Antony and Cleopatra
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Act IV, Scene 6
Alexandria. OCTAVIUS CAESAR’s camp.
[Flourish. Enter OCTAVIUS CAESAR, AGRIPPA, with]
[p]DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS, and others]
- Octavius. Go forth, Agrippa, and begin the fight:
Our will is Antony be took alive;
Make it so known.
- Agrippa. Caesar, I shall.
- Octavius. The time of universal peace is near:
Prove this a prosperous day, the three-nook'd world
Shall bear the olive freely.
[Enter a Messenger]
- Messenger. Antony
Is come into the field.
- Octavius. Go charge Agrippa
Plant those that have revolted in the van,
That Antony may seem to spend his fury
[Exeunt all but DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS]
- Domitius Enobarus. Alexas did revolt; and went to Jewry on
Affairs of Antony; there did persuade
Great Herod to incline himself to Caesar,
And leave his master Antony: for this pains
Caesar hath hang'd him. Canidius and the rest
That fell away have entertainment, but
No honourable trust. I have done ill;
Of which I do accuse myself so sorely,
That I will joy no more.
[Enter a Soldier of CAESAR's]
- Soldier. Enobarbus, Antony
Hath after thee sent all thy treasure, with
His bounty overplus: the messenger
Came on my guard; and at thy tent is now
Unloading of his mules.
- Domitius Enobarus. I give it you.
- Soldier. Mock not, Enobarbus.
I tell you true: best you safed the bringer
Out of the host; I must attend mine office,
Or would have done't myself. Your emperor
Continues still a Jove.
- Domitius Enobarus. I am alone the villain of the earth,
And feel I am so most. O Antony,
Thou mine of bounty, how wouldst thou have paid
My better service, when my turpitude
Thou dost so crown with gold! This blows my heart:
If swift thought break it not, a swifter mean
Shall outstrike thought: but thought will do't, I feel.
I fight against thee! No: I will go seek
Some ditch wherein to die; the foul'st best fits
My latter part of life.