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come near me.

Adr. I did not, gentle husband, lock thee Adr. And come with naked swords ; let's forth.

call more help, Dro. E. And, gentle master, I receiv'd no To have them bound again. gold;

Offi. Away, they'll kill us. But I confess, Sir, that we were lock'd out.

Exeunt Officer, Adr. and Luc. Adr. Dissembling villain, thou speak’st false Ant. S. I see these witches are afraid of in both.

swords. .Ant. E. Dissembling barlot, thou art false in Dro. S. She, that would be your wife, now And art confederate with a damned pack, [all;

ran from you. To make a loathsome abject scorn of me: Ant. S. Come to the Centaur; fetch our stuff* But with these nails l’li pluck out these false

from thence : eyes,

I long, that we were safe and sound aboard. That would behold in me this shameful sport. Dro. $. Faith, stay here this night, they will [Pinch and his assistants bind Ant. and surely do us no harm; you saw, they speak us DROMIO.

fair, give us gold: methinks, they are such a Adr. O, bind him, bind him, let him not gentle nation, that but for the mountain of mad

Hesh that claims marriage of me, I could find Pinch. More company ;-the fiend is strong in my heart to stay here still, and turn witch. within him.

Ant. S. I will not stay to-night for all the Luc. Ah me, poor man, how pale and wan

town; he looks!

Therefore away, to get our stuff aboard. Ant. E. What, will you murder me? Thou

(Exeunt. jailer, thou,

I am thy prisoner; wilt thou suffer them
To make a rescue?

SCENE I.--The same.
Offi. Masters, let him go;
He is my prisoner, and you shall not have him,

Pinch. Go, bind this man, for he is frantic too.
Adr. What wilt thou do, thou peevish* offi-

Ang. I am sorry, Sir, that I have hinder'd Hast thou delight to see a wretched man [cer? But, I protest, he had the chain of me, [you; Do outrage and displeasure to himself?

Though most dishonestly he doth deny it. Offi. He is my prisoner; if I let him go,

Mer. How is the man esteem'd here in the The debt he owes, will be requir'd of me.

city ? Adr. I will discharge thee,ere I go from thee:

Ang. Of very reverend reputation, Sir, Bear me forthwith unto his creditor, [it.

Of credit infinite, highly belov'd, And, knowing how the debt grows, I will pay His word might bear my wealth at any time.

Second to none that lives here in the city; Good master doctor, see him safe convey'd Home to my house.-0 most unhappy day!

Mer. Speak softly: yonder, as I think, he

walks. Ant. E. () most unhappy+ strumpet! Dro. E. Master, I am here enter'd in bond Enter ANTIPHOLUS and DROMIO of Syracuse. Ant. E. Out on thee, villain! wherefore dost Ang. 'Tis so; and that self chain about his thou mad me?

neck, Dro. E. Will you be bound for nothing ? be which he forswore, most monstrously, to have. Goed master; cry, the devil.- (mad, Good Sir, draw pear to me, I'll speak to him. Luc. God help, poor souls, how idly do they Signior Antipholus, I wonder much [ble; talk!

That you would put me to this shame and trouAdr. Go bear him hence.--Sister, go you And not without some scandal to yourself, with me.

With circumstance, and oaths, so to deny [Exeunt Pinch and assistants with Ant. This chain, which now you wear so openly: and Dro.

Besides the charge, the shame, imprisonment, Say now, whose suit is he arrested at ? You have done wrong to this my honest friend Ofi. One Angelo, a goldsmith; Do you know Who, but for staying on our controversy, him?

Had hoisted sail, and put to sea to-day : Adr. I know the man: What is the sum he This chain you had of me, can you deny it? owes?

Ant. S. I think, I had; I never did deny it. Offi. Two hundred ducats.

Mer. Yes, that you did, Sir; and forswore Adr. Say, how grows it due?

it too. Offi. Due for a chain, your husband had of Ant. S. Who heard me to deny it, or forhim.

swear it? Adr. He did bespeak a chain for me, but Mer. These ears of mine, thou knowest, did had it not.

hear thee: Cour. When as your husband, all in rage, Fie on thee, wretch! 'tis pity, that thou liv'st to-day

To walk where any honest men resort. Came to my house, and took away my ring,

Ant. S. Thou art a villain, to impeach me (The ring 1 saw upon his finger now,)

thus: Straight aster, did I meet him with a chain. I'll prove mine honour, and mine honesty

Adr. It may be so, but I did never see it:- Against thee presently, if thou dar'st stand. Come, jailer, bring me where the goldsmith is, Mer. I dare, and do defy thee for a villain. I long to know the truth hereof at large.

