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COMEDY of ERRO

BY

WILL, SHAKSPEI

Printed Complete from the TEXT of

SAM. JOHNSON and GEO. STEEVE

And revised from the last Editions,

When Learning's triumph o'er her barb'rous focs
First rear'd the Stage, immortal SHAKS PERE rose;
Each change of many-colour'd life he drew,
Exhausted worlds, and then imagin'd new :
Existence saw him spurn her bounded reign,
And panting Time toil'd after him in vain:
His pow'sful strokes presiding Truth confess'd,
And unrcsisted Passion storm'd the breast.

DR. SAMUEL JI

LONDON:

Printed for, and under the direction of John Bell, British-Library, STRA

MDCCLXXXV.

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OBSERVATIONS

ON THE Fable AND Composition of THE

COMEDY of ERRORS.

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Süakster I certainly took the general plan of this comedy from a translation of the Menachmi of Plautus, by W. W. i..e. (according to Wood) William Warner, in 1595, whose version of the acrostical argument is as follows:

“ Two twinne-borne sonnes, a Sicill marchant had, “ Menechmus one, and Sosicles the other ;

" The first his father lost a little lad, « The grandsire namde the latter like his brother:

“ This (growne a man) long travell tooke to seeke “ His brother, and to Epidamnum came,

“ Where th’other dwelt inricht, and him so like, “ That citizens there take him for the same :

" Father, wife, neighbours, each mistaking 'either, " Much pleasant error, ere they meet togither." Perhaps the last of these lines suggested to Shakspere the title for his piece.

In this comedy we find more intricacy of plot than distinc. tion of character; and our attention is less forcibly engaged, because we can guess in great measure how the denoüement

will be brought about Yet the poet seems unwilling to part with his subject, even in this last and unnecessary scene, where the same mistakes are continued, till their power of affording entertainment is entirely lost. STEEVENS.

Dramatis Personaè.

MEN. SOLINUS, Duke of Ephesus. ÆGEON, a Merchant of Syracuse. ANTIPHOL IS of Ephesus,

("Twin-Brothers, and Son's 10 ANTIPHOLIS of Syracuse,

Ageon and Æmilia, but xx.

known to each other, Drom10 of Ephesus, ? Twin-Brothers, and Slaves to ebe

two Antipholis's.
BALTHAZAR, a Merchant.
ANGELO, a Goldsmith.
A Merchant, Friend to Antipbolis of Syracuse,
Dr. Ponch, a Schoolmaster, and a Conjurer.,

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WOMEN.
ÆMILIA, Wife to Ægeon, an Abbess at Ephesus.
ADRIANA, Wife to Antipbolis of Ephesus.
LUCIANA, Sifter to Adriana,
LUCE, Servant 10 Adriana.
A Courtezan.

I T & T W

Faikt, Officers, and other Attendants.

SCENI, Ephesus,

COMEDY of ERR

ACT I. SCENE I.

South burst

The Duke's Palace. Enter the Duke of Ephesu

Jailer, and other Attendants.

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Ægeon.
PROCEED, Solinus, to procure my fall,
And, by the doom of death, end woes ar

Duke. Merchant of Syracusa, plead no
I am not partial, to infringe our laws:
The enmity and discord, which of late
Sprung from the rancorous outrage of you
To merchants, our well-dealing country
Who, wanting gilders to redeem their liv
Have seal'd his rigorous statutes with the
Excludes all pity from our threat’ning lo
For, since the mortal and intestine jars
'Twixt thy seditious countrymen and tis,

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