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Her part, peight, but not with lesser woe,
Was wrought by nature, not by vile offence, At length, another ship had seiz'd on us ;
Gave helpful welcome to their shipwreck'd Unto a wompan, happy but for me,
guests; And by me too, bad not our hap been bad. And would bave reft. the flsbers of their prey, With her i liv'd in joy; our wealth increas'd, Had not their bark been very slow of sail, By prosperous voyages I often made
And therefore homeward did they bend their To Epidamnum, till my factor's death ;
course. And he (great care of goods at random left) Thus have you heard me sever'd from my bliss ; Drew me from kind embracements of my spouse : That by misfortunes was my life prolong'a From whom my absence was not six months old, To tell sad stories of my own mishaps. Before herself (almost at fainting, under
Duke. And, for the sake of thein thou sor. The pleasing punishment that women bear,)
rowest for, Had made provision for her following me, Do me the favour to dilate at full And soon, and sale, arrived where I was,
What bath befall'o of them, and thee, till now. There she had not been long, but she becaine Ege. My youngest boy, and yet my eldest A joyful mother of two goodly sons ;
care, And, which was strange, the one so like the At eighteen years became inquisitive other,
After his brother; and importun'd me, As could not be distinguish'd but by names. That his attendant, (for his case was like, That very hour, and in the self-same inu, Rest of his brother, but retain'd his name,) A poor mean woman was delivered
Might bear hinn company in the guest of him : Of such a burden, male twins, both alike : whom whilst I labour'd of a love to see, Those, for their parents were exceeding poor, I bazarded the loss of whom I lov'd. I bought, and brought up to attend my sons. Five summers have I spent in furthest Greece, My wife, not meanly proud of two such boys, Roaming clean + though the bounds of Asia, Made daily motious for our home return : And coasting homeward, came to Ephesus; Unwilling I agreed ; alas, too soon.
Hopeless to find, yet loath to leave unsought, We came aboard :
Or that, or any place that barbours men. A league from Epidamnum bad we sail'd, But here must end the story of my life ; Before the always-wind-obeying deep
And happy were I in my timely death, Gave any tragic instance of our barin :
Could all my travels warrant me they live. But longer did we pot retain much bope ;
Duke. Hapless Ægeon, whom the fates have For what obscured ligbt the heavens did grant
mark'd Did but convey onto our fearful minds
To bear the extremity of dire mishap ! A doublful warrant of immediate death;
Now, trust me, were it not against our laws, Which, though myself would gladly bave em Against my crown, my oath, niy dignity, brac'd,
Which princes, would they, may not disannul, Yet the incessant weepings of my wife,
My soul should sue as advocate for thee, Werping before for what she saw must come, But, though thou art adjudged to the death, And piteous plainings of the pretty babes, And passed sentence may not be recall's, That mourn' for fashion, ignorant what to fear, But to our honour's great disparagement, Forc'd me to seek delays for them and me.
Yet will I favour thee in wbat I can : And this it was,- for other means was none.- Therefore, mercbant, I'll limit thee this day, The sailors songht for safety by our boat, To seek thy help by beneficial belp : And left the ship, theu sinking-ripe, to us : Try all the friends thou hast in Ephesus ; My wife, more careful for the latter-born, Beg thou, or borrow, to make up the sum, Had fasten'd him upto a small spare mast, And live ; if not, then thou art doom'd to die :Such as sea-faring men provide for storms ; Jailer, take bim to thy custody. To bicu one of the other twins was bound, Jail. I will, my lord. Whilst I had been like heedful of the other. Æge. Hopeless, and helpless,
doth Ægeon The children thus dispos'd, my wife and I,
SCENE II.-A public Place.
Enter ANTIPHOLUS and DROMIO of Syra. Dispers'd those vapours that offended us ;
cuse, and a MERCHANT. And, by the benefit of bis wish'd light,
Mer. Therefore, give out you are of EpiThe seas wax'd calm, and we discovered
damnum, Two ships from far making amaia to us,
Lest that your goods too soon be conoscate. of Corinth that, of Epidaurug this :
This very day, a Syracusan merchant
According to the statute of the town,
Dies ere the weary sun set in the west.
Ant. S. Go bear it to the Centaur, I where
Within this hour it will be dinner-time :
Peruse the traders, gaze upon the buildings,
For with long travel I am stiff and weary.
Get thee away. What to delight in, what to sorrow for.
