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ACT III - SCENE II. Rome. An ante-chamber in OCTAVIUS CAESAR's house.
AGRIPPA
1    What, are the brothers parted?
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
2    They have dispatch'd with Pompey, he is gone;
3    The other three are sealing. Octavia weeps
4    To part from Rome; Caesar is sad; and Lepidus,
5    Since Pompey's feast, as Menas says, is troubled
6    With the green sickness.
AGRIPPA
7    'Tis a noble Lepidus.
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
8    A very fine one: O, how he loves Caesar!
AGRIPPA
9    Nay, but how dearly he adores Mark Antony!
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
10   Caesar? Why, he's the Jupiter of men.
AGRIPPA
11   What's Antony? The god of Jupiter.
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
12   Spake you of Caesar? How! the non-pareil!
AGRIPPA
13   O Antony! O thou Arabian bird!
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
14   Would you praise Caesar, say 'Caesar:' go no further.
AGRIPPA
15   Indeed, he plied them both with excellent praises.
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
16   But he loves Caesar best; yet he loves Antony:
17   Ho! hearts, tongues, figures, scribes, bards,
18   poets, cannot
19   Think, speak, cast, write, sing, number, ho!
20   His love to Antony. But as for Caesar,
21   Kneel down, kneel down, and wonder.
AGRIPPA
22   Both he loves.
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
23   They are his shards, and he their beetle.
Trumpets within
24   So;
25   This is to horse. Adieu, noble Agrippa.
AGRIPPA
26   Good fortune, worthy soldier; and farewell.
Enter OCTAVIUS CAESAR, MARK ANTONY, LEPIDUS, and OCTAVIA

MARK ANTONY
27   No further, sir.
OCTAVIUS CAESAR
28   You take from me a great part of myself;
29   Use me well in 't. Sister, prove such a wife
30   As my thoughts make thee, and as my farthest band
31   Shall pass on thy approof. Most noble Antony,
32   Let not the piece of virtue, which is set
33   Betwixt us as the cement of our love,
34   To keep it builded, be the ram to batter
35   The fortress of it; for better might we
36   Have loved without this mean, if on both parts
37   This be not cherish'd.
MARK ANTONY
38   Make me not offended
39   In your distrust.
OCTAVIUS CAESAR
40   I have said.
MARK ANTONY
41   You shall not find,
42   Though you be therein curious, the least cause
43   For what you seem to fear: so, the gods keep you,
44   And make the hearts of Romans serve your ends!
45   We will here part.
OCTAVIUS CAESAR
46   Farewell, my dearest sister, fare thee well:
47   The elements be kind to thee, and make
48   Thy spirits all of comfort! fare thee well.
OCTAVIA
49   My noble brother!
MARK ANTONY
50   The April 's in her eyes: it is love's spring,
51   And these the showers to bring it on. Be cheerful.
OCTAVIA
52   Sir, look well to my husband's house; and--
OCTAVIUS CAESAR
53   What, Octavia?
OCTAVIA
54   I'll tell you in your ear.
MARK ANTONY
55   Her tongue will not obey her heart, nor can
56   Her heart inform her tongue,--the swan's
57   down-feather,
58   That stands upon the swell at full of tide,
59   And neither way inclines.
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
Aside to AGRIPPA
60    Will Caesar weep?
AGRIPPA
Aside to DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
61    He has a cloud in 's face.
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
Aside to AGRIPPA
62    He were the worse for that,
63   were he a horse;
64   So is he, being a man.
AGRIPPA
Aside to DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
65    Why, Enobarbus,
66   When Antony found Julius Caesar dead,
67   He cried almost to roaring; and he wept
68   When at Philippi he found Brutus slain.
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
Aside to AGRIPPA
69    That year, indeed, he was
70   troubled with a rheum;
71   What willingly he did confound he wail'd,
72   Believe't, till I wept too.
OCTAVIUS CAESAR
73   No, sweet Octavia,
74   You shall hear from me still; the time shall not
75   Out-go my thinking on you.
MARK ANTONY
76   Come, sir, come;
77   I'll wrestle with you in my strength of love:
78   Look, here I have you; thus I let you go,
79   And give you to the gods.
OCTAVIUS CAESAR
80   Adieu; be happy!
LEPIDUS
81   Let all the number of the stars give light
82   To thy fair way!
OCTAVIUS CAESAR
83   Farewell, farewell!
Kisses OCTAVIA

MARK ANTONY
84   Farewell!
Trumpets sound. Exeunt

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Scene Index
ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII
  • SCENE VIII
  • SCENE IX
  • SCENE X
  • SCENE XI
  • SCENE XII
  • SCENE XIII


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII
  • SCENE VIII
  • SCENE IX
  • SCENE X
  • SCENE XI
  • SCENE XII
  • SCENE XIII
  • SCENE XIV
  • SCENE XV


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II

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