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That, when the exigent should come, (which now
The gods withhold me!
I would not see 't.
O, sir, pardon me. Ant. When I did make thee free, swor'st thou not then
“ But if you mind to hold your true obedience.” There may still, however, remain a slight corruption, viz. noble instead of nobly. I would therefore read
condemn mnyself to lack
Than she, &c.
pleach'd arms,] Arms folded in each other. Fohnson. A passage very like this occurs in Thomas Kyd's translation of Robert Garnier's Cornelia, published in 1594:
“Now shalt thou march (thy hands fast bound behind
thee,) “ Thy head hung down, thy cheeks with tears besprent,
Before the victor; while thy rebel son
“ With crowned front triumphing follows thee.” Steevens. ? His corrigible neck,] Corrigible for corrected, and afterwards penetrative for penetrating. So Virgil has “ penetrabile frigus” for penetrans frigus,” in hip Georgicks. Steevens.
8 His baseness that ensued ?] The poor conquered wretch that followed. Johnson.
9 When I did make thee free, &c.] So, in the old translation of Plutarch: “Now he had a man of his called Eros, whom he
To do this when I bade thee? Do it at once;
Eros. Turn from me then that noble countenance,
[Turning from him. Eros. Jy sword is drawn. Ant.
Then let it do at once
My dear master,
Ant. 'Tis said, man ;-and farewel.
Now, Eros. Eros. Why, there then :-(Falls on his Sword.] Thus
do I escape the sorrow Of Antony's death.
Thrice nobler than myself!
loued and trusted much, and whom he had long before caused to sweare vnto him, that he should kill him when he did commaunde him: and then he willed him to keepe his promise. His man drawing his sworde, lift it vp as though he had ment to haue striken his maister: but turning his head at one side, he thrust his sword into him selfe, and fell downe dead at his maister's foote. Then said Antonius, O noble Eros, I thanke thee for this, and it is valiantly done of thee, to show me what I should do to my selfe, which thou couldest not doe for me. Therewithall he tooke his sword, and thrust it into his bellie, and so fell downe vpon a little bed. The wounde he had, killed him not presently, for the blood stinted a little when he was layed: and when he came somewhat to bim selfe againe, he praied them that were about him to dispatch him. But they all Hed out of the chamber, and left him crying out and tormenting him selfe: yntil at last there came a secretarie vnto him called Diomedes, who was commaunded to bring him into the tombe or monument where Cleopatra was. When he heard that she was aliue, he verie earnestlie prayed his men to carie his bodie thither, and so he was caried in his men's armes into the entry of the monument.” Steevens.
1- the worship of the whole world -] The worship, is the dignity, the authority. Johnson. So, in King John:
“By giving it the worship of revenge.” Steevens.
Have, by their brave instruction, got upon me
[Falling on his Sword. I learn'd of thee. How! not yet dead?3 not dead?-The guard!-ho!4-0, despatch me.
Enter DERCETAS and Guard. I Guard.
What's the noise?
But I will be A bridegroom in my death, &c.] This thought has occurred before in Measure for Measure :
“ I will encounter darkness as a bride,
“ And hug it in my arms.” Dryden's Don Sebastian has the same image, though more luxuriantly expressed:
“ The sprightly bridegroom on his wedding night
“Why, 'tis enjoyment to be summon'd thus.” Steevens. Stowe, describing the execution of Sir Charles Davers, one of the Earl of Essex's associates, says, that “having put off his gown and doublet in a most cheerful manner, rather like a bridegroom than a prisoner appointed for death, he prayed very devoutly.” Malone.
- not yet dead?] Yet, which is wanting in the old copy, was supplied by Mr. Pope. Steevens.
4 The guard !-ho!] [Old copy--guard how.] I suspect the poet wrote:
The guard, ho! Q, despatch me! So, afterwards:
“ What, ho! the emperor's guard.!”
“ Authority melts from me. Of late, when I cried ho,
“ And cry, your will ?"
“ Queen. Help, how!
“ Pol. What how, help.” Again, in the last Act:
“O villainy! how, let the door be lock’d.” The emendation which I have proposed, ought therefore certainly to be admitted into the text. Malone.
I find this emendation already admitted into the text of edition 1785. Steevens.
Ant. I have done my work ill, fricids: 0, make an end
The star is fullen.
Alas, and woe!
There, Diomed, there.
Lives he? Wilt thou not answer, man? [Exit DERCETAS. Ant. Art thou there, Diomed? Draw thy sword, and
give me Sufficing strokes for death. Dio.
Most absolute lord,
Ant. When did she send thee?
Now, my lord.
Where is she? Dio. Lock'd in her monument. She had a phrophesy
a prophesying fear -] I suppose our author designed we should read :
a prophet's fear .." Steevens. 6 She had dispos'd with Cæsar,] To dispose, in this instance, perhaps signifies to make terms, to settle matters. Steevens.
Come, your lord calls.
Enter some of the Guard. Ant. Bear me, good friends, where Cleopatra bides; 'Tis the last service that I shall command you.
I Guard. Woe are we,? sir, you may not live to wear All your true followers out. All.
Most heavy day! Ant. Nay, good my fellows, do not please sharp fate To
grace it with your sorrows: bid that welcome Which comes to punish us, and we punish it Seeming to bear it lightly. Take me up: I have led you oft; carry me now, good friends, And have my thanks for all. [Exeunt, bearing Ant,
The same. A Monument.
No, I will not:
Dio. His death 's upon him, but not dead.8
Enter Antony, borne by the Guard. Cleo.
O thou sun, Burn the great sphere thou mov'st in-darklinga stand
7 Woe are 'we,] Old copy-Woe, woe, – But as the second woe appears (for it spoils the verse)
to have been accidentally repeated by the compositor, I have left it out. Steevens.
8 His death's upon him, but not dead.] The defective measure, and want of respect in the speaker, induce me to suppose, that this line originally stood thus:
His death 's upon him, madam, but not dead. Steevens.
darkling -] i.e. without light. So, in The Two angry Women of Abington, 1599 :
my mother hath a torch, your wife “Goes darkling up and down." Steevens,