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Enter CANIDIUS. Can. Our fortune on the sea is out of breath, And sinks most lamentably. Had our general Been what he knew himself, it had gone well. O, he has given example for our flight, Most grossly, by his own. Eno. Ay, are you thereabouts ? Why then, good
[Aside. Can. Towards Peloponnesus are they fled.
Scar. 'Tis easy to't; and there I will attend
To Cæsar will I render
I'll yet follow
SCENE IX. Alexandria. A Room in the Palace.
Enter ANTONY and Attendants. Ant. Hark, the land bids me tread no more upon't ; It is ashamed to bear me !—Friends, come hither. I am so lated ? in the world, that I Have lost my way forever. I have a ship Laden with gold; take that, divide it; fly, And make your peace with Cæsar. Att.
Fly! not we. Ant. I have fled myself; and have instructed cowards To run, and show their shoulders.-Friends, be gone; I have myself resolved upon a course, Which has no need of you ;
gone. My treasure's in the harbor; take it.—0,
1 “Wounded chance." This phrase is nearly of the same import as « broken fortunes.”
2 Belated, benighted.
I followed that I blush to look upon.
Enter Eros, and CLEOPATRA, led by Charmian and
Ant. Yes, my lord, yes ;-he, at Philippi, kept
1 “I have lost all power to command your absence.”
? The meaning appears to be, 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. It is alluded to in All's Well that Ends Well: Bertram, lamenting that he is kept from the wars, says :
“ I shall stay here the forehorse to a smock,
Dealt on lieutenantry,' and no practice had
Cleo. Ah, stand by.
Iras. Go to him, madam, speak to him ;
Cleo. Well then,-Sustain me;-Oh!
Eros. Most noble sir, arise; the queen approaches; Her head's declined, and death will seize her; but Your comfort makes the rescue.
Ant. I have offended reputation ;
Sir, the queen.
Egypt, thou knew'st too well,
O, my pardon.
Now I must
1“ Dealt on lieutenantry "probably means only “ fought by proxy," made war by his lieutenants, or on the strength of his lieutenants.
2 Unqualitied seems to mean here unsoldiered; quality being used for profession.
3 But is here used in its exceptive sense.
4 “How, by looking another way, I withdraw my ignominy from your sight."
My sword, made weak by my affection, would
O, pardon, pardon.
knows We scorn her most, when most she offers blows.
SCENE X. Cæsar's Camp in Egypt.
Enter CÆSAR, DOLABELLA, THYREUS, and others.
Cæs. Let him appear that's come from Antony.
Cæsar, 'tis his schoolmaster;
Approach, and speak.
Be it so ; declare thine office.
3 “ His grand sea" appears to mean the sea from which the dew-drop is exhaled. VOL. VI.
Next, Cleopatra does confess thy greatness;
Eup. Fortune pursue thee!
Bring him through the bands.
[Exit EUPHRONIUS. To try thy eloquence, now 'tis time; despatch. From Antony win Cleopatra; promise,
Cæsar, I go.
Cæsar, I shall. [Exeunt.
SCENE XI. Alexandria.
A Room in the Palace.
Enter CLEOPATRA, ENOBARBUS, CHARMIAN, and Iras.
Cleo. What shall we do, Enobarbus ?
Think, and die. Cleo. Is Antony, or we, in fault for this ?
1 The diadem, the crown. 2 Friend here means paramour. 3 “ Note how Antony conforms himself to this breach in his fortune.” 4 To think, or take thought, was anciently synonymous with to grieve.