Antony and Cleopatra


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Antony with attendants


ANTONY

Hark! The land bids me tread no more upon't;

It is ashamed to bear me. Friends, come hither.

I am so lated in the world that I
lated (adj.) belated, benighted, overtaken by the night

Have lost my way for ever. I have a ship

Laden with gold; take that; divide it. Fly,

And make your peace with Caesar.


ALL

                         Fly? Not we.


ANTONY

I have fled myself, and have instructed cowards

To run and show their shoulders. Friends, be gone.

I have myself resolved upon a course
course (n.) 1 course of action, way of proceeding See Topics: Frequency count

Which has no need of you. Be gone.

My treasure's in the harbour. Take it. O,

I followed that I blush to look upon.

My very hairs do mutiny, for the white

Reprove the brown for rashness, and they them

For fear and doting. Friends, be gone; you shall

Have letters from me to some friends that will

Sweep your way for you. Pray you, look not sad,
sad (adj.) 3 downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomy
sweep (v.) 2 prepare, clear [a way]

Nor make replies of loathness; take the hint
hint (n.) 1 opportunity, moment, chance
loathness (n.) 2 unwillingness, reluctance, disinclination

Which my despair proclaims. Let that be left

Which leaves itself. To the seaside straightway!
straightway (adv.) straightaway

I will possess you of that ship and treasure.
possess (v.) 3 put in possession, endow

Leave me, I pray, a little. Pray you now,

Nay, do so; for indeed I have lost command.

Therefore I pray you. I'll see you by and by.

Exeunt attendants. Antony sits down

Enter Cleopatra, led by Charmian, Iras, and Eros
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count


EROS

Nay, gentle madam, to him, comfort him.


IRAS

Do, most dear queen.


CHARMIAN

Do; why, what else?


CLEOPATRA

Let me sit down. O, Juno!


ANTONY

No, no, no, no, no.


EROS

See you here, sir?


ANTONY

O, fie, fie, fie!


CHARMIAN

Madam!


IRAS

Madam, O, good empress!


EROS

Sir, sir!


ANTONY

Yes, my lord, yes. He at Philippi kept

His sword e'en like a dancer, while I struck

The lean and wrinkled Cassius; and 'twas I

That the mad Brutus ended. He alone

Dealt on lieutenantry, and no practice had
deal (v.) 1 proceed, behave, conduct oneself
lieutenantry (n.) use of subordinates, office of lieutenants
practice (n.) 4 doings, proceedings, dealings

In the brave squares of war. Yet now – no matter.
brave (adj.) 3 audacious, daring, bold
square (n.) 5 affairs, proceedings


CLEOPATRA

Ah, stand by.
stand by (v.) 1 stay close, be near at hand


EROS

The Queen, my lord, the Queen.


IRAS

Go to him, madam, speak to him;

He's unqualitied with very shame.
unqualitied (adj.) unmanned, beside himself, bereft of all capacities


CLEOPATRA

Well then, sustain me. O!


EROS

Most noble sir, arise. The Queen approaches.

Her head's declined, and death will seize her but

Your comfort makes the rescue.
rescue (n.) 1 [legal] forced removal from custody


ANTONY

I have offended reputation,
reputation (n.) honour, esteem, integrity

A most unnoble swerving.
swerving (n.) lapse, transgression, error
unnoble (adj.) ignoble, dishonourable, disgraceful


EROS

                         Sir, the Queen.


ANTONY

O, whither hast thou led me, Egypt? See

How I convey my shame out of thine eyes
convey (v.) 1 carry off, make away with, take by force

By looking back what I have left behind

'Stroyed in dishonour.
stroy (v.) destroy


CLEOPATRA

                         O my lord, my lord,

Forgive my fearful sails! I little thought

You would have followed.


ANTONY

                         Egypt, thou knew'st too well

My heart was to thy rudder tied by th' strings,

And thou shouldst tow me after. O'er my spirit

Thy full supremacy thou knew'st, and that

Thy beck might from the bidding of the gods
beck (n.) 1 beckoning, command, call

Command me.


CLEOPATRA

                         O, my pardon!


ANTONY

                                                         Now I must

To the young man send humble treaties, dodge
dodge (v.) go this way and that, haggle, drag one's feet
treaty (n.) entreaty, proposal for agreement, proposition

And palter in the shifts of lowness, who
palter (v.) prevaricate, deal evasively [with], quibble
shift (n.) 2 evasion, subterfuge, device

With half the bulk o'th' world played as I pleased,

Making and marring fortunes. You did know

How much you were my conqueror, and that

My sword, made weak by my affection, would
affection (n.) 4 love, devotion

Obey it on all cause.


CLEOPATRA

                         Pardon, pardon!


ANTONY

Fall not a tear, I say; one of them rates
rate (v.) 4 be worth, count as much as

All that is won and lost. Give me a kiss.

Even this repays me. – We sent our schoolmaster;

Is'a come back? – Love, I am full of lead.

Some wine, within there, and our viands! Fortune knows
viand (n.) (usually plural) food, victuals, foodstuff

We scorn her most when most she offers blows.

Exeunt

 
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