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assist me! Remember, Jove, thou wast a bull
Enter MISTRESS FORD and MISTRESS PAGE.
Mrs. Ford. Sir John ! art thou there, my deer? my male deer ? Fal. My doe with the black scut !
Let the 20 sky rain potatoes; let it thunder to the tune of Green Sleeves, hail kissing-comfits and eringoes; let there come a tempest of provocation, I will shelter me here.
Mrs. Ford. Mistress Page is come with me, sweetheart.
Fal. Divide me like a bribed buck, each a haunch: I will keep my sides to myself, my shoulders for the fellow of this walk, and my horns I bequeath your husbands. Am I a woodman, ha ? Speak I like Herne the hunter? Why,
22. Green Sleeves; cf. note provocative. to ii. 1. 63.
27. bribed, purloined (and so 23. eringoes, sea - holly, re- cut up for
in carrying garded, like potatoes, as off).
now is Cupid a child of conscience; he makes
[They run off Fal. I think the devil will not have me damned, lest the oil that's in me should set hell on fire ; he would never else cross me thus.
Mrs. Farge.} Away, away!
Enter Sir Hugh Evans, disguised as before ;
Pistol, as Hobgoblin; MistRESS QUICKLY,
Quick. Fairies, black, grey, green, and white,
toys. Cricket, to Windsor chimneys shalt thou leap : Where fires thou find'st unraked and hearths un
swept, There pinch the maids as blue as bilberry : Our radiant queen hates sluts and sluttery. Fal. They are fairies; he that speaks to them
shall die : 43. You orphan heirs of fixed equivalent 'superhuman.' destiny. This is partly to be * Heirs of fixed destiny' probexplained by 2 Hen. IV. 4. 122, ably refers to the fairies' imwhere unfathered heirs' are mortality. They are eternal reckoned among unlucky por
children. tents,—'unfathered' being equi- 45. oyes, the O-yes' (Fr. valent to “supernaturally be- oyez) with which the herald or gotten.' Hence 'orphan' is crier opened his announcement. 55. Raise up, etc., give her 65. chairs of order, seats aschoice and delightful dreams. signed to the members of the The ‘sound sleep' of the next Order of the Garter. line is contrasted not with blissful sleep of this kind, but with
I'll wink and couch: no man their works must eye.
[Lies down upon his face. Evans. Where's Bede? Go you, and where you
find a maid That, ere she sleep, has thrice her prayers said,
the organs of her fantasy ; Sleep she as sound as careless infancy : But those as sleep and think not on their
expressure that it bears, green let it be,
67. instalment, seat of inrude and violent disturbance.
stallation. 63. state, (1) condition, (2) 73. pense (two syllables as in stateliness.
Fairies use flowers for their charactery.
in order set;
Fal. Heavens defend me from that Welsh fairy, lest he transform me to a piece of cheese! Pist. Vile worm, thou wast o'erlook'd even in
Pist. A trial, come.
Come, will this wood take fire ?
[They burn him with their tapers. Fal. Oh, Oh, Oh !
Quick. Corrupt, corrupt, and tainted in desire !
77. charactery, writing. The situation resembles that of
the scene in Lyly's Endymion 84. a man of middle-earth, a 'human - mortal,' in Puck's
(iv. 3.), where (according to the phrase, not a fairy. • Middle
stage direction) 'the fairies earth,' nowhere else used by
dance, and with a song pinch Shakespeare, is an Old Eng
him (Corsites]'— lish word for the earth between
Omnes. Pinch him, pinch him heaven and hell.
black and blue,
Saucy mortals must not view 87. o'erlook'd, i.e. by a malig
What the Queen of Stars is doing
pry into our fairy wooing. nant fairy, whose glance had
ist Fairy. Pinch him blue. power to injure the new-born 2nd Fairy. And pinch him black. child.
3rii Fairy. Let him not lack
Sharp nails to pinch him blue and 95. sing a scornful rhyme.
Pinch him for his villany;
TOR Caius comes one way, and steals away a boy in green; SLENDER another way, and takes off a boy in white ; and FENTON comes, and steals away Mrs. ANNE PAGE. A noise of hunting is heard within. All the Fairies run away.
FALSTAFF pulls off his buck's head, and rises.
Enter PAGE, FORD, MISTRESS PAGE, and
you now :
no higher. Now, good Sir John, how like you
Windsor wives ? See you these, husband ? do not these fair yokes Become the forest better than the town?
Ford. Now, sir, who's a cuckold now? Master
98. luxury, wantonness. resembling the peaked yoke 111. yokes, the buck's horns, borne by a pair of oxen.