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As you do love your lady Silvia :
furgone She dreams on him, that has forgot her love; She, in my judgment, was as fair, as you; You dote on her, that cares not for your love. But since she did neglect her looking-glass, 'Tis pity, love should be so contrary; And threw her sun-expelling mask away,
E And thinking on it makes me cry, alas!
The air hath starv'd the roses in her cheeks, Pro. Well, give her that ring, and therewithal And pinch'd the lily-tincture of her face,
A: 0 Air
Sil. How tall was she?
1.11 [Exit Proteus. Our youth got me to play the woman's part, Jul. How many women would do such a message? And I was trimm'din madam Julia's gown, Alas, poor Protens! thou hast entertain'd
Which served me as fit, by all men's judgment, A fox, to be the shepherd of thy lambs.
Asifthe garment had been made for me: Alas, poor fool! why do I pity him
Therefore, I know she is about my height. That with his very heart despiseth me?
And, at that time, I made her weep a-good, Because he loves her, he despiseth me;
For I did play a lamentable part:
Madam, 'twas Ariadne, passioning
Which I so lively acted with my tears,
That my poor mistress, moved therewithal,
If I in thought felt not her very sorrow!
Alas, poor lady! desolate and left!-
I weep myself, to think upon thy words.
Si Yet I will woo for him ; but yet so coldly,
For thy sweet mistress 'sake, because thou lov'st her. As heaven, it knows, I would not have him speed. Farewell!
(Exit Silvia. Enter Silvia, attended.
Jul. And she shall thank you for't, if e'er you know Gentlewoman, good day! I pray you, be my mean
her. To bring me, where to speak with madam Silvia. A virtuous gentlewoman, mild, and beautiful! Sil. What would you with her, if that I be she? I hope my master's suit will be but cold,
Thu Jul. If you be she, I do entreat your patience Since she respects my mistress' love so much. To hear me speak the message, I am sent on.
Alas, how love can trifle with itself! Sil. From whom?
Here is her picture. Let me see! I think, Jul. From my master, sir Proteus, madam.
If I had such a tire, this face of mine sil, 0 !--he sends you for a picture ?
Were full as lovely, as is this of hers:
And yet the painter flatter'd her a little,
mo [Picture brought. Her hair is auburn, mine is perfect yellow:
PE Go, give your master this! tell him from me, If that be all the difference in his love, One Julia, that his changing thoughts forget, I'll get me such a coloured periwig. Would better fit his chamber, than this shadow.
PH Her eyes are grey, as glass; and so are mine: Jul. Madam, please yon peruse this letter !-- Ay, but her forehead's low, and mine's as high. Pardon me, madam ; I have unadvis'd
What should it be, that he respects in her, Delivered you a paper, that I should not;
But I can make respective in myself, This is the letter to your ladyship.
If this fond love were not a blinded god ?
Come, shadow, come, and take this shadow up!
Thou shalt be worshipp’d, kiss’d, lov'd, and ador'd; I will not look upon your master's lines:
And, were there sense in his idolatry, I know, they are stuff?d with protestations,
My substance should be statue in thy stead. And full of new-found oaths, which he will break, I'll use thee kindly for thy mistress 'sake, As easily, as I do tear his paper.
That us'd me so; or else, by Jove I vow, Jul. Madam, he sends your ladyship this ring. I should have scratch'd out your unseeing eyes, Sil. The more shame for him, that he sends it me; To make my master out of love with thee. [Exit. For, I have heard him say a thousand times, His Julia gave it him at his departure: Though his false finger hath profan’d the ring,
A CT Mine shall not do his Julia so much wrong.
SCENE I. - The same. An abbey. Jul. She thanks you.
Enter EGLAMOUR. Sil. What say'st thou?
Egl. The sun begins to gild the western sky; Jul. I thank you, madam, that you tender her:
it is about the very hour Poor gentlewoman! my master wrongs her much. That Silvia, at Patrick's cell, should meet me. Sil. Dost thou know her?
She will not fail ; for lovers break not hours, Jul. Almost as well, as I do know myself.
Uolessit be to come before their time; To think upon her woes, I do protest,
So much they spur their expedition. That I have wept an hundred several times.
