« AnteriorContinuar »
Ant. Can he be there in perfon? 'tis impoffible ; beard the noise of a fea-fizbe. Alarur. Strange, that his power should be.--Canidius, Enobarbus. Our nineteen legions thou shalt hold by land, Eno. Naught, naught, all naught! I can behold And our twelve thousand horse:-We'll to our ship;
no longer : Away, my Thetis !--How now, worthy soldier ? The Antoniad 3, the Ægyptian admiral, Enter a Soldier.
With all their fixty, fly, and turn the rudder ; Sold. O noble eniperor, do not fight by sea ;
To see 't, mine eyes are blasted. . Trust not to rotten planks : Do you misiloubt
Scar. Gods, and goddelles,
All the whole fynod of them!
Eno. What's thy passion ? Have us'd to conquer, standing on the earth,
Scar. The greater cantle 4 of the world is los And fighting foot to foot.
With very ignorance ; we have kits d away Ant. Well, well, away.
Kingdoms and provinces. [Exeunt Intony, Cleopatin, and Fnobarbus. Eno. How appears the fight? Sold. By Hercules, I think, I am i' the right.
Scar. On our fide like the token'ds peftilence C.in. Soldier, thou art: but his wholeaction glows Where death is sure. Yon ribald nag 5 of E3T, Not in the power on 't': So our leader's led, Whom leprosy i o’ertake! i' the midst o'ts And we are women's men.
fight,Sold. You keep by land
When vantage like a pair of twins appear'd, The legions and the horse whole, do you not?
Both as the same, or rather ours the elder, Car. Marcus Octavius, Marcus Jufteius,
The brize 8 upon her, like a cow in June, Publicola, and Cælius, are for sea :
Hoists fails, and flies.
Eno. That I beheld :
Mine eyes did ficken at the sight, and could not Sold. While he was vet in Rome,
Endure a further view,
The noble ruin of her magic, Antony,
Claps on bis sea-wing, and, like a doating mallar's Sold. They say, one Taurus.
Leaving the fight in height, fies after her :
I never saw an action of such shame;
Experience, manhood, honour, ne'er before
Did violate so itself, Mef. The emperor calls Canidius.
E»0. Alack, alack! Can. With neivs the time's with labour ; and
Enter Canidius. throws forth,
Can. Our fortune on the sea is out of breath, Each minute, fome.
[Exeunt. And links moft lamentably. Had our general S CE N E VIII.
Been what he knew himself, it had gone well:
O, he has given example for our Aight,
(nugti Enter Cæfar, Taurus, Officers, &c.
Eno. Ay, are you thereabouts? Why then, sod Cel. Taurus.
Indecd. Tair. My lord,
[not battle, Can. Towards Peloponnesus are they fled. Cæs. Strike not by land ; keep whole : provoke Scar. 'Tis easy to't; and there will I attend "Till we have done at sea. Do not exceed What further comes. The prescript of this scrowl: Our fortune lies Coix. To Cæfar will I render Upon this jump.
[Exeunt. My legions, and my horse ; fix kings already Enter Antony and Enobarbus.
Shew me the way of yielding.
Eno. I'll yet follow
Sits in the wind against me.
[Extinto And so proceed accordingly.
SCENE IX. Enter Canidius, marching with bis land army one way,
The Palace in Alexandria. over the fage; ard Taurus, the lieutenant of Enter Antony, with Eros, and oiber Attendauts. Cæfar, the orber way. After their going in, is Ani. Hark, the land bids me treadno more upon't,
i That is, his whole conduct becomes ungoverned by the right, or by reason 2 i. e. de tachments ; separate bedies. 3 Which, Plutarch says, was the name of Cleopatra's ship. 4 Carti is a corner. 5 i. e. spotted. The death of those visited by the plague was certain when particular eruptions appeared on the skin ; and there were called God's tokens. 6 A ribald is a lewd fellow. Yon ribald nag means, Yon ftrumpet, who is common to every wanton fellow. 7 Leprosy was one of the various names by which ihe Lues venerea was distinguished. * The brize is the gad. Apa " To loof (or luff) is to bring a ship close to the wind.
t is afham’d to bear me !--Friends, come hither ;By looking back on what I have left behind
'Stroy'd in dishonour.
