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A million more, now lost!) she, Eros, has
Mar. No, Antony,
me, And she shall die the death.
Mar. Death of one person can be paid but once,
Ant. Dead then ?
Ant. Unarm me, Eros, the long day's task is done,
[Unarming himself. You have been nobly borne; from me a while —
[Exit Eros. I will o'ertake thee, Cleopatra, and Weep for my pardon. So't must be, for now All length is torture; since the torch is out,
Lye down and stray no further. Now all labour
Ant. Since Cleopatra died,
(53) Seal then, and all is done.) Antony had offended Cleopatra with
And all the Haunt be ours. - ] Tho' I have not alter'd the Text, I must subjoin Mr. Warburton's ingenious Conjecture and Com. ment on this Passage. “ Virgil was the Inventor of the Amours of Di“ do and Æneas ; (who, by the Bye, wrote this Tale after Antony's “ Death ;), but the same Virgil tells us, her Fondness did not reach to the
other World. She there despis’d Æneas, and return'd to her old Af6. fection for Sichæus.
Tandem corripuit seje, atque inimica refugit
Respondet curis, æquatque Sichæus amorem. Æneid. VI. “ I say therefore, Shakespeare wrote ;
Dido and ber Sichæus "And the Allusion of Antony to Sichæus is perfectly just and fine : Si“ chæus was murther’d by his Brother Pygmalion for his Wealth, on “ which, his Wife Dido Aed. So Antony was fought and defeated at “ Aetium by his Brother Oétavius for his Share of the Mastership of the
World : whereon, Cleopatra fled from the Victor's Rage into Ægypt.' However, on the other hand, perhaps, Shakespeare might have no Intention of copying Virgil, in making Dido return to her Affection for her Husband : Perhaps, he might chuse to make Antony mention Æneas, as an Anceftor : and I observe besides, that Beaumont and Fletcher, (in their Twa Noble Kinsmen; a Play, in which, it is said, our Author had a Share:) suppose Dido to have retain'd her Passion for Æneas after Death.
For in the next World will Dido fee Palamon, and then will she be out of Love with Æneas.
The courage of a woman ; less noble-minded
Eros. The Gods with-hold me!
Eros. I would not see't.
Ant. Come then; for with a wound I must be cur'd.
Eros. Turn from me then that noble countenance,
[Turning from bim. Eros. My sword is drawn.
Ant. Then let it do at once
Eros. My dear Master,
Eros. Farewel, great Chief. Shall I strike now?
[Eros kills himself. Thus I do escape the sorrow Of Antony's death.
[Dyes. Ant. Thrice nobler than my self! Thou teachest me, oh, valiant Eros, what I should, and thou could'st not; my Queen and Eros Have by their brave instruction got upon me A Nobleness in Record. But I will be A Bridegroom in my death, and run into't As to a Lover's bed. Come then; and, Eros, Thy Master dies thy Scholar ; to do thus
[Falling on his sword. I learnt of thee. How, not yet dead? not dead? The Guard ho!
-oh, dispatch me.
Enter Dercetas, and Guard. I Guard. What's the noise ?
Ant. I've done my work ill, friends :
2 Guard. The star is faln.
I Guard. Not I.
[Exeunt. Der. Thy death and fortunes bid thy followers fly: This sword but shewn to Cæfar, with this tidings, Shall enter me with him.
Enter Diomedes. Dio. Where's Antony ? Der. There, Diomed, there. Dio. Lives he? wilt thou not answer, man? Ant. Art thou there, Diomed? draw thy sword, and
give me Sufficing strokes for death.
Dio. Most ablolute Lord,
Ant. When did she send thee?
pr’ythee. Dio. What, ho! the Emperor's Guard. The Guard,
what, hoa! Come, your Lord calls.
Enter the Guard. Ant. Bear me, good friends, where Cleopatra bides, 'Tis the last service that I shall command you.
Guard. Woc are we, Sir! you may not live to wear All your true follow'rs out.
Åll. Most heavy day!
(Exeunt, bearing Antony: