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Ant. Can he be there in person? 'tis impossible; is heard the noise of a sea-fight. Alarum. Enter Strange, that his power should be.-Canidius, Enobarbus. Our nineteen legions thou shalt hold by land, Eno. Naught, naught, all naught! I can behold Andourtu elve thousand horse:--We'll to our ship; no longer: Away, my Thetis!-How now, worthy soldier? 5 The Antoniad', the Egyptian admiral, Enter a Soldier.

With all their sixty, fly, and turn the rudder: Sold. O noble emperor, do not fight by sea;

To see't, mine eyes are blasted. Trust not to rotten planks : Do

Enter Scaruş. misdoubt

you
This sword, and these my wounds ? Let the

Scar. Gods, and goddesses,
Ægyptians,

10 All the whole synod of them! And the Phænicians, go a-ducking; we

Eno. What's thy passion ? Have us’d to conquer, standing on the earth,

Scar. The greater cantle* of the world is lost And fighting foot to foot.

With very ignorance; we have kiss'd away Ant. Well, well, away.

Kingdoms and provinces. [Ereunt .Antony, Cleopatra, and Enobarbus. 15 Eno. How appears the fight? Sold. By Hercules, I think, I am i' the right.

Scar. On our side like the token'd' pestilence, Can. Soldier, thou art: but his wholeactiongrows

Where death is sure. Yon ribal’d nag of Ægypt, Not in the power on't': So our leader 's led, Whom leprosy 'o'ertake! i' the midst of the And we are women's men.

fight,Sold. You keep by land

20 When vantage like a pair of twins appear'd, The legions and the horse whole, do you not ?

Both as the same, or rather ours the elder, Can. Marcus Octavius, Marcus Justeius,

The brize & upon her, like a cow in June, Publicola, and Cælius, are for sea :

Hoists sails, and flies. But we keep whole by land. This speed of Cæsar's

Eno. That I beheld : Carries beyond belief.

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Mine eyes did sicken at the sight, and could not Sold. While he was yet in Rome,

Endure a further view. His power went out in such distractions?, as

Scar. She once being looft', Beguil'd all spies.

The noble ruin of her magic, Antony, Can. Who's his lieutenant, hear you?

Claps on his sea-wing, and, like a doating mallard, Sold. They say, one Taurus.

30 Leaving the fight in height, flies after her: Can. Well I know the man.

I never saw an action of such shame;
Enter a Messenger.

Experience, manhood, honour, ne'er before

Did violate so itself. Mes. The emperor calls Canidius.

Eno. Alack, alack! Can. With news the time's with labour; and

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Enter Canidius. throws forth,

Can. Our fortune on the sea is out of breath, Each minute, some.

[Exeunt.

And sinks most lamentably. Had our general

Been what he knew himself, it had gone well: SCENE VIII.

0, he has given example for our flight, The same. A Plain.

10 Most grossly, by his own. Enter Cæsar, Tuurus, Officers, &c.

Eno. Ay, are you thereabouts? Why then, good

Indeed.
Cæs. Taurus.-
Taur. My lord.

Can. Towards Peloponnesus are they fied.

[not battle, Cæs. Strike not by land ; keep whole: provoke

Scar. 'Tis easy to't; and there will I attend Till we have done at sea. Do not exceed

145 What further comes.

Can. To Cæsar will I render The prescript of this scrowl: Our fortune lies

My legions and my horse; six kings already Upon this jump.

[Exeunt.

Shew me the way of yielding.
Enter Antony and Enobarbus.

Eno. I'll yet follow
Ant. Set we oursquadrons on yon side o' the hill, 50 The wounded chanceof Antony,though myreason
In eye of Cæsar's battle; from which place Sits in the wind against me.

[Exeunt. We may the number of the ships behold, And so proceed accordingly. [Errunt.

