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2 Serv. Will't please your Honour taste of these conserves !

3 Serv. What raiment will your Honour wear to-day?

Sly. I am Christopher Sly, call not me Honour, nor Lordship : I ne'er drank fack in my life, and if you give me any conserves, give me conserves of beef : ne'er ask me what raiment I'll wear, for I have no more doublets than backs, no more stockings than legs, nor no more shoes than feet; nay sometimes more feet than shoes, or such shoes as my toes look through the over-leather.

Lord. Heav'n cease this idle humour in your Honour ! Oh that a mighty man of such descent, Of such possessions, and so high esteem, Should be infused with so foul a spirit !

Sly. What, would you make me mad ? Am not I Christophero Sly, old Sly's son of Burton-heath, by birth a pedlar, by education a card-maker, by transmutation a bear-herd, and now by present profession a tinker? Alk Marian Hacket, the fat ale-wife of Wincot, if she know me not; if she say I am not fourteen pence on the score for sheer ale, score me up for the lying'st knave in Christendom. What! I am not bestraught : here's

I Man. Oh, this it is that makes your lady mourn.. 2 Man. Oh, this it is that makes your servants

droop Lord. Hence comes it that your kindred fhun your

house, As benten hence by your strange lunacy. Oh, Noble Lord, bethink thee of thy birth, Call home thy ancient thoughts from banishment, And banish hence these abject lowly dreams. Look how thy servants do attend on thee, Lach in his office ready at thy beck. Wilt thou have music hark, Apollo plays; [Music. ind twenty caged nightingales do sing. Or wilt thou sleep? we'll have thee to a couch, Softer and sweeter than the luftful bed On purpose trimm'd up for Semiramis. Say thou wilt walk, we will bestrow the ground: Or wilt thou ride thy horses fhall be trapp'd,

Their harness studded all with gold and pearl.
Doft thou love hawking? thou hast hawks will soar.
Above the morning-lark. Or wilt thou hunt?
Thy hounds fhall make the welkin answer them,
And fetch thrill echoes from the hollow earth.

I Man. Say thou wilt course, thy greyhounds are as As breathed stags ; ay, fleeter than the roe. [fwift,

2 Man. Doft thou love pictures ? we will fetch thee
Adonis, painted by a running brook; [ftraight
And Cytherea all in sedges hid;
Which seem to move, and wanton with her breath,
Ev’n as the waving sedges play with wind.

Lord. We'll thew thee lo, as she was a maid,
And how she was beguiled and surpris'd,
As lively painted as the deed was done.

3 Man. Or Daphne roaming through a thorny wood,
Scratching her legs, that one shall swear she bleeds :
And at that fight shall fad Apollo weep :
So workmanly the blood and tears are drawn.

Lord. Thou art a Lord, and nothing but a Lord : Thou hast a Lady far more beautiful Than any woman in this waining age.

1. Man. And till the tears that she hath shed for thee,
Like envious floods, o'er-ran her lovely face,
She was the faireft creature in the world,
And yet she is inferior to done.

Sly. Am I a Lord, and have I fuch a Lady?
Or do I dream? or have I dream'd till now?
I do not sleep; I see, I hear, I speak ;
I smell sweet savours, and I feel soft things.
Upon my life, I am a Lord indeed ;
And not a tinker, nor Chriftophero Sly.
Well, bring our Lady hither to our fight,
And once again a pot o' th’ smallest ale.

2 Man. Wilt please your Mightiness to wash your
Oh, how we joy to see your wits restor'd ! [hands?
Oh, that once more you knew but what you are !
These fifteen years you have been in a dream,
Or, when you wak’d, fo wak'd as if you slept.

Sly. These fifteen years ! by my fay, a goodly nap! But did I never speak of all that time?

I Man. Oh, yes, my Lord, but very idle words,

For though you lay here in this goodly chamber,
Yet would you say, you were beaten out of door,
And rail'd upon the hostess of the house;
And say, you would present her at the leet,
Because the bought stone-jugs, and no seal'd quarts.
Sometimes you would call out for Cicely Hacket.

Sly. Ay, the woman's maid of the house.

