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If any bark put forth, come to the mart,
Where I wili walk, till thou return to me.
If every one know us, and we know none,
'Tis time, I think, to trudge, pack, and be gone.
S: Dro. As from a bear a man would run for life, 5
So fly I from her that would be my wife. [Exit.
S. Ant. There's none but witches do inhabit here;
And therefore 'tis high time that I were hence.
She, that doth call me husband, even my soul
Doth for a wife abhor: but her fair sister,
Possess'd with such a gentle, sovereign grace,
Of such inchanting presence and discourse,
Hath almost made me traitor to myself:
But, lest myself be guilty of self-wrong,
I'll stop mine ears against the mermaid's song.
Enter Angelo with a chain.

Ang. Master Antipholis?

S. Ant. Ay, that's my name.

Ang. I know it well, sir: Lo, here is the chain; I thought to have ta'en you at the Porcupine: The chain unfinish'd made me stay thus long.



S. Ant.What is your will, that I shall do with this? Ang. What please yourself, sir; I have made it for you.

S. Ant. Made it for me, sir! I bespoke it not.
Ang. Not once, nor twice, but twenty times
you have:

Go home with it, and please your wife withal;
And soon at supper-time I'll visit you,
And then receive my money for the chain.

S. Ant. I pray you, sir, receive the money now, For fear you ne'er see chain nor money more. Ang. You are a merry man, sir; fare you [Exit. S. Ant. What I should think of this, I cannot tell:


But this I think, there's no man is so vain,
That would refuse so fair an offer'd chain.
I see, a man here needs not live by shifts,
When in the streets he meets such golden gifts.
20'll to the mart, and there for Dromio stay;
If any ship put out, then strait away.



The Street.


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And since I have not much importun'd you;
Nor now I had not, but that I'am bound
To Persia, and want gilders' for my voyage:
Therefore make present satisfaction,
Or I'll attach you by this officer.


Ang. Saving your merry humour, here's the note 30 How much your chain weighs to the utmost carat; The fineness of the gold, and chargeful fashion; Which do amount to three odd ducats more Than I stand debted to this gentleman:

pray you see him presently discharg'd, 35 For he is bound to sea, and stays but for it. E. Ant. I am notfurnish'd with the present money; Besides, I have some business in the town: Good signior, take the stranger to my house, And with you take the chain, and bid my wife Disburse the sum on the receipt thereof; Perchance, I will be there as soon as you. [self? Ang. Then you will bring the chain to her your E. Ant. No; bear it with you, lest I come not time enough.

Ang. Even just the sum, that I do owe to 40
Is growing to me by Antipholis:
And, in the instant that I niet with you,
He had of me a chain; at five o'clock,
I shall receive the money for the same:
Please you but walk with me down to his house, 43
I will discharge my bond, and thank you too.
Enter Antipholis of Ephesus, and Dromio of
Ephesus, as from the Courtezan's.
Offi. That labour you may save; see where he
[go thou50
E. Ant. While I go to the godsmith's house,
And buy a rope's end; that will I bestow
Among my wife and her confederates,
For locking me out of my doors by day.-
But soft, I see the goldsmith:-get thee gone;
Buy thou a rope, and bring it home to me.
E. Dro. I buy a thousand pound a year! I
buy a rope!
[Exit Dromio.


E. Ant. A man is well holp up, that trusts to you:
I promised your presence, and the chain;
But neither chain, nor goldsmith, came to me:
Pelike, you thought our love would last too long,
If it were chain'd together; and therefore came not.

A coin worth from eighteen-pence to two

Ang. Well, sir, I will: Have you the chain

about you?

E. Ant. An if I have not, sir, I hope you have; Or else you may return without your money.

Ang. Nay, come, I pray you, sir, give me the
Both wind and tide stays for this gentleman,[chain;
And I, to blame, have held him here too long.

