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The bustle and variety of the incidents, the rich as. was exhibited. The jealous Ford, the uxorious Page, semblage of characters, and the skilful conduct of the and their iwo joyous wives are admirably drawn.-Sit plot of thus delightful comedy, are unrivalled in any Hugh Evans and Doctor Caius no less so, and the duel drama, ancient or modern.

scene between them irresistibly comic. The swagger. Falstaff, the inimitable Falstaff, here again 'lards the ing jolly Boniface mine host of the Garter; and last, .ean earth:—* a butt and a wit, a humourist, and a man though not least, Master Slender and his cousin Shal. of hunour, a touchstone and a laughing-stock, a jester low, are such a group as were never yet equalled by and a jest-the most perfect comic character that ever I the pen or pencil of genius.

PERSONS REPRESENTED.

SIR JOHN FALSTAFF.
FENTON.
SHallow, a country Justice.
SLENDER, Cousin to Shallow,
MR. FORD,
Mr. Page, S

two gentlemen dwelling at Windsor.
WILLIAM PAGE, a Boy, Son to Mr. Page.
Sir Hugh Evans, a Welsh Parson.

Dr. Caius, a French Physician, 1

Host of the Garter Inn.
BARDOLPH,
Pistol, Followers of Falstaff.
Nym,

Robin, Page to Falstaff.
Simple, Servant to Slender.
Rugby, Servant to Dr. Caius.
MRS. FORD.
Mrs. Page.
MRS. ANNE PAGE, her Daughter, in love with

Fenton,
Mrs. QUICKLY, Servant to Dr, Caius,

Servants to Page, Ford, &-c.
SCENE, Windsor, and the Parts adjacent.

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ACT I.

Shal. Ha! o’my life, if I were young again, the

sword should end it. SCENE 1. Windsor. Before Page's House. Eva. It is petter that friends is the sword, and

Enter JUSTICE SHALLOW, SLENDER, and Sır' end it: and there is also another device in my prain, Hugi Evans.

which, peradventure, prings goot discretions with Shal. Sir Hugh, persuade me not ; I will make it : There is Anne Page, which is daughter to a Star-chamber matter of it: if he were twenty Sir

master George Page, which is pretty virginity. John Falstaffs, ho shall not abuse Robert Shallow,

Slen. Mistress Anne Page ?. She has brown hair, osquire.

and speaks small' like a woman. Slen. In the county of Gloster, justice of peace, just as you will

desire ; and seven Irundred pounds

Eva. It is that fery person for all the 'orld, as and corum.

Shal. Ay, cousin Slender, and Cust-alorum.” of moneys, and gold, and silver, is her grandsire,

Slen. Ay, and ratolorum 100; and a gentleman upon his death's bed (Got deliver to a joyful resur born, master parson; who writes himself armigero; rections !) give, when she is able to overtake sevenin any bill, warrant, quittance, or obligation, armi

teen years old : it were a goot motion, if we leave

our pribbles and prabbles, and desire a marriage beEero. Shal. Ay, that I do; and have done any time

tween master Abraham and mistress Ame Page. these three hundred years.

Shal. Did her grandsire leave her seven hundred Slen. All his successors, gone before him, have pounds ? done'l; and all his ancestors, that come after him,

Eva. Ay, and her father is make her a petter may: they may give the dozen white luces in their penny. coat.

Shal. I know the young gentlewoman; she has Shal. It is an old coat.

good gifts. Eva. The dozen white louses do become an old

Eva. Seven hundred pounds, and possibilities, is coat well; it agrees well, passant: it is a familiar good gifts. beast to man, and significs-love.

Shal. Well, let us see honest master Page: Is Shal. The luce is the fresh fish; the salt fish is Falstaff there? an old coat."

Eva. Shall I tell you a lie ? I do despise a liar, Sien. I may quarter, coz?

as I do despise one that is false; or, as I despisu Shal. You may, by marrying:

one that is not true. The knight, Sir John, is there; Eva. It is marrying indeed, if he quarter il.

and, I beseech you, be ruled by your well-willers. Shal. Not a whit.

