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Pau!.

There is none worthy, | Have said, and writ so, (but your writing now Respecting her that's gone. Besides, the gods is colder than the theme,) She hall not been Wil have fulfilled their secret purposes:

Nor was not to be equalid;--thus your verse For has not the divine Apollo said,

Flow'd with her beauty once; 'tis shrewdiy ebb'd, Is't not the tenor of his oracle,

To say, you have seen a better. That king Leontes shall not have an heir,

Gent.

Pardon, madam: Till his lost child be found? which, that it shall, The one I have almost forgot; (your pardon ;) Is all as monstrous to our human reason,

The other when she bas obtain'd your eye, As my Antigonus to break his grave,

Will bave your tongue too. This is such a crea. And come again to me; who, on my life,

ture, Did perish with the infint. 'Tis your counsel, Would she begin a sect, might quench the zeal My lord should to the heavens be contrary, Of all professors else; inake proselytes Oppuse against their wills.-Care not for issue; Of who she bat bid follow, (To LEONTES. Paul.

How ? not women ! The crown will find an heir: Great Àlexander Gent. Women will love her, that she is a woman Left his to the woribiest; so his successor

More worth than any man; men, that she is
Was like to be the best.

The rarest of all women.
Leon.
Good Paulina,- Leon.

Go, Cleomenes;
Who hast the memory of Hermione,

Yourseli, assisted with your honor'u friends, I know in honor, --1, that ever I

Bring them to our embracement.--Still, 'tis strange, Had squared me to thy counsel !-then, even now, Exeunt CLEOMENES, Lords, and Gentleman. I might have look'd upon my queen's full eyes; He thus should steal upon us. Have taken treasure froin her lips,

Paul.

Had our prince, Paul.

And left them (Jewel of children,) seen this hour, he had pair'd More rich, from what they yielded.

Well with this lord; there was not full a month Leon.

Thou speak'st truth. Between their births. No more such wives; therefore, no wite: one worse, Leon.

Prythee, no more; thou know'st, And better used, would make her sainted spirit He dies to me again, when taik d of: sure, Again possess her corpse; and, on this stage, When I shall see this gentleman, thy speeches (Where we offenders now appear,) soul-vex'd, Will bring me to consider that, which may Begin, And why to me?

Unturnish me of reason. They are come. Paul.

Had she such power, She had just cause.

Re-enter C1.EOMENES, uith FLORIZEL, PERDITA, Leon. She had: and would incense ine

and Attendants. To murder her I married.

Your inother was most true to wedlock, prince ; Paul.

I should so: For she did print your royal father ott, Were I the ghost that walk'd, I'd bid you mark Conceiving you: Were 1 but twenty-one, Her eye; and tell me, for what dull part in't Your father's image is so hit in you, You chose her: then I'd shriek that even your ears. His very air, that I should call you brother, Should rifts to hear me, and the words that follow'd | As I did him; and speak of something, wildly Should be, Remember mine.

By us perforni'd before. Most dearly welcome! Leon.

Stars, very stars, And your fair princess, goddess !~0, alas! And all eyes else dead coals!---fear ihou no wife, I lost a couple, that 'twixt heaven and earth I'll have no wife, Paulina.

Might thus have stood, begelting wonder, as Paul.

Will you swear

You, gracious couple, do! and then I lost Never to marry, but my free leave ?

(All mine own toily) the society, Leon. Never, Paulina ; so be bless'd my spirit! Amity too, of your brave father; whom, Paul. Then, good my lords, bear witness to his Though bearing misery, I desire my life oath.

Once more to look upon. Cleo. You tempt him over-much.

Flo.

By his command Poul.

Unless another, Save I here touch'd Sicilia : and from him As like Hermione as is her picture,

Give you all greetings, that a king, at friend,
Affront his eye.

Can send his brother: and, but infirmity
Cleo.
Good Madam,

(Which waits upon worn times) hath something Paul.

I have done.

seiz'd Yet, if my lord will marry,-if you will, sir, His wish'd ability, he had himself No remedy but you will; give me the ofice The lands and waters 'twixt your throne and his To choose you a queen: she shall not be so young Measur'd, to look upon you; whom he loves As was your former: but she shall be such,

He bade me say so) more than all the sceptres, As, walk'd your first queen's ghost, it should take And those that bear them, living. joy,

Leon.

