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Ant. S. Sweet mistress, (what your name is Dro. S. Marry, Sir, besides myself, I am duo else, I know not,
to a woman; one that clainis nie, one that Nor by what wonder you do hit on mine,) haunts me, one that will have me. Less, in your knowledge, and your grace, you Ant. S. What claim lays she to thee? show not,
(divine. Dro. S. Marry, Sir, such claim as you would Than our earth's wonder; more than earth lay to your horse; and she would have me as a Teach me, dear creature, how to think and beast; not that, I being a beast, she would have speak;
me; but that she, being a very beastly creature, Lay open to my earthy gross conceit, lays claim to me. Smother'd in errors, feeble, shallow, weak, Ant. S. What is she?
The folded meaning of your words' deceit. Dro. S. A very reverent body; ay, such a Against my soul's pure truth why labour you, one as a man may not speak of, without he say,
To make it wander in an unknown field? sir-reverence: I have but lean luck in the Are you a god? would you create me new ? match, and yet is she a wondrous fat marriage ?
Transform me then, and to your power I'll Ant. s. How dost thou mean, a fat marriage? But if that I am I, then well I know, . (yield. Dro. S. Marry, Sir, she's the kitchen-wench,
Your weeping sister is no wife of mine, and all grease: and I know not what use tó Nor to her bed no homage do I owe;
put her to, but to make a lamp of her, and run Far more, far more, to you do I decline. from her by her own light.' I warrant, her 0, train me not, sweet mermaid," with thy rags, and the tallow in them, will burn a Po. note,
land winter: if she lives till doomsday, she'll To drown me in thy sister's flood of tears; burn a week longer than the whole world. Sing, siren, for thyself, and I will dote:
Ant. S. What complexion is she of? Spread o'er the silver waves thy golden Dro. S. Swart,* like my shoe, but her face hairs,
nothing like so clean kcpt; For why ? she And as a bed I'll take thee, and there lie; sweats, a man may go over shoes in the grine
And, in that glorious supposition, think of it.
Dro. S. Nell, Sir;-but her name and thirce Ant. S. Not mad, but mated ;t how, I do quarters, that is, an 'ell and three quarters, will not know.
not measure her from hip to hip. Luc. It is a fault that springeth from your Ant. S. Then she bears some breadtlı? eye.
Dro. S. No longer from head to foot, than Ant. S. For gazing on your beams, fair sun, from hip to hip: she is spherical, like a globe; being by.
I could find out countries in her. Luc. Gaze where you should, and that will Ant. S. In what part of her body stands Ireclear your sight.
land ? Ant. S. As good to wink, sweet love, as look Dro. S. Marry, Sir, in her buttocks; I found on night.
it out by the bogs. Luc. Why call you me love? call my sister Ant. S. Where Scotland ?
Dro. S. I found it by the barrenness: hard, in Ant. S. Thy sister's sister.
the palın of the hand. Luc. That's my sister.
Ant. S. Where France ? Ant. S. No;
Dro. S. In her forehead; arm'd and revertIt is thyself, mine own self's better part; ed, making war against her hair. Mine eye's clear eye, my dear heart's dearer Ant. S. Where England ? heart;
(aim, Dro. S. I look'd for the chalky cliffs, buil My food, my fortune, and my sweet bope's could find no whiteness in them: but I guess, My sole earth’s heaven, and my heaven's claim. it stood in her chin, by the salt rheum that ran
Lu. All this my sister is, or else should be. between France and it. Ant. S. Call thyself sister, sweet, for I aim Ant. S. Where Spain? thee:
Dro. S. Faith, I saw it not;lut I felt it, liot Thee will I love, and with thee lead my life; in her breath. Thou hast no husband yet, nor I no wife: Ant. S. Where America, the Indies? Give me thy hand.
Dro. $. O, Sir, upon her nose, all o'cor cmLuc. O soft, Sir, hold you still;
bellished with rubies, carbuncles, sapphires, I'll fetch my sister, to get her good will. declining their rich aspect to the hoi breai!
