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Luc. Quoth who?
E. Dro. Quoth my master:
know, quoth he, no house, no wife, no mistress;
Adr. Go back again thou flave, and fetch him home.
E. Dro. Go back again, and be new beaten home? For God's fake, fend fome other meffenger.
Adr. Back, flave, or I will break thy pate acrofs. E. Dro. And he will blefs that crofs with other beating:
Between you I fhall have a holy head.
Adr. Hence, prating peafant, fetch thy mafter home. E. Dro. Am I fo round with you as you with me 3, That like a foot-ball you do fpurn me thus ? You fpurn me hence, and he will fpurn me hither: If I last in this service, you must cafe me in leather.
8 Am I so round with you as you with me,] He plays upon the word round, which fig nifieth fpherical applied to him
felf, and unrestrained, or free in Speech or action, fpoken of his miftrefs. So the king in Hamlet bids the queen be round with her fon.
Of my defeatures. My decayed fair
Will lofe his beauty; and the gold 'bides ftill,
I fee, the jewel, beft enamelled.
That others touch; yet often touching will
Wear gold: and fo no man, that bath a name,
But falfhood, and corruption, doth it fhame..
The ambiguity of deer and dear is borrowed, poor as it is, by Waller in his poem on the Ladies Girdle.
This was my heav'n's extoemest
The pale that held my lovely deer, poor I am but his ftale.] The word ftale, in our authour. ufed as a Subftantive, means, not fomething offered to allure or attract, but fomething vitiated with ufe, fomething of which the best part has been enjoyed and confumed.
I fee, the jewel, best ena-
Will lofe bis beauty; YET the
That others touch, AND often
The fenfe is this, Gold, in "deed, will long bear the hand"ling; however, often touching, will wear even gold; just fo "the greateft character, tho' as pure as gold itself, may, in "time, be injured, by the repeated attacks of falfhood and WARBURTON. "corruption."
SCE NE VI.
Changes to the Street.
Enter Antipholis of Syracuse.
Ant. The gold I gave to Dromio is laid up
Enter Dromio of Syracuse.
How now, Sir? is your merry humour alter'd?
S. Dro. What answer, Sir? when spake I fuch a word?
Ant: Even now, even here, not half an hour fince. S. Dro. I did not fee you fince you fent me hence Home to the Centaur, with the gold you gave me.
Ant. Villain, thou didft deny the gold's receipt; And told'st me of a mistress, and a dinner For which, I hope, thou felt'ft I was difpleas'd.
S. Dro. I'm glad to fee you in this merry vein : What means this jeft, I pray you, mafter, tell me?
Ant. Yea, doft thou jeer and flout me in the teeth? Think'ft thou, I jeft? hold, take thou that, and that. [Beats Dro.
S. Dro. Hold, Sir, for God's fake, now your jeft is earnest; Upon what bargain do you give it me? Ant. Because that I familiarly fometimes
Do ufe you for my fool, and chat with you,
S. Dro. Sconce, call you it? fo you would leave
S. Dro. Nothing, Sir, but that I am beaten.
S. Dro, Ay, Sir, and wherefore; for, they fay, every why hath a wherefore.
Ant. Why, firft, for flouting me; and then wherefore, for urging it the fecond time to me.
S. Dro. Was there ever any man thus beaten out of feafon,
When, in the why, and wherefore, is neither rhime nor reafon?
Well, Sir, I thank you.
Ant. Thank me, Sir, for what?
S. Dro. Marry, Sir, for this fomething that you gave me for nothing.
Ant. I'll make you amends next, to give you no-
Ant. Well, Sir, then 'twill be dry.
S. Dro. If it be, Sir, I pray you eat none of it.
S. Dro. Left it make you cholerick, and purchase me another dry-basting.
Ant. Well, Sir, learn to jeft in good time; there's a time for all things.
S. Dro. I durft have deny'd that, before you were fo cholerick.
Ant. By what rule, Sir?
S. Dro. Marry, Sir, by a rule as plain as the plain bald pate of father Time himself.·
Ant. Let's hear it.
S. Dro. There's no time for a man to recover his hair, that grows bald by nature.
Ant. May he not do it by fine and recovery ?
S. Dro. Yes, to pay a fine for a peruke, and recover the loft hair of another man.
Ant. Why is Time fuch a niggard of hair, being, as it is, fo plentiful an excrement?
S. Dro. Because it is a bleffing that he bestows on beafts; and what he hath fcanted men in hair, he hath given them in wit.
Ant. Why, but there's many a man hath more hair than wit.
S. Dro. Not a man of those, but he hath the wit to lofe his hair.
Ant. Why, thou didft conclude hairy men plain dealers without wit.
S. Dro. The plainer dealer, the fooner loft; yet he lofeth it in a kind of jollity.
2 In former Editions: Ant. Why is Time fuch a Niggard of Hair, being, as it is, fo plentiful an Excrement?
S. Dro. Because it is a Blessing that he leftows on Beafts, and what he hath fcanted them in hair, be hath given them in Wit.] Surely, this is Mock-reafoning, and a Contradiction in Senfe. Can Hair be fuppos'd a Bieffing, which Time beftows on Beafts peculiarly; and yet that he hath fcanted them of it too? Men and
Them, I oblerve, are very frequently mistaken vice verfa for each other, in the old Impreffions of our Author. THEOBALD.
3 Not a man of those, but he bath the wit to lofe his hair.] That is, Those who have more hair than wit, are easily entrapped by loose women, and fuffer the confequences of lewdness, one of which, in the first appearance of the difeafe in Europe, was the loss of hair.