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Hark, hark, I hear him, mistress ; fly, be gone.
Duke. Come, stand by me, fear nothing : Guard with
Adr. Ay me, it is my
husband! Witness you,
That he is borne about inviGble :
Even now we hous'd him in the abbey here ;
And now he's there, past thought of humán reason.
Enter ANTIPHOLiS and Dromio of Ephesus.
E. Ant. Justice, most gracious duke, oh, grant me justice!
Even for the service that long since I did thee,
When I bestrid: thee in the wars, and took
Deep scars to save thy life ; 'even for the blood
That then I loft for thee, now grant me justice.
Ægeon. Unless the fear of death doth make me dote,
I see my son Antipholis, and Dromio.
E. Ant. Justice, sweet prince, against that woman there.
She, whom thou gav'ft me to be my wife ;
That hath abused and dishonour'd me.
Even in the ftrength and height of injury !
Beyond imagination is the wrong,
That she this day hath shameless thrown on me.
Duke. Discover how, and thou shalt find me juft.
E. Ant. This day,great duke,she shut the doors upon me, Whilft she with harlots feafted in my house.
Duke. A grievous fault :-Say, woman, did'st thou so?
Adr. No, my good lord ;-myself, he, and my fifter,
To-day did dine together : So befal my soul,
As this is false, he burdens me withal !
Luc. Ne'er may I look on day, nor sleep-on night,
But she tells to your highness fimple truth !
Ang. O perjur'd woman ! They are both forsworn.
In this the madman juftly chargeth them.
E. Ant. My liege, I am advised what I say :.
Neither disturb'd with the effect of wine,
Nor heady-rash, provok'd with raging ire,
Albeit, my wrongs might make one wiser mad.
This woman lock'd me out this day from dinner :
That goldsmith there, were he not pack'd with her,
Could witness it, for he was with me then ;
Who parted with me to go fetch a chain,
Promising to bring it to the Porcupine,
Where Balthazar and I did dine together.
Our dinner dope, and he not coming thither,
I went to seek him : in the street I met him ;
And in his company, that gentleman.
There did this perjur'd goldsmith swear me downing
That I this day from him receiv'd the chain,
Which, God he knows, I saw not : for the which
He did arrest me with an officer.
I did obey; and sent my peasant home
For certain ducats : he with none return'd,
Then fairly I bespoke the officer,
go in person with me to my house.
By the way we met my wife, her fifter, and
A rabble more of vile confederates :
Along with them
They brought one Pinch ; a hungry lean-fac'd villain,
A mere anatomy, a mountebank,
A thread-bare juggler, and a fortune-teller,
A needy, hollow-ey'd, sharp-looking wreteh,
A living dead man: this pernicious flave,
Forsooth, took on him as a conjurer ;.
And, gazing in my eyes, feeling my pulse,
And with no-face, as it were, out-facing me,
Cries out, I was poffefs'd: then altogether
They fell upon me, bound me, bore me thence ;
And in a dark and dankish vault at home
There left me and my man, both bound together ;
Till gnawing with my teeth my bonds afunder,
I gain’d: my freedom, and immediately
Ran hither to your grace ; whom I beseech
To give me ample satisfaction
For these deep Thames and great indignities.
Ang. My lord, in truth, thus far I witness with him That he din'd not at home, but was lock'd out.
Duke. But had he such a chain of thee, or no ? Ang. He had, my lord ; and when he ran in here, These people saw the chain about his neck.
Mer. Besides, I will be sworn, these ears of mine.
Heard you confess you had the chain of him,
After you first forswore it on the mart ;
And, thereupon, I drew my sword on you ;
And then you fled into this abbey here,
From whence, I think, you are come by miracle..
E. Ant. I never came within these abbey-walls,
Nor ever didft thou draw thy sword on me :
I never saw the chain, so help me heaven!
And this is false you burden we withal.
Duke. Why, what an intricate impeach is this !
I think you all have drank of Circe's cup.
If here you hous'a him, here he would have been ;
If he were mad, he would not plead fo coldly :-
You say he din'd at home ; the goldsmith here
Denies that saying :-Sirrah, what fay you ?
E. Dro. Sir, he din'd with her there, at the Porcupine.
Cour. He did ; and from my finger fnatch'd that ring-
E. Ant. 'Tis true, my liege, this ring I had of her.
Duke. Saw'ft thou him enter at the abbey here?
Gour. As fure, my liege, as I do fee your grace.
Duke. Why, this is strange :-Go call the abbefs hiI think, you are all mated, or stark mad.
[Exit one to the Abbess. Ægeon. Most mighty duke, vouchsafe me fpeak a word. Haply I see a friend, will fave my life ; And pay the sum that may deliver me,
Duke. Speak freely, Syracufan, what thou wilt.
Ægeon. Is not your name, fir, call'd Antipholis ?
