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Enter BARDOLPH. geud she Mercury

Bard. Sir John, there's one master Brook below Quick. Marry, she hath received your letter; for would fain speak with you, and be acquainted with the which she thanks you a thousand times : 'and

you : and hath sent your worship a morning's she gives you to notify, that her husband will be draught of sack. absence from his house between ten and eleven.

Fal. Brook is his name? Ful. Ten and eleven?

Bard. Ay, sir. Quick. Ay, forsooth; and then you may come Fal. Call him in: (Exit BARDOLPH.] Such and see the picture, she says, that you wou of ;- Brooks are welcome to me, that o'ertlow such limaster Ford, her husband, will be from home.

quor. Ah! ha! mistress Ford and mistress Page, Alas! the sweet woman leads an ill life with him; have I encompass’d you? go to ; via !! he's a very jealousy man; she leads a very fram

Re-enter BARDOLPH, with Ford disguised. poldt? life with hiin, good heart.

Ford. Bless you, sir. Fr!. Ten and eleven : Woman, commend me to

Fal. And you, sir: Would you speak with me? her; I will not fail her.

Ford. I make bold to press with so little prepaQuick. Why, you say well : But I have another ration upon you. messenger to your worship : Mrs. Page hath her

Fal. You're welcome ; What's your will ? Give bearty commendations to you too ;—and let me tell us leave, drawer.

[Erit BARDOLPH. you in your ear, she's as fartuous a civil modest

Ford. 'Sir, I am a gentleman that have spent wife, and one (I tell you) that will not miss you much; my name is Brook. monung nor evening prayer, as any is in Windsor, Fal. Good master Brook, I desire more acquaintwhoe'er be the other and she bade me tell your ance of you. worship, that her husband is seldom from home; Ford.' Good Sir John, I sue for yours : not to but she hopes, there will come a time. I never charge you ; for I must let you understand, I think knew a woman so dote upon a man; surely, I think myself in better plight for a' lender than you are : you have charms, la; yes, in truth.

the which hath something embolden'd me to this Ful. Not I, I assure thee; setting the attraction unseason'd intrusion ; for they say, if money go beof my good parts aside, I have no other charms.

fore, all ways do lie open. Quick. Blessing on your heart fort!

Fal. Money is a good soldier, sir, and will on. Ful. But, I pray thee, tell me this: has Ford's

Ford. Troth, and I have a bag of money hero wife, and Page's wife, acquainted each other how troubles ine: if you will help me to bear it, Sir they love me?

John, take all, or half, for easing me of the carQuick. That were a jest, indeed !-they have not riage.

itde grace, I hope : --that were a trick, indeed! Fal. Sir, I know not how I may deserve to be But mistress Page would desire you to send her

your porter. your little page of all loves ;' her husband has a

Ford. I will tell you, sir, if you will give me the marvellous infection to the biitle page ; and, truly, hearing. master Page is an honest man. Never a wife in Fal. Speak, good master Brook; I shall be glad Windsor leads a better life than she does; do what to be your servant. she will, say what she will, take all, pay all, go to Fori. Sir, I hear you are a scholar,-I will be bed when she list, rise when she list, all is as she brief with you ;- -and you have been a man long will; and, truly, she deserves it: for if there be a known to me, though I had never go good means, kind woman in Windsor, she is one. You must as desire, to make myself acquainted with you. send her your page; no remedy.

shall discover a thing to you, wherein I must very Fal. Why, I will.

much lay open mine own imperfection : but, good Quick. Nay, but do so then : and, look you, he Sir John, as you have one eye upon my follies, as may come and go between you both; and, in any you hear them unfolded, turn another into the recase, have a nay word, that you may know one gister of your own; that I may pass with a reproof another's mind, and the boy never need to under- the easier, sith you yourself know, how easy it is stand any thing; for 'tis not good that children to be such an offender. should know any wickedness; old folks, you know, Fal. Very well, sir; proceed. have discretion, as they say, and know the world! Ford. There is a gentlewoman in this town, her

Fal. Fare thee well : commend me to them both: husband's name is Ford. there's my purse ; I am yet thy debtor.--Boy, go Fal. Well, sir. along with this woman.- - This news distracts me!

