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Alas, poor lady! desolate and left!

If that be all the difference in his love, I weep myself, to think upon thy words. I'll get me such a coloured periwig. Here, youth, there is my purse ; I give thee this Her eyes are grey as glass ; and so are mine: For thy sweet mistress' sake, because thou lov’st Ay, but her forehead's low, and mine's as high. her.

What should it be that he respects in her, Farewell.

[Exit Silvia. But I can make respective in myself, Jul. And she shall thank you for’t, if e'er you If this fond love were not a blinded god ? know her.

Come, shadow, come, and take this shadow up, A virtuous gentlewoman, mild, and beautiful. For 'tis thy rival. O thou senseless form, I hope my master's suit will be but cold, Thou shalt be worshipp’d, kiss'd, lov'd, and Since she respects my mistress' love so much.

ador'd; Alas, how love can trifle with itself!

And, were there sense in his idolatry, Here is her picture: Let me see ; I think, My substance should be statue in thy stead. If I had such a tire, this face of mine

I'll use thee kindly for thy mistress' sake, Were full as lovely as is this of hers :

That us'd me so; or else, by Jove I vow, And yet the painter flatter'd her a little, I should have scratch'd out your unseeing eyes, Unless I flatter with myself too much. To make my master out of love with thee. Her hair is auburn, mine is perfect yellow :

[Erit.

ACT V.

peace ?

[Aside.

off ;

SCENE I.-The same, An abbey. Jul. 'Tis true, such pearls as put out ladies'

eyes ; Enter EGLAMOUR.

For I had rather wink than look on them. Egl. The sun begins to gild the western sky;

[Aside. And now, it is about the very hour

Thu. How likes she my discourse ? That Silvia, at Patrick's cell, should meet me. Pro. Ill, when you talk of war. She will not fail ; for lovers break not hours, Thu. But well, when I discourse of love, and Unless it be to come before their time; So much they spur their expedition.

Jul. But better, indeed, when you

hold

your peace.

[Aside. Enter Silvia.

Thu. What says she to my valour ? See, where she comes : Lady, a happy evening! Pro. O, sir, she makes no doubt of that. Sil

. Amen, amen! go on, good Eglamour ! Jul. She needs not, when she knows it cowOut at the postern by the abbey-wall;

ardice. I fear, I am attended by some spies.

Thu. What says she to my birth? Egl. Fear not : the forest is not three leagues Pro. That you are well deriy'd.

Jul. True; from a gentleman to a fool. If we recover that, we are sure enough.

[Aside. [Exeunt. Thu. Considers she my possessions ?

Pro. O, ay; and pities them.
SCENE II.-The same. An apartment in the Thu. wherefore?
Duke's palace.
Jul. That such an ass should owe them.

[Aside. Enter THURIO, PROTEUS, and Julia.

Pro. That they are out by lease.
Thu. Sir Proteus, what says Silvia to my suit ? Jul. Here comes the duke.
Pro. 0, sir, I find her milder than she was ;
And
yet she takes exceptions at your person.

Enter Duke.
Thu. What, that my leg is too long?

Duke. How now, sir Proteus ? how now, Pro. No; that it is too little.

Thurio ? Thu. I'll wear a boot, to make it somewhat Which of you saw sir Eglamour of late ? rounder.

Thu. Not I. Pro. But love will not be spurr’d to what it Pro. Nor I. loaths.

Duke. Saw you my daughter ? Thu. What says she to my face?

Pro. Neither. Pro. She says it is a fair one.

Duke. Why, then she’s fled unto that peasant Thu. Nay, then the wanton lies; my face is Valentine ; black.

And Eglamour is in her company. Pro. But pearls are fair ; and the old saying is, 'T'is true ; for friar Laurence met them both, Black men are pearls in beauteous ladies' eyes. As he in penance wander'd through the forest :

Him he knew well, and guess'd that it was she; | Thougentle nymph, cherish thy forlorn swain!But, being mask'd, he was not sure of it: What halloing, and what stir, is this to-day? Besides, she did intend confession

These are my mates, that make their wills their At Patrick's cell this even ; and there she was law, not:

Have some unhappy passenger in chase: These likelihoods confirm her flight from hence. They love me well; yet I have much to do, Therefore, I pray you, stand not to discourse, To keep them from uncivil outrages. But mount you presently; and meet with me Withdraw thee, Valentine; who's this comes Upon the rising of the mountain-foot,

here?

[Steps aside. That leads towards Mantua, whither they are fled.

Enter ProteUS, Silvia, and Julia. Despatch, sweet gentlemen, and follow me.

[Erit. Pro. Madam, this service I have done for you, Thu. Why, this it is to be a peevish girl, (Though you respect not aught your servant That flies her fortune when it follows her:

doth,) I'll after, more to be reveng’d on Eglamour, To hazard life, and rescue you from him Than for the love of reckless Silvia. [Exit. That would have forc'd your honour and you

Pro. And I will follow, more for Silvia's love, love. Than hate of Eglamour, that goes with her. Vouchsafe me, for my meed, but one fair look;

[Erit. A smaller boon than this I cannot beg, Jul. And I will follow, more to cross that love, and less than this, I am sure, you cannot give. Than hate for Silvia, that is gone for love.

