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Sir John Falstaff.
Mrs. Ann Page.
two Gentlemen, dwelling at Windsor.
Mrs. Page, Wife to Mr. Page.
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.
a Star-chamber matter of it: if he were
Slen. In the county of Gloucester, justice, of peace, and Coram.
Shal. Ay, cousin Slender, and Cuftal.run.
(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,
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.
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.