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ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.*

VOL. VIII.

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* ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA] Among the entries in the books of the Stationers' Company, October 19, 1593, I find “A Booke entituled the Tragedie of Cleopatra." It is entered by Symon Waterson, for whom some of Daniel's works were printed; and therefore it is probably by that author, of whose Cleopatra there are several editions; and, among others, one in 1594.

In the same volumes, May 20, 1608, Edward Blount entered “ A Booke called Anthony and Cleopatra." This is the first notice I have met with concerning any edition of this play more ancient than the folio, 1623. Steevens. Antony and Cleopatra was written, I imagine, in the year 1608.

MALONE.

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M. Antony,
Octavius Cæsar,

Triumvirs.
M. Æmil. Lepidus,
Sextus Pompeius.
Domitius Enobarbus,
Ventidius,
Eros,
Scarus,

Friends of Antony.
Dercetas,
Demetrius,
Philo,
Mecænas, 1
Agrippa,
Dolabella,

Friends to Cæsar.
Proculeius,
Thyreus,
Gallus,
Menas,
Menecrates, Friends of Pompey.
Varrius,
Taurus, Lieutenant-General to Cæsar.
Canidius, Lieutenant-General to Antony.
Silius, an Officer in Ventidius's Army.
Euphronius, an Ambassador from Antony to Cæsar.
Alexas, Mardian, Seleucus, and Diomedes; At-

tendants on Cleopatra. A Soothsayer. A Clown. Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Octavia, Sister to Cæsar, and Wife to Antony. Charmian,} Attendants on Cleopatra. Officers, Soldiers, Messengers, and other Attendants. SCENE, dispersed; in several Parts of the Roman

Empire.

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.

ACT I.

SCENE I. Alexandria. A Room in Cleopatra's

Palace.

Enter DEMETRIUS and Philo. Phi. Nay, but this dotage of our general's, O'erflows the measure: those his goodly eyes, That o'er the files and musters of the war Have glow'd like plated Mars, now bend, now turn, The office and devotion of their view Upon a tawny front: his captain's heart, Which in the scuffles of great fights hath burst The buckles on his breast, reneges' all temper; And is become the bellows, and the fan, To cool a gipsy's lust. Look, where they come!

Flourish. Enter Antony and CleOPATRA, with their

Trains; Eunuchs fanning her.
Take but good note, and you shall see in him
The triple pillar” of the world transform’d
Into a strumpet's fool: behold and see.

Cleo. If it be love indeed, tell me how much.

reneges - Renounces. * The triple

pillar -] Triple is here used improperly for third, or one of three. One of the triumvirs, one of the three masters of the world.

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