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Pro. Bat love will not be spurr'd to what it Sil. A thousand more mischances than thisone Thu. What says she to my face? [loaths. Have learn'd me how to brook this patiently. Pro. She says, it is a fair one. (black. 2 Out. Come, bring her away.
[her? Thu. Nay, then the wanton lies, my face is 1 Out. Where is the gentleman that was with Pro. But pearls are fair; and the old saying is, 30ut. Being uimble footed, he hath out-ri Black men are pearls in beauteous ladies' eyes. But Moyses, and Valerius, follow him. [us, Jul, 'Tistrue; such pearls as put out ladies' Go ihou with ber to the west end of the wood, eyes ;
There is our captain: we'll follow him that's For I had ratherwinkthan look on them. [Aside. The thicket is beset, he cannot 'scape. (fled; Thu. How likes she my discourse ?
10ut.Come, I must bring you to our captain's Pro. Ill, when you talk of war. (peace ? Fear not; he bears an honourable mind, Icave: Thu. But well, when I discourse of love, and And will not use a woman lawlessly. Jul. But better, indeed, when you
your Sil. O Valentine, this I endure for theel peace. [Aside.
[Exeunt. Thu. What says she to my valour?
SCENE IV. Pro. 0, sir, she makes no doubt of that.
Another part of the Forest. Jul. She needs not, when she knows it cowardice.
Enter VALENTINE. Thu. What says she to my birth?
Val. How use doth breed a babit in a man! Pro. That you are well deriv'd.
This shadowy desert, unfrequented woods, Jul.True; from a gentleman to a fool.[Aside. I better brook than flourishing peopled towns: Thu. Considers she my possessions ? Here can I sit alone, unseen of any, Pro. (, ay's and pities them.
And, to the nightingale's complaining notes, Thu. Wherefore?
Tune my distresses, and recordý my woes. Jul. That such an ass should owe* them. O thou that dost inhabit in my breast,
[Aside. Leave not the mansion so long tenantless; Pro. That they are out by lease.
Lest, growing ruinous, the building fall, i
And leave no memory of what it was!
Repair me with thy presence, Silvia;
Thou gentle nymph,cherish thy forlorn swain! Thorio? Which of you saw sir Eglamour of late?.
These are my mates, that make their wills their Thu. Not I.
Have some unhappy passenger in chace: [law, , Pro. Nor I.
They love' me well; yet I have much to do, Duke. Saw you my daughter ?
To keep them from uncivil outrages. Pro.
Withdraw thee, Valentine; 'who's this comes Neither.
here? Duke. Why, then she's fled unto that peasant
(steps aside. And Eglamour is in her company. (Valentine;
Enter PROTEUS, SILVIA, and JULIA. "Tis true ; for friar Laurence met them both,
Pro. Madam,this service I have done for yon, i As he in penance wander'd through the forest :
(Though you respect not aught your servant Him he knew well, and guess'd that it was she;
To hazard life, and rescue you from him [doth,)
That would have forc'd your honour and your But, being mask'd, he was not sure of it:
love. Besides, she did intend confession [not:
* Clook; At Patrick's cell this even; and there she was
Yonchs'afe me, for my meedll, but one fair These likelihoodsconfirm her night from hence. And less than this, I am sure, you cannot give,
A smaller boon than this I cannot beg, Therefore, I pray you, stand not to discourse,
Val. How like a dream is this I see and hear! But niount you presently; and meet with me Upon the rising of the mountain foot" [fied : Love, lend me patience to forbear a while. That leads towards Mantua, whither they are
Sil. O miserable, unhappy that I am! Despatch, sweet gentlemen, and follow me.
Pro.Unhappy were you, madam,ere I came; Thu. Why, this it is to be a peevisht girl," | But, by my coming, I have made you happy. That flies her fortune when it follows her:
Sil. By thy approach thou mak'st me most I'll after; more to be reveng'u'on Eglamour,
unhappy. Than for the love of reckless I Silvia. [Exit.
