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Being all this time abandon'd from your bed. Are come to play a pleasant comedy, Sly. 'Tis much ;--Servants, leave me and For so your doctors hold it very meet ; her alone.--

Seeing too much sadness hath congeal'd your Madam, undress you, and come now to bed. And melancholy is the nurse of frenzy, [blood,

Page. Thrice roble lord, let me entreat of Therefore, they thought it good you hear a play, To pardon me yet for a night or two; [you, And frame your mind to mirth and merriment, Or, if not so, until the sun be set :

Which bars a thousand harms, and lengthens For your physicians have expressly charged,

life. In peril to incur your former malady,

Sly. Marry, I will; let them play it: Is That I should yet absent me from your bed: not a commonty * a Christmas gambol, or a I hope, this reason stands for my excuse.

tumbling-trick ? Sly. Ay, it stands so, that I may hardly Page. No, my good lord; it is more pleastarry so long. But I would be loth to fall ing stuff. into my dreams again ; I will therefore tarry, Sly. What, household stuff? in despite of the flesh and the blood.

Page. It is a kind of history.
Enter a Servant.

Sly. Well, we'll see't: Come, madam wife, Serð. Your honour's players, hearing your sit by my side, and let the world slip; we amendment,

shall ne'er be younger.

[They sit down.

ACT I.

SCENE I. Padua. A public Place. Fall to them, as you find your stomach serves
Enter LUCENT10 and Tranro.

you;
No profit grows,

where is no pleasure ta’en;
Luc. Tranio, since-for the great desire 1 In brief, sir, study what you most affect.
To see fair Padua, nursery of arts, (bad Luc. Gramercies, Tranio, well dost thou
I am arrived for fruitful Lombardy,

If, Biondello, thou wert come ashore, [advise. The pleasant garden of great Italy;

We could at once put us in readiness; And, by my father's love and leave, am arm'd And take a lodging, fit to entertain With his good will, and thy good company, Such friends, as time in Padua shall beget. Most trusty servant, well approved in all; But stay awhile : What company is this? Here let us breathe, and happily institute Tra. Master, some show, to welcome us to A course of learning, and ingenious t studies.

town. Pisa, renowned for grave citizens,

Enter BAPTISTA, KATHARINA,, BIANCA, Gave me my being, and my father first,

GREM10, and HORTENSIO. LUCENTIO A merchant of great traffic through the world, and TRANIO stand aside. Vincentio, come of the Bentivolii.

Bap. Gentlemen, importune me no further, Vincentio his son, brought up in Florence, For how I firmly am resolved you know; It shall become, to serve all hopes conceived, That is,-not to bestow my youngest daughter, To deck his fortune with his virtuous deeds: Before I have a husband for the elder: And therefore, Tranio, for the time I study, If either of you both love Katharina, Virtue, and that part of philosophy

Because I know you well, and love you well, Will I apply, that treats of happiness Leave shall you have to court her at your pleaBy virtue 'specially to be achieved.

[me:Tell me thy mind : for I have Pisa left, Gre. To cart her rather: She's too roughi for And ain to Padua come; as he that leaves There, there Hortensio, will you any wife? A shallow plash i, to plunge him in the deep, Kath. I

:pray you, sir, [To Bar.] is it your And with satiety seeks to quench his thirst.

will Tra. Mi perdonate ý, gentle master inine, To make a stale** of me amongst these mates ? I am in all affected as yourself;

Hor. Mates, maid! how mean you that? no Glad that you thus continue your resolve,

mates for you, 4 To suck the sweets of sweet philosophy.

Unless

you were of gentler, mitder mould. Only, good master, while we do admire Kath. I'faith, sir, you sball never need to This virtue, and this moral discipline,

I wistt, it is not half way to her heart : [fear; Let's be no stoics, nor no stocks, I pray ; But, if it were, doubt not her care should be Or so devote to Aristotle's checks II,

To comb your noddle with a three-legg'd stool, As Ovid be an outcast quite abjured:

And paint your face, and use you like a fool Talk logie with acquaintance that you have, Hor. From allsuch devils, good Lord, deliver And practise rhetoric in your common talk: Gre. And me too, good Lord!