You would have follow'd,
[cowards Ant. Ægypt; thou knew'st too well,
Thy full supremacy thou knew'ft; and that I have myself resolv'd upon a course,
Thy beck might from the bidding of the gods
Cleo. O, my pardon,
Ant. Now I muit
Cleo. Pardon, pardon.
Ant. Fall not a tear, I say ; one of them rates
knows; Iras. Do, most dear queen.
[him. We scorn her most, when most the offers blows. Char. Do! Why, what else ?
[Exeunt. Cleo. Let me fit down. O Juno!
Ce far's Camp, in Egypte
Enter Ceefar, Dolabella, Thyreus, with oshers.
Caf. Let him appear that's come from AnChar. Madam,--
Know you him?
Dol. Cæsar, 'tis his schoolmaster 8 ;
He fends so poor a piirion of his wing,
Which had superfluous kings for mellengers,
Not many moons gone by.
Enter Ambalador from Antony.
[ter. Cæs. Approach, and speak.
Amb. Such as I am, I come from Antony :
As is the morn-dew on the myrtie leaf
To his grand rea 9.
Requires to live in Ægypt: which not granted,
He letlens his requests; and to thee sues
To let himn breathe between the heavens and earth,
A private inan in Athens : This for him.
' Alluding to a benighted traveller. 2 Aniony means, that Cælar never offered to draw his (word, but kept it in the scabbard, like one who dances with a tword on, which was formerly the custom in England. 3 Nothing, says Dr. Warburton, can be more in character, than for an infainous dehauched tyrant to call the heroic love of one's country and publick liberty, madrefs. 4 Meaning, perbaps, that Cæfar only fought by proxy, made war by his lieutenants, or, on the treng hef his 1:eutenants. si. e. except or unless. 6;. c. how, by looking another way, I withdraw my igricminy from your fight.
? That is, by the heart-fring. $ The name of this person was Euphronius 9 His grand fra may mean bis full ride of prosperity. ISO 2
The circle of the Ptolemies for her heirs,
Ant. To him again; Tell him, he wears the role Now hazarded to thy grace.
Of youth upon him ; from which, the world Ges. For Antony,
should note I have no ears to his request. The queen Sometbing particular : his coin, ships, legions, Or audience, nor defire, Thall fail; so the May be a coward's ; whose ministers would preFrom Ægypt drive her all-disgraced friend,
vail Oi take his life there : This if the perform, Under the service of a child, as soon She shall not fue unheard. So to tliem both. As i' the command of Cæsar : I dare him therefore Amb. Fortune pursue thee !
To lay his gay comparisons apart, Caef. Bring him through the bands.
And answer me declin’d 5, sword against (word,
[Exit Ambassador. Ourselves alone : I'll write it ; follow me. To try thy eloquence, now 'tis tine : Dispatch ;
[Exeunt Antony and 44. From Antony win Cleopatra : promise,
Eno. Yes, like enough, high-battles Cæsar will
[T. Tlyreus. Unitate his happiness, and be Itag'd to the thew
To suffer all alike. That he should dream,
His judgment too.
Enter an Allendanı.
Cleo. What ? no more ceremony-See, my
women !SCENE XI.
Against the blown rose may they stop their nose,
That kneel'd unto the buds.-Admit him, fir.
Eno. Mine honesty, and I, begin to square.
[4fde. Cleo. What shall we do, Enobarbus?
The loyalty, well lield to fools, does make Eno. Think, and die 3.
Our faith mere folly : Yet, he, that can endure Cleo. Is Antony, or we, in fault for this?
To follow with allegiance a fallen lord, Eno. Antony only, that would make his will
Does conquer him that did his master conquer, Lord of his reason. What though you fed
And earns a place i' the story. From that great face of war, whose several ranges
Cleo. Cæsar's will ?
Tbyr. Hear it apart.
Clea. None but friends; say boldly.
Thyr. So, haply, are they friends to Antony.
Eno. He needs as many, sir, as Cæfar has ;
Or necds not us. And leave his navy gazing.
