The Merry Wives of Windsor
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Enter Falstaffe, Mistris Page, Mistris Ford, Euans, Anne Page, Fairies, Page, Enter Falstaff disguised as Herne, with a buck's MW V.v.1.1
Ford, Quickly, Slender, Fenton, Caius, Pistoll.head upon him MW V.v.1.2
Fal. FALSTAFF 
The Windsor-bell hath stroke twelue: theThe Windsor bell hath struck twelve; the MW V.v.1
Minute drawes-on: Now the hot-bloodied-Gods assist minute draws on. Now, the hot-blooded gods assisthot-blooded (adj.)
old form: hot-bloodied
lecherous, passionate, lustful
MW V.v.2
me: / Remember Ioue, thou was't a Bull for thy Europa,me! Remember, Jove, thou wast a bull for thy Europa.Jove (n.)[pron: johv] alternative name for Jupiter, the Roman supreme godMW V.v.3
Europa (n.)[pron: yu'rohpa] daughter of Agenor; abducted by Jove in the shape of a bull, who then swam with her on his back to Crete
Loue set on thy hornes. O powerfull Loue, that in someLove set on thy horns. O powerful love, that in some MW V.v.4
respects makes a Beast a Man: in som other, a Man arespects makes a beast a man, in some other a man a MW V.v.5
beast. / You were also (Iupiter) a Swan, for the loue of beast. You were also, Jupiter, a swan for the love ofJupiter, Jove (n.)Roman supreme god; associated with the heavens and the weather, especially thunder and lightning; husband of JunoMW V.v.6
Leda: O omnipotent Loue, how nere the God drew to theLeda. O omnipotent love, how near the god drew to theLeda (n.)[pron: 'leeda] daughter of Thestius; loved by Jove, who turned himself into a swan to seduce herMW V.v.7
complexion of a Goose: a fault done first in the forme of acomplexion of a goose! A fault done first in the form of acomplexion (n.)appearance, look, colouringMW V.v.8
fault (n.)sin, offence, crime
beast, (O Ioue, a beastly fault:) and then another fault,beast – O Jove, a beastly fault – and then another fault MW V.v.9
in the semblance of a Fowle, thinke on't (Ioue) a fowle-fault.in the semblance of a fowl – think on't, Jove, a foul fault! MW V.v.10
When Gods haue hot backes, what shall poore men do?When gods have hot backs, what shall poor men do?hot (adj.)lecherous, lustful, hot-bloodedMW V.v.11
For me, I am heere a Windsor Stagge, and the fattest (IFor me, I am here a Windsor stag, and the fattest, I MW V.v.12
thinke) i'th Forrest. Send me a coole rut-time (Ioue) or whothink, i'th'forest. Send me a cool rut-time, Jove, or whorut-time (n.)mating season, time for sexMW V.v.13
can blame me to pisse my Tallow? Who comes heere?can blame me to piss my tallow? Who comes here?tallow (n.)fatMW V.v.14
my Doe?My doe? MW V.v.15
Enter Mistress Ford and Mistress Page MW V.v.16
M. Ford. MISTRESS FORD 
Sir Iohn? Art thou there (my Deere?) / MySir John! Art thou there, my deer, my MW V.v.16
male-Deere?male deer? MW V.v.17
Fal. FALSTAFF 
My Doe, with the blacke Scut? Let the skie raineMy doe with the black scut! Let the sky rainscut (n.)short tail [as of a deer]MW V.v.18
Potatoes: let it thunder, to the tune of Greenesleeues,potatoes. Let it thunder to the tune of ‘ Greensleeves,’potato (n.)sweet potato, yam [regarded as an aphrodisiac]MW V.v.19
haile-kissing Comfits, and snow Eringoes: Let there comehail kissing-comfits, and snow eringoes. Let there comeeringo (n.)candied sweetmeat from the sea holly [eryngium] believed to be an aphrodisiacMW V.v.20
kissing-comfit (n.)perfumed sweetmeat for sweetening the breath
a tempest of prouocation, I will shelter mee heere.a tempest of provocation, I will shelter me here.provocation (n.)
old form: prouocation
erotic stimulation, inciting lustful thoughts
MW V.v.21
He embraces her MW V.v.22
M. Ford. MISTRESS FORD 
Mistris Page is come with meMistress Page is come with me, MW V.v.22
(sweet hart.)sweetheart. MW V.v.23
Fal. FALSTAFF 
Diuide me like a brib'd-Bucke, each a Haunch:Divide me like a bribed buck, each a haunch.bribed (adj.)
old form: brib'd
stolen, thieved, poached
MW V.v.24
I will keepe my sides to my selfe, my shoulders for theI will keep my sides to myself, my shoulders for the MW V.v.25
fellow of this walke; and my hornes I bequeath yourfellow of this walk, and my horns I bequeath yourwalk (n.)
