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Adr. O, husband, God doth know, you din'd at I am thy prisoner ; wilt thou suffer them hrome,
To make a rescue? Where 'would you had remain'd until this time, off
Masters, let him go ; Free from these slanders, and this open shame! He is my prisoner, and you shall not have him. Ant. E. I din'd at home! Thou villain, what Pinch. Go, bind this man, for he is frantick too. say'st thou ?
Adr. What wilt thou do, thou peevish 8 officer. Dro. E. Sir, sooth to say, you did not dine at Hast thou delight to see a wretched man home.
Do outrage and displeasure to himself ? Ant. E. Were not my doors lock'd up, and I off. He is my prisoner; if I let him go, shut out?
The debt he owes, will be required of me. Dro. E. Perdy , your doors were lock’d, and you Adr. I will discharge thee, ere I go from thee: shut out.
Bear me forth with unto his creditor, Ant. E. And did not she herself revile me there ? And knowing how the debt grows, I will pay it. Dro. E. Sans fable, she herself revil'd you there. Good master doctor, see him safe convey'd Ant. E. Did not her kitchen-maid rail, taunt, | Home to my house. - O most unbappy day! and scorn me?
Ant. E. O most unhappy strumpet ! Dro. E. Certes?, she did ; the kitchen-vestal Dro. E. Master, I am here entered in bond for scorn'd you.
you. Ant. E. And did not I in rage depart from thence? Ant. E. Out on thee, villain ! wherefore dost thou Dro. E. In verity you did ; - my bones bear
mad me? witness,
Dro. E. Will you be bound for nothing? be mad, That since have felt the vigour of his rage. Good master; cry, the devil.
Adr. Is't good to soothe him in these contraries? Luc. God help, poor souls, how idly do they talk !
Pinch. It is no shame; the fellow finds his vein, Adr. Go bear him hence. — Sister, go you with And, yielding to him, humours well his frenzy. Ant. E. Thou hast suborn'd the goldsmith to [Exeunt Pinch and Assistants, with Ant. E. arrest me.
and DRO. E. Ad-. Alas, I sent you money to redeem you, Say now, whose suit is he arrested at ? By Dromio here, who came in haste for it
Off One Angelo, a goldsmith ; Do you know Dro. E. Money by me? heart and good will you
him ? might,
Adr. I know the man : What is the sum he owes ? But, surely, master, not a rag of money.
Off. Two hundred ducats. Ant. E. Went'st not thou to her for a purse of Adr.
Say, how grows it due ? ducats?
off. Due for a chain, your husband had of him. Adr. He came to me, and I deliver'd it.
Ädr. He did bespeak a chain for me, but had it Luc. And I am witness with her, that she did.
not. Dro. E. Heaven and the rope-maker, bear me Cour. When as your husband, all in rage, to-day witness,
Came to my house, and took away my ring, That I was sent for nothing but a rope !
(The ring I saw upon his finger now,) Pinch. Mistress, both man and master is pos- Straight after, did I meet him with a chain. sess'd;
Adr. It may be so, but I did never see it: I know it by their pale and deadly looks :
Come, gaoler, bring me where the goldsmith is, They must be bound, and laid in some dark room
oom. I long to know the truth hereof at large. Ant. E. Say, wherefore didst thou lock me forth to-day,
Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse, with his rapier drawn, And why dust thou deny the bag of gold ?
and Dromio of Syracuse. Adr. I did not, gentle husband, lock thee forth. Luc. Heaven, for thy mercy! they are loose again.
Dro. E. And, gentle master, I receiv'd no gold; Adr. And come with naked swords ; let's call But I confess, sir, that we were lock'd out.
more help, Adr. Dissembling villain, thou speak’st false in To have them bound again. both.
Away, they'll kill us. Ant. E. Dissembling harlot thou art false in all ;
[Exeunt Officer, Adr. and Luc. And art confederate with a wicked pack,
Ant. S. I see, these witches are afraid of swords. To make a loathsome abject scorn of me:
Dro. S. She, that would be your wife, now ran But with these nails I'll pluck out these false eyes, That would behold in me this shameful sport. Ant. S. Come to the Centaur; fetch our stuff 9 [Pinch and his Assistants bind Ant. E.
from thence: and Dro. E.
