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  • Title: The Merry Wives of Windsor (Folio 1, 1623)

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    Author: William Shakespeare
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    The Merry Wives of Windsor (Folio 1, 1623)

    Scena Secunda.
    Enter Page, Shallow, Slender.
    Page. Come, come: wee'll couch i'th Castle-ditch,
    till we see the light of our Fairies. Remember son Slen-
    2435der, my
    Slen. I forsooth, I haue spoke with her, & we haue
    a nay-word, how to know one another. I come to her
    in white, and cry Mum; she cries Budget, and by that
    we know one another.
    2440Shal. That's good too: But what needes either your
    Mum, or her Budget? The white will decipher her well
    enough. It hath strooke ten a'clocke.
    Page. The night is darke, Light and Spirits will be-
    come it wel: Heauen prosper our sport. No man means
    2445euill but the deuill, and we shal know him by his hornes.
    Lets away: follow me.