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She is,

My marvel, and my message. To your court ness, language in their very gesture; they looked, Whiles he was hast’ning (in the chase, it seems, as they had heard of a world ransomed, or one deOf tbis fair couple,) meets he on the way

stroyed: A notable passion of wonder appeared in The father of this seeming lady, and

them: but the wisesi beholder, that knew no more Her brother, having both their country quitted but seeing, could not say, if the importances were With this young prince.

joy, or sorrow: but in the extremity of the one, it F.

Camillo has betray'd me; must needs be.
Whose honour, and whose honesty, till now

Enter another Gentleman.
Endur'd all weathers.
Lay't so to his charge ;

Here comes a gentleman, that, happily, knows more: He's with the king your father.

The news, Rogero ? Leon.

Who? Camillo ? 2 Gent. Nothing but bonfires : The oracle is fulLoril. Camillo, sir ; I spake with him: who now filled; the king's daughter is found : such a deal of Has these poor men in question. Never saw I

wonder is broken out within this hour, that balladWretches so quake; they kneel, they kiss the earth;

makers cannot be able to express it. Forswear themselves as often as they speak;

Enter a third Gentleman.
Bohemia stops his ears, and threatens them
With divers deaths in death.

Here comes the lady Paulina's steward; he can dePer.

O, my poor father!

liver you more.-How goes it now, sir? this news, The heaven sets spies upon us, will not have

which is called true, is so like an old tale, that the Our contract celebrated.

verity of it is in strong suspicion: Has the king Lem, You are married ?

found his heir ? Flo. We are not, sir, nor are we like to be;

3 Gent. Most true ; if ever truth were pregnant by The stars, I see, will kiss the valleys first :

circumstance: that, which you hear, you'll swear The odds for bigh and low's alike.

you see, there is such unity in the proofs. The Leon.

My lord,

mantle of queen Hermione :--her jewel about the Is this the daughter of a king ?

veck of it: the letters of Antigonus, found with it, Flo.

which they know to be his character :-the majesty When once she is

of the creature, in resemblance of the mother ;-the wife.

my Leon. That once, I see, by your good father's affection of nobleness, which nature shows 'above speed,

her breeding, -and many other evidences, proclaim Will come on very slowly. I am sorry,

her, with all certainty, to be the king's daughter. Most sorry, you have broken from his liking,

Did you see the meeting of the two kings ?

2 Gent. No. Where you were tied in duty: and as sorry, Your choice is not so rich in worth? as beauty,

3 Gent. Then have you lost a sight, which was That you might well enjoy her.

to be seen, cannot be spoken of. There might you Flo:

Dear, look up :

have beheld one joy crown another; so, and in such Though fortune, visible an enemy,

manner, that, it seemed, sorrow wept to take leave Should chase us with my father; power no jot

of them; for their joy waded in tears. There was Hath she, to change our loves.---Bescech you, sir, casting up of eyes, holding up of hands ; with counRemember since you ow'd no more to time

tenance of such distraction, that they were to be Than I do now: with thought of such affections,

known by garment, not by favour. Our king, beStep forth mine advocate ; at your request,

ing ready to leap out of himself for joy of his found My father will grant precious things, as tritles.

daughter; as if that joy were now become a loss, Leon. Would he do so, I'd beg your precious cries; 0, thy mother, thy mother! then asks Bohemistress,

mia forgiveness; then embraces his son-in-law; then Which he counts but a trifle.

again worries he his daughter, with clippingø her; Paul.

Sir, my liege,

now he thanks the old shepherd, which stands by,

like a weather-bitten conduit of many kings' reigns. Your eye hath too much youth in't : not a month 'Fore your queen died, she was more worth such lames report to follow it, and undoes duscription to

I never heard of such another encounter, which gazes

do it. Than what you look on now. Leon.

I thought of her,

2 Gent. What, pray you, became of Antigonus, Even in these looks I made.-But your petition

that carried hence the child ? [T. FLORIZEL.

