Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition
Editor’s NoteEnter Caesar, Agrippa, and Dolabella, with others [including Thidias]1
caesar Let him appear that's come from Antony.
2Know you him?
dolabella Caesar, 'tis his schoolmaster;
Editor’s Note3An argument that he is plucked, when hither
Editor’s Note4He sends so poor a pinion of his wing,
Editor’s Note5Which had superfluous kings for messengers
6Not many moons gone by.Enter Ambassador from Antony
caesar Approach and speak.7
ambassador Such as I am, I come from Antony.
Editor’s Note8I was of late as petty to his ends
9As is the morn-dew on the myrtle leaf
Editor’s Note10To his grand sea.
caesar Be't so. Declare thine office.11
ambassador Lord of his fortunes he salutes thee, and
Editor’s Note12Requires to live in Egypt; which not granted,
13He lessens his requests, and to thee sues
14To let him breathe between the heavens and earth,
15A private man in Athens. This for him.
16Next, Cleopatra does confess thy greatness,
17Submits her to thy might, and of thee craves
pg 2622Editor’s Note18The circle of the Ptolemies for her heirs,
Editor’s Note19Now hazarded to thy grace.
caesar For Antony,
20I have no ears to his request. The Queen
Editor’s Note21Of audience nor desire shall fail, so she
22From Egypt drive her all-disgracèd friend,
23Or take his life there. This if she perform
24She shall not sue unheard. So to them both.Editor’s Note25
ambassador Fortune pursue thee!
caesar Bring him through the bands.[Exit Ambassador, attended] [To Thidias]
26To try thy eloquence now 'tis time. Dispatch.
27From Antony win Cleopatra. Promise,
28And in our name, what she requires. Add more:
29Frame thine invention offers. Women are not
Editor’s Note30In their best fortunes strong, but want will perjure
31The ne'er-touched vestal. Try thy cunning, Thidias.
Editor’s Note32Make thine own edict for thy pains, which we
33Will answer as a law.
thidias Caesar, I go.Editor’s Note34
caesar Observe how Antony becomes his flaw,
Editor’s Note35And what thou think'st his very action speaks
36In every power that moves.
thidias Caesar, I shall.Exeunt [Caesar and his train at one door, and Thidias at another]