Antony and Cleopatra
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Enter Anthony, and Eros.Enter Antony and Eros AC IV.xiv.1
Eros, thou yet behold'st me?Eros, thou yet behold'st me? AC IV.xiv.1.1
Eros. EROS 
I Noble Lord.Ay, noble lord. AC IV.xiv.1.2
Sometime we see a clowd that's Dragonish,Sometime we see a cloud that's dragonish,sometime (adv.)sometimes, now and thenAC IV.xiv.2
dragonish (adj.)shaped like a dragon
A vapour sometime, like a Beare, or Lyon,A vapour sometime like a bear or lion,vapour (n.)mist, cloud, fogAC IV.xiv.3
A toward Cittadell, a pendant Rocke,A towered citadel, a pendent rock,pendent (adj.)
old form: pendant
downhanging, drooping, dangling
AC IV.xiv.4
A forked Mountaine, or blew PromontorieA forked mountain, or blue promontoryforked (adj.)cleft, twin-peakedAC IV.xiv.5
With Trees vpon't, that nodde vnto the world,With trees upon't that nod unto the world AC IV.xiv.6
And mocke our eyes with Ayre. / Thou hast seene these Signes,And mock our eyes with air. Thou hast seen these signs; AC IV.xiv.7
They are blacke Vespers Pageants.They are black vesper's pageants.pageant (n.)show, scene, spectacle, tableauAC IV.xiv.8.1
vesper (n.)evening, eventide
Eros. EROS 
I my Lord.Ay, my lord. AC IV.xiv.8.2
That which is now a Horse, euen with a thoghtThat which is now a horse, even with a thought AC IV.xiv.9
the Racke dislimes, and makes it indistinctThe rack dislimns, and makes it indistinct,rack (n.)
old form: Racke
clouds, cloud formations
AC IV.xiv.10
dislimn (v.)
old form: dislimes
obliterate, efface, blot out
As water is in water.As water is in water. AC IV.xiv.11.1
Eros. EROS 
It does my Lord.It does, my lord. AC IV.xiv.11.2
My good Knaue Eros, now thy Captaine isMy good knave Eros, now thy captain isknave (n.)
old form: Knaue
boy, lad, fellow
AC IV.xiv.12
Euen such a body: Heere I am Anthony,Even such a body. Here I am Antony, AC IV.xiv.13
Yet cannot hold this visible shape (my Knaue)Yet cannot hold this visible shape, my knave. AC IV.xiv.14
I made these warres for Egypt, and the Queene,I made these wars for Egypt; and the Queen –  AC IV.xiv.15
Whose heart I thought I had, for she had mine:Whose heart I thought I had, for she had mine, AC IV.xiv.16
Which whil'st it was mine, had annext vntoo'tWhich, whilst it was mine, had annexed unto't AC IV.xiv.17
A Million moe, (now lost:) shee Eros hasA million more, now lost – she, Eros, has AC IV.xiv.18
Packt Cards with Casars, and false plaid my GloryPacked cards with Caesar, and false-played my glorypack (v.)
old form: Packt
arrange, rig, shuffle cheatingly
AC IV.xiv.19
false-play (v.)
old form: false plaid
play unfairly
Vnto an Enemies triumph.Unto an enemy's triumph.triumph (n.)trump-cardAC IV.xiv.20
Nay, weepe not gentle Eros, there is left vsNay, weep not, gentle Eros, there is left usgentle (adj.)courteous, friendly, kindAC IV.xiv.21
Our selues to end our selues.Ourselves to end ourselves. AC IV.xiv.22
Enter Mardian.Enter Mardian AC IV.xiv.22
Oh thy vilde Lady, she has rob'd me of my Sword.She has robbed me of my sword. AC IV.xiv.23.1
No Anthony,No, Antony; AC IV.xiv.23.2
My Mistris lou'd thee, and her Fortunes mingledMy mistress loved thee, and her fortunes mingled AC IV.xiv.24
With thine intirely.With thine entirely.saucy (adj.)
old form: sawcy
insolent, impudent, presumptuous, defiant
AC IV.xiv.25.1
Hence sawcy Eunuch peace, Hence, saucy eunuch, peace! AC IV.xiv.25.2
she hath betraid me, / And shall dye the death.She hath betrayed me and shall die the death. AC IV.xiv.26
Death of one person, can be paide but once,Death of one person can be paid but once, AC IV.xiv.27
And that she ha's discharg'd. What thou would'st doAnd that she has discharged. What thou wouldst do AC IV.xiv.28
Is done vnto thy hand: the last she spakeIs done unto thy hand. The last she spake AC IV.xiv.29
Was Anthony, most Noble Anthony.Was ‘ Antony! most noble Antony!’ AC IV.xiv.30
Then in the midd'st a tearing grone did breakeThen in the midst a tearing groan did breakbreak (v.)
