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now turn.] . friend to Caesar AGRIPPA. Soldiers. friend to Caesar THYREUS. Messengers. That o'er the files and musters of the war Have glow'd like plated Mars. friend to Pompey MENECRATES. and other Attendants SCENE: Dispersed. Lieutenant-General to Antony SILIUS. Queen of Egypt OCTAVIA. A Room in CLEOPATRA'S palace. Attendant on Cleopatra IRAS. friend to Antony MAECENAS. but this dotage of our general's O'erflows the measure: those his goodly eyes. The office and devotion of their view Upon a tawny front: his captain's heart. friend to Caesar PROCULEIUS. attendant on Cleopatra SELEUCUS. an Officer in Ventidius's army EUPHRONIUS. Alexandria. friend to Antony DEMETRIUS. attendant on Cleopatra MARDIAN. [Flourish within.] PHILO. Attendant on Cleopatra Officers. friend to Pompey TAURUS. friend to Caesar GALLUS. an Ambassador from Antony to Caesar ALEXAS. ACT I. attendant on Cleopatra A SOOTHSAYER A CLOWN CLEOPATRA. attendant on Cleopatra DIOMEDES. Lieutenant-General to Caesar CANIDIUS. SCENE I. Which in the scuffles of great fights hath burst The buckles on his breast. Nay. in several parts of the Roman Empire.6 DERCETAS. friend to Antony PHILO. [Enter DEMETRIUS and PHILO. now bend. reneges all temper. friend to Pompey VARRIUS. friend to Caesar MENAS. friend to Caesar DOLABELLA. And is become the bellows and the fan To cool a gipsy's lust. sister to Caesar and wife to Antony CHARMIAN.
Perform't.' ANTONY.--your dismission Is come from Caesar. Then must thou needs find out new heaven. and the wide arch Of the rang'd empire fall! Here is my space. Eunuchs fanning her. hear them. CLEOPATRA.] CLEOPATRA. Let Rome in Tiber melt. and you shall see in him The triple pillar of the world transform'd Into a strumpet's fool: behold and see. Take in that kingdom and enfranchise that. or else we damn thee. News. my love! CLEOPATRA.] ATTENDANT. my good lord. or who knows If the scarce-bearded Caesar have not sent His powerful mandate to you: 'Do this or this. If it be love indeed. with their trains. and most like:-You must not stay here longer. from Rome. new earth.--The messengers! ANTONY. Thou blushest. Antony. There's beggary in the love that can be reckon'd. ANTONY. How. [Enter an Attendant. ANTONY. Antony: Fulvia perchance is angry.7 Look where they come: Take but good note. I'll set a bourn how far to be belov'd. Perchance! Nay. Grates me:--the sum. and that blood of thine Is Caesar's homager: else so thy cheek pays shame When shrill-tongu'd Fulvia scolds. [Enter ANTONY and CLEOPATRA. CLEOPATRA. Nay.--As I am Egypt's queen. Kingdoms are clay: our dungy earth alike . -Where's Fulvia's process?--Caesar's I would say?--Both?-Call in the messengers. ANTONY. Antony. tell me how much. therefore hear it.
DEMETRIUS. Antony Will be himself. to laugh. the world to weet We stand up peerless. my queen. Sir.] SCENE II. when such a mutual pair And such a twain can do't. Is Caesar with Antonius priz'd so slight? PHILO.-Now. To weep. Hear the ambassadors. [Exeunt ANTONY and CLEOPATRA. sometimes when he is not Antony. He comes too short of that great property Which still should go with Antony. for the love of Love and her soft hours. On pain of punishment. . Let's not confound the time with conference harsh: There's not a minute of our lives should stretch Without some pleasure now:--what sport to-night? CLEOPATRA. and not love her?-I'll seem the fool I am not. but thine. Another Room in CLEOPATRA'S palace. Rest you happy! [Exeunt. But stirr'd by Cleopatra. Excellent falsehood! Why did he marry Fulvia. ANTONY. I am full sorry That he approves the common liar.--to chide. Last night you did desire it:--speak not to us.] DEMETRIUS. Come. Alexandria. who Thus speaks of him at Rome: but I will hope Of better deeds to-morrow. and all alone To-night we'll wander through the streets and note The qualities of people. with their Train. Fie. whose every passion fully strives To make itself in thee fair and admir'd! No messenger.8 Feeds beast as man: the nobleness of life Is to do thus [Embracing]. wrangling queen! Whom everything becomes. in which I bind. ANTONY. CLEOPATRA.
where's the soothsayer that you praised so to the queen? O that I knew this husband. and a Soothsayer. CHARMIAN. You shall be yet far fairer than you are. then. almost most absolute Alexas. most anything Alexas. He means in flesh. Your will? CHARMIAN. No. Show him your hand.] CHARMIAN. CHARMIAN.9 [Enter CHARMIAN. you shall paint when you are old. Pray.-SOOTHSAYER. IRAS. SOOTHSAYER. Vex not his prescience. foresee me one. [Enter ENOBARBUS. Lord Alexas. In nature's infinite book of secrecy A little I can read.] ENOBARBUS. Is this the man?--Is't you. sweet Alexas. but foresee. IRAS. . be attentive. that know things? SOOTHSAYER. CHARMIAN. wine enough Cleopatra's health to drink. which you say must charge his horns with garlands! ALEXAS. sir. give me good fortune. ALEXAS. Bring in the banquet quickly. sir. ALEXAS. CHARMIAN. Soothsayer. I make not. Good. Wrinkles forbid! ALEXAS. SOOTHSAYER.
a million. You shall be more beloving than beloved. SOOTHSAYER. . You shall outlive the lady whom you serve. ALEXAS. how many boys and wenches must I have? SOOTHSAYER. SOOTHSAYER. There's a palm presages chastity. to-night. Nay. Good now. CHARMIAN. come. and widow them all: let me have a child at fifty. You think none but your sheets are privy to your wishes. hear him. ALEXAS. some excellent fortune! Let me be married to three kings in a forenoon. We'll know all our fortunes. If every of your wishes had a womb. ENOBARBUS. CHARMIAN. CHARMIAN. CHARMIAN. and most of our fortunes. fool! I forgive thee for a witch. CHARMIAN. Out. Then belike my children shall have no names:--pr'ythee. tell Iras hers. if nothing else. shall be-drunk to bed. excellent! I love long life better than figs. I had rather heat my liver with drinking. And fertile every wish.10 CHARMIAN. Nay. Mine. Hush! SOOTHSAYER. O. ALEXAS. CHARMIAN. IRAS. You have seen and prov'd a fairer former fortune Than that which is to approach. to whom Herod of Jewry may do homage: find me to marry me with Octavius Caesar. and companion me with my mistress.
Lo now. fiftyfold a cuckold! Good Isis. the queen. ALEXAS. Not in my husband's nose. Go. sweet Isis. let him marry a woman that cannot go. Am I not an inch of fortune better than she? CHARMIAN. you wild bedfellow. you cannot soothsay. But how. if it lay in their hands to make me a cuckold. keep decorum. tell her but worky-day fortune. I beseech thee! And let her die too. Well.] . I have said. IRAS. Not he. but how? give me particulars. Your fortunes are alike. I beseech thee! IRAS. where would you choose it? IRAS. and fortune him accordingly! CHARMIAN. hear that prayer of the people! for. so it is a deadly sorrow to behold a foul knave uncuckolded: therefore. Amen. I cannot scratch mine ear. SOOTHSAYER. till the worst of all follow him laughing to his grave. CHARMIAN. Our worser thoughts heavens mend!--Alexas.11 CHARMIAN. Nay. [Enter CLEOPATRA.--Pr'ythee. CHARMIAN. dear Isis. E'en as the o'erflowing Nilus presageth famine. Amen. his fortune! his fortune!--O. if you were but an inch of fortune better than I. IRAS. hear me this prayer. though thou deny me a matter of more weight. CHARMIAN. they would make themselves whores but they'd do't! ENOBARBUS.--come. Dear goddess. Hush! Here comes Antony. IRAS. as it is a heartbreaking to see a handsome man loose-wived. good Isis. SOOTHSAYER. if an oily palm be not a fruitful prognostication. and give him a worse! and let worse follow worse.
ANTONY.--My lord approaches.--Where's Alexas? ALEXAS. [Exeunt CLEOPATRA. Saw you my lord? ENOBARBUS. at your service.. Against my brother Lucius.] [Enter ANTONY. Madam? CLEOPATRA. from Italy Upon the first encounter. Ay: But soon that war had end. with a MESSENGER and Attendants.] MESSENGER. madam. Whose better issue in the war. and Soothsayer. jointing their force 'gainst Caesar. He was dispos'd to mirth. what worst? MESSENGER. . Well. MESSENGER. lady. Was he not here? CHARMIAN. CLEOPATRA. No.12 CLEOPATRA. and the time's state Made friends of them. ALEX. No. CHAR. ENOBARBUS. and bring him hither. Fulvia thy wife first came into the field. Here.-ENOBARBUS. ANTONY. CLEOPATRA. CLEOPATRA.. We will not look upon him: go with us. IRAS.--Enobarbus. The nature of bad news infects the teller. drave them. Seek him. but on the sudden A Roman thought hath struck him.
Labienus. mince not the general tongue: Name Cleopatra as she is call'd in Rome.--'Tis thus.-MESSENGER. Or lose myself in dotage. ANTONY. Extended Asia from Euphrates. O. with his Parthian force. [Exit. and taunt my faults With such full licence as both truth and malice Have power to utter. MESSENGER. Let him appear. though in his tale lie death. The man from Sicyon--is there such an one? SECOND ATTENDANT.-These strong Egyptian fetters I must break. then we bring forth weeds When our quick minds lie still. From Sicyon. my lord! ANTONY.13 ANTONY. Speak to me home.] What are you? . His conquering banner shook from Syria To Lydia and to Ionia. Who tells me true.--On:-Things that are past are done with me. and our ills told us Is as our earing. thou wouldst say.--hath. Antony.-[Enter another MESSENGER.-This is stiff news.] ANTONY. MESSENGER. At your noble pleasure.-ANTONY. the news! Speak there! FIRST ATTENDANT. Whilst. O. Rail thou in Fulvia's phrase. When it concerns the fool or coward. I hear him as he flatter'd. ho. He stays upon your will. Fare thee well awhile.
] ANTONY.14 SECOND MESSENGER. [Exit MESSENGER. We wish it ours again. I must be gone. [Gives a letter. ANTONY. let women die: it were pity to cast them away for nothing. the present pleasure. Cleopatra. The hand could pluck her back that shov'd her on. Enobarbus! [Re-enter ENOBARBUS. ANTONY. more than the ills I know. which commits some loving act upon her. Where died she? SECOND MESSENGER. being gone. sir. What's your pleasure. I have seen her die twenty times upon far poorer moment: I do think there is mettle in death. Why. I must with haste from hence. By revolution lowering. though. Fulvia thy wife is dead. sir? ANTONY.] ENOBARBUS. catching but the least noise of this. ENOBARBUS. she hath such a celerity in dying. no: her passions are made of nothing but the finest part of pure love: we cannot call her winds and . She is cunning past man's thought. does become The opposite of itself: she's good. Forbear me. Under a compelling occasion. My idleness doth hatch--ho. death's the word. this bears. In Sicyon: Her length of sickness. if they suffer our departure. ENOBARBUS. I must from this enchanting queen break off: Ten thousand harms. ANTONY. Alack. dies instantly. ENOBARBUS.] There's a great spirit gone! Thus did I desire it: What our contempts doth often hurl from us. then we kill all our women: we see how mortal an unkindness is to them. between them and a great cause they should be esteemed nothing. with what else more serious Importeth thee to know.
O sir. ANTONY. Would I had never seen her! ENOBARBUS. When it pleaseth their deities to take the wife of a man from him. which not to have been blest withal would have discredited your travel. and the case to be lamented: this grief is crown'd with consolation. with more urgent touches. she makes a shower of rain as well as Jove. especially that of Cleopatra's. And the business you have broached here cannot be without you. ENOBARBUS. give the gods a thankful sacrifice. sir. I shall break The cause of our expedience to the queen. ANTONY. you had then left unseen a wonderful piece of work. Sir? ANTONY. if it be. it shows to man the tailors of the earth. Dead. The business she hath broached in the state Cannot endure my absence. Fulvia? ANTONY. comforting therein that when old robes are worn out there are members to make new. which wholly depends on your abode. the tears live in an onion that should water this sorrow. For not alone The death of Fulvia. and commands The empire of the sea. No more light answers. And get her leave to part. Fulvia is dead. but the letters too Of many our contriving friends in Rome Petition us at home: Sextus Pompeius Hath given the dare to Caesar. Why. Do strongly speak to us. ENOBARBUS. sighs and tears.15 waters. ANTONY. Let our officers Have notice what we purpose. ENOBARBUS. indeed. your old smock brings forth a new petticoat:--and. ANTONY. then had you indeed a cut. Fulvia is dead. our slippery people.-Whose love is never link'd to the deserver . they are greater storms and tempests than almanacs can report: this cannot be cunning in her. If there were no more women but Fulvia. ENOBARBUS.
like the courser's hair. But here comes Antony. high in name and power. Say. What should I do.] CLEOPATRA.] SCENE III. Madam. In time we hate that which we often fear. ENOBARBUS. going on. I did not see him since. Higher than both in blood and life. who's with him. requires Our quick remove from hence. stands up For the main soldier: whose quality. The sides o' the world may danger: much is breeding Which. CHARMIAN. In each thing give him way. CHARMIAN. [Enter CLEOPATRA. and ALEXAS. I shall do't. [Exeunt. report That I am sudden sick: quick. methinks. and return.--begin to throw Pompey the Great. and all his dignities. You do not hold the method to enforce The like from him. Tempt him not so too far. Alexandria. if you did love him dearly. [Exit ALEXAS. CLEOPATRA. Say I am dancing. Thou teachest like a fool. cross him in nothing. I do not? CHARMIAN. I wish. CLEOPATRA. Where is he? CHARMIAN. forbear. A Room in CLEOPATRA'S palace. hath yet but life And not a serpent's poison. IRAS. Upon his son.--the way to lose him. CLEOPATRA.] CHARMIAN. our pleasure To such whose place is under us. if in mirth. See where he is. what he does:-I did not send you:--if you find him sad. who.16 Till his deserts are past. .
Which break themselves in swearing! ANTONY. Though you in swearing shake the throned gods. Most sweet queen. the sides of nature Will not sustain it. I shall fall. The gods best know. Who have been false to Fulvia? Riotous madness. never was there queen So mightily betray'd! Yet at the first I saw the treasons planted. What's the matter? CLEOPATRA. I am sick and sullen. To be entangled with those mouth-made vows. Now. What says the married woman?--You may go. Nay.-I have no power upon you. Cleopatra. stand farther from me.17 [Enter ANTONY. O.-CLEOPATRA. Pray you. seek no colour for your going. I am sorry to give breathing to my purpose.] CLEOPATRA. . Help me away. ANTONY. pray you. hers you are. Would she had never given you leave to come! Let her not say 'tis I that keep you here. ANTONY. dear Charmian. ANTONY. Why should I think you can be mine and true.-CLEOPATRA. my dearest queen.-CLEOPATRA. ANTONY.-CLEOPATRA. ANTONY.-CLEOPATRA. It cannot be thus long. I know by that same eye there's some good news.
Then was the time for words: no going then. grown sick of rest. Art turn'd the greatest liar. . I would I had thy inches. creeps apace Into the hearts of such as have not thriv'd Upon the present state. My more particular. Rich in his father's honour. I see. Hear me. And that which most with you should safe my going. the greatest soldier of the world. CLEOPATRA. but be prepar'd to know The purposes I bear. whose numbers threaten. thou shouldst know There were a heart in Egypt.at the last. Or thou. read The garboils she awak'd. Our Italy Shines o'er with civil swords: Sextus Pompeius Makes his approaches to the port of Rome. Is Fulvia's death. Look here. She's dead. Are newly grown to love: the condemn'd Pompey. or cease. And quietness. See when and where she died.-Eternity was in our lips and eyes. Quarrel no more. In Fulvia's death how mine receiv'd shall be. and. but my full heart Remains in use with you. ANTONY. It does from childishness:--can Fulvia die? ANTONY. none our parts so poor But was a race of heaven: they are so still. at thy sovereign leisure. Bliss in our brows' bent. Equality of two domestic powers Breed scrupulous faction: the hated. best. O most false love! Where be the sacred vials thou shouldst fill With sorrowful water? Now I see. lady! CLEOPATRA. queen: The strong necessity of time commands Our services awhile. and go: when you su'd staying. Though age from folly could not give me freedom. grown to strength. which are.18 But bid farewell. CLEOPATRA. ANTONY. How now. ANTONY. my queen. would purge By any desperate change.
My precious queen. come. lady.19 As you shall give theadvice. And I am all forgotten.-O. How this Herculean Roman does become The carriage of his chafe. So Fulvia told me. ANTONY. I'll leave you. Courteous lord. You can do better yet.--Still he mends. That you know well: something it is I would. ANTONY. and let it look Like perfect honour. my oblivion is a very Antony. But that your royalty Holds idleness your subject. but this is meetly. play one scene Of excellent dissembling. CLEOPATRA. I pr'ythee. I should take you . servant. CLEOPATRA. And give true evidence to his love. ANTONY. Now. ANTONY. ANTONY. Sir. by my sword. you and I have lov'd.-CLEOPATRA.--but there's not it. CLEOPATRA. I go from hence Thy soldier. Then bid adieu to me. turn aside and weep for her. Cut my lace. You'll heat my blood: no more. Sir. you and I must part. So Antony loves. pr'ythee. and say the tears Belong to Egypt: good now. And target. Charmian.--but that's not it. But this is not the best:--look.-But let it be: I am quickly ill and well. which stands An honourable trial. By the fire That quickens Nilus' slime. CLEOPATRA. forbear. making peace or war As thou affect'st. Charmian. one word.
LEPIDUS. residing here. [Enter OCTAVIUS CAESAR. forgive me.] CAESAR. Come. and Attendants. Away! [Exeunt.20 For idleness itself. CAESAR. and henceforth know. CLEOPATRA. Since my becomings kill me. LEPIDUS. That thou. nor the queen of Ptolemy More womanly than he: hardly gave audience. And I. Rome. You are too indulgent. to sit And keep the turn of tippling with a slave. or Vouchsaf'd to think he had partners: you shall find there A man who is the abstract of all faults That all men follow. To give a kingdom for a mirth. An Apartment in CAESAR'S House. hence fleeting. hereditary Rather than purchas'd. what he cannot change Than what he chooses. More fiery by night's blackness. and wastes The lamps of night in revel: is not more manlike Than Cleopatra. And all the gods go with you! upon your sword Sit laurel victory! and smooth success Be strew'd before your feet! ANTONY. Let's grant it is not Amiss to tumble on the bed of Ptolemy.] SCENE IV. sir. Let us go. when they do not Eye well to you: your honour calls you hence. You may see. But. here remain with thee. Lepidus. drinks. Therefore be deaf to my unpitied folly.. I must not think there are Evils enow to darken all his goodness: His faults in him seem as the spots of heaven. From Alexandria This is the news:--he fishes. and flies. goes yet with me. It is not Caesar's natural vice to hate Our great competitor. 'Tis sweating labour To bear such idleness so near the heart As Cleopatra this. To reel the streets at noon. Our separation so abides. and stand the buffet .
