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Char. Like her 1 o Isis ! 'tis impossible. Yourself shall go between us : The mean time, Cleo. I think so, Charmian : Dull of tongue
lady, and dwarfish
ril raise the preparation of a war What majesty is in her gait? Remember, Shall stain your brother; Make your soonest haste ; If e'er thou look'st on majesty.
So your desires are yours: Mess. She creeps ;
Oct. Thanks to my lord. Her motion and her station * are as one :
The Jove of power make me most weak, most She shows a body rather than a life :
weak, A statue, than a breather.
Your reconciler! Wars 'twixt you twain would Cleo. Is this certains
As if the world should cleave, and that slain men Mess. Or I have no observance.
Should solder up the rift. Char. Three in Egypt
Ant. When it appears to you where this be. Cannot make better note.
gins, Cleo. He's very knowing,
Turn your displeasure that way ; for our faults I do perceiv't :- There's nothing in her yet :-- Can never be so equal, tbat your love The fellow has good judgment.
Can equally move with them. Provide your Ohar. Excellent.
(cost Cleo. Guess at her years, I proythee.
Choose your own company; and command what Mess. Madam,
Your heart has mind to.
(Ereunt. She was a widow. Cleo. Widow ?- Charmian, hark.
SCENE V.-The same.-Another Room in the Mess. And I do think, she's thirty.
same. Cleo. Bear'st thou her face in mind ? is it long * or round 1
Enter ENOBARBUS and Eros, meeting. Mess. Ronnd, even to faultiness.
Eno, How now, friend Eros ? Cleo. For the most part too,
Eros. There's strange news come, Sir.
Eros. Cesar and Lepidus have made wars upon low
Pompey. As she would wish it.
Eno. This is old : What is the success it Cleo. There is gold for thee.
Eros. Cesar, having made use of him in the Thou must not take my former sharpness ill :- wars 'gainst Pompey, presently denied bin I will employ thee back again ; I find thee rivality ; I would not let him partake in the glory Most fit for business : Go, make thee ready ; of the action : and not resting here, accuses him Our letters are prepar'd. [Erit MESSENGER of letters he had formerly wrote to Pompey ; upon Char. A proper man.
his own appeal, ý seizes hiin: So poor the third Cleo. Indeed, he is so : I repent me much, is up, til death enlarge his contine. That so I harry'd + him. Why, methinks, by him, Eno. Then, world, thou hast a pair of chaps; This creature's no such thing.
no more ; Char. 0 nothing, madam.
And throw between them all the food thou hast, Cleo. The man hath seen some majesty, and They'll grind the one the other. Where's Ånshould know.
tony ? Char. Hath he seen majesty ? Isis else defend, Eros. He's walking in the garden--thus; and And serving you so long !
(duis! Cleo. I have one thing more to ask him yet, The rush that lies before him ; cries, Fool, Lepi. good Charmian :
And threats the throat of that his officer,
Eno. Our great navy's rigged.
My lord desires you presently : my news
Eno 'Twill be naught:
But let it be.-Bring me to Antony.
Eros. Come Sir.
[Exeunt. Ant. Nay, nay, Octavia, not only that,-That were excusable, that, and thousands more
SCENE VI.-Rome.- A Room in Cesar's of semblable import, but he hath wag'
House. New wars 'gainst Pompey ; made his will, and read it
Enter CESAR, AGRIPra, and MECÆNAS.
Cleopatra and himself in chairs of gold
Were publicly enthron'd: at the feet, sat Believe not all; or, if you must believe,
Cæsarion whom they call my father's son ; Stomach not all. A more unbappy lady,
And all the unlawful issue, that their lust If this division chance, we'er stood between, Since then hath made between them. Uuto her Praying for both parts:
He gave the 'stablishment of Egypt; made her And the good gods will mock me presently, of lower Syria, Cyprus, Lydia, When I shall pray, o bless my lord and hus- Absolute queen. band!
Mec. This in the public eye ? Uudo that prayer, by crying out as loud,
Ces. l'the common show-place, where they o bless my brother! Husband win, win brother,
exercise. Prays, and destroys the prayer; no midway His sons, he there proclaim'd The kings of kings: 'Twixt these extremes at all.
