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Who should be trusted now, when one's right Enter Out-laws, with DUKE and Thurio.
Sir Valentine ! 'Mongst all foes, that a friend should be the Thu. Yonder is Silvia; and Silvia's mine. worst!
Val. Thurio, give back, or else embrace thy Pro. My shame and guilt confound me.
death. Forgive me, Valentine: if hearty sorrow Come not within the measure of my wrath; Be a sufficient ransom for offence,
Do not name Silvia thine ; if once again, I tender it here; I do as truly suffer,
Verona shall not hold thee. Here she stands, As e'er I did commit.
Take but possession of her with a touch;Val. Then I am paid;
I dare thee but to breathe upon my love. And once again I do receive thee honest :- Thu. Sir Valentine, I care not for her, I; Who by repentance is not satisfied,
I hold him but a fool, that will endanger Is nor of heaven, nor earth; for these are pleas'd; His body for a girl that loves him not ; By penitence th' Eternal's wrath's appeas'd : I claim her not, and therefore she is thine. And, that my love may appear plain and free, Duke. The more degenerate and base art theu All that was mine in Silvia, I give thee. To make such means for her as thou hast dove, Jul. O me, unhappy!
[Faints. And leave her on such slight conditions.Pro. Look to the boy.
Now, by the honour of my ancestry, Val. Why, boy! why, wag; how now? what I do applaud thy spirit, Valentine, is the matter? Look up; speak.
And think thee worthy of an empress' love. Jul. O good sir, my master charg'd me to de- Know then, I here forget all former griefs, liver a ring to Madam Silvia; which, out of Cancel all grudge, repeal thee home again.my neglect, was never done.
Plead a new state in thy unrivall’d merit, Pro. Where is that ring, boy!
To which I thus subscribe, -Sir Valentine, Ju. Here 'tis: this is it. [Gives a ring. Thou art a gentleman, and well deriv'd;
Pro. How! let me see: why this is the ring Take thou thy Silvia, for thou hast deserv'd I gave to Julia,
[me happy. Jul. 0. cry yon mercy, sir, I have mistook ; Val. I thank your grace; the gift hath made this is the ring you sent to Silvia.
I now beseech you, for your daughter's sake,
(Shows another ring. To grant one boon that I shall ask of you. Pro. But how cam'st thou by this ring? at Duke. I grant it for thine own, whate'er it be. my depart, I gave this unto Julia.
Val. These banish'd men, that I have kept Jul. And Julia herself did give it me;
withal, And Julia herself hath brought it hither. Are men endued with worthy qualities; Pro. How! Julia!
Forgive them what they have committed here, Jul. Behold her that gave aim to all thy oaths, And let them be recall'd from their exile : And entertaind them deeply in her heart: They are reform'd, civil, full of good, How oft hast thou with perjury cleft the root? And fit for great employment, worthy lord. O Proteus, let this habit make thee blush! Duke. Thou hast prevail'd: I pardon them, Be thou asham'd, that I have took upon me
and thee; Such an inmodest raiment; if shame live Dispose of them, as thou know'st their deserts. In a disguise of love:
Come, let us go; we will include all jars It is the lesser blot modesty finds, [minds. With triumphs, mirth, and rare solemnity. Women to change their shapes, than men their Val. And, as we walk along, I dare be bold Pro. Than men their minds? 'tis true: 0 With our discourse to make your grace to smile: heaven! were man
What think you of this page, my lord ? But constant, he were perfect : that one error Duke. I think the boy hath grace in him; he Fills him with faults; makes him run through blushes.
[boy. all the sins :
Val. I warrant you, my lord; more grace than Inconstancy falls off, ere it begins:
Duke. What mean you by that saying? What is in Silvia's face, but I may spy
Val. Please you, I'll tell you as we pass alon; More fresh in Julia's, with a constant eye? That you will wonder what hath fortuned.-
l'al. Come, come, a hand from either: Come, Proteus, 'tis your penance but to hear Let me be blest to make this happy close ? The story of your loves discovered: "Twere pity two such friends should be long foes. That done, our day of marriage shall be yours;
Pro. Bear witness, heaven, I have my wish One feast, one house, one mutual happiness. Jul. And I mine. [for ever.
Persons Kepresented. SIR Jonx FALSTAFF.
Followers of Falstaff. SHALLOW, a country Justice.
ROBIN, Page to Falstaff.
SIMPLE, Servant to Slender.
MRS. PAGE. Sir Hugh Evans, a Welsh Parson.
MRS. ANNE PAGE,her Daughter, in love with Fenton.
Mrs. QUICKLY, Servant to Dr. Caius.
