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Should she kneel down in mercy of this fact, And squar'st thy life according. Thou 'rt con-
Her brother's ghost his paved bed would break, demned :
And take her hence in horror.

But, for those earthly faults, I quit them ali ; Mari.

Isabel, And pray thee, take this mercy to provide Sueet Isabel, do yet but kneel by me : (all. For better times to come.-Friar, advise him; Hold up your hands, say nothing, --I'll speak I leave him to your hand.-What muffled felThey say best men are moulded out of faults ; low's that? And, for the most, become much more the Prou. This is another prisoner that I sav'd, better

That should have died when Claudio lost his For being a little bad : so may my husband, As like almost to Claudio as himself. (head ; 0, Isabel ! will you not lend a knee?

[Unmutes Claudio. Duke. He dies for Claudio's death.

Duke. (To Isabella.] If he be like your Isab. (Kneeling.) Most bounteous sir, brother, for his sake Look, if it please you, on this man condemn'd, Is he pardon d ; and, for your lovely sake, As if my brother liv'd. I partly think, Give me your hand, and say you will be mine, A due sincerity govern'd his deeds,

He is my brother too :--but fitier time for that. Till he did look on me : since it is so,

By this, Lord Angelo perceives he's safe : let him not die. My brother had but justice, Methinks I see a quick'ning in his eye.In that he did the thing for which he died : Well, Angelo, your evil quits you well : For Angelo,

Look that you love your wife; her worth, His act did not o'ertake his bad intent;

worth yours. – And must be buried but as an intent

I find an apt remission in myself ;

don ;--That perish'd by the way: thoughts are no And yet here's one in place I cannot parIntents but merely thoughts. subjects ; ( 70 Lucio.) You, sirrah, that knew me for a Hari. Merely, my lord.

fool, a coward, Duke. Your suit's unprofitable ; stand up, I One all of luxury, an ass, a madman ;

Wherein have I so deserv'd of you, I have bethought me of another fault.- That you extol me thus ? Provost, how came it Claudio was beheaded Lucio. 'Faith, my lord, I spoke it but acAt an unusual hour?

cording to the trick. If you will hang me for Proo. It was commanded so.

it, you may; but I had rather it would please Duke. Had you a special warrant for the you I might be whipped. deed?

message. Duke. Whipp'd first, sir, and hang'd after. Prov. No, my good lord; it was by private Proclaim it, provost, round about the city,

Duke. For which I do discharge you of your If any woman's wrong'd by this lewd fellow, Give up your keys.

office ; (As I have heard him swear, himself, there's one Prou.

Pardon me, noble lord : Whom he begot with child,) let her appear. I thought it was a fault, but knew it not; And he shall marry her: the nuptial finish'd, Yet did repent me, after more advice : Let him be whipp'd and hang d. For testimony whereof, one in the prison, Lucio. I beseech your highness, do not That should by private order else have died, marry me to a whore ! Your highness said I hase reserv'd alive.

even now, I made you a duke: good my lord, Duke. What's he?

do not recompense me in making me a cuckPrim His naine is Barnardine. old.

(her. Duke. I would thou hadst done so by Duke. Upon mine honour, thou shalt marry Claudio.

Thy slanders I forgive ; and therewithal Go, fetch him hither ; let me look upon him. Remit thy other forfeits.-- Take him to prison;

(Exit Provost. And see our pleasure herein executed. Escal. I am sorry, one so learned and so wise Lucio. Marrying a punk, my lord, is pressAs you, lord Angelo, have still appear'd, ing to death, whipping, and hanging. Scruid slip so grossly, both in the heat of blood, Duke. Slandering a prince deserves it.And Lick of temper'd judgment afterward. She, Claudio, that you wrong'd, look you re

sing. I am sorry that such sorrow I procure: store. Am so deep sticks it in my penitent heart, Joy to you, Mariana !-love her. Angelo : Tout I crave death more willingly than mercy: I have confess d her, and I know her virtue. "Tis

my deserving, and I do entreat it. Thanks, good friend Escalus, for thy much Re-enter Provost, with Barnardine, Claudio, goodness : muffled, and Juliet.

There's more behind tliat is more gratulate.Duke. Which is that Barnardine?

