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2 Sold. It will determine one way: fare you well. More right at this, than thou: Despatch.-- love, Heard you of nothing strange about the streets ? That thou could'st see my wars to-day, and knew'st 1 Sold. Nothing : What news?

The royal occupation; thou should'si seo 2 Sold.

Belike, 'lis but a rumour :
Good night to you.

Enter an Officer, armed.
I Sold.
Well, sir, good night.

A workman in't.-Good morrow to thee; welcome :
Enter Two other Soldiers.

Thou look'st like him that knows a warlike charge:

To business that we love, we rise betime, 2 Soid.


And Have careful watch.

go to it with delight.

i Of 3 Sold. And you: Good night, good night. Early though it be, have on their riveted třim,"

A thousand, sir, [The first Two place themselves at their posts. And at the port expect you. 4 Sold. Here we: (They take their Posts.) and if

[Shout. Trumpets. Flourish. to-inorrow Our navy thrive, I have an absolute hope

Enter other Officers, and Soldiers. Our landmen will stand up.

2 of. The morn is fair.—Good morrow, general. 3 Sold.

'Tis a brave army, Au. Good morrow, general. And full of purpose.


'Tis well blown, lado. Music of Hautboys under the Stage. This morning, like the spirit of a youth 4 Sold. Peace, what noise ?

That means to be of note, begins betimes.1 Sou.

List, list! So, so; come, give me that: this way; well said.. 2 Sold. Hark!

Fare thee well, dame, whate'er becomes of me :: I Sold. Music i'the air.

This is a soldier's kiss; rebukable, (Kisses her. 3 Sold. Under the earth.

And worthy shameful check it were, to stand 4 Sold.

Il signs! well, On more mechanic compliment; I'll leave theo Does't not?

Now, like a man of steel.--You, that will fight, 3 Sold. No.

Follow me close ; I'll bring you to't.-Adieu. 1 Sold. Peace, I say. What should this mean?

(Eseunt ANTONY, Eros, Officers, and 2 Sold. "Tis the god Hercules, whom Antony

Soldiers. lov'd,

Char. Please you, retire to your chamber? Now leaves him."

Cleo, I Sold. Walk; let's see if other watchmen He goes forth gallantly. That he and Cæsar might Do hear what we do. (They advance to another Post. Determine this great war in single fight : 2 Sold How now, mastets?

Then, Antony,-But now,-Well, on. (Exeunt. Snid.

How now?

SCENE V.-Antony's Camp near Alexandria. How now ? do you hear this?

Trumpets sound. Enter ANTONY and Eros; a (Several speaking together.

Soldier meeting them. I Sold.

Ay; Is't not strange? 3 Sold. Do you hear, masters ? do you hear ?

Sold. The gods make this a happy day to Antony ! I Sold. Follow the noise so far as we have quarter;

Ant. 'Would, thou and those thy scars had oncas Let's see how't will give off.

Sold. (Several speaking. Content : 'Tis strange. To make me fight at land!


Had'st thou done so,

The kings that have revolted, and the soldier SCENE IV. The same. A Room in the Palace. That has this morning left thee, would have still

Enter Antony and CLEOPATRA; CHARMIN Follow'd thy heels. and others attending.


Who's gone this morning ?
Aut. Eros ! mine armour,

Who? Cleo.

Sleep a liule. One ever near thee: Call for Enobarbus, Ant. No, my chuck.-Eros, come; mine armour, He shall not hear thee; or from Cæsar's camp Eros?

Say, I am none of thiné.
Enter Eros, with Armour,


What say'st thou ?

Sir, Come, good fellow, put thine iron on :

He is with Casar. If fortune be not ours to-day, it is


Şir, his chests and treasure Because we brave her.-Conne.

He has not with him.

Nay, I'll help too.

Is he gone?
What's this for ?


Most certain Ant. Ah, lei be, let be! thou art

Ant. Go, Eros, send his treasure after ; do it; The armourer of my heart :-False, false ; this, Detain no jot, I charge thee: write to him this.

