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stocks, i the common stocks, for a witch. Host. Which means she to deceive, father Quick. Sir, let me speak with you in your or mother?

ime: chamber : you shall hear how things go ; and, Fent. Both, my good host, to go along with I warrant, to your content. Here is a letter And here it resis,--that you'll procure the vicar will say somewhat. Good hearts, what ado To stay for me at church 'twixt twelve and one, here is to bring you together! Sure, one of And, in the lawful name of marrying, you does not serve heaven well, that you are To give our hearts united ceremony. (vicar: SO crossed.

Host. Well, husband your device: I'll to the Fal. Come up into my chamber. [Excunt. Bring you the maid, you shall not lack a priest. SCENE VI.-Another Room in the Garter Inn. Besides, I'll make a present recompense.

Fent. So shall I evermore be bound to thee; Enter Fenton and Host.

[Exeunt. Host. Master Fen:on, talk not to me; my mind is heavy: I will give over all. Feat. Yet hear me speak. Assist me in

ACT V. my purpose.

SCENE I.-A Room in the Garter Inn. And, as I am a gentleman, I'll give thee A bundred pound in gold more than your loss.

Enter Falstaff and Mrs. Quickly.
Hest. I will hear you, master Fenton; and Fal. Pr'ythee, no more prattling :-90 :-
I will, at the least, keep your counsel. (you I'll hold. This is the third time ; I hope goud

Feut. From time to time I have acquainted luck lies in odd numbers. Away, go. They
With the dear love I bear to fair Anne Page ; say there is divinity in odd numbers, either in
Who, mutually, hath answer'd my affection nativity, chance, or death.-Away.
So far forth as herself might be her chooser) Quick. I'll provide you a chain ; and I'll do
Even to my wish. I have a letter from her what I can to get you a pair of horns.
Of such contents as you will wonder at ; Fal. Away, I say ; time wears : hold up
The mirth whereof so larded with my matter, your head and mince. [Exit Mrs. Quickly.
That neither, singly, can be manifested,

Enter Ford. Without the show of both ;-wherein fat Fal- How now, master Brook! Master Brook, the staff

matter will be known to-night, or never. Be Hath a great scene : the image of the jest you in the park about midnight, at Herne's

[Pointing to the Letter. Joak, and you shall see wonders. 1'1 show you here at large. Hark, good mine Ford. Went you not to her yesterday, sir, host :

one, as you told me you had appointed ? To-night at Herne's oak, just 'twixt twelve and Fal. I went to her, master Brook, as you Vust my sweet Nan present the fairy queen ; see, like a poor old man: but I came from The purpose why, is here: [Pointing to her, master Brook, like a poor old woman. Letter.] in which disguise,

That same knave Ford, her husband, hath the While other jests are something rank on foot, finest mad devil of jealousy in him, master Her father hath commanded her to slip Brook, that ever governed frenzy :--I will tell Away with Slender, and with him at Eton you :-he beat me grievously, in the shape of Immediately to marry : she hath consented. a woman; for in the shape of a man, master Xox, Sir,

Brook, I fear not Goliath with a weaver's Her mother, even strong against that match, beam ; because I know also, life is a shuttle. I And firm for Dr. Caius, hath appointed am in haste; go along with me: I'll tell you That he shall likewise shuffle her away, all, master Brook. Since I plucked geese, While other sports are tasking of their minds, played truant, and whipped top, I knew not And at the deanery, where a priest attends, what it was to be beaten, till lately. Follow Straight marry her: to this her mother's plot me : I'll tell you strange things of this knave She, seemingly obedient, likewise hath (rests: Ford; on whom to-night I will be revenged, Made promise to the doctor :-Now, thus it and I will deliver his wife into your hand. Her father means she shall be all in white ; Follow :--Strange things in hand, master And in that habit, when Slender sees his time Brook :-follow.

[Exeunt. To take her by the hand, and bid her go,

SCENE II.-Windsor Park. She shall go with him : her mother hath intended,

Enter Page, Shallow, and Slender. The better to denote her to the doctor,

Page. Come, come: we'll couch ithe castleFor they must all be mask'd and vizarded,) ditch, till we see the light of our fairies.-ReThat, quaint in green, she shall be loose en- member, son Slender, my daughter. robd,

Slen. Ay, sorsooth ; I have spoke with her, With ribands pendent, flaring 'bout her head; and we have a nay-word, how to know one And when the doctor spies his vantage ripe, another. I come to her in white, and cry, To pinch her by the hand, and on that token, Mum ;" she cries"

· Budget," and by that The maid hath given consent to go with him. I we know one another.

