Trust not to rotten planks: Do you misdoubt
This sword, and these my wounds? Let the Egyp-
: : tians,
And the Phænicians, go a ducking; we
Have used to conquer, standing on the earth,
And fighting foot to foot.'

Well, well, away,
[Exeunt Antony, CLEOPATRA, and Eno-

Sold. By Hercules, I think, I am i' the right.

Can. Soldier, thou art: but his whole action grows
Not in the power on't:4 So our leader's led,
And we are women's men.

Sold. Sain : You keep by land ...* The legions and the horse whole, do you not?

Can. Marcus Octavius, Marcus Justeius, Publicola, and Cælius, are for sea:: But we keep whole by land. This speed of Cæsar's Carries beyond belief. . Sold. . . :: While he wa

While he was yet in R His power went out in such distractions, as . . Beguild all spies. Can.

Who's his lieutenant, hear you? Sold. They say, one Taurus. i Can.

Well I know the man.

Enter a Messenger. . Mess. The emperor calls for Canidius.



i out his whole action grows

conl ' . Not in the power on't:] i. e. His whole conduct in the war is not founded upon that which is his greatest strength, (namely, his land force,) but on the caprice of a woman, who wishes that he should fight by sea.

5 Carries beyond belief.] Perhaps this phrase is from archery, * ---- distractions,] Detachments, separate bodies.'

Can. With news the time's with labour; and

throes forth, Each minute, some.



A Plain near Actium.


Enter Cæsar, Taurus, Officers, and others. Cæs. Taurus, Taur. My lord.

Strike not by land; keep whole: Provoke not battle, till we have done at sea. Do not exceed the prescript of this scroll: Our fortune lies upon this jump. *

[Exeunt. Enter ANTONY and ENOBARBUS. Ant. Set we our squadrons on yon? side o'the hill, In eye of Cæsar's battle; from which place We may the number of the ships behold, And so proceed accordingly. [Exeunt. Enter CANIDIUS, marching with his Land Army one

Way over the Stage; and TAURUS, the Lieutenant of Cæsar, the other Way. After their going in, is heard the Noise of a Šea-Fight.

Alarum. Re-enter ENOBARBUS. Eno. Naught, naught, all naught! I can behold

no longer: The Antoniad, the Egyptian admiral,





I and throes forth,] i. e. ennits as in parturition.

this jump.] i. e. hazard. 9 The Antoniad, &c.] Which Plutarch says, was the name of Cleopatra's ship.

With all their sixty, fly, and turn the rudder ;
To see't, mine eyes are blasted.

Enter Scarus.

Gods, and goddesses,
All the whole synod of thein!

What's thy passion?
Scar. The greater cantle of the world is lost
With very ignorance; we have kiss'd away
Kingdoms and provinces...

How appears the fight?
Scar. On our side like the token'de pestilence,
Where death is sure. Yon' ribald-rid nag of Egypt,
Whom leprosy d'ertake! i' the midst o'the fight,
When vantage like a pair of twins appear'd,
Both as the same, or rather ours the elder
The brize upon her,4 like a cow in June,
Hoists sails, and flies.

That I beheld: mine eyes
Did sicken at the sight on't, and could not
Endure a further view. .
Scar. .

She once being loof'd,
The noble ruin of her magick, Antony,
Claps on his sea-wing, and like a doting mallard,
Leaving the fight in height, flies after her:
I never saw an action of such shame;

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? The greater cantle ) A piece or lump, or rather a corner. Cæsar, in this play, mentions the three-nook'd world. Of this triangular world every triumvir had a corner.

2 token'd ) Spotted. The death of those visited by the plague was certain, when particular eruptions appeared on the skin; and these were called God's tokens.

Yon ribald-rid nag-] i. e. Yon strumpet, who is come mon to every wanton fellow.

4 The brize upon her, ] The brize is the gad-fly. s o being loof'd,] To loof is to bring a ship close to the wind.

; he has given.cw himself, it had our general'

Experience;" manhood, honour, ne'er before
Did violate so itself.

Alack, alack!

Enter CANIDIUS. Can. Our fortune on the sea is out of breath, And sinks most lamentably. Had our general Been what he knew himself, it had gone well: O, he has given example for our flight, Most grossly, by his own. · Eno. Ay, are you thereabouts? Why then, good night

'T Aside. Can. Towards Peloponnesus are they fled.

Scur. 'Tis easy to't; and there I will attend
What further comes.

To Cæsar will I render
My legions, and my horse; six kings already ..
Show me the way of yielding.

I'll yet follow
The wounded chance of Antony, though my reason
Sits in the wind against me.



Alexandria. A Room in the Palace. i


. Enter ANTONY anul Attendants. . . Aint. Hark, the land bids me tread no more upon't, It is asham'd to bear me!- Friends, come hither, I am so lated in the world," that I Have lost my way for ever:-I have a ship

6 The wounded chance of Antony,] i. e, the broken fortunes of

· Antony.

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so lated in the world,] Alluding to a benighted traveller,

Laden with gold; take that, divide it; fly,
And make your peace with Cæsar. ,

Fly! not we..
Ant. I have fled myself; and have. instructed

cowards To run, and show their shoulders.-Friends, .be ..,

. gone;
I have myself resolu'd upon a course;
Which has no need of you; be gone:
My treasure's in the harbour, take it.-0,
I follow'd that I blush to look upon:
My very hairs do mutiny; for the white
Reprove the brown for rashness, and they them
For fear and doting.--Friends, be gone; you shall
Have letters from me to some friends, that will
Sweep your way for you. Pray you, look not sad,
Nor make replies of loathness: take the hint
· Which my despair proclaims; let that be left
Which leaves itself; to the sea side straightway: !
I will possess you of that ship and treasure.
Leave me, I pray, a little: 'pray you now:-
Nay, do so; for, indeed, I have lost command,
Therefore I pray you:- I'll see you by and by.

[Sits down. Enter Eros, and CLEOPATRA, led by CHARMIAN

and I'RAS.
Eros. Nay, gentle madam, to him:-Comfort

Iras. Do, most dear queen. ? '
Char. Do! Why, what else?
Cleo. Let me sit down. O Juno!
Ant. No, no, no, no, no.
Eros. See you here, sir?


& I have lost command,] i. e. I entreat you to leave me, because I have lost all power to command your absence. VOL. VII.


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