(ns! Music and poesy use to quicken you;

Tra. Hush, master here is some good pax. The mathematics, and the metaphysics,

time toward;

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That wench is stark mad, or wonderful froward. Hor. I say, a hashani.

Luc. But in the other's silence I do see Gre. I say, a devil: Think'st thou, HortenMaids' mild behaviour and subriety.

sio, though her father be very rich, any inan Peace, Tranio.

[your fill. is so very a fool to be married to hell? Tra. Well said, master : mom! and gaze Hor. Tush, Gremio, though it pass your Bap. Gentlemen, that I may soon make good patience, and mine, to endure her loud ala. What I have said,

-Bianca, get you in : rums, why, men, there be good fellows in And let it not displease thee, good Bianca; the world, an a man could light on them, For 1 will love thee ne'er the less, my girl. would take her with all faults, and money Kath. A pretty peat* ! 'tis best

enough. Put finger in the eye,-an she knew why. Gre. I cannot tell; but I had as lief take Bian. Sister, content you in my discon- her dowry with this condition,-to be whipped tent.

at the high cross every morning. Sir, to your pleasure humbly I subscribe : Hor. 'Faith, as you say, there's small choice My books, and instruments, shall be my com- in rotten apples. "But, come; since this bar pany;

in law makes us friends, it shall be so far On them to look, and practise by myself. forth friendly maintained, -till by helping Luc. Hark, Tranio i thou may'st hear Mi. Baptista's eldest daughter to a husband, we nerva, speak.

[Aside. set his youngest free for a husband, and then Hor. Signior Baptista will you be so strange? bave to't afresh.--Sweet Bianca !-Happy Sorry am I, that our good will effects

man be his dole **! He that runs fastest, gets Bianca's grief.

the ring. How say you, signior Gremio ! Gre. Why, will

yon mewt her up, Gre. I am agreed; and 'would I had given Signior Baptista, for this fiend of hell, him the best horse in Padua to begin his And make her bear the penance of her tongue? wooing, that would thoronghly woo her, wed Bap. Gentlemen, content ye; I am re her, and bed her, and rid the house of her,

Come on.

[Exeunt Gre. and Hor. Go in, Bianca.

[Exit BIANCA. Tra. (Advancing.) I pray, sir, tell me --Is And for I know, she taketh most delight

it possible In music, instruments, and poetry,

That love should of a sudden take such hold? Schoolmasters will I keep within my house, Luc. O Tranio, till I found it to be true, Fit to instruct her youth.-If you, Hortensio, I never thought it possible, or likely; Or signior Gremio, you,-know any such, But sce! while idly I stood looking on, Prefer I them bither; for to cunnings men I found the effect of love in idleness : I will be very kind, and liberal

And now in plainness do confess to thee,To mine own children in good bringing up; That art to me as secret, and as dear, And so farewell. Katharina, you may stay; As Anna to the queen of Carthage was,For I have more to commune with Bianca. Tranio, I burn, I pine, I perish, Tranio,

[Exit. If I achieve not this young modest girl: Kath. Why, and I trust, I may go too ; Counsel me, Tranio, for I know thon cańst; May I not;

(belike, Assist me, Tranio, for I know thou wilt. What, sball I he appointed hours; as though, Tra. Master, it is no time to chide you now; I knew not what to take, and what to leave? Affection is not rated tt from the heart : Ha?

[Erit. If love have touch'd you, nought remains but Gre. You may go to the devil's dam; your So, gifts || are so good, here is none will hold you. Redime te captum quam queas minimo. Their love is not so great, Hortensio, but we Luc. Gramercies, lad ; go forward : this may blow our nails together, and fast it fairly contents; out; our cake's dough on both sides. Fare. The rest will comfort, for thy counsel's sound. well :-Yet, for the love I bear my sweet Tra. Master, you look'd so longly if on the Bianca, if I can by any means light on a fit maid, man, to teach her that wherein she delights, I Perhaps you mark'd not what's the pith of all. will wish him to her father.

