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From my cold heart Ict heaven ingender hail, And send to darkness all that stop me.-Come, And poison it in the source; and the first stone | Let's have one other gaudy * night: call to me, Drop in my neck: as it determines, so
All my sad captains, till our bowls; once more Dissolve my life! The next Cæsarion'smite! Let's mock the midnight bell. 'Till, by degrees, the memory of my womb, 51 Cleo. It is my birth-dav;
[lord Together with my brave Ægyptians all,
I had thought, to have held it poor; but, since my By the discandying of this pelleted storm, Ils Antony again, I will be Cleopatra. Lie graveless; 'till the flies and gnats of Nile Ant. We'li vet do well. Itave buried them for prey!
Cleo. Call all his noble captains to my lord, Ant. I am satisfy'd:
10 Ant. Do so, we'll speak to them; and to-night Cesar sits down in Alexandria; where
[queen; I will oppose his fate. Our force by land
The wine peep through their scars. Come on, my Hath nobly held; our sever'd navy too slike. There's sap in't yet. The next time I do fight, Have knit again, and fleet?, threat’ning most sea- I'll make death love me; for I will contend Where hast thou been, my heart?--Dost thou 15 Even with his pestilent scythe. hear, lady?
(Ereunt Ant. and Cleo, If from the field I should return once more I| Eno. Now he'llout-stare the lightning. To be To kiss these lips, I will appear in blood;
furious, I and my sword will earn my chronicle; Ills to be frighted out of fear : and in that mood, There is hope in it yet.
120 The dove will peck the estridge; and I see still, Cleo. That's my brave lord !
A diminution in our captain's brain Ant. I will betreble-sinew'd, hearted, breath'd, Restores his heart : When valour preys on reason, And fight maliciously: for when mine hours I JIt eats the sword it fights with. I will seek Were nice 3 and lucky, men did ransom lives some way to leave him.
[Exit. Of me for jests; but now, I'll set my teeth, 1251
A CT IV.
Ant. Why should he not?
(fortune, Enter Cæsar, reoding aletter; Agrippa, Mecænas; 35, Eno. He thinks, being twenty times of bettes &c.
I He is twenty men to one. Ces. HE calls me boy; and chides, as he | Ant. To-morrow, soldier, I had power
|By sea and land l'll fight : or I will live, Tobeat me out of Ægypt: my messenger (combat, Or bathe my dying honour in the blood He hath whipp'd with rods; dares me to personal 40 Shall make it live again. Woo't thou fight well Casar to Antony: Let the old ruffian know, | Eno. I'll strike; and cry, Tuke all. I have many other ways to die; mean time,
I dit. Well said ; come on.Laugh at his challenge.
Call forth my household servants; let's to-night Mec. Cæsar must think,
Enter Sertants. When one so great begins to rage, he's hunted 45 Be bounteous at our meal.-Give me thy hand. Even to falling. Give himn no breath, but now Thou hast been rightly honest ;-so hast thou :Make boot' of his distraction: Never anger | Lind thou; and thwu ;--and thou:- you have Made good guard for itself.
serv'd me well, Cæs. Let our best heads
JAnd kings have been your fellow's. Know, that to-morrow the last of many battles 50! Cleo. What means this? We mean to fight: Within our files there are Eno. [Aside.] 'Tis one of those odd tricks, Of those that serv'd Mark Antony but late,
which sorrow shoots Enough to fetch hin in. See it done;
Out of the mind.
Ant. And thou art honest too.
[Exeunt. And all of you clapt up together in
An Antony ; that I might do you service,
So good as you have done.
[night: Tras. dieras, with others.
601 Ant. Well, my good fellows, wait on me toAnt. He will not fight with me, Domitius.' | Scant not my cups; and make as much of me,
Cæsarion was Cleopatra's son by Julius Cæsar. ? Fleet is the old word for float. Nice here mcans trifting. *This epithet is still bestowed on feast-days in the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge.
i. e. take advantage of.
