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Take thou thy Silvia, for thou hast deserved her.

Val. I thank your grace ; the gift hath made me happy. I now beseech you, for your daughter's sake, To grant one boon that I shall ask of you.

150 Duke. I grant it, for thine own, whate'er it be.

Val. Thes: banish'd men that I have kept withal
Are men endued with worthy qualities :
Forgive them what they have committed here
And let them be recall'd from their exile :
They are reformed, civil, full of good
And fit for great employment, worthy lord.

Duke. Thou hast prevail'd; I pardon them and thee :
Dispose of them as thou know'st their deserts.
Come, let us go : we will include all jars
With triumphs, mirth and rare solemnity.

Val. And, as we walk along, I dare be bold
With our discourse to make your grace to smile.
What think you of this page, my lord ?

Duke. I think the boy hath grace in him ; he blushes.
Val. I warrant you, iny lord, more grace than boy.
Duke. What mean you by that saying?

Val. Please you, I'll tell you as we pass along,
That you will wonder what hatlı fortuned.
Come, Proteus ; 'tis your penance but to hear

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The story of your loves discovered :
That done, our day of marriage shall be yours;
One feast, one house, one mutual happiness. (Exeunt.

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THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR.

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

SIR JOAN FALSTAFF.

ROBIN, page to Falstaff. FENTON, a gentleman.

SIMPLE, servant to Slender.
Suallow, a country justice. RUGBY, servant to Doctor Caius.
SLENDER, cousin to Shallow,
FORD,
PAGE'Itwo gentlemen dwelling at

MISTRESS FORD.
Windsor

MISTRESS PAGE.
WILLIAM PAGE, a boy, son to Page.
Sir Huqu Evans, a Welsh parson,

ANNE PAGE, her daughter.

MISTRESS QUICKLY,servant to Doc. DOCTOR CAIUB, a French physician.

tor Caius.
Host of the Garter Inn,
BARDOLPH, sharpers attending on
PISTCL,

Servants to Page, Ford, &c. alstaff. Nym,

SCENE : Windsor, and the neighbourhood.

ACT I.

SCENE I. Windsor. Before Page's house. Enter JUSTICE SHALLOW, SLENDER, and Sir Hugh EVANS.

Shal. Sir Hugh, persuade me not ; I will make a Starchamber matter of it: if he were twenty Sir John Falstaffs, he shall not abuse Robert Shallow, esquire.

Slen. In the county of Gloucester, justice of peace and “ Coram.”

Shal. Ay, cousin Slender, and “ Custalorum.”

Slen. Ay, and "Rato-lorum” too ; and a gentleman born, master parson ; who writes himself “ Armigero," in any bill, warrant, quittance, or obligation, Armigero.'

11 Shal. Ay, that I do; and have done any time these three hundred years.

Slen. All his successors gone before him hath done't ; and all his ancestors that come after him may : they may give the dozen white luces in their coat.

Shal. It is an old coat.

Evans. The dozen white louses do become an old coat well ; it agrees well, passant; it is a familiar beast to and signifies love.

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Shol. The luce is the fresh fish ; the salt fish is an old coat.

Slen. I may quarter, coz.
Shol. You may, by marrying
Erans. It is marrying indeed, if he quarter it.
Shul. Not a whit.

Evans. Yes, py'r lady ; if he has a quarter of your coat, there is but three skirts for yourself, in my simple conjectures : but that is all one. If Sir Jolin Falstaff have committed disparagements unto you, I am of the church, and will be glad to do my benevolence to make atonements and compremises between you.

Shal. The council shall hear it; it is a riot.

Evans. It is not meet the council hear a riot ; there is no fear of Got in a riot : the council, look you, shall desire to hear the fear of Got, and not to hear a riot; take

your

vizaments in that.

Sha!. Ha! o' my life, if I were young again, the sword should end it.

41 Evans. It is petter that friends is the sword, and end it : and there is also another device in my prain, which peradventure prings goot discretions with it: there is Anne Page, which is daughter to Master Thomas Page, which is pretty virginity.

Slen. Mistress Anne Page? She has brown hair, and speaks small like a wom in.

Evans. It is that fery person for all the orld, as just as you will desire; and seven hundred pounds of moneys, and gold and silver, her grandsire upon his death's-bed-Got deliver to a joyful resurrections !-give, when she is able to overtake seventeen years old : it were a goot motion if we leave our pribbles and prabbles, and desire a marriage between Master Abraham and Mistress Anne Page.

Slen. Did her grandsire leave her seven hundred pound? Evans. Ay, and her father is make her a petter penny. Sen. I know the young gentlewoman; she has good gifts.

