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Æge. O, grief hath changed me since you saw me last,
And careful hours with time's deformed hand
Have written strange defeatures in my face :
But tell me yet, dost thou not know my voice?

Ant. E. Neither.
Æge. Dromio, nor thou?
Dro. E.

No, trust me, sir, nor I.
Æge. I am sure thou dost.

Dro. E. Ay, sir, but I am sure I do not; and whatsoever a man denies, you are now bound to believe him.

Æge. Not know my voice ! O time's extremity,
Hast thou so crack'd and splitted my poor tongue
In seven short years, that here my only son
Knows not my feeble key of untuned 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 some memory,
My wasting lamps some fading glimmer left,
My dull deaf ears a little use to hear :
All these old witnesses—I cannot err-
Tell me thou art my son Antipholus.

Ant. E. I never saw my father in my life.
Æge. But seven years since, in Syracusa, boy,


315 320

298 deformed] deforming Capell.
302, 303 No...dost.] One line in Steevens

304 Ay, sir,] Capell. I sir, Ff. 1, sir,

Rowe. I, sir? Pope. om. Hanmer,

reading as verse. Ay, sir? Malone. 304, 305 Printed as verse by Capell:

But...whatsoever A...him. 307 crack'd and splitted] crack'd my

voice split Collier MS. 309 of untuned cares] untuned of cares

Anon. conj.

cares] care S. Walker conj. ears

Anon. conj.
314 lamps] lamp Rowe (ed. 2)
316 All] And all Rowe.

old] hold Warburton.
witnessesI cannot err- - ] witnesses,
I cannot err, Rowe. witnesses, I
cannot erre. Ff. witnesses that (or

which) cannot err so quoted by Dodd. 319 Syracusa, boy] Capell. Siracusa

boy Ff. Syracusa bay Rowe. Syracusa's bay Hanmer.

Thou know'st we parted : but perhaps, my son,
Thou shamest to acknowledge me in misery.

Ant. E. The Duke and all that know me in the city
Can witness with me that it is not so:
I ne'er saw Syracusa in my life.

Duke. I tell thee, Syracusian, twenty years
Have I been patron to Antipholus,
During which time he ne'er saw Syracusa :
I see thy age and dangers make thee dote.



Re-enter Abbess, with ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse and DROMIO of

Syracuse. Abb. Most mighty Duke, behold a man much wrong'd. .

[All gather to see them. 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?

Dro. S. I, sir, am Dromio: command him away.
Dro. E. I, sir, am Dromio; pray, let me stay.
Ant. S. Ægeon art thou not? or else his ghost ?

. Dro. S. 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 hadst a wife once call’d Æmilia, That bore thee at a burthen two fair sons: 0, if thou be'st the same Ægeon, speak, And speak unto the same Æmilia !



327 Syracusa] Syracuse Collier MS.
328 Re-enter...] Dyce. Enter the Ab-

besse with Antipholus Siracusa
(Siracusan F,F4. Syracusan F3),

and Dromio Sir. (Sirac. F,F,F). Ff. 329 SCENE VII. Pope.


[All...them.] All... him. Warbur

332 these. Which] these, which Ff.
338 loose) lose F.
342 burthen] burden Warburton.




Æge. If I dream not, thou art Æmilia :
If thou art she, 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 Dromio, all were taken up;
But by and by rude fishermen of Corinth
By force took Dromio and my son from them,
And me they left with those of Epidamnum.
What then became of them I cannot tell;
I to this fortune that you see me in.

Duke. Why, here begins his morning story right : 355
These two Antipholuses, these two so like,
And these two Dromios, one in semblance,-
Besides her urging of her wreck at sea, -
These are the parents to these children,
Which accidentally are met together.
Antipholus, thou camest from Corinth first?

Ant. S. No, sir, not I; I came from Syracuse.
Duke. Stay, stand apart; I know not which is which.
Ant. E. I came from Corinth, my most gracious lord,
Dro. E. And I with him.



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346, 347 tell me, where...raft?] Capell.

tell me, where...rafte. F,F,F3. tell

me where...raft. FA 355—360 Why...together] Ff insert this

speech after 344. The alteration

is due to Capell. 355 his] F F. this F,F4. the Rowe

(ed. 2).

story right] story's light Capell. 356 Antipholuses, these] Antipholus,

these F. Antipholis, these F,F,F4. Antipholis's, these Rowe (ed. 2). Antipholus', these S. Walker conj.

