Antony and Cleopatra
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Musicke playes. Enter two or three Seruants with a Banket.Music plays. Enter two or three Servants, with a banquet AC II.vii.1
1 FIRST SERVANT 
Heere they'l be man: some o'th'theirHere they'll be, man. Some o' their AC II.vii.1
Plants are ill rooted already, the least winde i'th'worldplants are ill-rooted already; the least wind i'th' worldplant (n.)foot, sole of the footAC II.vii.2
ill-rooted (adj.)
old form: ill rooted
unstable, unsteady, likely to fall down
wil blow them downe.will blow them down. AC II.vii.3
2 SECOND SERVANT 
Lepidus is high Conlord.Lepidus is high-coloured.high-coloured (adj.)
old form: high Conlord
flushed, red-faced
AC II.vii.4
1 FIRST SERVANT 
They haue made him drinke Almes drinke.They have made him drink alms drink.alms-drink, alms drink (n.)
old form: Almes drinke
dregs of drink given away in charity; or: drink taken in charity [to foster reconciliation]
AC II.vii.5
2 SECOND SERVANT 
As they pinch one another by theAs they pinch one another by thepinch (v.)harass, irritate, annoyAC II.vii.6
disposition, hee cries out, no more; reconciles themdisposition, he cries out ‘ No more;’ reconciles themdisposition (n.)composure, state of mind, temperamentAC II.vii.7
to his entreatie, and himselfe to'th'drinke.to his entreaty, and himself to th' drink. AC II.vii.8
1 FIRST SERVANT 
But it raises the greatet warre betweeneBut it raises the greater war between AC II.vii.9
him & his discretion.him and his discretion. AC II.vii.10
2 SECOND SERVANT 
Why this it is to haue a name in greatWhy, this it is to have a name in great AC II.vii.11
mens Fellowship: I had as liue haue a Reede that will doemen's fellowship. I had as lief have a reed that will dolief, had asshould like just as muchAC II.vii.12
me no seruice, as a Partizan I could not heaue.me no service as a partisan I could not heave.partisan (n.)
old form: Partizan
weapon with a long handle and a broad head, sometimes with a projection at the side
AC II.vii.13
heave (v.)
old form: heaue
raise, lift up
1 FIRST SERVANT 
To be call'd into a huge Sphere, andTo be called into a huge sphere, andsphere (n.)celestial globe in which a heavenly body was thought to move, orbitAC II.vii.14
not to be seene to moue in't, are the holes where eyes not to be seen to move in't, are the holes where eyes AC II.vii.15
should bee, which pittifully disaster the cheekes.should be, which pitifully disaster the cheeks.disaster (v.)[astrology] ruin, strike with calamity, bring misfortune onAC II.vii.16
A Sennet sounded. Enter Caesar, Anthony, Pompey, A sennet sounded. Enter Caesar, Antony, Pompey, AC II.vii.I7.1
Lepidus, Agrippa, Mecenas, Enobarbus, Menes, with Lepidus, Agrippa, Maecenas, Enobarbus, Menas, with AC II.vii.I7.2
other Captaines.other captains, and a Boy AC II.vii.I7.3
Ant. ANTONY  
(to Lepidus) AC II.vii.I7.4
Thus do they Sir: they take the flow o'th'NyleThus do they, sir: they take the flow o'th' Niletake (v.)measure, estimate, gaugeAC II.vii.17
By certaine scales i'th' Pyramid: they knowBy certain scales i'th' pyramid. They knowscale (n.)measuring mark, graduated line, calibrationAC II.vii.18
By'th'height, the lownesse, or the meane: If dearthBy th' height, the lowness, or the mean if dearthdearth (n.)scarcity, shortage, lack [of food], famineAC II.vii.19
Or Foizon follow. The higher Nilus swels,Or foison follow. The higher Nilus swells,foison, foizon (n.)[pron: 'foyzn] abundance, plenty, profusionAC II.vii.20
Nilus (n.)[pron: 'niylus] River Nile, Egypt
The more it promises: as it ebbes, the SeedsmanThe more it promises; as it ebbs, the seedsman AC II.vii.21
Vpon the slime and Ooze scatters his graine,Upon the slime and ooze scatters his grain, AC II.vii.22
And shortly comes to Haruest.And shortly comes to harvest. AC II.vii.23
Lep. LEPIDUS 
Y'haue strange Serpents there?Y'have strange serpents there. AC II.vii.24
Anth. ANTONY 
I Lepidus.Ay, Lepidus. AC II.vii.25
Lep. LEPIDUS 
Your Serpent of Egypt, is bred now of your mudYour serpent of Egypt is bred now of your mud AC II.vii.26
by the operation of your Sun: so is your Crocodile.by the operation of your sun; so is your crocodile. AC II.vii.27
Ant. ANTONY 
They are so.They are so. AC II.vii.28
Pom. POMPEY 
Sit, and some Wine: A health to Lepidus.Sit – and some wine! A health to Lepidus! AC I.vii.29
Lep. LEPIDUS 
I am not so well as I should be: / But Ile ne'reI am not so well as I should be, but I'll ne'er AC II.vii.30
out.out. AC II.vii.31
Enob. ENOBARBUS 
Not till you haue slept: I feare me you'l beeNot till you have slept; I fear me you'll be AC II.vii.32
in till then.in till then.in (prep.)in an inebriated state, drunkAC II.vii.33
Lep. LEPIDUS 
Nay certainly, I haue heard the Ptolomies Nay, certainly, I have heard the Ptolemies' AC II.vii.34
Pyramisis are very goodly things: without contradictionpyramises are very goodly things; without contradictionpyramis (n.)
