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was wrought by nature," 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, had not our hap been bad. With her I liv'd in joy; our wealth increas'd, By prosperous voyages I often made to Epidainnum, till my factor's death ; And he (great care of goods at random left) Drew me from kind embracements of my spotise : 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 une, And soon, and safe, arrived where I was, There she had not been long, but she became A joyful inother of two goodly sons ; And, which was strange, the one so like the other, As could not be distinguish'd but by names. That very hour, and in the self-same inn, A poor incan woman was delivered of such a burden, male twins, both alike : Those, for their parents were exceeding poor, I bought, and brought up to attend my sons. My wife, not meanly proud of two such boys, Male daily motions for our home returu : Unwilling I agreed ; alas, too soon. We cane aboard : A league from Epidamnum had we sail'd, Before the always-wind-obeying deep Gave any tragic instance of our harin : But longer did we not retain much hope ; For what obscured light the heavens did grant Did but convey unto our fearful minds A doubtful warrant of immediate death; which, though myself would gladly have enbrac'd, Yet the incessant weepings of my wife, weeping before for what she saw must come, And piteous plainings of the pretty babes, That mourn'd for fashion, ignorant what to fear, Fort'd Ine to seek delays for them and me. And this it was, for other means was none.The sailors sought for safety by our boat, And left the ship, then sinking-ripe, to us: My wife, more careful for the latter-born, Had fasten’d him unto a small spare mast, such as sea-faring men provide for storms; To him one of the other twins was bound, whilst I had been like heedful of the other. The children thus dispos'd, my wife and 1, Fixing our eyes on whom our care was six'd, Hasten’d ourselves at either end the Inast; And floating straight, obedient to the stream, were carried towards Corinth, as we thought. At length the sun, gazing upon the earth, Dispers'd those vapours that offended us; And, by the benefit of his wish'd light, The seas wax'd calm, and we discovered Two ships from far making amain to us, of Corinth that, of Epidaurus this : But ere they came, o let ine say no more Gather the sequel by what went before. - Duke. Nay, for ward, old man, do not break off so : for we may pity, though not pardon thee. Age. Oh I 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. tier part, poor soul! seeining as burdened * --- lesser ight, but not with lesser woe, was carried with inore speed before the wind; and in our sight they three were taken up By fishermen of Corinth, 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 rest" the fishers of their prey,
Had not 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 then thou sor-
rowest for,
Do me the favour to dilate at full
What hath befall’n of them, and thee, till now.
ZEge. My youngest boy, and yet my eldest
care,
At eighteen years became inquisitive
Aster his brother ; and importun’d ine,
That his attendant, (for his case was like,
Rest of his brother, but retain’d his name,)
Might bear him company in the quest of him :
whom whilst I labour'd of a love to see,
I hazarded the loss of whom I lov’d.
Five summers have I spent in furthest Greece,
Roaming clean though the bounds of Asia,
And coasting homeward, came to Ephesus;
Hopeless to find, yet loath to leave unsought,
or that, or any place that harbours men.
But here must end the story of my life;
And happy were I in my timely death,
Could all my travels warrant me they live.
Duke. Hapless AEgeon, whom the sates have
mark'd
To bear the extremity of dire mishap 1
Now, trust me, were it not against our laws,
Against my crown, my oath, my dignity,
Which princes, would they, may not disannul,
My soul should sue as advocate for thee,
But, though thou art adjudged to the death,
And passed sentence may not be recall'd,
But to our honour's great disparagement,
Yet will I favour thee in what I can :
Therefore, merchant, I'll limit thee this day,
To seek thy help by beneficial help :
Try all the friends thou hast in Ephesus;
Beg thou, or borrow, to make up the sum,
And live; if not, then thou art doom'd to die :-
Jailer, take him to thy custody.
Jail. I will, my lord.
AEge. Hopeless, and helpless,
wend,
But to procrastinate his lifeless end.

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SCENE II.-A public Place.

Enter ANT1 pholus and Drow 10 of Syracuse, and a MERCHANT.

Mer. Therefore, give out you are of Epidainnum, 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, t where we host, And stay there, Dronio, till I come to thce. 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 yons word, And go indeed, having so good a mean. [E., it Dro. S.

