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Vied korns. Enter a LORD from hunting, with
Brah Mertiman, - the poor cur is emboss'd,
And couple Clowder with the deep-mouth'd brach.
Se's thou not, boy, how Silver made it good
At the edge corner, in the coldest fault?

I would not lose the dog for twenty pound.
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TAMING OF THE SHREW.

PERSONS REPRESENTED.
A Laro.

TRANIO,
BIONDELLO,

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CARISTOTNES SLY, a drunken Tinker.

servants to Lucentio. Hostess, Page, Players, Huntsmen, Persons in the GRUMIO,

} and other Servants attending on

Curtis,

servants to Petruchio.

Induction.
the Lord.

Pedant, an old fellow set up to personate Vincentio.
Bartista
, e rich gentleman of Padua.

KATHARINA, sikerkrew ; } daughters to Baptista.
PALESTIo, an old gentlemen of Pisa.
LECEPTIO, son to Vincentio, in love with Bianca. Widow.
Pevcuio, a gentleman of Verona, a suitor to
Katharina.

Tailor, Haberdasher, and Servants attending on.
Garxio, ,

Baptista and Petruchio.
HORTISSIO,

suitors to Bianca.
SCENE, – sometimes in Padua; and sometimes in Petruch10's House in the Country.

INDUCTION.
SCENE I. - Before an Alehouse on a Heath. 1 Hun. Why, Belman is as good as he, my lord ;

He cried upon it at the merest loss,
Enter Hostess and Sly.

And twice to-day pick'd out the dullest scent :
ly, I'll pheese you, in faith.

Trust me, I take him for the better dog.
Host
. A pair of stocks, you rogue !

Lord. Thou art a fool ; if Echo were as fleet,
Si l'are a baggage; the Slies are no rogues : I would esteem him worth a dozen such.
Lock in the chronicles

, 'we came in with Richard But sup them well, and look unto them all ;
Cerqueror
. Therefore, paucas pallabris ; let the To-morrow I intend to hunt again.

1 Hun. I will, my lord.
Hox
. You will not pay for the glasses you have Lord. What's here? one dead, or drunk ? See,

doth he breathe ?
Sy. No, int a denier : Go by, says Jeronimy ; 2 Hun. He breathes, my lord: Were he not
Ge to the cold bed, and warm thee,

warı'd with ale,
Hest
. I know my remedy, I must go fetch the

This were a bed but cold to sleep so soundly.

[Erit. Lord. O monstrous beast ! how like a swine he
3x. Third, or fourth, or fifth borough, I'll an-

lies!
et bim by law : I'll not budge an inch, boy ; let Grim death, how foul and loathsome is thine image!

Sirs, I will practise on this drunken man.
[lies duwn on the ground, and falls asleep.

What think you, if he were convey'd to bed,
Wrapp'd in sweet clothes, rings put upon his fingers,
A most delicious banquet by his bed,

And brave attendants near him when he wakes,
Lord. Huntsman, I charge thee, tender well my

Would not the beggar then forget himself?

1 Hun. Believe me, lord, I think he cannot choose.
2 Hun. It would seem strange unto him when he

wak’d.
Lord. Even as a flattering dream, or worthless

fancy.
Then take him up, and manage well the jest : -

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Huntsmen and Servants.

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And say,

Carry him gently to my fairest chamber,

Lord. Go, sirrah, take them to the buttery. And hang it round with all my wanton pictures : And give them friendly welcome every one : Balm his foul head with warm distilled waters, Let them want nothing that my house affords. – And burn sweet wood to make the lodging sweet :

(Exeunt Servant and Players. Procure me musick ready when he wakes,

Sirrah, go you to Bartholomew my page, To make a dulcet and a heavenly sound;

[To a Servant. And if he chance to speak, be ready straight, And see him dress'd in all suits like a lady : And, with a low submissive reverence,

That done, conduct him to the drunkard's chamber, Say, - What is it your honour will command ? And call him — madam, do him obeisance. Let one attend him with a silver bason,

Tell him from me, (as he will win my love,) Full of rose-water, and bestrew'd with flowers; He bear himself with honourable action, Another bear the ewer, the third a diaper,

Such as he hath observ'd in noble ladies And say, — Will't please your lordship cool your Unto their lords, by them accomplished : hands?