I will peat the door (knocks) for master Page. Eva. Yes, pe'r-lady; if he has a quarter of your What, hoa! Got pless your house here! coat, there is but three skirts for yourself, in my

Enter PAGE. simple conjectures : but that is all one: If Sir John Falstaff have committed disparagements unto you, Page. Who's there? I am of the church, and will be glad to do my be- Eva. Here is Got's plessing, and your friend, nevolence, to make atonements and compromises and justice Shallow : and here young master Slen. between you.

der; that, peradventures, shall tell you another tale, Shal. The Councils shall hear it; it is a riot. if matters grow to your likings.

Eva. It is not meet the Council hear a riot; there Page. I am glad to see your worships well : I is ro fear of Got in a riot: the Council, look you, thank you for my venison, master Shallow. shall desire to hear the fear of Got, and not to hear Shal. Master Page, I am glad to see you ; Much a riot; take your vizaments in that.

3 i. e. all the Shallows have done. i Sir, was a title formerly applied to priests and cu. 4 It seems that the latter part of this speech should be rates generally. Dominus being the academica) iitle of given to Sir Hugh. Shallow has just before said the coat a Bachelor (bas chevalier) of Arts, was usually render is an old one ; and now, that it is the luce, the fresh ed by Sir in English, and as most clerical persons had fish.' No, replies the parson, it cannot be old and fresh taken that degree, it became usual to style ihem Sir. 100—the salt fish is an old coat.' Shakspeare is sup

2 A corruption of Custos Rotulorum. It seems doubl. posed to allude to the arms of Sir Thomas Lucy, who is ful whether Shakspeare designed Shallow to make this said to have prosecuted him for a misdemeanor in his mistake, for though be gives him folly enough, he youth, and whom he now ridiculed under tho character makes him rather pedantic than illiteraie. Unless we of Justice Shallow. suppose, with Mr. Malone, that it might have been in- 5 The ourt of Star-chamber is meant tended to ridicule the abbreviations used in writs, &c. 6 Advisement. 7 Soft.

good do it your good heart! I wished your venison Eva. Fery goot: I will make a prief of it in my botter; it was ill kılld :-How doth good mistress note-book; and we will afterwards ’ork upon the Page ?--and I love you always with my heart, la ; cause with as great discreetly as we can. with my heart.

Fal. Pistol, Page. Sir, I thank you.

Pist. He hears with ears. Shal. Sir, I thank you ; by yea and no, I do. Eva. The tevil and his tam! what phrase is this, Page. I am glad to see you, good master Slender. He hears with ear? Why, it is affectations.

Slen. How does your fallow greyhound, sir ? I Fat. Pistol, did you pick master Slender's purse? heard say, he was out-run on Cotsale.?

Slen. Ay, by these gloves, did he (or I would I Page. It could not be judg’d, sir.

might never come in mine own great chamber again Slen. You'll not confess, you'll not confess. else,) of seven groats in mill-sixpences, and two

Shal. That he will not; -'uis your fault, ’uis your Edward shovel-boards, that cost me two shilling fault :-'Tis a good dog.

and twopence a-piece of Yead Miller, by these Page. A cur, sir.

gloves. Shal. Sir, he's a good dog, and a fair dog; Can Fal. Is this true, Pistol ? there be more said? he is good, and fair.-Is Sir Eva. No; it is false, if it is a pick-purse. John Falstaff here?

Pist. Ha, thou mountain-foreigner !-Sir John, Page. Sir, he is within ; and I would I could do

and master mine, a good office between you.

I combat challenge of this latten bilbo :'
Eva. It is spoke as a christians ought to speak. Word of denial in thy labras' here;
Shal. He hath wrong'd me, master Page. Word of denial; froth and scum, thou liest.
Page. Sir, he doth in some sort confess it. Slen. By these gloves, then 'twas he.

Shal. If it be confess'd, it is not redress'd; is not Nym. Be avised, sir, and pass good humours: I that so, master Page? He hath wrong'd me ; indeed will say, marty, trap, with you, if you run the nuthe hath ; Sat a word, he hath ;-beliove me ;-Ro- hook's humour on me; that is the very note of it. bert Shallow, esquire, saith he is wrong'd.

Slen. By this hat, then he in the red face had it: Page. Here comes Sir John.

for though I cannot remember what I did when you Enter Sir John Falstaff, BARDOLPH, Nrm, made me drunk, yet I am not altogether an ass. and Pistol.

