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me, ere you make that my report: you, indeed, Return him here again. Go with him, prorost. spoke so of him; and much more, much worse. [Exeunt ANGELO, MARIANA, FRIAR PETER, Lucio. O thou damnable fellow! Did not I

and PROVOST. pluck thee by the nose for thy speeches?

Escal. My lord, I am more amaz'd at his Duke. I protest I love the duke as I love dishonour

381 myself.

340 Than at the strangeness of it. Ang. Hark how the villain would close now, Duke.

Come hither, Isabel. after his treasonable abuses!

Your friar is now your prince: as I was then Escal. Such a fellow is not to be talk's Advertising and holy to your business, 384 withal.

Not changing heart with habit, I am still
Away with him to prison! Where is the Attorney'd at your service.
provost?

344
Isab.

O, give me pardon, Away with him to prison! Lay bolts enough on That I, your vassal, have employ'd and pain'd him, let him speak no more. Away with those Your unknown sovereignty! giglots too, and with the other confederate com- Duke.

You are pardon'd, Isabel: panion!

348 And now, dear maid, be you as free to us. 389 [The PROVOST lays hands on the DUKE. Your brother's death, I know, sits at your heart; Duke. Stay, sir; stay awhile.

And you may marvel why I obscur'd myself, Ang. Whatl resists he? Help him, Lucio. Labouring to save his life, and would not rather

Lacio. Come, sir; come, sir; come, sir; fob! Make rash remonstrance of my hidden power sir. Why, you bald-pated, lying rascal, you Than let him so be lost. O most kind maid! must be hooded, must you? show your knave's It was the swift celerity of his death, 395 risage, with a pox to youl show your sheep. Which I did think with slower foot came on, biting face, and be hanged an hour! Will’t That brain'd my purpose: but, peace be with not oli?

356 him!
(Pulls off the friar's hood, and discovers That life is better life, past fearing death,
the DUKE.]

Than that which lives to fear: make it your Duke. Thou art the first knave that e'er comfort, made a duke.

So happy is your brother. First, provost, let me bail these gentle three. Isab.

I do, my lord.

400 [TO LŪCIO.] Sneak not away, sir; for the friar

Re-enter ANGELO, MARIANA, FRIAR PETER, Must have a word anon. Lay hold on him. 360

and PROVOST. Lucio. This may prove worse than hanging. Duke. For this new-married man approaching Duke. (To ESCALUS.) What you have spoke here, I pardon; sit you down:

Whose salt imagination yet hath wrong'd We'll borrow place of him. [TO ANGELO.) Sir, Your well-defended honour, you must pardon by your leave.

For Mariana's sake. But as he adjudg'd your Hast thou or word, or wit, or impudence, 364 brother,

404 Toat yet can do thee office? If thou hast, Being criminal, in double violation Rely upon it till my tale be heard,

Of sacred chastity, and of promise-breach, And hold no longer out.

Thereon dependent, for your brother's life,Ang. O my dread lord!

The very mercy of the law cries out I should be guiltier than my guiltiness, 368 Most audible, even from his proper tongue, To think I can be undiscernible

An Angelo for Claudio, death for death!' When I perceive your Grace, like power divine, Haste still pays haste, and leisure answers Hath look'd upon my passes. Then, good prince, leisure, No longer session hold upon my shame, 372 Like doth quit like, and Measure still for Bat let my trial be mine own confession:

Measure.

412 immediate sentence then and sequent death Then, Angelo, thy fault's thus manifested, Is all the grace I beg.

Which, though thou wouldst deny, denies thee Duke.

Come hither, Mariana, vantage.
Say, wast thou e'er contracted to this woman? We do condemn thee to the very block
Ang. I was, my lord.

377 Where Claudio stoop'd to death, and with like Duke. Go take her hence, and marry her baste.

416 instantly.

Away with him! Do you the office, friar; which consummate, Mari. O, my most gracious lord!

and you

403 to you.

433

I hope you will not mock me with a husband. Prov. No, my good lord; it was by private Duke. It is your husband mock'd you with message. a husband.

Duke. For which I do discharge you of your Consenting to the safeguard of your honour, 420 office: I thought your marriage fit; else imputation, Give up your keys. For that he knew you, might reproach your life Prov.

