Antony and Cleopatra

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Caesar, Agrippa, Dolabella, and Thidias, with



Let him appear that's come from Antony.

Know you him?


                         Caesar, 'tis his schoolmaster:

An argument that he is plucked, when hither

He sends so poor a pinion of his wing,
pinion (n.) outermost feather, appendage

Which had superfluous kings for messengers

Not many moons gone by.

Enter Ambassador from Antony


                         Approach and speak.


Such as I am, I come from Antony.

I was of late as petty to his ends
end (n.) 1 purpose, aim, design
petty (adj.) 1 small, weak, inadequate, insignificant

As is the morn-dew on the myrtle leaf
morn-dew (n.) morning dew

To his grand sea.
office (n.) 1 task, service, duty, responsibility See Topics: Frequency count


                         Be't so. Declare thine office.


Lord of his fortunes he salutes thee, and

Requires to live in Egypt; which not granted,
require (v.) 1 request, ask, beg

He lessons his requests, and to thee sues
lesson (v.) 2 discipline, admonish, teach a lesson to

To let him breathe between the heavens and earth,

A private man in Athens. This for him.

Next, Cleopatra does confess thy greatness,

Submits her to thy might, and of thee craves
crave (v.) 1 beg, entreat, request See Topics: Frequency count

The circle of the Ptolemies for her heirs,
circle (n.) 3 crown, coronet, diadem

Now hazarded to thy grace.
grace (n.) 5 favour, good will
hazard (v.) 3 put into the hands of, make dependent on


                         For Antony,

I have no ears to his request. The Queen

Of audience nor desire shall fail, so she

From Egypt drive her all-disgraced friend

Or take his life there. This if she perform,

She shall not sue unheard. So to them both.


Fortune pursue thee!


                         Bring him through the bands.

Exit Ambassador
band (n.) 3 body of men, troop
bring (v.) 1 accompany, conduct, escort

(To Thidias) To try eloquence now 'tis time. Dispatch.

From Antony win Cleopatra. Promise,

And in our name, what she requires; add more,

From thine invention, offers. Women are not
invention (n.) 1 inventiveness, imagination, creative faculty

In their best fortunes strong, but want will perjure
want (n.) 3 need, requirement, necessity

The ne'er-touched vestal. Try thy cunning, Thidias.
vestal (n.) woman vowed to chastity, virgin, priestess

Make thine own edict for thy pains, which we
edict (n.) authority, judgement, valuation

Will answer as a law.


                         Caesar, I go.


Observe how Antony becomes his flaw,
become (v.) 4 bear, handle, present
flaw (n.) 4 lapse, fault, error

And what thou think'st his very action speaks

In every power that moves.


                         Caesar, I shall.

power (n.) 8 faculty, function, ability

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