Enter Silvia. Sil
. Belike, she thinks, that Proteus hath forsook her. See, where she comes : Lady, a happy evening Jul. I think she doth, and that's her cause of sorrow. sil. Amen, amen! go on, good Eglamour, Sil. Is she not passing fair?
Out at the postern by the abbey-wall! Jul. She hath been fairer, madam, than she is: I fear, I am attended by some spies.
Egl, Fear not: the forest is not three leagues off ;
2 Out. Come, bring her away!
(Exeunt. 1 Out. Where is the gentleman that was with her? If we recover that, we are sure enough, SCENE II. — The same. An apartment in the Duke's Sout. Being nimble-footed, he hath ontrun us,
But Moyses, and Valerius, follow him.
Gothou with her to the west end of the wood,
There is our captain : we'll follow him that's fled: Pro. O sir, I find her milder than she was;
The thicket is beset, he cannot 'scape. And yet she takes exceptions at your person.
10ut. Come, I must bring you to our captain's cave: Thú. What, that my leg is too long?
Fear not; he bears an honourable mind,
And will not use a woman lawlessly.
(Exeunt. Pro. But love will not be spurr'd to what it loaths. Thu. What says she to my face?
SCENE IV. -- Another part of the forest. Pro. She says it is a fair one.
then the wanton lies; my face is black. Val. How lise doth brced a habit in a man!
Tune my distresses, and record my woes.
O thou that dost inhabit in my breast,
(-1side. And leave no memory of what it was !
Repair me with thy presence, Silvia; Pro. O, sir, she makes no doubt of that.
Thou gentle nymph, cherish thy forlorn swain! Jul. She needs not, when she knows it cowardice. What halloing, and what stir is this to-day?
[-Aside. These are my mates, that make their wills their law, Thu. What says she to my birth?
Have some unhappy passenger in chase:
They love me well; yet I have much to do,
Withdraw thee, Valentine; who's this comes here? Pro. O, ay; and pities them..
[Steps aside. Thu. Wherefore?
Enter PROTEUS, Silvia, and JULIA. Jul. That such an ass should owe them. [Aside. Pro. Madam, this service I have done for you, Pro. That they are out by lease.
(Though you respect not aught your servant doth,) Jul. Here comes the duke.
To hazard life, and rescue you from him,
That would have forc'd your honour and your love. Duke. How now, sir Proteus? how now, Thurio? Vouchsafe me, for my meed, but one fair look ; Which of you saw sir Eglamour of late ?
A smaller boon than this I cannot beg, Thu. Not I.
And less than this, I am sure, you cannot give. Pro. Nors.
Val. How like a dream is this I see and hear! Duke. Saw you my daughter?
Love, lend me patience to forbear a while. [Aside. Pro. Neither.
Sil. O miserable, unhappy that I am!
tine; But,by my coming, I have made you happy. 'Tis true; for friar Laurence met them both,
Sil. By thy approach thou mak'st me most unhappy. As lie in penance wander'd through the forest : Jul. And me, when he approacheth to your presence. Him he knew well, and guess'd that it was she;
[.4side. But, being mask'd, he was not sure of it:
Sil. Had I been seized by a hungry lion, Besides, she did intend confession
I would have been a breakfast to the beast, At Patrick's cell this even ; and there she was not: Rather than have false Proteus rescue me. These likelihoods confirm her flight from hence. 0,heaven be judge, how I love Valentine, Therefore, I pray you, stand not to discourse, Whose life's as tender to me as my soul; But mount you presently; and meet with me
And full as much, (for more there cannot be,) Upon the rising of the mountain-foot,
I do detest false, perjur'd Proteus: That leads towards Mautua, whither they are fled. Therefore be gone, solicit me no more! Dispatch, sweet gentlemen, and follow me! (Exit. Pro. What dangerous action, stond it next to death, Thu. Why, this it is to be a peevish girl,
Would I not undergo for one calm look? That flies hier fortune when it follows her:
0, 'tis the curse in love, and still approv'd, I'll after, more to be reveng'd on Eglamour,
When women cannot love where they're belov'd. Than for the love of reckless Silvia.
