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And not a serpent's poison. Say, our pleasure, Breeds scrupulous faction : The bated, grown to To such whose place is under us, requires
[Pompey, Our quick remove from hence.
Are newly grown to love : the condewa'd Eno. I shall do't.
(Exeunt. Rich in his father's honour, creeps apace
Into the hearts of such as have not thriv'd
Upon the present state, whose numbers threaten ;
And quietness, grown sick of rest, would purge Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN TRAS, and
By any desperate change : My more particular,
And that which most with you should safe • my ALEXAS.
going, Cleo. Where is het
Is Fulvia's death. Char. I did not see him since.
Cleo. Though age from folly could not give Cleo. See where he is, who's with him, what
me freedom, he does :
It does from childishness :-Can Fulvia die 1 + I did not send you ; .-If you find him sad,
Ant. She's dead, my queen : Say, I am dancing ; if in mirth, report
Look here, and, at thy sovereign leisure, read That I am sudden sick : Quick, and return. The garboils she awak'd ; t at the last, best :
[Erit ALEXAS. See, when and where she died. Char. Madam, methinks, if you did fove him Cleo. O most false love ! dearly,
Where be the sacred vials thou should'st fill You do not hold the method to enforce
With sorrowful water ? Now I see, I see, The like from him.
In Fulvia's death, how mine receiv'd shall be. Cleo. What should I do, I do not?
Ant. Quarrel no more, but be prepar'd to know Char. In each thing give him way, cross him The purposes I bear; which are, or cease, in nothing.
As you shall give the advice : Now, by the fire Cleo. Thou teachest like a fool : the way to That quickens Nilus' slime, I go from hence, lose him.
Tby soldier, servant ; making peace, or war, Char. Tempt bim not so too far: I wish for. As thou affect'st. bear :
Cleo. Cut my lace, Charmian, come :-
So Antony loves.
Ant. My precious queen, forbear;
And give truie evidence to his love, which stands Cleo. I ain sick, and snllen.
An honourable trial. Ant. I am sorry to give breathing to my pur. Cleo. So Fulvia told me. pose,
II pr'ythee turn aside, and weep for her ; Cleo. Help me away, dear Charian, I shall Then bid adieu to me, and say the tears fall;
Belong to Egypt: Good now, play one scene It cannot be thus long : the sides of nature of excellent dissembling; and let it look Will not sustain it.
Like perfect honour. Ant. Now, my dearest queen,
Ant. You'll heat my blood; no more. Cleo. Pray you, stand further from me.
Cleo. You can do better yet, but this is meetly. Ant. What's the matter ?
Ant. Now, by my sword, Cleo. I know, by that same eye, there's somel Cleo. And target, -Still he mends; good news.
But this is not the best : Look, pr'ythee, Clar. What says the married woman 1-You may go ;
mian, 'Would, she had never given you leave to come! How this Herculean Roman does become Let her not say 'tis I that keep you here, The carriage of his chafe. I have no power upon you : ber's you are.
Ant. I'll leave, you, lady. Ant. The gods best know,
Cleo. Courteous lord, one word. Cleo. Oh! never was there queen
Sir, you and I must part, but that's not it : So mightily betray'd! Yet, at the first,
Sir, you and I have lov'á,-but there's not it; I saw the treasons planted.
That you know well : Something it is I would, Ant. Cleopatra,
Oh! my oblivion 9 is a very Antony, Cleo. Why should I think you can be mine, And I am all forgotten. and true,
Ant. But that your royalty
Cleo. 'Tis sweating labour,
As Cleopatra this. But, Sir, forgive me ;
Since my becomings kill me, when they do not Cleo. Nay, pray you, seek no colour for your Eye well to you : Your honour calls you bence ; going,
sing, | Therefore be deaf to my unpitied folly,
Be strew'd before your feet!
That thou, residing here, go'st yet with me,
And I, hence fleeting, here remain with thee. Ant. How now, lady!
(Eseunt. Cleo. I would, I had thy inches thon shouldst know,
SCENE IV.-Rome.-An apartment in There were a heart in Egypt.
Cesar's House. Ant. Hear me, queen :
Enter OCTAVIUS CESAR, LEPIDOS, and Atten. The strong necessity of time commands
dants. Our services a while ; but my full heart Remains in use with you, Our Italy
Ces. You may see, Lepidus, and henceforth Shines o'er with civil swords ; Sextus Pompeius
know, Makes his approaches to the port of Rome :
It is not Cesar's patural vice to hate Equality of two domestic powers
One great competitor : | from Alexandria
• Render my going agreeable. Can Fulvia be den ? • Look as if I did not send you. 10 reye-brows. 1 The commotion she occasioned. Obliv ous memory. A taste. Gate
| Associate or partner.
men rollo think thats goodness heaven,
with knacomes bio must
This is the news-He fishes, drinks, and wastes | Yea, like the stag, when snow the pasture sheela, The lamps of night in revel: is not more man- The barks of trees thou browsed'st ; on the Alps like
It is reported, thou did'st eat strange flesh, Than Cleopatra ; nor the queen Ptolemy
Wbich some did die to look on : And all this, More womanly than he : hardly gave audience, or ((It wounds thine honour, that I speak it now) Vouchsard to think he had partners : You shall Was borne so like a soldier, that thy cheek find there
So much as lank'd not. A man, who is the abstract of all faults
Lep. It is pity of him.
Ces. Let his shames quickly Lep. I must not think there are
Drive him to Rome : 'Tis time we twain Evils enough to darken all his goodness :
Did show ourselves i'the field; and, to that end, His faults, in him, seem as the spots of heaven, Assemble we immediate council: Pompey More fiery by night's blackness ; hereditary, Thrives in our idleness. Rather than purchas'd what he cannot change, Lep. To-morrow, Cesar, Than wbat he chooses.
I shall be furnish'd to inform you rightly Ces. You are too indulgent : let us grant, it is Both what by sea and land I can be able, not
To 'front this present time. Amiss to tumble on the bed of Ptolemy :
ces. Till which encounter, To give a kingdom for a mirth; to sit
| It is my business too. Farewell. And keep the turn of tippling with a slave ;
Lep. Farewell, my lord : Wbat you shall know To reel the streets at noon, and stand the buffet
mean time With knaves that smell of sweat : say, this be of stirs abroad, I shall beseech you, Sir,
To let me be partaker. (As his composure must be rare indeed,
Ces. Doubt not, Sir; . Whom these things cannot blemish,) yet must I knew it for my bond..
(Exeunt. Antony No way excuse his soils, when we do bear
SCENE V.-Alexandria.-A Room in the So great weight in his lightness. If he fillid
Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, IRAs, and Call on him t for't : but, to confound such time,
MARDIAN. That drums him from his sport, and speaks as Cleo. Charmian,loud
Char. Madam. As his own state, and ours,'tis to be chid
Cleo. Ha, halAs we rate boys, who, being mature in know. Give me to drink mandragora. + ledge,
Char. Why, madam ; Pawn their experience to their present pleasure, Cleo. That I might sleep out this great gap of And so rebel to judgment.
My Antony is away.
[time, Char. You think of him Bnter a MESSENGER.
Too much. Lep. Here's more news.
Cleo. O treason ! Mess. Thy biddings have been done; and Char. Madam, I trust, not so, every hour,
Cleo. Thou eunuch ! Mardian ! Most noble Cesar, shalt thou have report
Mar. What's your highness' pleasure 1 How 'tis abroad. Poinpey is strong at sea ; Cleo. Not now to hear thee sing ; I take to And, it appears, he is belov'd of those
pleasure That only have fear'd Cesar : to the ports
In aught a eunuch has : 'Tis well for thee. The discontents repair, and men's reports That, being unseminar'd, I thy freer thoughts Give him much wrong'd.
May not dy forth of Egypt. Hast thou affec. Ces. I should have known no less :
tions i It bath been taught us from the primal state, Mar. Yes, gracious madam. That he, which is, was wish'd, until he were ; Cleo. Indeed? And the ebb'd man, ne'er lov'd, till ne'er worth Mar. Not in deed, madam ; for I can do no. love
Yet have I fierce affections, and think
Cleo. O Charmian,
Where think'st thou he is now ? Stands he, or Menecrates and Menas, famous pirates,
sits be? Make the sea serve them: which they ear ** andor does he walk 1 or is he on his horse wound
o bappy borse, to bear the weight of Antony With keels of every kind : Many hot inroads
Do bravely, horsel for wot'st thou whom thou They make in Ibily; the borders maritime
mov'st? Lack blood H to think on't, and flush it youth | The devni-Atlas of this earth, the arm revolt :
And burgonets of men.-He's speaking now, No vessel can peep forth, but 'tis as soon | Or murmuring, Where's my serpen: of old Taken as seen for Pompey's uame strikes more
Nile ? Than could his war resisted.
