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[To Isab,

[To Lucio.

Her brother's ghost his paved bed would break, |For better times to come: -Friar, advise him; And take her hence in horror.

I leave him to your hand.- What mutiled fellow's Mari. Isabel,

that? Sweet Isabel, do yet but kneel by me;

Prov. This is another prisoner, that I sav'd, Hold up your hands, say nothing, I'll speak all. 5 Who should have dy'd when Claudio lost his head; They say best men are moulded out ofiaults; As like almost to Claudio, as himself. Ani, for the most, become much more the better Dule. If he be like your brother, for his sake For being a little baci; so may my husband. Oh, Isabel! wind you not lend a knee?

Is he pardon'd; And, for your lovely sake, Dule. He dies for Claudiu's death.

10 Give me your hand, and say you will be mine, Isab. Most buurteous sir, [Kneeling He is my brother too: But fitter time for that. Look, it it please you, on this man condemn'd By this, lord Angelo perceives he's safe; As if my brother liv’u: ) partly think,

Methinks I see a quick’ning in his eye.A due sincerity govern'd his deeds,

Well, Angelo, your evil quits? you well: Till he did look on me; since it is so, 15 Look, that you love your wife; her worth, worth Let him not die: my brother had but justice,

yours.In that he did the thing for which he dy'd : I find an apt remission in myself; For Angelo,

And yet here's one in place I cannot pardon ;His act did not o'ertake his basl intent;

You, sirrah, that knew me for a tool, a coward, And must be bury'd but as an intent, [jects ; 20 That perish'd by the way: thoughts are no sub One all of luxury, an ass, a madman; Intents, but merely thoughts.

Wherein have I deserved so of you, Mari. Merely, my lord.

(say.

That

you

extol me thus ? Duke. Your suit's unprofitable; stand up, 1 Lucio. 'Faith, my lord, I spoke it but according I have bethought me of another fault:-- 23 to the tricks: if you will hang me for it, you Provost, how came it, Claudio was beheaded may, but I had rather it would please you, I At an unusual hour?

might be whipp'd. Proc. It was commanded so.

Duke. Whipp'd first, sir, and hang'd after.Duke. Had you a special warrant for the deed? Proclaim it, provost, round about the city; Prov. No, iny good lord; it was by private 30 If any woman's wrong’d by this lewd tellow, message.

[tice: (As I have heard him swear himself, there's one Duke. For which I do discharge you of your of Whom he begot with child) let her appear, Give up your keys.

And he shall marry her: the nuptial tinishid, Proi. Pardon me, noble lord :

Let him be whipp'd and hang’d. I thought it was a fault, but knew it not; 135 Lucio. I beseech your highness, do not marry Yet did repent me after more advice':

me to a whore! Your highness said, even now, For testimony whereof, one in the prison, made you a duke; good, my lord, do not recomThat should by private order else have dy'd, pense me, in making me a cuckold. I have reserv'd alive.

Duke. Upon mine honour, thou shalt marry her. Duke. What's he?

40 Thy slanders I forgive ; and therewithal Pror. His name is Barnardine. [dio. Reinit thy other forfeits :- Take him to prison:

Duke. I would, thou had'st done so by Clau And see our pleasure herein executed. Go, fetch him bither; let me look upon

hiin.

Lucio. Marrying a punk, my lord, is pressing to

[Exit Protost. death, whipping, and hanging, Escal. I a!ı sorry, one so learned and so wise 145 Duke. Sland'ring a prince deserves it.As you, lord Angelo, have still appear’d,

She, Claudio, that you wrong'd, look you

restore. Should slip so grossly, both in the heat of blood, Joy to you, Mariana! love her, Angelo; And lack of temperit jurigment afterward. I have confess'd her, and I know her virtue.

Ang. I am sorry that such sorrow 1 procure: Thanks, good friend Éscalus, forthymuch goodness: And so deep sticks it in my penitent heart, 50 There's more behind, that is more gratulate :That I crave death more willingly than mercy: Thanks, provost, for thy care and secrecy; 'Tis my deserving, and I do entriat it. [liitu. We shall employ thee in a worthier place :Re-enter Provost, Barnardine, Claudio, and Ju Forgive him, Angelo, that brought you home Duke. Which is that Barnardine?

The head of Ragozine for Claudio's: Prov. This, my lord.

55 The olience pardons itself.—Dear Isabel, Duke. There was a friar told me of this man : I have a motion much imports your good; Sirrah, thou art said to have a stubborn soul, Whereto if you'll a willing ear incline, That apprehends no further than this world, What's mine is yours, and what is yours is mine: Andsquar’stthylifeaccordingly: thou’rtcondemn'd; so bring us to our palace; where we'll show But, for those carthly faul, I quit them all; 60 What's yet behind, that's meet you all should I pray thee, take this me.cy to provide

know.