3 Gent. Like an old tale still; which will have Is yet unanswerd; I will to your father;

matter to rehearse, though credit be asleep, and not Your honour not o'erthrown by

your desires,

an ear open: He was torn to pieces with a bear; I am a friend to them, and you : upon which errand his innocence (which seems much) to justify him,

this avouches the shepherd's son ; who has not only I now go toward him; therefore, follow me, And mark what way I mako : Come, good my lord. but a handkerchief, and rings, of his, that Paulina

knows. SCENE II. The same. Before the Palace. Enter I Gent. What became of his bark, and his folAUTOLYCUs and a Gentleman.

lowers? Aut. 'Beseech you, sir, were you present at this

3 Gent. Wrecked the same instant of their masrelation ?

ter's death : and in the view of the shepherd : so I Gent. I was by at the opening of the fardel, that all the instruments, which aided to expose the heard the old shepherd deliver the manner how he child, were even then lost, when it was found. But, found it; whereupon, after a little amazedness, we O, the noble combat, thai, 'twixt joy and sorrow, were all commanded out of the chamber; only this, was fought in Paulina! She had one eye declined methought, I heard the shepherd say, he found the for the loss of her husband; another elevated that child.

the oracle was fulfilled : She lifted the princess Aul. I would most gladly know the issue of it. from the earth; and so locks her in embracing, as

1 Gent. I make a broken delivery of the business ; if she would pin her to her heart, that she might no -But the changes I perceived in the king, and more be in danger of losing. Camillo, were very notes of admiration: they seem- 1 Gent. The dignity of this act was worth the ed almost, with staring on one another, to tear the audience of kings and princes; for by such was it cases of their eyes ; there was speech in their dumb- acted.

3 Gent. One of the prettiest touches of all, and 11, e. conversation. 2 Worth for descent or wealth.

5 Favour here stands for mien, feature. 3 i. e. import, the thing imported.

6 i. e. embracing. 4 In Shakspeare's time, to affect a thing meant, to 7 Conduite or fountains were frequently representa. have a tendency or disposition to it. The affections tions of the human figure. One of this kind has beon were the dispositions, Appetitus animi.

already referred to in As You Like It, Act iv. Sc. 1.

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that which angled for mine eyes (caught the water, Aut. Ay, an it like your good worship
though not the fish) was, when at the relation of the Clo. Give me thy hand I will swear to the
queen's death, with the inanner how she came to it prince, thou art as honest a true fellow as any is is
(bravely confessed, and lamented by the king,) how Bohemia.
attentiveness wounded his daughter: till, from one Shep. You may say it, but not swear it.
sign of dolour to another, she did, with an alas ! I Clo. Not swear it, now I am a gentleman? Let
would fain say, bleed tears; for, I am sure, my boors and franklins say it, I'll swear it.
heart wept blood. Who was most marble there Shep. How if it be false, son ?
changed colour; some swooned, all sorrowed: if Clo. If it be ne'er so false, a true gentleman may
all the world could have seen it, the woe had been swear it in the behalf of his friend :- And I swear

to the prince, thou art a talls fellow of thy hands, 1 Gent. Are they returned to the court ? and that thou wilt not be drunk ; but I know thog

3 Gent. No: the princess, hearing of her mother's art no tall fellow of thy hands, and that thou will be statue, which is in the keeping of Paulina,-a drunk; but I'll swear it: and I would, thou would'st piece many years in doing, and now newly per- be a tall fellow of thy hands. formed by that rare Italian master, Julio Romano; Aut. I will prove so, sir, to my power. who, had he himself eternity,? and could put breath Clo. Ay, by any means prove a tall fellow:II into his work, would beguile nature of her custom, do not wonder how thou darest venture to be drunk, so perfectly he is her ape: he so near to Hermione not being a tall fellow, trust me not.-Hark! the hath done Hermione, that, they say, one would kings and the princes, our kindred, are going to see speak to her, and stand in hope of answer: thither the queen's picture. 'Come, follow us : we'll be thy with all greediness of affection, are they gone ; and good masters.

[Ereusi. there they intend to sup.


A Room in Paulind's 2 Gent. I thought, she had some great matter House. Enter LEONTES, POLIXENES, FLORI. there in hand; for she hath privately, twice or ZEL, PERDITA, CAMILLO, Paulixa, Lords and thrice a day, ever since the death of Hermione,

Attendants. visited that removed' house. Shall we thither, and with our company piece the rejoicing ?

