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On May 20th, 1608, “A booke called Anthony and Cleopatra” was entered in the Stationers' Registers by Edward Blount; and the entry, no doubt, refers to our author's play, which, we may presume, had been produced only a short time before that date. It did not, however, make its appearance in print till the publication of the folio of 1623.—In Antony and Cleopatra Shakespeare has adhered with remarkable closeness to the Life of Antonius in North’s Plutarch (translated from the French of Amiot). He owes nothing, either to Daniel's Cleopatra, 1594, or to the Countess of Pembroke's Tragedie of Antonie (a translation from the French of Garnier), 1595.
friends to Antony.
friends to Cæsar.
friends to Pompey.
Officers, Soldiers, Messengers, and other Attendants.
SCENE-In several parts of the Roman empire.
* ""Scarus' in Antony and Cleopatra, fol. 'Scarrus,' is 'Scaurus'.” Walker's Crit. Eram. &c. vol. ii. p. 323.
7" Tarrius. This is perhaps L. Varius Cotyla, an officer and companion of Antony's. (Plut. Anton. xviii. Cic. Philippic. v. 2 ; viii. 10, 11 ; viii. 12.) Shakespeare found him in North's Plutarch (p. 919, eds. 1603 and 1612), and perhaps by a slip of memory took him for a friend of Pompey's. The possibility, however, is so slight that it is only just worth mentioning." Id. ibid.
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.
SCENE I. Alexandria. A room in CLEOPATRA's palace.
Enter DEMETRIUS and Philo.
Enter Antony and CLEOPATRA, with their Train; Eunuchs fanning
her. Cleo. If it be love indeed, tell me how much. Ant. There's beggary in the love that can be reckon'd. Cleo. I'll set a bourn how far to be belov’d. Ant. Then must thou needs find out new heaven, new
earth. VOL. VII.
Enter an Attendant.
Grates me :—the sum.
How, my love!
Ant. Let Rome in Tiber melt, and the wide arch
Excellent falsehood !
But stirr’d by Cleopatra. —
Cleo. Hear the ambassadors.
Fie, wrangling queen!
To make itself, in thee, fair and admir'd!
[Exeunt Ant. and Cleo. with their Train. Dem. Is Cæsar with Antonius priz’d so slight?
Phi. Sir, sometimes, when he is not Antony,
I'm full sorry
SCENE II. The same. Another room in the same.
Enter CHARMIAN, IRAs, Alexas, and a Soothsayer. (1) Char. Lord Alexas, sweet Alexas, most any thing Alexas, almost most absolute Alexas, where's the soothsayer that you praised so to the queen? O, that I knew this husband, which, you say, must chargo(5) his horns with garlands !
Sooth. In nature's infinite book of secrecy
Show him your hand.
Char. Good sir, give me good fortune.