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Duke. Long since thy husband served me in my wars ; And I to thee engaged a prince's word, When thou didst make him master of thy bed, To do him all the grace and good I could. Go, some of you, knock at the abbey-gate, And bid the lady abbess come to me. I will determine this before I stir.
Enter a Servant.
Serv. O mistress, mistress, shift and save yourself!
. My master and his man are both broke loose, Beaten the maids a-row, and bound the doctor, Whose beard they have singed off with brands of fire; And ever, as it blazed, they threw on him Great pails of puddled mire to quench the hair : My master preaches patience to him, and the while His man with scissors nicks him like a fool; And sure, unless you send some present help, Between them they will kill the conjurer.
Adr. Peace, fool! thy master and his man are here ; And that is false thou dost report to us.
Serv. Mistress, upon my life, I tell you true; I have not breathed almost since I did see it. He cries for you, and vows, if he can take you, To scorch your face and to disfigure you. [Cry within. Hark, hark! I hear him, mistress : fly, be gone ! Duke. Come, stand by me; fear nothing. Guard with
and the] the Hanmer.
168 SCENE IV. Pope.
Enter a Servant.] Capell. Enter
175 scissors] Cizers Fl.
F. 174 to him) om. Capell.
Adr. Ay me, it is my husband! Witness you,
Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Ephesus and DROMIO of Ephesus.
Æge. Unless the fear of death doth make me dote, 195
Duke. Discover how, and thou shalt find me just.
Duke. A grievous fault! Say, woman, didst thou so?
Adr. No, my good lord: myself, he and my sister To-day did dine together. So befal my soul
186 Ay] Ah Capell.
Dromio of Ephesus. Fx Enter
and E. Dromio of Ephesus. F2F4. 195, 196 Unless...Dromio.) As in Rowe
(ed. 2). Prose in Ff.
So befal] So fall Capell.
As this is false he burthens me withal !
I look on day, nor sleep on night, 210 But she tells to your Highness simple truth !
Ang. O perjured woman! They are both forsworn : In this the madman justly chargeth them.
Ant. E. My liege, I am advised what I say ;
in person with me to my house. By the way we met my wife, her sister, and a rabble more Of vile confederates. Along with them
209 burthens] burdens Johnson.
by the way Capell, making two
more) om. Long MS. 235, 236 Pope ends these lines and...
confederates. 236 vile] Rowe (ed. 2). vilde F,F2Fg.
Along with them] om. Pope.
They brought one Pinch, a hungry lean-faced villain,
Ang. My lord, in truth, thus far I witness with him, That he dined 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.
Sec. Mer. Besides, I will be sworn these ears of mine Heard
had the chain of him,
Ant. E. I never came within these abbey-walls;
245 all together] Rowe. altogether Ff.
249 in sunder] Fı asunder F,F3F4.
I never saw the chain, so help me Heaven!
Duke. Why, what an intricate impeach is this !
Dro. E. Sir, he dined with her there, at the Porpentine.
Duke. Why, this is strange. Go call the abbess hither. I think you are all mated, or stark mad.
[Exit one to the Abbess. Æge. Most mighty Duke, vouchsafe me speak a word: Haply I see a friend will save my life, And pay the sum that may deliver me.
Duke. Speak freely, Syracusian, what thou wilt.
Æge. Is not your name, sir, callid Antipholus ? And is not that your bondman, Dromio?
Dro. E. Within this hour I was his bondman, sir, But he, I thank him, gnaw'd in two my cords : Now am I Dromio, and his man unbound.
Æge. I am sure you both of you remember me.
Dro. E. Ourselves we do remember, sir, by you;
Æge. Why look you strange on me? you know me well.
Ant. E. I never saw you in my life till now. 267, 268 chain,80... Heaven! And] chain. [Exit...] F,F2. Enter...F3F4. So... heaven As Dyce.
287 that] om. Singer (ed. 1). 269 burthen] burden Johnson.
291 you both] Fboth F,F3F4281 mad] made F..