SCENE

IX. Enter Canidius, marching with his land army one

The Palace in Alexandria. way orer the stage; and Taurus, the lieutenant 55 Enter Antony, with Eros, and other Attendants. of Cæsar, the other way. After their going in, Ant. Hark, thelandbids me tread no moreupon't,

That is, his whole conduct becomes ungoverned by the right, or by reason. ’i. e. detachments ; separate bodies.

Which, Plutarch says, was the name of Cleopatra's ship. * Cantle is a corner. Si. e. spotted.--The death of those visited by the plague was certain when particular eruptions appeared on the skin; and these were called God's tokens. A ribald is a lewd fellow.Yon ribald nag means, Yon strumpet, who is common to every wa nton fellow. 'Leprosy was one of the various names by which the Lues vene rea was distinguished. The brize is the gad-fly. To loof (or lutf) is to bring a ship close to the wind.

(night

It is asham'd to bear me !-Friends, come hither; By looking back on what I have left behind
I am so lated in the world, that I

'Stroy'd in dishonour.
Have lost my way for ever:- I have a ship Cleo. O my lord, my lord !
Laden with gold, take that, divide it: fly, Forgive my fearful sails! I little thought,
And make your peace with Cæsar.

5 You would have follow'd. Omnes. Fly! not we.

[cowards Ant. Ægypt, thou knew'st too well, Ant. I have fled myself; and have instructed My heart was to thy rudder ty'd by the strings', To run, and shew their

shoulders.-Friends, be And thou should'st tow me after: O'er my spirit gone:

Thy full supremacy thou knew'st; and that
I have myself resolv'd upon a course, 10 Thy beck might from the bidding of the gods
Which has no need of you; be gone:

Command me.
My treasure's in the harbour, take it.-0, Cleo. O, my pardon.
I follow'd that I blush to look upon:

Ant. Now, I must
My very hairs do mutiny; for the white To the young man send humble treaties, dodge
Reprove the brown for rashness, and they them 15 Ind palter in the shifts of lowness; who
For fear and doating.-Friends, be gone; you shall With half the bulk of the world play'd as I pleas'd,
Have letters from ine to some friends, that will Making, and marring fortunes. You did know
Sweep your way for you. Pray you, look not sad, How much you were my conqueror; and that
Nor make replies of lothness: take the hint My sword, made weak by my affection, would
Which my despair proclaims; let that be left 20 Obey it on all cause.
Which leaves itself: to the sea-side straightway: Cleo. Pardon, pardon.
I will possess you of that ship and treasure. Ant. Fall not a tear, I say; one of them rates
Leave me, I pray, a little: pray you now :- All that is won and lost: Give me a kiss;
Nay, do so ; for, indeed, I have lost command, Even this repays me.-Wesentourschool-master,
Therefore I pray you :-I'll see you by-and-by. 25 Is he come back?-Love, I am full of lead :-
Enter Eros,and Cleopatra,led by Charmian and Iras. Some wine, there, and our viands: Fortune
Eros. Nay, gentle madam, to himn :-Comfort

knows, Tras. Do, inost dear queen.

shim. We scorn her most, when most she offers blows. Char. Do! Why, what else?

[Exeunt. Cleo. Let me sit down. O Juno !

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SCENE X.
Ant. No, no, no, no, no.

Cæsar's Camp, in Ægypt.
Eros. See you here, sir?
Ant. O fye, fye, fye.

Enter Cæsar, Dolabella, Thyreus, with others. Char. Madam,

Cæs. Let him appear that's come from AnIrus. Madam; O good empress !

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tony.Eros. Sir, sir,

Know you hím?
Ant. Yes, my lord, yes ;-He, at Philippi, kept Dol. Cæsar, 'tis his school-master:
His sword even like a dancer?; while I struck An

argument that he is pluck’d, when hither
The lean and wrinkled Cassius; and 'twas I, He sends so poor a pinion of his wing,
That the mad' Brutus ended: he alone 40 Which had superfluous kings for messengers,
Dealt on lieutenantry, and no practice had Not many moons gone by.
In the brave squares of war: Yet now-No mat-

Enter Ambassador from Antony. Cleo. Ah, stand by.

