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Disguised cheaters, prating mountebanks,
The House of Antipholis of Ephesus.
Enter Adriana and Luciana.
That in such hafte I sent to seek his master!
Luc. Perhaps, some merchant hath invited him,
Soul-killing forcerers that change WARBURTON. the mind ; The learned commentator has Dark-working witches, that deendeavoured with much earnest form the body. ness to recommend his altera- This change seems to remove all tion; but, if I may judge of difficulties. other apprehensions by my own, By foul-killing I understand without great success. This in- destroying the rational faculties terpretation of soul-killing, is by such means as make men fanforced and harsh. Sir T. Han
themselves beasts. mer reads, Soul-Jelling, agreeably
liberties of fin :) enough to the common opinion, Sir T. Hanmer reads, Libertines, but without such improvement which, as the author has been
may justify the change. enumerating nct acts but persons, Perhaps the epithets have been seems right. only misplaced, and the lines
Adr. Why should their liberty than ours be more ?
Luc. Why, head-strong liberty is lafht with woe.
Adr. This servitude makes you to keep unwed.
Adr. Patience unmov'd, -no marvel tho' she pause, They can be meek, that have no other cause : A wretched foul, bruis'd with adversity, We bid be quiet, when we hear it cry; But were we burden'd with like weight of pain, As much, or more, we should ourselves complain. So thou, that haft no unkind mate to grieve thee, With urging helpless patience wouldīt relieve me : But if thou live to see like right bereft, This fool-begg'd patience in thee will be left. ?
Luc. 5 - Part some other where ?] pid is said to be a good hare-finder, I cannot but think that our au • To pause is to reft, to be in chour wrote,
quiet. - fiart some other hare. 7 - fiol-beggd) She seems So in Much ads about nothing, Cu to mean by fool begi'd, panerce, VOL. III. I
Luc. Well, I will marry one day but to try ; Here comes your man, now is your husband nigh.
Enter Dromio of Ephesus.
E. Dro. Nay, he's at two hands with me, and that my two ears can witness.
Adr. Say, didst thou speak with him ? know'st thou his mind ?
E. Dro. Ay, ay, he told his mind upon mine ear. Beshrew his hand, I scarce could understand it.
Luc. Spake he so doubtfully, thou couldst not feel his meaning?
E. Dro. Nay, he struck so plainly, I could too well feel his blows; and withal fo doubtfully, that I could fcarce understand them.
Adr. But say, I pr’ythee, is he coming home? It seems, he hath great care to please his wife. E. Dro. Why, mistress, sure, my master is horn
mad. Adr. Horn-mad, thou villain ? E. Dro. I mean not, cuckold-mad; but, fure, he's
stark mad : When I desir'd him to come home to dinner, He alk'd me for a thousand marks in gold : 'Tis dinner-time, quoch I ; my gold, quoth he : Your meat doth burn, quoth ); my gold, quoth he: Will you come home, quoch 1 ? my gold, quoth he: Where is the thousand marks I gave thee, villain ? The pig, quoth I, is burn'd; my gold, quoth he. My mistress, Sir, quoth I; hang up thy mistress; I know not thy mistress ; out on thy mistress ! that patience which is so near to from it to represent you as a fiv, idiotical fimplicity, that your next and teg the guardianship of your relation would take advantage fortune.
Luc. Quoth who?
E. Dro. Quoth my master : I know, quoth he, no house, no wise, no mistress ; So that my errand, due unto my tongue, I thank him, I bare home upon my shoulders : For, in conclusion, he did beat me there. Adr. Go back again, thou Nave, and fetch him
home. E. Dro. Go back again, and be new beaten home? For God's sake, send some other messenger.
Adr. Back, slave, or I will break thy pate across. E. Dro. And he will bless that cross with other beat,
ing: Between you I shall have a holy head.
Adr. Hence, prating peasant, fetch thy'master home.
E. Dro. Am i so round with you as you with me, That like a foot-ball you do spurn me thus ? You spurn me hence, and he will spurn me hither : If I last in this service, you must cafe me in leather.
[Exit. S CE N E III. Luc. Fy, how impatience lowreth in your face !
Ard. His company must do his minions grace, Whilst I at home starve for a merry look : Hath homely age th' alluring beauty took From my poor cheek? then, he hath wasted it. Are my discourses dull? barren my wit ? If voluble and sharp discourse be marr’d, Unkindness blunts it, more than marble hard. Do their gay vestments his affections bait ? That's not my fault : he's rafter of What ruins are in me, that can be found By him not ruin'd ? then, is he the ground 8 Am I go round with you as self, and unrestraired, or free in
you with me, ] He plays Speech oration, spoken of his misupon the word round, which fig- tress. So the king in Hamlet bids nified spherical applied to him- the queen ber vund with her ion.
Of my defeatures. My decayed fair
Luc. Self-harming jealousy !-fy, beat it hence.
Adr. Unfeeling fools can with such wrongs dispense:
(Exeunt. * The ambiguity of deer and By falßhood and corruption datb dear is borrowed. poor as it is,
it jham..] In this miserable by Wolier in his poem on the condition is this passage given us. Ladies Girdle.
It should be read thus,
Wiil lose his beauty; and the
– poor l am but his ji ale ] That others toucb ; jet often touchThe word sal, in our authour, used as a substantive, means, not Wear gold: and so no man, that something offered to allure or attrall, but something vitiated with But falfhood, and corruption, detb ase, something of which the beft
it jbame. part has been enjoyed and con. The sense is this, “ Gold, infumed.
“ deed, will long bear the hand11 sec, the jewel, beft ena " ling; however, often touching, melled,
“ will wear even gold; just to Will lose his beauty; YET: the “ the greatest character, tho' as gold bides fill,
pure as gold itself, may, in Thut orbers tonch, AND often “ time, be injured, by the retouching will:
“ peated attacks of falihood and WHERE gold and no mar, that corruption." WARBURTON. barb a vaman
hath a name,