Imatges de pàgina

As if they saw some wondrous monument, Tiina
Some comet, or unusual prodigy}

Bap. Why, Sir, you know, this is your wedding day :
First, were we fad, fearing you would not come;
Now fadder, that you come fo. upprovided.
Fy, doff this habit, shame to your eftate, i?
An eye-fuse to our folemn feftival.

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

Pet. Tedious it were to tell, and harsh to hear :
Sufficeth, I am come to keep my word,
Tho', 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 unreverent robes ; Go to my chamber, put on cloaths of mine.

Pet. Not I; believe me, thus I'll visit her.'
Bap. But thys, I truft, youwill not marry her.

Pet. Good sooth, even thus; therefore há'done with
To me she's married, not unto my cloaths : [words;
Could I repair what she will wear in me,
As I could change these poor accoutrements,
'Twere well for Kate, and better for myself.
But what a fool am I to chat with you,
When I fhould bid good-morrow to my bride,
And seal the title with a lovely kiss ?

[Exit. 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, our love concerneth us to add
Iler father's liking; which to bring to pass,
As I before imparted to your worrip,
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 Pila,
od make assurance here in Padua

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Of greater sums than I have promised:
So Thall you quietly enjoy your hope,

1, 12 9.1192 And marry sweet Bianca with confent:

Luc. Were it not, that my fellow school-mafter thi Doth watch Bianca's fteps so narrowly, sudy

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'Twere good, methinks, co fteal our marriage ;),
Which once perform’d, let all the world say, no,
I'll keep my own, despight 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 gray-beard Gremo,
The narrow-prying father Mirola,
The quaint musician amorous Licio;
All for my master's fake, Lucentio.

Enter Gremio.
Now, Signior Gremio, came you from the church

Gre. willingly as e'er I came from school,
Tra. And is the bride and bridegroom coming home

Gre. A bridegroom, fay you? 'ris a groom, indeed,
A grumbling groom, and that the girl shall find.

Tra. Curlter 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.

Gre. Tut, she's a lamb, a dove, a fool to him:
I'll tell you, Sir Lucentio; when the priest
Should ask, if Catharine should be his wife?
Ay, by gogs- woons, quoth he; and swore so loud,
That, all.amaz'd, the priest let fall the book;
And as he ftoop'd again to take it up,
This mad-brain'd bridegroom took him such a coff,
That down fell priest and book, and book and priest.
Now take them up, quoth he, if any

Tra. What said the weach, when he rose up again?

Gre. Trembled and thook; for why, he itamp'd and
As if the vicar meant to cozen himn.

But after many ceremonies done,
He calls for wine : a health, quoth he; as if
H’ad been aboard carousing to his mates
After a storm ; quafft off the muscadel,
And ibrew the fops all in the sexton's face;

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Having no other cause, but that his beard
Grew ihin and hungerly, and feem'd to ask
His fops as he was drinking. This done, he took
The bride about the neck, and kist her tips
With such a clamorous fmack, that at the parting
All the church echo'd; and I seeing this,' w,5%:
Came thence for very same; and after me, i. 3**
I know, the rout is coming : Such a mad marriage 1
Ne'er was before. Hark, hark, I hear the minstrels.

(Mafick pluys. Enter Petruchio, Catharina, Bianca, Hortenfio,

and Baptista. 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 kore of wedding cheerz. But so it is, my hafte doth call me hence ; And therefore here I mean to take my leave.

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

Per. 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
To this most patient, sweet and virtuous wife.
Dine with my father, drink a health to me,
For I must hence, and farewel to you all.

Tia. Let us intreat you Atay ’rill after dinner.
Pet. It may not be.
Gre. Let me intreat you.
Per. It cannot be.
Caih. Let me intreat you.
Pe!, I am content magna
Cath. Are you content to fay?

Pet. I am content, you shall intreat me, ftay;
But yet not itay, intreat me how you can.

Cath. Now, if you love me, flay.
Pct. Grunio, my horses,

Gru. Ay, Sir, they be ready: The oa have eaten the horses. Cuih. Nay, then,


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Do what thoá canit, I will not go to-day;
No, nor to-morrow, {nor'till I please myfelf:
The door is open, Sir, there lies your way,'
You may be jogging, while your boots are green;
For me, I'll not go, 'rill I please myself:
'Tis like, you'll prove a jolly furly groom,
That take it on you at the firft so roundly..

Pet. O, Kate, content thee; prythee, be not angry.

Cath. I will be angry; what halt thou to dont
Father, be quiet; he shall ftay my leifure.

Gre. Ay, marry, Sir; now it begins to work,

Cath. Gentlemen, forward to the bridal dinner.
I see, a woman may be made a fool,
If she had not a spirit to refit.

Pèt. They fhall go forward, Kate, at thy command,
Obey the bride, you that attend on her :
Go to the feast, revel and domineer;
Carouse full measure to her maiden-head;
Be mad and merry, or go hang yourselves;
But for my bonny Kate, she must with me.
Nay, look not big, nor stamp, nor ftare, nor fret,
I will be matter of what is mine own;
She is my goods, my chattels, she is my house,
My shoushold stuff, my field, my

My horse, my ox, my ass, my any thing;
And here she stands, touch her who ever dare.
I'll bring my action on the proudeft 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 Pet. and Cath.

Bap. Nay, let them go, a couple of quiet ones.
Gre. Went they not quickly, I fhould die with laughing.
Tra. Of all mad matches, never was the like.
Luc. Mistress, what's your opinion of your fifter?
Bian. That, being mad herself, she's madly mared.
Gre. I warrant him, Petrucbio is kated.

Bap. Neighbours and friends, tho' bride and bridegroom
For to supply the places at the table;



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You know, there wants no junkets at the feast :
Lucentio, you fupply the bridegroom's place;
And let Bianca take her fifter's room.

Tra. Shall fweet Bianca practise how to bride it !
Bap. She fhall, Lucentio : Gentlemen, let's go. [Exeunt.

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GR VM I O. y, fy on all tired jades, and all mad masters, and all

foul ways ! was ever man fo beaten ? was ever man so raide ? was ever man so weary? I am fent before, to make a fire; and they are coming after, to warm them: Now were I not a little pot, and foon hot, my very lips might freeze to my teeth, my tongue to the roof of my mouth, my heart in my belly, ere I should come by a fire to thaw me; but I with blowing the fire fall warm myself; for considering the weather, a taller man than I will take cold'; Holla, hoa, Curtis !

Enter Curtis. Curt. Who is it that calls so coldly?

Gru. A piece of ice. Jf thou doubt it, thou may'ft flide from my shoulder to my heel, with no greater a run but my head and my neck. A fire, good Curtis.

Curt, Is my master and his wife coming, Grumio ?

Gru. Oh, ay, Curtis, ay; and clierefore fire, fire; cast on no water.

Curt. Is she fo hot a shrew, as she's reported?

Gru. She way, good Curtis, before this frost; but thou know't, winter tames man, woman'and beaft; for it hath tani'd my old master, and my new mistress, and myfelf, fellow Curtis,


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