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    Act 3. Scene VI

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    SCENE VI. Rome. OCTAVIUS CAESAR's house.

    Enter OCTAVIUS CAESAR, AGRIPPA, and MECAENAS
    OCTAVIUS CAESAR
    Contemning Rome, he has done all this, and more,
    In Alexandria: here's the manner of 't:
    I' the market-place, on a tribunal silver'd,
    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
    Since then hath made between them. Unto her
    He gave the stablishment of Egypt; made her
    Of lower Syria, Cyprus, Lydia,
    Absolute queen.

    MECAENAS
    This in the public eye?

    OCTAVIUS CAESAR
    I' the common show-place, where they exercise.
    His sons he there proclaim'd the kings of kings:
    Great Media, Parthia, and Armenia.
    He gave to Alexander; to Ptolemy he assign'd
    Syria, Cilicia, and Phoenicia: she
    In the habiliments of the goddess Isis
    That day appear'd; and oft before gave audience,
    As 'tis reported, so.

    MECAENAS
    Let Rome be thus Inform'd.

    AGRIPPA
    Who, queasy with his insolence
    Already, will their good thoughts call from him.

    OCTAVIUS CAESAR
    The people know it; and have now received
    His accusations.

    AGRIPPA
    Who does he accuse?

    OCTAVIUS CAESAR
    Caesar: and that, having in Sicily
    Sextus Pompeius spoil'd, we had not rated him
    His part o' the 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 answer'd.

    OCTAVIUS 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 conquer'd,
    I grant him part; but then, in his Armenia,
    And other of his conquer'd kingdoms, I
    Demand the like.

    MECAENAS
    He'll never yield to that.

    OCTAVIUS 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!

    OCTAVIUS CAESAR
    That ever I should call thee castaway!

    OCTAVIA
    You have not call'd me so, nor have you cause.

    OCTAVIUS 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 the 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
    A market-maid to Rome; and have prevented
    The ostentation of our love, which, left unshown,
    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 constrain'd, but did
    On my free will. My lord, Mark Antony,
    Hearing that you prepared for war, acquainted
    My grieved ear withal; whereon, I begg'd
    His pardon for return.

    OCTAVIUS CAESAR
    Which soon he granted,
    Being an obstruct 'tween his lust and him.

    OCTAVIA
    Do not say so, my lord.

    OCTAVIUS CAESAR
    I have eyes upon him,
    And his affairs come to me on the wind.
    Where is he now?

    OCTAVIA
    My lord, in Athens.

    OCTAVIUS CAESAR
    No, my most wronged sister; Cleopatra
    Hath nodded him to her. He hath given his empire
    Up to a whore; who now are levying
    The kings o' the earth for war; he hath assembled
    Bocchus, the king of Libya; Archelaus,
    Of Cappadocia; Philadelphos, king
    Of Paphlagonia; the Thracian king, Adallas;
    King Malchus 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 do afflict each other!

    OCTAVIUS CAESAR
    Welcome hither:
    Your letters did withhold our breaking forth;
    Till we perceived, both how you were wrong led,
    And we in negligent danger. Cheer your heart;
    Be you not troubled with the time, which drives
    O'er your content these strong necessities;
    But let determined things to destiny
    Hold unbewail'd their way. Welcome to Rome;
    Nothing more dear to me. You are abused
    Beyond the mark of thought: and the high gods,
    To do you justice, make them ministers
    Of us and those that love you. Best of comfort;
    And ever welcome to us.

    AGRIPPA
    Welcome, lady.

    MECAENAS
    Welcome, dear madam.
    Each heart in Rome does love and pity you:
    Only the adulterous Antony, most large
    In his abominations, turns you off;
    And gives his potent regiment to a trull,
    That noises it against us.

    OCTAVIA
    Is it so, sir?

    OCTAVIUS CAESAR
    Most certain. Sister, welcome: pray you,
    Be ever known to patience: my dear'st sister!

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