[Exit. Sil. When Proteus cannot love where he's belov'd. Pro. And I will follow, more for Silvia's love, Read over Julia's heart, thy first best love, Thau hate of Eglamour, that goes with her. (Exit. l'or whose dear sakethou did'st then rend thy faith
Jul. And I will follow, more to cross that love, Into a thousand oaths; and all those oaths
Thou hast no faith left now, unless thou had'st two, SCENE III. – Frontiers of Mantua. The Forest. And that's far worse than none; better have none Enter Silvia and Out-laws.
Than plural faith, which is too much by one; Out. Cone, come;
Thou counterfeit to thy true friend!
Pro. In love,
Sil. All men but Proteus,
Pro. Nay, if the gentle spirit of moving words Fills him with faults, makes him run through all sins: Can no way change yon to a milder form,
Inconstancy falls off, ere it begins : I'll woo you like a soldier, at arms' end ;
What is in Silvia's face, but I may spy And love yon 'gainst the nature of love, force you.
More fresh in Julia's with a constant eye? Sil. O heaven!
Val. Come, come, a hand from either:
Let me be blest to make this happy close;
Pro. Bear witness, heaven, I have my wish for ever! Pro. Valentine !
Jul. And I have mine. Val. Thou common friend, that's without faith or Enter Out-laws, with Duke and Taunto. love;
Out. A prize, a prize, a prize! (For such is a friend now,) treacherons man!
Val. Forbear, 1 say; it is my lord the duke.
Val. Thurio, give back, or else embrace thy death; I am sorry I must never trust thee more,
Come not within the measure of my wrath : But count the world a stranger for thy sake.
Do not name Silvia thine; if once again,
Pru. My shame and guilt consounds me. — I dare thee but to breathe upon my love,
Thu. Sir Valentine, I care not for her, I;
I hold him but a fool, that will endanger Itender it here; I do as truly suffer,
His body for a girl, that loves him not: As e'er I did commit.
I claim her not, and therefore she is thine. Val. Then I am paid;
Duke. The more degenerate and base art thou, And once again I do receive thee honest :
To make such means for her as thou hast done,
And leave her on such slight conditions.
Know, then, I here forget all former griefs,
[Faints. Cancel all grudge, repeal thee home again. Pro. Look to the boy.
Plead a new state in thy unrivall’d merit, Val. Why, boy! why, wag! how now? what is the To which Ithus subscribe, — sir Valentine, Look up; speak.
matter? Thou art a gentleman, and well deriv'd; Jul. O good sir, my master charg'd me
Take thou thy Silvia, for thou hast deserv'd her. To deliver a ring to madam Silvia;
Val. I thank your grace; the gift hath made me happy. Which, out of my neglect, was never done.
I now beseech you, for your daughter's sake, Pro. Where is that ring, boy?
To grant one boon, that I shall ask of you. Jul. Here'tis; this is it.
[Gives a ring. Duke. I grant it for thine own, whate'er it be. Pro. How! let me see:
Val. These banish'd men, that' I have kept withal, Why this is the ring I gave to Julia.
Are men endued with worthy qualities; Jul. O, cry you mercy, sir, I have mistook ;
Forgive them what they have committed here, This is the ring you sent to Silvia.
And let them be recall'd from their exile:
[Shows another ring. They are reformed, civil, full of good, Pro. But, how cam’st thou by this ring ? at my depart, And fit for great employment, worthy lord. I gave it unto Julia.
Duke. Thou hast prevail’d : I pardon them, and thee; Jul. And Julia herselfdid give it me;
Dispose of them, as thou know'st their deserts. And Julia herselfhath brought it hither.
Come, let us go; we will include all jars Pro. How! Julia!
With triumphs, mirth, and rare solemnity.
With our discourse to make your grace to smile:
Duke. I think the boy hath grace in him; he blushes. Be thou asham'd, that I have took upon me
Val. I warrant you, my lord, more grace than bog. Such an immodest raiment; if shame live
Duke. What mean yoa by that saying? In a disguise of love:
Val. Please you, I'll tell you as we pass along, It is the lesser blot, modesty finds,
That you will wonder what hath fortuned. Women to change their shapes, than men their minds. Come, Proteus ; 'tis your penance, but to hear Pro. Than men their minds ! 'tis true: 0 heaven! The story of your loves discovered :
That done, our day of marriage shall be yours; But constant, he were perfect: that one error
One feast, one house, one mutual happiness. [E.reunt.
MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR.
Person of the Dra m a.
} followers of Falstaf.