Ford. I have long loved her, and, I protest to (Exeunt QUICKLY and Robin. you, bestowed much on her; followed her with a Pist. This punk is one of Cupid's carriers :- doting observance;" engrossed opportunities to Clap on more sails ; pursue, up with your fights ;' meet her ; fee'd every slight occasion, that could Gise fire ; she is my prize, or ocean whelm them but niggardly give me sight of her; not only bought all!

(Exit Pistol.

many presents to give her, but have given largely to Fol. Say'st thou so, old Jack ? go thy ways; many, to know what she would have given : briefly, I'll make more of thy old body than I have done. I have pursued her, as love hath pursued me; which Will they yet look after thee? Wilt thou, after the hath been on the wing of all occasions. But whatetpense of so much money, he now a gainer ? soever I have merited, either in my mind or in my Good body, I thank thee : Let them say, 'uis grossly means, meed, I am sure, I have received none ; undae; so it be fairly done, no matter.

less experience be a jewel : that I have purchased

acquaintance. The practice was continued as late as I To scot is to know. So in K. Henry VIII. wot you the Restoration. In the Parliamentary History, vol. what I found?

xxii. p. 114, we have the following passage from The 2 Frumpold here means fretful, peevish, or vera. Life of General Monk, by Dr. Price. 6 I came to the treux, This obsolete word is of uncertain etymology. Three Tuns, before Guildhall, where the general had

3 Of all lores, is an adjuration only, and signifies no quartered two nights before. I entered the tavern with more than by all means, for the sake of all love. It is a servant and portmanteau, and asked for a room, again used in Othello and in A Midsummer Night's which I had scarce got into but wine followed me as a Dream.

present from some citizens desiring leave to drink their * Aratchword.

morning's draught with me." 5 Fighis are the waist cloths which hang round about 7 Via, an Italian word, which Florio explains :the ship to hinder men from being seen in fight; or any “ an adverb of encouragement, on away, go 10, away piace wherein men may cover themselves, and yet use forward, go on, despatch.” It appears to have been a their arms.-Phillips' World of Words.

common exclamation in Shakspeare's time. Antonini 6 It seems to have been a common custom in taverns renders it in Latin eju, age. in Sbakspeare's tine, lo send presents of wine from one 8 Since. Kom to another either as a memorial of friendship, or 9 Observance is diligent heed, or altention.- Bul. (as in the present instance) by way of introduction to lokar.

as soon as any.

at an infinite rato ; and that hath taught me to say Ford. I would you knew Ford, sir ; that you this :

might avoid him, if you saw him. Love like a shadow fries, when substance love pursues ; I will stare him out of his wits; I will awe him

Fal. Hang him, mechanical salt-butter rogue ! Pursuing that that flies, and fiying what pursues. with my cudgel; it shall hang like a meteor o'er the

Fal. Have you received no promise of satisfac- cuckold's horns': master Brook, thou shalt know, I tion at her hands?

will predominate o'er the peasant, and thou shalt ho Ford. Never.

with his wise.-Come to me soon at night :-Fcra's Fa!. Have you importuned her to such a purpose ? a krave, and I will aggravate his sule ;* thcil, Ford. Never.

master Brook, shalt know him for a knave and Ful. Of whai quality was your lore then?

cuckold :--come to me soon at night. [Erit. Ford. Like a fair house, built upon another man's Ford. What a damned Epicurean rascal is this! ground, so that I have lost my edifice, by mistaking -NIy heart is ready to crack with impatience.