As As when mine empire was your fellow too,
2 Sold. How now, masters ? [Speak together. And suffer'd my command.
Omnes. How now ? how now? do you hear this: Cleo. What does he mean?
I Sold. Ay; Is't not strange? Eno. To make his followers weep.
3 Sold. Do you hear, masters? do you hear? Ant. Tend me to-night;
151 Sold. Follow the noise so far as we have quarMay be, it is the period of your duty:
Let's see how it will give off.
(ter; Haply, you shall not see me more; or if',
Omnes. Content: Tis strange. [Exeunt. A mangled shadow : perchance, to-morrow
others. Tend me to-night two hours, I ask no more,
Ant. Eros ! mine armour, Eros! And the gods yield ? you for't!
Cleo. Sleep a little.
[Eros! Eno. What mean yoli, sir,
1151 Ant. No,mychuck.--Eros, come;minearmour, To give them this discomfort? Look, they weep:
Enter Eros, with armour And I, an ass, am onion-ey'd ': for shame, Come, good fellow, put thine iron on:Transform us not to women.
If fortune be not ours to-day, it is Ant. Ho, ho, ho! :
Because we brave her.-Come. Now the witch take me, if I meant it thus! 20Cleo. Nay, I'll help too.
Part Grace grow where those drops fall! My hearty | Ant. What's this for? Ah, let be, let bel thou friends,
The armourer of my heart:-False, false; this, this, You take me in too dolorous a sense :
Cleo. Sooth, la, "I'll help: Thus it must be.
Eros. Briefly', sir.
[Exeunt. Ant. Rarely, rarely.
30 He that unbuckles this, 'till we do please SCENE III.
To dosl’ it for our repose, shall hear a storm.mm Before the Palace.
|Thou fumblest, Eros; and my queen's a squire Enter a Company of Soldiers.
More tight at this than thou: Dispatch.-O love, 1 Sold. Brother, good night: to-morrow is the That thou could'st see my wars to-day,and knew'st
135 The royal occupation ! thou should'st see 2 Sold. It will determine one way: fare you well.
Enter an Officer, arm'd. Heard you of nothing strange about the streets ? ! A workman in't.-Good morrow to thee; wel I Sold. Nothing: What news? (to you.
c ome: 2 Sold. Belike, 'tis but a rumour: Good night Thou look'stlike him that knows a warlike char; e: I Sold. Well, sir, good night.
140 To business that we love, we rise betime, [They meet with other Soldiers. And go to it with delight. 2 Sold. Soldiers, have careful watch.
Off. A thousand, sir, I Sold. And you : Good night, good night. Early though it be, have on their rivetted trim, [They place themselves on every corner of the stage. And at the port expect you. [Short. Trimpels flourisha
2 Sold. Here we: and if to-morrow 145 Enter other Officers, and Soldiers. Our navy thrive, I have an absolute hope
Cap. The morn is fair.-Good morrow, general! Our landmen will stand up.
All. Good morrow, general ! I Sold. 'Tis a brave army, and full of purpose. Ant. 'Tis well blown, lads.
[Musick of lartboys under the stage. This morning, like the spirit of a youth . 2 Sold. Peace, what noise ?
150 That means to be of note, begins betimes. • ] Sold, List, list! .
So, so; come, give methat: this way; wellsaid. 2 Sold. Hark!
Fare thee well, dame, whate'er becomes of me: I Sold. Musick i' the air.
This is a soldier's kiss : rebukeable, rKisses her. 3 Sold. Under the earth.
And worthy shameful check it were, to stand 4 Sold. It signs well', does it not ?
155 On more mechanic compliment; I'll leave thee 3 Sold. No.
I Now, like a man of steel. - You, that will fight, I Sold. Peace, I say. What should this mean? Follow me close; I'll bring vou to't.-Adieu. 2 Sold.'Tisthegod Hercules,whomAntonylov'd,
[E.reunt Antony, Officers, &c. Now leaves him.
