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Stray'd his affection in unlawful love ?
Adr. To none of them, except it be the last,
Abb. You should for that have reprehended him.
Adr. It was the copy of our conference
Abb. And therefore came it that the man was mad.
Luc. She never reprehended him but gently,
Adr. She did betray me to my own reproof. Good people, enter, and lay hold on him.
(Servants are about to enter D. F. Abb. No, not a creature enters in my house. Adr. Then let your servants bring my husband forth.
Abb. Neither-he took this place for sauçtuary ;
Adr. I will attend my husband; be his purse ;
Abb. Be patient, for I will not let him stir
Adr. I will not hence and leave my husband here.
[Exeunt Abbess and Sisters to the Priory, C. D. F. Luc. Complain unto the Duke of this indignity.
Adr. Come, then, I will fall prostrate at his feet, And never rise until my prayers and tears
[Crosses to Lesbia. Have won his grace to come in person hither, And take, perforce, my husband from this Abbess.
Cha. By this I think the dial points at five.
Ang. Upon what cause ?
Cha. To see a reverend Syracusan merchant, Who put unluckily into this bay, Against the laws and statutes of this towu, Beheaded publicly for his offence. Ang. See where they come! we will behold his death.
(Lesbia crosses behind to Chares. Luc. Kneel to the Duke, before he pass the abbey. Enter Duke, ÆGEON, EXECUTIONER, OFFICERS, and
Adr. Justice, most sacred Duke, against the Abbess !
Duke. She is a virtuous and a reverend lady! It cannot be that she has done thee wrong.
Adr. May it please your grace, Antipholis, my husband, Whom I made lord of me, and all I had, At your important letters, this ill day, A most outrageous fit of madness seized him; That desperately he hurried through the street:
With him his bondman, all as mad as he,
Duke. Long since, thy husband served me in my wars,
Enter Bridget, L. Brid. Oh, mistress, mistress ! haste and save yourself! My master and his man are both broke loose!
Adr. Peace, fool! thy master and his man are here, And that is false thou dost report to us.
Brid. Mistress, upon my life I tell you true, I have not breathed almost since I did see them. [Noise, L. Hark! hark! I hear them, mistress-fly! begone!
[Crossses, R., exit Bridget, R. Duke. Fear nothing ! l'll protect you.. Adr. Ah, me! it is my husband!' Witness all That he is borne about invisible ! Even now we housed him in the abbey there, And now he's here, past thought of human reason. Enter ANTIPHOLIS OF EPHESUS and DROMIO Of Ephe
SU'S, L. Ant. of Eph. Justice, most gracious duke! Ohi, grant
Even for the service, that, long since, I did thee,
Ægeon. Unless the fear of death doth make me dote,
Duke. Discover how, and thou shalt find me just.
Duke. (c.) A grievous fault! Say, woman, did'st thou Adr. (R. C.) No, my good lord ; myself, he, and my
sister, To-day did dine together-so befall my soul, As that is false, he burdens me withal. Luc. (R. C.) Ne'er may I look on day, nor sleep on
night, But she doth tell your highness simple truth !
Ang. (R.) O perjured woman! they are both forsworn : In this the madman justly chargeth them. My lord, in truth, thus far I witness with him, That he dined not at home, but was locked out.
Duke. Why, what an intricate impeach is this ! I think you all have drank of Circe's cup. If here you housed him, here he would have been. You say he dined at home; the goldsmith here Denies that saying—Sirrah, what say you ? Dro. of Eph. Sir; he dined with her there, at the Por
cupine. Les. He did, and from my finger snatch'd that ring. Ant. of Eph. 'Tis true, my liege, this ring I had of her. Duke. Saw'st thou him enter at the abbey here? Les. As sure, my liege, as I do see your grace. Duke. This is most strange! Go, call the abbess hither.
[Exit Gentleman, L. D. F. Ægeon. [Crosses to Duke.] Most mighty Duke, vouch
safe me speak a word! Haply I see a friend will save my life, And pay the sum that may deliver me.
Duke. Speak freely, Syracusan, what thou wilt.
Ægeon. Is not your name, sir, called Antipholis ? And is not that, your bondman, Dromic ? Ant. of Eph. True, reverend hapless man, we are so
callid. Ægeon. I am sure that both of ye remember me. Ant. of Eph. Remember you ! Ægeon. Why look you strange on me? you know me
well. Ant. of Eph. I never saw you in my life till now. Ægeon. Oh, grief hath changed me since you saw me
Ant. of Eph. Neither.
Ægeon. Not koow my voice ? Oh, time's extremity ! Hast thou so crack'd and splitted my poor tongue In seven short years, that here iny only son Knows not my feeble key of runtuned cares ? Though now this grained face of mine be hid In sap-consuming winter's drizzled snow, And all the conduits of my blood froze up, Yet hath my night of life some memory, My wasting lamp, some fading glimmer left; All these old witnesses-I canuot err Tell me, thou art my son, Antipholis.
Ant. of Eph. I never saw my father in my life. Ægeon. But seven years since, in Syracusa, boy,, Thou kuow'st we parted—but perhaps, my son, Thou sham'st tacknowledge me in misery? Ant. of Eph. The Duke, and all that know me in the
city, Can witness with ine that it is not so. I ue'er saw Syracusa in my life.
Duke. I tell thee, Syracusan, twenty years Have I been patron to Antipholis, During which time, he ne'er saw Syracusa. I see thy age and dangers make thee dote. Enter GentLEMEN, and ABBESS, with ANTIPHOLIS OF SYRAcuse, and DROMIO OF SYRACUSE, from the Priory, C. D. F. Abb. (c.) Most mighty Duke, behold a man much
wrong'd: dr. I see two husbands, or my eyes deceive me.