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The Country near Actiun.
Enter CANIDIUS, marching with his Land Army. Can. Halt! breathe awhile, ere we ascend the
steep. Set we our squadrons upon yonder hill, In eye of Cæsar's battle ;- from which place We may the number of the ships behold, And so proceed accordingly. [Alarum from the selle The fleets Draw near each other ; Roman strains of war, With Egypt's timbrels mingling on the sea, Proclaim immediate action. To the heights; Steadily, soldiers.--March !
Sea ShoreOpen Sea beyond it.
A Grand Sea Fight; which ends in the defeat of
ANTONY and CLEOPATRA,
Philo. Lost 1 lost! all lost! I can behold no longer The Antoniad, the Egyptian admiral, With all their sixty, fly and turn the rudder; Now, Enobarbus : - -
Eno. Gods and goddesses! .
Philo. How appears the fight 2
Eno. On our side like the spotted pestilence, Where death is sure. Yon ribald hag of Egypt, Whom leprosy overtake i' the midst o' the fight, When 'vantage like a pair of twins appear'd, Both as the same, or rather our's the elder, Hoists sail, and flies:—and she, once being looft, The noble ruin of her magic, Antony, Claps on his sea wing, like a doting mallard, Leaving the battle, and flies after her. I never saw an action of such shame; Experience, manhood, honour, ne’er before Did violate so itself. wo
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: Qh, he has given example for our flight,
Most grossly by his own.
Can, Towards Peloponnesus are they fled.
Enter CESAR, and his Train.
Crs. Where is the man whom Antony, when fly-
Sent from his fleet to shore?
Atten. Caesar, he's here.
[Ambassador from ANTONY advances.
Caes. Approach, and speak. *
Amb. Such as I am, I come from Antony -
Cats. Well;-declare thine office.
Amb. Lord of his fortunes, he salutes thee, and Requires to live in Egypt ; which not grante*,
He sues to breathe between the heavens and earth,
Alexandria–The Interior of CLEOPATRA's Palace.
Enter ANToNY with Attendants.
4nt. This land of Egypt bids me tread no more
It is ashamed to bear me. Friends, come hither;
4ll. Fly? not wel
Ant. I fled myself; and have instructed others
Atten. Sir, the queen.
Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIon, and IRAs.
Cle. O, my lord! my lord
Ant. Egypt, thou knew'st too well -
Cle. Pardon, pardon 1
#nt. Fall not a tear, I say; one of them rates