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And throw between them all the food thou hast, They'll grind the one the other. Where's Antony ? Eros. He's walking in the garden-thus; and
spurns The rush that lies before him: cries, “Fool,
Eros. For Italy and Cæsar. More, Domitius :
Eno. 'T will be naught:
Cæs. 'Tis done already, and the messenger
Mec. He 'll never yield to that.
Enter OCTAVIA. Octa. Hail, Cæsar, and my lord! hail, most
dear Cæsar ! Cæs. Thatever I should call thee“cast-away!" Octa. You have not called me so, nor have you
Scene VI.-Rome. A Room in Cæsar's House,
Cæs. Why have you stolen upon us thus ? You
Enter CÆSAR, AGRIPPA, and MecÆNAS. Cæs. Contem ning Rome, he has done all this.
And more: In Alexandria,-here's the manner of it,l’ the market-place, on a tribunal silvered, Cleopatra and himself in chairs of gold Were publicly enthroned: at the feet sat Cæsarion, whom they call my father's son ; And all the unlawful issue that their lust Since then hath made between them. Unto her He gave the 'stablishment of Egypt: made her Of Lower Syria, Cyprus, Lybia,
Mec. This in the public eye?
exercise. His sons be there proclaimed “The kings of
kings." Great Media, Parthia, and Armenia, He
gave to Alexander: to Ptolemy he assigned Syria, Cilicia, and Phænicia. She In the habiliments of the goddess Isis That day appeared: and oft before gave audience (As 't is reported) so.
Mec. Let Rome be thus informed.
Agr. Who, queasy with his insolence already, Will their good thoughts call from him.
Cæs. The people know it; and have now received His accusations.
Agr. Whom does he accuse?
Cæs. Cæsar: and that, having in Sicily Sextus Pompeius spoiled, we had not rated him His part o' the isle: then does he say, he lent me Some shipping unrestored : lastly, he frets That Lepidus of the triumvirate Should be deposed; and, being, that we detain All his revenue.
Agr Sir, this should be answered.
Like Cæsar's sister. The wife of Antony
Octa. Good my lord,
Cæs. Which soon he granted, Being an obstruct 'tween his lust and him.
Octa. Do not say so, my lord,
Cæs. I have eyes upon him, And his affairs come to me on the wind. Where is he now?
Octa. My lord, in Athens.
Cæs. No, my most wronged sister : Cleopatra Hath nodded him to her. He hath given his
empire Up to a whore; who now are levying The kings o'the earth for war. He hath assembled Bocchus, the King of Lybia; Archelaus, Of Cappadocia; Philadelphos, King Of Paphlagonia; the Thracian King, Adallas ; King Malchus of Arabia; King of Pont; Herod of Jewry; Mithridates, King Of Comagene; Polemon and Amintas,
The Kings of Mede and Lycaonia; with a
Octa. Ah me, most wretched,
heart betwixt two friends That do afflict each other!
Cæs. Welcome hither: Your letters did withhold our breaking forth, Till we perceived both how you were wrong led, And we in negligent danger. Cheer your heart: Be you not troubled with the time, which drives O’er your content these strong necessities; But let determined things to destiny Hold unbewailed their way. Welcome to Rome: Nothing more dear to me. You are abused Beyond the mark of thought: and the high gods, To do you justice, make their ministers Of us and those that love you. Best of comfort; And ever welcome to us.
Agr. Welcome, lady.
Mec. Welcome, dear madam.
Octa. Is it so, sir?
Cæs. Most certain. Sister, welcome: pray you Be ever known to patience. My dearest sister !
Cleo. Sink Rome, and their tongues rot
Nay, I have done :
Enter ANTONY and CANIDIUS.
Ant. A good rebuke,
Cleo. By sea! What else?
Can. Ay, and to wage this battle at Pharsalia, Where Cæsar fought with Pompey. But these
offers, Which serve not for his vantage, he shakes off: And so should you.
Eno. Your ships are not well manned: Your mariners are muleteers, reapers, people Ingrossed by swift impress : in Cæsar's fleet Are those that often have 'gainst Pompey fought. Their ships are yare : yours heavy. No disgrace Shall fall you for refusing him at sea, Being prepared for land.
Ant. By sea, by sea.
Eno. Most worthy sir, you therein throw away The absolute soldiership you have by land; Distract your army, which doth most consist Of war-marked footmen; leave unexecuted Your own renowned knowledge; quite forego The
way which promises assivrance; and Give up yourself merely to chance and hazard, From firm security.
Ant. I 'll fight at sea.
Ant. Our overplus of shipping will we burn; And with the rest full-manned, from the head
of Actium Beat the approaching Cæsar. But if we fail,
Enter a Messenger. We then can do 't at land.—Thy business? Mess. The news is true, my lord: he is
descried : Cæsar has taken Toryne.
