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Entor ANTON Y and ENOBARBUS,

Ant. Set we our squadrons on yon' side o'the hill, In eye4 of Cæsar's battle; from which place We may the number of the ships behold, And so proceed accordingly.

[Exeunt.

Enter CANIDIUS, marching 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.

Alarun. Re-enter ENOBARBUS.
Eno. Naught, naught, all naught! I can behold no

longer :
The Antoniad,5 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 Kingdoms and provinces. Eno.

How appears the fight? Scar. On our side like the token'd? pestilence, Where death is sure. Yon' ribald-rid nag 8 of Egypt, Whom leprosy o'ertake! i' the midst o'the fight,

4 Sight.
Ś Name of Cleopatra's ship.

6 Corner.
7 Spotted. Lewd, common strumpet.

8

When vantage like a pair of twins appear'd,
Both as the same, or rather ours the elder,
The brize' upon her, like a cow in June,
Hoists sails, and flies.
Eno.

That I beheld: mine eyes
Did sicken at the sight on't, and could not
Endure a further view.

She once being loof'd,a
The noble ruin of her magick, 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.
Eno.

Alack, alack!

Scar.

Enter CANIDIUS.

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Can. Our fortune on the sea is out of breath,
And sinks most lamentably. Had our general
Been what he knew himself, it had gone well:
O, he has given example for our flight,
Most grossly, by his own.

Eno. Ay, are you thereabouts ? Why then, good night Indeed.

[ Aside. Can. Towards Peloponnesus are they fled.

Șcar. 'Tis easy to't; and there I will attend
What further comes.
Can.

To Cæsar will I render
My legions, and my horse ; six kings already
Show me the way of yielding.

9 Better. 1 The gad fly that stings cattle.

2 Brought close to the wind.

Eno.

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

[Exeunt.

SCENE IX.

Alexandria. A Room in the Palace,

Enter ANTONY, and Attendants. Ant. Hark, the land bids me tread no more upon't, It is asham'd to bear me !_Friends, come hither, I am so lated in the world, that I Have lost my way for ever:- I have a ship Laden with gold ; take that, divide it; fly, And make your peace with Cæsar. Att.

Fly! not we. Ant. I have fled myself; and have instructed cowards To run, and show 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.-0, 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 Which my despair proclaims ; let that be left Which leaves itself : toʻthe sea side straightway: I will possess you of that ship and treasure,

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3 Belated, benighted.

Leave me, I pray, a little: 'pray you now:-
Nay, do so; for, indeed, I have lost command,
Therefore I pray you :-I'll see you by and by.

[Sits down.

Enter EROS, and CLEOPATRA, led by CHARMIAN

and IRAS.

Eros. Nay, gentle madam, to him :--Comfort him.
Iras. Do, most dear queen.
Char. Do! Why, what else?
Cleo. Let me sit down. O Juno!
Ant. No, no, no, no, no.
Eros. See you here, sir ?
Ant. O fye, fye, fye.
Char. Madam,-
Iras. Madam ; O good empress !-
Eros. Sir, sir,

Ant. Yes, my lord, yes;-He,+ at Philippi, kept
His sword even 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.
Eros. The queen, my lord, the queen.

Iras. Go to him, madam, speak to him ;
He is unqualitied with very shame.

Cleo.. Well then, Sustain me:-0!

Eros. Most noble sir, arise; the queen approaches; Her head's declin'd, and death will seize her ; but

4 Cæsar. 5 Fought by his officers. 6 Divested of his faculties. 7 Unless.

Your comfort makes the rescue.

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

Sir, the queen.
Ant. 0, whither hast thou led me, Egypt? See,
How I convey my shame out of thine eyes
By looking back on what I have left behind
'Stroy'd in dishonour.
Cleo.

O my lord, my lord !
Forgive my fearful sails ! I little thought,
You would have follow'd.
Ant.

Egypt, thou knew'st too well,
My heart was to thy rudder tied by the strings,
And thou should'st tow me after: O'er my spirit
Thy full supremacy thou knew'st; and that
Thy beck might from the bidding of the gods
Command me.
Cleo.

O, my pardon. Ant.

Now I must
To the young man send humble treaties, dodge
And palter in the shifts of lowness; who
With half the bulk o'the 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 affection, 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 lost: Give me a kiss

j Even this repays me. We sent our schoolmaster, I. he come back ?--Love, I am full of lead :

& Values.

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