Dro. S. Many a man would take you at yone soul! seeming as burdened
word, Nas carrieu with more speed before the wind;
And go indeed, having so good a mean,
(E.cit Dro. S. And in our sight they three were taken up By fishermen of Corinth, as we thought.
• Clear, completely. • Natural affection.
The sign of their hotel.
Adr. How if your husband start some other
Ant. 8. A trusty villain, . Sir, that very oft, Dro. E. I have some marks of your's aper
Ant. S. Thy mistress' marks! what mistai, I crave your pardon. Soon, at five o'clock,
slave, hast thou ! Please you, I'll ineet with you upon the mart, + Dro. E. Your worship’s wife, my mistress at And afterwards consort you till bed-time;
the Pbænix ; My present business calls me from you now. She tbat doth fast, till you come home to dig. Ant. S. Farewell till theu : I will go lose
And prays, that you will hie you bome to And wauder up and down, to view the city.
dinger. Mer. Sir, I commend you to your own con Ant. S. What, wilt thou fiout me thus uute tent. (Exit MERCHANT,
my face, Ant. S. He that commends me to mine own Being forbid; There, take you that, sir kazke. content,
Dro. E. What mean you, Sir 1 for God's sake, Commends me to the thing I cannot get.
bold your hands; I to the world am like a drop of water,
Nay, an you will not, Sir, I'll take my beels. That in the ocean seeks another drop ;
(Erit DRONI", L. Who, falling there to find his fellow forth, Ant. S. Upon my life, by some device of Unseen, inquisitive, confounds himself :
The villain is o'er-raught of all my money.
As nimble jugglers, that deceive the eye,
Dark-working sorcerers, that change the wind, Here comes the almanack of my true date, Soul-killing witcbes, that deform the body What bow | How chance, thou art returu'd 80 Disguised cheaters, prating mountebanks, soon :
And many such like liberties of sin :
I'll to the Centaur, to go seek this stave ;
SCENE I.-A public place.
Enter A DRIANA, and Luciana.
Adr. Neither my husband, por the stare le
turn'd, pray ;
(you ? That' in such haste I sent to seek his master ! Where bave you left the money that I gave Sure Luciana, it is two o'clock. Dro. E. Oh!-sixpence, that I had o'Wednes
Luc. Perhaps soine mercbant haid invited day last,
A man is master of his liberty:
Time is their master; and, when they we lime,
They'll go, or come: If so, be patient, sister.
Adr. Why should their liberty than our's bee dinner :
more ? I from my inistress come to you in post;
Luc. Because their business still lies til 11 I return, I shall be post indeed ;
Adr. Look, when I serve bim so, he tales !
Luc, Oh! know he is the bridle or guat
are out of season ;
Luc. Why, headstrong liberty is lasi'd with
But bath its bound, in earth, in sea, in sky:
Are their males' subject, and at their controls : Dro. E. My charge was but to fetch you from Lords of the wide world, and wild wal'ry seas,
the mart ' Home w your house, the Phænix, sir, to din. of more pre-eminence than fish and folo
lodued with intellectual sense and souls, ner;
Are masters to their females,
and their lords
: My mistress, and her sister, stay for you.
Then let your will attend on their accords.
Adr. This servitude makes you to keep 19. me,
wed. In what safe place you bave bestow'd my mo
Luc. Not this, but troubles of the marriage ney ;
bed. Or, I will break that merry sconce of your's, That stands on tricks when I am indispos'd : Adn Bat, were you wedded, you would be
some sway. where is the thousand parks thou had'st of
Luc. Ere I learn love, I'll practise to obes, me? . L. Servant. + Exchange, market-place.
she pause ;
Luc. Till he come home again, I would for. If I last in this service, you must tase me in bear.
(Exit. Adr. Patience unmov'd, no marvel though Luc. Fie, how impatience lowereth in your
face. They can be meek, that have no other cause. Adr. His company must do his minions A wretched soul, bruis’d with adversity,
grace, We bid be quiet, when we hear it cry ;
Whilst i at home starve for a merry look. But were we borthen'd with like weight of Hath homely age the alluring beauty took pain,
From my poor cheek ? then he bath wasted it: As much, or more, we should ourselves com- Are my discourses dull ? barren my wit? plain :
I volable and sharp discourse be marr'd, So thou, that hast no unkind mate to grieve Unkindness blunts it, more than marble bard. thee,
Do their gay vestments his affections bate ? With urging helpless patience would'st relieve That's not iny fault, he's master of my state :
What ruins are in me, that can be found But, if thou live to see like right bereft,
By him not rrin'd ? then is he the ground This fooi-begg'd patience in thee will be left. of my defeatures : * My decayed fair +
Luc. Weil, I will marry one day, but to try ;-) A suuny look of his would soon repair : Here comes your mau, now is your husband But, too unruly deer, he breaks the pale, migh.