Great Media, Parthia, and Armenia, Ant. Gentle Octavia,
He gave to Alexander ; to Ptolemy be assign'd Let your best love draw to that point, which seeks Syria, Cilicia, and Phænicia : She Best to preserve it: If I lose mine honour, In the habiliments of the goddess Isis [ence, I lose myself : better I were not yours,
| That day appear'd; and oft before gave audiThan yours so branchless. But, as you requested, I As 'lis reported, so. • Standing, t Ruffied. Similar tendevey. . Opening. What follows ? Equal rzuitis Expressud. Indistiactly.
| Enot have told heperesently : my ne Domitius ;
Mec. Let Rome be thus
| Be you not troubled with the time, which drives Inforin'd.
O'er your content these strong necessities; Aur. Who, queasy with his insolence
But let determined things to destiny Already. will their good thoughts call from him. Hold ubewail'd their way. Welcome to Rome :
Ces. The people know it; and have now re- Nothing more dear to me. You are abus'd His accusations.
(ceiv'd Beyond the mark of thought ; and the high gods, Agr. Whom does he accuse?
To do you justice, make them ministers C'es. Cesar: and that, having in Sicily
or us, and those that love you. Best of comfort ; Sextus Pompeius spoil'd, we had not rated + him. And ever welcome to us. His part o'the isle: then does he say, he lent me Agr. Welcome, lady. Some shipping unrestor'd : lastly, he frets
Mec. Welcome, dear madam. That Lepidus of the triumvirate
Each heart in Rome does love and pity you: Should be depos'd; and, being, that we detain Only the adulterous Antony, most large All his revenue.
In his abominations, turns you oft, Agr. Sir, this should be answer'd.
And gives his potent regiment * 'to a trull, + Ces. 'Tis done already, and the messenger | That noises t it against us. gone.
Oct. Is it so, Siri I have told him, Lepidus was grown too cruel ; ! Ces. Most certain. Sister, welcome : Pray That he his bigb authority abus'd,
you, And did deserve his change; for what I have Be ever known to patience : My dearest sister! conquer'd,
(Exeunt. I grant him part; but then, in his Armenia, And other of his conquer'd kingdoms, I
SCENE VII.-ANTONY's Camp, near the Demand the like.
Promontory of Actium.
Enter CLEOPATRA and ENOBARBUS.
Cleo. I will be even with thee, doubt it not. Enter OCTAVIA.
Eno. But why, why, why? Oct. Hail, Cesar, and my lord I bail, most dear Cleo. Thou hast forespoke my being in these Cesar!
wars; Ces. That ever I should call thee, cast-away! And say'st, it is not fit. Oct. You have not call'd me so, nor have you Eno. Well, is it, is it? cause.
Cleo. Is't noti Dehounce against us, uliy Ces. Why have you stol'n upon us thus f You
should not we come not
Be there in person Like Cesar's sister : The wife of Antony
Eno. [Aside.) Well, I could reply :Should have an army for an usher, and
If we should serve with horse and mares to. The neighs of horse to tell of her approach,
bear Long ere she did appear; the trees by the way, The horse were merely lost; the mares would Should have borne men ; and expectation faiuted, A soldier and his horse. Longing for what it had not : nay, the dust
Cleo. What is't you say ! Should have ascended to the roof of heaven, 1 Eno. Your presence needs must puzzle An Rais'd by your populous troops : But you are
tony ; come
| Take from his heart, take from his brain, from A market-maid to Rome ; and have prevented
bis time, The ostent t of our love, which, left umshowni, What should not then be spar'd. He is already Is often left unlov'd : we sbould have met you Traduc'd for levity; and 'tis said in Rome, By sea, and land; supplying every stage
That Photinus a eunuch, and your maids, With an augmented greeting.
Manage this war. Oct. Good my lord,
Cleo. Sink Rome; and their tongues rot, To come thus was I not constraiu'd, but did it That speak against as ! A charge we bear i'llie On my free-will. My lord, Mark Antony,
war, Hearing that you prepar'd for war, acquainted And, as the president of my kingdony, will My grieved ear withal ; whereon, I begg'd Appear there for a mau. Speak not against it ; His pardon for return.
I will not stay behind. Ces. Which soon he granted,
Eno. Nay, I have done :
Oct. Do not say so, my lord.
