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BAP. Well may'ft thou woo, and happy be thy

speed!

But be thou arm'd for fome unhappy words.

PET. Ay, to the proof; as mountains are for winds,

That shake not, though they blow perpetually.

Re-enter HORTENSIO, with his head broken.

BAP. How now, my friend? why dost thou look fo pale?

HOR. For fear, I promise you, if I look pale. BAP. What, will my daughter prove a good mu

fician?

HOR. I think, fhe'll fooner prove a foldier; Iron may hold with her, but never lutes.

BAP. Why, then thou canst not break her to the lute?

HOR. Why, no; for fhe hath broke the lute to

me.

I did but tell her, fhe mistook her frets,'
And bow'd her hand to teach her fingering;
When, with a most impatient devilish fpirit,
Frets, call you thefe? quoth fhe: I'll fume with them:
And, with that word, fhe ftruck me on the head,
And through the inftrument my pate made way;
And there I ftood amazed for a while,

As on a pillory, looking through the lute:
While fhe did call me,-rafcal fiddler,

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her frets,] A fret is that ftop of a mufical inftrument which causes or regulates the vibration of the ftring. JOHNSON.

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HOR. Sir, a word ere you go;—

Are you a fuitor to the maid you talk of, yea, or no? TRA. An if I be, fir, is it any offence?

GRE. No; if, without more words, you will get you hence.

TRA. Why, fir, I pray, are not the streets as free For me, as for you?

GRE.

But fo is not she.

TRA. For what reafon, I befeech you

GRE. For this reason, if you'll know,

That she's the choice love of fignior Gremio. HOR. That she's the chofen of fignior Hortenfio.

TRA. Softly, my masters! if you be gentlemen, Do me this right,-hear me with patience. Baptifta is a noble gentleman,

To whom my father is not all unknown;
And, were his daughter fairer than fhe is,
She may more fuitors have, and me for one.
Fair Leda's daughter had a thousand wooers;
Then well one more may fair Bianca have:
And fo the fhall; Lucentio fhall make one,
Though Paris came, in hope to fpeed alone.

GRE. What! this gentleman will out-talk us all.
Luc. Sir, give him head; I know, he'll prove

a jade.

PET. Hortenfio, to what end are all these words? HOR. Sir, let me be so bold as to ask you,

Did you yet ever see Baptista's daughter?

TRA. No, fir; but hear I do, that he hath two; The one as famous for a fcolding tongue, As is the other for beauteous modefty.

PET. Sir, fir, the firft's for me; let her go by.

GRE. Yea, leave that labour to great Hercules; And let it be more than Alcides' twelve.

PET. Sir, understand you this of me, infooth ;The youngest daughter, whom you hearken for, Her father keeps from all access of fuitors; And will not promife her to any man, Until the elder fifter first be wed: The younger then is free, and not before.

TRA. If it be fo, fir, that you are the man Muft ftead us all, and me among the rest; An if you break the ice, and do this feat,'Achieve the elder, fet the younger free For our accefs,-whofe hap fhall be to have her, Will not fo graceless be, to be ingrate.

HOR. Sir, you fay well, and well you do conceive; And fince you do profefs to be a fuitor, You must, as we do, gratify this gentleman, To whom we all reft generally beholden.

TRA. Sir, I fhall not be flack: in sign whereof, Please ye we may contrive this afternoon,*

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this feat,] The old copy reads-this feek. The emendation was made by Mr. Rowe.

2 Pleafe ye we may contrive this afternoon,] Mr. Theobald asks what they were to contrive? and then fays, a foolish corruption pofJeffes the place, and fo alters it to convive; in which he is followed as he pretty conftantly is, when wrong, by the Oxford editor. But the common reading is right, and the critic was only ignorant of the meaning of it. Contrive does not fignify here to project but to spend, and wear out. As in this paffage of Spenfer:

"Three ages fuch as mortal men contrive."

Fairy Queen, B. XI. ch. ix.

WARBURTON.

The word is ufed in the fame fense of spending or wearing out, in Painter's Palace of Pleafure. JOHNSON.

So, in Damon and Pithias, 1571:

"In travelling countries, we three have contrived
"Full many a year," &c.

And quaff carouses to our mistress' health;
And do as adversaries do in law,'—

Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.

GRU. BION. O excellent motion! Fellows, let's

begone.'

HOR. The motion's good indeed, and be it fo ;

Petruchio, I shall be your ben venuto.

[Exeunt.

Contrive, I fuppofe, is from contero. So, in the Hecyra of Terence. "Totum hunc contrivi diem." STEEVENS.

2 — as adverfaries do in law,] By adverfaries in law, I believe, our author means not fuitors, but barristers, who, however warm in their oppofition to each other in the courts of law, live in greater harmony and friendship in private, than perhaps those of any other of the liberal profeffions. Their clients feldom "eat and drink with their adverfaries as friends." MALONE.

3 Fellows, let's begone.] Fellows means fellow-fervants. Grumio and Biondello addrefs each other, and alfo the disguised Lucentio. MALONE.

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The fame. A Room in Baptifta's House.

Enter KATHARINA and BIANCA.

BIAN. Good fifter, wrong me not, nor wrong yourself,+

To make a bondmaid and a flave of me;
That I difdain: but for these other gawds,5-
Unbind my hands, I'll pull them off myself,
Yea, all my raiment, to my petticoat;
Or, what you will command me, will I do,
So well I know my duty to my elders.

KATH. Of all thy fuitors, here I charge thee," tell Whom thou lov'ft beft: fee thou diffemble not.

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BIAN. Believe me, fifter, of all the men alive, I never yet beheld that fpecial face

Which I could fancy more than any other.

KATH. Minion, thou lieft; Is't not Hortenfio? BIAN. If you affect him, fifter, here I fwear, I'll plead for you myself, but you shall have him. KATH. O then, belike, you fancy riches more; You will have Gremio to keep you fair."

nor wrong yourself,] Do not act in a manner unbecoming a woman and a fifter. So, in The Merry Wives of Windfor: "Master Ford, this wrongs you." MALONE.

5 but for thefe other gawds,] The old copy reads-thefe other goods. STEEVENS.

This is fo trifling and unexpreffive a word, that I am fatisfied our author wrote gawds, (i. e. toys, trifling ornaments;) a term that he frequently ufes and feems fond of. THEOBALD.

copy,

6I charge thee,] Thee, which was accidentally omitted in the old was fupplied by the editor of the fecond folio. MALONE. to keep you fair.] I wish to read-to keep you fine. But either word may ferve. JOHNSON.

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