(I will subscribe) gentle adieus, and greetings : Cleo. Sooth, la, I'll help : Thus it must be. Say, that I wish he never find more cause Ant.

Well, well: To change a master.--0, my fortunes havo We shall thrive now.-Seost thou, my good fellow ?

Corrupted honest men :--Despatch :-Enobarbus! Go, put on thy defences.

(Ereuni. Eros,

Briefly,' sir. Cleo. Is not this buckled well ?

SCENE VI. Cesar's Camp before Alexandria. Ant.

Rarely, rarely :

Flourish. Enter Cæsar with AGRIPPA, EnoHo that unbuckles this, till we do please

BARBUS, and others. To dofl't for our repose, shall hear a storm.- Cæs. Go forth, Agrippa, and begin the fight; Thou fumblest, Eros ; and my queen's a squire Our will is, Antony be took alivo;

Make it so known. I i. e. it bodes well.

Agr. Cæsar, I shall.

(Exit AGRIPPA. 2 This is from the oht translation of Plutarch :• Within a little of midnight, when all the citie was city at that gate. Now such as in reason sought the inquiet, full of feare, and sortowe, thinking what would terpretacion of this wonder, thought that it was the god be the issue and end of this warre, it is saide that unto whom Antonius bare singular devotion to countersodainely they heard a marvellous sweete harmonie of reale and resemble him, that did rsake them.' sundry sortes of instruments of musieke, with the cry 3 That is, ' quickly, sir.? of a multitude of people as they had beene dauneinge, 4 Tight is handy, adroit. 86 The Merry Wives and had song as they use in Bacchus seastes, with move or Windsor :- Bear you these letters tightly. A light inges and turnings after the inanner of the atyres: and lass is a handy one. It seemnd that this daunce went through the city unto 5 So in King Henry V.:-she gate that opened to the enemies, and that all the * The armourers accomplishing the knighw, aroupe that made this aoise they heard went out of the With busy hammers closing rivets up

Cæs. The time of universal peace is near : Scar. Let us score their backs,
Prove this a prosperous day, the three-nook'd world And snatch 'em up, as we take hares, bebind;
Shall bear the olive freely.

'Tis sport to maul a runner.

I will reward theo
Enter a Messenger.

Once for thy sprightly comfort, and tenfold Mess.


For thy good valour. Come thee on. Is come into the field.


I'll halt after. (Ereunt. Cæs.

Go, charge Agrippa, Plant those that have revolted in the van,

SCENE VIII. Under the Walls of Alexandria.That Antony may seem to spend his fury

Alarum. Enter Antony, marching; SCARUS, Upon himself.

(Ereuni CESAR and his Train. and Forces. Eno. Alexas did revolt; and went to Jewry, Ant. We have beat him to his camp; Run one On affairs of Antony; there did persuade

before, Grea Herod to incline himself to Cæsar,

And let the queen know of our guests.-TOAnd leave his master Antony: for this pains,

morrow, Cæsar hath hang'd him. Canidius, and the rest Before the sun shall see us, we'll spill the blood That fell away, have entertainment, but

That has to-day escap'd. I thank you all; No honourable trust. I have done ill,

For doughty-handed are you: and have fought of which I do accuse myself so sorely,

Not as you served the cause, but as it had been That I will joy no more.

Each man's like rnine ; you have shown all Hectors. Enter a Soldier of Cæsar's.

Enter the city, clip your wives, your friends,

Tell them your feats; whilst they with joyful tears Sold. Enobarbus, Antony

Wash the congealment from your wounds, and kiss Hath after thee sent all thy treasure, with

The honour'd gashes whole.--Give me thy hand; His bounty overplus : The messenger

[To SCARUS. Came on my guard; and at thy tent is now, Unloading of his mules.

Enter CLEOPATRA, attended. Eno. I give it you.

To this great fairye I'll commend thy acts, Sold.

