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From my cold heart let heaven ingender bail,
And poison't in the source, and the first stone
Drop in my neck; as it determines, so
Dissolve my

life! the next Cæfario fmite!
Till by degrees the memory of my womb,
Together with my brave Ægyptians all,
By the discandying of this pelletted storm,
Lie graveless; till the flies and gnats of Nile
Have buried them for prey!

Ant. I'm satisfied.
Cæfar sets down 'fore Alexandria, where
I will oppose his fate. Our force by land
Hath nobly held ; our sever'd navy too
Have knit again, and float, threat’ning most sea-like.
Where halt thou been, my heart? dost thou hear, Lady?
If from the field I should return once more
To kiss these lips, I will appear in blood;
I and my sword will earn my

chronicle ; There's hope in't yet.

Cico. That's my brave Lord.

Ant. I will be treble-linew'd, hearted, breath'd;
And fight maliciously : for when my hours
Were nice * and lucky, men did ransom lives
Ofine for jests ; but now i'll set my teeth,
And send to darkness all that stop me, Come,
Let's have one other gaudy night: call to mė
All my fad captains, fill our bowls; once more
Let's mock the midnight-bell.

Cleo. It is my birth-day;
I had thought t'have held it


Lord Is Antony again, I will be Cleopatra. Ant. We will yet do well.

f Cleo. Call all his noble captains to‘my Lord. Ant. Do so, we'll speak to them, and to night I'll

force The wine peep through their scars. There's sap in't yet. The next time I do fight, [Queen; I'll make death love me : for I will contend Even with his pestilent scythe.

[Exeunt. Æno. “ Now he'll outstare the lightning; to be fua

rious, * nice, for delicate, conrtly, flowing in peace,

poor: but since

Come on, my

"Is to be frighted out of fear; and, in that mood, - The dove will peck the eitridge ; and I fee still " A diminution in our captain's brain “ Réftorës his heart; when Valour preys on Reason, It eats the sword'it fights with: I will seek Some way to leave him,


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Cæfar's Camp. Enter Cæfar, Agrippa, and Mecænas, with their army.

Cæsar reading a letter. Cef. E calls me boy; and chidės, as he had power

To beat me out of Ægypt. My messenger
He hath whipp'd with rods, dares me to personal con
Cæsar to Antony. Let the old ruffian know, [bat,
He hath many other ways to die: mean time
I at his challenge laugh.

Mec. Cæsar must think,
When one so great begins to rage, he's hunted
Even to falling. Give him no breath, but now
Make boot of his distraction : dever anger
Made good guard for itself.

Cæf. Let our belt heads
Know that to-morrow the last of many battles
We mean to fight. Within our files there are
Of thofe that serv'd Mark Antony but late,
Enough to fetch him in. See it be done ;
And feast the army; we have store to do't,
And they have earn’d the waste. Poor Antony !

[Exeunt. SC EN E II.

The palace in Alexandria. Enter Antony and Cleopatra, Ænobarbus, Charmian,

Iras, Alexas, with others.
Ant. He will not fight with me, Domitius,
Æno. No,
Ant. Why should he not?

Æno He thinks, being twenty times of better fortune,
He's twenty men to one.


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Ant. To-morrow, foldier,
By sea and land i'll fight : or I will live,
Or bathe my dying honour in the blood
Shall make it live again. Woo't thou fight well ?
Ænö. l'll strike, and cry,

6 Take all,
Ant. Well said, come on :
Call forth my houshold servants, let's to-night

Enter Servants. Be bounteous at our meal. Give me thy hand, Thou hast been rightly honest; so halt thou, And thou, and thou, and thou : you've serv'd me well, And Kings have been your fellows,

Cleo. What means this?

Æns. 'Tis one of those odd traits, which forrow shoots Out of the mind.

Ant. And thou art honest too ::
I wish I could be made so many men ;
And all of you clapp'd up together in
An Antony; that I might do you service,
So good as you have done.

Omnes. The gods forbid!

Ant. Well, my good fellows, wait on me to-night;
Scant not my cups, and make as much of me,
As when mine empire was your fellow too,
And suffer'd my

Cleo. What does he mean?
Æno. To make his followers weep.

Ant. Tend me to-night ;
May be it is the period of your duty.;
Haply you shall not see me more ; or if,-
A mangled shadow. It may chance tó-morrow
You'll serve another mafier. I look on you
As one that takes his leave. Mine honest friends,
I turn you not away; but like a master
Married to your good service, stay till death :
Tend me to-night two hours, I ask no more,
And the gods yield you for't !

Æno. What mean you, Sir,
To give them this discomfort ? look, they weep.
And I, an afs, am onion.ey'd; for shame,
Transform us not to women,

Ant. Ho, ho, ho ! Now the witch take * me, if I meant it thus ! Grace grow where those drops fall! my hearty friends, You take me in too dolorous a sense ; I spake t' you for your comfort, did desire you To burn this night with torches : know, my hearts, I hope well of to-morrow, and will lead you Where rather I'll expect victorious life, Than death and honour. Let's to supper, come, And drown confideration.


SCENE. A court of guard before the palace,

Enter a company of Soldiers.
I Sold. Brother, good night : to.morrow is the day,

2 Sold. It will determine one way. Fare you well. Heard you of nothing strange about the freets?

i Sold. Nothing: what news ? 2 Sold. Belike 'tis but a rumour; good night to you. 1 Sold. Well, sir, good night.

[They meet with other Soldiers. 2 Sold. Soldiers have careful watch. 1 Sold; And you, good nig!it, good night.

[They place themselves in every corner of the flage. 2 Sold. Here, we ; and if to morrow Our pavy thrive, I have an absolute hope Vur landmen will land up. I Sold. 'Tis a brave arnıy, and full of purpose.

[Mufic of the hautboys is under the face. 2 Sold. Peace, what noile? į Sold. List, lift! 2 Sold Hark! į Sold. Music i' th' air..

3 Sold. Under the earth. It figns well, does it not ?

2 Sold No.
I Sold. Peace, I say : what Niould this mean!

2 Sold. 'Tis the god Hercules who loved Antony, Now leaves him,

i Sold, Walk, let's see if other watchmen Do hear what we do,

i. . blast, bewitch.

2 Sold. How now, Masters ? [Speak together. Omnes. How now, how. now, do you hear this? i Sold. Is't not frange? 3 Sold. Do you hear Masters? you hear?

i Sold. Follow the noise so far as we have quarter, Let's see how 'twill give off. Omnes, Content: 'tis strange.



SCENS III. Changes to Cleopatra's palace.

Enter Antony and Cleopatra, with athers,
Ant. Eros, mine armour, Eros.
Cleo. Sleep a little.

Ant. No, my chuck : Eros, come, mine armoure Eros.

Enter Eros.
Come, my good fellow, put mine iron on;
If fortune be not ours to day, it is
Because we brave her. Come.

Cleo, Nay, I'll help too, Antony.
What's this for ? ah, let be, let be; thou art
The armourer of my heart;--false, falle; this, this.;
Sooth la, I'll. help : thus it must be.

Ant. Well, well, we shall thrive now ;
Seeft thou, my good fellow ! Go, put on thy. defences.

Eros. Briefly, Sir.
Clea. Is not this buckled well ?

Ant. Rarely, rarely.
He that unbuckles this, till we do please
To doff’t for our repose, shall bear a storın.
Thou fumblest, Eros ; and my Queen's a squire.
More tight at this than thou ; difpatch. O love !
That thou could'st see my wars to day, and knew's
The royal occupation; thou should it fee
A workman in't.

Enter an armed Soldier. Good morrow to thee, welcome; I hou look'st like him that knows a warlike charge: To business that we love we rise betines, And go to’t with delight.

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