Val. How like a dream is this I see and hear! [Exit. Love, lend me patience to forbear a while

.

[Aside SCENE III.-Frontiers of Mantua. The Sil. O miserable, unhappy that I am ! Forest.

Pro. Unhappy were you, madam, ere I came,

But, by my coming, I have made you happy. Enter SILVIA and Out-laws.

Sil. By thy approach thou mak'st me most Out. Come, come;

unhappy. Be patient, we must bring you to our captain. Jul. And me, when he approacheth to your Sil. A thousand more mischances than this one

presence.

[Aside. Have learn'd me how to brook this patiently. Sil. Had I been seized by a hungry lion, 2 Out. Come, bring her away.

I would have been a breakfast to the beast, 1 Out. Where is the gentleman that was with Rather than have false Proteus rescue me. her ?

0, heaven be judge, how I love Valentine, 3 Out. Being nimble-footed, he hath outrun Whose life's as tender to me as my soul; us,

And full as much, (for more there cannot be,) But Moyses, and Valerius, follow him.

I do detest false perjur'a Proteus : Go thou with her to the west end of the wood, Therefore be gone, solicit me no more. There is our captain : we'll follow him that's Pro. What dangerous action, stood it next to fled:

death, The thicket is beset, he can not ’scape.

Would I not undergo for one calm look? 1 Out. Come, I must bring you to our cap- 0, 'tis the curse in love, and still approv'd, tain's cave:

When women cannot love where they're belov’d. Fear not; he bears an honourable mind,

Sil. When Proteus cannot love where he's beAnd will not use a woman lawlessly.

lov'd. Sil. O Valentine, this I endure for thee. Read over Julia's heart, thy first best love,

[Exeunt. For whose dear sake thou did'st then rend thy

faith SCENE IV.-Another part of the forest. Into a thousand oaths; and all those oaths

Descended into perjury, to love me.
Enter VALENTINE.

Thou hast no faith left now, unless thou had'st Val. How use doth breed a habit in a man!

two, This shadowy desert, unfrequented woods, And that's far worse than none; better have I better brook than flourishing peopled towns : Here can I sit alone, unseen of any,

Than plural faith, which is too much by one: And, to the nightingale's complaining notes, Thou counterfeit to thy true friend ! Tune my distresses, and record my woes.

Pro. In love, O thou that dost inhabit in my breast,

Who respects friends ? Leave not the mansion so long tenantless;

Sil. All men but Proteus. Lest, growing ruinous, the building fall,

Pro. Nay, if the gentle spirit of moving words And leave no memory of what it was !

Can no way change you to a milder form, Reprir me with thy presence, Silvia ;

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

none

me.

And love you 'gainst the nature of love, force | In a disguise of love: you.

It is the lesser blot, modesty finds, Sil. O heaven!

Women to change their shapes, than men their Pro. I'll force thee yield to my desire.

minds. Val. Ruffian, let go that rude uncivil touch; Pro. Than men their minds ! 'tis true: 0 Thou friend of an ill fashion !

heaven! were man Pro. Valentine !

But constant, he were perfect: That one error Val Thou common friend, that's without Fills him with faults ; makes him run through faith or love;

all sins:
(For such is a friend now,) treacherous man! Inconstancy falls off, ere it begins:
Thou hast beguild my hopes ; nought but mine What is in Silvia's face, but I may spy
eye

More fresh in Julia's with a constant eye?
Could have persuaded me: Now I dare not say Val. Come, come, a hand from either:
I have one friend alive; thou would'st disprove Let me be blest to make this happy close;

'Twere pity two such friends should be long foes. Who should be trusted now, when one's right Pro. Bear witness, heaven, I have my wish hand

for ever. Is perjur'd to the bosom? Proteus,

Jul. And I have mine.
I am sorry I must never trust thee more,
But count the world a stranger for thy sake.

Enter Out-laws, with Duke and THURIO. The private wound is deepest : 0 time, most Out. A prize, a prize, a prize! curst!

Val. Forbear, I say ; it is my lord the duke. 'Mongst all foes, that a friend should be the Your grace is welcome to a man disgrac'd, worst!

Banished Valentine.
Pro. My shame and guilt confounds me.- Duke. Sir Valentine!
Forgive me, Valentine;
if hearty sorrow

Thu. Yonder is Silvia ; and Silvia's mine. Be a sufficient ransom for offence,

Val. Thurio, give back, or else embrace thy I tender it here; I do as truly suffer,

death; As e'er I did commit.

Come not within the measure of my wrath : Val. Then I am paid ;

Do not name Silvia thine ; if once again, And once again I do receive thee honest:- Milan shall not behold thee. Here she stands, Who by repentance is not satisfied,

Take but possession of her with a touch ;Is nor of heaven, nor earth; for these are pleas'd; I dare thee but to breathe upon my love. By penitence the Eternal's wrath's appeas'd :- Thu. Sir Valentine, I care not for her, I; And, that my love may appear plain and free, I hold him but a fool, that will endanger All that was mine in Silvia I give thee.

