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But ere they came -oh, let me fay no more!
Duke. Nay, forward, old man, do not break off so; For we may pity, tho' not pardon thee.
Ægeon. Oh, had the Gods done fo, I had not now Wortħily term'd them merciless to us ; For ere the ships could meet by twice five leagues, We were encountred by a mighty rock ; Which being violently borne upon, Our helpless ship was splitted in the midit: So that, in this unjust divorce of us, Fortune had left to both of us alike What to delight in, what to sorrow for. Her part, poor soul! seeming as burdened With lesser weight, but not with lesser woe, Was carry'd with more speed before the wind, And in our fight they three were taken up By fishermen of Corinth, as we thought, At length, another hip had seiz'd on us ; And knowing whom it was their hap to fave, Gave helpful welcome to their shipwreckt guests; And would have reft the fishers of their prey, , Had not their bark been very slow of fail ; And therefore homeward did they bend their course.Thus have you heard me sever'd from my bliss ; That by misfortunes was my life prolong'd, To tell sad stories of my own mishaps.
Duke. And, for the fakes of them thou sorrow'st for, Do me the favour to dilate at fuil What hath befall'n of them, and thee, 'till now.
Ægeon, My youngest boy, and yet my eldest cart, At eighteen years became inquisitive After his brother ; and importun'd me, That his attendant, (for his case was like, Reft of his brother, but retain'd his name,) Might bear him company in quest of him : Whom whilft I labour'd of a love to fee, I hazarded the loss of whom I lov'd. Five summers have I spent in fartheft Greece, Roaming clean through the bounds of Assa,
And coasting homeward, came to Ephesus :
Duke. Hapless Ægeon, whom the fates have markt
Jail. I will, my Lord.
Ægeor. Hopeless and helpless doth Ægeon wend, But to procrastinate his liveless end.
[Exeunt Ægeon, and Jailor. (1) Now trust me, were it not against our Laws,
Against my Crown, my Oatb, my Dignity,
Wbicb Princes would, they may not disannul,] Thus are these Lines placed in all the former Editions. But as the fingle Verb does not agree with all the Substantives, which should be govern'd of it, I have ventur'd to make a Transposition; and, by a Change in the Pointing, clear'd up the Perplexity of the Sense
SCENE changes to the Strut.
Get thee away.
Enter Antipholis of Syracuse, a Mercbant, and Dromio
Left that your goods too soon be confiscate.
fun fet in the west : There is your mony, that I had to keep.
Ant. Go bear it to the Centaur, where we host,
Dro. Many a man would take you at your word,
Mer. I am invited, Sir, to certain merchants,
lose myself, And wander up and down to view the city. Mer. Sir, I commend you to your own content.
Ant. He that commends me to my own content,
Enter Dromio of Ephesus.
Ant. Stop in your wind, Sir ; tell me this, I pray,
gave you! E. Dro. Oh, --- fix-pence, that I had a Wednesday last, To pay
the sadler for my mistress' crupper ? The fadler had it, Sir ; I kept it not.
Ant. I am not in a sportive humour now; Tell me and daily not, where is the mony? We being strangers here, how dar'lt thou trust So great a charge from thine own custody?
E. Dro. I pray you, jest, Sir, as you fit at dinner : I from my mistress come to you in poft ; If I return, I shall be post indeed ; For she will score your fault upon my pate : Methinks, your maw, like mine, should be your clock; And trike you home without a messenger. Ant. Come, Dromio, come, these jests are out of seafon ;
Reserve them 'till a merrier hour than this :
E. Dro. To me, Sir? why, you gave no gold to me.
And tell me how thou haft dispos'd thy charge?
Ant. Now, as I am a christian, answer me,
E. Dro. I have some marks of yours upon my pate ;
thou? E. Dro. Your worship’s wife, my mistress at the
will hie you home to dinner.
hands Nay, an you will not, Sir, I'll take my heels.
[Exit Dromio. Ant. Upon my life, by some device or other, The villain is o'er-wrought of all my mony. They say, this town is full of couzenage ; As, nimble jugglers, that deceive the eye; (2)
Dark(2) As, nimble Jugglers, that deceive the Eye :
Dark-working Sorcerers, that change the Mind: