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Did practise on my state, your being in Egypt
Ant, How intend you practis'd?
Cces. You may be pleas'd to catch at mine intent, By what did here befall me. Your wife and brother Made wars upon me; and their contestation Was theme for you; you were the word of war.
Ant. You do mistake your business: my brother never Did urge me in his act: I did inquire it; And have my learning from some true reports, That drew their swords with you. Did he not rather Discredit my authority with yours; And make the wars alike against my stomach, Having alike your cause? Of this my letters Before did satisfy you. If you'll patch a quarrel. As matter whole you have to make it with, It must not be with this.
Cces. You praise yourself
By laying defects of judgment to me; but
Ant. Not so, not so ; •
1 know you could not lack, I ani certain on 't,
Eno. Would we had all such wives, that the men might go to wars with the women!
Ant. So much uncurbable her garboils, Csesar, Made out of her impatience, (which not wanted Shrewdness of policy too,) I grieving grant,
Did you too much disquiet: for that, you must
Cces. I wrote to you,
When rioting in Alexandria; you
He fell upon me ere admitted: then
Cces. You have broken
The article of your oath, wrhich you shall never
Lep. Soft, Caesar.
Ant. No, Lepidus, let him speak:
Cces. To lend me arms and aid when I required them, The which you both deni'd.
Ant. Neglected, rather;
And then, when poison'd hours had bound me up
Lep. 'Tis nobly spoken.
Mec&nas. If it might please you, to enforce no farther The griefs between ye: to forget them quite, Were to remember that the present need Speaks to atone you.
Lep. Worthily spoken, Mecaenas.
Eno. Or, if you borrow one another's love for the instant, you may, when you hear no more words of Pompey, return it again: you shall have time to wrangle in, when you have nothing else to do.
Ant. Thou art a soldier only: speak no more.
Eno. That truth should be silent, I had almost forgot.
Ant. You wrong this presence; therefore, speak no more.
Eno. Go to then; your considerate stone.
Cces. I do not much dislike the matter, but The manner of his speech; for it cannot be We shall remain in friendship, our conditions So diff'ring in their acts. Yet, if I knew What hoop should hold us staunch, from edge to edge O' th' world I would pursue it.
Agrippa. Give me leave, Caesar,—
Cces. Speak, Agrippa.
Agr. Thou hast a sister by the mother's side,
Cces. Say not so, Agrippa:
If Cleopatra heard you, your reproof
Ant. I am not married, Caesar: let me hear
Agr. To hold you in perpetual amity,
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With an unslipping knot, take Antony
Ant. Will Csesar speak?
Cces. Not till he hears how Antony is touch'd With what is spoke already.
Ant. What power is in Agrippa,
If I would say, 4 Agrippa, be it so,'
Cces. The power of Csesar, and
His power unto Octavia.
Ant. May I never
To this good purpose, that so fairly shews,
Cces. There is my hand.
A sister I bequeath you, whom no brother
Lep. Happily, amen.
Ant. I did not think to draw my sword 'gainst Pompey;
For he hath laid strange courtesies, and great,
Lep. Time calls upon 's:
Of us must Pompey presently be sought,
Ant. Where lies he?
Cces. About the Mount Misenum.
Ant. What's his strength
Cces. Great, and increasing; but by sea He is an absolute master.
Ant. So is the fame.
Would we had spoke together! Haste we for it; Yet, ere we put ourselves in arms, dispatch we The business we have talk'd of.
Cces. With most gladness;
And do invite you to my sister's view,
Ant. Let us, Lepidus,
Not lack your company.
Lep. Noble Antony,
Not sickness should detain me.
[Flourish. Exeunt Cjesar, Antony, and LepIdus.
Mec. Welcome from Egypt, sir.
Eno. Half the heart of Caesar, worthy Mecsenas ! —• my honourable friend, Agrippa ! —
Agr. Good Enobarbus!
Mec. We have cause to be glad that matters are so well digested. You stay'd well by 't in Egypt.
Eno. Ay, sir; we did sleep day out of countenance, and made the night light with, drinking.