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fulfilled; She lifted the princess from the earth; Clo. Ay, and have been so any time these and so locks her in embracing, as if she would four hours. pin her to ber heart, that she might no more Shep. And so have I, boy. be in danger of losing.

Clo. So you have:—but I was a gentleman i Gent. The dignity of this act was worth the born before my father: for the king's son took audience of kings and princes; for by such me by the hand, and called me, brother; and was it acted.

then the two kings called my father, brother; 3 Gent. One of the prettiest touches of all, and then the prince, my brother, and the prinand that which angled for mine eyes (caught cess, my sister, called my father, father; and the water, though not the fish,) was, when at so we wept: and there was the first gentlethe relation of the queen’s death, with the man-like tears that ever we shed. manner how she came to it, (bravely confessed, Shep. We may live, son, to shed many more. and lamented by the king, how aitentiveness Clo. Ay; or else 'twere hard luck, being in wounded his daughter: till, from one sign of so preposterous estate as we are. dolour to another, she did, with an ulas! I Aut. I humbly beseech you, Sir, to pardon would fain say, bleed tears; for, I am sure, me all the faults I have committed to your wormy heart wept blood. Who was most marble ship, and to give me your good report to the there", changed colour; some swooned, all prince my master. sorrowed: if all the world could have seen it, Shep. 'Pr’ythee, son, do; for we must be the woe had been universal.

gentle, now we are gentlemén.
1 Gent. Are they returned to the court? Clo. Thou wilt amend thy life?

3 Gent. No: the princess hearing of her mo- Aut. Ay, an it like your good worship. ther's statue, which is in the keeping of Pau- Clo. Give me thy hand: I will swear to the lina,-a piece many years in doing, and now pripce, thou art as honest a true fellow as any newly performed by that rare Italian master, is in Bohemia. Julio Romano; who, had he himself eternity, Shep. You may say it, but not swear it. and could put breath into his work, would be- Clo. Not swear it, now I am a gentleman? guile nature of her custom, so perfectly he is Let boors and franklins* say it, I'll swear it. her ape: he so near to Hermione hath done Shep. How if it be false, son? Hermione, that, they say, one would speak to Clo. If it be ne'er so false, a true gentleman her, and stand in hope of answer: thither, with may swear it, in the behalf of his friend :- And all greediness of affection, are they gone; and I'll swear to the prince, thou art a tall+ fellow there they intend to sup.

of thy hands, and that thou wilt not be drunk; 2 Gent. I thought, she had some great mat- but I know, thou art no tall fellow of thy ter there in hand; for she hath privately, twice hands, and that thou wilt be drunk; but I'll or thrice a day, ever since the death of Her- swear it: and I would, thou would'st be a tall mione, visited that removedt house. Shall we fellow of thy hands. thither, and with our company piece the re- Aut. I will prove so, Sir, to my power. joicing ?

Clo. Ay, by any means prove a tall fellow: i Gent. Who would be thence, that has the If I do not wonder, how thou darest venture benefit of access? every wink of an eye, some drunk, not being a tall fellow, trust me new grace will be born: our absence makes us not.-Hark! the kings and the princes, our unthrifty to our knowledge. Let's along. kindred, are going to see the queen's picture.

(Exeunt GENTLEMEN. Come, follow us: we'll be thy good masters. Aut. Now, had I not the dash of my former

(Exeunt. life in me, would preferment drop on iny head. I brought the old man and his son aboard the SCENE III.-The same.--A Room in Paulprince; told him, I heard him talk of a fardel,

INA's House. and I know not what: but be at that time, | Enter LEONTES, POLIXENES, FLORIZEL, Perover-fond of the shepherd's daughter, (so he DITA, Camillo, Paulina, Lords, and Atthen look her to be,) who began to be much tendunts. sea-sick, and himselt little better, extremity of weather continuing, this mystery remained

Leon. O grave and good Paulina, the great undiscovered. But'tis all one to me: for had That I have had of thee!

(comfort I been the finder-out of this secret, it would

Paul. What, sovereign Sir, aot have relished among my other discredits.

I did not well, I meant well: All my services,

You have paid home: but that you have vouchEnter SHEPHERD and Clown.



