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Since my becomings kill me, when they do not | Comes dear'd, by being lack’d.* This com-
To rot itself with motion.
Mess. Cesar, I bring thee word, Ant. Let us go. Come;
Menecrates and Menas, famous pirates, Our separation so abides, and flies,
Make the sea serve them: which they eart and That thou, residing here, go'st yet with me,
wound And I, hence fleeting, here remain with thee. With keels of every kind: Many hot inroads Away.
[Exeunt. They make in Italy; the borders maritime
Lack blood to think on't, and flusbø youth re. SCENE IV.-Rome.-- An apartment in CESAR's
No vessel can peep forth, but 'tis as soon
(more, Ces. You may see, Lepidus, and henceforth Leave thy lascivious wassals. When thou once
Ces. Antony, know, It is not Cesar's natural vice to bate
Wast beaten from Modena, where thou slew'st One great competitor :* from Alexandria
Hirtius and Pansa, consuls, at thy heel This is the news; He fishes, drinks, and wastes Did famine follow; whom thou fought'st The lamps of night in revel: is not more man
Though daintily brought up, with patience Than Cleopatra: nor the queen Ptolemy. (or The stale
of horses, and the gilded puddle**
Than savages could suffer: Tbou didst drink More womanly than he: hardly gave audience, Vouchsaf'd to think he had partners: You shall Which beasts would cough at: thy palate then
did deign find there A man, who is the abstract of all faults
The roughest berry on the rudest hedge; That all men follow,
Yea, like the stag, when snow the pasture
sheets, Lep. I must not think, there are
[Alps Evils enough to darken all his goodness:
The barks of trees thou browsed'st; on the His faults, in him, seem as the spots of heaven, Which some did die to look on: And all this
It is reported, thou did'st eat strange flesh, More fiery by night's blackness; hereditary, Rather than purchas'd ;t what he cannot Was borne so like a soldier, that thy cheek
(It wounds thine honour, that I speak it now,) Than what he chooses. Ces. You are too indulgent: let us grant, it So much as lank'd not. is not
Lep. It is pity of him. Amiss to tumble on the bed of Ptolemy;
Ces. Let his shames quickly
Drive him to Rome: 'Tís time we twain
Did show ourselves i'the field; and, to that end,
Lep. To-morrow, Cesar, (As his composure must be rare indeed,
I shall be furnish'd to inform you rightly Whom these things cannot blemish,) yét must Both what by sea and land I can be able, Antony
To 'front this present time.
Ces. Till whicb encounter,
Lep. Farewell, my lord: What you shall Full surfeits, and the dryness of his bones,
know mean time Call on himą for't: but, to confound such of stirs abroad, I shall beseech you, Sir, time,
To let me be partaker. That drums him from his sport, and speaks as
Ces. Doubt not, Sir; As his own state, and ours,—'tis to be chid
I knew it for my bond.tt
(Exeunt. As we rate boys, who, being mature in know
SCENE V.-Alexandria.--A Room in the ledge,
Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, Iras, and
Cleo. Ha, ha!-
Give me to drink mandragora.t1 Most noble Cesar, shalt thou have report Char. Why, madam? How 'tis abroad. Pompey is strong at sea; Cleo. That I might sleep out this great gap of And it appears, he is belov’d of those
My Antony is away.
[time, That only have fear'd Cesar: to the ports
Char. You think of him The discontents repair, and men's reports
Cleo. (), treason!
Char. Madam, I trust, not so.
Mar. What's your highness' pleasure ? And the ebb’d man, ne'er lov'd, till ne'er worth love,
* Endeared being missed. + Plough. Turo pale.
Ruddy. Feastings; in the old copy it is vai sailes, * Associate or partner. + I'Tocured by his own fault. i. e. vassals, Urine. ** Stagnant, slimy waler. Levity. Visit him. | Consume. | Discontented. I It My bounden duty.
11 A sleepy pution.
Cleo. Not now to hear thee sing; I take no Shall die a beggar.-Ink and paper, Char. pleasure
mian, In aught a eunuch has: "Tis well for thee, Welcome, my good Alexas.-Did I, Charmian, That, being unseminar'd, thy freer thoughts Ever love Cesar so? May pot fly forth of Egypt. "Hast thou affec- Char. () that brave Cesar! tions ?
Cleo. Be chok'd with such another emphasis! Mar. Yes, gracious madam.
Say, the brave Antony. Cleo. Indeed ?
