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Ant S. Made it for me, sir! I bespoke it not. Ang. You are a merry man, sir ; fare you well. [E.cite Ang. Not once, nor twice, but twenty times you Ant. S. What I should think of this I cannot tell : have:

But this I think, there 's no man is so vain Go home with it, and please your wife withal; That would refuse so fair an offer'd chain, And soon at supper-time I 'll visit you,

I see, a man here needs not live by shifts, And then receive my money for the chain.

Wher in the streets he meets such golden gifts. Ant. S. I pray you, sir, receive the money now, I 'll to the mart, and there for Dromio stay; For fear you ne'er see chąin nor money more.

If any ship put out, then straight away.

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ACT IV,

SCENE I.-The same.

Mer. The nour steals on; I pray you, sir, despatch. Enter & Merchant, ANGELO, and an Officer.

Ang. You hear how he importunes me; the chain

Ant. E. Why, give it to my wife, and fetch your Ver. You know, since Pentecost the sum is due,

money. And since I have not much importun'd you,

Ang. Come, come, you know I gave it you even now; Nor now I had not, but that I am bound

Either send the chain, or send me by some token. To Persia, and want gilders for my voyage :

Ant. E. Fie! now you run this humour out of breath: Therefore make present satisfaction,

Come, where's the chain? I pray you, let me see it. 0: I 'll attach you by this officer,

Mer. My business cannot brook this dalliance : Ang. Even just the sum that I do owe to you Good sir, say, whe'r you 'll answer me, or no; Is growing to me a by Antipholus :

If not, I 'll leave him to the officer. And, in the instant that I met with you,

Ant. E. I answer you! What should I answer you? He had of me a chain; at five o'clock

Ang. The money that you owe me for the chain. I shall receive the money for the same :

Ant. E. I owe you none, till I receive the chain. Pleaseth you walk with me down to his house,

Ang. You know I gave it you half an hour since. I will discharge my bond, and thank you too.

Ant. E. You gave me none; you wrong me much Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Ephesus, and Dromio of

to say so. Ephesus.

Ang. You wrong me more, sir, in denying it:
07. That labour may you save; see where he comes.

Consider, how it stands upon my credit.
Ant. E. While I go to the goldsmith's house, go thou

Mer. Well, officer, arrest him at my suit.
And bay a rope's end ; that will I bestow

Off. I do ; and charge you, in the duke's name, to Among my wife and her confederates,

obey me. Fæ locking me out of my doors by day.

Ang. This touches me in reputation :But soft, I see the goldsmith :-get thee gone;

Either consent to pay this sum for me,
Buy thon a rope, and bring it home to me.

Or I attach you by this officer.
Dro. E. I buy a thousand pound a year!

I buy a rope!

Ant. E. Consent to pay thee that I never had ! (Exit Dromio.

Arrest

me, foolish fellow, if thou dar'st. Ant. E. A man is well holp up that trusts to you.

Ang. Here is thy fee; arrest him, officer. I promised your presence, and the chain;

I would not spare my brother in this case,
Bet neither chain, nor goldsmith, came to me:

If he should scorn me so apparently.
Belike, you thought our love would last too long, off. I do arrest you, sir; you hear the suit.
If it were chain'd together; and therefore came not.

Ant. E. I do obey thee, till I give thee bail :
Ang. Saving your merry humour, here's the note But, sirrah, you shall buy this sport as dear
How much your chain weighs to the utmost carat;

As all the metal in your shop will answer. The fineness of the gold, and chargeful fashion ;

Ang. Sir, sir, I shall have law in Ephesus, Which doth amount to three odd ducats more

To your notorious shame, I doubt it not.
Than I stand debted to this gentleman :

Enter Dromio of Syracuse.
I pray you, see him presently discharg'd,
Por be is bound to sea, and stays but for it.

Dro. S. Master, there 's a bark of Epidamnum,
Ant. E. I am not furnish'd with the present money ; That stays but till her owner comes aboard,
Besides I have some business in the town :

And then, sir, she bears away: our fraughtage, sir, Good signior, take the stranger to my house,

I have convey'd aboard ; and I have bought And with you take the chain, and bid my wife The oil, the balsamum, and aqua-vitæ. Disburse the sum on the receipt thereof;

The ship is in her trim; the merry wind Perchance, I will be there as soon as you.

