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Hail! Athens, thou nurse of Greece; country of my master, hail! How joyously do I behold thee. But I have a wish to see how my mistress and fellow-servant, Stephanium, is faring. For I bade Stichus to give her my regards, and to tell her that I should come to-day, so that she might cook a dinner in good time. But, surely, here's Stichus. with a cask of wine

to himself . A clever thing you did, master, when you presented your servant, Stichus, with this gift. O ye immortal Gods! how many delights do I carry, how many smiles, how many jokes, how many a kiss, dancing, dalliance, and good-fellowship.

Stichus, how fare you?

Right well, Sagarinus, most delightfully; I'm bringing Dionysus1, as my guest and yours. For, i' faith, the dinner's cooked; free range has been given me and you at your house. For at our house there's an entertainment; your master's dining there with his wife, and Antipho as well; there, too, is my master. This was given me as a present.Points to the cask.

How? Are you dreaming?

I' faith, I'm telling you the truth.

Who then gave you this?

What matters that to you? I wish us this day to wash away everything of foreign climes. Leave them alone; let's now attend to Athens; follow me. Do you at once make haste, and bathe.

I have bathed.

Very good follow me, then, this. way in-doors, Sagarinus.

Of course, I follow. By mytroth, this beginning pleases me as I return home; a happy omen and augury2 has met me in my path. They go into the house of PAMPHILUS.

1 Bringing Dionysus: Dionysus was the Greek name of Bacchus, the God of wine. He alludes to the "cadus," or earthenware cask of wine which be is carrying.

2 A happy omen and augury: "Bona scæva strenaque." See the Note to l. 460.

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