Comes dear'd by being lack'd. MESSENGER. And the ebb'd man. Thy biddings have been done.21 With knaves that smell of sweat: say this becomes him. for Pompey's name strikes more Than could his war resisted. and every hour. [Enter a Messenger. When thou once . Pompey is strong at sea. And so rebel to judgment. Pawn their experience to their present pleasure. being mature in knowledge. I should have known no less: It hath been taught us from the primal state That he which is was wish'd until he were. Goes to and back. Like to a vagabond flag upon the stream. Most noble Caesar. Antony. the borders maritime Lack blood to think on't. lackeying the varying tide. which they ear and wound With keels of every kind: many hot inroads They make in Italy. ne'er lov'd till ne'er worth love. Here's more news. and speaks as loud As his own state and ours. This common body. Make the sea serve them. Caesar.--'tis to be chid As we rate boys. CAESAR. And it appears he is belov'd of those That only have fear'd Caesar: to the ports The discontents repair. and flush youth revolt: No vessel can peep forth but 'tis as soon Taken as seen. shalt thou have report How 'tis abroad. I bring thee word Menecrates and Menas. who.--yet must Antony No way excuse his foils when we do bear So great weight in his lightness. Leave thy lascivious wassails. MESSENGER. and men's reports Give him much wrong'd.-As his composure must be rare indeed Whom these things cannot blemish. Full surfeits and the dryness of his bones Call on him for't: but to confound such time That drums him from his sport.] LEPIDUS. If he fill'd His vacancy with his voluptuousness. CAESAR. To rot itself with motion. famous pirates.
and the gilded puddle Which beasts would cough at: thy palate then did deign The roughest berry on the rudest hedge. [Enter CLEOPATRA. I shall beseech you. my lord: what you shall know meantime Of stirs abroad. and MARDIAN. like the stag when snow the pasture sheets. whom thou fought'st against. A Room in the Palace. CAESAR. I shall be furnish'd to inform you rightly Both what by sea and land I can be able To front this present time. Caesar. CAESAR. consuls. [Exeunt. .] SCENE V. IRAS. To-morrow. Yea. and to that end Assemble we immediate council: Pompey Thrives in our idleness. CHARMIAN. Doubt not. LEPIDUS. CAESAR.] CLEOPATRA. sir. Till which encounter It is my business too. To let me be partaker.22 Was beaten from Modena. I knew it for my bond. on the Alps It is reported thou didst eat strange flesh. LEPIDUS. Farewell. with patience more Than savages could suffer: thou didst drink The stale of horses. where thou slew'st Hirtius and Pansa. LEPIDUS. 'Tis pity of him. sir. Which some did die to look on: and all this. Let his shames quickly Drive him to Rome.-It wounds thine honour that I speak it now. The barks of trees thou browsed'st. Though daintily brought up.-Was borne so like a soldier that thy cheek So much as lank'd not. 'tis time we twain Did show ourselves i' thefield. at thy heel Did famine follow. Farewell. Alexandria.
-CHARMIAN. You think of him too much. Yes. Hast thou affections? MARDIAN. I trust. Not in deed. gracious madam. CHARMIAN. madam. Madam? CLEOPATRA. Indeed! MARDIAN. being unseminar'd. Ha. Why. That I might sleep out this great gap of time My Antony is away. for I can do nothing But what indeed is honest to be done: Yet have I fierce affections. Not now to hear thee sing.23 Charmian. eunuch Mardian! MARDIAN. 'tis well for thee That. What's your highness' pleasure? CLEOPATRA. not so. thy freer thoughts May not fly forth of Egypt. madam? CLEOPATRA. Thou. ha!-Give me to drink mandragora. Where think'st thou he is now? Stands he or sits he? . and think What Venus did with Mars. CLEOPATRA. Madam. 'tis treason! CHARMIAN. CLEOPATRA. CLEOPATRA. O. CHARMIAN. I take no pleasure In aught an eunuch has. O Charmian. CLEOPATRA.
--Now I feed myself With most delicious poison:--think on me. Say thou.24 Or does he walk? or is he on his horse? O happy horse.-This orient pearl: his speech sticks in my heart.--the last of many doubled kisses. that great medicine hath With his tinct gilded thee. And soberly did mount an arm-girt steed. horse! for wott'st thou whom thou mov'st? The demi-Atlas of this earth. Last thing he did. When thou wast here above the ground I was A morsel for a monarch: and great Pompey Would stand and make his eyes grow in my brow. CLEOPATRA. That am with Phoebus' amorous pinches black. at whose foot. CLEOPATRA. dear queen. was he sad or merry? ALEXAS. the arm And burgonet of men.] ALEXAS. Who neigh'd so high that what I would have spoke Was beastly dumb'd by him. He kiss'd. [Enter ALEXAS. What. to bear the weight of Antony! Do bravely. ALEXAS.' quoth he 'Say. Mine ear must pluck it thence. There would he anchor his aspect and die With looking on his life.-How goes it with my brave Mark Antony? ALEXAS. the firm Roman to great Egypt sends This treasure of an oyster. coming from him.--He's speaking now. . shall call her mistress. Or murmuring 'Where's my serpent of old Nile?' For so he calls me. And wrinkled deep in time? Broad-fronted Caesar. Like to the time o' the year between the extremes Of hot and cold. all the east. I will piece Her opulent throne with kingdoms. he was nor sad nor merry. hail! CLEOPATRA.' So he nodded. Sovereign of Egypt. To mend the petty present. 'Good friend. How much unlike art thou Mark Antony! Yet.
To say as I said then!--But come. Ever love Caesar so? CHARMIAN. By Isis. Ay. The valiant Caesar! CLEOPATRA. [Exeunt.-Welcome. The violence of either thee becomes. O that brave Caesar! CLEOPATRA. Charmian. When I was green in judgment:--cold in blood.-Which seem'd to tell them his remembrance lay In Egypt with his joy. but between both: O heavenly mingle!--Be'st thou sad or merry. Or I'll unpeople Egypt.--Mett'st thou my posts? ALEXAS. O well-divided disposition!--Note him. away. 'tis the man. So does it no man else. Get me ink and paper: he shall have every day A several greeting. CHARMIAN. but note him: He was not sad. . Charmian. Note him. By your most gracious pardon.--for he would shine on those That make their looks by his.--Did I. CLEOPATRA. I will give thee bloody teeth If thou with Caesar paragon again My man of men. madam. good Charmian. I sing but after you. he was not merry.] ACT II.25 CLEOPATRA. Who's born that day When I forget to send to Antony Shall die a beggar. My salad days. Be chok'd with such another emphasis! Say 'the brave Antony. Why do you send so thick? CLEOPATRA. twenty several messengers.' CHARMIAN. my good Alexas.--Ink and paper.
Epicurean cooks Sharpen with cloyless sauce his appetite. We. sir. If the great gods be just. but he neither loves Nor either cares for him. POMPEY. and my auguring hope Says it will come to the full. lust with both! Tie up the libertine in a field of feasts. The people love me. A Room in POMPEY'S house. Caesar and Lepidus Are in the field: a mighty strength they carry. POMPEY. My powers are crescent. Beg often our own harms. Messina. He dreams: I know they are in Rome together. Know. POMPEY. Keep his brain fuming. Where have you this? 'tis false. Of both is flatter'd. and MENAS. and will make No wars without doors: Caesar gets money where He loses hearts: Lepidus flatters both. Mark Antony In Egypt sits at dinner. That what they do delay they not deny. Looking for Antony. I shall do well. Salt Cleopatra. POMPEY. Whiles we are suitors to their throne. MENECRATES. decays The thing we sue for. MENAS. But all the charms of love. which the wise powers Deny us for our good. worthy Pompey. they shall assist The deeds of justest men. soften thy wan'd lip! Let witchcraft join with beauty. MENAS. That sleep and feeding may prorogue his honour . MENECRATES. so find we profit By losing of our prayers. and the sea is mine. MENECRATES. ignorant of ourselves.] POMPEY. [Enter POMPEY.26 SCENE I. From Silvius.
I know not. [Enter VARRIUS. How lesser enmities may give way to greater. Menas.] How now.27 Even till a Lethe'd dullness. I did not think This amorous surfeiter would have donn'd his helm For such a petty war. Rome. [Enter ENOBARBUS and LEPIDUS. that our stirring Can from the lap of Egypt's widow pluck The ne'er lust-wearied Antony. to entreat your captain To soft and gentle speech. I could have given less matter A better ear. although. And shall become you well. This is most certain that I shall deliver:-Mark Antony is every hour in Rome Expected: since he went from Egypt 'tis A space for further travel. POMPEY. Were't not that we stand up against them all. His brother warr'd upon him. 'Twere pregnant they should square between themselves. 'tis a worthy deed. I think. POMPEY. and bind up The petty difference. Not mov'd by Antony.] LEPIDUS. I cannot hope Caesar and Antony shall well greet together: His wife that's dead did trespasses to Caesar. Menas. Be't as our gods will have't! It only stands Our lives upon to use our strongest hands. Varrius! VARRIUS. Come. MENAS. . For they have entertained cause enough To draw their swords: but how the fear of us May cement their divisions.--Menas.] SCENE II. A Room in the House of LEPIDUS. [Exeunt. we yet not know. his soldiership Is twice the other twain: but let us rear The higher our opinion. Good Enobarbus.
MAECENAS. stir no embers up. ENOBARBUS. Not if the small come first. [Enter ANTONY and VENTIDIUS. Were I the wearer of Antonius' beard. to Parthia. Noble friends. LEPIDUS. By Jupiter. And yonder. noble partners. Hark. Nor curstness grow to the matter. and AGRIPPA.-Touch you the sourest points with sweetest terms. 'Tis not a time For private stomaching. What's amiss. Ventidius. Maecenas. LEPIDUS.28 ENOBARBUS. we do commit Murder in healing wounds: then. LEPIDUS. and let not A leaner action rend us. If we compose well here. I would not shave't to-day. May it be gently heard: when we debate Our trivial difference loud. Caesar. LEPIDUS. That which combin'd us was most great. ask Agrippa. pray you. Your speech is passion: But.] ENOBARBUS.-The rather for I earnestly beseech. Here comes The noble Antony. ENOBARBUS. Every time Serves for the matter that is then born in't. Let Antony look over Caesar's head. I do not know. I shall entreat him To answer like himself: if Caesar move him. .] ANTONY. [Enter CAESAR. But small to greater matters must give way. CAESAR. And speak as loud as Mars.
How intend you practis'd? CAESAR. concern you not. You may be pleas'd to catch at mine intent By what did here befall me. CAESAR.29 ANTONY. Thank you. and their contestation Was theme for you. Or being. Sit. ANTONY. Nay. Welcome to Rome. I should do thus. your being in Egypt Might be my question. you were the word of war. I learn you take things ill which are not so. My being in Egypt. ANTONY. sir. ANTONY. CAESAR. then. CAESAR. ANTONY. I must be laugh'd at If. and with you Chiefly i' the world. ANTONY. if you there Did practise on my state. No more than my residing here at Rome Might be to you in Egypt: yet. when to sound your name It not concern'd me. more laugh'd at that I should Once name you derogately. . CAESAR. and to fight. Caesar. ANTONY. Your wife and brother Made wars upon me. What was't to you? CAESAR. Were we before our armies. I Should say myself offended. Sit. or for nothing or a little. 'Tis spoken well.
which with a snaffle You may pace easy. I would you had her spirit in such another: The third o' theworld is yours. As for my wife. I wrote to you When rioting in Alexandria. CAESAR. and did want Of what I was i' the morning: but next day I told him of myself. Very necessity of this thought. Did he not rather Discredit my authority with yours. Not so. and with taunts Did gibe my missive out of audience. ANTONY. Could not with graceful eyes attend those wars Which 'fronted mine own peace. that the men Might go to wars with the women. Having alike your cause? Of this my letters Before did satisfy you. if we contend. It must not be with this. ANTONY. you Did pocket up my letters. If you'll patch a quarrel As matter whole you have not to make it with. ENOBARBUS. Would we had all such wives. which was as much As to have ask'd him pardon. Made out of her impatience. Let this fellow Be nothing of our strife. that I. So much uncurbable. And have my learning from some true reports That drew their swords with you. my brother never Did urge me in his act: I did inquire it. I am certain on't. her garboils. You praise yourself By laying defects of judgment to me. Your partner in the cause 'gainst which he fought. not so. ANTONY.--which not wanted Shrewdness of policy too. but You patch'd up your excuses. . And make the wars alike against my stomach. but not such a wife. Sir. I know you could not lack. CAESAR.30 You do mistake your business.--I grieving grant Did you too much disquiet: for that you must But say I could not help it. Caesar. He fell upon me ere admitted: then Three kings I had newly feasted.
LEPIDUS. Thou art a soldier only: speak no more. Caesar. rather. If it might please you to enforce no further The griefs between ye: to forget them quite Were to remember that the present need Speaks to atone you. MAECENAS. LEPIDUS. I'll play the penitent to you: but mine honesty Shall not make poor my greatness.31 Out of our question wipe him. Supposing that I lack'd it. you may. And then when poison'd hours had bound me up From mine own knowledge. Or. Soft. Neglected. return it again: you shall have time to wrangle in when you have nothing else to do. the ignorant motive. ANTONY. Lepidus. CAESAR. For which myself. if you borrow one another's love for the instant. Truth is. 'Tis noble spoken. To lend me arms and aid when I requir'd them. The article of my oath. made wars here. when you hear no more words of Pompey. CAESAR.--But on. The honour is sacred which he talks on now. ENOBARBUS. Worthily spoken. ANTONY. . nor my power Work without it. let him speak. You have broken The article of your oath. The which you both denied. that Fulvia. ENOBARBUS. To have me out of Egypt. which you shall never Have tongue to charge me with. Caesar! ANTONY. LEPIDUS. do So far ask pardon as befits mine honour To stoop in such a case. No. As nearly as I may. Maecenas.
Go to. from edge to edge O' the world. You wrong this presence. your considerate stone! CAESAR. Whose virtue and whose general graces speak That which none else can utter. Admir'd Octavia: great Mark Antony Is now a widower. Say not so. Pardon what I have spoke. which now import their dangers. Agrippa: If Cleopatra heard you. and to knit your hearts With an unslipping knot. AGRIPPA. and all loves to both. take Antony Octavia to his wife. Caesar. whose beauty claims No worse a husband than the best of men. which now seem great. Agrippa. AGRIPPA.-CAESAR. I am not married. By this marriage All little jealousies. By duty ruminated.32 That truth should be silent I had almost forgot. Give me leave. but The manner of his speech. our conditions So differing in their acts. . Thou hast a sister by the mother's side. Caesar: let me hear Agrippa further speak. AGRIPPA. for't cannot be We shall remain in friendship. I do not much dislike the matter. not a present thought. ENOBARBUS. For 'tis a studied. then. therefore speak no more. Yet if I knew What hoop should hold us stanch. ANTONY. Would then be nothing: truths would be tales. Draw after her. Speak. Where now half tales be truths: her love to both Would each to other. your reproof Were well deserv'd of rashness. And all great fears. ANTONY. To hold you in perpetual amity. CAESAR. I would pursue it. To make you brothers.
and never Fly off our loves again! LEPIDUS. At heel of that. ANTONY. defy him. ANTONY. LEPIDUS. About the Mount Misenum. There is my hand. be it so. For he hath laid strange courtesies and great Of late upon me. Happily. and His power unto Octavia. I must thank him only. amen! ANTONY. Time calls upon's: Of us must Pompey presently be sought. Dream of impediment!--Let me have thy hand: Further this act of grace. Not till he hears how Antony is touch'd With what is spoke already. If I would say 'Agrippa. and from this hour The heart of brothers govern in our loves And sway our great designs! CAESAR.' To make this good? CAESAR. . whom no brother Did ever love so dearly: let her live To join our kingdoms and our hearts. I did not think to draw my sword 'gainst Pompey. Or else he seeks out us. What power is in Agrippa. A sister I bequeath you. The power of Caesar. that so fairly shows. May I never To this good purpose.33 ANTONY. ANTONY. Lest my remembrance suffer ill report. Will Caesar speak? CAESAR. Where lies he? CAESAR.
Would we had spoke together! Haste we for it: Yet. which worthily deserved noting. LEPIDUS. And do invite you to my sister's view. sir. and LEPIDUS. Good Enobarbus! MAECENAS. Great and increasing. Ay. and but twelve persons there. What is his strength By land? CAESAR. Welcome from Egypt. We have cause to be glad that matters are so well digested. [Flourish.34 ANTONY. Let us. Half the heart of Caesar. despatch we The business we have talk'd of. Whither straight I'll lead you. we did sleep day out of countenance. With most gladness. . CAESAR. ENOBARBUS. Exeunt CAESAR. MAECENAS. and made the night light with drinking. but by sea He is an absolute master. Is this true? ENOBARBUS. Eight wild boars roasted whole at a breakfast. ere we put ourselves in arms. ENOBARBUS. ANTONY. Lepidus. ANTONY. You stay'd well by it in Egypt. Not sickness should detain me. worthy Maecenas!--my honourable friend. sir. MAECENAS. Noble Antony. Agrippa!-AGRIPPA. ANTONY. So is the fame. This was but as a fly by an eagle: we had much more monstrous matter of feast. Not lack your company.] MAECENAS.
and so perfumed that The winds were love-sick with them. the oars were silver. or my reporter devised well for her. if report be square to her. ENOBARBUS. It beggar'd all description: she did lie In her pavilion. Her gentlewomen. And made their bends adornings: at the helm A seeming mermaid steers: the silken tackle Swell with the touches of those flower-soft hands That yarely frame the office. Rare Egyptian! ENOBARBUS.-O'er-picturing that Venus where we see The fancy out-work nature: on each side her Stood pretty dimpled boys. For her own person. which. The city cast Her people out upon her. Invited her to supper: she replied It should be better he became her guest. tended her i' the eyes. AGRIPPA. Upon her landing. rare for Antony! ENOBARBUS. The barge she sat in. . Which she entreated: our courteous Antony. Antony sent to her. Enthron'd i' the market-place. Burn'd on the water: the poop was beaten gold. I will tell you. There she appeared indeed. From the barge A strange invisible perfume hits the sense Of the adjacent wharfs. like the Nereids. Whistling to the air. ENOBARBUS. like a burnish'd throne. but for vacancy. AGRIPPA. AGRIPPA.--cloth-of-gold of tissue. Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke. O. As amorous of their strokes. whose wind did seem To glow the delicate cheeks which they did cool. Had gone to gaze on Cleopatra too. When she first met Mark Antony she pursed up his heart. Purple the sails. did sit alone. And made a gap in nature. With divers-colour'd fans. And what they undid did. upon the river of Cydnus.35 She's a most triumphant lady. and Antony. like smiling Cupids. So many mermaids. and made The water which they beat to follow faster.
can settle The heart of Antony. wisdom. modesty. goes to the feast. breathless. The world and my great office will sometimes Divide me from your bosom. A Room in CAESAR'S House.] ANTONY. power breathe forth. and Attendants. ENOBARBUS. Royal wench! She made great Caesar lay his sword to bed: He ploughed her. Being barber'd ten times o'er. [Enter CAESAR. having lost her breath. Now Antony must leave her utterly. and she cropp'd. Rome. for his ordinary. Never. he will not: Age cannot wither her. but she makes hungry Where most she satisfies: for vilest things Become themselves in her. MAECENAS. nor custom stale Her infinite variety: other women cloy The appetites they feed. ENOBARBUS. MAECENAS.-Good Enobarbus. AGRIPPA.] SCENE III. Let us go. pays his heart For what his eyes eat only. I saw her once Hop forty paces through the public street. That she did make defect perfection. ANTONY. make yourself my guest Whilst you abide here. I thank you. sir. And. [Exeunt. ENOBARBUS. Octavia is A blessed lottery to him. If beauty. . AGRIPPA. And. OCTAVIA between them. that the holy priests Bless her when she is riggish.36 Whom ne'er the word of 'No' woman heard speak. Humbly. And. she spoke and panted.
