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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)

    Enter the Doctor.
    Mi. Pa. Now M. Doctor, sonne I hope you are.
    Doct. Sonne begar you be de ville voman,
    2651.10Begar I tinck to marry metres An, and begar
    Tis a whorson garson Iack boy.
    Mis. Pa. How a boy?
    Doct. I begar a boy.
    Pa. Nay be not angry wife, Ile tell thee true,
    2651.15It was my plot to deceiue thee so:
    And by this time your daughter's married
    To M. Slender, and see where he comes.
    Enter Slender.
    Now sonne Slender,
    2651.20Where's your bride?
    Slen. Bride, by Gods lyd I thinke theres neuer a
    man in the worell hath that crosse fortune that I
    haue: begod I could cry for verie anger.
    Pa. Why whats the matter sonne Slender?
    2651.25Slen. Sonne, nay by God I am none of your son.
    Pa. No, why so?
    Slen. Why so God saue me, tis a boy that I haue(married.
    Pa. How a boy? why did you mistake the word?
    Slen. No neither, for I came to her in red as you
    2651.30bad me, and I cried mum, and hee cried budget, so
    well as euer you heard, and I haue married him.
    Sir Hu. Ieshu M. Slender, cannot you see but marrie (boyes?
    Pa. O I am vext at hart, what shal I do?
    Enter Fenton and Anne.
    2651.35Mis. Pa. Here comes the man that hath deceiued(vs all:
    How now daughter, where haue you bin?
    An. At Curch forsooth.
    Pa. At Church, what haue you done there?