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Act 1, Scene 1

Enter DEMETRIUS and PHILO DEMETRIUS and PHILO enter.


PHILO PHILO
Nay, but this dotage of our generals No, our generals infatuation is out of control. His
Oerflows the measure. Those his goodly eyes, eyes used to glow with pride when he reviewed his
That oer the files and musters of the war troops. Now his eyes devote themselves
Have glowed like plated Mars, now bend, now turn exclusively to a certain brown-skinned face. His
5 The office and devotion of their view heart used to burst the buckles on his breastplate
Upon a tawny front. His captains heart, in great fights, but now hes lost all temperance
Which in the scuffles of great fights hath burst and dedicates his heart to satisfying the lust of an
The buckles on his breast, reneges all temper Egyptian whore.
And is become the bellows and the fan
10 To cool a gypsys lust.
Flourish. Enter ANTONY, CLEOPATRA, her ladies, A trumpet fanfare announces the entrance of
the train, with eunuchs fanning her ANTONY, CLEOPATRA, her ladies and
attendants, and eunuchs with fans.
Look where they come. Look at them. Take a good look, and youll see
Take but good note, and you shall see in him that one of the three men who rule the world has
The triple pillar of the world transformed turned into a whores jester. Look and see.
Into a strumpets fool. Behold and see.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
If it be love indeed, tell me how much. If what you feel is really love, tell me how much.
ANTONY ANTONY
15 Theres beggary in the love that can be reckoned. It would be a pretty stingy love if it could be
counted and calculated.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Ill set a bourn how far to be beloved. I want to measure the extent of your love, to see
how far it stretches.
ANTONY ANTONY
Then must thou needs find out new heaven, new Then you would have to go beyond heaven,
earth. beyond earth.
Enter a MESSENGER A MESSENGER enters.
MESSENGER MESSENGER
News, my good lord, from Rome. I have news from Rome, my good lord.
ANTONY ANTONY
Grates me, the sum. Which irritaties me. Give me a summary.

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CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
20 Nay, hear them, Antony. No, listen to it, Antony. Perhaps Fulvia is angry
Fulvia perchance is angry. Or who knows with you. Who knows, maybe the baby-faced
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If the scarce-bearded Caesar have not sent Caesar has orders for you: Do this, do that;
His powerful mandate to you, Do this, or this. conquer that kingdom, liberate this one. Do it or
Take in that kingdom, and enfranchise that. well condemn you.
25 Perform t, or else we damn thee.
ANTONY ANTONY
How, my What, my love?
love?
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Perchance? Nay, and most like. Maybe? No, most likely. You cant stay here any
You must not stay here longer. Your dismission longer. Caesar has sent your dismissal, so pay
Is come from Caesar. Therefore hear it, Antony. attention, Antony. Wheres Fulvias summons
Wheres Fulvias process? Caesars, I would say excuse me, I should have said Caesars. Or do
30 both? Fulvia and Caesar both beckon you back to
Call in the messengers. As I am Egypts queen, Rome? Call in the messengers and well find out.
Thou blushest, Antony, and that blood of thine As surely as I am the queen of Egypt, Antony,
Is Caesars homager. Else so thy cheek pays shame youre blushing, which means youre Caesars
When shrill-tongued Fulvia scolds. The messengers! servant. Or that that bitch Fulvia still has the
power to humiliate you. Call the messengers!
ANTONY ANTONY
Let Rome in Tiber melt and the wide arch Let Rome be washed away in the Tiber and let the
35 Of the ranged empire fall. Here is my space. great empire fall. My place is here. Kingdoms are
Kingdoms are clay. Our dungy earth alike only dirt. The soil feeds animals as well as people,
Feeds beast as man. The nobleness of life so how does having a kingdom separate humans
Is to do thus, when such a mutual pair from beasts? The noblest thing is to do what were
And such a twain can do t, in which I bind, doing, particularly when the couple is as well
40 On pain of punishment, the world to weet matched as we are. I demand that the world admit
We stand up peerless. we are the perfect couple or else suffer the
consequences.

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CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Excellent falsehood! (to herself) What an enormous lie! Why did he
Why did he marry Fulvia, and not love her? marry Fulvia if he didnt love her? Ill pretend to be
Ill seem the fool I am not. Antony a fool and believe him. Hell never change.
Will be himself.
ANTONY ANTONY
But stirred by Cleopatra. (overhearing the last sentence) Unless he is
45 Now, for the love of Love and her soft hours, moved and inspired by Cleopatra. Now, since we
Lets not confound the time with conference harsh. love the feeling of being in love, lets not spoil the
Theres not a minute of our lives should stretch mood with serious discussion. We shouldnt spend
Without some pleasure now. What sport tonight? a minute without some kind of amusement. What
shall we do tonight?
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
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Hear the ambassadors. Meet with the ambassadors.


ANTONY ANTONY
Fie, wrangling Queen! Shame on you, stubborn Queen! Everything you
50 Whom every thing becomesto chide, to laugh, do is attractivescolding, laughing, cryingevery
To weep, whose every passion fully strives emotion seems admirable when you express it. I
To make itself, in thee, fair and admired! wont see any messengers but yours. Tonight well
No messenger but thine, and all alone wander through the streets and observe the
Tonight well wander through the streets and note people. Come, my Queen. Thats what you
55 The qualities of people. Come, my Queen, wanted to do last night. (to
Last night you did desire it.(to theMESSENGER ) Dont talk to us.
the MESSENGER )Speak not to us.
Exeunt ANTONY and CLEOPATRA with the train ANTONY and CLEOPATRA exit with their
attendants.
DEMETRIUS DEMETRIUS
Is Caesar with Antonius prized so slight? Does Antony have so little respect for Caesar?
PHILO PHILO
Sir, sometimes when he is not Antony Sir, sometimes hes like a different person, a
He comes too short of that great property person who cant measure up to the former
60 Which still should go with Antony. Antony.

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DEMETRIUS DEMETRIUS
I am full Im sad to say this confirms the stories being told
sorry about him in Rome, which I had taken to be lies.
That he approves the common liar, who Well, Ill hope things change for the better soon.
Thus speaks of him at Rome, but I will hope Have a good night!
Of better deeds tomorrow. Rest you happy!
Exeunt They exit.

Act 1, Scene 2

Enter ENOBARBUS, LAMPRIUS, ENOBARBUS, LAMPRIUS,


a SOOTHSAYER, theFORTUNETELLER,
Rannius, LUCILLIUS, CHARMIAN, IRAS,MARDIA Rannius, LUCILLUS,CHARMIAN, IRAS, MARDIA
N the eunuch, and ALEXAS N the eunuch, andALEXAS enter.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Lord Alexas, sweet Alexas, most anything Alexas, Lord Alexas, sweet Alexas, most anything Alexas,
almost most absolute Alexas, wheres the almost the most consummate Alexas, wheres the
soothsayer that you praised so to th Queen? Oh fortuneteller you recommended so highly to the
that I knew this husband, which, you say, must Queen? Oh, I only wish I knew the name of that
charge his horns with garlands! husband you said he predicted will have a cheating
wife!
ALEXAS ALEXAS
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5 Soothsayer! (calling) Fortuneteller!


SOOTHSAYER FORTUNETELLER
Your will? What can I do for you?
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
(to ALEXAS ) Is this the (to ALEXAS ) Is this the man you recommended?
man? (to SOOTHSAYER ) Is t you, sir, that know (to the FORTUNETELLER ) Are you the man who
things? knows the future?
SOOTHSAYER FORTUNETELLER
In natures infinite book of secrecy I can understand a few of natures infinite secrets.
A little I can read.
ALEXAS ALEXAS
10 (to CHARMIAN ) Show him your hand. (to CHARMIAN ) Give him your hand to read.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
(to servants within) Bring in the banquet quickly. (to the servants) Bring the dessert in right away, and
Wine enough make sure theres enough wine to toast Cleopatras
Cleopatras health to drink. health.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
(giving hand to SOOTHSAYER ) Good sir, give me (giving her hand to the FORTUNETELLER ) Kind
good fortune. sir, give me a good fortune.
SOOTHSAYER FORTUNETELLER
I make not, but foresee. I dont make fortunes; I only see them.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
15 Pray, then, foresee me one. Then see a good one for me.
SOOTHSAYER FORTUNETELLER
You shall be yet far fairer than you are. Your beauty will be even greater than it is now.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
(to the others) He means in flesh. (to the others) He means Ill get fat.
IRAS IRAS
No, you shall paint when you are old. No, he means youll use makeup when youre old.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Wrinkles forbid! May my wrinkles forbid that!
ALEXAS ALEXAS
20 Vex not his prescience. Be attentive. Dont joke about his predictions. Pay attention.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Hush! Quiet!
SOOTHSAYER FORTUNETELLER
You shall be more beloving than beloved. You will love more than you are loved.

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CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
I had rather heat my liver with drinking. I would rather get passion from drink than from
love.
ALEXAS ALEXAS
Nay, hear him. Just listen to him.
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CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
25 Good now, some excellent fortune! Let me be married Be kind now and tell me some excellent fortune.
to three kings in a forenoon and widow them all. Let Tell me that Ill marry three kings before noon and
me have a child at fifty, to whom Herod of Jewry may be widowed by all of them. Tell me Ill have a child
do homage. Find me to marry me with Octavius when Im fifty who will be honored even byHerod
Caesar, and companion me with my mistress. of Judea. Let me marry Octavius Caesar and
become my Queens equal.
SOOTHSAYER FORTUNETELLER
30 You shall outlive the lady whom you serve. You will outlive the Queen.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Oh, excellent! I love long life better than figs. Oh, excellent! I love long life better than figs.
SOOTHSAYER FORTUNETELLER
You have seen and proved a fairer former fortune You have already had better fortune than the
Than that which is to approach. future will bring.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Then belike my children shall have no names. Prithee, Then my children will probably be illegitimate. Tell
how many boys and wenches must I have? me, please: how many boys and girls will I have?
SOOTHSAYER FORTUNETELLER
If every of your wishes had a womb, If every time you wished for a child you could have
And fertile every wish, a million. had one, you would have a million children.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Out, fool! I forgive thee for a witch. Get out of here, you fool! Since youre a
fortuneteller I wont bring charges of witchcraft
against you.
ALEXAS ALEXAS
You think none but your sheets are privy to your You seem to think no one outside of your bedroom
wishes. knows what you wish.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
40 (to SOOTHSAYER ) Nay, come, tell Iras hers. (to FORTUNETELLER ) Never mind. Tell Irass
fortune.
ALEXAS ALEXAS
Well know all our fortunes. Well all want our fortune told.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Mine, and most of our fortunes tonight, shall be My fortunelike that of many of us tonightis to
drunk to bed. go drunk to bed.
IRAS IRAS
(giving her hand to the SOOTHSAYER ) Theres a (giving her hand to
palm presages chastity, if nothing else. the FORTUNETELLER )Theres a palm that will
predict a chaste life, if nothing else.

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CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Een as the oerflowing Nilus presageth famine. Like the overflowing Nile predicts famine.
IRAS IRAS
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Go, you wild bedfellow, you cannot soothsay. Oh stop it, you lusty bed-hopper. You cant see the
future.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Nay, if an oily palm be not a fruitful prognostication, I Well, if a moist palm isnt a clear sign of
cannot scratch mine ear.Prithee, tell her but a promiscuity, then I cant scratch my own
workaday fortune. ear. (toFORTUNETELLER ) Please, tell her an
ordinary fortune.
SOOTHSAYER FORTUNETELLER
Your fortunes are alike. Your fortunes are the same.
IRAS IRAS
But how, but how? Give me particulars. But how? How is that possible? Give me details.
SOOTHSAYER FORTUNETELLER
I have said. Ive said what I have to say.
IRAS IRAS
Am I not an inch of fortune better than she? Isnt my fortune just a little better than hers? By an
inch, even?
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
55 Well, if you were but an inch of fortune better than I, Well, if you could have just an inch of better
where would you choose it? fortune than me, where would you like the
improvement?
IRAS IRAS
Not in my husbands nose. Not in my husbands nose.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Our worser thoughts heavens mend. May heaven save us from indecent thoughts!
Alexas! (toSOOTHSAYER ) Come, his fortune, his Alexas! (to the FORTUNETELLER ) Come and tell
fortune! Oh, let him marry a woman that cannot go, his fortune. Let him marry a woman he cant
sweet Isis, I beseech thee, and let her die too, and satisfy, dear Isis, I pray! And then let her die, and
give him a worse, and let worse follow worse, till the give him someone worse. Then let her die, and let
worst of all follow him laughing to his grave, fifty-fold a her replacement be even worse. And so on until
cuckold! Good Isis, hear me this prayer, though thou the last one, who is unfaithful with at least fifty
deny me a matter of more weight, good Isis, I other men and laughs at him until he dies. I beg
beseech thee! you to grant my prayer, good Isis, even though it
means you deny me something more important for
myself. Good Isis, I beg you!
IRAS IRAS
65 Amen, dear goddess, hear that prayer of the people! Amen, dear goddess. Listen to our prayer. If its
For, as it is a heartbreaking to see a handsome man sad to see a handsome man with a cheating wife,
loose-wived, so it is a deadly sorrow to behold a foul its a tragedy to see an ugly thug with a wife whos
knave uncuckolded. Therefore, dear Isis, keep faithful. Therefore, dear Isis, do the right thing and
decorum, and fortune him accordingly. give him the fortune he deserves.

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CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
70 Amen. Amen.
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ALEXAS ALEXAS
(to himself) Lo now, if it lay in their hands to make me (to himself) See! If they could make me a cuckold,
a cuckold, they would make themselves whores but theyd whore themselves in order to see it done.
theyd do t.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Hush! Here comes Antony. Quiet! Here comes Antony.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Not he. The Queen. Its not him; its the Queen.
Enter CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA enters.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
75 Saw you my lord? Have you seen my lord?
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
No, lady. No, lady.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Was he not here? Wasnt he here?
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
No, madam. No, madam.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
He was disposed to mirth, but on the sudden He was in a good mood, and then suddenly he
80 A Roman thought hath struck him.Enobarbus! started thinking of Rome. Enobarbus?
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Madam? Madam?
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Seek him and bring him hither. Find him and bring him here. Wheres Alexas?
Wheres Alexas?
ALEXAS ALEXAS
Here at your service. My lord approaches. Here, at your service. Here comes my lord.
Enter ANTONY with the FIRST MESSENGER ANTONY and the FIRST MESSENGER enter.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
85 We will not look upon him. Go with us. I wont see him. Everyone come with me.
Exeunt all but ANTONY and the FIRST Everyone follows CLEOPATRA out,
MESSENGER leavingANTONY and the FIRST MESSENGER.
FIRST MESSENGER FIRST MESSENGER
Fulvia thy wife first came into the field. Your wife, Fulvia, mustered her army first.
ANTONY ANTONY
Against my brother Lucius? Against my brother Lucius?
FIRST MESSENGER FIRST MESSENGER
Ay. Yes. But that war ended as soon as circumstances
But soon that war had end, and the times state made it advisable for them to join together against
90 Made friends of them, joining their force gainst Caesar. But in their very first battle, Caesar won
Caesar, and drove them out of Italy.
Whose better issue in the war from Italy
Upon the first encounter drave them.

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ANTONY ANTONY
Well, what worst? Well, give me the worst news.
FIRST MESSENGER FIRST MESSENGER
The nature of bad news infects the teller. The bearer of bad news is often blamed for it.
ANTONY ANTONY
95 When it concerns the fool or coward. On. Only if the hearer is a fool or a coward. Go on. As
Things that are past are done, with me. Tis thus: far as Im concerned, whats past is done. Its like
Who tells me true, though in his tale lie death, this: as long as a person tells me the truth, even
I hear him as he flattered. though it means my death, I will listen as though
he praised me.
FIRST MESSENGER FIRST MESSENGER
Labienus The news is disturbing. Labienus, with the army
This is stiff newshath with his Parthian force he led in Parthia, has conquered all of Asia, all
100 Extended Asia: from Euphrates the way to the Euphrates River, including Syria,
His conquering banner shook, from Syria Lydia, and Ionia, while
To Lydia and to Ionia,
Whilst
ANTONY ANTONY
Antony, thou wouldst say. While Antony . . . is what you want to say.
FIRST MESSENGER FIRST MESSENGER
O my lord! Oh, my lord!
ANTONY ANTONY
105 Speak to me home. Mince not the general tongue. Speak plainly. Dont tone down what the people
Name Cleopatra as she is called in Rome. are saying. Call Cleopatra what the Romans call
Rail thou in Fulvias phrase, and taunt my faults her. Use Fulvias abusive language. Freely scold
With such full license as both truth and malice me for my faults with as much severity as an
Have power to utter. Oh, then we bring forth weeds enemy with truth on his side. Its easy to err when
110 When our quick minds lie still, and our ills told us left to our own devices, but criticism helps us to
Is as our earing. see our faults and correct them.
Enter SECOND MESSENGER A SECOND MESSENGER enters.
Fare thee well awhile. Good-bye for a while.

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FIRST MESSENGER FIRST MESSENGER


At your noble pleasure. Ill be at your service.
Exit FIRST MESSENGER The FIRST MESSENGER exits.
ANTONY ANTONY
From Sicyon, how, the news? Speak there. Whats the news from Sicyon. Tell me.
SECOND MESSENGER SECOND MESSENGER
The man from Sicyon The man from Sicyon
ANTONY ANTONY
Is there such an one? Is he here?
SECOND MESSENGER SECOND MESSENGER
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115 He stays upon your will. Hes waiting outside.


ANTONY ANTONY
Let him appear. Have him come in.
Exit SECOND MESSENGER The SECOND MESSENGER exits.
These strong Egyptian fetters I must break, (to himself) I must break Cleopatras powerful
Or lose myself in dotage. hold over me or else Ill lose myself in foolish
infatuation.
Enter THIRD MESSENGER, with a letter A THIRD MESSENGER enters with a letter.
What are you? Whats your message?
THIRD MESSENGER THIRD MESSENGER
Fulvia thy wife is dead. Your wife, Fulvia, is dead.
ANTONY ANTONY
Where died she? Where did she die?
THIRD MESSENGER THIRD MESSENGER
In Sicyon. In Sicyon. In this letter youll find details of her
120 Her length of sickness, with what else more serious illness and other, more serious matters that
Importeth thee to know, this bears. concern you.
He gives ANTONY a letter He hands the letter to ANTONY.
ANTONY ANTONY
Forbear Leave me.
me.
Exit THIRD MESSENGER The THIRD MESSENGER exits.
(to himself) Theres a great spirit gone! Thus did I (to himself) A great spirit has gone from the
desire it. world! This is what I wanted. Once its gone, the
What our contempts doth often hurl from us very thing we reject becomes what we desire.
125 We wish it ours again. The present pleasure, Whats enjoyable one day becomes the opposite
By revolution lowering, does become as time rolls around. Now that shes gone, I want
The opposite of itself. Shes good, being gone. her. Now I would call her back, though I pushed
The hand could pluck her back that shoved her on. her away. I have to break from this beguiling
I must from this enchanting Queen break off. Queen. The time Ive wasted here has caused
130 Ten thousand harms, more than the ills I know ten thousand more problems than the ones I
My idleness doth hatch.How now, Enobarbus! know about. (calling) Are you there, Enobarbus?

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Enter ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS enters.


ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Whats your pleasure, sir? What would you like, sir?
ANTONY ANTONY
I must with haste from hence. I have to leave right away.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Why, then, we kill all our women. We see how mortal That will kill our lovers. We know how much they
an unkindness is to them. If they suffer our departure, suffer if we are unkind to them. If we leave, it will
deaths the word. feel like nothing less than death to them.
ANTONY ANTONY
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I must be gone. I must be gone.


ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Under a compelling occasion, let women die. It were If its that important, then let the women die. It
pity to cast them away for nothing, though between would be a pity to throw them away for nothing,
them and a great cause they should be esteemed but if its a matter of choosing between them and
nothing. Cleopatra, catching but the least noise of a great cause, then theyre worthless. If Cleopatra
this, dies instantly. I have seen her die twenty times hears even a breath of this, shell die immediately.
upon far poorer moment. I do think there is mettle in Ive seen her claim to be dying twenty times
death, which commits some loving act upon her, she before, and for far less reason. I think there must
hath such a celerity in dying. be something invigorating about death, since she
dies with such enthusiasm.
ANTONY ANTONY
She is cunning past mans thought. Shes more cunning than anyone can imagine.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
145 Alack, sir, no, her passions are made of nothing but Alas, sir, no, her feelings come from pure love,
the finest part of pure love. We cannot call her winds not cleverness. Her sighs and tears are like great
and waters sighs and tears. They are greater storms winds and floods. She has more storms and
and tempests than almanacs can report. This cannot tempests in her than a weather almanac. Her
be cunning in her. If it be, she makes a shower of rain temper is not a trick or a skillif it is, she can
as well as Jove. make it rain as well as Jove.
ANTONY ANTONY
Would I had never seen her! I wish Id never seen her!
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
O sir, you had then left unseen a wonderful piece of Then youd have missed an amazing piece of
work which not to have been blessed withal would work, sir, and your trip would have been poorer
have discredited your travel. for the loss.

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ANTONY ANTONY
155 Fulvia is dead. Fulvia is dead.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Sir? Pardon me?
ANTONY ANTONY
Fulvia is dead. Fulvia is dead.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Fulvia? Fulvia?
ANTONY ANTONY
Dead. Dead.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
160 Why, sir, give the gods a thankful sacrifice. When it Then you should offer the gods a sacrifice to
pleaseth their deities to take the wife of a man from show your thanks. When a mans wife dies, he
him, it shows to man the tailors of the earth, can be comforted by the knowledge that there are
comforting therein, that when old robes are worn out, replacements to be found. If Fulvia were the last
there are members to make new. If there were no woman on earth, there would be a reason to
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more women but Fulvia, then had you indeed a cut, grieve. But in this way, grief and comfort appear
and the case to be lamented. This grief is crowned together. The only kind of tears you should shed
with consolation. Your old smock brings forth a new in this case are the kind you might get from
petticoat, and indeed the tears live in an onion that holding an onion to your nose.
should water this sorrow.
ANTONY ANTONY
The business she hath broached in the state I must go and continue the business Fulvia
170 Cannot endure my absence. started.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
And the business you have broached here cannot be The business you began here needs you as well
without you, especially that of Cleopatras, which especially the business with Cleopatra, which
wholly depends on your abode. only you can attend to.
ANTONY ANTONY
No more light answers. Let our officers Enough of this frivolous talk. Give our officers
175 Have notice what we purpose. I shall break notice of our intentions. Ill tell the Queen the
The cause of our expedience to the Queen reason for our quick departure and get her
And get her leave to part. For not alone permission to leave. Fulvias death and the
The death of Fulvia, with more urgent touches, pressing concerns related to it are not the only
Do strongly speak to us, but the letters too reasons I am eager to go; friends in Rome have
180 Of many our contriving friends in Rome also sent many letters advising my return. Sextus
Petition us at home. Sextus Pompeius Pompeius has challenged Caesar. His fleet
Hath given the dare to Caesar and commands controls the sea. Our fickle citizenswho never
The empire of the sea. Our slippery people, reward service until that service is overare now
Whose love is never linked to the deserver giving all the rights and honors won by Pompey
185 Till his deserts are past, begin to throw the Great to his son, Sextus. Sextus has great
Pompey the Great and all his dignities honor and power, and his spirit and energy are
Upon his son, whohigh in name and power, even greater, all of which makes him the most
Higher than both in blood and lifestands up formidable soldier in the empire. The empire may
For the main soldier, whose quality, going on, be in danger if hes not restrained before he
190 The sides o th world may danger. Much is breeding reaches his full potential. There are many troubles
Which, like the coursers hair, hath yet but life, brewing now that have yet to become full-fledged
And not a serpents poison. Say our pleasure, threats.
To such whose place is under us, requires Like horses hairs dropped in a bucket of water,
Our quick remove from hence. they come alive like snakes but as yet they bear
no poison. Relay our intentions to the officers who
will be in charge of the move.

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ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
195 I shall do t. I will.
Exeunt They both exit.

Act 1, Scene 3
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Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, ALEXAS, CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, ALEXAS,


andIRAS and IRASenter.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Where is he? Where is he?
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
I did not see him since. I havent seen him recently.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
(to ALEXAS ) See where he is, whos with him, what (to ALEXAS ) Find out where he is, whos with
he does. him, and what hes doing. Dont tell him I sent you.
I did not send you. If you find him sad, If hes sad, tell him Im dancing. If hes happy, say
5 Say I am dancing. If in mirth, report that Ive suddenly taken sick. Hurry, and come
That I am sudden sick. Quick, and return. back.
Exit ALEXAS ALEXAS exits.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Madam, methinks, if you did love him dearly, Madam, I think if you love him so much, you arent
You do not hold the method to enforce using the best way to get him to reciprocate.
The like from him.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
What should I do I do not? What should I do that Im not doing?
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
In each thing give him way. Cross him in nothing. Always give him his way. Never contradict him.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
10 Thou teachest like a fool the way to lose him. You advise me like a fool. Thats the way to lose
him.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Tempt him not so too far. I wish, forbear. Dont push him too far. I wish youd be patient. We
In time we hate that which we often fear. come to hate that which controls us.
Enter ANTONY ANTONY enters.
But here comes Antony. But here comes Antony.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
I am sick and sullen. I am sick and sullen.
ANTONY ANTONY
I am sorry to give breathing to my purpose Im sorry to have to say this
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
15 Help me away, dear Charmian! I shall fall. Help me away from here, dear Charmian! I shall
It cannot be thus long. The sides of nature faint. I wont be able to go on this way much
Will not sustain it. longer. Human nature isnt built to withstand this.

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ANTONY ANTONY
Now, my dearest Queen Now, my dearest Queen
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Pray you, stand farther from me. Please, stand farther away from me.
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ANTONY ANTONY
Whats the Whats the matter?
matter?
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
I know by that same eye theres some good news. I can see in your eyes theres been some good
20 What, says the married woman you may go? news. What, does your wife say you can come
Would she had never given you leave to come! home? I wish shed never let you come. Dont let
Let her not say tis I that keep you here. her say I kept you. I have no power over you. You
I have no power upon you. Hers you are. belong to her.
ANTONY ANTONY
The gods best know The gods know
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Oh never was there Oh, never has a queen been so betrayed as I
25 queen have been. I knew from the first it would be this
So mightily betrayed! Yet at the first way.
I saw the treasons planted.
ANTONY ANTONY
Cleopatra Cleopatra
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Why should I think you can be mine, and true How could I have ever thought that you would be
Though you in swearing shake the thrond gods faithful and true, even though your vows of love
Who have been false to Fulvia? Riotous madness, shook the heavens themselvesyou, who were
30 To be entangled with those mouth-made vows unfaithful to Fulvia? It was wild insanity to believe
Which break themselves in swearing! promises made by the mouth and not the heart.
Such false vows are broken as soon as they are
spoken.
ANTONY ANTONY
Most Most sweet Queen
sweet Queen
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Nay, pray you, seek no color for your going, No, please dont try to excuse your departure. Just
But bid farewell and go. When you sued staying, say good-bye and go. When you begged to stay,
Then was the time for words. No going then! that was the time for words. You didnt want to go
35 Eternity was in our lips and eyes, then! You saw eternity in my lips and eyes, and
Bliss in our brows bent, none our parts so poor happiness in the arch of my eyebrows. Then, all
But was a race of heaven. They are so still, my parts seemed angelic to you. My features are
Or thou, the greatest soldier of the world, still that beautifulor else you, the greatest soldier
Art turned the greatest liar. in the world, have become the greatest liar by
overpraising them.

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ANTONY ANTONY
How now, lady? What do you mean, lady?
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
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40 I would I had thy inches. Thou shouldst know I wish I were as big and strong as you. Then youd
There were a heart in Egypt. see the courage that lives in the Queen of Egypt.
ANTONY ANTONY
Hear me, Queen: Listen to me, Queen. There is an emergency I
The strong necessity of time commands must take care of, but my whole heart will remain
Our services awhile, but my full heart here with you. My Italy is full of civil war. Sextus
Remains in use with you. Our Italy Pompeius is sailing toward the port of Rome.
45 Shines oer with civil swords. Sextus Pompeius When two domestic opponents are equally
Makes his approaches to the port of Rome. matchedas we are against Pompeyfactions
Equality of two domestic powers will form on the smallest of pretexts. When a
Breed scrupulous faction. The hated, grown to formerly hated man grows powerful, he suddenly
strength, finds himself with many supporters. Pompey, who
50 Are newly grown to love. The condemned Pompey, was once condemned, now wields his fathers
Rich in his fathers honor, creeps apace power, and all the citizens who have grievances
Into the hearts of such as have not thrived against the government are joining him. Pompeys
Upon the present state, whose numbers threaten; numbers are steadily growing, and the
And quietness, grown sick of rest, would purge government is ready to do something desperate.
55 By any desperate change. My more particular, But my personal motivationand that which
And that which most with you should safe my going, should move you most to sanction my departure
Is Fulvias death. is that Fulvia is dead.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Though age from folly could not give me freedom, I may not have outlived the foolishness of my
It does from childishness. Can Fulvia die? youth, but Im not that childishly nave. Is it
possible Fulvia is dead?
ANTONY ANTONY
Shes dead, my Queen. Shes dead, my Queen.
He offers letters He shows her the message.

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60 Look here, and at thy sovereign leisure read Look at this. Take your royal time and read about
The garboils she awaked, at the last, best, the quarrels she encouraged. And saving the best
See when and where she died. for last, read when and where she died.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
O most false Oh, unfaithful lover! You should be filling vials with
love! your tears. Seeing how you take Fulvias death, I
Where be the sacred vials thou shouldst fill can see how you would react to mine.
65 With sorrowful water? Now I see, I see,
In Fulvias death how mine received shall be.
ANTONY ANTONY
Quarrel no more, but be prepared to know Stop arguing and listen to my plans. Whether I go
The purposes I bear, which are or cease ahead with them or not is completely up to you. I
As you shall give th advice. By the fire swear by the sun that when I leave here, it will be
That quickens Nilus slime, I go from hence as your faithful servant. I will make either peace or
70 Thy soldier, servant, making peace or war war, whichever you prefer.
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As thou affects.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Cut my lace, Charmian, come! Cut my corset laces, Charmian, so I can breathe.
But let it be. I am quickly ill, and well, Hurry! No, leave it alone. I waver easily between
So Antony loves. sickness and health. Just as Antony loves.
ANTONY ANTONY
75 My precious Queen, forbear, Control yourself, my precious Queen, and
And give true evidence to his love which stands concede that my love is true. It has endured many
An honorable trial. genuine trials.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
So Fulvia told me. Thats what Fulvia told me. I beg you, turn away
I prithee, turn aside and weep for her. and cry for her. Then say good-bye to me and tell
80 Then bid adieu to me, and say the tears me those tears were for my benefit. Good. Now
Belong to Egypt. Good now, play one scene perform a scene for me, using your excellent skills
Of excellent dissembling, and let it look of playacting, and pretend that youre being
Like perfect honor. honorable and righteous.

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ANTONY ANTONY
Youll heat my blood. No Youll make me angry. No more of this.
more.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
You can do better yet, but this is meetly. I know you can do better than that, but itll do for
now.
ANTONY ANTONY
85 Now, by my sword I swear by my sword
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
And target. Still he Swear by your shield, too! (to CHARMIAN ) Hes
mends. getting better, but still its not his best. See,
(to CHARMIAN ) But this is not the best. Look, Charmian, how well this mighty Roman portrays
prithee, Charmian, anger?
How this Herculean Roman does become
The carriage of his chafe.
ANTONY ANTONY
Ill leave you, lady. Ill leave you, lady.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
90 Courteous lord, one word. Polite sir, let me say one thing. Sir, you and I must
Sir, you and I must part, but thats not it. part companyno, thats not it. Sir, you and I
Sir, you and I have loved, but theres not it, were loversno, thats not it, either. You already
That you know well. Something it is I would know all that. Theres something Id like tooh,
Oh, my oblivion is a very Antony, Ive forgotten what I wanted to say. Just as Antony
95 And I am all forgotten. has forgotten me.
ANTONY ANTONY
But that your royalty If you werent the queen of immaturity, Id think
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Holds idleness your subject, I should take you you were immaturity itself.
For idleness itself.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Tis sweating labor Its difficult to have such immaturity so close to my
To bear such idleness so near the heart heart, but bear with me. Even the traits that
As Cleopatra this. But, sir, forgive me, become me most kill me when you dont approve
100 Since my becomings kill me when they do not of them. Your honor is the reason you are leaving.
Eye well to you. Your honor calls you hence. So I beg you not to listen to my foolishness. May
Therefore be deaf to my unpitied folly, the gods be with you. May your sword be
And all the gods go with you! Upon your sword victorious and everything you do succeed.
Sit laurel victory, and smooth success
105 Be strewed before your feet.

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ANTONY ANTONY
Let us go. Come. Lets go. Come with me. Our imminent separation
Our separation so abides and flies so occupies our thoughts that even though you
That thou, residing here, goes yet with me, stay here, you come with me, and even though I
And I, hence fleeting, here remain with thee. leave here, I stay with you.
Away!
Exeunt They exit.

Act 1, Scene 4

Enter OCTAVIUS CAESAR, reading a OCTAVIUS CAESAR enters, reading a letter,


letter,LEPIDUS, and their train with LEPIDUS and their courtiers and attendants.
CAESAR CAESAR
You may see, Lepidus, and henceforth know, Now youll see, Lepidus, that I dont disdain our
It is not Caesars natural vice to hate noble ally because of a personal whim. Heres the
Our great competitor. From Alexandria news from Alexandra: Antony fishes, drinks, and
This is the news: he fishes, drinks, and wastes celebrates all night. Hes become as frivolous and
5 The lamps of night in revel; is not more manlike self-indulgent as Ptolemys queen, Cleopatra. He
Than Cleopatra, nor the queen of Ptolemy rarely attends to his duties or acknowledges he
More womanly than he; hardly gave audience, or has partners to be considered. Heres a man who
Vouchsafed to think he had partners. You shall find is the epitome of all the vices known to man.
there
10 A man who is th abstract of all faults
That all men follow.
LEPIDUS LEPIDUS
I must not think there are I cant believe there could be enough vice in the
Evils enough to darken all his goodness. world to outshine all the good in him. His faults
His faults in him seem as the spots of heaven, stand out because they must be compared to all
More fiery by nights blackness, hereditary his virtues, like stars that shine brightly against the
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Rather than purchased, what he cannot change dark night sky. Theyre more likely to be the result
15 Than what he chooses. of inherited weakness than independent choice.
CAESAR CAESAR
You are too indulgent. Lets grant, it is not Youre too forgiving. Lets say, for arguments
Amiss to tumble on the bed of Ptolemy, sake, that its not improper to fool around with
To give a kingdom for a mirth, to sit Ptolemys wife, or to trade a kingdom for a joke.
And keep the turn of tippling with a slave, That its fine to engage in drinking matches with
20 To reel the streets at noon, and stand the buffet inferiors, or stumble drunkenly through the streets
With knaves that smell of sweat. Say this becomes in the middle of the day, or get into fist fights with
him sweaty servants. Even if we said that this behavior
As his composure must be rare indeed suits himthough only a man with a perfect
Whom these things cannot blemishyet must Antony character could avoid being disgraced by such
25 No way excuse his foils when we do bear anticstheres no excuse for the extra work weve
So great weight in his lightness. If he filled had to take on while hes been off amusing
His vacancy with his voluptuousness, himself. If hes been spending his leisure time in
Full surfeits and the dryness of his bones lustful pursuits, then hell be punished with
Call on him for t. But to confound such time venereal diseases, and thats his business. But
30 That drums him from his sport and speaks as loud hes wasting time and resources vital to our cause
As his own state and ours, tis to be chid and endangering both his position and ours. He
As we rate boys who, being mature in knowledge, should be chastised, like any boy who knows
Pawn their experience to their present pleasure whats right but chooses to satisfy his desires
And so rebel to judgment. regardless.