Enter ANTONY and CANIDIUS.
Ant. Is't not strange, Canidius, Where is be now?
That from Tarentum, and Brundusium, Oct. My lord, in Athens.
He could so quickly cut the lonian sea,
Cleo. Celerity is never more admir'd,
Which might have well becom'd the best of men. of Cappartocia ; Philadelphos, king
To taunt at slackness.--Canidius, we
('leo. By sea! What else ? Herod of Jewry; Mithridates, king
Can. Why will my lord do so? Of Comagene ; Polemon and Amintas,
Ant. For *. he dares us to't. The kings of Mede, and Lycaonia, with a
Eno. So hath my lord dar'd him to single More larger list of sceptres.
tight. Oct. Ah me, most wretched,
Can. Ay, and to wage this battle at Pharsalia. That have my beart parted betwixt two friends, Where Cesar fought with Pompey: But these That do afflict each other!
offers, Ces. Welcome bither :
Which serve not for his vantage, he shakes off ; Your letters did withhold our breaking forth; And so shonld you. Till we perceiv'd, both low you were wrong led, Eno. Your ships are not well mann'd: And we in negligent danger. Cheer your heart :
• Power and empire. + Harlot. + Threatens • Disgusted. + Divided.
*. Because Barrier.
Your mariners are muleteers, o reapers, people
Enter ANTONY and ENOBARBUS. Ingross'd by swift impress ; + in Cesar's fleet
Ant. Set we our squadrons on yon' side o'the Are those, that often have 'gainst Pompey fought : Their ships are yare ; yours, heavy. No dis. In eye • of Cesar's battle ; from which place grace
We may the number of the ships behold, Sball fall you for refusing him at sea,
And so proceed accordingly.
[Ereunt. Being prepar'd for land. Ant. By sea, by sea,
Enter CANIDIUS, marching with his Land Army Eno. Most worthy Sir, you therein throw a way one way, over the Stage ; and TAURUS, the The absolute soldiership you have by land ;
Lieutenant of CESAR, the other way. After Distract your army, which doth most consist their departure, is heard the noise of a Sea. of war-mark'd footmen ; leave unexecuted
fight. Your own renowned knowledge ; quite forego The way which promises assurance ; and
Alarum. Re-enter ENOBARBUS. Give up yourself merely to chance and hazard, Eno. Naught, naught, all naught! I can behold From firm security.
no longer : Ant. l'll fight at sea.
| The Antoniad, † the Egyptian admiral, Cleo. I have sixty sails, Cesar nove better. With all their sixty, fly, and turn the rudder ;
Ant. Our overplus of shipping will we burn; To see't, mine eyes are blasted. And, with the rest full-mann'd, from the head of Actium
All the whole synod of them !
Eno. What's thy passion ?
Scar. The greater cantle of the world is lost Mess. The news is true, my lord; he is des. With very ignorance : we have kiss'd away Cesar has taken Toryne. . en
[cried ; Kingdoms and provinces. Ant. Can he be there in person? 'tis impos
Wow annoare the cht?
Scar. On our side like the token'd $ pestilence, Strange, that his power shonld be.--Canidius, Where death is sure. You' ribald-rid nag Our nineteen legions thou shalt hold by land,
Egypt, And our twelve Thousand horse :-We'll to our Whom leprosy o'ertake ! i'the midst o'the fight,ship;
When vautage like a pair of twins appear'd,
Both as the same, or rather ours the elder, Enter a SOLDIER.
The brize upon her, like a cow in June,
Sold. O noble emperor, do not fight by sea : Eno. That i bebeld : mine eyes
Scar. She once being loof'd, **
The noble ruin of her magic, Antony, (lard Have used to conquer standing on the earth, Claps on bis sea-wing, and like a doting malAnd fighting foot to foot.
Leaving the fight in height, flies after her: Ant. Well, well, away.
I never saw an action of such shame ;
Did violate so itself.
Can. Onr fortune on the sea is out of breath And we are women's men.
And sinks most lamentably. Had our general Sold. You keep by land
Been what he knew himself, it had gone well : The legions and the horse whole, do you not? Oh! he has given example for our flight,
Can. Marcus Octavius, Marcus Justeius, Most grossly, by his own. Publicola, and Cælius, are for sea :
(sar's Eno. Ay, are you thereabouts ? Why then, good But we keep whole by land. This speed of Ce
night Carries beyond belief.
