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S. Dro. 'Faith, stay here this night; they will surely do us no harm; you saw, they spake us fair, gave us gold; methinks, they are such a gentle nation, that but for the mountain of mad flesh that claims marriage of me, I could find in my heart to stay here ftill, and turn witch.

S. Ant. I will not stay to-night for all the town; Therefore away, to get our stuff aboard.


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A street, before a priory.

Enter the Merchant, and Angelo.
Ang Am sorry, Sir, that I have hinder’d you ;

But, I protest, he had the chain of me,
Tho' most dishonestly he doth deny it.
Mer. How is the man esteem'd here

the city ?
Ang. Of very reverend reputation, Sir,
Of credit infinite, highly belov’d,
Second to none that lives here in the city;
His word might bear my wealth at any time.
Mer. Speak softly : yonder, as I think, he walks.

Enter Antipholis and Dromio of Syracuse.
Ang. 'Tis fo; and that self-chain about his neck,
Which he forswore moft monstrously to have.
Good Sir, draw near to me, I'll speak to him.
Signior Antipholis, I wonder much

would put me to this shame and trouble ;
And not without some scandal to yourself,
With circumstance and oaths so to deny
This chain, which now you wear so cpcnly :
Besides the charge, the shame, imprisonment,
You have done wrong to this my honest friend;
Who, but for staying on our controversy,
Had hoisted fail, and put to sea to-day.
This chain you had of me, can you deny it?

S. Ant. I think I had; I never did deny it.
Mer. Yes, that you did, Sir; and forswore it too.
S. Ant. Who heard me to deny it, or forswear it?

Some get

Mler. These ears of mine, thou kpowest, did hear thee: Fie 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 prefently, if thou dar'it ftand. Mer. I dare, and do defy thee for a villain.

[They draw. S C Ε Ν Ε ΙΙ. Enter Adriana, Luciana, Courtezan, and others. Adr. Hold, hurt him not, for God's fake; he is mad;

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 This is some priory; in, or we are spoil'd. [house ;

[Exeunt to the priory. Enter Lady Abbess. Abb. Be quict, pcople; wherefore throng you hither?

dur. To fetch my poor diftra&ied husband hence; Let us come in, that we may bind him faft, 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.

6. How long hath this pofiefion held the man?
Adr. This week he hath been heavy. four, sad,
And much much different from the man he was :
But, till this afternoon, his pallion
Ne'er brake into extremity of rage.

Abb. Hath he not lost much wealth by wreck at sea? Bury'd some dear friend? bath 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 fubject to?

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

1bb. You should for that have reprehended hin.
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 assemblies too,
Abb. Ay, but not enough.

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


theme; 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 thereof comes it that his head is light.
Thou say'st, his meat was fauc'd with thy upbraidings :
Unquiet meals make ill digestions ;
Thereof 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 t],

And at her heels a huge infectious troop
Of pale distemperatures, and foes to life?
In food, in sport, and life-preserving rest,
To be disturb’d, would mad or man or beait :
The consequence is then, thy jealous fits
Have scar'd 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 ;

By copy here is to be understood abundance, fulness, as cousin signifies in Latin.

+ This line seems to be spurious. Vol. III.



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.

Abb. Be patient ; for I will not let him ftir,
Till I have us’d th' approved means I have,
With wholsome syrups, 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 beseem 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 proftrate 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 death and sorry execution,
Behind the ditches of the abbey here,

Ang. Upon what cause?

Mer. To see a reverend Syracusan merchant, Who put unluckily into this bay Against the laws and statutes of this town, Beheaded publicly 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-headed; with the

headsman, and other officers.
Duke. Yet once again proclaim it publicly,

friend will pay

the fum for him, He shall not die, so much we tender him.

Adr. Justice, moft facred 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,

[band, At 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, Whilst 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 usy 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 thats the gates on us, And will not suffer us to fetch him out, Nor send him forth, that we may bear him hence: Therefore, most 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 inafter 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 stir.

SC EN E IV. Enter a Messenger. Mel. O mistress, mistress, shift and save yourself; My master and his man are both broke loose, Beaten the maids a-row, and bound the Doctor,

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