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Wherefore is this?
Re-enter Attendants, with THYREUS.
Is he whipp'd ?
1 Att. Soundly, my lord. Ant.
Cry'd he? and begg’d 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 whipp'd 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 'tis 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 enfranchis'd bondman, whom He may at pleasure whip, or hang, or torture, As he shall like, to quit me. Urge it thou : Hence, with thy stripes! begone! [Exit THYREUS.
Cleo. Have you done yet?
Alack! our terrene moon
I must stay his time.
Not know me yet?
Ah, dear! if I be so, From my cold heart let heaven engender hail, And poison it in the source, and the first stone Drop in my neck: as it determines, so Dissolve my life! The next Cæsarion smite, Till by degrees the memory of my womb, Together with my brave Egyptians all, By the discandying of this pelleted storm, Lie graveless, till the flies and gnats of Nile Have buried them for prey! Ant.
I am satisfied.
That's my brave lord !
4 With one that ties his POINTS ?] “ Points” were tags at the ends of laces used to fasten the dress. See Vol. iii. p. 500.
5 Dissolve my life !) But for the verse, we might, perhaps, more properly and intelligibly read, “as it dissolves, so determine (or end) my life.” “Determine" and " dissolve” may, however, be taken as convertible terms.
6 By the DISCANDYING-] All the folios corruptly read, discandering : “discandying" was Thirlby's change, and, as Malone observes, the verb to “discandy" is found in the next Act. Three lines above, they all read smile for "smite."
7 — and FLEET,] i, e. and float, which Johnson needlessly substituted.
Ant. I will be treble-sinew'd, hearted, breath’d,
It is my birthday:
Ant. We will yet do well.
force The wine peep through their scars. — Come on, my
[Exeunt ANTONY, CLEOPATRA, and Attendants.
8- one other GAUDY night.] i. e. night of joy, from gaudium : the expression of “ gaudy days” is still in use in the Inns of Court, though now more commonly called grand days. According to Holloway's “General Provincial Dictionary,” 8vo. 1838, the expression “ gaudy day” is still used in Essex, and we have heard it also in Suffolk.
9 - preys on reason,] In the folios, “ preys in reason.”
ACT IV. SCENE I.
CÆSAR’s Camp at Alexandria.
Enter CÆSAR, reading a Letter; AGRIPPA, MECENAS,
Cæsar must think,
Let our best heads
II Have many other ways to die,] Sir T. Hanmer read, consistently with Plutarch,“ He hath many other ways to die.” Farmer observes, that the ambiguity of the old English translation of Plutarch, by Sir T. North, led Shakespeare to say “I have,” &c.; but Cæsar only seems contemplating the possibility that he might fall by the sword of Antony.
A Room in the Palace.
Enter ANTONY, CLEOPATRA, ENOBARBUS, CHARMIAN,
IRAS, ALEXAS, and Others.
Ant. He will not fight with me, Domitius.
Eno. I'll strike; and cry, “ Take all.”
Well said ; come on.-
Be bounteous at our meal.-Give me thy hand,
What means this? Eno. 'Tis one of those odd tricks, which sorrow
And thou art honest too.