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Antony and Cleopatra - Act 4, scene 6
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Act 4, scene 6
Enobarbus, faced with Caesar’s callousness and Antony’s generosity, realizes the magnitude of his fault in deserting Antony.Flourish. Enter Agrippa, Caesar, with
Enobarbus and Dolabella.
2575 Go forth, Agrippa, and begin the fight.
2576 Our will is Antony be took alive;
2577 Make it so known.
AGRIPPA 2578 Caesar, I shall.⌜He exits.⌝
2579 5 The time of universal peace is near.
2580 Prove this a prosp’rous day, the three-nooked world
2581 Shall bear the olive freely.
Enter a Messenger.
MESSENGER 2582 Antony
2583 Is come into the field.
CAESAR 2584 10 Go charge Agrippa
2585 Plant those that have revolted in the vant
2586 That Antony may seem to spend his fury
2587 Upon himself.⌜All but Enobarbus⌝ exit.
2588 Alexas did revolt and went to Jewry on
p. 1992589 15 Affairs of Antony, there did dissuade
2590 Great Herod to incline himself to Caesar
2591 And leave his master Antony. For this pains,
2592 Caesar hath hanged him. Canidius and the rest
2593 That fell away have entertainment but
2594 20 No honorable trust. I have done ill,
2595 Of which I do accuse myself so sorely
2596 That I will joy no ⌜more.⌝
Enter a Soldier of Caesar’s.
SOLDIER 2597 Enobarbus, Antony
2598 Hath after thee sent all thy treasure, with
2599 25 His bounty overplus. The messenger
2600 Came on my guard, and at thy tent is now
2601 Unloading of his mules.
ENOBARBUS 2602 I give it you.
SOLDIER 2603 Mock not, Enobarbus.
2604 30 I tell you true. Best you safed the bringer
2605 Out of the host. I must attend mine office
2606 Or would have done ’t myself. Your emperor
2607 Continues still a Jove.He exits.
2608 I am alone the villain of the Earth,
2609 35 And feel I am so most. O Antony,
2610 Thou mine of bounty, how wouldst thou have paid
2611 My better service, when my turpitude
2612 Thou dost so crown with gold! This blows my
2614 40 If swift thought break it not, a swifter mean
2615 Shall outstrike thought, but thought will do ’t, I feel.
2616 I fight against thee? No. I will go seek
2617 Some ditch wherein to die; the foul’st best fits
2618 My latter part of life.