Char. Please you, retire to your chamber? i Sold. Walk ; let's see if other watchmen 60 Cleo. Lead me. Do hear what we do.
He goes forth gallantly. That he and Cæsar might
Subintelligitur, you see me more. ?j. e. reward you. i. e. I have my eyes as full of tears as if they had been fretted by onions. " That is, an honourable death, bi.e. it bodes well. i. e. quickly, sir. To dnff is to put off. 3 E 4
Determine Determine this great war in single fight! 1
Enter a Soldier of Cæsar's.
Hath after thee sent all thy treasure, with
His bounty over-plus: The messenger
5 Came on my guard; and at thy tent is now, Trumpets sound. Enter Antony, and Eros; a Sol
Unloading of his mules.
| Eno. I give it you.
Sold. Mock not, Enobarbus,
Ant.'Would, thou and those thy scars had once 10 Out of the host; I must attend mine office, To make me fight at land! . [prevail'd
Or would have done 't myself. Your emperor · Eros. Hadst thou done so,
Continues still a Jove.
(Erit. The kings that have revolted, and the soldier 1
| 1 Eno. I am alone the villain of the earth, That has this morning left thee, would have still And feel I am so most. O Antony, Follow'd thy heels.
15 Thou mine of bounty, how wouldst thou have paid Ant. Who's gone this morning?
My better service, when my turpitude [heart: Eros. Who?
Thou dost so crown with gold This blows' my One ever near thee: Call for Enobarbus.
If swift thought break it not, a swifter mean [feel. He shall not hear thee; or from Cæsar's camp
Shall out-strike thought; but thought will do't, I Say, I am none of thine.
201 fight against thee! No: I will go seek Ant. What say'st thou?
Some ditch, wherein to die: the foul'st best fits Sold. Sir,
My latter part of life.
[Exit. He is with Cæsar. Eros. Sir, bis chests and treasure
SCENE VII. He has not with him.
Before the Walls of Alerandria. Ant. Is he gone?
Alarum. Drums and Trumpets. Enter Agrippa, Sold. Most certain.
and others. Ant. Go, Eros, send his treasure after; do it; Agr. Retire, we have engag'd ourselvestoo far: Detain no jot, I charge thee: write to him I Cæsar himself has work, and our oppression? . (I will subscribe) gentle adieus, and greetings : 1301Exceeds what we expected.
(Ereunt. Say, that I wish he never find more cause
| Alarum. Enter Antony, and Scorus, wounded. To change a master.--0), my fortunes have 1 Scar.O mybrave emperor, this is fought indeed! Corrupted honest men !--Dispatch.---Enobarbus! Had we done so at tirst, we had driven them home
[Exeunt. With clouts about their heads.
135) Ant. Thou bleed'st apace. SCENE VI.
| Scar. I had a wound here that was like a T, . Cæsar's Camp.
But now 'tis made an H. Enter Cæsar, Agrippa, with Enobarbus, and others. | Ant. They do retire. Cæs. Go forth, Agrippa, and begin the fight : lalo
Scar. We'll beat'em into bench-holes; I have yet Our will is, Antony be took alive;
40 Room for six scotches more. Make it so known.
Enter Eros. Agr. Cæsar, I shall.
| Eros. They are beaten, sir ; and our advantage
pa. For a fair victory Cæs. The time of universal peace is ncar:
(serves Prove this aprosperous day,thethrce-nook'd worlds
Scar. Let us score their backs, Shall bear the olive freely.
145 And snatch 'em up, as we take bares, behind;
'Tis sport to maul a runner. Enter a Messenger.
Ant. I will reward thee Mes. Antony
Once for thy sprightly confort, and ten-fold Is come into the field.
For thy good valour. Come thee on. Cas. Go, charge Agrippa
150 Scur. I'll halt after. Plant those that have revolted in the vant,
[Exeunt That Antony may seem to spend his fury
SCENE VIII. Upon himself. ! [Ereunt Cæsar, &c.