Luc. () yes, I saw sweet beauty in her face, Hor. So will I, signior Gremio : But a Such as the daughter os of Agenor had, word, I pray. Though the nature of our

quar. That made great Jove to humble him to her rel yet never brook'd parle, know now, upon hand,

(strand. advice, it toucheth us both,-that we may When with his knees he kiss'd the Cretan yet again have access to our fair mistress, and Tra. Saw you no more ; mark'd you not, be happy rivals in Bianca's love,--to labour how her sister and effect one thing 'specially.

Began to scold; and raise up such a storm, Gre. What's thai, I pray?

That mortal ears might hardly endure the din ? Hor. Marry, sir, to get a husband for her Luc. Tranio, I saw her coral lips to move,

And with her breath she did perfume the air; Gre. A husband! a devil.

Sacred, and sweet, was all I saw in her. + Shut. | Recommend. Knowing, learned. ! Endowments. Consideration, #. Gain or los. ++ Driven out by chiding. II Longingly.

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sister.

. Pet.

Tra. Nay, then, 'tis time to stir him from I kill'd a man, and fear I was descried 5: his trance.

Wait you on him, I charge you, as becomes, I pray, awake, sir ; If you love the maid, While I make way from hence to save my life: Bend thoughts and wits to achieve her. Thus You understand ine? it stands :

Bion.

I, sir, ne'er a whit. Her elder sister is so carst and shrewd,

Luc. And not a jot of Tranio in your moutb; That, till the father rid his hands of her, Tranio is changed into Lucentio. Master, your love must live a maid at home : Bion. The better for him : Would I were so And therefore has he closely mew'd her up,

too!

(wish after, Because she shall not be annoy'd with suitors. Tra. So would I, faith, boy, to have the next

Luc. Ah, Tranio, what a cruel father's be! That Lucentio indeed bad Baptista's youngest But art thou not advised, he took some care daughter.

(-I advise To get her cunning schoolmasters to instruct But, sirrah,—not for my sake,but your master's, her ?

(plotted. You use your manners discreetly in all kind Tra. Ay, marry, am I, sir; and now 'tis of companies : Luc. I have it, Tranio.

When I am alone, why then I am Tranio ; Tra.

Master, for my hand, But in all places else, your master Lucentio. Both our inventions meet and jump in one. Luc. Tranio, let's go :Luc. Tell me thine first.

One thing more rests, that thyself execnte ;Tra.

You will be schoolmaster, To make one among these wooers : If thou And undertake the teaching of the maid :

ask me why, That's your device.

Suificeth, my reasons are both good and Luc. It is : May it be done? weighty.

(Ereunt. Tra. Not possible: For who shall bear your 1. Serv. My lord, you nod; you do not And be in Padua here Vincentio's son 3 (part, mind the play. Keep house, and ply bis book; welcome his Sly. Yes, by Saint Anne, do 1. A good friends ;

matter, surely : Comes there any more of it?. Visit his countrymen, and banquet them? Page. My lord, 'tis but begun.

Luc. Basta *; content thee; for I have it full. Sly. 'Tis a very excellent piece of work, We have not yet been seen in any house; madam lady: 'Would 'trere done! Nor can we be distinguish'd by our faces,

SCENE II. The same. Before Hortensio's For man, or master: then it follows thus :

House.
Thou shalt be master, Tranio, in my stead,
Keep house, and port t,and servants,as I should:

Enter PETRUCH10 and GRUMIO.
I will some other be ; some Florentine, Pet. Verona, for a while I take my leave,
Some Neapolitan, or mean man of Pisa. To see my friends in Padua; but, of all,
'Tis hatch'd, and shall be so :-Tranio, at once My best beloved and approved friend,
Uncase thee; take my culour'd hat and cloak: Hortensio; and, I trow, this is his house :-
When Biondello comes, he waits on thee; Here, sirrah Grumio; knock, I say.
But I will charm him first to keep his tongue. Gru. Knock, sir ! whom should I knock?
Tra. So had you need.

