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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.
Piftol, Sharpers attending or Faltaf.
Robin, Page to Falstaff.
William Page, a Boy, Son to Mr. Page.
Simple, Servant to Slender.
Rugby, Servant to Dr. Caius.


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.


(1) Merry Wives of Windfor.

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$CENE, before Page's House in Windsor.

Enter Justice Shallow, Slender, and Sir Hugh Eyans.

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


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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