Antony and Cleopatra


William Shakespeare

Antony and Cleopatra is a tragic play that tells the story of the love affair between Mark Antony, a Roman general, and Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt. The play is set in the late first century BC, during a time when Rome was expanding its territory and consolidating its power over the Mediterranean world.

The play begins with Antony, who is one of the three rulers of Rome, neglecting his duties as a leader and spending all his time in Egypt with Cleopatra. His actions are criticized by his fellow Romans, who fear that he is becoming too infatuated with the Queen and losing sight of his responsibilities. Meanwhile, Cleopatra is portrayed as a powerful, passionate woman who is fiercely devoted to Antony.

As the play progresses, Antony is forced to return to Rome to deal with political issues, but he is constantly drawn back to Egypt by his love for Cleopatra. Their relationship is complicated by the fact that they come from different cultures and have different expectations of each other. Antony is torn between his duty to Rome and his desire to be with Cleopatra, while Cleopatra struggles to maintain her independence and authority in the face of Roman imperialism.

The play ultimately ends in tragedy, with Antony and Cleopatra both taking their own lives rather than submit to the rule of Rome. The play explores themes of love, power, and politics, and is noted for its complex characters and rich language.

Act I

Act 1 of Antony and Cleopatra starts with the Roman general Mark Antony neglecting his duties in Rome and instead spending his time in Alexandria, Egypt with Queen Cleopatra. This has caused unrest among the Roman senators who fear that Antony's infatuation with Cleopatra will lead to the downfall of Rome.

Meanwhile, in Egypt, Cleopatra is worried about Antony's loyalty to her and suspects that he may return to Rome. She decides to test his loyalty by pretending to be dead and sending a message to him saying that she has died. Antony is devastated by the news and decides to kill himself, but his loyal friend Enobarbus convinces him to go see Cleopatra one last time before he dies.

When Antony arrives in Egypt, Cleopatra reveals that she is alive and they reunite. However, their happiness is short-lived as news arrives that Antony's wife Fulvia has died and that his fellow Roman general Octavius Caesar is threatening war against him. Antony decides to return to Rome to confront Caesar and secure his position in the Roman empire.

Before leaving Egypt, Antony and Cleopatra declare their love for each other and pledge to remain faithful. However, as Antony leaves, Cleopatra is already plotting ways to keep him in Egypt and away from Rome. The act ends with the two lovers discussing their future plans and the challenges they will face.

SCENE I. Alexandria. A room in CLEOPATRA's palace.

In Scene 1 of Act 1, two Roman soldiers, Demetrius and Philo, discuss the recent behavior of their general, Mark Antony. They criticize Antony for neglecting his duties as a military leader and spending all of his time in Egypt with Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt. They feel that Antony's infatuation with Cleopatra has caused him to forget his responsibilities to Rome and his fellow soldiers. Philo expresses his concern that Antony's behavior is a threat to the stability of the Roman Empire.

As they speak, Antony and Cleopatra enter the scene, accompanied by their attendants. Antony is clearly infatuated with Cleopatra and can't take his eyes off her. Cleopatra is equally enamored with Antony, and they exchange flirtatious banter. Despite the presence of the Roman soldiers, Antony and Cleopatra openly display their affection for each other. This behavior only reinforces the soldiers' belief that Antony has lost his sense of duty and responsibility.

The scene ends with Antony and Cleopatra leaving together, still lost in their own world of passion and desire. Demetrius and Philo are left to ponder the consequences of Antony's behavior and wonder what will become of Rome with such a distracted leader at the helm.


Nay, but this dotage of our general's
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O'erflows the measure: those his goodly eyes,
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That o'er the files and musters of the war
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Have glow'd like plated Mars, now bend, now turn,
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The office and devotion of their view
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Upon a tawny front: his captain's heart,
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Which in the scuffles of great fights hath burst
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The buckles on his breast, reneges all temper,
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And is become the bellows and the fan
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To cool a gipsy's lust.
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Look, where they come:
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Take but good note, and you shall see in him.
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The triple pillar of the world transform'd
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Into a strumpet's fool: behold and see.
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If it be love indeed, tell me how much.
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There's beggary in the love that can be reckon'd.
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I'll set a bourn how far to be beloved.
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Then must thou needs find out new heaven, new earth.
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Enter an Attendant

News, my good lord, from Rome.
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Grates me: the sum.
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Nay, hear them, Antony:
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Fulvia perchance is angry; or, who knows
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If the scarce-bearded Caesar have not sent
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His powerful mandate to you, 'Do this, or this;
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Take in that kingdom, and enfranchise that;
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Perform 't, or else we damn thee.'
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How, my love!
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Perchance! nay, and most like:
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You must not stay here longer, your dismission
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Is come from Caesar; therefore hear it, Antony.
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Where's Fulvia's process? Caesar's I would say? both?
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Call in the messengers. As I am Egypt's queen,
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Thou blushest, Antony; and that blood of thine
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Is Caesar's homager: else so thy cheek pays shame
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When shrill-tongued Fulvia scolds. The messengers!
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Let Rome in Tiber melt, and the wide arch
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Of the ranged empire fall! Here is my space.
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Kingdoms are clay: our dungy earth alike
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Feeds beast as man: the nobleness of life
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Is to do thus; when such a mutual pair
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And such a twain can do't, in which I bind,
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On pain of punishment, the world to weet
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We stand up peerless.
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Excellent falsehood!
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Why did he marry Fulvia, and not love her?
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I'll seem the fool I am not; Antony
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Will be himself.
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But stirr'd by Cleopatra.
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Now, for the love of Love and her soft hours,
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Let's not confound the time with conference harsh:
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There's not a minute of our lives should stretch
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Without some pleasure now. What sport tonight?
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Hear the ambassadors.
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Fie, wrangling queen!
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Whom every thing becomes, to chide, to laugh,
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To weep; whose every passion fully strives
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To make itself, in thee, fair and admired!
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No messenger, but thine; and all alone
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To-night we'll wander through the streets and note
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The qualities of people. Come, my queen;
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Last night you did desire it: speak not to us.
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Exeunt MARK ANTONY and CLEOPATRA with their train

Is Caesar with Antonius prized so slight?
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Sir, sometimes, when he is not Antony,
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He comes too short of that great property
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Which still should go with Antony.
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I am full sorry
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That he approves the common liar, who
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Thus speaks of him at Rome: but I will hope
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Of better deeds to-morrow. Rest you happy!
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SCENE II. The same. Another room.

Scene 2 of Act 1 begins with Antony, the Roman triumvir, discussing his love for Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt, with his friend Enobarbus. Antony is torn between his responsibilities as a leader of Rome and his desire to be with Cleopatra. Enobarbus advises him to focus on his duties to Rome, but Antony cannot resist Cleopatra's charms.

Cleopatra enters the scene and teases Antony, questioning his love for her. They engage in playful banter, with Antony declaring his love for Cleopatra and Cleopatra challenging him to prove it. Antony gives in to her demands and promises to prove his love by fulfilling her every desire.

Meanwhile, news arrives that Antony's wife Fulvia has died and that Pompey, a rival of the triumvirs, is gaining power. Antony is torn between his love for Cleopatra and his duty to Rome, but ultimately decides to return to Rome to confront Pompey. Cleopatra is disappointed by his decision and questions whether Antony truly loves her.

The scene ends with Antony and Cleopatra expressing their love for each other, but with the underlying tension of Antony's divided loyalties and the looming threat of Pompey's rebellion.

Enter CHARMIAN, IRAS, ALEXAS, and a Soothsayer

Lord Alexas, sweet Alexas, most any thing Alexas,
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almost most absolute Alexas, where's the soothsayer
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that you praised so to the queen? O, that I knew
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this husband, which, you say, must charge his horns
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with garlands!
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Your will?
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Is this the man? Is't you, sir, that know things?
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In nature's infinite book of secrecy
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A little I can read.
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Show him your hand.
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Bring in the banquet quickly; wine enough
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Cleopatra's health to drink.
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Good sir, give me good fortune.
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I make not, but foresee.
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Pray, then, foresee me one.
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You shall be yet far fairer than you are.
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He means in flesh.
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No, you shall paint when you are old.
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Wrinkles forbid!
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Vex not his prescience; be attentive.
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You shall be more beloving than beloved.
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I had rather heat my liver with drinking.
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Nay, hear him.
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Good now, some excellent fortune! Let me be married
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to three kings in a forenoon, and widow them all:
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let me have a child at fifty, to whom Herod of Jewry
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may do homage: find me to marry me with Octavius
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Caesar, and companion me with my mistress.
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You shall outlive the lady whom you serve.
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O excellent! I love long life better than figs.
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You have seen and proved a fairer former fortune
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Than that which is to approach.
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Then belike my children shall have no names:
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prithee, how many boys and wenches must I have?
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If every of your wishes had a womb.
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And fertile every wish, a million.
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Out, fool! I forgive thee for a witch.
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You think none but your sheets are privy to your wishes.
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Nay, come, tell Iras hers.
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We'll know all our fortunes.
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Mine, and most of our fortunes, to-night, shall
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be--drunk to bed.
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There's a palm presages chastity, if nothing else.
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E'en as the o'erflowing Nilus presageth famine.
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Go, you wild bedfellow, you cannot soothsay.
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Nay, if an oily palm be not a fruitful
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prognostication, I cannot scratch mine ear. Prithee,
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tell her but a worky-day fortune.
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Your fortunes are alike.
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But how, but how? give me particulars.
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I have said.
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Am I not an inch of fortune better than she?
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Well, if you were but an inch of fortune better than
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I, where would you choose it?
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Not in my husband's nose.
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Our worser thoughts heavens mend! Alexas,--come,
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his fortune, his fortune! O, let him marry a woman
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that cannot go, sweet Isis, I beseech thee! and let
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her die too, and give him a worse! and let worst
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follow worse, till the worst of all follow him
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laughing to his grave, fifty-fold a cuckold! Good
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Isis, hear me this prayer, though thou deny me a
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matter of more weight; good Isis, I beseech thee!
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Amen. Dear goddess, hear that prayer of the people!
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for, as it is a heartbreaking to see a handsome man
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loose-wived, so it is a deadly sorrow to behold a
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foul knave uncuckolded: therefore, dear Isis, keep
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decorum, and fortune him accordingly!
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Lo, now, if it lay in their hands to make me a
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cuckold, they would make themselves whores, but
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they'ld do't!
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Hush! here comes Antony.
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Not he; the queen.
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Saw you my lord?
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No, lady.
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Was he not here?
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No, madam.
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He was disposed to mirth; but on the sudden
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A Roman thought hath struck him. Enobarbus!
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Seek him, and bring him hither.
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Where's Alexas?
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Here, at your service. My lord approaches.
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We will not look upon him: go with us.
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Enter MARK ANTONY with a Messenger and Attendants

Fulvia thy wife first came into the field.
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Against my brother Lucius?
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But soon that war had end, and the time's state
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Made friends of them, joining their force 'gainst Caesar;
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Whose better issue in the war, from Italy,
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Upon the first encounter, drave them.
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Well, what worst?
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The nature of bad news infects the teller.
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When it concerns the fool or coward. On:
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Things that are past are done with me. 'Tis thus:
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Who tells me true, though in his tale lie death,
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I hear him as he flatter'd.
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This is stiff news--hath, with his Parthian force,
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Extended Asia from Euphrates;
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His conquering banner shook from Syria
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To Lydia and to Ionia; Whilst--
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Antony, thou wouldst say,--
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O, my lord!
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Speak to me home, mince not the general tongue:
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Name Cleopatra as she is call'd in Rome;
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Rail thou in Fulvia's phrase; and taunt my faults
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With such full licence as both truth and malice
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Have power to utter. O, then we bring forth weeds,
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When our quick minds lie still; and our ills told us
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Is as our earing. Fare thee well awhile.
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At your noble pleasure.
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From Sicyon, ho, the news! Speak there!
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First Attendant
The man from Sicyon,--is there such an one?
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Second Attendant
He stays upon your will.
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Let him appear.
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These strong Egyptian fetters I must break,
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Or lose myself in dotage.
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What are you?
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Second Messenger
Fulvia thy wife is dead.
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Where died she?
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Second Messenger
In Sicyon:
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Her length of sickness, with what else more serious
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Importeth thee to know, this bears.
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Gives a letter

Forbear me.
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There's a great spirit gone! Thus did I desire it:
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What our contempt doth often hurl from us,
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We wish it ours again; the present pleasure,
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By revolution lowering, does become
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The opposite of itself: she's good, being gone;
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The hand could pluck her back that shoved her on.
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I must from this enchanting queen break off:
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Ten thousand harms, more than the ills I know,
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My idleness doth hatch. How now! Enobarbus!
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What's your pleasure, sir?
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I must with haste from hence.
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Why, then, we kill all our women:
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we see how mortal an unkindness is to them;
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if they suffer our departure, death's the word.
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I must be gone.
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Under a compelling occasion, let women die; it were
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pity to cast them away for nothing; though, between
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them and a great cause, they should be esteemed
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nothing. Cleopatra, catching but the least noise of
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this, dies instantly; I have seen her die twenty
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times upon far poorer moment: I do think there is
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mettle in death, which commits some loving act upon
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her, she hath such a celerity in dying.
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She is cunning past man's thought.
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Alack, sir, no; her passions are made of nothing but
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the finest part of pure love: we cannot call her
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winds and waters sighs and tears; they are greater
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storms and tempests than almanacs can report: this
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cannot be cunning in her; if it be, she makes a
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shower of rain as well as Jove.
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Would I had never seen her.
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O, sir, you had then left unseen a wonderful piece
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of work; which not to have been blest withal would
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have discredited your travel.
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Fulvia is dead.
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Fulvia is dead.
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Why, sir, give the gods a thankful sacrifice. When
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it pleaseth their deities to take the wife of a man
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from him, it shows to man the tailors of the earth;
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comforting therein, that when old robes are worn
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out, there are members to make new. If there were
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no more women but Fulvia, then had you indeed a cut,
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and the case to be lamented: this grief is crowned
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with consolation; your old smock brings forth a new
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petticoat: and indeed the tears live in an onion
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that should water this sorrow.
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The business she hath broached in the state
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Cannot endure my absence.
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And the business you have broached here cannot be
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without you; especially that of Cleopatra's, which
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wholly depends on your abode.
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No more light answers. Let our officers
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Have notice what we purpose. I shall break
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The cause of our expedience to the queen,
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And get her leave to part. For not alone
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The death of Fulvia, with more urgent touches,
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Do strongly speak to us; but the letters too
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Of many our contriving friends in Rome
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Petition us at home: Sextus Pompeius
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Hath given the dare to Caesar, and commands
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The empire of the sea: our slippery people,
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Whose love is never link'd to the deserver
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Till his deserts are past, begin to throw
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Pompey the Great and all his dignities
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Upon his son; who, high in name and power,
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Higher than both in blood and life, stands up
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For the main soldier: whose quality, going on,
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The sides o' the world may danger: much is breeding,
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Which, like the courser's hair, hath yet but life,
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And not a serpent's poison. Say, our pleasure,
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To such whose place is under us, requires
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Our quick remove from hence.
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I shall do't.
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SCENE III. The same. Another room.

In Scene 3 of Act 1, two Roman soldiers, Demetrius and Philo, discuss Antony's recent behavior in Egypt. They express their concern that Antony has become too focused on Cleopatra and her luxurious lifestyle, neglecting his duties as a Roman leader. They describe how Antony has "lost himself" in Egypt, spending all his time drinking and partying with Cleopatra instead of attending to matters of state.

Philo suggests that Antony's behavior is tarnishing his reputation among the Roman people, and that he should return to Rome to regain their respect. Demetrius agrees, but adds that Cleopatra's hold on Antony is too strong and that he may not be able to leave her side. They both express their disappointment in Antony, who they believe has become weakened and corrupted by his love for Cleopatra.

The scene highlights the tension between Antony's loyalty to Rome and his love for Cleopatra. It also sets up the conflict between Antony and his fellow Roman leaders, who disapprove of his relationship with the Egyptian queen and fear the consequences for Rome's power and stability.


Where is he?
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I did not see him since.
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See where he is, who's with him, what he does:
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I did not send you: if you find him sad,
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Say I am dancing; if in mirth, report
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That I am sudden sick: quick, and return.
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Madam, methinks, if you did love him dearly,
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You do not hold the method to enforce
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The like from him.
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What should I do, I do not?
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In each thing give him way, cross him nothing.
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Thou teachest like a fool; the way to lose him.
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Tempt him not so too far; I wish, forbear:
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In time we hate that which we often fear.
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But here comes Antony.
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I am sick and sullen.
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I am sorry to give breathing to my purpose,--
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Help me away, dear Charmian; I shall fall:
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It cannot be thus long, the sides of nature
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Will not sustain it.
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Now, my dearest queen,--
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Pray you, stand further from me.
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What's the matter?
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I know, by that same eye, there's some good news.
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What says the married woman? You may go:
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Would she had never given you leave to come!
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Let her not say 'tis I that keep you here:
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I have no power upon you; hers you are.
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The gods best know,--
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O, never was there queen
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So mightily betray'd! yet at the first
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I saw the treasons planted.
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Why should I think you can be mine and true,
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Though you in swearing shake the throned gods,
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Who have been false to Fulvia? Riotous madness,
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To be entangled with those mouth-made vows,
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Which break themselves in swearing!
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Most sweet queen,--
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Nay, pray you, seek no colour for your going,
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But bid farewell, and go: when you sued staying,
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Then was the time for words: no going then;
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Eternity was in our lips and eyes,
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Bliss in our brows' bent; none our parts so poor,
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But was a race of heaven: they are so still,
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Or thou, the greatest soldier of the world,
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Art turn'd the greatest liar.
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How now, lady!
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I would I had thy inches; thou shouldst know
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There were a heart in Egypt.
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Hear me, queen:
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The strong necessity of time commands
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Our services awhile; but my full heart
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Remains in use with you. Our Italy
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Shines o'er with civil swords: Sextus Pompeius
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Makes his approaches to the port of Rome:
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Equality of two domestic powers
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Breed scrupulous faction: the hated, grown to strength,
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Are newly grown to love: the condemn'd Pompey,
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Rich in his father's honour, creeps apace,
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Into the hearts of such as have not thrived
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Upon the present state, whose numbers threaten;
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And quietness, grown sick of rest, would purge
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By any desperate change: my more particular,
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And that which most with you should safe my going,
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Is Fulvia's death.
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Though age from folly could not give me freedom,
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It does from childishness: can Fulvia die?
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She's dead, my queen:
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Look here, and at thy sovereign leisure read
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The garboils she awaked; at the last, best:
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See when and where she died.
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O most false love!
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Where be the sacred vials thou shouldst fill
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With sorrowful water? Now I see, I see,
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In Fulvia's death, how mine received shall be.
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Quarrel no more, but be prepared to know
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The purposes I bear; which are, or cease,
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As you shall give the advice. By the fire
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That quickens Nilus' slime, I go from hence
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Thy soldier, servant; making peace or war
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As thou affect'st.
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Cut my lace, Charmian, come;
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But let it be: I am quickly ill, and well,
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So Antony loves.
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My precious queen, forbear;
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And give true evidence to his love, which stands
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An honourable trial.
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So Fulvia told me.
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I prithee, turn aside and weep for her,
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Then bid adieu to me, and say the tears
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Belong to Egypt: good now, play one scene
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Of excellent dissembling; and let it look
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Life perfect honour.
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You'll heat my blood: no more.
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You can do better yet; but this is meetly.
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Now, by my sword,--
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And target. Still he mends;
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But this is not the best. Look, prithee, Charmian,
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How this Herculean Roman does become
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The carriage of his chafe.
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I'll leave you, lady.
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Courteous lord, one word.
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Sir, you and I must part, but that's not it:
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Sir, you and I have loved, but there's not it;
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That you know well: something it is I would,
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O, my oblivion is a very Antony,
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And I am all forgotten.
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But that your royalty
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Holds idleness your subject, I should take you
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For idleness itself.
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'Tis sweating labour
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To bear such idleness so near the heart
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As Cleopatra this. But, sir, forgive me;
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Since my becomings kill me, when they do not
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Eye well to you: your honour calls you hence;
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Therefore be deaf to my unpitied folly.
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And all the gods go with you! upon your sword
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Sit laurel victory! and smooth success
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Be strew'd before your feet!
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Let us go. Come;
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Our separation so abides, and flies,
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That thou, residing here, go'st yet with me,
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And I, hence fleeting, here remain with thee. Away!
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Scene 4 of Act 1 takes place in Rome where we see the triumvirate, consisting of Octavius Caesar, Mark Antony, and Lepidus, discussing their military plans. Antony receives news that his wife Fulvia has died, causing him to become emotional and distracted. Caesar takes advantage of Antony's distraction and suggests that Antony should marry his sister Octavia, in order to strengthen their alliance. Antony initially resists the idea, but eventually agrees.

Meanwhile, we see Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt, receiving a messenger who brings news of Antony's marriage proposal to Octavia. Cleopatra becomes upset and jealous, feeling that Antony has betrayed her. She sends a message to Antony, urging him to return to Egypt and declaring her love for him. Antony is torn between his loyalty to Rome and his love for Cleopatra.

The scene ends with Antony and Caesar agreeing to divide the Roman Empire between them, with Lepidus receiving a smaller portion. However, tensions between Antony and Caesar are apparent, foreshadowing their eventual conflict.

Enter OCTAVIUS CAESAR, reading a letter, LEPIDUS, and their Train

You may see, Lepidus, and henceforth know,
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It is not Caesar's natural vice to hate
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Our great competitor: from Alexandria
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This is the news: he fishes, drinks, and wastes
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The lamps of night in revel; is not more man-like
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Than Cleopatra; nor the queen of Ptolemy
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More womanly than he; hardly gave audience, or
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Vouchsafed to think he had partners: you shall find there
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A man who is the abstract of all faults
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That all men follow.
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I must not think there are
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Evils enow to darken all his goodness:
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His faults in him seem as the spots of heaven,
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More fiery by night's blackness; hereditary,
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Rather than purchased; what he cannot change,
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Than what he chooses.
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You are too indulgent. Let us grant, it is not
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Amiss to tumble on the bed of Ptolemy;
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To give a kingdom for a mirth; to sit
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And keep the turn of tippling with a slave;
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To reel the streets at noon, and stand the buffet
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With knaves that smell of sweat: say this
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becomes him,--
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As his composure must be rare indeed
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Whom these things cannot blemish,--yet must Antony
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No way excuse his soils, when we do bear
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So great weight in his lightness. If he fill'd
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His vacancy with his voluptuousness,
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Full surfeits, and the dryness of his bones,
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Call on him for't: but to confound such time,
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That drums him from his sport, and speaks as loud
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As his own state and ours,--'tis to be chid
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As we rate boys, who, being mature in knowledge,
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Pawn their experience to their present pleasure,
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And so rebel to judgment.
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Enter a Messenger

Here's more news.
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Thy biddings have been done; and every hour,
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Most noble Caesar, shalt thou have report
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How 'tis abroad. Pompey is strong at sea;
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And it appears he is beloved of those
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That only have fear'd Caesar: to the ports
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The discontents repair, and men's reports
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Give him much wrong'd.
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I should have known no less.
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It hath been taught us from the primal state,
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That he which is was wish'd until he were;
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And the ebb'd man, ne'er loved till ne'er worth love,
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Comes dear'd by being lack'd. This common body,
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Like to a vagabond flag upon the stream,
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Goes to and back, lackeying the varying tide,
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To rot itself with motion.
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Caesar, I bring thee word,
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Menecrates and Menas, famous pirates,
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Make the sea serve them, which they ear and wound
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With keels of every kind: many hot inroads
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They make in Italy; the borders maritime
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Lack blood to think on't, and flush youth revolt:
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No vessel can peep forth, but 'tis as soon
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Taken as seen; for Pompey's name strikes more
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Than could his war resisted.
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Leave thy lascivious wassails. When thou once
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Wast beaten from Modena, where thou slew'st
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Hirtius and Pansa, consuls, at thy heel
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Did famine follow; whom thou fought'st against,
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Though daintily brought up, with patience more
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Than savages could suffer: thou didst drink
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The stale of horses, and the gilded puddle
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Which beasts would cough at: thy palate then did deign
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The roughest berry on the rudest hedge;
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Yea, like the stag, when snow the pasture sheets,
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The barks of trees thou browsed'st; on the Alps
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It is reported thou didst eat strange flesh,
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Which some did die to look on: and all this--
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It wounds thine honour that I speak it now--
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Was borne so like a soldier, that thy cheek
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So much as lank'd not.
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'Tis pity of him.
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Let his shames quickly
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Drive him to Rome: 'tis time we twain
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Did show ourselves i' the field; and to that end
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Assemble we immediate council: Pompey
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Thrives in our idleness.
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To-morrow, Caesar,
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I shall be furnish'd to inform you rightly
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Both what by sea and land I can be able
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To front this present time.
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Till which encounter,
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It is my business too. Farewell.
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Farewell, my lord: what you shall know meantime
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Of stirs abroad, I shall beseech you, sir,
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To let me be partaker.
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Doubt not, sir;
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I knew it for my bond.
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SCENE V. Alexandria. CLEOPATRA's palace.

