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The pleasing punishment that women bear), Thus have you heard me sever'd from my bliss;
Had made provision for her following me, That by misfortunes was my life prolungd,
And soon and safe, arrived where I was. To tell sad stories of my own mishaps.
There she had not been long, but she became Duke. And for the sake of them thou sorrow-
A joyful mother of two goodly sons;

Do me the favour to dilate at full [est for, And, which was strange, the one so like the other What hath befall'n of them, and thee, till now. As could not be distinguished but by names. Æge. My youngest boy, and yet my eldest That very hour, and in the selfsame inn, At eighteen years became inquisitive (care, A poor mean woman was delivered

After his brother; and importun'd zne, Of such a burden, male twins, both alike : That his attendant (for his case was like, Those, for their parents were exceeding poor, Reft of his brother, but retain'd his name), I bought, and brought up to attend my sons. Might bear him company in the quest of him: My wife, not meanly proud of two such boys, Whom whilst I labourd of a love to see, Made daily motions for our home return: I hazarded the loss of whom I lov'd. Unwilling I agreed; alas ! too soon.

Five summers have I spent in furthest Greece, We came aboard:

Roaming clean through the bounds of Asia, A league from Epidamnum had we sail'd, And, coasting homeward, came to Ephesus: Before the always wind-obeying deep

Hopeless to find, yet loath to leave unsought, Gave any tragick instance of our harm : Or that, or any place that harbours men, But longer did we not retain much hope ; But here must end the story of my life; For what obscured light the heavens did grant And happy were I in my timely death, Did but convey into our fearful minds

Could all my travels warrant me they live. A doubtful warrant of immediate death;

Duke. IIapless Ægeon, whom the fates have
Which, though myself would gladly have em- To bear the extremity of dire mishap![mark'd
Yet the incessant weepings of my wife, (brac'd, Now, trust me, were it not against our laws,
Weeping before for what she saw must come, Against my crown, my oath, my dignity,
And piteous plainings of the pretty babes, Which princes, would they, may not disannul,

That mourn'd for fashion, ignorant what to fear, My soul should sue as advocate for thee.
Fore'd me to seek delays for them and me. But, though thou art adjudged to the death,
And this it was,- for other means was none. And passed sentence may not be recall’d,
The sailors sought for safety by our boat, But to our honour's great disparagement,
And left the ship, then sinking ripe, to us: Yet will I favour thee in what I can:
My wife, more careful for the latter-born, Therefore, merchant, I'll limit thee this day,
Had fastened him unto a small spare mast, To seck thy help by beneficial help:
Such as sea-faring men provide for storms; Try all the friends thou hast in Ephesus;
To him one of the other twins was bound, Beg thou or borrow, to make up the sum,
Whilst I had been like heedful of the other. And live; if not, then thou art doom'd to die: -
The children thus dispos'd, my wife and I, Gaoler, take him to thy custody.
Fixing our eyes on whom our care was fix'd, Gool. I will, my lord.

Fastend ourselves at either end the mast; Age. Hopeless, and helpless, doth Xgeon
Aud fioating straight, obedient to the stream, But to procrastinate his lifeless end. (Exeunt.
Were carried towards Corinth, as we thought.
At length the sun, gazing upon the earth,

SCENE II. A publick Place. Dispers'd those vapours that otfended us;

Enter AXTIPHOLUS and Dromo of Syracuse, and And, by the benefit of his wish'd light,

a Merchant. The seas wax'd calm, and we discover'd

Mer. Therefore, give out, you are of EpidamTwo ships from far making amain to us,

num, Of Corinth that, of Epidaurus this:

Lest that your goods too soon be confiscate. But ere they came,--0, let me say no more! This very day, a Syracusan merchant Gather the sequel by that went before. [off so; Is apprehended for arrival here:

Duke. Nay, forward, old man, do not break And, not being able to buy out his life,
For we may pity, though not pardon thee. According to the statute of the town,

