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dam, my instrument's in . [Returning:
Hor. Madam, my instrument's in tune.
[HORTENSIO plays. O fye! the treble jars.
Luc. Spit in the hole, man, and tune again.
Bian. Now let me see if I can construe it: Hac ibat Simois, I know you not; hic est Sigeia tellus, I trust you not;— Hic steterat Priami, take heed he hear us not;-regia, presume not;—-celsa senis, despair not.
Hor. Madam, 'tis now in tune.
All but the base.
jars. How fiery and forward our pedant is! Now, for my life, the knave doth court my love: Pedascule,' i'll watch you better yet.
Bian. In time I may believe, yet I mistrust.
Luc. Mistrust it not; for, sure, Æacides Was Ajax,-call'd so from his grandfather. Bian. I must believe my master; else, I promise
you, I should be arguing still upon that doubt: But let it rest.-Now, Licio, to you: Good masters, take it not unkindly, pray, That I have been thus pleasant with you both. Hor. You may go walk, [To Lucentio.] and
give me leave awhile; My lessons make no musick in three parts.
Luc. Are you so formal, sir; well, I must wait, And watch withal; for, but I be deceiv’d,' Our fine musician groweth amorous. [Aside.
Hor. Madam, before you touch the instrument, To learn the order of my fingering, I must begin with rudiments of art;
9 Pedascule,] Pedascule, from pedant.
To teach you gamut in a briefer sort,
Bian. Why, I am past my gamut long ago.
C faut, that loves with all affection:
E la mi, show pity, or I die.
Enter a Servant.
books, · And help to dress your sister's chamber up; You know, to-morrow is the wedding-day. Bian. Farewell, sweet masters, both; I must be
gone. (Exeunt BIANCA and Servant. Luc. Faith, mistress, then I have no cause to stay.
[Exit. Hor. But I have cause to pry into this pedant; Methinks, he looks as though he were in love:Yet if thy thoughts, Bianca, be so humble, To cast thy wand'ring eyes on every stale, Seize thee, that list: If once I find thee ranging, Hortensio will be quit with thee by changing.
BIANCA, Lucentio, and Attendants.
forcd To give my hand, oppos'd against my heart, Unto a mad-brain rudesby, full of spleen;2 Who woo'd in haste, and means to wed at leisure. I told you, I, he was a frantick fool, Hiding his bitter jests in blunt behaviour: And, to be noted for a merry man, He'll woo a thousand, 'point the day of marriage, Make friends, invite, yes, and proclaim the banns; Yet never means to wed where he hath woo'd. Now must the world point at poor Katharine, And say,-Lo, there is mad Petruchio's wife, If it would please him come and marry her. Tra. Patience, good Katharine, and Baptista
too; Upon my life, Petruchio means but well, Whatever fortune stays him from his word:
? - full of spleen;] That is, full of humour, caprice, and inconstancy. Johnson.
Though he be blunt, I know him passing wise;
Bap. Go, girl; I cannot blame thee now to weep; For such an injury would vex a saint, Much more a shrew of thy impatient humour.
Enter BIONDELLO. Bion. Master, master! news, old news, and such news as you never heard of!
Bap. Is it new and old too? how may that be?
Bion. Why, is it not news, to hear of Petruchio's coming?
Bap. Is he come?
Bion. Why, Petruchio is coming, in a new hat, and an old jerkin; a pair of old breeches, thrice turned; a pair of boots that have been candle-cases, one buckled, another laced; an old rusty sword ta’en out of the town armory, with a broken hilt, and chapeless; with two broken points :3 His horse hipped with an old mothy saddle, the stirrups of no kindred: besides, possessed with the glanders, and like to mose in the chine; troubled with the lampass, infected with the fashions,4 full of windgalls, sped with spavins, raied with the yellows, past cure of the fives, stark spoiled with the staggers, begnawn with the bots; swayed in the back, and shoulder-shotten; ne'er legged before, and with a half-checked bit, and a head-stall of sheep's lea. ther; which, being restrained to keep him from stumbling, hath been often burst, and now repaired with knots: one girt six times pieced, and a woman's crupper of velure, which hath two letters for her name, fairly set down in studs, and here and there pieced with packthread.
s two broken points :) i. e. two broken tags to the laces.
— infected with the fashions, past cure of the fives,] Fashions. So called in the West of England, but by the best writers on farriery, farcens, or farcy. Fives. So called in the West: vives elsewhere, and avives by the French; a distemper in horses, little differing from the strangles. GREY. S n e'er legged before,] i. e. founder'd in his fore-feet.
Bap. Who comes with him?
Bion. O, sir, his lackey, for all the world caparisoned like the horse; with a linen stock? on one leg, and a kersey boot-hose on the other, gartered with a red and blue list; an old hat, and The humour of forty fancies pricked in't for a feather:S a monster, a very monster in apparel; and not like a christian footboy, or a gentleman's lackey. Tra. 'Tis some odd humour pricks him to this
Bap. I am glad he is come, howsoe'er he comes.
- crupper of velure,] Velure is velvet. Velours, Fr. 7- stock-] i. e, stocking.
- an old hat, and The humour of forty fancies pricked in't for a feather: ] This was some ballad or drollery at that time, which the poet here ridicules, by making Petruchio prick it up in his foot-boy's hat for a feather. His speakers are perpetually quoting scraps and stanzas of old ballads, and often very obscurely; for, so well are they adapted to the occasion, that they seem of a piece with the rest. WARBURTON.