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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 be fortune-tell you.

[Erit Falstaff. shamed. What! wife, I say! come, come forth; be- Mrs. Page. Are you not ashamed ? I think you bold a hat honest clothies 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.

Er. Why, this is lunatics! this is mad as a Ford. Hang 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 deed.

peard; spy a great peard under her muffler. Enter Mrs. FORD.

Foril. Will you follow, gentlemen? I beseech

you, follow; see the issue of my jealousy; if I Ford. So say I too, Sir.-Come hither, mistress cry out thus upon no trail,' never trust 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 ber husband!-I suspect without cause, Come, gentlemen. mistress, do I ?

(Eseunt Page, FORD, SHALLow, and Evans. Mrs. Ford, Heaven be my witness, you do, if Mrs. Page. Trust me, he beat him most pitifully. 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, methought. Come forth, sirrah. (Pulls the clothes out of the basket. Mrs. Page. I'll have the cudgel hallowed, and Page. 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 ? Eca. '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 the devil have him not in feeFord. Enpty the baskei, 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 one convered out of my house yesterday in this have served him? backe: Why may not be be there again? In my Mrs. Page. Yes, by all means; if it be but to house I am sure he is: my intelligence is true; my scrape the figures out of your husband's brains. If jealoosy 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 flea'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 periodio Ford; this wrongs you.'

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

SCENE III. A room in the Garter Inn. Enter

Host and BARDOLPH. Page. No, nor no where else, but in your brain. 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 tremity, 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, thai searched Host.'What duke should that be comes so sea hollow walnut for his wife's leman. Satisfy me cretly? I hear not of him in the court : Let me otce inore; once more search with me.

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

them pay, I'll sauce themThey 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.

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

PAGE, FORD, Mrs. Page, Mrs. FORD, and SiR

Hugu Evans. fortune-telling. 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 cur element; we know nothing.- -Come down;

as ever I did look upon. you witch, you hay you; come down, I say.

Page. And did he send you both these letters at Mrs. Ford. Nay, good, sweet husbandl;—good an instant ? gentlemen, 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. PAGE.

I rather will suspect the sun with cold, i? Mrs. Page. Come, mother Pratt, come, give me Than theo with wantonness : now doth thy honoun your hand.

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

i Gang 2 Surpasses, or goes beyond all bounds. acquired her knowledge of these terms he has not in.
3 1. e. “This is below your character, unworthy of you.' formed us.
4 Lorer.
5 Falsehood, imposition.

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

make further attempts to ruin us by corrupting our virtue 7 Expressions taken from the chase. Trail is the and destroying our reputation." scent leít by the passage of the game. To cry out is to 10 i. e. righi period, or proper catastrophe. open, or bark.

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

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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

Ford.

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

Be practised well to this, or they'll ne'er do't. 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. spoke of.

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 himn 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 á Send quickly to Sir Jolin, to know his mind. chain

(Exit 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 éld?

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 a 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 Herne'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 Disguised like Herne, with huge horns on his head.

and SIMPLE. Puge. Well, let it not be 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 charnber, his house, his castle, Nan Page my daughter, and my little son, his standing-bed, and trucksc-bed ;' 'uis painted And three or four more of their growth, we'll dress about with ihe 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 waren tapors on their heads,

phaginianlo

unto thee: Knock, I say, And rattles in their hands ; upon a sudden,

Sim. There's an old woman, a fat woman, gono 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 diffusedó song; upon their sight, deed. We two in great amazoduess 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 tread,

Fal. [alove. 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 signifies 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. 4:

not but thy speech shall be more diffuse to him, than his "Strike her young bones, ye taking airs, with lame. French shall be to thee.” Corgrave explains diffused

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

Dictionary, 1591, I find obscurum interpreted' obscure, _”No planets strike, dillicult, diffuse, hard to understandi Skelton uses No fairy takes, no witch has power to charm.” diffuse several times for strange or obscure; for instance, « Of a horse that is taken. A horse that is bercft or in the Crown of Laurel: his feeling, moving, or stirring, is said to be takon, and " Perseus pressed forth with problems diffuse." in sooth so he is, in that he is arrested by so villanous a 6 To-pinch : to has here an augmentative sense, liko disease : yet some farriers, not well understanding the be has since had: all was generally prefixed, Spenser groud 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.” 10-ruffled. --C. vii. Markham on Horses, 1595. Thusalso in Hor- 7 Sound, for soundly, the adjective used as an adverb. man's Vulgaria, 1519. “He is taken, or benomed. Al- 8 Properlies are little incidental necessaries to a thea. tonitus est."

4

nese.'

tre: tricking is dress or ornament. 2 Old age.

9 The usual furniture of chambers, at that time, w39 3 The tree which was by tradition shown as Herno's a standing-bed, under which was a trochle, Iruchle, 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 Eis, hobgoblin.

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

vant.

with me;

Lold me so.

