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Page. I am glad to see your worships well: I thank

you
for

my venison, master Shallow. Shal. Master Page, I am glad to see you; Much good do it your good heart! I wish'd your venison better; it was ill kill'd:~How doth good mistress Page ?—and I love you always with my heart, la; with my

heart. Page. Sir, I thank you. Shal. Sir, I thank you ; by yea and no, I do. Page. I am glad to see you, good master Slender.

Slen. How does your fallow greyhound, sir ? I heard say, he was out-run on Cotsale 6.

Page. It could not be judg'd, sir.
Slen. You'll not confess, you'll not confess.

Shal. That he will not ;—'tis your fault, 'tis your fault :—'Tis a good dog.

Page. A cur, sir.

Shal. Sir, he's a good dog, and a fair dog; Can there be more said ? he is good, and fair.— Is sir John Falstaff here?

Page. Sir, he is within; and I would I could do a good office between you.

Eva. It is spoke as a christians ought to speak.
Shal. He hath wrong'd me, master Page.
Page. Sir, he doth in some sort confess it.

Shal. If it be confess'd, it is not redress’d; is not that so, master Page ? He hath wrong'd me ;-indeed, he hath ;-at a word, he hath ;-believe me ;-Robert Shallow, Esquire, saith, he is wrong'd.

Page. Here comes sir John.

Enter Sir John FALSTAFF, BARDOLPH, Nym, and

Pistol.

Fal. Now, master Shallow; you'll complain of me to the king?

Shal. Knight, you have beaten my men, kill'd my deer, and broke open my lodge.

Fal. But not kiss'd your keeper's daughter ?
Shal. Tut, a pin! this shall be answer'd.

Fal. I will answer it straight ;-I have done all this :-That is now answer'd.

Shal. The Council shall know this.

Fal. 'Twere better for you, if it were known in counsel : you'll be laugh’d at.

Eva. Pauca verba, sir John; good worts.

Fal. Good worts?! good cabbage.- Slender, I broke your head; What matter have you against me? Slen. Marry, sir, I have matter in my

head against you; and against your coney-catching ® rascals, Bardolph, Nym, and Pistol. They carried me to the tavern, and made me drunk, and afterwards pick'd my pocket.

Bar. You Banbury cheese o !
Slen. Ay, it is no matter.
Pist. How now, Mephostophilus 10 ?
Slen. Ay, it is no matter.

Nym. Slice, I say ! pauca, pauca; slice! that's my humour.

Slen. Where's Simple, my man ?- can you tell, cousin ?

Eva. Peace : I pray you ! Now let us understand : There is three umpires in this matter, as I understand: that is-master Page, fidelicet, master Page ; and there is myself, fidelicet, myself; and the three party is, lastly and finally, mine host of the Garter.

Page. We three, to hear it, and end it between them.

Eva. Fery goot: I will make a prief of it in my note-book; and we will afterwards 'ork upon the cause, with as great discreetly as we can.

Fal. Pistol,
Pist. He hears with ears.

Eva. The tevil and his tam ! what phrase is this, He hears with ear? Why, it is affectations.

Fal. Pistol, did you pick master Slender's purse ?

Slen. Ay, by these gloves, did he, (or I would I might never come in mine own great chamber again else,) of seven groats in mill-sixpences, and two Edward shovel-boards", that cost me two shilling and two pence a-piece of Yead Miller, by these gloves.

Fal. Is this true, Pistol ?
Eva. No; it is false, if it is a pick-purse.
Pist. Ha, thou mountain-foreigner !-Sir John, and

master mine,
I combat challenge of this latten bilbo 12 :
Word of denial in thy labras here 13 ;
Word of denial : froth and scum, thou liest.

Slen. By these gloves, then 'twas he.

Nym. Be avis'd, sir, and pass good humours: I will say, marry trap '4, with you, if you run the nuthook's 15 humour on me; that is the very note of it.

Slen. By this hat, then he in the red face had it : for though I cannot remember what I did when you made me drunk, yet I am not altogether an ass.

Fal. What say you, Scarlet and John 16 ?

Bard. Why, sir, for my part, I say, the gentleman had drunk himself out of his five sentences.

Eva. It is his five senses : fie, what the ignorance is!

Bard. And being fap"?, sir, was, as they say, cashier'd; and so conclusions pass’d the careires 18.

Slen. Ay, you spake in Latin then too; but 'tis no matter : I'll ne'er be drunk whilst I live again, but in honest, civil, godly company, for this trick: if I be drunk, I'll be drunk with those that have the fear of God, and not with drunken knaves.

Eva. So Got ’udge me, that is a virtuous mind.

Fal. You hear all these matters denied, gentlemen; you hear it. Enter Mistress Anne Page with wine; Mistress FORD

and Mistress Page following. Page. Nay, daughter, carry the wine in; we'll drink within.

[Exit Anne Page. Slen. O heaven! this is mistress Anne Page. Page. How now, mistress Ford ?

Fal. Mistress Ford, by my troth, you are very well met : by your leave, good mistress.

(kissing her.

Page. Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome :Come, we have a hot venison pasty to dinner ; come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness. [E.reunt all but Shallow, Slender and Evans.

Slen. I had rather than forty shillings, I had my book of Songs and Sonnets here :

Enter SIMPLE.

you?

How now, Simple! where have you been? I must wait on myself, must I ? You have not The Book of Riddles about

you,

have
Sim. Book of Riddles ! why, did you not lend it to
Alice Shortcake upon Allhallowmas last, a fortnight
afore Michaelmas ?
Shal. Come, coz; come, coz; we stay

for
you.

A word with you, coz: marry, this, coz; There is, as 'twere, a tender, a kind of tender, made afar off by sir Hugh here ;-Do you understand me?

Slen. Ay, sir, you shall find me reasonable ; if it be so, I shall do that that is reason.

Shal. Nay, but understand me.
Slen. So I do, sir.

Eva. Give ear to his motions, master Slender : I will description the matter to you, if you be capacity of it.

Slen. Nay, I will do as my cousin Shallow says: I pray you, pardon me; he's a justice of peace in his country, simple though I stand here.

Eva. But that is not the question; the question is concerning your marriage.

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