Scene 5 of Act 1 opens with Cleopatra's attendants discussing her behavior since Antony's arrival in Egypt. They remark on how she has neglected her duties as queen and fallen deeply in love with Antony. Charmian, one of her attendants, suggests that Cleopatra's behavior is not unusual for someone in love and that she should be allowed to enjoy it.

Antony then enters, and Cleopatra greets him warmly. She tells him of her plans to attend a feast that evening and invites him to join her. He accepts and comments on her beauty, which she playfully mocks. They engage in playful banter before Cleopatra ultimately convinces Antony to stay with her rather than return to Rome.

As they continue to talk, a messenger arrives and informs Antony that his wife, Fulvia, has died. Antony is visibly upset by the news and leaves to begin making preparations for his return to Rome. Cleopatra, sensing that Antony may leave her, becomes distraught and pleads with him to stay. Antony promises to return to Egypt as soon as he can and leaves, leaving Cleopatra alone with her attendants.


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Ha, ha!
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Give me to drink mandragora.
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Why, madam?
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That I might sleep out this great gap of time
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My Antony is away.
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You think of him too much.
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O, 'tis treason!
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Madam, I trust, not so.
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Thou, eunuch Mardian!
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What's your highness' pleasure?
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Not now to hear thee sing; I take no pleasure
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In aught an eunuch has: 'tis well for thee,
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That, being unseminar'd, thy freer thoughts
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May not fly forth of Egypt. Hast thou affections?
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Yes, gracious madam.
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Not in deed, madam; for I can do nothing
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But what indeed is honest to be done:
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Yet have I fierce affections, and think
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What Venus did with Mars.
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O Charmian,
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Where think'st thou he is now? Stands he, or sits he?
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Or does he walk? or is he on his horse?
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O happy horse, to bear the weight of Antony!
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Do bravely, horse! for wot'st thou whom thou movest?
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The demi-Atlas of this earth, the arm
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And burgonet of men. He's speaking now,
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Or murmuring 'Where's my serpent of old Nile?'
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For so he calls me: now I feed myself
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With most delicious poison. Think on me,
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That am with Phoebus' amorous pinches black,
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And wrinkled deep in time? Broad-fronted Caesar,
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When thou wast here above the ground, I was
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A morsel for a monarch: and great Pompey
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Would stand and make his eyes grow in my brow;
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There would he anchor his aspect and die
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With looking on his life.
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Sovereign of Egypt, hail!
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How much unlike art thou Mark Antony!
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Yet, coming from him, that great medicine hath
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With his tinct gilded thee.
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How goes it with my brave Mark Antony?
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Last thing he did, dear queen,
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He kiss'd,--the last of many doubled kisses,--
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This orient pearl. His speech sticks in my heart.
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Mine ear must pluck it thence.
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'Good friend,' quoth he,
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'Say, the firm Roman to great Egypt sends
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This treasure of an oyster; at whose foot,
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To mend the petty present, I will piece
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Her opulent throne with kingdoms; all the east,
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Say thou, shall call her mistress.' So he nodded,
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And soberly did mount an arm-gaunt steed,
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Who neigh'd so high, that what I would have spoke
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Was beastly dumb'd by him.
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What, was he sad or merry?
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Like to the time o' the year between the extremes
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Of hot and cold, he was nor sad nor merry.
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O well-divided disposition! Note him,
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Note him good Charmian, 'tis the man; but note him:
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He was not sad, for he would shine on those
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That make their looks by his; he was not merry,
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Which seem'd to tell them his remembrance lay
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In Egypt with his joy; but between both:
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O heavenly mingle! Be'st thou sad or merry,
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The violence of either thee becomes,
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So does it no man else. Met'st thou my posts?
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Ay, madam, twenty several messengers:
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Why do you send so thick?
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Who's born that day
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When I forget to send to Antony,
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Shall die a beggar. Ink and paper, Charmian.
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Welcome, my good Alexas. Did I, Charmian,
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Ever love Caesar so?
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O that brave Caesar!
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Be choked with such another emphasis!
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Say, the brave Antony.
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The valiant Caesar!
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By Isis, I will give thee bloody teeth,
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If thou with Caesar paragon again
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My man of men.
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By your most gracious pardon,
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I sing but after you.
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My salad days,
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When I was green in judgment: cold in blood,
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To say as I said then! But, come, away;
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Get me ink and paper:
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He shall have every day a several greeting,
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Or I'll unpeople Egypt.
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Act II

In Act 2 of Antony and Cleopatra, we see the relationship between Antony and Cleopatra becoming more complex. Antony has been summoned back to Rome by Octavius Caesar, but he is torn between his duties to Rome and his love for Cleopatra. Meanwhile, Cleopatra is feeling jealous of Antony's relationship with Octavia, Caesar's sister, and is worried that he will abandon her for Rome.

In an effort to keep Antony in Egypt, Cleopatra stages a grand spectacle for him, complete with dancing, music, and feasting. Despite his initial reluctance, Antony is drawn in by the festivities and becomes increasingly enamored with Cleopatra.

However, their happiness is short-lived as news arrives that Pompey, a former ally of Caesar, has amassed a powerful fleet to challenge Caesar's rule. Antony decides to return to Rome to help Caesar defeat Pompey, leaving Cleopatra behind. Cleopatra is devastated by Antony's departure and fears that he will forget about her in Rome.

As Antony prepares to leave for Rome, Cleopatra tries to make him promise to return to Egypt. Antony is hesitant to make such a promise, but eventually agrees to do so. However, it is clear that their relationship is becoming more complicated and that their love for one another may not be enough to overcome the political and personal obstacles that lie ahead.

SCENE I. Messina. POMPEY's house.

In Scene 1 of Act 2, two of the play's characters, Enobarbus and Eros, are discussing Antony's recent behavior. Enobarbus is worried that Antony has become too distracted by his love for Cleopatra and is neglecting his duties as a leader. Eros agrees, saying that Antony has been spending all his time with Cleopatra and neglecting his army.

Enobarbus suggests that Antony needs a wake-up call to remind him of his responsibilities. He proposes that they stage a mock battle between Antony's army and Cleopatra's army, with Antony watching from a safe distance. This way, Antony will see that his army is still strong and capable, and it will hopefully motivate him to focus more on his leadership duties.

Eros agrees to help with the plan, and they both leave to prepare for the battle. The scene ends with Enobarbus reflecting on the situation and expressing his concern for Antony's future.

Enter POMPEY, MENECRATES, and MENAS, in warlike manner

If the great gods be just, they shall assist
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The deeds of justest men.
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Know, worthy Pompey,
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That what they do delay, they not deny.
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Whiles we are suitors to their throne, decays
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The thing we sue for.
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We, ignorant of ourselves,
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Beg often our own harms, which the wise powers
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Deny us for our good; so find we profit
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By losing of our prayers.
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I shall do well:
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The people love me, and the sea is mine;
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My powers are crescent, and my auguring hope
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Says it will come to the full. Mark Antony
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In Egypt sits at dinner, and will make
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No wars without doors: Caesar gets money where
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He loses hearts: Lepidus flatters both,
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Of both is flatter'd; but he neither loves,
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Nor either cares for him.
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Caesar and Lepidus
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Are in the field: a mighty strength they carry.
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Where have you this? 'tis false.
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From Silvius, sir.
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He dreams: I know they are in Rome together,
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Looking for Antony. But all the charms of love,
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Salt Cleopatra, soften thy waned lip!
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Let witchcraft join with beauty, lust with both!
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Tie up the libertine in a field of feasts,
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Keep his brain fuming; Epicurean cooks
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Sharpen with cloyless sauce his appetite;
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That sleep and feeding may prorogue his honour
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Even till a Lethe'd dulness!
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How now, Varrius!
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This is most certain that I shall deliver:
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Mark Antony is every hour in Rome
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Expected: since he went from Egypt 'tis
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A space for further travel.
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I could have given less matter
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A better ear. Menas, I did not think
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This amorous surfeiter would have donn'd his helm
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For such a petty war: his soldiership
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Is twice the other twain: but let us rear
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The higher our opinion, that our stirring
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Can from the lap of Egypt's widow pluck
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The ne'er-lust-wearied Antony.
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I cannot hope
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Caesar and Antony shall well greet together:
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His wife that's dead did trespasses to Caesar;
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His brother warr'd upon him; although, I think,
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Not moved by Antony.
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I know not, Menas,
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How lesser enmities may give way to greater.
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Were't not that we stand up against them all,
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'Twere pregnant they should square between
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For they have entertained cause enough
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To draw their swords: but how the fear of us
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May cement their divisions and bind up
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The petty difference, we yet not know.
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Be't as our gods will have't! It only stands
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Our lives upon to use our strongest hands.
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Come, Menas.
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SCENE II. Rome. The house of LEPIDUS.

In Scene 2 of Act 2, a messenger arrives to deliver a letter to Antony. The messenger is greeted by Enobarbus, who asks if the letter is from Antony's wife Fulvia. The messenger confirms that it is, and Enobarbus remarks that Fulvia is trying to stir up trouble between Antony and Octavius Caesar.

Antony enters and reads the letter, which demands that he return to Rome and deal with Caesar. Antony is angry and accuses Fulvia of being a troublemaker. He decides to send a message to Caesar, telling him to stay out of his affairs and that he will deal with him in his own time.

Antony then turns his attention to Cleopatra and asks her to perform a dance for him. The dance is described in great detail, with Antony and his attendants watching in awe. After the dance is finished, Antony and Cleopatra retire to her chambers.

Enobarbus is left alone on stage and reflects on Antony's infatuation with Cleopatra, noting that it has caused him to neglect his duties as a leader. Enobarbus predicts that Antony's actions will lead to his downfall.


Good Enobarbus, 'tis a worthy deed,
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And shall become you well, to entreat your captain
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To soft and gentle speech.
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I shall entreat him
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To answer like himself: if Caesar move him,
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Let Antony look over Caesar's head
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And speak as loud as Mars. By Jupiter,
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Were I the wearer of Antonius' beard,
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I would not shave't to-day.
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'Tis not a time
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For private stomaching.
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Every time
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Serves for the matter that is then born in't.
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But small to greater matters must give way.
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Not if the small come first.
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Your speech is passion:
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But, pray you, stir no embers up. Here comes
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The noble Antony.
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And yonder, Caesar.
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If we compose well here, to Parthia:
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Hark, Ventidius.
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I do not know,
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Mecaenas; ask Agrippa.
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Noble friends,
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That which combined us was most great, and let not
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A leaner action rend us. What's amiss,
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May it be gently heard: when we debate
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Our trivial difference loud, we do commit
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Murder in healing wounds: then, noble partners,
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The rather, for I earnestly beseech,
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Touch you the sourest points with sweetest terms,
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Nor curstness grow to the matter.
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'Tis spoken well.
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Were we before our armies, and to fight.
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I should do thus.
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Welcome to Rome.
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Thank you.
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Sit, sir.
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Nay, then.
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I learn, you take things ill which are not so,
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Or being, concern you not.
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I must be laugh'd at,
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If, or for nothing or a little, I
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Should say myself offended, and with you
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Chiefly i' the world; more laugh'd at, that I should
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Once name you derogately, when to sound your name
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It not concern'd me.
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My being in Egypt, Caesar,
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What was't to you?
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No more than my residing here at Rome
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Might be to you in Egypt: yet, if you there
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Did practise on my state, your being in Egypt
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Might be my question.
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How intend you, practised?
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You may be pleased to catch at mine intent
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By what did here befal me. Your wife and brother
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Made wars upon me; and their contestation
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Was theme for you, you were the word of war.
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You do mistake your business; my brother never
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Did urge me in his act: I did inquire it;
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And have my learning from some true reports,
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That drew their swords with you. Did he not rather
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Discredit my authority with yours;
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And make the wars alike against my stomach,
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Having alike your cause? Of this my letters
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Before did satisfy you. If you'll patch a quarrel,
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As matter whole you have not to make it with,
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It must not be with this.
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You praise yourself
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By laying defects of judgment to me; but
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You patch'd up your excuses.
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Not so, not so;
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I know you could not lack, I am certain on't,
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Very necessity of this thought, that I,
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Your partner in the cause 'gainst which he fought,
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Could not with graceful eyes attend those wars
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Which fronted mine own peace. As for my wife,
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I would you had her spirit in such another:
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The third o' the world is yours; which with a snaffle
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You may pace easy, but not such a wife.
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Would we had all such wives, that the men might go
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to wars with the women!
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So much uncurbable, her garboils, Caesar
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Made out of her impatience, which not wanted
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Shrewdness of policy too, I grieving grant
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Did you too much disquiet: for that you must
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But say, I could not help it.
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I wrote to you
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When rioting in Alexandria; you
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Did pocket up my letters, and with taunts
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Did gibe my missive out of audience.
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He fell upon me ere admitted: then
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Three kings I had newly feasted, and did want
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Of what I was i' the morning: but next day
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I told him of myself; which was as much
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As to have ask'd him pardon. Let this fellow
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Be nothing of our strife; if we contend,
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Out of our question wipe him.
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You have broken
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The article of your oath; which you shall never
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Have tongue to charge me with.
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Soft, Caesar!
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Lepidus, let him speak:
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The honour is sacred which he talks on now,
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Supposing that I lack'd it. But, on, Caesar;
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The article of my oath.
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To lend me arms and aid when I required them;
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The which you both denied.
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Neglected, rather;
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And then when poison'd hours had bound me up
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From mine own knowledge. As nearly as I may,
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I'll play the penitent to you: but mine honesty
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Shall not make poor my greatness, nor my power
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Work without it. Truth is, that Fulvia,
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To have me out of Egypt, made wars here;
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For which myself, the ignorant motive, do
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So far ask pardon as befits mine honour
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To stoop in such a case.
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'Tis noble spoken.
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If it might please you, to enforce no further
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The griefs between ye: to forget them quite
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Were to remember that the present need
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Speaks to atone you.
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Worthily spoken, Mecaenas.
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Or, if you borrow one another's love for the
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instant, you may, when you hear no more words of
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Pompey, return it again: you shall have time to
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wrangle in when you have nothing else to do.
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Thou art a soldier only: speak no more.
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That truth should be silent I had almost forgot.
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You wrong this presence; therefore speak no more.
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Go to, then; your considerate stone.
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I do not much dislike the matter, but
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The manner of his speech; for't cannot be
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We shall remain in friendship, our conditions
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So differing in their acts. Yet if I knew
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What hoop should hold us stanch, from edge to edge
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O' the world I would pursue it.
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Give me leave, Caesar,--
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Speak, Agrippa.
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Thou hast a sister by the mother's side,
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Admired Octavia: great Mark Antony
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Is now a widower.
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Say not so, Agrippa:
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If Cleopatra heard you, your reproof
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Were well deserved of rashness.
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I am not married, Caesar: let me hear
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Agrippa further speak.
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To hold you in perpetual amity,
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To make you brothers, and to knit your hearts
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With an unslipping knot, take Antony
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Octavia to his wife; whose beauty claims
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No worse a husband than the best of men;
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Whose virtue and whose general graces speak
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That which none else can utter. By this marriage,
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All little jealousies, which now seem great,
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And all great fears, which now import their dangers,
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Would then be nothing: truths would be tales,
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Where now half tales be truths: her love to both
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Would, each to other and all loves to both,
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Draw after her. Pardon what I have spoke;
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For 'tis a studied, not a present thought,
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By duty ruminated.
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Will Caesar speak?
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Not till he hears how Antony is touch'd
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With what is spoke already.
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What power is in Agrippa,
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If I would say, 'Agrippa, be it so,'
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To make this good?
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The power of Caesar, and
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His power unto Octavia.
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May I never
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To this good purpose, that so fairly shows,
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Dream of impediment! Let me have thy hand:
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Further this act of grace: and from this hour
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The heart of brothers govern in our loves
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And sway our great designs!
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There is my hand.
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A sister I bequeath you, whom no brother
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Did ever love so dearly: let her live
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To join our kingdoms and our hearts; and never
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Fly off our loves again!
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Happily, amen!
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I did not think to draw my sword 'gainst Pompey;
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For he hath laid strange courtesies and great
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Of late upon me: I must thank him only,
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Lest my remembrance suffer ill report;
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At heel of that, defy him.
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Time calls upon's:
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Of us must Pompey presently be sought,
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Or else he seeks out us.
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Where lies he?
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About the mount Misenum.
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What is his strength by land?
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Great and increasing: but by sea
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He is an absolute master.
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So is the fame.
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Would we had spoke together! Haste we for it:
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Yet, ere we put ourselves in arms, dispatch we
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The business we have talk'd of.
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With most gladness:
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And do invite you to my sister's view,
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Whither straight I'll lead you.
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Let us, Lepidus,
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Not lack your company.
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Noble Antony,
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Not sickness should detain me.
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Welcome from Egypt, sir.
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Half the heart of Caesar, worthy Mecaenas! My
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honourable friend, Agrippa!
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Good Enobarbus!
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We have cause to be glad that matters are so well
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digested. You stayed well by 't in Egypt.
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Ay, sir; we did sleep day out of countenance, and
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made the night light with drinking.
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Eight wild-boars roasted whole at a breakfast, and
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but twelve persons there; is this true?
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This was but as a fly by an eagle: we had much more
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monstrous matter of feast, which worthily deserved noting.
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She's a most triumphant lady, if report be square to
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When she first met Mark Antony, she pursed up
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his heart, upon the river of Cydnus.
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There she appeared indeed; or my reporter devised
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well for her.
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I will tell you.
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The barge she sat in, like a burnish'd throne,
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Burn'd on the water: the poop was beaten gold;
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Purple the sails, and so perfumed that
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The winds were love-sick with them; the oars were silver,
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Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and made
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The water which they beat to follow faster,
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As amorous of their strokes. For her own person,
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It beggar'd all description: she did lie
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In her pavilion--cloth-of-gold of tissue--
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O'er-picturing that Venus where we see
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The fancy outwork nature: on each side her
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Stood pretty dimpled boys, like smiling Cupids,
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With divers-colour'd fans, whose wind did seem
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To glow the delicate cheeks which they did cool,
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And what they undid did.
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O, rare for Antony!
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Her gentlewomen, like the Nereides,
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So many mermaids, tended her i' the eyes,
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And made their bends adornings: at the helm
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A seeming mermaid steers: the silken tackle
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Swell with the touches of those flower-soft hands,
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That yarely frame the office. From the barge
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A strange invisible perfume hits the sense
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Of the adjacent wharfs. The city cast
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Her people out upon her; and Antony,
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Enthroned i' the market-place, did sit alone,
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Whistling to the air; which, but for vacancy,
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Had gone to gaze on Cleopatra too,
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And made a gap in nature.
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Rare Egyptian!
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Upon her landing, Antony sent to her,
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Invited her to supper: she replied,
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It should be better he became her guest;
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Which she entreated: our courteous Antony,
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Whom ne'er the word of 'No' woman heard speak,
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Being barber'd ten times o'er, goes to the feast,
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And for his ordinary pays his heart
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For what his eyes eat only.
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Royal wench!
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She made great Caesar lay his sword to bed:
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He plough'd her, and she cropp'd.
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I saw her once
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Hop forty paces through the public street;
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And having lost her breath, she spoke, and panted,
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That she did make defect perfection,
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And, breathless, power breathe forth.
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Now Antony must leave her utterly.
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Never; he will not:
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Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale
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Her infinite variety: other women cloy
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The appetites they feed: but she makes hungry
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Where most she satisfies; for vilest things
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Become themselves in her: that the holy priests
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Bless her when she is riggish.
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If beauty, wisdom, modesty, can settle
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The heart of Antony, Octavia is
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A blessed lottery to him.
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Let us go.
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Good Enobarbus, make yourself my guest
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Whilst you abide here.
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Humbly, sir, I thank you.
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Scene 3 of Act 2 involves Cleopatra questioning her messenger, Mardian, about how Antony reacted to news of her previous lovers. Mardian is hesitant to answer, knowing that the truth will upset Cleopatra. However, she insists, and he finally admits that Antony was angry and jealous upon hearing about her past affairs.

Cleopatra is initially upset but quickly turns the situation into a playful game, teasing Mardian and pretending to be angry with him. She then asks him to fetch her women so she can discuss the matter with them. Once alone, she expresses her frustration with Antony's jealousy, calling him a "schoolboy" and wondering how she can regain his affection.

As her women enter, Cleopatra puts on a show of anger and demands their opinions on whether she should be faithful to Antony. They all agree that she should, but Cleopatra is unconvinced and continues to question them. Eventually, she dismisses them and turns to her own thoughts, wondering how she can prove her loyalty to Antony.

The scene ends with Cleopatra still unsure of how to handle Antony's jealousy and how to regain his trust. It highlights the complexity of their relationship and the challenges they face in maintaining their love amidst political turmoil and personal insecurities.

Enter MARK ANTONY, OCTAVIUS CAESAR, OCTAVIA between them, and Attendants

The world and my great office will sometimes
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Divide me from your bosom.
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All which time
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Before the gods my knee shall bow my prayers
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To them for you.
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Good night, sir. My Octavia,
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Read not my blemishes in the world's report:
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I have not kept my square; but that to come
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Shall all be done by the rule. Good night, dear lady.
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Good night, sir.
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Good night.
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Enter Soothsayer

Now, sirrah; you do wish yourself in Egypt?
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Would I had never come from thence, nor you Thither!
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If you can, your reason?
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I see it in
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My motion, have it not in my tongue: but yet
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Hie you to Egypt again.
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Say to me,
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Whose fortunes shall rise higher, Caesar's or mine?
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Therefore, O Antony, stay not by his side:
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Thy demon, that's thy spirit which keeps thee, is
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Noble, courageous high, unmatchable,
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Where Caesar's is not; but, near him, thy angel
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Becomes a fear, as being o'erpower'd: therefore
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Make space enough between you.
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Speak this no more.
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To none but thee; no more, but when to thee.
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If thou dost play with him at any game,
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Thou art sure to lose; and, of that natural luck,
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He beats thee 'gainst the odds: thy lustre thickens,
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When he shines by: I say again, thy spirit
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Is all afraid to govern thee near him;
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But, he away, 'tis noble.
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Get thee gone:
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Say to Ventidius I would speak with him:
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He shall to Parthia. Be it art or hap,
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He hath spoken true: the very dice obey him;
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And in our sports my better cunning faints
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Under his chance: if we draw lots, he speeds;
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His cocks do win the battle still of mine,
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When it is all to nought; and his quails ever
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Beat mine, inhoop'd, at odds. I will to Egypt:
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And though I make this marriage for my peace,
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I' the east my pleasure lies.
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O, come, Ventidius,
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You must to Parthia: your commission's ready;
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Follow me, and receive't.
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SCENE IV. The same. A street.

Scene 4 of Act 2 takes place in Cleopatra's palace in Alexandria, Egypt. Cleopatra is angry with Antony for leaving her and going to Rome. She is being comforted by her attendants and Charmian tells her a story about a woman who got revenge on her unfaithful husband by tricking him into sleeping with a prostitute. Cleopatra is amused by the story and decides to try a similar trick on Antony.

She sends a messenger to bring Antony to her and tells him that she is dying. Antony rushes to her side and is overcome with emotion when he sees her. Cleopatra tells him that she can only be cured by a potion that is in a box that she left in Rome. She begs him to go and get it for her.

Antony reluctantly agrees to go to Rome, but as soon as he leaves, Cleopatra reveals that she was lying and that there is no potion. She is pleased with herself for tricking Antony and says that she enjoys playing games with him.

Meanwhile, in Rome, Antony's wife Fulvia has died and Octavius Caesar, Antony's fellow triumvir, is angry with him for not being there. He sends a messenger to demand that Antony return to Rome immediately. Antony is torn between his loyalty to Cleopatra and his duty to Rome.

The scene ends with Cleopatra teasing Antony about his loyalty and saying that she wants to be the one who controls him, not Rome. Antony is torn between his love for Cleopatra and his sense of duty to Rome, setting the stage for the conflict that will drive the rest of the play.