[They draw. Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse, with his rapier Enter ADRIANA, LUCIANA, COURTEZAN, and drawn, and DROMIO of Syrucuse.

others. mul. God, for thy mercy! they are loose Adr. Hold, hurt him not, for God's sake; again.

he is mad :

for you.


Foolish. Unhappy for unlucky, i. e, mischievous.

• Baggage.

Some get within him," take his sword away: Why bear you these rebukes, and answer not!
Bind Dromio too, and bear them to my house. Adr. She did betray me to my own reproof.-
Dro. S. Run, master, run; for God's sake, Good people, enter, and lay hold on hím.
take a house.t

Abb. No, not a creature enters in my house. This is some priory ;-In, or we are spoil'd. Adr. Then, let your servants bring my hus. [Excunt ANTIPH. und Dromio to the Priory.

band forth.

Abb. Neither; he took this place for sancEnter the ABBESS.

tuary, Abb. Be quiet, people; Wherefore throng And it shall privilege him from your hands, you hither?

Till I have brought him to his wits again, Adr. To fetch my poor distracted husband Or lose my labour in assaying it. hence:

Adr. I will attend my husband, be his nurse, Let us come in, that we may bind him fast, Diet his sickness, for it is my office, And bear him home for his recovery.

And will have no attorney but myself; Ang. I knew, he was not in his perfect wits. And therefore let me have him home with me. Mer. I am sorry now, that I did draw on Abb. Be patient; for I will not let him stir, him.

Till I have us’d the approved means I have, Abb. How long hath this possession held the With wholesome syrups, drugs, and holy man?

prayers, Adr. This week he hath been heavy, sour, To make of him a formal man again:* and sad,

It is a branch and parcelt of mine oath, And much, much different from the man he A charitable duty of my order; But, till this afternoon, his passion [was; Therefore depart, and leave him here with me. Ne'ér brake into extremity of rage.

Adr. I will not hence, and leave my husband Abb. Hath he not lost much wealth by wreck And ill it doth beseem your holiness, [here; at sea?

To separate the husband and the wife. Buried some dear friend? Hath not else bis Abb. Be quiet, and depart, thou shalt not Stray'd his affection in unlawful love? [eyo

have him.

[Exit ABBESS. A sin, prevailing much in youthful men, Luc. Complain unto the duke of this indig. Who give their eyes the liberty of gazing.

nity. Which of these sorrows is he subject to? Adr. Come, go; I will fall prostrate at his Adr. To none of these, except it be the last;

feet, Namely, some love, that drew him oft from And never rise until my tears and prayers home.

Have won his grace to come in person hither, Abb. You should for that have reprehended And take perforce my husband from the Abhim.

bess, Adr. Wły, so I did.

Mer. By this, I think, the dial points at five: Abb. Ay, but not rough enough.

Anon, I am sure, the duke himself in person Adr. As roughly, as my modesty would let Comes this way to the melancholy vale;

The place of death and sorry: execution, 166. Haply, in private.

Behind the ditches of the abbey here. Idr. And in assemblies too.

Ang. Upon what cause ? 1bb. Ay, but not enough.

Mer. To see a reverend Syracusan merchant, Adr. It was the copyt of our conference: Who put unluckily into this bay In bed, he slept not for my urging it;

Against the laws and statutes of this town, At board, he fed not for my urging it;

Beheaded publicly for his offence. Alone, it was the subject of my theme;

Ang. See, where they come; we will behold In company, I often glanced it;

his death. Still did I tell him it was vile and bad.

Luc. Kneel to the duke, before he pass the Abb. And thereof came it, that the man was

abbey. mad: The venom clamours of a jealous woman

Enter Duke attended; ÆGEON bare-headed ; Poison more deadly than a mad dog's tooth.

with the Headsman and other Officers. It seems his sleeps were hinder'd by thy rail

Duke. Yet once again proclaim it publicly, ing:

If any friend will pay the sum for him, And thereof comes it that his head is light.

He shall not die, so much we tender him. Thou say'st, his meat was sauc'd with thy up

Adr. Justice, most sacred duke, against the braidings:

Abbess! Unquiet meals make ill digestions,

Duke. She is a virtuous and a reverend lady; Thereof the raging fire of lever bred;

It cannot be, that she hath done thee wrong. And what's a fever but a fit of madness?

