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“I am not sorry neither : I'd have thee live; “For in my mind 'tis happiness to die.”
240. " Condemn myself, to lacke
“The courage of a woman." Pronounce this sentence against myself, that I lack, &c. 244. “ Then let it do at once
“The thing why thou hast drawn it." “Why" stands very unwarrantably, instead of “ for which.” "
I will be
66 I will die
“Like a smug bridegroom.” 245. " How ! not yet dead? not dead ?" : Thus in Othello : : " Not dead ! not yet quite dead?”
250. “ I am dying, Egypt, dying ; only."
The natural exclamation, O, at the beginning of this line, seems wanting. 252.“ Here's sport indeed !”
Cleopatra, I imagine, speaks in frantic irony, “ here is a cause for mirth !" instead of "here is an afflicting scene."
253. “ I am dying, Egypt, dying." This might be supplied
“O, I am dying, Egypt, dying ; pr’ythee
“ Give me some wine,” &c, 254. “ The crown o' the earth doth melt : My
lord.” A word is wanting : I suppose it was “melt away.”
“O wither'd is the garland of the war." • Lee has imitated this in Theodosius :
O you have given “A blight to the big blossom of the war.”
“The soldier's pole is fallen.” The standard round which the soldiers rallied. This I take to be the meaning. 255. “ Empress."
The measure is interrupted here. I would regulate
“Empress, my royal mistress !". Charm. “ Iras, peace.” 256. “ To rush into the secret house of death."
A line much resembling this we find in King John :
“ To rush into the bloody house of life.”
· ACT V. SCENE I.
257. “ He mocks us by
· The pauses that he makes."
" Makes," i. e. artificially devises---counterfeits -What Lady Macbeth might call" flaws and starts impostors to true policy." 261. “ That self hand.” Thus in King Henry V.
“ That self bill.” 262. “When such a spacious mirror's set before
him.” The spacious mirror, I suppose, is the ample world, which, by the death of Antony, is now become wholly Cæsar's. 264. “ The business of this man looks out of
What haste looks thro' his eyes. * So should he look that seems to speak things
strange.” 265. “ Cæsar, I shall.” A word is wanting to the measure:
“ And how you find her ; go.”
“_ Cæsar, I shall." 266. “ The beggar's nurse, and Cæsar's.”
Some words have been lost; perhaps, these : “ The beggar's nurse alike, and mighty Cæsar’s.* 267. “ He gives me so much of my own, as I
“Will kneel to him with thanks.” The latter part of this sentence being not comparative, but consequential, the conjunction is false : it should be " that," not “as."
271. “0, temperance, lady."
O is an idle interpolation, encumbering the verse. 273.“ My country's high pyramids my gibbet.”
Mr. Steevens, in order to help the metre, has introduced, froin the folio, "pyramides;" but I suspect that some word has been lost. I would read : “ My country's highest pyramid, my gibbet.”
"My country's highest pyramid,” &c. The singular number is requisite here. She would not be hanged on more than one.
B. STRUTT. 275. "
An autumn 'twas “That grew the more by reaping.” . We are not here to understand autumn generally, which does not grow the more, or grow at all, on account of the reaping; but a supposed kind of autumn that grew, &c. A similar mode of expression occurs in Macbeth : •
His virtues “ Will plead like angels trumpet-tongued,” &c.
i. e. Not like angels generally described as being trumpet-tongued, but like such particular angels as are trumpet-tongued. 276. "
His delights “ IVere dolphin-like; they show'd his back
above “ The element they liv'd in.” I wish that Mr. Steevens, instead of conducting us to another place, where the word dolphinlike was to be found, had explained the meaning of it, here. How are we to understand delights
being dolphin-like and shewing Antony's back above the element they lived in? Antony himself must be the dolphin, and his delights the element. What the words were intended to express, I suppose is, that Antony, by the dignity and nobility of his deportment, always shewed himnself superior to the pleasures in which he was indulging; if this be the sense we should read: “
An autumn 'twas " That grew the more by reaping: in his delights, " He, dolphin-like, display'd his back, above “ The element he liv'd in."
279. " - I have “ Been laden with like frailties, which be
fore,” &c. “ Like,” implying comparison, requires the conjunction “as," instead of "thát:" awhile ago we had “as” for “ that.” 282.“ Immoment toys.”
Trifles inconsiderable. 287. “ Nay, that is certain.”
Some words, I suppose, have been lost; per
“ Be you well assurd on't.”. 294. “What ! should I stay”. Char. “
In this wild.” I believe the word was “ vile,” spelled, as Mr, Steevens remarks, vild: but the metrical derangement shews corruption. I imagine that Charmian takes up the dying words of her mistress and applies them to herself: