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you have:

If any bark ut forth, come to the mart,

S. Ant. What is your will, that I shall do with this? Where I will walk, till thou return to me.

Ang. What please yourself, sir; I have made If every one know us, and we know none,

it for you. 'Tis time, I think, tu trudge, pack, and be gone. S. Ant. Made it for me, sir! I bespoke it not.

S: Dro. As from a bear a man would run tor life, 5 Ang. Not once, nor twice, but twenty times So fiy I from her that would b“ my wife. [Erit.

S. Ant. There's none but witches do inhabit here; Go home with it, and please your wife withal;
And therefore 'tis hign time that I were hence. And soon at supper-time I'll visit you,
She, that doth call me husband, even my soul And then receive my money for the chain.
Doth for a wife abhor: but her fair sister, 10 S. Ant. I pray you, sir, receive the money now,
Possess'd with such a gentle, sovereign grace, For fear you ne'er see chain nor money more.
Of such inchanting presence and discourse, Ang. You are a merry man, sir'; fare you
Hath almost made me traitor to myself :


[Erit. But, lest myself be guilty of self-wrong,

S. Ant. What I should think of this, I cannot P'll stop mine ears against the mermaid's song. 15

tell: Enter Angelo with a chain.

But this I think, there's no man is so vain, Ang. Master Antipholis?

That would refuse so fair an oifer'd chain. S. Ant. Ay, that's my name.

I see, a man here needs not live by shifts, Ang. I know it well, sir: Lo, here is the chain; When in the streets he meets such golden gifts. I thought to have ta’en you at the Porcupine: 20 I'll to the mart, and there for Dronio stay; The chain untinish'd made me stay thus long. If any ship put out, then strait away, [Erit.

AC T IV. .


Ang. Saving your merry humour, here's the note The Street.

130 How much your chain weighs to the utmost carat;

The tineness of the gold, and chargeful fashion; Enter a Merchant, Angelo, and an Officer. Which do amount to three odd ducats more

Than I stand debted to this gentleman : Aler. You know, since pentecost the sum is

I pray you see him presevtly discharg'd, And since I have not much importun'd you ; 35 rör he is bound to sea, and stays but for it. Nor now I had not, but that I'am bound

E. Ant. I am notfurnish'd with the present money; To Persia, and want gildiers' for my voyage:

Besides, I have some business in the town: Therefore make present satisfaction,

Good signior, take the stranger to my house, Or I'll attach you by this officer.

[you, And with you take the chain, and bid my wife Ang. Even just the sum, that I do owe to 40 Disburse the sum on the receipt thereof; Is growing' to me by Antipholis:

Perchance, I will be there as soon as you. (self? And, in the rostant tiat I niet with you,

Ang. Then you will bring the chain to her yourHe had of me a chain; at five o'clock,

E. Ant. No; bear it with you, lest I come not I shall receive the inoney for the same:

time enough. Please you but walk with me down to his house, 43 Ang. Well, sir, I will: Have you the chain I will dischurge my bond, and thank you too.

about you? Enter Antipholis of Ephesus, und Dronio of E. Ant. An if I have not, sir, I hope you have;

Eplusus, as from the Courtesan's. Or else you may return without your money. Offi. That labour you may save; see where he Ang. Nay, come, I pray you, sir, give me the

[go thoulbo Both wind and tide staystor this gentleman, [chain; E. Ant. Wbile I go to the godsmith's house, And I, to blame, have held him here too long. And buy a rope's end ; that will I bestow

E. Ant. Goodlord, you use this dalliance, to exAmong my wife and her confederates,

Your breach of promise to the Porcupine: (cuse for loching me out of my doors by day:-- i obould have chid you for not bringing it. But soft, I see the goldsmith:-get thee gone; 55 But, like a shrew, you first begin to brawl. (patch. Buy thou a rope, and bring it home to me.

Nier. The hour steals on; I pray you, sir, disÈ. Dro. I buy a thousand pound a year! 11 Ang. You liear, how he importunts me; the buy a rope! [Erit Dromio.

chainE. Ant. A man is well liolp up, that trusts to you: E. Ant. Why, give it to my wife, and fetch I promised your presence, and the chain; 160

your money. But neither chain, nor goldsmith, came to me: Ang. Come, come, you know, I gave it you Prlike', you thought our love would last too long,

even now; It it were chain’diogether; and therefore came noi. Either send the chain, or send me by, some token, "A coin worth froin eighteen-pence to two shillings ? That is, accruing to me.

