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off so ;
My wife, more careful for the latter-born, And passed sentence may not be recalia, Had fasten'd him to a small spare mast,
But to our honour's great disparagement, Such as sez-faring men provide for storms; Yet will I favour thee in what I can : To him one of the other twins was bound, Therefore, merchant, I'll limit thee this day, Whilst I had been like heedful of the other. To seek thy help by beneficial help: The children thus dispos'd my wife and I, Try all the friends thou hast in Ephesus ; Fixing our eyes on whom our care was fix'd, Beg thou, or borrow, to make up the sum, Fasten'd ourselves at either end the mast; And live; if not, then thou art doom'd to die: And floating straight obedient to the stream, Jailer, take him to thy custody. Were carried toward Corinth, as we thought. Jail. I will, my lord. At length the sun, gazing upon the earth, Æge. Hopeless, and helpless, doth Ægeon Dispers'd those vapours that offended us ;
wend,* And by the benefit of his wish'd light, But to procrastinate his lifeless end. (Exeunt. The seas wax'd calm, and we discovered Two ships from far making amain to us,
SCENE II.-A Public Place. or Corinth that, of Epidaurus this :
Enter ANTIPAOLUS and DROMIO of Syracuse, But ere they came, -0 let me say no more!
und a MERCHANT. Gather the sequel by what went before. Duke. Nay, forward, old man, do not break
Mer. Therefore, give out, you are of Epi
damnum, For we may pity, though not pardon thee. Lest that your goods too soon be confiscate.
Æge. O, had the gods done so, I had not now This very day a Syracasan merchant
According to the statute of the town,
There is your money that I had to keep.
we host, Fortune had left to both of us alike
And stay there, Dromio, till I come to thee. What to delight in, what to sorrow for. Within this hour it will be dinner-time: Her part, poor soul! seeming as burdened Till that, I'll yiew the manners of the town, With lesser weight, but not with lesser woe, Peruse the traders, gaze upon the buildings, Was carried with more speed before the wind; And then return, and sleep within mine inn; And in our sight they three were taken up
For with long travel I am stiff and weary. By fishermen of Corinth, as we thought.
Get thee away. At length another ship had seiz'd on us ;
Dro. S. Many a man would take you at your And knowing whom it was their hap to save,
word, Gave helpful welcome to their shipwrec'a And go indeed, having so good a mean. guests ;
[Exit. DRO. S. And would have reft* the fishers of their prey, When I am dull with care and melancholy,
Ant S. A trusty villian,. Sir; that very oft; Had not their bark been very slow of sail, And therefore homeward did they bend their Lightens my humour with his merry jests.
What, will you walk with me about the town, Thus have you heard me sever'd from my bliss; And then go to my inn, and dine with me? That by misfotunes was my life prolong'd,
Mer. I am invited, Sir, to certain merchants, To tell sad stories of my own mishaps.
Of whom I hope to make much benefit; Duke. And, for the sake of them thou sor
I crave your pardon. Soon, at five o'clock, rowest for,
Please you I'll meet with you upon the mart, Do me the favour to dilate at full
And afterwards consort you till bed-time; What hath befallin of them, and thee, till now.
My present business calls me from you now. Æge. My youngest boy, and yet my eldest
Ant. S. Farewell till then: I will go lose - At eighteen years became inquisitive
(care, And wander up and down, to view the city. After his brother; and importund me,
Mer. Sir, I commend you to you own couThat his attendant, (for his case was like,
[Exit. MERCHANT. Reft of his brother, but retain'd his name)
Ant. S. He that commends me to mine own Might bear him company in the quest of him :
content, Whom whilst I labour'd of a love to see,
Commends me to the thing I cannot get; I hazarded the loss of whom I lov'd.
