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Have knit again, and flect, threat'ning most sea
Let's mock the midnight bel
The wine peep through their s
Where hast thou been, my heart?--Dost thou 15 Even with his pestilent scythe
[Ex Eno. Now he'll out-stare the
Casar's Camp at Alexandria.
A C T IV.
Enter Casar, reading aletter; Agrippa, Mecanas; 35
To beat me out of Egypt: my messenger [combat,
I have many
Laugh at his challenge.
Mec. Cæsar must think,
When one so great begins to rage, he's hunted Even to falling. Give him no breath, but now Make boot' of his distraction: Never anger Made good guard for itself.
Cas. Let our best heads
Ant. Why should he not? Eno. He thinks, being twer He is twenty men to one.
Ant. To-morrow, soldier, By sea and land I'll fight: or I Or bathe my dying honour in Shall make it live again. Woo
Eno. I'll strike; and cry, Ta Ant. Well said; come on.Call forth my household serva Enter Sercants 45 Be bounteous at our meal.-G Thou hast been rightly honest;And thou;-and thou;-and t serv'd me well,
Cæsarion was Cleopatra's son by Julius Cæsar.
And kings have been your fell
Out of the mind.
Ant. And thou art honest too. wish, I could be made so man And all of you clapt up togethe An Antony; that I might do you So good as you have done.
Omnes. The gods forbid! Ant. Well, my good fellows, Scant not my cups; and make a
2 Fleet is the old word for float
means trifling. This epithet is still bestowed on feast-days in the colleges of Oxford i. e. take advantage of.
As when mine empire was your fellow too,
Eno. To make his followers weep.
May be, it is the period of your duty:
Eno. What mean you, sir,
To give them this discomfort? Look, they weep:
And I, an ass, am onion-ey'd3: for shame,
Ant. Ho, ho, ho!
Now the witch take me, if I meant it thus! Grace grow where those drops fall! My hearty friends,
You take me in too dolorous a sense:
1 Sold. Brother, good night: to-morrow is the
2 Sold. It will determine one way: fare well. Heard you of nothing strange about the streets? 1 Sold. Nothing: What news? [to you. 2 Sold. Belike, 'tis but a rumour: Good night 1 Sold. Well, sir, good night.
[They meet with other Soldiers. 2 Sold. Soldiers, have careful watch. 1 Sold. And you: Good night, good night. [They place themselves on every corner of the stage. 2 Sold. Here we: and if to-morrow
1 Sold. 'Tis a brave army, and full of purpose.
2 Sold. Peace, what noise?
1 Sold. List, list!
2 Sold. Hark!
1 Sold. Musick i' the air.
3 Sold. Under the earth.
4 Sold. It signs well', does it not?
3 Sold. No.
1 Sold. Peace, I say. What should this mean? 2 Sold.'TisthegodHercules, whom Antonylov'd, Now leaves him.
1 Sold. Walk; let's see if other watchmen Do hear what we do.
Ant. Eros! mine armour, Eros!
Cleo. Sleep a little.
Ant. No,my chuck.-Eros, come;minearr
Come, good fellow, put thine iron on:-
Cleo. Nay, I'll help too.
Ant. What's this for? Ah, let be, let be! The armourer of my heart:-False, false; this Cleo. Sooth, la, I'll help : Thus it must Ant. Well, well;
We shall thrive now.-Seest thou, my good fe Go, put on thy defences.
Eros. Briefly, sir.
Cleo. Is not this buckled well?
30 He that unbuckles this, 'till we do please
A workman in 't.-Good morrow to thee
Off. A thousand, sir,
Early though it be, have on their rivetted And at the port expect you. [Shout. Trumpets f Enter other Officers, and Soldiers. Cap. The morn is fair.-Good morrow, ge All. Good morrow, general!
Ant. 'Tis well blown, lads.
This morning, like the spirit of a youth 50That means to be of note, begins betimes. So, so; come, give me that: this way; well Fare thee well, dame, whate'er becomes o This is a soldier's kiss: rebukeable, [Kiss And worthy shameful check it were, to sta 55 On more mechanic compliment; I'll leav Now, like a man of steel.-You, that will fi Follow me close; I'll bring you to't.-Ad [Exeunt Antony, Officer Char. Please you, retire to your chamb Cleo. Lead me.
yet have we
A brain that nourishes our nerves, and can
Cleo. I'll give thee, friend,
An armour all of gold; it was a king's.
Ant. He has deserv'd it, were it carbuncled Like holy Phoebus' car.-Give me thy hand ;Through Alexandria make a jolly march; Bear our hack'd targets like the menthatowe them:] Had our great palace the capacity To camp this host, we would all sup together; And drink carouses to the next day's fate, Which promises royal peril.-Trumpeters, With brazen din blast you the city's ear; Make mingle with our rattling tabourines"; That heaven and earth may strike their sounds together,
Applauding our approach.
1 Sold. This last day was a shrewd one to us.
2 Sold. What man is this?
1 Sold. Stand close, and list him.
Eno. Be witness to me, O thou blessed moon, When men revolted shall upon record Bear hateful memory, poor Enobarbus did Before thy face repent!
Cent. Enobarbus !
3 Sold. Peace; hark further.
Eno. O sovereign mistress of true melancholy, The poisonous damp of night dispunge upon me; That life, a very rebel to my will,
May hang no longer on me: Throw my heart
And finish all foul thoughts. O Antony,
A master-leaver, and a fugitive:
O Antony! O Antony!
1 Sold. Let's speak to him.
Cent. Let's hear him, for the things he speaks May concern Cæsar.
2 Sold. Let's do so.
But he sleeps.
Cent. Swoons rather; for so bad a prayer as his Was never yet for sleep.
1 Sold. Go we to him.
2 Sold. Awake, sir, awake; speak to us.
1 Sold. Hear you, sir?
Cent. The hand of death hath raught him. [Drums afar off25 Hark, how the drums demurely'wake the sleepers: Let's bear him to the court of guard; he is Of note; our hour is fully out.
Between the two Camps.
Enter Antony, and Scarus, with their Army. Ant. Their preparation is to-day by sea; 35 We please them not by land.
Scar. For both, my lord.
Ant. I would they'd fight i' the fire, or in the air;
40 Shall stay with us: order for sea is given;
1i.e. embrace. 2 Fairy comprises the idea of power and beauty. 3i.e. armour of proof, At all plays of barriers, the boundary is called a goal; to win a goal, is to be a superior in a contest A tabourin was a small drum. 'i.e. the guard-room, the 'Demurely for solemnly. 19 i.e. where "But here signifies without, in which
of activity. i.e. own them.
place where the guard musters.
i.e. reached him.
we may best discover their numbers, and see their motions. sense it is often used in the North.
Is valiant and dejected; and, by starts,
Alarum afar off, as at a sea-fight.
Ant. All is lost;
This foul Ægyptian hath betrayed me:
Hast sold me to this novice; and my heart
That spaniel'd me at heels, to whom I gave
Whose bosom was my crownet', my chief end,-
Cleo. Why is my lord enrag'd against his love?
If it be well to live: But better 'twere,
Enter Antony and Eros.
Ant. Eros, thou yet behold'st me?
Eros. Ay, noble lord.
Ant. Sometime,we see a clould that's dragonish; vapour, sometime, like a bear, or lion,
A tower'd citadel, a pendent rock,
A forked mountain, or blue promontory
40 They are black vesper's pageants.
Ant. That, which is now a horse, even with a
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 deadly 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 he 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.-1 his 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 purpose. '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. 1o i.e. the fleeting away of the clouds destroys the picture
"Knave is servant.