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Some comet or unusual prodigy?
Bap. Why, sir, you know this is your wedding-

day:
First were we sad, fearing you would not come;
Now sadder, that you come so unprovided.
Fye! doff this habit, shame to your estate,
An eye-sore to our solemn festival.

Tra. And tell us, what occasion of import Hath all so long detain'd you from your wife, And sent you hither so unlike yourself?

Pet. Tedious it were to tell, and harsh to hear : Sufficeth, I am come to keep my word, Though in some part enforced to digress * ; Which, at more leisure, I will so excuse As you shall well be satisfied withal. But, where is Kate? I stay too long from her ; The morning wears, 'tis time we were at church.

Tra. See not your bride in these unreverend robes; Go to my chamber, put on clothes of mine.

Pet. Not I, believe me; thus I'll visit her.
Bap. But thus, I trust, you will not marry her.
Pet. Good sooth, even thus; therefore haye done

with words;
To me she's married, not unto my clothes :
Could I repair what she will wear in me,
As I can change these poor accoutrements,
'Twere well for Kate, and better for myself.
But what a fool am I, to chat with you,
When I should bid good-morrow to my bride,
And seal the title with a lovely kiss ?

[Exeunt Petrucio, Grumio, and Biondello.
Tra. He hath some meaning in his mad attire:
We will persuade him, be it possible,
To put on better ere he go to church.
Bap. I'll after him, and see the event of this.

(Exit. Tra. But, sir, to her love concerneth us to add Her father's liking: Which to bring to pass, As I before imparted to your worship,

* i.e. To deviate from my promise,

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I am to get a man,--whate'er he be,
It skills* not much : we'll fit him to our turn,
And he shall be Vincentio of Pisa ; :
And make assurance, here in Padua,
Of greater sums thạn I have promised,
So shall yoy quietly enjoy your hope,
And marry sweet Bianca with consent.

Luc. Were it, not that my fellow schoolmaster
Doth wątch Bianca's steps so, narrowly,
'Twere good, methinks, to steal our marriage;
Which once perform’d, let all the world say-no,
I'll keep mine own, despite of all the world.

Tra. That by degrees we mean to look into,
And watch our vantage in this business :
We'll over-reach the greybeard, Gremio,
The narrow-prying father, Minola;
The quaintt musician, amorous Licio; .
All for my master's sake, Lucentio.-

.Re-enter Gremio.
Signior Gremio ! came you from the church ?
Gre. As willingly as e'er I came from school.
Tra. And is the bride and bridegroom coming

home? ang saries. Gre. A bridegroom, say you? 'tis a groom, in

deed, so as otse sind: A grumbling groom, and that the girl shall find.

Tra. Curster than she? why, 'tis impossible. Gre, Why, he's a devil, a devil, a very fiend. Tra. Why, she's a devil, a devil, the devil's dam. Grę. Tut! she's a lamb, a dove, a fool to him. I'll tell you, şir Lucentio : When the priest Should ask-if Katharine should be his wife, Ay, by gogs-wouns, quoth ḥe; and swore so loud, That, all amaz'd, the priest let fall the book : And, as he stoop'd again to take it up, The mad-braind bridegroom took him such a cuff, That down fell priest and book, and book and priest; Now take them up, quoth he, if any list.

* Matters. † Strange.

Tra. What said the wench, when he arose again? Gre. Trembled and shook; for why, he stamp'd,

and swore, . . ! As if the vicar meant to cozen him. But after many ceremonies done, He calls for wine :-A health, quoth he; as if He had been aboard, carousing to his mates After a storm :-Quaff'd off the muscadel *, . And threw the sops all in the sexton's face; Having no other reason, But that his beard grew thin and hungerly, And seem'd to ask him sops as he was drinking. This done, he took the bride about the neck; And kiss'd her lips with such a clamorous smack, That, at the parting, all the church did echo. I, seeing this, came thence for very shame, . And after me, I know, the rout is coming : Such a mad marriage never was before; Hark, hark! I hear the minstrels play. (Musick. Enter Petruchio, Katharina, Bianca, Baptista, Hor

tensio, Grumio, and train. Pet. Gentlemen and friends, I thank you for your

pains: I know, you think to dine with me to-day, And have prepar'd great store of wedding cheer; But so it is, my haste doth call me hence, And therefore here I mean to take my leave.