0, my brother, To see lier in your arms.

(Good gentleman,) the wrongs I have done thee, stir Leon. My true Paulina,

Afresh within me, and these thy offices, We shall not marry, till thou bid'st us.

So rarely kuid, are as interpreters Puul.

That Of my behind-band slackness! - Welcome bither, Shall be, when your first queen's again in breath ; As is the spring to the earth. And hath he too Never till then.

Expos'd this paragon to the fearful usage

(At least, ungentle) of the dreadful Neptune, Enter a Gentleman.

To greet a man, not worth ber pains; much less Gent. One that gives out himself prince Florizel, The adventure of her person?

Flo. Son of Polixenes, with his princess, (she

Good my lord, The fairest I have yet beheld,) desires access

She came from Libya. To your high presence.

Leon.

Where the warlike Smalus, Leon.

What with him ? he comes not That noble honor'd lord. is teard, and lov'd ? Like to his father's greatness: his approach,

Fw. Most royal sir, from thence: from him, whose So out of circumstance, and sudden, tells us,

daughter 'Tis not a visitation framed, but forced

His tears proclaim'd his, parting with her: thence, By need, and accident. What train ?

(A prosperous south-wind i'riendly,) we have cross'd, Gent.

But few,

To execute the charge my father gave me, And those but mean.

For visiting your hughness : My best train Leon.

His princess, say you, with him? Whave from your Sicilian shores dismiss'd; Gent. Ay; the most peerless piece of earth, i who for Bohemia bend, to signify think,

Not only my success in Libya, sir, That e'er the sun shone bright on.

Bui my arrival, and my wite's, in safety Paul.

O Hermione,

Here, where we are. As every present time doth boast itself

Leon.

The blessed gods Above a better, gone; so must thy grave

Purge all infection from our air, whilst you Give way to what's seen now. Sir, you yourself

Do cliniate here! You have a holy father.

A graceful gentleman; against whose person, • Split

Meet.

So sacred as it is, I have done sin :

For which the heavens, taking angry note,

were all commanded out of the chamber; only this Have left me issueless; and your father's bless'd methought I heard the shepherd say, he found the (As he from heaven merits ii) with you,

child. Worthy his goodness. What might I have been, Aut. I would most gladly know the issue of it. Might I a son and daughter now have look'd on, 1 Gent. I make a broken delivery of the business: Such goodly things as you?

-But the changes I perceived in the king, and Enter a Lord.

Camillo, were very notes of admiration: they seemed

almost, with staring on one another, to tear the Lord.

Most noble sir, cases of their eyes; there was speech in their dumbThat which I shall report, will bear no credit, ness, language in their very gesture; they looked, Were not the proof so nigh. Please you, great sir, as they had heard of a world ransomed, or one de Bohemia greets you from himself, by me;

stroyed: A notable passion of wonder appeared in Desires you to attach' bis son, who has

thern: but the wisest beholder, that knew no more (Alis dignity and duty both cast off)

but seeing, could not say, it the importance. were Fled from his father, from his hopes, and with joy, or sorrow: but in the extremity of the one, it A shepherd's daughter.

must needs be. Leon.

Where's Bohemia? speak. Lord. Here in the city : I now came from him;

Enter another Gentleman. I speak amazedly; and it becomes

Here comes a gentleman, that happily, knows more: My marvel, and my message. To your court The news, Royero ? Whiles he was hasi’ning, (in the chase, it seems, 2 Gent. Nothing but bonfires: The oracle is fulof this fair couple,) meets he on the way

filled ; the king's daughter is found : such a deal of The father of this seeming lady, and

wonder is broken out within this hour, that balladHer brother, having both their country quitted makers cannot be able to express it. With this young p ince. Flo. Camillo has betray'd me;

Enter a Third Gentleman. Whose honor, and whose honesty, till now, Here comes the lady Paulina's steward; he can deEndured all weathers.

liver you more.-How goes it now, sir? this news, Lord.

Lay't so, to his charge; He's with the king your father.

which is called true, is so like an old tale, that the Leon.

