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Ang. Here is neither cheer, sir, nor welcome; Hath oftentimes upbraided me withal ; we would fain have either.
To her will we to dinner.-Get you home, Bal. In debating which was best, we shall part And fetch the chain ; by this, I know, 'tis made: with neither'.
Bring it, I pray you, to the Porcupine ; E. Dro. They stand at the door, master; bid 5 For there's the house; that chain will I bestow bid them welcome hither.
(Be it for nothing but to spigiit my wife) E. Ant. There is something in the wind, that Upon nine hostess there: good sir, make haste:
we cannot get in. [garments were thin. Since my own doors refuse to entertain me, E. Dro. You would say so, master, if your I'll knock elsewhere, to see if they'll disdain me. Your cake here is warm within; you stand here 10 Ang. I'll meet you at that place, some hour, in the cold: [bought and sold?.
sir, hence. It would make a man mad as a buck, to be sol E. Ant. Do so; this jest shall cost me some exE. Ant. Go fetch me something, I'll break ope
[Exeunt. [your knave's pate.
The house of Antipholis of Ephesus.
A husband's office? shall, Antipholis, hate, upon thee, hind!
20 Even in the spring of love, thy love-springs rot? E. Dro. Here's too much, out upon thee! 1 Shall love, in building, grow so ruinate?
pray thee let me in. [tish have nofin. If you did wed my sister for her wealth, S. Dro. Ay, when fowls have no feathers, and Then, for her wealth's sake, use her with more E. Ant. Well, I'll break in; Go, borrow me a
[mean you so: 25 Or, if you like elsewhere, do it by stealth; [ness : E. Dro. A crow without feather; master, Muitle
your false love with some shew of blindFor a fish without a fin, there's a fowl without a Let not my sister read it in your eye; feather;
(together. Be not thy tongue thy own shame's orator; If a crow help us in, sirrah, we'll pluck à crow Look sweet, speak fair, become disloyalty; E. Ant. Go, get thee gone, fetch me an iron 30. Apparel vice like virtue's harbinger:
Bear a fair presence, though your heart be taintBal. Have patience, sir; oh, let it not be so ; Teach sn the carriage of a holy saint; Herein you war against your reputation,
Be secret false; What need she be acquainted? And draw within the compass of suspect
What simple thiet brags of his own attaint ? The unviolated honour of your wife. [dom 35'Tis double wrong, to truant with your bed, Once this, - Your long experience of her wis- And let her read it in thy looks at board: Her sober virtue, years, and modesty,
Shame hath a bastard fanie, well managed; Plead on her part some cause to you unknown ; Ill deeds are doubled with an evil word. And doubt not, sir, but she will well excuse, Alas, poor women! make us but believe, Why at this time the doors are made against 40 Being compact' of credit, that you love us; Be ruid by me; depart in patience, [you. Though others have the arm, shewus the sleeve; And let us to the Tyger all to dinner.
Wein your motion turn, and you may move us. And, about evening, come youself alone, Then, gentle brother, get you in again; To know the reason of this strange restraint. Comfort my sister, cnear her, call her wife: If by strong hand you offer to break in, 45'Tis holy sport, to be a little vain ; [strife. Now in the stirring passage of the day,
When the sweet breath of flattery conquers A vulgar comment will be made of it;
S. Ant. Sweet mistress, (what your naine is And that supposed by the common rout
else, I know not, Against your yet ungalled estimation,
Nor by what wonder you do hit of mine) That may with foul intrusion enter in, 50 Less, in your knowledge, and your grace, you And dwell upon your grave when you are dead.
[divine. For slander lives upon succession;
Than our earth's wonder; more than earth For ever hous’d, where 't gets possession. Teach me, dear creature, how to think and speak; E. Ant. You have prevaild; I will depart in Lay open to my earthy gross conceit, quiet,
55. Smother d in errors, feeble, shallow, weak, And, in despight of mirth“, mean to be metry. The folded meaning of your words' deceit. I know a wench of excellent discourse,
Against my soul's pure truih why labour you, Pretty and witty; wild, and yet, too, gentle, - To make it wander in an unknown tield? There will we dine: this woman that I mean, Are you a god? would you create menew? [yield. My wife (but, I protest, without desert) 60 Transform me then, and to your power I'll Meaning, we shall share with neither. ? A proverbial phrase.