Jul. And me, when he approacheth to your presence.
[Aside. Pro.And I willfollow, more for Silvia's love. Than hate of Eglamour that goeswith her.[Exit. I would have been a breakfast to the beast,
Sil. Had I been seized by a hungry lion, Jul.And I will follow more to cross that love, Rather than have false Proteus rescue me. Than hate for Silvia, that is gone forlove. (Exit. O, heaven be judge; how I love Valentine, ; SCENE III.
Whose life's as tender to me as my soul; Frontiers of Mantua. The Forest.
And full as much (for more there cannot be,) Enter Silvía and Out-laws.
I do detest false perjur'd Proteus:
Therefore begone, solicit me no more. [death, Out. Come, come;
Pro. What dangerons action, stood it next to Be patient, we must bring you to our captain. Would I not undergo for one calm look ; + Foolish.
Careless. $ Sing | Reward.
0,'tis the curse in love, and still approv'd*, Jul. O, cry you mercy, sir, I have mistook ; When women cannot love where they're be. This is the riug you sent to Silvia. lov'd. (belov'd.
(Shews another ring. Sil. When Proteus, cannot love where he's Pro, But, how cam'st thou by this ring? at Read over Julia's heart, thy first best love, I gave this unto Julia,
(my depart, For whose dear sake thou didst then rend thy
Tul. And Julia herself did give it me; faith
And Julia herself hath brought it hither, Into a thousand oaths; and all those oaths Pro. How! Julia! Descended into perjury, to love me. [two, Jul.Behold her that gave aimt to all thyoathis, Thou hast no faith left now, uuless thou hadst And entertain’d them deeply in her heart : And that's far worse than none; better have How oft hast thou with perjury cleft the root? none
O Proteus, let this habit make thee blush! Than plural faith, which is too much by one : Be thou asham'd, that I have took upon me Thon counterfeit to thy true friend!
Such an immodest raiment; if shame live Pro.
In a disguise of love: Who respects friend?
It is the lesser blot, modesty finds, Sil.
Al men but Proteus. Women to change their shapes, than men Pro.Nay,if the gentle spirit of moving words their minds. (heaven! were man Can no way change you to a milder form, Pro. Than men their minds? 'tis true: 0 I'll woo you like a soldier, at arms' end ; But constant, he were perfect: that one error And love you 'gainst the nature of love, force Fills him with faults; makes him run through Sil. O heaven !
[you. Inconstancy falls off, ere it begins: [all sius : Pro. I'll force thee yield to my desire. What is in Silvia's face, but I may spy
Val. Ruffian, let go that rude uncivil touch; More fresh in Julia's with a constant eye 3 Thon friend of an ill fashion !
Val. Come, come, a hand from either : Pro.
Valentine'! Let me be blest to make this happy close ? Val. Thou common 'friend, that's without 'Twere pity two such friends should be long faith or love,
foes. (For such is a friend now,) treacherous man! Pro. Bear witness, heaven, I have my wish Thou hast beguild my hopes; nought but Jul. And I have mine.
(for ever. mine eye
Enter Out-laws, with DUKE and THUR10. Could have persuaded me: Now I dare not say I have one friend alive ; thou would'st dis- Out.
A prize, a prize, a prize! prove me,
Fal, Forbear, I say; it is my lord the duke, Who should be trusted now, when one's right Your grace is welcome to a man disgrac'd, ls perjur'd to the bosom? Proteus, [hand Banished Valentine. I am sorry, I must never trust thee more, Duke.
Sir Valentine! But count the world a stranger for thy sake. Thu. Yonder is Silvia; and Silvia's mine. The private wound is deepest : O time, most Val. Thurio give back, or else embrace thy curst !
death; 'Mongst all foes, that a friend should be the Come not within the measures of my wrath :
Pro. My shame and guilt confounds me. Do not name Silvia thine ; if once again, Forgive me, Valentine: if hearty sorrow Milan shall not behold thee. Here she stands, Be a sufficient ransom for offence,
Take but possession of her with a touch ;I tender it here; I do as truly suffer,
I dare thee but to breathe upon my love.As e'er I did commit.
