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William Shakespeare (1564–1616).  The Oxford Shakespeare.  1914.
Antony and Cleopatra
Act IV. Scene VI.
Before Alexandria.  CÆSAR’S Camp.
Flourish.  Enter CÆSAR, with AGRIPPA, ENOBARBUS, and Others.
  Cæs.  Go forth, Agrippa, and begin the fight:
Our will is Antony be took alive;
Make it so known.        5
  Agr.  Cæsar, I shall.  [Exit.
  Cæs.  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.
  Mess.        Antony
Is come into the field.
  Cœs.        Go charge Agrippa
Plant those that have revolted in the van,
That Antony may seem to spend his fury        15
Upon himself.  [Exeunt CÆSAR and his Train.
  Eno.  Alexas did revolt, and went to Jewry on
Affairs of Antony; there did persuade
Great Herod to incline himself to Cæsar,
And leave his master Antony: for this pains        20
Cæsar 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.        25
Enter a Soldier of CÆSAR’S.
  Sold.        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        30
Unloading of his mules.
  Eno.        I give it you.
  Sold.  Mock not, Enobarbus.
I tell you true: best you saf’d the bringer
Out of the host; I must attend mine office        35
Or would have done ’t myself. Your emperor
Continues still a Jove.  [Exit.
  Eno.  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        40
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        45
Some ditch, wherein to die; the foul’st best fits
My latter part of life.  [Exit.

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