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Act 2, scene 7
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Antony and Cleopatra
Act 2, scene 7



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Antony and Cleopatra tells the story of a romance between two powerful lovers: Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt, and Mark Antony,…

Act 1, scene 1

Antony refuses to hear the messengers from Rome and declares that nothing matters but his love for Cleopatra.

Act 1, scene 2

Antony learns that Fulvia, his wife, has died. That and other news, especially news of Pompey’s threat to Caesar, make…

Act 1, scene 3

Cleopatra, after accusing Antony of hypocrisy and betrayal, gives him leave to depart from Egypt.

Act 1, scene 4

Octavius Caesar condemns Antony’s behavior in Egypt, and, in the face of attacks by Pompey, Menas, and Menecrates, he wishes…

Act 1, scene 5

Cleopatra receives a pearl and a message from Antony and resolves to send him a letter each day that he’s…

Act 2, scene 1

Pompey learns that Antony has left Egypt for Rome, and fears that Antony and Caesar will unite against him.

Act 2, scene 2

Antony agrees to marry Caesar’s sister Octavia as a way of cementing the newly reestablished bond between the men. Enobarbus…

Act 2, scene 3

Antony promises Octavia that he will henceforth live according to the rule. A Soothsayer advises Antony to keep his distance…

Act 2, scene 4

Lepidus sets off to do battle with Pompey, urging Maecenas and Agrippa to hasten the departures of Antony and Caesar.

Act 2, scene 5

Cleopatra learns of Antony’s marriage and, in her fury, beats the messenger who brought the news.

Act 2, scene 6

In a prebattle conference, Pompey is offered terms by Caesar, Antony, and Lepidus. After Antony thanks Pompey for his earlier…

Act 2, scene 7

At the feast on Pompey’s galley, Pompey refuses the suggestion that he kill his guests and thus become “lord of…

Act 3, scene 1

Having won a victory for Antony, Ventidius explains why it would be politically unwise to achieve further success. We learn…

Act 3, scene 2

Caesar and Octavia take a tearful farewell of each other, and Antony and Octavia depart for Athens.

Act 3, scene 3

Cleopatra is reassured by further description of Octavia.

Act 3, scene 4

At the news of Caesar’s hostile actions, Antony begins to prepare for war, but gives Octavia permission to go to…

Act 3, scene 5

With Caesar having imprisoned Lepidus, Caesar and Antony now divide the rulership of their world. Antony’s navy is prepared to…

Act 3, scene 6

Octavia arrives in Rome, to be told that Antony has left Athens for Egypt.

Act 3, scene 7

Over the pleading of his soldiers and officers and encouraged by Cleopatra, Antony decides to fight Caesar by sea.

Act 3, scene 8

Caesar orders his army to provoke no battle by land.

Act 3, scene 9

Antony sets his squadrons.

Act 3, scene 10

Antony turns his ship in mid-battle to follow Cleopatra’s flight. His officers begin to desert.

Act 3, scene 11

Antony, in despair over his action, accuses Cleopatra but then forgives her.

Act 3, scene 12

Caesar refuses to grant Antony’s petition for clemency, but he agrees to hear Cleopatra’s suit if she will banish or…

Act 3, scene 13

Antony has Thidias whipped for kissing Cleopatra’s hand, then makes plans to renew his battle with Caesar. Enobarbus decides to…

Act 4, scene 1

Caesar mocks Antony’s challenge to single combat and prepares for battle.

Act 4, scene 2

Antony asks his servants to tend him for a few more hours.

Act 4, scene 3

Antony’s soldiers standing guard hear music indicating that the god Hercules is leaving Antony.

Act 4, scene 4

Cleopatra and Eros arm Antony for battle.

Act 4, scene 5

Antony learns that Enobarbus has left, and sends Enobarbus’ chest and treasure to him in Caesar’s camp.

Act 4, scene 6

Enobarbus, faced with Caesar’s callousness and Antony’s generosity, realizes the magnitude of his fault in deserting Antony.

Act 4, scene 7

Antony and his soldiers rejoice in a victory.

Act 4, scene 8

Antony orders a march through Alexandria to celebrate their victory.

Act 4, scene 9

Enobarbus dies expressing his remorse for turning his back on Antony.

