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Now the witch take me, if I meant it thus !
Enter Two Soldiers, to their Guard.
2 Sold. It will determine one way: fare you well. Heard you of nothing strange about the streets ?
1 Sold. Nothing: What news?
Belike, 'tis but a rumour:
Well, sir, good night.
Soldiers, Have careful watch. 3 Sold. And you: Good night, good night.
[The first Two place themselves at their Posts 4 Sold. Here we: [They take their Posts.] and if
to-morrow Our navy thrive, I have an absolute hope Our landmen will stand up. 3 Sold.
'Tis a brave army, And full of purpose.
[Musick of Hautboys under the Stage. 4 Sold.
Peace, what noise? VOL. VII.
List, list! 2 Sold. Hark! I Sold. Musick i' the air. 3 Sold.
Under the earth. 4 Sold.
It signs well, Does't not?
3 Sold. No. i Sold.
Peace, I say. What should this · I mean?
2 Sold. 'Tis the god Hercules, whom Antony lov'd, Now leaves him.
i Sold. Walk; let's see if other watchmen Do hear what we do. [They advance to another Post. 2 Sold.
How now, masters?
How now? How now? do you hear this?
[Several speaking together. 1 Sold.
Ay; Is't not strange? 3 Sold. Do you hear, masters? do you hear?
1 Sold. Follow the noise so far as we have quarter; Let's see how't will give.off. . Sold. Several speaking:] Content: 'Tis strange.
Enter Antony and CLEOPATRA; CHARMIAN, and
Ant. Eros! inine armour, Eros!
Sleep a little.
• It signs well, &c.] i. e. it is a good sign, it bodes well.
Enter Eros, with Armour.
Nay, I'll help too.
Ah, let be, let be! thou art
Well, well; We shall thrive now.-Seest thou, my good fellow? Go, put on thy defences. Eros.
Briefly, sir. 4 · Cleo. Is not this buckled well ? Ant.
Rarely, rarely: He that unbuckles this, till we do please
To doff't' for our repose, shall hear a storm.. . · Thou fumblest, Eros; and my queen's a squire , More tight at this, than thou: Despatch.O love, i That thou could'st see my wars to-day, and knew'st The royal occupation! thou should'st see
Enter an Officer, armed. A workman in't.-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 it with delight. i of
A thousand, sir, Early though it be, have on their riveted trim, And at the port expect you.
[Shout. Trumpets. Flourish,
+ Briefly, sir.] That is, quickly, si:.'
Enter other Officers, and Soldiers. 2 Off. The morn is fair.-Good morrow, general, All. Good morrow, general. Ant.
'Tis well blown, lads. This morning, like the spirit of a youth That means to be of note, begins betimes, So, so; come, give me that: this way; well said. Fare thee well, dame, whate'er becomes of me: This is a soldier's kiss: rebukable, Kisses her. And worthy shameful check it were, to stand On more mechanick compliment; I'll leave thee Now, like a man of steel.-You, that will fight, Follow me close; I'll bring you to’t.-Adieu.
[Exeunt ANTONY, Eros, Officers, and Soldiers. Char. Please you, retire to your chamber? Cleo.
Lead me. He goes forth gallantly. That he and Cæsar might Determine this great war in single fight! Then, Antony,—But now,-Well, on. [Exeunt.
Antony's Camp near Alexandria.
Trumpets sound. Enter Antony and Eros; a
Soldier meeting them. Sold. The gods make this a happy day to Antony! Ant. 'Would, thou and those thy scars had once
prevail'd To make me fight at land! Sold.
Had'st 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 gone this morning?
What say'st thou? "
Sir, his chests and treasure
Is he gone?
.. Most certain." Ant. Go, Eros, send his treasure after; do it; Detain no jot, I charge thee: write to him (I will subscribe) gentle adieus, and greetings: Say, that I wish he never find more cause To change a master.-0, my fortunes have : : Corrupted honest men:--Eros, despatch. [Exeunt.
(I will shojot, I charend his treasur
1 SCENE VI.
Cæsar's Camp before Alexandria.
BUS, and Others.
. ? Our will is, Antony be took alive ;] It is observable with what ". judgment Shakspeare draws the character of Octavius. Antony was his hero; so the other was not to shine: yet being an historical character, there was a necessity to draw him like. But the an. cient historians, his flatterers, lad delivered him down so fair, that he seems ready cut and dried for a hero. Amidst these difficulties Shakspeare has extricated himself with great address. He has ad.. mitted all those great strokes of his character as he found them, and yet has made him a very unamiable character, deceitful, meanspirited, narrow-minded, proud, and revengeful. WARBURTON,