• Deprived. * Clear, completely.

• Natural affect.ox.

1 The sign of their hute!.

Ant. S. A trusty villain, " Sir, that very ost, When I am dull with care and inelancholy, lighteus my humour with uis Inerry Jests. What, will you walk with me about the town, And then, go to my inn, and dine with me ! Mer. I am invited, Sir, to certain merchants, Of whom I hope to make much benefit ; I crave your pardon. Soon, at five o'clock, Please you, I'll uneet with you upon the mart, t And afterwards consort you till bed-time ; My present business calls me from you now. Ant. S. Farewell till then : I will go lose myself, And wander up and down, to view the city. Mer. Sir, I counmend you to your own content. [Erit Mench ANT. Ant. S. He that commends me to mine own content, Commends me to the thing I cannot get. I to the world am like a drop of water, That in the ocean seeks another drop ; Who, falling there to find his fellow forth, Unseen, inquisitive, confounds himself : So I, to find a mother and a brother, In quest of them, unhappy, lose myself.

Enter Dao Mio of Ephesus.

Here comes the almanack of my true date,_
What now ; How chance, thou art return’d so
soon :
Dro. E. Return’d so soon I rather approach'd
too late:
The capon burns, the pig falls from the spit:
The clock hath strucken twelve upon the bell,
My mistress made it one upon my cheek :
She is so hot, because the meat is cold :
The meat is cold, because you come not home;
You come not home, because you have no
stounach ;
You have no stomach, having broke your fast ;
But we, that know what 'tis to fast and pray,
Are penitent for your default to-day.
Ant. S. Stop in your wind, Sir ; tell me this, I
pray ; [you ?
Where have you left the money that I gave
Dro. E. Oh!—sixpence, that I had o'Wednes-
day last,
To pay the saddler for my mistress' crupper 5–
The saddler had it, Sir, I kept it not.
Ant. S. I am not in a sportive humour now :
Tell me, and daily not, where is the money f
We being strangers here, how dar'st thou trust
So great a charge from thine own custody ?
Dro. E. I pray you, jest, Sir, as you sit at
dinner :
I from my mistress come to you in post;
If I return, I shall be post indeed ;
For she will score your fault upon my pate.
Methinks your unaw, like iniue, should be your
clock,
And strike you home without a messenger.
Ant. S. Come, Dromio, coine, these jests
are out of season ;
Reserve then till a inerrier hour than this :
Where is the gold I gave in charge to thee ?
Dro. E. To me, Sir why you gave no gold
to me.
Ant. S. Come on, sir knave, have done your
oolishness,
And tell me, bow thou hast dispos'd thy charge.
Dro. E. My charge was but to fetch you from
the Inart
Home to your house, the Phoenix, Sir, to din-
ner ;
My mistress, and her sister, stay for you.

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But bath its bound, in earth, in sea, in sky :
The beasts, the fishes, and the winged foe is,
Are their males’ subject, and at their coetrols :
Men, more divine, and masters of all these,
Lords of the wide world, and wild wat'ry seas,
Indued with intellectual sense and souls.
Of more pre-eminence than fish and fowls.
Are masters to their females, and their lords:
Then let your will attend on their accords-
Adr. This servitude makes you to keep on-
wed.
Luc. Not this, but troubles of the marriage
bed.
Adr. But, were you wedded, you would to
some sway.
J.nc. Ere I learn love, I'll practise to etev.
Adr. How if your husband start some other
where t

