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That desperately he hurried through the street,
By rushing in their houses, bearing thence
He broke from those, who had the guard of him,
Chas'd us away; till, raising of more aid,
Nor send him forth, that we may bear him hence.
And I to thee engag'd a prince's word,
When thou didst make him master of thy bed,
I will determine this, before I stir.
Enter a MESSENGER.
Mess. Oh, mistress, mistress! haste and save yourself!
My master and his man are both broke loose!
Adr. Peace, fool! thy master and his man are here,
And that is false thou dost report to us.
Mess. Mistress, upon my life I tell you true,
I have not breath'd, almost, since I did see them. Hark! hark! I hear them, mistress-fly! begone! [Exit.
Duke. Fear nothing; I'll protect you.
Adr. Ah, me! it is my husband! Witness all,
Ev'n now we housed him in the abbey there,
Enter ANTIPHOLIS OF EPHESUS, and DROMIO OF EPHESUS.
Ant. of Eph. Justice, most gracious duke! Oh, grant me justice!
Ev'n for the service, that, long since, I did thee,
I see my son Antipholis, and Dromio.
Ant. of Eph. Justice, sweet prince, against that woman there,
She, whom thou gav'st to me to be my wife,
Ev'n in the strength and height of injury.
Duke. Discover how, and thou shalt find me just. Ant. of Eph. This day, great duke, she shut the
doors upon me,
While she within was feasting with her minions.
Duke. A grievous fault! Say, woman, didst thou
Adr. No, my good lord; myself, he, and my sister, To-day did dine together-so befall my soul, As that is false, he burdens me withal.
Luc. Ne'er may I look on day, nor sleep on night, But she doth tell your highness simple truth!
Angelo. O perjur'd woman! they are both for
In this the madman justly chargeth them.
Duke. Why, what an intricate impeach is this!
Dro. of Eph. Sir, he din'd with her there, at the
Lesbia. He did, and from my finger snatch'd that ring.
Ant. of Eph. "Tis true, my liege, this ring I had of her.
Duke. Saw'st thou him enter at the abbey here? Lesbia. As sure, my liege, as I do see your grace. Duke. This is most strange! go, call the abbess hither. [Exit one to the ABBESS. Egeon. Most mighty duke, vouchsafe me speak a
Haply I see a friend, will save my life,
And pay the
sum, that may
Duke. Speak freely, Syracusan, what thou wilt. Egeon. Is not your name, sir, call'd Antipholis ?
And is not that your bondman, Dromio?
Ant. of Eph. True, reverend hapless man, we are so call'd.
Egeon. I am sure, both of ye remember me.
Egeon. Why look you strange on me? you know me well.
Ant. of Eph. I never saw you in my life, till now. Egeon. Oh, grief hath chang'd me since you saw me last!
And careful hours, with time's deforming hand,
Have written strange defeatures in
Egeon. Not know my voice? O, time's extremity!
Ant. of Eph. I never saw my father in my life. Egeon. But seven years since, in Syracusa, boy, Thou know'st we parted-but, perhaps, my son, Thou sham'st t' acknowledge me in misery?
Ant. of Eph. The duke, and all that know me in the city,
Can witness with me that it is not so.
I ne'er saw Syracusa in my life.
Duke. I tell thee, Syracusan, twenty years,
Enter ABBESS, with ANTIPHOLIS OF SYRACUSE, and DROMIO OF SYRACUSE, from the Priory.
Abbess. Most mighty duke, behold a man much wrong'd!
Adr. I see two husbands, or my eyes deceive me. Duke. One of these men is genius to the other! But of the two, which is the natural man, And which the spirit? who decyphers them? Ant. of Syr. Egeon art thou not!
O, my dear father! who hath bound him thus?
Abbess. Whoever bound him, I will loose his
And gain a husband by his liberty.
Speak, old Ægeon, if thou be'st the man,
Egeon. Emilia! Oh, support thyself, my soul!
Emilia. Thou art Ægeon, then? I do not dream— My husband! take, take the reviving heart, Spotless and pure as when it first was thine, Which, from the cloister of religious solitude, No voice but thine, could ever have recall'd.
Ant. of Syr. If I not interrupt such sacred feelings,
Thus let me bend, and mingle tears of rapture.
Egeon. My dearest boy!
This is too much-Oh, curb thy joys a moment,
Emilia. By men of Epidamnum, he and I,
Ant. of Eph. And he, reserv'd to share the happier
Of his dear parents; whom, till now, unknown,