Adr. May it please your grace, Antipholus, Thou say’st, his sports were hinder'd by thy

my husband, brawls:

Whom I made lord of me and all I had, eet recreation barr'd, what doth ensue,

At your importantg letters,—this ill day t moody and dull melancholy,

A most outrageous fit of madness took him ; insman to grim and comfortless despair;)

That desperately he hurried through the street And, at her heels, a huge infectious troop

(With him his bondman, all as mad as he,) Ol' pale distemperatures, and foes to life?

Doing displeasure to the citizens in food, in sport, and life-preserving rest To be disturb’d, would mad or man, or beast; | Rings, jewels, any thing his rage did like.

By rushing in their houses, bearing thence The consequence is then, thy jealous fits

Once did I get him bound, and sent him home, Have scared thy husband from the use of wits.

Whilst to take order for the wrongs I went, Luc. She never reprehended him but mildly, That here and there his fury had committed. When he demean'd himself rough, rude, and Anon, I wotè not by what strong escape,


wildly, . l.e. Close, grapple with him.

* I. e. To bring him back to his senses. + Part. 1 Sad. 1. c. Go into a house. The theme.

Importunate, 11.e. To take measures.

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Ho broke from those that had the guard of Ant. E. This day, great duxe, she shut the him;

doors upon me, And, with his mail attendant and himself, While she with harlots* feasted in my house. Each one with irrful passion, with drawn Duke. A grievous fault: Say, woman, didst swords,

tbou so? Met us again, and, madly bent on us,

Adr. No, my good lord;- myself, hc, aüd my Chas'd us away; till raising of more aid,

sister, We came again to bind them: then they fled To-day did dine together: So befall my soul, Into this abbey, whither we pursued them ; As this is false, he burdens me withal! And here the abbess shuts the gates on us, Luc. Ne'er may I look on day, nor sleep 01 And will not suffer us to fetch him out,

night, Nor send him forth, that we may bear him But she tells to your highness simple truth! hence.

(mand, Ang. ( perjur'd woman! They are both for Therefore, most gracious duke, with thy comLet him be brought forth, and borne hence for In this the madman justly chargeth them. help.

Ant. E. My liege, I am advised what I say: Duke. Long since, thy husband serv'd me in Neither distúrbid with the effect of wine, my Wars ;

Nor heady-rash, provok'd with raging ire, And I to thee engag'd a prince's word, Albeit, my wrongs might make one wiser mad. When thou didst make him master of thy bed, This woman lock'd me out this day from dinner: To do him all the grace and good I could.- That goldsmith there, were he not pack'd with Go, some of you, knock at the abbey-gate,

her, And bid the lady abbess come to me;

Could witness it, for he was with me then; I will determine this, before I stir.

Who parted with me to go fetch a chain,
Enter a Servant.

Promising to bring it to the Porcupine,

Where Balthazar and I did dine together. Serv. O mistress, mistress, shift and save Our dinner done, and he not coming thither, yourself!

I went to seek hir : in the street I met him ; My master and his man are both broke loos,

And in his company, that gentleman, (down, Beaten the maids a-row,* and bound the doc. There did this perjur'd goldsmith swear me tor,

That I this day of him receiv'd the chain, Whose beard they have singed off with brands Waich, God he knows, I saw not : for the of fire ;

he did arrest me with an officer. (which, And ever as it blazed, they threw on him

I did obey; and sent my peasant home
Great pails of puddled mire to quench the hair: For certain ducats: he with none return’d.
My master preaches patience to him, while
His man with scissars nicks himt like a fool : To go in person with me to my house.

Then fairly I bespoke the officer,
And, sure, unless you send some present help, By the way we met
Between them they will kill the conjurer.

My wife, her sister, and a rabble more
Adr. Peace, fool, thy master and his man vi vile confederates; along with them

are here; And that is false thou dost report to us.

They brought one Pinch; a hungry lean-tac'd

A mere anatomy, a mountebank, (villain, Serv. Mistress, upon my life, I tell you true; A thread-bare juggler, and a fortune-teller; I have not breath'd almost, since I did see it. He cries for you, and vows, if he can take you, A living dead man: this pernicious slave,

A needy, hollow-ey'd, sharp-looking wretch, To scorch your face, and to disfigure you: Forsooth, took on him as a conjurer;

[Cry within. And, gazing in mine eyes, feeling any pulse, Hark, hark, I hear him, mistress; Hy, be gone. And with no face, as 'twere, outiacing me, Duke. Come, stand by me, fear nothing: Cries out, I was possess’d: then altogether

Guard with halberts. Adr. Ah me, it is my husband! Witness you, And in a dark and dankish vault at home

They fell upon me, bound me, bore me thence; That he is borne about invisible:

There left me and my man, both bound toEven now we hous'd him in the abbey here ;

gether; And now he's there, past thought of human Till gnawing with my teeth my bonds in sunder,

I gain'd my freedom, and immediately Enter Antipuolus and DROMIO of Ephesus.