Where Caesar's is not. nor you Thither! ANTONY. ANTONY. but that to come Shall all be done by the rule. I see it in my motion. Good night. Say to me. as being o'erpower'd: therefore Make space enough between you. Good night. is Noble. sir. that thy spirit which keeps thee.] ANTONY. O Antony. Good night. SOOTHSAYER. Whose fortunes shall rise higher.-OCTAVIA. Caesar's or mine? SOOTHSAYER. courageous. dear lady. but near him thy angel Becomes a fear. but yet Hie you to Egypt again. stay not by his side: Thy demon. ANTONY. All which time Before the gods my knee shall bow my prayers To them for you. sirrah.] [Enter SOOTHSAYER. Caesar's. you do wish yourself in Egypt? SOOTHSAYER. Would I had never come from thence. sir. . CAESAR. Speak this no more. SOOTHSAYER. If you can. Therefore. unmatchable. high. Good night. Read not my blemishes in the world's report: I have not kept my square.--My Octavia.37 OCTAVIA. have it not in my tongue. your reason. Now. [Exeunt CAESAR and OCTAVIA. ANTONY.
and his quails ever Beat mine. Lepidus. no more but when to thee. MAECENAS. hasten Your generals after. If thou dost play with him at any game. Sir. Rome.-And in our sports my better cunning faints Under his chance: if we draw lots. [Enter VENTIDIUS. But. AGRIPPA. and we'll follow. As I conceive the journey.] SCENE IV.38 To none but thee. ANTONY. be at the mount Before you. Get thee gone: Say to Ventidius I would speak with him:-[Exit SOOTHSAYER. He hath spoken true: the very dice obey him. . he speeds. 'tis noble. When it is all to nought.--Be it art or hap. at odds. His cocks do win the battle still of mine. Follow me and receive it. he away.] O.] LEPIDUS. LEPIDUS. [Enter LEPIDUS. I' the East my pleasure lies. Ventidius. Trouble yourselves no further: pray you. thy spirit Is all afraid to govern thee near him. come. Till I shall see you in your soldier's dress. [Exeunt. and AGRIPPA. farewell. Mark Antony Will e'en but kiss Octavia. inhoop'd. Thou art sure to lose. A street. and of that natural luck He beats thee 'gainst the odds: thy lustre thickens When he shines by: I say again. You must to Parthia: your commission's ready. Which will become you both.] He shall to Parthia. I will to Egypt: And though I make this marriage for my peace. MAECENAS. We shall.
moody food Of us that trade in love. ALL. sir? MARDIAN. Farewell. Let it alone. and as I draw them up I'll think them every one an Antony. As well a woman with an eunuch play'd As with a woman. you'll play with me. CLEOPATRA. [Exeunt. IRAS. and Attendants. The actor may plead pardon. CHARMIAN. You'll win two days upon me. best play with Mardian. Alexandria. My music playing far off. And when good will is show'd. My arm is sore. 'Twas merry when . I'll none now:-Give me mine angle. madam.--music. A Room in the Palace.] CLEOPATRA. The music. CHARMIAN. though't come too short. As well as I can. CLEOPATRA.39 LEPIDUS. There. Sir.] CLEOPATRA. Your way is shorter.] SCENE V.--Come. My purposes do draw me much about. let's to billiards: Come.--we'll to the river. [Enter CLEOPATRA. BOTH.' CHARMIAN. Charmian. good success! LEPIDUS. ho! [Enter MARDIAN. Give me some music. my bended hook shall pierce Their slimy jaws. ALEXAS. And say 'Ah ha! You're caught. I will betray Tawny-finn'd fishes.
Will't please you hear me? . Good madam. and that night I laugh'd him into patience: and next morn. The gold I give thee will I melt and pour Down thy ill-uttering throat. MESSENGER. Not like a formal man. MESSENGER. Thou shouldst come like a fury crown'd with snakes. he's well. Then put my tires and mantles on him. CLEOPATRA. First. CLEOPATRA. MESSENGER. Ere the ninth hour.--a hand that kings Have lipp'd. That time?--O times!-I laughed him out of patience. Antony's dead!-If thou say so.] O! from Italy!-Ram thou thy fruitful tidings in mine ears. thou kill'st thy mistress. whilst I wore his sword Philippan. sirrah. MESSENGER. But there's no goodness in thy face: if Antony Be free and healthful. But. But well and free. I will. [Enter a MESSENGER. we use To say the dead are well: bring it to that.40 You wager'd on your angling. CLEOPATRA. If thou so yield him.-CLEOPATRA. go to. madam. hear me. That long time have been barren. villain.--why so tart a favour To trumpet such good tidings! If not well. Madam. when your diver Did hang a salt fish on his hook. there's more gold. Well. madam. I drunk him to his bed. mark. which he With fervency drew up. and here My bluest veins to kiss. there is gold. and trembled kissing. Why.
is well.41 CLEOPATRA. friend. CLEOPATRA. . Madam. MESSENGER. MESSENGER. Pr'ythee. madam. madam! no. MESSENGER. And friends with Caesar. CLEOPATRA. or not captive to him. I'll set thee in a shower of gold. and. if thou say Antony lives. I am pale. Charmian. For what good turn? MESSENGER. Th'art an honest man. Pour out the pack of matter to mine ear. The good and bad together: he's friends with Caesar. CLEOPATRA. Caesar and he are greater friends than ever. I made no such report: He's bound unto Octavia. Or friends with Caesar. free. MESSENGER. I have a mind to strike thee ere thou speak'st: Yet. Well said. Make thee a fortune from me. it does allay The good precedence. and hail Rich pearls upon thee.-CLEOPATRA. Madam. CLEOPATRA. In state of health. he's well. he's married to Octavia. MESSENGER. Free. thou say'st. I do not like 'but yet'. For the best turn i' the bed. But yet. MESSENGER. thou say'st. CLEOPATRA. fie upon 'but yet'! 'But yet' is as a gaoler to bring forth Some monstrous malefactor.
CLEOPATRA.] MESSENGER. [Draws a dagger. And make thy fortunes proud: the blow thou hadst Shall make thy peace for moving me to rage. I'll unhair thy head: [She hales him up and down. MESSENGER. Nay. CLEOPATRA. patience. Some innocents scape not the thunderbolt.] MESSENGER. Say 'tis not so. madam. madam? I have made no fault. Good madam. Good madam. then I'll run.] Horrible villain! or I'll spurn thine eyes Like balls before me. a province I will give thee.] CHARMIAN.42 CLEOPATRA. CLEOPATRA. [Exit. keep yourself within yourself: The man is innocent. [Strikes him again.-- . The most infectious pestilence upon thee! [Strikes him down. Smarting in ling'ring pickle. I that do bring the news made not the match. And I will boot thee with what gift beside Thy modesty can beg. Rogue. What say you?--Hence. CLEOPATRA.-What mean you. MESSENGER. Gracious madam.] Thou shalt be whipp'd with wire and stew'd in brine. He's married. thou hast liv'd too long.
I crave your highness' pardon. madam? CLEOPATRA. [Exit CHARMIAN.] These hands do lack nobility.43 Melt Egypt into Nile! and kindly creatures Turn all to serpents!--Call the slave again:-Though I am mad. The gods confound thee! dost thou hold there still! MESSENGER. get thee hence: Hadst thou Narcissus in thy face. Though it be honest. CLEOPATRA. I will not bite him:--call! CHARMIAN. [Re-enter CHARMIAN and Messenger. . to me Thou wouldst appear most ugly. Is he married? I cannot hate thee worser than I do If thou again say 'Yes.] Come hither. He is afear'd to come. CLEOPATRA. it is never good To bring bad news: give to a gracious message An host of tongues. madam. I have done my duty. that they strike A meaner than myself. MESSENGER.' MESSENGER. He is married? MESSENGER. sir. Should I lie. but let ill tidings tell Themselves when they be felt. CLEOPATRA. So half my Egypt were submerg'd. since I myself Have given myself the cause. and made A cistern for scal'd snakes! Go. I will not hurt him. O. CLEOPATRA. He's married. I would thou didst.
44 He is married? MESSENGER. Take no offence that I would not offend you: To punish me for what you make me do Seems much unequal: he's married to Octavia. CLEOPATRA. O, that his fault should make a knave of thee That art not what tho'rt sure of!--Get thee hence: The merchandise which thou hast brought from Rome Are all too dear for me: lie they upon thy hand, And be undone by 'em! [Exit Messenger.] CHARMIAN. Good your highness, patience. CLEOPATRA. In praising Antony I have disprais'd Caesar. CHARMIAN. Many times, madam. CLEOPATRA. I am paid for't now. Lead me from hence; I faint:--O Iras, Charmian!--'tis no matter.-Go to the fellow, good Alexas; bid him Report the feature of Octavia, her years, Her inclination; let him not leave out The colour of her hair:--bring me word quickly. [Exit ALEXAS.] Let him for ever go:--let him not, Charmian-Though he be painted one way like a Gorgon, T'other way he's a Mars.--[To MARDIAN] Bid you Alexas Bring me word how tall she is.--Pity me, Charmian, But do not speak to me.--Lead me to my chamber. [Exeunt.] SCENE VI. Near Misenum. [Flourish. Enter POMPEY and MENAS at one side, with drum and trumpet; at the other, CAESAR, ANTONY, LEPIDUS, ENOBARBUS, MAECENAS, with Soldiers marching.] POMPEY. Your hostages I have, so have you mine; And we shall talk before we fight.
45 CAESAR. Most meet That first we come to words; and therefore have we Our written purposes before us sent; Which, if thou hast consider'd, let us know If 'twill tie up thy discontented sword, And carry back to Sicily much tall youth That else must perish here. POMPEY. To you all three, The senators alone of this great world, Chief factors for the gods,--I do not know Wherefore my father should revengers want, Having a son and friends; since Julius Caesar, Who at Philippi the good Brutus ghosted, There saw you labouring for him. What was't That mov'd pale Cassius to conspire; and what Made the all-honour'd, honest Roman, Brutus, With the arm'd rest, courtiers of beauteous freedom, To drench the Capitol, but that they would Have one man but a man? And that is it Hath made me rig my navy; at whose burden The anger'd ocean foams; with which I meant To scourge the ingratitude that despiteful Rome Cast on my noble father. CAESAR. Take your time. ANTONY. Thou canst not fear us, Pompey, with thy sails; We'll speak with thee at sea: at land thou know'st How much we do o'er-count thee. POMPEY. At land, indeed, Thou dost o'er-count me of my father's house: But, since the cuckoo builds not for himself, Remain in't as thou mayst. LEPIDUS. Be pleas'd to tell us,-For this is from the present,--how you take The offers we have sent you. CAESAR. There's the point. ANTONY. Which do not be entreated to, but weigh What it is worth embrac'd.
46 CAESAR. And what may follow, To try a larger fortune. POMPEY. You have made me offer Of Sicily, Sardinia; and I must Rid all the sea of pirates; then to send Measures of wheat to Rome; this 'greed upon, To part with unhack'd edges and bear back Our targes undinted. CAESAR, ANTONY, and LEPIDUS. That's our offer. POMPEY. Know, then, I came before you here a man prepar'd To take this offer: but Mark Antony Put me to some impatience:--though I lose The praise of it by telling, you must know, When Caesar and your brother were at blows, Your mother came to Sicily, and did find Her welcome friendly. ANTONY. I have heard it, Pompey, And am well studied for a liberal thanks Which I do owe you. POMPEY. Let me have your hand: I did not think, sir, to have met you here. ANTONY. The beds i' the East are soft; and, thanks to you, That call'd me, timelier than my purpose, hither; For I have gained by it. CAESAR. Since I saw you last There is a change upon you. POMPEY. Well, I know not What counts harsh fortune casts upon my face; But in my bosom shall she never come To make my heart her vassal. LEPIDUS. Well met here.
What. ANTONY. We'll feast each other ere we part. No. Antony. POMPEY. That's the next to do. I have fair meanings. and let's Draw lots who shall begin. POMPEY. Then so much have I heard. I know thee now: how far'st thou. first Or last. That will I. POMPEY. No more of that:--he did so. POMPEY. I hope so. And well am like to do. ANTONY. I pray you? ENOBARBUS. soldier? ENOBARBUS. POMPEY. Well. for I perceive Four feasts are toward. POMPEY. Pompey. And fair words to them. And seal'd between us. take the lot: but. Lepidus. ANTONY.-ENOBARBUS. I have heard that Julius Caesar Grew fat with feasting there.--Thus we are agreed: I crave our composition may be written. CAESAR. And I have heard Apollodorus carried. You have heard much. your fine Egyptian cookery Shall have the fame. POMPEY.47 POMPEY. . sir. A certain queen to Caesar in a mattress.
Pompey. ANTONY. And you by land. ENOBARBUS. would ne'er have made this treaty. sir. sir. ENOBARBUS. though it cannot be denied what I have done by land. ENOBARBUS. At sea.] MENAS. Show's the way. MENAS.-. We have. And you by land. [Aside. When I have envied thy behaviour. MENAS. something you can deny for your own safety: you have been a great thief by sea. lords? CAESAR. Enjoy thy plainness. MENAS. Come. You have done well by water. I will praise any man that will praise me. ENOBARBUS.48 Let me shake thy hand. It nothing ill becomes thee. but I ha' prais'd ye When you have well deserv'd ten times as much As I have said you did.You and I have known. Yes. Nor what I have done by water. ENOBARBUS. I think. POMPEY. MENAS. and LEPIDUS.] Thy father. I never hated thee: I have seen thee fight. . ENOBARBUS. POMPEY. Sir.-Aboard my galley I invite you all: Will you lead. [Exeunt all but ENOBARBUS and MENAS. I never lov'd you much. sir.
All men's faces are true. But she is now the wife of Marcus Antonius. cold. she was the wife of Caius Marcellus. You have said. But you shall find the band that seems to tie their friendship together will be the very strangler of their amity: Octavia is of a holy. I would not prophesy so. But there is never a fair woman has a true face.49 There I deny my land service. True. Menas: if our eyes had authority. We look'd not for Mark Antony here: pray you. No slander. MENAS. ENOBARBUS. sure he cannot weep it back again. ENOBARBUS. Pray you. . I think the policy of that purpose made more in the marriage than the love of the parties. I am sorry it is turn'd to a drinking. But give me your hand. Pompey doth this day laugh away his fortune. MENAS. I think so too. ENOBARBUS. We came hither to fight with you. If I were bound to divine of this unity. MENAS. is he married to Cleopatra? ENOBARBUS. ENOBARBUS. MENAS. If he do. For my part. MENAS. Caesar's sister is called Octavia. ENOBARBUS. Then is Caesar and he for ever knit together. sir. MENAS. 'Tis true. they steal hearts. MENAS. MENAS. sir? ENOBARBUS. sir. whatsome'er their hands are. ENOBARBUS. here they might take two thieves kissing. and still conversation.
] FIRST SERVANT. Some o' their plants are ill-rooted already. SECOND SERVANT. and not to be seen to move in't. FIRST SERVANT. that which is the strength of their amity shall prove the immediate author of their variance. They have made him drink alms-drink. lying near Misenum. Not he that himself is not so. are the holes where eyes should be. this it is to have a name in great men's fellowship: I had as lief have a reed that will do me no service as a partizan I could not heave.] . MAECENAS. MENAS. Enter two or three SERVANTS with a banquet. MENAS.50 MENAS. LEPIDUS. To be called into a huge sphere. FIRST SERVANT. sir. But it raises the greater war between him and his discretion. ENOBARBUS. which is Mark Antony. SECOND SERVANT. ANTONY. FIRST SERVANT. reconciles them to his entreaty and himself to the drink. let's away. [A sennet sounded. as I said before. SECOND SERVANT. he cries out 'no more'. As they pinch one another by the disposition. And thus it may be. I shall take it. Who would not have his wife so? ENOBARBUS. which pitifully disaster the cheeks. Enter CAESAR. POMPEY. sir: we have used our throats in Egypt. [Exeunt. Come. and. the least wind i' the world will blow them down. man. Lepidus is high-coloured. Come. He will to his Egyptian dish again: then shall the sighs of Octavia blow the fire up in Caesar. ENOBARBUS. Here they'll be. will you aboard? I have a health for you. Antony will use his affection where it is: he married but his occasion here. Why. AGRIPPA. with other Captains. [Music.] SCENE VII. On board POMPEY'S Galley. MENAS.
] Thus do they. Not till you have slept. It is shaped. ANTONY. ANTONY. Sit --and some wine!--A health to Lepidus! LEPIDUS. without contradiction I have heard that. I do beseech thee. and it is as broad as it hath breadth: it is just so high as it is. LEPIDUS.] Say in mine ear: what is't? MENAS. POMPEY. MENAS. LEPIDUS. ENOBARBUS. [Aside to POMPEY. or the mean. Lepidus. . as it ebbs. They are so. a word. [Aside to MENAS. And hear me speak a word. And shortly comes to harvest. Your serpent of Egypt is bred now of your mud by the operation of your sun: so is your crocodile. LEPIDUS. Ay. like itself. it transmigrates. and the elements once out of it. [To CAESAR. Nay. certainly. sir: they take the flow o' the Nile By certain scales i' the pyramid. the seedsman Upon the slime and ooze scatters his grain. [Aside to POMPEY. [Aside to MENAS. if dearth Or foison follow: the higher Nilus swells The more it promises.] Forsake thy seat. I am not so well as I should be.51 ANTONY. they know By the height. You've strange serpents there.] Pompey. captain. and moves with it own organs: it lives by that which nourisheth it. What manner o' thing is your crocodile? ANTONY. I fear me you'll be in till then. sir. but I'll ne'er out.] Forbear me till ano.n-This wine for Lepidus! LEPIDUS. POMPEY. I have heard the Ptolemies' pyramises are very goodly things. the lowness. POMPEY.
