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SCENE I. A Plain in Syria.
Enter VENTIDIUS in triumph, with Silius, and other
Romans, Officers and Soldiers: the dead body of
Pacorus borne before him.
O, Silius, Silius !
· Darting Parthia.] The Parthian horsemen were very expert bowmen.
? And now pleased fortune, &c.] See Extracts from Plutarch, 24.
3 A lower place, fc.] An inferior officer may perform a deed of too great merit. See Extracts from Plutarch, 24.
Better to leave undone, than by our deed
Thou hast, Ventidius, that
Ven. I 'll humbly signify what in his name,
Where is he now?
haste The weight we must convey with’s will permit, We shall appear before him.-On there ! pass along !
i Cæsar and Antony, &c.] Extracts from Plutarch, 25.
? Thou hast, Ventidius, that, &c.] Ventidius, thou hast that discretion without which a soldier and his senseless sword scarcely presents, or admits, any distinction.
SCENE II.-Rome. An Ante-Chamber in Cæsar's House.
Enter AGRIPPA and ENOBARBUS, meeting.
'T is a noble Lepidus.
further. Agr. Indeed, he plied them both with excellent
praises. Eno. But he loves Cæsar best ;-yet he loves Antony : Ho! hearts, tongues, figures, scribes, bards, poets, cannot Think, speak, cast, write, sing, number,-ho!His love to Antony. But as for Cæsar, Kneel down, kneel down, and wonder! Agr.
Both he loves.
Despatched.] Transacted; concluded.
? The other three are sealing.] Cæsar, Antony, and Lepidus are sealing the composition or covenant.
3 The Jupiter of men.] The dialogue here is meant to ridicule what Lepidus had said at the feast.
* Arabian bird.] The phenix is meant, See the Editor's Tem. pest, p. 62, note 2.
Eno. They are his shards, and he their beetle. So,
[Trumpets. This 2 is to horse.—Adieu, noble Agrippa. Agr. Good fortune, worthy soldier; and farewell.
[Agrip. and EnoB. retire. Enter CÆSAR, ANTONY, LEPIDUS, and OCTAVIA. Ant. No further, sir.
Cæs. You take from me a great part of myself ;
Make me not offended
I have said. Ant.
You shall not find, Though you be therein curious, the least cause For what you seem to fear: so, the gods keep you, And make the hearts of Romans serve your
ends! We will here part.
· His shards.] The scaly wings that support him. In Macbeth, iii. 2, we have the expression the shard-borne beetle.'
? This.] This trumpet summons.
• My farthest band.] My fullest bond or guarantee. The word band was often used for bond. So in K. Richard II., i. 1,' According to thy oath and band.'
• For better might we, &-c.] For we might have been better friends without this matrimonial alliance.
5 Curious.] Very particular or scrupulous.
Cæs. Farewell, my dearest sister, fare thee well.
Octa. My noble brother !
Ant. The April's in her eyes : it is love's spring,
Octa. Sir, look well to my husband's house; and.-
Eno. [Aside to Agr.] Will Cæsar weep?
he a horse;
Agr. [Aside to Eno.] Why, Enobarbus? When Antony found Julius Cæsar dead, He cried almost to roaring; and he wept, When at Philippi he found Brutus slain. Eno. [Aside to Agr.] That year, indeed, he was
troubled with a rheum ; What willingly he did confound 4 he wailed, Believe't, till I wept too.
The elements, 8c.] May the elements of thy constitution be happily blended. This interpretation is in accordance with Dr. Johnson's, which is vindicated by Staunton. See the Editor's Julius Cæsar, p. 136, note 3.
? He were the worse, g'c.] A horse with a disfiguring spot between the eyes was said to have a cloud in his face.
3 A rheum.] A watering of the eyes. • Confound.] Overthrow.