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Author: William Shakespeare
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The Merry Wives of Windsor (Quarto 1, 1602)

A pleasant Comedie, of
Me more wit then I learned this 7. yeare,
And I paid nothing for it,
But was paid for my learning.
Enter Bardolfe.
2280Bar. O Lord sir cousonage, plaine cousonage.
Host. Why man, where be my horses? where be
2281.1the Germanes?
Bar. Rid away with your horses:
After I came beyond Maidenhead,
They flung me in a slow of myre, & away they ran.
Enter Doctor.
Doc. Where be my Host de gartyre?
2300Host. O here sir in perplexitie.
Doc. I cannot tell vad be dad,
But begar I will tell you van ting,
Dear be a Garmaine Duke come to de Court,
2303.1Has cosened all de host of Branford,
And Redding: begar I tell you for good will,
Ha, ha, mine Host, am I euen met you?
Enter Sir Hugh.
2290Sir Hu. Where is mine Host of the gartyr?
Now my Host, I would desire you looke you now,
2292.1To haue a care of your entertainments,
For there is three sorts of cosen garmombles,
Is cosen all the Host of Maidenhead & Readings,
2295 Now you are an honest man, and a scuruy beg-
2295.1gerly lowsie knaue beside:
And can point wrong places,
I tell you for good will, grate why mine Host.
Host. I am cosened Hugh, and coy Bardolfe,
Sweet knight assist me, I am cosened.
Fal. Would all the worell were cosened for me,