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Claps on his sea-wing, like a doating mallard,
Leaving the fight in height, Aies after her :
I never saw an action of such shame;
Experience, manhood, honour, ne'er before
Did violate so itself.
Eno. Alack, alack.

Enter Canidius.
Can. Our fortune on the sea is out of breath,
And finks moit lamentably, Had our General
Been what he knew himself, it had gone well:
Oh, lie has given example for our flight,
Most grofly by his own.

Eno: Ay, are you thereabouts ? why then, good night, indeed.

Can. Toward Peloponnefus are they fled.

Scar. 'Tis easy to't.
And there I will attend what further comes

Cun. To Cæfar will I render
My legions and my horse; fix Kings already
Shew me the way of yielding.

Eno. I'll yet follow
The wounded chance of Antony, though my reason
Sits in the wind against me. [Excunt, severally.

Enter Antony, with Eros and other Attendants. Ant Hark, the land bids me tread no more upon't, It is alham'd to bear me. Friends, come hither, I am solated in the world, that 'I Have lost my way for ever. I've a ship Laden with gold, take that, divide it ; fly, And make your peace with Casar.

Omnes. Fly! not we.

Ant. I've fled myself, and have instructed cowards To run, ard'shew their shoulders. Friends, be gone. I have myself resolv'd upon a course, Which has no need of you. Be gone, My treasure's in the harbour. Take it

-oh, I follow'd that I blush to look upon ; My very hairs do mutiny ; for the white

Reprove

Reprove the brown for rashness, and they them
For fear and doating. Friends, be gone ; you shall
Have letters from me to some friends, that will
Sweep your way for you. Pray you, look not fad,
Nor make replies of lothness ; take the hint,
Which my despair proclaims. Let them be left,
Which leave themselves. To the sea-side straight-way:
I will possess you of that ship and treasure.
Leave me, I pray, a little ; pray you now
Nay, do so ; for, indeed, I've lost command.
Therefore, I pray you—-_I'll see you by and by.

[Sits down. Enter Cleopatra, led by Charmian and Iras, to Antony,

Eros. Nay, gentle Madam, to him, comfort him.
Iras. Do, most dear Queen.
Char. Do? why, what else?
Cleo. Let me fit down ; oh Juno !
Ant. No, no, no, no, no.
Eros, See you here, Sir!
Ant. Oh fy, fy, fy.
Char. Madam-
Iras. Madam, oh good Empress !
Eros. Sir, Sir.

Ant. Yes, my Lord, yes; he at Philippi kept
His fword e'en like a dancer, while I ftrook
The lean and wrinkled Cafius; and 'twas I,
That the mad Brutus ended; he alone
Dealt on lieutenantry, and no practice had
In the brave squares of war; yet now-no 'matter

Cleo. Ah, stand by.
Eros. The Queen, my Lord, the Queen-

Iras. Go to him, Madam, speak to him,
He is unqualitied with very fhame.

Cleo. Well then, sustain me, oh!

Eros. Maft.noble Sir, arise, the Queen approaches; Her head's declin'd, and death will seize her, but Your comfort makes the rescue.

1 Ant. I have offended reputation ; A most unnoble swerving

Eros,

Eros. Sir, the Queen.

Ant. O whither haft thou led me, Ægypt? fee,
How. I convey my shame out of thine eyes ;
By looking back on what I've left behind,
'Stroy'd in dihonour.

Cleo. Oh, my Lord, my Lord;
Forgive my fearful fails; 1 little thought,
You would have follow'd.

Ant. Ægypt, thou knew it too well,
My heart was to thy rudder ty'd by th' ftring,
And thou shouldnt towe me after. O'er my fpirit
Thy full supremacy thou knew'ft; and that
Thy beck might from the bidding of the Gods.
Command me.
Cleo. Oh, my pardon.

