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MERRY WIVES

OF

W I N D S O R.

Dramatis Perfonæ.

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Sir John Falstaff.
Fenton, a young Gentleman of small Fortune, in Love with

Mrs. Ann Page.
Shallow, a Country Justice.
Slender, Coufin to Shallow, a foolish Country Squire.
Mr. Page,

two Gentlemen, dwelling at Windsor.
Mr. Ford,
Sir Hugh Evans, a Welch Parfon.
Dr. Caius, a French Doctor.
Host of the Garter, a merry talking Fellow.
Bardolph,
Piftol, Sharpers attending or Faltaf.
Nym,
Robin, Page to Falstaff.
William Page, a Boy, Son to Mr. Page.
Simple, Servant to Slender.
Rugby, Servant to Dr. Caius.

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Mrs. Page, Wife to Mr. Page.
Mrs. Ford, Wife to Mr. Ford.
Mrs. Ann Page, Daughter to Mr. Page, in love with Fentor-

Mrs. Quickly, Servant to Dr. Caius.

Servants to Page, Ford, &c.

SCENE, Windsor : and the Parts adjacent.

THE THE

(1) Merry Wives of Windfor.

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$CENE, before Page's House in Windsor.

Enter Justice Shallow, Slender, and Sir Hugh Eyans.

SHALLOW.
WIR Hugb, persuade me not; I will make

a Star-chamber matter of it: if he were
twenty Sir John Falstaffs, he shall not abuse
Robert Sballow, Erg;

Slen. In the county of Gloucester, justice, of peace, and Coram.

Shal. Ay, cousin Slender, and Cuftal.run.
Slen. Ay, and Rato-lorum too; and a gentleman born,

(1) The Merry Wives of Windsor.], Queen Elizabeth was so: well pleased with the admirable Character of Falfiaff in the two Parts of Henry IV. that, as Mr Rowe informs us, She com-manded Shakespeare to continue it for one Play more, and to shew him in Love. To this Command we owe the Merry Wives of Windjor: which, Mr. Cildon says, he was very well assured, our Author finished in a Fortnight. But this must be meant only of the first imperfect Sketch of this Comedy, an old Quarto Edition wliereof I have, printed in 1632; which says in the Title-page'

As it barb been divers times ačied barb before her Majesty and elfowbere,

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mafter parson, who writes himfelf Armigero ir'any bill warrant, quittance, or obligation ; Armigero.

Sbal. Ay, that I do, and have done any time these thiee hundred years.

Slen. All his fuccessors, gone before him, have don't ; and all his ancestors, that come after him, may ; they may give the dozen white luces in their Coat.

Shal. It is an old Coats

Eva. The dozen white lowses do become an old coat weli; it agrees well, passant; it is a familiar beast ca man, and dignifies love.

Shul. The luce is the fresh-filh, the falt-fish is an old coat.

Slen. I may quarter, coz.
Shal. You may by marrying.
Eva. It is marring, indeed, if he quarter ice
Sbal. Not a whit.

Eva. Yes, per-lady; if he has a quarter of your coat, there is but three skirts for yourself, in my simple conjedtures ; but that is all one; if Sir John Fulfitof have committed disparagements upon you, I am of the Church, and will be glad to do my benevolences to make atonements and compromises between you.

Sbal. The Council fhall hear it ; it is a riot.

Eva. It is not meet, the Council hear of a riot ; there is no fear of Got in a riot : the Council, look

you,

Thall defire to hear the fear of Got, and not to hear a riot ; take your

viza-ments in that. Sbal. Ha! o' my life, if I were young again, the Sword should end it.

Eva. It is petter that friends is the sword, and end it; and there is also another device in my prain, which, peradventure, prings good discretions with it: there is

Anne Page, (2) which is daughter to master George Page, which is pretty virginity.

- wbieb is Daugbrer a Mafter Thomas Page, ] The whole Set of Editions have negligently blundered one after another in Page's Christian-Name in this place ; tho' Mrs. Page calls him George afterwards in at least for several Palsager.

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