Fal. What say you, Scarlet and John? Fel. Now, master Shallow ; you'll complain of

Bard. Why, sir, for my part, I say, the gentle

man had drunk himself out of his five sentences. me to the king? Shal. Knight, you have beaten my men, killed

Eva. It is his five senses : fie, what the igno

rance is! my deer, and broke open my lodge.

Bard. And being fap, !* sir, was, as they say, Fal. But not kiss'd your keeper's daughter ? Shal. Tut, a pin! this shall be answer'd.

cashier'd ; and so conclusions pass'd the careires. 15 Fal. I will answer it straight ;-I have done all no matter?' I'll ne'er be drunk whilst I live again,

Slen. Ay, vou spake in Latin then too; but 'tis this :-That is now answer'd. Shal. The Council shall know this.

but in honest, civil, godly company, for this trick: Ful. 'Twere better for you, if it were known in the fear of God, and not with drumken knaves.

If I be drunk, I'll be drunk with those that havo counsel : you'll be laugh'd at. Eva. Pauca verba, Sir John, good worts.

Eva. So Got''udge me, that is a virtuous mind. Fal. Good worts!: good cabbage.-Slender, I

Fal. You hear all these matters donied, gentlebroke your head; What matter have you against me men; you hear it.

Slen. Marry, sir, I have matter in my head against Enter MISTRESS ANNE Page, with wine ; Misyou; and against your coney-catching rascals, TRE:SS Ford and MISTRESS Page following. Bardolph, Nym, and Pistol. They carried me to

Page. Nay, daughter, carry the wine in;

we'll the tavern, and made me drunk, and afterwards drink within.

(Exit ANNE

PAGE. picked my pocket.

Slen. O heaven! this is mistress Anne Page. Bar. You Banbury cheese!

Page. How now, mistress Ford ? Slen. Ay, it is no matter.

Fal. Mistress Ford, by my troth, you are very Pist. How now, Mephostophilus ?

well met: by your leave, good mistress. Slen. Ay, it is no matter.

(kissing her. Nym. Slíce, I say! pauca, pauca ;" slice! that's

Page. Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome :my humour.

Come, we have a hot venison pasty to dinner, Slen. Whero's Simple, my man ? can you tell, come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down ali cousin ?

unkindness. Eva. Peace : I pray you! Now let us under

[Exeunt all but SHAL. SLENDER, and Evans. stand: There is three umpires in this matter, as I

Slen. I had rather than forty shillings I had my understand : that is--master Page, fidelicet, master book of Songs and Sonnetsia 'here : Page; and there is myself, fidelicet, myself; and the three party is, lastly and finally, mine host of

Enter SIMPLE. the Garter.

How now, Simple! where have you been? I must Page. We three, to hear it, and end it between wait on myself, must I ? You have not The Book them.

of Riddles about you, have you? I First folio. I thank. The reading in the text is 9 Latten, from the Fr. Laiton, Brass. Bilbo, from from the 4to. 1619.

Bilboa in Spain where fine sword blades were made, 2 The Cotswold Hills in Gloucestershire, famous for Pistol therefore calls Slender a weak blade of basc their fine turf, and therefore excellent for coursing. metal, as one of brass would be.

3 Worts was the ancient term for all the cabbage 10 Lips. kind.

11 Metaphorically a bailiff or constable, who hooks or 4 A common name for cheats and sharpers in the seizes debiors or malefactors with a staff or otherwise. time of Elizabeth. • By a metaphor taken from those The meaning apparently is, “if you try to bring me to that rob warrens and conie grounds.?- Minshcuo's Dict.justice.'

5 Said in allusion to the thin carcass of Slender. So, 12 Fap was evidently a cant term for Foolish. It may in Jack Drum's Entertainment, 1601. “Put off your have been derived from the Italian Vappa, which Flo. clothes, and you are like a Banbury Cheese, nothing rio explains “any wine that hath lost his force : used but paring."

also for a man or woman without roil or reason.” In 6 The name of a spirit, or familiar, in the old story Hutton's Dict. 1583, one of the meanings of the Latin book of Faustus : to whom there is another allusion | Vappa is a Dissard or foolish man, &c. Act ii. Sc. 2. It was a cant phrase, probably, for an ugly 13 A military phrase for running the charge in a fellow.

nament or attack; here used metaphorically. 7 Few words.