old form: breake
interrupt, break in on, cut in on
AC IV.xiv.31
The name of Anthony: it was diuidedThe name of Antony; it was divided AC IV.xiv.32
Betweene her heart, and lips: she rendred lifeBetween her heart and lips. She rendered life,render (v.)
old form: rendred
give up, surrender, yield
AC IV.xiv.33
Thy name so buried in her.Thy name so buried in her. AC IV.xiv.34.1
Dead then?Dead, then? AC IV.xiv.34.2
Dead.Dead. AC IV.xiv.34.3
Vnarme Eros, the long dayes taske is done,Unarm, Eros. The long day's task is done,unarm (v.)
old form: Vnarme
disarm, remove armour
AC IV.xiv.35
And we must sleepe: That thou depart'st hence safeAnd we must sleep. (To Mardian) That thou depart'st hence safe AC IV.xiv.36
Does pay thy labour richly: Go. Does pay thy labour richly. Go. AC IV.xiv.37.1
exit Mardian.Exit Mardian AC IV.xiii.37
Off, plucke off,Off, pluck off! AC IV.xiv.37.2
The seuen-fold shield of Aiax cannot keepeThe sevenfold shield of Ajax cannot keepAjax (n.)[pron: 'ayjaks, OP also a'jayks] son of Telemon, king of Salamis (also called Ajax Telemonius); fought against Troy; proverbial for his size and strengthAC IV.xiv.38
The battery from my heart. Oh cleaue my sides.The battery from my heart. O, cleave, my sides!battery (n.)assault, bombardment, blitzAC IV.xiv.39
Heart, once be stronger then thy Continent,Heart, once be stronger than thy continent,continent (n.)container, receptacle, enclosureAC IV.xiv.40
Cracke thy fraile Case. Apace Eros, apace;Crack thy frail case! Apace, Eros, apace!apace (adv.)quickly, speedily, at a great rateAC IV.xiv.41
No more a Soldier: bruised peeces go,No more a soldier. Bruised pieces, go; AC IV.xiv.42
You haue bin Nobly borne. From me awhile. You have been nobly borne. – From me awhile. AC IV.xiv.43
exit ErosExit Eros AC IV.xiii.43
I will o're-take thee Cleopatra, andI will o'ertake thee, Cleopatra, and AC IV.xiv.44
Weepe for my pardon. So it must be, for nowWeep for my pardon. So it must be, for now AC IV.xiv.45
All length is Torture: since the Torch is out,All length is torture; since the torch is out,length (n.)length of time, duration left in life, delayAC IV.xiv.46
Lye downe and stray no farther. Now all labourLie down, and stray no farther. Now all labour AC IV.xiv.47
Marres what it does: yea, very force entanglesMars what it does; yea, very force entangles AC IV.xiv.48
It selfe with strength: Seale then and all is done.Itself with strength. Seal then, and all is done.seal (v.)
old form: Seale
make final arrangements, come to an agreement
AC IV.xiv.49
Eros? I come my Queene. Eros? Stay for me,Eros! – I come, my queen – Eros! Stay for me. AC IV.xiv.50
Where Soules do couch on Flowers, wee'l hand in hand,Where souls do couch on flowers, we'll hand in hand,couch (v.)lie, sleep, go to bedAC IV.xiv.51
And with our sprightly Port make the Ghostes gaze:And with our sprightly port make the ghosts gaze:port (n.)bearing, demeanour, carriageAC IV.xiv.52
sprightly, spritely (adj.)cheerful, light-hearted, bright
Dido, and her Aeneas shall want Troopes,Dido and her Aeneas shall want troops,Aeneas (n.)[pron: e'neeas] Trojan hero, son of Anchises and Aphrodite; in Roman legend, the ancestor of the RomansAC IV.xiv.53
Dido (n.)[pron: 'diydoh] Queen of Carthage who fell in love with Aeneas when he was shipwrecked on her shores; commanded by Jupiter, Aeneas left without seeing Dido again, and she killed herself on a funeral pyre
want (v.)lack, need, be without
troop (n.)
old form: Troopes
company, retinue, band of followers
And all the haunt be ours. Come Eros, Eros.And all the haunt be ours. – Come, Eros, Eros!haunt (n.)public places, society, companyAC IV.xiv.54
Enter Eros.Enter Eros AC IV.xiv.55
Eros. EROS 
What would my Lord?What would my lord? AC IV.xiv.55.1
Since Cleopatra dyed,Since Cleopatra died, AC IV.xiv.55.2
I haue liu'd in such dishonour, that the GodsI have lived in such dishonour that the gods AC IV.xiv.56
Detest my basenesse. I, that with my Sword,Detest my baseness. I, that with my swordbaseness (n.)
old form: basenesse
cowardice, degenerateness, degradation
AC IV.xiv.57
Quarter'd the World, and o're greene Neptunes backeQuartered the world, and o'er green Neptune's backNeptuneRoman water-god, chiefly associated with the sea and sea-weatherAC IV.xiv.58
With Ships, made Cities; condemne my selfe, to lackeWith ships made cities, condemn myself to lack AC IV.xiv.59
The Courage of a Woman, lesse Noble mindeThe courage of a woman; less noble mind AC IV.xiv.60
Then she which by her death, our Casar tellesThan she which by her death our Caesar tells AC IV.xiv.61
I am Conqueror of my selfe. Thou art sworne Eros,‘I am conqueror of myself.' Thou art sworn, Eros, AC IV.xiv.62
That when the exigent should come, which nowThat, when the exigent should come, which nowexigent (n.)time of necessity, critical momentAC IV.xiv.63
Is come indeed: When I should see behinde meIs come indeed, when I should see behind me AC IV.xiv.64
Th'ineuitable prosecution ofTh' inevitable prosecution ofprosecution (n.)pursuit, chase, houndingAC IV.xiv.65
disgrace and horror, / That on my command,Disgrace and horror, that on my command AC IV.xiv.66
thou then would'st kill me. / Doo't, the time is come:Thou then wouldst kill me. Do't; the time is come. AC IV.xiv.67
Thou strik'st not me, / 'Tis Casar thou defeat'st.Thou strik'st not me; 'tis Caesar thou defeat'st. AC IV.xiv.68
Put colour in thy Cheeke.Put colour in thy cheek. AC IV.xiv.69.1
Eros. EROS 
The Gods with-hold me,The gods withhold me! AC IV.xiv.69.2
Shall I do that which all the Parthian Darts,Shall I do that which all the Parthian darts,Parthian (adj.)from Parthia, ancient kingdom of W Asia; known for skilled horsemen and archeryAC IV.xiv.70
dart (n.)arrow; or: light spear
(Though Enemy) lost ayme, and could not.Though enemy, lost aim and could not? AC IV.xiv.71.1
Eros,Eros, AC IV.xiv.71.2
Would'st thou be window'd in great Rome, and seeWouldst thou be windowed in great Rome and seewindow (v.)
old form: window'd
put in a window, place on display
AC IV.xiv.72
Thy Master thus with pleacht Armes, bending downeThy master thus: with pleached arms, bending downpleached (adj.)
old form: pleacht
intertwined, folded, bound together
AC IV.xiv.73
His corrigible necke, his face subdu'deHis corrigible neck, his face subduedcorrigible (adj.)submissive, docile, acquiescentAC IV.xiv.74
subdued (adj.)
old form: subdu'de
overcome, overwhelmed, subjugated
To penetratiue shame; whil'st the wheel'd seateTo penetrative shame, whilst the wheeled seatpenetrative (adj.)
old form: penetratiue
penetrating, deeply piercing
AC IV.xiv.75
Of Fortunate Casar drawne before him, brandedOf fortunate Caesar, drawn before him, brandedbrand (v.)mark indelibly, make conspicuousAC IV.xiv.76
His Basenesse that ensued.His baseness that ensued?baseness (n.)
old form: Basenesse
debasement, lowly state, humiliation
AC IV.xiv.77.1
Eros. EROS 
I would not see't.I would not see't. AC IV.xiv.77.2
Come then: for with a wound I must be cur'd.Come then; for with a wound I must be cured. AC IV.xiv.78
Draw that thy honest Sword, which thou hast worneDraw that thy honest sword, which thou hast worn AC IV.xiv.79
Most vsefull for thy Country.Most useful for thy country. AC IV.xiv.80.1
Eros. EROS 
Oh sir, pardon me.O, sir, pardon me. AC IV.xiv.80.2
When I did make thee free, swor'st yu not thenWhen I did make thee free, swor'st thou not then AC IV.xiv.81
To do this when I bad thee? Do it at once,To do this when I bade thee? Do it at once, AC IV.xiv.82
Or thy precedent Seruices are allOr thy precedent services are allprecedent (adj.)former, previous, priorAC IV.xiv.83
But accidents vnpurpos'd. Draw, and come.But accidents unpurposed. Draw, and come.accident (n.)occurrence, event, happeningAC IV.xiv.84
unpurposed (adj.)
