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a green-a box.

Sim. Ay, forsooth.

|| for my master, in the way of marriage Quick. Does he not wear a great round beard, Quick. This is all, indeed, la; but I'll ne'er put like a glover's paring-knife?

my finger in the fire, and need not. Sim. No, forsooth: he hath but a little wee face, Caius. Sir Hugh send-a you?-Rugby, baillez with a little yellow beard ; a Cain-coloured beard. me some paper :- Tarry you a little-a while.

Quick. A softly-sprighted man, is he not?
Sin. Ay, forsooth: but he is as talll a man of


Quick. I am glad he is so quiet: if he had been his bands, as any is between this and his head: he thoroughly moved, you should have heard him so hath fought with a warrener.2

loud, and so melancholy ;-but notwithstanding, Quick. How say you ?-0, I should remember man, I'll do your master what good I can: and, him; does he not hold up his head, as it were? and the very yea and the no is, the French doctor, my strut in his gait?

master, -I may call him my master, look you, for Sim. Yes, indeed, does he.

I keep his house; and I wash, wring, brew, bake, Quick. Well, heaven send Anne Page no worse scour, dress meat and drink, make the beds, and brtune! Tell master parson Evans, I will do what || do all myself;I can for your master: Anne is a good girl, and I Sim. 'Tis a great charge, to come under one vish

body's hand.

Quick. Are you avis'd o' that? you shall find it a Re-enter Rugby.

great charge : and to be up early, and down late ;Rug: Out, alas ! here comes my master. but notwithstanding (to tell you in your ear;

I Quick. We shall all be shent : run in here, good in love with mistress Anne Page: but notwith

would have no words of it;) my master himself is young man; go into this closet, (Shuts Simple in standing that, I know Anne's mind,—that's neithe closet.) He will not stay long. ---What, John|ther here nor there. Rugby! John, what, John, say !-Go, John, go inquire for my master; I doubt, he be not well

, | Hugh; by gar, it is a sballenge: I vill cut his troat

Caius. You jack’nape; give-a dis letter to sir that he comes not home :—and down, down, in de park; and I vill teach a scurvy jack-a-nape edown-a, &c.

[Sings. priest to meddle or make :-you may be gone; it Enter Doctor Caius.

is not good you tarry here :-by gar, I will cut all

his two stones; by gar, he shall not have a stone to Carus. Vat is you sing? I do not like dese toys; || trow at his dog.

(Exit Simple. Pray you, go and vetch me in my closet un boilier Quick. Alas, he speaks but for his friend. verd; a box, a green-a box; do intend vat I speak? Caius. It is no matter-a for dat:-do not you

tell-a me dat I shall have Anne Page for myself? Quick. Ay, forsooth, I'll fetch it you. I am glad | |-by gar, I vill kill de Jack priest; and I have aphe went not in himself; if he had found the young pointed mine host of de Jarterre to measure our man, he would have been horn-mad. (Aside. weapon :- by gar, I vill myself have Anne Page.

Caius. Fe, fe, fe, fe! ma foi, il fait fort chaud. Quick. Sir, the maid loves you, and all shall be Je m'en vais à la cour,-la grand affaire. well : we must give folks leave to prate: What, Quick. Is it this, sir?

the good-jer! Caius. Ory; mette le au mon pocket; depeche, Caius. Rugby, come to the court vit me ;-by quickly :-Vere is dat knave Rugby?

gar, if I have not Anne Page, I shall turn your Quick. What, John Rugby! John!

head out of my door :-Follow my heels, Rugby. Rug. Here, sir.

