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going to see the queen's picture. Come, follow us : But kill'd itself much sooner.
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Dear my brother,

Let him, that was the cause of this, have power SCENE III. - The same. A Room in Paulina's To take off so much grief from you, as he House.

Will piece up in himself.


Indeed, my lord,

If I had thought, the sight of my poor image CAMILLO, PAULINA, Lords, and Attendants,

Would thus have wrought you (for the stone is Leon. O grave and good Paulina, the great

mine,) .. comfort

I'd not have show'd it. That I have had of thee!


Do not draw the curtain. Pasl.

What, sovereign sir, Paul. No longer shall you gaze on't; lest your I did not well, I meant well : All my services,

fancy Yoa have paid home; but that you have vouchsaf”d May think anon, it moves. With your crown'd brother, and these your contracted Leon.

Let be, let be. Heirs of your kingdoms, my poor house to visit; Would I were dead, but that, methinks, already — It is a surplus of your grace, which never

What was he, that did make it? – See, my lord, My life may last to answer,

Would you not deem, it breath'd ? and that those Leon. O Paulina,

veins We honour you with trouble : But we came Did verily bear blood ? To see the statue of our queen : your gallery


Masterly done: Hare we pass'd through, not without much content The very life seems warm upon her lip: Is many singularities; but we saw not

Leon. The fixure of her eye has motion in't, That which my daughter came to look upon, As we are mock'd with art. The statue of her mother.


I'll draw the curtain ; Paul.

As she liv'd peerless, My lord's almost so far transported, that i So her dead likeness, I do well believe,

He'll think anon, it lives. Excels whatever yet you look'd upon,


O sweet Paulina, Or hand of man hath done; therefore I keep it Make me to think so twenty years together ; Lonely, apart : But here it is : prepare

No settled senses of the world can match To see the life as lively mock'd, as ever

The pleasure of that madness. Let't alone. Still sleep mock'd death : behold; and say, 'tis well.

Paul. I am sorry, sir, I have thus far stirr'd [PAULINA undraws a curtain, and discovers a statue. I like your silence, it the more shows off

I could afflict you further. Your wonder: But yet speak ;-—first, you, my liege. Leon.

Do, Paulina;
Comes it not something near ?

For this affliction has a taste as sweet
Her natural posture !-

As any cordial comfort. Still, methinks,
Clide me, dear stone ; that I may say, indeed, There is an air comes from her: What fine chisel
Thou art Hermione : or, rather, thou art she, Could ever yet cut breath? Let no man mock me,
In thy not chiding; for she was as tender,

For I will kiss her. As infancy, and grace. — But yet, Paulina,


Good my lord, forbear : Hermione was not so much wrinkled ; nothing The ruddiness upon her lip is wet ; So aged, as this seems.

You'll mar it, if you kiss it ; stain your own Pala 0, not by much.

With oily painting : Shall I draw the curtain ? Paul. So much the more our carver's excellence; Leon. No, not these twenty years. Which lets go by some sixteen years, and makes her Per.

So long could I As she liv'd now.

Stand by, a looker on.
As now she might have done, Paul.

Either forbear,
So much to my good comfort, as it is

Quit presently the chapel ; or resolve you Nca piercing to my soul. O, thus she stood, For more amazement: If you can behold it, Eren with sucul life of majesty, (warm life, I'll make the statue move indeed ; descend, As now it coldly stands,) when first I woo'd he ! And take you by the band : but then you'll think, I am asham'd: Does not the stone rebuke me, (Which I protest against,) I am assisted For being more stone than it ?- , royal piece, By wicked powers. There's magick in thy majesty ; which has


What you can make her do, My evils conjur'd to remembrance; and

I am content to look on : what to speak,
Frea tby admiring daughter took the spirits, I am content to hear ; for 'tis as easy
Standing like stone with thee !

To make her speak, as move.
And give me leave; Paul.

