Enter Agrippa, Mecenas, and Cæſar.
Contemning Rome he ha's done all this, & more
In Alexandria: heere's the manner of't:
I'th' Market-place on a Tribunall ſiluer'd,
Cleopatra and himſelfe in Chaires of Gold
Were publikely enthron'd: at the feet, ſat
Cæſarion whom they call my Fathers Sonne,
And all the vnlawfull iſſue, that their Luſt
Since then hath made betweene them. Vnto her,
He gaue the ſtabliſhment of Egypt, made her
Of lower Syria, Cyprus, Lydia, abſolute Queene.
This in the publike eye?
I'th' common ſhew place, where they exerciſe,
His Sonnes hither proclaimed the King of Kings,
Great Media, Parthia, and Armenia
He gaue to Alexander. To Ptolomy he aſſign'd,
Syria, Silicia, and Phœnetia: ſhe
In th'abiliments of the Goddeſſe Iſis
That day appeer'd, and oft before gaue audience,
As 'tis reported ſo.
Let Rome be thus inform'd.
Who queazie with his inſolence already,
Will their good thoughts call from him.
The people knowes it,
And haue now receiu'd his accuſations.
Who does he accuſe?
Cæſar, and that hauing in Cicilie
Sextus Pompeius ſpoil'd, we had not rated him
His part o'th'Iſle. Then does he ſay, he lent me
Some ſhipping vnreſtor'd. Laſtly, he frets
That Lepidus of the Triumpherate, ſhould be depos'd,
And being that, we detaine all his Reuenue.
Sir, this ſhould be anſwer'd.
'Tis done already, and the Meſſenger gone:
I haue told him Lepidus was growne too cruell,
That he his high Authority abus'd,
And did deſerue his change: for what I haue conquer'd,
I grant him part: but then in his Armenia,
And other of his conquer'd Kingdoms, I demand the like
Hee'l neuer yeeld to that.
Nor muſt not then be yeelded to in this.
Enter Octauia with her Traine.
Haile Cæſar, and my L. haile moſt deere Cæſar.
That euer I ſhould call thee Caſt-away.
You haue not call'd me ſo, nor haue you cauſe.
Why haue you ſtoln vpon vs thus? you come not
Like Cæſars Siſter, The wife of Anthony
Should haue an Army for an Vſher, and
The neighes of Horſe to tell of her approach,
Long ere ſhe did appeare. The trees by'th'way
Should haue borne men, and expectation fainted,
Longing for what it had not. Nay, the duſt
Should haue aſcended to the Roofe of Heauen,
Rais'd by your populous Troopes: But you are come
A Market-maid to Rome, and haue preuented
The oſtentation of our loue; which left vnſhewne,
Is often left vnlou'd: we ſhould haue met you
By Sea, and Land, ſupplying euery Stage
With an augmented greeting.
Good my Lord,
To come thus was I not conſtrain'd, but did it
On my free-will. My Lord Marke Anthony,
Hearing that you prepar'd for Warre, acquainted
My greeued eare withall: whereon I begg'd
His pardon for returne.
Which ſoone he granted,
Being an abſtract 'tweene his Luſt, and him.
Do not ſay ſo, my Lord.
I haue eyes vpon him,
And his affaires come to me on the wind: wher is he now?
My Lord, in Athens.
No my moſt wronged Siſter, Cleopatra
Hath nodded him to her. He hath giuen his Empire
Vp to a Whore, who now are leuying
The Kings o'th'earth for Warre. He hath aſſembled,
Bochus the King of Lybia, Archilaus
Of Cappadocia, Philadelphos King
Of Paphlagonia: the Thracian King Adullas,
King Mauchus of Arabia, King of Pont,
Herod of Iewry, Mithridates King
Of Comageat, Polemen and Amintas,
The Kings of Mede, and Licoania,
With a more larger Liſt of Scepters.
Aye me moſt wretched,
That haue my heart parted betwixt two Friends,
That does afſlict each other. (breaking forth
Welcom hither: your Letters did with-holde our
Till we perceiu'd both how you were wrong led,
And we in negligent danger: cheere your heart,
Be you not troubled with the time, which driues
O're your content, theſe ſtrong neceſſities,
But let determin'd things to deſtinie
Hold vnbewayl'd their way. Welcome to Rome,
Nothing more deere to me: You are abus'd
Beyond the marke of thought: and the high Gods
To do you Iuſtice, makes his Miniſters
Of vs, and thoſe that loue you. Beſt of comfort,
And euer welcom to vs. Agrip. Welcome Lady.
Welcome deere Madam,
Each heart in Rome does loue and pitty you,
Onely th'adulterous Anthony, moſt large
In his abhominations, turnes you off,
And giues his potent Regiment to a Trull
That noyſes it againſt vs.
Is it ſo ſir?
Moſt certaine: Siſter welcome: pray you
Be euer knowne to patience. My deer'ſt Siſter. Exeunt