(Exeunt Caius and Rugby. Caius. You are John Rugby, and you are Jack Quick. You shall have An fools-head of your Rugby: come, take-a your rapier, and come after own. No, I know Anne's mind for that : never a my heel to de court.

woman in Windsor knows more of Anne's mind Rug. 'Tis ready, sir, here in the porch. than I do; nor can do more than I do with her, I

Caius. By my trot, 1 tarry too long :-Od's me! thank heaven. Quay j'oublie ? dere is some simples in my closet, Fent. (Within.) Who's within there, ho? dat I vill not for the varld I shall leave behind. Quick. Who's there, I trow? Come near the

Quick. Ah me! he'll find the young man there,|| house, I pray you. und be mad. Caius. O diable, diable! vat is in my closet?

Enter Fenton. Vilany! larron! (Pulling Simple out.) Rugby, ny rapier.

Fent. How now, good woman; how dost thou? Quick. Good master, be content.

Quick. The better, that it pleases your good Caius. Verefore shall I be content-a?

worship to ask. Qvick. The young man is an honest man.

Fent. What news? how does pretty mistress Caius. Vat shall de honest man do in my closet? || Anne? dere is no honest man dat shall come in my closet.

Quick. In truth, sir, and she is pretty, and Quick. I beseech you, be not so flegmatic; hear honest, and gentle; and one that is your friend, 1 the truth of it: he came of an errand to me from can tell you that by the way; I praise heaven for it. parson Hugh.

Fent. Shall I do any good, thinkest thou ? Shall Caius. Vell.

I not loose my suit? Sim. Ay, forsooth, to desire her to

Quick. Troth, sir, all is in his hands above: but Quick. Peace, I pray you.

notwithstanding, master Fenton, I'll be sworn on a Caius. Peace-a your tongue:-Speak-a your, she loves you :-Have not your worship a Sim. To desire this honest gentlewoman, your wart above your eye? maid, to speak a good word to mistress Anne Page, Fent. Yes, marry, have 1; what of that?

Quick. Well, thereby hangs a tale ;-good faith, (1) Brave. (2) The keeper of a warren. 13) Scolded, reprimanded.

(4) The govjere, what the pox!

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it is such another Nan:-but, I detest,1 an honest || show you to the contrary : 0, mistress Page, give maid as ever broke bread :-We had an hour's me some counsel ! talk of that wart;--I shall never laugh but in that Mrs. Page. What's the matter, woman? maid's company.-But, indeed, she is given too Mrs. Ford. O woman, if it were not for one much to aslicholly2 and musing : but for you- || trifling respect, I could come to such honour ! Well, go to.

Mrs. Page. Hang the trifle, woman; take the Fent. Well, I shall see her to-day: hold, there's || honour: what is it?-dispense with trifles ;-what money for thee; let me have thy voice in my be-lis it? hall : if thou seest her before me, commend me Mrs. Ford. If I would but go to hell for an

Quick. Will I? i'faith, that we will : and I will eternal moment, or so, I could be knighted. tell your worship more of the wart, the next time Mrs. Page. What?-thou liest Sir Alice we have confidence; and of other wooers. Ford !These knights will hack; and so thou Fent. Well, farewell; I am in great haste now. I shouldst not alter the article of thy gentry.

[Erit. Mrs. Ford. We burn day-light:-here, read, Quick. Farewell to your worship.—Truly, an || read;-perceive how I might be knighted. I shall honest gentleman; but Anne loves him not; for I think the worse of fat men, as long as I have an eye to know Anne's mind as well as another does :- make difference of men's liking: and yet he would Out upon't! what have I forgot ? (Exit. | not swear; praised women's modesty: and gave

such orderly and well-behaved reproof to all uncomeliness, that I would have sworn his disposition would have gone to the truth of his words : but they

do no more adhere and keep place together, than ACT II.

the hundredth psalm to the tune of Green Sleeves. SCENE 1.Before Page's house. Enter Mis What tempest, I trow, threw this whale, with so

many tuns of oil in his belly, ashore at Windsor: tress Page, with a letter.

