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A Lord, before whom the Play is supposed to be play'd.
CHRISTOPHER Sly, a drunken Tinker.

Page, Players, Huntsmen, and other Servants attending on the Lord.


BAPTISTA, Fatber to Katharina and Bianca, very|TRANIO, ? Servants to stcentis. rich.

BIONDELLO, Š VINCENTIO, an old Gentleman of Pisa.

GRUMIO, Servant to Petruchio. LECENTIO, Son to Vincentio, in love with Bionca, PEDANT, an old Fellow fet up to perfanate Visa PETRUCHIO, a Gentleman of Verona, a fuitor to

centio. Karbarina.

KATHARINA, the Shrew. Garmio, } Pretenders,so Bianca.



Taylor, Haberdasher; with Servants attending on Baptista and Petruchio.

SCENE, fometimes in Padua; and fometimes in Petruchio's House in the Country.

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Look in the chronicles, we came in with Richard Before an Alebouse un a Heath.

Conqueror. Therefore, paucas pallabris 3 : let the

world Aide 4 : Sela! Enter Hofiefs and Sly.

Hoft. You will not pay for the glasses you have Sly. T'LL pheese' you, in faith.

burts? H.A. I A pair of stocks, you rogue!

Sly. No, not a denier : Go by, Jeronimy: Sly. Y'are a baggage ; the Slies are no 2 rogues : Go to thy cold bed, and warm thee 0.


1 i.e. I'll harrass or plague you; or perhaps I'll phcefe you, may have a meaning similar to the yolgar phrase of I'll comb your head. 2 Meaning, no vagrants, but gentlemen. 3 Sly, as an ignorant fellow, is purposely made to aim at languages out of his knowledge, and knock the words out of joint. The Spaniards say, pocas palabras, i. e. few words: as they do likewise, Cesa, i. e. be quiet. - Mr. Steevens says, this is a burlesque on Hieronymo, which Theobald speaks of in a following nott. 4 A proverbial expression, s'i. c. broke. 6 Mr. Theobald's comment on this speech isthus : “ The passage has particular humour in it, and must have been very plealing at that time of " day. But I must clear up a piece of itage hiitory, to make it understood. There is a fustian old play, " called Hieronymo; or, The Spanish Tragedy: which, I find, was the common butt of raillery to all the * poets in Shakspeare's time : and a paisage, that appeared very ridiculous in that play, is here hu* mourously alluded to. Hieronymo, thinking himself injured, applies to the king for justice ; but * the courtiers, who did not desire his wrongs should be set in a true light, attempt to hinder him M from an audience. Hiero. Fuslice, oh! juflice to Hieronimo. Lor. Back ;--- see thou not the

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Hof. I know my remedy, I must go fetch the And, with a low submissive reverence, thirdborough 1.

Exit. Say What is it your honour will command ? Sly. Third, fourth, or fifth borough, I'll answer Let one attend him with a silver baton, him by law : I'll not budge an inch, boy ; let him Full of rose-water, and bestrew'd with flowers; come, tid kindly.

[Falls afteep. Another bear the ewer, the third a diaper, Wind horns. Enter a Lord from hunting, with a train. And say,----Will 't please your lordfhuip coal Lord. Huntíman, I charge thee, tender well my

your hands? hounds:

Some one be ready with a costly suit, Brach 2 Merriman,-the poor cur is imbost 3 And ask him what apparel he will wear; And couple Clowder with the deep-mouth'd brach. Another tell him of his hounds and horie, Saw'st dlou not, boy, how Silver made it good And that his lady mournis at his disease : At the hedge-corner, in the coldest fault?

Persuade him that he hath been lunatick; I would not lose the dog for twenty pound. And, when he says he is,- say that he dreams,

Hur. Why, Belman is as good as he, my lord; For he is nothing but a mighty lord. He cried upon it at the meereft loss,

This do, and do it kindly, gentle firs; And twice to-day pick'd out the dullest scent: It will be pastime palling excellent, Trust me, I take him for the better dog.

If it be husbanded with modesty 4.
Lord. Thou art a fool; if Eccho were as fleet, | Hun. My lord, I warrant you, we'll play our part,
I would esteem him worth a dozen such.

As he thall think, by our true diligence,
But sup them well, and look unto them all ; He is no lets than what we say he is.
To-monow I intend to hunt again.

