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To admit po traffick to our adverse towns:
efore, by law thou art condemn'd to die. Æge. Yet this my comfort; when your words are
done, My woes end likewise with the evening sun.
Duke. Well, Syracusan, say, in brief, the cause Why thou departed'st from thy native home; And for what cause thou carn'st to Ephesus.
Æge. A heavier task could not have been impos'd, Than I to speak my griefs unspeakable: Yet, that the world may witness, that my end Was wrought by naturet, not by vile offence, I'll utter what my sorrow gives me leave. In Syracusa was I born; and wed Unto a woman, happy but for me, And by me too, liad not our hap been bad. With her I liv'd in joy; our wealth increas'd, By prosperous voyages I often made To Epidamnum, till my factor's death; And he (great care of goods at random left) Drew me from kind embracements of my spouse : From whom my absence was not six months old, Before herself (almost at fainting, under The pleasing punishment that women bear), Had made provision for her following me, And soon, and safe, arrived where I was, There she had not been long, but she became A joyful mother of two goodly sons;
+ Natural affection.
And, which was strange, the one so like the other,
The seas wax'd calm, and we discovered
Duke. Nay, forward, old man, do not break off so; For we may pity, though not pardou thee,
Æge. O, had the gods done so, I had not now Worthily term’d them merciless to us! For, ere the ships could meet by twice five leagues, We were encounter'd by a mighty rock; Which being violently borne upon, Our helpful ship was splitted in the midst, So that, in this unjust divorce of us, Fortune had left to both of us alike What to delight in, what to sorrow for. Her part, poor soul! seeming as burdened With lesser weight, but not with lesser woe, Was carried with more speed before the wind; And in our sight they three were taken up By fishermen of Coriuth, as we thought. At length, another ship had seiz'd on us; And, knowing whom it was their hap to save, Gave helpful welcome to their shipwreck'd guests; And would have reft* the fishers of their prey, Had dot their bark been very slow of sail, And therefore homeward did they bend their course. Thus have you heard me sever'd from my bliss; That by misfortunes was my life prolong'd, To tell sad stories of my own mishaps. Duke. And, for the sake of them thou sorrowest
for, Do me the favour to dilate at full What hath befall’n of them, and thee, till now.
Æge. My youngest boy, and yet my eldest care, At eighteen years became inquisitive After his brother; and importun'd ale, That his attendant, (for his case was like,
Reft of his brother, but retain'd his name),
Gaol. I will, my lord.
Æge. Hopeless, and helpless, doth Ægeon wend t, But to procrastinate his lifeless end. [Exeunt,
A publick place.
Enter Antipholus and Dromio of Syracuse, and a
Mer. Therefore, give out, you are of Epidamnum, Lest that your goods too soon be confiscate. This very day, a Syracusan merchant Is apprehended for arrival here; And, not being able to buy out his life, According to the statute of the town, Dies ere the weary sun set in the west. There is your money that I had to keep.
Ant. S. Go bear it to the Centaur*, where we host, And stay there, Dromio, till I come to thee, Within this hour it will be dinner time: Till that, I'll view the manners of the town, Peruse the traders, gaze upon the buildings, And then return, and sleep within mine inn; For with long travel I am stiff and weary. Get thee away.
Dro. S. Many a man would take you at your word, And go indeed, having so good a mean.
[Exit Dro, S.
Mer. I am invited, sir, to certain merchants,
ti. e. Servant.
.The sign of their hotel.