Enter FALSTAFF.

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 transSim. Pray you,'sir, was't not the wise woman formed, and how my transformation bath been of Brentford?

washed and cudgeled, they would melt me out of Fal. Ay, marry, was it, muscle-shell ;' What my fat, drop by drop, and liquor fishermen's boots

I warrant they would whip me with their · would you with her?

Sim. My master, sir, my master Slender, sent fine wits, till I were as crest-lallen as a dried pear. lo her, seeing her go through the streets, to know, I never prospered since I forswore myself at Pria sir, whether one Nym, sir, that beguiled' him of a mero.* 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? Fal. Marry, she says, that the very samo man Quick. From the two parties, forsooth. that 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- suffered 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 sutfered? Yes, I warFol. What are they? let us know.

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

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

a white spot about her. Fal. 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's

me,

the knave constable had set me i' the Ful. 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, Fol. 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 10master glad with these tidings. [Exit SIMPLE. gether! Suré, 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 up into 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 Bærd. Out, alas, sir! cozenage! mere cozenage !

pose, Host. 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. Bød. 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 one of them, in a slough of mire ; and set Fent. From time to time I have acquainted you Epurs,

and away, like three German devils, three With the dear love I bear to fair Anne Page; Doctor 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 letter from her

Of such contents as you will wonder at;
Enter Sir Hugh 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 ?

Withoul the show of both ;-wherein fat Falstaff Era. Have

Hath a great scene : the image of the jest care of your entertainments: there is 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 's wixt twelve and ono, 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 justs' are something rank on foot, it is not convenient you should be cozened: Fare Her father hăth commanded her to slip you well,

(Exil.

Away with Slender, and with him at Eton
Enter DOCTOR CAIUs.

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 mc, That he shall likewise shullie her

away, dat 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, know to come; I tell you for good vill: adicu. Straight marry her: to this her mother's piot

[Erit. She, seemingly obedient, likewise hath 1Host. Hue and cry, villain, go :-assist me, Made promise to the doctor ;--Now, thus it rests : knight; I am undone : -Ay, run, hue and

cry, villain? Her father means she shall be all in white; (Eærunt Host and BARDOLPH. And in thai habit, when Slender sees his time He calls por simple muscle-shell, because he guage: Seven of the eleven I paid, says balstaff, in

4 Primero was the fashionable game at cards in 3. To pay, in Shakspeare's time, signified 10 beat ; in Shulespware’ss time. plucha sende it is still not uncoinmou in fanuliar lan

men.

doubtful dilemma.

I am undone !

stands with his mouth open.

Henry IV. Part I.

2 i. e. Scholar-like.

in the loller.

you in

To t'ake 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 hath 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 enrobid, become it well. Heaven prosper our sport! So With ribands pendant, flaring 'bout her head; man means evil but the devil, and we shall know And when the doctor spies his vantage mpe, him by his horns. Let's away; follow me. [Facunt. To pinch her by the hand, and, on that token,

SCENE II. The Street in Il'indsor. Enter M.S. The maid hath given consent to go with him.

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

Dirs. Page. Master doctor, iny daughter is in Feni. Both, my good host, to go along with me : green; when you see your time, take her by ihe And it rests,--that you'll procure the vicar hand, away with her to the deanery, and despatch To stay for me al church, 'twixt twelve and one,

it quickly: Go before into the park; we two musi 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. Puge. Fare you well, sir. (Exit Cots.) vicar:

My husband will not rejoice so much at ile also Bring you the maid, you shall not lack a priest.

of Falstaff, as he will chafe at the doctor's martyFeni. So shall I ever more be bound to thee; ing my daughter: but 'tis no inalter ; beiter a litue Besides, I'll make a present recompense. (Exeunt. chiding, than a great deal of heart-break.

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

Vrs. Page. They are all couched in a pit bard ACT V.

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

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

Mrs. 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 ihe third time; I hope, good luck mocked; if he be amazed, he will every way be

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

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

Nirs. Page. Against such lewosters, 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. II'indsor Park. Enter Sir Hugh How now, master Brook? Master Brook, the mat

Evans and Fairies. ter will be known to-night, or never.

Be

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 indo shall see wonders.