[Ereunt. · That is, consid oration. 2 'I hat is, requites. ? That is, according to my custom.

4 Meaning carnal offixe,. 5 l ha' is, nuore to be rejoiced in.

COMEDY

COMEDY OF ERROR S.

PERSONS

R E PRES EN T E D.

SOLINUS, Duke of Ephesus.

ANGELO, a Goldsmith. Łgeon, a Merchant of Syracuse.

Merchant, Friend to Antipholis of Syracuse.
Twin Brothers and Dr. Pixcy, a Schoolmaster and a Conjurer.
ANTIPHOLiS of Ephesus, Sons to Ageon and
ANTIPHOLIS of Syracuse, Amilia, butun Emilia, Wife to Ægeon, an Abbess at Ephesus.

known to each other. ADRIANA, Wife to Antipholis of Ephesus.
Dronto of Ephesus, Twin Brothers and Slates LUCIANA, Sister to Adriana.
DROMIO of Syracuse, ) to the two Antipholis's. Luce, Servant to Adriana.
BALTHAZAR, a Merchant.

A Courtezan.
Juilor, Officers, and other Attendunts.

SCENE, Ephesus.

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SCENE I.

My woes end likewise with the evening sun. The Duke's Palace.

Duke. Well, Syracusan, say, in brief, the cause

Why thou departedst from thy native home; Enter the Duke of Ephesus, Ægcon, Jailor, and And for what cause thou cam'st to Ephesus. other Attendants,

5 Ægeon. A heavier task could not have been imÆgeon. PROCEEN), Solinus, to procure my Than I to speak my griefs unspeakable: [pos'd,

Yet, that the world may witness, that my end And, by the doom of death, end woes and all. Was wrought by nature, not by vile offence,

Duke. Merchant of Siracusa, plead no more; I'll utter what my sorrow gives me leave. I am not partial, to infringe our laws:

10|1n Syracusa was I born; and wed The enmity and discord, which of late

Unto a woman, happy but for me, Sprung from the rancorous outrage of your duke And by me too, had not our hap been bad. To merchants, our well-dealing countrymen, With her I liv'd in joy; our wealth increas'd, Who, wanting gilders to redeem their lives, By prosperous voyages I often made Have seald his rigorous statutes with their bloods, 15 To Epidamnum, till my factor's death; Excludes all pity from our threat'ning looks. And he, great care of goods at random left, For, since the nortal and intestine jars

Drew me from kind embracements of my spouse; 'Twext thy seditious countrymen and us, From whom my absence was not six months old, It hath in solemn synods been decreed,

Before herself (almost at fainting, under Both by the Syracusans and ourselves, 20 The pleasing punishment that women bear) To admit no traffic to our adverse towns : Had inade provision for her following me, Nay, more; If any, born at Ephesus,

And soon, and safe, arrived where I was. Be seen at Syracusan marts and fairs,

i here she had not been long, but she became Again, if any, Syracusan born,

A joyful mother of two goodly sons; Come to the bay of Ephesus, he dies,

25 And, which was strange, the one so like the other His goods contiscate to the duke's dispose, As could not be distinguish'd but by names. L'pless a thousand marks be levied,

That very hour, and in the self-same inn,
To quit the penalty, and to ransom him. A poor mean woman was delivered
Thy substance, valu'd at the highest rate,

Of such a burden, male twins, both alike: Cannot amount unto a hundred marks; 30 Those (for their parents were exceeding poor) Therefore, by law thou art condemn’d to die. I bought, and brought up to attend my sons. Ligeon. Yet this my comfort; when your words My wife, not meanly proud of two such boys, are doue,

Made daily motions for our home return:

Unwilling

Unwilling I agreed; alas, too soon.

