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Say, I comman her come to me. [Exit Grumio. Thy head, thy sovereign; one that cares for thee, Hor. I know her answer.

And for thy maintenance : commits his body Pel.


To painful labour, both by sea and land; Hor.

She will not come. To watch the night in storms, the day in cola, Pet. The fouler fortune mine, and there an end. While thou liest warm at home, secure and safe ,

And craves no other tribute at thy hands,
Enter Katharina.

But love, fair looks, and true obedience, Bap. Now, by my holidame, here comes Katha- Too little payment for so great a debt. rina!

Such duty as the subject owes the prince, Kath. What is your will, sir, that you send for Even such, a woman oweth to her husbani. me 3

And, when she's froward, peevish, sullen, sour, Pet. Where is your sister, and Hortensio's wise? And, not obedient to his honest will, Kath. They sit conferring by the parlour fire. What is she, but a foul contending rebel, Pet. Go, fetch them hither; if they deny to And graceless traitor to her loving lord ? come,

I am asham'd, that women are so simple Swinge me them soundly forth unto their husbands : To offer war, where they should kneel for peace, Away, I say, and bring them hither straight. Or seek for rule, supremacy, and sway,

(Exit Katharina. When they are bound to serve, love, and obey, Luc. Here is a wonder, if you talk of a wonder. Why are our bodies soft, and weak, and smooth, Hor. And so it is : I wonder what it bodes. Unapt to toil and trouble in the world; Pet. Marry, peace it bodes, and love, and quiet But that our soft conditions, and our hearts, life,

Should well agree with our external parts ? An awful rule, and right supremacy;

Come, come, you froward and unable worms! And, to be short, what not, that's sweet and happy. My mind hath been as big as one of yours,

Bap. Now fair befall thee, good Petruchio! My heart as great; my reason, haply, more, The wager thou hast won; and I will add To bandy word for word, and frown for frown Unto their losses twenty thousand crowns; But now, I see our lances are but straws; Another dowry to another daughter,

Our strength as weak, our weakness past com For she is changd, as she had never been.

pare, Pet. Nay, I will win my wager better yet ; That seeming to be most, which we least are. And show more sign of her obedience,

Then vail your stomachs, for it is no boot ; Her new-built virtue and obedience.

And place your hands below your husband's fool

In token of which duty, if he please, Re-enter Katharina, with Bianca, and Widow.

My hand is ready, may it do him ease. See, where she comes; and brings your froward Pet. Why, there's a wench !-Come on, and kiss

wives As prisoners to her womanly persuasion.

Luc. Well, go thy ways, old lad; for thou shalt Katharine, that cap of yours becomes you not ;

ha't. Off with that bauble, throw it under foot.

Vin. 'Tis a good hearing, when children are (Katharina pulls of her cap, and throws it doron.

toward. Wid. Lord, let me never have a cause to sigh, Luc. But a harsh hearing, when women are Till I be brought to such a silly pass !

froward. Bian. Fie! what a foolish duty call you this ? Pet. Come, Kate, we'll to bed : Luc. I would, your duty were as foolish too: We three are married, but you two are sped. The wisdom of your duty, fair Bianca,

'Twas I won the wager, though you hit the white; Hath cost me a hundred crowns since supper-time.

(To Lucentio. Bian. The more fool you, for laying on my And, being a winner, God give you good night! duty.

(Exeunt Petruchio and Kath. Pet. Katharine, I charge thee, tell these head- Hor. Now go thy ways, thou hast tam'd a curst strong women

shrew. What duty they do owe their lords and husbands. Luc. 'Tis a wonder, by your leave, she will be Wid. Come, come, v'u're mocking; we will tam'd so.

(Ereunt have no telling Pet. Come on, I say ; and first begin with her. Wid. She shall not. Pet. I say, she shall ;--and first begin with her. Kath. Fie, fie! unknit laat threatning unkind that they can hardly be called two, without injury

of this play the two plots are so well united, brow; And dart not scornful glances from those eyes,

to the art with which they are interwoven. The To wound thy lord, thy king, thy governor:

attention is entertained with all the variety of a

double plot, yet is not distracted by unconnected It blots thy beauty, as frosts bite the meads ;

incidents. Confounds thy fame, as whirlwinds shake fair buds; And in no sense is meet, or amiable.

The part between Katharine and Petruchio is A woman mov'd, is like a fountain troubled, eminently sprightly, and diverting. At the marriage Muddy, ill-seeming, thick, berest of beauty;

of Bianca, the arrival of the real father, perhaps, And, while it is so, none so dry or thirsty

produces more perplexity than pleasure. The Will deign to sip, or touch one drop of it.

whole play is very popular and diverting. Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper,

JOHNSON (1) Gentle temper.

