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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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ACT 1
Scene 1
Enter Demetrius and Philo.

PHILO 
 Nay, but this dotage of our general’s
 O’erflows the measure. Those his goodly eyes,
 That o’er the files and musters of the war
 Have glowed like plated Mars, now bend, now turn
5 The office and devotion of their view
 Upon a tawny front. His captain’s heart,
 Which in the scuffles of great fights hath burst
 The buckles on his breast, reneges all temper
 And is become the bellows and the fan
10 To cool a gypsy’s lust.

Flourish. Enter Antony, Cleopatra, her Ladies, the Train,
with Eunuchs fanning her.


 Look where they come.
 Take but good note, and you shall see in him
 The triple pillar of the world transformed
 Into a strumpet’s fool. Behold and see.
CLEOPATRA 
15 If it be love indeed, tell me how much.
ANTONY 
 There’s beggary in the love that can be reckoned.
CLEOPATRA 
 I’ll set a bourn how far to be beloved.
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ANTONY 
 Then must thou needs find out new heaven, new
 Earth.

Enter a Messenger.

MESSENGER 20News, my good lord, from Rome.
ANTONY Grates me, the sum.
CLEOPATRA Nay, hear them, Antony.
 Fulvia perchance is angry. Or who knows
 If the scarce-bearded Caesar have not sent
25 His powerful mandate to you: “Do this, or this;
 Take in that kingdom, and enfranchise that.
 Perform ’t, or else we damn thee.”
ANTONY  How, my love?
CLEOPATRA Perchance? Nay, and most like.
30 You must not stay here longer; your dismission
 Is come from Caesar. Therefore hear it, Antony.
 Where’s Fulvia’s process? Caesar’s, I would say—
 both?
 Call in the messengers. As I am Egypt’s queen,
35 Thou blushest, Antony, and that blood of thine
 Is Caesar’s homager; else so thy cheek pays shame
 When shrill-tongued Fulvia scolds. The messengers!
ANTONY 
 Let Rome in Tiber melt and the wide arch
 Of the ranged empire fall. Here is my space.
40 Kingdoms are clay. Our dungy earth alike
 Feeds beast as man. The nobleness of life
 Is to do thus; when such a mutual pair
 And such a twain can do ’t, in which I bind,
 On pain of punishment, the world to weet
45 We stand up peerless.
CLEOPATRA  Excellent falsehood!
 Why did he marry Fulvia and not love her?
 I’ll seem the fool I am not. Antony
 Will be himself.

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ANTONY 50 But stirred by Cleopatra.
 Now for the love of Love and her soft hours,
 Let’s not confound the time with conference harsh.
 There’s not a minute of our lives should stretch
 Without some pleasure now. What sport tonight?
CLEOPATRA 
55 Hear the ambassadors.
ANTONY  Fie, wrangling queen,
 Whom everything becomes—to chide, to laugh,
 To weep; whose every passion fully strives
 To make itself, in thee, fair and admired!
60 No messenger but thine, and all alone
 Tonight we’ll wander through the streets and note
 The qualities of people. Come, my queen,
 Last night you did desire it. To the Messenger.
 Speak not to us.
Antony and Cleopatra exit with the Train.
DEMETRIUS 
65 Is Caesar with Antonius prized so slight?
PHILO 
 Sir, sometimes when he is not Antony
 He comes too short of that great property
 Which still should go with Antony.
DEMETRIUS  I am full sorry
70 That he approves the common liar who
 Thus speaks of him at Rome; but I will hope
 Of better deeds tomorrow. Rest you happy!
They exit.


Scene 2
Enter Enobarbus, Lamprius, a Soothsayer, Rannius,
Lucillius, Charmian, Iras, Mardian the Eunuch, Alexas,
and Servants.


CHARMIAN Lord Alexas, sweet Alexas, most anything
 Alexas, almost most absolute Alexas, where’s the

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 soothsayer that you praised so to th’ Queen? O, that
 I knew this husband which you say must charge
5 his horns with garlands!
ALEXAS Soothsayer!
SOOTHSAYER Your will?
CHARMIAN 
 Is this the man?—Is ’t you, sir, that know things?
SOOTHSAYER 
 In nature’s infinite book of secrecy
10 A little I can read.
ALEXAS, to Charmian  Show him your hand.
ENOBARBUS, to Servants 
 Bring in the banquet quickly, wine enough
 Cleopatra’s health to drink.
CHARMIAN, giving her hand to the Soothsayer Good sir,
15 give me good fortune.
SOOTHSAYER I make not, but foresee.
CHARMIAN Pray then, foresee me one.
SOOTHSAYER 
 You shall be yet far fairer than you are.
CHARMIAN He means in flesh.
IRAS 20No, you shall paint when you are old.
CHARMIAN Wrinkles forbid!
ALEXAS Vex not his prescience. Be attentive.
CHARMIAN Hush.
SOOTHSAYER 
 You shall be more beloving than beloved.
CHARMIAN 25I had rather heat my liver with drinking.
ALEXAS Nay, hear him.
CHARMIAN Good now, some excellent fortune! Let me
 be married to three kings in a forenoon and widow
 them all. Let me have a child at fifty to whom Herod
30 of Jewry may do homage. Find me to marry me
 with Octavius Caesar, and companion me with my
 mistress.

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SOOTHSAYER 
 You shall outlive the lady whom you serve.
CHARMIAN O, excellent! I love long life better than figs.
SOOTHSAYER 
35 You have seen and proved a fairer former fortune
 Than that which is to approach.
CHARMIAN Then belike my children shall have no
 names. Prithee, how many boys and wenches must
 I have?
SOOTHSAYER 
40 If every of your wishes had a womb,
 And fertile every wish, a million.
CHARMIAN Out, fool! I forgive thee for a witch.
ALEXAS You think none but your sheets are privy to
 your wishes.
CHARMIAN, to Soothsayer 45Nay, come. Tell Iras hers.
ALEXAS We’ll know all our fortunes.
ENOBARBUS Mine, and most of our fortunes tonight,
 shall be—drunk to bed.
IRAS, giving her hand to the Soothsayer There’s a palm
50 presages chastity, if nothing else.
CHARMIAN E’en as the o’erflowing Nilus presageth
 famine.
IRAS Go, you wild bedfellow, you cannot soothsay.
CHARMIAN Nay, if an oily palm be not a fruitful prognostication,
55 I cannot scratch mine ear.—Prithee
 tell her but a workaday fortune.
SOOTHSAYER Your fortunes are alike.
IRAS But how, but how? Give me particulars.
SOOTHSAYER I have said.
IRAS 60Am I not an inch of fortune better than she?
CHARMIAN Well, if you were but an inch of fortune
 better than I, where would you choose it?
IRAS Not in my husband’s nose.
CHARMIAN Our worser thoughts heavens mend. Alexas—
65 come, his fortune, his fortune! O, let him marry a

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 woman that cannot go, sweet Isis, I beseech thee, and
 let her die, too, and give him a worse, and let worse
 follow worse, till the worst of all follow him laughing
 to his grave, fiftyfold a cuckold. Good Isis, hear me
70 this prayer, though thou deny me a matter of more
 weight, good Isis, I beseech thee!
IRAS Amen, dear goddess, hear that prayer of the
 people. For, as it is a heartbreaking to see a handsome
 man loose-wived, so it is a deadly sorrow to
75 behold a foul knave uncuckolded. Therefore, dear
 Isis, keep decorum and fortune him accordingly.
CHARMIAN Amen.
ALEXAS Lo now, if it lay in their hands to make me a
 cuckold, they would make themselves whores but
80 they’d do ’t.
ENOBARBUS Hush, here comes Antony.
CHARMIAN Not he. The Queen.

Enter Cleopatra.

CLEOPATRA Saw you my lord?
ENOBARBUS No, lady.
CLEOPATRA 85Was he not here?
CHARMIAN No, madam.
CLEOPATRA 
 He was disposed to mirth, but on the sudden
 A Roman thought hath struck him.—Enobarbus!
ENOBARBUS Madam?
CLEOPATRA 
90 Seek him and bring him hither.—Where’s Alexas?
ALEXAS 
 Here at your service. My lord approaches.

Enter Antony with a Messenger.

CLEOPATRA 
 We will not look upon him. Go with us.
All but Antony and the Messenger exit.

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MESSENGER 
 Fulvia thy wife first came into the field.
ANTONY Against my brother Lucius?
MESSENGER 95Ay.
 But soon that war had end, and the time’s state
 Made friends of them, jointing their force ’gainst
 Caesar,
 Whose better issue in the war from Italy
100 Upon the first encounter drave them.
ANTONY Well, what worst?
MESSENGER 
 The nature of bad news infects the teller.
ANTONY 
 When it concerns the fool or coward. On.
 Things that are past are done, with me. ’Tis thus:
105 Who tells me true, though in his tale lie death,
 I hear him as he flattered.
MESSENGER  Labienus—
 This is stiff news—hath with his Parthian force
 Extended Asia: from Euphrates
110 His conquering banner shook, from Syria
 To Lydia and to Ionia,
 Whilst—
ANTONY  “Antony,” thou wouldst say?
MESSENGER  O, my lord!
ANTONY 
115 Speak to me home; mince not the general tongue.
 Name Cleopatra as she is called in Rome;
 Rail thou in Fulvia’s phrase, and taunt my faults
 With such full license as both truth and malice
 Have power to utter. O, then we bring forth weeds
120 When our quick winds lie still, and our ills told us
 Is as our earing. Fare thee well awhile.
MESSENGER At your noble pleasure.Messenger exits.

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Enter another Messenger.

ANTONY 
 From Sicyon how the news? Speak there.
SECOND MESSENGER 
 The man from Sicyon—
ANTONY 125 Is there such an one?
SECOND MESSENGER 
 He stays upon your will.
ANTONY  Let him appear.
Second Messenger exits.
 These strong Egyptian fetters I must break,
 Or lose myself in dotage.

Enter another Messenger with a letter.

130 What are you?
THIRD MESSENGER 
 Fulvia thy wife is dead.
ANTONY  Where died she?
THIRD MESSENGER In Sicyon.
 Her length of sickness, with what else more serious
135 Importeth thee to know, this bears.
He hands Antony the letter.
ANTONY  Forbear me.
Third Messenger exits.
 There’s a great spirit gone! Thus did I desire it.
 What our contempts doth often hurl from us,
 We wish it ours again. The present pleasure,
140 By revolution lowering, does become
 The opposite of itself. She’s good, being gone.
 The hand could pluck her back that shoved her on.
 I must from this enchanting queen break off.
 Ten thousand harms more than the ills I know
145 My idleness doth hatch.—How now, Enobarbus!

Enter Enobarbus.


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ENOBARBUS What’s your pleasure, sir?
ANTONY I must with haste from hence.
ENOBARBUS Why then we kill all our women. We see
 how mortal an unkindness is to them. If they suffer
150 our departure, death’s the word.
ANTONY I must be gone.
ENOBARBUS Under a compelling occasion, let women
 die. It were pity to cast them away for nothing,
 though between them and a great cause, they
155 should be esteemed nothing. Cleopatra, catching
 but the least noise of this, dies instantly. I have seen
 her die twenty times upon far poorer moment. I do
 think there is mettle in death which commits some
 loving act upon her, she hath such a celerity in
160 dying.
ANTONY She is cunning past man’s thought.
ENOBARBUS Alack, sir, no, her passions are made of
 nothing but the finest part of pure love. We cannot
 call her winds and waters sighs and tears; they are
165 greater storms and tempests than almanacs can
 report. This cannot be cunning in her; if it be, she
 makes a shower of rain as well as Jove.
ANTONY Would I had never seen her!
ENOBARBUS O, sir, you had then left unseen a wonderful
170 piece of work, which not to have been blest
 withal would have discredited your travel.
ANTONY Fulvia is dead.
ENOBARBUS Sir?
ANTONY Fulvia is dead.
ENOBARBUS 175Fulvia?
ANTONY Dead.
ENOBARBUS Why, sir, give the gods a thankful sacrifice.
 When it pleaseth their deities to take the wife of a
 man from him, it shows to man the tailors of the

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180 Earth; comforting therein, that when old robes are
 worn out, there are members to make new. If there
 were no more women but Fulvia, then had you
 indeed a cut, and the case to be lamented. This grief
 is crowned with consolation; your old smock brings
185 forth a new petticoat, and indeed the tears live in an
 onion that should water this sorrow.
ANTONY 
 The business she hath broachèd in the state
 Cannot endure my absence.
ENOBARBUS And the business you have broached here
190 cannot be without you, especially that of Cleopatra’s,
 which wholly depends on your abode.
ANTONY 
 No more light answers. Let our officers
 Have notice what we purpose. I shall break
 The cause of our expedience to the Queen
195 And get her leave to part. For not alone
 The death of Fulvia, with more urgent touches,
 Do strongly speak to us, but the letters too
 Of many our contriving friends in Rome
 Petition us at home. Sextus Pompeius
200 Hath given the dare to Caesar and commands
 The empire of the sea. Our slippery people,
 Whose love is never linked to the deserver
 Till his deserts are past, begin to throw
 Pompey the Great and all his dignities
205 Upon his son, who—high in name and power,
 Higher than both in blood and life—stands up
 For the main soldier; whose quality, going on,
 The sides o’ th’ world may danger. Much is
 breeding
210 Which, like the courser’s hair, hath yet but life
 And not a serpent’s poison. Say our pleasure,

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 To such whose place is under us, requires
 Our quick remove from hence.
ENOBARBUS  I shall do ’t.
They exit.


Scene 3
Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, Alexas, and Iras.

CLEOPATRA 
 Where is he?
CHARMIAN  I did not see him since.
CLEOPATRA, to Alexas 
 See where he is, who’s with him, what he does.
 I did not send you. If you find him sad,
5 Say I am dancing; if in mirth, report
 That I am sudden sick. Quick, and return.
Alexas exits.
CHARMIAN 
 Madam, methinks, if you did love him dearly,
 You do not hold the method to enforce
 The like from him.
CLEOPATRA 10 What should I do I do not?
CHARMIAN 
 In each thing give him way; cross him in nothing.
CLEOPATRA 
 Thou teachest like a fool: the way to lose him.
CHARMIAN 
 Tempt him not so too far. I wish, forbear.
 In time we hate that which we often fear.

Enter Antony.

15 But here comes Antony.
CLEOPATRA  I am sick and sullen.
ANTONY 
 I am sorry to give breathing to my purpose—

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CLEOPATRA 
 Help me away, dear Charmian! I shall fall.
 It cannot be thus long; the sides of nature
20 Will not sustain it.
ANTONY  Now, my dearest queen—
CLEOPATRA 
 Pray you stand farther from me.
ANTONY  What’s the matter?
CLEOPATRA 
 I know by that same eye there’s some good news.
25 What, says the married woman you may go?
 Would she had never given you leave to come.
 Let her not say ’tis I that keep you here.
 I have no power upon you. Hers you are.
ANTONY 
 The gods best know—
CLEOPATRA 30 O, never was there queen
 So mightily betrayed! Yet at the first
 I saw the treasons planted.
ANTONY  Cleopatra—
CLEOPATRA 
 Why should I think you can be mine, and true—
35 Though you in swearing shake the thronèd gods—
 Who have been false to Fulvia? Riotous madness,
 To be entangled with those mouth-made vows
 Which break themselves in swearing!
ANTONY  Most sweet
40 queen—
CLEOPATRA 
 Nay, pray you seek no color for your going,
 But bid farewell and go. When you sued staying,
 Then was the time for words. No going then!
 Eternity was in our lips and eyes,
45 Bliss in our brows’ bent; none our parts so poor
 But was a race of heaven. They are so still,

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 Or thou, the greatest soldier of the world,
 Art turned the greatest liar.
ANTONY  How now, lady?
CLEOPATRA 
50 I would I had thy inches. Thou shouldst know
 There were a heart in Egypt.
ANTONY  Hear me, queen:
 The strong necessity of time commands
 Our services awhile, but my full heart
55 Remains in use with you. Our Italy
 Shines o’er with civil swords; Sextus Pompeius
 Makes his approaches to the port of Rome;
 Equality of two domestic powers
 Breed scrupulous faction; the hated grown to
60 strength
 Are newly grown to love; the condemned Pompey,
 Rich in his father’s honor, creeps apace
 Into the hearts of such as have not thrived
 Upon the present state, whose numbers threaten;
65 And quietness, grown sick of rest, would purge
 By any desperate change. My more particular,
 And that which most with you should safe my going,
 Is Fulvia’s death.
CLEOPATRA 
 Though age from folly could not give me freedom,
70 It does from childishness. Can Fulvia die?
ANTONY She’s dead, my queen.He shows her papers.
 Look here, and at thy sovereign leisure read
 The garboils she awaked; at the last, best,
 See when and where she died.
CLEOPATRA 75 O, most false love!
 Where be the sacred vials thou shouldst fill
 With sorrowful water? Now I see, I see,
 In Fulvia’s death, how mine received shall be.
ANTONY 
 Quarrel no more, but be prepared to know

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80 The purposes I bear, which are or cease
 As you shall give th’ advice. By the fire
 That quickens Nilus’ slime, I go from hence
 Thy soldier, servant, making peace or war
 As thou affects.
CLEOPATRA 85 Cut my lace, Charmian, come!
 But let it be; I am quickly ill and well;
 So Antony loves.
ANTONY  My precious queen, forbear,
 And give true evidence to his love, which stands
90 An honorable trial.
CLEOPATRA  So Fulvia told me.
 I prithee turn aside and weep for her,
 Then bid adieu to me, and say the tears
 Belong to Egypt. Good now, play one scene
95 Of excellent dissembling, and let it look
 Like perfect honor.
ANTONY  You’ll heat my blood. No more!
CLEOPATRA 
 You can do better yet, but this is meetly.
ANTONY 
 Now by my sword—
CLEOPATRA 100 And target. Still he mends.
 But this is not the best. Look, prithee, Charmian,
 How this Herculean Roman does become
 The carriage of his chafe.
ANTONY I’ll leave you, lady.
CLEOPATRA 105Courteous lord, one word.
 Sir, you and I must part, but that’s not it;
 Sir, you and I have loved, but there’s not it;
 That you know well. Something it is I would—
 O, my oblivion is a very Antony,
110 And I am all forgotten.
ANTONY  But that your Royalty
 Holds idleness your subject, I should take you
 For idleness itself.

