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Jul. Because, methinks, that she lov'd you as But since she did neglect her looking-glass, well
And thre: ber sun-expelling mask away,
The air hath starv'd the roses in her cheeks,
Sil. How tall was she?
Pro. Well, give her that ring, and therewithal When all our pageants of delight were play'd,
claim the promise for her heavenly picture. And I was irimi'd in madam Julia's gown, Your message done, hie huine unto my chamber, Which serv'd me as fit, by all men's judgment, Where thou shalt find me sad and solitary. As if the garment had been made for me ;
[Erit Proteus. Therefore, I know, she is about my height. Jul. How many women would do such a mes. And, at that time, I made her weep a good, sage?
For I did play a lamentable part:
Which I so lively acted with iny tears,
Wept bitterly; and, would I might be dead,
If l in thought felt not ber very sorrow !
1 weep myself, to think upon thy words.
[Exit Silvia. But cannot be uue servant to my master, Jul. And she shall thank you for t, if e'er you Unless I prove false traitor to myself.
Since she respects my mistress' love so much.
Alas, how love can trifle with itself!
Here is her picture: Let me see ; ! think,
If that be all the difference in his love,
Her eyes are gray as glass; and so are mine: Jul. Ay, madair.
Ay, but her forehead's low, and mine's as high. Su. Ursula, bring my picture there.
What should it be, that he respects in her,
[Pirture brought. But I can make respective in myself, Go, give your master this: tell him from int, If this fond love were not a blinded god ? One Julia, that his changing thoughts forget, Come, shadow, come, and take this shallow up Would better fit his chamber than this shadow. For 'tis thy rival. O thou senseless form, Jul. Madam, please you peruse this letter. Thou shalt be worshipp'd, kiss'd, lov'd, and Pardon me, madam ; I have unadvis'd
ador'd; Deliver'd you a paper that I should not ; And, were there sense in this idolatry, This is the letter to your lady ship.
My substance should be statue in thy stead. Sil. I pray thee let me look on that again. l'll use thee kindly for thy mistress' sake, Jul. It may not be; good madain, pardou me. That usd me so; or else, by Jove I vow, Sil. There, hold.
I should have scratch'd out your unseeing eyes I will not look upon your master's lines:
To make my master out of love with thee. I know, they are stult'd with protestations,
[Erit And full of new-found oaths, which he will break As easily as I do tear his paper.
SCENE 1. The same.
Egl. The sun begins to gild the western sky;
That Silvia, at friar Patrick's cell should meet nie
She will not fail; for lovers break no: hours,
Unless it be to come before their time ;
Sil. Amen, amen! go on, good Eglamour ! That I have wept a hundred several times. Out at the postern by the abbey wall; Sil. Belike, she thinks that Proteus hath for. I fear I am attended vy some spies. sook her.
Egl. Fear not: the forest is not three leagues off; Jul. I think, she doth, and that's her cause of It'we recover that, we are sure enough. (E.reuni sorrow
SCENE II. The same. A Room in the Duke's Sil. Is she not passing fair ?
Enter Thurio, Proteus, and Julia.
Pro. 0, sir, I find her milder than she was; 2 Out. Come, bring her away.
3 Out. Being nimble-footed, he hath
outrun us, Thu. l'll wear a boot, to inake it somewhat Bat Moyzes and Valerius follow him. rounder.
Go thou with her to the west end of the wood, Pro. But love will not be spurr'd to what it There is our captain: we'll follow him that's fled: loaths.
The thicket is beset, he cannot 'scape.
1 Out. Come, I must bring you to our captain's Pro. She says it is a fair one.
And will not use a woman lawlessly.
[Ereunt. Jul. "Tis true; such pearls as put out ladies'
SCENE IV. Another part of the Forest. eyes; For I had rather wink than look on them.
Enter Valentine. (Aside.
Val. How 112e doth breed a habit in a man! Thu. How likes she my discourse 1
This shadowy desert, aufrequented woods, Pro. III, when you talk of war.
