be.

smile. Val. These banish'd men, that I have kept What think you of this page, my lord ? withal,

Duke. I think the boy hath grace in him : Are men endu'd with worthy qualities :

he blushes.

[than boy. Forgive them what they have committed here, Val. I warrant you, my lord, -more grace And let them be recall'd from their exile : Duke. What mean you by that saying ? They are reformed, civil, full of good,

Val. Please you, I'll tell you as we pass And fit for great employment, worthy lord.

along, Duke. Thou hast prevail'd; I pardon them, That you will wonder what hath fortuned. and thee :

Come, Proteus ; 'tis, your penance, but to hear Dispose of them, as thou know'st their deserts. The story of your loves discovered : Come; let us go : we will include all jars That done, our day of marriage shall be yours ; With triumphs, mirth, and rare solemnity. One feast, one house, one mutual happiness. Val. And as we walk along, I dare be bold



DRAMATIS PERSONÆ. Sir John Falstaff.

Bardolph, Pistol, Nym, followers of Falstaff. Fenton.

Robin, page to Falstaff

. Shallow, a Country Justice.

Simple, servant to Slender. Slender, cousin to Shallow.

Rugby, servant to Dr. Caius. Page, ) two Gentlemen dwelling at Windsor.

Mistress Ford. William Page, a Boy, son to Page.

Mistress Page. Sir Hugh Evans, a Welsh Parson.

Anne Page, her daughter, in love with Fenton. Dr. Caius, a French Physician.

Mistress Quickly, servant to Dr. Caius.
Host of the Garter Inn.

Servants to Page, Ford, &c.
SCENE.-Windsor ; and the neighbourhood.


ACT 1.

Shal. The luce is the fresh fish; the salt fish

is an old coat. SCENE I.-Windsor. Before Page's House.

Slen. I may quarter, coz? Enter Justice Shallow, Slender, and Shal. You may, by marrying. Sir Hugh Evans.

Eva. It is marring, indeed, if he quarter it. Shal. Sir Hugh, persuade me not; I will Shal. Not a whit. make a Star-chamber matter of it: if he were Eva. Yes, py'r lady ; if he has a quarter of twenty Sir John Falstaffs, he shall not abuse your coat, there is but three skirts for yourself, Robert Shallow, Esquire.

in my simple conjectures : but that is all one. Slen. In the county of Gloster, justice of If Sir John Falstaff have committed disparagepeace and coram.

ments unto you, I am of the church, and will Shal. Ay, cousin Slender, and cust-alorum. be glad to do my benevolence, to make atone

Slen. Ay, and ratolorum too; and a gen- ments and compromises between you. tleman born, master parson; who writes him- Shal. The council shall hear it : it is a selí armigero, --in any bill, warrant, quittance riot. or obligation, armigero.

Eva. It is not meet the council hear a riot; Shal. Ay, that I do ; and have done any there is no fear of Got in a riot : the council, time these three hundred years.

look you, shall desire to hear the fear of Got, Slen. All his successors, gone before him, and not to hear a riot; take your vizaments in have done't; and all his ancestors that come that. after him, may: they may give the dozen Shal. Ha! o' my life, if I were young again, white luces in their coat.

the sword should end it. Shal. It is an old coat.

Eva. It is petter that friends is the sword, Eva. The dozen white louses do become an and end it: and there is also another device in old coat well ; it agrees well, passant: it is a my prain, which, peradventure, prings good familiar beast to man, and signifies-love. discretions with it: there is Anne Page, which

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is daughter to master George Page, which is is not that so, master Page? He hath wronged pretty virginity.

me ; indeed, he hath ;-at a word, he hath :--Slen. Mistress Anne Page? She has brown believe me :--Robert Shallow, Esquire, saith, hair, and speaks small, like a woman. he is wronged.

Eza. It is that fery person for all the 'orld, Page. Here comes Sir John. as just as you will desire ; and seven hundred Enter Sir John Falstaff, Bardolph, Nym, pounds of monies, and gold, and silver, is her

and Pistol. grandsire, upon his death's-bed, (Got deliver to Fal. Now, master Shallow,-you'll coma joyful resurrections !) give, when she is able plain of me to the king? to overtake seventeen years old. It were a goot Shal. Knight, you have beaten my men, motion, if we leave our pribbles and prabbles, killed my deer, and broke open my lodge. and desire a marriage between master Abra- Fal. But not kissed your keeper's daughter? ham and Mrs. Anne Page.

Shal. Tut, a pin ! this shall be answered. Shal. Did her grandsire leave her seven Fal. I will answer it straight :-I have done hundred pound?

all this. That is now answered.
Ev. Ay, and her father is make her a pet- Shal. The council shall know this.

Fal. "Twere better for you, if it were known Shal. know the young gentlewoman ; she in counsel : you'll be laughed at. has good gifts.

Eva. Pauca verba, Sir John; goot worts. Eva. Seven hundred pounds, and possibili- Fal. Good worts ! good cabbage.-Slender, ties, is good gifts.

I broke your head ; what matter have you Skal. Well, let us see honest master Page. against me? Is Falstaff there?

Slen. Marry, sir, I have matter in my head Eva. Shall I tell you a lie? I do despise a against you ; and against your coney-catching liar, as I do despise one that is false ; or as I rascals, Bardolph, Nym, and Pistol ; they despise one that is not true. The knight, Sir carried me to the tavern, and made me drunk, John, is there ; and, I beseech you, be ruler and afterwards picked my pocket. by

your well-willers. I will peat the door Bard. You Banbury cheese !
for master Page. [Knocks.] What, ho! Got Slen. Ay, it is no matter.
pless your house here!

Pist. How now, Mephostophilus !
Page. (Within.) Who's there?

Slen. Ay, it is no matter.
Exi. Here is Got's plessing, and

Nym. Slice, I say! pauca, pauca ; slice !
and justice Shallow ; and here young master that's my humour.
Slender, that peradventures, shall tell you Slen, Where's Simple, my man ?---can you
another tale, if matters grow to your likings. tell, cousin ?
Enter Page.

Eva. Peace, I pray you.

Now let us Page. I am glad to see your worships well understand : there is three umpires in this I thank you for my venison, master Shallow. matter, as I understand ; that is-master Page,

Shal. Master Page, I am glad to see you: fidelicet, master Page ; and there is myself, much good do it your good heart ! I wished fidelicet, myself; and the three party is, lastly your venison better ; it was ill kill'd.--How and finally, mine host of the Garter. doth good mistress Page ?-and I thank you Page. We three, to hear it, and end it bealsays with my heart, la ; with my heart. tween them. Page. Sir,

Eva. Fery goot : I will make a prief of it in Shal. Sir, I thank you ; by yea and no, I do. my note-book; and we will afterwards 'ork

Page. I am glad to see you, good master upon the cause, with as great discreetly as we Slender.

Fal. Pistol,

[can. Slen. How does your fallow greyhound, sir? Pist. He hears with ears. I heard say, he was outrun on Cotsall.

Eva. The tevil and his tam ! what phrase is Page. It could not be judged, sir.

this, He hears with car f" Why, it is affectaSlen. You'll not confess, you'll not confess. tions.

[purse? Shal. That he will not :--'tis your fault, Fal. Pistol, did you pick master Slender's 'tis your fault :- 'Tis a good dog.

Slen. Ay, by these gloves, did he, -or I Page. A cur, sir.

would I might never come in mine own great Shal. Sir, he's a good dog, and a fair dog : chamber again else, -of seven groats in millcan there be more said ? he is good, and fair. sixpences, and two Edward shovel-boards, -is Sir John Falstaff here?

that cost me two shilling and two pence aPage. Sir, he is within ; and I would I could piece of Yead Miller, by these gloves. do a good office between you.

Fal. Is this true, Pistol ?
Eva. It is spoke as a Christians ought to Eva. No; it is false, if it is a pick-purse.

Pist. Ha, thou mountain foreigner ! - Sir
Shal. He hath wronged me, master Page. John and master mine,
Page. Sir, he doth in some sort confess it. I combat challenge of this latten bilbo--
Skal. If it be confessed, it is not redressed ;/ Word of denial in thy labras here;

your friend,

thank you.

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Word of denial : froth and scum, thou liest. says : I pray you pardon me; he's a justice of

I Slen. By these gloves, then, 'twas he. peace in his country, simple though I stand

Nym. Be avised, sir, and pass good here. humours. I will say, marry trap," with you,

Eva. But that is not the question ; the if you run the nuthook's humour on me ; that question is concerning your marriage, is the very note of it.