[Exit Luc. of Spain; who sent whole armadas of carrachst
to be ballast to her nose. Enter, from the house of ANTIPHOLUS of Ephesus,
Ant. S. Where stood Belgia, the NetherDROMIO of Syracuse.
Dro, S. (, Sir, I did not look so low. To Ant. S. Why, how now, Dromio? whore conclude, this drudge, or diviner, laid claim sun'st thou so fast?
to me; called me Dromio ; swore, I was asDro. S. Do you know me, Sir ? am I Dro- sur'd; to her; told me what privy marks I had mio? am I your man? am I myself?
about me, as the mark on my shoulder, Ilie Ant. S. Thou art Dromio, thou art my man, mole in my neck, the great wart on my left thou art thyself.
arm, that I, amazed, ran from her as a witch: Dro. S. I ann an ass, I am a woman's man, and, I think, if my breast bad not been made And besides myself.
of faith, and my heart of steel, she had transAnt. S. What woman's man? and how be formed me to a curtail-dog, and made ine turu sides thyself?
+ Large s42171 • Mermaid for siren. * 1. c. Confounde...
| A tuin-spit
Ant. S. Go, hie thee presently, post to the Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Ephesus, and DROMIO of road;
Ephesus. And if the wind blow any way from shore,
Offi. That labour may you save; see where I will not harbour in this town to-night.
he comes. If any bark put forth, come to the mart,
Ant. E. While I go to the goldsmith's house, Where I will walk, till thou return to me. If every one know us, and we know none,
And buy a rope's end; that will I bestow "Tis time, I think, to trudge, pack, and be Among my wife and her confederates, gone.
For locking me out of my doors by day.Dro. S. As from bear a man would run for But soft, I see the goldsmith : get thee gone; life,
Buy thou a rope, and bring it home to me. So fly I from her that would be my wife.
Dro. E. I buy a thousand pound a year! I [Erit. buy a rope !
(Exit DROMIO. Ant. S. There's none but witches do inhabit
Ant. E. A man is well holp up, that trusts here;
to you: And therefore 'tis high time that I were hence. I promised your presence, and the chain; She, that doth call me husband, even my soul But neither chain, nor goldsmith, came to me: Doth for a wife abhor: but her fair sister,
Belike, you thought our love would last too Possess'd with such a gentle sovereign grace,
long, Of such enchanting presence and discourse,
If it were chain’d together; and therefore Hath almost made me trajtor to myself: But, lest myself be guilty to self-wrong, I'll stop mine ears against the mermaid's song.
Ang. Saving your merry humour, here's the note,
[carrat; How much your chain weighs to the utmost Enter ANGELO.
The fineness of the gold, and chargeful fashion; Ang. Master Antipholus?
Which doth amount to three old ducats more Ant. S. Ay, that's my name.
That I stand debted to this gentleman ; Ang. I know it well, Sir: Lo, here is the I pray you, see him presently discharg'd, chain;
For he is bound to sea, and stays but for it. I thought to have ta’en you at the Porcupine:
Ant. E. I am not furnish'd with the present The chain unfinish'd made me stay thus long.
money : Ant. S. What is your will, that I should do Besides, I have some business in the town: with this?
Good signior take the stranger to my house, Ang. What please yourself, Sir; I have And with you take the chain, and bid my wife made it for you.
Disburse the sum on the receipt thereof; Ant. S. Made it for me, Sir! I bespoke it | Perchance, I will* be there as soon as you. not.
Ang. Then you will bring the chain to her Ang. Not once, nor twice, but twenty times
yourself? you have:
Ant. É. No; bear it with you, lest I come Go home with it, and please your wife withal; not time enough. And soon at supper-time I'll visit you,
Ang. Well, Sir, I will: Have you the chain And then receive my money for the chain.
about you? Ant. S. I pray you, Sir, receive the money
Ant. E. An if I have not, Sir, I hope you
have; for fear you ne'er see chain, nor money, more. Or else you may return without your money. Ang. You are a merry man, Sir; tare you
Ang. Nay, come, I pray you, Sir, give me well.
the chain; Ant. S. What I should think of this, I cannot | Both wind and tide stays for this gentleman, tell ;
And I, to blame, have held him here too long. But this I think, there's no man is so vain,
Ant. E. Good lord, you use this dalliance, lo That would refuse so fair an offer'd chain.' I see, a man here needs not live by shifts,
Your breach of promise to the Porcupine: When in the streets he meets such golden gifts. I should have chid you for not bringing it, I'll to the mart, and there for Dromio stay; But, like a shrew, you first begin to brawl. If any ship put out, then straight away. (Exit.