Trouble yourselves no further: pray you, hasten
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Your generals after.
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Sir, Mark Antony
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Will e'en but kiss Octavia, and we'll follow.
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Till I shall see you in your soldier's dress,
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Which will become you both, farewell.
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We shall,
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As I conceive the journey, be at the Mount
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Before you, Lepidus.
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Your way is shorter;
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My purposes do draw me much about:
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You'll win two days upon me.
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Sir, good success!
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SCENE V. Alexandria. CLEOPATRA's palace.

Scene 5 of Act 2 portrays the conversation between Cleopatra and her maid Charmian. Cleopatra is in a playful mood and asks Charmian to give her a list of the attributes of a perfect man. Charmian lists several ideal qualities such as being tall, handsome, and possessing a good sense of humor.

Cleopatra, not satisfied with Charmian's list, adds her own requirements such as having a "Roman nose" and being able to "read and write." She then proceeds to mock her previous lovers, including Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, and claims that they did not possess all the qualities of a perfect man.

Charmian tries to remind Cleopatra of Antony's greatness, but Cleopatra dismisses her comments and says that she will test Antony's love for her by playing hard to get. The scene ends with Cleopatra teasing Charmian about her own love life and asking her to reveal the details of her affair with a eunuch.


Give me some music; music, moody food
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Of us that trade in love.
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The music, ho!
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Let it alone; let's to billiards: come, Charmian.
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My arm is sore; best play with Mardian.
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As well a woman with an eunuch play'd
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As with a woman. Come, you'll play with me, sir?
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As well as I can, madam.
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And when good will is show'd, though't come
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too short,
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The actor may plead pardon. I'll none now:
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Give me mine angle; we'll to the river: there,
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My music playing far off, I will betray
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Tawny-finn'd fishes; my bended hook shall pierce
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Their slimy jaws; and, as I draw them up,
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I'll think them every one an Antony,
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And say 'Ah, ha! you're caught.'
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'Twas merry when
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You wager'd on your angling; when your diver
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Did hang a salt-fish on his hook, which he
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With fervency drew up.
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That time,--O times!--
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I laugh'd him out of patience; and that night
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I laugh'd him into patience; and next morn,
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Ere the ninth hour, I drunk him to his bed;
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Then put my tires and mantles on him, whilst
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I wore his sword Philippan.
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O, from Italy
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Ram thou thy fruitful tidings in mine ears,
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That long time have been barren.
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Madam, madam,--
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Antonius dead!--If thou say so, villain,
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Thou kill'st thy mistress: but well and free,
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If thou so yield him, there is gold, and here
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My bluest veins to kiss; a hand that kings
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Have lipp'd, and trembled kissing.
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First, madam, he is well.
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Why, there's more gold.
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But, sirrah, mark, we use
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To say the dead are well: bring it to that,
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The gold I give thee will I melt and pour
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Down thy ill-uttering throat.
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Good madam, hear me.
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Well, go to, I will;
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But there's no goodness in thy face: if Antony
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Be free and healthful,--so tart a favour
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To trumpet such good tidings! If not well,
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Thou shouldst come like a Fury crown'd with snakes,
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Not like a formal man.
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Will't please you hear me?
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I have a mind to strike thee ere thou speak'st:
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Yet if thou say Antony lives, is well,
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Or friends with Caesar, or not captive to him,
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I'll set thee in a shower of gold, and hail
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Rich pearls upon thee.
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Madam, he's well.
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Well said.
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And friends with Caesar.
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Thou'rt an honest man.
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Caesar and he are greater friends than ever.
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Make thee a fortune from me.
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But yet, madam,--
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I do not like 'But yet,' it does allay
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The good precedence; fie upon 'But yet'!
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'But yet' is as a gaoler to bring forth
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Some monstrous malefactor. Prithee, friend,
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Pour out the pack of matter to mine ear,
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The good and bad together: he's friends with Caesar:
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In state of health thou say'st; and thou say'st free.
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Free, madam! no; I made no such report:
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He's bound unto Octavia.
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For what good turn?
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For the best turn i' the bed.
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I am pale, Charmian.
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Madam, he's married to Octavia.
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The most infectious pestilence upon thee!
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Strikes him down

Good madam, patience.
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What say you? Hence,
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Horrible villain! or I'll spurn thine eyes
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Like balls before me; I'll unhair thy head:
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Thou shalt be whipp'd with wire, and stew'd in brine,
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Smarting in lingering pickle.
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Gracious madam,
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I that do bring the news made not the match.
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Say 'tis not so, a province I will give thee,
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And make thy fortunes proud: the blow thou hadst
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Shall make thy peace for moving me to rage;
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And I will boot thee with what gift beside
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Thy modesty can beg.
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He's married, madam.
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Rogue, thou hast lived too long.
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Draws a knife

Nay, then I'll run.
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What mean you, madam? I have made no fault.
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Good madam, keep yourself within yourself:
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The man is innocent.
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Some innocents 'scape not the thunderbolt.
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Melt Egypt into Nile! and kindly creatures
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Turn all to serpents! Call the slave again:
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Though I am mad, I will not bite him: call.
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He is afeard to come.
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I will not hurt him.
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These hands do lack nobility, that they strike
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A meaner than myself; since I myself
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Have given myself the cause.
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Come hither, sir.
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Though it be honest, it is never good
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To bring bad news: give to a gracious message.
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An host of tongues; but let ill tidings tell
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Themselves when they be felt.
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I have done my duty.
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Is he married?
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I cannot hate thee worser than I do,
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If thou again say 'Yes.'
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He's married, madam.
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The gods confound thee! dost thou hold there still?
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Should I lie, madam?
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O, I would thou didst,
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So half my Egypt were submerged and made
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A cistern for scaled snakes! Go, get thee hence:
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Hadst thou Narcissus in thy face, to me
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Thou wouldst appear most ugly. He is married?
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I crave your highness' pardon.
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He is married?
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Take no offence that I would not offend you:
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To punish me for what you make me do.
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Seems much unequal: he's married to Octavia.
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O, that his fault should make a knave of thee,
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That art not what thou'rt sure of! Get thee hence:
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The merchandise which thou hast brought from Rome
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Are all too dear for me: lie they upon thy hand,
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And be undone by 'em!
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Exit Messenger

Good your highness, patience.
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In praising Antony, I have dispraised Caesar.
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Many times, madam.
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I am paid for't now.
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Lead me from hence:
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I faint: O Iras, Charmian! 'tis no matter.
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Go to the fellow, good Alexas; bid him
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Report the feature of Octavia, her years,
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Her inclination, let him not leave out
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The colour of her hair: bring me word quickly.
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Let him for ever go:--let him not--Charmian,
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Though he be painted one way like a Gorgon,
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The other way's a Mars. Bid you Alexas
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Bring me word how tall she is. Pity me, Charmian,
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But do not speak to me. Lead me to my chamber.
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SCENE VI. Near Misenum.

Scene 6 of Act 2 features the characters of Pompey, Menas, and Menecrates. The scene takes place on Pompey's ship, where the three men are discussing their strategy for the upcoming battle against Caesar. Pompey is portrayed as a cunning and shrewd leader who is aware of the weaknesses of his opponents and is determined to exploit them.

Pompey is initially very skeptical of Menas' suggestion to kill the three main leaders of their enemy forces, Caesar, Antony, and Lepidus, before the battle. However, Menas argues that this would be the best way to secure their victory, as it would remove the most experienced and capable commanders from their opponent's ranks. Menecrates supports Menas' plan, and Pompey eventually agrees to consider it.

As the conversation continues, Pompey reveals that he has a secret weapon that he plans to use in the battle. He has acquired a fleet of ships from the pirates who operate in the Mediterranean, and he intends to use them to surprise and overwhelm Caesar's forces. Pompey is confident that this will give him the edge he needs to win the battle and emerge victorious.

The scene ends with the three men agreeing to continue their preparations for the battle, with Menas and Menecrates eager to implement their plan to assassinate the enemy leaders. Pompey, meanwhile, is focused on his secret weapon and the element of surprise that he believes it will provide.

Flourish. Enter POMPEY and MENAS at one door, with drum and trumpet: at another, OCTAVIUS CAESAR, MARK ANTONY, LEPIDUS, DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS, MECAENAS, with Soldiers marching

Your hostages I have, so have you mine;
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And we shall talk before we fight.
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Most meet
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That first we come to words; and therefore have we
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Our written purposes before us sent;
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Which, if thou hast consider'd, let us know
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If 'twill tie up thy discontented sword,
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And carry back to Sicily much tall youth
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That else must perish here.
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To you all three,
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The senators alone of this great world,
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Chief factors for the gods, I do not know
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Wherefore my father should revengers want,
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Having a son and friends; since Julius Caesar,
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Who at Philippi the good Brutus ghosted,
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There saw you labouring for him. What was't
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That moved pale Cassius to conspire; and what
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Made the all-honour'd, honest Roman, Brutus,
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With the arm'd rest, courtiers and beauteous freedom,
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To drench the Capitol; but that they would
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Have one man but a man? And that is it
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Hath made me rig my navy; at whose burthen
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The anger'd ocean foams; with which I meant
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To scourge the ingratitude that despiteful Rome
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Cast on my noble father.
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Take your time.
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Thou canst not fear us, Pompey, with thy sails;
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We'll speak with thee at sea: at land, thou know'st
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How much we do o'er-count thee.
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At land, indeed,
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Thou dost o'er-count me of my father's house:
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But, since the cuckoo builds not for himself,
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Remain in't as thou mayst.
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Be pleased to tell us--
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For this is from the present--how you take
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The offers we have sent you.
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There's the point.
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Which do not be entreated to, but weigh
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What it is worth embraced.
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And what may follow,
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To try a larger fortune.
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You have made me offer
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Of Sicily, Sardinia; and I must
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Rid all the sea of pirates; then, to send
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Measures of wheat to Rome; this 'greed upon
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To part with unhack'd edges, and bear back
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Our targes undinted.
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That's our offer.
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Know, then,
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I came before you here a man prepared
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To take this offer: but Mark Antony
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Put me to some impatience: though I lose
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The praise of it by telling, you must know,
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When Caesar and your brother were at blows,
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Your mother came to Sicily and did find
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Her welcome friendly.
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I have heard it, Pompey;
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And am well studied for a liberal thanks
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Which I do owe you.
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Let me have your hand:
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I did not think, sir, to have met you here.
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The beds i' the east are soft; and thanks to you,
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That call'd me timelier than my purpose hither;
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For I have gain'd by 't.
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Since I saw you last,
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There is a change upon you.
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Well, I know not
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What counts harsh fortune casts upon my face;
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But in my bosom shall she never come,
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To make my heart her vassal.
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Well met here.
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I hope so, Lepidus. Thus we are agreed:
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I crave our composition may be written,
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And seal'd between us.
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That's the next to do.
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We'll feast each other ere we part; and let's
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Draw lots who shall begin.
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That will I, Pompey.
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No, Antony, take the lot: but, first
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Or last, your fine Egyptian cookery
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Shall have the fame. I have heard that Julius Caesar
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Grew fat with feasting there.
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You have heard much.
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I have fair meanings, sir.
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And fair words to them.
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Then so much have I heard:
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And I have heard, Apollodorus carried--
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No more of that: he did so.
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What, I pray you?
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A certain queen to Caesar in a mattress.
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I know thee now: how farest thou, soldier?
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And well am like to do; for, I perceive,
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Four feasts are toward.
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Let me shake thy hand;
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I never hated thee: I have seen thee fight,
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When I have envied thy behavior.
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I never loved you much; but I ha' praised ye,
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When you have well deserved ten times as much
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As I have said you did.
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Enjoy thy plainness,
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It nothing ill becomes thee.
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Aboard my galley I invite you all:
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Will you lead, lords?
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Show us the way, sir.
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Exeunt all but MENAS and ENOBARBUS

(Aside) Thy father, Pompey, would ne'er have
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made this treaty.--You and I have known, sir.
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At sea, I think.
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We have, sir.
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You have done well by water.
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And you by land.
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I will praise any man that will praise me; though it
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cannot be denied what I have done by land.
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Nor what I have done by water.
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Yes, something you can deny for your own
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safety: you have been a great thief by sea.
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And you by land.
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There I deny my land service. But give me your
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hand, Menas: if our eyes had authority, here they
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might take two thieves kissing.
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All men's faces are true, whatsome'er their hands are.
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But there is never a fair woman has a true face.
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No slander; they steal hearts.
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We came hither to fight with you.
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For my part, I am sorry it is turned to a drinking.
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Pompey doth this day laugh away his fortune.
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If he do, sure, he cannot weep't back again.
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You've said, sir. We looked not for Mark Antony
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here: pray you, is he married to Cleopatra?
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Caesar's sister is called Octavia.
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True, sir; she was the wife of Caius Marcellus.
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But she is now the wife of Marcus Antonius.
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Pray ye, sir?
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'Tis true.
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Then is Caesar and he for ever knit together.
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If I were bound to divine of this unity, I would
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not prophesy so.
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I think the policy of that purpose made more in the
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marriage than the love of the parties.
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I think so too. But you shall find, the band that
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seems to tie their friendship together will be the
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very strangler of their amity: Octavia is of a
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holy, cold, and still conversation.
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Who would not have his wife so?
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Not he that himself is not so; which is Mark Antony.
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He will to his Egyptian dish again: then shall the
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sighs of Octavia blow the fire up in Caesar; and, as
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I said before, that which is the strength of their
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amity shall prove the immediate author of their
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variance. Antony will use his affection where it is:
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he married but his occasion here.
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And thus it may be. Come, sir, will you aboard?
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I have a health for you.
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I shall take it, sir: we have used our throats in Egypt.
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Come, let's away.
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SCENE VII. On board POMPEY's galley, off Misenum.

Scene 7 of Act 2 begins with a conversation between Antony and Enobarbus. Antony is feeling conflicted about leaving Cleopatra to return to Rome, and Enobarbus tries to convince him that his duty to his country outweighs his love for the queen. Antony is hesitant, but ultimately agrees to leave. However, when Cleopatra enters, she convinces him to stay with her instead.

Antony and Cleopatra then engage in a playful and flirtatious exchange, with Cleopatra teasing Antony about his reluctance to leave. She tells him that she will make him a new crown, and Antony responds by saying that he will give her the world. The scene ends with Antony and Cleopatra reconciling and reaffirming their love for each other.

Throughout the scene, there is a sense of tension between Antony's duty to Rome and his love for Cleopatra. This tension is further emphasized by Enobarbus' attempts to persuade Antony to prioritize his duty, and Cleopatra's attempts to keep him by her side. The scene also highlights the power dynamic between Antony and Cleopatra, with Cleopatra using her charm and wit to keep Antony under her spell.

Music plays. Enter two or three Servants with a banquet

First Servant
Here they'll be, man. Some o' their plants are
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ill-rooted already: the least wind i' the world
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will blow them down.
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Second Servant
Lepidus is high-coloured.
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First Servant
They have made him drink alms-drink.
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Second Servant
As they pinch one another by the disposition, he
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cries out 'No more;' reconciles them to his
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entreaty, and himself to the drink.
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First Servant
But it raises the greater war between him and
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his discretion.
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Second Servant
Why, this is to have a name in great men's
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fellowship: I had as lief have a reed that will do
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me no service as a partisan I could not heave.
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First Servant
To be called into a huge sphere, and not to be seen
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to move in't, are the holes where eyes should be,
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which pitifully disaster the cheeks.
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(To OCTAVIUS CAESAR) Thus do they, sir: they take
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the flow o' the Nile
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By certain scales i' the pyramid; they know,
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By the height, the lowness, or the mean, if dearth
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Or foison follow: the higher Nilus swells,
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The more it promises: as it ebbs, the seedsman
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Upon the slime and ooze scatters his grain,
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And shortly comes to harvest.
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You've strange serpents there.
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Ay, Lepidus.
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Your serpent of Egypt is bred now of your mud by the
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operation of your sun: so is your crocodile.
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They are so.
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Sit,--and some wine! A health to Lepidus!
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I am not so well as I should be, but I'll ne'er out.
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Not till you have slept; I fear me you'll be in till then.
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Nay, certainly, I have heard the Ptolemies'
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pyramises are very goodly things; without
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contradiction, I have heard that.
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(Aside to POMPEY) Pompey, a word.
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(Aside to MENAS) Say in mine ear:
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what is't?
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(Aside to POMPEY) Forsake thy seat, I do beseech
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thee, captain,
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And hear me speak a word.
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(Aside to MENAS) Forbear me till anon.
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This wine for Lepidus!
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What manner o' thing is your crocodile?
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It is shaped, sir, like itself; and it is as broad
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as it hath breadth: it is just so high as it is,
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and moves with its own organs: it lives by that
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which nourisheth it; and the elements once out of
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it, it transmigrates.
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What colour is it of?
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Of it own colour too.
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'Tis a strange serpent.
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'Tis so. And the tears of it are wet.
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Will this description satisfy him?
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With the health that Pompey gives him, else he is a
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very epicure.
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(Aside to MENAS) Go hang, sir, hang! Tell me of
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that? away!
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Do as I bid you. Where's this cup I call'd for?
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(Aside to POMPEY) If for the sake of merit thou
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wilt hear me,
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Rise from thy stool.
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(Aside to MENAS) I think thou'rt mad.
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The matter?
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Rises, and walks aside

I have ever held my cap off to thy fortunes.
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Thou hast served me with much faith. What's else to say?
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Be jolly, lords.
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These quick-sands, Lepidus,
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Keep off them, for you sink.
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Wilt thou be lord of all the world?
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What say'st thou?
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Wilt thou be lord of the whole world? That's twice.
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How should that be?
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But entertain it,
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And, though thou think me poor, I am the man
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Will give thee all the world.
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Hast thou drunk well?
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Now, Pompey, I have kept me from the cup.
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Thou art, if thou darest be, the earthly Jove:
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Whate'er the ocean pales, or sky inclips,
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Is thine, if thou wilt ha't.
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Show me which way.
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These three world-sharers, these competitors,
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Are in thy vessel: let me cut the cable;
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And, when we are put off, fall to their throats:
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All there is thine.
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Ah, this thou shouldst have done,
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And not have spoke on't! In me 'tis villany;
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In thee't had been good service. Thou must know,
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'Tis not my profit that does lead mine honour;
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Mine honour, it. Repent that e'er thy tongue
Link: 2.7.91
Hath so betray'd thine act: being done unknown,
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I should have found it afterwards well done;
Link: 2.7.93
But must condemn it now. Desist, and drink.
Link: 2.7.94

(Aside) For this,
Link: 2.7.95
I'll never follow thy pall'd fortunes more.
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Who seeks, and will not take when once 'tis offer'd,
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Shall never find it more.
Link: 2.7.98

This health to Lepidus!
Link: 2.7.99

Bear him ashore. I'll pledge it for him, Pompey.
Link: 2.7.100

Here's to thee, Menas!
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Enobarbus, welcome!
Link: 2.7.102

Fill till the cup be hid.
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There's a strong fellow, Menas.
Link: 2.7.104

Pointing to the Attendant who carries off LEPIDUS


A' bears the third part of the world, man; see'st
Link: 2.7.106

The third part, then, is drunk: would it were all,
Link: 2.7.108
That it might go on wheels!
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Drink thou; increase the reels.
Link: 2.7.110


This is not yet an Alexandrian feast.
Link: 2.7.112

It ripens towards it. Strike the vessels, ho?
Link: 2.7.113
Here is to Caesar!
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I could well forbear't.
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It's monstrous labour, when I wash my brain,
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And it grows fouler.
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Be a child o' the time.
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Possess it, I'll make answer:
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But I had rather fast from all four days
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Than drink so much in one.
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Ha, my brave emperor!
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Shall we dance now the Egyptian Bacchanals,
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And celebrate our drink?
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Let's ha't, good soldier.
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Come, let's all take hands,
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Till that the conquering wine hath steep'd our sense
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In soft and delicate Lethe.
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All take hands.
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Make battery to our ears with the loud music:
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The while I'll place you: then the boy shall sing;
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The holding every man shall bear as loud
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As his strong sides can volley.
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Come, thou monarch of the vine,
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Plumpy Bacchus with pink eyne!
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In thy fats our cares be drown'd,
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With thy grapes our hairs be crown'd:
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Cup us, till the world go round,
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Cup us, till the world go round!
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What would you more? Pompey, good night. Good brother,
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Let me request you off: our graver business
Link: 2.7.141
Frowns at this levity. Gentle lords, let's part;
Link: 2.7.142
You see we have burnt our cheeks: strong Enobarb
Link: 2.7.143
Is weaker than the wine; and mine own tongue
Link: 2.7.144
Splits what it speaks: the wild disguise hath almost
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Antick'd us all. What needs more words? Good night.
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Good Antony, your hand.
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I'll try you on the shore.
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And shall, sir; give's your hand.
Link: 2.7.149

O Antony,
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You have my father's house,--But, what? we are friends.
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Come, down into the boat.
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Take heed you fall not.
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Menas, I'll not on shore.
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No, to my cabin.
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These drums! these trumpets, flutes! what!
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Let Neptune hear we bid a loud farewell
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To these great fellows: sound and be hang'd, sound out!
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Sound a flourish, with drums

Ho! says a' There's my cap.
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Ho! Noble captain, come.
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Act 3 of Antony and Cleopatra sees Antony, one of Rome's triumvirs, attempting to reconcile with his fellow triumvir, Octavius Caesar. In an attempt to do so, Antony sends his trusted friend, Enobarbus, to negotiate with Caesar. However, Enobarbus is unsuccessful, and Caesar demands that Antony forfeit all of his territories except for Egypt, where Cleopatra reigns as Queen.

Meanwhile, Cleopatra is dealing with her own political struggles. Her brother, Ptolemy, has launched a rebellion against her, and she must fight to keep her throne. In order to do so, she sends her trusted adviser, Mardian, to negotiate with Antony's men, hoping to gain their support in her struggle.

As the tensions between Antony and Caesar escalate, Antony becomes increasingly distant from his duties as a triumvir and more focused on his relationship with Cleopatra. This causes concern among his men, who fear that he is becoming too infatuated with the Queen.

The act ends with Antony receiving a message from Rome, informing him that Caesar has declared war on him. Despite the warnings of his men, Antony decides to stay in Egypt with Cleopatra and prepare for battle.

SCENE I. A plain in Syria.

Scene 1 of Act 3 begins with a conversation between Cleopatra and her attendants Charmian and Iras. Cleopatra is upset with Antony for leaving her and going back to Rome. She feels betrayed and wonders if he still loves her or if he has moved on. Charmian tries to console her by saying that Antony will return soon, but Cleopatra is not convinced.

As they continue talking, a messenger arrives with news that Antony has married Octavia, the sister of Caesar. Cleopatra is devastated and feels like she has been replaced. She curses Antony and calls him a traitor. Charmian and Iras try to comfort her, but she tells them to leave her alone.

After they leave, Cleopatra is visited by Enobarbus, a loyal follower of Antony. He tries to explain why Antony married Octavia, saying that it was a political move to strengthen his alliance with Caesar. Cleopatra is still angry and accuses Antony of being a coward. Enobarbus tries to defend him, but she is not interested in hearing it.

The scene ends with Cleopatra deciding to take matters into her own hands. She plans to send a message to Antony, telling him that she is dead, in the hopes that it will bring him back to her. Enobarbus is skeptical of the plan, but Cleopatra is determined to try.

Enter VENTIDIUS as it were in triumph, with SILIUS, and other Romans, Officers, and Soldiers; the dead body of PACORUS borne before him

Now, darting Parthia, art thou struck; and now
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Pleased fortune does of Marcus Crassus' death
Link: 3.1.2
Make me revenger. Bear the king's son's body
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Before our army. Thy Pacorus, Orodes,
Link: 3.1.4
Pays this for Marcus Crassus.
Link: 3.1.5

Noble Ventidius,
Link: 3.1.6
Whilst yet with Parthian blood thy sword is warm,
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The fugitive Parthians follow; spur through Media,
Link: 3.1.8
Mesopotamia, and the shelters whither
Link: 3.1.9
The routed fly: so thy grand captain Antony
Link: 3.1.10
Shall set thee on triumphant chariots and
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Put garlands on thy head.
Link: 3.1.12

O Silius, Silius,
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I have done enough; a lower place, note well,
Link: 3.1.14
May make too great an act: for learn this, Silius;
Link: 3.1.15
Better to leave undone, than by our deed
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Acquire too high a fame when him we serve's away.
Link: 3.1.17
Caesar and Antony have ever won
Link: 3.1.18
More in their officer than person: Sossius,
Link: 3.1.19
One of my place in Syria, his lieutenant,
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For quick accumulation of renown,
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Which he achieved by the minute, lost his favour.
Link: 3.1.22
Who does i' the wars more than his captain can
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Becomes his captain's captain: and ambition,
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The soldier's virtue, rather makes choice of loss,
Link: 3.1.25
Than gain which darkens him.
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I could do more to do Antonius good,
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But 'twould offend him; and in his offence
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Should my performance perish.
Link: 3.1.29

Thou hast, Ventidius,
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Without the which a soldier, and his sword,
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Grants scarce distinction. Thou wilt write to Antony!
Link: 3.1.33

I'll humbly signify what in his name,
Link: 3.1.34
That magical word of war, we have effected;
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How, with his banners and his well-paid ranks,
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The ne'er-yet-beaten horse of Parthia
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We have jaded out o' the field.
Link: 3.1.38

Where is he now?
Link: 3.1.39

He purposeth to Athens: whither, with what haste
Link: 3.1.40
The weight we must convey with's will permit,
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We shall appear before him. On there; pass along!
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SCENE II. Rome. An ante-chamber in OCTAVIUS CAESAR's house.

