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A room in Cæsar's house.
Enter Cæsar, Antony, Octavia between them; At
tendants, and a Soothsayer,
Ant. The world, and my great office, will some
All which time
Good night, sir.My Octavia,
lady. Octa. Good night, sir. Cæs. Good night.
[Ereunt Cæsar and Octavia, Ant. Now, sirrah! you do wish yourself in Egypt? Sooth. Would I had never come from thence, nor
Ant. If you can, your reason ?-
I see't in
Say to me,
Sooth. Cæsar's. Therefore, O Antony, stay not by his side : Thy dæmon, that's thy spirit which keeps thee, is Noble, courageous, high, unmatchable, Where Cæsar is not; but near him, thy angel VOL. VII,
Becomes a fear, as being o'erpower'd; therefore
Speak this no more. Sooth. To none but thee; no more, but when to
thee. If thou dost play with him at any game, Thou art sure to lose; and, of that natural luck, He beats thee'gainst the odds; thy lustre thickens, When he shines by: I say again, thy spirit Is all afraid to govern thee near him; But, he away, 'tis noble. Ant.
Get thee gone :: Say to Ventidius, I would speak with him:
(Exit Soothsayer. He sball to Parthia.-Be it art, or hap, He hath spoken true: The very dice obey him ; And, in our sports, my better cunning faints Under his chance: if we draw lots, he speeds: His cocks do win the battle still of mine, When it is all to nought; and his quails* ever Beat mine, inhoop'd t, at odds. I will to Egypt: And though I make this marriage for my peace,
Enter Ventidius. I'the east my pleasure lies:-0, come, Ventidius, You must to Parthia; your commission's ready: Follow me, and receive it.
* The ancients used to match quails as we match cocks
The same. A street.
Enter Lepidus, Mæcenas, and Agrippa. Lep. Trouble yourselves no further: pray you,
hasten Your generals after. Agr.
Sir, Mark Antony Will e'en but kiss Octavia, and we'll follow.
Lep. Till I shall see you in your soldier's dress; Which will become you both, farewell. Mac.
We shall, As I conceive the journey, be at mount* Before
you, Lepidus. Lep.
Your way is shorter,
Sir, good success! Lep. Farewell.
Alexandria. A room in the palace.
Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, Iras, and Alexas. Cleo. Give me some musick; musick, moodyt
food Of us that trade in love. Attend.
The musick, ho!
• Mount Misenum.
Cleo. Let it alone; let us to billiards : Come, Charmian.
Char. My arm is sore, best play with Mardian.
Cleo. As well a woman with an eunuch play'd, As with a woman;-Come, you'll play with me, sir?
Mar. As well as I can, madam.
come too short,
'Twas merry, when You wager'd on your angling; when your diver Did hang a salt-fish on his hook, which he With fervency drew up. Cleo.
That time!-0 times ! I laugh'd him out of patience; and that night I laugh'd him into patience: and next morn, Ere the ninth hour, I drunk him to his bed; Then put my tires* and mantles on him, whilst I wore bis sword Philippan. O! from Italy;
Enter a Messenger.
My bluest veins to kiss; a hand, that kings
First, madam, he's well. Cleo. Why, there's more gold. But, sirrah, mark;
Mess. Good madam, hear me.
Well, go to, I will;
Will't please you hear me?
Madam, he's well.
Thou'rt an honest man.
But yet, madam,
Mess. Free, madam! no; I made no such report: He's bound unto Octavia.
• So sour a countenance.