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panderly rascals! there's a knot, a ging,' a pack, cat, you ronyon ! out! out! I'll conjure you, I'll a conspiracy against me: Now, shall the devil bé fortune-tell you.

[Exit Falstaff. shamed. Whai! wife, I say! come, come forth; be Mrs. Page. Are you not ashamed ? I think you hold u hat honest clothes you send forth to bleaching. have killed the poor woman.

Page. Why, this passes!? Master Ford, you are Mrs. Ford. Nay, he will do it;—'Tis a goodly not to go loose any longer; you must be pinioned. credit for you.

Enz Why, this is lunatics! this is mad as a Ford. Ilang her, witch! mad dog!

Eva. By yea and no, I think, the 'oman is a Shal. Indeed, master Ford, this is not well; in- witch indeed: I like not when a 'oman has a great det.

pcard; I spy a great peard under her muffer." Enter MRS. FORD.

Foril. Will you follow, gentlemen? I beseech

you, follow; see but the issue of my jealousy; if I Ford. So say I too, Sir.-Come hither, mistress cry out thus upon no trail,' nerer ưust me when I Ford; mistress Ford, the honest woman, the mo

open again. dest wife, the virtuous creature, that hath the jea Page. Let's obey his humour a little further : lous fool to her husband!-I suspect without cause, Come, gentlemen. mistress, do I?

(Ereunt Page, Ford, SHALLow, and Evans. Mrs. Ford. Heaven be my witness, you do, ir Mrs. Page. Trust me, he beat him most pirifully. Fou suspect me in any dishonesty.

Mrs. Ford. Nay, by ihe mass that he did not ; Ford. Well said, brazen-face; hold it out. he beat him most unpitifully, mcthought. Come forih, sirrah. [Pulls the clothes out of the basket. Mrs. Page. I'll have the cudgel hallowed, and Pigu. This passes!

hang o'er the altar; it hath donc meritorious service. Mrs. Ford. Are you not ashamed? let the clothes Mrs. Ford. What think you? May we, with the alone.

warrant of woman-hood, and the witness of a good Ford, I shall find you anon.

conscience, pursue him with any further revenge ? Ein 'Tis unreasonable! Will you take up your Mrs. Page. The spirit of wantonness is, sure, wife's clothes? Come away.

scared out of him; if ihe devil have him not in feeFord. Empty the basket, I say.

simple, with fine and recovery, he will never, I Mrs. Ford. Why, man, why?

think, in the way of waste,' attempt us again. Ford. Master Page, as I am a man, there was Mrs. Ford. Shall we tell our husbands how we Gde conveved out of my house yesterday in this have served him? baske!: Why may not be be there again? In my Mrs. Page. Yes, by all means; if it bc but to touse I am sure he is: my in:elligence is true; my scrape the figures out of your husband's brains. If jea'ousy is reasonable: Pluck me out all the linen. they can find in their hearts, the poor unvirtuous

Mrs. Ford. If you find a man there, he shall die fat knight shall be any further afflicied, wolwo will a fiea's death.

still be the ministers. Page. Here's no man.

Mrs. Ford. I'll warrant they'll have him publicly Shal. By my fidelity, this is not well, master shamed : and, methinks, there would be no periodo Fort; this wrongs you."

to the jest, should he not be publicly shamed. Eva. Master Ford, you must pray, and not fol Mrs. Page. Come to the forse with it then, shapo low the imaginations of your own heart: this is jea-it: I would not have things cool. [Exeunt. lousies. Fard. Well, he's not here I seek for.

SCENE III. A room in the Garter Inn. Enter Page. No, nor no where else, but in your brain.

Host and BARDOLPI. Ford. Help to search my house this one time; Bard. Şir, the Germans desire to have three of if I find not what I seek, show no colour for my ex- your horses: the duke himself will be tv-morrow tremnity, let me for ever be your table-sport; let at couri, and they are going to meet him. them say of me, As jealous as Ford, that searched Host. What duke should that be comes so sea bollow walnut for his wife's leman. Satisfy me cretly? I hear not of him in the court: Let me Goce more; once more search with me.

speak with the gentlemen; they speak English ? Mrs. Ford. What hoa, mistress Page! come Bard, dy, sir, I'll call them io you. you, and the old woman down; my husband will Host. They shall have my horses; but I'll make come into the chamber.