Scene VII.-Antony's Camp, near the Pro
montory of Actium.
Enter CLEOPATRA and ENOBARBUS.
Eno. Well, is it, is it?
Eno. [aside). Well, I could reply. If we should serve with horse and mares together, The horse were merely lost: the mares would
bear A soldier and his horse.
Cleo. What is 't you say?
Eno. Your presence needs must puzzle Antony; Take from his heart, take from his brain, from
his time, What should not then be spared. He is already Traduced for levity; and 't is said in Rome That Photinus an eunuch, and your maids, Manage this war.
Alarum. Re-enter ENOBARBUS. Eno. Naught, naught, all naught! I can be
hold no longer : The Antoniad, the Egyptian admiral, With all their sixty, fly, and turn the rudder : To see't mine eyes are blasted !
Enter a Soldier. Away, my Thetis !-How now, worthy soldier ?
Sol. O noble emperor, do not fight by sea; Trust not to rotten planks. Do you misdoubt This sword, and these my wounds ? Let the
Well, well, away.
grows Not in the power on't: so our leader 's led, And we are women's men.
Sol. 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.
Sol. While he was yet in Rome His power went out in such distractions Is beguiled all spies.
Can. Who's his lieutenant, hear you? Sol. They say, one Taurus.
Well I know the man,
Enter SCARUS. Scar. Gods and goddesses, All the whole synod of them!
Eno. What's thy passion ?
Scar. The greater cantle of the world is lost With very ignorance : we have kissed away Kingdoms and provinces. Eno. How appears
the fight? Scar. On our side like the tokened pestilence, Where death is sure. Yon'ribald-rid nag of Egypt, (Whom leprosy o'ertake !) i'the midst o'the fight, When vantage like a pair of twins appeared, Both as the same, or rather ours the elder, The brize upon her, like a cow in June, Hoists sails and flies.
Eno. That I beheld: mine eyes Did sicken at the sight, and could not Endure a further view.
Scar. She once being loofed, The noble ruin of her magic, Antony, Claps on his sea-wing, and, like a doting mallard, Leaving the fight in height, flies after her. I never saw an action of such shame! Experience, manhood, honour, ne'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 fled.
Scar. 'T is easy to't: and there I will attend What further comes.
Can. To Cæsar will I render
I 'll yet follow
Enter ANTONY and ENOBARBUS. Ant. Set we our squadrons on yon side oʻthe hill, In eye of Cæsar's battle: from which place We may the number of the ships behold, And su proceed accordingly. [Exeunt.
Scene IX.-Alexandria. A Room in the Palace.
Laden with gold: take that; divide it: fly,
And make your peace with Cæsar.
Att. Fly! not we.
gone: Have lost my way for ever. I have a ship I have myself resolved upon a course
Which has no need of you : begone.
Leave me, I pray, a little : 'pray you now.-
[Sits doren. Enter Eros and Cleopatra, led by CHARMIAN
Scene X.-Cæsar's Camp, in Egypt. Enter Cæsar, Dolabella, Thyreus, and others. Cæs. Let him appear that's come from
Antony:Know you him?
Dol. Cæsar, 't is his schoolmaster: An argument that he is plucked, when hither He sends so poor a pinion of his wing, Which had superfluous kings for messengers, Not many moons gone by.
Eros. See you here, sir ?
Ant. Yes, my lord, yes :-he at Philippi kept
Cleo. Ah, stand by.
Cleo. Well then, sustain me.-0!
proaches : Her head's declined, and death will seize her;
but Your comfort makes the rescue.
Ant. I have offended reputation :
Eros. Sir, the queen.
Cleo. O my lord, my lord,
Egypt, thou knew'st too well
O, my pardon! Ant.
Now I must To the young man send humble treaties, dodge And palter in the shifts of lowness: who With half the bulk o' the world played as I
pleased, Making and marring fortunes. You did know How much you were my conqueror; and that My sword, made weak by my affection, would Obey it on all cause.
Cleo. O pardon, pardon! Ant. Fall not a tear, I say: one of them rates All that is won and lost! Give me a kiss : Even this repays me.—Wesent our schoolmaster; Is he come back ?—Love, I am full of lead :Some wine, within there, and our viands :-for
tune knows We scorn her most, when most she offers blows.
Eup. Such as I am, I come from Antony:
Cæs. Be it so: declare thine office.
Eup. Fortune pursue thee !
[Exit Euphronius. To try thy eloquence now 't is time : [To Thyreus.
despatch: From Antony win Cleopatra : promise, And in our name, what she requires : add more (From thine invention) offers.
In their best fortunes strong; but want will per
jure The ne'er-touched vestal. Try thy cunning, Thy
Make thine own edict for thy pains; which
Will answer as a law.
Cæsar, I go.
Cæsar, I shall. (Exeunt.