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A Lord, before whom the Play is suppos’d to be play'd.
The Persons of the Play itself are,
} Pretenders to Bianca. TRANIO,
} Servants to Lucentio.
CATHARINA, the Shrew.
Tailor, Haberdashers, with Servants attending on BAPTISTA
SCENE, Sometimes in Padua, and sometimes in Petruchio's
House in the Country.
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW.
I N D U C T I O N.
Enter Hostess, and Sly.
SLY. 'LL pheeze you, in faith.
Hoft. 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 palabris, let the world Nlide : Seja. Hof. You will not pay for the glasses you have burst?
Sly. No, not a denier : go by, Jeronymo, — go to thy cold bed, and warm thee. Hoft. I know my remedy; I must go fetch the thirdborough.
[Exit. 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.
[falls asleep. SCENE II. Wind horns. Enter a Lord from hunting, with a train. Lord. Huntsman, I charge thee, tender well my hounds; Leech Merriman, the poor cur is emboss’d; And couple Clowder with the deepmouth'd brach. Saw'st thou not, boy, how Silver made it good · He means to say, pocas palabras.
Go by, Jeronymo, was a kind of by-word in the author's days, as appears by it's being used in the fame manner by Ben. Jonson, Beaumont and Fletcher, and other writers near that time. It arose first from a passage in an old play call’d Hieronymo or The Spanish Tragedy.
I i 2
At the hedge-corner in the coldest fault?
Hun. Why, Belman is as good as he, my lord;
Lord. Thou art a fool; if Eccho were as feet,
Hun. I will, my lord.
2 Hun. He breathes, my lord. Were he not warm’d with ale, This were a bed but cold, to sleep so soundly.
Lord. O monstrous beast! how like a swine he lies !
i Hun. Believe me, lord, I think, he cannot choose.
Lord. Even as a flatt'ring dream, or worthless fancy.
Full of rosewater, and bestrew'd with flowers;
i Hun. My lord, I warrant you we'll play our part,
. Lord. Take him up gently, and to bed with him ; And each one to his office when he wakes. (found Trumpets. Sirrah, go, see what trumpet 'tis that sounds. [Sly is carried of. Belike, fome noble gentleman that means, Travelling some journey, to repose him here.
Enter Servant. How now? who is it?
Serv. Please your honour, players
Play. We thank your honour.