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Enter Demetrius and Philo
PHILO
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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 glowed 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 gypsy's lust.
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Flourish. Enter Antony, Cleopatra, her ladies
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Charmian and Iras, the train, with eunuchs fanning
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her
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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 transformed
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Into a strumpet's fool. Behold and see.
CLEOPATRA
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If it be love indeed, tell me how much.
ANTONY
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There's beggary in the love that can be reckoned.
CLEOPATRA
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I'll set a bourn how far to be beloved.
ANTONY
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Then must thou needs find out new heaven, new earth.
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Enter a Messenger
MESSENGER
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News, my good lord, from Rome.
ANTONY
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Grates me! The sum.
CLEOPATRA
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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 scarcebearded 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.'
ANTONY
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How, my love?
CLEOPATRA
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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 shrilltongued Fulvia scolds. The messengers!
ANTONY
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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.
CLEOPATRA
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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.
ANTONY
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But stirred 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?
CLEOPATRA
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Hear the ambassadors.
ANTONY
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Fie, wrangling queen!
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Whom everything 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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Tonight 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. (To the Messenger) Speak not to us.
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Exeunt Antony and Cleopatra with the train
DEMETRIUS
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Is Caesar with Antonius prized so slight?
PHILO
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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.
DEMETRIUS
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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 tomorrow. Rest you happy!
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Exeunt