And reeds fron ko.ne ; poor I am but his stale.
Luc. Seli-arming jealousy !--fie, beat it hence. Enter DROMIO of Ephesus.
Adr. Uulceling fools can with such wrongs Adr. Say, is your tardy master now at hand ?
dispense. Dro. E. Nay, he is at two hands with me, and I know his eye doth homage otherwhere ; that my two ears can witness.
Or else, wliat lets ♡ it but be would be bere? Adri Say, didst thou speak with him know'st Sister, you know, he promis'dine a chain ;thou his mind?
Would that alone alone he would detais, Dro. E. Ay, ay, be told bis mind upou mine So be would keep fair quarter with his bed ! ear:
I see the jewel, best enamelled, Beshrew his hand, I scarce could understand it. Will lose his beauty; and though gold 'bides Luc. Spake he so doubtfully, thou couldst not
still, feel his meaning ?
That others íouch, yet often touching will Dro. E. Nay, he struck so plainly, I could too Wear gold : and so no man, that hath a name, well feel his blows; and withal so doubtfully, But false bood and corruption doth it shame. that I could scarce understand them.
Since that my beauty cannot please his eye, Adr. But say, I pr'ythee, is he coming I'll weep what's left away, and weeping dié. home! It seems, he hath great care to please Luc. How many fond fools serve mad jea. bis wife.
(Exeunt. Dro. E. Why, mistress, sure my master is horn-mad.
SCENE II.-The same.
Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse.
Ant. S. The gold I gave to Dromio is laid up When I desir'd him to come home to dinner, Safe at the Centaur ; and the heedful slave He ask'd me for a thousand marks in gold : 18 wander'd forth, in care to seek me out. Tis dinner time, quoth I; My gold, quoth By computation), and mine bost's report, he :
I could not speak with Dromio, since at first Your meat doth burn, quotb1; My gold, I send him from the mart : See here he comes.
quoth be : will you come home ? quoth I; My gold,
Enter Dromi0 of Syracuse. quoth be :
How now, Sir ? is your merry humour alter'd ? Where is the thousand marks I gave thee, vil. As you love strokes, so jest with me again. lain !
You know no Centaur ? you receiv'd no gold ! The pig, quoth I, is burn'd, My gold, quoth Yoar mistress sent to have me home to dinner ?
My house was at the Phoenix? Wast thou mad, My mistress, Sir, quoth 1 ; Hang up thy mis. That thus so madly thou didst answer me? tress:
Dro. S. What answer, Sir, when spake I such I know not thy mistress ; out on thy mis.
a word ? tress!
Ant. S. Even now, even here, not balf an hout Luc. Quoth who?
since. Dro. E. Quoth my master :
Dro. $. I did not see you since you sent me I knou, quoth he, no house, no wife, no mis
hence. tress ;
Home to the Centaur, with the gold you gave So ibat iny errand, due unto my tongue,
me. I thank him, I bear bome upon my shoulders; Ant. S. Villain, thou didst deny the gold's reFor, in conclusion, he did beat me there.
ceipt; Adr. Go back again, thou slave, and fetch And told'st me of a mistress, and a dinner; bim bome.
For which, I bope, thou felt'st I was displeas'd. Dro. E. Go back again, and be uew beaten Dro. S. I am glad to see you in this merry bome
vein: For God's sake, send some other messenger.
What means this jest ? I pray you, master, Adr. Back, slave, or I will break thy pate
tell me. across.
Ant. S. Yea, dost thou jeer, and flout me in Dro. E. And he will bless that cross with
the teeth other beating :
Think'st thou, 1 jest ? Hold, take thon that, and Between you I shall trave a boly head.
(Beating him. Adr. Hence, prating peasant ; lett b thy master
Dro. S. Hold, Sir, for God's sake : Dow your hoine,
jest is earnest : Dro. F. Am I so round with you, as you with U pou what bargain do you give it me? me,
Ant. S. Because that I familiarly sometimes That like a football do you spurn me thus ! Do use you for my foul, and chat with you, You spurn me bence, and he will spurn me hither :
• Alteration of leatores.
Fair, for fairness. • 1 •. Scarce stand under them.
i stalking horse.
