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Enter a SOLDIER
A SOLDIER enters.
                                   How now, worthy soldier?
What’s the news, brave soldier?

SOLDIER

O noble Emperor, do not fight by sea!
Trust not to rotten planks. Do you misdoubt
This sword and these my wounds? Let th’ Egyptians
And the Phoenicians go a-ducking. We
65Have used to conquer standing on the earth
And fighting foot to foot.

SOLDIER

Oh, don’t fight by sea, noble Emperor! Don’t trust rotten planks. Don’t you trust my sword and these wounds? Let the Egyptians and Phoenicians go swimming. We are used to winning by standing on the earth and fighting toe to toe.

ANTONY

                                                  Well, well, away.

ANTONY

Well, well, let’s go.
Exeunt ANTONY, CLEOPATRA, and ENOBARBUS
ANTONY, CLEOPATRA, and ENOBARBUS exit.

SOLDIER

By Hercules, I think I am i’ th’ right.

SOLDIER

By Hercules, I think I’m right.

CANIDIUS

Soldier, thou art; but his whole action grows
Not in the power on ’t. So our leader’s led,
70And we are women’s men.

CANIDIUS

Soldier, you are. But Antony’s decisions aren’t coming from his extensive experience. Our leader is being led. We are following a woman.

SOLDIER

                                                    You keep by land
The legions and the horse whole, do you not?

SOLDIER

On land you keep the legions and cavalry together, don’t you?

CANIDIUS

Marcus Octavius, Marcus Justeius,
Publicola, and Caelius, are for sea;
But we keep whole by land. This speed of Caesar’s
75Carries beyond belief.

CANIDIUS

Marcus Octavius, Marcus Justeius, Publicola, and Caelius will go by sea, but we’ll keep the bulk on land. Caesar’s speed defies belief.

SOLDIER

While he was yet in Rome
His power went out in such distractions as
Beguiled all spies.

SOLDIER

While he was still in Rome, he deployed his forces in so many different disguises that all our spies were fooled.