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Enter CAESAR , with AGRIPPA , DOLABELLA , MAECENAS , GALLUS , and PROCULEIUS , and his council of war
CAESAR enters with his war council: AGRIPPA , DOLABELLA , MAECENAS , GALLUS , and PROCULEIUS .

CAESAR

Go to him, Dolabella, bid him yield.
Being so frustrate, tell him, he mocks
The pauses that he makes.

CAESAR

Dolabella, go see Antony. Tell him to surrender. His position is hopeless. This delay makes him look ridiculous.

DOLABELLA

Caesar, I shall.

DOLABELLA

Right away, Caesar.
Exit DOLABELLA exits.
Enter DERCETUS , with the sword of ANTONY
DECRETUS enters carrying ANTONY s sword.

CAESAR

Wherefore is that? And what art thou that darst
5 Appear thus to us?

CAESAR

What are you doing with a sword? Who do you think you are coming in here armed?

DERCETUS

I am called Dercetus.
Mark Antony I served, who best was worthy
Best to be served. Whilst he stood up and spoke,
He was my master, and I wore my life
To spend upon his haters. If thou please
10 To take me to thee, as I was to him
Ill be to Caesar. If thou pleasest not,
I yield thee up my life.

DECRETUS

My name is Decretus. I served Mark Antony, who was the commander most worthy of my services. While he was alive, I lived only to serve him and oppose his enemies. If you accept my service, Ill serve you the same way. If not, you can kill me.

CAESAR

What is t thou sayst?

CAESAR

What are you saying?

DERCETUS

I say, O Caesar, Antony is dead.

DECRETUS

Caesar, Im telling you that Antony is dead.

CAESAR

The breaking of so great a thing should make
15 A greater crack. The round world
Should have shook lions into civil streets
And citizens to their dens. The death of Antony
Is not a single doom. In the name lay
A moiety of the world.

CAESAR

When such a great man dies there should be a thunderclap. The fractured world, in its confusion, should send lions into the city streets and humans into the wilderness to live in lions dens. This isnt the death of one man. Its the death of half the world.

DERCETUS

He is dead, Caesar,
20 Not by a public minister of justice,
Nor by a hird knife, but that self hand
Which writ his honor in the acts it did
Hath, with the courage which the heart did lend it,
Splitted the heart. This is his sword.
25 I robbed his wound of it. Behold it stained
With his most noble blood.

DECRETUS

Hes dead, Caesar. Not by public execution or an assassins knife. He killed himself with the same hand that performed such brave acts. With the courage his heart lent his hand, his hand in turn split his heart. This is his sword. I pulled it from his wound. Lookhis noble blood is still on it.

CAESAR

Look you, sad friends,
The gods rebuke me, but it is tidings
To wash the eyes of kings.

CAESAR

Listen, sad friends, though the gods may rebuke me, this news would make kings cry.

AGRIPPA

And strange it is
That nature must compel us to lament
30 Our most persisted deeds.

AGRIPPA

Its strange that human nature makes us grieve for the very thing weve been trying to achieve.

MAECENAS

His taints and honors
Waged equal with him.

MAECENAS

His faults were equally matched by his virtues.

AGRIPPA

A rarer spirit never
Did steer humanity, but you gods will give us
Some faults to make us men. Caesar is touched.

AGRIPPA

There was never a ruler as excellent as he. But gods, you give us faults so well be human. Caesar is upset.

MAECENAS

When such a spacious mirrors set before him,
35 He needs must see himself.

MAECENAS

Its impossible for him not to see himself in Antony.

CAESAR

O Antony,
I have followed thee to this, but we do launch
Diseases in our bodies. I must perforce
Have shown to thee such a declining day,
Or look on thine. We could not stall together
40 In the whole world. But yet let me lament
With tears as sovereign as the blood of hearts
That thou, my brother, my competitor
In top of all design, my mate in empire,
Friend and companion in the front of war,
45 The arm of mine own body, and the heart
Where mine his thoughts did kindlethat our stars,
Unreconcilable, should divide
Our equalness to this. Hear me, good friends

CAESAR

Oh, Antony. I drove you to this. But we have to get rid of a disease if it threatens our body. Either I had to ruin you, or you would have ruined me.
There wasnt enough room in the world for both of us. Even so, let me mourn, with tears that heal like a bloodletting, that youmy brother, my greatest competitor, my partner in rule, my friend and companion on the battlefield, the very arm of my body, and the heart in which mine own hearts thoughts livedthat our fates could not be reconciled, which caused us to divide ourselves from one another.
Let me tell you, friends
Enter an EGYPTIAN
An EGYPTIAN enters.
But I will tell you at some meeter season.
50 The business of this man looks out of him.
Well hear him what he says. (toEGYPTIAN) Whence are you?
Ill tell you at a better time. This man looks like his business is urgent. Lets hear what he has to say. (toEGYPTIAN) Who are you?

EGYPTIAN

A poor Egyptian yet, the Queen my mistress,
Confined in all she has, her monument,
Of thy intents desires instruction,
55 That she preparedly may frame herself
To th way shes forced to.

EGYPTIAN

A poor Egyptian, but my mistress, the Queen, sent me to find out what your intentions are concerning her. Shes locked up in her tomb and wants to prepare herself for her fate.

CAESAR

Bid her have good heart.
She soon shall know of us, by some of ours,
How honorable and how kindly we
Determine for her, for Caesar cannot live
60 To be ungentle.

CAESAR

Tell her to put her mind at rest. Shell find out soon enough by one of our messengers how respectfully and kindly we plan to treat her. I cannot be taught how to be cruel.

EGYPTIAN

So the gods preserve thee!

EGYPTIAN

May the gods bless you.
Exit He exits.

CAESAR

Come hither, Proculeius. Go and say
We purpose her no shame. Give her what comforts
The quality of her passion shall require,
Lest, in her greatness, by some mortal stroke
65 She do defeat us, for her life in Rome
Would be eternal in our triumph. Go,
And with your speediest bring us what she says
And how you find of her.

CAESAR

Come here, Proculeius. Tell her we mean her no disrespect. Give her whatever assurances you feel she needs to keep her from killing herself. I need her alive, so that I can exhibit her in my triumphal procession and gain eternal fame. Go, and hurry back to bring us her reply and news of her state of mind.

PROCULEIUS

Caesar, I shall.

PROCULEIUS

I will, Caesar.
Exit PROCULEIUS PROCULEIUS exits.

CAESAR

Gallus, go you along.

CAESAR

Gallus, you go with him.
Exit GALLUS GALLUS exits.
Wheres Dolabella,
70 To second Proculeius?
Wheres Dolabella? Hes supposed to support Proculeius.

ALL

Dolabella!

ALL

Dolabella!

CAESAR

Let him alone, for I remember now
How hes employed. He shall in time be ready.
Go with me to my tent, where you shall see
How hardly I was drawn into this war,
75 How calm and gentle I proceeded still
In all my writings. Go with me and see
What I can show in this.

CAESAR

Never mind. I remember hes already occupied. Hell be done in time. Come with me. In my tent Ill show you how unwillingly I was drawn into this war. Youll see how calm and gentle my letters to Antony always were. Come and see the proof.
Exeunt They exit.