- TRANIO: I pray, sir, tell me, is it possible
- That love should of a sudden take such hold?
- LUCENTIO: O Tranio, till I found it to be true,
- I never thought it possible or likely; 
- But see, while idly I stood looking on,
- I found the effect of love in idleness:
- And now in plainness do confess to thee,
- That art to me as secret and as dear
- As Anna to the queen of Carthage was, 
- Tranio, I burn, I pine, I perish, Tranio,
- If I achieve not this young modest girl.
- Counsel me, Tranio, for I know thou canst;
- Assist me, Tranio, for I know thou wilt.
- TRANIO: Master, it is no time to chide you now; 
- Affection is not rated from the heart:
- If love have touch'd you, nought remains but so,
- 'Redime te captum quam queas minimo.'
- LUCENTIO: Gramercies, lad, go forward; this contents:
- The rest will comfort, for thy counsel's sound .
This page last updated on 1 January 2003.
Send queries to Michael Best, English Department, University of Victoria, Victoria B.C. V8W 3W1, Canada.