These quicksands.] Go. else he is a very epicure. POMPEY. POMPEY.] If for the sake of merit thou wilt hear me. [Aside to MENAS. . [Rises and walks aside. ANTONY. CAESAR. What's else to say?-Be jolly. I have ever held my cap off to thy fortunes.--Where's this cup I call'd for? MENAS. MENAS. What colour is it of? ANTONY. What say'st thou? MENAS. Thou hast serv'd me with much faith. Wilt thou be lord of the whole world? That's twice. LEPIDUS. ANTONY. sir.] I think thou'rt mad. hang.52 LEPIDUS. Keep off them. hang! Tell me of that! away! Do as I bid you. lords. And the tears of it are wet. Will this description satisfy him? ANTONY. POMPEY. for you sink. Lepidus.] The matter? MENAS. 'Tis so. With the health that Pompey gives him. [Aside to POMPEY. Rise from thy stool. Of its own colour too. 'Tis a strange serpent. Wilt thou be lord of all the world? POMPEY. [Aside to MENAS.
But must condemn it now. Thou must know 'Tis not my profit that does lead mine honour: Mine honour it. Shall never find it more. . I am the man Will give thee all the world. No. I should have found it afterwards well done. and will not take when once 'tis offer'd. And when we are put off. if thou wilt have't. ENOBARBUS. Menas! MENAS. and drink. Show me which way. Are in thy vessel: let me cut the cable. POMPEY. MENAS. fall to their throats: All then is thine. Hast thou drunk well? MENAS. This health to Lepidus! ANTONY. Repent that e'er thy tongue Hath so betray'd thine act: being done unknown. Thou art. POMPEY. the earthly Jove: Whate'er the ocean pales or sky inclips Is thine. this thou shouldst have done. Here's to thee. MENAS. Desist. if thou dar'st be.] For this. [Aside. Pompey. And not have spoke on't! In me 'tis villainy: In thee't had been good service. I'll never follow thy pall'd fortunes more. And though you think me poor. Who seeks. These three world-sharers. Pompey.53 POMPEY. POMPEY. POMPEY. I'll pledge it for him. I have kept me from the cup. these competitors. But entertain it. Bear him ashore. How should that be? MENAS. Ah.
Why? ENOBARBUS. That it might go on wheels! ENOBARBUS. It's monstrous labour when I wash my brain And it grows fouler. see'st not? MENAS. CAESAR. ENOBARBUS. .--Strike the vessels. Drink thou. Be a child o' the time. This is not yet an Alexandrian feast. ANTONY. Fill till the cup be hid. Possess it. man. welcome! POMPEY.54 Enobarbus.] MENAS. MENAS. There's a strong fellow. Menas. [Pointing to the servant who carries off LEPIDUS. I'll make answer: But I had rather fast from all four days Than drink so much in one. Come. ANTONY. ENOBARBUS. increase the reels. 'A bears the third part of the world. then.] Ha. would it were all. The third part. [To ANTONY. It ripens towards it. POMPEY. my brave emperor! Shall we dance now the Egyptian Bacchanals And celebrate our drink? POMPEY. ho!-Here is to Caesar! CAESAR. is drunk. I could well forbear't.
-Good Antony.] SONG. Cup us. POMPEY. Plumpy Bacchus with pink eyne! In thy fats our cares be drown'd. down into the boat. let's all take hands. All take hands. and Attendants. Let me request you off: our graver business Frowns at this levity. Come. I'll not on shore. ANTONY. You see we have burnt our cheeks: strong Enobarb Is weaker than the wine. . O Antony. ANTONY. let's part. I'll try you on the shore. sir: give's your hand. and mine own tongue Splits what it speaks: the wild disguise hath almost Antick'd us all. CAESAR. You have my father's house. What needs more words. What would you more?--Pompey.--Gentle lords. POMPEY. good night.55 Let's ha't. ENOBARBUS places them hand in hand. [Music plays.] Menas. [Exeunt POMPEY.-Make battery to our ears with the loud music:-The while I'll place you: then the boy shall sing. your hand. With thy grapes our hairs be crown'd: Cup us. Good brother. Good night.--but. Come. And shall. ENOBARBUS. ANTONY. The holding every man shall bear as loud As his strong sides can volley. Till that the conquering wine hath steep'd our sense In soft and delicate Lethe. what? we are friends. good soldier. Take heed you fall not. Come. till the world go round. till the world go round! CAESAR. thou monarch of the vine. ENOBARBUS.
Whilst yet with Parthian blood thy sword is warm The fugitive Parthians follow. his lieutenant. Pays this for Marcus Crassus. Mesopotamia. and ambition. come. sound out! [A flourish of trumpets. spur through Media.] ENOBARBUS. SILIUS. [Exeunt. in triumph. darting Parthia.56 MENAS. note well. Noble Ventidius. No. [Enter VENTIDIUS. O Silius. with drums. to my cabin. than by our deed Acquire too high a fame when him we serve's away. VENTIDIUS. May make too great an act.--Thy Pacorus. and the shelters whither The routed fly: so thy grand captain Antony Shall set thee on triumphant chariots. Hoo! says 'a. Orodes. Officers and Soldiers. A plain in Syria. and Put garlands on thy head. and now Pleas'd fortune does of Marcus Crassus' death Make me revenger.--There's my cap.] ACT III. Silius. with SILIUS and other Romans. MENAS. Now. For quick accumulation of renown. Which he achiev'd by the minute. art thou struck. I have done enough: a lower place. Hoo!--noble captain. Caesar and Antony have ever won More in their officer. One of my place in Syria. the dead body of PACORUS borne in front.--Bear the king's son's body Before our army. . lost his favour.-These drums!--these trumpets.] VENTIDIUS. Silius. Who does i' the wars more than his captain can Becomes his captain's captain. SCENE I. than person: Sossius.-Better to leave undone. for learn this. flutes! what!-Let Neptune hear we bid a loud farewell To these great fellows: sound and be hang'd.
Since Pompey's feast. I'll humbly signify what in his name. as Menas says. What. with his banners. ENOBARBUS. but how dearly he adores Mark Antony! ENOBARBUS.] SCENE II. are the brothers parted? ENOBARBUS. They have despatch'd with Pompey. and Lepidus. He purposeth to Athens: whither. That magical word of war. We shall appear before him. there. is troubled With the green sickness. that Without the which a soldier and his sword Grants scarce distinction. Thou wilt write to Antony? VENTIDIUS. Nay.] AGRIPPA. Ventidius. with what haste The weight we must convey with's will permit. SILIUS. rather makes choice of loss Than gain which darkens him. Where is he now? VENTIDIUS. The other three are sealing. he is gone. 'Tis a noble Lepidus. An Ante-chamber in CAESAR'S house. and in his offence Should my performance perish. . The ne'er-yet-beaten horse of Parthia We have jaded out o' the field. How. pass along! [Exeunt. Octavia weeps To part from Rome: Caesar is sad.--On. AGRIPPA. how he loves Caesar! AGRIPPA. Rome. I could do more to do Antonius good. But 'twould offend him. meeting. SILIUS. Thou hast. and his well-paid ranks.57 The soldier's virtue. A very fine one: O. [Enter AGRIPPA and ENOBARBUS. we have effected.
AGRIPPA. cast. You take from me a great part of myself. prove such a wife As my thoughts make thee. LEPIDUS.--Adieu. noble Agrippa. [Enter CAESAR. poets. and wonder. number--hoo!-His love to Antony.-This is to horse. But as for Caesar. speak.--Most noble Antony. What's Antony? The god of Jupiter. bards. sing.58 Caesar? Why he's the Jupiter of men. CAESAR. tongues. AGRIPPA. worthy soldier.--yet he loves Antony: Hoo! hearts. But he loves Caesar best. To keep it builded. be the ram to batter The fortress of it. write. and OCTAVIA. Indeed. Kneel down. Spake you of Caesar? How! the nonpareil! AGRIPPA. for better might we Have lov'd without this mean if on both parts . scribes. Use me well in't. cannot Think. and farewell. Let not the piece of virtue which is set Betwixt us as the cement of our love. AGRIPPA. ANTONY. Both he loves. sir. Would you praise Caesar. Good fortune.] ANTONY. ENOBARBUS. and as my furthest band Shall pass on thy approof. say 'Caesar'--go no further.--Sister. No further. Antony! O thou Arabian bird! ENOBARBUS. he plied them both with excellent praises. and he their beetle. O. AGRIPPA. ENOBARBUS. [Trumpets within. figures. They are his shards.] So. ENOBARBUS. kneel down.
And neither way inclines.--Be cheerful. [Aside to AGRIPPA. being a man. ANTONY. Farewell. ANTONY.--the swan's down feather. the least cause For what you seem to fear: so. And these the showers to bring it on. That stands upon the swell at the full of tide.] He were the worse for that.59 This be not cherish'd. and make Thy spirits all of comfort! Fare thee well. and-CAESAR. Though you be therein curious. My noble brother!-ANTONY. CAESAR. What. ENOBARBUS. The April's in her eyes: it is love's spring. the gods keep you. I'll tell you in your ear. Make me not offended In your distrust. ENOBARBUS. You shall not find. I have said. OCTAVIA. [Aside to ENOBARBUS. OCTAVIA.] He has a cloud in's face. nor can Her heart inform her tongue. . Sir. fare thee well: The elements be kind to thee.] Will Caesar weep? AGRIPPA. So is he. CAESAR. ANTONY. look well to my husband's house. Octavia? OCTAVIA. my dearest sister. Her tongue will not obey her heart. [Aside to AGRIPPA. And make the hearts of Romans serve your ends! We will here part. were he a horse.
] SCENE III. ENOBARBUS. A Room in the Palace. come. I'll wrestle with you in my strength of love: Look. CHARMIAN. You shall hear from me still.60 AGRIPPA. sir. When Antony found Julius Caesar dead. IRAS. [Enter CLEOPATRA. Where is the fellow? ALEXAS.] Why. ANTONY.] CLEOPATRA. Go to. Alexandria. Adieu. No. Come. [Aside to ENOBARBUS. Farewell. and ALEXAS.] That year. Exeunt. go to. [Aside to AGRIPPA. be happy! LEPIDUS. CLEOPATRA. thus I let you go. Enobarbus. Let all the number of the stars give light To thy fair way! CAESAR. sweet Octavia. here I have you. And give you to the gods. CAESAR. and he wept When at Philippi he found Brutus slain. indeed. farewell! [Kisses OCTAVIA.] ANTONY. . What willingly he did confound he wail'd: Believe't till I weep too. CAESAR. he was troubled with a rheum. Half afear'd to come. Farewell! [Trumpets sound within. He cried almost to roaring. the time shall not Out-go my thinking on you.
CHARMIAN. That's not so good:--he cannot like her long. Like her! O Isis! 'tis impossible. CLEOPATRA. Ay. in Rome I look'd her in the face. madam. MESSENGER. Didst thou behold Octavia? MESSENGER. Is she as tall as me? MESSENGER. I heard her speak: she is low-voic'd. She is not. CLEOPATRA. CLEOPATRA. CLEOPATRA. Didst hear her speak? is she shrill-tongu'd or low? MESSENGER. Where? MESSENGER. CLEOPATRA. Most gracious majesty.61 [Enter a Messenger. I think so. ALEXAS. Through whom I might command it?--Come thou near. Madam. Madam. . Charmian: dull of tongue and dwarfish!-What majesty is in her gait? Remember.] Come hither. Good majesty. CLEOPATRA. Herod of Jewry dare not look upon you But when you are well pleas'd. sir. That Herod's head I'll have: but how? when Antony is gone. and saw her led Between her brother and Mark Antony. dread queen.-CLEOPATRA.
Three in Egypt Cannot make better note.-Her hair. Widow!--Charmian. what colour? MESSENGER. Guess at her years. MESSENGER. I pr'ythee. madam: and her forehead As low as she would wish it.62 If e'er thou look'dst on majesty. She shows a body rather than a life. Or I have no observance. For the most part. CLEOPATRA. . CLEOPATRA. She creeps. Is this certain? MESSENGER. MESSENGER. And I do think she's thirty. CLEOPATRA. Brown.-Her motion and her station are as one. I do perceive't:--there's nothing in her yet:-The fellow has good judgment. He's very knowing. Madam. Bear'st thou her face in mind? is't long or round? MESSENGER. CHARMIAN. CLEOPATRA. She was a widow. CLEOPATRA. hark! MESSENGER. CLEOPATRA. they are foolish that are so. A statue than a breather. too. Round even to faultiness. CHARMIAN. Excellent.
The man hath seen some majesty. methinks. This creature's no such thing. Athens. madam. CHARMIAN. Octavia. And serving you so long! CLEOPATRA. I find thee Most fit for business:--go make thee ready. [Enter ANTONY and OCTAVIA. by him. and should know. CLEOPATRA. There's gold for thee. When the best hint was given him. A Room in ANTONY'S House. [Exeunt. [Exit Messenger. CHARMIAN. I have one thing more to ask him yet. good Charmian: But 'tis no matter.63 CLEOPATRA.-That were excusable. Or did it from his teeth. nay. I warrant you. Why. Nay. A proper man. that and thousands more Of semblable import--but he hath wag'd New wars 'gainst Pompey. and read it To public ear: Spoke scandy of me: when perforce he could not But pay me terms of honour. . made his will. All may be well enough. he is so: I repent me much That so I harried him.] ANTONY. Hath he seen majesty? Isis else defend. Our letters are prepar'd. Thou must not take my former sharpness ill:-I will employ thee back again. thou shalt bring him to me Where I will write.] CHARMIAN. CLEOPATRA. cold and sickly He vented them:most narrow measure lent me. he not took't.] SCENE IV. madam. CHARMIAN. Indeed. Nothing. not only that.
Let your best love draw to that point which seeks Best to preserve it: if I lose mine honour. bless my lord and husband!' Undo that prayer by crying out as loud 'O. sir. Prays and destroys the prayer. ANTONY. ANTONY. and command what cost Your heart has mind to. If this division chance. Choose your own company. Provide your going. as you requested. But. I lose myself: better I were not yours Than yours so branchless. [Enter ENOBARBUS and EROS. OCTAVIA. ENOBARBUS. Athens. meeting. A more unhappy lady. lady. [Exeunt. friend Eros! EROS. ne'er stood between. Yourself shall go between's: the meantime. Praying for both parts: Sure the good gods will mock me presently When I shall pray 'O. most weak.] SCENE V.64 OCTAVIA. So your desires are yours. Believe not all. The Jove of power make me. for our faults Can never be so equal that your love Can equally move with them. Your reconciler! Wars 'twixt you twain would be As if the world should cleave. . Gentle Octavia. There's strange news come.] ENOBARBUS. Thanks to my lord. most weak. O my good lord. win brother. When it appears to you where this begins. Stomach not all. no mid-way 'Twixt these extremes at all. How now. or if you must believe. and that slain men Should solder up the rift. I'll raise the preparation of a war Shall stain your brother: make your soonest haste. Turn your displeasure that way. bless my brother!' Husband win. Another Room in ANTONY'S House.
ENOBARBUS. Contemning Rome. My lord desires you presently: my news I might have told hereafter. he has done all this. accuses him of letters he had formerly wrote to Pompey. Here's the manner of't:-I' the market-place. This is old: what is the success? EROS. world. Domitius.] CAESAR. Rome.] SCENE VI. man? EROS. EROS. cries 'Fool Lepidus!' And threats the throat of that his officer That murder'd Pompey. upon his own appeal. And throw between them all the food thou hast. would not let him partake in the glory of the action: and not resting here. ENOBARBUS. He's walking in the garden--thus. Where's Antony? EROS. EROS. ENOBARBUS. presently denied him rivality.--Bring me to Antony. ENOBARBUS. They'll grind the one the other. Come. A Room in CAESAR'S House. and spurns The rush that lies before him.65 What. till death enlarge his confine. But let it be. Then. Caesar and Lepidus have made wars upon Pompey. Caesar. [Enter CAESAR. [Exeunt. on a tribunal silver'd. and MAECENAS. having made use of him in the wars 'gainst Pompey. thou hast a pair of chaps. For Italy and Caesar. seizes him: so the poor third is up. and more. In Alexandria. More. Our great navy's rigg'd. AGRIPPA. Cleopatra and himself in chairs of gold Were publicly enthron'd: at the feet sat . 'Twill be naught. no more. sir.
AGRIPPA. queasy with his insolence Already. He gave to Alexander. so. Cyprus. His sons he there proclaim'd the kings of kings: Great Media. that we detain All his revenue. Sir. AGRIPPA. CAESAR. and oft before gave audience. and messenger gone. having in Sicily Sextus Pompeius spoil'd. MAECENAS. Let Rome be thus Inform'd. The people knows it: and have now receiv'd His accusations. Cilicia. this should be answer'd. will their good thoughts call from him. being. Caesar: and that. 'Tis done already. we had not rated him His part o' the isle: then does he say he lent me Some shipping. That he his high authority abus'd. Who does he accuse? CAESAR. whom they call my father's son. Parthia. made her Of lower Syria. unrestor'd: lastly. And all the unlawful issue that their lust Since then hath made between them.66 Caesarion. to Ptolemy he assign'd Syria. and Phoenicia: she In the habiliments of the goddess Isis That day appear'd. Absolute queen. Unto her He gave the 'stablishment of Egypt. where they exercise. This in the public eye? CAESAR. CAESAR. I' the common show-place. Who. and Armenia. and. And did deserve his change: for what I have conquer'd . he frets That Lepidus of the triumvirate Should be depos'd. Lydia. As 'tis reported. I have told him Lepidus was grown too cruel. AGRIPPA. MAECENAS.
MAECENAS. Caesar. Rais'd by your populous troops: but you are come A market-maid to Rome. nor have you cause. Which soon he granted. OCTAVIA. the trees by the way Should have borne men. and expectation fainted. most dear Caesar! CAESAR. [Enter OCTAVIA. You have not call'd me so. in his Armenia And other of his conquer'd kingdoms. Good my lord. Hearing that you prepar'd for war. . Longing for what it had not. supplying every stage With an augmented greeting. Mark Antony. we should have met you By sea and land. OCTAVIA. with her train.] OCTAVIA. and have prevented The ostentation of our love. but then. but did it On my free will. To come thus was I not constrain'd. the dust Should have ascended to the roof of heaven. nay.67 I grant him part. my lord. and The neighs of horse to tell of her approach Long ere she did appear. I Demand the like. CAESAR. Being an obstruct 'tween his lust and him. My lord. CAESAR. and my lord! hail. That ever I should call thee castaway! OCTAVIA. Hail. CAESAR. acquainted My grieved ear withal: whereon I begg'd His pardon for return. Nor must not then be yielded to in this. which left unshown Is often left unlov'd. He'll never yield to that. Do not say so. Why have you stol'n upon us thus? You come not Like Caesar's sister: the wife of Antony Should have an army for an usher.