old form: Pyra-misis
pyramid
AC II.vii.35
goodly (adj.)splendid, excellent, fine
I haue heard that.I have heard that. AC II.vii.36
Menas. MENAS  
(aside to Pompey) AC II.vii.37.1
Pompey, a word.Pompey, a word. AC II.vii.37
Pomp. POMPEY  
(aside to Menas) AC II.vii.37.2
Say in mine eare, what is't.Say in mine ear; what is't? AC II.vii.37.2
Men. MENAS  
(aside to Pompey) AC II.vii.38
Forsake thy seate I do beseech thee Captaine,Forsake thy seat, I do beseech thee, captain, AC II.vii.38
And heare me speake a word.And hear me speak a word. AC II.vii.39.1
Pom. POMPEY  
(aside to Menas) AC II.vii.39
Forbeare me till anon. Whispers in's Eare.Forbear me till anon.forbear (v.)
old form: Forbeare
leave alone, avoid, stay away [from]
AC II.vii.39.2
anon, tillfor a little while
This Wine for Lepidus.(aloud) This wine for Lepidus! AC II.vii.40
Lep. LEPIDUS 
Whar manner o'thing is your Crocodile?What manner o' thing is your crocodile? AC II.vii.41
Ant. ANTONY 
It is shap'd sir like it selfe, and it is as broadIt is shaped, sir, like itself, and it is as broad AC II.vii.42
as it hath bredth; It is iust so high as it is, and moouesas it hath breadth. It is just so high as it is, and moves AC II.vii.43
with it owne organs. It liues by that which nourisheth it,with its own organs. It lives by that which nourisheth it, AC II.vii.44
and the Elements once out of it, it Transmigrates.and the elements once out of it, it transmigrates.element (n.)(plural) elements of life, life-forcesAC II.vii.45
transmigrate (v.)
old form: Transmigrates
pass into a new life; or: decompose, rot
Lep. LEPIDUS 
What colour is it of?What colour is it of? AC II.vii.46
Ant. ANTONY 
Of it owne colour too.Of it own colour too. AC II.vii.47
Lep. LEPIDUS 
'Tis a strange Serpent.'Tis a strange serpent. AC II.vii.48
Ant. ANTONY 
'Tis so, and the teares of it are wet.'Tis so; and the tears of it are wet. AC II.vii.49
Cas. CAESAR 
Will this description satisfie him?Will this description satisfy him? AC II.vii.50
Ant. ANTONY 
With the Health that Pompey giues him, else heWith the health that Pompey gives him; else hehealth (n.)toast, salutation in drinkAC II.vii.51
is a very Epicure.is a very epicure.epicure (n.)[follower of Epicurus] someone who does not believe in divine power or a future lifeAC II.vii.52
Menas whispers to Pompey AC II.vii.53.1
Pomp. POMPEY  
(aside to Menas) AC II.vii.53.2
Go hang sir, hang: tell me of that? Away:Go hang, sir, hang! Tell me of that? Away! AC II.vii.53
Do as I bid you. Where's this Cup I call'd for?Do as I bid you. – Where's this cup I called for? AC II.vii.54
Men. MENAS  
(aside to Pompey) AC II.vii.55.1
If for the sake of Merit thou wilt heare mee,If for the sake of merit thou wilt hear me,merit (n.)
