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The Comedy of Errors

Act II, Scene 1

The house of ANTIPHOLUS of Ephesus.
 
[Enter ADRIANA and LUCIANA]
 
ADRIANA
       ,            ,        ,          ,          ,
      Neither | my hus|band nor | the slave | returned,
          2     ,      ,         ,         ,         ,
      That in such | haste I | sent to | seek his | master?
        ,       ,     ,       ,        ,
      Sure Lu|cia|na it | is two | o'clock.
 
LUCIANA
           ,      ,   ,                  ,      ,
      Perhaps | some mer/chant hath | invi|ted him,
            ,          ,           ,          ,          x
      And from | the mart | he's some|where gone | to dinner:
        ,   ,                 ,         ,       ,
      Good sis/ter let | us dine | and ne|ver fret;
         ,        ,       ,        ,     ,
      A man | is mas|ter of | his li|berty:
        ,              ,        ,                 ,    ,
      Time is | their mas|ter, and | when they / see time,
               ,        ,        ,       ,        ,       ->
      They'll go | or come;| if so,| be pa|tient sis||ter.
 
ADRIANA
       ,             ,      ,  2            ,         ,
      Why | should their | liberty | than ours | be more?
 
LUCIANA
          ,            ,          ,       ,             ,
      Because | their bus|iness still | lies out | of door.
 
ADRIANA
        ,             ,          ,        ,         ,
      Look when | I serve | him so,| he takes | it ill.
 
LUCIANA
       T    T   T     2     ,       ,          ,
      Oh, know he | is the bri|dle of | your will.
 
ADRIANA
                ,         ,       ,        ,        ,
      There's none | but ass|es will | be bri|dled so.
 
LUCIANA
       T     T    T      ,  2           ,           ,
      Why, headstrong | liberty | is lashed | with woe:
               ,        ,   2    ,      ,         ,
      There's^no|thing si|tuate un|der hea|ven's eye,
            ,          ,          ,         ,        ,
      But hath | his bound | in earth,| in sea,| in sky.
             ,           ,       ,          ,       ,
      The beasts,| the fish|es, and | the wing|ed fowls
                    ,     ,    ,          ,              ,
      Are their / males' sub|jects and | at their | controls:
       ,             ,         ,             ,    ,
      Men more*| divine,| the mas|ters of / all these,
        ,     2        T    T    .    T     ,        ,
      Lords of the | wide world and wild | wate|ry seas,
          ,          ,     ,    2    ,           ,
      Indued | with in|tellec|tual sense | and souls,
           ,        ,    ,            ,          ,
      Of more | preem|inence | than fish | and fowls,
           ,        ,          ,         ,            ,
      Are mas|ters to | their fe|males, and | their lords:
            ,           ,        ,         ,         ,
      Then let | your will | attend | on their | accords.
 
ADRIANA
            ,      ,      ,              ,       ,
      This ser|vitude | makes you | to keep | unwed.
 
LUCIANA
            ,          ,        ,        ,         ,
      Not this,| but trou|bles of | the mar|riage-bed.
 
ADRIANA
       ,              ,              ,                 __
      But were you | wedded, you | would bear* some | sway. (next few lines are dactyl)
 
LUCIANA
       ,             ,     ,      ,  ,          ,
      Ere I learn^|love, I'll | practise | to obey.  ??
 
ADRIANA
       ,             ,                ,           ___
      How if your | husband start*| some other | where?
 
LUCIANA
        ,             ,           ,            __
      Till he come^|home again*,| I would for|bear.
 
ADRIANA
       ,           ,           ,            2       ___
      Patience un|moved, no | marvel though* she | pause; ??
        ,             ,               ,          ___
      They can be | meek that have | no other | cause.
          ,         ,       ,              ,     ,
      A wret|ched soul | bruised with | adver|sity,
          ,        ,       ,         ,        ,
      We bid | be qui|et when | we hear | it cry.
       .    T   T  T                 ,     ,          ,
      But were we bur|dened with / like weight | of pain,
           ,         ,           ,         ,          ,
      As much,| or more,| would we | ourselves | complain:
           ,           ,        ,   T    T   .    T      __
      So thou | that hast | no un|kind mate to grieve | thee,
            ,        ,        ,           ,          ,     __
      With ur|ging help|less pa|tience wouldst | relieve | me, (hex with prev)
           ,          ,        ,           ,         ,
      But if | thou live | to see | like^right | bereft,
             ,            ,         ,          ,         ,
      This fool-|*begged^pa|tience in | thee will | be left.
 
LUCIANA
        ,             ,      ,     ,            ,
      Well, I | will mar|ry one | day but | to try:
             ,           ,     ,             ,         ,
      Here comes | your man,| now is | your hus|band nigh.
 
[Enter DROMIO of Ephesus]
 
ADRIANA
Say, is your tardy master now at hand?
 
DROMIO OF EPHESUS
Nay, he's at two hands with me, and that my two ears can witness.
 
ADRIANA
Say, didst thou speak with him? knowst thou his mind?
 
DROMIO OF EPHESUS
Aye, aye, he told his mind upon mine ear: Beshrew his hand, I scarce could understand it.
 
LUCIANA
Spake he so doubtfully, thou couldst not feel his meaning?
 
DROMIO OF EPHESUS
Nay, he struck so plainly, I could too well feel his blows; and withal so doubtfully that I could scarce understand them.
 
ADRIANA
But say, I prithee, is he coming home? It seems he hath great care to please his wife.
 
DROMIO OF EPHESUS
Why mistress, sure my master is horn-mad.
 
ADRIANA
Horn-mad, thou villain?
 