Sir John FALSTAFF.
Robin, page to Falstals.
Rugby,servant to Dr Caius.
Mrs Anne Page, her daughter, in love with Fenton.
Mrs QUICKLY,servant to Dr Caius.
Servants to Page, Ford, etc.
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she is able to overtake seventeen years old : it were a
go ot motion, if we leave our pribbles and prabbles and
Shal. Did her grandsire leave her seven hundred
despise one that is false ; or, as I despise one that is not Slen. All his successors, gone before him, have done't; true. The knight, sir John, is there; and I beseech you, and all his ancestors, that come after him, may: they be ruled by your well-willers. I will peat the door may give the dozen whiteluces in their coat.
(knocks] for master Page. What, hoa ! Got pless your Shal. It is an old coat.
Eva. Here is Got's plessing, and your friend, and
coat. peradventures, shall tell you another tale, if matters Shal. You may, by marrying.
grow to your likings, Eva. It is marring, indeed, if he quarter it.
Page. I am glad to see your worships well : I thank Shal. Not a whit..
you for my venison, master Shallow.
Shal. Sir, I thank yon ; by yea and no, I do.
Page. I am glad to see you, good master Slender.
Slen. You'll not confess, you'll not confess. Shal. Ha !o'my life, if I were young again, the sword Shal. That he will not; - 'tis your fault, 'tis your should end it.
fault :-'Tis a good dog. Eva. It is petter that friends is the sword, and endit: Page. Acur, sir. and there is another device in my prain, which, per-| Shal. Sir, he's a good dog, and a fair dog; can there adventure,prings goot discretions with it. There is An- be more said ? he is good, and fair. Is sir Jolin Falne Page, which is daugther to Master George Page, staff here? which is pretty virginity.
Page. Sir, he is within; and I would I could do a good Slen. Mistress Anne Page? She has brown hair, and office between you. speaks small like a woman.
Eva. It is spoke as a christians ought to speak. Eva. It is that fery verson for all the 'orld, as just as Shal. He hath wrong'd me, master Page. yon will desire; and seven hundred pounds of monies, Page. Sir, he doth in some sort confess it. and gold, and silver, is her grandsire, upon his death's- Shal. If it be confrss’d, it is not redressid ; is not that bed, (Got deliver to a joyful resurrections !) give, when' so, master Page? He hath wroug'd me; indeed, he
hath ;-at a word, he hath;-believe me; - Robert Shal-God, and not with drunken knaves. low, esquire, saith, he is wrong'd.
Eva. So Got'udge me, that is a virtuous mind. Page. Here comes sir John.
Fal. You hear all these matters denied, gentlemen; Enter Sir John FalstAFF, BARDOLPH, Nyu, and
you hear it. Pistol.
Enter Mistress Anne Page with wine; Mistress Ford Fal. Now, master Shallow; you'll complain of me to
and Mistress Page following. the king ?
Page. Nay, daughter, carry the wine in; we'll drink Shal. Knight, you have beaten my men, killed my within.
[Exit Anne Page. deer, and broke open my lodge.
Slen. O heaven! this is mistress Anne Page. Fal. But not kiss'd your keeper's daughter ?
Page. How now, mistress Ford ? Shal. Tut, a pin! this shall be answer'd.
Fal, Mistress Ford, by my troth, you are very well Fal. I will answer it straight. I have done all this:- met: by your leave, good mistress. (Kissing her. That is now answer'd.
Page. Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome: Shal, The Council shall know this.
Come, we have a hot venison pasty to dinner; come, Fal. 'Twere better for you, if it were known in coun- gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness, sel: you'll be laugh'd at.
(Exeunt all but Shal. Slender, and Evans, Eva. Pauca verba, sir John, good worts.
Slen. I had rather than forty shillings, I had my book | Fal. Good worts! good cabbage.--Slender, I broke of Songs and Sonnets here:your head; what matter have you against me?
Enter SIMPLE. Slen.Marry,sir, I have matter in my head against you; How now, Simple! Where have you been? I must and against your coney-catching rascals, Bardolph, wait on myself, must I? You have not The book of Nym, and Pistol. They carried me to the tavern, and Riddles about you, have you? made me drunk, and afterwards picked my pocket. Sim. Book of Riddles ! why, did you not lend it to Bard. You Banbury cheese!
