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Attendant on Cleopatra Officers. friend to Antony DEMETRIUS.] PHILO. [Enter DEMETRIUS and PHILO.] . friend to Caesar GALLUS. an Ambassador from Antony to Caesar ALEXAS. an Officer in Ventidius's army EUPHRONIUS. Queen of Egypt OCTAVIA. reneges all temper. sister to Caesar and wife to Antony CHARMIAN. friend to Caesar AGRIPPA. Which in the scuffles of great fights hath burst The buckles on his breast. attendant on Cleopatra A SOOTHSAYER A CLOWN CLEOPATRA.6 DERCETAS. attendant on Cleopatra MARDIAN. Lieutenant-General to Antony SILIUS. friend to Caesar THYREUS. Nay. friend to Caesar MENAS. now bend. in several parts of the Roman Empire. Alexandria. [Flourish within. The office and devotion of their view Upon a tawny front: his captain's heart. friend to Antony MAECENAS. Messengers. ACT I. friend to Pompey TAURUS. attendant on Cleopatra SELEUCUS. but this dotage of our general's O'erflows the measure: those his goodly eyes. Soldiers. And is become the bellows and the fan To cool a gipsy's lust. friend to Pompey VARRIUS. friend to Caesar DOLABELLA. friend to Antony PHILO. and other Attendants SCENE: Dispersed. Lieutenant-General to Caesar CANIDIUS. That o'er the files and musters of the war Have glow'd like plated Mars. friend to Caesar PROCULEIUS. friend to Pompey MENECRATES. A Room in CLEOPATRA'S palace. attendant on Cleopatra DIOMEDES. now turn. Attendant on Cleopatra IRAS. SCENE I.

or who knows If the scarce-bearded Caesar have not sent His powerful mandate to you: 'Do this or this. ANTONY. my good lord.' ANTONY. Kingdoms are clay: our dungy earth alike . Antony. CLEOPATRA. Let Rome in Tiber melt. I'll set a bourn how far to be belov'd. with their trains. There's beggary in the love that can be reckon'd. or else we damn thee. and the wide arch Of the rang'd empire fall! Here is my space. and that blood of thine Is Caesar's homager: else so thy cheek pays shame When shrill-tongu'd Fulvia scolds.--your dismission Is come from Caesar. [Enter ANTONY and CLEOPATRA.] ATTENDANT. new earth. and most like:-You must not stay here longer. Take in that kingdom and enfranchise that. Antony: Fulvia perchance is angry. Thou blushest. ANTONY. Eunuchs fanning her. Antony. hear them. tell me how much. How.--As I am Egypt's queen. CLEOPATRA. Perchance! Nay. [Enter an Attendant. therefore hear it.7 Look where they come: Take but good note. ANTONY. Then must thou needs find out new heaven. News.] CLEOPATRA. If it be love indeed.--The messengers! ANTONY. and you shall see in him The triple pillar of the world transform'd Into a strumpet's fool: behold and see. Perform't. my love! CLEOPATRA. from Rome. -Where's Fulvia's process?--Caesar's I would say?--Both?-Call in the messengers. Grates me:--the sum. Nay.

ANTONY. Last night you did desire it:--speak not to us. Fie. To weep. the world to weet We stand up peerless.--to chide. sometimes when he is not Antony. Another Room in CLEOPATRA'S palace. when such a mutual pair And such a twain can do't. wrangling queen! Whom everything becomes. Excellent falsehood! Why did he marry Fulvia. But stirr'd by Cleopatra.] DEMETRIUS. Sir. 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. Antony Will be himself. ANTONY. Alexandria. DEMETRIUS. Rest you happy! [Exeunt.8 Feeds beast as man: the nobleness of life Is to do thus [Embracing]. whose every passion fully strives To make itself in thee fair and admir'd! No messenger. and not love her?-I'll seem the fool I am not. my queen. On pain of punishment. He comes too short of that great property Which still should go with Antony.-Now. Is Caesar with Antonius priz'd so slight? PHILO. Come. with their Train. CLEOPATRA. in which I bind.] SCENE II. to laugh. for the love of Love and her soft hours. . but thine. [Exeunt ANTONY and CLEOPATRA. Hear the ambassadors. 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. I am full sorry That he approves the common liar.

No. In nature's infinite book of secrecy A little I can read. .] CHARMIAN. Vex not his prescience. be attentive. most anything Alexas. Is this the man?--Is't you. Show him your hand. I make not.] ENOBARBUS. then. foresee me one. almost most absolute Alexas. CHARMIAN. Soothsayer. [Enter ENOBARBUS. ALEXAS. which you say must charge his horns with garlands! ALEXAS. SOOTHSAYER. and a Soothsayer. wine enough Cleopatra's health to drink. Wrinkles forbid! ALEXAS. CHARMIAN. Good. give me good fortune. ALEXAS. you shall paint when you are old. You shall be yet far fairer than you are. Bring in the banquet quickly. sweet Alexas. sir. but foresee. sir. Your will? CHARMIAN. IRAS.-SOOTHSAYER. CHARMIAN.9 [Enter CHARMIAN. He means in flesh. SOOTHSAYER. CHARMIAN. Pray. IRAS. where's the soothsayer that you praised so to the queen? O that I knew this husband. that know things? SOOTHSAYER. Lord Alexas.

ENOBARBUS. some excellent fortune! Let me be married to three kings in a forenoon. CHARMIAN. how many boys and wenches must I have? SOOTHSAYER. and companion me with my mistress. Then belike my children shall have no names:--pr'ythee. I had rather heat my liver with drinking. CHARMIAN. and most of our fortunes. You think none but your sheets are privy to your wishes. CHARMIAN. Nay. Out. ALEXAS. Nay. You shall outlive the lady whom you serve. excellent! I love long life better than figs. Good now.10 CHARMIAN. CHARMIAN. SOOTHSAYER. IRAS. shall be-drunk to bed. If every of your wishes had a womb. CHARMIAN. There's a palm presages chastity. CHARMIAN. SOOTHSAYER. a million. Hush! SOOTHSAYER. You have seen and prov'd a fairer former fortune Than that which is to approach. You shall be more beloving than beloved. Mine. to-night. to whom Herod of Jewry may do homage: find me to marry me with Octavius Caesar. And fertile every wish. . O. if nothing else. We'll know all our fortunes. ALEXAS. come. ALEXAS. hear him. fool! I forgive thee for a witch. tell Iras hers. and widow them all: let me have a child at fifty.

you cannot soothsay. and fortune him accordingly! CHARMIAN. Hush! Here comes Antony. IRAS. let him marry a woman that cannot go. I cannot scratch mine ear. Lo now. the queen. ALEXAS. I have said. if an oily palm be not a fruitful prognostication. CHARMIAN. keep decorum. till the worst of all follow him laughing to his grave. SOOTHSAYER. hear me this prayer. IRAS. IRAS. I beseech thee! And let her die too. Amen. but how? give me particulars. [Enter CLEOPATRA. Not he. so it is a deadly sorrow to behold a foul knave uncuckolded: therefore. good Isis. CHARMIAN.11 CHARMIAN.--Pr'ythee. E'en as the o'erflowing Nilus presageth famine. they would make themselves whores but they'd do't! ENOBARBUS. Am I not an inch of fortune better than she? CHARMIAN. you wild bedfellow. CHARMIAN.] . tell her but worky-day fortune. if you were but an inch of fortune better than I. hear that prayer of the people! for. if it lay in their hands to make me a cuckold. as it is a heartbreaking to see a handsome man loose-wived. his fortune! his fortune!--O. I beseech thee! IRAS. Not in my husband's nose.--come. dear Isis. sweet Isis. But how. SOOTHSAYER. Well. Amen. Dear goddess. Go. Your fortunes are alike. where would you choose it? IRAS. Nay. Our worser thoughts heavens mend!--Alexas. and give him a worse! and let worse follow worse. though thou deny me a matter of more weight. fiftyfold a cuckold! Good Isis.

[Exeunt CLEOPATRA. Fulvia thy wife first came into the field. Whose better issue in the war.. and the time's state Made friends of them. The nature of bad news infects the teller. Against my brother Lucius. but on the sudden A Roman thought hath struck him. We will not look upon him: go with us. Here. lady. and Soothsayer. . madam. from Italy Upon the first encounter.. No. ENOBARBUS.--Enobarbus. drave them. Ay: But soon that war had end. CHAR. and bring him hither.] MESSENGER. Well.] [Enter ANTONY.-ENOBARBUS. Was he not here? CHARMIAN. ANTONY. ANTONY. IRAS. MESSENGER. jointing their force 'gainst Caesar. He was dispos'd to mirth. Madam? CLEOPATRA. CLEOPATRA. Saw you my lord? ENOBARBUS. ALEX. No. CLEOPATRA. Seek him. CLEOPATRA. what worst? MESSENGER. at your service.12 CLEOPATRA.--My lord approaches. with a MESSENGER and Attendants.--Where's Alexas? ALEXAS.

Antony. O. Speak to me home. thou wouldst say. Extended Asia from Euphrates. then we bring forth weeds When our quick minds lie still. MESSENGER. Let him appear. mince not the general tongue: Name Cleopatra as she is call'd in Rome. His conquering banner shook from Syria To Lydia and to Ionia.-ANTONY. MESSENGER. ho. At your noble pleasure. the news! Speak there! FIRST ATTENDANT.--'Tis thus. and taunt my faults With such full licence as both truth and malice Have power to utter. I hear him as he flatter'd. with his Parthian force. When it concerns the fool or coward. From Sicyon. and our ills told us Is as our earing. O.] What are you? .--On:-Things that are past are done with me. Rail thou in Fulvia's phrase.13 ANTONY.-These strong Egyptian fetters I must break. Fare thee well awhile.-This is stiff news. Whilst. Labienus. Or lose myself in dotage. though in his tale lie death. He stays upon your will.] ANTONY. [Exit. The man from Sicyon--is there such an one? SECOND ATTENDANT. my lord! ANTONY.-[Enter another MESSENGER. Who tells me true.-MESSENGER.--hath. ANTONY.

ANTONY. with what else more serious Importeth thee to know. I must with haste from hence. Enobarbus! [Re-enter ENOBARBUS. if they suffer our departure. being gone.] There's a great spirit gone! Thus did I desire it: What our contempts doth often hurl from us. does become The opposite of itself: she's good. though. In Sicyon: Her length of sickness. death's the word. ANTONY. ENOBARBUS. My idleness doth hatch--ho. Under a compelling occasion. ENOBARBUS.] ANTONY. no: her passions are made of nothing but the finest part of pure love: we cannot call her winds and . ENOBARBUS. I must from this enchanting queen break off: Ten thousand harms.] ENOBARBUS. then we kill all our women: we see how mortal an unkindness is to them. Cleopatra. What's your pleasure. I have seen her die twenty times upon far poorer moment: I do think there is mettle in death. By revolution lowering. The hand could pluck her back that shov'd her on. let women die: it were pity to cast them away for nothing. Where died she? SECOND MESSENGER. I must be gone. the present pleasure. more than the ills I know. Alack. sir? ANTONY. she hath such a celerity in dying. Forbear me. [Exit MESSENGER. between them and a great cause they should be esteemed nothing. She is cunning past man's thought. which commits some loving act upon her. dies instantly. Why. this bears. sir. Fulvia thy wife is dead. ANTONY. catching but the least noise of this. We wish it ours again.14 SECOND MESSENGER. [Gives a letter.

Fulvia is dead. your old smock brings forth a new petticoat:--and. Sir? ANTONY. Dead. If there were no more women but Fulvia. you had then left unseen a wonderful piece of work. but the letters too Of many our contriving friends in Rome Petition us at home: Sextus Pompeius Hath given the dare to Caesar. if it be. Fulvia is dead. ANTONY. Fulvia? ANTONY. ENOBARBUS. the tears live in an onion that should water this sorrow. ENOBARBUS. For not alone The death of Fulvia. indeed. then had you indeed a cut. they are greater storms and tempests than almanacs can report: this cannot be cunning in her. she makes a shower of rain as well as Jove. Do strongly speak to us. The business she hath broached in the state Cannot endure my absence. ENOBARBUS. comforting therein that when old robes are worn out there are members to make new. with more urgent touches. ANTONY. When it pleaseth their deities to take the wife of a man from him. No more light answers. And the business you have broached here cannot be without you. O sir. which wholly depends on your abode.15 waters. and commands The empire of the sea. and the case to be lamented: this grief is crown'd with consolation. sir. Let our officers Have notice what we purpose. ANTONY. it shows to man the tailors of the earth. Why. sighs and tears. especially that of Cleopatra's. Would I had never seen her! ENOBARBUS. I shall break The cause of our expedience to the queen. our slippery people. give the gods a thankful sacrifice. ANTONY. And get her leave to part. ENOBARBUS. which not to have been blest withal would have discredited your travel.-Whose love is never link'd to the deserver .

what he does:-I did not send you:--if you find him sad. . A Room in CLEOPATRA'S palace. requires Our quick remove from hence.--the way to lose him. See where he is. and return. forbear. going on. What should I do. CLEOPATRA. [Enter CLEOPATRA. [Exeunt. Where is he? CHARMIAN. Thou teachest like a fool. Say I am dancing. Alexandria. if in mirth. report That I am sudden sick: quick. CHARMIAN. like the courser's hair. hath yet but life And not a serpent's poison. who's with him. I do not? CHARMIAN. Higher than both in blood and life. I did not see him since. [Exit ALEXAS. and all his dignities. our pleasure To such whose place is under us. But here comes Antony.--begin to throw Pompey the Great. I wish. In time we hate that which we often fear.16 Till his deserts are past.] SCENE III. who. cross him in nothing. CHARMIAN. I shall do't. stands up For the main soldier: whose quality. Madam.] CHARMIAN. CLEOPATRA. CLEOPATRA.] CLEOPATRA. Tempt him not so too far. In each thing give him way. You do not hold the method to enforce The like from him. The sides o' the world may danger: much is breeding Which. IRAS. Upon his son. methinks. if you did love him dearly. and ALEXAS. ENOBARBUS. Say. high in name and power.

-CLEOPATRA. Who have been false to Fulvia? Riotous madness.] CLEOPATRA.-CLEOPATRA. never was there queen So mightily betray'd! Yet at the first I saw the treasons planted. my dearest queen. Most sweet queen. Why should I think you can be mine and true. Help me away. pray you. hers you are. I am sorry to give breathing to my purpose. Nay. Cleopatra. O. I am sick and sullen. ANTONY. Though you in swearing shake the throned gods. What's the matter? CLEOPATRA. Now. seek no colour for your going. dear Charmian. Pray you. ANTONY. Would she had never given you leave to come! Let her not say 'tis I that keep you here.-CLEOPATRA.-CLEOPATRA. It cannot be thus long. ANTONY. What says the married woman?--You may go. ANTONY. The gods best know.-I have no power upon you. I shall fall. the sides of nature Will not sustain it.17 [Enter ANTONY. Which break themselves in swearing! ANTONY. ANTONY. To be entangled with those mouth-made vows. I know by that same eye there's some good news.-CLEOPATRA. stand farther from me. .

but be prepar'd to know The purposes I bear. which are. and go: when you su'd staying. And quietness.-Eternity was in our lips and eyes. It does from childishness:--can Fulvia die? ANTONY. Then was the time for words: no going then. In Fulvia's death how mine receiv'd shall be. I would I had thy inches. Though age from folly could not give me freedom. My more particular. Is Fulvia's death. creeps apace Into the hearts of such as have not thriv'd Upon the present state. grown sick of rest. Equality of two domestic powers Breed scrupulous faction: the hated. Hear me. none our parts so poor But was a race of heaven: they are so still. queen: The strong necessity of time commands Our services awhile. Are newly grown to love: the condemn'd Pompey. Rich in his father's honour. the greatest soldier of the world. lady! CLEOPATRA. I see. ANTONY. grown to strength. thou shouldst know There were a heart in Egypt.18 But bid farewell. ANTONY. but my full heart Remains in use with you. How now. See when and where she died. Look here. at thy sovereign leisure. Quarrel no more. And that which most with you should safe my going. read The garboils she awak'd. Or thou. O most false love! Where be the sacred vials thou shouldst fill With sorrowful water? Now I see. CLEOPATRA. my queen. Bliss in our brows' bent. . and. She's dead. Our Italy Shines o'er with civil swords: Sextus Pompeius Makes his approaches to the port of Rome. ANTONY.at the last. or cease. whose numbers threaten. would purge By any desperate change. CLEOPATRA. best. Art turn'd the greatest liar.

Courteous lord.--but there's not it. CLEOPATRA. ANTONY. ANTONY. Cut my lace. but this is meetly. Sir. But this is not the best:--look. So Antony loves. lady. CLEOPATRA. play one scene Of excellent dissembling. Now. my oblivion is a very Antony. My precious queen. Sir. turn aside and weep for her. So Fulvia told me. pr'ythee.--Still he mends. forbear. But that your royalty Holds idleness your subject.-CLEOPATRA. I'll leave you. Then bid adieu to me. I go from hence Thy soldier. and let it look Like perfect honour. making peace or war As thou affect'st. And I am all forgotten. which stands An honourable trial. You'll heat my blood: no more. How this Herculean Roman does become The carriage of his chafe. And give true evidence to his love.19 As you shall give theadvice. ANTONY. You can do better yet. by my sword. That you know well: something it is I would. one word. I pr'ythee. CLEOPATRA. you and I have lov'd.--but that's not it. you and I must part. ANTONY. come. and say the tears Belong to Egypt: good now. CLEOPATRA. I should take you .-O. Charmian. Charmian. By the fire That quickens Nilus' slime. ANTONY. And target.-But let it be: I am quickly ill and well. servant.