Pardon me, noble lord: And choke your good to come. For his pos- I thought it was a fault, but knew it not, 464 sessions,

Yet did repent me, after more advice; Although by confiscation they are ours, 424 For testimony whereof, one in the prison, We do instate and widow you withal,

That should by private order else have died To buy you a better husband.

I have resery'd alive.
Mari.
O my dear lord! Duke.

What's he?
I crave no other, nor no better man.

Prov.

His name is Barnardine. Duke. Never crave him; we are definitive. 428 Duke. I would thou hadst done so by Claudio. Mari. (Kneeling.] Gentle my liege,

Go, fetch him hither: let me look upon him. Duke. You do but lose your labour.

[Exit PROVOST. Away with him to death! [To Lucio.] Now, sir, Escal. I am sorry, one so learned and so

wise Mari. O my good lord! Sweet Isabel, take As you, Lord Angelo, have still appear'd, 472 my part:

Should slip so grossly, both in the heat of blood, Lend me your knees, and, all my life to come, And lack of temper'd judgment afterward. I'll lend you all my life to do you service. Ang. I am sorry that such sorrow I procure;

I Duke. Against all sense you do importune And so deep sticks it in my penitent heart 476 her:

That I crave death more willingly than mercy: Should she kneel down in mercy of this fact, 'Tis my deserving, and I do entreat it. Her brother's ghost his paved bed would break, And take her hence in horror.

Re-enter PROVOST, with BARNARDINE, CLAUDIO Mari. Isabel, 437

muffled, and JULIET. Sweet Isabel, do yet but kneel by me:

Duke. Which is that Barnardine? Hold up your hands, say nothing, I'll speak all. Prov.

This, my lord. They say best men are moulded out of faults, 440 Duke. There was a friar told me of this man. And, for the most, become much more the better Sirrah, thou art said to have a stubborn soul, For being a little bad: so may my husband. That apprehends no further than this world, 482 O, Isabell will you not lend a knee? 443 And squar'st thy life according. Thou'st conDuke. He dies for Claudio's death.

demn'd: Isab. [Kneeling.) Most bounteous sir, But, for those earthly faults, I quit them all, 484 Look, if it please you, on this man condemn'd, And pray thee take this mercy to provide As if my brother liv’d. I partly think

For better times to come. Friar, advise him: A due sincerity govern'd his deeds,

I leave him to your hand.-What muffled Till he did look on me: since it is so,

fellow's that? Let him not die. My brother had but justice, Prov. This is another prisoner that I sav'd, In that he did the thing for which he died: That should have died when Claudio lost his For Angelo,

head,

489 His act did not o'ertake his bad intent; 452 As like almost to Claudio as himself. And must be buried but as an intent

[Unmuffles CLAUDIO. That perish'd by the way. Thoughts are no Duke. [TO ISABELLA.] If he be like your bro subjects;

ther, for his sake Intents but merely thoughts.

Is he pardon'd; and, for your lovely sake 492 Mari.

Merely, my lord. Give me your hand and say you will be ruine, Duke. Your suit's unprofitable: stand up, I He is my brother too. But fitter time for that. say.

456 By this, Lord Angelo perceives he's safe: I have bethought me of another fault.

Methinks I see a quickening in his eye. Provost, how came it Claudio was beheaded Well, Angelo, your evil quits you well: At an unusual hour?

Look that you love your wife; her worth worth Prov. It was commanded so.

yours.-Duke. Had you a special warrant for the I find an apt remission in myself, deed?

460 And yet here's one in place I cannot pardon.

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496 504

[TO LUCIO.] You, sirrah, that knew me for a Remit thy other forfeits. Take him to prison, fool, a coward,

501 And see our pleasure herein executed. One all of luxury, an ass, a madman:

Lucio. Marrying a punk, my lord, is pressing Wherein have I so deserv'd of you,

to death, whipping, and hanging.

525 That you extol me thus?

Duke. Slandering a prince deserves it. Lacio

. 'Faith, my lord, I spoke it but accord. She, Claudio, that you wrong’d, look you restore. ing to the trick. If you will hang me for it, you Joy to you, Marianal love her, Angelo: 528 may; but I had rather it would please you I I have confess'd her and I know her virtue. might be whipped.

