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Mer. These ears of mine, thou knowest, did hear

Fy on thee, wretch ! 'tis pity, that thou liv'st
To walk where any honest men resort.

S. Ant. Thou art a villain, to impeach me thus.
I'll prove mine honour and my honesty
Against thee presently, if thou dar'it stand.
Mer. I dare, and do defy thee for a villain.

[They draw.


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 ;
Let us come in, that we may bind him fast,
And bear him home for his recovery.

Ang. I knew, he was not in his perfect wits.
Mer. I'm sorry now, that I did draw on him.
Abb. How long hath this poffeffion held the man?

Adr. This week he hath been heavy, sower, sad,
And much, much different from the man he was :
But, till this afternoon, his passion
Ne'er brake into extremity of rage.

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,
Who give their eyes the liberty of gazing.
Which of these forrows is he subject to?

Adr. To none of these, except it be the last ;
Namely, some love, that drew him oft from home.

Abb. You should for that have reprehended him.
Adr. Why, so I did.
Abb. Ay, but not rough enough.
Adr. As roughly, as my modesty would let me.
Abb. Haply, in private.
Adr. And in affemblies too.
Abb. Ay, but not enough.

Adr. It was the copy of our conference.
In bed, he Nept not for my urging it;
At board, he fed not for my urging it ;
Alone, it was the subject of

my theam;
In company, I often glanc'd at it ;
Still did I tell him, it was vile and bad.

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 :
The consequence is then, thy jealous fits
Have scared thy husband from the use of wits.

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.
-Good people, enter, and lay hold on him.

Abb. No, not a creature enter in 'my house.
Adr. Then, let your servants bring my husband forth.

Abb. Neither; he took this place for sanctuary,
And it shall privilege him from your hands,
'Till I have brought him to his wits again,
Or lose my labour in assaying it.

Adr. I will attend my husband, be his nurse,
Diet his sickness, for it is my office;
And will have no attorney but myself;
And therefore let me have him home with me.

Alb. Be patient, for I will not let him ftir,
'Till I have us'd th' approved means I have,
With wholsome sirups, drugs, and holy prayers
To make of him a formal man again ;
It is a branch and parcel of mine oath,
· A charitable duty of my order;
Therefore depart, and leave him here with me.

Adr. I will not hence, and leave my husband here ;
And ill it doth befeem your holiness
To separate the husband and the wife.

Abb. Be quiet and depart, thou shalt not have him.
Luc. Complain unto the Duke of this indignity.

[Exit Abbess.
Adr. Come, go; I will fall prostrate at his feet,
And never rise, until my tears and prayers
Have won his Grace to come in person hither;
And take perforce my husband from the Abbess.

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,
Behind the ditches of the abbey here.

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.

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Enter the Duke, and Ægeon bare-beaded; will the

Headsman, and other Officers.
Duke. Yet once again proclaim it publickly,
If any friend will pay the sum for him,
He shall not die, so much we tender him.

Adr. Justice, most sacred Duke, against the Abbess:

Duke. She is a virtuous and a reverend Lady;
It cannot be, that she hath done thee wrong.
Adr. May it please your Grace, Antipholis my hus-

(Whom I made lord of me and all I had,
Ar your important letters,) this ill day
A most outrageous fit of madness took him;
That desp’rately he hurry'd through the street,
With him his bondman all as mad as he,
Doing displeasure to the citizens,
By rushing in their houses; bearing thence
Rings, jewels, any thing his rage did like.
Once did I get him bound, and sent him home,
Whilft to take order for the wrongs I went,
That here and there his fury had committed :
Anon, I wot not by what strong escape,
He broke from those that had the guard of him:


And, with his mad attendant 'mad himself,
Each one with ireful passion, with drawn swords,
Met us again, and, madly bent on us,
Chas'd us away; 'till raising of more aid,
We came again to bind them; then they fled
Into this abbey, whither we pursu'd them ;
And here the Abbess shuts the gates on us,
And will not suffer us to fetch him out,
Nor send him forth, that we may bear him hence.
Therefore, inost gracious Duke, with thy command,
Let him be brought forth, and borne hence for help.

Duke. Long since thy husband serv'd me in my wars.
And I to thee engag'd a Prince's word,
(When thou didst make him master of thy bed,)
To do him all the grace and good I could.
Go, some of you, knock at the abbey-gate;
And bid the lady Abbess come to me.
I will determine this, before I ftir.

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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.

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