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TAURUS, Lieutenant-general to Cæsar.
CANIDIUS, Lieutenant-general to Antony.
EUPHRONIUS, an Ambassador from Antony to
ALEXAS, MARDIAN, SELEUCUS, and DIOMEDES; Attendants on Cleopatra.
A SOOTHSAYER. A CLOWN.
CLEOPATRA, Queen of Egypt.
OCTAVIA, Sister to Cæsar, and Wife to Antony.
Officers, Soldiers, Messengers, and other
Scene, dispersed; in several Parts of the Roman
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.
SCENE I.-Alexandria.-A Room in Cleopatra's
Enter DEMETRIUS and PHILO.
Phil. Nay, but this dotage of our general's,
Upon a tawny front: his captain's heart,
Take but good note, and you shall see in him
Cleo. If it be love indeed, tell me how much. Ant. There's beggary in the love that can be reckon❜d.
Cleo. I'll set a bourn + how far to be beloved. Ant. Then must thou needs find out new heaven, new earth.
Enter an ATTENDANT.
Att. News, my good lord, from Rome.
Cleo. Nay, hear them, Antony:
Fulvia, perchance, is angry; or, who knows
Ant. How, my love!
Cleo. Perchance,-nay, and most like, You must not stay here longer, your dismission Is come from Cæsar; therefore hear it, Antony.Where's Fulvia's process*? Cæsar's, I would say?— Both ?
Call in the messengers,-As I am Egypt's queen,
Ant. Let Rome in Tyber melt! and the wide arch Of the ranged empire fall! Here is my space; Kingdoms are clay: our dungy earth alike Feeds beast as man; the nobleness of life Is, to do thus; when such a mutual pair, [Embracing. And such a twain can do't, in which, I bind On pain of punishment, the world to weet †, We stand up peerless.
Cleo. Excellent falshood!
Why did he marry Fulvia, and not love her?-
Ant. But stirr'd by Cleopatra.
Now, for the love of Love, and her soft hours, Let's not confound ‡ the time with conference harsh: There's not a minute of our lives should stretch Without some pleasure now: What sport to-night? Cleo. Hear the ambassadors.
Ant. Fie, wrangling queen!
Whom every thing becomes, to chide, to laugh,
Dem. I'm full sorry,
That he approves the common liars, who
Summons. + Know.