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May make too great an act: For learn this, Silius; The fortress of it: for better might we
This be not cherish d.
Make me not offended More in their officer, than person : Sossius,
In your distrust. One of my place in Syria, his lieutenant,
Cæs. I have said. For quick aceumulation of renown,
You shall not find, Which he achiev'd by the minute, lost his favour. Though you be therein curious, the least cause Who does i'the wars more than his captain can, For what you seem to fear: So, the gods keep yoy, Becomes his captain's captain : and ambition, And make the hearts of Romans serve your ends! The soldier's virtue, rather makes choice of loss, We will here part. Than gain, which darkens him.
Car. Farewell, my dearest sister, fare thee well ; I could do more to do Antonius good,
The elements be kind to thee, and make But 'twould offend him ; and in his offence
Thy spirits all of coinfort! fare thee well. Should my performance perish.
Oct. My noble brother!Su.
Thou hast, Ventidius, Ant. The April's in her eyes : It is love's spring, That without which a soldier, and his sword,
And these the showers to bring it on :-Be cheerful Grants scarce distinction. Thou wilt write to Antony? Oct. Sir, look well to my husband's house; andVen. I'll humbly signify what in his name,
What, That magical word of war, we have effected ;
Octavia ? How, with his banners, and his well-paid rapks,
Oct. I'll tell you in your ear. The ne'er-yet-beaten hors: of Parthia
Ant. Her tongue will not obey her heart, nor can We have jaded out o'the field.
Her heart inform her tongue: the swan's down feather, Sil.
Where is be now? 'That stands upon the swell at full of tide, Ven. He purposeth to Athens : whither with what And neither way inclines. haste
Will Cæsar weep? [Aside to Agr.
[Exeunt. So is he, being a man.
Why, Enojarbus ?
When Antony found Julius Cæsar dead, House. Enter Agrippa, and Enobarbus, meeting.
He cried almost to roaring: and he wept, Agr. What, are the brothers parted ?
When at Philippi he found Brutus slain.
No, sweet Octavia, Agr.
'Tis a noble Lepidus. You shall hear from me still; the line shall not Eno. A very fine one: 0, how he loves Cæsar! Out-go my thinking on you. Agr. Nay, but how dearly he adores Mark Antony ! Ant.
Come, sir, come ;
Look, here I have you ; thus I let you go,
Adieu ; be happy! Eno. Would you praise Cæsar, say,-Cæsar;-go no Lep. Let all the number of the stars give light further.
To thy fair way! Agr. Indeed, he plied them both with excellent
Farewell, farewell! [Kisses Oct. praises.
Farewell! Eno. But he loves Caesar best :-Yet he loves Auto
[Trumpets sound. Exeunt, ny :
SCENE III.-Alerandria. A Room in the Palacc. Ho! hearts, tongues, figures, scribes, bards, poets, can
Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, Iras, and Alexas. not Think, speak, east, write, sing, number, ho, his love
Cleo. Where is the fellow?
Half a feard to come.
Cleo. Go to, go to :-Come hither, sir. Agr.
Both he loves.
Enter a Messenger. Eno. They are his shards, and he their beetle. Som Alex.
Good majesty, [Trumpets. ll Herod of Jewry dare not look upon you, This is to horse.-Adieu, noble Agrippa.
But when you are well pleas'd. Agr. Good fortune, worthy soldier; and farewell,
That Herod's head Enter Cæsar, Antony, Lepidus, and Octavia. 1'1l bave: But how? when Antony is gone Ant. No further, sir.
Through whom I might commandit.-Come thou near. Cæs. You take from me a great part of myself; Mes. Most gracious majesty, Use me well in it.-Sister, prove such a wife
Didst thou behold As my thougbts make thee, and as my furthest band Octavia? Shall pass on thy approof.-Most noble Antony,
Ay, dread queen. Let not the piece of virtue, which is set
Where? Betwixt us, as the cement of our love,
Madam, in Rome To keep it builded, be the ram, to batter
I look’d her in the face; and saw her led
Between her brother and Mark Antony.
Stomach not all. A more unhappy lady,
If this division chance, ne'er stood between,
She is not, madam. Praying for both parts:
When I shall pray, 0, bless my lord and husband!