I long, that we were safe and sound aboard. Adr. O, bind him, bind him, let him not come Dro. s. Faith, stay here this night, they will
surely do us no harm; you saw, they speak us fair, Pinch. More company! — the fiend is strong give us gold: methinks, they are such a gentle within him.
nation, that but for the mountain of mad flesh that Luc. Ah me, poor man, how pale and wan he claims marriage of me, I could find in my heart to looks!
stay here still, and turn witch. Ant. E. What, will you murder me? Thou gaoler, Ant. S. I will not stay to-night for all the town; thou,
Therefore away, to get our stuff aboard. (Exeunt. A corruption of the French oath - pardieu.
8 Foolish. o Without a fable.
SCENE I. - The same.
Buried some dear friend? Hath not else his eye
Stray'd his affection in unlawful love ?
A sin, prevailing much in youthful men,
Which of these sorrows is he subject to ? Though most dishonestly he doth deny it.
Adr. To none of these, except it be the last; Mer. How is the man esteem'd here in the city ? Namely, some love, that drew him oft from home. Ang. Of very reverend reputation, sir,
Abb. You should for that have reprehended him. Of credit infinite, highly belov'd,
Adr. Why, so I did. Second to none that lives here in the city;
Ay, but not rough enough. His word might bear my wealth at any time. Adr. As roughly, as my modesty would let me. Mer. Speak softly: yonder, as I think, he walks. Abb. Haply, in private.
And in assemblies too. Enter ANTIPHOLUS, and Dromio of Syracuse. Abb. Ay, but not enough. Ang. 'Tis so ; and that self chain about his neck, Adr. It was the copy of our conference : Which he forswore, most monstrously, to have.
In bed, he slept not for my urging it; Good sir, draw near to me, I'll speak to him.
At board, he fed not for my urging it;
Alone, it was the subject of my theme;
Still did I tell him it was vile and bad.
Abb. And thereof came it, that the man was mad: This chain, which now you wear so openly :
The venom clamours of a jealous woman Besides the charge, the shame, imprisonment, Poison more deadly than a mad dog's tooth. You have done wrong to this my honest friend ; It seems his sleeps were hinder'd by thy railing: Who, but for staying on our controversy,
And thereof comes it that his head is light. Had hoisted sail, and put to sea to-day :
Thou say'st his meat was sauc'd with thy upThis chain you had of me, can you deny it?
braidings: Ant. s. I think, I had; I never did deny it? Unquiet meals make ill digestions, Mer. Yes, that you did, sir; and forswore it too. Thereof the raging fire of fever bred; Ant. S. Who heard me to deny it, or forswear it? And what's a fever but a fit of madness ? Mer. These ears of mine, thou knowest, did hear Thou say'st his sports were hinder'd by thy brawls: thee:
Sweet recreation barr'd, what doth ensue,
(Kinsman to grim and comfortless despair ;)
Of pale distemperatures, and foes to life? Against thee presently, if thou dar’st stand. In food, in sport, and life-preserving rest Mer. I dare, and do defy thee for a villain. To be disturb'd, would mad or man, or beast;
[They draw. The consequence is then, thy jealous fits
Have scared thy husband from the use of wits. Enter ADRIANA, LUCIANA, Courtezan, and others.
Luc. She never reprehended him but mildly, Adr. Hold, hurt him not, for heaven's sake; he When he demean'd himself rough, rude, and
is mad; Some get within him ', take his sword away : Why bear you these rebukes, and answer not? Bind Dromio too, and bear them to my house.
Adr. She did betray me to my own reproof. Dro. $. Run, master, run; for heaven's sake, Good people, enter, and lay hold on him. take a house.
Abb. No, not a creature enters in my house. This is some priory; - In, or we are spoil'd. Adr. Then, let your servants bring my husband (Exeunt Ant. S. and Dro. S. to the Priory.
Abb. Neither ; he took this place for sanctuary, Enter the ABBESS.
And it shall privilege him from your hands, Abb. Be quiet, people; Wherefore throng you Till I have brought him to his wits again, hither?
Or lose my labour in essaying it. Adr. To fetch my poor distracted husband hence : Adr. I will attend my husband, be his nurse, Let us come in, that we may bind him fast,
Diet his sickness, for it is my office, And bear him home for his recovery.
And will have no attorney but myself ; Ang. I knew, he was not in his perfect wits. And therefore let me have him home with me. Mer. I am sorry now, that I did draw on him. Abb. Be patient ; for I will not let him stir, Abb. How long hath this possession held the man? Till I have us'd the approved means I have, Adr. This week he hath been heavy, sour, sad,
With wholesome syrups, drugs, and holy prayers, And much, much different from the man he was;
To make of him a formal man agains: But, till this afternoon, his passion
It is a branch and parcel of mine oath, Ne'er brake into extremity of rage.