I better brook than fourishing peopled towns Thu. Bit well, when I discourse of love and Here can I sit alone, insen of any, feace?
And, to the nightingale's complaining notes, Jul. But better indeed, when you hold your Tune my distresses, and record my woes. peace.
(Aside. O thou that dost inhabit in my breast, Thu. What says she to my valour ?
Leave not the mansion so long tenantless; Pro. O, sir, she makes no doubt of that. Lest, growing ruinous, the building fall, Jul. She needs not, when she knows it cow. And leave no memory of what it was! ardice.
(Aside. Repair me with thy presence, Silvia ; Thu. What says she to my birth?
Thou gentle nymphi, cherish thy forlorn swain ! Pro. That you are well deriv'd.
What halloing, and what stir, is this to-day? Jul. True, from a gentleman to a fool. [ Aside. These are my mates, that make their wills their Thu. Considers she my possessions ?
Have some unhappy passenger in chase :
They love me well; yet I have much to do
(Aside. Withdraw thee, Valentine ; who's this comes Pro. That they are out by lease.
(Steps aside. Jul Pre comes the duke.
Enter Proteus, Silvia, and Julia.
Pro. Madam, this service I have done for you,
To hazard life, and rescue you from him Which of you saw Sir Eglamour of late ? That would have forced your honour and your Thu. Not l.
love. Pro. Nor I.
Vouchsafe me, for my meed, but one fair look ; Duke. Saw you my daughter ?
A smaller boon than this I cannot beg, Pro. Neither.
And less than this, I'm sure, you cannot give. Duke. Why, then she's fled unto that peasant Val. How like a dream is this I see and hear! Valentine ;
Love, lend me patience to forbear awhile. And Eglamour is in her company,
[Aside. Tis true, for friar Laurence met them both, Sil. O miserable, unhappy that I am! As he in penance wander'd through the forest ;! Pro. Unhappy were you, madam, ere I came; Him he knew well, and guess'd that it was she : But, by my coming, I have made you happy. Bat, being mask'd, he was not sure of it: Sil. By thy approach thou mak'st me most Besides, she did intend confession
unhapy. A: Patrick's cell this even: and there she was not: Jul. And me, when he approacheth to your These likelihood's confirm her flight from hence. presence.
[Aside. Therefore, I pray you, stand not to discourse, Sil. Had I been seized by a hungry lion, Bar mount you presently; and meet with me I woull ha e been a breakfast to the beast, l'p on the rising of the mountain foot
Rather than have false Proteus rescue me. That leads wwards Mantua, whither they are heaven be judge. :ow I love Valentine, fled:
Whose life's as tender to me as my soul; Despatch, sweet gentlemen, and follow me. And full a much (for more there cannot be)
(Exit. I do detest fulse perjurd Proteus : Thu. Why, this it is to be a peevish girl, Therefore hegone, solicit me no more. That fies her fortune when it follow's her:
Pro. What dangerous action, stood it next to I'll after: more to be reveng'd on Eglamonr, death, Than for the love of reckless Silvia. (Erit. Would I not undergo for one calm look? Pro. And I will follow, more for Silvia's love, 0, 'tis the curse in love, and still approv'd, Than hate of Eglamour that goes with her. When women cannot love where they're belov'd
| Erit. SII. When Proteus cannot love where he's beJul And I will follow more to cross that love,
Jov'd. han hate for Silvia, that is gone for love. Read over Julia's heart, thy first best love,
[Erit. For whose dear sakethou didst then rend thy faith SCENE 111. Frontiers of Mantna. The Into a thousand oaths; and all those oaths Forest.
Descended into perjury, to love me.
Thou hast no faith leit now, unless thou hadst Enter Silvia, and Out-laws.
two, Out. Corne, come ;
And that's far worse than none; better have Be patient, we must bring you to our captain. Sil. A thousand more mischances than this one Than plural faith, which is too much by ones Have learo'd me how to brook this patiently. Thou counterfeit is thy truc triend!