E. Ant.




E. Ant. Fie, now you run this humour out of he is too big, I hope, for me to compass. breath!

fit. Chither I must, although against my will, Come, where's the chain? I pray you let me see For servants must their resteis' miods fulil. [Erit. Mr. My business cannot brook'this dalliance:

Good sir, say, whe'r you'll answer me, or no? 5
If not, I'll leave him to the officer. (you !

The house of Antipholis of Ephesus.
E. Ant. I answer you! why should I answer

Enter Ariana and Luciana. Ang. The money, that you owe me for the chain. Adr. Ai, Luciana, did he temp: thee so? E. Ant. I owe you none, till I receive the chain. Might'st thou perceive austerely in his eye Ang. You know, I gave it you half an hour since. 10 That he did plead in earnest, yea or no? E. Ant. You gave me none; you wrong me

Look'd he or red, or pale; or sad, or merrily? much to say so.

What observation mad'st thou in this case, Ang. You wrong me more, sir, in denying it: of his heart's ineteors tiiting in his face ? Consider, how it stands upon my credit.

Luc. First he deny' you had in him no right. Mer. Well, officer, arrest him at my suit! 15 Adr. He meant, he did me none; the more Offi. I do;

my spight.

[here. And charge you in the duke's name to obey me. Luc. Then swore he, that he was a stranger Ang. This touches me in reputation:

Adr. Andtrue he swore, though yet forswom he Either consent to pay the sun for me,

Luc. Then pleaded I for you. [were. Or I attach you by this officer.

20 Adr. And what said be?

[me. E. Ant. Consent to pay for that I never had ! Luc. That love I begg'd for you, he begged of Arrest me, foolish fellow, if thou dar'st.

Adr. With what persuasiondidhetempt thy love? Ang. Here is thy fee; arrest him, officer ; Luc. With words, that in an honest suit might I would not spare my brother in this case,

move. If he should scorn me so apparently.

25 First, he did praise my beauty; then my speech.' Offi

. I do arrest you, sir'; you hear the suit. Adr. Did'st speah bim fair? E. Ant. I do obey thee, till I give thee bail:- Luc. Have patience, I beseech. But, sirrah, you shall buy this sport as dear Adr. I cannot, nor I will not, hold me still; As all the metal in your shop will answer. My tongue, though not my heart, shall have its

Ang. Sir, sir, I shall have law in Ephesus, 30 He is deformed, crooked, old and sere', [will. To your notorious shame, I doubt it not. Il-fac'd, worse-body'd, shapeless every where;

Enter Dromio of Syracuse from the Bay. Vicious, unyentle, foolish, blunt, unkind;

S. Iro. Master there is a bark of Epidamnum, Stigmatical in making", worse in mind. That stays but till her owner comes aboard, Luc. Who would be jealous then of such a one! Then, sir, she bears away: our fraughtage, sir, 35 No evil lost is wail'd when it is gone. I bave convey'd aboard: and I have bought

Adr. Ah! but I think him better than I say, The oil, the balsamum, and aqua-vitæ.

And yet,would herein others’eyesu ere worse: The ship is in her trim; the merry wind

far from her nest the lapwing cries away: (curse. : Blows fair from land': they stay for nought at all, My heart prays forium, though my tonguedo But for their owner, master, and yourself

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Enter Dromio nf Syracuse. E. Ant. How now? a manman! why, thou S. Dro. Ilere, go; the desk, the purse; sweet peevish' skeep,

now, make haste. What ship of Epidamnum stays for me?

Luc. How, hast thou lost thy breath? S. Dro. A ship you sent me to, to hire wastage. S. Dro. By running fast.

