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mad;

That you would put me to this shame and trouble; | And therefore comes it, that his head is light.
And not without some scandal to yourself, Thou say'st, his meat was sauc'd with thy upbraid.
With circumstance and oaths, so to deny

ings :
This chain, which now you wear so openly : Unquiet meals make ill digestions,
Besides the charge, the shame, imprisonment, Thereof the raging fire of fever bred;
You have done wrong to this my honest friend; And what's a fever but a fit of madness?
Who, but for staying on our controversy,

Thou say’st, his sports were hinder'd by thy brawis : Had hoisted sail, and put to sea to-day :

Sweet recreation barr'd, what doth ensue,
This chain you had of me, can you deny it? But moody and dull melancholy,

Ant. s. I think, I had ; I never did deny it. (Kinsman to grim and comfortless despair ;)
Mer. Yes, that you did, sir ; and forswore it too. And, at her heels, a huge infectious troop
Ant. s. Who heard me to deny it, or forswear it? Of pale distemperatures, and foes to life?
Mer. These ears of mine, thou knowest, did hear In food, in sport, and life-preserving rest

To be disturb’d, would mad or man, or beast :
Fye on thee, wretch ! 'tis pity, that thou liv'st The consequence is then, thy jealous fits
To walk where any honest men resort.

Have scar'd thy husband from the use of wits. Ant. S. Thou art a villain to impeach me thus: Luc. She never reprehended him but mildly, I'll prove mine honour and mine honesty

When he demcan'd himself rough, rude and wildly.Against thee presently, if thou dar'st stand.

Why bear you these rebukes, and answer not? Mer. I dare, and do defy thee for a villain. Adr. She did betray me to my own reproof. —

[They draw. Good people, enter, and lay hold on him. Enter ADRIANA, Luciana, Courtezan, and others.

Abb. No, not a creature enters in my house. Adr. Hold, hurt him not, for God's sake; he is

Adr. Then, let your servants bring my husband

forth. Some get within him, take his sword away :

Abb. Neither; he took this place for sanctuary, Bind Dromio too, and bear them to my house.

And it shall privilege him from your hands, Dro. S. Run, master, run; for God's sake, take Till I have brought him to his wits again,

Or lose my labour in assaying it. a house. This is some priory; - In, or we are spoil'd.

Adr. I will attend my husband, be his nurse, [Exeunt Ant. S. and Dro. S. to the Priory. And will have no attorney but myself;

Diet his sickness, for it is my office,
Enter the Abbess.

And therefore let me have him home with me. Abb. Be quiet, people; Wherefore throng you Abb. Be patient : for I will not let him stir, hither?

Till I have used the approved means I have, Adr. To fetch my poor distracted husband hence : With wholesome syrups, drugs, and holy prayers, Let us come in, that we may bind him fast,

To make of him a formal man again : And bear him home for his recovery.

It is a branch and parcel of mine oath, Ang. I knew, he was not in his perfect wits. A charitable duty of my order; Mer. I am sorry now, that I did draw on him. Therefore depart, and leave him here with me. Abb. How long hath this possession held the man? : Adr. I will not hence, and leave my husband here;

Adr. This week he hath been heavy, sour, sad, And ill it doth beseem your holiness, And much, much different from the man he was; To separate the husband and the wife. But, till this afternoon, his passion

Abb. Be quiet, and depart, thou shalt not bare Ne'er brake into extremity of rage.

him.

(Exit Abbess. Abb. Hath he not lost much wealth by wreck at Luc. Complain unto the duke of this indignity.

Adr. Come, go; I will fall prostrate at his feet, Buried some dear friend ? Hath not else his eye And never rise until my tears and prayers Stray'd his affection in unlawful love?

Have won his grace to come in person hither, A sin, prevailing much in youthful men,

And take perforce my husband from the abbess. Who give their eyes the liberty of gazing.

Mer. By this, I think, the dial points at five : Which of these sorrows is he subject to ?

Anon, I am sure, the duke himself in person Adr. To none of these, except it be the last ; Comes this way to the melancholy vale; Namely, some love, that drew him oft from home. The place of death and sorry execution,

Abb. You should for that have reprehended him. Behind the ditches of the abbey here.
Adr. Why, so I did.

Ang. Upon what cause ?
Abb.

Ay, but not rough enough. Mer. To see a reverend Syracusan merchant, Adr. As roughly, as my modesty would let me. Who put unluckily into this bay Abb. Haply, in private.

Against the laws and statutes of this town, Adr.

And in assemblies too. Beheaded publickly for his offence. Abb. Ay, but not enough.

Ang. See, where they come; we will behold his Adr. It was the copy of our conference:

death. In bed, he slept not for my urging it;

Luc. Kneel to the duke, before he pass the abbey. At board, he fed not for my urging it ; Alone, it was the subject of my theme;

Enter Duke, attended ; Ægeon, bare-headed; ratt In company, I often glanced it;

the Headsman and other Officers. Still did I tell biin it was vile and bad.

Duke. Yet once again proclaim it publickly, Abb. And thereof came it, that the man was mad: If any friend will pay the sum for him, The venom clanours of a jealous woman

He shall not die, so much we tender him. Poison more deadly than a mad dog's tooth.

Adr. Justice, most sacred duke, against the abIt seems, his sleeps were linder'd by thy railing :

bess!

sea ?

my

wife;

Duke. Sue is a virtuous and a reverend lady; Ege. Unless the fear of death doth make me dote,
It cannot be, that she hath done thee wrong. I see my son Antipholus, and Dromio.
Adr. May it please your grace, Antipholus, my Ant. E. Justice, sweet prince, against that wo-
husband,

man there. Whom I made lord of me and all I had,

She whom thou gav'st to me to be 1 At your important letters, — this ill day

That hath abused and dishonour'd me,
A most outrageous fit of madness took him ; Even in the strength and height of injury !
That desperately he hurried through the street, Beyond imagination is the wrong,
(With him his bondman, all as mad as he,)

That she this day hath shameless thrown on me. Doing displeasure to the citizens

Duke. Discover how, and thou shalt find me just. By rushing in their houses, bearing thence

Ant. E. This day, great duke, she shut the doors Rings, jewels, any thing his rage did like.

upon me, Once did I get him bound, and sent him home, While she, with harlots feasted in my house. Whüst to take order for the wrongs I went,

Duke. A grievous fault: Say, woman didst thou so? That bere and there his fury had committed,

Adr. No, my good lord ; — myself, he, and my Anon, I wot not by what strong escape,

sister, He broke from those that had the guard of him ; To-day did dine together: So befal my soul, And, with his mad attendant and himself,

As this is false, he burdens me withal ! Each one with ireful passion, with drawn swords, Luc. Ne'er may I look on day, nor sleep on night, Met us again, and, madly bent on us,

But she tells to your highness simple truth ! Chased us away; till, raising of more aid,

Ang. O perjur'd woman! they are both forsworn. We came again to bind them: then they fled In this the madman justly chargeth them. Into this abbey, whither we pursued them;

Ant. E. My liege, I am advised what I say ; And here the abbess shuts the gates on us,

Neither disturb'd with the effect of wine, And will not suffer us to fetch him out,

Nor heady-rash, provok'd with raging ire, No send him forth, that we may bear him hence. Albeit, my wrongs might make one wiser mad. Therefore, most gracious duke, with thy command, This woman lock'd me out this day from dinner : Le him be brought forth, and borne hence for help. That goldsmith there, were he not pack'd with her, Dake. Long since, thy husband serv'd me in my could witness it, for he was with me then; wars;

Who parted with me to go fetch a chain,
And I to thee engag'd a prince's word,

Promising to bring it to the Porcupine,
When thou didst make him master of thy bed, Where Balthazar and I did dine together.
To do him all the grace and good I could. - Our dinner done, and he not coming thither,
Go, some of you, knock at the abbey-gate,

I went to seek bim : In the street I met him ; And bid the lady abbess come to me;

And in his company, that gentleman. I will deterinine this, before I stir,

There did this perjur'd goldsmith swear me down,

That I this day of him receiv'd the chain,
Enter a Servant.

Which, God he knows, I saw not: for the which,
Sers. O mistress, mistress, shift and save yourself! He did arrest me with an officer.
My master and his man are both broke loose, I did obey; and sent my peasant home
Beaten the maids a-row, and bound the doctor, For certain ducats : He with none return'd.
Whose beard they have singed off with brands of fire; Then fairly I bespoke the officer,
And ever as it blazed, they threw on him

To go in person with me to my house. Great pails of puddled mire to quench the hair : By the way we met My master preaches patience to him, while My wife, her sister, and a rabble more His man with scissars nicks him like a fool : Of vile confederates; along with them And, sure, unless you send some present help, They brought one Pinch ; a hungry lean-faced vilBetween them they will kill the conjurer.

lain,
ddr. Peace, fool, thy master and his man are here; A meer anatomy, a mountebank,
And that is false, thou dost report to us.