To do you justice. with More larger list of sceptres. King Manchus of Arabia. My lord.68 CAESAR. most large In his abominations. Till we perceiv'd both how you were wrong led And we in negligent danger. Welcome hither: Your letters did withhold our breaking forth. And ever welcome to us. Where is he now? OCTAVIA. The kings of Mede and Lycaonia. That do afflict each other! CAESAR. That have my heart parted betwixt two friends. And his affairs come to me on the wind. But let determin'd things to destiny Hold unbewail'd their way. Welcome. which drives O'er your content these strong necessities. Welcome. turns you off. CAESAR. King of Pont. And gives his potent regiment to a trull That noises it against us. Polemon and Amyntas. He hath given his empire Up to a whore. . Herod of Jewry. in Athens. OCTAVIA. who now are levying The kings o' theearth for war: he hath assembled Bocchus. my most wronged sister. You are abus'd Beyond the mark of thought: and the high gods. the king of Libya. I have eyes upon him. king Of Comagene. dear madam. Mithridates. Ay me. Each heart in Rome does love and pity you: Only theadulterous Antony. the Thracian king. Cheer your heart: Be you not troubled with the time. most wretched. MAECENAS. AGRIPPA. lady. make their ministers Of us and those that love you. Cleopatra Hath nodded him to her. Welcome to Rome. Nothing more dear to me. Archelaus Of Cappadocia. Adallas. king Of Paphlagonia. Philadelphos. No. Best of comfort.
CLEOPATRA. from's time. I could reply:-If we should serve with horse and mares together The horse were merely lost. . Take from his heart. And say'st it is not fit. Your presence needs must puzzle Antony. doubt it not. take from his brain. is it? CLEOPATRA. Sister.] SCENE VII. ANTONY'S Camp near the Promontory of Actium. He is already Traduc'd for levity: and 'tis said in Rome That Photinus an eunuch and your maids Manage this war. why? CLEOPATRA. the mares would bear A soldier and his horse. as the president of my kingdom. why should not we Be there in person? ENOBARBUS. Well. Sink Rome. why. welcome: pray you Be ever known to patience: my dear'st sister! [Exeunt. But why.] CLEOPATRA. will Appear there for a man. Speak not against it. ENOBARBUS. [Aside. Is it so. What is't you say? ENOBARBUS. CLEOPATRA. Thou hast forspoke my being in these wars. and their tongues rot That speak against us! A charge we bear i' the war. What should not then be spar'd.69 OCTAVIA. And. ENOBARBUS. [Enter CLEOPATRA and ENOBARBUS. I will be even with thee. sir? CAESAR.] Well. If not denounc'd against us. is it. Most certain.
And take in Toryne?--You have heard on't. Where Caesar fought with Pompey. Being prepar'd for land. And so should you. I have done. Why will my lord do so? ANTONY.70 I will not stay behind. sweet? CLEOPATRA. Here comes the emperor. reapers. That from Tarentum and Brundusium He could so quickly cut the Ionian sea.] ANTONY. people Ingross'd by swift impress. Ay. Nay. ENOBARBUS. Your ships are not well mann'd: Your mariners are muleteers. Is it not strange. A good rebuke. ANTONY. yours heavy: no disgrace Shall fall you for refusing him at sea.--Canidius. CANIDIUS. . But these offers. ANTONY. [Enter ANTONY and CANIDIUS. So hath my lord dar'd him to single fight. Celerity is never more admir'd Than by the negligent. Which might have well becom'd the best of men To taunt at slackness. in Caesar's fleet Are those that often have 'gainst Pompey fought: Their ships are yare. Which serve not for his vantage. he shakes off. Canidius. ENOBARBUS. By sea! what else? CANIDIUS. For that he dares us to't. and to wage this battle at Pharsalia. we Will fight with him by sea. CLEOPATRA. ENOBARBUS.
quite forgo The way which promises assurance. CLEOPATRA. ANTONY. And. ANTONY.--Canidius.71 By sea. from the head of Actium Beat the approaching Caesar. worthy soldier? SOLDIER. leave unexecuted Your own renowned knowledge. ENOBARBUS. But if we fail. Distract your army. my Thetis! [Enter a SOLDIER. Can he be there in person? 'tis impossible-Strange that his power should be. Our overplus of shipping will we burn.--We'll to our ship: Away. ANTONY. Trust not to rotten planks: do you misdoubt This sword and these my wounds? Let the Egyptians And the Phoenicians go a-ducking: we Have us'd to conquer standing on the earth And fighting foot to foot.] How now. Caesar none better. [Enter a Messenger. with the rest full-mann'd. my lord: he is descried. The news is true. do not fight by sea. Our nineteen legions thou shalt hold by land. Caesar has taken Toryne. We then can do't at land. ANTONY. I'll fight at sea. . Most worthy sir. And our twelve thousand horse. O noble emperor. which doth most consist Of war-mark'd footmen. and Give up yourself merely to chance and hazard From firm security.] Thy business? MESSENGER. by sea. I have sixty sails. you therein throw away The absolute soldiership you have by land.
Marcus Justeius. SOLDIER. By Hercules.] SOLDIER. and ENOBARBUS. do you not? CANIDIUS. Well I know the man. [Exeunt. [Enter a Messenger. and throes forth Each minute some. CANIDIUS. A plain near Actium. This speed of Caesar's Carries beyond belief. and others.] MESSENGER. Who's his lieutenant. While he was yet in Rome His power went out in such distractions as Beguil'd all spies.] CAESAR. I think I am i' the right. CLEOPATRA. You keep by land The legions and the horse whole. And we are women's men. hear you? SOLDIER.] SCENE VIII. well:--away. and Caelius are for sea: But we keep whole by land. Officers. CANIDIUS.72 Well. SOLDIER. The Emperor calls Canidius. Soldier. . TAURUS. They say one Taurus. CANIDIUS. thou art: but his whole action grows Not in the power on't: so our leader's led. Marcus Octavius. CANIDIUS. Publicola. [Enter CAESAR. [Exeunt ANTONY. With news the time's with labour.
Another part of the Plain. [Exeunt. Enter ENOBARBUS. My lord? CAESAR. provoke not battle Till we have done at sea. the Lieutenant of CAESAR. naught. Gods and goddesses. we have kiss'd away Kingdoms and provinces. keep whole. [Enter SCARUS.] ENOBARBUS. Another part of the Plain. all naught! I can behold no longer: The Antoniad. . With all their sixty. And so proceed accordingly. fly and turn the rudder: To see't mine eyes are blasted.73 Taurus. Naught. What's thy passion? SCARUS. [Exeunt.] SCENE X.] SCENE IX. [Enter ANTONY and ENOBARBUS. The greater cantle of the world is lost With very ignorance. and TAURUS.] SCARUS. with his Army. In eye of Caesar's battle. All the whole synod of them! ENOBARBUS. marching with his land Army one way. is heard the noise of a sea-fight.] [Alarum. Strike not by land. the other way.-TAURUS. [Enter CANIDIUS. from which place We may the number of the ships behold. Do not exceed The prescript of this scroll: our fortune lies Upon this jump. Set we our squadrons on yon side o' the hill. the Egyptian admiral.] ANTONY. After their going in.
She once being loof'd.-Hoists sails and flies. and could not Endure a further view. are you thereabouts? Why. That I beheld: Mine eyes did sicken at the sight. Our fortune on the sea is out of breath. six kings already . And sinks most lamentably. and there I will attend What further comes. he has given example for our flight Most grossly by his own! ENOBARBUS. To Caesar will I render My legions and my horse.-The breese upon her. like a cow in June. CANIDIUS. manhood. When vantage like a pair of twins appear'd. How appears the fight? SCARUS. honour. then. CANIDIUS. 'Tis easy to't.74 ENOBARBUS. it had gone well: O. The noble ruin of her magic. On our side like the token'd pestilence. ENOBARBUS. alack! [Enter CANIDIUS.-Whom leprosy o'ertake!--i' the midst o' the fight. Yon ribaudred nag of Egypt. like a doting mallard. Toward Peloponnesus are they fled. Claps on his sea-wing. ne'er before Did violate so itself. ENOBARBUS. good night indeed. Both as the same. and. SCARUS. Had our general Been what he knew himself. Where death is sure. Leaving the fight in height.] CANIDIUS. Antony. Experience. or rather ours the elder. Ay. flies after her: I never saw an action of such shame. SCARUS. Alack.
] SCENE XI. EROS following. I have fled myself. . let that be left Which leaves itself: to the sea-side straightway: I will possess you of that ship and treasure. [Sits down. be gone. gentle madam. ANTONY. [Exeunt. I follow'd that I blush to look upon: My very hairs do mutiny. a little: pray you now:-Nay. Leave me. Nor make replies of loathness: take the hint Which my despair proclaims. Therefore I pray you:--I'll see you by and by. for indeed I have lost command. IRAS. take that. ENOBARBUS.--Friends. I pray. fly. and have instructed cowards To run and show their shoulders. take it.] ANTONY. Pray you.--Friends. ALL. Fly! Not we. I have myself resolv'd upon a course Which has no need of you.75 Show me the way of yielding. Nay. And make your peace with Caesar. though my reason Sits in the wind against me. Hark! the land bids me tread no more upon't. do so. be gone: you shall Have letters from me to some friends that will Sweep your way for you.--O. My treasure's in the harbour.-It is asham'd to bear me. to him!--comfort him.--Friends. be gone. divide it. led by CHARMIAN and IRAS. come hither: I am so lated in the world that I Have lost my way for ever:--I have a ship Laden with gold.] EROS.] [Enter CLEOPATRA. and they them For fear and doting. for the white Reprove the brown for rashness. [Enter ANTONY and attendants. A Room in the Palace. I'll yet follow The wounded chance of Antony. look not sad. Alexandria.
he alone Dealt on lieutenantry. sir. the queen approaches: Her head's declin'd. CLEOPATRA. sir? ANTONY. yes. Yes. O. The queen.-ANTONY. O Juno! ANTONY. Madam. Sir.-IRAS. EROS. Go to him.76 Do. most dear queen. my lord. No. what else? CLEOPATRA. Madam. my lord. fie. fie. fie! CHARMIAN.--O! EROS. CLEOPATRA. Ah. and death will seize her. no. madam. EROS. but Your comfort makes the rescue. See you here.-EROS.--sustain me. . no. Most noble sir. stand by. O good empress. CHARMIAN. arise.--he at Philippi kept His sword e'en like a dancer. no. Let me sit down. Do! why. Well then. the queen! IRAS. while I struck The lean and wrinkled Cassius. and 'twas I That the mad Brutus ended. and no practice had In the brave squares of war: yet now--no matter. no. speak to him: He is unqualitied with very shame.
Is he come back?--Love. Making and marring fortunes. one of them rates All that is won and lost: give me a kiss. thou knew'st too well My heart was to thy rudder tied by the strings. and that My sword. O. Egypt? See How I convey my shame out of thine eyes By looking back. Even this repays me. what I have left behind 'Stroy'd in dishonour. EROS. my lord. Egypt. Fall not a tear. who With half the bulk o' the world play'd as I pleas'd. pardon! ANTONY. CLEOPATRA. the queen.] .-Some wine. And thou shouldst tow me after: o'er my spirit Thy full supremacy thou knew'st. Sir. Now I must To the young man send humble treaties. CLEOPATRA. and that Thy beck might from the bidding of the gods Command me. ANTONY. O. Pardon. Forgive my fearful sails! I little thought You would have follow'd. whither hast thou led me. You did know How much you were my conqueror. I have offended reputation. ANTONY.--We sent our schoolmaster. and our viands!--Fortune knows We scorn her most when most she offers blows. my pardon! ANTONY. CLEOPATRA. I say. within there. made weak by my affection. would Obey it on all cause. O my lord.-A most unnoble swerving. dodge And palter in the shifts of lowness. I am full of lead.77 ANTONY. [Exeunt.
CAESAR. Or take his life there: this if she perform. Be't so: declare thine office. The queen Of audience nor desire shall fail. 'tis his schoolmaster: An argument that he is pluck'd. and to thee sues To let him breathe between the heavens and earth. Which had superfluous kings for messengers Not many moons gone by. [Enter CAESAR. EUPHRONIUS. Let him appear that's come from Antony. So to them both. Approach.] CAESAR. For Antony. CAESAR'S camp in Egypt. Next. so she From Egypt drive her all-disgraced friend. EUPHRONIUS. Submits her to thy might. Such as I am.78 SCENE XII. Lord of his fortunes he salutes thee. when hither He sends so poor a pinion of his wing. She shall not sue unheard. Fortune pursue thee! CAESAR. and of thee craves The circle of the Ptolemies for her heirs. A private man in Athens: this for him. . DOLABELLA. and speak. EUPHRONIUS. THYREUS. 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. [Enter EUPHRONIUS.-Know you him? DOLABELLA. and Requires to live in Egypt: which not granted. Caesar. He lessens his requests. Now hazarded to thy grace. I have no ears to his request.] CAESAR. with others. CAESAR. Cleopatra does confess thy greatness.
and die. and IRAS. Alexandria. Promise. Despatch. . add more. which we Will answer as a law. I go. Is Antony or we in fault for this? ENOBARBUS. that would make his will Lord of his reason. Think. but want will perjure The ne'er-touch'd vestal: try thy cunning. [Exit EUPHRONIUS. And what thou think'st his very action speaks In every power that moves. What shall we do.79 Bring him through the bands. What though you fled From that great face of war. Caesar. what she requires. Make thine own edict for thy pains. CAESAR. whose several ranges Frighted each other? why should he follow? The itch of his affection should not then Have nick'd his captainship. [Enter CLEOPATRA.] SCENE XIII.] [To THYREUS. he being The mered question. Pr'ythee. peace. offers: women are not In their best fortunes strong. From thine invention. From Antony win Cleopatra. CHARMIAN. THYREUS. When half to half the world oppos'd. Observe how Antony becomes his flaw. ENOBARBUS. to course your flying flags And leave his navy gazing. 'twas a shame no less Than was his loss. CLEOPATRA. THYREUS. And in our name. at such a point. now 'tis time. I shall. Caesar. Antony only. A Room in the Palace. CLEOPATRA. Thyreus.] CLEOPATRA. [Exeunt.] To try thy eloquence. Enobarbus? ENOBARBUS.
] EUPHRONIUS. A messenger from Caesar.] ANTONY. so she Will yield us up. CLEOPATRA. Knowing all measures. my lord? ANTONY. To him again: tell him he wears the rose Of youth upon him. the full Caesar will Answer his emptiness!--Caesar.--I see men's judgments are A parcel of their fortunes. May be a coward's. And he will fill thy wishes to the brim With principalities.-To the boy Caesar send this grizzled head. my lord. [Exeunt ANTONY and EUPHRONIUS. ANTONY. The queen shall then have courtesy. like enough high-battled Caesar will Unstate his happiness. Ay. and things outward Do draw the inward quality after them. sword against sword. EUPHRONIUS. And answer me declin'd. legions. and be stag'd to the show Against a sworder. ships. whose ministers would prevail Under the service of a child as soon As i' the command of Caesar: I dare him therefore To lay his gay comparisons apart. Is that his answer? EUPHRONIUS. Ourselves alone. thou hast subdu'd His judgment too.] ATTENDANT.80 [Enter ANTONY. Let her know't. with EUPHRONIUS. To suffer all alike. That he should dream. I'll write it: follow me. That head. [Enter an Attendant. . Yes. He says so. from which the world should note Something particular: his coins. ANTONY.
Hear it apart. None but friends: say boldly. you know Whose he is we are. but as you fear'd him.-Thus then. So. O! THYREUS. as Caesar has. The loyalty well held to fools does make Our faith mere folly:--yet he that can endure To follow with allegiance a fallen lord Does conquer him that did his master conquer. [Aside. Caesar's will? THYREUS. CLEOPATRA. Go on: right royal. are they friends to Antony. Or needs not us. ENOBARBUS. haply. [Exit Attendant. [Enter THYREUS. He needs as many. and that is Caesar's. . CLEOPATRA. sir.] Mine honesty and I begin to square. THYREUS. thou most renown'd: Caesar entreats Not to consider in what case thou stand'st Further than he is Caesar.] CLEOPATRA. no more ceremony?--See. sir. my women!-Against the blown rose may they stop their nose That kneel'd unto the buds. THYREUS. What. If Caesar please. our master Will leap to be his friend: for us.81 CLEOPATRA. He knows that you embrace not Antony As you did love. CLEOPATRA. And earns a place i' the story. THYREUS. So.] ENOBARBUS.--Admit him.
when he hath mus'd of taking kingdoms in. [Aside. thou art so leaky That we must leave thee to thy sinking. for Thy dearest quit thee. [Exit. 'Tis your noblest course. And put yourself under his shroud. Not as deserv'd. CLEOPATRA. My name is Thyreus. He is a god. Wisdom and fortune combating together. sir. I will ask Antony.--Sir. What's your name? THYREUS. Give me grace to lay My duty on your hand.82 The scars upon your honour. CLEOPATRA. If that the former dare but what it can. Most kind messenger. who is The universal landlord. and knows What is most right: mine honour was not yielded. No chance may shake it. It much would please him That of his fortunes you should make a staff To lean upon: but it would warm his spirits To hear from me you had left Antony. and there to kneel: Tell him. . Your Caesar's father Oft. Say to great Caesar this:--in deputation I kiss his conquring hand: tell him I am prompt To lay my crown at's feet. he Does pity.] THYREUS. from his all-obeying breath I hear The doom of Egypt. But conquer'd merely. THYREUS. ENOBARBUS.] To be sure of that. as constrained blemishes. Bestow'd his lips on that unworthy place. CLEOPATRA. Shall I say to Caesar What you require of him? for he partly begs To be desir'd to give. CLEOPATRA. therefore.
THYMUS. ANTONY.] You were half blasted ere I knew you. Till like a boy you see him cringe his face. [Enter Attendants. and worthiest To have command obey'd.--what's her name Since she was Cleopatra?--Whip him. Favours. [Aside.] Take hence this Jack and whip him. by Jove that thunders!-What art thou.--Ah. 'Tis better playing with a lion's whelp Than with an old one dying.-ANTONY.-[Exeunt Attendants with THYREUS. when I cried 'Ho!' Like boys unto a muss. you kite!--Now. should I find them So saucy with the hand of she here.83 As it rain'd kisses. Mark Antony. gods and devils! Authority melts from me: of late. Bring him again. [Re-enter ANTONY and ENOBARBUS. One that but performs The bidding of the fullest man.--Were't twenty of the greatest tributaries That do acknowledge Caesar.] You will be whipp'd. Moon and stars! Whip him. Approach there.--This Jack of Caesar's shall Bear us an errand to him. Tug him away: being whipp'd. ANTONY. And whine aloud for mercy: take him hence. . kings would start forth And cry 'Your will?' Have you no ears? I am Antony yet. ENOBARBUS. fellows. fellow? THYREUS.--Ha! Have I my pillow left unpress'd in Rome.] ANTONY. ENOBARBUS.