Under the Walls of Alexandria. *Eno. Alexas did revolt; and went to Jewry, on! Alarum. Enter Antony again in a march. Scarus, Affairs of Antony; there did persuade 55)
with others. Great Herod to incline himself to Casar,
Ant. We have beat him to his camp: Run one And leave his master Antony: for this pains,
[row, Cæsar hath hanged him. Canidius, and the rest And let the queen know of our guests. To morThat fell away, have entertainment, but
Before the sun shall see us, we'll spill the blood No honourable trust. I have done ill; 100 That has to-day escap'd. I thank you all; Of which I do accuse myself so sorely,
For doughty-handed are you; and have fought That I will joy no more.
Not as you serv'd the cause, but as it had been
Each man's like inine; you haveshewn all Hectors. Eno. O sovereign mistress of true melancholy,
[To Scarus. Which, being dried with grief, will break to Enter Cleopatra.
A master-leaver, and a fugitive:
O Antony! 0 Antony!
[Dies, O infinite virtue! com'st thou smiling from
Sold. Let's speak to him. The world's great snare uncaught?
115 Cent. Let's hear him, for the things he speaks Ant. My nightingale,
[though grey! May concern Cæsar. We have beat them to their beds. "What, girl? 2 Sold. Let's do so. But he sleeps. . Do something mingle with our younger brown; Cent. Swoons rather; for so bad a prayer as his yet have we
Was never yet for sleep.
I Sold. Hear you, sir?
[Drums afar offDestroy'd in such a shape.
125 Hark, how the drums demurely'wakethesleepers: Cleo. I'll give thee, friend,
Let's bear him to the court of guard; he is An armour all of gold; it was a king's.
Of note; our hour is fully out. Ant. He has deserv'd it, were it carbuncled 2 Sol. Come on then: Like holy Phoebus' car.Give me thy hand; He may recover yet. [Exeunt with the body. Through Alexandria make a jolly march; 130 Bear our hack'dtargets like the menthatowe'them:
SCENE X. Had our great palace the capacity
Between the two Camps. To camp this host, we would all sup together; Enter Antony, and Scarus, with their Army. And drink carouses to the next day's fate,
Ant. Their preparation is to-day by sca; Which promises royal peril. Trumpeters, 35 We please them not by land. With brazen din blast you the city's ear;
Scar. For both, my lord. Make mingle with our rattling tabourines;
Ant. I would they'd fight i'the fire, or in the air; That heaven and earth may strike their sounds to- We'd fight there too. But this it is; Our foot gether,
Upon the hills adjoining to the city, Applauding our approach.
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. [Exeunt. EnteraCentinel,andhiscompany. Enobarbusfollowus.
Enter Cæsar and his Army. Cent. If we be not reliev'd within this haur, 45 Cæs.But being charg'd", we will be still by land, We must return to the court of guard': The night Which, as I take it, we shall; for his best force Is shiny; and, they say, we shall embattle Is forth to man his gallies. To the vales, By the second houri' the morn.
And hold our best advantage.. [Exeunt. 1 Sold. This last day was a shrewd one to us.
Re-enter Antony, and Scarus. Eno. O, bear me witness, night!
150 Ant. Yet they're not join'd: Where yonder 2 Sold. What man is this?
pine does stand, I Sold. Stand close, and list him.
(I shall discover all : I'll bring thee word Eno. Be witness to me, O thou blessed moon, Straight, how 'tis like to go.
[Exit. When men revolted shall upon record
| Scur. Swallows have built Bear hateful memory, poor Enobarbas did 155|In Cleopatra's sails their nests: the augurers Before thy face repent!
Say, they know not, they cannot tell;amayan Cent. Enobarbus!
look grimly, 3 Sold. Peace; hark further.