old form: vnpurpos'd
unintentional, unwitting, unthinking
Eros. EROS 
Turne from me then that Noble countenance,Turn from me then that noble countenance AC IV.xiv.85
Wherein the worship of the whole world lyes.Wherein the worship of the whole world lies.worship (n.)esteem, honour, renownAC IV.xiv.86
Loe thee.Lo thee! AC IV.xiv.87
He turns from him AC IV.xiv.88
Eros. EROS 
My sword is drawne.My sword is drawn. AC IV.xiv.88.1
Then let it do at onceThen let it do at once AC IV.xiv.88.2
The thing why thou hast drawne it.The thing why thou hast drawn it. AC IV.xiv.89.1
Eros. EROS 
My deere Master,My dear master, AC IV.xiv.89.2
My Captaine, and my Emperor. Let me sayMy captain, and my emperor, let me say, AC IV.xiv.90
Before I strike this bloody stroke, Farwell.Before I strike this bloody stroke, farewell. AC IV.xiv.91
'Tis said man, and farewell.'Tis said, man, and farewell. AC IV.xiv.92
Eros. EROS 
Farewell great Chiefe. Shall I strike now?Farewell, great chief. Shall I strike now? AC IV.xiv.93.1
Now Eros. Now, Eros. AC IV.xiv.93.2
Why there then: / Thus I do escape the sorrowWhy, there then! Thus I do escape the sorrow AC IV.xiv.94
of Anthonies death. Killes himselfe.Of Antony's death. He kills himself AC IV.xiv.95.1
Thrice-Nobler then my selfe,Thrice nobler than myself, AC IV.xiv.95.2
Thou teachest me: Oh valiant Eros, whatThou teachest me, O valiant Eros, what AC IV.xiv.96
I should, and thou could'st not, my Queene and ErosI should, and thou couldst not. My queen and Eros AC IV.xiv.97
Haue by their braue instruction got vpon meHave by their brave instruction got upon mebrave (adj.)
old form: braue
noble, worthy, excellent
AC IV.xiv.98
A Noblenesse in Record. But I will beeA nobleness in record. But I will berecord (n.)recorded history, public remembranceAC IV.xiv.99
A Bride-groome in my death, and run intoo'tA bridegroom in my death, and run into't AC IV.xiv.100
As to a Louers bed. Come then, and Eros,As to a lover's bed. Come then; and, Eros, AC IV.xiv.101
Thy Master dies thy Scholler; to do thusThy master dies thy scholar. To do thusscholar (n.)
old form: Scholler
pupil, student
AC IV.xiv.102
I learnt of thee.I learned of thee. AC IV.xiv.103.1
He falls on his sword AC IV.xiv.103
How, not dead? Not dead?How? Not dead? Not dead? AC IV.xiv.103.2
The Guard, how? Oh dispatch me.The guard, ho! O, dispatch me! AC IV.xiv.104.1
Enter a Guard.Enter Decretas and a company of the Guarddispatch, despatch (v.)kill, put to death, make away with, finish offAC IV.xiv.104
1. Guard. FIRST GUARD 
What's the noise?What's the noise? AC IV.xiv.104.2
I haue done my worke ill Friends: / Oh make an endI have done my work ill, friends. O, make an endill (adv.)badly, adversely, unfavourablyAC IV.xiv.105
of what I haue begun.Of what I have begun. AC IV.xiv.106.1
The Starre is falne.The star is fallen. AC IV.xiv.106.2
And time is at his Period.And time is at his period.period (n.)full stop, end, ending, conclusionAC IV.xiv.107.1
Alas, and woe.Alas, and woe! AC IV.xiv.107.2
Let him that loues me, strike me dead.Let him that loves me strike me dead. AC IV.xiv.108.1
Not I.Not I. AC IV.xiv.108.2
Nor I.Nor I. AC IV.xiv.109
Nor any one. Nor anyone. AC IV.xiv.110
exeuntExeunt Guard AC IV.xiv.110
Dercetus. DECRETAS 
Thy death and fortunes bid thy folowers flyThy death and fortunes bid thy followers fly. AC IV.xiv.111
This sword but shewne to Casar with this tydings,This sword but shown to Caesar, with this tidings, AC IV.xiv.112
Shall enter me with him.Shall enter me with him.enter (v.)recommend [to], introduce [to], admit into societyAC IV.xiv.113
Enter Diomedes.Enter Diomedes AC IV.xiv.114
Where's Anthony?Where's Antony? AC IV.xiv.114.1
There Diomed there.There, Diomed, there. AC IV.xiv.114.2
Liues he:Lives he? AC IV.xiv.114.3
wilt thou not answer man?Wilt thou not answer, man? AC IV.xiv.115
Exit Decretas AC IV.xiv.115
Art thou there Diomed? Draw thy sword, and giue mee,Art thou there, Diomed? Draw thy sword, and give me AC IV.xiv.116
Suffising strokes for death.Sufficing strokes for death.sufficing (adj.)