Bap. Is't possible, you will away to-night? .

Pet. I must away to-day, before night come :Make it no wonder; if you knew my business," " You would entreat me rather go than stay."" And, honest company, I thank you all; That have beheld me give away-myself .05 To this most patient, sweet, and virtuous wife : Dine with my father, drink a health to me;' ". For I must hence, and farewell to you all." "?

Tra. Let us entreat you stay till after dinner. * It was the custom for the company present lo drink wine immediately after the marriage-ceremony.

Pet. It may not be.
Gre.

Let me entreat you.
Pet. It cannot be.
Kath.

Let me entreat you.
Pet. I am content.
Kath.

Are you content to stay? Pet. I am content you shall entreat me stay; But yet not stay, entreat me how you can. '

Kath. Now, if you love me, stay.
Pet.

Grumio, my horses, Gru. Ay, sir, they be ready; the oats have eaten the horses.

Kath. Nay, then, Do what thou canst, I will not go to-day; No, nor to-morrow, nor till I please myself, The door is open, sir, there lies your way. You may be jogging, whiles your boots are green; For me, I'll not be gone, till I please myself: 'Tis like, you'll prove a jolly surly groom, That tame it on you at the first so roundly. Pet. 0, Kate, content thee; pr’ythee, be not

angry. Kath. I will be angry; What hast thou to do?Father, be quiet , he shall stay my leisure. Gre. Ay, marry, sir : now it begins to work.

Kath. Gentlemen, forward to the bridal dinner:I see a woman may be made a fool, If she had not a spirit to resist. Pet. They shall go forward, Kate, at thy com

mand:Obey the bride, you that attend on her: Go to the feast, revel and domineer, Carouse full measure to her maidenhead, Be mad and merry,--or go hang yourselves; But for my bonny Kate, she must with me. Nay, look not big, nor stamp, nor stare, nor fret; I will be master of what is mine own: She is my goods, my chattels; she is iny house, My household-stuff, my field, my barn, My horse, my ox, my ass, my any thing ; .

And here she stands, touch her whoever dare;
I'll bring my action on the proudest he
That stops my way in Padua.--Grumio,
Draw forth thy weapon, we're beset with thieves ;
Rescue thy mistress, if thou be a man :---
Fear not, sweet wench, they shall not touch thee,

Kate;
I'll buckler thee against a million.

(Exeunt Petruchio, Katharine, and Grumio. Bap. Nay, let them go, a couple of quiet ones. Gre. Went they not quickly, I should die with

laughing. Tra. Of all mad matches, never was the like! Luc. Mistress, what's your opinion of your sister? Bian. That, being mad herself, she's madly mated. Gre. I warrant him, Petruchio is Kated. Bap. Neighbours and friends, though bride and

bridegroom wants For to supply the places at the table, You know, there wants no junkets * at the feast ;--Lucentio, you shall supply the bridegroom's place; And let Bianca take her sister's room.

Tra. Shall sweet Bianca practise how to bride it? Bap. She shall, Lucentio.---Come, gentlemen, let's go.

.. (Exeunt.

ACT IV. SCENE I. A hall in Petruchio's country-house.

Enter Grumio. Gru. Fye, fye, on all tired jades! on all mad masters, and all foul ways! Was ever man so beaten? was ever man so rayed t; was ever man so weary? I am sent before to make a fire, and they are coming after to warm them. Now, were not I a little pot, and soon hot, my very lips might freeze to my teeth, my tongue to the roof of my mouth, my heart in my * Delicacies.

of Bewrayed ; dirty. VOL. III.

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