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CLEOPATRA  ’Tis sweating labor
115 To bear such idleness so near the heart
 As Cleopatra this. But, sir, forgive me,
 Since my becomings kill me when they do not
 Eye well to you. Your honor calls you hence;
 Therefore be deaf to my unpitied folly,
120 And all the gods go with you. Upon your sword
 Sit laurel victory, and smooth success
 Be strewed before your feet.
ANTONY  Let us go. Come.
 Our separation so abides and flies
125 That thou, residing here, goes yet with me,
 And I, hence fleeting, here remain with thee.
 Away!
They exit.


Scene 4
Enter Octavius Caesar, reading a letter,
Lepidus, and their Train.


CAESAR 
 You may see, Lepidus, and henceforth know,
 It is not Caesar’s natural vice to hate
 Our great competitor. From Alexandria
 This is the news: he fishes, drinks, and wastes
5 The lamps of night in revel, is not more manlike
 Than Cleopatra, nor the queen of Ptolemy
 More womanly than he; hardly gave audience, or
 Vouchsafed to think he had partners. You shall
 find there
10 A man who is th’ abstract of all faults
 That all men follow.
LEPIDUS  I must not think there are
 Evils enough to darken all his goodness.

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 His faults in him seem as the spots of heaven,
15 More fiery by night’s blackness, hereditary
 Rather than purchased, what he cannot change
 Than what he chooses.
CAESAR 
 You are too indulgent. Let’s grant it is not
 Amiss to tumble on the bed of Ptolemy,
20 To give a kingdom for a mirth, to sit
 And keep the turn of tippling with a slave,
 To reel the streets at noon and stand the buffet
 With knaves that smells of sweat. Say this becomes
 him—
25 As his composure must be rare indeed
 Whom these things cannot blemish—yet must
 Antony
 No way excuse his foils when we do bear
 So great weight in his lightness. If he filled
30 His vacancy with his voluptuousness,
 Full surfeits and the dryness of his bones
 Call on him for ’t. But to confound such time
 That drums him from his sport and speaks as loud
 As his own state and ours, ’tis to be chid
35 As we rate boys who, being mature in knowledge,
 Pawn their experience to their present pleasure
 And so rebel to judgment.

Enter a Messenger.

LEPIDUS  Here’s more news.
MESSENGER 
 Thy biddings have been done, and every hour,
40 Most noble Caesar, shalt thou have report
 How ’tis abroad. Pompey is strong at sea,
 And it appears he is beloved of those
 That only have feared Caesar. To the ports
 The discontents repair, and men’s reports
45 Give him much wronged.

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CAESAR  I should have known no less.
 It hath been taught us from the primal state
 That he which is was wished until he were,
 And the ebbed man, ne’er loved till ne’er worth love,
50 Comes feared by being lacked. This common body,
 Like to a vagabond flag upon the stream,
 Goes to and back, lackeying the varying tide
 To rot itself with motion.

Enter a Second Messenger.

SECOND MESSENGER Caesar, I bring thee word
55 Menecrates and Menas, famous pirates,
 Makes the sea serve them, which they ear and
 wound
 With keels of every kind. Many hot inroads
 They make in Italy—the borders maritime
60 Lack blood to think on ’t—and flush youth revolt.
 No vessel can peep forth but ’tis as soon
 Taken as seen, for Pompey’s name strikes more
 Than could his war resisted.
CAESAR  Antony,
65 Leave thy lascivious wassails. When thou once
 Was beaten from Modena, where thou slew’st
 Hirsius and Pansa, consuls, at thy heel
 Did famine follow, whom thou fought’st against,
 Though daintily brought up, with patience more
70 Than savages could suffer. Thou didst drink
 The stale of horses and the gilded puddle
 Which beasts would cough at. Thy palate then did
 deign
 The roughest berry on the rudest hedge.
75 Yea, like the stag when snow the pasture sheets,
 The barks of trees thou browsèd. On the Alps
 It is reported thou didst eat strange flesh
 Which some did die to look on. And all this—

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 It wounds thine honor that I speak it now—
80 Was borne so like a soldier that thy cheek
 So much as lanked not.
LEPIDUS ’Tis pity of him.
CAESAR Let his shames quickly
 Drive him to Rome. ’Tis time we twain
85 Did show ourselves i’ th’ field, and to that end
 Assemble we immediate council. Pompey
 Thrives in our idleness.
LEPIDUS  Tomorrow, Caesar,
 I shall be furnished to inform you rightly
90 Both what by sea and land I can be able
 To front this present time.
CAESAR  Till which encounter,
 It is my business too. Farewell.
LEPIDUS 
 Farewell, my lord. What you shall know meantime
95 Of stirs abroad, I shall beseech you, sir,
 To let me be partaker.
CAESAR 
 Doubt not, sir. I knew it for my bond.
They exit.


Scene 5
Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, Iras, and Mardian.

CLEOPATRA Charmian!
CHARMIAN Madam?
CLEOPATRA Ha, ha! Give me to drink mandragora.
CHARMIAN Why, madam?
CLEOPATRA 
5 That I might sleep out this great gap of time
 My Antony is away.
CHARMIAN You think of him too much.

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CLEOPATRA 
 O, ’tis treason!
CHARMIAN  Madam, I trust not so.
CLEOPATRA 
10 Thou, eunuch Mardian!
MARDIAN  What’s your Highness’ pleasure?
CLEOPATRA 
 Not now to hear thee sing. I take no pleasure
 In aught an eunuch has. ’Tis well for thee
 That, being unseminared, thy freer thoughts
15 May not fly forth of Egypt. Hast thou affections?
MARDIAN Yes, gracious madam.
CLEOPATRA Indeed?
MARDIAN 
 Not in deed, madam, for I can do nothing
 But what indeed is honest to be done.
20 Yet have I fierce affections, and think
 What Venus did with Mars.
CLEOPATRA  O, Charmian,
 Where think’st thou he is now? Stands he, or sits he?
 Or does he walk? Or is he on his horse?
25 O happy horse, to bear the weight of Antony!
 Do bravely, horse, for wot’st thou whom thou
 mov’st?
 The demi-Atlas of this Earth, the arm
 And burgonet of men. He’s speaking now,
30 Or murmuring “Where’s my serpent of old Nile?”
 For so he calls me. Now I feed myself
 With most delicious poison. Think on me
 That am with Phoebus’ amorous pinches black,
 And wrinkled deep in time? Broad-fronted Caesar,
35 When thou wast here above the ground, I was
 A morsel for a monarch. And great Pompey
 Would stand and make his eyes grow in my brow;
 There would he anchor his aspect, and die
 With looking on his life.

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Enter Alexas from Antony.

ALEXAS 40Sovereign of Egypt, hail!
CLEOPATRA 
 How much unlike art thou Mark Antony!
 Yet coming from him, that great med’cine hath
 With his tinct gilded thee.
 How goes it with my brave Mark Antony?
ALEXAS 45Last thing he did, dear queen,
 He kissed—the last of many doubled kisses—
 This orient pearl. His speech sticks in my heart.
CLEOPATRA 
 Mine ear must pluck it thence.
ALEXAS  “Good friend,” quoth
50 he,
 “Say the firm Roman to great Egypt sends
 This treasure of an oyster; at whose foot,
 To mend the petty present, I will piece
 Her opulent throne with kingdoms. All the East,
55 Say thou, shall call her mistress.” So he nodded
 And soberly did mount an arm-gaunt steed,
 Who neighed so high that what I would have spoke
 Was beastly dumbed by him.
CLEOPATRA What, was he sad, or merry?
ALEXAS 
60 Like to the time o’ th’ year between th’ extremes
 Of hot and cold, he was nor sad nor merry.
CLEOPATRA 
 O, well-divided disposition!—Note him,
 Note him, good Charmian, ’tis the man! But note
 him:
65 He was not sad, for he would shine on those
 That make their looks by his; he was not merry,
 Which seemed to tell them his remembrance lay
 In Egypt with his joy; but between both.

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 O, heavenly mingle!—Be’st thou sad or merry,
70 The violence of either thee becomes,
 So does it no man’s else.—Met’st thou my posts?
ALEXAS 
 Ay, madam, twenty several messengers.
 Why do you send so thick?
CLEOPATRA  Who’s born that day
75 When I forget to send to Antony
 Shall die a beggar.—Ink and paper, Charmian.—
 Welcome, my good Alexas.—Did I, Charmian,
 Ever love Caesar so?
CHARMIAN  O, that brave Caesar!
CLEOPATRA 
80 Be choked with such another emphasis!
 Say “the brave Antony.”
CHARMIAN  The valiant Caesar!
CLEOPATRA 
 By Isis, I will give thee bloody teeth
 If thou with Caesar paragon again
85 My man of men.
CHARMIAN  By your most gracious pardon,
 I sing but after you.
CLEOPATRA  My salad days,
 When I was green in judgment, cold in blood,
90 To say as I said then. But come, away,
 Get me ink and paper.
 He shall have every day a several greeting,
 Or I’ll unpeople Egypt.
They exit.


ACT 2
Scene 1
Enter Pompey, Menecrates, and Menas,
in warlike manner.


POMPEY 
 If the great gods be just, they shall assist
 The deeds of justest men.
MENAS  Know, worthy Pompey,
 That what they do delay they not deny.
POMPEY 
5 Whiles we are suitors to their throne, decays
 The thing we sue for.
MENAS  We, ignorant of ourselves,
 Beg often our own harms, which the wise powers
 Deny us for our good; so find we profit
10 By losing of our prayers.
POMPEY  I shall do well.
 The people love me, and the sea is mine;
 My powers are crescent, and my auguring hope
 Says it will come to th’ full. Mark Antony
15 In Egypt sits at dinner, and will make
 No wars without doors. Caesar gets money where
 He loses hearts. Lepidus flatters both,
 Of both is flattered; but he neither loves,
 Nor either cares for him.
MENAS 20 Caesar and Lepidus
 Are in the field. A mighty strength they carry.
51

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POMPEY 
 Where have you this? ’Tis false.
MENAS  From Silvius, sir.
POMPEY 
 He dreams. I know they are in Rome together,
25 Looking for Antony. But all the charms of love,
 Salt Cleopatra, soften thy wanned lip!
 Let witchcraft join with beauty, lust with both;
 Tie up the libertine in a field of feasts;
 Keep his brain fuming. Epicurean cooks
30 Sharpen with cloyless sauce his appetite,
 That sleep and feeding may prorogue his honor
 Even till a Lethe’d dullness—

Enter Varrius.

 How now, Varrius?
VARRIUS 
 This is most certain that I shall deliver:
35 Mark Antony is every hour in Rome
 Expected. Since he went from Egypt ’tis
 A space for farther travel.
POMPEY I could have given less matter
 A better ear.—Menas, I did not think
40 This amorous surfeiter would have donned his helm
 For such a petty war. His soldiership
 Is twice the other twain. But let us rear
 The higher our opinion, that our stirring
 Can from the lap of Egypt’s widow pluck
45 The ne’er lust-wearied Antony.
MENAS  I cannot hope
 Caesar and Antony shall well greet together.
 His wife that’s dead did trespasses to Caesar;
 His brother warred upon him, although I think
50 Not moved by Antony.
POMPEY  I know not, Menas,

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 How lesser enmities may give way to greater.
 Were ’t not that we stand up against them all,
 ’Twere pregnant they should square between
55 themselves,
 For they have entertainèd cause enough
 To draw their swords. But how the fear of us
 May cement their divisions and bind up
 The petty difference, we yet not know.
60 Be ’t as our gods will have ’t. It only stands
 Our lives upon to use our strongest hands.
 Come, Menas.
They exit.


Scene 2
Enter Enobarbus and Lepidus.

LEPIDUS 
 Good Enobarbus, ’tis a worthy deed,
 And shall become you well, to entreat your captain
 To soft and gentle speech.
ENOBARBUS  I shall entreat him
5 To answer like himself. If Caesar move him,
 Let Antony look over Caesar’s head
 And speak as loud as Mars. By Jupiter,
 Were I the wearer of Antonio’s beard,
 I would not shave ’t today.
LEPIDUS 
10 ’Tis not a time for private stomaching.
ENOBARBUS Every time serves for the matter that is
 then born in ’t.
LEPIDUS 
 But small to greater matters must give way.
ENOBARBUS Not if the small come first.
LEPIDUS 
15 Your speech is passion; but pray you stir
 No embers up. Here comes the noble Antony.

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Enter, at one door, Antony and Ventidius.

ENOBARBUS And yonder Caesar.

Enter, at another door, Caesar,
Maecenas, and Agrippa.


ANTONY, to Ventidius 
 If we compose well here, to Parthia.
 Hark, Ventidius.They talk aside.
CAESAR, to Maecenas 
20 I do not know, Maecenas. Ask Agrippa.
LEPIDUS, to Caesar and Antony Noble friends,
 That which combined us was most great, and let not
 A leaner action rend us. What’s amiss,
 May it be gently heard. When we debate
25 Our trivial difference loud, we do commit
 Murder in healing wounds. Then, noble partners,
 The rather for I earnestly beseech,
 Touch you the sourest points with sweetest terms,
 Nor curstness grow to th’ matter.
ANTONY 30 ’Tis spoken well.
 Were we before our armies, and to fight,
 I should do thus.Flourish.
CAESAR Welcome to Rome.
ANTONY Thank you.
CAESAR 35Sit.
ANTONY Sit, sir.
CAESAR Nay, then.They sit.
ANTONY 
 I learn you take things ill which are not so,
 Or, being, concern you not.
CAESAR 40 I must be laughed at
 If or for nothing or a little, I
 Should say myself offended, and with you
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 Once name you derogately when to sound your
45 name
 It not concerned me.
ANTONY 
 My being in Egypt, Caesar, what was ’t to you?
CAESAR 
 No more than my residing here at Rome
 Might be to you in Egypt. Yet if you there
50 Did practice on my state, your being in Egypt
 Might be my question.
ANTONY  How intend you, practiced?
CAESAR 
 You may be pleased to catch at mine intent
 By what did here befall me. Your wife and brother
55 Made wars upon me, and their contestation
 Was theme for you; you were the word of war.
ANTONY 
 You do mistake your business. My brother never
 Did urge me in his act. I did inquire it,
 And have my learning from some true reports
60 That drew their swords with you. Did he not rather
 Discredit my authority with yours,
 And make the wars alike against my stomach,
 Having alike your cause? Of this my letters
 Before did satisfy you. If you’ll patch a quarrel,
65 As matter whole you have to make it with,
 It must not be with this.
CAESAR  You praise yourself
 By laying defects of judgment to me; but
 You patched up your excuses.
ANTONY 70 Not so, not so.
 I know you could not lack—I am certain on ’t—
 Very necessity of this thought, that I,
 Your partner in the cause ’gainst which he fought,
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75 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
 You may pace easy, but not such a wife.
ENOBARBUS Would we had all such wives, that the men
80 might go to wars with the women!
ANTONY 
 So much uncurbable, her garboils, Caesar,
 Made out of her impatience—which not wanted
 Shrewdness of policy too—I grieving grant
 Did you too much disquiet. For that you must
85 But say I could not help it.
CAESAR  I wrote to you
 When rioting in Alexandria; you
 Did pocket up my letters, and with taunts
 Did gibe my missive out of audience.
ANTONY 90 Sir,
 He fell upon me ere admitted, then;
 Three kings I had newly feasted, and did want
 Of what I was i’ th’ morning. But next day
 I told him of myself, which was as much
95 As to have asked him pardon. Let this fellow
 Be nothing of our strife; if we contend,
 Out of our question wipe him.
CAESAR  You have broken
 The article of your oath, which you shall never
100 Have tongue to charge me with.
LEPIDUS Soft, Caesar!
ANTONY No, Lepidus, let him speak.
 The honor is sacred which he talks on now,
 Supposing that I lacked it.—But on, Caesar:
105 The article of my oath?
CAESAR 
 To lend me arms and aid when I required them,
 The which you both denied.