The pit; and when I give the watch-'ords, do as I Ford. Went you not to her yesterday, sır, as you pid you; Come, ccme; trib, trib. (Ereyrt. 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-bloeded gods assist lousy in hin, master Brook, that ever governed me :— Remember, Jove, thou wast a bull for thy frenzy. I will tell you. He beat me grievously, Europa ; love sei on thy horns–O powerful love? in the shape of a woman; for in the shape of man, thal, in some respects, makes a beast a man, in master Brook, I fear not Goliath with a weaver's some other, a mian a beast.-You were also, Jupi beam; because I know also, life is a shuttle. Iter, a swan, for the love of Leda ;-0, (mnipce am in haste; go along with me; I'll tell you all, rent 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 ļruant, and whipped top, I knew not what it was to beast ;-0 Jove, 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, Jove; things of this knave Ford : on whom 10-night I will a foul fault.-When gods have hot backs, whal 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 fastest, I think, i' the forest : send Brook! follow,

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

piss my tallow?' Who comes here ? my doe ? SCENE II. Windsor 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 scut ? --Let the sky Slen. Av, forsooth; I have spoke with her, and

rain potatoes ; let it thunder to the tune of Green we have a nay-word how to know one another. I Sleeves; bail kissing-comfits, and snow eringoes; come to her in white, and cry, mum; she cries, shelter me here.

let there come a tempest of provocation,' I will budget; and by that we know one another.

[Embracing het. ! Quant, here, may mean neatly, or plegantly,

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

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

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

then in so vehement heat.”—Turberville's Book oj į An allusion to the Book of Job, c, vii. v. 6. Huniing, 1575. *My days are swifter than a weaver's shutlle."

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 porato by an act of puerile barbarity.

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

siderable quantities from Spain and the Canaries, and

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Mrs. Fot. Mistress Page is come with me, And, Hony soit qui mal y pensc, write,
Slee.heart.

In emerald tufts, flowers purple, blue and white; fal. 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 ; flow of this walk, and my horns I bequeath your Fairies use flowers for their charactery." husbands. Am I a woodman ?3 ha! Speak Iike Away; disperse: But, 'till 'tis one o'clock,

а 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. spini, welcome!

[Noise within. Eva. Pray you, lock hand in hand; yourselves Mrs. Page. Alas! What noisc ?

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

And twenty glow-worms shall our lanterns be, Fal. What shouid this be?

To guide our measure round about the tree. Mrs. Page . } Away, away.

But, stay; I smell a man of middle earth." [They run off

Fal. Heaven defend me from that Welsh fairy ! Fil. 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. Ezta Sir Hugh Evans, like a satyr; 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, Fary Queen, attended by her brother and others, And turn him to no pain ; but if he start, dressed bike fries, with waxen 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,

Eva. Come, will this wood take fire ? You orphan-heirst of fixed destiny,

[They burn him with their tapers. Aitend your office, and your quality. 5

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 airg toys. And, as you trip, still pinch him to your time,

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

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

and iniquity. swept, Tuere piuch the maids as blue as bilberry: Our radiant qucen hates sluts, and sluttery.

SONG. Fal. They are fairies; he, that speaks to them,

Fye on sinful fantasy ! shall dic:

Fue on lust and lurury! l'il wink and couch: No man their works must eye.

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

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

Pinch him, and burn him, and turn him about, 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 while ; and Fenton comes, and steals away That it may stand till the perpetual doom,

Mrs. Anne Page. A noise of hunting is made

within. In state as wholesome, as in state 'tis fit;

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 you scour 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. I pray you, come ;

hold The expressure that it bears, green let it be,

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

no higher :

Now, good Sir John, how like you Windsor wives ? Fas supposed to possess the power of restoring decayed See you these, husband ? do not these fair yokes!! rigour. The kissing.comfits were principally made of Become the forest better than the town? these and eringo roots, and were perfumed to make the breath sweet. Gerarde attributes the same virtues to Pliny informs us that the Romans did so to drive away the cominon potato which he distinguishes as the Vir. evil spirits. ginian sort.

8" Charartery, is a writing by characters, or by 1 i.e. like a buck sent as a bribe.

strange marks.”Bullokar's English Erposilor, 12 2 The keeper. The shoulders of the buck were mo. 1656. anong his perquisites.

9 By this term is merely meant a mortal man, in 3 The woodman was an attendant on the forester. It contra distinction to a spirit of the earth or of the air, la bere however used in a wanton sense, for one who such as a fairy or gnome. It was in use in the north of choose 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. Ephen, and not without plausibility; ouphes being 10 By o'er-looked is here meant bercitched by an evil Bentioned before and afterward. Malone thinks it eye, the word is used in that sense in Glanvilli SadduBeans mortals by birih, but adopted by the fairies : or. cismi Triumphatus, p. 95. Steevens erroneously interans in respect of their real parents, and now only de- prets it. Slighted as soon as born.' See note on the pendent 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'er-looked me sich some delightful vision, though she sleep as gound- 11 The extremities of yokes for oxen, as still used in ly as an infant.

several counties of England, bent upwards, and rising 7 It was an article of ancient Juxury to rub tables, &c. very high, in shape resemble horns. In Cotgrave's with aromatic herbs. So, in the Baucis and Philemon Dictionary, roce Jorielles, we have Arched or yoked Orid, Mel vii.

vines ; vines so under propped or fasbioned that one

may go under the middle of them. Soo also Hutton's Asquatam Mentha absteraore virenti. Latin, Greek, and English Lexicon, 1983, in voce ju

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