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Are those, that often have ’gainst Pompey fought:
Their ships are yare; yours, heavy. No disgrace
Sball fall you for refusing him at sea,
Being prepared for land. .
Ant. By sea, by sea.
Eno. Most worthy sir, you therein throw away
The absolute soldiership you have by land;
Distract your army, which doth most consist
Of war-mark'd footmen ; leave unexecuted
Your own renowned knowledge ; quite forego
The way which promises assurance; and
Give up yourself merely to chance and hazard,
From firm security.
Ant. I'll fight at sea.
Cleo. I have fifty sails, Cæsar none belter.
Ant. Our overplus of shipping will we burn;
And, with the rest full-mann'd, from the head of Ac-
tium Beat the approaching Cæsar. But if we fail,
Enter a Messenger.
We then can do't at land.-Thy business?
Mess. The news is true, my lord; he is descried ; : Cæsar has taken Toryne..
Ant. Can he be there in person ? 'tis impossible ; Strange, that his power should be.-Canidius, Our nineteen legions thou shalt hold by land, And our twelve thousand horse :-We'll to our ship;
Enter a Soldier.
Away, my Thetis !-How now, worthy soldier ?
Sold. O noble emperor, do not fight by sea ;
Trust not to rotten planks : Do you misdoubt
This sword, and these my wounds ? Let the Egyptians,
And the Phænicians, go a ducking; we
Have used to conquer, standing on the earth,
And fighting foot to foot.
Ant. Well, well, away.
[Exeunt ANTONY, CLEOPATRA, and ENOBAR-
Sold. By Hercules, I think, I am i' the right.
Cun. Soldier, thou art : but his whole action grows
Not in the power on't : So our leader's led,
And we are women's men.
Sold. You keep by land
The legions and the horse whole, do you not?
Can. Marcus Octavius, Marcus Justeius,
Publicola, and Cælius, are for sea :
But we keep whole by land. This speed of Cæsar's
Carries beyond belief.
Sold. While he was yet in Rome,
His power went out in such distractions, as
Beguil'd all spies.
Can. Who's bis lieutenant, hear you ?
Sold. They say, one Taurus.
Can. Well I know the man.
Enter a Messenger. Mess. The emperor calls for Canidius. Can. With news the time's with labour; and throes
forth, Each minute, some.
SCENE VIII.-A Plain near Actium.
Enter CÆSAR, Taurus, Officers and Others.
Taur. My lord.
Cæs. Strike not by land ; keep whole:
Provoke not battle, till we have done at sea.
Do not exceed the prescript of this scroll :
Our fortune lies upon this jump.
Enter Antony and ENOBARBUS. Ant. Set we our squadrons on yon side o' the hill, In eye of Cæsar's battle ; from which place We may the number of the ships behold, And so proceed accordingly.
of the shi which placo the hill.
Enter CANIDIUS, marching with his Land Army one Way
over the Stage; and TAURUS, the Lieutenant of CÆSAR, the other Way. After their going in, is heard the Noise of a Seu-Fight.
Alarum. Re-enter ENOBARBUS.
Eno. Naught, naught, all naught! I can behold no
The Antoniad, the Egyptian admiral,
With all their sixty, fly, and turn the rudder;
To see't, mine eyes are blasted.
Enter SCARUS. Scar. Gods, and goddesses,
All the whole synod of them !
Eno. What's thy passion?
Scar. The greater cantle of the world is lost With very ignorance; we have kissed away Kingdoms and provinces.
Eno. How appears the fight?
Scar. On our side like the token'd pestilence,
Where death is sure. Yon ribald-rid 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 brize upon her, like a cow in June,
Hoists sails, and flies.
Eno. That I beheld : mine eyes
Did sicken at the sight on't, and could not
Endure a further view.
Scar. She once being loof?d,
The noble ruin of her magick, Antony,
Claps on his sea-wing, and, like a doting mallard,
Leaving the fight in height, flies after her :
I never saw an action of such shame;
Experience, manhood, honour, ne'er before
Did violate so itself.
Eno. Alack, alack !
Can. Our fortune on the sea is out of breath,
And sinks most lamentably. Had our general
Been what he knew himself, it had gone well :
O, he has given example for our flight,
Most grossly, by his own.
Eno. Ay, are you thereabouts ? Why then, good
[Aside. Can. Towards Peloponnesus are they fled.
Scar. 'Tis easy to't ; and there I will attend
What further comes.
Can. To Cæsar will I render
My legions, and my horse ; six kings already
Show me the way of yielding.
Eno. I'll yet follow
The wounded chance of Antony, though my reason
Sits in the wind against me.
Enter ANTONY, and Attendants.
Ant. Hark, the land bids me tread no more upon't,
It is ashamed to bear me !-Friends, come hither ;
I am so lated in the world, that I
Have lost my way for ever :- I have a ship
Laden with gold ; take that, divide it; fly,
And make your peace with Cæsar.
Att. Fly! not we.
Ant. I have fled myself; and have instructed cow-
ards To run, and show their shoulders.-Friends, be gone; !! I have myself resolv'd upon a course,
Which has no need of you ; be gone:
My treasure's in the harbour, take it.-0,
I follow'd that I blush to look upon :
My very hairs do mutiny ; for the white