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CATHERINE, BIANCA. Widow.
Other Attendants, Guests, Players, &c.
SCENE I. A Hedge- Alebouse. “ Sly upon a Bench before it ; Hostess ftanding by him.
“ lide: Sela!
Hoft. A pair of stocks, you rogue.
Hoft. You will not pay for the glasses you have burst?
Sly. No, not a deniere : Go by, Jeronimy ;-Go “ to thy cold bed, and warm thee,
“ Hoft. I know my remedy, I must go fetch the thirdborough.
[Exit. This title is so far fortunate as to furnih considerable latitude for comic ideas; pleasant situations and laughable incidents.
# This introductory scrap is lurely too trifling and insignificant, to deserve utterance ur notice. Vol. VI.
“ 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 from off bis Bench, and feeps.
Horns. Enkr a Lord, from bunting ; Huntsmen, and Servants,
1. H. Why, Belman is as good as he, my lord;
Lord. Thou art a fool; if Eccho were as fleet,
1. H. I will, my lord.
he breathe ? 2. H. 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! Grim death, how foul and loathsome is thine image! Sirs, I will practise on this drunken man : What think you,-if he were convey'd to bed, Wrap'd in sweet cloaths, rings put upon his fingers, A inost delicious banquet by his bed, 'And brave attendants near him when he wakes, Would not the beggar then forget himself *?
1. H. Believe me, lord, I think he cannot choose. 2. H. It would seem strange unto him when he wak’d.
His lordship in this speech starts an innocent and not improbable fuggestion of pleasantry, for liquor does in many persons obliterate all trace of what has happened during its poffeffion of the objects.
Lord. Even as a flatt'ring dream, or worthless fancy. Then take him
well the jeft :-
H. My lord, I warrant you, we will play our part, As he shall think, by our true diligence, He is no less than what we say he is.
Lord. Take him up gently, and to bed with him ; And each one to his office, when he wakes.
[Exeunt fome with Sly. Trumpet heard. Sirrah, go see what trumpet 'tis that sounds :
[Exit Servant. Belike, fome noble gentleman ; that means, Travelling some journey, to repose him here.
Re-enter ervant. How now? who is't?
Ser. An't please your honour, players, That come to offer service to your lordship.
Lord. Bid them come near.
Exter certain Players
Pla. We thank your honour.
Lord. With all my heart. This fellow I remember,
1. P. I think, 'twas Soto that your honour means.
Lord. Tis very true ;-tbou didit it excellent.-
1. P. Fear not, my lord; we can contain ourselves, Were he tbe verieit antick in the word.
Lord. Go, firrah, take them to the buttery, And give them friendly welcome every one ; Let there want nothing that my house affords.
(Exexnt Servant, and Players. Sirrah, go you to Bartholomew my page,
(to another Servant. And see him dress'd in all suits like a lady : That cone, conduct bim to the drunkard's chamber, And call him-Madam, do him all obeisance. Tell him from me,-as he will win my love, He bear himself with honourable action;
• Sbakespeare mifred no opportunity of realizing fome characters, by introducing others as fictitious, and his regard for the Atage is properly manifefted by taking care that exalted characters thould ever treat the actors with respea,