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gave us gold. Methinks they are such a gentle nation, that, but for the mountain of mad flesh, who claims marriage of me, I could find in my heart to stay here still, and turn witch myself.
Ant. of Syr. I will not stay, to-night, for all the
So many, and such strange events, pursue me,
ACT THE FIFTH.
A Street before a Priory.
Enter ANGELO and Second MERCHANT.
Angelo. I am sorry, sir, that I have hinder'd
2 Mer. How is the man esteem'd here in the city? Angelo. Of very reverend estimation, sir, Of credit infinite, highly belov'd, Second to none that lives within our walls. His word might bear my wealth at any time.
2 Mer. Speak softly; yonder, as I think, he comes. Angelo. 'Tis so, and that same bracelet on his arm, Which he foreswore most monstrously to have. Good sir, draw near to me; I'll speak to him.
Enter ANTIPHOLIS OF SYRACUSE and DROMIO OF SYRACUSE.
Signor Antipholis, I wonder much
That you would put me to this shame and trouble,
Ant. of Syr. I know I had-I never did deny it.
2 Mer. These ears of mine, thou knowest well, did
Fie on thee, wretch! 'tis pity that thou liv'st
Ant. of Syr. Thou art a villain, to impeach me
prove mine honour and mine honesty Against thee, with my life, if thou dar'st stand it. 2 Mer. I dare, and do defy thee for a villain!
Enter ADRIANA, LUCIANA, LESBIA, and
Adr. Hold! hurt him not, for Heaven's sake!he's mad!
Dro. of Syr. Run, master, run for Heaven's sake! take house!
This is some priory ;-in, or we are spoil'd!
[Exeunt into the Priory-the rest following. Adr. Pursue them, I beseech ye-bring them back. Enter the ABBESS, from the Priory.
Abbess. Be quiet, peoplé! wherefore throng ye
Adr. To fetch my poor distracted husband hence. Let us come in, that we may bind him fast, And bear him home for his recovery.
Angelo. I knew he was not in his perfect wits. 2 Mer. I'm sorry now, that I did draw upon him. Abbess. How long hath this possession held the
Adr. This week he hath been heavy, sour, and sad, And much, much different from the man he was; But, till this afternoon, his fatal passion Ne'er broke into extremity of rage.
Abbess. Hath he not lost much wealth by wreck at sea?
Buried some dear friend? Hath not else his eye
Adr. To none of them, except it be the last, Namely, some love, that drew him oft from home. Abbess. You should, for that, have reprehended
Adr. Why, so I did.
Abbess. Ay, but not rough enough.
Adr. As roughly as my modesty would let me.
Adr. And in assemblies too.
Adr. It was the copy of our conference-
Abbess. And therefore came it that the man was
The venom'd clamours of a jealous woman,
Luc. She never reprehended him but gently,
Adr. She did betray me to my own reproof. Good people, enter, and lay hold on him.
Abbess. No, not a creature enters in my house. Adr. Then let your servants bring my husband forth.
Abbess. Neither-he took this place for sanctuary ;
Adr. I will attend my husband; be his nurse,
Abbess. Be patient, for I will not let him stir. Till I have used th' approved means I know, With wholesome syrups, drugs, and holy prayers, To bring him to his former state again. It is a branch, and parcel of my oath, A charitable duty of my order; Therefore depart, and leave him here with me. Adr. I will not hence, and leave my husband here.
And ill it doth beseem your holiness,
2 Mer. By this, I think, the dial points at five.
2 Mer. To see a reverend Syracusan merchant,
Angelo. See where they come! we will behold his death.
Luc. Kneel to the Duke, before he pass the abbey. Enter DUKE, ÆGEON, EXECUTIONER, OFFICERS, and GUARDS.
Duke. Yet once again, proclaim it publickly,
Adr. Justice, most sacred Duke, against the ab-
Duke. She is a virtuous, and a reverend lady! It cannot be that she has done thee wrong.
Adr. May it please your grace, Antipholis, my
Whom I made lord of me, and all I had,