Enter OCTAVIUS CAESAR, AGRIPPA, and MECAENAS, with
|OCTAVIUS CAESAR||He calls me boy; and chides, as he had power
To beat me out of Egypt; my messenger
He hath whipp'd with rods; dares me to personal combat,
Caesar to Antony: let the old ruffian know
I have many other ways to die; meantime
Laugh at his challenge.
|MECAENAS||Caesar 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: never anger
Made good guard for itself.
|OCTAVIUS CAESAR||Let our best heads
Know, that to-morrow the last of many battles
We mean to fight: within our files there are,
Of those that served Mark Antony but late,
Enough to fetch him in. See it done:
And feast the army; we have store to do't,
And they have earn'd the waste. Poor Antony!
|MARK ANTONY||He will not fight with me, Domitius.|
|MARK ANTONY||Why should he not?|
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||He thinks, being twenty times of better fortune,
He is twenty men to one.
|MARK ANTONY||To-morrow, soldier,
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?
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||I'll strike, and cry 'Take all.'|
|MARK ANTONY||Well said; come on.
Call forth my household servants: let's to-night
Be bounteous at our meal.
|[Enter three or four Servitors]|
|Give me thy hand,
Thou hast been rightly honest;--so hast thou;--
Thou,--and thou,--and thou:--you have served me well,
And kings have been your fellows.
|CLEOPATRA||[Aside to DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS] What means this?|
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||[Aside to CLEOPATRA] 'Tis one of those odd
tricks which sorrow shoots
Out of the mind.
|MARK ANTONY||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.
|All||The gods forbid!|
|MARK ANTONY||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 command.
|CLEOPATRA||[Aside to DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS] What does he mean?|
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||[Aside to CLEOPATRA] To make his followers weep.|
|MARK ANTONY||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: perchance to-morrow
You'll serve another master. 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!
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||What mean you, sir,
To give them this discomfort? Look, they weep;
And I, an ass, am onion-eyed: for shame,
Transform us not to women.
|MARK ANTONY||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;
For I spake to 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 consideration.
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|Full Text||Act III, Scene 7 Near Actium Mark Antony's camp.|
|Act I, Scene 1 Alexandria. A room in Cleopatra's palace.||Act III, Scene 8 A plain near Actium/Act III, Scene 9 Another part of the plain./Act III, Scene 10. Another part of the plain.|
|Act I, Scene 2 The same. Another room.||Act III, Scene 11 Alexandria. Cleopatra's palace./Act III, Scene 12 Egypt Octavius' camp.|
|Act I, Scene 3 The same. Another room.||Act III, Scene 13 Alexandria. Cleopatra's palace.|
|Act I, Scene 4 Rome. Octavius Caesar's house.||Act IV, Scene 1 Before Alexandria. Octavius' camp. /Act IV, Scene 2 Alexandria. Cleopatra's palace.|
|Act I, Scene 5 Alexandria Cleopatra's palace.||Act IV, Scene 3 The same. Before the palace./Act IV, Scene 4 The same. A room in the palace.|
|Act II, Scene 1 Messina Pompey's house.||Act IV, Scene 5 Alexandria. Mark Antony's camp/Act IV, Scene 6 Alexandria Octavius' camp.|
|Act II, Scene 2 Rome. The house of Lepidus.||Act IV, Scene 7 Field of battle between the camps./Act IV, Scene 8 Under the walls of Alexandria.|
|Act II, Scene 3 The same Octavius Caesar's house./Act II, Scene 4 The same. A street.||Act IV, Scene 9 Octavius Caesar's camp/Act IV, Scene 10 Between the two camps. /Act IV, Scene 11 Another part of the same.|
|Act II, Scene 5 Alexandria. Cleopatra's palace.||Act IV, Scene 12 Another part of the same./Act IV, Scene 13 Alexandria Cleopatra's palace.|
|Act II, Scene 6 Near Misenum.||Act IV, Scene 14 The same. Another room.|
|Act II, Scene 7 On board Pompey's galley, off Misenum||Act IV, Scene 15 The same. A monument.|
|Act III, Scene 1 A plain in Syria/ Act III Scene 2 An ante-chamber in Octavius Caesar's house.||Act V, Scene 1 Octavius Caesar's camp.|
|Act III, Scene 3Alexandria Cleopatra's palace./Act III, Scene 4 Athens. A room in Mark Antony's house.||Act V, Scene 2 A room in the monument.|
|Act III, Scene 5 The same. Another room./Act III, Scene 6 Octavius Caesar's house.|
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