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Sold. By tIercules, I think, I am i' the right.
Can. Soldier, thou art : but his whole action

grows
Not in the power on't: So our leader's led,
And we are women's men.
Sold.

You keep by land
The legions and the horse whole, do you not?

Can. Marcus Octavius, Marcus Justeius, Publicola, and Cælius, are for sea : But we keep whole by land. This speed of Cæsar's Carries beyond belief. Sold.

While he was yet in Rome, His powert went out in such distractions t, as Beguil'd all spies. Сап.

Who's his lieutenant, hear you? Sold. They say, one Taurus. Сап.

Well I know the man.

Enter a Messenger. Mess. The emperor calls for Canidius. Can. With news the time's with labour; and

throes forth, Each minute, some.

[Ereunt.

SCENE VIII.

A plain neur Actium.

Enter Cæsar, Taurus, Officers, and others.
Cæs. Taurus,
Taur.

My lord.
Ces.

Strike not by land; keep whole : Provoke not battle, till we have done at sea.

• Goes.

+ Forces. 1 Detachments, separate bodies.

Agonizes.

Do not exceed the prescript of this scroll :
Our fortune lies upon this jumpe. (Excunt.

Enter Antony and Enobarbus. Ant. Set we our squadrons on yon' side o'the bill, In eget of Cæsar's battle; from which place We may the number of the ships behold, And so proceed accordingly.

[Exeunt.

Enter Canidius, marching with his land army one

way over the stage; and Taurus, the Lieutenant of Cæsar, the other way. After their going in, is heard the noise of a sea-fight.

Alarum. Re-enter Enobarbus.
Eno. Naught, naught, all naught! I can behold

no longer:
The Antoniadt, the Egyptian admiral,
With all their sixty, fly, and turn the rudder;
To see't, mine eyes are blasted.

Enter Scarus. Scar.

Gods, and goddesses, All the whole synod of them ! Eno.

What's thy passion ? Scar. The greater cantleg of the world is lost With very ignorance; we have kiss'd away Kingdoms and provinces, Eno.

How appears the fight? Scar. On our side like the token'dll pestilence. Where death is sure. Yon' ribald-rid pag of Egypt, Whom leprosy o'ertake! i' the midst o'the fight, When vantage like a pair of twins appear'd, Both as the same, or rather ours the elder**,

• Hazard.

+ Sight. # Name of Cleopatra's ship.

Ś Corner. | Spotted. q Lewd, common strumpet. ** Better

The brize* upon her, like a cow in June,
Hoists sails, and Aies.
Ето.

That I beheld: mine eyes
Did sicken at the sight on't, and could not
Endure a further view.
Scar.

She once being loof'dt, The noble ruin of her magick, Antony, Claps on his sea-wing, and like a doting mallard, Leaving the fight iw height, Aies after her: I never saw an action of such shame; Experience, manhood, honour, ve'er before Did violate so itself. Eno.

Alack, alack!

Enter Canidius. . Can. Our fortune on the sea is out of breath, And sinks most lamentably. Had our general Been what he knew himself, it had gone well: 0, he has given example for our flight, Most grossly, by his own, Eno. Ay, are you thereabouts ? Why then, good

night Indeed.

(Aside. Can. Towards Peloponnesus are they filed.

Scar. 'Tis easy to't; and there I will attend
What further comes.
Can,

To Cæsar will I render
My legions, and my horse; six kings already
Show me the way of yielding.
Eno.

I'll yet follow
The wounded chance of Antony, though my reason
Sits in the wind against me.

(Eseunt.

. The gad-fy, that stings cattle, * Brought close to the wind.

SCENE IX.

Alexandria. A room in the palace.

Enter Antony, and Attendants.

Ant. Hark, the land bids me tread no more upon't, It is asbam'd to bear me!- Friends, come hither, I am so lated in the world, that I Have lost my way for ever:-I have a ship Laden with gold ; take that, divide it; fly, And make your peace with Cæsar. Att.

Fly! not we. Ant. I have Aed myself; and have instructed

cowards To run, and show their shoulders.-Friends, be gone; I have myself resolu'd upon a course, Which has no need of you ; be gone: My treasure's in the harbour, take it.-0, I follow'd that I blush to look upon : My very hairs do mutiny; for the white Reprove the brown for rashness, and they them For fear and doting.-Friends, be gone: you shall Have letters from me to some friends that will Sweep your way for you. Pray you, look pot sad, Nor make replies of loathness: take the hint Which my despair proclaims; let that be left Which leaves itself: to the sea-side straightway: I will possess you of that ship and treasure. Leave me, I pray, a little; 'pray you now: Nay, do so; for, indeed, I have lost command, Therefore I pray you :-I'll see you by and by.

(Sita doron.

• Belated, benighted.

Enter Eros, and Cleopatra, led by Charmian and

Iras,

Eros. Nay, gentle madam, to him:-Comfort him.
Iras. Do, most dear queen.
Char. Do? Why, what else?
Cleo. Let me sit down. O Juno!
Ant. No, no, no, no, no.
Eros. See you here, sir?
Ant. O fye, fye, fye.
Char. Madam,
Iras. Madam; O good empress!
Eros. Sir, sir,

Ant. Yes, my lord, yes;-He*, at Philippi, kept
His sword even like a dancer; while I struck
The lean and wrinkled Cassius ; and 'twas I,
That the mad Brutus ended : he alone
Dealt on lieutenantry t, and no practice had
In the brave squares of war: Yet now-No matter.

Cleo. Ah, stand by.
Eros. The queen, my lord, the queen.

Iras. Go to him, madam, speak to him;
He is unqualitied | with very shame.

Cleo. Well then,-Sustain me:-0!

Eros. Most noble sir, arise; the queen approaches; Her head's declined, and death will seize her; but Your comfort makes the rescue.

Ant. I have offended reputation ;
A most unnoble swerving.
Eros.

Sir, the queen.
Ant. 0, whither hast thou led me, Egypt? See,
How I convey my shame out of thine eyes,
By looking back on what I have left behind,
'Stroy'd in dishonour.
Cleo.

O my lord, my lord!

Cæsar.

+ Fought by his officers. 1 Divested of his faculties,

Unless.

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