E. Ant. Goodlord, you use this dalliance, to ex-
Your breach of promise to the Porcupine: [cuse
I should have chid you for not bringing it.
55But, like a shrew, you first begin to brawl. [patch,
Mer. The hour steals on; I pray you, sir, dis-
Ang. You hear, how he importunes me; the



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E. Ant. I answer you! why should I answer
Ang. The money, that you owe me for the chain.
E. Ant. Lowe you none, till I receive the chain.
Ang. You know, I gave it you half an hour since. 10
E. Ant. You gave me none; you wrong me
much to say so.

Ang. You wrong me more, sir, in denying it: Consider, how it stands upon my credit.

Mer. Well, officer, arrest him at my suit!
Offi. I do;

And charge you in the duke's name to obey me.
Ang. This touches me in reputation:-
Either consent to pay the suni for me,
Or I attach you by this officer.

E. Ant. Consent to pay for that I never had!
Arrest me, foolish fellow, if thou darʼst.

Ang. Here is thy fee; arrest him, officer;-
I would not spare my brother in this case,
If he should scorn me so apparently.

Offi. I do arrest you, sir; you hear the suit.
E. Ant. I do obey thee, till I give thee bail:-
But, sirrah, you shall buy this sport as dear
As all the metal in your shop will answer.
Ang. Sir, sir, I shall have law in Ephesus,
To your notorious shame, I doubt it not.

Enter Dromio of Syracuse from the Bay. S. Dro. Master there is a bark of Epidamnum, That stays but till her owner comes aboard, Then, sir, she bears away: our fraughtage, sir, I have convey'd aboard: and I have bought The oil, the balsamum, and aqua-vitæ. The ship is in her trim; the merry wind Blows fair from land: they stay for nought at all, But for their owner, master, and yourself. E. Ant. How now? a madman! why, thou peevish' sheep,

What ship of Epidamnum stays for me?



She is too big, I hope, for me to compass.
Thither I must, although against my will,
For servants must their masters' minds fultil.[Exit.

The house of Antipholis of Ephesus.

Enter Adriana and Luciana. Adr. Ah, Luciana, did he tempt thee so? Might'st thou perceive austerely in his eye That he did plead in earnest, yea or no?

Look'd he or red, or pale; or sad, or merrily? What observation mad'st thou in this case, Of his heart's meteors titing in his face"? Luc. First he deny'd you had in him no right. Adr. He meant, he did me none; the more my spight. [here. Luc. Then swore he, that he was a stranger Adr. Andtrue he swore, though yet forsworn he Luc. Then pleaded I for you. Adr. And what said he?

[were. [me. Luc. That love I begg'd for you, he begg'd of Adr. With what persuasiondidhetempt thy love? Luc. With words, that in an honest suit might


25 First, he did praise my beauty; then my speech. Adr. Did'st speak him fair?

Luc. Have patience, I beseech.

Adr. I cannot, nor I will not, hold me still; My tongue, though not my heart, shall have its 30 He is deformed, crooked, old and sere', [will. Ill-fac'd, worse-body'd, shapeless every where; Vicious, ungentle, foolish, blunt, unkind; Stigmatical in making, worse in mind.



S. Dro. A ship you sent me to, to hire waftage. E. Ant.Thoudrunkenslave, I sent thee for a rope; 45 And told thee to what purpose, and what end.

S. Dro. You sent me for a rope's-end as soon: You sent me to the bay, sir, for a bark. [sure,

E. Ant. I will debate this matter at more leiAnd teach your ears to list me with more heed. To Adriana, villain, hie thee strait;

Give her this key, and tell her, in the desk
That's cover'd o'er with Turkish tapestry,
There is a purse of ducats; let her send it;
Tell her, I am arrested in the street,
And that shall bail me: hie thee, slave, begone:
On, officer, to prison, till it come. [Exeunt.
S. Dro. To Adriana! that is where we din'd,
Where Dowsabel did claim me for her husband:[


Luc. Who would be jealous then of such a one?
No evil lost is wail'd when it is gone.
Adr. Ah! but I think him better than I say,
And yet,would herein others' eyes were worse:
Far from her nest the lapwing cries away: [curse.
My heart prays for him, though my tongue do
Enter Dromio of Syracuse.