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ANTONY  Neglected, rather;
 And then when poisoned hours had bound me up
110 From mine own knowledge. As nearly as I may
 I’ll play the penitent to you. But mine honesty
 Shall not make poor my greatness, nor my power
 Work without it. Truth is that Fulvia,
 To have me out of Egypt, made wars here,
115 For which myself, the ignorant motive, do
 So far ask pardon as befits mine honor
 To stoop in such a case.
LEPIDUS  ’Tis noble spoken.
MAECENAS 
 If it might please you to enforce no further
120 The griefs between you, to forget them quite
 Were to remember that the present need
 Speaks to atone you.
LEPIDUS  Worthily spoken, Maecenas.
ENOBARBUS Or, if you borrow one another’s love for
125 the instant, you may, when you hear no more words
 of Pompey, return it again. You shall have time to
 wrangle in when you have nothing else to do.
ANTONY 
 Thou art a soldier only. Speak no more.
ENOBARBUS That truth should be silent I had almost
130 forgot.
ANTONY 
 You wrong this presence; therefore speak no more.
ENOBARBUS Go to, then. Your considerate stone.
CAESAR 
 I do not much dislike the matter, but
 The manner of his speech; for ’t cannot be
135 We shall remain in friendship, our conditions
 So diff’ring in their acts. Yet if I knew
 What hoop should hold us staunch, from edge to
 edge
 O’ th’ world I would pursue it.

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AGRIPPA 140Give me leave, Caesar.
CAESAR Speak, Agrippa.
AGRIPPA 
 Thou hast a sister by the mother’s side,
 Admired Octavia. Great Mark Antony
 Is now a widower.
CAESAR 145 Say not so, Agrippa.
 If Cleopatra heard you, your reproof
 Were well deserved of rashness.
ANTONY 
 I am not married, Caesar. Let me hear
 Agrippa further speak.
AGRIPPA 
150 To hold you in perpetual amity,
 To make you brothers, and to knit your hearts
 With an unslipping knot, take Antony
 Octavia to his wife, whose beauty claims
 No worse a husband than the best of men;
155 Whose virtue and whose general graces speak
 That which none else can utter. By this marriage
 All little jealousies, which now seem great,
 And all great fears, which now import their dangers,
 Would then be nothing. Truths would be tales,
160 Where now half-tales be truths. Her love to both
 Would each to other and all loves to both
 Draw after her. Pardon what I have spoke,
 For ’tis a studied, not a present thought,
 By duty ruminated.
ANTONY 165 Will Caesar speak?
CAESAR 
 Not till he hears how Antony is touched
 With what is spoke already.
ANTONY What power is in Agrippa,
 If I would say “Agrippa, be it so,”
170 To make this good?

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CAESAR  The power of Caesar, and
 His power unto Octavia.
ANTONY  May I never
 To this good purpose, that so fairly shows,
175 Dream of impediment. Let me have thy hand.
 Further this act of grace; and from this hour
 The heart of brothers govern in our loves
 And sway our great designs.
CAESAR  There’s my hand.
They clasp hands.
180 A sister I bequeath you whom no brother
 Did ever love so dearly. Let her live
 To join our kingdoms and our hearts; and never
 Fly off our loves again.
LEPIDUS  Happily, amen!
ANTONY 
185 I did not think to draw my sword ’gainst Pompey,
 For he hath laid strange courtesies and great
 Of late upon me. I must thank him only,
 Lest my remembrance suffer ill report;
 At heel of that, defy him.
LEPIDUS 190 Time calls upon ’s.
 Of us must Pompey presently be sought,
 Or else he seeks out us.
ANTONY Where lies he?
CAESAR About the Mount Misena.
ANTONY 195What is his strength by land?
CAESAR Great and increasing;
 But by sea he is an absolute master.
ANTONY So is the fame.
 Would we had spoke together. Haste we for it.
200 Yet, ere we put ourselves in arms, dispatch we
 The business we have talked of.
CAESAR  With most gladness,

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 And do invite you to my sister’s view,
 Whither straight I’ll lead you.
ANTONY 
205 Let us, Lepidus, not lack your company.
LEPIDUS 
 Noble Antony, not sickness should detain me.
Flourish. All but Enobarbus, Agrippa, and
Maecenas exit.

MAECENAS, to Enobarbus Welcome from Egypt, sir.
ENOBARBUS Half the heart of Caesar, worthy
 Maecenas!—My honorable friend Agrippa!
AGRIPPA 210Good Enobarbus!
MAECENAS We have cause to be glad that matters are so
 well digested. You stayed well by ’t in Egypt.
ENOBARBUS Ay, sir, we did sleep day out of countenance
 and made the night light with drinking.
MAECENAS 215Eight wild boars roasted whole at a breakfast,
 and but twelve persons there. Is this true?
ENOBARBUS This was but as a fly by an eagle. We had
 much more monstrous matter of feast, which worthily
 deserved noting.
MAECENAS 220She’s a most triumphant lady, if report be
 square to her.
ENOBARBUS When she first met Mark Antony, she
 pursed up his heart upon the river of Cydnus.
AGRIPPA There she appeared indeed, or my reporter
225 devised well for her.
ENOBARBUS I will tell you.
 The barge she sat in like a burnished throne
 Burned on the water. The poop was beaten gold,
 Purple the sails, and so perfumed that
230 The winds were lovesick with them. The oars were
 silver,
 Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and made
 The water which they beat to follow faster,

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 As amorous of their strokes. For her own person,
235 It beggared all description: she did lie
 In her pavilion—cloth-of-gold, of tissue—
 O’erpicturing that Venus where we see
 The fancy outwork nature. On each side her
 Stood pretty dimpled boys, like smiling Cupids,
240 With divers-colored fans, whose wind did seem
 To glow the delicate cheeks which they did cool,
 And what they undid did.
AGRIPPA  O, rare for Antony!
ENOBARBUS 
 Her gentlewomen, like the Nereides,
245 So many mermaids, tended her i’ th’ eyes,
 And made their bends adornings. At the helm
 A seeming mermaid steers. The silken tackle
 Swell with the touches of those flower-soft hands
 That yarely frame the office. From the barge
250 A strange invisible perfume hits the sense
 Of the adjacent wharfs. The city cast
 Her people out upon her; and Antony,
 Enthroned i’ th’ market-place, did sit alone,
 Whistling to th’ air, which but for vacancy
255 Had gone to gaze on Cleopatra too
 And made a gap in nature.
AGRIPPA  Rare Egyptian!
ENOBARBUS 
 Upon her landing, Antony sent to her,
 Invited her to supper. She replied
260 It should be better he became her guest,
 Which she entreated. Our courteous Antony,
 Whom ne’er the word of “No” woman heard speak,
 Being barbered ten times o’er, goes to the feast,
 And for his ordinary pays his heart
265 For what his eyes eat only.
AGRIPPA  Royal wench!

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 She made great Caesar lay his sword to bed;
 He ploughed her, and she cropped.
ENOBARBUS  I saw her once
270 Hop forty paces through the public street,
 And having lost her breath, she spoke and panted,
 That she did make defect perfection,
 And breathless pour breath forth.
MAECENAS 
 Now Antony must leave her utterly.
ENOBARBUS 275Never. He will not.
 Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale
 Her infinite variety. Other women cloy
 The appetites they feed, but she makes hungry
 Where most she satisfies. For vilest things
280 Become themselves in her, that the holy priests
 Bless her when she is riggish.
MAECENAS 
 If beauty, wisdom, modesty can settle
 The heart of Antony, Octavia is
 A blessèd lottery to him.
AGRIPPA 285 Let us go.
 Good Enobarbus, make yourself my guest
 Whilst you abide here.
ENOBARBUS  Humbly, sir, I thank you.
They exit.


Scene 3
Enter Antony, Caesar; Octavia between them.

ANTONY 
 The world and my great office will sometimes
 Divide me from your bosom.
OCTAVIA  All which time
 Before the gods my knee shall bow my prayers
5 To them for you.

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ANTONY, to Caesar  Goodnight, sir.—My Octavia,
 Read not my blemishes in the world’s report.
 I have not kept my square, but that to come
 Shall all be done by th’ rule. Good night, dear
10 lady.—
 Good night, sir.
CAESAR Goodnight.Caesar and Octavia exit.

Enter Soothsayer.

ANTONY 
 Now, sirrah, you do wish yourself in Egypt?
SOOTHSAYER Would I had never come from thence,
15 nor you thither.
ANTONY If you can, your reason?
SOOTHSAYER I see it in my motion, have it not in my
 tongue. But yet hie you to Egypt again.
ANTONY 
 Say to me, whose fortunes shall rise higher,
20 Caesar’s or mine?
SOOTHSAYER Caesar’s.
 Therefore, O Antony, stay not by his side.
 Thy dæmon—that thy spirit which keeps thee—is
 Noble, courageous, high, unmatchable,
25 Where Caesar’s is not. But near him, thy angel
 Becomes afeard, as being o’erpowered. Therefore
 Make space enough between you.
ANTONY  Speak this no more.
SOOTHSAYER 
 To none but thee; no more but when to thee.
30 If thou dost play with him at any game,
 Thou art sure to lose; and of that natural luck
 He beats thee ’gainst the odds. Thy luster thickens
 When he shines by. I say again, thy spirit
 Is all afraid to govern thee near him;
35 But he away, ’tis noble.

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ANTONY  Get thee gone.
 Say to Ventidius I would speak with him.
Soothsayer exits.
 He shall to Parthia. Be it art or hap,
 He hath spoken true. The very dice obey him,
40 And in our sports my better cunning faints
 Under his chance. If we draw lots, he speeds;
 His cocks do win the battle still of mine
 When it is all to naught, and his quails ever
 Beat mine, inhooped, at odds. I will to Egypt.
45 And though I make this marriage for my peace,
 I’ th’ East my pleasure lies.

Enter Ventidius.

 O, come, Ventidius.
 You must to Parthia; your commission’s ready.
 Follow me and receive ’t.
They exit.


Scene 4
Enter Lepidus, Maecenas, and Agrippa.

LEPIDUS 
 Trouble yourselves no further. Pray you hasten
 Your generals after.
AGRIPPA  Sir, Mark Antony
 Will e’en but kiss Octavia, and we’ll follow.
LEPIDUS 
5 Till I shall see you in your soldiers’ dress,
 Which will become you both, farewell.
MAECENAS  We shall,
 As I conceive the journey, be at the Mount
 Before you, Lepidus.

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LEPIDUS 10 Your way is shorter;
 My purposes do draw me much about.
 You’ll win two days upon me.
BOTH  Sir, good success.
LEPIDUS Farewell.
They exit.


Scene 5
Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, Iras, and Alexas.

CLEOPATRA 
 Give me some music—music, moody food
 Of us that trade in love.
ALL  The music, ho!

Enter Mardian the eunuch.

CLEOPATRA 
 Let it alone. Let’s to billiards. Come, Charmian.
CHARMIAN 
5 My arm is sore. Best play with Mardian.
CLEOPATRA 
 As well a woman with an eunuch played
 As with a woman.—Come, you’ll play with me, sir?
MARDIAN As well as I can, madam.
CLEOPATRA 
 And when good will is showed, though ’t come too
10 short,
 The actor may plead pardon. I’ll none now.
 Give me mine angle; we’ll to th’ river. There,
 My music playing far off, I will betray
 Tawny-finned fishes. My bended hook shall pierce
15 Their slimy jaws, and as I draw them up
 I’ll think them every one an Antony
 And say “Aha! You’re caught.”

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CHARMIAN  ’Twas merry when
 You wagered on your angling; when your diver
20 Did hang a salt fish on his hook, which he
 With fervency drew up.
CLEOPATRA  That time?—O, times!—
 I laughed him out of patience; and that night
 I laughed him into patience; and next morn,
25 Ere the ninth hour, I drunk him to his bed,
 Then put my tires and mantles on him, whilst
 I wore his sword Philippan.

Enter a Messenger.

 O, from Italy!
 Ram thou thy fruitful tidings in mine ears,
30 That long time have been barren.
MESSENGER  Madam, madam—
CLEOPATRA 
 Antonio’s dead! If thou say so, villain,
 Thou kill’st thy mistress. But well and free,
 If thou so yield him, there is gold, and here
35 My bluest veins to kiss, a hand that kings
 Have lipped and trembled kissing.
MESSENGER First, madam, he is well.
CLEOPATRA 
 Why, there’s more gold. But sirrah, mark, we use
 To say the dead are well. Bring it to that,
40 The gold I give thee will I melt and pour
 Down thy ill-uttering throat.
MESSENGER Good madam, hear me.
CLEOPATRA Well, go to, I will.
 But there’s no goodness in thy face—if Antony
45 Be free and healthful, so tart a favor
 To trumpet such good tidings! If not well,
 Thou shouldst come like a Fury crowned with snakes,
 Not like a formal man.

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MESSENGER  Will ’t please you hear me?
CLEOPATRA 
50 I have a mind to strike thee ere thou speak’st
 Yet if thou say Antony lives, is well,
 Or friends with Caesar or not captive to him,
 I’ll set thee in a shower of gold and hail
 Rich pearls upon thee.
MESSENGER 55 Madam, he’s well.
CLEOPATRA  Well said.
MESSENGER 
 And friends with Caesar.
CLEOPATRA  Th’ art an honest man.
MESSENGER 
 Caesar and he are greater friends than ever.
CLEOPATRA 
60 Make thee a fortune from me.
MESSENGER  But yet, madam—
CLEOPATRA 
 I do not like “But yet.” It does allay
 The good precedence. Fie upon “But yet.”
 “But yet” is as a jailer to bring forth
65 Some monstrous malefactor. Prithee, friend,
 Pour out the pack of matter to mine ear,
 The good and bad together: he’s friends with Caesar,
 In state of health, thou say’st, and, thou say’st, free.
MESSENGER 
 Free, madam, no. I made no such report.
70 He’s bound unto Octavia.
CLEOPATRA  For what good turn?
MESSENGER 
 For the best turn i’ th’ bed.
CLEOPATRA  I am pale, Charmian.
MESSENGER 
 Madam, he’s married to Octavia.

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CLEOPATRA 
75 The most infectious pestilence upon thee!
Strikes him down.
MESSENGER Good madam, patience!
CLEOPATRA What say you?Strikes him.
 Hence, horrible villain, or I’ll spurn thine eyes
 Like balls before me! I’ll unhair thy head!
She hales him up and down.
80 Thou shalt be whipped with wire and stewed in
 brine,
 Smarting in ling’ring pickle.
MESSENGER  Gracious madam,
 I that do bring the news made not the match.
CLEOPATRA 
85 Say ’tis not so, a province I will give thee
 And make thy fortunes proud. The blow thou hadst
 Shall make thy peace for moving me to rage,
 And I will boot thee with what gift beside
 Thy modesty can beg.
MESSENGER 90 He’s married, madam.
CLEOPATRA 
 Rogue, thou hast lived too long.Draw a knife.
MESSENGER  Nay then, I’ll run.
 What mean you, madam? I have made no fault.
He exits.
CHARMIAN 
 Good madam, keep yourself within yourself.
95 The man is innocent.
CLEOPATRA 
 Some innocents ’scape not the thunderbolt.
 Melt Egypt into Nile, and kindly creatures
 Turn all to serpents! Call the slave again.
 Though I am mad, I will not bite him. Call!
CHARMIAN 
100 He is afeard to come.

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CLEOPATRA  I will not hurt him.
 These hands do lack nobility that they strike
 A meaner than myself, since I myself
 Have given myself the cause.

Enter the Messenger again.

105 Come hither, sir.
 Though it be honest, it is never good
 To bring bad news. Give to a gracious message
 An host of tongues, but let ill tidings tell
 Themselves when they be felt.
MESSENGER 110I have done my duty.
CLEOPATRA Is he married?
 I cannot hate thee worser than I do
 If thou again say “yes.”
MESSENGER  He’s married, madam.
CLEOPATRA 
115 The gods confound thee! Dost thou hold there still?
MESSENGER 
 Should I lie, madam?
CLEOPATRA  O, I would thou didst,
 So half my Egypt were submerged and made
 A cistern for scaled snakes! Go, get thee hence.
120 Hadst thou Narcissus in thy face, to me
 Thou wouldst appear most ugly. He is married?
MESSENGER 
 I crave your Highness’ pardon.
CLEOPATRA  He is married?
MESSENGER 
 Take no offense that I would not offend you.
125 To punish me for what you make me do
 Seems much unequal. He’s married to Octavia.
CLEOPATRA 
 O, that his fault should make a knave of thee

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 That art not what th’ art sure of! Get thee hence.
 The merchandise which thou hast brought from
130 Rome
 Are all too dear for me. Lie they upon thy hand,
 And be undone by ’em!Messenger exits.
CHARMIAN  Good your Highness,
 patience.
CLEOPATRA 
135 In praising Antony, I have dispraised Caesar.
CHARMIAN Many times, madam.
CLEOPATRA 
 I am paid for ’t now. Lead me from hence;
 I faint. O, Iras, Charmian! ’Tis no matter.—
 Go to the fellow, good Alexas. Bid him
140 Report the feature of Octavia, her years,
 Her inclination; let him not leave out
 The color of her hair. Bring me word quickly.
Alexas exits.
 Let him forever go—let him not, Charmian.
 Though he be painted one way like a Gorgon,
145 The other way ’s a Mars. (To Mardian.) Bid you
 Alexas
 Bring me word how tall she is.—Pity me,
 Charmian,
 But do not speak to me. Lead me to my chamber.
They exit.