Who The place where I erected it.

says this is improvident jealousy ?-My wise Fal. To what purpose have you unfolded this to hath sent to him, the hour is fixed, the match is me ?

made. Would any man have thought this ?-See Ford. When I have told you that, I have told you the hell of having a false woman! my bed shall be all, Some say, that though she appear honesi to abused, my cofiers ransacked, my reputation gnawa me, yet, in other places, she enlargeth her mirth at; and I shall not only receive this villanous wrong, so far, that there is shrewd construction made of but stand under the adoption of abominable termos, her. Now, Sir John, here is the heart of my pur- and by him that does me this wrong. Terms! pose : You are a gentleman of excellent breeding, names! Amaimon sounds well; Lucifer, well; admirable discourse, of great admittance,' authen- Barbason, well; yet they are devils' additions, the tic in your place and person, generally allowed? for names of fiends: but cuckold! wittola cuckold! the your many warlike, coạrılike, and icarned prepa- devil himself hath not such a name. Page is ao rations.

ass, a secure ass; he will trust his wife, he will not Fal. O, sir !

be jealous : I will rather trust a Fleming with my Ford. Believe it, for you know it :—There is but'er, parson Hugh the Welshman with my cheese, money; spend it, spend it, spend more ; spend all an Irishman with my aqua-vitæk? bottle, or a thief to I have ; only give me so much of your time in ex- walk my ambling gelding, ihan my wife with herself; change of i', as to lay an amiablo siege to the ho- then she plots, then she ruminates, then she devises: nesty of thi: Ford's wife : use your art of wooing, and what they think in their hearts they may effect, win her consent to you; if any man may, you may they will break their hearts but they will effect

. Heaven be praised for my jealousy!-Eleven o'clock Fal. Would it apply well to the vehemency of the hour-I will prevent inis, deiect my wife, be reyour affection, that I should win what you would venged on Falstaff

, and laugh at Page. I will about enjɔy? Methinks you prescribe to yourself very it; better three hours too soon, than a minute too preposterously,

late. Fie, fie, fic! cuckold ! cuckold ! cuckold! Ford. O, understand my drift! she dwells so se

(Ezil. curely on the excellency of her honour, that the folly SCENE III. Windsor Park. Enter Caius and of my soul dares not present itself; she is too bright

RUGBY. to be looked against. Now, could I come to her with any detection in my hand, my desires had in

Caius. Jack Rugby. stance and argument to commend them elves; I

Rug. Sir. could drive her then from the ward' of her purity,

Caius. Vat is de clock, Jack? her reputation, her marriage-vow, and a thousand

Rug. 'Tis past the hour, sir, that Sir Hugh proother her defences, which now are too strongly em-mised 10 meet. battled against me: What say you tı't, Sir John ?

Cuius. By gar, he has save his soul, dat he is no Fal. Master Brook, I will first make bold with come: he has pray_his Pible vell, dat he is no your money; next give me your hand; and last, as come : by gar, Jack Rugby, he is dead already, if I am a gentleman, you shall, if you will, enjoy

he be come. Ford's wife.

Rug. He is wise, sir ; he knew your worship Ford. O good sir !

would kill him, if he came. Fal. Master Brook, I say you shall.

Caius. By yar, de herring is no dead, so as I vill Ford. Want no money, Sir John, you shall want kill him., Take your rapier, Jack; I vill tell you

how I vill kill him. Tal. Want no mistress Ford, Master Brook, you

Rug. Alas, sir, I cannot fence. shall want none. I shall be with her (I may tell

Caius. _Villany, take your rapier. you,) by her own appointment; even as you came

Rug. Forbear; here's company. in to me, her assistant, or go-between, parted from me: I say, I shall be with her between ten and

Enter Host, SHALLOW, SLENDER, and PAGE. eleven; for at that time the jealous rascally knave, Host. 'Bless thee, bully doctor. her husband, will be forth. Come you to me at Shah Save you, master doctor Caius. night ; you shall know how I speed.

Page. Now, yood master doctor! Ford. I am blest in your acquaintance. Do you Slen. Give you good-morrow, sir, know Ford, sir ?

Caius. Vai be all you, one, too, tree, four, come Fal. Hang him, poor cuckoldly knave! I know for? him not :-yet I wrong him to call him poor ; they Host. To see thee fight, to see thee foin, to see bay, the jealous wittolly knave hath masses of mo- thee traverse, to see thee here, to see thee there; ney; for the which his wife seems to me well- to see thee pass thy punto, thy stock, thy reverse, favoured, I will use her as the key of the cuckoldly thy distance, thy montant. Is he dead, my Ethirogue's coffer; and there's my harvest-home.



opian? is he dead, my Francisco ? ha, bully! 1 l. e. admitted into all, or the greatest companies. a great countie or earle." But Randle Holme, in his 2 Allowed is approved. So in King Lear :

Academy of Armory, informs us that “Amaymon is "if your sweet sway

the chief whose dominion is on the north part of the in. Allow obedience," &c.

fernal gulf; and that Barba'os is like a Sagittarius, 8 j. e, defence.

and has thirty legions under him.” 4 This is a phrase from the Herald's Office. Falstaff 6 A lame contented cuckold knowing himself to be meals that he will add more titles to those Ford is abo one. From the Saxon witlan, to know. ready distinguished by.

7 Usquebaugh. 5 Reginald Scou, in his Discovery of Witchcraft, 8 The ancient term for making a thrust in fencing. may be consulied concerning these demons.

9 Terms in fencing. The stoccado, the reverso, &c. mon," he says, “ was King of the East, and Barbatos from the Italian.

" Amai.

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What says my Esculapius ? my Galen? my heart thee where Mrs. Anno Pago is, al a farmhouse a of elder! ha! is he'dead, búlly Stale ?*' is he feasting; and thou shalt woo her : Cry'd game, dead?

said I well ? Caius. By gar, he is de coward Jack priest of the Caius. By gar, me tank you for dat: by gar, I Forld; he is not show his face.

love you; and I shall procure-a you de good guest, Host

. Thou art a Castilian, king-urinal ! Hector de earl, de knight, de lords, de gentlemen, my paof Greece, my boy!

Caius. I pray you, bear vitness that me have stay Host. For the which, I will be thy adversary tosix or seven, two, ice hours for him, and he is no wards Anne Page; said I well ?

Cails. By gar, 'iis good; vell said. Shah He is the wiser man, master doctor : he is Host. Let us way then. a curer of souls, and you a curer of bodies; if you Caius. Come at my heels, Jack Rugby. (Exeunt. should fight, you go against the hair of your professions: is it not true, master Page ? Page. Master Shallow, you have yourself been

ACT III. a great fighter, though now a man of peace.

Shal. Bodykins, master Page, though I now be sСENE I. A Field near Frog more. Enter SIR old, and of the peace, if I see a sword out, my fin

Hugh Evans and SIMPLE. per itches to make one : though we are justices, and doctors, and churchmen, master Page, we have Eva. I pray you now, good master Slender's some salt of our youth in us; we are the sons of serving-man, and friend Simple by your name, Fomen, master Page.

which way have you looked for master Caius, that Page. 'Tis true, master Shallow,

calls himself Doctor of Physii ? Shal. It will be found so, master Page. Master Sim. Marry, sir, the pittie-ward, the park-ward, dxctor Caius, I am come to fetch you home. I am every way; old Windsor way, and every way but sworn of the peace ; you have showed yourself a the town way. sise physician, and Sir Hugh hath shown himself a Eva. I most fehemently desire you, you will alFise and patient churchman: you must go with me, so look that way. master doctor.

Sim. I will, sir. Kast. Pardon, guest justice :-A word, monsieur Eva. 'Pless my soul! how full of cholers I am, Muck-water.'

and trempling of mind !--I shall be glad, if he have Cuus. Muck-vater; vat is dat?

deceived me :-how melancholies I am ! I will Hest

. Muck-water, in our English tongue, is va- knog his urinals about his knave's costard, when I lour, bully.

have good opportunities for the 'ork :-'pless my Caius. By gar, then I have as much muck-vater soul !

(Sings. as de Englishman:-Scurvy jack-ciog priest; by To shallow rivers, to whose falls gar, me vil cut his ears.

Melodious birds sing madrigals ;
Hist. He will clapper-claw thee tightly, bully. There will we make our peds of roses,
Caas. Clapper-de-claw! vat is dai ?

And a thousand fragrant posics.
. Tatia, he will make thee amends.

To shallow Czius. By gar, me do look, he shall clapper-de-'Mercy on me! I have a great dispositions to cry. law me; for, by gar, me vill have it. Hazt. Ånd I will provoke him to't, or let him wag.