S. Dro. Here, go; the desk, the purse; sweet
now, make haste.

Luc. How, hast thou lost thy breath?
S. Dro. By running fast.
Adr. Where is thy master, Dromio? is he
S.Dro. No, he's in Tartar limbo,worse than hell:
A devil in an everlasting' garment hath lám,
One, whose hard heart is button'd up with steel;
A fiend, a fairy, pityless and rough;

50A wolf, nay, worse, a fellow all in buff; [termands
A back-triend, a shoulder-clapper, one that coun-
The passages of alleys, creeks, and narrow lands;
A hound that runs counter, and yet draws ory-
foot weil;

55 One that, before the judgment, carries poor souls

to help.

Adr. Why, man, what is the matter?

S. Dro. I do not know the matter; he is ʼrested on the case.

1 That is, silly. Alluding to those meteors in the sky, which have the appearance of lines of armies meeting in the shock. That is, dry, withered. 4 That is, marked or stigmatized by nature with deformity. "A quibble on everlasting, which is the name of a kind of durable stuff. is, a dungeon, for which hell was the cant term.


• That


Adr. What, is he arrested? tell me, at whose suit. S. Dro. I know not at whose suit he is arrested well;

But he's in a suit of buff, which 'rested him, that I can tell :

Will you send him, mistress, redemption, the money in his desk?

Adr. Go fetch it, sister.-This I wonder at, [Exit Luciana. That he, unknown to me, should be in debt! Tell me, was he arrested on a band??

S. Dro. Not on a band, but on a stronger thing A chain, a chain; do you not hear it ring? Adr. What, the chain?

S. Ant. I understand thee not.

S. Dro. No? why, it is a plain case: he that went like a bass-viol, in a case of leather; the man, sir, that, when gentlemen are tired, gives 5 them a fob, and 'rests them; he, sir, that takes pity on decayed men, and gives 'em suits of durance; he that sets up his rest to do more exploits with his mace, than a morris-pike2.

S. Ant. What! thou mean'st an officer? |10||||S. Dro. Ay, sir, the serjeant of the band: he, that brings any man to answer it, that breaks his band; one that thinks a man always going to bed, and saith, God give you good rest!

[gone. S. Dro. No, no; the bell: 'tis time that I were 15 It was two ere I left him, and now the clock| strikes one. [hear. Adr. The hours come back! that I did never S. Dro. O yes, if any hour meet a serjeant, a'turns back for very fear.

Adr. As if time were in debt! how fondly dost thou reason?

S. Ant. Well, sir, there rest in your foolery.
Is there

Any ship puts forth to-night? may we be gone?

S. Dro. Why, sir, I brought you word an hour since, that the bark Expedition put forth tonight; and then were you hindered by the ser20 jeant, to tarry for the boy, Delay: Here are the angels that you sent for, to deliver you.

S. Dro. Time is a very bankrout, and owes more than he's worth, to season. [say, Nay, he's a thief too: Have you not heard men 25 That Time comes stealing on by night and day? If Time be in debt, and theft, and a serjeant in the way,

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

Adr. Go, Dromio; there's the money, bear it strait:


And bring thy master home immediately.-Come, sister: I am press'd down with conceit ; Conceit, my comfort,and my injury.[Exeunt. 35 SCENE III.

The Street.

Enter Antipholis of Syracuse.


S. Ant. There's not a man I meet, but doth salute 40
As if I were their well-acquainted friend;
And every one doth call me by my name.
Some tender money to me, some invite me;
Some other give me thanks for kindnesses;
Some offer me commodities to buy:
Even now a taylor call'd me in his shop,

And show'd me silks that he had bought for me,
And, therewithal, took measure of my body.
Sure, these are but imaginary wiles,
And Lapland sorcerers inhabit here.

Enter Dromio of Syracuse.

S. Dro. Master, here's the gold you sent m for: What, have you got the picture of old Adam new apparell'd?

S. Ant. What gold is this? What Adam dost thou mean?



S. Ant. The fellow is distract, and so am I; And here we wander in illusions :

Some blessed power deliver us from hence!
Enter a Courtezan.

Cour. Well met, well met, master Antipholis.
I see, sir, you have found the goldsmith now :
Is that the chain, you promis'd me to-day? [not!
S. Ant. Satan, avoid! I charge thee, tempt me
S. Dro. Master, is this mistress Satan?
S. Ant. It is the devil.

S.Dro. Nay, she is worse, she's the devil's dam: and here she comes in the habit of a light wench: and therefore comes, that the wenches say, God damn me, that's as much as to say, God make me a light wench. It is written, they appear to men like angels of light: light is an effect of fire, and ire will burn; ergo, light wenches will burn. Come not near her.


Cour. Your man and you are marvellous merry, Will you go with me? we'll mend our dinner here. S. Dro. Master, if you do expect spoon-meat, or bespeak a long spoon.

S. Ant. Why, Dromio?

S. Dro. Marry, he must have a long spoon, that must cat with the devil. [of supping?

S. Ant. Avoid then, fiend! what tell'st thou me Thou art, as you are all, a sorceress:


I conjure thee to leave me, and be gone.
Cour. Give me the ring of mine you had at din-
Or, for my diamond, the chain you promis'd;-
And I'll be gone, sir, and not trouble you.

S. Dro. Some devils

Ask but the paring of one's nail, a rush,
55A hair, a drop of blood, a pin, a nut,
A cherry-stone; but she, more covetous,
Would have a chain.

S. Dro. Not that Adam, that kept the paradise, but that Adam, that keeps the prison; he that goes in the calves-skin that was kill'd for the prodigal; he that came behind you, sir, like a 60 evil angel, and bid you forsake your liberty.

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S. Ant.

S. Ant. Avaunt, thou witch! Come, Dromio,
let us go.

S. Dro. Fly pride, says the peacock: Mistress,
that you know. [Ex. Ant. and Dro.
Cour. Now, out of doubt, Antipholis is mad,
Else would he never so demean himself:
A ring he hath of mine worth forty ducats,
And for the same he promis'd me a chain;
Both one, and other, he denies me now.
The reason that I gather he is mad,
(Besides this present instance of his rage)
Is a mad tale, he told to-day at dinner,
Of his own doors being shut against his entrance.
Belike, his wife, acquainted with his fits,
On purpose shut the doors against his way.
My way is now, to hie home to his house,
And tell his wife, that, being lunatic,


com'd home with it, when I return: nay, I bear
it on my shoulders, as a beggar wont her brat;
and, I think, when he hath lam'd me, I shall beg
with it from door to door.

Enter Adriana, Luciana, and the Courtezan, with
a schoolmaster called Pinch, and others.
E. Ant. Come, go along; my wife is coming

E. Dro. Mistress, respice finem, respect your 10 end; or rather the prophecy, like the parrot, Beware the rope's-end.

E. Ant. Wilt thou stil! talk? [Beats Dro. Cour. How say you now? is not your husband Adr. His incivility confirms no less.- [mad? 15 Good doctor Pinch, you are a conjurer; Establish him in his true sense again, And I will please you what you will demand. Luc. Alas, how fiery and how sharp he looks! Cour. Mark, how he trembles in his ecstasy! [Exit. 20 Pinch. Give me your hand, and let me feel your pulse.

He rush'd into my house, and took perforce
My ring away: This course I fittest chuse;
For forty ducats is too much to lose.


The Street.