Æge. O, had the gods done so, I had not now Dies ere the weary sun set in the west.
Worthily term'd iher merciless to us! There is your money that I had to keep.
For, ere the ships could meet by twice five Ant. S. Go bearit to the Centaur,where we host,

And stay there, Dromio, till I come to thee. We were encounter'd by a mighty rock; Within this hour it will be dinner-time: Which being violently borne upon,

Till that, I'll view the manners of the town, Our helpful ship was splitted in the midst, Peruse the traders, gaze upon the buildings, So that in this unjust divorce of us,

And then return, and sleep within mine inn : Fortune had left to both of us alike

For with long travel I am stiff and weary: What to delight in, what to sorrow for.

Get thee away.

(word, Her part, poor soul! seeming as burden'd Dro. S. Many a man would take you at your With lesser weight, but not with lesser woe, And go indeed, having so good a mean. Was carried with more speed before the wind;

[Exit Dro. S. And in our sight they three were taken up Ant. S. A trusty villain, sir; that very oft, By fishermen of Corinth, as we thought. When I am dull with care and melancholy, At length, another ship had seiz'd on us ; Lightens my humour with his merry jests. And knowing whom it was their hap to save, What, will you walk with me about the town, Gave healthful welcome to their shipwreck'd And then go to my inn, and dine with me? guests ;

Mer. I am invited, sir, to certain merchants, And would have reft the fishers of their prey, Of whom I hope to make much benefit; Had not their bark been very slow of sail, I crave your pardon. Soon, at five o'clock, And therefore homeward did they bend their Please you, I'll meet with you upon the mart : course.

And afterwards consort you till bed-time;

Art srronù.

My present business calls me from you now. Ant. S. What, wilt thou flout me thus unto

Ant. S. Farewell till then. I will golose myself, my face, And wander up and down, to view the city. Being forbid? There, take you that, sir knave. Mer. Sir, I commend you to your own content.

(Strikes him. [Exit Merchant. Dro. E. What mean you, sir? for God's sake, Ant. S. He that commends me to mine own hold your hands! Commends me to the thing I cannot get.[content, Nay, an you will not, sir, I'll take my heels. I to the world am like a drop of water,

[Erit DroMIO E. That in the ocean seeks another drop;

Ant S. Upon my life, by some device or other, Who, falling there to find his fellow forth, The villain is o'er raught of all my money. Unseen, inquisitive, confounds himself: They say, this town is full of cozenage: Sol, to find a mother, and a brother,

As, nimble jugglers that deceive the eye; In quest of them, unhappy, lose myself. Dark-working sorcerers, that change the mind; Enter DroMIO of Ephesus.

Soul-killing witches, that deform the body; llere comes the almanack of my true date,

Disguised cheaters, prating mountebanks, What now? How chance, thou art returnd so And many such like liberties of sin: soon?

[too late : If it prove so, I will be gone the sooner. Dro. E. Return'd so soon! rather approach'a I'll to the Centaur, to go seek this slave: The capon burns, the pig falls from the spit:

I greatly fear my money is not safe. [Exit. The clock hath strucken twelve upon the bell, My mistress made it one upon my cheek: She is so hot, because the meat is cold; The meat is cold, because you come not home; You come not home, because you have no sto

SCENE I. A Publick Place. mach; You have no stomach, having broke your fast;

Enter ADRIANA and LECIANA. But we, that know what 'tis to fast and pray, Adr. Neither my husband, nor the slave reAre penitent for your default to-day. (I pray;

turrid, Ant. S. Stop in your wind, sir; tell me this That in such haste I sent to seek his master! Where have you left the money that I gave you? Sure, Luciana, it is two o'clock. Dro. E. (),--sixpence, that I had o'Wednesday Luc. Perhaps, some merchant hath invited last,


[dinner; To pay the saddler for my mistress' crupper ;- And from the mart he's somewhere gone to The saddler had it, sir, I kept it not.