Do me the favour to dilate at full We came aboard :

What hath betall’n of them, and thee, till now. A league from Epidamnum had we sailid,

#geon. My youngest boy, and yet my eldest Before the always-wind-obeying deep

At eighteen years became inquisitive [care, Gave any tragic instance of our haim: 5 After his brother; and importun’d me, But longer did wennt retain much hope ; That bis attendant (or his case was like, For what obscured light the heavers did grant, Reft of his brother, but retain'd his name,) Did but convey unto our fearful ininds

Might bear him company in quest of him: A doubtful warrant of inmediate death ; [hrac'd, Whom whilst I labour'd of a love to see, Which though myself would gladly have em- 10 hazarded the loss of whom I lov'd. Yet the incessant weepings of my wife,

Five summers have I spent in fartbest Greece, Weeping before, for what she saw must come, Roaming clean' through the hounds of Asia, And piteous plainings of the pretty babes, Aud, cuasting homeward, came to Ephesis ; Toat moum'd for fishion, ignorant what to fear, Hopeless to nnd, yet loth to leave unsought, Forc'd me to seek delays for them and me. 15 Or that, or any place that harbours men. And this it was,--for other means were none.- But liere must end the story of my life; The sailors sought for salety by our beat, And happy were I in my timely death, And left the ship, then sinking-ripe, to jis: Could all my travels warrant une they live.(mark'd My wife, more careful for the latter-boin,

Duke. Ilapless igeon, whom ihe fates have Hád fasten's him unto a small spare mast, 20 To bear the extremity of dire mishap ! Such as sea-faring men provide for storms; Now, trust me, were it not against our laws, To hiin one of the other twins was bound, Against my crown, my oath, my dignity, Whilst I had been like heediul of the other. Which princes, would they, may not disannul, The children thus cli-pos'd, my wife and I, My soul should sue as advocate for thee. Fising our eyes on ulom our care was tix’d, 25 But, though thou art adjudged to the death, Fasten'd ourselves at either end the mast; And passed sentence may not be recalld, And floating straight, obedient to the stream, But to our honour's great disparagement, Were carry'd towards Corinth, as we thought. Yet will I favour thee in what I can; At length the sun, gazing upon the earth, Therefore, merchant, I'll limit thee this day, Dispers'd those vapours that offended us; 30 To seek thy help by beneficial help: And, by the benefit of his wish'd light,

Try all the friends thou hast in Ephesus ; The seas wax'd calım, and we discovered

Beg thou, or borrow, to make up the sum, Two ships from far making amain to us,

And live; if not, then thou art doom'd to die:Of Corinth that, of Epidaurus this:

Jailor, take him to thycustody:[Ex. Duke & train, But, ere they came, -Oh, let me say no more! 35 Jail. I will, my lord,

[wend, Gather the sequel by that went before. [so:

Ægeon. Hopeless, ayd heipless, doth Ægeon Düke. Nay, forward, old man, do not break off But to procrastinate his lifeless end. For we may pity, though not pardon thee.

[Exeunt Ægeon and Jailor, Agron. Ol, had the gods done so, I had not now

SCENE II. Worthily term'd them merciless to us!

140 Forerethe ships could meet by twice tive leagues,

Changes to the Street. We w.re encomitered by a nighty rock; Enter Antipholis of Syracuse, a N1erchant, und Which being violently borne upon,

Dromio.

(num, Our helpful ship was splitted in the midst,

Mer. Therefore give out, you are of EpidamSo that, in this unjust divorce of us,

45 Lest that your goods too soon be confiscate. Fortune had left to both of us alike

This very day, a Syracusan merchant What to delight in, what to sorrow for.

Is apprehended for arrival here; Her part, poor soul! seeming as burd ned Aud, not being able to buy out his life, With le ser weight, but not with lesser woe, According to the statute of the town, Was carry'd with more speed before the wind; 50 Dies ere the weary sun set in the west, And in our sight they three were taken up There is your money, that I had to keep: [host, By fishermen of Corinth, as we thought.

Ant. Go bear it to the Centaur, where we Ai length, another ship bacl seiz'd on 1s; And stay there, Dromio, till I come to thee. And, knowing whom it was then hap to save, Within this hour it will be dinner-time: Gare helpful welcome to their shipwreck'd guests;55 Till that, I'll view the manners of the town, And would have reft the fisher of his

pres,

Peruse the traders, gaze upon the buildings, Had not their biçik been very slow of sail, (course. And then return, and sleep within mine inn ; And therefore homeward did they bend their For with long travel I am stilf and weary. Thus have you heard me severed from my bliss;

[word, That by misfortune was my life prolong’d, 60 Dro. Maný a man would take you at your To tell sad stories of my own mishaps. [for, And

go indeed, having so good a means. Duke. And, for the sakes of them thou sorrowesil

Get thee away.

[Exit Dromia.

Clean is still used in the North of England instead of quite, fully, completely. ? That is, go,

Ant. A trusty villain, sir ; that very oft, (Methinks your maw, like mine, should be your When I am duil with care and melancholy, And strike you home without a messenger. [clock, Lightens my humour with his merry jests.

Ant. Come, Dromio, come, these jests are What, will you walk with me about the town,

out of season; And then go to my inn, and dine with me? 5 Reserve them till a merrier hour than this.