Such duty to the drunkard let him do, Some one be ready with a costly suit,

With soft low tongue, and lowly courtesy ; And ask him what apparel he will wear ;

What is't your honour will command, Another tell him of his hounds and horse,

Wherein your lady, and your humble wife, And that his lady mourns at his disease :

May show her duty, and make known her love? Persuade him, that he hath been lunatick;

And then — with kind embracements, tempting And, when he says he is -, say, that he dreams,

kisses, For he is nothing but a mighty lord.

And with declining head into his bosom, This do, and do it kindly, gentle sirs ;

Bid him shed tears, as being overjoy'd It will be pastime passing excellent,

To see her noble lord restor'd to health, If it be husbanded with modesty.

Who, for twice seven years, hath esteemed him 1 Hun. My lord, I warrant you, we'll play our No better than a poor and loathsome beggar: part,

And if the boy hath not a woman's gift, As he shall think, by our true diligence,

To rain a shower of commanded tears, He is no less than what we say he is.

An onion will do well for such a shift; Lord. Take him up gently, and to bed with him; Which in a napkin being close conveyed, And each one to his office, when he wakes.

Shall in despite enforce a watery eye. (Some bear out Sly. A trumpet sounds. See this despatch'd with all the haste thou canst ; Sirrah, go see what trumpet 'tis that sounds : – Anon I'll give thee more instructions. (Erit Servant.

(Exit Servant Belike, some noble gentleman : that means, I know, the boy will well usurp the grace, Travelling some journey, to repose him here. Voice, gait, and action of a gentlewoman :

I long to hear him call the drunkard, husband; Re-enter a Servant.

And how my men will stay themselves from How now? who is it?

laughter, Serv.

An it please your honour, When they do homage to this simple peasárií. Players that offer service to your lordship.

I'll in to counsel them : baply, my presence
Lord. Bid them come near :

May well abate their over-merry spleen,
Enter Players.
Which otherwise would grow into extremes.

(Ereunt. Now, fellows, you are welcome. 1 Play. We thank your honour.

SCENE II. – A Bedchamber in the Lord's House. Lord. Do you intend to stay with me to-night? 2 Play. So please your lordship to accept our

Sly is discovered in a rich night-gown, with Attendduty.

ants; some with apparel, others with bason, euer, Lord. With all my heart. This fellow I re

and other appurlenances. Enter LORD, dressed member,

like a servant. Since once he play'd a farmer's eldest son ; - Sly. For God's sake, a pot of small ale. 'Twas where you woo'd the gentlewoman so well : 1 Serv. Will't please your lordship drink a cup

of I have forgot your name; but, sure, that part

sack ? Was aptly fitted, and naturally perform’d.

2 Serv. Will't please your honour taste of these 1 Play. I think, 'twas Soto that your honour

conserves ?

3 Serv. What raiment will your honour wear to Lord. 'Tis very true; - thou didst it excellent. –

day? Well, you are come to me in happy time;

Sly. I am Christophero Sly; call not me-honout, The rather for I have some sport in hand,

nor lordship : I never drank sack in my life ; and if Wherein your cunning can assist me much. you give me any conserves, give me conserves There is a lord will hear you play to-night : beef : Ne'er ask me what raiment I'll wear : for I But I am doubtful of your modesties ;

have no more doublets than backs, no more sterling Lest, over-eying of his odd behaviour,

ings than legs, nor no more shoes than feet; navy (For yet his honour never heard a play,

sometimes, more feet than shocs, or such shoes You break into some merry passion,

my toes look through the overleather. And so offend him ; for I tell you, sirs,

Lord. Heaven ccase this idle humour in your If you should smile, he grows impatient.

honour! i Play. Fear not, my lord; we can contain our O, that a mighty man of such descent, selves,

Of such possessions, and so high esteem, Were he the veriest antick in the world.

