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4 Sold. It signs well, does it not? 3 Sold. No.

1 Sold. Peace! I say. What should this mean?

2 Sold. 'Tis the god Hercules, whom Antony

lov'd, Now leaves him.

1 Sold. Walk; let's see if other watchmen

Do hear what we do. [They advance to another post.

2 Sold. How now, masters! Omnes. How now!

How now! do you hear this? [Speaking together. 1 Sold. Ay; is 't not strange?

3 Sold. Do you hear, masters? do you hear?

1 Sold. Follow the noise so far as we have quarter; Let's see how it will give off.

Omnes. Content: 'Tis strange.

[Exeunt.

Scene IV.

The Same. A Room in the Palace.

Enter Antony and Cleopatra; Charmxan, and
Others, attending.

Ant. Eros! mine armour, Eros!
Cleo. Sleep a little.

Ant. No, my chuck, — Eros, come; mine armour,
Eros!

Enter Eros, with armour.

Come, good fellow, put thine iron on: —
If fortune be not ours to-day, it is
Because we brave her. — Come.

Cleo. Nay, I'll help too.

What's this for?

Ant. Ah, let be, let be! thou art

The armourer of my heart : —- false, false; this, this.

Cleo. Sooth, la! I'll help. Thus it must be.

Ant. Well, well;

We shall thrive now. —- Seest thou, my good fellow? Go, put on thy defences.

Eros. Briefly, sir.

Cleo. Is not this buckled well?

Ant. Rarely, rarely:

He that unbuckles this, till we do please
To doff't for our repose, shall hear a storm. —
Thou fumblest, Eros; and my Queen's a squire
More tight at this than thou. Dispatch. — O love!
That thou could'st see my wars to-day, and knew'st
The royal occupation! thou should'st see
A workman in 't. —

Enter an armed Soldier.

Good morrow to thee; welcome: Thou look'st like him that knows a warlike charge. To business that we love, we rise betime, And go to 't with delight.

Sold. A thousand, sir,

Early though 't be, have on their riveted trim,
And at the port expect you.

[Shout. Trumpets flourish.

Enter Captains and Soldiers.

Captain. The morn is fair. — Good morrow, General.

All. Good morrow, General.

Ant. "Tis well blown, lads.

This morning, like the spirit of a youth
That means to be of note, begins betimes. —
So so; come, give me that: this way; well said.
Fare thee well, dame; whate'er becomes of me,

This is a soldier's kiss. Rebukable, [Kisses her.

And worthy shameful check it were, to stand
On more mechanic compliment: I'll leave thee
Now, like a man of steel. — You, that will fight,
Follow me close; I'll bring you to 't. — Adieu.

[Exeunt Antony, Eros, Officers, and Soldiers

Char. Please you, retire to your chamber.

Cleo. Lead me.

He goes forth gallantly. That he and Caesar might
Determine this great war in single fight!
Then, Antony, — but now, — well, on. [Exeunt^

Scene V.

Antony's Camp near Alexandria.

Trumpets sound. Enter Antony and Eros; a Soldier meeting them.

Sold. The gods make this a happy day to Antony!

Ant. Would thou, and those thy scars, had once prevail'd To make me fight at land!

Sold. Hadst thou done so

The kings that have revolted, and the soldier
That has this morning left thee, would have still
Follow'd thy heels.

Ant. Who's gone this morning?

Sold. Who?

One ever near thee: call for Enobarbus,
He shall not hear thee; or from Caesar's camp
Say, 'I am none of thine.5

Ant. What say'st thou?

Sold. Sir:

He is with Csesar.

Eros. Sir, his chests and treasure

He has not with him.

Ant. Is he gone?

Sold. Most certain.

Ant. Go, Eros, send his treasure after; do it: Detain no jot, I charge thee. Write to him (I will subscribe) gentle adieus and greetings: Say that I wish he never find more cause To change a master. •— 0, my fortunes have Corrupted honest men ! — Dispatch, Eros! [Exeunt.

Scene VI.

Clesah's Camp before Alexandria.

Flourish. Enter Caesar, with Agbippa, Enobabbtjs, and Others.

Cces. Go forth, Agrippa, and begin the fight.
Our will is, Antony be took alive;
Make it so known.

Agr. Caesar, I shall. [Exit Agbippa.

Cces. The time of universal peace is near: Prove this a prosp'rous day, the three-nook'd world Shall bear the olive freely.

Enter a Messenger.

Mess. Antony

Is come into the field.

Cces. Go, charge Agrippa.

Plant those that have revolted in the van,
That Antony may seem to spend his fury
Upon himself. [Exeunt Cjesar and his train.

Eno. Alexas did revolt, and went to Jewry on Affairs of Antony; there did dissuade

Great Herod to incline himself to Caesar,
And leave his master Antony: for this pains,
Csesar hath hang'd him. Canidius and the rest
That fell away have entertainment, but
No honourable trust. I have done ill,
Of which I do accuse myself so sorely,
That I will joy no more.

Enter a Soldier of C^esak's.

Sold. Enobarbus, Antony

Hath after thee sent all thy treasure, with
His bounty overplus: the messenger
Came on my guard, and at thy tent is now
Unloading of his mules.

Eno. I give it you,

Sold. Mock not, Enobarbus. I tell you true: best you saf'd the bringer Out of the host; I must attend mine office, Or would have done 't myself. Your Emperor Continues still a Jove. [Exit Soldier.

Eno. I am alone the villain of the earth, And feel I am so most. 0 Antony! Thou mine of bounty, how would'st thou have paid My better service, when my turpitude Thou dost so crown with gold! This blows my

heart: If swift thought break it not, a swifter mean Shall outstrike thought; but thought will do 't, I feel. I fight against thee ? —• No: I will go seek Some ditch wherein to die; the foul'st best fits My latter part of life. [Exit.

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