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Lord, before whom the Play is suppos’d to be play'd.
Christopher Sly, a drunken Tinker.
Baptista, Father to Catharina and Bianca ; very rich..
} Pretenders to Bianca
Servants to Lucentio.
Catharina, the Shrew.
Taylor, Haberdashers; with Servants attending on
Baptista and Petruchio.
SCENE, sometimes in Padua ; and sometimes
in Petruchio's House in the Country.
TÁMÍNG of the SHREW.
Ι Ν D U ο Τ Ι ο Ν.
'LL pheese you', in faith,
Hot. A pair of stocks, you rogue !
Sly. Y'are a baggage; the Slies are no rogues. Look in the Chronicles, we came in with Richard Conqueror; therefore, paucus pallabris 2; let the world Ride : Sesja.
rl pheese you,-) To pheeze
no rogues.] That is, no or fease, is to separate a twist in- vagrants, no mean fellows, but to fingle threads. In the figu. Gentlemen. rative sense it may well enough
-- paucus pallabris ;) Sly, be taken, like teaze or toze, for as an ignorant Fellow, is purto harrass, to plague. Perhaps posely made to aim at Languages P'll pheeze you, may be equivalent out of his knowledge, and knock to l'll comb
your head, a phrase the Words out of Joint. The vulgarly used by persons of Sly's Spaniards say, pocas palabras, i. e. character on like occasions. few words: as they do likewise,
Cefa, i. e. be quiet. THEOB.
Hoft. You will not pay for the glasses you have burst?
Sly. No, not a denier: go by, Jeronimo thy cold bed, and warm thee 3.
Hoft. I know my remedy; I must go fetch the Thirdborought.
Sly. Third, or fourth, or fifth borough, I'll answer him by law; I'll not budge an inch, boy ; ; let him come, and kindly.
( Falls asleep. 3 Go by S. Jeronimy, go to thy « fom, don't interrupt me, go, cold Bed, and warm thee. ] All " by ;” and, to fix the Satire in the Editions have coined a Saint his Allusion, pleasantly calls her here, for Sly to swear by. But Jeronymo.
THEOBALD. the Poet had no such Intentions,
+ I must go fetch the HeadThe Passage has particular Hu- borough. mour in it, and must have been Sly. Third, or fourth, or fifth very pleasing at that time of day. Borough, &c.] This corropt But I must clear up a Piece of reading had pass’d down through Stage history, to make it under. all the Copies, and none of the stood. There is a fuftian old Editors pretended to guess at the Play, call'd, Hieronymo; Or, Poet's Conceit. What an inGipid, The Spanish Tragedy: which, I unmeaning Reply does Sly make find, was the common Butt of to his Hoftefs? How do third, or Rallery to all the Poets of Shake fourth, or fifth Borough relate to Speare's Time: and a Passage, Headborough? The Author inthat fappear’d very ridiculous in tended but a poor Witticism, and that Play, is here humorously al- even That is loft. The Hostels luded to. Hieronymo, thinking would say, that she'll fetch a himself injur'd, applies to the Conftable and this Officer she King for Justice; but the Cour- calls by his other Name, a Thirda tiers, who did not desire his borough : and upon this Term Wrongs fhould be ser in a true Sly founds the Conundrum in his Light, attempt to hinder him Answer to her. Who does not from an Audience.
perceive, at a single glance, fome Hiero. Justice, oh! justice to Conceit started by this certain Hieronymo.
Correction ? There is an Attempt Lor. Back; fee'A thou not, at Wit, tolerable enough for a the King is busy?
Tinker, and one drunk too. Hiero. Ob, is be fo?
Third-borough is a Saxon-Term King. Wbo is He, that inter- fufficiently explain'd by the Glofrupts our Business?
faries: and in our Statute books, Hiero. Not I:- Hierony- no farther back' than the 28th
mo, beware; go by, go by. Year of Henry VIIIth, we find So Sly here, not caring to be it used to signify a Confiable. dun'd by the Hostess, cries to her
THEOBALD. in Effect. “ Don't be trouble