You know not what it is. your hand. In our own filth drop our clear judgments: make us Adore our errors. And by a gem of women. And to proclaim it civilly were like A halter'd neck which does the hangman thank For being yare about him.84 Forborne the getting of a lawful race. CLEOPATRA. laugh at's while we strut To our confusion. besides what hotter hours. You have been a boggler ever:-But when we in our viciousness grow hard.-ANTONY. this kingly seal And plighter of high hearts!--O that I were Upon the hill of Basan. O. [Re-enter Attendants with THYREUS. to outroar The horned herd! for I have savage cause. Though you can guess what temperance should be. you have Luxuriously pick'd out:--for I am sure. And say 'God quit you!' be familiar with My playfellow. . Wherefore is this? ANTONY.] Is he whipp'd? FIRST ATTENDANT. CLEOPATRA. my lord. Unregist'red in vulgar fame. Cried he? and begg'd he pardon? FIRST ATTENDANT. nay. Soundly. ANTONY. you were a fragment Of Cneius Pompey's. I found you as a morsel cold upon Dead Caesar's trencher. To let a fellow that will take rewards. Good my lord. is't come to this? ANTONY. to be abus'd By one that looks on feeders? CLEOPATRA.-O misery on't!--the wise gods seal our eyes.
harping on what I am. [Exit THYREUS. Not what he knew I was: he makes me angry. let him repent Thou wast not made his daughter. and it portends alone The fall of Antony! CLEOPATRA. or hang.--Get thee back to Caesar. whom He may at pleasure. Have you done yet? ANTONY. be gone. As he shall like. Not know me yet? ANTONY.] CLEOPATRA. Shake thou to look on't. From my cold heart let heaven engender hail. to quit me: urge it thou: Hence with thy stripes. my enfranched bondman. If he mislike My speech and what is done. I must stay his time. and be thou sorry To follow Caesar in his triumph. whip. If that thy father live. Have empty left their orbs. since Thou hast been whipp'd for following him: henceforth The white hand of a lady fever thee. When my good stars. Cold-hearted toward me? CLEOPATRA. And at this time most easy 'tis to do't. and shot their fires Into the abysm of hell. if I be so. Ah. our terrene moon Is now eclips'd. so Dissolve my life! The next Caesarion smite! . ANTONY. for he seems Proud and disdainful. To flatter Caesar. or torture. Tell him thy entertainment: look thou say He makes me angry with him. that were my former guides. Alack.85 He did ask favour. and the first stone Drop in my neck: as it determines. tell him he has Hipparchus. ANTONY. dear. And poison it in the source. would you mingle eyes With one that ties his points? CLEOPATRA.
Our force by land Hath nobly held: our sever'd navy to Have knit again. It is my birthday. for I will contend Even with his pestilent scythe. I am satisfied. CLEOPATRA. breath'd. I had thought t'have held it poor. Caesar sits down in Alexandria. Together with my brave Egyptians all. we'll speak to them: and to-night I'll force The wine peep through their scars. CLEOPATRA. but since my lord Is Antony again I will be Cleopatra.--Come on. my queen. Do so.] ENOBARBUS. Lie graveless.86 Till. By the discandying of this pelleted storm. Let's have one other gaudy night: call to me All my sad captains. I will appear in blood: I and my sword will earn our chronicle: There's hope in't yet. lady? If from the field I shall return once more To kiss these lips. once more Let's mock the midnight bell. [Exeunt all but ENOBARBUS. men did ransom lives Of me for jests. the memory of my womb. I will be treble-sinew'd. We will yet do well. my heart?--Dost thou hear. hearted. . but now I'll set my teeth. Call all his noble captains to my lord.--till the flies and gnats of Nile Have buried them for prey! ANTONY. threat'ning most sea-like. And send to darkness all that stop me. And fight maliciously: for when mine hours Were nice and lucky. by degrees. There's sap in't yet. That's my brave lord! ANTONY. Where hast thou been. CLEOPATRA. ANTONY. The next time I do fight I'll make death love me. where I will oppose his fate. ANTONY. and fleet.--Come. fill our bowls.
my messenger He hath whip'd with rods. ANTONY. and I see still A diminution in our captain's brain Restores his heart: when valour preys on reason. To be furious Is to be frighted out of fear. He calls me boy.] ACT IV. [Exit. MAECENAS.87 Now he'll outstare the lightning. Why should he not? .] ANTONY. CHARMIAN. Enough to fetch him in. No. CAESAR. Give him no breath. ENOBARBUS. and others. He will not fight with me. Alexandria.--Within our files there are Of those that serv'd Mark Antony but late. Caesar to Antony:--let the old ruffian know I have many other ways to die. Poor Antony! [Exeunt. A Room in the Palace. Domitius? ENOBARBUS. SCENE I. I will seek Some way to leave him. CAESAR'S Camp at Alexandria. CLEOPATRA. meantime Laugh at his challenge. and in that mood The dove will peck the estridge. Let our best heads Know that to-morrow the last of many battles We mean to fight. Caesar must think When one so great begins to rage. MAECENAS. ALEXAS.] CAESAR. dares me to personal combat. he's hunted Even to falling. And they have earn'd the waste. and chides as he had power To beat me out of Egypt. See it done: And feast the army. and others.] SCENE II. [Enter CAESAR reading a letter. we have store to do't. It eats the sword it fights with. [Enter ANTONY. IRAS. AGRIPPA. but now Make boot of his distraction:--never anger Made good guard for itself.
Well. CLEOPATRA. SERVANT. Woo't thou fight well? ENOBARBUS. being twenty times of better fortune. The gods forbid! ANTONY. and make as much of me As when mine empire was your fellow too.] What does he mean? ENOBARBUS. that I might do you service So good as you have done.--and thou.' ANTONY. I'll strike. [Aside to ENOBARBUS.] What means this? ENOBARBUS. my good fellows. ANTONY. ANTONY. And all of you clapp'd up together in An Antony. He thinks. wait on me to-night: Scant not my cups.--so hast thou. He is twenty men to one.] 'Tis one of those odd tricks which sorrow shoots Out of the mind. And kings have been your fellows. [Aside to CLEOPATRA. Thou has been rightly honest.88 ENOBARBUS. By sea and land I'll fight.--and thou. and cry 'Take all. come on. soldier. I wish I could be made so many men.] Give me thy hand. Well said. Or bathe my dying honour in the blood Shall make it live again.-Thou. And suffer'd my command. [Aside to ENOBARBUS. To-morrow.--you have serv'd me well. or I will live.-[Enter Servants. And thou art honest too. CLEOPATRA. .-Call forth my household servants: let's to-night Be bounteous at our meal.
if I meant it thus! Grace grow where those drops fall! My hearty friends. sir. It will determine one way: fare you well. For I spake to you for your comfort. an ass. stay till death: Tend me to-night two hours. And I. Transform us not to women. [Enter two Soldiers to their guard. am onion-ey'd: for shame. Ho.--did desire you To burn this night with torches: know. To give them this discomfort? Look. I look on you As one that takes his leave. my hearts. Brother. And the gods yield you for't! ENOBARBUS. come.] FIRST SOLDIER. like a master Married to your good service. ho! Now the witch take me. [Exeunt.] To make his followers weep. good night: to-morrow is the day. I ask no more. they weep. I hope well of to-morrow. A mangled shadow: perchance to-morrow You'll serve another master. What news? SECOND SOLDIER. Belike 'tis but a rumour. Nothing. ANTONY. SECOND SOLDIER. Alexandria. and will lead you Where rather I'll expect victorious life Than death and honour. ho.] SCENE III. Tend me to-night.89 [Aside to CLEOPATRA. Let's to supper. FIRST SOLDIER. ANTONY. . And drown consideration. or if. Heard you of nothing strange about the streets? FIRST SOLDIER. May be it is the period of your duty: Haply you shall not see me more. Good night to you. but. You take me in too dolorous a sense. Mine honest friends. I turn you not away. What mean you. Before the Palace.
Good night.90 Well. Peace. Under the earth. Soldiers.] SECOND SOLDIER. does it not? THIRD SOLDIER. sir. Here we: [The third and fourth take their posts. FIRST SOLDIER. good night. whom Antony lov'd. I say! What should this mean? SECOND SOLDIER. No. Now leaves him. list! SECOND SOLDIER. List. Hark! FIRST SOLDIER. 'Tis the god Hercules. And full of purpose. what noise? FIRST SOLDIER.] FOURTH SOLDIER. Music i' the air.] and if to-morrow Our navy thrive. have careful watch. [Enter two other Soldiers. THIRD SOLDIER. [Music as of hautboys under the stage. THIRD SOLDIER. And you. I have an absolute hope Our landmen will stand up. 'Tis a brave army. good night. Peace. . [The first two place themselves at their posts. It signs well.] FOURTH SOLDIER. FOURTH SOLDIER. THIRD SOLDIER.
and others attending. Follow the noise so far as we have quarter.-If fortune be not ours to-day. No.] Come. my chuck.] SECOND SOLDIER. How now. [Enter ANTONY and CLEOPATRA. What's this for? . Eros! mine armour. ANTONY. let's see if other watchmen Do hear what we do.] How now! How now! Do you hear this? FIRST SOLDIER. Eros! [Enter EROS with armour. IRAS. [They advance to another post. I'll help too. [Exeunt. A Room in the Palace.91 FIRST SOLDIER. Ay. it is Because we brave her. Nay. Walk.] ANTONY. good fellow. put mine iron on. Eros! CLEOPATRA. is't not strange? THIRD SOLDIER.--Come. Sleep a little. 'Tis strange. masters? do you hear? FIRST SOLDIER. [Speaking together. [Speaking together.--Eros! Come. CLEOPATRA. mine armour. Let's see how it will give off. Alexandria.] SCENE IV.] Content. Do you hear. SOLDIERS. masters! SOLDIERS. CHARMIAN.
general. shall hear a storm. Is not this buckled well? ANTONY. I'll help: thus it must be. Ah. The morn is fair.] Good-morrow to thee.-Thou fumblest. till we do please To daff't for our repose. CLEOPATRA. have on their riveted trim. rarely.--Seest thou. this. Flourish of trumpets within. EROS.--Good morrow. la. A thousand. False. Eros. general. He that unbuckles this. Early though't be. And go to't with delight. CLEOPATRA. welcome: Thou look'st like him that knows a warlike charge: To business that we love we rise betime. OFFICER. Good morrow.] [Enter other Officers and Soldiers. Well. armed. my good fellow? Go put on thy defences.] SECOND OFFICER. let be! Thou art The armourer of my heart. this. ANTONY. Briefly. and knew'st The royal occupation! Thou shouldst see A workman in't.--O love. sir. and my queen's a squire More tight at this than thou: despatch. Sooth.-[Enter an Officer. ANTONY. let be. That thou couldst see my wars to-day. ALL. 'Tis well blown. And at the port expect you. Rarely.92 ANTONY. lads: . false. sir. [Shout. well. We shall thrive now.
dame. Enter ANTONY and EROS. Lead me. well said. CLEOPATRA. He goes forth gallantly. [Exeunt. EROS. [Trumpets sound within. like the spirit of a youth That means to be of note. I'll leave thee Now like a man of steel. Officers and Soldiers. ANTONY. [Exeunt ANTONY.] CHARMIAN.] SOLDIER. That he and Caesar might Determine this great war in single fight! Then. Would thou and those thy scars had once prevail'd To make me fight at land! SOLDIER. a SOLDIER meeting them. give me that: this way. Who's gone this morning? SOLDIER. I'll bring you to't. Adieu.' ANTONY. come. And worthy shameful check it were. The gods make this a happy day to Antony! ANTONY. to stand On more mechanic compliment.] This is a soldier's kiss: rebukeable. He shall not hear thee. Please you. or from Caesar's camp Say 'I am none of thine. Who. retire to your chamber.-Fare thee well. Hadst thou done so. Antony.--You that will fight. What say'st thou? . One ever near thee. Call for Enobarbus.93 This morning. and the soldier That has this morning left thee.-So.] SCENE V. Follow me close. whate'er becomes of me: [Kisses her. on. The kings that have revolted. begins betimes.--but now--Well. ANTONY'S camp near Alexandria. so. would have still Follow'd thy heels.
Say that I wish he never find more cause To change a master. [Exit. Sir. despatch. Go. Agrippa.] CAESAR. AGRIPPA. I charge thee.94 SOLDIER. ANTONY. Sir. CAESAR. Go charge Agrippa Plant those that have revolted in the van. ANTONY.] SCENE VI. I shall. The time of universal peace is near: Prove this a prosperous day. Alexandria. Detain no jot. EROS.--O. his chests and treasure He has not with him. Caesar. CAESAR'S camp. Eros. Most certain. Enter AGRIPPA. do it. send his treasure after. [Flourish. write to him-I will subscribe.] MESSENGER. and begin the fight: Our will is Antony be took alive. Is he gone? SOLDIER.--gentle adieus and greetings. Go forth. Antony Is come into the field. [Enter a Messenger. my fortunes have Corrupted honest men!--Eros. the three-nook'd world Shall bear the olive freely. . CAESAR. [Exeunt.] CAESAR. Make it so known. with DOLABELLA and ENOBARBUS. He is with Caesar.
Thou mine of bounty. I have done ill. I fight against thee!--No: I will go seek Some ditch wherein to die.] SOLDIER. I must attend mine office. when my turpitude Thou dost so crown with gold! This blows my heart: If swift thought break it not. [Exeunt CAESAR and his Train. the foul'st best fits My latter part of life. SOLDIER. I am alone the villain of the earth. Enobarbus. [Exit. I tell you true: best you saf'd the bringer Out of the host. Antony Hath after thee sent all thy treasure. O Antony. Or would have done't myself. Field of battle between the Camps. [Exit. Your emperor Continues still a Jove. and went to Jewry on Affairs of Antony. how wouldst thou have paid My better service. Canidius and the rest That fell away.] ENOBARBUS. there did dissuade Great Herod to incline himself to Caesar And leave his master Antony: for this pains Casaer hath hang'd him. a swifter mean Shall outstrike thought: but thought will do't. . Enobarbus. Alexas did revolt. Mock not.95 That Antony may seem to spend his fury Upon himself. ENOBARBUS. but No honourable trust.] SCENE VII. have entertainment. I feel.] ENOBARBUS. I give it you. and at thy tent is now Unloading of his mules. And feel I am so most. with His bounty overplus: the messenger Came on my guard. Of which I do accuse myself so sorely That I will joy no more. [Enter a SOLDIER of CAESAR'S.
I had a wound here that was like a T. and our advantage serves For a fair victory. Drums and trumpets. Retire.96 [Alarum. this is fought indeed! Had we done so at first. SCARUS. [Exeunt. . I'll halt after.] EROS. ANTONY. ANTONY. Enter ANTONY.] SCARUS. [Enter EROS. as we take hares. O my brave emperor. SCARUS. ANTONY. Let us score their backs And snatch 'em up. SCARUS. behind: 'Tis sport to maul a runner.] [Alarum. and our oppression Exceeds what we expected. But now 'tis made an H.] SCENE VIII. They do retire. Under the Walls of Alexandria. [Exeunt.] AGRIPPA. SCARUS. Thou bleed'st apace. we have engag'd ourselves too far: Caesar himself has work. Enter AGRIPPA and others. I will reward thee Once for thy sprightly comfort. and SCARUS wounded. They are beaten. Come thee on. We'll beat'em into bench-holes: I have yet Room for six scotches more. sir. we had driven them home With clouts about their heads. and tenfold For thy good valour.
I'll give thee. O thou day o' the world. ANTONY. I thank you all. Make her thanks bless thee. He has deserv'd it. [Enter CLEOPATRA. and can Get goal for goal of youth. you have shown all Hectors. Run one before And let the queen know of our gests. Enter ANTONY. Mine nightingale.] ANTONY.] Give me thy hand. Lord of lords! O infinite virtue. marching. whilst they with joyful tears Wash the congealment from your wounds and kiss The honour'd gashes whole. Which promises royal peril. clip your wives. And drink carouses to the next day's fate.--Trumpeters. com'st thou smiling from The world's great snare uncaught? ANTONY. . Bear our hack'd targets like the men that owe them: Had our great palace the capacity To camp this host. Chain mine arm'd neck.--[To SCARUS.--Give me thy hand: Through Alexandria make a jolly march. CLEOPATRA.-Kiss it. We have beat him to his camp. CLEOPATRA. we all would sup together. attended. leap thou. friend. and have fought Not as you serv'd the cause. in hate of mankind.--To-morrow. For doughty-handed are you. Through proof of harness to my heart. SCARUS and Forces. and there Ride on the pants triumphing. yet ha' we A brain that nourishes our nerves. but as't had been Each man's like mine.97 [Alarum. Before the sun shall see us. We have beat them to their beds. What. Commend unto his lips thy favouring hand. my warrior: he hath fought to-day As if a god. Behold this man. Tell them your feats. it was a king's. were it carbuncled Like holy Phoebus' car. we'll spill the blood That has to-day escap'd. girl! though grey Do something mingle with our younger brown. your friends. An armour all of gold. attire and all. Enter the city.] To this great fairy I'll commend thy acts. had Destroyed in such a shape.
] ENOBARBUS. Stand close and list him. O thou blessed moon. That heaven and earth may strike their sounds together. Make mingle with our rattling tabourines.] FIRST SOLDIER.-THIRD SOLDIER. SECOND SOLDIER. What man is this? SECOND SOLDIER. bear me witness. [Exeunt. a very rebel to my will. Be witness to me. will break to powder.98 With brazen din blast you the city's ear. We must return to thecourt of guard: the night Is shiny. ENOBARBUS. ENOBARBUS. O sovereign mistress of true melancholy. Which. . CAESAR'S camp. poor Enobarbus did Before thy face repent!-FIRST SOLDIER. Applauding our approach. being dried with grief. This last day was A shrewd one to's.] SCENE IX. [Enter ENOBARBUS. If we be not reliev'd within this hour. When men revolted shall upon record Bear hateful memory. That life. Enobarbus! THIRD SOLDIER. [Sentinels at their Post. and they say we shall embattle By the second hour i' the morn. The poisonous damp of night disponge upon me. night. Peace! Hark further. May hang no longer on me: throw my heart Against the flint and hardness of my fault. O.
