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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
    Host. What ses my bully Rooke?
    Speake schollerly and wisely.
    Fal. Mine Host, I must turne away some of my
    Host. Discard bully, Hercules cassire.
    Let them wag, trot, trot.
    Fal. I sit at ten pound a weeke.
    Host. Thou art an Emperour sar, Phesser and
    Kesar bully.
    310Ile entertaine Bardolfe. He shall tap, he shall draw.
    Said I well, bully Hector?
    Fal. Do good mine Host.
    Host. I haue spoke. Let him follow. Bardolfe
    Let me see thee froth, and lyme. I am at
    A word. Follow, follow.
    Exit Host.
    315Fal. Do Bardolfe, a Tapster is a good trade,
    An old cloake will make a new Ierkin,
    A withered seruingman, a fresh Tapster:
    Follow him Bardolfe.
    Bar. I will sir, Ile warrant you Ile make a good
    shift to liue.
    Exit Bardolfe.

    Pis. O bace gongarian wight, wilt thou the spic-
    ket willd?
    319.1Nym. His minde is not heroick. And theres the
    humor of it.
    Fal. Well my Laddes, I am almost out at the
    Pis. Why then let cybes insue.
    328.1Nym. I thanke thee for that humor.