Alice Shortcake upon Allhallowmas last, a fortnight Slen. Ay, it is no matter.
afore Michaelmas? Pist. How now, Mephostophilus?
Shal. Come, coz; come, coz; we stay for you. A Slen, Ay,it is no matter.
word with you, coz: marry, this, coz; There is, as Nym. Slice, I say ! pauca, pauca; slice! that's my 'twere, a tender, a kind oftender, made afar off by sir humour.
Hugh here ;--Do you understand me? Slen. Where's Simple,my man ?-can you tell,cousin? | Slen. Ay, sir, you shall find me reasonable; ifit be Eva.Peace : I pray you! Now let ns understand: There so, I shall do that that is reason. is three umpires in this matter, as I anderstand: that Shal. Nay, but understand me. is-master Page, fidelicet, master Page ; and there is Slen. So I do, sir. myself, fidelicet, myself; and the three party is, lastly Eva. Give ear to his motions, master Slender: I will and finally, mine host of the Garter.
description the matter to you, if yon be capacity of it, Page. We three, to hear it, and end it between them. Slen. Nay, I will do as my cousin Shallow says: I Eva. Fery goot: I will make a prief of it in my note- pray you, pardon me; he's a justice of peace in his book; and we will afterwards'ork upon the cause, with country, simple though I stand here. as great discreetly as we can.
Eva. But this is not the question ; the question is Fal. Pistol,
concerning your marriage. Pist. He hears with ears.
Shal. Ay, there's the point, sir. Eva, The tevil and his tam !'what phrase is this, He Eva. Marry, is it; the very point of it; to mistress hears with ears? Why it is affectations.
Anne Page. Fal. Pistol, did you pick master Slender's purse? Slen. Why, if it be so, I will marry her, upon any Slen. Ay, by these gloves, did he, (or I would I might reasonable demands. never come in mine own great chamber again else) of Eva. But can you affection the 'oman ? Let us comseven groats in mill-sixpences, and two Edward sho- mand to know that of your mouth, or of your lips ; for vel-boards, that cost me two shilling and two pence a- divers philosophers hold, that the lips is parcel of the piece of Yead Miller, by these gloves.
mouth; – Therefore, precisely, can you carry your Fal. Is this true, Pistol ?
good will to the maid? Eva. No; it is false, if it is a pick-purse.
Shal. Cousin Abraham Slender, can you love her ? Pist. Ha, thou mountain-foreigner! - Sir John and Slen. I hope, sir, - I will do, as it shall become one master mine,
that would do reason. I combat challenge of this latten bilbo:
Eva. Nay, Got's lord and his ladies, you must speak Word of denial in thy labras here;
possitable, if you can carry her your desires towards Word of denial: froth and scum, thou liest.
her. Slen. By these gloves, then 'twas he.
Shal. That you must: Will you, upon good dowry, Nym. Be advised, sir, and pass good humours; I marry her? will say, marry trap, with you, if you run the nut Slen. I will do a greater thing than that, upon your hook's humour on me; that is the very note of it. request, cousin, in any reason.
Slen. By this hat, then he in the red face had it: for Shal. Nay, conceive me, conceive me, swect coz; though I cannot remember what I did when you made what I do, is to pleasure you, coz: Can you love the me drunk, yet I am not altogether an ass.
maid? Fal. What say you, Scarlet and John ?
Slen. I will marry her, sir, at your request; but if Bard. Why, sir, for my part, I say, the gentleman there be no great love in the beginning, yet heaven had drunk himself out of his five sentences.
may decrease it upon better acquaintance, wheu we Eva. It is his five senses: fie, what the ignorance is ! are married, and have more occasion to know one anoBard. And being fap, sir, was, as they say, cashier'd; ther: I hope, upon familiarity will grow more conand so conclusions pass'd the careires.
tempt; but if you say, marry her, I will marry her, Slen. Ay, yon spake in Latin then too; but 'tis no that I am freely dissolved, and dissolutely. matter : I'll ne'er be drunk whilst I live again, but in Eva. It is a fery discretiou answer; save, the faul' honest, civil, godly company, for this trick: if I be is in the 'ort dissolutely: the 'ort is, according to our drunk, I'll be drunk with those that have the fear of meaning, resolutely; -- his meaning is good.