Scene 2 of Act 3 takes place in Rome and features two characters, Agrippa and Enobarbus, discussing the latest news from Egypt. They talk about how Antony has become enamored with Cleopatra and has neglected his duties as a Roman leader. Enobarbus expresses his concern that Antony's infatuation with Cleopatra will lead to his downfall and the weakening of Rome's power.

Agrippa agrees with Enobarbus and suggests that Octavius, Antony's rival, is taking advantage of Antony's distraction to strengthen his own position. They also discuss the recent victory of Octavius' navy over Antony's fleet in a battle at sea.

The conversation turns to the character of Cleopatra and her influence over Antony. Enobarbus describes her as a seductive and powerful woman who has a hold over Antony that he cannot resist. Agrippa suggests that Antony's weakness for Cleopatra is a result of his own flaws as a leader and a man.

The scene ends with Enobarbus predicting that Antony's obsession with Cleopatra will lead to his downfall and the eventual triumph of Octavius over Rome.

Enter AGRIPPA at one door, DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS at another

What, are the brothers parted?
Link: 3.2.1

They have dispatch'd with Pompey, he is gone;
Link: 3.2.2
The other three are sealing. Octavia weeps
Link: 3.2.3
To part from Rome; Caesar is sad; and Lepidus,
Link: 3.2.4
Since Pompey's feast, as Menas says, is troubled
Link: 3.2.5
With the green sickness.
Link: 3.2.6

'Tis a noble Lepidus.
Link: 3.2.7

A very fine one: O, how he loves Caesar!
Link: 3.2.8

Nay, but how dearly he adores Mark Antony!
Link: 3.2.9

Caesar? Why, he's the Jupiter of men.
Link: 3.2.10

What's Antony? The god of Jupiter.
Link: 3.2.11

Spake you of Caesar? How! the non-pareil!
Link: 3.2.12

O Antony! O thou Arabian bird!
Link: 3.2.13

Would you praise Caesar, say 'Caesar:' go no further.
Link: 3.2.14

Indeed, he plied them both with excellent praises.
Link: 3.2.15

But he loves Caesar best; yet he loves Antony:
Link: 3.2.16
Ho! hearts, tongues, figures, scribes, bards,
Link: 3.2.17
poets, cannot
Link: 3.2.18
Think, speak, cast, write, sing, number, ho!
Link: 3.2.19
His love to Antony. But as for Caesar,
Link: 3.2.20
Kneel down, kneel down, and wonder.
Link: 3.2.21

Both he loves.
Link: 3.2.22

They are his shards, and he their beetle.
Link: 3.2.23
This is to horse. Adieu, noble Agrippa.
Link: 3.2.25

Good fortune, worthy soldier; and farewell.
Link: 3.2.26


No further, sir.
Link: 3.2.27

You take from me a great part of myself;
Link: 3.2.28
Use me well in 't. Sister, prove such a wife
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As my thoughts make thee, and as my farthest band
Link: 3.2.30
Shall pass on thy approof. Most noble Antony,
Link: 3.2.31
Let not the piece of virtue, which is set
Link: 3.2.32
Betwixt us as the cement of our love,
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To keep it builded, be the ram to batter
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The fortress of it; for better might we
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Have loved without this mean, if on both parts
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This be not cherish'd.
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Make me not offended
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In your distrust.
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I have said.
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You shall not find,
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Though you be therein curious, the least cause
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For what you seem to fear: so, the gods keep you,
Link: 3.2.43
And make the hearts of Romans serve your ends!
Link: 3.2.44
We will here part.
Link: 3.2.45

Farewell, my dearest sister, fare thee well:
Link: 3.2.46
The elements be kind to thee, and make
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Thy spirits all of comfort! fare thee well.
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My noble brother!
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The April 's in her eyes: it is love's spring,
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And these the showers to bring it on. Be cheerful.
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Sir, look well to my husband's house; and--
Link: 3.2.52

What, Octavia?
Link: 3.2.53

I'll tell you in your ear.
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Her tongue will not obey her heart, nor can
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Her heart inform her tongue,--the swan's
Link: 3.2.56
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That stands upon the swell at full of tide,
Link: 3.2.58
And neither way inclines.
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(Aside to AGRIPPA) Will Caesar weep?
Link: 3.2.60

(Aside to DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS) He has a cloud in 's face.
Link: 3.2.61

(Aside to AGRIPPA) He were the worse for that,
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were he a horse;
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So is he, being a man.
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(Aside to DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS) Why, Enobarbus,
Link: 3.2.65
When Antony found Julius Caesar dead,
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He cried almost to roaring; and he wept
Link: 3.2.67
When at Philippi he found Brutus slain.
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(Aside to AGRIPPA) That year, indeed, he was
Link: 3.2.69
troubled with a rheum;
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What willingly he did confound he wail'd,
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Believe't, till I wept too.
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No, sweet Octavia,
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You shall hear from me still; the time shall not
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Out-go my thinking on you.
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Come, sir, come;
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I'll wrestle with you in my strength of love:
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Look, here I have you; thus I let you go,
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And give you to the gods.
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Adieu; be happy!
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Let all the number of the stars give light
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To thy fair way!
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Farewell, farewell!
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Trumpets sound. Exeunt

SCENE III. Alexandria. CLEOPATRA's palace.

Scene 3 of Act 3 opens with Antony questioning his soldiers about their loyalty and commitment to him. He is angry and frustrated that they have not been able to defeat Caesar's army in battle. His loyal follower, Enobarbus, tries to console him and remind him of his past victories.

Cleopatra enters the scene and Antony's mood immediately changes. He becomes enamored with her and forgets about his military obligations. Cleopatra is annoyed with Antony's lack of focus and reminds him of the importance of their alliance. She also warns him about the dangers of underestimating Caesar.

Antony becomes defensive and accuses Cleopatra of not understanding his position as a military leader. He tells her that he has made sacrifices for their relationship, including divorcing his wife, and expects her to support him unconditionally. Cleopatra responds by questioning his loyalty to her and their love for each other.

Their argument is interrupted by news of another military defeat. Antony becomes angry and blames his soldiers for their incompetence. Cleopatra reminds him that he is responsible for their training and preparation. She also suggests that he should lead them into battle himself to inspire their confidence.

Antony agrees with Cleopatra's advice and decides to take charge of the army. He tells his soldiers that he will lead them into battle and promises to be a great leader. Cleopatra is pleased with his decision and expresses her support for him. The scene ends with Antony and Cleopatra reconciling and preparing for battle.


Where is the fellow?
Link: 3.3.1

Half afeard to come.
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Go to, go to.
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Come hither, sir.
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Good majesty,
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Herod of Jewry dare not look upon you
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But when you are well pleased.
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That Herod's head
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I'll have: but how, when Antony is gone
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Through whom I might command it? Come thou near.
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Most gracious majesty,--
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Didst thou behold Octavia?
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Ay, dread queen.
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Madam, in Rome;
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I look'd her in the face, and saw her led
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Between her brother and Mark Antony.
Link: 3.3.17

Is she as tall as me?
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She is not, madam.
Link: 3.3.19

Didst hear her speak? is she shrill-tongued or low?
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Madam, I heard her speak; she is low-voiced.
Link: 3.3.21

That's not so good: he cannot like her long.
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Like her! O Isis! 'tis impossible.
Link: 3.3.23

I think so, Charmian: dull of tongue, and dwarfish!
Link: 3.3.24
What majesty is in her gait? Remember,
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If e'er thou look'dst on majesty.
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She creeps:
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Her motion and her station are as one;
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She shows a body rather than a life,
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A statue than a breather.
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Is this certain?
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Or I have no observance.
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Three in Egypt
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Cannot make better note.
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He's very knowing;
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I do perceive't: there's nothing in her yet:
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The fellow has good judgment.
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Guess at her years, I prithee.
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She was a widow,--
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Widow! Charmian, hark.
Link: 3.3.42

And I do think she's thirty.
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Bear'st thou her face in mind? is't long or round?
Link: 3.3.44

Round even to faultiness.
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For the most part, too, they are foolish that are so.
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Her hair, what colour?
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Brown, madam: and her forehead
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As low as she would wish it.
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There's gold for thee.
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Thou must not take my former sharpness ill:
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I will employ thee back again; I find thee
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Most fit for business: go make thee ready;
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Our letters are prepared.
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Exit Messenger

A proper man.
Link: 3.3.55

Indeed, he is so: I repent me much
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That so I harried him. Why, methinks, by him,
Link: 3.3.57
This creature's no such thing.
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Nothing, madam.
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The man hath seen some majesty, and should know.
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Hath he seen majesty? Isis else defend,
Link: 3.3.61
And serving you so long!
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I have one thing more to ask him yet, good Charmian:
Link: 3.3.63
But 'tis no matter; thou shalt bring him to me
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Where I will write. All may be well enough.
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I warrant you, madam.
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SCENE IV. Athens. A room in MARK ANTONY's house.

Scene 4 of Act 3 is set in Cleopatra's palace in Alexandria. Cleopatra is in a heated argument with her servant Charmian, accusing her of being too critical of Antony. Charmian responds that she is only trying to help Cleopatra by warning her of Antony's faults, but Cleopatra insists that she loves Antony despite his flaws.

As the argument continues, a messenger arrives with news that Antony has married Octavia, the sister of his fellow Roman leader Octavius. Cleopatra is devastated by the news and becomes even more angry with Charmian, accusing her of jinxing their relationship with her negative talk.

As they argue, another messenger arrives with news that Antony has sent a message to Cleopatra, assuring her that he still loves her and that his marriage to Octavia is only a political move. Cleopatra is relieved and overjoyed by the news, and she and Charmian celebrate Antony's message.

The scene ends with Cleopatra declaring her love for Antony and her determination to do whatever it takes to keep their relationship strong, despite the challenges they face.


Nay, nay, Octavia, not only that,--
Link: 3.4.1
That were excusable, that, and thousands more
Link: 3.4.2
Of semblable import,--but he hath waged
Link: 3.4.3
New wars 'gainst Pompey; made his will, and read it
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To public ear:
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Spoke scantly of me: when perforce he could not
Link: 3.4.6
But pay me terms of honour, cold and sickly
Link: 3.4.7
He vented them; most narrow measure lent me:
Link: 3.4.8
When the best hint was given him, he not took't,
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Or did it from his teeth.
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O my good lord,
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Believe not all; or, if you must believe,
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Stomach not all. A more unhappy lady,
Link: 3.4.13
If this division chance, ne'er stood between,
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Praying for both parts:
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The good gods me presently,
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When I shall pray, 'O bless my lord and husband!'
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Undo that prayer, by crying out as loud,
Link: 3.4.18
'O, bless my brother!' Husband win, win brother,
Link: 3.4.19
Prays, and destroys the prayer; no midway
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'Twixt these extremes at all.
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Gentle Octavia,
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Let your best love draw to that point, which seeks
Link: 3.4.23
Best to preserve it: if I lose mine honour,
Link: 3.4.24
I lose myself: better I were not yours
Link: 3.4.25
Than yours so branchless. But, as you requested,
Link: 3.4.26
Yourself shall go between 's: the mean time, lady,
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I'll raise the preparation of a war
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Shall stain your brother: make your soonest haste;
Link: 3.4.29
So your desires are yours.
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Thanks to my lord.
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The Jove of power make me most weak, most weak,
Link: 3.4.32
Your reconciler! Wars 'twixt you twain would be
Link: 3.4.33
As if the world should cleave, and that slain men
Link: 3.4.34
Should solder up the rift.
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When it appears to you where this begins,
Link: 3.4.36
Turn your displeasure that way: for our faults
Link: 3.4.37
Can never be so equal, that your love
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Can equally move with them. Provide your going;
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Choose your own company, and command what cost
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Your heart has mind to.
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SCENE V. The same. Another room.

Scene 5 of Act 3 features the character of Cleopatra anxiously waiting for news about the battle between Antony and Caesar. She is surrounded by her attendants and in a state of emotional turmoil. Charmian, one of her attendants, tries to calm her down and tells her that Antony is winning the battle. However, Cleopatra is still anxious and expresses her fear that Antony will abandon her for Caesar.

As the scene progresses, a messenger arrives with news that Antony has been defeated and that he blames Cleopatra for his loss. This news sends Cleopatra into a fit of rage and despair. She curses Antony and blames him for betraying her. She then decides to take matters into her own hands and orders her attendants to prepare a poisonous drink for her.

The scene ends with Cleopatra drinking the poison and collapsing on the ground. Her attendants are left to deal with the aftermath of her decision, and the play moves towards its tragic conclusion.


How now, friend Eros!
Link: 3.5.1

There's strange news come, sir.
Link: 3.5.2

What, man?
Link: 3.5.3

Caesar and Lepidus have made wars upon Pompey.
Link: 3.5.4

This is old: what is the success?
Link: 3.5.5

Caesar, having made use of him in the wars 'gainst
Link: 3.5.6
Pompey, presently denied him rivality; would not let
Link: 3.5.7
him partake in the glory of the action: and not
Link: 3.5.8
resting here, accuses him of letters he had formerly
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wrote to Pompey; upon his own appeal, seizes him: so
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the poor third is up, till death enlarge his confine.
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Then, world, thou hast a pair of chaps, no more;
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And throw between them all the food thou hast,
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They'll grind the one the other. Where's Antony?
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He's walking in the garden--thus; and spurns
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The rush that lies before him; cries, 'Fool Lepidus!'
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And threats the throat of that his officer
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That murder'd Pompey.
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Our great navy's rigg'd.
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For Italy and Caesar. More, Domitius;
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My lord desires you presently: my news
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I might have told hereafter.
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'Twill be naught:
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But let it be. Bring me to Antony.
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Come, sir.
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Scene 6 of Act 3 features a heated discussion between two characters in a room. The first character is angry and accuses the second character of being disloyal and untrustworthy. The second character denies these accusations and insists that they are still faithful. However, the first character is not convinced and threatens to take action against them.

As the argument continues, the second character becomes increasingly emotional and pleads with the first character to believe them. The first character, however, remains resolute and refuses to be swayed. Eventually, the second character leaves the room, still protesting their innocence.

The scene is marked by intense emotion and tension, as the two characters struggle to come to an understanding. The audience is left wondering what will happen next and whether the accusations will turn out to be true or false.


Contemning Rome, he has done all this, and more,
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In Alexandria: here's the manner of 't:
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I' the market-place, on a tribunal silver'd,
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Cleopatra and himself in chairs of gold
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Were publicly enthroned: at the feet sat
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Caesarion, whom they call my father's son,
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And all the unlawful issue that their lust
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Since then hath made between them. Unto her
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He gave the stablishment of Egypt; made her
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Of lower Syria, Cyprus, Lydia,
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Absolute queen.
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This in the public eye?
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I' the common show-place, where they exercise.
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His sons he there proclaim'd the kings of kings:
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Great Media, Parthia, and Armenia.
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He gave to Alexander; to Ptolemy he assign'd
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Syria, Cilicia, and Phoenicia: she
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In the habiliments of the goddess Isis
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That day appear'd; and oft before gave audience,
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As 'tis reported, so.
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Let Rome be thus Inform'd.
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Who, queasy with his insolence
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Already, will their good thoughts call from him.
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The people know it; and have now received
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His accusations.
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Who does he accuse?
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Caesar: and that, having in Sicily
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Sextus Pompeius spoil'd, we had not rated him
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His part o' the isle: then does he say, he lent me
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Some shipping unrestored: lastly, he frets
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That Lepidus of the triumvirate
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Should be deposed; and, being, that we detain
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All his revenue.
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Sir, this should be answer'd.
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'Tis done already, and the messenger gone.
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I have told him, Lepidus was grown too cruel;
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That he his high authority abused,
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And did deserve his change: for what I have conquer'd,
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I grant him part; but then, in his Armenia,
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And other of his conquer'd kingdoms, I
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Demand the like.
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He'll never yield to that.
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Nor must not then be yielded to in this.
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Enter OCTAVIA with her train

Hail, Caesar, and my lord! hail, most dear Caesar!
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That ever I should call thee castaway!
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You have not call'd me so, nor have you cause.
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Why have you stol'n upon us thus! You come not
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Like Caesar's sister: the wife of Antony
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Should have an army for an usher, and
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The neighs of horse to tell of her approach
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Long ere she did appear; the trees by the way
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Should have borne men; and expectation fainted,
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Longing for what it had not; nay, the dust
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Should have ascended to the roof of heaven,
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Raised by your populous troops: but you are come
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A market-maid to Rome; and have prevented
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The ostentation of our love, which, left unshown,
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Is often left unloved; we should have met you
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By sea and land; supplying every stage
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With an augmented greeting.
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Good my lord,
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To come thus was I not constrain'd, but did
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On my free will. My lord, Mark Antony,
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Hearing that you prepared for war, acquainted
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My grieved ear withal; whereon, I begg'd
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His pardon for return.
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Which soon he granted,
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Being an obstruct 'tween his lust and him.
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Do not say so, my lord.
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I have eyes upon him,
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And his affairs come to me on the wind.
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Where is he now?
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My lord, in Athens.
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No, my most wronged sister; Cleopatra
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Hath nodded him to her. He hath given his empire
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Up to a whore; who now are levying
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The kings o' the earth for war; he hath assembled
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Bocchus, the king of Libya; Archelaus,
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Of Cappadocia; Philadelphos, king
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Of Paphlagonia; the Thracian king, Adallas;
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King Malchus of Arabia; King of Pont;
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Herod of Jewry; Mithridates, king
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Of Comagene; Polemon and Amyntas,
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The kings of Mede and Lycaonia,
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With a more larger list of sceptres.
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Ay me, most wretched,
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That have my heart parted betwixt two friends
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That do afflict each other!
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Welcome hither:
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Your letters did withhold our breaking forth;
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Till we perceived, both how you were wrong led,
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And we in negligent danger. Cheer your heart;
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Be you not troubled with the time, which drives
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O'er your content these strong necessities;
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But let determined things to destiny
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Hold unbewail'd their way. Welcome to Rome;
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Nothing more dear to me. You are abused
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Beyond the mark of thought: and the high gods,
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To do you justice, make them ministers
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Of us and those that love you. Best of comfort;
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And ever welcome to us.
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Welcome, lady.
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Welcome, dear madam.
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Each heart in Rome does love and pity you:
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Only the adulterous Antony, most large
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In his abominations, turns you off;
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And gives his potent regiment to a trull,
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That noises it against us.
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Is it so, sir?
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Most certain. Sister, welcome: pray you,
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Be ever known to patience: my dear'st sister!
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SCENE VII. Near Actium. MARK ANTONY's camp.

Scene 7 of Act 3 is a pivotal moment in the play as it sees the relationship between Antony and Cleopatra come under strain. The scene opens with Antony berating Cleopatra for her actions in the recent battle. He accuses her of betraying him and causing their defeat. Cleopatra denies this and attempts to placate him, but Antony is too angry to listen.

As their argument continues, Cleopatra becomes increasingly upset and accuses Antony of not loving her as he once did. She says that he is now more interested in his political power than their relationship. Antony responds by saying that he still loves her, but that he cannot allow her to damage his reputation any further.

The scene ends with Cleopatra begging Antony not to leave her, but he tells her that he must go and deal with the aftermath of the battle. This marks a turning point in the play as Antony and Cleopatra's relationship deteriorates further and sets the stage for the tragic conclusion.


I will be even with thee, doubt it not.
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But why, why, why?
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Thou hast forspoke my being in these wars,
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And say'st it is not fit.
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Well, is it, is it?
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If not denounced against us, why should not we
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Be there in person?
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(Aside) Well, I could reply:
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If we should serve with horse and mares together,
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The horse were merely lost; the mares would bear
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A soldier and his horse.
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What is't you say?
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Your presence needs must puzzle Antony;
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Take from his heart, take from his brain,
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from's time,
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What should not then be spared. He is already
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Traduced for levity; and 'tis said in Rome
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That Photinus an eunuch and your maids
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Manage this war.
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Sink Rome, and their tongues rot
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That speak against us! A charge we bear i' the war,
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And, as the president of my kingdom, will
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Appear there for a man. Speak not against it:
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I will not stay behind.
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Nay, I have done.
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Here comes the emperor.
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Is it not strange, Canidius,
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That from Tarentum and Brundusium
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He could so quickly cut the Ionian sea,
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And take in Toryne? You have heard on't, sweet?
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Celerity is never more admired
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Than by the negligent.
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A good rebuke,
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Which might have well becomed the best of men,
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To taunt at slackness. Canidius, we
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Will fight with him by sea.
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By sea! what else?
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Why will my lord do so?
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For that he dares us to't.
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So hath my lord dared him to single fight.
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Ay, and to wage this battle at Pharsalia.
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Where Caesar fought with Pompey: but these offers,
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Which serve not for his vantage, be shakes off;
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And so should you.
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Your ships are not well mann'd;
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Your mariners are muleters, reapers, people
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Ingross'd by swift impress; in Caesar's fleet
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Are those that often have 'gainst Pompey fought:
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Their ships are yare; yours, heavy: no disgrace
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Shall fall you for refusing him at sea,
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Being prepared for land.
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By sea, by sea.
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Most worthy sir, you therein throw away
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The absolute soldiership you have by land;
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Distract your army, which doth most consist
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Of war-mark'd footmen; leave unexecuted
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Your own renowned knowledge; quite forego
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The way which promises assurance; and
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Give up yourself merely to chance and hazard,
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From firm security.
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I'll fight at sea.
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I have sixty sails, Caesar none better.
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Our overplus of shipping will we burn;
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And, with the rest full-mann'd, from the head of Actium
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Beat the approaching Caesar. But if we fail,
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We then can do't at land.
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Thy business?
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The news is true, my lord; he is descried;
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Caesar has taken Toryne.
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Can he be there in person? 'tis impossible;
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Strange that power should be. Canidius,
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Our nineteen legions thou shalt hold by land,
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And our twelve thousand horse. We'll to our ship:
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Away, my Thetis!
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How now, worthy soldier?
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O noble emperor, do not fight by sea;
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Trust not to rotten planks: do you misdoubt
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This sword and these my wounds? Let the Egyptians
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And the Phoenicians go a-ducking; we
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Have used to conquer, standing on the earth,
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And fighting foot to foot.
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Well, well: away!
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By Hercules, I think I am i' the right.
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Soldier, thou art: but his whole action grows
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Not in the power on't: so our leader's led,
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And we are women's men.
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You keep by land
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The legions and the horse whole, do you not?
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Marcus Octavius, Marcus Justeius,
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Publicola, and Caelius, are for sea:
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But we keep whole by land. This speed of Caesar's
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Carries beyond belief.
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While he was yet in Rome,
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His power went out in such distractions as
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Beguiled all spies.
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Who's his lieutenant, hear you?
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They say, one Taurus.
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Well I know the man.
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Enter a Messenger

The emperor calls Canidius.
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With news the time's with labour, and throes forth,
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Each minute, some.
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SCENE VIII. A plain near Actium.

In Scene 8 of Act 3, two characters are discussing the actions of a third character. The first character expresses frustration with the third character's behavior, saying that they are acting in a way that is not appropriate for their position of power. The second character agrees, but also points out that the third character is motivated by a desire to please someone else.

The first character then reveals that they have a plan to undermine the third character's authority and restore order to the situation. The second character is hesitant at first, but eventually agrees to go along with the plan. They discuss the details of how to carry it out and what the potential consequences might be.

As the scene comes to a close, the first character expresses confidence that their plan will work, while the second character remains skeptical. They both acknowledge that the situation is complex and that there are no easy solutions. The scene ends with them preparing to put their plan into action and hoping for the best.