Leon. O grave and good Paulina, the great comfort I Gent. Who would be thence, that has the be- That I have had of thee!

Paul. nefit of access? every wink of an eye, some new

What, sovereign sir, grace will be born: our absence makes us unthrifty I did not well, I meant well : All my services, to our knowledge. Let's alony. [Ereunt Gentlemen. You have paid home : but that you have vouchsaf?d

Aut. Now, had I not the dash of my former life in With your crown’d brother, and these your come, would preferment drop on my head. I brought

tracted the old man and his son aboard the prince; told Heirs of your kingdoms, my poor house to visit, him, I heard them talk of a fardel, and I know not It is a surplus of your grace, which never what: but he at that time, over-fond of the shep- My life may last to answer. herd's daughter (so he then took her to be,) who


O Paulina, began to be much sea-sick, and himself little better, To see the statue of our queen: your gallery

We honour you with trouble : But we came extremity of weather continuing, this mystery remained undiscovered. But 'tis all one to me: for Have we pass'd through, not without much content had I been the finder-out of this secret, it would not In many singularities; but we saw no have relished among my other discredits.

That which my daughter came to look upon,

The statue of her mother.
Enter Shepherd and Clown.


As she lir'd peerless, Here come those I have done good to against my

So her dead likeness, I do well believe, will, and already appearing in the blossoms of their Excels whatever yet you look'd upon, fortune.

Or hand of man hath done; therefore I keep it
Shep. Come, boy; I am past more children; but Lonely,' apart: But here it is : prepare
thy sons and daughters will be all gentlemen born. To see the life as lively mock’d, as ever
Clo. Your are well met, sir : You denied to fight Still sleep mock'd death: behold; and say,

'tis well with me this other day, because I was no gentleman [Paul. undraws a curtain and discovers a Statul. born: See you these clothes ? say, you see them I like your silence, it the more shows off not, and think me still no gentleman born: you were

Your wonder: But yet speak ;-first, you, my bege, best say, these robes are not gentleman born. Give Comes it not something near? me the lie ; do; and try whether I am not now a


Her natural posture ! gentleman born

Chide me, dear stone ; that I may say, indeed,
Aut. I know, you are now, sir, a gentleman born. Thou art Hermione : or, rather, thou art she,

Clo. Ay, and have been so any time these four In thy not chiding; for she was as tender hours.

As infancy and grace.--But yet, Paulina,
Shep. And so have I, boy.

Hermione was not so much wrinkled, nothing
Clo. So you have :--but I was a gentleman born So aged, as this seems.
my father: for the king's son took me by the

O, not by much. hand, and called me, brother; and then the two Paul. So much the more our carver's excellence ; kings called my father, brother; and then the prince, Which lets go by some sixteen years, and makes her my brother, and the princess, my sister, called my As she liv'd now. father, father; and so we wept: 'and there was the


As now she might have done first gentlemanlike tears that ever we shed. So much to my good comfort, as it is

Shep. We may live, son, to shed many more. Now piercing to my soul. O, thus she stood,

Clo. Ay; or else 'iwere hard luck, being in so Even with such life of majesty (warm life, preposterous estate as we are.

As now it coldly stands), when first I woo'd her!
Aut. I humbly beseech you, sir, to pardon me all I am asham'd : Does not the stone rebuke me,
the faults I have committed to your worship, and to For being more stone than it ?—0, royal piece.
give me your good report to the prince my master. There's magic in thy majesty; which has

Shep. 'Pr’ythen, son, do; for we must be gentle, My evils conjured to remembrance; and
now we are gentlemen.

From thy admiring daughter took the spirits,
Clo. Thou wilt amend thy life?

Standing like stone with thee:
1 Who was most marble :' that is, those who had 4 i. e. Yeomen.
the hardest hearts,

5 i. e, a bold, courageous fellow.
2 However misplaced the praize, it is no small ho.
nour to Julio Romano to be thus mentioned by the poet

. Ito

6 Good masters. It was a common petitionary phrase
By eternity Shakspeare only means immortality. supplicant.
3 i. e. remote.

* The old copy reads lovely.

