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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!--

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

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

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

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

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

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;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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