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Ah, let be, let be! thou art The armorer of my heart:-False, false; this, this. Cleo. Sooth, la, I'll help: Thus it must be.
Well, well; We shall thrive now.-Seest thou, my good fellow? Go, put on thy defences. Eros.
Briefly, sir. Cleo. Is not this buckled well? Ant, Rarely; rarely: He that unbuckles this, till we do please To doff'ts for our repose, shall hear a storm.Thou fumblest, Eros; and my queen's a squire More tight at this than thou: Despatch.-O love, That thou couldst see my wars to-day, and knew'st The royal occupation! thou shouldst see
Enter an Officer, armed.
A workman in't. -Good-morrow to thee; wel
Thou look'st like him that knows a warlike charge:
A thousand, sir,
Early though it be, have on their riveted trim,
[Shout. Trumpets. Flourish.
Enter other Officers and Soldiers.
2 Off. The morn is fair.-Good-morrow, general. All. Good-morrow, general. Ant.
'Tis well blown, lads. This morning, like the spirit of a youth That means to be of note, begins betimes.So, so; come, give me that: this way, well said. Fare thee well, dame, whate'er becomes of me: This is a soldier's kiss: rebukable [Kisses her. And worthy shameful check it were, to stand On more mechanic compliment; I'll leave thee, Now, like a man of steel.-You that will fight, Follow me close; I'll bring you to't.-Adieu. [Exeunt ANTONY, EROS, Officers, and
Char. Please you, retire to your chamber! Cleo. Lead me. He goes forth gallantly. That he and Cæsar might Determine this great war in single fight! Then, Antony,-But now,-Well, on. [Exeunt.
SCENE V.-Antony's Camp near Alexandria. Trumpets sound. Enter ANTONY and EROS; a Soldier meeting them.
Sold. The gods make this a happy day to Antony. Ant. 'Would, thou and those thy scars had once prevail'd
To make me fight at land!
Sold. Hadst thou done so, The kings that have revolted, and the soldier That has this morning left thee, would have still Follow'd thy heels.
One ever near thee: Call for Enobarbus,
SCENE VI.-Cæsar's Camp before Alexandria. Flourish. Enter CESAR, with AGRIPPA, ENOBARBUS, and others.
Cæs. Go forth, Agrippa, and begin the fight: Our will is, Antony be took alive;
Make it so known.
Agr. Cæsar, I shall. [Exit AGRIPPA. Cas. The time of universal peace is near: Prove this a prosperous day, the three-nook'd world Shall bear the olive freely.
Enter a Messenger.
Is come into the field.
Go, charge Agrippa Plant those that have revolted in the van, That Antony may seem to spend his fury Upon himselt. [Exeunt CESAR and his Train. Eno. Alexas did revolt; and went to Jewry, On affairs of Antony: there did persuade Great Herod to incline himself to Cæsar, And leave his master Antony: for this pains, Cæsar hath hang'd him. Canidius, and the rest That fell away, have entertainment, but No honorable trust. I have done ill; Of which I do accuse myself so sorely, That I will joy no more.
Mock me not, Enobarbus.
If swift thought break it not, a swifter mean
For a fair victory.
beaten, sir; and our advantage
Let us score their backs, And snatch 'em up, as we take hares, behind; 'Tis sport to maul a runner.
I will reward thee
Come thee on.
I'll halt after. [Exeunt. SCENE VIII.-Under the Walls of Alexandria. Alarum. Enter ANTONY, marching; SCARUS and
For doughty3-handed are you; and have fought
Enter the city, clip your wives, your friends,
Chain mine arm'd neck; leap thou, attire and all,
Lord of lords!
O infinite virtue! com'st thou smiling from
My nightingale, We have beat them to their beds. What, girl? though grey
Do something mingle with our brown; yet have we
I'll give thee, friend, An armor all of gold; it was a king's.
Ant. He has deserv'd it, were it carbuncled Like holy Phoebus' car.-Give me thy hand; Through Alexandria make a jolly march;
Bear our hack'd targets like the men that owe them.
Had our great palace the capacity
To camp this host, we all would sup together;
Applauding our approach.
SCENE IX. Cæsar's Camp.