Mock not, Enobarbus. Make her thanks bless thee.-0, thou day o'tho I tell you true : Best you said the bringer

world, Out of the host; I must attend mine office,

Chain mine arm'd neck ; leap thou, attire and all, Or would have done'ı myself. Your emperor Through proof of harness' to my heart, and there Continues still a Jove.

(Eric Soldier. Ride on the pants triumphing. Eno. I am alone the villain of the earth,


Lord of lords!
And feel I am so most. 0, Antony,

O, infinite virtue! com'st thou smiling from
Thou mine of bounty, how would'st thou have paid The world's great snares uncaught ?
My beller service, when my turpitude


My nightingale, Thou dost so crown with gold! This blows my We have beat them to their beds. What, girl ? heart:

though gray If swift thought break it not, a swifter mean Do something mingle with our younger brown; yet

have we Shall outstrike thought : but thought will do't, I feel. I fight against thee !--No: I will go seek

A brain that nourishes our nerves, and can Some ditch, wherein to die; the foul'st best fits Get goal for goal of youth. Behold this man; My latter part of life.

(Erit. Commend unto his lips thy favouring hand SCENE VII. Field of Battle between the Camps. As if a god, in hate of mankind, had

Kiss it, my warrior :--He hath fought to-day, Alarum. Drums and Trumpets. Enter AGRIPPA, Destroy'd in such a shape. and others.


I'll give thee, friend, Agr. Retire, we have engag'd ourselves too far; An armour all of gold : it was a king's. Cæsar himself has work, and our oppression

Ant. He has deserv'd it: were it carbuncled Exceeds what he expected.

(Exeunt. Like holy Phæbus' car.-Give me thy hand ; Alarum, Enter AntonỲ and SCARUS, wounded. Through Alexandria make a jolly march;

Scar. O, my brave emperor, this is fought indeed! Bear our back'd targets like the men that owe them:** Had we done so at first, we had driven them home Had our great palace the capacity With clouts about their heads.

To camp this host, we all would sup together Ant.

Thor bleed'st apace. And drink carouses to the next day's faie, Scar. I had a wound here that was like a T,

Which promises royal peril.- Trumpeters, But now 'uis made an H.

With brazen din blast you the city's ear; Ant.

They do retire. Make mingle with our rattling tabourines :\ Scar. We'll beat 'em into bench-holes ;' I have That heaven and earth may strike their sounds toyet

gether, Room for six scotches more.

Applauding our approach.

(Exeunt. Enter Eros.

4 The hole in a bench, ad lerandum aldum. Thus Eros. They are beaten, sir; and our advantage in Cecil's Secret Correspondence, published by Lord

Hailes, 1766 :—' And beside, until a man be sure that For a fair victory.

this embryo is likely to receive life, I will leave it like

an abort in a bench-hole.' | The meaning is that the world shall then enjoy the 5 Antony, after his success, intends to bring his offi. blessings of peace uudisturbed. The following pas-cers to sup with Cleopatra, and orders notice to be given sages illustrate this passage :-

her of their coming. Come the three corners of the world in arms,

6 Fairy, in former times, did not signify only a dimi. And we shall shock them.

King John. native imaginary being, but an enchanier ; in which "There is not now a rebel's sword unsheath'd,

sense it is used here. But peace puts forth her olive every where." 7 i. e. armour of proof. Harnois, Fr.; arnese, Ital.

King Henry VI. Part II. Activ. Sc. 4. 8 I. e. the war. So in the 116th Psalm :The snares 2. This generosity (says Enobarbus) suells my heart, of death compassed me round about.' Thus also Staso that it will quickly break, if thought break it not. tius :Blown is used for puffed or suelled in the last scene :

circum undique lethi on her breast

Vallavere plage.' There is a vent of blood, and something blown.' 9 At all plays of barriers the boundary is called a And in Lear :No bloron ambition doth our arme excite.'

goal; to win a goal is to be superior in a contest of

activity. Thought here also signifies grief. See Act iii. Sc. 2. 10 • With spirit and exultation, such as becomes the

3.Vur oppression means the force by which we are brave warriors that own them. oppressed or overpowered.