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Enter FIRST MESSENGER The FIRST MESSENGER enters.


LEPIDUS LEPIDUS
Heres more news. Heres more news.
FIRST MESSENGER FIRST MESSENGER
Thy biddings have been done, and every hour, Weve followed your commands, lord Caesar. You
35 Most noble Caesar, shalt thou have report shall have hourly updates regarding the situation
How tis abroad. Pompey is strong at sea, at sea. Pompey has a strong navy. All the people
And it appears he is beloved of those who only stayed with you out of fear are gathering
That only have feared Caesar. To the ports at the port to join him, in the opinion hes been
The discontents repair, and mens reports treated unfairly.
40 Give him much wronged.
CAESAR CAESAR
I should have known I should have known it. Its been this way ever
no less. since the first government was organized. People
It hath been taught us from the primal state will transfer their support to a strong figure until he
That he which is was wished until he were, becomes their actual leader. Then they will value
And the ebbed man, neer loved till neer worth love, their former leader, even though the loss of their
45 Comes deared by being lacked. This common body, support has made him powerless. The common
Like to a vagabond flag upon the stream, crowd changes like the tide, to and fro, serving
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Goes to and back, lackeying the varying tide whoever is on the rise. Their power is worn away
To rot itself with motion. by their fickleness.
Enter SECOND MESSENGER The SECOND MESSENGER enters.
SECOND MESSENGER SECOND MESSENGER
Caesar, I bring thee word Caesar, I have news about Menecrates and
Menecrates and Menas, famous pirates, Menas, notorious pirates who prowl the sea in a
50 Make the sea serve them, which they ear and wound variety of ships. Theyve made many raids upon
With keels of every kind. Many hot inroads Italyand the naval patrols go pale at even the
They make in Italythe borders maritime thought of resisting them. The young, energetic
Lack blood to think on tand flush youth revolt. men are joining Pompey. These pirates can
No vessel can peep forth, but tis as soon capture a ship as soon as it leaves the harbor,
55 Taken as seen, for Pompeys name strikes more since the simple mention of the name Pompey
Than could his war resisted. carries as much power as a fleet of troops in
battle.

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Exit SECOND MESSENGER exits.


CAESAR CAESAR
Antony, Antony, its time to stop your wild hedonism. When
Leave thy lascivious wassails. When thou once you were defeated at the battle of Modena
Wast beaten from Modena, where thou slewst where you killed the consuls, Hirtius and Pansa
Hirtius and Pansa, consuls, at thy heel and then driven away, you had to face hunger and
60 Did famine follow, whom thou foughtst against, thirst. And even though you were brought up as a
Though daintily brought up, with patience more gentleman, you patiently tolerated more hardships
Than savages could suffer. Thou didst drink than savages could withstand. You drank horses
The stale of horses and the gilded puddle urine and water from scum-covered puddles that
Which beasts would cough at. Thy palate then did even animals would refuse. Though you were
65 deign used to the finest foods, you didnt turn up your
The roughest berry on the rudest hedge. nose at the bitterest berries on the thorniest
Yea, like the stag, when snow the pasture sheets, bushes. You even ate bark from trees, as deer do
The barks of trees thou browsd. On the Alps in winter. Going over the Alps, you ate strange
It is reported thou didst eat strange flesh, meat that some men would rather die than
70 Which some did die to look on. And all this consume. And you went through all thisthe
It wounds thine honor that I speak it now comparison between then and now shames you
Was borne so like a soldier, that thy cheek in such a soldier-like way that you didnt seem to
So much as lanked not. suffer at all.
LEPIDUS LEPIDUS
Tis pity of him. Its too bad.
CAESAR CAESAR
Let his shames quickly Lets hope his sense of shame will send him back
75 Drive him to Rome. Tis time we twain to Rome quickly. Its time that we brought our
Did show ourselves i th field, and to that end armies into the field. Lets call a council of war
Assemble we immediate council. Pompey immediately. Pompey is making the most of our
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Thrives in our idleness. absence.

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LEPIDUS LEPIDUS
Tomorrow, Caesar, Tomorrow, Caesar, Ill be able to tell you what land
I shall be furnished to inform you rightly and sea forces I can raise for this war.
80 Both what by sea and land I can be able
To front this present time.
CAESAR CAESAR
Till which encounter Ill be getting my own figures together in the
It is my business too. Farewell. meantime. Good-bye.
LEPIDUS LEPIDUS
Farewell, my lord. What you shall know meantime Good-bye, my lord. If you receive any more news,
Of stirs abroad, I shall beseech you, sir, please share it with me.
85 To let me be partaker.
CAESAR CAESAR
Doubt not, sir. I knew it for my bond. Dont worry, that goes without saying.
Exeunt They exit.

Act 1, Scene 5

Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, IRAS, CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, IRAS,


andMARDIAN andMARDIAN enter.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Charmian! Charmian!
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Madam? Madam?
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Ha, ha! Give me to drink mandragora. Ah, give me some mandragora to drink.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Why, madam? Why, madam?
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
5 That I might sleep out this great gap of time So I can sleep away the time while my Antony is
My Antony is away. gone.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
You think of him too much. You think about him too much.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Oh, tis treason! Thats treason!
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Madam, I trust, not so. I hope not, Madam.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Thou, eunuch Mardian! Eunuch! Mardian!
MARDIAN MARDIAN
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Whats your highness What can I do for your highness?


pleasure?
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
10 Not now to hear thee sing. I take no pleasure I dont want to hear you sing. Im not interested in
In aught an eunuch has. Tis well for thee anything a eunuch can do. Its a good thing for you
That, being unseminared, thy freer thoughts that, being castrated, you can better concentrate
May not fly forth of Egypt. Hast thou affections? on my needs. Do you have desires?
MARDIAN MARDIAN
Yes, gracious madam. Yes, dear madam.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
15 Indeed? Indeed?
MARDIAN MARDIAN
Not in deed, madam, for I can do nothing Well, not in deed, madam, since I cant do
But what indeed is honest to be done. anything unchaste. But I do have intense passions
Yet have I fierce affections, and think and I do think about what Venus did with Mars.
What Venus did with Mars.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
O Charmian, Oh, Charmian, where do you think he is now? Is
20 Where thinkst thou he is now? Stands he or sits he? he standing or sitting? Or is he walking? Or is he
Or does he walk? Or is he on his horse? on his horse? Oh, how fortunate that horse is to
O happy horse, to bear the weight of Antony! have Antony on him. Do well, horse. Do you know
Do bravely, horse, for wottst thou whom thou movst? whom it is you carry? A man who carries
The demi-Atlas of this earth, the arm responsibility for a third of the world on his
25 And burgonet of men. Hes speaking now, shoulders. Hes speaking now, or perhaps hes
Or murmuring Wheres my serpent of old Nile? whispering, Wheres my serpent of the Nile? For
For so he calls me. Now I feed myself thats his pet name for me. Im killing myself with
With most delicious poison. Think on me, this provocative speculation . . . Are you thinking
That am with Phoebus amorous pinches black about me? Even though Ive been darkened by the
30 And wrinkled deep in time. Broad-fronted Caesar, sun and wrinkled with age? Caesar, with your
When thou wast here above the ground, I was broad forehead, when you were alive, I was the
A morsel for a monarch. And great Pompey perfect young consort for a king. And powerful
Would stand and make his eyes grow in my brow. Pompey used to stare at me as if he were frozen
There would he anchor his aspect, and die in time.
35 With looking on his life.

Act 1, Scene 5, Page 2

Enter ALEXAS ALEXAS enters.


ALEXAS ALEXAS
Sovereign of Egypt, hail! Queen of Egypt, greetings!
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
How much unlike art thou Mark Antony! You are nothing like Mark Antony! But since you
Yet, coming from him, that great medcine hath come from him, youre saturated with his healing
With his tinct gilded thee. spirit. How does it go with my magnificent Mark
40 How goes it with my brave Mark Antony? Antony?
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ALEXAS ALEXAS
Last thing he did, dear Queen, The last thing he did before sending me off, dear
He kissedthe last of many doubled kisses Queen, was to kissthe last of many such kisses
This orient pearl. this Indian pearl for you.
He gives a pearl. He gives CLEOPATRA a pearl.
His speech sticks in my heart. His speech is stored in my heart.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Mine ear must pluck it thence. My ear must pull it out.
ALEXAS ALEXAS
Good friend, Good friend, he said, say that the faithful Roman
45 quoth he, sends an oysters treasure to the great Queen of
Say the firm Roman to great Egypt sends Egypt, and that he plans to enhance this meager
This treasure of an oyster, at whose foot, gift by adding new kingdoms to her empire. Tell
To mend the petty present, I will piece her that the entire East shall call her Queen. Then
Her opulent throne with kingdoms. All the East, he nodded and solemnly mounted an armored
50 Say thou, shall call her mistress. So he nodded, warhorse, which neighed so loudly it effectively
And soberly did mount an arm-gaunt steed, silenced anything I might have said in reply.
Who neighed so high that what I would have spoke
Was beastly dumbed by him.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
What was he, sad or merry? Was he sad or happy?
ALEXAS ALEXAS
Like to the time o th year between the extremes He was like that time of year halfway between the
55 Of hot and cold, he was nor sad nor merry. extremes of hot and cold: he was neither sad nor
happy.

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CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
O well-divided disposition! Note him, Oh, what an even disposition he has! Observe,
Note him, good Charmian, tis the man, but note him. observe good Charmian! Thats exactly how he is!
He was not sad, for he would shine on those Just notice. He wasnt sad, because he knows that
That make their looks by his. He was not merry, his disposition affects others. He wasnt merry,
60 Which seemed to tell them his remembrance lay because to be merry would indicate that he had
In Egypt with his joy, but between both. forgotten his love in Egypt. He was somewhere in
O heavenly mingle! Best thou sad or merry, the middle, between them . . . Oh, heavenly
The violence of either thee becomes, mixture! Whether you are sad or merry, the
So does it no man else.Mettst thou my posts? intensity of either suits you like no one else . . .
Did you meet my messengers on your way here?
ALEXAS ALEXAS
65 Ay, madam, twenty several messengers. Yes, madam, twenty different messengers. Why
Why do you send so thick? did you send so many?
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Whos born that day Whoever is born on a day I forget to send a
When I forget to send to Antony message to Antony will die a beggar. Bring ink and
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Shall die a beggar. Ink and paper, Charmian. paper, Charmian. Welcome, my good Alexas.
Welcome, my good Alexas. Did I, Charmian, Charmian, did I ever love Caesar as much as this?
70 Ever love Caesar so?
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Oh, that brave Caesar! Oh, that splendid Caesar!
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Be choked with such another emphasis! May you choke on any other sentiments like that!
Say, the brave Antony. Say, That splendid Antony.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
The valiant Caesar! The courageous Caesar!
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
By Isis, I will give thee bloody teeth By Isis, Ill give you bloody teeth if you ever
If thou with Caesar paragon again compare Caesar with Antony, my best man among
75 My man of men. men.

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CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
By your most gracious pardon, Pardon me, but Im just repeating what you
I sing but after you. yourself have said.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
My salad days, That was when I was young and inexperienced
When I was green in judgment, cold in blood, and didnt know what passion was. (to
To say as I said then. (to everyone) But, come, away. everyone) But come. (to CHARMIAN ) Go get me
(to CHARMIAN ) Get me ink and paper. ink and paper. He shall have different messages
80 He shall have every day a several greeting, every day if I have to depopulate Egypt to send
Or Ill unpeople Egypt. them.
Exeunt They all exit.

Act 2, Scene 1

Enter POMPEY, MENECRATES, and MENAS, in POMPEY, MENECRATES, and MENAS enter,
warlike manner dressed for battle.
POMPEY POMPEY
If the great gods be just, they shall assist If the great gods are just, they will help the most
The deeds of justest men. honest men.
MENAS MENAS
Know, worthy Pompey, You should know, noble Pompey, that although the
That what they do delay, they not deny. gods may delay action, that doesnt mean they will
necessarily refuse their help.
POMPEY POMPEY
Whiles we are suitors to their throne, decays But while we pray and wait for that help, the cause
5 The thing we sue for. we petition for may be lost.
MENAS MENAS
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We, ignorant of ourselves, Sometimes we dont know whats best for us and
Beg often our own harms, which the wise powers ask for things that may harm us. In that case, the
Deny us for our good, so find we profit wise gods deny our prayers for our own good.
By losing of our prayers.
POMPEY POMPEY
I shall do well. Ill do well. The people are on my side, and Im in
The people love me, and the sea is mine. charge of the sea. My forces are growing, and
10 My powers are crescent, and my auguring hope everything I know tells me its all coming together.
Says it will come to th full. Mark Antony Mark Antony is at dinner in Egypt and wont be
In Egypt sits at dinner, and will make going outside to make war. Caesar loses
No wars without doors. Caesar gets money where supporters wherever he raises money. Lepidus
He loses hearts. Lepidus flatters both, flatters both of them, as they flatter him, but he
15 Of both is flattered, but he neither loves, doesnt love them, and they dont love him.
Nor either cares for him.
MENAS MENAS
Caesar and Lepidus Caesar and Lepidus are organizing their military
Are in the field. A mighty strength they carry. operation. They have a massive army.
POMPEY POMPEY
Where have you this? Tis false. Where did you hear this? Its not true.

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MENAS MENAS
From Silvius, From Silvius, sir.
sir.
POMPEY POMPEY
He dreams. I know they are in Rome together Hes dreaming. I know theyre in Rome together,
20 Looking for Antony. But all the charms of love, hoping for Antony to return. Lecherous Cleopatra,
Salt Cleopatra, soften thy wanned lip! may all the charms of love soften those withered
Let witchcraft join with beauty, lust with both. lips! Join your witchcraft with your beauty, and let
Tie up the libertine in a field of feasts, Antonys lust combine with both. Keep this
Keep his brain fuming. Epicurean cooks, libertine occupied with endless debauchery. Keep
25 Sharpen with cloyless sauce his appetite, his brain drunk and his appetite unsatisfied, so
That sleep and feeding may prorogue his honor that sleeping and eating make him drowsy and
Even till a Lethed dulness forgetful of his duties, like the Lethe does.
Enter VARRIUS VARRIUS enters.
How now, Whats the news, Varrius?
Varrius?
VARRIUS VARRIUS
This is most certain that I shall deliver: This news is absolutely true: Mark Antony is
Mark Antony is every hour in Rome expected to arrive in Rome at any hour now. In the
30 Expected. Since he went from Egypt tis time since he left Egypt, he could have traveled an
A space for farther travel. even longer distance.
POMPEY POMPEY
I could have given less matter I would have listened to less important news with
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A better ear.Menas, I did not think greater enthusiasm. Menas, I had no idea this
This amorous surfeiter would have donned his helm amorous glutton would have put on his helmet for
35 For such a petty war. His soldiership such an insignificant war. His military ability is
Is twice the other twain. But let us rear double that of the other two. We must form a
The higher our opinion, that our stirring better opinion of ourselves if our uprising can pull
Can from the lap of Egypts widow pluck the insatiable Antonys attention away from that
The neer lust-wearied Antony. Egyptian widow.

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MENAS MENAS
I cannot hope I dont expect Caesar and Antony will have a very
40 Caesar and Antony shall well greet together. friendly reunion. Antonys dead wife raised an
His wife thats dead did trespasses to Caesar. army against him, as did his brother, though I dont
His brother warred upon him, although, I think, think Antony instigated it.
Not moved by Antony.
POMPEY POMPEY
I know not, Menas, Menas, I dont understand how minor quarrels can
How lesser enmities may give way to greater. be superseded by greater ones. If it werent for the
45 Were t not that we stand up against them all, fact that we oppose all three of them together,
Twere pregnant they should square between theyd be fighting each other. They certainly have
themselves, enough provocation. But its possible the fear of us
For they have entertaind cause enough may mend their petty differences, though how that
To draw their swords. But how the fear of us will work out, we cannot say. It will be as the gods
50 May cement their divisions and bind up see fit. In any case, our survival depends on
The petty difference, we yet not know. putting together the strongest force possible. Lets
Be t as our gods will have t. It only stands go, Menas.
Our lives upon to use our strongest hands.
Come, Menas.
Exeunt They exit.

Act 2, Scene 2

Enter ENOBARBUS and LEPIDUS ENOBARBUS and LEPIDUS enter.


LEPIDUS LEPIDUS
Good Enobarbus, tis a worthy deed, Good Enobarbus, you would be doing a very good
And shall become you well, to entreat your captain thing if you advised your captain to speak calmly
To soft and gentle speech. and quietly.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
I shall entreat him I will advise him to speak as he usually does. If
To answer like himself. If Caesar move him, Caesar makes him mad, let Antony stand tall and
5 Let Antony look over Caesars head speak as loudly as Mars, the god of war. By
And speak as loud as Mars. By Jupiter, Jupiter, if I were Antony, I wouldnt shave my beard
Were I the wearer of Antonios beard, today. Id leave it long and dare Caesar to insult
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I would not shave t today. me by pulling on it, just so I could fight him.
LEPIDUS LEPIDUS
Tis not a time for private stomaching. This is not the time for dwelling on personal
grievances.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
10 Every time serves for the matter that is then born in t. Its always appropriate to deal with matters as they
arise.
LEPIDUS LEPIDUS
But small to greater matters must give way. But major issues must come before minor ones.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Not if the small come first. Not if the minor ones come up first.
LEPIDUS LEPIDUS
Your speech is passion. But pray you stir You speak out of passion, but I beg you not to stir
No embers up. Here comes the noble Antony. things up. Here comes the noble Antony.
Enter ANTONY and VENTIDIUS ANTONY and VENTIDIUS enter.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
15 And yonder, Caesar. And there comes Caesar.
Enter OCTAVIUS CAESAR, MECAENAS, CAESAR, MAECENAS, and AGRIPPA enter from
andAGRIPPA another door.
ANTONY ANTONY
(to VENTIDIUS ) If we compose well here, to Parthia. (to VENTIDIUS ) If we can come to an agreement
Hark, Ventidius. here, well move on to Parthia. Listen, Ventidius.
They talk aside They talk privately together.
CAESAR CAESAR
(to MECAENAS ) I do not know, Maecenas. Ask (to MAECENAS ) I dont know, Maecenas. Ask
Agrippa. Agrippa.

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LEPIDUS LEPIDUS
(to CAESAR and ANTONY ) Noble friends, (to CAESAR and ANTONY ) Good friends, the
20 That which combined us was most great, and let not cause that joined us was noble. Dont let some
A leaner action rend us. Whats amiss, petty quarrel tear us apart. Lets discuss this
May it be gently heard. When we debate calmly. When we argue our differences with raised
Our trivial difference loud, we do commit voices, we do more harm than good. So I plead
Murder in healing wounds. Then, noble partners, with you to use reasonable words as you discuss
25 The rather for I earnestly beseech, these unreasonable deeds, and dont lose your
Touch you the sourest points with sweetest terms, tempers.
Nor curstness grow to th matter.
ANTONY ANTONY
Tis spoken Youre right. If we were in front of our armies,
well. about to fight, I would do this.
Were we before our armies, and to fight,
I should do thus.
Flourish A trumpet fanfare.
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CAESAR CAESAR
30 Welcome to Rome. Welcome to Rome.
ANTONY ANTONY
Thank you. Thank you.
CAESAR CAESAR
Sit. Have a seat.
ANTONY ANTONY
Sit, sir. After you.
CAESAR CAESAR
Nay, then. No, after you.
They sit They sit.
ANTONY ANTONY
35 I learn, you take things ill which are not so, I hear youve interpreted some of my actions as
Or being, concern you not. being improper, when they werent improper at all
or if they were, their impropriety didnt concern
you.
CAESAR CAESAR
I must be laughed at I should be ridiculed if I were offended so easily
If or for nothing or a little, I and laughed at even more for speaking of you
Should say myself offended, and with you disrespectfully, when I had no reason to speak of
Chiefly i th world; more laughed at, that I should you at all.
40 Once name you derogately, when to sound your name
It not concerned me.

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ANTONY ANTONY
My being in Egypt, Caesar, what was t to you? Caesar, what did my stay in Egypt have to do with
you?
CAESAR CAESAR
No more than my residing here at Rome No more than my staying here in Rome might
Might be to you in Egypt. Yet if you there mean to you in Egypt. But if you conspired against
45 Did practice on my state, your being in Egypt my position while you were there, I might be
Might be my question. interested in the reason for your stay in Egypt.
ANTONY ANTONY
How intend you, How do you mean, conspired?
practiced?
CAESAR CAESAR
You may be pleased to catch at mine intent You can judge for yourself what I mean. Your wife
By what did here befall me. Your wife and brother and brother led troops against me, claiming to be
Made wars upon me, and their contestation fighting in your name. They said they were acting
50 Was theme for you. You were the word of war. for you.
ANTONY ANTONY
You do mistake your business. My brother never Youre mistaken. My brother didnt use my name to
Did urge me in his act. I did inquire it, justify his rebellion. I talked to some reliable
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And have my learning from some true reports participants in that battle. On the contrary, his fight
That drew their swords with you. Did he not rather was with both of us. He rejected my authority as
55 Discredit my authority with yours, much as yours. Since you and I share a common
And make the wars alike against my stomach, cause, wouldnt his actions against you be hostile
Having alike your cause? Of this my letters to me as well? Ive already sent the proof in my
Before did satisfy you. If youll patch a quarrel, letters. If you want to pick a fight, youll have to
As matter whole you have to make it with, find a more substantial excuse.
60 It must not be with this.
CAESAR CAESAR
You praise yourself You defend yourself by blaming my judgment, but
By laying defects of judgment to me, but youre just making up feeble excuses.
You patched up your excuses.

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ANTONY ANTONY
Not so, not so. Not true, not true. You know I would never approve
I know you could not lack, I am certain on t, a war against my own cause. As for my wife, if
Very necessity of this thought, that I, only you had such a wife. Its easier to rule a third
65 Your partner in the cause gainst which he fought, of the world than a wife like that.
Could not with graceful eyes attend those wars
Which fronted mine own peace. As for my wife,
I would you had her spirit in such another.
The third o th world is yours, which with a snaffle
70 You may pace easy, but not such a wife.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Would we had all such wives, that the men might go We should all have wives like that. Then the
to wars with the women! women could go to war with the men.
ANTONY ANTONY
So much uncurbable, her garboils, Caesar, I had no control over her uprisings, Caesar, which
Made out of her impatiencewhich not wanted arose from her impatienceand were shrewdly
75 Shrewdness of policy tooI grieving grant undertaken, as well. Im sorry she caused you so
Did you too much disquiet. For that you must much trouble. But you cant blame me for her
But say I could not help it. offenses.
CAESAR CAESAR
I wrote to you I sent you a letter while you were carousing in
When rioting in Alexandria. You Alexandria. You put my letters in your pocket
Did pocket up my letters and with taunts without reading them and then mocked my
80 Did gibe my missive out of audience. messenger out of the room.
ANTONY ANTONY
Sir, Sir, he burst into the room without invitation, just
He fell upon me ere admitted, then. after I had come from an important banquet with
Three kings I had newly feasted, and did want three kings. I was not myself, as a result of the
Of what I was i th morning. But next day wine. The next day I explained all this to him,
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I told him of myself, which was as much which was as good as begging his pardon. Lets
85 As to have asked him pardon. Let this fellow not fight over this fellow. If we must argue, let us
Be nothing of our strife. If we contend, remove him from our arguments.
Out of our question wipe him.

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CAESAR CAESAR
You have Youve broken the terms of our sworn agreement.
broken You will never be able to say the same about me.
The article of your oath, which you shall never
Have tongue to charge me with.
LEPIDUS LEPIDUS
90 Soft, Caesar. Easy, Caesar.
ANTONY ANTONY
No, Lepidus, let him speak. No, Lepidus, let him say whats on his mind. Now
The honor is sacred which he talks on now, he slanders my honor, which is sacred to me. Go
Supposing that I lacked it.But, on, Caesar. on, Caesar. What part of the agreement did I
The article of my oath? break?
CAESAR CAESAR
95 To lend me arms and aid when I required them, You agreed to send me troops and weapons
The which you both denied. when I needed them. You refused me both.
ANTONY ANTONY
Neglected, rather, I overlooked your request, but I did not deny it.
And then when poisoned hours had bound me up Your request came at a time when the poisonous
From mine own knowledge. As nearly as I may effects of reveling caused me to be unaware of
Ill play the penitent to you, but mine honesty my own actions. I will apologize as much as is
100 Shall not make poor my greatness nor my power appropriate, but my apology will not diminish my
Work without it. Truth is that Fulvia, great statureor if I am denied that honor, I will
To have me out of Egypt, made wars here, withhold my military might. The truth is that to get
For which myself, the ignorant motive, do me out of Egypt, Fulvia provoked riots here. And
So far ask pardon as befits mine honor though I am only indirectly the cause of all this
105 To stoop in such a case. trouble, I ask your pardon to the extent that my
honor permits me to lower myself in such a
situation.
LEPIDUS LEPIDUS
Tis noble spoken. Spoken like a gentleman.
MAECENAS MAECENAS
If it might please you to enforce no further If its okay with you, you should not press your
The griefs between ye, to forget them quite grievances any further, but realize that the current
Were to remember that the present need situation should be enough to reconcile you.
Speaks to atone you.

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LEPIDUS LEPIDUS
Worthily spoken, Well put, Maecenas.
Maecenas.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
110 Or, if you borrow one anothers love for the instant, Or you can pretend to settle your differences until
you may, when you hear no more words of Pompey, this matter with Pompey is finished. You can
return it again. You shall have time to wrangle in argue as much as you like when theres nothing
when you have nothing else to do. else to do.
ANTONY ANTONY
Thou art a soldier only. Speak no more. You are only a soldier. Be quiet.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
115 That truth should be silent I had almost forgot. Oh, Id forgotten that no ones supposed to speak
the truth.
ANTONY ANTONY
You wrong this presence. Therefore speak no more. Its not appropriate for a soldier to be part of a
discussion among noblemen. Dont speak any
further.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Go to, then. Your considerate stone. As you please. Ill pretend to be a conscious
stone, and think without speaking.
CAESAR CAESAR
I do not much dislike the matter, but I agree with what he says, though I dont care for
The manner of his speech, for t cannot be the way he says it. Its not possible for us to be
120 We shall remain in friendship, our conditions friends anymore. Were too different, in both our
So diffring in their acts. Yet if I knew dispositions and actions. But if there were
What hoop should hold us stanch, from edge to edge something that could join us together again, I
O th world I would pursue it. would go to the ends of the world to find it.
AGRIPPA AGRIPPA
Give me leave, Caesar. May I speak, Caesar.
CAESAR CAESAR
125 Speak, Agrippa. What is it, Agrippa?
AGRIPPA AGRIPPA
Thou hast a sister by the mothers side, You have a beautiful half-sister, Octavia. Great
Admired Octavia. Great Mark Antony Mark Antony is a widower now.
Is now a widower.
CAESAR CAESAR
Say not so, Agrippa. Youd better not make that suggestion, Agrippa. If
If Cleopatra heard you, your reproof Cleopatra heard you, you would be well punished
130 Were well deserved of rashness. for your audacity.

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ANTONY ANTONY
I am not married, Caesar. Let me hear Its true Im not married, Caesar. Let me hear
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Agrippa further speak. what Agrippa has to say.


AGRIPPA AGRIPPA
To hold you in perpetual amity, If Antony were to take Octavia as his wife, you
To make you brothers, and to knit your hearts two would be bound in eternal friendship. As
135 With an unslipping knot, take Antony brothers, your hearts would be tied together in an
Octavia to his wife, whose beauty claims unbreakable knot. She is beautiful enough for the
No worse a husband than the best of men, best of men. Her virtue and grace are
Whose virtue and whose general graces speak unparalleled. With this marriage, all the petty
That which none else can utter. By this marriage, jealousies that now seem huge, and all the great
140 All little jealousies, which now seem great, fears that are dangerous in themselves, would
And all great fears, which now import their dangers, disappear. People would become used to
Would then be nothing. Truths would be tales, speaking the truth rather than gossip. Since she
Where now half-tales be truths. Her love to both would love both of you, you two would be joined
Would each to other and all loves to both in that love. Excuse my bluntness. This is not a
145 Draw after her. Pardon what I have spoke, spur-of-the-moment suggestion. I have been
For tis a studied, not a present thought, considering this for some time, in my duties to
By duty ruminated. both of you.
ANTONY ANTONY
Will Caesar speak? What do you say, Caesar?
CAESAR CAESAR
Not till he hears how Antony is touched Id rather hear your reaction to this first.
With what is spoke already.
ANTONY ANTONY
150 What power is in Agrippa If I said to Agrippa, I agree. Make it happen,
If I would say, Agrippa, be it so, does Agrippa have the power to make it so?
To make this good?

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CAESAR CAESAR
The power of Caesar, and He has both my power and my influence over
His power unto Octavia. Octavia.
ANTONY ANTONY
May I never I wouldnt dream of opposing such an obviously
To this good purpose, that so fairly shows, promising idea. Lets shake on it. If you go
155 Dream of impediment! Let me have thy hand through with this plan, from now on well be
Further this act of grace, and from this hour brothers, and our love for one another will guide
The heart of brothers govern in our loves our actions.
And sway our great designs!
CAESAR CAESAR
Theres my hand. Heres my hand.
They clasp hands They shake hands.
A sister I bequeath you whom no brother I give you a sister whom I love more than a
160 Did ever love so dearly. Let her live brother ever loved any sister. She will be the bond
To join our kingdoms and our hearts, and never that joins our kingdoms and our hearts. Well
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Fly off our loves again! never fight again.


LEPIDUS LEPIDUS
Happily, amen! Im happy to say amen to that!
ANTONY ANTONY
I did not think to draw my sword gainst Pompey, I didnt think I would ever fight Pompey. Hes
For he hath laid strange courtesies and great shown me unusual deference lately, and I must
165 Of late upon me. I must thank him only, repay his favors or risk a reputation for
Lest my remembrance suffer ill report; ingratitude. That done, I can turn against him.
At heel of that, defy him.
LEPIDUS LEPIDUS
Time calls upon s. There isnt much time. Either we go after Pompey
Of us must Pompey presently be sought, or hell come after us.
Or else he seeks out us.

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ANTONY ANTONY
170 Where lies he? Where is he now?
CAESAR CAESAR
About the Mount Misena. Near Mt. Misena.
ANTONY ANTONY
What is his strength by land? How large is his land army?
CAESAR CAESAR
Great and increasing. Large and increasing. But his navy rules the sea.
But by sea he is an absolute master.
ANTONY ANTONY
175 So is the fame. Thats what I hear. I wish wed had this
Would we had spoke together! Haste we for it. conversation sooner. Lets get down to business
Yet, ere we put ourselves in arms, dispatch we and yet, before we get ready for war, lets take
The business we have talked of. care of that business we just discussed.
CAESAR CAESAR
With most With pleasure. Ill introduce you to my sister.
gladness, Follow me.
180 And do invite you to my sisters view,
Whither straight Ill lead you.
ANTONY ANTONY
Let us, Lepidus, not lack your company. Come with us, Lepidus.
LEPIDUS LEPIDUS
Noble Antony, not sickness should detain me. Noble Antony, even illness couldnt keep me
away.
Flourish. Exeunt all but ENOBARBUS, AGRIPPA, Trumpets play a fanfare. Everyone exits
and MAECENAS exceptENOBARBUS, AGRIPPA,
and MAECENAS.
MAECENAS MAECENAS
(to ENOBARBUS ) Welcome from Egypt, sir. (to ENOBARBUS ) Welcome back from Egypt,
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sir.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Half the heart of Caesar, worthy Maecenas! My Youve become Caesars right hand man,
honorable friend, Agrippa. Maecenas! Its good to see you too, Agrippa.
AGRIPPA AGRIPPA
Good Enobarbus! Good Enobarbus!
MAECENAS MAECENAS
We have cause to be glad that matters are so well We can be happy that things have been resolved
digested. so agreeably. And I see you survived your time in
You stayed well by t in Egypt. Egypt.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Ay, sir, we did sleep day out of countenance and Yes, sir, it was tough. We confused the daytime
made the night light with drinking. by sleeping through it, and made the night merry
with our drinking.

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MAECENAS MAECENAS
Eight wild boars roasted whole at a breakfastand We heard that once you were served eight wild
but twelve persons there! Is this true? boars roasted whole for breakfastfor only
twelve people! Is that true?
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
This was but as a fly by an eagle. We had much That was nothing. There were many even more
more monstrous matter of feast, which worthily memorable feasts.
deserved noting.
MAECENAS MAECENAS
Shes a most triumphant lady, if report be square to Shes a remarkable lady, if the rumors are to be
her. believed.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
When she first met Mark Antony, she pursed up his From the first time Antony saw her, sailing on her
heart upon the river of Cydnus. barge on the Cydnus River, he was hers.
AGRIPPA AGRIPPA
There she appeared indeed, or my reporter devised She made quite an appearance there, or else my
well for her. informant invented a very flattering description of
her.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
I will tell you. Ill tell you. Her barge looked like a golden throne
The barge she sat in, like a burnished throne, upon the waves, burning bright with the suns
Burned on the water. The poop was beaten gold, reflections. The rear deck was covered with
Purple the sails, and so perfumd that hammered gold. The sails were dyed purple, and
205 The winds were lovesick with them. The oars were they were perfumed so heavily that they made the
silver, air seem dizzy with love. The oars were made of
Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and made silver, and the oarsmen rowed in time to flute
The water which they beat to follow faster, music. As the oars beat the water, the waves
As amorous of their strokes. For her own person, seemed to speed up as if excited by lust.
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210 It beggared all description: she did lie Cleopatras appearance was indescribable. As
In her pavilioncloth-of-gold, of tissue she reclined under a canopy woven from gold
Oerpicturing that Venus where we see thread, she was more beautiful than any artists
The fancy outwork nature. On each side her idealized portrait of the goddess Venus. Pretty,
Stood pretty dimpled boys, like smiling Cupids, Cupid-like boys stood on either side of her,
215 With divers-colored fans, whose wind did seem smiling and cooling her with multicolored fans,
To glow the delicate cheeks which they did cool, which seemed to fan the flames in her cheeks
And what they undid did. even as they cooled them, undoing what they did.

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AGRIPPA AGRIPPA
Oh, rare for Antony! How excellent for Antony!
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Her gentlewomen, like the Nereides, Her ladies-in-waitinglike Nereides, or mermaids
So many mermaids, tended her i th eyes, tended to Cleopatra as she watched them, and
And made their bends adornings. At the helm their graceful movements added to the beauty of
220 A seeming mermaid steers. The silken tackle the scene. It seemed as if a mermaid were
Swell with the touches of those flower-soft hands steering. The silken sails and ropes swelled in the
That yarely frame the office. From the barge wind, expertly handled by the ladies soft hands.
A strange invisible perfume hits the sense People on the wharves could smell exotic
Of the adjacent wharfs. The city cast perfume wafting from the barge as it passed
225 Her people out upon her, and Antony, them. All the people came out to see her, and
Enthroned i th marketplace, did sit alone, Antony, waiting for her in the marketplace, was
Whistling to th air, which, but for vacancy, left alone. Even the air itself would have gone to
Had gone to gaze on Cleopatra too look at Cleopatra, if that wouldnt have caused an
And made a gap in nature. unnatural vacuum in the atmosphere.
AGRIPPA AGRIPPA
Rare Egyptian! Extraordinary Egyptian!
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
230 Upon her landing, Antony sent to her, When she landed at the port, Antony sent an
Invited her to supper. She replied invitation for her to come to supper. She replied
It should be better he became her guest, by saying that it would be better for him to be her
Which she entreated. Our courteous Antony, guest instead. Our courteous Antony, who has
Whom neer the word of No woman heard speak, never said no to any woman, after spending
235 Being barbered ten times oer, goes to the feast, plenty of time being groomed by the barber, goes
And for his ordinary pays his heart to the feast. For that simple meal, he paid with his
For what his eyes eat only. hearteven though it was only his eyes that were
satisfied.

