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SCENE 1.-Messina. A Room in Pompey's House.

Enter POMPEY, MENECRATES, and MENAS. Pom. If the great gods be just, they shall assist The deeds of justest men. Mene.

Know, worthy Pompey, That what they do delay they not deny. Pom. Whiles we are suitors to their throne,

decays The thing we sue for. Mene.

We, ignorant of ourselves, Beg often our own harms, which the wise powers Deny us for our good; so find we profit, By losing of our prayers. Pom.

I shall do well: The people love me, and the sea is mine; My power's a crescent, and my auguring hope Says it will come to the full. Mark Antony In Egypt sits at dinner, and will make No wars without doors : Cæsar gets money where He loses hearts : Lepidus flatters both, Of both is flatter'd; but he neither loves, Nor either cares for him. Men.

Cæsar and Lepidus
Are in the field; a mighty strength they carry.

Pom. Where have you this ? 'tis false.
Men.

From Silvius, sir. Pom. He dreams; I know they are in Rome

together, Looking for Antony: But all the charms of love, Salt Cleopatru, soften thy wan'd lip! Let witchcraft join with beauty, lust with both! Tie up the libertine in a field of feasts ; Keep his brain fuming; Epicurean cooks Sharpen with cloyless sauce his appetite; That sleep and feeding may prorogue his honour Even till a Lethe'd dulness.-How now, Varrius?

Enter VARRIUS. Var. 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. Pom.

I could have given less matter A better ear.—Menas, I did not think

This amorous surfeiter would have donn'd his helm
For such a petty war: his soldiership
Is twice the other twain : But let us rear
The higher our opinion, that our stirring
Can from the lap of Egypt's widow pluck
The ne'er lust-wearied Antony.
Men.

I cannot hope
Cæsar and Antony shall well greet together:
His wife that's dead did trespasses to Cæsar;
His brother warr'd upon him; although, I think,
Not mov'd by Antony.
Pom.

I know not, Menas,
How lesser enmities may give way to greater.
Were't not that we stand up against them all,
'Twere pregnant they should square between them.

selves;
For they have entertained cause enough
To draw their swords : but how the fear of us
May cement their divisions, and bind up
The petty difference, we yet not know.
Be it as our gods will have it! It only stands
Our lives upon to use our strongest hands.
Come, Menas.

[Ereunt.

SCENE II.—Rome. A Room in the House of

LEPIDUS.

Enter ENOBARBUS, and LEPIDUS. Lep. Good Enobarbus, 'tis a worthy deed, And shall become you well

, to entreat your captain To soft and gentle speech. Eno.

I shall entreat him
To answer like himself: if Cæsar move him,
Let Antony look over Cæsar's head,
And speak as loud as Mars. By. Jupiter,
Were I the wearer of Antonius' beard,
I would not shave't to-day!
Lep.

'Tis not a time
For private stomaching.
Eno.

Every time
Serves for the matter that is then born in it.

Lep. But small to greater matters must give way.
Eno. Not if the small come first.
Lep.

Your speech is passion :

Thank you.

:

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But, pray you, stir no embers up. Here comes Eno. 'Would we had all such wives, that the med The noble Antony.

might go to wars with the women!

Ant. So much uncurbable, her garboils, Cæsar, Enter ANTONY, and VentiDIUS.

Made out of her impatience, (which not wanted Eno. And yonder Cæsar.

Shrewdness of policy too,) I grieving grant

Did you too much disquiet: for that, you must Enter CÆSAR, MECÆNAS, and AGRIPPA.

But
say

I could not help it.
Ant. If we compose well here, to Parthia :

Cæs.

I wrote to you
Hark, Ventidius.

When rioting in Alexandria ; you
Cæs. I do not know, Mecænas; ask Agrippa. Did pocket up my letters, and with taunts
Lep. Noble friends,

Did gibe my missive out of audience.
That which combin'd us was most great, and let not Ant.

Sir, A leaner action rend us. What's amiss,

He fell upon me, ere admitted; then May it be gently heard: When we debate

Three kings I had newly feasted, and did want Our trivial difference loud, we do commit

Of what I was i’ the morning: but, next day, Murther in healing wounds: Then, noble partners, I told him of myself; which was as much (The rather, for I earnestly beseech,)

As to have ask'd him pardon: Let this fellow Touch you the sourest points with sweetest terms, Be nothing of our strife; if we contend, Nor curstness grow to the matter.

