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And not a serpent's poison. Say, our pleasure, Breeds scrupulous faction : The hated, grown to To such whose place is under us, requires
(Pompey Our quick remove from hence.
Are newly grown to love : the condemna' Eno. I shall do't.
(Exeunt. Rich in his father's honour, creeps apace
Into the hearts of such as have not thriv'a
Upon the present state, whose numbers threaten ;
And quietness, grown sick of rest, would purge Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN IRAS, and
By any desperate change: My more particular,
And that which most with you should sale my ALEXAS.
Is Fulvia's death.
Cleo. Though age from fully could not give
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 ; † at the last, best :
(Exit ALEXAS. See, when and where she died. Char. Madam, methinks, if you did love 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 himn.
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 ! 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 bin.
Tby soldier, servant; making peace, or war, Char. Tempt him 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 ;
Aud give iruie evidence to his love, which stands Cleo. I am sick, and snllen.
An honourable trial. Ant. I am sorry to give breathing to my pur
Cleo. So Fulvia told me. pose,
I pr'ythee turn aside, and weep for her ; Cleo. Help me away, dear Charmian, I shall Then bid adieu to me, and say the tiars
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 some Cleo. And target,--Still he mends; good news.
But this is not the best : Look, pr’ythee, Char. What says the married woman ?-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 chate. I have no power upon you : her'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 pait,,but that's not it : So mightily betray'd! Yet, at the first,
Sir, you and I have lov'd,-but there's not it ; I saw the treasons planted.
That you know well : Something it is I would, Ant. Cleopatra,
Oh! my oblivion ģ 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,
(ing, Therefore be deaf to my unpitied folly, But bid farewell, and go : when yon sued stay. And all the gods go with you! upon your sword Then was ine time for words : No going then ; Sit laureld victory! and smooth success Eternity was in our lips, and eyes ;
Be strew'd before your feet!
And I, hence fleeting, bere remain with thee.
(Eseunt. Cleo. I would, I had thy inches thou shouldst know,
SCENE IV.-Rome.- An apartment in There were a heart in Egypt.
CESAR's House. Ant. Hear me, queen :
Enter OCTAVIUS CESAR, LEPIDUS, and Alten. 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 ý of Rome :
It is not Cesar's natural vice to hate Equality of two doinestic powers
One great coinpetitor : || from Alexandria
• Render my going agreeable. Can Fulvia be deri ? • Lork as if I did not end you. + Oureye-brows. * The commotion she orcasioned.' Obliv ous meisory. A taste. Gate
| Associate or partner.
This is ine news-He fishes, drinks, and wastes Yea, like the stag, when snow the pasture sheets, 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 Which some did die to look on : And all this, More woinanly 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 ihy cheek find there
So much as lank'd not. A man, who is the abstract of all faults
Lef. It is pity of him. That all men follow.
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 bim, 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'do what he cannot change, Lep. To-morrow, Cesar, Than wbat be 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 : What 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, comes him,
To let me be partaker. (As his composure must be rare indeed,
Ces. Doubt not, Sir ; Whom these things caunot blemish,) yet must I knew it for my bond. *
Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, Iras, and
Char. Why, madam;
My Autony 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, slia thou have report
Mar. What's your highness' pleasure ? How 'tis abroad. Pompey is strong at sea ; Cleo. Not now to hear thee sing ; I take no And, it appears, he is belov'd of those
pleasure That only bave 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 inuch wroug'd.
May not fly forth of Egypt, Hast thou affec. Ces. I should have known no less :
tions ? It hath 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 Mur. Not in deed, madam ; for I can do nolove
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 he? Make the sea serve them : which they ear ** and Or does he walk ? or is he on his horse ? wound
O happy horse, to bear the weight of Antony With keels of every kind : Many hot inroads Do bravely, horse I for wot'st thou whom thou They make in Italy ; the borders maritime
mov'st? Lack blood # to think on't, and flush If youth The demi-Atlas of this earth, the arm revolt :
And burgonet ģ of men.-He's speaking now, No vessel can peep forth, but 'tis as soon Or murinuring, Where's my serpent of old Taken as seen ; for Pompey's bame strikes more
Nile ! Than could his war resisted.
For so he calls me : Now I feed myself Ces. Antony,
With most delicious poisob :-Think on me, Leave thy lascivious wassals. $$ When thou once That am with Phæbus' amorous pinches black, Wast beaten from Modena, where thou slew'st And wrinkled deep in tine ? 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 Tbougb daintily bronglit op, 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 iu my The stale of horses, and the gilded puddle
brow; Which beasts would cough at : thy palate then there would he ancbor his aspect, and die did deign
With looking on his life. The roughest berry on the rudest hedge ;
Enter ALEXAS. • Procured by his own fault.
+ Levity. Would punish him for it. 4 Consume.
Alex. Sovereigu of Egypt, bail! Malcontents.
| Endeared by being missed.
† A sleepy potion.
Cleo. How much uulike art thou Mark All- Men. Cesar and Lepidus
Are in the field ; a mighty strength they carry
Men. From Silvius, Sir.
Pon. He dreams ; I know they are in Roine
Let witchcraft join with beauty, lust with both
Tie up the libertine in a field of feasts,
rius ? Say thou, shall call her mistress. So he nodded,
Mark Antony is every hour in Rome
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 hin, This ainorous surfeiter would have don'd 1 bis Note him, good Charmian, 'tis the man; but for such a petty war: his soldiership [help ý note him :
Is twice the other twain : But let is rear
His wife, that's dead, did trespasses to Cesar ;
Aler. Ay, madam, twenty several messengers : Not mov'd by Antony.