Prays, and destroys the prayer; no midway
'Twixt these extremes at all.
Gentle Octavia, What majesty is in her gait? Remember,
Let your best love draw to that point, which seeks If e'er thou look'st on majesty.
Best to preserve it: If I lose mine honour,
She creeps ;
I lose myself: better I were not yours, Her motion and her station are as one :
Than yours so branchless. But, as you requested, She shows a body rather than a life;
Yourself shall go between us : The mean time, lady, A statue, than a breather.
I'll raise the preparation of a war
Shall stain your brother; Make your soonest haste;
So your desires are yours.
Three in Egypt
Thanks to my lord. Cannot make better note.
The Jove of power make me most weak, most weak Cleo.
He's very knowing, Your reconciler! Wars 'twixt you twain would be I do perceive't :- There's nothing in her yet: As if the world should cleave, and that slain men The fellow has good judgement.
Should solder up the rift. Char.
Ant. When it appears to you where this begins Cleo. Guess at her years, I prythee.
Tum your displeasure that way; for our faults Mes.
Madarn, Can never be so equal, that your love She was a widow.
Can equally move with them. Provide your gving; Cleo.
Widow ?-Charmian, hærk. Choose your own company, and command what cost Mes. And I do think, she's thirty.
Your beart has mind to.
(E.neutt. Cleo. Bear'st thou her face in mind? Is it long, or round?
SCENE V.-The same. Another Room in the same Mes. Round even to faultiness.
Enter Enobarbus and Eros, meeting, Cleo.
For the most part toe,
Eno. What, man?
Eros. Cæsar and Lepidus. have made wars upon Thou must not take my former sharpness ill :
Pompey. I will employ thee back again ; I find thee
Eno. This is old; What is the success? Most fit for business : Go, make thee ready ;
Eros. Cæsar, having made use of him in the wars Our letters are prepard,
[Exit Mes. gainst Pompey, presently denied hm rivality; would Char. A proper man.
not let him partake in the glory of the action: and Cleo. Indeed, he is so: I repent me much,
not resting here, accuses him of letters he had formers That so I harried him. Why, methinks, by him, ly wrote to Pompey; upon his own appeal, seizes him: This creature's no such thing.
So the poor third is up, till death enlarge his confine. Char.
O, nothing, madam. Eno. Then, world, thou bast a pair of claps, no more; Cleo. The man hath seen some majesty, and should And throw between them all the food thou bast, know.
They'll grind the one the other. Where's Antony? Char. Hath he seen majesty? Isis else defend, Eros. He's walking in the garden-thus; and spustis And serving you so long !
The rush that lies before him: cries, Foel, Lepidus! Cleo. I have one thing more to ask him yet, good And threats the throat of that his officer, Charmian :
That murder'd Pompey. But 'tis no master ; thou shalt bring him to me
Our great navy's riggede Where I will write: All may be well enough.
Eros. For Italy, and Cæsar. More, Domitius; Char. I warrant you, madam.
[Exeunt. || My lord desires you presently: my news
I might have told hereafter. 'SCENE IV.-Athens. A Room in Antony's House. Eno.
Twill be naught:
But let it be.-Bring me to Antony.
Eros. That were excusable, that, and thousands more
[Eacunt. Of semblable import,-but he hath wag‘d
4 Room in Casar's House, New wars 'gainst Pompey; made his will, and read it To public ear;
Enter Csesar, Agrippa, and Mecænas. Spoke scantly of me: when perforce he could not Cæs. Contemning Rome, he has done all this: And But pay me terms of honour, cold and sickly
Cleopatra and himself in chairs of gold
Were publicly enthron'd: at the feet, sat
Cæsarion, whom they call my father's son;
And all the unlawful issue, that their lust
Where is be now? Since then hath made between them. Unto her
My lord, in Athens. He gave the 'stablishment of Egypt; made ber Cæs. No, my most wronged sister; Cleopatra Of Lower Syria, Cyprus, Lydia,
Hath nodded him to her. He hath given his empire Absolute queen
Up to a whore; who now are levying Mec. This in the public eye ?