[well? E.dnt.Thoudrunkenslave, I sent thee for a rope; 45 Adr. Where is thy master, Dromio? is he And told thee to what purpose, and what end. S.Dro. No,he's in Tartar limbo,worse than hell:

S. Dro. You sent me for a rope's-end as soon: A devil in an everlasting garment hath lim,
You sent me to the bay, sir, for a bark. [sure, One, whose hard heart is button'd up with steel;

E. Ant. I will debate this matter at more lei- A fiend, a fairy, pityless-and rough;
And teach your ears to list me with more heed. 50 A wolf, nay, worse, a fellow all in buif; [termands
To Adriana, villain, hie thee strait;

A back-triend, a shoulder-clapper, one that counGire her this key, and tell her, in the desk Che passages of alleys, creeks, and narrow lands; That's cover'd o'er with Turkish tapestry, A hound that runs counter, and yet draws cry. There is a purse of ducats; let her send it;

foot weil ; Tell her, I am arrested in the street, 155 One that, before the judgment, carries poor souls And that shall bail me: hie thee, slave, begone:

to hel'. On, officer, to prison, till it come. [Exeunt. Adr. Why, man, what is the matter?

$. Dro. To Adriana! that is where we din'd, S. Dro. I do not kuow the matter; he is 'rested Where Dowsabel did claim me for her husband:

on the case. That is, silly. ? Alluding to those meteors in the sky, which have the appearance of lines of arinies meeting in the shock. ? That is, dry, withered. *That is, inarhed or stigmatized by nature with deformity. 'A quibble on everlasting, which is the name of a kind of durable sturt. That is, a dungeon, for which hell was the cant term.





Adr. What, is he arrested? tell me, at whose suit. S. Ant. I understand thee not. S. Dro. I know not at whose suit he is arrested S. Dro. No? why, it is a plain case: he that well;

went like a bass-viol, in a case of leather; the But he's in a suit of buff, which 'rested him, that man, sir, that, when gentlemen are tired, gives I can tell:

5 them a fob, and 'rests them; he, sir, that takes Will you send him, mistress, redemption, the mo- pity on decayed men, and gives 'em suits of duney in his desk?

rance; he that sets up his rest to do more exploits Adr. Go fetch it, sister.--This I wonder at, with his mace,

than a morris-pike'. [Erit Luciana. S. Ant. What! thou mean'st an officer? That he, unknown to me, should be in debt! 101 S. Dro. Ay, sir, the serjeant of the band: he, Tell me, was he arrested on a band'?

that brings any man to answer it, that breaks his S. Dro. Noton aband, but on a stronger thing : band; one that thinks a man always going to bed, A chain, a chain; do you not hear it ring? and saith, Gou give you good rest! Adr. What, the chain?


S. Ant. Well, sir, there rest in your foolery. S. Dro. No, no; the bell: 'tis time that I were 15

Is there It was two ere I left him, and now the clock Any ship puts forth to-night? may we be gone? strikes one.

[hear. $. Dro. Why, sir, I brought you word an hour Adr. The hours come back! that I did never since, that the bark Expedition put forth toS. Dro. () yes, if any hour meet a serjeant, night; and then were you bindered by the sera'turis back for very fear.

20jeant, to tarry for the boy, Delav: Here are the Adr. As if time were in debt! how fondly dost angels that you sent for, to deliver you. thou reason?

S. Ant. The fellow is distract, and so am I; S. Dro. Time is a very bankrout, and owes Ind here we wander in illusions :

more than he's worth, to season. [say, Some blessed power deliver us from hence ! Nay, he's a thief too: Have you not heard men 25

Enter a Courtezan. That Time comes stealing on by night and day? Cour. Wilmet, well met, master Antipholis. If Time be in debt, and theft, and a serjeant in I see, sir, you have found the goldsmith now : the way,

Is that the chain, you promis’d me to-day? [not! Hath he not reason to turn back an hour in a day? S. Ant. Satan, avoid! I charge thee, tempt me Enter Luciana.

S. Dro. Master, is this mistress Satan? Adr. Go, Dromio ; there's the money, bear S. Ant. It is the devil. it strait:

S. Dro. Nay, she is worse, she's the devil's dam: And bring thy master home immediately.- Jand here she comes in the habit of a light wench: Come, sister: 'I am press'd down with conceit ; and therefore comes, that the wenches say, God Conceit, my comfort,and my injury.[Exeunt. 35 damn me, that's as much as to say, God make me SCENE III.

alight teench. It is written, they appear to men

like angels of light: light is an effect of fire, and The Street.

ire will burn; ergo, light wenches will burn. Enter Antipholis of Syracuse.