Who? Camillo?

verity of it is in strony suspicion: Has the king

found his heir ? Lord. Camillo, sir; I spake with him; who now

3 Gent. Most true ; if ever truth were pregnant Has these poor inen in question." Never saw I Wretches so quake : they kneel, they kiss the earth; you see, there is such unity in the proofs. The

by circumstance; that which you hear, you ll swear Forswear themselves as often as they speak:

mantle of queen Herinione :-her jewel about the Bohemia stops his ears, and threatens them With divers deaths in death.

neck of it :-the letters of Antigonus, found with it, Per.

which they know to be his character :-the majesty

0, my poor father!- 1 of the creature, in resemblance of the inother ;The heaven sets spies upon us, will not have

the affection of nobleness, which pature shows Our contract celebrated.

above her breeding--and many other evidences, Leon.

You are married ? Flo. We are not, sir, nor are we like to be ;

proclaim her, with ail certainty, to be the king's

daughter. Did you see the meeting of the two The stars, I see, will kiss the valleys first :

kings? The odds for high and low's alike.a

2 Gent. No. Leon.

My lord,

3 Gent. Then have you lost a sight, which was Is this the daughter of a king? Flo.

She is,

to be seen, cannot be spoken of. There might you

have beheld one joy crown another; so, and in such When once she is my wife. Leon. That once, I see, by your good father's speed, 1 of them; for their joy waded in tears. There was

manner, that it seemed, sorrow wept to take leave Will come on very slowly. I am sorry,

casting up of eyes, holding up of hands; with Most sorry, you have broken from his liking,

countenance of such distraction, that they were to Where you were tied in duty : and as sorry,

be known by garinent, not by tavor. Our king, Your choice is not so rich in worth as beauty,

being ready to leap out of himself for joy of his That you might well enjoy her.

found daughter; as if that joy were now become a Flo.

Dear, look up: Though fortune, visible an enemy,

loss, cries. O, thy mother, thy mother! then asks

Bohemia forgiveness; then embraces his son-in-law; Should chase us, with my father; power no jot

then again worries he his daughter, with clippings Hath she, to change our loves.-'Beseech you, sir

her; now he thanks the old shepherd, which stands Remember since you ow'd no more to time

by, like a weather-beaten conduit of many kings' Than I do now: with thought of such affections,

reigns. I never heard of such another encounter, Step forth mine advocate; at your request,

which lames report to follow it, and undoes descripMy father will grant precious things, as trifles.

tion to do it. Leon. Would be do so, I'd beg your precious

2 Gent. What, pray you, became of Antigonus, mistress,

that carried hence the child? Which he cunts but a tritle.

3 Gent. Like an old tale still; which will have Paul.

Sir, my liege,

matter to rehearse, though credit be asleep, and not Your eye hath too much youth in't not a month 'Fore your queen died, she was more worth such this avouches the shepherd's son; who has not only

an ear open: He was torn to pieces with a bear, gazes, Than what you look on now.

his innocence (which seems much) to justify him,

but a handkerchief, and rings, of his, that Paulina Leon.

I thought of her,

knows. Even in these looks I made.-But your petition

(To FLORIZEL.lowers?

i Gent. What became of his bark, and his folIs yet unanswer'd: I will to your father;

3 Gent. Wreck'd, the same instant of their masYour honor not o'erthrown by your desires,

ter's death; and in the view of the shepherd: so I am a friend to them, and you: upon which errand that all the instruments, which aided to expose the I now go toward him; therefore, follow me, And mark what way I make: Come, good my lord. O, the noble combat, thai, 'twixt joy and sorrow,

child, were even then lost, when it was found. But, [Exeunt.

was fought in Paulina! She had one eye declined SCENE II.-Before the Palace.

for the loss of ber husband; another elevated that

the oracle was fulfilled: She lifted the princess Enter AUTOLICUS and a Gentleman.

from the earth: and so locks her in embracing, as Aut. 'Beseech you, sir, were you present at this if she would pin her to her heart, that she might relation?

no more be in danger of losing. 1 Gent. I was by at the opening of the fardel, 1 Gent. The dignity of this act was worth the heard the old shepherd deliver the manner, how he audience of kings and princes; for by such was it found it: whereupon, after a little amazedness, we acted. 1 Seize, arrest.