old form: walke
area of a forest under the supervision of a forester
MW V.v.26
fellow (n.)keeper, warden, forester
husbands. Am I a Woodman, ha? Speake I like Hernehusbands. Am I a woodman, ha? Speak I like Hernewoodman (n.)hunter, huntsmanMW V.v.27
the Hunter? Why, now is Cupid a child of conscience,the Hunter? Why, now is Cupid a child of conscience;Cupid (n.)[pron: 'kyoopid] Roman god of love, son of Venus and Mercury; a winged, blindfolded boy with curved bow and arrowsMW V.v.28
he makes restitution. As I am a true spirit, welcome.he makes restitution. As I am a true spirit, welcome! MW V.v.29
A noise of horns MW V.v.30
M. Page. MISTRESS PAGE 
Alas, what noise?Alas, what noise? MW V.v.30
M. Ford. MISTRESS FORD 
Heauen forgiue our sinnes.Heaven forgive our sins! MW V.v.31
Fal. FALSTAFF 
What should this be?What should this be? MW V.v.32
M. Ford. M. Page. MISTRESS FORD and MISTRESS PAGE 
Away, away.Away, away! MW V.v.33
They run off MW V.v.33
Fal. FALSTAFF 
I thinke the diuell wil not haue me damn'd, / Least I think the devil will not have me damned, lest MW V.v.34
the oyle that's in me should set hell on fire; / He wouldthe oil that's in me should set hell on fire. He would MW V.v.35
neuer else crosse me thus.never else cross me thus.cross (v.)
old form: crosse
prevent, thwart, forestall
MW V.v.36
Enter Fairies.Enter Evans as a Satyr, Mistress Quickly as the MW V.v.37.1
Queen of Fairies, Pistol as Hobgoblin, Anne Page and MW V.v.37.2
boys as Fairies. They carry tapers MW V.v.37.3
Qui. MISTRESS QUICKLY as Queen of Fairies 
Fairies blacke, gray, greene, and white,Fairies black, grey, green, and white, MW V.v.37
You Moone-shine reuellers, and shades of night.You moonshine revellers, and shades of night,shade (n.)shadow, phantom, spiritMW V.v.38
You Orphan heires of fixed destiny,You orphan heirs of fixèd destiny, MW V.v.39
Attend your office, and your quality.Attend your office and your quality.attend (v.)see to, look after, apply oneself toMW V.v.40
office (n.)task, service, duty, responsibility
quality (n.)accomplishment, capacity, ability
Crier Hob-goblyn, make the Fairy Oyes.Crier Hobgoblin, make the fairy oyes.oyes, oyez (n.)hear ye [town crier's ‘Oyez’]MW V.v.41
Pist. PISTOL as Hobgoblin 
Elues, list your names: Silence you aiery toyes.Elves, list your names; silence, you airy toys.toy (n.)
old form: toyes
flimsy being, insubstantial thing
MW V.v.42
Cricket, to Windsor-chimnies shalt thou leape;Cricket, to Windsor chimneys shalt thou leap.chimney (n.)fireplace, hearthMW V.v.43
Where fires thou find'st vnrak'd, and hearths vnswept,Where fires thou findest unraked and hearths unswept, MW V.v.44
There pinch the Maids as blew as Bill-berry,There pinch the maids as blue as bilberry. MW V.v.45
Our radiant Queene, hates Sluts, and Sluttery.Our radiant Queen hates sluts and sluttery.sluttery (n.)sluttishness, squalor, filthinessMW V.v.46
Fal. FALSTAFF 
They are Fairies, he that speaks to them shall die,They are fairies; he that speaks to them shall die. MW V.v.47
Ile winke, and couch: No man their workes must eie.I'll wink and couch; no man their works must eye.couch (v.)conceal, hide, lie hiddenMW V.v.48
wink (v.)
old form: winke
shut one's eyes
He lies down upon his face MW V.v.49
Eu. EVANS as a Satyr 
Wher's Bede? Go you, and where you find a maidWhere's Bead? Go you, and where you find a maid MW V.v.49
That ere she sleepe has thrice her prayers said,That, ere she sleep, has thrice her prayers said, MW V.v.50
Raise vp the Organs of her fantasie,Raise up the organs of her fantasy,raise up (v.)
old form: vp
stimulate, stir up, excite
MW V.v.51
fantasy (n.)
old form: fantasie
imagination, inventiveness, mental creativity
Sleepe she as sound as carelesse infancie,Sleep she as sound as careless infancy.careless (adj.)