11 Tabourines were small drums.


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SCENE IX. Cæsar's Camp. Sentinels on their We'd fight there too. But this it is; Our foot Post. Enter ENOBARBUS.

Upon the hill adjoining to the city, I Sold. If we be not reliev'd within this hour,

Shall stay with us: order for sea is given; We must return to the court of guard : The night They have put forth the haven : Let's seek a Is shiny; and, they say, we shall embatile

spot, By the second hour i' the morn.

Where there appointment we may best discover,

And look on their endeavour.' 2 Sold. This last day was

(Eseunt A shrewd one to us.

Enter CÆSAR, and his Forces, marching. Eno.

o, bear me witness, night 3 Sold. What man is this?

Cæs. But being charg'd, we will be still by land, 2 Sold.

Stand close, and list him. Which, as I take', we shall; for his best forco Eno. Be witness to me, O, thou blessed moon, Is forth to man his galleys. To the vales, When men revolled shall

And hold our best advantage.

(Exeunt. Bear hateful memory, poor 'Enobarbus did Before thy face repent !

Re-enter ANTONY and SCARUS. 1 Sold. Enobarbus!

Ant. Yet they're not join'd: Where yonder pine 3 Sold.


does stand, Hark further.

I shall discover all : I'll bring thee word Eno. 0, sovereign mistress of true melancholy, Straight, how 'tis like to go.

(Erit. The poisonous damp of night dispouge? upon me;


Swallows have built That life, a very rebel to my will,

In Cleopatra's sails their nests: the augures May hang no longer on me : Throw my heart Say, they know not,--they cannot tell ;-look Against the flint and hardness of my fault;)

yrimly, Which, being dried with grief, will break to powder, And dare not speak their knowledge. Antony And finish all foul thoughts. O, Antony,

Is valiant, and dejected; and, by starts, Nobler than my revolt is infamous.

His fretted fortunes give him hope, and fear, Forgive me in thine own particular;

of what he has, and has not. But let the world rank me in register

Alarum afar off, as at a Sea-fight. Re-enter A master leaver, and a fugitive :

ANTONY 0, Antony! 0, Antony!


Ant. Let's speak 2 Sold.

All is lost; To him.

This foul Egyptian hath betrayed me : 1 Sold. Let's hear him, for the things he speaks My fleet haih yielded to the foe; and yonder May concern Cæsar.

They cast their caps up, and carouse together 3 Sold.

Let's do so. But he sleeps. Like friends long lost.—Triple-turn'd whore !o 'tis 1 Sold. Swoons rather ; for so bad a prayer as his Was never yet for sleep.

Hast sold me to this novice; and my heart 2 Sold. Go we to him.

Makes only wars on thee.-Bid them all fly; 3 Sold. Awake, awake, sir; speak to us.

For when I am reveng'd upon my charm, 2 Sold.

Hear you, sir ?

I have done all :-Bid them all Ay, begone. I Sold. The hand of death hath raughi* him.

(Exit SCARUS. Hark, the drums (Drums afar of o, sun, thy uprise shall I see no more: Demurelys wake the sleepers. Let us bear him

Fortune and Antony part here ; even hore

Do we shake hands.-All come io this? --The hearts To the court of guard ; he is of note : our hour Is fully out.

That spaniel'dil me at heels, to whom I gave 3 Sold. then;

Their wishes, to discandy, melt their sweets He may recover yet.

On blossoming Cæsar; and this pine is bark'd,

(Eseunt with the Body. SCENE X. Between the two Camps. Enter An- O, this false soul of Egypt ! this grave charm':

That overtopp'd them all. Betray'd I am: TONY and SCARUS, with Forces, marching.

Whose eye beck'd forth my wars, and call'd them Ant. Their preparation is to-day hy sea; We please them not by land.