Thanks, provost, for thy care and secrecy :

This, my lord. We shall employ thee in a worthier place. Duke. There was a friar told me of this Forgive him, Angelo, that brought you home

The head of Ragozine for Claudio's: Sirrah, thou art said to have a stubborn soul, The offence pardons itself. -- Dear Isabel, That apprehends no further than this world,' \i have a motion much imports your goodi,

Prou.

man,

Whereto if you'll a willing ear incline, So, bring us to our palace; where we'll show What's mine is yours, and what is yours is What's yet behind, that's meet you all should mine.

know.

(Exeunt.

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS.

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ. Solinus, Duke of Ephesus.

Angelo, a Goldsmith. Ægeon, a Merchant of Syracuse.

Merchant, friend to Antipholus of Syracuse. Antipholus of Ephesus,

Twin Brothers, sons Pinch, a Schoolmaster and a Conjurer.

to Antipholus of Syracuse,

Ægeon and Æmilia, wife to Ægeon, an Abbess at Ephesus, Æmilia.

Adriana, Wife to Antipholus of Ephesus.
Twin Brothers, attend- Luciana, her Sister.
Dromio of Syracuse,

ants on the two Anti- Luce, servant to Adriana.
pholuses.

A Courtezan.
Balthazar, a Merchant.

Gaoler, Officers, and other Attendants. SCENE, -Ephesus.

ACT I.

| Yet, that the world may witness that my end Scene I.--A Hall in the Duke's Palace.

Was wrought by nature, not by vile offence,

I'll utter what my sorrow gives me leave. Enter Duke, Ægeon, Gaoler, Officers, and in Syracusa was 'I born ; and wed other Attendants.

Unto a woman, happy but for me, Ege. Proceed, Solinus, to procure my fall, And by me too, had not our hap been bad. And by the doom of death end woes and all. With her I liv'd in joy : our wealth increas'd

Duke. Merchant of Syracusa, plead no more. By prosperous voyages I often made I am not partial, to infringe our laws : To Epidamnum ; till my factor's death, "The enmity and discord which of late (duke And the great care of goods at random left, Sprung from the rancorous outrage of your Drew me from kind embracements of my To merchants, our well-dealing countrymen,

spouse :

(old. Who, wanting gilders to redeem their lives, From home my absence was not six months Have seald his rigorous statutes with their Before herself (almost at fainting under bloods,

The pleasing punishment that women bear) Excludes all pity from our threat'ning looks. Had made provision for her following me, For, since the mortal and intestine jars And soon and safe arrived where I was. 'Twixt thy seditious countrymen and us, There had she not been long, but she became It hath in solemn synods been decreed, A joyful mother of two goodly sons; other, Both by the Syracusans and ourselves, And, which was strange, the one so like the To admit no traffic to our adverse towns : As could not be distinguish'd but by names. Nay, more, if any, born at Ephesus, That very hour, and in the self-same inn, Be seen at Syracusan marts and fairs; A poor mean woman was delivered Again, if any Syracusan born

Of such a burden, male twins, both alike. Come to the bay of Ephesus, he dies, Those, for their parents were exceeding His goods confiscate to the duke's dispose,

poor,Unless a thousand marks be levied,

I bought, and brought up to attend my sons.
To quit the penalty and to ransom him. My wife, not meanly proud of two such boys,
Thy substance, valued at the highest rate, Made daily motions for our home return;
Cannot amount unto a hundred marks ; Unwilling I agreed. Alas, too soon,
Therefore, by law thou art condemn'd to die. We came aboard ;
Æge. Yet this my comfort, - when your A league from Epidamnum had we sail'd,
words are done,

Before the always wind-obeying deep
My woes end likewise with the evening sun. Gave any tragic instance of our harm :
Duke. Well, Syracusan, say, in brief, the But longer did we not retain much hope;

For what obscured light the heavens did grant,
Why thou departedst from thy native home, Did but convey unto our fearful minds
And for what cause thou cam'st to Ephesus. A doubtful warrant of immediate death ;
Æge. A heavier task could not have been Which, though myself would gladly have em-
impos'd,

brac'd, Than I to speak my griefs unspeakable :

Yet the incessant weepings of my wife,

cause

Weeping before for what she saw must come, Whom whilst I labour'd of a love to see,
And piteous plainings of the pretty babes, I hazarded the loss of whom I lov'd.
That mourn d for fashion, ignorant what to fear, Five summers have I spent in farthest Greece,
Forc'd me to seek delays for them and me. Roaming clean through the bounds of Asia ;
And this it was, --for other means was none. And, coasting homeward, came to Ephesus,
The sailors sought for safety by our boat, Hopeless to find, yet loth to leave unsought
And left the ship, then sinking-ripe, to us : Or that, or any place that harbours men.
My wife, more careful for the latter-born, But here must end the story of my life ;
Had fasten'd him unto a small spare mast, And happy were I in my timely death,
Such as sea-faring men provide for storms: Could all my travels warrant me they live.
To him one of the other twins was bound, Duke. Hapless Ægeon, whom the fates
Whils! I had been like heedful of the other.

