ACT 3, SCENE 12: Egypt. OCTAVIUS CAESAR's camp.


OCTAVIUS CAESAR: Let him appear that's come from Antony.
Know you him?

DOLABELLA:                Caesar, 'tis his schoolmaster:
An argument that he is pluck'd, when hither
He sends so poor a pinion off his wing,
Which had superfluous kings for messengers                                    [5]
Not many moons gone by.

[Enter EUPHRONIUS, ambassador from MARK ANTONY]

OCTAVIUS CAESAR:           Approach, and speak.

EUPHRONIUS: Such as I am, I come from Antony:
I was of late as petty to his ends
As is the morn-dew on the myrtle-leaf
To his grand sea.                                                                                         [10]

OCTAVIUS CAESAR:                Be't so: declare thine office.

EUPHRONIUS: Lord of his fortunes he salutes thee, and
Requires to live in Egypt: which not granted,
He lessens his requests; and to thee sues
To let him breathe between the heavens and earth,
A private man in Athens: this for him.                                               [15]
Next, Cleopatra does confess thy greatness;
Submits her to thy might; and of thee craves
The circle of the Ptolemies for her heirs,
Now hazarded to thy grace.

OCTAVIUS CAESAR:           For Antony,
I have no ears to his request. The queen                                              [20]
Of audience nor desire shall fail, so she
From Egypt drive her all-disgraced friend,
Or take his life there: this if she perform,
She shall not sue unheard. So to them both.

EUPHRONIUS: Fortune pursue thee!                                                               [25]

OCTAVIUS CAESAR:          Bring him through the bands.


To try thy eloquence now 'tis time. Dispatch
From Antony win Cleopatra: promise,
And in our name, what she requires; add more,
From thine invention, offers: women are not
In their best fortunes strong; but want will perjure                           [30]
The ne'er touch'd vestal: try thy cunning, Thyreus;
Make thine own edict for thy pains, which we
Will answer as a law.

THYREUS:               Caesar, I go.

OCTAVIUS CAESAR: Observe how Antony becomes his flaw,
And what thou think'st his very action speaks                                  [35]
In every power that moves.

THYREUS:           Caesar, I shall.


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