And is not that your bondman Dromio ?
E. Dro. Within this hour I was his bond-man, fir,
But he, I thank him, gnaw'd in two my cords ;
Now am I Dromio, and his man, unbound.
Ægeon. I am fure, you both of you remember me.
E. Dro. Ourselves we do remember, fir, by you;
For lately we were bound, as you are now.
You are not Pinch's patient, are you, fir ?
Ægeon. Why look you ftrange on me? you know me
well. E. Ant. I never faw you in my life, till now.
Ægeon. Oh! grief hath chang'd me, since you saw me
And careful hours, with time's deformed hand
Have written ftrange defeatures in my face :
Bul tell me yet, dost thou not know my voice ?
E. Ant. Neither.
Ægeon. Dromio, nor thou ?
E. Dro. No, trust me, fir, nor I.
Ægeon. I am sure, thou doft.
E. Dro. Ay, fir ?
But I am sure, I do not ; and whatsoever
A man denies, you are now bound to believe him.
Ægeon. Not know my voice ! Oh, time's extremity! Haft thou so crack'd and fplitted my poor tongue, In seven short ycars, that here my only fon Knows not my feeble key of untun'd cares ? Though now this grained face of mine be hid In sap-consuming winter's drizzled snow And all the conduits of my blood froze up ; Yet hath my night of life fome memory, My wafting lamps fome fading glimmer left, My dull deaf ears a little use to hear : All these old witnesses (I cannot err) Tell me thou art my fon Antipholis.
E. Ant. I never faw my father in my life.
Ægeon. But feven years since, in Syracufa, boy, Thou knowest, we parted : but, perhaps, my son, Thou sham'st to acknowledge me in misery.
E. Ant. The duke, and all that know me in the city, Can witness with me that it is not fo : I ne'er faw Syracufa in my life.
Duke. I tell thee, Syracusan, twenty years Have I been patron to Antipholis, During which time he ne'er saw Syracusa ; I see, thy age and dangers make thee dote. Enter the Abbess, with ANTIPHOLIS Syracufan, and
DROMIO Syracusan. Abb. Most mighty duke, behold a man much wrong'd.
(All gather to see him. Adr. I see two husbands, or mine eyes deceive me.
Duke. One of these men is genius to the other ;
And so of these : Which is the natural man,
And which the spirit ? who deciphers them ?
S. Dro. I, sir, am Dromio ; command him away.
E. Dro. I, fir, am Dromio ; pray, let me stay.
S. Ant. Ægeon, art thou not ? or else his ghoft ?
S. Dro. O, my old master! who hath bound him here?
Abb. Whoever bound him, I will loose his bonds,
And gain a husband by his liberty :
Speak, old Ægeon, if thou be'st the man
That hadft a wife once called Æmilia,
That bore thee at a burden two fair sons ?
Oh, if thou be'st the same Ægeon, speak,
And speak unto the same Æmilia !
Duke. Why, here begins his morning story right; These two Antipholis's, these two fo like, And those two Dromio's, one in semblance ; Betides his urging of her wreck at fea, These plainly are the parents to these children, Which accidentally are met together.
#geon. If I dream not, thou art Æmilia ; If thou art me, tell me, where is that son That floated with thee on the fatal raft?
Abb. By men of Epidamnum, he, and I,
And the twin Dromlo, all were taken up ;
But, by and by, rude fishermen of Corinth
By force took Dromio, and my fon from them,
And me they left with those of Epidamnum :
What then became of them, I cannot tell ;
I, to this fortune that you fee me in.
Duke. Antipholis, thou cam'ft from Carinth firt.
S. Ant. No, fir, not I ; I came from Syracuse,
Duke. Stay, stand apart ; I know not which is which.
E. Ant. I came from Corinth, my moft gracious lord.
E. Dro. And I with him.
E. Ant. Brought to this town by that most famous
Duke Menaphon, your most renowned uncle.
Adr. Which of you two did dine with me to-day?
S. Ant. I, my gentle mistresse
Adr. And are you not my husband ?
E. Ant. No, I say nay to that.
S. Ant. And so do 'I, yet she did call me fo ;
And this fair gentlewoman, her fifter here.
Did call me brother :-What I told you then,
I hope, I fall have leisure to make good ;
If this be not a dream, I see, and hear,
Ang. That is the chain, fir, which you had of me.
S. Ant. I think it be, fir ; I deny it not.
E. Ant. And you, fir, for this chain arrested me.
Ang. I think I did, fir; I deny it not.
Adr. I sent you money, fir, to be your bail,
By Dromio ; but I think, he brought it not.
E. Dro. No, none by me.
S. Ant. This purse of ducats I receiv'd from you, And Dromio, my man, did bring them me : I fee, we still did meet each other's man, And I was ta’en for him, and he for me,