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Per. And give me leave;

Paul. It is requir'd, And do not say, 'tis superstition, that

You do awake your faith : Then, all stand still, I kneel, and then implore her blessing.-Lady, Or those that think it is unlawful business Dear queen, that ended when I but began,

I am about, let them depart. Give me that hand of yours, to kiss.


Proceed; Paul.

0, patience; No foot shall stir. The statue is but newly fix'd, the colour's


Music; awake her : strike. Not dry.

(Music. Cam. My lord, your sorrow was too sore laid on; / 'Tis time; descend; be stone no more : approach, 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 him But kill'd itself much sooner,

Dear life redeems you.— Your perceive she stirs : Pol. Dear my brother,

(HERMIONE comes down from the Pedestal. Let him, that was the cause of this, have power Start not: her actions shall be holy, as, To take off so much grief from you, as he

You hear, my spell is lawful : do not shun her, Will piece up in himself.

Until you see her die again ; for then Paul.

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

Leon. 0, she's warm! (Embracing her I'd not have show'd it.?

If this be magic, let it be an art, Leon,

Do not draw the curtain. Lawful as eating. Paul. No longer shall you gaze on't; lest your Pol.

She embraces him. faucy

Cam. She hangs about his neck;
May think anon, it moves.

If she pertain to life, let her speak too.
Let be, let be.

Pol. Ay, and make't manifest where she has liv'd, 'Would, I were dead, but that, methinks, already:-- Or, how stol'n from the dead? What was he that did make it ?-See, my lord, Paul.

That she is living, Would you not deem, it breath'd ? and that those were it but told you, should be hooted at veins

Like an old tale ; but it appears she lives, Did verily bear blood ?

Though yet she speak not. Mark a little while, Pol. Masterly done :

Please you to interpose, fair madam; kneel, The very life seems warm upon her lip:

And pray your mother's blessing.–Turn, good lady ; Leon. The fixture of her eye has motion in't, Our Perdita is found. As we are mock'd with art.5

[Presenting Per. who kneels to HER. Paul. I'll draw the curtain ; Her.

You gods, look down, My lord's almost so far transported, that

And from your sacred vials pour your graces He'll think anon it lives.

Upon my daughter's head !--Tell me, mine own, Leon,

O sweet Paulina, Where hast thou been preserved ? where lived ? how Make me to think so twenty years together;

found No settled senses of the world can match

Thy father's court ? for thou shalt hear, that 1,The pleasure of that madness. Let't alone. Knowing by Paulina that the oracle Paul. I am sorry, sir, I have thus far surr'd you : Gave hope, thou wast in being,--havo preserv'd but

Myself to see the issue. I could afflict you further.


There's time enough for that; Leon.

Do, Paulina ;

Lest they desire, upon this push to trouble For this affliction has a taste as sweet

Your joys with like relation. Go together, As any cordial comfort.-Still, methinks,

You precious winners all; your exultation There is an air comes from her: Whai fine chisel Partake to every one. 1, an old turtle, Could ever yet cut breath? Let no man moch me, Will wing me to some wither'd bough; and thero For I will kiss her.

My mate, that's never to be found again, Paul.

Good my lord, forbear: Lament till I am lost. 'The ruddiness upon her lip is wet;


O peace, Paulina; You'll mar it, if you kiss it; stain your own

Thou should'st a husband iake by my consent, With oily painting: Shall I draw the curtain ? As I by thine, a wise: this is a match, Leon, No, not these twenty years.

And made between's by vows. Thou hast found Per.

So long could I

mine ; Stand by, a looker on.

But how is it to be question'd: for I saw her, Paul. Either forbear,

As I thought, dead : and have in vain said many Quit presently the chapel ; or resolve you

A prayer upon her grave: I'll not seek far For more amazement: If you can behold it, (For him, I partly know his mind,) to find thee I'll make the statue mave indeed ; descend, An honourable husband :--Come, Camillo, And take you by the hand; but then you'll think And take her by the hand : whose worth, and (Which I protest against,) I am assisted

honesty, By wicked powers.

Isto richly noted ; and here justified Leon.

What you can make her do, By us, a pair of kings.--Let's from this place I am content to look on: what to speak,

What!-Lookil upon, my brother :--both your parI am content to hear; for 'tis as easy

dons, To make her speak, as move.