have mark'd
The children thus dispos'd, my wife and I, To bear the extremity of dire mishap !
Fixing our eyes on whom our care was fix'd, Now, trust me, were it not against our laws,
Fasten d ourselves at either end the mast; Against my crown, my oath, my dignity,
And floating straight, obedient to the stream, which princes, would they, may not disannul,
Were carried towards Corinth as we thought. My soul should sue as advocate for thee.
At length, the sun, gazing upon the earth, But though thou art adjudged to the death,
Dispers d those vapours that offended us ; And passed sentence may not be recall'd
And, by the benefit of his wish'd light, But to our honour's great disparagement,
The seas wax'd calm, and we discovered Yet will I favour thee in what I can :
Two ships from far making amain to us ; Therefore, merchant, I'll limit thee this day,
Of Corinth that, of Epidaurus this :

To seek thy life by beneficial help. But ere they came, -O, let me say no more! Try all the friends thou hast in Ephesus ; Gather the sequel by that went before. Beg thou, or borrow, to make up

the sum, Duke. Nay, forward, old man; do not And live; if no, then thou art doom'd to die. break off so ;

Gaoler, take him to thy custody. For we may pity, though not pardon thee. Gaol. I will, my lord.

[wend, £ze. O, had the gods done so, I had not now dige. Hopeless, and helpless, doth #geon Worthily term'd them merciless to us! But to procrastinate his lifeless end. (Exeunt. For, ere the ships could meet by twice five leagues,

SCENE II.-A public Place. We were encounter'd by a mighty rock; Enter Antipholus of Syracuse, Dromio of Which being violently borne upon,

Syracuse, and a Merchant. Our helpful ship was splitted in the midst ; Mer. Therefore, give out you are of EpiSo that, in this unjust divorce of us,

damnum, Fortune had left to both of us alike

Lest that your goods too soon be confiscate, What to delight in, what to sorrow for. This very day, a Syracusan merchant Her part, poor soul ! seeming as burdened Is apprehended for arrival here ; With lesser weight, but not with lesser woe, And, not being able to buy out his life, Was carried with more speed before the wind; According to the statute of the town, And in our sight they three were taken up Dies ere the weary sun set in the west. By fishermen of Corinth, as we thought. There is your money that I had to keep. At length, another ship had seiz'd on us; Ant. S. Go bear it to the Centaur, where And, knowing whom it was their hap to save, we host, Gave healthful welcome to their shipwreck d And stay there, Dromio, till I come to thee. guests ;

Within this hour it will be dinner-time : And would have reft the fishers of their prey, Till that, I'll view the manners of the town, Had not their bark been very slow of sail, Peruse the traders, gaze upon the buildings, And therefore homeward did they bend their And then return, and sleep within mine inn,

For with long travel I am stiff and weary. Thus have you heard me sever'd from my bliss; Get thee away.

[your word, That by misfortunes was my life prolong'd, Dro. S. Many a man would take you at To tell sad stories of my own mishaps. And go indeed, having so good a mean. Duke. And, for the sake of them thou

[Exit. Sorrowest for,

Ant. S. A trusty villain, sir ; that very oft, Do me the favour to dilate at full

When I am dull with care and melancholy, What hath befall’n of them, and thee, till now. Lightens my humour with his merry jests.

Æge. My youngest boy, and yet my eldest What will you walk with me about the town, At eighteen years became inquisitive care, And then go to my inn, and dine with me? After his brother; and importun'd me,

Mer. I am invited, sir, to certain merchants, That his attendant (for his case was like, Of whom I hope to make much benefit ; Reft of his brother, but retain'd his name), I crave your pardon. Soon, at five o'clock, Might bear him company in the quest of him : Please you, I'T meet with you upon the mart,

course.

me?

my face,

And afterward consort you till bed-time: In what safe place you have bestow'd my My present business calls me from you now,

money ; Ant. S. Farewell til then: I will go lose Or I shall break that merry sconce of yours, myself,

That stands on tricks when I am undispos'd: And wander up and down to view the city. Where is the thousand marks thou had'st of ller. Sir, I commend you to your own con

(my pate; tent.