Should be infused with so foul a spirit!

means.

Sim. What, would you make me mad? Am not | O, how we joy to see your wit restor'd ! I Christopher Sly, old Sly's son of Burton-heath; 0, that once more you knew but what you are ! by birth a pedlar, by education a card-maker, by These fifteen years you have been in a dream ; trakmutation a bear-herd, and now by present pro Or, when you wak'd, so wak'd as if you slept. acon a tinker? Ask Marian Hacket, the fat ale Sly. These fifteen years ! by my fay, a goodly nap. nike of Wincot, if she know me not : if she say IBut did I never speak of all that time? a not fourteen pence on the score for sheer ale, 1 Serv. O, yes, my lord; but very idle words :store me up for the lyingest knave in Christendom. For though you lay here in this goodly chamber, What, I am not bestraught: Here's

Yet would you say, ye were beaten out of door ; 1&r. O, this it is that makes your lady mourn. And rail upon the hostess of the house ; 2 Sera. O, this it is that makes your servants And say, you would present her at the leet, droop.

Because she brought stone jugs and no scal'd quarts: Lord. Hence comes it that your kindred shun Sometimes you would call out for Cicely Hacket. your house,

Sly. Ay, the woman's inaid of the house. As beaten hence by your strange lunacy.

3 Serv. Why, sir, you know no house, nor no such O, noble lord, bethink thee of thy birth;

maid ; Call horne thy ancient thoughts from banishment, Nor no cuch men, as you have reckon'd up, And banish hence these abject lowly dreams; As Stephen Sly, and old John Naps of Greece, Look how thy servants do attend on thee,

And Peter Turf, and Henry Pimpernell ; Esch in his office ready at thy heck.

And twenty more such names and men as these, Wikt thou have musick ? hark! Apollo plays,

Which never were, nor no man ever saw.

(Musick. Sly. Now, Lord be thanked for my good amends! And twenty caged nightingales do sing :

All. Amen. Of wilt thou sleep? we'll have thee to a couch, Sly. I thank thee; thou shalt not lose by it. Sfter and sweeter than the lustful bed On purpose trimm'd up for Semiramis.

' Enter the Page, as a lady, with Attendants. | Sav, thou wilt walk: we will bestrew the ground: Page. How fares my noble lord ?

Or wilt thou ride ? thy horses shall be trapp'd, Sly. Marry, I fare well; for here is cheer enough.
Their lamess studded all with gold and pearl. Where is my wife ?
Dest thou love hawking? thou hast hawks will Page. Here, noble lord; What is thy will with

her ? Above the morning lark: Or wilt thou hunt? Sly. Are you my wife, and will not call me Tar hounds shall make the welkin answ

swer them,

husband? And fetch shrill echoes from the bollow earth. My men should call me-lord ; I am your goodman. 1 Sete. Say, thou wilt course; thy greyhounds are Page. My husband and my lord, my lord and as swift

husband; As breathed stags, ay, fleeter than the roe.

I am your wife in all obedience. 9. Dost thou love pictures ? we will fetch Sly. I know it well :- What must I call her ? thee straight

Lord. Madam. Adonis, painted by a running brook :

Sly. Al’ce madam, or Joan madam ? And Cytherea all in sedges hid ;

Lord. Madam, and nothing else ; so lords call Which seem to move and wanton with her breath,

Jadlies. Ered as the waving sedges play with wind.

Sly. Madam wife, they say that I have dream'd Lørd. We'll show thee Io, as she was a maid ;

and slept And how she was beguiled and surpriz’d,

Above some fifteen year and more. As lively painted as the deed was done.

Page. Ay, and the time seems thirty unto me; 3&ta. Or Daphne, roaming through a thorny Being all this time abandon’d from your bed.