Whose bosom was my crownet,"' my chief end, Scar.

For both, my lord. Like a right gipsy, hath, at fast and loose, 14 Ant. I would, they'd fight i' the fire, or in the air; Beguild me to the very heart of loss.-

What, Eros, Eros ! I The court of guard is the guard-room, the place where the guard musters. The phrase is used again in should read here, and not augurers, improperly subOthello.

stituted by Malone. 2 Discharge, as a sponge when squeezed discharges 10 Cleopatra firet belonged to Julius Cæsar, then to the moisture it had imbibed.

Antony, and now, as Antony supposes, to Augustus. 3 "It is painful to find the gloomy dignity of this noble 11 The old editions read, pannellid. Spaniel'd is the scene destroyed by the intrusion of a conceit so far. happy emendation of Sir Thomas Hanmer. In A Mid. fetched and unaffecting. -Johnson.

summer Night's Dream, Helena says to Demetrius Steevens has justly observed, that Shakspeare, in "I am your spaniel, ---only give me leave, most of his conceits, is kept in countenance by his con. Unworthy as I am, to folloro you.' temporaries. We have something similar in Daniel's 12 “This gruve charm' probably means this deadly or Ilach Sonnet, ed. 1594:

destructive peace of witchcraft. In this sense the epithet Still must I whet my young desires abated, grare is often used by Chapman in his translation of Upon the flint of such a heart rebelling.'

Homer. Thus in the nineteenth book :4 Rmghl is the ancient preterite of the verb to reach. :-. but not far hence the fatal minutes are 5 Demurely for solemnly.

of thy grure ruin.' 6 Some words appear to have been accidentally It seems to be employed in the sense of the Latin word omitted in the old copy, which Malone has supplied by gravis. the phrase, “Let's seek a spol.' Rowe supplied the 13 "That which I looked to as the reward or crown of omission by the words, 'Furiher ou.'

my endeavours. The allusion is to finis coronal opus. 7 Where we may but discover their numbers, and In All's Well that Ends Well we have :-Suill the fine's see their motions.'

the crown.' 8 But, in its exceptive sense, for be out, i. e. without. 14 The allusion is to the game of fast and loose, or Steevens has adduced a passage from the MS. Romance pricking at the belt or girdle, still practised by juggling of Guillaume de Palerne, in the Library of King's Coll. cheats at fairs, and which was practised by the gipsies Cambridge, in which the orthography almost explains in Shakspeare's time, as appears in an Epigram ! the word:

Thomas Freeman's, in his collection, called 'Run and I sayle now in the see as schip boute mast, a great Cast,' 1614, which is printed in the Variorum

Boule anker, or ore, or any semlych sayle. Shakspeare, together with Sir John Hawki is's descrip. 9 The old copy reads, auguries. Augurs, the plural Lion of the game. See also Scot's Discover le of Witch. of augur, was anciently spelled augures, which we craft, 1584, p. 336.

Come on,



Ant. That which is now a horse, even with a Ah, thou spell! Araunt.

thought, Cleo. Why is my lord enrag'd against his love?

The rack dislimns, and makes it indistinct, Ant. Vanish; or I shall give thee thy deserving, As water is in waier.


It does, my lord.
And blemish Cæsar's triumph. Let him take thee,
And hoist thee up to the shouting plebeians :

Ant. My good knave, Eros, now thy captain is Follow his chariot, like the greatest spot

Even such a body: here I am Antony; Of all thy sex: most monster-like, be shown

Yet cannot hold this visible shape, my knavo. For poor'st diminutives, for doits ;' and let

I made these wars for Egypt; and the queen,Patient Octavia plough thy visage up

Whose heart, I thought, I had, for she had mine; With her prepared dails.' (Erit Cleo.] Tis well Which, whilst it was mine, had annex'd unto't thour't gone,

A million more, now lost, -she, Eros, has If it be well to live : But better 'twere

Pack'd cardsło with Cæsar, and false play'd my glory Thou fell’st into my fury, for one death

Unto an enemy's triumph.
Might have prevented many. ---Eros, ho !--- Nay, weep noi, gentle Eros; there is left us
The shirt of Nessus is upon me: Teach me,

Ourselves to end ourselves.-0, thy vilo lady
Alcides, thou mine ancestor, thy rage:

Let me lodge Lichas on the horns o’the moon;
And with those hands, that grasp'd the heaviest She has robb'd me of my sword.


