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A Room in Cæsar's House.
Enter CÆSAR, ANTONY, Octavia between them;
Attendants, and a Soothsayer.
All which time
Good night, sir.—My Octavia,
Octa. Good night, sir.
Sooth. 'Would I had never come from thence, nor you
you can, your reason ? ! Sooth.
I see't in
Say to me,
: I see't in
My motion,] i. e. the divinitory agitation ; but Mr. Theobald roads, with some probability, I see it in my notion.
Speak this no more.
Get thee gone :
I'the east my pleasure lies :-0, come, Ventidius,
Enter LEPIDUS, MECÆNAS, and AGRIPPA.
Lep. Trouble yourselves no further :
hasten Your generals after.
his quails -] The ancients used to match quails as we match cocks.
- inhoop'd, at odds.] Inhoop'd is inclosed, confined, that they may fight.
Sir, Mark Antony
Lep. Till I shall see you in your soldier's dress,
Your way is shorter,
Sir, good success!
Alexandria A Room in the Palace.
Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, IRAS, and ALEXAS.
Cleo. Give me some musick ; musick, moody food
The musick, ho!
Char. My arm is sore, best play with Mardian.
Cleo. As well a woman with an eunuch play'd,
Mar. As well as I can, madam.
at mount -] i.e. Mount Misenum.
musick, moody food -] Moody, in this instance, means melancholy. Cotgrave explains moody, by the French words, morne and triste.
let us to billiards :) This is one of the numerous anachronisms that are found in these plays.
The actor may plead pardon. I'll none now :-
'Twas merry, when
That time!-0 times !--
Enter a Messenger.
Ram thou thy fruitful tidings in mine ears,
First, madam, he's well. Cleo. Why, there's more gold. But, sirrah, mark;
Mess. Good madam, hear me.
Well, go to, I will; But there's no goodness in thy face: If Antony
Be free, and healthful,—why so tart a favour
Will’t please you, hear me?
Madam, he's well. Cleo.
Well said. Mess. And friends with Caesar, Cleo.
Thou’rt an honest man. Mess. Cæsar and he are greater friends than ever. Cleo. Make thee a fortune from me. Mess. But yet, madam,
Cleo. I do not like but yet, it does allay The good precedence ' ; fye upon but yet : But yet is as a gaoler to bring forth Some monstrous malefactor. Pr’ythee, friend, Pour out the pack of matter to mine ear, The good and bad together : He's friends with Cæsar ; In state of health, thou say'st; and, thou say’st, free.
Mess. Free, madam ! no; I made no such report :
For what good turn?
I am pale, Charmian.
[Strikes him down. Mess. Good madam, patience.
8 Not like a formal man.] i. e. a man in form, i. e. shape. You should come in the form of a fury, and not in the form of a man.
it does allay The good precedence ;] i. e. abates the good quality of what is already reported.