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Shal. That's good too : but what needs goose !-A fault done first in the form of a either your "mum," or her“ budget?". the beast ;-O Jove, a beastly fault! and then white will decipher her well enough.—It hath another fault in the semblance of a fowl: struck ten o'clock.

think on't, Jove ; a foul fault.-When gods Page. The night is dark ; light and spirits have hot backs, what shall poor men do? For will become it well. Heaven prosper our me, I am here a Windsor stag; and the fattest, sport! No man means evil but the devil, and I think, i' the forest. Send me a cool rut-time, we shall know him by his horns. Let's away : Jove, or who can blame me to piss my tallow? follow me.

[Excunt. -Who comes here ? my doe?

Enter Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Page. SCENE III.---The Street in Windsor.

Mrs. Ford. Sir John! art thou there, my Enter Mrs. Page, Mrs. Ford, and Dr. Caius. deer? my male deer ?

Mrs. Page. Master Doctor, my daughter is Fal. My doe with the black scut !-Let the in green ! when you see your time, take her by sky rain potatoes ; let it thunder to the tune of the hand, away with her to the deanery, and "Green Sleeves," hail kissing-comfits, and despatch it quickly. Go before into the park : snow eringoes ; let there come a tempest of we two must go together.

provocation, I will shelter me here. Cuius. I know vat I have to do. Adieu.

(Embracing her. Mrs. Page. Fare you well, sir,

Mrs. Ford. Mistress Page is come with nie,

(Exit Caius.] sweetheart. My husband will not rejoice so much at the Fal. Divide me like a bribed buck, each a abuse of Falstaff, as he will crafe at the haunch: I will keep my sides to myself, my doctor's marrying my daughter : but 'tis no shoulders for the fellow of this walk, and my matter ; better a little chiding, than a great horns I bequeath your husbands. Am I a deal of heart-break.

woodman, ha ? Speak I like Herne the Mrs. Ford. Where is Nan now, and her hunter ?-.Why, now is Cupid a child of controop of fairies ? and the Welsh devil, Hugh? science; he makes restitution. As I am a true Mrs. Page. They are all couched in a pit spirit, welcome !

(Noise within. hard by Herne's oak, with obscured lights ; Mrs. Puage. Alas! what noise ? which, at the very instant of Falstaft's and Mrs. Ford. Heaven forgive our sins ! our meeting, they will at once display to the Fal. What should this be? night.

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Mrs. Ford. Mrs. Ford. That cannot choose but amaze Mrs. Pave. S

Away, away! [They run off. A1rs. Page. If he be not amazed, he will be Fal. I think the devil will not have me mocked ; if he be amazed, he will every way damned, lest the oil that is in me should set be mocked.

heil on fire ; he would never else have crossed Mrs. Ford. We'll betray him finely.

me thus. Mrs. Page. Against such lewdsters, and Enter Sir Hugh Evans, as a Satyr; Mrs. their lechery

Quickly, Anne Page, as the Fuiry Queen, Those that betray them do no treachery.

attended by her brother and others, as Mrs. Ford. The hour draws on : to the oak, fairies, with waxen lapers on their heads. to the oak !

[Exeunt. Quick. Fairies, black, grey, green, and SCENE IV.-Windsor Park.

white.

You moonshine revellers, and shades of night, Enter Sir Hugh Evans, disguised as a Satyr. You orphan-heirs of fixed destiny,

with Anne Page and others as Fairies. Attend your office and your quality.-Eva. Trib, trib, fairies : come ; and re- Crier Hobgoblin, make the fairy o-yes. member your parts. Be pold, I pray you ;

Pist. Elves, list your names; silence, you follow me into the pit ; and when I give the airy toys! watch-'ords, do as pid you : come, come ; Cricket, to Windsor chimneys shalt thou leap, trit, trib.

(Exeunt. Where fires thou find'st unrak'd and hearths

unswept, SCENE V.-Another part of the Park.

There pinch ihe maids as blue as bilberry : Enter Falstaff disguised as Herne, with a Our radiant queen hates sluts, and sluttery. Buck's Head on.