Shal. Ay, there's the point, sir. Slen. By his that, then, he in the red face Eva. Marry, is it ; the very point of it ; to had it ; for though I cannot remember what I mistress Anne Page. did when you made me drunk, yet I am not Slen. Why, it be so, I will marry her altogether an ass.

upon any reasonable demands. Fal. What say you, Scarlet and John ? Eva. But can you affection the 'oman?

Bard. Why, sir, for my part, I say, the Let us command to know that of your mouth, gentleman had drunk himself out of his five or of your lips ; sor divers philosophers hold, sentences,

that the lips is parcel of the mouth : therefore, Eva. It is his

“ five senses : fie, what the precisely, can you carry your good will to the ignorance is !


[her? Bard. And being fap, sir, was, as they say, Shal. Cousin Abraham Slender, can you love cashier'd ; and so conclusions pass'd the Slen. I hope, sir, I will do as it shall become careires.

one that would do reason. Slen. Ay, you spake in Latin then too; but Eva. Nay, Got's lords and his ladies, you 'tis no matter : I'll ne'er be drunk whilst I must speak possitable, if you can carry her live again, but in honest, civil, godly company, your desires towards her. for this trick ; if I be drunk, i'll be drunk Shal. That you must. Will you, upon good with those that have the fear of God, and not dowry, marry her? with drunken knaves.

(mind. Slen. I will do a greater thing than that, Eva. So Got 'udge me, that is a virtuous upon your request, cousin, in any reason.

Fal. You hear all these matters denied, Shal. Nay, conceive me, conceive me, sweet gentlemen ; you hear it.

coz : what I do, is to pleasure you, coz. Can Enter Anne Page, with Wine; Mistress you love the maid ? Ford and Mistress Page.

Slen. I will marry her, sir, at your request; Page. Nay, daughter, carry the wine in ; but if there be no great love in the beginning, we'll drink within.

(Exit Anne Page. yet heaven may decrease it upon better acSlen. O heaven ! this is mistress Anne Page. quaintance, when we are married, and have Page. How now, mistress Ford !

more occasion to know one another : I hope, Fal. Mistress Ford, by my troth, you are upon familiarity will grow more contempt; very well met: by your leave, good mistress. but if you say, "Marry her," I will marry her:

[Kissing her. that I am freely dissolved, and dissolutely. Page. Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome. - Eva. It is a fery discretion answer ; save, Come, we have a hot venison pasty to dinner : the faul is in the 'ort “dissolutely :" the 'ort come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down is, according to our meaning, “ resolutely " all unkindness.

His meaning is goot. (Exeunt all but Shallow, Slender, and Evans. Shal. Ay, I think my cousin meant well.

Slen. I had rather than forty shillings, I Slen. Ay, or else I would I might be hanged, had my book of Songs and Sonnets here. la. Enter Simple.

Shal. Here comes fair mistress Anne. -ReHow now, Simple! Where have you been? Jenter Anne Page.] Would I were young for I must wait on myself, must I? You have not your sake, mistress Anne. the Book of Riddles about you, have you ? Anne. The dinner is on the table; my father

Sim. Book of Riddles ?' why, did you not desires your worships' company. lend it to Alice Shortcake upon Allhallowmas Shal. I will wait on him, fair mistress Anne. last, a fortnight afore Michaelmas ?

Eva. Od's plessed will! I will not be abShal. Come, coz; come, coz; we stay for sence at the grace. you. A word with you, coz; marry, this,

[Exeunt Shallow and Sir H. Evans. coz : there is, as 'twere a tender, a kind of Anne. Will't please your worship to come tender, made afar off by Sir Ilugh here: do in, sir? you understand me?

Slen. No, I thank you, forsooth, heartily; I Slen. Ay, sir, you shall find me reasonable : am very well. if it be so, I shall do that that is reason.

Anne. The dinner attends you, sir. Shal. Nay, but understand me.

Slen. I am not a-hungry, I thank you forSlen. So I do, sir.

sooth.-Go, sirrah, for all you are my man, Eva. Give ear to his motions, master go, wait upon my cousin Shallow. [Exit Slender : I will description the matter to you, Simple.) A justice of peace sometime may be if you be capacity of it.

beholden to his friend for a man.--I keep but Slen. Nay, I will do as my cousin Shallow three men and a boy yet, till my mother be

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