is there any man has rebused your worship! (They exchange habits. Pet. Villain, I say, knock me here soundly. In brief then, sir, sitht it your pleasure is, Gru. Knock you here, sir ? why, sir, what And I am tied to be obedient;

am 1, sir, that I should knock you here, sir? (For so your father charged me at our parting; Pet. Villain, I knock me at this gate, Be serviceable to my son, quoth he; And rap me well, or I'll knock your knave's Although, I think, 'twas in another sense;)

pate. I am content to be Lucentio,

Gru. My master is grown quarrelsone: I Because so well I love Lucentio.

should knock you first, Luc. Tranio, be so, because Lucentio loves. And then I know after who comes by the worst. And let me be a slave, to achieve that maid Pet. Will it not be ? Whose sudden sight hath thrall'd my wounded 'Faithi, sirrah, an you'll not knock, I'll wringit; eye.

I'll try how you can sol, fa, and sing it.
Enter BIONDELLO.

(He wrings GRUM10 by the ears. Here comes the rogue.-Sirrah, where have! Gru. Help, masters, help! my master is mad.

(where are you? Pet. Now, knock when I bid you : sirrab! Bion. Where have I been ? Nay, how now, villain ! Master, has my fellow Tranio stolen your

Enter Hortensio. clothes ?

[news ? Hor. How now? what's the matter - My Or you stolen his ? or both? pray what's the old friend Grumio! and my good friend

Luc. Sirrah, come hither;'tis no time to jest, Petruchio !-How do you all at Verona And therefore frame your manners to the time. Pet. Signior Hortensio, come you to part Your fellow Tranio bere, to save my life,

the fray ? Puts my apparel and my countenance on,

Con tutto il core bene trovato, may I say. And I for my escape have put on his ;

Hor. Alla nostra casa bene venuto, For in a quarrel, since I came ashore, Molto honorato signor mio Petruchio.

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Rise, Grumio, rise; we will compound this fifty horses : why, nothing comes amiss, so quarrel.

money comes withal. Gru. Nay, 'tis no matter, what he leges * Hor. Petruchio, since we have stepp'd thus in Latin.--If this be not a lawful cause for me I will continue that I broach'd in jest. [far in, to leave his service.- Look you, sir,-he bid I can, Petruchio, help thee to a wife me knock him, and rap him soundly, sir : Well, With wealth enough, and young,and beauteous; was it fit for a servant to use his master so; Brought up as best becomes a gentlewoman: being, perhaps, (for aught I see, two-and. Her only fault (and that is faults enough) thirty,-a pip out ?

Is--that she is intolerably curst, {sure, Whom, 'would to God, I had well knock'd at And shrewd, and froward; so beyond all mea. first,

That, were my state far worser than it is, Then had not Grumio come by the worst. I would not wed her for a mine of gold.

Pet. A senseless villain-Good Hortensio, Pet. Hortensio, peace ; thou kuow'st not I bade the rascal knock upon your gate,

gold's effect : And could not get him for my heart to do it. Tell me her father's name, and 'tis enough;

Gru. Knock at the gate?-0 heavens ! For I will board her, though she chide as loud Spake you not these words plain,-Sirrah, Asthunder, when the clouds ju autumn crack, knock me here,

(soundly? Hor. Her father is Baptista Minola, Rap me here, knock me well, and knock ine An affable and courteous gentleman : And come you now with-knocking at the gate? Her name is Katharina Minola, Pet. Sirrah, be gone, or talk not, I advise Renown'd in Padua for her scolding tongue. you.