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AGRIPPA AGRIPPA
Royal wench! Royal seductress! She lured Julius Caesar into
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She made great Caesar lay his sword to bed. her bed, he made love to her, and she bore his
He plowed her, and she cropped. child.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
I saw her I saw her once hop forty feet down the street.
240 once When she stopped she was so out of breath that
Hop forty paces through the public street, she was panting. Her beauty made even that
And having lost her breath, she spoke, and panted, weakness seem perfect, and even in her
That she did make defect perfection, breathlessness she seemed to pour out breath.
And, breathless, pour breathe forth.
MAECENAS MAECENAS
Now Antony must leave her utterly. Now Antony has to leave her completely.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
245 Never. He will not. Hell never leave her. Age wont wither her, and
Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her charms are so varied that she never grows
Her infinite variety. Other women cloy boring. With other women, the more familiar you
The appetites they feed, but she makes hungry grow with them the less appealing they become.
Where most she satisfies, for vilest things Cleopatra, on the other hand, makes you desire
250 Become themselves in her, that the holy priests her the more you see her. Even her worst faults
Bless her when she is riggish. are charming, and holy priests bless her even
when she acts the slut.
MAECENAS MAECENAS
If beauty, wisdom, modesty, can settle If beauty, wisdom, and modesty can settle
The heart of Antony, Octavia is Antonys restless heart, Octavia will be the best
A blessd lottery to him. thing that has ever happened to him.
AGRIPPA AGRIPPA
Let us go. Lets go. Good Enobarbus, consider yourself my
255 Good Enobarbus, make yourself my guest guest as long as youre here.
Whilst you abide here.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Humbly, sir, I thank you. I humbly thank you.

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Exeunt They exit.

Act 2, Scene 3

Enter ANTONY, CAESAR; OCTAVIA between them ANTONY and CAESAR enter
with OCTAVIAbetween them.
ANTONY ANTONY
(to OCTAVIA ) The world and my great office will (to OCTAVIA ) There will be times when my duties
sometimes and responsibilities take me away from you.
Divide me from your bosom.
OCTAVIA OCTAVIA
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All which time And I will spend our time apart on my knees,
Before the gods my knee shall bow my prayers praying for you.
To them for you.
ANTONY ANTONY
(to CAESAR ) Good night, sir.My Octavia, (to CAESAR ) Good night, sir. My Octavia, dont
5 Read not my blemishes in the worlds report. believe everything you hear about me. I havent
I have not kept my square, but that to come always lived a conventional life, but the future will
Shall all be done by th rule. Good night, dear lady. be by the book. Good night, dear
(to CAESAR ) Good night, sir. lady. (toCAESAR ) Good night, sir.
CAESAR CAESAR
Good night. Good night.
He exits with OCTAVIA CAESAR and OCTAVIA exit.
Enter SOOTHSAYER The FORTUNETELLER enters.
ANTONY ANTONY
10 Now, sirrah, you do wish yourself in Egypt? Now, sirrah, I hear you wish you were back in
Egypt.
SOOTHSAYER FORTUNETELLER
Would I had never come from thence, nor you thither. I wish I had never left Egypt and that you had
never come to Egypt.
ANTONY ANTONY
If you can, your reason? Tell me why, if you can.
SOOTHSAYER FORTUNETELLER
I see it in my motion, have it not in my tongue. But yet Its a feeling, but nothing I can put into words. But
hie you to Egypt again. you had better get back to Egypt again.
ANTONY ANTONY
15 Say to me whose fortunes shall rise higher, Tell me who shall have the better luck, Caesar or
Caesars or mine? me?
SOOTHSAYER FORTUNETELLER
Caesars. Caesar. So youd better not stay with him, Antony.
Therefore, O Antony, stay not by his side. Your guardian angel is noble, courageous,
Thy dmonthat thy spirit which keeps theeis significant, and unmatched when Caesars not
20 Noble, courageous, high, unmatchable around. But when you are with him, your angel is
Where Caesars is not. But near him thy angel weakened and easily frightened. Thats why there
Becomes afeard, as being oerpowered. Therefore must be space between you.
Make space enough between you.

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ANTONY ANTONY
Speak this Dont speak of this again.
no more.
SOOTHSAYER FORTUNETELLER
To none but thee, no more but when to thee. To none but you, only to you. You will surely lose
25 If thou dost play with him at any game, any game you play with Caesar. With his natural
Thou art sure to lose, and of that natural luck luck, he will beat you even against the odds. Your
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He beats thee gainst the odds. Thy luster thickens light dulls when he is near. I repeat: your angel is
When he shines by. I say again, thy spirit afraid to inspire you when youre around him, but
Is all afraid to govern thee near him, when he goes away it becomes brilliant again.
30 But, he away, tis noble.
ANTONY ANTONY
Get thee gone. Leave now. Tell Ventidius I want to speak with him.
Say to Ventidius I would speak with him.
Exit SOOTHSAYER The FORTUNETELLER exits.
(to himself) He shall to Parthia. Be it art or hap, (to himself) Ill send him to Parthia. Whether hes
He hath spoken true. The very dice obey him, truly gifted or just lucky, what the Fortuneteller
And in our sports my better cunning faints said is true. Even the dice obey Caesar. When we
35 Under his chance. If we draw lots, he speeds. compete in sports, my skill is defeated by his luck.
His cocks do win the battle still of mine If we pick numbers in a lottery, he wins. His
When it is all to naught, and his quails ever roosters always beat mine at the cockfights. His
Beat mine, inhooped, at odds. I will to Egypt. quails beat mine, even against the odds, when
And though I make this marriage for my peace, mine have the advantage. Ill return to Egypt.
40 I th East my pleasure lies. Though Ive made this marriage to keep peace
with Caesar, my pleasure remains in the East, with
Cleopatra.
Enter VENTIDIUS VENTIDIUS enters.
O come, Ventidius. Come here, Ventidius. You must go to Parthia.
You must to Parthia. Your commissions ready. Your authorization is ready. Come with me and Ill
Follow me and receive t. get it for you.

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Exeunt They exit.

Act 2, Scene 4

Enter LEPIDUS, MECAENAS, and AGRIPPA LEPIDUS, MAECENAS, and AGRIPPA enter.
LEPIDUS LEPIDUS
Trouble yourselves no further. Pray you, hasten Dont spend any more time here. Go tell your
Your generals after. generals to hurry their preparations.
AGRIPPA AGRIPPA
Sir, Mark Antony Sir, well follow as soon as Mark Antony kisses
Will een but kiss Octavia, and well follow. Octavia good-bye.
LEPIDUS LEPIDUS
Till I shall see you in your soldiers dress, Good-bye then, until the time I see you dressed in
5 Which will become you both, farewell. your battle gear, which will suit you both very well.
MAECENAS MAECENAS
We According to my reckoning, well get to Mt. Misena
shall, before you, Lepidus.
As I conceive the journey, be at the Mount
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Before you, Lepidus.


LEPIDUS LEPIDUS
Your way is shorter. Youre taking a shorter route. My plans take me a
My purposes do draw me much about. roundabout way. Youll get there two days before
Youll win two days upon me. me.
MAECENAS, AGRIPPA BOTH
Sir, good success. Good luck, sir.
LEPIDUS LEPIDUS
10 Farewell. Farewell.
Exeunt They exit.

Act 2, Scene 5

Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, IRAS, CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, IRAS,


andALEXAS andALEXAS enter.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Give me some music. Music, moody food Play me some music. Music feeds the melancholy
Of us that trade in love. moods of us lovers.
ALL ALL
The music, ho! Musicians, come in!
Enter MARDIAN the eunuch MADRIAN enters.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Let it alone. Lets to billiards. Come, Charmian. Never mind. Lets play billiards. Play with me,
Charmian.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
My arm is sore. Best play with Mardian. My arm is sore. Youll have a better game with
Mardian.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
5 As well a woman with an eunuch played Playing with a eunuch is the same as playing with
As with a woman.Come, youll play with me, sir? a woman. Will you play with me, sir?
MARDIAN MARDIAN
As well as I can, madam. Ill do my best, madam.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
And when good will is showed, though t come too When a person tries in good faith, even if he fails
short, he cannot be blamed. I dont want to play now.
10 The actor may plead pardon. Ill none now. Give me my fishing rod. Well go to the river. With
Give me mine angle. Well to th river. There, my music playing in the background, Ill lure fish.
My music playing far off, I will betray My hook will go through their slimy jaws and as I
Tawny-finned fishes. My bended hook shall pierce pull them up Ill imagine each one is Antony. Ill
Their slimy jaws, and as I draw them up say, Aha! I caught you!
15 Ill think them every one an Antony
And say, Aha! Youre caught.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Twas merry It was funny when you and Antony bet on who
when could catch the first fish. You had a diver put a
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You wagered on your angling, when your diver salted fish on his hook. He was so excited as he
Did hang a salt fish on his hook, which he hurried to pull it in!
With fervency drew up.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
That timeOh, times! That time? Oh, there were so many fun times. I
would play some trick on him and laugh until he
20 I laughed him out of patience, and that night lost his patience. Then, that night, I would laugh
I laughed him into patience. And next morn, with him while we made love until he was patient
Ere the ninth hour, I drunk him to his bed, again. Then by nine in the morning I would have
Then put my tires and mantles on him, whilst him so drunk I could dress him in my clothes while
I wore his sword Philippan. I wore the sword he used at the famous battle of
Philippi.

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Enter a MESSENGER A MESSENGER enters.


Oh, from Italy! Oh! News from Italy! Cram your good news into
Ram thou thy fruitful tidings in mine ears, my ears. Its been so long since Ive heard from
25 That long time have been barren. him.
MESSENGER MESSENGER
Madam, Madam, madam
madam
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Antonios dead! If thou say so, villain, Antonys dead! If you say that, you bastard, youll
Thou killst thy mistress. But well and free, kill your Queen. If you say hes healthy and free,
If thou so yield him, there is gold, and here Ill give you money and you may kiss my hand.
My bluest veins to kissa hand that kings Kings have trembled to kiss this hand.
30 Have lipped, and trembled kissing.
MESSENGER MESSENGER
First, madam, he is well. Let me say first, madam, that he is well.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Why, theres more gold. But, sirrah, mark, we use Well then, heres more money for you. But you
To say the dead are well. Bring it to that, know, sirrah, we customarily say that the dead are
The gold I give thee will I melt and pour well. If thats what you mean, Ill melt this gold and
35 Down thy ill-uttering throat. pour it down your throat that speaks these hateful
words.
MESSENGER MESSENGER
Good madam, hear me. Good madam, let me speak.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Well, go to, I will. All right, I will. But you dont look as if you bring
But theres no goodness in thy faceif Antony good news. If Antony is free and healthy, you
Be free and healthful, so tart a favor shouldnt wear such a sour face while bringing
40 To trumpet such good tidings! If not well, such good news.
Thou shouldst come like a Fury crowned with snakes, If hes not well, you should arrive like a Furywith
Not like a formal man. snakes for hair, not in the shape of a normal man.
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MESSENGER MESSENGER
Will t please you hear Do you want to hear my news?
me?

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CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
I have a mind to strike thee ere thou speakst. I have half a mind to hit you before you speak
Yet if thou say Antony lives, is well, again. But if Antony is alive, healthy, friendly with
45 Or friends with Caesar, or not captive to him, Caesar, and not Caesars prisoner, Ill shower
Ill set thee in a shower of gold and hail you with gold and pearls.
Rich pearls upon thee.
MESSENGER MESSENGER
Madam, hes well. Madam, hes well.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Well Thats well spoken.
said.
MESSENGER MESSENGER
And friends with Caesar. And hes friendly with Caesar.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Th art an honest man. You are an honest man.
MESSENGER MESSENGER
Caesar and he are greater friends than ever. Caesar and he are better friends than ever.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
50 Make thee a fortune from me. Im going to make you a rich man.
MESSENGER MESSENGER
But yet, madam But yet, madam
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
I do not like But yet. It does allay I dont like the sound of but yet. It reverses all
The good precedence. Fie upon But yet. the good that came before it. Damn those words,
But yet is as a jailer to bring forth but yet! But yet is like a jailer about to bring
Some monstrous malefactor. Prithee, friend, out some horrible criminal. Please, my friend,
55 Pour out the pack of matter to mine ear, give me all the news, both good and bad, at the
The good and bad together. Hes friends with Caesar, same time. You say hes friendly with Caesar,
In state of health, thou sayst, and, thou sayst, free. healthy, and free.
MESSENGER MESSENGER
Free, madam, no. I made no such report. I didnt say free, madam. No, I didnt say that.
Hes bound unto Octavia. Hes bound to Octavia.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
For what good turn? For what favor?
MESSENGER MESSENGER
60 For the best turn i th bed. For the favor of sleeping in her bed.

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CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
I am pale, Charmian. Im sick, Charmian.
MESSENGER MESSENGER
Madam, hes married to Octavia. Hes married to Octavia, madam.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
The most infectious pestilence upon thee! May you die of the worst disease!
Strikes him down She knocks him down.
MESSENGER MESSENGER
Good madam, patience. Good madam, be patient.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
What say you? What did you say to me?
Strikes him She hits him again.
65 Hence, horrible villain, or Ill spurn thine eyes Get out, you horrible bastard, or Ill gouge out your
Like balls before me! Ill unhair thy head! eyes. Ill scalp you.
She hales him up and down She drags him across the stage.
Thou shalt be whipped with wire and stewed in brine, Ill have you whipped with wire and soaked in brine
Smarting in lingring pickle! like a pickle, making your pain linger.
MESSENGER MESSENGER
Gracious madam, Gracious madam, I only brought the news. I didnt
I that do bring the news made not the match. make the match.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
70 Say tis not so, a province I will give thee If you say it isnt true, Ill give you a province and
And make thy fortunes proud. The blow thou hadst make you rich. The blows I gave you already will
Shall make thy peace for moving me to rage, make up for your upsetting me. And on top of that
And I will boot thee with what gift beside Ill give you whatever you ask for.
Thy modesty can beg.
MESSENGER MESSENGER
Hes married, madam. Hes married, madam.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
75 Rogue, thou hast lived too long. Rogue, youve lived too long!
Draws a knife She draws a knife.
MESSENGER MESSENGER
Nay then, Ill No way, then, Ill run. Whats the matter with you,
run. madam? I havent done anything to you.
What mean you, madam? I have made no fault.

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Exit The MESSENGER exits.


CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Good madam, keep yourself within yourself. Good madam, restrain yourself. The man hasnt
The man is innocent. done anything wrong.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Some innocents scape not the thunderbolt. Even innocents cannot always escape disaster.
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80 Melt Egypt into Nile, and kindly creatures May Egypt drown in the Nile and all good
Turn all to serpents. Call the slave again. creatures turn into poisonous snakes. Call that
Though I am mad, I will not bite him. Call! servant back. Even though Im mad, I wont bite
him. Call him!
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
He is afeard to come. Hes afraid to come in.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
I will not hurt him. I wont hurt him. My hands are tainted if they hit an
These hands do lack nobility that they strike inferior, especially since I myself am the cause of
85 A meaner than myself, since I myself my own distress.
Have given myself the cause.
Enter the MESSENGER again The MESSENGER returns.
Come hither, sir. Come here, sir. It may be honest, but its never
Though it be honest, it is never good wise to bring bad news. You can give good news
To bring bad news. Give to a gracious message in many ways, but let bad news interpret itself as
An host of tongues, but let ill tidings tell you tell it.
90 Themselves when they be felt.
MESSENGER MESSENGER
I have done my duty. Ive only done my duty.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Is he married? Is he married? I cant hate you any more than I
I cannot hate thee worser than I do already do if you repeat that he is.
If thou again say yes.
MESSENGER MESSENGER
Hes married, madam. Hes married, madam.

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CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
95 The gods confound thee! Dost thou hold there still? May the gods destroy you! Do you maintain the
same story?
MESSENGER MESSENGER
Should I lie, madam? Do you want me to lie, madam?
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Oh, I would thou didst, Oh, I wish you had lied, even if it meant half my
So half my Egypt were submerged and made kingdom would be submerged and filled with
A cistern for scaled snakes! Go, get thee hence. snakes. Go, get out! Even if you were as
Hadst thou Narcissus in thy face, to me handsome as Narcissus, your face would be ugly
100 Thou wouldst appear most ugly. He is married? to me. Is he really married?
MESSENGER MESSENGER
I crave your highness pardon. I beg your highness pardon.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
He is married? Is he really married?
MESSENGER MESSENGER
Take no offense that I would not offend you. Please dont be offended that I dont want to
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To punish me for what you make me do offend you any more. Its not fair to punish me for
Seems much unequal. Hes married to Octavia. something you make me do. Hes married to
Octavia.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
105 Oh, that his fault should make a knave of thee, Its too bad that Antonys fault should make you
That art not what th art sure of! Get thee hence. look like a jerk. You didnt have anything to do
The merchandise which thou hast brought from with it. Go away. The merchandise you bring from
Rome Rome is too expensive for me. Let it stay in your
Are all too dear for me. Lie they upon thy hand inventory until it bankrupts you.
And be undone by em!
Exit MESSENGER The MESSENGER exits.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Good your highness, Be patient, your highness.
patience.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
110 In praising Antony, I have dispraised Caesar. When I have praised Antony, Ive disparaged
Caesar.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Many times, madam. Many times, madam.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
I am paid for t now. Lead me from hence. Im being repaid for that now. Help me out of
I faint. O Iras, Charmian! Tis no matter. here. I feel faint. Oh, Iras, Charmian! It doesnt
Go to the fellow, good Alexas. Bid him matter. Good Alexas, go ask that fellow to
115 Report the feature of Octavia: her years, describe Octavia. How old is she? What kind of
Her inclination. Let him not leave out disposition does she have? Dont let him leave
The color of her hair. Bring me word quickly. out the color of her hair. Bring me his answers
quickly.

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Exit ALEXAS ALEXAS exits.


Let him forever go!Let him not, Charmian. Let Antony be purged from my life foreverbut
Though he be painted one way like a Gorgon, no, dont let him, Charmian. Even though half of
120 The other ways a Mars. (to MARDIAN ) Bid you him is like a Gorgon, the other half is like Mars.
Alexas (to MARDIAN ) Ask Alexas to also ask him how
Bring me word how tall she is. Pity me, Charmian, tall she is. Feel sorry for me, Charmian, but dont
But do not speak to me. Lead me to my chamber. talk to me. Help me get to my bedroom.
Exeunt They exit.

Act 2, Scene 6

Flourish. Enter POMPEY and MENAS at one door, A trumpet fanfare


with drum and trumpet; at sounds. POMPEY andMENAS enter through one
another CAESAR,LEPIDUS, ANTONY, ENOBARB stage door to the music of a drum and a
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US, MAECENAS, and AGRIPPA, with soldiers trumpet. CAESAR,LEPIDUS, ANTONY, ENOBARB
marching US,MAECENAS, and AGRIPPA enter through
another door, followed by soldiers.
POMPEY POMPEY
Your hostages I have, so have you mine, I have your hostages and you have mine. Lets talk
And we shall talk before we fight. before we fight.
CAESAR CAESAR
Most meet Its proper that we speak first, which is why we sent
That first we come to words, and therefore have we our proposals ahead of us for your consideration. If
Our written purposes before us sent, youve had time to think over these points, let us
5 Which, if thou hast considered, let us know know whether they will relieve your frustration. If yes,
If twill tie up thy discontented sword then a lot of brave young men can return to Sicily
And carry back to Sicily much tall youth who would otherwise die here.
That else must perish here.
POMPEY POMPEY
To you all three, I address the three of you, the sole rulers of this
The senators alone of this great world, world and the main arbiters of the gods will. I dont
1 Chief factors for the gods: I do not know know why my fathers death shouldnt be avenged,
0 Wherefore my father should revengers want, since he has a son and friends to do it. You avenged
Having a son and friends, since Julius Caesar, Julius Caesars death at Philippi, where his ghost
Who at Philippi the good Brutus ghosted, haunted his killer, Brutus. Why did Cassius conspire
There saw you laboring for him. What was t against Caesar? And why did the honorable, well-
That moved pale Cassius to conspire? And what intentioned Brutus and the others, men devoted to
1 Made the all-honored, honest Roman Brutus, the ideal of freedom, assassinate Caesar? They
5 With the armed rest, courtiers of beauteous didnt want one man to be king in Rome.
freedom, And thats why Ive built my navy, which is so huge
To drench the Capitol, but that they would that the weight of the ships makes the sea foam with
Have one man but a man? And that is it anger. I will punish Rome for her ingratitude toward
Hath made me rig my navy, at whose burden my noble father.
2 The angered ocean foams, with which I meant
0 To scourge th ingratitude that despiteful Rome
Cast on my noble father.

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CAESAR CAESAR
Take your time. Take your time.
ANTONY ANTONY
Thou canst not fear us, Pompey, with thy sails. Pompey, you cannot frighten us with your navy.
25 Well speak with thee at sea. At land, thou knowst Well meet you at sea. You know that on land our
How much we do oercount thee. army is far greater than yours.
POMPEY POMPEY
At land Yes, on land you do outnumber me. Even more
indeed since you annexed my fathers house and lands.
Thou dost oercount me of my fathers house, But since, like the cuckoo, you dont build anything
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But since the cuckoo builds not for himself, for yourself, live in those lands as long as you can.
Remain in t as thou mayst.
LEPIDUS LEPIDUS
Be pleased to tell us To get back to the matter at hand, what do you
30 think of our proposal?
For this is from the presenthow you take
The offers we have sent you.
CAESAR CAESAR
Theres the point. Thats the point.
ANTONY ANTONY
Which do not be entreated to, but weigh Dont let us talk you into anything, but consider
What it is worth embraced. carefully the value of our offers.
CAESAR CAESAR
And what may And consider the possible consequences of
follow, fighting against us, in the hopes of gaining a
To try a larger fortune. greater fortune.
POMPEY POMPEY
You have made me offer You have offered me the lands of Sicily and
35 Of Sicily, Sardinia. And I must Sardinia. In return, I must clear the sea of pirates
Rid all the sea of pirates, then, to send and send tributes of wheat to Rome. If I agree to
Measures of wheat to Rome. This greed upon this, we may leave unharmed, with our shields
To part with unhacked edges and bear back undented.
Our targes undinted.
CAESAR, ANTONY, LEPIDUS CAESAR, ANTONY, AND LEPIDUS
Thats our offer. Thats our offer.

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POMPEY POMPEY
Know You should know that when I came here I was
40 then prepared to accept your offer. But Mark Antony
I came before you here a man prepared made me somewhat angry. (to ANTONY )Though
To take this offer, but Mark Antony it would be nobler to for me not to speak of this
Put me to some impatience. (to ANTONY )Though I good act myself, you should know that when
lose Caesar and your brother were fighting, your
45 The praise of it by telling, you must know, mother came to Sicily for refuge. I welcomed her
When Caesar and your brother were at blows, gladly.
Your mother came to Sicily and did find
Her welcome friendly.
ANTONY ANTONY
(to POMPEY ) I have heard it, Pompey, (to POMPEY ) I heard what you did for her,
And am well studied for a liberal thanks Pompey, and want to give you the many thanks I
Which I do owe you. owe you.
POMPEY POMPEY
Let me have your hand. Let me shake your hand.
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They clasp hands They shake hands.


I did not think, sir, to have met you here. I didnt think I would see you here.
ANTONY ANTONY
50 The beds i th East are soft, and thanks to you, The East is very seductive. I have you to thank for
That called me timelier than my purpose hither, my trip here; I wouldnt have left Egypt otherwise,
For I have gained by t. and I have benefited from it.
CAESAR CAESAR
(to POMPEY ) Since I saw you last (to POMPEY ) Youve changed since the last time
Theres a change upon you. I saw you.
POMPEY POMPEY
Well, I know not Well, I cannot tell how my difficult life has
What counts harsh Fortune casts upon my face, weathered my face, but I will never let those
55 But in my bosom shall she never come difficulties subdue my courage.
To make my heart her vassal.

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LEPIDUS LEPIDUS
Well met here. Its good we had this meeting.
POMPEY POMPEY
I hope so, Lepidus. Thus we are agreed. I hope it works out for the best, Lepidus. So we
I crave our composition may be written are in agreement. Please have the contract
And sealed between us. written up so we can all sign it.
CAESAR CAESAR
Thats the next to do. Thats the next thing on the agenda.
POMPEY POMPEY
60 Well feast each other ere we part, and lets Well have celebration feasts for each other
Draw lots who shall begin. before we go our separate ways. Lets draw lots
to see who will host the first one.
ANTONY ANTONY
That will I, Pompey. Ill give the first one, Pompey.
POMPEY POMPEY
No, Antony, take the lot. But, first or last, No, Antony. Pick one of these lots. Whether
Your fine Egyptian cookery shall have your banquet is first or last, your Egyptian
The fame. I have heard that Julius Caesar cooking will make it the best. I heard that Julius
65 Grew fat with feasting there. Caesar got fat from all the feasting there.
ANTONY ANTONY
You have heard much. Youve heard a lot.
POMPEY POMPEY
I have fair meanings, sir. I mean well, sir.
ANTONY ANTONY
And fair words to them. Im sure you do.
POMPEY POMPEY
Then so much have I heard. Ive heard a lot more. I heard that Apollodorus
70 And I have heard Apollodorus carried carried
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(interrupting POMPEY ) No more of that. He did so. (interrupting POMPEY ) Thats enough of that.
Yes, its true.
POMPEY POMPEY
What, I What did he carry, please?
pray you?
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
A certain queen to Caesar in a mattress. A certain queen to Caesar, rolled up in a
mattress.
POMPEY POMPEY
I know thee now. How farst thou, soldier? Now I know who you are. How are you, soldier?
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Well, Im well, and probably will be for a while, as I
And well am like to do, for I perceive, hear that four feasts are being prepared.
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POMPEY POMPEY
Let me shake thy hand. Let me shake your hand. Ive never been your
I never hated thee. I have seen thee fight enemy. Ive seen you fight and envied your
When I have envied thy behavior. skill.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Sir, Sir, I wouldnt say I was your friend, but Ive
I never loved you much, but I ha praised ye praised you when you deserved ten times more
When you have well deserved ten times as much praise than I gave.
80 As I have said you did.
POMPEY POMPEY
Enjoy thy plainness. Enjoy your frankness; it suits you. I invite you
It nothing ill becomes thee. all aboard my ship. After you, my lords?
Aboard my galley I invite you all.
Will you lead, lords?
CAESAR, ANTONY, LEPIDUS CAESAR, ANTONY, AND LEPIDUS
Show s the way, sir. Show us the way, sir.
POMPEY POMPEY
Come. Come with me.
Exeunt all but ENOBARBUS and MENAS Everyone exits except
for ENOBARBUS andMENAS.
MENAS MENAS
(aside) Thy father, Pompey, would neer have made this (to himself) Your father would never have
85 treaty. (to ENOBARBUS ) You and I have known, sir. agreed to this treaty,
Pompey. (to ENOBARBUS) You and I have
met, sir.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
At sea, I think. I think it was at sea.
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MENAS MENAS
We have, sir. That it was, sir.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
You have done well by water. Youve done well at sea.
MENAS MENAS
And you by land. And youve done well on land.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
90 I will praise any man that will praise me, though it cannot Ill flatter anyone who flatters methough what
be denied what I have done by land. Ive accomplished on land cannot be denied.
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ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Yes, something you can deny for your own safety: Yes, for your own safety, you should deny one
you have been a great thief by sea. thing: you have been a great thief at sea.
MENAS MENAS
95 And you by land. As you were on land.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
There I deny my land service. But give me your hand, Thats the one part of my service on land I do
Menas. deny. But lets shake hands, Menas.
They clasp hands They shake.
If our eyes had authority, here they might take two If our eyes were policemen, they might capture
thieves kissing. two thieves at once while were embracing.
MENAS MENAS
All mens faces are true, whatsomeer their hands Mens faces are truthful, whatever their hands do.
are.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
100 But there is never a fair woman has a true face. But no beautiful woman has an honest face.
MENAS MENAS
No slander. They steal hearts. Thats no lie. They steal hearts.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
We came hither to fight with you. We came here to fight against you.
MENAS MENAS
For my part, I am sorry it is turned to a drinking. For my part, Im sorry this battle turned into a
Pompey doth this day laugh away his fortune. drinking match. Today Pompey laughs away his
fortune.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
105 If he do, sure he cannot weep t back again. If thats true, he wont get it back by crying.
MENAS MENAS
Youve said, sir. We looked not for Mark Antony here. Thats the truth, sir. We didnt expect Mark Antony
Pray you, is he married to Cleopatra? to be here. Is he married to Cleopatra?
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Caesars sister is called Octavia. Caesars sister is named Octavia.
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MENAS MENAS
True, sir. She was the wife of Caius Marcellus. Thats true, sir. She was previously Caius
Marcellus wife.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
110 But she is now the wife of Marcus Antonius. But she is now Mark Antonys wife.
MENAS MENAS
Pray ye, sir? Excuse me, sir?
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Tis true. Its true.
MENAS MENAS
Then is Caesar and he forever knit together. Then Caesar and he will always be united.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
If I were bound to divine of this unity, I would not If I were to make a prediction regarding this union,
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MENAS MENAS
I think the policy of that purpose made more in the I think the marriage was made more for political
marriage than the love of the parties. reasons than for love.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
I think so too. But you shall find the band that seems I think so too. But youll see that the very thing that
to tie their friendship together will be the very strangler joins them will be the thing that separates them.
of their amity. Octavia is of a holy, cold, and still Octavia has a pious, chaste, meek disposition.
conversation.
MENAS MENAS
Who would not have his wife so? Doesnt everyone want a wife like that?
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Not he that himself is not so, which is Mark Antony. He Not someone who doesnt share that disposition,
will to his Egyptian dish again. Then shall the sighs of meaning Mark Antony. Hell go back to his
Octavia blow the fire up in Caesar, and, as I said Egyptian dish. Then Octavias complaints will
before, that which is the strength of their amity shall rouse Caesar, and as I said before, the thing that
prove the immediate author of their variance. Antony brought them together will part them. Antony will
will use his affection where it is. He married but his go where his passion is. He only married out of
occasion here. political necessity.
MENAS MENAS
And thus it may be. Come, sir, will you aboard? I have Then thats the way it may turn out. Come on, sir,
a health for you. will you come aboard? I want to drink your health.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
I shall take it, sir. We have used our throats in Egypt. Ill join you, sir. We did a lot of drinking in Egypt.
MENAS MENAS
Come, lets away. Lets go.
Exeunt They exit.
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Music plays. Enter two or three SERVANTS with a Music plays. Two or three SERVANTS enter with a
banquet feast.
FIRST SERVANT FIRST SERVANT
Here theyll be, man. Some o their plants are ill- Heres where theyll end up, on the floor. Some of
rooted already. The least wind i th world will blow them are leaning already. It wont take much for them
them down. to fall over.
SECOND SERVANT SECOND SERVANT
Lepidus is high-colored. Lepidus is red in the face.
FIRST SERVANT FIRST SERVANT
They have made him drink alms-drink. They made him drink the leftover wine usually given
to the poor.
SECOND SERVANT SECOND SERVANT
5 As they pinch one another by the disposition, he Their various personalities grate on one another.
cries out, No more, reconciles them to his entreaty Lepidus cries, No more arguing! and then when
and himself to th drink. they agree he resigns himself to drink.
FIRST SERVANT FIRST SERVANT
But it raises the greater war between him and his Which goes on to impede his judgment.
discretion.
SECOND SERVANT SECOND SERVANT
Why, this it is to have a name in great mens Thats what happens when you partner with great
fellowship. I had as lief have a reed that will do me men but lack their power. Id rather carry a reed that
no service as a partisan I could not heave. obviously cant protect me than a sword I cannot lift.
FIRST SERVANT FIRST SERVANT
To be called into a huge sphere, and not to be seen To be so unimportant in the company of important
to move in t, are the holes where eyes should be, men is like having a face without any eyes.
which pitifully disaster the cheeks.
A sennet sounded. A trumpet call
Enter CAESAR, ANTONY,POMPEY, LEPIDUS, A sounds. CAESAR, ANTONY,POMPEY, LEPIDUS, A
GRIPPA, MAECENAS,ENOBARBUS, GRIPPA, MAECENAS,ENOBARBUS,
and MENAS, with other captains and a BOY and MENAS enter, along with other captains and
a BOY.
ANTONY ANTONY
Thus do they, sir: they take the flow o th Nile This is how they do it, sir: they measure the depth of
By certain scales i th Pyramid. They know the Nile, according to certain marks made on the
By th height, the lowness, or the mean, if dearth walls of the Pyramid. They know by those
2 Or foison follow. The higher Nilus swells measurements if there will be famine or plenty. The
0 The more it promises. As it ebbs, the seedsman higher the Nile flows, the better the harvest. As the
Upon the slime and ooze scatters his grain, river ebbs, the farmer scatters his seeds on the
And shortly comes to harvest. remaining silt. The harvest comes shortly after that.