I to the world am like a drop of water,
Who, falling there to find his fellow forth,
In quest of them,
unhappy, lose myself. But here must end the story of my life ;
Enter DROMIO of Ephesus. And happy were I in my timely death, Here comes the almanack of my true date, Could all my travels warrant me they live, What now? How chance, thou art return'd 60 Duke. Hapeless Ægon, whom the fates have
soon ? mark'd
Dro. E. Return'd so soon! rather approach'd To bear the extremity of dire mishap!
too late : Now, trust me, were it not against our laws, The capon burns, the pig falls from tho spit : Against my crown, my oath, my dignity, The clock hath strucken twelve upon the ben, Which princes, would they, may not disannul, My misstress made it one upon my cheek: My soul should sue as advocate for thee. Bnt, though thou art adjudged to the death,
The sign of their botel.
She is so bot, because the meat is cold; fit prove, so, I will begone the sooner.
SCENE I.-A Public Place.
Enter ADRIANA, and Luciana.
Adr. Neither my husband, nor the slave rem
turn'd, Where have you left the money that I gave That in such haste I sent to seek his master! Dro. E. 0,--sixpence, the t I had o'Wednes. Sure, Luciana, it is two o'clock. day last,
Luc. Perhaps, some merchant hath invited To pay the saddler for my mistress' crupper;
[dinner, The saddler had it, Sir, I kept it not.
And from the mart he's somewhere gone to Ant. 8. I am not in a sportive humour now:
Good sister, let us dine, and never fret: Tell me, and dally not, where is the money? A man is master of his liberty: We being strangers here, how dar'st thou trust Time is their master; and, when they see time, So great a charge from thine own custody ? Ďro. E. I pray you, jest, Sir, as you sit at They go, or come: If so, be patient, sister.
Adr. Why should their liberty than ours be dinner:
more ? I from my mistress come to you in post;
Luc. Because their business still lies out If I return, I shall be post indeed ;
o'door. For she will score your fault upon my pate.
Adr. Look, when I serve him so, he takes it Methinks, your maw, like mine, should be your
Luc. O, know, he is the bridle of your will. And strike you home without a messenger. Adr. There's none,
, but assses, will be bridled Ant. S. Come, Dromio, come, these jests are out of season;
Luc. Why headstrong liberty is lash'd with Reserve them till a merrier hour than this : Where is the gold I gave in charge to thee ? Dro. E. To me, Sir? why you gave no gold But hath its bound, in earth, in sea, in sky:
There's nothing, situate under heaven's eye, to me. Ant. S. Come on, sir knave, have done your Are their males' subject, and at their controls:
The beasts, the fishes, and the winged fowls, foolishness, Apd tell me, how thou hast dispos'd thy charge. Lords of the wide world, and wild wat'ry seas,
Men, more divine, and masters of all these, Dro. E. My charge was but to fetch you rom Indued with intellectual sense and souls, the mart
(ner; Home to your house, the Phenix, Sir. to din- Are masters to their females, and their lords:
Of more pre-eminence than fish and fowls, My misstress, and her sister, stay for you.
Then let your will attend on their accords. Ant. S. Now, as I am a Christian, answer
Adr. This servitude makes you to keep upme,
wed. In what safe place have you bestow'd my mo
Luc. Not this, but troubles of the marriage
Adr. But, were you wedded, you would
bear some sway. me ?
Luc. Ere I learn love, I'll practice to obey. Dro. E. I have some marks of yours upon
Adr. How if your husband start some other my pate,
where? Some of my mistress'marks upon my shoulders,
Luc. Till he come honie again, I would for-
Adr. Patience, unmov'd, no marvel though
she pause ;
A wretch'd soul, bruis'd with adversity,
pain, And prays, that you will hie you home to din
As much, or more, we should ourselves comAnt. S. What, wilt thou flout me thus unto So thou, that hast no unkind mate to griere
me: Being forbid? There, take you that, sir knave. With urging helpless patience would'st reliere Dro. E. What mean you, Sirl for God's sake, But, if thou live to see like right berest, hold your hands;
This fool-begg'd patience in thee will be left.
Luc. Well, I will marry one day, but to try; Nay, an you will not, Sir, I'll take my heels.
[Exit DROMO E.
Here comes your man, now is your husband Anl. S. Upon my life, by some device or
Enter DROMO of Ephesus.
