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[Scene XII.]


Enter Cæſar, Agrippa, and Dollabello, with others.

Cæſ.
Let him appeare that's come from Anthony.
Know you him.

Dolla.
Cæſar, 'tis his Schoolemaſter,
An argument that he is pluckt, when hither
He ſends ſo poore a Pinnion of his Wing,
Which had ſuperfluous Kings for Meſſengers,
Not many Moones gone by.
Enter Ambaſſador from Anthony.

Cæſar.
Approach, and ſpeake.

Amb.
Such as I am, I come from Anthony:
I was of late as petty to his ends,
As is the Morne-dew on the Mertle leafe
To his grand Sea.

Cæſ.
Bee't ſo, declare thine office.

Amb.
Lord of his Fortunes he ſalutes thee, and
Requires to liue in Egypt, which not granted
He Leſſons his Requeſts, and to thee ſues
To let him breath betweene the Heauens and Earth
A priuate man in Athens: this for him.
Next, Cleopatra does confeſſe thy Greatneſſe,
Submits her to thy might, and of thee craues
The Circle of the Ptolomies for her heyres,
Now hazarded to thy Grace.

Cæſ.
For Anthony,
I haue no eares to his requeſt. The Queene,
Of Audience, nor Deſire ſhall faile, ſo ſhee
From Egypt driue her all-diſgraced Friend,
Or take his life there. This if ſhee performe,
She ſhall not ſue vnheard. So to them both.

Amb.
Fortune purſue thee.

Cæſ.
Bring him through the Bands:
To try thy Eloquence, now 'tis time, diſpatch,
From Anthony winne Cleopatra, promiſe
And in our Name, what ſhe requires, adde more
From thine inuention, offers. Women are not
In their beſt Fortunes ſtrong; but want will periure
The ne're touch'd Veſtall. Try thy cunning Thidias,|
Make thine owne Edict for thy paines, which we
Will anſwer as a Law.

Thid.
Cæſar, I go.

Cæſar.
Obſerue how Anthony becomes his flaw,
And what thou think'ſt his very action ſpeakes
In euery power that mooues.

Thid.
Cæſar, I ſhall. exeunt.

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