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ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.
PERSONS REPRESENTED. M. ANTONY,
TAURUS, Lieutenant-general to OCTAVIUS CÆSAR, Triumvirs. Cesar. M. ÆMIL. LEPIDUS,)
CANIDIUS, Lieutenant-general to SEXTUS POMPEIUS.
Antony. DOMITIUS ENOBAR
SILIUS, an Officer in Ventidius' BUS,
from Antony to Cæsar. SCARUS,
Anthony. ALEXAS, MARDIAN, SELEUCUS, DERCETAS,
and DIOMEDES, Attendants on DEMETRIUS,
A SOOTHSAYER.-A CLOWN. MECENAS, AGRIPPA,
CLEOPATRA, Queen of Egypt. DOLABELLA, Friends to OCTAVIA, Sister to Cæsur, and IVife PROCULEIUS, Cæsar.
to Antony. THYREUS,
CHARMIAN, Attendants on Cleo.
Friends of MENECRATES,
OFFICERS, SOLDIEPS, MESSENGERS, VARRIUS, Pompey.
and other ATTENDANTS,
SCENE, dispersed; in several Parts of the Roman Empire.
ACT I. SCENE I.-Alexandria. A Room in CLEOPATRA's Palace.
Enter DEMETRIUS and PHILO. Phil. Nay, but this dotage of our general's, O’erflows the measure: those his goodly eyes, That o'er the files and musters of the war Have glow'd like plaited Mars, now bend, now turn, The office and devotion of their view Upon a tawny front: his captain's heart, Which in the scuffles of great fights hath burst The buckles on his breast, reneges* all temper; And is become the bellows, and the fan, To cool a gypsy's lust. Look where they come! Flourish. Enter ANTONY and CLEOPATRA, with their Trains;
Eunuchs fanning her. Take but good note, and you shall see in him
The triple pillar of the world transform'd
Cleo. If it be love indeed, tell me how much.
Enter an ATTENDANT.
Cleo. Nay, hear them, Antony:
Ant. How, my love!
Cleo. Perchance, -nay, and most like,
Ant. Let Rome in Tyber melt, and the wide arch|
Cleo. Excellent Falsehood !
Ant. But stirr'd by Cleopatra.-
Cleo. Hear the ambassadors.
[Exeunt ANTONY and CLEOPATRA, with their train. * Bound, limit.
# Subdue, conquer. Summons. I Wide sprcad. To wit.
Dem. Is Caesar with Antonius prized so slight ?
Dem. I'm full sorry,
SCENE II.-The same. Another Room. Enter CHARMIAN, IRAS, ALEXAS, and a SOOTHSAYER. Char. Lord Alexas, sweet Alexas, most anything Alexas, almost most absolute Alexas, where's the soothsayer that you praised so to the queen? O, that I knew this husband, which, you say, must charge his horns with garlands !
Sooth. In nature's infinite book of secrecy,
Char. Good Sir, give me good fortune.
Char. Good now, some excellent fortune! Let me be married to three kings in a forenoon, and widow them all: let me have a child at fifty, to whom Herod of Jewry may do homage: find me to marry me with Octavius Cæsar, and companion me with my mistress.
Sooth. You shall outlive the lady whom you serve.
Char. Then, belike, my children shall have no names:t Priythee, how many boys and wenches must I have ?
Sooth. If every of your wishes had a womb, And fertile every wish, a million.
Char. Out, fool! I forgive thee for a witch. Alex. You think, none but your sheets are privy to your wishes. * Confirms fame, rumour.
† Shall be bastards.
Char. Nay, come, tell Iras hers.
Eno. Mine, and most of our fortunes, to-night, shall bedrunk to bed.
Iras. There's a palm presages chastity, if nothing else.
Char. Nay, if an oily palm be not a fruitful prognostication, I cannot scratch mine ear.-Prythee, tell her but a worky-day fortune.
Sooth. Your fortunes are alike.
Char. Well, if you were but an inch of fortune better than
Char. Our worser thoughts heavens mend! Alexas, --come, his fortune, his fortune.-O, let him marry a woman that cannot go, sweet Isis, I beseech thee! And let her die too, and give him a worse! and let worse follow worse, till the worst of all follow him laughing to his grave, fifty-fold a cuckold! Good Isis, hear me this prayer, though thou deny me a matter of more weight; good Isis, I beseech thee!
Iras. Amen. Dear goddess, hear that prayer of the people ! for, as it is a heart-breaking to see a handsome man loose-wived, so it is a deadly sorrow to behold a foul knave uncuckolded; Therefore, dear Isis, keep decorum, and fortune him accordingly!
Alex. Lo, now! if it lay in their hands to make me a cuckold, they would make themselves whores, but they'd do't.
#no. Hush ! here comes Antony.
Cleo. He was disposed to mirth; but on the sudden
Enter ANTONY, with a MESSENGER and Attendants.
[Exeunt CLEOPATRA, ENOBARBUS, ALEXAS, IBAS,
CHARMIAN, SOOTHSAYER, and Attendants.
ll I hear him as he flatter'd.
[Exit. Ant. From Sicyon how the news ? Speak there. 1 Att. The man from Sicyon.-Is there such a one ? 2 Att. He stays upon your will. Ant. Let him appear, These strong Egyptian 'setters I must break,
Enter another MESSENGER. Or lose myself in dotage.-What are you?
2 Mess. Fulvia thy wife is dead. Ant. Where died she?
2 Mess. In Sicyon: Her length of sickness, with what else more serious Importeth thee to know, this bears.
[ Gives a letter. Ant. Forbear I me.-
[Exit MESSENGER. There's a great spirit gone! Thus did I desire it: What our
contempts do often hurl from us, We wish it ours again; the present pleasure, By revolution lowering, does become The opposite of itself: she's good, being gone; The hand could & pluck her back, that shoved her on. I must from this enchanting queen break off; Ten thousand harms, more than the ills I know, My idleness doth hatch.-How now! Enobarbus! * Seized. + Tilling. II. e. withdraw. Could here means would.