Blows fair from land: they stay for nought at all, Ang. Then you will bring the chain to her yourself? But for their owner, master, and yourself. Ant. E. No; bear it with you, lest I come not time Ant. E. How now! a madman? Why, thou peevish" enough.

sheep, Ang. Well, sir, I will: Have you the chain about What ship of Epidamnum stays for me? you !

Dro. $. A ship you sent me to, to hire waftage. Ant. E. An if I have not, sir, I hope you have ; Ant. E. Thou drunken slave, I sent thee for a rope; Or else you may return without your money.

And told thee to what purpose, and what end. Ang. Nay, core, I pray you, sir, give me the chain; Dro. S. You sent me, sir, for a rope's-end as soon : Both wind and tide stays for this gentleman,

You sent me to the bay, sir, for a bark. And I, to blame, have held him here too long.

Ant. E. I will debate this matter at more leisure, Ant. E. Good Lord, you use this dalliance to excuse And teach your ears to list me with more heed. Your breach of promise to the Porpentine:

To Adriana, villain, hie thee straight : I should have chid you for not bringing it,

Give her this key, and tell her, in the desk But, like a shrew, you first begin to brawl.

That's cover'd o'er with Turkish tapestry, * Gruting to mearmug to me.

a Peerish-silly. Sheep and ship were pronounced alik.).

There is a purse of ducats; let her send it;

Dro. S. I know not at wnose suit he is arrested, well; Tell her, I am arrested in the street,

But is in a suit of buff, which 'rested him, that can I And that shall bail me: hie thee, slave : be gone.

tell : On, officer, to prison till it come.

Will you send him, mistress, redemption, the money in [Exeunt Merchant, ANGELO, Officer, and Ant. E.

his desk? Dro. S. To Adriana! that is where we din'd,

Adr. Go fetch it, sister.—This I wonder at. Where Dowsabel did claim me for her husband :

(Exit Luc. She is too big, I hope, for me to compass,

That he, unknown to me, should be in debt :Thither I must, although against my will,

Tell me, was he arrested on a band ? a
For servants must their masters' minds fulfil. [Erit. Dro. S. Not on a band, but on a stronger thing;

A chain, a chain : do you not hear it ring?
SCENE II.-The same.

Adr. What, the chain?
Enter ADRIANA and LUCIANA.

Dro. S. No, no, the bell : 't is time that I were gone.

It was two ere I left him, and now the clock strikes one. Adr. Ah, Luciana, did he tempt thee so ?

Adr. The hours come back! that did I never hear. Mightst thou perceive austerely in his eye That he did plead in earnest, yea, or no ?

Dro. S. O yes. If any hour meet a sergeant, a' turns

back for very fear. Look'd he or red, or pale; or sad or merrily? What observation mad'st thou in this case,

Adr. As if Time were in debt ! how fondly dost thou

reason! Of his heart's meteors tilting in his face?

Dro. S. Time is a very bankrout, and owes more Luc. First, he denied you had in him no right."

than he 's worth, to season. Adr. He meant he did me none; the more my spite. Nay, he 's a thief too: Have you not heard me say, Luc. Then swore he, that he was a stranger here.

That Time comes stealing on by night and day? Adr. And true he swore, though yet forsworn he were.

If he be in debt, and theft, and a sergeant in the way, Luc. Then pleaded I for you.

Hath he not reason to turn back an hour in a day? Adr.

And what said he ? Luc. That love I begg'd for you, he begg'd of me.

Enter LUCIANA. Adr. With what persuasion did he tempt thy love? Adr. Go, Dromio; there 's the money, bear it straight;

Luc. With words that in an honest suit might move. And bring thy master home immediately. First, he did praise my beauty; then, my speech. Come, sister; I am press'd down with conceit; Adr. Didst speak him fair?

Conceit, my comfort, and my injury. (Exeunt Luc.

Have patience, I beseech. Adr. I cannot, nor I will not, hold me still;

SCENE III.— The same.
My tongue, though not my heart, shall have his will.

Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse.
He is deformed, crooker, old, and sere,
Ill-fac’d, worse-bodied, shapeless everywhere;

Ant. S. There's not a man I meet but doth salute Vicious, ungentle, foolish, blunt, unkind;

me, Stigmatical b in making, worse in mind.