Mer. The hour steals on; I pray you, Sir,
despatch. ACT IV.
Ang. You hear, how he importunes me; the
chainSCENE I.-The same.
Ant. E. Why, give it to my wife, and fetch Enter a MERCHANT, Angelo, and un OFFICER.
Ang. Come, come, you know, I gave it you Mer. You know, since pentecost the sum is
Either send the chain, or send me by some And since I have not much importun’d you; Ant. E. Fie! now you run this humour out Nor now I had not, but that I am bound
of breath :
(see it. To Persia, and want gilders* for my voyage : Come, where's the chain? I pray you let me Therefore make present satisfaction,
Mer. My business carnot brook this dal. Or I'll attach you by this officer.
liance; Ang. Even just the sum, that I do owe to Good Sir, say, whe'r you'll answer me, or no; Is growingt to me by Antipholus; [you, If not, I'll leave him to the officer. And, in the instant that I met with you,
Ant. E. I answer you! What should I anHe had of me a chain; at five o'clock,
swer you? I shall receive the money for the same:
Ang. The money, that you owe me for the chain. Pleaseth you walk with me down to his house,
Ant. E. I owe you none, till I receive the I will discharge my bond, and thank you too.
chain † Accruing.
• A coin.
Ang. You know I gave it you half an hour What observation mad'st thou in this case, since.
Of his heart's meteors tilting in his face ?* Ant. E. You gave me none; you wrong me Luc. First, he denied you had in him no much to say so.
right. Ang. You wrong me nore, Sir, in denying it; Adr. He meant, he did me none; the more Consider, how it stands upon my credit.
my spite. Mer. Well officer, arrest him at my suit. Luc. Then swore he, that he was a stranger Ofi. I do; and charge you in the duke's name,
here. to obey me.
Adr. And true he swore, though yet forsworn Ang. This touches me in reputation :
he were. Either consent to pay this sum for me,
Luc. Then pleaded I for you. Or I attach you by this officer.
Adr. And what said he? Ant. E. Consent to pay thee that I never had! Luc. That love I begg'd for you, be begg'd Arrest me, foolish fellow, it thou dar'st.
Ang. Here is thy fee; arrest him officer; Adr. With what persuasion did he tempt thy I would not spare my brother in this case,
love? If he should scorn me so apparently.
Luc. With words, that in an honest suit might Offi. I do arrest you, Sir; you hear the suit. Ant. E. I do obey thee, 'till I give thee First, he did praise my beauty; then, my speech. bail :
Adr. Did'st speak him fair? But, siriah, you shall buy this sport as dear Luc. Have patience, I beseech. As all the metal in your shop will answer. Adr. I cannot, nor I will not, hold me still;
Ang. Sir, Sir, I shall have law in Ephesus, My tongue, though not my heart, shall have To your notorious shame, I doubt it not.
He is deformed, crooked, old, and serent
Ill-fac'd, worse-bodied, sha peless every where;
Vicious, ungentle, foolish, blunt, unkind; Dro. S. Master, there is a bark of Epidam- Stigmatical in making,t worse in mind. num,
Luc. Who would be jealous then of such a That stays but till her owner comes aboard, No evil lost is wail'd when it is gone.
[one? And then, Sir, bears away: our fraughtage, ** Adr. Ah! but I think him better than I say, Sir,
And yet would herein others' eyes were I have convey'd aboard; and I have bought The oil, the balsamum, and aqua-vitæ. Far from her nest the lapwing cries away; The ship is in her trim; the merry wind (all, My heart prays for him, though my tongue Blows fair from land: they stay for nought at
do curse. But for their owner, master, and yourself. Ant. E. How now! a madman! Why thou
Enter Dromo of Syracuse. peevisht sheep, What ship of Epidamnum stays for me? Dro. S. Here, go; the desk, the purse; sweet Dro. S. A hip you sent me to, to hire waf.
now, make haste. tage.
