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the gate.

Dro. E. What patch is made our porter ? My | Your cake here is warm within; you stand here in master stays in the street.

the cold : Dro. S. Let him walk from whence he came, lest It would make a man mad as a buck, to be so bought he catch cold on's feet.

and sold. Ant. E. Who talks within there ? ho, open the Ant. E. Go, fetch me something, I'll break ope

door. Dro. S. Right, sir, I'll tell you when, an you'll Dro. S. Break any breaking here, and I'll break tell me wherefore ?

your knave's pate. Ant. E. Wherefore, for my dinner; I have not Dro. E. Here's too much, out upon thee! I pray din'd to-day.

thee, let me in. Dro. S. Nor to-day here you must not; come Dro. S. Ay, when fowls have no feathers, and again when you may.

fish have no fin. Ant. E. What art thou, that keep'st me out from Ant. E. Well, I'll break in; Go, borrow me a crow. the house I owe? 4

Dro. E. A crow without a feather; master, mean Dro. S. The porter for this time, sir, and my For a fish without a fin, there's a fowl without a

name is Dromio. Dro. E. O villain, thou hast stolen both mine

feather: office and my name;

If a crow help us in, sirrah, we'll pluck a crow The one ne'er got me credit, the other mickle blame.

together. If thou hadst been Dromio to-day in my place, Ant. E. Go, get thee gone, fetch me an iron crow. Thou wouldst have chang'd thy face for a name, or

Bal. Have patience, sir; 0, let it not be so; thy name for an ass.

Herein you war against your reputation, Luce. [Within.] What a coil 5 is there? Dromio, And draw within the compass of suspect who are those at the gate ?

The unviolated honour of your wife. Dro. E. Let thy master in, Luce.

Once this, - · Your long experience of her wisdom, Luce.

Faith, no ; he comes too late ; Her sober virtue, years, and modesty, And so tell your master.

Plead on her part some cause to you unknown; Dro. E.

O Lord, I must laugh :- And doubt not, sir, but she will well excuse Have at you with a proverb. — Shall I set in my Why at this time the doors are made7 against you. staff ?

Be rul'd by me; depart in patience, Luce. Have at you with another : that's, — When? And let us to the Tiger all to dinner : can you tell ?

And, about evening, come yourself alone, Dro. S. If thy name be call'd Luce, Luce, thou To know the reason of this strange restraint. hast answer'd him well.

If by strong hand you offer to break in, Ant. E. Do you hear, you minion ? you'll let us Now in the stirring passage of the day, in, I hope?

A vulgar comment will be made on it; Luce. I thought to have ask'd you.

And that supposed by the common rout Dro. S.

And you said, no. { Against your yet ungalled estimation, Dro. E. So, come, help; well struck; there was That may with foul intrusion enter in, blow for blow.

And dwell upon your grave when you are dead : Ant. E. Thou baggage, let me in.

For slander lives upon succession; Luce.

Can you tell for whose sake? For ever hous’d, where it once gets possession. Dro. E. Master, knock the door hard.

Ant. E. You have prevail'd; I will depart in quiet, I.uce.

Let him knock till it ake. And, in despight of mirth, mean to be merry. Ant. E. You'll cry for this, minion, if I beat the I know a wench of excellent discourse, door down.

Pretty and witty ; wild, and, yet too, gentle ; Luce. What needs all that, and a pair of stocks There will we dine : this woman that I mean, in the town?

My wife (but, I protest, without desert,) Adr. [Wilhin.] Who is that at the door, that Hath oftentimes upbraided me withal ; keeps all this noise ?

To her will we to dinner. Get you home, Dro. S. By my troth, your town is troubled with And fetch the chain; by this 8, I know, 'tis made ; unruly boys.

Bring it, I pray you, to the Porcupine ; Ant. E. Are you there, wife ? you might have For there's the house: that chain will I bestow come before.

(Be it for nothing but to spite my wife,) Adr. Your wife, sir knave! go, get you from the Upon mine hostess there : good sir, make haste : door.

Since mine own doors refuse to entertain me, Dro. E. If you went in pain, master, this knave I'll knock elsewhere, to see if they'll disdain me. would go sore.