I'll sauce them: They have had my house Ford. Old woman! What old woman is that? a week at command; I have turned away my other Mrs. Ford. Why, it is my maid's aunt of Breniford. guests: they must come off;" I'll sauce them ; Ford. A witch, a quean, an old cozening quean! Come.

(Ereunl. Have I not forbid her my house? She comes of errands, does she? We are simple men; we do not SCENE IV. Room in Ford's House. Enter kn's* what's brought to pass under the profession of

Page, FORD, Mrs. Page, Mrs. Ford, and Sir

Hugu Evans. fortune--elling. She works by charms, by spells, by the figure, and such dauberys as this is ; beyond Eva, "Tis one of the pest discretions of a 'oman our element; we know nothing. -Core down; as ever I did look upon. you wiich, you hay you; come down, I say.

Page. And did he send you both these letters at Vrs. Ford. Nay, good, sweet husband;--good an instant ? genuemen, let him not strike the old woman.

Mrs. Page. Within a quarter of an hour.

Ford, Pardon me, wife : Henceforth do what thou Enter Falstaff in women's clothes, led by Mrs. wilt ; PAGE.

I rather will suspect the sun with cold, 12 Mr. Page. Come, mother Pratt, come, give me Than thee with wantonness : now doth thy honour your hand.

stand, Ford. I'll prat her: Out of my door, you In him that was of late an heretic, ***ch! [beats him) you rag, you baggage, you pole- As firm as faith.

2 Surpasses, or goes beyond all bounds. acquired her knowledge of these terms he has not in. 21. . 'This is below your character, unworthy of you.' formed us. 4 Loser. ó Falsehood, imposition,

9 This is another forensic expression. Mr. Steevens 6 Means much the same as scall or scah, from Rog. says that the meaning of the passage is, “ he will not Peres, Fr.

make further atempts to ruin us by corrupting our virtue 7 Expressions taken from the chase. Trail is the and destroying our reputation.” scent left by the passage of the game. To cry out is to 10 i. e. right period, or proper catastrophe. aper, or bark.

11 To coine off is to pay, to come down (as we now 8 Ritzon remarks that Shakspeare had been long say,) with a sum of money. It is a phrase of frequent fough in an attorney's office to know that fee-simple occurrence in old plays. is the largest estate, and fine and recovery the strongest 12 The reading in the text was Mr. Rowe's. The old esturance, known to English Law." How Mrs. Page copies read 'I rather will suspect the sun with gold

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spoke of.

he comes,

Page. 'Tis well, 'tis well; no more.

Mrs. Page.

The truth being known Be not as extreme in submission,

We'll all present ourselves; dis-horn the spirit, As in offence;

And mock him home to Windsor. But let our plot go forward: let our wives


The children must Yet once again, to make us public sport,

Be practised well to this, or they'll ne'er do'r. Appoint a meeting with this old fat fellow,

Eva. I will teach the children their behaviours; Where we may take him, and disgrace him for it. and I will be like a Jack-an-apes also, to burn the Ford. There is no better way than that they knight with my taber.

Ford. That will be excellent. I'll go buy them Page. How! to send him word they'll meet him vizards. in the park at midnight! fie, fie; he'll never come. Mrs. Page. My Nan shall be the queen of all the

Eva. You say, he has been thrown into the ri fairies, vers; and has been grievously peaten, as an old Finely attired in a robe of white. 'oman; methinks there should he terrors in him, that Page. That silk will I go buy ;--and in that time he should not come; methinks, his flesh is punished, Shall master Slender steal my Nan away, he shall have no desires.

And marry her at Eton. [Aside.) Go, send to FalPage. So think I too.

staff straight. Mrs. Ford. Devise but how you'll use him when Ford. Nay, I'll to him again in name of Brook :

He'll tell me all his purpose : Sure, he'll come. And let us two devise to bring hiin thither.

