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Sly. For God's sake a pot of small ale. 1 Serv. Will't please your lordship drink a cup of sack f 2 Serv. Will't please your honour taste of these conserves f 3 Serr. What raiment will your honour wear to-day ? Sty. I am Christophero Sly ; call not me— honour, nor lordship : I never drank sack in my life ; and if you give me any conserves, give me conserves of beef : Ne'er ask me what raiment I'll wear; for 1 have no more doublets than backs, no more stockings than legs, nor no more shoes than feet; nay, souetimes, more feet thau shoes, or such shoes as my toes look through the over. leather. Ilord. Heaven cease this idle humour in your honour ! Oh that a mighty man, of such descent, of such possessions, and so high esteem, should be infused with so foul a spirit Alm. What, would you make me inado Ain not I Christopher Sly, old Sly’s son of Burton. heath ; by birth a pedlar, by cqucation a cardmaker, by transmutation a bear-herd, and now by present profession a tinker f Ask Marian Hacket, the fat ale-wife of Wincot, if she know me not : if she say I am not fourteen pence on the score for sheer ale, score me up for the lyingest knave in Christendom. What, t am not bestraught : + Here's——— 1 Serv. Oh this it is, that makes your lady into turn. 2 Serv. Oh I this it is that makes your servants droop. Lord. Hence comes it that your kindred shun your house, As beaten hence by your strange lunacy. O noble lord, bethink thee of thy birth ; Call house thy ancient thoughts slom banishment, And banish hence these abject lowly dreams: Look bow thy servants do attend on thee, Each in his office ready at thy beck. waii thou have music f hark : Apollo plays. (Music. and twenty caged nightingales do sing : or wilt thou sleep 1 we'll have thee to a couch, Sosier and sw.etc, than the lustful bed + Distraeted.
On purpose trimm'd up for Semiramis. Say, thou wilt walk ; we will bestrew the ground : or wilt thou ride 1 thy horses shall be trapp'd, Their harness studded all with gold and pearl. Dost thou iove hawking thou hast hawks will soar Above the morning lark: Or wilt thou hunt t Thy bounds shall make the welkin answer them, And fetch shrill echoes from the hollow earth. 1 Serv. Say, thou will course ; thy greyhounds are as swift As breathed stags, ay, fleeter than the roe. 2 Serv. Dost thou love pictures? we will fetch thee straight Adonis, painted by a running brook: And Cytherea all in sedges hid ; [breath, Which seem to move and wanton with ber Even as the waving sedges play with wind. Lord. We'll show thee lo, as she was a maid; And how she was beguiled and surpris’d, As iively paint d as the deed was done. 3 Sert. Or Daphne, roaiaiug through a thorny wood ; Scratching her legs that one shall swear she bleeds : And at that sight shall sad Apollo weep, So workmanly the blood and tears are drawn. Jord. Thou art a lord, and nothing but a lord : Thou hast a lady far more beautiful Than any woman in this waning age. 1 Sert. And, till the tears that she hath shed for thee, Like envious floods, o'er-ran her lovely face, She was the fairest creature in the world; And yet she is inferior to none. .Sty. An I a lord ' and have 1 sitch a lady ? Or do I dream f or have 1 greatn’d till now r I do not sleep : 1 see, I hear, I speak ; I smell sweet savours, and I feel soft things :Upon my life, I am a lord, indeed ; And not a tinker, nor Christophero Sly.Well, bring our lady hither to our sight; And once again, a pot o' the smallest ale. 2 Serv. Will't please your unightiness to wash your hands ! [Serva Nrs present an ever, basin, and napkin. Oh! how we joy to see your wit restor'd : Oh! that once more you knew but what you are : These fifteen years you have been in a dream; Or, when you wak'd, so wak'd as if you slept. &ly. These site.eu years, by my say," a goodly map. Bnt did I never speak of all that time f I 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 seal’d quarts : Sometimes you would rall ont for Cicely Hacket. A ty. Ay, the woman's inaid of the hou-e. 3 Serv. Why, Sir, you know uo house, nor no such maid ; Nor no such men, as you have reckon'd up, As Stephen Sly, and old John Naps of Greece, And Peter Turs, and Henry Pimpernell ; And twenty more such names and men as these, Which uever were, nor uo in an ever saw. Sly. Now, Lord be thanked for my good aunends ! A 11. Annen. &ly. I thank thee; thou shalt not lose by it.
