Antony and Cleopatra Translation Act 3, Scene 12
Enter CAESAR, AGRIPPA, THIDIAS, and DOLABELLA, with others
Let him appear that’s come from Antony.Know you him?
Call in Antony's messenger. Do you know him?
Caesar, ’tis his schoolmaster— An argument that he is plucked, when hither He sends so poor a pinion of his wing, Which had superfluous kings for messengers Not many moons gone by.
Caesar, it's his children's tutor. It's a sign that Antony is in bad shape, that he sends such a lowly person here as his messenger. Not long ago, he had so many kings in his power that he could afford to send them as messengers.
Enter AMBASSADOR from Antony
Approach and speak.
Come forward 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 leaf To his grand sea.
Even though I am a lowly person, I have been sent here by Antony. Lately, I've been as insignificant and useless to him as a drop of morning dew on a myrtle leaf would be to the large 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. Next, 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.
For Antony, I have no ears to his request. The Queen Of audience nor desire shall fail, so she From Egypt drive her all-disgracèd friend Or take his life there. This if she perform, She shall not sue unheard. So to them both.
Fortune pursue thee!
Bring him through the bands.
Exit AMBASSADOR, attended
[To THIDIAS] To try thy 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-touched vestal. Try thy cunning, Thidias. Make thine own edict for thy pains, which we Will answer as a law.
Caesar, I go.
Observe how Antony becomes his flaw,And what thou think’st his very action speaksIn every power that moves.
Caesar, I shall.
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