2 Conversation, • The thing imported. • Disposition or quality. 1 A quibble on the false dice so called.

Countenance, foatures, * Embracing.

3 Gent. One of the prettiest touches of all, and Shep. How if it be false, son ! that which angled for mine eyes, (raucht the water, Cio. Il it be neer so false, a true gentleman may though not the fish,) was, whicri at the relation of swear it in the behalf oi' his friend:-- And l'il the queen's death, with the manner how she came swear to the prince, thou art a tall fellow of thy to it, (bravely confessed, and lamented by the king) hands, and that thou will not be drunk; but I how attentiveness wounded his dauzhter: till, from know. thou art no tall fellow of thy hands, and one sign of dolor to another, she did with an alus! that thou wilt be drunk; but I'll swear it: and I I would fain say, bleed tears; for, I am sure, mny would, thou wouldst be a tall jellow of thy hands. heart wept blood. Who was most marble there, All. I will prove so, sir, to my power. changed color; some swooned, all sorrowed: il Clo. Ay, by any means prove a till fellow: if I all the world could have seen it, the woe had been do not wonder, how thou darest venture to be universal.

Grunk, not being a tall fellow, trust me not.-Hark! 1 Gent. Are they returned to the court?

the kings and the princes, our kindred, are going 3 Gent. No: the princess hearing of her mother's to see the queen's picture. Corne, Collow us: we'll statue, which is in the keeping of Paulina a piece be thy good masters.

[Exeunt. many years in doins, and now nearly performed by that rare Italian master, Julio Romano; who, had SCENE III.- A Room in Paulina's House. he himself eternity, and could put breath into his Enter Leontes. POLLXENES, FLORIZE!, PENDITA, work, would be zuile nature of her custom, so perfectly is he her ape: he so near to Hermione hath

CAMILLO, PAULISA, Lords and Attendants. done Hermione, that, they say, one would speak to Leun. O grave and good Paulina, the great com. her, and stand in hope of answer : thither with all

fort greediness of affection, are they gone; and there That I have had of thee! they intend to sup.

Paul.

What, sovereign sir, 2 Gent. I thought, she had some great matter

I did not well, I meant well: All my services, there in hand; for, she hath privately, twice or You have paid home: but that you have vouchsafed thrice a day, ever since the death of Hermione, With your crown'd brother, and these your convisited that removed house. Shall we thither, and

tracted with our company piece the rejoicing ?

Heirs of your kingdoms, my poor house to visit, i Gent. Who would be thence, that has the bene. It is a surplus of your grace which never fit of access? every wink of an eye, some new My life may last to answer. grace will be born : our absence makes us unthrifty

Leon.

O Paulina, to our knowledge. Let's along.

We honor you with trouble : But we came

(Exeunt Gentlemen. To see the statue of our queen: your gallery Aut. Now, had I not the dash of my former life Have we passed through, not without much content in me, would preferment drop on my head. In many singularities; but we saw not brought the old man and his son aboard the prince; That which my daughter came to look upon, told him I heard him talk of a fardel, and I know The statue of her mother. not what: but he at that time, over-fond of the Paul.

As she liv'd peerless, shepherd's daughter, (so he then took her to be,) So her dead likeness, I do well believe, who began to be much sea-sick, and himself little Excels whatever yet you look'd upon, better, extremity of weather continuing, this mys- Or band of man hath done; therefore I keep it tery remained undiscovered. But 'tis all one to me: Lonely, a part: But here it is: prepare for had I been the finder-out of this secret, it would To see the life as lively mock'd, as ever not have relished among my other discredits. Still sleep mock'd death: behold; and say, 'tis well.

[PAULINA undraws a Curtain, and discovers a Enter Shepherd and Clown.

Statue. Here come those I have done good to against my I like your silence, it the more shows off will, and already appearing in the blossoms of their Your wonder: but yet speak ;-first, you my liege, fortune.

Comes it not something near? Shep. Come, boy ; I am past more children; but Leon.

Her natural posture!-thy sons and daughters will be all gentlemen Chide me, dear stone; that I may say. indeed, born.