Eno. O sovereign mistress of true melancholy, The poisonous damp of night disponge upon me: That life, a very rebel to my will,
May hang no longer on me: Throw my heart
O Antony! O Antony!
hath raughts him. [Drums afar off. Let us bear him
1 Sold. The hand of death
3 Sold. Come on, then; He may recover yet.
[Exeunt with the Body. SCENE X.-Between the two Camps. Enter ANTONY and SCARUS, with Forces, marching.
Ant. Their preparation is to-day by sea; We please them not by land.
Scar. For both, my lord Ant. I would, they'd fight i' the fire, or in the air, We'd fight there too. But this it is; our foot Upon the hills adjoining to the city, Shall stay with us: order for sea is given; They have put forth the haven: Further on, Where their appointment we may best discover, And look on their endeavor. [Exeunt.
Enter CAESAR and his Forces, marching. Cæs. But being charged, we will be still by land, Which, as I take't, we shall; for his best force Is forth to man his galleys. To the vales, And hold our best advantage.
Re-enter ANTONY and SCARUS.
Alarum afar off, as at a Sea-Fight.
All is lost;
Hast sold me to this novice; and my heart
sun, thy uprise shall I see no more:
Whose bosom was my crownet,2 my chief end,
Ah! thou spell! Avaunt!
1 Sold. Let's hear him, for the things he speaks May concern Cæsar. 3 Solt.
Let's do so. But he sleeps.
1 Sold. Swoons rather; for so bad a prayer as his Was never yet for sleeping.
It it be well to live: But better 'twere Thou fell'st into my fury, for one death Might have prevented many.-Eros, ho!9 Without. Cleopatra first belonged to Julius Cæsar, then to AnHear you, sir? tony, and now, as Antony supposes, to Augustus.
Go we to him.
3 Sold. Awake, awake, sir; speak to us. 2 Sold.
A cheating game, at present named pricking at the belt. For the smallest piece of money.
The shirt of Nessus is upon me: Teach me,
It does, my lord.
Ant. My good knave, Eros, now thy captain is
Nay, weep not, gentle Eros; there is left us
She has robbed me of my sword.
Mar. No, Antony: My mistress lov'd thee, and her fortunes mingled With thine entirely.
Hence, saucy eunuch; peace: She hath betray'd me, and shall die the death. Mar. Death of one person can be paid but once; And that she has discharged: What thou wouldst do, Is done unto thy hand: the last she spake
Was, Antony! most noble Antony!
Then in the midst a tearing groan did break
Ant. Eros, unarm; the long day's task is done, And we must sleep:-That thou depart'st hence safe,
Does pay thy labor richly: Go.-Off, pluck off';-
I will o'ertake thee, Cleopatra, and
i. e. The thing that contains thee.
The fleeting clouds.
Weep for my pardon. So it must be, for now
And with our sprightly port make the ghosts gaze:
Eros. What would my lord?
Disgrace and horror, that, on my command,
The thing why thou hast drawn it.
My dear master,
I should, and thou couldst not. My queen and
Have, by their brave instruction, got upon me
Enter DERCETAS and Guard.
Most absolute lord, My mistress Cleopatra sent me to thee. Ant. When did she send thee? Dio.
Now, my lord.
Where is she? Dio. Lock'd in her monument. She had a prophesying fear
Of what hath come to pass: for when she saw
But, fearing since how it might work, hath sent
Ant. Too late, good Diomed:-Call my guard, I pr'ythee.
Dio. What ho! the emperor's guard! guard, what ho!
Come, your lord calls.
Enter some of the Guard.
Ant. Bear me, good friends, where Cleopatra
To grace it with your sorrows: bid that welcome
[Exeunt, bearing ANTONY.
SCENE XIII.-A Monument.
As that which makes it.-How now? Is he dead?
Enter ANTONY, borne by the Guard.
The varying shore o' the world!-0 Antony!
Cleo. So it should be, that none but Antony
Be brooch'd3 with me; if knife, drugs, serpents,
Edge, sting, or operation, I am safe:
Cleo. Here s sport indeed!-How heavy weighs my lord!
Our strength is all gone into heaviness,
A heavy sight!
Cleo. No, let me speak; and let me rail so high, That the false housewife Fortune break her wheel, Provoked by my offence.