Scene 6
Flourish. Enter Pompey and Menas at one door,
with Drum and Trumpet; at another Caesar, Lepidus,
Antony, Enobarbus, Maecenas, and Agrippa,
with Soldiers marching.


POMPEY 
 Your hostages I have, so have you mine,
 And we shall talk before we fight.

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CAESAR  Most meet
 That first we come to words, and therefore have we
5 Our written purposes before us sent,
 Which if thou hast considered, let us know
 If ’twill tie up thy discontented sword
 And carry back to Sicily much tall youth
 That else must perish here.
POMPEY 10 To you all three,
 The senators alone of this great world,
 Chief factors for the gods: I do not know
 Wherefore my father should revengers want,
 Having a son and friends, since Julius Caesar,
15 Who at Philippi the good Brutus ghosted,
 There saw you laboring for him. What was ’t
 That moved pale Cassius to conspire? And what
 Made the all-honored, honest, Roman Brutus,
 With the armed rest, courtiers of beauteous
20 freedom,
 To drench the Capitol, but that they would
 Have one man but a man? And that is it
 Hath made me rig my navy, at whose burden
 The angered ocean foams, with which I meant
25 To scourge th’ ingratitude that despiteful Rome
 Cast on my noble father.
CAESAR  Take your time.
ANTONY 
 Thou canst not fear us, Pompey, with thy sails.
 We’ll speak with thee at sea. At land thou know’st
30 How much we do o’ercount thee.
POMPEY  At land indeed
 Thou dost o’ercount me of my father’s house;
 But since the cuckoo builds not for himself,
 Remain in ’t as thou mayst.
LEPIDUS 35 Be pleased to tell us—
 For this is from the present—how you take
 The offers we have sent you.

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CAESAR  There’s the point.
ANTONY 
 Which do not be entreated to, but weigh
40 What it is worth embraced.
CAESAR  And what may follow
 To try a larger fortune.
POMPEY  You have made me offer
 Of Sicily, Sardinia; and I must
45 Rid all the sea of pirates; then to send
 Measures of wheat to Rome. This ’greed upon,
 To part with unhacked edges and bear back
 Our targes undinted.
ALL  That’s our offer.
POMPEY 50 Know then
 I came before you here a man prepared
 To take this offer. But Mark Antony
 Put me to some impatience.—Though I lose
 The praise of it by telling, you must know
55 When Caesar and your brother were at blows,
 Your mother came to Sicily and did find
 Her welcome friendly.
ANTONY  I have heard it, Pompey,
 And am well studied for a liberal thanks,
60 Which I do owe you.
POMPEY  Let me have your hand.
They clasp hands.
 I did not think, sir, to have met you here.
ANTONY 
 The beds i’ th’ East are soft; and thanks to you,
 That called me timelier than my purpose hither,
65 For I have gained by ’t.
CAESAR, to Pompey  Since I saw you last,
 There’s a change upon you.
POMPEY  Well, I know not
 What counts harsh Fortune casts upon my face,

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70 But in my bosom shall she never come
 To make my heart her vassal.
LEPIDUS  Well met here.
POMPEY 
 I hope so, Lepidus. Thus we are agreed.
 I crave our composition may be written
75 And sealed between us.
CAESAR  That’s the next to do.
POMPEY 
 We’ll feast each other ere we part, and let’s
 Draw lots who shall begin.
ANTONY  That will I, Pompey.
POMPEY 
80 No, Antony, take the lot. But, first or last,
 Your fine Egyptian cookery shall have
 The fame. I have heard that Julius Caesar
 Grew fat with feasting there.
ANTONY You have heard much.
POMPEY 85I have fair meanings, sir.
ANTONY And fair words to them.
POMPEY Then so much have I heard.
 And I have heard Apollodorus carried—
ENOBARBUS 
 No more of that. He did so.
POMPEY 90 What, I pray you?
ENOBARBUS 
 A certain queen to Caesar in a mattress.
POMPEY 
 I know thee now. How far’st thou, soldier?
ENOBARBUS  Well,
 And well am like to do, for I perceive
95 Four feasts are toward.
POMPEY  Let me shake thy hand.
 I never hated thee. I have seen thee fight
 When I have envied thy behavior.

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ENOBARBUS  Sir,
100 I never loved you much, but I ha’ praised you
 When you have well deserved ten times as much
 As I have said you did.
POMPEY  Enjoy thy plainness;
 It nothing ill becomes thee.—
105 Aboard my galley I invite you all.
 Will you lead, lords?
ALL  Show ’s the way, sir.
POMPEY  Come.
They exit, except for Enobarbus and Menas.
MENAS, aside Thy father, Pompey, would ne’er have
110 made this treaty.—You and I have known, sir.
ENOBARBUS At sea, I think.
MENAS We have, sir.
ENOBARBUS You have done well by water.
MENAS And you by land.
ENOBARBUS 115I will praise any man that will praise me,
 though it cannot be denied what I have done by
 land.
MENAS Nor what I have done by water.
ENOBARBUS Yes, something you can deny for your own
120 safety: you have been a great thief by sea.
MENAS And you by land.
ENOBARBUS There I deny my land service. But give me
 your hand, Menas. They clasp hands. If our eyes
 had authority, here they might take two thieves
125 kissing.
MENAS All men’s faces are true, whatsome’er their
 hands are.
ENOBARBUS But there is never a fair woman has a true
 face.
MENAS 130No slander. They steal hearts.
ENOBARBUS We came hither to fight with you.
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 drinking. Pompey doth this day laugh away his
 fortune.
ENOBARBUS 135If he do, sure he cannot weep ’t back
 again.
MENAS You’ve said, sir. We looked not for Mark Antony
 here. Pray you, is he married to Cleopatra?
ENOBARBUS Caesar’s sister is called Octavia.
MENAS 140True, sir. She was the wife of Caius Marcellus.
ENOBARBUS But she is now the wife of Marcus
 Antonius.
MENAS Pray you, sir?
ENOBARBUS ’Tis true.
MENAS 145Then is Caesar and he forever knit together.
ENOBARBUS If I were bound to divine of this unity, I
 would not prophesy so.
MENAS I think the policy of that purpose made more in
 the marriage than the love of the parties.
ENOBARBUS 150I think so, too. But you shall find the band
 that seems to tie their friendship together will be
 the very strangler of their amity. Octavia is of a holy,
 cold, and still conversation.
MENAS Who would not have his wife so?
ENOBARBUS 155Not he that himself is not so, which is
 Mark Antony. He will to his Egyptian dish again.
 Then shall the sighs of Octavia blow the fire up in
 Caesar, and, as I said before, that which is the
 strength of their amity shall prove the immediate
160 author of their variance. Antony will use his affection
 where it is. He married but his occasion here.
MENAS And thus it may be. Come, sir, will you aboard?
 I have a health for you.
ENOBARBUS I shall take it, sir. We have used our throats
165 in Egypt.
MENAS Come, let’s away.
They exit.




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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.


ANTONY 
 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.
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 mud by the operation of your sun; so is your
 crocodile.
ANTONY They are so.
POMPEY 
30 Sit, and some wine. A health to Lepidus!
LEPIDUS I am not so well as I should be, but I’ll ne’er
 out.
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
 transmigrates.
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
 him?
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?
MENAS 
 I have ever held my cap off to thy fortunes.
POMPEY 
 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?
MENAS 
 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?
MENAS 
 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.
MENAS 
 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.
ENOBARBUS 
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.
MENAS  Why?
ENOBARBUS 105 He bears
 The third part of the world, man. Seest not?
MENAS 
 The third part, then, is drunk. Would it were all,
 That it might go on wheels.
ENOBARBUS Drink thou. Increase the reels.
MENAS 110Come.
POMPEY 
 This is not yet an Alexandrian feast.
ANTONY 
 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
 sense
 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.

CAESAR 
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?
 Goodnight.
 Good Antony, your hand.
POMPEY 150I’ll try you on the shore.
ANTONY And shall, sir. Give ’s your hand.
POMPEY 
 O, Antony, you have my father’s house.
 But what? We are friends! Come down into the boat.
ENOBARBUS 
 Take heed you fall not.
All but Menas and Enobarbus exit.
155 Menas, I’ll not on shore.
MENAS 
 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.


ACT 3
Scene 1
Enter Ventidius as it were in triumph, the dead body of
Pacorus borne before him; with Silius and Soldiers.


VENTIDIUS 
 Now, darting Parthia, art thou struck, and now
 Pleased Fortune does of Marcus Crassus’ death
 Make me revenger. Bear the King’s son’s body
 Before our army. Thy Pacorus, Orodes,
5 Pays this for Marcus Crassus.
SILIUS  Noble Ventidius,
 Whilst yet with Parthian blood thy sword is warm,
 The fugitive Parthians follow. Spur through Media,
 Mesopotamia, and the shelters whither
10 The routed fly. So thy grand captain, Antony,
 Shall set thee on triumphant chariots and
 Put garlands on thy head.
VENTIDIUS  O, Silius, Silius,
 I have done enough. A lower place, note well,
15 May make too great an act. For learn this, Silius:
 Better to leave undone than by our deed
 Acquire too high a fame when him we serve ’s away.
 Caesar and Antony have ever won
 More in their officer than person. Sossius,
20 One of my place in Syria, his lieutenant,
 For quick accumulation of renown,
 Which he achieved by th’ minute, lost his favor.
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 Who does i’ th’ wars more than his captain can
 Becomes his captain’s captain; and ambition,
25 The soldier’s virtue, rather makes choice of loss
 Than gain which darkens him.
 I could do more to do Antonius good,
 But ’twould offend him. And in his offense
 Should my performance perish.
SILIUS 30Thou hast, Ventidius, that
 Without the which a soldier and his sword
 Grants scarce distinction. Thou wilt write to
 Antony?
VENTIDIUS 
 I’ll humbly signify what in his name,
35 That magical word of war, we have effected;
 How, with his banners and his well-paid ranks,
 The ne’er-yet-beaten horse of Parthia
 We have jaded out o’ th’ field.
SILIUS  Where is he now?
VENTIDIUS 
40 He purposeth to Athens, whither, with what haste
 The weight we must convey with ’s will permit,
 We shall appear before him.—On there, pass along!
They exit.


Scene 2
Enter Agrippa at one door, Enobarbus at another.

AGRIPPA What, are the brothers parted?
ENOBARBUS 
 They have dispatched with Pompey; he is gone.
 The other three are sealing. Octavia weeps
 To part from Rome. Caesar is sad, and Lepidus,
5 Since Pompey’s feast, as Menas says, is troubled
 With the greensickness.

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AGRIPPA  ’Tis a noble Lepidus.
ENOBARBUS 
 A very fine one. O, how he loves Caesar!
AGRIPPA 
 Nay, but how dearly he adores Mark Antony!
ENOBARBUS 
10 Caesar? Why, he’s the Jupiter of men.
AGRIPPA 
 What’s Antony? The god of Jupiter.
ENOBARBUS 
 Spake you of Caesar? How, the nonpareil!
AGRIPPA 
 O Antony, O thou Arabian bird!
ENOBARBUS 
 Would you praise Caesar, say “Caesar.” Go no
15 further.
AGRIPPA 
 Indeed, he plied them both with excellent praises.
ENOBARBUS 
 But he loves Caesar best, yet he loves Antony.
 Hoo, hearts, tongues, figures, scribes, bards, poets,
 cannot
20 Think, speak, cast, write, sing, number—hoo!—
 His love to Antony. But as for Caesar,
 Kneel down, kneel down, and wonder.
AGRIPPA  Both he loves.
ENOBARBUS 
 They are his shards and he their beetle.
Trumpet within.
25 So,
 This is to horse. Adieu, noble Agrippa.
AGRIPPA 
 Good fortune, worthy soldier, and farewell.

Enter Caesar, Antony, Lepidus, and Octavia.

ANTONY No further, sir.

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CAESAR 
 You take from me a great part of myself.
30 Use me well in ’t.—Sister, prove such a wife
 As my thoughts make thee, and as my farthest bond
 Shall pass on thy approof.—Most noble Antony,
 Let not the piece of virtue which is set
 Betwixt us, as the cement of our love
35 To keep it builded, be the ram to batter
 The fortress of it. For better might we
 Have loved without this mean, if on both parts
 This be not cherished.
ANTONY  Make me not offended
40 In your distrust.
CAESAR  I have said.
ANTONY  You shall not find,
 Though you be therein curious, the least cause
 For what you seem to fear. So the gods keep you,
45 And make the hearts of Romans serve your ends.
 We will here part.
CAESAR 
 Farewell, my dearest sister, fare thee well.
 The elements be kind to thee and make
 Thy spirits all of comfort. Fare thee well.
OCTAVIA 50My noble brother.She weeps.
ANTONY 
 The April’s in her eyes. It is love’s spring,
 And these the showers to bring it on.—Be cheerful.
OCTAVIA, to Caesar 
 Sir, look well to my husband’s house, and—
CAESAR 
 What, Octavia?
OCTAVIA 55 I’ll tell you in your ear.
Caesar and Octavia walk aside.
ANTONY 
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 Her heart inform her tongue—the swan’s-down
 feather
 That stands upon the swell at the full of tide
60 And neither way inclines.
ENOBARBUS, aside to Agrippa Will Caesar weep?
AGRIPPA He has a cloud in ’s face.
ENOBARBUS 
 He were the worse for that were he a horse;
 So is he being a man.
AGRIPPA 65 Why, Enobarbus,
 When Antony found Julius Caesar dead,
 He cried almost to roaring. And he wept
 When at Philippi he found Brutus slain.
ENOBARBUS 
 That year indeed he was troubled with a rheum.
70 What willingly he did confound he wailed,
 Believe ’t, till I wept too.
CAESAR, coming forward with Octavia  No, sweet Octavia,
 You shall hear from me still. The time shall not
 Outgo my thinking on you.
ANTONY 75 Come, sir, come,
 I’ll wrestle with you in my strength of love.
 Look, here I have you, thus I let you go,
 And give you to the gods.
CAESAR  Adieu, be happy.
LEPIDUS, to Antony 
80 Let all the number of the stars give light
 To thy fair way.
CAESAR  Farewell, farewell.Kisses Octavia.
ANTONY  Farewell.
Trumpets sound. They exit.




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Scene 3
Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, Iras, and Alexas.

CLEOPATRA 
 Where is the fellow?
ALEXAS  Half afeard to come.
CLEOPATRA 
 Go to, go to.—Come hither, sir.

Enter the Messenger as before.

ALEXAS  Good Majesty,
5 Herod of Jewry dare not look upon you
 But when you are well pleased.
CLEOPATRA  That Herod’s head
 I’ll have! But how, when Antony is gone,
 Through whom I might command it?—Come thou
10 near.
MESSENGER 
 Most gracious Majesty!
CLEOPATRA  Did’st thou behold Octavia?
MESSENGER 
 Ay, dread queen.
CLEOPATRA  Where?
MESSENGER 15 Madam, in Rome.
 I looked her in the face and saw her led
 Between her brother and Mark Antony.
CLEOPATRA 
 Is she as tall as me?
MESSENGER  She is not, madam.
CLEOPATRA 
20 Didst hear her speak? Is she shrill-tongued or low?
MESSENGER 
 Madam, I heard her speak. She is low-voiced.
CLEOPATRA 
 That’s not so good. He cannot like her long.
CHARMIAN 
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CLEOPATRA 
 I think so, Charmian: dull of tongue, and
25 dwarfish!—
 What majesty is in her gait? Remember,
 If e’er thou looked’st on majesty.
MESSENGER  She creeps.
 Her motion and her station are as one.
30 She shows a body rather than a life,
 A statue than a breather.
CLEOPATRA  Is this certain?
MESSENGER 
 Or I have no observance.
CHARMIAN  Three in Egypt
35 Cannot make better note.
CLEOPATRA  He’s very knowing.
 I do perceive ’t. There’s nothing in her yet.
 The fellow has good judgment.
CHARMIAN  Excellent.
CLEOPATRA, to Messenger 40Guess at her years, I
 prithee.
MESSENGER Madam, she was a widow.
CLEOPATRA Widow? Charmian, hark.
MESSENGER And I do think she’s thirty.
CLEOPATRA 
45 Bear’st thou her face in mind? Is ’t long or round?
MESSENGER Round even to faultiness.
CLEOPATRA 
 For the most part, too, they are foolish that are so.
 Her hair what color?
MESSENGER Brown, madam, and her forehead
50 As low as she would wish it.
CLEOPATRA, giving money  There’s gold for thee.
 Thou must not take my former sharpness ill.
 I will employ thee back again. I find thee
 Most fit for business. Go, make thee ready.
55 Our letters are prepared.Messenger exits.