In love, Inconstancy falls oft, ere it begins : Who respects friend ?
What is in Silvia's face, but I may spy Sil.
All men but Proteus. More fresh in Julia's, with a constant eye? Pro. Nay, if the gentle spirit of moving words Val. Corne, come, a hand from either; Can no way change yon to a milder form, Let me be blest 10 make this happy ciose ? I'll woo you like a soldier, at arms' end ; 'Twere pity two such friends should be long And love you 'gainst the nature of love, force you. foes. Sil. O heaven!
Pro. Bear witness, heaven, I have my wish for Pro. I'll force thee to yield to my desire. ever. Val. Ruffian, let go that rude uncivil touch; Jul. And I mine. Thou friend of an ill fashion. Pro.
Enter Out-laws, with Duke and Thurio. Val. Thou common friend, that's without faith Out. A prize, a prize, a prize! or love,
Val. Forbear, forbear, 1 say; it is my lord in (For such is a friend now,) treacherous man! duke. hou hast beguil'd my hopes ; nought but mine Your grace is welcome to a man disgrac'd, eye
Sir Valentine !
Vai. Thurio, give back, or else ernbrace tny Who should be trusted now, when one's right death; hand
Come not within the measure of my wrath : Is perjur'd to the bosom? Proteus,
Do not name Silvia thine : if once again, I am sorry I must never trust thee more, Verona shall not hold thee. Here she stands, But count the world a stranger for thy sake. Take but possession of her with a touch ;The private wound is deepesi : O time most ac- I dare thee but to breathe upon my love.
Thu. Sir Valentine, I care not for her, l;
Pro. My shame and guilt confound me, His body for a girl that loves him not:
Duke. The more degenerate and base art thon, I tender it here; I do as truly suffer,
To make such means for her as thou hast done, As e'er I did commit.
And leave her on such slight conditions.Val. Then I am paid;
Now, by the honour of my ancestry, And once again I do receive thee honest : I do applaud thy spirit, Valentine, Who by repentance is not satisfied,
And think thee worthy of an empress' love. Is nor of heaven, nor earth ; for these are pleas'd; Know then, I here forget all former griefs, By penitence th? Eternal's wrath's appeas'd :- Cancel all grudge, repeat thee home again. And, that my love may appear plain and free, Plead a new state in ihy unrivall d merit, All that was mine in Silvia, I give thee. To which I thus subscribe, -Sir Valentine, Jul. O me, unhappy!
|Faints. Thou art a gentleman, and well deriv'd: Pro. Look to the boy.
Take thou thy Silvia, for thou hast deserv'd her. Val. Why, boy ! why, wag! how now? what Val. I thank your grace; the gift hath made is the matter ? Look up ; speak.
me happy. Jul. O good sir, my master charg'd me to de- I now beseech you, for your danghter's sake, liver a ring to Madarn Silvia; which, out of my To grant one boon that I shall ask of you. neglect, was never done.
Dike. I grant it for thine own, whale'er it he. Pro. Where is that ring, boy?
Val. These banish'd men, that I have kept Jul. Here 'tis : this is it. (Giver a ring withal, Pro. How ! let me see : why this is the ring 1 Are men endued with worthy qualities; gave to Julia.
Forgive them what they have committed here, Jul. O, cry you mercy, sir, ! have mistook ; And let them be recalled from their exile : this is the ring you sent to Siivia.
They are reformed, civil, full of good, [Shows another ring: Au fit for great employment: worthy lord, Pro. But, how cam'st thou by this ring? at Duke. Thou hast prevail'd: 1 pardon them, my depart, I gave this into Julia.
and thee; Jul. And Julia herself did give it me; Dispose of them, as thou know'st their deserts. And Julia herself hath brought it hither. Come, let us go, we will include all jars Pro. How! Julia !