Ang. I'll meet you at that place, some hour hence. Ang. Here is neither cheer, sir, nor welcome; we Ant. E. Do so; This jest shall cost me some exwould fain have either.


[Ereunt. Bal. In debating which was best, we shall part 6 with neither.

SCENE II. - The same. Dro. E. They stand at the door, master ; bid them welcome hither.

Enter Luciana, and ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse. Ant. E. There is something in the wind that we

Luc. If you did wed my sister for her wealth, cannot get in.

Then, for her wealth's sake, use her with more Dro. E. You would say so, master, if your gar- or if you like elsewhere, do it by stealth;

kindness: ments were thin.

Muffle your false love with some show of blindness • I own, am owner of.

5 Bustle, tumult.
71. e. Made fast.

8 By this time.

6 Take part.

to your horse.

Let not my sister read it in your eye;

Enter, from the House of ANTIPHOLUS of Ephesus, Be not thy tongue thy own shame's orator;

Dromio of Syracuse. Look sweet, speak fair, become disloyalty;

Ant. S. Why, how now, Dromio? where run'st Apparel vice like virtue's harbinger :

thou so fast. Bear a fair presence, though your heart be tainted ;

Dro. S. Do you know me, sir ? am I Dromio ? Teach sin the carriage of a holy saint ; Be secret-false : What need she be acquainted ?

am I your man? am I myself?

Ant. S. Thou art Dromio, thou art my man, thou What simple thief brags of his own attaint?

art thyself. 'Tis double wrong, to truant with your bed,

Dro. s. I am an ass, I am a woman's man, and And let her read it in thy looks at board : besides myself. Shame hath a bastard fame, well managed;

Ant. S. What woman's man? and how besides Ill deeds are doubled with an evil word.

thyself? Alas, poor women! make us but believe,

Dro. S. Marry, sir, besides myself, I am due to Being compact of credit, that you love us;

a woman; one that claims me, one that haunts me, Though others have the arm, show us the sleeve ;

one that will have me. We in your motion turn, and you may move us, Ant. S. What claim lays she to thee? Then, gentle brother, get you in again ;

Dro. S. Marry, sir, such claim as you would lay Comfort my sister, cheer her, call her wife : 'Tis holy sport, to be a little vain ?, When the sweet breath of flattery conquers strife. And if the wind blow any way from shore,

Ant. S. Go, hie thee presently, post to the road; Ant. S. Sweet mistress, (what your name is else, I will not harbour in this town to-night. I know not,

If any bark put forth, come to the mart, Nor by what wonder you do hit on mine,)

Where I will walk, till thou return to me. Less, in your knowledge, and your grace, you show If every one know us, and we know none,

not, Than our earth's wonder; more than earth di- / 'Tis time, I think, to trudge, pack, and be gone.

Dro. S. As from a bear a man would run for vine.

life, Teach me, dear creature, how to think and speak;

So fly I from her that would be my wife. Lay open to my earthly gross conceit,


Ant. S. There's none but witches do inhabit here; Smother'd in errors, feeble, shallow, weak,

And therefore 'tis high time that I were hence. The folded meaning of your words' deceit.

She, that doth call me husband, even my soul Against my soul's pure truth why labour you,

Doth for a wife abhor : but her fair sister,
To make it wander in an unknown field?

Possess'd with such a gentle sovereign grace,
Are you a goddess ? would you make me new
Transform me then, and to your power I'll yield. Hath almost made me traitor to myself:

Of such enchanting presence and discourse,
But if that I am I, then well I know,

But, lest myself be guilty to self-wrong,
Your weeping sister is no wife of mine,
Nor to her bed no homage do I owe;

I'll stop mine ears against the mermaid's song
Far more, far more, to you do I decline.

Enter ANGELO. 0, train me not, sweet mermaid, with thy note, To drown me in thy sister's flood of tears ;

Ang. Master Antipholus.

Ant. S. Ay, that's my name. Sing, siren, for thyself, and I will dote:

Ang. I know it well, sir : Lo, here is the chain ; Spread o'er the silver waves thy golden hairs. Luc. What are you mad, that you do reason so ? I thought to have ta’en you at the Porcupine : Ant. S. Not mad, but mated'; how, I do not know. The chain unfinish'd made me stay thus long. Luc. It is a fault that springeth from your eye.