For so he calls me : Now I feed myself Ces. Antony,
With most delicious poisou Think on me, Leave thy lascivious wassals. $5 When thou once That am with Phæbus' amorous pinches black, Wast beaten from Modena, where thou slew'st And wrinkled deep in time? Broad-fronted Hirtius and Pansa, consuls, at thy heel
Cesar, Did famine follow; whom thou fought'st against, When thou wast here above the ground, I was Though daintily brought up, with patience more A morsel for a monarch : and great Pompey Than savages could suffer: Thou didst drink Would stand, and make his eyes grow in my The stale of horses, and the gilded puddle
brow; Which beasts would cough at : thy palate then there would he anchor his aspéct, and die did deign
With looking on his life. The roughest berry on the rudest hedge ;
Enter ALEXAS. • Procured by his own fault.
Aler. Sovereign of Egypt, bail ! . Would pupish aim for it.
Consume. I Maleontents.
TEndeared by being missed. i. Plough. 11 Turn pale. 11 Ruddy. • My bounden duty.
I A sleepy potion.
Uumauned. 1$ Feastings.
Cleo. How much unlike art thou Mark An. Men. Cesar and Lepidus tony !
Are in the field ; a mighty strength they carry Yet, coming from him, that great medicine hath Pom. Where have you this ? 'tis false, With his tinct gilded thee.
Men. From Silvius, Sir. How goes it with my brave Mark Antony ?
Pom. He dreams : I know they are in Rome Alex. Last thing he did, dear queen,
together, He kiss'd,- the last of many doubled kisses, Looking for Antony : But all charms of love, This orient pearl.-His speech sticks in my heart. Salt Cleopatra, soften thy wan'd. lip! Cleo. Mine ear must pluck it thence.
Let witchcraft join with beauty, lust with both; Alex. Good friend, quotb he,
Tie up the libertine in a field of feasts, Say, the firm Roman to great Egypt sends Keep his brain fuming ; Epicurean cooks, This treasure of an oyster ; at whose foot Sharpen with cloyless sauce his appetite; To mend the petty present, I will piece That sleep and feeding may prorogue his honour, Her opulent throne with kingdoms; All the | Even till + a Lethe'd dullness 1-How now. Vareast,
rius ? Say thou, shall call her mistress. So he nodded, And soberly did mount a termagant steed,
Enter VARRIUS. Who neigh'd so high, that what I would have spoke Var. This is most certain that I shall deliver : Was beastly dumb'd by hiin.
Mark Antony is every hour in Rome Cleo. What, was he sad, or merry ?
Expected ; since he went from Egypt, 'tis Alex. Like to the time o'the year between the A space for further travel. extremes
Pom. I could have given less matter Of hot and cold; he was nor sad, nor merry. A better ear.—Menas, I did not think
Cleo. O well-divided disposition !--Note him, This amorous surfeiter would have don'd this Note him, good Charmian, 'tis the man ; but For such a petty war: his soldiership (helm 6 note him :
Is twice the other twain : But let us rear
Men. I cannot hope,
His wife, that's dead, did trespasses to Cesar ; s it no man else.-Met'st thou my posts? | His broth
-Met'st thou my posts ? His brother warr'd upon him; although, I think, Aler. Ay, madam, twenty several messengers: Not mov'd by Antony. Why do you send so thick
Pom. I know not, Menas, Cleo. Who's born that day
How lesser enmities may give way to greater. When I forget to send to Antony,
| Were't not that we stand up against thern all, Shall die a beggar.-Ink and paper, Charmian. 'Twere pregnant they should square between Welcome, my good Alexas.--Did I, Charmian,
themselves; Ever love Cesar so ?
For they have entertained cause enough Char. O that brave Cesar!
To draw their swords; but how the fear of us Cleo. Be chok'd with such another emphasis ! May cement their divisions, and bind up Say, the brave Antony.