Thu. Sir Valentine, I care not for her, I; Val Then I am paid;
I hold him but a fool, that will endanger And once again I do receive thee honest :- His body for a girl that loves him not: Who by repentance is not satisfied, (pleas'd; I claim her not, and therefore she is thine. ls nor of heaven, nor earth; for these are Duke. The moredegenerate and base artthou, By penitence the Eternal's wrath's appeas’d: To make such means || for her as thou hast done, And, that my love may appear plain and free, And l ave her on such slight conditions. All that was mine in Silvia, I give thee. Now, by the honour of my ancestry, Jul. O me, unhappy!
[Faints. I do applaud thy spirit, Valentine, Pro. Look to the boy.
And thiuk thee worthy of an empress' love. Val. Why, boy! why, wag! how now? what Know then, I here forget all former griefs, is the matter?
Cancel all grudge, repeal thee home again.-Look up; speak.
Plead a new state in thy unrivall'd inerit, Jul. O good sir, my master charg'd me To which I thus subscribe,-sir Valentine, To deliver a ring to madam Silvia;
Thon art a gentleman, and well deriv'd ; [her. Which, out of my neglect was never done. Take thou thy Silvia, for* thou hast deserv'd Pro. Where is that ring, boy?
Val. I thank your grace ; the gift hath made Jul. Here'tis: this is it. [Gives a ring. me happy. Pro. How! let me see:
I now beseech you, for your daughter's sake, Why this is the ring I gave to Julia.
Io grant one boon that I shall ask of you. • Felt, experienced. + Direction, An allusion to cleaving the pin in archery. ♡ Length of my sword.
Duke. I grant it,for thise own,whate'erit be. Val. And, as we walk along, I dare be bold Vul. These banish'd' men, that I have kept With our discourse to make your grace to smile: withal,
What think you of this pagé, my lord? Are men endued with worthy qualities ; Duke. I think the boy hath grace in him; Forgive them what they have comínitted he blushes. 11, here,
t. Val. I warrant you, my lord; more grace And let them be recall'd from their exile :
than boy: They are reformed, civil, full of good,
Duke. What mean you by that saying? And fit for great employment, worthy lord. Val. Please you, I'll tell you as we pass along, Duke. Thou hast prevail'd: I pardon them, That yon will wonder what liath furtuned. and thee;
Come, Proteus; 'tis your penance, but to hear Dispose of them, as thou know'st their de. The story of your loves discovered : serts.
That done, our day of marriage shall be yours; ('ome, let us go; we ill include jars'. One feast, one house, one mutual happiness." With triumphst, mirth, and rare solemnity.
(Axeunt, . Conclade.
+ Masks, revels.
In this play there is a strange mixture of knowledge and ignorance, of care and negligence. The versification is often excellent, the allusions are learned and jast; but the anthor convey's his heroes by sea from one inland town to another in the same country; le places the emperor at Milán, and sends his young men to attend him, but never mentions bim more he makes Protens, after an interview with Silvia, say he has only seen her picture; and, if we may credit the old copies, he has, by mistaking places, left his scenery inextricable. The reason of all this confusion seems to be, that he took his story from a novel, which he sometimes followed, and sometimes forsook; sometimes remembered, and sometimes forgot.
That this play is rightly attributed to Shakspeare, 1 have little doubt. If it be taken from him, to whom shall it be given? This question may be asked of all the disputed plays, except Titus ANDRONICUS; and it will be found more credible, that Shakspeare might sometimes sink below his highest flights, than that any other should rise up to his lowest.
MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR.
Persons represented. SIR JOHN FALSTAFF.
PISTOL, followers of Falstaff.
NYM, SHALLOW, a country justice.
Rovin, page to Falstaff.
SIMPLE, servant to Slender.
