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In the brave squares of war: yet now-no matter
Cleo. Ah, stand by,
Iras. Go to him, madam, speak to him;
Cleo. Well then, sustain me: oh!
Eros. Most noble fir, arise; the queen approaches; Her head's declin'd, and ? death will seize her ; but Your comfort makes the rescue.
Ant. I have offended reputation ; A most unnoble swerving,
Eros. Sir, the queen.
Ant. O whither halt thou led me, Ægypt? See, * How I convey my shame out of thine eyes; By looking back on what I have left behind, 'Stroy'd in dishonour.
Cleo. Oh, my lord, my lord ;
Ant. Ægypt, thou knew'st too well,
Cleo. Oh, my pardon.
Ant. Now I must To the young man send humble treaties, dodge And palter in the shifts of lowness; who, With half the builk o'the world, play'd as I pleas’d, Making and marring fortunes. You did know,
7 di ath will seize her, but
Your comfort, &c.] Bu has here, as once before in this play, the force of except, or unless.
JOHNSON. 8 How I convey my shameHow, by looking another way, I withdraw my ignominy from your sight.
JOHNSON. 9-ly'd by the firing] That is by the heart fring. JOHNSON.
How much you were my conqueror; and that
Cleo. Pardon, pardon.
Ant. Fall not a tear, I fay; one of them rates
SCEN E X.
Cæfar's camp, in Egypt.
Dol. Cæsar, 'tis his schoolmaster :
Enter Ambassador from Antony.
Amb. Such as I am, I come from Antony:
-as petty to his ends, As is the morn, dew on the myrtle leaf
To his grand fea.] Thus the old copy. To whose grand sea ? I know not. . Perhaps we should read, To this grand fea.
Caf. Be it so. Declare thine office.
Amb. Lord of his fortunes he falutes thee, and
Cef. For Antony,
Amb. Fortune pursue thee!
Tbyr. Cæsar, I go.
Cæs. Observe, a how Antony becomes his flaw; We may suppose that the sea was within view of Cæsar's camp, and at no great distance.
T. T. The modern editors arbitrarily read," the grand sea."
Steevens. * The circle of the Ptolomies] The diadem; the enlign of roy
JOHNSON. 3 -how Antony becomes his flaw;] That is, how Antony conforms himself to this breach of his fortune,
And what thou think'st his very action speaks
S CE N E XI.
A L E X A N DR I A.
Enter Cleopatra, Enobarbus, Charmian, and Iras.
3 Think, and die.] Read,
Drink, and die. This reply of Enobarbus seems grounded upon a peculiarity in the conduct of Antony and Cleopatra, which is related by Plutarch: that, after their defeat at Actium, they instituted a fociety of friends, who entered into engagement to die with them, not abating, in the mean time, any part of their luxury, excess, and riot, in which they had liv'd before.
HANMER. This reading, offered by fir T. Hanmer, is received by Dr. Warburton and Mr. Upton, but I have not advanced it into the page, not being convinced that it is necessary. Think, and die ; that is, Refleit on your folly, and leave ihe world, is a natural answer.
JOHNSON. Sir T. Hanmer reads,
Drink, and dir. And his emendation has been approved, it seems, by Dr. Warburton and Mr. Upton. Mr. Johnson, however,“ has not advanced “ it into the page, not being convinced that it is necessary. " I bink, and die;" says he, " that is, Reflect on your own felly, “ and leave the world, is a natural answer." I grant it would be, according to this explanation, a very proper answer from a moralist or a divine; but Enobarbus, I doubt, was neither the one nor the other. He is drawn as a plain, blunt soldier ; not likely, however, to offend so grofly in point of delicacy as fir T. Hanmer's alteration would make him. I believe the true reading is,
Wink, and die. When the ship is going to be cast away, in the Sea-voyage of Beaumont and Fletcher, (A& i. Scene 1.) and Aminta is lamenting, Tibalt says to her,
Cleo. Is Antony, or we, in fault for this?
Eno. Antony only, that would make his will
Enter Antony, with the Ambasador.
Ant. The queen shall then have courtesy,
Amb. He says so.
Ant. Let her know it.
Go, take your gilt Prayer-book, and to your business ; wink, and dit : infinuating plainly, that the was afraid to meet death with her eyes open. And the same infinuation, I think, Enobarbus might very naturally convey in his return to Cleopatra's desponding question.
Observations and Conjectures, &c. printed at Oxford, 1766. 4mbe being
The meered question. ]The meered question is a term I do not understand. I know not what to offer, excep's
The mooted question. That is, the disputed point, the subject of debate. Mere is indeed a boundary, and the meered question, if it can mean any thing, may, with some violence of language, mean, the dijputed écurdary.