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Sly: These fifteen years: By my fay,' a goodly nap But did I never speak of all that time?
1 Serv. O, yes, my lord; but very idle words.For though you lay here in this goodly chamber, Yet would you say, ye were beaten out of door; And rail upon the hostess of the house; And say, you would present her at the leet, Because she brought stone jugs and no sealed quarts. Sometimes you would call out for Cicely Hacket.
Sly. Ay, the woman's maid of the house. 3 Serv. Why, sir, you know no house, nor no such
Nor no such men as you have reckoned up,
Sly. Now, Lord be thanked for my good amends!
Enter the Page, as a Lady, with Attendants. Page. How fares my noble lord ?
Sly. Marry, I fare well; for here is cheer enough. Where is my wife?
Page. 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 goodman. Page. My husband and my lord, my lord and
Sly. I know it well.-What must I call her?
I A contraction of by my faith.
% That is, at the court leet, where it was usual to present such matters, as appears from Kitchen on Courts : -" Also if tiplers sell by cups and dishes, or measures sealed or not sealed, is inquirable.”
3 Blackstone proposes to read, “old John Naps o'the Green.” The addition seems to have been a common one.
Sly. Al'ce madam, or Joan madam ?
Page. Ay, and the time seems thirty unto me; Being all this time abandoned from your bed. Sly. 'Tis much. Servants, leave me and her
Page. Thrice noble lord, let me entreat of you
your physicians have expressly charged,
absent me from your bed. I hope this reason stands for my excuse.
Sly. Ay, it stands so, that I may hardly tarry so long. But I would be loath to fall into my dreams again; I will therefore tarry, in despite of the flesh and the blood.
Enter a Servant. Serv. Your honor's players, hearing your amendment, Are come to play a pleasant comedy, For so your doctors hold it very meet; Seeing too much sadness hath congealed 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 it. Is not a com montyl a Christmas gambol, or a tumbling trick ?
Page. No, my good lord; it is more pleasing stuff.
Sly. Well, we'll see't. Come, madam wife, sit by my side, and let the world slip; we shall ne'er be younger.
[They sit down 1 For comedy.
Luc. Tranio, since—for the great desire I had
Tra. Mi perdonate, gentle master mine,
1 Ingenious and ingenuous were very commonly confounded by old writers.
2 i. e. to fulfil the expectations of his friends. 3 Apply for ply is frequently used by old writers. Thus Baret:-" with diligent endeavour to applie their studies.” And in Turberville's Tragic Tales:–« How she her wheele applyde.”
4 Small piece of water. 5 Pardon me.
Glad that you thus continue your resolve,
Luc. Gramercies, Tranio, well dost thou advise.
is this? Tra. Master, some show, to welcome us to town.
Enter BAPTISTA, KATHARINA, BIANCA, GREMIO, and
HORTENSIO. LUCENTIO and TRANIO stand aside.
Bap. Gentlemen, importune me no further,
Gre. To cart her rather; she's too rough for me.There, there, Hortensio, will you any wife?
1 The old copy reads Aristotle's checks. Blackstone suggests that we should read ethics, and the sense seems to require it; it is therefore ad. mitted into the text.
2 The modern editions read, “ Talk logic, &c. The old cripy reaas Balke, which Mr. Boswell suggests may be right, although the mean: ag of the word is now lns:
Kath. I pray you, sir, [To Bap.] is it To make a stale of me amongst these mates ? Hor. Mates, maid! how mean you that? no mates
Kath. I'faith, sir, you shall never need to fear;
Hor. From all such devils, good Lord deliver tis!
Luc. But in the other's silence I do see
Tra. Well said, master; mum! and gaze your fill.
Kath. A pretty peat!? 'tis best
Bian. Şister, content you in my discontent.-
Why, will you mew her up,
Bap. Gentlemen, content ye; I am resolved. -