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Thus then, thou most renowned : Cæsar entreats,
Go on: right royal !
embrace not Antony
feared him. Cleo.
He is a god, and knows
Eno. [Aside.] To be sure of that,
[Exit ENOBARBUS. Thyr.
Shall I say to Cæsar
What's your name ?
Most kind messenger,
* Further than he is Cæsar.] Further than he is what he is.
• In disputation.] In anything of which he disputes my possession.
I kiss his conquering hand : tell him, I am prompt
Your Cæsar's father oft,
Re-enter ANTONY and ENOBARBUS. Ant.
Favours ! 4 by Jove that thunders !What art thou, fellow? Thyr.
One that but performs
Eno. [Aside to Turr.] You will be whipped.
and devils !
· To lay my duty on your hand.] To kiss your hand.
Favours.] This refers to Thyreus kissing Cleopatra's hand. See Extracts from Plutarch, 42.
• The fullest man.] The man of fullest fortune, Compare what is previously said in the present scene : "That he should dream—the full Cæsar will answer his emptiness. So, in ir. 15, 'The full-fortuned Cæsar;' and in Othello, i. 1, 'What a full fortune does the thick-lips owe.
* Approach, there.] This is a summons to servants without.
Authority melts from me: ' Of late, when I cried ho !
Have you no ears ? I am Antony yet. Take hence this Jack, and whip him.
Eno. [Aside.] 'T is better playing with a lion's whelp
Moon and stars !
with the hand of she here, -what's her name,
Thyr. Mark Antony,
Tug him away: being whipped,
[Exeunt Attendants, with THYREUS. You were half blasted 4 ere I knew Have I my pillow left unpressed in Rome, Forborne the getting of a lawful race, And by a gem of women,5 to be abused By one that looks on feeders ? 6
| Authority melts from me.] My authority is losing force. This is spoken in impatience for the entrance of the attendants.
? Like boys unto a muss.] These words, in construction, come after the remainder of the line. A muss is a scramble.
* This Jack.] A Jack was a usual name for a low menial fellow.
* Half-blasted.] Half blighted.
5 And by a gem of women.] The getting of a lawful race by such a gem of women as Octavia.
• Feeders.] Servants.
you :- ha!
Good my lord, —
O, is 't come to this?
Wherefore is this?
Seel our eyes.] Blind our minds. The metaphor is taken from falconry. To seel the eyes of a hawk was to sew up the eyelids to make it tame.
2 Quit you.] Requite you.
* The hill of Basan.] The 'fat bulls of Basan' were here in the poet's mind. 5 Yare about him.] Active and speedy with him.
Re-enter Attendants, with THYREUS.
Is he whipped ? 1 Att. Soundly, my lord. Ant.
Cried he? and begged he pardon? 1 Att. He did ask favour.
Ant. If that thy father live, let him repent Thou wast not made his daughter; and be thou sorry To follow Cæsar in his triumph, since Thou hast been whipped for following him : henceforth, The white hand of a lady fever thee, Shake thou to look on 't.-Get thee back to Cæsar, Tell him thy entertainment: look thou say He makes me angry with him, for he seems Proud and disdainful, harping on what I am, Not what he knew I was: he makes me angry; And at this time most easy 't is to do't, When my good stars, that were my former guides, Have empty left their orbs, and shot their fires Into the abysm of hell. If he mislike My speech and what is done, tell him he has Hipparchus, my enfranehed bondman, whom He may at pleasure whip, or hang, or torture, As he shall like, to quit me:2 urge it thou ! Hence with thy stripes, begone!
[Exit THYREUS. Cleo. Have you done yet?
Alack, our terrene moon Is now eclipsed ; and it portends alone The fall of Antony ! Cleo.
I must stay his time. Abysm.] Old French, Abisme. • The dark backward and abysm of time. Tempest, i. 2.
? To quit me.) To requite me for whipping you. Sce Extracts from Plutarch, 42.