Ant. S. What is your will, that I shall do with

this? Ant. S. For gazing on your beams, fair sun, being by.

Ang. What please yourself, sir ; I have made it Luc. Gaze where you should, and that will clear

Ant. S. Made it for me, sir ! I bespoke it not. your sight. Ant. $. As good to wink, sweet love, as look on

Ang. Not once, nor twice, but twenty times you

have: night. Luc. Why call you me love ? call my sister so.

Go home with it, and please your wife withal ; Ant. S. Thy sister's sister.

And soon at supper-time, I'll visit you, Luc.

That's my sister.

And then receive my money for the chain. Ant. s.

Ant. S. I pray you, sir, receive the money now, It is thyself, mine own self's better part;

For fear you ne'er see chain, nor money, more. Mine eye's clear eye, my dear heart's dearer heart.

Ang. You are a merry man, sir; fare you well. Luc. All this my sister is, or else should be.


Ant. S. What I should think of this, I cannot Ant. S. Call thyself sister, sweet, for I aim thee : Thee will I love, and with thee lead my life ; Thou hast no husband yet, nor I no wife;

But this I think, there's no man is so vain,

That would refuse so fair an offer'd chain.
Give me thy hand.
0, soft, sir, hold you still :

I see, a man here needs not live by shifts,
I'll fetch my sister, to get her good wilt. (Erit Luc. When in the streets he meets such golden gifts.

I'll to the mart, and there for Dromio stay ; 9 Vain, in light of tongue.

If any ship put out, then straight away. [Erika

for you.



1i.e. Confounded.




SCENE I. The same.

I should have chid you for not bringing it,

But, like a shrew, you first begin to brawl. Enter a Merchant, Angelo, and an Officer.

Mer. The hour steals on; I pray you, sir, despatch. Mer. You know, since pentecost the sum is due, Ang. You hear, how he importunes me; the And since I have not much importuned you ;

chain Nor now I had not, but that I am bound

Ant. E. Why give it to my wife, and fetch your To Persia, and want gilders for my voyage:

money. Therefore make present satisfaction,

Ang. Come, come, you know, I gave it you even Or I'll attach you by this officer.

Ang. Even just the sum, that I do owe to you, Either send the chain, or send me by some token. Is growing ? to me by Antipholus :

Ant. E. Fye! how you run this humour out of And, in the instant that I met with you,

breath : He had of me a chain; at five o'clock,

Come, where's the chain? I pray you let me see it. I shall receive the money for the same :

Mer. My business cannot brook this dalliance ; Pleaseth you walk with me down to his house, Good sir, say, whe'r you'll answer me or no; I will discharge my bond, and thank you too. If not, I'll leave him to the officer.

Ant. E. I answer you! What should I answer you? Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Ephesus, and Dromio of

Ang. The money that you owe me for the chain. Ephesus.

Ant. E. I owe you none, till I receive the chain. off. That labour may you save ; see where he Ang. You know, I gave it you half an hour since.

Ant. E. You gave me none; you wrong mo Ant. E. While I go to the goldsmitli's house, go

much to say so. thou

Ang. You wrong me more, sir, in denying it: And buy a rope's end ; that will I bestow

Consider, how it stands upon my credit. Among my wife and her confederates,

Mer. Well, officer, arrest him at my suit. For locking me out of my doors by day. —

off. I do; and charge you in the duke's name, But soft, I see the goldsmith : - get thee gone;

to obey me. Buy thou a rope, and bring it home to me.

Ang. This touches me in reputation : Dro. E. I buy a thousand pound a year! I buy Either consent to pay this sum for me, a rope

[Erit Dro. E. Or I attach you by this officer. Ant. E. A man is well holp up, that trusts to you: Ant. E. Consent to pay thee that I never had! I promised your presence, and the chain ;

Arrest me, foolish fellow, if thou dar’st.
But neither chain, nor goldsmith, came to me : Ang. Here is thy fee; arrest him, officer;
Belike, you thought our love would last too long, I would not spare my brother in this case,
If it were chain'd together; and therefore caine not. If he should scorn me so apparently.