Melodious birds sing madrigals ;

When as I sat in Pabylon,
Caius. Me tank you for dat.
Hast. And moreover, bully,-But first, master

And a thousand vagram posies.

To shallow guest, and master Page, and eke cavalero Slender, so you through the town to Frogmore.

Sim. Yonder he is coming this way, Sir Hugh.

[ Aside to them. Eva. He's welcome :Paze. Sir Hugh is there, is he?

To shallow rivers, to whose falls Hst. He is there : see what humour he is in ; and I will bring the doctor about by the fields : will Heaven prosper the right !--What weapons is he? do well?

Sim. No weapons, sir : There comes my master, SV We will do it.

master Shallow, and another gentleman from Frogo. Page, Shal. and Slen. Adien, good master doctor. more, over the stile, this way.

(Ereune Page, SHALLOW, and SLENDER. Eva. Pray you, give me my gown; or else keep Cau. By gar, me vill kill de priest ; for he speak it in your arms. for a jack-an-ape to Anne Paye. H. Let him die : bul, first, sheath thy impa

Enter Page, SHALLOW, and SLENDER. hence; throw cold water on thy choler: go about Shal. How now, master parson? Good morrow, be felds with me through Frogmore; I will bring good Sir Hugh. Keep a gamuster from the dice, I Heart of elder. The joke is that eldur has a heart and to it is subjoined an answer, called "The Nymph's

Helicon, 1600, it is attributed to Christopher Marlowe, Billy.s!ale and kingurinal, these epithets will be Reply,' signed Ignoto, which is thought to be the sig. fcerely obvious to those who recollect

the prevalence nature of Sir Walter Raleigh. Walion has inserted Sempirical water-doctors. Castilan, a cant word them both in his Complete Angler, under the character of - Catalan and Ethiopian,) appears to have

been ge that smooth song which was made by Kit Marlowe, now Syed as a term of reproach after the defeat of at least fisiy years ago, and an answer to it, which was

Spanish Armada. The Host avails himself of the made by Sir Walter Ralogh in his younger days. Erco donor's imorance of English phraseology in ap: misrecites the lines in his panic. The reader will be

Old fashioned poetry but choicely good." Sir Hugh 2 ts him these high-sounding, opprobrious epithets ; pleased to find them at the end of the play. Regre means in call hin coward. 3 Drain of a dunghill.

7 This line is from the old version of the 137th 4 Sesexens tried to give some kind of meaning to

Psalm: " Cryd game," says he, "might mean

" When we did sit in Babylon, ose days a professed buck, who was well known

The rivers round about, the report of his gallantry as he could have been by

Then the remembrance of Sion, *2mation." Warburton conjectures that we should

The tears for grief burst out." nad Cry Aim, that is, “Encourage me, do I not de. The word rirers in the second line was probably

" This suit: the speaker and occasion, and is brought to Sir Hugh's thoughts by the line of the madri. ure very plausible. See the second scene of the eal he had just repeated, and in his fright he blends Surdea of this play, where the phrase again occurs. the sacred and profane songs together. The old quarto

has-—There lived a man in Babylon,'

which was the This is a part of a beautiful liule pastoral, printed first line of an old song mentioned in Twelfth Nighi; waaz Shakspeare's Sonnets in 1599, but in England's' but the other line is more in character

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and a good student from his book, and it is won- Caius. Ha! do I perceive dat? have you makederful.

a de sot' of us ? ha, ha! Slen. Ah, sweet Anne Page !

Eva. This is well; he has made us his vloutingPage. Save you, good Sir Hugh!

stog.--I desire you, that we may be friends; and Eva. 'Pless you from his mercy sake, all of you! let us knog our prains together, to be revenge on Shal. What the sword and ihe word! do you this same scall,i scurvy, cogging companion, the study them both, master parson ?

host of the Garter. Page. And youthful still, in your doublet and Caius. By gar, vit all my heart; he promise to hose, this raw rheumatic day?

bring me vere is Anne Page : by gar, he deceive Eva. There is reasons and causes for it.

Page. We are come to you, to do a good office, Eva. Well, I will smite his noddles :- Pray you, master parson.