Mrs. Page. Fear not you that : Go, get us proMrs. Page. There is an old tale goes,

that Herne

perties. the hunter,

And tricking for our fairies. Sometime a keeper here in Windsor forest,

Eva. Let us about it: It is admirable pleasures, Doth all the winter time, at still midnight, and fery honest knaveries. Walk round about an oak, with great ragg'd horns ;

(Exeunt Page, FORD, and Evans. And there he blasts the tree, and takes the cattle; Mrs. Page. Go, mistress Ford, And makes milch-kine yield blood, and shakes a Send quickly to Sir Jolin, to know his mind. chain

[Erit MRS. FORD. In a most hideous and dreadful manner :

I'll to the doctor; he hath my good will, You have heard of such a spirit; and well you know, And none but he, to marry with Nan Page. The supers tious idle-headed eld?

That Slender, though well landed, is an idiot; Received, and did deliver to our age,

And he my husband best of all affects :
This tale of Herne the hunter for å truth. The doctor is well money'd, and his friends

Page. Why, yet there want not many, that do fear Potent at court; he, none but he, shall have her, In deep of night to walk by this Ierne's oak;) Though twenty thousand worthier come to crave her. But what of this?

[Erit. Mrs. Ford. Marry, this is our device; That Falstaff at that oak shall meet with us,

SCENE V. A Room in the Garter Inn. Enter Host

and SIMPLE. Disguised like Herne, with huge horns on his head.

Page. Well, let it not bo doubted but he'll come, Host. What would'st thou have, boor? what, And in this shape: When you have brought him thick-skin ? speak, breathe, discuss; brief, short, thither,

quick, snap. What shall be done with him ? what is your plot ? Sim. Marry, sir, I come to speak with Sir John Mrs. Page. That likewise have we thought upon, Falstaff from master Slender. and thus :

Host. There's his chanber, his house, his castle, Nan Page my daughter, and my

little son,

his standing-bed, and truckle-bed ;' 'tis painted And three or four more of their growth, we'll dress about with the story of the prodigal, fresh and new: Like urchins, ouphes, and fairies, green and white, Go, knock and call; he'll speak like an Anthropo With rounds of waxen lapors on their heads, phaginianlo unto thee : Knock, I say. And rattles in their han:ls; upon a sudden,

Sim. There's an old woman, a fat woman, gone As Falstaff, she, and I, are newly met,

up into his chamber; I'll be so bold as stay, sir, Let them from forth a saw-pit rush at once till she come down ; I come to speak with her, inWith some diffused song; upon their sight, deed. We two in great amazeduess will fly:

Host. Ha! a fat woman! the knight may bo Then let them all encircle him about,

robbed : I'll call.-Bully knight! Bully Sir John ! And, fairy-like, to-pinch the unclean knight; speak from thy lungs military : Art thou there? it And ask him, why, that hour of fairy revel, is thine host, ihine Ephesian, calls. In their so sacred paths he dares to ircad,

Fal. (above.) How now, mine

host ? In shape profane.

Host. Here's a Bohemian-Tartar tarries the Mrs. Ford. And till he tell the truth, coming down of thy fat woman: Let her descend, Let the supposed fairies pinch him sound, bully, let her descend; my chambers are honourAnd burn him with their tapers.

able: Fye! privacy ? fye! 1 To take significs to seize or strike with a disease, occurs in this sense : “speak you Welsh to him : I doubt to blast. So, in Lear, Act ii. Sc. 1:

not but thy speech shall be more diffuse to him, than his 'Strike her young bones, ye tahing airs, with lame. French shall be to thee.” Coigrave explains diffused ness.

by the French diffus, espars, obseure, and in Coper's And in Hamlet, Act. i. Sc. 1:

Dictionary, 1591, I find obscurum interpreted 'obscure, < No planets strike, dillicult, diffuse, hard to understand. Skelton uses No fairy tales, no witch has power to charm.” diffuse several times for strange or obscure; for instance, " Or a horse that is taken. A horse that is bercst or in the Crown of Laurel: his feeling, moving, or stirring, is said to be taken, and "Perseus pressed forth with problems diffrese." jn sooth so he is, in that he is arrested by so villanous a 6 To-pinch : to has here an augmentative scuse, liko disease : yet some farriers, not well understanding the be has since had: all was generally prefixed, Spenser ground of the disease, conster the word taken to be has all to-torn, all to-rent, &c. and Milton in Comus all stricken by some planet, or evil spirit, which is false"to-rutled. --C. vii. Markham on Horses, 1505. Thusalso in Hor 7 Sound, for soundly, the adjective used as an adverb. man's Vulgaria, 1519. “He is laken, or benomed. Al 8 Properlies are little incidental necessaries to a thea. tonitus est."

tre: tricking is dress or ornament.