Luc. How hast thou lost thy breath? Ant. E. Thou drunken slave, I sent thee for Dro. S. By running fast. a rope ;
Adr. Where is thy master, Dromio ? is he And told thee to what purpose and what end.
well? Dro. S. You sent me, Sir, for a rope's end Dro: S. No, he's in tartar limbo, worse than
hell: You sent me to the bay, Sir, for a bark.
A devil in an everlasting garment|| hath him Ant. E. I will debate this matter at more One, whose hard heart is button'd up with leisure,
A fiend, a fairy, pitiless and rough; (steel; And teach your ears to listen with more heed. A wolf, nay, worse, a fellow all in buff; To Adriana, villain, hie thee straight: A back-friend, a shoulder-clapper, one than Give her this key, and tell her, in the desk
(lands; That's cover'd o'er with Turkish tapestry, The passages of alleys, creeks, and narrow There is a purse of ducats: let her send it; A hound that runs counter, and yet draws dryTell her, I am arrested in the street,
foot well; And that shall bail me: hie thee, slave; be One that, before the judgment, carries poor On, officer, to prison till it come. (gone.
souls to hell.
Dro. S. I do not know the matter? he is Dro. S. To Adriana! that is where he din'd,
'rested on the case. Where Dowsabel did claim me for her hus- Adr. What, is he arrested ? tell me, at whose band:
suit. She is too big, I hope, for me to compass. Dro. S. I know not at whose suit he is arThither I must, although against my will,
rested, well; For servants must their master's minds fulfil.
But he's in a suit of buff, which 'rested him, [Exit.
that can I tell:
Will you send him, mistress, redemption, the SCENE 11. -The same.
money in the desk? Enter ADRIANA ard LUCIANA.
* An allusion to the redness of the northern lights, Adr. Ah, Luciana, did he tempt thee so? likened to the appearance of armick
Might'st thoa perceive austerely in his eye + Dry, withered.
Who crietha most where her nest is not.
li The officers in those days were clad in bufi, whicula
also a cant expression for a man's skin. Freight, cargo. + Silly, Carriage.
I Hell was the cant term for prison
Adr. Go fetch it, sister.—This I wonder at, breaks his band: oue that thinks a man al
[Erit Lucianá. ways going to bed, and says, God give you That he, unknown to me, should be in debt: good rest. Tell me, was he arrested on a band ?*
Ant. S. Well, Sir, there rest in your foolery Dro. S. Not on a band, but on a stronger Is there any ship puts forth to-night? may we thing;
be gone? A chain, a chain; do you not hear it ring : Dro. S. Why, Sir, I brought you word an Adr. What, the chain?
hour since, that the bark Expedition put forth Dro. S. No, no, the bell: 'tis time, that I to-nigh:' and then were you hindered by the were gone.
sergeant, to tarry for the hoy, Delay: Here It was two ere I left him, and now the clock are the angels that you sent for, to deliver you. strikes one.
Ant. S. The fellow is distract, and so am I; Adr. The hours come back! that did I never And here we wander in illusions : hear.
Some blessed power deliver us from hence! Dro. S. O yes, If any hour meet a sergeant, a'turns back for very fear.
Enter a COURTEZAN. Adr. As it time were in debt! how fondly Cour. Well met, well met, master Antidost thou reason?
pholus, Dro. S. Time is a very bankrupt, and owes I see, Sir, you have found the goldsmith now;
more than he's worth to season. Is that the chain you promis'd me to-day? Nay, he's a thief too: Have you not heard men Ant. S. Satan, avoid! I charge thee tempt say,
me not! That time comes stealing on by night and day? Dro. S. Master, is this mistress Satan? If he be in debt, and theft, and a sergeant in Ant. S. It is the devil.
