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My mafter preaches patience to him, and the while
Adr. Peace, fool, thy master and his man are here, And that is false, thou dost report to us.
Mel. Mistress, upon my life, I tell you true; I have not breath'd almoft, fince I did see it. He cries for you, and vows if he can take you, To fcorch your face, and to disfigure you. (Cry withina Hark, hark, I hear him, mistress; fly, be gone. Duke. Come, stand by me, fear nothing: guard with
halberds. Adr. Ay me, it is my husband; witness you, That he is borne about invisible! Ev'n now we hous'd him in the abbey here, And now he's there, past thought of human reason.
Enter Antipholis, and Dromio of Ephesus.
Deep scars to save thy life, even for the blood
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'st to me to be my wife; That hath abused and dishonour'd me, Ev'n in the strength 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 Ahut the doors upon Whilst the with harlots feafted in
house. [me; Duke. A grievous fault; say, woman, didft thou for
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 simple 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.
my wrongs might make one wifer mad.
way we met my wife, her sister, and A rabble more of vile confederates; They brought one Pinch, a hungry lean-fac'd villaing A mere anatomy, a mountebank, A thread-bare juggler, and a fortune-teller, A needy, hollow-ey'd, sharp-looking wretch, 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 'twere, out-facing me, Cries out, I was poffeft. Then all together 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 asunder,
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. Befides, I will be sworn, thefe ears of mine
first forswore it on the mart;
E. Ant. I never came within these abbey-walls,
Duke. Why, what an intricate impeach is this ?
all have drunk of Circe's cup: If here
hous'd him, here he would have been;
E. Dro. Sir, he din’d with her there, at the Porcupine.
Grace, Duke. Why, this is strange; go call the Abbess hither; I think, you are all mated, or stark mad.
[Exit one to the Abbess. Ægeor. Most mighty Duke, vouchsafe mespeak a word: Haply I see a friend will save my life ; And pay the sum that may deliver me,
Duke. Speak freely, Syracufan, what thou wilt.
Ægeon. Is not your name, Sir, calld Antipholis? And is not that bond-man Dromio?
E. Dro. Within this hour I was his bond-mán, Sir, But he, I thank him, gnaw'd in two my cords ; Now am I Dromio, and his man unbound.
Ægeon. I am sure, you both of you remember me.
E. Dro. Ourselves we do remember, Sir, by you; For lately we were bound, as you are now. You are not Pinch's patient, are you, Sir?
Æge.Why look you strangeon me? you know me well. E. Ant. I never saw you in my life, 'till now.
Æg. Oh! grief hath chang'd me, since you saw melaft;
E. Ant. Neither.
E. Dro. I, Sir! 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!
E. Ant. I never saw my father in my life.
E. Ant. The Duke, and all that know me in the city, Can witness with me that it is not so:
I ne'er faw Syracusa in my life.
Duke. I tell thee, Syracufan, twenty years
[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 i
Abb. Whoever bound him, I will loofe his bonds ;
Duke. Why, here begins his morning story right:
Ægeon. If I dream not, thou art Æmilia ;
Abb. By men of Epidamnum, he and I,