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 them all, Shall die a beggar.- Ilk and paper, Charmian.- 'Twere pregnant they should square between Welcome, my good Alexas.-Did I, Charinian,
themiselves ; Ever love Cesar so!
For they have entertained cause enough
To draw their swords ; but how the fear of us
The petty difference, we yet not know.
Be it as our gods will have it ! It only stands
(Ereunt. My man of men. Char. By your most gracious pardon,
SCENE 11.-Rome.- A Room in the house of
Enter ENOBARBUS and LEPIDUS.
Lep. Good Enobarbiis, 'tis a worthy deed,
To answer like himself: if Cesar move bim,
And speak as loud as Mars.
Were I the wearer of Antonius' beard, SCENE 1.-Messina.-A Room in Pouper's I would not shave to-day. house.
Lep. 'Tis not a time
For private stomaching. Enter Pompey, MENECRATEs, and Menas.
Eno. Every time
Serves for the matter that is then born in it.
way. Mene. Know, worthy Pompey,
Eno. Not if the small come first,
Lep. Your speech is passion :
(decays | The noble Antony.
Enter ANTONY and VENTIDIUS.
Eno. And yonder, Cesar.
Enter CESAR, MECÆNAS, and AGRIPPA.
Ant. If we compose I well bere, 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 money, where
Lep. Noble friends, He loses hearts : Lepidus natters both,
That which combiu'd us was most great, and let Of both is flatter'd; but be neither loves,
not Nor either cares for him,
To. 1 Put on. | Helmet. • Furious
A leaner action rend is. Wbat's amiss, of wbat I was i'the morning; but, next day,
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. Soit, 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, wben I reCes. 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 you Work without it': Truth is, that Fulvia, Chiefly i'the world: more laugh'd at, that I To bave ine out of Egypt, made wars here; should
For wbich myself, the ignorant motive, do Once name you derogately, when to sound your So far ask pardon, as betits mine honour
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 Prid practise + on my state, your being in Egypt Speaks to atone I yo'l. Miglit be my question. I
Lep. Worthily spoke, Mecænas. Ani. 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 tler never
forgot. Did urge me in his act: I did enquire it; Ant. You wrong this presence, therefore speak And have my learning from some true reports,
no more. That drew their swords with you. Did he rot Eno. Go to then ; your considerate stone. rather
C'es. I do not much dislike the matter, but Discredit my authority with yours ;
The mamuer 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 acis. 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 would I would pursue it. Ces. You praise yourself
Agr. Give me leave, Cesar,By laying defects of judgment to me; but
tes. Speak, Agrippa. You patch'd up your excuses.
Agr. Thou hast a sister by the mother's side, Ant. Not so, nut $0;
Admir'd Octavia : great Mark Antony
C'es. 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 Whicha 'fronted i mine own peace. As for my Agrippa further speak. wise,
Agr. To hold you in perpetnal amity, I would you had her spirit in such another ! To make you brothers, and to knit your hearts The third o'the world is yours; which, with a with an unslipping kuot, take Antony snaffle
Octavia to his wife : whose beauty claims You may pace easy, but not such a wife.
No forse a husband than the best of men ! Eno. 'Would we had all such wives, that the Whosc virtue, and whose general graces, speak men might go to wars with the women!
Tbat which none else can ulter. 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 disqniet : for that, you must
gers, But say, I could not belp it.
Would then be nothing: truths would be but tales, Ces. I wrote to yoll,
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 'uis a studied, not a present thought, Ant. Sir,
By duty ruminated. He fell upon me, ere admitted ; then
Ant. Will Cesar speak ? Three kings 1 bad newly feasted, and did want Ces. Not till he bears how Antony is touch d
With what is spoke already. • Let not ill-humour be added. # Use unwar
Ant. Wbat power is in Agrippa, rantable arts.
Subject of conversation. Reporters
Bridle. • Messenger. Conversation + Grievances. Reconcile
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,
And made their bends adornings : t at the helm
of the adjacent wharfs. The city cast Ces. There is my hand.
Her people out upon her; and Antony,
Whistling to the air ; which, but for vacancy,
And made a gap in nature.
Agr. Rare Egyptian !
Invited her to supper : she replied,
Whom ne'er the word of No woman heard speak,
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
Hop forty paces through the public street :
That she did make defect, perfection,
And, breathless, power breathe forth.
Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale
Her intinite variety : Other women And do invite you to my sister's view,
Cloy th' 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 priets Lep. Noble Antony,
Bless her, when she's riggish. || Not sickness should detain me.
Mec. If beauty, wisdom, modesty, can settle [Flourish. Ereunt CESAR, ANTONY, and the heart of Antony, Octavia is LEPIDUS.
A blessed lottery to him, Mec. Welcome from Egypt, Sir.
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 bere.
Eno. Humbly, Sir, I thank you, (Exeunt.
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 3
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 her.
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 nigbt, dear porter devised well for ber.
lady.Eno. I will tell you :
Octa. Good night, Sir. The barge she sat in, like a burnish'd throne, Ces. Good night. Burn'd on the water : the poop was beaten gold ;
(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
Sooth. Would I had never come from thence,
Sooth. I see't in
My motion, || have it not in my tongue : But yet
Ant. Say to me,
• lucreased the glow they were intended to dininish.
+ Made even humiliation become them
11. the divinitory agitation.