Come not near her. S. Ant. There's not a man I meet, but doth salute 40 Cour. Your man and you are marvellous merry, As if I were their well-acquainted friend ; [me Will you go with me? we'll mendourdinner here. And every one doth call me by my name.

s. Dro. Master, if you do expect spoon-meat, Some tender money to me, some invite me; or' bespeak a long spoon. Some other give me thanks for kindnesses;

S. Ant. Why, Dromio? Some offer ine commodities to buy:

S. Dro. Marry, he must have a long spoon, that Even now a taylor call'd me in his shop,

must cat with the devil.

[of supping? And show'd me silks that he had bought for me, S. Ant. Avoid then, fiend! what tellist thou me And, therewithal, took measure of my body. Thou art, as you are all, a sorceress: Sure, these are but imaginary wiles,

I conjure thee to leave me, and be gone. [ner, And Lapland sorcerers inbabit here.

501, Cour. Give me the ring of mine you had at dinEnter Dromio of Syrucuse.

Or, for my diamond, the chain you promis'd ;S. Dro. Master, here's the gold you sent mi And I'll be gone, sir, anii nof trouble you. for: What, have you got the picture of old S. Dro. Some devils Adam new apparell'd?

Ask but paring of one's nail, a rush, S. Ant. What gold is this? What Adam do: 15.1 bair, a drop of blood, a pin, a nut, thou mean?

I cherry-stone; but she, more covetous, S. Dro. Not that Adam, that kept the paradise,

Would have a chain. but that Adam, that keeps the prison; he tha: Master, be wis"; an’ if you give it her, [it. goes in the calveskin that was kill'd for the The devil will shake her chain, and fright us with prodigal; he that came behind you, sir, like annon

, Cour. I pray you, sir, my ring, or else the chain; evil angel, and bid you forsake your liberty. I s ho;;e, you do not mean to cheat me so?

' A bond, 1. e. an obligatory writing to pay a sum of money, was anciently spelt band. A band is likewise a neckcloth. On this circumstance, we believe, the humour of the passage turns. A more ris-pike was a pike used in a morris or military dance, and is inentioned by our old writers as a formidable weapon. 3 Or here means before.

S. int.


S. Ant. Avaunt, thou witch! Come, Dromio, om'd home with it, when I return: nay, I bear let us go

it on my shoulders, as a beggar wont her brat; S. Dro. Fly pride, says the peacock: Mistress, and, I think, when he hath lam’d me, I shall beg

that you know. [Ex. Ant. and Dro. with it froın door to door. Cour. Now, out of doubt, Antipbolis is mad, 5 Enter Adriana, Luciana, and the Courtezun, with Else would he never so demean himself:

a schoolmaster called Pinch, and others. A ring he hath of mine worth forty ducats,

E. Ant. Come, go along; my wife is coming And for the same he promis'd me a chain;

yonder. Both one, and other, he denies me now.

E. Dro: Mistress, respice finem, respect your The reason that I gather he is mad,

10 end; or rather the prophecy, like the parrot, (Besides this present instance of his rage) Beware the rope's-end. Is a mad tale, he told to-day at dinner,

E. Ant. Wilt thou still talk? [Beats Dro. of his own doors being shut against his entrance. Cour. How say you now? is not your husband Belike, his wife, acquainted with his fits,

Adr. His incivility confirms no les».- (mad ? On purpose shut the doors against his way. 15 Good doctor Pinch, you are a conjurer; My way is now, to hie home to his house, Establish him in his true sense again, And tell his wife, that, being lunatic,

And I will please you what you will demand. He rush'd into my house, and took perforce Luc. Alas; how fiery and how skarp he looks! My ring away: This course I fittest chuse; Cour. Mark, how he trembles in his ecstasy! For forty ducats is too much to lose. [Exit.20 Pinch. Give me your hand, and let me feel SCENE IV.

your pulse.

[ear. E. Ant. There is my hand, and let it feel your The Street.