old form: carelesse
carefree, unconcerned, untroubled
MW V.v.52
But those as sleepe, and thinke not on their sins,But those as sleep and think not on their sins, MW V.v.53
Pinch them armes, legs, backes, shoulders, sides, & shins.Pinch them, arms, legs, backs, shoulders, sides, and shins. MW V.v.54
Qu. MISTRESS QUICKLY as Queen of Fairies 
About, about:About, about!about (adv.)about your business, into actionMW V.v.55
Search Windsor Castle (Elues) within, and out.Search Windsor Castle, elves, within and out. MW V.v.56
Strew good lucke (Ouphes) on euery sacred roome,Strew good luck, ouphes, on every sacred room,ouph, oaf (n.)
old form: Ouphes
elf, elfen child, changeling
MW V.v.57
That it may stand till the perpetuall doome,That it may stand till the perpetual doomdoom (n.)
old form: doome
final destiny, deciding fate, death and destruction
MW V.v.58
In state as wholsome, as in state 'tis fit,In state as wholesome as in state 'tis fit,wholesome (adj.)
old form: wholsome
sound, firm, in good condition
MW V.v.59
Worthy the Owner, and the Owner it.Worthy the owner and the owner it. MW V.v.60
The seuerall Chaires of Order, looke you scowreThe several chairs of order look you scourchair (n.)
old form: Chaires
place of authority
MW V.v.61
order (n.)order of knighthood
several (adj.)
old form: seuerall
separate, different, distinct
look (v.)
old form: looke
take care, see, be sure
With iuyce of Balme; and euery precious flowre,With juice of balm and every precious flower.balm (n.)
old form: Balme
aromatic plant, fragrant herb
MW V.v.62
Each faire Instalment, Coate, and seu'rall Crest,Each fair instalment, coat, and several crest,coat (n.)
old form: Coate
coat-of-arms
MW V.v.63
crest (n.)heraldic device placed above the shield and helmet in a coat-of-arms
instalment (n.)stall, seat where someone is installed
With loyall Blazon, euermore be blest.With loyal blazon, evermore be blest!blazon (n.)armorial bearing, banner showing a coat-of-armsMW V.v.64
And Nightly-meadow-Fairies, looke you singAnd nightly, meadow-fairies, look you sing,nightly (adv.)at night, during the nightMW V.v.65
Like to the Garters-Compasse, in a ringLike to the Garter's compass, in a ring.compass (n.)
old form: Compasse
circlet, encircling band
MW V.v.66
Th' expressure that it beares: Greene let it be,Th'expressure that it bears, green let it be,expressure (n.)expression., picture, imageMW V.v.67
Mote fertile-fresh then all the Field to see:More fertile-fresh than all the field to see; MW V.v.68
And, Hony Soit Qui Mal-y-Pence, writeAnd Honi soit qui mal y pense write MW V.v.69
In Emrold-tuffes, Flowres purple, blew, and white,In emerald tufts, flowers purple, blue, and white,tuft (n.)
old form: tuffes
bunch, cluster
MW V.v.70
Like Saphire-pearle, and rich embroiderie,Like sapphire, pearl, and rich embroidery, MW V.v.71
Buckled below faire Knight-hoods bending knee;Buckled below fair knighthood's bending knee. MW V.v.72
Fairies vse Flowres for their characterie.Fairies use flowers for their charactery.charactery (n.)
old form: characterie
writing, letters, expression
MW V.v.73
Away, disperse: But till 'tis one a clocke,Away, disperse! But till 'tis one o'clock, MW V.v.74
Our Dance of Custome, round about the OkeOur dance of custom round about the oakcustom (n.)
old form: Custome
habit, usual practice, customary usage
MW V.v.75
Of Herne the Hunter, let vs not forget.Of Herne the Hunter let us not forget. MW V.v.76
Euan. EVANS as a Satyr 
Pray you lock hand in hand: your selues in order (set:Pray you, lock hand in hand; yourselves in order set; MW V.v.77
And twenty glow-wormes shall our Lanthornes beeAnd twenty glow-worms shall our lanterns be, MW V.v.78
To guide our Measure round about the Tree.To guide our measure round about the tree.measure (n.)slow stately dance, graceful movementMW V.v.79
But stay, I smell a man of middle earth.But stay – I smell a man of middle earth.middle earth (n.)earth, seen as midway between heaven and hellMW V.v.80
Fal. FALSTAFF 
Heauens defend me from that Welsh Fairy,Heavens defend me from that Welsh fairy, MW V.v.81
Least he transforme me to a peece of Cheese.lest he transform me to a piece of cheese. MW V.v.82
Pist. PISTOL as Hobgoblin 
Vilde worme, thou wast ore-look'd euen in thy birth.Vile worm, thou wast o'erlooked even in thy birth.overlook (v.)