old form: Merit
meritorious service
AC II.vii.55
Rise from thy stoole.Rise from thy stool. AC II.vii.56.1
Pom. POMPEY  
(aside to Menas) AC II.vii.56
I thinke th'art mad: the matter?I think th'art mad. The matter?matter (n.)affair(s), business, real issueAC II.vii.56.2
He rises and they walk aside AC II.vii.57
Men. MENAS 
I haue euer held my cap off to thy Fortunes.I have ever held my cap off to thy fortunes. AC II.vii.57
Pom. POMPEY 
Thou hast seru'd me with much faith: what's else to say?Thou hast served me with much faith. What's else to say? –  AC II.vii.58
Be iolly Lords.Be jolly, lords. AC II.vii.59.1
Anth. ANTONY 
These Quicke-sands Lepidus,These quicksands, Lepidus, AC II.vii.59.2
Keepe off, them for you sinke.Keep off them, for you sink. AC II.vii.60
Men. MENAS 
Wilt thou be Lord of all the world?Wilt thou be lord of all the world? AC II.vii.61.1
Pom. POMPEY 
What saist thou?What sayst thou? AC II.vii.61.2
Men. MENAS 
Wilt thou be Lord of the whole world? That's twice.Wilt thou be lord of the whole world? That's twice. AC II.vii.62
Pom. POMPEY 
How should that be?How should that be? AC II.vii.63.1
Men. MENAS 
But entertaine it,But entertain it,entertain (v.)
old form: entertaine
admit into consideration, grant as a possibility
AC II.vii.63.2
and though thou thinke me poore, I am the manAnd, though thou think me poor, I am the man AC II.vii.64
will giue thee all the world.Will give thee all the world. AC II.vii.65.1
Pom. POMPEY 
Hast thou drunke well.Hast thou drunk well? AC II.vii.65.2
Men. MENAS 
No Pompey, I haue kept me from the cup,No, Pompey, I have kept me from the cup. AC II.vii.66
Thou art if thou dar'st be, the earthly Ioue:Thou art, if thou dar'st be, the earthly Jove;Jove (n.)[pron: johv] alternative name for Jupiter, the Roman supreme godAC II.vii.67
What ere the Ocean pales, or skie inclippes,Whate'er the ocean pales, or sky inclips,inclip (v.)
old form: inclippes
embrace, enclose, enfold
AC II.vii.68
pale (v.)enclose, surround, encompass
Is thine, if thou wilt ha't.Is thine, if thou wilt ha't. AC II.vii.69.1
Pom. POMPEY 
Shew me which way?Show me which way. AC II.vii.69.2
Men. MENAS 
These three World-sharers, these CompetitorsThese three world-sharers, these competitors,competitor (n.)partner, associate, colleagueAC II.vii.70
Are in thy vessell. Let me cut the Cable,Are in thy vessel. Let me cut the cable; AC II.vii.71
And when we are put off, fall to their throates:And when we are put off, fall to their throats. AC II.vii.72
All there is thine.All there is thine. AC II.vii.73.1
Pom. POMPEY 
Ah, this thou shouldst haue done,Ah, this thou shouldst have done, AC II.vii.73.2
And not haue spoke on't. In me 'tis villanie,And not have spoke on't. In me 'tis villainy; AC II.vii.74
In thee, 't had bin good seruice: thou must know,In thee't had been good service. Thou must know AC II.vii.75
'Tis not my profit that does lead mine Honour:'Tis not my profit that does lead mine honour; AC II.vii.76
Mine Honour it, Repent that ere thy tongue,Mine honour, it. Repent that e'er thy tongue AC II.vii.77
Hath so betraide thine acte. Being done vnknowne,Hath so betrayed thine act. Being done unknown, AC II.vii.78
I should haue found it afterwards well done,I should have found it afterwards well done, AC II.vii.79
But must condemne it now: desist, and drinke.But must condemn it now. Desist, and drink. AC II.vii.80
Men. MENAS  
(aside) AC II.vii.8I
For this, Ile neuer follow / Thy paul'd Fortunes more,For this I'll never follow thy palled fortunes more.palled (adj.)
