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The soul and body rive not more in parting,
To the monument:
Enter ANTONY and Eros...
. Ay, noble lord.
signs; They are black vesper's pageants. Eros.
Ay, my lord.
It does, my lord.
& They are black vesper's pageants.] The beauty both of the expression and the allusion is lost, unless we recollect the frequency and the nature of these shows in Shakspeare's age.
9 The rack dislions ;] i. e. the fleeting away of the clouds den' stroys the picture.
· Yet cannot hold this visible shape, my knave.. .
I made these wars for Egypt; and the queen, · Whose heart, I thought, I had, for she had mine;
Which, whilst it was mine, had annex'd unto't
Pack'd cards with Cæsar, and false play'd my glory · Unto an enemy's triumph.· Nay, weep not, gentle Eros; there is left us
Ourselves to end ourselves.-0, thy vile lady!
Enter MARDIAN. She has robb'd me of my sword. Mar.
No, Antony; My mistress lov’d thee, and her fortunes mingled With thine entirely. Ant.
Hence, saucy eunuch; peace; She hath betray'd me, and shall die the death.
Mar. Death of one person can be paid but once; And that she has discharg’d: What thou would'st
Dead then? .Mar.
Dead. Ant. Eros, unarm; the long day's task is done, And we must sleep:—That thou depart'st hence
safe, Does pay thy labour richly; Go.-Off, pluck off;
[Exit MARDIAN. The seven-fold shield of Ajax cannot keep The battery from my heart. O, cleave, my sides
VOL. VII. - Ir
Heart, once be stronger than thy continent,
No more a soldier:-Bruised pieces, go; : You have been nobly borne.-Froin me a while.
: [Exit EROS.
Since Cleopatra died,
2 thy continent,] i. e. the thing that contains thee. .
Seal then, and all is done.] Metaphor taken from civil contracts, where, when all is agreed on, the sealing compleats the contract; so he hath determined to die, and nothing remained but to give the stroke.
Thou strik'st not me, 'tis Cæsar thou defeat’st.
The gods withhold me!
I would not see't.
cur'd., Draw that thy honest sword, which thou hast worn · Most useful for thy country. Eros.
0, sir, pardon me. Ant. When I did make thee free, swor'st thou
Eros. Turn from me then that noble countenance,
[Turning from him. Eros. My sword is drawn. Ant.
Then let it do at once The thing why thou hast drawn it. · Eros:
· My dear master,
- pleachd arms,] Arms folded in each other. 5 His corrigible neck,] Corrigible for corrected, and afterwards penetrative for penetrating.
His baseness that ensued?] The poor cor quered wretch that followed. JOHNSON.
7 the-worship of the whole worll - The worship, is the dignity, the authority.
My captain, and my emperor! let me say,
Ant. 'Tis said, man;-and farewell.
Thus do I escape the sorrow Of Antony's death.
Thrice nobler than myself! Thou teachest me, O valiant Eros, what I should, and thou could'st not. My queen and Eros Have, by their brave instruction, got upon me A nobleness in record: But I will be A bridegroom in my death, and run into't As to a lover's bed. Come then; and, Eros, Thy inaster dies thy scholar; to do thus
[Falling on his Sword. I learn'd of thee. How! not yet dead? not dead? The guard !-ho!-0, despatch me.
Enter DERCETAS and Guard. i Guard.
What's the noise? Ant. I have done my work ill, friends; O, make
: an end
The star is fallen.
Alas, and woe!
Not I. 2 Guard. Nor I. 3 Guard. Nor any one. [Exeunt Guard.
Der. Thy death and fortunes bid thy followers fly. This sword but shown to Cæsar, with this tidings, Shall enter me with him.