(pledge : Pet. I know her father, though I kuow not Hor. Petruchio, patience; I am Grumio's And he knew my deceased father well: [her ; Why, this a heavy chance 'twixt him and you; I will not sleep, Hortensio, till I see her; Your ancient, trusty, pleasant servant Grümio. And therefore let me be thus bold with you, And tell me now, sweet friend, what happy To give you over at this first encounter, gale

Unless you will accompany me thither. Blows yon to Padaa here, from old Verona? Gru. I pray you, sir, let him go while the Pet. Such wind as scatters young men humour lasts. O’ my word, an she knew him through the world,

as well as I do, she would think scolding To seek their fortunes further than at home, would do little good upon him: She may, Where small experience grows. But, in a few t, perhaps, call him half a score of knaves, or Signior Hortensio, thus it stands with me:- so : why, that's nothing: an he begin once, Antonio, my father, is deceased;

he'll rail' in his rope-tricks ll. I'll tell you And I have thrust myself into this maze, what, sir,-an she stand I him, but a little, he Haply to wive, and thrive, as best I may : will throw a tigure in her face, and so disfiCrowns in my purse I have, and goods at home, gure her with it, that she shall have no more And so am come abroad to see the world. eyes to see withal than a cat: You know him Hor. Petruchio, shall I then come roundly not, sir. to thee,

Hor. Tarry, Petruchio, I must go with thee; And wish thee to a shrewd ill-favour'd wife? For in Baptista's keep ** my treasure is : Thou’dst thank me but a little for my counsel : He hath the jewel of my life in hold, And yet I'll promise thee sbe shall be rich, His youngest daughter, beautiful Bianca ; And very rich :-But thou’rt too much my And her withholds from ine, and other more friend,

Suitors to her, and rivals in my love : And I'll not wish thee to her.

Supposing it a thing impossible, Pet. Signior Hortensio;'twixt such friends (For those defects I have before rehearsed,) as we

That ever Katharina will be woo'd;
Few words suffice: and, therefore, if thou know Therefore this ordert t hath Baptista ta'en ;-
One rich enough to be Petruchio's wife, That none shall bave access unto Bianca,
(As wealth is burthen of my wooing dance,) Till Katharine the curst have got a husband.
Be she as foul as was Florentius' love,

Gru. Katharine the curst!
As old as Sibyl, and as curst and shrewd A title for a maid, of all titles the worst.
As Socrates' Xantippe, or a worse,

Hor. Now shall my friend Petruchio do She moves me not, or not removes, at least,

me grace; Affection's edge in me; were she as rough And offer me, disguised in sober robes, As are the swelling Adriatic seas:

To old Baptista as a schoolmaster I come to wive it wealthily in Padua; Well seen it in music, to instruct Bianca : If wealthily, then happily in Padua.

That so I may by this device, at least, Gru. Nay, look you, sir, he tells you flatly Have leave and leisure to make love to her, what his mind is : Why, give him gold enough And, unsuspected, court her by herself. and marry him to a puppet, or an aglet-baby ; Enter GREMIO ; with him LUCENTIO dis. or an old trot with ne'er a tooth in her head, guised, with books under his arm.

hough she have as many diseases as two and Gru. Here's knavery! See, to beguile the • Alleges. + Few words. | See the story, No. 39, of " A Thousand Notable Things." A small imiga on the tag of a lace. # Abusive language.

Withstand. ** Custody. tt These measures.

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old folks, how the young folks lay their heads Pet,

Will I live? together? Master, master, look about you : Gru. Will he woo her? ay, or I'll hang Who goes there? ha!

(Aside Hlor. Peace, Gramio : 'tis the rival of my Pet. Why came I hither, but to that intent? Petruchio, stand by a whiie. [love :- Think you, a little din can daunt mine ears? Gru. A proper stripling, and an amorous ! Have I not in my time heard lions roar ?

[They retire. Have I not heard the sea, puff'd up with winds,
Gre. 0, very well; I have perused the nute. Rage like an angry boar, chafed with sweat?
Hark you, sir; I'll have them very fairly bound: Have I not heard great ordnance in the field,
All books of love, see that at any hand*; And heaven's artillery thunder in the skies?
And see you read no other lectures to her: Have I not in a pitched battle heard (clang?
You understand me;-Over and beside Loud 'larums, neighing steeds, and trumpets'
Signior Baptista's liberality, [pers too, And do you tell me of a woman's tongue,
I'li mend it with a largesst:-Take your pa- | That gives not half so great a blow to the ear
And let me have them very well perfumed;

As will a chestnut in a farmer's fire?
For sbe is sweeter than perfume itself, {her? Tush ! tush ! fear boys with bugs 1.
To whom they go. What will you read to Gru.