? A proverbial phrase. To make the door, is a provincial expression, signifying to bur or fasten the door. The meaning is, I will be meriy, even out of spight to mirth, which is, now, of all things, the must unpleasill, to me. 5 Compact here means made up. • l'ain here signilies not true.
But if that I am I, then well I know,
and yet is she a wondrous fat marriage. Your weeping sister is no wife of mine,
s. Ant. How dost thou mean, a tat inarriage? Nor to her bed no homage do I owe;
S. Dro. Marry, sir, she's the kitchen-wench, Far more, far more, to you do I decline. [note, and all grease; and I know not what use to put Oh, train me not, sweet mermaid', with thy her to, but to make a lamp of her, and run from
To drown me in thy sister's flood of tears; her by her own light. I warrant, her rags, and Sing, syren, for thyself, and I will dote: the tallow in them, will burn a Poland winter:
Spread o'er the silver waves thy golden hairs, if she lives till doomsday, she'll burn a week And as a bed I'll take thee, and there lie; longer than the whole world. And, in that glorious supposition, think [die:- S. Ant. What complexion is she of?
10 He gains by death, that hath such means to S. Dro. Swart, like my shoe, but her face 10
Let love, being light, be drowned if he sink! thing like so clean kept; For why, she sweats, a
S. Dro. No, sir, 'tis in grain; Noali's flood
151 Luc. It is a fault that springeth from your eye.
could not do it. S. Ant. For gazing on your beams, fair sun,
S. Ant. What's her name? being by.
S. Dro. Nell, sir;- but her name and three Luc. Gaze where you should, and that will quarters (that is, an ell and three quarters,) will clear your sight.
not measure her from hip to hip. S. Ant. As good to wink, sweet love, as look 20 S. Ant. Then she bears some breadth? on night.
[so. S. Dro. No longer from head to foot, than Luc. Why call you me, love? call my sister from hip to hip; she is spherical, like a globe; I S. Ant. Thy sister's sister.
could find out countries in her.
(land? Luc. That's my sister.
S. Ant. In what part of her body stands IreS. Ant. No;
S. Dro. Marry, sir, in her buttocks; I found It is thyself, mine own self's better part;
it out by the bogs. Mine eye'scleare
reye, my dear heart's dearer heart: S. Ant. Where Scotland ? My tood, my fortune, and my sweet hope's aim,
S. Dro. I found it by the barrenness; hard, in My sole earth's heaven, and my heaven's claim. the palm of the hand."
Luc. All this my sister is, or else should be. 30 S. Ant. Where France? S. int. Calithyselfsister, sweet, for I mean thee: S. Dro. In her forehead ; arm’d and reverted, Thee will Uove, and with thee lead my life: making war against her hair'. Thou hast no husband yet, nor I no wife :
S. Ant. Where England ? Give me thy hand.
S. Dro. I look'd for the chalky cliffs, but I Luc. On, soit, sir, hold you still;
35 could find no whiteness in them: but I I'll fetch my sister,to get her good-will. [Exit Luc. stood in her chin, by the salt rheum that ran beEnter Dromio of Syracuse.
tween France and it. S. Ant. Why, how now, Dromio? where S. Ant. Where Spain ? sun'st thou 30 fast?
S. Dro. Faith, I saw it not; but I felt it, hot S. Dro. Do you know me, sir? am I Dromio: 40 in her breath. am I your mani am I myself?
S. Ant. Where America, the Indies? S. Ant. Thou art Dromio, thou art my man,
S. Dro. Oh, sir, upon her nose, all o'er emthou art thyself.
bellish'd with rubies, carbuncles, sapphires, deS. Dro. I am an ass, I am a woman's man, and clining their rich aspect to the hot breath of besides myself.