An Apartment in CAESAR'S House. And I. Therefore be deaf to my unpitied folly. You may see.20 For idleness itself. LEPIDUS. From Alexandria This is the news:--he fishes. drinks. It is not Caesar's natural vice to hate Our great competitor. But. and Attendants. nor the queen of Ptolemy More womanly than he: hardly gave audience. [Enter OCTAVIUS CAESAR. and stand the buffet . I must not think there are Evils enow to darken all his goodness: His faults in him seem as the spots of heaven. To give a kingdom for a mirth. hereditary Rather than purchas'd. Let us go. when they do not Eye well to you: your honour calls you hence. Come. Rome. residing here. goes yet with me. Our separation so abides. to sit And keep the turn of tippling with a slave.. CAESAR. Let's grant it is not Amiss to tumble on the bed of Ptolemy. And all the gods go with you! upon your sword Sit laurel victory! and smooth success Be strew'd before your feet! ANTONY. here remain with thee. 'Tis sweating labour To bear such idleness so near the heart As Cleopatra this. To reel the streets at noon. 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. CLEOPATRA. More fiery by night's blackness. LEPIDUS. Since my becomings kill me. That thou. Lepidus. hence fleeting. You are too indulgent.] CAESAR. and henceforth know. Away! [Exeunt. what he cannot change Than what he chooses. sir. and flies. and wastes The lamps of night in revel: is not more manlike Than Cleopatra.] SCENE IV. forgive me.

which they ear and wound With keels of every kind: many hot inroads They make in Italy. CAESAR.] LEPIDUS. MESSENGER. Full surfeits and the dryness of his bones Call on him for't: but to confound such time That drums him from his sport. I bring thee word Menecrates and Menas. and men's reports Give him much wrong'd.--'tis to be chid As we rate boys. for Pompey's name strikes more Than could his war resisted. Pompey is strong at sea. and every hour. Pawn their experience to their present pleasure. Most noble Caesar. being mature in knowledge. Comes dear'd by being lack'd.--yet must Antony No way excuse his foils when we do bear So great weight in his lightness. [Enter a Messenger. Goes to and back. Caesar. Here's more news. This common body. CAESAR. And so rebel to judgment. the borders maritime Lack blood to think on't. Make the sea serve them. and speaks as loud As his own state and ours. Like to a vagabond flag upon the stream. shalt thou have report How 'tis abroad.-As his composure must be rare indeed Whom these things cannot blemish. To rot itself with motion. And the ebb'd man. who.21 With knaves that smell of sweat: say this becomes him. Leave thy lascivious wassails. And it appears he is belov'd of those That only have fear'd Caesar: to the ports The discontents repair. Antony. 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. and flush youth revolt: No vessel can peep forth but 'tis as soon Taken as seen. famous pirates. MESSENGER. When thou once . If he fill'd His vacancy with his voluptuousness. ne'er lov'd till ne'er worth love. lackeying the varying tide. Thy biddings have been done.

A Room in the Palace. 'tis time we twain Did show ourselves i' thefield. sir. where thou slew'st Hirtius and Pansa. I shall be furnish'd to inform you rightly Both what by sea and land I can be able To front this present time. To let me be partaker. LEPIDUS. The barks of trees thou browsed'st.] SCENE V. [Enter CLEOPATRA. and the gilded puddle Which beasts would cough at: thy palate then did deign The roughest berry on the rudest hedge. at thy heel Did famine follow. To-morrow.-It wounds thine honour that I speak it now. with patience more Than savages could suffer: thou didst drink The stale of horses. Though daintily brought up. I knew it for my bond. consuls. 'Tis pity of him. Which some did die to look on: and all this. CAESAR. LEPIDUS. sir. LEPIDUS. Let his shames quickly Drive him to Rome. CAESAR. Doubt not. on the Alps It is reported thou didst eat strange flesh. like the stag when snow the pasture sheets.-Was borne so like a soldier that thy cheek So much as lank'd not. whom thou fought'st against. Farewell. CAESAR. CHARMIAN. I shall beseech you. . my lord: what you shall know meantime Of stirs abroad. Till which encounter It is my business too.] CLEOPATRA. Yea. Farewell. Alexandria.22 Was beaten from Modena. Caesar. and to that end Assemble we immediate council: Pompey Thrives in our idleness. and MARDIAN. [Exeunt. IRAS.

CLEOPATRA.-CHARMIAN. I take no pleasure In aught an eunuch has. Not now to hear thee sing. being unseminar'd. CHARMIAN. I trust. Why. 'tis well for thee That. O. Ha. Hast thou affections? MARDIAN. eunuch Mardian! MARDIAN.23 Charmian. Madam? CLEOPATRA. CLEOPATRA. thy freer thoughts May not fly forth of Egypt. and think What Venus did with Mars. That I might sleep out this great gap of time My Antony is away. CLEOPATRA. CHARMIAN. Where think'st thou he is now? Stands he or sits he? . madam? CLEOPATRA. You think of him too much. gracious madam. Madam. Not in deed. Yes. Indeed! MARDIAN. not so. What's your highness' pleasure? CLEOPATRA. madam. CLEOPATRA. ha!-Give me to drink mandragora. for I can do nothing But what indeed is honest to be done: Yet have I fierce affections. Thou. O Charmian. 'tis treason! CHARMIAN.

at whose foot. And soberly did mount an arm-girt steed. There would he anchor his aspect and die With looking on his life. I will piece Her opulent throne with kingdoms. He kiss'd. 'Good friend. ALEXAS. he was nor sad nor merry.-This orient pearl: his speech sticks in my heart.24 Or does he walk? or is he on his horse? O happy horse. shall call her mistress. . Last thing he did. that great medicine hath With his tinct gilded thee. [Enter ALEXAS.-How goes it with my brave Mark Antony? ALEXAS. to bear the weight of Antony! Do bravely.--the last of many doubled kisses. Say thou. the firm Roman to great Egypt sends This treasure of an oyster. hail! CLEOPATRA. CLEOPATRA.--Now I feed myself With most delicious poison:--think on me. To mend the petty present.--He's speaking now. Or murmuring 'Where's my serpent of old Nile?' For so he calls me. Like to the time o' the year between the extremes Of hot and cold.' So he nodded. How much unlike art thou Mark Antony! Yet. 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. coming from him.] ALEXAS.' quoth he 'Say. Sovereign of Egypt. Mine ear must pluck it thence. That am with Phoebus' amorous pinches black. was he sad or merry? ALEXAS. CLEOPATRA. the arm And burgonet of men. And wrinkled deep in time? Broad-fronted Caesar. dear queen. Who neigh'd so high that what I would have spoke Was beastly dumb'd by him. horse! for wott'st thou whom thou mov'st? The demi-Atlas of this earth. all the east. What.

O that brave Caesar! CLEOPATRA. Or I'll unpeople Egypt. [Exeunt. Ever love Caesar so? CHARMIAN. my good Alexas. he was not merry. CHARMIAN.' CHARMIAN. Ay.--Did I. Charmian.--Mett'st thou my posts? ALEXAS. So does it no man else. good Charmian. To say as I said then!--But come. The valiant Caesar! CLEOPATRA.--Ink and paper. My salad days. I sing but after you.-Which seem'd to tell them his remembrance lay In Egypt with his joy. O well-divided disposition!--Note him. By Isis. Charmian. Be chok'd with such another emphasis! Say 'the brave Antony. Note him. By your most gracious pardon. 'tis the man.-Welcome. Why do you send so thick? CLEOPATRA. When I was green in judgment:--cold in blood. . The violence of either thee becomes. I will give thee bloody teeth If thou with Caesar paragon again My man of men. but note him: He was not sad. CLEOPATRA.--for he would shine on those That make their looks by his.25 CLEOPATRA. Get me ink and paper: he shall have every day A several greeting. twenty several messengers. Who's born that day When I forget to send to Antony Shall die a beggar. madam. away.] ACT II. but between both: O heavenly mingle!--Be'st thou sad or merry.

Salt Cleopatra. My powers are crescent. MENECRATES. If the great gods be just. A Room in POMPEY'S house. I shall do well. The people love me. Looking for Antony. so find we profit By losing of our prayers. [Enter POMPEY. and MENAS. Messina. From Silvius. Where have you this? 'tis false. That what they do delay they not deny. POMPEY. ignorant of ourselves. But all the charms of love. MENECRATES. Of both is flatter'd.26 SCENE I. Caesar and Lepidus Are in the field: a mighty strength they carry.] POMPEY. lust with both! Tie up the libertine in a field of feasts. POMPEY. worthy Pompey. Know. POMPEY. Beg often our own harms. That sleep and feeding may prorogue his honour . they shall assist The deeds of justest men. POMPEY. We. MENAS. MENECRATES. but he neither loves Nor either cares for him. soften thy wan'd lip! Let witchcraft join with beauty. Mark Antony In Egypt sits at dinner. which the wise powers Deny us for our good. decays The thing we sue for. and will make No wars without doors: Caesar gets money where He loses hearts: Lepidus flatters both. MENAS. He dreams: I know they are in Rome together. Whiles we are suitors to their throne. and my auguring hope Says it will come to the full. sir. Keep his brain fuming. Epicurean cooks Sharpen with cloyless sauce his appetite. and the sea is mine.

I could have given less matter A better ear. MENAS. I think. Menas. I did not think This amorous surfeiter would have donn'd his helm For such a petty war. Rome. POMPEY. Not mov'd by Antony. I cannot hope Caesar and Antony shall well greet together: His wife that's dead did trespasses to Caesar. How lesser enmities may give way to greater. we yet not know. . 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. [Enter VARRIUS. to entreat your captain To soft and gentle speech. I know not. his soldiership Is twice the other twain: but let us rear The higher our opinion. and bind up The petty difference. POMPEY. Varrius! VARRIUS. that our stirring Can from the lap of Egypt's widow pluck The ne'er lust-wearied Antony.] LEPIDUS. 'Twere pregnant they should square between themselves.--Menas.] SCENE II.27 Even till a Lethe'd dullness. A Room in the House of LEPIDUS. For they have entertained cause enough To draw their swords: but how the fear of us May cement their divisions. Were't not that we stand up against them all. although. Menas. Be't as our gods will have't! It only stands Our lives upon to use our strongest hands. [Enter ENOBARBUS and LEPIDUS. His brother warr'd upon him.] How now. 'tis a worthy deed. [Exeunt. Good Enobarbus. And shall become you well. Come.

CAESAR. [Enter CAESAR. pray you. May it be gently heard: when we debate Our trivial difference loud. LEPIDUS. stir no embers up. Were I the wearer of Antonius' beard. Here comes The noble Antony. ENOBARBUS. And yonder. But small to greater matters must give way. ask Agrippa.28 ENOBARBUS. and AGRIPPA. LEPIDUS. [Enter ANTONY and VENTIDIUS.-Touch you the sourest points with sweetest terms. to Parthia. LEPIDUS. Let Antony look over Caesar's head. . ENOBARBUS.] ENOBARBUS.] ANTONY. What's amiss. Noble friends. Hark. By Jupiter. Caesar.-The rather for I earnestly beseech. Every time Serves for the matter that is then born in't. 'Tis not a time For private stomaching. I do not know. and let not A leaner action rend us. noble partners. Not if the small come first. And speak as loud as Mars. That which combin'd us was most great. Nor curstness grow to the matter. I would not shave't to-day. Your speech is passion: But. Maecenas. If we compose well here. we do commit Murder in healing wounds: then. I shall entreat him To answer like himself: if Caesar move him. LEPIDUS. Ventidius. MAECENAS.

Welcome to Rome.29 ANTONY. and with you Chiefly i' the world. and to fight. Caesar. 'Tis spoken well. I Should say myself offended. How intend you practis'd? CAESAR. I learn you take things ill which are not so. My being in Egypt. when to sound your name It not concern'd me. ANTONY. ANTONY. concern you not. Sit. ANTONY. CAESAR. ANTONY. Your wife and brother Made wars upon me. then. sir. or for nothing or a little. Thank you. What was't to you? CAESAR. more laugh'd at that I should Once name you derogately. CAESAR. ANTONY. I must be laugh'd at If. No more than my residing here at Rome Might be to you in Egypt: yet. Or being. ANTONY. You may be pleas'd to catch at mine intent By what did here befall me. Were we before our armies. Sit. and their contestation Was theme for you. Nay. your being in Egypt Might be my question. . you were the word of war. CAESAR. CAESAR. I should do thus. if you there Did practise on my state.

you Did pocket up my letters.--which not wanted Shrewdness of policy too. ANTONY. which with a snaffle You may pace easy. As for my wife. ENOBARBUS. He fell upon me ere admitted: then Three kings I had newly feasted. I would you had her spirit in such another: The third o' theworld is yours. CAESAR. Would we had all such wives.--I grieving grant Did you too much disquiet: for that you must But say I could not help it. but not such a wife. Sir. If you'll patch a quarrel As matter whole you have not to make it with. her garboils. which was as much As to have ask'd him pardon.30 You do mistake your business. Made out of her impatience. Did he not rather Discredit my authority with yours. . Could not with graceful eyes attend those wars Which 'fronted mine own peace. Your partner in the cause 'gainst which he fought. but You patch'd up your excuses. if we contend. not so. and did want Of what I was i' the morning: but next day I told him of myself. You praise yourself By laying defects of judgment to me. So much uncurbable. It must not be with this. that I. I know you could not lack. Let this fellow Be nothing of our strife. my brother never Did urge me in his act: I did inquire it. And have my learning from some true reports That drew their swords with you. Not so. CAESAR. And make the wars alike against my stomach. that the men Might go to wars with the women. Very necessity of this thought. ANTONY. and with taunts Did gibe my missive out of audience. ANTONY. Having alike your cause? Of this my letters Before did satisfy you. Caesar. I wrote to you When rioting in Alexandria. I am certain on't.

Or. To lend me arms and aid when I requir'd them. LEPIDUS. if you borrow one another's love for the instant. Caesar! ANTONY. ENOBARBUS.31 Out of our question wipe him. Thou art a soldier only: speak no more. . let him speak. Caesar. To have me out of Egypt. do So far ask pardon as befits mine honour To stoop in such a case. made wars here. As nearly as I may. Worthily spoken. The which you both denied. Neglected. which you shall never Have tongue to charge me with. MAECENAS. that Fulvia. The article of my oath. rather. And then when poison'd hours had bound me up From mine own knowledge. Truth is. You have broken The article of your oath. ANTONY.--But on. LEPIDUS. nor my power Work without it. 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. For which myself. Maecenas. Supposing that I lack'd it. Soft. return it again: you shall have time to wrangle in when you have nothing else to do. ENOBARBUS. the ignorant motive. 'Tis noble spoken. CAESAR. The honour is sacred which he talks on now. you may. I'll play the penitent to you: but mine honesty Shall not make poor my greatness. No. LEPIDUS. ANTONY. CAESAR. when you hear no more words of Pompey. Lepidus.

You wrong this presence. AGRIPPA. To make you brothers. CAESAR. . which now import their dangers. your considerate stone! CAESAR. and all loves to both. Speak. and to knit your hearts With an unslipping knot. our conditions So differing in their acts. Go to. Thou hast a sister by the mother's side.32 That truth should be silent I had almost forgot. therefore speak no more. but The manner of his speech. your reproof Were well deserv'd of rashness. Pardon what I have spoke. Would then be nothing: truths would be tales. not a present thought. And all great fears. I do not much dislike the matter. Yet if I knew What hoop should hold us stanch. By duty ruminated. Where now half tales be truths: her love to both Would each to other. I would pursue it. Agrippa: If Cleopatra heard you. Whose virtue and whose general graces speak That which none else can utter. Say not so. Draw after her. ANTONY.-CAESAR. whose beauty claims No worse a husband than the best of men. I am not married. take Antony Octavia to his wife. To hold you in perpetual amity. Caesar: let me hear Agrippa further speak. Agrippa. ANTONY. for't cannot be We shall remain in friendship. from edge to edge O' the world. Caesar. AGRIPPA. Admir'd Octavia: great Mark Antony Is now a widower. which now seem great. For 'tis a studied. AGRIPPA. Give me leave. then. ENOBARBUS. By this marriage All little jealousies.

What power is in Agrippa. ANTONY. Time calls upon's: Of us must Pompey presently be sought. whom no brother Did ever love so dearly: let her live To join our kingdoms and our hearts. and from this hour The heart of brothers govern in our loves And sway our great designs! CAESAR. Dream of impediment!--Let me have thy hand: Further this act of grace. and His power unto Octavia. amen! ANTONY. I must thank him only. Happily. Will Caesar speak? CAESAR. LEPIDUS. and never Fly off our loves again! LEPIDUS. For he hath laid strange courtesies and great Of late upon me. If I would say 'Agrippa. A sister I bequeath you. ANTONY. The power of Caesar. I did not think to draw my sword 'gainst Pompey. defy him. At heel of that. Or else he seeks out us. May I never To this good purpose. Not till he hears how Antony is touch'd With what is spoke already. There is my hand. ANTONY. be it so. . About the Mount Misenum. Where lies he? CAESAR.' To make this good? CAESAR. Lest my remembrance suffer ill report. that so fairly shows.33 ANTONY.

You stay'd well by it in Egypt. Ay. ere we put ourselves in arms. we did sleep day out of countenance. [Flourish. Good Enobarbus! MAECENAS. Not sickness should detain me.34 ANTONY. Eight wild boars roasted whole at a breakfast. Great and increasing. and but twelve persons there. Agrippa!-AGRIPPA. ANTONY. So is the fame. Let us. Not lack your company. sir. Whither straight I'll lead you. This was but as a fly by an eagle: we had much more monstrous matter of feast. LEPIDUS. Is this true? ENOBARBUS. Noble Antony. which worthily deserved noting. worthy Maecenas!--my honourable friend. ENOBARBUS. ANTONY. Welcome from Egypt. Lepidus. Would we had spoke together! Haste we for it: Yet. . and made the night light with drinking. but by sea He is an absolute master. And do invite you to my sister's view. and LEPIDUS. Exeunt CAESAR.] MAECENAS. ANTONY. despatch we The business we have talk'd of. ENOBARBUS. MAECENAS. sir. What is his strength By land? CAESAR. We have cause to be glad that matters are so well digested. MAECENAS. CAESAR. Half the heart of Caesar. With most gladness.

Antony sent to her. and so perfumed that The winds were love-sick with them. O. As amorous of their strokes. whose wind did seem To glow the delicate cheeks which they did cool. and made The water which they beat to follow faster. And made a gap in nature. The barge she sat in. and Antony. With divers-colour'd fans. From the barge A strange invisible perfume hits the sense Of the adjacent wharfs. Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke.35 She's a most triumphant lady. . Upon her landing.-O'er-picturing that Venus where we see The fancy out-work nature: on each side her Stood pretty dimpled boys. the oars were silver. Purple the sails. AGRIPPA. I will tell you. The city cast Her people out upon her. Invited her to supper: she replied It should be better he became her guest. AGRIPPA. did sit alone. but for vacancy. if report be square to her. like the Nereids. Her gentlewomen. So many mermaids. When she first met Mark Antony she pursed up his heart. Rare Egyptian! ENOBARBUS. Had gone to gaze on Cleopatra too. or my reporter devised well for her.--cloth-of-gold of tissue. rare for Antony! ENOBARBUS. which. tended her i' the eyes. Burn'd on the water: the poop was beaten gold. 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. Enthron'd i' the market-place. For her own person. Whistling to the air. There she appeared indeed. And what they undid did. ENOBARBUS. like a burnish'd throne. AGRIPPA. ENOBARBUS. upon the river of Cydnus. It beggar'd all description: she did lie In her pavilion. Which she entreated: our courteous Antony. like smiling Cupids.

[Exeunt. he will not: Age cannot wither her. . modesty. AGRIPPA. I thank you. AGRIPPA. Let us go. OCTAVIA between them. ENOBARBUS. nor custom stale Her infinite variety: other women cloy The appetites they feed. for his ordinary. Being barber'd ten times o'er. Humbly. and she cropp'd. goes to the feast. sir. If beauty. ANTONY.] SCENE III. That she did make defect perfection. ENOBARBUS. but she makes hungry Where most she satisfies: for vilest things Become themselves in her. MAECENAS. MAECENAS.36 Whom ne'er the word of 'No' woman heard speak. A Room in CAESAR'S House. power breathe forth. Now Antony must leave her utterly. she spoke and panted. make yourself my guest Whilst you abide here. having lost her breath. breathless. wisdom. pays his heart For what his eyes eat only.-Good Enobarbus. I saw her once Hop forty paces through the public street. Rome. that the holy priests Bless her when she is riggish. And. Never. Octavia is A blessed lottery to him.] ANTONY. Royal wench! She made great Caesar lay his sword to bed: He ploughed her. and Attendants. The world and my great office will sometimes Divide me from your bosom. And. And. ENOBARBUS. [Enter CAESAR. can settle The heart of Antony.

ANTONY. Caesar's. stay not by his side: Thy demon. nor you Thither! ANTONY. Where Caesar's is not. that thy spirit which keeps thee. SOOTHSAYER. dear lady. but yet Hie you to Egypt again. Therefore. as being o'erpower'd: therefore Make space enough between you. but near him thy angel Becomes a fear. Good night.] [Enter SOOTHSAYER. courageous. unmatchable. sir. Say to me. ANTONY. CAESAR. Speak this no more. Whose fortunes shall rise higher. Good night. high.-OCTAVIA. If you can. O Antony. your reason.--My Octavia. have it not in my tongue. Would I had never come from thence. Good night. I see it in my motion. sirrah. Now. [Exeunt CAESAR and OCTAVIA. Read not my blemishes in the world's report: I have not kept my square. but that to come Shall all be done by the rule.37 OCTAVIA.] ANTONY. Caesar's or mine? SOOTHSAYER. . sir. is Noble. ANTONY. All which time Before the gods my knee shall bow my prayers To them for you. Good night. SOOTHSAYER. you do wish yourself in Egypt? SOOTHSAYER.

and AGRIPPA. [Exeunt. AGRIPPA. LEPIDUS. If thou dost play with him at any game. MAECENAS. Which will become you both. MAECENAS. But. Follow me and receive it.-And in our sports my better cunning faints Under his chance: if we draw lots. Ventidius. and his quails ever Beat mine. [Enter VENTIDIUS.38 To none but thee. Get thee gone: Say to Ventidius I would speak with him:-[Exit SOOTHSAYER. Lepidus.] O. He hath spoken true: the very dice obey him. he speeds. ANTONY.] He shall to Parthia. and of that natural luck He beats thee 'gainst the odds: thy lustre thickens When he shines by: I say again. inhoop'd. You must to Parthia: your commission's ready. When it is all to nought. Trouble yourselves no further: pray you. A street. I will to Egypt: And though I make this marriage for my peace. Till I shall see you in your soldier's dress. thy spirit Is all afraid to govern thee near him. be at the mount Before you. [Enter LEPIDUS. at odds. As I conceive the journey. . Thou art sure to lose. and we'll follow.--Be it art or hap. no more but when to thee. he away.] SCENE IV. come. We shall. Mark Antony Will e'en but kiss Octavia. His cocks do win the battle still of mine. 'tis noble. I' the East my pleasure lies.] LEPIDUS. farewell. Sir. Rome. hasten Your generals after.

Give me some music. My purposes do draw me much about. Alexandria.--music. The actor may plead pardon. CHARMIAN. And when good will is show'd. and Attendants. my bended hook shall pierce Their slimy jaws. you'll play with me.--Come. Let it alone. My arm is sore. best play with Mardian. [Exeunt. good success! LEPIDUS. Farewell. sir? MARDIAN. I'll none now:-Give me mine angle.39 LEPIDUS. CHARMIAN.' CHARMIAN. Sir. CLEOPATRA. ho! [Enter MARDIAN. There. The music. 'Twas merry when . CLEOPATRA. though't come too short. As well a woman with an eunuch play'd As with a woman. A Room in the Palace. My music playing far off. You'll win two days upon me.] SCENE V. madam. ALEXAS. Charmian.] CLEOPATRA. and as I draw them up I'll think them every one an Antony. [Enter CLEOPATRA. As well as I can.--we'll to the river. IRAS.] CLEOPATRA. I will betray Tawny-finn'd fishes. ALL. let's to billiards: Come. moody food Of us that trade in love. Your way is shorter. BOTH. And say 'Ah ha! You're caught.

there is gold.-CLEOPATRA. The gold I give thee will I melt and pour Down thy ill-uttering throat. which he With fervency drew up. he's well. we use To say the dead are well: bring it to that. Will't please you hear me? . Why. But there's no goodness in thy face: if Antony Be free and healthful. Good madam. and that night I laugh'd him into patience: and next morn. when your diver Did hang a salt fish on his hook. whilst I wore his sword Philippan. go to. CLEOPATRA. If thou so yield him. That long time have been barren. MESSENGER. I drunk him to his bed. MESSENGER.--a hand that kings Have lipp'd. That time?--O times!-I laughed him out of patience. Then put my tires and mantles on him. Antony's dead!-If thou say so.] O! from Italy!-Ram thou thy fruitful tidings in mine ears. sirrah. But. and trembled kissing. But well and free. [Enter a MESSENGER. madam. thou kill'st thy mistress. hear me. MESSENGER. there's more gold. Thou shouldst come like a fury crown'd with snakes. madam. CLEOPATRA. Ere the ninth hour. villain. CLEOPATRA. First. MESSENGER. Not like a formal man. Madam. Well. and here My bluest veins to kiss.40 You wager'd on your angling. I will. mark.--why so tart a favour To trumpet such good tidings! If not well.

For the best turn i' the bed. CLEOPATRA. Pr'ythee.-CLEOPATRA.41 CLEOPATRA. Madam. MESSENGER. or not captive to him. The good and bad together: he's friends with Caesar. madam. Free. But yet. thou say'st. I am pale. Th'art an honest man. And friends with Caesar. free. CLEOPATRA. I have a mind to strike thee ere thou speak'st: Yet. friend. and. For what good turn? MESSENGER. CLEOPATRA. if thou say Antony lives. MESSENGER. and hail Rich pearls upon thee. I do not like 'but yet'. Or friends with Caesar. thou say'st. Caesar and he are greater friends than ever. Pour out the pack of matter to mine ear. In state of health. MESSENGER. I'll set thee in a shower of gold. Charmian. it does allay The good precedence. MESSENGER. Well said. CLEOPATRA. madam! no. fie upon 'but yet'! 'But yet' is as a gaoler to bring forth Some monstrous malefactor. I made no such report: He's bound unto Octavia. Make thee a fortune from me. he's well. CLEOPATRA. MESSENGER. MESSENGER. he's married to Octavia. Madam. . is well.

Gracious madam. [Exit. a province I will give thee. Some innocents scape not the thunderbolt. CLEOPATRA. madam? I have made no fault.-What mean you.] CHARMIAN. I that do bring the news made not the match. Smarting in ling'ring pickle. Good madam. [Draws a dagger. Good madam. I'll unhair thy head: [She hales him up and down.] MESSENGER. The most infectious pestilence upon thee! [Strikes him down. keep yourself within yourself: The man is innocent. patience. Rogue. Say 'tis not so. CLEOPATRA. thou hast liv'd too long.-- .42 CLEOPATRA.] MESSENGER.] Horrible villain! or I'll spurn thine eyes Like balls before me. Nay. [Strikes him again. And I will boot thee with what gift beside Thy modesty can beg. MESSENGER. He's married. MESSENGER. What say you?--Hence. then I'll run. CLEOPATRA. CLEOPATRA. And make thy fortunes proud: the blow thou hadst Shall make thy peace for moving me to rage. madam.] Thou shalt be whipp'd with wire and stew'd in brine.

The gods confound thee! dost thou hold there still! MESSENGER.' MESSENGER. CLEOPATRA. since I myself Have given myself the cause. Though it be honest.43 Melt Egypt into Nile! and kindly creatures Turn all to serpents!--Call the slave again:-Though I am mad. I would thou didst. I will not hurt him. madam. sir. He is married? MESSENGER. He's married. [Re-enter CHARMIAN and Messenger. O. . CLEOPATRA. that they strike A meaner than myself.] These hands do lack nobility. So half my Egypt were submerg'd. I crave your highness' pardon. but let ill tidings tell Themselves when they be felt. MESSENGER. Should I lie. it is never good To bring bad news: give to a gracious message An host of tongues. [Exit CHARMIAN. get thee hence: Hadst thou Narcissus in thy face. madam? CLEOPATRA. to me Thou wouldst appear most ugly. I will not bite him:--call! CHARMIAN. I have done my duty. He is afear'd to come. CLEOPATRA. Is he married? I cannot hate thee worser than I do If thou again say 'Yes. and made A cistern for scal'd snakes! Go.] Come hither. CLEOPATRA.

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.

A certain queen to Caesar in a mattress. Antony. We'll feast each other ere we part. POMPEY. I know thee now: how far'st thou. POMPEY. first Or last. I have fair meanings. Well. POMPEY. I have heard that Julius Caesar Grew fat with feasting there. And fair words to them. sir. ANTONY.--Thus we are agreed: I crave our composition may be written. What.-ENOBARBUS. POMPEY. I pray you? ENOBARBUS. ANTONY. POMPEY. And seal'd between us. and let's Draw lots who shall begin. POMPEY. And well am like to do. POMPEY. Pompey.47 POMPEY. You have heard much. CAESAR. No. take the lot: but. No more of that:--he did so. And I have heard Apollodorus carried. for I perceive Four feasts are toward. That's the next to do. Lepidus. I hope so. soldier? ENOBARBUS. That will I. . Then so much have I heard. your fine Egyptian cookery Shall have the fame. ANTONY.

would ne'er have made this treaty. MENAS. [Aside. Come. ENOBARBUS. I will praise any man that will praise me. .-Aboard my galley I invite you all: Will you lead. I never hated thee: I have seen thee fight. and LEPIDUS. ENOBARBUS. And you by land. sir.] Thy father. MENAS. ENOBARBUS. MENAS. And you by land. I think. ENOBARBUS.] MENAS. ENOBARBUS. something you can deny for your own safety: you have been a great thief by sea.48 Let me shake thy hand. lords? CAESAR. though it cannot be denied what I have done by land. sir. We have. [Exeunt all but ENOBARBUS and MENAS. When I have envied thy behaviour. but I ha' prais'd ye When you have well deserv'd ten times as much As I have said you did. Nor what I have done by water. Show's the way. You have done well by water. Yes. Sir. sir. ANTONY. Pompey. Enjoy thy plainness. I never lov'd you much. At sea. It nothing ill becomes thee. MENAS. POMPEY. POMPEY. ENOBARBUS.-.You and I have known.

But give me your hand. is he married to Cleopatra? ENOBARBUS. sir? ENOBARBUS. But there is never a fair woman has a true face. Pray you. We look'd not for Mark Antony here: pray you.49 There I deny my land service. MENAS. here they might take two thieves kissing. MENAS. whatsome'er their hands are. . 'Tis true. If I were bound to divine of this unity. MENAS. sir. No slander. I am sorry it is turn'd to a drinking. If he do. 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. cold. I think the policy of that purpose made more in the marriage than the love of the parties. Caesar's sister is called Octavia. For my part. MENAS. But she is now the wife of Marcus Antonius. MENAS. Then is Caesar and he for ever knit together. We came hither to fight with you. ENOBARBUS. You have said. sir. Pompey doth this day laugh away his fortune. ENOBARBUS. True. I would not prophesy so. sure he cannot weep it back again. I think so too. ENOBARBUS. ENOBARBUS. MENAS. and still conversation. ENOBARBUS. they steal hearts. MENAS. ENOBARBUS. Menas: if our eyes had authority. she was the wife of Caius Marcellus. All men's faces are true. MENAS.

] SCENE VII.50 MENAS. Not he that himself is not so. FIRST SERVANT. Come. [Exeunt. FIRST SERVANT. will you aboard? I have a health for you. let's away. And thus it may be. To be called into a huge sphere. LEPIDUS. I shall take it. MENAS. MENAS. Who would not have his wife so? ENOBARBUS. On board POMPEY'S Galley. Some o' their plants are ill-rooted already. SECOND SERVANT. that which is the strength of their amity shall prove the immediate author of their variance. which is Mark Antony. 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. reconciles them to his entreaty and himself to the drink. sir. FIRST SERVANT. Enter CAESAR. which pitifully disaster the cheeks. But it raises the greater war between him and his discretion. he cries out 'no more'. sir: we have used our throats in Egypt. ENOBARBUS. and not to be seen to move in't. He will to his Egyptian dish again: then shall the sighs of Octavia blow the fire up in Caesar. SECOND SERVANT. Antony will use his affection where it is: he married but his occasion here. and. They have made him drink alms-drink. POMPEY. Come. SECOND SERVANT. [Music. the least wind i' the world will blow them down.] . with other Captains. Enter two or three SERVANTS with a banquet. As they pinch one another by the disposition.] FIRST SERVANT. MENAS. ANTONY. MAECENAS. [A sennet sounded. Here they'll be. lying near Misenum. as I said before. Why. AGRIPPA. ENOBARBUS. man. Lepidus is high-coloured. are the holes where eyes should be.

[Aside to MENAS. Lepidus. POMPEY. They are so. And hear me speak a word. . they know By the height.] Thus do they. certainly. I am not so well as I should be. a word. I have heard the Ptolemies' pyramises are very goodly things. and the elements once out of it. Not till you have slept. You've strange serpents there.] Forsake thy seat.51 ANTONY. it transmigrates. POMPEY. I fear me you'll be in till then. and it is as broad as it hath breadth: it is just so high as it is. [Aside to POMPEY. captain. but I'll ne'er out. [To CAESAR. LEPIDUS.] Pompey. Sit --and some wine!--A health to Lepidus! LEPIDUS. [Aside to MENAS. or the mean. if dearth Or foison follow: the higher Nilus swells The more it promises.] Forbear me till ano. It is shaped. Ay. as it ebbs. MENAS. ENOBARBUS. LEPIDUS. What manner o' thing is your crocodile? ANTONY. the lowness. ANTONY. sir. [Aside to POMPEY. without contradiction I have heard that. sir: they take the flow o' the Nile By certain scales i' the pyramid. LEPIDUS. And shortly comes to harvest. like itself. ANTONY. the seedsman Upon the slime and ooze scatters his grain. Nay.n-This wine for Lepidus! LEPIDUS. and moves with it own organs: it lives by that which nourisheth it.] Say in mine ear: what is't? MENAS. I do beseech thee. Your serpent of Egypt is bred now of your mud by the operation of your sun: so is your crocodile. POMPEY.

[Rises and walks aside. hang. LEPIDUS. ANTONY. Wilt thou be lord of all the world? POMPEY. POMPEY. Keep off them. lords. POMPEY. else he is a very epicure. These quicksands. Will this description satisfy him? ANTONY. Thou hast serv'd me with much faith. Wilt thou be lord of the whole world? That's twice. POMPEY. What's else to say?-Be jolly. Rise from thy stool.] Go. [Aside to MENAS. And the tears of it are wet.52 LEPIDUS.] I think thou'rt mad. sir. CAESAR.] The matter? MENAS.] If for the sake of merit thou wilt hear me. With the health that Pompey gives him. ANTONY. [Aside to POMPEY. What colour is it of? ANTONY. What say'st thou? MENAS.--Where's this cup I call'd for? MENAS. 'Tis so. for you sink. MENAS. I have ever held my cap off to thy fortunes. Lepidus. hang! Tell me of that! away! Do as I bid you. [Aside to MENAS. 'Tis a strange serpent. . Of its own colour too.

Shall never find it more. But must condemn it now. Show me which way. How should that be? MENAS. MENAS. ENOBARBUS. Pompey. Are in thy vessel: let me cut the cable. this thou shouldst have done. POMPEY. Hast thou drunk well? MENAS. POMPEY. I am the man Will give thee all the world. POMPEY.] For this. and drink. [Aside. Ah. Thou art. if thou wilt have't. And not have spoke on't! In me 'tis villainy: In thee't had been good service. I should have found it afterwards well done. POMPEY. Pompey. MENAS. Repent that e'er thy tongue Hath so betray'd thine act: being done unknown. these competitors. Menas! MENAS. Desist. Here's to thee. But entertain it. Who seeks. Thou must know 'Tis not my profit that does lead mine honour: Mine honour it. Bear him ashore. These three world-sharers.53 POMPEY. And though you think me poor. if thou dar'st be. No. I'll pledge it for him. the earthly Jove: Whate'er the ocean pales or sky inclips Is thine. And when we are put off. fall to their throats: All then is thine. This health to Lepidus! ANTONY. and will not take when once 'tis offer'd. I'll never follow thy pall'd fortunes more. I have kept me from the cup. .

That it might go on wheels! ENOBARBUS. then. Possess it. Come. ANTONY. ENOBARBUS. Why? ENOBARBUS. Fill till the cup be hid. I could well forbear't.--Strike the vessels. ENOBARBUS. . is drunk.] MENAS. 'A bears the third part of the world. increase the reels. The third part. There's a strong fellow. ANTONY. MENAS. POMPEY. I'll make answer: But I had rather fast from all four days Than drink so much in one.54 Enobarbus.] Ha. CAESAR. my brave emperor! Shall we dance now the Egyptian Bacchanals And celebrate our drink? POMPEY. Menas. would it were all. [Pointing to the servant who carries off LEPIDUS. see'st not? MENAS. [To ANTONY. This is not yet an Alexandrian feast. man. ho!-Here is to Caesar! CAESAR. It's monstrous labour when I wash my brain And it grows fouler. welcome! POMPEY. It ripens towards it. Drink thou. Be a child o' the time.

Come. your hand.55 Let's ha't. Till that the conquering wine hath steep'd our sense In soft and delicate Lethe.-Make battery to our ears with the loud music:-The while I'll place you: then the boy shall sing. You have my father's house. Come. And shall. Good brother. good soldier. I'll not on shore. I'll try you on the shore.-Good Antony. Cup us. down into the boat. sir: give's your hand. The holding every man shall bear as loud As his strong sides can volley. let's part. thou monarch of the vine. O Antony. ANTONY.--Gentle lords. [Music plays. let's all take hands. With thy grapes our hairs be crown'd: Cup us. ENOBARBUS places them hand in hand. [Exeunt POMPEY. Come. .] SONG. What needs more words. till the world go round. You see we have burnt our cheeks: strong Enobarb Is weaker than the wine. ENOBARBUS. and mine own tongue Splits what it speaks: the wild disguise hath almost Antick'd us all.] Menas. What would you more?--Pompey. ANTONY. All take hands. Take heed you fall not. what? we are friends. ENOBARBUS. POMPEY. Plumpy Bacchus with pink eyne! In thy fats our cares be drown'd. and Attendants. POMPEY. Good night. ANTONY. CAESAR.--but. till the world go round! CAESAR. Let me request you off: our graver business Frowns at this levity. good night.

Pays this for Marcus Crassus. and now Pleas'd fortune does of Marcus Crassus' death Make me revenger. O Silius. with SILIUS and other Romans. Which he achiev'd by the minute. with drums. to my cabin. Hoo! says 'a. MENAS. Officers and Soldiers. SCENE I. and the shelters whither The routed fly: so thy grand captain Antony Shall set thee on triumphant chariots. lost his favour. for learn this. Who does i' the wars more than his captain can Becomes his captain's captain. in triumph.-Better to leave undone.] VENTIDIUS. Caesar and Antony have ever won More in their officer.] ENOBARBUS.--Bear the king's son's body Before our army. . come. Silius. art thou struck. [Enter VENTIDIUS. his lieutenant. One of my place in Syria. Orodes. note well. Now. For quick accumulation of renown.] ACT III. I have done enough: a lower place. and Put garlands on thy head. and ambition. than by our deed Acquire too high a fame when him we serve's away. Whilst yet with Parthian blood thy sword is warm The fugitive Parthians follow. May make too great an act. No. Silius. darting Parthia. spur through Media. [Exeunt.56 MENAS. flutes! what!-Let Neptune hear we bid a loud farewell To these great fellows: sound and be hang'd. A plain in Syria. the dead body of PACORUS borne in front. Mesopotamia. Noble Ventidius.--Thy Pacorus. SILIUS. VENTIDIUS.-These drums!--these trumpets. sound out! [A flourish of trumpets. Hoo!--noble captain. than person: Sossius.--There's my cap.

The ne'er-yet-beaten horse of Parthia We have jaded out o' the field. with what haste The weight we must convey with's will permit. are the brothers parted? ENOBARBUS. They have despatch'd with Pompey. I'll humbly signify what in his name. The other three are sealing. A very fine one: O. But 'twould offend him. I could do more to do Antonius good.] AGRIPPA. [Enter AGRIPPA and ENOBARBUS. . Where is he now? VENTIDIUS. He purposeth to Athens: whither. and Lepidus. pass along! [Exeunt. but how dearly he adores Mark Antony! ENOBARBUS. SILIUS. How. SILIUS.] SCENE II. Thou hast. 'Tis a noble Lepidus. Since Pompey's feast. Nay. Ventidius. We shall appear before him. meeting. ENOBARBUS. there. Thou wilt write to Antony? VENTIDIUS. Rome. An Ante-chamber in CAESAR'S house.--On. AGRIPPA. is troubled With the green sickness. with his banners. how he loves Caesar! AGRIPPA. we have effected. Octavia weeps To part from Rome: Caesar is sad. as Menas says.57 The soldier's virtue. What. and his well-paid ranks. and in his offence Should my performance perish. That magical word of war. rather makes choice of loss Than gain which darkens him. he is gone. that Without the which a soldier and his sword Grants scarce distinction.

Would you praise Caesar. CAESAR. worthy soldier. Good fortune. [Enter CAESAR. be the ram to batter The fortress of it. figures. speak. To keep it builded. Kneel down. poets. Spake you of Caesar? How! the nonpareil! AGRIPPA.--Most noble Antony. No further. he plied them both with excellent praises. Both he loves. and OCTAVIA. noble Agrippa. tongues. Let not the piece of virtue which is set Betwixt us as the cement of our love. AGRIPPA. They are his shards. prove such a wife As my thoughts make thee. for better might we Have lov'd without this mean if on both parts . cast. kneel down. ANTONY. ENOBARBUS. AGRIPPA. bards. and farewell.-This is to horse. and he their beetle. LEPIDUS.58 Caesar? Why he's the Jupiter of men. Antony! O thou Arabian bird! ENOBARBUS. sing.] So. write.--yet he loves Antony: Hoo! hearts. You take from me a great part of myself.--Sister. Indeed. But he loves Caesar best. ENOBARBUS.] ANTONY. scribes. But as for Caesar. AGRIPPA. sir. AGRIPPA.--Adieu. and as my furthest band Shall pass on thy approof. [Trumpets within. ENOBARBUS. and wonder. cannot Think. Use me well in't. What's Antony? The god of Jupiter. say 'Caesar'--go no further. number--hoo!-His love to Antony. O.

--Be cheerful. You shall not find. And neither way inclines. the gods keep you. Octavia? OCTAVIA.--the swan's down feather. I have said. So is he. ANTONY. ENOBARBUS. were he a horse. CAESAR. Sir. fare thee well: The elements be kind to thee. the least cause For what you seem to fear: so. My noble brother!-ANTONY. Her tongue will not obey her heart. Make me not offended In your distrust. Though you be therein curious. [Aside to ENOBARBUS. and-CAESAR. ANTONY. And these the showers to bring it on. ENOBARBUS. [Aside to AGRIPPA. The April's in her eyes: it is love's spring. I'll tell you in your ear. And make the hearts of Romans serve your ends! We will here part. ANTONY. What. being a man.59 This be not cherish'd.] Will Caesar weep? AGRIPPA. look well to my husband's house. CAESAR. nor can Her heart inform her tongue.] He has a cloud in's face.] He were the worse for that. [Aside to AGRIPPA. Farewell. That stands upon the swell at the full of tide. my dearest sister. . and make Thy spirits all of comfort! Fare thee well. OCTAVIA. OCTAVIA.

he was troubled with a rheum.] Why. Alexandria. A Room in the Palace. When Antony found Julius Caesar dead. go to. Farewell. come. Go to. . I'll wrestle with you in my strength of love: Look.] CLEOPATRA. Let all the number of the stars give light To thy fair way! CAESAR. You shall hear from me still. [Aside to ENOBARBUS. sir. He cried almost to roaring. Adieu. No. CHARMIAN.60 AGRIPPA. ANTONY. CLEOPATRA. be happy! LEPIDUS. [Aside to AGRIPPA. thus I let you go. and he wept When at Philippi he found Brutus slain. [Enter CLEOPATRA. Enobarbus. indeed. ENOBARBUS. And give you to the gods. Farewell! [Trumpets sound within. CAESAR. Half afear'd to come. What willingly he did confound he wail'd: Believe't till I weep too.] SCENE III. Where is the fellow? ALEXAS. here I have you. the time shall not Out-go my thinking on you. sweet Octavia. Come. Exeunt.] That year. IRAS. farewell! [Kisses OCTAVIA.] ANTONY. CAESAR. and ALEXAS.

CLEOPATRA. That Herod's head I'll have: but how? when Antony is gone. CHARMIAN. madam. Charmian: dull of tongue and dwarfish!-What majesty is in her gait? Remember. That's not so good:--he cannot like her long. Where? MESSENGER.61 [Enter a Messenger.-CLEOPATRA. Didst hear her speak? is she shrill-tongu'd or low? MESSENGER. Good majesty. She is not. Didst thou behold Octavia? MESSENGER. CLEOPATRA. in Rome I look'd her in the face. Like her! O Isis! 'tis impossible. sir. and saw her led Between her brother and Mark Antony. Madam. CLEOPATRA. CLEOPATRA. . Most gracious majesty. I think so. CLEOPATRA. I heard her speak: she is low-voic'd. dread queen.] Come hither. Madam. ALEXAS. Is she as tall as me? MESSENGER. Herod of Jewry dare not look upon you But when you are well pleas'd. Through whom I might command it?--Come thou near. Ay. CLEOPATRA. MESSENGER.

CLEOPATRA. She was a widow. I pr'ythee. Three in Egypt Cannot make better note. A statue than a breather. madam: and her forehead As low as she would wish it. .62 If e'er thou look'dst on majesty. MESSENGER. Madam. Is this certain? MESSENGER. She creeps. CLEOPATRA. CHARMIAN. CLEOPATRA. Or I have no observance. Round even to faultiness. Guess at her years. they are foolish that are so.-Her motion and her station are as one. Widow!--Charmian. too. And I do think she's thirty. Bear'st thou her face in mind? is't long or round? MESSENGER. what colour? MESSENGER. He's very knowing. She shows a body rather than a life. CLEOPATRA. CLEOPATRA. hark! MESSENGER. CLEOPATRA.-Her hair. For the most part. Brown. Excellent. I do perceive't:--there's nothing in her yet:-The fellow has good judgment. MESSENGER. CHARMIAN.

Nay. The man hath seen some majesty.63 CLEOPATRA. CLEOPATRA. Octavia. Or did it from his teeth. he not took't. When the best hint was given him.] ANTONY. good Charmian: But 'tis no matter. Our letters are prepar'd.] CHARMIAN. [Exit Messenger. I find thee Most fit for business:--go make thee ready. A Room in ANTONY'S House. I warrant you. A proper man. that and thousands more Of semblable import--but he hath wag'd New wars 'gainst Pompey. madam. Why. CLEOPATRA. and read it To public ear: Spoke scandy of me: when perforce he could not But pay me terms of honour. [Enter ANTONY and OCTAVIA. CHARMIAN. All may be well enough. There's gold for thee. Nothing. Indeed. by him. . made his will. Hath he seen majesty? Isis else defend. This creature's no such thing. [Exeunt.] SCENE IV. I have one thing more to ask him yet. methinks. CHARMIAN. CHARMIAN. nay. he is so: I repent me much That so I harried him. cold and sickly He vented them:most narrow measure lent me. not only that. Thou must not take my former sharpness ill:-I will employ thee back again. and should know. And serving you so long! CLEOPATRA. thou shalt bring him to me Where I will write.-That were excusable. Athens. madam.

A more unhappy lady. as you requested. lady. friend Eros! EROS. . Provide your going. Praying for both parts: Sure the good gods will mock me presently When I shall pray 'O. ne'er stood between. ENOBARBUS. win brother. [Enter ENOBARBUS and EROS.64 OCTAVIA. Thanks to my lord. sir. ANTONY. How now.] ENOBARBUS. Athens. meeting. Gentle Octavia. So your desires are yours. But.] SCENE V. Your reconciler! Wars 'twixt you twain would be As if the world should cleave. Yourself shall go between's: the meantime. Prays and destroys the prayer. Choose your own company. O my good lord. When it appears to you where this begins. Let your best love draw to that point which seeks Best to preserve it: if I lose mine honour. Turn your displeasure that way. bless my lord and husband!' Undo that prayer by crying out as loud 'O. [Exeunt. no mid-way 'Twixt these extremes at all. There's strange news come. Stomach not all. The Jove of power make me. I lose myself: better I were not yours Than yours so branchless. Another Room in ANTONY'S House. most weak. If this division chance. bless my brother!' Husband win. OCTAVIA. most weak. for our faults Can never be so equal that your love Can equally move with them. and command what cost Your heart has mind to. ANTONY. I'll raise the preparation of a war Shall stain your brother: make your soonest haste. or if you must believe. Believe not all. and that slain men Should solder up the rift.

But let it be. seizes him: so the poor third is up. EROS. ENOBARBUS. This is old: what is the success? EROS. presently denied him rivality. Cleopatra and himself in chairs of gold Were publicly enthron'd: at the feet sat .65 What. Come. he has done all this. and MAECENAS. Domitius. upon his own appeal. They'll grind the one the other. 'Twill be naught. [Enter CAESAR. world. Where's Antony? EROS. on a tribunal silver'd. For Italy and Caesar. Rome. no more.] SCENE VI. Caesar. EROS. and spurns The rush that lies before him. He's walking in the garden--thus. ENOBARBUS. Caesar and Lepidus have made wars upon Pompey. accuses him of letters he had formerly wrote to Pompey. In Alexandria. My lord desires you presently: my news I might have told hereafter.--Bring me to Antony. Here's the manner of't:-I' the market-place. [Exeunt. would not let him partake in the glory of the action: and not resting here. AGRIPPA. More. ENOBARBUS. ENOBARBUS. Our great navy's rigg'd. having made use of him in the wars 'gainst Pompey. And throw between them all the food thou hast. sir. thou hast a pair of chaps. Contemning Rome. and more. A Room in CAESAR'S House. man? EROS. Then.] CAESAR. cries 'Fool Lepidus!' And threats the throat of that his officer That murder'd Pompey. till death enlarge his confine.

