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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.
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Friends of Antony.
Friends to Cæsar.
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
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.
SCENE I. Alexandria. A Room in Cleopatra's
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.
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.