Thou art Hermione : or, rather, thou art she, Clo. You are well met, sir; You denied to fight in thy not chiding; for she was as tender, with me this other day, because I was no gentleman As infancy and grace.-But yet, Paulina, born: See you these clothes ? say, you see them Hermione was not so much wrinkled; nothing not, and think me still no gentleman born: you So aged, as this seems. were best say, these robes are not gentlemen born. Pol.

0, not by much. Give me the lie; do; and try whether I am not now Paul. So much the more our carver's excellence; a gentleman born.

Which lets go by some sixteen years, and makes her Aut. I know you are now, sir, a gentleman born. As she liv'd now. Clo. Ay, and liave been so any time these four Leon.

As now she might have done, hours.

So much to iny good comfort, as it is Shep. And so have I, boy.

Now piercing to my soul. O, thus she stood, Clo. So you have :--but I was a gentleman born | Even with such life of majesty, (warm life, before my father : for the king's son took me by the As now it cohilly stands.) when first I woo'd her! hand, and called me, brother: and then the two | 1 ani ashamed: Does not the stone rebuke me, kings called my father, brother; and then the For being more stone than it ?-1), royal pieco, prince, my brother, and the princess, my sister. There's mazic in thy majesty ; which has called my father, father; and so we went: and My evils conjur d to remembrance; and there was the first gentleman-like tears that ever From thy adiniring daighter took the spirits, we shed.

Standing like stone with thee! Shep. We may live, son, to shed many more. Per.

And give me leave: Clo. Ay; or else 'twere hard luck, being in so And do not say 'tis superstition, that preposterous estate as we are.

I kneel, and then implore her blessing.-Lady, Ant. I huinbly beseech you, sir, to pardon me Dear queen, that ended when I but beyan, all the faults I have committed to your worship, and Give me that hand of yours, to kiss. to give me your good report to the prince my Paul.

0, patience; master.

The statue is but newly fix'd, the colors Shep. Prythee, son, do; for we must be gentle, Not dry. now we are gentlemen.

Cam. My lord, your sorrow was too sore laid on: Clo. Thou wilt amend thy life?

Which sixieen winters cannot blow away,
Ant. Ay, an it like your good worship.

So many suiniers, dry: scarce any joy
Clo, Give me thy hand: I will swear to the Did ever so long live; no sorrow,
prince thou art as honest a true fellow as any is in But kill'd itself much sooner.
Bohemia.

Pol.

Dear my brother, Shrp. You may say it, but not swear it.

Let him, that was the cause of this, have power Clo: Not swear it, now I am a gentleman? Let To take off so much grief from you, as he boors and franklins say it, I'll swear it.

Will piece up in himself. • Yeomnen.

• Stout.

veins

Paul.

Indeed, iny lord, Start not: her actions shall be holy, as.
If I had thought the sight of my poor image You hear, my spell is lawful: do not shun her,
Would thus have wrought you, (for the stone is all you see her die again; to. tren
mine.)

You kill her double: lay, present your hand:
I'd not have show'd it.

When she was young, you wou'd lier; how, in
Leon.
Do not draw the curtain.

age,
Paul. No longer shall you gaze on't; lest your Is she become the suitor.
fancy

Leon.

O, she's warın! (En'ır.cing her.
May think anon,
it moves.

If this be magic, let it be an art
Leon.

Let be, let be. Lawful as cating.
Would I were dead, but that, methinks already Po!.

She embraces him.
What was he, that did make it !--- See, my lord, Cam. She han.ss about his nech;
Would you not deem, it breath'd? and that those If she pertain to late, let her speak 100.

Pol. Ay, and make't manifest where she has liv d,
Did verily bear blood ?

Or, how stolen from the dead.
Pol.
Masterly done :
Puul.

That she is living,
The very life seems warm upon her lip:

Were it but told you, should be booted at
Leon. The tixure of her eye bas motion in't Like an oid tale; but it appears, she lives
As we are mock d with art.

Though yet she speak noi. Mark a little while.
Paul.