Lord. Take him up gently, and to bed with him; Hun. I will, my lord.

And each one to his office when he wakes.Lord, What's here? one dead, or drunk? Şec,

[Some bear out Sly. Sourd rumputing doth he breathe?

Sirrah, go see what trumpet 'tis that sounds :2 Hun. He breathes, my lord: Were he not Belike, some noble gentleman, that means, warm'd with ale,

(Exit Suryant, This were a bed but cold to Neep so foundly. Travelling some journey, to repose him here.Lord, O monstrous beast! how like a swine

Re-enter a Scrvant. he lies!

How now.. who is it? Grim death, how foul and loathsome is thine Ser. An't please your honour, players, image!

That offer service to your lordship. Sirs, I vvill practise on this drunken man..

Lord. Bid them come near : What think you, if he were convey'd to bed,

Enter Player's. Wrap'd in Tweet cloaths, rings put upon his fingers, Now, fellows, you are welcome. A most delicious banquet by his bed,

Play. We thank your honour. , And brive attendants near him when he wakesgo Lord. Do you intend to stay with me to-night? Would not the beggar then forget himself?

2 Pluy. So please your lordship to accept our i Huni. Beliere me, lord, I think he cannot chuse.

duty. 2 Hun. It would seem strange unto him when Lord. With all my heart. This fellow I rehe wak’d.

member, Lerd. Even as a flattering dream, or worthless Since once he play'd a farmer's eldest son ;--

'I was where you woo'd the gentlewoman so well; Then take him us, and manage well the jeit:- I have forgot your name; but, fure, that part Carry buim gentis to my faireit chamber,

| Was aptly fitted, and naturally perform’d. And hang it round with all my wanton pictures : Siniklo. I think, 'twas Soto that your honour Balm his foul head with warm distilled water,

means. And barn sweit wood to make the lodging fu eet: Lord. 'Tis very true ;--thou didst it excellent.-Pricrire me niufick ready when he wakes, Well, you are come to me in happy time; To make a dulcet and a heavenly found ;

The rather for I have some sport in hand, And if he chance to speak, be ready straight, Wherein your cunning can affift me much.

4 king is bufi? Hiero. Oh, is he fo? King. Il'ho is he that interrupts our bufiriefs? Hiero. No 1: " -- Hieront, teware; go by, go by.” So Sly here, not caring to be dann'd by the Hoftess, cries to her in effect, " Don't be trouble fome, don't interrupt me, go by” The thirdborough of ancient times was an officer similar to the present constable. 2 Mr. Edwards explains Brach to fig. nify a hound in general; while Mr. Steevens thinks it to have been a particular sort of hound: and Mr. Toliet observes that brache originally meant a bitch; and adds, from l'ltius, that “ bitches having a fue "" perior fagacity of nofe ; hence, perhaps, any hound withe mineni quickness of scent,whether dog or 6 bitch, was called brache, for the term brache is sometimes applied to males. Our anceftors hunted " much with the large southern hounds, and had in every pack a couple of dogs peculiarly good and " cunning to find game, or recover the scent. To this custom Shakípcare seems to allude, by " tiaming tao braches, which, in my opinion, are beagles; and this difcriminates brache from the

vit, a blo d-hound mentioned together with it, in the tragedy of King Lear." 3 Imbott is a term in hunting. When a dog is strained with hard running (efpecially upon hard ground) he will have his knees (welled, and then he is said to be emboss'd; from the French word toe, fignifying a Lui nour. 4 Meaning, with moderation.


There is a lord will hear you play to-night : 1 Sly. I am Christopher Sly ;--call not me-hoBut I am doubtful of your modefties;

nour, nor lordship: I ne'er drank fack in my Left, over-eyeing of his odd behaviour,

life; and if you give me any conserves, give me (For yet his honjur never heard a play)

conferves of beef: Ne'er ask me what rriment I'll You break into some merry paflion,

wear ; for I have no more doublets than backs, And so offend him ; for I tell you, firs,

ng more stockings than legs, nor no more shoes If you should fnile, he grows impatient.

than feet; nay, sometimes, more feet than shoes, Play. Fear not, my lo:d; we can contain ourselves, or such shoes as my toes look through the overWere he the veriest antick in the world.