Ant Now I must
To the young man send humble treaties, dodge
And palter in the shift of lowness; who,
With half the bulk o'th' world, play'd as I pleas'd,
Making and marring fortunes. You did know,
How much you were my conqueror; and that
My sword, made weak by my affe&ion, would
Obey it on all cause.

Cleo. O pardon, pardon.
Ant Fall not a tear, I say, one of them rates
All that is won and loft: give me a kiss,
Even this repays me.
We sent our schoolmaster; is he come back?
Love, I am full of lead ; some wine,
Within there, and our viands : Fortune knows,
We scorn her most, when most the offers blows. (Exeum.

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SCENE changes to Cæsar's Camp.
Enter Cæfar, Agrippa, Dolabella, Thyreus, with others.

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ET him appear, that's come from Antony.
Know

You

him? Dol. Cæfar, 'tis his schoolmaster; An argument that he is pluckt, when hither

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He fends fo poor a pinion of his wing,
Which had superfluous Kings for messengers,
Not many moons gone by.

Enter Ambasador from Antony.
Cel: Approach and speak.

Amb. Such as. I am, I come from Antony :
I was of late as petty to his ends,
As is the morn-dew on the myrtle leaf
To his grand sea.

Cæs. Be't fo, declare thine office.

Amb. Lord of his fortunes, he salutes thee, and
Requires to live in Egypt; which nor granted,
He lessens his requests, and to thee fues,
To let him breathe between the heav'ns and earth,
A private man in Athens : this for him.
Next, Cleopatra does confess thy greatness ;
Submits her to thy might, and of thee craves
The circle of the Ptolemies for her heirs,
Now hazarded to thy grace.

Caf. For Antony,
I have no ears to his request. The Queerr
Of audience, nor desire, shall fail ; fo the
From Ægypt drive her all-disgraced friend,
Or take his life there. This if the perform,
She shall not fue unheard. So to them both.

Amb. Fortune pursue thee!

Caf. Bring him through the bands: [Exit Ambafador. To try thy eloquence now 'tis time; dispatch, From Antony win Cleopatra, promise'; [To Thyreus. And, in our name, when the requires, add more, From thine invention, offers. Women are not In their beft fortunes strong ; but want will perjare The ne'er-touchd vertal. Try thy cunning, Tbyreus Make thine own edi&t for thy pains, which we Will answer as a law.

Thyr. Cæfar, I go.

Caf. Observe, how Antony becomes his faw;
And what thou think st his very action speaks
la every power that moves.
Tbyr. Cefar, I shall.

(Exeunt.

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SCENE changes to Alexandria.
Enter Cleopatra, Enobarbus, Charmian, and Iras.
Cleo. THAT shall we do, Enobarbus?

Eno. Think, and die.
Cleo. ls Antony, or we, in fault for this?

Eno. Antony only, that would make his will
Lord of his reason. What although you fled
From that great face of war, whose several ranges
Frighted each other? why should he follow you ?
The itch of his affection should not then
Have nickt his captainship; at such a point,
When half to half the world oppos'd, he being
The meered question. 'Twas a shame no less
Than was his loss, to course your flying flags,
And leave his navy gazing.
Cleo. Pr’ythee, peace.

Enter Antony, with the Ambasador.
Ant. Is that his answer ?
Amb. Ay, my

Lord.
Ant. The Queen shall then have courtesy,
So she will yield us up.

Amb. He says fo.

Ant. Let her know't.
To the boy Cæfar send this grizzled head,
And he will fill thy wishes to the brim
With Principalities.

Cleo. Thy head, my Lord?

Ant. To him again; tell him he wears the role of youth upon him ; from which, the world should note Something particular ; his coin, ships, legions, May be a coward's, whose ministers would prevail, Under the service of a child, as soon As i'th' command of Cæfar. I dare him therefore To lay his gay comparisons apart, And answer me declin'd, sword against sword, Ourselves alone; I'll write it, follow me: [Exit Antony.

Ena.

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