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S. Dro. 'Falth, stay here this night; they will surely
S. Ant. I will not stay to-night for all the town;
A street, before a priory.
Enter the Merchant, and Angelo.
Am forry, Sir, that I have hinder'd you ;
But, I proteft he had the chain of me,
Mer. How is the man esteem’d here in the city ?
Ang. Of very reverend reputation, Sir,
Enter Antipholis and Dromio of Syracuse,
me, can you deny it?
Mer. These ears of mine, thou knoweft did hear thee: Fie on thee, wretch ! 'tis pity that thou liv'st To walk where any honeft men resort.
S. «nt. Thou art a villain, to impeach me thus. I'll prove mine honour and my honelty Against thee presently, if thou dar'ft stand. Mer. I dare, and do defy thee for a villain.
[They draw. S CE N E II. Enter Adriana, Luciana, Courtezan, and others.
Adr. Hold, hurt him not, for God's fake; he is mad; Some get within him, take his sword away: Bind Dromio too, and bear them to my house.
S. Dro. Run, Master, run; for God's fake take a This is fome priory; in, or we are spoil'd. [house ;
[Exeunt to the priory. Enter Lady Abbess. Abb. Be quiet, people; wherefore throng you hither?
Adr. To fetch my poor distracted husband hence ;
Ang. I knew he was not in his perfect wits.
Adr. This week he hath been heavy, four, sad,
Abb. Hath he not loft much wealth by wreck at sea ?
Adr. To none of these, except it be the last;
Abb. You should for that have reprehended him.
Adr. As roughly as my modesty would let me.
* of our conference.
tibb. And therefore came it that the man was mad.
But moody and dull melancholy,
Luc. She never reprehended him but mildly,
Adr. She did betray me to my own reproof.
Abb. Neither; he took this place for fanctuary,
* By copy here is to be understood abundance, fulness, as copia lig. nifies in Latin, + This line seems to be spurious. Vol. III. Въ
Till I have brought him to his wits again,
Adr. I will attend my husband, be his nurse,
Abb. Be patient; for I will not let him ftir,
Adr. I will not hence, and leave my husband here'; And ill it doth beseem
holiness To separate the husband and the wife.
Abb. Be quiet, and depart; thou shalt not have him.
Mer. By this, I think, the dial points at five :
Ang. Upon what cause ?
Mer. To see a reverend Syracufan merchant, Who put unluckily into this bay Against the laws and statutes of this town, Beheaded publicly for his offence. Ang. See, where they come ; we will behold his
death, Luc. Kneel to the Duke, before he pass the abbey.
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beadfman, and other officers.
If any friend will pay the sum for him,
Adr. Justice, moft facred Duke, against the Abbess.
Duke. She is a virtuous and a reverend lady; It cannot be that she hath done thee wrong.
Adr. May it please your Grace, Antipholis my hus(Whom I made lord of me and all I had, [band, At your important letters), this ill day A most outrageous fit of madness took him ; That delp’rately he hurry'd through the street, With him his bondman all as mad as he, Doing displeasure to the citizens, By rushing in their houses; bearing thence Rings, jewels, any thing his rage did like. Once did I get him bound, and sent him home, Whilst to take order for the
wrongs That here and there his fury had committed : Anon, I wot not by what strong escape, He broke from those that had the guard of him : And, with his mad attendant mad himself, Each one with ireful paflion, with drawn swords, Met us again, and, madly bent on us, Chas'd us away; till raising of more aid, We came again to bind them; then they fled Into this abbey, whither we pursu'd them; And here the Abbess shuts the gates on us, And will not suffer us to fetch him out, Nor send him forth, that we may bear him hence. Therefore, most gracious Duke, with thy command, Let him be brought forth, and borne hence for help.
Duke. Long since thy husband serv'd me in my wars, And I to thee engaged a prince's word, When thou didst make him master of thy bed, To do him all the grace and good I could. Go, some of you, knock at the abbey-gate; And bid the Lady Abbess come to me. I will determine this before I ftir.
SCENE IV. Enter a Messenger. Mel. O mistress, mistress, shift and save yourself ; My master and his men are both broke loose, Beaten the maids a-row, and bound the Doctor, B b 2