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* ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.] Among the entries in the books of the Stationers' Company, October 19, 1593, I find “A Booke entituled the Tragedie of Cleopatra.” It is entered by Symon Waterson, for whom some of Daniel's works were printed; and therefore it is probably by that author, of whose Cleopatra there are several editions; and,, among others, one in 1594.
In the same volumes, May 20, 1608, Edward Blount entered “ A Booke called Anthony and Cleopatra." This is the first notice I have met with concerning any edition of this play more ancient than the folio, 1623. STEEVENS. Antony and Cleopatra was written, I imagine, in the year 1608..
Friends of Antony.
Euphronius, an Ambassador from Antony to Cæsar. • Alexas, Mardian, Seleucus, and Diomedes; At
tendants on Cleopatra. A Soothsayer. A Clown. Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Octavia, Sister to Cæsar, and Wife to Antony. Charmian, Attendants on Cleopatra. Iras, Officers, Soldiers, Messengers, and other Attendants. SCENE, dispersed; in several Parts of the Roman
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
ACT I. SCENE I. Alexandria. A Room in Cleopatra's
Enter Demetrius and Philo. Phi. Nay, but this dotage of our general's, O'erflows the measure: those his goodly eyes, That o'er the files and musters of the war Have glow'd like plated Mars, now bend, now turn, The office and devotion of their view Upon a tawny front: his captain's heart, Which in the scuffles of great fights hath burst The buckles on his breast, reneges all temper; And is become the bellows, and the fan, To cool a gipsy's lust. - Look, where they come!
Flourish. Enter ANTONY and CLEOPATRA, with their Trains; Eunuchs fanning her.
r. . Take but good note, and you shall see in him The triple pillar2 of the world transform'd Into a strumpet's fool: behold and see.
Cleo. If it be love indeed, tell me how much.
I reneges ] Renounces.
2 The triple pillar -] Triple is here used improperly for thind, or one of three. One of the triumvirs, one of the three masters of the world.
Ant. There's beggary in the love that can be
reckon'd. Cleo. I'll set a bourn? how far to be belov'd. Arit. Then must thou needs find out new heaven,
ow, my love!
Enter an Attendant.
::: Grates me:--The sum.“
" .. .How, my 1 Cleo. Perchance,-nay, and most like, You must not stay here longer, your dismission I& come from Cæsar; therefore hear it, Antony.Where's Fulvia's process ?. Cæsar's,. I would say?
Both ? Call in the messengers.--As I am Egypt's queen, Thou blushest, Antony; and that blood of thine Is Cæsar's homager: else so thy cheek pays shame, When shrill-tongu'd Fulvia scolds.—Themessengers.
Ant. Let Rome in Tyber melt! and the wide arch Of the rang'd empire fall! Here is my space; . Kingdoms are clay : our dungy earth alike Feeds beast as man: the nobleness of life Is, to do thus; when such a mutual pair,
s tbourn ] Bound or limit.
4. The sum.] Be brief, sum thy business in a few words.
* Nay, hear them,] i. e. the news. This word, in Shakspeare's time, was considered as plural.
o Take in, &c.] i. e. subdue, conquer. * :: 7 Where's - Fulvia's process ? ] Process here means summons.