leather. Lord. Gy, firrah, take them to the buttery,

Lord. Heaven cease this idle humour in your And give them friendly welcome every one;

honour ! Let them want nothing that my house affords. Oh, that a mighty man, of such descent,

[Exit one with the Players. Of such posseflions, and so high esteem, Sirrah, go you to Bartholomew my page,

Should be infused with so foul a spirit ! And see him dress’d in all suits like a lady:

Sly. What, would you make me mad? An Taux done, conduct him to the drunkard's chamber, not I Christopher Sly, old Sly's son of BurtonAnd call him--madam, do him obeifance. heath: by birth a pedlar, by education a carTell him from me, (as he will win my love) maker, by transmutation a bear-herd, and now He bear himself with honourable action,

by present profession a tinker? Ask Marian HackSuch as he hath observ'd in noble ladies

et, the fat ale-wife of Wincot, if she know me Tato their lords, by them accomplithed:

not: if the say I am not fourteen-pence on the Such duty to the drunkard let him do,

score for sheer ale, score me up for the lying'st With soft low tongue, and lowly courtesy;

krave in Christendom. What, I am not be. And say,---What is't your honour will command, firaught': Here's Wherein your lady, and your humble wife, r Man. Oh, this it is that makes your lady May thew her duty, and make known her love?


[droop. And then with kind embracements, tempting 2 Man. Oh, this it is that makes your servants And with declining head into his bofom,- (kifles, Lord. Hence comes it that your kindred fhua Bid him shed tears, as being over-joy'd

your house, To see her noble lord restor'd to health,

As beaten hence by your strange lugacy. Who for twice seven years hath esteemed him Oh, noble ford, bethink thee of thy birth; No better than a poor and loathfome beggar: Call home thy ancient thoughts from banishment, And if the boy have not a woman's gift,

And banith hence these abject lowly dreams : 10 rain a fhorrer of commanded tears,

Look, how thy servants do attend on thee, A700ion will do well for such a shift;

Each in his office ready at thy beck. Web in a napkin being close convey'd,

Wilt thou have musick ? hark! Apollo plays, Sall in despight enforce a watry eye.

[Mufić. Sxe tiris dispatch'd with all the hafte thou canit; And twenty caged nightingales do sing : Anon I'll give thee more instructions. - [Ex. Ser. Or wilt thou sleep we'll have thee to a couch, 1 kuw, the boy will well ufurp the grace, Softer and sweeter than the lustful bed Vace, gait, and action of a gentlewoman : On purpose trimm'd up for Semiramis. . I long to lear him call the drunkard, husband; [ter, Say, thou wilt walk; we will beltrow the ground: And bow my men will stay themielves from laugh-|Or wilt thou ride thy hories shall be trapp'de When they do homage to this simple peasant. Their harness studded all with gold and pearl. Til in to counsel them: haply, my presence Doft thou love hawking? thou hast hawks will foar May well abate the over-merry (pleen,

Above the morning lark : Or wilt thou hunt? Wrach otherwise would grow into extremes. | Thy hounds shall make the welkin answer them,

Exit Lord. And fetch Thrill echoes from the bollow earth.

1 Man. Say, thou wilt course; thy greyhounds SC, E NE II.

are as swift A Roun in the Lord's House.

As breathed stags, ay, Peeter than the roe.

2 Max. Dolt thou love pictures we will fetch Ester Sly, with Attendants, some with apparel,

thee straight tai A ind mower, and other appartenances. Re-enter Adonis, painted by a ruoning brook; Lord.

And Cytherea all in sedges hid; 5!y. For Gul's fake, a pot of small ale. Which seem to move and wanton with her breath, M . Will't please your lordship drink a cup Even as the waving fedges play with wind. of lack

| Lord. We'll shew thee lo, as she was a maid; 1 Man. Willit please your honour taste of these And how the was beguiled and surprisid, conserves

As lively painted as the deed was done. [wood; 3 Mar. What raiment will your honour wear 3 Man, Or Daphne, roaming through a thorny to-day?

Iscratching her legs, that one ihall Iwear the bleeds:

I Perhaps we ought to read, distraught, i.e. distracted.


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And at that right shall sad Apollo weep,

Lady. Here, noble lord ; What is thy will with So workmanly the blood and tears are drawn.

her ? Lord. Thou art a lord, and nothing but a lord : Sly. Are you my wife, and will not call me Thou hast a lady far more beautiful

husband? Than any woman in this waining age.