No, Antony; Subdue my worthiest self. The witch shall die ;

My mistress lov'd thee, and her fortunes mingled

With thine entirely. To the young Roman boy she hath sold me,

and I fall


Hence, saucy eunuch ; peace; Under this plot: she dies for’t.---Eros, ho! (Exit. She hath betray'd nie, and shall die the death.

Mar. Death of one person can be paid but once; SCENE XI. Alexandria. A Room in the Palace. And that she has discharg'd: Whai thou would'st do

Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, IRAs and MAR- Is done unto thy hand; the last she spake

Was Antony! most noble Antony !
Cleo. Help me, my women! O, he is more mad Then in the midst a tearing groan did break
Than Telamon' for his shield; the boar of Thessaly The name of Antony ; it was divided
Was never so emboss'd.4

Between her heart and lips: she render'd life,
To the monument;

Thy name so buricd in her. There lock yourself, and send him word you are


Dead, then? dead.


Dead. The soul and body rive not more in parting,

Ant. Unarm, Eros; the long day's task is done, Than greatness going off.

And we must sleep:--That thou depart'st henco Cleo. To the monument :

safe, Mardian, go tell him I have slain myself;

Does pay thy labour richly; Go.-Off, pluck off ;Say, that the last I spoke was, Antony,

[Erit MARDIAN. And word it, pr’ythee, piteously : Hence,

The sevenfold shield of Ajax connot keep Mardian; and bring me how he takes my death. The battery from my heart." O, cleave my sides ! To the monument.

(Exeunt. Heart, once be stronger than thy continent, 12 SCENE XII. The same. Another Room. Enter No more a soldier:-Bruised pieces, go;

Crack thy frail case-Apace, Éros, apace.-

You have been nobly borne.-From me awhile.Ant. Eros, thou yet behold'st me ?

(Erit Eros. Eros.

Ay, noble lord. I will o'ertake thee, Cleopatra, and Ant. Sometime, we see a cloud that's dragonish;' Weep for my pardon. So it must be, for now A vapour, sometime, like a bear, or lion,

All length is torture:13 Since the torch is out, A tower'd citadel, a pendent rock,

Lie down, and stray no furibor: Now all labour A forked mountain or blue promontory

Mars what it does, yea, very force entangles With trees upon't, that nod unto the world, Itself with strength : Seal, then, it and all is done.And mock our eyes with air : Thou hast seen theso Eros ! I come, my queen :-Eros !-Stay for me : signs;

Where souls do couch on flowers, we'll hand in hand, They are black vesper's pageants.'

And with our sprightly port make the ghosts gaze : Eror.

Ay, my lord.

or unicorne ; but if they be curiously look'd into, there 1 i. e. for the smallest pieces of money. The old copy is nothing but cloth, and sticks, and ayre. reads, “for dolts ;' and, at Mr. Tyrwhit's suggestion, 8 i. e. 'the fleeting away of the clouds destroys the Steevens reads, to dolts.

picture.' 2 Shakspeare was probably indebted to Golding's

9 Knare was familiarly used for servant. Thus in A translation of Ovid's Metamorphoses, b. ix. for the story Mery Geste of Robyn Hoode :of Lichag.

I shall thee lende lyttle John my man, 3 i. e. than Ajar Telamon for the armour of Achilles, For he shall be thy knare.' the most valuable part of which was the shield. The But it had already begun to have no favourable signifi boar of Thessaly was the boar killed by Meleager. cation when Barei published his Alvearie, in 1573.