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At length, another ship had seiz'd on us;
Atid, knowing whom it was their hap to save.
Gave helpful welcome to their shipwreck'd
guests;
And would have rest" the flshers of their prey,
Had not 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 then thou sor-
rowest for,
Do me the favour to dilate at full
What hath befall’n of them, and thee, till now. .
AEge. My youngest boy, and yet my eldest
care,
At eighteen years became inquisitive
After his brother; and impôrtun'd me,
That his attendant, (for his case was like,
Reft of his brother, but retain’d his name,)
Might bear him company in the quest of him :
whom whilst I labour'd of a love to see,
I hazarded the loss of whom I lov’d.
Five summers have I spent in furthest Greece,
Roaming clean though the bounds of Asia,
And coasting homeward, came to Ephesus;
Hopeless to find, yet loath to leave unsought,
Or that, or any place that harbours men.
But here must end the story of my life;
And happy were I in my timely death,
Could all my travels warrant me they live.
Duke. Hapless HEgeon, whom the sates have
mark’d
To bear the extremity of dire mishap 1
Now, trust me, were it not against our laws,
Against my crown, my oath, muy dignity,
Which princes, would they, may not disannul,
My soul should sue as advocate for thee,
But, though thou art adjudged to the death,
And passed sentence may not be recall’d,
But to our honour's great disparagement,
Yet will I favour thee in what I can :
Therefore, merchant, I’ll limit thee this day,
To seek thy help by beneficial help :
Try all the friends thou hast in Ephesus;
Beg thou, or borrow, to make up the sum,
And live; if not, then thou art doom'd to die:-
Jailer, take him to thy custody.
Jail. I will, my lord.
AEge. Hopeless, and helpless,
wend,
But to procrastinate his lifeless end.

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SCEYE II.-A public Place.

Enter ANtipholus and Drow 10 of Syracuse, and a MERCHANT.

Mer. Therefore, give out you are of Epi-
damnum,
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, t where
we host,
And stay there, Dromio, till I come to thce.
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,

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• Natural affection.

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Your sauciness will jest upon my love, And make a common of my serious hours. * When the sun shines, let foolish guats make sport, But cree” crannies, when he hides his beams. If you will jest with me know my aspéct, + And fashion your demeanour to my looks, Or I will beat this method in your sconce. Dro. S. Scouce, call you it 1 so you would leave battering, I had rather have it a head: an you use these blows long, I must get a sconce for my head, and insconce t it too; or else I shall seek my wit in my shoulders. But, I pray, Sir, why am I beaten ? nt. &. Dost thou not know? Dro. S. Nothing, Sir ; but that I am beaten. Ant. S. Shall I tell you why Dro. S. Ay, Sir, and wherefore ; for, they say, every why hath a wherefore. Ant. S. Why, first,-for flouting me ; then, wherefore, For urging it the second time to me. Dro. S. Was there ever any man thus beaten out of season f When, in the why, and the wherefore, is neither rhyme nor reason t— Well, Sir, I thank you. Ant. S. Thank me, Sir, for what? Dro. S. Marry, Sir, for this something that you gave me for nothing. Ant. S. I'll make you amends next, to give you nothing for something. But say, Sir, is it dinner-time f Dro. S. No, Sir; I think the meat wants that I have. Ant. S. In good time, Sir, what's that? Dro. S. Basting. Ant. S. Well, Sir, then 'twill be dry. APro. o: { it be, Sir, I pray you eat none of it. Ant. S. Your reason? Dro. S. Lest it make you choleric, and purchase me another dry basting. Ant. S. Well, Sir, learn to jest in good time; There's a time for all things. Dro. S. I durst have denied that, before you were so choleric. Ant. S. By what rule, Sir f Dro. S. Marry, Sir, by a rule as plain as the plain bald pate of father Time himself. Ant. S. Let's hear it. Dro. S. There's no time for a man to recover his hair, that grows bald by nature. Ant. S. May he not do it by fine and recovery Dro. S. Yes, to pay a fine for a peruke, and recover the lost hair of another man. Ant. S. Why is time such a niggard of hair, being, as it is, so plentiful an excrement t Dro. S. Because it is a blessing that he bestows on beasts: and what he hath scanted men in hair, he hath given them in wit. Ant. S. Why, but there's many a man hath more hair than wit. Dro. 8. Not a man of those, but he hath the wit to lose his hair. Ant: S. Why, thou didst conclude hairy men plain dealers without wit. Dro. 3. The plainer dealer, the sooner lost; Yet he loseth it in a kind of jollity. Ant. S. For what reason? Dro. 3. For two; and sound ones too. Ant. & Nay, not sound, I pray you. Dro. S. Sure ones then. 4nt. 3. Nay, not sure, in a thing falsing. Dro. S. Certain ones then. Ant. S. Name them. Dro. S. The one, to save the money that he spends in tiring ; the other, that at dinner they should not drop in his porridge. Ant. S. You would all this time have there is no time for all things. * I. e. Intrude on them when you please

+ Study my countenance.
* A conce was a fortification.