old form: ore-look'd
bewitch, subject to magic
MW V.v.83
Qu. MISTRESS QUICKLY as Queen of Fairies 
With Triall-fire touch me his finger end:With trial-fire touch me his finger-end.trial-fire (n.)
old form: Triall-fire
testing fire, ordeal by fire
MW V.v.84
If he be chaste, the flame will backe descendIf he be chaste, the flame will back descend MW V.v.85
And turne him to no paine: but if he start,And turn him to no pain; but if he start,start (v.)jump, recoil, flinchMW V.v.86
turn (v.)
old form: turne
bring, put
It is the flesh of a corrupted hart.It is the flesh of a corrupted heart. MW V.v.87
Pist. PISTOL as Hobgoblin 
A triall, come.A trial, come. MW V.v.88.1
Eua. EVANS as Satyr 
Come: will this wood take fire?Come, will this wood take fire? MW V.v.88.2
They burn him with their tapers MW V.v.89
Fal. FALSTAFF 
Oh, oh, oh.O, O, O! MW V.v.89
Qui. MISTRESS QUICKLY as Queen of Fairies 
Corrupt, corrupt, and tainted in desire.Corrupt, corrupt, and tainted in desire! MW V.v.90
About him (Fairies) sing a scornfull rime,About him, fairies, sing a scornful rhyme, MW V.v.91
And as you trip, still pinch him to your time.And, as you trip, still pinch him to your time.still (adv.)constantly, always, continuallyMW V.v.92
The Song.THE SONGfantasy (n.)
old form: phantasie
ardent desire, amorous fancy
MW V.v.93
Fie on sinnefull phantasie: Fie on sinful fantasy! MW V.v.93
Fie on Lust, and Luxurie:Fie on lust and luxury!luxury (n.)
old form: Luxurie
lust, lechery, lasciviousness
MW V.v.94
Lust is but a bloudy fire,Lust is but a bloody fire,bloody (adj.)
old form: bloudy
in the blood, in the veins
MW V.v.95
kindled with vnchaste desire,Kindled with unchaste desire, MW V.v.96
Fed in heart whose flames aspire,Fed in heart, whose flames aspire,aspire (v.)ascend, rise up, climb [to]MW V.v.97
As thoughts do blow them higher and higher.As thoughts do blow them, higher and higher. MW V.v.98
Pinch him (Fairies) mutually: Pinch him, fairies, mutually,mutually (adv.)all together, jointlyMW V.v.99
Pinch him for his villanie.Pinch him for his villainy. MW V.v.100
Pinch him, and burne him, and turne him about,Pinch him, and burn him, and turn him about, MW V.v.101
Till Candles, & Star-light, & Moone-shine be out.Till candles and starlight and moonshine be out. MW V.v.102
During this song they pinch Falstaff; and Doctor MW V.v.103.1
Caius comes one way, and steals away a boy in green; MW V.v.103.2
Slender another way, and takes off a boy in white; MW V.v.103.3
and Fenton comes, and steals away Anne Page. A noise MW V.v.103.4
of hunting is made within; and all the Fairies run MW V.v.103.5
away. Falstaff pulls off his buck's head, and rises up. MW V.v.103.6
Enter Page, Ford, Mistress Page, and Mistress Ford MW V.v.103.7
Page. PAGE 
Nay do not flye, I thinke we haue watcht you now:Nay, do not fly; I think we have watched you now.watch (v.)
old form: watcht
keep in view, catch in the act
MW V.v.103
Will none but Herne the Hunter serue your turne?Will none but Herne the Hunter serve your turn? MW V.v.104
M. Page. MISTRESS PAGE 
I pray you come, hold vp the iest no higher.I pray you, come, hold up the jest no higher.higher (adv.)further, longerMW V.v.105
hold up (v.)
old form: vp
continue, keep going, carry on
Now (good Sir Iohn) how like you Windsor wiues?Now, good Sir John, how like you Windsor wives? MW V.v.106
She points to the hornsyoke (n.)
old form: yoakes
horn, antler
MW V.v.107
See you these husband? Do not these faire yoakesSee you these, husband? Do not these fair yokes MW V.v.107
Become the Forrest better then the Towne?Become the forest better than the town?become (v.)be fitting, befit, be appropriate toMW V.v.108
Ford. FORD 
Now Sir, whose a Cuckold now? Mr Broome, Now, sir, who's a cuckold now? Master Brook,cuckold (n.)[mocking name] man with an unfaithful wifeMW V.v.109
Falstaffes a Knaue, a Cuckoldly knaue, / Heere are hisFalstaff's a knave, a cuckoldy knave. Here are hiscuckoldy (adj.)