AGRIPPA. to Ptolemy he assign'd Syria. Cilicia. The people knows it: and have now receiv'd His accusations. Sir. and Armenia. Lydia. CAESAR. CAESAR. we had not rated him His part o' the isle: then does he say he lent me Some shipping. Parthia. and messenger gone. being. whom they call my father's son. and Phoenicia: she In the habiliments of the goddess Isis That day appear'd. Unto her He gave the 'stablishment of Egypt. made her Of lower Syria. This in the public eye? CAESAR. AGRIPPA. Cyprus. Caesar: and that. AGRIPPA. so. As 'tis reported. where they exercise. He gave to Alexander. That he his high authority abus'd. queasy with his insolence Already. MAECENAS. Absolute queen. Who does he accuse? CAESAR. will their good thoughts call from him. And all the unlawful issue that their lust Since then hath made between them. Who. I have told him Lepidus was grown too cruel. Let Rome be thus Inform'd. And did deserve his change: for what I have conquer'd . this should be answer'd. having in Sicily Sextus Pompeius spoil'd. 'Tis done already. and oft before gave audience. His sons he there proclaim'd the kings of kings: Great Media. MAECENAS. he frets That Lepidus of the triumvirate Should be depos'd. I' the common show-place. and. that we detain All his revenue.66 Caesarion. unrestor'd: lastly.

Nor must not then be yielded to in this. CAESAR. but then. and expectation fainted. acquainted My grieved ear withal: whereon I begg'd His pardon for return. Caesar. the dust Should have ascended to the roof of heaven. He'll never yield to that. and my lord! hail. MAECENAS. You have not call'd me so. we should have met you By sea and land. supplying every stage With an augmented greeting. That ever I should call thee castaway! OCTAVIA. most dear Caesar! CAESAR. Do not say so.67 I grant him part. nor have you cause. Which soon he granted. OCTAVIA. I Demand the like. CAESAR. nay. To come thus was I not constrain'd. and have prevented The ostentation of our love. the trees by the way Should have borne men. in his Armenia And other of his conquer'd kingdoms. but did it On my free will. Longing for what it had not. My lord. . Being an obstruct 'tween his lust and him. [Enter OCTAVIA. OCTAVIA. Hail. CAESAR. my lord. and The neighs of horse to tell of her approach Long ere she did appear. with her train.] OCTAVIA. 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. Rais'd by your populous troops: but you are come A market-maid to Rome. which left unshown Is often left unlov'd. Good my lord. Mark Antony. Hearing that you prepar'd for war.

AGRIPPA. OCTAVIA. Welcome hither: Your letters did withhold our breaking forth. My lord. the Thracian king. King Manchus of Arabia. Mithridates. Archelaus Of Cappadocia. most large In his abominations. King of Pont. Polemon and Amyntas. . in Athens. And ever welcome to us. That do afflict each other! CAESAR. with More larger list of sceptres. And his affairs come to me on the wind. the king of Libya. You are abus'd Beyond the mark of thought: and the high gods.68 CAESAR. Welcome. dear madam. Ay me. turns you off. Welcome. Cleopatra Hath nodded him to her. Till we perceiv'd both how you were wrong led And we in negligent danger. who now are levying The kings o' theearth for war: he hath assembled Bocchus. To do you justice. king Of Paphlagonia. He hath given his empire Up to a whore. Adallas. MAECENAS. But let determin'd things to destiny Hold unbewail'd their way. Each heart in Rome does love and pity you: Only theadulterous Antony. my most wronged sister. That have my heart parted betwixt two friends. Where is he now? OCTAVIA. CAESAR. Nothing more dear to me. No. Best of comfort. king Of Comagene. which drives O'er your content these strong necessities. And gives his potent regiment to a trull That noises it against us. The kings of Mede and Lycaonia. most wretched. lady. make their ministers Of us and those that love you. Philadelphos. Herod of Jewry. Cheer your heart: Be you not troubled with the time. Welcome to Rome. I have eyes upon him.

] SCENE VII. will Appear there for a man. CLEOPATRA. Is it so. CLEOPATRA. He is already Traduc'd for levity: and 'tis said in Rome That Photinus an eunuch and your maids Manage this war. I could reply:-If we should serve with horse and mares together The horse were merely lost. from's time. Sink Rome. sir? CAESAR. Speak not against it.] CLEOPATRA. why? CLEOPATRA. Well. I will be even with thee. is it. What is't you say? ENOBARBUS. Your presence needs must puzzle Antony. welcome: pray you Be ever known to patience: my dear'st sister! [Exeunt. [Aside. take from his brain. Thou hast forspoke my being in these wars. is it? CLEOPATRA. . If not denounc'd against us. ENOBARBUS. why should not we Be there in person? ENOBARBUS. the mares would bear A soldier and his horse.] Well. ANTONY'S Camp near the Promontory of Actium. doubt it not. and their tongues rot That speak against us! A charge we bear i' the war. ENOBARBUS. But why. Sister. Take from his heart. why. as the president of my kingdom. What should not then be spar'd.69 OCTAVIA. And say'st it is not fit. [Enter CLEOPATRA and ENOBARBUS. Most certain. And.

ENOBARBUS. For that he dares us to't. he shakes off. ANTONY. Which might have well becom'd the best of men To taunt at slackness. Is it not strange. Celerity is never more admir'd Than by the negligent. That from Tarentum and Brundusium He could so quickly cut the Ionian sea. Nay. . Your ships are not well mann'd: Your mariners are muleteers. and to wage this battle at Pharsalia. ANTONY. Canidius.70 I will not stay behind.--Canidius. So hath my lord dar'd him to single fight. yours heavy: no disgrace Shall fall you for refusing him at sea. Why will my lord do so? ANTONY. CLEOPATRA. A good rebuke. By sea! what else? CANIDIUS. ENOBARBUS. And so should you. sweet? CLEOPATRA. ENOBARBUS. Which serve not for his vantage. reapers. Ay. Where Caesar fought with Pompey. Here comes the emperor. [Enter ANTONY and CANIDIUS. I have done. But these offers. we Will fight with him by sea. people Ingross'd by swift impress. And take in Toryne?--You have heard on't. CANIDIUS. Being prepar'd for land. in Caesar's fleet Are those that often have 'gainst Pompey fought: Their ships are yare.] ANTONY.

Distract your army. Our nineteen legions thou shalt hold by land.] How now. quite forgo The way which promises assurance. which doth most consist Of war-mark'd footmen. Most worthy sir. We then can do't at land. from the head of Actium Beat the approaching Caesar. worthy soldier? SOLDIER. 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. ANTONY. do not fight by sea. [Enter a Messenger. I have sixty sails.] Thy business? MESSENGER. with the rest full-mann'd. ANTONY. ANTONY. Our overplus of shipping will we burn. leave unexecuted Your own renowned knowledge. ANTONY. I'll fight at sea. Caesar has taken Toryne. Can he be there in person? 'tis impossible-Strange that his power should be. Caesar none better. CLEOPATRA. my Thetis! [Enter a SOLDIER. And. ENOBARBUS. my lord: he is descried. The news is true. you therein throw away The absolute soldiership you have by land. by sea. And our twelve thousand horse. O noble emperor.--We'll to our ship: Away.--Canidius. and Give up yourself merely to chance and hazard From firm security.71 By sea. But if we fail. .

Who's his lieutenant. CANIDIUS. Soldier. . [Exeunt ANTONY. TAURUS. Well I know the man. This speed of Caesar's Carries beyond belief. [Exeunt. SOLDIER. CANIDIUS. You keep by land The legions and the horse whole. CLEOPATRA. SOLDIER. CANIDIUS.72 Well. do you not? CANIDIUS.] SCENE VIII. The Emperor calls Canidius. and ENOBARBUS. and others. Marcus Octavius. [Enter CAESAR. By Hercules. and Caelius are for sea: But we keep whole by land. thou art: but his whole action grows Not in the power on't: so our leader's led. With news the time's with labour.] SOLDIER. A plain near Actium.] MESSENGER. They say one Taurus.] CAESAR. CANIDIUS. well:--away. Marcus Justeius. I think I am i' the right. [Enter a Messenger. Publicola. Officers. and throes forth Each minute some. hear you? SOLDIER. While he was yet in Rome His power went out in such distractions as Beguil'd all spies. And we are women's men.

The greater cantle of the world is lost With very ignorance.-TAURUS. Naught. All the whole synod of them! ENOBARBUS. and TAURUS. Gods and goddesses.] SCENE IX.] ENOBARBUS. Set we our squadrons on yon side o' the hill. keep whole.] [Alarum. What's thy passion? SCARUS. we have kiss'd away Kingdoms and provinces. is heard the noise of a sea-fight. naught. [Enter CANIDIUS.] ANTONY. Do not exceed The prescript of this scroll: our fortune lies Upon this jump. With all their sixty. After their going in. fly and turn the rudder: To see't mine eyes are blasted. [Enter ANTONY and ENOBARBUS.73 Taurus. Another part of the Plain. [Exeunt. with his Army. [Enter SCARUS. Strike not by land. Another part of the Plain. . from which place We may the number of the ships behold. the Lieutenant of CAESAR. provoke not battle Till we have done at sea. Enter ENOBARBUS. all naught! I can behold no longer: The Antoniad. marching with his land Army one way.] SCENE X.] SCARUS. And so proceed accordingly. [Exeunt. My lord? CAESAR. In eye of Caesar's battle. the Egyptian admiral. the other way.

Alack. Leaving the fight in height. The noble ruin of her magic.] CANIDIUS. To Caesar will I render My legions and my horse. Ay. ENOBARBUS. it had gone well: O. like a cow in June. Experience.-Whom leprosy o'ertake!--i' the midst o' the fight. and there I will attend What further comes. good night indeed. That I beheld: Mine eyes did sicken at the sight. are you thereabouts? Why. flies after her: I never saw an action of such shame.-The breese upon her. manhood. When vantage like a pair of twins appear'd.74 ENOBARBUS. How appears the fight? SCARUS. Where death is sure. ne'er before Did violate so itself. CANIDIUS. Both as the same. SCARUS. Had our general Been what he knew himself. ENOBARBUS. CANIDIUS. and could not Endure a further view. Our fortune on the sea is out of breath. he has given example for our flight Most grossly by his own! ENOBARBUS. then. and. alack! [Enter CANIDIUS. Antony. On our side like the token'd pestilence. She once being loof'd. 'Tis easy to't. or rather ours the elder. six kings already . SCARUS. And sinks most lamentably. Claps on his sea-wing. Toward Peloponnesus are they fled. honour. Yon ribaudred nag of Egypt. like a doting mallard.-Hoists sails and flies.

[Exeunt. let that be left Which leaves itself: to the sea-side straightway: I will possess you of that ship and treasure. I pray. led by CHARMIAN and IRAS. I have myself resolv'd upon a course Which has no need of you. [Sits down. take it. I have fled myself. come hither: I am so lated in the world that I Have lost my way for ever:--I have a ship Laden with gold. for the white Reprove the brown for rashness.--Friends. Nor make replies of loathness: take the hint Which my despair proclaims. and they them For fear and doting.] SCENE XI.--Friends.] [Enter CLEOPATRA. ANTONY. a little: pray you now:-Nay.--Friends. take that. I'll yet follow The wounded chance of Antony.-It is asham'd to bear me. Pray you. gentle madam.75 Show me the way of yielding. Therefore I pray you:--I'll see you by and by. fly. My treasure's in the harbour. A Room in the Palace. IRAS. Hark! the land bids me tread no more upon't. do so. EROS following.] EROS. though my reason Sits in the wind against me. Leave me. I follow'd that I blush to look upon: My very hairs do mutiny. be gone: you shall Have letters from me to some friends that will Sweep your way for you. and have instructed cowards To run and show their shoulders. divide it. Nay. be gone.--O. [Enter ANTONY and attendants. Alexandria. And make your peace with Caesar. look not sad. be gone. to him!--comfort him. ALL. for indeed I have lost command.] ANTONY. . Fly! Not we. ENOBARBUS.

no.--O! EROS. fie. sir. Most noble sir. EROS. stand by. sir? ANTONY. Let me sit down. the queen! IRAS. no. O Juno! ANTONY. Ah. Go to him. most dear queen. speak to him: He is unqualitied with very shame. See you here.-IRAS. fie! CHARMIAN. he alone Dealt on lieutenantry.--sustain me.76 Do. while I struck The lean and wrinkled Cassius. yes.-ANTONY. Madam. Yes. and death will seize her. O. The queen. madam. but Your comfort makes the rescue.-EROS. No. my lord. no. CLEOPATRA. what else? CLEOPATRA. Madam. arise. the queen approaches: Her head's declin'd. Do! why. fie. Sir. no. CLEOPATRA. Well then. and no practice had In the brave squares of war: yet now--no matter. CHARMIAN. my lord. and 'twas I That the mad Brutus ended. O good empress.--he at Philippi kept His sword e'en like a dancer. EROS. .

I have offended reputation. CLEOPATRA. ANTONY. [Exeunt. who With half the bulk o' the world play'd as I pleas'd. and our viands!--Fortune knows We scorn her most when most she offers blows. CLEOPATRA. dodge And palter in the shifts of lowness. And thou shouldst tow me after: o'er my spirit Thy full supremacy thou knew'st. Egypt? See How I convey my shame out of thine eyes By looking back. Sir. Now I must To the young man send humble treaties. one of them rates All that is won and lost: give me a kiss. what I have left behind 'Stroy'd in dishonour. thou knew'st too well My heart was to thy rudder tied by the strings. EROS. Forgive my fearful sails! I little thought You would have follow'd. Egypt. O my lord.--We sent our schoolmaster. within there.-Some wine. and that Thy beck might from the bidding of the gods Command me. made weak by my affection.] . Is he come back?--Love. would Obey it on all cause. Even this repays me.77 ANTONY. Fall not a tear. O. Pardon. You did know How much you were my conqueror.-A most unnoble swerving. Making and marring fortunes. whither hast thou led me. the queen. I am full of lead. my lord. CLEOPATRA. ANTONY. O. and that My sword. my pardon! ANTONY. pardon! ANTONY. I say.

DOLABELLA. So to them both. Approach. Such as I am. For Antony. and speak. Fortune pursue thee! CAESAR. so she From Egypt drive her all-disgraced friend. 'tis his schoolmaster: An argument that he is pluck'd. EUPHRONIUS. when hither He sends so poor a pinion of his wing. CAESAR.-Know you him? DOLABELLA. Or take his life there: this if she perform. 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. Let him appear that's come from Antony.] CAESAR. I have no ears to his request. EUPHRONIUS. Submits her to thy might. EUPHRONIUS. Caesar.] CAESAR. and of thee craves The circle of the Ptolemies for her heirs. He lessens his requests. Lord of his fortunes he salutes thee. Next. Be't so: declare thine office.78 SCENE XII. Cleopatra does confess thy greatness. CAESAR'S camp in Egypt. . and to thee sues To let him breathe between the heavens and earth. with others. The queen Of audience nor desire shall fail. [Enter CAESAR. and Requires to live in Egypt: which not granted. CAESAR. THYREUS. A private man in Athens: this for him. Which had superfluous kings for messengers Not many moons gone by. Now hazarded to thy grace. She shall not sue unheard. [Enter EUPHRONIUS.

to course your flying flags And leave his navy gazing. whose several ranges Frighted each other? why should he follow? The itch of his affection should not then Have nick'd his captainship.] [To THYREUS. CLEOPATRA. at such a point. offers: women are not In their best fortunes strong. And in our name. [Enter CLEOPATRA.] SCENE XIII. Make thine own edict for thy pains. ENOBARBUS. I go. From thine invention. now 'tis time. Thyreus. Is Antony or we in fault for this? ENOBARBUS. [Exit EUPHRONIUS. . add more. Caesar. Antony only.] CLEOPATRA. Alexandria. that would make his will Lord of his reason. Pr'ythee. Think. CAESAR. [Exeunt. From Antony win Cleopatra. I shall.79 Bring him through the bands. what she requires. THYREUS. and IRAS. 'twas a shame no less Than was his loss. When half to half the world oppos'd. Caesar. but want will perjure The ne'er-touch'd vestal: try thy cunning.] To try thy eloquence. Enobarbus? ENOBARBUS. A Room in the Palace. and die. CHARMIAN. which we Will answer as a law. THYREUS. What though you fled From that great face of war. And what thou think'st his very action speaks In every power that moves. Promise. Observe how Antony becomes his flaw. he being The mered question. CLEOPATRA. What shall we do. Despatch. peace.