508 Thanks, good friend Escalus, for thy much Duke. Whipp'd first, sir, and hang'd after.

goodness: Proclaim it, provost, round about the city, There's more behind that is more gratulate. If any woman's wrong'd by this lewd fellow,- Thanks, provost, for thy care and secrecy; 532 As I have heard him swear himself there's one We shall employ thee in a worthier place. Whom he begot with child, let her appear, 513 Forgive him, Angelo, that brought you home And he shall marry her: the nuptial finishid, The head of Ragozine for Claudio's: Let him be whipp'd and hang'd.

The offence pardons itself. Dear Isabel,

536 Lucio. I beseech your highness, do not marry I have a motion much imports your good; me to a whore. Your highness said even now, Whereto if you'll a willing ear incline, I made you a duke: good my lord, do not re- What's mine is yours, and what is yours is compense me in making me a cuckold.

mine. Duke. Upon mine honour, thou shalt marry So, bring us to our palace; where we'll show 540

520 What's yet behind, that's meet you all should Thy slanders I forgive; and there ithal

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THE COMEDY OF ERRORS

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

SOLINUS, Duke of Ephesus.

Merchant, Friend to Antipholus of Syracuse. ÆGEON, a Merchant of Syracuse.

A Second Merchant, to whom Angelo is a debtor.

Twin ANTIPHOLUS of Ephesus,

Brothers, PINCH, a Schoolmaster and a Conjurer. ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse,

sons to Ægeon

ÆMILIA, Wife to Ægeon, an Abbess at Ephesus.

and Æmilia. DROMIO of Ephesus,

ADRIANA, Wife to Antipholus of Ephesus.
Twin Brothers, attend.

her Sister. DROMIO of Syracuse,

ants on the two Anti- LUCE, Servant to Andriana.
pholuses.

A Courtezan,
BALTHAZAR, a Merchant.
ANGELO, a Goldsmith.

Gaoler, Officers, and other Attendants.
SCENE.—Ephesus.

LUCIANA,

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ACT I.

Why thou departedst from thy native hoine, SCENE I.-A Hall in the Duke's Palace.

And for what cause thou cam'st to Ephesus.

Æge. A heavier task could not have been Enler DUKE, ÆGEON, Gaoler, Officers, and other impos'd Attendants.

Than I to speak my griefs unspeakable;
Æge. Proceed, Solinus, to procure my fall, Yet, that the world may witness that my end
And by the doom of death end woes and all. Was wrought by nature, not by vile offence,

Duke. Merchant of Syracusa, plead no more. I'll utter what my sorrow gives me leave.
I am not partial to infringe our laws: 4 In Syracusa was I born, and wed
The enmity and discord wbich of late

Unto a woman, happy but for me,
Sprung from the rancorous outrage of your duke And by me too, had not our hap been bad.
To merchants, our well-dealing countrymen, With her I liv'd in joy: our wealth increas'd
Who, wanting guilders to redeem their lives, 8 | By prosperous voyages I often made
Have seal'd his rigorous statutes with their To Epidamnum; till my factor's death,
bloods,

And the great care of goods at random left, Excludes all pity from our threat'ning looks. Drew me from kind embracements of my spouse: For, since the mortal and intestine jars

From whom my absence was not six months old, 'Twixt thy seditious countrymen and us, 12 Before herself, -almost at fainting under

45 It hath in solemn synods been decreed,

The pleasing punishment that women bear, Both by the Syracusians and ourselves,

Had made provision for her following me, T admit no traffic to our adverse towns: And soon and safe arrived where I was. Nay, more, if any, born at Ephesus 16 There had she not been long but she became Be seen at Syracusian marts and fairā;

A joyful mother of two goodly sons; Again, if any Syracusian born

And, which was strange, the one so like the Come to the bay of Ephesus, he dies,

other, His goods confiscate to the duke's dispose; 20 As could not be distinguish'd but by names. 52 Unless a thousand marks be levied,

That very hour, and in the self-same inn,
To quit the penalty and to ransom him. A meaner woman was delivered
Thy substance, valu'd at the highest rate, Of such a burden, male twins, both alike.
Cannot amount unto a hundred marks; 24 Those, --for their parents were exceeding poor,-
Therefore, by law thou art condemn'd to die. I bought, and brought up to attend my sons. 57
Æge. Yet this my comfort: when your words My wife, not meanly proud of two such boys,
are done,

Made daily motions for our home return:
My woes end likewise with the evening sun. Unwilling I agreed; alas! too soon
Duke. Well, Syracusian; say, in brief the We came aboard.