Mer. I am invited, sir, to certain merchants, Where is the gold I gave in charge to thee ?[me, Of whom I hope to inahe much benefit,

E. Dro. To me, sir? why, you gave no gold to I crave your pardon. Soon, at five o'clock, Ant. Come on, sir knave, have done your Please you, I'll meet with you iipon the mart,

foolishness, And alterwards consort you till ber-time; 10 And tell me, how thou hast dispos’d thy charge. My present business calls me from you now. E. Dro. My charge was but to fetch you irom Ant. Farewell till then: I will go lose myself,

the mart And wander up and down to view the city. Home to your house, the Phænix, sir, to dinner; Mer. Sir, I commend you to your own content. My mistress, and her sister, stay for you.

[Erit Merchant. 15 Ant. Now, as I am a christian, ansuer me, Ant. He that commends me to mine own con In what safe place you have dispos’d my money; Commends me to the thing I cannot get. [tent,

Or I shall break that merry sconce' of yours, I to the world am like a drop of water,

That stands on tricks when I am undispos’d: That in the ocean seeks another drop;

Where are the thousand marks thou had'st of me? Who, falling there, to find his fellow forth, 20 E. Dro. I have some marks of yours upon my Unseen, inquisitive, confounds himself:

pate, So I, to find a mother, and a brother,

Some of my mistress' marks upon my shoulders, In quest of them, unhappy, lose myself. But not a thousand marks between you both. Enter Dromio of Ephesus.

If I should pay your worship those again, Here comes the almanack of my true date. 125 Perchance, you will not bear them patiently. What now How chance,thou art returu’d so soon: Ant. Thy mistress' marks! what mistress, slave, E.Dro. Return'd so soon! rather approach'd too

hast thou?

[Phænix; The capon burns, the pig falls from the spit ;(late; E. Dro. Yourworship's wife, my mistress at the The clock has strucken twelve upon the bell, She that doth fast, till you come home to dinner, My inistress made it one upon my cheek: |30 And prays, that you will hie you home to dinner. She is so hot, because the meat is cold;

Ant. What, wilt thou flout me thus unto my The meat is cold, because you come not home;

face, You comenot home, because youhave no stomach; Being forbid? There, take you that, sir knave. You have no stomach, having broke your fast; E. Dro. What mean you, sir? for God's sake, But we, that know what 'tis to fast and

pray, 35

hold your hands. Are penitent for your default to-day.

Nay, an you will not, sir, I'll take my heels. Ant. Stop in your wind, sir: tell me this, I pray;

[Exit Dromio. Where have you left the money that I gave you? Ant. Upon my life, by some device or other,

E.Dro. Oh,--six-pence, that I had o' Wednesday The villain is o'er-raught of all my money. To pay the sadler for my mistress' crupper-[last, 40 They say, this town is full of cozenage; The sadler had it, sir, I kept it not.

As, nimble jugglers, that deceive the eye; Ant. I am not in a sportive humour now; Dark-working sorcerers, that change the mind; Tell me, and dally not, where is the money? Soul-killing witches, that deform the body; We being strangers here, how dar'st thou trust Disguised cheaters, prating mountebanks, So great a charge from thine own custody? 45 And many such like liberties of sin:

E. Dro. I pray you, jest sir, as you sit at dinner: If it prove so, I will be gone the sooner. I from my mistress come to you in post; L'll to the Centaur go to seck this slave; If I return, I shall be post indeed,

I greatly fear, my money is not safe. For she will score your fault upon my pate.

[Erit.

A C T II.
SCENE I.

Sure, Luciana, it is two o'clock.
The House of Antipholis of Ephesus.

Luc. Perhaps, some merchant hath invited him,

And from the mart be's somewhere gone to dinEnter Adriana and Luciana. 60 Good sister, let us dine, and never fret : (ner. Adr. NEITHER my husband, nor the slave A man is master of his liberty;

[time, return'd

Time is their master; and, when they see That in such haste I sent to seek his master ! They'll go or come: If so, be patient, sister. That is, head. ? That is, over-reached.

Adr.

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Unwilling I agreed; alas, too soon.