With your crown's brother, and these your Here comes those I have done good to against Heirs of your kingdoms, my poor house to my will, and already appearing in the blos

visit, soms of their fortune.

It is a surplus of your grace, which never Shep. Come, boy; I am past more children; My life may last to answer. but thy sons and daughters will be all gentle- Leon. O Paulina, men born.

We honour you with trouble: But we came Clo. You are well met, Sir: You denied to To see the statue of onr queen : your gallery, fight with me this other day, because I was no Have we pass'd through, not without much gentleman born : See you these clothes? say,

content you see them not, and think me still no gen. In many singularities; but we saw not tleman born: you were best say, these robes That which my daughter came to look upon, are not gentlemen born. Give me the lie; do; | The statue of her mother. and try whether I am not now a gentleman Paul. As she liv'd peerless, born.

So her dead likeness, I do well believe, Aut. I know, you are now, Sir, a gentleman Excels whatever yet you look'd upon, Dorn.

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Lonely, apart: But here it is: prepare My lord's almost so far transported, that
To see the life as lively mock'd, as ever He'll think anon, it lives.
Still sleep mock'd death: behold; and say, 'tis Leon. ( sweet' Paulina,

Make me to think so twenty years together; [Paulina undraus a Curtain, and discovers No settled senses of the world can match a statue.

The pleasure of that madness. Let't alone. I like your silence, it the more shows off Puul. I am sorry, Sir, I have thus far stirr'd Your wonder: But yet speak;—first, you, my Comes it uot something near ? [liege, I could afflict you further. Leon. Her natural posture !

Leon. Do, Paulina; Chide

me, "lear stone; that I may say, indeed, For this aflliction has a taste as sweet Thou art H «mione: or, rather, thou art she, As any cordial comfort.-Still, methinks, In thy not chiding; for she was as tender, There is an air comes from her: What fine As infancy, and grace.—But yet, Paulina,


[me, Hermione was not so much wrinkled; nothing Could ever yet cut breath? Let no man mock So aged, as this seems.

For I will kiss her. Pol. (, not by much.

Paul. Good my lord, forbear: Paul. So much the more our carver's excel- The ruddiness upon her lip is wet; lence;

You'll mar it, if you kiss it; stain your own Which lets go by some sixteen years, and with oily painting: Shall I draw the curtain makes her

Leon. No, not these twenty years. As she liv'd now.

Per. So long could I Leon. As now she might have done,

Stand by, a looker on. So much to my good comfort, as it is

Paul. Either forbear, Now piercing to my soul. O, thus she stood, Quit presently the chapel ; or resolve you Even with such life of majesty, (warm life, For more amazement: If you can behold it, As now it coldly stands,) en first I woo'd I'll make the statue move indeed; descend, her!

And take you hy the hand: but then you'll I am asham'd: Does not the stone rebuke me,

For being more stone than it?–0, royal piece, (Which I protest against,) I am assisted
There's magic in thy majesty; which has

By wicked powers.
My evils conjur'd to remembrance; and Leon. What you can make her do,
Froni thy admiring daughter took the spirits, I am content to look on: what to speak,
Standing like stone with thee!

I am content to hear; for 'tis as easy
Per. And give me leave;

To make her speak, as move. And do not say, 'tis superstition, that

Puul. It is requir'd, I kneel, and then implore her blessing.-Lady, You do awake your faith: Then, all stand still; Dear queen, that ended when I but began, Or those, that think it is unlawful business Give me that hand of yours, to kiss.

I am about, let them depart. Paul. O, patience,

Leon. Proceed; The statue is but newly fix'd, the colour's No foot shall stir. Not dry.

Paul. Music; awake her: strike.— [Misic. Cam. My lord, your sorrow was too sore laid 'Tis time; descend; be stone no more: ap. on;

proach; Which sixteen winters cannot blow away, Strike all that look upon with marvel. Come; So many summers, dry : scarce any joy I'll fill your grave up: stir; nay, come away; Did ever so long live; no sorrow,

Bequeath to death your numbness, for from But kill'd itsell' much sooner.


