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Antony And Cleopatra


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William Shakespeare

This is the Bookwise complete ebook of Antony And Cleopatra by William Shakespeare, available to read online as an alternative to epub, mobi, kindle, pdf or text only versions. For information about the status of this work, see Copyright Notice.


Set soon after Julius Caesar, Marc Antony is in love with Cleopatra, an Egyptian queen. What used to be a friendship between Emperor Octavius and Antony develops into a hatred as Antony rejects the Emperor's sister, his wife, in favour of Cleopatra. Antony attempts to take the throne from Octavius and fails, while Cleopatra commits suicide.

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Dramatis Personæ

Dramatis Personæ

Antony, a triumvir of Rome

Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt

Octavius Caesar, a triumvir of Rome

Octavia, sister to Caesar, later wife to Antony

Lepidus, a triumvir of Rome

Enobarbus, also called Domitius









A Schoolmaster, Antony’s Ambassador to Caesar

accompanying Antony in Egypt and elsewhere




Mardian, a Eunuch

Seleucus, Cleopatra’s treasurer


serving in Cleopatra’s court








supporting and accompanying Caesar

Sextus Pompeius, also called Pompey








A Soothsayer


A Boy

A Captain

An Egyptian

A Countryman

Ladies, Eunuchs, Captains, Officers, Soldiers, Attendants, Servants (Lamprius, Rannius, Lucillius: mute characters named in the opening stage direction to 1.2)


Scene 1

Enter Demetrius and Philo.

line 0001Nay, but this dotage of our general’s
line 0002O’erflows the measure. Those his goodly eyes,
line 0003That o’er the files and musters of the war
line 0004Have glowed like plated Mars, now bend, now turn
5line 0005The office and devotion of their view
line 0006Upon a tawny front. His captain’s heart,
line 0007Which in the scuffles of great fights hath burst
line 0008The buckles on his breast, reneges all temper
line 0009And is become the bellows and the fan
10line 0010To cool a gypsy’s lust.

Flourish. Enter Antony, Cleopatra, her Ladies, the Train, with Eunuchs fanning her.

line 0011Look where they come.
line 0012Take but good note, and you shall see in him
line 0013The triple pillar of the world transformed
line 0014Into a strumpet’s fool. Behold and see.
15line 0015If it be love indeed, tell me how much.
line 0016There’s beggary in the love that can be reckoned.
line 0017I’ll set a bourn how far to be beloved.
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 9 ANTONY
line 0018Then must thou needs find out new heaven, new
line 0019Earth.

Enter a Messenger.

20line 0020MESSENGERNews, my good lord, from Rome.
line 0021ANTONYGrates me, the sum.
line 0022CLEOPATRANay, hear them, Antony.
line 0023Fulvia perchance is angry. Or who knows
line 0024If the scarce-bearded Caesar have not sent
25line 0025His powerful mandate to you: “Do this, or this;
line 0026Take in that kingdom, and enfranchise that.
line 0027Perform ’t, or else we damn thee.”
line 0028ANTONYHow, my love?
line 0029CLEOPATRAPerchance? Nay, and most like.
30line 0030You must not stay here longer; your dismission
line 0031Is come from Caesar. Therefore hear it, Antony.
line 0032Where’s Fulvia’s process? Caesar’s, I would say—
line 0033both?
line 0034Call in the messengers. As I am Egypt’s queen,
35line 0035Thou blushest, Antony, and that blood of thine
line 0036Is Caesar’s homager; else so thy cheek pays shame
line 0037When shrill-tongued Fulvia scolds. The messengers!
line 0038Let Rome in Tiber melt and the wide arch
line 0039Of the ranged empire fall. Here is my space.
40line 0040Kingdoms are clay. Our dungy earth alike
line 0041Feeds beast as man. The nobleness of life
line 0042Is to do thus; when such a mutual pair
line 0043And such a twain can do ’t, in which I bind,
line 0044On pain of punishment, the world to weet
45line 0045We stand up peerless.
line 0046CLEOPATRAExcellent falsehood!
line 0047Why did he marry Fulvia and not love her?
line 0048I’ll seem the fool I am not. Antony
line 0049Will be himself.
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 11 50line 0050ANTONYBut stirred by Cleopatra.
line 0051Now for the love of Love and her soft hours,
line 0052Let’s not confound the time with conference harsh.
line 0053There’s not a minute of our lives should stretch
line 0054Without some pleasure now. What sport tonight?
55line 0055Hear the ambassadors.
line 0056ANTONYFie, wrangling queen,
line 0057Whom everything becomes—to chide, to laugh,
line 0058To weep; whose every passion fully strives
line 0059To make itself, in thee, fair and admired!
60line 0060No messenger but thine, and all alone
line 0061Tonight we’ll wander through the streets and note
line 0062The qualities of people. Come, my queen,
line 0063Last night you did desire it. To the Messenger.
line 0064Speak not to us.

Antony and Cleopatra exit with the Train.

65line 0065Is Caesar with Antonius prized so slight?
line 0066Sir, sometimes when he is not Antony
line 0067He comes too short of that great property
line 0068Which still should go with Antony.
line 0069DEMETRIUSI am full sorry
70line 0070That he approves the common liar who
line 0071Thus speaks of him at Rome; but I will hope
line 0072Of better deeds tomorrow. Rest you happy!

They exit.

Scene 2

Enter Enobarbus, Lamprius, a Soothsayer, Rannius, Lucillius, Charmian, Iras, Mardian the Eunuch, Alexas, and Servants.

line 0073CHARMIANLord Alexas, sweet Alexas, most anything
line 0074Alexas, almost most absolute Alexas, where’s the
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 13 line 0075soothsayer that you praised so to th’ Queen? O, that
line 0076I knew this husband which you say must charge
5line 0077his horns with garlands!
line 0078ALEXASSoothsayer!
line 0079SOOTHSAYERYour will?
line 0080Is this the man?—Is ’t you, sir, that know things?
line 0081In nature’s infinite book of secrecy
10line 0082A little I can read.
line 0083ALEXASto Charmian Show him your hand.
ENOBARBUSto Servants
line 0084Bring in the banquet quickly, wine enough
line 0085Cleopatra’s health to drink.
line 0086CHARMIANgiving her hand to the Soothsayer Good sir,
15line 0087give me good fortune.
line 0088SOOTHSAYERI make not, but foresee.
line 0089CHARMIANPray then, foresee me one.
line 0090You shall be yet far fairer than you are.
line 0091CHARMIANHe means in flesh.
20line 0092IRASNo, you shall paint when you are old.
line 0093CHARMIANWrinkles forbid!
line 0094ALEXASVex not his prescience. Be attentive.
line 0095CHARMIANHush.
line 0096You shall be more beloving than beloved.
25line 0097CHARMIANI had rather heat my liver with drinking.
line 0098ALEXASNay, hear him.
line 0099CHARMIANGood now, some excellent fortune! Let me
line 0100be married to three kings in a forenoon and widow
line 0101them all. Let me have a child at fifty to whom Herod
30line 0102of Jewry may do homage. Find me to marry me
line 0103with Octavius Caesar, and companion me with my
line 0104mistress.
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 15 SOOTHSAYER
line 0105You shall outlive the lady whom you serve.
line 0106CHARMIANO, excellent! I love long life better than figs.
35line 0107You have seen and proved a fairer former fortune
line 0108Than that which is to approach.
line 0109CHARMIANThen belike my children shall have no
line 0110names. Prithee, how many boys and wenches must
line 0111I have?
40line 0112If every of your wishes had a womb,
line 0113And fertile every wish, a million.
line 0114CHARMIANOut, fool! I forgive thee for a witch.
line 0115ALEXASYou think none but your sheets are privy to
line 0116your wishes.
45line 0117CHARMIANto Soothsayer Nay, come. Tell Iras hers.
line 0118ALEXASWe’ll know all our fortunes.
line 0119ENOBARBUSMine, and most of our fortunes tonight,
line 0120shall be—drunk to bed.
line 0121IRASgiving her hand to the Soothsayer There’s a palm
50line 0122presages chastity, if nothing else.
line 0123CHARMIANE’en as the o’erflowing Nilus presageth
line 0124famine.
line 0125IRASGo, you wild bedfellow, you cannot soothsay.
line 0126CHARMIANNay, if an oily palm be not a fruitful prognostication,
55line 0127I cannot scratch mine ear.—Prithee
line 0128tell her but a workaday fortune.
line 0129SOOTHSAYERYour fortunes are alike.
line 0130IRASBut how, but how? Give me particulars.
line 0131SOOTHSAYERI have said.
60line 0132IRASAm I not an inch of fortune better than she?
line 0133CHARMIANWell, if you were but an inch of fortune
line 0134better than I, where would you choose it?
line 0135IRASNot in my husband’s nose.
line 0136CHARMIANOur worser thoughts heavens mend. Alexas—
65line 0137come, his fortune, his fortune! O, let him marry a
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 17 line 0138woman that cannot go, sweet Isis, I beseech thee, and
line 0139let her die, too, and give him a worse, and let worse
line 0140follow worse, till the worst of all follow him laughing
line 0141to his grave, fiftyfold a cuckold. Good Isis, hear me
70line 0142this prayer, though thou deny me a matter of more
line 0143weight, good Isis, I beseech thee!
line 0144IRASAmen, dear goddess, hear that prayer of the
line 0145people. For, as it is a heartbreaking to see a handsome
line 0146man loose-wived, so it is a deadly sorrow to
75line 0147behold a foul knave uncuckolded. Therefore, dear
line 0148Isis, keep decorum and fortune him accordingly.
line 0149CHARMIANAmen.
line 0150ALEXASLo now, if it lay in their hands to make me a
line 0151cuckold, they would make themselves whores but
80line 0152they’d do ’t.
line 0153ENOBARBUSHush, here comes Antony.
line 0154CHARMIANNot he. The Queen.

Enter Cleopatra.

line 0155CLEOPATRASaw you my lord?
line 0156ENOBARBUSNo, lady.
85line 0157CLEOPATRAWas he not here?
line 0158CHARMIANNo, madam.
line 0159He was disposed to mirth, but on the sudden
line 0160A Roman thought hath struck him.—Enobarbus!
line 0161ENOBARBUSMadam?
90line 0162Seek him and bring him hither.—Where’s Alexas?
line 0163Here at your service. My lord approaches.

Enter Antony with a Messenger.

line 0164We will not look upon him. Go with us.

All but Antony and the Messenger exit.

Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 19 MESSENGER
line 0165Fulvia thy wife first came into the field.
line 0166ANTONYAgainst my brother Lucius?
95line 0167MESSENGERAy.
line 0168But soon that war had end, and the time’s state
line 0169Made friends of them, jointing their force ’gainst
line 0170Caesar,
line 0171Whose better issue in the war from Italy
100line 0172Upon the first encounter drave them.
line 0173ANTONYWell, what worst?
line 0174The nature of bad news infects the teller.
line 0175When it concerns the fool or coward. On.
line 0176Things that are past are done, with me. ’Tis thus:
105line 0177Who tells me true, though in his tale lie death,
line 0178I hear him as he flattered.
line 0179MESSENGERLabienus—
line 0180This is stiff news—hath with his Parthian force
line 0181Extended Asia: from Euphrates
110line 0182His conquering banner shook, from Syria
line 0183To Lydia and to Ionia,
line 0184Whilst—
line 0185ANTONY“Antony,” thou wouldst say?
line 0186MESSENGERO, my lord!
115line 0187Speak to me home; mince not the general tongue.
line 0188Name Cleopatra as she is called in Rome;
line 0189Rail thou in Fulvia’s phrase, and taunt my faults
line 0190With such full license as both truth and malice
line 0191Have power to utter. O, then we bring forth weeds
120line 0192When our quick winds lie still, and our ills told us
line 0193Is as our earing. Fare thee well awhile.
line 0194MESSENGERAt your noble pleasure.Messenger exits.
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 21

Enter another Messenger.

line 0195From Sicyon how the news? Speak there.
line 0196The man from Sicyon—
125line 0197ANTONYIs there such an one?
line 0198He stays upon your will.
line 0199ANTONYLet him appear.

Second Messenger exits.

line 0200These strong Egyptian fetters I must break,
line 0201Or lose myself in dotage.

Enter another Messenger with a letter.

130line 0202What are you?
line 0203Fulvia thy wife is dead.
line 0204ANTONYWhere died she?
line 0205THIRD MESSENGERIn Sicyon.
line 0206Her length of sickness, with what else more serious
135line 0207Importeth thee to know, this bears.

He hands Antony the letter.

line 0208ANTONYForbear me.

Third Messenger exits.

line 0209There’s a great spirit gone! Thus did I desire it.
line 0210What our contempts doth often hurl from us,
line 0211We wish it ours again. The present pleasure,
140line 0212By revolution lowering, does become
line 0213The opposite of itself. She’s good, being gone.
line 0214The hand could pluck her back that shoved her on.
line 0215I must from this enchanting queen break off.
line 0216Ten thousand harms more than the ills I know
145line 0217My idleness doth hatch.—How now, Enobarbus!

Enter Enobarbus.

Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 23 line 0218ENOBARBUSWhat’s your pleasure, sir?
line 0219ANTONYI must with haste from hence.
line 0220ENOBARBUSWhy then we kill all our women. We see
line 0221how mortal an unkindness is to them. If they suffer
150line 0222our departure, death’s the word.
line 0223ANTONYI must be gone.
line 0224ENOBARBUSUnder a compelling occasion, let women
line 0225die. It were pity to cast them away for nothing,
line 0226though between them and a great cause, they
155line 0227should be esteemed nothing. Cleopatra, catching
line 0228but the least noise of this, dies instantly. I have seen
line 0229her die twenty times upon far poorer moment. I do
line 0230think there is mettle in death which commits some
line 0231loving act upon her, she hath such a celerity in
160line 0232dying.
line 0233ANTONYShe is cunning past man’s thought.
line 0234ENOBARBUSAlack, sir, no, her passions are made of
line 0235nothing but the finest part of pure love. We cannot
line 0236call her winds and waters sighs and tears; they are
165line 0237greater storms and tempests than almanacs can
line 0238report. This cannot be cunning in her; if it be, she
line 0239makes a shower of rain as well as Jove.
line 0240ANTONYWould I had never seen her!
line 0241ENOBARBUSO, sir, you had then left unseen a wonderful
170line 0242piece of work, which not to have been blest
line 0243withal would have discredited your travel.
line 0244ANTONYFulvia is dead.
line 0245ENOBARBUSSir?
line 0246ANTONYFulvia is dead.
175line 0247ENOBARBUSFulvia?
line 0248ANTONYDead.
line 0249ENOBARBUSWhy, sir, give the gods a thankful sacrifice.
line 0250When it pleaseth their deities to take the wife of a
line 0251man from him, it shows to man the tailors of the
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 25 180line 0252Earth; comforting therein, that when old robes are
line 0253worn out, there are members to make new. If there
line 0254were no more women but Fulvia, then had you
line 0255indeed a cut, and the case to be lamented. This grief
line 0256is crowned with consolation; your old smock brings
185line 0257forth a new petticoat, and indeed the tears live in an
line 0258onion that should water this sorrow.
line 0259The business she hath broachèd in the state
line 0260Cannot endure my absence.
line 0261ENOBARBUSAnd the business you have broached here
190line 0262cannot be without you, especially that of Cleopatra’s,
line 0263which wholly depends on your abode.
line 0264No more light answers. Let our officers
line 0265Have notice what we purpose. I shall break
line 0266The cause of our expedience to the Queen
195line 0267And get her leave to part. For not alone
line 0268The death of Fulvia, with more urgent touches,
line 0269Do strongly speak to us, but the letters too
line 0270Of many our contriving friends in Rome
line 0271Petition us at home. Sextus Pompeius
200line 0272Hath given the dare to Caesar and commands
line 0273The empire of the sea. Our slippery people,
line 0274Whose love is never linked to the deserver
line 0275Till his deserts are past, begin to throw
line 0276Pompey the Great and all his dignities
205line 0277Upon his son, who—high in name and power,
line 0278Higher than both in blood and life—stands up
line 0279For the main soldier; whose quality, going on,
line 0280The sides o’ th’ world may danger. Much is
line 0281breeding
210line 0282Which, like the courser’s hair, hath yet but life
line 0283And not a serpent’s poison. Say our pleasure,
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 27 line 0284To such whose place is under us, requires
line 0285Our quick remove from hence.
line 0286ENOBARBUSI shall do ’t.

They exit.

Scene 3

Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, Alexas, and Iras.

line 0287Where is he?
line 0288CHARMIANI did not see him since.
line 0289See where he is, who’s with him, what he does.
line 0290I did not send you. If you find him sad,
5line 0291Say I am dancing; if in mirth, report
line 0292That I am sudden sick. Quick, and return.

Alexas exits.

line 0293Madam, methinks, if you did love him dearly,
line 0294You do not hold the method to enforce
line 0295The like from him.
10line 0296CLEOPATRAWhat should I do I do not?
line 0297In each thing give him way; cross him in nothing.
line 0298Thou teachest like a fool: the way to lose him.
line 0299Tempt him not so too far. I wish, forbear.
line 0300In time we hate that which we often fear.

Enter Antony.

15line 0301But here comes Antony.
line 0302CLEOPATRAI am sick and sullen.
line 0303I am sorry to give breathing to my purpose—
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 29 CLEOPATRA
line 0304Help me away, dear Charmian! I shall fall.
line 0305It cannot be thus long; the sides of nature
20line 0306Will not sustain it.
line 0307ANTONYNow, my dearest queen—
line 0308Pray you stand farther from me.
line 0309ANTONYWhat’s the matter?
line 0310I know by that same eye there’s some good news.
25line 0311What, says the married woman you may go?
line 0312Would she had never given you leave to come.
line 0313Let her not say ’tis I that keep you here.
line 0314I have no power upon you. Hers you are.
line 0315The gods best know—
30line 0316CLEOPATRAO, never was there queen
line 0317So mightily betrayed! Yet at the first
line 0318I saw the treasons planted.
line 0319ANTONYCleopatra—
line 0320Why should I think you can be mine, and true—
35line 0321Though you in swearing shake the thronèd gods—
line 0322Who have been false to Fulvia? Riotous madness,
line 0323To be entangled with those mouth-made vows
line 0324Which break themselves in swearing!
line 0325ANTONYMost sweet
40line 0326queen—
line 0327Nay, pray you seek no color for your going,
line 0328But bid farewell and go. When you sued staying,
line 0329Then was the time for words. No going then!
line 0330Eternity was in our lips and eyes,
45line 0331Bliss in our brows’ bent; none our parts so poor
line 0332But was a race of heaven. They are so still,
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 31 line 0333Or thou, the greatest soldier of the world,
line 0334Art turned the greatest liar.
line 0335ANTONYHow now, lady?
50line 0336I would I had thy inches. Thou shouldst know
line 0337There were a heart in Egypt.
line 0338ANTONYHear me, queen:
line 0339The strong necessity of time commands
line 0340Our services awhile, but my full heart
55line 0341Remains in use with you. Our Italy
line 0342Shines o’er with civil swords; Sextus Pompeius
line 0343Makes his approaches to the port of Rome;
line 0344Equality of two domestic powers
line 0345Breed scrupulous faction; the hated grown to
60line 0346strength
line 0347Are newly grown to love; the condemned Pompey,
line 0348Rich in his father’s honor, creeps apace
line 0349Into the hearts of such as have not thrived
line 0350Upon the present state, whose numbers threaten;
65line 0351And quietness, grown sick of rest, would purge
line 0352By any desperate change. My more particular,
line 0353And that which most with you should safe my going,
line 0354Is Fulvia’s death.
line 0355Though age from folly could not give me freedom,
70line 0356It does from childishness. Can Fulvia die?
line 0357ANTONYShe’s dead, my queen.He shows her papers.
line 0358Look here, and at thy sovereign leisure read
line 0359The garboils she awaked; at the last, best,
line 0360See when and where she died.
75line 0361CLEOPATRAO, most false love!
line 0362Where be the sacred vials thou shouldst fill
line 0363With sorrowful water? Now I see, I see,
line 0364In Fulvia’s death, how mine received shall be.
line 0365Quarrel no more, but be prepared to know
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 33 80line 0366The purposes I bear, which are or cease
line 0367As you shall give th’ advice. By the fire
line 0368That quickens Nilus’ slime, I go from hence
line 0369Thy soldier, servant, making peace or war
line 0370As thou affects.
85line 0371CLEOPATRACut my lace, Charmian, come!
line 0372But let it be; I am quickly ill and well;
line 0373So Antony loves.
line 0374ANTONYMy precious queen, forbear,
line 0375And give true evidence to his love, which stands
90line 0376An honorable trial.
line 0377CLEOPATRASo Fulvia told me.
line 0378I prithee turn aside and weep for her,
line 0379Then bid adieu to me, and say the tears
line 0380Belong to Egypt. Good now, play one scene
95line 0381Of excellent dissembling, and let it look
line 0382Like perfect honor.
line 0383ANTONYYou’ll heat my blood. No more!
line 0384You can do better yet, but this is meetly.
line 0385Now by my sword—
100line 0386CLEOPATRAAnd target. Still he mends.
line 0387But this is not the best. Look, prithee, Charmian,
line 0388How this Herculean Roman does become
line 0389The carriage of his chafe.
line 0390ANTONYI’ll leave you, lady.
105line 0391CLEOPATRACourteous lord, one word.
line 0392Sir, you and I must part, but that’s not it;
line 0393Sir, you and I have loved, but there’s not it;
line 0394That you know well. Something it is I would—
line 0395O, my oblivion is a very Antony,
110line 0396And I am all forgotten.
line 0397ANTONYBut that your Royalty
line 0398Holds idleness your subject, I should take you
line 0399For idleness itself.
Act 1 Scene 4 - Pg 35 line 0400CLEOPATRA’Tis sweating labor
115line 0401To bear such idleness so near the heart
line 0402As Cleopatra this. But, sir, forgive me,
line 0403Since my becomings kill me when they do not
line 0404Eye well to you. Your honor calls you hence;
line 0405Therefore be deaf to my unpitied folly,
120line 0406And all the gods go with you. Upon your sword
line 0407Sit laurel victory, and smooth success
line 0408Be strewed before your feet.
line 0409ANTONYLet us go. Come.
line 0410Our separation so abides and flies
125line 0411That thou, residing here, goes yet with me,
line 0412And I, hence fleeting, here remain with thee.
line 0413Away!

They exit.