9 The usual furniture of chambers, at that time, w39 3 The tree which was by tradition shown as Herne's a standing-bcd, under which was a trochle, truchle, or oak; being totally decayed, was cut down by his late running bed: from trochlea, a low wheel or castor. In majesty's order in 1795.

the standing bed lay the master, in the truckle the ser. 4 Elr, hobgoblin.

5 Some diffused song, appears to mean some obscure 10 i. e. a cannibal: mine host uses these fustjan words alrange song. In Cavendish's Life of Wolsey the word to astonish Simple.

2 Old age.


with me;

told me so.



Fal. I would all the world might be cozened; Fal. There was, mine host, an old fat woman for I have been cozen'd and beaten too. If it should even now with me; but she's gono.

come to the ear of the court, how I have been transSun. Pray you, sir, was't not the wise woman

formed, and how my transformation hath been of Brentford?

washed and cudgeled, they would melt me out of Fal

. Ay, marry, was it, muscle-shell ;' What iny fat, drop by drop, and liquor fishermen's boots would you with her ?

I warrant they would whip me with their Sim. My master, sir, my master Slender, sent fine wits, till I were as crest-fallen as a dried pear. to her, seeing her go through the streets, to know, I never prospered since I forswore myself at Pria

mero. sir, whether one Nym, sir, that beguiled' him of a

Well, if my wind were but long enough to chain, had the chain, or no.

say my prayers, I would repent.Fal. I spake with the old woman about it.

Enter Mrs. QuickLY. Sim. And what says she, I pray, sir ?

Now! whence come you? Fa. Marry, she says, that the very same man Quick. From the two parties, forsooth. tat beguiled master Slender of his chain, cozened

Fal. The devil take one party, and his dam the him of it.

other, and so they shall be both bestowed ! I have Sin. I would I could have spoken with the wo- sutfered more for their sakes, more than the villaman herself; I had other things to have spoken nous inconstancy of man's disposition is able to bear. with her too, from him.

Quick. And have not they suffered? Yes, I warFol. What are they? let us know,

rant, speciously one of them; mistress Ford, good Hoxt. Ay, come; quick.

heart, is beaten black and blue, that you cannot sco Sun. I may not conceal them, sir.

a white spot about her. Fale Conceal them, or thou diest.

Fal. What tell'st thou me of black and blue! I Sim. Why, sir, they were nothing but about was beaten myself into all the colours of the rainmistress Anne Page; to know if it were my mas- bow, and I was like to be apprehended for the witch ter's fortune to have her, or no.

of Brentford ; but that my admirable dexterity of F. 'Tis, 'tis his fortune.

wit, my counterfeiting the action of an old woman Sim. What, sir ?

deliver'd me, the knave constable had set me i' the Fol. To have her,-or no: Go; say, the woman stocks, i’ the common stocks, for a witch.

Quick. Sir, let me speak with you in your chamSim. May I be so bold to say so, sir ?

ber; you shall hear how things go; and, I warrant, Fal Ay, Sir Tike; who more bold ?

to your content. Here is a letter will say somewhat. Sim, I thank your worship: I shall make my Good hearts, what ado here is to bring you tomaster glad with these tidings. (Exit SIMPLE. gether! Sure, one of you does not serve heaven Host. Thou art clerkly, thou art clerkly, Sir John: well, that you are so crossed. Was there a wise woman with thee?

Fal. Come

my chamber.

(Exeunt Fal. Ay, that there was, mine host; one that hath taught me more wit than ever I learned before

SCENE VI. Another Room in the Garter Inn.

Enter FENTON and Host. in my life: and I paid nothing for it neither, but was paid for my learning

Host. Master Fenton, talk not to me; my mind

is heavy, I will give over all. Enter BARDOLPH.

Fent. Yet hear me speak : Assist me in my pur Bard. Out, alas, sir! cozenage! mere cozenage!

pose, Hast. Where be my horses ? speak well of thein, And, as I am a gentleman, I'll give theo varletto.

A hundred pound in gold, more than your

loss. Bad. Run away with the cozeners: for so soon Host. I will hear you, master Fenton ; and I as I came beyond Eton, they threw me off, from will, at the least, keep your counsel. behind of them, in a slough of mire ; and set Fent. From time to time I have acquainted you spurs, and away, like three German devils, three With the dear love I bear to fair Anne Page ; Dactor Faustuses.

Who, mutually, hath answer'd my affection Hast. They are gone but to meet the duke, vil. (So far forth as herself might be her chooser,) lain : do not say, they be fled; Germans are honest Even to my wish: I have a lotter from her

Of such contents as you will wonder at;
Enter Sir Hugu Evans.

The mirth whereof so larded with my matter,
Evg. Where is mine host?

That neither, singly, can be manifested, Host . What is the matter, sir ?

Without the show of both;--wherein fat Falstaff Exa. Have a care of your entertainments : there Hath a great scene : the image of the jest 11 a friend of mine come to town, tells me, there is I'll show you here at large. Hark, good mine host :

[Showing the letter. three cousin germans, that has cozened all the hosts To-night at Herne's oak, just 'twixt twelve and one, of Readings, of Maidenhead, of Colebrook, of horses Must my sweet Nan present the fairy queen; and money. I tell you for good-will, look you: you The purpose why, is here; in which disguise, are wise, and full of gibes and vlouting-stogs; and while other jests are something rank on foot, it is not convenient you should lo cozened: Fare Her father hath commanded her to slip you well.

[Exit. Away with Slender, and with him at Éton Enter Doctor Carus.

Immediately to marry: she hath consented:
Crius. Vere is mine Host de Jarterre.

Now, sir,
Hast. Here, master doctor, in perplexity, and Her mother, even strong against that match,

And firm for doctor Caius, hath appointed
Caius. I cannot tell vat is dat: but it is tell-a me, That he shall likewise shullie her away,

you make grand preparations for a duke de Jar- While other sports are tasking of their minds, many : by my trot, dere is no duke, dat the court is And at the deanery, where a priest attends, I tell you for good vill : adicu, Straight marry her: to this her mother's plot

[Erit. She, seemingly obedient, likewise hath | !ost. Hue and cry, villain, go :-assist me, Made promise to the doctor ;-Now, thus it rests : snight ; I am undone :-Ay, run, hue and cry, villain! Her father means she shall be all in white;

[Errunt Host and BARDOLPH. And in that habit, when Slender sees his time We calls poor Simple muscle-shell, because he guage : Seven of the eleven I paid," says Falstaff, in

Henry IV. Part I.

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To take her by the hand, and bid her go,

Shal. That's good too: But what needs either She shall go with him :-her mother hath intended, your mum, or her budget; the white will decipher The better to denote her to the doctor

her well enough.-It bath struck ten o'clock. (For they must all be mask'd and vizarded,)

Page. The night is dark; light and spirits will That, quaint' in green she shall be loose enrob’d, become it well. Heaven prosper our sport! No With ribands pendant, faring 'bout her head ; man means evil but the devil, and we shall know And when the doctor spies his vantage ripe, him by his horns. Let's away; follow me. (Eztunut. To pinch her by the hand, and, on that token,

SCENE JII. The Street in Windsor. Enter Mrs. The maid hath given consent to go with him.

PAGE, Mrs. FORD, and Dr. Caits. Host. Which means she to deceive ? father or mother?

Mirs. Page. Master doctor, my daughter is in Fenl. Both, my good host, to go along with me : green; when you see your time, take her by ite And here it resis,—that you'll procure the vicar hand, away with her to the deanery, and despatch To stay for me at church, 'twise twelve and one, it quickly: Go before into the park; we two must And, in the lawful name of marrying,

go together. To give our hearts united ceremony.

