|36, 37. that great medicine, etc.: --Alluding, perhaps, to the philosopher's stone, which, by its touch, was said to convert base metal into gold. The alchemists called the matter, whatever it was, by which they performed transmutation a medicine. So Chapman in his Shadow of Night, 1594: "O then, thou great elixir of all treasures." And on this passage he has the following note: "The philosopher's stone, or philosophica medicina, is called the great elixir." Walker thinks that medicine here means physician, and so the word was sometimes used.|
|4, 5. Whiles we are suitors, etc.: --Whiles for while; often used so by Shakespeare. The passage means, while we are praying, the thing for which we pray is losing its value.|
|26, 27. prorogue his honour . . . dullness: --"Delay his sense of honour from exerting itself till he is become habitually sluggish." Till means to, according to an ancient usage.|
|30, 31. since he went . . . travel: --Since he left Egypt time enough has elapsed for a longer journey.|
|8. I would not shave't: --I would meet him without even such a show of respect.|
|78. told him of myself: --Warburton, followed by others, explains this as meaning, "I told him the condition I was in when he had his last audience." Hudson's explanation (Harvard ed.) is, "I told him this of my own accord; or volunteered this information about myself."|
|85, 86. The honour, etc.: --Mason explains that the force of now does not fall with talks, but with is sacred; "the point of honour, which he talks on, is sacred with me now, however negligent, or untrue to my oath, I may have been then." He accordingly excuses his fault, asks pardon, and tenders reparation.|
|92-94. mine honesty, etc.: --My power or greatness shall not work in disregard of my honesty.|
|112 et seq. Cæsar means, I do not think the man wrong, but too free of his interposition; for it cannot be we shall remain in friendship; yet if it were possible, I would endeavour it."|
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Publication information: Book title: Antony and Cleopatra. Contributors: William Shakespeare - Author. Publisher: University Society. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1901. Page number: 176.
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