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Though now this grained* face of mine be bid
Ant. E. I never saw my father in my life.
Æge. But seven years since, in Syracusa, boy, Thou kpow'st, we parted: but, perhaps, my son, Thou sham'st to acknowledge me in misery. Ant. E. The duke and all that know me in the
Duke. I tell thee, Syracusan, twenty years
see, thy age and dangers make thee dote.
Enter the Abbess, with Antipholus Syracusan, and
Abb. Most mighty duke, behold a man much wrong'd.
[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; 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 8. Ægeon, art thou not? or else his ghost? Dro. S. O, my old master! who hath bound him
here? Alb. Whoever bound him, I will loose his bonds, And gain a husband by his liberty:Speak, old Ægeon, if thou be'st the man
* Furrowed, lined.
That had'st a wife once call'd 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, 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. Ant. E. Brought to this town with that most fa
Adr. Which of you two did dine with me to-day?
And are not you my husband ?
Ant. S. Aud so do I, yet did she call me so;
* The morning story is what Ægeon tells the duke in the first scene of this play.
I hope, I shall have leisure to make good;
Ang. That is the chain, sir, which you had of me.
Adr. I sent you mouey, sir, to be your bail,
Dro. E. No, none by me.
Ant. S. This purse of ducats I receiv'd 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 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 company, 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 burdeos 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.
[Ereunt Duke, Abbess, Ægeon, Courtezan,
- Merchant, Angelo, and attendants. Dro. S. Master, shall I fetch your stuff from shipboard ? Ant. E. Dromio, what stuff of mine hast thou em.
bark'd? VOL. III.
Dro. S. Your goods, that lay at host, sir, in the
Centaur. Ant, S. He speaks to me; I am your master, Dro
mio: Come, go with us: we'll look to that anon: Embrace thy, brother there, rejoice with him.
(Exeunt Antipholus S. and E., Adr. and Luc. Dro. S. There is a fat friend at your master's house, That kitchen'd me for you to-day at dinner; She now shall be my sister, not my wife. Dro. E. Methinks, you are my glass, and not my
Dro, S. Not I, sir; you are my elder.
Dro. S. We will draw cuts for the senior: ull then, lead thoy first.
Dro. E. Nay, then thus : We came into the world, like brother and brother; And now let's go hand in hand, not one before another.
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 Auluş Gellius, Lib. III. Cap. 3. some plays were absolutely ascribed to Plautus, which in truth had only been (retractate et expolitæ ) retouched and polished by him.
In this comedy we find more jutricacy of plot than distinction of character; and our attention is less forcibly evgaged, because we can gaess in great mea. sure how the denouement 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.