Caius. I know vat I have to do; Adieu. Host. Well, husband your device; I'll to the

Mrs. Page. Fare you well, sir. [Exit C.108.] vicar:

My husband will not rejoice so much at the aluso Bring you the maid, you shall not lack a priest. of Falstaff, as he will chafe at the ductor's marry

Fent. So shall I ever more be bound to thee; ing my daughter: but 'tis no matter; better a lice Besides, I'll make a present recompense. [Ereunt. chiding, than a great deal of heart-break.

Mrs. Ford. Where is Nan now, and her troop of fairies? and the Welsh devil, Hugh?

Mrs. Page. They are all couched in a pit hard ACT V.

by Herne's buk, with obscured lights; which at the

very instant of Falstaff's and our meeting, they will SCENE I. A Room in the Garter Inn. Enter at once display to the night. FALSTAFF and Mrs. QUICKLY.

NIrs. Ford. That cannot choose but amaze him. Fal. Pr’ythee, no more prattling ;-go. I'll

Mrs. Page. If he be not amazed, he will be hold :? This is the third time; I hope, good luck mocked; if he be amazed, he will every way be

. lies in odd numbers. Away, go; they say, there is

Mrs. Ford. We'll betray him finely. divinity in odd numbers, cither in naivity, chance, or death.-Away.

Nirs. Page. Against such lewdsters, and their Quick. I'll provide you a chain ; and I'll do what Those that betray them do no treachery.

lechery, I can to get you a pair of horns. Fal. Away, I say; time wears: hold up your the oak!

Mrs. Ford. The hour draws on; To the oak, to head and mince." [Exit Mrs. QUICKLY.

[Ereunt. Enter FORD.

SCENE IV. I'indsor Park. Enter Sir Huch How now, master Brook? Master Brouk, the mat

Evans and Fairies. ter will be known to-night, or nerer.

Eva. Trih, trib, fairies; come ; and remember the Park about midnight, at Herne's oak, and you your parts : be pold, I pray you; follow me into shall see wonders.

the pit; and when I give the waich-'ords, de as I Ford. Went you not to her yesterday, sır, as you pid you ; Come, come; trib, trib. (Erex told me you had appointed ? Fal. I went to her, master Brook, as you see,

SCENE V. Another part of the Park. Enter like a pior old man : but I came from her, master

Falstaff disguised, with a buck's hrad on. Brook, like a poor old woman. That same knave,

Fal. The Windsor bell hath struck twelve ; tho Ford, her husband, hath the finest mad devil of jea- minute draws on: Now, the hot-blooded gods assist lousy in him, master Brook, thal ever governed me :-Remember, Jove, thou wast a bull lor thy frenzy. I will tell you.—116 beat me grievously, Europa ; love set on thy horns- powerful lore! in the shape of a woman; for in the shape of man, that, in some respects, makes a beast a man; in master Brook, I fear not Goliath with a weaver's some other, a man a beast.-You were also, Jup beam; because I know also, life is a shuttle. Iter, a swan, for the love of Leda ;-0, cmnipoam in haste; go along with me; I'll tell you all, tent love ! how near the god drew to the complesmaster Brook. Since I plucked geese, played ion of a goose ?-A fault done first in the form of a truant, and whipped top, I knew not what it was to beast ;-0 Jore, a beastly fault! and then another be beaten, till lately. Follow me: I'll tell you strange fault in the semblance of a fowl ; think on't, Jore; things of this knave Ford: on whom to-night I will a foul fault.-When gods have hot backs, what be revenged, and I will deliver his wife into your shall poor men do? For me, I am here a Windsor hand.-Follow : Strange things in hand, master stag; and the faticst, I think, i' the forest : send Brook! follow.

(Ereunt. me a cool rut-time, Jove, or who can blame me to

piss my tallow?: Who comes here? my doe ? SCENE II. IVindsor Park. Enter Page, Shallow, and Slender.

Enter Mrs. Ford and Mrs. PAGE.