My men should call me lord, I am your good-man. 1 Man. And, 'till the tears, that the hath shed Lady. My husband and my lord, my lord and for thee,

huiband; Like envious floods, o'er-ran her lovely face, I am your wife in all obedience. She was the fairest creature in the world;

Sly. I know it well :- What must I call her? And yet she is inferior to none.

Lord. Madam. Sly. Am I a lord ? and have I such a lady? Sly. Alce madam, or Joan madam sladios. Or do I dream? or have I dream'd 'till now? Lord. Madam, and nothing else; so lords call I do not scep ; I see, I hear, I speak;

Sly. Madam wife, they say, that I have dream'd I smell sweet savours, and I feel soft things :

. and slept Upon my life, I am a lord, indeed;

| Above some fifteen years and more. And not a tinker, nor Christopher Sly.

Lady. Ay, and the time seems thirty unto me ; Well, bring our lady hither to our sight;

Being all this time abandon'd from your bed. And once again, a pot o'the smallest ale.

Sly. 'Tis much ;- Servants, leave me and her 2 Man. Will't please your mightiness to wash your hands?

Madam, undress you, and come now to-bed. Oh, how we joy to see your wit restorid ! | Lady. Thrice noble lord, let me intreat of you, Oh! that once more you knew but what you are! To pardon me yet for a night or two; These fifteen years you have been in a dream ! Or, if not so, until the sun be set : Or, when you wak'd, so wak'd as if you slept. For your physicians have expressly charg'd, Sly. These fifteen years ! by my fay, a goodly In peril to incur your former malady, nap.

That I should yet absent me from your bed : But did I never speak of all that time?

I hope this reason stands for my excuse. 1 Man. Oh, yes, my lord; but very idle words:- Sly. Ay, it stands fo, that I may hardly tarry so For though you lay here in this goodly chamber, long. But I would be loth to fall into my dreams Yet would you say, ye were beaten out of door; again ; I will therefore tarry, in despight of the And rail upon the hostess of the house ;

tieth and the blood. And say you would present her at the leet",

Enter a Melenger. Because she brought stone-jugs, and no seala Mef. Your honour's players, hearing your quarts :

amendment, Sometimes you would call out for Cicely Hacket. Are come to play a pleasant comedy,

Sly. Ay, the woman's maid of the house. For so your doctors hold it very meet; 3 Man. Why, fir, you know no house, nor no Seeing too much sadness hath congeal'd your blood, such maid;

And melancholy is the nurse of phrenzy, Nor no such men, as you have reckon'd up. Therefore, they thought it good you hear a play, As Stephen Sly, and old John Naps of Greece. And frame your mind to mirth and merriment, And Peter Turf, and Henry Pimpernell;

Which bars a thousand harms, and lengthens life. And twenty more fuch names and men as these, Sly. Marry I will ; let them play it: Is not 3 Which never were, nor no man ever saw. commonty 3 a Christmas gambol, or a tumbling

Sly. Now, Lord be thanked for my good amends trick?
All. Amen.

| Lady. No, my good lord, it is more pleasing stuff.
Sly. I thank thee; thou shalt not lose by it. Sly. What, houthold ituff
Érter the Page, as a lady, with attendants. Lady. It is a kind of history.
Lady. How fares my noble lord ? [enough. Sly. Well, we'll see it: Come, madam wife,

Sly. Marry, I fare well; for here is cheer fit by my side, and let the world flip; we shall Where is my wife?

ne'er be younger.

1 Meaning, the Court leel, or courts of the manor. 2 Greece seems here to be no more than a quibble or pun (of which our author was remarkably fond) upon grease; when the expression will only imply that John Naps was a fat man. 3 Commonty is here probably put for comedy.