A charitable duty of my order; Abb. Hath he not lost much wealth by wreck at sea? Therefore depart, and leave him here with me. I. e. Closc, grapple with him.
sie To bring him back to his senses
2 The theme
Aur. I will not hence, and leave my husband
Enter a Servant. here; And ill it doth beseem your holiness,
Serv. O mistress, mistress, shift and save yourself! To separate the husband and the wife.
My master and his man are both broke loose, Abb. Be quiet, and depart, thou shalt not have Beaten the maids a-row 8, and bound the doctor, him
(Exit Abbess. Whose beard they have singed off with brands of fire; Luc. Complain unto the duke of this indignity. And ever as it blazed, they threw on him
Adr. Come, go; I will fall prostrate at his feet, Great pnils of puddled mire to quench the hair : And never rise until my tears and prayers
My master preaches patience to him, while Have won his grace to come in person hither,
His man with scissars nicks him like a fool : And take perforce my husband from the abbess.
And, sure, unless you send some present help, Mer. By this, I think, the dial points at five :
Between them they will kill the conjurer. Anon, I am sure, the duke himself in person
Adr. Peace, fool, thy master and his man are here; Comes this way to the melancholy vale ;
And that is false thou dost report to us. The place of death and sorry + execution,
Serv. Mistress, upon my life, I tell you true; Behind the ditches of the abbey here.
J have not breath'd almost since I did see it. Ang. Upon what cause ?
He cries for you, and vows, if he can take you, Mer. To see a reverend Syracusan merchant,
To scorch your face, and to disfigure you : Who put unluckily into this bay
(Cry within. Against the laws and statutes of this town,
Hark, hark, I hear him mistress ; fly, be gone. Beheaded publickly for his offence.
Duke. Come, stand by me, fear nothing: Guard Ang. See, where they come; we will behold his
with halberts. death.
Adr. Ah me, it is my husband! Witness you, Luc. Kneel to the duke, before he pass the abbey. That he is borne about invisible :
Even now we hous'u him in the abbey here; Enter Duke attended; Ægeon bare-headed; with | And now he's there, past thought of human reason. the Headsman and other Officers.
Enter ANTIPHOLUS and Dromio of Ephesus. Duke. Yet once again proclaim it publickly, If any friend will pay the sum for him,
Ant. E. Justice, most gracious duke, oh, grant He shall not die, so much we tender him.
me justice! Adr. Justice, most sacred duke, against the abbess! Even for the service that long since I did thee, Duke. She is a virtuous and a reverend lady ;
When I bestrid thee, in the wars, and took It cannot be, that she hath done thee wrong.
Deep scars to save thy life ; even for the blood Adr. May it please your grace, Antipholus, my
That then I lost for thee, now grant me justice. husband,
Æge. Unless the fear of death doth make me dote, Whom I made lord of me and all I had,
I see my son Antipholus, and Dromio. At your important 5 letters, — this ill day
Ant. E. Justice, sweet prince, against that woman
there, A most outrageous fit of madness took him; That desperately he hurried through the street
She whom thou gav'st to me to be my wife ;
That hath abused and dishonour'd me, (With him his bondman, all as mad as he,) Doing displeasure to the citizens
Even in the strength and height of injury ! By rushing in their houses, bearing thence
Beyond imagination is the wrong, Rings, jewels, any thing his rage did like.
That she this day hath shameless thrown on me. Once did I get him bound, and sent him home,
Duke. Discover how, and thou shalt find me just. Whilst to take order 6 for the wrongs I went,
Anl. E. This day, great duke, she shut the doors That here and there his fury had committed.
upon me, Anon, I wot 7 not by what strong escape,
While she with harlots 9 feasted in my house. He broke from those that had the guard of him;
Duke. A grievous fault: Say, woman, didst thou so? And, with his mad attendant and himself,
Adr. No, my good lord: - myself, he, and my Each one with ireful passion, with drawn swords,
sister, Met us again, and, madly bent on us,
To-day did dine together : so befal my soul, Chas'd us away ; till raising of more aid,
As this is false, he burdens me withal ! We came again to bind them : then they fled
Luc. Ne'er may I look on day, nor sleep on night, Into this abbey, whither we pursued them;
But she tells to your highness simple truth ! And here the abbess shuts the gates on us,
Ang. O perjur'd woman! They are both forsworn. And will not suffer us to fetch him out,
In this the madman justly chargeth them. Nor send him forth, that we may bear bim hence.