Mrs. Ford, Sir John ? art thou there, my deer? Page. Come, come ; we'll couch i'the castle-ditch,

my male deer? till we see the light of our fairies.-Remember, son Slender, my daughter.

Fal. My doe with the black scui?--Let the sky Slen.'Av, forsooth; I have spoke with her, and Slectes; hail kissing-comfits, and snow eringoes ;

rain potatoes; let it Thunder to the tune of Green we have a nay-wordhow to know one another. I let there come a tempest of provocation, I will come to her in white, and cry, mum; she cries, shelter me here. budget; and by that we know one another.

[Embracing ko. i Quani, here, may mean wally, or elegantly,

7 Page indirectly alludes to Falstaff, who was to have which were ancient acceptations of the word, and not horns on his head. fantastically : but either sense will suit.

8 This is technical. “During the time of their rut the 2 keep to the time.

harts live with small sustenance.--The red mushroome 3 i. e. walk : lo mince signitied to walk with affected helpeth well to make them pysse their greace they are delicacy.

then in so vehement heat."— T'urberville's Book oj 4 An allusion to the Book of Job, c. vii. v, 6. Hunting, 1575.

• My days are swifter than a weaver's shunila." 9 The sweet potato was used in England as a delica. 6 To strip a wild goose of its feathers was formerly cy long before the introduction of the common potaw by an act or puerile barbarity.

Sir Walter Raleigh in 1586. It was imported in con6 Watchword.

siderahle quantities from Spain and the Canaries, and

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Mrs. Fer. Mistress Page is come with me, And, Hony soit qui mal y pense, write,

In emerald tufts, flowers purple, blue and white; Fol. Divide me like a bride-buck,' each a haunch: Like sapphire, pearl, and rich embroidery, I will keep my sides to myself, my shoulders for the Buckled below fair knighthood's bending knee ; filos? of this walk, and my horns I bequeath your Fairies use flowers for their charactery. hustands. Am I a woodman ? ha! Speak Iike Away; disperse: But, 'uill’uis one o'clock, Herne the hunter ?-Why, now is Cupid a child of Our dance of custom, round about the oak conscience; he makes restitution. As I am a true Of Herne the hunter, let us not forget, spirit, welcome!

(Noise within. Eva. Pray you, lock hand in hand; yourselves fre. Page. Alas! What noise ?

in order set : Urs. Ford. Heaven forgive our sins!

And twenty glow-worms shall our lanterns be, F. What should this be?

To guide our measure round about the tree.
Mirs. Fod.

But, stay; I smell a man of middle earth."
Mrs. Page.]
Away, away. (They run off.

Fal. Heaven defend me from that Welsh fairy ! Fol. I think, the devil will not have me damned, lest he transform me to a piece of cheese! lest the oil that is in me should set hell on fire; he Pist. Vile worm, thou wast o'erlook”dio even in would never else cross me thus.

thy birth. Ente Sir Hugh Evans, like a sayr; MRS.

Quick. With trial fire touch me his finger-end : QUICKLY, and PistOL; ANNE PAGE, as the If he be chaste, the flame will back descend, Fairy Queen, altenried by her brother and others, And turn him to no pain; but if he start, dre steel like faries, with waren tapers on their heads. It is the flesh of a corrupted heart. Quick. Faines, black, grey, green, and white,

Pist. A trial, come. You moon-shine revellers, and shades of night,

Ev. Come, will this wood take fire ? You orphan-beirs* of fixed destiny,

[They burn him with their tapers. Ailend your office, and your quality.s

Fal. Oh, oh, oh! Crier Hobgoblin, make the fairy o-yes.

Quick. Corrupt, corrupt, and tainted in desire ! Pist. Eives, list your names; silence, you airy toys. And, as you

trip, still pinch him to your time.

About him fairies; sing a scornful rhyme :
Cricke!, to Windsor chimneys shalt thou leap :
Where fires thou find'si unrak'd, and hearths un-

Eva. It is right; indeed he is full of lecheries

and iniquity.
Tiere pinch the maids as blue as bilberry :

Oir radiant qucen hates sluts, and sluttery.
Fal. They are fairies; he, that speaks to them,

Fye on sinful fantasy !
shali dic :

Fye on lust and lurury! I'll wink and couch: No man their works must eye.