(Exeunt. Eva. Fery well : What is it?

Page. Yonder is a most reverend gentleman, who SCENE II. The street in Windsor. Enter Misbe like, having received wrong by some person, is

TRESS PAGE and Robin. at most odds with his own gravily and patience, that ever you saw.

Mrs. Page. Nay, keep your way, little gallant; Shal. I have lived fourscore years and upward; you were wont to be a follower, but now you are a I never heard a man of his place, gravity, and learn- leader: Whether had you rather lead mine eyes, ing, so wide of his own respect.

or eye your master's heels ? Eva. What is he?

Rob. I had rather, forsooth, go before you like a Page. I think you know him ; master doctor man, than follow him like a dwarf. Caius, the renowned French physician.

Mrs. Page. O you are a flattering boy; now, I Eva. Got's will, and his passion of my heart! I see you'll be a courtier. had as lief you would tell me of a mess of porridge.

Enter Ford. Page. Why?

Eva. He has no more knowledge in Hibocrates Ford. Wellmet, mistress Page: Whither go you? and Galen,-and he is a knave besides ; a coward- Mrs. Page. Truly, sir, to see your wife ; Is she ly knave, as you would desires to be acquainted at home? withal.

Ford. Ay; and as idle as she may hang togePage. I warrant you, he's the man should fight ther, for want of company: I think, if your huswith him.

bands were dead, you two would marry. Slen. O, sweet Anne Page !

Mrs. Page. Be sure of that,--two other husShal. It appears so, by his weapons :-Keep bands. them asunder; here comes doctor Caius.

Ford. Where had you this pretty weather-cock? Enter Host, C Alus, and Rugby,

Mrs. Page. I cannot tell what the dickens hig

name is my husband had him of: What do you Page. Nay, good master parson, keep in your call your knight's name, sirruh ? weapon.

Rob. Sir John Falstaff. Shal. So do you, good master doctor.

Ford. Sir John Falstaff! Host. Disarm them, and let them question ; let Mrs. Page. He, he; I can never hit on's name. them keep their limbs whole, and hack our English. There is such a league between my good man and

Caius. 'I pray you, let-a me speak a word vit he !-Is your wife at home, indeed? your ear: Verefore vill you not meet a-me?

Ford. Indeed she is. Eva. Pray you, use your patience : In good time. Mrs. Page. By your leave, sir ;-I am sick, till Caius. By gar, you are de coward, de Jack dog, I see her. [Exeunt Mrs. PagE and Robis.

Ford. Has Page any brains ? hath he any eves? Eva. Pray you, let us not he laughing-stogs to hath he any thinking? Sure, they sleep; he hath other men's humours; I desire you in friendship, no use of them. Why, this boy will carry a letter and I will one way or other make you amends : twenty miles, as easy as a cannon will shoot point I will knog your urinals about your knave's cogs- blank iwelve score. He pieces-out his wife's inclicomb, for missing your meetings and appointments. nation ; he gives her folly motion and adrantage :

Caius. Diable !Jack Rugby,-mine Host de and now she's going to my wife, and Falstaff's boy Jarterre, have I not stay for him, to kill him ? have with her, A man may hear this shower sing in the I not, at de place I did appoint ?

wind !--and Falstaff's boy with her!-Good plots! Eva. As I am a Christians soul, now, look you, they are laid; and our revolted wives share damthis is the place appointed; I'll be judgment by nation together. Well; I will take him; then tormine host of the Garter.

ture my wife, pluck the borrowed veil of modesty Host. Peace, I say Guallia and Gaul, French from the so-seeming mistress Page, divulge Page and Welsh ; soul-curer and body-curer.

himself for a secure and wilful Action; and 10 Caius. Ay, dat is very good! excellent ! these violent proceedings all my neighbours shall

Host. Peace, I say; hear mine host of the Gar- cry aim. (Clock strikes.] The clock gives me my ter. Am I polític ? am I subtle ? am I a Machia- cue, and my assurance bids me search; there I vel ? Shall I lose my doctor ? no; he gives me the shall find Falstaff: I shall be rather praised for this, potions, and the motions. Shall I lose my parson ? than mocked; for it is as positive as the earth is my priest, my Sir Hugh? no; he gives me the firm, that Falstaff is there : I will

go. proverbs and the no-verbs.-Give me thy hand, ierrestial; so :-Give me thy hand, celestial; so: Enter Page, Shallow, SLENDER, Host, Sir