Scene 4

Enter Octavius Caesar, reading a letter, Lepidus, and their Train.

line 0414You may see, Lepidus, and henceforth know,
line 0415It is not Caesar’s natural vice to hate
line 0416Our great competitor. From Alexandria
line 0417This is the news: he fishes, drinks, and wastes
5line 0418The lamps of night in revel, is not more manlike
line 0419Than Cleopatra, nor the queen of Ptolemy
line 0420More womanly than he; hardly gave audience, or
line 0421Vouchsafed to think he had partners. You shall
line 0422find there
10line 0423A man who is th’ abstract of all faults
line 0424That all men follow.
line 0425LEPIDUSI must not think there are
line 0426Evils enough to darken all his goodness.
Act 1 Scene 4 - Pg 37 line 0427His faults in him seem as the spots of heaven,
15line 0428More fiery by night’s blackness, hereditary
line 0429Rather than purchased, what he cannot change
line 0430Than what he chooses.
line 0431You are too indulgent. Let’s grant it is not
line 0432Amiss to tumble on the bed of Ptolemy,
20line 0433To give a kingdom for a mirth, to sit
line 0434And keep the turn of tippling with a slave,
line 0435To reel the streets at noon and stand the buffet
line 0436With knaves that smells of sweat. Say this becomes
line 0437him—
25line 0438As his composure must be rare indeed
line 0439Whom these things cannot blemish—yet must
line 0440Antony
line 0441No way excuse his foils when we do bear
line 0442So great weight in his lightness. If he filled
30line 0443His vacancy with his voluptuousness,
line 0444Full surfeits and the dryness of his bones
line 0445Call on him for ’t. But to confound such time
line 0446That drums him from his sport and speaks as loud
line 0447As his own state and ours, ’tis to be chid
35line 0448As we rate boys who, being mature in knowledge,
line 0449Pawn their experience to their present pleasure
line 0450And so rebel to judgment.

Enter a Messenger.

line 0451LEPIDUSHere’s more news.
line 0452Thy biddings have been done, and every hour,
40line 0453Most noble Caesar, shalt thou have report
line 0454How ’tis abroad. Pompey is strong at sea,
line 0455And it appears he is beloved of those
line 0456That only have feared Caesar. To the ports
line 0457The discontents repair, and men’s reports
45line 0458Give him much wronged.
Act 1 Scene 4 - Pg 39 line 0459CAESARI should have known no less.
line 0460It hath been taught us from the primal state
line 0461That he which is was wished until he were,
line 0462And the ebbed man, ne’er loved till ne’er worth love,
50line 0463Comes feared by being lacked. This common body,
line 0464Like to a vagabond flag upon the stream,
line 0465Goes to and back, lackeying the varying tide
line 0466To rot itself with motion.

Enter a Second Messenger.

line 0467SECOND MESSENGERCaesar, I bring thee word
55line 0468Menecrates and Menas, famous pirates,
line 0469Makes the sea serve them, which they ear and
line 0470wound
line 0471With keels of every kind. Many hot inroads
line 0472They make in Italy—the borders maritime
60line 0473Lack blood to think on ’t—and flush youth revolt.
line 0474No vessel can peep forth but ’tis as soon
line 0475Taken as seen, for Pompey’s name strikes more
line 0476Than could his war resisted.
line 0477CAESARAntony,
65line 0478Leave thy lascivious wassails. When thou once
line 0479Was beaten from Modena, where thou slew’st
line 0480Hirsius and Pansa, consuls, at thy heel
line 0481Did famine follow, whom thou fought’st against,
line 0482Though daintily brought up, with patience more
70line 0483Than savages could suffer. Thou didst drink
line 0484The stale of horses and the gilded puddle
line 0485Which beasts would cough at. Thy palate then did
line 0486deign
line 0487The roughest berry on the rudest hedge.
75line 0488Yea, like the stag when snow the pasture sheets,
line 0489The barks of trees thou browsèd. On the Alps
line 0490It is reported thou didst eat strange flesh
line 0491Which some did die to look on. And all this—
Act 1 Scene 5 - Pg 41 line 0492It wounds thine honor that I speak it now—
80line 0493Was borne so like a soldier that thy cheek
line 0494So much as lanked not.
line 0495LEPIDUS’Tis pity of him.
line 0496CAESARLet his shames quickly
line 0497Drive him to Rome. ’Tis time we twain
85line 0498Did show ourselves i’ th’ field, and to that end
line 0499Assemble we immediate council. Pompey
line 0500Thrives in our idleness.
line 0501LEPIDUSTomorrow, Caesar,
line 0502I shall be furnished to inform you rightly
90line 0503Both what by sea and land I can be able
line 0504To front this present time.
line 0505CAESARTill which encounter,
line 0506It is my business too. Farewell.
line 0507Farewell, my lord. What you shall know meantime
95line 0508Of stirs abroad, I shall beseech you, sir,
line 0509To let me be partaker.
line 0510Doubt not, sir. I knew it for my bond.

They exit.

Scene 5

Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, Iras, and Mardian.

line 0511CLEOPATRACharmian!
line 0512CHARMIANMadam?
line 0513CLEOPATRAHa, ha! Give me to drink mandragora.
line 0514CHARMIANWhy, madam?
5line 0515That I might sleep out this great gap of time
line 0516My Antony is away.
line 0517CHARMIANYou think of him too much.
Act 1 Scene 5 - Pg 43 CLEOPATRA
line 0518O, ’tis treason!
line 0519CHARMIANMadam, I trust not so.
10line 0520Thou, eunuch Mardian!
line 0521MARDIANWhat’s your Highness’ pleasure?
line 0522Not now to hear thee sing. I take no pleasure
line 0523In aught an eunuch has. ’Tis well for thee
line 0524That, being unseminared, thy freer thoughts
15line 0525May not fly forth of Egypt. Hast thou affections?
line 0526MARDIANYes, gracious madam.
line 0527CLEOPATRAIndeed?
line 0528Not in deed, madam, for I can do nothing
line 0529But what indeed is honest to be done.
20line 0530Yet have I fierce affections, and think
line 0531What Venus did with Mars.
line 0532CLEOPATRAO, Charmian,
line 0533Where think’st thou he is now? Stands he, or sits he?
line 0534Or does he walk? Or is he on his horse?
25line 0535O happy horse, to bear the weight of Antony!
line 0536Do bravely, horse, for wot’st thou whom thou
line 0537mov’st?
line 0538The demi-Atlas of this Earth, the arm
line 0539And burgonet of men. He’s speaking now,
30line 0540Or murmuring “Where’s my serpent of old Nile?”
line 0541For so he calls me. Now I feed myself
line 0542With most delicious poison. Think on me
line 0543That am with Phoebus’ amorous pinches black,
line 0544And wrinkled deep in time? Broad-fronted Caesar,
35line 0545When thou wast here above the ground, I was
line 0546A morsel for a monarch. And great Pompey
line 0547Would stand and make his eyes grow in my brow;
line 0548There would he anchor his aspect, and die
line 0549With looking on his life.
Act 1 Scene 5 - Pg 45

Enter Alexas from Antony.

40line 0550ALEXASSovereign of Egypt, hail!
line 0551How much unlike art thou Mark Antony!
line 0552Yet coming from him, that great med’cine hath
line 0553With his tinct gilded thee.
line 0554How goes it with my brave Mark Antony?
45line 0555ALEXASLast thing he did, dear queen,
line 0556He kissed—the last of many doubled kisses—
line 0557This orient pearl. His speech sticks in my heart.
line 0558Mine ear must pluck it thence.
line 0559ALEXAS“Good friend,” quoth
50line 0560he,
line 0561“Say the firm Roman to great Egypt sends
line 0562This treasure of an oyster; at whose foot,
line 0563To mend the petty present, I will piece
line 0564Her opulent throne with kingdoms. All the East,
55line 0565Say thou, shall call her mistress.” So he nodded
line 0566And soberly did mount an arm-gaunt steed,
line 0567Who neighed so high that what I would have spoke
line 0568Was beastly dumbed by him.
line 0569CLEOPATRAWhat, was he sad, or merry?
60line 0570Like to the time o’ th’ year between th’ extremes
line 0571Of hot and cold, he was nor sad nor merry.
line 0572O, well-divided disposition!—Note him,
line 0573Note him, good Charmian, ’tis the man! But note
line 0574him:
65line 0575He was not sad, for he would shine on those
line 0576That make their looks by his; he was not merry,
line 0577Which seemed to tell them his remembrance lay
line 0578In Egypt with his joy; but between both.
Act 1 Scene 5 - Pg 47 line 0579O, heavenly mingle!—Be’st thou sad or merry,
70line 0580The violence of either thee becomes,
line 0581So does it no man’s else.—Met’st thou my posts?
line 0582Ay, madam, twenty several messengers.
line 0583Why do you send so thick?
line 0584CLEOPATRAWho’s born that day
75line 0585When I forget to send to Antony
line 0586Shall die a beggar.—Ink and paper, Charmian.—
line 0587Welcome, my good Alexas.—Did I, Charmian,
line 0588Ever love Caesar so?
line 0589CHARMIANO, that brave Caesar!
80line 0590Be choked with such another emphasis!
line 0591Say “the brave Antony.”
line 0592CHARMIANThe valiant Caesar!
line 0593By Isis, I will give thee bloody teeth
line 0594If thou with Caesar paragon again
85line 0595My man of men.
line 0596CHARMIANBy your most gracious pardon,
line 0597I sing but after you.
line 0598CLEOPATRAMy salad days,
line 0599When I was green in judgment, cold in blood,
90line 0600To say as I said then. But come, away,
line 0601Get me ink and paper.
line 0602He shall have every day a several greeting,
line 0603Or I’ll unpeople Egypt.

They exit.


Scene 1

Enter Pompey, Menecrates, and Menas, in warlike manner.

line 0604If the great gods be just, they shall assist
line 0605The deeds of justest men.
line 0606MENASKnow, worthy Pompey,
line 0607That what they do delay they not deny.
5line 0608Whiles we are suitors to their throne, decays
line 0609The thing we sue for.
line 0610MENASWe, ignorant of ourselves,
line 0611Beg often our own harms, which the wise powers
line 0612Deny us for our good; so find we profit
10line 0613By losing of our prayers.
line 0614POMPEYI shall do well.
line 0615The people love me, and the sea is mine;
line 0616My powers are crescent, and my auguring hope
line 0617Says it will come to th’ full. Mark Antony
15line 0618In Egypt sits at dinner, and will make
line 0619No wars without doors. Caesar gets money where
line 0620He loses hearts. Lepidus flatters both,
line 0621Of both is flattered; but he neither loves,
line 0622Nor either cares for him.
20line 0623MENASCaesar and Lepidus
line 0624Are in the field. A mighty strength they carry.
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 53 POMPEY
line 0625Where have you this? ’Tis false.
line 0626MENASFrom Silvius, sir.
line 0627He dreams. I know they are in Rome together,
25line 0628Looking for Antony. But all the charms of love,
line 0629Salt Cleopatra, soften thy wanned lip!
line 0630Let witchcraft join with beauty, lust with both;
line 0631Tie up the libertine in a field of feasts;
line 0632Keep his brain fuming. Epicurean cooks
30line 0633Sharpen with cloyless sauce his appetite,
line 0634That sleep and feeding may prorogue his honor
line 0635Even till a Lethe’d dullness—

Enter Varrius.

line 0636How now, Varrius?
line 0637This is most certain that I shall deliver:
35line 0638Mark Antony is every hour in Rome
line 0639Expected. Since he went from Egypt ’tis
line 0640A space for farther travel.
line 0641POMPEYI could have given less matter
line 0642A better ear.—Menas, I did not think
40line 0643This amorous surfeiter would have donned his helm
line 0644For such a petty war. His soldiership
line 0645Is twice the other twain. But let us rear
line 0646The higher our opinion, that our stirring
line 0647Can from the lap of Egypt’s widow pluck
45line 0648The ne’er lust-wearied Antony.
line 0649MENASI cannot hope
line 0650Caesar and Antony shall well greet together.
line 0651His wife that’s dead did trespasses to Caesar;
line 0652His brother warred upon him, although I think
50line 0653Not moved by Antony.
line 0654POMPEYI know not, Menas,
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 55 line 0655How lesser enmities may give way to greater.
line 0656Were ’t not that we stand up against them all,
line 0657’Twere pregnant they should square between
55line 0658themselves,
line 0659For they have entertainèd cause enough
line 0660To draw their swords. But how the fear of us
line 0661May cement their divisions and bind up
line 0662The petty difference, we yet not know.
60line 0663Be ’t as our gods will have ’t. It only stands
line 0664Our lives upon to use our strongest hands.
line 0665Come, Menas.

They exit.

Scene 2

Enter Enobarbus and Lepidus.

line 0666Good Enobarbus, ’tis a worthy deed,
line 0667And shall become you well, to entreat your captain
line 0668To soft and gentle speech.
line 0669ENOBARBUSI shall entreat him
5line 0670To answer like himself. If Caesar move him,
line 0671Let Antony look over Caesar’s head
line 0672And speak as loud as Mars. By Jupiter,
line 0673Were I the wearer of Antonio’s beard,
line 0674I would not shave ’t today.
10line 0675’Tis not a time for private stomaching.
line 0676ENOBARBUSEvery time serves for the matter that is
line 0677then born in ’t.
line 0678But small to greater matters must give way.
line 0679ENOBARBUSNot if the small come first.
15line 0680Your speech is passion; but pray you stir
line 0681No embers up. Here comes the noble Antony.
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 57

Enter, at one door, Antony and Ventidius.

line 0682ENOBARBUSAnd yonder Caesar.

Enter, at another door, Caesar, Maecenas, and Agrippa.

ANTONYto Ventidius
line 0683If we compose well here, to Parthia.
line 0684Hark, Ventidius.They talk aside.
CAESARto Maecenas
20line 0685I do not know, Maecenas. Ask Agrippa.
line 0686LEPIDUSto Caesar and Antony Noble friends,
line 0687That which combined us was most great, and let not
line 0688A leaner action rend us. What’s amiss,
line 0689May it be gently heard. When we debate
25line 0690Our trivial difference loud, we do commit
line 0691Murder in healing wounds. Then, noble partners,
line 0692The rather for I earnestly beseech,
line 0693Touch you the sourest points with sweetest terms,
line 0694Nor curstness grow to th’ matter.
30line 0695ANTONY’Tis spoken well.
line 0696Were we before our armies, and to fight,
line 0697I should do thus.Flourish.
line 0698CAESARWelcome to Rome.
line 0699ANTONYThank you.
35line 0700CAESARSit.
line 0701ANTONYSit, sir.
line 0702CAESARNay, then.They sit.
line 0703I learn you take things ill which are not so,
line 0704Or, being, concern you not.
40line 0705CAESARI must be laughed at
line 0706If or for nothing or a little, I
line 0707Should say myself offended, and with you
line 0708Chiefly i’ th’ world; more laughed at, that I should
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 59 line 0709Once name you derogately when to sound your
45line 0710name
line 0711It not concerned me.
line 0712My being in Egypt, Caesar, what was ’t to you?
line 0713No more than my residing here at Rome
line 0714Might be to you in Egypt. Yet if you there
50line 0715Did practice on my state, your being in Egypt
line 0716Might be my question.
line 0717ANTONYHow intend you, practiced?
line 0718You may be pleased to catch at mine intent
line 0719By what did here befall me. Your wife and brother
55line 0720Made wars upon me, and their contestation
line 0721Was theme for you; you were the word of war.
line 0722You do mistake your business. My brother never
line 0723Did urge me in his act. I did inquire it,
line 0724And have my learning from some true reports
60line 0725That drew their swords with you. Did he not rather
line 0726Discredit my authority with yours,
line 0727And make the wars alike against my stomach,
line 0728Having alike your cause? Of this my letters
line 0729Before did satisfy you. If you’ll patch a quarrel,
65line 0730As matter whole you have to make it with,
line 0731It must not be with this.
line 0732CAESARYou praise yourself
line 0733By laying defects of judgment to me; but
line 0734You patched up your excuses.
70line 0735ANTONYNot so, not so.
line 0736I know you could not lack—I am certain on ’t—
line 0737Very necessity of this thought, that I,
line 0738Your partner in the cause ’gainst which he fought,
line 0739Could not with graceful eyes attend those wars
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 61 75line 0740Which fronted mine own peace. As for my wife,
line 0741I would you had her spirit in such another.
line 0742The third o’ th’ world is yours, which with a snaffle
line 0743You may pace easy, but not such a wife.
line 0744ENOBARBUSWould we had all such wives, that the men
80line 0745might go to wars with the women!
line 0746So much uncurbable, her garboils, Caesar,
line 0747Made out of her impatience—which not wanted
line 0748Shrewdness of policy too—I grieving grant
line 0749Did you too much disquiet. For that you must
85line 0750But say I could not help it.
line 0751CAESARI wrote to you
line 0752When rioting in Alexandria; you
line 0753Did pocket up my letters, and with taunts
line 0754Did gibe my missive out of audience.
90line 0755ANTONYSir,
line 0756He fell upon me ere admitted, then;
line 0757Three kings I had newly feasted, and did want
line 0758Of what I was i’ th’ morning. But next day
line 0759I told him of myself, which was as much
95line 0760As to have asked him pardon. Let this fellow
line 0761Be nothing of our strife; if we contend,
line 0762Out of our question wipe him.
line 0763CAESARYou have broken
line 0764The article of your oath, which you shall never
100line 0765Have tongue to charge me with.
line 0766LEPIDUSSoft, Caesar!
line 0767ANTONYNo, Lepidus, let him speak.
line 0768The honor is sacred which he talks on now,
line 0769Supposing that I lacked it.—But on, Caesar:
105line 0770The article of my oath?
line 0771To lend me arms and aid when I required them,
line 0772The which you both denied.
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 63 line 0773ANTONYNeglected, rather;
line 0774And then when poisoned hours had bound me up
110line 0775From mine own knowledge. As nearly as I may
line 0776I’ll play the penitent to you. But mine honesty
line 0777Shall not make poor my greatness, nor my power
line 0778Work without it. Truth is that Fulvia,
line 0779To have me out of Egypt, made wars here,
115line 0780For which myself, the ignorant motive, do
line 0781So far ask pardon as befits mine honor
line 0782To stoop in such a case.
line 0783LEPIDUS’Tis noble spoken.
line 0784If it might please you to enforce no further
120line 0785The griefs between you, to forget them quite
line 0786Were to remember that the present need
line 0787Speaks to atone you.
line 0788LEPIDUSWorthily spoken, Maecenas.
line 0789ENOBARBUSOr, if you borrow one another’s love for
125line 0790the instant, you may, when you hear no more words
line 0791of Pompey, return it again. You shall have time to
line 0792wrangle in when you have nothing else to do.
line 0793Thou art a soldier only. Speak no more.
line 0794ENOBARBUSThat truth should be silent I had almost
130line 0795forgot.
line 0796You wrong this presence; therefore speak no more.
line 0797ENOBARBUSGo to, then. Your considerate stone.
line 0798I do not much dislike the matter, but
line 0799The manner of his speech; for ’t cannot be
135line 0800We shall remain in friendship, our conditions
line 0801So diff’ring in their acts. Yet if I knew
line 0802What hoop should hold us staunch, from edge to
line 0803edge
line 0804O’ th’ world I would pursue it.
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 65 140line 0805AGRIPPAGive me leave, Caesar.
line 0806CAESARSpeak, Agrippa.
line 0807Thou hast a sister by the mother’s side,
line 0808Admired Octavia. Great Mark Antony
line 0809Is now a widower.
145line 0810CAESARSay not so, Agrippa.
line 0811If Cleopatra heard you, your reproof
line 0812Were well deserved of rashness.
line 0813I am not married, Caesar. Let me hear
line 0814Agrippa further speak.
150line 0815To hold you in perpetual amity,
line 0816To make you brothers, and to knit your hearts
line 0817With an unslipping knot, take Antony
line 0818Octavia to his wife, whose beauty claims
line 0819No worse a husband than the best of men;
155line 0820Whose virtue and whose general graces speak
line 0821That which none else can utter. By this marriage
line 0822All little jealousies, which now seem great,
line 0823And all great fears, which now import their dangers,
line 0824Would then be nothing. Truths would be tales,
160line 0825Where now half-tales be truths. Her love to both
line 0826Would each to other and all loves to both
line 0827Draw after her. Pardon what I have spoke,
line 0828For ’tis a studied, not a present thought,
line 0829By duty ruminated.
165line 0830ANTONYWill Caesar speak?
line 0831Not till he hears how Antony is touched
line 0832With what is spoke already.
line 0833ANTONYWhat power is in Agrippa,
line 0834If I would say “Agrippa, be it so,”
170line 0835To make this good?
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 67 line 0836CAESARThe power of Caesar, and
line 0837His power unto Octavia.
line 0838ANTONYMay I never
line 0839To this good purpose, that so fairly shows,
175line 0840Dream of impediment. Let me have thy hand.
line 0841Further this act of grace; and from this hour
line 0842The heart of brothers govern in our loves
line 0843And sway our great designs.
line 0844CAESARThere’s my hand.

They clasp hands.

180line 0845A sister I bequeath you whom no brother
line 0846Did ever love so dearly. Let her live
line 0847To join our kingdoms and our hearts; and never
line 0848Fly off our loves again.
line 0849LEPIDUSHappily, amen!
185line 0850I did not think to draw my sword ’gainst Pompey,
line 0851For he hath laid strange courtesies and great
line 0852Of late upon me. I must thank him only,
line 0853Lest my remembrance suffer ill report;
line 0854At heel of that, defy him.
190line 0855LEPIDUSTime calls upon ’s.
line 0856Of us must Pompey presently be sought,
line 0857Or else he seeks out us.
line 0858ANTONYWhere lies he?
line 0859CAESARAbout the Mount Misena.
195line 0860ANTONYWhat is his strength by land?
line 0861CAESARGreat and increasing;
line 0862But by sea he is an absolute master.
line 0863ANTONYSo is the fame.
line 0864Would we had spoke together. Haste we for it.
200line 0865Yet, ere we put ourselves in arms, dispatch we
line 0866The business we have talked of.
line 0867CAESARWith most gladness,
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 69 line 0868And do invite you to my sister’s view,
line 0869Whither straight I’ll lead you.
205line 0870Let us, Lepidus, not lack your company.
line 0871Noble Antony, not sickness should detain me.

