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you hither ?

Mer. Yes, that you did, sir, and forswore Thou say'st his meat was sauc'd with thy upit too.

(swear it? Unquiet meals make ill digestions, (braidings : Ant. S. Who heard me to deny it or for- Thereof the raging fire of sever bred ; Mer. These ears of mine, thou know'st, did And what's a fever but a fit of madness? hear thee.

Thou say'st his sports were hinder'd by thy Fie on thee, wretch! 'tis pity that thou liv'st brawls : To walk where any honest men resort. (thus: Sweet recreation barr'd, what doth ensue,

Ant. S. Thou art a villain to impeach me But moody and dull melancholy, I'll prove mine honour and mine honesty Kinsman to grim and comfortless despair ; Against thee presently, if thou dar'st stand. And at her heels a huge infectious troop Aler. I dare, and do defy thee for a villain. Of pale distemperatures, and foes to life?

[They draw. In food, in sport, and life-preserving rest Enter Adriana, Luciana, Courtezan,and others. To be disturb'd, would mad or man or beast : Adr. Hold ! hurt him not, for God's sake! The consequence is, then, thy jealous fits he is mad.

Have scar'd thy husband from the use of wits. Some get within him ; take his sword away. Luc. She never reprehended him but mildly, Bind Dromio too, and bear them to my house. When he demean'd himself rough, rude, and Dro. S. Run, master, run ; for God's sake, wildly. take a house !

Why bear you these rebukes, and answer not? This is some priory :-in, or we are spoild. Ádr. She did betray me to my own reproof. (Exeunt Ant. S. and Dro. S. into the Abbey. Good people, enter, and lay hold on him. Enter the Abbess.

Abb. No; not a creature enters in my house. Abb. Be quiet, people. Wherefore throng Adr. Then, let your servants bring my hus(hence. band forth.

(tuary, Adr. To fetch my poor distracted husband Abb. Neither; he took this place for sancLet us come in, that we may bind him fast, And it shall privilege him from your hands And bear him home for his recovery.

Till I have brought him to his wits again, Ang. I knew he was not in his perfect wits. Or lose my labour in assaying it. Mer. I am sorry now, that I did draw on Adr. I will attend my husband, be his nurse, him.

[the man? Diet his sickness ; for it is my office Abb. How long hath this possession held And will have no attorney but myself ; Adr. This week he hath been heavy, sour, And therefore let me have him home with me. sad,

Abb. Be patient; for I will not let him stir And much different from the man he was ; Till I have us'd the approved means I have, But, till this afternoon, his passion

With wholesome syrups, drugs, and holy Ne'er brake into extremity of rage.

prayers, Abb. Hash he not lost much wealth by To make of him a formal man again : wreck at sea ?

It is a branch and parcel of mine oath, Buried some dear friend ? Hath not else his eye A charitable duty of my order: Stray'd his affection in unlawful love? Therefore depart, and leave him here with me. A sin prevailing much in youthful men,

Adr. I will not hence, and leave my husWho give their eyes the liberty of gazing.

band here : Which of these sorrows is he subject to? And ill it doth beseem your holiness

Adr. To none of these, except it be the last ; To separate the husband and the wife. Namely, some love that drew him oft from home. Abb. Be quiet, and depart : thou shalt not Abb. You should for that have reprehended have him.

(Exit. Adr. Why, so I did.

him. Luc. Complain unto the duke of this inAbb. Ay, but not rough enough. dignity.

[feet, Adr. As roughly as my modesty would let Adr. Come, go: I will fall prostrate at his Abb. Haply, in private.

(me. And never rise until my tears and prayers Adr.

And in assemblies too. Have won his grace to come in person hither, Abb. Ay, but not enough.

And take perforce my husband from the abbess. Adr. It was the copy of our conference : Sec. Mer. By this, I think, the dial points In bed, he slept not for my urging it ;

at five : At board, he fed not for my urging it ; Anon, I'm sure, the duke himself in person Alone, it was the subject of my theme; Comes this way to the melancholy vale, In company, I often glanc'd at it:

The place of death and sorry execution, Still did I tell him it was vile and bad. (mad : Behind the ditches of the abbey here.

