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Jul. Oh, cry your mercy, Sir, I have mistook ; This is the ring you sent to Silvia.

Pro. How cam'st thou by this ring? at my depart, I gave this unto Julia.

Jul. And Julia herself did give it me. And Julia herfelf hath brought it hither.

Pro. How,. Julia ?

Jul. Behold her that gave aim to all thy oaths, And entertain'd 'em deeply in her heart: How oft hath thou with perjury cleft the root? Oh Protheus, let this habit make thee blush ! Be thou asham’d, that I have took upon me Such an immodeft rayment: if shame live In a disguise of love.It is the lesser blot, modefty finds, Women to change their shapes, than men their minds.

Pro. Than men their minds? 'tis true; oh heav'n!

were man

But conftant, he were perfect ; that one error
Fills him with faults; makes him run through all sins:
Inconstancy falls off, ere it begins.
What is in Silvia's face, but I may spy
More fresh in Julia's with a constant eye?

Val. Come, come, a hand from either: Let me be bleft to make this happy close; 'Twere pity, two such friends should long be foes.

Pro. Bear witness, heav'n, I have my wish for ever. Jul. And I mine.

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Enter Out-laws, with De and Thurio.

Prize, a prize, a prize:
Val. Forbear, forbear, it is my

lord the Duke.
Your Grace is welcome to a man disgrac'd,
The banish'd Valentine.
Duke. Sir Valentine ?

Thu.

Thu. Yonder is Silvia : and Silvia's mine.

Val. Thurio, give back; or else embrace thy death: Come not within the measure of

my

wrath.
Do not name Silvia thine; if once again,
Milan shall not behold thee. Here she stands,
Take but possession of her with a touch ;
I dare thee but to breathe upon my love,

Thu. Sir Valentine, I care not for her, I.
I hold him but a fool, that will endanger
His body for a girl that loves him not.
I claim her not; and therefore she is thine.

Duke. The more degenerate and base art thou,
To make such means for her as thou hast done,
And leave her on such flight conditions.
Now, by the honour of my ancestry,
I do applaud thy spirit, Valentine,
And think thee worthy of an empress' love:
Know then, I here forget all former griefs ;
Cancel all grudge, repeal thee home again,
Plead a new state in thy unrival'd merit,
To which I thus subscribe: Sir Valentine,
Thou art a gentleman, and well deriv'd;
Take thou thy Silvia, for thou haft deserv'd her.
Val. I thank your Grace; the gift hath made me

happy. I now beseech you, for your daughter's sake, To grant one boon that I shall alk of

you. Duke. I grant it for thine own, whate'er it be.

Val. These banishid men, that I have kept withal, Are men endu'd with worthy qualities: Forgive them what they have committed here, And let them be recall'd from their exile. They are reformed, civil, full of good, And fit for great employment, worthy lord.

Duke. Thou haft prevail'd, I pardon them and thee; Dispose of them, as thou know ft their deserts. Come, let us go; we will include all jars With triumphs, mirth, and rare folemnity. Vol. 1 L

Val.

Val. And as we walk along, I dare be bold With our discourse to make

your

Grace to smile. What think you of this Page, my lord ? Duke. I think, the boy hath grace in him; he

blushes. Val. I warrant you, my lord, more grace than boy, Duke. What mean you by that saying?

Val. Please you, I'll tell you as we pass along,
That you will wonder what hath fortuned.
Come, Protheus, 'tis your penance but to hear
The story of your loves discovered:
That done, our day of marriage shall be yours,
One feast, one house, one mutual happiness.

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SIR John Falstaff.
Fenton, a young Gentleman of small Fortune, in Love with

Mrs. Anne Page.
Shallow, a Country Justice.
Slender, Cousin to Shallow, a foolish Country Squire.
Mr. Page,

two Gentlemen, dwelling at Windsor.
Mr. Ford,
Sir Hugh Evans, a Welch Parson.
Dr. Caius, a French Doctor.
Host of the Garter, a merry talking Fellow.
Bardolph,
Pistol, Sharpers attending on Falstaff.
Nym,
Robin, Page to Falstaff.
William Page, a Boy, Son to Mr. Page.
Simple, Servant to Slender.
Rugby, Servant to Dr. Caius.

Mrs. Page, Wife to Mr. Page.
Mrs. Ford, Wife to Mr. Ford.
Mrs. Anne Page, Daughter to Mr. Page, in love with

Fenton.
Mrs. Quickly, Servant to Dr. Caius.

Servants to Page, Ford, bc.

SCENE, Windfor: and the Parts adjacent.

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