Not in deed, madam; for I can do nothing
But what indeed is honest to be done:
Yet have I fierce affections,
What Venus did with Mars.
Where think'st thou he is now? Stands he, or sits he?
Or does he walk? or is he on his
O happy horse, to bear the weight of Antony!
Do bravely, horse! for wot'st thou whom thou movest?
demi-Atlas of this earth, the arm
And burgonet of men. He's speaking now,
Or murmuring 'Where's my
serpent of old Nile?'
For so he calls me: now I feed myself
With most delicious poison. Think on me,
am with Phoebus' amorous pinches black,
And wrinkled deep in time? Broad-fronted Caesar,
wast here above the ground, I was
A morsel for a monarch: and great Pompey
Would stand and make his
eyes grow in my brow;
There would he anchor his aspect and die
With looking on his life.
Enter ALEXAS, from OCTAVIUS CAESAR
Sovereign of Egypt, hail!
How much unlike art thou Mark Antony!
Yet, coming from him, that great medicine hath
With his tinct
How goes it with my brave Mark Antony?
Last thing he did, dear queen,
He kiss'd, the last of many doubled kisses,
This orient pearl. His speech
sticks in my heart.
Mine ear must pluck it thence.
'Good friend,' quoth he,
'Say, the firm Roman to great Egypt sends
This treasure of an oyster; at whose
To mend the petty present, I will piece
Her opulent throne with kingdoms; all the east,
Say thou, shall
call her mistress.' So he nodded,
And soberly did mount an arm-gaunt steed,
Who neigh'd so high, that
what I would have spoke
Was beastly dumb'd by him.
What, was he sad or merry?
Like to the time o' the year between the extremes
Of hot and cold, he was nor sad nor merry.
O well-divided disposition! Note him,
Note him good Charmian, 'tis the man; but note him:
He was not
sad, for he would shine on those
That make their looks by his; he was not merry,
Which seem'd to tell
them his remembrance lay
In Egypt with his joy; but between both:
O heavenly mingle! Be'st thou sad or
The violence of either thee becomes,
So does it no man else. Met'st thou my posts?
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