Char. The valiant Cesar! Mur. Not in deed, madam; for I can do Cleo. By Isis, I will give thee bloody teeth, nothing
If thou with Cesar paragon again
Char. By your most gracious pardon,
I sing but after you. Cleo. O Charmian,
Cleo. My sallad days;
[blood, Where think'st thou he is now ? Stands he, or When I was green in judgement:-Cold in sits he?
To say, as I said then !- But, come, away: Or does he walk ? or is he on his horse ? Get me ink and paper: he shall have every day O happy horse, to bear the weight of Antony! A several greeting, or I'll unpeople Egypt. Do bravely, horse! for wot'st thou whom thou
[Exeunt. mov'st? The demi-Atlas of this earth, the arm
ACT II. And burgonett of men.-He's speaking now, SCENE 1.-Messina.-A Room in Pompey's Or murmuring, Where's my serpent of old Nile?
house. For so he calls me; Now I feed myself With most delicious poison :- Think on me,
Enter POMPEY, MENECRATES, and MENAS. That am with Phoebus' amorous pinches black, Pom. If the great gods be just, they shall asAnd wrinkled deep in time? Broad-fronted The deeds of justest men.
Mene. Know, worthy Pompey, When thou wast here above the ground, I was That what they do delay, they not deny: A morsel for a monarch: and great Pompey Pom. Whiles we are suitors to their throne, Would stand, and make his eyes grow in my The thing we sue for.
Mene. We, ignorant of ourselves, (powers There would he anchor his aspect, and die Beg often our own harms, which the wise With his looking on his life.
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; Cleo. How much unlike art thou Mark An- My power's a crescent, and my auguring hope tony?
Says, it will come to the full. Mark Antony Yet, coming from him, that great medicine In Egypt sits at dinner, and will inake With his tinct gilded thee.
No wars without doors: Cesar gets money, How goes it with my brave Mark Antony?
where Alex. Last thing he did, dear queen,
He loses hearts : Lepidus flatters both, He kiss’d,--the last of many doubled kisses, of both is flatter'd; but he neither loves, This orient pearl ;–His speech sticks in my
Nor either cares for him. heart.
Men. Cesar and Lepidus Cleo. Mine ear must pluck it thence.
Are in the field; a mighty strength they carry, Alex. Good friend, quoth he,
Pom. Where have you this? 'uis false. Say, the firm Romun to great Egypt sends
Men. From Silvius, Sir. This treasure of an oyster; at whose foot
Pom. He dreams; I know, they are in Rome To mend the petty present, I will piece
together, Her opulent throne with kingdoms ; All the east, Looking for Antony: But all charms of love Say thou, shall call her mistress. So be nodded, Salt Cleopatra, soften thy wan'd* lip! And soberly did mount a termagant: steed,
Let witchcraft join with beauty, lust with Who neigh'd so high, that what I would have Tie up the libertine in a field of feasts, [both! Was beastly dumb’d by him. (spoke Keep his brain fuming; Epicurean cooks, Cleo. What, was he sad, or merry?
Sharpen with cloyless sauce his appetite; Alex. Like to the time o'the year between That sleep and feeding may prorogue his ho. the extremes
nour, Of hot and cold; he was nor sad, nor merry.
Even tillt a Lethe'd dullness.-How now, l'ar. Cleo. O well-divided disposition !-Note him,
Enter VARRIUS. Note him, good Charmian, 'tis the man; but note him :
Var. This is most certain that I shall deli. He was not sad; for he would shine on those Mark Antony is every hour in Rome (ver: That make their looks by his: he was not merry; Expected; since he went from Egypt, 'tis Which seem'd to tell them, his remembrance | A space for further travel. lay
Pom. I could have given less matter In Egypt with his joy: but between both; A better ear.-Menas, I did not think, O heavenly mingle!-- Be'st thou sad, or merry,
This amorous surfeiter would have don'd: bis The violence of either thee becomes;
For such a petty war: his soldiership [helms So does it no man else.—Met'st thou my posts? Is twice the other twain: But let us rear Alex. Ay, madam, twenty several messen
The higher our opinion, that our stirring Why do you send so thick ?
(gers: Can from the lap of Egypt's widow pluck Cleo. Who's born that day
The ne'er lust-wearied Antony. When I forget to send to Antony,
(rius? Men. I cannot hope,
* Declined, faded. # Unmanned. + A helmet. Furious.
1 Donc al; i, e. put on.
+ To Heimet.
Should say myself offended; and with you Cesar and Antony shall well greet together : Chiefly i’the world: more laugh'd at, that I His wife, that's dead, did trespasses to Cesar;
should His brother warr'd upon him; although, I think, Once name you derogately, when to sound Not mov'd by Antony:
your name Pom. I know not, Menas,
It not concern'd me. How lesser enmities may give way to greater. Ant. My being in Egypt, Cesar, Were't not that we stand up against them all, What was't to you? "Twere pregnant they should square* between Ces. No more than my residing here at Rome themselves;
Might be to you in Egypt: Yet, if you there For they have entertained cause enough Did practise* on my state, your being in Egypt To draw their swords: but how the fear of us Might be my question.t May cement their divisions, and bind up Ånt. How intend you, practis’d? The petty difference, we yet not know.
Ces. You may be pleas’d to catch at mine Be it as our gods will have it! It only stands
[brother, Our lives upon, to use our strongest hands. By what did here befal me. Your wife, and Come, Menas.
(Exeunt. | Made wars upon me; and their contestation
Was theme for you, you were the word of war. SCENE II.-- Rome.--A Room in the house of Ant. You do mistake your business; my LEPIDUS.
Did urge me in his act: I did enquire it; Enter ENOBARBUS and LEPIDUS.
And have my learning from some true reports, Lep. Good Enobarbus, 'tis a worthy deed,
That drew their swords with you. Did he not And shall become you well, to entreat your Discredit my authority with yours;
rather To soft and gentle speech.
(captain Eno. I shall entreat him
And make the wars alike against my stomach, To answer like himself: if Cesar move him,
Having alike your cause? Of this, my letters Let Antony look over Cesar's head,
Before did satisfy you. If you'll patch a And speak as loud as Mars. By Jupiter,
quarrel, Were I the wearer of Antonius' beard,
As matter whole you have not to make it with, I would not shave to-day.
It must not be with this.
Ces. You praise yourself
By laying defects of judgement to me; but Eno. Every time
You patch'd up your excuses. Serves for the matter that is then born in it.
Ant. Not so, not so;. Lep. But small to greater matters must give I know you could not lack, I am certain on't, way.
Very necessity of this thought, that I,
Your partner' in the cause 'gainst which he
fought, But, pray you, stir no embers up. Here comes Could not with grateful eyes attend those wars The noble Antony.
Which 'fronted mine own peace. As for my
wise, Enter ANTONY and VENTIDIUS.
I would you had her spirit in such another: Eno. And yonder, Cesar.
The third o’the world is yours; which with a
snafflell Enter CESAR, MECÆNAS, and AGRIPPA. You may pace easy, but not such a wife. Ant. If we composet well here, to Parthia:
Eno. 'Would we had all such wives, that the Hark you, Ventidius.
men might go to wars with the women! Ces. I do not know,
Ant. So much incurable, her garboils, CeMecænas; ask Agrippa. Lep. Noble friends,
Made out of her impatience, (which not wanted That which combin'd us was most great, and Shrewdness of policy too,) I grieving grant, let not
Did you too much disquiet: for that, you must A leaner action rend us. What's amiss,
But say, I could not help it. May it be gently heard : When we debate
Ces. I wrote to you, Our trivial difference loud, we do commit
When rioting in Alexandria; you Murder in healing wounds: Then, noble part-Did pocket up my letters, and with taunts (The rather, for learnestly beseech,) [ners, Did gibe my missive** out of audience. Touch you the sourest points with sweetest
He fell upon me, ere admitted; then
Three kings I had newly feasted, and did want Were we before our armies, and to fight,
Of what I was i'the morning; but, next day, I should do thus.
I told him of myself; which was as much Ces. Welcome to Rome.
As to have ask'd him pardon : Let this fellow
Be nothing of our strife ; if we contend,
Out of our questiontt wipe him.
Ces. You have broken
The article of your oath ; which you shall never Then
Have tongue to charge me with.
Lep. Soft, Cesar,
Ant. No, Lepidus, let him speak; Or, being, concern you not.
The honour's sacred which he talks on now, Ces. I must be laugh'd at,
* Use bad arts or stratagems. If, or for nothing, or a little, I
# Subject of conversation.
1 Reporters. Opposed. || Bridle. Quarrela + Agree. Let not ill-humour be added,
** Messenger. it Conversation.
Supposing that I lack'd it: But
on, Cesar ; 1. Ces. The power of Cesar, and The article of my oath,
His power unto Octavia. Ces. To lend me arms, and aid, when I re- Ant. May I never quir'd them;
To this good purpose, that so fairly shows, The which you both denied.
Dream of impediment!- Let me have thy hand: Ant. Neglected, rather;
(up Further this act of grace; and, from this hour, And then, when poison's hours had bound me The heart of brothers govern in our loves, From mine own knowledge. As nearly as I And sway our great desigos! may,
Ces. There is my hand. I'll play the penitent to you: but mine honesty A sister I bequeath you, whom no brother Shall not make poor my greatness, nor my Did ever love so dearly: Let ber live power
To join our kingdoms, and our hearts; and Work without it: Truth is, that Fulvia, Fly off our loves again!
[never To have me out of Egypt, made wars here; Lep. Happily, amen! For which myself, the ignorant motive, do Ant. I did not think to draw my sword’gainst So far ask pardon, as befits mine honour
Pompey; To stoop in such a case.
For he hath laid strange courtesies, and great, Lep. 'Tis nobly spoken.
Of late upon me: I must thank him only, Mec. If it might please you, to enforce no Lest my remembrance suffer ill report; further
At heel of that, defy him.
Or else he seeks out us.
Ant. And where lies he? Eno. Or, if you borrow one another's love Ces. About the mount Misenum. for the instant, you may, when you hear no Ant. What's his strength more words of Pompey, return it again: you By land? shall have time to wrangle in, when you have Ces. Great, and increasing: but by sea nothing else to do.
He is an absolute master. Ant. Thou art a soldier only; speak no more. Ant. So is the fame.
[it: Eno. That truth should be silent, I had al-'Would, we had spoke together! Haste we for most forgot.
Yet, ere we put ourselves in arms, despatch we Ant. You wrong this presence, therefore The business we have talk'd of. speak no more.
Ces. With most gladness;
And do invite you to my sister's view,
[Flourish. Exeunt CESAR, ANTONY, and O'the world I would pursue it.
LEPIDIS. Agr. Give me leave, Cesar,
Mec. Welcome from Fgypt, Sir. Ces. Speak, Agrippa.
Eno. Half the heart of Cesar, worthy MecaAgr. Thou hast a sister by the mother's side, nas!—my honourable friend, Agrippa !Admir'd Octavia : great Mark Antony
Agr. Good Enobarbus! Is now a widower.
Mec. We have cause to be glad, that matters Ces. Say not so, Agrippa;
are so well digested. You staid well by it in If Cleopatra heard you, your reproof
Egypt. Were well deserv'd of rashness.
Eno. Ay, Sir; we did sleep day out of counAnt. I am not married, Cesar: let me hear tenance, and made the night light with drink. Agrippa further speak.
ing. Agr. To hold you in perpetual amity,
Mec. Eight wild boars roasted whole at a To make you brothers, and to knit your hearts breakfast, and but twelve persons there; Is With an unslipping knot, take Antony.
this true? Octavia to his wite: whose beauty claims Eno. This was but as a fly by an eagle: we No worse a husband than the besi of men; had much more monstrous matter of feast, Whose virtue, and whose general graces, speak which worthily deserved noting. That which none else can utter. By this mar- Mec. She's a most triumphant lady, if reriage,
port be square to her. All little jealousies, which now seem great, Eno. When she first met Mark Antony, she And all great fears, which inow import their pursed up his heart upon the river of Cydous. dangers,
(tales, Agr. There she appear'd indeed; or my reWould then be nothing: truths would be but porter devised well for her. Where now half tales be truths: her love to Eno. I will tell you: both,
The barge she sat in, like a burnish'd throne, Would, each to other, and all loves to both, Burn'd on the water: the poop was beaten Draw after her. Pardon what I have spoke;
gold; For 'tis a studied, not a present thought, Purple the sails, and so perfumed, that By duty ruminated.
The winds were love-sick with them; the oars Ant. Will Cesar speak?
(made Ces. Not till he hears how Antony is touch'd Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and With what is spoke already.
The water, which they beat, to follow faster, Ant. What power is in Agrippa,
As amorous of their strokes. For her own If I would say, Agrippa, be it so,
person, To make this good? Grievances. Reconcile. + Dispositions. Firm.
* Suits with her merita.
