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- To this good purpose, that so fairly shows,
Dream of impediment!-Let me have thy hand: . Further this act of grace;' and, from this hour, | The heart of brothers govern in our loves,
And sway our great designs! - Cæs. .
There is my hand. ..
Time calls upon us:
And where lies he?
What's his strength By land?
Ces. Great, and increasing: but by sea
So is the fame. . 'Would, we had spoke together? Haste we for it: Yet, ere we put ourselves in arms, despatch we The business we have talk'd of. : Cæs.
With most gladness;
:: ? Lest my remembrance suffer ill report;] Lest I be thought too willing to forget benefits, I must barely return him thanks, and then I will defy him.
• Of us, &c.]. In the language of Shakspeare's time, mcansa by us.
And do invite you to my sister's view,
Let us, Lepidus,
[Flourish. Exeunt CÆSAR, Ant. and LEPIDUS. Mec. Welcome from Egypt, sir. Eno. Half the heart of Cæsar, worthy Mecænas! my honourable friend, Agrippa! Agr. Good Enobarbus!
Mec. We have cause to be glad, that matters are so well digested. You staied well by it in Egypt.
Eno. Ay, sir; we did sleep day out of countenance, and made the night light with drinking.
Mec. Eight wild boars roasted whole at a breakfast, and but twelve persons there; Is this true?
Eno. This was but as a fly by an eagle: we had much more monstrous matter of feast, which worthily deserved noting.
Mec. She's a most triumphant lady, if report be square to her. 4
Eng. When she first met Mark Antony, she pursed up his heart, upon the river of Cydnus.
Agr. There she appeared indeed; or my reporter devised well for her."
Eno. I will tell you: The barge she sat in, like a burnishi'd throne, Burn’d on the water: the poop was beaten gold; Purple the sails, and so perfumed, that The winds were love-sick with them: the oars were
silver; Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and made The water, which they beat, to follow faster, As amorous of their strokes. For her own person,
indeed. Of Cydn), she
:. be square to her.] i. e, if report quadrates with her, or ; suits with her merits,
It beggar'd all description: she did lie
(), rare for Antony!
5 And what they undid, did.] The wind of the fans seemed to give a new colour to Cleopatra's cheeks, which they were employed to cool; and what they undid; i. e. that warmth which they were intended to diminish or allay, they did, i. e. they seemed to produce.
tended her i' the eyes,] Perhaps this expression may signify that the attendants on Cleopatra looked observantly into her eyes, to catch her meaning, without giving her the trouble of verbal explanation; or only means, they performed their duty in the sight of their mistress.
? And made their bends adornings:7 The plain sense, says Mr. Steevens, of this contested passage seems to be-that these Ladies rendered that homage which their assumed characters obliged them to pay to their Queen, a circumstance ornamental to themselves, Each inclined her person so gracefully, that the very act of humiliation was an improvement of her own beauty.
8 That yarely frame the office.] i. e. readily and dexterously perform the task they undertake.
I saw her once
That she did make defect, perfection," · And, breathless, power breathe forth.
Mec. Now Antony must leave her utterly,
Eno. Never; he will not;
Mec. If beaụty, wisdom, modesty, can settle
Let us go. "
Humbly, sir, I thank you,
when she is riggish.] i. e, wanton. ? A blessed lottery-] Lottery for allotment.
Attendants and a Soothsayer.
All which time
Good night, sir.-My Octavia,
[Exeunt CÆSAR and OCTAVIA. Ant. Now, sirrah! you do wish yourself in Egypt? Sooth. 'Would I had never come from thence,
nor you Thither!
Ant. If you can, your reason?
I see't in
Say to me,
% I see't in
My motion,-) i. e. the divinitory agitation; but Mr. Theobald reads, with some probability, I see it in my notion.