Antony and Cleopatra


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Enter Agrippa, Maecenas, and Caesar
contemn (v.) despise, scorn, treat with contempt


CAESAR

Contemning Rome, he has done all this and more

In Alexandria. Here's the manner of't:

I'th' market-place, on a tribunal silvered,
tribunal (n.) raised platform, elevated rostrum, dais

Cleopatra and himself in chairs of gold

Were publicly enthroned; at the feet sat

Caesarion, whom they call my father's son,

And all the unlawful issue that their lust
issue (n.) 1 child(ren), offspring, family, descendant See Topics: Frequency count

Since then hath made between them. Unto her

He gave the stablishment of Egypt; made her
stablishment (n.) confirmed possession, settlement

Of lower Syria, Cyprus, Lydia,

Absolute queen.


MAECENAS

                         This in the public eye?


CAESAR

I'th' common showplace, where they exercise.
showplace (n.) place for public spectacles, theatrical arena

His sons he there proclaimed the kings of kings;

Great Media, Parthia, and Armenia.

He gave to Alexander; to Ptolemy he assigned

Syria, Cilicia, and Phoenicia. She

In th' habiliments of the goddess Isis
habiliment, abiliment (n.) (usually plural) clothes, dress, attire, outfit

That day appeared, and oft before gave audience,
oft (adv.) often See Topics: Frequency count

As 'tis reported, so.


MAECENAS

                         Let Rome be thus informed.


AGRIPPA

Who, queasy with his insolence already,
queasy (adj.) 1 disgusted, nauseated, upset

Will their good thoughts call from him.


CAESAR

The people knows it, and have now received

His accusations.


AGRIPPA

                         Who does he accuse?


CAESAR

Caesar; and that, having in Sicily

Sextus Pompeius spoiled, we had not rated him
rate (v.) 3 allot, apportion, assign
spoil (v.) 1 plunder, pillage, sack

His part o'th' isle. Then does he say he lent me

Some shipping, unrestored. Lastly, he frets

That Lepidus of the triumvirate

Should be deposed; and, being, that we detain

All his revenue.


AGRIPPA

                         Sir, this should be answered.


CAESAR

'Tis done already, and the messenger gone.

I have told him Lepidus was grown too cruel,

That he his high authority abused,

And did deserve his change. For what I have conquered,

I grant him part; but then in his Armenia,

And other of his conquered kingdoms, I

Demand the like.
like, the the same


MAECENAS

                         He'll never yield to that.


CAESAR

Nor must not then be yielded to in this.

Enter Octavia with her train


OCTAVIA

Hail, Caesar and my lord! Hail, most dear Caesar!


CAESAR

That ever I should call thee castaway!
castaway (adj.) rejected, cast off, discarded


OCTAVIA

You have not called me so, nor have you cause.


CAESAR

Why have you stol'n upon us thus? You come not

Like Caesar's sister. The wife of Antony

Should have an army for an usher, and

The neighs of horse to tell of her approach

Long ere she did appear. The trees by th' way

Should have borne men, and expectation fainted,

Longing for what it had not. Nay, the dust

Should have ascended to the roof of heaven,

Raised by your populous troops. But you are come
populous (adj.) numerous, many, abundant

A market maid to Rome, and have prevented

The ostentation of our love; which, left unshown,
ostentation (n.) 1 public show, display, exhibition
prevent (v.) 1 forestall, anticipate

Is often left unloved. We should have met you

By sea and land, supplying every stage

With an augmented greeting.


OCTAVIA

                         Good my lord,

To come thus was I not constrained, but did it

On my free will. My lord, Mark Antony,

Hearing that you prepared for war, acquainted

My grieved ear withal; whereon I begged

His pardon for return.
pardon (n.) permission, consent, approval See Topics: Politeness


CAESAR

                         Which soon he granted,

Being an obstruct 'tween his lust and him.
abstract (n.) 4 [unclear meaning] something removed, withdrawal; abridgement
obstruct (n.) [debated meaning] obstruction, impediment, hindrance


OCTAVIA

Do not say so, my lord.


CAESAR

                         I have eyes upon him,

And his affairs come to me on the wind.

Where is he now?


OCTAVIA

                         My lord, in Athens.


CAESAR

No, my most wronged sister; Cleopatra

Hath nodded him to her. He hath given his empire
nod (v.) call with a nod, beckon

Up to a whore; who now are levying
levy (v.) 1 enlist, conscript, muster

The kings o'th' earth for war. He hath assembled

Bocchus, the King of Libya; Archelaus,

Of Cappadocia; Philadelphos, King

Of Paphlagonia; the Thracian king, Adallas;

King Mauchus of Arabia; King of Pont;

Herod of Jewry; Mithridates, King

Of Comagene; Polemon and Amyntas,

The Kings of Mede and Lycaonia;

With a more larger list of sceptres.


OCTAVIA

                         Ay me most wretched,

That have my heart parted betwixt two friends

That does afflict each other!


CAESAR

                         Welcome hither.

Your letters did withhold our breaking forth,
withhold (v.) 1 restrain, hold back, keep in check

Till we perceived both how you were wrong led

And we in negligent danger. Cheer your heart;
negligent (adj.) through neglecting to act, due to negligence

Be you not troubled with the time, which drives
time (n.) 2 times, present day, present state of affairs

O'er your content these strong necessities;
content (n.) 2 contentment, peace of mind

But let determined things to destiny

Hold unbewailed their way. Welcome to Rome;
unbewailed (adj.) unbemoaned, without lamentation

Nothing more dear to me. You are abused
abuse (v.) 1 deceive, mislead, fool, cheat

Beyond the mark of thought, and the high gods,
mark (n.) 2 reach, aim, range

To do you justice, makes his ministers
minister (n.) messenger, agent, servant

Of us and those that love you. Best of comfort,

And ever welcome to us.


AGRIPPA

                         Welcome, lady.


MAECENAS

Welcome, dear madam.

Each heart in Rome does love and pity you.

Only th' adulterous Antony, most large
large (adj.) 4 licentious, coarse

In his abominations, turns you off
abomination (n.) 2 disgusting vice, shameful act
turn off (v.) 1 reject, repudiate, send away

And gives his potent regiment to a trull
potent (adj.) 1 powerful, influential
regiment (n.) rule, regimen, normal state
trull (n.) drab, trollop, whore

That noises it against us.
noise it clamour, cry out, make a loud noise


OCTAVIA

                         Is it so, sir?


CAESAR

Most certain. Sister, welcome. Pray you

Be ever known to patience. My dear'st sister!

Exeunt

 
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