Flourish. All but Enobarbus, Agrippa, and Maecenas exit.

line 0872MAECENASto Enobarbus Welcome from Egypt, sir.
line 0873ENOBARBUSHalf the heart of Caesar, worthy
line 0874Maecenas!—My honorable friend Agrippa!
210line 0875AGRIPPAGood Enobarbus!
line 0876MAECENASWe have cause to be glad that matters are so
line 0877well digested. You stayed well by ’t in Egypt.
line 0878ENOBARBUSAy, sir, we did sleep day out of countenance
line 0879and made the night light with drinking.
215line 0880MAECENASEight wild boars roasted whole at a breakfast,
line 0881and but twelve persons there. Is this true?
line 0882ENOBARBUSThis was but as a fly by an eagle. We had
line 0883much more monstrous matter of feast, which worthily
line 0884deserved noting.
220line 0885MAECENASShe’s a most triumphant lady, if report be
line 0886square to her.
line 0887ENOBARBUSWhen she first met Mark Antony, she
line 0888pursed up his heart upon the river of Cydnus.
line 0889AGRIPPAThere she appeared indeed, or my reporter
225line 0890devised well for her.
line 0891ENOBARBUSI will tell you.
line 0892The barge she sat in like a burnished throne
line 0893Burned on the water. The poop was beaten gold,
line 0894Purple the sails, and so perfumed that
230line 0895The winds were lovesick with them. The oars were
line 0896silver,
line 0897Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and made
line 0898The water which they beat to follow faster,
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 71 line 0899As amorous of their strokes. For her own person,
235line 0900It beggared all description: she did lie
line 0901In her pavilion—cloth-of-gold, of tissue—
line 0902O’erpicturing that Venus where we see
line 0903The fancy outwork nature. On each side her
line 0904Stood pretty dimpled boys, like smiling Cupids,
240line 0905With divers-colored fans, whose wind did seem
line 0906To glow the delicate cheeks which they did cool,
line 0907And what they undid did.
line 0908AGRIPPAO, rare for Antony!
line 0909Her gentlewomen, like the Nereides,
245line 0910So many mermaids, tended her i’ th’ eyes,
line 0911And made their bends adornings. At the helm
line 0912A seeming mermaid steers. The silken tackle
line 0913Swell with the touches of those flower-soft hands
line 0914That yarely frame the office. From the barge
250line 0915A strange invisible perfume hits the sense
line 0916Of the adjacent wharfs. The city cast
line 0917Her people out upon her; and Antony,
line 0918Enthroned i’ th’ market-place, did sit alone,
line 0919Whistling to th’ air, which but for vacancy
255line 0920Had gone to gaze on Cleopatra too
line 0921And made a gap in nature.
line 0922AGRIPPARare Egyptian!
line 0923Upon her landing, Antony sent to her,
line 0924Invited her to supper. She replied
260line 0925It should be better he became her guest,
line 0926Which she entreated. Our courteous Antony,
line 0927Whom ne’er the word of “No” woman heard speak,
line 0928Being barbered ten times o’er, goes to the feast,
line 0929And for his ordinary pays his heart
265line 0930For what his eyes eat only.
line 0931AGRIPPARoyal wench!
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 73 line 0932She made great Caesar lay his sword to bed;
line 0933He ploughed her, and she cropped.
line 0934ENOBARBUSI saw her once
270line 0935Hop forty paces through the public street,
line 0936And having lost her breath, she spoke and panted,
line 0937That she did make defect perfection,
line 0938And breathless pour breath forth.
line 0939Now Antony must leave her utterly.
275line 0940ENOBARBUSNever. He will not.
line 0941Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale
line 0942Her infinite variety. Other women cloy
line 0943The appetites they feed, but she makes hungry
line 0944Where most she satisfies. For vilest things
280line 0945Become themselves in her, that the holy priests
line 0946Bless her when she is riggish.
line 0947If beauty, wisdom, modesty can settle
line 0948The heart of Antony, Octavia is
line 0949A blessèd lottery to him.
285line 0950AGRIPPALet us go.
line 0951Good Enobarbus, make yourself my guest
line 0952Whilst you abide here.
line 0953ENOBARBUSHumbly, sir, I thank you.

They exit.

Scene 3

Enter Antony, Caesar; Octavia between them.

line 0954The world and my great office will sometimes
line 0955Divide me from your bosom.
line 0956OCTAVIAAll which time
line 0957Before the gods my knee shall bow my prayers
5line 0958To them for you.
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 75 line 0959ANTONYto Caesar Goodnight, sir.—My Octavia,
line 0960Read not my blemishes in the world’s report.
line 0961I have not kept my square, but that to come
line 0962Shall all be done by th’ rule. Good night, dear
10line 0963lady.—
line 0964Good night, sir.
line 0965CAESARGoodnight.Caesar and Octavia exit.

Enter Soothsayer.

line 0966Now, sirrah, you do wish yourself in Egypt?
line 0967SOOTHSAYERWould I had never come from thence,
15line 0968nor you thither.
line 0969ANTONYIf you can, your reason?
line 0970SOOTHSAYERI see it in my motion, have it not in my
line 0971tongue. But yet hie you to Egypt again.
line 0972Say to me, whose fortunes shall rise higher,
20line 0973Caesar’s or mine?
line 0974SOOTHSAYERCaesar’s.
line 0975Therefore, O Antony, stay not by his side.
line 0976Thy dæmon—that thy spirit which keeps thee—is
line 0977Noble, courageous, high, unmatchable,
25line 0978Where Caesar’s is not. But near him, thy angel
line 0979Becomes afeard, as being o’erpowered. Therefore
line 0980Make space enough between you.
line 0981ANTONYSpeak this no more.
line 0982To none but thee; no more but when to thee.
30line 0983If thou dost play with him at any game,
line 0984Thou art sure to lose; and of that natural luck
line 0985He beats thee ’gainst the odds. Thy luster thickens
line 0986When he shines by. I say again, thy spirit
line 0987Is all afraid to govern thee near him;
35line 0988But he away, ’tis noble.
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 77 line 0989ANTONYGet thee gone.
line 0990Say to Ventidius I would speak with him.

Soothsayer exits.

line 0991He shall to Parthia. Be it art or hap,
line 0992He hath spoken true. The very dice obey him,
40line 0993And in our sports my better cunning faints
line 0994Under his chance. If we draw lots, he speeds;
line 0995His cocks do win the battle still of mine
line 0996When it is all to naught, and his quails ever
line 0997Beat mine, inhooped, at odds. I will to Egypt.
45line 0998And though I make this marriage for my peace,
line 0999I’ th’ East my pleasure lies.

Enter Ventidius.

line 1000O, come, Ventidius.
line 1001You must to Parthia; your commission’s ready.
line 1002Follow me and receive ’t.

They exit.

Scene 4

Enter Lepidus, Maecenas, and Agrippa.

line 1003Trouble yourselves no further. Pray you hasten
line 1004Your generals after.
line 1005AGRIPPASir, Mark Antony
line 1006Will e’en but kiss Octavia, and we’ll follow.
5line 1007Till I shall see you in your soldiers’ dress,
line 1008Which will become you both, farewell.
line 1009MAECENASWe shall,
line 1010As I conceive the journey, be at the Mount
line 1011Before you, Lepidus.
Act 2 Scene 5 - Pg 79 10line 1012LEPIDUSYour way is shorter;
line 1013My purposes do draw me much about.
line 1014You’ll win two days upon me.
line 1015BOTHSir, good success.
line 1016LEPIDUSFarewell.

They exit.

Scene 5

Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, Iras, and Alexas.

line 1017Give me some music—music, moody food
line 1018Of us that trade in love.
line 1019ALLThe music, ho!

Enter Mardian the eunuch.

line 1020Let it alone. Let’s to billiards. Come, Charmian.
5line 1021My arm is sore. Best play with Mardian.
line 1022As well a woman with an eunuch played
line 1023As with a woman.—Come, you’ll play with me, sir?
line 1024MARDIANAs well as I can, madam.
line 1025And when good will is showed, though ’t come too
10line 1026short,
line 1027The actor may plead pardon. I’ll none now.
line 1028Give me mine angle; we’ll to th’ river. There,
line 1029My music playing far off, I will betray
line 1030Tawny-finned fishes. My bended hook shall pierce
15line 1031Their slimy jaws, and as I draw them up
line 1032I’ll think them every one an Antony
line 1033And say “Aha! You’re caught.”
Act 2 Scene 5 - Pg 81 line 1034CHARMIAN’Twas merry when
line 1035You wagered on your angling; when your diver
20line 1036Did hang a salt fish on his hook, which he
line 1037With fervency drew up.
line 1038CLEOPATRAThat time?—O, times!—
line 1039I laughed him out of patience; and that night
line 1040I laughed him into patience; and next morn,
25line 1041Ere the ninth hour, I drunk him to his bed,
line 1042Then put my tires and mantles on him, whilst
line 1043I wore his sword Philippan.

Enter a Messenger.

line 1044O, from Italy!
line 1045Ram thou thy fruitful tidings in mine ears,
30line 1046That long time have been barren.
line 1047MESSENGERMadam, madam—
line 1048Antonio’s dead! If thou say so, villain,
line 1049Thou kill’st thy mistress. But well and free,
line 1050If thou so yield him, there is gold, and here
35line 1051My bluest veins to kiss, a hand that kings
line 1052Have lipped and trembled kissing.
line 1053MESSENGERFirst, madam, he is well.
line 1054Why, there’s more gold. But sirrah, mark, we use
line 1055To say the dead are well. Bring it to that,
40line 1056The gold I give thee will I melt and pour
line 1057Down thy ill-uttering throat.
line 1058MESSENGERGood madam, hear me.
line 1059CLEOPATRAWell, go to, I will.
line 1060But there’s no goodness in thy face—if Antony
45line 1061Be free and healthful, so tart a favor
line 1062To trumpet such good tidings! If not well,
line 1063Thou shouldst come like a Fury crowned with snakes,
line 1064Not like a formal man.
Act 2 Scene 5 - Pg 83 line 1065MESSENGERWill ’t please you hear me?
50line 1066I have a mind to strike thee ere thou speak’st.
line 1067Yet if thou say Antony lives, is well,
line 1068Or friends with Caesar or not captive to him,
line 1069I’ll set thee in a shower of gold and hail
line 1070Rich pearls upon thee.
55line 1071MESSENGERMadam, he’s well.
line 1072CLEOPATRAWell said.
line 1073And friends with Caesar.
line 1074CLEOPATRATh’ art an honest man.
line 1075Caesar and he are greater friends than ever.
60line 1076Make thee a fortune from me.
line 1077MESSENGERBut yet, madam—
line 1078I do not like “But yet.” It does allay
line 1079The good precedence. Fie upon “But yet.”
line 1080“But yet” is as a jailer to bring forth
65line 1081Some monstrous malefactor. Prithee, friend,
line 1082Pour out the pack of matter to mine ear,
line 1083The good and bad together: he’s friends with Caesar,
line 1084In state of health, thou say’st, and, thou say’st, free.
line 1085Free, madam, no. I made no such report.
70line 1086He’s bound unto Octavia.
line 1087CLEOPATRAFor what good turn?
line 1088For the best turn i’ th’ bed.
line 1089CLEOPATRAI am pale, Charmian.
line 1090Madam, he’s married to Octavia.
Act 2 Scene 5 - Pg 85 CLEOPATRA
75line 1091The most infectious pestilence upon thee!

Strikes him down.

line 1092MESSENGERGood madam, patience!
line 1093CLEOPATRAWhat say you?Strikes him.
line 1094Hence, horrible villain, or I’ll spurn thine eyes
line 1095Like balls before me! I’ll unhair thy head!

She hales him up and down.

80line 1096Thou shalt be whipped with wire and stewed in
line 1097brine,
line 1098Smarting in ling’ring pickle.
line 1099MESSENGERGracious madam,
line 1100I that do bring the news made not the match.
85line 1101Say ’tis not so, a province I will give thee
line 1102And make thy fortunes proud. The blow thou hadst
line 1103Shall make thy peace for moving me to rage,
line 1104And I will boot thee with what gift beside
line 1105Thy modesty can beg.
90line 1106MESSENGERHe’s married, madam.
line 1107Rogue, thou hast lived too long.Draw a knife.
line 1108MESSENGERNay then, I’ll run.
line 1109What mean you, madam? I have made no fault.

He exits.

line 1110Good madam, keep yourself within yourself.
95line 1111The man is innocent.
line 1112Some innocents ’scape not the thunderbolt.
line 1113Melt Egypt into Nile, and kindly creatures
line 1114Turn all to serpents! Call the slave again.
line 1115Though I am mad, I will not bite him. Call!
100line 1116He is afeard to come.
Act 2 Scene 5 - Pg 87 line 1117CLEOPATRAI will not hurt him.
line 1118These hands do lack nobility that they strike
line 1119A meaner than myself, since I myself
line 1120Have given myself the cause.

Enter the Messenger again.

105line 1121Come hither, sir.
line 1122Though it be honest, it is never good
line 1123To bring bad news. Give to a gracious message
line 1124An host of tongues, but let ill tidings tell
line 1125Themselves when they be felt.
110line 1126MESSENGERI have done my duty.
line 1127CLEOPATRAIs he married?
line 1128I cannot hate thee worser than I do
line 1129If thou again say “yes.”
line 1130MESSENGERHe’s married, madam.
115line 1131The gods confound thee! Dost thou hold there still?
line 1132Should I lie, madam?
line 1133CLEOPATRAO, I would thou didst,
line 1134So half my Egypt were submerged and made
line 1135A cistern for scaled snakes! Go, get thee hence.
120line 1136Hadst thou Narcissus in thy face, to me
line 1137Thou wouldst appear most ugly. He is married?
line 1138I crave your Highness’ pardon.
line 1139CLEOPATRAHe is married?
line 1140Take no offense that I would not offend you.
125line 1141To punish me for what you make me do
line 1142Seems much unequal. He’s married to Octavia.
line 1143O, that his fault should make a knave of thee
Act 2 Scene 6 - Pg 89 line 1144That art not what th’ art sure of! Get thee hence.
line 1145The merchandise which thou hast brought from
130line 1146Rome
line 1147Are all too dear for me. Lie they upon thy hand,
line 1148And be undone by ’em!Messenger exits.
line 1149CHARMIANGood your Highness,
line 1150patience.
135line 1151In praising Antony, I have dispraised Caesar.
line 1152CHARMIANMany times, madam.
line 1153I am paid for ’t now. Lead me from hence;
line 1154I faint. O, Iras, Charmian! ’Tis no matter.—
line 1155Go to the fellow, good Alexas. Bid him
140line 1156Report the feature of Octavia, her years,
line 1157Her inclination; let him not leave out
line 1158The color of her hair. Bring me word quickly.

Alexas exits.

line 1159Let him forever go—let him not, Charmian.
line 1160Though he be painted one way like a Gorgon,
145line 1161The other way ’s a Mars. To Mardian. Bid you
line 1162Alexas
line 1163Bring me word how tall she is.—Pity me,
line 1164Charmian,
line 1165But do not speak to me. Lead me to my chamber.

They exit.

Scene 6

Flourish. Enter Pompey and Menas at one door, with Drum and Trumpet; at another Caesar, Lepidus, Antony, Enobarbus, Maecenas, and Agrippa, with Soldiers marching.

line 1166Your hostages I have, so have you mine,
line 1167And we shall talk before we fight.
Act 2 Scene 6 - Pg 91 line 1168CAESARMost meet
line 1169That first we come to words, and therefore have we
5line 1170Our written purposes before us sent,
line 1171Which if thou hast considered, let us know
line 1172If ’twill tie up thy discontented sword
line 1173And carry back to Sicily much tall youth
line 1174That else must perish here.
10line 1175POMPEYTo you all three,
line 1176The senators alone of this great world,
line 1177Chief factors for the gods: I do not know
line 1178Wherefore my father should revengers want,
line 1179Having a son and friends, since Julius Caesar,
15line 1180Who at Philippi the good Brutus ghosted,
line 1181There saw you laboring for him. What was ’t
line 1182That moved pale Cassius to conspire? And what
line 1183Made the all-honored, honest, Roman Brutus,
line 1184With the armed rest, courtiers of beauteous
20line 1185freedom,
line 1186To drench the Capitol, but that they would
line 1187Have one man but a man? And that is it
line 1188Hath made me rig my navy, at whose burden
line 1189The angered ocean foams, with which I meant
25line 1190To scourge th’ ingratitude that despiteful Rome
line 1191Cast on my noble father.
line 1192CAESARTake your time.
line 1193Thou canst not fear us, Pompey, with thy sails.
line 1194We’ll speak with thee at sea. At land thou know’st
30line 1195How much we do o’ercount thee.
line 1196POMPEYAt land indeed
line 1197Thou dost o’ercount me of my father’s house;
line 1198But since the cuckoo builds not for himself,
line 1199Remain in ’t as thou mayst.
35line 1200LEPIDUSBe pleased to tell us—
line 1201For this is from the present—how you take
line 1202The offers we have sent you.
Act 2 Scene 6 - Pg 93 line 1203CAESARThere’s the point.
line 1204Which do not be entreated to, but weigh
40line 1205What it is worth embraced.
line 1206CAESARAnd what may follow
line 1207To try a larger fortune.
line 1208POMPEYYou have made me offer
line 1209Of Sicily, Sardinia; and I must
45line 1210Rid all the sea of pirates; then to send
line 1211Measures of wheat to Rome. This ’greed upon,
line 1212To part with unhacked edges and bear back
line 1213Our targes undinted.
line 1214ALLThat’s our offer.
50line 1215POMPEYKnow then
line 1216I came before you here a man prepared
line 1217To take this offer. But Mark Antony
line 1218Put me to some impatience.—Though I lose
line 1219The praise of it by telling, you must know
55line 1220When Caesar and your brother were at blows,
line 1221Your mother came to Sicily and did find
line 1222Her welcome friendly.
line 1223ANTONYI have heard it, Pompey,
line 1224And am well studied for a liberal thanks,
60line 1225Which I do owe you.
line 1226POMPEYLet me have your hand.

They clasp hands.

line 1227I did not think, sir, to have met you here.
line 1228The beds i’ th’ East are soft; and thanks to you,
line 1229That called me timelier than my purpose hither,
65line 1230For I have gained by ’t.
line 1231CAESARto Pompey Since I saw you last,
line 1232There’s a change upon you.
line 1233POMPEYWell, I know not
line 1234What counts harsh Fortune casts upon my face,
Act 2 Scene 6 - Pg 95 70line 1235But in my bosom shall she never come
line 1236To make my heart her vassal.
line 1237LEPIDUSWell met here.
line 1238I hope so, Lepidus. Thus we are agreed.
line 1239I crave our composition may be written
75line 1240And sealed between us.
line 1241CAESARThat’s the next to do.
line 1242We’ll feast each other ere we part, and let’s
line 1243Draw lots who shall begin.
line 1244ANTONYThat will I, Pompey.
80line 1245No, Antony, take the lot. But, first or last,
line 1246Your fine Egyptian cookery shall have
line 1247The fame. I have heard that Julius Caesar
line 1248Grew fat with feasting there.
line 1249ANTONYYou have heard much.
85line 1250POMPEYI have fair meanings, sir.
line 1251ANTONYAnd fair words to them.
line 1252POMPEYThen so much have I heard.
line 1253And I have heard Apollodorus carried—
line 1254No more of that. He did so.
90line 1255POMPEYWhat, I pray you?
line 1256A certain queen to Caesar in a mattress.
line 1257I know thee now. How far’st thou, soldier?
line 1258ENOBARBUSWell,
line 1259And well am like to do, for I perceive
95line 1260Four feasts are toward.
line 1261POMPEYLet me shake thy hand.
line 1262I never hated thee. I have seen thee fight
line 1263When I have envied thy behavior.
Act 2 Scene 6 - Pg 97 line 1264ENOBARBUSSir,
100line 1265I never loved you much, but I ha’ praised you
line 1266When you have well deserved ten times as much
line 1267As I have said you did.
line 1268POMPEYEnjoy thy plainness;
line 1269It nothing ill becomes thee.—
105line 1270Aboard my galley I invite you all.
line 1271Will you lead, lords?
line 1272ALLShow ’s the way, sir.
line 1273POMPEYCome.

They exit, except for Enobarbus and Menas.

line 1274MENASaside Thy father, Pompey, would ne’er have
110line 1275made this treaty.—You and I have known, sir.
line 1276ENOBARBUSAt sea, I think.
line 1277MENASWe have, sir.
line 1278ENOBARBUSYou have done well by water.
line 1279MENASAnd you by land.
115line 1280ENOBARBUSI will praise any man that will praise me,
line 1281though it cannot be denied what I have done by
line 1282land.
line 1283MENASNor what I have done by water.
line 1284ENOBARBUSYes, something you can deny for your own
120line 1285safety: you have been a great thief by sea.
line 1286MENASAnd you by land.
line 1287ENOBARBUSThere I deny my land service. But give me
line 1288your hand, Menas. They clasp hands. If our eyes
line 1289had authority, here they might take two thieves
125line 1290kissing.
line 1291MENASAll men’s faces are true, whatsome’er their
line 1292hands are.
line 1293ENOBARBUSBut there is never a fair woman has a true
line 1294face.
130line 1295MENASNo slander. They steal hearts.
line 1296ENOBARBUSWe came hither to fight with you.
line 1297MENASFor my part, I am sorry it is turned to a
Act 2 Scene 6 - Pg 99 line 1298drinking. Pompey doth this day laugh away his
line 1299fortune.
135line 1300ENOBARBUSIf he do, sure he cannot weep ’t back
line 1301again.
line 1302MENASYou’ve said, sir. We looked not for Mark Antony
line 1303here. Pray you, is he married to Cleopatra?
line 1304ENOBARBUSCaesar’s sister is called Octavia.
140line 1305MENASTrue, sir. She was the wife of Caius Marcellus.
line 1306ENOBARBUSBut she is now the wife of Marcus
line 1307Antonius.
line 1308MENASPray you, sir?
line 1309ENOBARBUS’Tis true.
145line 1310MENASThen is Caesar and he forever knit together.
line 1311ENOBARBUSIf I were bound to divine of this unity, I
line 1312would not prophesy so.
line 1313MENASI think the policy of that purpose made more in
line 1314the marriage than the love of the parties.
150line 1315ENOBARBUSI think so, too. But you shall find the band
line 1316that seems to tie their friendship together will be
line 1317the very strangler of their amity. Octavia is of a holy,
line 1318cold, and still conversation.
line 1319MENASWho would not have his wife so?
155line 1320ENOBARBUSNot he that himself is not so, which is
line 1321Mark Antony. He will to his Egyptian dish again.
line 1322Then shall the sighs of Octavia blow the fire up in
line 1323Caesar, and, as I said before, that which is the
line 1324strength of their amity shall prove the immediate
160line 1325author of their variance. Antony will use his affection
line 1326where it is. He married but his occasion here.
line 1327MENASAnd thus it may be. Come, sir, will you aboard?
line 1328I have a health for you.
line 1329ENOBARBUSI shall take it, sir. We have used our throats
165line 1330in Egypt.
line 1331MENASCome, let’s away.

They exit.

Act 2 Scene 7 - Pg 101

Scene 7

Music plays. Enter two or three Servants with a banquet.

line 1332FIRST SERVANTHere they’ll be, man. Some o’ their
line 1333plants are ill-rooted already. The least wind i’ th’
line 1334world will blow them down.
line 1335SECOND SERVANTLepidus is high-colored.
5line 1336FIRST SERVANTThey have made him drink alms-drink.
line 1337SECOND SERVANTAs they pinch one another by the
line 1338disposition, he cries out “No more,” reconciles
line 1339them to his entreaty and himself to th’ drink.
line 1340FIRST SERVANTBut it raises the greater war between
10line 1341him and his discretion.
line 1342SECOND SERVANTWhy, this it is to have a name in great
line 1343men’s fellowship. I had as lief have a reed that will
line 1344do me no service as a partisan I could not heave.
line 1345FIRST SERVANTTo be called into a huge sphere, and not
15line 1346to be seen to move in ’t, are the holes where eyes
line 1347should be, which pitifully disaster the cheeks.