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For how I firmly am resolv'd you know;

That is not to bestow my youngest daughter, A Street in Padua.

| Before I have a husband for the elder : Florih. Enier Lucentio, and his man Tranio. If either of you both love Katharina, Luc. TRANIO, since-for the great desire I Because I know you well, and love you well, I had

Leave shall you have to court her at your pleasure. To see fair Padua, nursery of arts,

Gre. To cart her rather : She's too rough for me: I am arriv'd for fruitful Lombardy,

There, there, Hortenfio, will you any wife? The pleasant garden of great Italy;

Kath. I pray you, sir, is it your will
And, by my father's love and leave, am arm'd To make a stale of me amongst these mates ?
With his good will, and thy good company,

Hor. Mates, maid! how mean you that ? no Molt trusty servant, well approv'd in all ;

mates for you, Here let us breathe, and happily institute

Unless you were of gentler, milder mould. À course of learning, and ingenious 1 studies. - Kath. l' faith, fir, you shall never need to fear; Pila, renowned for grave citizens,

I-wis, it is not half way to her heart : Gave me my being, and my father first,

But, if it were, doubt not, her care shall be A merchant of great traffick through the world, To comb your noddle with a three-legg'd stool, Vincentio, come of the Bentivolii.

And paint your face, and use you like a fool. Vincentio his fon 2, brought up in Florence,

Hor. From all such devils, good Lord, deliver us! It shall become, to serve all hopes conceiv'd,

Gre. And me too, good Lord ! To deck his fortune with his virtuous deeds :

Tra. Huh, master! here is fome good pastime And therefore, Tranio, for the time I study,

toward; Vitve, and that part of philosophy

That wench is stark mad, or wonderful froward Will I apply 3, that treats of happiness dop Luc. But in the other's silence I do fee B; vutue 'specially to be atchiev'd.

Maid's mild behaviour and fobriety. Tell me thy mind : for I have Pisa left,

Peace, Tranio. And am to Padua come ; as he that leaves

Tra. Well said, master ; mum! and gaze your Athlow plah, tw plunge him in the deep,

Bap. Gentlemen, that I may soon Make good And with faciety seeks to quench his thirst. What I have faid-Bianca, get you in:

T 2. Me pardon ato 4, gentle master mine, And let it not displease thee, good Bianca; lan in all attested as yourtelf;.

For I will love thee ne'er the less, my girl Glad that you thus continuc your refolve,

Kaib. A pretty pear ! 'tis beft To fuck the sweets of sweet philosophy.

Put finger in the eye,-an she knew why. Only, good matter, while we do admire

Bian. Siiter, content you in my discontent.-This virtue, and this moral discipline,

Sır, to your pleafure humbly I subscribe : Let's be no stoicks, nor no stocks, I pray;

My books, and instruments, Mall be my company; Or fo devote to Aristotle's checks,

On them to look, and practise by myself. As Ovid be an outcast quite abjur'd:

Luc. Hark, Tranio ! thou may'st hear Miners? Talk logick with acquaintance that you have,


(Alide. And practise rhetorick in your common talk; Hor. Signior Baptista, will you be so strange 71 Mufick, and poesy, use to quicken you ;

Sorry am I that our good will affects
The mathematicks, and the metaphyficks, Bianca's grief.
Fall to them, as you find your stomach serves you :/ Gre. Why, will you mew her up,
So profit grows, where is no pleasure ta’en; Signior Baptitta, for this fiend of hell,
In brief, fir, study what you most affect.

And make her bear the penance of her tongue? Lx. Gramercies, Tranio, well doft thou advise. Bap. Gentlemen, content ye; I am refolv'd :li, Biondello, thou wert come ashore,

Go in, Bianca.

[Ex: Biança. We could at once put us in readiness ;

And, for I know the taketh most delight And take a lodging, fit to entertain

In mufick, instruments, and poetry, Such friends as time in Padua shall beget.

Schoolmasters will I keep within my house, But itay a while: What company is this?

Fit to inttruct her youth. If you, Hortenfio,-Tra. Mater, some hew to welcome us to town. Or fignior Gremio, you,-know any such, . Le Baptiła, with Katharina and Bianca. Gre-Prefer them hither; for to cunning men 8

and Hortenfia. Lucentio and Tranio stand by. I will be very kind, and liberal
Bap Gentlemen, importune me no farther, To mine own children in good bringing-up;

? Perhaps we ought to read, ingenuous. ? i. e. Vincentio's son. 3 i. e. will I apply to. 4 The Carrea Italian words are, “ Mi perdonate." 5 Meaning his rules. 6 Peat, or pet, is a word of ene darmad', from petit, little. 7 i.e. so fingular. $ Cunning here retains its original signification of talaj, karned; in which sense it is used in the translation of the Bible,


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