Passage: The Taming of the Shrew 1.1.147-65

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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;     [150]
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,     [155]
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;     [160]
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     [165].

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