A thread-bare juggler, and a fortune-teller ;
Sere. Mistress, upon my life, I tell you true; A needy, hollow-ey'd, sharp-looking wretch,
I have not breath'd almost, since I did see it. A living dead man : this pernicious slave,
He cries for you, and vows, if he can take you,

Forsooth took on him as a conjurer :
To scerch your face, and to disfigure you : And gazing in mine eyes, feeling my pulse,

(Cry within. And with no face, as 'twere, outfacing me, Hark, bark, I hear him, mistress ; fly, be gone. Cries out, I was possess'd: then altogether Duke. Come, stand by me, fear nothing : Guard They fell upon me, bound me, bore me thence ; with halberds.

And in a dark and dankish vault at home Adr. Ah me, it is my husband! Witness you There left me and my man, both bound together; That he is borne about invisible:

Till gnawing with my teeth my bonds in sunder, Eren how we hous'd him in the abbey here ; I gain'd my freedom, and immediately And now he's there, past thought of human reason. Ran hither to your grace; whom I beseech

To give me ample satisfaction Enter ASTIPHOLUS and Daomio of Ephesus. For these deep shames, and great indignitics. Ani. E. Justice, most gracious duke, oh, grant Ang. My lord, in truth, thus far I witness with

me justice ! Free for the service that long since I did thee, That he dined not at home, but was lock'd out. Vil I bestrid thee in the wars, and took

Duke. But had he such a chain of thec, or no? Deep sears to save thy life; even for the blood Ang. He had, my lord : and when he ran in here, Deze thea I lost for thee, now grant me justice., These people saw the chain about his neck.

him ;

me.

Mer. Besides, I will be sworn, these ears of mine Ant. E. I never saw my father in my life. Heard you confess, you had the chain of him, Æge. But seven years since, in Syracusa, boy, After you first forswore it on the mart,

Thou know'st, we parted: but, perhaps, my son, And, thereupon I drew my sword on you ; Thou sham'st to acknowledge me in misery. And then you fled into this abbey here,

Ant. E. The duke, and all that know me in the From wbence, I think, you are come by miracle.

city,
Ant. E. I never came within these abbey walls, Can witness with me that it is not so;
Nor ever didst thou draw thy sword on me; I ne'er saw Syracusa in my life.
I never saw the chain, so help me heaven!

Duke. I tell thee, Syracusan, twenty years
And this is false, you burden me withal.

Have I been patron to Antipholus,
Duke. What an intricate impeach is this ! During which time he ne'er saw Syracusa:
I think, you all have drank of Circe's cup. I see, thy age and dangers make thee dote.
If here you hous'd him, here he would have been :
If he were mad, he would not plead so coldly :-

Enter the Abbess, with ANTIPHOLUS Syracusan, You say, he dined at home; the goldsmith here

and Dromo Syracusan. Denies that saying : — Sirrah, what say you? Abb. Most mighty Duke, behold a man much Dro. E. Sir, he dined with her there, at the

wrong'd.

[All gather to see him. Porcupine.

Adr. I see two husbands, or mine eyes deceive Cour. He did ; and from my finger snatch'd that ring.

Duke. One of these men is genius to the other ; Ant. E. 'Tis true, my liege, this ring I had of And so of these : Which is the natural man, her.

And which the spirit? Who deciphers them? Duke. Saw'st thou hím enter at the abbey here? Dro. S. I, sir, am Dromio; command him away. Cour. As sure, my liege, as I do see your grace.

Dro. E. I, sir, am Dromio ; pray, let me stay. Duke. Why, this is strange : - Go call the abbess Ant. S. Ægeon, art thou not ? or else his ghost? hither;

Dro. $. O, my old master, who hath bound him I think, you are all mated, or stark mad.

here? [Erit an Attendant. Abb. Whoever bound him, I will loose his bonds, Rge. Most mighty duke, vouchsafe me speak a And gain a husband by his liberty : word,

Speak, old Ægeon, if thou be'st

the man Haply, I see a friend will save my life,

That had'st a wife once called Æmilia, And pay the sum that may deliver me.