The kings o'the earth for war: He hath assembled Cæs. I'the common show-place, where they exercise. | Bocchus, the king of Lybia ; Archelaus, His sons he there proclaim'd, The kings of kings: of Cappadocia ; Philadelphos, king Great Media, Parthia, and Armenia,
Of Paphlagonia ; the Thracian king, Adallas ; He gave to Alexander ; to Ptolemy he assign'd
King Malchus of Arabia ; king of Pont; Syria, Cilicia, and Phænicia : She
Herod of Jewry; Mithridates, king In the habikiinents of the goddess Isis
or Comagene ; Polemon and Amintas, That day appeard; and oft before gave audience,
The kings of Mede, and Lycaonia, with a
More larger list of sceptres.
Ah me, most wretched, Inform'd.
That have my heart parted betwixt two friends, Agr. Who, queasy with his insolence
That do afflict each other! Already, will their good thoughts call from him.
Welcome hither: Cæs. The people know it ; and have now receip'd Your letters did withhold our breaking forth ; His accusations.
Till we perceiv'd, both how you were wrong led, Agr. Whom does he accuse ?
And we in negligent danger. Cheer your heart: Cæs. Cæsar: and that, having in Sicily
Be you not troubled with the time, which drives Sextus Pompeius spoild, we had not rated bim
O'er your content these strong necessities; His part oʻthe isle: then does he say,
he lent me But let determin'd things to destiny Some shipping unrestord: lastly, he frets,
Hold unbewail'd their way. Welcome to Rome: That Lepidus of the uiumvirate
Nothing more dear to me. You are abus'd Should be depos'd ; and, being, that we detain Beyond the mark of thought: and the high gods, All his revenue.
To do you justice, make them ministers Agr. Sir, this should be answer d.
Of us, and those that love you. Best of comfort; Cæs. 'Tis done already, and the messenger gone. And ever welcome to us. I have told him, Lepidus was grown too cruel;
Mec. Welcome, dear madam.
Only the adulterous Antony, most large
In his abominations, turus you off ;
And gives his potent regiment to a trull,
That noises it against us.
Cæs. Most certain. Sister, welcome : Pray you,
Be ever known to patience: My dearest sister! Oct. Hail, Casar, and my lord! fail, most dear
[Excunt. Cesar! Cæs. That ever I should call tbee, cast-away!
SCENE VII.-Antony's Camp, near the Promontory Oct. You have not calld me so, nor have you cause.
of Actium. Enter Cleopatra and Enobarbus. Cæs. Why have you stol’n upon us thus? You come Cleo. I will be even with thee, doubt it not.
Eno. But why, why, why? Like Cæsar's sister: The wife of Antony
Cleo. Thou hast forspoke my being in these wars ; Should have an army for an usher, and
And say'st, it is not fits The neighs of horse to tell of her approach,
Well, is it? is it? Long ere she did appear; the trees by the way
Cleo. Is't not? Denounce against us, why should not Should have borne men; and expectation fainted, Longing for what it had not : nay, the dust
Be there in person? Should have ascended to the roof of heaven,
Eno. [Aside.] Well, I could reply:Rais'd by your populous troops : But you are come If we should serve with horse and mares together, A market-maid to Rome; and have prevented The horse were merely lost; the mares would bear The ostent of our love, which, left unshown
A soldier, and his horse. i is often left unlov'd: we should have met you
What is't you say? By sea, and land; supplying every stage
Eno. Your presence needs must puzzle Antony; With an augmented greeting.
Take from his heart, take from his brain, from his Oct. Good my lord,
time, To coine thus was I not constrain'd, but did it What should not then be spar'd. He is already On my free will. My lord, Mark Antony,
Traduc'd for levity; and 'tis said in Rome, Hearing that you prepar'd for war, acquainted That Photinus an eunuch, and your maids, My grieved ear withal; whereon, I begg'd
Manage this war. His pardon for return.
Sink Rome; and their tongues rot, Which soon he granted, That speak against us! A charge we bear i’the war, Being an obstruct 'tween his lust and him.
And, as the president of any kingdom, will Oct. Do not say so, my lord.
Appear there for a man. Speak not against it; Cas.
I have eyes upon him, || I will not stay behind. And his affairs come to me on the wind.
Nay, I have done :
Eno, Ay, are you thereabouts? Why then, good night
Here comes the emperor.
