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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
    488.1Is very painfull.
    490Quic. Are you auised of that? I, I warrant you,
    490.1Take all, and paie all, all goe through my hands,
    And he is such a honest man, and he should chance
    To come home and finde a man here, we should
    403.1Haue no who with him. He is a parlowes man.
    Sim. Is he indeed?
    Quic. Is he quoth you? God keepe him abroad:
    Lord blesse me, who knocks there?
    For Gods sake step into the Counting-house,
    433.1While I goe see whose at doore.
    He steps into the Counting-house.
    What Iohn Rugby, Iohn,
    Are you come home sir alreadie?
    And she opens the doore.
    433.5Doct. I begar I be forget my oyntment,
    VVhere be Iohn Rugby?

    448.1
    Enter Iohn.
    450Rug. Here sir, do you call?
    Doc. I you be Iohn Rugbie, and you be Iack Rugby
    Goe run vp met your heeles, and bring away
    452.1De oyntment in de vindoe present:
    455Make hast Iohn Rugbie. O I am almost forget
    My simples in a boxe in de Counting-house:
    O Ieshu vat be here, a deuella, a deuella?
    460My Rapier Iohn Rugby, Vat be you, vat make
    You in my Counting-house?
    458.1I tinck you be a teefe.
    Quic. Ieshu blesse me, we are all vndone.
    Sim. O Lord sir no: I am no theefe.
    I am a Seruingman :
    My