(stirs: Pol. Dear my brother,

Dear life redeems you.—You perceive, she Let him, that was the cause of this, have power (HERMIONE comes down from the Pedestal. To take off so much grief from you, as he Start not: her actions shall be holy, as, Will piece up in himself.

You hear, my spell is lawful: do not shun her, Paul. Indeed, my lord,

Until you see her die again ; for then If I had thought, the sight of my poor image You kill her double: Nay, present your hand : Would thus have wrought* you, (for the stone When she was young, you wou'd her; now, in is mine,) Is she become the suitor.

(age, I'd not have show'd it.

Leon, 0, she's warm! [Embrucing her. Leon. Do not draw the curtain.

If this be magic, let it be an art Puul. No longer shall you gaze on't; lest Lawful as eating. your fancy

Pol. She embraces him. May think anon, it mores.

Cam. She hangs about his neck; Leon. Let Le, let be.

If she dertain to life, let her speak too. Would I were dead, but that methinks al- Pol. Ay, and make't manifest where she has ready


liv'o! What was he, that did make it?-See, my | Or, how stol’n from the dead? Would you not deem, it breath’d? and that Paul. That she is living, those veins

W'ere it but told you, should be hooted at Did verily bear blood ?

Like an uld tale; but it appears, she lives, Pol. Masterly done:

Though yet she speak not. Mark'a little while The very life seems warm upon her lip. Please you to interpose, fair inadam; kneel,

Leon. The fixure of her eye has motion in'tt And pray your mother's blessing.–Turn, good Ast we are mock'd with art.

Our Perdita is found.

[lady • Paul. I'll draw the curtain;

[Presenting Pepita, who kneels to

HERMIONE. Worked, agitated.

Her. You gods, look down, + 1. e. Though her eye be fixed it soems to have motion And from your secret vials pour your graces

Upon my daughter's head!-'ell me, mine own Where hast thou been preserv'd? where liv'd ? | But how, is to be question'd: for I saw her, how found

la it.

# As if.

(I,-As I thonght, dead; and have, in vain, said Thy father's court ? for thou shalt hear, that

many Knowing by Paulina, that the oracle

A prayer upon her grave: I'll not seek far Gave hope thou wast in being,-have preservd (For him, I partly know his mind,) to find theo Myself, to see the issue.

An honourable husband: Come, Camillo, Paul. There's time enough for that; And take her by the hand: whose worth, and Lest they desire, upon this push to trouble

honesty, Your joys with like relation.-Go together, Is richly noted; and here justified You precious winnerg* all; your exultation By us, a pair of kings.-Let's from this place.Partaket to every one. 1, an old turtle, What?- Look upon my brother!-both your Will wing me to some wither'd bough; and pardons, there

That e'er 1 put between your holy looks My mate, that's never to be found again, My ill suspicion.-This your son-in-law, Lament till I am lost.

And son unto the king, (whom heavens directLeon. O peace, Paulina;


(lina, Thou should'st a husband take by my consent, Is troth-plight to your daughter. Good Pau. As I by thine, a wite: this is a match, Lead us from hence; where we may leisurely And made between's by vows. Thou hast Each one demand, and answer to his part found mine;

Perform'd in this wide gap of time, since first

We were dissever'd: Hastily lead away. You who by this discovery bave gained what you

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SOLINUS, Duke of Ephesus.

A MERCHANT, Friend to Antipholus of Syra Æocon, a Merchant of Syracuse.

Twin Brothers, Pinch, a Schoolmaster, and a Conjuror.

and Sons to E
ANTIPHOLUS of Ephesus,
ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse,

geon and Æmi- ÆMILIA, Wife to Ægeon, an Abbess at Ephesus.
lia, but unknown ADRIANA, Wife to Antipholus of Ephesus.
to each other.

LUCIANA, her Sister.
DROMIO of Ephesus,

Twin Brothers, and Luce, her Servant.
DROMIO of Syracuse,

Attendants on the A COURTEZAN.
two Antipholus's.

Jailer. Officers, and other Attendants.
BALTHAZAR, a Merchant.
ANGELO, a Goldsmith.

Scene, Ephesus.


ACT 1.

I'll utter what my sorrow gives me leave.

In Syracusa was I born; and wed SCENE 1.-A Hall in the Duke's Palace.

