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E. Ant. Diffembling harlot, thou art false in all;
And art confederate with a damned pack,
To make a loathsome abject fcorn of me:
But with these nails l'H pluck out those false eyes,
That would behold in me this Thameful fport.
Enter three or four, and offer to bind him: he Arives.
Adr. Oh, bind him, bind him, let him not come

near me.
Pinch. More company ;

-the fiend is strong within
Luc. Ay mé, poor man, how pale and wan he looks !

E. Ant. What, will you murther me ? thou jailor, thou,
I am thy prisoner, wilt thou fuffer them
To make a refcúe ?

Offi. Mafters ; let him go :
He is my prifoner, and you shall not have him.

Pinch. Go, bind this man, for he is frantick too.

Adr. What wilt do, thou peeyifh officer?
Haft thou delight to see a wretched man
Do outrage and displeasure to himself ?

Off. He is my prisoner ; if I let him go.
The debt, he owes, will be requir'd of me.
Adr. I will discharge thee, ere

I from thee;
Bear me forthwith unto his creditor,

[They bind Antipholis and Dromio.
And, knowing how the debt grows, I will pay it.
Good master Doctor, fee him

fafe convey'd
Home to my house. Oh, most unhappy day!

E. Ant. Oh, mos unhappy ftrumpet
E. Dro. Master, I'm here enter'd in bond for you.
E. Ant. Out on thee, villain! wherefore dost thou

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

Luc. God help, poor souls, how idly do they talk!
Adr. Go bear him hence ; fifter, stay you with me.

[Exeunt Pinch, Antipholis, anà Dromio. Say now, whole fuit is he arrefted at ?

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Manent Officer, Adriana, Luciana, and Courtezan.
Offi. One Angelo, a goldsmith; do you know him?
Ådr. I know the man ; what is the sum he owes ?
Ofi. Two hundred ducats.
Adr. Say, how grows it due ?

. Due for a chain, your husband had of him. Adr. He did bespeak a chain for me, but had it not.

Cour. When as your husband all in rage to day
Came to my house, and took away my ring,
(The ring I saw upon his finger now)
Sirait after, did I meet him with a chain.

Adr. It may be so, but I did never see it.
Come, jailor, bring me where the goldsmith is,
I long to know the truth hereof at large.
Enter Antipholis of Syracuse, with his Rapier drawn,

and Diomio of Syracuse.
Luc. God, for thy mercy! they are loose again.
Adr. And come with naked swords ;
L-t's call more help to have them bound again.
Of Away, they'll kill us.

[They run out.
Manent Antipholis and Dromio.
S. Ant. I see, these witches are afraid of swords.
S. Dro. She, that would be your wife, now ran from

you. S. Ant. Come to the Centaur, fetch our stuff from

thence : I long, that we were fafe and found aboard.

s. Dre. Faith, stay here this night; they will surely do as no harm ; you saw, they spake us fair, gave us gold; methinks, they are such a gentle nation, that but for the mountain of mad flesh that claims marriage of me, I could find in my heart to stay here ftill, and turn witch.

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


SCENE, A Street, before a Priory.

Enter the Merchant and Angelo.

I ,

AM forry, Sir, that I have hinder'd you ;
Tho' most dishonestly he doth deny it.
Mer. How is the man efteem'd here in the city ?
Ang. Of very reverent reputation, Sir,
Of credit infinite, highly belov'd,
Second to none that lives here in the city ;
His word might bear my wealth at any time.
Mer. Speak foftly : yonder, as I think, he walks.

Enter Antipholis and Dromio of Syracuse.
Ang. 'Tis fo; and that felf-chain about his neck,
Which he forswore most monstrously to have.
Good Sir, draw near to me, I'll speak to him.
Signior Antipholis, I wonder much
That you

would put me to this shame and trouble;
And not without some scandal to yourself,
With circumstance and oaths so to deny
This chain, which now you wear so openly;
Besides the charge, the shame, imprisonment,
You have done wrong to this my honest friend ;
Who, but for staying on our controversie,
Had hoiited fail, and put to sea to day :
This chain you had of me, can you deny it?

S. Ant. I think, I had; I never did deny it.
Mer. Yes, that you did, Sir; and foriwore it too.
S. Ant. Who heard me to deny it, or forswear it?

Mer. These ears of mine, chou knowest, did hear thee :
Fie on thee, wretch! 'tis pity, that thou liv'st
To walk where any honest men resort.

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S. Ant. Thou art a villain, to impeach me thus.
I'll prove mine honour and my honesty
Against thee presently, if thou dar'ft stand.
Mer. I dare, and do defie thee for a villain.

[They draw Enter Adriana, Luciana, Courtezan, and others.

Adr. Hold, hurt him not, for God's sake; he is mad Some get within him, iake his sword away : Bind Dromio too, and bear them to my house.

S. Dro. Rin, master, run; for God's fake, take a houfe This is fome Priory; in, or we are spoil'd.

[Exeunt to the Priory Enter Lady Abbess. Abb. Be quiet, people; wherefore throng you hither

Adr. To fetch my poor distracted husband hence i
Let us.come in, that we may bind him faft,
And bear him home for his recovery.

Ang. I knew, he was not in his perfe&t wits.
Mer. I'm sorry now, that I did draw on him.
Abb. How long hath this poffeffion held the mans

Adr. This week he hath been heavy, sower, fad,
And much, much different from the man he was :
But, 'till this afternoon, his passion
Ne'er brake into extremity of rage.

Abb. Hath he not loft much wealth by wreck at fea ?
Bury'd fome dear friend ? hath not else his eye
Stray'd his affection in unlawful love ?
A fin, prevailing much in youthful men,
Who give their eyes the liberty of gazing.
Which of these forrows is he fabject to?

Adr. To none of these, except it be the last ;
Namely, some love, thac drew him oft from home.

Abb. You should for that have reprehended him.
Adr. Why, so I did.
Abb. Ay, but not rough enough.
Adr. As roughly, as my modefty would let me.
Abb. Haply, in private.
Adr. And in assemblies too.

Abb. Ay, but not enough.
Adr. It was the copy of our conference. (16)
In bed, he slept not for my urging it ;
At board, he fed not for my urging it;
Alone, it was the subject of my theam;
In company, I often glanc'd at it ;
Still did I tell him, it was vile and bad.

Abb. And therefore came it, that the man was made
The venom clamours of a jealous woman
Poison more deadly, than a mad dog's tooth.
It seems, his sleeps were hinder'd by thy railing ;
And thereof comes it, that his head is light.
Thou say'ft, his meat was fauc'd with thy upbraidings
Unquiet meals make ill digestions ;
Thereof the raging fire of fever bred ;
And what's a fever, but a fit of madness?
Thou say'ít, his sports were hinder'd by thy brawls.
Sweet recreation bärr'd, what doth ensue,
But moodie and dull melancholy,
Kinsman to grim and comfortless despair?
And at her heels a huge infectious troop
Of pale distemperatures, and foes to life.
In food, in sport, and life-preserving rest,
To be disturbid, would mad or man or beast :
The consequence is then, thy jealous fits
Have scared thy husband from the use of wits.

Lúc. She never reprehended him but mildly, When he demeaned himfelf rough, rude and wildly Why bear you these rebukes, and answer not?

Ádr. She did betray me to my own reproof. Good people, enter, and lay hold on him.

(16) It was the Copy of our Conference.) We are not to une derstand this Word here, as it is now used, in Opposition to an Original; any Thing done after a Pattern ; but we are to take it in the nearest Senfe to the Larine Word Copia, from which is is derived. Adriana would say, her Reproofs were the Burden, the Fulness of her Conference, all the Subject of her Talk. and in these Acceptations the Word copie was used by Writers: before our Author's Time, as well as by his Contemporaries.

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