Carries beyond belief,
While he was yet in Home Is't not strange, Canidius,
His power went out in such distractions, as That fiom Tareritum, and Brundusium,
Beguild all spies.
Can. He could so quickly cut the Ionian sea,
Who's his lieutenant, hear you? And take in Toryne? - You bave heard on't, sweet?
Sol. They say, one Taurus.
Can. Clen. Celerity is never more admir'd,
Well I know the man. Than by the negligent.
Enter a Messenger.
Mes. The emperor calls for Canidins.
forth, Will fight with him by sea.
Each minute some.
By sea! what else? Can. Why will my lord do so ?
SCENE VIII.-A Plain near Activon. Enter Caesar
Taurus, Officers, and others.
My lord. Where Cæsar fought with Pompey : But these offers, Cæs.
Strike not by land; keep whole :
Do not exceed the prescript of this seroll:
[E.zeun. Your mariners are muleteers, reapers, people
Enter Antony and Enobarbus. Ingross'd by swift impress : In Cæsar's fleet
Ant. Set we our squadrons on yon' side o'the bill, Are those, that often have 'gainst Pompey fought ; Their ships are yare; yours, heavy. No disgrace
In eye of Cæsar's battle; from which place
We may the number of the ships behold, Shall fall you for refusing him at sea,
And so proceed accordingly.
[E.retent. Being prepar'd for land. Ant. By sea, liy sea.
Enier Cavidius, marching with his land army one way Eno. Most worthy sir, yon therein throw away
over the stage: and Taurus, the lieutenant of Cæsar, The absojute soldiership you have by land;
the other wrty. After their going in, iz beard the Distract your army, which doth most consist
noise of a Secifigh. Alarum. Re-enter Enolarbus. of warmark'd foutmen ; leave unexecuted
Eno. Naught, naught, all naught! I can behold no Your own renownext knowlerige' ; quite foregro
longer : The way which promises assurance; and
The Autoniad, the Egyptian admiral,
To se't, miue eyes are blasted.
Gods, and goddesses Art. Our overplus of shipping will we burn ;
All the whole synod of them! And, with the rest full-mann'd, from the head of Ac
What's thy passion? tium
Scar. The greater cantle of the world is lost
With very igrorance; we have kiss'd away
Kinguioms and provinces.
How appears the fight? Mes. The news is true, my lord; he is descriel;
Scar. On our side like the token'd pestilence, Cæsar has taken Toryne.
Where death is sure. Yon' ribald-id nag of Egypt Ant. Can he be there in person? 'tis impossible;
Whom leprosy o'ertake ! i'the midst of the fight Surange, that his power should be.-Canidius,
When vantage like a pair of twins appear d, Oar nineteen legions thou shalt hold lay land.
Both as the same, or rather ours the elder,
The brize upon her, like a cow in June,
Hoists sails, and flies.
That I bcheld: mine eyes Away, my Thetis !-How now, worthy soldier ?
Did sicken at the sight on't, and could not Sol. O noble emperor, do not fight by sea;
Endure a further view. Trust not to rotten planks: Do you misloubt
She once being loofd, This sword, and these iny wounds? Let the Egyptians, The noble ruin of her magic, Antony, And the Phænicians, go a ducking; we
Claps on his sen-wing, and like a doating mallard, Have us'd to conquer, standing on the earth,
Leaving the fight in height, flies after her:
I never saw an action of such shanie;
Experience, manhood, honour, ne'er before
Did violate so itself. Sol. By Hercules, I think, I am i'the right.
Cam. Our fortune on the sea is out of breath,
You keep by land And sinks most lamentably. Had our general
0, he has given example for our flight, Publicola, and Cælius, are for sea :
Most grossly, by lus own. But we keep whole by land. This speed of Cæsar's
[Aside. How I convey my shame out of thine eyes Can. Towards Peloponnesus are they fled. By looking back on what I have left behind
Scar. "Tis easy to't; and there I will attend 'Stroy'd in dishonour. What further comes.
O my Jord, my lord! Can.
To Cæsar will I render Forgive my fearful sails! I little thought, My legions, and my horse ; six kings already
You would have follow'd. Show me the way of yielding.
Egypt, thou knew'st too well, Eng.
