• Enter OCTAVIUS, ANTONY, and their army

    OCTAVIUS

    Now, Antony, our hopes are answerèd.
    You said the enemy would not come down
    But keep the hills and upper regions.
    It proves not so. Their battles are at hand.
    5They mean to warn us at Philippi here,
    Answering before we do demand of them.

    ANTONY

    Tut, I am in their bosoms, and I know
    Wherefore they do it. They could be content
    To visit other places, and come down
    10With fearful bravery, thinking by this face
    To fasten in our thoughts that they have courage.
    But ’tis not so.
    Enter a MESSENGER

    MESSENGER

       Prepare you, generals.
    The enemy comes on in gallant show.
    Their bloody sign of battle is hung out,
    15And something to be done immediately.

    ANTONY

    Octavius, lead your battle softly on,
    Upon the left hand of the even field.

    OCTAVIUS

    Upon the right hand I. Keep thou the left.

    ANTONY

    Why do you cross me in this exigent?
  • OCTAVIUS and ANTONY enter with their army.

    OCTAVIUS

    Now, Antony, our prayers have been answered. You said the enemy wouldn’t come down but keep to the hills and upper regions. It seems not. Their forces are nearby. They intend to challenge us here at Philippi, responding to our challenge before we’ve even challenged him.

    ANTONY

    I know how they think, and I understand why they’re doing this. They really wish they were somewhere else, but they want to descend on us, looking fierce so we’ll think they’re brave. But they aren’t.
    A MESSENGER enters.

    MESSENGER

    Prepare yourselves, generals. The enemy approaches with great display. They show their bloody heralds of battle, and something must be done immediately.

    ANTONY

    Octavius, lead your forces slowly out to the left side of the level field.

    OCTAVIUS

    I’ll go to the right side. You stay on the left.

    ANTONY

    Why are you defying me in this urgent matter?