Enter Antipholis of Ephesus, with a Jailor.
E. Ant. Fear me not, man, I will not break away;
I'll give thee, ere I leave thee, so much money
To warrant thee, as I am 'rested for.
My wife is in a wayward mood to-day;
And will not lightly trust the messenger,
That I should be attach'd in Ephesus:




E. Ant. There is my hand, and let it feel your Pinch. I charge thee, Satan, hous'd within this To yield possession to my holy prayers, [man, And to thy state of darkness hie thee strait;

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I conjure thee by all the saints in heaven. [mad.
E. Ant. Peace, doting wizard, peace; I am not
Adr. Oh, that thou wert not, poor distressed soul!
E. Ant. You minion, you, are these your cus-
30 Did this companion with the saffron face [tomers?
Revel and feast it at my house to-day,
Whilst upon me the guilty doors were shut,
And I deny'd to enter in my house?


I tell you, 'twill sound harshly in her ears.-
Enter Dromio of Ephesus, with a rope's-end.
Here comes my man; I think he brings the money.
How now, sir? have you that I sent you for?
E.Dro. Here's that, I warrant you, will pay them
E. Ant. But where's the money?
E.Dro. Why, sir, I gave the money for the rope.
E. Ant. Five hundred ducats, villain, for a rope?
E.Dro. I'll serve you, sir, five hundred at the rate.
E. Ant. Towhat end did I bid thee hie thee home? 40
E. Dro. To a rope's-end, sir; and to that end
am I return'd.

E. Ant. And to that end, sir, I will welcome
[Beats Dromio.

Offi. Good sir, be patient.

E. Dro. Nay, 'tis for me to be patient; I am in adversity.

Offi. Good now, hold thy tongue.

E. Dro. Nay, rather persuade him to hold his hands.

E. Ant. Thou whoreson, senseless villain! E. Dro. I would I were senseless, sir, that I might not feel your blows.

E. Ant. Thou art sensible in nothing but blows, and so is an ass.




E. Dro. I am an ass, indeed: you may prove it, by my long ears. I have serv'd him from the hour of my nativity to this instant, and have nothing at his hands for my service, but blows: when I am cold, he heats me with beating; when I am warm, 60 he cools me with beating; I am wak'd with it, when I sleep; rais'd with it, when I sit; driven out of doors with it, when I go from home; wel

Adr. Oh, husband, God doth know, you din'd

at home,

Where 'would you had remain'd until this time,
Free from these slanders and this open shame!

E. Ant. Din'd I at home? Thou villain, what

say'st thou?


E. Dro. Sir, sooth to say, you did not dine at
E. Ant. Were not my doors lock'd up, and I
shut out?
[you shut out.
E. Dro. Perdy, your doors were lock'd, and
E. Ant. And did not she herselfrevile me there?
E.Dro. Sans fable, she herself revil'd you there.
E. Ant. Did not her kitchen-maid rail, taunt,
and scorn me?

E. Dro. Certes', she did; the kitchen vestal
scorn'd you.

E. Ant. And did not I in rage depart from thence?
E. Dro. In verity you did; my bones bear witness,
That since have felt the vigour of his rage.

Adr. Is 't good to sooth him in these contraries?
Pinch. It is no shame; the fellow finds his vein,
And, yielding to him, humours well his frenzy.
E. Ant. Thou hast suborn'd the goldsmith to arrest
Adr. Alas, I sent you money to redeem you, [me,,
By Dromio here, who came in haste for it. [might,
E. Dro. Money by me? Heart and good-will you
But, surely, master, not a rag of money. [ducats?
E. Ant. Went'st not thou to her for a purse of
Adr. He came to me, and I deliver'd'it.
Luc. And I am witness with her, that she did,

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E. Dro. God, and the rope-maker, bear me
That I was sent for nothing but a rope! [witness,
Pinch.Mistress, both man and masteris possess'd;
I know it by their pale and deadly looks :
They must be bound, and laid in some dark room. 5
E. Ant. Say, wherefore didst thou lock me forth
And why dost thou deny the bag of gold? [to-day,
Adr. I did not, gentle husband, lock thee forth.
E.Dro. And, gentle master, I receiv'd no gold;
But I confess, sir, that we were lock'd out. [both. 10
Adr. Dissembling villain, thou speak'st false in
E. Ant. Dissembling harlot, thou art false in
And art confederate with a damned pack, _ [all;
To make a loathsome abject scorn of me: [eves,
But with these nails I'll pluck out these false 15
That would behold me in this shameful sport.
Enter 3 or 4, and offer to bind him: he strives.
Adr. Oh, bind him, bind him, let him not
[in him.
Pinch. More company;-the fiend is strong with-20I
Luc. Ay m, poor man, how pale and wan he

come near me.


E. Ant. What, will you murder me? Thou jaior,
I am thy prisoner; wilt thou suffer them
To make a rescue?

Offi. Masters, let him go:
He is my prisoner, and you shall not have him.
Pinch. Go, bind this inan, for he is frantic too.
Adr. What wilt thou do, thou peevish' officer
Hast thou delight to see a wretched man
Do outrage and displeasure to himself?

Offi. He is my prisoner; if I let him go,
The debt he owes will be requir'd of me.
Adr, I will discharge thee, ere I go from thee:
Bear me forthwith unto his creditor,

[They bind Antipholis and Dromio.
And, knowing how the debt grows, I will pay it.
Good master doctor, see him safe convey'd
Home to my house.-Oh, most unhappy day!
E. Ant. Oh, most unhappy' strumpet! [you.
E. Dro. Master, I am here enter'd in bond for
E. Ant. Out on thee, villain! wherefore dost
thou mad me?





E. Dro. Will you be bound for nothing? be mad, Good master; cry, the devil.—

[talk! Luc. God help, poor souls, how idly do they Adr.Go bear him bence. Sister, go you with me.

[Exeunt Pinch, Antipholis, Dromio, &c. Say now, whose suit is he arrested at? [him? Off. One Angelo, a goldsmith; do you know Adr. I know the man: What is the sum he Ofi. Two hundred ducats. [owes? Adr. Say, how grows it due? Offi. Due for a chain, your husband had of him. Adr. He did bespeak a chain for me, but had it not. [day Cour. When as your husband all in rage toCame to my house, and took away my ring, (The ring I saw upon his finger now) Strait after, did I meet him with a chain.

Adr. It inay be so, but I did never see it.—
Come, jailor, bring me where the goldsmith is,
long to know the truth hereof at large.
Enter Antipholis of Syracuse, with his rapier
drawn, and Dromio of Syracuse.
Luc. God, for thy mercy! they are loose again.
Adr. And come with naked swords; let's call
more help,

To have them bound again.
Offi. Away, they'll kill us.

[They run out.

Manent Antipholis and Dromio.

S. Ant. I see these witches are afraid of swords.
S. Dro. She, that would be your wife, now ran

from you.

S. Ant. Come to the Centaur; fetch our stuff
from thence:

I long, that we were safe and sound aboard.
S. Dro. Faith, stay here this night, they will
surely do us no harm; you saw, they speak us
fair, give us gold: methinks, they are such a gentle
nation, that but for the mountain of mad flesh
that claims marriage of me, I could find in my
heart to stay here still, and turn witch.

S. Ant. I will not stay to-night for all the town;
Therefore away to get our stuff aboard.



A Street, before a Priory.


Enter the Merchant and Angelo.

Ang. IAM sorry, sir, that I have hinder'd you;
But, I protest, he had the chain of me,
Though most dishonestly he doth deny it. [city
Mer. How is the man esteem'd here in the
Ang. Of very reverent reputation, sir:
Of credit infinite, highly belov'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 Antipholis and Dromio of Syracuse.
Ang. 'Tis so; and that self chain about his neck,
Which he forswore, most monstrously, to have.
Good sir, draw near to me, I'll speak to him.—
Signior Antipholis, 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
66 This chain, which now you wear so openly:
Besides the charge, the shame, imprisonment,
You have done wrong to this my honest friend;

Unhappy here signifies mischievous.


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