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Do we shake hands.--All come to this? The hearts,
Enter Cleopatra. Ah! thou spell! avaunt.-
Cleo. Why is my lord enrag'd against his love?
Ant. Vanish ; or I shall give thee thy deserving, And blemish Cæsar's triumph. Let him take thee, And hoist thee up to the shouting Plebeians ;
That spaniel'd me a: heels.--) All the editions read,
Tbat pannell'd me a: heels, Sir T. Hanmer fubftituted spanield by an emendation, with which it was reasonable to expect that even rival commentators would be fatisfied; yet Dr. Warburton proposes paniler'd, in a nore, of which he is not injur'd by the suppression ; and Mr. Upton having in his first edition proposed plausibly enough,
That paged me at heels, in the second edition retracts nis alteration, and maintains para reld to be the right reading, being a metaphor taken, he says, from a pannel of wainscot.
JOHNSON 3--ibis grave charm,) I know not by what authority, nor for what reason, this grave charm, which the first, the only original copy exhibits, has been through all the modern editions
changed to this gay charm. By this grave charm, is meant, ibis Sublime, this majestic beauty.
JOHNSON. 10 ibe very beart of loj:.] To the utmost lois possible.
Johnson. Q 2
Follow his chariot, like the greatest spot
Moft monster-like be sheron For poor' ft diminutives, for DOLTS ; -} As the allusion here is to montiers carried about in thews, it is plain, that the words, for poorest diminutives, muft mean for the leaf piece of money; we must therefore read the next word,
- for doiTS, i. e. farthings, which Mews what he means by poorest diminutives.
WARBURTON. 6 With her prepared nails-]i. e. with nails which she suffered to grow for this purpofe.
Subdue thy worrhief Milf This reading, harsh as it is, Dr. Warburton has received, after having rejected many beiter. The mcaring is, Let me do fomething in my rage, becoming the fuccellor of Hercules. Johns.
Let me lodge, Lichas, on the horns o'th' moon,] This image our poet seems to have taken from Seneca's Hercules, who says Lichas being launched into the air, sprinkl d the clouds with his blood. Sophocles, on the same occasion, talks at a much foberer rate.
SCE N E XI. Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, Iras, and Mardian. Cleo. Help me, my women! oh, he is more mad Than Telamon for his shield; the boar of Thessaly Was never so emboss'd.8
Cbar. To the monument, There lock yourself, and send him word you are dead. The soul and body rive not more at parting, Than greatness going off.
Cleo. To the monument : Mardian, go tell him I have Nain myself; Say, that the last I spoke was, Antony ; And word it, pr’ythee, piteously : Hence, Mardian, And bring me how he takes my death.—To the monument.
SC EN E XII.
Re-enter Antony and Eros. Ant. Eros, thou yet behold'st me? Eros. Ay, noble lord.
Ant. ' Sometime, we see a cloud that's dragonish; A vapour, sometime, like a bear, or lion, , A tower'd citadel, a pendant rock,
Was never so emboss’d.) A hunting term : when a deer is hard run and foams at the mouth, he is said to be imboft. A dog also, when he is strained with hard running, will have his knees (welled, and then he is said to be imboft, from the French word bele, which fignifies a tumour.
HANMER. Simetimes we fee a cloud that's dragonish, &c.] So Aristophanes,
Nubes, v. 345
"Ηδη ποτ' αναβλέψας ειδες νεφέλων Κενταύρο ομοίαν ;
RAWLINSON. "Η παρδαλει, η λύκω, ή ταίρω και
A forked mountain, or blue promontory
Eros. Ay, my lord.
Eros. It does, my lord.
Ant. My good knave, Eros, now thy captain is
1 The rack dislimns, -] i.e. The fleeting away of the clouds deftroys the pi&ture.
STEEVENS. 2 Pack'd cards with Cæfar, and false play'd my glory
Unto an en my's triumph.] Shakespeare has here, as usual, taken his metaphor from a low trivial subject; but has enobled it with much art, by fo contriving that the principal term in the subject from whence the metaphor was taken, Mould belong to, and suit the dignity of the subject to which the metaphor is transferred: thereby providing at once for the integrity of the figure, and the nobleness of the thought. And this by the word TRIUMPH, which either fignifies Octavius's conquest, or what we now call, contractedly, the trump at cards, then called the triumph or the triumphing sort.
"This explanation is very just, the thought did not deserve fa good an annotation.
Ant. Hence, faucy eunuch ; peace.
Mar. Death of one person can be paid but once ;
Ant. Dead chen?
Ant. Unarm, Eros ; the long day's task is done,
[Exit Eros. I will o'ertake thee, Cleopatra, and Weep for my pardon. So it must be, for now All length is torture.
Since the torch is out,
3 The battery from my heart.-) I would read,
This battery from my heart.