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Antony and Cleopatra: Act 3, Scene 12

Antony and Cleopatra
Act 3, Scene 12

Egypt. Octavius Caesar’s camp.

  1. Enter Caesar, Agrippa, Thidias, and Dolabella, with others.

Caesar

2 - 3
  1. Let him appear that’s come from Antony.
  2. Know you him?

Dolabella

4 - 8
  1.               Caesar, ’tis his schoolmaster,
  2. An argument that he is pluck’d, when hither
  3. He sends so poor a pinion of his wing,
  4. Which had superfluous kings for messengers
  5. Not many moons gone by.
  1. Enter Schoolmaster as Ambassador from Antony.

Caesar

10
  1.                         Approach and speak.

Ambassador

11 - 14
  1. Such as I am, I come from Antony.
  2. I was of late as petty to his ends
  3. As is the morn-dew on the myrtle leaf
  4. To his grand sea.

Caesar

15
  1.                   Be’t so, declare thine office.

Ambassador

16 - 24
  1. Lord of his fortunes he salutes thee, and
  2. Requires to live in Egypt, which not granted,
  3. He lessons his requests, and to thee sues
  4. To let him breathe between the heavens and earth,
  5. A private man in Athens: this for him.
  6. Next, Cleopatra does confess thy greatness,
  7. Submits her to thy might, and of thee craves
  8. The circle of the Ptolomies for her heirs,
  9. Now hazarded to thy grace.

Caesar

25 - 30
  1.                            For Antony,
  2. I have no ears to his request. The Queen
  3. Of audience nor desire shall fail, so she
  4. From Egypt drive her all-disgraced friend,
  5. Or take his life there. This if she perform,
  6. She shall not sue unheard. So to them both.

Ambassador

31
  1. Fortune pursue thee!

Caesar

32 - 42
  1.                      Bring him through the bands.
  2. Exit Ambassador.
  3. To Thidias.
  4. To try thy eloquence, now ’tis time; dispatch.
  5. From Antony win Cleopatra, promise,
  6. And in our name, what she requires; add more,
  7. From thine invention, offers. Women are not
  8. In their best fortunes strong, but want will perjure
  9. The ne’er-touch’d vestal. Try thy cunning, Thidias,
  10. Make thine own edict for thy pains, which we
  11. Will answer as a law.

Thidias

43
  1.                       Caesar, I go.

Caesar

44 - 46
  1. Observe how Antony becomes his flaw,
  2. And what thou think’st his very action speaks
  3. In every power that moves.

Thidias

47
  1.                            Caesar, I shall.
  1. Exeunt.
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