How shall I be revenged on bim? I think the best Mrs. Page. What! have I 'scaped love-letters || way were to entertain him with hope, till the wicked in the holy-day time of my beauty, and am I now fire of lust have melted him in his own grease. Did a subject for them? Let me see :

(reads. you ever hear the like? Ask me no reason why I love you; for ihough

Mrs. Page. Letter for letter; but that the name love use reason for his precision, he admits him of Page and Ford differs !—To thy great comfort not for his counsellor : You are not young, no in this mystery of ill opinions, here's the twin more am I; go to then, there's sympathy: you

brother of thy letter: but let thine inherit first ; for, are merry, so am I; ha! ha! then there's more I protest, mine never shall. I warrant, he hath á sympathy: you love sack, and so do I; would thousand of these letters, writ with blank space for you desire better sympathy? Let it suffice thee, different names (sure more,) and these are of the mistress Page (at the least, if the love of a soldier second edition : he will print them out of doubt : can suffice,) that I love thee. I will not say, pity for he cares not what he puts into the press, when me, 'tis not a soldier-like phrase ; but I say, love he would put us two. I had rather be a giantess, me. By me,

and lie under mount Pelion. Well, I will find you

twenty lascivious turtles, ere one chaste man. Thine own true knight,

Mrs. Ford. Why, this is the very same; the
By day or night,
Or any kind of light,

very hand, the very words: wbat doth he think of us : With all his might,

Mrs. Page. Nay, I know not: it makes me al. For thee to fight,

most ready to wrangle with mine own honesty. I'!)

entertain myself like one that I am not acquainted John Falstaff.

withal; for, sure, unless he know some strain in What a Herod of Jewry is this !-0 wicked, me, that I know not myself, he would never have wicked world one that is well nigh worn to boarded me in this fury. pieces with age, to show himself a young gallant ! Mrs. Ford. Boarding, call you it? I'll be sure What an unweighed behaviour hath this Flemish | to keep him above deck. drunkard picked (with the devil's name) out of my Mrs. Page. So will I; if he come under my conversation, that he dares in this manner assay || hatches, I'll never to sea again. Let's be revenged me? Why, he hath not been thrice in my compa- on him : let's appoint him a meeting; give him a ny !-What should I say to him ?-1 was then show of comfort in his suit; and lead him on with frugal of my mirth :-heaven forgive me !-Why,|| a fine-baited delay, till he hath pawn'd his horses I'll exhibit a bill in the parliament for the putting || to mine host of the Garter. down of men. How shall I be revenged on him? Mrs. Ford. Nay, I will consent to act any vilfor revenged I will be, as sure as his guts are made | Iany against him, that may not sully the chariness of puddings.

of our honesty. O, that my husband saw this let

ter! it would give eternal food to his jealousy. Enter Mistress Ford.

Mrs. Page. Why, look, where he comes; and Mrs. Ford. Mistress Page ! trust me, I was go-||my good man too:

he's as far from jealousy, as I ing to your house.

am from giving him cause; and that, I hope, is an Mrs. Page. And, trust me, I was coming to

unmeasurable distance. you. You look very ill.

Mrs. Ford. You are the happier woman. Mrs. Ford. Nay, I'll ne'er believe that; I have

Mrs. Page. Let's consult together against this to show to the contrary,

greasy knight: come hither. [They retire. Mrs. Page. 'Faith, but you do, in my mind. Mrs. Ford. Well, I do then; yet, I say, I could

Enter Ford, Pistol, Page, and Nym.

Ford. Well, I hope, it be not so. (1) She means, I protest. (2) Melancholy. (3) Most probably Shakspeare wrote Physician.

(4) Caution


and poor,

with you.

Pist. Hope is a curtaill dog in some affairs : in his intent towards our wives, are a yoke of his Sir John affects thy wife.

discarded men; very rogues, now they be out of Ford. Why, sir, my wife is not young. service. Pist. He woos both high and low, both rich Ford. Were they his men?

Page. Marry, were they. Both young and old, one with another, Ford; Ford. I like it never the better for that.--Does He loves thy gally-mawfry ;2 Ford, perpend. 3 he lie at the Garter? Ford. Love my wife?