sty. Are you my wife, and will not call me— husband of My men should call me—lord; I am your goodturtin. 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. Sly. Al’ce madam, or Joan madam 1 Lord. Madaun, and nothing else; so lords call ladies. Sly. Madan wife, they say that I have dream’d, and slept Above some fifteen year and more. Page. Ay, and the time seems thirty unto me; Being all this time abandon'd from your bed. .Sty. 'Tis much ; Servants leave me and her alone. Madam, undress you, and come now to bed. Page. Thrice noble lord, let me eutreat 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 charg’d, 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 SER want.
Your honour’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 congeal’d 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. &ly. 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. Sty. What, household stuff? Page. It is a kind of history. Sly. Well, we'll see’t : Coine, madam wife, sit by my side, and let the world slip ; we shall ne'er be younger. [They sit down.
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; Aud, 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 t 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 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 Trauio, 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.
* For comedy. + lugenuous.
Tell me thy mind: for I have Pisa left.
Gre. Why, will you mew" her up, Signior Baptista, for this fiend of hell, And make her bear the penance of her tongue f
Bup. Gentlemen, content ye ; I am resolv'd :— Go in, Bianca. [Erit B1AN.ca. And for I know, she taketh most delight In music, instruments, and poetry, Schoolmasters will I keep within my house, Fit to instruct her youth.-If you, Hortensio, Or signior Gremio, you, -know any such, Prefer t them hither ; for to cunning I men I will be very kind, and liberal To mine own children in good bringing up ; And so farewell. Katharina, you may stay ; For I have more to commune with Bianca.
What, shall I be appointed hours; as though, I knew not what to take, and what to leave Ha! [Erit. Gre. You may go to the devil's dam : your gifts 5 are so good, here is none will hold you. Their love is not so great, Hortensio, but we 11|ay blow our nails together, and fast it fairly out ; our cake's dough on both sides. Farewell : —Yet, for the love I bear my sweet Bianca, if I can by any means light on a fit man, to teach her that wherein she delights, I will wish him to her father. Hor. So will 1, signior Gremio : But a word, I pray. Though the nature of our quarrel yet never brook'd parle, know now, upon advice, it toucheth us both, that we may yet again have access to our fair mistress, and be happy rivals in Bianca's love, to labour and effect one thing 'specially. Gre. What's that, I pray ? Hor. Marry, Sir, to get a husband for her sister. Gre. A husband ' a devil. Płor. I say, a husband. Gre. I say, a devil : Think'st thou, Hortensio, though her father be very nch, any man is so very a fool to be married to hell ? Hor. Tush, Greinio, though it pass your patience, and mine, to endure her loud alarums, why, man, there be good fellows in the world, an a man could light on them, would take her with all faults, and money enough. Gre. I cannot tell ; but I had as lief take her dowry with this condition,--to be whipped at the high-cross every morning. //or. 'Faith, as you say, there's small choice in rotten apples. But, come ; since this bar in law makes us friends, it shall be so far forth friendly maintained,—till by helping Baptista's eldest daughter to a husband, we set his youngest free for a husband, and then have to't afresh. sweet Bianca – Happy man be his dole . * He that runs fastest gets the ring. How say you, signior Gremio ! Gre. I am agreed : and "would I had given him the best horse in Padua to begin his wooing, that would thoroughly woo her, wed her, and bed her, and rid the house of her. Come ea. [Enemnt GRE Mio and Hortensio. Tra. [Adt ancing.] I pray, Sir, tell ine,—is it possible That love should of a sudden take such hold t Luc. O Trauio, till I found it to be true, I never thought it possible, or likely ; But see wille idly I stood looking on, I found the effect of love in filt mess: And now in plainness do contess to thee, That art to me as secret, and as dear, As Anna to the queen of Carthage was, Tranio, I burn, I pine, I perish, Tranio, If i achieve not this young nodest girl : Counsel une, Tranto, for l know thou canst; Assist ine, Tranio, for I know thou wilt.