Abb. And therefore came it that the man was Ang. Upon what cause? The venom clamours of a jealous woman Sec. Mer. To see a reverend Syracusan Poison more deadly than a mad dog's tooth. Who put unluckily into this bay inerchant, It seems, his sleeps were hinder'd by thy rail. Against the laws and statutes of this town, ing,

Beheaded publicly for his offence. [his death. And thereof comes it, that his head is light. ring. See where they come : we will behold

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. Kneel to the duke before he pass the Adr. Peace, fool! thy master and his man

are here,
Enter Duke attended; Ægeon bare-headed ; And that is false thou dost report to us.

noith the Headsman and other Officers. Serv. Mistress, upon my life, I tell you true ;
Daše. Yet once again proclaim it publicly, I have not breath'd almost, since I did see it.
If any friend will pay the sum for him, He cries for you, and vows, if he can take you,
He shall not die, so much we tender him. To scorch your face, and to disfigure you.
Adr. Justice, most sacred duke, against the

(Cry within. abbess!

Hark, hark! I hear him, mistress : fly, be gone!
Duke. She is a virtuous and a reverend lady: Duke. Come, stand by me ; fear nothing.-
It cannot be that she hath done thee wrong.

Guard with halberds !
Adr. May it please your grace, Antipholus, Adr. Ah me, it is my husband : Witness
my husband,

That he is borne about invisible : [you, Whom I made iord of me and all I had, Even now we hous'd him in the abbey here ; At your important letters,--this ill day And now he's there, past thought of human A most outrageous fit of madness took him;

That desperately he hurried through the Enter Antipholus of Ephesus and Dromio of

With him his bondman, all as mad as he, - Ant. E. Justice, most gracious duke! O
Doing displeasure to the citizens

grant me justice !
By rushing in their houses, bearing thence Even for the service that long since I did thee,
Rings, jewels, anything his rage did like. When I bestrid thee in the wars, and took
Once did I get him bound, and sent him home, Deep scars to save thy life ; even for the blood
Whilst to take order for the wrongs I went, That then I lost for thee, now grant me justice.
Tha here and there his fury had committed. Æge. Unless the fear of death doth make
Anon, I wot not by what strong escape,

me dote,
He broke from those that had the guard of I see my son Antipholus, and Dromio!
him ;

Ant. E. Justice, sweet prince, against that And with his mad attendant and himself,

woman there! Each one with ireful passion, with drawn She whom thou gav'st to me to be my wife, swords,

That hath abused and dishonour'd me, Met us again, and, madly bent on us, Even in the strength and height of injury: Chas'd us away ; till, raising of more aid, Beyond imagination is the wrong (me. We came again to bind them. Then they fled That she this day hath shameless thrown on Into this abbey, whither we pursued them ; Duke. Discover how, and thou shalt find me And here the abbess shuts the gates on us,


(doors upon me, And will not suffer us to fetch him out,

Ant. E. This day, great duke, she shut the Nor send him forth, that we may bear him While she with harlots feasted in my house, hence. [mand Duke. A grievous fault.-Say, woman,

didst Therefore, most gracious duke, with thy com

thou so?

my sister, Let him be brought forth, and borne hence Adr. No, my good lord : myself, he, and for help.

To-day did dine together. So befall my soul, Düki. Long since thy husband serv'd me in As this is false he burdens me withal ! my wars;

Luc. Ne'er may I look on day, nor sleep on And I to thee engag'd a prince's word,

night, When thou didst make him master of thy bed, But she tells to your highness simple truth, To do him all the grace and good I could. Ang. ( perjur'd woman! They are both Go, some of you, knock at the abbey gate,

forsworn : An bid the lady abbess come to me. In this the madman justly chargeth them. I will determine this before I stir.

Ant. E. My liege, I am advised what I say ; Enter a Servant.

Neither disturb'd with the effect of wine, Serv. O mistress, mistress! shift and save Xor heady-rash, provok'd with raging ire, yourself!