-Boys of art, I have deceived you both ; I have Hugh Evans, Caius, and Rugby. directed you to wrong places : your

hearts are

Shal. Page, foc. Well met, master Ford. mighty, your skins are whole, and let burnt sack

Ford. Trust me a good knot: I have good cheer be the issue.-Come, lay their swords to pawn :

at home; and, I pray you all, go with me. Follow me, lad of peace; follow, follow, follow.

Shal. I must excuse myself, master Ford. Shal. Trust me, a mad host :-Follow, gentlemen, follow, Slen. O, sweet Anne Page!

4 To cry aim, in archery was to encourage the

archers by crying out aim when they were about to (Exeunt SHAL. Slex. Page, and Host. shoot. Hence it came to be used for to applaud or en

courage, in a general sense. It seems that the sperta. 1 Fool.

tors in general cried aim occasionally, as a mere word 2 Flouting.stock.

of encouragement or applause. Thus, in K. Jobn, Ad 8 i. e, seall'il-head, a term of reproach. Chaucer ii. Sc. 1. imprecates on the scrivener who miswrites his verse

It ill beseems this presence to cry aim Under thy long locks mayest thou have the scalle.To these ill cuned repetitions."

John ape.

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Slen. And so must I, sir ; we have appointed to basket on your shoulders : that done, trudge with dine with mistress Anne, and I would not break it in all haste, ard carry it among the whitsters with her for more money than I'll speak of. in Datchet mead, and there empty it in the muddy

Shol. We have lingered about a match between ditch, close by the Thames' side. Anne Page and my cousin Slender, and this day Mrs. Page. You will do it? we shall have our answer.

Mrs. Ford. I have told them over and over; Slen. I hope, I have your good will, father Page. they lack no direction: Be gone, and come when Page. You have, master Slender; I stand wholly you are called.

(Exeunt Servants. for you :—but my wife, master doctor, is for you Mrs. Page. Here comes little Robin. altogether,

Enter Robin. Caus. Ay, by gar; and de maid is love-a me; my nursh-a Quickly tell me so mush.

Mrs. Ford. How now, my eyas-musket ?6 what Host. What say you to young master Fenton ? news with you? he capers, he dances, he has eyes of youth, he Rob. My master Sir John has come in at your writes verses, he speaks holyday,' he smells April back door, mistress Ford; and requests your and May: he will carry't, he will carry't; 'tis in company, his buuóns ;? he will carry't.

Mrs. Page. You little Jack-a-lent,' have you Page. Not by my consent, I promise you. The been true to us? gentleman is of no having :3 he kept company with Rob. Ay, I'll be sworn: My master knows not the wild Prince and Poins; he is of too high a re- of your being here ; and hath threatened to put pion, he knows too much. 'No, he shall not knit a me into everlasting liberty, if I tell you of it; for, knot in his fortunes with the finger of my substance : he swears, he'll turn me away. if he take her, let him take her simply; the wealth

Mrs. Page. Thou art a good boy; this secrecy I have waits on my consent, and my consent goes of thine shall be a tailor to thee, and shall make not that way.

thee a new doublet and hose.-I'll go hide me. Ford. I beseech you, heartily, some of you go

Mrs. Ford. Do so :-Go tell thy master, I am home with me to dinner: besides your cheer, you alone. Mistress Page, remember you your cue. shall have sport; I will show you a monster.

(Exit Robin. Master doctor, you shall go ;--so shall you, master

Mrs. Page. I warrant thee; if I do not act it,

hiss me. Page; And you, Sir Hugh.

Exit Mrs. Page Shal. Well, fare you well :-we shall have the Mrs. Ford. Go to then: we'll use this unwholefreer wooing at master Page's.

some humidity, this gross watery pumpion ;-we'll {Exeunt Shallow and SLENDER. teach him to know turtles from jays." Caius. Go home, John Rugby; I come anon.

