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Friends of Antony.

M. Antony, •>

Octavius Ozesar, I-Triumvirs.

M. iEMIL. Lepidus, J

Sextus Pompeius.

Domitius Enobarbus,










Mbnas, "J

Menecrates, }■ Friends to Pompey.
Varrius, J

Taurus, Lieutenant-General to Caesar.
C Animus, Lieutenant-General to Antony,.
Silius, an Officer under Ventidius.
Euphronius, Ambassador from Antony to Ceesar.
Alexas, Mardian, Seleucus, and Diomedes, Attendants on
Cleopatra. A Soothsayer. A Clown.

Friends to Caesar.

Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt.

Octavia, Sister to Ca?sar, aild Wife to Antony.

j i x' > Attendants on Cleopatra.

Officers, Soldiers, Messengers, and other Attendants.

SCENE: in several -parts of the Roman Empire, principally Alexandria in Egypt, and Rome.




AO I 1.

Scene I. — Alexandria. A Room in Cleopatra's Palace.

Enter Demetrius and Phxlo.


"AY, but this dotage of our general's

O'erflows the measure: those his goodly eyes, That o'er the files and musters of the war Have glow'd like plated Mars, now bend, now turn The office and devotion of their view Upon a tawny front: his captain's heart, Which in the scuffles of great fights hath burst The buckles on his breast, reneags all temper, And is become the bellows and the fan To cool a gipsy's lust. Look, where they come.

Flourish. Enter Antony and Cleopatra, with their trains; Eunuchs fanning her.

Take but good note, and you shall see in him
The triple pillar of the world transform'd
Into a strumpet's Fool: behold and see.

Cleopatra. If it be love indeed, tell me how much.


Antony. There's beggary in the love that can be

reckon'd. Cleo. I'll set a bourn how far to be belov'd. Ant. Then must thou needs find out new Heaven,

new Earth.

Enter an Attendant.

Attendant. News, my good lord, from Rome.

Ant. Grates me : — the sum.

Cleo. Nay, hear them, Antony:
Fulvia, perchance, is angry; or, who knows
If the scarce-bearded Caesar have not sent
His powerful mandate to you, 'Do this, or this;
Take in that kingdom, and enfranchise that;
Perform 't, or else we damn thee.'

Ant. How, my love!

Cleo. Perchance,—-nay, and most like,—■ You must not stay here longer; your dismission Is come from Csesar; therefore hear it, Antony. —Where's Fulvia's process? Caesar's, I would say?—

Both ? — Call in the messengers. — As I am Egypt's Queen, Thou blushest, Antony, and that blood of thine Is Caesar's homager; else so thy cheek pays shame, When shrill-tongu'd Fulvia scolds. — The messengers!

Ant. Let Rome in Tyber melt, and the wide arch Of the rang'd empire fall! Here is my space. Kingdoms are clay: our dungy earth alike Feeds beast as man: the nobleness of life Is to do thus; when such a mutual pair,

[_E?nbracing. And such a twain can do 't, in which I bind, On pain of punishment, the world to wit We stand up peerless.

Cleo. Excellent falsehood!

Why did he marry Fulvia, and not love her ? —
I'll seem the fool I am not; Antony
Will be himself.

Ant. But stirr'd by Cleopatra. —■

Now, for the love of Love, and her soft hours,
Let's not confound the time with conference harsh:
There's not a minute of our lives should stretch
Without some pleasure now. What sport to-night?

Cleo. Hear the ambassadors.

Ant. Fie, wrangling Queen!

Whom every thing becomes, to chide, to laugh,
To weep; whose every passion fully strives
To make itself, in thee, fair and admir'cl.
No messenger; but thine, and all alone,
To-night we'll wander through the streets, and note
The qualities of people. Come, my queen;
Last night you did desire it. —- Speak not to us.

[Exeunt Ant. and Cleop. with their train.

Demetrius. Is Caesar with Antonius priz'd so slight?

Phi. Sir, sometimes, when he is not Antony,
He comes too short of that great property
Which still should go with Antony.

Dem. I am full sorry,

That he approves the common liar, who
Thus speaks of him at Home; but I will hope
Of better deeds to-morrow. Rest you happy.


Scene II.

The Same. Another Room.

Enter Chahmian, Iiras, Alexas, and a Soothsayer. Charmian. Lord Alexas, sweet Alexas, most any thing Alexas, almost most absolute Alexas, where's A2

the soothsayer that you praised so to the Queen? 0 that I knew this husband, which, you say, must charge his horns with garlands!

Alexas. Soothsayer!

Soothsayer. Your will?

Char. Is this the man ? — Is 't you, sir, that know things?

Sooth. In Nature's infinite book of secrecy, A little I can read.

Alex. Shew him your hand.

Enter Enobabbus.

Enoharhus. Bring in the banquet quickly; wine enough, Cleopatra's health to drink.

Char. Good sir, give me good fortune.

Sooth. I make not, but foresee.

Char. Pray, then, foresee me one.

Sooth. You shall be yet far fairer than you are*

Char. He means, in flesh.

Iras. No, you shall paint when you are old.

Char. Wrinkles forbid!

Alex. Vex not his prescience; be attentive.

Char. Hush!

Sooth. You shall be more beloving than belov'd.

Char. I had rather heat my liver with drinking.

Alex. Nay, hear him.

Char. Good now, some excellent fortune. Let me be married to three kings in a forenoon, and widow them all: let me have a child at fifty, to whom Herod of Jewry may do homage: find me to marry me with Octavius Caesar, and companion me with my mistress.

Sooth. You shall outlive the lady whom you serve.

Char. O, excellent! I love long life better than figs.

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