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Qu'ay j'oublie? dere is some simples in my closet, dat I will not for the varld I shall leave behind.
Quic, Ah me! he'll find the young man there, and be mad.
Caius. O diable, diable ! vat is in my closet? villaine, Larron! Rugby, my rapier.
[Pulls Simple out of the closet.
Caius. Vat shall de honest man do in my closet ? dere is no honest man dat shall come in my closet.
Quic. I befcech you, be not so flegmatick; hear the truth of it. He came of an errand to me from parfon Hugh.
Sim. To desire this honelt gentlewoman, your maid, to speak a good word to mistress Ann Page for my master in the way of marriage,
Quic. This is all, indeeu-la; but I'll never put my finger in the fire, and need not.
Coils. Sir Hugh fend-a you? Rugby, baillez me some paper: tarry you a little while.
Quic. I am glad he is so quiet: if he had been thoroughly moved, you should have heard him so loud, and so melancholy :--but notwithstanding, man, I'll do for your master what good I can : and the very yea and the no is, the French Doctor my master. I may call him my master, look you, for I keep his house; and I wash, wring, brew, bake, scour, dress meat and drink, make the beds, and do all myself.
Sim. 'Tis a great charge to come under one body's hand.
Quic. Are you avis'd o' that? you shall find it a great charge: aud to be up early, and down late :
but notwithstanding (to tell you in your ear, I would have no words of it) my master himself is in love with mistress Ann Page : but, notwithstanding that, I know Ann's mind- -that's neither here nor there.
Caius. You jack’nape, give-a dis letter to Sir Hugh; by gar, it is a fhallenge : I vill cut his throat in de park, and I vill teach a scurvy jack-a-nape priest to meddle or make you may be gone; it is not good you tarry here: by gar, I will cut all his two stones ; by gar, he shall not have a stone to trow at
[Exit Simple. Quic. Alas, he speaks but for his friend.
Caius. It is no matter’a for dat: do you not tell-a me, dat I shall have Ann Page for myself ? by gar, I vill kill de jack prieft; and I have appointed mine host of de Jarterre to measure our weapon : by gar, I vill myself have Ann Page.
Quic. Sir, the maid loves you, and all shall be well: we must give folks leave to prate ; what, the goujere!
Caius. Rugby, come to the court vit me ;-by gar, if I have not Ann Page, I shall turn your head out of my door: follow my heels, Rugby.
[Ex. Caius and Rugby. Quic. You shall have An fools-head of your own. No, I know Ann's mind for that: never a woman in Windsor knows more of Ann's mind than I do; nor can do more than I do with her, I thank heaven.
Fent. (Within.] Who's within there, hoa ? Quic. Who's there, I trow? come near the house, pray you:
Enter Mr. Fenton. Fent. How now, good woman; how dost thou ?
Quic. The better that it pleases your good worship to ask.
Fent. What news ? how does pretty mistress Ann? Quic, In truth, Sir, and she is pretty, and honest,
and gentle ; and one that is your friend, I can tell you that by the way, I praise heaven for it.
Fent. Shall I do any good, think'st thou ? shall I
my suit ?
Quic. Troth, Sir, all is in his hands above: but notwithstanding, master Fenton, I'll be sworn on a book, she loves you :-have not your worship a wart above your eye?
Fent. Yes, marry, have I ; what of that?
Quic. Well, thereby hangs a tale ; good faith, it is such another Nan; but, I detest, an honest maid as ever broke bread :-we had an hour's talk of that wart :- I shall never laugh but in that maid's company - But, indeed, she is given too much to allicholly and musing : but for you -Well - go
Fent. Well, I shall see her to-day : hold, there's money for thee ; let me have thy voice in behalf : if thou feeft her before me, commend me
Quic. Will I ? ay, faith, that we will : and I will tell your worship more of the wart the next time we have confidence, and of other wooers. Fent. Well, farewell; I am in great hafte now.
[Exit. Quic. Farewell to your worship.- Truly, an honest gentleman; but Ann loves him not; I know Ann's mind as well as another does.-Out upon't! what have I forgot ?
Before Page's house.
day-time of my beauty, and am I now a subject for them ? Let me see:
Ask me no reason why I love you ; for ' though love use reason for his precisian, be admits him not for bis counsellor : you are not young, no more am I; go to then, there's sympathy : you are merry, so am I ; ha! ha! then there's more fympathy : you love sack, and so do I; would you desire better sympathy ? let it suffice thee, mistress Page ( at the least if the love of a soldier can suffice) that I love thee. I will not say, pity me, 'tis not a soldier-like phrase; but I say, love me : By me
—though love use reason for his precisian, he admits him not for his counsellor :-) This is obfcure ; but the meaning is, though love permit reason to tell what is fit to be done, he seldom follows its advice. -Dy precisan, is meant one who pretends to a more than ordinary degree of virtue and fanctity. On which account they gave this name to the puritans of that time. So Osborne-Conform their mode, words, and looks to these PRE
And Maine, in his City Match,
I did commend
WARBURTON. precisan, ] Of this word I do not see any meaning that is very apposite to the present intention. Perhaps Falstaff faid, Though love use reason as his physician, he admits him not for his counsellor. This will be plain sense. Ak not the reason of my love; the bufiness of reason is not to aslift love, but to cure it. There may however be this meaning in the present reading. Though love, when he would submit to regulation, may use reason as his precisan, or director in nice cases, yet when he is only eager to attain his end, he takes not reason for bis counsellor. JOHNSON,
Thine own true knight,
John Falstaff. What a Herod of Jewry is this? O wicked, wicked world! one that is well nigh worn to pieces with age, to shew himself a young gallant ! What an unweigh'd behaviour has this Flemish drunkard pick'd (with the devil's name) out of my conversation, that he dares in this manner afsay me? Why, he hath not been thrice in ny company! What should I say to him ?-? I was then frugal of my mirth—heaven forgive me!-Why, I'll exhibit 3 a bill in the parliament for the putting down of men. How shall
2--I was then frugal of my mirth, &c.] By breaking this speech into exclamations, the text may stand; but I once thought it must be read, If I was not then frugal of my mirth.
JOHNSON. -a bill in the parliament for the putting down of men.-] What, Mrs. Page put down the whole species, Unius ob noxam, for a single offender's trespass ? Don't be so unreasonable in your anger. But 'tis a false charge against you.
I am persuaded, a short monosyllable is dropped out, which, once restored, would qualify the matter. We must necessarily readfor the putting down of fat men. Mrs. Ford says in the very ensuing scene, I mall think the worse of fat men, as long as I have an eye, &c. And in the old quartos, Mrs. Page, so soon as The has read the letter, says, Well, I shall truf fat men the worse, while I live, for his fake : and he is called the fat, knight, the greasy knight, by the women, throughout the play. THEOB.
- I'll exhibit a bill in parliament for putting down of MEN.) Mr. Theobald says, we must necessarily read for putting down of fat men. But how is the matter mended ? or the thought made lefs ridiculous ? Shakespeare wrote for the putting down of MUM, i. e. the fattening liquor so called. So Fletcher in his Wild Goose Chace : “ What a cold I have over my stomach, “ would I had some MUM.” This is truly humorous, and agrees with the character she had just hefore given him of Flemiji drunkard. But the greatest confirmation of this conjecture is the allufion words, in question, bear to a matter then pub