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Dro. S. Marry, and did, Sir ; namely, no time to recover hair lost by nature. Ant. S. But your reason was not substantial, why there is no time to recover. Dro. S. Thus I mend it: Time himself is bald, and therefore to the world's end, will have taid followers. Ant. &. I knew, 'twould be a bald concis sion : But soft I who wafts - us yonder?

Enter ADRIANA and Lucraxa.

Adr. Ay, ay, Antipholus, look strange, and
frown;
Some other mistress hath thy sweet aspects,
I am not Adriana, northy wife.
The time was once, when thou unurg’d weaidst
vow
That never words were music to thine ear,
That never object pleasing in thine eye,
That never touch well-welcome to thy hard,
That never meat sweet-savour’d in thy taste.
Unless I spake, look'd, touch'd, or carv'd to
thee.
How comes it now, my husband, oh! how
coines it,
That thou art then estranged from thyself?
Thyself I call it, being strauge to me,
That undividable, incorporate,
An better than thy dear self's better part.
Ah do not tear away thyself from me;
For know, my love, as easy may’st thou fall
A drop of water in the breakius gulph,
And take unmingled thence that drop again,
Without addition or diminishing,
As take from me thyself, and not me too.
How dearly would it touch thee to the quick,
Should'st thou but hear I were licentious
And that this body, consecrate to thee,
By rushan lust should be contaminate f
Would'st thou not spit at me, and spurn at me,
And hurl the name of husband in my face,
And tear the stain'd skin off my bariot brew,
And from my false hand cut the wedding rus.
And break, it with a deep-divorcing vow
I know .. canst; and therefore, see, thou
o it.
I am possess'd with an adulterate blot;
My blood is mingled with the crime of lust:
For, is we two be one, and thou play false,
I do digest the poison of thy flesh,
Being strumpeted by thy contagion.
Keep then, fair league and truce with thy true

I live dis-stain'd, thou undishonoured.
4nt. S. Plead you to me, fair dame t I know
you not :
In Ephesus I am but two hours old,
As strange unto your town, as to your talk:
Who, every word by all my wit being scanod,
Want wit in all one word to understand.
Luc. Fie, brother how the world is chant's
with you :
When were you wont to use my sister thust
She sent for you by Dromio home to dinner.
Ant. S. By Dromiot
Dro. S. By me?
Adr. By thee: and this thou didst retern
from him,
That he did buffet thee, and, in his blows
Denied my house for his, me for bis wife.
Ant. S. Did you converse, Sir, with this gen-
tlewoman f
What is the course and drift of your compiett
Dro. S. I, Sir? I never saw her till this time.
Ant. S. Villain, thou liest; for even ber very
words
Didst thou deliver to me on the mart.
Dro. S. I never spake with her in all my life.
Ant. S. How can she thus then call us by cer
names,
Unless it be by inspiration f
Adr. How ill agrees it with your gravity,