45 Spain; who sent whole armadoes of carracks to S. Ant. What woman's man? and how besides be ballasted at her nose. thyself?
S. Ant. Where stood Belgia, the Netherlands? S. Dro. Marry, sir, besides myself, I am due S. Dro. Oh, sir, I did not look so low. To conto a woman; one that claims me, one that haunt: clude, this drudge, or diviner, laid claim to me; me, one that will have me.
50 call'd me Dromio; swore, I was assur'd* to her; S. Ant. What claim lars she to thee?
told me what privy marks I had about me, as the S. Dio. Marry, sir, such a claiın as you would mark of my shoulder, the mole in my neck, the lay to your horse; and she would have me as a great wart on my left arm, that I, amaz'ı), ran beat: not that, I being a beast, she would have 55 irom her as a witch: And, I think, if my b east me; but that she, being a very beastly creature,
had not been made of faith, and my heart of lays claim to me.
steel, she had transformi'd me to a curtail dog, S. Ant. What is she?
and made me turn i' the wheel.
[road; S. Dro. A very reverend body; ay, such a one S. Ant. Go, hie thee presently, post to the as a man may not speak of, withoui he say, sir-60 and it the wind blow any way from shore, reyerence: I have but lean luck in the match, li will not harbour in this town tv-night.
That is, another name for syren. ? That is, confounded. This alludes to her having the French disease. + That is, allianced to her. 10
it for you.
If any bark put forth, come to the mart,
S. Ant. What is your will, that I shaył do with this? Where I will walk, till thou return to me.
Ang. What please yourself, sir; I have made If every one know us, and we know none, 'Tis time, I think, to trudge, pack, and be gone. S. Ant. Made it for me, sir! I bespoke it not.
S. Dro. As from a bear a man would run for life, 5 Ang. Not once, nor twice, but twenty times So tly I from her that would be my wife. [Erit. S. Ant. There's none but witches do inhabit here; Go home with it, and please your wife withal; And therefore 'tis high time that I were hence. And soon at supper-time I'll visit you, She, that doth call me husband, even my soul And then receive my money for the chain. Doth for a wife abhor: but her fair sister, 10 S. Ant. I pray you, sir, receive the money now, Possess’d with such a gentle, sovereign grace, For fear you ne'er see chain nor money more. Of such inchanting presence and discourse, Ang. You are a merry man, sir; fare you Hath almost made me traitor to myself:
[Evit. But, lest myself be guilty of self-w rong,
S. Ant. What I should think of this, I cannot I'll stop mine ears against the mermaid's song. 15 tell: Enter Angélo with a chain.
But this I think, there's no man is so vain, Ang. Master Antipholis?
That would refuse so fair an offer'd chain. S. Ant. Ay, that's my name.
I a man here needs not live by shifts, Ang. I know it well, sir: Lo, here is the chain; When in the streets he meets such golden gifts. I thought to have ta’en you at the Porcupine: 120 I'll to the mart, and there for Dronnio stay; The chain unfinish'd made me stay thus long. If any ship put out, then strait away. [Erit.
A C T IV.
Ang. Saving your merry humour, here's the note The Street.
30 How much your chain weighs to the utmost carat;
The tineness of the gold, and chargeful fashion; Enter a Merchant, Angelo, and an Officer. Which do amount to three odd ducats more Mer. You know, since pentecost the sum is
Than I stand debted to this gentleman: due,
il pray you see him presently discharg’d, And since I have not much importun'd you ; 35 For he is bound to sea, and stays but for it. Nor now I had not, but that I'am bound
E. Ant. I am notfurnish'd with the present money; To Persia, and want gilders' for iny voyage:
Besides, I have some business in the town: Therefore make present satisfaction,
Good signior, take the stranger to my house, Or I'll attach you by this officer. [you, And with you take the chain, and bid my wife
Ang. Even just the sum, that I do one to 40 Disburse the sum on the receipt thereot; Is growing' to ine by Antipholis:
Perchance, I will be there as soon as you. [self? And, in the instant that I met with you,
Ang. Then you will bring the chain to ber yours ile had of me a chain; at five o'clock,
E. Ant. No; bear it with you, lest I come not I shall receive the money for the same:
time enough. Please you but walk with me down to his house, 45 Ang. Well, sir, I will: Have you the chain I will discharge my bond, and thank you too.