[ter. Cæs. Approach, and speak. Eras. The queen, my lord, the queen.

Amb. Such as I am, I come from Antony: Iras. Go to him, madam, speak to him; 451 was of late as petty to his ends, He is unquality'd with very shame.

As is the morn-dew on the myrtle leaf Cleo. Well then, Sustain me :

:-0! [es; To bis grand sea'. Eros. Most noblesir,arise; the queen approach- Cæs. Be it so; Declare thine office. Her head's declin'd, and death will seize her, but Amb. Lord of his fortunes he salutes thee, and Your comfort makes the rescue.

50 Requires to live in Ægypt: which not granted, Ant. I have offended reputation;

He lessens his requests; and to thee sues A most unnoble swerving.

To let him breathe between the heavens and earth, Eros. Sir, the queen.

A private man in Athens : This for him. Ant.(), whither hast thou led me, Egypt? See Next, Cleopatra does confess thy greatness ; • How I convey my shame out of thine eyes, 155 Submits her to thy might! and of thee craves

Alluding to a benighted traveller. Antony means, that Cæsar never offered to draw his sword, but kept it in the scabbard, like one who dances with a sword on, which was formerly the custom in England. Nothing, says Dr. Warburton, can be more in character, than for an infamous debauched tyrant to call the heroic love of one's country and public liberty, madness. Meaning, perhaps, that Cæsar only fought by proxy, made war bý his lieutenants, or, on the strength of his lieutenants.

• i. e. except or unless. • i. e. how, by looking another way, I withdraw my ignorning from your sight. ? That is, by the heart-string. • The name of this person was Euphronius. His grand sca may mcan his full tide of prosperity.

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The circle of the Ptolemies for her heirs,

Ant. To him again; Tell him, he wears thcrose Now hazarded to thy grace.

Of youth upon him; from which, the world Cas. For Antony,

should note I have no ears to bis request. The queen Something particular: his coin, ships, legions, Of audience, nor desire, shall fail; so she 5 May be a coward's; whose ministers would preFrom Ægypt drive her all-disgraced friend,

vail Or take his life there: This if she perform,

Under the service of a child, as soon She shall not sue unheard. So to them both. Asi' the command of Cæsar: I dare him therefore Amb. Fortune pursue thee !

To lay his gay comparisons apart, Cæs. Bring him through the bands. 10 And answer me declin'd', sword against sword,

[Exit Ambassador. Ourselves alone: I'll write it; follow me. To try thy eloquence, now 'tis time: Dispatch ;

[Exeunt Antony and Amh. From Antony win Cleopatra : promise,

Eno. Yes, like enough, high-battled Cæsar will

[To Thyreus. Unstate his happiness, and be stag'd to the shew And in our name, what she requires ; add more, 15 Against a sworder. I see, men's judgements are From thine invention, offers: Women are not, A parcel of their fortunes; and things outward In their best fortunes, strong; but want will per- Do draw the inward quality after them, jure

[reus; To sutter all alike. That he should dream, The ne'er touch'd vestal : Try thy cunning, Thy- Knowing all measures, the full Cæsar will Make thine own edict for thy pains, which we 20 Answer his emptiness ! Cæsar, thou hast subdu'd Will answer as a law.

His judgement too.
Thyr. Carsar, I go.

Enter an Attendant.
Cæs. Observe how Antony becomes bis flaw?;
And what thou think'st his very action speaks Attend. A messenger from Cæsar.
In every power that moves.

25 Cleo. What? no more ceremony? See, my Thyr. Cæsar, I shall.

[Exeunt.

women!

Against the blown rose may they stop their nose, SCENE XI.

That kneel’d unto the buds.—Admit him, sir.

Eno. Mine honesty, and I, begin to square: The Palace in Alexandria. 301

[Aside. Enter Cleopatra, Enobarbus, Charmian, and Iras.