With triumphs, inirth, and rare solemnity. Jul. Behold her that gave aim to all thy oaths, Val. And, as we walk along, I dare be bola And entertain'd them deeply in her heart: With our tiscourse to make your grace to sinile: How oft hast thou with perjury cleft the root ? What think you of this page, my lord ? O Proteus, let this habit make thee blush ! Duke. I think the boy hath grace in him; he Be thou asham'd, that I have took upon me
blushes. Such an immodest raiment; if shame live Val. I warrant you, my lord; more grace than In a disguise of love :
boy. It is the lesser blot modesty finds,
Duke. What mean you by that saying? Women to change their shapes, than men their Val. Please you, I'll tell you as we pass along. minds.
That you will wonder what hath fortuned. Pro. Than men their minds? 'tis true! O hea - Come, Proteus, 'tis your penance but to hear ven ! were man
The story of your loves discovered: But constant, he were perfect : that one error That done, om day of marriage shall be yours: Fills him with faults; makes him run through all One feast, one house, one mutual happiness, the sins:
Followers of Faistaff.
ROBIN, Page to Falstaff.
SIMPLE, Servant to Slender.
MRS. QUICKLY, Servant to Dr. Caius.
Servants to Page, Ford, &c.
we leave our pribbles and prabbles, and desire SCENE I. Windsor. Before Page's House. a marriage between master Abraham and misEnter Justice Shallow, Slender, and Sir Ilugh Shal. Did her grandsire leave her seven hunEvans.
dred pounds ? Shal. Sir Hugh, persuade me not: I will make Eva. Ay, and her father is make her a petter a Star-chamber matter of it: if he were twenty penny. Sir John Falstaffs, he shali not abuse Robert Shal. I know the young gentlewoman; she has Shallow, esquire.
good gifts. Slen. In the county of Gloster, justice of peace, Eva. Seven hundred pounds, and possibilities, and coram.
is good gifts. Shal. Ay, cousin Slender, and Cust-alorum. Shal. Well, let ns see honest master Page: Is Slen. Ay, and ratolorum too; and a gentleman Falstaff there? porn, master parson; who writes himself armi- Eva. Shall I tell you a lie? 1 do despise a liar, gero; in any bill, warrant, quittance, or obliga- as 1 do despise one that is false; or, as I despise tion, armigero.
one that is not true. The knight, Sir John, is Shal. Ay, that I do; and have done any time there; and, I beseech yon, be ruled by your wellthese three hundred years.
willers. I will peat the door [knocks) for master Slen. All his successors, gone before him, have Page. What, hoa ! Got pless your house here! dope't; and all his ancestors, that come after
Page. Who's there?
Eva. Here is Got's plessing, and your friend, Fog. The dozen white louses do become an old and justice Shallow: and here young master coat well; it agrees well, passant: it is a familiar Slender; that, peradventure, shall tell you anoheust to man, and signifies-love.
ther tale, if maiters grows to your likings. Sral. The luce is the fresh fish; the salt fish is Page. I am glad to see your worships well: 1 an old coat.
thank you for my venison, master Shallow. Slen. I may quarter, coz?
Shal. Master Page, I am glad to see you ; much Shal. You may, by marrying.
good do it your good heart! I wished your veniEra. It is marring, indeed, if he quarter it. son better; it was ill kill'd :—How doth good Shal. Not a whit.
mistress Page ?-and I love you always with my Era. Yes, pe'r-lady; if he has a quarter of your heart, la ; with my heart. coat, there is but three skirts for yourself, in my Page. Sir, I thank you. simple conjectures: but that is all one: If Sir Shal. Sir, I thank you ; by yea and no, I do. John Falstaff have committed disparagements Page. I am glad to see you.good master Slender. Onto you, I am of the church, and will be gladl Slen. How does your fallow greyhound, sir ? to do my benevolence, to make atonements anu I heard say, he was ont-rm on Cotsale. compromises between you.
