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Par. I am a poor man, and at your majesty's command.
Par. Yes, so please your majesty ; I did go between them, as I said; but more than that, he loved her,-for, indeed, he was mad for her, and talked of Satan, and of limbo, and of furies, and I know not what: yet I was in that credit with them at that time, that I knew of their going to bed; and of other motions, as promising her marriage, and things that would derive me ill will to speak of, therefore I will not speak what I know.
King. Thou hast spoken all already, unless thou canst say they are married : But thou art too fine* in thy evidence : therefore stand aside.This ring, you say, was yours?
Dia. Ay, my good lord.
King. If it were yours by none of all these ways,
Dia. I never gave it him.
Laf. This woman's an easy glove, my lord; she goes off and on at pleasure.
King. This ring was mine, I gave it his first wife.
King. Take her away, I do not like her now;
Dra. I'll never tell you.
Dia. Because he's guilty, and he is not guilty :
[Exit WIDOW. The jeweller, that owest the ring, is sent for, And he shall surety me. But for this lord, Who hath abused me, as he knows himself,
+ Common woman.
Though yet he never harm'd me, here I quit him :
Re-enter WIDOW, with HELENA.
he truer office of mine eyes ? Ist real, that I see?
Hel. No, ny good lord ; 'Tis but the shadow of a wife you see, The name, and not the thing.
Ber. Both, both, O pardon !
Hel. O, my good lord, when I was like this maid,
Ber. If she, my liege, can make me know this clearly,
Hel. If it appear not plain, and prove untrue,
Laf. Mine eyes smell onions, I shall weep anon:-Good Tom Drum [To PAROLLES), lend me a handkerchief: So, I thank thee; wait on me home, I'll make sport with thee: Let thy courtesies alone, they are scurvy ones.
King. Let us from point to point this story know,
The king's a beggar, now the play is done :
TAMING OF THE SHREW.
PERSONS REPRESENTED. A LORD.
TRANIO, Servants to Lucen. CHRISTOPHER SLY,
BIONDELLO, } tio. a drunken Tinker, Persons in GRUMIO, Servants to Petru. HOSTESS, PAGE, PLAY. \the Induc- CURTIS,
chio. ERS, HUNTSMEN, and tion.
PEDANT, an old Fellow set up to other SERVANTS at
personate Vincentio. tending on the LORD, BAPTISTA, a rich Gentleman of
Padua. VINCENTIO, an old Gentleman of | KATHARINA, the Shrew, DaughPisa.
BIANCA, her Sister, Sters to LUCENTIO, Son to Vincentio, in love Baptista. with Bianca.
WIDOW. PETRUCHIO, a Gentleman of Ve.
rona, a Suitor to Katharina. TAILOR, HABERDASHER, and SERGREMIO,
VANTS attending on BAPTISTA Suitors to Bianca.
Suitors to Bianca. HORTENSIO.
and PETRUCHIO. SCENE.—Sometimes in PADUA; and sometimes in Petruchio's
House in the Country.
CHARACTERS IN THE INDUCTION To the original Play of The Taming of a Shrew, entered on the
Stationers' books in 1594, and printed in quarto, in 1607. A LORD, &c.
VALERIA, Servant to Aurelius. SLY.
SANDER, Servant to Ferando. A TAPSTER.
PHYLOTUS, a Merchant who perPAGE, PLAYERS, HUNTSMEN, &c. sonates the Duke.
KATE, PERSONS REPRESENTED.
Daughters to AlphonEMELIA,
sus. ALPHONSUS,a Merchant of Athens. PHYLEMA,J JEROBEL, Duke of Cestus. AURELIUS, his Son, Suitors to the TAILOR, HABERDASHER, and SERFERANDO,
Daughters of VANTS to FERANDO and ALPHONPOLIDOR,
Alphonsus. ' SUS. SCENE.--Athens; and sometimes Ferando's Country House.
Enter HOSTESS and SLY.
Sly. Y'are a baggage; the Slies are no rogues: Look in the chronicles, we came in with Richard Conqueror. Therefore, paucas pallabris : + let the world slide: Sessa !
Host. You will not pay for the glasses you have burst ?
Sly. No, not a denier: Go by, Jeronimy ;-Go to thy cold bed, and warm thee. Kost. I know my remedy, I must go fetch the thirdborough.!!
[Exit. Sly. Third, or fourth, or fifth borough, I'll answer him by law : I'll not budge an inch, boy; let him come, and kindly.
[Lies down on the ground, and falls asleep. Wind horns. Enter a LORD from hunting, with Huntsmen and
i Hun. Why, Belman is as good as he, my lord;
Lord. Thou art a fool; if Echo were as fleet,
2 Hun. He breathes, my lord: Were he not warm'd with ale, This were a bed but cold to sleep so soundly.
Lord. O monstrous beast! how like a swine he lies!
* Beat; pay you off. † A word to the wise.
Be quiet. A line introduced, in ridicule, from Kyd's play of the Spanish Tragedy, the hero of which, Jeronimo, Sly confounds with Saint Jerome (Dyce). | An officer whose authority equals a constable, Strajned.
** A small scenting-hound.
A most delicious banquet by his bed,
1 Hun. Believe me, lord, I think he cannot choose.
Lord. Even as a flattering dream, or worthless fancy.
1 Hun. My lord, I warrant you we'll play our part,
Lord. Take him up gently, and to bed with him; And each one to his office, when he wakes.
[Some bear out Sly. A trumpet sounds Sirrah, go see what trumpet'tis that sounds :- [Exit SERVANT. Belike, some noble gentleman, that means, Travelling some journey, to repose him here.
Re-enter a SERVANT.
Serv. An it please your honour,
1 Play. We thank your honour.