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While thou ly'lt warm at home, secure and safe,
And craves no other tribute at thy hands,
But love, fair looks, and true obedience;
Too little payment for so great a debt.
Such duty as the subject owes the Prince,
Even such a woman oweth to her husband :
And when she’s froward, peevish, fullen, lower,
And not obedient to his honest will ;
What is the but a foul contending rebel,
And graceless traitor to her loving Lord ?
I am afham'd, that women are so simple
To offer war where they should kneel for peace ;
Or seek for rale, fupremacy, and sway,
When they are bound to serve, love, and obey.
Why are our bodies soft, and weak and smooth,
Unapt to toil and trouble in the world,
But that our soft conditions and our hearts
Should well

agree

with our external parts ?
Come, come, you froward and unable worms,
My mind hath been as big as one of yours,
My heart as great, my reason haply more,
To bandy word for word, and frown for frown;
But, now I see, our launces are but straws,
Our strength as weak, our weakness past compare ;
That seeming to be most, which we indeed least are.
$26) Then vale your ftomachs, for it is no boot,
And place your hands below your husband's foot:

In (26) Tben vale your ftomachs, &c ] This doctrine of conjugal obedience, that runs thro' all Catbarine's speech, shews the business of the play to be compleated in her being so thoroughly reform’d. But this comedy has likewise a subservient walk, which from the beginning is connected to, and made a part of the main plot; viz. the marriage of Bianca. This marriage, according to the regulation of all the copies, is executed and clear'd up in the fourth act: and the fifth act is not made to begin till the whole company meet at Lucentio's apartment. By this regulation, there is not only an unreasonable disproportion in length betwixt the 4th and 5th acts; but a manifest absurdity committed in the conduct of the fable. By the division I have ventur'd at, these inconveniencies are remedied: and the action lies more uniform. For now the whole catastrophe is wound up in the act: it begins with Lucentio going to church to marry Bianca : the true Vincentio

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In token of which duty, if he please,
My hand is ready, may it do him ease.

Pet. Why, there's a wench: come on, and kiss me, Kate,
Luc. Well, go thy ways, old lad, for thou shalt ha't.
Vin. 'Tis a good hearing, when children are toward,
Luc. But a harsh hearing, when women are froward.

Pet. Come, Kate, we'll to bed ;
(27) We three are married, but you two are sped.
'Twas I won the wager, tho' you hit the white;
And being a winner, God give you good night.

[Exeunt Petruchio and Catharina. Hor. Now go thy ways, thou hast tam'd a curst Ihrew. Luc. 'Tis a wonder, by your leave, she will be tam'd fo.

[Exeunt omnes. Enter two fervants bearing Sly in his own apparel, and

leave him on the Stage. Then enter a Tapfter. Sly awaking. ) Sim, giaye's fome more wine what, all the Players gone ani not l'a Lord?

Tap. A Lora, with a murrain! come, art thou drunk fill?

Sly. Who's this? Tapfter! oh, I have had the bravest dream that ever thou heardft in all thy life.

Tap. Yea, merry, but thou hadł bes get thee bome, for your wife will course you for dreaming here all night. arrives, to discover the impofture carried on by the Pedant : and after this eclaircissement is hung in suspence (always a pleasure to an audience,) till towards the middle of the 5th act ; the main bufiness is wound up, of Carbarine approving herself to be a convert ; and an instructer, in their duty, to the other new-married Ladies. If it be objected, that, by the change I make, the Lord and his fervants (who are characters out of the Drama) speak in the middle of an act; that is a matter of no importance. Their fort interlocution was never design'd to mark the intervals of the acts.

(27) We two are married, but you two are sped.] This is the reading only of the modern cupies, I have chose to read with the older books. Petruchio, I think verily, would say this: I, and you Lucentio, and you Hortenfio, are all under the same predicament in one respect, we are all three married ; but you two are finely help'd up with wives, that don't know the duty of obedience.

Sly.

Sly. Will she? I know how to tame a farew. I dreams upon it all this night, and thau hafi wak'd me out of the best dream that ever I had. But I'll to my wife, and tame ber too, if the anger me.

The End of the SECOND Volume.

RA

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