ACT III - SCENE XII. Egypt. OCTAVIUS CAESAR's camp.
Enter OCTAVIUS CAESAR, DOLABELLA, THYREUS, with others
1 Let him appear that's come from Antony. 2 Know you him?
3 Caesar, 'tis his schoolmaster: 4 An argument that he is pluck'd, when hither 5 He sends so poor a pinion off his wing, 6 Which had superfluous kings for messengers 7 Not many moons gone by.
Enter EUPHRONIUS, ambassador from MARK ANTONY
8 Approach, and speak.
9 Such as I am, I come from Antony: 10 I was of late as petty to his ends 11 As is the morn-dew on the myrtle-leaf 12 To his grand sea.
13 Be't so: declare thine office.
14 Lord of his fortunes he salutes thee, and 15 Requires to live in Egypt: which not granted, 16 He lessens his requests; and to thee sues 17 To let him breathe between the heavens and earth, 18 A private man in Athens: this for him. 19 Next, Cleopatra does confess thy greatness; 20 Submits her to thy might; and of thee craves 21 The circle of the Ptolemies for her heirs, 22 Now hazarded to thy grace.
23 For Antony, 24 I have no ears to his request. The queen 25 Of audience nor desire shall fail, so she 26 From Egypt drive her all-disgraced friend, 27 Or take his life there: this if she perform, 28 She shall not sue unheard. So to them both.
29 Fortune pursue thee!
30 Bring him through the bands. Exit EUPHRONIUS To THYREUS 31 To try eloquence, now 'tis time: dispatch; 32 From Antony win Cleopatra: promise, 33 And in our name, what she requires; add more, 34 From thine invention, offers: women are not 35 In their best fortunes strong; but want will perjure 36 The ne'er touch'd vestal: try thy cunning, Thyreus; 37 Make thine own edict for thy pains, which we 38 Will answer as a law.
39 Caesar, I go.
40 Observe how Antony becomes his flaw, 41 And what thou think'st his very action speaks 42 In every power that moves.