(Aside. Sold. While he was yet in Rome,
Can. Towards Peloponnesns are they fied, His power went out in such distractions ;
Scar. 'Tis easy to't ; and there I will attend Beguil'd all spies.
What further comes. Can. Who's his lieutenant, hear you 3
Can. To Cesar will I render Sold. They say, one Taurus.
My legions and my horse ; six kings already Can. Well I know the man.
Show me the way of yielding.
Eno. I'll yet follow
The wounded chance tt of Antony, though my Mess. The emperor calls for Canidius.
reason Can. With news the time's with labour ; and sits in the wind against me.
(Exeunt. throes forth, Each minute, some.
(Exeunt. SCENE IX.-Alexandria.-A Room in the
Palace. SCENE VIII.-A Plain near Actium.
Enter ANTONY and ATTENDANTS. Enter CESAR, Taurus, Officers, and others.
Ant. Hark, the land bids me tread no more
upon't, Ces. Taurus,
It is asham'd to bear me !- Friends, come hither, Taur. My lord.
I am so lated it in the world, that I
Have lost my way for ever :- 1 bave a ship
(Exeunt. • Sight. Name of Cleopatra's ship. Corner
& Spotted. Common strumpet. • Mule drivers. Pressed in haste Manageable. The gad- Ay that stings cattle.
He calls Cleopatra by the name of the kea-goddess. .. Loof is to bring a ship close to the wind. I Sucb different detachments
tt The Wroken fortupes. 1. Benighted.
Att. Fly ! not we.
Ant. Fall not a tear, I say: one of them rates Ant. I have fled myself; and have instructed All that is won and lost: Give me a kiss ; cowards
Even this repays me.-We sent our school-master, To run and show their shoulders.--Friends, bells he come back ?- Love, I am full of lead :gone;
Some wine, within there, and our viands :--For. I have myself resolv'd upon a course,
lune knows, Which has no need of you ; be goue :
We scorn her most, when most she offers blows, My treasure's in the barbour, take it.-Oh!
(Exeunt. I follow'd that I blush to look upon : My very hairs do mutiny ; for the white
SCENE X.-Cesar's Camp in Egypt. Reprove the brown for rashuess, and they them For fear and doting.-Friends, be gone : you
Enter CESAR, DOLABELLA, THYRKUS, and shall
others. Have letters from me to some friends, that will Ces. Let him appear that's come from An. Sweep your way for you. Pray you, look not know you him ?
Dol. Cesar, 'tis his schoolmaster : 1 Nor make replies of loathness: take the hint An arguinent that he is pluck'l, when hither Which my despair proclaims ; let that be left He sends so poor a pinion of his wing,
e straightway : Which bad superfluous kings for messengers, I will possess you of that ship and treasure. Not many moons gone by. Leave me, I pray, a little : 'pray you now :
Eup. Such as I am, I come from Autony :
I was of late as petty to his ends, Enter Eros : and CLEOPATRA led by CHARNIAN As is the morn-dew on the myrtle leaf and IRAS.
To his grand sea Eros. Nay, gentle madam, to him :--Comfort C'es. Be it so: Declare thine office. him
Eur. Lord of his fortunes he salutes thee, and Iras. Do, most dear queen.
Requires to live in Egypt: which, not granted, Char. Do! Why, what else?
He lessens his requests; and to thee sues Cleo. Let me sit down. O Juno !
To let him breathe between the heavens and Ant. No, no, no, no, no.
earth, Eros. See you here, Sir ?
A private mau in Athens : This for him. Ant. O fie, tie, fie.
Next, Cleopatra does confess thy greatness ; Char. Madam,
Submits her to thy might ; and of thee craves Irus. Madam ; o good empress
The circle of the Ptolemies for her heirs, Eros. Sir, Sir,
Now hazarded to thy grace. Ant. Yes, my lord, yes :-He, at Philippi, Ces. For Antony, kept
I have no ears to his request. The queen His sword even like a dancer ; while I struck or audience, por desire, shall fail ; so she The lean and wrinkled Cassius ; and 'twas I From Egypt drive her all-disgraced friend, s That the mad Brutus ended : he alone
Or take his life there : This if she perform, Dealt on lieutenantry, † and no practice had She shall not sne unheard. So to them both. In the brave squares of war : Yet BOW-No Enp. Fortune pursue thee! matter.
