Enter VENTIDIUS as it were in
triumph, the dead body of Pacorus borne before him, with
SILIUS, and other Romans, officers, and
Now, darting Parthia, art thou struck, and now
Pleased fortune does of Marcus Crassus’ death
Make me revenger. Bear the King’s son’s body
Before our army. Thy Pacorus, Orodes,
5Pays this for Marcus Crassus.
Whilst yet with Parthian blood thy sword is warm,
The fugitive Parthians follow. Spur through Media,
Mesopotamia, and the shelters whither
The routed fly. So thy grand captain, Antony,
10Shall set thee on triumphant chariots and
Put garlands on thy head.
I have done enough. A lower place, note well,
May make too great an act. For learn this, Silius:
Better to leave undone than by our deed
15Acquire too high a fame when him we serve’s
Caesar and Antony have ever won
More in their officer than person. Sossius,
One of my place in Syria, his lieutenant,
For quick accumulation of renown,
20Which he achieved by th’ minute, lost his
Who does i’ th’ wars more than his captain can
Becomes his captain’s captain; and ambition,
The soldier’s virtue, rather makes choice of loss
Than gain which darkens him.
25I could do more to do Antonius good,
But ’twould offend him, and in his offense
Should my performance perish.