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CHARMIAN  A proper man.
CLEOPATRA 
 Indeed he is so. I repent me much
 That so I harried him. Why, methinks, by him,
 This creature’s no such thing.
CHARMIAN 60 Nothing, madam.
CLEOPATRA 
 The man hath seen some majesty, and should know.
CHARMIAN 
 Hath he seen majesty? Isis else defend,
 And serving you so long!
CLEOPATRA 
 I have one thing more to ask him yet, good
65 Charmian,
 But ’tis no matter. Thou shalt bring him to me
 Where I will write. All may be well enough.
CHARMIAN I warrant you, madam.
They exit.


Scene 4
Enter Antony and Octavia.

ANTONY 
 Nay, nay, Octavia, not only that—
 That were excusable, that and thousands more
 Of semblable import—but he hath waged
 New wars ’gainst Pompey; made his will and read it
5 To public ear;
 Spoke scantly of me; when perforce he could not
 But pay me terms of honor, cold and sickly
 He vented them, most narrow measure lent me;
 When the best hint was given him, he not took ’t,
10 Or did it from his teeth.
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 Believe not all, or if you must believe,
 Stomach not all. A more unhappy lady,
 If this division chance, ne’er stood between,
15 Praying for both parts.
 The good gods will mock me presently
 When I shall pray “O, bless my lord and husband!”
 Undo that prayer by crying out as loud
 “O, bless my brother!” Husband win, win brother
20 Prays and destroys the prayer; no midway
 ’Twixt these extremes at all.
ANTONY  Gentle Octavia,
 Let your best love draw to that point which seeks
 Best to preserve it. If I lose mine honor,
25 I lose myself; better I were not yours
 Than yours so branchless. But, as you requested,
 Yourself shall go between ’s. The meantime, lady,
 I’ll raise the preparation of a war
 Shall stain your brother. Make your soonest haste,
30 So your desires are yours.
OCTAVIA  Thanks to my lord.
 The Jove of power make me, most weak, most weak,
 Your reconciler. Wars ’twixt you twain would be
 As if the world should cleave, and that slain men
35 Should solder up the rift.
ANTONY 
 When it appears to you where this begins,
 Turn your displeasure that way, for our faults
 Can never be so equal that your love
 Can equally move with them. Provide your going;
40 Choose your own company, and command what cost
 Your heart has mind to.
They exit.




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Scene 5
Enter Enobarbus and Eros.

ENOBARBUS How now, friend Eros?
EROS There’s strange news come, sir.
ENOBARBUS What, man?
EROS Caesar and Lepidus have made wars upon
5 Pompey.
ENOBARBUS This is old. What is the success?
EROS Caesar, having made use of him in the wars
 ’gainst Pompey, presently denied him rivality,
 would not let him partake in the glory of the action;
10 and, not resting here, accuses him of letters he had
 formerly wrote to Pompey; upon his own appeal
 seizes him. So the poor third is up, till death enlarge
 his confine.
ENOBARBUS 
 Then, world, thou hast a pair of chaps, no more,
15 And throw between them all the food thou hast,
 They’ll grind the one the other. Where’s Antony?
EROS 
 He’s walking in the garden, thus, and spurns
 The rush that lies before him; cries “Fool Lepidus!”
 And threats the throat of that his officer
20 That murdered Pompey.
ENOBARBUS  Our great navy’s rigged.
EROS 
 For Italy and Caesar. More, Domitius:
 My lord desires you presently. My news
 I might have told hereafter.
ENOBARBUS 25 ’Twill be naught,
 But let it be. Bring me to Antony.
EROS Come, sir.
They exit.




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Scene 6
Enter Agrippa, Maecenas, and Caesar.

CAESAR 
 Contemning Rome, he has done all this and more
 In Alexandria. Here’s the manner of ’t:
 I’ th’ marketplace, on a tribunal silvered,
 Cleopatra and himself in chairs of gold
5 Were publicly enthroned. At the feet sat
 Caesarion, whom they call my father’s son,
 And all the unlawful issue that their lust
 Since then hath made between them. Unto her
 He gave the stablishment of Egypt, made her
10 Of lower Syria, Cyprus, Lydia,
 Absolute queen.
MAECENAS  This in the public eye?
CAESAR 
 I’ th’ common showplace where they exercise.
 His sons he there proclaimed the kings of kings.
15 Great Media, Parthia, and Armenia
 He gave to Alexander; to Ptolemy he assigned
 Syria, Cilicia, and Phoenicia. She
 In th’ habiliments of the goddess Isis
 That day appeared, and oft before gave audience,
20 As ’tis reported, so.
MAECENAS Let Rome be thus informed.
AGRIPPA 
 Who, queasy with his insolence already,
 Will their good thoughts call from him.
CAESAR 
 The people knows it and have now received
25 His accusations.
AGRIPPA  Who does he accuse?
CAESAR 
 Caesar, and that, having in Sicily
 Sextus Pompeius spoiled, we had not rated him
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30 Some shipping, unrestored. Lastly, he frets
 That Lepidus of the triumvirate
 Should be deposed and, being, that we detain
 All his revenue.
AGRIPPA  Sir, this should be answered.
CAESAR 
35 ’Tis done already, and the messenger gone.
 I have told him Lepidus was grown too cruel,
 That he his high authority abused
 And did deserve his change. For what I have
 conquered,
40 I grant him part; but then in his Armenia
 And other of his conquered kingdoms I
 Demand the like.
MAECENAS  He’ll never yield to that.
CAESAR 
 Nor must not then be yielded to in this.

Enter Octavia with her Train.

OCTAVIA 
45 Hail, Caesar, and my lord! Hail, most dear Caesar.
CAESAR 
 That ever I should call thee castaway!
OCTAVIA 
 You have not called me so, nor have you cause.
CAESAR 
 Why have you stol’n upon us thus? You come not
 Like Caesar’s sister. The wife of Antony
50 Should have an army for an usher and
 The neighs of horse to tell of her approach
 Long ere she did appear. The trees by th’ way
 Should have borne men, and expectation fainted,
 Longing for what it had not. Nay, the dust
55 Should have ascended to the roof of heaven,
 Raised by your populous troops. But you are come
 A market-maid to Rome, and have prevented

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 The ostentation of our love, which, left unshown,
 Is often left unloved. We should have met you
60 By sea and land, supplying every stage
 With an augmented greeting.
OCTAVIA  Good my lord,
 To come thus was I not constrained, but did it
 On my free will. My lord, Mark Antony,
65 Hearing that you prepared for war, acquainted
 My grievèd ear withal, whereon I begged
 His pardon for return.
CAESAR  Which soon he granted,
 Being an abstract ’tween his lust and him.
OCTAVIA 
70 Do not say so, my lord.
CAESAR  I have eyes upon him,
 And his affairs come to me on the wind.
 Where is he now?
OCTAVIA My lord, in Athens.
CAESAR 
75 No, my most wrongèd sister. Cleopatra
 Hath nodded him to her. He hath given his empire
 Up to a whore, who now are levying
 The kings o’ th’ Earth for war. He hath assembled
 Bocchus, the King of Libya; Archelaus
80 Of Cappadocia; Philadelphos, King
 Of Paphlagonia; the Thracian king, Adallas;
 King Manchus of Arabia; King of Pont;
 Herod of Jewry; Mithridates, King
 Of Comagen; Polemon and Amyntas,
85 The Kings of Mede and Lycaonia,
 With a more larger list of scepters.
OCTAVIA Ay me, most wretched,
 That have my heart parted betwixt two friends
 That does afflict each other!
CAESAR 90 Welcome hither.
 Your letters did withhold our breaking forth

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 Till we perceived both how you were wrong led
 And we in negligent danger. Cheer your heart.
 Be you not troubled with the time, which drives
95 O’er your content these strong necessities,
 But let determined things to destiny
 Hold unbewailed their way. Welcome to Rome,
 Nothing more dear to me. You are abused
 Beyond the mark of thought, and the high gods,
100 To do you justice, makes his ministers
 Of us and those that love you. Best of comfort,
 And ever welcome to us.
AGRIPPA  Welcome, lady.
MAECENAS Welcome, dear madam.
105 Each heart in Rome does love and pity you;
 Only th’ adulterous Antony, most large
 In his abominations, turns you off
 And gives his potent regiment to a trull
 That noises it against us.
OCTAVIA, to Caesar 110 Is it so, sir?
CAESAR 
 Most certain. Sister, welcome. Pray you
 Be ever known to patience. My dear’st sister!
They exit.


Scene 7
Enter Cleopatra and Enobarbus.

CLEOPATRA 
 I will be even with thee, doubt it not.
ENOBARBUS But why, why, why?
CLEOPATRA 
 Thou hast forspoke my being in these wars
 And say’st it is not fit.
ENOBARBUS 5 Well, is it, is it?

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CLEOPATRA 
 Is ’t not denounced against us? Why should not we
 Be there in person?
ENOBARBUS  Well, I could reply:
 If we should serve with horse and mares together,
10 The horse were merely lost. The mares would bear
 A soldier and his horse.
CLEOPATRA  What is ’t you say?
ENOBARBUS 
 Your presence needs must puzzle Antony,
 Take from his heart, take from his brain, from ’s time
15 What should not then be spared. He is already
 Traduced for levity, and ’tis said in Rome
 That Photinus, an eunuch, and your maids
 Manage this war.
CLEOPATRA  Sink Rome, and their tongues rot
20 That speak against us! A charge we bear i’ th’ war,
 And as the president of my kingdom will
 Appear there for a man. Speak not against it.
 I will not stay behind.

Enter Antony and Canidius.

ENOBARBUS  Nay, I have done.
25 Here comes the Emperor.
ANTONY  Is it not strange, Canidius,
 That from Tarentum and Brundusium
 He could so quickly cut the Ionian Sea
 And take in Toryne?—You have heard on ’t, sweet?
CLEOPATRA 
30 Celerity is never more admired
 Than by the negligent.
ANTONY  A good rebuke,
 Which might have well becomed the best of men,
 To taunt at slackness.—Canidius, we will fight
35 With him by sea.

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CLEOPATRA  By sea, what else?
CANIDIUS  Why will
 My lord do so?
ANTONY  For that he dares us to ’t.
ENOBARBUS 
40 So hath my lord dared him to single fight.
CANIDIUS 
 Ay, and to wage this battle at Pharsalia,
 Where Caesar fought with Pompey. But these offers,
 Which serve not for his vantage, he shakes off,
 And so should you.
ENOBARBUS 45 Your ships are not well manned,
 Your mariners are muleteers, reapers, people
 Engrossed by swift impress. In Caesar’s fleet
 Are those that often have ’gainst Pompey fought.
 Their ships are yare, yours heavy. No disgrace
50 Shall fall you for refusing him at sea,
 Being prepared for land.
ANTONY  By sea, by sea.
ENOBARBUS 
 Most worthy sir, you therein throw away
 The absolute soldiership you have by land,
55 Distract your army, which doth most consist
 Of war-marked footmen, leave unexecuted
 Your own renownèd knowledge, quite forgo
 The way which promises assurance, and
 Give up yourself merely to chance and hazard
60 From firm security.
ANTONY  I’ll fight at sea.
CLEOPATRA 
 I have sixty sails, Caesar none better.
ANTONY 
 Our overplus of shipping will we burn,
 And with the rest full-manned, from th’ head of
65 Actium

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 Beat th’ approaching Caesar. But if we fail,
 We then can do ’t at land.

Enter a Messenger.

 Thy business?
MESSENGER 
 The news is true, my lord; he is descried.
70 Caesar has taken Toryne.He exits.
ANTONY 
 Can he be there in person? ’Tis impossible;
 Strange that his power should be. Canidius,
 Our nineteen legions thou shalt hold by land,
 And our twelve thousand horse. We’ll to our ship.—
75 Away, my Thetis.

Enter a Soldier.

 How now, worthy soldier?
SOLDIER 
 O noble emperor, do not fight by sea!
 Trust not to rotten planks. Do you misdoubt
 This sword and these my wounds? Let th’ Egyptians
80 And the Phoenicians go a-ducking. We
 Have used to conquer standing on the earth
 And fighting foot to foot.
ANTONY  Well, well, away.
Antony, Cleopatra, and Enobarbus exit.
SOLDIER 
 By Hercules, I think I am i’ th’ right.
CANIDIUS 
85 Soldier, thou art, but his whole action grows
 Not in the power on ’t. So our leader’s led,
 And we are women’s men.
SOLDIER  You keep by land
 The legions and the horse whole, do you not?
CANIDIUS 
90 Marcus Octavius, Marcus Justeius,

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 Publicola, and Caelius are for sea,
 But we keep whole by land. This speed of Caesar’s
 Carries beyond belief.
SOLDIER While he was yet in Rome,
95 His power went out in such distractions as
 Beguiled all spies.
CANIDIUS  Who’s his lieutenant, hear you?
SOLDIER 
 They say one Taurus.
CANIDIUS  Well I know the man.

Enter a Messenger.

MESSENGER 100The Emperor calls Canidius.
CANIDIUS 
 With news the time’s in labor, and throws forth
 Each minute some.
They exit.


Scene 8
Enter Caesar with his army, and Taurus, marching.

CAESAR Taurus!
TAURUS My lord?
CAESAR 
 Strike not by land, keep whole. Provoke not battle
 Till we have done at sea. Do not exceed
5 The prescript of this scroll.Hands him a scroll.
 Our fortune lies
 Upon this jump.
They exit.




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Scene 9
Enter Antony and Enobarbus.

ANTONY 
 Set we our squadrons on yond side o’ th’ hill
 In eye of Caesar’s battle, from which place
 We may the number of the ships behold
 And so proceed accordingly.
They exit.


Scene 10
Canidius marcheth with his land army one way
over the stage, and Taurus the lieutenant of Caesar
the other way. After their going in is heard the
noise of a sea fight.


Alarum. Enter Enobarbus.

ENOBARBUS 
 Naught, naught, all naught! I can behold no longer.
 Th’ Antoniad, the Egyptian admiral,
 With all their sixty, fly and turn the rudder.
 To see ’t mine eyes are blasted.

Enter Scarus.

SCARUS 5 Gods and goddesses,
 All the whole synod of them!
ENOBARBUS  What’s thy passion?
SCARUS 
 The greater cantle of the world is lost
 With very ignorance. We have kissed away
10 Kingdoms and provinces.
ENOBARBUS  How appears the fight?
SCARUS 
 On our side, like the tokened pestilence,
 Where death is sure. Yon ribaudred nag of Egypt,
 Whom leprosy o’ertake, i’ th’ midst o’ th’ fight,
15 When vantage like a pair of twins appeared

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 Both as the same—or, rather, ours the elder—
 The breeze upon her like a cow in June,
 Hoists sails and flies.
ENOBARBUS That I beheld.
20 Mine eyes did sicken at the sight and could not
 Endure a further view.
SCARUS  She once being loofed,
 The noble ruin of her magic, Antony,
 Claps on his sea-wing and, like a doting mallard,
25 Leaving the fight in height, flies after her.
 I never saw an action of such shame.
 Experience, manhood, honor ne’er before
 Did violate so itself.
ENOBARBUS  Alack, alack.

Enter Canidius.

CANIDIUS 
30 Our fortune on the sea is out of breath
 And sinks most lamentably. Had our general
 Been what he knew himself, it had gone well.
 O, he has given example for our flight
 Most grossly by his own.
ENOBARBUS 
35 Ay, are you thereabouts? Why then goodnight
 indeed.
CANIDIUS Toward Peloponnesus are they fled.
SCARUS 
 ’Tis easy to ’t, and there I will attend
 What further comes.He exits.
CANIDIUS 40 To Caesar will I render
 My legions and my horse. Six kings already
 Show me the way of yielding.He exits.
ENOBARBUS  I’ll yet follow
 The wounded chance of Antony, though my reason
45 Sits in the wind against me.
He exits.




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Scene 11
Enter Antony with Attendants.

ANTONY 
 Hark, the land bids me tread no more upon ’t.
 It is ashamed to bear me. Friends, come hither.
 I am so lated in the world that I
 Have lost my way forever. I have a ship
5 Laden with gold. Take that, divide it. Fly,
 And make your peace with Caesar.
ALL  Fly? Not we!
ANTONY 
 I have fled myself and have instructed cowards
 To run and show their shoulders. Friends, begone.
10 I have myself resolved upon a course
 Which has no need of you. Begone.
 My treasure’s in the harbor; take it. O,
 I followed that I blush to look upon!
 My very hairs do mutiny, for the white
15 Reprove the brown for rashness, and they them
 For fear and doting. Friends, begone. You shall
 Have letters from me to some friends that will
 Sweep your way for you. Pray you look not sad,
 Nor make replies of loathness. Take the hint
20 Which my despair proclaims. Let that be left
 Which leaves itself. To the seaside straightway!
 I will possess you of that ship and treasure.
 Leave me, I pray, a little—pray you, now,
 Nay, do so—for indeed I have lost command.
25 Therefore I pray you—I’ll see you by and by.
Attendants move aside. Antony sits down.