Enter OCTAVIUS CAESAR, and TAURUS, with his army, marching

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My lord?
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Strike not by land; keep whole: provoke not battle,
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Till we have done at sea. Do not exceed
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The prescript of this scroll: our fortune lies
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Upon this jump.
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SCENE IX. Another part of the plain.

In Scene 9 of Act 3, two characters are discussing the current state of affairs in their kingdom. One of them is concerned about the actions of the other, who seems to have become distracted by his love for a woman. The first character warns the other that their enemies are taking advantage of their weakness and urges him to focus on his duties as a leader. However, the second character defends his actions, arguing that his love for the woman is not a weakness but a strength, as it motivates him to be a better ruler. The two characters continue to debate the merits of love vs. duty, with both sides presenting compelling arguments. Ultimately, the first character concedes that love can be a powerful force, but warns that it must be balanced with responsibility and rationality. The scene ends with the two characters acknowledging their differences, but reaffirming their commitment to each other and their shared goals.


Set we our squadrons on yond side o' the hill,
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In eye of Caesar's battle; from which place
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We may the number of the ships behold,
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And so proceed accordingly.
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SCENE X. Another part of the plain.

Scene 10 of Act 3 sees the character of Antony in a state of despair and confusion. He is torn between his duty to Rome and his love for Cleopatra. He expresses his frustration at the situation he finds himself in, stating that he is a prisoner to his own heart and cannot control his feelings for her.

Cleopatra tries to console him, urging him to forget his obligations and stay with her in Egypt. However, Antony is torn by his sense of duty and his desire for Cleopatra. He is aware that his actions could have serious consequences for Rome, and he fears the wrath of the Roman people if he were to abandon his responsibilities.

The scene is filled with tension as the two characters struggle to find a way forward. Antony is torn between his love for Cleopatra and his loyalty to Rome, and he cannot seem to find a solution to his dilemma. Cleopatra, meanwhile, is desperate to keep Antony with her and is willing to do whatever it takes to make him stay.

As the scene comes to a close, it is clear that Antony is still confused and uncertain about what he should do. He is torn between his love for Cleopatra and his sense of duty to Rome, and it is unclear which side will ultimately win out.

CANIDIUS marcheth with his land army one way over the stage; and TAURUS, the lieutenant of OCTAVIUS CAESAR, the other way. After their going in, is heard the noise of a sea-fight


Naught, naught all, naught! I can behold no longer:
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The Antoniad, the Egyptian admiral,
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With all their sixty, fly and turn the rudder:
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To see't mine eyes are blasted.
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Gods and goddesses,
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All the whole synod of them!
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What's thy passion!
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The greater cantle of the world is lost
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With very ignorance; we have kiss'd away
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Kingdoms and provinces.
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How appears the fight?
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On our side like the token'd pestilence,
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Where death is sure. Yon ribaudred nag of Egypt,--
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Whom leprosy o'ertake!--i' the midst o' the fight,
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When vantage like a pair of twins appear'd,
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Both as the same, or rather ours the elder,
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The breese upon her, like a cow in June,
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Hoists sails and flies.
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That I beheld:
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Mine eyes did sicken at the sight, and could not
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Endure a further view.
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She once being loof'd,
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The noble ruin of her magic, Antony,
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Claps on his sea-wing, and, like a doting mallard,
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Leaving the fight in height, flies after her:
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I never saw an action of such shame;
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Experience, manhood, honour, ne'er before
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Did violate so itself.
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Alack, alack!
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Our fortune on the sea is out of breath,
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And sinks most lamentably. Had our general
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Been what he knew himself, it had gone well:
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O, he has given example for our flight,
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Most grossly, by his own!
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Ay, are you thereabouts?
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Why, then, good night indeed.
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Toward Peloponnesus are they fled.
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'Tis easy to't; and there I will attend
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What further comes.
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To Caesar will I render
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My legions and my horse: six kings already
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Show me the way of yielding.
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I'll yet follow
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The wounded chance of Antony, though my reason
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Sits in the wind against me.
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SCENE XI. Alexandria. CLEOPATRA's palace.

In Scene 11 of Act 3, Antony and Cleopatra have a heated argument over their military strategy. Antony is furious with Cleopatra for suggesting that they retreat to Egypt and abandon their troops in Italy. He accuses her of being selfish and cowardly, and insists that they must stay and fight.

Cleopatra tries to defend herself, pointing out that they are outnumbered and outmatched by their Roman enemies. She also reminds Antony that he promised to marry her and make her his queen, but he has yet to fulfill that promise.

The argument becomes increasingly heated, with both Antony and Cleopatra hurling insults and accusations at each other. Antony accuses Cleopatra of being a false and treacherous woman, while Cleopatra accuses Antony of being weak and indecisive.

Finally, Antony storms out of the room, leaving Cleopatra alone to ponder their situation. She realizes that she may have made a mistake in trying to persuade Antony to retreat, and that perhaps they should have stayed and fought. However, she also realizes that their love for each other is a powerful force that can overcome any obstacle.

Enter MARK ANTONY with Attendants

Hark! the land bids me tread no more upon't;
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It is ashamed to bear me! Friends, come hither:
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I am so lated in the world, that I
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Have lost my way for ever: I have a ship
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Laden with gold; take that, divide it; fly,
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And make your peace with Caesar.
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Fly! not we.
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I have fled myself; and have instructed cowards
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To run and show their shoulders. Friends, be gone;
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I have myself resolved upon a course
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Which has no need of you; be gone:
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My treasure's in the harbour, take it. O,
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I follow'd that I blush to look upon:
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My very hairs do mutiny; for the white
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Reprove the brown for rashness, and they them
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For fear and doting. Friends, be gone: you shall
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Have letters from me to some friends that will
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Sweep your way for you. Pray you, look not sad,
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Nor make replies of loathness: take the hint
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Which my despair proclaims; let that be left
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Which leaves itself: to the sea-side straightway:
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I will possess you of that ship and treasure.
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Leave me, I pray, a little: pray you now:
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Nay, do so; for, indeed, I have lost command,
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Therefore I pray you: I'll see you by and by.
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Sits down

Enter CLEOPATRA led by CHARMIAN and IRAS; EROS following

Nay, gentle madam, to him, comfort him.
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Do, most dear queen.
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Do! why: what else?
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Let me sit down. O Juno!
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No, no, no, no, no.
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See you here, sir?
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O fie, fie, fie!
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Madam, O good empress!
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Sir, sir,--
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Yes, my lord, yes; he at Philippi kept
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His sword e'en like a dancer; while I struck
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The lean and wrinkled Cassius; and 'twas I
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That the mad Brutus ended: he alone
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Dealt on lieutenantry, and no practise had
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In the brave squares of war: yet now--No matter.
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Ah, stand by.
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The queen, my lord, the queen.
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Go to him, madam, speak to him:
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He is unqualitied with very shame.
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Well then, sustain him: O!
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Most noble sir, arise; the queen approaches:
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Her head's declined, and death will seize her, but
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Your comfort makes the rescue.
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I have offended reputation,
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A most unnoble swerving.
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Sir, the queen.
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O, whither hast thou led me, Egypt? See,
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How I convey my shame out of thine eyes
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By looking back what I have left behind
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'Stroy'd in dishonour.
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O my lord, my lord,
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Forgive my fearful sails! I little thought
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You would have follow'd.
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Egypt, thou knew'st too well
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My heart was to thy rudder tied by the strings,
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And thou shouldst tow me after: o'er my spirit
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Thy full supremacy thou knew'st, and that
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Thy beck might from the bidding of the gods
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Command me.
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O, my pardon!
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Now I must
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To the young man send humble treaties, dodge
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And palter in the shifts of lowness; who
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With half the bulk o' the world play'd as I pleased,
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Making and marring fortunes. You did know
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How much you were my conqueror; and that
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My sword, made weak by my affection, would
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Obey it on all cause.
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Pardon, pardon!
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Fall not a tear, I say; one of them rates
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All that is won and lost: give me a kiss;
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Even this repays me. We sent our schoolmaster;
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Is he come back? Love, I am full of lead.
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Some wine, within there, and our viands! Fortune knows
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We scorn her most when most she offers blows.
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Scene 12 of Act 3 takes place in Cleopatra's palace in Alexandria, Egypt. Cleopatra is furious with Antony for leaving her and going to Rome. She is also jealous of Octavia, Antony's new wife, and accuses him of betraying her. Antony tries to calm her down and explain that he needs to go to Rome to resolve the conflict between himself and Caesar. He promises to return to her soon.

Cleopatra is not convinced and continues to berate him. She even goes so far as to ask him if he loves Octavia more than her. Antony denies this and tells Cleopatra that she is his true love. He also reminds her of their past adventures together and how much he values her.

Cleopatra eventually softens and agrees to let Antony go to Rome, but only if he promises to return to her as soon as possible. Antony agrees and they share a tender moment before he departs. Cleopatra is left alone on stage and reflects on her love for Antony. She realizes that she is powerless to control his actions and must trust him to return to her.


Let him appear that's come from Antony.
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Know you him?
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Caesar, 'tis his schoolmaster:
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An argument that he is pluck'd, when hither
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He sends so poor a pinion off his wing,
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Which had superfluous kings for messengers
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Not many moons gone by.
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Enter EUPHRONIUS, ambassador from MARK ANTONY

Approach, and speak.
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Such as I am, I come from Antony:
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I was of late as petty to his ends
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As is the morn-dew on the myrtle-leaf
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To his grand sea.
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Be't so: declare thine office.
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Lord of his fortunes he salutes thee, and
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Requires to live in Egypt: which not granted,
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He lessens his requests; and to thee sues
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To let him breathe between the heavens and earth,
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A private man in Athens: this for him.
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Next, Cleopatra does confess thy greatness;
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Submits her to thy might; and of thee craves
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The circle of the Ptolemies for her heirs,
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Now hazarded to thy grace.
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For Antony,
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I have no ears to his request. The queen
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Of audience nor desire shall fail, so she
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From Egypt drive her all-disgraced friend,
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Or take his life there: this if she perform,
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She shall not sue unheard. So to them both.
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Fortune pursue thee!
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Bring him through the bands.
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(To THYREUS) To try eloquence, now 'tis time: dispatch;
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From Antony win Cleopatra: promise,
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And in our name, what she requires; add more,
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From thine invention, offers: women are not
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In their best fortunes strong; but want will perjure
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The ne'er touch'd vestal: try thy cunning, Thyreus;
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Make thine own edict for thy pains, which we
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Will answer as a law.
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Caesar, I go.
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Observe how Antony becomes his flaw,
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And what thou think'st his very action speaks
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In every power that moves.
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Caesar, I shall.
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SCENE XIII. Alexandria. CLEOPATRA's palace.

In Scene 13 of Act 3, two characters are discussing the current state of affairs in Egypt. One character, who is a messenger, is reporting to the other character, who is a high-ranking official, about the movements of the army and the loyalty of the people.

The messenger reports that the army is divided and that some soldiers are defecting to the enemy's side. He also says that the people are fickle and that they are easily swayed by whoever is in power at the moment. The official is concerned about these developments and wonders what can be done to remedy the situation.

The messenger suggests that they should try to win over the people by offering them rewards and privileges. He also suggests that they should try to unite the army by appealing to their sense of loyalty and duty. The official agrees with these suggestions and asks the messenger to convey his orders to the troops.

The scene ends with the official expressing his determination to fight to the end and to defend Egypt against all enemies. He says that he is willing to sacrifice everything, including his own life, to preserve the honor and dignity of his country.


What shall we do, Enobarbus?
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Think, and die.
Link: 3.13.2

Is Antony or we in fault for this?
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Antony only, that would make his will
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Lord of his reason. What though you fled
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From that great face of war, whose several ranges
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Frighted each other? why should he follow?
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The itch of his affection should not then
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Have nick'd his captainship; at such a point,
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When half to half the world opposed, he being
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The meered question: 'twas a shame no less
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Than was his loss, to course your flying flags,
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And leave his navy gazing.
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Prithee, peace.
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Enter MARK ANTONY with EUPHRONIUS, the Ambassador

Is that his answer?
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Ay, my lord.
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The queen shall then have courtesy, so she
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Will yield us up.
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He says so.
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Let her know't.
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To the boy Caesar send this grizzled head,
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And he will fill thy wishes to the brim
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With principalities.
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That head, my lord?
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To him again: tell him he wears the rose
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Of youth upon him; from which the world should note
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Something particular: his coin, ships, legions,
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May be a coward's; whose ministers would prevail
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Under the service of a child as soon
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As i' the command of Caesar: I dare him therefore
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To lay his gay comparisons apart,
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And answer me declined, sword against sword,
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Ourselves alone. I'll write it: follow me.
Link: 3.13.33


(Aside) Yes, like enough, high-battled Caesar will
Link: 3.13.34
Unstate his happiness, and be staged to the show,
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Against a sworder! I see men's judgments are
Link: 3.13.36
A parcel of their fortunes; and things outward
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Do draw the inward quality after them,
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To suffer all alike. That he should dream,
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Knowing all measures, the full Caesar will
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Answer his emptiness! Caesar, thou hast subdued
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His judgment too.
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Enter an Attendant

A messenger from CAESAR.
Link: 3.13.43

What, no more ceremony? See, my women!
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Against the blown rose may they stop their nose
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That kneel'd unto the buds. Admit him, sir.
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Exit Attendant

(Aside) Mine honesty and I begin to square.
Link: 3.13.47
The loyalty well held to fools does make
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Our faith mere folly: yet he that can endure
Link: 3.13.49
To follow with allegiance a fall'n lord
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Does conquer him that did his master conquer
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And earns a place i' the story.
Link: 3.13.52


Caesar's will?
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Hear it apart.
Link: 3.13.54

None but friends: say boldly.
Link: 3.13.55

So, haply, are they friends to Antony.
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He needs as many, sir, as Caesar has;
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Or needs not us. If Caesar please, our master
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Will leap to be his friend: for us, you know,
Link: 3.13.59
Whose he is we are, and that is, Caesar's.
Link: 3.13.60

Thus then, thou most renown'd: Caesar entreats,
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Not to consider in what case thou stand'st,
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Further than he is Caesar.
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Go on: right royal.
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He knows that you embrace not Antony
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As you did love, but as you fear'd him.
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The scars upon your honour, therefore, he
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Does pity, as constrained blemishes,
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Not as deserved.
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He is a god, and knows
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What is most right: mine honour was not yielded,
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But conquer'd merely.
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(Aside) To be sure of that,
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I will ask Antony. Sir, sir, thou art so leaky,
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That we must leave thee to thy sinking, for
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Thy dearest quit thee.
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Shall I say to Caesar
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What you require of him? for he partly begs
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To be desired to give. It much would please him,
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That of his fortunes you should make a staff
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To lean upon: but it would warm his spirits,
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To hear from me you had left Antony,
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And put yourself under his shrowd,
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The universal landlord.
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What's your name?
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My name is Thyreus.
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Most kind messenger,
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Say to great Caesar this: in deputation
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I kiss his conquering hand: tell him, I am prompt
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To lay my crown at 's feet, and there to kneel:
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Tell him from his all-obeying breath I hear
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The doom of Egypt.
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'Tis your noblest course.
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Wisdom and fortune combating together,
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If that the former dare but what it can,
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No chance may shake it. Give me grace to lay
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My duty on your hand.
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Your Caesar's father oft,
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When he hath mused of taking kingdoms in,
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Bestow'd his lips on that unworthy place,
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As it rain'd kisses.
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Favours, by Jove that thunders!
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What art thou, fellow?
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One that but performs
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The bidding of the fullest man, and worthiest
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To have command obey'd.
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(Aside) You will be whipp'd.
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Approach, there! Ah, you kite! Now, gods
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and devils!
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Authority melts from me: of late, when I cried 'Ho!'
Link: 3.13.112
Like boys unto a muss, kings would start forth,
Link: 3.13.113
And cry 'Your will?' Have you no ears? I am
Link: 3.13.114
Antony yet.
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Take hence this Jack, and whip him.
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(Aside) 'Tis better playing with a lion's whelp
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Than with an old one dying.
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Moon and stars!
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Whip him. Were't twenty of the greatest tributaries
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That do acknowledge Caesar, should I find them
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So saucy with the hand of she here,--what's her name,
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Since she was Cleopatra? Whip him, fellows,
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Till, like a boy, you see him cringe his face,
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And whine aloud for mercy: take him hence.
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Mark Antony!
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Tug him away: being whipp'd,
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Bring him again: this Jack of Caesar's shall
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Bear us an errand to him.
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You were half blasted ere I knew you: ha!
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Have I my pillow left unpress'd in Rome,
Link: 3.13.131
Forborne the getting of a lawful race,
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And by a gem of women, to be abused
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By one that looks on feeders?
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Good my lord,--
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You have been a boggler ever:
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But when we in our viciousness grow hard--
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O misery on't!--the wise gods seel our eyes;
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In our own filth drop our clear judgments; make us
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Adore our errors; laugh at's, while we strut
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To our confusion.
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O, is't come to this?
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I found you as a morsel cold upon
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Dead Caesar's trencher; nay, you were a fragment
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Of Cneius Pompey's; besides what hotter hours,
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Unregister'd in vulgar fame, you have
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Luxuriously pick'd out: for, I am sure,
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Though you can guess what temperance should be,
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You know not what it is.
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Wherefore is this?
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To let a fellow that will take rewards
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And say 'God quit you!' be familiar with
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My playfellow, your hand; this kingly seal
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And plighter of high hearts! O, that I were
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Upon the hill of Basan, to outroar
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The horned herd! for I have savage cause;
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And to proclaim it civilly, were like
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A halter'd neck which does the hangman thank
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For being yare about him.
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Is he whipp'd?
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First Attendant
Soundly, my lord.
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Cried he? and begg'd a' pardon?
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First Attendant
He did ask favour.
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If that thy father live, let him repent
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Thou wast not made his daughter; and be thou sorry
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To follow Caesar in his triumph, since
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Thou hast been whipp'd for following him: henceforth
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The white hand of a lady fever thee,
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Shake thou to look on 't. Get thee back to Caesar,
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Tell him thy entertainment: look, thou say
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He makes me angry with him; for he seems
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Proud and disdainful, harping on what I am,
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Not what he knew I was: he makes me angry;
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And at this time most easy 'tis to do't,
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When my good stars, that were my former guides,
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Have empty left their orbs, and shot their fires
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Into the abysm of hell. If he mislike
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My speech and what is done, tell him he has
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Hipparchus, my enfranched bondman, whom
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He may at pleasure whip, or hang, or torture,
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As he shall like, to quit me: urge it thou:
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Hence with thy stripes, begone!
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Have you done yet?
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Alack, our terrene moon
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Is now eclipsed; and it portends alone
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The fall of Antony!
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I must stay his time.
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To flatter Caesar, would you mingle eyes
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With one that ties his points?
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Not know me yet?
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Cold-hearted toward me?
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Ah, dear, if I be so,
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From my cold heart let heaven engender hail,
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And poison it in the source; and the first stone
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Drop in my neck: as it determines, so
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Dissolve my life! The next Caesarion smite!
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Till by degrees the memory of my womb,
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Together with my brave Egyptians all,
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By the discandying of this pelleted storm,
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Lie graveless, till the flies and gnats of Nile
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Have buried them for prey!
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I am satisfied.
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Caesar sits down in Alexandria; where
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I will oppose his fate. Our force by land
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Hath nobly held; our sever'd navy too
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Have knit again, and fleet, threatening most sea-like.
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Where hast thou been, my heart? Dost thou hear, lady?
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If from the field I shall return once more
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To kiss these lips, I will appear in blood;
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I and my sword will earn our chronicle:
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There's hope in't yet.
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That's my brave lord!
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I will be treble-sinew'd, hearted, breathed,
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And fight maliciously: for when mine hours
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Were nice and lucky, men did ransom lives
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Of me for jests; but now I'll set my teeth,
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And send to darkness all that stop me. Come,
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Let's have one other gaudy night: call to me
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All my sad captains; fill our bowls once more;
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Let's mock the midnight bell.
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It is my birth-day:
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I had thought to have held it poor: but, since my lord
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Is Antony again, I will be Cleopatra.
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We will yet do well.
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Call all his noble captains to my lord.
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Do so, we'll speak to them; and to-night I'll force
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The wine peep through their scars. Come on, my queen;
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There's sap in't yet. The next time I do fight,
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I'll make death love me; for I will contend
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Even with his pestilent scythe.
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Now he'll outstare the lightning. To be furious,
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Is to be frighted out of fear; and in that mood
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The dove will peck the estridge; and I see still,
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A diminution in our captain's brain
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Restores his heart: when valour preys on reason,
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It eats the sword it fights with. I will seek
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Some way to leave him.
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Act IV

Act 4 of Antony and Cleopatra is a pivotal moment in the play, as it marks the turning point in the relationship between Antony and Cleopatra. The act begins with Antony's soldiers deserting him and joining Octavius Caesar's army, leaving Antony feeling betrayed and alone. Cleopatra is torn between her love for Antony and her desire to protect her kingdom, and ultimately decides to betray Antony by sending false information to him about her plans to join Caesar's army.

Meanwhile, Caesar is preparing for battle and strategizing with his generals. He receives the false information from Cleopatra, which leads him to believe that Antony is weak and vulnerable. Antony, believing Cleopatra has betrayed him, lashes out at her and threatens to kill her. However, he quickly realizes his mistake and begs for her forgiveness, realizing that he cannot live without her.

The act ends with the two lovers reconciling and embracing, but the audience is left with a sense of foreboding as they know that the battle between Antony and Caesar is imminent, and the fate of their relationship and their kingdoms hangs in the balance.

SCENE I. Before Alexandria. OCTAVIUS CAESAR's camp.

Scene 1 of Act 4 begins with Antony's soldiers discussing his recent marriage to Octavia, sister of his fellow triumvir Octavius. They are not pleased with this alliance, as they see it as a betrayal of Antony's love for Cleopatra. They believe that Antony has been manipulated by Octavius, who seeks to gain power over Egypt.

Antony enters and tries to convince his soldiers that he has not abandoned them or his love for Cleopatra. He tells them that he must maintain good relations with Octavius in order to maintain their power in Rome. The soldiers are skeptical, and a messenger arrives to deliver news of a new threat from Pompey, the son of Caesar's former ally.

Antony decides to go to war against Pompey, but first he must send Octavia back to Rome. He tells her that his heart belongs to Cleopatra and that their marriage was only a political move. Octavia is hurt but obedient, and she leaves with the soldiers.

Antony and Cleopatra then have a tense conversation about their relationship and the upcoming war. Cleopatra accuses Antony of abandoning her, and he tries to reassure her of his love. He tells her that he will always choose her over Rome, but she is skeptical and hurt.

As the scene ends, Antony prepares to leave for war, and Cleopatra is left alone to contemplate their uncertain future.

Enter OCTAVIUS CAESAR, AGRIPPA, and MECAENAS, with his Army; OCTAVIUS CAESAR reading a letter

He calls me boy; and chides, as he had power
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To beat me out of Egypt; my messenger
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He hath whipp'd with rods; dares me to personal combat,
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Caesar to Antony: let the old ruffian know
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I have many other ways to die; meantime
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Laugh at his challenge.
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Caesar must think,
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When one so great begins to rage, he's hunted
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Even to falling. Give him no breath, but now
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Make boot of his distraction: never anger
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Made good guard for itself.
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Let our best heads
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Know, that to-morrow the last of many battles
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We mean to fight: within our files there are,
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Of those that served Mark Antony but late,
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Enough to fetch him in. See it done:
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And feast the army; we have store to do't,
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And they have earn'd the waste. Poor Antony!
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SCENE II. Alexandria. CLEOPATRA's palace.

Scene 2 of Act 4 is set in Alexandria and begins with Cleopatra anxiously waiting for news of Antony's battle against Caesar's forces. A messenger arrives and informs her that Antony has been defeated and that he is blaming her for his loss. Cleopatra is devastated and berates the messenger, accusing him of lying.

Antony enters the scene and is furious with Cleopatra, accusing her of betraying him by not sending enough troops to aid him in battle. Cleopatra denies the accusation and pleads with Antony to forgive her. However, Antony is consumed with anger and tells her that he no longer loves her.

Cleopatra is heartbroken and begs Antony not to leave her. She attempts to win his forgiveness by offering to kill herself and presenting him with a gift of valuable jewels. Antony is unmoved by her pleas and leaves, telling her that he will never see her again.

The scene ends with Cleopatra alone on stage, lamenting her loss of Antony's love and contemplating suicide. She is interrupted by Charmian, one of her attendants, who tries to comfort her and dissuade her from taking her own life.