old form: paul'd
decayed, weakened, enfeebled
AC II.vii.81
Who seekes and will not take, when once 'tis offer'd,Who seeks, and will not take when once 'tis offered, AC II.vii.82
Shall neuer finde it more.Shall never find it more. AC II.vii.83.1
Pom. POMPEY 
This health to Lepidus.This health to Lepidus!health (n.)toast, salutation in drinkAC II.vii.83.2
Ant. ANTONY 
Beare him ashore, / Ile pledge it for him Pompey.Bear him ashore. – I'll pledge it for him, Pompey. AC II.vii.84
Eno. ENOBARBUS 
Heere's to thee Menas.Here's to thee, Menas! AC II.vii.85.1
Men. MENAS 
Enobarbus, welcome.Enobarbus, welcome! AC II.vii.85.2
Pom. POMPEY 
Fill till the cup be hid.Fill till the cup be hid. AC II.vii.86
Eno. ENOBARBUS  
(pointing to the servant who is carrying off Lepidus) AC II.vii.87
There's a strong Fellow Menas.There's a strong fellow, Menas. AC II.vii.87
Men. MENAS 
Why?Why? AC II.vii.88
Eno. ENOBARBUS 
A beares the third part of the world man: seest not?'A bears the third part of the world, man; seest not? AC II.vii.89
Men. MENAS 
The third part, then he is drunk: would it were all,The third part then is drunk. Would it were all, AC II.vii.90
that it might go on wheeles.That it might go on wheels! AC II.vii.91
Eno. ENOBARBUS 
Drinke thou: encrease the Reeles.Drink thou; increase the reels.reels (n.)
old form: Reeles
(plural) revels, revelry, merrymaking
AC II.vii.92
Men MENAS 
Come.Come. AC II.vii.93
Pom. POMPEY 
This is not yet an Alexandrian Feast.This is not yet an Alexandrian feast. AC II.vii.94
Ant. ANTONY 
It ripen's towards it: strike the Vessells hoa.It ripens towards it. Strike the vessels, ho!strike the vessels
old form: Vessells
[unclear meaning] tap the casks; fill the cups; clink the glasses; bang the drums
AC II.vii.95
Heere's to Casar.Here's to Caesar! AC II.vii.96.1
Casar. CAESAR 
I could well forbear't,I could well forbear't.forbear (v.)leave alone, avoid, stay away [from]AC II.vii.96.2
it's monstrous labour when I wash my braine,It's monstrous labour when I wash my brain AC II.vii.97
and it grow fouler.And it grows fouler. AC II.vii.98.1
Ant. ANTONY 
Be a Child o'th'time.Be a child o'th' time. AC II.vii.98.2
Casar. CAESAR 
Possesse it, Ile make answer: Possess it, I'll make answer.possess it
old form: Possesse
have your way, go for it
AC II.vii.99
answer (n.)recompense, requital, response
but I had rather fast from all, foure dayes,But I had rather fast from all, four days, AC II.vii.100
then drinke so much in one.Than drink so much in one. AC II.vii.101.1
Enob. ENOBARBUS  
(to Antony) AC II.vii.101
Ha my braue Emperour, Ha, my brave emperor!brave (adj.)
old form: braue
fine, excellent, splendid, impressive
AC II.vii.101.2
shall we daunce now the Egyptian Backenals,Shall we dance now the Egyptian bacchanalsbacchanal (n.)
old form: Backenals
dance in honour of Bacchus [god of wine]
AC II.vii.102
and celebrate our drinke?And celebrate our drink?drink (n.)
old form: drinke
drinking-bout, carousing
AC II.vii.103.1
Pom. POMPEY 
Let's ha't good Souldier.Let's ha't, good soldier. AC II.vii.103.2
Ant.ANTONY 
Come, let's all take hands,Come, let's all take hands AC II.vii.104
Till that the conquering Wine hath steep't our sense,Till that the conquering wine hath steeped our sense AC II.vii.105
In soft and delicate Lethe.In soft and delicate Lethe.Lethe (n.)[pron: 'leethee] a mythological river of the underworld, causing oblivion to those who drank from itAC II.vii.106.1
Eno. ENOBARBUS 
All take hands:All take hands. AC II.vii.106.2
Make battery to our eares with the loud Musicke,Make battery to our ears with the loud music;battery (n.)assault, bombardment, blitzAC II.vii.107
The while, Ile place you, then the Boy shall sing.The while I'll place you; then the boy shall sing. AC II.vii.108
The holding euery man shall beate as loud,The holding every man shall beat as loudholding (n.)refrain, chorusAC II.vii.109
As his strong sides can volly.As his strong sides can volley.volley (v.)