Enter Cleopatra led by Charmian, Iras, and Eros.

EROS 
 Nay, gentle madam, to him, comfort him.

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IRAS Do, most dear queen.
CHARMIAN Do! Why, what else?
CLEOPATRA Let me sit down. O Juno!She sits down.
ANTONY 30No, no, no, no, no.
EROS See you here, sir?
ANTONY Oh fie, fie, fie!
CHARMIAN Madam.
IRAS Madam, O good empress!
EROS 35Sir, sir—
ANTONY 
 Yes, my lord, yes. He at Philippi kept
 His sword e’en like a dancer, while I struck
 The lean and wrinkled Cassius, and ’twas I
 That the mad Brutus ended. He alone
40 Dealt on lieutenantry, and no practice had
 In the brave squares of war, yet now—no matter.
CLEOPATRA 
 Ah, stand by.
EROS  The Queen, my lord, the Queen.
IRAS 
 Go to him, madam; speak to him.
45 He’s unqualitied with very shame.
CLEOPATRA, rising Well, then, sustain me. O!
EROS 
 Most noble sir, arise. The Queen approaches.
 Her head’s declined, and death will seize her but
 Your comfort makes the rescue.
ANTONY 50I have offended reputation,
 A most unnoble swerving.
EROS  Sir, the Queen.
ANTONY, rising 
 O, whither hast them led me, Egypt? See
 How I convey my shame out of thine eyes,
55 By looking back what I have left behind
 ’Stroyed in dishonor.

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CLEOPATRA  O, my lord, my lord,
 Forgive my fearful sails! I little thought
 You would have followed.
ANTONY 60 Egypt, thou knew’st too well
 My heart was to thy rudder tied by th’ strings,
 And thou shouldst tow me after. O’er my spirit
 Thy full supremacy thou knew’st, and that
 Thy beck might from the bidding of the gods
65 Command me.
CLEOPATRA  O, my pardon!
ANTONY  Now I must
 To the young man send humble treaties, dodge
 And palter in the shifts of lowness, who
70 With half the bulk o’ th’ world played as I pleased,
 Making and marring fortunes. You did know
 How much you were my conqueror, and that
 My sword, made weak by my affection, would
 Obey it on all cause.
CLEOPATRA 75 Pardon, pardon!
ANTONY 
 Fall not a tear, I say; one of them rates
 All that is won and lost. Give me a kiss.They kiss.
 Even this repays me.—
 We sent our schoolmaster. Is he come back?—
80 Love, I am full of lead.—Some wine
 Within there, and our viands! Fortune knows
 We scorn her most when most she offers blows.
They exit.


Scene 12
Enter Caesar, Agrippa, Thidias, and
Dolabella, with others.


CAESAR 
 Let him appear that’s come from Antony.
 Know you him?

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DOLABELLA  Caesar, ’tis his schoolmaster—
 An argument that he is plucked, when hither
5 He sends so poor a pinion of his wing,
 Which had superfluous kings for messengers
 Not many moons gone by.

Enter Ambassador from Antony.

CAESAR  Approach, and speak.
AMBASSADOR 
 Such as I am, I come from Antony.
10 I was of late as petty to his ends
 As is the morn-dew on the myrtle leaf
 To his grand sea.
CAESAR  Be ’t so. Declare thine office.
AMBASSADOR 
 Lord of his fortunes he salutes thee, and
15 Requires to live in Egypt, which not granted,
 He lessens his requests, and to thee sues
 To let him breathe between the heavens and Earth,
 A private man in Athens. This for him.
 Next, Cleopatra does confess thy greatness,
20 Submits her to thy might, and of thee craves
 The circle of the Ptolemies for her heirs,
 Now hazarded to thy grace.
CAESAR  For Antony,
 I have no ears to his request. The Queen
25 Of audience nor desire shall fail, so she
 From Egypt drive her all-disgracèd friend,
 Or take his life there. This if she perform,
 She shall not sue unheard. So to them both.
AMBASSADOR 
 Fortune pursue thee!
CAESAR 30 Bring him through the bands.
Ambassador exits, with Attendants.
 To Thidias. To try thy eloquence now ’tis time.
 Dispatch.

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 From Antony win Cleopatra. Promise,
 And in our name, what she requires; add more,
35 From thine invention, offers. Women are not
 In their best fortunes strong, but want will perjure
 The ne’er-touched vestal. Try thy cunning, Thidias.
 Make thine own edict for thy pains, which we
 Will answer as a law.
THIDIAS 40 Caesar, I go.
CAESAR 
 Observe how Antony becomes his flaw,
 And what thou think’st his very action speaks
 In every power that moves.
THIDIAS  Caesar, I shall.
They exit.


Scene 13
Enter Cleopatra, Enobarbus, Charmian, and Iras.

CLEOPATRA 
 What shall we do, Enobarbus?
ENOBARBUS  Think, and die.
CLEOPATRA 
 Is Antony or we in fault for this?
ENOBARBUS 
 Antony only, that would make his will
5 Lord of his reason. What though you fled
 From that great face of war, whose several ranges
 Frighted each other? Why should he follow?
 The itch of his affection should not then
 Have nicked his captainship, at such a point,
10 When half to half the world opposed, he being
 The merèd question. ’Twas a shame no less
 Than was his loss, to course your flying flags
 And leave his navy gazing.
CLEOPATRA  Prithee, peace.

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Enter the Ambassador with Antony.

ANTONY 15Is that his answer?
AMBASSADOR Ay, my lord.
ANTONY 
 The Queen shall then have courtesy, so she
 Will yield us up?
AMBASSADOR  He says so.
ANTONY 20 Let her know ’t.—
 To the boy Caesar send this grizzled head,
 And he will fill thy wishes to the brim
 With principalities.
CLEOPATRA  That head, my lord?
ANTONY, to Ambassador 
25 To him again. Tell him he wears the rose
 Of youth upon him, from which the world should
 note
 Something particular: his coin, ships, legions
 May be a coward’s, whose ministers would prevail
30 Under the service of a child as soon
 As i’ th’ command of Caesar. I dare him therefore
 To lay his gay caparisons apart
 And answer me declined, sword against sword,
 Ourselves alone. I’ll write it. Follow me.
Antony and Ambassador exit.
ENOBARBUS, aside 
35 Yes, like enough, high-battled Caesar will
 Unstate his happiness and be staged to th’ show
 Against a sworder! I see men’s judgments are
 A parcel of their fortunes, and things outward
 Do draw the inward quality after them
40 To suffer all alike. That he should dream,
 Knowing all measures, the full Caesar will
 Answer his emptiness! Caesar, thou hast subdued
 His judgment too.

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Enter a Servant.

SERVANT  A messenger from Caesar.
CLEOPATRA 
45 What, no more ceremony? See, my women,
 Against the blown rose may they stop their nose
 That kneeled unto the buds.—Admit him, sir.
Servant exits.
ENOBARBUS, aside 
 Mine honesty and I begin to square.
 The loyalty well held to fools does make
50 Our faith mere folly. Yet he that can endure
 To follow with allegiance a fall’n lord
 Does conquer him that did his master conquer,
 And earns a place i’ th’ story.

Enter Thidias.

CLEOPATRA  Caesar’s will?
THIDIAS 
55 Hear it apart.
CLEOPATRA  None but friends. Say boldly.
THIDIAS 
 So haply are they friends to Antony.
ENOBARBUS 
 He needs as many, sir, as Caesar has,
 Or needs not us. If Caesar please, our master
60 Will leap to be his friend. For us, you know
 Whose he is we are, and that is Caesar’s.
THIDIAS So.—
 Thus then, thou most renowned: Caesar entreats
 Not to consider in what case thou stand’st
65 Further than he is Caesar.
CLEOPATRA  Go on; right royal.
THIDIAS 
 He knows that you embrace not Antony
 As you did love, but as you feared him.

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CLEOPATRA  O!
THIDIAS 
70 The scars upon your honor therefore he
 Does pity as constrainèd blemishes,
 Not as deserved.
CLEOPATRA  He is a god and knows
 What is most right. Mine honor was not yielded,
75 But conquered merely.
ENOBARBUS, aside  To be sure of that,
 I will ask Antony. Sir, sir, thou art so leaky
 That we must leave thee to thy sinking, for
 Thy dearest quit thee.Enobarbus exits.
THIDIAS 80 Shall I say to Caesar
 What you require of him? For he partly begs
 To be desired to give. It much would please him
 That of his fortunes you should make a staff
 To lean upon. But it would warm his spirits
85 To hear from me you had left Antony
 And put yourself under his shroud,
 The universal landlord.
CLEOPATRA  What’s your name?
THIDIAS 
 My name is Thidias.
CLEOPATRA 90 Most kind messenger,
 Say to great Caesar this in deputation:
 I kiss his conqu’ring hand. Tell him I am prompt
 To lay my crown at ’s feet, and there to kneel.
 Tell him, from his all-obeying breath I hear
95 The doom of Egypt.
THIDIAS  ’Tis your noblest course.
 Wisdom and fortune combating together,
 If that the former dare but what it can,
 No chance may shake it. Give me grace to lay
100 My duty on your hand.
She gives him her hand to kiss.

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CLEOPATRA Your Caesar’s father oft,
 When he hath mused of taking kingdoms in,
 Bestowed his lips on that unworthy place
 As it rained kisses.

Enter Antony and Enobarbus.

ANTONY 105 Favors? By Jove that thunders!
 What art thou, fellow?
THIDIAS  One that but performs
 The bidding of the fullest man and worthiest
 To have command obeyed.
ENOBARBUS 110 You will be whipped.
ANTONY, calling for Servants 
 Approach there!—Ah, you kite!—Now, gods and
 devils,
 Authority melts from me. Of late when I cried “Ho!”
 Like boys unto a muss kings would start forth
115 And cry “Your will?” Have you no ears? I am
 Antony yet.

Enter Servants.

 Take hence this jack and whip him.
ENOBARBUS, aside 
 ’Tis better playing with a lion’s whelp
 Than with an old one dying.
ANTONY 120 Moon and stars!
 Whip him! Were ’t twenty of the greatest tributaries
 That do acknowledge Caesar, should I find them
 So saucy with the hand of she here—what’s her
 name
125 Since she was Cleopatra? Whip him, fellows,
 Till like a boy you see him cringe his face
 And whine aloud for mercy. Take him hence.
THIDIAS 
 Mark Antony—

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ANTONY  Tug him away. Being whipped,
130 Bring him again. This jack of Caesar’s shall
 Bear us an errand to him.
Servants exit with Thidias.
 To Cleopatra. You were half blasted ere I knew you.
 Ha!
 Have I my pillow left unpressed in Rome,
135 Forborne the getting of a lawful race,
 And by a gem of women, to be abused
 By one that looks on feeders?
CLEOPATRA  Good my lord—
ANTONY You have been a boggler ever.
140 But when we in our viciousness grow hard—
 O, misery on ’t!—the wise gods seel our eyes,
 In our own filth drop our clear judgments, make us
 Adore our errors, laugh at ’s while we strut
 To our confusion.
CLEOPATRA 145 O, is ’t come to this?
ANTONY 
 I found you as a morsel cold upon
 Dead Caesar’s trencher; nay, you were a fragment
 Of Gneius Pompey’s, besides what hotter hours,
 Unregistered in vulgar fame, you have
150 Luxuriously picked out. For I am sure,
 Though you can guess what temperance should be,
 You know not what it is.
CLEOPATRA  Wherefore is this?
ANTONY 
 To let a fellow that will take rewards
155 And say “God quit you!” be familiar with
 My playfellow, your hand, this kingly seal
 And plighter of high hearts! O, that I were
 Upon the hill of Basan, to outroar
 The hornèd herd! For I have savage cause,
160 And to proclaim it civilly were like

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 A haltered neck which does the hangman thank
 For being yare about him.

Enter a Servant with Thidias.

 Is he whipped?
SERVANT Soundly, my lord.
ANTONY 165Cried he? And begged he pardon?
SERVANT He did ask favor.
ANTONY, to Thidias 
 If that thy father live, let him repent
 Thou wast not made his daughter; and be thou sorry
 To follow Caesar in his triumph, since
170 Thou hast been whipped for following him.
 Henceforth
 The white hand of a lady fever thee;
 Shake thou to look on ’t. Get thee back to Caesar.
 Tell him thy entertainment. Look thou say
175 He makes me angry with him; for he seems
 Proud and disdainful, harping on what I am,
 Not what he knew I was. He makes me angry,
 And at this time most easy ’tis to do ’t,
 When my good stars that were my former guides
180 Have empty left their orbs and shot their fires
 Into th’ abysm of hell. If he mislike
 My speech and what is done, tell him he has
 Hipparchus, my enfranchèd bondman, whom
 He may at pleasure whip, or hang, or torture,
185 As he shall like to quit me. Urge it thou.
 Hence with thy stripes, begone!Thidias exits.
CLEOPATRA  Have you done yet?
ANTONY 
 Alack, our terrene moon is now eclipsed,
 And it portends alone the fall of Antony.
CLEOPATRA 190I must stay his time.

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ANTONY 
 To flatter Caesar, would you mingle eyes
 With one that ties his points?
CLEOPATRA  Not know me yet?
ANTONY 
 Coldhearted toward me?
CLEOPATRA 195 Ah, dear, if I be so,
 From my cold heart let heaven engender hail
 And poison it in the source, and the first stone
 Drop in my neck; as it determines, so
 Dissolve my life! The next Caesarion smite,
200 Till by degrees the memory of my womb,
 Together with my brave Egyptians all,
 By the discandying of this pelleted storm
 Lie graveless till the flies and gnats of Nile
 Have buried them for prey!
ANTONY 205 I am satisfied.
 Caesar sits down in Alexandria, where
 I will oppose his fate. Our force by land
 Hath nobly held; our severed navy too
 Have knit again, and fleet, threatening most sealike.
210 Where hast thou been, my heart? Dost thou hear,
 lady?
 If from the field I shall return once more
 To kiss these lips, I will appear in blood.
 I and my sword will earn our chronicle.
215 There’s hope in ’t yet.
CLEOPATRA That’s my brave lord!
ANTONY 
 I will be treble-sinewed, -hearted, -breathed,
 And fight maliciously; for when mine hours
 Were nice and lucky, men did ransom lives
220 Of me for jests. But now I’ll set my teeth
 And send to darkness all that stop me. Come,
 Let’s have one other gaudy night. Call to me

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 All my sad captains. Fill our bowls once more.
 Let’s mock the midnight bell.
CLEOPATRA 225 It is my birthday.
 I had thought t’ have held it poor. But since my lord
 Is Antony again, I will be Cleopatra.
ANTONY We will yet do well.
CLEOPATRA 
 Call all his noble captains to my lord.
ANTONY 
230 Do so; we’ll speak to them, and tonight I’ll force
 The wine peep through their scars.—Come on, my
 queen,
 There’s sap in ’t yet. The next time I do fight
 I’ll make Death love me, for I will contend
235 Even with his pestilent scythe.
All but Enobarbus exit.
ENOBARBUS 
 Now he’ll outstare the lightning. To be furious
 Is to be frighted out of fear, and in that mood
 The dove will peck the estridge; and I see still
 A diminution in our captain’s brain
240 Restores his heart. When valor preys on reason,
 It eats the sword it fights with. I will seek
 Some way to leave him.
He exits.


ACT 4
Scene 1
Enter Caesar, Agrippa, and Maecenas, with his army,
Caesar reading a letter.


CAESAR 
 He calls me “boy,” and chides as he had power
 To beat me out of Egypt. My messenger
 He hath whipped with rods, dares me to personal
 combat,
5 Caesar to Antony. Let the old ruffian know
 I have many other ways to die; meantime
 Laugh at his challenge.
MAECENAS Caesar must think,
 When one so great begins to rage, he’s hunted
10 Even to falling. Give him no breath, but now
 Make boot of his distraction. Never anger
 Made good guard for itself.
CAESAR  Let our best heads
 Know that tomorrow the last of many battles
15 We mean to fight. Within our files there are,
 Of those that served Mark Antony but late,
 Enough to fetch him in. See it done,
 And feast the army; we have store to do ’t,
 And they have earned the waste. Poor Antony.
They exit.



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Scene 2
Enter Antony, Cleopatra, Enobarbus, Charmian, Iras,
with others.


ANTONY 
 He will not fight with me, Domitius?
ENOBARBUS  No.
ANTONY Why should he not?
ENOBARBUS 
 He thinks, being twenty times of better fortune,
5 He is twenty men to one.
ANTONY  Tomorrow, soldier,
 By sea and land I’ll fight. Or I will live
 Or bathe my dying honor in the blood
 Shall make it live again. Woo’t thou fight well?
ENOBARBUS 
10 I’ll strike and cry “Take all.”
ANTONY  Well said. Come on.
 Call forth my household servants.