It beggar'd all description: she did lie Shall all be done by the rule. Good night, In her pavilion, (cloth of gold, of tissue,)
dear lady: O’erpicturing that Venus, where we see, Octa. Good night, Sir. The faucy out-work nature: on each side her, Ces. Good night. Stood pretty dimpled boys, like smiling Cupids,
(Exeunt Cesar und OCTAVIA. With diverse-colour'd fans, whose wind did Ant. Now, Sirrah! you do wish yourself in
Egypt? To glow the delicate cheeks which they did Sooth. Would I had never come from thence, And they undid, did.*
nor you Agr. (), rare for Antony !
Thither! Eno. Her gentlewomen, like the Nereides, Ant. If you can, your reason? So many mermaids, tended her i'the eyes, Sooth. I see't in And made their bends adornings: at the helm My motion, have it not in my tongue: But yet A seeming Mermaid steers; the silken tackle Hie you again to Egypt. Swell with the touches of those flower-soft Ant. Say to me, bands,
Whose fortunes shall rise higher, Cesar's, or That yarely framet the office. From the barge
mine? A strange invisible perfume hits the sense Sooth. Cesar's. Of the adjacent wharfs. The city cast Therefore, 0 Antony, stay not by his side: Her people out upon her; and Antony, Thy demon, that's thy spirit which keeps Enthron'd in the market-place, did sit alone,
thee, is Whistling to the air; whích, but for vacancy, Noble, courageous, high, unmatchable, Had gone to gaze on Cleopatra too,
Where Cesar's is not; but near him, thy angel And made a gap in nature.
Becomes a Fear, as being o'erpower'd; thereAgr. Rare Egyptian !
Make space enough between you. [fore Eno. Upon her landing, Antony sent to her, Ant. Speak this no more. Invited her to supper: she replied,
Sooth. "To none but thee; no more, but when It should be better, he became her guest;
to thee. Which she entreated : Our courteous Antony, If thou dost play with him at any game, Whom ne'er the word of No woman heard Thou art sure to lose; and, of thai natural luck, speak,
He beats thee 'gainst the odds; thy lustre Being barber'd ten times o'er, goes to the feast;
thickens, And, for his ordinary, pays his heart, When he shines by: I say again, thy spirit For what his eyes eat only.
Is all afraid to govern thee near him; Agr. Royal wench!
But, he away, 'uis noble. She made great Cesar lay his sword to bed; Ant. Get thee gone: He plough'd her, and she cropp'd.
Say to Ventidius, I would speak with him : Eno. saw her once
(Exit SOOTHSAYER. Hop forty paces through the public street : He shall to Parthia.-Be it art, or hap, And having lost her breath, she spoke, and He hath spoken true: The very dice obey him; panted,
And, in our sports, my better cunning faints That she did make defect, perfection,
Under his chance: if we draw lots, he speeds: And, breathless, power breathe forth.
His cocks do win the battle still of mine, Mec. Now Antony must leave her utterly. When it is all to nought; and his quails* ever, Eno. Never; he will not;
Beat mine, inhoop'det at odds. I will to Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale
Egypt: Her infinite variety: Other women
And though I make this marriage for my peace, Cloy th' appetites they feed; but she makes hungry
I'the east my pleasure lies :-0, come, VenBless her, when she's riggish. I
tidius, Mec. If beauty, wisdom, modesty, can settle You must to Parthia; your commission's ready: The heart of Antony, Octavia is
Follow me, and receive it.
(Exeunt. A blessed lottery to him. Agr. Let us go.
SCENE IV.-The same.- A Street. Good Enobarbus make yourself my guest, Enter LEPIDPS, MECÆNAS, and AGRIPPA. Whilst you abide here. Eno. Humbly, Sir, I thank you. [Exeunt.
Lep. Trouble yourselves no further : pray SCENE 111.—The same.--A Room in Cesar's Your generals after. House,
Agr. Sir, Mark Antony
Will e'en but kiss Octavia, and we'll follow. Enter CESAR, ANTONY, OCTAVIA between them;
Lep. Till I shall see you in your soldier's ATTENDANTS, and a SoothsaYER.
dress. Ant. The world, and my great office, will which will become you both, farewell. sometimes
Mec. We shall, Divide me from your bosom.
As I conceive the journey, be at mount:
Before you, Lepidus.
My purposes do draw me much about;
* Added to the warmth they were intended to diminish. † Readily perform Wanton. Allotment.
* The ancients used to match quails as we match cocks. + Inclosed.
| Mount Mise TT.