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TAMING

OF

THE SHREW.

Persons in the

Induction.

Pedant, an old Fellow, set up to personale l'in-
Tailor, Haberdasher, and Servants, attending on

PERSONS REPRESENTED.
A Lord.
CHRISTOPHER SLY, a drunken

Tinker,
Hostess, Page, Players, Hunts-
men, and other Servants at-

tending on the Lord,
BAPTISTA, a rich Gentleman of Padua.
VINCENTIO, an old Gentleman of Pisa.
LUCENTIO, Son to Vincentio, in love with Bianca,
PETRUCHIO, a Gentleman of Verona, c Suitor to

Katharina
GREMIO,
HORTENSIO,

}Suitors to Bianca. TRANIO, BIONDELLO,

Servants to Lucento. GRUMIO; }Servants to Petruchio.

centio.
Branca, her sister hrews, Daughters lo Baptists.

Baptista and Petruchio.
SCENE,—Sometimes in Padua ; and sometimes in

Petruchio's House in the Country.

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TAMING OF THE SHREW.

INDUCTION.
SCENE I.-Before an Ale-house on a Heath.

Enter Hostess and SLY.
Sly. I'll pheese you, in faith.
Host. A pair of stocks, you rogue !

Sly. Y'are a baggage; the Slies are no rogues: Look in the chronicles, we came in with Richard Conqueror. Therefore, paucus pallabris ; let the world slide :

Sessa!
Host. You will not pay for the glasses you have bursi ?

Sly. No, not a devier : Go by, says Jeronimy;
Go to thy cold bed, and warm thee.

Host. I know my remedy, I inust go fetch the thirdborough.

(Erit. Sly. Third, or fourth, or fifth borough, I'll answer him by law i'll not budge an inch, boy; let him come, and kindly.

(Lies down on the ground, and falls asleep.)

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lord.

[with ale,

I Hun. Believe me, lord, I think he cannot choose.

IY'ind horns.

Enter a Lord from hunting, with

Huntsmen and Serevents.
Lord. Huntsman, I charge thee, tender mell my

hounds:
Brash Merriman, - the poor cur is embossid,
And couple Clowder with the deep-mouth'd brach.
Saw'st thou not, boy, how Silver made it good
At the hedge corner, in the coldest fault?
I would not lose the dog for twenty pound.

Hun. Why, Belman is as good as he, my lord;
He cried upon it at the

loss,
And twice to-das pick'd out the dullest scent:
Trust me, I take him for the better dog.

Lord. Thou art a fool; if Echo were as flect,
I would esteem himn worth a dozen such.
But well, and look unto them all;
To-morrow I intend to hunt again.
1 Hun. I will,

my
Lord. What 's

here ? one dead, or drunk ? Sec, dotb he breathe 2. Hun. He breathes, my lord: Were he not warnu'd This were a bed but cold to sleep so soundly,

Lord. O monstrous beast : how like a swine he lies Grim death! how foul and loathsome is thine image Sirs, I will practise on this drunken no bed, Wrapp'd in sweet clothes, rings put upon his fingers, And brave attendants near him when he wakes, Would not the beggar then forget himself? 2 Hun. It would seem strange unto him when lo

waked.
Lord. Even as a flattering dream, or worthless fadey.
Then take him up, and manage well the jest:
Carry him gently to my fairest chamber,
And hang it round with all my wanton pictures;
Balm his foul head with warm distilled waters,
And burn sweet wood to make the lodging sweet;
Procure me music ready when he wakes,

dulcet and a heavenly sound;
And if he chance to speak, be ready straight,
And, with a low submissive reverence,
Say,--What is it your honour will command ?
Let one attend him with a silver basin,
Pull of rose-water, and bestrew'd with flowers ;
Another bear the ever, the third a diuper,

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son ;

Zord. Tis very true,-thou didst it excellent.

And say; -Wilt please your lor lahip cool your hands ?
Some one be ready with a costly suit,
And ask him what apparel he will wear ;
Another tell him of his hounds and horse,
And that his lady mourns at his disease :
Persuade him, that lie hath been lunatic ;
And, when he

say, that he dreams,
For he is nothing but a mighty lord.
This do, and do it kindly, gentle sirs ;
If it be husbanded with modesty.

1 Hun. My As he shall think

you, we'll play our part,

true diligence, He is no less than what we say he is.

Lord. Take him up gently, and to bed with him; And each one to his office, when he wakes.

(Some bear out Sly. A trumpet sounds.) Sirrah, go see what trumpet'tis that sounds :

[Erit Serrant. Belike some noble gentleman, that means, Travelling some journey, to repose him here.

Re-enter a Sernant.
How now? who is it!
Serv.

An it please your honour,
Players, that offer service to your lordship.
Lord. Bid them come near;

Enter Players.

Now, fellows, you are welcome. 1 Play. We thank your honour. Lord. Do you intend to stay with me to-night? % Play. So please your lordship to accept our duts,

Lord. With all my heart. This fellow I remember, Since once he played a farmer's eldest 1 have forgot your name; but, sure, that part Was aptly Atted, and naturally perform d. 1

I think, 'twas Soto that your honour means Well, you are come to me in happy time; The rather for I have some sport in hand, Wherein your cunning can assist me much. There is a lord will hear you play to-night: But I am doubtful of your modesties; Lest, over-eying of his odd behaviour,

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