Page. Ay, marry, does he. If he should intend Pist. With liver burning hot: prevent, or go thou, this voyage towards my wife, I would turn her Like sir Actæon be, with Ring-wood at thy heels : | loose to him; and what he gets more of her than 0, odious is the name!

sharp words, let it lie on my head. Ford. What name, sir?

Ford. I do not misdoubt my wife ; but I would Pist. The horn, I say : farewell.

be loth to turn them together: A man may be too Take heed, ere summer comes, or cuckoo-birds do confident : I would have nothing lie on my head : I sing.

cannot be thus satisfied. Away, sir corporal Nym. —

Page. Look, where my ranting host of the GarBelieve it, Page; he speaks sense. (Erit Pistol. ter comes : there is either liquor in his pate, or

Ford. I will be patient; I will find out this. money in his purse, when he looks so merrily.

Nym. And this is true. (To Page.) I like not | How now, mine host? the humour of lying. He hath wrongd me in some humours; I should have borne the humoured let.

Enter Host and Shallow. ter to her : but I have a sword, and it shall bite

Host. How now, bully-rook? thou’rtagentleman: upon my necessity. He loves your wife; there's the short and the long. My name is corporal Nym;

cavalero-justice, I say. I speak, and I avouch. "'Tis true :-my name is and twenty, good master Page! Master Page, will

Shal. I follow, mine host, I follow.—Good even Nym, and Falstaff loves your wife.-Adieu! I love not the humour of bread and cheese ; and there's you go with us? we have sport in hand. the humour of it. Adieu,


. Tell him, cavalero-justice; tell him, bully(Erit Nym.

rook. Page. The humour of it, quoth 'a! here's a fel

Shall. Sir, there is a fray to be fought, between low frights humour out of his wits.

sir Hugh the Welsh priest, and Caius the French Ford. I will seek out Falstaff.

doctor. Page. I never heard such a drawling, assecting

Ford. Good mine host o' the Garter, a word rogue. Ford. If I do find it, well.

Höst. What say'st thou, bully-rook ? Page. I will not believe such a Cataian, 4 though the priest o' the town commended him for a true

[They go aside.

Shal. Will you (to Page) go with us to behold Ford. 'Twas a good sensible fellow : Well.

it? my merry host hath had the measuring of their Page. How now, Meg?

weapons ; and, I think, he hath appointed them Mrs. Page. Whither go you, George?-Hark | contrary places : for, believe me, I hear, the par

son is no jester. Hark, I will tell you what our you. Mrs. Ford. How now, sweet Frank? why art

Host. Hast thou no suit against my knight, my thou melancholy? Ford. I melancholy! I am not melancholy.

guest-cavalier? Get you home, go.

Ford. None, I protest : but I'll give you a pottle Mrs. Ford. 'Faith, thou hast some crotchets in him, my name is Brook ; only for a jest.

of burnt sack to give me recourse to him, and tell thy head now.-Will you go, mistress Page? Mrs. Page. Have with you.—You'll come to and regress'; said I well? and thy name shall be

Hosi. My hand, bully: thou shalt have egress dinner, George?-Look, who comes yonder: she Brook: It is a merry knight.— Will you go on, shall be our messenger to this paltry knight.

(Aside to Mrs. Ford.

Shal. Have with you, mine host.
Enter Mistress Quickly.

Page. I have heard, the Frenchman bath good

skill in his rapier. Mrs. Ford. Trust me, I thought on her: she'll Shal. Tut, sir, I could have told you more : In fit it.

these times you stand on distance, your passes, Mrs. Page. You are come to see my daughter stoccadoes, and I know not what: 'tis the heart, Anne?

master Page ; 'tis here, 'tis here. I have seen the Quick. Ay, forsooth; and, I pray, how does time, with my long sword, I would have made you good mistress Anne?

four talls fellow's skip like rats. Mrs. Page. Go in with us, and see; we have an Host. Here, boys, here, here ! shall we wag? hour's talk with you.