old form: volly
utter, express, proclaim
AC II.vii.110
Musicke Playes. Enobarbus places them hand in hand.Music plays. Enobarbus places them hand in hand AC II.vii.111
BOY  
The Song.(sings) AC II.vii.111
Come thou Monarch of the Vine,Come, thou monarch of the vine, AC II.vii.111
Plumpie Bacchus, with pinke eyne:Plumpy Bacchus with pink eyne!eyne (n.)[archaism] eyesAC II.vii.112
plumpy (adj.)
old form: Plumpie
plump
pink (adj.)
old form: pinke
half-shut, blinking, tiny
In thy Fattes our Cares be drown'd,In thy fats our cares be drowned;fat (n.)
old form: Fattes
vat, wine cask, barrel
AC II.vii.113
With thy Grapes our haires be Crown'd.With thy grapes our hairs be crowned. AC II.vii.114
Cup vs till the world go round,Cup us till the world go round,cup (v.)supply with drink, make drunkAC II.vii.115
Cup vs till the world go round.Cup us till the world go round! AC II.vii.116
Casar. CAESAR 
What would you more? Pompey goodnight. Good BrotherWhat would you more? Pompey, good night. (To Antony) Good brother, AC II.vii.117
Let me request you of our grauer businesseLet me request you off. Our graver businessoff (adv.)off the ship, ashoreAC II.vii.118
grave (adj.)
old form: grauer
important, dignified, serious
Frownes at this leuitie. Gentle Lords let's part,Frowns at this levity. Gentle lords, let's part.gentle (adj.)well-born, honourable, nobleAC II.vii.119
You see we haue burnt our cheekes. Strong EnobarbeYou see we have burnt our cheeks. Strong Enobarb AC II.vii.120
Is weaker then the Wine, and mine owne tongueIs weaker than the wine, and mine own tongue AC II.vii.121
Spleet's what it speakes: the wilde disguise hath almostSpleets what it speaks. The wild disguise hath almostdisguise (n.)drunkenness, state of intoxicationAC II.vii.122
spleet (v.)split, break up
Antickt vs all. What needs more words? goodnight.Anticked us all. What needs more words? Good night.antic, antick(e), antique (v.)
old form: Antickt
make grotesque figure of, make fools of
AC II.vii.123
Good Anthony your hand.Good Antony, your hand. AC II.vii.124.1
Pom. POMPEY 
Ile try you on the shore.I'll try you on the shore.try (v.)put to the test, test the goodness [of]AC II.vii.124.2
Anth. ANTONY 
And shall Sir, giues your hand.And shall, sir. Give's your hand. AC II.vii.125.1
Pom. POMPEY 
Oh Anthony,O, Antony, AC II.vii.125.2
you haue my Father house. / But what, we are Friends?You have my father's house. But what, we are friends! AC II.vii.126
Come downe into the Boate.Come down into the boat. AC II.vii.127.1
Exeunt all but Enobarbus and Menas AC II.vii.127
Eno. ENOBARBUS 
Take heed you fall not Take heed you fall not. AC II.vii.127.2
Menas: Ile not on shore,Menas, I'll not on shore. AC II.vii.128.1
MENAS 
No to my Cabin:No, to my cabin. AC II.vii.128.2
these Drummes, / These Trumpets, Flutes: whatThese drums! These trumpets, flutes! What! AC II.vii.129
Let Neptune heare, we bid aloud farewellLet Neptune hear we bid a loud farewellNeptuneRoman water-god, chiefly associated with the sea and sea-weatherAC II.vii.130
To these great Fellowes. Sound and be hang'd,sound out.To these great fellows. Sound and be hanged, sound out! AC II.vii.131
Sound a Flourish with Drummes.Sound a flourish, with drums AC II.vii.132
Enor. ENOBARBUS 
Hoo saies a there's my Cap.Hoo, says 'a. There's my cap. AC II.vii.132
He throws his cap in the air AC II.vii.133
Men.MENAS 
Hoa, Noble Captaine, come. Hoa! Noble captain, come. AC II.vii.133
Exeunt.Exeunt AC II.vii.133
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