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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

    Enter Syr Hugh and Simple.

    Sir Hu. I pray you do so much as see if you can (espie
    Doctor Cayus comming, and giue me intelligence,
    1161.1Or bring me vrde if you please now.
    Sim. I will Sir.
    Sir Hu. Ieshu ples mee, how my hart trobes, and(trobes,
    And then she made him bedes of Roses,
    1175And a thousand fragrant poses,
    To shallow riueres.
    Now so kad vdge me, my hart
    Swelles more and more. Mee thinkes I can cry
    1176.1Verie well.
    There dwelt a man in Babylon,
    1180To shallow riuers and to falles,
    Melodious birds sing Madrigalles.
    Sim. Sir here is M. Page, and M. Shallow,
    Comming hither as fast as they can.
    1185Sir Hu. Then it is verie necessary I put vp my (sword,
    Pray giue me my cowne too, marke you.
    1185.1Enter Page, shallow, and Slender.
    Pa. God saue you Sir Hugh.
    1191.1Shal. God saue you M. parson
    Sir Hu. God plesse you all from his mercies sake(now.
    Pa. What the word and the sword, doth that a-
    1193.1 gree well?
    Sir Hu. There is reasons and causes in all things,
    1197.1I warrant you now.
    Pa. Well Sir Hugh, we are come to craue
    Your helpe and furtherance in a matter.
    1200Sir Hu. What is I pray you?
    Pa. Ifaith tis this sir Hugh. There is an auncient
    friend of ours, a man of verie good sort, so at oddes