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LEPIDUS LEPIDUS
Youve strange serpents there? Do you have unusual snakes there?
ANTONY ANTONY
25 Ay, Lepidus. Yes, Lepidus.
LEPIDUS LEPIDUS
Your serpent of Egypt is bred now of your mud by the The Egyptian snake is born when the sun shines
operation of your sun. So is your crocodile. on the Nile mud, just like the crocodile.
ANTONY ANTONY
They are so. Yes, Lepidus.
POMPEY POMPEY
(to LEPIDUS ) Sit, and some wine. A health to Lets have a seat and some wine. A toast to
Lepidus! Lepidus!
They sit and drink They sit and drink.
LEPIDUS LEPIDUS
30 I am not so well as I should be, but Ill neer out. I dont feel so well, but I wont stop.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Not till you have slept. I fear me youll be in till then. Not until you pass out. Im afraid youll keep going
until then.
LEPIDUS LEPIDUS
Nay, certainly, I have heard the Ptolemies pyramises No, I certainly wont stop. Ive heard that the
are very goodly things. Without contradiction I have pyramids build by the Ptolemies are splendid.
heard that. Without doubt Ive heard that.
MENAS MENAS
(aside to POMPEY ) Pompey, a word. (aside to POMPEY ) Pompey, could I have a word
with you?
POMPEY POMPEY
35 (aside to MENAS ) Say in mine ear. What is t? (aside to MENAS ) Whisper it in my ear. What is
it?
MENAS MENAS
(aside to POMPEY ) Forsake thy seat, I do beseech (whispers in POMPEY s ear) Please, captain,
thee, captain, leave the feast and let me speak with you
And hear me speak a word. privately.
POMPEY POMPEY
(aside to MENAS ) Forbear me till anon.This wine (aside to MENAS ) Leave me alone awhile.
for Lepidus! Wheres the wine for Lepidus?
LEPIDUS LEPIDUS
What manner o thing is your crocodile? What does a crocodile look like?
ANTONY ANTONY
40 It is shaped, sir, like itself, and it is as broad as it hath Sir, its shaped like itself and is as wide as it has
breadth. It is just so high as it is, and moves with its width. It is only as high as it is and moves with its
own organs. It lives by that which nourisheth it, and, own legs. It lives on what nourishes it, and
the elements once out of it, it transmigrates. when the four elements leave it, its soul moves
into another body.
LEPIDUS LEPIDUS
What color is it of? What color is it?
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LEPIDUS LEPIDUS
Tis a strange serpent. Its a strange snake.
ANTONY ANTONY
Tis so. And the tears of it are wet. It is that. And its tears are wet.
CAESAR CAESAR
(aside to ANTONY ) Will this description satisfy him? (aside to ANTONY ) Will that description satisfy
him?
ANTONY ANTONY
(aside to CAESAR ) With the health that Pompey gives (aside to CAESAR ) That last toast Pompey gave
him, else he is a very epicure. him will take care of him, unless hes a raging
glutton.
MENAS whispers again MENAS whispers to POMPEY again.
POMPEY POMPEY
(aside to MENAS ) Go hang, sir, hang! Tell me of that? (aside to MENAS ) Go to hell, sir. Are you still
Away! here? Go away! Do what I tell you. Wheres the
Do as I bid you.Wheres this cup I called for? wine I ordered?
MENAS MENAS
(aside to POMPEY ) If for the sake of merit thou wilt (aside to POMPEY ) If any service Ive done you
hear me, deserves a favor, get up from your stool and
Rise from thy stool. speak with me.
POMPEY POMPEY
(aside to MENAS ) I think th art mad. (aside to MENAS ) I think youre crazy!
He rises, and they walk aside He gets up and walks aside with MENAS.
The What is it?
matter?
MENAS MENAS
55 I have ever held my cap off to thy fortunes. Ive always had great respect for your destiny.
POMPEY POMPEY
Thou hast served me with much faith. Whats else to Youve served me faithfully. What else can I
say? say? (to the others) Be happy, lords!
(to the others) Be jolly, lords.
ANTONY ANTONY
These quicksands, Stay away from the quicksand of drink, Lepidus:
Lepidus, youre sinking.
Keep off them, for you sink.
MENAS MENAS
(aside to POMPEY ) Wilt thou be lord of all the world? (to POMPEY ) Would you like to be king of the
entire world?
POMPEY POMPEY
What What are you saying?
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sayst thou?
MENAS MENAS
60 Wilt thou be lord of the whole world? Thats twice. Would you like to be king of the entire world?
Now Ive said it twice.
POMPEY POMPEY
How should that be? How could that happen?
MENAS MENAS
But entertain it, Just consider it. Though I seem poor, I am the
And, though thou think me poor, I am the man man who will give you the world.
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POMPEY POMPEY
Hast thou drunk Are you drunk?
well?
MENAS MENAS
65 No, Pompey, I have kept me from the cup. No, Pompey, I havent had anything to drink. You
Thou art, if thou darst be, the earthly Jove. can be the most powerful man on earth if you dare
Whateer the ocean pales or sky inclips use your power. Both land and sea are yours if
Is thine, if thou wilt ha t. you will take them.
POMPEY POMPEY
Show me which way. Tell me how.
MENAS MENAS
These three world-sharers, these competitors, The three who share the known world are aboard
70 Are in thy vessel. Let me cut the cable, your boat. Let me cut the anchor cable. When we
And, when we are put off, fall to their throats. are away from land, cut their throats. Everything
All there is thine. that belongs to them is yours.
POMPEY POMPEY
Ah, this thou shouldst have Oh, you should have done it without telling me!
done For me to do such a thing would be dishonorable.
And not have spoke on t! In me tis villainy, For you to do it would be good service. You should
75 In thee t had been good service. Thou must know, know that to me, profit isnt more important than
Tis not my profit that does lead mine honor; honor, but the other way around. Regret that your
Mine honor, it. Repent that eer thy tongue mouth betrayed your actions. If you had acted
Hath so betrayed thine act. Being done unknown, without my knowledge, I would have approved
I should have found it afterwards well done, your action later. But now I must condemn it. Give
But must condemn it now. Desist, and drink. it up and go drink.
He returns to the feast He returns to the feast.
MENAS MENAS
80 (aside) For this, (to himself) For this, Ill never be faithful to your
Ill never follow thy palled fortunes more. declining fortunes again. A person who wants
Who seeks and will not take when once tis offered something but wont take it when it materializes
Shall never find it more. wont get the opportunity again.
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POMPEY POMPEY
This health to Lepidus! This toast is for Lepidus!
ANTONY ANTONY
(to a servant) Bear him ashore.Ill pledge it for him, (to a servant) Help Lepidus ashore . . . Ill accept
Pompey. it for him, Pompey.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
85 Heres to thee, Menas! Heres to you, Menas.
They drink They drink.
MENAS MENAS
Enobarbus, welcome. I accept with thanks, Enobarbus.
POMPEY POMPEY
Fill till the cup be hid. Fill the cups until they run over.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Theres a strong fellow, Menas. There goes a strong fellow, Menas.
Pointing to the servant who carries off LEPIDUS He points to the servant carrying LEPIDUSaway.
MENAS MENAS
Why? Why do you say that?
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
He He carries a third of the world. Cant you see
bears that?
The third part of the world, man. Seest not?
MENAS MENAS
The third part, then, is drunk. Would it were all, Then a third of the world is drunk. I wish it were
90 That it might go on wheels! all drunk. Then everything would go more
smoothly.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Drink thou. Increase the reels. Drink up. Liven up the party.
MENAS MENAS
Come. All right, then.
POMPEY POMPEY
This is not yet an Alexandrian feast. This hasnt reached the level of an Egyptian feast
yet.
ANTONY ANTONY
It ripens towards it. Strike the vessels, ho! Its getting there. Clink your cups together in a
95 Heres to Caesar. toast! Heres to Caesar.
CAESAR CAESAR
I could well forbear t. I could do without another toast. Its unnatural. I
Its monstrous labor when I wash my brain keep washing my brain with alcohol, and it keeps
And it grows fouler. getting fouler and more muddled.
ANTONY ANTONY
Be a child o th time. Live in the moment.
CAESAR CAESAR
Possess it, Ill make answer. Id prefer to seize the day. But I would rather
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But I had rather fast from all four days abstain from everything for four days than drink
100 Than drink so much in one. so much in one.

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ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
(to ANTONY ) Ha! My brave emperor, (to ANTONY ) Ha! Shall we dance
Shall we dance now the Egyptian bacchanals Egyptianbacchanals, my noble emperor, and
And celebrate our drink? celebrate our wine?
POMPEY POMPEY
Lets ha t, good soldier. Lets have one, good soldier.
ANTONY ANTONY
Come, lets all take hands Come, lets join our hands until the overpowering
105 Till that the conquering wine hath steeped our sense wine makes us soft and forgetful.
In soft and delicate Lethe.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
All take hands. Everyone join hands. Attack our ears with loud
Make battery to our ears with the loud music, music, and Ill position you for the dance. Then
The while Ill place you; then the boy shall sing. the boy will sing, and every man will sing the
The holding every man shall beat as loud chorus at the top of his voice.
110 As his strong sides can volley.
Music plays. ENOBARBUS places them hand in Music plays. ENOBARBUS places each man in
hand position, hand in hand.
The Song. The Song.
BOY BOY
(Sings) Come, thou monarch of the vine, (singing) Come, you king of the vine, plump
Plumpy Bacchus with pink eyne! Bacchus, with your pink eyes. Our troubles are
In thy vats our cares be drowned, drowned in your vats. Well crown ourselves with
With thy grapes our hairs be crowned. wreathes of grapes.
ALL ALL
(Singing) Cup us till the world go round, (singing) Give us cups until the world spins! Give
Cup us till the world go round! us cups until the world spins!
CAESAR CAESAR
What would you more?Pompey, good How can you top that? Good night,
night. (toANTONY ) Good brother, Pompey. (toANTONY ) Dear brother-in-law, lets
115 Let me request you off. Our graver business leave together. This frivolity isnt appropriate to
Frowns at this levity.Gentle lords, lets part. the serious purpose that brought us here. Noble
You see we have burnt our cheeks. Strong Enobarb lords, lets say good night. Weve all gotten red in
Is weaker than the wine; and mine own tongue the face. Even the strong Enobarbus isnt immune
Splits what it speaks. The wild disguise hath almost to the effects of wine, and Im tongue-tied myself.
120 Anticked us all. What needs more words? Good This wild party has almost turned us all into
night. clowns. What more need I say? Good night. Good
Good Antony, your hand. Antony, shake my hand.
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POMPEY POMPEY
Ill try you on the shore. Well have a rematch at your feast on shore.
ANTONY ANTONY
And shall, sir. Give s your hand. Yes, we will. Lets shake on it.
POMPEY POMPEY
O Antony, You have my fathers house. Oh, Antony, even if youve taken my fathers
But what? We are friends. Come, down into the boat. house, what is that to me? Were friends! Come,
this way to the rowboat.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
125 Take heed you fall not. Be careful not to fall in.
Exeunt all but MENAS and ENOBARBUS Everyone exits
except MENAS andENOBARBUS.
Menas, Ill not on shore. Menas, Im not going back on shore.
MENAS MENAS
No, to my cabin. These drums, these trumpets, No, come to my cabin. Well have the musicians
flutes! What! play drums, trumpets, flutes. What do you say?
Let Neptune hear we bid a loud farewell Well make Neptune hear us bid a loud good night
To these great fellows. Sound and be hanged, sound to these great men. Play and be damned. Play
out! loud!
Sound a flourish, with drums Trumpets and drums play a fanfare.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Hoo! says a. Theres my cap. Hooray, I say. Theres my hat!
He flings it in the air He throws his hat in the air.
MENAS MENAS
130 Hoo! Noble captain, come. Hooray! Come on, noble captain.
Exeunt They exit.

Act 3, Scene 1

Enter VENTIDIUS as it were in triumph, the dead The dead body of Pacorus is carried in, followed
body of Pacorus borne before him, with SILIUS, and by the triumphant entrance ofVENTIDIUS,
other Romans, officers, and soldiers with SILIUS and soldiers.
VENTIDIUS VENTIDIUS
Now, darting Parthia, art thou struck, and now Now Ive paid you back, Parthia, and gotten
Pleased fortune does of Marcus Crassus death revenge for Marcus Crassus death. Carry King
Make me revenger. Bear the Kings sons body Orodes son at the front of our army, so all the
Before our army. Thy Pacorus, Orodes, Parthians will knowOrodes, Pacorus pays for
5 Pays this for Marcus Crassus. Marcus Crassus!
SILIUS SILIUS
Noble Ventidius, Noble Ventidius, while your sword is still warm
Whilst yet with Parthian blood thy sword is warm, with the blood of slain Parthians, why not finish the
The fugitive Parthians follow. Spur through Media, job? The Parthians retreat. Go after them. Chase
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Mesopotamia, and the shelters whither them down if you have to track them
The routed fly. So thy grand captain, Antony, through Media, Mesopotamia, or any other places
10 Shall set thee on triumphant chariots and they may go to hide. Then our great general,
Put garlands on thy head. Antony, will commend you.
VENTIDIUS VENTIDIUS
O Silius, Silius, Oh, Silius, Silius, Ive done enough. A subordinate
I have done enough. A lower place, note well, may exceed his authority. You must understand,
May make too great an act. For learn this, Silius: Silius, that its better to leave something undone
Better to leave undone than by our deed than achieve too much fame in your superiors
15 Acquire too high a fame when him we serves away. absence. Caesar and Antony have always
Caesar and Antony have ever won achieved more by delegating authority to their
More in their officer than person. Sossius, officers than by leading their troops in person.
One of my place in Syria, his lieutenant, Sossius, an officer that held the same position in
For quick accumulation of renown, Syria as I do here, achieved great distinction very
20 Which he achieved by th minute, lost his favor. quickly but lost Antonys support as a result. A
Who does i th wars more than his captain can man who achieves more in war than his captain
Becomes his captains captain; and ambition, does becomes his captains rival. Ambition is a
The soldiers virtue, rather makes choice of loss good quality in a soldier, but it proves detrimental
Than gain which darkens him. rather than beneficial when used to surpass his
25 I could do more to do Antonius good, superiors. I could do more to help Antony, but to
But twould offend him, and in his offense do so would insult him. And by insulting him, I
Should my performance perish. would lose credit for the good I have done him
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SILIUS SILIUS
Thou hast, Ventidius, that A soldier is just a tool, like his sword, unless he
Without the which a soldier and his sword has your qualities, Ventidius. Are you going to
30 Grants scarce distinction. Thou wilt write to Antony? write Antony about this?
VENTIDIUS VENTIDIUS
Ill humbly signify what in his name, Ill modestly tell him what I have done in his name
That magical word of war, we have effected: thats the magical wording these days. Ill write
How with his banners and his well-paid ranks how, under his flag and with his well-paid troops,
The neer-yet-beaten horse of Parthia we have beaten the formerly unvanquished
35 We have jaded out o th field. Parthia.
SILIUS SILIUS
Where is he Wheres Antony now?
now?
VENTIDIUS VENTIDIUS
He purposeth to Athens, whither, with what haste He plans to go to Athens. We must arrive there
The weight we must convey withs will permit, before him, as quickly as our baggage train will
We shall appear before him. (to the soliders) On, allow us. (to the soldiers) Get a move on!
there. Pass along!
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Exeunt They all exit.

Act 3, Scene 2

Enter AGRIPPA at one door, ENOBARBUS at AGRIPPA enters through one door
another andENOBARBUS enters through another.
AGRIPPA AGRIPPA
What, are the brothers parted? Did the brothers-in-law leave?
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
They have dispatched with Pompey; he is gone. They finished their business with Pompey, and
The other three are sealing. Octavia weeps Pompey has left. Now the three triumvirs are
To part from Rome. Caesar is sad, and Lepidus, putting their official seals on the treaty. Octavia
5 Since Pompeys feast, as Menas says, is troubled weeps at the thought of leaving Rome. Caesar is
With the greensickness. in a sober mood. And Menas reports that Lepidus
has been hungover since Pompeys party.
AGRIPPA AGRIPPA
Tis a noble Lepidus. That Lepidus is an elegant man.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
A very fine one. Oh, how he loves Caesar! Hes a stylish man. And how he loves Caesar!
AGRIPPA AGRIPPA
Nay, but how dearly he adores Mark Antony! Yes, but how he adores Mark Antony!
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Caesar? Why, hes the Jupiter of men. Caesar? Hes a god of a man.
AGRIPPA AGRIPPA
10 Whats Antony? The god of Jupiter. Then whats Antony? A god of a god?
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Spake you of Caesar? How, the nonpareil! Are you talking about Caesar? Hes without equal!
AGRIPPA AGRIPPA
O Antony, O thou Arabian bird! Oh, Antony! Oh, you phoenix!
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Would you praise Caesar, say Caesar. Go no further. If you want to praise Caesar, just say his name
thats all the praise thats necessary.
AGRIPPA AGRIPPA
Indeed, he plied them both with excellent praises. He certainly flattered them both with extravagant
compliments.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
15 But he loves Caesar best; yet he loves Antony. He loves Caesar best, but he also loves Antony.
Hoo! Hearts, tongues, figures, scribes, bards, poets, Oh! No one can describe or fathom Lepidus love
cannot for Antony! Hearts cannot think it, tongues cannot
Think, speak, cast, write, sing, numberhoo! speak it, meas-urements cannot calculate it,
His love to Antony. But as for Caesar, scribes cannot write it, bards cannot sing it, and
Kneel down, kneel down, and wonder. poets cannot make verses about it. But when it
comes to Caesar, Lepidus love approaches the
awestruck wonder of a worshipper.
AGRIPPA AGRIPPA
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Both He loves them both.


he loves.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
20 They are his shards, and he their beetle. They are his dung, and he their beetle.

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Trumpets within Trumpets sound.


So, So, theres the signal to ride. Good-bye, noble
This is to horse. Adieu, noble Agrippa. Agrippa.
AGRIPPA AGRIPPA
Good fortune, worthy soldier, and farewell. Good luck, worthy soldier, and good-bye.
Enter CAESAR, ANTONY, LEPIDUS, and OCTAVIA CAESAR, ANTONY, LEPIDUS,
and OCTAVIAenter.
ANTONY ANTONY
No further, sir. You cant go any further with us, sir.
CAESAR CAESAR
You take from me a great part of myself; You take an important part of myself with you.
25 Use me well in t.Sister, prove such a wife Treat it well . . . . Sister, be the kind of wife I hope
As my thoughts make thee, and as my farthest bond you will be, and that this great contract rests upon
Shall pass on thy approof.Most noble Antony, your being . . . Gracious Antony, dont let my sister,
Let not the piece of virtue, which is set this epitome of virtue that connects us, become
Betwixt us as the cement of our love, the reason we separate.
30 To keep it builded, be the ram to batter If you and I dont value her equally, it would be
The fortress of it. For better might we better for us to work out our differences without
Have loved without this mean, if on both parts her.
This be not cherished.
ANTONY ANTONY
Make me not offended Dont insult me with your distrust.
In your distrust.
CAESAR CAESAR
I have said. I mean what I say.
ANTONY ANTONY
You shall not find, You wont find any cause for anxiety, even if you
35 Though you be therein curious, the least cause look for one. So, may the gods protect you and
For what you seem to fear. So the gods keep you change the hearts of the Romans so that they turn
And make the hearts of Romans serve your ends. and give you their support. Well leave you here.
We will here part.

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CAESAR CAESAR
Farewell, my dearest sister, fare thee well. Good-bye, my dearest sister, good-bye. I hope you
40 The elements be kind to thee and make have good weather to set your mind at ease.
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Thy spirits all of comfort! Fare thee well. Farewell.


OCTAVIA OCTAVIA
My noble brother! My noble brother!
She weeps She begins to cry.
ANTONY ANTONY
The Aprils in her eyes; it is loves spring, Her eyes are like April: full of showers. But theyll
And these the showers to bring it flower into love. (to OCTAVIA ) Be cheerful.
on. (to OCTAVIA )Be cheerful.
OCTAVIA OCTAVIA
45 (to CAESAR ) Sir, look well to my husbands house, (to CAESAR ) Take care of my former husbands
and property, and
CAESAR CAESAR
What, Octavia? What is it, Octavia?
OCTAVIA OCTAVIA
Ill tell you in your ear. Ill tell you privately.
She and CAESAR walk aside She and CAESAR move apart from the group,
and she whispers to him.
ANTONY ANTONY
Her tongue will not obey her heart, nor can She wont say what shes feeling, and she cant
Her heart inform her tonguethe swans-down understand her feelings. Shes balanced uneasily,
feather like a feather on the swell of a great waveshe
50 That stands upon the swell at the full of tide wont move, even though her situation is about to
And neither way inclines. change.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
(aside to AGRIPPA ) Will Caesar weep? (aside to AGRIPPA ) Do you think Caesar will cry?
AGRIPPA AGRIPPA
(aside to ENOBARBUS ) He has a cloud in s face. (aside to ENOBARBUS ) He does look like it.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
(aside to AGRIPPA ) He were the worse for that, were (aside to AGRIPPA ) If he were a horse, watery
he a horse; eyes would lower his value. Men arent supposed
So is he, being a man. to cry, either.
AGRIPPA AGRIPPA
(aside to ENOBARBUS ) Why, Enobarbus, (aside to ENOBARBUS ) Why, Enobarbus, when
55 When Antony found Julius Caesar dead, Antony saw that Julius Caesar was dead, he cried
He cried almost to roaring, and he wept terribly. And he wept when he found that Brutus
When at Philippi he found Brutus slain. had been killed at Philippi.

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ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
(aside to AGRIPPA ) That year indeed he was (aside to AGRIPPA ) He certainly did have rheumy
troubled with a rheum. eyes that year. Whenever he had to kill, he cried
60 What willingly he did confound he wailed, its true!until I cried too.
Believe t, till I wept too.
CAESAR CAESAR
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(coming forward with OCTAVIA ) No, sweet (returning with OCTAVIA ) Dont worry, sweet
Octavia, Octavia, Ill always write to you, and Ill think about
You shall hear from me still. The time shall not you all the time.
Outgo my thinking on you.
ANTONY ANTONY
Come, sir, come, Come here, sir. Ill wrestle with you out of love.
Ill wrestle with you in my strength of love. See, now I have you.
Look, here I have you.
Embraces him They embrace.
Thus I let you go And thus I let you go and give you to the gods.
65 And give you to the gods.
CAESAR CAESAR
Adieu. Be happy. Good-bye. Be happy.
LEPIDUS LEPIDUS
(to ANTONY ) Let all the number of the stars give light (to ANTONY ) May every star light your path.
To thy fair way.
CAESAR CAESAR
Farewell, farewell. Farewell, farewell.
Kisses OCTAVIA He kisses OCTAVIA.
ANTONY ANTONY
Farewell. Farewell.
Trumpets sound. Exeunt Trumpets sound a fanfare as they exit.

Act 3, Scene 3

Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, IRAS, CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, IRAS,


andALEXAS andALEXAS enter.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Where is the fellow? Where is that messenger?
ALEXAS ALEXAS
Half afeard to come. Hes afraid to come in.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Go to, go to.Come hither, sir. Oh, come on.Come here, sir.
Enter the MESSENGER as before The MESSENGER enters.
ALEXAS ALEXAS
Good Gracious Queen, even Herod of Judea wouldnt
majesty, dare look at you unless you were in a good mood.
Herod of Jewry dare not look upon you
But when you are well pleased.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
That Herods Ill have Herods head chopped off! But now that
5 head Antonys gone, who will do it for
Ill have! But how? When Antony is gone, me? (toMESSENGER ) Come closer.
Through whom I might command
it? (to MESSENGER) Come thou near.
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MESSENGER MESSENGER
Most gracious majesty! Most formidable Queen!
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Didst thou behold Did you see Octavia?
Octavia?
MESSENGER MESSENGER
Ay, dread Queen. Yes, revered Queen.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Where? Where?
MESSENGER MESSENGER
Madam, in Rome. In Rome, Madam. I saw her face as she walked
I looked her in the face, and saw her led with her brother and Mark Antony.
10 Between her brother and Mark Antony.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Is she as tall as me? Is she as tall as I am?
MESSENGER MESSENGER
She is not, madam. She is not, madam.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Didst hear her speak? Is she shrill-tongued or low? Did you hear her speak? Is her voice pitched high
or low?
MESSENGER MESSENGER
Madam, I heard her speak. She is low-voiced. Madam, I heard her speak. She has a low-pitched
voice.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Thats not so good. He cannot like her long. Thats not in her favor. He cant like her very long.

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CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
15 Like her? O Isis, tis impossible. Like her? Oh, Isis, thats impossible.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
I think so, Charmian. Dull of tongue, and dwarfish. Youre right, Charmian. Shes both dull-spoken
What majesty is in her gait? Remember, and dwarfishly little.Did she carry herself with
If eer thou lookedst on majesty. majesty? Compare her to any memory you might
have of royalty.
MESSENGER MESSENGER
She creeps. She creeps along. Moving or standing still, her
Her motion and her station are as one. bearing is about the same. She has a body, not a
20 She shows a body rather than a life, life. Shes more like a statue than a living,
A statue than a breather. breathing human being.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Is this certain? Is this true?
MESSENGER MESSENGER
Or I have no observance. If not, then I have no powers of observation.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
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Three in Egypt There arent three people in all of Egypt who could
Cannot make better note. do better.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Hes very knowing, Hes very observant. I can tell. She doesnt have
I do perceive t. Theres nothing in her yet. anything going for her so far. This messenger is
25 The fellow has good judgment. wise.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Excellent. Very wise.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
(to MESSENGER ) Guess at her years, I prithee. (to MESSENGER ) How old do you think she is?
MESSENGER MESSENGER
Madam, she was a widow She was a widow previously, madam.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Widow? Charmian, hark. A widow? Do you hear that, Charmian?
MESSENGER MESSENGER
And I do think shes thirty. And I think shes at least thirty.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
30 Bearst thou her face in mind? Is t long or round? Do you remember her face? Was it long or round?
MESSENGER MESSENGER
Round, even to faultiness. Round enough to be unattractive.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
For the most part, too, they are foolish that are so. Usually that means a person is foolish. What color
Her hair, what color? is her hair?

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MESSENGER MESSENGER
Brown, madam, and her forehead Brown, madam, and she wouldnt want her
35 As low as she would wish it. forehead to be any lower.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
(giving money) Theres gold for thee. Heres gold for you. You mustnt hold my earlier
Thou must not take my former sharpness ill. outburst against me. Ill hire you again to go back
I will employ thee back again; I find thee to Rome. I find that youre very good at this kind of
Most fit for business. Go make thee ready; work. Go, prepare to travel. My letters are ready to
Our letters are prepared. go.
Exit MESSENGER The MESSENGER exits.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
A proper man. Hes an admirable man.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
40 Indeed, he is so. I repent me much He certainly is. Im very sorry I was so hard on
That so I harried him. Why, methinks, by him, him. Why, from what he says, Octavia isnt worth
This creatures no such thing. getting upset over.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Nothing, madam. Not a bit, madam.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
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The man hath seen some majesty and should know. This mans been around royalty. He should
recognize it when he sees it.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Hath he seen majesty? Isis else defend, Been around royalty! Isis forbid it were otherwise,
45 And serving you so long! since hes been in your service so long.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
I have one thing more to ask him yet, good Charmian I want to ask him one more thing, Charmian. But
its not important. Bring him to my writing room.
But tis no matter; thou shalt bring him to me Everything may still be all right.
Where I will write. All may be well enough.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
I warrant you, madam. I assure you it is, madam.
Exeunt They exit.

Act 3, Scene 4

Enter ANTONY and OCTAVIA ANTONY and OCTAVIA enter.


ANTONY ANTONY
Nay, nay, Octavia, not only that No, no, Octavia, its not only that. That would be
That were excusable, that and thousands more excusablethat and a thousand other offenses
Of semblable importbut he hath waged like it. But Caesar has gone and waged a new war
New wars gainst Pompey; made his will, and read it against Pompey. He made his will and read it in a
5 To public ear; public assembly. He hardly refers to me at all,
Spoke scantly of me; when perforce he could not though official decisions are supposed to be made
But pay me terms of honor, cold and sickly jointly. When he cant avoid mentioning my
He vented them, most narrow measure lent me. services to the state, he minimizes them as much
When the best hint was given him, he not took t, as possible. When situations arise when it would
10 Or did it from his teeth. be natural to emphasize my due credit, he either
ignores them or only pays me lip service.
OCTAVIA OCTAVIA
O my good lord, Oh, dear husband, dont believe everything you
Believe not all, or, if you must believe, hearor if you must believe it, dont let it all make
Stomach not all. A more unhappy lady, you angry. No lady could be more miserable than I
If this division chance, neer stood between, if you two disagree. Ill be left in the middle,
Praying for both parts. praying for both sides. The good gods will laugh at
15 The good gods will mock me presently, me when on the one hand I pray for my husband
When I shall pray O bless my lord and husband! and on the other for my brother. Let my husband
Undo that prayer by crying out as loud win! Let my brother win! One prayer cancels out
O bless my brother! Husband win, win brother the other. Theres no middle ground between
Prays and destroys the prayer; no midway these two extremes.
20 Twixt these extremes at all.
ANTONY ANTONY
Gentle Octavia, Gentle Octavia, support the one that supports you.
Let your best love draw to that point which seeks If Im defeated, I lose my reputation. If I lose my
Best to preserve it. If I lose mine honor, reputation, I lose myself. It would be better for you
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I lose myself; better I were not yours to have no husband than a husband who lacks
Than yours so branchless. But, as you requested, honor. However, as you requested, you may go
25 Yourself shall go between s. The meantime, lady, and try to negotiate with your brother. In the
Ill raise the preparation of a war meantime, Ill raise an army that will surpass his.
Shall stain your brother. Make your soonest haste; Go as soon as possible, so your prayers may be
So your desires are yours. answered the sooner.

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OCTAVIA OCTAVIA
Thanks to my lord. Thank you, my lord. May the god of power make
The Jove of power make me most weak, most weak, me, the weakest of the weak, your mediator. A war
30 Your reconciler! Wars twixt you twain would be between you two would split the very world, and
As if the world should cleave, and that slain men the bodies of your slaughtered soldiers would
Should solder up the rift. have to fill the chasm between.
ANTONY ANTONY
When it appears to you where this begins, When you find out who started this disagreement,
Turn your displeasure that way, for our faults turn your anger upon them. Our faults cant be so
35 Can never be so equal that your love alike that you would judge us similarly. Order
Can equally move with them. Provide your going; supplies for your trip and choose your traveling
Choose your own company and command what cost companions. Spend as much as you like.
Your heart has mind to.
Exeunt They exit.

Act 3, Scene 5

Enter ENOBARBUS and EROS ENOBARBUS and EROS enter.


ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
How now, friend Eros! How goes it, friend Eros?
EROS EROS
Theres strange news come, sir. Some startling news has just arrived, sir.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
What, man? What news, man?
EROS EROS
Caesar and Lepidus have made wars upon Pompey. Caesar and Lepidus declared war against
Pompey.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
5 This is old. What is the success? Thats old news. Whos winning?
EROS EROS
Caesar, having made use of him in the wars gainst Caesar used Lepidus in the war, but as soon as it
Pompey, presently denied him rivality, would not let was over, Lepidus was expelled from the
him partake in the glory of the action, and, not resting triumvirate. He wasnt allowed any of the glory of
here, accuses him of letters he had formerly wrote to the victory, and he was accused of treasonous
Pompey; upon his own appeal seizes him. So the correspondence with Pompey. On the basis of
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poor third is up, till death enlarge his confine. Caesars accusation alone, Lepidus was
imprisoned. So the weak third of the triumvirate is
imprisoned until death frees him.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Then, world, thou hast a pair of chaps, no more, So now the world will only be devoured by two
And throw between them all the food thou hast, sets of jawsCaesars and Antonys. And even if
Theyll grind the one the other. Wheres Antony? you throw everything you possess to the two of
them, theyll battle each other to the death to have
it all. Wheres Antony?
EROS EROS
15 Hes walking in the garden(imitating anger) thus, Hes walking in the garden, like this (imitating
and spurns anger). And he kicks the leaves on the path,
The rush that lies before him; cries, Fool Lepidus! exclaiming, Lepidus, you fool! Then he threatens
And threats the throat of that his officer to kill the officer who murdered Pompey.
That murdered Pompey.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Our great navys rigged. Antonys grand navy is prepared.
EROS EROS
For Italy and Caesar. More, Domitius: To sail to Italy and Caesar. Another thing,
20 My lord desires you presently. My news Domitius: Antony wants to see you now. I should
I might have told hereafter. have waited to tell you my news.

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ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Twill be naught, It wont be that important. But never mind. Take me
But let it be. Bring me to Antony. to Antony.
EROS EROS
Come, sir. Come with me, sir.
Exeunt They exit.

Act 3, Scene 6

Enter AGRIPPA, MECAENAS, and CAESAR AGRIPPA, MAECENAS, and CAESAR enter.
CAESAR CAESAR
Contemning Rome, he has done all this and more In Alexandria he condemned Rome, and thats not
In Alexandria. Heres the manner of t: all. This is what happened: he and Cleopatra sat
I th marketplace, on a tribunal silvered, on chairs of gold on a silver-covered stage in the
Cleopatra and himself in chairs of gold marketplace. Caesarionwhom they call my
5 Were publicly enthroned. At the feet sat fathers sonand all their illegitimate children sat
Caesarion, whom they call my fathers son, at their feet. Antony confirmed her possession of
And all the unlawful issue that their lust Egypt and made her absolute Queen of lower
Since then hath made between them. Unto her Syria, Cyprus, and Lydia.
He gave the stablishment of Egypt, made her
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10 Of lower Syria, Cyprus, Lydia,


Absolute Queen.
MAECENAS MAECENAS
This in the public eye? He did this in public?
CAESAR CAESAR
I th common showplace, where they exercise. In the public arena, where they perform sporting
His sons he there proclaimed the kings of kings: events. He proclaimed his sons to be kings of
Great Media, Parthia, and Armenia kings. He gave Media, Parthia, and Armenia to
15 He gave to Alexander; to Ptolemy he assigned Alexander. He gave Syria, Cilicia, and Phoenicia
Syria, Cilicia, and Phoenicia. She to Ptolemy. Cleopatra was dressed like the
In th habiliments of the goddess Isis goddess Isis. They say she often attended her
That day appeared, and oft before gave audience, public functions like that.
As tis reported, so.
MAECENAS MAECENAS
20 Let Rome be thus informed. Lets send this news to Rome.
AGRIPPA AGRIPPA
Who, queasy with his insolence already, The Roman people are fed up with his arrogance
Will their good thoughts call from him. already. Theyll abandon him completely when
they hear this.

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CAESAR CAESAR
The people knows it, and have now received The people have heard it already, and theyve
His accusations. been told of his accusations.
AGRIPPA AGRIPPA
Who does he accuse? Who does he accuse?
CAESAR CAESAR
25 Caesar, and that, having in Sicily He accuses me of withholding his share of Sextus
Sextus Pompeius spoiled, we had not rated him Pompeius possessions, which we seized in Sicily.
His part o th isle. Then does he say he lent me Then he says I didnt return some ships he loaned
Some shipping, unrestored. Lastly, he frets me. Finally, he criticizes the deposing of Lepidus,
That Lepidus of the triumvirate and then goes on to accuse me of keeping all of
30 Should be deposed, and, being, that we detain Lepidus property for myself.
All his revenue.
AGRIPPA AGRIPPA
Sir, this should be answered. Sir, these accusations should be answered.
CAESAR CAESAR
Tis done already, and the messenger gone. It has been done already, and the messenger is
I have told him, Lepidus was grown too cruel, on his way. I answered that Lepidus had become
That he his high authority abused too brutal and abused his position. For this he
35 And did deserve his change. For what I have deserved to be deposed. As for what I seized in
conquered, the wars, I granted that Antony should have a
I grant him part; but then, in his Armenia, share. But I also demanded my share of his
And other of his conquered kingdoms, I acquisitions in Armenia and the other conquered
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Demand the like. kingdoms.


MAECENAS MAECENAS
Hell never yield to that. Hell never agree to that.
CAESAR CAESAR
Nor must not then be yielded to in this. Then we wont agree to his demands.
Enter OCTAVIA with her train OCTAVIA enters with her attendants.
OCTAVIA OCTAVIA
40 Hail, Caesar, and my lord! Hail, most dear Caesar! Greetings, Caesar, my lord! Greetings, dearest
Caesar!
CAESAR CAESAR
That ever I should call thee castaway! Oh, to think youve been rejected!

