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As when mine empire was your fellow too, 2 Sold. How now, masters ? [Speak together.
Omnes. How now? how now? do you hear this?
I Sold. Ay; Is't not strange?
3 Sold. Do you hear, masters? do you hear? Arit. Tend me to-night;
5 I Sold. Follow the noise so far as we have quarMay be, it is the period of your duty:
Let's see how it will give off.
[ter; Haply, you shall not see me more; or if',
Omnes. Content:- Tis strange. [Exeunt.
Ant. Eros! mine armour, Eros !
Cleo. Sleep a little.
[Eros! Eno. What mean you, sir,
15 Ant. No,my chuck.--Eros,come;minearmour, To give them this discomfort ? Look, they weep:
Enter Eros, with armour.
If fortune be not ours to-day, it is
Because we brave her.---Coine.
[art grow where those drops fall! My hearty Ant. What's this for? Ah, let be, let be! thou friends,
The armourerofiny heart:-False, false; this, this. You take me in too dolorous a sense:
Cleo. Sooth, la, "I'll help: Thus it must.be. * For Ispaketo you for your comfort; did desire you Ant. Well, well;
To burn this night with torches: Know, my hearts, 25 Weshallthrive now.-Seest thou, my good fellow?
Go, put on thy defences.
Eros. Brietly', sir.
Cleo. Is not this buckled well?
[Excunt. Ant. Rarely, rarely.
30 He that unbuckles tħis, 'till we do please SCENE III.
To dott' it for our repose, shall hear a storm.Before the Palace.
Thou fubiest, Eros; and my queen's a squire Enter a Company of Soldiers.
More tight at this than thou: Dispatch.-O love, 1 Sold. Brother, good night: to-morrow is the That thou could'st see my wars to-day,and knew'st
|35The royal occupation ! thou should'st see
Enter an Officer, arm’d.
A workman in't.-Good morrow to thee; wel-
40 To business that we love, we rise betime,
01. A thousand, sir,
145 Enter other Ojicers, and Soldiers. Our navy thrive, I have an absolute hope
Cap. The mornis fair.—Good morrow, general! Our landmen will stand up.
All. Good morrow, general ! 1 Sold. 'Tis a brave army, and full of purpose.
Ant. 'Tis well blown, lads. [Musick of haulboys under the stage.
This morning, like the spirit of a youth 2 Sold. Peace, what noise :
50 That means to be of note, begins betimes.I Sold. List, list!
So, so; come, give me that: this way; wellsaid. 2 Sold. Hark!
Fare thee well, dame, whate'er becomes of me: 1 Sold. Musick i' the air.
This is a soldier's kiss : rebukeable, [Kisses her. 3 Sold. Under the earth.
And worthy shameful check it were, to stand 4 Sold. It signs well", does it not ?
5 On more mechanic compliment; I'll leave thee 3 Sold. No.
Now, like a man of steel.–You, that will tight, 1 Sold. Peace, I say. What should this mean?
Follow me close ; I'll bring you to't.--Adieu. 2 Sold.”Tisthe god Hercules, whom Antonylov'd,
[Exeunt Antony, Officers, &c. Char. Please you, retire to your
chamber? 1 Sold. Walk; let's see if other watchmen 1601 Cleo. Lead me.
He goes forth gallantly. That he and Cæsar might Subintelligitur, you see me more.
2 i. e. rerrard you.
* i. e. I have my eyes as !ull of tears as if they had been fretted by onions.
* That is, an honourable death. ic. it bodes weil. ? To doj' is to put off.
Now leaves him.
Do hear what we do.
i.e. quickly, sir.
Determine this great war in single fight!
Enter a Soldier of Cæsar's.
Hath after thee sent all thy treasure, with
His bounty over-plus: The messenger
5 Came on my guard; and at thy tent is now,
Unloading of his mules. Trumpets sound. Enter Antony, and Eros; a Sol
Eno. I give it you. dier meeting them.
Sold. Mock not, Enobarbus, Sold. The gods makethis a happy daytoAntony!
I tell you true : Best you safed the bringer Ant. 'Would, thou and those thy scars had once 10 Out of the host; I must attend mine office, To make me fight at land !
Or would have done 't myself. Your emperor Eros. Hadst thou done so,
Continues still a Jove.
[Exit. The kings that have revolted, and the soldier
Eno. I am alone the vilain of the earth, That has this morning left thee, would have still And feel I am so most. O Antony, Follow'd thy heels.
15 Thou mine of bounty, how wouldst thou have paid Ant. Who's gone this morning
My better service, when my turpitude [heart: Eros. Who?
Thou dost so crown with gold ? This blows' ny One ever near thee: Call for Enobarbus.