Ang. Saving your merry humour, here's the note. off. I do arrest you, sir; you hear the suit.
How much your chain weighs to the utmost carat; Ant. E. I do obey thee, till I give thee bail :-
The fineness of the gold, and chargeful fashion, But, sirrah, you shall buy this sport as dear
Which doth amount to three odd ducats more As all the metal in your shop will answer.
Than I stand debted to this gentleman ;

Ang. Sir, sir, I shall have law in Ephesus,
I pray you, see him presently discharg'd,

To your notorious shame, I doubt it not.
For he is bound to sea, and stays but for it.
Ant. E. I am not furnish'd with the present

Enter Dromio of Syracuse.
money ;

Dro. S. Master, there is a bark of Epidamnum, Besides, I have some business in the town :

That stays but till her owner comes aboard, Good signior, take the stranger to my house,

And then, sir, bears away: our fraughtage 3, sir, And with you take the chain, and bid my wife

I have convey'd aboard ; and I have bought Disburse the sum on the receipt thereof;

The oil, the balsamum, and aqua-vitæ. Perchance I will be there as soon as you.

The ship is in her trim; the merry wind Ang. Then you will bring the chain to her your Blows fair from land: they stay for nought at all, self?

But for their owner, master, and yourself. Ant. E. No; bear it with you, lest I come not

Ant. E. How now! a madman! Why, thou time enough. Ang. Well, sir, I will: Have you the chain about what ship of Epidamnum stays for me?

peevish * sheep.

Dro. S. A ship you sent me to, to hire waftage. 5 Ant. E. An if I have not, sir, I hope you have ;

Ant. E. Thou drunken slave, I sent thee for a Or else you may return without your money.

rope; Ang. Nay, come, I pray you, sir, give me the And told thee to what purpose and what end. chain;

Dro. S. You sent me, sir, for a rope's end as soon: Both wind and tide stays for this gentleman,

You sent me to the bay, sir, for a bark. And I, to blame, have held him here too long.

Ant. E. I will debate this matter at more leisure, Ant. E. Good lord, you use this dalliance, to ex

And teach your ears to listen with more heed.

To Adriana, villain, hie thee straight : Your breach of promise to the Porcupine : 2 Accruing.

3 Freight, cargo. * Silly. 5 Carriage.






Give her this key, and tell her, in the desk

Adr. Why, man, what is the matter? That's cover'd o'er with Turkish tapestry,

Dro. S. I do not know the matter : he is 'rested There is a purse of ducats : let her send it;

on the case. Tell her, I am arrested in the street,

Adr. What, is he arrested ? tell me, at whose suit. And that shall bail me: hie thee, slave; be gone. Dro. S. I know not at whose suit he is arrested, On, officer, to prison till it come.

well; (Ereunt Merchant, ANGELO, Officer, and But he's in a suit of buff, which 'rested him, that Ant. E.

can I tell : Dro. S. To Adriana ! that is where he din'd, Will you send him, mistress, redemption, the money Where Dowsabel did claim me for her husband:

in the desk? Thither I must, although against my will,

Adr. Go fetch it, sister. This I wonder at, For servants must their masters' minds fulfil. (Exit.


That he, unknown to me, should be in debt:
SCENE II. — The same.

Tell me, was he arrested on a band ? ?

Dro. S. Not on a band, but on a stronger thing;

A chain, a chain ; do you not hear it ring? Adr. Ah, Luciana, did he tempt thee so ?

Adr. What, the chain ? Mightst thou perceive austerely in his eye Dro. S. No, no, the bell; 'tis time that I were gone. That he did plead in earnest, yea or no?

It was two ere I left him, and now the clock strikes Look'd he or red, or pale; or sad or merily? What observations mad'st thou in this case,

Adr. The hours come back! that did I never hear. Of his heart's meteors tilting in his face? 6

Dro. S. O yes, if any hour meet a sergeant, Luc. First, he denied you had in him no right.

a'turns back for very fear. Adr. He meant, he did me none; the more my

Adr. As if time were in debt! how fondly dost spite.

thou reason ? Luc. Then swore he, that he was a stranger here.

Dro. S. Time is a very bankrupt, and owes more Adr. And true he swore, though yet forsworn he

than he's worth to season.

Nay, he's a thief too: Have you not heard men say, Luc. Then pleaded I for you.