3 Man. Why, Sir, you know no house, nor no such :
Nor no such men, as you have reckon'd up; [maid,
As Stephen Sly, and old John Naps of Greece,
And Peter Turf, and Henry Pimpernell,
And twenty more such names and men as these,
Which never were, nor no man ever saw.

Sly. Now Lord be thanked for my good amends !!
Åll. Amen,

Sly. By th' 'mass, I think I am a Lord indeed.
What is thy name?

Man. Sim, an't please your Honour.

Sly. Sim?' that's as much as to say Simeon or Simon;": put forth thy hand and fill the pot.

[The servant gives him drink. . SC EN E. V. Enter Lady, with attendants.. I thank thee; thou shalt not lose by it.

Lady. How fares my Noble Lord?' Sly. Marry, I fare well ; for here is cheer enough. . Where's

my

wife ? Lady. Here, Noble Lord, what is thy will with her?

Sly. Are you my wife, and will not call me husband ? My men should call me Lord, I am your good-man.

Lady. My husband and my lord, my lord and hufa I am your wife in all obedience.

[band; Sly. I know it well : what must I call her. Lord. Madam. Sly. llce Madam, or Joan Madam? Lord. Madam, and nothing else; fo Lords call Ladies.

Sly: Come, sit down on my knee. Sim, drink to her. Madam wife, they say that I have dream'd, and Nept above some fifteen

years Lady. Ay, and the time seems thirty unto me, Being all this time abandon'd from your bed.

Sly. 'Tis much. Servants, leave me and her alone.

and more.

Madam, undress you, and come now to bed. Sim,
drink to her.

Lady. Thrice-noble Lord, let me intreat of you
To pardon me yet for a night or two :
Or, if not so, until the sun be set;
For your physicians have expressly chargd,
In peril to incur your former malady,
That I should yet absent me from your bed;
I hope this reason ftands for my excuse.

siy. Ay, it stands fo, that I may hardly tarry fo long; but I would be loth to fall into my dream again.

L will therefore tarry in despight of the flesh and the blood.

SCENE. VI.

Enter a Melenger.

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Mes. Your Honour's players, hearing your amend
Are come to play a pleasant comedy ;

[ment,
For so your Doctors hold it very meet,
Seeing too much sadness hath congeald your blood;
And melancholy is the nurse of frenzy.
Therefore they thought it good you hear a play, ,
And frame your mind to mirth and merriment;
Which bars a thousand harms, and lengthens life.

Sly Marry, I will; let them play ; is it not a commodity ? a Christmas gambol, or a tumbling trick ?

Lady. No, my good Lord, it is more plealing, stuff.
Sly. What, houshold stuff?
Lady. It is a kind of history.

Sly. Well, we'll fee't: coine, Madam wife, fit by iny side, and let the world. Nip, we shall ne'er be younger

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The TAMING of the SHREW.

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A fireet in Padua.

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Flourish. Enter Lucentio and Tranio.
Luc. TRanio, since for the great desire I had

To see fair Padua, nursery of arts,
I am arriv'd from fruitful Lombardy,

The pleasant garden of great Italy;
And, by my father's love and leave, am arm’d
With his good-will, and thy good company :
Most trusty servant, well'approv'd in all,
Here let us breathe, and happily institute
A course of learning, and ingenious studies,
Pisa, renowned for grave citizens;
Gave me my being; and my father first,
A merchant of great traffic through the world:.
Vincentio's come of the Bentivolii,
Vincentio his son, brought up in Florence,
It shall become to serve all hopes conceiv'd,
To-deck his fortune with his virtuous deeds :
And therefore, Tranio, for the time I ftudy,
To virtue and that part of philosophy
Will I apply, that treats of happiness
By virtue fpecially to be atchiev'd.
Tell me thy mind, for I have Pisa left,
And am to Padua come, as he that leaves
A shallow plash, to plunge him in the deep,
And with satiety seeks to quench his thirit,

Tra. Me pardonato, gentle mafter mine,
I am in all affected as yourself :
Glad that

you
thus continue

your

resolve, To suck the sweets of sweet philofophy : Only, good master, while we do admire Tlis virtue, and this moral discipline, Let's be no Stoics, por no stocks, I pray ; Or so devote to Aristotle's checks,

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