Plutarch and Shakespeare Compared

The Life of Marcus Antonius Antony and Cleopatra
But the fortune of the day was still undecided, and the battle equal, when on a sudden Cleopatra's sixty ships were seen hoisting sail and making out to sea in full flight.
[SCARUS]
Yon ribaudred nag of Egypt,--
Whom leprosy o'ertake!--i' the midst o' the fight,
When vantage like a pair of twins appear'd,
Both as the same, or rather ours the elder,
The breese upon her, like a cow in June,
Hoists sails and flies.

III. x.10-15

CANIDIUS
Our fortune on the sea is out of breath,
And sinks most lamentably.

III.x.24-25


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