Albeit my wrongs might make one wiser mad. Mr master and his man are both broke loose, This woman lock'd me out this day froin Bealen the naids a-row, and bound the doctor, dinner :

(her, Whose teard they have sing'd off with brands That goldsmith there, were he not pack'd with of fire ;

Could witness it, for he was with me then ; And ever as it blaz'd they threw on him Who parted with me to go fetch a chain, Gitar pais of puddied mire to quench the hair. Promising to bring it to the Porcupine, My master preaches patience to him, and the Where Balthazar and I did dine together. while

Our dinner done, and he not coming thither, His man with scissors nicks him like a fool ; I went to seek him : in the street I met hiin, And sure, unless you send some present help, And in his company, that gentleman. (down, Between them they will kill the conjurer. There did this perjur'd goldsmith swear me


That I this day of him receiv'd the chain, I think you are all mated, or stark mad.
Which, God he knows, I saw not : for the Æge. Most mighty duke, vouchsafe me
He did arrest me with an officer. (which speak a word :
I did obey; and sent my peasant home Haply, I see a friend will save my life,
For certain ducats: he with none return'd. And pay the sum that may deliver me. [wilt.
Then fairly I bespoke the officer

Duke. Speak freely, Syracusan, what thou To go in person with me to my house.

«Ege. Is not your name, sir, called AntiBy the way we met

pholus ? My wife, her sister, and a rabble more And is not that your bondman Dromio? Of vile confederates. Along with them

Dro. E. Within this hour I was his bondThey brought one'Pinch, a hungry lean-fac'd man, sir ; A mere anatomy, a mountebank, (villain, But he, I thank him, gnaw'd in two my cords: A threadbare juggler, and a fortune-teller, Now am I Dromio, and his man, unbound. A needy, hollow-ey'd, sharp-looking wretch, Æge. I am sure you both of you remember A living dead man. This pernicious slave,

[you; Forsooth, took on him as a conjurer ;

Dro. E. Ourselves we do remember, sir, by And, gazing in mine eyes, feeling my pulse, For lately we were bound, as you are now. And with no face, as 'twere, ont-facing me, You are not Pinch's patient, are you, sir? Cries out, I was possess'd. Then, altogether Æge. Why look you strange on me? you They fell upon me, bound me, bore me thence, know me well. And in a dark and dankish vault at home Ant. E. I never saw you in my life, till now. They left me and my man, both bound to- Ege. O, grief hath chang'd me, since you gether ;

[sunder, saw me last ;
Till, gnawing with my teeth my bonds in And careful hours, with Time's deformed hand,
I gain'd my freedom, and immediately Have written strange defeatures in my face :
Ran hither to your grace ; whom I beseech But tell me yet, dost thou not know my voice?
To give me ample satisfaction

Ant. E. Neither.
For these deep shames and great indignities. Ege. Dromio, nor thou?
Ang. My lord, in truth, thus far I witness Dro. E. No, trust me, sir, nor I.
with him,


Æge. I am sure thou dost. That he dined not at home, but was lock'd Dro. E. Ay, sir; but I am sure I do not ; Duke. But had he such a chain of thee, or and whatsoever a man denies, you are now no?

[in here. bound to believe him. Ang. He had, my lord ; and when he ran Ege. Not know my voice? O, time's exThese people saw the chain about his neck.

tremity! Sec. der. Besides, I will be sworn these Hast thou so crack'd and splitted my poor ears of mine

tongue Heard you confess you had the chain of him, In seven short years, that here my only son After you first forswore it on the rt:

Knows not my feeble key of untun'd cares ? And thereupon I drew my sword on you ; Though now this grained face of mine be hid And then

you fled into this abbey here, In sap-consuming winter's drizzled snow, From whence, I think, you are come by miracle. And all the conduits of my blood froze up, Ant. E. I never came within these abbey Yet hath my night of life some memory, walls;

My wasting lamps some fading glimmer left, Nor ever didst thou draw thy sword on me : My dull deaf ears a little use to hear : I never saw the chain, so help me heaven ! All these old witnesses--I cannot errAnd this is false you burden me withal. [this! Tell me thou art my son Antipholus.

Duke. Why, what an intricate impeach is Ant. E I never saw my father in my life. I think you all have drunk of Circe's cup. Łge. But seven years since, in Syracusa, If here you hous'd him, here he would have boy, been ;

Thou know'st we parted: but perhaps, my son, If he were mad, he would not plead so coldly: Thou sham'st to acknowledge me in misery. You say he dined at home; the goldsmith here Ant. E. The duke, and all that knows me Denies that saying. Sirrah, what say you ?

in the city, Dro. E. Sir, he dined with her there, at the Can witness with me that it is not so: Porcupine.

[that ring I ne'er saw Syracusa in my life. Cour. Hedid; and from my finger snatch'd

Duke. I tell thee, Syracusan, twenty years Ant. E. "Tis true, my liege; this ring I had Have I been patron to Antipholus, of her.

here? During which time he ne'er saw Syracusa. Duke. Saw'st thou him enter at the abbey I see, thy age and dangers make thee dote. Cour. As sure, my liege, as I do see your Re-enter Abbess, with Antipholus of Syracuse grace.

and Dromio of Syracuse. Duke. Why, this is strange.-Go call the Abb. Most mighty duke, behold a man much

abbess hither. [Exit an Attendant. wrong'd. [All gather to see him.

(from you,

Adr. I see two husbands, or mine eyes de- Adr. I sent you money, sir, to be your bail, ceive me !

other ; By Dromio; but I think he brought it not. Duke. One of these men is Genius to the Dro. E. No, none by me. And so of these : which is the natural man, Ant. S. This purse of ducats I received And which the spirit ? Who deciphers them? And Dromio, my man, did bring them me. Dro. S. I, sir, am Dromio : command him I see, we still did meet each other's man; away.

(stay. And I was ta'en for him, and he for me ; Dro. E. I, sir, am Dromio : pray let me And thereupon these Errors are arose. [here. Ant. S. Ægeon, art thou not? or else his Ant. E. These ducats pawn I for my father ghost ?

him here? Duke. It shall not need ; thy father hath his Dro. S. O, my old master! who hath bound life.

[you. Abb. Whoever bound him, I will loose his Cour. Sir, I must have that diamond from And gain a husband by his liberty. [bonds, Ant. E. There, take it ; and much thanks Spak, old Ægeon, if thou be'st the man

for my good cheer. That hadst a wife once called Æmilia,

Abb. Renowned duke, vouchsafe to take the That bore thee at a burden two fair sons: To go with us into the abbey here, (pains 0, if thou be'st the same Ægeon, speak, And hear at large discoursed all our fortunes;And speak unto the same Æmilia !

And all that are assembled in this place, Eze. If I dream not, thou art Æmilia : That by this sympathized one day's error If thou art she, tell me where is that son Have suffer'd wrong, go, keep us company, That floated with thee on the fatal raft? And we shall make full satisfaction.-

Abb. By men of Epidamnum, he and I, Twenty-five years have I but gone in travail And the twin Dromio, all were taken up; Of you, my sons ; nor, till this present hour, Bat by and by, rude fishermen of Corinth My heavy burdens are delivered. By force took Dromio and my son from them, The duke, my husband, and my children both, And me they left with those of Epidamnum. And you the calendars of their nativity, What then became of them, I cannot tell ; Go to a gossip's feast, and go with me : 1, to this fortune that you see me in. [right : After so long grief, such nativity! [feast.

Duke. Why, here begins his morning story Duke. With all my heart ; I'll gossip at this These two Antipholuses, these two so like, [Exeunt Duke, Abbess, Ægeon, Courtezan, And these two Dromios, one in semblance,

Merchant, Angelo, and Attendants. Besides her urging of her wreck at sea ;

Dro. S. Master, shall I fetch your stuff from These are the parents to these children,


(thou embark'd ? Which accidentally are met together :

Ant. E. Dromio, what stuff of mine hast Antipholus, thou cam'st from Corinth first ? Dro. S. Your goods that lay at host, sir, in ant. S. No, sir, not I ; I came from Syracuse. the Centaur. [master, Dromio : Duke. Stay, stand apart; I know not which Ant. S. He speaks to me. - I am your is which

(gracious lord, Come, go with us ; we'll look to that anon : Ant. E. I came from Corinth, my most Embrace thy brother there ; rejoice with him. Dro. E. And I with him. (famous warrior, [Exeunt Ant. S. and Ant. E., Adr. and Luc. Ant. E. Brought to this town by that most Dro. S. There is a fat friend at your master's Duke Menaphon, your most renowned uncle. house, air. Which of you two did dine with me That kitchen'd me for you to-day at dinner : Ant. $. I, gentle mistress. (to-day? She now shall be my sister, not my wife. Adr. And are not you my husband !

