Act 3 - Scene 12
Egypt. OCTAVIUS CAESAR's camp.
Enter OCTAVIUS CAESAR, DOLABELLA, THYREUS, with others
Let him appear that's come from Antony.
Know you him?
Caesar, 'tis his schoolmaster:
An argument that he is pluck'd, when hither
He sends so poor a pinion off
Which had superfluous kings for messengers
Not many moons gone by.
Enter EUPHRONIUS, ambassador from MARK ANTONY
Approach, and speak.
Such as I am, I come from Antony:
I was of late as petty to his ends
As is the morn-dew on the myrtle-
To his grand sea.
Be't so: declare thine office.
Lord of his fortunes he salutes thee, and
Requires to live in Egypt: which not granted,
He lessens his requests; and
to thee sues
To let him breathe between the heavens and earth,
A private man in Athens: this for him.
Cleopatra does confess thy greatness;
Submits her to thy might; and of thee craves
The circle of the Ptolemies
for her heirs,
Now hazarded to thy grace.
I have no ears to his request. The queen
Of audience nor desire shall fail, so she
drive her all-disgraced friend,
Or take his life there: this if she perform,
She shall not sue unheard. So to
Fortune pursue thee!
Bring him through the bands.
[To THYREUS] To try eloquence, now 'tis time: dispatch;
From Antony win Cleopatra: promise,
And in our
name, what she requires; add more,
From thine invention, offers: women are not
In their best fortunes strong; but
want will perjure
The ne'er touch'd vestal: try thy cunning, Thyreus;
Make thine own edict for thy pains,
Will answer as a law.
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