8 Thus in Lodge's Rosalynde, 1592:

* A turtle sat upon a leavelesse tree, I Worked, agitated.

Mourning her absent pheere 2 The folio reads Ilid not have show'd it.' In the late

With sad and sorry cheere : edition of Malone's Shakspeare it stands, I'll not have

And whilst her plumes she rents, show'd it.' But surely this is erroneous.

And for her love laments, &c. 3 The sentence if completed would probably have 9 Whose relates to Camillo, though Paulina is the been, but that, methinks, already I converse with the immediate antecedent. I have observed, in the loose dead.–His passion made him break off.

construction of ancient phraseology, whose often used 4 i. e. Though her eye be fixed, it seems to have mo- in this manner, where his would be more proper. tion in it.

10 It is erroneously printed for is here in the late Vari. 5 As for as if. With has the force of by.

orum Shakspeare. 6 You who hy this discovery have gained what you 11 Look upon for look on. Thus in King Henry V desired.

Part III. Aci ii. Sc. 3: 7 1. e. participate.

* And look upon, as if the tragedy,' &c.

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That e'er I put between your holy looks

throughout is written in the very spirit of its author. My ill suspicion.—This your son-in-law,

And in telling this homely and simple, though agreeable, And son unto the king (whom' heavens directing,) country tale, Is troth-plight to your daughter.-Good Paulina,

"Our sweetest Shakspeare, Fancy's child,

Warbles his native wood-notes wild.” Lead us from hence; where we may leisurely This was necessary to observe in mere justice to the Each one demand, and answer to his part

play; as the meanness of the fable, and the extravagant Perform'd in this wide gap of time, since first conduct of it, had misled some of great name (i. e. Dry. We were dissever'd: Hastily lead away. (Ereunt. den and Pope) into a wrong judgment of is meri;

which, as far as regards sentiment and character, is THIS play, as Dr. Warburton justly observes, is, with scarce inferior to any in the collection." all its absurdities, very entertaining. The character of

ADDITIONAL NOTE. Autolycus is naturally conceived, and strongly repre. sented.

JOHNSON I will just take occasion to observe here, that at page *** This is not only a frigid note of approbation, but 316, Sc. 3, of this play, Paulina says of Hermione, conis unjustly attributed to Warburton, whose opinion is trasting her with Leontes, that she is conveyed in more enthusiastic terms. He must in jus.

a gracious innocent soul; tice be allowed to speak for himself.

* This play More free than he is jealous.'

Where the epithet free evidently means chaste, pure I i Whom is here used where him would be now em- regret that this instance did not occur to me when I wroua ployed.

the note on Twelfth Night, p. 108, note 6.



THE general idea of this play is taken from the Me- was swayed by custom in introducing it into his early

nochmi of Plautus, but the plot is entirely recast, plays there can be no doubt ; for it should be rememand rendered much more diverting by the variety and bered that this kind of versification is to be found in quick succession of the incidents. To the twin brothers Love's Labour's Lost, and in The Taming of the Shrew. of Plautus are added twin servants, and though this in. His better judgment made him subsequently abandon il creases the improbability, yet, as Schlegel observes, The particular translation from Plautus which served