If Cælar please, our master
Will leap to be his friend : For us, you know,
Whose he is, we are ; and that is, Cæsar's,
Thus then, thou most renown'd; Cæsar intreats, Amb. Ay, my lord.
Not to confider in what case thou stand'ft ant. The queen shall then have courtesy, Further than he is Cifar 6. So she will yield us up.
Cies. Go on : Right royal. Amb. He says 10
Thyr. He knows, that you embrace not Antony Ant. Let her know it.
did love, but as you feared him. To the boy Cæfar tend this grizzled head,
Cleo. O! And he will fill thy wishes to the brim
Tbyr. The scars upon your honour, therefore, he With principalities.
Dues pity, as constrained blemishes, C.eo. That head, my lord ?
Not as deserv'd.
1 The diadem. 2 That is, how Antonv conforms himself to this breach of his fortane. 3 Think, and die ; that is, Refleli on your solly, and leave ihe world. 4 The meered question is a cerm we do not understand. Dr. Johnson, fays, mere is indeed a boundary, and the meered question, if it can mean anything, may, with tome violence of langnage, mean, the disputed boundary. 's The meaning is, I require of Cæiar not to depend on the superiority which the comparison of our different fortunes may exhibit to him, but to aniwer me man to man, in this decline of my age or power. 61. e. Casar intreats, that at the same time you consider your desperate fortunes, you would consider he is Cæsar; that is, generous and surgiving, able and willing to rellore them.
Cleo. He is a god, and knows
Have I my pillow left unpreft in Rome, What is most right : Mine honour was not yielded, Forborne the getting of a lawful race, But conquer'd merely.
And by a gem of women, to be abus'd Eno. To be sure of that,
[ Afide. By one that looks on feeders ? I will alk Antony.--Sir, sir, thou art so leaky, Clio. Good my lord, That we must leave thee to thy sinking, for
Ani. You have been a boggler ever :Thy deareft quit thee.
[Exit Enobarbus, But when we in our viciousness grow hard, Thyr. Shall I fay to Cesar
(O mifery on't !) the wise gods ieel our eyes ;
Ant. I found you as a morsel, cold upon
Dead Cæsar's trencher : nay, you were a fragment The universal landlord.
Of Cneius Pompey's, besides what hotter hours, Clco. What's your name?
Unregister'd in vulgar fame, you have Thyr. My nanie is Thyreus.
Luxurimully pick'd out :-For, I am sure, Cleo. Most kind mellenger,
Though you can guess what temperance should be, Say to great Cæfar this, In difputation
You know not wbat it is.
Clen. Wherefore is this?
My play-fellow, your hand, this kingly feal,
And plighter of high hearts ! -0, that I were
The horned herd! for 1 have savage cause ;
A halter'd neck, which does the hangman thank
For being yare about him.-Is he whipp'd ? When he hath musid of taking kingdoms in,
Re-enter Atter:dunts, with Thyrous. Bestow'd his lips on that unworthy place,
strand. Soundly, my lord. As it rain d kitles.
Ant. Cry'd he ? and begg'd he pardon ?
driend. He did ask favour. Ant. Favours, by Jove that thunders!
Ant. If that thy father live, let him repent What art thou, fellow?
Thou watt not made his daughter; and be thou forry Thyr. One, that but performs
To follow Cæsar in his triumph, since [forth, The bidding of the fullest man, and worthiest Thou hast been whipp'd for following him: henceTo have command obey'd.
The white hand of a lady fever thee, Eno. You will be whipp'd.
Shake thou to look on't.--Get thee back to Casar, Ant. Approach, there :-Ah, you kite !--Now, Tell him thy entertainment : Look, chou say, gods and devils !
(ho! He makes me angry with him : for he seems Authority melts from me: Of late, when I cry'd, Proud and disdainful ; harping on what I am, Like boys unto a muls 3, kings would Itart forth, Not what he knew I was : He makes me angry; And cry, Your will? Have you no ears? I am And at this time most eafy 'tis to do't ; Enter „Attendants.
When my good stars, that were my former guides, Antony yet. Take hence this Jack, and whip him. Hive empty left their ords, and thue their fires
Eno. 'Tis better playing with a lion's whelp, Into the abilm of hell. If he millike Than with an old one dying.