It is requir'd, And do not say, 'tis superstition, that

You do awake your faith : Then, all stand still ; I kneel, and then implore her blessing. – Lady, Or those, that think it is unlawful business Dar queen, that ended when I but began,

I am about, let them depart. Give me that hand of yours, to kiss.


Proceed; Paul.

O, patience : No foot shall stir.
The statue is but newly fir'd, the colour's

Musick ; awake her : strike.

[Musick. Come My lord, your sorrow was too sore laid on: 'Tis time ; descend; be stone no more : approach ; Which sixteen winters cannot blow away,

Strike all that look upon with marvel.

Come; So many summers, dry: scarce any joy

I'll fill your grave up: stir ; nay, come away ; Did erat so long live; 10 sorrow,

Bequeath to death your numbness, for from him


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Dear life redeems you. - You perceive, she stirs ; Paul.

There's tire enough for that ; (HERMIONE comes down from the pedestal. Lest they desire, upon this push to trouble Start not her actions shall be holy, as,

Your joys with like relation. — Go together, You hear, my spell is lawful: do not shun her, You precious winners all; your exultation Until you see her die again ; for then

Partake to every one. I, an old turtle, You kill her double ; Nay, present your hand : Will wing me to some wither'd bough; and there When she was young, you woo'd her ; now, in age, My mate, that's never to be found again, Is she become the suitor.

Lament till I am lost. Leon. 0, she’s warm! (Embracing her. Leon.

O peace, Paulina; If this be magick, let it be an art

Thou should'st a husband take by my consent, Lawful as eating.

As I by thine, a wife: this is a match,
She embraces him.

And made between's by vows. Thou hast found Cam. She hangs about his neck ;

mine; If she pertain to life, let her speak too.

But how, is to be question'd: for I saw her, Pol. Ay, and make't manifest where she has liv'd, As I thought, dead; and have, in vain, said many) Or, how stol'n from the dead ?

A prayer upon her grave: I'll not seek far Paul.

That she is living, (For him, i partly know his mind,) to find thee Were it but told you, should be hooted at

An honourable husband : - Come, Camillo, Like an old tale; but it appears, she lives,

And take her by the hand : whose worth, and hoThough yet she speak not. Mark a little while.

nesty, Please you to interpose, fair madam ; kneel, Is richly noted ; and here justified And pray your mother's blessing.-- Turn, good lady; By us, a pair of kings. — Let's from this place. Our Perdita is found.

What ? - Look upon my brother : - both your [Presenting Perdita, who kneels to HERMIONE.

pardons, Her.

You gods, look down, That e'er I put between your holy looks And from your sacred vials pour your graces My ill suspicion. – This your son-in-law, Upon my daughter's head! – Tell me, mine own, And son unto the king, (whom heavens directing,) Where hast thou been preserv'd ? where liv'd ? how Is troth-plight to your daughter. — Good Paulina, found

Lead us from hence; where we may leisurely Thy father's court? for thou shalt hear, that I, - Each one demand, and answer to his part Knowing by Paulina, that the oracle

Perform'd in this wide gap of time, since first Gave hope thou wast in being, - have preservd We were dissever'd: Hastily lead away. (Exezal Myself, to see the issue,

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Solists, Duke of Ephesus.

Pinch, a schoolmaster, and a conjurer.
Ecos, a merchant of Syracuse,
ASTIPHOLUS of Ephesus,

twin brothers, and sons to Æmilia, wife to Ageon, an Abbess at Ephesus. Asziruolus of Syracuse, Ægeon and Æmilia, but Adriana, wife to Antipholus of Ephesus.

unknown to each other. LUCIANA, her sister.
Daomio of Ephesus, tuin brothers, and Attend- Luce, her servant.
Dronio of Syracuse, J ants on the two Antipholus's. A Courtezan.
BALTHAZAR, a merchant.
ANGELO, a goldsmith.

Gaoler, Officers, and other Attendants.
A merchant, friend to Antipholus of Syracuse.



SCENE L - A Hall in the Duke's Palace. Duke. Well, Syracusán, say, in brief, the cause

Why thou departedst from thy native home; Enter Duke, ÆGEON, Gaoler, Officers, and other And for what cause thou cam'st to Ephesus. Attendants.

Æge. A heavier task could not have been impos'd,
Ex. Proceed, Solinus, to procure my fall, Than I to speak my griefs unspeakable :
And, by the door of death, end woes and all. Yet, that the world may witness, that my end

Duke. Merchant of Syracusa, plead no more ; Was wrought by nature, not by vile offence,
I am not partial, to infringe our laws :

I'll utter what my sorrow gives me leave.
The enmity and discord, which of late

In Syracusa was I born ; and wed Sprung from the rancorous outrage of your duke Unto a woman, happy but for me, To merchants, our well-dealing countrymen, And by me too, had not our hap been bad. Who, wanting gilders to redeem their lives, With her I liv'd in joy; our wealth increasid, Have sealed his rigorous statutes

with their bloods, By prosperous voyages I often made Eidudes all pity from our threat’ning looks. To Epidamnum, till my factor's death, For, since the mortal and intestine jars

And he (great care of goods at random left) "Tvist thy seditious countrymen and us,

Drew me from kind embracements of my spouse: Il bath in solemn synods been decreed,

From whom my absence was not six months old, Beth by the Syracusans and ourselves,

Before herself (almost at fainting, under To admit ng traffick to our adverse towns :

The pleasing punishment that women bear,)

Had made provision for her following me, If any, born at Ephesus, be seen

And soon, and safe, arrived where I was. At any Syracusan marts and fairs,

There she had not been long, but she became Again, If any Syracusan born,

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

And, which was strange, the one so like the other, His goods confiscate to the duke's dispose ; As could not be distinguish'd but by names. l'nless a thousand marks be levied,

That very hour, and in the self-same inn, To quit the penalty, and to ransome him.

A poor mean woman was delivered Thz substance, valued at the highest rate,

Of such a burden, male twins, both alike : Cmx amount unto a hundred marks;

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. Ege. Yet this my comfort ; when your words My wife, not meanly proud of two such boys, are done,

Made daily motions for our home return : My poes end likewise with the evening sun, Unwilling I agreed ; alas, too soon.

Var, more,

We came aboard :

Reft of his brother, but retain'd his name,) A league from Epidamnum had we sail'd, . Might bear him company in the quest of him : Before the always-wind-obeying deep

Whom whilst I labour'd of a love to see, Gave any tragick instance of our harm :

I hazarded the loss of whom I lor'd. But longer did we not retain much hope;

Five summers have I spent in furthest Greece, For what obscured light the heavens did grant Roaming clean through the bounds of Asia, Did but convey unto our fearful minds

And, coasting homeward, came to Ephesus; A doubtful warrant of immediate death;

Hopeless to find, yet loath to leave unsought, Which, though myself would gladly have embrac'd, Or that, or any place that harbours men. Yet the incessant weepings of my wife,

But here must end the story of my life; : Weeping before for what she saw must come, And happy were I in my timely death, And piteous plainings of the pretty babes,

Could all my travels warrant me they live. That mourn'd for fashion, ignorant what to fear, Duke. Hapless Ægeon, whom the fates have Forc'd me to seek delays for them and me.

mark'd And this it was,

for other means was none, - To bear the extremity of dire mishap ! The sailors sought for safety by our boat,

Now, trust me, were it not against our laws,
And left the ship, then sinking-ripe, to us : Against my crown, my oath, my dignity,
My wife, more careful for the latter-born,

Which princes, would they, may not disannul, Had fasten'd him unto a small spare mast,

My soul should sue as advocate for thee. Such as sea-faring men provide for storms : But, though thou art adjudged to the death, To him one of the other twins was bound,

And passed sentence may not be recall'd,
Whilst I had been like heedful of the other. But to our honour's great disparagement,
The children thus dispos'd, my wife and I,

Yet will I favour thee in what I can :
Fixing our eyes on whom our care was fix'd, Therefore, merchant, I'll limit thee this day,
Fasten'd ourselves at either end the mast;

