Merry Wives of Windsor (Act III Scene 3), play by William Shakespeare. Falstaff and Mrs Ford. 'Falstaff: 'I would make thee my lady. Mrs Ford: I your lady. Sir John! Alas, I should be a pitiful lady.'  Painted by J McT Ralston, engraved by Nargeot. William Shakespeare, English poet and playwright, baptised 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616.  From 'Tales from Shakespeare' by Charles and Mary Lamb, 1807.  (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images)