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