His body for a girl, that loves him not: Jul. O me, unhappy!

[Faints. I claim her not, and therefore she is thine. Pro. Look to the boy.

Duke. The more degenerate and base art thou, Val. Why, boy! why, wag! how now? what To make such means for her as thou hast done, is the matter?

And leave her on such slight conditions.Look up; speak.

Now, by the honour of my ancestry, Jul. O good sir, my master charg'd me I do applaud thy spirit, Valentine, To deliver a ring to madam Silvia ;

And think thee worthy of an empress' love. Which, out of my neglect, was never done. Know, then, I here forget all former griefs, Pro. Where is that ring, boy?

Cancel all grudge, repeal thee home again. Jul. Here 'tis; this is it. [Gives a ring. Plead a new state in thy unrivall’d merit, Pro. How ! let me see :

To which I thus subscribe, --sir Valentine, Why this is the ring I gave to Julia.

Thou art a gentleman, and well deriv’d; · Jul. O, cry you mercy, sir, I have mistook ; Take thou thy Silvia, for thou hast deserv'd her. This is the ring you sent to Silvia.

Val. I thank your grace; the gift hath made [ Shows another ring:

me happy. Pro. But, how cam’st thou by this ring? at I now beseech you, for your daughter's sake, my depart,

To grant one boon, that I shall ask of you. I gave it unto Julia.

Duke. I grant it for thine own, whate'er it be. Jul. And Julia herself did give it me;

Val. These banish'd men, that I have kept And Julia herself hath brought it hither.

withal, Pro. How! Julia !

Are men endued with worthy qualities; Jul. Behold her, that gave aim to all thy oaths, Forgive them what they have committed here, And entertain’d them deeply in her heart: And let them be recall'd from their exile: How oft hast thou with perjury cleft the root ! They are reformed, civil, full of good, O Proteus, let this habit make thee blush ! And fit for great employment, worthy lord: Be thou asham'd, that I have took upon me Duke. Thou hast prevaild: I pardon them, Such an immodest raiment; if shame live

and thee;

Dispose of them, as thou know'st their deserts. Duke. What mean you by that saying? Come, let us go; we will include all jars

Val. Please you, I'll tell you as we pass along, With triumphs, mirth, and rare solemnity. That you will wonder what hath fortuned.

Val. And, as we walk along, I dare be bold Come, Proteus ; 'tis your penance, but to hear
With our discourse to make your grace to smile: The story of your loves discovered:
What think you of this page, my lord ? That done, our day of marriage shall be yours;
Duke. I think the boy hath grace in him; he One feast, one house, one mutual happiness.
blushes.

[Eseunt. Val. I warrant you, my lord ; more grace than

boy.

MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR,

PERSONS OF THE DRAMA.

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sor.

Sir John FALSTAFF.

ROBIN, page to Falstaff: FENTON.

SIMPLE, servant to Slender.
SHALLOW, a country justice.

RUGBY, servant to Dr Caius.
SLENDER, cousin to Shallow.
Mr FORD,

two gentlemen dwelling at Wind- Mrs FORD. Mr PAGE,

Mrs Page William Page, a boy, son to Mr Page, Mrs ANNE PAGE, her daughter, in love with Sir Hugh Evans, a Welch parson.

Fenton.
Dr Caius, a French physician.

Mrs QUICKLY, servant to Dr Caius.
Host of the Garter Inn.
BARDOLPH,

Servants to Page, Ford, &c.
Pistol,

followers of Falstaff Nym.

SCENE,-Windsor, and the parts adjacent.

ACT I.

SCENE I.-Windsor. Before Page's house. Slen. All his successors, gone before him, have

done't; and all his ancestors, that come after Enter Justice Shallow, SLENDER, and

him, may: they may give the dozen white luces Sir Hugh EVANS.

in their coat. Shal. Sir Hugh, persuade me not; I will Shal. It is an old coat. make a Star-chamber matter of it: if he were Eva. The dozen white louses do become an twenty sir John Falstaffs, he shall not abuse Ro- old coat well; it agrees well, passant: it is a fabert Shallow, esquire.

miliar beast to man, and signifies-love. Slen. In the county of Gloster, justice of peace, Shal. The luce is the fresh fish; the salt fish

is an old coat. Shal. Ay, cousin Slender, and Cust-alorum. Slen. I may quarter, coz ?

Slen. Ay, and ratolorum too ; and a gentleman Shal. You may, by marrying. bora, master párson ; who writes himself armi- Eva. It is marring, indeed, it he quarter it. gero; in any bill, warrant, quittance, or obliga- Shal. Not a whit. tion, armigero,

Eva. Yes, py'r-lady; if he has a quarter of Shal. Ay, that we do; and have done any your coat, there is but three skirts for yourself, time these three hundred years.

in my simple conjectures : but this is all one : VOL. I.

D

and coram.

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