358 Besides her urging of her] Both

sides emerging from their Hanmer.
Besides his urging of her Mason
conj. Besides his urging of his
Collier MS. Besides his urging of
their Cartwright conj. Besides her
urging of the Hudson (S. Walker
conj.). Malone supposes a line,
beginning with These, lost after
wreck at sea,–] wreck,--all say,

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See note (1). 357 these] F F, those F,F3.

semblance) semblance prove Capell.

Jackson conj. 359 These are] These plainly are Pope. 361 Ff prefix 'Duke.'

first?] Capell. first. Ff.



Ant. E. 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?
Ant. S. I, gentle mistress.

And are not you my husband ? Ant. E. No; I say nay to that.

Ant. S. And so do I; yet did she call me so :
And this fair gentlewoman, her sister here,
Did call me brother. [To Luciana] What I told you then,
I hope I shall have leisure to make good;
If this be not a dream I see and hear.

Ang. That is the chain, sir, which you had of me.
Ant. S. I think it be, sir; I deny it not.
Ant. E. And you, sir, for this chain arrested me.
Ang. I think I did, sir; I deny it not.

Adr. I sent you money, sir, to be
By Dromio; but I think he brought it not.
Dro. E. No, none by me.

Ant. S. This purse of ducats I received from you,
And Dromio my man did bring them me.
I see we still did meet each other's man ;
And I was ta'en for him, and he for me;
And thereupon these ERRORS are arose.
Ant. E. These ducats pawn I for my father here.

Duke. It shall not need; thy father hath his life.
Cour. Sir, I must have that diamond from you.
Ant. E. There, take it; and much thanks for my good

cheer. Abb. Renowned Duke, vouchsafe to take the pains

your bail,




366 by] with Singer (ed. 1).
372 her sister] Fı. om. F,F3F4.
373 [To Luciana] Clark and Glover.

[Aside to Luciana Staunton conj.

383 from] for Capell conj.
387 are arose] Ff. all arose Rowe. rare

arose Staunton. here arose Anon.


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with us into the abbey here,
And hear at large discoursed all our fortunes :
And all that are assembled in this place,
That by this sympathized one day's error
Have suffer'd wrong, go keep us company,
And we shall make full satisfaction.
Thirty-three years have I but gone in travail
you, my sons; and till this present hour

400 My heavy burthen ne'er delivered. The Duke, my husband, and my children both, And you

the calendars of their nativity, Go to a gossips' feast, and go with me; After so long grief, such nativity! Duke. With all my heart, I'll gossip at this feast.

[Exeunt all but Ant. S., Ant. E., Dro. S., and Dro. E. Dro. S. Master, shall I fetch your stuff from ship

board ? Ant. E. Dromio, what stuff of mine hast thou embark’d? 397 wrong, go] Rowe. wrong. Goe, ley conj.

F,F2. wrong. Go, Fz. wrong. Go gossips'] Dyce. gossips Ff. gossip's F4

Rowe. 398 we shall make] ye shall have Pope. and go] F F F and goe F. and 399 Thirty-three] Ff. Twenty-five Theo- gaude Warburton. and joy Dyce,

bald. Twenty-three Capell. See ed. 2 (Heath conj.). and gout Jacknote (XI).

son conj. and see Anon conj. and but] Fı been F,F3Ft. om. Hanmer. come Keightley. 400 and till] nor till Theobald. until 405 such nativity!]suits festivity. Anon.

Malone (Boaden conj.). and at conj.
Collier, ed. 2 (Collier MS.).

nativity] Ff. felicity Hanmer. fes401 burthen ne'er] Dyce. burthen are tivity Staunton and Dyce, ed. 1

F burthens are F,F3F4 burdens (Johnson conj.), withdrawn. are Warburton. burden not Capell. 406 [Exeunt...] Exeunt omnes. Manet burden here Singer (ed. 1). burden the two Dromio's and two Brothers. has Anon. conj. (ap. Halliwell).

Ff. ne'er delivered] undelivered Collier 407 SCENE VIII. Pope. (ed. 1).

fetch] go fetch Dyce, ed. 2 (S. Wal404 Go...and go] Hence...along Lett

ker conj.). som conj. So...all go Clark and ship-board] shipboard

for you Capell Glover conj. Come...and go Keight- conj. ship-board now Keightley.





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