The petty difference, we yet not know. Char. The valiant Cesar !
Be it as our gods will have it ! It only stands Cleo. By Isis, I will give thee bloody teeth, Our lives upon, to use our strongest hands. If thou with Cesar paragon again
(Ereunt, My man of men. Char. By your most gracious pardon,
SCENE II.--Rome.-A Room in the house of I sing but after you.
Enter ENOBARBUS and LEPIDUS.
Lep. Good Enobarbus, 'tis a worthy deed, Get me iuk and paper : he shall have every day And shall become you well, to entreat your cap. A several greeting, or l'Ill unpeople Egypt.
To soft and gentle speech.
(taiu (Ereunt. Eno. I shall entreat him
To answer like himself: if Cesar move him,
And speak as loud as Mars. By Jupiter,
Were I the wearer of Antonius' beard,
I would not shave to-day. house.
Lep. 'Tis not a time
For private stomaching. Enter PUMPBY, MENECRATES, and MENAS.
Eno. Every time
Serves for the matter that is then born in it. Pom. If the great gods be just, they shall assist Lep. But small to greater matters must gire The deeds of justest men.
way. Mene. Know, worthy Pompey,
Eno. Not if the small come first, That what they do delay, they not deny.
Lep. Your speech is passion : Pom. Whiles we are suitors to their throne, But, pray you, stir to embers up. Here comes The thing we sue for.
(decays The noble Antony. Mene. We, ignorant of ourselves, Beg often our own barms, which the wise powers
Enter ANTONY and VENTIDIUS.
Eno. And yonder, Cesar.
Enter CESAR, MECÆNAS, and AGRIPPA. The people love me, and the sea is mine :
Ant. If we compose I well here, to Parthia : My power's a crescent, and my auguring hope
Hark you, Ventidius. Says, it will come to the full. Mark Antony
Ces. I do not know, In Egypt sits at dinner, and will make
Mecænas; ask Agrippa. No wars without doors : Cesar gets inoney, where
Lep. Noble friends, He loses hearts : Lepidus flatters both,
That which combin'd' us was most great, and let Of both is flatter'd ; but he neither loves,
not Nor either cares for him.
• Faded. To. Put on. Her et. • Furious
A leaner action rend us. What's amiss,
of what I was i'the morning ; but, next day, May it be gently heard : When we debate
I told him of myself ; which was as much Our trivial difference loud, we do comunit
As to have ask'd him pardon: Let this fellow Murder in healing wounds: Then, noble partners, Be nothing of our strife ; if we contend, (The rather, for I earnestly beseech,)
Out of our question wipe him.
The article of your oath ; which you shall never Ant. 'Tis spoken well :
Have tongue to charge me with. Were we before our armies, and to fight,
Lep. Soft, Cesar. I should do thus.
Ant. No, Lepidus, let him speak : Ces. Welcome to Rome.
The honour's sacred which he talks on now, Ant. Thank you.
Supposing that I lack'd it: But on, Cesar ; Ces. Sit..
The article of my oath, Ant. Sit, Sir!
Ces. To lend me arms and aid, when I re Ces. Nay,
quir'd them; Then
The which you both denied. Ant. I learn, you take things ill, which are. Ant. Neglected, rather ; not so ;
And then, when poison'd hours had bound me up Or, being, concern you not.
From mine own knowledge. As nearly as I may, Ces. I must be laugh'd at,
I'll play the penitent to you : but mine honesty If, or for nothing, or a little, I
Shall not make poor my greatness, nor my power Should say myself offended; and with yon Work without it: Truth is, that Fulvia, Chiefly i'the world : more laughi'd at, that I To have me ont of Egypt, made wars here ; should
For which myself, the ignorant motive, do Once name you derogately, when to sound your So far ask pardon, as befits mine honour name
To stoop in such a case. It not concern'd me.
Lep. 'Tis nobly spoken. Ant. My being in Egypt, Cesar,
Mec. If it might please you to enforce no What was't to you?
further Ces. No more than my residing here at Rome | The griefs + between ye, to forget them quite, Might be to you in Egypt : Yet, if you there Were to remember that the present need Tid practise on my state, your being in Egypt | Speaks to atone 1 you. Might be my question. I
Lep. Worthily spoke, Mecænas. An:. How intend you, practis'd ?