(day? Dro. S. Nay, she is worse, she is the devil's Hath he not reason to turn back an hour in a dam; and here she comes in the habit of' a light Enter LUCIANA.
wench; and thereof comes, that the wenches
say, God damn me, that's as much as to say, Adr. Go, Dromio; there's the money, bear God muke me a light wench. It is written, they it straight;
appear to men like angels of light: light is au And bring thy master home immediately.- eilect of' tire, and, tire will burn; ergo, light Come, sister; I am press'd down with con- wenches will burn; Come not near her. ceitit
Cour. Your man and you are marvellous Conceit, my comfort, and my injury.
(here. [Exeunt. Will you go with me? We'll mend our dinner SCENE III.-The same.
Drö. . Master, if you do expect spoon-meat,
or bespeak a long spoon. Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Syrucuse.
Ant. S. Why, Dromio? Ant. s. There's not a man I meet, but doth that must eat with the devil.
Dru. S. Marry, he must have a long spoon, salute ine As if I were their well-acquainted friend;
Ant. S. Avoid then, ficnd! why tell'st thou And every one doth call me by my name.
me of supping? Some tender money to me, some invite me ;
Thou art, as you are all, a sorceress : Some other give me thanks for kindnesses ;
I cónjure thee to leave me, and be gone. Some offer me commodities to buy:
Cour. Give me the ring of mine you had at Even now a tailor calld me in his shop, [me,
dinner, And show'd me silks that he had bought for Or, for my diamond, the chain you promis'd; And, therewithal, took measure of my body.
And I'll be gone, Sir, and not trouble you. Sure, these are but imaginary wiles,
Dro. S. Some devils ask but the päring of And 'Lapland sorcerers inhabit here.
A rush, a hair, a drop of blood, a pin,
A nut, a cherry-stone : but she, more covetous, Dro. S. Master, here's the gold you sent me
Would have a chain. for: What, have you got the picture of old Master, be wise; and if you give it her, Adam new apparelled ?
The devil will shake her chain, and fright us Ant, S. What gold is this? what Adam dost
with it. thou mean?
Cour. I pray you, Sir, the ring, or else the Dro. S. Not that Adam, that kept the para: I hope, you do not mean to cheat me so,
chain; dise, but that Adam, that keeps the prison: he that goes in the cast's skin that was killed
Ant. S. Avaunt, thou witch! Come Dromio, for the prodigal; he that came behind you, Sir, like an evil angel, and bid you forsake your
Dro. S. Fiy pride, says the peacock: Mis. liberty.
tress, that you kuow. Ani. S. I understand thee not.
(Exeunt Ant. and Dro. Dro. S. No? why, 'tis a plain case: he that
Cour. Now, out of doubt, Antipholus is mad, went like a base-viol, in a case of leather; the Else would he never so demean himself: man, Sir, that, when gentlemen are tired, A ring he hath of mine worth forty ducats, gives them a fob, and’rests them ; he, Sir, that And for the same he promised me a chain! takes pilv o. decayed men, and gives them Both one, and other, he denies me now. suits oi' durance ; he that sets up his rest to do The reason that I gather he is mad, more exploits with his mace, than a morris- (Besides this present instance of bis rare,) pike.
Is a mad tale, he told to-day at dinner, Ant. S. What! thou mean'st an officer ?
Of his own doors being shut against his ep
trance. Dro. S. Ay, Sir, the sergeant of the band ; te, that brings any man to answer it, thai Belike, his wife, acquainted with his fits,
On purpose shut the doors against his way. * 1. c. Bond.
+ Fanciful conception. My way is now, to hie home to his house.'
let us go
And tell his wife, that, being lunatic,
Cour. Mark, how he trembles in his extacy! He rush'd into my house, and took perforce Pinck. Give me your hand, and let ine teel My ring away: This course I fittest choose ;
your pulse. För foriy ducats is too much to lose. [Exit. Ant. E. There is my hand, and let it feel your SCENE IV.--The same.