MRS. PAGE. Sir Hugh Evans, a Welsh parson.
MRS. ANNE PAGE, her daughter, in love Dr. Caius, a French physician.
with Fenton, Host of the Garter inn,
Mrs. QUICKLY, servant to Dr, Caius,
ACT I. SCENE I. Windsor. Before Page's House. will be glad to do my benevolence, to make
atonements and compromises between you. Enter Justice SHALLOW, SLENDÉR, and
Shal. The Council 3 shall hear it; it is a riot. Sir . HUGH EVANS.
Eva. It is not meet the Council hear a riot;
there is no fear of Got in a riot: the Council, Shal. Sir Hugh, persuade me not; I will look you, shall desire to hear the fear of Got, make a Star-chamber matter of it: if he were and not to hear a riot; take your vizaments || twenty sir John Falstaffs, he shall not abuse in that. Robert Shallow, esquire.
Shal. Ha! o'my life, if I were young again, Slen. In the county of Gloster, justice of the sword should end it. peace, and coram,
Eva. It is petter that friends is the sword, Shal. Ay,cousiv Slender,and Cust-alorum.t and end it: and there is also another device in
Slen. Ay, and rutolorum too; and a gen- my prain, which, peradventure, prings goot tleman born, master parson ; who writes him- discretions with it: There is Anne Page, which self armigero; in any bill, warrant, quittance, is daughter to master George Page, which is or obligation, armigero.
pretty virginity. Shat. Ay, that we do; and have done any Slen. Mistress Anne Page? She has brown time these three hundred years.
hair, and speaks smallt like a woman. Sien. All his successors, gone before him, Evu. It is that fery verson for all the 'orld, have done't; and all his ancestors, that come as just as you will desire; and seven hundred after him, may: they may give the dozen pounds of monies, and gold and silver, is her white luces in their coat.
grandsire, upon his death's-bed, (Got deliver Shal. It is an old coat.
to a joyful resurrections !) give, when she is Eva. The dozen white lonses do become an able to overtake seventeen years old : it were old coat well; it agrees well, passant : it is a a goot motion, if we leave our pribbles and familiar beast to man, and signifies-love. prabbles, and desire a marriage between mas
Shal. The luce is the fresh fish; the salt fish ter Abraham and mistress Anne Page. is an old coat.
Shal. Did her grandsire leave her seven Slen. I may quarter, coz?
hundred pound? Shal. You may, by marrying.
Eva. Ay, and her father is make her a pet. Eva. It is marring indeed, if he quarter it.
ter penny: Shal. Not a whit.
Shal. I know the young gentlewoman; she Eva, Yes, py'rt lady; if he has a quarter of has good gifts. your coat, there is but three skirts for your- Eva. Seven hundred pounds, and possibiliself, in my simple conjectures : but that is all ties, is good gitts. one: If sir John Falstaff have committed dis- Shal. Well, let us see honest master Page : paragements unto you, I am of the church, and Is Falstaff there?
• A title formerly appropriated to chaplains. + Custos Rotulorum,
Eva. Shall I tell you a lie? I do despise a Slen. Marry, sir, I have matter in my
head liar, as I do despise one that is false; or, as I against you; and against your coney-catching! despise one that is not true. The knight, sir rascals, Bardolph, Nym, and Pistol. They John, is there; and, I beseech you, be ruled carried me to the tavern, and made me drunk, by your well-willers. I will peat the door and afterwards picked my pocket. [knocks] for master Page. What, hoa! Got Bar. You Banbury cheese 3! pless your house here!
Slen. Ay, it is no matter.
Pist. How now, Mephostophilus l?
Slen. Ay, it is no matter. Eva. Here is Got's plessing, and
Nym. Slice, I say! pauca, pauca l; slice! and justice Shallow: and here young master
that's my hunour. Slender; that, peradventures, shall tell you tell, cousin?