Pinch. I charge thee, Satan, hous’d within this Enter Antipholis of Ephesus, with a Jailor. To yield possession to my boly prayers, [man, E. Ant. Fear me not, man, I will not break away ; 25 And to thy state of darkness hie thee strait; I'll give thee, ere I leave thee, so much inoney I conjure thee by all the saints in heaven. [mad. To warrant thee, as I am 'rested for.

E. Ant. Peace, doting wizard, peace; I am not My wife is in a wayward mood to-day;

Adr.Oh, that thou wert not, poor distressed soul ! And will not lightly trust the messenger,

E. Ant. You minion, you, are these your cusThat I should be attach'd in Ephesus: 30 Did this companion with the saffron face [tomers? I tell you, 'twill sound harshly in her ears.

Revel and feast it at my house to-day, Enter Dromio of Ephesus, with a rope’s-end. Whilst upon me the guilty doors were shut, Here comes my man; I think he brings the money.

And I deny'd to enter in my house?
How now, sir? have you that I sent you for? Adr. Oh, husband, God doth know, you din'd

E.Dro. Here's that, I warrant you, will pay them 35 at home,
E. Ant. But where's the money? (all. Where 'would you had remain'duntil this time,
E.Dro. Why, sir, I gave the money for therope.

Free from these slanders and this open shame! E. Ant. Five hundredducats, villain, for a rope?

E. Ant. Din'd I at home? Thou villain, what E. Dro.P'll serve you,sir, fivehundred at the rate.

say'st thou?

[home. E. Ant. Towhat end did I bid thee hie thee hoine: 40 E. Dro. Sir, sooth to say, you did not dine at

E. Dro. To a rope's-end, sir; and to that end E. Ant. Were not my doors lock'd up, and I am I return'd.

shut out?

[you shut out. E. Ant. And to that end, sir, I will welcome E. Dro. Perdy, your doors were lock’d, and you.

[Beats Dromio. E. Ant. And did not she herselfrevile me there? Offi. Good sir, be patient.

E.Dro. Sans fable, she berself revil'd you there. E. Dro. Nay, 'tis for me to be patient; I am

E. Ant. Did not her kitchen-maid rail, taunt, in adversity.

and scorn me? Offi. Good now, hold thy tongue.

E. Dro. Certes', she did; the kitchen vestal E. Dro. Nay, rather persuade him to hold his

scorn'd you. hands.

50 E. Ant. And did not lin rage depart from thence? E. Ant. Thou whoreson, senseless villain! E. Dro. In verity you did; iny bones bear witness, E. Dro. I would I were senseless, sir, that I

That since have felt the vigour of his rage. might not feel your blows.

Adr. Is't good to sooth hun in these contraries? E. Ant. Thou art sensible in nothing but blows, Pinch. It is no shame; the fellow finds his vein,

155 And, yielding to him, humours well his frenzy. E. Dro. I am an ass, indeed: you may prove it, E. Ant. Thou hast suborn'dthegoldsmith to arrest by my long ears. I have serv'd him froin the hour Adr.Alas, I sent you noney to redeem you, [me, of my nativity to this instant, and have nothing at By Droinio here, who came in haste for it

. (might, bis hands for my service, but blows: when I am E. Dro. Money by me? Heart and good-will you cold, he heats me with beating; when I am warm, 60 But, surely, master, not a rag of money. [ducats? he cools me with beating; I am wak'd with it, E. Ant. Went'st not thou to her for a purse of when I sleep; rais’d with it, when I sit ; driven Adr. He came to me, and I deliver'd'it. out of doors with it, when I go from home; wel- Luc. And I am witness with her, that she did,

That is, certainly.

I. Dro.


and so is an ass.

corne near me.

E. Dro. God, and the rope-maker, hear me E. Dro. Will you be bound for nothing? be mad, That I was sent for nothing but a rope! (wit:ress, Good master; cry, the devil.

[tijk! Pinch. Mistress, both manandmasteris possess'd: Lic. God be po poor souls, how idly do they I know it by their pale and deadly looks:

siur.Gobear bim bence. Sister, go you with me. They must be bound, and laid in some dark room. 5 [Errunt Pinch, Antipholis, Dromin, &c.

