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Dio. What, ho! the emperor's guard! The guard,
what, ho! Come, your lord calls.
Enter some of the Guard. Ant. Bear me, good friends, where Cleopatra bides; 'Tis the last service that I shall command you.
1 Guard. Woe are we t, sir, you may not live to
true followers out. An.
Most heavy day! Ant. Nay, good my fellows, do not please sharp fate To grace
your sorrows: bid that welcome Which comes to punish us, and we punish it Seeming to bear it lightly. Take me up : I have led you oft; carry me now, good friends, And have my thanks for all. [Exeunt, bearing Antony.
Enter above, CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, and IRAS.
No, I will not:
Dio. His death's upon him, but not dead.
+“Woe, woe are we,” &c.- MALONE.
Look out o'the other side your monument,
Enter ANTONY, borne by the Guard.
O thou sun, t Burn the great sphere thou mov'st in ! - darklingo
Cleo. So it should be, that none but Antony
Ant. I am dying, Egypt, dying; only
I dare not, dear,
+“O sun," — Malone.
darkling- ) i.e. without light. + In this passage, says Mr. Steevens, for the sake of somewhat like metre, one word has been omitted and others transposed. Mr. Malone arranges the passage thus,
“O Antony, Antony, Antony,
“ Below," &c. 1 Be brooch'd with me;] Be brooch'd, i. e. adorn'd. A brooch was an ornament formerly worn in the hat.
- still conclusion] Sedate determination; silent coolness of resolution.
Demuring upon me. - But come, come, Antony, -
O, quick, or I am gone.
my lord !
Our strength is all gone into heaviness,'
[They draw ANTONY up.
A heavy sight!
Cleo. No, let me speak; and let me rail so high,
One word, sweet queen: Of Cæsar seek your honour, with your safety. – O!
Cleo. They do not go together.
Gentle, hear me: None about Cæsar trust, but Proculeius.
Cleo. My resolution, and my hands, I'll trust; None about Cæsar.
Ant. The miserable change now at my end, Lament nor sorrow at: but please your thoughts,
3 Here's sport, indeed!] Cleopatra, perhaps, by this affected levity, this phrase which has no determined signification, only wishes to inspire Antony with cheerfulness, and encourage those who are engaged in the melancholy task of drawing him up into the monument.
into heaviness,] Heaviness is here used equivocally for sorrow and weight. + Quicken with kissing :) That is, Revive by my kiss. VOL. VII.
In feeding them with those my former fortunes
Noblest of men, woo't die?
My lord !
gone, And there is nothing left remarkable Beneath the visiting moon.
[She faints. Char.
O, quietness, lady!
Madam, Char. O madam, madam, madam ! Iras.
Royal Egypt ! Empress !
Char. Peace, peace, Iras.
Cleo. No more, but e'en a woman; and commanded By such poor passion as the maid that milks, And does the meanest chares. 6 It were for me To throw my scepter at the injurious gods ; To tell them, that this world did equal theirs, Till they had stolen our jewel. All's but naught; Patience is sottish; and impatience does Become a dog that's mad: Then is it sin, To rush into the secret house of death,
5 The soldier's pole -] He at whom the soldiers pointed, as at a pageant held high for observation.
the meanest chares.] i. e. task.work. Hence our terın chare-woman.
Ere death dare come to us? - How do
? What, what? good cheer! Why, how now, Charmian? My noble girls ! - Ah, women, women ! look, Our lamp is spent, it's out:- Good sirs, take heart:
[To the Guard below. We'll bury him: and then, what's brave, what's noble, Let's do it after the high Roman fashion, And make death proud to take us. Come, away: This case of that huge spirit now is cold. Ah, women, women ! come; we have no friend But resolution, and the briefest end.
[Exeunt ; those above bearing off ANTONY's Body.
Enter CÆSAR, AGRIPPA, DOLABELLA, MECÆNAS, GAL
LUS, PROCULEIUS, and Others.
Cæsar, I shall. [Exit DOLABELLA.
Enter DERCETAS, with the Sword of ANTONY. Cæs. Wherefore is that? and what art thou, that
dar'st Appear thus to us ? 8 Der.
I am callid Dercetas;
7 Being so frustrate,-) Frustrate, for frustrated, was the language of Shakspeare's time.
thus to us?] i.e. with a drawn and bloody sword in thy hand.