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Slen. By these gloves, then 'twas he.

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

Sken. By this hat, then he in the red face had it; for tho' I cannot remember what I did when you made me drunk, yet I am not altogether an ass.

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.

Eva. It is his five senses : fy, what the ignorance is !

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

Slen. Ay, you spake in Latin then too; but 'tis no matter; I'll never be drunk whilft I live again, but in honeft, civil, godly company, for this trick; if I be 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.
Fal. You hear all these matters deny’d, gentlemen ;

you hear it.

Enter Mistress Ann Page, with wine. Page. Nay, daughter, carry the wine in; we'll drink within.

[Exit. Ann Page. Slen. O heav'n! this is mistress Ann Page.

Enter Mistress Ford and Mistress Page. Page. How now, mistress Ford

Fal. Mistress Ford, by my troth, you are very well met; by your leave, good mistress. [Killing her.

Page. Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome : come, we have a hot venison palty to dinner; come, gentlemen; I hope, we shall drink down all unkindness.

[Exe. Fal. Page, &c.

Manent Shallow, Evans, and Slender. Slen. I had rather than forty shillings, I had my book of songs and sonnets here.

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Enter Simple. How now, Simple, where have you been? I must wait on myself, mult I? you have not the book of riddles about you, have you?

Simp. Book of riddles? why, did you not lend it to Alice Shortcake (4) upon All-ballowmas laft, a fortnighs afore Martlemas?

Shal. Come, coz; come, coz; we stay for you : a word with you, coz; marry this, coz; there is, as 'twere, a tender, a kind of tender, made afar off by Sir Hugh here ; do you understand me? Šlen. Ay, Sir, you

Thall find me reasonable: if it be fo, I shall do that that is reason.

Shal. Nay, but understand me.
Slen. So I do, Sir.

Eva. Give ear to his motions, Mr. Slender : I will description the matter to you, if you be capacity of it.

Slen. Nay, I will do, as my cousin Shallow says: I pray you, pardon me; he's a justice of peace in his country, simple tho' I stand here.

Eva. But that is not the question: the question is concerning your marriage.

Shal. Ay, there's the point, Sir.

Eva. Marry, is it? the very point of it, to Mrs. Ann Page.

Šlen. Why, if it be fo, I will marry her upon any. reasonable demands..

Eva. But can you affection the 'oman ? let us command to know that of your mouth, or of your lips; for divers philosophers hold, that the lips is parcel of the


(4) Upon Allhallowmas laft, a fortnight afore Michaelmas.] Sure. Simple's a little out in his reckoning. Allballowmas is almost five weeks after Micbaclmas. But may it not be urg'd, it is design'd; Sirple should appear thus ignorant, to keep up character ? I think,

The simplest creatures, (nay, even naturals) generally are very precise in the knowledge of festivals, and, marking how the seasons

And therefore I have ventur'd to suspect, our Poet wrote
Martlemas, as the vulgar call it; which is near, a fortnight after All.
Saints day, i. e. eleven days, both inclusive.

mind :


marry her?

mind: therefore precifely, can you carry your good will to the maid?

Shal. Cousin Abraham Slender, can you love her?

Slend. I hope, Sir; I will do, as it shall become one that would do reason.

Eva. Nay, Got's Lord and his Ladies, you muit speak poffitable, if you can carry her your desires towards her.

Shal. That you must : will you, upon good dowry,

Slen. I will do a greater thing than that upon your requeft, confin, in any reason.

Shal. Nay, conceive me, conceive me, sweet coz; what I do, is to pleasure you, coz: can you love the maid?

Şlen. I will marry her, Sir, at your request: but if there be no great love in the beginning, yet heav'n may decrease it upon better acquaintance, when we are marry'd, and have more occasion to know one another : (5) I hope, upon familiarity will grow more contempt; but if you say, marry her, I will marry her, that I am freely dissolved, and dissolutely.

Eva. It is a ferry discretion answer; save, the fall is in th' ort dissolutely : the ort is, according to our meaning, resolutely; his meaning is good.

Shal. Ay, I think, my cousin meant well.
Slen. Ay, or else I would I might be hang'd, la.