The loyalty, well held to fools, does make Cleo. What shall we do, Enobarbus ?

Our faith mere folly : Yet, he, that can endure Eno. Think, and die'.

To follow with allegiance a fallen lord,
Cleo. Is Antony, or we, in fault for this? Does conquer him that did his master conquer,

Eno. Antony only, that would make his will 35 And earns a place i' the story.
Lord of his reason. What though you fled
From that great face of war, whose several ranges

Enter Thyreus.
Frighted cach other? why should he follow

Cleo. Crsar's will ! The itch of his affection should not then

Thyr. Hear it apart. Have nick'd his captainship; at such a point, 40 Cico. None but friends; say boldly. When half to half the world oppos'd, he being Thyr. So, haply, are they friends to Antony. The meered question*: 'Twas a shame no less

Eno. He needs as many, sir, as Cæsar has; Than was his loss, to course your flying tlags, Or needs not us. If Cæsar please, our master And leave his navy gazing.

Will leap to be his friend: For us, you know, Cleo. Pr'ythee, peace.

45 Whose he is, we are; and that is, Cæsar's. Enter Antony, with the Ambassador.

Thyr. S.. Art. Is that his answer?

Thus then, thou most renown'd; Cæsar intreats, Amb. Ay, my lord.

Not to consider in what case thou stand'st
Ant. The queen shall then have courtesy, Further than he is Casar'.
So she will yield us up.

50 Cleo. Go on : Right royal. Amb. He says so.

Thur. Ile knows ihat you embrace not Antony Ant. Let her know it.

Is you did love, but as you fear'd him. To the boy Cæsar send this grizzled head,

Cleo. 0! And he will fill thy wishes to the brim

Thyr. The scars upon your honour,therefore, he With principalities.

55 Does pity, as constrained blemishes, Cleo. That head, my lord ?

Not as desery'd. i The diadem. 2 That is, how Antony conforins himself to this breach of his fortune. * Think and die; that is, Reflect on your folly, and leave the world. * The meered question is a term we do not understand.' Dr. Johnson says, mere is indeed a boundary, and the meered question, if it can mean any thing, may, with some violence of language, mean, the disputed boundary. The meaning is, I require of Cæsar not to depend on the superiority which the comparison of our different for tunes may exhibit to him, but to answer me man to man, in this decline of my age or power. .i. e. Cæsar intreats, that at the same time you consider your desperate fortunes, you would consider he is Cæsar; that is, generous and forgiving, able and willing to restore them.

Cleo.

5

Cleo. He is a god, and knows

Have I my pillow left unprest in Rome,
What is most right: Mine honour was not yielded, Forborne the getting of a lawful race,
But conquer'd merely.

And by a gem of women, to be abus'd
Eno. To be sure of that,

[Aside. By one that looks on feeders? I will ask Antony.-Sir, sir, thou art so leaky,

Cleo. Good my lord,-That we must leave thee to thy sinking, for

Ant. You have been a boggler ever:Thy dearest quit thee.

(Exit Enobarbus. But when we in our viciousness grow hard, Thyr. Shall I say to Cæsar

KO misery on't !) the wise gods feel our eyes; What you require of him? for he partly begs inourownfilth drop our clearjudgements ;ınakeus To be desir'd to give. It much would please him, 10 Adore our errors ; laugh at ús, while we strut That of his fortunes you would make a statf To our confusion. To lean upon: but it would warm his spirits, Cleo. O, is iż come to this? To hear from me you had left Antony,

Ant. I found you as a morsel, cold upon And put yourself under his shrowd,

Dead Cæsar's trencher: nay, you were a fragment The universal landlord.

15 Of Cneius Ponipey's; besides what hotter hours Cleo. What's your name?

Unregister'd in vulgar fame, you have Thyr. My name is Thyreus.