That time comes stealing on by night and day? Adr.

And what said he ? If he be in debt, and theft, and a sergeant in the way, Luc. That love I begg'd for you, he begg'd of me. Hath he not reason to turn back an hour in a day? Adr. With what persuasion did he tempt thy love? Luc. With words that in an honest suit might


Adr. Go, Dromio; there's the money, bear it First he did praise my beauty; then, my speech.

straight; Adr. Didst speak him fair ?

And bring thy master home immediately. Luc. Have patience, I beseech.

Come, sister : I am press'd down with conceit 3; Adr. I cannot, nor I will not, hold me still ;

Conceit my comfort, and my injury. (Exeunt.
My tongue, though not my heart, shall have his will.
He is deformed, crooked, old, and sere 7,

SCENE III. - The same.
Ill-fac'd, worse-bodied, shapeless every where :
Vicious, ungentle, foolish, blunt, unkind;

Enter AntiFHOLUS of Syracuse.
Stigmatical in making 8, worse in mind.

Ant. S. There's not a man I meet, but doth salute Luc. Who would be jealous then of such a one ? No evil lost is wail'd when it is gone.

As if I were their well-acquainted friend ;
Adr. Ah! but I think him better than I say,

And every one doth call me by my name.
And yet would herein others' eyes were worse :
Far from her nest the lapwing cries away;

Some tender money to me, some invite me;

Some other give me thanks for kindnesses ;
My heart prays for him, though my tongue do Some offer me commodities to buy:

Even now a tailor call'd me in his shop,
Enter Dromio of Syracuse.

And show'd me silks that he had bought for me, Dro. S. Here, go; the desk, the purse; sweet Sure, these are but imaginary wiles,

And, therewithal, took measure of my body.
now, make haste.
Luc. How hast thou lost thy breath ?

And Lapland sorcerers inhabit here.
Dro. S.
By running fast.

Enter Dromio of Syracuse.
Adr. Where is thy master, Dromio ? is he well ?
Dro. S. No, he's in Tartar limbo, worse than hell: What, have you got the picture of old Adam new

Dro. $. Master, here's the gold you sent me for : A devil in an everlasting garment hath him, One, whose hard heart is button'd up with steel;

apparel'd? A fiend, a fairy, pitiless and rough;

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

mean? A wolf, nay worse, a fellow all in buff; A back-friend, a shoulder-clapper, one that coun

Dro. S. He that came behind you, sir, like an termands

evil angel, and bid you forsake your liberty.

Ant. S. I understand thee not. The passages of alleys, creeks, and narrow lands.

Dro. S. No? why, 'tis a plain case : he that went 6. An allusion to the redness of the northern lights, likened like a base-viol, in a case of leather; the man, sir, to the appearance of armies.

7 Dry, withered 8 Marked by nature with deformity,

that, when gentlemen are tired, gives them a fob, 9 Who crieth most where her nest is not.

and 'rests them; he, sir, that takes pity on decayed | The officers in those days were clad in buff, which is also a cant expression for a man's skin.

2 i. e. Bond

3 Fanciful conception,



men, and gives them suits of durance; he that sets Dro. E. Here's that, I warrant you, will pay up his rest to do inore exploits with his mace, than

them all. 4 a morris-pike.

Ant. E. But where's the money ? Ant. S. What! thou mean'st an officer ?

Dro. E. Why, sir, I gave the money for the rope. Dro. S. Ay, sir, the sergeant of the band; he, Ant. E. Five hundred ducats, villain, for a rope ? that brings any man to answer it, that breaks his Dro. E. I'll serve you, sir, five hundred at the rate. band :

: one that thinks a man always going to bed, Ant. E. To what end did I bid thee hie thee home? and says, God give you good rest!

Dro. E. To a rope's end, sir ; and to that end Ant. S. Well, sir, there rest in your foolery. Is am I return'd. there any ship puts forth to-night? may we be gone? Ant E. And to that end, sir, I will welcome you. Dro. S. Why, sir, I brought you word an hour

(Beating him. since, that the bark Expedition put forth to-night, Off. Good sir, be patient. and then were you hindered by the sergeant, to Dro. E. Nay, 'tis for me to be patient; I am in tarry for the hoy, Delay: Here are the angels that adversity. you sent for, to deliver you.

of Good now, hold thy tongue. Ant. S. The fellow is distract, and so am I; Dro. E. Nay, rather persuade him to hold his And here we wander in illusions ;

hands. Some blessed power deliver us from hence !