Good sister, let us dine, and never fret: Ant. S. I am not in a sportive humour now: A man is master of his liberty : Tell me, and đally not, where is the money? Time is their master; and, when they see time We being strangers here, how dar'st thou trust They'll go, or come: If so, be patient, sister. So great a charge from thine own custody? Adr. Why should their liberty than ours be Dro. E. I pray you, jest, sir, as you sit at more? dinner:

Luc. Because their business stilllies outo'door. I from my mistress come to you in post;

Adr. Look, when I serve him so, he takes it ill. If I return, I shall be post indeed;

Luc. O, know, he is the bridle of your will. For she will score your fault upon my pate. Adr. There's none, but asses, would be briMethinks, your maw, like mine, should be your

dled so.

(woe. clock,

Lac. Why, headstrong liberty is lash'd with And strike you home without a messenger, There's nothing, situate under fleaven's eye, Ant. 8. Come, Dromio, come, these jests are But hath his bound, in earth, in sea, in sky: out of season;

The beasts, the fishes, and the winged fowls, Reserve them till a merrier hour than this: Are their males subjects, and at their controls : Where is the gold I gave in charge to thee? Men, more divine, the masters of all these, Dro. E. To me, sir? why you gave no gold to Lords of the wide world, and wild watry seas,

[foolishness, Indued with intellectual sense and souls, Ant. S. Come on, sir knave, have done your Of more pre-eminence than fish and fowls, And tell me, how thou hast dispos'd thy charge. Are masters to their females and their lords: Iro. E. My charge was but to fetch you from Then let your will attend on their accords. the mart

Adr. This servitude makes you to keep unwed. Home to yonr house, the Phoenix, sir, to dinner: Luc. Not this, but troubles of the marriage bed. My mistress, and her sister, stay for yoli. Adr. But, were you wedded, you would bear

Ant. 8. Now, as I am a christian, answer me, some sway. In what safe place you have bestow'd my money; Luc. Ere I learu love, I'll practise to obey. Or I shall break that merry sconce of yours, Adr. How if your husband start some other That stands on tricks when I am undispos d :

where? Where is the thousand marks thou hadst of me? Inc. Till he come home again, I would forbear. Dro. E. I have some marks of yours upon my Adr. Patience, unmov'd, no marvel though pate,

she panse ; Some of my mistress' marks upon my shoulders, They can be meek, that have no other cause. But not a thousand marks between you both. A wretched soul, bruisd with adversity, If I should pay your worship those again, We bid be quiet, when we hear it cry; Perchance, you will not bear them patiently. But were we burden'd with like weight of pain, Ant. &. Thy mistress' marks! what mistress, As much, or more, we should ourselves comslave, hast thou ?

plain: Dro. E. Your worship's wife, my mistress at So thou, that hast no unkind mate to grieve thee, the Phoenix;

With urging helpless patience would'st relieve She that doth fast, till you come home to dinner, But, if thou live to see like right bereft, (me: And prays, that you will hie you home to dinner. This fool-begg'd patience in theo will be left.


Luc. Well, I will marry one day, but to try ;-'Would that alone alone he would detain, Ilere comes your man, now is your husband nigh. So he would keep fair quarter with his bed! Enter Dromio of Ephesus,

I see, the jewel, best enamelled, Adr. Say, is your tardy master now at hand ? Will lose his beauty: and though gold bides still,

Dro. E. Nay, he is at two hands with me, That others touch, yet often touching will and that my two ears can witness.

Wear gold: and so no man, that hath a name, Adr. Say, didst thou speak with him? know'st But falsehood and corruption doth it shame. thou his mind?

[ear: Since that my beauty cannot please his eye, Dro. E. Ay, ay, he told his mind upon mine I'll weep what's left away, and weeping die. Beshrew his hand, I scarce could understand it. Luc. How many fond fools serve mad jealousy! Laie. Spake he so doubtfully, thou could'st

(Eseunt. not feel his meaning?

SCENE II. The sume, Dro. E. Nay, he struck so plainly, I could Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse. too well feel his blows; and withal so doubtfully, that I could scarce understand them.

