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Duke. The more degenerate and base art thou,
To make fuch means for her as thou haft done,
And leave her on fuch flight conditions.
Now, by the honour of my ancestry,
I do applaud thy fpirit, Valentine,

And think thee worthy of an emprefs' love:
Know then, I here forget all former griefs;
Cancel all grudge, repeal thee home again,
Plead a new ftate in thy unrival'd merit,
To which I thus fubfcribe: Sir Valentine,
Thou art a gentleman, and well deriv'd;
Take thou thy Silvia, for thou haft deserv'd her.
Val. I thank your Grace; the gift hath made me happy.
I now beseech you, for your daughter's fake,

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grant one boon that I fhall ask of you.

Duke. I grant it for thine own, whate'er it be. Val. These banish'd men, that I have kept withal, Are men endu'd with worthy qualities:

Forgive them what they have committed here,
And let them be recall'd from their exile.
They are reformed, civil, full of good,
And fit for great employment, worthy lord.

Duke. Thou haft prevail'd, I pardon them and thee;
Dispose of them, as thou know'ft their deferts.
Come, let us go; we will include all jars
With triumphs, mirth, and all folemnity.
Val. And as we walk along, I dare be bold
With our difcourfe to make your Grace to fmile.
What think you of this Page, my lord?

Duke. I think, the boy hath grace in him; he blushes.
Val. I warrant you, my lord, more grace than boy.
Duke. What mean you by that faying?

Val. Please you, I'll tell you as we pass along,
That you will wonder what hath fortuned.
Come, Protheus, 'tis your penance but to hear
The ftory of your loves difcovered:
That done, our day of marriage shall be
One feaft, one houfe, one mutual happiness.

yours,

[Exeunt omnes.

THE

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SIR John Falstaff.

Fenton, a young Gentleman of fmall Fortune, in Love with Mrs. Anne Page.

Shallow, a Country Justice.

Slender, Coufin to Shallow, a foolish Country Squire.

Mr. Page,}

Mr. Ford, S

two Gentlemen, dwelling at Windfor.

Sir Hugh Evans, a Welch Parfon.

Dr. Caius, a French Doctor.

Hoft of the Garter, a merry talking Fellow.

Bardolph,

Pistol,

Nym,

Sharpers, attending on Falstaff.

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. Anne Page, Daughter to Mr. Page, in Love with

Fenton.

Mrs. Quickly, Servant to Dr. Caius.

Servants to Page, Ford, &c.

SCENE, Windfor: and the Parts adjacent.

THE

(1) MERRY WIVES of Windfor.

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SCENE, before Page's Houfe in Windfor. Enter Juftice Shallow, Slender, and Sir Hugh Evans.

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SHALLOW.

IR Hugh, perfwade me not; I will make a Star-Chamber matter of it: if he were twenty Sir John Falftaffs, he fhall not abufe Robert Shallow, Efq;

Slen. In the county of Gloucester, justice

of peace, and Coram.

Shal. Ay, coufin Slender, and Guftalorum.

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(1) The Merry Wives of Windfor.] Queen Elizabeth was fo well pleas'd with the admirable Character of Falftaff in the Two Parts of Henry IV, that, as Mr. Rowe informs us, She commanded Shakespeare to continue it for one Play more, and to fhew him in Love. To this Command We owe this Comedy of the Merry Wives of Windfor: which, Mr. Gildon fays, he was very well affur'd, our Author finish'd in a Fortnight. But this must be meant only, as Mr. Pope has obferv'd, of the first imperfect Sketch of this Comedy, printed in 1619. The Notice of a Play, publifh'd feventeen years after Queen Elizabeth's Death, does no ways come in Support of the Tradition, that it was perform'd for that Princefs's Entertainment. But I have another old Quarto Edition of this Comedy, (which, I prefume, Mr. Pope never faw;) printed in 1602; which fays in the Title-page As it hath been diverse times acted both before her Majefty and elsewhere. The Reader will find the Title of this old Play at length, in my Catalogue of Editions prefix'd to this Work.

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