Page. Have with you :—I had rather hear them (Exe. Mrs. Page, Mrs. Ford, and Mrs. Quick scold than fight. Page. How now, master Ford ?

(Exeunt Host, Shallow, and Page. Ford. You heard what this knave told me; did Ford, Though Page be a secure fool, and stands you got?

so firmly on his wife's frailty, yet I cannot put off Page. Yes; and you heard what the other told my opinion so easily : She was in his company at me?

Page's house ; and, what they made there, I know Ford. Do you think there is truth in them? not. Well, I will look further into't: and I bave a Page. Hang 'ern, slaves! I do not think the disguise to sound Falstaff: If I find her honest, I right would offer it : but these that accuse him lose not my labour; if she be otherwise, 'tis labour

well bestowed.

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SCENE II.-A Room in the Garter Inn. it; you have brought her into such a canaries," as Enter Falstaff and Pistol.

'tis wonderful. The best courtier of them all, when Fal. I will not lend thee a penny.

the court lay at Windsor, could never have brought

her to such a canary. Yet there has been knights, Pist. Why, then the world's mine oyster,

and lords, and gentlemen, with their coaches; I Which I with sword will open.—.

warrant you, coach after coach, letter after letter, I will retort the sum in equipage.! Fal. Not a penny. I have been content, sir, you so rushling, I warrant you, in silk and gold and

gift after gift ; sınelling so sweetly (all musk,) and should lay my countenance to pawn : I have grated in such alligant terms ; and in such wine and sugar upon my good friends for three reprieves for you of the best, and the fairest, that would have won and your coach-fellow2 Nym; or else you had looked through the grate like a geminy of baboons. I any woman's heart; and, I warrant you, they could am damned in hell, for swearing to gentlemen my angels

given me this morning : but I defy all angels

never get an eye-wink of her.--I had myself twenty friends, you were good soldiers, and tall fellows : | in any such sort, as they say,) but in the way of and when mistress Bridget lost the handle of her honesty:-and, I warrant you, they could neverget fan, I took't upon my honour, thou hadst it not. Pist. Didst thou not share? hadst thou not fif-them all: and yet there has been earls, nay, which

her so much as sip on a cup with the proudest of teen pence? Fal. Reason, you rogue, reason : Think'st thou,

is more, pensioners; but, I warrant you, all is one

with her. I'll endanger my soul gratis? At a word, hang no

Fal. But what says she to me? be brief, my good more about me, I am no gibbet for you :-90.--Ashe Mercury. short knife and a throng :3—to your manor of Pickt

Quick. Marry, she hath received your letter; for hatch,4 go.—You'll not bear a letter for me, you the which she thanks you a thousand times; and rogue you stand upon your honour !Why, thou she gives you to notify, that her husband will be unconfinable baseness, it is as much as I can do, to absence from his house between ten and eleven? keep the terms of my honour precise. I, I, I my

Fal. Ten and eleven? self sometimes, leaving the fear of heaven on the

Quick. Ay, forsooth; and then you may come left hand, and hiding mine honour in my necessity,|| and see the picture, she says, that you wot of ;am fain to shuffle, to hedge, and to lurch; and yet master Ford, her husband, will be from home. you, rogue, will ensconce your rags, your cat-a-Alas! the sweet woman leads an ill life with him; mountain looks, your red-lattice phrases, and your he's a very jealousy man; she leads a very frambold-beating oaths, under the shelter of your|| poldo life with him, good heart. honour! You will not do it, you? Pist. I do relent; What would'st thou more of her ; I will not fail her.

Fal. Ten and eleven? Woman, commend me to man?

