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Mer. These ears of mine, thou knowest, did hear
S. Ant. Thou art a villain, to impeach me thus.
S CE N E II.
Enter Adriana, Luciana, Courtezan, and others. Adr. Hold, hurt him not, for God's fake ; he is
mad; Some get within him, take his sword away : Bind Dromio too, and bear them to my house. S. Dro. Run, master, run; for God's sake, take a
house. This is some Priory-In, or we are spoil'd.
[Exeunt to the Priory. Enter Lady Abbess. Abb. Be quiet, people; wherefore throng you hither?
Adr. To fetch my poor distracted husband hence ;
Ang. I knew, he was not in his perfect wits.
Adr. This week he hath been heavy, sower, sad,
Abb. Hath he not loft much wealth by wreck at fea? Bury'd some dear friend? hath not else his eye Stray'd his affection in unlawful love?
A fin, prevailing much in youthful men,
Adr. To none of these, except it be the last ;
Abb. You should for that have reprehended him.
Adr. It was the copy of our conference.
Abb. And therefore came it, that the man was mad. The venom clamours of a jealous woman Poison more deadly, than a mad dog's tooth.! It seems, his sleeps were hinder'd by thy railing; And therefore comes it, that his head is light. Thou say'ít, his meat was fauc'd with thy upbraidings; Unquiet meals make ill digestions ; Therefore the raging fire of fever bred ; And what's a fever, but a fit of madness? Thou say'st, his sports were hinder'd by thy brawls. Sweet recreation barr'd, what doth ensue, But moody and dull melancholy, • Kinsman to grim and comfortless despair ? And at her heels a huge infectious troop Of pale distemperatures, and foes to life. In food, in sport, and life-preserving rest,
8. Kiwfm is to grim and comfort- the next. This was the foolish · lefs d'Ipuir? ) Sbake ear infertion of the first Editors. I could never make melancholy a have therefore put it into hooks, male in this line, and a female in as spurious. WARBURTON.
To be disturb'dwould mad orman or beast :
Luc. She never reprehended him but mildly, When he demean’d himself rough, rude and wildly. - Why bear you these rebukes, and answer not?
Adr. She did betray me to my own reproof.
Abb. No, not a creature enter in 'my house.
Abb. Neither; he took this place for sanctuary,
Adr. I will attend my husband, be his nurse,
Alb. Be patient, for I will not let him ftir,
Adr. I will not hence, and leave my husband here ;
Abb. Be quiet and depart, thou shalt not have him.
Mer. By this, I think, the dial points at five : Anon, I'm sure, the Duke himself in person Comes this way to the melancholy vale ;
The place of deach and forry execution,
Ang. Upon what cause ?
Mer. To see a reverend Syracufan merchant, Who put unluckily into this bay Against the laws and statutes of this town, Beheaded publickly for his offence. Ang. See, where they come; we will behold his
death. Luc. Kneel to the Duke, before he pass the abbey.
Enter the Duke, and Ægeon bare-beaded; will the
Headsman, and other Officers.
Adr. Justice, most sacred Duke, against the Abbess:
Duke. She is a virtuous and a reverend Lady;
And, with his mad attendant 'mad himself,
Duke. Long since thy husband serv'd me in my wars.
Enter a Messenger. Mell. O mistress, mistress, fhift and save yourself; My master and his man are both broke loose, Beaten the maids a-row, and bound the doctor, Whose beard they have sing'd off with brands of fire ; And ever as it blaz’d, they threw on him Great pails of puddled mire to quench the hair ; My master preaches patience to him, and the while His man with scisfars nicks him like a fool : And, fure, unless you send some present help, Between them they will kill the conjurer.
Adr. Peace, fool, thy master and his man are here, And that is false, thou dost report to us.
9 And, with his mad attendant read,
AND bimself,) We should