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Bear hateful memory, poor Enobarbus did
Enobarbus ! .
.: Peace; Hark further.
Eno. O sovereign mistress of true melancholy, The poisonous damp of night disponge upon me;s That life, a very rebel to my will, May hang no longer on me: Throw my heart 3 Against the flint and hardness of my fault; Which, being dried with grief, will break to power, And finish all foul thoughts. .O Antony, Nobler than my revolt is infamous, Forgive me in thine own particular ; But let the world rank me in register A master-leaver, and a fugitive: O Antony ! 0 Antony !
:. [Dies. 2 Sold. To him.
1 Sold. Let's hear him, for the things he speaks May concern Cæsar. ci 3 Sold.
Let's do so. But he sleeps. 1 Sold. Swoons rather ; for so bad a prayer as his Was never yet for sleeping. . 2 Sold.
Go we to him... '3 Sold. Awake, awake, sir; speak to us. . 2 Sold.
Hear you, sir? 1 Sold. The hand of death hath raught him."
Hark, the drums [Drums afar off.
2 disponge upon me;] i, e. discharge, as a sponge, when squeezed, discharges the moisture it had imbibed. STEEVENS.
s- Throw my heart -] The pathetick of Shakspeare too often ends in the ridiculous. It is painful to find the gloomy dignity of this noble scene destroyed by the intrusion of a conceit so farfetched and unaffecting. JOHNSON. :
4 The hand of death hath raught him.] Raught is the ancient preterite of the verb to reach.
Demurelys wake the sleepers. Let us bear him
3 Sold. Come on then; He may recover yet.' [Exeunt with the Body.
Between the two Camps.
Ant. Their preparation is to-day by sea;
For both, my lord..
[Exeunt. Enter CÆSAR, and his Forces, marching, Ces. But being charg’d, we will be still by land, Which, as I take't, we shall;for his best force Is forth to man his gallies. To the vales, And hold our best advantage.
solemniet disconce we m
* Hark, the drums
Demurely--] Demurely for solemnly.
And look on their endeavour.) i. e. where we may best disa cover their numbers, and see their motions. '? But being charg'd, we will be still by land, • Which, as I take't, we shall ;] i. e. unless we be charg'd we will remain quiet at land, which quiet I suppose we shall keep. But being charg'd was a phrase of that time, equivalent to unless we be.
Re-enter Antony and SCARUS.
Swallows have built In Cleopatra's sails their nests: the augurers Say, they know not,--they cannot tell;-look grimly, And dare not speak their knowledge. Antony Is valiant, and dejected ; and, by starts, His fretted fortunes give him hope, and fear, Of what he has, and has not.
Alarum afar off, as at a Sea Fight.
Re-enter Antony. . Ant.
All is lost;
8 Triple-turn'd whore !] She first belonged to Julius Cæsar, then to Antony, and now, as he supposes to Augustus. It is not likely that in recollecting her turnings, Antony should not have that in contemplation which gave him most offence.
Their wishes, do discandy, melt their sweets
Enter CLEOPATRA. .
Ah, thou spell! Avaunt... Cleo. Why is my lord enrag'd against his love?
Ant. Vanish; or I shall give thee thy deserving, And blemish Cæsar's triumph. Let him take thee, And hoist thee up to the shouting Plebeians: Follow his chariot, like the greatest spot Of all thy sex; most monster-like, be shown
9 t his grave charm, 7 By this grave charm, is meant, this sublime, this majestick beauty; or rather, this deadly, or destructive piece of witchcraft.
was my crownet, my chief end,] i. e. last purpose, probably from finis coronat opus.
2 Like a right gipsy, 'hath, at fast and loose, • Beguild me, &c.] There is a kind of pun in this passage, arising from the corruption of the word Ægyptian into gipsy. The old law-books term such persons as ramble about the country, and pretend skill in palmistry and fortune-telling, Ægyptians. Fast and loose is a term to signify a cheating ganie, of which the following is a description. A leathern belt is made up into a number 'of intricate folds, and placed edgewise upon a table. One of the folds is made to resemble the middle of the girdle, so that whoever should thrust a skewer into it would think he held it fast to the table; whereas, when he has so done, the person with whom he plays may take. hold of both ends, and draw it away. This trick is now known to the coinmon people, by the name of pricking at the belt or girdle, and perhaps was practised by the Gypsies in the time of Shakspeare. SIR J. HAWKINS.
3 to the very heart of loss.] To the utmost loss possible.
For poor'st diminutives, to dolts;t and let
SCENE XI. Alexandria. A Room in the Palace. Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, Iras, and Mardian.
Cleo. Help me, my women! O, he is more mad Than Telamon for his shield;. the boar of Thessaly Was never so emboss'd.? Char.
To the monument; There lock yourself, and send him word you are dead.
most monster-like, be shown For poor'st diminutives, to dolts;] i. e. shown as monsters are, not only for the smallest piece of money, but to the most stupid. and vulgar spectators.
Let me lodge Lichas on the horns o'the moon;} This image our poet may have taken from Seneca's Hercules, who says Lichas being launched into the air, sprinkled the clouds with his blood; or more probably from Golding's version of Ovid's Metamorphosis, . 6 Than Telamon for his shield;] i. e. than Ajax Telamon for the armour of Achilles, the most valuable part of which was the shield. The boar of Thessaly was the boar killed by Meleager.
7 Was never so emboss'd.) A hunting term: when a deer is hard run, and foams at the mouth, he is said to be inbost,