(2) Abate your spirits,

me, Kate,

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Leontes, king of Sicilia.
Mamillius, his son.

Sicilian lords.
Another Sicilian lord.
Rogero, a Sicilian. gentleman.
An atteiidant on the young prince Mamillius.
Officers of a court of judicature.
Polixenes, king of Bohemia.
Florizel, his son.
Archidamus, a Bohemian lord.
A mariner.
An old shepherd, reputed father of Perdita.

Clown, his son.
Servant to the old shepher u.
Autolycus, a rogue.

Time, as Chorus.
Hermione, queen to Leontes.
Perdita, daughter to Leontes and Hermione.
Paulina, wife to Antigonus.

Emilia, a lady,
Two other ladies,

atlending the queen.

} Lords, ladies, and attendants ; satyrs for a dance,

shepherds, shepherdesses, guards, fc. Scene, sometimes in Sicilia, sometimes in Bohemia.

Mopsa, Shepherdesses.


malice, or matter, to alter it. You have an un.

speakable comfort of your young prince Mamillius; SCENE I.-Sicilia. An Anlechamber in Leon- it is a gentleman of the greatest promise, that ever tes' palace. Enter Camillo and Archidamus. came into my note.

Cam. I very well agree with you in the hopes of Archidamus.

him: it is a gallant child; one that, indeed, phyIf you shall chance, Camillo, to visit Bohemia, on went on scrutches 'ere he was born, desire yet their

, the like occasion whereon my services are now on life, to see him a man. foot, you shall see, as I have said, great difference

Arch. Would they else be content to die? betwút our Bohemia and your Sicilia.

Cam. Yes; if there were no other excuse why Cam. I think, this coming summer, the king of they should desire to live. Sicilia means to pay Bohemia the visitation which Arch. If the king

had no son, they would desire ne justly owes him.

to live on crutches till he had one. [Exeunt. Arch. Wherein our entertainment shall shame us, we will be justified in our loves : for, indeed,-|SCENE II:- The same. A room of state in the Cam. 'Beseech you,

palace... Enter Leontes, Polixenes, Hermione, Arch. Verily, I speak it in the freedom of my

Mamillius, Camillo, and attendants. knowledge: we cannot with such magnificence- Pol. Nine changes of the wat'ry star have been in so rare-I know not what to say. We will The shepherd's note, since we have left our throne give you sleepy drinks ; that your senses, unintelli- Without a burden: time as long again yent of our insufficience, may, though they can- Would be fill'd up, my brother, with our thanks : not praise us, as little accuse us.

And yet we should, for perpetuity, Cam. You pay a great deal too dear, for what's Go hence in debt: And therefore, like a cipher, given freely.

Yet standing in rich place, I multiply, Arch. Believe me, I speak as my understanding With one we-thank-you, many thousands more instructs me, and as mine honesty puts it to utter- That go before it.


Stay your thanks awhile; Cam. Sicilia cannot show himself over-kind to And pay them when you part: Bohemia. They were trained together in their

Sir, that's to-morrow. childhoods; and there rooted betwixt them then I am question'd by my fears, of what may chance, such an affection, which cannot choose but branch Or breed upon our absence: That may blow now. Since their more mature dignities, and royal No sneapinge winds at home, to make us say, liecessities, made separation of their society, their This is put forth too truly! Besides, I have stay'd encounters, though not personal, have been royally To tire your royalty. attornied' with interchange of gifts, letters, loving Leon.

We are tougher, brother embassies; that they have seemed to be together, Than you can put us to't. though absent; shook hands, as over a vast ja and Pol.

No longer stay. embraced, as it were, from the ends of opposed Leon. One seven-night longer. winds. The heavens continue their loves !


Very sooth, to-morrow. Arch. I think, there is not in the world either Leon. We'll part the time between's then : and

in that (1) Nobly supplied by substitution of embassies. (2) Wide waste of country.

(3) Affords a cordial to the state. (4) Nipping.


I'll no gain-saying,

With stronger blood, we should have answer'd Pol.

Press me not, 'beseech you, so ; heaven There is no longue that moves, nove, none ithe Boldly, Nol guilty; the imposition clear'd, world,

Hereditary ours. Sc soon as yours, could win me : so it should now, Her.