Ces. Bring him through the bands. Cico. Ab! stand by.
(Erit EUPHRONIUS. Eros. The queen, my lord, the queen.
To try thy eloquence, now ’us time : Despatch; Iras. Go to him, madam, speak to him ; From Antony win Cleopatra: promise, He is unqualified I with very shame.
[To THYREOS. Cleo. Well then,--Sustain me:-Oh !
And in onr name, what she requires : add more, Eros. Most noble Sir, arise; the queen ap- From thine invention, offers : women are not, proaches;
in their best fortunes, strong; but want will Her bead's declin'd, and death will seize her: but
(Thyreus ; Your comfort makes the rescue.
The ne'er-touchi'd vestal : Try thy cunning, Ant. I have offendeu reputation ;
Make thine own edict for thy pains, which we A most unuoble swerving.
Will answer as a law. Eros. Sir, the queen.
Thyr. Cesar, I go. Ant. O whither last thou led me, Egypt ? Ces. Observe how Antony becomes his flaw ;|| See,
And what thou think'st his very action speaks How I couvey my shame out of thine eyes in every power that moves. By looking back on what I have left bebind
Thyr. Cesar, I shall.
(Exeunt. 'Strcy'd in dishonour. Cleo. O my lord, my lord !
SCENE X1.-Alexandria.- A Room in the Forgive my fearful sails! I little thought
Enter CLEOPATRA, ENOBARBUS, CHARMIAN, My heart was to thy rudder tied by the strings,
und TRAS. And thou should'st tow me after : O'er my spirit
Cleo. What shall we do, Enobarbus? Thy full supremacy thou knew'st: and that
Eno. Think, and die. Thy beck might from the bidding of the gods
Clco. Is Antony, or we, in fault for this ; Command me.
Eno. Antony only, that would make his will Cleo. Oh ! my pardon.
Lord of his reason. What although you fled Ant. Now I must
From that great face of war, whose several To the young man send humble treaties, dodge
ranges And palter in the shifts of lowness ; who
Frighted each other, why should he follow? With half the bulk o'the world play'd as ! pleas'd, The itch of his affection should not then Making and marring fortunes. You did know
Have nick'd his captainship ; at such a point, How much you were my conqueror; and that
When balf to half the world oppos'd, he being My sword made weak by my affection, would
The mered question, " 'twas a shame no less Obey it on all cause. Cleo. Oh! pardon, pardon.
• Is worth.
Euphronius, schoolmaster to Antony's children.
i Diadem, the crown. • Cesar. Ponght by proxy. Bewildered. Paramour, Bears his misfortunes. T Copened Unless.
4. The sole occasion of the war
Than was his loss, to course your fying Aags, | Thyr. Shall I say to Cesar
What you require of him for he partly begs Cleo. Pr'ythee, peace.
To be desir'd to give. It much would please
him, Enter ANTONY, with EUPHRONIUS. That of his fortunes you should make a staff Ant. Is this his answer ?
To lean upon : but it would warm his spirits, Eup. Ay, my lord.
To hear from me you had left Antony,
And put yourself under his shroud.
Cleo. Wbat's your name?
Thyr. My name is Thyrens. Ant. Let her know it.
Cleo. Most kind messenger, To the boy Cesar send this grizled head,
Say to great Cesar this, In disputation * And he will fill thy wishes to the brim
I kiss his conqu'ring hand ; tell bim, I am With principalities.
prompt Cleo. That head, my lord 1
To lay my crown at his feet, and there to kneel: ent. To him again : Tell him, he wears the Tell him, from his all-obeying + breath I hear rose
[note The doom of Egypt. of youth upon bim; from which the world should Thyr. 'Tis your noblest conrse. Something particular: his coin, ships, legions, Wisdom and fortune combating together, May be a coward's; whose minister would If that the former dare but wbat it cau, prevail
No chance may shake it. Give me grace to lay Under the service of a child, as soon
My duty on your hand.
oft, when he hath mus'd of taking kingdoins in, And answer me, declin'd, t sword against Bestow'd his lips on that unworthy place, sword.