old form: Cuckoldly
cuckolded
MW V.v.110
knave (n.)
old form: Knaue
scoundrel, rascal, rogue
hornes Master Broome: / And Master Broome, he hathhorns, Master Brook. And, Master Brook, he hath MW V.v.111
enioyed nothing of Fords, but his Buck-basket, hisenjoyed nothing of Ford's but his buck-basket, hisbuck-basket (n.)basket for dirty laundryMW V.v.112
cudgell, and twenty pounds of money, which must becudgel, and twenty pounds of money, which must be MW V.v.113
paid to Mr Broome, his horses are arrested for it, paid to Master Brook. His horses are arrested for it,arrest (v.)impound, confiscate, appropriateMW V.v.114
Mr Broome.Master Brook. MW V.v.115
M. Ford. MISTRESS FORD 
Sir Iohn, we haue had ill lucke: wee couldSir John, we have had ill luck; we couldill (adj.)bad, adverse, unfavourableMW V.v.116
neuer meete: I will neuer take you for my Loue againe, butnever meet. I will never take you for my love again; butmeet (v.)
old form: meete
come together for love
MW V.v.117
I will alwayes count you my Deere.I will always count you my deer. MW V.v.118
Fal. FALSTAFF 
I do begin to perceiue that I am made an Asse.I do begin to perceive that I am made an ass. MW V.v.119
Ford. FORD 
I, and an Oxe too: both the proofes are extant. Ay, and an ox too. Both the proofs are extant.ox (n.)
old form: Oxe
fool, dupe
MW V.v.120
Fal. FALSTAFF 
And these are not Fairies: / I was three or foure timesAnd these are not fairies? I was three or four MW V.v.121
in the thought they were not Fairies, and yet thetimes in the thought they were not fairies; and yet the MW V.v.122
guiltinesse of my minde, the sodaine surprize of myguiltiness of my mind, the sudden surprise of mysurprise (n.)
old form: surprize
taking by surprise, catching unawares
MW V.v.123
powers, droue the grossenesse of the foppery into apowers, drove the grossness of the foppery into apower (n.)faculty, function, abilityMW V.v.124
grossness (n.)
old form: grossenesse
flagrant nature, obviousness, enormity
foppery (n.)foolish prank, hoax, deceit
receiu'd beleefe, in despight of the teeth of all rime andreceived belief, in despite of the teeth of all rhyme anddespite of, in (prep.)
old form: despight
in spite of
MW V.v.125
received (adj.)
old form: receiu'd
definite, absolute, positive
reason, that they were Fairies. See now how wit may bereason, that they were fairies. See now how wit may be MW V.v.126
made a Iacke-a-Lent, when 'tis vpon ill imployment.made a Jack-a-Lent when 'tis upon ill employment.ill (adj.)bad, adverse, unfavourableMW V.v.127
wit (n.)intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability
Jack-a-Lent (n.)
old form: Iacke-a-Lent
[jocular; male figure used as an Aunt Sally during Lent] puppet, poppet, doll
Euans. EVANS 
Sir Iohn Falstaffe, serue Got, and leaue your desires,Sir John Falstaff, serve Got and leave your desires, MW V.v.128
and Fairies will not pinse you.and fairies will not pinse you. MW V.v.129
Ford. FORD 
Well said Fairy Hugh.Well said, fairy Hugh. MW V.v.130
Euans. EVANS 
And leaue you your iealouzies too, I pray you.And leave your jealousies too, I pray you. MW V.v.131
Ford. FORD 
I will neuer mistrust my wife againe, till thou art ableI will never mistrust my wife again till thou art able MW V.v.132
to woo her in good English.to woo her in good English. MW V.v.133
Fal. FALSTAFF 
Haue I laid my braine in the Sun, and dri'de it,Have I laid my brain in the sun and dried it, MW V.v.134
that it wants matter to preuent so grosse ore-reaching asthat it wants matter to prevent so gross o'erreaching aswant (v.)lack, need, be withoutMW V.v.135
matter (n.)means, capacity, wherewithal
overreaching (n.)
old form: ore-reaching
deception, exaggeration, fabrication
gross (adj.)
old form: grosse
plain, striking, evident, obvious
this? Am I ridden with a Welch Goate too? Shal I hauethis? Am I ridden with a Welsh goat too? Shall I haveride (v.), past forms rid, riddencontrol, dominate, tyrannizeMW V.v.136
a Coxcombe of Frize? Tis time I were choak'd with aa coxcomb of frieze? 'Tis time I were choked with acoxcomb (n.)
old form: Coxcombe
fool's cap [with a crest like a cock's crest]
MW V.v.137
frieze (n.)
old form: Frize
type of rough woollen cloth
peece of toasted Cheese.piece of toasted cheese. MW V.v.138
Eu. EVANS 
Seese is not good to giue putter; your belly is alSeese is not good to give putter. Your belly is all MW V.v.139
putter.putter. MW V.v.140
Fal. FALSTAFF 
Seese, and Putter? Haue I liu'd to stand at‘ Seese ’ and ‘ putter ’? Have I lived to stand at MW V.v.141
the taunt of one that makes Fritters of English? This isthe taunt of one that makes fritters of English? This is MW V.v.142
enough to be the decay of lust and late-walking throughenough to be the decay of lust and late-walking throughdecay (n.)destruction, downfall, endingMW V.v.143
late-walking (n.)going out with whores late at night
the Realme.the realm. MW V.v.144
Mist. Page. MISTRESS PAGE 
Why Sir Iohn, do you thinke though weeWhy, Sir John, do you think, though we MW V.v.145
would haue thrust vertue out of our hearts by the headwould have thrust virtue out of our hearts by the head MW V.v.146
and shoulders, and haue giuen our selues without scrupleand shoulders, and have given ourselves without scruple MW V.v.147
to hell, that euer the deuill could haue made you ourto hell, that ever the devil could have made you our MW V.v.148
delight?delight? MW V.v.149
Ford. FORD 
What, a hodge-pudding? A bag of flax?What, a hodge-pudding? A bag of flax?hodge-pudding (n.)stuffing made of many ingredientsMW V.v.150
Mist. Page. MISTRESS PAGE 
A puft man?A puffed man?puffed (adj.)
old form: puft
increased, extended, stuffed
MW V.v.151
Page. PAGE 
Old, cold, wither'd, and of intollerable entrailes? Old, cold, withered, and of intolerable entrails?intolerable (adj.)
old form: intollerable
excessive, exorbitant, exceedingly great
MW V.v.152
Ford. FORD 
And one that is as slanderous as Sathan?And one that is as slanderous as Satan?Satan (n.)in Christian tradition, the DevilMW V.v.153
Page. PAGE 
And as poore as Iob?And as poor as Job?Job (n.)[pron: johb] in the Bible, a patriarch, seen as a symbol of destitution and patienceMW V.v.154
Ford. FORD 
And as wicked as his wife?And as wicked as his wife? MW V.v.155
Euan. EVANS 
And giuen to Fornications, and to Tauernes, andAnd given to fornications, and to taverns, and MW V.v.156
Sacke, and Wine, and Metheglins, and to drinkings and sack, and wine, and metheglins, and to drinkings, andmetheglin (n.)[mi'theglin] strong spiced Welsh meadMW V.v.157
swearings, and starings? Pribles and prables?swearings and starings, pribbles and prabbles?pribbles and prabbles
old form: Pribles, prables
vain chatter and silly quarrelling
MW V.v.158
staring (n.)insulting stare, glaring, gawping
Fal. FALSTAFF 
Well, I am your Theame: you haue the start ofWell, I am your theme. You have the start oftheme (n.)
old form: Theame
subject, subject-matter, topic of discourse
MW V.v.159
start (n.)advantage, edge, upper hand
me, I am deiected: I am not able to answer the Welchme. I am dejected. I am not able to answer the Welshdejected (adj.)
old form: deiected
cast down, abased, humbled
MW V.v.160
Flannell, Ignorance it selfe is a plummet ore me, vse me asflannel. Ignorance itself is a plummet o'er me. Use me asplummet (n.)weighted line used for measuring the depth of waterMW V.v.161
you will.you will. MW V.v.162
Ford. FORD 
Marry Sir, wee'l bring you to Windsor to oneMarry, sir, we'll bring you to Windsor, to onemarry (int.)[exclamation] by MaryMW V.v.163
Mr Broome, that you haue cozon'd of money, to whomMaster Brook, that you have cozened of money, to whomcozen (v.)
old form: cozon'd
cheat, dupe, trick, deceive
MW V.v.164
you should haue bin a Pander: ouer and aboue thatyou should have been a pander. Over and above thatpander, pandar (n.)pimp, procurer, go-betweenMW V.v.165
you haue suffer'd, I thinke, to repay that money will be ayou have suffered, I think to repay that money will be a MW V.v.166
biting affliction.biting affliction. MW V.v.167
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Yet be cheerefull Knight: thou shalt eat a possetYet be cheerful, knight. Thou shalt eat a possetposset (n.)restorative hot drink, made of milk, liquor, and other ingredientsMW V.v.168
to night at my house, wher I will desire thee to laugh attonight at my house, where I will desire thee to laugh at MW V.v.169
my wife, that now laughes at thee: Tell her Mr Slender my wife that now laughs at thee. Tell her Master Slender MW V.v.170
hath married her daughter.hath married her daughter. MW V.v.171
Mist. Page. MISTRESS PAGE  
(aside) MW V.v.172
Doctors doubt that; / If Anne Page Doctors doubt that. If Anne Page MW V.v.172
be my daughter, she is (by this) Doctour Caius wife.be my daughter, she is, by this, Doctor Caius's wife. MW V.v.173
Enter Slender MW V.v.174
Slen. SLENDER 
Whoa hoe, hoe, Father Page.Whoa ho, ho, father Page! MW V.v.174
Page. PAGE 
Sonne? How now? How now Sonne, Haue youSon, how now? How now, son? Have youdispatch, despatch (v.)