14 Slender means a popular book of Shakspearo's 8 Mill sixpences were used as counters ; and King time, “ Songrs and Sonnettes, wriuen by the Earlo ol Edward's shillings used in the game of shufile-board. Surrey and others,” and published by Toutel in 1587

Sim. Book of Riddles! why, did you not lend it Go, sirrah, for all you are my man, go, wait upon to Alice Shortcake upon Allhallowmás last, a fort- my cousin Shallow: [Erit SIMPLE.) A justice of night afore Michaelmas ?

peace sometimes may be beholden to his friend for a Shal, Come, coz; come, coz; we stay for you. man:-I keep but three men and a boy yet, till my A word with you, coz:'marry this, coz: There is, mother be dead: But what though? yet I live like as 'twere, a tender, a kind of tender, made afar off a poor gentleman born. by Sir Hugh here ;-Do you understand me? Anne. I may not go in without your worship:

Slen. Ay, sir, you shall find me reasonable; if it they will not sit till you come. be so, I shall do that that is reason.

Slen. I'faith, I'll eat nothing; I thank you a Shal. Nay, but understand me.

much as though I did. Slen. So I do, sir.

Anne. I

pray you, sir, walk in, Eva. Give ear to his motions, master Slender: 1 Slen. I had rather walk here, I thank you: ! will description the matter to you, if you be capacity bruised my shin the other day with playing at sword of it.

and dagger with a master of fence, three veneys Slen. Nay, I will do as my cousin Shallow says: for a dish of stewed prunes; and, by my troth, I I pray you, pardon me; he's a justice of peace in canuot abide the smell of hot meat since. Why do his country, simple though I stand here.

your dogs bark so? be there bears i' the town? Eva. But this is not the question; the question Anne. I think there are, sir; I heard them talkis concerning your marriage.

ed of. Shal. Ay, there's the point, sir.

Slen. I love the sport well; but I shall as soon Eva. Marry, is it; the very point of it; to mis-quarrel at it as any man in England :—You are tress Anne Page.

afraid if you see the bear loose, are you not ? Slen. Why, if it be so, I will marry her upon Anne. Ay, indeed, sir. any reasonable demands.

Slen. That's meat and drink to me now: I have Eva. But can you affection the 'oman? Let us seen Sackerson loose twenty times; and have command to know that of your mouth, or of your taken him by the chain: bui, I warrant you, the lips ; for divers philosophers hold that the lips is women have so cried and shriek'd at it, that it parcel of the mouth ;-Therefore, precisely, can pass'd :'-but women, indeed, cannot abide 'em; you carry your good will to the maid?

ihey are very ill-favour'd rough things. Shal. Cousin Abraham Slender, can you love

Re-enter Page. her? Slen. I hope, sir,--I will do as it shall become

Page. Come, gentle master Slender, come; wo

stay for you. one that would do reason. Eva. Nay, Got's lords and his ladies, you must

Slen. I'll cat nothing; I thank you, sir. speak possitable, if you can carry her your desires

Page. By cock and pye, you shall not chooso, towards her.

sir : come, come. Shal. That you must: Will you, upon good dow

Slen, Nay, pray you, lead the way.

Page. Come on, sir. ry, marry her? Slen. I will do a greater thing than that, upon

Slen. Mistress Anne, yourself shall go first.

Anne. Not I, sir; pray you, keep on. your request, cousin, in any reason. Shal. Nay, conceive me, conceive me, sweet coz;

Slen, Truly, I will not go first, truly, la : I will what I do is to pleasure you, coz: Can you love the

not do you that wrong. maid?

Anne. I pray you, sir. Slen. I will marry her, sir, at your request; but

Slen. I'll rather bé unmannerly than troublesome : if there be no great love in the beginning, yet'hea- you do yourself wrong, indeed, la.

(Eseunt. ven may decrease it upon better acquaintance, when SCENE II. The same. Enter Sir Hugh EVANS we are married, and have more occasion to know

and SIMPLE. one another: I hope upon familiarity will grow more contempt: but if you say, marry her, I will marry house, which is the way: and there dwells one mis

Eva. Go your ways, and ask of Doctor Caius' her, that I am freely dissolved, and dissolutely.

