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Chiefly i' the world : more laugh'd at, that I should Once name you derogately, when to sound your

name It not concern'd me. Ant.

My being in Egypt, Cæsar, What was't to you?

Cæs. No more than my residing here at Rome
Might be to you in Egypt: Yet, if you there
Did practise* on my state, your being in Egypt
Might be my questiont.
Ant.

How intend you, practis'd?
Ces. You may be pleas'd to catch at mine intent,
By what did here befal 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 this act: I did inquire it;
And have my learning from some true reports t,
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 not to make it with,
It must not be with this.
Ces.

You praise yourself
By laying defects of judgement to me; but
You patch'd up your excuses.
Ant.

Not so, not so;
I know you could not lack, I am certain on't,
Very necessity of this thought, that I
Your partner in the cause 'gainst which he fought,
Could not with graceful eyes attend those wars
Which 'fronted mine own peace. As for my wife.

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| Reporters. Opposed.

I would you had her spirit in such another:
The third o'the world is yours; which with a snaffle
You may pace easy, but not such a wife.

Eno. 'Would we had all such wives, tbat the men might go to wars with the women!

Ant. So much uncurable, her garboils t, Cæsar,
Made out of her impatience (which not wanted
Shrewdness of policy too), I grieving grant,
Did you too much disquiet : for that, you must
But say, I could not help it.
Cæs.

I wrote to you,
When rioting in Alexandria ; you
Did pocket up my letters, and with taunts
Did gibe my missive { out of audience.
Ant.

Sir,
He fell upon me, ere admitted; then
Three kings I had newly feasted, and did want
Of what I was i' the morning : but, next day,
I told him of myself; which was as much
As to have ask'd him pardon: Let this fellow
Be nothing of our strife ; if we contend,
Out of our questiong wipe him.
Ces.

You have broken
The article of your oath; wbich you shall never
Have tongue to charge me with.
ер.

Soft, Cæsar, Ant. No, Lepidus, let him speak; The honour's sacred which he talks on now, Supposing that I lack'd it : But on, Cæsar; The article of my oath, Cæs. To lend me arms, and aid, when I requir'd

them; The which you both denied, Ant.

Neglected, rather; And then, when poison's hours had bound me up From mine own knowledge. As nearly as I may, I'll play the penitent to you: but mine honesty

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1 Messenger.

+ Commotions.
Ø Conversation.

Shall not make poor my greatness, por my power
Work without it: Truth is, that Fulvia,
To have me out of Egypt, made wars here;
For which myself, the ignorant motive, do
So far ask pardon, as befits mine honour
To stoop in such a case.
Lep.

'Tis nobly spoken. Mæc. If it might please you, lo enforce no fur.

ther
The griefs* between ye: to forget them quite,
Were to remember that the present need
Speaks to atonet you.
Lep.

Worthily spoke, Mæcenas. 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. Cæs. I do not much dislike the matter, but The manver of his speech: for it cannot be, We shall remain in friendship, our conditions So differing in their acts. Yet, if I knew What hoop should hold us staunch &, from edge to

edge O'the world I would pursue it. Agr.

Give me leave, Cæsar, Cæs. Speak, Agrippa.

Agr. Thou hast a sister by the mother's side,
Admir'd Octavia: great Mark Antony
Is now a widower,

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1 Dispositions.

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Firm.

Cæs.

Say not so, Agrippa ;
If Cleopatra heard you, your reproof
Were well deserv'd of rashness.

Ant. I am not married, Cæsar: let me hear
Agrippa further speak.

Agr. To hold you in perpetual amity,
To make you brothers, and to knit your hearts
With an unslipping knot, take Antony
Octavia to his wife : whose beauty claims
No worse a husband than the best of men :
Whose virtue, and whose general graces, speak
That which none else can utter. By this marriage,
All little jealousies, which now seem great,
And all great fears, which now import their dangers,
Would then be nothing: truths would be but tales,
Where now half tales be truths: her love to both,
Would, each to other, and all loves to both,
Draw after her. Pardon what I have spoke;
For 'tis a studied, not a present thought,
By duty ruminated.
Ant.

Will Cæsar speak?
Cæs. Not till he hears how Antony is touchi's
With what is spoke already.
Ant.

What power is in Agrippa,
If I would say, Agrippa, be it so,
To make this good ?
Cas.

The power of Cæsar, and
His power unto Octavia,
Ant.

May I never
To this good purpose, that so fairly shows,
Dream of impediment !- Let me have thy hand :
Further this act of grace; and, from this hour,
The beart of brothers govern in our loves,
And sway our great designs !
Cas.

There is my hand.
A sister I bequeath you, whom no brother
Did ever love so dearly: Let her live
To join our kingdoms, and our hearts; and never
Fly off our loves again!
Lep.

Hlappily, amen!

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Ant.

Ant. I did not think to draw my sword 'gainst

Pompey;
For he hath laid strange courtesies, and great,
Of late upon me; I must thank him only,
Lest my remembrance suffer ill report;
At heel of that, defy him,
Lep.

Time calls upon us :
Of us must Pompey presently be sought,
Or else he seeks out us.
Ant.

And where lies he?
Cæs. About the Mount Misepum.

What's his strength By land?

Cæs. 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, despatch we
The business we have talk'd of.
Cæs.

With most gladness; And do invite you to my sister's view, Whither straight I will lead you. Ant.

Let us, Lepidus, Not lack your company. Lep.

Noble Antony, Not sickness should detain me. (Flourish. Ereunt Cæsar, Antony, an

Mec. Welcome from Egypt, sir.

Eno. Half the heart of Cæsar, worthy Mæcenas ! -my honourable friend, Agrippa!

-my hoed Enobarbus!.

that matters are

Mæc: We have cause to be glad, that matters are so well digested. You staid well by it in Egypt.

Eno. Ay, sir; we did sleep day out of countenance, and made the night light with drinking.

Mec. Eight wild boars roasted wliole at a breakfast, and but twelve persons there; Is this true?

Eno. This was but as a fly by an eagle: we had much more monstrous matter of feast, which worthily deserved noting.

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