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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 the Doctor and his man.
    Doc. Iohn Rugbie goe looke met your eies ore de(stall,
    1067.1And spie and you can see de parson.
    Rug. Sir I cannot tell whether he be there or no,
    But I see a great many comming.
    Doc. Bully moy, mon rapier Iohn Rugabie, begarde
    Hearing be not so dead as I shall make him.
    1077.1Enter Shallow, Page, my Host, and Slender.
    Pa. God saue you M. Doctor Cayus.
    Shal. How do you M. Doctor?
    Host. God blesse thee my bully doctor, God blesse(thee,
    Doc. Vat be all you, Van to tree com for, a?
    Host. Bully to see thee fight, to see thee foine, to
    see thee trauerse, to see thee here, to see thee there,
    to see thee passe the punto. The stock, the reuerse,
    1090the distance: the montnce is a dead my francoyes?
    Is a dead my Ethiopian? Ha what ses my gallon?
    my escuolapis? Is a dead bullies taile, is a dead?
    Doc. Begar de preest be a coward Iack knaue,
    1095He dare not shew his face.
    Host. Thou art a castallian king vrinall.
    Hector of Greece my boy.
    Shal. He hath showne himselfe the wiser man
    M. Doctor:
    Sir Hugh is a Parson, and you a Phisition. You must
    Goe with me M. Doctor.
    Host. Pardon bully Iustice. A word monsire(mockwater.
    Doc. Mockwater, vat me dat?
    1120Host. That is in our English tongue, Vallor bully,
    the merry wives of windsor.
    Doc. Begar den I haue as mockuater as de Inglish
    Iack dog, knaue.
    1125Host. He will claperclaw thee titely bully.
    Doc. Claperclawe, vat be dat?
    Host. That is, he will make thee amends.
    Doc. Begar I do looke he shal claperclaw me dẽ,
    1130And Ile prouoke him to do it, or let him wag:
    And moreouer bully, but M. Page and M. Shallow
    And eke cauellira Slender, go you all ouer the fields
    to Frogmore?
    1135Pa. Sir Hugh is there, is hee?
    Host. He is there: goe see what humor hee is in,
    Ile bring the Doctor about by the fields:
    Will it do well?
    Shal. We wil do it my host. Farwel M. Doctor.
    1138.1Exit all but the Host and Doctor.
    1140Doc. Begar I will kill de cowardly Iack preest,
    He is make a foole of moy.
    Host. Let him die, but first sheth your impatience,
    Throw cold water on your collor, com go with me
    Through the fields to Frogmore, and Ile bring thee
    Where mistris An Page is a feasting at a farm house,
    1145And thou shalt wear hir cried game: sed I wel bully
    Doc. Begar excellent vel: and if you speak pour
    moy, I shall procure you de gesse of all de gentelmẽ
    mon patinces. I begar I sall.
    1150Host. For the which Ile be thy aduersary
    To misteris An Page: Sed I well?
    Doc. I begar excellent.
    Host. Let vs wag then.
    1153.1Doc. Alon, alon, alon.
    1155Exit omnes.
    D2 Enter