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Agr. Who, queasy' with his insolence
The kings of Mede, and Lycaonia, with a
Ah me, most wretched, His accusations.
That have my heart parted betwixt two friends, Agr. Whom does he accuse ?
That do afflict each other! Cæs. Cæsar : and that, having in Sicily
Welcome hither : Sextus Pompeius spoil'd, we had not rated 2 him Your letters did withhold our breaking forth; His part o' the isle : then does he say, he lent me Till we perceiv'd both how you were wrong led, Some shipping unrestor'd: lastly, he frets,
And we in negligent danger. Cheer your heart: That Lepidus of the triumvirate
Be you not troubled with the time, which drives Should be depos'd; and, being, that we detain O'er your content these strong necessities; All his revenue.
But let determin'd things to destiny Agr.
Sir, this should be answer'd. Hold unbewail'd their way. Welcome to Rome: Cæs. 'Tis done already, and the messenger gone. Nothing more dear to me. You are abus'd I have told him, Lepidus was grown too cruel ; Beyond the mark of thought: and the high gods, That he his high authority abus'd,
To do you justice, make them ministers And did deserve his change ; for what have Of us, and those that love you. Best of comfort;
And ever welcome to us. I grant him part; but then, in his Armenia,
Welcome, lady. And other of his conquer'd kingdoms, I
Mec. Welcome, dear madam. Demand the like.
Each heart in Rome does love and pity you : Mec.
He'll never yield to that. Only the adulterous Antony, most large
And gives his potent regiment 4 to a trull,
That noises it against us.
Cæs. Most certain. Sister, welcome : Pray you, Cæs. That ever I should call thee, cast-away! Be ever known to patience: My dearest sister! Octa. You have not call'd me so, nor have you
[Exeunt. Cæs. Why have you stol’n upon us thus? You SCENE VII. – Antony's Camp near the Prom
montory of Actium. Like Cæsar's sister : The wife of Antony Should have an army for an usher, and
Enter CLEOPATRA and ENOBARBUS. The neighs of horse to tell of her approach,
Cleo. I will be even with thee, doubt it not. Long ere she did appear; the trees by the way Eno. But why, why, why? Should have borne men; and expectation fainted, Cleo. Thou hast forspokes my being in these wars; Longing for what it had not: nay, the dust And say’st, it is not fit. Should have ascended to the roof of heaven,
Well, is it? is it? Rais'd by your populous troops : But you are Cleo. Is't not? Denounce against us, why should
What is't you say ? By sea, and land; supplying every stage
Eno. Your presence needs must puzzle Antony; With an augmented greeting.
Take from his heart, take from his brain, from his Ocla. Good my lord,
time, To come thus was I not constrain'd, but did it What should not then be spar'd. He is already On my free-will. My lord, Mark Antony, Traduc'd for levity; and 'tis said in Rome, Hearing that you prepar’d for war, acquainted That Photinus an eunuch, and your maids, My griev'd ear withal ; whereon, I begg'd Manage this war. His pardon for return.
Cleo. Sink Rome; and their tongues rot, Cæs.
Which soon he granted, That speak against us! A charge we bear i' the war, Being an obstruct 'tween his lust and him. And, as the president of my kingdom, will Octa. Do not say so, my lord.
Appear there for a man. Speak not against it; Cæs.
I have eyes upon him, I will not stay behind. And his affairs come to me on the wind.
Nay, I have done :
Here comes the emperor.
Enter ANTONY and CANIDIUS.
Is't not strange, Canidius, To Cleopatra; they now are levying
That from Tarentum, and Brundusium, The kings o' the earth for war : He hath assembled He could so quickly cut the Ionian sea, Bocchus, the king of Libya; Archelaus,
And take in 6 Toryne ? — You have beard on't, Of Cappadocia ; Philadelphos, king
A good rebuke, Of Comagene ; Polemon and Amintas,
Which might have well become the best of men, 1 Sick, disgusted 9 Assigned. 3 Show, token. 4 Government 3 Forbid. 6 Take, subduc.
To taunt at slackness. — Canidius, we
Who's his lieutenant, hear you? Will fight with him by sea.
Sold. They say, one Taurus.
Well I know the man. Can. Why will my lord do so ?
Enter a Messenger. Ant.
For 7 he dares us to't. Eno. So hath my lord dar'd him to single fight. Mess. The emperor calls for Canidius. Can. Ay, and to wage this battle at Pharsalia, Can. With news the time's with labour ; and Where Cæsar fought with Pompey: But these offers,
throes forth 4, Which serve not for his vantage, he shakes off ;
Each minute, some.
[Exeunt. And so should you. Eno.
Your ships are not well mann'd: SCENE VIII. A Plain near Actium. Your mariners are muleteers, reapers, people
Enter CÆSAR, Taurus, Officers, and others. Ingross'd by swift impress 8 ; in Cæsar's fleet Are those, that often have 'gainst Pompey fought:
Cæs. Taurus, –
Taur. Their ships are yare 9; yours, heavy. No disgrace
My lord. Shall fall you for refusing him at sea,
Cæs. Strike not by land; keep whole: Being prepar'd for land.
Provoke not battle, till we have done at sea.
Do not exceed the prescript of this scroll :
Our fortune lies upon this jump. 5 [Exeunt. The absolute soldiership you have by land;
Enter ANTONY and ENOBARBUS.
Ant. Set we our squadrons on yon' side o'the hill,
We may the number of the ships behold, Give up yourself merely to chance and hazard,
And so proceed accordingly.
(Ereunt. From firm security.
Enter CANIDIUS, marching with his Land Army one Ant.
I'll fight at sea.
Way over the Stage; and TAURUS, the Lieutenant
of Cæsar, the other Way. After their going in, Ant. Our overplus of shipping will we burn;
is heard the noise of a Sea-Fight. And, with the rest full-mann'd from the head of Actium
Alarum. Re-enter ENOBARBUS. Beat the approaching Cæsar. But if we fail,
Eno. Naught, naught, all naught! I can behold Enter a Messenger.
no longer :
The Antoniad 6, the Egyptian admiral,
With all their sixty, fly, and turn the rudder;
Enter SCARUS. Strange, that his power should be. — Canidius,
Gods, and goddesses, Our nineteen legions thou shalt hold by land, And our twelve thousand horse :
We'll to our
All the whole synod of them !
What's thy passion ? ship;
Scar. The greater cantle 7 of the world is lost
Kingdoms and provinces. Away, my Thetis ! ! — How now, worthy soldier ?
How appears the fight? Sold. O noble emperor, do not fight by sea;
Scar. On our side like the token'd 8 pestilence, Trust not to rotten planks : Do you misdoubt
Where death is sure. Yon' ribald-rid nag of Egypt, This sword, and these my wounds ? Let the
Whom leprosy o'ertake! i' the midst o'the fight, Egyptians,
When vantage like a pair of twins appear'd, And the Phænicians, go a ducking; we
Both as the same, or rather ours the elder, –
The brize' upon her, like a cow in June,
Hoists sails, and flies.
That I beheld: mine eyes (Exeunt ANTONY, CLEOPATRA, and Eno- Did sicken at the sight on't, and could not
Endure a further view.
She once being loof'd, Not in the power on't : So our leader's led,
Claps on his sea-wing, and like a doting mallard, And we are women's men.
Leaving the fight in height, flies after her:
I never saw an action of such shame;
Experience, manhood, honour, ne'er before Can. Marcus Octavius, Marcus Justeius,
Did violate so itself. Publicola, and Cælius, are for sea :
Can. Our fortune on the sea is out of breath, His power went out in such distractions, as
And sinks most lamentably. Had our general Beguil'd all spies.
* Brings forth. 5 Hazard. 6 Name of Cleopatra's ship. 7 Because & Pressed in haste.
7 Corner. 8 Spotted. 1 The gad-fly that stings cattle, ? Cleopatra.
? Brought close to the wind
Been what he knew himself, it had gone well : Cleo. Ali, stand by.
Eros. The queen, my lord, the queen.
Iras. Go to him, madam, speak to him ; Eno. Ay, are you thereabouts? Why then, good He is unqualitied 6 with very shame. night
Cleo. Well then. — Sustain me: 0! Indeed.
[ Aside. Eros. Most noble sir, arise; the queen apCan. Towards Peloponnesus are they Aed.
proaches; Scar. 'Tis easy to't; and there I will attend Her head's declin'd, and death will seize her ; but? What further comes.
Your comfort makes the rescue.
To Cæsar will I render Ant. I have offended reputation ;
Sir, the queen. Eno.
I'll yet follow Ant. 0, whither hast thou led me, Egypt? See, The wounded chance of Antony, though my reason How I convey my shame out of thine eyes Sits in the wind against me.
[Exeunt. By looking back on what I have left behind
'Stroy'd in dishonour. SCENE IX. Alexandria. A Room in the
O my lord, my lord!
Forgive my fearful sails! I little thought,
You would have follow'd.
Ant. Ant. Hark, the land bids me tread no more My heart was to thy rudder tied by the strings,
Egypt, thou knew'st too well, upon't, It is asham'd to bear me! Friends, come hither,
And thou shouldst tow me after : O'er my spirit I ain so lated 3 in the world, that I
Thy full supremacy thou knew'st; and that
Thy beck might from the bidding of the gods Have lost my way for ever : — I have a ship
Command me. Laded with gold; take that, divide it : fly,
O, my pardon.
Now I must Alt.
Fly! not we.
To the young man send humble treaties, dodge cowards To run, and show their shoulders. — Friends, be Making, and marring fortunes."
You did know
With half the bulk o' the world play'd as I pleas'd gone; I have myself resolved upon a course,
How much you were my conqueror; and that Which has no need of you; be gone:
My sword, made weak by my affection, would
Obey it on all cause. My treasure's in the harbour, take it. - 0,
Cleo. I follow'd that I blush to look upon :
O pardon, pardon. My very hairs do mutiny; for the white
Ant. Fall not a tear, I say: one of them rates E
All that is won and lost: Give me a kiss; Reprove the brown for rashness, and they them
Even this repays me. — For fear and doting. -- Friends, be gone; you shall Is he come back ? — Love, I am full of lead :
- We sent our schoolmaster Have letters from me to some friends, that will Sweep your way for you. Pray you, look not sad,
Some wine, within there, and our viands : - For
tune knows, Nor make replies of loathness : take the hint Which my despair proclaims; let that be left
We scorn her most, when most she offers blows. Which leaves itself: to the sea-side straightway :
[Exeunt. I will possess you of that ship and treasure.
SCENE X. Cæsar's Camp in Egypt. I pray, a little; 'pray you now: Nay, do so; for, indeed, I have lost command,
Enter CÆSAR, DOLABELLA, THYREUS, and others. Therefore I pray you : - I'll see you by and by.
Cæs. Let him appear that's come from Antony.
Know Enter Eros, and CLEOPATRA, led by CHARMIAN and Dol.
Cæsar, 'tis his schoolmaster 9; Iras.
An argument that he is pluck'd, when hither Eroš. Nay, gentle madam, to him :- Comfort He sends so poor a pinion of his wing, him.
Which had superfluous kings for messengers,
Not many moons gone by.
Approach, and speak. Eros. See you here, sir ?
Eup. Such as I am, I come from Antony: Ant. O fye, fye, fye.
I was of late as petty to his ends, Char. Madam,
As is the morn-dew on the myrtle leaf Iras. Madam; O good empress !
To his grand sea. Eros. Sir, sir,
Be it so; Declare thine office. Ant. Yes, my lord, yes;— He4, at Philippi, kept Eup. Lord of his fortunes he salutes thee, and His sword even like a dancer; while I struck Requires to live in Egypt : which not granted, The lean and wrinkled Cassius: and 'twas I, He lessens his requests: and to thee sues, That the mad Brutus ended : he alone
To let him breathe between the heavens and earth, Dealt on lieutenantry", and no practice had A private man in Athens : This for him. In the brave squares of war: Yet now No matter. Next, Cleopatra does confess thy greatness ; 3 Belated, benighted.
8 Equals in value 5 Fought by his officers,
9 Euphronius, schoolmaster to Antony's children,
you him ?
Submits her to thy mnight; and of thee craves And answer me declin'd', sword against sword, The circle of the Ptolemies for her heirs,
Ourselves alone: I'll write it; follow me. Now hazarded to thy grace.
[Exeunt ANTONY and EUPHRONIUS. Cæs.
