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To fair Bianca, so belov'd of me.

Gre. Belov'd of me,-and that my deeds shall prove.,
Gru. And that his bags shall prove.

Hor. Gremio, 'tis now no time to vent our love.
Listen to me; and, if you speak me fair,
I'll tell you news indifferent good for either.
Here is a gentleman whom by chance I met,
Upon agreement from us to his liking,
Will undertake to woo curst Catharine ;
Yea, and to marry her, if her dowry please.

Gre. So faid, so done, is well;
Hortenfio, have you told him all her faults ?

Pet. Iknow the is an irksome brawling scold;
If that be all, masters, I hear no harm.

Gre. No, fayeft me fo, friend? what countryman?

Pet. Born in Verona, old Antonio's fon ; My father's dead, my fortune lives for me, And I do hope good days and long to see.

Gre. Oh, Sir, such a life with such a wife were trange :
But if you have a ftomach, to't o'God's name :
You Thall have me affisting you in all.
But will you wco this wild cat?

Pet. Will I live?
Gru. Will he woo her? ay, or I'll hang her.

Pet. Why came 1 hither, but to that intent:
Think you, a little din can daunt my ears ?
Have I not in my time heard lions roar ?
Have I not heard the fea, puff’d up with winds,
Rage like an angry boar, chafed with sweat?
Have I not heard great ordnance in the field?
And heav'n's artillery thunder in the skies?
Have I not in a pitched battie heard
Loud larums, neighing steeds, and trumpets clangue?
And do you

tell me of a woman's tongue,
That gives not half so great a blow to hear,
As wil a chesnut in a farmer's fire?
Tuh, tush, fear boys with bugs.

Gru. For he fears none.
Gre. Hortenfio, hark :
This gentleman is happily arriv’d,


My mind presumes, for his own good, and ours.

Hor. I promis’d, we would be contributors ;
And bear his charge of wooing whatsoe'er.

Gre. And fo we will, provided that he win her.
Gru. I would, I were as sure of a good dinner,
To them Tranio bravely apparell’d, and Biondello.

Tra. Gentlemen, God save you. If I may be bold, tell me, I beseech you, which is the readiest way to the house of Signior Baptista Minola?

Bion. He that has the two fair daughters ? is't he you, mean?

Tra. Even he, Biondella..
Gre. Hark you, Sir, you mean not her, to-
Tra. Perhaps, him and her; what have you to do ?
Pet. Nor her that chides, Sir, at any hand, I pray.
Tra. I love no chiders, Sir: Biondella, let's away.
Luc. Well begun, Tranio.

Hor. Sir, a word ere you go:

fuitor to the maid you talk of, yea or no? Tra. An if I be, Sir, is it any

offence? Gre. No; if without more words you

will Tra. Why, Sir, I pray, are not the streets as free For me as for you?

Gre. But so is not fhe..
Tra.. For what reason, I beseech you?

Gre. For this reason, if you'll know :
That she's the choice love of Signior Gremio.

Hor. That she's the chosen of Signior Hortenfio..

Tra. Softly, my masters; if you be gentlemen,
Do me this iight; hear me with patience.
Baptista is a noble gentleman,
To whom my father is not all unknown;
And, were his daughter fairer than she is,
She may more suitors have, and me for one.
Fair Leda's daughter had a thousand wooers;
Then well one more may, fair Bianca have,,
And so she shall, Lucentio shall make one,
Tho' Paris came, in hope to speed alone.
Gre. What, this gentleman will out-talk us all!


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Luc. Sir, give him head; I know he'll prove a jade.
Pet. Hortenfio, to what end are all these words?
Hor. Sir, let me be so bold as to ask

you, Did you yet ever fee Baptista's daughter?

Tra. No, Sir; but, hear I do, that he hath two:
The one as famous for a scolding tongue,
As the other is for beauteous modesty.

Pet. Sir, Sir, the first's for me; let her go by.

Gre. Yea, leave that labour to great Hercules ; And let it be more than Alcides' twelve.

Pet. Sir, understand you this of me, insooth:
The youngest daughter, whom you hearken for,
Her father

keeps from all access of suitors,
And will not promise her to any man,
Until the eldest fifter first be wed:
The younger then is free, and not before.

