|The Life of Marcus Antonius||Antony and Cleopatra|
|Whilst he [Antony] was thus diverting himself and engaged in this boy's play, two despatches arrived; one from Rome, that his brother Lucius and his wife Fulvia, after many quarrels among themselves, had joined in war
against Caesar, and having lost all, had fled out of Italy; the other bringing little better news, that Labienus, at the head of the
Parthians, was overrunning Asia, from Euphrates and Syria as far as Lydia and Ionia
Fulvia thy wife first came into the field.
Against my brother Lucius?
But soon that war had end, and the time's state
Made friends of them, joining their force 'gainst Caesar;
Whose better issue in the war, from Italy,
Upon the first encounter, drave them.
Well, what worst?
The nature of bad news infects the teller.
When it concerns the fool or coward. On:
Things that are past are done with me. 'Tis thus:
Who tells me true, though in his tale lie death,
I hear him as he flatter'd.
This is stiff news--hath, with his Parthian force,
Extended Asia from Euphrates;
His conquering banner shook from Syria
To Lydia and to Ionia