Eno. Yes, like enough, high-battled Cæsar will I have no ears to his request. The queen
Unstate his happiness, and be stag'd to the show, Of audience, nor desire, shall fail; so she
Against a sworder. — I see, men's judgments are From Egypt drive her all-disgraced friend, A parcel 6 of their fortunes; and things outward Or take his life there: This if she perform, Do draw the inward quality after them, She shall not sue unhear So to them both. To suffer all alike. That he should dream, Eup. Fortune pursue thee !
Knowing all measures, the full Cæsar will Ces.
Bring him through the bands. Answer his emptiness; - Cæsar, thou hast subdu'd
[Erit EUPHRONIUS. His judgment too. To try thy eloquence, now 'tis time: Despatch ;
Enter an Attendant.
A messenger from Cæsar. And in our name, what she requires ; add more,
Cleo. What, no more ceremony ? — See, my From thine invention, offers : women are not,
women! In their best fortunes, strong; but want will perjure Against the blown rose may they stop their nose, The ne'er touch'd vestal: Try thy cunning, Thyreus; That kneelid unto the buds. — Admit him, sir. Make thine own edict for thy pains, which we
Eno. Mine honesty, and I, begin to square.7 Will answer as a law,
[Aside. Thyr. Cæsar, I go.
The loyalty, well held to fools, does make Cæs. Observe how Antony becomes his flaw?; Our faith mere folly: - Yet, he that can endure And what thou think'st his very action speaks To follow with allegiance a fallen lord, In every power that moves.
Does conquer him that did his master conquer, Thyr.
Cæsar, I shall. (Exeunt. And earns a place i' the story.
Cæsar's will ?
None but friends ; say boldly. Cleo. What shall we do, Enobarbus?
Thyr. So, haply, are they friends to Antony. Eno.
Think, and die.
Eno. He needs as many, sir, as Cæsar has;
Or needs not us. Cleo. Is Antony, or we, in fault for this ?
If Cæsar please, our master Eno. Antony only, that would make his will
Will leap to be his friend : For us, you know, Lord of his reason. What although you fled
Whose he is, we are; and that's Cæsar's. From that great face of war, whose several ranges
So. Frighted each other? why should he follow?
Thus then, thou most renown'd; Cæsar entreats, The itch of bis affection should not then
Not to consider in what case thou stand'st, Have nick'd his captainship; at such a point,
Further than he is Cæsar. When half to half the world oppos’d, he being
Go on : Right royal. The mered question 3: 'Twas a shame no less
Thyr. He knows, that you embrace not Antony Than was liis loss, to course your flying flags,
As you did love, but as you fear'd him. And leave his navy gazing.
0! Cleo. Prythee, peace.
Thyr. The scars upon your honour, therefore, he
Does pity, as constrained blemishes.
Not as desery'd.
He is a god, and knows
What is most right: Mine honour was not yielded, Ant.
But conquer'd merely.
Eno. Shall then have courtesy, so she will yield
To be sure of that, [Aside.
I will ask Antony. — Sir, sir, thou’rt so leaky, Eup. He says so.
That we must leave thee to thy sinking, for
(Exit ENOBARBUS. To the boy Cæsar send this grizzled head,
Shall I say to Cæsar And he will fill thy wishes to the brim
What you require of him ? for he partly begs With principalities.
To be desir'd to give. It much would please him, Cleo. That head, my lord ?
That of his fortunes you should make a staff Ant. To him again ; Tell him he wears the rose To lean upon : but it would warm his spirits, Of youth upon him ; from which the world should To hear from me you had left Antony,
And put yourself under his shrowd,
The universal landlord.
What's your name?
Thyr. My name is Thyreus. As i' the command of Cæsar : I dare him therefore
Most kind messenger, To lay his gay caparisons 4 apart,
Say to great Cæsar this, In disputation 8
I kiss his conquering hand : tell him I am prompt I Diadem, the crown.
To lay my crown at his feet, and there to kneel : ? Conforms himself to this breach of his fortune. 3 The only cause of dispute.
$ In age and power. Are of a piece with them. ? Quarrel. 4 Circumstances of splendour.
8 Supposed to be an error for deputation, i. e. by proxy.
Tell him, from his all-obeying breath I hear I have savage cause;
And to proclaim it civilly, were like
'Tis your noblest course. A halter'd neck, which does the hangman thank Wisdom and fortune combating together,
For being yare 7 about him. — Is he whipp'd? If that the former dare but what it can, No chance may shake it. Give me grace 1 to lay
Re-enter Attendants, with THYREUS. My duty on your hand.
