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Act 3, scene 2
Caesar and Octavia take a tearful farewell of each other, and Antony and Octavia depart for Athens.Enter Agrippa at one door, Enobarbus at another.
AGRIPPA 1536 What, are the brothers parted?
1537 They have dispatched with Pompey; he is gone.
1538 The other three are sealing. Octavia weeps
1539 To part from Rome. Caesar is sad, and Lepidus,
1540 5 Since Pompey’s feast, as Menas says, is troubled
1541 With the greensickness.
p. 119AGRIPPA 1542 ’Tis a noble Lepidus.
1543 A very fine one. O, how he loves Caesar!
1544 Nay, but how dearly he adores Mark Antony!
1545 10 Caesar? Why, he’s the Jupiter of men.
1546 What’s Antony? The god of Jupiter.
1547 Spake you of Caesar? How, the nonpareil!
1548 O Antony, O thou Arabian bird!
1549 Would you praise Caesar, say “Caesar.” Go no
1550 15 further.
1551 Indeed, he plied them both with excellent praises.
1552 But he loves Caesar best, yet he loves Antony.
1553 Hoo, hearts, tongues, ⌜figures,⌝ scribes, bards, poets,
1555 20 Think, speak, cast, write, sing, number—hoo!—
1556 His love to Antony. But as for Caesar,
1557 Kneel down, kneel down, and wonder.
AGRIPPA 1558 Both he loves.
1559 They are his shards and he their beetle.
1560 25 So,
1561 This is to horse. Adieu, noble Agrippa.
1562 Good fortune, worthy soldier, and farewell.
Enter Caesar, Antony, Lepidus, and Octavia.
ANTONY 1563 No further, sir.
1564 You take from me a great part of myself.
1565 30 Use me well in ’t.—Sister, prove such a wife
1566 As my thoughts make thee, and as my farthest bond
1567 Shall pass on thy approof.—Most noble Antony,
1568 Let not the piece of virtue which is set
1569 Betwixt us, as the cement of our love
1570 35 To keep it builded, be the ram to batter
1571 The fortress of it. For better might we
1572 Have loved without this mean, if on both parts
1573 This be not cherished.
ANTONY 1574 Make me not offended
1575 40 In your distrust.
CAESAR 1576 I have said.
ANTONY 1577 You shall not find,
1578 Though you be therein curious, the least cause
1579 For what you seem to fear. So the gods keep you,
1580 45 And make the hearts of Romans serve your ends.
1581 We will here part.
1582 Farewell, my dearest sister, fare thee well.
1583 The elements be kind to thee and make
1584 Thy spirits all of comfort. Fare thee well.
OCTAVIA 1585 50My noble brother.⌜She weeps.⌝
1586 The April’s in her eyes. It is love’s spring,
1587 And these the showers to bring it on.—Be cheerful.
OCTAVIA, ⌜to Caesar⌝
1588 Sir, look well to my husband’s house, and—
1589 What, Octavia?
OCTAVIA 1590 55 I’ll tell you in your ear.
⌜Caesar and Octavia walk aside.⌝
1591 Her tongue will not obey her heart, nor can
p. 1231592 Her heart inform her tongue—the swan’s-down
1594 That stands upon the swell at the full of tide
1595 60 And neither way inclines.
ENOBARBUS, ⌜aside to Agrippa⌝ 1596 Will Caesar weep?
AGRIPPA 1597 He has a cloud in ’s face.
1598 He were the worse for that were he a horse;
1599 So is he being a man.
AGRIPPA 1600 65 Why, Enobarbus,
1601 When Antony found Julius Caesar dead,
1602 He cried almost to roaring. And he wept
1603 When at Philippi he found Brutus slain.
1604 That year indeed he was troubled with a rheum.
1605 70 What willingly he did confound he wailed,
1606 Believe ’t, till I ⌜wept⌝ too.
CAESAR, ⌜coming forward with Octavia⌝ 1607 No, sweet Octavia,
1608 You shall hear from me still. The time shall not
1609 Outgo my thinking on you.
ANTONY 1610 75 Come, sir, come,
1611 I’ll wrestle with you in my strength of love.
1612 Look, here I have you, thus I let you go,
1613 And give you to the gods.
CAESAR 1614 Adieu, be happy.
LEPIDUS, ⌜to Antony⌝
1615 80 Let all the number of the stars give light
1616 To thy fair way.
CAESAR 1617 Farewell, farewell.Kisses Octavia.
ANTONY 1618 Farewell.
Trumpets sound. They exit.