As if I were their well-acquainted friend; Luc. Who would be jealous then of such a one?

And every one doth call me by my name. No evil lost is wail'd when it is gone.

Some tender money to me, some invite me; Adr. Ah! but I think him better than I say, Some other give me thanks for kindnesses ; And yet would herein others' eyes were worse :

Some offer me commodities to buy : Far from her nest the lapwing cries, away;

Even now a tailor call’d me in his shop, My heart prays for him, though my tongue do curse.

And show'd me silks that he had bought for me,

And, therewithal, took measure of my body.
Enter Dromio of Syracuse.

Sure, these are but imaginary wiles,
Dro. S. Here, go : the desk, the purse; sweet, now, And Lapland sorcerers inhabit here.

make haste. Luc. How hast thou lost thy breath?

Enter Dromio of Syracuse. Dro. S.

By running fast. Dro. S. Master, here's the gold you sent me for : Adr. Where is thy master, Dromio ?' is he well? What, have you got (rid of ] the picture of Old Adam Dro. S. No, he's in Tartar limbo, worse than hell.

new apparelled ? A devil in an everlasting garment hath him;

Ant. S. What gold is this? What Adam dost thou One whose hard heart is button'd up with steel;

mean? A fiend, a fairy, pitiless and rough;

Dro. S. Not that Adam that kept the paradise, but A wolf, nay, worse,-a fellow all in buff ;c

that Adam that keeps the prison : he that goes in the A back-friend, a shoulder-clapper, one that countermands calf's-skin that was killed for the prodigal; he that The passages of alleys, creeks, and narrow lands; came behind you, sir, like an evil angel, and bid you A hound that runs counter, and yet draws dry-foot well;d forsake your liberty. One that, before the judgment, carries poor souls to hell.e

Ant. S. I understand thee not. Adr. Why, man, what is the matter?

Dro. S. No? why, 't is a plain case: he that went Dro. S. I do not know the matter; he is 'rested on like a base-viol, in a case of leather ; the man, sir, that, the case.

when gentlemen are tired, gives them a fob, and 'rests Adr. What, is he arrested ? tell me, at whose suit. them ; he, sir, that takes pity on decayed men, and gives

them suits of durance; he that sets up his rest to do a The modern construction would be—" He denied you had in him a right."

more exploits with his mace, than a morris-pike.b Stigmatical-branded in form; with a mark upon him.

Ant. S. What! thou mean'st an officer ? • The occupation of the bailiff being somewhat dangerous in Dro. S. Ay, sir, the sergeant of the band; he, that times when men were ready to resist the execution of the law brings any man to answer it that breaks his band ; one buff

, which in warfare subsequently took the place of the heavier that thinks a man always going to bed, and says, “ Gol coat of mail.

give you good rest !" The hound that runs counter runs upon a false course; but Ant. S. Well, sir, there rest in your foolery. Is there the hound that draws dry-foot well follows the game by the

any ship puts forth to-night? may we be gone? scent of the foot. • Hell was the name of a place of confinement under the Ex

a Band-bond. chequer Chamber for the debtors of the Crown.

A morris-pike was the pike of the Moors.

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Dro. S. Why, sir, I brought you word an hour since, Enter Drouo of Ephesus, with a rope's end. that the bark Expedition put forth to-night; and then Here comes my man; I think he brings the money. were you hindered by the sergeant, to tarry for the boy How now, sir ? have you that I sent you for? Delay: Here are the angels that you sent for, to deliver Dro. E. Here's that, I warrant you, will pay them you.

all. Art. S. The fellow is distract, and so am I;

Ant. E. But where 's the money ? And bere we wander in illusions ;

Dro. E. Why, sir, I gave the money for the rope. Sonne blessed power deliver us from hence!

Ant. E. Five hundred ducats, villain, for a rope ? Enter a Courtezan.

Dro. E. I 'll serve you, sir, five hundred at the rate.

Ant. E. To what end did I bid thee hie thee home? Cour. Well met, well met, master Antipholus.

Dro. E. To a rope's end, sir, and to that end am I I see, sit, you have found the goldsmith now :

return'd. Ls that the chain you promis'd me to-day?

