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-Octa. Do not say so, my lord.
Cas. I have eyes upon him.
And his affairs come to me on the wind.
Octa. My lord, in Athens.
Cus. No, my most wronged sister; Cleopatra
Of Paphlagonia; the Thracian king, Adallas;
Octa. Ah me most wretched,
That have my heart parted betwixt two friends,
Eno. Your presence needs must puzzle Antony. Take from his heart, take from his brain, from his
What should not then be spar'd. He is already
Cleo. Sink Rome; and their tongues rot, [war,
Cas. Welcome hither:
Of us, and those that love you. Be of comfort;
Ant. Is it not strange, Canidius,
-You have heard on't,
Which serve not for his vantage, he shakes off;
Eno. Your ships are not well mann'd:
Ant. By sea, by sea.
Eno. Most worthy sir, you therein throw
Cleo. Thou hast forspoke my being in these
And say'st, it is not fit."
Eno. Well, is it, is it?
Cleo. Is't not denounc'd against us? Why should
Be there in person?
Eno. [Aside.] Well, I could reply:
If we should serve with horse and mares together,
A soldier, and his horse.
Cleo. What is 't you say?
Ant. I'll fight at sea.
Cleo, I have sixty sails, Cæsar none better. Ant. Our overplus of shipping will we burn; And, with the rest full-mann'd, from the head of
Beat the approaching Cæsar. But if we fail,
Mes. The news is true, my lord; he is descried; 160 Casar has taken Toryne.
1Regiment is used for regimen or government, by most of our ancient writers. To forspeak is to contradict, to speak against, as forbid is to order negatively.
signifies dextrous, manageable.
Le. conquer. * Yare generally
Ant. Can he be there in person? 'tis impossible;
Sold. O noble emperor, do not fight by sea;
And the Phoenicians, go a-ducking; we
Ant. Well, well, away.
is heard the noise of a sea-fight. Alarum. Enter Enobarbus.
Eno. Naught, naught, all naught! I can behold
The Antoniad', the Egyptian admiral,
Scar. Gods, and goddesses,
[Exeunt Ant ny, Cleopatra, and Enobarbus. 15
Sold. You keep by land
The legions and the horse whole, do you not?
But we keep whole by land. This speed of Cæsar's
Sold. While he was yet in Rome,
His power went out in such distractions2, as
Can. Who's his lieutenant, hear you?
Can. Well I know the man.
Enter a Messenger.
Mes. The emperor calls Canidius.
Can. With news the time's with labour; andĮ,
Enter Canidius, marching with his land army one
Scar. The greater cantle of the world is lost With very ignorance; we have kiss'd away Kingdoms and provinces.
Eno. How appears the fight?
Scar. On our side like the token'd' pestilence,
20 When vantage like a pair of twins appear'd,
Eno. That I beheld:
Mine eyes did sicken at the sight, and could not
Scar. She once being looft,
The noble ruin of her magic, Antony,
Claps on his sea-wing, and, like a doating mallard,
Eno. Alack, alack!
Can. Our fortune on the sea is out of breath,
Eno. Ay, are you thereabouts? Why then, good
Can. Towards Peloponnesus are they fled,
45 What further comes.
Can. To Cæsar will I render
My legions and my horse; six kings already
Eno. I'll yet follow
50 The wounded chance of Antony, though my reason Sits in the wind against me.
The Palace in Alexandria. way over the stage; and Taurus, the lieutenant 55 Enter Antony, with Eros, and other Attendants. of Casar, the other way. After their going in, Ant.Hark,thelandbids me tread no moreupon't,
That is, his whole conduct becomes ungoverned by the right, or by reason. i. e. detachments; separate bodies. 3 Which, Plutarch says, was the name of Cleopatra's ship. * Cantle is a corner. ' i, e. spotted. The death of those visited by the plague was certain when particular eruptions appeared on the skin; and these were called God's tokens. "A ribald is a lewd fellow.→ Yon ribald nag means, Yon strumpet, who is common to every wanton fellow. Leprosy was one of the various names by which the Lues venerea was distinguished. The brize is the gad-fly. loof (or luff) is to bring a ship close to the wind,
Ant. I have fled myself; and have instructed To run, and shew their shoulders.-Friends, be gone:
By looking back on what I have left behind
Cleo. O my lord, my lord!
Ant. Egypt, thou knew'st too well,
I have myself resolv'd upon a course,
Ant. No, no, no, no, no.
Eros. See you here, sir?
Ant. O fye, fye, fye.
Iras. Madam; O good empress!-
Ant. Yes, my lord, yes;-He, at Philippi, kept
Eros. The queen, my lord, the queen.
He is unquality'd with
Cleo. Well then,—Sustain me :—0 !
Ant. I have offended reputation;
A most unnoble swerving.
Eros. Sir, the queen.
Ant. O, whither hast thou led me, Egypt? See How I convey my shame out of thine eyes,
Cleo. O, my pardon.
Ant. Now, I must
To the young man send humble treaties, dodge
Cleo. Pardon, pardon.
Ant. Fall not a tear, I say; one of them rates All that is won and lost: Give me a kiss; Even this repays me.e.-We sent our school-master, Is he come back?-Love, I am full of lead :Some wine, there, and our viands :-Fortune knows,
We scorn her most, when most she offers blows. [Exeunt.
