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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)

    Enter Agrippa, Mecenas, and Cæsar.
    s. Contemning Rome he ha's done all this, & more
    In Alexandria: heere's the manner of't:
    I'th'Market-place on a Tribunall siluer'd,
    1755Cleopatra and himselfe in Chaires of Gold
    Were publikely enthron'd: at the feet, sat
    sarion whom they call my Fathers Sonne,
    And all the vnlawfull issue, that their Lust
    Since then hath made betweene them. Vnto her,
    1760He gaue the stablishment of Egypt, made her
    Of lower Syria, Cyprus, Lydia, absolute Queene.
    Mece. This in the publike eye?
    Caesar. I'th'common shew place, where they exercise,
    His Sonnes hither proclaimed the King of Kings,
    1765Great Media, Parthia, and Armenia
    He gaue to Alexander. To Ptolomy he assign'd,
    Syria, Silicia, and Phœnetia: she
    In th'abiliments of the Goddesse Isis
    That day appeer'd, and oft before gaue audience,
    1770As 'tis reported so.
    Mece. Let Rome be thus inform'd.
    Agri. Who queazie with his insolence already,
    Will their good thoughts call from him.
    sar. The people knowes it,
    1775And haue now receiu'd his accusations.
    Agri. Who does he accuse?
    sar. sar, and that hauing in Cicilie
    Sextus Pompeius spoil'd, we had not rated him
    His part o'th'Isle. Then does he say, he lent me
    1780Some shipping vnrestor'd. Lastly, he frets
    That Lepidus of the Triumpherate, should be depos'd,
    And being that, we detaine all his Reuenue.
    Agri. Sir, this should be answer'd.
    sar. 'Tis done already, and the Messenger gone:
    1785I haue told him Lepidus was growne too cruell,
    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.