28 / A league from Epidamnum had we sail'd,

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cause

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Before the always-wind-obeying deep

Had not their bark been very slow of sail; 116 Gave any tragic instance of our harm: 64 And therefore homeward did they bend their But longer did we not retain much hope; For what obscured light the heavens did granty Thus have you heard me sever'd from my bliss, Did but convey unto our fearful minds That by misfortune was my life prolong'd, A doubtful warrant of immediate death; 68 To tell sad stories of my own mishaps. Which, though myself would gladly have em- Duke. And, for the sake of them thou sorbracid,

rowest for, Yet the incessant weepings of my wife,

Do me the favour to dilate at full Weeping before for what she saw must come,

What hath befall’n of them and thee till now. And piteous plainings of the pretty babes, Æge. My youngest boy, and yet my eldest That

mourn'd for fashion, ignorant what to fear, care, Forc'd me to seek delays for them and me. At eighteen years became inquisitive And this it was, for other means was none: After his brother; and importun'd me The sailors sought for safety by our boat, 76 That his attendant for his case was like, Ånd leit the ship, then sinking-ripe, to us: Reft of his brother, but retain'd his name— 128 My wife, more careful for the latter-born, Might bear him company in the quest of him;

Had fasten'd him unto a small spare mast, Whom whilst I labour'd of a love to see, | Such as seafaring men provide for storms; 80 I hazarded the loss of whom I lov'd.

To him one of the other twins was bound, Five summers have I spent in furthest Greece,
Whilst I had been like heedful of the other. Roaming clean through the bounds of Asia, 133
The children thus dispos’d, my wife and I, And, coasting homeward, came to Ephesus,
Fixing our eyes on whom our care was fix'd, 84 Hopeless to find, yet loath to leave unsought
Fastend ourselves at either end the mast; Or that or any place that harbours men. 136
And floating straight, obedient to the stream, But here must end the story of my life;
Were carried towards Corinth, as we thought. And happy were I in my timely death,
At length the sun, gazing upon the earth, 88 Could all my travels warrant me they live.
Dispers d those vapours that offended us, Duke. Hapless Ægeon, whom the fates have
And, by the benefit of his wished light

mark'd

140 The seas kax'd calm, and we discovered To bear the extremity of dire mishap! Two ships from far making amain to us; 92 Now, trust me, were it not against our laws, Of Corinth that, of Epidaurus this:

Against my crown, my oath, my dignity, But ere they came,-0! let me say no more; Which princes, would they, may not disannul, Gather the sequel by that went before.

My soul should sue as advocate for thee. 145 Dake. Nay, forward, old man; do not broak But though thou art adjudged to the death

96 And passed sentence may not be recall’d For we may pity, though not pardon thee. But to our honour's great disparagement, 148

Æge. O! had the gods done so, I had not now Yet will I favour thee in what I can: Worthily term’d them merciless to us!

Therefore, merchant, I'll limit thee this day For, ere the ships could meet by twice five To seek thy life by beneficial help. leagues,

100 Try all the friends thou hast in Ephesus; We were encounter'd by a mighty rock; Beg thou, or borrow, to make up the sum, Which being violently borne upon,

And live; if no, then thou art doom'd to die. Our helpful ship was splitted in the midst; Gaoler, take him to thy custody. So that, in this unjust divorce of us

Gaol. I will, my lord.

156 Fortune had left to both of us alike

Æge. Hopeless and helpless doth Ægeon wend, What to delight in, what to sorrow for. But to procrastinate his lifeless end. ,[Exeunt. Her part, poor soull seeming as burdened With lesser weight, but not with lesser woe, 108

SCENE II.-The Mart. Was earried with more speed before the wind, dod in our sight they three were taken up Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse, DROMIO of By fishermen of Corinth, as we thought.

Syracuse, and a Merchant. At length, another ship had seiz'd on us; Mer. Therefore, give out you are of Epidam. And, knowing whom it was their hap to save, num, jare healthful welcome to their ship-wrack'd Lest that your goods too soon be confiscate. guests;

This very day, a Syracusian merchant And would have reft the fishers of their prey, Is apprehended for arrival bere;

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