Ant. S. The gold, I gave to Dromio, is laid up Adr. But say, I pr’ythee, is he coming home? Safe at the Centaur; and the hecdfuí slave It seems he hath great care to please his wife.

Is wander'd forth, in care to seek me out. Dro. E. Why, mistress, sure my master is Bị computation, and mine host's report, Adr. Horn-mad, thou villain? (horn-mad.

I could not speak with Dromio, since at first Dro. E. I mean not cuckold-mad; but, sure,

I sent him from the mart: see, here he comes. he's stark mad;

Enter DROMIO of Syracuse.
When I desir'd him to come home to dinner, How now, sir? is your merry humour alter'd?
He ask'd me for a thousand marks in gold : As you love strokes, so jest with me again.
'Tis dinner-time, quoth l; My goldl, quoth he: You know no Centaur? you receiv'd no gold?

Yoner meat doth burn, quoth I; My gold, quoth he: Your mistress sent to have me home to dinner?
Will you come home i quoth I; My gold, quoth he: My house was at the Phænix? Wast thou mad,
There is the thousand marks I gave thee, villain? That thus so madly thou didst answer me?
The pig, quoth ), is burn'd; My goli, quoth he: Dro. S. What answer, sir? when spake I such
Bíy mistress, sir, quoth I; Hang up thy mistress ; a word ?

(since. I know not thy mistress; out on thy mistress ! Ant. S. Even now, even here, not half an hour Luc. Quoth who?

Dro. S. I did not see you since you sent me Dro. E. Quoth my master:

hence, I knou, quoth he, no house, no wife, no mistress :- Home to the Centaur, with the gold you gave me. so that my errand, due unto my tongue,

Ant. S. Villain, thou did'st deny the gold's I thank him, I bear home upon my shoulders; receipt; For, in conclusion, he did beat me there. And told'st me of a mistress, and a dinner; Adr. Go back again, thou slave, and fetch For which, 1 hope, thou felt'st I was displeas'd. him home.

Dro. S. I am glad to see you in this merry vein; Dro. E. Go back again, and be new beaten What means this jest? I pray you, master, tell home?

[the teeth? For God's sake, send some other messenger. Ant. S. Yea, dost thou jeer, and flout me in Adr. Back, slave, or 1 will break thy pateThink'st thou, 1 jest? Hold, take thou that, and (other beating : that.

[Braling him. Dro. E. And he will bless that cross with Dro. S. Hold, sir, for God's sake; now your Between you I shall have a holy head. jest is earnest; Adr. Hence, prating peasant; fetch thy mas. Upon what bargain do you give it me? ter home.

(me, Ant. S. Because that I familiarly sometimes Dro. E. Am I so round with you, as you with Do use you for my fool, and chat with you, That like a football you do spurn me thus?

Your sauciness will jest upon my love, You spurn me hence, and he will spurn me And make a common of my serious hours. hither:

When the sun shines, let foolis! gnats make If I last in this service, you must case me in sport, leather.

(Erit. But creep in crannies, when he liides luis beams. Luc. Fie, how impatience loureth in your face? If you will jest with me, know my aspect,

Adr. His company must do his minions grace, And fashion your demeanour to my looks,
Whilst I at home starve for a merry look. Or I will beat this method in your sconce.
Ilath homely age the alluring beauty took Dro. S. Sconce, call you it? so you would
From my poor cheek? then he hath wasted it: leave battering, í had rather have it a head; an
Are my discourses dull ? barren my wit? you use these blows long, I must get a sconce
If voluble and sharp discourse be marr'd, for my head, and insconce it too; or else I shall
Unkindness blunts it, more than marble hard. seek my wit in my shoulders. But, I pray, sir,
Do their gay vestments his affections bait? why am I beaten?
That's not my fault, he's master of my state: Ant. S. Dost thou not know?
What ruins are in me, that can be found

Dro. S. Nothing, sir; but that I am beaten.
By him pot ruin'd? then is he the ground Ant. S. Shall I tell you why?
Of my defeatures: My decayed fair