Ant. E. And to that end, sir, I will welcome you. Ant. S. Satan, avoid ! I charge thee, tempt me not!

[Beating him. Dro. S. Master, is this mistress Satan?

Off. Good sir, be patient. Ant. S. It is the devil.

Dro. E. Nay, 't is for me to be patient; I am in Dro. S. Nay, she is worse, she is the devil's dam;

adversity. and bere she comes in the habit of a light wench; and thereof comes, that the wenches say,

“ God damn me,"

Off. Good now, hold thy tongue. that s as much as to say, “ God make me a light

Dro. E. Nay, rather persuade him to hold his hands. rench" It is written, they appear to men like angels

Ant. E. Thou whoreson, senseless villain !

Dro. E. I would I were senseless, sir, that I might of light: light is an effect of fire, and fire will burn; erga, light wenches will burn. Come not near her.

not feel your blows. Cour. Your man and you are marvellous merry, sir.

Ant. E. Thou art sensible in nothing but blows, and

so is an ass. Will you go with me? We'll mend our dinner here.

Dro. E. I am an ass, indeed; you may prove it by Dro. s. Master, if you do, expect spoon-meat, or lepeak a long spoon.

my long ears. I have served him from the hour of my Art. S. Why, Dromio?

nativity to this instant, and have nothing at his hands Dro. S. Marry, be must have a long spoon that must for my service but blows: when I am cold, he heats eat with the devil.

me with beating ; when I am warm, he cools me with Aut. S. Avoid then, fiend! what tellist thou me of beating ; I am waked with it, when I sleer; raised

with it, when I sit; driven out of doors with it, when I supping ? Thou art, as you are all, a sorceress :

go from home; welcomed home with it, when I return : I conjure thee to leave me, and be gone.

nay, I bear it on my shoulders, as a beggar wont her Cour. Give me the ring of mine you had at dinner,

brat; and, I think, when he hath lamed me, I shall beg

with it from door to door. Or, for my diamond, the chain you promis'd ; And I ll be gone, sir, and not trouble you.

Enter ADRIANA, LUCIANA, and the Courtezan, with Dro. S. Some devils ask but the paring of one's nail,

Pinch, and others.
Arush, a hair, a drop of blood, a pin,
A nut, a cherry-stone; but she, more covetous,

Ant. E. Come, go along; my wife is coming yonder. Would have a chain.

Dro. E. Mistress, respice finem, respect your end ; or Master, be vise ; an' if you give it her,

rather the prophecy, like the parrot, " Beware the rope's

end." The devil will shake her chain, and fright us with it.

Ant. E. Wilt thou still talk ?

[Beats him. Cour. I pray you, sir, my ring, or else the chain; I bope you do not mean to cheat me so.

Cour. How say you now? is not your husband mad? Art. S. Araunt, thou witch! Come, Dromio, let us go: Good doctor Pinch, you are a conjurer ;

Adr. His incivility confirms no less. Dro. S. Fly pride, says the peacock : Mistress, that Establish him in his true sense again,

(Ezeunt Ant. S. and Dro. S. And I will please you what you will demand. Cour. Now, out of doubt, Antipholus is mad, Else would be never so demean himself:

Luc. Alas, how fiery and how sharp he looks ! A ring he hath of mine worth forty ducats,

Cour. Mark, how he trembles in his extasy!

Pinch. Give me your hand, and let me feel your And for the same he promis'd me a chain ; Both one and other he denies me now.

pulse. The reason that I gather he is mad,

Ant. E. There is my hand, and let it feel your ear. Besides this present instance of his rage,)

Pinch. I charge thee, Satan, hous’d within this man, Is a mad tale he told to-day at dinner,

To yield possession to my holy prayers, Of his own doors being shut against his entrance.

And to thy state of darkness hie thee straight; Belike, bis wife, acquainted with his fits,

I conjure thee by all the saints in heaven. On purpose shut the doors against his way.

Ant. E. Peace, doting wizard, peace; I am not mad. My way is now to hie home to his house,

Adr. O, that thou wert not, poor distressed soul ! And tell his wife, that, being lunatic,

Ant. E. You minion, you, are these your customers ? He rush'd into my house, and took perforce

Did this companion with the saffron face My ring aray: This course I fittest choose ;

Revel and feast it at my house to-day,

Whilst upon me the guilty doors were shut, Fur forty ducats is too much to lose.