Unto a woman, happy but for me, Enter DUKE, ÆGEON, Jailer, Officer, and other And by me too, had not our hap been bad. Attendants.

With her I liv'd in joy; our wealth increas'd, And, by the doom of death, end woes and all. And he (great care of goods at random left) Ægę. Proceed, Solinus, to procure my fall, By prosperous voyages I often made

To Epidamnum, till my factor's death; Duke. Merchant of Syracusa, plead no more; Drew me from kind embracements of my spouse: I am not partial, to infringe our laws:

From whom my absence was not six months The enmity and discord, which of late [duke Sprung from the rancorous outrage of your Before herself (almost at fainting, under

old, To merchants, our well-dealing countrymen,Who, wanting gilders* to redeem their lives,

The pleasing punishment that women bear,) Have sealed his rigorous statutes with their Had made provision for her following me, bloods,

And soon, and safe, arrived where I was, Excludes all pity from our threatning looks.

There she had not been long, but she became

A joyful mother of two goodly sons; For, since the mortal and intestiue jars

(other, Twixt thy seditious countrymen and us,

And, which was strange, the one so like the It hath in solemn synods been decreed,

As could not be distinguish'd but by names. Both by the Syracusans and ourselves,

That very hour, and in the self-same inn,

A To admit no traffic to our adverse towns:

poor mean woman was delivered Nay, more,

Of such a burden, male twins, both alike : If any, born at Ephesus, be seen

Those, for their parents were exceeding poor, At any Syracusan martst and fairs,

I bought, and brought up to attend my sons. Again, If any Syracusan born,

My wife, not meanly proud of two such boys, Come to the bay of Ephesus, he dies,

Made daily motions for our home return: His goods confiscate to the duke's dispose;

Unwilling I agreed ; alas, too soon.

We came aboard :
Unless a thousand marks be levied,
To quit the penalty, and to ransom him.

A league from Epidamnum had we sail'd.
Thy substance, valued at the highest rate,

Before the always-wind-obeying deep Cannot amount unto a hundred marks;

Gave any tragic instance of our harm: Therefore, by law thou art condemn’d to die.

But longer did we not retain much hope; Æge. Yet this my comfort; when your words for what obscured light the heavens did grant are done,

Did but convey unto our fearful minds My woes end likewise with the evening sun.

A doubtful warrant of immediate death; Duke. Well, Syracusan, say, in brief, the Which, though myself would gladly have em


Yet the incessant weepings of my wife,
Why thou departedst from thy native home;
And for what cause thou cam'st to Ephesus.

Weeping before for what she saw must come, Æge. A heavier task could not have been And piteous plainings of the pretty babes, impos'd,

That mourn'd for fashion, ignorant what to Than I to speak my griefs unspeakable :

fear, Yet, that the world may witness, that my end Forc'd me to seek delays for them and me.

And this it was,-for other means was none.Was wrought by nature, f not by vile offence,

The sailors sought for safety by our boat, Name of a coin. + Markets. Natural affection. And left the ship, then sinking-ripe, to us:



off so;

My wife, more careful for the latter-born, And passed sentence may not be recall’d, Had fasten'd bin unto a small spare mast,

But to our honour's great disparagement, Such as sea-faring men provide for storms; Yet will I favour thee in what I can: To him one of the other twins was bound, Therefore, merchant, I'll limit thee this day, Whilst I had been like heedful of the other. To seek thy help by beneficial help: The children thus dispos’d, my wife and I, Try all the friends thou hast in Ephesus; Fixing our eyes on whom our care was fix'd, Beg thou, or borrow, to make up the sum, Fasten'd ourselves at either end the mast; And live; if not, then thou art doom'd to die: And floating straight, obedient to the stream, Jailer, take him to thy custody. Were carried towards Corinth, as we thought. Jail. I will, my lord. At length the sun, gazing upon the earth, Æge. Hopeless, and helpless, doth Ægeon Dispers'd those vapours that offended us;

wend, * And, by the benefit of his wish'd light, But to procrastinate his lifeless end. [Exeunt. The seas wax'd calm, and we discovered Two ships from far making amain to us,

SCENE II.-A public Place. Of Corinth that, of Epidaurus this:

Enter ANTIPHOLUS and DROMIO of Syracuse, But ere they came,-0, let me say no more!

and a MERCHANT. Gather the sequel by what went before. Duke. Nay, forward, old man, do not break

Mer. Therefore, give out, you are of Epi.

damnum, For we may pity, though not pardon thee.