And dare not speak their knowledge. Antony
'i.e. embrace. ? Fairy comprises the idea of power and beauty. j.e. armour of proof, * At all plays of barriers, the boundary is called a goal; to ruin a goal, is to be a superior in a contest of activity. bi,e. own them. A tabourin was a small drum. i.e. the guard-room, the place where the guard musters. j.e, reached him, 'Demurely for solemnly. 10 i.e. where we may best discover their numbers, and see their motions. But here signifies without, in which sense it is often used in the North.
Is valiant and dejected; and, by starts, 1 (Alcides, thou mine ancestor, thy rage:
[Exit. And with those hands, that grasp'd the heaviest Alarum afar off, as at a sea-fight.
The witch shall die; Re-enter Antony.
5 Subdue my worthiest self. Ant. All is lost;
To the young Roman boy she has sold me, and I
fall This foul Ægyptian hath betrayed me: My fleet hath yielded to the toe; and yonder
L'nder this plot: she dies for 't.-Eros, ho! [Erit. They cast their caps up, and carouse together
SCENE XL Like friends long lost. Triple-turn'd whore?!" 'tis thou
Cleopatra's Palace. Hast sold me to this novice; and my heart
Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, Iras, and Mardian. Makes only wars on thee.--Bid them all ily; Cleo. Help me, my women! O, he is more mad For when I am reveng'd upon my charm,
Than Telamon for his shield®; the boar of Thessaly I have done all:- Bid them all fly, be gone.
115 Was never so emboss'd'. O sun, thy uprise shall I sce no more:
Char. To the monument;
[dead. Fortune and Antony part here; even here
There lock yourself, and send him word you are Do we shake hands.-All come to this? The The soul and body rive not more at parung, hearts
Than greatness going off. That spaniel'd me at heels, to whom I gave
120 Cleo. To the monument: Their wishes, do discandy, melt their swects
Mardian, go tell him I have slain myself; On blossoming Cæsar; and this pine is bark’d, Say, that the last I spoke was, Antony, That over-topp'd them all. Betray'd I am: and word it, pr’ythee, piteously: Hence, Mardian, O this false soul of Ægypt ! this grave charın?,- And bring me how he takes my death.—To the Whose eye beck'd forth my wars, and call'd them"
[Escurt. home; Whose bosom was my crownet', my chief end,
SCENE XII. Like a right gipsy“, hath, at fast and loose,
The same. Beguil'd me to the very heart of loss'.
Enter Antony and Eros.
Ant. Eros, thou vet behold'st me?
Eros. Ay, noble lord.
Ant.Sometime,wesee a clould that'sdragonish; Cleo. Why is my lord enrag'd against his love? A vapour, sometime, like a bear, or lion,
Ant. Vanish; or I shall give thee thy deserving, 35 A tower'd citadel, a pendent rock, And blemish Casar'striumph. Let him takothee, A forked mountain, or blue promontory And hoist thee up to the shouting Plebeians: With trees upon't, that irod unto the world, Follow his chariot, like the greatest spot
And mock our eyes with air: Thou hast seen Of all thy sex; most monster-like, be shewn
these signs; For poor'st diminutives to dolts; and let 40 They are black vesper's pageants. Patient Octavia plough thy visage up
1 Eros. Ay, my lord.
[thought, With her prepared nails. "I is well thou'rt Ant. That, which is now a horse, even with a gone,
[Erit Cleopatra. The rack dislimns 0; and makes it indistinct, If it be well to live: But better 'twere,
As water is in water. Thou fell'st into my fury; for one death 45 Eros. It does, my lord. Might have prevented many.-Eros, ho! ! 1 Ant. My good knave'', Eros, now thy captain The shirt of Nessus is upon me: Teaclı me, Even such a body: here I am Antony;
* She was first for Julius Cæsar, then for Pompey the great, and afterwards for Antony. ? i.e. “this sublime, this mjestic 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 coronai 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 tolds, and placed edgewise upon a table: one of the folds is made to reseinble 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.-'I 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 Achilies, the most valuable part of which was the shield.The hoar 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. 10 i.e. the fleeting away of the clouds destroys the picture, Knate is servant.