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OCTAVIA OCTAVIA
You have not called me so, nor have you cause. Youve never thought of me like that, and you have
no reason to.
CAESAR CAESAR
Why have you stoln upon us thus? You come not Then why did you travel so quietly? You didnt
Like Caesars sister. The wife of Antony arrive like Caesars sister. Antonys wife should
45 Should have an army for an usher and have an army to escort her, with neighing horses
The neighs of horse to tell of her approach to announce her arrival long before she appears.
Long ere she did appear. The trees by th way The trees along the road should have been filled
Should have borne men, and expectation fainted, with eager spectators. Crowds should have been
Longing for what it had not. Nay, the dust faint with excitement waiting to see you. The dust
50 Should have ascended to the roof of heaven, from your attending troops should have risen to
Raised by your populous troops. But you are come heaven. But youve arrived like a common maid
A market-maid to Rome and have prevented bringing goods to a Roman market. Youve kept
The ostentation of our love, which, left unshown, me from displaying my loveand when love is not
Is often left unloved. We should have met you shown, its often not felt. I would have met you by
55 By sea and land, supplying every stage sea and again by land. At each stage of your trip
With an augmented greeting. there would have been a more spectacular
greeting.
OCTAVIA OCTAVIA
Good my lord, My good lord, I wasnt forced to travel like this. It
To come thus was I not constrained, but did it was my choice. Mark Antony heard that you were
On my free will. My lord, Mark Antony, preparing to wage war on him. When he gave me
Hearing that you prepared for war, acquainted this news, I begged him to let me visit you.
60 My grievd ear withal, whereon I begged
His pardon for return.
CAESAR CAESAR
Which soon he granted, Which he quickly allowed, given that youre an
Being an obstruct tween his lust and him. obstacle to his lust.
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OCTAVIA OCTAVIA
Do not say so, my lord. Dont say that, my lord.
CAESAR CAESAR
I have eyes upon him, Ive kept track of him, and reports of his affairs
And his affairs come to me on the wind. arrive on every ship. Where do you think he is
65 Where is he now? now?
OCTAVIA OCTAVIA
My lord, in Athens. Hes in Athens, my lord.
CAESAR CAESAR
No, my most wrongd sister. Cleopatra No, hes not. Youve been deceived. Cleopatra
Hath nodded him to her. He hath given his empire summoned him. Hes given his empire to a whore,
Up to a whore; who now are levying and now theyre gathering kings to wage a war.
70 The kings o th earth for war. He hath assembled Hes recruited Bocchus, the King of Libya;
Bocchus, the King of Libya; Archelaus, Archelaus of Cappadocia; Philadelphos, King of
Of Cappadocia; Philadelphos, King Paphlagonia; the Thracian king, Adallas; King
Of Paphlagonia; the Thracian king, Adallas; Manchus of Arabia; the King of Pont; Herod, of
King Manchus of Arabia; King of Pont; Judea; Mithridates, King of Comagen; Polemon
75 Herod of Jewry; Mithridates, King and Amyntas, the kings of Mede and Lycaonia,
Of Comagen; Polemon and Amyntas, and many more.
The Kings of Mede and Lycaonia,
With a more larger list of scepters.
OCTAVIA OCTAVIA
Ay me, most wretched, Oh, Im heartbroken. Im divided between two
80 That have my heart parted betwixt two friends friends who are determined to kill each other.
That does afflict each other!
CAESAR CAESAR
Welcome hither. Youre welcome here. I didnt write about breaking
Your letters did withhold our breaking forth the alliance with Antony until I saw you were being
Till we perceived both how you were wrong led misled and realized how dangerous it would be to
And we in negligent danger. Cheer your heart. keep postponing preparations. Cheer yourself.
85 Be you not troubled with the time, which drives Dont be troubled by the present situation, the
Oer your content these strong necessities, obligations of which must ruin your happiness.
But let determined things to destiny Dont worry about things that have already been
Hold unbewailed their way. Welcome to Rome, decided by fate. Welcome home to Rome. Nothing
Nothing more dear to me. You are abused is more precious to me than you. You have been
90 Beyond the mark of thought, and the high gods, unbelievably abused, and now the gods make us
To do you justice, makes his ministers the dispensers of justice. Be comforted. You will
Of us and those that love you. Best of comfort, always be welcome to me.
And ever welcome to us.

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AGRIPPA AGRIPPA
Welcome, lady. Welcome, lady.
MAECENAS MAECENAS
Welcome, dear madam. Welcome, dear madam. Every heart in Rome
95 Each heart in Rome does love and pity you. loves and pities you.
Only th adulterous Antony, most large Only the adulterous and abominable Antony
In his abominations, turns you off abandons you, giving his power to a whore who
And gives his potent regiment to a trull turns that power against us.
That noises it against us.
OCTAVIA OCTAVIA
(to CAESAR ) Is it so, sir? (to CAESAR ) Is that true, sir?
CAESAR CAESAR
100 Most certain. Sister, welcome. Pray you Its undeniable. You are welcome here, sister. I
Be ever known to patience. My dearst sister! beg you to continue to be patient. My dearest
sister!
Exeunt They exit.

Act 3, Scene 7

Enter CLEOPATRA and ENOBARBUS CLEOPATRA and ENOBARBUS enter.


CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
I will be even with thee, doubt it not. Ill be straight with you. Do not doubt it.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
But why, why, why? But why, why, why?
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Thou hast forspoke my being in these wars You opposed my taking part in the war. You said it
And sayst it is not fit. wasnt proper.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Well, is it, is it? Well, is it? Is it?
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
5 Is t not denounced against us? Why should not we Isnt this war against me? Why shouldnt I be there
Be there in person? in person?
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Well, I could reply, Well, I could answer that if we went to war on
If we should serve with horse and mares together, male and female horses alikethe male horses
The horse were merely lost. The mares would bear would be totally distracted and useless. The
A soldier and his horse. mares would be ridden by their riders and the
male horses.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
What is t you say? What do you mean?
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
10 Your presence needs must puzzle Antony, Antony will necessarily be distracted by your
Take from his heart, take from his brain, from s time presence. You will affect his heart and his head.
What should not then be spared. He is already Youll take up time he cant afford to lose. Hes
Traduced for levity, and tis said in Rome already criticized for frivolous behavior. In Rome
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That Photinus, an eunuch, and your maids they say that your eunuch Photinus and your
15 Manage this war. maids run the war.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Sink Rome! And their tongues Let Rome fall! May the tongues of our critics rot! I
rot have responsibilities in this war, and as the
That speak against us! A charge we bear i th war, absolute ruler of my kingdom I will carry out my
And as the president of my kingdom will duties as if I were a man. Dont argue against it. I
Appear there for a man. Speak not against it. wont stay behind.
I will not stay behind.

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Enter ANTONY and CANIDIUS ANTONY and CANIDIUS enter.


ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Nay, I have done. No, Ive had my say. Here comes the Emperor.
20 Here comes the Emperor.
ANTONY ANTONY
Is it not strange, Isnt it strange, Canidius, that he could cross the
Canidius, Ionian Sea so quickly from Tarentum and
That from Tarentum and Brundusium Brundusium and take Toryne?Have you heard
He could so quickly cut the Ionian sea about this, sweet?
And take in Toryne?You have heard on t, sweet?
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Celerity is never more admired No one admires speed more than the lazy.
25 Than by the negligent.
ANTONY ANTONY
A good rebuke, Thats a good reprimand, suitable for reminding
Which might have well becomed the best of men, even the best of men to guard against negligence.
To taunt at slackness.Canidius, we will fight Canidius, well fight him at sea.
With him by sea.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
By sea, what else? Of course well fight him by sea. What else?
CANIDIUS CANIDIUS
Why will Why do you want to do that, my lord?
My lord do so?
ANTONY ANTONY
For that he dares us to t. Because hes daring us to do it.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
30 So hath my lord dared him to single fight. So youve dared him to single combat.
CANIDIUS CANIDIUS
Ay, and to wage this battle at Pharsalia, Yes, and you dared Caesar to fight the battle at
Where Caesar fought with Pompey. But these offers, Pharsalia, where he fought against Pompey. But
Which serve not for his vantage, he shakes off, Caesar ignores offers that dont give him an
And so should you. advantage, and so should you.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
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Your ships are not well Your ships are not well crewed. Your sailors are
35 manned, mule drivers, harvestersmen who were drafted
Your mariners are muleteers, reapers, people quickly and have little training. Caesars fleet is
Engrossed by swift impress. In Caesars fleet manned by mariners who already have experience
Are those that often have gainst Pompey fought. battling Pompey. His ships are maneuverable.
Their ships are yare, yours, heavy. No disgrace Yours are slow and awkward. Refusing to fight him
40 Shall fall you for refusing him at sea, at sea wont disgrace you. Youve prepared for a
Being prepared for land. land war.

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ANTONY ANTONY
By sea, by sea. I will fight by sea. By sea.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Most worthy sir, you therein throw away Most worthy sir, if you do that you throw away all
The absolute soldiership you have by land, the advantages you have on land. You will have to
Distract your army, which doth most consist divide your army, which mostly consists of battle-
Of war-marked footmen, leave unexecuted hardened foot soldiers. You will be unable to use
45 Your own renownd knowledge, quite forego your legendary battle knowledge. Youll be
The way which promises assurance, and abandoning proven methods that promise victory,
Give up yourself merely to chance and hazard and instead youll put yourself at the mercy of
From firm security. haphazard chance.
ANTONY ANTONY
Ill fight at sea. Ill fight at sea.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
I have sixty sails, Caesar none better. I have sixty ships. Caesar doesnt have any that
are better.
ANTONY ANTONY
50 Our overplus of shipping will we burn, Well burn our surplus ships and fully man the rest.
And with the rest full-manned, from th head of Actium Well sail from Actium and beat Caesar as he
Beat th approaching Caesar. But if we fail, approaches. Even if we fail at that, we can still
We then can do t at land. fight him on land.
Enter a MESSENGER A MESSENGER enters.
Thy business? Whats your business?
MESSENGER MESSENGER
The news is true, my lord. He is descried. The news is true, my lord. Caesar has been seen.
55 Caesar has taken Toryne. He has captured Toryne.
Exit He exits.
ANTONY ANTONY
Can he be there in person? Tis impossible, Can Caesar be there in person? No, thats
Strange that his power should be. Canidius, impossible. Its strange enough that his army
Our nineteen legions thou shalt hold by land, should be there. Canidius, take our
And our twelve thousand horse. Well to our ship. nineteenlegions and twelve thousand horse
60 Away, my Thetis! soldiers. You must hold them on land. Well go to
our ship. Come away, Cleopatra.
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Enter a SOLDIER A SOLDIER enters.


How now, worthy soldier? Whats the news, brave soldier?
SOLDIER SOLDIER
O noble Emperor, do not fight by sea! Oh, dont fight by sea, noble Emperor! Dont trust
Trust not to rotten planks. Do you misdoubt rotten planks. Dont you trust my sword and these
This sword and these my wounds? Let th Egyptians wounds? Let the Egyptians and Phoenicians go
And the Phoenicians go a-ducking. We swimming. We are used to winning by standing on
65 Have used to conquer standing on the earth the earth and fighting toe to toe.
And fighting foot to foot.
ANTONY ANTONY
Well, well, away. Well, well, lets go.
Exeunt ANTONY, CLEOPATRA, and ENOBARBUS ANTONY, CLEOPATRA, and ENOBARBUSexit.
SOLDIER SOLDIER
By Hercules, I think I am i th right. By Hercules, I think Im right.
CANIDIUS CANIDIUS
Soldier, thou art; but his whole action grows Soldier, you are. But Antonys decisions arent
Not in the power on t. So our leaders led, coming from his extensive experience. Our leader
70 And we are womens men. is being led. We are following a woman.
SOLDIER SOLDIER
You keep by land On land you keep the legions and cavalry
The legions and the horse whole, do you not? together, dont you?
CANIDIUS CANIDIUS
Marcus Octavius, Marcus Justeius, Marcus Octavius, Marcus Justeius, Publicola, and
Publicola, and Caelius, are for sea; Caelius will go by sea, but well keep the bulk on
But we keep whole by land. This speed of Caesars land. Caesars speed defies belief.
75 Carries beyond belief.
SOLDIER SOLDIER
While he was yet in Rome While he was still in Rome, he deployed his forces
His power went out in such distractions as in so many different disguises that all our spies
Beguiled all spies. were fooled.

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CANIDIUS CANIDIUS
Whos his lieutenant, hear you? Whos his lieutenant, do you know?
SOLDIER SOLDIER
They say, one Taurus. A man named Taurus, they say.
CANIDIUS CANIDIUS
Well I know the man. I know the man well.
Enter a MESSENGER A MESSENGER enters.
MESSENGER MESSENGER
80 The Emperor calls Canidius. The Emperor is calling for Canidius.
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CANIDIUS CANIDIUS
With news the times with labor, and throws forth The present time is like a woman in labor, each
Each minute some. minute giving birth to some piece of news.
Exeunt They exit.

Act 3, Scene 8

Enter CAESAR with his army, and TAURUS, marching CAESAR enters with TAURUS and his army.
CAESAR CAESAR
Taurus! Taurus!
TAURUS TAURUS
My lord? My lord?
CAESAR CAESAR
Strike not by land; keep whole. Provoke not battle Dont attack by land. Keep the army together. Dont
Till we have done at sea. Do not exceed provoke them to battle until we have finished at
5 The prescript of this scroll. sea. Dont exceed your orders as written here.
He gives a scroll He hands TAURUS a scroll.
Our fortune lies Our fate depends on this chance.
Upon this jump.
Exit with army They exit.

Act 3, Scene 9

Enter ANTONY and ENOBARBUS ANTONY and ENOBARBUS enter.


ANTONY ANTONY
Set we our squadrons on yond side o th hill, Assemble our squadrons on the other side of the
In eye of Caesars battle, from which place hill, in sight of Caesars navy. From there well be
We may the number of the ships behold able to see how many ships he has and plan
And so proceed accordingly. accordingly.
Exit They exit.

Act 3, Scene 10

CANIDIUS marcheth with his land army one way over CANIDIUS and his army marches one way across
the stage, and TAURUS, the lieutenant of CAESAR, the stage while CAESARs lieutenant,TAURUS,
the other way. After their going in is heard the noise of marches across the other way. After the two
a sea fight armies march off stage, the noise of a battle at
sea is heard.
Alarum. Enter ENOBARBUS Trumpets sound a retreat. ENOBARBUSenters.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Naught, naught, all naught! I can behold no longer. Were ruined, ruined, ruined! I cant watch any
Th Antoniad, the Egyptian admiral, more. The Egyptian flagship,
With all their sixty, fly and turn the rudder. the Antoniad,followed by all sixty Egyptian ships,
To see t mine eyes are blasted. has turned and fled. It destroyed my eyes to look
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upon it.
Enter SCARUS SCARUS enters.
SCARUS SCARUS
Gods and Gods and goddessesthe whole congregation of
5 goddesses, them!
All the whole synod of them!
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Whats thy Whats wrong with you?
passion?
SCARUS SCARUS
The greater cantle of the world is lost We have lost a major portion of the world through
With very ignorance. We have kissed away utter foolishness. We have kissed away entire
Kingdoms and provinces. kingdoms and provinces.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
How appears the How goes the battle?
fight?
SCARUS SCARUS
On our side like the tokened pestilence, Our side shows all the signs of certain defeat,
10 Where death is sure. Yon ribaudred nag of Egypt which appear like the symptomatic sores of the
Whom leprosy oertake!i th midst o th fight, plague. Right in the middle of the fight, just when
When vantage like a pair of twins appeared the battle could have gone either wayactually
Both as the same, or rather ours the elder, we had a slight advantagethat immoral Egyptian
The breeze upon her, like a cow in June, nagMay she die of leprosy!suddenly became
15 Hoists sails and flies. frightened, and turned her ships around and fled.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
That I beheld. I saw that. The sight made me so sick I couldnt
Mine eyes did sicken at the sight and could not watch any more.
Endure a further view.

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SCARUS SCARUS
She once being loofed, Once she had turned around, the noble Antony,
The noble ruin of her magic, Antony, ruined by love, hoisted his own sails and followed
20 Claps on his sea-wing and, like a doting mallard her like a lovesick duck. He left the battle at the
Leaving the fight in height, flies after her. most crucial point. I never saw such a shameful
I never saw an action of such shame. act. He betrayed his own experience, manhood,
Experience, manhood, honor, neer before and honor.
Did violate so itself.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Alack, alack! Terrible. Terrible.
Enter CANIDIUS CANIDIUS enters.
CANIDIUS CANIDIUS
25 Our fortune on the sea is out of breath The battle on the sea is almost lost. If our general
And sinks most lamentably. Had our general had been his old self, we would have won. Oh,
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Been what he knew himself, it had gone well. with his sordid desertion, he sets the example for
Oh, he has given example for our flight our own.
Most grossly by his own!
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
30 Ay, are you thereabouts? Why then, good night Are you considering desertion, as well? Then
indeed. everything must really be finished.
CANIDIUS CANIDIUS
Toward Peloponnesus are they fled. They fled toward Peloponnesus.
SCARUS SCARUS
Tis easy to t, and there I will attend Its easy to get there. Ill go there and ascertain
What further comes. their next move.
He exits He exits.
CANIDIUS CANIDIUS
To Caesar will I render Ill yield my legions and cavalry to Caesar. In this, I
My legions and my horse. Six kings already follow the examples of the six kings who have
35 Show me the way of yielding. already surrendered.
He exits He exits.

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ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Ill yet follow Ill still follow Antony, even though the odds are
The wounded chance of Antony, though my reason against him and good sense tells me I should go
Sits in the wind against me. the other way.
He exits He exits.

Act 3, Scene 11

Enter ANTONY with attendants ANTONY enters with attendants.


ANTONY ANTONY
Hark. The land bids me tread no more upon t. Listen. The earth tells me to stop walking upon it,
It is ashamed to bear me. Friends, come hither. as its ashamed to carry me. Friends, come here.
I am so lated in the world that I Im completely lost. I have a ship full of treasure.
Have lost my way forever. I have a ship Take that. Divide it. Escape and make peace with
5 Laden with gold. Take that, divide it. Fly Caesar.
And make your peace with Caesar.
ALL ALL
Fly? Not Flee? Not us.
we.
ANTONY ANTONY
I have fled myself, and have instructed cowards I have already fled from my true self. Ive told
To run and show their shoulders. Friends, begone. cowards to turn their backs on me and run.
I have myself resolved upon a course Friends, go. Ive decided on a plan that doesnt
10 Which has no need of you. Begone. require your assistance. Leave. My treasures in
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My treasures in the harbor. Take it. Oh, the harbor; take it. Oh, I followed something Im
I followed that I blush to look upon! ashamed to look at now! Even my hair revolts. The
My very hairs do mutiny, for the white white hairs blame the brown hairs for being
Reprove the brown for rashness, and they them irresponsible, and the brown ones blame the white
15 For fear and doting. Friends, begone. You shall ones for being spineless and foolish. Friends, go.
Have letters from me to some friends that will Ill give you letters of introduction to some friends
Sweep your way for you. Pray you, look not sad, of mine who will help you. Please, dont be sad,
Nor make replies of loathness. Take the hint and dont tell me how reluctant you are. Take your
Which my despair proclaims. Let that be left cues from my own despair. Abandon the person
20 Which leaves itself. To the seaside straightway! that has abandoned himself. Go to the harbor
I will possess you of that ship and treasure. immediately! Ill give you the title to that ship and
Leave me, I pray, a little. Pray you now, its treasure. Just give me a moment, pleaseonly
Nay, do so, for indeed I have lost command. a moment. Ive relinquished my authority, so
Therefore I pray you. Ill see you by and by. pleaseIll see you all before long.

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Exeunt attendants. ANTONY sits down The attendants exit. ANTONY sits.
Enter CLEOPATRA, led by CHARMIAN, IRAS, CHARMIAN, IRAS, and EROS enter,
andEROS supportingCLEOPATRA.
EROS EROS
25 Nay, gentle madam, to him, comfort him. No, gentle madam, go. Comfort him.
IRAS IRAS
Do, most dear Queen. Yes, do, dearest Queen.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Do. Why, what else? Of course you must comfort him! What else?
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Let me sit down. O Juno! Let me sit down. Oh, Juno!
She sits She sits.
ANTONY ANTONY
(seeing CLEOPATRA ) No, no, no, no, no. (seeing CLEOPATRA ) No, no, no, no, no.
EROS EROS
30 See you here, sir? Do you see her, sir?
ANTONY ANTONY
Oh, fie, fie, fie! Oh, damn, damn, damn!
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Madam! Madam!
IRAS IRAS
Madam, O good Empress! Madam, oh, good Empress!
EROS EROS
Sir, sir Sir . . . sir . . .
ANTONY ANTONY
35 (aside) Yes, my lord, yes. He at Philippi kept (to himself) Yes, my lord, thats true. At Philippi,
His sword een like a dancer, while I struck Caesar kept his sword in its sheath, like a dancer,
The lean and wrinkled Cassius, and twas I while I commanded the armies that conquered
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That the mad Brutus ended. He alone Cassius and Brutus. Caesar fought only through
Dealt on lieutenantry, and no practice had lieutenants. He had no experience with the brave
40 In the brave squares of war, yet nowno matter. contests of war. But now . . . never mind.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Ah, stand by. Ah, give us some privacy.
EROS EROS
The Queen, my lord, the Queen. The Queen is here, my lord.
IRAS IRAS
Go to him, madam, speak to him. Go to him, madam, speak to him. Hes not himself
He is unqualitied with very shame. because he feels so ashamed.

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CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Well then, sustain me. Oh! Well, then, help me.
She rises Her attendants help her to stand.
EROS EROS
45 Most noble sir, arise. The Queen approaches. Most noble sir, stand up. The Queen is coming.
Her heads declined, and death will seize her but Shes weak and will die unless you comfort her.
Your comfort makes the rescue.
ANTONY ANTONY
I have offended reputation, Ive destroyed my reputation, a most shameful
A most unnoble swerving. error.
EROS EROS
Sir, the Queen. Sir, heres the Queen.
ANTONY ANTONY
50 Oh, whither hast thou led me, Egypt? See Oh, where have you led me, Egypt? See how I
How I convey my shame out of thine eyes hide my shame from you by turning around? I look
By looking back what I have left behind behind me to see my past, destroyed by dishonor.
Stroyed in dishonor.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
O my lord, my lord, Oh, my lord, my lord, forgive my panic! I didnt
Forgive my fearful sails! I little thought think you would follow me.
55 You would have followed.
ANTONY ANTONY
Egypt, thou knewst Queen, you knew very well that my heart was tied
too well to your ship and that you would pull me along with
My heart was to thy rudder tied by th strings, you. You knew that my spirit was completely under
And thou shouldst tow me after. Oer my spirit your control and that I would ignore the gods
Thy full supremacy thou knewst, and that orders in favor of yours.
60 Thy beck might from the bidding of the gods
Command me.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Oh, my pardon! Oh, forgive me!
ANTONY ANTONY
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Now I must Now I will have to send my humble proposal of


To the young man send humble treaties, dodge peace to that young man. Ive done as I pleased
And palter in the shifts of lowness, who with half the world, making and losing fortunes,
With half the bulk o th world played as I pleased, but now I negotiate from a position of weakness.
Making and marring fortunes. You did know You knew how far you had conquered my spirit.
65 How much you were my conqueror, and that You knew that my sword, weakened by my love for
My sword, made weak by my affection, would you, would obey that love no matter what.
Obey it on all cause.

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CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Pardon, pardon! Forgive me! Forgive me!
ANTONY ANTONY
Fall not a tear, I say. One of them rates Dont shed even one tear. One of your tears is
All that is won and lost. Give me a kiss. worth everything that was won and lost. Give me a
kiss.
They kiss They kiss.
70 Even this repays me. This repays me. I sent our childrens schoolmaster
We sent our schoolmaster. Is he come back? to Caesar with our offer. Has he returned? Love, I
Love, I am full of lead.(calling) Some wine, am full of heaviness. (calling)Servants, bring some
Within there, and our viands! Fortune knows wine and food! We have the most contempt for
We scorn her most when most she offers blows. fortune when it goes against us.
Exeunt They exit.

Act 3, Scene 12

Enter CAESAR, AGRIPPA, THIDIAS, CAESAR, AGRIPPA, THIDIAS,


andDOLABELLA, with others andDOLABELLA enter, with others of the court.
CAESAR CAESAR
Let him appear thats come from Antony. Let the envoy from Antony come in. Do you know
Know you him? him?
DOLABELLA DOLABELLA
Caesar, tis his schoolmaster Its Antonys schoolmaster. By sending such an
An argument that he is plucked, when hither insignificant emissary, Antony shows us how low
He sends so poor a pinion of his wing, he has sunk. Not so long ago, he had so many
5 Which had superfluous kings for messengers royal supporters that he sent along extra kings as
Not many moons gone by. messengers.
Enter AMBASSADOR from Antony Antonys AMBASSADOR enters.
CAESAR CAESAR
Approach and Come forward and speak.
speak.
AMBASSADOR AMBASSADOR
Such as I am, I come from Antony. Humble as I am, I represent Antony. Until recently,
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I was of late as petty to his ends I was as unimportant to his affairs as the morning
As is the morn-dew on the myrtle leaf dew is to the wide ocean.
10 To his grand sea.
CAESAR CAESAR
Be t so. Declare thine office. So be it. Say what youre here for.
AMBASSADOR AMBASSADOR
Lord of his fortunes he salutes thee, and He acknowledges that you are the master of his
Requires to live in Egypt; which not granted, fate, and he requests to be allowed to live in
He lessens his requests, and to thee sues Egypt. If that is not granted, he reduces his
To let him breathe between the heavens and earth requests and asks only that he be allowed to live
15 A private man in Athens. This for him. as a private man in Athens. Thats all he asks for
Next, Cleopatra does confess thy greatness, himself. Cleopatra recognizes your greatness and
Submits her to thy might, and of thee craves accepts your authority. She only asks that the
The circle of the Ptolemies for her heirs, crown of Egypt pass to her heirs, who are now at
Now hazarded to thy grace. your mercy.

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CAESAR CAESAR
For Antony, As for Antony, Im not interested in his requests. Ill
20 I have no ears to his request. The Queen give the Queen a hearing and grant her requests if
Of audience nor desire shall fail, so she she either throws her dishonored friend out of
From Egypt drive her all-disgracd friend Egypt or kills him. Then Ill listen to her. Give my
Or take his life there. This if she perform, answer to them both.
She shall not sue unheard. So to them both.
AMBASSADOR AMBASSADOR
25 Fortune pursue thee! May good luck follow you!
CAESAR CAESAR
Bring him through the Take him safely through the lines.
bands.
Exit AMBASSADOR, attended The AMBASSADOR exits.
(to THIDIAS ) To try thy eloquence now tis time. (to THIDIAS ) Now its time to test your eloquence.
Dispatch. On your way. Separate Cleopatra from Antony. In
From Antony win Cleopatra. Promise, my name, promise to fulfill her petitions. You can
And in our name, what she requires. Add more, make up additional offers, if necessary. Women
30 From thine invention, offers. Women are not arent strong, even at their best. Hardship will
In their best fortunes strong, but want will perjure make even a vestalabandon her vows. Use your
The neer-touched vestal. Try thy cunning, Thidias. ingenuity, Thidias. You can make your own
Make thine own edict for thy pains, which we conditions, which I will authorize as law.
Will answer as a law.
THIDIAS THIDIAS
Caesar, I go. I go, Caesar.
CAESAR CAESAR
Observe how Antony becomes his flaw, Observe how Antony takes his defeat and how his
35 And what thou thinkst his very action speaks attitude influences his actions.
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In every power that moves.


THIDIAS THIDIAS
Caesar, I shall. I will, Caesar.
Exeunt They exit.

Act 3, Scene 13

Enter CLEOPATRA, ENOBARBUS, CHARMIAN, CLEOPATRA, ENOBARBUS, CHARMIAN,


and IRAS andIRAS enter.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
What shall we do, Enobarbus? What are we going to do, Enobarbus?
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Think and die. Think about our situation, then die.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Is Antony or we in fault for this? Who is to blame for this: Antony or I?
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Antony only, that would make his will Only Antony was at fault. He put his desire in
Lord of his reason. What though you fled charge of his reason. So what if you ran from the
5 From that great face of war, whose several ranges battle, terrified, as ranks of ships threatened one
Frighted each other? Why should he follow? another? Why should he have followed you? With
The itch of his affection should not then half the world opposing the other half, it wasnt the
Have nicked his captainship at such a point time for Antony, the pivotal player, to let love
When half to half the world opposed, he being distract him. To race after your departing ships,
10 The merd question. Twas a shame no less leaving his navy to watch, was a shame as great
Than was his loss, to course your flying flags as the resulting loss.
And leave his navy gazing.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Prithee, peace. Please, lets not talk about it.
Enter AMBASSADOR with ANTONY The AMBASSADOR and ANTONY enter.
ANTONY ANTONY
Is that his answer? Is that his answer?
AMBASSADOR AMBASSADOR
Ay, my lord. Yes, my lord.
ANTONY ANTONY
15 The Queen shall then have courtesy, so she The Queen will be treated fairly if she gives me
Will yield us up? up?
AMBASSADOR AMBASSADOR
He says so. Thats what he says.
ANTONY ANTONY
Let her know t. Tell her. (to CLEOPATRA ) If you send my aged
head to that boy, Caesar, hell give you all the
(to CLEOPATRA ) To the boy Caesar send this kingdoms you want.
grizzled head,
And he will fill thy wishes to the brim
With principalities.
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CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
That head, my lord? Your head, my lord?
ANTONY ANTONY
20 (to the AMBASSADOR ) To him again. Tell him he (to the AMBASSADOR ) Go back to him. Tell him
wears the rose that his cheeks still bear the pink flush of youth,
Of youth upon him, from which the world should note and that the world expects to see something
Something particular. His coin, ships, legions, remarkable from him. His treasure, his navy, and
May be a cowards, whose ministers would prevail his armies might belong to a coward, and his
25 Under the service of a child as soon ministers might be able to succeed just as well on
As i th command of Caesar. I dare him therefore behalf of a child as under the command of Caesar.
To lay his gay caparisons apart Therefore, I dare him to lay aside his fancy
And answer me declined, sword against sword, trappings and meet this old man in single combat,
Ourselves alone. Ill write it. Follow me. sword against sword, just the two of us. Ill write
the challenge. Follow me.
Exeunt ANTONY and AMBASSADOR ANTONY and the AMBASSADOR exit.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
(aside) Yes, like enough, high-battled Caesar will (aside) Oh, thats likely! Caesar, the great
30 Unstate his happiness and be staged to th show commander of troops, will surely risk all he has
Against a sworder! I see mens judgments are gained in order to fight this gladiator in the public
A parcel of their fortunes, and things outward square! I see that mens judgments are tied to
Do draw the inward quality after them their fortunes, and that external factors influence a
To suffer all alike. That he should dream, mans internal qualities, making everything suffer.
35 Knowing all measures, the full Caesar will How could Antony, knowing how luck stood on
Answer his emptiness! Caesar, thou hast subdued either side, still imagine that Caesar would
His judgment too. respond to his nonsense! Caesar, youve
conquered his judgment too.
Enter a SERVANT A SERVANT enters.
SERVANT SERVANT
A messenger from Caesar. A messenger has arrived from Caesar.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
What, no more ceremony? See, my women, With no more ceremony than that? See, ladies,
Against the blown rose may they stop their nose, how they scorn me now. They pinch their noses to
40 That kneeled unto the buds.Admit him, sir. avoid smelling the dying rose whose scent, as a
bud, they happily inhaled. Show him in, sir.

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Exit SERVANT The SERVANT exits.


ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
(aside) Mine honesty and I begin to square. (aside) My integrity and I begin to contradict each
The loyalty well held to fools does make other. Being loyal to a fool makes loyalty foolish.
Our faith mere folly. Yet he that can endure But a person who can bear to keep his allegiance
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To follow with allegiance a falln lord to a defeated lord defeats his lords conqueror and
45 Does conquer him that did his master conquer earns a place in history.
And earns a place i th story.
Enter THIDIAS THIDIAS enters.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Caesars will? What does Caesar want?
THIDIAS THIDIAS
Hear it apart. It is for your ears only.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
None but friends. Say boldly. There are only friends here. Speak confidently.
THIDIAS THIDIAS
So haply are they friends to Antony. So they are possibly Antonys friends.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
He needs as many, sir, as Caesar has, Sir, he should have as many as Caesar has. If he
50 Or needs not us. If Caesar please, our master had that many friends, then he wouldnt need us. If
Will leap to be his friend. For us, you know Caesar chose, Antony would jump at the chance
Whose he is we are, and that is Caesars. to be his friend. As for us, you know we are
Antonys, and he is Caesars.
THIDIAS THIDIAS
So. So be it. This, then, this is the message Caesar
Thus then, thou most renowned: Caesar entreats sends to you, famous Queen: he implores you not
55 Not to consider in what case thou standst, to be concerned about your situation. Just
Further than he is Caesar. remember that he is Caesar.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Go on. Right royal. Respectfully put. Go on.
THIDIAS THIDIAS
He knows that you embrace not Antony He knows that you didnt embrace Antony
As you did love, but as you feared him. because you loved him, but because you feared
him.

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CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Oh! Oh!
THIDIAS THIDIAS
The scars upon your honor therefore he So he regrets that any dishonorable acts were
60 Does pity as constraind blemishes, forced on you, not being performed of your own
Not as deserved. free will.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
He is a god and knows He is like a god and knows the truth. My honor
What is most right. Mine honor was not yielded, wasnt given; it was only dominated.
But conquered merely.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
(aside) To be sure of that, (aside) Ill go get the truth of this from Antony. Sir,
I will ask Antony. Sir, sir, thou art so leaky sir, are you so badly off that we must abandon you
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65 That we must leave thee to thy sinking, for to your fate? Even your dearest friend has
Thy dearest quit thee. abandoned you.
Exit ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS exits.
THIDIAS THIDIAS
Shall I say to Caesar Shall I tell Caesar what you request from him? He
What you require of him? For he partly begs almost begs for the opportunity to help you. It
To be desired to give. It much would please him would please him very much if you would rely on
That of his fortunes you should make a staff his wealth and success to support you. But he
70 To lean upon. But it would warm his spirits would feel even better if I could tell him that you
To hear from me you had left Antony had left Antony and put yourself under his
And put yourself under his shroud, protection.
The universal landlord.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Whats your name? Whats your name?
THIDIAS THIDIAS
My name is Thidias. My name is Thidias.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Most kind messenger, Most kind messenger, tell great Caesar that
75 Say to great Caesar this in deputation: through his deputy I kiss his conquering hand. Tell
I kiss his conquring hand. Tell him I am prompt him I am ready to lay my crown at his feet and
To lay my crown at s feet, and there to kneel. kneel before him. Tell himwhose decrees are
Tell him, from his all-obeying breath I hear obeyed by the whole worldthat I will accept the
The doom of Egypt. fate he chooses for Egypt.

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THIDIAS THIDIAS
Tis your noblest course. Thats your most dignified course of action. When
80 Wisdom and fortune combating together, confronted with the choice between a prudent
If that the former dare but what it can, action and a risky one, a wise man should dare to
No chance may shake it. Give me grace to lay do only what he can practically accomplishif he
My duty on your hand. follows this course, he will never be subjected to
unpredictable chance. Allow me to pay my
respects by kissing your hand.
He kisses her hand He kisses her hand.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Your Caesars father oft, When Octavius Caesars father thought about
85 When he hath mused of taking kingdoms in, conquering kingdoms, he rained kisses on my
Bestowed his lips on that unworthy place unworthy hand.
As it rained kisses.
Enter ANTONY and ENOBARBUS ANTONY and ENOBARBUS enter.
ANTONY ANTONY
Favors? By Jove that Promising favors? By Jove that thunders! Who are
thunders! you, slave?
What art thou, fellow?
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One that but performs A person who merely follows the orders of the
The bidding of the fullest man, and worthiest best man, the man most worthy of service.
90 To have command obeyed.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
You will be You will be whipped.
whipped.
ANTONY ANTONY
(calling for servants) Approach, (calling for servants) Come here! (to THIDIAS )Ah,
there! (to THIDIAS )Ah, you kite!Now, gods and you bird of prey! Now by all the gods and devils,
devils! my authority weakens. Not long ago, when I cried,
Authority melts from me. Of late, when I cried Ho! Ho! kings would jump up and cry, Whats your
95 Like boys unto a muss kings would start forth pleasure? (calling to servants) Are you deaf? Im
And cry, Your will? (calling to servants) Have you no still Antony.
ears? I am
Antony yet.
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Take hence this jack and whip him. Take away this lout and whip him.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
(aside) Tis better playing with a lions whelp (aside) Its safer to toy with a lion cub than an old,
Than with an old one dying. dying lion.
ANTONY ANTONY
Moon and stars! By the moon and stars! Whip him! If I saw twenty
Whip him. Were t twenty of the greatest tributaries of the greatest powers that pay tribute to Caesar
That do acknowledge Caesar, should I find them taking such liberties with her handwhats her
100 So saucy with the hand of she herewhats her name now? This woman who once was
name Cleopatra, but now has become something
Since she was Cleopatra? Whip him, fellows, different? Whip him, fellows, until he screws up
Till like a boy, you see him cringe his face his face like a baby and cries aloud for mercy!
And whine aloud for mercy. Take him hence. Take him away.
THIDIAS THIDIAS
Mark Antony Mark Antony
ANTONY ANTONY
Tug him away! Being whipped, Pull him away, and once he has been whipped,
105 Bring him again. This jack of Caesars shall bring him back. Caesars knave will bring him a
Bear us an errand to him. message for us.
Exeunt SERVANTS with THIDIAS The SERVANTS exit with THIDIAS.
(to CLEOPATRA ) You were half blasted ere I knew (to CLEOPATRA ) You were damaged goods
you. Ha! before I met you. Ha! Did I desert my bed in
Have I my pillow left unpressed in Rome, Rome, passing up the chance to have a
110 Forborne the getting of a lawful race, legitimate family with a jewel of a woman, in order
And by a gem of women, to be abused to be deceived by one who wastes her favors on
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CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Good my lord My good lord
ANTONY ANTONY
You have been a boggler ever. Youve always been a liar. But when our vices
But when we in our viciousness grow hard become habitsOh, the sadness of it!the wise
Oh, misery on t!the wise gods seel our eyes, gods blind us, shade our better judgment, make
115 In our own filth drop our clear judgments, make us us love our mistakes, and laugh as we strut to our
Adore our errors, laugh at s while we strut ruin.
To our confusion.