Your sauciness will jest upon my love,
Dro. S. Marry, and did, Sir ; namely, bo tigre
why there is no time to recover.
Enter ADRIANA and LUCIANA. my head, and insconcet it too; or else I shall seek my wit in my shoulders. But, I pray, Sir, Adr. Ay, ay, Antipbolus, look strange, and why am I beaten ?
frowu ; Ant. S. Dost thou not know
Some other mistress bath thy swcet aspécta,
The time was once, when thou nourg'd woulds
VOW every why bath a wherefore.
That never words were music to thine ear, Ant. S. Why, frst,--for fouting me; and That never object pleasing in thine eye, then, wherefore,
That never touch well-welcome to thy band, For urging it the second time to me.
That bever meat sweet-savour'd in thy taste, Dro. S. Was there ever any man thus beaten Unless I spake, look'd, touch'd, or card is out of season
thee. When, in the why, and the wherefore, is neither How comes it now, my husband, oh! bor rhymne nor reason 1
comes it, Well, Sir, I thank you.
That thou art tben estranged from thyself! Ant. S. Thank me, Sir, for what?
Thyself I call it, being strange to me, Dro. S. Marry, Sir, for this something that That undividable, incorporate, you gave me for nothing.
Am better than thy dear sell's better part. Ant. s. I'll make you amends neat, to give Ah ! do not tear away thyself from me ; you nothing for something. But say, Sir, is it for know, my love, as easy may'st thou fall dinner-time!
A drop of water in the breaking gulpb,
Without addition or diminishing,
How dearly would it touch thee to the quick,
Should'st thou but hear I were licentious! Dro. S. If it be, Sir, I pray you eat none And that this body, consecrate to thee, of it.
By ruffian lust should be contaminate ? Ant. S. Your reason?
Would'st thou not spit at me, and spurn at me, Dro. S. Lest it make you choleric, and pur. And hurl the name of husband in my face, chase me another dry basting.
And tear the stain'd skin off my harlot brok, Ant. S. Well, Sir, learn to jest in good time; And from my false band cut the wedding ring, There's a time for all things.
And break it with a deep-divorcing vow Dro. S. I durst have denied that, before you I know thou canst ; and therefore, tee, thou were so choleric.
do it. Ant. S. By what rule, Sir?
I am possess'd with an adulterate blot; Dro. s. Marry, sir, by a rule as plain as the My blood is mingled with the crime of lust : plain bald pate of fatber Time himself.
Fur, if we two be one, and thou play false, Ant. S. Let's hear it.
I do digest the poison of thy flesh, Dro. $. There's no time for a man to recover Being strumpeted by thy contagion. his bair, that grows bald by nature.
Keep then fair league and truce with thy trae Ant. S, May he not do it by one and recovery
I live dis-stain'd, thou uudishonoured. Dro. S. Yes, to pay a fine for a peruke, and Ant. S. Plead you to me, fair dame! I knox recover the lost hair of another may.
you not: Ant. S. Why is time such a niggard of hair, In Ephesus I am but two hours old, being, as it is, 80 plentiful an excrement ? As strange unto your town, as to your talk;
Dro, S. Because is a blessing that he be. Who, every word by all my wit being scann'd, stows on beasts : and what he hath scanted men Want wit in all one word to understand. in hair, he hath given them in wit.
Luc. Fie, brother ! how the world is chang'd Ant. S. Why, but there's many a man hath
with you : more hair than wit.
When were you wont to use my sister thus ? Dro. S. Not a man of those, but he hath the Sbe sent for you by Dromio home to dioner. wit to lose his hair.
Ant. S. By Dromio ? Axt. 8. Why, thou didst conclude hairy men Dro, S. By me? plain dealers without wit.
Adr. By thee : and this thou didst returs Dro. S. The plainer dealer, the sooner lost :
from him,Yet he loseth it in a kind of jollity,
That he did buffet thee, and, in his blows Ant. S. For what reason
Denied my house for bis, me for bis wife. Dro. S. For two; and sound ones too.
Ant. S. Did you converse, sir, with this geilAnt. S. Nay, not sound, I pray you.
tlewoman Dro. S. Sure ones then.
What is the course and drift of yonr compáct ! Ant. $. Nay, not sure, in a thing falsing. Dro. S. I, Sir ? I never saw her till this time. Dro. 8. Certain ones then.
Ant, S. Villain, tbou liest ; for even her very Ant. S. Name them.
words Dro. S. The one, to save the money that be Didst thou deliver to me on the mart. spends in tiring; the other, that at dinner they Dro.
s. I never spake with her in all my life. should not drop in his porridge.
