Antony and Cleopatra
Act III, Scene 12
Egypt. Octavius Caesar’s camp.
- Enter Caesar, Agrippa, Thidias, and Dolabella, with others.
Caesar1 - 2
- Let him appear that’s come from Antony.
- Know you him?
Dolabella3 - 7
- Caesar, ’tis his schoolmaster,
- An argument that he is pluck’d, when hither
- He sends so poor a pinion of his wing,
- Which had superfluous kings for messengers
- Not many moons gone by.
- Enter Schoolmaster as Ambassador from Antony.
- Approach and speak.
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- Such as I am, I come from Antony.
- I was of late as petty to his ends
- As is the morn-dew on the myrtle leaf
- To his grand sea.
- Be’t so, declare thine office.
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- Lord of his fortunes he salutes thee, and
- Requires to live in Egypt, which not granted,
- He lessons his requests, and to thee sues
- To let him breathe between the heavens and earth,
- A private man in Athens: this for him.
- Next, Cleopatra does confess thy greatness,
- Submits her to thy might, and of thee craves
- The circle of the Ptolomies for her heirs,
- Now hazarded to thy grace.
Caesar23 - 28
- For Antony,
- I have no ears to his request. The Queen
- Of audience nor desire shall fail, so she
- From Egypt drive her all-disgraced friend,
- Or take his life there. This if she perform,
- She shall not sue unheard. So to them both.
- Fortune pursue thee!
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- Bring him through the bands.
- Exit Ambassador.
- To Thidias.
- To try thy eloquence, now ’tis time; dispatch.
- From Antony win Cleopatra, promise,
- And in our name, what she requires; add more,
- From thine invention, offers. Women are not
- In their best fortunes strong, but want will perjure
- The ne’er-touch’d vestal. Try thy cunning, Thidias,
- Make thine own edict for thy pains, which we
- Will answer as a law.
- Caesar, I go.
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- Observe how Antony becomes his flaw,
- And what thou think’st his very action speaks
- In every power that moves.
- Caesar, I shall.