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. 181 RELOCEAN TERDA
А с т v. SCENE, Cæsar's Camp. . (32) Enter Cæfar, Agrippa, Dolabella, Mecænas,
. Gallus, and Train.
CÆ 3. A B. . . n o to him, Dolabella, bid him yield;
Being so frustrate, tell him,
He mocks the pauses that he makes.
(32) Enter Cæsar, Agrippa, Dolabella, and MENAS.] But Menas and Menocrates, we may remember, were the two fa. mous Pirates link'd with Sextus Pompeius, and who affifted him to infeft the Italian Coast. We no where learn, exprenly in the Play, that Menas ever attach'd himself to Odavius's Party.. Notwithstanding the old Folio's concur in marking the En. trance thus, yet in the two places in the Scene, where this Character is made to speak, they are mark'd in the Margin, Mec. fo that, as Dr. Tbirlby fagaciously conjectur'd, we must cashier Menas, and substitute Mecenas in his Room. Menas, indeed, deserted to Cæfar no less than twice, and was preferr'd by him. But then we are to consider, Alexandria was taken, and Antony kill'd himself, Anno U. C, 723. Menas made the second Revolt over to Auguftus, U. C. 717: and the next Year was Nain at the Siege of Belgrade in Pannonia, five Years before the Death of Antony.
(33) Dol. Cæfar, I fall.] I make no Doubt, but it Mould be mark'd here, that Dolabella goes out. 'Tis reasonable to ima. gine, he mould presently depart, upon Cafar's Command; le that the Speeches, placed to him in the Sequel of this Scene, must be transferr'd to Agrippa, or he is introduced as a Mute. Besides, that Dolabella should be gone out, appears from This, that when Cafar asks for him, he recollects that he had fent him on Business.
Enter Dercetas, with the sword of Antony. Cæs. Wherefore is that? and what art thou, that
dar'ft Appear thus to us?
Der. I am call'd Dercetas;
Cæf. The breaking of fo great a thing fhould make
Der. He is dead, Cæfar,
Cæf. Look you fad, friends :
Agr. And strange it is,
Mec. His taints and honours
Agr. A rarer spirit never
Mec. When such a spacious mirror's set before him, He needs mult fee himself.
Caf. O Antony !
Enter an Égyptian.
Caf. Bid her have good heart;
To be ungentle.
[Exit. Cæs. Come hither, Proculeius; go, and fay, We purpose her no shame; give her what comforts The quality of her passion Mall require; Left in her greatness by some mortal stroke She do defeat us: for her life in Rome Would be eternal in our triumph. Go, And with your speediest bring us what she says, And how you find of her.
Pro. Cæfar, I shall. , (Exit Proculeius. : Caf. Gallus, go you along ;-where's Dolabella, To second Proculeius !
[Exit Gallus. All. Dolabella!
Cæs. Let him alone ; for I remember now,
[Exeunt. SCENE changes to the Monument. Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, Iras, Mardian, and se
| A better life ; 'tis paltry to be Cæfar:
Cleo. What's thy name?
Will kneel to him with thanks.
Pro. Be of good cheer :
Cleo. Pray you, tell him,
Pro. This I'll report, dear lady.
[Here Gallus, and Guard, afcend the Monument by
a Ladder, and enter at a back Window.
.: [Drawing a Dagger. [The Monument is oper'd; Proculeius rushes in, and
difarms the Queen. (34) Char. You See bow easily be may be surpriz'd,]. Here Cbarmian, who is ro faithful as to die with her Mistress, by the stupidity of the Editors is made to countenance and give Directions for her being surpriz'd by Cafar's Messengers. But this Blunder is for want of knowing, or observing, the histori. cal Fact. When Cæfar sent Proculeius to the Queen, he sent Gallus after him with new Instructions: and while one amused Cleopatra with Propositions from Cæfar, thro' Cranies of the Monument; the other scaled it by a Ladder, entred at a Window backward, and made Cleopatra, and those with her, Prisoners. I have reformed the Paffage therefore, (as, I am per• suaded, the Author design'd it ;) from the Authority of Plztarcb,