Sly. 'Tis much; Servants, leave me and her Scratching her legs that one shall swear she bleeds:

alone. And at that sight hall sad Apollo weep,

Madam, undress you, and come now to bed. So workman's the blood and tears are drawn. Page. Thrice noble lord, let me entreat of you, Lad. Thou art a lord, and nothing but a lord: To pardon me yet for a night or two; Thou hast a lady far more beautiful

Or, if not so, until the sun be set : Than any woman in this waning age.

For your physicians have expressly charg'd, 1 Sere. And, till the tears that she hath shed for In peril to incur your foriner malady, ther,

That I should yet absent nie from your bed : like enrious floods o'er-ran her lovely face, I hope, this reason stands for my excuse. She was the fairest creature in the world ;

Sly. Ay, it stands so, that I may hardly tarry so And yet she is inferior to none.

long. But I would be loath to fall into my dreams Siege Am I a lord ? and have I such a lady ? again; I will therefore tarry, in despite of the flesh Or do I dreamn, or have I dream'd till now? and the blood. I do not sleep: I see, I hear, I speak; smell sweet savours, and I feel soft things :

Enter a Servant. Lipsa my life, I am a lord, indeed ;

Serv. Your honour's players, hearing your amende And not a tinker, nor Christophero Sly.

ment, Well , bring our lady hither to our sight;

Are come to play a pleasant comedy, And once again, & pot o'the smallest ale.

For so your doctors hold it very meet; 2&Tr. Will'e please your mightiness to wash Seeing too much sadness bath congeald your blool, Four hands?

And melancholy is the nurse of frenzy, (Servants present an ewer, bason, and napkin. Therefore, they thought it good you hear a play,

wood;

And frame your mind to mirth and merriment, Sly. What, houshold stuff?
Which bars a thousand harms, and lengthens life. Page. It is a kind of history.

Sly. Marry, I will ; let them play it : Is not a Sly. Well, we'll see't: Come, madam wife, sit commonty a Christmas gambol, or a tumbling- by my side, and let the world slip; we shall ne'er trick ?

be younger.

(They sit down. Page. No, my good lord: it is more pleasing stuff.

ACT I.

me :

SCENE I. — Padua. A publick Place.

Enter LUCENTIO and Tranio. Luc. Tranio, since - for the great desire I had To see fair Padua, nursery of arts, I am arriv'd for fruitful Lombardy, The pleasant garden of great Italy; And, by my father's love and leave, am arm'd With his good will, and thy good company, Most trusty servant, well approv'd in all ; Here let us breathe, and happily institute A course of learning, and ingenious studies. Pisa, renowned for grave citizens, Gave me my being, and my father first, A merchant of great traffick through the world, Vincentio, come of the Bentivolii. Vincentio his son, brought up in Florence, It shall become, to serve all hopes conceiv’d, To deck his fortune with his virtuous deeds : And therefore, Tranio, for the time I study, Virtue, and that part of philosophy Will I apply, that treats of happiness" By virtue 'specially to be achiev'd. Tal me thy mind : for I have Pisa left, And am to Padua come ; as he that leaves A shallow plash, to plunge him in the deep, And with satiety seeks to quench his thirst.

Tra. Mi perdonate, gentle master mine, I am in all affected as yourself ; Glad that you thus continue your resolve, To suck the sweets of sweet philosophy. Only, good master, while we do admire This virtue, and this moral discipline, Let's be no stoicks, nor no stocks, I pray; Or so devote to Aristotle's checks, As Ovid be an outcast quite abjur'd : Talk logick with acquaintance that you have, And practise rhetorick in your common talk : Musick and poesy use to quicken you ; The mathematicks, and the metaphysicks, Fall to them, as you find your stomach serves you : No profit grows, where is no pleasure ta’en ;In brief, sir, study what you most affect.

Luc. Gramercies, Tranio, well dost thou advise. If, Biondello, thou wert come ashore, We could at once put us in readiness; And take a lodging, fit to entertain Such friends, as time in Padua shall beget. But stay awhile : What company is this?

Tra. Master, some show, to welcome us to town. Enter Baptista, KATHARINA, Bianca, Gremio, and HORTENSIO. LUCENTIO and TRANIO stand aside.

