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  • Title: The Merry Wives of Windsor (Quarto 1, 1602)

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

    A pleasant Comedie, of
    350Who euen now gaue me good eies too, examined
    my exteriors with such a greedy intentiõ, with the
    beames of her beautie, that it seemed as she would
    a scorged me vp like a burning glasse. Here is ano-
    ther Letter to her, shee beares the purse too. They
    shall be Excheckers to me, and Ile be cheaters to
    them both. They shall be my East and West Indies
    and Ile trade to them both. Heere beare thou this
    Letter to mistresse Foord. And thou this to mistresse
    Page. Weele thriue Lads, we will thriue.
    Pist. Shall I sir Panderowes of Troy become?
    And by my sword were steele.
    Then Lucifer take all.
    Nym. Here take your humor Letter againe,
    For my part, I will keepe the hauior
    Of reputation. And theres the humor of it.
    370Fal. Here firrha beare me these Letters titely,
    Saile like my pinnice to the golden shores:
    Hence slaues, avant. Vanish like hailstones, goe.
    Falstaffe will learne the humor of this age,
    375French thrift you rogue, my selfe and scirted Page.
    Exit Falstaffe,
    and the Boy.
    Pis. And art thou gone? Teaster Ile haue in pouch
    When thou shalt want, bace Phrygian Turke.
    380Nym. I haue operations in my head, which are
    humors of reuenge.
    Pis. Wilt thou reuenge?
    Nym. By Welkin and her Fairies.
    Pis. By wit, or sword?
    385Nym. With both the humors I will disclose this
    loue to Page. Ile poses him with Iallowes,