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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.
A А сту.
S C Ε Ν Ε
A street, before a priory.
Enter the Merchant, and Angelo.
But, I protest, he had the chain of me,
the city ?
Enter Antipholis and Dromio of Syracuse.
would put me to this shame and trouble ;
S. Ant. I think I had; I never did deny it.
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.
6. How long hath this pofiefion held the man?
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;
1bb. You should for that have reprehended hin.
Adr. As roughly as my modesty would let me.
Adr. It was the copy * of our conference.
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.
And at her heels a huge infectious troop
Luc. She never reprehended him but mildly,
Adr. She did betray me to my own reproof.
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,
Adr. I will attend my husband, be his nurse,
Abb. 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. Luc. Complain unto the Duke of this indignity.
Mer. By this, I think, the dial points at five :
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.
Enter the Duke, and Ægeon bare-headed; with the
headsman, and other officers.
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,