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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
    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,