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A Room in the Palace.
Enter CLEOPATRA, ENOBARBUS, CHARMIAN, and IRAS.
Think, and die Cleo. Is Antony, or we, in fault for this?
Eno. Antony only, that would make his will
Enter Antony, with EUPHRONIUS.
Ant. The queen shall then have courtesy, so she
He says so.
Let her know it.— To the boy Cæsar send this grizled head,
8 Have Nick'd his captainship ;] 1. e. says Steevens, “set the mark of folly on it,” referring to the practice of nicking fools, adverted to in “ The Comedy of Errors," Vol. ii. p. 170.
9 The MERED question.] So in all the old copies, excepting that they print “mered” meered. It was possibly a misprint for mooted, or it may have been a dissyllable formed from mere.
And he will fill thy wishes to the brim
That head, my lord ?
note Something particular: his coin, ships, legions, May be a coward's; whose ministers would prevail Under the service of a child, as soon As i' the command of Cæsar: I dare him, therefore, To lay his gay comparisons apart, And answer me declin’d; sword against sword, Ourselves alone. I'll write it: follow me.
[Exeunt ANTONY and EUPHRONIUS. Eno. Yes, like enough, high-battled Cæsar will Unstate bis happiness, and be stag'd t the show Against a sworder.-I see, men's judgments are A parcel of their fortunes; and things outward Do draw the inward quality after them, To suffer all alike. That he should dream, Knowing all measures, the full Cæsar will Answer his emptiness !—Cæsar, thou hast subdu'd His judgment too.
Enter an Attendant. Att.
A messenger from Cæsar. Cleo. What no more ceremony ?-See, my women ! Against the blown rose may they stop their nose, That kneeld unto the buds.-Admit him, sir.
Eno. Mine honesty and I begin to square'. [Aside. The loyalty well held to fools does make Our faith mere folly: yet he, that can endure To follow with allegiance a fallen lord, Does conquer him that did his master conquer, And earns a place i' the story.
i. e, begin to quarrel.
See this Vol. p. 28.
1- begin to SQUARE.] VOL. VIII.
Cæsar's will ?
None but friends : say boldly.
Eno. He needs as many, sir, as Cæsar has,
Go on: right royal.
Thyr. The scars upon your honour, therefore, he
Cleo. He is a god, and knows
[Aside.] To be sure of that,
[Exit ENOBARBUS. Thyr.
Shall I say to Cæsar
What's your name?
Thyr. My name is Thyreus. Cleo.
Most kind messenger, Say to great Cæsar this : In disputation ?
To lay my crown at 's feet, and there to kneel :
'Tis your noblest course.
Your Cæsar's father oft,
Favours, by Jove that thunders ! What art thou, fellow?
One, that but performs
You will be whipp'd.
and devils !
- In DISPUTATION] Warburton read deputation ; but as a clear meaning is afforded by “ disputation,” in the sense of controversy, or contest, we adhere to the text of all the old editions. At the same time the plausibility of Warburton's change is not to be disputed.
Eno. 'Tis better playing with a lion's whelp,
Moon and stars !
Thyr. Mark Antony,
Tug him away: being whipp’d,
[Exeunt Attend. with THYREUS. You were half blasted ere I knew you : ha! Have I my pillow left unpress'd in Rome, Forborne the getting of a lawful race, And by a gem of women, to be abus'd By one that looks on feeders?
Good my lord, —
0! is it come to this?
3 – the wise gods seel our eyes ;] To “seel” the eyes of a hawk was a term in falconry. See Vol. vii. p. 141. It was perhaps only another form of seal, and it is sometimes doubtful which form should be preserved.