Bap. Gentlemen, importune me no further,
For how I firmly am resolv'd you know;
That is, - not to bestow my youngest daughter,
Before I have a husband for the elder :

If either of you both love Katharina,
Because I know you well, and love you well,
Leave shall you have to court her at your pleasure.

Gre. To cart her rather : She's too rough for There, there Hortensio, will you any wife ?

Kath. I pray you, sir, [to Bar.) is it your will To make a stale of me amongst these mates ? Hor. Mates, maid! how mean you that ? no

mates for you, Unless you were of gentler, milder mould. Kath. I'faith,

' sir, you shall never need to fear ;
I wis, it is not half way to her heart:
But, if it were, doubt not her care should be
To comb your noddle with a three-legg'd stool,
And paint your face, and use you like a fool.

Hor. From all such devils, good Lord, deliver us!
Gre. And me too, good Lord !
Tra. Hush, master! here is some good pastime

toward; That wench is stark mad, or wonderful froward.

Luc. But in the other's silence I do see
Maid's mild behaviour and sobriety.
Peace, Tranio.

Tra. Well said, master ; mum! and gaze your fill.
Bap. Gentlemen, that I may soon make good
What I have said, — Bianca, get you in :
And let it not displease thee, good Bianca ;
For I will love thee ne'er the less, my girl.

Kath. A pretty peat ! 'tis best
Put finger in the eye — an she knew why.

Bian. Sister, content you in my discontent.
Sir, to your pleasure humbly I subscribe :
My books, and instruments, shall be my company ;
On them to look, and practise by myself.
Luc. Hark, Tranio! thou may’st hear Minerva
speak.

(dade.
Hor. Signior Baptista, will you be so strange ?
Sorry am I, that our good will effects
Bianca's grief.
Gre.

Why, will you mew her up,
Signior Baptista, for this fiend of hell,
And make her bear the penance of her tongue :

Bap. Gentlemen, content ye; I am resolv'd: Go in, Bianca.

[Erit Blanca And for I know, she taketh most delight In musick, instruments, and poetry, Schoolmasters will I keep within my house, Fit to instruct her youth. - If you, Hortensio, Or signior Gremio, you, – krow any such, Prefer them hither ; for to cunning men I will be very kind, and liberal To mine own children in good bringing-up; Aud so farewell. Katharina you may stay; For I have more to commune with Bianca. [E Kath. Why, and I trust, I may go too ; May

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Luc. Gramercies, lad; go forward : this con-

Tre. Master, you look'd so longly on the maid,

Perhaus vou mark'd not what's the pith of all.

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, shall I be appointed hours ; as though, belike, That made great Jove to humble him to her hand,
I knew not what to take, and what to leave! Ha! When with his knees he kiss'd the Cretan strand.

Erit. Tra. Saw you no more? mark'd you not, how
Gre. You may go to the devil's dam; your gifts

her sister
et so good, here is none will hold you. Their love Began to scold; and raise up such a storm,
à not so great, Hortensio, but we may blow our | That mortal ears might hardly endure the din ?
mais together, and fast it fairly out; our cake's Luc. Tranio, I saw her coral lips to move,
tough on both sides. Farewell :-Yet, for the love And with her breath she did perfume the air;
I bear my sweet Bianca, if I can by any means light Sacred, and sweet, was all I saw in her.
m a fit man, to teach her that wherein she delights, Tra. Nay, then, 'tis time to stir him from his
I will wish him to her father ?

Fer. So will I, signior Gremio: But a word, I I pray, awake, sir ; If you love the maid,
pray. Though the nature of our quarrel yet never Bend thoughts and wits to achieve her. Thus it
brook'd parle, know now, upon advice, it toucheth

stands: -
s both, - that we may yet again have access to our Her eldest sister is so curst and shrewd,
far mistress, and be happy rivals in Bianca's love, That, till the father rid his hands of her,
to izbour and effect one thing 'specially.

Master, your love must live a maid at home;
Gre. What's that, I pray?