Quick. Why, you say well: But I have another Enter Robin.

messenger to your worship : Mistress Page hath

her hearty commendations to you too ;—and let me Rob. Sir, here's a woman would speak with you. I tell you in your ear, she's' as fartuous a civil Fal. Let her approach.

modest wife, and one (I tell you) that will not miss Enter Mistress Quickly.

your morning nor evening prayer, as any is in

Windsor, whoe'er be the other: and she bade me Quick. Give your worship good-morrow. tell your worship, that her husband is seldom from Fal. Good-morrow, good wife.

home; but, she hopes, there will come a time. I Quick. Not so, an't please your worship. never knew a woman so dote upon a man: surely, Fal. Good maid, then.

I think you have charms, la; yes, in truth. Quick. I'll be sworn; as my mother was, the Fal. Not I, I assure thee; setting the attraction first hour I was born.

of my good parts aside, I have no other charms. Fal. I do believe the swearer: What with me? Grick. Blessing on your heart fort!

Quick. Shall I vouchsafe your worship a word Fal. But, I pray thee, tell me this : has Ford's or two?

wife, and Page's wife, acquainted each other how Fal. Two thousand, fair woman ; and I'll vouch- they love me? safe thee the hearing.

Quick. That were a jest, indeed !--they have Quick. There is one mistress Ford, sir ;-I pray, not so little grace, I hope :—that were a trick, income a little nearer this ways :-I myself dwell deed! But mistress Page would desire you to with master doctor Caius.

send her your little page, of all loves ;10 her husband Fal. Well, on : Mistress Ford, you say,- has a marvellous infection to the little page : and,

Quick. Your worship says very true : I pray your truly, master Page is an honest man. Never a worship, come a little nearer this wayy.

wife in Windsor leads a better life than she does ; Fal. I warrant thee, nobody bears ; -mine own do what she will, say what she will, take all, pay people, mine own people.

all, go to bed when she list, rise when she list, all Quick. Are they so? Heaven bless them, and is as she will; and truly she deserves it: for if make them his servants !

there be a kind woman in Windsor, she is one. Fal. Well : mistress Ford ;-what of her? You must send her your page; no remedy.

Quick. Why, sir, she's a good creature. Lord, Fal. Why, I will. lord! your worship's a wanton : Well, heaven for- Quick. Nay, but do so then: and, look you, he give you, and all of us, I pray !

may come and go between you both; and, in any Fal. Mistress Ford-come, mistress Ford. case have a nay-word,ll that you may know one Quick. Marry, this is the short and the long of || another's mind, and the boy never need to under(1) Pay you again in stolen goods.

(6) Ale-house. (2) Draws along with you.

(7) A mistake of Mrs. Quickly's for quandary. (3) To cut purses in a crowd.

(8) Know. (9) Fretful, peevish. (4) Pickt-hatch was in Clerkenwell. (5) Protect. (10) By all means.

(11) A watch-word.

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stand any thing; for 'tis not good that children || Fal. Very well, sir; proceed. should know any wickedness: old folks, you know, Ford. There is a gentlewoman in this town, her have discretion, as they say, and know the world. husband's name is Ford.

Fal. Fare thee well : commend me to them Fal. Well, sir. both: there's my purse: I am yet thy debtor.-- Ford. I have long loved her, and, I protest to Boy, go along with this woman.--This news dis- you, bestowed much on her; followed her with a tracts me!

(Exeunt Quickly and Robin. doting observance ; engrossed opportunities to Pist. This punk is one of Cupid's carriers :- meet her; fee'd every slight occasion, that could Clap on more sails; pursue, up with your fights; but niggardly give me sight of her: not only Give fire; she is my prize, or ocean whelm them bought many presents to give her, but have given all!

(Exit Pistol. || largely to many, to know what she would have Fal. Say'st thou so, old Jack? go thy ways ; I given: briefly, I have pursued her, as love hath I'll make more of thy old body than I have done. pursued me; which hath been, on the wing of all Will they yet look after thee? Wilt thou, after occasions. But whatsoever I have merited, either the expense of so much money, be now a gainer in my mind, or in my means, meed, 3 I am sure, I Good body, I thank thee : Let them say, 'tis gross- have received none; unless experience be a jewel : ly done; so it be fairly done, no matter.

that I have purchased at an infinite rate; and that

hath taught me to say this : Enter Bardolph.

