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Abb. No, not a creature enters in my house.
Adr. Then let your servants bring my husband

forth.
Abb. Neither : he took this place for sanctuary,
And it shall privilege him from your hands,
Till I have brought him to his wits again,
Or lose my labor in assaying it.

Adr. I will attend my husband, be his nurse,
Diet his sickness, for it is my office,
And will have no attorney but myself;
And therefore let me have him home with me.

Abb. Be patient; for I will not let him stir,
Till I have used the approved means I have,
With wholesome sirups, drugs, and holy prayers,
To make of him a formal man again :
It is a branch and parcel of mine oath,
A charitable duty of my order :
Therefore depart, and leave him here with me.

Adr. I will not hence, and leave my husband

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here;

And ill it doth beseem your holiness,
To separate the husband and the wife.
Abb. Be quiet, and depart; thou shalt not have
him.

[Exit Abbess. Luc. Complain unto the duke of this indignity.

Adr. Come, go; I will fall prostrate at his feet, And never rise until my tears and prayers Have won his grace to come in person hither,

1 To bring him back to his senses.

And take perforce my husband from the abbess.

Mer. By this, I think, the dial points at five :
Anon, I am sure, the duke himself in person
Comes this way to the melancholy vale;
The place of death and sorry 1 execution,
Behind the ditches of the abbey here.

Ang. Upon what cause ?

Mer. To see a reverend Syracusian 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.

Enter DUKE attended; ÆGEON bare-headed; with the

Headsman and other officers. Duke. Yet once again proclaim it publicly, If any friend will

pay

the sum for him, He shall not die, so much we tender him. Adr. Justice, most sacred 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, Antipholus, my

husband, Whom I made lord of me and all I had, At your important ? letters,—this ill day

i Sad.

Importunate.

A most outrageous fit of madness took him ;
That desperately he hurried 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 1 for the wrongs I went,
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 and himself,
Each one with ireful passion, with drawn swords,
Met us again, and, madly bent on us,
Chased us away; till, raising of more aid,
We came again to bind them : then they fled
Into this abbey, whither we pursued 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 served 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,

1 Measures.

And bid the lady abbess come to me.
I will determine this before I stir.

Enter a SERVANT. Ser. O mistress, mistress, shift and save yourself! My master and his man are both broke loose, Beaten the maids a-row, and bound the doctor, Whose beard they have singed off with brands of

fire ;

And, ever as it blazed, they threw on him
Great pails of puddled mire to quench the hair.
My master preaches patience to him, and the while
His man with scissors nicks him ? like a fool :
And, sure, unless you send some present help,
Between them they will kill the conjurer.

Adr. Peace, fool, thy master and his man are

here;

And that is false thou dost report to us.

Ser. Mistress, upon my life, I tell you true; I have not breathed almost, since I did see it. He cries for you, and vows, if he can take you, To scorch your face, and to disfigure you.

[cry within. Hark, hark, I hear him, mistress : fly, be gone. Duke. Come, stand by me; fear nothing. Guard

with halberds. Adr. Ah me, it is my husband! Witness you,

· Successively, one after another.
2 Cuts his hair close.

That he is borne about invisible.
Even now we housed him in the abbey here;
And now he's there, past thought of human reason.

Enter ANTIPHOLUS and DROMIO OF EPHESUS.

Ant. E. Justice, most gracious duke, O, grant me

justice! Even for the service that long since I did thee, When I bestrid thee in the wars, and took Deep scars to save thy life; even for the blood That then I lost for thee, now grant me justice. Ægeon. Unless the fear of death doth make me

dote, I see my son Antipholus, and Dromio. [aside. Ant. E. Justice, sweet prince, against that woman

there;
She whom thou gavest to me to be my wife,
That hath abused and dishonor'd me,
Even in the strength and height of injury !
Beyond imagination is the wrong,
That she this day hath shameless thrown on me.

Duke. Discover how, and thou shalt find me just.
Ant. E. This day, great duke, she shut the doors

upon me, While she with harlots 1 feasted in my house.

Duke. A grievous fault. Say, woman, didst thou

so?

1 Harlot was a term of reproach, applied to cheats among men, as well as to wantons among women.

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