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Let witchcraft join with beauty, lust with both!
I could have given less matter
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 :
I know not, Menas,
Rome. A Room in the House of Lepidus.
Enter ENOBARBUS and 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,
'Tis not a time
Lep. But small to greater matters must give way.
Your speech is passion : But, pray you, stir no embers up.
Here comes The noble Antony.
Enter ANTONY and VENTIDIUS.
And yonder, Cæsar.
Enter CÆSAR, MECÆNAS, and AGRIPPA.
I do not know,
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
Nor curstness grow to the matters?
'Tis spoken well :
Cæs. Welcome to Rome.
Sit, sir! Cas.
Ant. I learn, you take things ill, which are not so;
I must be laugh'd at,
My being in Egypt, Cæsar,
Cæs. No more than my residing here at Rome
How intend you, practis'd?
? 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
Ant. You do mistake
your business; my brother
Did urge me in his act: I did enquire it;
You praise yourself
Not so, not so;
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,
I could not help it.
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,