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But we keep whole by land. This speed of
While he was yet in Rome, His power* went out in such distractionst as Beguiled all spies.
*Forces. Detachments. Can.
Who's his lieutenant, hear you ? Sold. They say, one Taurus. Can.
Well I know the man. Enter a Messenger. Mess. The emperor calls Canidius.
80 Can. With news the tiine's with labour, and throes* forth,
*Agonizes. Each minute, some.
SCENE VIII. A plain near Actium.
SCENE IX. Another part of the plain.
Enter ANTONY and ENOBARBUS.
[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? Scar. The greater cantle* of the world is lost With very ignorance; we have kiss'd away Corner. Kingdoms and provinces. Eno.
How appears the fight? Scar. On our side like the token'd* pestilence, Where death is sure. Yon ribaudred nag of Egypt,
*Spotted. Whom leprosy o'ertake!-i’ the midst o' the fight, When vantage like a pair of twins appear'd, Both as the same, or rather ours the elder, The breeset upon her, like a cow in June, fGad-fly. Hoists sails and flies.
Eno. That I beheld: Mine eyes did sicken at the sight, and could not Endure a further view. Scar.
She once being loof'd,* The noble ruin of her magic, Antony, Claps on his sea-wing, and, like a doting mallard, Leaving the fight in height, flies after her: I never saw an action of
such shame; Experience, manhood, honour, ne'er before Did violate so itself.
*Brought close to the wind Eno.
Enter CANIDIUS. Can. Our fortune on the sea is out of breath,
And sinks most lamentably. Had our general
Ay, are you thereabouts ? Why, then, good night indeed.
Can. Toward Peloponnesus are they fled.
Scar. 'Tis easy to't; and there I will attend
To Cæsar will I render
I'll yet follow
[Exeunt. SCENE XI. 'Alexandria Cleopatra's
palace. Enter ANTONY with Attendants. Ant. Hark! the land bids me tread no more
upon't; It is ashamed to bear me! Friends, come hither: I am so lated* in the world, that I
*Belated. Have lost my way for ever: I have a ship Laden with gold; take that, divide it; fly, And make your peace with Cæsar. All.
Fly! not we. Ant. I have fled myself; and have instructed
cowards To run and show their shoulders. Friends, be
gone; I have myself resolved upon a course Which has no need of you; be gone: My treasure's in the harbour, take it. O, I follow'd that I blush to look upon: My very hairs do mutiny; for the white Reprove the brown for rashness, and they them For fear and doting. Friends, be gone: you
shall Have letters from me to some friends that will Sweep your way for you. Pray you, look not sad,
Nor make replies of loathness: take the hint
[Sits down. Enter CLEOPATRA led by CHARMIAN and IRAS;
Ant. Yes, my lord, yes; he at Philippi kept His sword e'en like a dancer; while I struck The lean and wrinkled Cassius; 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.
41 Eros. The queen, my lord, the queen.
Iras. Go to him, madam, speak to him:
Cleo. Well then, sustain me: 0!
proaches: Her head's declined, and death will seize her, but* Your comfort makes the rescue.
*Unless. Ant. I have offended reputation, A most unnoble swerving. Eros.
Sir, the queen. 50 Ant. O, whither hast thou led me, Egypt?
By looking back what I have left behind
O my lord, my lord,
Egypt, thou knew'st too well
Now I must
tune knows We scorn her most when most she offers blows.
SCENE XII. Egypt. Cæsar's camp.
Cæsar, 'tis his schoolmaster: An argument that he is pluck’d, when hither He sends so poor a pinion of his wing, Which had superfluous kings for messengers Not many moons gone by.