when once we trave lent ourselves to the first, which as a model has not come down to us. There was a transcertainly borders on the incredible, we should not pro lation of the Menæchmi, by W. W.(Warner), published bably be disposed to cavil about the second ; and if the in 1695, which it is possible Shakspeare may have seen spectator is to be entertained with mere perplexities, they in manuscript; but from the circumstance of the brothers cannot be too much varied. The clumsy and inartificial being, in the folio of 1623, occasionally styled Antipbomode of informing the spectator by a prologue of events, lus Erotes or Errolis, and Antipholus Sereptus, pero which it was necessary for him io be acquainted with haps for Surreptus and Erralicus, while in Warner's in order to enter into the spirit of the piece, is well translation the brothers are named Menæchmus Sosicies avoided, and shows the superior skill of the modern dra- and Menæchmus the traveller, it is concluded that be matist over his ancient prototype. With how much more was not the poet's authority. It is difficult to pronource propriety is it placed in the mouth of Ægeon, the father decidedly between the contending opinions of the criucs, of the iwin brothers, whose character is sketched with but the general impression upon my mind is that the such skill as deeply to interest the reader in his griefs whole of the play is from the hand of Shakspeare. Dr. and misfortures. Developement of character, however, Drake thinks it is visible throughout the epure play, as was not to be expected in a piece which consists of an well in the broad exuberance of its mirth as in the cast uninterrupted series of mistakes and laughter-moving of its more chastised parts, a combination of which may situations, Steevens most resolutely maintained his be found in the character of Pinch, who is skelcbed in opinion that this was a play only retouched by the hand his strongest and most marked style.' We may cooof Shakspeare, but he has not given the grounds upon clude with Schlegel's dictum, that this is the best of all which his opinion was formed. We may suppose the written or possible Menæchmi; and if the piece is infedoggerel verses of the dramas, and the want of distinct rior in worih to other pieces of Shakspeare, it is merely characterization in the dramatis persona, together with because nothing more could be made of the materials the farcelike nature of some of the incidents, made him Malone first placed the date of this piece in 1993, or draw this conclusion. Malone has given a satisfactory 1596, but lastly in 1592. Chalmers plainly showed that answer to the first objection, by adducing numerous ex- it should be ascribed to the early date of 1591. It was amples of the same kind of long verse from the dramas neither printed nor entered on the Stationers' books antal of several of his contemporaries; and that Shakspeare it appeared in the folio of 1623.


SOLinus, Duke of Ephesus.

A Merchant, friend to Antipholus of Syracuse. Ægeon, a Merchant of Syracuse.

Pinch, a Schoolmaster and a Conjuror. DROM10 of Ephesus,

twin brothers, and AttendDromio of Syracuse,

ants on the two Antipho- Æmilia, Wife to Ægeon, an Abbess at Ephesus. luses.

ADRIANA, Wife to Antipholus of Ephesus.

twin brothers, and sons LUCIANA, her sister ANTIPHOLUS of Ephesus, to Ægeon and Æmi- Luce, her servant. ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse,

lia, but unknown to

A Courtezan

each other. BALTHAZAR, a Merchant.

Gaoler, Officers, and other Attendants. ANGELO, a Goldsmith.

SCENE, Ephesus.



Before the always wind-obeying deep

Gave any tragic instances of our harm: SCENE I. A Hall in the Duke's Palace. Enter But longer did we not relain much hope;

Duke, Ægeon, Gaoler, Officer, and other At. For whai obscured light the heaveus did grant tendants,

Did but convey unto our fearful minds

A doubtful warrant of immediate death;
PROCEED, Solinus, to procure my fall,

Which, though myself would gladly have embrac'd, And, by the doom of deaih, end woes and all.

Yet the incessani weepings of my wife, Duke. Merchant of Syracusa, plead uo more;

Weeping before for what she saw must come, I am not partial, to infringe our laws:

And pitcous plainings of the pretty babes, The enmity and discord, which of late

That mourn'd for fashion, ignorant what to fear Sprung from the rancorous outrage of your duke

Forc'd me to seek dela vs for them and me. To merchants, our well-dealing countrymen,

And this it was,- for oiher means was none.Who, wanting gilders to redeem their lives, The sailors sought for safety by our boat, Have seald his rigorous statutes with their bloods, And left the ship, then sinking ripe, to us : Excludes all pity from our threat’ning looks. My wife, more careful for the laiter-born, For, since the mortal and intestine jars

Had fasten'd him unto a sinall spare mast, "Twixt thy seditious countrymen and us,

Such as seafaring men provide for storms; It hath in solemn synods been decreed,

To him one of the other twins was bound, Both by the Syracusans and ourselves,

Whilst I had been like heedful of the other. To admit no traffic to our adverse towns:

The children thus dispos'd, my wife and I, Nay, more,

Fixing our eyes on whom our care was fix'd, If any, born at Ephesus, be seen

Fastend ourselves at either end the mast; At any Syracusan marts and fairs,

And Hoating straight, obedient to the stream, Again, If any, Syracusan born,

Were carried towards Corinth, as we thought. Come to the bay of Ephesus, he dies,

At length the sun, gazing upon the earth, His goods confiscate to the duke's dispose ; Dispers'd those vapours that offended us; Unless a thousand marks be levied,

And, by the benefii of his wish'd light, To quit the penalty and to ransom him.