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To counterfeit thus grossly with your slave, Abetting him to thwart me in my mood f Be it my wrong, you are from me exempt, But wrong not that wrong with a more conteinpt. Come, I will fasten on this sleeve of thine : Thou art an elm, Iny husband, I a vine ; Whose weakness, married to my stronger state, Makes me with thy strength to communicate : If aught possess thee from me, it is dross, Usurping ivy, brier, or idle * inoss; Who all for want of pruning, with intrusion Infect thy sap, and live on thy confusion. Ant. S. To me she speaks; she moves me for her theme : What, was I married to her in my dream f Or sleep I now, and think I hear all this 7 What error drives our eyes and ears amiss 7 Until I know this sure uncertainty, I'll entertain the offer'd fallacy. Aluc. Dromio, go bid the servants spread for dinner. Dro. S. Oh for my beads ! I cross me for a shillier. This is the fairy land ;-O spite of spites — We talk with goblins, owls, and elvish sprites ; If we obey them not, this will ensue, They'll i. our breath, or pinch us black and lue. J. Mc. Why prat'st thou to thyself, and answer'st not f Dromio, thou droue, thou snail, thou slug, thou sotl Dro. S. I am transformed, master, am not i ! Ant. S. I think thou art, in mind, and so an I. JDro. S. Nay, master, both in mind and in my shape. Ant. &. Thou hast thine own form. Adro. S. No, I am an ape. Aluc. If thou art chang'd to aught, 'tis to an ass. Dro. S. 'Tis true; she rides me, and I long for grass. *Tis so, I am an ass; else it could never be, But I should know her as well as she knows une. A dr. Come, come, no longer will I be a fool, To put the finger in the eye and weep, Whilst man and master, laugh my woes to scorin.Come, Sir, to dinner; Dromio, keep the gate :Husband, I'll dine above with you to-day, And shrive t you of a thousand idle pranks : Sirrah, if any ask you for your master, Say, he dines forth, and let no creature enter.Coune, sister :-Dromio, play the porter well. A rot. S. Am I in earth, in heaven, or in bell ? sleeping or waking 2 mad, or well-advis'd 7 known unto these, and to myself disguis’d I'll say as they say, and perséver so, And in this mist at all adventures go. Zoro. S. Master, shall I be porter at the gate 7 A cor. Ay; and let none enter, lest I break

your pate. Aluc. Coune, come, Antipholus, we dine too late. [Eleunt. ACT ill. SCENE I.-The same. *

Enter ANT1 photus of Ephesus, Dromio of Ephesus, ANG Elo, and Balth Azar.

Ant. E. Good signior Angelo, you must excuse us all ; My wife is shrewish, when I keep not hours: say, that I linger'd with you at your shop To see the making of her carkanet, I And that to-morrow you will bring it home.

• unfertile. + Absolve. 1. A necklace strung with pearls.

But here's a villain, that would face me down He met me on the nart ; and that I beat him. And co him with a thousand marks in gold ; And that I did deny my wife and house :Thou o, thou, what didst thou inean by this f Dro. E. Say what you will, Sir, but I know what I know : That you beat me at the mart, I have your hand to show : If the skin were parchment, and the blows you gave were ink, Your •o handwriting would tell you what I think. Ant. E. I think, thou art an ass. Dro. E. Marry, so it doth appear. By the wrongs I suffer, and the blows I bear. 1 should kick, being kick'd ; and, being at that pass, You would keep from my heels, and beware of ail ass. Ant. E. You are sad, signior Balthazar : "Pray God, our cheer May answer my good will, and your good welcome here. Bal. I hold your dainties cheap, Sir, and your welcoine dear. Ant. E. O signior Balthazar, either at flesh or fish, A table full of welcome makes scarce one dainty ulish. Bal. Good meat, Sir, is common; that every churl affords. Ant. E. And welcome more common; for that's nothing but words. Bal. Small cheer, and great welcome, makes a merry feast. Ant. E. Ay, to a niggardly host, and more sparing guest ; But though my cates • be mean, take them in good part ; Better cheer may you have, but not with better heart. But, soft ; my door is lock'd ; Go bid them let us in. Dro. E. Maud, Bridget, Marian, Cicely, Gillian, Jen's Dro. S. [Within..] Mome, * malt-horse, capon, coxcomb, idiot, patch Either get thee from the door, or sit down at the hatch : Dost thou conjure for wenches, that thou call'st for such store, When one is one too many f Go, get thee from the door. Dro. E. what patch is made our porter 1 My master stays in the street. Dro. S. Let him walk from whence he came, lest he catch cold on’s feet. Ant. E. Who talks within there 7 ho, open the door. Dro. S. Right, Sir, I'll tell you when, and you'll tell me wherefore. Ant. E. Wherefore ? for Iny dinner; I have not din'd to-day. Dro. &. Nor to day here you must not; come again, when you may. Ant. E. What at thou, that keep'st me out from the house I owe ? § Dro. &. The porter for this time, Sir, and nuy name is IDromio. Dro. E. O. villain, thou hast stolen both mine office and my name ; The one ne'er got me credit, the other mickle blame. ls thon had'st been Dromio to-day in my place, Thou would'st have chang'd thy face for a name, or thy name for an ass. Luce. [ Within..] what a coil || is there " Dromio, who are those at the gate t

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