Evans. Seven hundred pounds and possibilities is goot gifts.

Shal. Well, let us see honest Master Page. Is Falstaff there?

Evans. Shall I tell you a lie? I do despise a lie as I do despise one that is false, or as I despise one that is not true. The knight, Sir John, is there ; and, I beseech you, be ruled by your well-willers. I will peat the door for Master Page. [Knocks) What, hoa! Got pless your house here!

Page. [Within] Who's there?

I thank you

Enter PAGE. Evans. Here is Gots plessing, and your friend, and Jus tice Shallow ; and here young Master Slender, that peradventures shall tell you another tale, if matters grow to your likings.

Page. I am glad to see your worships well. for my venison, Master Shallow.

81 Shal. Master Page, I am glad to see you : much good do it your good heart! I wished your venison Letter; it was ill killed. How doth good Mistress Page ?—and I thank you always with my heart, la ! with my heart.

Page. Sir, I thank you.
Shal. Sir, I thank you ; by yea and no, I do.
Page. I am glad to see you, geod Master Slender. 90

Slen. How does your fallow greyhound, sir? I heard say he was outrun on Cotsall.

Page. It could not be judged, sir.
Slen. You'll not confess, you'll not confess.

Shal. That le will not. "Tis your fault, 'tis your fault; 'tis a good dog.

Page. A cur, sir.

Shal. Sir, he's a good dog, and a fair deg: can there be more said ? he is good and fair. Is Sir John Falstaff here?

Page. Sir, he is within ; and I would I could do a good office between you.

Evans. It is spoke as a Christians ought to speak.
Shal. He hath wronged me, Master Page.
Page. Sir, le doth in some sort confess it.

Shal. If it be confessed, it is not redressed : is not that so, Master Page? He hath wronged me; indeed he hath ; at a word, he liath, believe me : Robert Shallow, esquire, saith, he is wronged.

110 Page. Here comes Sir John.

Enter SiR JOHN FALSTAFF, BARDOLPH, Nym, and PISTOL.

Fal. Now, Master Shallow, you'll complain of me to the king?

Shal. Knight, you have beaten my men, killed my deer, and broke open my lodge.

Fal. But not kissed your keeper's daughter?
Shal. Tut, a pin! this shall be answered.
Fal. I will answer it straight; I have done all this.
That is now answered.
Shal. The council shall know this.

120 Hal. 'Twere better for you if it were known in counsel : you'll be laughed at.

Erans. Pauca verba, Sir John ; goot worts.

Fal. Good worts! good cabbage. Slender, I broke your head: what matter have you against me ?

Slen. Marry, sir, I have matter in my head against you ; and against your cony-catching rascals, Bardolph, Nym, and Pistol. Bard. You Banbury cheese ! ·

130 Slen. Ay, it is no matter. Pist. How now, Mephostophilus ! Slen. Ay, it is no matter.

Nym. Slice, I say! pauca, pauca : slice! that's my numour.

Slen. Where's Simple, my man? Can you tell, cousin ?

Evans. Peace, I pray you. Now let us understand. There is three umpires in this matter, as I understand ; that is, Master Page, fidelicet Master Page; and there is myself, fidelicet myself ; and the three party is, lastly and finally, mine host of the Garter.

Page. We three, to hear it and end it between them.

Ecans. Fery goot : I will make a prief of it in my note. book ; and we will afterwards ork upon the cause with as great discreetly as we can.

Fal. Pistol !
Pist. He hears with ears.

150 Ecans. The tevil and his tam ! what phrase is this, “ He hears with ear"? why, it is affectations.

Fal. Pistol, did you pick Master Slender's purse?

Slen. Ay, by these gloves, did he, or I would I might never come in mine own great chamber again else, of seven groats in mill-sixpences, and two Edward shovel-boards, that cost me two shilling and two pence a-piece of Yead Miller, by these gloves.

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Hul. Is this true, Pistol ?
Erans. No; it is false, if it is a pick-purse.
Pist. Ha, thou mountain-foreigner? Sir Jolin and master

mine,
I combat challenge of this latten bilbo.
Word of denial in thy labras here !
Word of denial : froth and scum, thou liest !

Slen. By these gloves, then, 'was he. Nym. Be avised, sir, and pass good humours : I will say marry trap” with you, if you run the nuthook's humour on me; that is the very note of it.

Slen. By this hat, then, he in the red face had it ; for though I cannot remember what I did when you made me drunk, yet I anı not altogether an ass.

Fal. What say you, Scarlet and John ?

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