Servants to Page, Ford, &c.
Shal. Not a whit.
Eva. Yes, pe'r-lady; if he has a quarter of your
coat, there is but three skirts for yourself, in my SCENE I.-Windsor. Before Page's House.
simple conjectures: but that is all one: If Sir
John Falstaff have committed disparagements Knter JUSTICE SHALLOW, SLENDER, and SiR unto you, I am of the church, and will be glad Hugh Evans.
to do my benevolence, to make atonements and Shal. Sir HUGH, persuade me not: I will compromises between you. make a Star-chamber matter of it: if he were Shal. The Council shall hear it; it is a riot. twenty Sir John Falstaffs, he shall not abuse Eva. It is not meet the Council hear a riot; Robert Shallow, esquire.
there is no fear of Got in a riot: the Council, Slen. In the county of Gloster, justice of peace look you, shall desire to hear the fear of Got. and coram.
and not to hear a riot; take your vizaments in Shal. Ay, cousin Slender, and Cust-alorum. that. Slen. Ay, and ratolorum too; and a gentleman
Shal. Ha! o' my life, if I were young again, born, inaster parson : who writes himself armi- the sword should end it. gero; in any hill, warrant, quittance, or obliga- Eva. It is petter that friends is the sword, tion, armigero.
and end it; and there is also another device in Shal. Ay, that I do; and have done any time my prain, which, peradventure, prings goot disthese three hundred years.
cretions with it: There is Anne Page, which is Slen. All his successors, gone before him, have daughter to master George Page, which is done't; and all his ancestors, that come after pretty virginity. him, may: they may give the dozen white luces Slen. Mistress Anne Page? She has brown in their coat.
hair, and speaks small like a woman. Shol. It is an old coat.
Eva. It is that fery person for all the 'orld, as Eva. The dozen white louses do become an just as you will desire: and seven hundred old coat well; it agrees well, passant: it is a pounds of monies, and gold, and silver, is her familiar beast to man, and signifies-love. grandsire, upon his death's bed (Got deliver to
Shal. The luce is the fresh fish; the salt fish a joyful resurrections !) give, when she is able is an old coat.
to overtake seventeen years old : it were a goot Slen. I may quarter, coz?
motion, if we leave our pribbles and prabbles, Shal. You may, by marrying:
and desire a marriage between master AbraEva. It is marring, indeed, if he quarter it. ham and mistress Anne Page.
Shal. Did her grandsire leave her seven hun- Slen. Ay, it is no matter. dred pound
Pist. How now, Mephostophilus? Evi. Ay, and her father is make her a petter Slen. Ay, it is no matter. penny.
Nym. Slice, I say! pauca, pauca ; slice! that's Shal. I know the young gentlewoman; she my humour. has good gifts.
Slen. Where's Simple, my man ?--can you Eva. Seven hundred pounds, and possibilities, tell, cousin ? is good gifts.
Eva. Peace: I pray you! Now let us underShal. Well, let us see honest master Page: stand: There is three umpires in this matter, as Is Falstaff there?
I understand : That is-master Page, filelicet, En. Shall I tell you a lie? I do despise a liar, master Page; and there is myself, fidelicet, my as I do despise one that is false? or, as I despise self; and the three party is, lastly and finally, one that is not true. The knight, Sir John, is mine host of the Garter. there; and, I beseech you, be ruled by your well- Page. We three, to hear it, and end it between villers. I will peat the door knocks) for master them. Page. What, hoa! Got pless your house here! Eva. Fery goot: I will make a prief of it in Enter PAGE.
my note-book; and we will afterwards 'ork upou Page. Who's there?
the cause with as great discreetly as we can. Eva. Here is Got's plessing, and your friend,
Fal. Pistol and justice Shallow; and here young master
Pist. He hears with ears. Slender; that, peradventures, shall tell you Eva. The tevil and his tam; what phrase 18 another tale, if matters grow to your likings.
this, He hears with ear! Why, it is affectations. Page. I am glad to see your worships well: Fal. Pistol, did you pick master Slender's I thank you for my venison, master Shallow. purse ? Shril. Master Page, I am glad to see you: Much
Slen. Ay, by these gloves, did he (or I would good do it your good heart! I wished your veni- I might never come in mine own great chamber son better; it was ill kill'd:-How doth good again else), of seven groats in mill-sixpences, mistress Page?—and I love you always with and two Edward shovel-boards, that cost me two my heart, la; with my heart.
shilling and twopence a-piece of Yead Miller, by Page. Sir, I thank you.
these gloves. Shal. Sir, I thank you; by yea and no, I do.
