Antony and Cleopatra
Act III, Scene 7
Near Actium. Mark Antony’s camp.
- Enter Cleopatra and Enobarbus.
- I will be even with thee, doubt it not.
- But why, why, why?
Cleopatra3 - 4
- Thou hast forespoke my being in these wars,
- And say’st it is not fit.
- Well; is it, is it?
Cleopatra6 - 7
- If not denounc’d against us, why should not we
- Be there in person?
Domitius Enobarbus8 - 11
- Well, I could reply:
- If we should serve with horse and mares together,
- The horse were merely lost; the mares would bear
- A soldier and his horse.
- What is’t you say?
Domitius Enobarbus13 - 18
- Your presence needs must puzzle Antony,
- Take from his heart, take from his brain, from ’s time,
- What should not then be spar’d. He is already
- Traduc’d for levity, and ’tis said in Rome
- That Photinus an eunuch and your maids
- Manage this war.
Cleopatra19 - 23
- Sink Rome, and their tongues rot
- That speak against us! A charge we bear i’ th’ war,
- And as the president of my kingdom will
- Appear there for a man. Speak not against it,
- I will not stay behind.
- Enter Antony and Canidius.
Domitius Enobarbus24 - 25
- Nay, I have done,
- Here comes the Emperor.
Mark Antony26 - 29
- Is it not strange, Canidius,
- That from Tarentum and Brundusium
- He could so quickly cut the Ionian Sea,
- And take in Toryne? You have heard on’t, sweet?
Cleopatra30 - 31
- Celerity is never more admir’d
- Than by the negligent.
Mark Antony32 - 35
- A good rebuke,
- Which might have well becom’d the best of men,
- To taunt at slackness. Canidius, we
- Will fight with him by sea.
- By sea, what else?
- Why will my lord do so?
- For that he dares us to’t.
- So hath my lord dar’d him to single fight.
Canidius40 - 43
- Ay, and to wage this battle at Pharsalia,
- Where Caesar fought with Pompey. But these offers,
- Which serve not for his vantage, he shakes off,
- And so should you.
Domitius Enobarbus44 - 50
- Your ships are not well mann’d,
- Your mariners are muleters, reapers, people
- Ingross’d by swift impress. In Caesar’s fleet
- Are those that often have ’gainst Pompey fought;
- Their ships are yare, yours heavy. No disgrace
- Shall fall you for refusing him at sea,
- Being prepar’d for land.
- By sea, by sea.
Domitius Enobarbus52 - 59
- Most worthy sir, you therein throw away
- The absolute soldiership you have by land,
- Distract your army, which doth most consist
- Of war-mark’d footmen, leave unexecuted
- Your own renowned knowledge, quite forgo
- The way which promises assurance, and
- Give up yourself merely to chance and hazard,
- From firm security.
- I’ll fight at sea.
- I have sixty sails, Caesar none better.
Mark Antony62 - 66
- Our overplus of shipping will we burn,
- And, with the rest full-mann’d, from th’ head of Actium
- Beat th’ approaching Caesar. But if we fail,
- We then can do’t at land.
- Enter Second Roman Messenger.
- Thy business?
Second Roman Messenger67 - 68
- The news is true, my lord: he is descried;
- Caesar has taken Toryne.
Mark Antony69 - 74
- Can he be there in person? ’Tis impossible
- Strange that his power should be. Canidius,
- Our nineteen legions thou shalt hold by land,
- And our twelve thousand horse. We’ll to our ship,
- Away, my Thetis!
- Exit Second Roman Messenger.
- Enter Scarus.
- How now, worthy soldier?
Scarus75 - 80
- O noble Emperor, do not fight by sea,
- Trust not to rotten planks. Do you misdoubt
- This sword, and these my wounds? Let th’ Egyptians
- And the Phoenicians go a-ducking; we
- Have us’d to conquer standing on the earth,
- And fighting foot to foot.
- Well, well, away!
- Exeunt Antony, Cleopatra, and Enobarbus.
- By Hercules, I think I am i’ th’ right.
Canidius83 - 85
- Soldier, thou art; but his whole action grows
- Not in the power on’t. So our leader’s led,
- And we are women’s men.
Scarus86 - 87
- You keep by land
- The legions and the horse whole, do you not?
Canidius88 - 91
- Marcus Octavius, Marcus Justeius,
- Publicola, and Caelius are for sea;
- But we keep whole by land. This speed of Caesar’s
- Carries beyond belief.
Scarus92 - 94
- While he was yet in Rome,
- His power went out in such distractions as
- Beguil’d all spies.
- Who’s his lieutenant, hear you?
- They say, one Taurus.
- Well I know the man.
- Enter Second Roman Messenger.
Second Roman Messenger98
- The Emperor calls Canidius.
Canidius99 - 100
- With news the time’s with labor, and throes forth
- Each minute some.