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Make it so known. .. Agr.

Cæsar, I shall. [Exit AGRIPPA. Cæs. The time of universal peace is near: Prove this a prosperous day, the three-nook'd world Shall bear the olive freely.

Enter a Messenger.
Mess.

Antony
Is come into the field.

Cæs. . ' Go, charge Agrippa Plant those that have revolted in the van, That Antony may seem to spend his fury Upon himself. Exeunt CÆSAR and his Train.

Eno. Alexas did revolt; and went to Jewry, On affairs of Antony; there did persuade . Great Herod to incline himself to Cæsar, And leave his master Antony: for this pains, Cæsar hath hang'd him. Canidius, and the rest That fell away, have entertainment, but No honourable trust. I have done ill; Of which I do accuse myself so sorely, That I will joy no more.

...... Enter a Soldier of Cæsar's.
Sold.

. Enobarbus, Antony
Hath after thee sent all thy treasure, with
His bounty overplus: The messenger
Came on my guard; and at thy tent is now,
Unloading of his mules. .

Eno. I give it you.
Sold.

Mock me not, Enobarbus.
I tell you true: Best that you. saf’d the bringer
Out of the host; I must attend mine office,
Or would have done't myself. Your emperor
Continues still a Jove.

[Exit Soldier. Eno. I am alone the Villain of the earth,

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And feel I am so most. O Antony,
Thou mine of bounty, how would'st thou have paid
My better service, when my turpitude
Thou dost so crown with gold! This blows my heart::
If swift thought break it not, a swifter mean
Shall outstrike thought: but thought will do't, I feel.?
I fight against thee!No: I will go seek
Some ditch, wherein to die; the foul'st best fits.
My latter part of life. ,

[Exit.

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SCENE VII. Field of Battle between the Camps. Alarum. Drums and Trumpets. Enter AGRIPPA,

and Others. . * Agr. Retire, we have engag'd ourselves too far: Cæsar himself has work, and our oppression 2 Exceeds what we expected.

[Exeunt. Alarum. Enter ANTONY and Scarus, wounded.

Scar. O my brave emperor, this is fought indeed ! Had we done so at first, we had driven them home With clouts about their heads. Ant.

Thou bleed'st apace.

& And feel I am so most.] i. e. I am pre-eminently the first, the greatest villain of the earth. To stand alone, is still used in that sense, where any one towers above his competitors. And feel I am so most, must signify, I feel or know it myself, more than any other person can or does feel it. REED. ' 9 T his blows my heart:) This generosity, (says Enobarbus,) swells my heart, so that it will quickly break, if thought break it not, a swifter mean.

but thought will do't, I feel.] Thought, in this passage, as in many others, signifies melancholy.

2 and our oppression>]i. e. the force by which we are oppressed or overpowered.

Scar. I had a wound here that was like a T,
But now 'tis made an H.
Ant.

They do retire.
Scar. We'll beat 'em into bench-hcles; I have yet
Room for six scotches more.

Enter Eros. Eros. They are beaten, sir; and our advantage

serves For a fair victory. Scar.

Let us score their backs,
And snatch 'em up, as we take hares, behind;
'Tis sport to maul a runner.
Ant.

I will reward thee
Once for thy spritely comfort, and ten-fold.
For thy good valour. Come thee on.
Scar,

I'll halt after. [Exeunt,

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Alarum. Enter ANTONY, marching; Scarus, and

Forces.

Ant. We have beat him to his camp; Run one

before, . And let the queen know of our guests.-To-morrow, Before the sun shall see us, we'll spill the blood That has to-day escap'd. I thank you all; For doughty-handed are you; and have fought Not as you sery'd the cause, but as it had been Each man's like mine; you have shown all Hectors, Enter the city, clip your wives, 3. your friends,

--- clip your wifes,] To clip is to embrace,

Tell them your feats; whilst they with joyful tears
Wash the congealment from your wounds, and kiss
The honour'd gashes whole. -Give me thy hand;

... [To SCARUS.

OPATR

Enter Cleopatra, attended.
To this great fairy4 I'll commend thy acts,
Make her thanks bless thee.-0 thou day o' the

world,
Chain mine arm’d neck; leap thou, attire and all,
Through proof of harness to my heart, and there
Ride on the pants triúmphing.
: Cleo.

Lord of lords!
O infinite virtue! com'st thou smiling from
The world's great snare“ uncauglit?
Ant.

My nightingale,
We have beat them to their beds. What, girl

though grey
Do something mingle with our brown; yet have we
A brain that nourishes our nerves, and can
Get goal for goal of youth. Behold this man;
Commend unto his lips thy favouring hand;-
Kiss it, my warrior:-He hath fought to-day,
As if a god, in hate of mankind, had
Destroy'd in such a shape.
Cleo.

I'll give thee, frien
An armour all of gold; it was a king's.

Ant. He has deserv'd it, were it carbuncled Like holy Phæbus' car.-Give me thy hand;

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.. 4 To this great fairy-) Mr. Upton has well observed, that fairy, which Dr. Warburton and Sir T. Hanmer explain by In- . chantress, comprises the idea of power and beauty. Johnson. S p roof of harness-] i. e. armour of proof. Harnois, Fr. Arnese, Ital.

6 The world's great snare ) i. e. the war.

? Get goal for goal of youth.] At all plays of barriers, the boundary is called a goal; to win a goal, is to be a superior in a contest of activity.

Through Alexandria make a jolly march;
Bear our hack'd targets like the men that owe them:, :
Had our great palace the capacity :
To camp this host, we all would sup together ;
And drink carouses to the next day's fate,
Which promises royal peril.--Trumpeters,
With brazen din blast you the city's ear;
Make mingle with our rattling tabourines ;'
That heaven and earth may strike their sounds to-

gether, Applauding our approach.

[Exeunt.

BARBUS.

1 SCENE IX.

Cæsar's Camp.
Sentinels on their Post. Enter ENOBARBUS.

1 Sold. If we be not reliev'd within this hour,
We must return to the court of guard:' The night
Is shiny; and, they say, we shalt embattle
By the second hour i' the morn.
- 2 Sold. .

This last day was
A shrewd one to us.
Eno.

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

Stand close, and list to him. Eno. Be witness to me, O thou blessed moon, When men reyolted shall upon récord

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Bear our hack'd targets like the men that owe them:i. e. hack'd as much as the men to whom they belong; or perhaps, Bear our hack'd targets with spirit and exultation, such as becomes the brave warriors that own them. · 9 tabourines;] A tabourin was a small drum. It is often mentioned in our ancient romances.

in the court of guard:] i. e. the guard-room, the place where the guard musters. The same expression occurs again in Othello,

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