Tra. Maaster, it is no time to chide you now ; Affection is not rated" from the heart: [so,If love have touch'd you, nought remains but Redime te capturn quan queas minimo. Luc. Grainercies, lad , go forward : this coutents; The rest will comfort, for my counsel's sound. Tra. Master, you look’d so longly t ou ibe maid, Perhaps you mark’d not what's the pith of all, Luc. Q yes, I saw sweet beauty in her face, Such as the daughter: of Agenor had, That made great Jove to humble him to her hand, When with his knees he kiss'd the Cretan strand, Tra. Saw you no more ? mark'd you not how her sister Began to scold ; and raise up such a storm, That mortal ears might hardly endure the din f /...u.c. Tranio, I saw her coral lips to move, And with her breath she did perfume the air; Sacred, and sweet, was all I saw in her. Tru. Nay, then, 'tis time to stir biun from his trance, I pray, awake, Sir ; if you love the maid, Bend thoughts and wits to achieve her. Thus it stands:– Her elder sister is so curst and shrewd, That, till the father rid his hands of her, Master, your love must live a maid at home , And therefore has he closely inew'd her up, Because she shall not be annoy'd with suitors. Luc. Ah Tranio, what a cruel father's he But art thou not advis'd, be took some care To get her cunning schoolinasters to lustruct her Tra. Ay, marry, am I, Sir; and now ‘uis plotted. Luc. i have it, Tranjo. Tra. Master, for my hand, Both our inventions meet aud jump in one. Luc. Tell me thine first. Tra. You will be schoolmaster, And undertake the teaching of the maid ; That's your device. Luc. It is : May it be done * Tra. Not possible ; For who shall bear your And be in Padua here Vincentio's son ( [pait, Keep house, and ply his book ; welcome his friends; Visit his counirymen, and banquet them 1 1.1 c. Basta is content thee; for I have it sull We have not yet been seen in any house; Nor can we be distinguished by our faces, For man or master : Then it follows thus ;1 hou shalt be master, Tranio, in Iny stead, Keep house, and port, , and servants, should ; I will some other be ; some Florentine, Some Neapolitan, or inean man of Pisa. 'Tis batch'd, and shall be so :- Tranio, at once Uncase thee; take my colour'd hat and cloak : When Biondello comes, he waits on thee; But I will charm him first to keep his tongue. Tra. So had you need. [They erchange habits. In brief then, Sir, sith * it your pleasure is, And I alu tied to be obedient, (For so your father charg'd ine at our parting ; He serviceable to my son, quoth he, Although, I think, 'twas in another sense,) I am content to be Lucentio, Because so well I love Lucentio. Luc. Tranio, be so, because Lucentio loves: And let me be a slave, to achieve that maid Whose sudden sight hath thrall'd iny wounded eye.
Sly. Are you my wise, and will not call me—Te husband t An My men should call me—lord ; I am your good. A to-an. an Page. My husband and my lord, muy lord and husband ; a I am your wise in all obedience. Gl, Asy. I know it well -What most I call her t . To Lord. Madam. ton &ly. Arce madam, or Joan madam 1 Th flord. Madaun, and nothing else; so lords call L. ladies. or &ly. Madan wife, they say that I have dream’d, As and slept tal Above some fifteen year and more. An Page. Ay, and the time seems thirty unto me; Mu Being all thus time abandon'd from your bed. th Sty. "I is much ; –Servants leave me and Fal her alone. Madarn, undress you, and come now to bed. No Page. Thrace noble lord, let one eutreat of In you, ! To pardon me yet for a night or two ; if, or, is not so, until the sun be set : we For your physicians have expressly charg’d, An In perii to incur your former malady, Sut That I should yet absent one from your bed: But 1 hope, this reason stands for my excuse. T Sty. 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 En, of the flesh and the blood. . Enter a Skavant. r Serv. Your honour's players, hearing your | For amendment, tha Are come to play a pleasant comedy, bef, For so your doctors hold it very meet ; if e Seeing too much sadness hath cougeal’d your || Bec blood, Lea And melancholy is the nurse of frenzy, Therefore, they thought it good you hear a play, G And fraume your mind to mirth and merriment, Which bars a thousand harms, and lengthens | Tho life. A &ly. Matry, I will ; let them play it : Is not a commonty, " a Christmas gambol, or a tumbling | To trick : r Page. No, my good lord; it is more pleasing stuff. Unli Sly. What, household stuff? a Page. It is a kind of history. I wi Sly. Well, we'll see’t : Coine, madam wife, But, sit by my side, and let the world slip ; we shall To ne'er be younger. [They sit down. And Pl G Act i. T SCENE I.