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But thou with mildness entertain'st thy wooers,
With gentle conference, soft and affable.
Why does the world report, that Kate doth limp
O slanderous world ! Kate, like the hazle-twig,
Is straight, and slender ; and as brown in hue,
As hazle nuts, and sweeter than the kernels.
0, let me see thee walk : thou dost not halt.
Kath. Go, fool, and whom thou keep'st com-

mand.
Pet. Did ever Dian so become a grove,
As Kate this chamber with her princely gait?
O, be thou Dian, and let her be Kate;
And then let Kate be chaste, and Dian sportful!

Kath. Where did you study all this goodly speech?
Pet. It is extempore, from my mother-wit.
Kath. A witty mother! witless else her son.
Pet. Am I not wise?
Kath.

Yes; keep you warm. Pet. Marry, so I mean, sweet Katharine, in thy

bed:
And therefore, setting all this chat aside,
Thus in plain terms :-Your father hath consented
That you shall be my wife; your dowry 'greed on;
And, will

you,
nill

you, I will marry you.
Now, Kate, I am a husband for your turn;
For, by this light, whereby I see thy beauty,
(Thy beauty, that doth make me like thee well,)
Thou must be married to no man but me:
For I am he, ain born to tame you Kate;
And bring you from a wild cat to a Kate
Conformable, as other houshold Kates.
Here comes your father; never make denial,
I must and will have Katharine to my wife.

Re-enter BAPTISTA, GREMIO, and TRANIO,
Bap. Now,
Signior Petruchio : How speed you with

My daughter?
Pet.

How but well, sir ? how but well ?
It were impossible, I should speed amiss.
Bap. Why, how now, daughter Katharine in

your dumps ?
Kath. Call you me, daughter? now I promise

you,
You have show'd a tender fatherly regard,
To wish me wed to one half lunatick;
A mad-cap ruffian, and a swearing Jack,
That thinks with oaths to face the matter out.

Pet. Father, 'tis thus,-yourself and all the world,
That talk'd of her, have talk'd amiss of her;
If she be curst, it is for policy:
For she's not froward, but modest as the dove ;
She is not hot, but temperate as the morn;
For patience she will prove a second Grissel;
And Roman Lucrece for her chastity :
And to conclude, --we have ‘greed so well together,
That upon Sunday is the wedding-day.

Kath. I'll see thee hang d on Sunday first.
Gre. Hark, Petruchio ! she says, she'll see thee

hang'd first.
Tra. Is this your speeding ? nay, then, good

night our part!
Pet. Be patient, gentlemen ; I choose her for

myself;
If she and I be pleas’d, what's that to you?
"Tis bargain’d 'twixt us twain, being alone,
That she shall still be curst in company,
I tell you, 'tis incredible to believe
How much she loves me: 0, the kindest Kate
She hung about my neck; and kiss on kiss
Shę vied so fast, protesting oath on oath,

8 She vied so fast,] Vye and revye were terms (at cards, noir. superseded by the more modern word, bras,

That in a twink she won me to her love.
O, you are novices ! 'tis a world to see,
How tame, when men and women are alone,
A meacock wretch can make the curstest shrew.
Give me thy hand, Kate: I will unto Venice,
To buy apparel 'gainst the wedding-day :-
Provide the feast, father, and bid the guests ;
I will be sure, my Katharine shall be fine.
Bap. I know not what to say: but give me your

hands;
God send you joy, Petruchio! 'tis a match.

Gre. Tra. Amen, say we; we will be witnesses.

Pet. Father, and wife, and gentlemen, adieu : I will to Venice, Sunday comes apace : We will have rings, and things, and fine array ; And kiss me, Kate, we will be married o' Sunday.

[Exeunt PETRUCHIO and KATHARINE, sede

rally. Gre. Was ever match clapp'd up so suddenly? Bap. Faith, gentlemen, now I play a merchant's

part, And venture madly on a desperate mart.

Tra. 'Twas a commodity lay fretting by you ; "Twill bring you gain, or perish on the seas.

Bap. The gain I seek is—quiet in the match.

Gre. No doubt, but he hath got a quiet catch. But now, Baptista, to your younger daughter; Now is the day we long have looked for ; I am your neighbour, and was suitor first.

Tra. And I am one, that love Bianca more Than words can witness, or your thoughts can

guess. Gre. Youngling! thou canst not love so dear as I.

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'tis a world to see,] i.e. it is wonderful to see. This expression is often met with in old historians as well as dramatic writers.

A meacock wretch -] i. e. a timorous dastardly creature.

Tra. Grey-beard ! thy love doth freeze.
Gre.

But thine doth fry, Skipper, stand back ? 'tis age, that nourisheth.

Tra. But youth, in ladies' eyes that flourisheth. Bap. Content you, gentlemen; I'll compound

this strife : 'Tis deeds must win the prize; and he, of both, That can assure my daughter greatest dower, Shall have Bianca's love. Say, senior Gremio, what can you assure her? Gre. First, as you know, my house within the

city
Is richly furnished with plate and gold;
Basons, and ewers, to lave her dainty hands ;
My hangings all of Tyrian tapestry:
In ivory coffers I have stuff'd my crowns;
In cypress chests my arras, counterpoints,
Costly apparel, tents and canopies,
Fine linen, Turkey cushions boss'd with pearl,
Valance of Venice gold in needle-work,
Pewter and brass, and all things that belong
To house, or housekeeping : then, at my farm,
I have a hundred milch-kine to the pail,
Sixscore fat oxen standing in my stalls,
And all things answerable to this portion.
Myself am struck in years, I must confess;
And, if I die to-morrow, this is hers.
If, whilst I live, she will be only mine.

Tra. That, only, came well in-Sir, list to me, I am my father's heir, and only son :

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- counterpoints,] These coverings for beds are at present called counterpanes ; but either mode of spelling is proper. Counterpoint is the monkish term for a particular species of musick, in which, notes of equal duration, but of different harmony, are set in opposition to each other. In like manner counterpanes were anciently composed of patch-work, and so contrived that every pane or partition in them, was contrasted with one of a different colour, though of the same dimensions. STEEVENS. VOL. III.

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have your daughter to my wife, I'll leave her houses three or four as good, Within rich Pisa walls, as any one Old signior Gremio has in Padua ; Besides two thousand ducats by the year, Of fruitful land, all which shall be her jointure. What, have I pinch'd you, signior Gremio ?

Gre. Two thousand ducats by the year, of land ! My land amounts not to so much in all : That she shall have; besides an argosy, That now is lying in Marseilles' road : What, have I chok'd you with an argosy?

Tra. Gremio, 'tis known, my father hath no less Than three great argosies ; besides two galliasses, And twelve tight gallies : these I will assure her, And twice as much, whate'er thou offer'st next.

Gre. Nay, I have offer'd all, I have no more; And she can have no more than all I have ;If you like me, she shall have me and mine. Tra. Why, then the maid is mine from all the

world, By your firm promise ; Gremio is out-vied."

Bap. I must confess, your offer is the best ; And, let

your

father make her the assurance, She is your own; else, you must pardon me : If you should die before him, where's her dower? Tra. That's but a cavil; he is old, I

young Gre. And may not young men die, as well as

old ? Bap. Well, gentlemen, I am thus resolv'd :-On Sunday next you know, My daughter Katharine is to be married :

3 — two galliasses,] A galeas or galliass, is a heavy low-built vessel of burthen, with both sails and oars, partaking at once of the nature of a ship and a galley. STEEVENS.

-out-vied.] This is a term at the old game of gleek. When one man was vied upon another, he was said to be out-rzed.

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