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In all my lands and leafes whatsoever :
Let fpecialtics be therefore drawn between us,
That covenants may be kept on either hand.

Bap. Ay, when the fpecial thing is well obtained, This is, her love; for that is all in all.

Pet. Why, that is nothing; for I tell you, father, I am as peremptory as the proud-minded; And where two raging fires meet together, They do confume the thing that feeds their fury; Though little fire grows great with little wind, Yet extream gufts will blow out fire and all: So I to her, and fo fhe yields to me; For I am rough, and woo not like a babe. Bap. Well may'ft thou woo, and happy be thy fpeed!

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 Hortenfio with his head broke.

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

Hor. For fear, I promife you, if I look pale. Bap. What, will my daughter prove a good mufician?

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 these? quoth fhe: I'll fume with them : And, with that word, the ftruck me on the head,

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

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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,
And-twangling Jack+; with twenty fuch vile terms,
As fhe had ftudied to mifufe me fo.

Pet. Now, by the world, it is a lufty wench;
I love her ten times more than e'er I did:
Oh, how I long to have fome chat with her!

Bap. Well, go with me, and be not fo difcomfited:
Proceed in practice with my younger daughter;
She's apt to learn, and thankful for good turns.→
Signior Petruchio, will you go with us;
Or fhall I fend my daughter Kate to you?

Pet. I pray you do; I will attend her here,

[Exit Baptifta with Gremio, Hortenfio, and Tranio. And woo her with fome fpirit when he comes. Say, that the rail; why, then I'll tell her plain, She fings as fweetly as a nightingale : Say, that the frown; I'll fay, the looks as clear As morning rofes newly wafh'd with dew: Say, fhe be mute, and will not fpeak a word; Then I'll commend her volubility, And fay-fhe uttereth piercing eloquence: If the do bid me pack, I'll give her thanks, As though the bid me ftay by her a week; If the deny to wed, I'll crave the day When I fhall afk the banns, and when be married :But here the comes; and now, Petruchio, fpeak.

4 And-twangling Jack;-] Of this contemptuous appellation I know not the precife meaning. Something like it, however, occurs in Magnificence an ancient folio interlude by Skelton, printed by Raftell


ye wene I were fome hafter,

"Or elly's fome jangelynge jacke of the valc." STEEVENS.


Enter Katharine.

Good-morrow, Kate'; for that's your name, I hear, Kath. Well have you heard, but fomething hard of hearing;

5 Good-morrow Kate; &c] Thus in the original play :
"Feran. Twenty good-morrows to my lovely Kate.
"Kate. You jeaft I am fure; is the yours already?
"Feran. I tel thee Kate, I know thou lov'it me wel.
"Kate. The divel you do; who told you fo?
"Feran. My mind, fweet Kate, doth fay I am the man,
"Muft wed, and bed, and marrie bonnie Kate.

"Kate. Was ever feene fo groffe an affe as this? "Feran. I, to ftand fo long and never get a kiffe. "Kate. Hands off, I fay, and get you from this place; "Or I will fet my ten commandements in your face.

"Feran I prithy do, Kate; they fay thou art a shrew, "And I like thee the better, for I would have thee fo.

"Kate. Let go my hand, for feare it reach your eare.
"Feran No, Kate, this hand is mine, and I thy love.

Kate. Yfaith, fir, no; the woodcoke wants his taile.
"Feran. But yet his bil will ferve, if the other faile.
"Alfon. How now, Ferando? what [fays] my daughter?
"Feran. Shee's willing, fir, and loves me as her life.

Kate. 'Tis for your fkin then, but not to be your wife. "Alfon. Come hither, Kate, and let me give thy hand, "To him that I have chofen for thy love; "And thou to-morrow fhall be wed to him.

"Kate. Why father, what do you mean to do with me, "To give me thus unto this brainficke man, "That in his mood cares not to murder me ?

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"But yet I will confent and marry him,
"(For I methinkes have liv'd too long a maide)
And match him too, or elfe his manhood's good.
"Alfon. Give me thy hand: Ferando loves thee well,
And will with wealth and eafe maintaine thy ftate.
"Here Ferando, take her for thy wife,
"And Sunday next fhall be your wedding-day.