Dro. S. Ay, sir, and wherefore; for, they say, A sunny look of his would soon repair: every wly bath a wherefore. But, too unruly deer, he breaks the pale, Ant. 8. Why, first,--for flouting me; ani And feeds froin home: poor I am but his stale. then, wherefore,

Luc. Self-harming jealousy!--fie, beat it hence. For urging it the second time to me. Adr. Unfeeling fools can with such wrongs Dro. S. Was there ever any man thus beaten dispense.

out of season? I know his eye doth homage otherwhere; When, in the why, and the wherefore, is neither Or else, what lets it but he would be here?

rhyme nor reason Sister, you know, he promis'd me a chain;- Well, sir, I thank yoll.



Ant. S. Thank me, sir? for what?

| And better than thy dear self's better part. Dro. S. Marry, sir, for this something that you Ah, do not tear away thyself from me; gave me for nothing.

For know, my love, as easy may'st thou fall Ant. S. I'll make you amends next, to give A drop of water in the breaking gulf, you nothing for something. But say, sir, is it And take unmingled thence that drop again, dinner-time?

[I have. Without addition, or diminishing, Dro. S. No, sir, I think, the meat wants that As take from me thyself, and not me too. Ant. 8. In good time, sir, what's that? How dearly would it touch thee to the quick, Dro. S. Basting.

Should'st thou but hear I were licentious? Ant S. Well, sir, then 'twill be dry,

And that this body, consecrate to thee, Dro. S. If it be, sir, I pray you eat none of it. By ruffian lust should be contaminate? Ant. S. Your reason?

Would'st thou not spit at me, and spurn at me, Dro. S. Lest it make yon choleric, and pur- And hurl the name of husband in my face, chase me another dry basting.

And tear the stain'd skin off my harlot brow, Ant. S. Well, sir, learn to jest in good time; And from my false hand cut the wedding ring, There's a time for all things.

And break it with a deep divorcing vow? Dro. S. I durst have denied that, before you I know thou canst; and therefore, see, thou do it. were so cholerick.

I am possess'd with an adulterate blot; Ant. S. By what rule, sir?

My blood is mingled with the crime of lust: Dro. S. Marry, sir, by a rule as plain as the For, if we two be one, and thou play false, plain bald pate of father Time himself. I do digest the poison of thy flesh, Ant. S. Let's hear it.

Being strumpeted by thy contagion.

[bed ; Dro. 8. There's no time for a man to recover Keep then fair league and truce with thy true his hair, that grows bald by nature.

I live disstein'd, thou undishonoured. Ant. S. May he not do it by fine and recovery? Ant. S. Plead you to me, fair dame? I know

Dro. 8. Yes, to pay a fine for a periwig, and In Ephesus I am but two hours old, (you not: recover the lost hair of another man.

As strange unto your town, as to your talk: Ant. S. Why is Time such a niggard of hair, Who, every word by all my wit being scann'd, being, as it is, so plentiful an excrement? Want wit in all one word to understand.

Dro. S. Because it is a blessing that he be- Luc. Fie, brother! how the world is chang'd stows on beasts: and what he hath scanted men

with you: in hair, he hath given them in wit.

When were you wont to use my sister thus? Ant. S. Why, but there's many a man hath She sent for you by Dromio home to dinner. more hair than wit.

(to lose his hair. Ant. S. By Dromio? Dro. S. Not a man of those but he hath the wit Dro. S. By me?

[him,-Ant. S. Why, thou didst conclude hairy men Adr. By thee: and this thou didst return from plain dealers without wit.

That he did buffet thee, and, in his blows Dro. S. The plainer dealer, the sooner lost; Denied my house for his, me for his wife. Yet he loseth it in a kind of jollity.

Ant. S. Did you converse, sir, with this genAnt. 8. For what reason ?

tlewoman? Dro. $. For two; and sound ones too. What is the course and drift of your compact? Ant. S. Nay, not sound, I pray you.