Eva. It is a fery discretion answer; save the faul' tress Quickly, which is in the manner of his nurse, is in the 'ort dissolutely: the 'ort is, according to or his dry nurse, or his cook, or his laundry,' his our meamng, resolutely ;-his meaning is gnod.

washer, and his wringer. Shal. Ay, I think my cousin meant well.

Simp. Well, sir. Slen. Ay, or else I would I might be hanged, la.

Eva. Nay, it is petter yet :

-give her this

letter; for it is a 'oman that altogether's acquainRe-enter Anne Page.

tance with mistress Anne Page; and the letter is, Shal. Here comes fair mistress Anne :-Would to desire and require her to solicit your master's I were young for your sake, mistress Anne! desires to mistress Anne Page: I pray you, be

Anné. The dinner is on the table; my father de- gone. I will make an end of my dinner ; there's sires your worships' company.

pippins and cheese to come.

Exeunt. Shal. I will wait on him, fair mistress Anne. Eva. Od’s plessed will!' I will not be absence at SCENE II. A Room in the Garter Inn. Enter

Falstaff, Host, BarDoLPH, Ném, Pistol

and Robin. (Exeunt SHALLOW and Sir H. Evans. Anne. Will't please your worship to come in, sir?

Fal. Mine host of the Garter,-Slen. No, I thank you, forsooth, heartily; I am Host. What says my bully-rook? Speak schovery well.

larly, and wisely: Anne. The dinner attends you, sir.

Fal. Truly, mine host, I must turn away some Slen. I am not a-hungry, I thank you, forsooth: of my followers. 1 This is an intended blunder. Theobald would in grome of her majesty's chamber.' The unfortunato sober sadness have corrected it to Martlemas.

Robert Greene played his master's prize at Leadenhall ? i. e. part, a law term, often used in conjunction with three weapons, &c. The M$. from which this with its synonyme.

information is derived is a Register belonging to somo 3 It was formerly the custom in England for persons of the Schools of the noble Science of Defence, among to be attended at dinner by their own servants wherever the Sloane MSS.-Bril. Mus. No. 2530, xxvi. D. they dined.

5 Veney, or Venue, Fr. a touch or hit in the body at 4 Master of fence here signifies not merely a fencing. fencing, &c. master, but a person who had taken his master's de. 6 The name of a bear exhibited at Paris Garden, in gree in the science. There were three degrees, a mas. Southwark. ter's, a provost's, and a scholar's. For each of these a i i. e. passed all expression. prize was played with various weapons, in some open 8 By cock and pyo was a popular adjuration

Seo place or square. Tarlton the player was allowed a Note on Henry IV. P. 2, Acl \ Sc. l. baster' on the 231 of October, 1587, he being ordinary 9 i. e. launder, from tho Fr Lavandiere

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Host. Discard, bully Hercules; cashier; let | Pist. Then did the sun on dunghill shine. them wag; trot, trot.

Nym. I thank thee for that humour.' Fal. I sit at ten pounds a week.

Fal. O, she did so course o'er my exteriors with Host. Thou'rt an emperor, Casar, Keisar, and such a greedy intention, that the appetite of her Pheezar, I will entertain Bardolph; he shall draw, eye did seem to scorch meaup like a burning glass! he shall tap: said I well, bully Hector?

Here's another letter to her, she bears the purse Fal. Do so, good mine hosi.

too: she is a region in Guiana, all gold and bounty. Host. I have spoke; let him follow: Let me sec I will be cheater to them both, and they shall be thee froth, and lime:?' I am at a word; follow. exchequers to me; they shall be my East and West

[Erit Host. Indies, and I will trade to them both. Go, bear Fal. Bardolph, follow him; a tapster is a good thou this letter to mistress Page; and thou this to trade: an old cloak makes a new jerkin; a with- mistress Ford: we will thrive, lads, we will thrive. ered serving-man, a fresh tapster: Go; adieu. Pist. Shall I Sir Pandarus of Troy become,

Bard. It is a life that I have desired; I will And by my side wear steel ? then, Lucifer take all! thrive.

(Erit BARD.