4 When a hunted animal is so hard run that it foams 10 · To pack the cards' was to put them together in an at the mouth, it is said to be emboss'd.

unfair manner. It is olien used metaphorically, for It is a sufferance, panging

contriving together to deceive another. The poet meant As soul and body's severing."

to say, that Cleopatra, by collusion, played the great

King Henry VIII. game they were engageu in falsely: so as to sacrifice Like to a mass of clouds, that now seem like Antony's fame to that of his enemy. There is an An elephant, and straight way like an ox,

equivoque between trump and triumph, The game of And then a mouse.' Chapman's Mons. D'Olive. trump (triomphe, Fr.) was then popular; it was a rude like empty clouds,

prototype of whist. In which our faulty apprehensions forge

11 The battery from my heart' means 'the battery The forms of dragons, lions, elephants,

proceeding from my heart, which is strong enough to When they halá no proportion.'

break through the sevenfold shield of Ajax ; I wish it

Bussy D'Ambois. were strong enough to cleave my sides and destroy me.' 7 The beauty both of the expression and the allusion 12 i. e, the thing that contains thee. Is lost, unless we recollect the frequency and the nature 13 Steevens thinks that the poet wrote life, and not of these shows in Shakspeare's age. The following length. But length may signify extension or protrac apposite passage from a sermon, by Bishop Hall, istion of life. cited by Mr. Boswell :-" feare some of you are like 14 A passage iu King Henry V. explains this :the pageants of your great solemnities, wherein there . And go espousd to death, with blood he seal'd la show of a solid body, whether of a lion, or elephant, A testament of noble-ending love.'

Dido and her Æneas' shall want troops,

Enter DERCETAS and Guard. And all the haunt be ours.--Come, Eros, Eros!

1 Guard.

What's the noisc: Re-enter Eros,

Ant. I have done my work ill, friends ; 0, make Eros. What would my lord ?

an end Ant.

Since Cleopatra died, or what I have begun. I liv'd in such dishonour, that the gods

2 Guard.

The star is fallen. Detest my baseness. I, that with my sword

1 Guard. And time is at his period. Quarter'd the world, and o'er green Neptune's back


Alas, and wo! With ships made cities, condemn myself to lack Ant. Let him that loves me, strike me dead.

1 Guard. The courage of a woman; less noble mind?

Not I. Than she, which, by her death, our Cæsar lells,

2 Guard. Nor I. I am conqueror of myself. Thou art sworn, Eros,

3 Guard. Nor any one.

(Ereunt Guard. That, when the exigent should come, (which now

Der. Thy death and fortunes bid ihy followers fly. Is come, indeed,) when I should see behind me

This sword but shown to Cæsar, with this tidings, The inevitable prosecution of

Shall enter me with him. Disgrace and horror, thal, on my command,

Enter DIOMEDES. Thou then would'st kill me: do't ; the time is come;

Dio. Where's Antony ? Thou strik'st not me, 'tis Cæsar thou defeat'st.

Der. Pat colour in thy cheek..

There, Diomed, there.

The gods withhold me! Wilt thou not answer, man?

Lives he? Shall I do that, which all the Parthian darts,


Ant. Art ihou there, Diomed?' Draw thy sword, Though enemy, lost aim, and could not ?

and give me Anl.

Eros, Would'st thou be window'd in great Rome, and see

Sufficing strokes for death.

Thy master thus with pleach'd' arms, bending down My mistress Cleopatra sent me to thee.

Most absolute lord, His corrigible* neck, his face subdued

Ant. When did she send thee? To peneiralive shame ; whilst the wheel'd seat


Now, my lord. or fortunate Cesar, drawn before him, branded


Where is sho? His baseness that ensu'd ?5

Dio. Lock'd in her monument. She had a proEros.