Dro. S. I, sir? I never saw her till this time. Dro. S. Sure ones then.

Ant. S. Villain, thou liest; for even her very Ant. S. Nay, not sure, in a thing falsing. Didst thou deliver to me on the mart. [words Dro. 8. Certain ones then.

Dro. S. I never spake with her in all my lite. Ant. S. Name them.

Ant. S. How can she thus then call us by our Dro. $. The one to save the money that he Unless it be by inspiration ?

[names, spends in tiring; the other, that at dinner they Adr. How ill agrees it with your gravity, should not drop in his porridge.

To counterfeit thus grossly with your slave, Ant. S. You would all this time have proved, Abetting him to thwart me in my mood ? there is no time for all things,

Be it my wrong, you are from me exempt, Dro. S. Marry, and did, sir; namely, e'en no But wrong not that wrong with a more contempt. time to recover hair lost by nature.

Come, I will fasten on this sleeve of thine : Ant. S. But your reason was not substantial; Thou art an elm, my husband, I a vine: why, there is no time to recover.

Whose weakness, married to thy stronger state, Dro.8. Thus I mend it: Time himself is bald, Makes me with thy strength to communicate: and therefore, to the world's end, will have bald If aught possess thee from me, it is dross, followers.

Usurping ivy, briar, or idle moss:
Ani. 8. I knew, 'twould be a bald conclusion: Who, all for want of pruning, with intrusion
But soft! who wafts us yonder!

Infect thy sap, and live on thy confusion.

Ani. 8. To me she speaks: she moves me for Adr. Ay, ay, Antipholus, look strange and her theme: frown,

What, was I married to her in my dream ? Some other mistress hath thy sweet aspects, Or sleep I now, and think I hear all tbis? I am not Adriana, nor thy wife.

(vow What error drives our eyes and ears amiss ? The time was once, when thou unurg'd would'st Until I know this sure uncertainty, That never words were musick to thine ear, l'll entertain the offer'd fallacy. That never object pleasing in thine eye, Luc. Dromio, go bid the servants spread for That never touch well welcome to thy hand,

(sinner. That never meat sweet suvour'd in thy taste, Dro. 8. O, for my beads! I cross me for a Unless I spake, look'd, touch'd, or carv'd to thee. This is the fairy land ;--0, spite of spites;-How comes it now, my husband, oh, how comes! We talk with goblins, owls, and elvish sprites; That thou art then estranged from thyself? [it, If we obey them not, this will ensue, Thyself I call it, being strange to me, They'll suck our breath, or pinch us black and That, undividable, incorporate,



Luc. Why prat'st thou to thyself, and an- Ant. E. And welcome more common; for swer'st not?

[sot! that's nothing but words. Dromio, thou drone, thou snail, thou slug, thou Bal. Small cheer, and great welcome, makes Dro. $. I am transformed, master, am not I ? & merry feast.

(sparing guest; Ant. 8. I think thou art, in mind, and so am I. Ant. E. Ay, to a niggardly host, and more Dro. S. Nay, master, both in mind, and in my But though my cates be mean, take them in good Ant. S. Thou hast thine own form. (shape. part;

[heart. Dro. S.

No, I am an ape. Better cheer may yon have, but not with better Luc. If thou art chang’d to aught,'tis to an ass. But, soft; my door is lock'd; Go bid them let us Dro. S. 'Tis true; she rides me, and I long for in.

[lian, Jea'! grass.

Dro. E. Maud, Bridget, Marian, Cicely, Gil'Tis so, I am an ass; else it could never be, Dro. S. (within.] Mome, malt-horse, capon, But I should know her as well as she knows me. coxcomb, idiot, patch!

(hatch: Adr. Come, come, no longer will I be a fool, Either get thee from the door, or sit down at the To put the finger in the eye and weep, Dost thou conjure for wenches, that thou call'st Whilst man, and master, laugh my woes to for such store,

(the door. scorn.