Nym. I will run no base humour; here, take the Pist. O base Gongarian wight! wilt thou the humour-letter; I will keep the 'haviour of reputaspigot wield?

tion. Nym. He was gotten in drink : Is not the humour Fal. Hold, sirrah (to Rob.,] bear you these letconceited ? His mind is not heroic, and there's the

ters tightly; humour of it.

Sail like my pinnacell to these golden shores.Fal. I am glad I am so acquit of this tinder-box; Rogues, hence avaunt! vanish like hailstones, go; his thesis were too open: his filching was like an Trudge, plod, away, o' the hoof; seek shelter, unskilful singer, he kept not time.

pack! Nym. The good humour is, to steal at a minute's Falstaff will learn the humour of this age,

French thrift, you rogues; myself, and skirted page. Pist. Convey, the wise it call: Steal! foh ; a

[Exeunt FALSTAFF and Robin, fico) for the phrase !

Pist. Let vultures gripe thy guts !12 for gourd and Fal. Well, sirs, I am almost out at heels.

fullam!3 holds, Pist. Why then let kibes ensue.

And high and low beguile the rich and poor: Fal. There is no remedy; I must coney-catch; Tester* I'll have in pouch, when thou shalt lack, I must shift.

Base Phrygian Turk! *, Pist. Young ravens must have food.

Nym. I have operations in my head, which be Fal. Which of you know Ford of this town? humours of revenge. Pist. I ken the wight; he is of substance good. Pist. Wilt thou revenge? Fal. My honest lads, I will tell you what I am Nym.

By welkin, and her star! about.

Pist. With wit, or steel ? Pist. Two yards, and more.

Nym. With both the humours, I: Fal. No quips now, Pistol ; indeed I am in the I will discuss the humour of this love to Page waist two yards about ; but I am now about no Pist. And I to Ford shall eke unfold, waste; I am about thrift. Briefly, I do mean to

How Falstaff, varlet vile, make love to Ford's wife; I spy entertainment in His dove will prove, his gold will hold, her; she discourses, she carves," she gives the leer

And his soft couch defile. of invitation: I can construe the action of her fami- Nym. My humour shall not cool: I will incensels liar style, and the hardest voice of her behaviour, to page to deal with poison; I will possess him with be English'd rightly, is, I am Sir John Falstaff's. yellowness, 16 for the revolt of mien is dangerous :

Pist. He haih studied her well, and translated ihat is my true humour. her well; out of honesty into English.

Pist. Thou art the Mars of malcontents : I se. Nym.' The anchor is deep: will that humour cond thce; troop on.

(Exeunt Fal. Now, the report goes, she has all the rule of SCENE IV. A Room in Dr. Caius' House. En her husband's purse ;, she hath legions of angels.

ter Mrs. QUICKLY, SIMPLE, and Rugby, Pist. As many devils entertain; and, To her, boy,

Quick. What; John Rugby I pray thee, go to

the casement, and see if you can see my master, Nym. The humour rises; it is good ; humour me

master Doctor Caius, coming: if he do, iffaith, and the angels.

find Fal. I have writ me here a letter to her: and here abusing of God's patience, and the king's English.

any body in the house, here will be an old another to Page's wife ; who even now gave me good

Rug. I'll
go watch,

[Erit Rugby. eyes too, examined my parts with most judicious

Quick. Go; and we'll have a posset for't soon at eyliads :: sometimes the beam of her view gilded night, in faith, at the latter end of a sea-coal fire. my foot, sometimes my portly belly.

10 Cleverly, adroitly. 1 Keysar old spelling for Cæsar, the general word 11 A pinnace was a light vessel built for speed, and for an emperor. Kings and Keysars is an old phrase was also called a Brigantine. Under the words Catain very common use, Pheezar, a made word from scopium and Celor in Hutton's Dictionary, 1583, we Pheeze, in the Induction to Taming of a Shrew. have • a Brigantine or Pinnace, a light ship that goeth

2 To froth beer and to lime sack were tapster's to espie.?. Hence the word is used for a go-between. tricks. Mr. Steevens says the first was done by putting In Ben Jonson's Bartholomew Fair, Justice Overdo soap in the bottom of the lankard; the other by mixing says of the pig-woman, “She has been before me lime with the wine to make it sparkle in the glass. punk, pinnace, and bawd, any time these two and

3 'A fico for the phrase.' See K. Henry IV. Part 2. iwenty years." A. S.

