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Reference: xx4r - Tragedies, p. 347

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A nthony and Cleopatra.
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Whether straight Ile lead you.
Anth.

Let vs Lepidus not lacke your companie.

Lep.

Noble Anthony, not sickenesse should detaine

me.

Flourish. Exit omnes. Manet Enobarbus, Agrippa, Mecenas. Mec.

Welcome from Ægypt Sir.

Eno.
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Halfe the heart of Cæsar, worthy Mecenas. My

honourable Friend Agrippa.

Agri.

Good Enobarbus.

Mece.

We haue cause to be glad, that matters are so

well disgested: you staid well by't in Egypt.

Enob.
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I Sir, we did sleepe day out of countenaunce:

and made the night light with drinking.

Mece.

Eight Wilde‑Boares rosted whole at a break­

fast, and but twelue persons there. Is this true?

Eno.

This was but as a Flye by an Eagle: we had much

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more monstrous matter of Feast, which worthily deser­

ued noting.

Mecenas.

She's a most triumphant Lady, if report be

square to her.

Enob.

When she first met Marke Anthony, she purst

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vp his heart vpon the Riuer of Sidnis.

Agri.

There she appear'd indeed: or my reporter de­

uis'd well for her.

Eno. I will tell you, The Barge she sat in, like a burnisht Throne
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Burnt on the water: the Poope was beaten Gold, Purple the Sailes: and so perfumed that The Windes were Loue‑sicke. With them the Owers were Siluer, Which to the tune of Flutes kept stroke, and made
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The water which they beate, to follow faster; As amorous of their strokes. For her owne person, It beggerd all discription, she did lye In her Pauillion, cloth of Gold, of Tissue, O're‑picturing that Ven us, where we see
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The fancie out‑worke Nature. On each side her, Stood pretty Dimpled Boyes, like smiling Cupids, With diuers coulour'd Fannes whose winde did seeme, To gloue the delicate cheekes which they did coole, And what they vndid did.
Agrip.
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Oh rare for Anthony.
Eno. Her Gentlewoman, like the Nereides, So many Mer‑maides tended her i'th'eyes, And made their bends adornings. At the Helme. A seeming Mer‑maide steeres: The Silken Tackle,
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Swell with the touches of those Flower‑soft hands, That yarely frame the office. From the Barge A strange inuisible perfume hits the sense Of the adiacent Wharfes. The Citty cast Her people out vpon her: and Anthony
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Enthron'd i'th'Market‑place, did sit alone, Whisling to'th'ayre: which but for vacancie, Had gone to gaze on Cleopater too, And made a gap in Nature.
Agri. Rare Egiptian. Eno.
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Vpon her landing, Anthony sent to her, Inuited her to Supper: she replyed, It should be better, he became her guest: Which she entreated, our Courteous Anthony, Whom nere the word of no woman hard speake,
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Being barber'd ten times o're, goes to the Feast; And for his ordinary, paies his heart, For what his eyes eate onely.
Agri. Royall Wench:

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She made great Cæsar lay his Sword to bed,
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He ploughed her, and she cropt.
Eno. I saw her once Hop forty Paces through the publicke streete, And hauing lost her breath, she spoke, and panted, That she did make defect, perfection,
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And breathlesse powre breath forth.
Mece. Now Anthony, must leaue her vtterly. Eno. Neuer he will not : Age cannot wither her, nor custome stale Her infinite variety: other women cloy
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The appetites they feede, but she makes hungry, Where most she satisfies. For vildest things Become themselues in her, that the holy Priests Blesse her, when she is Riggish.
Mece. If Beauty, Wisedome, Modesty, can settle
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The heart of Anthony: Octauia is A blessed Lottery to him.
Agrip.

Let vs go. Good Enobarbus, make your selfe

my guest, whilst you abide here.

Eno.

Humbly Sir I thanke you.

Exeunt
[Act 2, Scene 3] Enter Anthony, Cæsar, Octauia betweene them. Anth.
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The world, and my great office, will Sometimes deuide me from your bosome.
Octa.