Dro. E. Methinks you are my glass, and Ant. E. No; I say nay to that. [so; not my brother :

Ant. S. And so do I ; yet did she call me I see by you I am a sweet-faced youth.
And this fair gentlewoman, her sister here, Will you walk in to see their gossiping ?
Did call me brother.- What I told you then, Dro. S. Not I, sir ; you are my elder.
I hope I shall have leisure to make good ; Dro. E. That's a question : how shall we
If this be not a dream I see and hear. (of me.

(then lead thou first. Ang. That is the chain, sir, which you had Dro. S. We'll draw cuts for the senior : till dni. $. I think it be, sir; I deny it not. Dro. E. Nay, then, thus : [brother ; Ant. E. And you, sir, for this chain arrest- We came into the world like brother and

And now let's go hand in hand, not one beAng. I think I did, sir ; I deny it not.


fore another.

try it?

ed me.



, } two foolish Officers.

Don Pedro, Prince of Arragon.
Don John, his bastard Brother.

Claudio, a young Lord of Florence, favourites Friar.
Benedick, a young Gentleman of of Don

A Sexton.

Leonato, Governor of Messina.

Hero, daughter to Leonato. Antonio, his Brother.

Beatrice, niece to Leonato. Balthazar, attendant on Don Pedro.

Margaret, Borachio,


Gentlewomen attending on Hero. Conrade,' } followers of Don John.

Messengers, Watch, Attendants, &c. SCENE, - Messina.

A Boy.


Beat. He set up his bills here in Messina,

and challenger Cupid at the flight ; and my SCENE I.-Grounds adjoining Leonato's Hlouse.

uncle's fool, reading the challenge, subscribed

for Cupid, and challenged him at the birdEnter Leonato, Hero, and Beatrice, with

bolt.-I pray you, how many hath he killed a Messenger.

and enten in these wars? But how many hath Leon. I learn in this letter, that Don Pedro he killed ? for, indeed, I promised to eat all of Arragon comes this night to Messina. of his killing.

Mess. He is very near by this : he was not Leon. Faith, niece, you tax signior Benedick three leagues oft when I left him.

too much ; but he'll be meet with you, I doubt Leon. How many gentlemen have you lost it not. in this action ?

Mess. He hath done good service, lady, Mess. But few of any sort, and none of name. in these wars.

Leon. A victory is twice itself, when the Beat. You had musty victual, and he hath achiever brings home full numbers. I find hoip to eat it : he is a very valiant trencherhere, that Don Pedro hath bestowed much man ; he hath an excellent stomach. honour on a young Florentine, called Claudio. Aless. And a good soldier, 100, lady.

Mess. Much deserved on his part, and equally Best. And a good soldier to a lady ;-but remembered by Don Pedro. He hath borne what is he to a lord ? himself beyond the promise of his age ; doing,

Mess. A lord to a lord, a man to a man; in the figure of a lamb, the feats of a lion : he stuffed with all honourable virtues. hath, indeed, better bettered expectation, than Beat. It is so, indeed; he is no less than a you must expect of me to tell you how. stuffed man : but for the stuffing--Well, we

Leon. He hath an uncle here in Messina are all mortal. will be very much glad of it.

Leon. You must not, sir, mistake my niere ; Mess. I have already delivered him letters, there is a kind of merry war betwixt signior and there appears much joy in him; even so Benedick and her : they never meet, but there's much, that joy could not show itself modest a skirmish of wit between them. enough without a badge of bitterness.

Beat. Alas, he gets nothing by that! Leon. Did he break out into tears? our last conflict four of his five wits went haltMess. In great measure.

ing off, and now is the whole man governed Leon. A kind overflow of kindness : there with one : so that if he have wit enough to are no faces truer than those that are so keep himself warm, let him bear it for a difwashed. How much better is it to weep at ference between himself and his horse ; for it joy, than to joy at weeping !

is all the wealth that he hath left, to be known Beat. I pray you is signior Montanto re- a reasonable creature.-Who is his companion turned from the wars or no?

now? He hath every month a new sworn Aless. I know none of that name, lady: brother. there was none such in the army of any sort. 1 iless. Is't possible ?

Leon. What is he that you ask for, niece? Baut. Very easily possible : he wears his

Hero. My cousin means signior Benedick of faith but as the fashion of his hat; it ever Padua,

as ever he was. changes with the next block. your books. Mess. O, he is returned ; and as pleasanti Mess, I see, lady, the gentleman is not in


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