Eno. Or, if you borrow one another's love for Ces. You may be pleas'd to catch at mine the instant, you may, when you hear no more intent,
[ther, words of Poinpey, return it again : you shall By what did here befal me. Your wife, and bro- have time to wrangle in, when you have nothing Made wars upon me; and their contestation else to do. Was theme for you, you were the word of war. Ant. Thou art a soldier only; speak no more. Ant. You do mistake your business; my bro. Eno. That truth should be silent, I had almost ther never
forgot. Did urge me in his act: I did enquire it;
Ant. You wrong this presence, therefore speak And have my learning from soine true reports,
no more. That drew their swords witb you. Did he not Eno. Go to then ; your considerate stone. rather
Ces. I do not much dislike the matter, but Discredit my authority with yours ;
The manner of his speech : for it cannot be, And make the wars alike against my stomach, We shall remain in friendship, our conditions Having alike your cause? Of this, iny letters So differing in their acts. Yet, if I knew Before did satisfy you. If you'll patch a quarrel, What hoop should hold us staunch, from edge to As matter whole you have not to make it with,
edge It must not be with this.
O'the world I would pursue it. Ces. You praise yourself
Agr. Give me leave, Cesar, By laying defects of judgment to me; but
Ces. Speak, Agrippa. You patch'd up your excuses.
Agr. Thou hast a sister by the mother's side, Ant. Not so, not so;
Admir'd Octavia : great Mark Antony
Ces. Say not so, Agrippa ;
Were well deserv'd of rashness. Could not with grateful eyes attend those wars Ant. I am not married, Cesar : let me hear Which 'fronted mine own peace. As for my | Agrippa further speak. wife,
Agr. To hold you in perpetual amity, I would you had her spirit in such another : To make you brothers, and to kuit your hearts The third o'the world is yours; which, with a With an unslipping knot, take Antony Snaffle ?
Octavia to his wife : whose beauty claims Yon may pace easy, but not such a wife.
No worse a husband than the best of men ! Eno. Would we had all such wives, that the Whose virtue, and whose general graces, speak men might go to wars with the women!
Tbat wbich none else can utter. By this mar. Ant. So much incurable, her garboils, Cesar,
riage, Made out of her impatience, (which not wanted | All little jealousies, which now seem great, Shrewdness of policy too,) I grieving grant, And all great fears, which now import their dan. Did you too much disquiet : for that, you must
gers, But say, I could not help it.
Would then be nothing: truths would be but tales, Ces. I wrote to you,
Where now half tales be truths: her love to both When rioting in Alexandria : you
Would, each to other, and all loves to both, Did pocket up my letters, and with taunts
Draw after her. Pardon what I have spoke : Did gibe my missive ** out of audience.
For 'tis a studied, not a present thought, Ant. Sir,
By duty ruminated. He sell upon me, ere adınitted ; the
Ant. Will Cesar speak Three kings I had newly feasted, and did want Ces. Not till he bears bow Antony is touchd
1 With what is spoke already. • Let not ill-humour be added.
Ant. What power is in Agrippa, rantable arus,
1 Subject of conversation.
Conversation Grievances. • Reconeil.
must fer ill re
If I would say, Agrippa, be it so,
| And what they undid, did, To make this good ?
Agr. Oh, rare for Antony ! Ces. The power of Cesar, and
Eno. Her gentlewomen, like the Nereides. His power unto Octavia.
So many mermaids, tended her i'the eyes, Ant. May I never
And made their bends adornings : + at the belin 'To this good purpose, that so fairly shows,
A seeming Mermaid steers ; the silken tackle Dream of impediment ! -Let me have thy hand: Swell with the touches of those flower-soft hande Further this act of grace; and, from this hour, That yarely frame I the office. From the barge The beart of brothers govern in our loves, A strange invisible perfume hits the sense And sway our great designs
of the adjacent wharfs. The city cast Ces. There is my hand.
Her people out upon ber; and Antony, A sister i bequeath you, whom no brother
Enthron'd in the market-place, did sit alone, Did ever love so dearly : Let her live
Whistling to the air; wbich, but for vacancy, To join our kingdoms and our hearts; and never Had gone to gaze on Cleopatra too, Fly off our loves again!