Fal. They are fairies : he that speaks to Fal. The Windsor bell hath struck twelve ;

them, shall die:

eye. the minute draws on. Now, the hot-blooded I'll wink and couch : no man their works must gods assist me!-remember, Jove, thou wast

[Lies down upon his face. a bull for thy Europa ; love set on thy horns : Eva. Where's Bede ?-Go you, and where -0) powerful love! that, in some respects, you find a maid,

[said, makes a beast a man ; in some other, a man That, ere she sleep, has thrice her prayers a beast. —You were also, Jupiter, a swan for Raise up the organs of her fantasy, the love of Leda :- omnipotent love ! how Sleep she as sound as careless infancy : [sins, near the god drew to the complexion of al But those that sieep, and think not on their

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Pinch them, arms, legs, backs, shoulders, noise of hunting is made within. The

Quick. About, about ! (sides, and shins. fairies run away. Falstaff pulls off his Search Windsor castle, elves, within and out : buck's head, and rises. Sirew good luck, ouphes, on every sacred Enter Page, Ford, Mrs Page, and Mrs. Ford. room ;

They lay hold on Falstaff. That it may stand till the perpetual doom, Page. Nay, do not fly : I think we have In state as wholesome as in state'tis fit;

watch'd you now ;

(turn? Worthy the owner, and the owner it. Will none but Herne the hunter serve your The several chairs of order look you scour Mrs. Page. I pray you come; hold up the With juice of balm and every precious flower: jest no higher.

(wives? Each fair instalment, coat, and several crest, Now, good Sir John, how like you Windsor With loyal blazon, ever more be blest ! See you these, husband ? do not these fair And nightly, meadow-fairies, look you sing, yokes Like to the Garter's compass, in a ring :

Become the forest better than the town? Th expressure that it bears, green let it be, Ford. Now sir, who's a cuckold now ?More fertile-fresh than all the field to see; Master Brook, Falstaff's a knave, a cuckoldly And, Honi soit qui mal y pense, write, knave ; here are his horns, master Brook : and, In emerald tufis, flowers purple, blue, and master Brook, he hath enjoyed nothing of white;

Ford's but his buck-basket, bis cudgel, and Like sapphire, pearl, and rich embroidery, twenty pounds of money, which must be paid Buckled below fair knighthood's bending to master Brook; his horses are arrested for knee :

it, master Brook. Fairies use flowers for their charactery.

Mrs. Ford. Sir John, we have had ill luck; Away! disperse! But, till 'tis one o'clock, we could never meet. I will never take you Our dance of custom round about the oak for my love again; but I will always count Of Herne the hunter, let us not forget.

[an ass. Eva. Pray you, lock hand in hand ; your- Fal. I do begin to perceive that I am made selves in order set;

Ford. Ay, and an ox too; both the proofs And twenty glow-worms shall our lanterns be, are extant. To guide our measure round about the tree.-- Fal. And these are not fairies? I was three But, stay! I smell a man of middle earth. or four times in the thought, they were not

Fri. Heavens defend me from that Welsh fairies: and yet the guiltiness of my mind, fairy, lest he transform me to a piece of cheese! the sudden surprise of my powers, drove the Pist. l'ile worm, thou wast o'erlook'd, even grossness of the foppery into a received belief, in thy birth.

[end : in despite of the teeth of all rhyme and reason, Quick. With trial-fire touch me his finger- that they were fairies. See now, how wit may If he be chaste, the flame will back descend, be made a Jack-a-lent, when 'tis upon ill And turn him to no pain ; but if he start, employment ! It is the flesh of a corrupted heart.

Eva. Sir John Falstaff, serve Got, and leave Pist. A trial, come.

your desires, and fairies will not pinse you. Eva.

Come, will this wood take fire? Ford. Well said, fairy Hugh. (you.

[They burn him with their tapers. Eva. And leave your jealousies too, I pray Fal. Oh, oh, oh!

(desire ! Ford. I will never mistrust my wife again, Quick. Corrupt, corrupt, and tainted in till thou art able to woo her in good English. About him, fairies; sing a scornful rhyme : Fal. Have I laid my brain in the sun, and And, as you trip, still pinch him to your time. dried it, that it wants matter to prevent so SONG.

gross o'er-reaching as this ? Am I ridden with

a Welsh goat too? shall I have a coxcomb of Fre on sinful fantasy!

frize? 'Tis time I were choked with a piece Fie on lust and luxury !

of toasted cheese.

