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Since my becomings kill me, when they do not comes dear'd, by being lack'd.* This com-
Mess. Cesar, I bring thee word,
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 thée. With keels of every kind: Many hot inroads Away.
(Exeunt. They make in Italy; the borders maritime
Lack bloodt to think on't, and flush youth reSCENE 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 hate
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 Than savages could suffer: Thou didst drink More womanly than he: hardly gave audience. The stale of horses, and the gilded puddle** Vouchsaf'd to think he had partners: You shall Which beasts would cough at: thy palate then find there
did deign 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 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 To give a kingdom for a mirth; to sit
Drive him to Rome: 'Tís time we twain And keep the turn of tippling with a slave;
Did show ourselves i'the field; and, to that end, To reel the streets at noon, and stand the buffet Assemble we immediate council: Pompey With knaves that smell of sweat : say, this be- Thrives in our idleness. comes him,
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, yet must Both what by sea and land I can be able, Antony
To 'front this present time.
Ces. Till which encounter,
Lep. Farewell, my lord: What you shall Full surfeits, and the dryness of his bones,
know mean time Call on himę 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
Char. Madam. Mess. Thy biddings have been done; and
Cleo. Ha, ha!-every hour,
Give me to drink mandragora. $1 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 beloy'd of those
My Antony is away.
[time, That only have fear'd Cesar: to the ports
Char. You think of him
Cleo. (), treason !
Char. Madam, I trust, not so. It hath been taught us from the primal state, Cleo. Thou eunuch! Mardian ! That he, which is, was wish'd, until he were;
Mar. What's your highness' pleasure ? And the ebb’d man, ne'er lov'd, till ne'er worth love,
*Endeared by being missed. Plough. Turn pale.
Ruddy. W Feastings ; in the old copy it is vaissailes, Associate or partner. + Procured by his own fault. 1. e. vascals. 9 Urine, ** Stagnant, slimy waler. Levity. Visit him. || Consume. 1 Discontented. I tt My bounden duty.
11 A sleepy potion.
Cleo. Not now to hear thee sing; I take no Shall die a beggar.-Ink and paper, Charpleasure
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 not 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 But what in deed is honest to be done :
My man of men. Yet have I fierce affections, and think,
Char. By your most gracious pardon, What Venus did with Mars.
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
[Excun. 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 ir POMPET'S Or murmuring, Where's my serpent of old Nile?
horse. For so he calls me; Now I feed myself With most delicious poison :- Think on me,
Enter Pompey, MENECRATES, and MENAS. That am with Phæbus' 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
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 be,
Pom. Where have you this? 'tis 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 ; Au the east, Looking for Antony: But all charms of love
ay thou, shall call her mistress. So he nodded, Salt Cleopatra, soften thy wan’d* lip! And soberly did mount a termagantt 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.
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 hothe extremes
VarOf hot and cold; he was nor sad, nor merry.
Even tillt a Lethe'd dullness.—How now, 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 deliHe was not sad; for he would shine on those Mark Antony is every bour in Rome (ver: That make their looks by bis: he was not inerry; 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: his The violence of either thee becomes;
For such a petty war: his soldiership (helmộ 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 pluek Cleo. Who's born that day
The ne'er lust-wearied Antony. When I forget to send to Antony,
* Declined, faded.
+ To # Unmanned. + A helmet. Furious.
# Done an ; . e. put on. Helmet.
(rius! Men. I cannot hope,
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 moy'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 Ant. 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, t 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. Lep. 'Tis not a time
Ces. You praise yourself For private stomaching.
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, Eno, Not if the small come first.
Your partner in the cause 'gainst which he Lep. Your speech is passion :
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
wife, 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, 1 CeMecænas; ask Agrippa.
sar, 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.
Ces. I wrote to you,
When rioting in Alexandria; you
The rather, for learnestly beseech,) [ners, Did gibe my missive** out of audience.
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 bim pardon: Let this fellow Ant. Thank you.
Be nothing of our strife ; if we contend, Ces. Sit.
Out of our questiontt wipe him. Ant. Sit, Sir!
Ces. You have broken Ces. Nay,
The article of your oath ; which you shall never Then
Have tongue to charge me with. Ant. I learn, you take things ill, which are Lep. Soft, Cesar.
Ant. No, Lepidus, let him speak; Or, being, concern you not.
The honour's sacred which he talks on now,
* Use bad arts or stratagems.
Reporters. Opposed. 11 Bridle, * Quarrel. † Agree. Let not ill-humour be added, 9 Commotions. ** Messenger.
tt Conversation person, To make this good? Grievances + Reconcile. Dispositions.
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'd hours had bound me The heart of brothers govern in our loves, From mine own knowledge. As nearly as I And sway our great designs ! 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 enforcé 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 Misepum. 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;
Ces. I do not much dislike the matter, but Whither straight I will lead you.
[Flourish. Exeunt CESAR, ANTONY, and O'the world I would pursue it.
LEPIDIS. Agr. Give me leave, Cesar,
Mec. Welcome from Egypt, Sir. Ces. Speak, Agrippa.
Eno. Half the heart of Cesar, worthy Mecæ. Agr. 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 drinkAgrippa 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 knut, take Antony
this true ? Octavia to his wife: whose beauty claims Eno. This was but as a fly by an eagle: we No worse a husband than the best 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 now import their pursed up his heart upon the river of Cydnus. dangers,
(tules, Agr. There she appear'd indeed; or my reWould then be pothing: 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'a 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,
Suits with her merits.
i beggar'd all description: she did lie Shall all be done by the rule. Good night, i her pavilion, (cloth of gold, of tissue,)
dear lady: l'erpicturing that Venus, where we see, Octa. Good night, Sir. 'he tancy out-work nature: on each side her, Ces. Good night. tood pretty dimpled boys, like smiling Cupids,
(Exeunt CESAR und Octavia. Vith 'diverse-colour'd fans, whose wind did Ant. Now, Sirrah! you do wish yourself in
Egypt? o glow the delicate cheeks which they did Sooth. Would I had never come from thence, And they undid, did.*
nor you Agr. O, rare for Antony!
Thither! Eno. Her gentlewomen, like the Nereides, Ant. If you can, your reason? jo 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 that 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, 'tis 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. I 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'd, 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.
tidius, Mec. iť beauty, wisdom, modesty, can settle Follow me, and receive it.
You must to Parthia ; your commission's ready: The heart of Antony, Octavia is
[Exeunt. A blessed lottery to him.
SCENE IV.-The same.-A Street. Agr. "Let us go.Good Enobarbus make yourself my guest, Enter LEPIDPS, Mecanas, and AGRIPPA. Whilst you abide bere. Eno. Humbly, Sir, I thank you. [Exeunt.
Lep. Trouble yourselves no further: pray SCENE III.-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;
[Ereunt. * Added to the warmth they were intended to diminish. The ancients used to match quails as we match cocks. 7 Readily perform Wanton Allotment. + Inclosed.
Mount Miben ITT.