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Sly. These fifteen years ! By my fay,' a goodly nap. But did I never speak of all that time?

1 Serv. O, yes, my lord; but very idle words.For though you lay here in this goodly chamber, Yet would you say, ye were beaten out of door ; And rail upon the hostess of the house; And say, you would present her at the leet, Because she brought stone jugs and no sealed quarts. Sometimes

you would call out for Cicely Hacket. Sly. Ay, the woman's maid of the house. 3 Serv. Why, sir, you know no house, nor no such

maid,
Nor no such men as you have reckoned up,-
As Stephen Sly, and old John Naps of Greece,3
And Peter Turf, and Henry Pimpernell;
And twenty more such names and men as these,
Which never were, nor no man ever saw.

Sly. Now, Lord be thanked for my good amends!
Ail. Amen.
Sly. I thank thee; thou shalt not lose by it.

Enter the Page, as a Lady, with Attendants. Page. How fares my noble lord ?

Sly. Marry, I fare well; for here is cheer enough. Where is my wife ?

Page. Here, noble lord. What is thy will with her? Sly. Are you my wife, and will not call me

husband ? My men should call me-lord; I am your goodman. Page. My husband and my lord, my lord and

husband.
I am your wife in all obedience.

Sly. I know it well.—What must I call her?
Lord. Madam.

1 A contraction of by my faith.

2 That is, at the court leet, where it was usual to present such matters, as appears from Kitchen on Courts :-“ Also if tiplers sell by cups and dishes, or measures sealed or not sealed, is inquirable.”

3 Blackstone proposes to read, “old John Naps o'the Green.” The addition seems to have been a common one.

Sly. Alce madam, or Joan madam ?
Lord. Madam, and nothing else ; so lords call ladies.
Sly. Madam wife, they say that I have dreamed and

slept Above some fifteen

year

and more. Page. Ay, and the time seems thirty unto me; Being all this time abandoned from your bed. Sly. 'Tis much. Servants, leave me and her

alone.
Madam, undress you, and come now to bed. .

Page. Thrice noble lord, let me entreat of you
To pardon me yet for a night or two;
Or, if not so, until the sun be set;
For your physicians have expressly charged,
In peril to incur your former malady,
That I should yet absent me from your bed.
I hope this reason stands for my excuse.

Sly. Ay, it stands so, that I may hardly tarry so long. But I would be loath to fall into my dreams again; I will therefore tarry, in despite of the flesh and the blood.

Enter a Servant. Serv. Your honor's players, hearing your amendment, Are come to play a pleasant comedy, For so your doctors hold it very meet; Seeing too much sadness hath congealed your blood, And melancholy is the nurse of frenzy, Therefore they thought it good you hear a play, And frame your mind to mirth and merriment, Which bars a thousand harms, and lengthens life.

Sly. Marry, I will; let them play it. Is not a commonty' a Christmas gambol, or a tumbling trick ?

Page. No, my good lord; it is more pleasing stuff.
Sly. What, household stuff?
Page. It is a kind of history.

Sly. Well, we'll see't. Come, madam wife, sit by my side, and let the world slip; we shall ne'er be younger.

[They sit down. 1 For comedy

ACT I.

SCENE I. Padua. A public Place.

Enter LUCENTIO and TRANIO.
Luc. Tranio, since—for the great desire I had
To see fair Padua, nursery of arts-
I am arrived for fruitful Lombardy,
The pleasant garden of great Italy;
And, by my father's love and leave, am armed
With his good will, and thy good company,
Most trusty servant, well approved 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 traffic through the world,
Vincentio, come of the Bentivolii.
Vincentio's son, brought up in Florence,
It shall become, to serve all hopes conceived,
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 achieved.
Tell 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;

1 Ingenious and ingenuous were very commonly confounded by old writers.

2 i. e. to fulfil the expectations of his friends. 3 Apply for ply is frequently used by old writers. Thus Baret:_" with diligent endeavour to applie their studies.” And in Turberville's Tragic Tales:-“ How she her wheele applyde.

4 Small piece of water. 5 Pardon me.

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 stoics, nor no stocks, I pray;
Or so devote to Aristotle's ethics,
As Ovid be an outcast quite abjured:
Balke ? logic with acquaintance that you have,
And practise rhetoric in your common talk:
Music and poesy use to quicken you;
The mathematics, and the metaphysics,
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 resolved 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 me.There, there, Hortensio, will you any wife?

1 The old copy reads Aristotle's checks. Blackstone suggests that we should read ethics, and the sense seems to require it; it is therefore admitted into the text.

2 The modern editions read, “ Talk logic, &c. The old copy reads Balke, which Mr. Boswell suggests may be right, although the meaning of the word is now lost.

your will

for you,

* Kath. I pray you, sir, [To BAP.] is it
To make a stale of me amongst these mates ?

Hor. Mates, maid! how mean you that? no mates 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-legged 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 behavior 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 mayst hear Minerva
speak.

[Aside. Hor. Seignior Baptista, will you be so strange? Sorry am I that our good will effects Bianca's grief. Gre. Why, will you mew her up,

, Seignior Baptista, for this fiend of hell, And make her bear the penance of her tongue ?

Bap. Gentlemen, content ye; I am resolved.Go in, Bianca.

[Exit BIANCA. 2 Pet.

1 Think.

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