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Shall stain your brother; speed you then to Rome,
Alexandria. A Room in CLEOPATRA’s Palace,
CLEOPATRA and IRAs discovered. CLEOPATRA pen
sively reclined on a Couch.
Cle. Athens may well be proud it circles, now,
Within its walls, Bellona’s paragon;
Ah, no, I know him not; I knew him once,
Faithless, ungrateful, cruel though he be,
I still must love him.
Now, what news, my Charmion ?
Cle, Say, had'st thou audience
Mar. I found him, madam,
Cle. There’s comfort yet! [Apart from MARDIon.
Mar. I told my message,
Cle. [Apart.] That inward groan gives hopes he
may be here,
If but to say, farewell.—Saw'st thou Octavia?
Mar. Madam, I did; for, as I reach'd the land,
I view'd her standing at her vessel's prow,
Cle. Blest forebodings! Long may divisions last, that can divide
That mate, ill-mated, from Mark Antony. [Apart.
Is she as tall as I?
Cle. Bear'st thou her face in mind? Is’t long, or
round 2 Mar. Round, even to faultiness.
Cle. For the most part too,
They are foolish that are so. Her hair, what colour? Mar. Brown, madam; and her forehead is as low
As she would wish it.
[IRAs gives him a purse. Exit MARDIon.
Char. A proper man.
Cle. Indeed, he is so; why, methinks, by him,
This creature’s no such thing.
Char. O, nothing, madam. Cle. The man hath seen some majesty, and should know. Char. Hath he seen majesty 2 Isis else defend, And serving you so long ! Cle. I have one thing more to ask him yet, good Charmion;– But, 'tis no matter; thou shalt bring him to me Where I will write: All may be well enough. Char. I warrant you, madam. [Grand flourish. [Shouting without..] Antony Antony |
Enter ANTony and ENOBARBUs.
Cle. O, this I prophesied [Rushes forward to meet ANToNY. My love! my lord So quick to follow thus my messenger!— Ant. Well, madam, we are met. [Coldly. Cle. Is this a meeting 2 Then, meet we but to part 2 Ant. We must 5–for ever. Cle. Who says we must? Ant. Our own hard fates. Cle. We make those fates ourselves. Ant. i. we have made ’em ; we have loved each Other
Into our mutual ruin.
Cle. The gods have seen my joys with envious eyes; I have no friends in Heaven, and all the world ls arm'd against my love: Even you yourself Join with the rest; you, you are arm'd against me. Ant. I will be justify’d in all I do, To late posterity; and therefore hear me. If I mix a lie With any truth, reproach me freely with it; Else favour me with silence. Cle. You command me, And I am dumb.
Eno. I like this well. He shows authority. o
Ant. That I derive my ruin From you alone— Cle. O, Heavens ! I ruin you! Ant. You promised me your silence, and you break it, Ere I have scarce begun. " Cle. Well, I obey you. Ant. When I beheld you first, it was in Egypt, Ere Caesar saw your eyes: You gave me love, And were too young to know it; that I settled Your father on his throne, was for your sake; I left th’ acknowledgment for time to ripen: Caesar stept in, and with a greedy hand Pluck'd the green fruit, ere the first blush of red, Yet cleaving to the bough. . He was my lord, And was, beside, too great for me to rival. When, after, I beheld you in Cilicia, An enemy to Rome, I pardon'd you. Cle. I clear'd myself. Ant. Again you break your promise. I loved you still, and took your weak excuses; Took you into my bosom, stain’d by Caesar, And not half mine. I went to Egypt with you, And hid me from the bus’ness of the world; Shut out enquiring nations from my sight, To give whole years to you. JEno. 'Tis all too true. Ant. Fulvia, my wife, grew jealous, As she, indeed, had reason; raised a war To call me back-While in your arms I lay, The world fell mould’ring from my hands each hour, And left me scarce a grasp. Cle. Yet may 1 speak 2 Ant. If I have urged a falsehood, yes; else not.— Your silence says, I have not. Fulvia died; (Pardon, ye gods ! with my unkindness died,) To set the world at peace, I took Octavia,