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	them, and Attendants]

MARK ANTONY: The world and my great office will sometimes
	Divide me from your bosom.

OCTAVIA: All which time
	Before the gods my knee shall bow my prayers
	To them for you.

MARK ANTONY:                   Good night, sir. My Octavia,
	Read not my blemishes in the world's report:
	I have not kept my square; but that to come
	Shall all be done by the rule. Good night, dear lady.
	Good night, sir.



	[Enter Soothsayer]

MARK ANTONY: Now, sirrah; you do wish yourself in Egypt?

Soothsayer: Would I had never come from thence, nor you Thither!

MARK ANTONY: If you can, your reason?

Soothsayer: I see it in
	My motion, have it not in my tongue: but yet
	Hie you to Egypt again.

MARK ANTONY: Say to me,
	Whose fortunes shall rise higher, Caesar's or mine?

Soothsayer: Caesar's.
	Therefore, O Antony, stay not by his side:
	Thy demon, that's thy spirit which keeps thee, is
	Noble, courageous high, unmatchable,
	Where Caesar's is not; but, near him, thy angel
	Becomes a fear, as being o'erpower'd: therefore
	Make space enough between you.

MARK ANTONY: Speak this no more.

Soothsayer: To none but thee; no more, but when to thee.
	If thou dost play with him at any game,
	Thou art sure to lose; and, of that natural luck,
	He beats thee 'gainst the odds: thy lustre thickens,
	When he shines by: I say again, thy spirit
	Is all afraid to govern thee near him;
	But, he away, 'tis noble.

MARK ANTONY: Get thee gone:
	Say to Ventidius I would speak with him:

	[Exit Soothsayer]

	He shall to Parthia. Be it art or hap,
	He hath spoken true: the very dice obey him;
	And in our sports my better cunning faints
	Under his chance: if we draw lots, he speeds;
	His cocks do win the battle still of mine,
	When it is all to nought; and his quails ever
	Beat mine, inhoop'd, at odds. I will to Egypt:
	And though I make this marriage for my peace,
	I' the east my pleasure lies.


		        O, come, Ventidius,
	You must to Parthia: your commission's ready;
	Follow me, and receive't.



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