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And all of you clapt up together in
Omnes. The Gods forbid !
Ant. Well, my good fellows, wait on me to nights
Cleo. What does he mean?
Ant. Tend me to night;
En. What mean you, Sir,
Ant. Ho, ho, ho!
SCENE, a Court of Guard before the Palace.
Enter a company of Soldiers.
2 Sold. It will determine one way: Fare Heard you of nothing strange about the streets?
I Sold. Nothing: what news? 2 Sold. Belike, 'tis but a rumour : good night to you. I Sold. Well, Sir, good night.
[They meet with other Soldiers. ? Sold. Soldiers, have careful watch. i Sold. And you, good night, good night.
[They place themselves in every corner of the stage. 2 Sold. Here, we; and if to' morrow Our Navy thriře, I have an absolute hope Our Landmen will stand up. ! Sold. 'Tis a brave army, and full of purpose.
[Musick of the hautboys is under the stage 2 Sold. Peace, what noise? I Sold. Lift, list! 2 Sold. Hark! I Sold. (44) Musick i'th' air.
3 Sold. Under the earth. Įt signes well, do's it not?
2 Sold, No. I Sold. Peace, I say : what should this mean? 2 Sold. ?Tis the God Hercules, who loved Antony, Now leaves him.
I Sold. Walk, let's see if other watchmen Do hear what we do.
(44) i Sold. Mufick i'th' Air.. 3 Sold. Under the Earth.
It sings well, does it not ?] Sings well? Tho this may poffibly be a technical Term, sometimes apply'd to instrumental Musick ; yet we owe it here, as we do fo many other Absurdities, to the Indolence or Ignorance of our modern Editors. The old Impressions concur in reading, as I have restor’d the Text ;
It signes well, does it not? i. e. Is it a good Omen? Does it portend well to our General ?
2 Sold. How now, masters?
[Speak together. Omnes. How now? how now? do you hear this? 1 Sold. Is't not (trange? 3 Sold. Do you hear, masters ? do you
hear? í Sold. Follow the noise so far as we have quarter, Let's see how 'twill give off. Omnes. Content : 'tis strange.
SCENE changes to Cleopatra's Palace,
Enter Antony and Cleopatra, with others.
Ant. No, my chụck : Eros, come, mine armour, Eros.
Cleo. Nay, I'll help too, Antony,
Ant. Well, well, we shall thrive now;
Eno, Briefly, Şir,
Enter an armed Soldier. 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't with delight.
Sold. A thousand, Sir,
Enter Captains and Soldiers.
Ant. 'Tis well blown, Lads.
Char. Please you to retire to your chamber?
Cleo. Lead me : He goes forth gallantly: That he and Cæfar might Determine this great war in single fight! Then, Antony, but now, -well, on. [Exeunt.
Trumpets found. Enter Antony, and Eros; a Soldier
meeting them. Sold. (45)
Ant. (45) Eros. The Gods make This a happy Day to Antony !] 'Tis evident, as Dr. Thirlby likewise conjectur'd, by what Antony immediately replies, that this Line should not be placed to Eros, but to the Soldier, who, before the Battle of Aetium, advis’d Antony to try his Fate at Land.
Ant. Would, thou and those thy scars had once preTo make me fight at land!
(vail'd Eros, Hadst thou done so, The Kings, that have revolted, and the Soldier, That has this morning left thee, would have still Follow'd thy heels. Ant. Who's
Ant. What say'st thou?
Eros. Sir, his chests and treasure
Ant. Is he gone?
Ant. Go, Eros, send his treasure after, do it,
SCENE changes to Cæsar's Camp. Enter Cæsar, Agrippa, with Enobarbus, and Dolabella. Cal. GOP Win is Antony be took alive ;
O forth, Agrippa, and begin the fight: Make it so known.
Agr. Cæfar, I shall.
Cæf. The time of universal Peace is near ; Prove this a prosp'rous day, (46) the three-nook'd world Shall bear the Olive freely:
Enter Sold. Oh, noble Emperor, do not fight by Sea;
Trust not to rotten Planks; Do you misdoubt
This Sword, and these my Wounds ? (46)
the three-nook'd World Shall bear the Olive freely.] The Poet makes Cafar speak ac