Out of our question wipe him. Ant. 'Tis spoken well : Cæs.

You have broken Were we before our armies, and to fight,

The article of your oath; which you

shall never I should do thus.

Have tongue to charge me with. Cas. Welcome to Rome.

Lep.

Soft, Cæsar. Ant.

Ant. No, Lepidus, let him speak; Cæs.

Sit.

The honour's sacred which he talks on now, Ant.

Sit, sir. Supposing that I lack'd it: But on, Cæsar; Cas.

Nay, then.

The article of my oath, — Ant. I learn, you take things ill which are not so; Cas. To lend me arms and aid when I requir’d Or, being, concern you not.

them; Cæs.

I must be laugh'd at, The which you both denied. If, or for nothing, or a little, I

Ant.

Neglected, rather; Should say myself offended; and with you

And then, when poison'd hours had bound me up Chiefly i' the world : more laugh'd at, that I should From mine own knowledge. As nearly as I

may, Once name you derogately, when to sound your I'll play the penitent to you: but mine honesty name

Shall not make poor my greatness, nor my power It not concern'd me.

Work without it: Truth is, that Fulvia, Ant.

My being in Egypt, Cæsar, To have me out of Egypt, made wars here;
What was't to you?

For which myself, the ignorant motive, do
Cæs. No more than my residing here at Rome So far ask pardon as befits mine honour
Might be to you in Egypt: Yet if you there To stoop in such a case.
Did practise on my state, your being in Egypt

Lep:

'Tis noble spoken. Might be my question.

Mec. If it might please you, to enforce no further Ant.

How intend you, practis'd ? The griefs between ye: to forget them quite, Cæs. You may be pleas'd to catch at mine intent Were to remember that the present need By what did here befal me. Your wife and brother Speaks to atone you. Made wars upon me; and their contestation

Lep.

Worthily spoken, Mecænas. Was theme for you, you were the word of war. Eno. Or, if you borrow one another's love for the Ant. You do mistake your business; my brother instant, you may, when you hear no more words of

Pompey, return it again: you shall have time to Did urge me in his act: I did inquire it ;

wrangle in when you have nothing else to do. And have my learning from some true reports, Ant. Thou art a soldier only; speak no more. That drew their swords with you. Did he not Eno. That truth should be silent, I had almost rather

forgot. Discredit my authority with yours;

Ant. You wrong this presence, therefore speak And make the wars alike against my stomach, Having alike your cause? Of this, my letters Eno. Go to then; your considerate stone. Before did satisfy you. If you'll patch a quarrel, Cæs. I do not much dislike the matter, but As matter whole you have to make it with, The manner of his speech : for it cannot be It must not be with this.

We shall remain in friendship, our conditions Cæs. You praise yourself by laying defects of So differing in their acts. Yet, if I knew judgment to me; but you patch'd up your ex- What hoop should hold us stanch, from edge to

edge Ant. Not so, not so;

O'the world I would pursue it. I know you could not lack, I am certain on't,

Agr.

Give me leave, Cæsar,Very necessity of this thought, that I,

Cæs. Speak, Agrippa. Your partner in the cause 'gainst which he fought, Agr. Thou hast a sister by the mother's side, Could not with graceful eyes attend those wars Admir'd Octavia: great Mark Antony Which fronted mine own peace. As for my wife, Is now a widower. I would you had her spirit in such another:

Cas.

Say not so, Agrippa ; The third o' the world is yours; which with a snaffle If Cleopatra heard you, your reproof You may pace easy, but not such a wife.

Were well deserv'd of rashness.

never

no more.

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Ces.

With most be my '0910.

And do invite you to my sister's view, irre 21 1. Pern & I 2459 he: Whither straight I'll lead you.

Ant.

Let us L3 ing 1,1,giate

Not lack your company. Ant. 1 Crear speak?

Lep.

Noble Antoos, in Crie bean buru Antony is touch'd Not sickness should detain me. Wen wat syae nilearly.

[Flourish. Ereunt Cesur, ASTOSI. a. What power is in Agrippa,

LEPIDUS. 111 wilt ong, " Agrippa, be it so,"

Mec. Welcome from Egypt, sir. Toprake the good?

Eno. Half the heart of Cæsar, worthy Vez Cas.

The power of Cæsar, —my honourable friend, AgrippaAnd he power unto Octavia.