Let her know't. And he will fill thy wishes to the brim With principalities. sword against sword. [Enter an Attendant. my lord. with EUPHRONIUS. the full Caesar will Answer his emptiness!--Caesar. and be stag'd to the show Against a sworder. He says so. Yes. And answer me declin'd. ANTONY. Ourselves alone. Ay.--I see men's judgments are A parcel of their fortunes. and things outward Do draw the inward quality after them.-To the boy Caesar send this grizzled head. Knowing all measures. like enough high-battled Caesar will Unstate his happiness.] ATTENDANT.] EUPHRONIUS. A messenger from Caesar. ships. To him again: tell him he wears the rose Of youth upon him. so she Will yield us up. The queen shall then have courtesy. That he should dream. To suffer all alike.] ANTONY. my lord? ANTONY. [Exeunt ANTONY and EUPHRONIUS.80 [Enter ANTONY. EUPHRONIUS. ANTONY. I'll write it: follow me. Is that his answer? EUPHRONIUS. thou hast subdu'd His judgment too. CLEOPATRA. That head. May be a coward's. legions. from which the world should note Something particular: his coins. . 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.

as Caesar has. are they friends to Antony. [Enter THYREUS. but as you fear'd him. So. . our master Will leap to be his friend: for us. Hear it apart. Go on: right royal. What.81 CLEOPATRA. sir. thou most renown'd: Caesar entreats Not to consider in what case thou stand'st Further than he is Caesar. THYREUS. no more ceremony?--See. CLEOPATRA. 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. CLEOPATRA.] ENOBARBUS. my women!-Against the blown rose may they stop their nose That kneel'd unto the buds. [Exit Attendant. He knows that you embrace not Antony As you did love. and that is Caesar's. CLEOPATRA.] Mine honesty and I begin to square. you know Whose he is we are. None but friends: say boldly. Caesar's will? THYREUS. sir. ENOBARBUS. Or needs not us. THYREUS. haply.-Thus then. So.--Admit him. THYREUS.] CLEOPATRA. If Caesar please. O! THYREUS. He needs as many. [Aside. And earns a place i' the story.

CLEOPATRA. he Does pity. sir.] THYREUS. Shall I say to Caesar What you require of him? for he partly begs To be desir'd to give. Not as deserv'd. But conquer'd merely.--Sir. What's your name? THYREUS.] To be sure of that. And put yourself under his shroud. and knows What is most right: mine honour was not yielded. 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. 'Tis your noblest course. thou art so leaky That we must leave thee to thy sinking. CLEOPATRA. [Exit. [Aside. ENOBARBUS. for Thy dearest quit thee. I will ask Antony. No chance may shake it. who is The universal landlord. Most kind messenger. My name is Thyreus. therefore. CLEOPATRA.82 The scars upon your honour. when he hath mus'd of taking kingdoms in. Give me grace to lay My duty on your hand. Bestow'd his lips on that unworthy place. from his all-obeying breath I hear The doom of Egypt. CLEOPATRA. THYREUS. If that the former dare but what it can. . as constrained blemishes. Say to great Caesar this:--in deputation I kiss his conquring hand: tell him I am prompt To lay my crown at's feet. Your Caesar's father Oft. He is a god. and there to kneel: Tell him. Wisdom and fortune combating together.

One that but performs The bidding of the fullest man. THYMUS. Approach there. fellow? THYREUS. ANTONY.] You will be whipp'd. [Re-enter ANTONY and ENOBARBUS.83 As it rain'd kisses. fellows. you kite!--Now.-[Exeunt Attendants with THYREUS. Favours. by Jove that thunders!-What art thou. Mark Antony.--what's her name Since she was Cleopatra?--Whip him. Till like a boy you see him cringe his face. ENOBARBUS.--Ha! Have I my pillow left unpress'd in Rome.-ANTONY. kings would start forth And cry 'Your will?' Have you no ears? I am Antony yet. Tug him away: being whipp'd. when I cried 'Ho!' Like boys unto a muss. ANTONY. [Aside.] ANTONY.] You were half blasted ere I knew you. [Enter Attendants. . gods and devils! Authority melts from me: of late. Moon and stars! Whip him. should I find them So saucy with the hand of she here.--Were't twenty of the greatest tributaries That do acknowledge Caesar. Bring him again. ENOBARBUS.--Ah.] Take hence this Jack and whip him.--This Jack of Caesar's shall Bear us an errand to him. and worthiest To have command obey'd. And whine aloud for mercy: take him hence. 'Tis better playing with a lion's whelp Than with an old one dying.

ANTONY. CLEOPATRA. I found you as a morsel cold upon Dead Caesar's trencher. you were a fragment Of Cneius Pompey's. besides what hotter hours.] Is he whipp'd? FIRST ATTENDANT.-ANTONY. Soundly. Good my lord. CLEOPATRA. And say 'God quit you!' be familiar with My playfellow.-O misery on't!--the wise gods seal our eyes. To let a fellow that will take rewards. my lord. O. In our own filth drop our clear judgments: make us Adore our errors. Wherefore is this? ANTONY. your hand. You have been a boggler ever:-But when we in our viciousness grow hard. is't come to this? ANTONY. And to proclaim it civilly were like A halter'd neck which does the hangman thank For being yare about him. laugh at's while we strut To our confusion. You know not what it is. And by a gem of women. to outroar The horned herd! for I have savage cause. to be abus'd By one that looks on feeders? CLEOPATRA.84 Forborne the getting of a lawful race. . Though you can guess what temperance should be. Cried he? and begg'd he pardon? FIRST ATTENDANT. [Re-enter Attendants with THYREUS. this kingly seal And plighter of high hearts!--O that I were Upon the hill of Basan. nay. you have Luxuriously pick'd out:--for I am sure. Unregist'red in vulgar fame.

From my cold heart let heaven engender hail. Not what he knew I was: he makes me angry. Alack. If he mislike My speech and what is done. or hang. would you mingle eyes With one that ties his points? CLEOPATRA. or torture. harping on what I am. Shake thou to look on't. be gone. Cold-hearted toward me? CLEOPATRA. dear. And poison it in the source. if I be so. [Exit THYREUS. Have you done yet? ANTONY.85 He did ask favour. so Dissolve my life! The next Caesarion smite! . and the first stone Drop in my neck: as it determines. And at this time most easy 'tis to do't. whip. I must stay his time. our terrene moon Is now eclips'd.] CLEOPATRA. As he shall like. To flatter Caesar. tell him he has Hipparchus. let him repent Thou wast not made his daughter. Tell him thy entertainment: look thou say He makes me angry with him. my enfranched bondman. for he seems Proud and disdainful. since Thou hast been whipp'd for following him: henceforth The white hand of a lady fever thee. to quit me: urge it thou: Hence with thy stripes. and it portends alone The fall of Antony! CLEOPATRA. ANTONY. and shot their fires Into the abysm of hell. If that thy father live. Ah. that were my former guides. Not know me yet? ANTONY. whom He may at pleasure. When my good stars. and be thou sorry To follow Caesar in his triumph. ANTONY.--Get thee back to Caesar. Have empty left their orbs.

And send to darkness all that stop me. That's my brave lord! ANTONY. Call all his noble captains to my lord. I will appear in blood: I and my sword will earn our chronicle: There's hope in't yet. hearted. ANTONY. the memory of my womb. my queen. By the discandying of this pelleted storm.86 Till. but now I'll set my teeth. Caesar sits down in Alexandria. We will yet do well. Do so.--till the flies and gnats of Nile Have buried them for prey! ANTONY. Together with my brave Egyptians all. my heart?--Dost thou hear. but since my lord Is Antony again I will be Cleopatra. for I will contend Even with his pestilent scythe. ANTONY. There's sap in't yet. Where hast thou been.--Come on. men did ransom lives Of me for jests. CLEOPATRA. breath'd.--Come. And fight maliciously: for when mine hours Were nice and lucky. CLEOPATRA. CLEOPATRA. . I am satisfied. It is my birthday.] ENOBARBUS. Our force by land Hath nobly held: our sever'd navy to Have knit again. where I will oppose his fate. lady? If from the field I shall return once more To kiss these lips. once more Let's mock the midnight bell. by degrees. we'll speak to them: and to-night I'll force The wine peep through their scars. threat'ning most sea-like. Lie graveless. The next time I do fight I'll make death love me. [Exeunt all but ENOBARBUS. fill our bowls. I had thought t'have held it poor. Let's have one other gaudy night: call to me All my sad captains. I will be treble-sinew'd. and fleet.

CHARMIAN. See it done: And feast the army. Enough to fetch him in. meantime Laugh at his challenge. CAESAR. ANTONY.] CAESAR. Domitius? ENOBARBUS.] SCENE II. dares me to personal combat. Caesar must think When one so great begins to rage. Caesar to Antony:--let the old ruffian know I have many other ways to die. To be furious Is to be frighted out of fear. Alexandria. It eats the sword it fights with. CLEOPATRA. ALEXAS. MAECENAS. He will not fight with me. and chides as he had power To beat me out of Egypt. AGRIPPA. and others.] ANTONY.] ACT IV. he's hunted Even to falling. but now Make boot of his distraction:--never anger Made good guard for itself. we have store to do't. [Enter CAESAR reading a letter. He calls me boy. my messenger He hath whip'd with rods. I will seek Some way to leave him. [Enter ANTONY. SCENE I. [Exit. Why should he not? . No. Poor Antony! [Exeunt. ENOBARBUS. and others.--Within our files there are Of those that serv'd Mark Antony but late. MAECENAS. Let our best heads Know that to-morrow the last of many battles We mean to fight.87 Now he'll outstare the lightning. CAESAR'S Camp at Alexandria. Give him no breath. A Room in the Palace. And they have earn'd the waste. and in that mood The dove will peck the estridge. and I see still A diminution in our captain's brain Restores his heart: when valour preys on reason. IRAS.

To-morrow. And all of you clapp'd up together in An Antony. I'll strike.] What does he mean? ENOBARBUS. being twenty times of better fortune.-Call forth my household servants: let's to-night Be bounteous at our meal. Well said. Well. [Aside to ENOBARBUS. Woo't thou fight well? ENOBARBUS.] Give me thy hand. and make as much of me As when mine empire was your fellow too.] What means this? ENOBARBUS. soldier. my good fellows. [Aside to ENOBARBUS. The gods forbid! ANTONY. . ANTONY.] 'Tis one of those odd tricks which sorrow shoots Out of the mind.--and thou. He is twenty men to one. that I might do you service So good as you have done.' ANTONY. or I will live. He thinks. And suffer'd my command. Or bathe my dying honour in the blood Shall make it live again. wait on me to-night: Scant not my cups. And kings have been your fellows.--you have serv'd me well. CLEOPATRA.-Thou. And thou art honest too.88 ENOBARBUS. ANTONY. I wish I could be made so many men.--and thou. CLEOPATRA. Thou has been rightly honest.-[Enter Servants. By sea and land I'll fight. and cry 'Take all. [Aside to CLEOPATRA.--so hast thou. come on. SERVANT.

stay till death: Tend me to-night two hours.89 [Aside to CLEOPATRA. And the gods yield you for't! ENOBARBUS. am onion-ey'd: for shame.] To make his followers weep. like a master Married to your good service. Good night to you. ANTONY. ho! Now the witch take me. And I. Brother. good night: to-morrow is the day. FIRST SOLDIER. an ass. To give them this discomfort? Look. Heard you of nothing strange about the streets? FIRST SOLDIER. Alexandria. Mine honest friends.] SCENE III. I turn you not away. And drown consideration. ho. You take me in too dolorous a sense. and will lead you Where rather I'll expect victorious life Than death and honour. . A mangled shadow: perchance to-morrow You'll serve another master. Tend me to-night. sir.] FIRST SOLDIER. come. What mean you. Nothing. Transform us not to women. or if. I hope well of to-morrow. [Enter two Soldiers to their guard. It will determine one way: fare you well. I ask no more. ANTONY. my hearts. Belike 'tis but a rumour. May be it is the period of your duty: Haply you shall not see me more. [Exeunt. they weep.--did desire you To burn this night with torches: know. if I meant it thus! Grace grow where those drops fall! My hearty friends. but. Let's to supper. For I spake to you for your comfort. I look on you As one that takes his leave. Ho. Before the Palace. SECOND SOLDIER. What news? SECOND SOLDIER.

90 Well.] SECOND SOLDIER. sir.] FOURTH SOLDIER. list! SECOND SOLDIER. And full of purpose.] FOURTH SOLDIER. THIRD SOLDIER. Peace. Under the earth. Soldiers. FOURTH SOLDIER. Good night. Here we: [The third and fourth take their posts. does it not? THIRD SOLDIER. . have careful watch. FIRST SOLDIER. 'Tis the god Hercules. [The first two place themselves at their posts. And you. THIRD SOLDIER. whom Antony lov'd. Music i' the air. what noise? FIRST SOLDIER. It signs well. List. Now leaves him. Hark! FIRST SOLDIER. I say! What should this mean? SECOND SOLDIER. THIRD SOLDIER. [Enter two other Soldiers. good night. I have an absolute hope Our landmen will stand up. good night. [Music as of hautboys under the stage. No.] and if to-morrow Our navy thrive. 'Tis a brave army. Peace.

CLEOPATRA.] SCENE IV. What's this for? . CHARMIAN.] How now! How now! Do you hear this? FIRST SOLDIER.--Eros! Come. my chuck.] SECOND SOLDIER. I'll help too. [Speaking together. Sleep a little. masters? do you hear? FIRST SOLDIER. [Speaking together. SOLDIERS. A Room in the Palace. put mine iron on. and others attending. IRAS. Alexandria. 'Tis strange.91 FIRST SOLDIER. Ay. [Enter ANTONY and CLEOPATRA. masters! SOLDIERS. mine armour. How now. Let's see how it will give off. No. it is Because we brave her. Nay. good fellow. [They advance to another post.] Come. Walk. Do you hear. [Exeunt. let's see if other watchmen Do hear what we do.] ANTONY.--Come. is't not strange? THIRD SOLDIER. Eros! mine armour.-If fortune be not ours to-day.] Content. ANTONY. Eros! CLEOPATRA. Eros! [Enter EROS with armour. Follow the noise so far as we have quarter.

well. A thousand.--Good morrow. Rarely. Is not this buckled well? ANTONY. shall hear a storm. Eros. ANTONY. and knew'st The royal occupation! Thou shouldst see A workman in't.] [Enter other Officers and Soldiers. And go to't with delight. lads: . CLEOPATRA.] Good-morrow to thee. We shall thrive now. general. He that unbuckles this. false. EROS. Ah.-Thou fumblest. 'Tis well blown. and my queen's a squire More tight at this than thou: despatch. ANTONY. this. sir.--O love. False. my good fellow? Go put on thy defences. Early though't be.-[Enter an Officer. this. Flourish of trumpets within. ALL. sir. And at the port expect you. la. rarely. till we do please To daff't for our repose. general.] SECOND OFFICER. Good morrow. Well. let be! Thou art The armourer of my heart. OFFICER. I'll help: thus it must be. That thou couldst see my wars to-day. armed. Sooth. welcome: Thou look'st like him that knows a warlike charge: To business that we love we rise betime. The morn is fair. let be. have on their riveted trim.--Seest thou. CLEOPATRA.92 ANTONY. Briefly. [Shout.

He shall not hear thee.] This is a soldier's kiss: rebukeable. I'll leave thee Now like a man of steel. ANTONY. Adieu. Please you. begins betimes. [Trumpets sound within.93 This morning. One ever near thee. retire to your chamber. whate'er becomes of me: [Kisses her.-Fare thee well. so.] CHARMIAN. I'll bring you to't. CLEOPATRA. Call for Enobarbus. a SOLDIER meeting them. well said. He goes forth gallantly.-So. would have still Follow'd thy heels. Antony. That he and Caesar might Determine this great war in single fight! Then. [Exeunt ANTONY.' ANTONY. dame. on. Enter ANTONY and EROS. come. EROS. Follow me close.--You that will fight.] SOLDIER. Hadst thou done so. ANTONY'S camp near Alexandria. or from Caesar's camp Say 'I am none of thine. What say'st thou? . Would thou and those thy scars had once prevail'd To make me fight at land! SOLDIER. and the soldier That has this morning left thee. Officers and Soldiers. The kings that have revolted. to stand On more mechanic compliment.--but now--Well.] SCENE V. Lead me. give me that: this way. like the spirit of a youth That means to be of note. Who's gone this morning? SOLDIER. And worthy shameful check it were. Who. [Exeunt. The gods make this a happy day to Antony! ANTONY.

Enter AGRIPPA. CAESAR.--gentle adieus and greetings. Alexandria. the three-nook'd world Shall bear the olive freely. Detain no jot. ANTONY.] CAESAR. his chests and treasure He has not with him. Sir.] MESSENGER. CAESAR'S camp. my fortunes have Corrupted honest men!--Eros. send his treasure after. Go forth. [Exit. despatch. Make it so known. [Flourish. I shall. and begin the fight: Our will is Antony be took alive.] SCENE VI. The time of universal peace is near: Prove this a prosperous day.94 SOLDIER. do it. ANTONY. Agrippa. Say that I wish he never find more cause To change a master. Go charge Agrippa Plant those that have revolted in the van. [Enter a Messenger. with DOLABELLA and ENOBARBUS. Is he gone? SOLDIER. Most certain. EROS. . Go.--O. Antony Is come into the field.] CAESAR. [Exeunt. I charge thee. Caesar. Eros. AGRIPPA. write to him-I will subscribe. CAESAR. He is with Caesar. Sir.