old form: dispatch'd
deal with promptly, settle, get [something] done quickly
MW V.v.175
dispatch'd?dispatched? MW V.v.176
Slen. SLENDER 
Dispatch'd? Ile make the best in GlostershireDispatched? I'll make the best in Gloucestershire MW V.v.177
know on't: would I were hang'd la, else.know on't. Would I were hanged, la, else!la (int.)indeedMW V.v.178
Page. PAGE 
Of what sonne?Of what, son? MW V.v.179
Slen. SLENDER 
I came yonder at Eaton to marry Mistris AnneI came yonder at Eton to marry Mistress Anne MW V.v.180
Page, and she's a great lubberly boy. If it had not benePage, and she's a great lubberly boy. If it had not beenlubberly (n.)clumsy, loutish, oafishMW V.v.181
i'th Church, I would haue swing'd him, or hee shouldi'th'church, I would have swinged him, or he shouldswing (v.)
old form: swing'd
beat, thrash, wallop
MW V.v.182
haue swing'd me. If I did not thinke it had beene Annehave swinged me. If I did not think it had been Anne MW V.v.183
Page, would I might neuer stirre, and 'tis a Post-mastersPage, would I might never stir! And 'tis a postmaster's MW V.v.184
Boy.boy. MW V.v.185
Page. PAGE 
Vpon my life then, you tooke the wrong.Upon my life, then, you took the wrong.wrong (n.)wrong course of actionMW V.v.186
Slen. SLENDER 
What neede you tell me that? I think so, when IWhat need you tell me that? I think so, when I MW V.v.187
tooke a Boy for a Girle: If I had bene married to him, (for alltook a boy for a girl. If I had been married to him, for all MW V.v.188
he was in womans apparrell) I would not haue had him.he was in woman's apparel, I would not have had him.apparel (n.)
old form: apparrell
clothes, clothing, dress
MW V.v.189
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Why this is your owne folly, / Did not I tell you howWhy, this is your own folly. Did not I tell you how MW V.v.190
you should know my daughter, / By her garments?you should know my daughter by her garments? MW V.v.191
Slen. SLENDER 
I went to her in greene, and cried Mum, andI went to her in white, and cried ‘ mum,’ and MW V.v.192
she cride budget, as Anne and I had appointed, andshe cried ‘ budget,’ as Anne and I had appointed. And MW V.v.193
yet it was not Anne, but a Post-masters boy.yet it was not Anne, but a postmaster's boy. MW V.v.194
Mist. Page. MISTRESS PAGE 
Good George be not angry, I knew ofGood George, be not angry. I knew of MW V.v.195
your purpose: turn'd my daughter into white, andyour purpose, turned my daughter into green; andpurpose (n.)intention, aim, planMW V.v.196
indeede she is now with the Doctor at the Deanrie, andindeed she is now with the Doctor at the deanery, and MW V.v.197
there married.there married. MW V.v.198
Enter Doctor Caiuscozen (v.)
old form: cozoned
cheat, dupe, trick, deceive
MW V.v.199
Cai. CAIUS 
Ver is Mistris Page: by gar I am cozoned, I haVere is Mistress Page? By gar, I am cozened. I ha' MW V.v.199
married oon Garsoon, a boy; oon pesant, by gar. A boy, it ismarried un garçon, a boy; un paysan, by gar, a boy. It isgar (n.)French pronunciation of ‘God’MW V.v.200
not An Page, by gar, I am cozened.not Anne Page. By gar, I am cozened. MW V.v.201
M. Page. MISTRESS PAGE 
Why? did you take her in white?Why? Did you take her in green? MW V.v.202
Cai. CAIUS 
I bee gar, and 'tis a boy: be gar, Ile raise allAy, by gar, and 'tis a boy. By gar, I'll raise allraise (v.)rouse, stir up, call to armsMW V.v.203
Windsor.Windsor. MW V.v.204
Exit MW V.v.204
Ford. FORD 
This is strange: Who hath got the right Anne?This is strange. Who hath got the right Anne? MW V.v.205
Page. PAGE 
My heart misgiues me, here comes Mr Fenton.My heart misgives me. Here comes Master Fenton.misgive (v.)