I'll yet follow
My heart was to thy rudder tied by the strings, The wounded chance of Antony, though my reason And thou shouldst tow me after : O'er my spirit Sits in the wind against me.
[Excunt. || Thy full supremacy thou knew'st; and that
Thy beck might from the bidding of the gods
Cleo. O, my pardon.
Ant. Ant. Harts, the land bids me tread no more upon't,
Now I must It is asham'd to bear me !- Friends, come hither ;
To the young man send humble treaties, dodge I am so lated in the world, that I
And palter in the shifis of lowness; who Have lost my way for ever: I have a ship
With bálf the bulk o'the world play'd as I pleas'd, Laden with gold; take that, divide it; fiy,
Making, and marring fortunes. You did know, And make your peace with Cæsar.
How much you were my conqueror; and that Att.
Fly! not we.
My sword, made weak by my affection, would . Ant. I have fled myself; and have instructed coir- || Obey it on all cause.
D pardon, pardon. ards To run, and show their shoulders.-Frien
Ant. Fall not a tear, I say ; one of them rates I have myself resolvd upon a course,
All that is won and lost : Give me a kiss ; Which has no need of
Even this repays me.-We sent our schoolmaster,
gone : My treasure's in the harbour, take it.-0,
Is he come back?-Love, I am full of lead I follow'd that I blush to look upon:
Some wine, within there, and our viands :--Fortune
knows, My very hairs do mutiny; for the white Reprove the brown for rashness, and they them
We scorn her most, when most she offers blows. For fear and deating.–Friends, be gone ; you shall
[Exeunt. Have letters from me to some friends, that will
SCENE X.-Cæsar's Camp, in Egypt. Enter Cæsar, Sweep your way for you. Pray you, look not sad,
Dolabella, Thyreus, and others. Nor make replies of loathness: take the hint
Cæs. Let him appear that's come from Antony.com Which my despair proclaims; let that be left
Know you him? Which leaves itself: To the sea-side straightway:
Cæsar, 'tis his schoolmaster: I will possess you of that ship and treasure.
An argument that pluck'd, when hither Leave me, I pray, a little: 'pray you now :
He sends so poor a pinion of his wing, Nay, do so; for, indeed, I have lost command,
Which had superfluous kings for messengers, Therefore I pray you :-I'll see you by and by.
Not many moons gone by. [Sits down.
Enter Euphronius. Enter Eros, and Cleopatra led by Charmian and Iras.
Approach, and speak Eros. Nay, gentle madam, to him :-Comfort him. Eup. Such as I am, I come from Antony: Iras. Do, most dear queen.
I was of late as petty to his ends, Char. Do! why, what else?
As is the morn-dew on the myrtle leaf Cleo. Let me sit down. O Suno!
To his grand sea. Ant. No, no, no, no, no.
Be it so; Declare thipe office. Eros. See you here, sir?
Eup. Lord of his fortunes he salutes thee, and Ant. O fye, fye, fye.
Requires to live in Egypt: which not granted, Char. Madam,
He lessens his requests ; and to thee sues Iras. Madam ; O good empress!
To let him breathe between the beavens and earth, Eros. Sir, sir,
A private man in Athens : This for him.
The cirele of the Ptolemies for her heirs,
Now hazarded to thy grace. Dealt on lieutenantry, and no practice had
For Antony, In the brave squares of war: Yet now-No matter. I have no ears to his request. The queen Cleo. Ah, stand by
or audience, nor desire, shall fail; so she Eros. The queen, my lord, the queen.
From Egypt drive her all-disgraced friend, Iras. Go to him, madamn, speak to him;
Or take his life there : This if she perforin, He is unqualitied with very shame.
She shall not sue unheard. So to them both. Cleo. Well then, -Sustain me:-0!
Eup. Fortune pursue thee! Eros. Most noble sir, arise; the queen approaches;
Bring him through the bands Her head's deelin'd, and death will seize her; but
[Exit Euphronius. Your confort makes the reseues
To try thy eloquente, now 'tis time: Despatch ; Ant. I have offended reputation ;
[To Thyreus. A most unnoble swerving.
From Antony win Cleopatra: promise,
And in our name, what she requires; add more, Ant. O, whither hast thou led me, Egypt? See,
From thine intention, offers : women are not,