Tra. If it be fo, Sir, that you are the man
Must steed us all, and me amongst the relt;
And if you break the ice, and do this feat,
Atchieve the elder, set the younger free
For our access; whoie hap shall be to have her,
Will not so graceless be, to be ingrate.

Hor. Sir, you say well, and well you do conceive :
And since you do profess to be a suitor,
You must, as we do, gratify this gentleman,
To whom we all rest generally beholden.
Tra. (10) Sir, I shall not be slack; in sign whereof,


(10) Sir, I fall not be flack ; in fign wbereof,

Please you, we may contrive this afiernoon, ] What were they to contrive? or how is it any testimony of Tranio's consenting to be liberal, that he will join in contriving with them? in short, a foolish corruption pofleffes the place, that quite strips the poet of his intended humour. What was said here is purely evines, as the old Scholiaffs call it, in character. Tranio is but a suppos'd gentleman : his habit is all the gentility he has about him: and the poet, I am perfuaded, meant that the Servingmar's qualities ihould break out upon him; and that his mind should rather run on good cbeer than contrivances. I have therefore ventured to suspect;

Please you we may convive this afternoon, This agrees with, quaff carouses; and with what he says at the conclusion of this speech, but eat and drink es friends. And this word


Please ye, we may convive this afternoon,
And quaff carouses to our mistress' health ;
And do as adversaries do in law,
Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.

Gru. Bion. O excellent motion : fellows, let's be gone.

Hor. The motion's good indeed, and be it so, Petruchio, I shall be your ben venuta. [Exeunt.

[The Presenters, above, speak here, 1 Man. My Lord, you nod; you do not mind the play.

Sly. Yea, by St. Anr., de I: a good matter, surely ! comes there

any more of it? Lady. My Lord, 'tis but begun.

Sly. 'Tis a very excellent piece of work, Madam Lady. Would 'twere done!-

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OOD Sister, wrong me not, nor wrong yourself,

To make a bond-maid and a llave of me; That I disdain ; (u) but for these other gawds,


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convive, however queint and uncommon it may be, is again used by qur poet in his Troilus and Cressida :

First, all you Peers of Greece, go to my tent;

There in the full convive you. It is regularly deriv'd from convivium of the Latins; and the active verb, used more obfoletely instead of the passive.

Si calendis convivant idibus cænant foris.

Malo bercle fuo magno convivant, fine modo.
Say Pomponius and Ennius, as quoted by Nonius Marcellus.

(11) But for these other goods,] Th so trifling and un. expreflive a word, that, I am fatisfied, our author wrote, gawds, (i. e.


Unbind my hands, I'll pull them off myself;
Yea, all my raiment, to my petticoat,
Or, what you will command me, will I do ;
So weil I know my duty to my elders,

Cath. Of all thy fuitors here, I charge thee, tell
Whom thou lov'lt beft: fee, thou diffemble not,

Bian. Believe me, fifter, of all men alive
I never yet beheld that special face,
Which I could fancy more than any other.

Cath. Minion, thou lyeft; is't not Hortenfio ?

Bian. If you affect him, fifter, here I swear, I'll plead for you myself, but you shall have him.

Cath. Oh, then, belike, you fancy riches more ; You will have Gremio, to keep you fair.

Biąn. Is it for him you do so envy me?
Nay, then you jest; and now, I well perceive,
You have but jefted with me all this while ;
I pr’ythee, filter Kate, untie my hands.
Cath. If that be jest, then all the rest was fo.

[Strikes her. Enter Baptista. Bap. Why, how now,dame, whencegrows this insolence? Bianca, stand aside; poor girl, she weeps ; Go ply thy needle, meddle not with her. toys, trifling ornaments;) a term that he frequently uses and seems fond of. Midsummer Night's dream.

With bracelets of thy hair, rings, gawds, conceits,

Knacks, trifles,And again,

As the remembrance of an idle gawde,

Which in my childhood I did doat upon.. King John.

Is all too wanton, and too full of gawdsor

To give me audience.
So Beaumont and Fletcher in their Women pleas'd;

Her rules and precepts hung with gawds and ribbands.
And in their Trwa Noble Kinsmen :

What a mee child is fancy,
That having two fair gawds of equal sweetness,
Cannot diftinguish, but must cry for both
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