Ran hither to your grace; whom I beseech Ant. E. Justice, most gracious duke, oh, For these deep shames and great indignities.

To give me ample satisfaction grant me justice! Even for the service that long since I did thee,

Ang. My lord, in truth, thus far I witness

with him ; When I bestrid thee in the wars, and took Deep scars to save thy life; even for the blood That he dined not at home but was lock'd out.

Duke. But had he such a chain of thee, or no! That then I lost for thee, now grant me justice. Æge. Unless the fear of death doth make me

Ang. He had, my lord : and when he ran in

here, dote,

These people saw the chain about his neck. I see my son Antipholus, and Dromio, Ant. E. Justice, sweet prince, against that

Mer. Besides, I will be sworn, these ears of

mine woman there, She whom thou gav'st to me to be my wife;

Heard you confess you had the chain of him, That hath abused and dishonour'd nie,

After you first foreswore it on the mart, Even in the strength and height of injury!

And, thereupon, I drew my swer on you; Beyond imagination is the wrong,

And then you fled into this abbey here, That she this day bath shameless thrown on me.

From whence, I think you are come by miracle. Duke. Discover how, and thou shalt find me

Ant. E. I never came within these abbey

walls, just. 1. e. Successively, one after another,

* Harlot was a term of reproach applied to chests among tl. "uts his bait closc.

men as well as to wantons among women.



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Nor ever didst thou draw thy sword on me: Thou know’st, we parted : but perhaps, my I never saw the chain, so help me heaven!

son, And this is false, you burden me withal. Thou sham'st to acknowledge me in misery. Duke. Why, what an intricate impeach is Ant. E. The duke, and all that know me in

this! I think, you all have drank of Circe's cup. Can witness with me that it is not so; If here you hous'd him, here he would have I ne'er saw Syracusa in my life.

[ly:- Duke. I tell thee, Syracusan, twenty years If he were mad, he would not plead so cold. Have I been patron to Antipholus, You say, he dined at home; the goldsmith here During which time he ne'er saw Syracusa: Denies that saying :-Sirrah, what say you? I see, thy age and dangers make thee dote. Dro. E. Sir, he dined with her there, at the Porcupine.

Enter the ABBESS, with ANTIPHOLUS Syracusan, Cour. He did; and from my finger snatch'd

and DROMIO Syracusen. that ring. Ant. E. 'Tis true, my leige, this ring I had

Abb. Most mighty duke, behold

man much of her.

wrong'd. All gather to see him. Duke. Saw'st thou him enter at the abbey

Adr. I see two husbands, or mine eyes dehere?

ceive me. Cour. As sure, my liege, as I do see your

Duke. One of these men is Genius to the

other; grace. Duke. Why, this is strange :-Go call the And so of these : Which is the natural man, Abbess hither;

And which the spirit? Who deciphers them? I think you are all mated,* or stark mad.

Dro. S. I, Sir, an Dromio ; command him [Exit an Attendant.

away: Æge. Most mighty dake, vouchsafe me speak

Dro. E. I, Sir, am Dromio; pray let me stay. a word;

Ant, . Ægeon, art thou not? or else his Haply I see a friend will save my life,

ghost ? And pay the sum that may deliver me.

Dro. S. O, my old master! who hath bound

him here? Duke. Speak freely, Syracusan, what thou wilt.

Abb. Whoever bound him, I will loose his Æge. Is not your name, Sir, call’d Anti- And gain a husband by his liberty :

bonds, pholus ? And is not that your bondman Dromio ?

Speak, old Ægeon, if thou be'st the man
Dro. E. Within this
hour I was his bondman, That hore thee at a burden two fair sons:

That had'st a wife once call'd Æmilia,
But he, I thank him, gnawd in two my cords; 10, if thou be'st the same Ægeon, speak,
Now am I Dromio, and his man, unbound.

And speak unto the same Æmilia!
Æge. I am sure, you both of you remember

Æge. If I dream not, thou art Æmilia ;

If thou art sbe, tell me, where is that son
Dro. E. Ourselves we do remember, Sir, by That floated with thee on the fatal raft?

Abb. By men of Epidamnum, he, and I, you; For lately we were bound as you are now.

And the twin Dromio, all were taken up; You are not Pinch's patient, are you, Sir? But, by and by, rude fishermen of Corinth Æge. Why look you strange on me? you By force took Dromio and my son from them, know me well.

