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Silius, an Officer in Ventidius's Army.
Taurus, Lieutenant-General to Cæfar.
Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt.
Octavia, Sifter to Cæfar, and Wife to Antony.
Ladies attending on Cleopatra.
Ambafadors from Antony to Cæfar, Captains, Soldiers, Meffengers, and other Attendants.
The SCENE is difpers'd in feveral Parts of the Roman Empire.
ANTONY and CLEOPATRA.
SCENE, the Palace at Alexandria in Ægypt.
Enter Demetrius and Philo.
AY, but this dotage of our General
O'er-flows the measure; thofe his goodly eyes,
The office and devotion of their view
Upon a tawny front. His Captain's heart,
To cool a Gypfy's luft. Look, where they come!
Flourish. Enter Antony, and Cleopatra, ber Ladies in the train, Eunuchs fanning her.
Take but good note, and you fhall fee in him
The triple pillar of the world transform'd
Cleo. If it be love, indeed, tell me, how much?
Ant. Then must thou needs find out new heav'n, new earth.
Enter a Meffenger.
Mef. News, my good Lord, from Rome.
Ant. It grates me.
Tell the fum.
Cleo. Nay, hear it, Antony.
Fulvia, perchance, is angry; or who knows,
Ant. How, my love?
Cleo. Perchance, (nay, and most like,)
You must not stay here longer, your difiniffion
Cleo. Excellent falfhood!
Why did he marry Fulvia, and not love her?
Will be himself.
Ant. But ftirr'd by Cleopatra.
Now for the love of love, and his foft hours,
Ant. Fy, wrangling Queen!
Whom every thing becomes, to chide, to laugh,
[Exeunt, with their Train. Dem. Is Cæfar with Antonius priz'd fo flight? Phil. Sir, fometimes, when he is not Antony, He comes too fhort of that great property Which ftill fhould go with Antony.
Dem. I'm forry,
That he approves the common liar, Fame,
Enter Enobarbus, Charmian, Iras, Alexas, and a
Char. Alexas, fweet Alexas, moft any thing Alexas, almost most abfolute Alexas, where's the Sooth-fayer that you prais'd fo to th' Queen? (1) Oh! that I knew this husband, which you fay, must charge his horns with garlands.
(1) Oh, that I knew this Husband, which, you say, must change bis Horns with Garlands.] Changing Horns with Garlands, is, surely, a fenseless, unintelligible, Phrafe. We must restore, in Oppofition, to all the printed Copies,
which you fay, muft charge bis Horns with Garlands. i. e. must be an honourable Cuckold, must have his Horns hung with Garlands. Charge and change frequently ufurp each other's Place in our Author's old Editions, as I have occafionally obferv'd in my Notes on other Paffages. I ought to take Notice, that Mr. Warburton likewife ftarted this Emendation.