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