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Enter Caesar, Agbippa, and Meojenas.
Cces. Contemning Rome, he has done all this, and more, In Alexandria: here's the manner of it. V th' market-place, on a tribunal silver'd, Cleopatra and himself in chairs of gold Were publicly enthron'd: at the feet sat Csesarion, whom they call my father's son, And all the unlawful issue that their lust Since then hath made between them. Unto her He gave the 'stablishment of Egypt; made her Of lower Syria, Cyprus, Lydia, Absolute queen.
Mec. This in the public eye?
Cces. V th' common shew-place, where they exercise. His sons he there proclaim'd the kings of kings: Great Media, Parthia, and Armenia, He gave to Alexander; to Ptolemy he assign'd Syria, Cilicia, and Phoenicia. She In th' habiliments of the goddess Isis That day appear'd; and oft before gave audience, As 'tis reported, so.
Mec. Let Rome be thus
Agr. Who, queasy with his insolence Already, will their good thoughts call from him.
Cces. The people know it; and have now receiv'd His accusations.
Agr. Whom does he accuse?
Cces. Caesar; and that, having in Sicily Sextus Pompeius spoil'd, we had not rated him His part o' th' isle: then does he say, he lent me Some shipping unrestor'd: lastly, he frets, That Lepidus of the triumvirate Should be depos'd; and, being that, we detain All his revenue.
Agr. Sir, this should be answered.
Cces. 'Ti& done already, and the messenger gone. I have told him, Lepidus was grown too cruel; That he his high authority abus'd, And did deserve his change: for what I have conquer'd, I grant him part; but then, in his Armenia, And other of his conquer'd kingdoms, I Demand the like.
Mec. He'll never yield to that.
Cces. Nor must not, then, be yielded to in this.
Enter Octavia, with a few Attendants.
Octa. Hail, Caesar, and my lord! hail, most dear Caesar!
Cces. That ever I should call thee cast-away!
Octa. You have not call'd me so, nor have you cause.
Cces. Why have you stol'n upon us thus? You come not Like Caesar's sister: the wife of Antony Should have an army for an usher, and The neighs of horse to tell of her approach, Long ere she did appear; the trees by th' way Should have borne men, and expectation fainted, Longing for what it had not; nay, the dust Should have ascended to the roof of heaven, Rais'd by your populous troops. But you are come A market-maid to Rome, and have prevented
The ostentation of our love, which, left unshewn,
Octa. Good my lord,
To come thus was I not constrained, but did it
Cces. Which soon he granted.
Being an obstruct 'tween his lust and him.
Octa. Do not say so, my lord.
Cces. I have eyes upon him,
And his affairs come to me on the wind.
Octa. My lord, in Athens.
Cces. No, my most wionged sister; Cleopatra Hath nodded him to her: he hath given his empire Up to a whore; who now are levying The kings o' th' earth for war. He hath assembled Bocchus, the King of Lybia; Archelaus, Of Cappadocia; Philadelphos, King Of Paphlagonia; the Thracian King, Adallas: King Malchus of Arabia; King of Pont; Herod of Jewry; Mithridates, King Of Comagene; Polemon and Amintas, The Kings of Mede, and Lycaonia, With a more larger list of sceptres.
Octa. Ay me, most wretched,
That have my heart parted betwixt two friends
Cces. Welcome hither.
Your letters did withhold our breaking forth,
And we in negligent danger. Cheer your heart:
Be you not troubled with the time, which drives
O'er your content these strong necessities;
But let determin'd things to destiny
Hold unbewail'd their way. Welcome to Rome;
Nothing more clear to me. You are abus'd
Beyond the mark of thought; and the high gods,
To do you justice, make their ministers
Of us and those that love you. Best of comfort;
And ever welcome to us.
Agr. Welcome, lady.
Mec. Welcome, dear madam.
Octet. Is it so, sir?
Cces. Most certain. Sister, welcome: pray you, Be ever known to patience. My dearest sister!
Antony's Camp, near the Promontory of Actium.
Enter Cleopatra and Enobahbtjs.
Cleo. Thou hast forespoke my being in these wars,
Cleo. If not, denounce 't against us, why should not we Be there in person?
Eno. [Aside.'] Well, I could reply : — If we should serve with horse and mares together, The horse were merely lost; the mares would bear A soldier and his horse.
Cleo. What is 't you say?
Eno, Your presence needs must puzzle Antony; Take from his heart, take from his brain, from 's time, What should not then be spar'd. He is already Traduc'd for levity; and 'tis said in Rome That Photinus an eunuch, and your maids, Manage this war.
Cleo. Sink Rome; and their tongues rot
That speak against us! A charge we bear i' th' war,
Eno. Nay, I have done.
Here comes the Emperor.
Enter Antony and Canidius.
Ant. Is 't not strange, Canidius,
That from Tarentum, and Brundusium,
Cleo. Celerity is never more admir'd
Ant. A good rebuke,
Which might have well become the best of men,
Cleo. By sea! What else?
Canidius. Why will my lord do so?
Ant. For that he dares us to 't.
Eno. So hath my lord dar'd him to single fight.
Can. Ay, and to wage this battle at Pharsalia,