Enter three or four Servitors.

 Let’s tonight
 Be bounteous at our meal.—Give me thy hand;
15 Thou hast been rightly honest.—So hast thou,—
 Thou,—and thou,—and thou. You have served me
 well,
 And kings have been your fellows.
CLEOPATRA, aside to Enobarbus  What means this?
ENOBARBUS, aside to Cleopatra 
20 ’Tis one of those odd tricks which sorrow shoots
 Out of the mind.
ANTONY, to another Servitor  And thou art honest too.
 I wish I could be made so many men,
 And all of you clapped up together in
25 An Antony, that I might do you service
 So good as you have done.

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ALL THE SERVITORS  The gods forbid!
ANTONY 
 Well, my good fellows, wait on me tonight.
 Scant not my cups, and make as much of me
30 As when mine empire was your fellow too
 And suffered my command.
CLEOPATRA, aside to Enobarbus  What does he mean?
ENOBARBUS, aside to Cleopatra 
 To make his followers weep.
ANTONY, to the Servitors  Tend me tonight;
35 May be it is the period of your duty.
 Haply you shall not see me more, or if,
 A mangled shadow. Perchance tomorrow
 You’ll serve another master. I look on you
 As one that takes his leave. Mine honest friends,
40 I turn you not away, but, like a master
 Married to your good service, stay till death.
 Tend me tonight two hours—I ask no more—
 And the gods yield you for ’t!
ENOBARBUS  What mean you, sir,
45 To give them this discomfort? Look, they weep,
 And I, an ass, am onion-eyed. For shame,
 Transform us not to women.
ANTONY  Ho, ho, ho!
 Now the witch take me if I meant it thus!
50 Grace grow where those drops fall! My hearty
 friends,
 You take me in too dolorous a sense,
 For I spake to you for your comfort, did desire you
 To burn this night with torches. Know, my hearts,
55 I hope well of tomorrow, and will lead you
 Where rather I’ll expect victorious life
 Than death and honor. Let’s to supper, come,
 And drown consideration.
They exit.




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Scene 3
Enter a company of Soldiers.

FIRST SOLDIER 
 Brother, goodnight. Tomorrow is the day.
SECOND SOLDIER 
 It will determine one way. Fare you well.
 Heard you of nothing strange about the streets?
FIRST SOLDIER Nothing. What news?
SECOND SOLDIER 
5 Belike ’tis but a rumor. Goodnight to you.
FIRST SOLDIER Well, sir, goodnight.

They meet other Soldiers who are entering.

SECOND SOLDIER Soldiers, have careful watch.
THIRD SOLDIER And you. Goodnight, goodnight.

They place themselves in every corner of the stage.

SECOND SOLDIER Here we; and if tomorrow
10 Our navy thrive, I have an absolute hope
 Our landmen will stand up.
FIRST SOLDIER ’Tis a brave army, and full of purpose.

Music of the hautboys is under the stage.

SECOND SOLDIER Peace. What noise?
FIRST SOLDIER List, list!
SECOND SOLDIER 15Hark!
FIRST SOLDIER Music i’ th’ air.
THIRD SOLDIER Under the earth.
FOURTH SOLDIER It signs well, does it not?
THIRD SOLDIER No.
FIRST SOLDIER 20Peace, I say. What should this mean?
SECOND SOLDIER 
 ’Tis the god Hercules, whom Antony loved,
 Now leaves him.

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FIRST SOLDIER  Walk. Let’s see if other watchmen
 Do hear what we do.
SECOND SOLDIER 25How now, masters?Speak together.
ALL How now? How now? Do you hear this?
FIRST SOLDIER Ay. Is ’t not strange?
THIRD SOLDIER Do you hear, masters? Do you hear?
FIRST SOLDIER 
 Follow the noise so far as we have quarter.
30 Let’s see how it will give off.
ALL  Content. ’Tis strange.
They exit.


Scene 4
Enter Antony and Cleopatra, with
Charmian, and others.


ANTONY, calling 
 Eros! Mine armor, Eros!
CLEOPATRA  Sleep a little.
ANTONY 
 No, my chuck.—Eros, come, mine armor, Eros.

Enter Eros, carrying armor.

 Come, good fellow, put thine iron on.
5 If fortune be not ours today, it is
 Because we brave her. Come.
CLEOPATRA  Nay, I’ll help too.
 What’s this for?
ANTONY  Ah, let be, let be! Thou art
10 The armorer of my heart. False, false. This, this!
CLEOPATRA 
 Sooth, la, I’ll help. Thus it must be.
ANTONY  Well, well,
 We shall thrive now.—Seest thou, my good fellow?
 Go, put on thy defenses.

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EROS 15 Briefly, sir.
CLEOPATRA 
 Is not this buckled well?
ANTONY  Rarely, rarely.
 He that unbuckles this, till we do please
 To daff ’t for our repose, shall hear a storm.—
20 Thou fumblest, Eros, and my queen’s a squire
 More tight at this than thou. Dispatch.—O love,
 That thou couldst see my wars today, and knew’st
 The royal occupation, thou shouldst see
 A workman in ’t.

Enter an armed Soldier.

25 Good morrow to thee. Welcome.
 Thou look’st like him that knows a warlike charge.
 To business that we love we rise betime
 And go to ’t with delight.
SOLDIER  A thousand, sir,
30 Early though ’t be, have on their riveted trim
 And at the port expect you.Shout. Trumpets flourish.

Enter Captains and Soldiers.

CAPTAIN 
 The morn is fair. Good morrow, general.
ALL 
 Good morrow, general.
ANTONY  ’Tis well blown, lads.
35 This morning, like the spirit of a youth
 That means to be of note, begins betimes.
 So, so.—Come, give me that. This way.—Well said.—
 Fare thee well, dame.He kisses her.
 Whate’er becomes of me,
40 This is a soldier’s kiss. Rebukable
 And worthy shameful check it were to stand
 On more mechanic compliment. I’ll leave thee

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 Now like a man of steel.—You that will fight,
 Follow me close. I’ll bring you to ’t.—Adieu.
Antony, Eros, Captains, and Soldiers exit.
CHARMIAN 
45 Please you retire to your chamber?
CLEOPATRA  Lead me.
 He goes forth gallantly. That he and Caesar might
 Determine this great war in single fight,
 Then Antony—but now—. Well, on.
They exit.


Scene 5
Trumpets sound. Enter Antony and Eros, and a Soldier
who meets them.


SOLDIER 
 The gods make this a happy day to Antony.
ANTONY 
 Would thou and those thy scars had once prevailed
 To make me fight at land.
SOLDIER  Had’st thou done so,
5 The kings that have revolted and the soldier
 That has this morning left thee would have still
 Followed thy heels.
ANTONY  Who’s gone this morning?
SOLDIER  Who?
10 One ever near thee. Call for Enobarbus,
 He shall not hear thee, or from Caesar’s camp
 Say “I am none of thine.”
ANTONY  What sayest thou?
SOLDIER  Sir,
15 He is with Caesar.
EROS  Sir, his chests and treasure
 He has not with him.

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ANTONY  Is he gone?
SOLDIER  Most certain.
ANTONY 
20 Go, Eros, send his treasure after. Do it.
 Detain no jot, I charge thee. Write to him—
 I will subscribe—gentle adieus and greetings.
 Say that I wish he never find more cause
 To change a master. O, my fortunes have
25 Corrupted honest men. Dispatch.—Enobarbus!
They exit.


Scene 6
Flourish. Enter Agrippa, Caesar, with
Enobarbus and Dolabella.


CAESAR 
 Go forth, Agrippa, and begin the fight.
 Our will is Antony be took alive;
 Make it so known.
AGRIPPA Caesar, I shall.He exits.
CAESAR 
5 The time of universal peace is near.
 Prove this a prosp’rous day, the three-nooked world
 Shall bear the olive freely.

Enter a Messenger.

MESSENGER  Antony
 Is come into the field.
CAESAR 10 Go charge Agrippa
 Plant those that have revolted in the vant
 That Antony may seem to spend his fury
 Upon himself.All but Enobarbus exit.
ENOBARBUS 
 Alexas did revolt and went to Jewry on

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15 Affairs of Antony, there did dissuade
 Great Herod to incline himself to Caesar
 And leave his master Antony. For this pains,
 Caesar hath hanged him. Canidius and the rest
 That fell away have entertainment but
20 No honorable trust. I have done ill,
 Of which I do accuse myself so sorely
 That I will joy no more.

Enter a Soldier of Caesar’s.

SOLDIER  Enobarbus, Antony
 Hath after thee sent all thy treasure, with
25 His bounty overplus. The messenger
 Came on my guard, and at thy tent is now
 Unloading of his mules.
ENOBARBUS I give it you.
SOLDIER Mock not, Enobarbus.
30 I tell you true. Best you safed the bringer
 Out of the host. I must attend mine office
 Or would have done ’t myself. Your emperor
 Continues still a Jove.He exits.
ENOBARBUS 
 I am alone the villain of the Earth,
35 And feel I am so most. O Antony,
 Thou mine of bounty, how wouldst thou have paid
 My better service, when my turpitude
 Thou dost so crown with gold! This blows my
 heart.
40 If swift thought break it not, a swifter mean
 Shall outstrike thought, but thought will do ’t, I feel.
 I fight against thee? No. I will go seek
 Some ditch wherein to die; the foul’st best fits
 My latter part of life.
He exits.




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Scene 7
Alarum, Drums and Trumpets. Enter Agrippa,
with other of Caesar’s soldiers.


AGRIPPA 
 Retire! We have engaged ourselves too far.
 Caesar himself has work, and our oppression
 Exceeds what we expected.They exit.

Alarums. Enter Antony, and Scarus wounded.

SCARUS 
 O my brave emperor, this is fought indeed!
5 Had we done so at first, we had droven them home
 With clouts about their heads.
ANTONY  Thou bleed’st apace.
SCARUS 
 I had a wound here that was like a T,
 But now ’tis made an H.Sound of retreat far off.
ANTONY 10 They do retire.
SCARUS 
 We’ll beat ’em into bench-holes. I have yet
 Room for six scotches more.

Enter Eros.

EROS 
 They are beaten, sir, and our advantage serves
 For a fair victory.
SCARUS 15 Let us score their backs
 And snatch ’em up as we take hares, behind.
 ’Tis sport to maul a runner.
ANTONY  I will reward thee
 Once for thy sprightly comfort and tenfold
20 For thy good valor. Come thee on.
SCARUS  I’ll halt after.
They exit.




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Scene 8
Alarum. Enter Antony again in a march;
Scarus, with others.


ANTONY 
 We have beat him to his camp. Run one before
 And let the Queen know of our gests.
A Soldier exits.
 Tomorrow
 Before the sun shall see ’s, we’ll spill the blood
5 That has today escaped. I thank you all,
 For doughty-handed are you, and have fought
 Not as you served the cause, but as ’t had been
 Each man’s like mine. You have shown all Hectors.
 Enter the city. Clip your wives, your friends.
10 Tell them your feats, whilst they with joyful tears
 Wash the congealment from your wounds and kiss
 The honored gashes whole.

Enter Cleopatra.

To Scarus.  Give me thy hand.
 To this great fairy I’ll commend thy acts,
15 Make her thanks bless thee.—O, thou day o’ th’
 world,
 Chain mine armed neck. Leap thou, attire and all,
 Through proof of harness to my heart, and there
 Ride on the pants triumphing.
CLEOPATRA 20 Lord of lords!
 O infinite virtue, com’st thou smiling from
 The world’s great snare uncaught?
ANTONY  Mine nightingale,
 We have beat them to their beds. What, girl, though
25 gray
 Do something mingle with our younger brown, yet
 ha’ we

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 A brain that nourishes our nerves and can
 Get goal for goal of youth. Behold this man.
30 Commend unto his lips thy favoring hand.—
 Kiss it, my warrior.Scarus kisses her hand.
 He hath fought today
 As if a god in hate of mankind had
 Destroyed in such a shape.
CLEOPATRA, to Scarus 35 I’ll give thee, friend,
 An armor all of gold. It was a king’s.
ANTONY 
 He has deserved it, were it carbuncled
 Like holy Phoebus’ car. Give me thy hand.
 Through Alexandria make a jolly march.
40 Bear our hacked targets like the men that owe
 them.
 Had our great palace the capacity
 To camp this host, we all would sup together
 And drink carouses to the next day’s fate,
45 Which promises royal peril.—Trumpeters,
 With brazen din blast you the city’s ear.
 Make mingle with our rattling taborins,
 That heaven and Earth may strike their sounds
 together,
50 Applauding our approach.
They exit.


Scene 9
Enter a Sentry and his company. Enobarbus follows.

SENTRY 
 If we be not relieved within this hour,
 We must return to th’ court of guard. The night
 Is shiny, and they say we shall embattle
 By th’ second hour i’ th’ morn.

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FIRST WATCH 5This last day was a shrewd one to ’s.
ENOBARBUS O, bear me witness, night—
SECOND WATCH What man is this?
FIRST WATCH Stand close, and list him.
ENOBARBUS 
 Be witness to me, O thou blessèd moon,
10 When men revolted shall upon record
 Bear hateful memory, poor Enobarbus did
 Before thy face repent.
SENTRY Enobarbus?
SECOND WATCH Peace! Hark further.
ENOBARBUS 
15 O sovereign mistress of true melancholy,
 The poisonous damp of night dispunge upon me,
 That life, a very rebel to my will,
 May hang no longer on me. Throw my heart
 Against the flint and hardness of my fault,
20 Which, being dried with grief, will break to powder
 And finish all foul thoughts. O Antony,
 Nobler than my revolt is infamous,
 Forgive me in thine own particular,
 But let the world rank me in register
25 A master-leaver and a fugitive.
 O Antony! O Antony!He dies.
FIRST WATCH Let’s speak to him.
SENTRY Let’s hear him, for the things he speaks may
 concern Caesar.
SECOND WATCH 30Let’s do so. But he sleeps.
SENTRY 
 Swoons rather, for so bad a prayer as his
 Was never yet for sleep.
FIRST WATCH  Go we to him.
SECOND WATCH Awake, sir, awake! Speak to us.
FIRST WATCH 35Hear you, sir?
SENTRY 
 The hand of death hath raught him.Drums afar off.

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 Hark, the drums
 Demurely wake the sleepers. Let us bear him
 To th’ court of guard; he is of note. Our hour
40 Is fully out.
SECOND WATCH  Come on then. He may recover yet.
They exit, carrying Enobarbus’ body.


Scene 10
Enter Antony and Scarus, with their army.

ANTONY 
 Their preparation is today by sea;
 We please them not by land.
SCARUS  For both, my lord.
ANTONY 
 I would they’d fight i’ th’ fire or i’ th’ air;
5 We’d fight there too. But this it is: our foot
 Upon the hills adjoining to the city
 Shall stay with us—order for sea is given;
 They have put forth the haven—
 Where their appointment we may best discover
10 And look on their endeavor.
They exit.


Scene 11
Enter Caesar and his army.

CAESAR 
 But being charged, we will be still by land—
 Which, as I take ’t, we shall, for his best force
 Is forth to man his galleys. To the vales,
 And hold our best advantage.
They exit.




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Scene 12
Enter Antony and Scarus.

ANTONY 
 Yet they are not joined. Where yond pine does stand,
 I shall discover all. I’ll bring thee word
 Straight how ’tis like to go.He exits.
Alarum afar off, as at a sea fight.
SCARUS  Swallows have built
5 In Cleopatra’s sails their nests. The augurs
 Say they know not, they cannot tell, look grimly
 And dare not speak their knowledge. Antony
 Is valiant and dejected, and by starts
 His fretted fortunes give him hope and fear
10 Of what he has and has not.

Enter Antony.

ANTONY  All is lost!
 This foul Egyptian hath betrayèd me.
 My fleet hath yielded to the foe, and yonder
 They cast their caps up and carouse together
15 Like friends long lost. Triple-turned whore! ’Tis thou
 Hast sold me to this novice, and my heart
 Makes only wars on thee. Bid them all fly—
 For when I am revenged upon my charm,
 I have done all. Bid them all fly. Begone!
Scarus exits.
20 O sun, thy uprise shall I see no more.
 Fortune and Antony part here; even here
 Do we shake hands. All come to this? The hearts
 That spanieled me at heels, to whom I gave
 Their wishes, do discandy, melt their sweets
25 On blossoming Caesar, and this pine is barked
 That overtopped them all. Betrayed I am.
 O, this false soul of Egypt! This grave charm,

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 Whose eye becked forth my wars and called them
 home,
30 Whose bosom was my crownet, my chief end,
 Like a right gypsy hath at fast and loose
 Beguiled me to the very heart of loss.—
 What Eros, Eros!

Enter Cleopatra.

