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in the chine; troubled with the lampass, infected with the fashions,' full of wind-galls, 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 leather; 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.

Bap. Who comes with him?

Bion. O, sir, his lackey, for all the world caparisoned like the horse; with a linen stock 4 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 : 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

fashion ;-
Yet oftentimes he goes but mean apparell’d.

Bap. I am glad he is come, howsoe'er he comes.
Biron. Why, sir, he comes not.
Bap. Didst thou not say, he comes ?
Biron. Who? that Petruchio came?
Bap. Ay, that Petruchio came.

i Farcy. : Vives; a distemper in horses, little differing from the strangles. 3 Velvet.

4 Stocking.

Biron. No, sir; I say, his horse comes with him on his back.

Bap. Why, that's all one.

Biron. Nay, by Saint Jamy, I hold you a penny, A horse and a man more than one, and yet not

many.

Enter PETRUCHIO and GRUMIO.

TRUC Pet. Come, where be these gallants ? who is at

home? Bap. You are welcome, sir. Pet.

And yet I come not well. Bap. And yet you halt not. Tra.

Not so well apparellid As I wish you were.

Pet. Were it better I should rush in thuş.
But where is Kate? where is my lovely bride ?-
How does my father?--Gentles, methinks you frown:
And wherefore gaze this goodly company;
As if they saw some wondrous monument,
Some comet, or unusual prodigy?
Bap. Why, sir, you know, this is your wedding-

day :
First were we sad, fearing you would not come;
Now sadder, that you come so unprovided.
Fye! doff this habit, shame to your estate,
An

eye-sore to our solemn festival.
Tra. And tell us, what occasion of import
Hath all so long detain'd you from your wife,
And sent you hither so unlike yourself?

Pet. Tedious it were to tell, and harsh to hear : Suffiçeth, I am come to keep my word,

Though in some part enforced to digress;s
Which, at more leisure, I will so excuse
As
you

shall well be satisfied withal. But, where is Kate? I stay too long from her ; The morning wears, 'tis time we were at church.

Tra. See not your bride in these unreverent robes; Go to my chamber, put on clothes of mine.

Pet. Not I, believe me; thus I'll visit her.
Bap. But thus, I trust, you will not marry her.
Pet. Good sooth, even thus; therefore have done

with words;
To me she's married, not unto my clothes :
Could I repair what she will wear in me,
As I can change these poor accoutrements,
'Twere well for Kate, and better for myself.
But what a fool am I, to chat with you,
When I should bid good-morrow to my bride,
And seal the title with a lovely kiss ?

[Exeunt PETRUCHIO, GRUMIO, and

BIONDELLO.
Tra. He hath some meaning in his mad attire:
We will persuade him, be it possible,
To put on better ere he go to church.
Bap. I'll after him, and see the event of this.

[Exit.
Tra. But, sir, to her love concerneth us to add
Her father's liking : Which to bring to pass,
As I before imparted to your worship,
I am to get a man,--whate'er he be,
It skillsó not much; we'll fit him to our turn,
And he shall be Vincentio of Pisa;

Si. e. To deviate from my promise.

6 Matters,

And make assurance, here in Padua,
Of greater sums than I have promised.
So shall you quietly enjoy your hope,
And marry sweet Bianca with consent.

Luc. Were it not that my fellow schoolmaster
Doth watch Bianca's steps so narrowly,
'Twere good, methinks, to steal our marriage ;
Which once perform'd, let all the world say--no,
I'll keep mine own, despite of all the world.

Tra. That by degrees we mean to look into,
And watch our vantage in this business :
We'll over-reach the greybeard, Gremio,
The narrow-prying father, Minola;
The quaint? musician, amorous Licio;
All for my master's sake, Lucentio.-

Re-enter GREMIO.
Signior Gremio! came you from the church ?

Gre. As willingly as e'er I came from school.
Tra. And is the bride and bridegroom coming

home? Gre. A bridegroom, say you ? 'tis a groom, indeed, A grumbling groom, and that the girl shall find.

Tra. Curster than she? why, 'tis impossible.
Gre. Why, he's a devil, a devil, a very fiend.
Tra. Why, she's a devil, a devil, the devil's dam.

Gre. Tut! she's a lamb, a dove, a fool to him.
I'll tell you, sir Lucentio; When the priest
Should ask—if Katharine should be his wife,
Ay, by gogs-wouns, quoth he; and swore so loud,
That, all amaz'd, the priest let fall the book :

7 Strange.

And, as he stoop'd again to take it up,
The mad-brain'd bridegroom took him such a cuff,
That down fell priest and book, and book and priest;
Now take them up, quoth he, if any list.

Tra. What said the wench, when he arose again?
Gre. Trembled and shook; for why, he stamp'd,

and swore,

As if the vicar meant to cozen him.
But after many ceremonies done,
He calls for wine :- A health, quoth he; as if
He had been aboard carousing to his mates
After a storm: -Quaff’d off the muscadel, 8
And threw the sops all in the sexton's face ;
Having no other reason,-
But that his beard grew thin and hungerly,
And seem'd to ask him sops as he was drinking.
This done, he took the bride about the neck;
And kiss'd her lips with such a clamorous smack,
That, at the parting, all the church did echo.
I, seeing this, came thence for very shame;
And after me, I know, the rout is coming :
Such a mad marriage never was before;
Hark, hark! I hear the minstrels play. [Musick.
Enter PETRUCHIO, KATHARINA, BIANCA, BAP-

TISTA, HORTENSIO, GRUMIO, and Train.
Pet. Gentlemen and friends, I thank you

for

your pains : I know, you think to dine with me to-day, And have prepar'd great store of wedding cheer ;

8 It was the custom for the company present to drink wine immediately after the marriage-ceremony.

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