[E.cit.

And I denied to enter in my house?
SCENE IV.-The same.

Adr. O husband, God doth know, you ain'u at liome,

Where 'would you had remaind until this time, Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Ephesus, and an Officer. Free from these slanders, and this open shame! Ant. E. Fear me not, man, I will not break away : Ant. E. Din'd at home! Thou villain, what say's: I 11 give thee, ere I leave thee, so much money

thou? To warrant thee, as I am 'rested for.

Dro. E. Sir, sooth to say, you did not dine at home. My wife is in a wayward mood to-day;

Ant. E. Were not my doors lock'd up, and I shnt And will not lightly trast the messenger :

out? That I should be attach'd in Ephesus,

Dro. E. Perdy, your cloors were lock’d, and you I tell you, 't will sound harshly in her ears.

shut out.

you know.

me.

Ant. E. And did not she herself revile me there? Off. He is my prisoner ; if I let him go,
Dro. E. Sans fable, she herself revild you there. The debt he owes will be requir'd of me.
Ant. E. Did not her kitchen-maiú rail, taunt, and Adr. I will discharge thee, ere I go from thee ;
scorn me?

Bear me forthwith unto his creditor,
Dro. E. Certes, she did ; the kitchen-vestal scorn'd And, knowing how the debt grows, I will pay

it.
you.

Good master doctor, see him safe convey'd Ant. E. And did I not in rage depart from thence ? Home to my house. O most unhappy day!

Dro. E. In verity, you did ;-my bones bear witness, Ant. E. O most unhappy strumpet! That since have felt the vigour of his rage.

Dro. E. Master, I am here enter'd in bond for you. Adr. Is 't good to soothe him in these contraries? Ant. E. Out on thee, villain! wherefore dost thou Pinch. It is no shame; the fellow finds his vein,

mad me? And, yielding to him, humours well his frenzy.

Dro. E. Will you be bound for nothing! be ma'l, Ant. E. Thou hast suborn'd the goldsmith to arrest good master; cry, the devil.

Luc. God help, poor souls, how idly do they talk! Adr. Alas! I sent you money to redeem you,

Adr. Go, bear him hence.-Sister, go you with me.-By Dromio here, who came in haste for it.

[Exeunt Pinch and Assistants, with Dro. E. Money by me ? heart and good-will you

Ant. E. and Dro. E. might,

Say now, whose suit is he arrested at? But, surely, master, not a rag of money.

Off One Angelo, a goldsmith. Do you know him! Ant. E. Went'st not thou to her for a purse of ducats ? Adr. I know the man: What is the sum he owes ? Adr. He came to me, and I deliver'd it.

Off Two hundred ducats. Luc. And I am witness with her, that she did.

Adr.

Say, how grows it due? Dro. E. God and the rope-maker, bear me witness, Off. Due for a chain your husband had of him. That I was sent for nothing but a rope!

Adr. He did bespeak a chain for me, but had it not. Pinch. Mistress, both man and master is possess'd ; Cour. When as your husband, all in rage, to-day I know it by their pale and deadly looks :

Came to my house, and took away my ring, They must be bound, and laid in some dark room. (The ring I saw upon his finger now,)

Ant. E. Say, wherefore didst thou lock me forth to-day? Straight after, did I meet him with a chain. And why dost thou deny the bag of gold ?

Adr. It may be so, but I did never see it :Adr. I did not, gentle husband, lock thee forth. Come, gaoler, bring me where the goldsmith is ;

Dro. E. And, gentle master, I receiv'd no gold; I long to know the truth hereof at large. But I confess, sir, that we were lock'd out.

Adr. Dissembling villain, thou speak’st false in both. Enter AntiPHOLUS of Syracuse, with his rapier drawn, Ant. E. Dissembling harlot, thou art false in all;

and Dromio of Syracuse. And art confederate with a damned pack,

Luc. God, for thy mercy! they are loose again. To make a loathsome abject scorn of me:

Adr. And come with naked swords ; let's call more But with these nails I 'll pluck out these false eyes,

help, That would behold in me this shameful sport.