(pelly is all putter. Last is but a bloody fire,

Eva. Seese is not goot to give putter ; your Kindled with unchaste desire,

Fal. Seese and putter ! have I lived to stand Fed in heart; whose flames aspire,

at the taunt of one that makes fritters of EngAs thoughts do blow them higher and higher. lish? This is enough to be the decay of lust Pinch him, fairies, mutually;

and late-walking through the realm. Pinch him for his villainy; (about,

Mrs. Page. Why, Sir John, do you think, Pinch him, and burn him, and turn him though we would have thrust virtue out of our Till candles, and star-light, and moonshine hearts by the head and shoulders, and have be out.

given ourselves without scruple to hell, that During this song, the fairies pinch Falstaff. ever the devil could have made you our deDoctor Caius comes one way, and steals away light?

(fax? a fairy in green ; Slender another way, and Ford. What, a hodge-pudding? a bag of takes off a fairy in white: and Fenton Mrs. Page. A puffed man ? (able entrails? comes, and steals away Anne Page. Page. Old, cold, withered, and of intoler

Ford. And one that is as slanderous as

Enter Doctor Caius. Page. And as poor as Job ? [Satan? Caius. Vere is mistress Page ? By gar, I Ford. And as wicked as his wife ?

am cozened : I ha' married un garçon, a boy ; Eva. And given to fornications, and to un paisan, by gar, a boy ; it is not Anne Page : taverns, and sack, and wine, and metheglins, by gar, I am cozened.

(green: and to drinkings, and swearings and starings, Mrs. Page. Why, did you take her in pribbles and prabbles ?

Caius. Ay, by gar, and 'tis a boy : by gar, Ful. Well, I am your theme : you have the I'll raise all Windsor.

(Exit. start of me; I am dejected ; I am not able to Ford. This is strange. Who hath got the answer the Welsh flannel ; ignorance itself is right Anne ? a plummet o'er me: use me as you will. Page. My heart misgives me : here comes

Ford. Marry, sir, we'll bring you to Wind- master Fenton. sor, to one master Brook, that you have Enter Fenton and Anne Page. cozened of money, to whom you should have How now, master Fenton ! been a pander : over and above that you have Anne. Pardon, good father !

good my suffered, I think, to repay that money will be mother, pardon ! a biting affliction.

Page. Now, mistress,

how chance you Pige. Yet be cheerful, knight : thou shalt went not with master Slender? eat a posset to-night at my house ; where I Mrs. Page. Why went you not with master will desire thee to laugh at my wife, that now doctor, maid?

(it. laughs at thee: tell her, master Slender hath Fent. You do amaze her: hear the truth of married her daughter.

You would have married her most shamefully, Ulrs. Page. [Aside.] Doctors doubt that: Where there was no proportion held in love. if Anne Page be my daughter, she is, by this, The truth is, she and I, long since contracted, doctor Caius' wife.

Are now so sure, that nothing can dissolve us. Enter Slender.

The offence is holy that she hath committed ; Slen. Whoo, ho ! ho! father Page! And this deceit loses the name of craft,

Page. Son, how now ! how now, son! have Of disobedience, or unduteous title ; you despatched ?

Since therein she doth evitate and shun Slen. - Despatched !--I'll make the best in A thousand irreligious cursed hours, Gloucestershire know on't ; would I were Which forced marriage would have brought Page. Of what, son ? [hanged, la, else!

(remedy. Slen. I came yonder at Eton to marry mis- Ford. Stand not amaz'd: here is tress Anne Page, and she's a great lubberly In love, the heavens themselves do guide the boy. If it had not been i' the church, I would

state ; have swinged him, or he should have swinged Money buys lands, and wives are sold by fate.

If I did not think it had been Anne Fal. I am glad, though you have ta'en a Page, would I might never stir !-and 'tis a special stand to strike at me, that your arrow

! post-master's boy.

