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SALINUS, Duke of Ephefus.
Twin-Brothers, and Sons to
Egeon and Æmilia, but
unknown to each other.
Dromio of Ephefus, Twin-Brothers and Slaves to the
Angelo, a Goldsmith.
A Merchant, a Friend to Antipholis of Syracuse.
Emilia, Wife to Ægeon, an Abbess at Ephesus.
Luce, Servant to Adriana.
Failor, Officers, and other Attendants.
This Play is taken from the Menachmi of Plautus.
COMEDY of ERRORS.
The Duke's Palace.
Enter the Duke of Ephefus, geon, Jailor, and other Attendants.
ROCEED, Salinus, to procure my fall,
The enmity, and difcord, which of late
T'admit no traffick to our adverse towns.
Come to the bay of Ephefus, he dies:
My woes end likewife with the evening fun.
Duke. Well, Syracufan, fay, in brief, the cause, Why thou departedft from thy native home; And for what caufe thou cam'ft to Ephefus.
Egeon. A heavier task 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;
And by me too, had not our hap been bad:
Was wrought by nature, not by vile offence,] All his hearers understood that the punifhment he was about to undergo was in confequence of no private crime, but of the public enmity between two ftates, to one of which he belonged: But it was a general fuperftition amongst the ancients, that every great and fudden misfortune was the vengeance of heaven purfuing men for their fecret of
fences. Hence the fentiment