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

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

who Thus speaks of him at Rome: but I will hope Of better deeds to-morrow. [Exeunt ANTONY and CLEOPATRA. when such a mutual pair And such a twain can do't.] SCENE II. whose every passion fully strives To make itself in thee fair and admir'd! No messenger. Antony Will be himself.8 Feeds beast as man: the nobleness of life Is to do thus [Embracing]. Rest you happy! [Exeunt. I am full sorry That he approves the common liar. the world to weet We stand up peerless. wrangling queen! Whom everything becomes. and not love her?-I'll seem the fool I am not. ANTONY. Sir. Hear the ambassadors. DEMETRIUS. He comes too short of that great property Which still should go with Antony. Let's not confound the time with conference harsh: There's not a minute of our lives should stretch Without some pleasure now:--what sport to-night? CLEOPATRA. . CLEOPATRA. and all alone To-night we'll wander through the streets and note The qualities of people. for the love of Love and her soft hours. with their Train. Is Caesar with Antonius priz'd so slight? PHILO. To weep. Come. sometimes when he is not Antony. Last night you did desire it:--speak not to us. but thine.-Now. to laugh. On pain of punishment. in which I bind. my queen. But stirr'd by Cleopatra. ANTONY. Fie.--to chide.] DEMETRIUS. Excellent falsehood! Why did he marry Fulvia. Alexandria. Another Room in CLEOPATRA'S palace.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!--

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

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

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

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

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

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;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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