Act 4, scene 10

Antony places himself so that he can watch his galleys doing battle at sea.

Act 4, scene 11

Caesar orders his land forces to remain quiet unless attacked.

Act 4, scene 12

Antony watches as his ships desert him and join Caesar’s. He vows to kill Cleopatra, on whom he blames this…

Act 4, scene 13

Cleopatra, in terror, flees to her monument and sends Antony word that she is dead.

Act 4, scene 14

Antony, receiving the news that Cleopatra has taken her own life, orders Eros to kill him. Eros instead kills himself….

Act 4, scene 15

Antony is pulled up into the monument, where he dies.

Act 5, scene 1

Caesar expresses grief for Antony’s death. Fearing that Cleopatra will kill herself and thus prevent his displaying her in his…

Act 5, scene 2

While Proculeius is delivering Caesar’s message of comfort to Cleopatra, other of Caesar’s soldiers surprise and capture her. Dolabella enters…

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Scene 7
Music plays. Enter two or three Servants
with a banquet.

FIRST SERVANT Here they’ll be, man. Some o’ their
 plants are ill-rooted already. The least wind i’ th’
 world will blow them down.
SECOND SERVANT Lepidus is high-colored.
FIRST SERVANT 5They have made him drink alms-drink.
SECOND SERVANT As they pinch one another by the
 disposition, he cries out “No more,” reconciles
 them to his entreaty and himself to th’ drink.
FIRST SERVANT But it raises the greater war between
10 him and his discretion.
SECOND SERVANT Why, this it is to have a name in great
 men’s fellowship. I had as lief have a reed that will
 do me no service as a partisan I could not heave.
FIRST SERVANT To be called into a huge sphere, and not
15 to be seen to move in ’t, are the holes where eyes
 should be, which pitifully disaster the cheeks.

A sennet sounded. Enter Caesar, Antony, Pompey,
Lepidus, Agrippa, Maecenas, Enobarbus, Menas, with
other Captains and a Boy.

 Thus do they, sir: they take the flow o’ th’ Nile
 By certain scales i’ th’ Pyramid; they know
 By th’ height, the lowness, or the mean if dearth
20 Or foison follow. The higher Nilus swells,
 The more it promises. As it ebbs, the seedsman
 Upon the slime and ooze scatters his grain,
 And shortly comes to harvest.
LEPIDUS You’ve strange serpents there?
ANTONY 25Ay, Lepidus.
LEPIDUS Your serpent of Egypt is bred now of your

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 mud by the operation of your sun; so is your
ANTONY They are so.
30 Sit, and some wine. A health to Lepidus!
LEPIDUS I am not so well as I should be, but I’ll ne’er
ENOBARBUS, aside Not till you have slept. I fear me
 you’ll be in till then.
LEPIDUS 35Nay, certainly, I have heard the Ptolemies’
 pyramises are very goodly things. Without contradiction
 I have heard that.
MENAS, aside to Pompey 
 Pompey, a word.
POMPEY, aside to Menas  Say in mine ear what is ’t.
MENAS (whispers in ’s ear) 
40 Forsake thy seat, I do beseech thee, captain,
 And hear me speak a word.
POMPEY, aside to Menas 
 Forbear me till anon.—This wine for Lepidus!
LEPIDUS What manner o’ thing is your crocodile?
ANTONY It is shaped, sir, like itself, and it is as broad as
45 it hath breadth. It is just so high as it is, and moves
 with it own organs. It lives by that which nourisheth
 it, and the elements once out of it, it
LEPIDUS What color is it of?
ANTONY 50Of it own color too.
LEPIDUS ’Tis a strange serpent.
ANTONY ’Tis so, and the tears of it are wet.
CAESAR, aside to Antony Will this description satisfy
ANTONY 55With the health that Pompey gives him, else he
 is a very epicure.

