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This is No. 9.
As I am often asked where the popular song "Should he upbraid," set to music by Sir Henry Bishop, is to be found in Shakespeare, I may be pardoned for adding this note to say that it is not one of Shakespeare's songs. What Bishop did was to take the following lines from a speech of Petruchio in the first scene of Act 11. of "The Taming of the Shrew":
"Say that she rail: why then I'll tell her plain
She sings as sweetly as a nightingale:
Say that she frown; I'll say she looks as clear
As morning roses newly wash'd with dew:
Say she be mute, and will not speak a word;
Then I'll commend her volubility."
He played fast and loose with this passage, turning blank verse into rime and changing the sex of the speaker.
"'Bid me discourse, I will enchant thine ear,
Or, like a fairy, trip upon the green,
Or, like a nymph, with long dishevell'd hair,
Dance on the sands, and yet no footing seen.'"
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