Laust is but a bloody fire, (Lies down upon his face.

Kindled with unchaste desire. Ecz. Where's Pede ?--Go you, and where


Fed in heart; whose flames aspire, find a maid,

As thoughts do blow them, higher and higher. That, ere she sleep, has thrice her prayers said,

Pinch him, fairies, mutually; Raise up the organs of her fantasy,

Pinch him for his villany; Sleep she as sound as careless intancy;

Pinch him, and burn him, and turn him aboul, But those as sleep, and think not on their sins, Till candles, and star-light, and moonshine be out. Pinch them, arms, legs, backs, shoulders, sides, During this song, the fairies pinch Falstaff. Doctor

and shins. Quick. About, about;

Caius comes one way, and steals away a fairy Search Windsor castle, elves, within and out:

in green; Slender another way, and takes off a Strew good luck, ouphes, on every sacred room;

fairy in white ; and Fenton comes, and steals away That it may stand till the perpetual doom,

Mrs. Anne Page. A noise of hunting is made In state as wholesome, as in state 'tis fit;

within. All the fairies run away. Falstaff pulls Worthy the owner, and the owner it.

off his buck's head, and rises, The several chairs of order look

Enter Page, Ford, Mrs. Page, and Mrs. Ford. With juice of balm, and every precious flower :'

They lay hold on him.
Each fair instalment, coat, and several crest,
With loyal blazon, evermore be blest!

Page. Nay, do not fly: I think, we have watch'd And nightly, meadow-fairies, look, you sing,

you now; Like to the Garter's compass, in a ring:

Will none but Herne the hunter serve your turn?

Mrs. Page. The expressure that it bears, green let it be,

pray you, come; hold

up More fertile-fresh than all the field to see;

no higher :

Now, good Sir John, how like you Windsor wives ? was supposed to possess the power of restoring decayed See you these, husband ? do not these fair yokesi simur. The kissing.comfits were principally made of Become the forest better than the town? these and eringo roots, and were perfumed to make the

Gerarde attributes the same virtues to Pliny informs us that the Romans did so to drive away the common potato which he distinguishes as the Vir. evil spirits.

85 Charactery, is a writing by characters, or by 1 i.e. like a buck sent as a bribe.

strange marks."-Bullokar's English Erpositor, 12 2 The keeper:

The shoulders of the buck were mo. 1656. among his perquisites.

9 By this term is merely meant a mortal man, in 3 The woodman was an attendant on the forester. It contraddistinction to a spirit of the earth or of the air, s here however used in a wanton sense, for one who such as a fairy or gnome. It was in use in the north of chooses female game for the object of his pursuit. Scotland a century since, and appears borrowed from

4 The old copy reads orphan-heirs. Warburton reads the Saxon Middan Eard. euphen, and not without plansibility; ouphes being 10 By o'er-looked is here meant bewitched by an evil Lentioned before and afterward. Malone thinks it eye, the word is used in that sense in Glanvillí Saddu. Dans mortals by birth, but adopted by the fairies : or. cismi Triumphatus, p. 95. Steevens erroneously interpaans in respect of their real parents, and now only deprets it . Slighted as soon as born.' See note on the pentent on destiny herself.

Merchant of Venice, Act iii. Sc. 2. 5 Profession.

“ Beshrew your eyes, Si.e. elevate her fancy, and amuse her tranquil mind They have o'cr-looked me with some delightful vision, though she sleep as sound 11 The extremities of yokes for oxen, as still rised in ly is an infant.

several counties of England, bent upwards, and rising ? It was an article of ancient luxury to rub tables, &c. very high, in shape resemble horns. In Cotgrave's with aromatic herbs. So, in the Baucis and Philemon | Dictionary, voce Jorielles, we have "Arched or yoked of Orid, Met. viii.

vines; vines so under propped or fashioned that ono -Tongam

may go under the middle of them.' 80s also Hutton's squalam Mentha abstersere virenti. Latin, Greek, and English Lexicon, 1683, in roce jue

you scour

the jest

heith sweet.

Einian sort.

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