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Enter a Messenger. Mes. The emperor calls Canidius. Can. With news the time's in labour, and throes
forth Each minute some,
[Exeunt. SCE N E VIII.
A PLA I N.
Enter Cæfar, Taurus, &c.
(Exeunt. Enter Canidius, marching with his land-army one way
over the stage; and Taurus, the lieutenant of Cæfar, the other way. After their going in, is beard the noise of a sea-fight. Alarm. Enter Enobarbus. Eno. Naught, naught, all naught! I can behold no
longer : 3 The Antoniad, the Ægyptian admiral,
3 The Antoniad, &c.] Which Plutarch says, was the name of Cleopatra's ship.
With all their sixty, fly, and turn the rudder ;
Eno. What's thy passion ?
Eno. How appears the fight?
Scar. On our fide like the stoken'd pestilence, Where death is sure. Yon' 6 ribauld nag of Ægypt, ? Whom leprosy o'ertake! i' the midst o the fight, When vantage like a pair of twins appear'd
* The greater cantle—] A piece or lump.
Pope. Cantle is rather a corner. Cæsar in this play mentions the three100k'd world. Of this triangular world every triumvir had a cor
Johnson. token'd) Spotted.
JOHNSON. ribauld-) A luxurious squanderer.
Pope. The word is in the old edition ribaudred, which I do not understand, but mention it, in hopes others may raise some happy conjecture.
JOHNSON. -Yon ribauld nag of Ægypt,] I believe we Mhould read, bag. What follows seems to prove it:
She once being looft,
Observations and Conjectures, printed at Oxford, 1766. The brieze, or aftrum, the fly that flings cattle, proves that nog is the right word.
JOHNSON. ? Whom leprosy o'ertake!Lepresy, an epidemical dislemper of the Ægyprians; to which Horace probably alludes in the controverted line.
Contaminalo cum grege turpium
JOHNSON. Surely leprosy is no disorder among horses. STEEVENS. Vol. VIII.
Both as the same, or rather ours the elder;
Eno. That I beheld:
Scar. She once being looft',
Eno. Alack, alack!
.Can. Our fortune on the sea is out of breath,
Can. Towards Peloponnesus are they fled.
Scar. 'Tis easy to't.
Can. To Cæfar will I render
Eno. I'll yet follow
! --being looft,] To loof is to bring a ship close to the wind.
The wounded chance of Antony, though my reason Sits in the wind against me. [Exeunt, severally.
The palace in Alexandria. Enter Antony, with Eros and other attendants. Ant. Hark, the land bids me tread no more upon't, It is asham’d to bear me !-Friends, come hither; I am so lated in the world, that I Have lost my way for ever :-I have a ship Laden with gold ; take that, divide it ; fly, And make your peace with Cæsar.
Omnes. Fly! not we.
Ant. I have fled myself; and have instructed cowards To run, and shew their shoulders.-Friends, be gone: I have myself resolv'd upon a course, Which has no need of you. Be gone, My treasure's in the harbour :-Take it.-Oh, I follow'd that I blush to look upon : My very hairs do mutiny; for the white Reprove the brown for rashness, and they them For fear and doating.' Friends, begone ; you shall Have letters from me to some friends, that will Sweep your way for you. Pray you, look not fad, Nor make replies of lothness : take the hint, Which my despair proclaims. Let that be left,
'The wounded chance of Antony,–] I know not whether the author, who loves to draw his images from the sports of the field, might not have written,
The wounded chase of Antony, The allusion is to a deer wounded and chased, whom all other deer avoid. I will, says Enobarbus, follow Antony, though chased and wounded. The common reading, however, may very well stand. Johns. -solated in the world,-) Alluding to a benighted traveller.
JOHNSON. O 2
Which leaves itself.—To the sea-side. Straightway
Enier Cleopatra, led by Charmian and Iras.
Ant. Yes, my lord, yes ;—4 He at Philippi kept
3 ~I've lost command,] I am not master of my own emotions.
JOHNSON. He at Philippi kept His sword e'en like a dancer,-) In the Morisco, and perhaps anciently in the Pyrrhick dance, the dancers held swords in their hands with the points upward.
JOHNSON. Saad was I, That the mad Brutus ended:--) Nothing can be more in character, than for an infamous debauched tyrant to call the heroic love of one's country and public liberty, madness. WARBURTON.
be aione Dealt on lieutenantry, I know not whether the meaning is, that Cæsar acted only as lieutenant at Philippi, or that he made his attempts only on lieutenants, and left the generals to Antony.
Jognson. Dealt on lieutenantry, I believe, means only,-fought by proxy, made war by his lieutenants.