Page. It could not be judg'd, sir. Shal. The Council shall hear it; it is a riot. Slen. You'll not confess, you'll not confess. Eco It is not meet the Council hear a riot; Shal. That he will not; -'tis your fault, 'lis there is no fear of Got in a riot; the Council, your fault:- 'Tis a good dog. look you, shall desire to hear the fear of Got, Page. A cuir, sir. and not to hear a riot; take your vizaments in Shal. Sir, he's a good dog, and a fair dog; Can that.
there be more said ? he is good, and fair. ---Is Sir Shal. Ha! o my life, if I were young again, John Falstaff here? the sword should end it.
Page. Sir, he is within; and I would, I could Ede. It is petter that friends is the sword, and do a good office between you. end it: and there is also another device in my Eva. It is spoke as a Christians ought to speak. prain, which, peradventure, prings goot discre- Shal. He hath wrong'd me, master Page. tion with it: There is Anne Page, which is Page. Sir, he doth in some sort confess it. daaghter to master George Page, which is pretty Shal. If it be confess’d, it is not redress’d : is not virginity:
that so, master Page ? He hath wrong'd me; inSlen. Mistress Anne Page? She has brown hair, deed he hath ;-at a word, he hath ;-believe me; and speaks sınall like a woman.
-Robert Shallow, esquire, saith he is wrong'd. Er. It is that sery person for all the 'orld, as Page. Here comes Sir John. just as you will desire; and seven hundred pounds of moneys, and gold, and silver, is her grandsire, Enter Sir John Falstaff, Bardolph, Nym, and
Pistol. upon his death's bed (Got deliver to a joyful resurrections !) give, when she is able to overtakel Fal. Now, master Shallow, you'll complain of eventeen years old; it were a goot motion, if me to the king?
Shal. Knight, yon have beaten my men, killed | Enter Mistress Anne Page, with wine; Mistress my deer, and broke open my lodge.
Ford and Mistress Page following. Fal. But not kiss'd your keeper's danghter?
Page. Nay, daughter, carry the wine in; we'll Shal. Tnt, a pin! this shall be answer'd.
(Erit Anne Page Fal. I will answer it straight ;-I have done
Slen. O heaven! this is mistress Anne Page. all this :That is now answer'd.
Page. How now, mistress Ford ?
Fil. Mistress Ford, by my troth, you are very in counsel : you'll be langh'd at. Eva. Pauca verba, Sir John, gond worts.
Page. Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome :Fal. Good worts ! 'good cabbage.-Slender, I broke your head : What matter have you against Come, we have a hot venison pasty
come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down ngainst you; and againät your coney-catching sten. I had rather than forty shillings I had my Slen. Marry, sir, I have matter in my head all unkindness.
[E.reunt all but Shal. Slender, and Evans. rascals, Bartolph, Nym, and Pistol. They car: book of Songs and Sonnets here: ried me to the tavern, and made me drunk, and afterwards picked my pocket.
Enter Simple. Bar. You banbury cheese!
How now, Simple? where have you been ? I must Slen. Ay, it is no matter.
wait on myself, must I ? You have not The Book Pist. How now, Mephostophilus ?
of Riddles about you, have you? Slen. Ay, it is no matter
Sin. Book of Riddles / why. did yon not lend Nym. Slice, I say ! pauca, pauca; slice! that's it to Alice Shortcake upon Allhallow mas last, & iny humour.
fortnight afore Michaelmas ? Ślen. Where's Simple, my man ?-can you tell, Shal Come, coz; come, coz; we stay for yon. consin ?
A word with yon, coz; marry this, coz: There Eva. Peace; I pray you! Now let ns under is, as 'twere, a tender, a kini of tender, made afar stand: There is three timpires in this matter, as off by Sir Hugh here :-Do you understamt me? I understand : That is-master Page. fidelicet, Slen. Ay, sir, vou sball find me reasonable; if master Page ; and there is myself, fidelicet, my- it be so, I shall do that that is reason. self: and the three party is, lastly, and finally, Shal. Nay, but understand me. mine host of the Garter:
Slen. So I do, sir. Page. We three, to wear it, and end it between Ern. Give ear to his motions, master Slender: them.
