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  • Title: Anthony and Cleopatra (Folio 1, 1623)
  • Editor: Randall Martin
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-433-2

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    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Randall Martin
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    Anthony and Cleopatra (Folio 1, 1623)

    The Tragedie of
    That he his high Authority abus'd,
    And did deserue his change: for what I haue conquer'd,
    I grant him part: but then in his Armenia,
    And other of his conquer'd Kingdoms, I demand the like
    1790Mec. Hee'l neuer yeeld to that.
    s. Nor must not then be yeelded to in this.
    Enter Octauia with her Traine.
    Octa. Haile sar, and my L. haile most deere sar.
    sar. That euer I should call thee Cast-away.
    1795Octa. You haue not call'd me so, nor haue you cause.
    s. Why haue you stoln vpon vs thus? you come not
    Like sars Sister, The wife of Anthony
    Should haue an Army for an Vsher, and
    The neighes of Horse to tell of her approach,
    1800Long ere she did appeare. The trees by'th'way
    Should haue borne men, and expectation fainted,
    Longing for what it had not. Nay, the dust
    Should haue ascended to the Roofe of Heauen,
    Rais'd by your populous Troopes: But you are come
    1805A Market-maid to Rome, and haue preuented
    The ostentation of our loue; which left vnshewne,
    Is often left vnlou'd: we should haue met you
    By Sea, and Land, supplying euery Stage
    With an augmented greeting.
    1810Octa. Good my Lord,
    To come thus was I not constrain'd, but did it
    On my free-will. My Lord Marke Anthony,
    Hearing that you prepar'd for Warre, acquainted
    My greeued eare withall: whereon I begg'd
    1815His pardon for returne.
    s. Which soone he granted,
    Being an abstract 'tweene his Lust, and him.
    Octa. Do not say so, my Lord.
    s. I haue eyes vpon him,
    1820And his affaires come to me on the wind: wher is he now?
    Octa. My Lord, in Athens.
    sar. No my most wronged Sister, Cleopatra
    Hath nodded him to her. He hath giuen his Empire
    Vp to a Whore, who now are leuying
    1825The Kings o'th'earth for Warre. He hath assembled,
    Bochus the King of Lybia, Archilaus
    Of Cappadocia, Philadelphos King
    Of Paphlagonia: the Thracian King Adullas,
    King Manchus of Arabia, King of Pont,
    1830Herod of Iewry, Mithridates King
    Of Comageat, Polemen and Amintas,
    The Kings of Mede, and Licoania,
    With a more larger List of Scepters.
    Octa. Aye me most wretched,
    1835That haue my heart parted betwixt two Friends,
    That does afflict each other.
    s. Welcom hither: your Letters did with-holde our
    Till we perceiu'd both how you were wrong led,
    And we in negligent danger: cheere your heart,
    1840Be you not troubled with the time, which driues
    O're your content, these strong necessities,
    But let determin'd things to destinie
    Hold vnbewayl'd their way. Welcome to Rome,
    Nothing more deere to me: You are abus'd
    1845Beyond the marke of thought: and the high Gods
    To do you Iustice, makes his Ministers
    Of vs, and those that loue you. Best of comfort,
    And euer welcom to vs.
    Agrip. Welcome Lady.
    Mec. Welcome deere Madam,
    1850Each heart in Rome does loue and pitty you,
    Onely th'adulterous Anthony, most large

    In his abhominations, turnes you off,
    And giues his potent Regiment to a Trull
    That noyses it against vs.
    1855Octa. Is it so sir?
    s. Most certaine: Sister welcome: pray you
    Be euer knowne to patience. My deer'st Sister.
    Enter Cleopatra, and Enobarbus.
    Cleo. I will be euen with thee, doubt it not.
    1860Eno. But why, why, why?
    Cleo. Thou hast forespoke my being in these warres,
    And say'st it it not fit.
    Eno. Well: is it, is it.
    Cleo. If not, denounc'd against vs, why should not
    1865we be there in person.
    Enob. Well, I could reply: if wee should serue with
    Horse and Mares together, the Horse were meerly lost:
    the Mares would beare a Soldiour and his Horse.
    Cleo. What is't you say?
    1870Enob. Your presence needs must puzle Anthony,
    Take from his heart, take from his Braine, from's time,
    What should not then be spar'd. He is already
    Traduc'd for Leuity, and 'tis said in Rome,
    That Photinus an Eunuch, and your Maides
    1875Mannage this warre.
    Cleo. Sinke Rome, and their tongues rot
    That speake against vs. A Charge we beare i'th'Warre,
    And as the president of my Kingdome will
    Appeare there for a man. Speake not against it,
    1880I will not stay behinde.
    Enter Anthony and Camidias.
    Eno. Nay I haue done, here comes the Emperor.
    Ant. Is it not strange Camidius,
    That from Tarrentum, and Brandusium,
    1885He could so quickly cut the Ionian Sea,
    And take in Troine. You haue heard on't (Sweet?)
    Cleo. Celerity is neuer more admir'd,
    Then by the negligent.
    Ant. A good rebuke,
    1890Which might haue well becom'd the best of men
    To taunt at slacknesse. Camidius, wee
    Will fight with him by Sea.
    Cleo. By Sea, what else?
    Cam. Why will my Lord, do so?
    1895Ant. For that he dares vs too't.
    Enob. So hath my Lord, dar'd him to single fight.
    Cam. I, and to wage this Battell at Pharsalia,
    Where sar fought with Pompey. But these offers
    Which serue not for his vantage, he shakes off,
    1900And so should you.
    Enob. Your Shippes are not well mann'd,
    Your Marriners are Militers, Reapers, people
    Ingrost by swift Impresse. In sars Fleete,
    Are those, that often haue 'gainst Pompey fought,
    1905Their shippes are yare, yours heauy: no disgrace
    Shall fall you for refusing him at Sea,
    Being prepar'd for Land.
    Ant. By Sea, by Sea.
    Eno. Most worthy Sir, you therein throw away
    1910The absolute Soldiership you haue by Land,
    Distract your Armie, which doth most consist
    Of Warre-markt-footmen, leaue vnexecuted
    Your owne renowned knowledge, quite forgoe
    The way which promises assurance, and
    1915Giue vp your selfe meerly to chance and hazard,
    From firme Securitie.
    Ant. Ile fight at Sea.