The seas wax'd calm, and we discovered Thy substance, valued at the highest rate,

Two ships from far making amain to us, Cannot amount unto a hundred marks;

of Corinth that, of Epidaurus this: Therefore by law thou art condemn'd to die. But ere they came,-0, let me say no more! Æge. Yet this my comfort ; when your words Gather the sequel by that went before. are done,

Duke. Nay, forward, old man, do not break off so; Mv woes end likewise with the evening sun. For we may pity, though not pardon thee.

Duke. Well, Syracusan, say, in brief, the cause Æge. O, had ihe gods done so, I had not now
Why thou departedst from thy native home; Worthily térm'd them merciless to us!
And for what cause thou cam'st to Ephesus? For, ere the ships could meet by twice five leagues,
Æge. A heaviur task could not have been im- We were encounter'd by a mighty rock;

Which being violently borne upon,
Than I to speak my griefs unspeakable:

Our helpful ship was splitted in the midst, Yet, that the world may witness that my end

So that, in this unjust divorce of us, Was wrought by nature, 2 not by vile offence,

Fortune had left to both of us alike Il utter what my sorrow gives me leave.

What to delight in, whai to sorrow for, In Syracusa was' I born: and wed

Her part, poor soul! seeming as burdened Cnto a woman, happy but for me,

With lesser weight, but not with lesser woe, And by me too, had not our hap been bad.

Was carried with more speed before the wind; with her I liv'd in joy; our wealth increas’d,

And in our sight they three were taken up By prosperous voyages I often made

By fishermen of Corinth, as we thought. fi Epidamnum, iill my factor's death;

Ai length, another ship had seiz'd on us;
And the great care of goods at random left, And, knowing whom it was their hap to save,
Drew me from kind embracements of my spouse:

Gave healthful welcome to their shipwreck'd From whom my absence was not six months old,

guests; Before herself (almost at fainting, under

And would have reft the fishers of their

prey, the pleasing punishment that women bear)

Had not their bark been very slow of sail, Had made provision for her following me,

And therefore homeward did they bend their And soon, and safe, arrived where I was. There she had not been long, but she became

Thus you have heard me sever'd from my bliss; A fosful mother of two goodly sons;

That by misfortunes was my life prolong'd, aac, which was strange, the one so like the other, To tell sad stories of my own mishaps. As could not be distinguish'd but by names.

Duke. And, for the sake of them thou sorrowest Tiat very hour, and in the selfsame inn,


Do me the favour to lilate at full & poort mean woman was delivered Of such a burden, male twins, both alike:

What hath befall’n of them, and thee, till now. Those, for their parents were exceeding poor,

Æge. My youngest boy, and yet my eldest care, I bought, and brought up to attend my sons.

At eighteen years became inquisitive My wife, not meanly proud of two such boys,

After his brother; and importun'd me, Made daily motions for our home return:

That his attendant (for his case was like, l'nwilling I agreed; alas! too soon.

Reft of his brother, buto retain'd his name) We came aboard:

Might bear him company in the quest of him: A league from Epidamnum had we sail'd,

Whom whilst I labour'd of a love to see, I A gilder was a coin valued from one shilling and 6 The first folio reatls borne up.' mixpence to two shillings.

7 The second tolio altered this to helpful welcome e;' 1. e, natural affection.

but change was unnecessary. A healthful welcome is 3 The old copy reads he: the emendation is Malone's. a kind welcome, wishing health to their guests. It was his a happy restoration ; for the manner in which Stee- not a helpful welcome, for the slowness of their bark rena pointed this passage gave to it a confused if not an prevented them from rendering aseistance. Lbsurd ineaning.

8 It appears, from what goes before, that it was the The word poor was supplied by the editor of the eldest, and not the youngest. He says, “My wife, wore Becond folio,

careful of the latter born,' &c. j Instance appears to be used here for symptom or 9 The first folio reads so; the second for. brognostic. Shakspeare uses this word with very great 10 The personal pronoun he is suppressed : such katyude.

phraseology is not unfrequent in the writings of that age.


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