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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,

And threats the throat of that his officer
That murdered Pompey.
Eno. Our great navy's rigged.

Eros. For Italy and Cæsar. More, Domitius :
My lord desires you presently. My news
I might have told hereafter.

Eno. 'T will be naught:
But let it be.—Bring me to Antony.
Eros. Come, sir.


Cæs. 'Tis done already, and the messenger

I have told him Lepidus was grown too cruel ;
That he his bigh authority abused,
And did deserve his change : for what I've con-

I grant him part: but then, in his Armenia,
And other of his conquered kingdoms,
I demand the like.

Mec. He 'll never yield to that.
Cæs. Nor must not, then, be yielded to in this.

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

come not

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,

Absolute queen.

Mec. This in the public eye?
Cæs. l' the common show-place, where they

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
Should have an army for an usher, and
The neighs of horse to tell of her approach,
Long ere she did appear: the trees by the way
Should have borne inen, and expectation fainted,
Longing for what it had not: nay, the dust
Should have ascended to the roof of heaven,
Raised by your populous troops : but you are come
A market-maid to Rome, and have prevented
The ostent of our love, which left unshewn
Is often left unloved. We should have met you
By sea and land; supplying every stage
With an augmented greeting.

Octa. Good my lord,
To come thus was I not constrained, but did it
On my free will. My lord, Marc Antony,
Hearing that you prepared for war, acquainted
My grieved ear withal: whereon I begged
His pardon for return.

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
More larger list of sceptres.

Octa. Ah me, most wretched,
That have


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.
Each heart in Rome does love and pity you:
Only the adulterous Antony, most large
In his abominations, turns you off ;
And gives his potent regiment to a trull,
That noises it against us.

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
That speak against us! A charge we bear i'the war,
And, as the president of my kingdom, will
Appear there for a man. Speak not against it:
I will not stay behind.

Nay, I have done :
Here comes the emperor.

Ant. Is it not strange, Canidius,
That from Tarentum and Brundusium
He could so quickly cut the Ionian sea,
And take in Toryne !—You have heard on't,

Cleo. Celerity is never more admired
Than by the negligent.

Ant. A good rebuke,
Which might have well becomed the best of men,
To taunt at slackness.-Canidius, we
Will fight with him by sea.

Cleo. By sea! What else?
Can. Why will my lord do so?
Ant. For he dares us to't.
Eno. So hath my lord dared him to single fight.

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.
Cleo. I have sixty sails, Cæsar none better.

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.

Cleo. I will be even with thee, doubt it not.
Eno. But why, why, why?
Cleo. Thou hast forspoke my being in these

wars ;
And sayst it is not fit.

Eno. Well, is it, is it?
Cleo. Is 't not? Denounce against us, why

not we
Be there in person?

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.

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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

And the Phænicians go a ducking: we
Have used to conquer standing on the earth,
And fighting foot to foot.

Well, well, away.
[Exeunt Antony, Cleopatra, and ENOBARBUS.
Sol. By Hercules, 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.

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!

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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
My legions and my horse : six kings already
Shew me the way of yielding.

I 'll yet follow
The wounded chance of Antony, though my

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.

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Scene IX.-Alexandria. A Room in the Palace.

Laden with gold: take that; divide it: fly,

And make your peace with Cæsar.
Enter ANTONY and Attendants.

Att. Fly! not we.
Ant. Hark! the land bids me tread no more Ant. I have fled myself, and have instructed

It is ashamed to bear me !— Friends, come hither : To run and shew their shoulders. — Friends, be-
I am so lated in the world that I

gone: Have lost my way for ever. I have a ship I have myself resolved upon a course


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Which has no need of you : begone.
My treasure 's in the harbour; take it.—0,
I followed that I blushed to look upon !
My very hairs do mutiny : for the white
Reprove the brown for rashness, and they them
For fear and doting.–Friends, begone: you

Have letters from me to some friends that will
Sweep your way for you. Pray you, look not 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.

[Sits doren. 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.


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. O fie, fie, fie!
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 't was I
That the mad Brutus ended : he alone
Dealt on lieutenantry, 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 ap-

proaches : 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?

How I convey my shame out of thine eyes,
By looking back on what I have left behind
'Stroyed in dishonour.

Cleo. O my lord, my lord,
Forgive my fearful sails ! I little thought
You would have followed.

Egypt, thou knew'st too well
My heart was to thy rudder tied by the strings,
And thou shouldst tow me after. O'er my spirit
Thy full supremacy thou knew'st, and that
Thy beck might from the bidding of the gods
Command me.

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.


Cæs. Approach, and speak.

Eup. Such as I am, I come from Antony:
I was of late as petty to his ends
As is the morn-dew on the myrtle-leaf
To his grand sea.

Cæs. Be it so: declare thine office.
Eup. Lord of his fortunes he salutes thee,

Requires to live in Egypt: which not granted,
He lessens his requests, and to thee sues
To let him breathe between the heavens and

A private man, in Athens. This for him.
Next, Cleopatra does confess thy greatness;
Submits her to thy might, and of thee craves
The circle of the Ptolemies for her heirs,
Now hazarded to thy grace.

For Antony,
I have no ears to his request. The queen
Of audience nor desire shall fail, so she
From Egypt drive her all disgracéd friend,
Or take his life there : this if she perform,
She shall not sue unheard. So to them both.

Eup. Fortune pursue thee !
Cæs. Bring him through the bands.

[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.

Women are


In their best fortunes strong; but want will per

jure The ne'er-touched vestal. Try thy cunning, Thy

reus :

Make thine own edict for thy pains; which



Will answer as a law.

Cæsar, I go.
Cæs. Observe how Antony becomes his flaw;
And what thou think'st his very action speaks
In every power that moves.

Cæsar, I shall. (Exeunt.

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