99 And finish all foul thoughts. O Antony, Nobler than my revolt is infamous, Forgive me in thine own particular; But let the world rank me in register A master-leaver and a fugitive: O Antony! O Antony! [Dies.] SECOND SOLDIER. Let's speak to him. FIRST SOLDIER. Let's hear him, for the things he speaks May concern Caesar. THIRD SOLDIER. Let's do so. But he sleeps. FIRST SOLDIER. Swoons rather; for so bad a prayer as his Was never yet fore sleep. SECOND SOLDIER. Go we to him. THIRD SOLDIER. Awake, sir, awake; speak to us. SECOND SOLDIER. Hear you, sir? FIRST SOLDIER. The hand of death hath raught him. [Drums afar off.] Hark! the drums Do merrily wake the sleepers. Let us bear him To the court of guard; he is of note: our hour Is fully out. THIRD SOLDIER. Come on, then; He may recover yet. [Exeunt with the body.] SCENE X. Ground between the two Camps. [Enter ANTONY and SCARUS, with Forces, marching.]
100 ANTONY. Their preparation is to-day by sea; We please them not by land. SCARUS. For both, my lord. ANTONY. I would they'd fight i' the fire or i' the air; We'd fight there too. But this it is; our foot Upon the hills adjoining to the city Shall stay with us:--order for sea is given; They have put forth the haven:--forward now, Where their appointment we may best discover, And look on their endeavour. [Exeunt.] SCENE XI. Another part of the Ground. [Enter CAESAR with his Forces, marching.] CAESAR. But being charg'd, we will be still by land, Which, as I take't, we shall; for his best force Is forth to man his galleys. To the vales, And hold our best advantage. [Exeunt.] SCENE XII. Another part of the Ground. [Enter ANTONY and SCARUS.] ANTONY. Yet they are not join'd: where yond pine does stand I shall discover all: I'll bring thee word Straight how 'tis like to go. [Exit.] SCARUS. Swallows have built In Cleopatra's sails their nests: the augurers Say they know not,--they cannot tell;--look grimly, And dare not speak their knowledge. Antony Is valiant and dejected; and, by starts, His fretted fortunes give him hope and fear Of what he has and has not. [Alarum afar off, as at a sea-fight.]
101 [Re-enter ANTONY.] ANTONY. All is lost; This foul Egyptian hath betrayed me: My fleet hath yielded to the foe; and yonder They cast their caps up, and carouse together Like friends long lost.--Triple-turn'd whore! 'tis thou Hast sold me to this novice; and my heart Makes only wars on thee.--Bid them all fly; For when I am reveng'd upon my charm, I have done all.--Bid them all fly; begone. [Exit SCARUS.] O sun, thy uprise shall I see no more: Fortune and Antony part here; even here Do we shake hands.--All come to this!--The hearts That spaniel'd me at heels, to whom I gave Their wishes, do discandy, melt their sweets On blossoming Caesar; and this pine is bark'd That overtopp'd them all. Betray'd I am: O this false soul of Egypt! this grave charm, Whose eye beck'd forth my wars and call'd them home; Whose bosom was my crownet, my chief end,-Like a right gypsy, hath, at fast and loose, Beguil'd me to the very heart of loss.-What, Eros, Eros! [Enter CLEOPATRA.] Ah, thou spell! Avaunt! CLEOPATRA. Why is my lord enrag'd against his love? ANTONY. Vanish, or I shall give thee thy deserving, And blemish Caesar's triumph. Let him take thee And hoist thee up to the shouting plebeians: Follow his chariot, like the greatest spot Of all thy sex; most monster-like, be shown For poor'st diminutives, for doits; and let Patient Octavia plough thy visage up With her prepared nails. [Exit CLEOPATRA.] 'Tis well thou'rt gone, If it be well to live; but better 'twere Thou fell'st into my fury, for one death Might have prevented many.--Eros, ho!--
piteously: hence. or blue promontory With trees upon't. And bring me how he takes my death. . And mock our eyes with air: thou hast seen these signs.] SCENE XIV. Alexandria. Eros. that nod unto the world. To the monument!-Mardian. A tower'd citadel. The soul and body rive not more in parting Than greatness going off. Help me.] SCENE XIII. The witch shall die: To the young Roman boy she hath sold me. thy rage: Let me lodge Lichas on the horns o' the moon. he is more mad Than Telamon for his shield. thou yet behold'st me? EROS. Another Room. Mardian. [Enter CLEOPATRA. and MARDIAN. Alexandria.--Eros. [Enter ANTONY and EROS. ho! [Exit. Ay. and I fall Under this plot:--she dies for't.] ANTONY. and send him word you are dead. CHARMIAN. Say that the last I spoke was 'Antony'. And word it.102 The shirt of Nessus is upon me: teach me. the boar of Thessaly Was never so emboss'd. a pendant rock. my women! O. CLEOPATRA. pr'ythee. Sometime we see a cloud that's dragonish.] CLEOPATRA. ANTONY. noble lord. And with those hands that grasp'd the heaviest club Subdue my worthiest self. To the monument! There lock yourself. Alcides. go tell him I have slain myself. thou mine ancestor. A forked mountain. A Room in the Palace. IRAS.-To the monument! [Exeunt. A vapour sometime like a bear or lion. CHARMIAN.
Dead then? .--she. thy vile lady! She has robb'd me of my sword. my lord. MARDIAN. ANTONY. That which is now a horse. MARDIAN. it was divided Between her heart and lips: she render'd life. Yet cannot hold this visible shape. saucy eunuch. weep not. Which. and the queen. ANTONY. and makes it indistinct. It does.103 They are black vesper's pageants. had annex'd unto't A million moe. And that she has discharg'd: what thou wouldst do Is done unto thy hand: the last she spake Was 'Antony! most noble Antony!' Then in the midst a tearing groan did break The name of Antony. whilst it was mine. my lord. has Pack'd cards with Caesar. Hence. Thy name so buried in her. and false-play'd my glory Unto an enemy's triumph. Eros.-Whose heart I thought I had. Death of one person can be paid but once. As water is in water. now lost.-[Enter MARDIAN. peace! She hath betray'd me. Antony. even with a thought The rack dislimns. My good knave Eros. and shall die the death. ANTONY. EROS. My mistress lov'd thee. EROS. my knave. I made these wars for Egypt.] O. there is left us Ourselves to end ourselves. for she had mine.-Nay. and her fortunes mingled With thine entirely. Ay. now thy captain is Even such a body: here I am Antony. No. gentle Eros. ANTONY.
apace.-Eros!--I come.] I will o'ertake thee. and o'er green Neptune's back With ships made cities.] EROS. Thou then wouldst kill me: do't.--Since the torch is out. Since Cleopatra died.] Off. pluck off.-The sevenfold shield of Ajax cannot keep The battery from my heart. Crack thy frail case!--Apace. when the exigent should come. Dead. my sides! Heart. Eros. for now All length is torture. What would my lord? ANTONY. Eros! [Re-enter EROS. I have liv'd in such dishonour that the gods Detest my baseness. I.--Come. And we must sleep. we'll hand in hand. go. and stray no further:--now all labour Mars what it does. condemn myself to lack The courage of a woman. go.--Eros!--stay for me: Where souls do couch on flowers. And with our sprightly port make the ghosts gaze: Dido and her Aeneas shall want troops. on my command. and Weep for my pardon. that.--That thou depart'st hence safe Does pay thy labour richly. O. Eros. Cleopatra.104 MARDIAN.--which now Is come indeed--when I should see behind me The inevitable prosecution of Disgrace and horror. my queen.-No more a soldier. 'tis Caesar thou defeat'st.--From me awhile. yea. Unarm. Eros.' Thou art sworn. the time is come: Thou strik'st not me. less noble mind Than she which by her death our Caesar tells 'I am conqueror of myself. and all is done. So it must be. very force entangles Itself with strength: seal then. Lie down. once be stronger than thy continent. . Eros. that with my sword Quarter'd the world. And all the haunt be ours. the long day's task is done. That.--Bruised pieces. [Exit MARDIAN.-[Exit EROS. You have been nobly borne. cleave. ANTONY.
. his face subdu'd To penetrative shame. ANTONY. Then let it do at once The thing why thou hast drawn it. drawn before him. O.105 Put colour in thy cheek.] EROS. Turn from me then that noble countenance. Draw that thy honest sword. branded His baseness that ensued? EROS. sir. My dear master. Eros. My sword is drawn. Though enemy. ANTONY. My captain and my emperor. then. swor'st thou not then To do this when I bade thee? Do it at once. bending down His corrigible neck. When I did make thee free. EROS. EROS. EROS. I would not see't. Wherein the worship of the whole world lies. The gods withhold me! Shall I do that which all the Parthian darts. lost aim and could not? ANTONY. Come. which thou hast worn Most useful for thy country. let me say. pardon me! ANTONY. whilst the wheel'd seat Of fortunate Caesar. Or thy precedent services are all But accidents unpurpos'd. Wouldst thou be window'd in great Rome and see Thy master thus with pleach'd arms. Lo thee! [Turning from him. and come. Draw. EROS. ANTONY. for with a wound I must be cur'd.
106 Before I strike this bloody stroke. The star is fallen. by their brave instruction. Shall I strike now? ANTONY. Eros. got upon me A nobleness in record: but I will be A bridegroom in my death. there then [falls on his sword]!--thus do I escape the sorrow Of Antony's death. farewell. and thou couldst not.--and farewell.] FIRST GUARD. strike me dead. ANTONY. And time is at his period. and woe! ANTONY. O valiant Eros. and run into't As to a lover's bed. despatch me! [Enter DERCETAS and a guard. I have done my work ill. ALL. What's the noise? ANTONY. SECOND GUARD. EROS. FIRST GUARD. and. . Let him that loves me. Why. Farewell. My queen and Eros Have. man. what I should. then.] I learn'd of thee.] ANTONY. [Dies. Thy master dies thy scholar: to do thus [Falling on his sword. How? not dead? not dead?-The guard. friends: O. EROS. Eros. Come. Thrice nobler than myself! Thou teachest me. 'Tis said. make an end Of what I have begun. ho!--O. great chief. Alas. Now.
107 FIRST GUARD. Not I. SECOND GUARD. Nor I. THIRD GUARD. Nor any one. [Exeunt guard.] DERCETAS. Thy death and fortunes bid thy followers fly. This sword but shown to Caesar, with this tidings, Shall enter me with him. [Enter DIOMEDES.] DIOMEDES. Where's Antony? DERCETAS. There, Diomed, there. DIOMEDES. Lives he? Wilt thou not answer, man? [Exit DERCETAS.] ANTONY. Art thou there, Diomed? Draw thy sword and give me Sufficing strokes for death. DIOMEDES. Most absolute lord, My mistress Cleopatra sent me to thee. ANTONY. When did she send thee? DIOMEDES. Now, my lord. ANTONY. Where is she? DIOMEDES. Lock'd in her monument. She had a prophesying fear Of what hath come to pass: for when she saw,-Which never shall be found,--you did suspect She had dispos'd with Caesar, and that your rage
108 Would not be purg'd, she sent you word she was dead; But, fearing since how it might work, hath sent Me to proclaim the truth; and I am come, I dread, too late. ANTONY. Too late, good Diomed.--Call my guard, I pr'ythee. DIOMEDES. What, ho! the emperor's guard! The guard, what ho! Come, your lord calls! [Enter some of the Guard.] ANTONY. Bear me, good friends, where Cleopatra bides; 'Tis the last service that I shall command you. FIRST GUARD. Woe, woe are we, sir, you may not live to wear All your true followers out. ALL. Most heavy day! ANTONY. Nay, good my fellows, do not please sharp fate To grace it with your sorrows: bid that welcome Which comes to punish us, and we punish it, Seeming to bear it lightly. Take me up: I have led you oft: carry me now, good friends, And have my thanks for all. [Exeunt, bearing ANTONY.] SCENE XV. Alexandria. A monument. [Enter, above, CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN and IRAS.] CLEOPATRA. O Charmian, I will never go from hence! CHARMIAN. Be comforted, dear madam. CLEOPATRA. No, I will not: All strange and terrible events are welcome, But comforts we despise; our size of sorrow, Proportion'd to our cause, must be as great As that which makes it.--
109 [Enter, below, DIOMEDES.] How now! is he dead? DIOMEDES. His death's upon him, but not dead. Look out o' the other side your monument; His guard have brought him thither. [Enter, below, ANTONY, borne by the Guard.] CLEOPATRA. O sun, Burn the great sphere thou mov'st in!--darkling stand The varying shore o' theworld.--O Antony, Antony, Antony!--Help, Charmian; help, Iras, help,-Help, friends below;--let's draw him hither. ANTONY. Peace! Not Caesar's valour hath o'erthrown Antony, But Antony's hath triumph'd on itself. CLEOPATRA. So it should be, that none but Antony Should conquer Antony; but woe 'tis so! ANTONY. I am dying, Egypt, dying; only I here importune death awhile, until Of many thousand kisses the poor last I lay upon thy lips. CLEOPATRA. I dare not, dear,-Dear my lord, pardon,--I dare not, Lest I be taken: not the imperious show Of the full-fortun'd Caesar ever shall Be brooch'd with me; if knife, drugs, serpents, have Edge, sting, or operation, I am safe; Your wife Octavia, with her modest eyes And still conclusion, shall acquire no honour Demuring upon me.--But come, come, Antony,-Help me, my women,--we must draw thee up; Assist, good friends. ANTONY. O, quick, or I am gone. CLEOPATRA. Here's sport indeed!--How heavy weighs my lord! Our strength is all gone into heaviness;
One word.--O! CLEOPATRA. And set thee by Jove's side. Noblest of men. ANTONY. a Roman by a Roman Valiantly vanquish'd. woo't die? Hast thou no care of me? shall I abide . come. ANTONY. welcome! die where thou hast liv'd: Quicken with kissing: had my lips that power. Thus would I wear them out. CLEOPATRA. sweet queen: Of Caesar seek your honour. A heavy sight! ANTONY. Egypt. ALL. Gentle. None about Caesar.--O come. The miserable change now at my end Lament nor sorrow at: but please your thoughts In feeding them with those my former fortunes Wherein I liv'd. Provok'd by my offence. [They draw ANTONY up. No. Now my spirit is going: I can no more. I am dying. ANTONY. Not cowardly put off my helmet to My countryman. with your safety. hear me: None about Caesar trust but Proculeius. and let me rail so high That the false huswife Fortune break her wheel. and let me speak a little.-Wishers were ever fools.] And welcome. The noblest. let me speak. dying: Give me some wine. and do now not basely die. CLEOPATRA. Yet come a little. the greatest prince o' the world. The strong-wing'd Mercury should fetch thee up. CLEOPATRA.110 That makes the weight: had I great Juno's power. My resolution and my hands I'll trust. They do not go together.
To tell them that this world did equal theirs Till they had stol'n our jewel. Royal Egypt. [Faints. Let's do it after the high Roman fashion. peace. how now. Charmian! My noble girls!--Ah. my women. Iras! CLEOPATRA. Madam!-CHARMIAN. which in thy absence is No better than a sty?--O. Peace. Our lamp is spent.--It were for me To throw my sceptre at the injurious gods. see. lady! IRAS. O. women. madam. Patience is sottish. And there is nothing left remarkable Beneath the visiting moon. and commanded By such poor passion as the maid that milks And does the meanest chares.-CHARMIAN.] CHARMIAN. She is dead too. away: . it's out!--Good sirs. women. Come. what's noble. women? What. Empress. our sovereign. quietness. what! good cheer! Why. No more but e'en a woman.] The crown o' the earth doth melt. and then.111 In this dull world. Lady!-IRAS. madam!-IRAS. look. take heart:-We'll bury him. wither'd is the garland of the war. CHARMIAN. All's but naught.--My lord!-O. O madam. And make death proud to take us. The soldier's pole is fallen: young boys and girls Are level now with men: the odds is gone. what's brave. and impatience does Become a dog that's mad: then is it sin To rush into the secret house of death Ere death dare come to us?--How do you. [Antony dies.
And citizens to their dens. GALLUS. He was my master. Being so frustrate. in the name lay A moiety of the world. If thou please To take me to thee. we have no friend But resolution. MAECENAS. The breaking of so great a thing should make A greater crack: the round world Should have shook lions into civil streets. Wherefore is that? And what art thou that dar'st Appear thus to us? DERCETAS. if thou pleasest not. I yield thee up my life.] [Enter DERCETAS with the sword of ANTONY. [Exit.] ACT V. and I wore my life To spend upon his haters. Go to him. Dolabella. tell him he mocks The pauses that he makes. CAESAR. CAESAR'S Camp before Alexandria. as I was to him I'll be to Caesar. PROCULEIUS. .] CAESAR. DOLABELLA. CAESAR. SCENE I. and the briefest end. AGRIPPA. I am call'd Dercetas. women. I shall. those above bearing off ANTONY'S body. who best was worthy Best to be serv'd: whilst he stood up and spoke. What is't thou say'st? DERCETAS. Mark Antony I serv'd. I say. and Others. [Exeunt. Antony is dead.] CAESAR. O Caesar. DOLABELLA.112 This case of that huge spirit now is cold: Ah. [Enter CAESAR. women!--Come. bid him yield. Caesar. The death of Antony Is not a single doom.
[Enter a Messenger. Splitted the heart. Unreconciliable. Not by a public minister of justice.-But I will tell you at some meeter season. MAECENAS. will give us Some faults to make us men. behold it stain'd With his most noble blood. AGRIPPA. That thou. but it is tidings To wash the eyes of kings. my brother. AGRIPPA. A rarer spirit never Did steer humanity. CAESAR. Look you sad. my mate in empire.113 DERCETAS. good friends. MAECENAS. and the heart Where mine his thoughts did kindle. but that self hand Which writ his honour in the acts it did Hath. When such a spacious mirror's set before him. But you. CAESAR. Nor by a hired knife. we could not stall together In the whole world: but yet let me lament. gods. Caesar is touch'd. The arm of mine own body. O Antony! I have follow'd thee to this!--But we do lance Diseases in our bodies: I must perforce Have shown to thee such a declining day Or look on thine. He needs must see himself.] . should divide Our equalness to this. His taints and honours Weigh'd equal with him. friends? The gods rebuke me. He is dead.--This is his sword. With tears as sovereign as the blood of hearts.--that our stars. And strange it is That nature must compel us to lament Our most persisted deeds.--Hear me. Caesar. I robb'd his wound of it. with the courage which the heart did lend it. my competitor In top of all design. Friend and companion in the front of war.
by some mortal stroke She do defeat us. Let him alone. my mistress.114 The business of this man looks out of him. So the gods preserve thee! [Exit. where you shall see How hardly I was drawn into this war. Go with me to my tent.] CAESAR. Proculeius. We'll hear him what he says. That she preparedly may frame herself To the way she's forc'd to. CAESAR. for Caesar cannot learn To be ungentle. go you along. [Exit. Of thy intents desires instruction.--Whence are you? MESSENGER. I shall. by some of ours. for I remember now How he's employ'd. MESSENGER.] Where's Dolabella. A poor Egyptian yet. in her greatness. to second Proculeius? ALL. Come hither.-[Exit GALLUS. he shall in time be ready. her monument. . Confin'd in all she has.] CAESAR. Caesar. PROCULEIUS. Gallus. Dolabella! CAESAR. for her life in Rome Would be eternal in our triumph: go. How honourable and how kindly we Determine for her. And with your speediest bring us what she says. The queen. Go and say We purpose her no shame: give her what comforts The quality of her passion shall require Lest. And how you find her. Bid her have good heart: She soon shall know of us.
CHARMIAN.115 How calm and gentle I proceeded still In all my writings: go with me. If your master Would have a queen his beggar. PROCULEIUS. Be of good cheer. [Enter.] CLEOPATRA. fear nothing: Make your full reference freely to my lord. Which shackles accidents and bolts up change.] PROCULEIUS. and IRAS. And bids thee study on what fair demands Thou mean'st to have him grant thee. bade me trust you. Who is so full of grace that it flows over On all that need: let me report to him Your sweet dependency. That have no use for trusting. Antony Did tell me of you. My name is Proculeius. but I do not greatly care to be deceiv'd. The beggar's nurse and Caesar's. to keep decorum. and see What I can show in this. you must tell him That majesty. to the gates of the Monument. What's thy name? PROCULEIUS. PROCULEIUS. and Soldiers. Not being Fortune. A Room in the Monument. [Exeunt. He gives me so much of mine own as I Will kneel to him with thanks. GALLUS. CLEOPATRA. he's but Fortune's knave. A minister of her will: and it is great To do that thing that ends all other deeds. Caesar sends greetings to the queen of Egypt. Which sleeps. CLEOPATRA. Alexandria. and you shall find . My desolation does begin to make A better life. 'Tis paltry to be Caesar. You are fallen into a princely hand. must No less beg than a kingdom: if he please To give me conquer'd Egypt for my son. and never palates more the dug. [Enter CLEOPATRA.] SCENE II.
Do not abuse my master's bounty by Theundoing of yourself: let the world see . [Seizes and disarms her.] Do not yourself such wrong. Cleopatra. You see how easily she may be surpris'd: [Here PROCULEIUS and two of the Guard ascend the Monument by a ladder placed against a window. who are in this Reliev'd. dear lady. [Exit. I hourly learn A doctrine of obedience. PROCULEIUS.] IRAS. CLEOPATRA. CLEOPATRA. Royal queen! CHARMIAN. Have comfort.] PROCULEIUS. Some of the Guard unbar and open the gates. That rids our dogs of languish? PROCULEIUS.116 A conqueror that will pray in aid for kindness Where he for grace is kneel'd to. Hold. having ascended.] Guard her till Caesar come. for I know your plight is pitied Of him that caus'd it. of death too. and would gladly Look him i' the face. GALLUS. This I'll report. What. and. hold. [Drawing a dagger. tell him I am his fortune's vassal and I send him The greatness he has got. O Cleopatra! thou art taken. queen! CLEOPATRA. worthy lady. good hands. and the Guear. come behind CLEOPATRA. quick.] [To PROCULEIUS. but not betray'd. Quick. Pray you.
sir. It shall content me best: be gentle to her. CLEOPATRA. death? Come hither. you have heard of me? . I will eat no meat. sir. Shall they hoist me up. [Enter DOLABELLA. PROCULEIUS. lady! CLEOPATRA. Say I would die. and take a queen Worth many babes and beggars! PROCULEIUS. Nor once be chastis'd with the sober eye Of dull Octavia. CLEOPATRA. Sir.] DOLABELLA.] To Caesar I will speak what you shall please. Most noble empress. and let the water-flies Blow me into abhorring! rather make My country's high pyramides my gibbet. O. come! Come.117 His nobleness well acted. And show me to the shouting varletry Of censuring Rome? Rather a ditch in Egypt Be gentle grave unto me! rather on Nilus' mud Lay me stark-nak'd. which your death Will never let come forth. Proculeius. Dolabella.] DOLABELLA. What thou hast done thy master Caesar knows. Know. [Exeunt PROCULEIUS and Soldiers. come. Where art thou. If you'll employ me to him.-[To CLEOPATRA. You do extend These thoughts of horror further than you shall Find cause in Caesar. And hang me up in chains! PROCULEIUS. I'll not sleep neither: this mortal house I'll ruin. If idle talk will once be accessary. temperance. So. And he hath sent for thee: as for the queen. that I Will not wait pinion'd at your master's court. I'll not drink. I'll take her to my guard. Do Caesar what he can.
which kept their course. For his bounty. I understand not. CLEOPATRA. his rear'd arm Crested the world: his voice was propertied As all the tuned spheres. Cleopatra. I cannot tell. and lighted The little O. I dream'd there was an Emperor Antony:-O.-CLEOPATRA. But when he meant to quail and shake the orb.118 CLEOPATRA. No matter. CLEOPATRA. an autumn 'twas That grew the more by reaping: his delights Were dolphin-like. such another sleep. If it might please you.-CLEOPATRA. Most sovereign creature. Assuredly you know me. DOLABELLA. and that to friends. Think you there was or might be such a man As this I dream'd of? DOLABELLA. that I might see But such another man! DOLABELLA. madam. . DOLABELLA. He was as rattling thunder. You laugh when boys or women tell their dreams. DOLABELLA. realms and islands were As plates dropp'd from his pocket. His legs bestrid the ocean. what I have heard or known. they show'd his back above The element they liv'd in: in his livery Walk'd crowns and crownets. There was no winter in't. the earth. and therein stuck A sun and moon. no. Is't not your trick? DOLABELLA.-CLEOPATRA. sir. Gentle madam. His face was as the heavens.
-CLEOPATRA. great. [CLEOPATRA kneels. PROCULEIUS. GALLUS.-DOLABELLA.] CAESAR. sir. Madam. But if there be. as yourself. You lie. Know you what Caesar means to do with me? DOLABELLA. SELEUCUS. It is the emperor. Your loss is. Which is the queen of Egypt? DOLABELLA. good madam. CLEOPATRA. Though he be honourable. in triumph? DOLABELLA. and you bear it As answering to the weight: would I might never O'ertake pursu'd success. up to the hearing of the gods. I thank you. He'll lead me. and Attendants.] [Within. Hear me. Nay. MAECENAS. sir. By the rebound of yours.--Caesar! [Enter CAESAR. or ever were. he will. pray you. then. DOLABELLA. a grief that smites My very heart at root. Condemning shadows quite. I am loath to tell you what I would you knew. I know it.] CAESAR.] Make way there. CLEOPATRA. madam. one such.119 CLEOPATRA. but I do feel. It's past the size of dreaming: nature wants stuff To vie strange forms with fancy: yet to imagine An Antony were nature's piece 'gainst fancy. . [Flourish within.
we shall remember As things but done by chance. CLEOPATRA. This is my treasurer: let him speak. shall Hang in what place you please. CLEOPATRA. CLEOPATRA. This is the brief of money. CLEOPATRA. CAESAR. my good lord. madam. You shall advise me in all for Cleopatra. through all the world: 'tis yours. Not petty things admitted. my lord. CLEOPATRA. And may. If thereon you rely. plate. Cleopatra. I am possess'd of: 'tis exactly valued. Sir. Here. Here. that I have reserv'd . CAESAR. The record of what injuries you did us. rise. know We will extenuate rather than enforce: If you apply yourself to our intents.--you shall find A benefit in this change. Egypt. I cannot project mine own cause so well To make it clear: but do confess I have Been laden with like frailties which before Have often sham'd our sex. CAESAR.-Which towards you are most gentle. and we.--Where's Seleucus? SELEUCUS. Take to you no hard thoughts. you shall not kneel:-I pray you. Upon his peril. Your scutcheons and your signs of conquest. Though written in our flesh. and jewels.120 Arise. I'll take my leave. my master and my lord I must obey. but if you seek To lay on me a cruelty. rise. and put your children To that destruction which I'll guard them from. you shall bereave yourself Of my good purposes. by taking Antony's course. the gods Will have it thus. Sole sir o' the world.
let us entreat you. yours would be mine. things of such dignity As we greet modern friends withal. O Caesar. Some nobler token I have kept apart For Livia and Octavia. Immoment toys.--Wert thou a man. soulless villain. Or I shall show the cinders of my spirits Through theashes of my chance. and say. Seleucus. blush not.121 To myself nothing. I approve Your wisdom in the deed. behold. I warrant thee. CLEOPATRA. Speak the truth. Cleopatra. What have I kept back? SELEUCUS. See. How pomp is follow'd! Mine will now be yours. Thou wouldst have mercy on me. CAESAR. Caesar! O. dog! O rarely base! CAESAR. That I some lady trifles have reserv'd. The ingratitude of this Seleucus does Even make me wild: O slave. Enough to purchase what you have made known. And. of no more trust Than love that's hir'd!--What. but I'll catch thine eyes Though they had wings.-That thou vouchsafing here to visit me. . CLEOPATRA. slave. to induce Their mediation. SELEUCUS.] Pr'ythee go hence. that mine own servant should Parcel the sum of my disgraces by Addition of his envy! Say.--must I be unfolded With one that I have bred? The gods! It smites me Beneath the fall I have. good Caesar. I had rather seal my lips than to my peril Speak that which is not. should we shift estates. goest thou back? thou shalt Go back. Nay. Good queen. [To SELEUCUS. what a wounding shame is this. CAESAR. Madam. CLEOPATRA. Doing the honour of thy lordliness To one so meek.
Bestow it at your pleasure. Madam. . Cleopatra. Be it known that we. Are therefore to be pitied. Feed and sleep: Our care and pity is so much upon you That we remain your friend. My master and my lord! CAESAR.] IRAS. and it is provided. he words me. And we are for the dark.122 Forbear. He words me. are misthought For things that others do. I will. the greatest. CLEOPATRA. to make prize with you Of things that merchants sold.] DOLABELLA. adieu. and when we fall We answer others' merits in our name. dear queen. Exeunt CAESAR and his Train. CLEOPATRA. Not what you have reserv'd. Hie thee again: I have spoke already.] CLEOPATRA. [Flourish. Seleucus. and believe Caesar's no merchant. Adieu. good lady. CHARMIAN. [Re-enter DOLABELLA. For we intend so to dispose you as Yourself shall give us counsel. Make not your thoughts your prisons: no. Finish. the bright day is done. Not so. Go put it to the haste. girls.] CLEOPATRA. and so. that I should not Be noble to myself: but hark thee. nor what acknowledg'd. Charmian! [Whispers CHARMIAN. CAESAR. Put we i' the roll of conquest: still be't yours. [Exit SELEUCUS. Therefore be cheer'd.
CLEOPATRA. And forc'd to drink their vapour.] Now. IRAS. Behold. good queen. Iras. Adieu. as thereto sworn by your command. shall Uplift us to the view. I shall remain your debtor. and present Our Alexandrian revels. an Egyptian puppet. and thanks. sir. Which my love makes religion to obey. what think'st thou? Thou. Farewell. Dolabella! DOLABELLA. [Exit DOLABELLA. and within three days You with your children will he send before: Make your best use of this: I have perform'd Your pleasure and my promise. Rank of gross diet. With greasy aprons.123 Where's the queen? CHARMIAN. and scald rhymers Ballad us out o' tune: the quick comedians Extemporally will stage us. shall we be enclouded. and I shall see Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness I' the posture of a whore. Dolabella. and hammers. DOLABELLA. I your servant. in their thick breaths. . I must attend on Caesar. Nay. Madam. Antony Shall be brought drunken forth. rules. shall be shown In Rome as well as I: mechanic slaves. The gods forbid! CLEOPATRA. [Exit. I tell you this: Caesar through Syria Intends his journey. Iras:--saucy lictors Will catch at us like strumpets. 'tis most certain.] CLEOPATRA. CLEOPATRA.
for I am sure mine nails Are stronger than mine eyes. Nay. noble Charmian. CLEOPATRA.] GUARD.124 IRAS. IRAS.] Now. Why. [Exit Guard.] Wherefore's this noise? [Enter one of the Guard.--I am again for Cydnus. that's certain. CLEOPATRA. Here is a rural fellow That will not be denied your highness' presence: He brings you figs. like a queen. [Re-enter Guard. To meet Mark Antony:--sirrah. And when thou hast done this chare. that's the way To fool their preparation and to conquer Their most absurd intents. O the good gods! CLEOPATRA. Let him come in. [Exit IRAS. I'll give thee leave To play till doomsday.--Bring our crown and all. we'll despatch indeed. Iras.] What poor an instrument May do a noble deed! he brings me liberty.] GUARD. now the fleeting moon No planet is of mine. This is the man. [Enter CHARMIAN. . A noise within. go.-Now. my women. with Clown bringing a basket. and I have nothing Of woman in me: now from head to foot I am marble-constant. My resolution's plac'd. I'll never see't.--Go fetch My best attires. Charmian!-Show me.
CLEOPATRA. CLOWN. . look you. Look you. Give it nothing. Will it eat me? CLOWN. what pain she felt. Ay. Very many. You must think this. as a woman should not do but in the way of honesty: how she died of the biting of it. CLEOPATRA. men and women too. ay. Get thee hence. I wish you all joy of the worm. for indeed there is no goodness in the worm. that the worm will do his kind.--truly she makes a very good report o' the worm. and leave him. CLOWN. Very good. CLEOPATRA. CLOWN. farewell.125 CLEOPATRA. those that do die of it do seldom or never recover.] CLEOPATRA. the worm is not to be trusted but in the keeping of wise people. the worm's an odd worm. I have him. but he that will believe all that they say shall never be saved by half that they do: but this is most falliable. I heard of one of them no longer than yesterday: a very honest woman. Avoid. CLOWN. farewell. CLEOPATRA.] Hast thou the pretty worm of Nilus there That kills and pains not? CLOWN. [Sets down the basket. I pray you. it shall be heeded. Farewell. CLEOPATRA. for it is not worth the feeding. Remember'st thou any that have died on't? CLOWN. Take thou no care. but something given to lie. for his biting is immortal. [Exit Guard. Truly. But I would not be the party that should desire you to touch him.
I have Immortal longings in me: now no more The juice of Egypt's grape shall moist this lip:-Yare. thick cloud. long farewell.--Come.] Have I the aspic in my lips? Dost fall? If thus thou and nature can so gently part. these same whoreson devils do the gods great harm in their women. and spend that kiss Which is my heaven to have. good Iras. . IRAS falls and dies. &c. which she applies to her breast. farewell.--Iras. Which hurts and is desir'd. I wish you joy o' the worm. Dissolve. put on my crown. Dost thou lie still? If thou vanishest. [Kisses them. CHARMIAN. that I may say The gods themselves do weep! CLEOPATRA. CLEOPATRA. thou tell'st the world It is not worth leave-taking. [To an asp. This proves me base: If she first meet the curled Antony. Well. get thee gone. I come: Now to that name my courage prove my title! I am fire and air. forsooth. if the devil dress her not. my other elements I give to baser life. which the gods give men To excuse their after wrath. Yes. I hear him mock The luck of Caesar. kind Charmian. and rain. Farewell. and take the last warmth of my lips. with a robe.--Methinks I hear Antony call.--So. [Exit. The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch. I see him rouse himself To praise my noble act. Give me my robe. for in every ten that they make the devils mar five. CLOWN.--have you done? Come then. yare. He'll make demand of her.] [Re-enter IRAS. Husband. thou mortal wretch.] With thy sharp teeth this knot intrinsicate Of life at once untie: poor venomous fool.] CLEOPATRA.126 You must not think I am so simple but I know the devil himself will not eat a woman: I know that a woman is a dish for the gods. quick. crown. But truly.
Speak softly. break! O.-Now boast thee. Where's the queen? CHARMIAN.-CHARMIAN. in thy possession lies A lass unparallel'd. Too slow a messenger. despatch: I partly feel thee. come apace.] What should I stay. fare thee well. wake her not. [Enter the guard. FIRST GUARD.] O. close. as soft as air. . And golden Phoebus never be beheld Of eyes again so royal! Your crown's awry. FIRST GUARD. In this vile world?--So. Caesar hath sent.] FIRST GUARD. break! CLEOPATRA. I will take thee too:-[Applying another asp to her arm.-[Falls on a bed and dies. rushing in. as gentle:-O Antony! Nay.127 Be angry and despatch. O. O couldst thou speak. death. [Applies an asp. Peace. O eastern star! CLEOPATRA. peace! Dost thou not see my baby at my breast That sucks the nurse asleep? CHARMIAN.] CHARMIAN. As sweet as balm. That I might hear thee call great Caesar ass Unpolicied! CHARMIAN. I'll mend it and then play.--Downy windows.
This was his basket. ho! all's not well: Caesar's beguil'd. O sir. Caesar. Ah. That you did fear is done.] DOLABELLA.] A way there. you are too sure an augurer.128 Approach. DOLABELLA. What work is here!--Charmian. It is well done. DOLABELLA. There's Dolabella sent from Caesar.] [Re-enter DOLABELLA. . All dead. CAESAR. How goes it here? SECOND GUARD. and being royal. a way for Caesar! [Re-enter CAESAR and his Train. and fitting for a princess Descended of so many royal kings. She levell'd at our purposes. soldier! [CHARMIAN dies. SECOND GUARD. is this well done? CHARMIAN. call him. CAESAR. Took her own way. thy thoughts Touch their effects in this: thyself art coming To see perform'd the dreaded act which thou So sought'st to hinder. [Within.] DOLABELLA. FIRST GUARD.--The manner of their deaths? I do not see them bleed. Who was last with them? FIRST GUARD. Poison'd then. A simple countryman that brought her figs. Bravest at the last.
] End of Project Gutenberg Etext of Antony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare PG has multiple editions of William Shakespeare's Complete Works from http://manybooks. CAESAR. CAESAR. [Exeunt. Dolabella. And then to Rome. O noble weakness!-If they had swallow'd poison 'twould appear By external swelling: but she looks like sleep. and their story is No less in pity than his glory which Brought them to be lamented. This Charmian liv'd but now. Our army shall In solemn show attend this funeral. This is an aspic's trail: and these fig-leaves Have slime upon them. And bear her women from the monument:-She shall be buried by her Antony: No grave upon the earth shall clip in it A pair so famous. Most probable That so she died. such as the aspic leaves Upon the caves of Nile.--Come. And on the sudden dropp'd. see High order in this great solemnity.-As she would catch another Antony In her strong toil of grace. and something blown: The like is on her arm. High events as these Strike those that make them. Here on her breast There is a vent of blood. DOLABELLA.net/ . tremblingly she stood. O Caesar. she stood and spake: I found her trimming up the diadem On her dead mistress.129 FIRST GUARD. for her physician tells me She hath pursu'd conclusions infinite Of easy ways to die. Take up her bed. FIRST GUARD.