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Cæs. Farewel, my dearest fifter, fare thee well;
Oct. My noble brother,
Ant. The April's in her eyes ; it is love's spring, And these the showers to bring it on :—be chearful.
07. Sir, look well to my husband's house; andma
Cef. What, Etavia?
Oct. l'il tell you in your ear. (taking him afide.
Ant. Her tongue will not obey her heart, nor can Her heart inform her tongue: the swan's down feather, That stands upon the swell at full of tide, And neither way inclines. “ Eno. Will Cæfar weep?
Agr. He has a cloud in's face. " Eno. He were the worse for that, were he a horse ; “ So is he, being a man.
“ Agr. Why, Enobarbus? " When Antony found Julius Cæfar dead, " He cry'd almost to roaring: and he wept, is When at Philippi he found Brutus flain. “ Eno. That year, indeed, he was troubl'd with a
" rheum; " What willingly he did confound, he waild: “ Believ't, 'till I weep too. Caf. No, sweet O&avia,
[coming forward. You shall bear from me fill; the time thall not Out-go my thinking on you.
Ant. Come, fir, come ;
Cæs. Adieu; be happy!
Lep. Let all the number of the stars give light
[Flourish. Exeunt. * This is a most beautiful fimile, the Swan's feather being delipetely adapted to the lady's softness, and the swell of the tide to a Aagnation of passions,
SCENE IIT. Alexandria A Room in the Palace.
Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, Iras, and Alexas.
Cle. That Herod's head
Mes. Most gracious majesty,
Cle. Did't thou behold
Mej. Ay, dread queen.
Mef. Madam, in Rome
Cle. Is she as tall as me?
Mes. She creeps ;
Cle. Is this certain ?
Cha. Three in Egypt
310 ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA,
Cl. He's very knowing,
Mes. Her years, madam
Cle. Widow i'-Charmian, hark.
Cle. Bear'At thou her face
Mes. Round, even to faultiness,
Mef. Brown, madam ; and her forehead
Cle. There's gold for thee.
[Exit Messenger.. Cha. A proper man.
Cle. Indeed, he is fo: I repent me much
Cha. O, nothing, madam.
Cha. Hach he seen majesty ? Ifis else defend,
+ In this short scene Shakespeare shows intimate knowledge of the feelings and caprice of such a woman as Cleopatra ; one so filled with vanity and arabition; her questions and conclufioning in her ow! favour, are admirably thrown outo
SCENE IV. Athens. A Room in Antony's House.
Enter Antony, and O&avia.
Oa. O my good lord,
Ant. Gentle Ottavia,
sooneft hafte; So your desires are yours.
oa. Thanks to my lord.
Ant. When it appears to you where this begins,
your displeasure that way; for our faults Can never be lo equals that
Can equally move with them. Provide your going ;
“ SCENE V. The same. Another Room in the same *
“ Enter Eros, and Ecobarbus, meeting. « Eno. How now, friend Eros? “ Ero. There's ftrange news come, fir. “ Ena. What, mans “ Ero. Cæfar and Lepidus have made wars upon
« Pompey: * Eno. This is old; what is the success?
“ Ero. Cesar, having made use of him in the war “ 'gainst Pompey, presently deny'd him rivalty; would “ not let him partake in the glory of the action : and
not resting here, accuses him of letters he had formerly wrote to Pompey ; upon his appeal, seizes him : so the poor third is up, 'till death enlarge his confine. 1. En. Then, world, thou hast a pair of chaps, no
more ; " And throw between them all the food thou hast, “ They'll grind the one the other.-Where is Antony?
“ Ero. He's walking in the garden thus ; and spurns • The rush that lies before him: cries, Fool Lepidus! “ And threats the throat of that his officer, " That murder'd Pompey.
« Eno. Our great navy's rigg'd.
“ Ero. For Italy, and Cæfar. More, Domitius ; “ My lord desires you presently: my news “ I might have told hereafter.
• Eno. 'Twill be naught : “ But let it be.-Bring me to Antony. “ Ero. Come, fir.
This little scene seems calculated merely to give OEtavia fome time for her journey; but the breaches of unity are
frequent and fo violent in this piece, that such a point is of little confideration