Your emperor Continues still a Jove. there did dissuade Great Herod to incline himself to Caesar And leave his master Antony: for this pains Casaer hath hang'd him. Mock not.95 That Antony may seem to spend his fury Upon himself. I fight against thee!--No: I will go seek Some ditch wherein to die. when my turpitude Thou dost so crown with gold! This blows my heart: If swift thought break it not. a swifter mean Shall outstrike thought: but thought will do't. Enobarbus. I give it you. ENOBARBUS.] ENOBARBUS. Enobarbus. [Exit. I must attend mine office. and went to Jewry on Affairs of Antony. [Exeunt CAESAR and his Train. I am alone the villain of the earth. Antony Hath after thee sent all thy treasure. Field of battle between the Camps. I have done ill. have entertainment. O Antony. the foul'st best fits My latter part of life.] SCENE VII. [Exit. . I tell you true: best you saf'd the bringer Out of the host. I feel. how wouldst thou have paid My better service.] ENOBARBUS. SOLDIER. with His bounty overplus: the messenger Came on my guard. but No honourable trust. Alexas did revolt. Or would have done't myself. Of which I do accuse myself so sorely That I will joy no more.] SOLDIER. Canidius and the rest That fell away. Thou mine of bounty. And feel I am so most. [Enter a SOLDIER of CAESAR'S. and at thy tent is now Unloading of his mules.

But now 'tis made an H. I will reward thee Once for thy sprightly comfort.] SCENE VIII. Come thee on. Enter AGRIPPA and others. and SCARUS wounded. and our advantage serves For a fair victory. SCARUS. Retire.] SCARUS.] EROS. we have engag'd ourselves too far: Caesar himself has work. I'll halt after. [Enter EROS. They do retire. Thou bleed'st apace. [Exeunt. ANTONY. as we take hares. Enter ANTONY. SCARUS. I had a wound here that was like a T. Let us score their backs And snatch 'em up. Under the Walls of Alexandria. this is fought indeed! Had we done so at first. SCARUS. behind: 'Tis sport to maul a runner. O my brave emperor.] AGRIPPA. SCARUS. ANTONY. we had driven them home With clouts about their heads. . ANTONY. Drums and trumpets. They are beaten.] [Alarum. [Exeunt. sir. We'll beat'em into bench-holes: I have yet Room for six scotches more. and our oppression Exceeds what we expected.96 [Alarum. and tenfold For thy good valour.

O thou day o' the world.-Kiss it.--Give me thy hand: Through Alexandria make a jolly march. We have beat them to their beds. we all would sup together. Run one before And let the queen know of our gests. it was a king's. in hate of mankind. clip your wives. attire and all. Bear our hack'd targets like the men that owe them: Had our great palace the capacity To camp this host. An armour all of gold. yet ha' we A brain that nourishes our nerves. ANTONY. Which promises royal peril. I thank you all. Enter the city. Mine nightingale. Tell them your feats. girl! though grey Do something mingle with our younger brown. marching.] ANTONY. And drink carouses to the next day's fate. For doughty-handed are you. . [Enter CLEOPATRA. and there Ride on the pants triumphing.] Give me thy hand. were it carbuncled Like holy Phoebus' car. I'll give thee. and have fought Not as you serv'd the cause. Commend unto his lips thy favouring hand. Lord of lords! O infinite virtue. What. my warrior: he hath fought to-day As if a god. had Destroyed in such a shape. He has deserv'd it. com'st thou smiling from The world's great snare uncaught? ANTONY. friend. We have beat him to his camp.--Trumpeters. leap thou.] To this great fairy I'll commend thy acts. you have shown all Hectors. CLEOPATRA. but as't had been Each man's like mine. your friends.--To-morrow. Before the sun shall see us. Through proof of harness to my heart.97 [Alarum. CLEOPATRA. SCARUS and Forces.--[To SCARUS. and can Get goal for goal of youth. Behold this man. we'll spill the blood That has to-day escap'd. attended. whilst they with joyful tears Wash the congealment from your wounds and kiss The honour'd gashes whole. Enter ANTONY. Make her thanks bless thee. Chain mine arm'd neck.

ENOBARBUS.] FIRST SOLDIER. being dried with grief. Stand close and list him. O thou blessed moon. This last day was A shrewd one to's. Make mingle with our rattling tabourines. SECOND SOLDIER. Enobarbus! THIRD SOLDIER. ENOBARBUS. poor Enobarbus did Before thy face repent!-FIRST SOLDIER.98 With brazen din blast you the city's ear. If we be not reliev'd within this hour. night. Peace! Hark further. will break to powder. bear me witness. O sovereign mistress of true melancholy. The poisonous damp of night disponge upon me. [Enter ENOBARBUS. [Sentinels at their Post.] ENOBARBUS. What man is this? SECOND SOLDIER. and they say we shall embattle By the second hour i' the morn.] SCENE IX. Be witness to me. [Exeunt.-THIRD SOLDIER. . a very rebel to my will. O. When men revolted shall upon record Bear hateful memory. That life. May hang no longer on me: throw my heart Against the flint and hardness of my fault. CAESAR'S camp. Applauding our approach. Which. That heaven and earth may strike their sounds together. We must return to thecourt of guard: the night Is shiny.

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!--

CLEOPATRA. a pendant rock. go tell him I have slain myself. Sometime we see a cloud that's dragonish. And with those hands that grasp'd the heaviest club Subdue my worthiest self. [Enter CLEOPATRA. Alexandria. Mardian. [Enter ANTONY and EROS. Eros. that nod unto the world. To the monument!-Mardian. CHARMIAN. And mock our eyes with air: thou hast seen these signs.--Eros. IRAS. Help me.] CLEOPATRA. noble lord. The soul and body rive not more in parting Than greatness going off.-To the monument! [Exeunt. And bring me how he takes my death. ho! [Exit. And word it. the boar of Thessaly Was never so emboss'd. To the monument! There lock yourself. my women! O. Say that the last I spoke was 'Antony'. thou yet behold'st me? EROS. and MARDIAN. .] ANTONY. A tower'd citadel. thou mine ancestor. ANTONY. A vapour sometime like a bear or lion. CHARMIAN. A Room in the Palace.] SCENE XIV. Ay. or blue promontory With trees upon't. and I fall Under this plot:--she dies for't. Another Room. thy rage: Let me lodge Lichas on the horns o' the moon. A forked mountain. piteously: hence.] SCENE XIII. pr'ythee. The witch shall die: To the young Roman boy she hath sold me. Alexandria. and send him word you are dead.102 The shirt of Nessus is upon me: teach me. he is more mad Than Telamon for his shield. Alcides.

Thy name so buried in her. My good knave Eros. MARDIAN. there is left us Ourselves to end ourselves. it was divided Between her heart and lips: she render'd life. now lost. saucy eunuch. ANTONY.-Whose heart I thought I had. ANTONY. As water is in water.] O. Eros.-Nay. and makes it indistinct. No. and shall die the death. ANTONY. That which is now a horse. weep not. gentle Eros. and her fortunes mingled With thine entirely. ANTONY. Death of one person can be paid but once. 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. now thy captain is Even such a body: here I am Antony. has Pack'd cards with Caesar. It does. Yet cannot hold this visible shape. EROS.--she. Ay. even with a thought The rack dislimns. Hence. Antony. my lord.103 They are black vesper's pageants. my lord. Which. my knave. My mistress lov'd thee. EROS. peace! She hath betray'd me. and the queen. Dead then? . I made these wars for Egypt. had annex'd unto't A million moe. and false-play'd my glory Unto an enemy's triumph. thy vile lady! She has robb'd me of my sword. for she had mine. MARDIAN. whilst it was mine.-[Enter MARDIAN.

and Weep for my pardon.' Thou art sworn. the long day's task is done.--That thou depart'st hence safe Does pay thy labour richly. Eros! [Re-enter EROS. less noble mind Than she which by her death our Caesar tells 'I am conqueror of myself.] I will o'ertake thee. and o'er green Neptune's back With ships made cities. when the exigent should come. You have been nobly borne. that with my sword Quarter'd the world. So it must be. I. condemn myself to lack The courage of a woman. the time is come: Thou strik'st not me. Eros.-The sevenfold shield of Ajax cannot keep The battery from my heart. and stray no further:--now all labour Mars what it does. yea. Crack thy frail case!--Apace.--From me awhile.-No more a soldier. very force entangles Itself with strength: seal then.--which now Is come indeed--when I should see behind me The inevitable prosecution of Disgrace and horror. apace. Eros. go. ANTONY.--Come. I have liv'd in such dishonour that the gods Detest my baseness.] Off. Lie down. Eros. Thou then wouldst kill me: do't.104 MARDIAN. cleave. O.-Eros!--I come. That. Since Cleopatra died. pluck off. . for now All length is torture. And we must sleep.] EROS. on my command.--Eros!--stay for me: Where souls do couch on flowers. And all the haunt be ours. [Exit MARDIAN.--Since the torch is out. that. my sides! Heart. once be stronger than thy continent. Unarm. go. Eros. What would my lord? ANTONY. my queen. and all is done. 'tis Caesar thou defeat'st.--Bruised pieces. Cleopatra.-[Exit EROS. And with our sprightly port make the ghosts gaze: Dido and her Aeneas shall want troops. Dead. we'll hand in hand.

My sword is drawn. pardon me! ANTONY. EROS. drawn before him. My dear master. lost aim and could not? ANTONY. Lo thee! [Turning from him. . and come. EROS. sir. Draw. Or thy precedent services are all But accidents unpurpos'd. ANTONY. I would not see't. O. Turn from me then that noble countenance.105 Put colour in thy cheek. swor'st thou not then To do this when I bade thee? Do it at once. branded His baseness that ensued? EROS. whilst the wheel'd seat Of fortunate Caesar. for with a wound I must be cur'd. ANTONY. his face subdu'd To penetrative shame. When I did make thee free. Though enemy. Eros. Draw that thy honest sword. Then let it do at once The thing why thou hast drawn it. bending down His corrigible neck. Wouldst thou be window'd in great Rome and see Thy master thus with pleach'd arms. My captain and my emperor.] EROS. ANTONY. EROS. which thou hast worn Most useful for thy country. let me say. EROS. Wherein the worship of the whole world lies. then. Come. The gods withhold me! Shall I do that which all the Parthian darts.

And time is at his period. FIRST GUARD. farewell. EROS. Thy master dies thy scholar: to do thus [Falling on his sword. Now. EROS. I have done my work ill. O valiant Eros. Eros. Alas. Farewell.] FIRST GUARD. strike me dead. and. Shall I strike now? ANTONY. and thou couldst not. 'Tis said. Eros. despatch me! [Enter DERCETAS and a guard. man. Let him that loves me. ho!--O. what I should. got upon me A nobleness in record: but I will be A bridegroom in my death. friends: O.] ANTONY. ALL. great chief. Come. then.--and farewell. make an end Of what I have begun. there then [falls on his sword]!--thus do I escape the sorrow Of Antony's death. Why. What's the noise? ANTONY. and woe! ANTONY. by their brave instruction. . The star is fallen.] I learn'd of thee. How? not dead? not dead?-The guard. Thrice nobler than myself! Thou teachest me. ANTONY. [Dies. and run into't As to a lover's bed. SECOND GUARD. My queen and Eros Have.106 Before I strike this bloody stroke.

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;

a Roman by a Roman Valiantly vanquish'd. The noblest.--O come. Thus would I wear them out. My resolution and my hands I'll trust. ALL. and let me speak a little. One word. A heavy sight! ANTONY.] And welcome. And set thee by Jove's side. dying: Give me some wine. and do now not basely die. Gentle. Provok'd by my offence. woo't die? Hast thou no care of me? shall I abide . Now my spirit is going: I can no more. Yet come a little. They do not go together. welcome! die where thou hast liv'd: Quicken with kissing: had my lips that power. I am dying. CLEOPATRA. hear me: None about Caesar trust but Proculeius.110 That makes the weight: had I great Juno's power. CLEOPATRA. 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. come. CLEOPATRA.--O! CLEOPATRA.-Wishers were ever fools. let me speak. the greatest prince o' the world. and let me rail so high That the false huswife Fortune break her wheel. sweet queen: Of Caesar seek your honour. with your safety. None about Caesar. Not cowardly put off my helmet to My countryman. Noblest of men. Egypt. ANTONY. No. ANTONY. The strong-wing'd Mercury should fetch thee up. ANTONY. [They draw ANTONY up.

Charmian! My noble girls!--Ah. madam!-IRAS. women? What. [Faints. And there is nothing left remarkable Beneath the visiting moon. look.] The crown o' the earth doth melt. madam. wither'd is the garland of the war. Our lamp is spent. which in thy absence is No better than a sty?--O.--It were for me To throw my sceptre at the injurious gods. O madam. women. The soldier's pole is fallen: young boys and girls Are level now with men: the odds is gone. Let's do it after the high Roman fashion.111 In this dull world. Lady!-IRAS. what's noble. No more but e'en a woman. away: . Come. take heart:-We'll bury him. O. my women. Iras! CLEOPATRA. Royal Egypt. and then. Patience is sottish. She is dead too. To tell them that this world did equal theirs Till they had stol'n our jewel. CHARMIAN. quietness. and commanded By such poor passion as the maid that milks And does the meanest chares. women. Empress. All's but naught. 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. see.-CHARMIAN. [Antony dies. how now. it's out!--Good sirs. peace. our sovereign. Peace. lady! IRAS. And make death proud to take us.--My lord!-O.] CHARMIAN. what's brave. what! good cheer! Why. Madam!-CHARMIAN.

The breaking of so great a thing should make A greater crack: the round world Should have shook lions into civil streets. I say.] ACT V.] CAESAR.] [Enter DERCETAS with the sword of ANTONY. The death of Antony Is not a single doom. And citizens to their dens. we have no friend But resolution. O Caesar. [Exit. Wherefore is that? And what art thou that dar'st Appear thus to us? DERCETAS. CAESAR'S Camp before Alexandria. women!--Come. [Enter CAESAR. and Others. PROCULEIUS. He was my master. If thou please To take me to thee. DOLABELLA. those above bearing off ANTONY'S body. Being so frustrate. Antony is dead. [Exeunt. Caesar. I shall. as I was to him I'll be to Caesar. MAECENAS. I am call'd Dercetas. and I wore my life To spend upon his haters. bid him yield. women. GALLUS. Mark Antony I serv'd.112 This case of that huge spirit now is cold: Ah. AGRIPPA. CAESAR. tell him he mocks The pauses that he makes. Dolabella. if thou pleasest not. in the name lay A moiety of the world. DOLABELLA. What is't thou say'st? DERCETAS. CAESAR. SCENE I. Go to him. I yield thee up my life. who best was worthy Best to be serv'd: whilst he stood up and spoke. and the briefest end.] CAESAR. .

--This is his sword. A rarer spirit never Did steer humanity. But you. will give us Some faults to make us men. [Enter a Messenger.--that our stars. behold it stain'd With his most noble blood. friends? The gods rebuke me. His taints and honours Weigh'd equal with him. With tears as sovereign as the blood of hearts. Caesar is touch'd. good friends. and the heart Where mine his thoughts did kindle. CAESAR. my brother. When such a spacious mirror's set before him. The arm of mine own body. Nor by a hired knife. Not by a public minister of justice. AGRIPPA. we could not stall together In the whole world: but yet let me lament. but that self hand Which writ his honour in the acts it did Hath. Caesar.-But I will tell you at some meeter season. CAESAR.--Hear me. I robb'd his wound of it. MAECENAS. my competitor In top of all design. MAECENAS. AGRIPPA. should divide Our equalness to this.] . my mate in empire. gods. 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. with the courage which the heart did lend it. Look you sad. Splitted the heart. And strange it is That nature must compel us to lament Our most persisted deeds. Friend and companion in the front of war. He needs must see himself. He is dead.113 DERCETAS. but it is tidings To wash the eyes of kings. Unreconciliable. That thou.

We'll hear him what he says. where you shall see How hardly I was drawn into this war. for I remember now How he's employ'd. Proculeius. I shall. Go and say We purpose her no shame: give her what comforts The quality of her passion shall require Lest. And with your speediest bring us what she says. Come hither. And how you find her. That she preparedly may frame herself To the way she's forc'd to. go you along. How honourable and how kindly we Determine for her. The queen. A poor Egyptian yet. [Exit.114 The business of this man looks out of him. my mistress. Confin'd in all she has. he shall in time be ready. by some mortal stroke She do defeat us. Let him alone. PROCULEIUS.-[Exit GALLUS. in her greatness. CAESAR. Bid her have good heart: She soon shall know of us. Of thy intents desires instruction.] CAESAR.] CAESAR. So the gods preserve thee! [Exit. to second Proculeius? ALL. by some of ours. Dolabella! CAESAR. for Caesar cannot learn To be ungentle.--Whence are you? MESSENGER. MESSENGER. . Caesar. Gallus. her monument.] Where's Dolabella. for her life in Rome Would be eternal in our triumph: go. Go with me to my tent.