Ant. E. My liege, I am advised what I say; Therefore, most gracious duke, with thy command, Neither disturb'd with the effect of wine, Let him be brought forth, and borne hence for help. Nor heady-rash, provok'd with raging ire, Duke. Long since, thy husband serv'd me in my This woman lock'd me out this day from dinner :
Albeit, my wrongs might make one wiser mad. wars; And I to thee engag'd a prince's word,
That goldsmith there, were he not pack'd with her, When thou didst make him master of thy bed,
Could witness it, for he was with me then ; To do him all the grace and good I could.
Who parted with me to go fetch a chain, Go some of you, knock at the abbey-gate,
Promising to bring it to the Porcupine, And bid the lady abbess come to me ;
Where Balthazar and I did dine together. I will determine this before I stir.
Our dinner done, and he not coming thither,
8 1. c. Successively, one after another. » Importunate.
9 Harlot was a term of reproach applied to cheats among 61. e. To take measures. 7 Know,
men as well as to wantons among women.
I went to seek him : in the street I met him ; Dro. E. Within this hour I was his bondman, sir And in his company, that gentleman ;
But he, I thank him, gnaw'd in two my cords ; There did this perjur'd goldsınith swear me down, Now am I Dromio, and his man, unbound. That I this day of him receiv'd the chain,
Æge. I am sure, you both of you remember me. Which, heaven knows, I saw not: for the which, Dro. E. Ourselves we do remember, sir, by you; He did arrest me with an officer.
For lately we were bound, as you are now. I did obey; and sent my peasant home
You are not Pinch's patient, are you, sir ? For certain ducats : be with none return'd.
Æge. Why look you strange on me? you know Then fairly I bespoke the officer,
me well. To go in person with me to my house.
Ant. E. I never saw you in my life, till now. By the way we met
Age. Oh! grief hath chang'd me since you saw My wife, her sister, and a rabble more
me last; Of vile confederates : along with them
And careful hours, with Time's deformed hand They brought one Pinch ; a hungry, lean-fac'd Have written strange defeatures' in my face : villain,
But tell me yet, dost thou not know my voice? A mere anatomy, a mountebank,
Ant. E. Neither, A thread-bare juggler, and a fortune-teller ;
Dromio, nor thou ? A needy, hollow-ey'd, sharp-looking wretch,
Dro. E. No, trust me, sir, nor I. A living dead man: this pernicious slave,
I am sure thou dost. Forsooth, took on him as a conjurer ;
Dro. E. Ay, sir ? but I am sure I do not; and And, gazing in mine eyes, feeling my pulse, whatsoever a man denies, you are now bound to And with no face, as 'twere out-facing me,
believe him. Cries out, I was possessid : then altogether
Æge. Not know my voice! O, time's extremity! They fell upon me, bound me, bore me thence; Hast thou so crack'd and splitted my poor tongue, And in a dark and dankish vault at home
In seven short years, that here my only son There left me and my man, both bound together ; Knows not my feeble key of untun'd cares? Till gnawing with my teeth my bonds in sunder, Though now this grained ? face of mine be hid I gain'd my freedom, and immediately
In sap-consuming winter's drizzled snow, Ran hither to your grace; whom I beseech, And all the conduits of my blood froze up; To give me ample satisfaction
Yet hath my night of life some memory, For these deep shames and great indignities. My wasting lamp some fading glimmer left,
Ang. My lord, in truth, thus far I witness with him; | My dull deaf ears a little use to hear : That he dined not at home, but was lock'd out. All these old witnesses (I cannot err,)
Duke. But had he such a chain of thee, or no? Tell me, thou art my son Antipholus.
Ang. He had, my lord : and when he ran in here, Ant. E. I never saw my father in my life. These people saw the chain about his neck.
Æge. But seven years since, in Syracusa, boy, Mer. Besides, I will be sworn, these ears of mine Thou know'st we parted: but, perhaps, my son, Heard you confess you had the chain of him, Thou sham'st to acknowledge me in misery. After you first forswore it on the mart,
Ant. E. The duke, and all that know me in the And, thereupon, I drew my sword on you ;
city, And then you fled into this abbey here,
Can witness with me that it is not so; From whence, I think, you are come by miracle. I ne'er saw Syracusa in my life.
Ant. E. I never came within these abbey walls, Duke. I tell thee, Syracusan, twenty years Nor ever didst thou draw thy sword on me : Have I been patron to Antipholus, I never saw the chain, so help me heaven!
During which time he ne'er saw Syracusa :
I see, thy age and dangers make thee dote.
