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My wife, more careful for the latterHad fasten'd him unto a small spare Such as seafaring men provide for st To him one of the other twins was b Whilst I had been like heedful of th The children thus disposed, my wife Fixing our eyes on whom our care v Fasten'd ourselves at either end the And floating straight, obedient to th Was carried towards Corinth, as we At length the sun, gazing upon the Dispersed those vapours that offend And, by the benefit of his wished lig The seas wax'd calm, and we disco Two ships from far making amain t Of Corinth that, of Epidaurus this: 82. other] ot 78. latter-born] elder-born Rowe. either end the mast] th' end of either mast Hanmer. conj. 86, 87. And... Was] Ff; And... Were 90. wished] F1; Capell. 88. sun] sonne F 1. seas wax'd] seas waxt F 1; seas waxe F 2; seas wa was Rowe. 93. Epidaurus] Epidarus F 1; Epida 78. latter-born] See note on line 124 the town o Argolis on t post. was another

called also I ports, Lecha inth, and C Gulf. A sh from the lat the same co from Epida meet the f Aegeon, his were, outsi

Dyrrhachiur miles from t Corinth; A storm comm league from

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re Rowe; Which...
■; wish'd Ff 2, 3, 4.
vax F3; seas was F4; sea
damnus Theobald conj.

of that name, situate in n the Saronic Gulf. There her Epidaurus in Laconia, o Limera. Corinth had two chæum on the Gulf of CorCenchreae on the Saronic ship, bound to or coming latter port, would come by course as one sailing to or daurus; and they would floating mast, on which his wife and the four children tside the Ionian islands. ium (Durazzo) is about 250 n the mouth of the Gulf of Aegeon tells us that the mmenced when they were 'a om Epidamium'; so that,

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For, ere the ships could meet by twice five leagues, 100
We were encountered by a mighty rock;
Which being violently borne upon,

Our helpful ship was splitted in the midst;
So that, in this unjust divorce of us,
Fortune had left to both of us alike
What to delight in, what to sorrow for.
Her part, poor soul! seeming as burdened
With lesser weight, but not with lesser woe,
Was carried with more speed before the wind;
And in our sight they three were taken up
By fishermen of Corinth, as we thought.
At length, another ship had seized on us;
And, knowing whom it was their hap to save,
Gave healthful welcome to their shipwracked




103. helpful] helpless Rowe; 112. another] the other Hanmer.

102. upon] Pope; up F1; up vpon Ff 2, 3, 4. hopeful Hudson (Jervis conj.). healthful] F1; helpful Ff 2, 3, 4.

as it was not long before the wreck took place, the mast, on which he and his family were saved, must have travelled some considerable distance to have reached any spot near the entrance to that gulf. Accuracy, however, as regards the situation of places and their distance from one another, must not be looked for in dramatic works."


103. helpful] probably refers to the mast (lines 79, 85), which was their help when the ship was "sinkingripe" (line 77). The alterations to helpless and "hopeful" are not convincing.

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114. healthful] implying, perhaps, recovery from the sufferings of shipwreck. Helpful," the reading of the second Folio, indeed seems a

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And would have reft the fishers of th Had not their bark been very slow o And therefore homeward did they be Thus have you heard me severed fro That by misfortunes was my life pro To tell sad stories of my own mishap Duke. And, for the sake of them thou sor Do me the favour to dilate at full

What hath befall'n of them and thee Ege. My youngest boy, and yet my elde At eighteen years became inquisitive After his brother: and importuned That his attendant-so his case was Reft of his brother, but retain'd his 1 Might bear him company in the que Whom whilst I labour'd of a love to

119. That] Thus Ha misfortunes] misfortune Dyce, ed. 123. hath... thee] F 124. youngest


Collier conj. 127. so] F 1; for Ff 2, 3, 4.
130. I labour'd of a love] he labour'd of all love Coll

the pronunci from Macbe rhymes with so spelt by Redux, 124, 124. youn 78, 82, "la not the fath of the twain place. Poss sight on Sha

127. So] T said for the Folio.

130, 131. sense is fai


I hazarded the loss of whom I loved.

heir prey, of sail;

pend their course. Om my bliss; longd,

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Five summers have I spent in farthest Greece,
Roaming clean through the bounds of Asia,
And, coasting homeward, came to Ephesus;
Hopeless to find, yet loath to leave unsought
Or that or any place that harbours men.
But here must end the story of my life;
And happy were I in my timely death,
Could all my travels warrant me they live.

Duke. Hapless Ægeon, whom the fates have mark'd
To bear the extremity of dire mishap!
Now, trust me, were it not against our laws,
Against my crown, my oath, my dignity,
Which princes, would they, may not disannul,
My soul should sue as advocate for thee.
But though thou art adjudged to the death,
And passed sentence may not be recall'd
But to our honour's great disparagement,
Yet will I favour thee in what I can.




132. farthest] Ff; furthest Steevens (1793).
143, 144. Inverted b
Hanmer (Theobald conj.). 144. princes, would they, may] Theobald
Princes would they may F 1; Princes would, they may Ff 2, 3, 4.

struction is somewhat obscure. With
"of a love," i.e. "out of love" or
"impelled by love," may be compared
"of all loves," Midsummer-Night's
Dream, II. ii. 154; Merry Wives of
Windsor, II. ii. 119; and Othello, III.

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133. clean] "In the northern par of England," says Steevens, "th word is still used instead of quit W fully, perfectly, completely." may compare from Shakespeare hir self: Richard II. III. i. 10: " By yo unhappied and disfigured clean 2 Henry IV. 1. ii. 110: "Though n clean past your youth"; Richard II II. iv. 61: "And domestic broils cled overblown"; Coriolanus, III. i. 304 "This is clean kam"; Othello, 1. i 366: "It is clean out of the way' and Sonnet lxxv. Io: "clean starve for a look."

Therefore, merchant, I'll limit thee th
To seek thy pelf by beneficial help :
Try all the friends thou hast in Ephe
Beg thou, or borrow, to make up the
And live; if no, then thou art doom'
Gaoler, go take him to thy custody.

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150. Therefore, merchant, I'll] Ff; Therefore, merc fore, merchant Pope; I'll therefore, merchant Capell. Editor; eke thy store Bailey conj.; seek the sum Cartwr help] Ff; life... help Rowe (ed. 2); help help Staunton (Collier conj.); fine hands Kinnear conj. 154. no] not Rowe. conj.; Taylor, F 1; Jailor, now Hanmer; So, jail S. Walker conj.

150. Therefore, merchant] Capell's reading, perhaps, does least violence to the rhythm of the line and the arrangement of the Folio: nevertheless I think we must keep the Folio reading, whilst accentuating "merchant" There is no on the first syllable. single passage in Shakespeare in which he accentuates it on the second syllable; and it is difficult to see why he should do so here, especially as in the six passages of this play where the word occurs, it is uniformly accented on the first syllable, even in line 3 of this scene, where it must be "Therefore" reckoned as a trochee. should be accentuated on the second syllable, as often in Shakespeare: compare Midsummer-Night's Dream, III. ii. 78: "And if I could, what should I get therefore?"; and with this stress the line may stand. 151. seek thy pelf] Malone retoo happily—“Mr. marked-not

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to be correct in attributing the reading
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tainly belongs to Rowe (ed. 2). The
critical notes show the efforts-none

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