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S HAKESP EA R.

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Yarning of the Shrew.

INDUCTION.

Scene II. Hounds.

THY hounds (i) {hall make the welkin answer them,

And setch shrill echoes from the hollow earth.

Painting.

(i) See Midsummer Nighfs Dream, Act 4. Sc 2. - la the Two Noble Kinsmen, Act 2. Sc 2. Palamon fays, To our Thehan hounds, That shook the aged forest with their echoes, No more now must we hollow, no more shake Vol. II. B Our Painting.

Dost thou love pictures? we will fetch thee strait, Adonis, painted by a running brook j , And Citherea all in sedges hid, Which seem to move, and wanton with her breath, Ev'n as the waving sedges play with wind.

Mirth and Merriment, its Advantage.

Seeing too much fadness ha>h congeal'd your blood., And melancholy is the nurse of phrenzy; Therefore they thought it good you hear a play, And frame your mind to mirth and merriment, 'Which bars a thoufand harms, and lengthens life.

A C T I. SCENE I.

The Uses of Travel and Study.

Luc. Tranio, since—for the great desire I had
To see fal/ Padua, nursery of arts,—
i am arriv'd from fruitful Lombardy,
The pleafant garden os great.Italy;
And by my father's love and leave am arm'd
With his good-will, and thy good company,
My 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 ibeing, and my father sirst,
A merchant of great traflick through the world,
Vincentio, come of the Beuti<voli;

Viwentio,

Our pointed javelins, whilst the angry svvine
Flies like a Parthian quiver, from bur i'ages,
Struck, vrith bur well-ffeel'd darts.

Vincentio his son, (2) 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 study,
Virtue, and that part of philosophy
Will I apply, that treats of happiness
By virtue specially 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 fatiety seeks to quench his thirst.

Tra. Miperdotiate, gentle master mine,
I am in all affected as yourself;
Glad that you thus continue your resolve.
To suck the sweets of sweet philosophy.
Only, good master, while we do admire
This virtue, and this moral discipline,
Let's be no stoicks, nor no stocks, I pray;
Or so devote to Arijleile's checks, (3)
As Ovid be an ourcart quite abjur'd:
Talk logic with acquaintance that you have,
And practise rhetoric in your common talk:
Music, and poesy, use to quicken you;
The mathematieks, and the nietaph) sicks,
Fall to them as you sind your stomach serves you:
No prosit grows, where is no pleasure ta'en ;—
In brief, Sir, study what ycu most affect.

Money

(i) Vincentio hisson.] Means the son of Vincentio, or as we should fay, Vincentio's son. This mode of expression is common with the old writers. . S^e Love's Labour lost,

His teeth as white as whale His bone.

(3) Ari/htfe's checks.^ i. e. The harsh rules of Aristotle, Money an Inducement to marry with the vilejl.

Gre. Think'st thou, (4) Hortenjio, though her father be very rich, any man is so very a fool to be ;narry'd to hell?

Hor. Turn, Gremio, though it pass your patience, and mine, to endure her loud alarums, why, man, there be good sellows in the world, an a man could light on them, would take her with all her faults, and money enough.

Love (5) at first Sight.

Tra. I pray, Sir, tell me,—is it possible, That love should of a sudden take such hold?

Luc. O, Tranio, (6) till I found it to be true, I never thought it possible, or likely;

But

(4) Tbinl'JI thou, &c] So a little after Grumio fays, "Nay look you, Sir, he tells you flatly what his mind is: why give him gold enough and man.y him to an aglet-baby, or an old trot with never a tooth in her head, though me have as many diseases, as two-and. sifty horses; why nothing comes amiss, so money comes withal." And Petruthio, immediately after, on Hortenfio's remonstrance, fays, —" Peace, thou know'st not gold's effect." (See Much ado about Nothing.) This is a truth too frequently and unhappily verisied in the matrimonial world.

(5) Love, &c] Love conceived at sirst sight is the subject of most romances; and the philosophy of these northern

- climes looks for it only there: but it we consult the volume of nature more at large, we shall sind that such extempore passions are not infrequent in the more southern regions of the world: and the clear and warm air of Italy communicates a brisker motion to the heart and spirits^ than our natural phlegm can possibly be sensible of. Mrs. G. See the note on Midsummer Night's Dream, Act 2. Sc. 2.

(6) O Tranio, Sec] Speaking of the lady, who had thus engaged his heart, he lays, soon after,

I faw her coral lips to move,

And with her breath slie did perfume the airt

Sacred and sweet was all I faw in her.

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