old form: misgiues
make one feel uneasy, cause one to be apprehensive
MW V.v.206
Enter Fenton and Anne Page MW V.v.207
How now Mr Fenton?How now, Master Fenton? MW V.v.207
Anne. ANNE 
Pardon good father, good my mother pardonPardon, good father. Good my mother, pardon. MW V.v.208
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Now Mistris: / How chance you went not with Now, mistress, how chance you went not withchance (v.)happen [to], transpire, come aboutMW V.v.209
Mr Slender?Master Slender? MW V.v.210
M. Page. MISTRESS PAGE 
Why went you not with Mr Doctor, maid?Why went you not with Master Doctor, maid? MW V.v.211
Fen. FENTON 
You do amaze her: heare the truth of it,You do amaze her. Hear the truth of it.amaze (v.)confuse, perplex, bewilderMW V.v.212
You would haue married her most shamefully,You would have married her most shamefully MW V.v.213
Where there was no proportion held in loue:Where there was no proportion held in love.proportion (n.)weighing up, appropriate measuringMW V.v.214
The truth is, she and I (long since contracted)The truth is, she and I, long since contracted,contract (v.)betrothe, engageMW V.v.215
Are now so sure that nothing can dissolue vs:Are now so sure that nothing can dissolve us.dissolve (v.)
old form: dissolue
separate, part, break up
MW V.v.216
sure (adj.)betrothed, joined, bound
Th'offence is holy, that she hath committed,Th'offence is holy that she hath committed, MW V.v.217
And this deceit looses the name of craft,And this deceit loses the name of craft,craft (n.)cunning, deceit, guileMW V.v.218
deceit (n.)deception, stratagem, trick
Of disobedience, or vnduteous title,Of disobedience, or unduteous title,title (n.)name, label, designationMW V.v.219
unduteous (adj.)
old form: vnduteous
undutiful, unfilial, disloyal
Since therein she doth euitate and shunSince therein she doth evitate and shunevitate (v.)
old form: euitate
avoid, avert, get away from
MW V.v.220
A thousand irreligious cursed houresA thousand irreligious cursed hours MW V.v.221
Which forced marriage would haue brought vpon her.Which forcèd marriage would have brought upon her. MW V.v.222
Ford. FORD 
Stand not amaz'd, here is no remedie:Stand not amazed. Here is no remedy.amazed (adj.)
old form: amaz'd
dumbfounded, stunned, thunderstruck, overwhelmed
MW V.v.223
stand (v.)continue, remain, wait, stay put
In Loue, the heauens themselues do guide the state,In love the heavens themselves do guide the state. MW V.v.224
Money buyes Lands, and wiues are sold by fate.Money buys lands, and wives are sold by fate. MW V.v.225
Fal. FALSTAFF 
I am glad, though you haue tane a special I am glad, though you have ta'en a special MW V.v.226
stand to strike at me, that your Arrow hath glanc'd.stand to strike at me, that your arrow hath glanced.stand (n.)[hunting] standing-place, hiding-placeMW V.v.227
glance (v.)
old form: glanc'd
miss the mark, be ineffective
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Well, what remedy? Fenton, heauen giue theeWell, what remedy? Fenton, heaven give thee joy! MW V.v.228
ioy, what cannot be eschew'd, must be embrac'd.What cannot be eschewed must be embraced.eschew (v.)
old form: eschew'd
avoid, escape, prevent
MW V.v.229
Fal. FALSTAFF 
When night-dogges run, all sorts of Deere are chac'd.When night-dogs run, all sorts of deer are chased. MW V.v.230
Mist. Page. MISTRESS PAGE 
Well, I will muse no further: Mr Fenton,Well, I will muse no further. Master Fenton,muse (v.)grumble, moanMW V.v.231
Heauen giue you many, many merry dayes:Heaven give you many, many merry days. MW V.v.232
Good husband, let vs euery one go home,Good husband, let us every one go home, MW V.v.233
And laugh this sport ore by a Countrie fire,And laugh this sport o'er by a country fire;sport (n.)recreation, amusement, entertainmentMW V.v.234
Sir Iohn and all.Sir John and all. MW V.v.235.1
Ford. FORD 
Let it be so (Sir Iohn:)Let it be so. Sir John, MW V.v.235.2
To Master Broome, you yet shall hold your word,To Master Brook you yet shall hold your word, MW V.v.236
For he, to night, shall lye with Mistris Ford: For he tonight shall lie with Mistress Ford. MW V.v.237
ExeuntExeunt MW V.v.237
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