Fal. Is this true, Pistol ? Fuge. I am glad to see you, good master Slender. Em. No; it is false, if it is a pick-purse.
Sien. How does your fallow greyhound, sir ? Pist. Hal thou mountain-foreigner!--Sir John, I heard say, he was out-run on Cotsale.
and master mine. Page. It could not be judg'd, sir.
I coinbat challenge of this latten bilbo : sien. You'll not confess, you'll not confess. Word of denial in thy labras here;
Shal. That he will not 'tis your fault, 'tis Word of denial; froth and scum, thou liest. your fault :-'Tis a good dog.
Slen. By these gloves, then 'twas he. Page. A cur, sir.
Nym. Be advised, sir, and pass good humours: Shal. Sir, he's a good dog, and a fair dog; Can I will say, marry, trap, with you, if you run the there be more said ? he is good, and fair, -Is nuthook's humour on me; that is the very noto Sir John Falstaff here?
of it. Page. Sir, he is within; and I would, I could Slen. By this hat, then he in the red face had do a good office between you.
it: for though I cannot remember what I did Eva. It is spoke as a christians ought to speak. when you made me drunk, yet I am not alto Shal. He bath wrong'd me, master Page.
gether an ass. Page. Sir, he doth in some sort confess it. Fal. What say yon, Scarlet and John?
Shal. If it be confess'd, it is not redressed, is not Bard. Why, sir, for my part, I say, the gentlethat so, master Page? He hath wrong'd me; in- man had drunk himself out of his five sentences. deed he hath;-at a word, he hath ;-believe me;
Eva. It is his five senses: fie, what the igno --Robert Shallow, esquire, saith he is wrong'd.'rance is ! Page. Here comes Sir John.
Bard. And being fap, sir, was, as they say, caEnter Sir John FALSTAFF, BARDOLPH, Nyx, and shier'd; and so conclusions pass'd the careiras. PISTOL.
Slen. Ay, you spake in Latin then too; but 'tis Fal. Now, master Shallow, you'll complain of no matter: I'll ne'er be drunk whilst I live again, me to the king ?
but in honest, civil, godlycompany, for this trick: Shal. Knight, you have beaten my men, killed If I be drunk, I'll be drunk with those that have may deer, and broke open my lodge.
the fear of God, and not with drunken knaves. Fal. But not kiss'd your keeper's daughter?
Eva. So Got 'udge me, that is a virtuous mind.
Fal. You hear all these matters denied, genShal. Tut, a pin! this shall be answerd. Fal. I will answer it straight;-I have done tlemen; you hear it. all this - That is now answer'd.
Enter MISTRESS ANNE PAGE, with wine; M19 Shal. The Council shall know this.
TRESS FORD and MIBTRESS PAGE following. Fal. "Twere better for you, if it were known Page. Nay, daughter, carry the wine in; we'll in counsel : you'll be laugh'd at.
(Exit ANNE PAGE. Eva. Pauca verba, Sir John, good worts. Slen. O heaven! this is mistress Anne Page.
Fal. Good worts ! good cabbage.-Slender, I Page. How now, mistress Ford ? broke your head: What matter have you against Fal. Mistress Ford, by my troth, you are very me ?
well met: by your leave, good mistress. Slen. Marry, sir, I have watter in my head
(kissing her. against you; and against your coney catching Page. Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome:rascals, Bardolph, Nym, and Pistol. They car- 'Come, we have a hot venison pasty to dinner; ried me to the tavern, and made me drunk, and, come, gentlemen. I hope we shall drink down afterwards picked my pocket.
all unkindness. Bar. You banbury cheese!
(Exeunt all but SHAL, SLENDER, and Evans.
Slen. I had rather than forty shillings I had Anne. Will't please your worship to come in, my book of Songs and Sonnets here :
Blen. No, I thank you, fursooth, heartily; I Enter SIMPLE.
am very well. How now, Simple! where have you been? I Anne. The dinner attends you, sir. inust wait on myself, must I? You have not Slen. I am not a-hungry, I thank you, forsooth: The Book of Riddles about you, have you? Go,sirrah, for all you are my man, go, wait upon
Sim. Book of Ruldles! why, did you put lend my cousin Shallow (Exit SIMPLE). A justice of it to Alice Shortcake upon Allhallowmas last, al peace sometime may be beholden to his friend fortnight afore Michaelmas?
for a man:-1 keep but three men and a boy Shal. Come, coz; come, coz; we stay for you. yet, till my mother be dead : But what though? A word with you, coz: marry this, coz: There yet I live like a poor gentleman born. is, as 'twere, a tender, a kind of tender, made afar Anne. I may not go in without your worship: off by Sir Hugh here ;-Do you understand they will not sit till you come. me?
