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Friends of Antony
Friends to Cæsar.
tendants on Cleopatra.
Attendants on Cleopatra.
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.
SCENE I. Alexandria. A Room in Cleopatra's
Enter DEMETRIUS and Philo. Phi. Nay, but this dotage of our general's O'erflows the measure: those his goodly eyes, That o'er the files and musters of the war Have glow'd like plated Mars, now bend, now turn, The office and devotion of their view Upon a tawny front: his captain's heart, Which in the scuffles of great fights hath burst The buckles on his breast, reneges' all temper; And is become the bellows, and the fan, To cool a gipsy's lust. Look, where they come!
Flourish. Enter ANTONY and CLEOPATRA, with
their Trains ; Eunuchs fanning her. Take but good note, and you shall see in him The triple pillar of the world transformd Into a strumpet's fool: behold and see.
Cleo. If it be love indeed, tell me how much.
reneges-- ) Renounces. 2 The triple pillar-] Triple is here used improperly for thira, or one of three. One of the triumvirs, one of the three masters of the world.
Ant. There's beggary in the love that can be
reckon'd. Cleo. I'll set a bourn how far to be belov’d. Ant. Then must thou needs find out new heaven,
Enter an Attendant.
Grates me :--The sum.“
How, my love! Cleo. Perchance,-nay, and most like, You must not stay here longer, your dismission Is come from Cæsar; therefore hear it, Antony: Where's Fulvia's process?" Cæsar's, I would say ?-
Both ?Call in the messengers.--As I am Egypt's queen, Thou blushest, Antony; and that blood of thine Is Cæsar's homager : else so thy check pays shame, When shrill-tongu'd Fulvia scolds.—The messengers.
Ant. Let Rome in Tyber melt! and the wide arch Of the rang’d empire fall! Here is my space; Kingdoms are clay: our dungy earth alike Feeds beast as man: the nobleness of life Is, to do thus; when such a mutual pair,
bourn - ] Bound or limit.
The sum.] Be brief, sum thy business in a few words. 5 Nay, hear them,] i.e. the news. This word, in Shakspeare's time, was considered as plural.
o Take in, &c.] i. e. subdue, conquer. 7 Where's Fulvia's process ?] Process here means summons.
And such a twain can do't, in which, I bind
Excellent falshood !
But stirr’d by Cleopatra.“
Fye, wrangling queen!
[Exeunt Ant. and Cleop. with their Train. Dem. Is Cæsar with Antonius priz’d so slight?
Phi. Sir, sometimes, when he is not Antony, He comes too short of that great property Which still should go with Antony.
I'm full sorry,
to weet,] To know. 9 Now, for the love of Love, and her soft hours,] For the love of Love, means, for the sake of the queen of love.
· Let's not confound the time-] 1. e. let us not consume the time.
* No messenger; but thine and all alone, &c.] Cleopatra has said, “ Call in the messengers;” and afterwards, “ Hear the ambassadors.” Talk not to me, says Antony, of messengers; I am now wholly thine, and you and I unattended will to-light wander through the streets.
That he approves the common liar," who
The same. Another Room.
Enter CHARMIAN, IRAS, ALEXAS, and a Soothsayer.
Char. Lord Alexas, sweet Alexas, most any thing Alexas, almost most absolute Alexas, where's the soothsayer that you praised so to the queen? O, that I knew this husband, which, you say, must change his horns with garlands !*
Char. Good sir, give me good fortune.
3 That he approves the common liar,] Fame. That he proves the common liar, fame, in his case to be a true reporter.
4change his horns with garlands !] i. e. be a triumphant cuckold; a cuckold who will consider his state as an honourable one. Some of the commentators think the word should be charge.