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Therefore, O Antony, stay not by his side:
Speak this no more. Sooth. To none. but thee; no more, but when to
thee. If thou dost play with him at any game, Thou art sure to lose ; and, of that natural luck, He beats thee 'gainst the odds; thy lustre thickens, When he shines by: I say again, thy spirit Is all afraid to govern thee near him; But, he away, 'tis noble. : . Ant.
Get thee gone: Say to Ventidius, I would speak with him :
[Exit Soothsayer. He shall to Parthia.-Be it art, or hap, He hath spoken true: The very dice obey him; And, in our sports, my better cunning faints Under his chance: if we draw lots, he speeds: His cocks do win the battle still of mine, When it is all to nought; and his quails? ever Beat mine, inhoop'd, at odds. I will to Egypt: And though I make this marriage for my peace, .
Enter VENTIDIUS. I’ the east my pleasure lies:-0, come, Ventidius, You must to Parthia; your commission's ready: Follow me, and receive it. '
- his quails --] The ancients used to match quails as we match cocks.
- inhoop’d, at odds.] Inhoop'd is inclosed, confined, that they may fight.
: SCENE IV. ,
The same. A Street.
hasten Your generals after. Agr.
Sir, Mark Antony
Lep. Till' I shall see you in your soldier's dress,
. Your way is shorter,
• Sir, good success! · Lep. Farewell.
A Room in the Palace.
Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, Iras, and Alexas.
Cleo. Give me some musick; musick, moody food Of us that trade in love. • Attend.
The musick, ho!
at mount-] i. e. Mount Misenum. 6 musick, moody food-] Moody, in this instance, means melancholy. Cotgrave explains moody, by the French words, morne and triste.
Char. My arm is sore, best play with Mardian. . Cleo. As well a woman with an eunuch play'd, As with a woman;-Come, you'll play with me, sir?
Mar. As well as I can, madam.
come too short,
''Twas merry, when You wager'd on your angling; when your diver Did hang a salt-fish' on his hook, which he With fervency drew up. Cleo.
That time!— times! I laugh'd him out of patience; and that night I laugh'd him into patience: and next morn, Ere the ninth hour, I drunk him to his bed; Then put my tires and mantles on him, whilst I wore his sword Philippan. O! from Italy;
: : Enter a Messenger.
I let us to billiards :] This is one of the numerous ana chronisms that are found in these plays.
But well and free,
First, madam, he's well.
Mess. Good madam, hear me. .
Well, go to, I will;
Will’t please you hear me? Cleo. I have a mind to strike thee, ere thou
: : speak'st:
Madam, he's well.
Thou'rt an honest man. Mess. Cæsar and he are greater friends than ever. Cleo. Make thee a fortune from me. Mess.
But yet, madam,Cleo. I do not like but yet, it does allay
& Not like a formal man.] i. e. a man in form, i. e. shape. You should come in the form of a fury, and not in the form of a man. . .
The good precedence;' fye upon but yet: : " in:
Mess. Free; madain! no; I made no such report:
For what good turn? . .
I am pale, Charmian. ..
. Strikes him down.
.: [Strikes him again.
. [She hales him up and down.
Cleo. Say, 'tis not so, a province I will give thee,
He's married, madam...
[Draws a dagger. Mess.
Nay, then I'll run:
9- it does allay
The good precedence;] i. e. äbates the good quality of what is already reported.