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Comedy of Errors.
FROM THE TEXT OP
MR. STEEVENS'S LAST EDITION.
Solinus, Duke of Ephesus.
Twin Brothers, and Sons to Antipholus of Ephesus,
Ægeon and Æmilia, but Antipholus of Syracuse,
unknown to each other. Dromio of Ephesus,
Twin Brothers, and Attendants Dromio of Syracuse, on the two Antipholus's. Balthazar, a Merchant. Angelo, a Goldsmith. A Merchant, Friend to Antipholus of Syracuse. Pinch, a Schoolmaster, and a Conjurer.
Æmilia, Wife to Ægeon, an Abbess at Ephesus.
Gaoler, Officers, and other Attendants.
COMEDY OF ERRORS.
ACT I. SCENE I.
A HALL IN THE DUKE'S PALACE.
Enter Duke, Ægeon, Gaoler, Officers, and other
Duke. Merchant of Syracusa, plead no more;
Come to the bay of Ephesus, he dies,
Duke. Weil, Syracusan, say, in brief, the cause Why thou departedst from thy native home; And for what cause thou cam'st to Ephesus.
Æge. A heavier task could not have been impos’d, Than I to speak my griefs unspeakable: Yet, that the world may witness, that
end Was wrought by nature, not by vile offence, I'll utter what my sorrow gives me leave. In Syracusa was I born; and wed Unto a woman, happy but for me, And by me too, had not our hap been bad. With her I liv’d in joy; our wealth increas’d, By prosperous voyages I often made To Epidamnum, till my factor's death; And he, great care of goods at random left, Drew me from kind embracements of my spouse: From whom my absence was not six months old, Before herself (almost at fainting, under The pleasing punishment that women bear,) Had made provision for her following me, And soon, and safe, arrived where I was. There she had not been long, but she became