12 A burlesque on a passage in Tamburlaine, or the 4 It seems to have been a mark of kindness when a Scythian Shepherd lady carved to a gentleman. So, in Vittoria Corom

" and now doth ghastly death bona : " Your husband is wondrous discontented. Vit. With greedy talons gripe my bleeding heart, I did nothing to displease him, I carved to him at sup- And like a harper tyers on my life.” per time."

Again, ibid, 5 Gold coin.

“Griping our bowels with retorted thoughts." 6 Oeillades. French. Ogles, wanton looks of the 13 In Decker's Bellman of London, 1610, among the eyes. Cotgrave translates it, to cast a sheep's eye.' false dice are enumerated 'a bale of fullams - a bale

7 What distinguishes the languages of Nym from that of gordes, with as many high men as low men for pas. of the other attendants on Falstaff is the constant repeti. sage.' The false dice were chiefly made at Friham, lion of this phrase. In the time of Shakspeare such an hence the name. The manner in which they were affectation seems to have been sufficient to mark a char. made is described in The Complete Gamester, 1676, acier. Some modern dramatists have also thought so. 12no. 8 i. e. attention.

14 Sixpence I'll have in pocket. 15 Instigate 9 Escheatour, an officer in the Exchequer

16 Jealousy.

pass?

Bay I.

An honest, wiling, kind fellow, as ever servant shall | Villany? larton! (Pulling Simple out.] Rugby, come in house withal; and, I warrant you, no tell- my rapier. tale, nor no breed-bate:' his worst fault is, that he Quick. Good master, be content. is given to prayer; he is something peevish” that Caius. Verefore shall I be content-a? way: but nobody but has his fault;--but let that Quick. The young man is an honest man, pass. Peter Simple, you say, your name is ? Čaius. Var shall de honest man do in my closet ? Sim. Ay, for a fault of a better.

dere is no honest man dat shall come in my closet. Quick. And master Slender's your master? Quick. I beseech you, be not so flegmatic; hear Sim. Ay, forsooth.

the truth of it: He came of an errand to me from Quick. Does he not wear a great round beard,' parson Hugh. like a glover's paring knife ?

Caius. Vell.
Sim. No, forsooth: he hath but a little wee face, Sim. Ay, forsooth, to desire her to-
with a little yellow beard; a Cain-coloured beard.* Quick. Peace, I pray you.
Quick. A softly-sprighted man, is he not?

Caius. Peace-a your tongue:-Speak-a your tale. Sim. Ay, forsooth: but he is as tall a man of Sim. To desire this honest gentlewoman, your his hands, as any is between this and his head; he maid, to speak a good word to mistress Anne Page hath fought with a warrener.

for my master, in the way of marriage. Quick. How say you ?-0, I should remember Quick. This is all, indeed, la; but I'll ne'er put him; Does he no? hold up his head, as it were ? my finger in the fire, and need not. and strut in his gait ?

Caius. Sir Hugh send-a you?-Rugby, baillez mo Sim. Yes, indeed, does he.

some paper:- Tarry you a little-awhile. [Writes. Quick. Well, heaven send Anne Page no worse Quick. I am glad he is so quiet: if he had been fortune ? Tell master parson Evans, I will do what thoroughly moved, you should have heard him so I can for your master: Anne is a good girl, and I loud, and so melancholy ;-But notwithstanding, wish

man, I'll do your master what good I can: and the Re-enter RUGBY.

very yea and the no is, the French Doctor, my

master, -I may call him my master, look you, for Rug. Out, alas! here comes my master,

I keep his house; and I wash, wring, brew, bake, Quick. We shall all be shent:' Run in here, good scour, dress meat and drink, inake the beds, and do young man; go into this closet. (Shuts Simple in all myself ;the claset.] He will not stay long.-What, John Sim. 'Tis a great charge, to come under one body's Rugby! John, what, John, I say !-Go, John, go

hand. inquire for my master; I doubt, he be not well, that Quick. Are you avis'd o' that? you shall find it he comes not home :-and down, down, adown-a, a great charge: and to be up early, and down late fc.