Ant. S. How can she thus then call us by our Ant. $. You would all this time have proved,
names, there is no time for all things.
Vuless it be by inspiration !
+ Study my countenance.
To counterfeit thus grossly with your slave, But here's a villain, that would face me down
And that I did deny my wife and house :-
wbat I know : If anght possess thee from me, it is dross, That you beat me at the mart, I have your hand Usurping ivy, brier, or idle moss ;
to show : Who all for want of pruning, with intrusion If the skin were parchment, and the blows you Infect tby sap, and live on thy confusion.
gave were ink,
Dro. E. Marry, so it dotb appear.
I should kick, being kick'd ; and, being at that
pass, Luc. Dromio, go bid the servants spread for You would keep from my heels, and beware of
God, our cheer
Bal. I hold your dainties cbeap, Sir, and your Tbey'll suck our breath, or piuch us black and
welcome dear. blue.
Ant. E. O siguior Balthazar, either at Mesh Luc. Why prat'st thou to thyself, and an
or fish, swer'st not?
A table full of 'welcome makes scarce one dainty Dromio, thou drone, thou spail, thou slug, thou
Bal. Good meat, Sir, is common; that every Dro. S. I am transformed, master, am not I?
cburl atfords. Ant. s. I think thou art, in mind, and so Ant. E. And welcome more common ; for am I.
that's nothing but words. Dro. S. Nay, master, both in mind and in my Bal. Small cheer, and great welcome, makes shape.
a merry feast. Ant. S. Thou hast thine own form.
Ant. E. Ay, to a niggardly host, and more Dro. S. No, I am an ape.
sparing guest ; Luc. If thou art chang'd to aught, 'tis to an But though my catea * be mean, take them in ass.
good part ; Dro. S. 'Tis true; she rides me, and I long Better cheer inay you have, but not with better
beart. Tis so, I am an ass ; else it could never be, But, soft ; my door is loch'd ; Go bid them let But I should know her as well as she knows
us in. me.
Dro. E. Maud, Bridget, Marian, Cicely,
Dro. S. (Within.) Mome, + malt-borse, capon,
coxcomb, idiot, patch !! soor.
Either get thee from the door, or sit down at Come, sir, to dinner ; Dromio, keep the gate :
the hatch: Husband, I'll dine above with you to-day, Dost thou conjiire for wenches, that thou callst And shrive + you of a thousand idle pranks :
for such store, Sirrah, if any ask you for yoar master,
When one is one too many ? Go, get thee from Say, be dines forth, and let no creature enter.
the door. Come, sister :--Dromio, play the porter well. Dro. E. What patch is made our porter ? My Ant. s. Am I in earth, in beaven , or in bell?
master stays in the street. Sleeping or waking ? mad, or well-advis'd ? Dro. S. Let bim walk from whence he came, Kouwn unto these, and to myself disguis'd !
lest he catch cold on's feet. I'll say as they say, and perséver so,
Ant. E. Who talks within there? bo, open And in this mist at all adventures go.
the door. Dro. S. Master, shall I be porter at the gate ? Dro. S. Right, Sir, I'll tell you wben, and Adr. Ay; and let pone enter, lest I break
you'll tell me wberefore. your pate.
Ant. E. Wherefore ? for my dinner; I have Luc. Come, come, Antipholus, we dine too tiọt địn’d to-day. late.
(Exeunt. Dro. S. Nor to day here you must not ; come
again, when you may. Ant. E. What ait thou, tbat keep'st me out
from the house I owe ? 0 ACT III.
Dro. S. The porter for this time, Sir, and my
name is Dromio. SOENE I.-The same.
Dro. E. O villain, thou hast stolen both
mine office and my name ; Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Ephesus, Drowo of The one ne'er got me credit, the other mickle Ephesus, ANGELO, and BALTHAZAR.
blame. Ant. E. Good signior Angelo, you must ex. Ir thon had'st been Dromio to.day in my place, cuse us all ;
Thou would'st have chang'd thy face for a My wife is shrewish, when I keep not hours :
name, or thy name for an ass. Say, that I linger'd with you at your shop Luce. (Wilhin.) What a coil is there ? DroTo see the making of her carkanet, :
mio, who are those at the gate 1 And that to murrow you will bring it horne.
• Disbes of meat.
+ Blockhead. • Unfertile.
I own, am owuer af, 1 A necklace strong with pearls.
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