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POMPEY, aside to Menas 
 Go hang, sir, hang! Tell me of that? Away!
 Do as I bid you.—Where’s this cup I called for?
MENAS, aside to Pompey 
 If for the sake of merit thou wilt hear me,
60 Rise from thy stool.
POMPEY  I think th’ art mad!
He rises, and they walk aside.
 The matter?
 I have ever held my cap off to thy fortunes.
 Thou hast served me with much faith. What’s else
65 to say?—
 Be jolly, lords.
ANTONY  These quicksands, Lepidus,
 Keep off them, for you sink.
MENAS, aside to Pompey 
 Wilt thou be lord of all the world?
POMPEY 70 What sayst thou?
 Wilt thou be lord of the whole world? That’s twice.
POMPEY How should that be?
MENAS But entertain it,
 And though thou think me poor, I am the man
75 Will give thee all the world.
POMPEY  Hast thou drunk well?
 No, Pompey, I have kept me from the cup.
 Thou art, if thou dar’st be, the earthly Jove.
 Whate’er the ocean pales or sky inclips
80 Is thine, if thou wilt ha ’t.
POMPEY  Show me which way.
 These three world-sharers, these competitors,
 Are in thy vessel. Let me cut the cable,

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 And when we are put off, fall to their throats.
85 All there is thine.
POMPEY  Ah, this thou shouldst have done
 And not have spoke on ’t! In me ’tis villainy;
 In thee ’t had been good service. Thou must know
 ’Tis not my profit that does lead mine honor;
90 Mine honor, it. Repent that e’er thy tongue
 Hath so betrayed thine act. Being done unknown,
 I should have found it afterwards well done,
 But must condemn it now. Desist and drink.
MENAS, aside For this
95 I’ll never follow thy palled fortunes more.
 Who seeks and will not take when once ’tis offered
 Shall never find it more.
POMPEY  This health to Lepidus!
ANTONY, to Servant 
 Bear him ashore.—I’ll pledge it for him, Pompey.
100 Here’s to thee, Menas.
MENAS  Enobarbus, welcome.
POMPEY Fill till the cup be hid.
ENOBARBUS, pointing to the Servant carrying Lepidus 
 There’s a strong fellow, Menas.
ENOBARBUS 105 He bears
 The third part of the world, man. Seest not?
 The third part, then, is drunk. Would it were all,
 That it might go on wheels.
ENOBARBUS Drink thou. Increase the reels.
MENAS 110Come.
 This is not yet an Alexandrian feast.
 It ripens towards it. Strike the vessels, ho!
 Here’s to Caesar.

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CAESAR  I could well forbear ’t.
115 It’s monstrous labor when I wash my brain
 And it grows fouler.
ANTONY  Be a child o’ th’ time.
CAESAR Possess it, I’ll make answer.
 But I had rather fast from all, four days,
120 Than drink so much in one.
ENOBARBUS, to Antony  Ha, my brave emperor,
 Shall we dance now the Egyptian bacchanals
 And celebrate our drink?
POMPEY Let’s ha ’t, good soldier.
ANTONY 125Come, let’s all take hands
 Till that the conquering wine hath steeped our
 In soft and delicate Lethe.
ENOBARBUS  All take hands.
130 Make battery to our ears with the loud music,
 The while I’ll place you; then the boy shall sing.
 The holding every man shall beat as loud
 As his strong sides can volley.

Music plays. Enobarbus places them hand in hand.

The Song.

BOY  Come, thou monarch of the vine,
135 Plumpy Bacchus, with pink eyne.
 In thy vats our cares be drowned.
 With thy grapes our hairs be crowned.

ALL   Cup us till the world go round,
  Cup us till the world go round.

140 What would you more?—Pompey, goodnight.—
 Good brother,
 Let me request you off. Our graver business
 Frowns at this levity.—Gentle lords, let’s part.
 You see we have burnt our cheeks. Strong Enobarb
145 Is weaker than the wine, and mine own tongue

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 Splits what it speaks. The wild disguise hath almost
 Anticked us all. What needs more words?
 Good Antony, your hand.
POMPEY 150I’ll try you on the shore.
ANTONY And shall, sir. Give ’s your hand.
 O, Antony, you have my father’s house.
 But what? We are friends! Come down into the boat.
 Take heed you fall not.
All but Menas and Enobarbus exit.
155 Menas, I’ll not on shore.
 No, to my cabin. These drums, these trumpets,
 flutes! What!
 Let Neptune hear we bid a loud farewell
 To these great fellows. Sound and be hanged. Sound
160 out!Sound a flourish, with drums.
ENOBARBUS Hoo, says ’a! There’s my cap!
He throws his cap in the air.
MENAS Hoo! Noble captain, come.
They exit.