[Sing8. —but notwithstanding (to tell you in your ear;.

would have no words of it;) my master himself is in Enter Doctor Caias,

love with mistress Anne Page: but notwithstanding Caius. Vat is you sing? I do not liko dese toys; that, -I know Anne's mind, -thai's neither hero Pray you, go and vetch me in my closet un boitier nor there. vert; a box, a green-a box ; Do intend vat I speak ?

Caius. You jack’nape; give-a dis letter to Sir l-green-a box.

Hugh; by gar, it is a shallenge: I vill cut his Quick. Ay, forsooth, I'll fetch it you. I am glad troat in de park; and I vill teach a scurvy jack-ahe went not in himself; if he had found the young nape priest to meddle or make :--you may be gone; man, he would have been horn-mad. [Aside.

it is not good you tarry here:-by'gar, I vill cut all Caius. Fe, fe, fe, fe! mai foi, il fait fort chaud. his two stones; by gar, he shall not have a stone to

i Je m'en vais a la Cour, la grande affaire.

trow at his dog.

(E.cit SIMPLF. Quick. Is it this, sir?

Quick. Alas, he speaks but for his friend. Caius. Ouy; mette le au mon pocket; Depeche, Caius. It is no matter-a for dat:- do not you quickly:-Vere is dat knave Rugby?

tell-a me dat I shall have Anne Page for myself ?. Quick. What, John Rugby! John!

-by gar, I vill kill de Jack priest; and I have Rug. Here, sir.

appointed mine host of de Jarterre to measure our Caius. You are John Rugby, and you are Jack weapon :—hy gar, I vill myself have Anne Page. Rugby; Come, take-a your rapier, and come after Quick. Sir, the maid loves you, and all shall be my heel to de court.

well: we must give folks leave to prate : What, *Rug. 'Tis ready, sir, here in the porch.

the good-jer ! Caius. By my trot, I tarry too long :-Od's me! Cuius. Rugby, come to the court vid me;-By Qu'ay-j'oublic ? dere is some simples in my closet, gar, if I have not Anne Page, I shall turn your head, dat I vill not for the varld I shall leave behind.

out of my door :-Follow my heels, Rugby: Quick. Ah me! he'll find the young man there,

[Excunt Caius and Rugby.. and be mad.

Quick. You shall have An fools-head of your Caius. O diable, diable! vat is in my closet ?- own. No, I know Anne's mind for that : never a

woman in Windsor knows more of Anne's mind 1 i. e. breeder of debate, maker of contention.

2 Foolish, Mrs. Quickly possibly blunders, and would say precise

tall will also explain the expression a tall fellow, or a 3 See a Note on K. Henry V. Act iii. Sc. 6.

tull man, wherever it occurs. Mercutio ridicules it as "And what a beard of the general's cut.' one of the affected phrases of the fantasticos of his age, 4 It is said that Cain and Judas in old pictures and ta- a very good blade,' ó a very tall man!'-Romeo and pestry were constantly represented with yellow beards. Juliet, Actii. Sc. 4.

7 In an age when but a small part of the nation could 6 The keeper of a warren. read, ideas were frequently borrowed from these re. 7 Scolded, reprimanded. presentations. One of the copies reads a cane-coloured 8 It has been thought strange that Shakspeare should heard, i. e. of the colour of cane, and the reading of the take the name of Caius for his Frenchman, as an emi4to. a whey-coloured beard favours this reading. nent physician of that name, founder of Caius College,

5 This phrase has been very imperfectly explained Oxford, flourished in Elizabeth's reign. But Shak. by the commentators, though they have written about speare was little acquainted with literary history, and it, and about it.' Malone's quotation from Cotgrave without doubt, from this unusual name, supposed him was near the mark, but missed it : “ Haut a la main, to have been some foreign quack. The character Homme a la main, Homme de main. A man of his might however be drawn from the life, for in Jack Do. hands ; a man of erecution or' valour ; a striker, like ver's Quest of Enquirie, 1604, a stery called the Foole enough to lay about him į proud, surlie, sullen, stub.of Windsor,' turns upon a simple outlandish Doctor of born. So says this truly valuable old dictionary : Physicke. from which it is evident that a tall man of his hands 9 The goujere, i. e. morbus Gallicus. The good. was only a free version of the French Homme haut a jer and good yeare were compem corruptions of this la main. This equivocal use of the words Hout and I phrase.

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