To have them bound again. [Pinch and his Assistants bind Ant. E. and Dro. E. Off

Away, they 'll kill us. Adr. O, bind him, bind him, let him not come near

[Exeunt Officer, Adr., and Luc.

Ant. S. I see, these witches are afraid of swords. Pinch. More company; the fiend is strong within him. Dro. S. She that would be your wife now ran from you. Luc. Ah me, poor man! how pale and wan he looks ! Ant. S. Come to the Centaur; fetch our stuff from Ant. E. What will you murther me? Thou gaoler,

thence : thou,

I long that we were safe and sound aboard. I am thy prisoner : wilt thou suffer them

Dro. . Faith, stay here this night, they will surely To make a rescue?

do us no harm; you saw they speak us fair, give us Off. Masters, let him go :

gold : methinks they are such a gentle nation, that, but He is my prisoner, and you shall not have him. for the mountain of mad flesh that claims marriage oi

Pinch. Go, bind this man, for he is frantic too. me, I could find in my heart to stay here still, and

Adr. What wilt thou do, thou peevish officer ? turn witch. Hast thou delight to see a wretched man

Ant. S. I will not stay to-night for all the town; Do outrage and displeasure to himself?

Therefore away, to get our stuff" aboard. [Exeunt.

me.

ACT V.

SCENE I.-The same.

Enter Merchant and ANGELO. Ang. I am sorry, sir, that I have hinderd

you; But, I protest, he had the chain of me, Though most disłonestly he doth deny it.

Mer. How is the man esteem'd here in the city ?

Ang. Of very reverent reputation, sir,
Of credit infinite, highly beloy'd,
Second to none that lives here in the city;
His word might bear my wealth at any time.
Mer. Speak softly: yonder, as I think, he walks.

Enter ANTIPHOLUS and Dromio of Syracuse.
Ang. 'T is so; and that self chain about his neck,
Which lie forswore, most monstrously, to have.

Good sir, draw near to me, I 'll speak to him.
Signior Antipholus, I wonder much
That you would put me to this shame and trouble;
And not without some scandal to yourself,
With circumstance and oaths, so to deny,
This chain, which now you wear so openly:
Beside the charge, the shame, imprisonment,
You have done wrong to this my honest friend ;
Who, but for staying on our controversy,
Had hoisted sail, and put to sea to-day :
This chain you had of me, can you deny it?

Ant. s. I think I had; I never did deny it.
Mer. Yes, that you did, sir; and forswore it too.
Ant. S. Who heard me to deny it, or forswear it?

Stuffbaggage. "The king's stuff" is often mentioned in the orders issued for royal progresses,

Mer. These ears of mine, thou knowest, did hear thee: Adr. She did betray me to my own reproof.Fie on thee, wretch! 't is pity that thou livist

Good people, enter, and lay hold on him. To walk where any honest men resort.

Abb. No, not a creature enters in my house. Art S. Thou art a villain to impeach me thus : Adr. Then, let your servants bring my husband forth I ll prove mine honour and mine honesty

Abb. Neither; he took this place for sanctuary, against thee presently, if thou dar'st stand.

And it shall privilege him from your hands, We. I dare, and do defy thee for a villain. Till I have brought him to his wits again,

[They draw. Or lose my labour in assaying it.

Adr. I will attend my husband, be his nurse,
Ester ADRIANA, LUCIANA, Courtezan, and others.

Diet his sickness, for it is my office,
Adr. Hold, hurt him not, for God's sake; he is mad; | And will have no attorney but myself ;
Same get within him, take his sword away:

And therefore let me have him home with me.
Bind Druniu too, and bear them to my house.

Abb. Be patient : for I will not let him stir, Dro. S. Run, master, run; for God's sake take a house. Till I have used the approved means I have, This is some priory.-In, or we are spoil'd.

With wholesome syrups, drugs, and holy prayers, (Ezeunt Ant. S. and Dro. S. to the Priory. To make of him a formal man again : Enter the ABBESS.

It is a branch and parcel of mine oath,

A charitable duty of my order ; 465. Be quiet, people. Wherefore throng you hither? Therefore depart, and leave him here with me.