Love like a shadow flies, when substance love pur

sues ; Bard. Sir John, there's one master Brook below would fain speak with you, and be acquainted

with Pursuing that that

flies, and flying what pursues. you ; and hath sent your worship a morning's

Fal. Have you received no promise of satisfacdraught of sack.

tion at her hands? Fal. Brook, is bis name?

Ford. Never. Bard. Ay, sir.

Fal. Have you importuned her to such a purFal. Call him in; (Exit Bardolph.] Such pose ? Brooks are welcome to me, that o'erflow such

Ford. Never. liquor. Ah! ha! mistress Ford and mistress

Fal. Of what quality was your love then? Page, have I encompassed you? go to; via!!

Ford. Like a fair house, built upon another

man's ground; so that I have lost my edifice, by Re-enter Bardolph, with Ford disguised.

mistaking the place where I erected 'it.

Fal. To what purpose have you unfolded this Ford. Bless you, sir.

to me? Fal. And you, sir : Would you speak with me? Ford. When I have told you that, I have told

Ford. I make bold, to press with so little pre-you all. Some say, that, though she appear honest paration upon you.

to me, yet, in other places, she enlargeth her Fal. You're welcome; What's your will? Givemirth so far, that there is shrewd construction us leave, drawer.

(Exit Bardolph. || made of her. Now, sir John, here is the heart of Ford. Sir, I am a gentleman that have spent my purpose : You are a gentleman of excellent much ; my name is Brook.

breeding, admirable discourse, of great admitFal. Good master Brook, I desire more acquaint-| tance, authentic in your place and person, geneance of you.

rally alloweds for your many warlike, court-like, Ford. Good sir John, I sue for yours: not to and learned preparations. charge you; for I must let you understand, I think Fal. O, sir ! myself in better plight for a lender than you are : Ford. Believe it, for you know it :-There is the which hath something enbolden'd me to this money; spend it, spend it; spend more; spend unseasoned intrusion; for they say, if money go all I have ; only give me so much of your time in before, all ways do lie open.

exchange of it, as to lay an amiable siege to the Fal. Money is a good soldier, sir, and will on. honesty of this Ford's wife: use your art of wooing,

Ford. Troth, and I have a bag of money here win her to consent to you; if any man may, you troubles me ; if you will help me to bear it, sir| may as soon as any. John, take all, or half, for easing me of the car- Fal. Would it apply well to the vehemency of riage.

your affection, that I should win what you would Fal. Sir, I know not how may deserve to be enjoy? Methinks, you prescribe to yourself very Four porter.

preposterously. Ford. I will tell you, sir, if you will give me Ford. O, understand my drift! she dwells so the hearing

securely on the excellency of her honour, that Fal. Speak, good master Brook : I shall be glad the folly of my soul dares not present itself; she is to be your servant.

too bright to be looked against. Now, could I come Ford. Sir, I hear you are a scholar,--I will be to her with any detection in my hand, my desires brief with you; - and you have been a manbad instance and argument to commend themselves; long known to me, though I had never so good I could drive her then from the warde of her purity, means, as desire, to make myself acquainted with her reputation, her marriage-vow, and a thousand you. I shall discover a thing to you, wherein I other her defences, which now are too strongly must very much lay open mine own imperfection : embattled against me; What say you to't, sir but, good sir John, as you have one eye upon my John ? follies, as you hear them unfolded, tórn another Fal. Master Brook, I will first make bold with into the register of your own; that I may pass with your money; next, give me your hand; and last, a reproof the easier, sith you yourself know, how as I am a gentleman, you shall, if you will, enjoy easy it is to be such an offender.

Ford's wife. (1) A cant phrase of exultation.

(4) In the greatest companies. (5) Approved. (2) Since. (3) Reward.

(6) Guard.


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