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Fly! not we.

Ant. I have fled myself; and have instructed cowards
To run, and show their shoulders.-Friends, be gone;
I have myself resolv'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 IRAS.

Eros. Nay, gentle madam, to him :-Comfort him.

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?

Ant. O fye, fye, fye.

Char. Madam,

Iras. Madam; O good empress!

Eros. Sir, sir,—

Ant. Yes, my lord, yes;-He, at Philippi, kept
His sword even like a dancer; while I struck

The lean and wrinkled Cassius; and 'twas I,
That the mad Brutus ended: he alone

b He, at Philippi, kept

His sword even like a dancer ;] i. e. Cæsar never offered to draw his sword, but kept it in the scabbard, like one who dances with a sword on which was formerly the custom in England.-STEEVENS.

Dealt on lieutenantry, and no practice had

In the brave squares of war: Yet now-No matter,
Cleo. Ah, stand by.

Eros. The queen, my lord, the queen.

Iras. Go to him, madam, speak to him; He is unqualitied with very shame.

Cleo. Well then,-Sustain me :-O!

Eros. Most noble sir, arise; the queen approaches; Her head's declined, and death will seize her; but Your comfort makes the rescue.

Ant. I have offended reputation;

A most unnoble swerving.

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Sir, the queen.

Ant. O, whither hast thou led me, Egypt? See,
How I convey my shame out of thine eyes
By looking back on what I have left behind
'Stroy'd in dishonour.

O my lord, my lord!
Forgive my fearful sails! I little thought,
You would have follow'd.

My heart was to thy rudder tied by the strings,'
And thou should'st tow me after: O'er my spirit
Thy full supremacy thou knew'st; and that
Thy beck might from the bidding of the gods
Command me.

Egypt, thou knew'st too well,



O, my pardon.

Now I must

To the young man send humble treaties, dodge
And palter in the shifts of lowness; who

With half the bulk o'the world play'd as I pleas'd,
Making, and marring fortunes. You did know,
How much you were my conqueror; and that
My sword, made weak by my affection, would
Obey it on all cause.

1 Dealt on the lieutenantry,] i. e. Fought by proxy, made war by his lieutenants, or on the strength of his lieutenants. STEEVENS.

— unqualitied-] i. e. Unmanned in general, disarmed of his usual faculties. STEEVENS.

How I convey my shame-] How, by looking another way, I withdraw my ignominy from your sight.-JOHNSON.

I tied by the strings,] That is, by the heart-string-JouNSON,


O pardon, pardon.

Ant. Fall not a tear, I say; one of them rates All that is won and lost: Give me a kiss;

Even this repays me.-We sent our schoolmaster,

Is he come back?-Love, I am full of lead :

Some wine, within there, and our viands: - Fortune


We scorn her most, when most she offers blows.


Cæsar's Camp in Egypt.


Enter CESAR, DOLABELLA, THYREUS, and others. Cas. Let him appear that's come from Antony.Know you him?


Cæsar, 'tis his schoolmaster :m

An argument that he is pluck'd, when hither
He sends so poor a pinion of his wing,

Which had superfluous kings for messengers,
Not many moons gone by.



Approach, and speak.

Eup. Such as I am, I come from Antony:

I was of late as petty to his ends,

As is the morn-dew on the myrtle leaf

To his grand sea."


Be it so; Declare thine office.
Eup. Lord of his fortunes he salutes thee, and
Requires to live in Egypt: which not granted,
He lessens his requests; and to thee sues
To let him breathe between the heavens and earth,
A private man in Athens: This for him.
Next, Cleopatra does confess thy greatness;
Submits her to thy might; and of thee craves


his schoolmaster:] The name of this person was Euphronius. He was schoolmaster to Antony's children by Cleopatra.-STEEVENS and MALONE. n To his grand sea.] i. e. His full tide of prosperity.—STEEVENS.

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