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Let's mock the midnight bel
Cleo. It is my birth-day;
I had thought, to have held it
Is Antony again, I will be Cl
Ant. We'll yet do well.
Cleo. Call all his noble cap
Ant. Do so, we'll speak to
I'll force

The wine peep through their s
There's sap in't yet. The n
I'll make death love me; for

Where hast thou been, my heart?--Dost thou 15 Even with his pestilent scythe

hear, lady?

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[Ex Eno. Now he'll out-stare the

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Casar's Camp at Alexandria.


Enter Casar, reading aletter; Agrippa, Mecanas; 35

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To beat me out of Egypt: my messenger [combat,
He hath whipp'd with rods; dares me to personal 40
Cæsar to Antony: Let the old ruffian know,
other ways to die; mean time,

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

Eno. No.

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,

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Cæsarion was Cleopatra's son by Julius Cæsar.


And kings have been your fell
Cleo. What means this?
Eno. [Aside.] 'Tis one of t
which sorrow shoots

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,
And suffer'd my command.
Cleo. What does he mean?

Eno. To make his followers weep.
Ant. Tend me to-night;

May be, it is the period of your duty:
Haply, you shall not see me more; or if1,
A mangled shadow: perchance, to-morrow
You'll serve another master. I look on you,
As one that takes his leave. Mine honest friends,[10]
I turn you not away; but, like a master
Married to your good service, stay 'till death:
Tend me to-night two hours, I ask no more,
And the gods yield' you for't!

Eno. What mean you, sir,

To give them this discomfort? Look, they weep:

And I, an ass, am onion-ey'd3: for shame,
Transform us not to women.

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:
For I spake to you for your confort; did desire you
To burn this night with torches: Know, my hearts, 25
I hope well of to-morrow; and will lead
Where rather I'll expect victorious life,
Than death and honour'. Let's to supper; come,
And drown consideration.

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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

navy thrive, I have an absolute hope
Our landmen will stand up.

1 Sold. 'Tis a brave army, and full of purpose.
[Musick of hautboys under the stage.

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.

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Ant. Eros! mine armour, Eros!

Cleo. Sleep a little.

Ant. No,my chuck.-Eros, come;minearr
Enter Eros, with armour.

Come, good fellow, put thine iron on:-
If fortune be not ours to-day, it is
Because we brave her.-Come.

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?
Ant. Rarely, rarely.

30 He that unbuckles this, 'till we do please
To doff' it for our repose, shall hear a sto
Thou fumblest, Eros; and my queen's a s
More tight at this than thou: Dispatch.-O
That thou could'st see my wars to-day,and kr
35 The royal occupation! thou should'st see
Enter an Officer, arm'd.

A workman in 't.-Good morrow to thee

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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.

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yet have we

A brain that nourishes our nerves, and can
Get goal for goal of youth. Behold this man;
Commend unto his lips thy favouring hand;-
Kiss it, my warriour:-He hath fought to-day,
As if a god, in hate of mankind, had
Destroy'd in such a shape.

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.

Casar's Camp.

EnteraCentinel,andhiscompany. Enobarbusfollows.
Cent. If we be not reliev'd within this hour,
We must return to the court of guard': The night
Is shiny; and, they say, we shall embattle
By the second hour i' the morn.

1 Sold. This last day was a shrewd one to us.
Eno. O, bear me witness, night !--

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
Against the flint and hardness of my fault;
Which, being dried with grief, will break to

And finish all foul thoughts. O Antony,
Nobler than my revolt is infamous,
Forgive me in thine own particular;
But let the world rank me in register

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.


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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;
We'd fight there too. But this it is; Our foot
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 appointment we may best discover,
And look on their endeavour 1o. [Exeunt.



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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,
His fretted fortunes give him hope, and fear,
Of what he has, and has not.

Alarum afar off, as at a sea-fight.
Re-enter Antony.

Ant. All is lost;


This foul Ægyptian hath betrayed me:
My fleet hath yielded to the foe; and yonder
They cast their caps up, and carouse together
Like friends long lost. Triple-turn'd whore'!|
'tis thou

Hast sold me to this novice; and my heart
Makes only wars on thee.-Bid them all fly;
For when I am reveng'd upon my charm,
I have done all :-Bid them all fly, be gone.
O sun, thy uprise shall I see no more:
Fortune and Antony part here; even here
Do we shake hands. All come to this?-The


That spaniel'd me at heels, to whom I gave
Their wishes, do discandy, melt their sweets
On blossoming Cæsar; and this pine is bark'd,
That over-topp'd them all. Betray'd I am:
O this false soul of Ægypt! this grave charm,
Whose eye beck'd forth my wars, and call'd them

Whose bosom was my crownet', my chief end,-
Like a right gipsy, hath, at fast and loose,
Beguil'd me to the very heart of loss".
What, Eros, Eros!

Enter Cleopatra.
Ah, thou spell! avaunt.→

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Cleo. Why is my lord enrag'd against his love?
Ant. Vanish; or I shall give thee thy deserving, 35
And blemish Cæsar's triumph. Let him take thee,
And hoist thee up to the shouting Plebeians:
Follow his chariot, like the greatest spot
Of all thy sex; most monster-like, be shewn
For poor'st diminutives to dolts; and let
Patient Octavia plough thy visage up
With her prepared nails. 'Tis well thou'rt
[Exit Cleopatra.

If it be well to live: But better 'twere,
Thou fell'st into my fury; for one death
Might have prevented many.-Eros, ho!-
The shirt of Nessus is upon me: Teach me,

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The same.

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
With trees upon't, that rod unto the world,
And mock our eyes with air: Thou hast seen
these signs;

40 They are black vesper's pageants.
Eros. Ay, my lord.


Ant. That, which is now a horse, even with a
The rack dislimns 10; and makes it indistinct,
As water is in water.


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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

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