To seek thy help by beneficial help :
And floating straight, obedient to the stream, Try all the friends thou hast in Ephesus :
Were carried towards Corinth, as we thought. Beg thou, or borrow, to make up the sum,
At length the sun, gazing upon the earth,

And live; if not, then thou art doom'd to die : Dispers'd those vapours that offended us;

Gaoler, take him to thy custody. And, by the benefit of his wish'd light,

Gaol. I will, my lord. The seas wax'd calm, and we discovered

Æge. Hopeless, and helpless, doth Ægeon wend, Two ships from far making amain to us,

But to procrastinate his lifeless end. (Eseur. of Corinth that, of Epidaurus this: But ere they came, O, let me say no more!

SCENE II. - A publick Place. Gather the sequel by that went before. Duke. Nay, forward, old man, do not break off Enter ANTIPHOLUS and Dromo of Syracuse, and a

Merchant. For we may pity, though not pardon thee.

Mer. Therefore, give out, you are of Epidamnum, Æge. O, had the gods done so, I had not now Lest that your goods too soon be confiscate. Worthily term'd them merciless to us!

This very day, a Syracusan merchant
For, ere the ships could meet by twice five leagues, Is apprehended for arrival here;
We were encounter'd by a mighty rock ;

And, not being able to buy out his life,
Which being violently borne upon,

According to the statute of the town, Our helpful ship was splitted in the midst,

Dies ere the weary sun set in the west. So that, in this unjust divorce of us,

There is your money that I had to keep. Fortune had left to both of us alike

Ant. s. Go bear it to the Centaur, where we host, What to delight in, what to sorrow for.

And stay there, Dromio, till I come to thee. Her part, poor soul ! seeming as burdened

Within this hour it will be dinner-time': With lesser weight, but not with lesser woe, Till that, I'll view the manners of the town, Was carried with more speed before the wind; Peruse the traders, gaze upon the buildings, And in our sight they three were taken up

And then return, and sleep within mine inn; By fishermen of Corinth, as we thought.

For with long travel I am stiff and weary. At length, another ship had seiz'd on us;

Get thee away. And, knowing whom it was their hap to save, Dro. S. Many a man would take you at your Gave helpful welcome to their shipwreck'd guests ;

word, And would have reft the fishers of their prey, And go indeed, having so good a mean. Had not their bark been very slow of sail,

[Eric Dro. S And therefore homeward did they bend their Ant. S. A trusty villain, sir; that very oft,

When I am dull with care and melancholy, Thus have you heard me sever'd from my bliss; Lightens my humour with his merry jests. That by misfortunes was my life prolong'd, What, will you walk with me about the town, To tell sad stories of my own mishaps.

And then go to my inn, and dine with me? Duke. And, for the sake of them thou sorrowest Mer. I am invited, sir, to certain merchants, for,

Of whom I hope to make much benefit ; Do me the favour to dilate at full'

I crave your pardon. Soon, at five o'clock, What hath befall’n of them, and thee, till now. Please you, I'll meet with you upon the mart,

Æge. My youngest boy, and yet my eldest care, And afterwards consort you till bed-time; At eighteen years became inquisitive

My present business calls me from you now. After his brother; and importun'd me,

Ant. S. Farewell till then : I will go lose mysell That his attendant, (for his case was like,

And wander up and down, to view the city.

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Ver. Sir, I commend you to your own content. Reserve them till a merrier hour than this:

(Erit Merchant. Where is the gold I gave in charge to thee? ári. S. He that commends me to mine own Dro. E. To me, sir? why you gave no gold to me. content,

Ant. S. Come on, sir knave; have dond your Carmends me to the thing I cannot get.

foolishness, I to the world am like a drop of water,

And tell me, how thou hast dispos'd thy charge. That in the ocean seeks another drop ;

Dro. E. My charge was but to fetch you from Who, falling there to find his fellow forth,

the mart Caseen, inquisitive, confounds himself :

Home to your house, the Phænix, to dinner; So I, to find a mother, and a brother

My mistress, and her sister, stay for you. la quest of them, unhappy, lose myself.