about you? Enter Antipholis of Ephesis, und Dromio of E. Ant. An if I have not, sir, I hope you have;
Ephesus, as from the Courtezan's. Or else you may return without your money. Offi. That labour you may save; see where he Ang. Nay, come, I pray you, sir, give me the
[go thou 50 Doth wind and tide stays forthis gentleman, [chain; E. Ant. While I go to the godsmith's house, And I, to blame, have held him here too long. And buy a rope's end ; that will I bestow
E. Ant. Goodlord, you use this dalliance, to exAmong my wife and her confederates,
Your breach of promise to the Porcupine: [cuse For locking me out of my doors by day.-- I should have cid you for not bringing it, But soft, I see the goldsmith: get the gone; 155 But, like a shrew, you first begin to brawl. (patch, Buy thou a rope, and bring it home to me.
Nier. The hour steals on; I pray yon, sir, disE. Dro. I buy a thousand pound a year! i Ang. You hear, how he importunts me; the buy a rope! [Fait Dromio.
chain E. Ant. A man is well holp up, that trusts to you: E. Ant. Why, give it to my wife, and fetch I promised your presence, and the chain; 60
your money. But neither chain, ner goldsmithi, came to me: Ang. Come, come, you know, I gave it you Belike, you thought our love would last too long,
even now; liit were chain'd together; and therefore came not. Either send the chain, or send me by some token, ' A coin worth from eighteen-pence to two shillings. 2 That is, accruing to me.
E. Ant. Fie, now you run this humour out of She is too big, I hope, for me to compass. breath!
Chither I must, although against my will,
SCEN E II.
The house of Antipholis of Ephesus.
Enter Adriana and Luciana. Ang. The money, that you owe me forthe chain. Adr. Ah, Luciana, did he temp! thee so? E. Ant. I owe you none, till I receive the chain. Might'st thou perceive austerely in bis eye Ang. You know,I gave it you half an hour since. 10 That he did plead in earnest, yes or no? E. Ant. You gave me none; you wrong me
Look” he or red, or pale; or sad, or merrily! much to say so.
What observation mad'st thou in this case, Ang: You wrong ine more, sir, in denying it: Of his heart's meteors tilting m his face? Consider, how it stands upon my credit.
Luc. First he deny'd you had in him no right. Mer. Well, officer, arrest hiin at my suit! 15 Adr. He meant, he did me none; the more Offi. I do;
[here. And charge you in the duke's name to obey me. Luc. Then swore he, that he was a stranger Ang. This touches me in reputation:
Adr. Andtrue he suore, though yet forsworn he Either consent to pay the sum for me,
Luc. Then pleaded I for you. [were. Or I attach you by this officer.
20 Adr. And what said he?
[me. E. Ant. Consent to pay for that I never had ! Luc. That love I begg’d for you, he begg'd of Arrest me, foolish fellow, if thou dar'st.
Adr. With whatpersuasiondidhetempt thy love? Ang. Here is thy fee; arrest him, officer;- Luc. With words, that in an honest suit might I would not spare my brother in this case, If he should scorn me so apparently.
25 First, he did praise my beauty; then my speech. Offi. I do arrest you, sir; you hear the suit. Adr. Did'st speak nim fair?