Adr. Say is your tardy master now at hand
Dro. E. Nay he is at two hands with me,
and that my two ears cap witness.
Adr. Say, didst thou speak with him? know'st
thou his mind ?
Dro. E. Ay, ay, he told his mind upon mine
ear; And many such like liberties of sin:
Beshrew his hand, I scarce could understand a Heads
Luc. Spake he so doubtfully, thou couldst Sister, you know, he promis'd me a chain ;not feel his meaning?
Would that alone he would detain, Dro. E. Nay, he struck so plainly, I could So he would keep fair quarter with his bed! too well feel his blows; and withal so doubt. I see the jewel, best enamelled, (still, fully, that I could scarce understand them.* Will lose his beauty; and though gold 'bides
Adr. But say, I pr’ythee, is he coming That others touch, yet often touching will home? It seems, he hath great care to please Wear gold : and so no man, that hath a name, his wife.
But falsehood and corruption doth it shame. Dro. E. Why, mistress, sure my master is Since that my beauty cannot please his eye, horn-mad.
I'll weep what's left away, and weeping die. Adr. Horn-mad, thou villain?
Luc. How many fond fools serve mad jeaDro. E. I mean not cuckold-mad; but, sure,
(Exèuni. he's stark mad: When I desir'd him to come home to dinner,
SCENE II.-The same. He ask'd me for a thousand marks in gold:
Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse. 'Tis dinner-lime, quoth I; My gold, quoth he: Your meat doth burn, quoth I; My gold, quoth
Ant. S. The gold, I gave to Dromio, is laid [he:
Safe at the Centaur; and the heedful slave (up Will you come home? quoth 1: My gold, quoth Is wander'd forth, in care to seek me out. Where is the thousand marks 1 gave thee, vil. By computation, and mine host's report, lain.?
I could not speak with Dromio, since at first The pig, quoth I is burn'd; My gold, quoth he: I sent him from the mart: See here he comes My mistress, Sir, quoth I; hang up thy mis
Enter DroM10 of Syracuse. I know not thy mistress; out on thy mistress !
How now!, Sir? is your merry humour alter'd: Luc. Quoth who?
As you love strokes, so jest with me again, Dro. E. Quoth my master: [tress :
You know no Centaur? you receiv'd no gold? I knou, quoth he, no house, no wise, no mis. Your mistress sent to have me home to dinner So that my errand, due unto my tongue,
My house was at the Phønix? Wast thou i thank him, I bear home upon my shoulders ; That thus so madly thou didst answer me?
mad, For, in conclusion, he did beat me there. Adr. Go back again, thou slave, and fetch
Dro. S. What answer, Sir? when spake I him home,
such a word: Dro. E. Go back again, and be new beaten
Ant. S. Even now, even here, not half an home?
bour since. For God's sake, send some other messenger.
Dro. S. I did not see you since you sent me Adr. Back, slave, or I will break thy pate Home to the Centaur, with the gold you gave
[me. Dro. E. And he will bless that cross with
Ant. S. Villain, thou didst deny the gold's other beating :
receipt ; Between you I shall have a holy head.
And told'st me of a mistress, and a dinner; Adr. Hence, prating peasant; fetch thy mag
For which, I hope, thou felt'st I was dis. ter home.
pleas'a. Dro. E. Am I so round with you, as you
Dro. S. I am glad to see you in this merry vein :
[mc. That like a football do you spurn me thus?
What means this jest? I pray you, master, tell You spurn me hence, and he will spurn me
Ant. S. Yea, dost thou jeer, and flout me in hither:
the teeth? if I last in this service, you must case
me in Think'st thou, 1 jest? Hold, take thou that, leather,
(Beating him Luc. Fie, how impatience lowereth in your
Dro. S. Hold, Sir, for God's sake : now your face.
jest is earnest : Adr. His company must do his minions Upon what bargain do you give it me? grace,
Ant. S. Because that I familiarly sometimes Whilst I at home starve for a merry look.
Do use you for my fool, and chat with you, Hath homely age the alluring beauty took
Your sauciness will jest upon my love, From my poor cheek? then he hath wasted it: And make a common of my serious hours.* Are my discourses dull ? barren my wit?