-Padua.-A public Place. that Enter Lucentio and Titan 10. w: J.u.c. Tranio, since—for the great desire I had | Peac To see fair Padua, nursery of arts, 7', I am arriv'd for fruitsui Lombardy, The pleasant garden of great Italy; pa And, by my father's love and leave, an arm'd Whal with his good will, and thy good company, And Most trusty servant, well approv’d in all ; For Here let us breathe, and happily institute Aa A course of learning, and ingenious + studies. put I Pisa, renowned for grave citizens, Bi, Gave ine my being, and my father first, Sir, t A merchant of great traffic through the world, My b Vincentio, come of the Bentivolii. On th Vincentio his son, brought up in Florence, Ilu It shall become, to serve all hopes conceiv'd, To deck his fortune with his virtuous deeds : Pło And therefore tranio, for the time I study, Sorry Virtue, and that part of philosophy Bianc. Will I apply, that treats of happiness By virtue 'specially to be achiev'd. • sm is * For comedy. + lugenuous, i !';
For I will board her, though she chide as loud As thunder when the clouds in autumn crack. Hor. Her father is Baptista Minola, A n affable and courteous gentleman : Her maine is Katharitia Minola, Renown'd in Padua for her scolding tongue. Pet. I know her father, though I know not her : And he knew my deceased father well :I will not sleep, Hortensio, till I see her; And therefore let me be thus bold with you, To give you over at this first encounter, Unless you will accompany me thither. Grut. I pray you, Sir, let him go while the humour lasts. O’ my word, an she knew him as well as I do, she would think scolding would do little good upon him : She may, perhaps, call hin half a score knaves, or so : why, that's nothing ; an he begin once, he'll rail in his rope-tricks. * I'll tell you what, Sir, an she stand t him but a little, he will throw a figure in her face, and so disfigure her with it, that she shall have no more eyes to see withal than a cat : You know him not, Sir. Hor. Tarry, Petruchio, I must go with thee; For in Baptista's keep I my treasure is : He hath the jewel of my life in hold, His youngest daughter, beautiful Bianca ; And her withholds from me, and other more Stritors to her, and rivals in my love : Supposing it a thing impossible, (For those defects I have before rehears'd,) Tuat ever Katharina will be woo'd, Therefore this order § hath Baptista ta'en ;That none shall have access unto Bianca, Till Katharine the curst have got a husband. Gru. Katharine the curst A title for a maid, of all titles the worst. Hor. Now shall my friend Petruchio do me grace ; And offer me, disguis'd in sober robes, to old Baptista as a schoolinaster well seen || in music, to instruct Bianca : That so I may by this device at least, Have leave and leisure to make love to her, And, unsuspected, court her by herself.
Gru. Here's no knavery See ; to beguile the old folks, how the young folks lay their heads together Master, master, look about you : who goes there that Hor. Peace, Grumio ; 'tis the rival of my Petruchio, stand by a while. [love :Gru. A proper stripling, and an amorous ! [They retire. Gre. o very well; I have perus’d the note. Hark you, Sir ; I'll have them very fairly bound : All books of love, see that at any hand ; * And see you read no other lectures to her : You understand me :-Over and beside Signior Baptista's liberality, [too, I'll mend it with a largess : **—Take your papers And let me have thern very well per sun,"d ; For she is sweeter than perfume itself, To whom they go. What will you read to her ? Luc. Whate'er I read to her, I'll pleau for you, As for my patron, (stand you so assur'd) As firmly as yourself were still in place: Yea, and (perhaps) with more successful words Than you, unless you were a scholar, Sir. Gre. () this learning what a thing it is Gru. O this woodcock' what an ass it is Pet. Peace, sirrah. Hor. Grumio, muun –God save you, signior Gremio ! And you're well met, signior Hortensio. Trow you, Whither I am going !—To Baptista Minola.
I promis'd to enquire carefully
Gru. For he fears none. [Aside. Gre. Hortensio, bark This gentleman is happily arriv'd, [your's.
My mind presumes, for his own food, and
And bear his charge of wooing, whatsoe'er.