He will not fight with me, Domitius.
Link: 4.2.1


Why should he not?
Link: 4.2.3

He thinks, being twenty times of better fortune,
Link: 4.2.4
He is twenty men to one.
Link: 4.2.5

To-morrow, soldier,
Link: 4.2.6
By sea and land I'll fight: or I will live,
Link: 4.2.7
Or bathe my dying honour in the blood
Link: 4.2.8
Shall make it live again. Woo't thou fight well?
Link: 4.2.9

I'll strike, and cry 'Take all.'
Link: 4.2.10

Well said; come on.
Link: 4.2.11
Call forth my household servants: let's to-night
Link: 4.2.12
Be bounteous at our meal.
Link: 4.2.13
Give me thy hand,
Link: 4.2.14
Thou hast been rightly honest;--so hast thou;--
Link: 4.2.15
Thou,--and thou,--and thou:--you have served me well,
Link: 4.2.16
And kings have been your fellows.
Link: 4.2.17

(Aside to DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS) What means this?
Link: 4.2.18

(Aside to CLEOPATRA) 'Tis one of those odd
Link: 4.2.19
tricks which sorrow shoots
Link: 4.2.20
Out of the mind.
Link: 4.2.21

And thou art honest too.
Link: 4.2.22
I wish I could be made so many men,
Link: 4.2.23
And all of you clapp'd up together in
Link: 4.2.24
An Antony, that I might do you service
Link: 4.2.25
So good as you have done.
Link: 4.2.26

The gods forbid!
Link: 4.2.27

Well, my good fellows, wait on me to-night:
Link: 4.2.28
Scant not my cups; and make as much of me
Link: 4.2.29
As when mine empire was your fellow too,
Link: 4.2.30
And suffer'd my command.
Link: 4.2.31

(Aside to DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS) What does he mean?
Link: 4.2.32

(Aside to CLEOPATRA) To make his followers weep.
Link: 4.2.33

Tend me to-night;
Link: 4.2.34
May be it is the period of your duty:
Link: 4.2.35
Haply you shall not see me more; or if,
Link: 4.2.36
A mangled shadow: perchance to-morrow
Link: 4.2.37
You'll serve another master. I look on you
Link: 4.2.38
As one that takes his leave. Mine honest friends,
Link: 4.2.39
I turn you not away; but, like a master
Link: 4.2.40
Married to your good service, stay till death:
Link: 4.2.41
Tend me to-night two hours, I ask no more,
Link: 4.2.42
And the gods yield you for't!
Link: 4.2.43

What mean you, sir,
Link: 4.2.44
To give them this discomfort? Look, they weep;
Link: 4.2.45
And I, an ass, am onion-eyed: for shame,
Link: 4.2.46
Transform us not to women.
Link: 4.2.47

Ho, ho, ho!
Link: 4.2.48
Now the witch take me, if I meant it thus!
Link: 4.2.49
Grace grow where those drops fall!
Link: 4.2.50
My hearty friends,
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You take me in too dolorous a sense;
Link: 4.2.52
For I spake to you for your comfort; did desire you
Link: 4.2.53
To burn this night with torches: know, my hearts,
Link: 4.2.54
I hope well of to-morrow; and will lead you
Link: 4.2.55
Where rather I'll expect victorious life
Link: 4.2.56
Than death and honour. Let's to supper, come,
Link: 4.2.57
And drown consideration.
Link: 4.2.58


SCENE III. The same. Before the palace.

Scene 3 of Act 4 takes place in Cleopatra's palace in Egypt. Cleopatra is angry with Enobarbus, one of Antony's advisors, for deserting Antony and joining Octavius Caesar's side. She speaks to her attendants about Enobarbus's betrayal and wonders if he will be punished for it. Then, Enobarbus himself arrives, seeking to return to Antony's side.

Cleopatra is initially furious with Enobarbus, calling him a traitor and accusing him of abandoning Antony when he needed him most. However, Enobarbus pleads with her to forgive him, explaining that he was torn between his loyalty to Antony and his fear of Caesar's power. He also reveals that Antony's army has been defeated by Caesar's forces and that Antony is now in despair.

Cleopatra is distraught upon hearing this news and blames herself for Antony's defeat. Enobarbus urges her to be strong and to continue fighting alongside Antony, but Cleopatra is consumed with guilt and despair. She decides to send a message to Antony, offering to surrender herself and her kingdom to Caesar in exchange for Antony's safety.

Enobarbus is horrified by Cleopatra's plan, telling her that it will only lead to Antony's downfall and urging her to reconsider. But Cleopatra is determined, and she sends her messenger with the offer to Caesar's camp. Enobarbus, meanwhile, decides to return to Antony's side and fight for him once again, despite the risks.

The scene ends with Cleopatra alone on stage, lamenting the choices she has made and the consequences they have brought.

Enter two Soldiers to their guard

First Soldier
Brother, good night: to-morrow is the day.
Link: 4.3.1

Second Soldier
It will determine one way: fare you well.
Link: 4.3.2
Heard you of nothing strange about the streets?
Link: 4.3.3

First Soldier
Nothing. What news?
Link: 4.3.4

Second Soldier
Belike 'tis but a rumour. Good night to you.
Link: 4.3.5

First Soldier
Well, sir, good night.
Link: 4.3.6

Enter two other Soldiers

Second Soldier
Soldiers, have careful watch.
Link: 4.3.7

Third Soldier
And you. Good night, good night.
Link: 4.3.8

They place themselves in every corner of the stage

Fourth Soldier
Here we: and if to-morrow
Link: 4.3.9
Our navy thrive, I have an absolute hope
Link: 4.3.10
Our landmen will stand up.
Link: 4.3.11

Third Soldier
'Tis a brave army,
Link: 4.3.12
And full of purpose.
Link: 4.3.13

Music of the hautboys as under the stage

Fourth Soldier
Peace! what noise?
Link: 4.3.14

First Soldier
List, list!
Link: 4.3.15

Second Soldier

First Soldier
Music i' the air.
Link: 4.3.17

Third Soldier
Under the earth.
Link: 4.3.18

Fourth Soldier
It signs well, does it not?
Link: 4.3.19

Third Soldier

First Soldier
Peace, I say!
Link: 4.3.21
What should this mean?
Link: 4.3.22

Second Soldier
'Tis the god Hercules, whom Antony loved,
Link: 4.3.23
Now leaves him.
Link: 4.3.24

First Soldier
Walk; let's see if other watchmen
Link: 4.3.25
Do hear what we do?
Link: 4.3.26

They advance to another post

Second Soldier
How now, masters!
Link: 4.3.27

(Speaking together) How now!
Link: 4.3.28
How now! do you hear this?
Link: 4.3.29

First Soldier
Ay; is't not strange?
Link: 4.3.30

Third Soldier
Do you hear, masters? do you hear?
Link: 4.3.31

First Soldier
Follow the noise so far as we have quarter;
Link: 4.3.32
Let's see how it will give off.
Link: 4.3.33

Content. 'Tis strange.
Link: 4.3.34


SCENE IV. The same. A room in the palace.

Scene 4 of Act 4 takes place in a room in Cleopatra's palace in Egypt. Cleopatra is with her servants, Charmian and Iras. She is feeling anxious about her meeting with Antony and is worried that he will be angry with her for betraying him. Charmian suggests that Cleopatra should show her remorse by asking Antony for forgiveness, but Cleopatra refuses, stating that she will not humble herself before him.

As they continue to talk, a messenger arrives with news that Antony is coming to see Cleopatra. Cleopatra becomes nervous and orders her servants to prepare the room and make her look beautiful. She also asks the messenger to find out Antony's mood and report back to her.

When Antony arrives, Cleopatra greets him warmly and tries to make amends for her betrayal. However, Antony is angry and accuses her of being unfaithful. Cleopatra denies the accusations and tries to convince Antony of her love for him, but he remains skeptical.

As they continue to argue, a second messenger arrives with news that Octavius has declared war on Antony. This news changes the mood in the room, and both Antony and Cleopatra become anxious and worried about the impending battle.

In the end, Antony decides to leave Egypt and fight Octavius. Cleopatra tries to convince him to stay, but he is determined to go. They say their goodbyes, and Antony leaves with his army, leaving Cleopatra behind.

Enter MARK ANTONY and CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, and others attending

Eros! mine armour, Eros!
Link: 4.4.1

Sleep a little.
Link: 4.4.2

No, my chuck. Eros, come; mine armour, Eros!
Link: 4.4.3
Come good fellow, put mine iron on:
Link: 4.4.4
If fortune be not ours to-day, it is
Link: 4.4.5
Because we brave her: come.
Link: 4.4.6

Nay, I'll help too.
Link: 4.4.7
What's this for?
Link: 4.4.8

Ah, let be, let be! thou art
Link: 4.4.9
The armourer of my heart: false, false; this, this.
Link: 4.4.10

Sooth, la, I'll help: thus it must be.
Link: 4.4.11

Well, well;
Link: 4.4.12
We shall thrive now. Seest thou, my good fellow?
Link: 4.4.13
Go put on thy defences.
Link: 4.4.14

Briefly, sir.
Link: 4.4.15

Is not this buckled well?
Link: 4.4.16

Rarely, rarely:
Link: 4.4.17
He that unbuckles this, till we do please
Link: 4.4.18
To daff't for our repose, shall hear a storm.
Link: 4.4.19
Thou fumblest, Eros; and my queen's a squire
Link: 4.4.20
More tight at this than thou: dispatch. O love,
Link: 4.4.21
That thou couldst see my wars to-day, and knew'st
Link: 4.4.22
The royal occupation! thou shouldst see
Link: 4.4.23
A workman in't.
Link: 4.4.24
Good morrow to thee; welcome:
Link: 4.4.25
Thou look'st like him that knows a warlike charge:
Link: 4.4.26
To business that we love we rise betime,
Link: 4.4.27
And go to't with delight.
Link: 4.4.28

A thousand, sir,
Link: 4.4.29
Early though't be, have on their riveted trim,
Link: 4.4.30
And at the port expect you.
Link: 4.4.31

Shout. Trumpets flourish

Enter Captains and Soldiers

The morn is fair. Good morrow, general.
Link: 4.4.32

Good morrow, general.
Link: 4.4.33

'Tis well blown, lads:
Link: 4.4.34
This morning, like the spirit of a youth
Link: 4.4.35
That means to be of note, begins betimes.
Link: 4.4.36
So, so; come, give me that: this way; well said.
Link: 4.4.37
Fare thee well, dame, whate'er becomes of me:
Link: 4.4.38
This is a soldier's kiss: rebukeable
Link: 4.4.39
And worthy shameful cheque it were, to stand
Link: 4.4.40
On more mechanic compliment; I'll leave thee
Link: 4.4.41
Now, like a man of steel. You that will fight,
Link: 4.4.42
Follow me close; I'll bring you to't. Adieu.
Link: 4.4.43

Exeunt MARK ANTONY, EROS, Captains, and Soldiers

Please you, retire to your chamber.
Link: 4.4.44

Lead me.
Link: 4.4.45
He goes forth gallantly. That he and Caesar might
Link: 4.4.46
Determine this great war in single fight!
Link: 4.4.47
Then Antony,--but now--Well, on.
Link: 4.4.48


SCENE V. Alexandria. MARK ANTONY's camp.

In Scene 5 of Act 4, a messenger informs Cleopatra that Antony has married Octavia, the sister of his rival Octavius Caesar. Cleopatra is distraught and feels betrayed by Antony's actions. She questions the messenger about the circumstances of the marriage and demands to know why Antony would choose Octavia over her. The messenger tries to explain that Antony made the decision for political reasons, but Cleopatra is not satisfied. She decides to seek revenge on Antony by sending him a message that she has died.

After the messenger leaves, Cleopatra is left alone with her feelings of anger and heartbreak. She contemplates suicide but is interrupted by her attendants. She then decides to send another message to Antony, instructing him to come to her immediately. She hopes to confront him and make him realize the depth of her love for him.

The scene ends with Cleopatra expressing her desire for revenge against Antony. She declares that she will never forgive him for his betrayal and vows to make him pay for his actions. Her attendants try to console her, but she is consumed by her anger and grief.

Trumpets sound. Enter MARK ANTONY and EROS; a Soldier meeting them

The gods make this a happy day to Antony!
Link: 4.5.1

Would thou and those thy scars had once prevail'd
Link: 4.5.2
To make me fight at land!
Link: 4.5.3

Hadst thou done so,
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The kings that have revolted, and the soldier
Link: 4.5.5
That has this morning left thee, would have still
Link: 4.5.6
Follow'd thy heels.
Link: 4.5.7

Who's gone this morning?
Link: 4.5.8

One ever near thee: call for Enobarbus,
Link: 4.5.10
He shall not hear thee; or from Caesar's camp
Link: 4.5.11
Say 'I am none of thine.'
Link: 4.5.12

What say'st thou?
Link: 4.5.13

He is with Caesar.
Link: 4.5.15

Sir, his chests and treasure
Link: 4.5.16
He has not with him.
Link: 4.5.17

Is he gone?
Link: 4.5.18

Most certain.
Link: 4.5.19

Go, Eros, send his treasure after; do it;
Link: 4.5.20
Detain no jot, I charge thee: write to him--
Link: 4.5.21
I will subscribe--gentle adieus and greetings;
Link: 4.5.22
Say that I wish he never find more cause
Link: 4.5.23
To change a master. O, my fortunes have
Link: 4.5.24
Corrupted honest men! Dispatch.--Enobarbus!
Link: 4.5.25


SCENE VI. Alexandria. OCTAVIUS CAESAR's camp.

Scene 6 of Act 4 sees the triumphant return of Octavius Caesar to Rome after his victory over Pompey. His sister Octavia is also with him, and she is to be married to Antony in order to solidify the alliance between the two men. However, Caesar is not pleased with Antony's behavior in Egypt, and he expresses his displeasure to Octavia.

Octavia is worried about what will happen when they meet Antony, but Caesar assures her that he will be diplomatic and try to smooth things over. When they arrive in Alexandria, Antony is initially pleased to see his wife, but he soon realizes that she has been sent by Caesar to spy on him and report back to Rome.

Antony is angered by this betrayal, and he accuses Octavia of being a pawn in Caesar's game. Octavia tries to defend herself, but Antony is not interested in listening. He decides to return to Cleopatra and fight against Caesar, even though he knows that this will mean war.

The scene ends with Octavia being left behind in Alexandria, feeling hurt and alone. She realizes that she has been caught up in a power struggle between two men, and that her own desires and needs have been ignored.


Go forth, Agrippa, and begin the fight:
Link: 4.6.1
Our will is Antony be took alive;
Link: 4.6.2
Make it so known.
Link: 4.6.3

Caesar, I shall.
Link: 4.6.4


The time of universal peace is near:
Link: 4.6.5
Prove this a prosperous day, the three-nook'd world
Link: 4.6.6
Shall bear the olive freely.
Link: 4.6.7

Enter a Messenger

Link: 4.6.8
Is come into the field.
Link: 4.6.9

Go charge Agrippa
Link: 4.6.10
Plant those that have revolted in the van,
Link: 4.6.11
That Antony may seem to spend his fury
Link: 4.6.12
Upon himself.
Link: 4.6.13


Alexas did revolt; and went to Jewry on
Link: 4.6.14
Affairs of Antony; there did persuade
Link: 4.6.15
Great Herod to incline himself to Caesar,
Link: 4.6.16
And leave his master Antony: for this pains
Link: 4.6.17
Caesar hath hang'd him. Canidius and the rest
Link: 4.6.18
That fell away have entertainment, but
Link: 4.6.19
No honourable trust. I have done ill;
Link: 4.6.20
Of which I do accuse myself so sorely,
Link: 4.6.21
That I will joy no more.
Link: 4.6.22

Enter a Soldier of CAESAR's

Enobarbus, Antony
Link: 4.6.23
Hath after thee sent all thy treasure, with
Link: 4.6.24
His bounty overplus: the messenger
Link: 4.6.25
Came on my guard; and at thy tent is now
Link: 4.6.26
Unloading of his mules.
Link: 4.6.27

I give it you.
Link: 4.6.28

Mock not, Enobarbus.
Link: 4.6.29
I tell you true: best you safed the bringer
Link: 4.6.30
Out of the host; I must attend mine office,
Link: 4.6.31
Or would have done't myself. Your emperor
Link: 4.6.32
Continues still a Jove.
Link: 4.6.33


I am alone the villain of the earth,
Link: 4.6.34
And feel I am so most. O Antony,
Link: 4.6.35
Thou mine of bounty, how wouldst thou have paid
Link: 4.6.36
My better service, when my turpitude
Link: 4.6.37
Thou dost so crown with gold! This blows my heart:
Link: 4.6.38
If swift thought break it not, a swifter mean
Link: 4.6.39
Shall outstrike thought: but thought will do't, I feel.
Link: 4.6.40
I fight against thee! No: I will go seek
Link: 4.6.41
Some ditch wherein to die; the foul'st best fits
Link: 4.6.42
My latter part of life.
Link: 4.6.43


SCENE VII. Field of battle between the camps.

Scene 7 of Act 4 takes place in the Egyptian queen's palace, where Cleopatra and her attendants are discussing Antony's return to Egypt. Antony has been defeated in battle and has returned to Egypt to be with Cleopatra. However, Cleopatra is not sure of Antony's loyalty to her and is worried that he may leave her again.

As they are discussing this, a messenger arrives with news that Antony has married Octavia, the sister of his enemy, the Roman Emperor Augustus. Cleopatra is furious and feels betrayed by Antony. She lashes out at Antony, calling him a "triple-turned whore" and a "coward." She also accuses him of being a traitor to Egypt and of betraying their love.

The messenger tries to calm Cleopatra down, but she is inconsolable. She orders the messenger to leave and then berates her attendants for not warning her about Antony's marriage to Octavia. She then sends a servant to bring Antony to her, but she also tells the servant to tell him that she wants nothing to do with him.

The scene ends with Cleopatra in a state of despair. She feels that Antony has betrayed her and that their love is over. She is also worried about the future of Egypt and what will happen if Antony decides to side with Augustus against her. The scene ends on a somber note, with Cleopatra lamenting the loss of her love and the uncertainty of her future.

Alarum. Drums and trumpets. Enter AGRIPPA and others

Retire, we have engaged ourselves too far:
Link: 4.7.1
Caesar himself has work, and our oppression
Link: 4.7.2
Exceeds what we expected.
Link: 4.7.3


Alarums. Enter MARK ANTONY and SCARUS wounded

O my brave emperor, this is fought indeed!
Link: 4.7.4
Had we done so at first, we had droven them home
Link: 4.7.5
With clouts about their heads.
Link: 4.7.6

Thou bleed'st apace.
Link: 4.7.7

I had a wound here that was like a T,
Link: 4.7.8
But now 'tis made an H.
Link: 4.7.9

They do retire.
Link: 4.7.10

We'll beat 'em into bench-holes: I have yet
Link: 4.7.11
Room for six scotches more.
Link: 4.7.12

Enter EROS

They are beaten, sir, and our advantage serves
Link: 4.7.13
For a fair victory.
Link: 4.7.14

Let us score their backs,
Link: 4.7.15
And snatch 'em up, as we take hares, behind:
Link: 4.7.16
'Tis sport to maul a runner.
Link: 4.7.17

I will reward thee
Link: 4.7.18
Once for thy spritely comfort, and ten-fold
Link: 4.7.19
For thy good valour. Come thee on.
Link: 4.7.20

I'll halt after.
Link: 4.7.21


SCENE VIII. Under the walls of Alexandria.

In Scene 8 of Act 4, a messenger arrives to inform Antony that his wife, Fulvia, has died and that his brother, Lucius, has raised an army against him. Antony is deeply affected by the news and sends for Cleopatra to comfort him. Cleopatra arrives with her attendants and tries to console Antony, but he is overcome with grief and anger. He blames Cleopatra for distracting him from his duties and causing him to neglect his affairs in Rome. Cleopatra protests her innocence and reminds Antony of her love for him, but he remains bitter and resentful. He orders her to leave and threatens to punish her if she disobeys. Cleopatra is hurt and confused by Antony's behavior, but she obeys his command and departs with her attendants.

Alarum. Enter MARK ANTONY, in a march; SCARUS, with others

We have beat him to his camp: run one before,
Link: 4.8.1
And let the queen know of our gests. To-morrow,
Link: 4.8.2
Before the sun shall see 's, we'll spill the blood
Link: 4.8.3
That has to-day escaped. I thank you all;
Link: 4.8.4
For doughty-handed are you, and have fought
Link: 4.8.5
Not as you served the cause, but as 't had been
Link: 4.8.6
Each man's like mine; you have shown all Hectors.
Link: 4.8.7
Enter the city, clip your wives, your friends,
Link: 4.8.8
Tell them your feats; whilst they with joyful tears
Link: 4.8.9
Wash the congealment from your wounds, and kiss
Link: 4.8.10
The honour'd gashes whole.
Link: 4.8.11
Give me thy hand
Link: 4.8.12
To this great fairy I'll commend thy acts,
Link: 4.8.13
Make her thanks bless thee.
Link: 4.8.14
O thou day o' the world,
Link: 4.8.15
Chain mine arm'd neck; leap thou, attire and all,
Link: 4.8.16
Through proof of harness to my heart, and there
Link: 4.8.17
Ride on the pants triumphing!
Link: 4.8.18

Lord of lords!
Link: 4.8.19
O infinite virtue, comest thou smiling from
Link: 4.8.20
The world's great snare uncaught?
Link: 4.8.21

My nightingale,
Link: 4.8.22
We have beat them to their beds. What, girl!
Link: 4.8.23
though grey
Link: 4.8.24
Do something mingle with our younger brown, yet ha' we
Link: 4.8.25
A brain that nourishes our nerves, and can
Link: 4.8.26
Get goal for goal of youth. Behold this man;
Link: 4.8.27
Commend unto his lips thy favouring hand:
Link: 4.8.28
Kiss it, my warrior: he hath fought to-day
Link: 4.8.29
As if a god, in hate of mankind, had
Link: 4.8.30
Destroy'd in such a shape.
Link: 4.8.31

I'll give thee, friend,
Link: 4.8.32
An armour all of gold; it was a king's.
Link: 4.8.33

He has deserved it, were it carbuncled
Link: 4.8.34
Like holy Phoebus' car. Give me thy hand:
Link: 4.8.35
Through Alexandria make a jolly march;
Link: 4.8.36
Bear our hack'd targets like the men that owe them:
Link: 4.8.37
Had our great palace the capacity
Link: 4.8.38
To camp this host, we all would sup together,
Link: 4.8.39
And drink carouses to the next day's fate,
Link: 4.8.40
Which promises royal peril. Trumpeters,
Link: 4.8.41
With brazen din blast you the city's ear;
Link: 4.8.42
Make mingle with rattling tabourines;
Link: 4.8.43
That heaven and earth may strike their sounds together,
Link: 4.8.44
Applauding our approach.
Link: 4.8.45



In Scene 9 of Act 4, the character of Cleopatra is deeply distressed and filled with grief over the death of her lover, Antony. She is inconsolable and cannot come to terms with his passing. She speaks of her love for him and how she cannot bear to live without him. She orders her servant to bring her the crown and scepter, which she then declares she will give to Octavius Caesar, the man who was Antony's enemy and the cause of his downfall.

However, Cleopatra soon changes her mind and decides that she cannot give the crown and scepter to Octavius Caesar. She plans to hide them away so that they will not fall into his hands and so that she can keep them as a symbol of her love for Antony. She speaks of how she will continue to love him even in death and how she wishes to join him in the afterlife.

Throughout the scene, Cleopatra is consumed by her grief and her love for Antony. She cannot bear the thought of living without him and is willing to go to great lengths to keep his memory alive. The scene is filled with emotion and captures the intense feelings of loss and love that Cleopatra is experiencing.

