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Cæs.

Which soon he granted, 60 ACT III Being an obstruct 'tween his lust and him.

Sc. VI Octa. Do not say so, my Lord. Cæs.

I have eyes upon him, And his affairs come to me on the wind.

Where is he now? OcТА. .

My Lord, in Athens.
CÆS. No, my most wronged Sister; Cleopatra

Hath nodded him to her. He hath given his empire
Up to a whore; who now are levying
The Kings o' the Earth for war: he hath assembled
Bocchus, the King of Libya; Archelaus,
Of Cappadocia; Philadelphos, King

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Of Paphlagonia; the Thracian King, Adallas;
King Malchus of Arabia ; King of Pont;
Herod of Jewry; Mithridates, King
Of Comagene; Polemon and Amyntas,
The Kings of Mede and Lycaonia, with a

More larger list of sceptres.
OcТА.

Ay me, most wretched, That have my heart parted betwixt two friends

That do afflict each other!
CÆS.

Welcome hither :
Your letters did withhold our breaking forth,
Till we perceiv'd both how you were wrong led,
And we in negligent danger. Cheer your heart: :
Be you not troubled with the time, which drives
O'er your content these strong necessities;
But let determin'd things to destiny
Hold unbewail'd their way. Welcome to Rome;
Nothing more dear to me. You are abus'd
Beyond the mark of thought; and the high Gods,
To do you justice, make their ministers
Of us and those that love you. Best of comfort ;

And ever welcome to us.
AGR.

Welcome, Lady
MEC. Welcome, dear Madam.

Each heart in Rome does love and pity you :
Only the adulterous Antony, most large
In his abominations, turns you off;

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And gives his potent regiment to a trull,

That noises it against us.
OcТА.

Is it so, Sir ?
CÆs. Most certain. Sister, welcome; pray you,
Be ever known to patience. My dear'st Sister!

[exeunt.

SCENE VII. Near Actium. ANTONY's Camp.

Enter CLEOPATRA and ENOBARBUS.

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CLEO. I will be even with thee, doubt it not.
Eno. But why, why, why?
CLEO. Thou hast forspoke my being in these wars,

And say'st it is not fit.
ENO.

Well, is it, is it?
CLEO. If not, denounce't against us, why should not we

Be there in person.
Eno. [aside.]

Well, I could reply:
If we should serve with horse and mares together,
The horse were merely lost; the mares would bear

A soldier and his horse.
CLEO.

What is 't you say?
ENO. Your presence needs must puzzle Antony;
Take from his heart, take from his brain, from 's

time,
What should not then be spar’d. He is already
Traduc'd for levity; and 'tis said in Rome
That Photinus an eunuch and

Manage this war.
CLEO.

Sink Rome, and their tongues rot
That speak against us! A charge we bear i’ the war,
And, as the president of my kingdom, will
Appear there for a man. Speak not against it;

I will not stay behind.
Eno.

Nay, I have done.
Here comes the Emperor.

your maids

Enter ANTONY and CANIDIUS.

ANT,

Is it not strange, Canidius, That from Tarentum and Brundusium

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He could so quickly cut the Ionian Sea,

And take in Toryne ? You have heard on’t, Sweet? CLEO. Celerity is never more admir'd

Than by the negligent.
ANT.

A good rebuke,
Which might have well becom’d the best of men,
To taunt at slackness. Canidius, we

Will fight with him by sea.
CLEO.

By sea! what else?
CAN. Why will my Lord do so?
ANT.

For that he dares us to't.
ENO. So hath my Lord dar'd him to single fight.
CAN. Ay, and to wage this battle at Pharsalia,
Where Cæsar fought with Pompey: but these

offers,
Which serve not for his vantage, he shakes off;

And so should you.
ENO.

Your ships are not well mann'd;
Your mariners are muleters, reapers, people
Ingross'd by swift impress; in Cæsar's fleet
Are those that often have 'gainst Pompey fought:
Their ships are yare; your's, heavy. No disgrace
Shall fall you for refusing him at sea,

Being prepar'd for land.
ANT.

By sea, by sea.
En. Most worthy Sir, you therein throw away

The absolute soldiership you have by land ;
Distract your army, which doth most consist
Of war-mark'd footmen; leave unexecuted
Your own renowned knowledge; quite forego
The

way which promises assurance; and
Give up yourself merely to chance and hazard,

From firm security.
ANT,

I'll fight at sea.
CLEO. I have sixty sails, Cæsar none better.
Ant. Our overplus of shipping will we burn;
And, with the rest full-mann'd, from the head of

Actium
Beat the approaching Cæsar. But, if we fail,
We then can do't at land.

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Enter a Messenger.

Thy business?
MESS. The news is true, my Lord; he is descried; ;

Cæsar has taken Toryne.
Ant. Can he be there in person ? 'tis impossible;

Strange that his power should be. Canidius,
Our nineteen legions thou shalt hold by land,
And our twelve thousand horse. We'll to our ship:
Away, my Thetis !

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Enter a Soldier.

How now, worthy Soldier!
Sold. O noble Emperor, do not fight by sea;

Trust not to rotten planks : do you misdoubt
This sword and these my wounds ? Let the Egyptians
And the Phænicians go a-ducking; we
Have us'd to conquer, standing on the earth,

And fighting foot to foot.
ANT.

Well, well. Away!
[Exeunt ANTONY, CLEOPATRA, and ENOBARBUS.
Sold. By Hercules, I think I am i' the right.
Can. Soldier, thou art; but his whole action grows

Not in the power on’t: so our leader's led,

And we are women's men.
Sold.

You keep by land
The legions and the horse whole, do you not?
Can. Marcus Octavius, Marcus Justeius,

Publicola, and Cælius, are for sea;
But we keep whole by land. This speed of Cæsar's

Carries beyond belief.
SOLD.

While he was yet in Rome,
His power went out in such distractions as

Beguild all spies.
Can. Who's his lieutenant, hear you?
Sold. They say, one Taurus.
Can.

Well I know the man.

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Enter a Messenger.
Mess. The Emperor calls Canidius.

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SCENE VIII. A Plain near Actium.

Enter CÆSAR, and Taurus, with his Army, marching.
CÆS. Taurus-
Taur. My Lord ?
CÆs. Strike not by land; keep whole: provoke not battle,

Till we have done at sea. Do not exceed
The prescript of this scroll: our fortune lies
Upon this jump.

[exeunt.

SCENE IX. Another Part of the Plain.

Enter ANTONY and ENOBARBUS.

Ant. Set we our squadrons on yond side o' the hill,

In eye of Cæsar's battle; from which place
We may the number of the ships behold,
And so proceed accordingly.

[exeunt.

SCENE X. Another Part of the Plain.
CANIDIUS marcheth with his land Army one way over

the Stage; and Taurus, the Lieutenant of CÆSAR,
the other way. After their going in, is heard the
noise of a sea-fight.

Alarum. Enter ENOBARBUS.
Eno. Naught, naught, all naught! I can behold no

longer :
The Antoniad, the Egyptian admiral,
With all their sixty, fly and turn the rudder :
To see ’t mine eyes are blasted.

Enter SCARUS.
SCAR.

Gods and Goddesses.
All the whole synod of them!
ENO.

What's thy passion?
1 the name of Cleopatra's ship.
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