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Hapless Egeon, whom the fates have marked

Duke 
Hapless Egeon, whom the fates have marked
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.

Hopeless and helpless doth Egeon wend,
But to procrastinate his lifeless end.

But though thou art adjudgèd to the death,
And passèd sentence may not be recalled
But to our honor’s great disparagement,
Yet will I favor thee in what I can.
Therefore, merchant, I’ll limit thee this day
To seek thy life by beneficial help.
Try all the friends thou hast in Ephesus;
Beg thou, or borrow, to make up the sum,
And live. If no, then thou art doomed to die.—
Jailer, take him to thy custody.
Jailer
I will, my lord.
Egeon 
Hopeless and helpless doth Egeon wend,
But to procrastinate his lifeless end.
 They exit.

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Act 1
Scene 1
Line 140

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