Enter the Abbess, with ANTIPHOLUS Syracusan, and If here you hous'd him, here he would have been;
Dromo Syracusan. If he were mad, he would not plead so coldly: – Abb. Most mighty duke, behold a man much You say he dined at home; the goldsnuith here
(Al gather to see him. Denies that saying: – Sirrah, what say you ? Adr. I see two husbands, or inine eyes deceive Dro. E. Sir, he dined with her there, at the Porcupine.
Duke. One of these men is Genius to the other; Cour. He did; and from my finger snatch'd that And so of these : Which is the natural man, ring.
And which the spirit? Who deciphers them? Ant. E. 'Tis true, my liege, this ring I had of her. Dro. S. I, sir, am Dromio; command him away. Duke. Saw'st thou him enter at the abbey here? Dro. E. I, sir, am Dromio; pray let me stay. Cour. As sure, my liege, as I do see your grace. Ant. S. Ægeon, art thou not? or else lis ghost? Duke. Why, this is strange : - Go call the abbess
Dro. S. O, my old master! who hath bound him hither;
here? I think you are all mated, or stark mad.
Abb. Whoever bound him, I will loose his bonds
[Erit an Attendant. And gain a husband by his liberty: Æge. Most mighty duke, vouchsafe me speak a Speak, old Ægeon, if thou be'st the man word;
That hadst a wife once called Æmilia, Haply I see a friend will save my life,
That bore thee at a burden two fair sons : And pay the sum that may deliver me.
O, if thou be'st the same Ægeon, speak,
And speak unto the same Æmilia!
1 Alteration of features.
• Furrowed, lined.
Æge. If I dream not, thou art Æmilia;
Duke. It shall not need, thy father hath his life. If thou art she, tell me where is that son
Cour. Sir, I must have that diamond from you. That floated with thee on the fatal raft ?
Ant. E. There, take it; and much thanks for my Abb. By men of Epidamnum, he and I,
good cheer. And the twin Dromio, all were taken up;
Abb. Renowned duke, vouchsafe to take the pains But, by and by, rude fishermen of Corinth
To go with us into the abbey here, By force took Dromio and my son from them, And hear at large discoursed all our fortunes :And me they left with those of Epidamnum: And all that are assembled in this place, What then became of them I cannot tell;
That by this sympathized one day's error I, to this fortune that you see me in.
Have suffer'd wrong, go, keep us company, Duke. Why, here begins his morning story rights; And we shall make full satisfaction. These two Antipholus's, these two so like,
Twenty-five years have I but gone in travail And these two Dromios, one in semblance, – Of you, my sons; nor, till this present hour, Besides her urging of her wreck at sea, —
My heavy burdens are delivered: These are the parents to these children,
The duke, my husband, and my children both, Which accidentally are met together.
And you the calendars of their nativity, Antipholus, thou cam'st from Corinth first. Go to a gossip's feast, and go with me;
Ant. S. No, sir, not I; I came from Syracuse. After so long grief, such nativity. Duke. Stay, stand apart; I know not which is Duke. With all my heart, I'll gossip at this feast. which.
[Ereunt Duke, Abbess, Ægeon, Courtezan, Ant. E. I came from Corinth, my most gracious
Merchant, Angelo, and Altendants. lord.
Dro. S. Master, shall I fetch your stuff from Dro. E. And I with him.
ship-board ? Ant. E. Brought to this town with that most Ant. E. Dromio, what stuff of mine hast thou famous warrior
embark'd ? Duke Menaphon, your most renowned uncle. Dro. S. Your goods that lay at host, sir, in the Adr. Which of you two did dine with me to-day?
Centaur. Ant. S. I, gentle mistress.
Ant. S. He speaks to me; I am your master, Adr. And are not you my husband ?
Dromio: Ant. E. No, I say nay to that.
Come, go with us : we'll look to that anon : Ant. S. And so do I, yet did she call me so; Embrace thy brother there, rejoice with him. And this fair gentlewoman, her sister here,
(Exeunt ANTIPHOLUS S. and E. ADR. Did call me brother: - What I told you then,
and Luc. I hope, I shall have leisure to make good;
Dro. S. There is a fat friend at your master's If this be not a dream, I see, and hear.
Dro. S. Not I, sir ; you are my elder.
Dro. S. We will draw cuts for the senior : till I see, we still did meet each other's man,
then, lead thou first. And I was ta'en for him, and he for me,
Dro. E. Nay, then thus : And thereupon these Errors are arose.
We came into the world, like brother and brother : Ant. E. These ducats pawn I for my father here. And now let's go hand in hand, not one before
another. 3 The morning story is what Ægeon tells the Duke in the
[Exeunt. Arst scene of this play.