DROMIO OF EPHESUS
          ,          ,       ,
      I mean | not cuck|old-mad,
            ,              ,    ,
      But sure | he is / stark mad:  (tri with prev)
           ,       ,                ,    ,          x
      When I | desired | him to / come home | to dinner,
           ,         ,        ,         ,          ,
      He asked | me for | a thou|sand marks | in gold:
            ,        ,          ,        ,           ,
      'Tis din|ner-time | quoth^I:| my gold,| quoth^he:
             ,           ,          ,        ,           ,
      Your meat | doth^burn,| quoth^I:| My gold | quoth^he:
        ,          ,          T   T   T           ,
      Will you | come, quoth^|I: My gold,| quoth he:
        ,     2        ,          ,         ,          ,
      Where is the | thousand | marks I | gave thee | villain?
           ,          ,         ,          ,           ,
      The pig | quoth^I,| is burned:| my gold,| quoth^he:
          ,          ,          ,     ,    2       ,
      My mis|tress, sir,| quoth^I;| hang up thy | mistress:
      ,         ,         ,          ,    2       ,
      I know*| not thy | mistress,| out on thy | mistress.
 
LUCIANA
Quoth who?
 
DROMIO OF EPHESUS
Quoth my master, I know quoth he, 'no house, no wife, no mistress. So that my errand, due unto my tongue, I thank him, I bare home upon my shoulders: for in conclusion, he did beat me there.
 
ADRIANA
           ,       ,           ,           ,           ,
      Go back | again,| thou slave,| and fetch | him home.
 
DROMIO OF EPHESUS
           ,       ,              ,   ,        ,
      Go back | again,| and be / new bea|ten home?
            ,            ,         ,       ,      ,
      For God's | sake^send | some o|ther mes|senger.
 
ADRIANA
        T    T     T    2       ,           ,       ,
      Back slave, or | I will break | thy pate | across.
 
DROMIO OF EPHESUS
       ,    2         ,            ,          ,        ,
      And he will | bless that | cross with | other | beating:
          ,         ,           ,       ,      ,
      Between | you I | shall have | a ho|ly head.
 
ADRIANA
        T     Tx     T          ,          ,        ,
      Hence prating pea|sant, fetch | thy mas|ter home.  ??
 
DROMIO OF EPHESUS
         ,        ,           ,        ,          ,
      Am I | so round | with you,| as you | with me,
             ,        ,    ,             ,          ,
      That like | a foot|ball you | do spurn | me thus:
            ,          ,          ,          ,         ,       o
      You spurn | me hence,| and he | will spurn | me hi|ther:
         ,     ,             ,         ,           ,      2    ,        o
      If I | last in | this ser|vice, you | must case | me in lea|ther.    (hex with prev)
 
[Exit]
 
LUCIANA
       ,           ,         ,        ,          ,
      Fie how | impa|tience low|reth in | your face.
 
ADRIANA
           ,     ,         ,        ,         ,
      His com|pany | must do | his min|ions grace,
             ,        ,       ,            ,       ,
      Whilst I | at home | starve for | a mer|ry look:
             ,      ,       2   ,        ,       ,
      Hath^home|ly age | the allur|ing beau|ty took
                  ,    ,           ,         ,       ,
      From my / poor cheek?| Then he | hath was|ted it.
           ,        ,        ,     ,           ,
      Are my | discour|ses dull?| Barren | my wit?
          ,    ,          ,          ,            ,
      If vol|uble | and sharp | discourse | be marred,
          ,          ,          ,          ,        ,
      Unkind|ness blunts | it more | than mar|ble hard:
                  ,    ,         ,       ,          ,
      Do their / gay vest|ments his | affec|tions bait?
              ,         ,           ,       ,        ,
      That's not | my fault,| he's mas|ter of | my state.
            ,      ,        ,         ,         ,
      What ru|ins are | in me | that can | be found,
          ,         ,         ,        ,          ,
      By him | not ru|ined? Then | is he | the ground
          ,      ,          ,      ,       ,
      Of my | defea|tures. My | decay|ed fair,
         ,       ,        ,            ,        ,
      A sun|ny look | of his,| would soon | repair.
       ,            ,      ,          ,           ,
      But, too | unru|ly deer,| he breaks | the pale,
            ,            ,         ,       ,          ,
      And feeds | from home;| poor^I | am but | his stale.
 
LUCIANA
            ,        ,      ,          ,         ,
      Self^har|ming jea|lousy;| fie* beat | it hence.
 
ADRIANA
         ,         ,            ,            ,          ,
      Unfee|ling fools | can* with | such^wrongs | dispense.
          ,         ,          ,      ,       ,
      I know | his eye | doth ho|mage o|therwhere,
           ,           ,        ,         ,          ,
      Or else,| what lets | it but | he would | be here?
       ,             ,        ,         ,       ,
      Sister,| you know | he pro|mised me | a chain,
              ,       ,       ,         ,         ,
      Would that | alone,| alone | he would | detain,
       ,   2          T    T    T        ,         ,
      So he would | keep fair quar|ter with | his bed:
         ,         ,       ,      ,     ,
      I see | the je|wel best | ena|melled
             ,         ,        ,     .    T    T     T
      Will lose | his bea|uty: yet | the gold bides still
           ,         ,          ,      ,          ,
      That o|thers touch,| and of|ten tou|ching will,
               ,     T   T  T           ,        ,
      Where* gold | and no man | that hath | a name,
           ,         ,        ,         ,         ,
      By false|hood and | corrup|tion doth | it shame:
              ,         ,      ,         ,          ,
      Since^that | my beau|ty can|not please | his eye,
             ,            ,      ,         ,        ,
      I'll weep (what's^left | away)| and wee|ping die.
 
LUCIANA
       ,    2      T    T     T           ,      ,
      How many | fond fools serve | mad* jea|lousy?  ??
 
[Exeunt]

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