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Supposing that I lacked it. But on, Cæsar: And all great fears which now import their dangers, The article of my oath,
Would then be nothing: truths would be but tales, Cæs. To lend me arms and aid, when I re Where now half tales be truths: her love to both quired them :
Would each to other, and all loves to both, The which you both denied.
Draw after her. Pardon what I have spoke : Ant. Neglected, rather :
For 't is a studied, not a present thought, And then when poisoned hours had bound me up ^ By duty ruminated. From mine own knowledge. As nearly as I may, Ant. Will Cæsar speak? I'll play the penitent to you: but mine honesty Cæs. Not till he hears how Antony is touched Shall not make poor my greatness, nor my power With what is spoke already. Work without it. Truth is that Fulvia, 1 Ant. What power is in Agrippa To have me out of Egypt, made wars here: If I would say, “Agrippa, be it so,' For which myself (the ignorant motive) do To make this good ? So far ask pardon as befits mine honour
Cæs. The power of Cæsar, To stoop in such a case.
And his power unto Octavia. Lep. "T is nobly spoken.
Ant. May I never Mec. If it might please you to enforce no further To this good purpose, that so fairly shews, The griefs between ye: to forget them quite, ! Dream of impediment !-Let me have thy hand : Were to remember that the present need
Further this act of grace; and from this hour Speaks to atone you.
The heart of brothers govern in our loves, Lep. Worthily spoke, Mecænas. And sway our great designs !
Eno. Or if you borrow one another's love for Cæs. There's my hand. the instant, you may, when you hear no more A sister I bequeath you whom no brother words of Pompey, return it again. You shall Did ever love so dearly : let her live have time to wrangle in, when you have nothing To join our kingdoms and our hearts; and never else to do.
Fly off our loves again!
Eno. That truth should be silent I had almost Ant. I did not think to draw my sword 'gainst forgot.
Pompey; Ant. You wrong this presence; therefore speakFor he hath laid strange courtesies, and great, no more.
Of late upon me. I must thank him only, Eno. Go to, then : your considerate stone. Lest my remembrance suffer ill report :
Cæs. I do not much dislike the matter, but At heel of that, defy him.
Lep. Time calls upon us :
Cæs. About the Mount Misenum.
Ant. What is his strength by land ? Agr. Give me leave, Cæsar,
Cæs. Great and increasing:
But by sea he is an absolute master.
'Would we had spoke together! Haste we for it: Is now a widower.
Yet, ere we put ourselves in arms, despatch we Cæs. Say not so, Agrippa :
The business we have talked of. If Cleopatra heard you, your reproof
Cæs. With most gladness; Were well deserved of rashness.
And do invite you to my sister's view, Ant. I am not married, Cæsar: let me hear Whither straight I will lead you. Agrippa further speak.
Ant. Let us, Lepidus,
Not lack your company.
Not sickness should detain me.
[Flourish. Exeunt Cæsar, Antony, and No worse a husband than the best of men ;
LEPIDUS. Whose virtue and whose general graces speak Mec. Welcome from Egypt, sir. That which none else can utter. By this marriage, Eno. Half the heart of Cæsar, worthy MeAll little jealousies which now seem great, cænas !—my honourable friend Agrippa!
Agr. Good Enobarbus !
Eno. When she first met Marc Antony, she Mec. We have cause to be glad that matters are | pursed up his heart, upon the river of Cydnus. so well digested. You stayed well by it in Egypt. Agr. There she appeared indeed! or my re
Eno. Ay, sir; we did sleep day out of counte porter devised well for her. nance, and made the night light with drinking. Eno. I will tell you:
Mec. Eight wild boars roasted whole at a break The barge she sat in, like a burnished throne, fast, and but twelve persons there: is this true? Burned on the water : the poop was beaten gold;
Eno. This was but as a fly by an eagle: we Purple the sails, and so perfumed that had much more monstrous matter of feasts, The winds were lovesick with them : the oars which worthily deserved noting.
were silver ; Mec. She 's a most triumphant lady, if report Which to the tune of Alutes kept stroke, and made be square to her.