Pinch. I charge thee, Satan, hous'd within Enler ANTIPHOLUS Q* Ephesus, and an OFFICER.
this man, Art. E. Fear me not, man, I will not break And to thy state of darkness hie thee straight;
To yield possession to my holy prayers,
Ant. E. Peace, doting wizard, peace, I am My wife is in a wayward mood to-day:
not mad. And will not lightly trust the messenger,
Adr. O, that thou wert not, poor distressed That I should be attach'd in Ephesus :
soul! I tell you, 'twill sound harshly in her ears.
Ant. E. You minion you, are these your cus.
tomers ? Enter Drosto of Ephesus with a rope's end. Did this companion* with a saffron face Here comes my man; I think, he brings the Revel and feast it at my house to day,
upon me the guilty doors were shut, How now, Sir? have you that I sent you for ?
And I denied to enter in my house? Dro. E. Here's that, I warrant you, will pay
Adr. O, husband, God doth know, you din'd them all.*
at home, Ant. E. But wbere's the money?
Where 'would you had remain'd until this time, Dro. E. Why, Sir, I gave the money for the Free from these slanders, and this open shame?
Ant. E. I din'd at home! Thou villain, what rope. Ant. E. Five hundred ducats, villain, for a
say’st thou ?
Dro. E. Sir, sooth to say, you did not dine rope ?
at home. Dro. E. I'll serve yon, Sir, five hundred at the rate.
Ant. E. Were not my doors lock'd up, and I
shut out? Ant. E. To what end did I bid thee bie thee home?
Dro. E. Perdy,t your doors were lock'd, Dro. E. To a rope's end, Sir; and to that
and you shut out.
Ant. E. And did not she herself revile me end am I return'd.
there? Ant. E. And to that end, Sir, I will welcome
Dro. E. Sans fable, she herself revil'd you you. [Beating him.
there. Off. Good Sir, be patient.
Ant. E. Did not her kitchen maid rail, taun, Dro. E. Nay, 'tis fór me to be patient; I am
and scorn me ? in adversity. Ott: Good now, hold thy tongue.
Dro. E. Certes, she did ; the kitchen-vestal
scorn'd you. Dro. E. Nay, rather persuade him to hold his
Ant. E. And did not I in rage depart from hands.
thence ? Ant, E. Thou whoreson, senseless villain ! Dro. E. I would I were senseless, Sir, that
Dro. E. In verity you did ;-my bones bear
witness, I might not feel your blows. Ant. E. Thou art sensible in nothing but That since have felt the vigour of his rage.
Adr. Is't good to sooth him in these conblows, and so is an ass.
traries? Dro. E. I am an ass, indeed; you may prove
Pinch. It is no shame; the fellow finds his. it by my long ears. I have serv'd him from the
vein, hour of nativity to this instant, and have no- And, yielding to him, humours well his frenzy. thing at his hands for my service, but blows :
Ant. E. Thou hast suborn'd the goldsmith to when I am cold, he heats me with beating:
arrest me. when I am warm, he cools me with beatiny:
Adr. Alas, I sent you money to redeem you. I am waked with it, when I sleep; raised with it, when I sit ; driven out of doors with it, By Dromio here, who came in haste for it.
Dro. E. Money by me? heart and good-will when I go from home; welcomed home with it, when I return: nay, I bear it on my shoulders,
you might, as a beggar wont her hrat; and, I think, when But surely, master, not a rag of money,
Ant. E. Went'st not thou to her for a purse he hath lamed me, I shall beg with it from door
of ducats? to door.
Adr. He came to me, and I deliver'd it. Enter ADRIANA, LUCIANA, and the CourtEZAN, Luc. And I am witness with her, that she with Pinch, and others.
Dro. E. God and the rope-maker, bear me Ant. E. Come, go along; ny wife is coming
That I was sent for nothing but a rope ! Dro. É. Mistress, respice finem, respect your Pinch. Mistress, both man and master isend; or rather the prophecy, like the parrot,
possess'd: Beware the rope's end.
I know it by their pale and deadly looks: Ant. E. Wilt thou still talk ? [Beats him. Cour. How say you now? is not your hus: They must be bound, and laid in some dark band mad?
Ant. E. Say, where ore didst thou lock me Adr. His incivility confirms no less.
t Without a fable.