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But fee! while idly I stood looking on,
Tra. Master, it is no time to chide you now ;
Such wind (8) as scatters young men thro' the
world, To seek their fortunes further than at home, Where small experience grows.
(7) Rated.] i. e. chid, or counselled away. Instead of touch'd in the next line, Warburton reads toył’d, which the next line from Terence, says he, shews to be the true reading. 7. &c., defirous to reduce poor S’s learning as low as poffible, assure us, that he had the next line from Lilly ! which I mention, says 7.," that it might not be brought as an argument of his learning :” wonderful kindness to our noble poet !' Risum teneatis? See Colman's fpirited Appendix, at the end of his translation of Terence. (8) Such wind, &c.] Hortenfio had asked,
-What happy gale
Blows you to Padua here from old Verona ? See Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act 1. Sc. 1.
Woman's Tongue. (9) Think you, a little din can daunt my ears? Have I not in my time hcard lions roar ? Have I not heard the sea, pufi'd up with winds, Rage like an angry boar, chafed with sweat ? Have I not heard great ordnance in the field ? And heav'ns artillery thunder in the skies? Have I not in a pitched battle heard Loud larums, neighing steeds, and trumpets clang? And do you tell me of a woman's tongue ? That gives not half so great a blow to th’ear, (10) As will a chesnut in a farmer's fire ?
Extremes cure each other.
(9) See Comedy of Errors, Act 5. Sc. 3. (10) Tb' ear.] W. commonly, bear.
SCENE, II. Wife married to all her Husband's
To me she's marry'd, not unto my cloaths:
When the priest
Ay, (11) These poor accoutrements.] This is the droll odefcription which s. gives of them " Why, Petruchio is coming, in a new hat, and an old jerkin ; a pair of old breeches, thrice turn’d; a pair of boots that have been candle cafes, one buckled, another lac'd; an old rusty sword ta'en out of the town armory, with a broken hilt, and chapeless, with two broken points. His horse hip'd with an old mothy saddle, the stirrups of no kindred : befides, pofleft with the glanders, and like to none in the chine, troubled with the lampass, infected with the fashions, full of wind-galls, sped with the fpavins, ray'd with the yellows, past cure of the vives, stark spoiled with the stag. gers, begrawn with the bots, sway'd in the back, and shoulder thotten į near legg'd before, and with a half check'd bit, and a head-itall of theep's leather ; which, being restrain'd to keep him from Itumbling, hath been often burst, and now repair'd with knots : one girth fix times piec'd, and a woman's crupper of velure, which hath two leiters for her name, fairly set down in studs, and here and there picc'd with pack-thread.
Bat. Who comes with him ? Bed. O, Sir, his lacqney, for all the world caparison'd like the horse ; with a linen stock on one leg, and a kersey boot-hose, on the other, gartered with a red and blue lift'; an old hat, and the humour of forty fancies prick'd in 't for a feather : a monster, a very monster in apparel; and not like a Christian foot-boy, or a gentleman's lacquey."
“Ay, by gogs-woons," quoth he, and swore so loud,
Tran. What said the wench when he rose up again?
(12) Quaft off the muscadel.] It appears from this passage and the following one, in the Hisory of the Two Maids of Moreclacke, a comedy by Robert Armin, 1609, that it was the custom to drink wine immediately after the marriage ceremony. Armin's play begins thus ; Enter a maid Arewing flowers, and a serving man per
fuming the door.
The priest and Hymen's ceremonies 'tend
To make them man and wife. Again, in Decker's Satiromastix, 1602.
And when we are at church, bring the wine and cakes. We find it practised at the magnificent marriage of Queen Mary and Philip, in Winchester cathedral, 1554. “The
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Petrựchio's Trial of his Wife in the Article of
Pet. Why this was moulded on a porringer,
Cath. I'll have no bigger, this doth fit the time, (13) And gentlewomen wear such caps as these.
Pet, When you are gentle, you shall have one too, And not till then.
Hor. That will not be in haste.
trumpets founded, and they both returned to their traverses in the quire, and there remayned until masse was done: at which tyme, wyne and sopes were hallowed and delivered to them both.' Collect. Append. Vol. IV. p. 400. Edit. 1770. See St, and Warton.
(13) Doth fit the time.] i. e. is fashionable. Mrs. G.
(14) Why, Sir, I truf, &c.] Warburton observes on this passage, that “ S. has here copied nature with great skill ;-Petruchio by frightning, starving, and over-watching his wife, had' tamed her into gentleness and submission : and the audience expect to hear no more of the Ohrew : when on her being crossed in the article of fashion and finery, 'the most inveterate folly of the sex,' me flies out again for the last time, into all the intemperate rage of her nature.” It is but just to hear a ladv's reply to this remark of the critic : “ This,” says Mrs. G. “ is being severe on our sex at a very cheap rate indeed : foibles, paffions, and inconsiderable attachments, are equally common to all mankind, without distinction of gender : and the difference of objects gives no fort of advantage to men,