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Though now this grained* face of mine be bid
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: lamp some fading glimmer left,
My dull deaf ears a little use to hear:
All these old witnesses (I cannot err),
Tell me, thou art iny son Antipliolus.

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

Can witness with me that it is not so;
I ne'er saw Syracusa in my life.

Duke. I tell thee, Syracusan, twenty years
Have I been patron to Antipholus,
During which time he pe'er saw Syracusa:

see, thy age and dangers make thee dote.

Enter the Abbess, with Antipholus Syracusan, and

Dromio Syracusan.

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,
That bore thee at a burden two fair sons:
0, if thou be'st the same Ægeon, speak,
And speak unto the same Æmilia!

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;
These two Antipholus's, these two so like,
And these two Dromio's, 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 cam'st 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. Ant. E. Brought to this town with that most fa

mous warrior
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. Aud so do I, yet did she call me so;
And this fair gentlewoman, her sister here,
Did call me brother :- What I told you then,

* 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;
If this be pot a dream, I see, and hear.

Ang. That is the chain, sir, which you had of me.
Ant. 3. 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 mouey, 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, 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

I see by you, I am a sweet-faced youth.
Will you walk in to see their gossiping ?

Dro, S. Not I, sir; you are my elder.
Dro. E. That's a question : how shall we try it?

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.


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