When the sun shines, let foolish guats make Il voluble and sharp discourse be marr'd,
(beams. Unkindness blunts it, more than marble hard. But creep in crannies, when he hides his Do their gay vestments his affections bait? If you will jest with me, know my aspect, That's not my fault, e's master of my state:
And fashion your demeanour to my looks, What ruins are in me, that can be found
Or I will beat this method in your sconce. By him not ruin'd? then he is the ground Dro. S. Sconce, call you it? so you would of my defeatures :t My decayed fair
leave battering, I had rather have it a head: A sunny look of his would soon repair : an you use these blows long, I must get a But, too unruly deer, he breaks the pale, sconce for my head, and insconcef it too; or And feeds from home; poor I am but his stale.i else I shall seek my wit in my shoulders. But, Truc. Self-arming jealousy !-fie, beat it I pray, Sir, why am I beaten? hence.
Ant. S. Dost thou not know? Adr. Unfeeling fools can with such wrongs
Dro. S. Nothing, Sir; but that I am beaten, dispense.
Ant. S. Shall I tell you why? I know his eye doth homage otherwhere; Dro. S. Ay, Sir, and wherefore ; for they Or else, what lets|| it but he would be here? say, every why hath a wherefore. * 1. e. Scarce stand under them.
* e. Intrude on them when you please 1 Alteration of features.
Fair, for fairtress
† Study my countenance. Stalking home
A Syncz was a fortificatione
Ant S. Why, first--for flouting me; and (Some other mistress hath the street aspects, then, wherefore,
I am not Adriana, nor thy wife. [vow For urging it the second time to me.
The time was once, when thou unurg'd wouldst Dro. S. Was there ever any man thus beaten That never words were music to thine ear, out of season?
That never object pleasing in thine eye, When, in the why, and the wherefore, is nei- | That never touch well-welcome to thy hand, ther rhyme nor reason ?-
That never meat sweet-savour'd in thy taste, Well, Sir, I thank you.
Unless I spake, look’d, touch'd, or carv'd to Ant. S. Thank me, Sir? for what?
thee. Dro. S. Marry, Sir, for this something that How comes it now, my husband, oh, how you gave me for nothing.
comes it, Ant. S. I'll make you amends next, to give that thou art then estranged from thyself? you nothing for something. But say, Sir, is it Thyself I call it, being strange to me, dinner-time?
That, undividable, incorporate, Dro. S. No, Sir; I think, the meat wants Am better than thy dear self's better part. that I have.
Ah, do not tear away thyself from me; Ant. S. In good time, Sir, What's that? For know, my love, as easy may'st thou fall Dro. S. Basting.
A drop of water in the breaking gulph, Ant. S. Well, Sir, then 'twill be dry. And take unmingled thence that drop again, Dro. S. Ifit be, Sir, I pray you eat none of it. Without addition, or diminishing, Ant. S. Your reason?
As take from me thyself, and not me too. Dro. S. Lest it make you choleric, and pur- How dearly would it touch thee to the quick, chase me another dry basting.
Should'st thou but hear I were licentious? Ant. S. Well, Sir, learn to jest in good time; And that this body, consecrate to thee, There's a time for all things.
By ruffian lust should be contaminate? Dro. S. I durst have denied that, before you Wouldst thou not spit at me, and spurn at me, were so choleric.
And hurl the name of hushand in my face, Ant. S. By what rule, Sir?
And tear the stain'd skip off my harlot brow, Dro. S. Marry, Sir, by a rule as plain as the And from my false hand cut the wedding ring plain bald pate of father Time himself. And break it with a deep-divorcing vow? Ant. S. Let's hear it.
I know thou canst; and therefore, see, thou do Dro. S. There's no time for a man to recover | I am possess'd with an adulterate blot ; his hair, that grows bald by nature.
My blood is mingled with the crime of lust: Ant. S. May he not do it by fine and reco- For, if we two be one, and thou play false, Yery?