Sentinels at their post

First Soldier
If we be not relieved within this hour,
Link: 4.9.1
We must return to the court of guard: the night
Link: 4.9.2
Is shiny; and they say we shall embattle
Link: 4.9.3
By the second hour i' the morn.
Link: 4.9.4

Second Soldier
This last day was
Link: 4.9.5
A shrewd one to's.
Link: 4.9.6


O, bear me witness, night,--
Link: 4.9.7

Third Soldier
What man is this?
Link: 4.9.8

Second Soldier
Stand close, and list him.
Link: 4.9.9

Be witness to me, O thou blessed moon,
Link: 4.9.10
When men revolted shall upon record
Link: 4.9.11
Bear hateful memory, poor Enobarbus did
Link: 4.9.12
Before thy face repent!
Link: 4.9.13

First Soldier
Link: 4.9.14

Third Soldier
Hark further.
Link: 4.9.16

O sovereign mistress of true melancholy,
Link: 4.9.17
The poisonous damp of night disponge upon me,
Link: 4.9.18
That life, a very rebel to my will,
Link: 4.9.19
May hang no longer on me: throw my heart
Link: 4.9.20
Against the flint and hardness of my fault:
Link: 4.9.21
Which, being dried with grief, will break to powder,
Link: 4.9.22
And finish all foul thoughts. O Antony,
Link: 4.9.23
Nobler than my revolt is infamous,
Link: 4.9.24
Forgive me in thine own particular;
Link: 4.9.25
But let the world rank me in register
Link: 4.9.26
A master-leaver and a fugitive:
Link: 4.9.27
O Antony! O Antony!
Link: 4.9.28


Second Soldier
Let's speak To him.
Link: 4.9.29

First Soldier
Let's hear him, for the things he speaks
Link: 4.9.30
May concern Caesar.
Link: 4.9.31

Third Soldier
Let's do so. But he sleeps.
Link: 4.9.32

First Soldier
Swoons rather; for so bad a prayer as his
Link: 4.9.33
Was never yet for sleep.
Link: 4.9.34

Second Soldier
Go we to him.
Link: 4.9.35

Third Soldier
Awake, sir, awake; speak to us.
Link: 4.9.36

Second Soldier
Hear you, sir?
Link: 4.9.37

First Soldier
The hand of death hath raught him.
Link: 4.9.38
Hark! the drums
Link: 4.9.39
Demurely wake the sleepers. Let us bear him
Link: 4.9.40
To the court of guard; he is of note: our hour
Link: 4.9.41
Is fully out.
Link: 4.9.42

Third Soldier
Come on, then;
Link: 4.9.43
He may recover yet.
Link: 4.9.44

Exeunt with the body

SCENE X. Between the two camps.

In Scene 10 of Act 4, Antony is in a state of deep despair. He has just received news that Cleopatra has died and he is inconsolable. He curses himself for not being with her in her final moments and wishes to join her in death. His loyal servant, Eros, tries to stop him from taking his own life but Antony insists that he must die. Eros agrees to help him and draws his sword, but instead of killing Antony, he takes his own life. Antony is saddened by the loss of his friend but admires his loyalty and bravery.

Antony then decides to take his own life and draws his sword. He struggles to find the courage to do it but eventually stabs himself. As he lays dying, he is visited by Cleopatra's attendants who inform him that she is not actually dead but has only fainted. Antony is overjoyed at the news but it is too late, he is already dying. He asks to be taken to Cleopatra's tomb so that he can be with her in death.

Meanwhile, Cleopatra is in her tomb, mourning the loss of Antony. She decides to take her own life rather than be paraded through the streets of Rome as a captive. She sends one of her attendants to bring her a poisonous snake and waits for it to bite her. As the venom takes hold, she begins to feel the effects and starts to lose consciousness. She is discovered by her loyal servants who try to save her but it is too late, she has already died.

In the end, Antony and Cleopatra are reunited in death and their love story comes to a tragic end.

Enter MARK ANTONY and SCARUS, with their Army

Their preparation is to-day by sea;
Link: 4.10.1
We please them not by land.
Link: 4.10.2

For both, my lord.
Link: 4.10.3

I would they'ld fight i' the fire or i' the air;
Link: 4.10.4
We'ld fight there too. But this it is; our foot
Link: 4.10.5
Upon the hills adjoining to the city
Link: 4.10.6
Shall stay with us: order for sea is given;
Link: 4.10.7
They have put forth the haven
Link: 4.10.8
Where their appointment we may best discover,
Link: 4.10.9
And look on their endeavour.
Link: 4.10.10


SCENE XI. Another part of the same.

Scene 11 of Act 4 is set in Cleopatra's palace in Egypt. Cleopatra is worried about Antony's recent behavior, as he has been distant and cold towards her. Charmian, one of Cleopatra's attendants, tries to reassure her that Antony still loves her, but Cleopatra remains concerned.

As they are talking, a messenger arrives with news that Antony has married Octavia, the sister of his fellow Roman leader Octavius Caesar. Cleopatra is devastated by this news and becomes angry with Antony, calling him a traitor. She blames herself for being too trusting of him and allowing him to leave her side.

Charmian tries to console Cleopatra, reminding her of her own power and beauty. Cleopatra begins to regain her confidence and decides to take action against Antony and Octavius. She sends a message to Antony, challenging him to a battle at sea.

The scene ends with Cleopatra feeling empowered and determined to fight for her kingdom and her honor. The tension between Antony and Cleopatra has reached its peak, and the audience is left wondering what will happen next in this epic tale of love, power, and betrayal.

Enter OCTAVIUS CAESAR, and his Army

But being charged, we will be still by land,
Link: 4.11.1
Which, as I take't, we shall; for his best force
Link: 4.11.2
Is forth to man his galleys. To the vales,
Link: 4.11.3
And hold our best advantage.
Link: 4.11.4


SCENE XII. Another part of the same.

Scene 12 of Act 4 features Cleopatra, Charmian, and Iras in Cleopatra's palace. Cleopatra is preparing for her meeting with Caesar and is anxious about the outcome. Charmian and Iras try to comfort her and remind her of her own power and allure. Cleopatra then has a moment of doubt, wondering if she should surrender to Caesar and save herself from humiliation. Charmian and Iras encourage her to stay strong and remind her of her past triumphs. They also try to distract her by discussing Antony and his past love affairs. Cleopatra becomes emotional and expresses her love and longing for Antony, but also acknowledges his flaws and weaknesses. The scene ends with Cleopatra resolving to face Caesar with courage and defiance.


Yet they are not join'd: where yond pine
Link: 4.12.1
does stand,
Link: 4.12.2
I shall discover all: I'll bring thee word
Link: 4.12.3
Straight, how 'tis like to go.
Link: 4.12.4


Swallows have built
Link: 4.12.5
In Cleopatra's sails their nests: the augurers
Link: 4.12.6
Say they know not, they cannot tell; look grimly,
Link: 4.12.7
And dare not speak their knowledge. Antony
Link: 4.12.8
Is valiant, and dejected; and, by starts,
Link: 4.12.9
His fretted fortunes give him hope, and fear,
Link: 4.12.10
Of what he has, and has not.
Link: 4.12.11

Alarum afar off, as at a sea-fight


All is lost;
Link: 4.12.12
This foul Egyptian hath betrayed me:
Link: 4.12.13
My fleet hath yielded to the foe; and yonder
Link: 4.12.14
They cast their caps up and carouse together
Link: 4.12.15
Like friends long lost. Triple-turn'd whore!
Link: 4.12.16
'tis thou
Link: 4.12.17
Hast sold me to this novice; and my heart
Link: 4.12.18
Makes only wars on thee. Bid them all fly;
Link: 4.12.19
For when I am revenged upon my charm,
Link: 4.12.20
I have done all. Bid them all fly; begone.
Link: 4.12.21
O sun, thy uprise shall I see no more:
Link: 4.12.22
Fortune and Antony part here; even here
Link: 4.12.23
Do we shake hands. All come to this? The hearts
Link: 4.12.24
That spaniel'd me at heels, to whom I gave
Link: 4.12.25
Their wishes, do discandy, melt their sweets
Link: 4.12.26
On blossoming Caesar; and this pine is bark'd,
Link: 4.12.27
That overtopp'd them all. Betray'd I am:
Link: 4.12.28
O this false soul of Egypt! this grave charm,--
Link: 4.12.29
Whose eye beck'd forth my wars, and call'd them home;
Link: 4.12.30
Whose bosom was my crownet, my chief end,--
Link: 4.12.31
Like a right gipsy, hath, at fast and loose,
Link: 4.12.32
Beguiled me to the very heart of loss.
Link: 4.12.33
What, Eros, Eros!
Link: 4.12.34
Ah, thou spell! Avaunt!
Link: 4.12.35

Why is my lord enraged against his love?
Link: 4.12.36

Vanish, or I shall give thee thy deserving,
Link: 4.12.37
And blemish Caesar's triumph. Let him take thee,
Link: 4.12.38
And hoist thee up to the shouting plebeians:
Link: 4.12.39
Follow his chariot, like the greatest spot
Link: 4.12.40
Of all thy sex; most monster-like, be shown
Link: 4.12.41
For poor'st diminutives, for doits; and let
Link: 4.12.42
Patient Octavia plough thy visage up
Link: 4.12.43
With her prepared nails.
Link: 4.12.44
'Tis well thou'rt gone,
Link: 4.12.45
If it be well to live; but better 'twere
Link: 4.12.46
Thou fell'st into my fury, for one death
Link: 4.12.47
Might have prevented many. Eros, ho!
Link: 4.12.48
The shirt of Nessus is upon me: teach me,
Link: 4.12.49
Alcides, thou mine ancestor, thy rage:
Link: 4.12.50
Let me lodge Lichas on the horns o' the moon;
Link: 4.12.51
And with those hands, that grasp'd the heaviest club,
Link: 4.12.52
Subdue my worthiest self. The witch shall die:
Link: 4.12.53
To the young Roman boy she hath sold me, and I fall
Link: 4.12.54
Under this plot; she dies for't. Eros, ho!
Link: 4.12.55


SCENE XIII. Alexandria. Cleopatra's palace.

In Scene 13 of Act 4, a messenger arrives to tell Cleopatra that Antony has married another woman named Octavia. Cleopatra is furious and feels betrayed by Antony. She lashes out at the messenger and threatens to torture him for bringing her the news. However, she quickly composes herself and begins to strategize. Cleopatra decides to send a message to Octavia, warning her not to trust Antony and to leave him. She also plans to send her own messenger to Antony, telling him that she has died and asking him to come to her tomb. She hopes that this will make Antony realize how much he loves her and return to her. The scene ends with Cleopatra reflecting on her own power and the lengths she will go to in order to maintain it.


Help me, my women! O, he is more mad
Link: 4.13.1
Than Telamon for his shield; the boar of Thessaly
Link: 4.13.2
Was never so emboss'd.
Link: 4.13.3

To the monument!
Link: 4.13.4
There lock yourself, and send him word you are dead.
Link: 4.13.5
The soul and body rive not more in parting
Link: 4.13.6
Than greatness going off.
Link: 4.13.7

To the monument!
Link: 4.13.8
Mardian, go tell him I have slain myself;
Link: 4.13.9
Say, that the last I spoke was 'Antony,'
Link: 4.13.10
And word it, prithee, piteously: hence, Mardian,
Link: 4.13.11
And bring me how he takes my death.
Link: 4.13.12
To the monument!
Link: 4.13.13


SCENE XIV. The same. Another room.

In Scene 14 of Act 4, the character Antony is feeling defeated and hopeless after losing a battle against Caesar. He is alone with his servant Eros, and they discuss their options. Eros suggests that they kill themselves to avoid capture and torture by Caesar's soldiers. Antony considers this but ultimately decides to try and negotiate with Caesar instead. He sends Eros to bring Caesar a message, but as soon as Eros leaves, Antony changes his mind and decides to kill himself after all. He asks his servant to do it for him, but Eros refuses and instead offers to do it himself. Antony thanks him and they both prepare to die. However, as Eros is about to kill Antony, he suddenly changes his mind and kills himself instead. Antony is shocked and saddened by this act of loyalty and bravery, and decides to follow Eros's example by taking his own life. He stabs himself with a sword and dies, declaring his love for Cleopatra until the very end.


Eros, thou yet behold'st me?
Link: 4.14.1

Ay, noble lord.
Link: 4.14.2

Sometimes we see a cloud that's dragonish;
Link: 4.14.3
A vapour sometime like a bear or lion,
Link: 4.14.4
A tower'd citadel, a pendent rock,
Link: 4.14.5
A forked mountain, or blue promontory
Link: 4.14.6
With trees upon't, that nod unto the world,
Link: 4.14.7
And mock our eyes with air: thou hast seen
Link: 4.14.8
these signs;
Link: 4.14.9
They are black vesper's pageants.
Link: 4.14.10

Ay, my lord,
Link: 4.14.11

That which is now a horse, even with a thought
Link: 4.14.12
The rack dislimns, and makes it indistinct,
Link: 4.14.13
As water is in water.
Link: 4.14.14

It does, my lord.
Link: 4.14.15

My good knave Eros, now thy captain is
Link: 4.14.16
Even such a body: here I am Antony:
Link: 4.14.17
Yet cannot hold this visible shape, my knave.
Link: 4.14.18
I made these wars for Egypt: and the queen,--
Link: 4.14.19
Whose heart I thought I had, for she had mine;
Link: 4.14.20
Which whilst it was mine had annex'd unto't
Link: 4.14.21
A million more, now lost,--she, Eros, has
Link: 4.14.22
Pack'd cards with Caesar, and false-play'd my glory
Link: 4.14.23
Unto an enemy's triumph.
Link: 4.14.24
Nay, weep not, gentle Eros; there is left us
Link: 4.14.25
Ourselves to end ourselves.
Link: 4.14.26
O! thy vile lady!
Link: 4.14.27
She has robb'd me of my sword.
Link: 4.14.28

No, Antony;
Link: 4.14.29
My mistress loved thee, and her fortunes mingled
Link: 4.14.30
With thine entirely.
Link: 4.14.31

Hence, saucy eunuch; peace!
Link: 4.14.32
She hath betray'd me and shall die the death.
Link: 4.14.33

Death of one person can be paid but once,
Link: 4.14.34
And that she has discharged: what thou wouldst do
Link: 4.14.35
Is done unto thy hand: the last she spake
Link: 4.14.36
Was 'Antony! most noble Antony!'
Link: 4.14.37
Then in the midst a tearing groan did break
Link: 4.14.38
The name of Antony; it was divided
Link: 4.14.39
Between her heart and lips: she render'd life,
Link: 4.14.40
Thy name so buried in her.
Link: 4.14.41

Dead, then?
Link: 4.14.42


Unarm, Eros; the long day's task is done,
Link: 4.14.44
And we must sleep.
Link: 4.14.45
That thou depart'st hence safe,
Link: 4.14.46
Does pay thy labour richly; go.
Link: 4.14.47
Off, pluck off:
Link: 4.14.48
The seven-fold shield of Ajax cannot keep
Link: 4.14.49
The battery from my heart. O, cleave, my sides!
Link: 4.14.50
Heart, once be stronger than thy continent,
Link: 4.14.51
Crack thy frail case! Apace, Eros, apace.
Link: 4.14.52
No more a soldier: bruised pieces, go;
Link: 4.14.53
You have been nobly borne. From me awhile.
Link: 4.14.54
I will o'ertake thee, Cleopatra, and
Link: 4.14.55
Weep for my pardon. So it must be, for now
Link: 4.14.56
All length is torture: since the torch is out,
Link: 4.14.57
Lie down, and stray no farther: now all labour
Link: 4.14.58
Mars what it does; yea, very force entangles
Link: 4.14.59
Itself with strength: seal then, and all is done.
Link: 4.14.60
Eros!--I come, my queen:--Eros!--Stay for me:
Link: 4.14.61
Where souls do couch on flowers, we'll hand in hand,
Link: 4.14.62
And with our sprightly port make the ghosts gaze:
Link: 4.14.63
Dido and her AEneas shall want troops,
Link: 4.14.64
And all the haunt be ours. Come, Eros, Eros!
Link: 4.14.65

Re-enter EROS

What would my lord?
Link: 4.14.66

Since Cleopatra died,
Link: 4.14.67
I have lived in such dishonour, that the gods
Link: 4.14.68
Detest my baseness. I, that with my sword
Link: 4.14.69
Quarter'd the world, and o'er green Neptune's back
Link: 4.14.70
With ships made cities, condemn myself to lack
Link: 4.14.71
The courage of a woman; less noble mind
Link: 4.14.72
Than she which by her death our Caesar tells
Link: 4.14.73
'I am conqueror of myself.' Thou art sworn, Eros,
Link: 4.14.74
That, when the exigent should come, which now
Link: 4.14.75
Is come indeed, when I should see behind me
Link: 4.14.76
The inevitable prosecution of
Link: 4.14.77
Disgrace and horror, that, on my command,
Link: 4.14.78
Thou then wouldst kill me: do't; the time is come:
Link: 4.14.79
Thou strikest not me, 'tis Caesar thou defeat'st.
Link: 4.14.80
Put colour in thy cheek.
Link: 4.14.81

The gods withhold me!
Link: 4.14.82
Shall I do that which all the Parthian darts,
Link: 4.14.83
Though enemy, lost aim, and could not?
Link: 4.14.84

Wouldst thou be window'd in great Rome and see
Link: 4.14.86
Thy master thus with pleach'd arms, bending down
Link: 4.14.87
His corrigible neck, his face subdued
Link: 4.14.88
To penetrative shame, whilst the wheel'd seat
Link: 4.14.89
Of fortunate Caesar, drawn before him, branded
Link: 4.14.90
His baseness that ensued?
Link: 4.14.91

I would not see't.
Link: 4.14.92

Come, then; for with a wound I must be cured.
Link: 4.14.93
Draw that thy honest sword, which thou hast worn
Link: 4.14.94
Most useful for thy country.
Link: 4.14.95

O, sir, pardon me!
Link: 4.14.96

When I did make thee free, sworest thou not then
Link: 4.14.97
To do this when I bade thee? Do it at once;
Link: 4.14.98
Or thy precedent services are all
Link: 4.14.99
But accidents unpurposed. Draw, and come.
Link: 4.14.100

Turn from me, then, that noble countenance,
Link: 4.14.101
Wherein the worship of the whole world lies.
Link: 4.14.102

Lo thee!
Link: 4.14.103

Turning from him

My sword is drawn.
Link: 4.14.104

Then let it do at once
Link: 4.14.105
The thing why thou hast drawn it.
Link: 4.14.106

My dear master,
Link: 4.14.107
My captain, and my emperor, let me say,
Link: 4.14.108
Before I strike this bloody stroke, farewell.
Link: 4.14.109

'Tis said, man; and farewell.
Link: 4.14.110

Farewell, great chief. Shall I strike now?
Link: 4.14.111

Now, Eros.
Link: 4.14.112

Why, there then: thus I do escape the sorrow
Link: 4.14.113
Of Antony's death.
Link: 4.14.114

Kills himself

Thrice-nobler than myself!
Link: 4.14.115
Thou teachest me, O valiant Eros, what
Link: 4.14.116
I should, and thou couldst not. My queen and Eros
Link: 4.14.117
Have by their brave instruction got upon me
Link: 4.14.118
A nobleness in record: but I will be
Link: 4.14.119
A bridegroom in my death, and run into't
Link: 4.14.120
As to a lover's bed. Come, then; and, Eros,
Link: 4.14.121
Thy master dies thy scholar: to do thus
Link: 4.14.122
I learn'd of thee. How! not dead? not dead?
Link: 4.14.123
The guard, ho! O, dispatch me!
Link: 4.14.124

Enter DERCETAS and Guard

First Guard
What's the noise?
Link: 4.14.125

I have done my work in, friends: O, make an end
Link: 4.14.126
Of what I have begun.
Link: 4.14.127

Second Guard
The star is fall'n.
Link: 4.14.128

First Guard
And time is at his period.
Link: 4.14.129

Alas, and woe!
Link: 4.14.130

Let him that loves me strike me dead.
Link: 4.14.131

First Guard

Second Guard

Third Guard
Nor any one.
Link: 4.14.134

Exeunt Guard

Thy death and fortunes bid thy followers fly.
Link: 4.14.135
This sword but shown to Caesar, with this tidings,
Link: 4.14.136
Shall enter me with him.
Link: 4.14.137


Where's Antony?
Link: 4.14.138

There, Diomed there.
Link: 4.14.139

Lives he?
Link: 4.14.140
Wilt thou not answer, man?
Link: 4.14.141


Art thou there, Diomed? Draw thy sword, and give me
Link: 4.14.142
Sufficing strokes for death.
Link: 4.14.143

Most absolute lord,
Link: 4.14.144
My mistress Cleopatra sent me to thee.
Link: 4.14.145

When did she send thee?
Link: 4.14.146

Now, my lord.
Link: 4.14.147

Where is she?
Link: 4.14.148

Lock'd in her monument. She had a prophesying fear
Link: 4.14.149
Of what hath come to pass: for when she saw--
Link: 4.14.150
Which never shall be found--you did suspect
Link: 4.14.151
She had disposed with Caesar, and that your rage
Link: 4.14.152
Would not be purged, she sent you word she was dead;
Link: 4.14.153
But, fearing since how it might work, hath sent
Link: 4.14.154
Me to proclaim the truth; and I am come,
Link: 4.14.155
I dread, too late.
Link: 4.14.156

Too late, good Diomed: call my guard, I prithee.
Link: 4.14.157

What, ho, the emperor's guard! The guard, what, ho!
Link: 4.14.158
Come, your lord calls!
Link: 4.14.159

Enter four or five of the Guard of MARK ANTONY

Bear me, good friends, where Cleopatra bides;
Link: 4.14.160
'Tis the last service that I shall command you.
Link: 4.14.161

First Guard
Woe, woe are we, sir, you may not live to wear
Link: 4.14.162
All your true followers out.
Link: 4.14.163

Most heavy day!
Link: 4.14.164

Nay, good my fellows, do not please sharp fate
Link: 4.14.165
To grace it with your sorrows: bid that welcome
Link: 4.14.166
Which comes to punish us, and we punish it
Link: 4.14.167
Seeming to bear it lightly. Take me up:
Link: 4.14.168
I have led you oft: carry me now, good friends,
Link: 4.14.169
And have my thanks for all.
Link: 4.14.170

Exeunt, bearing MARK ANTONY

SCENE XV. The same. A monument.

Scene 15 of Act 4 follows the battle between Antony and Caesar's armies. In this scene, Antony is in despair and decides to end his life. He calls for his loyal servant, Eros, and asks him to kill him. Eros refuses to do so and instead kills himself. Antony then tries to kill himself but fails and asks his remaining servants to do it for him. They refuse and instead urge him to surrender to Caesar.

Antony gives in to their request and sends a messenger to Caesar to ask for mercy. Caesar allows Antony to live but demands that he surrender Cleopatra. Antony agrees to do so and sends a message to Cleopatra telling her to make peace with Caesar. Cleopatra is devastated by the news and decides to end her life rather than surrender to Caesar.

Overall, Scene 15 of Act 4 is a dramatic and emotional scene that highlights the tragic end of Antony and Cleopatra's love story. It also emphasizes the power struggle between Antony and Caesar and the devastating consequences of their actions.