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CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Oh, is t come to this? Oh, has it come to this?
ANTONY ANTONY
I found you as a morsel cold upon You were a cold crumb on dead Julius Caesars
Dead Caesars trencher. Nay, you were a fragment plate when I met you. No, you were one of
120 Of Gneius Pompeys, besides what hotter hours, Gneius Pompeys leftoversnot to mention your
Unregistered in vulgar fame, you have other, more depraved affairs, which have
Luxuriously picked out. For I am sure, somehow managed to avoid becoming the
Though you can guess what temperance should be, subject of vulgar gossip. For Im sure that
You know not what it is. although you may know what temperance is,
youve never experienced it firsthand.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Wherefore is this? Why are you doing this?
ANTONY ANTONY
125 To let a fellow that will take rewards To let a servant be familiar with my little toy, your
And say God quit you! be familiar with handa hand that has signed royal treaties and
My playfellow, your hand, this kingly seal pledged your love to meoh, if only I were
And plighter of high hearts! Oh, that I were standing on the hill of Basan, so that I could roar
Upon the hill of Basan, to outroar louder than that horned herd! For I have been
130 The hornd herd! For I have savage cause, savagely abused, and to state my grievances
And to proclaim it civilly were like politely would be as absurd as a condemned
A haltered neck which does the hangman thank criminal thanking the hangman for doing his job
For being yare about him. quickly.
Enter a SERVANT with THIDIAS A SERVANT enters with THIDIAS.
Is he whipped? Has he been whipped?
SERVANT SERVANT
Soundly, my lord. Soundly, my lord.
ANTONY ANTONY
135 Cried he? And begged he pardon? Did he cry? Did he beg my pardon?
SERVANT SERVANT
He did ask favor. He did ask for mercy.
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ANTONY ANTONY
(to THIDIAS ) If that thy father live, let him repent (to THIDIAS ) If your father is alive, let him be
Thou wast not made his daughter, and be thou sorry sorry you werent born a daughter. And you
To follow Caesar in his triumph, since should be sorry to follow Caesar in his triumphal
140 Thou hast been whipped for following him. parade, since you have been whipped for
Henceforth following him. From now on, you should tremble
The white hand of a lady fever thee; and grow feverish whenever you see the white
Shake thou to look on t. Get thee back to Caesar. hand of a lady. Get yourself back to Caesar. Tell
Tell him thy entertainment. Look thou say him how youve been treated. Be sure you tell him
145 He makes me angry with him, for he seems he makes me angry with him, because he seems
Proud and disdainful, harping on what I am, proud and disdainful, harping on what I am now
Not what he knew I was. He makes me angry, rather than what he knows. He makes me angry
And at this time most easy tis to do t, and thats easy to do right now, now that my
When my good stars, that were my former guides, lucky stars have abandoned me. If he doesnt like
150 Have empty left their orbs and shot their fires what Ive said or done, remind him that he holds
Into th abysm of hell. If he mislike Hipparchus, a slave I freed. He may whip, or
My speech and what is done, tell him he has hang, or torture him as he pleases. Then we will
Hipparchus, my enfranchd bondman, whom be even. Recommend that to him. Take your
He may at pleasure whip, or hang, or torture, whipping scars and go.
155 As he shall like, to quit me. Urge it thou.
Hence with thy stripes, begone!
Exit THIDIAS THIDIAS exits.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Have you Are you done yet?
done yet?
ANTONY ANTONY
Alack, our terrene moon is now eclipsed, You, my earthly moon, are now eclipsed, and that
And it portends alone the fall of Antony. alone foretells my ruin.

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CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
(aside) I must stay his time. (aside) I must wait for him to finish his tirade.
ANTONY ANTONY
To flatter Caesar, would you mingle eyes In order to flatter Caesar, would you flirt with the
160 With one that ties his points? servant who laces up his pants?
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Not know me Dont you know me still?
yet?
ANTONY ANTONY
Coldhearted toward me? Has your heart cooled toward me?
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
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Ah, dear, if I be so, Ah, dear, if that is true, let heaven make
From my cold heart let heaven engender hail, poisonous hail grow from my heart, and let the
And poison it in the source, and the first stone first hailstone drop down my throat. As it
Drop in my neck. As it determines, so dissolves, so shall my life. The next hailstone
165 Dissolve my life! The next Caesarion smite, should hit Caesarion, until one by one all my
Till by degrees the memory of my womb, children, and every one of my brave Egyptians,
Together with my brave Egyptians all, are killed by the dissolving of this pellet storm and
By the discandying of this pelleted storm lie unburied, covered by gnats and flies.
Lie graveless till the flies and gnats of Nile
170 Have buried them for prey!
ANTONY ANTONY
I am satisfied. I am satisfied. Caesar has made camp in
Caesar sits down in Alexandria, where Alexandria. I will fight him there. Our land forces
I will oppose his fate. Our force by land have bravely stood firm. Our tattered navy has
Hath nobly held. Our severed navy too reassembled and set sail, as formidable as the
Have knit again, and fleet, threatning most sealike. sea itself. Where have you been, my bravery? Do
175 Where hast thou been, my heart? Dost thou hear, you hear what I say, lady? If I come back from the
lady? battlefield again to kiss those lips, Ill be covered
If from the field I shall return once more in blood. My sword and I will earn our place in
To kiss these lips, I will appear in blood. history. We still have hope.
I and my sword will earn our chronicle.
Theres hope in t yet.

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CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
180 Thats my brave lord! Thats my brave lord!
ANTONY ANTONY
I will be treble-sinewed, -hearted, -breathed, Ill be triple the soldier I was in strength, bravery,
And fight maliciously. For when mine hours and stamina. Ill fight brutally. In the days when I
Were nice and lucky, men did ransom lives had better luck, prisoners of war could buy their
Of me for jests; but now Ill set my teeth freedoms from me with simple trinkets. But now
185 And send to darkness all that stop me. Come, Ill grit my teeth and kill anyone who tries to stop
Lets have one other gaudy night. Call to me me. Come, lets have one more extravagant night.
All my sad captains. Fill our bowls once more. Invite all my sad captains. Fill our wine bowls
Lets mock the midnight bell. again. Lets drink through midnight.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
It is my birthday. Its my birthday. I had planned to celebrate it
I had thought t have held it poor; but since my lord quietly, but since my lord is once more himself, I
190 Is Antony again, I will be Cleopatra. will be Cleopatra again.
ANTONY ANTONY
We will yet do well. Well win yet.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
(to ENOBARBUS ) Call all his noble captains to my (to ENOBARBUS ) Call all my lords noble
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ANTONY ANTONY
Do so. Well speak to them, and tonight Ill force Do so. Ill speak to them, and then tonight Ill get
The wine peep through their scars.Come on, my them all so drunk that the wine seeps out of their
195 Queen, old war wounds. Come on, my Queen. Theres
Theres sap in t yet. The next time I do fight still life in our cause. The next time I fight, Ill
Ill make Death love me, for I will contend make Death love me. Ill compete even with his
Even with his pestilent scythe. fatal scythe.
Exeunt all but ENOBARBUS Everyone except ENOBARBUS exits.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Now hell outstare the lightning. To be furious Now hell work himself up to a fury. Rage scares
Is to be frighted out of fear, and in that mood away a mans fear. In that state, a dove will attack
200 The dove will peck the estridge; and I see still an ostrich. I have always noticed that when my
A diminution in our captains brain captains reason is diminished, his bravery
Restores his heart. When valor preys on reason, increases. When courage consumes reason, it
It eats the sword it fights with. I will seek destroys its only weapon. Ill look for some way to
Some way to leave him. leave his service.

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Exit He exits.

Act 4, Scene 1

Enter CAESAR, AGRIPPA, and MAECENAS, with CAESAR enters, reading a letter,
his army, CAESAR reading a letter withAGRIPPA, MAECENAS, and his army.
CAESAR CAESAR
He calls me boy and chides as he had power He calls me boy and scolds me as if he had the
To beat me out of Egypt. My messenger power to whip me out of Egypt. He whipped my
He hath whipped with rods, dares me to personal messenger with rods. He dares me to personal
combat, combat, Caesar against Antony. Let the old ruffian
5 Caesar to Antony. Let the old ruffian know discover that I have many other ways to die, and in
I have many other ways to die, meantime the meantime, well laugh at his challenge.
Laugh at his challenge.
MAECENAS MAECENAS
Caesar must think Caesar must realize that when a man as powerful
When one so great begins to rage, hes hunted as Antony begins to rage, he has been pursued to
Even to falling. Give him no breath, but now the point of collapse. Dont give him time to catch
10 Make boot of his distraction. Never anger his breath. Take advantage of his unreasonable
Made good guard for itself. rage. Anger does not protect the angry well.
CAESAR CAESAR
Let our best heads Tell our top commanders that I want tomorrows
Know that tomorrow the last of many battles battle to be the last we fight. Our army has
We mean to fight. Within our files there are, recently acquired many of Mark Antonys former
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Of those that served Mark Antony but late, soldiersenough to capture him. See that it is
15 Enough to fetch him in. See it done done, and prepare a feast for the soldiers. We
And feast the army. We have store to do t, have enough supplies for it, and theyve earned it.
And they have earned the waste. Poor Antony! Poor Antony!
Exeunt They exit.

Act 4, Scene 2

Enter ANTONY, CLEOPATRA, ENOBARBUS,CHAR ANTONY, CLEOPATRA, ENOBARBUS,CHARM


MIAN, and IRAS, with others IAN, and IRAS enter, with attendants.
ANTONY ANTONY
He will not fight with me, Domitius? He wont fight with me, Domitius?
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
No. No.
ANTONY ANTONY
Why should he not? Why wont he?
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
He thinks, being twenty times of better fortune, He thinks that since his fortune is twenty times
He is twenty men to one. better than yours, it would be like pitting twenty
men against one.
ANTONY ANTONY
Tomorrow, soldier, Tomorrow, soldier, Ill fight by sea and land. By
5 By sea and land Ill fight. Or I will live the end I will either live, or else Ill restore my
Or bathe my dying honor in the blood honor by shedding my blood. Will you fight well?
Shall make it live again. Woot thou fight well?
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Ill strike and cry, Take all. When I strike, Ill cry, All or nothing!
ANTONY ANTONY
Well said. Come Well put. Come on. Call out my household
on! servants.
Call forth my household servants.
Enter three or four SERVITORS Three or four SERVANTS enter.
Lets tonight Tonight lets have plenty to eat.
10 Be bounteous at our meal.
Greeting them one by one He greets the SERVANTS one by one.
Give me thy hand. Give me your hand; youve been truly honestso
Thou hast been rightly honest.So hast thou, have you and youand youyou too.
Thou,and thou,and thou. You have served me You have all served me well, and kings are your
well, peers.
And kings have been your fellows.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
(aside to ENOBARBUS ) What means this? (aside to ENOBARBUS ) What is this?
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
15 (aside to CLEOPATRA ) Tis one of those odd tricks (aside to CLEOPATRA ) Its one of those
which sorrow shoots nostalgic moods caused by sorrow.
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ANTONY ANTONY
(to another SERVITOR ) And thou art honest (to another SERVANT ) And youre honest too. I
too. wish I could split into as many men as there are
I wish I could be made so many men, servants here before me, and that all of you could
And all of you clapped up together in merge into a single Antony, so I could give you the
20 An Antony, that I might do you service same good service youve given me.
So good as you have done.
ALL THE SERVITORS ALL THE SERVANTS
The gods forbid! The gods forbid!
ANTONY ANTONY
Well, my good fellows, wait on me tonight. Well, my good fellows, wait on me tonight. Keep
Scant not my cups, and make as much of me my cups full and treat me as you did when my
As when mine empire was your fellow too, empire was one of your fellow servants, obeying
And suffered my command. my commands.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
25 (aside to ENOBARBUS ) What does he mean? (to ENOBARBUS ) Why is he doing this?
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
(aside to CLEOPATRA ) To make his followers weep. (to CLEOPATRA ) He wants to make his followers
weep.
ANTONY ANTONY
(to the SERVITORS ) Tend me tonight. (to the SERVANTS ) Wait on me tonight. Its
May be it is the period of your duty. possible that this will be the end of your service.
Haply you shall not see me more, or if, Its possible you wont see me again, or if you do,
30 A mangled shadow. Perchance tomorrow it will only be my mangled body. Perhaps
Youll serve another master. I look on you tomorrow youll be serving another master. I look
As one that takes his leave. Mine honest friends, upon you as a person saying good-bye. My honest
I turn you not away, but, like a master friends, I wont turn you away, but like a master
Married to your good service, stay till death. dependent on your good service, I will stay with
35 Tend me tonight two hours, I ask no more, you until death separates us. Serve me tonight for
And the gods yield you for t! two hoursI dont ask any moreand may the
gods bless you for it.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
What mean you, What are you doing, sir? Youre making them
sir, uncomfortable. Looktheyre crying. And Im just
To give them this discomfort? Look, they weep, foolish enough to tear up myself. Its
And I, an ass, am onion-eyed. For shame, embarrassing. Dont turn us into women.
Transform us not to women.

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ANTONY ANTONY
Ho, ho, ho! Ha, ha, ha! May the evil one take me if I meant it
40 Now the witch take me if I meant it thus! like that! Those tears will bring blessings to you.
Grace grow where those drops fall! My hearty friends, You interpret my words in a melancholy sense, my
You take me in too dolorous a sense, hearty friends. I spoke to encourage you, asking
For I spake to you for your comfort, did desire you that you help me make this night a brilliant one.
To burn this night with torches. Know, my hearts, You should know, my friends, that I have good
45 I hope well of tomorrow, and will lead you hopes for tomorrow, and that I will lead you as if I
Where rather Ill expect victorious life expect victory rather than an honorable death.
Than death and honor. Lets to supper, come, Lets go to supper. Come, and lets drown our
And drown consideration. worries.
Exeunt They exit.

Act 4, Scene 3

Enter a company of SOLDIERS A company of SOLDIERS enters.


FIRST SOLDIER FIRST SOLDIER
Brother, good night. Tomorrow is the day. Good night, brother. Tomorrow is the day.
SECOND SOLDIER SECOND SOLDIER
It will determine one way. Fare you well. This battle will determine who wins the war. Take
Heard you of nothing strange about the streets? care of yourself. Have you heard about anything
unusual happening in the city?
FIRST SOLDIER FIRST SOLDIER
Nothing. What news? No. What was it?
SECOND SOLDIER SECOND SOLDIER
5 Belike tis but a rumor. Good night to you. It was probably just a rumor. Good night.
FIRST SOLDIER FIRST SOLDIER
Well, sir, good night. Well sir, good night.
They meet other SOLDIERS Two other SOLDIERS enter.
SECOND SOLDIER SECOND SOLDIER
Soldiers, have careful watch. Soldiers, watch carefully.
THIRD SOLDIER THIRD SOLDIER
And you. Good night, good night. You too. Good night. Good night.
The four SOLDIERS place themselves in every Each SOLDIER takes a post at a corner of the
corner of the stage stage.
SECOND SOLDIER SECOND SOLDIER
Here we. And if tomorrow This is our station. And if our navy wins tomorrow,
10 Our navy thrive, I have an absolute hope no doubt our army will do their part.
Our landmen will stand up.
FIRST SOLDIER FIRST SOLDIER
Tis a brave army, and full of purpose. Its an outstanding army and highly motivated.
Music of the hautboys is under the stage Oboe music comes from underneath the stage.
SECOND SOLDIER SECOND SOLDIER
Peace! What noise? Quiet! Whats that sound?
FIRST SOLDIER FIRST SOLDIER
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List, list! Listen! Listen!


SECOND SOLDIER SECOND SOLDIER
15 Hark! Listen!
FIRST SOLDIER FIRST SOLDIER
Music i th air. Theres music coming out of thin air.
THIRD SOLDIER THIRD SOLDIER
Under the earth. From under the earth.
FOURTH SOLDIER FOURTH SOLDIER
It signs well, does it not? Its a lucky sign, isnt it?
THIRD SOLDIER THIRD SOLDIER
No. No.

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FIRST SOLDIER FIRST SOLDIER


20 Peace, I say! What should this mean? Quiet, I say. What does this mean?
SECOND SOLDIER SECOND SOLDIER
Tis the god Hercules, whom Antony loved, It means that Antonys patron god, Hercules, is
Now leaves him. leaving him.
FIRST SOLDIER FIRST SOLDIER
Walk. Lets see if other watchmen Lets walk over and see if the other soldiers heard
Do hear what we do. the same thing.
They advance toward the other SOLDIERS They go to speak with the other SOLDIERS.
SECOND SOLDIER SECOND SOLDIER
25 How now, masters? Hello there, good sirs.
ALL ALL
(speak together) How now? How now? Do you hear (speaking at the same time) What now? What
this? now? Do you hear that?
FIRST SOLDIER FIRST SOLDIER
Ay. Is t not strange? Yes. Isnt it strange?
THIRD SOLDIER THIRD SOLDIER
Do you hear, masters? Do you hear? Do you hear that, men? Do you?
FIRST SOLDIER FIRST SOLDIER
Follow the noise so far as we have quarter; Lets follow the music as far as we can without
30 Lets see how it will give off. leaving our station and see if it stops.
ALL ALL
Content. Tis Good idea. Its very strange.
strange.
Exeunt They exit.

Act 4, Scene 4

Enter ANTONY and CLEOPATRA, ANTONY and CLEOPATRA enter


with CHARMIANand others attending withCHARMIAN and others of the court.
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ANTONY ANTONY
(calling) Eros! Mine armor, Eros! (calling) Eros! Bring my armor, Eros.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Sleep a little. Get a little sleep.
ANTONY ANTONY
No, my chuck.Eros, come, mine armor, Eros! No, my dear . . . Eros, come on, bring my armor,
Eros.
Enter EROS with armor EROS enters, carrying ANTONYs armor.
Come, good fellow, put thine iron on. Come on, good fellow, help me into that armor
If fortune be not ours today, it is youre carrying. If luck deserts us today, its
5 Because we brave her. Come. because we defy it. Come on.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Nay, Ill help too. No, Ill help too. Whats this part for?
Whats this for?
She helps to arm him She picks up a piece of the armor.
ANTONY ANTONY
Ah, let be, let be! Thou art Ah, leave it alone. Leave it alone! You armor my
The armorer of my heart. False, false. This, this. heart. No! No! That part goes there.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Sooth, la, Ill help. Thus it must be. Really, Ill help. It must go like this.
ANTONY ANTONY
Well, well, Yes, well done. Weve got it now.Do you see
We shall thrive now.Seest thou, my good fellow? this, my good fellow? Go and put on your own
10 Go put on thy defenses. armor.
EROS EROS
Briefly, sir. In a minute, sir.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Is not this buckled well? Didnt I buckle this well?
ANTONY ANTONY
Rarely, rarely. Excellently, excellently. Anyone who unbuckles
He that unbuckles this, till we do please this before I want to take it off to rest will be sorry.
To doff t for our repose, shall hear a storm. Youre fumbling, Eros. My Queens a better
Thou fumblest, Eros, and my Queens a squire squire than you are. Hurry.Oh, love, if you could
15 More tight at this than thou. Dispatch.O love, only watch the battle today and see how expert I
That thou couldst see my wars today, and knewst am at my craft.
The royal occupation! Thou shouldst see
A workman in t.

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Enter an armed SOLDIER An armed SOLDIER enters.


Good morrow to thee. Good morning to you. Welcome. You look like a
Welcome. person who knows the business of war. When we
20 Thou lookst like him that knows a warlike charge. love our job we get up early and go to it joyfully.
To business that we love we rise betimes
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And go to t with delight.


SOLDIER SOLDIER
A thousand, sir, Even though its early, there are already a
Early though t be, have on their riveted trim thousand armored soldiers waiting for you at the
And at the port expect you. harbor.
Shout. Trumpets flourish A shout is heard, then a trumpet fanfare.
Enter CAPTAINS and SOLDIERS CAPTAINS and SOLDIERS enter.
CAPTAIN CAPTAIN
The morn is fair. Good morrow, General. The weather is fair. Good morning, General.
ALL ALL
25 Good morrow, General. Good morning, General.
ANTONY ANTONY
Tis well blown, lads. That was a fine fanfare, boys. Like a young man
This morning, like the spirit of a youth who wants to amount to something, this morning
That means to be of note, begins betimes. begins early. (to CLEOPATRA ) So, so. Here, give
So, so. (to CLEOPATRA ) Come, give me that. This me that. This is how it goes on. Well done.
way. Well said. Farewell, lady.
Fare thee well, dame.
He kisses her He kisses her.
Whateer becomes of Whatever happens to me, this is a soldiers kiss. It
30 me, would be shameful to draw out our good-byes. Ill
This is a soldiers kiss. Rebukable leave you without revealing any emotion, like a
And worthy shameful check it were to stand man of steel. (to the others)Anyone who wants to
On more mechanic compliment. Ill leave thee fight, follow me now, and Ill see you get your
Now like a man of steel. (to others) You that will fight, wish. (to CLEOPATRA )Good-bye.
Follow me close. Ill bring you to
t. (to CLEOPATRA )Adieu.

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Exeunt ANTONY, EROS, CAPTAINS, ANTONY and EROS exit with


and SOLDIERS the CAPTAINSand SOLDIERS.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
35 Please you retire to your chamber? If it pleases you, lets go to your room.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Lead me. Lead the way. He goes forth to war bravely. If only
He goes forth gallantly. That he and Caesar might he and Caesar could determine the outcome of
Determine this great war in single fight! this war by single combat! Then Antony would
Then Antonybut now. Well, on. but, with circumstances as they arewell, lets go.
Exeunt They exit.

Act 4, Scene 5

Trumpets sound. Enter ANTONY and EROS, and Trumpets


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aSOLDIER meeting them sound. ANTONY and EROS enter and


are met by a SOLDIER entering from
another direction.
SOLDIER SOLDIER
The gods make this a happy day to Antony! May the gods bless Antony today!
ANTONY ANTONY
Would thou and those thy scars had once prevailed I wish you and your scarred self had
To make me fight at land! convinced me to wage our last battle on
land.
SOLDIER SOLDIER
Hadst thou done so, If you had, the kings that have revolted
The kings that have revolted, and the soldier and the soldier that deserted this morning
5 That has this morning left thee, would have still would still be behind you.
Followed thy heels.
ANTONY ANTONY
Whos gone this morning? Who deserted this morning?
SOLDIER SOLDIER
Who? You dont know? Someone who was
One ever near thee. Call for Enobarbus always near you. If you call for
He shall not hear thee, or from Caesars camp Enobarbus, he wont hear you. Or if he
Say I am none of thine. can hear you from Caesars camp, hell
reply, Im no longer on your side.
ANTONY ANTONY
What sayest thou? What are you saying?
SOLDIER SOLDIER
Sir, Sir, hes with Caesar.
10 He is with Caesar.
EROS EROS
Sir, his chests and treasure Sir, he left his belongings and treasure.
He has not with him.
ANTONY ANTONY
Is he gone? Hes gone?
SOLDIER SOLDIER
Most certain. Its certain.
ANTONY ANTONY
Go, Eros, send his treasure after. Do it. Eros, send his treasure to him. Do it now.
Detain no jot, I charge thee. Write to him Dont keep anything back, I insist. Write to
I will subscribegentle adieus and greetings. him from meIll sign itsending
15 Say that I wish he never find more cause greetings and gentle good-byes. Say that
To change a master. Oh, my fortunes have I hope he never has cause to look for a
Corrupted honest men! Dispatch.Enobarbus! new master. Oh, my bad luck has forced
honest men to become traitors. Hurry.
Enobarbus!

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Exeunt They exit.

Act 4, Scene 6

Flourish. Enter AGRIPPA, and CAESAR, Trumpet fanfare. AGRIPPA and CAESAR enter
withENOBARBUS and DOLABELLA with ENOBARBUS and DOLABELLA.
CAESAR CAESAR
Go forth, Agrippa, and begin the fight. Agrippa, go start the battle. We want Antony taken
Our will is Antony be took alive. alive. Make sure everyone knows that.
Make it so known.
AGRIPPA AGRIPPA
Caesar, I shall. I will, Caesar.
Exit He exits.
CAESAR CAESAR
5 The time of universal peace is near. An era of universal peace is about to start. If this
Prove this a prosprous day, the three-nooked world battle goes well for us, there will be peace in
Shall bear the olive freely. allthree corners of the world.
Enter a MESSENGER A MESSENGER enters.
MESSENGER MESSENGER
Antony Antony has come onto the battlefield.
Is come into the field.
CAESAR CAESAR
Go charge Agrippa Go order Agrippa to put the men who deserted
Plant those that have revolted in the vant, Antonys army at the front. That way Antony will
10 That Antony may seem to spend his fury feel like hes fighting his own men.
Upon himself.
Exeunt all but ENOBARBUS Everyone exits except ENOBARBUS.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Alexas did revolt and went to Jewry on Alexas deserted. He went to Judea as if on
Affairs of Antony, there did dissuade Antonys business, but he persuaded Herod to
Great Herod to incline himself to Caesar support Caesar instead. Caesar hanged him for
15 And leave his master Antony. For this pains this service. Canidius and the others that left
Caesar hath hanged him. Canidius and the rest Antony are given hospitality here but no positions
That fell away have entertainment but of trust. Ive done a bad thing, for which I will
No honorable trust. I have done ill, blame myself so much that Ill never be happy
Of which I do accuse myself so sorely again.
20 That I will joy no more.

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Enter a SOLDIER of Caesars A SOLDIER of Caesars enters.


SOLDIER SOLDIER
Enobarbus, Antony Enobarbus, Antony has sent you all your treasure,
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Hath after thee sent all thy treasure, with with generous gifts besides. The messenger
His bounty overplus. The messenger arrived on my watch and is unloading his mules at
Came on my guard, and at thy tent is now your tent.
Unloading of his mules.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
25 I give it you. Its yours.
SOLDIER SOLDIER
Mock not, Enobarbus. Dont joke about this, Enobarbus. Im telling you
I tell you true. Best you safed the bringer the truth. Youd better bring the messenger safely
Out of the host. I must attend mine office, through the lines so he can return. Id do it myself,
Or would have done t myself. Your Emperor but I cant leave my post. Your Emperor is still a
30 Continues still a Jove. king among gods.
Exit He exits.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
I am alone the villain of the earth, I am the worst person alive, and I know it the best.
And feel I am so most. O Antony, Oh, Antony, you extravagantly generous man, how
Thou mine of bounty, how wouldst thou have paid would you have rewarded me for serving you
My better service, when my turpitude faithfully when you reward my badness with all of
35 Thou dost so crown with gold! This blows my heart. this gold! My heart feels like its about to explode.
If swift thought break it not, a swifter mean If grief doesnt kill me, Ill find a quicker way to kill
Shall outstrike thought, but thought will do t, I feel. myselfeven though I think grief will do the job
I fight against thee? No, I will go seek just as well. I, fight against you, Antony? No, Ill go
Some ditch wherein to die. The foulst best fits find some ditch to die in. The foulest fate would be
40 My latter part of life. most appropriate for me now in this latest phase of
my life.

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Exit He exits.

Act 4, Scene 7

Alarum. Drums and trumpets. Enter AGRIPPA and A call to battle is sounded. Drums and trumpets
others sound. AGRIPPA and other soldiers of Caesars
enter.
AGRIPPA AGRIPPA
Retire! We have engaged ourselves too far. Retreat! Weve advanced too far. Caesar himself is
Caesar himself has work, and our oppression in trouble and there are more adversaries than we
Exceeds what we expected. expected.
Exeunt They exit.
Alarums. Enter ANTONY, and SCARUS, wounded A battle call. ANTONY enters with SCARUS, who
is wounded.
SCARUS SCARUS
O my brave Emperor, this is fought indeed! Oh, my brave Emperor, this is what I call a fight! If
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5 Had we done so at first, we had droven them home wed fought like this before, wed have driven them
With clouts about their heads. home with bandaged heads.
ANTONY ANTONY
Thou bleedst Youre bleeding a lot.
apace.
SCARUS SCARUS
I had a wound here that was like a T, I had a scar here that looked like a T; now its an
But now tis made an H. H.
Sound retreat far off Distant trumpets sound the retreat.
ANTONY ANTONY
They do retire. Theyre retreating.
SCARUS SCARUS
Well beat em into bench-holes. I have yet Well chase em into their latrines. I still have room
10 Room for six scotches more. for six more wounds.
Enter EROS EROS enters.
EROS EROS
They are beaten, sir, and our advantage serves Theyre retreating, sir, and our superiority indicates
For a fair victory. a clear victory.
SCARUS SCARUS
Let us score their backs Lets slash their backs and grab em like we do
And snatch em up, as we take hares, behind! rabbits, from behind. Its fair game to mark a
Tis sport to maul a runner. coward.
ANTONY ANTONY
I will reward thee Ill reward you once for your cheerfulness and ten
15 Once for thy sprightly comfort and tenfold times for your courage. Come on.
For thy good valor. Come thee on.

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SCARUS SCARUS
Ill halt after. Ill limp after you.
Exeunt They exit.

Act 4, Scene 8

Alarum. Enter ANTONY again in a march; SCARUS, A battle call. ANTONY marches in, followed
with others bySCARUS and others.
ANTONY ANTONY
We have beat him to his camp. Run one before Weve driven him all the way back to his camp.
And let the Queen know of our gests. One of you run to the Queen with the news.
Exit a soldier A soldier exits.
Tomorrow, Before sunrise tomorrow, well kill anyone who
Before the sun shall see s, well spill the blood escaped today. I want to thank all of you. Youre
That has today escaped. I thank you all, formidable. You fought not as if you served the
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5 For doughty-handed are you, and have fought cause but as though it were as much your
Not as you served the cause, but as t had been personal fight as mine. You are allHectors. Go
Each mans like mine. You have shown all Hectors. on into the city. Embrace your wives and your
Enter the city. Clip your wives, your friends. friends. Describe your feats for them while they
Tell them your feats, whilst they with joyful tears cry for joy. Their tears will wash the congealed
10 Wash the congealment from your wounds and kiss blood from your wounds, and they will kiss
The honored gashes whole. those honorable cuts until they heal.
Enter CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA enters.
(to SCARUS ) Give me thy hand. (to SCARUS ) Give me your hand. Ill praise
To this great fairy Ill commend thy acts, your actions to this powerful enchantress so
Make her thanks bless thee. O thou day o the world, that she will thank you with blessings. Oh, light
(to CLEOPATRA ) Chain mine armed neck. Leap thou, of the world, (to CLEOPATRA ) wrap your arms
15 attire and all, around my armored neck. Leap, with all your
Through proof of harness to my heart, and there finery through my armor and go straight to my
Ride on the pants triumphing! heart. There you can ride upon my heartbeats,
sharing in my triumph.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Lord of lords! Lord of lords! Your courage is infinite. Have you
O infinite virtue, comst thou smiling from returned smiling from the great battle for the
The worlds great snare uncaught? world?

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ANTONY ANTONY
Mine My songbird, we have beaten them to their beds.
nightingale, What do you think, girl!
20 We have beat them to their beds. What, girl, though Even though there are some gray hairs among the
gray brown, I still have a brain and muscles that will let
Do something mingle with our younger brown, yet ha me compete with younger men. Look at this man.
we Show him favor by letting him kiss your
A brain that nourishes our nerves and can hand. (to SCARUS ) Kiss it, my warrior.
Get goal for goal of youth. Behold this man.
Commend unto his lips thy favoring hand.
(to SCARUS ) Kiss it, my warrior.
SCARUS kisses CLEOPATRAs hand SCARUS kisses CLEOPATRAs hand
He hath fought Today he fought as though he were a god who
25 today hated mankind.
As if a god, in hate of mankind, had
Destroyed in such a shape.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
(to SCARUS ) Ill give thee, friend, (to SCARUS ) Friend, Ill give you armor made of
An armor all of gold. It was a kings. gold. It belonged to a king.
ANTONY ANTONY
He has deserved it, were it carbuncled He deserves it, even if it were covered with jewels
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Like holy Phoebus car. Give me thy hand. like holy Phoebus car. Give me your hand. Lets
30 Through Alexandria make a jolly march. have a cheerful march through Alexandria, proudly
Bear our hacked targets like the men that owe them. carrying our dented shields. If we had enough
Had our great palace the capacity room in the palace to house this army, wed all eat
To camp this host, we all would sup together together and toast tomorrow, which promises to be
And drink carouses to the next days fate, full of danger. Trumpeters, blast the citys ears.
35 Which promises royal peril.Trumpeters, Mix your fanfares with our drums, so that sounds
With brazen din blast you the citys ear; from both heaven and earth will herald our
Make mingle with our rattling taborins, approach.
That heaven and earth may strike their sounds
together,
Applauding our approach.

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Exeunt Everyone exits.

Act 4, Scene 9

Enter a SENTRY and his A SENTRY and his company enter, followed
company. ENOBARBUSfollows byENOBARBUS.
SENTRY SENTRY
If we be not relieved within this hour, If we arent relieved in an hour, we have to return
We must return to th court of guard. The night to our barracks. The night is bright, and they say
Is shiny, and they say we shall embattle well be forming for battle by two a.m.
By th second hour i th morn.
FIRST WATCH FIRST WATCH
5 This last day was a shrewd one to s. That last day was a hard one for us.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
O bear me witness, night Oh, listen to me, night
SECOND WATCH SECOND WATCH
What man is this? Who is this?
FIRST WATCH FIRST WATCH
Stand close and list him. Stay hidden and listen.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
Be witness to me, O thou blessd moon, Be my witness, oh you blessed moon. The men
10 When men revolted shall upon record who revolted against Antony will be remembered
Bear hateful memory, poor Enobarbus did scornfully in the history books. But poor
Before thy face repent. Enobarbus repented.
SENTRY SENTRY
Enobarbus? Thats Enobarbus?
SECOND WATCH SECOND WATCH
Peace! Hark further. Quiet! Keep listening.
ENOBARBUS ENOBARBUS
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15 O sovereign mistress of true melancholy, Oh, moon, you queen of sadness, drop poisonous
The poisonous damp of night disponge upon me, dew on me so that my life, which continues
That life, a very rebel to my will, against my wishes, will end. Take my heart and
May hang no longer on me. Throw my heart throw it against my hard, stony sin. My heart,
Against the flint and hardness of my fault, which dried out with grief, will surely break apart
20 Which, being dried with grief, will break to powder into a powder, and that will be the end of my
And finish all foul thoughts. O Antony, disgusting mind. Oh, Antony! You are more noble
Nobler than my revolt is infamous, than my revolt is dishonorable. Forgive my crimes
Forgive me in thine own particular, against you, but let history record me as a fugitive
But let the world rank me in register traitor. Oh, Antony! Oh, Antony!
25 A master-leaver and a fugitive.
O Antony! O Antony!