I do digest the poison of thy flesh, Dro. S. Yes, to pay a fine for a peruke, and Being strumpeted by thy contagion. recover the lost hair of another man.
Keep then fair league and truce with thy true Ant. S. Why is time such a niggard of hair, I live dis-stain'd, thou undishonoured, [bed ; being as it is, so plentiful an excrement ?
Ant. $. Plead you to me, fair lame? I know Dro. S. Because it is a blessing that he be
you not: stows on beasts: and what he hath scanted In Ephesus I am but two hours old, men in hair, he hath given them in wit. As strange unto your town, as to your talk;
Ant. S. Why, but there's many a man hath Who every word by all my wit being scann'd, more hair than wit.
Want wit in all one word to understand. Dro. S. Not a man of those, but he hath the Luc. Fie, brother! how the world is chang'd wit to loose his hair.
Ant. S. Why thou didst conclude hairy men When were you wont to use my sister thus? plain dealers without wit.
She sent for you by Dromio home to dinner. Dro. S. The plainer dealer, the sooner lost: Ant. S. By Dromio? Yet he loseth it in a kind of jollity.
Dro. S. By me? Ant. S. For what reason?
Adr. By thee: And this thou didst return Dro. $. For two; and sound ones too.
from him,Ant. S. Nay, not sound, I pray you. That he did buffet thee, and, in his blows Dro. S Sure ones then
Denied my house for his, me for his wife. Ant. S. Nay, not sure, in a thing falsing, Ant, S. Did you converse, Sir, with this Dro. S. Certain ones then.
gentlewoman Ant. S. Name them.
What is the course and drift of your compact? Dro. S. The one, to save the money that he Dro. S. I, Sir? I never saw her till this time. spends in tiring; the other that at dinner they Ant. S. Villain, thou liest; for even her very should not drop in his porridge.
Didst thou deliver to ine on the mart. (words Ant. S. You would all this time have pro- Dro. S. I never spake with her in all my life. ved, there is no time for all things.
Ant. S. How can she thus then call us by our Dro. S. Marry, and did, Sir; namely, no Unless it be by inspiration ! [names, time to recover hair lost by nature.
Adr. How ill agrees it with your gravity, Ant. S. But your reason wasnot substantial, To counterfeit thus grossly with your slave. why there is no time to recover.
Abetting him to thwart me in my mood ? Vro. S. Thus, mend it: Time himself is Be it my wrong, you are from me exempt, bald, and therefore, to the world's end, will But wrong not that wrong with a more conhave bald followers.
tempt. Ant. S. I knew, 'twould be a bald conclu- Come, I will fasten on this sleeve of thine: But soft! i ho wafts* us yonder? [sion: Thou art an elm, my husband, I a vine; Enter ADRIANA and LUCIANA.
Whose weakness, married to my stronger state, Adr. Ay, ay, Antipholus, look strange, and Makes me with thy strength to communicate: frown;
If aught possess thee from me, it is dross, * Beckons
Usurping iry, brier, or idle* moss ;
Who, all for want of pruning, with intrusion That you beat me at the mart, I have your Infect thy sap, and live on thy confusion.
hand to show : Ant. s. To me she speaks; she moves me for If the skin were parchment, and the blows you her theme:
gave were ink,
(think. What, was I married to her in my dream? Your own handwriting would tell you what I Or sleep her now, and think I hear all this? Ant. E. I think, thou art an ass. What error drives our eyes and ears amiss ? Dro. E. Marry, so it doth appear Until I know this sure uncertainty,
By the wrongs I suffer, and the blows I bear. I'll entertain the offer'd fallacy.
I should kick, being kick'd; and, being at Luc. Dromio, go bid the servants spread for dinner.
You would keep from my heels, and beware Bro. S. O, for my beads! I cross me for a
of an ass. sinner.
Ant. E. You are sad, signior Balthazar : This is the fairy land ;–0, spite of spites :
'Pray God, our cheer We talk with goblins, owls, and elvish sprites; May answer my good will, and your good weł If we obey them not, this will ensue, blue,
come here. They'll suck our breath, or pinch us black and Bal. I hold your dainties cheap, Sir, and Luc. Why prat'st thou to thyself and an
your welcome dear. swer'st not?
