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THE

BE A UT I ES

OF

S H A K ESP E A R.

X.

The Taming of the Shrew.

INDUCTION.

SCENE II. Hounds.

THY "HY hounds (!) shall make the welkin answer

them, And fetch shrill echoes from the hollow earth.

Painting (1) See Midsummer Night's Dream, Act 4. Sc, 2. • In the Two Noble Kinsmen, Act 2. Sc. 2. Palamon says,

To our Theban hounds,
That shook the aged forest with their echoes,

No more now must we hollow, no more shake
VOL. II.
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Our

Painting. Dost thou love pictures? we will fetch thee strait, Adonis, painted by a running brook ; And Citberea all in fedges 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 sadness hash congeald your blood, And melancholy is the nurfe of phrenzy, 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.

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The Uses of Travel and Study. .
Luc. Tranio, fince--for the great desire I had
To see fais 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,
My trusty servant, well approv'd in all ;
Hére 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 traffick through the world,
Vincentio, come of the Bentivoli ;

Vincentio,

Our pointed javelins, whilst the angry swine
Flies like a Parthian quiver, from our řages,
Struck with our well-Iteel'd darts.

Vincentio his fon, (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 ftudy,
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 satiety seeks to quench his thirst.

Tra. Mi perdonate, gentle malter mine,
I am in all affected as yourself ;
Glad that

you

thus continue your resolve,
To fuck the sweets of sweet philosophy.
Only, good master, while we do admire
This virtue, and this moral discipline,
Let's be no ftoicks, nor no stocks, I pray;
Or fo devote to Aristotle's checks, (3)
As Ovid be an outcast 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 mathematicks, and the metaphyficks,
Fall to thein as you find your stomach serves you :
No profit grows, where is no pleasure ta'en ;-
In brief, Sir, kudy what you most affect.

Money

(2) Vincentio his son.] Means the son of Vincentio, or as we thould lay, Vincentio's fon. This mode of expression is common with the old writers. , Sue Love's Labour loft,

His teeth as white as whale his bone. (3) Aristotle's checks.] i. e. The harth rules of Aristotles St.

Money an Inducement to marry with the viles.

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

Hor. Tush, Gremio, though it pass your patience, and mine, to endure her loud alarums, why, man, there be good fellows 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

Nay look

(4) Think'A thou, &c.] So a little after Grumio says,

yoll, Sir, he tells you flatly what his mind is : why give him gold enough and marry him to an aglet-baby, or an old trot with never a tooth in her head, though the have as many diseases, as two-and-fifty horses ; why nothing comes amiss, so money comes withal.” And Petruchio, immediately after, on Hortenfio's remonftrance, says,

.“ Peace, thou know'st not gold's effe&t.(See Much ado about Nothing.) This is a truth too frequently and unhappily verified in the matrimonial world.

(5) Love, &c.] Love conceived at first sight is the subject of most romances; and the philosophy of these northern climes looks for it only there : but if we consult the volume of nature more at large, we shall find 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 poslibly be sensible of. Mrs. G. See the note on Midsummer Night's Dream, Act 2. Sc. 2.

(6) O Tranio, &c.] Speaking of the lady, who had thus engaged his heart, he says, soon after,

I saw her coral lips to move,
And with her breath she did perfume the
Sacred and sweet was all I saw in her.

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