Enter LUCENTIO disguised as
CAMBIO, HORTENSIO disguised as
LITIO, and BIANCA
CAMBIO) Fiddler, forbear. You grow
too forward, sir.
Have you so soon forgot the entertainment
Her sister Katherina welcomed you withal?
LITIO) But, wrangling pedant, this is
5The patroness of heavenly harmony.
Then give me leave to have prerogative,
And when in music we have spent an hour,
Your lecture shall have leisure for as much.
CAMBIO) Preposterous ass, that never
read so far
10To know the cause why music was ordained.
Was it not to refresh the mind of man
After his studies or his usual pain?
Then give me leave to read philosophy
And, while I pause, serve in your harmony.
LITIO) Sirrah, I will not bear these
braves of thine.
Why, gentlemen, you do me double wrong
To strive for that which resteth in my choice.
I am no breeching scholar in the schools.
I’ll not be tied to hours nor 'pointed times
20But learn my lessons as I please myself.
And, to cut off all strife, here sit we down.