Agr. Good Enobarbus! Anl.

May I never

Mec. We have cause to be glad that cas To thie good purpose, that so fairly shows, so well digested. You stayed well or 12 Draam of impediment !-Let me have thy hand: Eno. Ay, sir; we did sleep day out of Further this act of grace; and, from this hour, nance, and made the night light with resze. The heart of brothers govern in our loves,

Vec. Eight wild boars roasted wbuie a ser And sway our great designs !

fast, and but twelve persons there: Is ita! Cas.

There's my hand Em This was but as a ty by un care: I A sistor I bequeath you, whom no brother

much more moostrous matter ut feasta rica Did ever love so dearly : Let her live

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So

O, rare for Antony ! Of the adjacent wharfs. The city cast Eno. Her gentlewomen, like the Nereides, Her people out upon her; and Antony,

many mermaids, tended her i' the eyes, Enthron’d in the market-place, did sit alone, And made their bends adornings : at the helm Whistling to the air; which, but for vacancy, A seeming mermaid steers; the silken tackle Had gone to gaze on Cleopatra too, Swell with the touches of those flower-soft hands, || And made a gap in nature. That yearly frame the office. From the barge Agr.

Rare Egyptian! A strange invisible perfume hits the sense

Eno. Upon her landing, Antony sent to ber,

Ant. I am not married, Cæsar: let me hear Lep.

Time calls upon us : Agrippa further speak.

Of us must Pompey presently be sought, Agr. To hold you in perpetual amity,

Or else he seeks out us. To make you brothers, and to knit your hearts Ant.

Where lies he ? With an unslipping knot, take Antony

Cæs. About the Mount Misenum. Octavia to his wife : whose beauty claims

Ant. What is his strength by land ? No worse a husband than the best of men;

Cæs. Great and increasing : Whose virtue, and whose general graces, speak But by sea he is an absolute master. That which none else can utter. By this marriage, Ant. So is the fame. All little jealousies, which now seem great, Would we had spoke together! Haste we for it: And all great fears, which now import their dangers, Yet, ere we put ourselves in arms, despatch we Would then be nothing: truths would be tales, The business we have talk'd of. Where now half tales be truths; her love to both Cæs.

With most gladness ; Would, each to other, and all loves to both,

And do invite you to my sister's view,
Draw after her. Pardon what I have spoke : Whither straight I'll lead you.
For 'tis a studied, not a present thought,

Ant.

Let us, Lepidus, By duty ruminated.

Not lack your company.
Ant.
Will Cæsar speak?

Lep.

Noble Antony, Cæs. Not till he hears how Antony is touch'd

Not sickness should detain me. With what is spoke already.

(Flourish. Exeunt CÆSAR, Antony, and Ant. What power is in Agrippa,

LEPIDUS. If I would say, " Agrippa, be it so,"

Mec. Welcome from Egypt, sir. To make this good ?

Eno. Half the heart of Cæsar, worthy Mecænas Cæs.

The power of Cæsar, —my honourable friend, Agrippa ! — And his power unto Octavia.

Agr. Good Enobarbus ! Ant.

May I never

Mec. We have cause to be glad that matters are To this good purpose, that so fairly shows, so well digested. You stayed well by it in Egypt. Dream of impediment !—Let me have thy hand : Eno. Ay, sir; we did sleep day out of counteFurther this act of grace; and, from this hour, nance, and made the night light with drinking. The heart of brothers govern in our loves,

Mec. Eight wild boars roasted whole at a breakAnd sway our great designs !

fast, and but twelve persons there : Is this true ? Cas.

There's my hand. Eno. This was but as a fly by an eagle : we had A sister I bequeath you, whom no brother

much more monstrous matter of feasts, which worDid ever love so dearly: Let her live

thily deserved noting. To join our kingdoms, and our hearts; and never Mec. She's a most triumphant lady, if report be Fly off our loves again! Lep. Happily, amen!

Eno. When she first met Mark Antony, she Ant. I did not think to draw my sword 'gainst pursed up his heart, upon the river of Cydnus. Pompey;

Agr. There she appeared indeed; or my reFor he hath laid strange courtesies, and great, porter devised well for her. Of late upon me: I must thank him only,

Eno. I will tell you: Lest my remembrance suffer ill report;

The barge she sat in, like a burnish'd throne, At heel of that, defy him.

Burnt on the water: the poop was beaten gold;

square to her.

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