(wrong. hath glanced. Page. Upon my life, then, you took the Page. Well, what remedy?-Fenton, heaven

Slon. What need you tell me that? I think give thee joy !so, when I took a boy for a girl. If I had What canno: be eschew'd must be embrac'd. been married to him, for all he was in woman's Fal. When night-dogs run, all sorts of deer apparel, I would not have had him.

are chas'd. Page. Why, this is your own folly. Did Mrs. Page. Well, I will muse no farther. not I tell you how you should know my Master Fenton, daughter by her garments ?

Heaven give you many, many merry days ! Slen. I went to her in white, and cried, Good husband, let us every one go home, " Mum," and she cried “ Budget," as Anne And laugh this sport o'er by a country fire ; and I had appointed ; and yet it was not Sir John and all. Anne, but a post-master's boy.

Ford.

Let it be so.—Sir John, Ulrs. Page. Good George, be not angry : 1 To master Brook you yet shall hold your knew of your purpose ; turned my daughter word ; into green ; and, indeed, she is now with the For he, to-night, shall lie with mistress Ford. doctor at the deanery, and there married.

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DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.
Vincentio, Duke of Vienna.

Elbow, a simple Constable.
Angelo, Lord Deputy in the Duke's absence. Froth, a foolish Gentleman.
Escalus, An ancient Lord, joined with An- Clown ; a Servant to Mistress Overdone.
gelo in the deputation.

Abhorson, an Executioner,
Claudio, a young Gentleman.

Barnardine, a dissolute Prisoner.
Lucio, a Fantastic.
Two other like Gentlemen.

Isabella, sister to Claudio.
Parrius, a Gentieman attending on the Duke. Mariana, betrothed to Angelo.
Provost.

Juliet, beloved of Claudio.

Francisca, a Nun.
Peter,
two Friars.
Mistress Overdone, a Bawd.

[ants. A Justice.

Lords, Officers, Citizens, Boy, and AttendSCENE,- Vienna.

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ACT I.

Are not thine own so proper, as to waste

Thyself upon thy virtues, them on thee.
SCENE I.-An Apartment in the Duke's

Heaven doth with us, as we with torches do ;
Palace.

Not light them for themselves; for if our virtues
Enter Duke, Escalus, Lords, and Attendants. Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike
Duke. Escalus,

Escal. My lord? As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely
Duke. Of government the properties to un-

touch'd, fold,

[course, But to fine issues ; nor nature never lends Wouid seem in me t'affect speech and dis- The smallest scruple of her excellence, Since I am put to know that your own science But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines Exceeds, in that, the lists of all advice Herself the glory of a creditor.- speech My strength can give you : then no more re- Both thanks and use. But I do bend my mains,

[able ; To one that can my part in him advertise ;
But that to your sufficiency, as your worth is Hold, therefore, Angelo :
And let them work. The nature of our people,

[Tendering his commission.
Our city's institutions, and the terms In our remove, be thou at full ourself ;
For common justice, you're as pregnant in Mortality and mercy in Vienna
As art and practice hath enriched any Live in thy tongue and heart. Old Escalus,
That we remember. There is our commission, Though first in question, is thy secondary :
From which we would not have you warp.- Take thy commission.
Call hither,

Ang.

Now, good my lord, I say, bid come before us Angelo.

Let there be some more test made of my metal,

(Exit an Attendant. Before so noble and so great a figure
What figure of us think you he will bear? Be stamp'd upon it.
For, you must know, we have with special soul Duke.

No more evasion :
Elected him our absence to supply :

We have with a leaven'd and prepared choice
Lent him our terror, drest him with our love ; Proceeded to you : therefore take your honours.
And given his deputation all the organs Our haste from hence is of so quick condition,
Of our own power. What think you of it? That it prefers itself, and leaves unquestion'd

Eual. If any in Vienna be of worth Matters of needful value. We shall write to To undergo such ample grace and honour,

you, li is lord Angelo.

As time and our concernings shall importune, Duke.

Look where he comes. How it goes with us ; and do look to know
Enter Angelo.

What doth befall you here. So, fare you well :
Ang. Always obedient to your grace's will, To the hopeful execution do I leave you
I come to know your pleasure.

Of your commissions.
Angelo, Ang

Yet, give leave, my lord,
There is a kind of character in thy life, That we may bring you something on the way.
That, to th' observer, doth thy history

Duke. My haste may not admit it ;
Fully ur fold. Thyself and thy belongings Nor need you, on mine honour, have to do

Duke.

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