A sennet sounded. Enter Caesar, Antony, Pompey, Lepidus, Agrippa, Maecenas, Enobarbus, Menas, with other Captains and a Boy.

line 1348Thus do they, sir: they take the flow o’ th’ Nile
line 1349By certain scales i’ th’ Pyramid; they know
line 1350By th’ height, the lowness, or the mean if dearth
20line 1351Or foison follow. The higher Nilus swells,
line 1352The more it promises. As it ebbs, the seedsman
line 1353Upon the slime and ooze scatters his grain,
line 1354And shortly comes to harvest.
line 1355LEPIDUSYou’ve strange serpents there?
25line 1356ANTONYAy, Lepidus.
line 1357LEPIDUSYour serpent of Egypt is bred now of your
Act 2 Scene 7 - Pg 103 line 1358mud by the operation of your sun; so is your
line 1359crocodile.
line 1360ANTONYThey are so.
30line 1361Sit, and some wine. A health to Lepidus!
line 1362LEPIDUSI am not so well as I should be, but I’ll ne’er
line 1363out.
line 1364ENOBARBUSaside Not till you have slept. I fear me
line 1365you’ll be in till then.
35line 1366LEPIDUSNay, certainly, I have heard the Ptolemies’
line 1367pyramises are very goodly things. Without contradiction
line 1368I have heard that.
MENASaside to Pompey
line 1369Pompey, a word.
line 1370POMPEYaside to Menas Say in mine ear what is ’t.
MENASwhispers in ’s ear
40line 1371Forsake thy seat, I do beseech thee, captain,
line 1372And hear me speak a word.
POMPEYaside to Menas
line 1373Forbear me till anon.—This wine for Lepidus!
line 1374LEPIDUSWhat manner o’ thing is your crocodile?
line 1375ANTONYIt is shaped, sir, like itself, and it is as broad as
45line 1376it hath breadth. It is just so high as it is, and moves
line 1377with it own organs. It lives by that which nourisheth
line 1378it, and the elements once out of it, it
line 1379transmigrates.
line 1380LEPIDUSWhat color is it of?
50line 1381ANTONYOf it own color too.
line 1382LEPIDUS’Tis a strange serpent.
line 1383ANTONY’Tis so, and the tears of it are wet.
line 1384CAESARaside to Antony Will this description satisfy
line 1385him?
55line 1386ANTONYWith the health that Pompey gives him, else he
line 1387is a very epicure.
Act 2 Scene 7 - Pg 105 POMPEYaside to Menas
line 1388Go hang, sir, hang! Tell me of that? Away!
line 1389Do as I bid you.—Where’s this cup I called for?
MENASaside to Pompey
line 1390If for the sake of merit thou wilt hear me,
60line 1391Rise from thy stool.
line 1392POMPEYI think th’ art mad!

He rises, and they walk aside.

line 1393The matter?
line 1394I have ever held my cap off to thy fortunes.
line 1395Thou hast served me with much faith. What’s else
65line 1396to say?—
line 1397Be jolly, lords.
line 1398ANTONYThese quicksands, Lepidus,
line 1399Keep off them, for you sink.
MENASaside to Pompey
line 1400Wilt thou be lord of all the world?
70line 1401POMPEYWhat sayst thou?
line 1402Wilt thou be lord of the whole world? That’s twice.
line 1403POMPEYHow should that be?
line 1404MENASBut entertain it,
line 1405And though thou think me poor, I am the man
75line 1406Will give thee all the world.
line 1407POMPEYHast thou drunk well?
line 1408No, Pompey, I have kept me from the cup.
line 1409Thou art, if thou dar’st be, the earthly Jove.
line 1410Whate’er the ocean pales or sky inclips
80line 1411Is thine, if thou wilt ha ’t.
line 1412POMPEYShow me which way.
line 1413These three world-sharers, these competitors,
line 1414Are in thy vessel. Let me cut the cable,
Act 2 Scene 7 - Pg 107 line 1415And when we are put off, fall to their throats.
85line 1416All there is thine.
line 1417POMPEYAh, this thou shouldst have done
line 1418And not have spoke on ’t! In me ’tis villainy;
line 1419In thee ’t had been good service. Thou must know
line 1420’Tis not my profit that does lead mine honor;
90line 1421Mine honor, it. Repent that e’er thy tongue
line 1422Hath so betrayed thine act. Being done unknown,
line 1423I should have found it afterwards well done,
line 1424But must condemn it now. Desist and drink.
line 1425MENASaside For this
95line 1426I’ll never follow thy palled fortunes more.
line 1427Who seeks and will not take when once ’tis offered
line 1428Shall never find it more.
line 1429POMPEYThis health to Lepidus!
ANTONYto Servant
line 1430Bear him ashore.—I’ll pledge it for him, Pompey.
100line 1431Here’s to thee, Menas.
line 1432MENASEnobarbus, welcome.
line 1433POMPEYFill till the cup be hid.
ENOBARBUSpointing to the Servant carrying Lepidus
line 1434There’s a strong fellow, Menas.
line 1435MENASWhy?
105line 1436ENOBARBUSHe bears
line 1437The third part of the world, man. Seest not?
line 1438The third part, then, is drunk. Would it were all,
line 1439That it might go on wheels.
line 1440ENOBARBUSDrink thou. Increase the reels.
110line 1441MENASCome.
line 1442This is not yet an Alexandrian feast.
line 1443It ripens towards it. Strike the vessels, ho!
line 1444Here’s to Caesar.
Act 2 Scene 7 - Pg 109 line 1445CAESARI could well forbear ’t.
115line 1446It’s monstrous labor when I wash my brain
line 1447And it grows fouler.
line 1448ANTONYBe a child o’ th’ time.
line 1449CAESARPossess it, I’ll make answer.
line 1450But I had rather fast from all, four days,
120line 1451Than drink so much in one.
line 1452ENOBARBUSto Antony Ha, my brave emperor,
line 1453Shall we dance now the Egyptian bacchanals
line 1454And celebrate our drink?
line 1455POMPEYLet’s ha ’t, good soldier.
125line 1456ANTONYCome, let’s all take hands
line 1457Till that the conquering wine hath steeped our
line 1458sense
line 1459In soft and delicate Lethe.
line 1460ENOBARBUSAll take hands.
130line 1461Make battery to our ears with the loud music,
line 1462The while I’ll place you; then the boy shall sing.
line 1463The holding every man shall beat as loud
line 1464As his strong sides can volley.

Music plays. Enobarbus places them hand in hand.

The Song.

line 1465BOYCome, thou monarch of the vine,
135line 1466Plumpy Bacchus, with pink eyne.
line 1467In thy vats our cares be drowned.
line 1468With thy grapes our hairs be crowned.
line 1469ALLCup us till the world go round,
line 1470Cup us till the world go round.
140line 1471What would you more?—Pompey, goodnight.—
line 1472Good brother,
line 1473Let me request you off. Our graver business
line 1474Frowns at this levity.—Gentle lords, let’s part.
line 1475You see we have burnt our cheeks. Strong Enobarb
145line 1476Is weaker than the wine, and mine own tongue
Act 2 Scene 7 - Pg 111 line 1477Splits what it speaks. The wild disguise hath almost
line 1478Anticked us all. What needs more words?
line 1479Goodnight.
line 1480Good Antony, your hand.
150line 1481POMPEYI’ll try you on the shore.
line 1482ANTONYAnd shall, sir. Give ’s your hand.
line 1483O, Antony, you have my father’s house.
line 1484But what? We are friends! Come down into the boat.
line 1485Take heed you fall not.

All but Menas and Enobarbus exit.

155line 1486Menas, I’ll not on shore.
line 1487No, to my cabin. These drums, these trumpets,
line 1488flutes! What!
line 1489Let Neptune hear we bid a loud farewell
line 1490To these great fellows. Sound and be hanged. Sound
160line 1491out!Sound a flourish, with drums.
line 1492ENOBARBUSHoo, says ’a! There’s my cap!

He throws his cap in the air.

line 1493MENASHoo! Noble captain, come.

They exit.


Scene 1

Enter Ventidius as it were in triumph, the dead body of Pacorus borne before him; with Silius and Soldiers.

line 1494Now, darting Parthia, art thou struck, and now
line 1495Pleased Fortune does of Marcus Crassus’ death
line 1496Make me revenger. Bear the King’s son’s body
line 1497Before our army. Thy Pacorus, Orodes,
5line 1498Pays this for Marcus Crassus.
line 1499SILIUSNoble Ventidius,
line 1500Whilst yet with Parthian blood thy sword is warm,
line 1501The fugitive Parthians follow. Spur through Media,
line 1502Mesopotamia, and the shelters whither
10line 1503The routed fly. So thy grand captain, Antony,
line 1504Shall set thee on triumphant chariots and
line 1505Put garlands on thy head.
line 1506VENTIDIUSO, Silius, Silius,
line 1507I have done enough. A lower place, note well,
15line 1508May make too great an act. For learn this, Silius:
line 1509Better to leave undone than by our deed
line 1510Acquire too high a fame when him we serve ’s away.
line 1511Caesar and Antony have ever won
line 1512More in their officer than person. Sossius,
20line 1513One of my place in Syria, his lieutenant,
line 1514For quick accumulation of renown,
line 1515Which he achieved by th’ minute, lost his favor.
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 117 line 1516Who does i’ th’ wars more than his captain can
line 1517Becomes his captain’s captain; and ambition,
25line 1518The soldier’s virtue, rather makes choice of loss
line 1519Than gain which darkens him.
line 1520I could do more to do Antonius good,
line 1521But ’twould offend him. And in his offense
line 1522Should my performance perish.
30line 1523SILIUSThou hast, Ventidius, that
line 1524Without the which a soldier and his sword
line 1525Grants scarce distinction. Thou wilt write to
line 1526Antony?
line 1527I’ll humbly signify what in his name,
35line 1528That magical word of war, we have effected;
line 1529How, with his banners and his well-paid ranks,
line 1530The ne’er-yet-beaten horse of Parthia
line 1531We have jaded out o’ th’ field.
line 1532SILIUSWhere is he now?
40line 1533He purposeth to Athens, whither, with what haste
line 1534The weight we must convey with ’s will permit,
line 1535We shall appear before him.—On there, pass along!

They exit.

Scene 2

Enter Agrippa at one door, Enobarbus at another.

line 1536AGRIPPAWhat, are the brothers parted?
line 1537They have dispatched with Pompey; he is gone.
line 1538The other three are sealing. Octavia weeps
line 1539To part from Rome. Caesar is sad, and Lepidus,
5line 1540Since Pompey’s feast, as Menas says, is troubled
line 1541With the greensickness.
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 119 line 1542AGRIPPA’Tis a noble Lepidus.
line 1543A very fine one. O, how he loves Caesar!
line 1544Nay, but how dearly he adores Mark Antony!
10line 1545Caesar? Why, he’s the Jupiter of men.
line 1546What’s Antony? The god of Jupiter.
line 1547Spake you of Caesar? How, the nonpareil!
line 1548O Antony, O thou Arabian bird!
line 1549Would you praise Caesar, say “Caesar.” Go no
15line 1550further.
line 1551Indeed, he plied them both with excellent praises.
line 1552But he loves Caesar best, yet he loves Antony.
line 1553Hoo, hearts, tongues, figures, scribes, bards, poets,
line 1554cannot
20line 1555Think, speak, cast, write, sing, number—hoo!—
line 1556His love to Antony. But as for Caesar,
line 1557Kneel down, kneel down, and wonder.
line 1558AGRIPPABoth he loves.
line 1559They are his shards and he their beetle.

Trumpet within.

25line 1560So,
line 1561This is to horse. Adieu, noble Agrippa.
line 1562Good fortune, worthy soldier, and farewell.

Enter Caesar, Antony, Lepidus, and Octavia.

line 1563ANTONYNo further, sir.
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 121 CAESAR
line 1564You take from me a great part of myself.
30line 1565Use me well in ’t.—Sister, prove such a wife
line 1566As my thoughts make thee, and as my farthest bond
line 1567Shall pass on thy approof.—Most noble Antony,
line 1568Let not the piece of virtue which is set
line 1569Betwixt us, as the cement of our love
35line 1570To keep it builded, be the ram to batter
line 1571The fortress of it. For better might we
line 1572Have loved without this mean, if on both parts
line 1573This be not cherished.
line 1574ANTONYMake me not offended
40line 1575In your distrust.
line 1576CAESARI have said.
line 1577ANTONYYou shall not find,
line 1578Though you be therein curious, the least cause
line 1579For what you seem to fear. So the gods keep you,
45line 1580And make the hearts of Romans serve your ends.
line 1581We will here part.
line 1582Farewell, my dearest sister, fare thee well.
line 1583The elements be kind to thee and make
line 1584Thy spirits all of comfort. Fare thee well.
50line 1585OCTAVIAMy noble brother.She weeps.
line 1586The April’s in her eyes. It is love’s spring,
line 1587And these the showers to bring it on.—Be cheerful.
OCTAVIAto Caesar
line 1588Sir, look well to my husband’s house, and—
line 1589What, Octavia?
55line 1590OCTAVIAI’ll tell you in your ear.

Caesar and Octavia walk aside.

line 1591Her tongue will not obey her heart, nor can
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 123 line 1592Her heart inform her tongue—the swan’s-down
line 1593feather
line 1594That stands upon the swell at the full of tide
60line 1595And neither way inclines.
line 1596ENOBARBUSaside to Agrippa Will Caesar weep?
line 1597AGRIPPAHe has a cloud in ’s face.
line 1598He were the worse for that were he a horse;
line 1599So is he being a man.
65line 1600AGRIPPAWhy, Enobarbus,
line 1601When Antony found Julius Caesar dead,
line 1602He cried almost to roaring. And he wept
line 1603When at Philippi he found Brutus slain.
line 1604That year indeed he was troubled with a rheum.
70line 1605What willingly he did confound he wailed,
line 1606Believe ’t, till I wept too.
line 1607CAESARcoming forward with Octavia No, sweet Octavia,
line 1608You shall hear from me still. The time shall not
line 1609Outgo my thinking on you.
75line 1610ANTONYCome, sir, come,
line 1611I’ll wrestle with you in my strength of love.
line 1612Look, here I have you, thus I let you go,
line 1613And give you to the gods.
line 1614CAESARAdieu, be happy.
LEPIDUSto Antony
80line 1615Let all the number of the stars give light
line 1616To thy fair way.
line 1617CAESARFarewell, farewell.Kisses Octavia.
line 1618ANTONYFarewell.

Trumpets sound. They exit.

Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 125

Scene 3

Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, Iras, and Alexas.

line 1619Where is the fellow?
line 1620ALEXASHalf afeard to come.
line 1621Go to, go to.—Come hither, sir.

Enter the Messenger as before.

line 1622ALEXASGood Majesty,
5line 1623Herod of Jewry dare not look upon you
line 1624But when you are well pleased.
line 1625CLEOPATRAThat Herod’s head
line 1626I’ll have! But how, when Antony is gone,
line 1627Through whom I might command it?—Come thou
10line 1628near.
line 1629Most gracious Majesty!
line 1630CLEOPATRADid’st thou behold Octavia?
line 1631Ay, dread queen.
line 1632CLEOPATRAWhere?
15line 1633MESSENGERMadam, in Rome.
line 1634I looked her in the face and saw her led
line 1635Between her brother and Mark Antony.
line 1636Is she as tall as me?
line 1637MESSENGERShe is not, madam.
20line 1638Didst hear her speak? Is she shrill-tongued or low?
line 1639Madam, I heard her speak. She is low-voiced.
line 1640That’s not so good. He cannot like her long.
line 1641Like her? O Isis, ’tis impossible!
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 127 CLEOPATRA
line 1642I think so, Charmian: dull of tongue, and
25line 1643dwarfish!—
line 1644What majesty is in her gait? Remember,
line 1645If e’er thou looked’st on majesty.
line 1646MESSENGERShe creeps.
line 1647Her motion and her station are as one.
30line 1648She shows a body rather than a life,
line 1649A statue than a breather.
line 1650CLEOPATRAIs this certain?
line 1651Or I have no observance.
line 1652CHARMIANThree in Egypt
35line 1653Cannot make better note.
line 1654CLEOPATRAHe’s very knowing.
line 1655I do perceive ’t. There’s nothing in her yet.
line 1656The fellow has good judgment.
line 1657CHARMIANExcellent.
40line 1658CLEOPATRAto Messenger Guess at her years, I
line 1659prithee.
line 1660MESSENGERMadam, she was a widow.
line 1661CLEOPATRAWidow? Charmian, hark.
line 1662MESSENGERAnd I do think she’s thirty.
45line 1663Bear’st thou her face in mind? Is ’t long or round?
line 1664MESSENGERRound even to faultiness.
line 1665For the most part, too, they are foolish that are so.
line 1666Her hair what color?
line 1667MESSENGERBrown, madam, and her forehead
50line 1668As low as she would wish it.
line 1669CLEOPATRAgiving money There’s gold for thee.
line 1670Thou must not take my former sharpness ill.
line 1671I will employ thee back again. I find thee
line 1672Most fit for business. Go, make thee ready.
55line 1673Our letters are prepared.Messenger exits.
Act 3 Scene 4 - Pg 129 line 1674CHARMIANA proper man.
line 1675Indeed he is so. I repent me much
line 1676That so I harried him. Why, methinks, by him,
line 1677This creature’s no such thing.
60line 1678CHARMIANNothing, madam.
line 1679The man hath seen some majesty, and should know.
line 1680Hath he seen majesty? Isis else defend,
line 1681And serving you so long!
line 1682I have one thing more to ask him yet, good
65line 1683Charmian,
line 1684But ’tis no matter. Thou shalt bring him to me
line 1685Where I will write. All may be well enough.
line 1686CHARMIANI warrant you, madam.

They exit.

Scene 4

Enter Antony and Octavia.

line 1687Nay, nay, Octavia, not only that—
line 1688That were excusable, that and thousands more
line 1689Of semblable import—but he hath waged
line 1690New wars ’gainst Pompey; made his will and read it
5line 1691To public ear;
line 1692Spoke scantly of me; when perforce he could not
line 1693But pay me terms of honor, cold and sickly
line 1694He vented them, most narrow measure lent me;
line 1695When the best hint was given him, he not took ’t,
10line 1696Or did it from his teeth.
line 1697OCTAVIAO, my good lord,
Act 3 Scene 4 - Pg 131 line 1698Believe not all, or if you must believe,
line 1699Stomach not all. A more unhappy lady,
line 1700If this division chance, ne’er stood between,
15line 1701Praying for both parts.
line 1702The good gods will mock me presently
line 1703When I shall pray “O, bless my lord and husband!”
line 1704Undo that prayer by crying out as loud
line 1705“O, bless my brother!” Husband win, win brother
20line 1706Prays and destroys the prayer; no midway
line 1707’Twixt these extremes at all.
line 1708ANTONYGentle Octavia,
line 1709Let your best love draw to that point which seeks
line 1710Best to preserve it. If I lose mine honor,
25line 1711I lose myself; better I were not yours
line 1712Than yours so branchless. But, as you requested,
line 1713Yourself shall go between ’s. The meantime, lady,
line 1714I’ll raise the preparation of a war
line 1715Shall stain your brother. Make your soonest haste,
30line 1716So your desires are yours.
line 1717OCTAVIAThanks to my lord.
line 1718The Jove of power make me, most weak, most weak,
line 1719Your reconciler. Wars ’twixt you twain would be
line 1720As if the world should cleave, and that slain men
35line 1721Should solder up the rift.
line 1722When it appears to you where this begins,
line 1723Turn your displeasure that way, for our faults
line 1724Can never be so equal that your love
line 1725Can equally move with them. Provide your going;
40line 1726Choose your own company, and command what cost
line 1727Your heart has mind to.

They exit.

Act 3 Scene 5 - Pg 133

Scene 5

Enter Enobarbus and Eros.

line 1728ENOBARBUSHow now, friend Eros?
line 1729EROSThere’s strange news come, sir.
line 1730ENOBARBUSWhat, man?
line 1731EROSCaesar and Lepidus have made wars upon
5line 1732Pompey.
line 1733ENOBARBUSThis is old. What is the success?
line 1734EROSCaesar, having made use of him in the wars
line 1735’gainst Pompey, presently denied him rivality,
line 1736would not let him partake in the glory of the action;
10line 1737and, not resting here, accuses him of letters he had
line 1738formerly wrote to Pompey; upon his own appeal
line 1739seizes him. So the poor third is up, till death enlarge
line 1740his confine.
line 1741Then, world, thou hast a pair of chaps, no more,
15line 1742And throw between them all the food thou hast,
line 1743They’ll grind the one the other. Where’s Antony?
line 1744He’s walking in the garden, thus, and spurns
line 1745The rush that lies before him; cries “Fool Lepidus!”
line 1746And threats the throat of that his officer
20line 1747That murdered Pompey.
line 1748ENOBARBUSOur great navy’s rigged.
line 1749For Italy and Caesar. More, Domitius:
line 1750My lord desires you presently. My news
line 1751I might have told hereafter.
25line 1752ENOBARBUS’Twill be naught,
line 1753But let it be. Bring me to Antony.
line 1754EROSCome, sir.

They exit.

Act 3 Scene 6 - Pg 135

Scene 6

Enter Agrippa, Maecenas, and Caesar.

line 1755Contemning Rome, he has done all this and more
line 1756In Alexandria. Here’s the manner of ’t:
line 1757I’ th’ marketplace, on a tribunal silvered,
line 1758Cleopatra and himself in chairs of gold
5line 1759Were publicly enthroned. At the feet sat
line 1760Caesarion, whom they call my father’s son,
line 1761And all the unlawful issue that their lust
line 1762Since then hath made between them. Unto her
line 1763He gave the stablishment of Egypt, made her
10line 1764Of lower Syria, Cyprus, Lydia,
line 1765Absolute queen.
line 1766MAECENASThis in the public eye?
line 1767I’ th’ common showplace where they exercise.
line 1768His sons he there proclaimed the kings of kings.
15line 1769Great Media, Parthia, and Armenia
line 1770He gave to Alexander; to Ptolemy he assigned
line 1771Syria, Cilicia, and Phoenicia. She
line 1772In th’ habiliments of the goddess Isis
line 1773That day appeared, and oft before gave audience,
20line 1774As ’tis reported, so.
line 1775MAECENASLet Rome be thus informed.
line 1776Who, queasy with his insolence already,
line 1777Will their good thoughts call from him.
line 1778The people knows it and have now received
25line 1779His accusations.
line 1780AGRIPPAWho does he accuse?
line 1781Caesar, and that, having in Sicily
line 1782Sextus Pompeius spoiled, we had not rated him
line 1783His part o’ th’ isle. Then does he say he lent me
Act 3 Scene 6 - Pg 137 30line 1784Some shipping, unrestored. Lastly, he frets
line 1785That Lepidus of the triumvirate
line 1786Should be deposed and, being, that we detain
line 1787All his revenue.
line 1788AGRIPPASir, this should be answered.
35line 1789’Tis done already, and the messenger gone.
line 1790I have told him Lepidus was grown too cruel,
line 1791That he his high authority abused
line 1792And did deserve his change. For what I have
line 1793conquered,
40line 1794I grant him part; but then in his Armenia
line 1795And other of his conquered kingdoms I
line 1796Demand the like.
line 1797MAECENASHe’ll never yield to that.
line 1798Nor must not then be yielded to in this.

Enter Octavia with her Train.