Slen. Where's Simple, my man?-can you another tale, if matters row to your likings. Page. I am glad to see your worships well:
Eva. Peace, I pray you ! Now let us under: I thank you for my venison, master Shallow,
stand: There is three umpires in this matter, Tghter Shal. Master Page, I am glad to see yon; as I understand: that is-master Page, fideli... Much good do it your good heart! I wished cet, master Page; and there is myself, fidelicet, at this i your venison better; it was ill kill'd :-How myself; and the three party is, lastly and final-it
, mis doth good mistress Page?—and I love you all ly, mine host of the Garter. ways with my heart, la; with my heart. Page. We three, to hear it, and end it bé i sour Page. Sir, I thank you.
tween them. Shal. Sir, I thank you; by yea and no, I do.
Eva. Fery goot: I will make a prief of it thapa Page. I am glad to see you, good master
in my note-book; and we will afterwards'orkbone Slender.
upon the cause, with as great discreetly as we Slen. How does your fallow greyhound, sir?| can; I heard say, he was outrun on Cotsale *.
Fal. Pistol!Page. It could not be judg’d, sir.
Pist. He hears with ears. Slen. You'll not confess, you'll not confess,
Eva. The tevil and his tam! what phrase is used as Shal. That he will not ;-'tis your fault, 'tis this, Hehears with ear? Why, it is affects your fault :'Tis a good dog.
tations. Puge. A cur, sir.
Fal. Pistol, did you pick master Slender's
Slen. Ay, by these gloves, did he, (or 1 Riddl Is sir John Falstaff here?
Page. Sir, he is within; and I would I could chamber again else,) of seven groats in milldo a good office between you.
sixpencês, and two Edward shovel-boards **, Eva. It is spoke as a christians ought to speak. that cost me two shilling and two pence a-pieces Shal. He hath wrongd me, master Page.
of Yead Miller, by these gloves. Page. Sir, 'he doth in some sort confess it.
Fal. Is this true, Pistol? Shal. If it be confess'd, it is not redress'd;
Eva. No; it is false, if it is a pick-purse, is not that so, master Page? He hath wrong'd
Pist. Ha, thou mountain-foreigner!-Sir me; indeed, he hath;-at a word, he hath
John, and master mine, believe me;-Robert Shallow, esquire, saith, I combat challenge of this latten bilbott: he is wrong'd.
Word of denial in thy labras II here; Page. Here comes sir John.
Word of denial; froth and scum, thou liest.
Slen. By these gloves, then, 'twas he. Enter Sir John FALSTAFF, BARDOLPH,
Nym. Be advised, sir, and pass good hu. Nym, and PISTOL.
mours : I'will say, marry trap, with you, if Fal. Now, master Shallow; you'll com- you run the nuthook'sys humour on me; tbat plain of me to the king?
is the very note of it. . Shal. Knight, you have beaten my men, Slen. By this hat, then, he in the red face killed my deer, and broke open my lodge. had it: for though I cannot remember what I
Fal. But not kiss'd your keeper's daughter? did when you made me drunk, yet I am not
-I have done Ful. What say you, Scarlet and John? all this :That is now answer'd.
Bard. Why, sir, for my part, 1 say, the Shal. The Council shall know this.
gentleman had drank himself out of his five Fal. 'Twere better for you if it were known sentences. in counsel : you'll be laugh'd at.
Eva. It is his five senses: fie, what the iga • Era. Pauca verba, sir John, good worts. norance is!
Fal. Good worts + ! good cabbage- Slender, Burd. And being fap Ikls sir, was, as they I broke your bead; What matter have you say, cashier'd; and so conclusions passid they against me?
careires. . Cotswold in Gloucestershire. + Worts was the ancient name of all the cabbage kinde
Sharpers. Nothing but paring! il The name of an ugly spirit. T Few words. ** King Edward's shillings used in the gaine of shuttie-board. ++ Blade as this as a lath. II Lips. $$ If you say I am althief. MF Drunk. 47 The bounds of good behaviour.
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