And therefore has he closely mew'd her up,
Hr. Marry, sir, to get a husband for her sister. Because she shall not be annoy'd with suitors.
Gre. A husband! a devil.

Luc. Ah, Tranio, what a cruel father's he!
Hor. I say, a husband.

But art thou not advis'd, he took some care
Gre
. I say

, a devil: Think'st thou, Hortensio, To get her cunning schoolmasters to instruct her?
though ber father be very rich, any man is so very Tra. Ay, marry, am I, sir ; and now 'tis plotted.
a fool to be married to hell ?

Luc. I have it, Tranio.
Her
. Tush, Gremio, though it pass your patience Tra.

Master, for my hand,
ad mine, to endure her loud alarums, why, man, Both our inventions meet and jump in one.
there be good fellows in the world, an a man could Luc. Tell me thine first.
light on them, would take her with all faults, and Tra.

You will be schoolmaster,
motey enough.

And undertake the teaching of the maid:
Gre. I cannot tell ; but I had as lief take her That's your device
borary with this condition, - to be whipped at the Luc.

It is : May it be done?
high-cross every morning

Tra. Not possible ; For who shall bear your part,
Fler

. "Faith, as you say, there's small choice in And be in Padua here Vincentio's son ?
Festen apples. But, corne; since this bar in law Keep house, and ply his book ; welcome his friends;
makes us friends, it shall be so far forth friendly Visit his countrymen, and banquet them?
maintained, — till by helping Baptista's eldest daugh Luc. Basta ; content thee; for I have it full.
et to a husband, we set his

youngest free for a hus. We have not yet been seen in any house ;
band, and then have to't afresh. - Sweet Bianca ! Nor can we be distinguished by our faces,
Happy nan be his dole! He that runs fastest, gets for man, or master : "then it follows thus ;
the ring. How say you, signior Gremio ? Thou shalt be master, Tranio, in my stead,
Gore

. lam agreed : and 'would I had given him the Keep house, and port, and servants, as I should :
best borse in Padua to begin his wooing, that would I will some other be ; some Florentine,
ticroughly woo her, wed her, and bed her, and rid Some Neapolitan, or mean man of Pisa.
the house of her. Come on.

'Tis hatch'd, and shall be so: - Tranio, at once
[Ereunt Gremo and HORTENSIO. Uncase thec; take my colour'd hat and cloak :
Tre. (Advancing.) I pray, sir, tell me, – Is it When Biondello

comes

, he waits on thee ;
possible

But I will charm him first to keep his tongue.
That love should of a sudden take such hold ? Tra. So had you need. ( They exchange habits.

L. O Tranio, till I found it to be true, In brief then, sir, sith it your pleasure is,
I never thought it possible, or likely ;

And I am tied to be obedient;
Bat se! while idly I stood looking on,

(For so your father charg'd me at our parting;
I found the effect of love in idleness :

Be serviceable to my son, quoth he,
And now in plainness do confess to thee, -

Although, I think, 'twas in another sense,)
The art to me as secret, and as dear,

I am content to be Lucentio,
As Anna to the queen of Carthage was, -

Because so well I love Lucentio.
Tranis
, I burn, i pine, I perish, Tranio,

Luc. Tranio, be so, because Lucentio loves :
11 achieve nct this young modest girl :

And let me be a slave, to achieve that maid
Counsel ine, Tranio, for I know thou canst ;

Whose sudden sight hath thrall’d my wounded eye.
Asist me, Tranio, for I know thou wilt.
Tr. Master, it is no time to chide you now ;

Enter BIONDELLO.

Here comes the rogue. - Sirrah, where have you
I love hare touch'd you, nought remains but so, —

been ?
Bion. Where have I been? Nay, how now, where

are you?
De rest will comfort, for thy counsel's sound.

Master, has my fellow Tranio stol'n your clothes ?
Or you stol’n his? or both ? pray, what's the news?

Luc. Sirrah, come hither; 'tis no time to jest,

And therefore frame your inanners to the time.
I saw sweet beauty in her face,

Your fellow Tranio here, to save my life,
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