45line 1799Hail, Caesar, and my lord! Hail, most dear Caesar.
line 1800That ever I should call thee castaway!
line 1801You have not called me so, nor have you cause.
line 1802Why have you stol’n upon us thus? You come not
line 1803Like Caesar’s sister. The wife of Antony
50line 1804Should have an army for an usher and
line 1805The neighs of horse to tell of her approach
line 1806Long ere she did appear. The trees by th’ way
line 1807Should have borne men, and expectation fainted,
line 1808Longing for what it had not. Nay, the dust
55line 1809Should have ascended to the roof of heaven,
line 1810Raised by your populous troops. But you are come
line 1811A market-maid to Rome, and have prevented
Act 3 Scene 6 - Pg 139 line 1812The ostentation of our love, which, left unshown,
line 1813Is often left unloved. We should have met you
60line 1814By sea and land, supplying every stage
line 1815With an augmented greeting.
line 1816OCTAVIAGood my lord,
line 1817To come thus was I not constrained, but did it
line 1818On my free will. My lord, Mark Antony,
65line 1819Hearing that you prepared for war, acquainted
line 1820My grievèd ear withal, whereon I begged
line 1821His pardon for return.
line 1822CAESARWhich soon he granted,
line 1823Being an abstract ’tween his lust and him.
70line 1824Do not say so, my lord.
line 1825CAESARI have eyes upon him,
line 1826And his affairs come to me on the wind.
line 1827Where is he now?
line 1828OCTAVIAMy lord, in Athens.
75line 1829No, my most wrongèd sister. Cleopatra
line 1830Hath nodded him to her. He hath given his empire
line 1831Up to a whore, who now are levying
line 1832The kings o’ th’ Earth for war. He hath assembled
line 1833Bocchus, the King of Libya; Archelaus
80line 1834Of Cappadocia; Philadelphos, King
line 1835Of Paphlagonia; the Thracian king, Adallas;
line 1836King Manchus of Arabia; King of Pont;
line 1837Herod of Jewry; Mithridates, King
line 1838Of Comagen; Polemon and Amyntas,
85line 1839The Kings of Mede and Lycaonia,
line 1840With a more larger list of scepters.
line 1841OCTAVIAAy me, most wretched,
line 1842That have my heart parted betwixt two friends
line 1843That does afflict each other!
90line 1844CAESARWelcome hither.
line 1845Your letters did withhold our breaking forth
Act 3 Scene 7 - Pg 141 line 1846Till we perceived both how you were wrong led
line 1847And we in negligent danger. Cheer your heart.
line 1848Be you not troubled with the time, which drives
95line 1849O’er your content these strong necessities,
line 1850But let determined things to destiny
line 1851Hold unbewailed their way. Welcome to Rome,
line 1852Nothing more dear to me. You are abused
line 1853Beyond the mark of thought, and the high gods,
100line 1854To do you justice, makes his ministers
line 1855Of us and those that love you. Best of comfort,
line 1856And ever welcome to us.
line 1857AGRIPPAWelcome, lady.
line 1858MAECENASWelcome, dear madam.
105line 1859Each heart in Rome does love and pity you;
line 1860Only th’ adulterous Antony, most large
line 1861In his abominations, turns you off
line 1862And gives his potent regiment to a trull
line 1863That noises it against us.
110line 1864OCTAVIAto Caesar Is it so, sir?
line 1865Most certain. Sister, welcome. Pray you
line 1866Be ever known to patience. My dear’st sister!

They exit.

Scene 7

Enter Cleopatra and Enobarbus.

line 1867I will be even with thee, doubt it not.
line 1868ENOBARBUSBut why, why, why?
line 1869Thou hast forspoke my being in these wars
line 1870And say’st it is not fit.
5line 1871ENOBARBUSWell, is it, is it?
Act 3 Scene 7 - Pg 143 CLEOPATRA
line 1872Is ’t not denounced against us? Why should not we
line 1873Be there in person?
line 1874ENOBARBUSWell, I could reply:
line 1875If we should serve with horse and mares together,
10line 1876The horse were merely lost. The mares would bear
line 1877A soldier and his horse.
line 1878CLEOPATRAWhat is ’t you say?
line 1879Your presence needs must puzzle Antony,
line 1880Take from his heart, take from his brain, from ’s time
15line 1881What should not then be spared. He is already
line 1882Traduced for levity, and ’tis said in Rome
line 1883That Photinus, an eunuch, and your maids
line 1884Manage this war.
line 1885CLEOPATRASink Rome, and their tongues rot
20line 1886That speak against us! A charge we bear i’ th’ war,
line 1887And as the president of my kingdom will
line 1888Appear there for a man. Speak not against it.
line 1889I will not stay behind.

Enter Antony and Canidius.

line 1890ENOBARBUSNay, I have done.
25line 1891Here comes the Emperor.
line 1892ANTONYIs it not strange, Canidius,
line 1893That from Tarentum and Brundusium
line 1894He could so quickly cut the Ionian Sea
line 1895And take in Toryne?—You have heard on ’t, sweet?
30line 1896Celerity is never more admired
line 1897Than by the negligent.
line 1898ANTONYA good rebuke,
line 1899Which might have well becomed the best of men,
line 1900To taunt at slackness.—Canidius, we will fight
35line 1901With him by sea.
Act 3 Scene 7 - Pg 145 line 1902CLEOPATRABy sea, what else?
line 1903CANIDIUSWhy will
line 1904My lord do so?
line 1905ANTONYFor that he dares us to ’t.
40line 1906So hath my lord dared him to single fight.
line 1907Ay, and to wage this battle at Pharsalia,
line 1908Where Caesar fought with Pompey. But these offers,
line 1909Which serve not for his vantage, he shakes off,
line 1910And so should you.
45line 1911ENOBARBUSYour ships are not well manned,
line 1912Your mariners are muleteers, reapers, people
line 1913Engrossed by swift impress. In Caesar’s fleet
line 1914Are those that often have ’gainst Pompey fought.
line 1915Their ships are yare, yours heavy. No disgrace
50line 1916Shall fall you for refusing him at sea,
line 1917Being prepared for land.
line 1918ANTONYBy sea, by sea.
line 1919Most worthy sir, you therein throw away
line 1920The absolute soldiership you have by land,
55line 1921Distract your army, which doth most consist
line 1922Of war-marked footmen, leave unexecuted
line 1923Your own renownèd knowledge, quite forgo
line 1924The way which promises assurance, and
line 1925Give up yourself merely to chance and hazard
60line 1926From firm security.
line 1927ANTONYI’ll fight at sea.
line 1928I have sixty sails, Caesar none better.
line 1929Our overplus of shipping will we burn,
line 1930And with the rest full-manned, from th’ head of
65line 1931Actium
Act 3 Scene 7 - Pg 147 line 1932Beat th’ approaching Caesar. But if we fail,
line 1933We then can do ’t at land.

Enter a Messenger.

line 1934Thy business?
line 1935The news is true, my lord; he is descried.
70line 1936Caesar has taken Toryne.He exits.
line 1937Can he be there in person? ’Tis impossible;
line 1938Strange that his power should be. Canidius,
line 1939Our nineteen legions thou shalt hold by land,
line 1940And our twelve thousand horse. We’ll to our ship.—
75line 1941Away, my Thetis.

Enter a Soldier.

line 1942How now, worthy soldier?
line 1943O noble emperor, do not fight by sea!
line 1944Trust not to rotten planks. Do you misdoubt
line 1945This sword and these my wounds? Let th’ Egyptians
80line 1946And the Phoenicians go a-ducking. We
line 1947Have used to conquer standing on the earth
line 1948And fighting foot to foot.
line 1949ANTONYWell, well, away.

Antony, Cleopatra, and Enobarbus exit.

line 1950By Hercules, I think I am i’ th’ right.
85line 1951Soldier, thou art, but his whole action grows
line 1952Not in the power on ’t. So our leader’s led,
line 1953And we are women’s men.
line 1954SOLDIERYou keep by land
line 1955The legions and the horse whole, do you not?
90line 1956Marcus Octavius, Marcus Justeius,
Act 3 Scene 8 - Pg 149 line 1957Publicola, and Caelius are for sea,
line 1958But we keep whole by land. This speed of Caesar’s
line 1959Carries beyond belief.
line 1960SOLDIERWhile he was yet in Rome,
95line 1961His power went out in such distractions as
line 1962Beguiled all spies.
line 1963CANIDIUSWho’s his lieutenant, hear you?
line 1964They say one Taurus.
line 1965CANIDIUSWell I know the man.

Enter a Messenger.

100line 1966MESSENGERThe Emperor calls Canidius.
line 1967With news the time’s in labor, and throws forth
line 1968Each minute some.

They exit.

Scene 8

Enter Caesar with his army, and Taurus, marching.

line 1969CAESARTaurus!
line 1970TAURUSMy lord?
line 1971Strike not by land, keep whole. Provoke not battle
line 1972Till we have done at sea. Do not exceed
5line 1973The prescript of this scroll.Hands him a scroll.
line 1974Our fortune lies
line 1975Upon this jump.

They exit.

Act 3 Scene 10 - Pg 151

Scene 9

Enter Antony and Enobarbus.

line 1976Set we our squadrons on yond side o’ th’ hill
line 1977In eye of Caesar’s battle, from which place
line 1978We may the number of the ships behold
line 1979And so proceed accordingly.

They exit.

Scene 10

Canidius marcheth with his land army one way over the stage, and Taurus the lieutenant of Caesar the other way. After their going in is heard the noise of a sea fight.

Alarum. Enter Enobarbus.

line 1980Naught, naught, all naught! I can behold no longer.
line 1981Th’ Antoniad, the Egyptian admiral,
line 1982With all their sixty, fly and turn the rudder.
line 1983To see ’t mine eyes are blasted.

Enter Scarus.

5line 1984SCARUSGods and goddesses,
line 1985All the whole synod of them!
line 1986ENOBARBUSWhat’s thy passion?
line 1987The greater cantle of the world is lost
line 1988With very ignorance. We have kissed away
10line 1989Kingdoms and provinces.
line 1990ENOBARBUSHow appears the fight?
line 1991On our side, like the tokened pestilence,
line 1992Where death is sure. Yon ribaudred nag of Egypt,
line 1993Whom leprosy o’ertake, i’ th’ midst o’ th’ fight,
15line 1994When vantage like a pair of twins appeared
Act 3 Scene 10 - Pg 153 line 1995Both as the same—or, rather, ours the elder—
line 1996The breeze upon her like a cow in June,
line 1997Hoists sails and flies.
line 1998ENOBARBUSThat I beheld.
20line 1999Mine eyes did sicken at the sight and could not
line 2000Endure a further view.
line 2001SCARUSShe once being loofed,
line 2002The noble ruin of her magic, Antony,
line 2003Claps on his sea-wing and, like a doting mallard,
25line 2004Leaving the fight in height, flies after her.
line 2005I never saw an action of such shame.
line 2006Experience, manhood, honor ne’er before
line 2007Did violate so itself.
line 2008ENOBARBUSAlack, alack.

Enter Canidius.

30line 2009Our fortune on the sea is out of breath
line 2010And sinks most lamentably. Had our general
line 2011Been what he knew himself, it had gone well.
line 2012O, he has given example for our flight
line 2013Most grossly by his own.
35line 2014Ay, are you thereabouts? Why then goodnight
line 2015indeed.
line 2016CANIDIUSToward Peloponnesus are they fled.
line 2017’Tis easy to ’t, and there I will attend
line 2018What further comes.He exits.
40line 2019CANIDIUSTo Caesar will I render
line 2020My legions and my horse. Six kings already
line 2021Show me the way of yielding.He exits.
line 2022ENOBARBUSI’ll yet follow
line 2023The wounded chance of Antony, though my reason
45line 2024Sits in the wind against me.

He exits.

Act 3 Scene 11 - Pg 155

Scene 11

Enter Antony with Attendants.

line 2025Hark, the land bids me tread no more upon ’t.
line 2026It is ashamed to bear me. Friends, come hither.
line 2027I am so lated in the world that I
line 2028Have lost my way forever. I have a ship
5line 2029Laden with gold. Take that, divide it. Fly,
line 2030And make your peace with Caesar.
line 2031ALLFly? Not we!
line 2032I have fled myself and have instructed cowards
line 2033To run and show their shoulders. Friends, begone.
10line 2034I have myself resolved upon a course
line 2035Which has no need of you. Begone.
line 2036My treasure’s in the harbor; take it. O,
line 2037I followed that I blush to look upon!
line 2038My very hairs do mutiny, for the white
15line 2039Reprove the brown for rashness, and they them
line 2040For fear and doting. Friends, begone. You shall
line 2041Have letters from me to some friends that will
line 2042Sweep your way for you. Pray you look not sad,
line 2043Nor make replies of loathness. Take the hint
20line 2044Which my despair proclaims. Let that be left
line 2045Which leaves itself. To the seaside straightway!
line 2046I will possess you of that ship and treasure.
line 2047Leave me, I pray, a little—pray you, now,
line 2048Nay, do so—for indeed I have lost command.
25line 2049Therefore I pray you—I’ll see you by and by.

Attendants move aside. Antony sits down.

Enter Cleopatra led by Charmian, Iras, and Eros.

line 2050Nay, gentle madam, to him, comfort him.
Act 3 Scene 11 - Pg 157 line 2051IRASDo, most dear queen.
line 2052CHARMIANDo! Why, what else?
line 2053CLEOPATRALet me sit down. O Juno!She sits down.
30line 2054ANTONYNo, no, no, no, no.
line 2055EROSSee you here, sir?
line 2056ANTONYOh fie, fie, fie!
line 2057CHARMIANMadam.
line 2058IRASMadam, O good empress!
35line 2059EROSSir, sir—
line 2060Yes, my lord, yes. He at Philippi kept
line 2061His sword e’en like a dancer, while I struck
line 2062The lean and wrinkled Cassius, and ’twas I
line 2063That the mad Brutus ended. He alone
40line 2064Dealt on lieutenantry, and no practice had
line 2065In the brave squares of war, yet now—no matter.
line 2066Ah, stand by.
line 2067EROSThe Queen, my lord, the Queen.
line 2068Go to him, madam; speak to him.
45line 2069He’s unqualitied with very shame.
line 2070CLEOPATRArising Well, then, sustain me. O!
line 2071Most noble sir, arise. The Queen approaches.
line 2072Her head’s declined, and death will seize her but
line 2073Your comfort makes the rescue.
50line 2074ANTONYI have offended reputation,
line 2075A most unnoble swerving.
line 2076EROSSir, the Queen.
line 2077O, whither hast them led me, Egypt? See
line 2078How I convey my shame out of thine eyes,
55line 2079By looking back what I have left behind
line 2080’Stroyed in dishonor.
Act 3 Scene 12 - Pg 159 line 2081CLEOPATRAO, my lord, my lord,
line 2082Forgive my fearful sails! I little thought
line 2083You would have followed.
60line 2084ANTONYEgypt, thou knew’st too well
line 2085My heart was to thy rudder tied by th’ strings,
line 2086And thou shouldst tow me after. O’er my spirit
line 2087Thy full supremacy thou knew’st, and that
line 2088Thy beck might from the bidding of the gods
65line 2089Command me.
line 2090CLEOPATRAO, my pardon!
line 2091ANTONYNow I must
line 2092To the young man send humble treaties, dodge
line 2093And palter in the shifts of lowness, who
70line 2094With half the bulk o’ th’ world played as I pleased,
line 2095Making and marring fortunes. You did know
line 2096How much you were my conqueror, and that
line 2097My sword, made weak by my affection, would
line 2098Obey it on all cause.
75line 2099CLEOPATRAPardon, pardon!
line 2100Fall not a tear, I say; one of them rates
line 2101All that is won and lost. Give me a kiss.They kiss.
line 2102Even this repays me.—
line 2103We sent our schoolmaster. Is he come back?—
80line 2104Love, I am full of lead.—Some wine
line 2105Within there, and our viands! Fortune knows
line 2106We scorn her most when most she offers blows.

They exit.

Scene 12

Enter Caesar, Agrippa, Thidias, and Dolabella, with others.

line 2107Let him appear that’s come from Antony.
line 2108Know you him?
Act 3 Scene 12 - Pg 161 line 2109DOLABELLACaesar, ’tis his schoolmaster—
line 2110An argument that he is plucked, when hither
5line 2111He sends so poor a pinion of his wing,
line 2112Which had superfluous kings for messengers
line 2113Not many moons gone by.

Enter Ambassador from Antony.

line 2114CAESARApproach, and speak.
line 2115Such as I am, I come from Antony.
10line 2116I was of late as petty to his ends
line 2117As is the morn-dew on the myrtle leaf
line 2118To his grand sea.
line 2119CAESARBe ’t so. Declare thine office.
line 2120Lord of his fortunes he salutes thee, and
15line 2121Requires to live in Egypt, which not granted,
line 2122He lessens his requests, and to thee sues
line 2123To let him breathe between the heavens and Earth,
line 2124A private man in Athens. This for him.
line 2125Next, Cleopatra does confess thy greatness,
20line 2126Submits her to thy might, and of thee craves
line 2127The circle of the Ptolemies for her heirs,
line 2128Now hazarded to thy grace.
line 2129CAESARFor Antony,
line 2130I have no ears to his request. The Queen
25line 2131Of audience nor desire shall fail, so she
line 2132From Egypt drive her all-disgracèd friend,
line 2133Or take his life there. This if she perform,
line 2134She shall not sue unheard. So to them both.
line 2135Fortune pursue thee!
30line 2136CAESARBring him through the bands.

Ambassador exits, with Attendants.

line 2137To Thidias. To try thy eloquence now ’tis time.
line 2138Dispatch.
Act 3 Scene 13 - Pg 163 line 2139From Antony win Cleopatra. Promise,
line 2140And in our name, what she requires; add more,
35line 2141From thine invention, offers. Women are not
line 2142In their best fortunes strong, but want will perjure
line 2143The ne’er-touched vestal. Try thy cunning, Thidias.
line 2144Make thine own edict for thy pains, which we
line 2145Will answer as a law.
40line 2146THIDIASCaesar, I go.
line 2147Observe how Antony becomes his flaw,
line 2148And what thou think’st his very action speaks
line 2149In every power that moves.
line 2150THIDIASCaesar, I shall.

They exit.

Scene 13

Enter Cleopatra, Enobarbus, Charmian, and Iras.

line 2151What shall we do, Enobarbus?
line 2152ENOBARBUSThink, and die.
line 2153Is Antony or we in fault for this?
line 2154Antony only, that would make his will
5line 2155Lord of his reason. What though you fled
line 2156From that great face of war, whose several ranges
line 2157Frighted each other? Why should he follow?
line 2158The itch of his affection should not then
line 2159Have nicked his captainship, at such a point,
10line 2160When half to half the world opposed, he being
line 2161The merèd question. ’Twas a shame no less
line 2162Than was his loss, to course your flying flags
line 2163And leave his navy gazing.
line 2164CLEOPATRAPrithee, peace.
Act 3 Scene 13 - Pg 165

Enter the Ambassador with Antony.

15line 2165ANTONYIs that his answer?
line 2166AMBASSADORAy, my lord.
line 2167The Queen shall then have courtesy, so she
line 2168Will yield us up?
line 2169AMBASSADORHe says so.
20line 2170ANTONYLet her know ’t.—
line 2171To the boy Caesar send this grizzled head,
line 2172And he will fill thy wishes to the brim
line 2173With principalities.
line 2174CLEOPATRAThat head, my lord?
ANTONYto Ambassador
25line 2175To him again. Tell him he wears the rose
line 2176Of youth upon him, from which the world should
line 2177note
line 2178Something particular: his coin, ships, legions
line 2179May be a coward’s, whose ministers would prevail
30line 2180Under the service of a child as soon
line 2181As i’ th’ command of Caesar. I dare him therefore
line 2182To lay his gay caparisons apart
line 2183And answer me declined, sword against sword,
line 2184Ourselves alone. I’ll write it. Follow me.

Antony and Ambassador exit.

35line 2185Yes, like enough, high-battled Caesar will
line 2186Unstate his happiness and be staged to th’ show
line 2187Against a sworder! I see men’s judgments are
line 2188A parcel of their fortunes, and things outward
line 2189Do draw the inward quality after them
40line 2190To suffer all alike. That he should dream,
line 2191Knowing all measures, the full Caesar will
line 2192Answer his emptiness! Caesar, thou hast subdued
line 2193His judgment too.
Act 3 Scene 13 - Pg 167

Enter a Servant.

line 2194SERVANTA messenger from Caesar.
45line 2195What, no more ceremony? See, my women,
line 2196Against the blown rose may they stop their nose
line 2197That kneeled unto the buds.—Admit him, sir.

Servant exits.

line 2198Mine honesty and I begin to square.
line 2199The loyalty well held to fools does make
50line 2200Our faith mere folly. Yet he that can endure
line 2201To follow with allegiance a fall’n lord
line 2202Does conquer him that did his master conquer,
line 2203And earns a place i’ th’ story.

Enter Thidias.

line 2204CLEOPATRACaesar’s will?
55line 2205Hear it apart.
line 2206CLEOPATRANone but friends. Say boldly.
line 2207So haply are they friends to Antony.
line 2208He needs as many, sir, as Caesar has,
line 2209Or needs not us. If Caesar please, our master
60line 2210Will leap to be his friend. For us, you know
line 2211Whose he is we are, and that is Caesar’s.
line 2212THIDIASSo.—
line 2213Thus then, thou most renowned: Caesar entreats
line 2214Not to consider in what case thou stand’st
65line 2215Further than he is Caesar.
line 2216CLEOPATRAGo on; right royal.
line 2217He knows that you embrace not Antony
line 2218As you did love, but as you feared him.
Act 3 Scene 13 - Pg 169 line 2219CLEOPATRAO!
70line 2220The scars upon your honor therefore he
line 2221Does pity as constrainèd blemishes,
line 2222Not as deserved.
line 2223CLEOPATRAHe is a god and knows
line 2224What is most right. Mine honor was not yielded,
75line 2225But conquered merely.
line 2226ENOBARBUSaside To be sure of that,
line 2227I will ask Antony. Sir, sir, thou art so leaky
line 2228That we must leave thee to thy sinking, for
line 2229Thy dearest quit thee.Enobarbus exits.
80line 2230THIDIASShall I say to Caesar
line 2231What you require of him? For he partly begs
line 2232To be desired to give. It much would please him
line 2233That of his fortunes you should make a staff
line 2234To lean upon. But it would warm his spirits
85line 2235To hear from me you had left Antony
line 2236And put yourself under his shroud,
line 2237The universal landlord.
line 2238CLEOPATRAWhat’s your name?
line 2239My name is Thidias.
90line 2240CLEOPATRAMost kind messenger,
line 2241Say to great Caesar this in deputation:
line 2242I kiss his conqu’ring hand. Tell him I am prompt
line 2243To lay my crown at ’s feet, and there to kneel.
line 2244Tell him, from his all-obeying breath I hear
95line 2245The doom of Egypt.
line 2246THIDIAS’Tis your noblest course.
line 2247Wisdom and fortune combating together,
line 2248If that the former dare but what it can,
line 2249No chance may shake it. Give me grace to lay
100line 2250My duty on your hand.

She gives him her hand to kiss.

Act 3 Scene 13 - Pg 171 line 2251CLEOPATRAYour Caesar’s father oft,
line 2252When he hath mused of taking kingdoms in,
line 2253Bestowed his lips on that unworthy place
line 2254As it rained kisses.

Enter Antony and Enobarbus.

105line 2255ANTONYFavors? By Jove that thunders!
line 2256What art thou, fellow?
line 2257THIDIASOne that but performs
line 2258The bidding of the fullest man and worthiest
line 2259To have command obeyed.
110line 2260ENOBARBUSYou will be whipped.
ANTONYcalling for Servants
line 2261Approach there!—Ah, you kite!—Now, gods and
line 2262devils,
line 2263Authority melts from me. Of late when I cried “Ho!”
line 2264Like boys unto a muss kings would start forth
115line 2265And cry “Your will?” Have you no ears? I am
line 2266Antony yet.