That bore thee at a burden two fair sons : Duke. Speak freely, Syracusan, what thou wilt. O, if thou be'st the same Ægeon, speak,

Æge. Is not your name, sir, call's Antipholus ? And speak unto the same Æmilia ! And is not that your bondman Dromio ?

Æge. If I dream not, thou art Æmilia ; Dro. E. Within this hour, I was his bondman, If thou art she, tell me, where is that son sír,

That floated with thee on the fatal raft?
But he, I thank him, gnaw'd in two my cords : Abb. By men of Epidamnum, he, and I,
Now am I Dromio, and his man, unbound. And the twin Dromio, all were taken up :

Æge. I am sure, you both of you remember me. But, by and by, rude fishermen of Corinth

Dro. E. Ourselves we do remember, sir, by you ; By force took Dromio, and my son from them, For lately we were bound, as you are now.

And me they left with those of Epidamnum: You are not Pinch's patient, are you, sir?

What then became of them, I cannot tell ; Æge. Why look you strange on me? you know I, to this fortune that you see me in. me well.

Duke. Why, here begins his morning story right Ant. E. I never saw you in my life, till now. These two Antipholus's, these two so like, Æge. Oh! grief hath chang'd me, since you saw

And these two Dromio's, one in semblance, me last;

Besides her urging of her wreck at sea, -
And careful hours, with Time's deformed hand, These are the parents to these children,
Have written strange defeatures in my face :

Which accidentally are met together.
But tell me yet, dost thou not know my voice? Antipholus, thou cam'st from Corinth first.
Ant. E. Neither.

Ant. $. No, sir, not I; I came from Syracuse.
Æge.
Dromio, nor thou?

Duke. Stay, stand apart; I know not which is Dro. E. No, trust me, sir, nor I.

which. Æge.

I am sure, thou dost. Ant. E. I came from Corinth, my most gracious Dro. E. Ay, sir ? but I am sure, I do not; and

lord. whatsoever a man denies, you are now bound to Dro. E. And I with him. believe him.

Ant. E. Brought to this town by that most fisÆge. Not know my voice ! O, time's extremity !

mous warrior Hast thou so crack'd and splitted my poor tongue, Duke Menaphon, your most renowned uncle. In seven short years, that here my only son

Adr. Which of you two did dine with me to-day' Knows not my feeble key of untun'd cares ?

Ant. S. I, gentle mistress. Though now this grained face of mine be hid

Adr.

And are not you my husband! In sap-consuming winter's drizzled snow,

Ant. E. No, I say nay to that. And all the conduits of my blood froze up;

Ant. S. And so do I, yet did she call me so ; Yet hath my night of life some memory,

And this fair gentlewoman, her sister here, My wasting lamps some fading glimmer left, Did call me brother :- What I told you then, My dull deaf ears a little use to hear :

I hope, I shall have leisure to make good; All these old witnesses (I cannot err,)

If this be not a dreamn I see and hear. Tell me, thou art my son Antipholus.

Ang. That is the chain, sir, which you had of me

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dr. S. I think it be, sir ; I deny it not.

Duke. With all my heart, I'll gossip at this feast. dat

. E. And you, sir, for this chain arrested me. (Exeunt DUKE, Abbess, Ægeon, Courtezan, Ang. I think I did, sir ; I deny it not.

Merchant, ANGELO, and Attendants. dr. I sent you money, sir, to be your bail, Dro. S. Master, shall I fetch your stuff from By Dromio; but I think he brought it not.

shipboard ? Dro. E. No, none by me.

Ant. E. Dromio, what stuff of mine hast thou
Aut
. $ This purse of ducats I receiv'd from you,

embark'd ?
And Dromio
my man did bring them me :

Dro. S. Your goods, that lay at host, sir, in the i sce, we still did meet each other's man,

Centaur.
And I was ta'en for him, and he for me,

Ant. S. He speaks to me; I am your master,
And thereupon these Errors are arose.