And me they left with those of Epidamnum:
Ant. E. I never saw you in my life, till now. What then became of them, I cannot tell;
Æge. Oh! grief
hath chang'd me, since

you /1, to this fortune that you see me in.
saw me last;

Duke. Why, here begins his morning story And careful hours, with Time's deformed hand right;* Have written strange defeaturest in my face: These two Antipholuses, these two so like, But tell me yet, dost thou not know my voice? And these two Dromios, one in semblance, Ant. E. Neither.

Besides her urging of her wreck at sea, —,
Æge. Dromio, nor thou ?

These are the parents to these children,
Dro. E. No, trust me, Sir, nor I.

Which accidentally are met together.
Æge. I am sure, thou dost.

Antipholus, thou cam'st from Corinth first. Dro. E. Ay, Sir; but I am sure, I do not; Ant. S. No, Sir, not I;I came from Syracuse and whatsoever a man denies, you are now Duke. Stay, stand apart; I know not wbich

is which. bound to believe him. Æge. Not know my voice! O, time's extre

Ant. E. I came from Corinth, my most gra mity!


cious lord. Hast thou so crack'd and splitted my poor

Dro. E. And I with him. In seven short years, that here my only son Ant. E. Brought to this town with that mos Knows not my feeble key of uptun'd cares?

famous warrior Though now this grained; face of mine be hid Duke Menapkan, your most renowned uncle. In sap-consuming winter's drizzled snow,

Adr. Which of you two did dine with me And all the conduits of my blood froze up;

to-day? Yet hath my night of life some memory,,

Ant. S. I, gentle mistress.
My wasting lamp some fading glimmer left, Adr. And are you not my husband ?
My dull deaf ears a little use to hear:

Ant. E. No, I say nay to that.
All these old witnesses (I cannot err,)

Ant. S. And so do I, yet did she call me so; Tell me, thou art my son Antipholus.

And this fair gentlewoman, her sister here, Ant. E. I never saw my fatlier in my life.

Did call me brother:- What I told you then, Æge. But seven years since, in Syracusa, I bope, I shall have leisure to make good; boy,

It' tuis be not a drean, I see, and hear.
A Corfounded.

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Ang. That is the chain, Sir, which you had | Go to a gossip's feast, and go with me; of me.

After so long grief, such nativity! Ant. 8. I think it be, Sir; 1 deny it not. Duke. With all my heart, I'll gossip at this Ant. E. And you, Sir, for this chain arrest

feast. ed me.

[Exeunt DUKE, ABBESS, Ægeon, CourteAng. I think I did, Sir; I deny it not.

ZAN, MERCHANT, ANGELO, and AttenAdr. I sent you money, Sir, to be your bail, dants. By Dromio; but I think he brought it not. Dro. S. Master, shall I fetch your stuff from Dro. E. No, none by me.

shipboard ? Ant. S. This purse of ducats I receiv'd from Ant. E. Dromio, what stuff of mine hast thou you,

embark'd? And Dromio my man did bring them me: Dro. S. Your goods, that lay at host, Sir, in I see, we still did ineet each other's man,

the Centaur. And I was ta'en for him, and he for me, Ant. S. He speaks to me; I am your master, And thereupon these Errors are arose.

Dromio: Ant. E. These ducats pawn I for my father Come, go with us: we'll look to that anon: here.

Embrace thy brother there, rejoice with him. Duke. It shall not need, thy father hath his

[Exeunt ANTIPHOLUS S. and E. Apr. life.

and Luc. Cour. Sir, I must have that diamond from Dro. S. There is a fat friend at your master's you.

house, Ant. É. There, take it; and much thanks for That kitchen'd me for you to-day at dinner; } my good cheer.

She now shall be my sister, not my wife. Abb. Renowned duke, vouchsafe to take the Dro. E. Methinks, you are my glass, and not To go with us into the abbey here, (pains

my brother: And hear at large discoursed all our for- I see by you, I am a sweet-faced youth. tunes:

Will you walk in to see their gossipping ? And all that are assembled in this place, Dro. S. Not I, Sir; you are my elder. That by this sympathized one day's error Dro. E. That's a question: how shall we try Have suffer'd wrong, go, keep us company,

it ? And we shall make full satisfaction.

Dro. S. We will draw cuts for the senior: till Twenty-five years have 1 but gone in travail then, lead thou first. Of you, my sons; nor, till this present hour, Dro. E. Nay, then thus:

[ther: My heavy burdens are delivered :

We came into the world, like brother and broThe duke, my husband, and my children both, And now let's go hand in hand, not one beAnd you the calendars of their nativity,

fore another.


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