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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 mistresse Page.
    Gods body here is misteris Page,
    Step behind the arras good sir Iohn.
    1909.1He steps behind the arras.
    Mis. Pa. Misteris Ford, why woman your husband
    is in his old vaine againe, hees comming to search
    for your sweet heart, but I am glad he is not here.
    1935Mis. For. O God misteris Page the knight is here,
    1935.1What shall I do?
    Mis. Pa. Why then you'r vndone woman, vnles
    you make some meanes to shift him away.
    Mis. For. Alas I know no meanes, vnlesse
    1940we put him in the basket againe.
    Fal. No Ile come no more in the basket,
    Ile creep vp into the chimney.
    Mis. For. There they vse to discharge their Fow-(ling peeces.
    Fal. Why then Ile goe out of doores.
    1956.1Mi.Pa. Then your vndone, your but a dead man.
    Fal. For Gods sake deuise any extremitie,
    Rather then a mischiefe.
    1964.1Mis. Pa. Alas I know not what meanes to make,
    1960If there were any womans apparell would fit him,
    He might put on a gowne and a mufler,
    And so escape.
    1962.1Mi. For. Thats wel remembred, my maids Aunt
    1965Gillian of Brainford, hath a gowne aboue.
    Mis. Pa. And she is altogether as fat as he.
    Mis. For. I that will serue him of my word.
    Mis. Pa. Come goe with me sir Iohn, Ile helpe to
    dresse you.
    1972.1Fal. Come for God sake, any thing.
    Exit Mis. Page, & Sir Iohn.