If swift thought break it not, a swifter mean [feel. He shall not hear thee; or from Cæsar's camp
Shall out-strike thought; but thought will do't, I Say, I am none of thine.
201 fight against thee!
-No: I will go seek Ant. What say'st thou?
Some ditchi, wherein to die: the foul'st best tits Sold. Sir,
My latter part of life.
[Erit. He is with Cæsar. Eros. Sir, his chests and treasure
SCENE VII. He has not with him.
125 Before the Walls of Alexandria. Ant. Is he gone?
Alarum. Drums and Trumpets. Enter Agrippa, Sold, Most certain.
and others. Ant. Go, Eros, send his treasure after; do it; Agr. Retire, we have engag'd ourselves too far: Detain no jot, I charge thee: write to hin Cæsar himself has work, and our oppression. (I will subscribe) gentle adieus, and greetings : 30 Exceeds what we expected.
[Ereunt. Say, that I wish he never find more cause Alarum. Enter Antony, and Scarus, wounded. To change a master.—0, my fortunes have Scar.O mybrave emperor, this is fought indeed! Corrupted honest men!— Dispatch.—Enobarbus! Had we done so at first, we had driven them home
[Ereunt. With clouts about their heads.
351 Ant.' hou bleed'st apace. SCENE VI.
Scar. I had a wound here that was like a T, Cæsar's Camp
But now 'tis made an H.
Ant. They do retire.
Scar. We'll beat'em into bench-holes; I have yet Our will is, Antony be took alive;
Eros. They are beaten, sir; and our advantage Cæs. The time of universal peace is near :
For a fair victory.
(serves Prove this aprosperous day, the three-nook’dworld 45 and snatch 'em up, as we take bares, behind;
Scar. Let us score their backs, Shall bear the olive freely.
'Tis sport to maul a runner. Enter a Messenger.
Aut. I will reward thee Mes. Antony
Once for thy sprightly comfort, and ten-fold Is come into the field.
For thy good valour. Come thee on. Cæs. Go, charge Agrippa
501 Scur. I'll halt after.
[Ercunk. Plant those that have revolted in the vant, That Antony may seem to spend his fury
SCENE VIII. Upon himself. [Exeunt Cæsar, &c.
Under the Walls of Alexandria. Eno. Alexas did revolt; and went to Jewry, on Alarum. Enter Antony again in a march. Scarus, Affairs of Antony ; there did persuade
twith others. Great Herod to incline himself to Cæsar,
Ant. We have beat him to his camp: Run one And leave his master Antony: for this pains,
[row, Cesar hath hanged him. Canidius, and the rest And let the queen know of our guests.-To morThat fell away, bave entertainment, but Before the sun shall see us, we'll spill the blood No honourable trust. I have done ill; 60That has to-day escap'd. I thank you all ; Of which I do accuse myself so sorely, For doughty-handed are you; and have fought I hat I will joy no more.
Not as you serv'd the cause, but as it had been
lj. e. swells,
2 Oppression for opposition.
Each man's like mine;you have shewn all Hectors. Eno. O sovereign mistress of true melancholy,
[To Scarus. Which, being dried with grief, will break to
A master-leaver, and a fugitive:
O Antony! O Antony !
[Dies. O infinite virtue ! com’st thou smiling from 1 Sold. Let's speak to him. The world's great snare uncaught?
15 Cent. Let's hear him, for the things he speaks Ant. My nightingale, [though grey
May concern Cæsar.
2 Solu. Let's do so. But he sleeps.
Cent. Swoops rather; for so bad a prayer as his yet have we
Was never yet for sleep.
201 I Sold. Go we to him.
i Sold. Hear you, sir ?
[Drums afar of Destroy'd in such a shape.
125 Hark, how the drums demurely'wakethesleepers: Cleo. I'll give thee, friend,
Let's bear him to the court of guard; he is
Of note; our hour is fully out.
2 Sol. Come on then:
He may recover yet. [Ereunt with the body. Through Alexandria make a jolly march;
Betreen the two Camps.
Ant. Their preparation is to-day by sea;
35 We please thein not by land.
Scar. For both, my lord.
We'd fight there too. But this it is; Our foot gether,
Upon the hills adjoining to the city,
40 Shall stay with us: order for sea is given;
They have put forth the haven,
Where their appointinent we may best discover,
And look on their endeavour 10. [Exeunt.
Enter Cæsar and his Army.
Which, as I take it, we shall; for his best force
Is forth to man his gallies. To the vales,
And hold our best advantage. [Exeunt. 1 Sold. This last day was a shrewd one to us.
Re-enter Antony, and Scarus.
501 Ant. Yet they're not join'd: Where yonder 2 Sold. What man is this?
pine does stand,
I shall discover all : I'll bring thee word
Straight, how 'tis like to go.