Cæsar's Camp, in Egypt.
Enter Cæsar, Dolabella, Thyreus, with others.
Dol. Cæsar, 'tis his school-master® :
An argument that he is pluck'd, when hither
40 Which had superfluous kings for messengers,
Enter Ambassador from Antony.
Cas. Approach, and speak.
Amb. Such as I am, I come from Antony:
45I was of late as petty to his ends,
As is the morn-dew on the myrtle leaf
Cæs. Be it so; Declare thine office.
Amb. Lord of his fortunes he salutes thee, and 50 Requires to live in Egypt: which not granted, He lessens his requests; and to thee sues
To let him breathe between the heavens and earth,
'Alluding to a benighted traveller. 2 Antony means, that Cæsar never offered to draw his sword, but kept it in the scabbard, like one who dances with a sword on, which was formerly the custom in England. Nothing, says Dr. Warburton, can be more in character, tlfan for an infainous debauched tyrant to call the heroic love of one's country and public liberty, madness. Meaning, perhaps, that Casar only fought by proxy, made war by his lieutenants, or, on the strength of his lieutenants. i. e. except or unless. i. e. how, by looking another way, I withdraw my ignominy from your sight. 'That is, by the heart-string. The name of this person was His grand sea may mean his full tide of prosperity. 3 E 2
The circle of the Ptolemies for her heirs,
Cas. For Antony,
I have no ears to his request.
Cas, Bring him through the bands,
[To Thyreus. And in our name, what she requires; add more, From thine invention, offers; Women are not, In their best fortunes, strong; but want will perjure
Ant. To him again; Tell him, he wears therose Of youth upon him; from which, the world should note
Something particular: his coin, ships, legions, 5 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
10 And answer me declin'd', sword against sword,
The ne'er touch'd vestal; Try thy cunning, Thy-
Eno. Think, and die'.
Cleo. Is Antony, or we, in fault for this?
Cleo. Pr'ythee, peace.
Enter Antony, with the Ambassador. Ant. Is that his answer?
Amb. Ay, my lord.
Ant. The queen shall then have courtesy,
So she will yield us up.
Amb. He says so.
Ant. Let her know it.
To the boy Cæsar send this grizzled head,
And he will fill thy wishes to the brim
Cleo. That head, my lord?
Enter an Attendant.
Attend. A messenger from Cæsar.
Against the blown rose may they stop their nose,
'The diadem. That is, how Antony conforms himself to this breach of his fortune. Think and die; that is, Reflect on your folly, and leave the world. 4 The meered question is a term we do not understand. Dr. Johnson says, mere is indeed a boundary, and the meered question, if it cau mean any thing, may, with some violence of language, mean, the disputed boundary. The meaning is, I require of Cæsar not to depend on the superiority which the comparison of our different fortunes may exhibit to him, but to answer me man to man, in this decline of my age or power. i. e. Cæsar intreats, that at the same time you consider your desperate fortunes, you would consider he is Cæsar; that is, generous and forgiving, able and willing to restore them.
Cleo. He is a god, and knows
What is most right: Mine honour was not yielded,
Eno. To be sure of that,
I will ask Antony.-Sir, sir, thou art so leaky,
Cleo. What's your name?
Say to great Cæsar this, In disputation
Have I my pillow left unprest in Rome,
Cleo. Good my lord,
Ant. You have been a boggler ever:But when we in our viciousness grow hard, (O misery on't!) the wise gods feel our eyes In ourown filth drop our clear judgements;mak 10 Adore our errors; laugh at us, while we stru To our confusion.
Cleo. O, is it come to this?
Ant. I found you as a morsel, cold upon Dead Cæsar's trencher: nay, you were a iragm 15 Of Cneius Pompey's; besides what hotter ho Unregister'd in vulgar fame, you have Luxuriously pick'd out:-For, I am sure, Though you can guesswhattemperance should You know not what it is.
I kiss his conquering hand': tell him, I am prompt 20
Thyr. 'Tis your noblest course.
No chance may shake it. Give me grace' to lay
Cleo. Your Cæsar's father oft,
When he hath mus'd of taking kingdoms in,
Re-enter Antony, and Enobarbus.
Thyr. One, that but performs
The bidding of the fullest man, and worthiest
Eno. You will be whipp'd.
Cleo. Wherefore is this?
Ant. To let a fellow that will take rewards
Ant. Approach, there:-Ah, you kite!-Now, 40 gods and devils!
Antony yet. Take hence this Jack, and whip him.
Ant. Moon and stars!—
Ant. Cry'd he? and begg'd he pardon?
Ant. If that thy father live, let him repent
35 Thou wast not made his daughter; andbethouse
[butaries Whip him:-Were 't twenty of the greatest tri-50 That do acknowledge Cæsar, should I find them So saucy with the hand of she here, (What's her
Since she was Cleopatra?)-Whip him, fellows,
Ant. Tug him away:-being whipp'd,
[Exeunt Att. with Thyreus. You were half blasted ere I knew you: Ha!
Ant. Alack, our terrene moon
Is now eclips'd; and it portends alone
Cleo. I must stay his time.
Ant. To flatter Cæsar, would you mingle e With one that ties his points?
Cleo. Not know me yet?
Ant. Cold-hearted toward me?
Cleo. Ah, dear, if I be so,