Ant. E. Thou senseless villain !

Dro. E. I would I were senseless, sir, that I Enter a Courtezan.

might not feel your blows. Cour. Well met, well met, master Antipholus. Ant. E. Thou art sensible in nothing but blows, I see, sir, you have found the goldsmith now; and so is an ass. Is that the chain, you promis'd me to-day?

Dro. E. I am an ass indeed ; you may prove it Ant. S. I conjure thee to leave me, and be gone. by my long ears. I have serv'd him from the hour

Cour. Give me the ring of mine you had at dinner, of my nativity to this instant, and have nothing at Or, for my diamond, the chain you promis'd ;

his hands for my service, but blows: when I am And I'll be gone, sir, and not trouble you. cold, he heats me with beating : when I am warın,

Dro. S. Some devils ask but the paring of one's nail, he cools me with beating: I am waked with it A rush, a hair, a drop of blood, a pin,

when I sleep ; raised with it, when I sit ; driven out A nut, a cherry-stone: but she, more covetous, of doors with it, when I go from home; welcomed Would have a chain.

home with it, when I return: nay, I bear it on my Master, be wise; and if you give it her,

shoulders, as a beggar wont her brat; and, I think, The devil will shake her chain, and fright us with it. when he hath lamed me, I shall beg with it from

Cour. I pray you, sir, my ring, or else the chain; door to door. I hope, you do not mean to cheat me so. Ant. S. Avaunt, thou witch! Come, Dromio, let Enter ADRIANA, LUCIANA, and the Courtezan,

with Pinch, and others. Dro. S. Fly pride, says the peacock : Mistress, Ant. E. Come, go along; my wife is coming that you know.

yonder. (Exeunt Ant. S. and Dro. S. Dro. E. Mistress, respice finem, respect your end; Cour. Now, out of doubt, Antipholus is mad, or rather the prophecy, like the parrot, Beware the Else would he never so demean himself :

rope's end. A ring he hath of mine worth forty ducats,

Ant. E. Wilt thou still talk ? [Beats him. And for the same he promis'd me a chain !

Cour. How say you now? is not your husband Both one, and other, he denies me now.

mad? The reason that I gather he is mad,

Adr. His incivility confirms no less. (Besides this present instance of his rage,)

Good doctor Pinch, you are a conjurer ; Is a mad tale, he told to-day at dinner,

Establish him in his true sense again, Of his own doors being shut against his entrance. And I will please you what you will demand. Belike, his wife, acquainted with his fits,

Luc. Alas, how fiery and how sharp he looks ! On purpose shut the doors against his way.

Cour. Mark, how he trembles in his ecstasy! My way is now, to hie home to his house,

Pinch. Give me your hand, and let me feel your And tell his wife, that, being lunatick,

pulse. He rush'd into my house, and took perforce

Ant. E. There is my hand and let it feel your ear. My ring away: This course I fittest choose ;

Pinch. I charge thee, Satan, hous'd within this For forty ducats is too much to lose. [Exit.

man, SCENE IV. — The same.

To yield possession to my holy prayers,

And to thy state of darkness hie thee straight; Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Ephesus, and an Officer. I cónjure thee by all the saints in heaven. Ant. E. Fear me not, man, I will not break away;

Ant. E. Peace, doting wizard, peace; I am not I'll give thee, ere I leave thee, so much money

mad. To warrant thee, as I am 'rested for.

Adr. O, that thou wert not, poor distressed soul! My wife is in a wayward mood to-day :

Ant. E. You minion, you, are these your cusAnd will not lightly trust the messenger,

tomers? That I should be attach'd in Ephesus :

Did this companion with a saffron face I tell you, 'twill sound harshly in her ears. —

Revel and feast it at my house to-day,

Whilst upon me the guilty doors were shut,
Enter Dromio of Ephesus, with a rope's end. And I denied to enter in my house ?
Here comes my man; I think, he brings the money.
How now, sir ? have you that I sent you for?

* Correct them al

us go.

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