Luxuriously pick'd

out :-For, I am sure, Cleo. Möst kind messenger,

Though you can guesswhat temperance should be Say to great Cæsar this, In disputation

You know not what it is. I kisshis conquering hand": tell him, I am prompt20 Cleo. Wherefore is this? To lay my crown at his feet, and there to kneel: Ant. To let a fellow that will take rewards, Tel him, from his all-obeying breath I hear And say, God quit you! be familiar with The doom of Ægypt.

My play-fellow, your hand, this kingly seal, Thyr. 'Tis your noblest course.

And plighter of high hearts ! O, that I were Wisdom and fortune combating together, 25 Upon the hill of Basan, to out-roar If that the former dare but what it can,

The horned herd! for I have savage cause ; No chance may shake it. Give me grace to lay And to proclaim it civilly, were like My duty on your hand.

A halter'd neck, which does the hangman thank Cleo. Your Cæsar's father oft,

For being yare about him.-- Is he whipp’d? When he hath mus'd of taking kingdoms in,

30 Re-enter Attendants, with Thyreus. Bestow'd his lips on that unworthy place.

Attend. Soundly, my lord. As it rain'd kisses.

dut. Cry'd he: and begg'd he pardon? Re-enter Antony, and Enobarbus.

Attend. He did ask favour. Ant. Favours, by Jove that thunders !

Ant. If that thy father live, let him repent What art thou, fellow ?

35 Thou wast not made his daughter; andbethousorry Thyr. One, that but performs

To follow Cæsar in his triumph, since [forth, The bidding of the fullest man, and worthiest Thou hast been whipp'd for following him: henceTo have coinmand obey'd.

The white hand of a lady fever thee, Eno. You will be whipp’d.

Shake thou to look on't. -Get thee back to Cæsar, Ant. Approach, there :-Ah, you kite !--Now, 40 Tell him thy entertainment: Look, thou say, gods and devils !

[ho! He makes me angry with him : for he sccuis Authority melts from me: Of late, when I cry'd Proud and disdainful; harping on what I am, Like boy's unto a muss', kings would start forth, Not what he knew I was: He makes me angry; And cry, Your will ? Have you no ears? I am And at this time most casy 'tis to do't; Enter Attendants.

45 When my good stars, that were my former guides, Antony yet. Take hence this Jack, and whip him. Have enpty left their orbs, and shot their fires Eno. "Tis better playing with a lion's whelp,

Into the abism of hell. If he mislike Than with an old one dying.

My speech, and what is done; tell him, he has Ant. Moon and stars !

[butaries/ Hipparchus, my enfranchis’d bondman, whom Whip him :-Were't twenty of the greatest tri-50 He may at pleasure whip, or hang, or torture, That do acknowledge Cæsar, should I find them As he shall like, to quit* me: Urge it thou: So saucy with the hand of she here, (What's her Hence with thy stripes, begone. [Exit Thyreus. name,

Cleo. Have

you

done yet? Since she was Cleopatra?)-Whip him, fellows, Ant. Alack, our terrene moon Till

, like a boy, you see him cringe his face, 55 Is now eclips'd; and it portends alone And whine aloud for mercy: Take him hence. The fall of Antony ! Thyr. Mark Antony,–

Cleo. I must stay his time. Ant. Tug him away :-being whipp'd,

Ant. To flatter C:esar, would you mingle eyes Bring him again :- This Jack of Cæsar's shall With one that ties his points ? Bear us an errand to him.

60 Cleo. Not know me yet? [Ercunt Att. with Thyreus. Ant. Cold-hearted toward me? You were half blasted ere I knew you : Ha!

Cleo. Ah, dear, if I be so, i. e. I own he has the better in the controversy,-) confess my inability to dispute or contend with bim. ? i. e. Grant me the favour, 'i. e. a scramble. * i. e. to requite me. 3 E 3

From All my

From my cold heari let heaven ingender hail, And send to darkness all that stop me.-Come,
And poison it in the source; and the first stone

Let's have one other gaudy* night: call to me,
Drop in my neck: as it determines, so

sad captains, fill our bowls; once more
Dissolve my life! The next Cæsarion'smite! Let's mock the midnight bell.
'Till, by degrees, the memory of my womb, 5 Clco. It is iny birth-day;

[lord
Together with my brave Egyptians all, I had thought, to have held it poor; but, since niy
By the discandying of this pelleted storm, Is Antony again, I will be Cleopatra.
Lie graveless; 'till the flies and gnats of Nile Ant. We'll yet do wella
Have buried them for prey !