My speech, and what is done; tell him, he fins Ant. Moon and Itars !
[butaries Hipparchus, my entranchis'd bondman, whom Whip him :.-Were't twenty of the greatest tri- Hc may at pleasure whip, or hang, or toiture, That du acknowledge Cætar, thould I find them As he thall like, to quit 4 me: Urge it thou: So saucy with the hand of the here, (What's hier Hence with thy stripes, begone.
[txt T byreus.
Cleo. Have you done yet?
Cleo. I mult itay his time.
Ant. To fatter Cæfar, would you mingle eyes
Cico. Not know me yet?
Tie. Town he has the better in the controversy confefs my inability to dispute or contend with him, * i. c. Grant me the favour. 3 i.e. a scramble, *i. c. to requite me. Eee 3
From my cold hoart let heaven ingender hail, And send to darkness all that stop me.--Come, And poiion it in the source ; and the first stone Let's have one other gaudy * night : call to me Drop in my neck : as it determines, so
All my sad captains, fill our bowls; once more Diffolve any life! The next Cxsarion' (mite ! Let's mock the midnight bell. 'Till, by degrees, the memory of my womb, Cleo. It is my birth-day:
[lord Together with my brave Egyptians all,
I had thought, to have held it poor ; but, înce my By the discandying of this pelleted storm, Is Antony again, I will be Cleopatra. Lie gravelers ; 'till the flies and gnats of Nile Ant. We'll yet do well, Have buried them for prey!
Cleo. Call all his noble captains to my lord. Ani. I am fatisfy'd :
Ant. Do so, we'll speak to them; and to-night Cæfar sits down in Alexandria ; where
[queen; I will oppose his fate. Our force by land The wine peep through their scars.--Come on, my Hath nobly held ; our sever'd navy too
There's fap in't yet. The next time I do figh, Have knit again, and feet 2, threat’ning most sea-like. I'll make death love me ; for I will contend Where halt thou been, my heart ? --Dost thou Even with his pestilent scythe. hear, lady?
[Exeunt Ant. and Close If from the field I should return once more Eno. Now he'll out-stare the lightning. To be To kiss these lips, I will appear in blood;
furious, I and my sword will earn my chronicle ; Is to be frighted out of fear : and in that mood, There is hope in it yet.
The dove will peck the estridge ; and I see itill, Coleo. That's my bravc Jord!
A diminution in our captain's brain Ant. I will be treble-linew'd, hearted, breath'd, Restores his heart : When yalour preys on realom And fight maliciously : for when inine hours It eats the sword is fights with. I will seek Were nice 3 and lucky, men did ransom lives Some way to leave him.
(Exih oi me for jests; but now, I'll let my teetli,
tint. Why should he not?
(fortune, Enter Cæfar, reading a letter ; Agrippa, Mecanas, Eno. He thinks, being twenty times of beiter &c.
He is twenty men to one.
By sea and land i'll fight : or I will live,
Call forth my houshoid servants ; let's to-night Mes. Cæsar must think,
Enter Servants. When one so great begins to rage, he's hunted Be bounteous at our meal.--Give me thy hand, Even to falling. Give him no breath, but now Thou hast been rightly honest ;-10 haft thou ; Make boot 4 of his distraction : Never anger And thou ;-and thou ;--and thou :-you have Made good guard for itself.
serv'd me well, Caf. Let our best heads
And kings have been your fellows. Know, that to-morrow the last of many battles Cleo. What means this? We mean to fight :-Within our files there are Eno. [-Afde.] 'Tis one of those odd tricks, which Of those that serv'd Mark Antony but late,
sorrow shoots Enough to fetch him in. See it done ;
Out of the mind.
[Exeunt. And all of you clapt up together in
An Antony ; that I might do you seryice,
So good as you have done.
(night ; Irai, Alexas, witb orbers.
Ant. Well, my good fellows, wait on me toAnt. He will not figlit with me, Domitius. Scant not my cups; and make as much of me,
i Cæsarion was Cleopatra's son by Julius Cæsar. 2 Fleet is the old word for float.
3 Aire here means trifling. 3. This epithet is still bestowed on scatt-days in the colleges of Oxford and Caznbridge., 1 i. , take advantage of,