The water which they beat to follow faster,
As amorous of their strokes. For her own person,
Agr. O rare for Antony!
Eno. Her gentlewomen, like the Nereides, So many mermaids, tended her i' the eyes, 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. From the barge A strange invisible perfume hits the sense Of the adjacent wharfs. The city cast Her people out upon her; and Antony, Enthroned in the market-place, did sit alone, Whistling to the air ; which, but for vacancy, Had gone to gaze on Cleopatra too, And made a gap in nature. A
Agr. Rare Egyptian !
Eno. Upon her landing, Antony sent to her ; Invited her to supper : she replied, It should be better he became her guest; Which she entreated. Our courteous Antony (Whom ne'er the word of “No" woman heard
Agr. Royal wench!
Eno. I saw her once
Mec. Now Antony must leave her utterly.
Eno. Never; he will not :
Mec. If beauty, wisdom, modesty, can settle
Agr. Let us go.
Humbly, sir, I thank you.[Exeunt.
Scene III.- The same. A Room in Cæsar's IIouse.
Attendants, and a Soothsayer.
Octa. All which time Before the gods my knee shall bow my prayers To them for you.
Ant. Good night, sir.—My Octavia,
[Exeunt CÆSAR and Octavia. Ant. Now, sirrah; you do wish yourself in
Egypt ? Sooth. 'Would I had never come from thence; nor you thither!
Ant. If you can, your reason ?
Sooth. I see it in my motion; have it not in my tongue: but yet hie you to Egypt again.
Ant. Say to me, Whose fortunes shall rise higher, Cæsar's or mine?
Ant. Speak this no more.
Ant. Get thee gone:
Enter Ventidius. l’the east my pleasure lies.-0! come, Ventidius,
You must to Parthia: your commission 's ready: Follow me and receive it.
I laughed him into patience : and next morn, Ere the ninth hour, I drunk him to his bed ; Then put my tires and mantles on him, whilst I wore his sword Philippan.-0! from Italy :
Enter Lepidus, Mecænas, and AGRIPPA.
hasten Your generals after.
Agr. Sir, Marc Antony
Lep. Till I shall see you in your soldier's dress, Which will become you both, farewell.
Mec. We shall,
Lep. Your way is shorter ;
Sir, good success.
Scene V.-Alexandria. A Room in the Palace. Enter CleopatrA, CHARMIAN, IRAs, and ALEXAS.
Cleo. Give me some music: music, moody food Of us that trade in love!
Attend. The music, ho!
Enter a Messenger.
Cleo. Antony's dead ?-
Mess. First, madam, he's well.
mark: we use
Mess. Good madam, hear me.
Cleo. Well, go to; I will: But there's no goodness in thy face. If Antony Be free and healthful, why so tart a favour To trumpet such good tidings? If not well, Thou shouldst come like a fury crowned with
Cleo. I do not like “but yet;" it does allay
Some monstrous malefactor. Pr'y thee, friend,
Cleo. For what good turn?
Enter MARDIAN. Cleo. Let it alone : let us to billiards. Come, Charmian.
Char. My arm is sore; best play with Mardian.
Cleo. As well a woman with an eunuch played As with a woman :-come, you 'll play with me,
sir ? Mar. As well as I can, madam. Cleo. And when good will is shewed, though
it come too short, The actor may plead pardon.-I 'll none now : Give me mine angle; we 'll to the river: there, My music playing far off, I will betray Tawny-finned fishes: my bended hook shall pierce Their slimy jaws; and, as I draw them up, I'll think them every one an Antony, And say, “Ah, ah! you 're caught."
Char. 'T was merry when You wagered on your angling: when your diver Did hang a salt-fish on his hook, which he With fervency drew up.
Cleo. That time!—0 times !I laughed him out of patience, and that night