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Changes to a Camp. Trumpets found. Enter Antony, and Eros ; a soldier

meeting them. 2 Sold. The Gods make this a happy day to Antony! Ant. 'Would, thou and those thy scars had once

To make me fight at land!

Eros. Hadft 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 ?

Eros. Who?
One ever near thee. Call for Enobarbus,
He shall not hear thee; or from Cæsar's camp
Say, “I am none of thine.”

Ant. What say'st thou ?

Sold. Sir,
He is with Cæsar.

Eros. Sir, his chests and treasure
He has not with him.

Ant. Is he gone?
Sold. 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 wilh he never find more cause

» Eros. The Gods make this a happy day to Antony!] 'Tis evident, as Dr. Thirlby likewise conjectured, by what Antony immediately replies, that this line should not be placed to Eros, but to the soldier, who, before the battle of Actium, advised Antony to try bis fate at land.



To change a master. Oh, my fortunes have Corrupted honest men ! Dispatch. Enobarbus!

[Exeunt. SC E N E VI.


Enter Cæfar, Agrippa, with Enobarbus and Dolabella.

Caf. Go forth, Agrippa, and begin the fight: * Our will is, Antony be took alive ; Make it so known.

Agr. Cæsar, I shall.

Cæf. The time of universal peace is near. Prove this a prosperous day, the three-nook'd world s Shall bear the olive freely.

Enter a Messenger.
Mef. Antony is come into the field.

Caf. Go, charge Agrippa ;
Plant those that have revolted in the van ;

1 -- Disparcb, my Eros.] Thus the modern editors. The old edition reads,

Dispaich Enobarbus.
Perhaps, it Thould be,
-Dispatch! To Enobarbus!

Joynsot. * Our will is, Antony be took alive ;) It is observable with what judgment Shakespeare 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 antient historians, his fatterers, had delivered him down fo fair, that he seems ready cut and dried for a hero. Amidst these difficulties Shakespeare has extricaced himself with great address. He has admitted all those great strokes of his character as he found them, and yet has made him a very unamiable character, deceitful, mean-spirited, narrrow-minded, proud, and revengeful.

WARBURTON: S Sball bear the olive freely.) i.e. fhall spring up every where {pontaneously and without culture.



That Antony may seem to spend his fury
Upon himself.

Eno. Alexas did revolt; and went to Jewry, on
Affairs of Antony; there did persuade
Great Herod to incline himself to Cæsar,
And leave his master Antony: for this pains,
Cæfar hath hang'd him. Canidius, and the rest,
That fell away, have entertainment, but
No honourable trust. I have done ill;
Of which I do accuse myself so sorely,
That I will joy no more.

Enter a Soldier of Cæfaris.
Sold. Enobarbus, Antony
Hath after thee sent all thy treasure, with
His bounty over-plus. The messenger
Came on my guard ; and at thy tent is now
Unloading of his mules.

Eno. I give it you.

Sold. Mock not, Enobarbus.
I tell you true. Best you fafed the bringer
Out of the hoft ; I must attend mine office,
Or would have don't myself. Your emperor
Continues still a Jove.

Eno. I am alone the villain of the earth,
And feel, I am so most. O Antony,
Thou mine of bounty, how wouldst thou have paid
My better service, when my turpitude
Thou doit so crown with gold ! ? This blows my

heart; If swift thought break it not, a swifter mean


._perfuade] The old copy has disuade, perhaps rightly.

JOHNSON. ? - This blows my heart ;] All the latter editions have,

-This bows my heart ; I have given the original word again the place from which I think


Shall out-strike thought; but thought will do't, I

I fight against thee! No: I will go seek
Some ditch, where I may die ; the foul'st best fits
My latter part of life.



Before the Walls of Alexandria.
Alarm. Drums and Trumpets. Enter Agrippa.

Agr. Retire, we have engag'd ourselves too far:
Cæfår himself has work, 8 and

our oppression Exceeds what we expected.

Alarm. Enter Antony, and Scarus wounded.
Scar. O my brave emperor! this is fought indeed!
Had we done so at first, we had driven them home
With clouts about their heads.

Ant, Thou bleed'st apace.

Scer. I had a wound here that was like a T, But now 'tis made an H.

Ant. They do retire.

Scar. We'll beat 'em into bench-holes; I have yet Room for six scotches more.

Enter Eros.
Eros. They are beaten, sir, and our advantage

serves For a fair victory.


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it unjustly excluded. This generofiry, (says: Enobarbus) swells my heart, so that it will quickly break, if thought break it not, a fwifter mean.

JOHNSON. š -and our opprefsion.) Oppreffion for oppofition, WARB. Sir T, Hanmer has received oppofirion. Perhaps rightly.



Scar. Let us score their backs,
And snatch 'em up as we take hares, behind :
'Tis sport to maul a runner.

Ant. I will reward thee
Once for thy sprightly comfort, and ten-fold
For thy good valour. Come thee on.
Scar. I'll halt after.



Alarm. Enter Antony again in a marcb. Scarus with

others. Ant. We have beat him to his camp; 'run one

before, And let the queen know of our guests.--To-morrow, Before the sun shall see us, we'll spill the blood That has to-day escap'd. I thank you all ; For doughty-handed are you; and have fought Not as you serv'd the cause, but as it had been Each man's like mine ; you have shewn all Hectors. Enter the city, clip your wives, your friends, Tell them your feats ; whilst they with joyful tears, Wash the congealment from your wounds, and kiss The honour'd gashes whole. - Give me thy hand,

[To Scarus,


-run one before, And let the queen know of our guests.What guests was the queen to know of? Antony was to fight again on the morrow ; and he had not yet said a word of marching to Alexandria, and treating his officers in the palace. We must read,

And let the queen know of our gests. i e. res gefle; our feats, our glorious actions. A term then in common use.

WARBURTON. This paffage needs neither correction nor explanation. Antony after his success intends to bring his officers to sup with Cleopatra, and orders notice to be given her of their guests. Johnson.


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