E. Ant. Say, wherefore didst thou lock me foruh Say now, whose suit is he arrested at? [him? And why dost thou deny the bag oí gold? (to-day, Oh. One Angelo, a goldsmith; do you know

Adr. I did not, gentle hushand, lock thee forth. Ädr. I know the man: What is the sum he E.Dro. And, gentle master, I receiv'di no gold; Oli. Two hundred ducats.

[owes? But I confess, sir, that we were lock'd out. [both.101 Adr. Say, how grows it due?

dr. Dissembling villain, thou speak’st false i Ojli. Due tor a chain, your husband had of him.

E. dit. Dissembling harlot, thou art false in Aur. Ily did bespeak a chain for me, but liad And art contederate with a damned pack, [all;

it not.

[day To make a loathsome abject scorn of me: [eves,

Cour. lihen as your husband all in rage toBut with these nails l'il pluck out these tals 15 Care to my house, and took away my ring, That would behold me in this shameful sport. |(The ring I saw upon his finger now) Enter 3 or 4, and offer to binit him: he strives. Strait after, did I meet him with a chain. Adr. Oh, bind him, bind him, let him noi Adr. It inay be so, but I did never see it.

[in bim. Corne, jailor, bring me where the goldsmith is, Pinch. Morecompany;-thefiend is strong with-20 1 long to know the truth hereof at large. Luc. Ay m, poor man, low pale and wan he Enter Antipholis of Syracuse, with his rapier looks!

[thou, draun, and Dromio of Syracuse. E. Ant. What, will you murder me? Thou junior, Luc. God, for thy mercy! they are loose again. I am thy prisoner; wilt thou suiler them

Adr. And come with naked swords ; let's call To make a rescue?


more help, Olji. Masters, let him

To have them bound again. Ile is my prisoner, and you shall not have him. Olli. Away, they'll hill us. [They run out.

Pinch. Go, bind this inan, for he is frantic too. Tunint Antipholis and Dromio.

Adr. What wilt thou do, thou peevish' officer: S. Ani. I see these witches are afraid of swords, Hast thou delight to see a wretchesl man 1301 S. Dro. She, that would be your wite, now ran Do outrage and displeasure to himself? Offi. He is my prisoner; if I let him go,

S. Ant. Come to the Centaur; fetch our stuff The debt be owes will be requir'd of me.

from thence: Adr, I will discharge thee, ere I go from thee: I long, that we were safe and sound aboard. Bear me forthwith unto his creditor,

33 S. Dro. Faith, stay here this night, they will [They bind Antipholis und Dromio. surely do us no barm; you saw, they speak us And, knowing how the debt grows, I will pay it. fair, give us gold: metlinks, they are such a gentle Good master doctor, see him safe convey'd nation, that but for the mountain of mad flesh Home to my house.—Oh, most unhappy day! that claims marriage of me, I could find in my

E. Art. Oh, most unhappy-struinpet! [you. 40 heart to stay here still, and turn witch.
E. Dro. Master, I am here enter'd in bond for S. Ant. I will not stay to-night for all the town;
E. Ant. Out on thee, villain! wherefore dost Therefore away to get our stuif aboard.
thou mad me?



from you.

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Mtr. Speak softly: yonder, as I think, he walks,

Enter intipholes and Dromio of Syracuse. A Street, before a Priory.

Ing; 'Tis so; and that self chain about his neck, Enter the Merchant and Angeln. Which he forswore, most monstrously, to have. Ang. IAM sorry, sir, that I have hinder'd you; b. Good sir, craw near to me, I'll speak to hiin.

-But, I protest, he had the chain of ine, Signior Antipholis, I wonder much Though most dishonestly he doth deny it. [city That you would put me to this shame and trouble;

Mer. Ilow is the man esteem'd here in the And not without some scandal to youself,

Ang. Of very reverent reputation, sir: Witli circunstance, and oaths, so to deny Of credit infinite, highly belov’d,

100 This chain, which now you wear so openly: Second to none that lives here in the city; Besides the charge, the shame, imprisonment, Ilis word might bear my wealth at any time. You have done wrong to this my honest friend; Foolish. Unhappy here signifies mischietous.



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