Enter Miftress Ann Page. Shal. Here comes fair mistress Arn: would I wore young

for your fake, mistress Ann. Ann. The dinner is on the table; my father desires: your worship's company.

(5) I bope, upon familiarity will grow more content.] Certainly the Editors in their sagacity have murder'd ajett here. It is designs, no doubt, that Slender should fas decrease, instead of increase; and disseived and diffolutely, instead of resolved and resclutely; but to make Trim fay, on the present occasion, that upon familiarity will grow more content, instead of contempt, is disarming the sentiment of all its falt and bumour, and disappointing the audience of a reasonable cause fos laughter.


Shal. I will wait on him, fair mistress Ann.

Eva. Od's plessed will, I will not be absence at the grace.

(Exe. Shallow and Evans. Ann. Will't please your worship to come in, Sir ? Slen. No, I thank you, forsooth heartily; I am very


Ann. The dinner attends


Sir. Slen. I am not a-hungry, I thank you, forsooth. Go, firrah, for all you are my man, go

upon my

cousin Shallow: [Exit Simple.) a justice of peace sometime may be beholden to his friend for a man. I keep but three men and a boy yet, 'till my mother be dead; but what though, yet I live like a poor gentleman born.

Ann. I may not go in without your worship; they will not fit, 'till you come.

Slen. I'faith, I'll eat nothing; I thank you as much as though I did.

Ann. I pray you, Sir, walk in.

Slen, I had rather walk here, I thank you : I bruis'd my shin th' other day with playing at sword and dagger with a master of fence, three veneys for a dish of stew'd prunes ; and, by my troth, I cannot abide the smell of hot meat fince. Why do your dogs bark for be there bears i' th' town?

Ann. I think, there are, Sir; I heard them talk'd of.

Slen. I love the sport well, but I shall as soon quarrel at it as any man in England. You are afraid, if you see the bear loose, are you not ?

Ann. Ay, indeed, Sir.

Slen. That's meat and drink to me now; I have seen Sackerson loose twenty times, and have taken him by the chain; but, I warrant you, the women have fo cry'd and shrick'd at it, that it past: but women, indeed, cannot abide 'em, they are very ill-favour'd rough things.

Enter Mr. Page. Pag. Come, gentle Mr. Slender, come; we stay for you. Slen. I'll eat nothing, I thank you, Sir. Page. By cock and pye, you shall not chufe, Sir;


COIDe ; come.

Slen. Nay, pray you, lead the way.
Page. Come on, Sir.
Slen. Mistress Ann, yourself shall go first. .
Ann. Not I, Sir; pray you, keep on.

Slen. Truly, I will not go first, truly-la: I will not do you that wrong.

Ann. I pray you, Sir.

Slen. I'll rather be unmannerly, than troublesome; you do yourself wrong, indeed-la.

(Exeunt. Re-enter Evans and Simple. Eva. Go your ways, and ask of doctor Caius's house which is the way; and there dwells one Mrs. Quickly, which is in the manner of his nurse, or his dry nurse, or his cook, or his laundry, his washer, and his wringer.

Simp. Well, Sir.

Eva. Nay, it is petter yet; give her this letter; for it is a o’man that altogethers acquaintance with mistress Ann Page ; and the letter is to desire and require her to folicit your

master's desires to Mrs. Ann Page: I pray you, be gone; I will make an end of my dinner; there's pippins and cheese to come.

{Exeunt severally. SCENE changes to the Garter-Inn. Enter Falstaff, Hoft, Bardolph, Nym, Pistol and Robin, Fal.

INE host of the garter

Hoft. What says my bully rock; speak schollarly and wisely.

Fal. Truly, mine hoft, I must turn away fome of my followers.

Hoft. Difcard, bully Hercules, cashier; let them wag; trot, trot.

Fal. I set at ten pounds a week.
Hoft. Thou'rt an Emperor, Cæfar, Keifar and Phea-

I will entertain Bardolph, he shall draw, he shall tap; said I well, bully Hector ?

Fal. Do fo, good mine host.




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