Ant. S. Now, as I am a christian, answer me,

In what safe place you have bestow'd my money; Enter Dromio of Ephesus.

Or I shall break that merry sconce of yours, Here comes the almanack of my true date. - That stands on tricks when I am undispos’d : What now? How chance, thou art return'd so soon? | Where is the thousand marks thou hadst of me? Dr. E. Return'd so soon! rather approach'd too Dro. E. I have some marks of yours upon my late:

pate, The capon burns, the pig falls from the spit; Some of my mistresslimarks upon my shoulders, The clock hath strucken twelve upon the bell, But not a thousand marks between you both. My mistress made it one upon my cheek :

If I should pay your worship those again, &e is so hot, because the meat is cold;

Perchance, you will not bear them patiently. The meat is cold, because you come not hoine; Ant. S. Thy mistress' marks! what mistress, slave, you come not home, because you have no stomach;

hast thou ? You have no stomach, having broke your fast; Dro. E. Your worship’s wife, my mistress at the Bat we, that know what 'tis to fast and pray,

Phænix ; Are penitent for your default to-day.

She that doth fast, till you come home to dinner, Aat. S. Stop in your wind, sir; tell me this, I pray; And prays, that you will hie you home to dinner. Where have you left the money that I gave you ? Ant. S. What, wilt thou flout me thus unto my Dr. E. 0,-sixpence, that I had o'Wednesday

face, last,

Being forbid ? There, take you that, sir knave. To pay the saddler for my mistress' crupper ; — Dro. E. What mean you, sir ? for God's sake, The saddler had it, sir, I kept it not.

hold your hands; Ant. $. I am not in a sportive humour now : Nay, an you will not, sir, I'll take my heels. Tell me, and dally not, where is the money?

(Erit Dro. E. We being strangers here, how dar’st thou trust Ant. S. Upon my life, by some device or other, So great a charge from thine own custody? The villain is o'er-raught of all my money.

Dra. E. I pray you, jest, sir, as you sit at dinner : They say, this town is full of cozenage;
I frun my mistress come to you in post ;

As, nimble jugglers, that deceive the eye,
If I return, I shall be post indeed;

Dark-working sorcerers, that change the mind, For she will score your fault upon my pate. Soul-killing witches, that deform the body; Methieks, your maw, like mine, should be your Disguised cheaters, prating mountebanks, clock,

And many such like liberties of sin : And strike you home without a messenger.

If it prove so, I will be gone the sooner. Aut. &. Come, Dromio, come, these jests are out I'll to the Centaur, to go seek this slave;

I greatly fear, my money is not safe. [Erit.

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Luc. Perhaps,

Luc. Why, headstrong liberty is lash'd with
SCENE I. - A publick Place.

There's nothing, situate under heaven's eye,

But bath his bound, in earth, in sea, in sky: Al. Neither my husband, nor the glave return'd, The beasts, the fishes, and the winged fowls, Thai in such haste I sent to seek his master! Are their males' subject, and at their controls : Sare, Luciana, it is two o'clock.

Men, more divine, the masters of all these, some merchant hath invited him, Lords of the wide world, and wild wat'ry seas, And from the mart he's somewhere gone to dinner. Indued with intellectual sense and souls, Good sister, let us dine, and never fret:

Of more pre-eminence than fish and fowls, A man is master of his liberty :

Are masters to their females and their lords : Time is their master; and, when they see time, Then let your will attend on their accords. Tesil go, or come? If so, be patient, sister. Adr. This servitude makes you to keep unwed. Adr. Why should their liberty than ours be Luc. Not this, but troubles of the marriage-bed. more?

Aur. But, were you wedded, you would bear Luc. Because their business still lies out o'door.

some sway. Ads. Look, when I serve him so, he takes it ill. Luc. Ere I learn love, I'll practise to obey. Lac. O, know, he is the bridle of your will.

Adr. How if your husband start some other 4. There's none, but asses, will be bridled so.



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