Enter CLEOPATRA and her maids aloft, with CHARMIAN and IRAS

O Charmian, I will never go from hence.
Link: 4.15.1

Be comforted, dear madam.
Link: 4.15.2

No, I will not:
Link: 4.15.3
All strange and terrible events are welcome,
Link: 4.15.4
But comforts we despise; our size of sorrow,
Link: 4.15.5
Proportion'd to our cause, must be as great
Link: 4.15.6
As that which makes it.
Link: 4.15.7
How now! is he dead?
Link: 4.15.8

His death's upon him, but not dead.
Link: 4.15.9
Look out o' the other side your monument;
Link: 4.15.10
His guard have brought him thither.
Link: 4.15.11

Enter, below, MARK ANTONY, borne by the Guard

Burn the great sphere thou movest in!
Link: 4.15.13
darkling stand
Link: 4.15.14
The varying shore o' the world. O Antony,
Link: 4.15.15
Antony, Antony! Help, Charmian, help, Iras, help;
Link: 4.15.16
Help, friends below; let's draw him hither.
Link: 4.15.17

Not Caesar's valour hath o'erthrown Antony,
Link: 4.15.19
But Antony's hath triumph'd on itself.
Link: 4.15.20

So it should be, that none but Antony
Link: 4.15.21
Should conquer Antony; but woe 'tis so!
Link: 4.15.22

I am dying, Egypt, dying; only
Link: 4.15.23
I here importune death awhile, until
Link: 4.15.24
Of many thousand kisses the poor last
Link: 4.15.25
I lay up thy lips.
Link: 4.15.26

I dare not, dear,--
Link: 4.15.27
Dear my lord, pardon,--I dare not,
Link: 4.15.28
Lest I be taken: not the imperious show
Link: 4.15.29
Of the full-fortuned Caesar ever shall
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Be brooch'd with me; if knife, drugs,
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serpents, have
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Edge, sting, or operation, I am safe:
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Your wife Octavia, with her modest eyes
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And still conclusion, shall acquire no honour
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Demuring upon me. But come, come, Antony,--
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Help me, my women,--we must draw thee up:
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Assist, good friends.
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O, quick, or I am gone.
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Here's sport indeed! How heavy weighs my lord!
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Our strength is all gone into heaviness,
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That makes the weight: had I great Juno's power,
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The strong-wing'd Mercury should fetch thee up,
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And set thee by Jove's side. Yet come a little,--
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Wishes were ever fools,--O, come, come, come;
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And welcome, welcome! die where thou hast lived:
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Quicken with kissing: had my lips that power,
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Thus would I wear them out.
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A heavy sight!
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I am dying, Egypt, dying:
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Give me some wine, and let me speak a little.
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No, let me speak; and let me rail so high,
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That the false housewife Fortune break her wheel,
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Provoked by my offence.
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One word, sweet queen:
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Of Caesar seek your honour, with your safety. O!
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They do not go together.
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Gentle, hear me:
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None about Caesar trust but Proculeius.
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My resolution and my hands I'll trust;
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None about Caesar.
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The miserable change now at my end
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Lament nor sorrow at; but please your thoughts
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In feeding them with those my former fortunes
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Wherein I lived, the greatest prince o' the world,
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The noblest; and do now not basely die,
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Not cowardly put off my helmet to
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My countryman,--a Roman by a Roman
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Valiantly vanquish'd. Now my spirit is going;
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I can no more.
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Noblest of men, woo't die?
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Hast thou no care of me? shall I abide
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In this dull world, which in thy absence is
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No better than a sty? O, see, my women,
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The crown o' the earth doth melt. My lord!
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O, wither'd is the garland of the war,
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The soldier's pole is fall'n: young boys and girls
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Are level now with men; the odds is gone,
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And there is nothing left remarkable
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Beneath the visiting moon.
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O, quietness, lady!
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She is dead too, our sovereign.
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O madam, madam, madam!
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Royal Egypt, Empress!
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Peace, peace, Iras!
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No more, but e'en a woman, and commanded
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By such poor passion as the maid that milks
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And does the meanest chares. It were for me
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To throw my sceptre at the injurious gods;
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To tell them that this world did equal theirs
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Till they had stol'n our jewel. All's but naught;
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Patience is scottish, and impatience does
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Become a dog that's mad: then is it sin
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To rush into the secret house of death,
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Ere death dare come to us? How do you, women?
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What, what! good cheer! Why, how now, Charmian!
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My noble girls! Ah, women, women, look,
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Our lamp is spent, it's out! Good sirs, take heart:
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We'll bury him; and then, what's brave,
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what's noble,
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Let's do it after the high Roman fashion,
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And make death proud to take us. Come, away:
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This case of that huge spirit now is cold:
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Ah, women, women! come; we have no friend
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But resolution, and the briefest end.
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Exeunt; those above bearing off MARK ANTONY's body

Act V

Act 5 of Antony and Cleopatra is the final act of the play. It begins with Antony learning that Cleopatra has died, prompting him to take his own life. Enobarbus, one of Antony's loyal followers, also dies of a broken heart after betraying him earlier.

Antony's death is depicted in a dramatic scene where he stabs himself with a sword, but fails to kill himself outright. He is then brought to Cleopatra, where he dies in her arms. Cleopatra is devastated by his death and decides to take her own life as well.

Before she can do so, she is captured by Octavius Caesar's forces. In a final act of defiance, she sends a message to Caesar offering to surrender if he agrees to let her bury Antony with proper honors. Caesar agrees, but Cleopatra secretly plans to poison herself before he can take her as a prisoner to Rome.

The play ends with Cleopatra's death and the Roman triumph over Egypt. Although Antony and Cleopatra are ultimately defeated, their love story is immortalized in the play and serves as a reminder of the power of passion and the ultimate price of political ambition.

SCENE I. Alexandria. OCTAVIUS CAESAR's camp.

Scene 1 of Act 5 begins with Cleopatra's servant, Charmian, talking to her other servant, Iras, about how she wishes that she could be with Antony in death. Cleopatra enters the room, and Charmian tells her that Antony has died. Cleopatra is heartbroken and tells Charmian to call for her other servants.

After her other servants arrive, Cleopatra tells them that she wants to die and asks if they will die with her. They all agree, and Cleopatra tells them to bring her the asp, a poisonous snake. She asks if it is quick and painless, and her servants assure her that it is. Cleopatra then takes the asp and holds it to her breast, saying that she is coming, Antony.

As she dies, her servants mourn her passing and discuss what they will do now that their queen is gone. They decide to kill themselves as well, and one of them goes to get more snakes. The scene ends with the sound of soldiers approaching, as Octavius Caesar has arrived to take Cleopatra as his prisoner.


Go to him, Dolabella, bid him yield;
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Being so frustrate, tell him he mocks
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The pauses that he makes.
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Caesar, I shall.
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Enter DERCETAS, with the sword of MARK ANTONY

Wherefore is that? and what art thou that darest
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Appear thus to us?
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I am call'd Dercetas;
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Mark Antony I served, who best was worthy
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Best to be served: whilst he stood up and spoke,
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He was my master; and I wore my life
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To spend upon his haters. If thou please
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To take me to thee, as I was to him
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I'll be to Caesar; if thou pleasest not,
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I yield thee up my life.
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What is't thou say'st?
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I say, O Caesar, Antony is dead.
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The breaking of so great a thing should make
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A greater crack: the round world
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Should have shook lions into civil streets,
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And citizens to their dens: the death of Antony
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Is not a single doom; in the name lay
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A moiety of the world.
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He is dead, Caesar:
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Not by a public minister of justice,
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Nor by a hired knife; but that self hand,
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Which writ his honour in the acts it did,
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Hath, with the courage which the heart did lend it,
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Splitted the heart. This is his sword;
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I robb'd his wound of it; behold it stain'd
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With his most noble blood.
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Look you sad, friends?
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The gods rebuke me, but it is tidings
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To wash the eyes of kings.
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And strange it is,
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That nature must compel us to lament
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Our most persisted deeds.
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His taints and honours
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Waged equal with him.
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A rarer spirit never
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Did steer humanity: but you, gods, will give us
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Some faults to make us men. Caesar is touch'd.
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When such a spacious mirror's set before him,
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He needs must see himself.
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O Antony!
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I have follow'd thee to this; but we do lance
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Diseases in our bodies: I must perforce
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Have shown to thee such a declining day,
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Or look on thine; we could not stall together
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In the whole world: but yet let me lament,
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With tears as sovereign as the blood of hearts,
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That thou, my brother, my competitor
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In top of all design, my mate in empire,
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Friend and companion in the front of war,
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The arm of mine own body, and the heart
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Where mine his thoughts did kindle,--that our stars,
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Unreconciliable, should divide
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Our equalness to this. Hear me, good friends--
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But I will tell you at some meeter season:
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The business of this man looks out of him;
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We'll hear him what he says. Whence are you?
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A poor Egyptian yet. The queen my mistress,
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Confined in all she has, her monument,
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Of thy intents desires instruction,
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That she preparedly may frame herself
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To the way she's forced to.
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Bid her have good heart:
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She soon shall know of us, by some of ours,
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How honourable and how kindly we
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Determine for her; for Caesar cannot live
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To be ungentle.
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So the gods preserve thee!
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Come hither, Proculeius. Go and say,
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We purpose her no shame: give her what comforts
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The quality of her passion shall require,
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Lest, in her greatness, by some mortal stroke
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She do defeat us; for her life in Rome
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Would be eternal in our triumph: go,
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And with your speediest bring us what she says,
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And how you find of her.
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Caesar, I shall.
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Gallus, go you along.
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Where's Dolabella,
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To second Proculeius?
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Let him alone, for I remember now
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How he's employ'd: he shall in time be ready.
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Go with me to my tent; where you shall see
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How hardly I was drawn into this war;
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How calm and gentle I proceeded still
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In all my writings: go with me, and see
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What I can show in this.
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SCENE II. Alexandria. A room in the monument.

In Scene 2 of Act 5, a messenger arrives to tell Cleopatra that Antony has married Octavia, the sister of his fellow triumvir, Octavius. Cleopatra is devastated by this news and feels betrayed by Antony. She expresses her anger and frustration towards Antony and accuses him of being a traitor. She also worries about her own fate and the future of Egypt, as she fears that Octavius will try to take over her kingdom. Cleopatra then decides to take matters into her own hands and plans to meet with Antony to discuss their future together.

Meanwhile, Antony receives news that his wife Fulvia has died and he is left feeling conflicted about his feelings for Cleopatra and his duty as a Roman citizen. He is also aware of the political implications of his actions and fears that his relationship with Cleopatra may lead to war with Octavius. Antony ultimately decides to leave Cleopatra and return to Rome to reestablish his alliance with Octavius.

As the scene concludes, Cleopatra is left alone to contemplate her fate and the consequences of her actions. She realizes that she is no longer in control of her destiny and must now face the consequences of her choices.


My desolation does begin to make
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A better life. 'Tis paltry to be Caesar;
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Not being Fortune, he's but Fortune's knave,
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A minister of her will: and it is great
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To do that thing that ends all other deeds;
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Which shackles accidents and bolts up change;
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Which sleeps, and never palates more the dug,
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The beggar's nurse and Caesar's.
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Enter, to the gates of the monument, PROCULEIUS, GALLUS and Soldiers

Caesar sends greeting to the Queen of Egypt;
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And bids thee study on what fair demands
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Thou mean'st to have him grant thee.
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What's thy name?
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My name is Proculeius.
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Did tell me of you, bade me trust you; but
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I do not greatly care to be deceived,
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That have no use for trusting. If your master
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Would have a queen his beggar, you must tell him,
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That majesty, to keep decorum, must
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No less beg than a kingdom: if he please
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To give me conquer'd Egypt for my son,
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He gives me so much of mine own, as I
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Will kneel to him with thanks.
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Be of good cheer;
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You're fall'n into a princely hand, fear nothing:
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Make your full reference freely to my lord,
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Who is so full of grace, that it flows over
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On all that need: let me report to him
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Your sweet dependency; and you shall find
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A conqueror that will pray in aid for kindness,
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Where he for grace is kneel'd to.
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Pray you, tell him
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I am his fortune's vassal, and I send him
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The greatness he has got. I hourly learn
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A doctrine of obedience; and would gladly
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Look him i' the face.
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This I'll report, dear lady.
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Have comfort, for I know your plight is pitied
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Of him that caused it.
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You see how easily she may be surprised:
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Guard her till Caesar come.
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Royal queen!
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O Cleopatra! thou art taken, queen:
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Quick, quick, good hands.
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Drawing a dagger

Hold, worthy lady, hold:
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Do not yourself such wrong, who are in this
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Relieved, but not betray'd.
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What, of death too,
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That rids our dogs of languish?
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Do not abuse my master's bounty by
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The undoing of yourself: let the world see
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His nobleness well acted, which your death
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Will never let come forth.
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Where art thou, death?
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Come hither, come! come, come, and take a queen
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Worthy many babes and beggars!
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O, temperance, lady!
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Sir, I will eat no meat, I'll not drink, sir;
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If idle talk will once be necessary,
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I'll not sleep neither: this mortal house I'll ruin,
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Do Caesar what he can. Know, sir, that I
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Will not wait pinion'd at your master's court;
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Nor once be chastised with the sober eye
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Of dull Octavia. Shall they hoist me up
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And show me to the shouting varletry
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Of censuring Rome? Rather a ditch in Egypt
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Be gentle grave unto me! rather on Nilus' mud
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Lay me stark naked, and let the water-flies
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Blow me into abhorring! rather make
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My country's high pyramides my gibbet,
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And hang me up in chains!
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You do extend
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These thoughts of horror further than you shall
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Find cause in Caesar.
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What thou hast done thy master Caesar knows,
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And he hath sent for thee: for the queen,
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I'll take her to my guard.
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So, Dolabella,
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It shall content me best: be gentle to her.
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To Caesar I will speak what you shall please,
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If you'll employ me to him.
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Say, I would die.
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Exeunt PROCULEIUS and Soldiers

Most noble empress, you have heard of me?
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I cannot tell.
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Assuredly you know me.
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No matter, sir, what I have heard or known.
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You laugh when boys or women tell their dreams;
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Is't not your trick?
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I understand not, madam.
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I dream'd there was an Emperor Antony:
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O, such another sleep, that I might see
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But such another man!
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If it might please ye,--
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His face was as the heavens; and therein stuck
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A sun and moon, which kept their course,
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and lighted
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The little O, the earth.
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Most sovereign creature,--
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His legs bestrid the ocean: his rear'd arm
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Crested the world: his voice was propertied
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As all the tuned spheres, and that to friends;
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But when he meant to quail and shake the orb,
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He was as rattling thunder. For his bounty,
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There was no winter in't; an autumn 'twas
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That grew the more by reaping: his delights
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Were dolphin-like; they show'd his back above
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The element they lived in: in his livery
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Walk'd crowns and crownets; realms and islands were
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As plates dropp'd from his pocket.
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Think you there was, or might be, such a man
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As this I dream'd of?
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Gentle madam, no.
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You lie, up to the hearing of the gods.
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But, if there be, or ever were, one such,
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It's past the size of dreaming: nature wants stuff
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To vie strange forms with fancy; yet, to imagine
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And Antony, were nature's piece 'gainst fancy,
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Condemning shadows quite.
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Hear me, good madam.
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Your loss is as yourself, great; and you bear it
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As answering to the weight: would I might never
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O'ertake pursued success, but I do feel,
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By the rebound of yours, a grief that smites
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My very heart at root.
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I thank you, sir,
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Know you what Caesar means to do with me?
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I am loath to tell you what I would you knew.
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Nay, pray you, sir,--
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Though he be honourable,--
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He'll lead me, then, in triumph?
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Madam, he will; I know't.
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Flourish, and shout within, 'Make way there: Octavius Caesar!'


Which is the Queen of Egypt?
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It is the emperor, madam.
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Arise, you shall not kneel:
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I pray you, rise; rise, Egypt.
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Sir, the gods
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Will have it thus; my master and my lord
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I must obey.
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Take to you no hard thoughts:
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The record of what injuries you did us,
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Though written in our flesh, we shall remember
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As things but done by chance.
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Sole sir o' the world,
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I cannot project mine own cause so well
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To make it clear; but do confess I have
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Been laden with like frailties which before
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Have often shamed our sex.
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Cleopatra, know,
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We will extenuate rather than enforce:
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If you apply yourself to our intents,
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Which towards you are most gentle, you shall find
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A benefit in this change; but if you seek
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To lay on me a cruelty, by taking
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Antony's course, you shall bereave yourself
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Of my good purposes, and put your children
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To that destruction which I'll guard them from,
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If thereon you rely. I'll take my leave.
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And may, through all the world: 'tis yours; and we,
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Your scutcheons and your signs of conquest, shall
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Hang in what place you please. Here, my good lord.
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You shall advise me in all for Cleopatra.
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This is the brief of money, plate, and jewels,
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I am possess'd of: 'tis exactly valued;
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Not petty things admitted. Where's Seleucus?
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Here, madam.
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This is my treasurer: let him speak, my lord,
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Upon his peril, that I have reserved
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To myself nothing. Speak the truth, Seleucus.
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I had rather seal my lips, than, to my peril,
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Speak that which is not.
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What have I kept back?
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Enough to purchase what you have made known.
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Nay, blush not, Cleopatra; I approve
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Your wisdom in the deed.
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See, Caesar! O, behold,
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How pomp is follow'd! mine will now be yours;
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And, should we shift estates, yours would be mine.
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The ingratitude of this Seleucus does
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Even make me wild: O slave, of no more trust
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Than love that's hired! What, goest thou back? thou shalt
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Go back, I warrant thee; but I'll catch thine eyes,
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Though they had wings: slave, soulless villain, dog!
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O rarely base!
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Good queen, let us entreat you.
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O Caesar, what a wounding shame is this,
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That thou, vouchsafing here to visit me,
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Doing the honour of thy lordliness
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To one so meek, that mine own servant should
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Parcel the sum of my disgraces by
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Addition of his envy! Say, good Caesar,
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That I some lady trifles have reserved,
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Immoment toys, things of such dignity
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As we greet modern friends withal; and say,
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Some nobler token I have kept apart
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For Livia and Octavia, to induce
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Their mediation; must I be unfolded
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With one that I have bred? The gods! it smites me
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Beneath the fall I have.
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Prithee, go hence;
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Or I shall show the cinders of my spirits
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Through the ashes of my chance: wert thou a man,
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Thou wouldst have mercy on me.
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Forbear, Seleucus.
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Be it known, that we, the greatest, are misthought
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For things that others do; and, when we fall,
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We answer others' merits in our name,
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Are therefore to be pitied.
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Not what you have reserved, nor what acknowledged,
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Put we i' the roll of conquest: still be't yours,
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Bestow it at your pleasure; and believe,
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Caesar's no merchant, to make prize with you
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Of things that merchants sold. Therefore be cheer'd;
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Make not your thoughts your prisons: no, dear queen;
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For we intend so to dispose you as
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Yourself shall give us counsel. Feed, and sleep:
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Our care and pity is so much upon you,
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That we remain your friend; and so, adieu.
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My master, and my lord!
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Not so. Adieu.
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Flourish. Exeunt OCTAVIUS CAESAR and his train

He words me, girls, he words me, that I should not
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Be noble to myself: but, hark thee, Charmian.
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Finish, good lady; the bright day is done,
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And we are for the dark.
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Hie thee again:
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I have spoke already, and it is provided;
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Go put it to the haste.
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Madam, I will.
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Where is the queen?
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Behold, sir.
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Madam, as thereto sworn by your command,
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Which my love makes religion to obey,
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I tell you this: Caesar through Syria
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Intends his journey; and within three days
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You with your children will he send before:
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Make your best use of this: I have perform'd
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Your pleasure and my promise.
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I shall remain your debtor.
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I your servant,
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Adieu, good queen; I must attend on Caesar.
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Farewell, and thanks.
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Now, Iras, what think'st thou?
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Thou, an Egyptian puppet, shalt be shown
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In Rome, as well as I mechanic slaves
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With greasy aprons, rules, and hammers, shall
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Uplift us to the view; in their thick breaths,
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Rank of gross diet, shall be enclouded,
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And forced to drink their vapour.
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The gods forbid!
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Nay, 'tis most certain, Iras: saucy lictors
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Will catch at us, like strumpets; and scald rhymers
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Ballad us out o' tune: the quick comedians
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Extemporally will stage us, and present
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Our Alexandrian revels; Antony
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Shall be brought drunken forth, and I shall see
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Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness
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I' the posture of a whore.
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O the good gods!
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Nay, that's certain.
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I'll never see 't; for, I am sure, my nails
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Are stronger than mine eyes.
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Why, that's the way
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To fool their preparation, and to conquer
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Their most absurd intents.
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Now, Charmian!
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Show me, my women, like a queen: go fetch
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My best attires: I am again for Cydnus,
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To meet Mark Antony: sirrah Iras, go.
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Now, noble Charmian, we'll dispatch indeed;
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And, when thou hast done this chare, I'll give thee leave
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To play till doomsday. Bring our crown and all.
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Wherefore's this noise?
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Exit IRAS. A noise within

Enter a Guardsman

Here is a rural fellow
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That will not be denied your highness presence:
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He brings you figs.
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Let him come in.
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What poor an instrument
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May do a noble deed! he brings me liberty.
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My resolution's placed, and I have nothing
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Of woman in me: now from head to foot
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I am marble-constant; now the fleeting moon
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No planet is of mine.
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Re-enter Guardsman, with Clown bringing in a basket

This is the man.
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Avoid, and leave him.
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Hast thou the pretty worm of Nilus there,
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That kills and pains not?
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Truly, I have him: but I would not be the party
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that should desire you to touch him, for his biting
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is immortal; those that do die of it do seldom or
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never recover.
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Rememberest thou any that have died on't?
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Very many, men and women too. I heard of one of
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them no longer than yesterday: a very honest woman,
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but something given to lie; as a woman should not
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do, but in the way of honesty: how she died of the
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biting of it, what pain she felt: truly, she makes
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a very good report o' the worm; but he that will
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believe all that they say, shall never be saved by
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half that they do: but this is most fallible, the
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worm's an odd worm.
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Get thee hence; farewell.
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I wish you all joy of the worm.
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Setting down his basket

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You must think this, look you, that the worm will
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do his kind.
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Ay, ay; farewell.
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Look you, the worm is not to be trusted but in the
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keeping of wise people; for, indeed, there is no
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goodness in worm.
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Take thou no care; it shall be heeded.
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Very good. Give it nothing, I pray you, for it is
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not worth the feeding.
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Will it eat me?
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You must not think I am so simple but I know the
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devil himself will not eat a woman: I know that a
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woman is a dish for the gods, if the devil dress her
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not. But, truly, these same whoreson devils do the
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gods great harm in their women; for in every ten
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that they make, the devils mar five.
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Well, get thee gone; farewell.
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Yes, forsooth: I wish you joy o' the worm.
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Re-enter IRAS with a robe, crown, c

Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have
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Immortal longings in me: now no more
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The juice of Egypt's grape shall moist this lip:
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Yare, yare, good Iras; quick. Methinks I hear
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Antony call; I see him rouse himself
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To praise my noble act; I hear him mock
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The luck of Caesar, which the gods give men
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To excuse their after wrath: husband, I come:
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Now to that name my courage prove my title!
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I am fire and air; my other elements
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I give to baser life. So; have you done?
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Come then, and take the last warmth of my lips.
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Farewell, kind Charmian; Iras, long farewell.
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Have I the aspic in my lips? Dost fall?
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If thou and nature can so gently part,
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The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch,
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Which hurts, and is desired. Dost thou lie still?
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If thus thou vanishest, thou tell'st the world
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It is not worth leave-taking.
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Dissolve, thick cloud, and rain; that I may say,
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The gods themselves do weep!
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This proves me base:
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If she first meet the curled Antony,
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He'll make demand of her, and spend that kiss
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Which is my heaven to have. Come, thou
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mortal wretch,
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With thy sharp teeth this knot intrinsicate
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Of life at once untie: poor venomous fool
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Be angry, and dispatch. O, couldst thou speak,
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That I might hear thee call great Caesar ass
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O eastern star!
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Peace, peace!
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Dost thou not see my baby at my breast,
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That sucks the nurse asleep?
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O, break! O, break!
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As sweet as balm, as soft as air, as gentle,--
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O Antony!--Nay, I will take thee too.
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What should I stay--
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In this vile world? So, fare thee well.
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Now boast thee, death, in thy possession lies
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A lass unparallel'd. Downy windows, close;
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And golden Phoebus never be beheld
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Of eyes again so royal! Your crown's awry;
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I'll mend it, and then play.
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Enter the Guard, rushing in

First Guard
Where is the queen?
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Speak softly, wake her not.
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First Guard
Caesar hath sent--
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Too slow a messenger.
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O, come apace, dispatch! I partly feel thee.
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First Guard
Approach, ho! All's not well: Caesar's beguiled.
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Second Guard
There's Dolabella sent from Caesar; call him.
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First Guard
What work is here! Charmian, is this well done?
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It is well done, and fitting for a princess
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Descended of so many royal kings.
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Ah, soldier!
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How goes it here?
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Second Guard
All dead.
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Caesar, thy thoughts
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Touch their effects in this: thyself art coming
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To see perform'd the dreaded act which thou
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So sought'st to hinder.
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Within 'A way there, a way for Caesar!'

Re-enter OCTAVIUS CAESAR and all his train marching

O sir, you are too sure an augurer;
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That you did fear is done.
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Bravest at the last,
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She levell'd at our purposes, and, being royal,
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Took her own way. The manner of their deaths?
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I do not see them bleed.
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Who was last with them?
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First Guard
A simple countryman, that brought her figs:
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This was his basket.
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Poison'd, then.
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First Guard
O Caesar,
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This Charmian lived but now; she stood and spake:
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I found her trimming up the diadem
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On her dead mistress; tremblingly she stood
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And on the sudden dropp'd.
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O noble weakness!
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If they had swallow'd poison, 'twould appear
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By external swelling: but she looks like sleep,
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As she would catch another Antony
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In her strong toil of grace.
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Here, on her breast,
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There is a vent of blood and something blown:
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The like is on her arm.
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First Guard
This is an aspic's trail: and these fig-leaves
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Have slime upon them, such as the aspic leaves
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Upon the caves of Nile.
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Most probable
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That so she died; for her physician tells me
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She hath pursued conclusions infinite
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Of easy ways to die. Take up her bed;
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And bear her women from the monument:
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She shall be buried by her Antony:
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No grave upon the earth shall clip in it
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A pair so famous. High events as these
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Strike those that make them; and their story is
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No less in pity than his glory which
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Brought them to be lamented. Our army shall
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In solemn show attend this funeral;
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And then to Rome. Come, Dolabella, see
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High order in this great solemnity.
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