Adr. To fetch my poor distracted husband hence: Adr. I will not hence, and leave my husband here; Let us come in, that we may bind him fast,

And ill it doth beseem your holiness, And bear him bome for his recovery.

To separate the husband and the wind. Ang. I knew he was not in his perfect wits.

Abb. Be quiet, and depart, thou shalt not have him. Her. I am sorry now that I did draw on him.

[Exit ABBESS Ašt. How long hath this possession held the man ? Luc. Complain unto the duke of this indignity.

Adr. This week he hath been heavy, sour, sad, Adr. Come, go; I will fall prostrate at his feet, And much different frorn the man he was ;

And never rise until my tears and prayers But, till this afternoon, his passion

Have won his grace to come in person hither, Ne'ér brake into extremity of rage.

And take perforce my husband from the abbess. Abb. Hath he not lost much wealth by wrack of sea ? Mer. By this, I think, the dial points at five : Buried sane dear friend? Hath not else his eye Anon, I 'm sure, the duke himself in person Stray'd his affection in unlawful love ?

Comes this way to the melancholy vale, å sin prevailing much in youthful men,

The place of depth and sorry execution, Wbo give their eyes the liberty of gazing.

Behind the ditches of the abbey here. Which of these sorrows is he subject to?

Ang. Upon what cause? Adr. To none of these, except it be the last;

Mer. To see a reverend Syracusan merchant,
Namely, some love, that drew him oft from home. Who put unluckily into this bay,

Abb. You should for that have reprehended him. Against the laws and statutes of this town,
Ads. Why, so I did.

Beheaded publicly for his oflence.
Abo.

Ay, but not rough enough. Ang. See where they come; we will bebold his death, Adr. As roughly as my modesty would let me. Luc. Kneel to the duke, before he pass the abbey. Abt. Haply, in private. Adr. And in assemblies too.

Enter Duke, atterded; Ægeon, bare-headed ; with

the Headsman and other Officers. Abb. Ay, but not enough. Adr. It was the copy of our conference:

Duke. Yet once again proclaim it publicly, I bed, he slept not for my urging it;

If any friend will pay the sum for him, At board, he fed not for my urging it ;

He shall not die, so much we tender him. Alae, it was the subject of my theme;

Adr. Justice, most sacred duke, against the abbess ! In company, I often glanced it;

Duke. She is a virtuous and a reverend lady; Still did I tell him it was vile and bad.

It cannot be that she hath done thee wrong. Abb. And therefore came it that the man was mad :

Adr. May it please your grace, Antipholus, my hus The renom clamours of a jealous woman

band, Poison more deadly than a mad dog's tooth.

Whom I made lord of me and all I had, It seems his sleeps were hinder'd by thy railing :

At your important letters,—this ill day And thereof comes it that bis head is light.

A most outrageous fit of madness took him ; Thoa say'st his meat was sauc'd with thy upbraidings :

That desperately he hurried through the street

, Unquiet meals make ill digestions,

(With him his bondman, all as mad as her) Thereof the raging fire of fever bred;

Doing displeasure to the citizens And what 's a fever but a fit of madness ?

By rushing in their houses, bearing thence Thou say'st his sports were hinder'd by thy brawls :

Rings, jewels, anything his rage did like, Sweet recreation barrd, what doth ensue

Once did I get him bound, and sent him home, But moody and dull melancholy,

Whilst to take order for the wrongs I went, Kinsman to grim and comfortless despair,

That here and there his fury had committed. And, at her heels, a huge infectious troop

Anon, I wot not by what strong escape, Of pale distemperatures, and foes to life?

He broke from those that had the guard of him; In food, in sport, and life-preserving rest

And, with his mad attendant and himself, To be disturb'd, would mad or man, or beast :

Each one with ireful passion, with drawn swords, The consequence is then, thy jealous fits

Met us again, and, madly bent on us, Hare scard thy husband from the use of wits.

Chasd us away; till, raising of more aid, Luc. She never reprehended him but mildly,

We came again to bind them : then they fled When be dernean'd himself rough, rude, and wildly.

Into this abbey, whither we pursued them; Why bear you these rebukes, and answer not?

And here the abbess shuts the gates on us,

And will not suffer us to fetch him out. * Get within him-close with him. Take a house-take to a house; take the shelter of a house.

a Strong escape-escape effected by stren the

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