All which time, before the Gods my knee shall

bowe my prayers to them for you.

Anth. Goodnight Sir. My Octauia
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Read not my blemishes in the worlds report: I haue not kept my square, but that to come Shall all be done byth'Rule: good night deere Lady: Good night Sir.
Cæsar.

Goodnight.

Exit. Enter Soothsaier. Anth.
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Now sirrah: you do wish your selfe in Egypt?
Sooth.

Would I had neuer come from thence, nor you

thither.

Ant. If you can, your reason? Sooth. I see it in my motion: haue it not in my tongue,
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But yet hie you to Egypt againe.
Antho.

Say to me, whose Fortunes shall rise higher

Cæsars or mine?

Soot. Cæsars. Therefore (oh Anthony) stay not by his side Thy Dæmon that thy spirit which keepes thee, is
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Noble, Couragious, high vnmatchable, Where Cæsars is not. But neere him, thy Angell Becomes a feare: as being o're‑powr'd, therefore Make space enough betweene you.
Anth. Speake this no more. Sooth.
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To none but thee no more but: when to thee, If thou dost play with him at any game, Thou art sure to loose: And of that Naturall lucke, He beats thee 'gainst the oddes. Thy Luster thickens, When he shines by: I say againe, thy spirit
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Is all affraid to gouerne thee neere him: But he alway 'tis Noble.
Anth. Get thee gone: Say to Ventigius I would speake with him. Exit. He shall to Parthia, be it Art or hap,
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He hath spoken true. The very Dice obey him, And in our sports my better cunning faints, Vnder his chance, if we draw lots he speeds, His Cocks do winne the Battaile, still of mine, When it is all to naught: and his Quailes euer
[970]
Beate mine (in hoopt) at odd's. I will to Egypte: And

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[Act 2, Scene 3] Enter Anthony, Cæsar, Octauia betweene them. Anth.
[930]
The world, and my great office, will Sometimes deuide me from your bosome.
Octa.

All which time, before the Gods my knee shall

bowe my prayers to them for you.

Anth. Goodnight Sir. My Octauia
[935]
Read not my blemishes in the worlds report: I haue not kept my square, but that to come Shall all be done byth'Rule: good night deere Lady: Good night Sir.
Cæsar.

Goodnight.

Exit. Enter Soothsaier. Anth.
[940]
Now sirrah: you do wish your selfe in Egypt?
Sooth.

Would I had neuer come from thence, nor you

thither.

Ant. If you can, your reason? Sooth. I see it in my motion: haue it not in my tongue,
[945]
But yet hie you to Egypt againe.
Antho.

Say to me, whose Fortunes shall rise higher

Cæsars or mine?

Soot. Cæsars. Therefore (oh Anthony) stay not by his side Thy Dæmon that thy spirit which keepes thee, is
[950]
Noble, Couragious, high vnmatchable, Where Cæsars is not. But neere him, thy Angell Becomes a feare: as being o're‑powr'd, therefore Make space enough betweene you.
Anth. Speake this no more. Sooth.
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To none but thee no more but: when to thee, If thou dost play with him at any game, Thou art sure to loose: And of that Naturall lucke, He beats thee 'gainst the oddes. Thy Luster thickens, When he shines by: I say againe, thy spirit
[960]
Is all affraid to gouerne thee neere him: But he alway 'tis Noble.
Anth. Get thee gone: Say to Ventigius I would speake with him. Exit. He shall to Parthia, be it Art or hap,
[965]
He hath spoken true. The very Dice obey him, And in our sports my better cunning faints, Vnder his chance, if we draw lots he speeds, His Cocks do winne the Battaile, still of mine, When it is all to naught: and his Quailes euer
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Beate mine (in hoopt) at odd's. I will to Egypte: And though I make this marriage for my peace, I'th'East my pleasure lies. Oh come Ventigius. Enter Ventigius. You must to Parthia, your Commissions ready: Follow me, and reciue't.
Exeunt
 

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