Enter Servants.

line 2267Take hence this jack and whip him.
line 2268’Tis better playing with a lion’s whelp
line 2269Than with an old one dying.
120line 2270ANTONYMoon and stars!
line 2271Whip him! Were ’t twenty of the greatest tributaries
line 2272That do acknowledge Caesar, should I find them
line 2273So saucy with the hand of she here—what’s her
line 2274name
125line 2275Since she was Cleopatra? Whip him, fellows,
line 2276Till like a boy you see him cringe his face
line 2277And whine aloud for mercy. Take him hence.
line 2278Mark Antony—
Act 3 Scene 13 - Pg 173 line 2279ANTONYTug him away. Being whipped,
130line 2280Bring him again. This jack of Caesar’s shall
line 2281Bear us an errand to him.

Servants exit with Thidias.

line 2282To Cleopatra. You were half blasted ere I knew you.
line 2283Ha!
line 2284Have I my pillow left unpressed in Rome,
135line 2285Forborne the getting of a lawful race,
line 2286And by a gem of women, to be abused
line 2287By one that looks on feeders?
line 2288CLEOPATRAGood my lord—
line 2289ANTONYYou have been a boggler ever.
140line 2290But when we in our viciousness grow hard—
line 2291O, misery on ’t!—the wise gods seel our eyes,
line 2292In our own filth drop our clear judgments, make us
line 2293Adore our errors, laugh at ’s while we strut
line 2294To our confusion.
145line 2295CLEOPATRAO, is ’t come to this?
line 2296I found you as a morsel cold upon
line 2297Dead Caesar’s trencher; nay, you were a fragment
line 2298Of Gneius Pompey’s, besides what hotter hours,
line 2299Unregistered in vulgar fame, you have
150line 2300Luxuriously picked out. For I am sure,
line 2301Though you can guess what temperance should be,
line 2302You know not what it is.
line 2303CLEOPATRAWherefore is this?
line 2304To let a fellow that will take rewards
155line 2305And say “God quit you!” be familiar with
line 2306My playfellow, your hand, this kingly seal
line 2307And plighter of high hearts! O, that I were
line 2308Upon the hill of Basan, to outroar
line 2309The hornèd herd! For I have savage cause,
160line 2310And to proclaim it civilly were like
Act 3 Scene 13 - Pg 175 line 2311A haltered neck which does the hangman thank
line 2312For being yare about him.

Enter a Servant with Thidias.

line 2313Is he whipped?
line 2314SERVANTSoundly, my lord.
165line 2315ANTONYCried he? And begged he pardon?
line 2316SERVANTHe did ask favor.
ANTONYto Thidias
line 2317If that thy father live, let him repent
line 2318Thou wast not made his daughter; and be thou sorry
line 2319To follow Caesar in his triumph, since
170line 2320Thou hast been whipped for following him.
line 2321Henceforth
line 2322The white hand of a lady fever thee;
line 2323Shake thou to look on ’t. Get thee back to Caesar.
line 2324Tell him thy entertainment. Look thou say
175line 2325He makes me angry with him; for he seems
line 2326Proud and disdainful, harping on what I am,
line 2327Not what he knew I was. He makes me angry,
line 2328And at this time most easy ’tis to do ’t,
line 2329When my good stars that were my former guides
180line 2330Have empty left their orbs and shot their fires
line 2331Into th’ abysm of hell. If he mislike
line 2332My speech and what is done, tell him he has
line 2333Hipparchus, my enfranchèd bondman, whom
line 2334He may at pleasure whip, or hang, or torture,
185line 2335As he shall like to quit me. Urge it thou.
line 2336Hence with thy stripes, begone!Thidias exits.
line 2337CLEOPATRAHave you done yet?
line 2338Alack, our terrene moon is now eclipsed,
line 2339And it portends alone the fall of Antony.
190line 2340CLEOPATRAI must stay his time.
Act 3 Scene 13 - Pg 177 ANTONY
line 2341To flatter Caesar, would you mingle eyes
line 2342With one that ties his points?
line 2343CLEOPATRANot know me yet?
line 2344Coldhearted toward me?
195line 2345CLEOPATRAAh, dear, if I be so,
line 2346From my cold heart let heaven engender hail
line 2347And poison it in the source, and the first stone
line 2348Drop in my neck; as it determines, so
line 2349Dissolve my life! The next Caesarion smite,
200line 2350Till by degrees the memory of my womb,
line 2351Together with my brave Egyptians all,
line 2352By the discandying of this pelleted storm
line 2353Lie graveless till the flies and gnats of Nile
line 2354Have buried them for prey!
205line 2355ANTONYI am satisfied.
line 2356Caesar sits down in Alexandria, where
line 2357I will oppose his fate. Our force by land
line 2358Hath nobly held; our severed navy too
line 2359Have knit again, and fleet, threatening most sealike.
210line 2360Where hast thou been, my heart? Dost thou hear,
line 2361lady?
line 2362If from the field I shall return once more
line 2363To kiss these lips, I will appear in blood.
line 2364I and my sword will earn our chronicle.
215line 2365There’s hope in ’t yet.
line 2366CLEOPATRAThat’s my brave lord!
line 2367I will be treble-sinewed, -hearted, -breathed,
line 2368And fight maliciously; for when mine hours
line 2369Were nice and lucky, men did ransom lives
220line 2370Of me for jests. But now I’ll set my teeth
line 2371And send to darkness all that stop me. Come,
line 2372Let’s have one other gaudy night. Call to me
Act 3 Scene 13 - Pg 179 line 2373All my sad captains. Fill our bowls once more.
line 2374Let’s mock the midnight bell.
225line 2375CLEOPATRAIt is my birthday.
line 2376I had thought t’ have held it poor. But since my lord
line 2377Is Antony again, I will be Cleopatra.
line 2378ANTONYWe will yet do well.
line 2379Call all his noble captains to my lord.
230line 2380Do so; we’ll speak to them, and tonight I’ll force
line 2381The wine peep through their scars.—Come on, my
line 2382queen,
line 2383There’s sap in ’t yet. The next time I do fight
line 2384I’ll make Death love me, for I will contend
235line 2385Even with his pestilent scythe.

All but Enobarbus exit.

line 2386Now he’ll outstare the lightning. To be furious
line 2387Is to be frighted out of fear, and in that mood
line 2388The dove will peck the estridge; and I see still
line 2389A diminution in our captain’s brain
240line 2390Restores his heart. When valor preys on reason,
line 2391It eats the sword it fights with. I will seek
line 2392Some way to leave him.

He exits.


Scene 1

Enter Caesar, Agrippa, and Maecenas, with his army, Caesar reading a letter.

line 2393He calls me “boy,” and chides as he had power
line 2394To beat me out of Egypt. My messenger
line 2395He hath whipped with rods, dares me to personal
line 2396combat,
5line 2397Caesar to Antony. Let the old ruffian know
line 2398I have many other ways to die; meantime
line 2399Laugh at his challenge.
line 2400MAECENASCaesar must think,
line 2401When one so great begins to rage, he’s hunted
10line 2402Even to falling. Give him no breath, but now
line 2403Make boot of his distraction. Never anger
line 2404Made good guard for itself.
line 2405CAESARLet our best heads
line 2406Know that tomorrow the last of many battles
15line 2407We mean to fight. Within our files there are,
line 2408Of those that served Mark Antony but late,
line 2409Enough to fetch him in. See it done,
line 2410And feast the army; we have store to do ’t,
line 2411And they have earned the waste. Poor Antony.

They exit.

Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 185

Scene 2

Enter Antony, Cleopatra, Enobarbus, Charmian, Iras, with others.

line 2412He will not fight with me, Domitius?
line 2413ENOBARBUSNo.
line 2414ANTONYWhy should he not?
line 2415He thinks, being twenty times of better fortune,
5line 2416He is twenty men to one.
line 2417ANTONYTomorrow, soldier,
line 2418By sea and land I’ll fight. Or I will live
line 2419Or bathe my dying honor in the blood
line 2420Shall make it live again. Woo’t thou fight well?
10line 2421I’ll strike and cry “Take all.”
line 2422ANTONYWell said. Come on.
line 2423Call forth my household servants.

Enter three or four Servitors.

line 2424Let’s tonight
line 2425Be bounteous at our meal.—Give me thy hand;
15line 2426Thou hast been rightly honest.—So hast thou,—
line 2427Thou,—and thou,—and thou. You have served me
line 2428well,
line 2429And kings have been your fellows.
line 2430CLEOPATRAaside to Enobarbus What means this?
ENOBARBUSaside to Cleopatra
20line 2431’Tis one of those odd tricks which sorrow shoots
line 2432Out of the mind.
line 2433ANTONYto another Servitor And thou art honest too.
line 2434I wish I could be made so many men,
line 2435And all of you clapped up together in
25line 2436An Antony, that I might do you service
line 2437So good as you have done.
Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 187 line 2438ALL THE SERVITORSThe gods forbid!
line 2439Well, my good fellows, wait on me tonight.
line 2440Scant not my cups, and make as much of me
30line 2441As when mine empire was your fellow too
line 2442And suffered my command.
line 2443CLEOPATRAaside to Enobarbus What does he mean?
ENOBARBUSaside to Cleopatra
line 2444To make his followers weep.
line 2445ANTONYto the Servitors Tend me tonight;
35line 2446May be it is the period of your duty.
line 2447Haply you shall not see me more, or if,
line 2448A mangled shadow. Perchance tomorrow
line 2449You’ll serve another master. I look on you
line 2450As one that takes his leave. Mine honest friends,
40line 2451I turn you not away, but, like a master
line 2452Married to your good service, stay till death.
line 2453Tend me tonight two hours—I ask no more—
line 2454And the gods yield you for ’t!
line 2455ENOBARBUSWhat mean you, sir,
45line 2456To give them this discomfort? Look, they weep,
line 2457And I, an ass, am onion-eyed. For shame,
line 2458Transform us not to women.
line 2459ANTONYHo, ho, ho!
line 2460Now the witch take me if I meant it thus!
50line 2461Grace grow where those drops fall! My hearty
line 2462friends,
line 2463You take me in too dolorous a sense,
line 2464For I spake to you for your comfort, did desire you
line 2465To burn this night with torches. Know, my hearts,
55line 2466I hope well of tomorrow, and will lead you
line 2467Where rather I’ll expect victorious life
line 2468Than death and honor. Let’s to supper, come,
line 2469And drown consideration.

They exit.

Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 189

Scene 3

Enter a company of Soldiers.

line 2470Brother, goodnight. Tomorrow is the day.
line 2471It will determine one way. Fare you well.
line 2472Heard you of nothing strange about the streets?
line 2473FIRST SOLDIERNothing. What news?
5line 2474Belike ’tis but a rumor. Goodnight to you.
line 2475FIRST SOLDIERWell, sir, goodnight.

They meet other Soldiers who are entering.

line 2476SECOND SOLDIERSoldiers, have careful watch.
line 2477THIRD SOLDIERAnd you. Goodnight, goodnight.

They place themselves in every corner of the stage.

line 2478SECOND SOLDIERHere we; and if tomorrow
10line 2479Our navy thrive, I have an absolute hope
line 2480Our landmen will stand up.
line 2481FIRST SOLDIER’Tis a brave army, and full of purpose.

Music of the hautboys is under the stage.

line 2482SECOND SOLDIERPeace. What noise?
line 2483FIRST SOLDIERList, list!
15line 2484SECOND SOLDIERHark!
line 2485FIRST SOLDIERMusic i’ th’ air.
line 2486THIRD SOLDIERUnder the earth.
line 2487FOURTH SOLDIERIt signs well, does it not?
20line 2489FIRST SOLDIERPeace, I say. What should this mean?
line 2490’Tis the god Hercules, whom Antony loved,
line 2491Now leaves him.
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 191 line 2492FIRST SOLDIERWalk. Let’s see if other watchmen
line 2493Do hear what we do.
25line 2494SECOND SOLDIERHow now, masters?Speak together.
line 2495ALLHow now? How now? Do you hear this?
line 2496FIRST SOLDIERAy. Is ’t not strange?
line 2497THIRD SOLDIERDo you hear, masters? Do you hear?
line 2498Follow the noise so far as we have quarter.
30line 2499Let’s see how it will give off.
line 2500ALLContent. ’Tis strange.

They exit.

Scene 4

Enter Antony and Cleopatra, with Charmian, and others.

line 2501Eros! Mine armor, Eros!
line 2502CLEOPATRASleep a little.
line 2503No, my chuck.—Eros, come, mine armor, Eros.

Enter Eros, carrying armor.

line 2504Come, good fellow, put thine iron on.
5line 2505If fortune be not ours today, it is
line 2506Because we brave her. Come.
line 2507CLEOPATRANay, I’ll help too.
line 2508What’s this for?
line 2509ANTONYAh, let be, let be! Thou art
10line 2510The armorer of my heart. False, false. This, this!
line 2511Sooth, la, I’ll help. Thus it must be.
line 2512ANTONYWell, well,
line 2513We shall thrive now.—Seest thou, my good fellow?
line 2514Go, put on thy defenses.
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 193 15line 2515EROSBriefly, sir.
line 2516Is not this buckled well?
line 2517ANTONYRarely, rarely.
line 2518He that unbuckles this, till we do please
line 2519To daff ’t for our repose, shall hear a storm.—
20line 2520Thou fumblest, Eros, and my queen’s a squire
line 2521More tight at this than thou. Dispatch.—O love,
line 2522That thou couldst see my wars today, and knew’st
line 2523The royal occupation, thou shouldst see
line 2524A workman in ’t.

Enter an armed Soldier.

25line 2525Good morrow to thee. Welcome.
line 2526Thou look’st like him that knows a warlike charge.
line 2527To business that we love we rise betime
line 2528And go to ’t with delight.
line 2529SOLDIERA thousand, sir,
30line 2530Early though ’t be, have on their riveted trim
line 2531And at the port expect you.Shout. Trumpets flourish.

Enter Captains and Soldiers.

line 2532The morn is fair. Good morrow, general.
line 2533Good morrow, general.
line 2534ANTONY’Tis well blown, lads.
35line 2535This morning, like the spirit of a youth
line 2536That means to be of note, begins betimes.
line 2537So, so.—Come, give me that. This way.—Well said.—
line 2538Fare thee well, dame.He kisses her.
line 2539Whate’er becomes of me,
40line 2540This is a soldier’s kiss. Rebukable
line 2541And worthy shameful check it were to stand
line 2542On more mechanic compliment. I’ll leave thee
Act 4 Scene 5 - Pg 195 line 2543Now like a man of steel.—You that will fight,
line 2544Follow me close. I’ll bring you to ’t.—Adieu.

Antony, Eros, Captains, and Soldiers exit.

45line 2545Please you retire to your chamber?
line 2546CLEOPATRALead me.
line 2547He goes forth gallantly. That he and Caesar might
line 2548Determine this great war in single fight,
line 2549Then Antony—but now—. Well, on.

They exit.

Scene 5

Trumpets sound. Enter Antony and Eros, and a Soldier who meets them.

line 2550The gods make this a happy day to Antony.
line 2551Would thou and those thy scars had once prevailed
line 2552To make me fight at land.
line 2553SOLDIERHad’st thou done so,
5line 2554The kings that have revolted and the soldier
line 2555That has this morning left thee would have still
line 2556Followed thy heels.
line 2557ANTONYWho’s gone this morning?
line 2558SOLDIERWho?
10line 2559One ever near thee. Call for Enobarbus,
line 2560He shall not hear thee, or from Caesar’s camp
line 2561Say “I am none of thine.”
line 2562ANTONYWhat sayest thou?
line 2563SOLDIERSir,
15line 2564He is with Caesar.
line 2565EROSSir, his chests and treasure
line 2566He has not with him.
Act 4 Scene 6 - Pg 197 line 2567ANTONYIs he gone?
line 2568SOLDIERMost certain.
20line 2569Go, Eros, send his treasure after. Do it.
line 2570Detain no jot, I charge thee. Write to him—
line 2571I will subscribe—gentle adieus and greetings.
line 2572Say that I wish he never find more cause
line 2573To change a master. O, my fortunes have
25line 2574Corrupted honest men. Dispatch.—Enobarbus!

They exit.

Scene 6

Flourish. Enter Agrippa, Caesar, with Enobarbus and Dolabella.

line 2575Go forth, Agrippa, and begin the fight.
line 2576Our will is Antony be took alive;
line 2577Make it so known.
line 2578AGRIPPACaesar, I shall.He exits.
5line 2579The time of universal peace is near.
line 2580Prove this a prosp’rous day, the three-nooked world
line 2581Shall bear the olive freely.

Enter a Messenger.

line 2582MESSENGERAntony
line 2583Is come into the field.
10line 2584CAESARGo charge Agrippa
line 2585Plant those that have revolted in the vant
line 2586That Antony may seem to spend his fury
line 2587Upon himself.All but Enobarbus exit.
line 2588Alexas did revolt and went to Jewry on
Act 4 Scene 6 - Pg 199 15line 2589Affairs of Antony, there did dissuade
line 2590Great Herod to incline himself to Caesar
line 2591And leave his master Antony. For this pains,
line 2592Caesar hath hanged him. Canidius and the rest
line 2593That fell away have entertainment but
20line 2594No honorable trust. I have done ill,
line 2595Of which I do accuse myself so sorely
line 2596That I will joy no more.

Enter a Soldier of Caesar’s.

line 2597SOLDIEREnobarbus, Antony
line 2598Hath after thee sent all thy treasure, with
25line 2599His bounty overplus. The messenger
line 2600Came on my guard, and at thy tent is now
line 2601Unloading of his mules.
line 2602ENOBARBUSI give it you.
line 2603SOLDIERMock not, Enobarbus.
30line 2604I tell you true. Best you safed the bringer
line 2605Out of the host. I must attend mine office
line 2606Or would have done ’t myself. Your emperor
line 2607Continues still a Jove.He exits.
line 2608I am alone the villain of the Earth,
35line 2609And feel I am so most. O Antony,
line 2610Thou mine of bounty, how wouldst thou have paid
line 2611My better service, when my turpitude
line 2612Thou dost so crown with gold! This blows my
line 2613heart.
40line 2614If swift thought break it not, a swifter mean
line 2615Shall outstrike thought, but thought will do ’t, I feel.
line 2616I fight against thee? No. I will go seek
line 2617Some ditch wherein to die; the foul’st best fits
line 2618My latter part of life.

He exits.

Act 4 Scene 7 - Pg 201

Scene 7

Alarum, Drums and Trumpets. Enter Agrippa, with other of Caesar’s soldiers.

line 2619Retire! We have engaged ourselves too far.
line 2620Caesar himself has work, and our oppression
line 2621Exceeds what we expected.They exit.

Alarums. Enter Antony, and Scarus wounded.

line 2622O my brave emperor, this is fought indeed!
5line 2623Had we done so at first, we had droven them home
line 2624With clouts about their heads.
line 2625ANTONYThou bleed’st apace.
line 2626I had a wound here that was like a T,
line 2627But now ’tis made an H.Sound of retreat far off.
10line 2628ANTONYThey do retire.
line 2629We’ll beat ’em into bench-holes. I have yet
line 2630Room for six scotches more.

Enter Eros.

line 2631They are beaten, sir, and our advantage serves
line 2632For a fair victory.
15line 2633SCARUSLet us score their backs
line 2634And snatch ’em up as we take hares, behind.
line 2635’Tis sport to maul a runner.
line 2636ANTONYI will reward thee
line 2637Once for thy sprightly comfort and tenfold
20line 2638For thy good valor. Come thee on.
line 2639SCARUSI’ll halt after.

They exit.

Act 4 Scene 8 - Pg 203

Scene 8

Alarum. Enter Antony again in a march; Scarus, with others.

line 2640We have beat him to his camp. Run one before
line 2641And let the Queen know of our gests.

A Soldier exits.

line 2642Tomorrow
line 2643Before the sun shall see ’s, we’ll spill the blood
5line 2644That has today escaped. I thank you all,
line 2645For doughty-handed are you, and have fought
line 2646Not as you served the cause, but as ’t had been
line 2647Each man’s like mine. You have shown all Hectors.
line 2648Enter the city. Clip your wives, your friends.
10line 2649Tell them your feats, whilst they with joyful tears
line 2650Wash the congealment from your wounds and kiss
line 2651The honored gashes whole.

Enter Cleopatra.

line 2652To Scarus. Give me thy hand.
line 2653To this great fairy I’ll commend thy acts,
15line 2654Make her thanks bless thee.—O, thou day o’ th’
line 2655world,
line 2656Chain mine armed neck. Leap thou, attire and all,
line 2657Through proof of harness to my heart, and there
line 2658Ride on the pants triumphing.
20line 2659CLEOPATRALord of lords!
line 2660O infinite virtue, com’st thou smiling from
line 2661The world’s great snare uncaught?
line 2662ANTONYMine nightingale,
line 2663We have beat them to their beds. What, girl, though
25line 2664gray
line 2665Do something mingle with our younger brown, yet
line 2666ha’ we
Act 4 Scene 9 - Pg 205 line 2667A brain that nourishes our nerves and can
line 2668Get goal for goal of youth. Behold this man.
30line 2669Commend unto his lips thy favoring hand.—
line 2670Kiss it, my warrior.Scarus kisses her hand.
line 2671He hath fought today
line 2672As if a god in hate of mankind had
line 2673Destroyed in such a shape.
35line 2674CLEOPATRAto Scarus I’ll give thee, friend,
line 2675An armor all of gold. It was a king’s.
line 2676He has deserved it, were it carbuncled
line 2677Like holy Phoebus’ car. Give me thy hand.
line 2678Through Alexandria make a jolly march.
40line 2679Bear our hacked targets like the men that owe
line 2680them.
line 2681Had our great palace the capacity
line 2682To camp this host, we all would sup together
line 2683And drink carouses to the next day’s fate,
45line 2684Which promises royal peril.—Trumpeters,
line 2685With brazen din blast you the city’s ear.
line 2686Make mingle with our rattling taborins,
line 2687That heaven and Earth may strike their sounds
line 2688together,
50line 2689Applauding our approach.

They exit.

Scene 9

Enter a Sentry and his company. Enobarbus follows.

line 2690If we be not relieved within this hour,
line 2691We must return to th’ court of guard. The night
line 2692Is shiny, and they say we shall embattle
line 2693By th’ second hour i’ th’ morn.
Act 4 Scene 9 - Pg 207 5line 2694FIRST WATCHThis last day was a shrewd one to ’s.
line 2695ENOBARBUSO, bear me witness, night—
line 2696SECOND WATCHWhat man is this?
line 2697FIRST WATCHStand close, and list him.
line 2698Be witness to me, O thou blessèd moon,
10line 2699When men revolted shall upon record
line 2700Bear hateful memory, poor Enobarbus did
line 2701Before thy face repent.
line 2702SENTRYEnobarbus?
line 2703SECOND WATCHPeace! Hark further.
15line 2704O sovereign mistress of true melancholy,
line 2705The poisonous damp of night dispunge upon me,
line 2706That life, a very rebel to my will,
line 2707May hang no longer on me. Throw my heart
line 2708Against the flint and hardness of my fault,
20line 2709Which, being dried with grief, will break to powder
line 2710And finish all foul thoughts. O Antony,
line 2711Nobler than my revolt is infamous,
line 2712Forgive me in thine own particular,
line 2713But let the world rank me in register
25line 2714A master-leaver and a fugitive.
line 2715O Antony! O Antony!He dies.
line 2716FIRST WATCHLet’s speak to him.
line 2717SENTRYLet’s hear him, for the things he speaks may
line 2718concern Caesar.
30line 2719SECOND WATCHLet’s do so. But he sleeps.
line 2720Swoons rather, for so bad a prayer as his
line 2721Was never yet for sleep.
line 2722FIRST WATCHGo we to him.
line 2723SECOND WATCHAwake, sir, awake! Speak to us.
35line 2724FIRST WATCHHear you, sir?
line 2725The hand of death hath raught him.Drums afar off.
Act 4 Scene 11 - Pg 209 line 2726Hark, the drums
line 2727Demurely wake the sleepers. Let us bear him
line 2728To th’ court of guard; he is of note. Our hour
40line 2729Is fully out.
line 2730SECOND WATCHCome on then. He may recover yet.