[Erit. When men revolted shall upon record
Scar. Swallows have built
155 In Cleopatra's sails their nests: the augurers
look grimly, 3 Sold. Peace; hark further.
And dare not speak their knowledge. Antony comprises and . "i.e. own them. • A tabourin was a small drum. ii.c. the guard-room, the
10 i.e. where & i.e. reached him. Demurely for solemnly. te may best discover their numbers, and see their motions.
" But here signifieš teithout, in which sense it is often used in the North.
Before thy face repent!
o el plays of barriers, the boundary is called a goal; He tuin a goal
, is to be a superior in a contest
place where the guard musters.
Is valiant and dejected; and, by starts,
Alcides, thou mine ancestor, thy rage:
[Exit. And with those hands, that grasp'd the heaviest
club, Re-enter Antony.
5 Subdue my worthiest self. The witch shall die; Ant. All is lost;
To the young Roman boy she has sold me, and I
fall This foul Ægyptian bath betrayed me: My fleet hath yielded to the toe; and yonder
Under this plot: she dies for't.-Eros, ho! [Exit. They cast their caps up, and carouse together
SCENE XI. Like friends long lost. Triple-turn’d whore?! 'tis thou
Cleopatra's Palace. Hast sold me to this novice; and my heart
Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, Iras, and Mardian. Makes only wars on thee.---Bid them all fly; Cleo. Help me, my women! O, he is more mad For when I am reveng'd upon my charm,
Than Telamon for his shield; the boar of Thessaly I bave done all:-Bid them all fly, be gone.
15 Was never so emboss'd'. O sun, thy uprise shall I see no more:
Char. To the monument;
[dead. Fortune and Antony part here; even here There lock yourself, and send him word you are Do we shake hands.-All come to this? --The The soul and body rive not more at parting, hearts
Than greatness going off.
120 That spaniel'd me at heels, to whom I gave
Cleo. To the monument:
[Ereunt. home; Whose bosom was my crownet', my chief end,
Enter Antony and Eros.
Ant. Eros, thou yet behold'st me?
Eros. Ay, noble lord.
Ant.Sometime,we see a clould that's dragonish;
Ant. Vanish; or I shall give thee thy deserving, 35 A tower'd citadel, a pendent rock,
Eros. Ay, my lord.
[thought, With her prepared • nails. "l'is well thou'rt Ant. That, which is now a horse, even with a gone,
[Erit Cleopatra. The rack dislimns 0; and makes it indistinct, If it be well to live: But better 'twere,
As water is in water. Thou fell'st into my fury; for one death 145 Eros. It does, my lord.
[is Might have prevented many.--Eros, ho!
Ant. My good knave", Eros, now thy captain The shirt of Nessus is upon me: Teach me, Even such a body: here I am Antony;
· She was first for Julius Cæsar, then for Pompey the great, and afterwards for Antony. ? i.e.“this sublime, this majestic beauty,” according to Dr. Johnson; but according to Mr. Steevens, “this deudly or destructive piece of witchcraft.? Dr. Johnson supposes that crownet means last purpose, probably from finis coronat opus. Sir John Hawkins observes, that there is a kind of pun in this passage, arising from the corruption of the word Egyptian into gipsey. The old law-books term such persons as ramble about the country, and pretend skill in palmistry and fortune-telling, Egyptians.
- Fast and loose is a term to signify a cheating game, of which the following is a description: Aleathern belt is made up into a number of intricate folds, and placed edgewise upon a table: 'one of the folds is made to resemble the middle of the girdle, so that whoever should thrust a skewer into it would think be held it fast to the table; whereas, when he has so done, the person with whom he plays may take hold of both ends and draw it away--This trick is now known to the common people, by the name of pricking at the belt or girdle, and perhaps was practised by the Gypsies in the
time of Shakspeare. • i. e. to the utmost loss possible, • i. e. with nails which she suffered to grow for this
? The meaning is, let me do something in my rage, becoming the successor of Hercules. i. e. than Ajar Telamon for the armour of Achilles, the most valuable part of which was the shield.The boar of Thessaly was the boar killed by Meleager. A hunting term: when a deer is hard run, and foams at the mouth, he is said to be imbost.
20 i.e. the fleeting away of the clouds destroys the picture. . Knave is servant.
Yet cannot hold this visible shape, my knave. With ships made cities, condemn myself, to lack I made these wars for Ægypt; and the queen, The
a woman, less noble mind Whose heart, I thought, I had, for she had mine; Than she, which, by her death, our Cæsar telis, Which, whilst it was mine, had annex'd unto't I am conqueror of myself. Thou art sworn, Eros, A million more, now lost ;-she, Eros, has 5 That, when the exigent should come, (which now Pack’dcards with Caesar, and false play'd my glory Is come, indeed) when I should see behind me Unto an enemy's triumph':
The inevitable prosecution of Nay, weep not, gentle Eros: there is left us Disgrace and horror, that, on my command, Ourselves to end ourselves.-0, thy vile lady! Thou then would'st kill me:do't, the time is coine: Enter Mardian.