The beggar's nurse and Caesar's. Which sleeps. CLEOPATRA. He gives me so much of mine own as I Will kneel to him with thanks. he's but Fortune's knave. to the gates of the Monument. Not being Fortune. Which shackles accidents and bolts up change. [Enter CLEOPATRA. My name is Proculeius. GALLUS. and Soldiers. CLEOPATRA. My desolation does begin to make A better life. [Enter. A Room in the Monument. and see What I can show in this. to keep decorum. 'Tis paltry to be Caesar. must No less beg than a kingdom: if he please To give me conquer'd Egypt for my son. A minister of her will: and it is great To do that thing that ends all other deeds. And bids thee study on what fair demands Thou mean'st to have him grant thee. That have no use for trusting. fear nothing: Make your full reference freely to my lord. PROCULEIUS. and IRAS. Antony Did tell me of you.] PROCULEIUS. but I do not greatly care to be deceiv'd. Caesar sends greetings to the queen of Egypt. Alexandria. You are fallen into a princely hand. CHARMIAN. bade me trust you. and you shall find . you must tell him That majesty. and never palates more the dug. If your master Would have a queen his beggar. Be of good cheer.] SCENE II.] CLEOPATRA. PROCULEIUS. Who is so full of grace that it flows over On all that need: let me report to him Your sweet dependency. [Exeunt. What's thy name? PROCULEIUS.115 How calm and gentle I proceeded still In all my writings: go with me.

] Guard her till Caesar come. Do not abuse my master's bounty by Theundoing of yourself: let the world see . Quick. but not betray'd. [Exit. CLEOPATRA. Some of the Guard unbar and open the gates. That rids our dogs of languish? PROCULEIUS. good hands.116 A conqueror that will pray in aid for kindness Where he for grace is kneel'd to. Royal queen! CHARMIAN. tell him I am his fortune's vassal and I send him The greatness he has got.] IRAS. GALLUS. and. Pray you. and would gladly Look him i' the face. of death too.] PROCULEIUS.] Do not yourself such wrong. This I'll report. 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.] [To PROCULEIUS. Have comfort. CLEOPATRA. for I know your plight is pitied Of him that caus'd it. who are in this Reliev'd. PROCULEIUS. queen! CLEOPATRA. Cleopatra. quick. [Drawing a dagger. having ascended. and the Guear. dear lady. Hold. What. worthy lady. I hourly learn A doctrine of obedience. O Cleopatra! thou art taken. come behind CLEOPATRA. hold. [Seizes and disarms her.

you have heard of me? . which your death Will never let come forth. Where art thou.] DOLABELLA. I'll take her to my guard. come! Come. So. And he hath sent for thee: as for the queen. O. If you'll employ me to him. that I Will not wait pinion'd at your master's court. CLEOPATRA.] To Caesar I will speak what you shall please. sir. and take a queen Worth many babes and beggars! PROCULEIUS. What thou hast done thy master Caesar knows. 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. Shall they hoist me up. lady! CLEOPATRA. [Exeunt PROCULEIUS and Soldiers. If idle talk will once be accessary. Say I would die. PROCULEIUS. [Enter DOLABELLA. death? Come hither. Nor once be chastis'd with the sober eye Of dull Octavia. I'll not sleep neither: this mortal house I'll ruin.] DOLABELLA. Sir. Proculeius. You do extend These thoughts of horror further than you shall Find cause in Caesar. Do Caesar what he can.117 His nobleness well acted. CLEOPATRA. sir. Know. come. Most noble empress. I will eat no meat. temperance. and let the water-flies Blow me into abhorring! rather make My country's high pyramides my gibbet. It shall content me best: be gentle to her. Dolabella. And hang me up in chains! PROCULEIUS. I'll not drink.-[To CLEOPATRA.

such another sleep. his rear'd arm Crested the world: his voice was propertied As all the tuned spheres. Think you there was or might be such a man As this I dream'd of? DOLABELLA. There was no winter in't. sir. If it might please you. DOLABELLA. Is't not your trick? DOLABELLA. Most sovereign creature. I understand not. Cleopatra. the earth. and that to friends. and lighted The little O. I cannot tell. No matter. For his bounty.118 CLEOPATRA. CLEOPATRA. He was as rattling thunder. no.-CLEOPATRA. His legs bestrid the ocean. . an autumn 'twas That grew the more by reaping: his delights Were dolphin-like. His face was as the heavens. Gentle madam. DOLABELLA.-CLEOPATRA.-CLEOPATRA. what I have heard or known. that I might see But such another man! DOLABELLA. You laugh when boys or women tell their dreams. DOLABELLA. Assuredly you know me. madam. they show'd his back above The element they liv'd in: in his livery Walk'd crowns and crownets. But when he meant to quail and shake the orb. CLEOPATRA. I dream'd there was an Emperor Antony:-O. realms and islands were As plates dropp'd from his pocket. and therein stuck A sun and moon. which kept their course.

SELEUCUS. Nay. . then. MAECENAS. great.] [Within. or ever were. Madam. GALLUS. I thank you. I know it. PROCULEIUS.--Caesar! [Enter CAESAR. But if there be. He'll lead me. pray you.-CLEOPATRA. sir. Which is the queen of Egypt? DOLABELLA. as yourself. and you bear it As answering to the weight: would I might never O'ertake pursu'd success. CLEOPATRA. CLEOPATRA. Though he be honourable.119 CLEOPATRA. You lie. [CLEOPATRA kneels. one such. Know you what Caesar means to do with me? DOLABELLA. It is the emperor.] Make way there. sir. in triumph? DOLABELLA. Condemning shadows quite. By the rebound of yours. a grief that smites My very heart at root. Your loss is.] CAESAR. 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. DOLABELLA. and Attendants. madam. but I do feel.-DOLABELLA. [Flourish within. good madam. Hear me. I am loath to tell you what I would you knew. he will. up to the hearing of the gods.] CAESAR.

Here. Not petty things admitted. but if you seek To lay on me a cruelty. I am possess'd of: 'tis exactly valued. rise. and we. CLEOPATRA. madam. through all the world: 'tis yours. and jewels. Egypt. know We will extenuate rather than enforce: If you apply yourself to our intents. Cleopatra. my lord. shall Hang in what place you please. The record of what injuries you did us. I'll take my leave. Take to you no hard thoughts. CAESAR. This is my treasurer: let him speak. the gods Will have it thus. Here. CLEOPATRA. Upon his peril. You shall advise me in all for Cleopatra. Though written in our flesh. Sir. plate. CLEOPATRA.--Where's Seleucus? SELEUCUS. Your scutcheons and your signs of conquest. that I have reserv'd . we shall remember As things but done by chance.-Which towards you are most gentle. Sole sir o' the world. CAESAR. you shall not kneel:-I pray you. CLEOPATRA. my good lord. and put your children To that destruction which I'll guard them from. my master and my lord I must obey. you shall bereave yourself Of my good purposes. CAESAR.--you shall find A benefit in this change.120 Arise. If thereon you rely. rise. by taking Antony's course. 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. And may. CLEOPATRA. This is the brief of money.

Or I shall show the cinders of my spirits Through theashes of my chance. that mine own servant should Parcel the sum of my disgraces by Addition of his envy! Say. Enough to purchase what you have made known. Speak the truth.--Wert thou a man. . Madam. How pomp is follow'd! Mine will now be yours. good Caesar. Caesar! O. blush not. Thou wouldst have mercy on me. And. O Caesar. CLEOPATRA. SELEUCUS. to induce Their mediation. dog! O rarely base! CAESAR. of no more trust Than love that's hir'd!--What. let us entreat you. CLEOPATRA. CLEOPATRA. Seleucus. CAESAR. See.] Pr'ythee go hence. I approve Your wisdom in the deed. CAESAR. goest thou back? thou shalt Go back. things of such dignity As we greet modern friends withal.--must I be unfolded With one that I have bred? The gods! It smites me Beneath the fall I have. That I some lady trifles have reserv'd.121 To myself nothing. what a wounding shame is this. [To SELEUCUS. Immoment toys. The ingratitude of this Seleucus does Even make me wild: O slave. soulless villain. Nay.-That thou vouchsafing here to visit me. What have I kept back? SELEUCUS. slave. Some nobler token I have kept apart For Livia and Octavia. Good queen. behold. I had rather seal my lips than to my peril Speak that which is not. yours would be mine. and say. but I'll catch thine eyes Though they had wings. I warrant thee. Doing the honour of thy lordliness To one so meek. Cleopatra. should we shift estates.

I will. And we are for the dark. Be it known that we. CLEOPATRA. Bestow it at your pleasure. Go put it to the haste. are misthought For things that others do. girls. the bright day is done. dear queen. He words me. Exeunt CAESAR and his Train.] CLEOPATRA. Not what you have reserv'd. to make prize with you Of things that merchants sold. For we intend so to dispose you as Yourself shall give us counsel. [Exit SELEUCUS. Charmian! [Whispers CHARMIAN. Put we i' the roll of conquest: still be't yours. Cleopatra. good lady. Adieu. the greatest. [Re-enter DOLABELLA. and so. Therefore be cheer'd. . My master and my lord! CAESAR. adieu.] IRAS. Not so. Feed and sleep: Our care and pity is so much upon you That we remain your friend. and it is provided. nor what acknowledg'd. CHARMIAN. Make not your thoughts your prisons: no. Madam.] CLEOPATRA.] DOLABELLA. that I should not Be noble to myself: but hark thee. Hie thee again: I have spoke already. and when we fall We answer others' merits in our name. Are therefore to be pitied.122 Forbear. [Flourish. CAESAR. and believe Caesar's no merchant. Seleucus. Finish. he words me. CLEOPATRA.

I tell you this: Caesar through Syria Intends his journey. And forc'd to drink their vapour. Nay. Adieu. in their thick breaths. Antony Shall be brought drunken forth.] Now. CLEOPATRA. Which my love makes religion to obey. .123 Where's the queen? CHARMIAN. shall we be enclouded. Farewell. Dolabella. and thanks. IRAS. I must attend on Caesar. sir. shall be shown In Rome as well as I: mechanic slaves. shall Uplift us to the view. Behold. and I shall see Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness I' the posture of a whore. Madam. what think'st thou? Thou.] CLEOPATRA. good queen. an Egyptian puppet. Iras:--saucy lictors Will catch at us like strumpets. With greasy aprons. as thereto sworn by your command. DOLABELLA. The gods forbid! CLEOPATRA. Dolabella! DOLABELLA. [Exit DOLABELLA. and scald rhymers Ballad us out o' tune: the quick comedians Extemporally will stage us. and present Our Alexandrian revels. Iras. [Exit. I your servant. 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. 'tis most certain. rules. CLEOPATRA. and hammers. Rank of gross diet. I shall remain your debtor.

I'll give thee leave To play till doomsday. My resolution's plac'd. . Let him come in. like a queen. IRAS. Here is a rural fellow That will not be denied your highness' presence: He brings you figs. my women.] Now. A noise within. noble Charmian. [Re-enter Guard. we'll despatch indeed. go.] GUARD. I'll never see't. Charmian!-Show me. O the good gods! CLEOPATRA.124 IRAS. This is the man.--I am again for Cydnus.] GUARD. CLEOPATRA. Why. [Exit IRAS.--Go fetch My best attires.-Now. that's certain. and I have nothing Of woman in me: now from head to foot I am marble-constant. To meet Mark Antony:--sirrah. Nay.] Wherefore's this noise? [Enter one of the Guard. And when thou hast done this chare. for I am sure mine nails Are stronger than mine eyes. [Enter CHARMIAN. Iras. that's the way To fool their preparation and to conquer Their most absurd intents. CLEOPATRA. [Exit Guard.--Bring our crown and all.] What poor an instrument May do a noble deed! he brings me liberty. with Clown bringing a basket. now the fleeting moon No planet is of mine.

[Exit Guard.125 CLEOPATRA. but something given to lie.] Hast thou the pretty worm of Nilus there That kills and pains not? CLOWN. CLEOPATRA. it shall be heeded. CLEOPATRA. You must think this. Get thee hence. Ay. Very many. I wish you all joy of the worm. as a woman should not do but in the way of honesty: how she died of the biting of it. CLEOPATRA. Truly. CLEOPATRA. I pray you. the worm's an odd worm. CLOWN. . CLEOPATRA. and leave him. [Sets down the basket. farewell.--truly she makes a very good report o' the worm. that the worm will do his kind. for it is not worth the feeding. what pain she felt. Avoid. for his biting is immortal. for indeed there is no goodness in the worm. ay. farewell. but he that will believe all that they say shall never be saved by half that they do: but this is most falliable. CLOWN. But I would not be the party that should desire you to touch him. those that do die of it do seldom or never recover. look you. Very good. CLOWN. Farewell. Give it nothing. Will it eat me? CLOWN. Take thou no care. CLOWN. the worm is not to be trusted but in the keeping of wise people. I have him. Remember'st thou any that have died on't? CLOWN. Look you. men and women too.] CLEOPATRA. I heard of one of them no longer than yesterday: a very honest woman.

and rain. and spend that kiss Which is my heaven to have.--Come.] CLEOPATRA. Well. Dost thou lie still? If thou vanishest.] With thy sharp teeth this knot intrinsicate Of life at once untie: poor venomous fool. thou mortal wretch.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. Husband. I come: Now to that name my courage prove my title! I am fire and air. get thee gone. IRAS falls and dies. He'll make demand of her. But truly. forsooth.] 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. This proves me base: If she first meet the curled Antony. Farewell. Give me my robe. [To an asp. thick cloud. put on my crown. I have Immortal longings in me: now no more The juice of Egypt's grape shall moist this lip:-Yare. Dissolve. I see him rouse himself To praise my noble act. The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch.--Iras. which the gods give men To excuse their after wrath. . &c. Yes. CLOWN. yare. farewell. CLEOPATRA. that I may say The gods themselves do weep! CLEOPATRA. long farewell.--Methinks I hear Antony call. [Kisses them. Which hurts and is desir'd.--have you done? Come then. thou tell'st the world It is not worth leave-taking. if the devil dress her not. CHARMIAN. crown. for in every ten that they make the devils mar five. which she applies to her breast. my other elements I give to baser life. with a robe. I wish you joy o' the worm. [Exit.] [Re-enter IRAS. good Iras.--So. kind Charmian. I hear him mock The luck of Caesar. quick. and take the last warmth of my lips.

Where's the queen? CHARMIAN. close. in thy possession lies A lass unparallel'd. I'll mend it and then play. As sweet as balm. as soft as air. And golden Phoebus never be beheld Of eyes again so royal! Your crown's awry. fare thee well. In this vile world?--So. break! CLEOPATRA. I will take thee too:-[Applying another asp to her arm. Peace.-Now boast thee. Too slow a messenger. FIRST GUARD. peace! Dost thou not see my baby at my breast That sucks the nurse asleep? CHARMIAN. Speak softly.] What should I stay.-[Falls on a bed and dies. as gentle:-O Antony! Nay. wake her not. break! O. FIRST GUARD. [Enter the guard. Caesar hath sent. death. O couldst thou speak.127 Be angry and despatch. O. . That I might hear thee call great Caesar ass Unpolicied! CHARMIAN. despatch: I partly feel thee.] CHARMIAN.] O. O eastern star! CLEOPATRA. [Applies an asp.] FIRST GUARD. come apace.-CHARMIAN. rushing in.--Downy windows.

DOLABELLA. All dead. DOLABELLA. Ah. What work is here!--Charmian. This was his basket. Took her own way.] A way there. How goes it here? SECOND GUARD. thy thoughts Touch their effects in this: thyself art coming To see perform'd the dreaded act which thou So sought'st to hinder. Poison'd then. and being royal. and fitting for a princess Descended of so many royal kings. . That you did fear is done. CAESAR. ho! all's not well: Caesar's beguil'd.] [Re-enter DOLABELLA. A simple countryman that brought her figs. It is well done.128 Approach. Bravest at the last. call him. Caesar. [Within. SECOND GUARD. is this well done? CHARMIAN. There's Dolabella sent from Caesar.] DOLABELLA. soldier! [CHARMIAN dies.--The manner of their deaths? I do not see them bleed. FIRST GUARD. Who was last with them? FIRST GUARD. She levell'd at our purposes.] DOLABELLA. a way for Caesar! [Re-enter CAESAR and his Train. CAESAR. O sir. you are too sure an augurer.

DOLABELLA. Most probable That so she died. This is an aspic's trail: and these fig-leaves Have slime upon them. CAESAR. FIRST GUARD. And on the sudden dropp'd. such as the aspic leaves Upon the caves of Nile. see High order in this great solemnity. tremblingly she stood. [Exeunt. This Charmian liv'd but now.net/ .-As she would catch another Antony In her strong toil of grace. High events as these Strike those that make them. O Caesar. And then to Rome. CAESAR. Our army shall In solemn show attend this funeral. Dolabella. she stood and spake: I found her trimming up the diadem On her dead mistress. and their story is No less in pity than his glory which Brought them to be lamented. Take up her bed. for her physician tells me She hath pursu'd conclusions infinite Of easy ways to die.--Come. Here on her breast There is a vent of blood. O noble weakness!-If they had swallow'd poison 'twould appear By external swelling: but she looks like sleep. 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. and something blown: The like is on her arm.129 FIRST GUARD.] End of Project Gutenberg Etext of Antony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare PG has multiple editions of William Shakespeare's Complete Works from http://manybooks.

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