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Ant. Then let it do at once
Eros. My dear master,
Ant. 'Tis said, man ;-and farewel.
do escape the sorrow
Enter Dercetas, and Guard,
But I will be
As to a lower's bed.] Stowe, describing the execution of Sir Charles Davers, one of the earl of Effex's affociates, says, that “ having put off his gown and doublet in a most cheerful manner, rarber like a bridegroom gban a prisoner oppointed for deatb, he prayed very devoutly." MALONE. This thought has occurred before in Measure for Meajure:
If I must die,
“ And hug it in mine arms." STEEVINS.
The guard, bo 1o, dispatch me!
“ What bo! the emperor's guard !".
“ Authority melts from me. Of late, when I cried bo,
« And cry, your will ?"
Ant. I have done my work ill, friends; 0, make an end Of what I have begun.
2. Guard. The itar is fallen.
[Exit DERCETAS, Ant, Art thou therę, Diomed? Draw thy sword, and
Dio. Most abfolute lord,
Ant. When did she send thee?
5. Sbe bad dispos'd wirb Cæsar,] To dispose, in this instance, perhaps Egnities to make ter 7:5, to settle motiers. STEEVENS.
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, woe are we, fir, you may not live to All your true followers out,
All. Mot heavy day!
Ant. Nay, good my fellows, do not please sharp fate To grace it with
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.
The same, A Monument.
Cleo. No, I will not :
Dio. His death's upon him, but not dead.
Enter ANTONY, borne by the Guard.
-darkling--] i. e. without light. So, in the Two angry Women of Abingdon, 1599:
-my mother hath a torch, your wife
The varying shore o'the world?!-O Antony!
Ant. Peace :
Cleo. So it should be, that none but Antony
Ant. I am dying, Egypt, dying ; only
Cleo. I dare not, dear,
? O fun,
Burstbe great spbere bou mou'll in! - darkling fand
Tbe varying fore o' 16' world!~] She defires the fun to barn his own orb, the vehicle of light, and then the earth will be dark. JOHNSON.
The varying fore o' tb world! i. e. of the eartb, where light and darkness make an incessant variation. WARBYRTON.
According to the philosophy which prevailed from the age of Aristotle to that of Shakspeare, and long fince, the sun was a planet, and was whirled round the earth by the motion of a solid sphere in which it was fixed. If the fun therefore was to set fire to the sphere, so as to consume it, the consequence must be, that itself, for want of support, mult drop through, and wander in endless space; and in this case the earth would be involved in endless night. HEATH.
& I bere impórtune dearb-] 1 solicit death to delay; or, treuble death by keeping him in waiting. JOHNSON. 9 I dare noe, dear,
(Dear my lord, pardon, ) I dare not,
Left I be raken:] Antony has just said that he only folicits death to delay his end, till he has given her a farewell kiss. To this the replies that sbe dares mor; and, in our authour's licentious di&ion, the may mean, that se, now above in the monument, does not dare to descend that he may take leave of her. But, from the cefect of the metre in the second line, I think it more probable that a word was omitted by the compositor, and that the poet wrote ;
I dare not, dear,
Left I be taken.
Of the full-fortun'd Cæsar' ever shall
Ant. o, quick, or I am gone,
lord! editions, but, his emendation not being mentioned, it is perfectly unin. telligible. MALONE. ! Of be full-fortun'd Cæsar-) So, in Orbello:
“ What a full-fortune doth the thick-lips owe?" Malone. 2 Be brooch'd with me.) Be broocb'd, i.e. adorn'd. A broocb was an ornament formerly worn in the hat. So in Ben Jonson's Poetafter, « Honour's a good broocb to wear in a man's hat at all times." The Rev. Mr. Lambe observes in his notes on the ancient metrical History of Floddon Field, that brooches in the North are buckles set with stones, such as those with which thirt-bosoms and handkerchiefs are clasped.
STLEVENS Broocb is properly a bodkin, or some such inftrument (originally a fpit) and ladies' bodkins being headed with gems, it sometimes itands for an ornamental trinket or jewel in general, in which sense it is perhaps used at present. PERCY.
Our authour in All's well obat ends well speaks of the broocb and the Fest bpick, as at one time constantly worn by those who affected elegance.
MALONE. :- if knife, drugs, serpents, bave
Edge, fting, or operation, ] Here is the same irregular position of the words, that Mr. Warner would avoid or amend in Hamle: and yet Shakspeare seems to have attended to this matter in the very play before ws, AIII. sc. ii. TOLLET. This thought occurs in Pericles Prince of Tyre:
" If fires be hot, knives sharp, or waters deep,
“ Unty'd I fill my virgin knot will keepe." STELVENS. 4 - ftill conclufion, ] Sedute determination ; filent coolness of resolution. JOHNSON.
5 Here's sport, indeed!] I suppose the meaning of these ftrange words is, bere's triling, you do not work in earnest. JOHNSON.
Perhaps rather, here's a curious game, the last we shall ever play with Antony! Or perhaps the is thinking of fisking with a line, a dia ve: fion of which we have been already told the was fond. Shakspeare has introduced ludicrous ideas with as much incongruity in other places.