They exit, carrying Enobarbus’ body.

Scene 10

Enter Antony and Scarus, with their army.

line 2731Their preparation is today by sea;
line 2732We please them not by land.
line 2733SCARUSFor both, my lord.
line 2734I would they’d fight i’ th’ fire or i’ th’ air;
5line 2735We’d fight there too. But this it is: our foot
line 2736Upon the hills adjoining to the city
line 2737Shall stay with us—order for sea is given;
line 2738They have put forth the haven—
line 2739Where their appointment we may best discover
10line 2740And look on their endeavor.

They exit.

Scene 11

Enter Caesar and his army.

line 2741But being charged, we will be still by land—
line 2742Which, as I take ’t, we shall, for his best force
line 2743Is forth to man his galleys. To the vales,
line 2744And hold our best advantage.

They exit.

Act 4 Scene 12 - Pg 211

Scene 12

Enter Antony and Scarus.

line 2745Yet they are not joined. Where yond pine does stand,
line 2746I shall discover all. I’ll bring thee word
line 2747Straight how ’tis like to go.He exits.

Alarum afar off, as at a sea fight.

line 2748SCARUSSwallows have built
5line 2749In Cleopatra’s sails their nests. The augurs
line 2750Say they know not, they cannot tell, look grimly
line 2751And dare not speak their knowledge. Antony
line 2752Is valiant and dejected, and by starts
line 2753His fretted fortunes give him hope and fear
10line 2754Of what he has and has not.

Enter Antony.

line 2755ANTONYAll is lost!
line 2756This foul Egyptian hath betrayèd me.
line 2757My fleet hath yielded to the foe, and yonder
line 2758They cast their caps up and carouse together
15line 2759Like friends long lost. Triple-turned whore! ’Tis thou
line 2760Hast sold me to this novice, and my heart
line 2761Makes only wars on thee. Bid them all fly—
line 2762For when I am revenged upon my charm,
line 2763I have done all. Bid them all fly. Begone!

Scarus exits.

20line 2764O sun, thy uprise shall I see no more.
line 2765Fortune and Antony part here; even here
line 2766Do we shake hands. All come to this? The hearts
line 2767That spanieled me at heels, to whom I gave
line 2768Their wishes, do discandy, melt their sweets
25line 2769On blossoming Caesar, and this pine is barked
line 2770That overtopped them all. Betrayed I am.
line 2771O, this false soul of Egypt! This grave charm,
Act 4 Scene 12 - Pg 213 line 2772Whose eye becked forth my wars and called them
line 2773home,
30line 2774Whose bosom was my crownet, my chief end,
line 2775Like a right gypsy hath at fast and loose
line 2776Beguiled me to the very heart of loss.—
line 2777What Eros, Eros!

Enter Cleopatra.

line 2778Ah, thou spell! Avaunt!
35line 2779Why is my lord enraged against his love?
line 2780Vanish, or I shall give thee thy deserving
line 2781And blemish Caesar’s triumph. Let him take thee
line 2782And hoist thee up to the shouting plebeians!
line 2783Follow his chariot, like the greatest spot
40line 2784Of all thy sex; most monster-like be shown
line 2785For poor’st diminutives, for dolts, and let
line 2786Patient Octavia plow thy visage up
line 2787With her preparèd nails.Cleopatra exits.
line 2788’Tis well th’ art gone,
45line 2789If it be well to live. But better ’twere
line 2790Thou fell’st into my fury, for one death
line 2791Might have prevented many.—Eros, ho!—
line 2792The shirt of Nessus is upon me. Teach me,
line 2793Alcides, thou mine ancestor, thy rage.
50line 2794Let me lodge Lichas on the horns o’ th’ moon,
line 2795And with those hands that grasped the heaviest
line 2796club
line 2797Subdue my worthiest self. The witch shall die.
line 2798To the young Roman boy she hath sold me, and I
55line 2799fall
line 2800Under this plot. She dies for ’t.—Eros, ho!

He exits.

Act 4 Scene 14 - Pg 215

Scene 13

Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, Iras, and Mardian.

line 2801Help me, my women! O, he’s more mad
line 2802Than Telamon for his shield; the boar of Thessaly
line 2803Was never so embossed.
line 2804CHARMIANTo th’ monument!
5line 2805There lock yourself and send him word you are
line 2806dead.
line 2807The soul and body rive not more in parting
line 2808Than greatness going off.
line 2809CLEOPATRATo th’ monument!—
10line 2810Mardian, go tell him I have slain myself.
line 2811Say that the last I spoke was “Antony,”
line 2812And word it, prithee, piteously. Hence, Mardian,
line 2813And bring me how he takes my death.—To th’
line 2814monument!

They exit.

Scene 14

Enter Antony and Eros.

line 2815Eros, thou yet behold’st me?
line 2816EROSAy, noble lord.
line 2817Sometime we see a cloud that’s dragonish,
line 2818A vapor sometime like a bear or lion,
5line 2819A towered citadel, a pendent rock,
line 2820A forkèd mountain, or blue promontory
line 2821With trees upon ’t that nod unto the world
line 2822And mock our eyes with air. Thou hast seen these
line 2823signs.
10line 2824They are black vesper’s pageants.
line 2825EROSAy, my lord.
Act 4 Scene 14 - Pg 217 ANTONY
line 2826That which is now a horse, even with a thought
line 2827The rack dislimns and makes it indistinct
line 2828As water is in water.
15line 2829EROSIt does, my lord.
line 2830My good knave Eros, now thy captain is
line 2831Even such a body. Here I am Antony,
line 2832Yet cannot hold this visible shape, my knave.
line 2833I made these wars for Egypt, and the Queen,
20line 2834Whose heart I thought I had, for she had mine—
line 2835Which whilst it was mine had annexed unto ’t
line 2836A million more, now lost—she, Eros, has
line 2837Packed cards with Caesar and false-played my glory
line 2838Unto an enemy’s triumph.
25line 2839Nay, weep not, gentle Eros. There is left us
line 2840Ourselves to end ourselves.

Enter Mardian.

line 2841O, thy vile lady!
line 2842She has robbed me of my sword.
line 2843MARDIANNo, Antony,
30line 2844My mistress loved thee and her fortunes mingled
line 2845With thine entirely.
line 2846ANTONYHence, saucy eunuch! Peace!
line 2847She hath betrayed me and shall die the death.
line 2848Death of one person can be paid but once,
35line 2849And that she has discharged. What thou wouldst do
line 2850Is done unto thy hand. The last she spake
line 2851Was “Antony, most noble Antony.”
line 2852Then in the midst a tearing groan did break
line 2853The name of Antony; it was divided
40line 2854Between her heart and lips. She rendered life
line 2855Thy name so buried in her.
Act 4 Scene 14 - Pg 219 line 2856ANTONYDead, then?
line 2857MARDIANDead.
line 2858Unarm, Eros. The long day’s task is done,
45line 2859And we must sleep.—That thou depart’st hence safe
line 2860Does pay thy labor richly. Go.Mardian exits.
line 2861Off, pluck off!

Eros begins to remove Antony’s armor.

line 2862The sevenfold shield of Ajax cannot keep
line 2863The battery from my heart. O, cleave, my sides!
50line 2864Heart, once be stronger than thy continent;
line 2865Crack thy frail case. Apace, Eros, apace!
line 2866No more a soldier. Bruisèd pieces, go.
line 2867You have been nobly borne.—From me awhile.

Eros exits.

line 2868I will o’ertake thee, Cleopatra, and
55line 2869Weep for my pardon. So it must be, for now
line 2870All length is torture. Since the torch is out,
line 2871Lie down and stray no farther. Now all labor
line 2872Mars what it does; yea, very force entangles
line 2873Itself with strength. Seal, then, and all is done.—
60line 2874Eros!—I come, my queen.—Eros!—Stay for me.
line 2875Where souls do couch on flowers, we’ll hand in hand,
line 2876And with our sprightly port make the ghosts gaze.
line 2877Dido and her Aeneas shall want troops,
line 2878And all the haunt be ours.—Come, Eros, Eros!

Enter Eros.

65line 2879What would my lord?
line 2880ANTONYSince Cleopatra died
line 2881I have lived in such dishonor that the gods
line 2882Detest my baseness. I, that with my sword
line 2883Quartered the world and o’er green Neptune’s back
70line 2884With ships made cities, condemn myself to lack
Act 4 Scene 14 - Pg 221 line 2885The courage of a woman—less noble mind
line 2886Than she which, by her death, our Caesar tells
line 2887“I am conqueror of myself.” Thou art sworn, Eros,
line 2888That when the exigent should come, which now
75line 2889Is come indeed, when I should see behind me
line 2890Th’ inevitable prosecution of
line 2891Disgrace and horror, that on my command
line 2892Thou then wouldst kill me. Do ’t. The time is come.
line 2893Thou strik’st not me; ’tis Caesar thou defeat’st.
80line 2894Put color in thy cheek.
line 2895EROSThe gods withhold me!
line 2896Shall I do that which all the Parthian darts,
line 2897Though enemy, lost aim and could not?
line 2898ANTONYEros,
85line 2899Wouldst thou be windowed in great Rome and see
line 2900Thy master thus with pleached arms, bending down
line 2901His corrigible neck, his face subdued
line 2902To penetrative shame, whilst the wheeled seat
line 2903Of fortunate Caesar, drawn before him, branded
90line 2904His baseness that ensued?
line 2905EROSI would not see ’t.
line 2906Come, then, for with a wound I must be cured.
line 2907Draw that thy honest sword, which thou hast worn
line 2908Most useful for thy country.
95line 2909EROSO, sir, pardon me!
line 2910When I did make thee free, swor’st thou not then
line 2911To do this when I bade thee? Do it at once,
line 2912Or thy precedent services are all
line 2913But accidents unpurposed. Draw, and come.
100line 2914Turn from me then that noble countenance
line 2915Wherein the worship of the whole world lies.
line 2916ANTONYLo thee!He turns away.
Act 4 Scene 14 - Pg 223 EROS
line 2917My sword is drawn.
line 2918ANTONYThen let it do at once
105line 2919The thing why thou hast drawn it.
line 2920EROSMy dear master,
line 2921My captain, and my emperor, let me say,
line 2922Before I strike this bloody stroke, farewell.
line 2923ANTONY’Tis said, man, and farewell.
110line 2924Farewell, great chief. Shall I strike now?
line 2925ANTONYNow, Eros.
line 2926Why, there, then.Stabs himself.
line 2927Thus I do escape the sorrow
line 2928Of Antony’s death.Dies.
115line 2929ANTONYThrice nobler than myself,
line 2930Thou teachest me, O valiant Eros, what
line 2931I should and thou couldst not. My queen and Eros
line 2932Have by their brave instruction got upon me
line 2933A nobleness in record. But I will be
120line 2934A bridegroom in my death and run into ’t
line 2935As to a lover’s bed. Come then, and, Eros,
line 2936Thy master dies thy scholar. To do thus
line 2937I learned of thee. He stabs himself. How, not dead?
line 2938Not dead?
125line 2939The guard, ho! O, dispatch me!

Enter a company of the Guard, one of them named Dercetus.

line 2940FIRST GUARDWhat’s the noise?
line 2941I have done my work ill, friends. O, make an end
line 2942Of what I have begun!
line 2943SECOND GUARDThe star is fall’n.
130line 2944And time is at his period.
Act 4 Scene 14 - Pg 225 line 2945ALLAlas, and woe!
line 2946ANTONYLet him that loves me strike me dead.
line 2947FIRST GUARDNot I.
line 2948SECOND GUARDNor I.
135line 2949THIRD GUARDNor anyone.

All but Antony and Dercetus exit.

line 2950Thy death and fortunes bid thy followers fly.

He takes Antony’s sword.

line 2951This sword but shown to Caesar with this tidings
line 2952Shall enter me with him.

Enter Diomedes.

line 2953DIOMEDESWhere’s Antony?
140line 2954DERCETUSThere, Diomed, there.
line 2955DIOMEDESLives he? Wilt thou not answer, man?

Dercetus exits.

line 2956Art thou there, Diomed? Draw thy sword, and give me
line 2957Sufficing strokes for death.
line 2958DIOMEDESMost absolute lord,
145line 2959My mistress Cleopatra sent me to thee.
line 2960When did she send thee?
line 2961DIOMEDESNow, my lord.
line 2962ANTONYWhere is she?
line 2963Locked in her monument. She had a prophesying
150line 2964fear
line 2965Of what hath come to pass. For when she saw—
line 2966Which never shall be found—you did suspect
line 2967She had disposed with Caesar, and that your rage
line 2968Would not be purged, she sent you word she was
155line 2969dead;
line 2970But fearing since how it might work, hath sent
Act 4 Scene 15 - Pg 227 line 2971Me to proclaim the truth, and I am come,
line 2972I dread, too late.
line 2973Too late, good Diomed. Call my guard, I prithee.
160line 2974What ho! The Emperor’s guard! The guard, what ho!
line 2975Come, your lord calls.

Enter four or five of the Guard of Antony.

line 2976Bear me, good friends, where Cleopatra bides.
line 2977’Tis the last service that I shall command you.
line 2978Woe, woe are we, sir, you may not live to wear
165line 2979All your true followers out.
line 2980ALLMost heavy day!
line 2981Nay, good my fellows, do not please sharp fate
line 2982To grace it with your sorrows. Bid that welcome
line 2983Which comes to punish us, and we punish it,
170line 2984Seeming to bear it lightly. Take me up.
line 2985I have led you oft; carry me now, good friends,
line 2986And have my thanks for all.

They exit bearing Antony and the body of Eros.

Scene 15

Enter Cleopatra and her maids aloft, with Charmian and Iras.

line 2987O Charmian, I will never go from hence.
line 2988Be comforted, dear madam.
line 2989CLEOPATRANo, I will not.
line 2990All strange and terrible events are welcome,
Act 4 Scene 15 - Pg 229 5line 2991But comforts we despise. Our size of sorrow,
line 2992Proportioned to our cause, must be as great
line 2993As that which makes it.

Enter Diomedes below.

line 2994How now? Is he dead?
line 2995His death’s upon him, but not dead.
10line 2996Look out o’ th’ other side your monument.
line 2997His guard have brought him thither.

Enter Antony below, and the Guard bearing him.

line 2998CLEOPATRAO sun,
line 2999Burn the great sphere thou mov’st in. Darkling stand
line 3000The varying shore o’ th’ world! O Antony, Antony,
15line 3001Antony! Help, Charmian! Help, Iras, help!
line 3002Help, friends below! Let’s draw him hither.
line 3003ANTONYPeace!
line 3004Not Caesar’s valor hath o’erthrown Antony,
line 3005But Antony’s hath triumphed on itself.
20line 3006So it should be that none but Antony
line 3007Should conquer Antony, but woe ’tis so!
line 3008I am dying, Egypt, dying. Only
line 3009I here importune death awhile until
line 3010Of many thousand kisses the poor last
25line 3011I lay upon thy lips.
line 3012CLEOPATRAI dare not, dear,
line 3013Dear my lord, pardon, I dare not,
line 3014Lest I be taken. Not th’ imperious show
line 3015Of the full-fortuned Caesar ever shall
30line 3016Be brooched with me; if knife, drugs, serpents have
line 3017Edge, sting, or operation, I am safe.
line 3018Your wife Octavia, with her modest eyes
Act 4 Scene 15 - Pg 231 line 3019And still conclusion, shall acquire no honor
line 3020Demuring upon me. But come, come, Antony.—
35line 3021Help me, my women!—We must draw thee up.—
line 3022Assist, good friends.They begin lifting him.
line 3023ANTONYO, quick, or I am gone.
line 3024Here’s sport indeed. How heavy weighs my lord!
line 3025Our strength is all gone into heaviness;
40line 3026That makes the weight. Had I great Juno’s power,
line 3027The strong-winged Mercury should fetch thee up
line 3028And set thee by Jove’s side. Yet come a little.
line 3029Wishers were ever fools. O, come, come, come!

They heave Antony aloft to Cleopatra.

line 3030And welcome, welcome! Die when thou hast lived;
45line 3031Quicken with kissing. Had my lips that power,
line 3032Thus would I wear them out.She kisses him.
line 3033ALLA heavy sight!
line 3034ANTONYI am dying, Egypt, dying.
line 3035Give me some wine, and let me speak a little.
50line 3036No, let me speak, and let me rail so high
line 3037That the false huswife Fortune break her wheel,
line 3038Provoked by my offense.
line 3039ANTONYOne word, sweet queen:
line 3040Of Caesar seek your honor with your safety—O!
55line 3041They do not go together.
line 3042ANTONYGentle, hear me.
line 3043None about Caesar trust but Proculeius.
line 3044My resolution and my hands I’ll trust,
line 3045None about Caesar.
60line 3046The miserable change now at my end
line 3047Lament nor sorrow at, but please your thoughts
Act 4 Scene 15 - Pg 233 line 3048In feeding them with those my former fortunes
line 3049Wherein I lived the greatest prince o’ th’ world,
line 3050The noblest, and do now not basely die,
65line 3051Not cowardly put off my helmet to
line 3052My countryman—a Roman by a Roman
line 3053Valiantly vanquished. Now my spirit is going;
line 3054I can no more.
line 3055CLEOPATRANoblest of men, woo’t die?
70line 3056Hast thou no care of me? Shall I abide
line 3057In this dull world, which in thy absence is
line 3058No better than a sty? O see, my women,
line 3059The crown o’ th’ Earth doth melt.—My lord!

Antony dies.

line 3060O, withered is the garland of the war;
75line 3061The soldier’s pole is fall’n; young boys and girls
line 3062Are level now with men. The odds is gone,
line 3063And there is nothing left remarkable
line 3064Beneath the visiting moon.
line 3065CHARMIANO, quietness, lady!

Cleopatra swoons.

80line 3066IRASShe’s dead, too, our sovereign.
line 3067CHARMIANLady!
line 3068IRASMadam!
line 3069CHARMIANO madam, madam, madam!
line 3070IRASRoyal Egypt! Empress!Cleopatra stirs.
85line 3071CHARMIANPeace, peace, Iras!
line 3072No more but e’en a woman, and commanded
line 3073By such poor passion as the maid that milks
line 3074And does the meanest chares. It were for me
line 3075To throw my scepter at the injurious gods,
90line 3076To tell them that this world did equal theirs
line 3077Till they had stolen our jewel. All’s but naught.
line 3078Patience is sottish, and impatience does
line 3079Become a dog that’s mad. Then is it sin
Act 4 Scene 15 - Pg 235 line 3080To rush into the secret house of death
95line 3081Ere death dare come to us? How do you, women?
line 3082What, what, good cheer! Why, how now, Charmian?
line 3083My noble girls! Ah, women, women! Look,
line 3084Our lamp is spent; it’s out. Good sirs, take heart.
line 3085We’ll bury him; and then, what’s brave, what’s
100line 3086noble,
line 3087Let’s do ’t after the high Roman fashion
line 3088And make death proud to take us. Come, away.
line 3089This case of that huge spirit now is cold.
line 3090Ah women, women! Come, we have no friend
105line 3091But resolution and the briefest end.

They exit, bearing off Antony’s body.


Scene 1

Enter Caesar with Agrippa, Dolabella, Maecenas, Gallus, and Proculeius, his council of war.

CAESARaside to Dolabella
line 3092Go to him, Dolabella, bid him yield.
line 3093Being so frustrate, tell him, he mocks
line 3094The pauses that he makes.
line 3095DOLABELLACaesar, I shall.

Dolabella exits.

Enter Dercetus with the sword of Antony.

5line 3096Wherefore is that? And what art thou that dar’st
line 3097Appear thus to us?
line 3098DERCETUSI am called Dercetus.
line 3099Mark Antony I served, who best was worthy
line 3100Best to be served. Whilst he stood up and spoke,
10line 3101He was my master, and I wore my life
line 3102To spend upon his haters. If thou please
line 3103To take me to thee, as I was to him
line 3104I’ll be to Caesar; if thou pleasest not,
line 3105I yield thee up my life.
15line 3106CAESARWhat is ’t thou say’st?
line 3107I say, O Caesar, Antony is dead.
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 241 CAESAR
line 3108The breaking of so great a thing should make
line 3109A greater crack. The round world
line 3110Should have shook lions into civil streets
20line 3111And citizens to their dens. The death of Antony
line 3112Is not a single doom; in the name lay
line 3113A moiety of the world.
line 3114DERCETUSHe is dead, Caesar,
line 3115Not by a public minister of justice,
25line 3116Nor by a hirèd knife, but that self hand
line 3117Which writ his honor in the acts it did
line 3118Hath, with the courage which the heart did lend it,
line 3119Splitted the heart. This is his sword.
line 3120I robbed his wound of it. Behold it stained
30line 3121With his most noble blood.
line 3122CAESARLook you sad, friends?
line 3123The gods rebuke me, but it is tidings
line 3124To wash the eyes of kings.
line 3125AGRIPPAAnd strange it is
35line 3126That nature must compel us to lament
line 3127Our most persisted deeds.
line 3128MAECENASHis taints and honors
line 3129Waged equal with him.
line 3130AGRIPPAA rarer spirit never
40line 3131Did steer humanity, but you gods will give us
line 3132Some faults to make us men. Caesar is touched.
line 3133When such a spacious mirror’s set before him,
line 3134He needs must see himself.
line 3135CAESARO Antony,
45line 3136I have followed thee to this, but we do lance
line 3137Diseases in our bodies. I must perforce
line 3138Have shown to thee such a declining day
line 3139Or look on thine. We could not stall together
line 3140In the whole world. But yet let me lament
50line 3141With tears as sovereign as the blood of hearts
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 243 line 3142That thou my brother, my competitor
line 3143In top of all design, my mate in empire,
line 3144Friend and companion in the front of war,
line 3145The arm of mine own body, and the heart
55line 3146Where mine his thoughts did kindle—that our stars
line 3147Unreconciliable should divide
line 3148Our equalness to this. Hear me, good friends—

Enter an Egyptian.

line 3149But I will tell you at some meeter season.
line 3150The business of this man looks out of him.
60line 3151We’ll hear him what he says.—Whence are you?
line 3152A poor Egyptian yet, the Queen my mistress,
line 3153Confined in all she has, her monument,
line 3154Of thy intents desires instruction,
line 3155That she preparedly may frame herself
65line 3156To th’ way she’s forced to.
line 3157CAESARBid her have good heart.
line 3158She soon shall know of us, by some of ours,
line 3159How honorable and how kindly we
line 3160Determine for her. For Caesar cannot live
70line 3161To be ungentle.
line 3162EGYPTIANSo the gods preserve thee.He exits.
line 3163Come hither, Proculeius. Go and say
line 3164We purpose her no shame. Give her what comforts
line 3165The quality of her passion shall require,
75line 3166Lest, in her greatness, by some mortal stroke
line 3167She do defeat us, for her life in Rome
line 3168Would be eternal in our triumph. Go,
line 3169And with your speediest bring us what she says
line 3170And how you find of her.
80line 3171PROCULEIUSCaesar, I shall.

