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The Merry Wives of Windsor

Act IV, Scene 6

Another room in the Garter Inn.
 
[Enter FENTON and Host]
 
HOST
Master Fenton, talk not to me; my mind is heavy: I will give over all.
 
FENTON
            ,         ,         ,     ,   2      ,
      Yet hear | me speak:| assist | me in my | purpose,
            ,      ,      ,      ,           ,        2->
      And (as | I am | a gen|tleman)| I'll give | thee
         ,         ,          ,      ,                ,
      A hun|dred pound | in gold,| more than | your loss.
 
HOST
I will hear you (Master Fenton) and I will (at the least) keep your counsel.
 
FENTON
             ,         ,        ,        ,        ,
      From time | to time | I have | acquain|ted you
                   ,    ,        ,     .   T    T    T
      With the / dear love | I bear | to fair Anne Page;
           ,   3   3      ,         ,      ,        o
      Who mu|tually hath an|swered my | affec|tion,
       T  T    T       2     ,           ,         ,      ->
      So far forth | as herself | might be | her choo||ser,
      ,    3  3     ,    ,     2     ,         ,
      E|ven to my wish;| I have a | letter | from her
       .   T    T   T        ,          ,       ,
      Of such contents,| as you | will won|der at;
            ,           ,       ,        ,          x
      The mirth | whereof,| so lar|ded with | my matter,
            ,          ,       ,        ,    ,
      That nei|ther (sing|ly) can | be ma|nifested
           ,          ,         ,     T   T   T
      Without | the show | of both:| fat Falstaff
                 ,     ,         ,       ,         ,
      Hath a / great scene;| the i|mage of | the jest
             ,          ,         ,            ,           ,
      I'll show | you here | at large |(hark^good | mine host):
          ,       2      ,       ,         ,          ,
      Tonight | at Herne's oak, just 'twixt twelve and one,
            ,          ,         ,         ,       ,
      Must^my | sweet^Nan | present | the Fai|ry Queen;
           ,        ,         ,         ,          ,
      The pur|pose why,| is here:| in which | disguise
            ,        ,           ,          ,         ,
      While o|ther jests | are some|thing rank | on foot,
           ,        ,        ,       ,         ,
      Her fa|ther hath | comman|ded her | to slip
        ,           ,        ,          ,       ,     2->
      Away | with Slen|der, and | with him,| at E||ton
         ,   2   ,       ,       ,        2    ,         ,       2->
      Imme|diately | to mar|ry: she | hath consen||ted: Now | sir,
           ,     3  3      ,         ,            ,
      Her mo|ther (even strong | against | that match
            ,         ,       ,        ,        ,      2->
      And firm | for Doc|tor Cai|us) hath | appoin||ted
            ,           ,    ,    ,              ,
      That he | shall like|wise shuf/fle her | away,
            ,         ,          ,        ,           ,
      While o|ther sports | are tas|king of | their minds,
           ,        ,    2     ,          ,         ,
      And at | the dea|nery, where | a priest | attends,
         ,      ,                ,         ,          ,
      Straight mar/ry her:| to this | her mo|ther's plot
           ,       ,     ,   2     ,         ,
      She see|mingly | obe|dient like|wise hath
            ,        ,        ,        ,        2     ,
      Made^pro|mise to | the doc|tor. Now,| thus^it rests:
           ,        ,           ,         ,         ,
      Her fa|ther means | she shall | be all | in white,
       ,    2        ,             ,        ,          ,
      And in that | habit,| when Slen|der sees | his time
           ,         ,         ,         ,         ,
      To take | her by | the hand | and bid | her go,
         2       ,         ,         ,        ,       ,      2->
      She shall go | with him:| her mo|ther hath | inten||ded
            ,       ,       ,     ,    2       ,
      (The bet|ter to | denote | her to the | doctor;
            ,          ,          ,          ,     ,
      For they | must all | be masked | and viz|arded)
              ,          ,           ,          ,         ,
      That quaint | in green,| she shall | be loose | enrobed,
            ,        ,         ,          ,          ,
      With ri|bands pen|dant, fla|ring 'bout | her head;
            ,         ,        ,          ,         ,
      And when | the doc|tor spies | his van|tage ripe,
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      To pinch | her by | the hand,| and on | that token,
            ,          ,    2     ,        ,         ,
      The maid | hath gi|ven consent | to go | with him.
 
HOST
              ,      ,    2     ,     ,             ,
      Which means | she to de|ceive? Fa/ther, or | mother.
 
FENTON
        ,                ,        ,      ,          ,
      Both (my | good* host)| to go | along | with me:
            ,         ,             ,          ,         ,     2->
      And here | it rests,| that you'll | procure | the vi||car
           ,         ,         ,               ,          ,
      To stay | for me | at church,| 'twixt^twelve,| and one,
           ,        ,        ,        ,     ,
      And in | the law|ful name | of mar|rying,
           ,           ,       ,      ,    ,     ->
      To give | our hearts | uni|ted ce|remo||ny.
 
HOST
        ,     ,            2    ,      ,    2       ,
      Well,| husband | your device;| I'll to the | vicar:
        ,               ,          ,           ,         ,
      Bring you | the maid,| you shall | not lack | a priest.
 
FENTON
           ,       ,      ,         ,          ,
      So shall | I e|vermore | be bound | to thee;
          ,            ,       ,        ,      ,
      Besides,| I'll make | a pre|sent re|compense.
 
[Exeunt]

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