E. Ant. I do obey thee, till I give thee bail:- Luc. Have patience, I beseech. But, sirrah, you shall buy this sport as dear
Adr. I cannot, nor I will not, hold me still; As all the metal in your shop will answer. My tongue, though not my heart, shall have its
Ang. Sir, sir, I shall have law in Ephesus, 30 He is deformed, crooked, old and sere', (will, To your notorious shame, I doubt it not. [II-fac'd, worse-body'd, shapeless every where;
Enter Dromio of Suracuse from the Bay. Vicious, ungentie, foolish, blunt, unkind; S. Dro. Master there is a bark of Epidamnum, Stigmatical in making*, worse in mind. That stays but till her owner comes aboard, Luc. Who would be jealous then of such a one! Then, sir, she bears away: our fraughtage, sir, 135 No evil lost is wail'd when it is gone. I have convey'd aboard: and I have bought
Adr. Ab! but I think him better than I
say, The oil, the balsamum, and aqua-vitæ.
And yet,would bereinothers'eyesuere worse: The ship is in her trim; the merry wind
Far from her nest the lapwing cries away: [curse. Blows fáir from land: they stay for nought at all, My heart prays for hun, though my tonguedo But for their owner, master, and yourself.
Enter Dromio nf Syracuse. E. Ant. How now? a madman! why, thou S. Dro. Here, go; the desk, the purse; sweet peevish' sheep,
now, mane hate. What ship of Epidamnum stays for me?
Luc. How, hast thou lost thy breath? S. Dro. A ship you sent me to, to hire waftage. S. Dro. By running fast.
[well ? E. Ant. Thoudrunkenslave, I sent thee for a rope; 451 Adr. Where is thy master, Dromio ? is be And told thee to what purpose, and what end. S.Dro. No, he's in Tartar limbo,worse than hell:
S. Dro. You sent me for a rope's-end as soon: 1 devil in an everlasting garment hath hin, You sent me to the bay, sir, for a bark. [sure, One, whose hard heart is button’d up with steel;
E. Ant. I will debate this inatter at more lei- A fiend, a fairy, pityless and rough; Aud teach your ears to list me with more heed. 50 A wolf, nay, worse, a follow allinbuif; [termands To Adriana, villain, hie thee strait;
A back-triend, a shoulder-clapper, one that counGive her this key, and tell her, in the desk The passages of alleys, creeks, and narrow lands; That's cover'd o er with Turkish tapestry, A hound that runs counter, and yet draws dryThere is a purse of ducats ; let her send it;
foot weil; Tell her, I am arrested in the street,
55 One that, before the judgment, carries poor souls And that shall bail me: hie thee, slave, begone:
to hei, On, ofticer, to prison, till it come. [Ereunt. Adr. Why, man, what is the matter?
S. Dro. To Adriana! that is where we din'd, S. Dro. I do not know the matter; he is 'rested Where Dowsabel did claim me for her husband:
on the case. That is, silly: Alluding to those meteors in the sky, which have the appearance of lines of armies meeting in the shock. That is, dry, withered. That is, marhed or tigmatized by nature with deformity. • A quibble on everlasting, winch is the name of a kind of durable stuti. '• 'l hat is, a dungeon, for which hell was the cant term.
Adr. What, is he arrested: tell me, at whose suit. | S. Ant. I understand thee not. S. Dro. I know not at whose suit he is arrested, . S. Dro. No? way, it is a plain case: he that well;
went like a bass-viol, in a case of leather; the But he's in a suit of buff, which 'rested him, that mai, sir, that, when gentlemen are tired, gives I can tell :
5 them a fob), and 'rests them; he, sir, that takes Will you send him, mistress, redemption, the mo- pity on decayed men, and gives 'em suits of duney in his desk?
rance; he that sets up his rest to do more exploits Adr. Go fetch it, sister.---This I wonder at, with his mace, than a morris-pike'.
[Exit Luciana. S. Ant. What! thou mean'st an officer? That he, unknown to me, should be in debt! 10 9. Dro. Ay, sir, the serjeant of the band: he, Tell me, was he arrested on a band'?
that brings any man to answer it, that breaks his S. Dro. Not on a band, but on a stronger thing : band; one that thinks a man always going to bed, A chain, a chain; do you not hear it ring? and saith, Gol gire you good rest! Adr. What, the chain?
