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Duke. Why, this is ftrange; go call the Abbefs
I think, you are all mated, or stark mad.
[Exit one to the Abbefs.
Egeon. Moft mighty Duke, vouchsafe me speak a life;
Haply, I fee a friend, will fave
E. Dro. Within this hour I was his bond-man, Sir,
Egeon. I am fure, you both of you remember me. E. Dro. Ourfelves we do remember, Sir, by you;" For lately we were bound, as you are now. You are not Pinch's patient; are you, Sir?
Egeon, Why look you ftrange on me? you know me well.
E. Ant. I never faw you in my life, 'till now. Egeon. Oh! grief hath chang'd me, fince you saw me laft;
And careful hours with time's deformed hand
Egeon. Dromio, nor thou?
E. Dro. No, truft me, Sir, nor I.
Egeon. I am fure, thou dost.
E. Dro. I, Sir? but I am fure, I do not: and whatfoever a man denies, you are now bound to believe him.
Strange defeatures. Defea- The meaning is, time hath canture is the privative of feature. celled my features.
Egeon. Not know my voice! oh, time's extremity!
E. Ant. I never faw my father in my life.
E. Ant. The Duke, and all that know me in the city,
Duke. I tell thee, Syracufan, twenty years
Enter the Abbefs, with Antipholis Syracufan, and
Abb. Moft mighty Duke,
behold a man much [All gather to fee him. Adr. I fee two hufbands, or mine eyes deceive me. Duke. One of thefe men is Genius to the other;
3 All thefe OLD witnesses, 1 tannot err,] I believe we should read.
All thefe HOLD witnesses I cannot
i. e. All these continue to teflify
And fo of these which is the natural man,
Abb. Whoever bound him, I will loofe his bonds ; And gain a husband by his liberty.
Speak, old geon, if thou be'ft the man,
That bore thee at a burden two fair fons?
Duke. Why, here begins his morning ftory right:
Egeon. If I dream not, thou art Æmilia; If thou art fhe, tell me where is that fon That floated with thee on the fatal raft.
Abb. By men of Epidamnum, he and I,
Duke. Antipholis, thou cam'ft from Corinth first.
E. Dro. And I with him.
E. Ant. Brought to this town by that most famous
Duke Menaphon, your most renowned uncle.
Adr. And are not you my husband ?
S. Ant. And fo do I, yet fhe did call me fo
Ang. That is the chain, Sir, which you had of me. S. Ant. I think it be, Sir, I deny it not.
E. Ant. And you, Sir, for this chain arrested me. Ang. I think, I did, Sir, I deny it not. Adr. I fent you mony, Sir, to be your bail, By Dromio; but, I think, he brought it not. E. Dro. No, none by me.
S. Ant. This purse of ducats I receiv'd from you,
E. Ant. Thefe Ducats pawn I for my father here.
Abb. Renowned Duke, vouchsafe to take the pains To go with us into the abbey here, And hear at large difcourfed all our fortunes: And all that are affembled in this place, That by this fympathized one day's Error Have fuffer'd wrong; go, keep us company, And ye shall have full fatisfaction. * Twenty-five years have I but gone in travel
impoffible the Poct could be fo forgetful, as to defign' this Num
Of you my fons; nor, 'till this present hour,
The Duke, my hufband, and my children both,
Duke. With all my heart, I'll goffip at this feaft.
Manent the two Antipholis's, and two Dromio's.
S. Dro. Mafter, fhall I fetch your stuff from fhipboad?
E. Ant. Dromio, what ftuff of mine haft thou imbark'd?
S. Dro. Your goods, that lay at host, Sir, in the
S. Ant. He speaks
ber here: and therefore I have ventur❜d to alter it to twenty-five, upon a Proof, that, I think, amounts to demonftration. The
Number, I prefume, was at first
At eighteen years became inqui-
After his Brother, &c.
me; I am your master,