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CLEO. If it be love indeed, tell me how much. ANT. There's beggary in the love that can be reckon'd".


CLEO. I'll set a bourn how far to be belov'd. ANT. Then must thou needs find out new heaven, new earth 7.

Enter an Attendant.

Arr. News, my good lord, from Rome.


Grates me:-The sum R.

CLEO. Nay, hear them, Antony:

So, in All's Well That Ends Well:

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Which, as the dearest issue of his practice,

"He bade me store up as a triple eye." MALONE.

To sustain the pillars of the earth is a scriptural phrase. Thus, in Psalm 75: "The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved. I bear up the pillars of it." STEEVENS.

s There's BEGGARY in the love that can be reckon'd.] So, in Romeo and Juliet:


They are but beggars that can count their worth."
Basia pauca cupit, qui numerare potest.

Mart. 1. vi. ep. 36.

Again, in the 13th book of Ovid's Metamorphosis; as translated by Golding, p. 172:

Pauperis est numerare pecus.

"Tush! beggars of their cattel use the number for to know."

Again, in Much Ado About Nothing:



I were but little happy, If I could say how much."

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"No bourn 'twixt his and mine." STEEVENS.


7 Then must thou needs find out new heaven, &c.] Thou must set the boundary of my love at a greater distance than the present visible universe affords.

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-The sum.] Be brief, sum thy business in a few words.


9 Nay, hear THEM,] i. e. the news. This word, in Shakspeare's time, was considered as plural. So, in Plutarch's Life of Antony: "Antonius hearing these newes," &c. MALONE.

Fulvia, perchance, is angry; Or, who knows
If the scarce-bearded Cæsar have not sent
His powerful mandate to you, Do this, or this;
Take in that kingdom', and enfranchise that ;
Perform't, or else we damn thee.


How, my love! CLEO. Perchance,-nay, and most like, You must not stay here longer, your dismission Is come from Cæsar; therefore hear it, Antony.Where's Fulvia's process 2? Cæsar's, I would


Call in the messengers.-As I am Egypt's queen,
Thou blushest, Antony; and that blood of thine
Is Cæsar's homager: else so thy cheek pays

When shrill-tongu'd Fulvia scolds.-The messengers.

ANT. Let Rome in Tyber melt! and the wide arch

Of the rang'd empire fall! Here is my space;

Take in, &c.] i. e. subdue, conquer. REED. "Where's Fulvia's PROCESS?] Process here means summons. M. MASON.

"The writings of our common lawyers sometimes call that the processe, by which a man is called into the court and no more.” Minsheu's Dict. in v. Processe.-" To serve with processe. Vide to cite, to summon." Ibid. MALONE.

3 and the wide arch

Of the RANG'D empire fall!] Taken from the Roman custom of raising triumphal arches to perpetuate their victories. Extremely noble. WARBURTON.

I am in doubt whether Shakspeare had any idea but of a fabrick standing on pillars. The later editions have all printed the raised empire, for the ranged empire, as it was first given.

JOHNSON. The rang'd empire is certainly right. Shakspeare uses the same expression in Coriolanus:


bury all which yet distinctly ranges, "In heaps and piles of ruin."

Kingdoms are clay: our dungy earth alike
Feeds beast as man: the nobleness of life
Is, to do thus; when such a mutual pair,

[Embracing. And such a twain can do't, in which, I bind On pain of punishment, the world to weet *, We stand up peerless.


Excellent falshood! Why did he marry Fulvia, and not love her ?I'll seem the fool I am not; Antony

Will be himself.


But stirr'd by Cleopatra'.

Now, for the love of Love, and her soft hours,

Again, in Much Ado About Nothing, Act II. Sc. II.: “Whatsoever comes athwart his affection, ranges evenly with mine." STEEVENS.

The term range seems to have been applied, in a peculiar sense, to mason-work, in our author's time. So, in Spenser's Fairy Queen, b. ii. c. ix. :

"It was a vault y-built for great dispence,

"With many raunges rear'd along the wall." MALONE. What, in ancient masons' or bricklayers' work, was denominated a range, is now called a course.


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To know.

Will be himself.


But stirr'd by Cleopatra.] But, in this passage, seems to have the old Saxon signification of without, unless, except. "Antony, (says the queen,) will recollect his thoughts. Unless kept, (he replies,) in commotion by Cleopatra.”


What could Cleopatra mean by saying " Antony will recollect his thoughts?" What thoughts were they, for the recollection of which she was to applaud him? It was not for her purpose that he should think, or rouse himself from the lethargy in which she wished to keep him. By "Antony will be himself," she means to say, 'that Antony will act like the joint sovereign of the world, and follow his own inclinations, without regard to the mandates of Cæsar, or the anger of Fulvia." To which he replies, "If but stirr'd by Cleopatra; that is, if moved to it in the slightest degree by her. M. MASON. Now, for the love of Love, and HER soft hours,]

"For the

Let's not confound the time with conference


There's not a minute of our lives should stretch Without some pleasure now: What sport to-night? CLEO. Hear the ambassadors.


Fye, wrangling queen! Whom every thing becomes, to chide, to laugh, To weep; whose every passion fully strives1 To make itself, in thee, fair and admir'd ! No messenger; but thine and all alone2,

love of Love," means, for the sake of the queen of love. The Comedy of Errors:

So, in

"Let Love, being light, be drowned if she sink.” Mr. Rowe substituted his for her, and this unjustifiable alteration was adopted by all the subsequent editors. Malone.

7 Let's not CONFOUND the time] i. e. let us not consume the time. So, in Coriolanus:

"How could'st thou in a mile confound an hour,
"And bring thy news so late?" MALONE.

8 Whom every thing becomes,]

Quicquid enim dicit, seu facit, omne decet." Marullus, lib. ii. STEEVENS. 9 Whom every thing becomes, to chide, to laugh, To weep ;] So, in our author's 150th Sonnet: "Whence hast thou this becoming of things ill, "That in the very refuse of thy deeds

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"There is such strength and warrantise of skill,
"That in my mind thy worst all best exceeds?'


WHOSE every passion fully strives-] The folio readswho. It was corrected by Mr. Rowe; but "whose every passion was not, I suspect, the phraseology of Shakspeare's time. text however is undoubtedly corrupt. MALONE.


"Whose every," is an undoubted phrase of our author. So, in The Tempest, Act II. Sc. I.:

66 A space, whose every cubit

"Seems to cry out," &c.

Again, in Cymbeline, Act I. Sc. VII. :

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this hand, whose touch,

"Whose every touch," &c.

The same expression occurs again in another play, but I have lost my reference to it. STEEVENS.

2 No messenger; but thine and all alone, &c.] said, "Call in the messengers ;" and afterwards,

Cleopatra has "Hear the

To-night, we'll wander through the streets, and


The qualities of people. Come, my queen;
Last night you did desire it :-Speak not to us.

[Exeunt ANT. and CLEOP. with their Train.
DEM. Is Cæsar with Antonius priz'd so slight?
PHI. Sir, sometimes, when he is not Antony,
He comes too short of that great property
Which still should go with Antony.
I'm full sorry,
That he approves the common liar, who
Thus speaks of him at Rome: But I will hope
Of better deeds to-morrow. Rest you happy!


The Same. Another Room.

Enter CHARMIAN, IRAS, ALEXAS, and a Soothsayers.

CHAR. Lord Alexas, sweet Alexas, most any thing Alexas, almost most absolute Alexas, where's the

ambassadors." Talk not to me, says Antony, of messengers; I am now wholly thine, and you and I unattended will to-night wander through the streets. The subsequent words which he utters as he 66 goes out, Speak not to us," confirm this interpre

tation. MALone.

3 To-night, we'll wander through the streets, &c.] So, in Sir Thomas North's translation of The Life of Antonius:


Sometime also when he would goe up and downe the citie disguised like a slave in the night, and would peere into poore mens' windowes and their shops, and scold and brawl with them within the house; Cleopatra would be also in a chamber maides array, and amble up and down the streets with him," &c.


4 That he APPROVES the common liar,] Fame. That he proves the common liar, fame, in his case to be a true reporter.


So, in Hamlet :

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may approve our eyes, and speak to it." STEEVens.

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