[sot! Ant. E. O, signior Balthazar, either at flesh Dromio, thou drone, thou snail, thou slug, thou
or fish, Dro. S. I am transformed, master, am not I? A table full of welcome makes scarce one Art. s. I think, thou art, in mind, and so
dainty dish. am I.
Bal Good meat, Sir, is common; that every Dro S. Nay, master, both in mind, and in
churl afiords. my shape.
Ant. E. And welcome more common; for Ant. S. Thou hast thine own form.
that's nothing but words. Dro. S. No, I am an ape.
Bal. Small cheer, and great welcome, makes Luc. If thou art chang'd to augbt, 'tis to an
a merry feast.
Ant. E. Ay, to a niggardly host, and more Dro. S. 'Tis true; she rides me, and I long
sparing to guest :
But though my cates* be mean, take them in Fis so, I am an ass; else it could never be,
[heart. But I should know her as well as she knows Better cheer may you have, but not with better
But, soft; my door is lock'd; Go bid them let Adr. Come, come, no longer will I be a fool,
us in. To put the finger in the eye and weep,
Dro. E. Maud, Bridget, Marian, Cicely, Whilst man, and master, laugh my woes to
Gillian, Jen'! scorn.
Dro. S. [Within.] Moment malt-horse, capon, Come, Sir, to dinner; Dromio, keep the gate :
coxcomb, idiot, patch ! Husband, I'll dine above with you to-day,
Either get thee from the door, or sit down at And shrive* you of a thousand idle ranks:
the hatch: Sirrah, if any ask you for your master,
Dost thou conjure for wenches, that thou call'st Say, he dines forth, andlet no creature enter.-
for such store, Come, sister :--Dromio, play the porter well. When one is one too many ? Go, get thee from Ant. S. Am lin earth, in heaven, or in hell?
the door. Sleeping or waking? mad, or well advis'd ?
Dro. E. What patch is made our porter ? My Known unto these, and to myself disguis'd!
master stays in the street. I'll say as they say, and persever so,
Dro. S. Let him walk from whence he came, And in this mist at all adventures go.
lest he catch cold on's feet. Dro. S. Master, shall I be porter at the gate?
Ant. E. Who talks within there? ho, open Adr. Ay; and let none enter, lest I break
the door. your pate?
Dro. S. Right, Sir, I'll tell you when, and Luc. Come, come, Antipholus, we dine too you'll tell me wherefore. late.
[Exeunt. Ant. E. Wherefore ? for my dinner; I have
not din'd to-day. ACT III.
Dro. S. Nor to-day here you must not; come SCENE I - The same.
again, when you may;
Ant. E. What art thou, that keep'st me out Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Ephesus, Dromio of
from the house I owe ? Ephesus, Angelo, and BALTHAZAR. Dro. S. The porter for this time, Sir, and my
name is Dromio. Ant. E. Good signior Angelo, you must ex
Dro. E. O villain, thou hast stolen both cuse us all;
mine office and my name : My wife is shrewish, when I keep not hours:
(blame. Say, that I linger'd with you at your shop,
The one ne'er got me credit, the other mickle
If thou bad'st been Dromio to day in my place, To see the making of her carkanet, And that to-morrow you will bring it home.
Thou would'st have chang'd thy face for a But here's a villain, that would face me down
jame, or thy name for an ass. He met me on the mart; and that I beat him.
Luce. [Within.) What a coils is there? Dro. And charg'd him with a thousand marks in
mio, who are those at the gate ?
Dro. E. Let my master in, Luce. gold; And that I did deny my wife and house :
Luce. Faith no; he comes too late; Thou drunkard, thou, what didst thou mean by
And so tell your master. this?
Dro. E. O Lord, I must laugh :Dro. E. Say what you will, Sir, but I know Have at you with a proverb. --Shall I set in what I know:
# Fool. Har hace struns with pearls.
* Dishes of meat.
V I own, an owner of,
l! Bustle, tumult.