I'll draw the curtain; Please you to interpose, tair inadam; kneel,
My lord's almost so far transported, that

And pray your mother's bless.dly.--Turni, good
He'll think anon, it lives

lady;
Leon,

O, sweet Paulina, Cur, Perdita is found.
Make me to think so twenty years together;

[Presenting PENDITA, who kneels to No settled senses of the world can match

HERMIONE.
The pleasure of that mauness. Let't alone.

Her.

You gods, look down, Paul. I am sorry, sir, I have thus far stirr'd you: And from your sacred vials pour your graces but

Upon my daughter's head !--Tell me, mine own,
I could afflict you further.

Where hast thou been preserv'd? where liv'd? how
Leon.
Do, Paulina;

found
For this affliction has a taste as sweet

Thy father's court ? for thou shalt hear that I,-
As any cordial comfort.-Still, methinks,

Knowing by Paulina, that the oracle
There is an air comes from her: What fine chisel Gave hope ihou wast in being,-have preservd
Could ever yet cut breath? Let no man mock me, Myself to see the issue.
For I will kiss her.

Paul.

There's time enough for that;
Paul.

Good my lord, forbear: Lest they desire, upon this push, to trouble
The ruddiness upon her lip is wet;

Your joys with like relation.--Go together,
You'll mar it, if you kiss it; stain your own You precious winners all : your exultation
With oily painting : Shall I draw the curtain ?. Partake to every one. I, an old tu, tle,
Leon. No, not these twenty years.

Will wing me to some wither'd bough; and there
Per.

So long could I My mate, that's never to be found again,
Stand by, a looker-on.

Lament till I am lost.
Paul.

Either forbear,
Leon.

O peace, Paulina;
Quit presently the chapel; or resolve you

Thou shouldst a husband take by my consent,
For more amazement: If you can behold it, As I by thine, a wife: this is a match,
I'll make the statue move ; indeed, descend, And made between's by vows. Thou hast found
And take you by the hand: but then you'll think,

mine;
(Which I protest against,) I am assisted

But how, is it to be question'd; for I saw her, By wicked powers.

As I thought, dead; and have, in vain, said many
Leun.

What you can make her do, A prayer upon her grave: I'll not seek far
I am content to look on: what to speak

(For him, I partly know his mind) to find thee I am content to hear for 'lis as easy

An honorable husband :-Come, Camillo,
To make her speak, as move.

And take her by the hand: whose worth, and
Paul.
It is required

honesty,
You do awake your faith : Then, all stand still; Is richly noted; and here justified
Or those, that think it is unlawful business

By us, a pair of kings.--Let's from this place.--
I am about, let them depart.

What ?-Look upon my brother:both your
Leon.
Proceed;

pardons,
No foot shall stir.

That e'er I put between your holy looks
Paul. Music; awake her: strike.- (Music. My ill suspicion.-This your son-in-law,
'Tis time; descend; be stone no more: approach, And son unto the king, (whom heavens directing,)
Strike all that look upon with marvel. Come : Is trotb-plight to your daughter.--Good Paulina,
I'll fill your grave up; stir; nay, come away; Lead us from hence ; where we may leisurely
Bequeath to death your numbness, for from him Each one demand, and answer to his part
Dear life redeems you.—You perceive she stirs : Perform'd in this wide gap of time, since first
[HERMIONE comes down from the Pedestal. We were dissever'd : Hastily lead away.

(Exeunt.

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PERSONS REPRESENTED.

Solinus, Duke of Ephesus.

ANGELO, a Goldsmith. Ægxox, a Merchant if Syracuse.

A Merchant, Friend to Antipholus of Syracuse.

Tuin Brothers, and Pincu, a Schoolmaster, unul a Conjurer.
ANTIPHOLUS of Ephesus, Sons to Æyeon und Æmilja, Wife to Antipholus of Ephesus.
ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse, Æmilia, but unknown ADRIANA, Wife to Antipholus of Ephesus.

10 euch other.
Twin Brothers, and At- Luce, her Strroni.

LUCIANA, her Sister.
DROM10 of Ephesus, Stendants on the two An-
DROMIO of Syracuse, (tipholus's.

A Courtezan,
BALTHAZAR, a Merchant.

Gaoler, Oficers, and other Allendants.