I will description the matter to you, if you be Eva. Fery goot: I will make a prief of it in canacity of it. my note-book; and we will afterwards'ork upon Slon. Nay, I will do as my cousin Shallow says: the cause with as great discreetly as we can. I pray yon, pardon me; he's a justice of peace Fal. Pistol,
in his country, simple thongh I stand here. Pist. He hears with ears.
Eva. But this is not the question; the question Eva. The tevil and his tam ; what phrase is is concerning yonr marringe. this, He hears with ear? Why, it is affectations. Shal. Ay, there's the point, sir.
Fal. Pistol, did you pick master Slender's Eva. Marry, is it; the very point of it ; to mis purse?
tress Anne Page. Slen. Ay, by these gloves, did he (or I woul, Slen. Why, if it he so, I will marry her upon . Inight never come into my own great chamber any reasonable demands. again else,) of seven yroats in mill-rixpences, Ern. But can yon affection the 'oman? Let its and two Edward shovel-lwards, that cost me two comunand to know that of your month, or of your shilling and twopence a-piece of Yead Miller, by lips; for divers philosophers hold that the lips is these gloves.
parcel of the month :- Therefore, precisely, can Fal. Is this true, Pistol ?
yon carry your good will to the maid ? Era. No; it is false, if it is a pick-purse. Shal. Cousin Abraham Slender, can you love Pist. Ha ! thou mountain-foreigner!-Sir John, her? and master mine,
Slen. I hope, sir, I will do as it shall become I combat challenge of this latten bilbo: one that would do reason. Word of denial in thy labras here;
Eon. Nay, Got's lorris and his ladies, you must Word of devial; froth and seum, thou liest. speak possitable, if you can carry her your de Slen. By these gloves, then, 'twas he.
sires towards her. Nym. De avised, sir, and pass good humour's; Shal. That you must : will you, upon good I will say, marry, trup, with you, if you run the dowry, marry her? nithook's humour on me; that is the very note Shen I will do a greater thing than that, upon of it.
your request, cousin, in any reason. Slen. By this hat, then he in the red face had it: Shal. Nav, conceive me, conceive me, sweet for though I cannot remember what I did when com; what I do is to pleasure you, coz : Can you you made me drunk, yet I am not altogether an lore the maid ?
Slen. I will marry her, sir, at your request ; but Fal. What say you, Scarlet and John ? if there be no great love in the beginning, yet Bard. Why, sir, for my part, I say, the gen. heavenmay decrease it upon better acquaintance, tleman had drunk himself out of his five sen. when we are married, and have more occasion tences.
To know one another: I hope mpon fainiliarity Eva. It is his five senses: fie, what the igno- will grow more contempt: but if you say, marry rance is!
her, I will marry her, that I am freely dissolved, Bard. And being fap, sir, was, as they say, ca- ani discolutely. shier'd ; and so conclusions pass'd the cureires. Slen. Ay, you spathe in Latin then too: bul'tis faul is in the 'ort dissolutely : the 'ort is, accord
Era. It is a fery discretion answer ; save the no matter: I'll ne'er be drunk whilst I live igen, ing to our meaning, resulutely ;-his meaning is but in honest, civil, godly company, for this good. trick: If I be drunk, I'll be drunk with those that
Shal. Ay, I think my cousin meant well. have the fear of God, and not with drunken Slen. Ay, or else I would I might be hanged, la. knaves. Eva. So Got 'udge me, that is a virtuons mind.
Re-enter Anne Page. Fal. You hear all these matters denied, gentle. Shal. Here comes fair mistress Anne :-Would men ; you hear it.
I were young for your sake, mistress Anne!