Do me the favour to dilate at full We came aboard :

What hath betall’n of them, and thee, till now. A league from Epidamnum bad we sail'd,

Ageon. My youngest boy, and yet my eldest
Before the always-wind-obeying deep

At eighteen years became inquisitive [care,
Gave any tragic instance of our harm:. 5 After bis brother; and importun'd me,
But longer did we not retain much hope;

That his attendant (for his case was like,
For what obscured light the heavers did grant, Reft of his brother, but retain'd his name,)
Did but convey into our fearful ininds

Might bear him company in quest of him :
A doubtful warrant of inmediute death; [brac'd, Whom whilst Iabour'd of a love to see,
Which though myseli would gladly have em- 10 l hazarded the loss of whom I lov'd.
Yet the incessant weepings of my wie,

Five summers have I spent in farthest Greece,
Weeping before, for what she saw niust come, Roamilig clean' through the bounds of Asia,
And piteous plainings of the pretty babes, And, coasting homewaril, came to Ephesus;
That mournid for fishion, ignorant what to fear, Hopeless to find, yet loth to leave unsought,
Forc'd me to seek delays for them and me. 15 Or that, or any place that harbours men.
And this it was,--for other means were none.- But here must end the story of my life;
The sailors sought for salely by our beat, And happy were I in my timely death,
And lett the ship, then sinking-ripe, to us: Could ali mytravels warrant me they live. [mark'd
My wife, more careful for the latter-boin,

Duke. Il apless itgeon, whom ihe fates have
Hád fasten' him unto a smail pare mast, 20 To bear the extremity of dire mishap!
Such as spa-faring mien provide for storms; Now, trust me, were it not against our laws,
'To hiin one of the other twins was bound, Against my crown, my oath, my dignity,
Whilst I had bien like heediul of the other. Hi hich princes, would they, may not disannul,
The children thus dispos’d, my wite and I, My soul should sue as advocate for thee.
Fixing our eyes on whom our care was tix’d, 25 But, though thou art adjudged to the death,
Faitend ourselves at either end the mast; And passed sentence may not be recall’d,
And floating straight, obedient to the stream, But to our honour's greai disparagement,
Were carry'd towards Corinth, as we thought. Yet will I lavour thee in what I can;
At length the sun, gazing upoi the earth, Therefore, merchant, l'll limit thee this day,
Dispers'il those vapours that offended us; 30 To seek thy help by beneficial help:
And, by the benerit of his wish'd light,

Try all the friends thou hast in Ephesus ;
The seas wax'd calm, and we discovered

Beg thou, or borrow, to make up the sum, Two ships from far making amain to us,

And live; if not, then thou art doom'd to die : Of Corinth that, of Epidaurus this:

Jailor, take him tothy custody.[Ex. Duke & train, But, ere they came, -Oh, let me say no more! 35 Jail. I will, lord.

[wend, Gather the sequel by that went before. (so; Ageon. Hopeless, and heipless, doth #geon

Duke. Nay, forward, old man, do not break off But to procrastinate his lifeless end. For we may pity, though not pardon thee.

[Ereunt Ageon and Jailor. Ayron. Oh, had the gods done so, I had not now

SCENE II. Worthily term'd them merciless to us!

401 Forerethe ships couldmeet by twice tive leagues,

Changes to the Street. We wire encountered by a mighty rock; Enter Antipholis of Syracuse, a Merchant, and Which being violently borne upon,

Dromio.

[num, Our helpful ship was splitted in the midst,

Mler. Therefore give out, you are of EpidamSo that, in this unjust divorce of us,

| 45 Lest that your goods too soon be contiscate. Fortune had left to both of us alike

This very day, a Syracusan merchant
What to delight in, what to sorrow for.

Is apprehended for arrival here;
Her part, poor soļil! sceming as burdined And, not being able to buy out his life,
With le ser weight, but not wil lesser woe, According to the statute of the town,
Was carry'd with more speed before the wind; 50 Dies ere the weary sun set in the west

. And in our sight they three were taken up There is your money, that I had to keep. [host, By fishermen of Corinth, as we thought.

Ant. Go bear it to the Centaur, where we
At length, another ship had seiz'd on is; and stay there, Dromio, till I come to thee.
And, knowing whom it was their hap to sare, Within ihis hour it will be dinner-time:
Gare helpful welcome to their shipwrech'dguests;55 Till that, I'll view the manners of the town,
And would have rett the fisher of his prey, Peruse the traders, gaze upon the buildings,
Had not their biri been very slow of sail, (course. And then return, and sleep within mine inn;
And therefore homeward did they bend their For with long travel I am still and weary.
Thus have you heard me severed from

my bliss;
Get thee away.

(word, That by misfortune was my life prolong'd, 60 Dro. Many a man would take you at your To tell sad stories of my own mishaps. sfor, And

go indeed, having so good a means. Duke. And, for the sakes of them thou sorrowesil

[Erit Dromia. ! Clean is still used in the North of England instead of guite, fully, completely. That is, go.

my

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