« PreviousContinue »
List, list! · 2 Sold. Hark !
I Sold. Musick i' the air. 3 Sold.
Under the earth. 4 Sold.
It signs well, Does't not?
3 Sold. No. | Sold. Peace, I say. What should this
mean? 2 Sold. 'Tis the god Hercules, whom Antony lor'd, Now leaves him.
Sold. Walk; let's see if other watchmen Do hear what we do. [They advance to another Post. 2 Sold.
How now, masters? Sold.
How now? How now? do you hear this?
[Several speaking together. I Sold.
Ay; Is't not strange? 3 Sold. Do you hear, masters? do you hear?
i Sold. Follow the noise so far as we have quarter; Let's see how't will give off. Sold. [Several speaking.] Content: 'Tis strange.
A Room in the Palace.
Enter Antony and CleopaTRA; CHARMIAN, and
Others, attending. Ant. Eros! mine armour, Eros! Cleo.
Sleep a little. Ant. No, my chuck.--Eros, comie; mine armour,
It signs well, &c.] i. e. it is a good sign, it bodes well.
Enter Eros, with Armour.
Nay, I'll help too.
Ah, let be, let be! thou art The armourer of my heart:-False, false; this, this. • Cleo. Sooth, la, I'll help: Thus it must be. Ant.
Thouetto for ours this, till we
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. 1 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. 5 To doff't-] To doff is to do off, to put off. • More tight at this, than thou:] Tight is handy, adroit.
Enter other Officers, and Soldiers. 2 Of. The morn is fair.—Good morrow, general. All. Good morrow, general.
'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? 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. [Exeunt.
Soldier meeting them.
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?
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.-O, my fortunes have Corrupted honest men:- Eros, despatch. [Exeunt,
BUS, and Others.
7 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 him like. But the ancient historians, his flatterers, bad 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.
Cæsar, I shall. [Exit AGRIPPA.
Enter a Messenger.
Go, charge Agrippa
Eno. Alexas did revolt; and went to Jewry,
Enter a Soldier of Cæsar's.
Eno. I give it you.
Mock me not, Enobarbus.
[Exit Soldier. Eno. I am alone the villain of the earth,