• Enter CAESAR, AGRIPPA, and MAECENAS, with his army, CAESAR reading a letter

    CAESAR

    He calls me “boy” and chides as he had power
    To beat me out of Egypt. My messenger
    He hath whipped with rods, dares me to personal combat,
    Caesar to Antony. Let the old ruffian know
    5I have many other ways to die, meantime
    Laugh at his challenge.

    MAECENAS

    Caesar must think
    When one so great begins to rage, he’s hunted
    Even to falling. Give him no breath, but now
    10Make boot of his distraction. Never anger
    Made good guard for itself.

    CAESAR

                                                          Let our best heads
    Know that tomorrow the last of many battles
    We mean to fight. Within our files there are,
    Of those that served Mark Antony but late,
    15Enough to fetch him in. See it done
    And feast the army. We have store to do ’t,
    And they have earned the waste. Poor Antony!
    Exeunt
  • CAESAR enters, reading a letter, with AGRIPPA, MAECENAS, and his army.

    CAESAR

    He calls me “boy” and scolds me as if he had the power to whip me out of Egypt. He whipped my messenger with rods. He dares me to personal combat, Caesar against Antony. Let the old ruffian discover that I have many other ways to die, and in the meantime, we’ll laugh at his challenge.

    MAECENAS

    Caesar must realize that when a man as powerful as Antony begins to rage, he has been pursued to the point of collapse. Don’t give him time to catch his breath. Take advantage of his unreasonable rage. Anger does not protect the angry well.

    CAESAR

    Tell our top commanders that I want tomorrow’s battle to be the last we fight. Our army has recently acquired many of Mark Antony’s former soldiers—enough to capture him. See that it is done, and prepare a feast for the soldiers. We have enough supplies for it, and they’ve earned it. Poor Antony!
    They exit.