Slen. I'faith, I'll eat nothing; I thank you as Slen, Ay, sir, you shall find me reasonable ; if much as thongh I did. it be so, I shall do that that is reason.
Anne. I pray you, sir, walk in. Shal. Nay, but understand me.
Slen. I had rather walk here, I thank you: I Sion. So I do, sir.
bruised my shin the other day with playing at livo. Give ear to his motions, master Slender: sword and dagger with a master at fence, three J will description the matter to you, if you be veneys for a dish of stewed prunes; and, by my capacity of it.
troth, I cannot abide the smell of hot meat Slen. Nay, I will do as my cousin Shallow says: since. Why do your dogs bark so? be there I pray you, pardon me; he's a justice of peace bears i’ the town? in his country, simple though I stund here. Anne. I think there are, sir; I heard them
Eva. But this is not the question; the ques- talked of. tion is concerning your marriage.
Slen. I love the sport well; but I shall as soon Shal. Ay, there's the point, sir.
quarrel at it as any man in England - You are Hiva. Marry, is it; the very point of it; to afraid if you see the bear loose, are you not? mistress Anue Page.
Anne. Ay, indeed, sir. Slen. Why, if it be so, I will marry her upon Slen. That's meat and drink to me now: I have any reasonable demands.
seen Sackerson loose twenty times; and have Eva. But can you affection the’oman? Let us taken him by the chain: but, I warrant you, the command to know that of your mouth, or of your women have so cried and shriek'd at it, that it lips; for divers philosophiers hold that the lips pass'd :--but women, indeed, cannot abide 'em; is parcel of the mouth ;-Therefore, precisely, they are very ill-favour'd rough things. can you carry your good will to the maid?
Re-enter Page. Shal. Cousin Abrahain Slender, can you love
Page. Come, gentle master Slender, come; her?
we stay for you. Slen. I hope, sir,- I will do as it shall become
Slen. I'll eat nothing; I thank you, sir. one that would do reason, Eva. Nay, Got's lords and his ladies, you must sir: come, come.
Page. By cock and pye, you shall not choose, speak possitable, if you can carry her your de
Slen. Nay, 'pray you lead the way. sires towards her.
Puye. Come on, sir. Shal. That you must : Will you, upon good Slen. Mistress Anne, yourself shall go first. dowry, marry her?
Anne. Not I, sir; pray yon, keep on. Sir. I will do a greater thing than that, upon
Slen. Truly, I will not go first, truly, la ; I your request, cousin, in any reason.
will not do you that wrong. Shal. Nay, conceive me, conceive me, sweet
Anne. I pray you, sir. coz; what I do is to pleasure you, coz: Can you
Slon. I'll rather be unmannerly than troublelove the maid?
some : you do yourself wrong, indeed, la. Slen. I will marry her, sir, at your request;
Exeunt. but if there be no great love in the beginning,
SCENE II. The same. yet heaven may decrease it upon better acquaintance, when we are married, and have more Enter Sir Hugh Evans and SIMPLE. occasion to know one another: I hope upon fa- Eva, Go your ways, and ask of Doctor Caius' miliarity will grow more contempt: but if yon house, which is the way: and there dwells one say, marry her, I will marry her, that I am freely mistress Quickly, which is in the manner of his dissolved, and dissoluitely.
nurse, or his dry nurse, or his cook, or his laun. Ern. It is a fery discretion answer; save the dry, his washer, and his wringer. faul' is in the 'ort dissolutely : the 'ort is, accord
Simp. Well, sir. ing to our meaning, resolutely ;-his meani Eva. Nay, it is petter yet :--give her this letis good.
ter; for it is a 'oman that altogether's acquaintShal. Ay, I think my cousin meant well.
ance with mistress Anne Page; and the letter is, Slen. Ay, or else I would I might be hanged, la. to desire and require ber to solicit your master's
desires to mistress Anne Page; I pray yon, be Re-enter ANNE PAGE.
gone. I will make an end of my dinner; there's Shal. Here comes fairmistress Anne:-Would pippins and cheese to come. Exeunt. I were young for your sake, mistress Anne ! Anne. The dinner is on the table; my father
SCENE III. A Room in the Garter Inn. desires your worship's company.
Enter Falstaff, Host, BARDOLPH, Nyu, PISTOLE Shal. I will wait on him fair mistress Anne.
and ROBIN. Ev. Od's plessed will! I will not be absence Fal. Mine host of the Garter at the grace.
Host. Wbat says my bully-rook? Speak seho. (Exeunt SHALLOW and Sir H. Evans. larly, and wisely.