As it rain's kisses. Ourselves alone : I'll write it ; follow me. (Ereunt ANTONY and EUPHRONIUS,
Re-enter ANTONY and ENOBARBUS. Eno. Yes, like enough, high-battled Cesar will Ant. Favours, by Jove that thunders Unstate his happiness, and be stag'd to the show, What art thou, fellow? Against a sworder. see, men's judgments are Thyr. One, that but performs A parcel I of their fortunes ; and things outward The bidding of the fullest man, and worthiest To draw the inward quality after them,
To have coinmand obey'd. To suffer all alike. Tbat he should dream,
Eno. You will be whipp'd. Knowing all measures, the full Cesar will
Ant. Approach, there :- Ay, you kite !-Now Answer his emptiness –Cesar, thou hast subdu'd
gods and devils !
(ho! His judgment too.
Authority melts from me: Of late, when I cry'd,
Like boys unto a muss, 1 kings would start forth, Enter an ATTENDANT.
And cry, Your will ? Have you no ears? I am Att. A messenger from Cesar. Cleo. What, no more ceremony ?-See my
Enter ATTENDANTS. women!
Antony yet. Take hence this Jack, $ and whip Against the blown rose may they stop their nose, I
him. That kneelid unto the buds.-- Adunit him, Sir. Eno. Tis better playing with a lion's whelp, Eno. Mine bonesty and I begin to square. Than with an old one dying. [ Aside. Ant. Moon and stars!
[butaries The loyalty, well held to fools, does make Whip him :Were't twenty of the greatest triOur faith mere folly :-Yet, he that can en lure That do acknowledge Cesar, should I find them To follow with allegiance a fallen lord,
So saucy with the hand of she here, (What's her Does conquer him that did his master conquer,
name, And earns a place i'lbe story.
Since she was Cleopatrat)-Whip him, fellows,
Till, like a boy, you see him cringe his face, Enter THYREUS.
And wbine aloud for mercy: Take him hence. Cleo. Cesar's will ?
Thyr. Mark Antony,Thyr. Hear it apart.
Ant. Tug him away ; being whipp'd, Cleo. None but friends : say boldly,
Bring him again :-This Jack of Cesar's shall Thyr. So, haply, l are they friends to Antony. Bear us an errand to him. Eno. He needs as many, Sir, as Cesar has;
[Exeunt ATTEND. with THYREUS. Or needs not us. If Cesar please, our inaster You were half blasted ere I knew you :-Ha ! Will leap to be his friend : For us, you know. Have I my pillow left unpress'd in Rome Whose be is, we are ; and that's Cesar's.
Forborne the getting of a lawful race,
And by a gem of women, to be abus'd
Cleo. Good my lord,
Ant. You have been a boggler ever : Cleo. Go on : Right royal.
| But when we in our viciousness grow hard, Thyr. He knows, that you embrace uot An-|(o misery on't!) the wise gods seel our eyes; tony
in our own tilth drop our clear judgments; As you did love, but as you fear'd him.
make us Cleo. Oh !
Adore our errors ; laugh at us, while we strut Thyr. The scars upon your honour, therefore, I To our confusion. Does pity, as constrained blemisbes,
Cleo. Oh! is it come to this? Not as deserv'd.
| Ant. I found you as a morsel cold upon Cleo. He is a god, and knows
Dead Cesar's trencher: nay, you were a frag. What is most right: Mine honour was not yielded,
ment But conquer'd merely.
Of Cneius Pompey's ; besides what hotter hours, Eno. To be sure of that,
[Aside. Unregister'd in vulgar fame, you have I will ask Antony -Sir, Sir, thon'rt so leaky, Luxuriously pick'd out :-For I am sure, That we must leave thee to thy sinking, for Though you can guess what temperance should be Thy dearest quit thee. [Exit ENOBARBUS. You know not what it is.
• The comparisons in which he indiges on reviewing his fortune and mine.
• Suppos d to be an error for deputation, i. e. by proxy, + Breath which all obey.
+ 'That am fallen. 1 Of a piece with.
Quarrel. | Perhaps.
* Scramble. % A term of contempt.