S. Ant. Weil, sir, there rest in your foolery. S. Dro. No, no; the bell: 'tis time that I were 15 Is there It was two ere I left him, and now the cloch Iny slip puts forth to-night? may we be gone? strikes one.
[hear. S. Dro. Why, sir, I brought you word an hour Adr. The hours come back! that I did never since, that the bark Expedition put forth toS. Dro. () yes, if any hour meet a serjeant, pight; and then were you hindered by the sera'turns back for very fear.
20jeant, to tarry for the lioy, Delay: Ilere are the Adr. As if time were in debt! how fondly dost angels that you sent for, to deliver you. thou reason?
S. Ant. The fellow is distract, and so am I; S. Dro. Time is a very bankrout, and owes And here we wander in illusions :
more than he's worili, to season. (say, Some blessed power deliver us from hence! Nay, he's a thief too: llave you not heard men 25
Entir a Courtezan. That Time comes stealing on by night and day? Cour. Will met, well met, master Antipholis. If Time be in debt, and theft, and a serjeant in
see, sir, you have found the goldsmith now: the way,
Is that the chain, you promis’d me to-day? [not!. Hath he not reason to turn back an hour in a day? S. Ant. Satan, avoid! I charge thee, tempt me Enter Luciana.
1301 S. Dro. Master, is this mistress Satan? Adr. Go, Dromio ; there's the money, bear
S. Ant. It is the devil. it strait:
S. Dro. Nay, she is worse, she's the devil's dam: And bring thy master home immediately:- and here she comes in the habit of a light wench: Come, sister: 'I am press'd down with conceit ; and therefore comes, that the wenches say, God Conceit, my comfort,and iny injury:[Exeunt. 35ılamn me, that's as much as to say, God make me SCENE III.
Malight wench. It is written, they appear to men
like angels of light: light is an effect of fire, and The Street,
lire will burn; ergo, light wenches will burn. Enter Antipholis of Syracuse. Come not near her.
[sir. S. Ant. There's not a man I meet, but doth salute 401 Cour. Your man and you are marvellous merry, As if I were their well-acquainted friend; [me Will you go with me? we'll mendour dinner here. And every one doth call me by my name.
s. Dro. Master, if you do expect spoon-meat, Some tender money to me, some invite me; or' bespeak a long spoon. Some other give me thanks for kindnesses;
S. Ant. Why, Dromio? Some offer me cominodities to buy:
S. Dro. Marry, he must have a long spoon, that Eveu now a taylor calld me in his shop,
must cat with the devil.
[of supping ? And show'd me silks that he had bought for me, S. Ant. Avoid then, fiend! what tellist thou me And, therewithal, took measure of my body. Thou art, as you are all, a sorceress: Sure, these are but imaginary wiles,
I conjure thee to leave me, and be gone. [ner, And Lapland sorcerers inhabit here.
150 Cour. Give me the ring of mine you had at dinEntor Dromo of Syrucuse.
Or, for my diamond, the chain you promis'd;S. Dro. Master, here's the gold you sent mi And I'll be gone, sir, and not trouble you. for: What, have you got the picture of old S. Dro. Some devils Adam new apparella?
Ask but the purring of one's nail, a rush, S. ant. What gold is this? What Adam dost 55 1 hair, a drop of blood, a pin, a nut, thou mean?
Acherry-stone; but she, more covetous, S. Dro. Not that Adam, that kept the paradise,
Would have a chain. but that Adam, that keeps the prison ; he that Master, be wis"; an' if you give it her, [it. goes in the calveskin that was kill'd for the The devil will shake her chain, and fright us with prodigal; he that came behind you, sir, like a loo Cour. I pray you, sir, my ring, or else the chain; evil angel, and bid you forsake your liberty. I l hove, you do not mean to cheat me so?
"A bond, i. e. an obligatory writing to pay a sum of money, was anciently spelt buni. A bund is likewise a neckcloth. On this circumstance, we believe', the humour of the passage turns. ris-pike was a pike used in a morris or military dance, and is mentioned by our old writers as a formidable weapou. 3 Or bere means before.
2 A moro