By this we gather, W re there necessity in your request, although You have tripp'd since. 'Twere needful I denied it. My affairs


O my most sacred lady, Do even drag me homeward: which to hinder, Temptations have since then been born to us : for Were, in your love, a whip to me; my stay, In those unfledg'd days was my wife a girl ; To you a charge, and trouble: to save both, Your precious self had then not cross'd the eyes Farewell, our brother.

Of my young play-fellow. Leon. Tongue-tied, our queen ? speak you.


Grace to boot ! Her. I 'ad thought, sir, to have held my peace, of this make no conclusion ; lest you say, until

Your queen and I are devils : Yet, go on ; You had drawn oaths from him, not to stay. You, sir, The offences we have made you do, we'll answer ; Charge him too coldly: Tell him, you are sure, If you first sinn'd with us, and that with us All in Bohemia's well: this satisfaction

You did continue fault, and that you slipp'd nol The by-gone day proclaim'd; say this to him, With any but with us. He's beat from his best ward.


Is he won yet? Leon.

Well said, Hermione. Her. He'll stay, my lord. Her. To tell, he longs to see his son, were strong:


At my request, he would not. But let him say so then, and let him go; Hermione, my dearest, thou never spok'st But let him swear so, and he shall not stay,

To better purpose. We'll thwack him hence with distaffs.


Never ? Yet of your royal presence (To Polixenes.] I'll ad- Leon.

Never, but once. venture

Her. What? have I twice said well ? when The borrow of a week. When at Bohemia

was't before? You take my lord, I'll give him my commission, I pr’ythee, tell me: Cram us with praise, and To let him there a month, behind the gest!

make us Prefix'd for his parting: yet, good deed, Leontes, As fat as tame things: One good deed, dying I love thee not a jar o the clock behind

tongueless, What lady she her lord.—You'll stay?

Slaughters a thousand, waiting upon that. Pol.

No, madam. Our praises are our wages: You may ride us, Her. Nay, but you will ?

With one soft kiss, a thousand furlongs, ere Pol.

I may not, verily. With spur we heat an acre. But to the goal ;Her. Verily!

My last good was, to entreat his stay; You put me off with limber4 vows: But I, What was my first ? it has an elder sister, Though you would seek to unsphere the stars with Or I mistake you: 0, would her name were Grace ! oaths,

But once before I spoke to the purpose. When? Should yet say, Sir, no going. Verily,

Nay, let me have't; I long. You shall not go; a lady's verily is


Why, that was when As potent as a lord's. Will you go yet?

Three crabbed months had sourd themselves to Force me to keep you as a prisoner,

death, Not like a guest; so you shall pay your fees, Ere I could make thee open thy white hand, When you depart, and save your thanks. How say and clap thyself my love; then didst thou utter,

I am yours for ever. My prisoner? or my guest? by your dread verily, Her.

It is Grace, indeed. One of them you shall be.

Why, lo you now, I have spoke to the purpose twice: Pol.

Your guest then, madam: The one for ever earn'd a royal husband; To be your prisoner, should import offending; The other, for some while a friend. Which is for me less easy to commit,

[Giving her hand to Polixenes. Than you to punish.


Too hot, too hot : [Aside. Her.

Not your gaoler then, To mingle friendship far, is mingling bloods. But your kind hostess. Come, I'll question you I have tremor cordis' on me: my heart dances; or my lord's tricks, and yours, when you were But not for joy,—not joy.-This entertainment boys;

May a free face put on; derive a liberty You were pretty lordings; then,

From heartiness, from bounty, fertile bosom, Pol.

We were, fair queen, And well become the agent: it may, I grant: Two lads, that thought there was no more behind, But to be paddling palms, and pinching fingers, But such a day to-morrow as to-day,

As now they are; and making practis'd smiles, And to be boy eternal.

As in a looking-glass ;-and then to sigh, as 'twere Her. Was 'not my lord the verier wag o’the two? The mort o'the deer;& O, that is entertainment Pol. We were as twinn'd lambs, that did frisk My bosom likes not, nor my brows.-Mamillius, i’ the sun,

Art thou my boy ? And bleat the one at the other: what we chang'd, Mam.

Ay, my good lord. Was innocence for innocence; we knew not


l'secks? The doctrine of ill-doing, no, nor dream'd Why, that's my bawcock.' What, hast smutch'd That any did: Had we pursued that life,

thy nose? And our weak spirits ne'er been higher rear'd They say, it's a copy out of mine. Come, captain.

(1) Gests were the names of the stages where (6) Setting aside original sin. the king appoinied to lie, during a royal progress. (7) Trembling of the heart, Indeed.

(3) Tick. (4) Flimsy. (8) The tune played at the death of the deer. 15) A diminutive of lords.

(9) Hearty fellow.


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