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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

44 He is married? MESSENGER. Take no offence that I would not offend you: To punish me for what you make me do Seems much unequal: he's married to Octavia. CLEOPATRA. O, that his fault should make a knave of thee That art not what tho'rt sure of!--Get thee hence: The merchandise which thou hast brought from Rome Are all too dear for me: lie they upon thy hand, And be undone by 'em! [Exit Messenger.] CHARMIAN. Good your highness, patience. CLEOPATRA. In praising Antony I have disprais'd Caesar. CHARMIAN. Many times, madam. CLEOPATRA. I am paid for't now. Lead me from hence; I faint:--O Iras, Charmian!--'tis no matter.-Go to the fellow, good Alexas; bid him Report the feature of Octavia, her years, Her inclination; let him not leave out The colour of her hair:--bring me word quickly. [Exit ALEXAS.] Let him for ever go:--let him not, Charmian-Though he be painted one way like a Gorgon, T'other way he's a Mars.--[To MARDIAN] Bid you Alexas Bring me word how tall she is.--Pity me, Charmian, But do not speak to me.--Lead me to my chamber. [Exeunt.] SCENE VI. Near Misenum. [Flourish. Enter POMPEY and MENAS at one side, with drum and trumpet; at the other, CAESAR, ANTONY, LEPIDUS, ENOBARBUS, MAECENAS, with Soldiers marching.] POMPEY. Your hostages I have, so have you mine; And we shall talk before we fight.

45 CAESAR. Most meet That first we come to words; and therefore have we Our written purposes before us sent; Which, if thou hast consider'd, let us know If 'twill tie up thy discontented sword, And carry back to Sicily much tall youth That else must perish here. POMPEY. To you all three, The senators alone of this great world, Chief factors for the gods,--I do not know Wherefore my father should revengers want, Having a son and friends; since Julius Caesar, Who at Philippi the good Brutus ghosted, There saw you labouring for him. What was't That mov'd pale Cassius to conspire; and what Made the all-honour'd, honest Roman, Brutus, With the arm'd rest, courtiers of beauteous freedom, To drench the Capitol, but that they would Have one man but a man? And that is it Hath made me rig my navy; at whose burden The anger'd ocean foams; with which I meant To scourge the ingratitude that despiteful Rome Cast on my noble father. CAESAR. Take your time. ANTONY. Thou canst not fear us, Pompey, with thy sails; We'll speak with thee at sea: at land thou know'st How much we do o'er-count thee. POMPEY. At land, indeed, Thou dost o'er-count me of my father's house: But, since the cuckoo builds not for himself, Remain in't as thou mayst. LEPIDUS. Be pleas'd to tell us,-For this is from the present,--how you take The offers we have sent you. CAESAR. There's the point. ANTONY. Which do not be entreated to, but weigh What it is worth embrac'd.

46 CAESAR. And what may follow, To try a larger fortune. POMPEY. You have made me offer Of Sicily, Sardinia; and I must Rid all the sea of pirates; then to send Measures of wheat to Rome; this 'greed upon, To part with unhack'd edges and bear back Our targes undinted. CAESAR, ANTONY, and LEPIDUS. That's our offer. POMPEY. Know, then, I came before you here a man prepar'd To take this offer: but Mark Antony Put me to some impatience:--though I lose The praise of it by telling, you must know, When Caesar and your brother were at blows, Your mother came to Sicily, and did find Her welcome friendly. ANTONY. I have heard it, Pompey, And am well studied for a liberal thanks Which I do owe you. POMPEY. Let me have your hand: I did not think, sir, to have met you here. ANTONY. The beds i' the East are soft; and, thanks to you, That call'd me, timelier than my purpose, hither; For I have gained by it. CAESAR. Since I saw you last There is a change upon you. POMPEY. Well, I know not What counts harsh fortune casts upon my face; But in my bosom shall she never come To make my heart her vassal. LEPIDUS. Well met here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!--

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

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

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

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

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

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;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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