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SALINUS, Duke of Ephefus.
Antipholis of Ephefus, Twin-Brothers, and Sons to
Antipholis of Syracufe,
Egeon and Emilia, but
unknown to each other.
Dromio of Ephefus, Tavin-Brothers, and Slaves to the
Balthazar, a Merchant.
Angelo, a Goldsmith.
A Merchant, a Friend to Antipholis of Syracufe.
Emilia, Wife to Egeon, an Abbels at Ephefus.
Luce, Servant to Adriana.
Failer, Officers, and other Attendants.
This Play is taken from the Menæchmi of Plautus.
COMEDY of ERRORS.
The Duke's Palace.
Enter the Duke of Ephefus, Egeon, Failor, and other Attendants.
ROCEED, Salinus, to procure my fall,
The enmity, and difcord, which of late
Nay, more; if any born at Ephesus
Come to the bay of Ephefus, he dies:
Thy fubftance, valu'd at the highest rate,
My woes end likewife with the evening fun.
Duke. Well, Syracufan, fay, in brief, the caufe,
Egeon. A heavier talk could not have been impos'd, Than I to speak my grief unfpeakable:
Yet that the world may witnefs, that my end
Unto a woman, happy, but for me;
To Epidamnum; 'till my factor's death;
And the great care of goods at random left,!A
Drew me from kind embracements of my fpoufe;
And foon, and fafe, arrived where I was.patow ‚odW7)
There fhe had not been long, but she became
A joyful mother of two goodly fons;
And, which was ftrange, the one fo like the other, oʻI As could not be diftinguish'd but by names
(1) Was wrought by nature, not by vile offence,] All his hearers understood that the punishment he was about to undergo was in confequence of no private crime, but of the public enmity between two states, to one of which he belonged: But it was a ge neral fuperftition amongft, the ancients, that every great and fuds den misfortune was the vengeance of heaven parfuing, men for their fecret offences. Hence the fentiment here put into the mouth of the speaker was proper. By my paft life (fays he) which I am going to relate, the world may understand that my prefent death is according to the ordinary courfe of providence, [wrought by nature] and not the effects of divine vengeance for my crimes [not by vile offence.]