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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 ono deof this 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 Flo.
Camillo has betray'd mo; must needs be.
Enter another Gentleman.
Here comes a gentleman, that, happily, knows more: He's with the king your father.
The news, Rogero ?
is found : such a deal of Loril. Camillo, sir; I spake with him : who now filled; the king's daught 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.
Here comes the lady Paulina's steward; he can de
liver you more. How goes it now, sir? this news, Per.
0, my poor father!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 Leon. 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,
mantle of queen Hermione :-her jewel about the Is this the daughter of a king ?
peck of it: the letters of Antigonus, found with it,
which they know to be his character :-the majesty Flo. When once she is my wife.
of the creature, in resemblance of the mother ;-the Leon. That once, I see, by your good father's
affection of nobleness, which nature shows above
her breeding,—and many other evidences, proclaim speed, 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 trifles.
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 clipping her; Paul.
Sir, my liege,
now he thanks the old shepherd, which stands by, Your
liko a weather-bitten conduit of many kings' reigns.' 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 description 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'? [To FlorizEL.
3 Gent. Like an old tale still ; which will havo 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 this avouches the shepherd's son; who has not only I now go toward him; therefore, follow me,
his innocence (which seems much) to justify him,
but And mark what way I mako : Come, good my lord.
a handkerchief, and rings, of his, that Paulina
knows. SCENE II. The same. Before the Palace. Enter 1 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 1 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 Aut. I would most gladly know the issue of it. from the earth; and so locks her in embracing, as
I 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 d almost, with staring on one another, to iear 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 1 i. e, conversation. 2 Worth for descent or wealth.
5 Favour here stands for mien, feature. 3 i. e. import, the thing imported.
6 j. e. embracing. 4 In Shakspeare's time, to affect a thing meant, to 7 Conduits or fountains were frequently representa. are a tendency or die position to it. The affections tions of the human figure. One of this kind has beon #ere the dispositions, Appetitus animi.
already referred to in As You Like It, Act iv. Sc. 1.
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 in (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: l 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 universal.
to the prince, thou art a tailo fellow of thy hands, 1 Gent. Are they returned to the court ? and that thou wilt not be drunk ; but I know thou
3 Gent. No: the princess, hearing of her mother's art no tall fellow of thy hands, and that thou wilt 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: If I 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.
[Ereuni there they intend to sup.
A Room in Pauánd's 2 Geni. 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 vouchsaid Aut. Now, had I not the dash‘of my former life in With your crowu'd brother, and these your code
tracted me, would preferment drop on my head. I brought 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.
Leon. 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 mained 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
That which my daughter came to look upon, have relished among my other discrediis.
The statue of her mother.
As she liv'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 10 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 Statue. born : See you these clothes ? say, you see them I like your silence, it the more shows off noi, 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, inde-d, Aul. I know, you are now, sir, a gentleman born. Thou art Hermione : or, rather, ihou 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. before my father: for the king's son took me by the
0, 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 Leon.
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’yther, 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 liko stone with thee : I'Who was most marble :' that is, those who had 4 i. e. Yeomen. the hardest hearts.
5 i. e. a hold, courageous fellow. 2 However misplaced the praise, it is no small ho. 6 Good masters. It was a common petitionary phrase nour to Julio Romano to be thus mentioned by the poet. to ask a superior to be rood lord or good master to the By eternity Shakspeare only means immortality. supplicant 3 i. e. remote.
* The old copy reads lovely.
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.
O, 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 age, 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
She embraces him. faucy
Cam. She hangs about his neck;
If she pertain to life, let her speak too.
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 stirr'd you: Gave hope, thou wast in being,--have 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. I, 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.8 The ruddiness upon her lip is wet;
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
So long could I 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 theo 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.
Islo 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!-Look 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, 1 Worked, agitated.
Mourning her absent pheere 2 The folio reads · Il'd not have show'd it.' In the late
With gad 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, Sc. 3 The sentence is 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 Il is erroneousiy 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. Actii. Sc. 3: 7 l. e. participate
* And look upon, as if the tragedy,' &c.
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 us mera;
which, as far as regards sentiment and character, is THIS play, as Dr. Warburton jostly 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, couis 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 wrou ployed.
the note on Twelfth Nighi, p. 105, note 6.
COMEDY OF ERRORS.
