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SCENE I. The same. A Room in Antony's House,
ANTONY, OCTAVIUS, and Lepidus, seated at a
Table. Ant. These many then shall die; their names are
prick’d. Oct. Your brother too must die; Consent you,
Lepidus? Lep. I do consent. Oct.
Prick him down, Antony.
Lep. What, shall I find
Or here, or at The Capitol.
Exit LEPIDUS. Ant. This is a slight unmeritable man, Meet to be sent on errands: Is it fit, The three-fold world divided, he should stand One of the three to share it?
? Upon condition Publius shall not live,] Mr. Upton has sufficiently proved that the poet made a mistake as to this character men. tioned by Lepidus ; Lucius, not Publius, was the person meant, who was uncle by the mother's side to Mark Antony: and in con• sequence of this, he concludes that Shakspeare wrote;
You are his sister's son, Mark Antony. The mistake, however, is more like the mistake of the author, than of his transcriber or printer. Steevens.
damn him.] i. e. condemn him.
So you thought him; And took his voice who should be prick'd to die, In our black sentence and proscription.
Ant. Octavius, I have seen more days than you: And though we lay these honours on this man, To ease ourselves of divers slanderous loads, He shall but bear them as the ass bears gold, To groan
and sweat under the business, Either led or driven, as we point the way; And having brought our treasure where we will, Then take we down his load, and turn him off, Like to the empty ass, to shake his ears, And graze
in commons. Oct.
may do your will; But he's a tried and valiant soldier.
Ant. So is my horse, Octavius; and, for that,
out; And let us presently go sit in council, How covert matters may be best disclos’d,
- a property.) i. e. as a thing quite at our disposal, and to be treated as we please.
And open perils surest answered.
Oct. Let us do so: for we are at the stake,' And bay'd about with many enemies; And some, that smile, have in their hearts, I fear, Millions of mischief.
Before Brutus' Tent, in the Camp near Sardis.
Drum. Enter BRUTUS, Lucilius, Lucius, and
Soldiers: TITINIUS and PINDARUS meeting them.
Luc. He is at hand; and Pindarus is come
[Pindarus gives a Letter to Brutus.
I do not doubt,
Bru. He is not doubted.--A word, Lucilius;
Luc. With courtesy, and with respect enough; But not with such familiar instances, Nor with such free and friendly conference, As he hath used of old. Bru.
Thou hast describ'd A hot friend cooling: Ever note, Lucilius,
at the stake,) An allusion to bear-baiting.
When love begins to sicken and decay,
Comes his army on?
ter'd; The greater part, the horse in general, Are come with Cassius.
[March within. Bru.
Hark, he is arriv'd :March gently on to meet him.
Enter Cassius and Soldiers.
Cas. Stand, ho!
wrong Bru. Judge me, you gods! Wrong I mine enemies? And, if not so, how should I wrong a brother?
Cas. Brutus, this sober form of yours hides wrongs; And when you do themBru.
Cassius, be content, Speak your griefs? softly, I do know you well: Before the eyes of both our armies here, Which should perceive nothing but love from us, Let us not wrangle: Bid them move away; Then in my tent, Cassius, enlarge your griefs, And I will give you audience. Cas.
your griefs -] i.e. your grievances.
Bid our commanders lead their charges off
Bru. Lucilius, do the like; and let no man
Within the Tent of Brutus.
Lucius and Titinius at some distance from it.
Enter BRUTUS and CASSIUS.
in this: You have condemn'd and noted Lucius Pella, For taking bribes here of the Sardians; Wherein, my letters, praying on his side, Because I knew the man, were slighted off.
Bru. You wrong’d yourself, to write in such a case.
Cas. In such a time as this, it is not meet
Bru. Let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself
I an itching palm?
Brú. The name of Cassius honours this corruption, And chastisement doth therefore hide his head.
every nice offence) i. e, small trifling offence.