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If he were mad, he would not plead so coldly :-
he din’d at home; the goldsmith here Denies that saying :-Sirrah, what say you?
Dro. E. Sir, he dined with her there, at the Porcupine.
[Exit an Attendant. Æge. Most mighty duke, vouchsafe me speak a word; Haply, I see a friend, will save my life, And pay the sum that will deliver me.
Dukė. Speak freely, Syracusan, what thou wilt.
Æge. Is not your name, sir, call'd Antipholus? And is not that your bondman Dromio?
Dro. E. Within this hour I was his bondman, sir, But he, I thank him, gnawd 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; For lately we were bound as you are now. You are not Pinch's patient, are you, sir? Æge. Why look you strange on me? you know me
wel). Ant. E. I never saw you in my life, till now. Æge. Oh! grief hath chang’d me, since you saw me
Ant. E. Neither.
Dromio, nor thou?
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! 0, time's extremity!
Ant. E. I never saw my father in my life.
Ant. E. The dake, and all that know me in the city,
Duke. I tell thee, Syracusan, twenty years
and Dromi0, Syracusan.
[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;
Dro. S. I, sir, am Dromio; cominand him away.
Abb. Whoever bound him, I will loose his bonds;
That bore thee at a burden two fair sons : o, if thou be'st the same Ægeon, speak, And speak unto the same Æmilia!
Æge. If I dream not, thou art Æmilia;
Abb. By men of Epidamnum, he, and I,
Duke. Why, here begins his morning story right;
Ant. S. No, sir, not I; I came from Syracuse.
Adr. Which of you two did dine with me to-day?
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;
Ang. That is the chain, sir, which you had of me.
Adr. I sent you money, sir, to be your bail, By Dromio; but I think he brought it not. Dro. E. No, none by me.
Ant. S. This purse of ducats I receiv'd from you,
Ant. E. These ducats pawn I for my father here.
good cheer. Abb. Renowned duke, vouchsafe to take the pains To
go 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 compauy, And we shall make full satisfaction.Twenty-five years have I but gone in travail Of you, my sons; nor, till this present hour, My heavy burdens are delivered :The duke, my husband, and my children both, And you the calendars of their nativity, Go to a gossip’s feast, and go with me; After so long grief, such nativity! Duke. With all my heart, I'll gossip at this feast.
[Exeunt Duke, Abbess, Ægeon, Courtezan,
Merchant, Angelo, and Attendants. Dro. S. Master, shall I felch your stuff from shipboard ? Ant. E. Dromio, what stuff of mine hast thou em
bark'd ? Dro. S. Your goods, that lay at liost, sir, in the
Centaur. Ant. S. He speaks to me; I am your master, Dromio: Come, go with us: we'll look to that anon: Embrace thy brother there, rejoice with him.
[Excunt Antipholus Š. and E., Adr. and Luc.
Dro. S. There is a fat friend at your master's house,
Drö. S. Not I, sir; you are my elder.
Dro. S. We will draw cuts for the senior: till then, lead thou first.
Dro. E. Nay, then thus :
On a careful revision of the foregoing scenes, I do not hesitate to pronounce them the composition of two very unequal writers. Shakspeare had undoubtedly a share in them; but that the entire play was no work of his, is an opinion which (as Benedict says) • fire cannot melt out of me; I will die in it at the stake.' Thus, as we are informed by Aulus Gellius, lib. iii. cap. 3, some plays were absolutely ascribed to Plautus, which in truth had only been (retractatæ et expolitæ ) retouched and polished by him.
In this comedy we find more intricacy of plot than distinction of character; and our attention is less forcibly engaged, because we can guess in great measure how the denonement will be brought about. . Yet the subject appears to have been reluctantly dismissed, even in this last and unnecessary scene; where the same mistakes are continued, till the power of affording entertainment is entirely lost.
C. Whittingham, Printer, Chiswick.