Lest that your goods too soon be confiscate. Æge. O, had the gods done so, I had not now

This very day, a Syracusan merchant Worthily term'd them merciless to us!

Is apprehended for arrival here ;. For, ere the ships could meet by twice five And, not being able to buy out his life, leagues,

According to the statute of the town, We were encounter'd hy a mighty rock ;

Dies ere the weary sun set in the west. Which being violently borne upon,

There is your money that I had to keep. Our helpful ship was splitted in the midst,

Ant. S. Go bear it to the Centaur,t where So that, in this unjust divorce of us,

we host, Fortune had left to both of us alike

And stay there, Dromio, till I come to thee.

Within this hour it will be dinner-time:
What to delight in, what to sorrow for.
Her part, poor soul! seeming as burdened

Till that, I'll view the manners of the town, With lesser weight, but not with lesser woe,

Peruse the traders, gaze upon the buildings, Was carried with more speed before the wind; | For with long travel I am stiff and weary.

And then return, and sleep within mine inn; And in our sight they three were taken up

Get thee away.
By fishermen of Corinth, as we thought.
At length, another ship had seiz'd on us;

Dro. S. Many a man would take you at yoar And, knowing whom it was their hap to save. And go indeed, having so good a mean,

word, Gave helpful welcome to their shipwreck'd guests;

[Exit Dro. S. And would have reft* the fishers of their prey, when I am dull with care and melancholy,

Ant. S. A trusty villain,. Sir; that very oft, Had not their bark been very slow of sail, And therefore homeward did they bend their Lightens my humour with his merry jests.

What, will you walk with me about the town, Thus have you beard me sever'd from my bliss; And then go to my inn, and dine with me? That by misfortunes was my life prolong'd,

Mer. I am invited, Sir, to certain merchants, To tell' sad stories of my own mishaps.

Of whom I hope to make much benefit; Duke. And, for the sake of them thou sor

I crave your pardon. Soon, at five o'clock, rowest for,

Please you, I'll meet with you upon the mart, Do me the favour to dilate at fuit

And afterwards consort you till bed-time; What hath befall’n of them, and thee, till now.

My present business calls me from you now. Æge. My youngest boy, and yet my eldest

Ant. S. Farewell till then: I will go lose At eighteen years became inquisitive


(care, After his brother; and impóriun'd me,

And wander up and down, to view the city. That his attendant, (for his case was like,

Mer. Sir, I commend you to your own con• Reft of his brother, but retain'd his name,)


[Exit MERCHANT. Might bear him company in the quest of him:

Ant. S. He that commends me to mine own Whom whilst I labour'd of a love to see,

content, I hazarded the loss of whom I lov’d.

Commends me to the thing I cannot get. Five summers have I spent in furthest Greece, I to the world am like a drop of water, Roaming cleant through the bounds of Asia,

That in the ocean seeks another drop; And, coasting homeward, came to Ephesus;

Who, falling there to fiod his fellow forth, Hopeless to find, yet loath to leave unsought,

Unseen, inquisitive, confounds himself: Or that, or any place that harbours men.

So I, to find a mother, and a brother, But here must end the story of my life;

In quest of them, unhappy, lose myself. And happy were I in my tirely death,

Enter DROMIO of Ephesus. Could all my travels warrant me they live. Duke. Hapless Ægeon, whom the fates have Here comes the almanack of my true date,mark'd

What now? How chance, thou art return'd, so

soon? To bear the extremity of dire mishap! Now, trust me, were it not against our laws,

Dro. E. Return’d so soon! rather approach'd

too late : Against my crown, my oath, my dignity, Which princes, would they, may not disancul, The capon burns, the pig falls from the spit;, My soul should sue as advocate for thee.

The clock hath strucken twelve upon the bell, But, though tbou art adjudged to the death,

My mistress made it one upon my cheek:

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Exchange, marketplace


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