Enter FalstAFF. [Exit Rugby.

Fal. Have I caught thee, my heavenly jewel ?' Host. Farewell, my hearts: I will to my honest Why, now let me die, for I have lived long enough knight Falstaff, and drink canary with him.

(Erit Host. hour!

this is the period of my ainbition : O this blessed Ford. (Aside. I think, I shall drink in pipe-wine* Mrs. Ford. O sweet Sir John! first with him ; I'll make him dance. Will you go, Fal

. Mistress Ford, I cannot cog, I cannot prale, gentles?

mistress Ford. Now shall I sin in my wish: I All. Have with you, to see this monster.

[Ereunt. the best lord, I would make thee my lady.

would thy husband were dead : I'll speak it before SCENE III. A Room in Ford's House. Enter Mrs. Ford. I your lady, Sir John! alas, I should Mrs. Ford and Mrs. PAGE.

be a pitiful lady.

Fal. Let the court of France show me such Mrs. Ford. What, John! what, Robert ! another; I see how thine eye would emulate the

Mrs. Page. Quickly! quickly: Is the buck- diamond: Thou hast the right arched bentio of the basket

brow, that becomes the ship-tire, the tire-valiant, Mrs. Ford. I warrant :-What, Robin, I say, or any tire of Venetian admittance."

Mrs Ford. A plain kerchief, Sir John: my brows Enter Servants with a basket.

become nothing else; nor that well neither. Mrs Page. Come, come, come.

Fal. By the Lord, thou art a traitor to say so: Mrs. Ford. Here, set it down.

thou would'st make an absolute courtier; and the Mrs Puge. Give your men the charge ; we must firm fixture of thy foot would give an excellent mobe brief.

tion to thy gait, in a semi-circled farthingale. I see · Mh. Ford. Marry, as I told you before, John what thou wert, if fortune thy foel? were not : naand Robert, be ready here hard by in the brew- ture is thy friend : Come, thou canst not hide it. house; and when I suddenly call you, come forth,

Mrs. Ford. Believe me, there's no such thing and (without any pause, or staggering) take this in nie. I To speak out of the common style, superior to the

7 A stuffed puppet thrown at throughout lent, as Dar, in allusion to the beter dress worn on holidays. cocks were at shrovetide. So, in • The Weakest goes S. in K. Henry IV. P. I.

to the Wall,' 1600. "With many holid vy and lady terms."

“A mere anotomy a Jack of Lent.' : Alluting 10 an ancient custom among rusties, of & j. e. honest women from loose ones. The word trying whether they should succeed with their mistresses Pulla in Italian signifies both a jay and a loose woman. by carrying the Lower called bachelor's buttons in So, in Cymbeline : their prkels. They judged of their good or bad suc.

" some jay of Italy Css by their growing or not growing there. Hence, to

Whose mother was her painting," &c. Bar buchelor's bulions, seems to have grown into a 9 This is the first line in the second song of Sidney's psas for being unmarried.

Astrophel and Stella.
öi. e. Fortune or possessions. So, in Twelfth Night: 10 First folio :--beauty.
- My haring is not inuch;

11 That is, any fancitu head-dress worn by the celeI'll make division of my present with


brated beauties of Venice, or approved by them. In how Hold, there is half my coffer.'

much request the Venetian tire or head-dress was for. I Canary is the name of a dance as well as of merly beld, appears from Burton's Anatomy of Melan. & wine. Piperine is wine, not from the bottle butcholy, 1624. "Let her have the Spanish gáit, the Ve. the pipe or cask. The jest consists in the ambiguity of netian tire, Italian compliments and endowments." the ward, which signites both a cask of wine and a 12 Fortune my Foe is the beginning of a popular old msical instrument. I'll give him pipe wine, which ballad enumerating all the misfortunes thai fall on will make him dance.'

mankind through the caprice of Fortune. The tune ä Bleachers of linen.

was the same with that of Death and the Lady,' to for a small child. 6 Young sparrow-hawk, here used as a jocular term which the metrical lamentations of extraordinary cri

I minals were chanted for two hundred years and more.

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