Dromio :
AH. E. These ducats pawn I for my father here. Come, go with us; we'll look to that anon:
Duke

. It shall not need, thy father hath his life. Embrace thy brother there, rejoice with him.
Cour. Sir, I must have that diamond from you. (Ereunt ANTIPHOLUS S. and E., ADR, and Luc.
du. E. There, take it; and much thanks for Dro. S. There is a fat friend at your master's
my good cheer.

house,
. Renowned duke, vouchsafe to take the pains, That kitchen'd me for you to-day at dinner ;
To go with us into the abbey here,

She now shall be my sister, not my wife.
And hear at large discoursed all our fortunes : Dro. E. Methinks, you are my glas, and not
And all that are assembled in this place,
That by this sympathized one day's error

I see by you, I am a sweet-faced youth.
Have suffer'd wrong, go, keep us company,

Will you walk in to see their gossiping ?
And we shall make full satisfaction.

Dro. S. Not I, sir; you are my elder.
Twenty-five years have I but gone in travail Dro. E. That's a question : how shall we try it?
Of you

, my sons ; nor, till this present hour, Dro. S. We will draw cuts for the senior ; till My heavy burdens are delivered :

then, lead thou first.
The duke, my husband, and my children both, Dro. E. Nay, then thus :
And you the calendars of their nativity,

We came into the world like brother and brother :
Gp to a gossip's feast, and go with me;

And now let's go hand in hand, not one before After so long grief, such nativity!

another.

[Ereunt.

my brother :

MACBETH.

PERSONS REPRESENTED.

Duncan, King of Scotland.

Young Swarn, his son. MALCOLM,

Seyton, an officer attending on Macbeth. his sons. DONALBAIN,

Son to Macduff. MACBETH,

An English Doctor. A Scotch Doctor.
BAXQUO,
generals of the King's army.

A Soldier. A Porter. An old Man.
MACDUFF,
LENOx,

Lady MACBETI.
Rosse,

Lady Macduff. MENTETH, noblemen of Scotland.

Gentlewoman attending on Lady Macbeth.
Angus,

HECATE, and three Witches.
Cathness,
FLEANCE, son to Banquo.

Lords, Gentlemen, Officers, Soldiers, Murderers, SIWARD, Earl of Northumberland, general of the

Attendants, and Messengers.
English forces.

The Ghost of Banquo, and several other Appardins SCENE, - in the end of the Fourth Act, lies in ENGLAND ; through the rest of the Play, in SCOTLAND;

and, chiefly, at Maceeth's Castle.

ACT I.

SCENE I. - An open Place. Thunder and

Who, like a good and hardy soldier, fought
Lightning

'Gainst my captivity :- Hail, brave friend!

Say to the king the knowledge of the broil,
Enter three Witches.

As thou didst leave it. i Witch. When shall we three meet again

Sol.

Doubtfully it stood ; In thunder, lightning, or in rain ?

As two spent swimmers, that do cling together, 2 Wilch. When the hurlyburly's done,

And choke their art. The merciless Macdonwald When the battle's lost and won :

(Worthy to be a rebel; for, to that, 3 Witch. That will be ere set of sun.

The multiplying villainies of nature 1 Witch. Where the place ?

Do swarm upon him) from the western isles 2 Witch.

Upon the heath : Of Kernes and Gallowglasses is supplied ; 3 Witoh. There to meet with Macbeth.

And fortune, on his damned quarrel smiling, 1 Witch. I come, Graymalkin!

Show'd like a rebel's whore : But all's too weak: All. Paddock calls: – Anon.

For brave Macbeth, (well he deserves that naine,) Fair is foul, and foul is fair :

Disdaining fortune, with his brandish'd steel, Hover through the fog and filthy air.

Which smok'd with bloody execution, [Witches vanish.

Like valour's minion,

Carv'd out his passage, till he fac'd the slave; SCENE II. A Camp near Fores. Alarum And ne'er shook hands, nor bade farewell to him, within.

Till he unseam'd him from the nave to the chaps,

And fix'd his head upon our battlements. Enter King Duncan, Malcoly, Donalbaix, LE

Dun. O, valiant cousin! worthy gentleman ! Nox, with Attendants, meeting a bleeding Soldier.

Sold. As whence the sun 'gins his reflexion Dun. What bloody man is that? He can report, Shipwrecking storms and direful thunders break; As seemeth by his plight, of the revolt

So from that spring, whence comfort seem'd to come, The newest state.

Discomfort swells. Mark, king of Scotland, mark: Mal. This is the sergeant,

No sooner justice had, with valour arma,

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