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"Two twinne borne sonnes a Sicell merchant had, "Menechmus one, and Sosicles the other; "The first his father lost, a little lad;
"The grandsire namde the latter like his brother: "This (growne a man) long travell took to seeke "His brother, and to Epidamnum came, "Where th' other dwelt inricht, and him so like, "That citizens there take him for the same : “Father, wife, neighbours, each mistaking either, "Much pleasant error, ere they meet togither."
COMEDY OF ERRORS.
ACT THE FIRST.
DUKE, ÆGEON, Two OFFICERS, GAOLER, Four GUARDS, and ATTENDANTS, discovered.
Egeon. Proceed, Salinus, to procure my fall,
Duke. Merchant of Syracuse, plead no more.
Both by the Syracusans and ourselves,
At least, I gain from the severe decree-
Duke. Yet, Syracusan, say in brief the cause,
Yet will I utter what my grief permits.—
Of such a burden, male twins, both alike.