(Erit. Dro. E. I have some marks of yours upon Ant. S. He that commends me to mine own Some of my mistress' marks upon my content,

shoulders ; Commends me to the thing I cannot get. But not a thousand marks between you both. I to the world am like a drop of water, If I should pay your worship those again, That in the ocean seeks another drop ; Perchance you will not bear them patiently. Who, falling there to find his fellow forth, Ant. S. Thy mistress' marks? what nisUnseen, inquisitive, confounds himself:

tress, slave, hast thou ? So I, to find a mother, and a brother,

Dro. E. Your worship's wife, my mistress In quest of them, unhappy, lose myself.

at the Phenix ; Enter Dromio of Ephesus.

She that doth fast till you come home to dinner, Here comes the almanack of my true date.- And prays that you will hie you home to dinner. What now? How chance thou art return 'd so Ant. S. What, wilt thou flout me thus unto soon ?

(too late : Dro. E. Return'd so soon! ratherapproach'u Being forbid? There, take you that, sir knave. The capon burns, the pig falls from the spit, Dro. E. What mean you, sir? for God's The clock hath strucken twelve upon the bell, sake, hold your hands! My mistress made it one upon my cheek : Nay, an you will not, sir, I'll take my heels. She is so hot, because the meat is cold ;

(Exit. The meat is cold, because you come not home; Ant. S. Upon my life, by some device or You come not home, because you have no other, stomach ;

The villain is o'er-raught of all my money. You have no stomach, having broke your fast ; They say this town is full of cozenage ; But we, that know what 'tis to fast and pray, As, nimble jugglers that deceive the eye, Are penitent tor your default to-day.

Dark-working sorcerers that change the mind, Ant. S. Stop in your wind, sir : tell me this, Soul-killing witches that deform the body, I pray,

[you? Disguised cheaters, prating mountebanks, Where have you left the money that I gave And many such like liberties of sin : Dro. E. 0, --sixpence, that I had o' Wed. If it prove so, I will be gone the sooner. nesday last

I'll to the Centaur, to go seek this slave : To pay the saddler for my mistress' crupper :- I greatly fear my money is not safe.

Exil. The saduller had it, sir ; I kept it not.

Ani, S. I am not in a sportive humour now :
Teil me, and dally not, where is the money?

ACT II.
We being strangers here, how dar'st thou trust
So great a charge from thine own custody?

SCENE I.-Antipholus's House.
Dro. E. I pray you, jest, sir, as you sit at

Enter Adriana and Luciana. dinner :

Adr. Neither my husband, nor the slave I from my mistress come to you in post;

return'd, If I return, I shall be post indeed,

That in such haste I sent to seek his master! For she will score your fault upon my pate. Sure, Luciana, it is two o'clock. Methinks your maw,

like mine, should be your Luc. Perhaps some merchant hath invited clock,

him,

(dinner. And strike vou home without a messenger. And from the mart he's somewhere gone to Ant, S. Come, Dromio, come, these jests Good sister, let us dine, and never fret : are out of season ;

A man is master of his liberty :
Reserve them till a merrier hour than this. Time is their master; and, when they see time,
Where is the gold I gave in charge to thee? They'll go or come: if so, be patient, sister.
Dro. E. To me, sir ? why, you gave no gold Adr. Why should their liberty than ours be

foolishness,
more?

(door. Ant. S. Come on, sir knave; have done your Lug. Because their business still lies out o And tell me how thou bast dispos'd thy charge. Adr. Look, when I serve him so, he takes Dro. E. My charge was but to fetch you it ill. from the mart

Luc. (), know he is the bridle of your will. Home to your house, the Phoenix, sir, to dinner: dur. There's none but asses will be bridled My mistress and her sister stay for you.

wor. Cant. S. Now, as I am a Christian, answer Luc. Why, headstrong liberty is lash'd with me,

There's nuthing, situate under licaven's eye,

to me.

SO.

But hath his bound, in earth, in sea, in sky: I know not thy mistress ; out on thy mistress!'
The beasts, the fishes, and the winged fowls, Luc. Quoth who?
Are their males' subjects, and at their controls : Dro. E. Quoth my master : (mistress."
Men, more divine, the masters of all these, "I know," quoth he, “no house, no wite, no
Lords of the wide world, and wild wat ry seas, So that my errand, due unto my tongue,
Indu'd with intellectual sense and souls, I thank him, I bear home upon my shoulders ;
Of more preeminence than fish and fowls, For, in conclusion, he did beat me there.
Are masters to their females, and their lords : Adr. Go back again, thou slave, and fetch
Then, let your will attend on their accords.

him home.

(home? Adr. This servitude makes you to keep Dro. E. Go back again, and be new beaten unwed.

bed. For God's sake, send some other messenger! Lue. Not this, but troubles of the marriage- Adr. Back, slave, or I will break thy pate Adr. But, were you wedded, you would

across.

other beating : hear some sway?

Dro. E. And he will bless that cross with Luc. Ere I learn love, I'll practise to obey. Between you, I shall have a holy head. Adr. How if your husband start soine other Adr. Hence, prating peasant! fetch thy where? [bear. master home.

with me, 1x. Till he come honie again, I would for- Dro. E. Am I so round with you, as you Adr. Patience unmov'd, no marvel though That like a football you do spurn me thus? she pause;

You spurn me hence, and he will spurn me They can be meek, that have no other cause. hither : A wretched soul, bruis'd with adversity, If I last in this service, you must case me in We bid be quiet when we hear it cry;

leather,

[Exit. But were we burden d with like weight of pain, Luc. Fie, how impatience loureth in your As much, or more, we should ourselves com

face!

(grace, plain :

(thee, Adr. His company must do his minions So thou, that hast no unkind mate to grieve Whilst I at home starve for a merry look. With urging helpless patience wouldst relieve Hath homely age th' alluring beauty took But, if thou live to see like right berest, (me : From my poor cheek? then, he hath wasted it : This fool-begg'd patience in thee will be left. Are my discourses dull ? barren my wit?

Luc. Weil, I will marry one day, but to try. If voluble and sharp discourse be marrd, Here comes your man; now is your husband Unkindness blunts it more than marble hard : nigh.

Do their gay vestments his affections bait? Enter Dromio of Ephesus.

That's not my fault, --he's master of my state : Adr. Say, is your tardy master now at hand? What ruins are in me that can be found

Dri. E. Nay, he's at two hands with me, By him rot ruin'd? then is he the ground and that my two ears can witness.

Of my defeatures. My decayed fair Adr. Say, didst thou speak with him ? A sunny look of his would soon repair ; Know'st u his mind?

But, too unruly dcer, he breaks the pale, Dro. E. Ay, ay, he told his mind upon And feeds from home: poor I am but his stale. mine ear: beshrew his hand, I scarce could Luc. Self-harming jealousy!--fie, beat it understand it.

hence.

[dispensa. Lir. Spake he so doubtfully, thou couldst Adr. Cnfeeling fools can with such wrongs not feel his meaning ?

I know his eye doth homage other where, Dro. E. Nay, he struck so plainly, I could Or else, what lets it but he would be here? too well feel his blows; and withal so doubt- Sister, you know he promis'd me a chain : fuly, that I could scarce understand them. Would that alone, alone he would detain,

Adr. But say, I pr’ythee, is he coming home? So he would keep fair quarter with his bed ! It seems, he hath great care to please his wife. I see, the jewel best enamelled

still, Dr. E. Why, mistress, sure my master is Will lose his beauty; and though gold bides Adr. Horn-mad, thou villain ! horn-mad. That others touch, yet often touching will Dro. E.

I mean not cuckold-mad; Wear gold: and no man that hath a name, Put, sure, he is stark mad.

By falsehood and corruption doth it shame. When I desir'd him to come home to dinner, Since that my beauty cannot please his eye, He ask'd me for a thousand marks in gold: I'll weep what's left away, and weeping die. " "Tis dinner time,” quoth I; “My gold," Luc. How many fond fools serve mad quoth he : (quoth he: jealousy!

[Excurit. "Your meat doth burn," quoth I; " My gold," "Will you come home?" quoth 1 :

• My

SCENE II.- A public Place. gold," quoth he :

(villain ?"

Enter Antipholus of Syracuse. "Where is the thousand marks I gave thee, Ant. S. The gold I gave to Dromio is laid "The pig." quoth 1, "is burn' d ;” “My Safe at the Centaur: and the heedful slave Lup gold.” quoth he :

mistress! Is wander'd forth, in care to seek me out. "My mistress, sir," quoth I: “Hang up thy By computation and mine host's report,

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