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As I thought, dead; and have, in vain, said many
And take her by the hand: whose worth, and honesty,
Is richly noted; and here justified
By us, a pair of kings.-Let's from this place.What?-look upon my brother :-both your par
That e'er I put between your holy looks
This play, as Dr. Warburton justly observes, is, with all its absurdities, very entertaining. The character of Autolycus is naturally conceived, and strongly represented.-JOHNSON.
Solinus, duke of Ephesus.
A merchant, friend to Antipholus of Syracuse.
Twin brothers, and sons to Ægeon and Emilia, but unknown to each other. Twin brothers, and attendants on the two Antipholus's.
Emilia, wife to Egeon, an abbess at Ephesus.
Luce, her servant.
Gaoler, officers, and other attendants.
COMEDY OF ERRORS.
SCENE I-A hall in the Duke's palace.
Enter Duke, Egeon, Gaoler, Officers, and other attendants.
Ege. PROCEED, Solinus, to procure my fall, And, by the doom of death, end woes and all.
Duke. Merchant of Syracusa, plead no more;
If any, born at Ephesus, be seen
* Name of a coin.
To quit the penalty, and to ransome him.
My woes end likewise with the evening sun.
Duke. Well, Syracusan, say, in brief, the cause Why thou departed'st from thy native home; And for what cause thou cam'st to Ephesus.
Æge. A heavier task could not have been impos'd, Than I to speak my griefs unspeakable: Yet, that the world may witness, that my end Was wrought by nature*, not by vile offence, I'll utter what my sorrow gives me leave. In Syracusa was I born; and wed Unto a woman, happy but for me, And by me too, had not our hap been bad. With her I liv'd in joy; our wealth increas'd, By prosperous voyages I often made To Epidamnum, till my factor's death; And he (great care of goods at random left) Drew me from kind embracements of my spouse: From whom my absence was not six months old, Before herself (almost at fainting, under The pleasing punishment that women bear,) Had made provision for her following me, And soon, and safe, arrived where I was. There she had not been long, but she became A joyful mother of two goodly sons;
And, which was strange, the one so like the other, As could not be distinguish'd but by names.
That very hour, and in the self-same inn,
* Natural affection.