Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition
Editor’s NoteEnter Cleopatra and Enobarbus1
cleopatra I will be even with thee, doubt it not.2
enobarbus But why, why, why?Editor’s Note3
cleopatra Thou hast forspoke my being in these wars,
4And sayst it is not fit.
enobarbus Well, is it, is it?Editor’s Note5
cleopatra Is't not denounced against us? Why should not we
6Be there in person?
enobarbus [aside] Well, I could reply
Editor’s Note7If we should serve with horse and mares together,
Editor’s Note8The horse were merely lost; the mares would bear
Editor’s Note9A soldier and his horse.
cleopatra What is't you say?Editor’s Note10
enobarbus Your presence needs must puzzle Antony,
11Take from his heart, take from his brain, from's time
12What should not then be spared. He is already
pg 2616Editor’s Note13Traduced for levity, and 'tis said in Rome
14That Photinus, an eunuch, and your maids
Editor’s Note15Manage this war.
cleopatra Sink Rome, and their tongues rot
Editor’s Note16That speak against us! A charge we bear i'th' war,
17And as the president of my kingdom will
Editor’s Note18Appear there for a man. Speak not against it.
19I will not stay behind.Editor’s NoteEnter Antony and Canidius
enobarbus Nay, I have done.
20Here comes the Emperor.
antony Is it not strange, Canidius,
Editor’s Note21That from Tarentum and Brundisium
Editor’s Note22He could so quickly cut the Ionian Sea
Editor’s Note23And take in Toryne?—You have heard on't, sweet?Editor’s Note24
cleopatra Celerity is never more admired
25Than by the negligent.
antony A good rebuke,
26Which might have well becomed the best of men
27To taunt at slackness. Canidius, we
28Will fight with him by sea.
cleopatra By sea—what else?29
canidius Why will my lord do so?
antony For that he dares us to't.30
enobarbus So hath my lord dared him to single fight.Editor’s Note31
canidius Ay, and to wage this battle at Pharsalia,
32Where Caesar fought with Pompey. But these offers
33Which serve not for his vantage, he shakes off,
34And so should you.
enobarbus Your ships are not well manned,
Editor’s Note35Your mariners are muleteers, reapers, people
Editor’s Note36Engrossed by swift impress. In Caesar's fleet
37Are those that often have 'gainst Pompey fought.
Editor’s Note38Their ships are yare, yours heavy. No disgrace
Editor’s Note39Shall fall you for refusing him at sea,
40Being prepared for land.
antony By sea, by sea.41
enobarbus Most worthy sir, you therein throw away
42The absolute soldiership you have by land;
Editor’s Note43Distract your army, which doth most consist
Editor’s Note44Of war-marked footmen; leave unexecuted
45Your own renownèd knowledge; quite forgo
46The way which promises assurance, and
pg 2617Editor’s Note47Give up yourself merely to chance and hazard
48From firm security.
antony I'll fight at sea.Link 49
cleopatra I have sixty sails, Caesar none better.50
antony Our overplus of shipping will we burn,
Editor’s Note51And with the rest full-manned, from th'head of Actium
52Beat th'approaching Caesar. But if we fail,
53We then can do't at land.Editor’s NoteEnter a Messenger
messenger The news is true, my lord. He is descried.
55Caesar has taken Toryne.56
antony Can he be there in person? 'Tis impossible;
Editor’s Note57Strange that his power should be. Canidius,
58Our nineteen legions thou shalt hold by land,
59And our twelve thousand horse. We'll to our ship.
Editor’s Note60Away, my Thetis!Editor’s NoteEnter a Soldier [Scarus]
How now, worthy soldier?61
scarus O, noble Emperor, do not fight by sea.
62Trust not to rotten planks. Do you misdoubt
63This sword and these my wounds? Let th'Egyptians
64And the Phoenicians go a-ducking; we
65Have used to conquer standing on the earth,
66And fighting foot to foot.
antony Well, well; away!Exeunt Antony, Cleopatra, and Enobarbus67
scarus By Hercules, I think I am i'th' right.Editor’s Note68
canidius Soldier, thou art; but his whole action grows
69Not in the power on't. So our leader's led,
70And we are women's men.
scarus You keep by land
71The legions and the horse whole, do you not?72
canidius Marcus Octavius, Marcus Justeius,
73Publicola, and Caelius are for sea,
74But we keep whole by land. This speed of Caesar's
Editor’s Note75Carries beyond belief.
scarus While he was yet in Rome
Editor’s Note76His power went out in such distractions
77As beguiled all spies.
canidius Who's his lieutenant, hear you?78
scarus They say, one Taurus.
canidius Well I know the man.Enter a Messenger79
messenger The Emperor calls Canidius.80
canidius With news the time's in labour, and throws forth
81Each minute some.Exeunt