The general idea of this play is taken from the Ne- was swayed by custom in introducing it into his eariy
nechmi of Plautus, but the plot is entirely recast, plays there can be no doubt; for it should be remem. and 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 have lent ourselves to the first, which as a model has not come down to us. There was a tradecertainly borders on the incredible, we should not pro- lation of the Menæchmi, by W. W.(Warner), published bably bé disposed to cavil about the second; and if the in 695, which it is possible Shakspeare may have seen specialor is to be entertained with mere perplexities, they in manuscript; but from the circumstance or 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 Errotis, and Antipholus Sereptus, pese which it was necessary for him to be acquainted with haps for Surreptus and Erraticus, while in Warner's in order to enter into the spirit of the piece, is well translation the brothers are named Menæchmus Sesicles avoided, and shows the superior skill of the modern dra- and Menæchmus the trareller, it is concluded that he matist over his ancient prototype. With how much more was not the poet's authority. It is difficult to pronounce propriety is it placed in the mouth of Ægeon, the father decidedly between the contending opinions or the critics, 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 entire 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 sketched in opinion that this was a play only retouched by the hand his strongest and most marked style.' We may conof 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 worth to other pieces of Shakspeare, it is merely characterization in the dramatis persona, ingether with because nothing more could be made of the materials. the farceljke nature of some of the incidents, made him Malone first placed the date of this piece in 1593, 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 until 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.
Pinch, a Schoolmaster and a Conjuror.
ants on the two Antipho- Æmilia, Wife to Ægeon, an Abbess at Ephesus.
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
each other. BALTHAZAR, a Merchant.
Gaoler, Officers, and other Attendants. ANGELO, a Goldsmith.
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 retain much hope;
Duke, Ægeon, Gaoler, Officer, and other At- For what obscured light the heaveus did grant tendants.
Did but convey unto our fearful minds
A doubtful warrant of immediate death;
Which, though myself would gladly have embrac'd, And, by the doom of deaih, end woes and all.
Yet the incessant 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 piteous plainings of the pretty babes, The enmity and discord, which of late
That mourn'u for fashion, ignorant what to fear Sprung from the rancorous outrage of your duke
Forc'd me to seek delays for them and me. Ti 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, 11 any, born at Ephesus, be seen
Fasten'd ourselves at either end the mast; At any Syracusan marts and fairs,
And floating 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 benefit 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;
or 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; My 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 the gods done so, I had not now Why thou departedst from thy native home; Worthily term'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 in- We were encounter'd by a mighty rock; posed,
Which being violently borne upon,
Our helpful ship was splitted in the midst,
Fortune had left to both of us alike putter what my sorrow gives me leave.
What to delight in, whai to sorrow for. In Syracusa was I born: and wed
ller part, poor soul! seeming as burdened C'nto 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; Fith 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. Epidamnum, till my factor's death;
Ai length, another ship had seiz'd on us; ind 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.
course. There she had not been long, but she became
Thus you have heard me sever'd from my bliss; A joyful mother of two goodly sons;
That hy misfortunes was my life prolong'd,
Duke. And, for the sake of them thou sorrowest That very hour, and in the selfsame inn,
for, A poori mean woman was delivered
Do me the favour to dilate at full 0:such a burden, male twins, both alike :
What hath befallin of them, and thee, till now. Those, for their parents were exceeding poor,
Æge. My youngest boy, and yet my eldest care, 1 bught, and brought up to attend my sons.
At eighteen years became inquisitive My wife, not meanly proud of two such boys,
After his broiher; and importun'd me, Made daily motions for our home return :
That bis attendant (for his case was like, l'n willing I agreed; alas! too soon.
Reft of his brother, but'u retain'd his name) We came aboard:
Might bear him company in the quest of him : A league from Epidamnum had we saild,
Whom whilst I labour'd of a love to see, | A gilder was a coin valued from one shilling and 6 The first folio reals borne up.' expence to two shillings.
7 The second tolio altered this to helpful welcome;' 1. e. Gatural 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 It is a happy restoration ; for the manner in which Stee. not a helpful welcome, for the slowness of their bark Fear printed this passage gave to it a confused if not an prevented them from rendering asristance. sbsurd ineaning.
8 It appears, from what goes before, that it was the 4 The word poor was supplied by the editor of the eldest, and not the youngest. He says, “My wife, more 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. Drognostic. Shakspeare uses this word with very great 10 The personal pronoun he is suppressed : such Latuude.
| phraseology is not unfrequent in the writings of that age.