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Antony and Cleopatra: Act 1, Scene 4

Antony and Cleopatra
Act 1, Scene 4

Rome. Octavius Caesar’s house.

  1. Enter Octavius Caesar reading a letter, Lepidus, and their
  2. Train.

Caesar

3 - 12
  1. You may see, Lepidus, and henceforth know,
  2. It is not Caesar’s natural vice to hate
  3. Our great competitor. From Alexandria
  4. This is the news: he fishes, drinks, and wastes
  5. The lamps of night in revel; is not more manlike
  6. Than Cleopatra; nor the queen of Ptolomy
  7. More womanly than he; hardly gave audience, or
  8. Vouchsaf’d to think he had partners. You shall find there
  9. A man who is th’ abstract of all faults
  10. That all men follow.

Lepidus

13 - 18
  1.                      I must not think there are
  2. Evils enow to darken all his goodness:
  3. His faults, in him, seem as the spots of heaven,
  4. More fiery by night’s blackness; hereditary,
  5. Rather than purchas’d; what he cannot change,
  6. Than what he chooses.

Caesar

19 - 36
  1. You are too indulgent. Let’s grant it is not
  2. Amiss to tumble on the bed of Ptolomy,
  3. To give a kingdom for a mirth, to sit
  4. And keep the turn of tippling with a slave,
  5. To reel the streets at noon, and stand the buffet
  6. With knaves that smells of sweat: say this becomes him
  7. (As his composure must be rare indeed
  8. Whom these things cannot blemish), yet must Antony
  9. No way excuse his foils, when we do bear
  10. So great weight in his lightness. If he fill’d
  11. His vacancy with his voluptuousness,
  12. Full surfeits and the dryness of his bones
  13. Call on him for’t. But to confound such time
  14. That drums him from his sport and speaks as loud
  15. As his own state and ours, ’tis to be chid
  16. As we rate boys who, being mature in knowledge,
  17. Pawn their experience to their present pleasure,
  18. And so rebel to judgment.
  1. Enter Caesar’s First Messenger.

Lepidus

38
  1.                           Here’s more news.

Caesar’s First Messenger

39 - 45
  1. Thy biddings have been done, and every hour,
  2. Most noble Caesar, shalt thou have report
  3. How ’tis abroad. Pompey is strong at sea,
  4. And it appears he is belov’d of those
  5. That only have fear’d Caesar; to the ports
  6. The discontents repair, and men’s reports
  7. Give him much wrong’d.

Caesar

46 - 53
  1.                        I should have known no less:
  2. It hath been taught us from the primal state
  3. That he which is was wish’d, until he were;
  4. And the ebb’d man, ne’er lov’d till ne’er worth love,
  5. Comes dear’d by being lack’d. This common body,
  6. Like to a vagabond flag upon the stream,
  7. Goes to and back, lackeying the varying tide,
  8. To rot itself with motion.
  1. Enter Caesar’s Second Messenger.

Caesar’s Second Messenger

55 - 63
  1.                            Caesar, I bring thee word
  2. Menecrates and Menas, famous pirates,
  3. Makes the sea serve them, which they ear and wound
  4. With keels of every kind. Many hot inroads
  5. They make in Italy; the borders maritime
  6. Lack blood to think on’t, and flush youth revolt.
  7. No vessel can peep forth, but ’tis as soon
  8. Taken as seen; for Pompey’s name strikes more
  9. Than could his war resisted.

Caesar

64 - 80
  1.                              Antony,
  2. Leave thy lascivious wassails. When thou once
  3. Was beaten from Modena, where thou slew’st
  4. Hirtius and Pansa, consuls, at thy heel
  5. Did famine follow, whom thou fought’st against
  6. (Though daintily brought up) with patience more
  7. Than savages could suffer. Thou didst drink
  8. The stale of horses and the gilded puddle
  9. Which beasts would cough at; thy palate then did deign
  10. The roughest berry on the rudest hedge;
  11. Yea, like the stag, when snow the pasture sheets,
  12. The barks of trees thou brows’d. On the Alps
  13. It is reported thou didst eat strange flesh,
  14. Which some did die to look on; and all this
  15. (It wounds thine honor that I speak it now)
  16. Was borne so like a soldier, that thy cheek
  17. So much as lank’d not.

Lepidus

81
  1.                        ’Tis pity of him.

Caesar

82 - 86
  1. Let his shames quickly
  2. Drive him to Rome. ’Tis time we twain
  3. Did show ourselves i’ th’ field, and to that end
  4. Assemble we immediate council. Pompey
  5. Thrives in our idleness.

Lepidus

87 - 90
  1.                          Tomorrow, Caesar,
  2. I shall be furnish’d to inform you rightly
  3. Both what by sea and land I can be able
  4. To front this present time.

Caesar

91 - 92
  1.                             Till which encounter,
  2. It is my business too. Farewell.

Lepidus

93 - 95
  1. Farewell, my lord. What you shall know mean time
  2. Of stirs abroad, I shall beseech you, sir,
  3. To let me be partaker.

Caesar

96 - 97
  1.                        Doubt not, sir,
  2. I knew it for my bond.
  1. Exeunt.
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