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A mangled shadow: perchance", to-morrow
You'll serve another master.
- What mean you, sir, To give them this discomfort? Look, they weep; And I, an ass, am onion-ey'd'; for shame, Transform us not to women.
Ho, ho, ho1!
A mangled shadow:] Or if you see me more, you will see me a mangled shadow, only the external form of what I was.
The thought is, as usual, taken from Sir Thomas North's translation of Plutarch: So being at supper, (as it is reported) he commaunded his officers and household seruauntes that waited on him at his bord, that they shold fill his cuppes full, and make as much of him as they could: for said he, you know not whether you shall doe so much for me to morrow or not, or whether you shall serue an other maister: and it may be you shall see me no more, but a dead bodie. This notwithstanding, perceiuing that his frends and men fell a weeping to heare him say so, to salue that he had spoken, he added this more vnto it; that he would not leade them to battell, where he thought not rather safely to returne with victorie, than valliantly to dye with honor." STEEVENS.
7-perchance,] To complete the verse, might we not readnay, perchance, &c. ? Nay, on this occasion, as on many others, would be used to signify-Not only so, but more. STEEVENS.
8 And the gods YIELD YOU for't!] i. e. reward you. See a note on Macbeth, vol. xi. p. 7, n. 1; and another on As You Like It, vol. vi. p. 500, n. 2. STEEVENS.
onion-ey'd ;] I have my eyes as full of tears as if they had been fretted by onions. JOHNSON. So, in The Birth of Merlin, 1662:
"I see something like a peel'd onion ; "It makes me weep again." STEEVENS. See p. 188, n. 2. MALONE.
1 Ant. Ho, ho, ho!] i. e. stop, or desist. Antony desires his
Now the witch take me, if I meant it thus ! Grace grow where those drops fall2! friends,
You take me in too dolorous a sense:
For I spake to you for your comfort: did desire.
followers to cease weeping. So, in Chaucer-The Knightes Tale, v. 1706, edit. 1775:
"This duk his courser with his sporres smote,
"And pulled out a swerd, and cried, ho!
No more, up peine of lesing of your hed."
But Mr. Tyrwhitt, in a note on ver. 2535 of the Canterbury Tales, doubts whether this interjection was used except to command a cessation of fighting. The succeeding quotations, however, will, while they illustrate an obscurity in Shakspeare, prove that ho was by no means so confined in its meaning. Gawin Douglas translates-" Helenum, farique vetat Saturnia Juno," (Eneid, 1. iii. v. 380,)
"The douchter of auld Saturn Juno
In the Glossary to the folio edition of this translation, Edinb. 1710, it is said that "Ho is an Interjection commanding to desist or leave off."
It occurs again in Langham's Letter concerning Queen Elizabeth's Entertainment at Killingworth Castle, 1575, 12mo. p. 61, cited in The Reliques of Antient Poetry : "Heer was no ho in devout drinkyng."
And in The Myrrour of good Maners, compyled in Latyn by Domynike Mancyn, and translated into Englishe by Alexander Bereley, Prest, imprynted by Rychard Pynson, bl. 1. no date, fol. Ambition is compared to
"The sacke insaciable,
"The sacke without botome, which never can say ho."
3- I spake to you-] Old copy, redundantly:
For I spake to you." STEEVENS.
HOLT WHITE. These words may have been intended to express an hysterical laugh, in the same way as Cleopatra exclaims
"Give me to drink mandragora." p. 207. BOSWELL.
2 GRACE grow where those drops fall!] So, in K. Richard II.: "Here did she drop a tear; here, in this place,
"I'll set a bank of rue, sour herb of grace." STEEVENS.
To burn this night with torches: Know, my hearts,
The Same. Before the Palace.
Enter Two Soldiers, to their Guard.
1 SOLD. Brother, good night: to-morrow is the day.
2 SOLD. It will determine one way: fare you well. Heard you of nothing strange about the streets?
1 SOLD. Nothing: What news?
2 SOLD. Belike, 'tis but a rumour: Good night to you.
i SOLD. Well, sir, good night.
Enter Two other Soldiers.
2 SOLD. Soldiers, have careful watch.
3 SOLD. And you: Good night, good night. [The first Two place themselves at their Posts. 4 SOLD. Here we : [They take their Posts.] and if to-morrow
Our navy thrive, I have an absolute hope
Our landmen will stand up.
And full of purpose.
"Tis a brave army,
[Musick of Hautboys under the Stage".
4- death and honour.] That is, an honourable death.
5 Musick of Hautboys UNDER THE STAGE.] This circumstance (as I collect from Mr. Warton) might have been suggested to
4 SOLD. Peace, what noise "?
1 SOLD. List, list!
2 SOLD. Hark!
1 SOLD. Musick i' the air.
3 SOLD. Under the earth.
4 SOLD. It signs well', does't not?
3 SOLD. NO.
1 SOLD. Peace, I say. What should this mean? 2 SOLD. 'Tis the god Hercules, whom Antony lov'd, now leaves him.
1 SOLD. Walk; let's see if other watchmen do hear what we do. [They advance to another Post.
2 SOLD. How now, masters? SOLD. How now?
How now? do you hear this?
[Several speaking together. Ay; Is't not strange?
Shakspeare by some of the machineries in masques. Holinshed, describing a very curious device or spectacle presented before Queen Elizabeth, insists particularly on the secret or mysterious musick of some fictitious nymphs, "which, (he adds,) surely had been a noble hearing, and the more melodious for the varietie [novelty] thereof, because it should come secretlie and strangelie out of the earth." Vol. iii. f. 1297. STEEVENS.
6 Peace, what noise?] So, in the old translation of Plutarch: "Furthermore, the selfe same night within little of midnight, when all the citie was quiet, full of feare, and sorrowe, thinking what would be the issue and ende of this warre; it is said that sodainly they heard a maruelous sweete harmonie of sundry sortes of instrumentes of musicke, with the crie of a multitude of people, as they had bene dauncinge, and had song as they vse in Bacchus feastes, with mouinges and turnings after the maner of the satyres : & it seemed that this daunce went through the city vnto the gate that opened to the enemies, & that all the troupe that made this noise they heard, went out of the city at that gate. Now, such as in reason sought the depth of the interpretacion of this wonder, thought that it was the god vnto whom Antonius bare singular deuotion to counterfeate and resemble him, that did forsake them." STEEVENS.
7 It signs well, &c.] i. e. it is a good sign, it bodes well, &c. STEEVENS.
3 SOLD. Do you hear, masters? do you hear? 1 SOLD. Follow the noise so far as we have quarter;
Let's see how't will give off.
SOLD. [Several speaking.] Content: "Tis strange.
Enter ANTONY, and CLEOPATRA; CHARMIAN, and Others, attending.
The Same. A Room in the Palace.
ANT. Eros! mine armour, Eros!
Sleep a little. ANT. No, my chuck.-Eros, come; mine armour, Eros!
Enter EROS, with Armour.
Come, good fellow, put thine iron 1 on :-
Nay, I'll help too 2.
Ah, let be, let be! thou art The armourer of my heart:-False, false; this,
What's this for?
my CHUCK.] i. e. chicken. See vol. xi. p. 157, n. 9.
MY good fellow,] The necessary pronoun possessive-my, was introduced, in aid of metre, by Mr. Rowe. STEEVENS.
THINE iron-] I think it should be rather
66 ·mine iron-." JOHNSON.
Thine iron is the iron which thou hast in thy hand, i. e. Antony's armour. MALONE.
Nay, I'll help too.] These three little speeches, which in