1 Att. Soundly, my lord. Cleo. Your Cæsar's father
Ant. Cry'd he? and begg'a he pardon? Oft, when he hath mus'd of taking kingdoms in 1 Att. He did ask favour. Bestow'd his lips on that unworthy place,
Ant. If that thy father live, let him repent As it rain'd kisses.
Thou was not made his daughter; and be thou sorry Re-enter ANTONY and ENOBARBUS.
To follow Cæsar in his triumph, since
Thou hast been whipp'd for following him; henceAnt. Favours, by Jove that thunders!
forth, What art thou, fellow ?
The white hand of a lady fever thee, Thyr.
One, that but performs Shake thou to look on't. — Get thee back to Cæsar, The bidding of the fullest man, and worthiest Tell him thy entertainment: Look, thou say, To have command obey'd.
He makes me angry with him : for he seems Eno.
You will be whipp'd. Proud and disdainful; harping on what I am; Ant. Approach, there : · Ay, you kite! - Now Not what he knew I was : He makes me angry; gods and devils !
And at this time most easy 'tis to do't ; Authority melts from me: Of late, when I cry'd, Ho! When my good stars, that were my former guides, Like boys unto a muss , kings would start forth, Have empty left their orbs, and shot their fires And cry, Your will ? Have you no ears ? I am Into the abysm of hell. If he mislike
My speech, and what is done ; tell him, he has Enter Attendants.
Hipparchus, my enfranchis'd bondman, whom Antony yet. Take hence this Jack4, and whip him. He may at pleasure whip, or hang, or torture,
Eno. 'Tis better playing with a lion's whelp, As he shall like, to quit 8 me: Urge it thou : Than with an old one dying.
Hence, with thy stripes, begone. (Exit THYREUS. Ant.
Moon and stars ! Cleo. Have you done yet? Whip him:- Were't twenty of the greatest tribu- Ant.
Alack, our terrene 9 moon taries
Is now eclips'd; and it portends alone
I must stay his time.
Not know me yet? Thyr. Mark Antony,
Ant. Cold-hearted toward me?
Ah, dear, if I be so, Bring him again :- This Jack of Cæsar's shall From my cold heart let heaven engender hail, Bear us an errand to him.
And poison it in the source; and the first stone (Exeunt Attend. with THYREUS. Drop in my neck : as it determines ', so You were half blasted ere I knew you: - Ha! Dissolve my life! The next Cæsarion ? smite ! Have I my pillow left unpress'd in Rome, Till, by degrees, the memory of myself, Forborne the getting of a lawful race,
Together with my brave Egyptians all, And by a gem of women, to be abus'd
By the discandying 3 of this pelleted storm, By one that looks on feeders ? 5
Lie graveless; till the flies and gnats of Nile Cleo.
Good my lord, - Have buried them for prey! Ant. You have been a boggler ever :
I am satisfied. But when we in our viciousness grow hard, Cæsar sits down in Alexandria ; where (O misery on't!) the wise gods seel 6 our eyes; I will oppose his fate. Our force by land În our own filth drop our clear judgments; make us Hath nobly held; our sever'd navy too Adore our errors ; laugh at us, while we strut Have knit again, and fleet 4 threatening most sezTo our confusion.
like. Cleo. 0, is it come to this?
Where hast thou been, my heart ? — Dost thou hear, Ant. I found you as a morsel, cold upon
I and my sword will earn our chronicle ;
That's my brave lord! You know not what it is.
Ant. I will be treble-sinew'd, hearted, breath'd, Cleo.
Wherefore is this? And fight maliciously: for when mine hours Ant. To let a fellow that will take rewards, Were nice 5 and lucky, men did ransome lives And say, God quit you! be familiar with
Of me for jests; but now, I'll set my teeth, My playfellow, your hand; this kingly seal, And send to darkness all that stop me. — Come, And plighter of high hearts !
Let's have one other gaudy night: call to me 9 Obeyed. I Grant me the favour. 2 Conquering. ? Ready, handy. 8 Requite. 9 Earthly. 3 Scramble. 4 A term of contempt.
· Her son by Julius Cæsar, ! Servants.
4 Float 5 Trifling.
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