Feran. Why fo, did not I tel thee I fhould be the man?
Father, I leave my lovely Kate with you.
Provide yourselves against our marriage day,
For I mult hie me to my country house

In hafte, to fee provifion may be made

To entertaine my Kate when the doth come, &c. STEEVENS.

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They call me-Katharine, that do talk of me.
Pet. You lye, in faith; for you are call'd plain

And bonny Kate, and fometimes Kate the curft;
But Kate, the prettiest Kate in Christendom,
Kate of Kate-hall, my fuper-dainty Kate,
For dainties are all cates: and therefore, Kate,
Take this of me, Kate of my confolation ;-
Hearing thy mildnefs prais'd in every town,
Thy virtues fpoke of, and thy beauty founded,
(Yet not fo deeply as to thee belongs)
Myfelf am mov'd to woo thee for my wife,

Kath, Mov'd! in good time: let him that mov'd you hither,

Remove you hence: I knew you at the first,
You were a moveable.

Pet. Why, what's a moveable?
Kath. A joint-ftool.

Pet. Thou haft hit it: come, fit on me.
Kath. Affes are made to bear, and fo are you.
Pet. Women are made to bear, and fo are you.
Kath. No fuch jade, fir, as you, if me you mean,
Pet. Alas, good Kate! I will not burden thee:
For, knowing thee to be but young and light,

Kath. Too light for fuch a fwain as you to catch; And yet as heavy as my weight fhould be, Pet. Should be? fhould buz.

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Kath. Well ta'en, and like a buzzard,

Pet. Oh, flow-wing'd turtle! fhall a buzzard take thee?

6 A joint ftool.] This is a proverbial expreffion : Cry you mercy, I took you for a join'd stool " See Ray's Collection. It is likewife repeated as a proverb in Mother Bombie, a comedy by Lilly, 1594, and by the Fool in King


7 No fuch jade, fir.] Perhaps we fhould read jack. However there is authority for jade in a male fenfe. So, in Soliman and Perfida, Picton fays of Bafilico, "He juft like a knight! He'll juft like a jade." FARMER.


Kath. Ay, for a turtle; as he takes a buzzard “. Pet. Come, come, you wafp; i'faith you are too angry.

Kath. If I be waspish, beft beware my fting.
Pet. My remedy is then, to pluck it out.
Kath. Ay, if the fool could find it where it lies.
Pet. Who knows not where a wafp doth wear his

In his tail.

Kath. In his tongue,

Pet. Whofe tongue ?

Kath. Yours, if you talk of tails; and fo farewel, Pet. What with my tongue in your tail? nay, come again, Good Kate; I am a gentleman.

Kath. That I'll try.

[She frikes him, Pet. I fear, I'll cuff you, if you itrike again, Kath. So may you lofe your arms :


you strike me, you are no gentleman; And if no gentleman, why, then no arms.

Pet. A herald, Kate? oh, put me in thy books. Kath. What is your creft? a coxcomb?

Pet. A comblefs cock, fo Kate will be my hen. Kath. No cock of mine, you crow too like a craven 9

Ay, for a turtle, as he takes a buzzard.] Perhaps we may read better:

Ay, for a turtle, and he takes a buzzard.

That is, he may take me for a turtle, and he shall find me a hawk, JOHNSON. This kind of expreffion likewife feems to have been proverbial, So, in the Three Lords of London, 1590:


haft no more skill,

"Than take a faulcon for a buzzard" STEEVENS.


-a craven.] A craven is a degenerate, difpirited cock, So, in Rhedon and Iris, 1031;

That he will pull the craven from his neft." STEEVENS. Craven was a term alfo applied to those who in appeals of battle became recreant, and by pronouncing this word, called for quarter from their opponents; the confequence of which was, that they for ever after were deemed infamous.

See Note on 'Tis Pity he's a Whore. Dodfley's Collection of Old Plays, vol. viii. p. 10. edit. 1780. EDITOR.

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