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Enter Eros, with Armour.
Nay, I'll help too.
Ah, let be, let be! thou art
Cleo. Sooth, la, I'll help: Thus it must be.
Rarely, rarely :
Enter an Officer, armed. A workman in't.-Good morrow to thee; welcome: Thou look’st like him that knows a warlike charge: To business that we love, we rise betime, And go to it with delight. i Off
A thousand, sir, Early though it be, have on their riveted trim, And at the port expect you.
[Shout. Trumpets. Flourish.
* Briefly, sir,] That is, quickly, sir.
Enter other Officers, and Soldiers. 2 Off. The morn is fair.--Good morrow, general. All. Good morrow, general. Ant.
Tis well blown, lads. This morning like the spirit of a youth That means to be of note, begins betimes.So, so; come, give me that: this way; well said. Fare thee well, dame, whate'er becomes of me: This is a soldier's kiss : rebukable, [Kisses her. And worthy shameful check it were, to stand On more mechanick compliment; I'll leave thee Now, like a man of steel.—You, that will fight, Follow me close; I'll bring you to't.-Adieu.
[Exeunt ANTONY, Eros, Officers, and Soldiers. Char. Please you, retire to your
chamber P Cleo.
Lead me, He goes forth gallantly. That he and Cæsar might Determine this great war in single fight! Then, Antony,But now,-Well, on. [Ereunt.
Antony's Camp near Alexandria.
Trumpets sound. Enter ANTONY and Eros; a
Soldier meeting them. Sold. The gods make this a happy day to Antony! Ant. 'Would, thou and those thy scars had once
prevaila To make me fight at land! Sold.
Had'st thou done so, The kings that have revolted, and the soldier That has this morning left thee, would have still Follow'd thy heels.
Who's gone this morning? Sold.
Who? One ever near thee: Call for Enobarbus, He shall not hear thee; or from Cæsar's camp Say, I am none of thine. Ant.
What say'st thou ? Sold.
Sir, his chests and treasure
Is he gone?
Most certain. Ant. Go, Eros, send his treasure after; do it ; Detain no jot, I charge thee: write to him (I will subscribe) gentle adieus, and greetings: Say, that I wish he never find more cause To change a master.—0, my fortunes have Corrupted honest men:-Eros, despatch. (Ereunt.
Cæsar's Camp before Alexandria.
Flourish. Enter CÆSAR, with AGRIPPA, ENOBAR
BUS, and Others. Cæs. Go forth, Agrippa, and begin the fight : Our will is, Antony be took alive;?
? Our will is, Antony be took alive ;] It is observable with what judgment Shakspeare draws the character of Octavius. Antony was his hero; so the other was not to shine: yet being an historical character, there was a necessity to draw hiin like. But the ancient historians, his flatterers, had delivered him down so fair, that he seems ready cut and dried for a hero. Amidst these difficulties Shakspeare has extricated himself with great address. He has admitted all those great strokes of his character as he found them, and yet has made him a very unamiable character, deceitful, meanspirited, narrow-minded, proud, and revengeful. WARBURTON. Make it so known. * Agr.
Cæsar, I shall. [E.xit AGRIPPA. Cæs. The time of universal peace is near : Prove this a prosperous day, the three-nook'd world Shall bear the olive freely.
Enter a Messenger.
Go, charge Agrippa
Eno. Alexas did revolt; and went to Jewry, On affairs of Antony; there did persuade Great Herod to incline himself to Cæsar, And leave his master Antony: for this pains, Cæsar hath hang’d him. Canidius, and the rest That fell away, have entertainment, but No honourable trust. I have done ill; Of which I do accuse myself so sorely, That I will joy no more.
Enter a Soldier of Cæsar's. Sold.
Eno. I give it you.
Mock me not, Enobarbus.
[Erit Soldier. Eno. I am alone the villain of the earth,
And feel I am so most.
O Antony, Thou mine of bounty, how would'st thou have paid My better service, when my turpitude Thou dost so crown with gold! This blows my heart: If swift thought break it not, a swifter mean Shall out strike thought: but thought will do't, I feel." I fight against thee ! -No: I will go seek Some ditch, wherein to die; the foul'st best fits My latter part of life.
Field of Battle between the Camps.
Alarum. Drums and Trumpets. Enter AGRIPPA,
and Others. Agr. Retire, we have engag'd ourselves too far: Cæsar himself has work, and our oppression? Exceeds what we expected.
Alarum. Enter ANTONY and SCARUS, wounded.
Scar. O my brave emperor, this is fought indeed! Had we done so at first, we had driven them home With clouts about their heads. Ant.
Thou bleed'st apacen
& And feel I am so most.] i. e. I am pre-eminently the first, the greatest villain of the earth. To stand alone, is still used in that sense,
where any one towers above his competitors. And feel I am so most, must signify, I feel or know it myself, more than
person can or does feel it. Reed. 9- This blows my heart :) This generosity, (says Enobarbus,) swells my heart, so that it will quickly break, if thought break it not, a swifter mean.
but thought will do't, I feel.] Thought, in this passage, as in many others, signifies melancholy.
and our oppression - ] i. e. the force by which we are oppressed or overpowered.