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But I would be loth to fall into my dreams again ; I will therefore tarry, in despight of the flesh and the blood.

Enter a Messenger. Mel. Your honour's players, hearing your amendment, Are come to play a pleasant comedy, For so your doctors hold it very meet; Seeing too much sadness hath congeal'd your blood, And melancholy is the nurse of frenzy, Therefore, they thought it good you hear a play, And frame your mind to mirth and merriment, , Which bars a thousand harms, and lengthens life.

Sly. Marry, I will ; let them play it: Is not a commonty a Christmas gambol, or a tumbling trick.

Lady. No, my good lord ; it is more pleasing stuff.
Sly. What, houshold stuff?
Lady. It is a kind of history.

Sly. Well, we'll see't : Come, madam wife, sit by my side, and let the world nip; we shall ne'er be younger.

Аст І.


A Street in Padua.

Flourish. Enter Lucentio, and his man Tranio,
Luc. Tranio, since-for the great desire I had
To see fair Padua, nursery of arts,
I am arriv'd in fruitful Lombardy,
The pleasant garden of great Italy;
And, by my father's love and leave, am arm'd


With his good will, and thy good company,
Most trusty fervant, well approv'd in all ;
Here let us breathe, and happily institute
A course of learning, and ingenious studies.
Pisa, renowned for grave citizens,
Gave me my being, and my father first,
A merchant of great traffick through the world,
Vincentio, come of the Bentivolii.
· Vincentio his son, brought up in Florence,
It shall become, to serve all hopes conceiv’d,
To deck his fortune with his virtuous deeds :
And therefore, Tranio, for the time I study,
Virtue, and that part of philofophy
Will I apply, that treats of happiness
By virtue fpecially to be atchiey'd.
Tell me thy mind : for I have Pisa left,
And am to Padua come; as he that leaves
A shallow plash, to plunge him in the deep,
And with satiety feeks to quench his thirst.

Tra. 'Mi perdonate, gentle master mine,
I am in all affected as yourself ;
Glad that you thus continue your resolve,
To suck the sweets of sweet philosophy.
Only, good master, while we do admire
This virtue, and this moral discipline,
Let's be no stoicks, nor no stocks, I pray;
Or so devote to Aristotle's 6 ethicks,
As Ovid be an outcast quite abjurid:
Talk logick with acquaintance that you have,
And practise rhetorick in your common talk;
Musick, and poesy, use to quicken you ;


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The mathematicks, and the metaphysicks,
Fall to them, as you find your stomach serves you:
No profit grows, where is no pleasure ta’en ;-
In brief, sir, study what you most affect.

Luc. Gramercies, Tranio, well dost thou advise.
If, Biondello, thou wert come ashore,
We could at once put us in readiness ;
And take a lodging, fit to entertain
Such friends as time in Padua shall beget.
But stay a while : What company is this?

Tra. Mafter, some show, to welcome us to town.
Enter Baptista, with Katharina and Bianca. Gremio and

Hortenfio. Lucentio and Tranio stand by.
Bap. Gentlemen, importune me no farther,
For how I firmly am resolv'd you know ;
That is,—not to bestow my youngest daughter,
Before I have a husband for the elder:
If either of you both love Katharina,
Because I know you well, and love you well,
Leave shall you have to court her at your pleasure.

Gre. To cart her rather : She's too rough for me:
There, there, Hortensio, will you any wife?

Kath. I pray you, fir, is it your will To make a stale of me amongst these mates ? Hor. Mates, maid! how mean you that? no mates for

you, Unless you were of gentler, milder mould.

Kath. I'faith, sir, you shall never need to fear ; I-wis, it is not half way to her heart : But, if it were, doube not, her care shall be To comb your noddle with a three-legg’d stool, And paint your face, and use you like a fool. Hor. From all such devils, good Lord, deliver me!


Gre. And me too, good Lord !

Tra. Hush, master! here is some good pastime toward ; That wench is stark mad, or wonderful froward.

Luc. But in the other's silence I do fee Maid's mild behaviour and fobriety. Peace, Tranio.

Tra. Well said, master ; mum! and gaze your fill.

Bap. Gentlemen, that I may soon make good
What I have faid-Bianca, get you in :
And let it not displease thee, good Bianca ;
For I will love thee ne'er the less, my girl.

Kath. A pretty "peat ! 'tis best
Put finger in the eye, –an she knew why.
Bian. Sifter, content you


Sir, to your pleasure humbly I subscribe :
My books, and instruments, shall be my company;
On them to look, and practise by myself.
Luc. Hark, Tranio! thou may'st hear Minerva speak.

Hor. Signior Baptista, will you be fo ' ftrange?
Sorry am I, that our good will effects
Bianca's grief.

Gre. Why, will you mew her up,
Signior Baptista, for this fiend of hell,
And make her bear the penance of her tongue ?

Bap. Gentlemen, content ye; I am resolv'd :-
Go in, Bianca.

[Exit Bianca. And for I know, she taketh most delight In musick, instruments, and poetry, Schoolmasters will I keep within my house, Fit to instruct her youth.—If you, Hortenfio, Or signior Gremio, you-know any such,



peat !]-cade, darling ; pet, pettish thing. /trange?]--unreasonable.


Prefer them hither; for to cunning men
I will be very kind, and liberal
To mine own children in good bringing-up;
And so farewel. Katharina, you may stay;
For I have more to commune with Bianca. [Exit.

Katb. Why, and, I trust, I may go too, May I not? What, shall I be appointed hours ; as though, belike, I knew not what to take, and what to leave? Ha! [Exit.

Gre. You may go to the devil's dam; your gifts are so good, here is none will hold you. * Their love is not so great, Hortensio, but we may blow our nails together, and fast it fairly out; our cake's dough on both sides. Farewel :-Yet, for the love I bear my sweet Bianca, if I can by any means light on a fit man, to teach her that wherein she delights, I will wish him to her father.

Hor. So will I, signior Gremio : But a word. I pray. Though the nature of our quarrel never yet brook'd parle, know now, upon advice, it toucheth us both, - that we may yet again have access to our fair mistress, and be happy rivals in Bianca's love,—to labour and effect one thing 'specially Gre. What's that, I pray

Hor. Marry sir, to get a husband for her sister.
Gre. A husband ! a devil.
Hor. I say, a husband.

Gre. I say, a devil : Think'st thou, Hortensio, though her father be very rich, any man is so very a fool to be married to hell ?

Hor. Tush, Gremio! though it pass your patience, and mine, to endure her loud alarums, why, man, there be good fellows in the world, an a man could light on them, would take her with all her faults, and money enough.

* Their)-Baptifta's in admitting, and Bianca's in encouraging qur addresses. Our.


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