10 Thou strik'st not me, 'tis Cæsar thou defeat’st. She has robb'd me of my sword.
Put colour in thy cheek. Mar. No, Antony;
Eros. The gods withhold me! My mistress lov'd thee, and her fortunes mingled Shall I do that, which all the Parthian darts, With thine entirely.
Though enemy, lost aim, and could not ? Ant. Hence, saucy eunuch; peace;
15 Ant. Eros, She hath betray'd me, and shall die the death. Woulds't thou bewindow'd in great Rome, and see
Mar. Death of one person can be paid but once; Thymasterthuswith pleach’darms", bendingdown And that she hath discharg'd: What thou would'st His corrigible neck, his face subdu'd Is done unto thy hand; the last she spake [do, To penetrative shame; whilst the wheel'd seat Was, Antony! most noble Antony!
20Of fortunate Casar, drawn before him, branded Then in the midst a tearing groan did break His baseness that ensued? The name of Antony; it was divided
Eros. I would not see't.
[cur'd. Between her heart and lips; she render'd life, Ant. Come then; for with a wound I must be The naine so buried in her.
Draw that thy honest sword, which thou hast worn Ant. Dead then?
25 Most useful for thy country. Mar. Dead.
Eros. O, sir, pardon me.
[then Ant. Unarm, Eros; the long day's task is done, Ant. When I did make thee free, swor’st thou not And we must sleep:--That thoudepart’sthencesafe, To do this when I bade thee? Do it at once; Does pay thy labour richly; Go.--Off, pluck off;--- Or thy precedent services are all
[Exit Mardian.30 But accidents unpurpos’d. Draw, and come. The seven-fold shield of Ajax cannot keep
Eros. Turn from methenthatnoblecountenance, The battery from my heart. O, cleave, my sides! Wherein the worship of the whole world lies. Heart , once be stronger than thy continent?, Ant. Lo thee,
[Turning from him. Crack thy frail case! -Apace, Eros, apace. Eros. My sword is drawn. No more a soldier:— Bruised pieces, go; 35 Ant. Then let it do at once You have been nobly borne.-Froni me awhile. The thing why thou hast drawn it.
[Exit Eros. Eros. My dear master, I will o'ertake thee, Cleopatra, and
My captain, and my emperor! let me say, Weep for my pardon. So it must be, for now Before I strike this bloody stroke, fareweil. All length is torture:-Since the torch is out, 40 Ant. 'Tis said, man ;-and farewell. Lie down, and stray no further : Now all labour Eros. Farewell, great chief. Shall Istrike now? Marrs what it does; yea, very force entangles Ant. Now, Eros. Itself with strength: Seal then', and all is done. Eros. Why, there then:—Thus do I escape the Eros!—I come, my queen:–Eros!-Stay for me:
[Eros kills himself. Where souls do couchonflowers,we'llhandinhand,45 Of Antony's death.
[Dies. And with our sprightly port make the ghosts gaze; Ant. Thrice nobler than myself! Dido and her Æneas shall want troops,
Thou teachest me, O valiant Eros, what And all the haunt be ours.--Come, Eros, Eros! I should, and thou could'st not. My queen and Eros Re-enter Eros,
Have, by their brave instruction, got upon me Eros. What would my lord?
150 A nobleness in rccord: But I will be Ant. Since Cleopatra dy'd,
A bridegroom in niy death, and run into 't I have liv'd in such dishonour, that the gods is to a lover's bed. Come then; and, Eros, Detest my baseness. Į, that with my sword Thy master dies thy scholar; to do thus Quarter'dtheworld, and o'er green Neptune'sback!
[Falling on his stoord. Shakspeare has here, (Dr. Warburton says,) as usual, taken his metaphor froin a low trivial subject; but has ennobled it with much art, by so contriving that the principal term in the subject from whence the metaphor was tuken, should belong to, and suit the dignity of, the subject to which the metaphor is transferred; thereby providing at once for the integrity of the figure, and the nobleness of the thought; and this by the word triumph, which either signifies Octavius's conquest, or what we now call, contractedly, the trump at cards, then call the triumph or the triumphing sort. i.e. the thing that contains thee. * Dr. Johnson thinks we should read, “Seel then, and ull is done:" i.e. Close thine eyes for ever, and be quiet.-To seel harks is to close their eyes. Arms folded in each other.
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