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Deinurelys wake the sleepers. Let us bear him To the court of guard; he is of note: our hour Is fully out.
3 Sold. Come on then; He may recover yet. (Exeunt with the Body:
Between the two Camps,
Enter Antony and Scarus, with Forces, marching.
Ant. Their preparation is to-day by sea ; We please them not by land.
For both, my lord. Ant. I would, they'd fight i' the fire, or in the air; We'd fight there too. But this it is; Our foot Upon the hills adjoining to the city, Shall stay with us: order for sea is given; They have put forth the haven : Further on, Where their appointment we may best discover, And look on their endeavour.
Enter CÆSAR, and his Forces, marching. Cies. 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.
* Hark, the drums
Demurely-] Demurely for solemnly. • Where their appointment we may best discover,
And look on their endeavour.) i. e. where we may best discover 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. Ant. Yet they're not join'd: Where yonder pine
does stand, I shall discover all: I'll bring thee word Straight, how 'tis like to go.
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.
All is lost;
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
grave charm, Whose eye beck'd forth my wars, and call'd then
me to the very heart of loss. — What, Eros, Eros!
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
this grave charm,) 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. ? 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 game, 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 common people, by the name of pricking at the belt or girdle, and perhaps was practised by Gypsies in the time of Shakspeare. SIR J. HAWKINS.
to the very heart of loss.) To the utmost loss possible.
For poor'st diminutives, to dolts;t and let
If it be well to live: But better 'twere
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;o 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.
5 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.
* 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.
? Was never so emboss'd.] A hunting term: when a deer is hárd run, and foams at the mouth, be is said to be imbost.
The soul and body rive not more in parting,
To the monument:-
, Mardian; and bring me how he takes
death. To the monument.
Enter ANTONY and Eros. Ant. Eros, thou yet behold'st me? Eros.
Ay, noble lord. Ant. Sometime, we see a cloud that's dragonish; A vapour, sometime, like a bear, or lion, A tower'd citadel, a pendant rock, A forked mountain, or blue promontory With trees upon't, that nod unto the world, And mock our eyes with air: Thou hast seen these
signs; They are black vesper's pageants. Eros.
Ay, my lord. Ant. That, which is now a horse, even with a
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 dislimns ;) i. e. the feeting away of the clouds destroys the picture.