I would not see't. Ant. Come, then; for with a wound I must be or what hath come to pass : for when she saw

phesying fear cur'd. Draw that thy honest sword, which thou hast worn She hath dispos’de with Cæsar, and that your rage

(Which never shall be found) you did suspect Most useful for thy country. Eros.

0, sir, pardon me.

Would not be purg'd, she sent you word she was Ant. When I did make thee free, swor’st thou But; searing, since, how it might work, hath sent

dead; not then To do this when I bade thee? Do it at once ;

Me to proclaim the truth; and I am come,

I dread, too late. Or thy precedent services are all


Ant. Too late, good Diomed:-Call my guard, 1 But accidents unpurpos'd. Draw, and come. Eros. Turn from me then that noble countenance,

Dio. What, ho! the emperor's guard! The guard,

what, ho! Wherein the worship of the whole world lies.

Come, your lord calls. Ant. Lo thee.

(Turning from him. Eros. My sword is drawn.

Enter some of the Guard. Ant.

Then let it do at once Ant. Bear me, good friends, where Cleopatra The thing why thou hast drawn it.

bides; Eros.

My dear master, 'Tis the last service that I shall command you. My captain and my emperor! let me say,

1 Guard. Wo, wo are we, sir, you may not livo Before I strike this bloody stroke, farewell.

to wear Ant. 'Tis said, man ;--and farewell.

All your true followers out. Eros. Farewell, great chief. Shall I strike now?


Most heavy day! Ant.

Now, Eros. Ant. Nay, good my fellows, do not please sharp Eros. Why, there, then :-(Falls on his Sword.)

fate Thus do I escape the sorrow

To grace it with your sorrows: bid that welcomo or Antony's death.

[Dies. Which comes to punish us, and we punish it, Ant.

Thrice nobler than myself! Seeming to bear it lightly. Take me up : Thou teachest me, O valiant Eros, what

I have led you oft; carry me now, good friends, I should, and thou could'st not. My queen and Eros And havo my thanks for all. Have, by their brave instruction, got upon me

(Exeunt bearing ANTONY. A nobleness in record : But I will be

SCENE XIII. The same. A Monument. Enter A bridegroom in my death,' and run into't

above, CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, and IRAS. As to a lover's bed. Come, then ; and, Eros, Cleo. O, Charmian, I will never go froin hence. Thy master dies thy scholar ; to do thus

Char. Be comforted, dear madam.

(Falling on his Sword. I learn'd of thee. How! not dead ? not dead - that having beene so great a captaine and emperour, I The guard !-ho!--0, despatch me.

am indeci condemned to be judged of lesse corage and

noble minde than a woman.' I Warburton remarks that Dido and Æneas were not 3 i. e, arms folded in each other. likely to be found thus lovingly associated, “where souls 4 Corrigible for correcteil, and afterwards penetra. do couch on flowers. Either the poet forgot Virgil's tire for penetrating. So Virgil has 'penetrabile frigus' celebrated description in the sixth book of the Æneid, for penetrans frigus,' in his Georgics. or confounded Æneas with Sichæus inadvertently. 5. Branded with baseness the poor wretch that fol.

2.Less noble mind: must be accepted as if it was loured.' written less nobly minderd. The termination bly is often 6 i. e. the honour, the dignity. written ble by old writers, and is frequently to be found 7 This thought occurs in Measure for Measure : an in Shakspeare. To mind or purpose is a verb exten.

I will encounter darkness as a bride, sively used in former times. We have it in the Third

And hug it in my arms.' Part of King Henry VI. :

8 i. e. arranged with him, agreed with him. Tho • Belike she minds to play the amazın.' word is used in this sense in Troilus and Cressida, Act And in another place :

ii. Sc. 3: But if you mind to hold your true obedience, Agam. What's his excuse? So Baret :- I am fully purposed, minded, or deter. Ulyss.

He doth rely on nono, nined so to do. Tho passage in North's Plutarch, But carries on the stream of his dispose wluch Shakspeare copied, runs thus :- I am sorrie Without observance or respect of any."

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