One word, sweet queen:
Of Cæsar, seek your honor, with your safety.-O!
Gentle, hear me:
Ant. The miserable change now at my end, Lament nor sorrow at: but please your thoughts, In feeding them with those my former fortunes Wherein I liv'd, the greatest prince o' the world, The noblest: and do now not basely die, Nor cowardly; put off my helmet to Valiantly vanquish'd. Now, my spirit is going; My countryman, a Roman, by a Roman [Dies.
I can no more. Cleo.
Noblest of men, woo't die!
The soldier's pole is fallen; young boys, and girls,
[She faints O quietness, lady! Iras. She is dead too, our sovereign. Char. Iras.
Char. O madam, madam, madam!
Iras. Empress! Char. Cleo. No more, but e'en a woman; and commanded
Peace, peace, Iras.
By such poor passion as the maid that milks,
My noble girls!-Ah, women, women, look!
Let's do it after the high Roman fashion,
SCENE I-Cæsar's Camp before Alexandria. Enter CESAR, AGRIPPA, DOLABELLA, MECENAS, GALLUS, PROCULEIUS, and others.
Cæs. Go to him, Dolabella, bid him yield; Being so frustrate, tell him, he mocks us by The pauses that he makes.
Cæsar, I shall. [Exit DOLABELLA. Enter DERCETAS, with the Sword of ANTONY. Cæs. Wherefore is that? and what art thou, that dar'st Appear thus to us?
Der. I am call'd Dercetas ; Mark Antony I serv'd, who best was worthy Best to be serv'd: whilst he stood up and spoke, He was my master; and I wore my life, To spend upon his haters: If thou please To take me to thee, as I was to him
I'll be to Cæsar; if thou pleasest not,
I yield thee up my life.
What is't thou say'st?
Der. I say, O Cæsar, Antony is dead. Cæs. The breaking of so great a thing should make A greater crack: The round world should have shook Lions into civil streets,
And citizens to their dens.-The death of Antony Is not a single doom; in the name lay
A moiety of the world.
He is dead, Cæsar;
Not by a public minister of justice,
I robb'd his wound of it; behold it stain'd
And strange it is,
Waged equal with him.
His taints and honors
Agr. A rarer spirit never Did steer humanity: but you, gods, will give us Some faults to make us men. Cæsar is touch'd. Mec. When such a spacious mirror's set before him,
He needs must see himself.
I have follow'd thee to this:-But we do lance
Cæs. Come hither, Proculeius: Go, and say, The quality of her passion shall require; We purpose her no shame: give her what comforts Lest, in her greatness, by some mortal stroke She do defeat us: for her life in Rome Would be eternal in our triumph: Go, And, with your speediest, bring us what she says, And how you find of her.
Pro. Cæsar, I shall. [Exit PROCULEIUS. Cæs. Gallus, go you along.-Where's Dolabella, To second Proculeius? [Exit GALLUS.
Cæs. Let him alone, for I remember now How he's employed; he shall in time be ready. Go with me to my tent; where you shall see How hardly I was drawn into this war; How calm and gentle I proceeded still In all my writings: Go with me and see What I can show in this.
SCENE II.-Alexandria. A Room in the
Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, and IRAS.
Enter, to the Gates of the Monument, PROCULEIUS, GALLUS, and Soldiers.
Pro. Cæsar sends greeting to the queen of Egypt;
Pro. My name is Proculeius.
What's thy name?
Did tell me of you, bade me trust you; but
That have no use for trusting. If your master
No less beg than a kingdom: if he please
This I'll report, dear lady. Have comfort; for I know, your plight is pitied Of him that caus'd it.
Gal. You see how easily she may be surpris'a; [Here PROCULEIUS, and two of the Guard ascend the Monument by a Ladder plowed against a Window, and having descended come behind CLEOPATRA. Some of the Guard unbar and open the Gates. Guard her till Cæsar come.
[To PROCULEIUS and the Guard. Exit GALLUS.
Iras. Royal queen!
Char. O Cleopatra! thou art taken, queen!Cleo. Quick, quick, good hands.
[Drawing a Dagger.
Hold, worthy lady, hold: [Seizes and disarms her. Do not yourself such wrong, who are in this
So the gods preserve thee! [Exit. Reliev'd, but not betray'd.