For he fears none. (Aside. Luc. Whate'er I read to her, I'll plead for Gre. Hortensio, hark ! yoni,

This gentleman is happily arrived, As for my patron, (stand you 80 assured,) My mind presumes, for his own good, and ours. As firmly as yourself were still in place : Hor. I promised we would be contributors, Yea, and (perhaps) with more successful words And bear his charge of wooing, whatsoe'er. Than you, unless you were a scholar, sir. Gre. And so we will; provided that he win Gre. O this learning; what a thing it is !

her. Gru. O this woodcock! what an ass it is! Gru. I would I were as sure of a good Pet. Peace, sirrah. (Gremio! dinner.

(Aside. Hor. Grumio, mum!-God save you, siguior Enter TRANIO, bravely apparelled ; and Gre. And you're well met, signior Hor

BIONDELLO. tensio. Trow you,

Tra. Gentlemen, God save you! If I may Whither I am going ?--To Baptista Minola. be boil,

(way I promise to inquire carefully

Tell me, I beseech yoq, which is the readiest About a schoolmaster for fair Bianca : To the house of signior Baptista Minola ? And, by good fortune, I have lighted well Gre. He that has the two fair daughters :On this young man; for learning and beha- | is't [Aside to TRANIO.] he you mean? Fit for her turn; well read in poetry (viour,

Tra. Even he. Biondello! And other books,-good ones I warrant you. Gre. Hark you, sir; You mean not her to

Hor. 'Tis well: and I have met a gentleman, Tru. Perhaps him and her, sir; What have Hath promised me to help me to another,

you to do? A fine musician to instruct our mistress

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Pet. Not her that chides, sir ; at any hand, Su shall I no whit be behind in duty

(away. To fair Bianca, so beloved of me.

Tra. I love no chiders, sir :-Biondello, let's Gre. Beloved of me,-and that my deeds Luc. Well begun, Tranio.

(A side. shall prove.

Hor. Sir, a word ere you go ;- (or no? Gru. And that his bags shall prove. (Aside. Are you a suitor to the maid you talk of, yea

Hor. Gremio, 'tis now no time to vent our Tra. An if I be, sir, is it any offence ? Listen to me, and if you speak me fair, (love: Gre. No; if without more words, you will I'll tell you news indifferent good for either.

get you hence.

[as free Here is a gentleman, whom by chance I met, Tra. Why, sir, I pray, are not the streets Upon agreement from us to his liking, For me as for you? Will undertake to woo carst Katharine;

Gre.

But so is not she. Yea, and to marry her, if her dowry please.

Tra. For what reason, I beseech yon ? Gre. So said, so done, is well :

Gre. For this reason, if you'll know,Hortensio, have you told him all her faults ? That she's the choice love of signior Gremio. Pet. I know, she is an irksome brawling Hor. That she's the chosen of signior Horscold;

tensio.

[men, If that be all, masters, I hear no harm. Tra. Softly, my masters ! if you be gentleGre. No! say'st ine so friend? What coun. Do me this right-hear me with patience. tryman ?

Baptista is a noble gentleman, Pet. Born in Verona, old Antonio's son: To whom my father is not all unknown; My father dead, my fortune lives for me; And, were his daughter fairer than she is, And I do hope good days, and long, to see. She may more suitors have, and me for one. Gre. 0, sir, such a life, with such a wife, Fair Leda's daughter had a thousand wooers; were strange:

[name, Then well one more may fair Bianca have: Buit, if you have stomach to't o' God's And so she shall; Lucentio shall make one, You shall have me assisting you in all. Though Paris came in hope to speed alone. [all. But will you woo this will cat?

Gre. What! this gentleman will out-talk us . Rate. + Present.

Fright boys with bug-bears.

I pray.

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