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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

99 And finish all foul thoughts. O Antony, Nobler than my revolt is infamous, Forgive me in thine own particular; But let the world rank me in register A master-leaver and a fugitive: O Antony! O Antony! [Dies.] SECOND SOLDIER. Let's speak to him. FIRST SOLDIER. Let's hear him, for the things he speaks May concern Caesar. THIRD SOLDIER. Let's do so. But he sleeps. FIRST SOLDIER. Swoons rather; for so bad a prayer as his Was never yet fore sleep. SECOND SOLDIER. Go we to him. THIRD SOLDIER. Awake, sir, awake; speak to us. SECOND SOLDIER. Hear you, sir? FIRST SOLDIER. The hand of death hath raught him. [Drums afar off.] Hark! the drums Do merrily wake the sleepers. Let us bear him To the court of guard; he is of note: our hour Is fully out. THIRD SOLDIER. Come on, then; He may recover yet. [Exeunt with the body.] SCENE X. Ground between the two Camps. [Enter ANTONY and SCARUS, with Forces, marching.]

100 ANTONY. Their preparation is to-day by sea; We please them not by land. SCARUS. For both, my lord. ANTONY. I would they'd fight i' the fire or i' the air; We'd fight there too. But this it is; our foot Upon the hills adjoining to the city Shall stay with us:--order for sea is given; They have put forth the haven:--forward now, Where their appointment we may best discover, And look on their endeavour. [Exeunt.] SCENE XI. Another part of the Ground. [Enter CAESAR with his Forces, marching.] CAESAR. But being charg'd, we will be still by land, Which, as I take't, we shall; for his best force Is forth to man his galleys. To the vales, And hold our best advantage. [Exeunt.] SCENE XII. Another part of the Ground. [Enter ANTONY and SCARUS.] ANTONY. Yet they are not join'd: where yond pine does stand I shall discover all: I'll bring thee word Straight how 'tis like to go. [Exit.] SCARUS. Swallows have built In Cleopatra's sails their nests: the augurers Say they know not,--they cannot tell;--look grimly, And dare not speak their knowledge. Antony Is valiant and dejected; and, by starts, His fretted fortunes give him hope and fear Of what he has and has not. [Alarum afar off, as at a sea-fight.]

101 [Re-enter ANTONY.] ANTONY. All is lost; This foul Egyptian hath betrayed me: My fleet hath yielded to the foe; and yonder They cast their caps up, and carouse together Like friends long lost.--Triple-turn'd whore! 'tis thou Hast sold me to this novice; and my heart Makes only wars on thee.--Bid them all fly; For when I am reveng'd upon my charm, I have done all.--Bid them all fly; begone. [Exit SCARUS.] O sun, thy uprise shall I see no more: Fortune and Antony part here; even here Do we shake hands.--All come to this!--The hearts That spaniel'd me at heels, to whom I gave Their wishes, do discandy, melt their sweets On blossoming Caesar; and this pine is bark'd That overtopp'd them all. Betray'd I am: O this false soul of Egypt! this grave charm, Whose eye beck'd forth my wars and call'd them home; Whose bosom was my crownet, my chief end,-Like a right gypsy, hath, at fast and loose, Beguil'd me to the very heart of loss.-What, Eros, Eros! [Enter CLEOPATRA.] Ah, thou spell! Avaunt! CLEOPATRA. Why is my lord enrag'd against his love? ANTONY. Vanish, or I shall give thee thy deserving, And blemish Caesar's triumph. Let him take thee And hoist thee up to the shouting plebeians: Follow his chariot, like the greatest spot Of all thy sex; most monster-like, be shown For poor'st diminutives, for doits; and let Patient Octavia plough thy visage up With her prepared nails. [Exit CLEOPATRA.] 'Tis well thou'rt gone, If it be well to live; but better 'twere Thou fell'st into my fury, for one death Might have prevented many.--Eros, ho!--

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

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

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

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

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

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;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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