When one is one too many? Go, get thee from Come, sir, to dinner; Dromio, keep the gate : Dro. E. What patch is made our porter? My Husband, i'll dine above with you to-day,

master stays in the street. And shrive you of a thousand idle pranks: Dro. 8. Let him walk from whence he came, Sirrah, if any ask you for your master,

lest he catch cold on's feet. (door. Say, he dines forth, and let no creature enter.- Ant. E. Who talks within there? ho, open the Come, sister :-Dromio, play the porter well. Dro. $. Right, sir, I'll tell you when, an you'll

Ant. S. Am I in earth, in heaven, or in hell? tell me wherefore. Sleeping or waking? mail, or well advis'd ? Ant. E. Wherefore? for my dinner; I have Known unto these, and to myself disguis'd ?

not din'd to-day. I'll say as these say, and persever so,

Dro. S. Nor to-day here you must not; come And in this mist at all adventures go.

again, when you may. Dro. S. Master, shall I be porter at the gate? Ant. É. What art thou, that keep'st me out Adr. Ay; and let none enter, lest I break your from the honse I owe? pate.

Dro. S. The porter for this time, sir, and my Luc. Come, come, Antipholus, we dine too name is Dromio. late.

[Fxeunt. Dro. E. () villain, thou hast stolen Joth mine office and my name;

(blame. The one ne'er got me credit, the other mickle If thou had'st been Dromio to-day in my place,

Thou would'st have changed thy face for a name, SCENE I. The same.

or thy name for an ass.

Luce. (within. What a coil is there ? Dromio, Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Ephesus, DROMO of

who are those at the gate? Ephesus, ANGELO, and BALTHAZAR.

Dro. E. Let my master in, Luce. Ant. E. Good Signior Angelo, you must excuse Luce.

'Faith, no; he comes too late: us all :

And so tell your master. My wife is shrewish when I keep not hours : Dro. E.

O Lord, I must laugh: Say, that I linger'd with you at your shop, Ilave at you with a proverb.-Shall I set in my To see the making of her carkanet,

staff? And that to-morrow you will bring it home. Luce. Ilave 'at you with another: that's,But here's a villain, that would face me down When? can you tell? He met me on the mart; and that I beat him, Dro. S. If thy name be call'd Luce, Luce, thou And charg'd him with a thousand marks in gold: hast answer'd him well. And that I did deny my wife and house ;- Ant. E. Do you hear, you minion? you'll let Thou drunkard, thou, what didst thou mean by us in, I hope ? this?

Luce. I thought to have ask'd you. Dro. E. Say what you will, sir, but I know Dro. S.

And you said, no. what I know:

[to show : Dro. E. So, come, help; well struck; there That you beat me at the mart, I have your hand was blow for blow. If the skin were parchment, and the blows you Ant. E. Thou baggage, let me in. gave were ink,

[think. Lauce.

Can you tell for whose sake? Your own handwriting would tell you what I Dro. E. Master, knock the door hard. Ant. E. I think, thou art an ass.


Let him knock till it ake. Dro. E.

Marry, so it doth appear Ant. E. You'll cry for this, minion, if I beat By the wrongs I suffer, and the blows I bear.

the door down. I should kick, being kick'd; and, being at that Lace. What needs all that, and a pair of stocks pass,

(an ass. in the town? You would keep from my heels, and beware of Adr. (within.) Who is that at the door, that Ant. E. You are sad, signior Balthazar: 'Pray keeps all this noise ? God, our cheer

(come here. Dro. S. By my troth, your town is troubled May answer my good will, and your good wel- with unruly boys. [come before. Bal. I hold your dainties cheap, sir, and your Ant. E. Are you there, wife ? you might have welcome dear.


Adr. Your wife, sir knave! go, get you from Ant. E. O, signior Balthazar, either at flesh or the door. A table full of welcome makes scarce one dainty Dro. E. If you went in pain, master, this knave dish.

would go sore. Bal. Good meat, sir, is common; that every Ang. Ilere is neither cheer, sir, nor welcome; churl affords.

we would fain have either.

Art Third.

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