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He dies He dies.
FIRST WATCH FIRST WATCH
Lets speak to him. Lets speak to him.
SENTRY SENTRY
Lets hear him, for the things he speaks may concern Lets listen to him. He may say something
Caesar. concerning Caesar.
SECOND WATCH SECOND WATCH
Lets do so. But he sleeps. Good idea. But hes sleeping.
SENTRY SENTRY
30 Swoons rather, for so bad a prayer as his It looks more like he fainted. No one ever gave a
Was never yet for sleep. prayer like that before going to sleep.
FIRST WATCH FIRST WATCH
Go we to him. Lets go to him.
SECOND WATCH SECOND WATCH
Awake, sir, awake. Speak to us. Wake up, sir, wake up. Speak to us.
FIRST WATCH FIRST WATCH
Hear you, sir? Do you hear us, sir?
SENTRY SENTRY
35 The hand of death hath raught him. The hand of death has taken him.
Drums afar off Drums are heard in the distance.
Hark, the Listen. The drums softly wake the sleepers. Lets
drums carry him to the barracks. Hes an important
Demurely wake the sleepers. Let us bear him person. Our hour is up.
To th court of guard. He is of note. Our hour
Is fully out.
SECOND WATCH SECOND WATCH
Come on, then. He may recover yet. Come on, then. He may recover yet.
Exeunt with the body They exit, carrying ENOBARBUSs body.
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Act 4, Scene 10

Enter ANTONY and SCARUS, with their army ANTONY and SCARUS enter, with the army.
ANTONY ANTONY
Their preparation is today by sea. Theyve switched their operation to the sea today.
We please them not by land. We didnt please them on land.
SCARUS SCARUS
For both, my lord. Were ready for both, my lord.
ANTONY ANTONY
I would theyd fight i th fire or i th air, I wish theyd fight in fire or in the air. Wed meet
Wed fight there too. But this it is: our foot them there too. But heres the plan: our army will
5 Upon the hills adjoining to the city stay with us on the hills by the city. Orders have
Shall stay with us. Order for sea is given; been given to the navy and theyve left port. Well
They have put forth the haven, be able to analyze and direct the battle better from
Where their appointment we may best discover the hills.
And look on their endeavor.
Exeunt They exit.

Act 4, Scene 11

Enter CAESAR and his army CAESAR and his army enter.
CAESAR CAESAR
But being charged, we will be still by land We wont move our land forces unless were
Which, as I take t, we shall, for his best force attacked. And I doubt that will happen, since most
Is forth to man his galleys. To the vales, of Antonys men are with his navy. Lets take up
And hold our best advantage. the best positions we can in the valleys.
Exeunt They exit.

Act 4, Scene 12

Enter ANTONY and SCARUS ANTONY and SCARUS enter.


ANTONY ANTONY
Yet they are not joined. Where yond pine does stand They still havent joined the battle. Ill be able to
I shall discover all. Ill bring thee word see better from that pine tree over there. Ill let you
Straight how tis like to go. know right away how its going.
Exit He exits.
Alarum afar off, as at a sea fight Noises like a sea battle are heard in the distance.
SCARUS SCARUS
Swallows have built Swallows have built nests in Cleopatras sails. The
In Cleopatras sails their nests. The auguries fortunetellers wont say whether thats a good sign
5 Say they know not, they cannot tell, look grimly, or a bad one, but they dont look happy. Antony is
And dare not speak their knowledge. Antony valiant and dejected. His mood changes by fits
Is valiant and dejected, and by starts and starts; his checkered luck vacillates between
His fretted fortunes give him hope and fear hope and fear, winning and losing.
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Of what he has and has not.


Enter ANTONY ANTONY enters.
ANTONY ANTONY
All is lost! All is lost! This treacherous Egyptian has betrayed
10 This foul Egyptian hath betrayd me. me. My fleet has surrendered to the enemy. You
My fleet hath yielded to the foe, and yonder can see them over there throwing their hats up in
They cast their caps up and carouse together the air and drinking together like long lost friends.
Like friends long lost. Triple-turned whore! Tis thou Three-time traitor and whore! Its you who have
Hast sold me to this novice, and my heart sold me to this youth, Caesar. Now my war is only
15 Makes only wars on thee. Bid them all fly, with you. Tell the army to flee. Revenge on
For when I am revenged upon my charm, Cleopatra will be my last act. Order them to
I have done all. Bid them all fly. Begone! escape. Go!

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Exit SCARUS SCARUS exits.


O sun, thy uprise shall I see no more. Oh, sun, I will never see another one of your
Fortune and Antony part here. Even here sunrises. Luck and Antony separate here and
20 Do we shake hands. All come to this? The hearts now. Here well shake hands good-bye. Is it all
That spanieled me at heels, to whom I gave come to this? The brave men who followed me like
Their wishes, do discandy, melt their sweets little dogs, whom I rewarded, have left me to follow
On blossoming Caesar, and this pine is barked Caesar. Ive been stripped of everything, betrayed.
That overtopped them all. Betrayed I am. Oh, that devious Egyptian spirit! Her charms
25 Oh, this false soul of Egypt! This grave charm, launched my wars and called them back again.
Whose eye becked forth my wars and called them Pleasing her was my main goal, and she lured me
home, to total defeat.(calling out) Where are you, Eros!
Whose bosom was my crownet, my chief end, Eros!
Like a right gypsy hath at fast and loose
30 Beguiled me to the very heart of loss.
(calling out) What, Eros, Eros!
Enter CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA enters.
Ah, thou spell! Ah, you sorceress! Be gone!
Avaunt!
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Why is my lord enraged against his love? Why is my lord enraged against his love?
ANTONY ANTONY
Vanish, or I shall give thee thy deserving, Get out of my sight, or Ill give you what you
And blemish Caesars triumph. Let him take thee deserve and spoil Caesars victory. Let him hoist
And hoist thee up to the shouting plebeians! you up in front of the shouting crowds! Follow his
35 Follow his chariot, like the greatest spot chariot, like the greatest disgrace to your whole
Of all thy sex. Most monsterlike be shown gender. Let them exhibit you to the public for
For poorst diminutives, for dolts, and let meager coins, like a monstrosity. Then let Octavia
Patient Octavia plow thy visage up dig up your face with her nails.
With her prepard nails!
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Exit CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA exits.


Tis well thart gone, If you wish to live, you had better get out of here.
40 If it be well to live, but better twere But I think it would have been better if youd let me
Thou fellst into my fury, for one death kill you. One death would have prevented the
Might have prevented many.Eros, ho! deaths of many others.Eros, ho!Im wearing
The shirt of Nessus is upon me. Teach me, the shirt of Nessus. Hercules, my ancestor, teach
Alcides, thou mine ancestor, thy rage. me how to feel your rage. Ill toss Lichas to the
45 Let me lodge Lichas on the horns o th moon, moon and use my mighty hands to kill my better
And with those hands that grasped the heaviest club self. The witch shall die.
Subdue my worthiest self. The witch shall die. She sold me to that young Roman boy and now
To the young Roman boy she hath sold me, and I fall Im ruined. Shell die for it.Eros, ho!
Under this plot. She dies for t.Eros, ho!
Exit He exits.

Act 4, Scene 13

Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, IRAS, CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, IRAS,


andMARDIAN andMARDIAN enter.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Help me, my women! Oh, hes more mad Help me, ladies! Oh, Antony is more furious than
Than Telamon for his shield. The boar of Thessaly Telamon, who killed himself in a jealous rage. The
Was never so embossed. wild boar of Thessaly, which the goddess Diana
sent to punish King Caledon for neglecting her
sacrifices, didnt foam at the mouth as much as
Antony does now.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
To th monument! Go to your tomb! Lock yourself in and send him
There lock yourself and send him word you are dead. word that youre dead. When a great person
5 The soul and body rive not more in parting departs, it causes more pain than when the soul
Than greatness going off. leaves the body.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
To th monument! To my tomb! Mardian, go tell him Ive killed myself.
Mardian, go tell him I have slain myself. Say the last word I spoke was Antony, and
Say that the last I spoke was Antony, please word it pathetically. Go, Mardian, and let
And word it, prithee, piteously. Hence, Mardian, me know how he reacts to my death. (to the
10 And bring me how he takes my death. (to the others) To the tomb!
others)To th monument!
Exeunt They all exit.

Act 4, Scene 14

Enter ANTONY and EROS ANTONY and EROS enter.


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ANTONY ANTONY
Eros, thou yet beholdst me? Eros, can you still see me?
EROS EROS
Ay, noble lord. Yes, noble lord.
ANTONY ANTONY
Sometimes we see a cloud thats dragonish, Sometimes we see a cloud that looks like a
A vapor sometime like a bear or lion, dragon. Sometimes theres a cloud like a bear or a
A towered citadel, a pendant rock, lion, a castle, a floating rock, a craggy mountain.
5 A forkd mountain, or blue promontory Or it might look like a blue cliff with trees on it that
With trees upon t that nod unto the world bow to the ground. These things fool our eyes by
And mock our eyes with air. Thou hast seen these seeming solid, when they are actually only air.
signs. Youve seen these illusions. Theyre spectacles
They are black vespers pageants. that appear at sunset.
EROS EROS
Ay, my lord. Yes, my lord.
ANTONY ANTONY
That which is now a horse, even with a thought What looks like a horse is quick as thought
10 The rack dislimns and makes it indistinct disfigured by the wind, made as difficult to
As water is in water. distinguish as water poured into water.
EROS EROS
It does, my lord. Thats true, my lord.
ANTONY ANTONY
My good knave Eros, now thy captain is Eros, my young friend, your captain is now just like
Even such a body. Here I am Antony, that cloud. Here and now I seem like Antony, but I
Yet cannot hold this visible shape, my knave. cant keep myself in this form, my boy. I went to
15 I made these wars for Egypt, and the Queen, war to save Cleopatra, whose love I thought I had,
Whose heart I thought I had, for she had mine since she had mineand mine carried with it a
Which whilst it was mine had annexed unto t million others, those of my soldiers, now lost. The
A million more, now lostshe, Eros, has Queen conspired with Caesar to undermine my
Packed cards with Caesar and false-played my glory success and assure his victory. No, dont cry, kind
20 Unto an enemys triumph. Eros. We still have the option of killing ourselves.
Nay, weep not, gentle Eros. There is left us
Ourselves to end ourselves.

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Enter MARDIAN MARDIAN enters.


Oh, thy vile lady! Oh, your contemptible lady! She has disarmed
She has robbed me of my sword. me.
MARDIAN MARDIAN
No, Antony, No, Antony. My mistress loved you, and her
My mistress loved thee, and her fortunes mingled destiny was completely joined with yours.
25 With thine entirely.
ANTONY ANTONY
Hence, saucy eunuch! Peace! Get out, insolent eunuch! Silence! She has
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She hath betrayed me and shall die the death. betrayed me and shall die.
MARDIAN MARDIAN
Death of one person can be paid but once, A person can only pay with their life once, and
And that she has discharged. What thou wouldst do she has paid in full. What you wanted is yours.
Is done unto thy hand. The last she spake Her last words were Antony! Most noble
30 Was Antony, most noble Antony! Antony! Then, as she was speaking your name,
Then in the midst a tearing groan did break a strangled groan split her words. Antony was
The name of Antony. It was divided divided between her heart and lips. She gave up
Between her heart and lips. She rendered life, her life with your name still within her.
Thy name so buried in her.
ANTONY ANTONY
Dead, then? Is she dead, then?
MARDIAN MARDIAN
Dead. Dead.
ANTONY ANTONY
35 Unarm, Eros. The long days task is done, Remove your armor, Eros. The long days work is
And we must sleep. (to MARDIAN ) That thou departst over, and it is time to
hence safe sleep. (toMARDIAN ) Permission to leave
Does pay thy labor richly. Go. unharmed is abundant payment for your news.
Go!
Exit MARDIAN MARDIAN exits.
Off, pluck off! Off! Take off my armor. Not even Ajaxs famous
The sevenfold shield of Ajax cannot keep shield, made of seven layers of oxhide and
The battery from my heart. O, cleave, my sides! covered in bronze, could protect my heart from
40 Heart, once be stronger than thy continent. this attack. Oh, chest, obey me! Heart, for once
Crack thy frail case!Apace, Eros, apace. be stronger than all the rest of the body
No more a soldier. Bruisd pieces, go. combined. Break out of my ribcage! Faster, Eros,
You have been nobly borne. (to EROS ) From me faster. I wont be a soldier anymore. Battered
awhile. armor, be off. You were worn with
honor. (to EROS ) Leave me awhile.

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Exit EROS EROS exits.


I will oertake thee, Cleopatra, and I will catch up with you, Cleopatra, and weep for
45 Weep for my pardon. So it must be, for now your forgiveness. Its the only way left, because
All length is torture. Since the torch is out, now any extension of my life would be torture.
Lie down and stray no farther. Now all labor Since the light of my life has gone out, Ill stop
Mars what it does. Yea, very force entangles here. Now any effort ruins what it attempts. Yes,
Itself with strength. Seal then, and all is done. even power gets in its own way. End it, then, and
50 Eros!I come, my Queen.Eros!Stay for me. everything is over.Eros!Im coming, my
Where souls do couch on flowers, well hand in hand, Queen!Eros!Wait for me. In the place where
And with our sprightly port make the ghosts gaze. souls recline on beds of flowers well walk hand in
Dido and her Aeneas shall want troops, hand and amaze the other ghosts with our spirited
And all the haunt be ours.Come, Eros, Eros! demeanor. Those famous lovers, Dido and
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Aeneas, will lose their admirers, and the whole


place will be devoted to us.Come, Eros. Eros!
Enter EROS EROS enters.
EROS EROS
55 What would my lord? What can I do for my lord?
ANTONY ANTONY
Since Cleopatra died Since Cleopatra died, I have lived in such
I have lived in such dishonor that the gods dishonor that the gods despise my disgrace.
Detest my baseness. I, that with my sword Though I have made conquests throughout the
Quartered the world, and oer green Neptunes back four corners of the world and sailed with fleets so
With ships made cities, condemn myself to lack large they looked like floating cities, I dont have
60 The courage of a womanless noble mind as much courage as a woman. I have less nobility
Than she which by her death our Caesar tells than the lady who, by killing herself, says to
I am conqueror of myself. Thou art sworn, Eros, Caesar, Only Cleopatra can defeat Cleopatra.
That when the exigent should come which now You promised me, Eros, that should the ultimate
Is come indeed, when I should see behind me moment arrivewhich it haswhen dishonor and
65 Th inevitable prosecution of disgust are inevitable, that upon my command,
Disgrace and horror, that on my command, you would kill me. Do it. This is that time. You
Thou then wouldst kill me. Do t. The time is come. wont be striking me down, but defeating Caesar.
Thou strikst not me, tis Caesar thou defeatst. Call up your courage.
Put color in thy cheek.

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EROS EROS
The gods withhold me! The gods forbid! Can I do what all the Parthian
70 Shall I do that which all the Parthian darts, arrows, though shot by enemies, could not?
Though enemy, lost aim and could not?
ANTONY ANTONY
Eros, Eros, would you like to look through a window in
Wouldst thou be windowed in great Rome and see Rome and watch your master marching in
Thy master thus with pleached arms, bending down Caesars victory parade, his arms crossed and
His corrigible neck, his face subdued tied, his head bowed in submission, his face red
75 To penetrative shame, whilst the wheeled seat from shame, while the chariot of triumphant
Of fortunate Caesar, drawn before him, branded Caesar precedes him, putting the final stamp to
His baseness that ensued? his humiliation?
EROS EROS
I would not see t. I would not.
ANTONY ANTONY
Come, then, for with a wound I must be cured. Then come on. I must be restored to health by an
Draw that thy honest sword, which thou hast worn injury. Draw your trustworthy sword, which you
80 Most useful for thy country. have used in such service to your country.
EROS EROS
O sir, pardon me! Oh, sir, pardon me!
ANTONY ANTONY
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When I did make thee free, sworst thou not then When I freed you from slavery, didnt you swear to
To do this when I bade thee? Do it at once, do this when I asked you? Do it immediately, or all
Or thy precedent services are all your previous services to me were accidental,
But accidents unpurposed. Draw and come. without purpose. Take out your sword and come
on.
EROS EROS
85 Turn from me then that noble countenance Then turn your noble face away from me, that
Wherein the worship of the whole world lies. face that the whole world adores.
ANTONY ANTONY
Lo thee! Look!
He turns away He turns away.

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EROS EROS
My sword is drawn. I have drawn my sword.
ANTONY ANTONY
Then let it Now let it carry out its purpose immediately.
do at once
The thing why thou hast drawn it.
EROS EROS
My dear My dear master, my captain, my sovereign, let me
90 master, say before I strike this fatal blow: farewell.
My captain, and my emperor, let me say,
Before I strike this bloody stroke, farewell.
ANTONY ANTONY
Tis said, man, and farewell. Youve said it, friend, and farewell to you.
EROS EROS
Farewell, great chief. Shall I strike now? Good-bye, great commander. Should I do it now?
ANTONY ANTONY
Now, Now, Eros.
Eros.
EROS EROS
Why, there then! Well, then, there!
Stabs himself He stabs himself.
Thus I do escape the sorrow With this I avoid the grief of Antonys death.
95 Of Antonys death.
He dies He dies.
ANTONY ANTONY
Thrice nobler than myself, Brave Eros, three times more honorable than I
Thou teachest me, O valiant Eros, what am! You teach me what I should do but could not.
I should and thou couldst not. My Queen and Eros My Queen and Eros have by their brave
Have by their brave instruction got upon me examples beaten me to the history books. But I
A nobleness in record. But I will be will embrace death as a bridegroom does his
100 A bridegroom in my death, and run into t bride, and rush to it as to a lovers bed. Come
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As to a lovers bed. Come then, and Eros, then. Eros, your master dies your student. I
Thy master dies thy scholar. To do thus learned to do this from you.
I learned of thee.

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He falls on his sword He falls on his sword.


How! Not dead? Not dead? What! Im not dead? Not dead?Guard, here!
The guard, ho! Oh, dispatch me! Oh, kill me!
Enter DERCETUS and others of a GUARD DERCETUS enters with three GUARDS.
FIRST GUARD FIRST GUARD
105 Whats the noise? Whats the trouble?
ANTONY ANTONY
I have done my work ill, friends. Oh, make an end Ive botched the job, friends. Oh, finish what Ive
Of what I have begun! begun.
SECOND GUARD SECOND GUARD
The star is falln. Our guiding light is out.
FIRST GUARD FIRST GUARD
And time is at his period. And time itself is ended.
ALL ALL
Alas, and woe! Sadness and despair!
ANTONY ANTONY
Let him that loves me strike me dead. Whoevers a real friend should strike me dead.
FIRST GUARD FIRST GUARD
110 Not I. Not me.
SECOND GUARD SECOND GUARD
Nor I. Me neither.
THIRD GUARD THIRD GUARD
Nor anyone. None of us.
Exeunt GUARD The GUARDS exit.
DERCETUS DERCETAS
Thy death and fortunes bid thy followers fly. Your death and destiny advise your followers to
escape.
He takes up ANTONYs sword He takes up ANTONYs sword
This sword but shown to Caesar, with this tidings, I only need to show your sword to Caesar and tell
115 Shall enter me with him. him about your death to get into his good favor.
Enter DIOMEDES DIOMEDES enters.
DIOMEDES DIOMEDES
Wheres Antony? Wheres Antony?
DERCETUS DERCETAS
There, Diomed, there. There, Diomedes, there.
DIOMEDES DIOMEDES
Lives he? Wilt thou not answer, man? Is he still alive? Why dont you answer me, man?

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Exit DERCETUS DERCETAS exits.


ANTONY ANTONY
Art thou there, Diomed? Draw thy sword and give me Is that you, Diomedes? Draw your sword and
120 Sufficing strokes for death. give me enough blows to kill me.
DIOMEDES DIOMEDES
Most absolute lord, Most powerful lord, my mistress Cleopatra
My mistress Cleopatra sent me to thee. sent me to you.
ANTONY ANTONY
When did she send thee? When did she send you?
DIOMEDES DIOMEDES
Now, my lord. Just now, my lord.
ANTONY ANTONY
Where Where is she?
is she?
DIOMEDES DIOMEDES
Locked in her monument. She had a prophesying fear Locked in her tomb. She had a premonition of
Of what hath come to pass. For when she saw what has actually happened. She saw that
125 Which never shall be foundyou did suspect you suspected her of negotiating a treaty with
She had disposed with Caesar, and that your rage Caesarwhich never will be true. Afraid that
Would not be purged, she sent you word she was dead. your anger would not subside, she sent you
But fearing since how it might work, hath sent word she was dead. But later, fearing how that
Me to proclaim the truth, and I am come, news might affect you, she sent me to tell you
130 I dread, too late. the truth. Im afraid Ive come too late.
ANTONY ANTONY
Too late, good Diomed. Call my guard, I prithee. Too late, good Diomedes. Call my guard,
please.
DIOMEDES DIOMEDES
What ho, the Emperors guard! The guard, what ho! Hey out there! Emperors guards! Guards,
Come, your lord calls! hey! Come! Your lord calls for you!
Enter four or five of the GUARD of Antony Four or five of Antonys GUARDS enter.
ANTONY ANTONY
Bear me, good friends, where Cleopatra bides. Carry me, good friends, to where Cleopatra
135 Tis the last service that I shall command you. is. Its the last command I shall ever give you.
FIRST GUARD FIRST GUARD
Woe, woe are we, sir, you may not live to wear Were very sorry, sir, that you may not live to
All your true followers out. wear us out with your commands.

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ALL ALL
Most heavy day! Its a very sad day.
ANTONY ANTONY
Nay, good my fellows, do not please sharp fate No, my friends, dont please fate by giving it your
To grace it with your sorrows. Bid that welcome sorrow as well. If we welcome our punishment,
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140 Which comes to punish us, and we punish it, we punish it right back by seeming to take it
Seeming to bear it lightly. Take me up. lightly. Pick me up. I have often led you, now you
I have led you oft; carry me now, good friends, must carry me, my good friendsand take my
And have my thanks for all. thanks for everything.
Exeunt, bearing ANTONY and the body of EROS They exit, carrying ANTONY and EROS body.

Act 4, Scene 15

Enter CLEOPATRA and her maids aloft, CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN,


withCHARMIAN and IRAS and IRAS enter with Cleopatras maids in
the upper gallery.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
O Charmian, I will never go from hence. Oh, Charmian, I will never leave this tomb!
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Be comforted, dear madam. Be calm, dear lady.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
No, I will not. No, I wont. Strange and terrible events are
All strange and terrible events are welcome, all welcome, but I despise comforts. The
But comforts we despise. Our size of sorrow, size of my sorrow must be as great as its
5 Proportioned to our cause, must be as great source.
As that which makes it.
Enter below DIOMEDES DIOMEDES enters below.
How now? Is he dead? Whats the news! Is he dead?
DIOMEDES DIOMEDES
His deaths upon him, but not dead. He is close to death, but not dead yet. Look
Look out o th other side your monument. out the other window; his guard has brought
His guard have brought him thither. him here.
Enter below ANTONY, and the guard bearing him Guards enter, carrying ANTONY.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
O sun, Oh, sun, burn up the orbit in which you
10 Burn the great sphere thou movst in. Darkling stand move, so that the world may be dark
The varying shore o th world! O Antony, forever! Oh, Antony, Antony, Antony! Help,
Antony, Antony! Help, Charmian, help, Iras, help! Charmian, help, Iras, help! Help, friends
Help, friends below! Lets draw him hither. below; lift him up here.
ANTONY ANTONY
Peace! Be calm! It was not Caesars bravery that
Not Caesars valor hath oerthrown Antony, conquered Antony but Antonys that has
15 But Antonys hath triumphed on itself. triumphed over himself.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
So it should be, that none but Antony Thats the way it should beonly Antony
Should conquer Antony, but woe tis so! should conquer Antony. But how terrible
that it has happened!

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ANTONY ANTONY
I am dying, Egypt, dying. Only I am dying, Cleopatra, dying. I just beg death to
I here importune death awhile, until wait awhile, until I place the last of our many
20 Of many thousand kisses the poor last thousands of kisses on your lips.
I lay upon thy lips.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
I dare not, dear, I dont dare come downforgive me, my lordI
Dear my lord, pardon, I dare not, dont dare, for fear of capture. I will never be
Lest I be taken. Not th imperious show exhibited as lucky Caesars prize. If knives,
Of the full-fortuned Caesar ever shall poison, or snakes have edge, effect, or venom, I
25 Be brooched with me. If knife, drugs, serpents, have am safe from that fate. Your wife Octavia, with her
Edge, sting, or operation, I am safe. self-effacing eyes and self-righteous assumptions,
Your wife Octavia, with her modest eyes wont get any praise from patronizing me. But
And still conclusion, shall acquire no honor come. Come up here, Antonyhelp me, ladies
Demuring upon me. But come, come, Antony we must carry you up. Help us, good friends.
30 Help me, my womenWe must draw thee up.
Assist, good friends.
They begin lifting him They lift him.
ANTONY ANTONY
Oh, quick, or I am gone. Oh, quick, before Im gone.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Heres sport indeed! How heavy weighs my lord! Such exercise! My lord is so heavy! Our strength
Our strength is all gone into heaviness, has all turned into sadness. Thats what makes
That makes the weight. Had I great Junos power, the weight. If I had the goddess Junos power, I
35 The strong-winged Mercury should fetch thee up would make the strong-winged messenger,
And set thee by Joves side. Yet come a little. Mercury, pick you up and seat you beside Jove.
Wishers were ever fools. Oh, come, come, come! Up just a little morewishes are always foolish
oh, come on, come on, come on!

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They heave ANTONY aloft to CLEOPATRA They lift ANTONY up to CLEOPATRA.


And welcome, welcome! Die when thou hast lived. And welcome, welcome! Die where you have
Quicken with kissing. Had my lips that power, lived, in my arms. Let me revive you with my
40 Thus would I wear them out. kisses. If my lips had the power to give life, I would
wear them out like this.
She kisses him She kisses him.
ALL ALL
A heavy sight! What a sad sight!
ANTONY ANTONY
I am dying, Egypt, dying. I am dying, Cleopatra, dying. Give me some wine
Give me some wine and let me speak a little. and let me say a few words.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
No, let me speak, and let me rail so high No, let me talk, and let me scold to the heavens,
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45 That the false huswife Fortune break her wheel, so that Fortune, that deceitful hussy, will become
Provoked by my offense. so upset that she breaks her wheel.
ANTONY ANTONY
One word, sweet One thing, dear Queen: request honor, as well as
Queen: safety, from Caesar. Oh!
Of Caesar seek your honor, with your safetyOh!
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
They do not go together. Honor and safety do not go together.
ANTONY ANTONY
Gentle, hear me. Dear, listen to me: dont trust any of Caesars men
None about Caesar trust but Proculeius. besides Proculeius.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
50 My resolution and my hands Ill trust, Ill trust my determination and my hands, but none
None about Caesar. of Caesars men.
ANTONY ANTONY
The miserable change now at my end Dont mourn over this unhappy reversal of fortune
Lament nor sorrow at, but please your thoughts at the end of my life. Remember my earlier lot,
In feeding them with those my former fortunes, when I lived as the greatest, most noble prince in
55 Wherein I lived the greatest prince o th world, the world. Im not dying shamefully, doffing my
The noblest, and do now not basely die, helmet to my countryman like a coward, but as a
Not cowardly put off my helmet to Roman, honorably conquered by another Roman.
My countrymana Roman by a Roman Now I feel my soul leaving. I cant speak any
Valiantly vanquished. Now my spirit is going. more.
60 I can no more.

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CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Noblest of men, woot die? Most noble man, will you die? Dont you care
Hast thou no care of me? Shall I abide about me? Shall I stay in this dreary world, which
In this dull world, which in thy absence is is no better than a pigsty without you? Oh, look,
No better than a sty? O see, my women, ladies. The best of the world disappears. My lord!
The crown o th earth doth melt. My lord!
ANTONY dies ANTONY dies.
65 Oh, withered is the garland of the war. Oh, the glory of war has faded. The flags have
The soldiers pole is falln! Young boys and girls fallen. Young boys and girls are equal to men.
Are level now with men. The odds is gone, There is nothing distinctive, nothing remarkable
And there is nothing left remarkable left in the world.
Beneath the visiting moon.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Oh, quietness, lady! Oh, stay calm, lady!
CLEOPATRA swoons CLEOPATRA faints.
IRAS IRAS
70 Shes dead too, our sovereign. Our Queen is dead too.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
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Lady! Lady!
IRAS IRAS
Madam! Madam!
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
O madam, madam, madam! Oh, madam, madam, madam!
IRAS IRAS
Royal Egypt, Empress! Royal Egypt, Empress!
CLEOPATRA stirs CLEOPATRA wakes up.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
75 Peace, peace, Iras. Quiet, quiet, Iras.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
No more but een a woman, and commanded Now I am no more than a woman, ruled by the
By such poor passion as the maid that milks same lowly passion as the maid who milks and
And does the meanest chares. It were for me does the humblest chores. I might now hurl my
To throw my scepter at the injurious gods, scepter at the destructive gods and tell them that
80 To tell them that this world did equal theirs this earthly world was as good as their heavenly
Till they had stolen our jewel. Alls but naught. one, until they stole away its jewel, Antony. Now all
Patience is sottish, and impatience does is for nothing. Patience is foolish. Impatience suits
Become a dog thats mad. Then is it sin a mad dog. So why should it be a sin to rush
To rush into the secret house of death toward death, to seek it out in its hiding place
85 Ere death dare come to us? How do you, women? before it dares to come to find me? How are you,
What, what, good cheer! Why, how now, Charmian? my ladies? Tell me! Cheer up! How are you,
My noble girls! Ah, women, women! Look, Charmian? My gallant girls! Ah, ladies, look: the
Our lamp is spent, its out. Good sirs, take heart. light of our lives has gone out. Good noble ladies,
Well bury him, and then, whats brave, whats noble, be brave. Well bury him, and then well commit
90 Lets do t after the high Roman fashion acts as brave and fine as any Romans, and make
And make death proud to take us. Come, away. death proud to take us. Come on, you can go. The
This case of that huge spirit now is cold. container of that great soul is now cold. Ah, ladies,
Ah, women, women! Come. We have no friend ladies! Lets go. We have no friends but
But resolution, and the briefest end. determination and the quickest death.

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Exeunt, those above bearing off ANTONYs body They exit, carrying ANTONYs body.

Act 5, Scene 1

Enter CAESAR, CAESAR enters with his war


with AGRIPPA, DOLABELLA,MAECENAS, GAL council: AGRIPPA,DOLABELLA, MAECENAS, GAL
LUS, and PROCULEIUS, and his council of war LUS, andPROCULEIUS.
CAESAR CAESAR
Go to him, Dolabella, bid him yield. Dolabella, go see Antony. Tell him to surrender. His
Being so frustrate, tell him, he mocks position is hopeless. This delay makes him look
The pauses that he makes. ridiculous.
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DOLABELLA DOLABELLA
Caesar, I shall. Right away, Caesar.
Exit DOLABELLA exits.
Enter DERCETUS, with the sword of ANTONY DECRETUS enters carrying ANTONYs sword.
CAESAR CAESAR
Wherefore is that? And what art thou that darst What are you doing with a sword? Who do you think
5 Appear thus to us? you are coming in here armed?
DERCETUS DECRETUS
I am called Dercetus. My name is Decretus. I served Mark Antony, who was
Mark Antony I served, who best was worthy the commander most worthy of my services. While he
Best to be served. Whilst he stood up and spoke, was alive, I lived only to serve him and oppose his
He was my master, and I wore my life enemies. If you accept my service, Ill serve you the
To spend upon his haters. If thou please same way. If not, you can kill me.
10 To take me to thee, as I was to him
Ill be to Caesar. If thou pleasest not,
I yield thee up my life.
CAESAR CAESAR
What is t thou sayst? What are you saying?
DERCETUS DECRETUS
I say, O Caesar, Antony is dead. Caesar, Im telling you that Antony is dead.
CAESAR CAESAR
The breaking of so great a thing should make When such a great man dies there should be a
15 A greater crack. The round world thunderclap. The fractured world, in its confusion,
Should have shook lions into civil streets should send lions into the city streets and humans into
And citizens to their dens. The death of Antony the wilderness to live in lions dens. This isnt the
Is not a single doom. In the name lay death of one man. Its the death of half the world.
A moiety of the world.

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DERCETUS DECRETUS
He is dead, Caesar, Hes dead, Caesar. Not by public execution or an
20 Not by a public minister of justice, assassins knife. He killed himself with the same
Nor by a hird knife, but that self hand hand that performed such brave acts. With the
Which writ his honor in the acts it did courage his heart lent his hand, his hand in turn
Hath, with the courage which the heart did lend it, split his heart. This is his sword. I pulled it from his
Splitted the heart. This is his sword. wound. Lookhis noble blood is still on it.
25 I robbed his wound of it. Behold it stained
With his most noble blood.
CAESAR CAESAR
Look you, sad Listen, sad friends, though the gods may rebuke
friends, me, this news would make kings cry.
The gods rebuke me, but it is tidings
To wash the eyes of kings.
AGRIPPA AGRIPPA
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And strange it is Its strange that human nature makes us grieve for
That nature must compel us to lament the very thing weve been trying to achieve.
30 Our most persisted deeds.
MAECENAS MAECENAS
His taints and honors His faults were equally matched by his virtues.
Waged equal with him.
AGRIPPA AGRIPPA
A rarer spirit never There was never a ruler as excellent as he. But
Did steer humanity, but you gods will give us gods, you give us faults so well be human.
Some faults to make us men. Caesar is touched. Caesar is upset.
MAECENAS MAECENAS
When such a spacious mirrors set before him, Its impossible for him not to see himself in Antony.
35 He needs must see himself.
CAESAR CAESAR
O Antony, Oh, Antony. I drove you to this. But we have to get
I have followed thee to this, but we do launch rid of a disease if it threatens our body. Either I
Diseases in our bodies. I must perforce had to ruin you, or you would have ruined me.
Have shown to thee such a declining day, There wasnt enough room in the world for both of
Or look on thine. We could not stall together us. Even so, let me mourn, with tears that heal like
40 In the whole world. But yet let me lament a bloodletting, that youmy brother, my greatest
With tears as sovereign as the blood of hearts competitor, my partner in rule, my friend and
That thou, my brother, my competitor companion on the battlefield, the very arm of my
In top of all design, my mate in empire, body, and the heart in which mine own hearts
Friend and companion in the front of war, thoughts livedthat our fates could not be
45 The arm of mine own body, and the heart reconciled, which caused us to divide ourselves
Where mine his thoughts did kindlethat our stars, from one another.
Unreconcilable, should divide Let me tell you, friends
Our equalness to this. Hear me, good friends

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Enter an EGYPTIAN An EGYPTIAN enters.


But I will tell you at some meeter season. Ill tell you at a better time. This man looks like his
50 The business of this man looks out of him. business is urgent. Lets hear what he has to
Well hear him what he says. (to EGYPTIAN ) Whence say. (to EGYPTIAN ) Who are you?
are you?
EGYPTIAN EGYPTIAN
A poor Egyptian yet, the Queen my mistress, A poor Egyptian, but my mistress, the Queen, sent
Confined in all she has, her monument, me to find out what your intentions are concerning
Of thy intents desires instruction, her. Shes locked up in her tomb and wants to
55 That she preparedly may frame herself prepare herself for her fate.
To th way shes forced to.
CAESAR CAESAR
Bid her have good Tell her to put her mind at rest. Shell find out soon
heart. enough by one of our messengers how
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She soon shall know of us, by some of ours, respectfully and kindly we plan to treat her. I
How honorable and how kindly we cannot be taught how to be cruel.
60 Determine for her, for Caesar cannot live
To be ungentle.
EGYPTIAN EGYPTIAN
So the gods preserve thee! May the gods bless you.
Exit He exits.
CAESAR CAESAR
Come hither, Proculeius. Go and say Come here, Proculeius. Tell her we mean her no
We purpose her no shame. Give her what comforts disrespect. Give her whatever assurances you feel
The quality of her passion shall require, she needs to keep her from killing herself. I need
Lest, in her greatness, by some mortal stroke her alive, so that I can exhibit her in my triumphal
65 She do defeat us, for her life in Rome procession and gain eternal fame. Go, and hurry
Would be eternal in our triumph. Go, back to bring us her reply and news of her state of
And with your speediest bring us what she says mind.
And how you find of her.