Cleo. Call all his noble captains to my lord.
Ant. I am satisfy'd:

10 Ant. Do so, we'll speak to them; and to-night Cæsar sits down in Alexandria; where

I'll force

[queen; I will oppose his fate. Our force by land The wine peep through their scars. Come on, my Hath nobly held; our sever'd navy. [like. There's sap in't yet. The next time I do fight, Have knit again, and feet“, threat'ning most sea- I'll make death love ine; for I will contend Where hast thou been, my heart?-Dost thou 15 Even with his pestilent scythe. hear, lady?

Ereunt Ant. and Cleo. If from the field I should return once more

Eno. Now he'llout-stare the lightning. To be To kiss these lips, I will appear in blood;

furious, I and my sword will earn my chronicle;

is to be frighted out of fear : and in that mood, There is hope in it yet.

120 l'he dove will peck the estridge; and I see still, Cleo. That's my brave lord !

A diminution in our captain's brain
Ant. I will betreble-sinew'd, hearted, breath'd, Restores his heart : When valour preys on reason,
And fight maliciously: for when mine hours It eats the sword it fights with. I will seek
Were nice and lucky, men did ranson lives some way to leave him.

[Erit. Of me for jests; but now, I'll set my teethi,

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SCENE I.

Eno. No,
Casar's Camp at Alexandria.

Ant. Why should he not?

(fortune, Enter Cæsar, reading aletter; Agrippa, Mecenas; 35 Eno. Ile thinks, being twenty times of better &c.

Ile is twenty men to one.
Cæs. HE calls me boy; and chides, as he Ant. To-morrow, soldier,

By sea and land I'll fight: or I will live,
Tobeat me out of Ægypt: ny messenger (combat, Or bathe my dying honour in the blood
He hath whipp'd with rods ; dares me to personal 40 Shall make it live again. Woo't thou tight well?
Cæsar to Antony: Let the old ruffian know, E:0. I'll strike; and cry, Tuke all.
I have many other ways to die ; mean time,

Ant. Well said; come on.-
Laugh at his challenge.

Call forth my household servants; let's to-night
Mec. Cæsar must think,

Enter Serrants.
When one so great begins to rage, he's hunted 45 Be bounteous at our meal.-Give me thy hand,
Even to falling: Give him no breath, but now Thou hast been rightly honest;--so hast thou ;-
Make boot' of his distraction : Never anger And thou;—and thuu ;-and thou:--you have
Made good guard for itself.

seri'd me well, Cas. Let our best heads

And kings have been your fellows. Know, that to-morrow the last of many battles 50

Cleo. What means this? We mean to fight:— Within our files there are

Eno. [.Asiile.] 'Tis one of those odd tricks, Of those that serv'd Mark Antony but late,

which sorrow shoots Enough to fetch him in. See it done;

Out of the inind.
And teast the army: we have store to do't,

Ant. And thou art honest too.
And they have carn’d the waste. Poor Antony: 55 wish, I could be made so many men;

[Excunt. And all of you clapt up together in
SCENE II.

An Antony; that I might do you service,
The Palace at Alexandria,

So good as you have done.
Enter Antony,and Cleopatra, Enobarbus,Charmian,

Omnes. The gods forbid!

[night: İras, Aleras, with others.

Ant. Well, my good fellows, wait on me toAnt. He will not fight with me, Domitius.

Scant not my cups; and make as much of me, · Cæsarion was Cleopatra's son by Julius Cæsar.

2 Fleet is the old word for float. * Nice here micans trifling. *This

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