Let witchcraft join with beauty, lust with both!
Tie up the libertine in a field of feasts,
Keep his brain fuming ; Epicúrean cooks,
Sharpen with coyless sauce his appetite;
That sleep and feeding may prorogue his honour,
Even till a Lethe'd dulness... How now, Varrius?

Var. This is most certain that I shall deliver:
Mark Antony is every hour in Rome
Expected; since he went from Egypt, 'tis
A space for further travel.?

I could have given less matter
A better ear.-Menas, I did not think,
This amorous surfeiter would have don'd his helm®
For such a petty war: his soldiership
Is twice the other twain : But let us rear
The higher our opinion, that our stirring
Can from the lap of Egypt's widowo pluck
The ne'er lust-wearied Antony.

I cannot hope, Thus, vile is in the old editions) every where spelt vild. Laund is given instead of lawn; why not therefore wan'd for wan here.

If this however should not be accepted, suppose we read with the addition only of an apostrophe, wan'd; i. e. waned, declined, gone off from its perfection; comparing Cleopatra's beauty to the moon past the full. Percy. That sleep and feeding may prorogue his honour,

Even till a Lethe'd dulness.] i. e. to a Lethe'd dulness. Till was sometimes used instead of to. To prorogue his honour, &c. means, to delay his sense of honour from exerting itself till he is become habitually sluggish.

- since he went from Egypt, 'tis

А space for further travel.] 1. e. since he quitted Egypt, a space of time has elapsed in which a longer journey might have been performed than from Egypt to Rome.

don'd his helm-) To don is to do on, to put on.

Egypt's widow - Julius Cæsar had married her to young Ptolemy, who was afterwards drowned.

"I cannot hope, &c.] To hope, means to expect.



Cæsar and Antony shall well greet together :
His wife, that's dead, did trespasses to Cæsar ;
His brother warrd upon him ; although, I think,
Not mov'd by Antony.

I know not, Menas,
How lesser enmities may give way to greater.
Were't not that we stand up against them all,
"Twere pregnant they should square' between them-

For they have entertained cause enough
To draw their swords: but how the fear of us
May cement their divisions, and bind

The petty difference, we yet not know.
Be it as our gods will have it! It only stands
Our lives upon to use our strongest hands.
Come, Menas.



Rome. A Room in the House of Lepidus.


Lep. Good Enobarbus, 'tis a worthy deed, And shall become you well, to entreat your captain To soft and gentle speech. Eno.

I shall entreat him

square-) That is, quarrel. 3 It only stands

Our lives upon, &c.] i. e. to exert our utmost force, is the only consequential way of securing our lives.

* This play is not divided into Acts by the author or first editors, and therefore the present division may be altered at pleasure. I think the first Act may be commodiously continued to this place, and the second Act opened with the interview of the chief persons, and a change of the state of action. Yet it must be confessed, that it is of small importance, where these unconnected and desultory scenes are interrupted. JOHNSON.,

To answer like himself: if Cæsar move him,
Let Antony look over Cæsar's head,
And speak as loud as Mars. By Jupiter,
Were I the wearer of Antonius beard,
I would not shave to day."

'Tis not a time
For private stomaching.

Every time
Serves for the matter that is then born in it.

Lep. But small to greater matters must give way.
Eno. Not if the small come first.

Your speech is passion : But, pray you, stir no embers up.

Here comes The noble Antony.


And yonder, Cæsar.


Ant. If we compose well here, to Parthia :
Hark you, Ventidius.

I do not know,
Mecænas; ask Agrippa.

Noble friends,
That which combin'd us was most great, and let not
A leaner action rend us. What's amiss,
May it be gently heard : When we debate
Our trivial difference loud, we do commit
Murder in healing wounds: Then, noble partners,
(The rather, for I earnestly beseech,)

you the sourest points with sweetest terms,

s Were I the wearer of Antonius' beard,

I would not shave to-day.] I believe he means, I would meet him undressed, without show of respect. 'Johnson.

If we compose well here,) i. e. if we come to a lucky composition, agreement


Thank you.

Nor curstness grow to the matters?

'Tis spoken well :
Were we before our armies, and to fight,
I should do thus.

Cæs. Welcome to Rome.


Sit, sir! Cas.


Ant. I learn, you take things ill, which are not so;
Or, being, concern you not.

I must be laugh'd at,
If, or for nothing, or a little, I
Should say myself offended; and with you
Chiefly i' the world: more laugh'd at, that I should
Once name you derogately, when to sound your name
It not concern'd me.

My being in Egypt, Cæsar,
What was't to you i

Cæs. No more than my residing here at Rome
Might be to you in Egypt: Yet, if you there
Did practise on my state, your being in Egypt
Might be my question.'

How intend you, practis'd?
Cæs. You may be pleas'd to catch at mine intent,
By what did here befal me. Your wife, and brother,
Made wars upon me; and their contestation
Was theme for you, you were the word of war.'

? Nor curstness grow to the matter.] Let not ill-humour be added to the real subject of our difference.

8 Did practise on my state,] To practise means to employ unwarrantable arts or stratagems.

question.] i.e. My theme or subject of conversation,

their contestation Was theme for you, you were the word of war.] Was theme for you, probably, means only, was proposed as an example for you to follow on a yet more extensive plan; as themes are given for a writer to dilate upon; but this is much contestech

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your business; my brother


Did urge me in his act: I did enquire it;
And have my learning from some true reports,"
That drew their swords with you. Did he not rather
Discredit my authority with

And make the wars alike against my stomach,
Having alike your cause? Of this, my letters
Before did satisfy you. If you'll patch a quarrel,
As matter whole you have not to make it with,
It must not be with this.

You praise yourself
By laying defects of judgment to me; but
You patch'd up your excuses.

Not so, not so;
I know you could not lack, I am certain on't,
Very necessity of this thought, that I,
Your partner in the cause 'gainst which he fought,
Could not with graceful eyes attend those wars
Which "frontedmine own peace.

As for my wife, I would you had her spirit in such another:* The third o’the world is yours; which with a snaffle You may pace easy, but not such a wife.

Eno. 'Would we had all such wives, that the men might go to wars with the women!

Ant. So much uncurable, her garboils, Cæsar,
Made out of her impatience, (which not wanted
Shrewdness of policy too.) I grieving grant,
Did you too much disquiet: for that, you must

I could not help it.
true reports,] Reports for reporters.

fronted - i.e. opposed. I would you had her spirit in such another:) Antony means to say, I wish you had the spirit of Fulvia, embodied in such another woman as her; I wish you were married to such another spirited woman ; and then you would find, that though you can govern the third part of the world, the management of such a woman is not an easy matter. VOL. VII,


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