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PROCULEIUS PROCULEIUS
Caesar, I shall. I will, Caesar.
Exit PROCULEIUS PROCULEIUS exits.
CAESAR CAESAR
Gallus, go you along. Gallus, you go with him.
Exit GALLUS GALLUS exits.
Wheres Dolabella, Wheres Dolabella? Hes supposed to support
70 To second Proculeius? Proculeius.
ALL ALL
Dolabella! Dolabella!
CAESAR CAESAR
Let him alone, for I remember now Never mind. I remember hes already occupied.
How hes employed. He shall in time be ready. Hell be done in time. Come with me. In my tent Ill
Go with me to my tent, where you shall see show you how unwillingly I was drawn into this
How hardly I was drawn into this war, war. Youll see how calm and gentle my letters to
75 How calm and gentle I proceeded still Antony always were. Come and see the proof.
In all my writings. Go with me and see
What I can show in this.
Exeunt They exit.

Act 5, Scene 2

Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, and IRAS CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, and IRAS enter.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
My desolation does begin to make Being alone has helped me better understand my
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A better life. Tis paltry to be Caesar. life. Its pathetic to be Caesar. He cant be
Not being Fortune, hes but Fortunes knave, Fortune; hes only Fortunes errand boy. It would
A minister of her will. And it is great be a great deed to commit suicidethat act which
5 To do that thing that ends all other deeds, ends all other things, which makes all accidents
Which shackles accidents and bolts up change, and changes stop. Which causes you to sleep,
Which sleeps and never palates more the dung, and takes you away from earthly concerns.
The beggars nurse, and Caesars.
Enter PROCULEIUS PROCULEIUS enters.
PROCULEIUS PROCULEIUS
Caesar sends greeting to the Queen of Egypt, Caesar greets the Queen of Egypt and asks that
10 And bids thee study on what fair demands you consider what you will ask from him.
Thou meanst to have him grant thee.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Whats Whats your name?
thy name?
PROCULEIUS PROCULEIUS
My name is Proculeius. My name is Proculeius.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Antony Antony told me about you. He said you were a
Did tell me of you, bade me trust you, but man I could trust. But I dont worry about being
I do not greatly care to be deceived, deceived because I dont need to trust. If your
15 That have no use for trusting. If your master master wants a queen to beg from him, you
Would have a queen his beggar, you must tell him, should tell him that a queen will beg for no less
That majesty, to keep decorum, must than a kingdom.
No less beg than a kingdom. If he please If he will grant me conquered Egypt, so that I may
To give me conquered Egypt for my son, give it to my son, I will kneel to him with thanks.
20 He gives me so much of mine own as I
Will kneel to him with thanks.

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PROCULEIUS PROCULEIUS
Be of good cheer. Be content. Youre in the charge of an
Youre falln into a princely hand. Fear nothing. honorable man. Dont be afraid. You can ask
Make your full reference freely to my lord, for anything from my lord. His generosity
Who is so full of grace that it flows over flows to anyone in need. If I can tell him that
25 On all that need. Let me report to him you have submitted to him sweetly, hell
Your sweet dependency, and you shall find request your assistance in finding ways in
A conqueror that will pray in aid for kindness which he can support you.
Where he for grace is kneeled to.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Pray you, tell him Please tell him I have surrendered to his
I am his fortunes vassal, and I send him fortune. I give up to him the glory he has won.
30 The greatness he has got. I hourly learn Im learning every hour how to be
A doctrine of obedience, and would gladly subservient. Id be happy to meet with him in
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Look him i th face. person.


PROCULEIUS PROCULEIUS
This Ill report, dear lady. Ill tell him all of this, dear lady. Be at ease. I
Have comfort, for I know your plight is pitied know hes sorry for your situation, especially
Of him that caused it. since he caused it.
GALLUS and Roman soldiers enter from behind and GALLUS enters with soldiers. They
take CLEOPATRA prisoner seizeCLEOPATRA.
GALLUS GALLUS
35 You see how easily she may be surprised. (to PROCULEIUS ) See how easy it was to
(to the soldiers) Guard her till Caesar come. capture her? (to soldiers) Guard her until
Caesar arrives.
IRAS IRAS
Royal Your majesty!
Queen!
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
O Cleopatra! Thou art taken, Queen. Oh, Cleopatra! Youve been betrayed, my
Queen!
CLEOPATRA draws a dagger CLEOPATRA pulls out a knife.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Quick, quick, good hands. Quick, quick good hands!

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PROCULEIUS seizes the dagger She tries to stab herself, but PROCULEIUSseizes
the dagger.
PROCULEIUS PROCULEIUS
Hold, worthy Stop, brave lady, stop! Dont do such a shameful
lady, hold! thing to yourself. Weve rescued you from yourself.
40 Do not yourself such wrong, who are in this We have not betrayed you.
Relieved but not betrayed.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
What, of death too, What, am I being denied death, as well? The thing
That rids our dogs of languish? which even dogs are given, to rid them of their
suffering?
PROCULEIUS PROCULEIUS
Cleopatra, Dont insult my masters generosity by killing
Do not abuse my masters bounty by yourself. The world will see how noble he is by the
Th undoing of yourself. Let the world see way he treats you. Your death would prevent that.
His nobleness well acted, which your death
45 Will never let come forth.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Where art thou, Where are you, Death? Come here. Come, and
Death? you can have a queen. One queen is worth more
Come hither, come! Come, come and take a queen than a whole number of babies and beggars, your
Worth many babes and beggars! cheapest conquests.
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PROCULEIUS PROCULEIUS
Oh, Oh, control yourself, lady!
temperance, lady!
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Sir, I will eat no meat, Ill not drink, sir. Sir, I wont eat. I wont drink. And dont expect me
If idle talk will once be necessary, to talk. I wont sleep either. Ill destroy my body.
50 Ill not sleep neither. This mortal house Ill ruin, Let Caesar do whatever he wants. Youd better
Do Caesar what he can. Know, sir, that I understand that I wont wait till Im chained up in
Will not wait pinioned at your masters court, your masters court, and I wont let myself be
Nor once be chastised with the sober eye scolded even once by dull Octavia. Shall I let them
Of dull Octavia. Shall they hoist me up exhibit me to the shouting mobs of Rome?
55 And show me to the shouting varletry Id rather die in a ditch in Egypt, and make it my
Of censuring Rome? Rather a ditch in Egypt gentle grave. Id rather lie in the Nile mud with flies
Be gentle grave unto me. Rather on Nilus mud laying their eggs in me, making me disgusting. Id
Lay me stark naked and let the waterflies rather be hung in chains from one of our
Blow me into abhorring. Rather make pyramids!
60 My countrys high pyramides my gibbet
And hang me up in chains!

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PROCULEIUS PROCULEIUS
You do extend Youre letting yourself get carried away with these
These thoughts of horror further than you shall horrible thoughts. Youll see that Caesar is giving
Find cause in Caesar. you no reason to do so.
Enter DOLABELLA DOLABELLA enters.
DOLABELLA DOLABELLA
Proculeius, Proculeius, Caesar has heard about what youve
What thou hast done thy master Caesar knows, done here and has sent for you. Ill take the
65 And he hath sent for thee. For the Queen, Queen into my custody.
Ill take her to my guard.
PROCULEIUS PROCULEIUS
So, Dolabella, So be it, Dolabella. Caesars thanks are my
It shall content me best. Be gentle to her. greatest reward. Be kind to
(to CLEOPATRA ) To Caesar I will speak what you her. (to CLEOPATRA) Ill relay to Caesar any
shall please, request you want to give me.
If youll employ me to him.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Say I would die. Tell him Id like to die.
Exit PROCULEIUS PROCULEIUS exits.
DOLABELLA DOLABELLA
70 Most noble Empress, you have heard of me? Have you heard of me, most noble Empress?
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
I cannot tell. I dont remember.
DOLABELLA DOLABELLA
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Assuredly you know me. Im sure youve heard of me.


CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
No matter, sir, what I have heard or known. It doesnt matter what Ive heard or known. You
You laugh when boys or women tell their dreams. must be the one who laughs when boys or women
75 Is t not your trick? tell you their dreams. Isnt that your habit?
DOLABELLA DOLABELLA
I understand not, madam. I dont know what you mean, madam.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
I dreamt there was an emperor Antony. I dreamed about an emperor called Antony. Oh, I
Oh, such another sleep, that I might see wish I could sleep again, so I could have another
But such another man! dream like that!

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DOLABELLA DOLABELLA
If it might please ye If youd like
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
His face was as the heavens, and therein stuck Authority radiated from his face, and his
80 A sun and moon, which kept their course and lighted presence brought knowledge and order to the
The little O, the earth. people of earth.
DOLABELLA DOLABELLA
Most sovereign creature Your majesty

CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
His legs bestrid the ocean. His reared arm His power extended from one shore to the other,
Crested the world. His voice was propertied as if he straddled the ocean with his legs. When
As all the tund spheres, and that to friends. he raised his arm in command, the world
85 But when he meant to quail and shake the orb, trembled. He spoke exquisitely to his friends,
He was as rattling thunder. For his bounty, but when he wanted to terrify the world, his
There was no winter in t, an autumn twas voice was like thunder. There was no end to his
That grew the more by reaping. His delights generosity. The more he gave, the more he
Were dolphinlike; they showed his back above wanted to give. His amusements showed
90 The element they lived in. In his livery another side of him, one detached from his
Walked crowns and crownets. Realms and islands world of responsibility and duty. Kings and
were noblemen served him. Kingdoms and provinces
As plates dropped from his pocket. dropped from his pockets like loose change.
DOLABELLA DOLABELLA
Cleopatra Cleopatra
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Think you there was or might be such a man Do you think there ever was, or could there ever
As this I dreamt of? be, a man such as the one I dreamed about?
DOLABELLA DOLABELLA
Gentle madam, no. No, gentle madam.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
95 You lie up to the hearing of the gods. The gods can hear you lying! But if there ever
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But if there be nor ever were one such, were such a man, simple dreams could never
Its past the size of dreaming. Nature wants stuff contain his greatness. When it comes to
To vie strange forms with fancy, yet t imagine creating fantastical things, the natural world
An Antony were natures piece gainst fancy, cannot compete with imagination. And yet, if the
100 Condemning shadows quite. natural world could create something like
Antony, it would have a masterpiece to rival
anything fantasy might construct. Antony would
easily outshine all imaginary beings.

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DOLABELLA DOLABELLA
Hear me, good Listen to me, madam. You are a remarkable person
madam. and your loss is equally remarkable. You are
Your loss is as yourself, great, and you bear it responding appropriately to the greatness of that
As answering to the weight. Would I might never loss. I hope I never achieve success if I dont feel
Oertake pursued success, but I do feel, some of your heartbroken grief right now.
105 By the rebound of yours, a grief that smites
My very heart at root.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
I thank you, sir. Thank you, sir. Do you know what Caesar intends to
Know you what Caesar means to do with me? do with me?
DOLABELLA DOLABELLA
I am loath to tell you what I would you knew. Im reluctant to tell you what I wish you knew.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Nay, pray you, sir. Please, sir
DOLABELLA DOLABELLA
Though he be honorable Though he is honorable
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Hell lead me, then, in triumph. Hell still parade me through Rome as a trophy of
war.
DOLABELLA DOLABELLA
110 Madam, he will. I know t. I know he will, madam.
Flourish. Trumpets sound a royal
Enter CAESAR, PROCULEIUS, GALLUS,MAEC fanfare. CAESAR,PROCULEIUS, GALLUS, MAEC
ENAS, and other ATTENDANTS ENAS, and other ATTENDANTS enter.
ATTENDANTS ATTENDANTS
Make way there! Caesar! Stand aside for Caesar.
CAESAR CAESAR
Which is the Queen of Egypt? Which of these ladies is the Queen of Egypt?
DOLABELLA DOLABELLA
(to CLEOPATRA ) It is the Emperor, madam. (to CLEOPATRA ) Its the Emperor, madam.
CLEOPATRA kneels CLEOPATRA kneels.
CAESAR CAESAR
Arise, you shall not kneel. Arise. You need not kneel to me. Please rise, Queen.
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115 I pray you, rise. Rise, Egypt.


CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Sir, the gods The gods have ordained it to be like this, sir. You are
Will have it thus. My master and my lord my lord and master. I must obey.
I must obey.

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CLEOPATRA stands CLEOPATRA stands up.


CAESAR CAESAR
Take to you no hard thoughts. Dont think I blame you. Whatever injuries I
The record of what injuries you did us, received in the war, I put down to the fortunes of
Though written in our flesh, we shall remember war.
120 As things but done by chance.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Sole sir o th You are now the sole lord of the entire world. I
world, cant explain my cause very clearly. I must admit
I cannot project mine own cause so well to having the weaknesses that all women are
To make it clear, but do confess I have accused of.
Been laden with like frailties which before
Have often shamed our sex.
CAESAR CAESAR
Cleopatra, know Cleopatra, understand that, rather than
125 We will extenuate rather than enforce. emphasize our power over you, we will soften if
If you apply yourself to our intents, you accept our intentions, which are very
Which towards you are most gentle, you shall find compassionate toward you. Your acceptance will
A benefit in this change, but if you seek benefit you, but if you try to make me look cruel
To lay on me a cruelty by taking by committing suicide as Antony did, I wont be so
130 Antonys course, you shall bereave yourself generous.
Of my good purposes and put your children Your children will be destroyed, a fate your
To that destruction which Ill guard them from submission will save them from. Ill leave you
If thereon you rely. Ill take my leave. now.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
And may, through all the world! Tis yours, and we, You may do whatever you want in the world. Its
135 Your scutcheons and your signs of conquest, shall yours, and you may hang us, your trophies of war,
Hang in what place you please. Here, my good lord. anywhere you like. Here, my good lord.

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She gives him a scroll She hands him a list.


CAESAR CAESAR
You shall advise me in all for Cleopatra. You shall advise me in everything having to do
with Cleopatra.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
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This is the brief of money, plate, and jewels This is the inventory of the money, silverware,
I am possessed of. Tis exactly valued, dishes, and jewels that are still in my possession.
140 Not petty things admitted. Wheres Seleucus? Its an exact list. Not even trivial things were left
out. Wheres Seleucus?
Enter SELEUCUS SELEUCUS enters.
SELEUCUS SELEUCUS
Here, madam. Here, madam.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
This is my treasurer. Let him speak, my lord, This is my treasurer. My lord, he will swear on his
Upon his peril, that I have reserved life that I havent kept a thing.Tell the truth,
To myself nothing.Speak the truth, Seleucus. Seleucus.
SELEUCUS SELEUCUS
145 Madam, I had rather seal my lips Madam, Id rather sew my lips shut than tell a lie
Than to my peril speak that which is not. when my life depends upon it.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
What have I kept back? What did I keep for myself?
SELEUCUS SELEUCUS
Enough to purchase what you have made known. Enough to buy everything you have declared.
CAESAR CAESAR
Nay, blush not, Cleopatra. I approve No, dont be ashamed, Cleopatra. Youre very
150 Your wisdom in the deed. prudent to set a little aside.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
See, Caesar! Oh, Look around you, Caesar. Oh, just see what
behold happens after the pageantry is over! What is mine
How pomp is followed! Mine will now be yours, will be yours now. If we were to change places,
And, should we shift estates, yours would be mine. what is yours would be mine. Seleucus
The ingratitude of this Seleucus does ingratitude makes me wild. (toSELEUCUS ) Oh,
155 Even make me wild. (to SELEUCUS ) O slave, of no you slave! I cant trust you any more than a
more trust prostitute.
Than love thats hired! What are you doing? Cringing away? Ill give you
What, goest thou back? a good reason to cringe, I promise you. Ill scratch
Thou shalt out your eyes, even if they could fly. You slave!
Go back, I warrant thee! But Ill catch thine eyes, Soulless villain! Dog! Oh, that was unbelievably
Though they had wings. Slave, soulless villain, dog! low!
Oh, rarely base!

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CAESAR CAESAR
Good Queen, let us entreat you Good Queen, let me implore you
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
O Caesar, what a wounding shame is this, Oh, Caesar, I am so ashamed. You
160 That thou, vouchsafing here to visit me, condescended to visit me here, honoring my
Doing the honor of thy lordliness humble self with your lordly presence. And one of
To one so meek, that mine own servant should my own servants increases my disgrace by
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Parcel the sum of my disgraces by adding his envy! Suppose, good Caesar, that I
Addition of his envy! Say, good Caesar, have saved a few feminine trifles, some
165 That I some lady trifles have reserved, unimportant trinkets. These have worth only as
Immoment toys, things of such dignity gifts to friends. And suppose I have kept a few
As we greet modern friends withal, and say more expensive gifts aside forLivia and Octavia,
Some nobler token I have kept apart to solicit their good wishes. Must I then be
For Livia and Octavia, to induce exposed by a person Ive supported? By the
170 Their mediation, must I be unfolded gods! It adds another blow to the many I have
With one that I have bred? The gods! It smites me already. (to SELEUCUS )Please leave, or Ill
Beneath the fall I have. (to SELEUCUS ) Prithee, go show you whats left of my spirit since my fortune
hence, was ruined. If you were a real man, you would
Or I shall show the cinders of my spirit have had mercy on me.
175 Through th ashes of my chance. Wert thou a man,
Thou wouldst have mercy on me.
CAESAR CAESAR
Forbear, Leave, Seleucus.
Seleucus.
Exit SELEUCUS SELEUCUS exits.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Be it known that we, the greatest, are misthought You should also know that as head of state, we
For things that others do, and when we fall are often blamed for the crimes of others. And
We answer others merits in our name, though we may fall, we are still responsible for
Are therefore to be pitied. their offenses. I am therefore to be pitied.

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CAESAR CAESAR
Cleopatra, Cleopatra, our conquest wont include either the
180 Not what you have reserved nor what acknowledged things you kept back or the ones you listed. Its all
Put we i th roll of conquest. Still be t yours. still yours. Do whatever you like with it. You can
Bestow it at your pleasure, and believe trust that Caesar is not a merchant to haggle with
Caesars no merchant, to make prize with you you over your property. So cheer up. Dont be
Of things that merchants sold. Therefore be cheered. captured by your depressed thoughts. No, dear
185 Make not your thoughts your prison. No, dear Queen, Queen. We want to follow your own counsel when
For we intend so to dispose you as making arrangements for you. Eat and sleep. I
Yourself shall give us counsel. Feed and sleep. have so much care and pity for you that you could
Our care and pity is so much upon you call me friend. And so, good-bye.
That we remain your friend. And so, adieu.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
190 My master, and my lord! My master and my lord!
CAESAR CAESAR
Not so. Adieu. Not true. Good-bye.
Flourish. Exeunt CAESAR and his train Trumpet flourish. CAESAR and his entourage
exit.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
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He words me, girls, he words me, that I should not Hes trying to talk me into forgetting my nobility,
Be noble to myself. But, hark thee, Charmian. girls. But listen, Charmian.
She whispers to CHARMIAN She whispers to CHARMIAN.
IRAS IRAS
Finish, good lady. The bright day is done, Its time to end it, good lady. The bright day of our
And we are for the dark. lives is over, and now there will only be darkness.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
(to CHARMIAN ) Hie thee again. (to CHARMIAN ) Go out again. Ive already given
195 I have spoke already, and it is provided. the order, and it is ready. Hurry with your errand.
Go put it to the haste.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Madam, I will. I will, madam.

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Enter DOLABELLA DOLABELLA enters.


DOLABELLA DOLABELLA
Wheres the Queen? Wheres the Queen?
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Behold, sir. Look, sir.
Exit She exits.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Dolabella! Dolabella.
DOLABELLA DOLABELLA
Madam, as thereto sworn by your command, Madam, according to my promisewhich my
Which my love makes religion to obey, love to you has made a religious vowI tell you
200 I tell you this: Caesar through Syria that Caesar intends to travel through Syria.
Intends his journey, and within three days Within three days you and your children will be
You with your children will he send before. sent ahead. Make the best use of this information
Make your best use of this. I have performed you can. I have done your bidding and fulfilled my
Your pleasure and my promise. promise.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Dolabella, Dolabella, I will always be in debt to you.
205 I shall remain your debtor.
DOLABELLA DOLABELLA
I your servant. And I your servant. Good-bye, good Queen. I
Adieu, good Queen. I must attend on Caesar. must go attend Caesar.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Farewell, and thanks. Farewell, and thanks.
Exit DOLABELLA DOLABELLA exits.
Now, Iras, what thinkst Now, Iras, what do you think? You will be
thou? exhibited in Rome along with me, like Egyptian
Thou an Egyptian puppet shalt be shown puppets. Crude slaves with greasy aprons, rulers,
210 In Rome, as well as I. Mechanic slaves and hammers shall lift us up so everyone can
With greasy aprons, rules, and hammers shall see. Their stinking breath will form a cloud
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Uplift us to the view. In their thick breaths, around us, and well be forced to inhale it.
Rank of gross diet, shall be enclouded,
And forced to drink their vapor.

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IRAS IRAS
The gods The gods forbid!
forbid!
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Nay, tis most certain, Iras. Saucy lictors No, its certain, Iras. Insolent lictors will paw us as
215 Will catch at us like strumpets, and scald rhymers if we were streetwalkers. Disreputable minstrels
Ballad us out o tune. The quick comedians will write bawdy songs about us. Hotheaded
Extemporally will stage us and present comedians will stage impromptu impersonations
Our Alexandrian revels. Antony of us and depict the celebrations we had in
Shall be brought drunken forth, and I shall see Alexandria. Antony will be portrayed as a drunk,
220 Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness and Ill see some boy with a squeaking voice play
I th posture of a whore. Cleopatra as if I were a whore.
IRAS IRAS
Oh, the good gods! Oh, the good gods!
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Nay, thats certain. No, thats the truth.
IRAS IRAS
Ill never see t! For I am sure mine nails Ill never see it. I know my nails are stronger than
Are stronger than mine eyes. my eyes; Ill scratch them out.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Why, thats the Why, thats just the way to frustrate their plans
225 way and defeat their absurd intentions.
To fool their preparation and to conquer
Their most absurd intents.
Enter CHARMIAN CHARMIAN enters.
Now, Charmian! Now, Charmian! Women, dress me like a queen.
Show me, my women, like a queen. Go fetch Go get my best clothes. I will once again be as
My best attires. I am again for Cydnus, fine as when I went to Cydnus to meet Marc
To meet Mark Antony.Sirrah Iras, go. Antony.Iras, go.Now, Charmian, well be
230 Now, noble Charmian, well dispatch indeed, quick indeed. And after youve done this chore, Ill
And when thou hast done this chare Ill give thee give you permission to amuse yourself until
leave doomsday. (to IRAS ) Bring our crown and all the
To play till doomsday. (to IRAS ) Bring our crown and royal symbols of office.
all.

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Exit IRAS. A noise within IRAS exits. A noise offstage.


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Wherefores this noise? Whats that noise?


Enter a GUARDSMAN A GUARDSMAN enters.
GUARDSMAN GUARDSMAN
Here is a rural fellow Theres a farmer here who wont leave without
That will not be denied your Highness presence. seeing your Highness. He has brought you figs.
235 He brings you figs.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Let him come in. Let him come in.
Exit GUARDSMAN The GUARDSMAN exits.
What poor an instrument What a poor instrument, that can do such a noble
May do a noble deed! He brings me liberty. deed! He brings me freedom. My mind is made
My resolutions placed, and I have nothing up. Theres nothing of the weak woman left in me.
Of woman in me. Now from head to foot Now from head to foot Im as firm as marble. Now
240 I am marble-constant. Now the fleeting moon the inconstant moon has nothing to do with me.
No planet is of mine.
Enter GUARDSMAN, and COUNTRYMAN bringing The GUARDSMAN enters with aCOUNTRYMAN,
in a basket who carries a basket.
GUARDSMAN GUARDSMAN
This is the man. This is the man.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Avoid, and leave him. Leave us.
Exit GUARDSMAN The GUARDSMAN exits.
Hast thou the pretty worm of Nilus there, Do you have in there the pretty snake of the Nile
That kills and pains not? that kills without pain?
COUNTRYMAN COUNTRYMAN
245 Truly, I have him, but I would not be the party that I certainly do have him, but I wouldnt advise you
should desire you to touch him, for his biting is to touch him. His bite is fatal. People who die of it
immortal. Those that do die of it do seldom or never seldom or never recover.
recover.

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CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Rememberst thou any that have died on t? Do you remember anyone who died of it?
COUNTRYMAN COUNTRYMAN
Very many, men and women too. I heard of one of Many people, men and women alike. I heard of
them no longer than yesterdaya very honest one just yesterday. She was a very honest
woman, but something given to lie, as a woman woman but rather inclined to liewhich a woman
should not do but in the way of honestyhow she shouldnt do unless shes protecting her
died of the biting of it, what pain she felt. Truly, she reputation. I heard how she died of its bite, how
makes a very good report o th worm. But he that will much pain she felt. Indeed, she gives a very good
believe all that they say shall never be saved by half testimony of the snakes power. But if you believe
that they do. But this is most falliable, the worms an everything they say, you wont be saved by half of
odd worm. what they do. But this is a sure thing: the snakes
an odd snake.
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CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Get thee hence, farewell. You may leave now. Farewell.
COUNTRYMAN COUNTRYMAN
I wish you all joy of the worm. I hope you are pleased with the snake.
He sets down his basket He sets down the basket.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Farewell. Farewell.
COUNTRYMAN COUNTRYMAN
260 You must think this, look you, that the worm will do You must know that the snake will act according
his kind. to his nature.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Ay, ay. Farewell. Yes, yes. Farewell.
COUNTRYMAN COUNTRYMAN
Look you, the worm is not to be trusted but in the Listen, the snake is dangerous unless handled by
keeping of wise people, for indeed there is no people who are used to him. There isnt any
goodness in the worm. kindness in the snake.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
265 Take thou no care. It shall be heeded. Dont worry; well remember your warnings.
COUNTRYMAN COUNTRYMAN
Very good. Give it nothing, I pray you, for it is not Good. Dont feed it, I beg you. Its not worth
worth the feeding. feeding.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Will it eat me? Will it eat me?
COUNTRYMAN COUNTRYMAN
You must not think I am so simple but I know the Dont think Im so dumb that I dont know that the
devil himself will not eat a woman. I know that a devil himself wont eat a woman. I know that a
woman is a dish for the gods, if the devil dress her woman is a dish fit only for the gods, as long as
not. But, truly, these same whoreson devils do the the devil hasnt prepared the meal. But devils
gods great harm in their women, for in every ten that cause a lot of trouble for the gods regarding their
they make, the devils mar five. women. For every ten women the gods make, the
devils ruin five.

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CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
275 Well, get thee gone. Farewell. Well, you can go now. Farewell.
COUNTRYMAN COUNTRYMAN
Yes, forsooth. I wish you joy o th worm. Yes, truly, I wish you good luck with the snake.
Exit He exits.
Enter IRAS with royal attire IRAS enters, carrying CLEOPATRAs royal
regalia.
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Give me my robe. Put on my crown. I have Give me my robe. Put on my crown. I long to be
Immortal longings in me. Now no more immortal. I wont drink Egyptian wine again.
The juice of Egypts grape shall moist this lip.
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The women dress her CHARMIAN and IRAS begin to dress her.
280 Yare, yare, good Iras, quick. Methinks I hear Quickly, quickly, good Iras, quickly. I think I hear
Antony call. I see him rouse himself Antony call me. I see him revive himself to praise
To praise my noble act. I hear him mock my noble act. I hear him mock Caesars luck,
The luck of Caesar, which the gods give men which the gods give to men in order to balance
To excuse their after wrath.Husband, I come! out their subsequent wrath. Husband, Im coming!
285 Now to that name my courage prove my title! Now let my courage prove my title as wife. I am
I am fire and air, my other elements now made of fire and air, and I leave the other
I give to baser life.So, have you done? elements, earth and water, to this mortal life. So,
Come then and take the last warmth of my lips. are you done? Come then, kiss me and take the
Farewell, kind Charmian. Iras, long farewell. last bit of warmth from my lips. Good-bye, kind
Charmian. Iras, I wont see you again for a long
time.
She kisses them. IRAS falls and dies She kisses them. IRAS collapses and dies.
290 Have I the aspic in my lips? Dost fall? Do I have the asps poison on my lips? Did you
If thou and nature can so gently part, fall? If you can leave your body so easily, then the
The stroke of death is as a lovers pinch, touch of death is like a lovers pinch, which hurts
Which hurts, and is desired. Dost thou lie still? but is desired. Do you lie still? If you leave like
If thus thou vanishest, thou tellst the world that, you tell the world that its not worthy of a
295 It is not worth leave-taking. good-bye.

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CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Dissolve, thick cloud, and rain, that I may say Clouds, dissolve into rain, so that I could say the
The gods themselves do weep! gods themselves are weeping!
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
This proves me This proves that Im petty: if Iras meets Antony
base. before me, hell want her first and give her the
If she first meet the curld Antony, kiss that is my bliss to have.
300 Hell make demand of her and spend that kiss Come, you deadly villain.
Which is my heaven to have. Come, thou mortal
wretch,
She places an asp on her breast She puts the snake on her breast.
With thy sharp teeth this knot intrinsicate Separate me from life with your sharp teeth. Poor
Of life at once untie. Poor venomous fool poisonous fool, be angry and bite. Oh, if you
Be angry and dispatch. Oh, couldst thou speak, could speak, I might hear you call Caesar an ass
That I might hear thee call great Caesar ass whos been outsmarted!
305 Unpolicied!
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
O eastern star! Oh, eastern star!
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
Peace, peace! Quiet, quiet! Dont you see my baby suckling at
Dost thou not see my baby at my breast, my breast so that its nurse will fall asleep?
That sucks the nurse asleep?
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CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Oh, break! Oh, Oh, if my heart would only break!
break!
CLEOPATRA CLEOPATRA
As sweet as balm, as soft as air, as gentle The poison is as sweet as balm, as soft as air, as
O Antony!Nay, I will take thee too. gentleOh, Antony!No, Ill take you too.
Applying another asp to her arm She puts another snake on her arm.
310 What should I stay Why should I stay
Dies She dies.
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
In this wild world? So, fare thee well. In this vile world? So, good-bye. Now, Death, you
Now boast thee, Death, in thy possession lies can boast that you have an incomparable girl in
A lass unparalleled. Downy windows, close, your possession. Close, soft eyes.

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She closes CLEOPATRAs eyes She closes CLEOPATRAs eyes.


And golden Phoebus never be beheld The sun will never be seen by such royal eyes
315 Of eyes again so royal! Your crowns awry. again. Your crown is crooked. Ill straighten it,
Ill mend it and then play then play
Enter the GUARD, rustling in The GUARDS rush in noisily.
FIRST GUARD FIRST GUARD
Wheres the Queen? Wheres the Queen?
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Speak softly. Wake her not. Speak softly. Dont wake her.
FIRST GUARD FIRST GUARD
Caesar hath sent Caesar has sent
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
Too slow a messenger. Too slow a messenger.
She applies an asp to herself. She applies an asp to herself.
Oh, come apace, dispatch! I partly feel thee. Oh, come quickly! I almost feel you.
FIRST GUARD FIRST GUARD
320 (calling) Approach, ho! Alls not well. Caesars (calling) Come in. Ho! Alls not well. Caesars
beguiled. been deceived.
SECOND GUARD SECOND GUARD
Theres Dolabella sent from Caesar. Call him. Theres Dolabella, who was sent from Caesar.
Call him.
Exit SECOND GUARD The SECOND GUARD exits.
FIRST GUARD FIRST GUARD
What work is here, Charmian? Is this well done? What kind of work is this, Charmian? Is this well
done?
CHARMIAN CHARMIAN
It is well done and fitting for a princess It is well done, and appropriate for a princess who
Descended of so many royal kings. has descended from so many royal kings. Ah,
325 Ah, soldier! soldier!
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CHARMIAN dies She dies.


Enter DOLABELLA DOLABELLA enters.
DOLABELLA DOLABELLA
How goes it here? Whats going on in here?
SECOND GUARD SECOND GUARD
All dead. Theyre all dead.
DOLABELLA DOLABELLA
Caesar, thy Caesar, you thought this would happen. Youre
thoughts coming here yourself to see the dreaded act you
Touch their effects in this. Thyself art coming had tried to stop.
To see performed the dreaded act which thou
So soughtst to hinder.

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Enter CAESAR and all his train, marching CAESAR and his entourage enter, marching.
ALL ALL
330 A way there, a way for Caesar! Step aside, step aside for Caesar!
DOLABELLA DOLABELLA
O sir, you are too sure an augurer. Oh, sir, you are too good at predicting the future.
That you did fear is done. What you were afraid of has happened.
CAESAR CAESAR
Bravest at the last, She was bravest at the end. She knew what I
She leveled at our purposes and, being royal, intended to do with her and, being royal, she took
335 Took her own way. The manner of their deaths? her own way out. How did they die? I dont see
I do not see them bleed. any blood.
DOLABELLA DOLABELLA
Who was last with Who was with them last?
them?
FIRST GUARD FIRST GUARD
A simple countryman that brought her figs. A simple country farmer who brought her figs.
This was his basket. This was the basket.
CAESAR CAESAR
Poisoned, then. They were poisoned, then.
FIRST GUARD FIRST GUARD
Oh, Oh, Caesar, this Charmian lived until a moment
Caesar, ago. She stood and spoke. I found her adjusting
340 This Charmian lived but now. She stood and spake. the crown on her dead mistress. She stood
I found her trimming up the diadem trembling, then suddenly dropped dead.
On her dead mistress. Tremblingly she stood
And on the sudden dropped.
CAESAR CAESAR
Oh, noble Oh, noble weakness! If they had swallowed
weakness! poison, it would be evident by external swelling.
If they had swallowed poison, twould appear But she looks like shes asleep, as if she would
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345 By external swelling, but she looks like sleep, charm another Antony.
As she would catch another Antony
In her strong toil of grace.
DOLABELLA DOLABELLA
Here on her breast Here on her breast theres a little bloody mark.
There is a vent of blood, and something blown. Theres a similar mark on her arm.
The like is on her arm.

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FIRST GUARD FIRST GUARD


This is an aspics trail, and these fig leaves This is an asps trail, and these fig leaves have
350 Have slime upon them, such as th aspic leaves slime on them, just like the kind that asps deposit
Upon the caves of Nile. on the caves by the Nile.
CAESAR CAESAR
Most probable Thats probably how she died. Her doctor told me
That so she died, for her physician tells me she had searched for an infinite number of easy
She hath pursued conclusions infinite ways to die. Pick up her bed and carry her ladies
Of easy ways to die. Take up her bed out of the tomb. She shall be buried next to her
355 And bear her women from the monument. Antony. No other grave on earth shall hold a pair
She shall be buried by her Antony. this famous. Momentous events like these strike
No grave upon the earth shall clip in it those that cause them. Antony and Cleopatras
A pair so famous. High events as these story is as pitiable as my military exploits are
Strike those that make them, and their story is glorious. Our army shall somberly attend this
360 No less in pity than his glory which funeral and then depart for Rome. Come,
Brought them to be lamented. Our army shall Dolabella. See that there is a dignified splendor to
In solemn show attend this funeral, this great solemnity.
And then to Rome. Come, Dolabella, see
High order in this great solemnity.
Exeunt, bearing the dead bodies They exit, with
the GUARDS carryingCLEOPATRAs bed and
the two ladies.