SCENE, Ephesus.

ACT I.

SCENE I.-A Hall in the Duke's Palace.

And soon, and safe, arrived where I was.

There she had not been long, but she became Enter DUKE, ÆGEON, Gaoler, Officers, and other A joyful mother of two goodly sons ; Attendants.

And which was strange, the one so like the other, Æge. Proceed, Solinus, to procure my fall,

As could not be distinguish'd but by names. And by the doom of death, end woes and all.

That very hour, and in the self-same inn, Duke. Merchant of Syracusa, plead no more ;

A poor mean woman was delivered I am not partial to infringe our laws:

Of such a burden, male twins, both alike: The enmity and discord, which of late

Those, for their parents were exceeding poor, Sprung from the rancorous outrage of your duke

I bought, and brought up to attend my sons. To merchants, our well-dealing countrymen,

My wite, not meanly proud of two such boys, Who, wanting gilders' to redeem their lives,

Made daily motions for our home return: Have seald his rig'rous statutes with their bloods,- Unwilling I agreed; alas, too soon. Excludes all pity from our threat'ning looks,

We came aboard : For, since the mortal and intestine jars

A league from Epidamnum bad we sailed, "Twixt thy seditious countrymen and us,

Before the always-wind-obeying deep It hath in solemn synods been decreed,

Gave any tragic instance of our harm : Both by the Syracusans and ourselves,

But longer did we not retain much hope ; To admit no traflic to our adverse towns:

For what obscured light the heavens did grant Nay, more,

Did but convey unto our fearful minds If any born at Ephesus, be seen

A doubtful warrant of immediate death; At any Syracusan marts and fairs;

Which, though myself would giadly have embraceda Again, If any Syracusan born,

Yet the incessant weepings of my wife, Come to the bay' of Ephesus, he dies,

Weeping before for what she saw must come, His goods confiscate to the duke's dispose ;

And piteous plainings of the pretty babes, Unless a thousand marks be levied,

That mournd for fashion, ignorant what to fear, To quit the penalty, and to ransome him.

Forced me to seek delays for them and me, Thy substance valued at the highest rate,

And this it was,--for other means was none. Cannot amount unto a hundred marks;

The sailors sought for safety by our boat, Therefore, by law thou art condemnd to die.

And left the ship, then sinking-ripe, to us: Æge. Yet this my comfort ; when your words My wife, more careful for the elder bom,

Had fastend him unto a small spare mast, are done, My woes end likewise with the evening sun.

Such as sea-faring men provide for storms;

To him one ot the other twins was bound,
Duke. Well, Syracusan, say, in brief, the cause
Why thou depariedst from thy native home;

Whilst I had been like heedful of the other.
And for what cause thou cam'st to Ephesus.

The children thus dispos'd, my wife and I, d.ge. A heavier task could not have been imposa Fixing our eyes on whom our care was tix’d, Than I to speak my grief: unspeakable:

Fasten'd ourselves at either end the mast; Yet, that the world may witness, that my end

And tloating straight, obedient to the stream, Was wrought by nature, not by vile offence,

Were carried towards Corinth, as we thought. I'll utter what my sorrow yives me leave.

At length the sun, gazing upon the earth, In Syracusa was I born; and wed

Dispers'd those vapors that offended us; Unto a woman, happy but for me,

And, by the benefit of his wish'd light, And by me too, had not our hap been bad.

The seas wax'd calm, and we discovered With her I livd in joy ; our wealth increased,

Two ships from far making a main to us, By prosperous voyages I ofen made

Of Corinth that, of Epidaurus this: To pidamnum, iill my factor's death;

But ere they came,-1), let me say no more! And he (great care of goods at random left)

Gather the sequel by that went before. Drew me from kind embracements of my spouse : For we may pity, though not pardon thee.

Duke. Nay, forward, old man, do not break off so; From whom my absence was not six months old, Before herself (alınost at fainting under

Æge. O, had ihe gods done so, I had not now The pleasing punishment that women bear)

Worthily term’d then merciless to us! Had made provision for her following me,

For, ere the ships could meet by twice five leagues,

We were encounter'd by a mighty rock; 1 Name of a coin.

Which being violently borne upon,

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