And made a gap in nature. Lep. Happily, amen!
Agr. Rare Egyptian ! Ant. I did not think to draw my sword 'gainst Eno. Upon her landing, Antony sent to her, Pompey,
| Invited her to supper: she replied, For he hath laid strange courtesies, and great, It should be better he became her guest; of late upon me: I must thank him only, Which she entreated : Our courteous Antony, Lest my remembrance suffer ill report :
Whom ne'er the word of No woman heard speak, At heel of that, defy him.
Being barber'd ten times o'er, goes to the feast; Lep. Time calls upon us :
And, for his ordinary, pays his heart, of us must Pompey presently be sought,
For what his eyes eat only. Or else he seeks out us.
Agr. Royal wench ! Ant. And where lies he ?
She made great Cesar lay his sword to bed Ces. About the mount Misenum.
He plough'd her, and she cropp'd. Ant. What's his strength
Eno. I saw her once By land ?
Hop forty paces through the public street: Ces. Great, and increasing : but by sca
And having lost her breath, she spoke, and panted, He is an absolute master.
That she did make defect, perfection, Ant. So is the fame.
And, breathless, power breathe forth. 'Would we had spoke together! Haste we for it: Mec. Now Antony must leave her utterly. Yet, ere we put ourselves in arms, despatch we Eno. Never : he will not ; The business we have talk'd of.
Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale Ces. With most gladness;
Her infinite variety : Other women And do invite you to my sister's view,
Cloy tb' appetites they feed : but she makes Whither straight I will lead you.
hungry Ant. Let us, Lepidus,
Where most she satisfies. For vilest things Not lack your company.
Become themselves in her ; that the holy priests Lep. Noble Antony,
Bless her, when she's riggish. ||
Mec. If beauty, wisdom, modesty, can settle
A blessed lottery to him,
Agr. Let us go. Eno. Half the heart of Cesar, worthy Mecæ- Good Enobarbus, make yourself my guest, nas ! -my honourable friend, Agrippa !
Whilst you abide here. Agr. Good Enobarbus !
Eno. Humbly, Sir, I thank you, (Exeunt. Mec. We have cause to be glad that matters are so well digested. You staid well by it in SCENE III.--The same.- A Room in CESAR'S Egypt.
House. Eno. Ay, Sir; we did sleep day out of countenance, and made the night light with drink-Enter CESAR, ANTONY, OCTAVIA between them; ing.
ATTENDANTS, and a SOOTHSAYER. Mec. Eight wild boars roasted whole at a breakfast, and but twelve persons there. Is this Ant. The world, and my great office, will true ?
sometimes Eno. This was but as a fly by an eagle : we | Divide me from your bosom. had much more monstrous matter of feast, which | Octa. All which time, worthily deserved noting.
| Before the gods my knee shall bow my prayers Mec. She's a most triumphant lady, if report To them for you. be square • to ber.
Ant. Good night, Sir.-My Octavia, Eno. When she first met Mark Antony, she Read mot my blemishes in the world's report: pursed up his heart upon the river of Cydnus. I have not kept my square ; but that to come
Agr. There she appear'd indeed ; or my re-Shall all be done by the rule. Good night, dear porter devised well for her.
lady. Eno. I will tell you:
Octa. Good night, Sir.
Exeunt CESAR and OCTAVIA. Purple the sails, and so perfumed, that
Ant. Now, Sirrah! you do wish yourself in The winds were love-sick with them : the oars
Egypt? were silver :
Sooth. Would I had never come from thence. Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and made
nor you The water, which they beat, to follow faster, Thither! As amorous of their strokes. For her own per
strokes. For her own per. Ant. If you can. your reason son,
Sooth. I see't in It beggar'd all description : she did lie
My motion, I have it not in my tongue : But yet In her pavilion, (cloth of gold, of tissue,)
Hie you again to Egypt. O'erpicturing that Venus, where we see,
Ant. Say to me, The fancy out-work nature : on each side her, Whose fortunes shall rise bigher; Cesar's, or Stood pretty dimpled boys, like smiling Cnpids,
mine With diverse-colour'a fans, whose wind did seem To glow the delicate cbeeks which they did cool,
• lucreased the glow they were intended to diminish.
+ Made ereu humiliation become them
1. the divinitory agitation.