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There left me and my man, both bound together;
Till gnawing with my teeth my bonds in sunder,
I gain'd my freedom, and immediately
Ran hither to your grace; whom I beseech
To give me ample satisfaction
For these deep shames and great indignities.

Ang My lord, in truth, thus far I witness with him;
That he dined not at home, but was lock'd out.

Duke. But had he such a chain of thee, or no?

Ang. He had, my lord : and when he ran in here,
These people saw the chain about his neck.

Mer. Besides, I will be sworn, these ears of mine
Heard you confess you had the chain of him,
After
you

first foreswore it on the mart.
And, thereupon, I drew my sword on you;
And then you fled into this abbey here,
From whence, I think, you are come by miracle.

Ant. E. I never came within these abbey walls,
Nor ever didst thou draw thy sword on me:
I never saw the chain, so help me heaven !
And this is false, you burden me withal.

Duke. What an intricate impeach is this !
I think, you all have drank of Circe's cup.
If here you hous'd him, here he would have been;
If he were inad, he would not plead so coldly :-
You say, he dined at home; the goldsmith here
Denies that saying :-Sirrah, what say you?
Dro. E. Sir, he dined with her there, at the Porcu-

pine.
Cour. He did ; and from my finger snatch'd that

ring. Ant. E. 'Tis true, my liege, this ring I had of her.

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Duke. Saw'st thou him enter at the abbey here? Cour. As sure, my liege, as I do see your grace. Duke. Why, this is strange :-Go call the abbess

hither; I think, you are all mated, or stark mad.

[Erit an Attendant. Æge. Most mighty duke, vouchsafe me speak a

word; Haply, I see a friend will save my life, And pay the sum that

may

deliver me. Duke. Speak freely, Syracusan, what thou wilt.

Æge. Is not your name, sir, callid Antipholus ?
And is not that your bondman Dromio?

Dro. E. Within this hour I was his bondman, sir,
But he, I thank him, gnaw'd in two my cords;
Now am I Dromio, and his man, unbound.

Æge. I am sure, you both of you remember me.

Dro. E. Ourselves we do remember, sir, by you; For lately we were bound, as you are now. You are not Pinch's patient, are you, sir? Æge. Why look you strange on me? you know me

well.
Ant. E. I never saw you

in
my

life, till now. Æge. O! grief hath chang’d me, since you saw me

last;
And careful hours, with Time's deformed hand,
Have written strange defeatures in my face :
But tell me yet, dost thou not know my voice?

Ant. E. Neither.
Æge. Dromio, nor thou ?
Dro. E. No, trust me, sir, nor I.
Æge. I am sure, thou dost.
Dro. E. Ay, sir? but I am sure, I do not; and what-
There left me and my man, both bound together;
Till gnawing with my teeth my bonds in sunder,
I gain’d my freedom, and immediately
Ran hither to your grace; whom I beseech
To give me ample satisfaction
For these deep shames and great indignities.

Ang My lord, in truth, thus far I witness with him; That he dined not at home, but was lock'd out.

Duke. But had he such a chain of thee, or no?

Ang. He had, my lord : and when he ran in here, These people saw the chain about his neck.

Mer. Besides, I will be sworn, these ears of mine
Heard you confess you had the chain of him,
After you first foreswore it on the mart.
And, thereupon, I drew my sword on you;
And then you fled into this abbey here, ,
From whence, I think, you are come by miracle.

Ant. E. I never came within these abbey walls,
Nor ever didst thou draw thy sword on me:
I never saw the chain, so help me heaven!
And this is false, you burden me withal.

Duke. What an intricate impeach is this !
I think, you all have drank of Circe's cup.
If here you hous'd him, here he would have been ;
If he were mad, he would not plead so coldly :
You say, he dined at home; the goldsmith here
Denies that saying :—Sirrah, what say you?
Dro. E. Sir, he dined with her there, at the Porcu-

pine. Cour. He did ; and from my finger snatch'd that

ring. Ant. E. 'Tis true, my liege, this ring I had of her.

Duke. Saw'st thou him enter at the abbey here? Cour. As sure, my liege, as I do see your grace. Duke. Why, this is strange :-Go call the abbess

hither; I think, you are all mated, or stark mad.

[Erit an Attendant. Æge. Most mighty duke, vouchsafe me speak a

word ;

Haply, I see a friend will save my life,
And
pay
the sum that

may

deliver me. Duke. Speak freely, Syracusan, what thou wilt.

Æge. Is not your name, sir, callid Antipholus ? And is not that your bondman Dromio?

Dro. E. Within this hour I was his bondman, sir, But he, I thank him, gnaw'd in two my cords ; Now am I Dromio, and his man, unbound. Æge. I am sure, you both of you remeinber me.

. Dro. E. Ourselves we do remember, sir, by you; For lately we were bound, as you are now. You are not Pinch's patient, are you, sir? Æge. Why look you strange on me? you know me

well. Ant. E. I never saw you in my life, till now. Æge. O! grief hath chang’d me, since you saw me

last;
And careful hours, with Time's deformed hand,
Have written strange defeatures in my face :
But tell me yet, dost thou not know my voice?

Ant. E. Neither.
Æge. Dromio, nor thou ?
Dro. E. No, trust me, sir, nor I.
Æge. I am sure, thou dost.
Dro. E. Ay, sir ? but I am sure, I do not; and what-

soever a man denies, you are now bound to believe him.

Æge. Not know my voice! O, time's extremity! Hast thou so crack'd and splitted my poor tongue, In seven short years, that here my only son Knows not my feeble key of untun'd cares ? Though now this grained face of mine be hid In sap-consuming winter's drizzled snow, And all the conduits of my blood froze up; Yet hath my night of life some memory, My wasting lamps some fading glimmer left, My dull deaf ears a little use to hear : All these old witnesses (I cannot err,) Tell me, thou art my son Antipholus. Ant. E. I never saw my father in

my

life. Æge. But seven years since, in Syracusa, boy, Thou know'st, we parted : but, perhaps, my son, Thou sham'st to acknowledge me in misery.

Ant. E. The duke, and all that know me in the city,
Can witness with me, that it is not so;
I ne'er saw Syracusa in my life.

Duke. I tell thee, Syracusan, twenty years
Have I been patron to Antipholus,
During which time he ne'er saw Syracusa :
I see, thy age and dangers make thee dote:

Enter the Abbess, with ANTIPHOLUS Syracusan, and

DROMIO Syracusan. Abb. Most mighty Duke, behold a man much wrong'd.

[All gather to see him. Adr. I see two husbands, or mine eyes deceive me.

Duke. One of these men is Genius to the other ; And so of these: Which is the natural man,

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