Proculeius exits.

Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 245 CAESAR
line 3172Gallus, go you along.Gallus exits.
line 3173Where’s Dolabella,
line 3174To second Proculeius?
line 3175ALLDolabella!
85line 3176Let him alone, for I remember now
line 3177How he’s employed. He shall in time be ready.
line 3178Go with me to my tent, where you shall see
line 3179How hardly I was drawn into this war,
line 3180How calm and gentle I proceeded still
90line 3181In all my writings. Go with me and see
line 3182What I can show in this.

They exit.

Scene 2

Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, and Iras.

line 3183My desolation does begin to make
line 3184A better life. ’Tis paltry to be Caesar;
line 3185Not being Fortune, he’s but Fortune’s knave,
line 3186A minister of her will. And it is great
5line 3187To do that thing that ends all other deeds,
line 3188Which shackles accidents and bolts up change,
line 3189Which sleeps and never palates more the dung,
line 3190The beggar’s nurse, and Caesar’s.

Enter Proculeius.

line 3191Caesar sends greeting to the Queen of Egypt,
10line 3192And bids thee study on what fair demands
line 3193Thou mean’st to have him grant thee.
line 3194CLEOPATRAWhat’s thy name?
line 3195My name is Proculeius.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 247 line 3196CLEOPATRAAntony
15line 3197Did tell me of you, bade me trust you, but
line 3198I do not greatly care to be deceived
line 3199That have no use for trusting. If your master
line 3200Would have a queen his beggar, you must tell him
line 3201That majesty, to keep decorum, must
20line 3202No less beg than a kingdom. If he please
line 3203To give me conquered Egypt for my son,
line 3204He gives me so much of mine own as I
line 3205Will kneel to him with thanks.
line 3206PROCULEIUSBe of good cheer.
25line 3207You’re fall’n into a princely hand; fear nothing.
line 3208Make your full reference freely to my lord,
line 3209Who is so full of grace that it flows over
line 3210On all that need. Let me report to him
line 3211Your sweet dependency, and you shall find
30line 3212A conqueror that will pray in aid for kindness
line 3213Where he for grace is kneeled to.
line 3214CLEOPATRAPray you tell him
line 3215I am his fortune’s vassal and I send him
line 3216The greatness he has got. I hourly learn
35line 3217A doctrine of obedience, and would gladly
line 3218Look him i’ th’ face.
line 3219PROCULEIUSThis I’ll report, dear lady.
line 3220Have comfort, for I know your plight is pitied
line 3221Of him that caused it.

Gallus and Soldiers enter and seize Cleopatra.

40line 3222You see how easily she may be surprised.
line 3223Guard her till Caesar come.
line 3224IRASRoyal queen!
line 3225O, Cleopatra, thou art taken, queen!
CLEOPATRAdrawing a dagger
line 3226Quick, quick, good hands!
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 249 45line 3227PROCULEIUSseizing the dagger Hold, worthy lady, hold!
line 3228Do not yourself such wrong, who are in this
line 3229Relieved, but not betrayed.
line 3230CLEOPATRAWhat, of death, too,
line 3231That rids our dogs of languish?
50line 3232PROCULEIUSCleopatra,
line 3233Do not abuse my master’s bounty by
line 3234Th’ undoing of yourself. Let the world see
line 3235His nobleness well acted, which your death
line 3236Will never let come forth.
55line 3237CLEOPATRAWhere art thou, Death?
line 3238Come hither, come! Come, come, and take a queen
line 3239Worth many babes and beggars.
line 3240PROCULEIUSO, temperance, lady!
line 3241Sir, I will eat no meat; I’ll not drink, sir.
60line 3242If idle talk will once be necessary—
line 3243I’ll not sleep neither. This mortal house I’ll ruin,
line 3244Do Caesar what he can. Know, sir, that I
line 3245Will not wait pinioned at your master’s court,
line 3246Nor once be chastised with the sober eye
65line 3247Of dull Octavia. Shall they hoist me up
line 3248And show me to the shouting varletry
line 3249Of censuring Rome? Rather a ditch in Egypt
line 3250Be gentle grave unto me; rather on Nilus’ mud
line 3251Lay me stark naked, and let the waterflies
70line 3252Blow me into abhorring; rather make
line 3253My country’s high pyramides my gibbet
line 3254And hang me up in chains!
line 3255PROCULEIUSYou do extend
line 3256These thoughts of horror further than you shall
75line 3257Find cause in Caesar.

Enter Dolabella.

line 3258DOLABELLAProculeius,
line 3259What thou hast done thy master Caesar knows,
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 251 line 3260And he hath sent for thee. For the Queen,
line 3261I’ll take her to my guard.
80line 3262PROCULEIUSSo, Dolabella,
line 3263It shall content me best. Be gentle to her.
line 3264To Cleopatra. To Caesar I will speak what you
line 3265shall please,
line 3266If you’ll employ me to him.
85line 3267CLEOPATRASay I would die.

Proculeius, Gallus, and Soldiers exit.

line 3268Most noble empress, you have heard of me.
line 3269I cannot tell.
line 3270DOLABELLAAssuredly you know me.
line 3271No matter, sir, what I have heard or known.
90line 3272You laugh when boys or women tell their dreams;
line 3273Is ’t not your trick?
line 3274DOLABELLAI understand not, madam.
line 3275I dreamt there was an emperor Antony.
line 3276O, such another sleep, that I might see
95line 3277But such another man.
line 3278DOLABELLAIf it might please you—
line 3279His face was as the heavens, and therein stuck
line 3280A sun and moon, which kept their course and
line 3281lighted
100line 3282The little O, the Earth.
line 3283DOLABELLAMost sovereign creature—
line 3284His legs bestrid the ocean, his reared arm
line 3285Crested the world. His voice was propertied
line 3286As all the tunèd spheres, and that to friends;
105line 3287But when he meant to quail and shake the orb,
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 253 line 3288He was as rattling thunder. For his bounty,
line 3289There was no winter in ’t; an autumn ’twas
line 3290That grew the more by reaping. His delights
line 3291Were dolphin-like; they showed his back above
110line 3292The element they lived in. In his livery
line 3293Walked crowns and crownets; realms and islands
line 3294were
line 3295As plates dropped from his pocket.
line 3296DOLABELLACleopatra—
115line 3297Think you there was, or might be, such a man
line 3298As this I dreamt of?
line 3299DOLABELLAGentle madam, no.
line 3300You lie up to the hearing of the gods!
line 3301But if there be nor ever were one such,
120line 3302It’s past the size of dreaming. Nature wants stuff
line 3303To vie strange forms with fancy, yet t’ imagine
line 3304An Antony were nature’s piece ’gainst fancy,
line 3305Condemning shadows quite.
line 3306DOLABELLAHear me, good madam.
125line 3307Your loss is as yourself, great; and you bear it
line 3308As answering to the weight. Would I might never
line 3309O’ertake pursued success but I do feel,
line 3310By the rebound of yours, a grief that smites
line 3311My very heart at root.
130line 3312CLEOPATRAI thank you, sir.
line 3313Know you what Caesar means to do with me?
line 3314I am loath to tell you what I would you knew.
line 3315Nay, pray you, sir.
line 3316DOLABELLAThough he be honorable—
135line 3317CLEOPATRAHe’ll lead me, then, in triumph.
line 3318DOLABELLAMadam, he will. I know ’t.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 255

Flourish. Enter Caesar, Proculeius, Gallus, Maecenas, and others of his train.

line 3319ALLMake way there! Caesar!
line 3320CAESARWhich is the Queen of Egypt?
line 3321DOLABELLAIt is the Emperor, madam.

Cleopatra kneels.

140line 3322CAESARArise. You shall not kneel.
line 3323I pray you, rise. Rise, Egypt.
line 3324CLEOPATRASir, the gods
line 3325Will have it thus. My master and my lord
line 3326I must obey.She stands.
145line 3327CAESARTake to you no hard thoughts.
line 3328The record of what injuries you did us,
line 3329Though written in our flesh, we shall remember
line 3330As things but done by chance.
line 3331CLEOPATRASole sir o’ th’ world,
150line 3332I cannot project mine own cause so well
line 3333To make it clear, but do confess I have
line 3334Been laden with like frailties which before
line 3335Have often shamed our sex.
line 3336CAESARCleopatra, know
155line 3337We will extenuate rather than enforce.
line 3338If you apply yourself to our intents,
line 3339Which towards you are most gentle, you shall find
line 3340A benefit in this change; but if you seek
line 3341To lay on me a cruelty by taking
160line 3342Antony’s course, you shall bereave yourself
line 3343Of my good purposes, and put your children
line 3344To that destruction which I’ll guard them from
line 3345If thereon you rely. I’ll take my leave.
line 3346And may through all the world. ’Tis yours, and we,
165line 3347Your scutcheons and your signs of conquest, shall
line 3348Hang in what place you please. Here, my good lord.

She holds out a paper.

Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 257 CAESAR
line 3349You shall advise me in all for Cleopatra.
line 3350This is the brief of money, plate, and jewels
line 3351I am possessed of. ’Tis exactly valued,
170line 3352Not petty things admitted.—Where’s Seleucus?

Enter Seleucus.

line 3353SELEUCUSHere, madam.
line 3354This is my treasurer. Let him speak, my lord,
line 3355Upon his peril, that I have reserved
line 3356To myself nothing.—Speak the truth, Seleucus.
175line 3357Madam, I had rather seel my lips
line 3358Than to my peril speak that which is not.
line 3359CLEOPATRAWhat have I kept back?
line 3360Enough to purchase what you have made known.
line 3361Nay, blush not, Cleopatra. I approve
180line 3362Your wisdom in the deed.
line 3363CLEOPATRASee, Caesar, O, behold
line 3364How pomp is followed! Mine will now be yours,
line 3365And should we shift estates, yours would be mine.
line 3366The ingratitude of this Seleucus does
185line 3367Even make me wild.—O slave, of no more trust
line 3368Than love that’s hired! What, goest thou back? Thou
line 3369shalt
line 3370Go back, I warrant thee! But I’ll catch thine eyes
line 3371Though they had wings. Slave, soulless villain, dog!
190line 3372O rarely base!
line 3373CAESARGood queen, let us entreat you—
line 3374O Caesar, what a wounding shame is this,
line 3375That thou vouchsafing here to visit me,
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 259 line 3376Doing the honor of thy lordliness
195line 3377To one so meek, that mine own servant should
line 3378Parcel the sum of my disgraces by
line 3379Addition of his envy! Say, good Caesar,
line 3380That I some lady trifles have reserved,
line 3381Immoment toys, things of such dignity
200line 3382As we greet modern friends withal, and say
line 3383Some nobler token I have kept apart
line 3384For Livia and Octavia, to induce
line 3385Their mediation, must I be unfolded
line 3386With one that I have bred? The gods! It smites me
205line 3387Beneath the fall I have. To Seleucus. Prithee, go
line 3388hence,
line 3389Or I shall show the cinders of my spirits
line 3390Through th’ ashes of my chance. Wert thou a man,
line 3391Thou wouldst have mercy on me.
210line 3392CAESARForbear, Seleucus.

Seleucus exits.

line 3393Be it known that we, the greatest, are misthought
line 3394For things that others do; and when we fall,
line 3395We answer others’ merits in our name—
line 3396Are therefore to be pitied.
215line 3397CAESARCleopatra,
line 3398Not what you have reserved nor what acknowledged
line 3399Put we i’ th’ roll of conquest. Still be ’t yours!
line 3400Bestow it at your pleasure, and believe
line 3401Caesar’s no merchant to make prize with you
220line 3402Of things that merchants sold. Therefore be
line 3403cheered.
line 3404Make not your thoughts your prisons. No, dear
line 3405queen,
line 3406For we intend so to dispose you as
225line 3407Yourself shall give us counsel. Feed and sleep.
line 3408Our care and pity is so much upon you
line 3409That we remain your friend. And so adieu.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 261 CLEOPATRA
line 3410My master and my lord!
line 3411CAESARNot so. Adieu.

Flourish. Caesar and his train exit.

230line 3412He words me, girls, he words me, that I should not
line 3413Be noble to myself. But hark thee, Charmian.

She whispers to Charmian.

line 3414Finish, good lady. The bright day is done,
line 3415And we are for the dark.
line 3416CLEOPATRAto Charmian Hie thee again.
235line 3417I have spoke already, and it is provided.
line 3418Go put it to the haste.
line 3419CHARMIANMadam, I will.

Enter Dolabella.

line 3420Where’s the Queen?
line 3421CHARMIANBehold, sir.She exits.
240line 3422CLEOPATRADolabella.
line 3423Madam, as thereto sworn by your command,
line 3424Which my love makes religion to obey,
line 3425I tell you this: Caesar through Syria
line 3426Intends his journey, and within three days
245line 3427You with your children will he send before.
line 3428Make your best use of this. I have performed
line 3429Your pleasure and my promise.
line 3430CLEOPATRADolabella,
line 3431I shall remain your debtor.
250line 3432DOLABELLAI your servant.
line 3433Adieu, good queen. I must attend on Caesar.
line 3434Farewell, and thanks.He exits.
line 3435Now, Iras, what think’st thou?
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 263 line 3436Thou an Egyptian puppet shall be shown
255line 3437In Rome as well as I. Mechanic slaves
line 3438With greasy aprons, rules, and hammers shall
line 3439Uplift us to the view. In their thick breaths,
line 3440Rank of gross diet, shall we be enclouded
line 3441And forced to drink their vapor.
260line 3442IRASThe gods forbid!
line 3443Nay, ’tis most certain, Iras. Saucy lictors
line 3444Will catch at us like strumpets, and scald rhymers
line 3445Ballad us out o’ tune. The quick comedians
line 3446Extemporally will stage us and present
265line 3447Our Alexandrian revels. Antony
line 3448Shall be brought drunken forth, and I shall see
line 3449Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness
line 3450I’ th’ posture of a whore.
line 3451IRASO the good gods!
270line 3452CLEOPATRANay, that’s certain.
line 3453I’ll never see ’t! For I am sure mine nails
line 3454Are stronger than mine eyes.
line 3455CLEOPATRAWhy, that’s the way
line 3456To fool their preparation and to conquer
275line 3457Their most absurd intents.

Enter Charmian.

line 3458Now, Charmian!
line 3459Show me, my women, like a queen. Go fetch
line 3460My best attires. I am again for Cydnus
line 3461To meet Mark Antony. Sirrah Iras, go.—
280line 3462Now, noble Charmian, we’ll dispatch indeed,
line 3463And when thou hast done this chare, I’ll give thee
line 3464leave
line 3465To play till Doomsday.—Bring our crown and all.

Iras exits. A noise within.

line 3466Wherefore’s this noise?
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 265

Enter a Guardsman.

285line 3467GUARDSMANHere is a rural fellow
line 3468That will not be denied your Highness’ presence.
line 3469He brings you figs.
line 3470Let him come in.Guardsman exits.
line 3471What poor an instrument
290line 3472May do a noble deed! He brings me liberty.
line 3473My resolution’s placed, and I have nothing
line 3474Of woman in me. Now from head to foot
line 3475I am marble-constant. Now the fleeting moon
line 3476No planet is of mine.

Enter Guardsman and Countryman, with a basket.

295line 3477GUARDSMANThis is the man.
line 3478CLEOPATRAAvoid, and leave him.Guardsman exits.
line 3479Hast thou the pretty worm of Nilus there
line 3480That kills and pains not?
line 3481COUNTRYMANTruly I have him, but I would not be
300line 3482the party that should desire you to touch him, for
line 3483his biting is immortal. Those that do die of it do
line 3484seldom or never recover.
line 3485CLEOPATRARemember’st thou any that have died on ’t?
line 3486COUNTRYMANVery many, men and women too. I
305line 3487heard of one of them no longer than yesterday—a
line 3488very honest woman, but something given to lie, as a
line 3489woman should not do but in the way of honesty—
line 3490how she died of the biting of it, what pain she felt.
line 3491Truly, she makes a very good report o’ th’ worm.
310line 3492But he that will believe all that they say shall never
line 3493be saved by half that they do. But this is most
line 3494falliable, the worm’s an odd worm.
line 3495CLEOPATRAGet thee hence. Farewell.
line 3496COUNTRYMANI wish you all joy of the worm.

He sets down the basket.

Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 267 315line 3497CLEOPATRAFarewell.
line 3498COUNTRYMANYou must think this, look you, that the
line 3499worm will do his kind.
line 3500CLEOPATRAAy, ay, farewell.
line 3501COUNTRYMANLook you, the worm is not to be trusted
320line 3502but in the keeping of wise people, for indeed there
line 3503is no goodness in the worm.
line 3504CLEOPATRATake thou no care; it shall be heeded.
line 3505COUNTRYMANVery good. Give it nothing, I pray you,
line 3506for it is not worth the feeding.
325line 3507CLEOPATRAWill it eat me?
line 3508COUNTRYMANYou must not think I am so simple but
line 3509I know the devil himself will not eat a woman. I
line 3510know that a woman is a dish for the gods if the devil
line 3511dress her not. But truly these same whoreson devils
330line 3512do the gods great harm in their women, for in every
line 3513ten that they make, the devils mar five.
line 3514CLEOPATRAWell, get thee gone. Farewell.
line 3515COUNTRYMANYes, forsooth. I wish you joy o’ th’
line 3516worm.He exits.

Enter Iras bearing Cleopatra’s royal regalia.

335line 3517Give me my robe. Put on my crown. I have
line 3518Immortal longings in me. Now no more
line 3519The juice of Egypt’s grape shall moist this lip.

Charmian and Iras begin to dress her.

line 3520Yare, yare, good Iras, quick. Methinks I hear
line 3521Antony call. I see him rouse himself
340line 3522To praise my noble act. I hear him mock
line 3523The luck of Caesar, which the gods give men
line 3524To excuse their after wrath.—Husband, I come!
line 3525Now to that name my courage prove my title.
line 3526I am fire and air; my other elements
345line 3527I give to baser life.—So, have you done?
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 269 line 3528Come then, and take the last warmth of my lips.
line 3529Farewell, kind Charmian.—Iras, long farewell.

She kisses them. Iras falls and dies.

line 3530Have I the aspic in my lips? Dost fall?
line 3531If thou and nature can so gently part,
350line 3532The stroke of death is as a lover’s pinch,
line 3533Which hurts and is desired. Dost thou lie still?
line 3534If thus thou vanishest, thou tell’st the world
line 3535It is not worth leave-taking.
line 3536Dissolve, thick cloud, and rain, that I may say
355line 3537The gods themselves do weep!
line 3538CLEOPATRAThis proves me base.
line 3539If she first meet the curlèd Antony,
line 3540He’ll make demand of her, and spend that kiss
line 3541Which is my heaven to have.—Come, thou mortal
360line 3542wretch,She places an asp on her breast.
line 3543With thy sharp teeth this knot intrinsicate
line 3544Of life at once untie. Poor venomous fool,
line 3545Be angry and dispatch. O, couldst thou speak,
line 3546That I might hear thee call great Caesar ass
365line 3547Unpolicied!
line 3548CHARMIANO eastern star!
line 3549CLEOPATRAPeace, peace!
line 3550Dost thou not see my baby at my breast,
line 3551That sucks the nurse asleep?
370line 3552CHARMIANO, break! O, break!
line 3553As sweet as balm, as soft as air, as gentle—
line 3554O Antony!—Nay, I will take thee too.

She places an asp on her arm.

line 3555What should I stay—Dies.
line 3556CHARMIANIn this wild world? So, fare thee well.
375line 3557Now boast thee, Death, in thy possession lies
line 3558A lass unparalleled. Downy windows, close,

She closes Cleopatra’s eyes.

Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 271 line 3559And golden Phoebus, never be beheld
line 3560Of eyes again so royal. Your crown’s awry.
line 3561I’ll mend it, and then play—

Enter the Guard rustling in.

380line 3562Where’s the Queen?
line 3563CHARMIANSpeak softly. Wake her not.
line 3564Caesar hath sent—
line 3565CHARMIANToo slow a messenger.

She takes out an asp.

line 3566O, come apace, dispatch! I partly feel thee.
385line 3567Approach, ho! All’s not well. Caesar’s beguiled.
line 3568There’s Dolabella sent from Caesar. Call him.

A Guardsman exits.

line 3569What work is here, Charmian? Is this well done?
line 3570It is well done, and fitting for a princess
line 3571Descended of so many royal kings.
390line 3572Ah, soldier!Charmian dies.

Enter Dolabella.

line 3573How goes it here?
line 3574SECOND GUARDAll dead.
line 3575DOLABELLACaesar, thy thoughts
line 3576Touch their effects in this. Thyself art coming
395line 3577To see performed the dreaded act which thou
line 3578So sought’st to hinder.

Enter Caesar and all his train, marching.

line 3579ALLA way there, a way for Caesar!
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 273 DOLABELLA
line 3580O sir, you are too sure an augurer:
line 3581That you did fear is done.
400line 3582CAESARBravest at the last,
line 3583She leveled at our purposes and, being royal,
line 3584Took her own way. The manner of their deaths?
line 3585I do not see them bleed.
line 3586DOLABELLAWho was last with them?
405line 3587A simple countryman that brought her figs.
line 3588This was his basket.
line 3589CAESARPoisoned, then.
line 3590FIRST GUARDO Caesar,
line 3591This Charmian lived but now; she stood and spake.
410line 3592I found her trimming up the diadem
line 3593On her dead mistress; tremblingly she stood,
line 3594And on the sudden dropped.
line 3595CAESARO, noble weakness!
line 3596If they had swallowed poison, ’twould appear
415line 3597By external swelling; but she looks like sleep,
line 3598As she would catch another Antony
line 3599In her strong toil of grace.
line 3600DOLABELLAHere on her breast
line 3601There is a vent of blood, and something blown.
420line 3602The like is on her arm.
line 3603This is an aspic’s trail, and these fig leaves
line 3604Have slime upon them, such as th’ aspic leaves
line 3605Upon the caves of Nile.
line 3606CAESARMost probable
425line 3607That so she died, for her physician tells me
line 3608She hath pursued conclusions infinite
line 3609Of easy ways to die. Take up her bed,
line 3610And bear her women from the monument.
line 3611She shall be buried by her Antony.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 275 430line 3612No grave upon the earth shall clip in it
line 3613A pair so famous. High events as these
line 3614Strike those that make them; and their story is
line 3615No less in pity than his glory which
line 3616Brought them to be lamented. Our army shall
435line 3617In solemn show attend this funeral,
line 3618And then to Rome. Come, Dolabella, see
line 3619High order in this great solemnity.

They all exit, the Guards bearing the dead bodies.

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