old form: Suffising
sufficient, enough, adequate
AC IV.xiv.117.1
Most absolute Lord:Most absolute lord, AC IV.xiv.117.2
My Mistris Cleopatra sent me to thee.My mistress Cleopatra sent me to thee. AC IV.xiv.118
When did shee send thee?When did she send thee? AC IV.xiv.119.1
Now my Lord.Now, my lord. AC IV.xiv.119.2
Where is she?Where is she? AC IV.xiv.119.3
Lockt in her Monument: she had a Prophesying (feareLocked in her monument. She had a prophesying fear AC IV.xiv.120
Of what hath come to passe: for when she sawOf what hath come to pass; for when she saw –  AC IV.xiv.121
(Which neuer shall be found) you did suspectWhich never shall be found – you did suspect AC IV.xiv.122
She had dispos'd with Casar, and that your rageShe had disposed with Caesar, and that your ragedispose (v.)
old form: dispos'd
come to terms, make a deal
AC IV.xiv.123
Would not be purg'd, she sent you word she was dead:Would not be purged, she sent you word she was dead;purge (v.)
old form: purg'd
expel, get rid of, flush out
AC IV.xiv.124
But fearing since how it might worke, hath sentBut, fearing since how it might work, hath sent AC IV.xiv.125
Me to proclaime the truth, and I am comeMe to proclaim the truth, and I am come, AC IV.xiv.126
I dread, too late.I dread, too late.dread (v.)fear, anticipate in fear, be anxious aboutAC IV.xiv.127
Too late good Diomed: call my Guard I prythee.Too late, good Diomed. Call my guard, I prithee. AC IV.xiv.128
What hoa: the Emperors Guard, / The Guard, what hoa?What ho! The Emperor's guard! The guard, what ho! AC IV.xiv.129
Come, your Lord calles.Come, your lord calls! AC IV.xiv.130
Enter 4. or 5. of the Guard of Anthony.Enter four or five of the Guard of Antony AC IV.xiv.131
Beare me good Friends where Cleopatra bides,Bear me, good friends, where Cleopatra bides. AC IV.xiv.131
'Tis the last seruice that I shall command you.'Tis the last service that I shall command you. AC IV.xiv.132
Woe, woe are we sir, you may not liue to weareWoe, woe are we, sir, you may not live to wearwoe (adj.)sorry, sorrowful, sadAC IV.xiv.133
wear out (v.)
old form: weare
outlive, survive, outlast
All your true Followers out.All your true followers out.heavy (adj.)
old form: heauy
sorrowful, sad, gloomy
AC IV.xiv.134.1
Most heauy day.Most heavy day! AC IV.xiv.134.2
Nay good my Fellowes, do not please sharp fateNay, good my fellows, do not please sharp fate AC IV.xiv.135
To grace it with your sorrowes. Bid that welcomeTo grace it with your sorrows. Bid that welcomegrace (v.)favour, add merit to, do honour toAC IV.xiv.136
Which comes to punish vs, and we punish itWhich comes to punish us, and we punish it, AC IV.xiv.137
Seeming to beare it lightly. Take me vp,Seeming to bear it lightly. Take me up. AC IV.xiv.138
I haue led you oft, carry me now good Friends,I have led you oft; carry me now, good friends,oft (adv.)oftenAC IV.xiv.139
And haue my thankes for all. And have my thanks for all. AC IV.xiv.140
Exit bearing AnthonyExeunt, bearing Antony AC IV.xiv.140
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