 Ah, thou spell! Avaunt!
CLEOPATRA 
35 Why is my lord enraged against his love?
ANTONY 
 Vanish, or I shall give thee thy deserving
 And blemish Caesar’s triumph. Let him take thee
 And hoist thee up to the shouting plebeians!
 Follow his chariot, like the greatest spot
40 Of all thy sex; most monster-like be shown
 For poor’st diminutives, for dolts, and let
 Patient Octavia plow thy visage up
 With her preparèd nails.Cleopatra exits.
 ’Tis well th’ art gone,
45 If it be well to live. But better ’twere
 Thou fell’st into my fury, for one death
 Might have prevented many.—Eros, ho!—
 The shirt of Nessus is upon me. Teach me,
 Alcides, thou mine ancestor, thy rage.
50 Let me lodge Lichas on the horns o’ th’ moon,
 And with those hands that grasped the heaviest
 club
 Subdue my worthiest self. The witch shall die.
 To the young Roman boy she hath sold me, and I
55 fall
 Under this plot. She dies for ’t.—Eros, ho!
He exits.




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Scene 13
Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, Iras, and Mardian.

CLEOPATRA 
 Help me, my women! O, he’s more mad
 Than Telamon for his shield; the boar of Thessaly
 Was never so embossed.
CHARMIAN  To th’ monument!
5 There lock yourself and send him word you are
 dead.
 The soul and body rive not more in parting
 Than greatness going off.
CLEOPATRA  To th’ monument!—
10 Mardian, go tell him I have slain myself.
 Say that the last I spoke was “Antony,”
 And word it, prithee, piteously. Hence, Mardian,
 And bring me how he takes my death.—To th’
 monument!
They exit.


Scene 14
Enter Antony and Eros.

ANTONY 
 Eros, thou yet behold’st me?
EROS  Ay, noble lord.
ANTONY 
 Sometime we see a cloud that’s dragonish,
 A vapor sometime like a bear or lion,
5 A towered citadel, a pendent rock,
 A forkèd mountain, or blue promontory
 With trees upon ’t that nod unto the world
 And mock our eyes with air. Thou hast seen these
 signs.
10 They are black vesper’s pageants.
EROS  Ay, my lord.

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ANTONY 
 That which is now a horse, even with a thought
 The rack dislimns and makes it indistinct
 As water is in water.
EROS 15 It does, my lord.
ANTONY 
 My good knave Eros, now thy captain is
 Even such a body. Here I am Antony,
 Yet cannot hold this visible shape, my knave.
 I made these wars for Egypt, and the Queen,
20 Whose heart I thought I had, for she had mine—
 Which whilst it was mine had annexed unto ’t
 A million more, now lost—she, Eros, has
 Packed cards with Caesar and false-played my glory
 Unto an enemy’s triumph.
25 Nay, weep not, gentle Eros. There is left us
 Ourselves to end ourselves.

Enter Mardian.

 O, thy vile lady!
 She has robbed me of my sword.
MARDIAN  No, Antony,
30 My mistress loved thee and her fortunes mingled
 With thine entirely.
ANTONY  Hence, saucy eunuch! Peace!
 She hath betrayed me and shall die the death.
MARDIAN 
 Death of one person can be paid but once,
35 And that she has discharged. What thou wouldst do
 Is done unto thy hand. The last she spake
 Was “Antony, most noble Antony.”
 Then in the midst a tearing groan did break
 The name of Antony; it was divided
40 Between her heart and lips. She rendered life
 Thy name so buried in her.

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ANTONY  Dead, then?
MARDIAN  Dead.
ANTONY 
 Unarm, Eros. The long day’s task is done,
45 And we must sleep.—That thou depart’st hence safe
 Does pay thy labor richly. Go.Mardian exits.
 Off, pluck off!
Eros begins to remove Antony’s armor.
 The sevenfold shield of Ajax cannot keep
 The battery from my heart. O, cleave, my sides!
50 Heart, once be stronger than thy continent;
 Crack thy frail case. Apace, Eros, apace!
 No more a soldier. Bruisèd pieces, go.
 You have been nobly borne.—From me awhile.
Eros exits.
 I will o’ertake thee, Cleopatra, and
55 Weep for my pardon. So it must be, for now
 All length is torture. Since the torch is out,
 Lie down and stray no farther. Now all labor
 Mars what it does; yea, very force entangles
 Itself with strength. Seal, then, and all is done.—
60 Eros!—I come, my queen.—Eros!—Stay for me.
 Where souls do couch on flowers, we’ll hand in hand,
 And with our sprightly port make the ghosts gaze.
 Dido and her Aeneas shall want troops,
 And all the haunt be ours.—Come, Eros, Eros!

Enter Eros.

EROS 
65 What would my lord?
ANTONY  Since Cleopatra died
 I have lived in such dishonor that the gods
 Detest my baseness. I, that with my sword
 Quartered the world and o’er green Neptune’s back
70 With ships made cities, condemn myself to lack

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 The courage of a woman—less noble mind
 Than she which, by her death, our Caesar tells
 “I am conqueror of myself.” Thou art sworn, Eros,
 That when the exigent should come, which now
75 Is come indeed, when I should see behind me
 Th’ inevitable prosecution of
 Disgrace and horror, that on my command
 Thou then wouldst kill me. Do ’t. The time is come.
 Thou strik’st not me; ’tis Caesar thou defeat’st.
80 Put color in thy cheek.
EROS  The gods withhold me!
 Shall I do that which all the Parthian darts,
 Though enemy, lost aim and could not?
ANTONY  Eros,
85 Wouldst thou be windowed in great Rome and see
 Thy master thus with pleached arms, bending down
 His corrigible neck, his face subdued
 To penetrative shame, whilst the wheeled seat
 Of fortunate Caesar, drawn before him, branded
90 His baseness that ensued?
EROS  I would not see ’t.
ANTONY 
 Come, then, for with a wound I must be cured.
 Draw that thy honest sword, which thou hast worn
 Most useful for thy country.
EROS 95 O, sir, pardon me!
ANTONY 
 When I did make thee free, swor’st thou not then
 To do this when I bade thee? Do it at once,
 Or thy precedent services are all
 But accidents unpurposed. Draw, and come.
EROS 
100 Turn from me then that noble countenance
 Wherein the worship of the whole world lies.
ANTONY Lo thee!He turns away.

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EROS 
 My sword is drawn.
ANTONY  Then let it do at once
105 The thing why thou hast drawn it.
EROS  My dear master,
 My captain, and my emperor, let me say,
 Before I strike this bloody stroke, farewell.
ANTONY ’Tis said, man, and farewell.
EROS 
110 Farewell, great chief. Shall I strike now?
ANTONY  Now, Eros.
EROS 
 Why, there, then.Stabs himself.
 Thus I do escape the sorrow
 Of Antony’s death.Dies.
ANTONY 115 Thrice nobler than myself,
 Thou teachest me, O valiant Eros, what
 I should and thou couldst not. My queen and Eros
 Have by their brave instruction got upon me
 A nobleness in record. But I will be
120 A bridegroom in my death and run into ’t
 As to a lover’s bed. Come then, and, Eros,
 Thy master dies thy scholar. To do thus
 I learned of thee. He stabs himself. How, not dead?
 Not dead?
125 The guard, ho! O, dispatch me!

Enter a company of the Guard, one of them named
Dercetus.


FIRST GUARD  What’s the noise?
ANTONY 
 I have done my work ill, friends. O, make an end
 Of what I have begun!
SECOND GUARD  The star is fall’n.
FIRST GUARD 
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ALL  Alas, and woe!
ANTONY Let him that loves me strike me dead.
FIRST GUARD Not I.
SECOND GUARD Nor I.
THIRD GUARD 135Nor anyone.
All but Antony and Dercetus exit.
DERCETUS 
 Thy death and fortunes bid thy followers fly.
He takes Antony’s sword.
 This sword but shown to Caesar with this tidings
 Shall enter me with him.

Enter Diomedes.

DIOMEDES Where’s Antony?
DERCETUS 140There, Diomed, there.
DIOMEDES Lives he? Wilt thou not answer, man?
Dercetus exits.
ANTONY 
 Art thou there, Diomed? Draw thy sword, and give me
 Sufficing strokes for death.
DIOMEDES  Most absolute lord,
145 My mistress Cleopatra sent me to thee.
ANTONY 
 When did she send thee?
DIOMEDES  Now, my lord.
ANTONY  Where is she?
DIOMEDES 
 Locked in her monument. She had a prophesying
150 fear
 Of what hath come to pass. For when she saw—
 Which never shall be found—you did suspect
 She had disposed with Caesar, and that your rage
 Would not be purged, she sent you word she was
155 dead;
 But fearing since how it might work, hath sent

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 Me to proclaim the truth, and I am come,
 I dread, too late.
ANTONY 
 Too late, good Diomed. Call my guard, I prithee.
DIOMEDES 
160 What ho! The Emperor’s guard! The guard, what ho!
 Come, your lord calls.

Enter four or five of the Guard of Antony.

ANTONY 
 Bear me, good friends, where Cleopatra bides.
 ’Tis the last service that I shall command you.
FIRST GUARD 
 Woe, woe are we, sir, you may not live to wear
165 All your true followers out.
ALL  Most heavy day!
ANTONY 
 Nay, good my fellows, do not please sharp fate
 To grace it with your sorrows. Bid that welcome
 Which comes to punish us, and we punish it,
170 Seeming to bear it lightly. Take me up.
 I have led you oft; carry me now, good friends,
 And have my thanks for all.
They exit bearing Antony and the body of Eros.


Scene 15
Enter Cleopatra and her maids aloft, with
Charmian and Iras.


CLEOPATRA 
 O Charmian, I will never go from hence.
CHARMIAN 
 Be comforted, dear madam.
CLEOPATRA  No, I will not.
 All strange and terrible events are welcome,

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5 But comforts we despise. Our size of sorrow,
 Proportioned to our cause, must be as great
 As that which makes it.

Enter Diomedes below.

 How now? Is he dead?
DIOMEDES 
 His death’s upon him, but not dead.
10 Look out o’ th’ other side your monument.
 His guard have brought him thither.

Enter Antony below, and the Guard bearing him.

CLEOPATRA O sun,
 Burn the great sphere thou mov’st in. Darkling stand
 The varying shore o’ th’ world! O Antony, Antony,
15 Antony! Help, Charmian! Help, Iras, help!
 Help, friends below! Let’s draw him hither.
ANTONY  Peace!
 Not Caesar’s valor hath o’erthrown Antony,
 But Antony’s hath triumphed on itself.
CLEOPATRA 
20 So it should be that none but Antony
 Should conquer Antony, but woe ’tis so!
ANTONY 
 I am dying, Egypt, dying. Only
 I here importune death awhile until
 Of many thousand kisses the poor last
25 I lay upon thy lips.
CLEOPATRA  I dare not, dear,
 Dear my lord, pardon, I dare not,
 Lest I be taken. Not th’ imperious show
 Of the full-fortuned Caesar ever shall
30 Be brooched with me; if knife, drugs, serpents have
 Edge, sting, or operation, I am safe.
 Your wife Octavia, with her modest eyes

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 And still conclusion, shall acquire no honor
 Demuring upon me. But come, come, Antony.—
35 Help me, my women!—We must draw thee up.—
 Assist, good friends.They begin lifting him.
ANTONY  O, quick, or I am gone.
CLEOPATRA 
 Here’s sport indeed. How heavy weighs my lord!
 Our strength is all gone into heaviness;
40 That makes the weight. Had I great Juno’s power,
 The strong-winged Mercury should fetch thee up
 And set thee by Jove’s side. Yet come a little.
 Wishers were ever fools. O, come, come, come!
They heave Antony aloft to Cleopatra.
 And welcome, welcome! Die when thou hast lived;
45 Quicken with kissing. Had my lips that power,
 Thus would I wear them out.She kisses him.
ALL A heavy sight!
ANTONY I am dying, Egypt, dying.
 Give me some wine, and let me speak a little.
CLEOPATRA 
50 No, let me speak, and let me rail so high
 That the false huswife Fortune break her wheel,
 Provoked by my offense.
ANTONY  One word, sweet queen:
 Of Caesar seek your honor with your safety—O!
CLEOPATRA 
55 They do not go together.
ANTONY  Gentle, hear me.
 None about Caesar trust but Proculeius.
CLEOPATRA 
 My resolution and my hands I’ll trust,
 None about Caesar.
ANTONY 
60 The miserable change now at my end
 Lament nor sorrow at, but please your thoughts

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 In feeding them with those my former fortunes
 Wherein I lived the greatest prince o’ th’ world,
 The noblest, and do now not basely die,
65 Not cowardly put off my helmet to
 My countryman—a Roman by a Roman
 Valiantly vanquished. Now my spirit is going;
 I can no more.
CLEOPATRA  Noblest of men, woo’t die?
70 Hast thou no care of me? Shall I abide
 In this dull world, which in thy absence is
 No better than a sty? O see, my women,
 The crown o’ th’ Earth doth melt.—My lord!
Antony dies.
 O, withered is the garland of the war;
75 The soldier’s pole is fall’n; young boys and girls
 Are level now with men. The odds is gone,
 And there is nothing left remarkable
 Beneath the visiting moon.
CHARMIAN  O, quietness, lady!
Cleopatra swoons.
IRAS 80She’s dead, too, our sovereign.
CHARMIAN Lady!
IRAS Madam!
CHARMIAN O madam, madam, madam!
IRAS Royal Egypt! Empress!Cleopatra stirs.
CHARMIAN 85Peace, peace, Iras!
CLEOPATRA 
 No more but e’en a woman, and commanded
 By such poor passion as the maid that milks
 And does the meanest chares. It were for me
 To throw my scepter at the injurious gods,
90 To tell them that this world did equal theirs
 Till they had stolen our jewel. All’s but naught.
 Patience is sottish, and impatience does
 Become a dog that’s mad. Then is it sin

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 To rush into the secret house of death
95 Ere death dare come to us? How do you, women?
 What, what, good cheer! Why, how now, Charmian?
 My noble girls! Ah, women, women! Look,
 Our lamp is spent; it’s out. Good sirs, take heart.
 We’ll bury him; and then, what’s brave, what’s
100 noble,
 Let’s do ’t after the high Roman fashion
 And make death proud to take us. Come, away.
 This case of that huge spirit now is cold.
 Ah women, women! Come, we have no friend
105 But resolution and the briefest end.
They exit, bearing off Antony’s body.


ACT 5
Scene 1
Enter Caesar with Agrippa, Dolabella, Maecenas,
Gallus, and Proculeius, his council of war.


CAESAR, aside to Dolabella 
 Go to him, Dolabella, bid him yield.
 Being so frustrate, tell him, he mocks
 The pauses that he makes.
DOLABELLA  Caesar, I shall.
Dolabella exits.

Enter Dercetus with the sword of Antony.

CAESAR 
5 Wherefore is that? And what art thou that dar’st
 Appear thus to us?
DERCETUS  I am called Dercetus.
 Mark Antony I served, who best was worthy
 Best to be served. Whilst he stood up and spoke,
10 He was my master, and I wore my life
 To spend upon his haters. If thou please
 To take me to thee, as I was to him
 I’ll be to Caesar; if thou pleasest not,
 I yield thee up my life.
CAESAR 15 What is ’t thou say’st?
DERCETUS 
 I say, O Caesar, Antony is dead.
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CAESAR 
 The breaking of so great a thing should make
 A greater crack. The round world
 Should have shook lions into civil streets
20 And citizens to their dens. The death of Antony
 Is not a single doom; in the name lay
 A moiety of the world.
DERCETUS  He is dead, Caesar,
 Not by a public minister of justice,
25 Nor by a hirèd knife, but that self hand
 Which writ his honor in the acts it did
 Hath, with the courage which the heart did lend it,
 Splitted the heart. This is his sword.
 I robbed his wound of it. Behold it stained
30 With his most noble blood.
CAESAR  Look you sad, friends?
 The gods rebuke me, but it is tidings
 To wash the eyes of kings.
AGRIPPA  And strange it is
35 That nature must compel us to lament
 Our most persisted deeds.
MAECENAS  His taints and honors
 Waged equal with him.
AGRIPPA  A rarer spirit never
40 Did steer humanity, but you gods will give us
 Some faults to make us men. Caesar is touched.
MAECENAS 
 When such a spacious mirror’s set before him,
 He needs must see himself.
CAESAR  O Antony,
45 I have followed thee to this, but we do lance
 Diseases in our bodies. I must perforce
 Have shown to thee such a declining day
 Or look on thine. We could not stall together
 In the whole world. But yet let me lament
50 With tears as sovereign as the blood of hearts

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 That thou my brother, my competitor
 In top of all design, my mate in empire,
 Friend and companion in the front of war,
 The arm of mine own body, and the heart
55 Where mine his thoughts did kindle—that our stars
 Unreconciliable should divide
 Our equalness to this. Hear me, good friends—

Enter an Egyptian.

 But I will tell you at some meeter season.
 The business of this man looks out of him.
60 We’ll hear him what he says.—Whence are you?
EGYPTIAN 
 A poor Egyptian yet, the Queen my mistress,
 Confined in all she has, her monument,
 Of thy intents desires instruction,
 That she preparedly may frame herself
65 To th’ way she’s forced to.
CAESAR  Bid her have good heart.
 She soon shall know of us, by some of ours,
 How honorable and how kindly we
 Determine for her. For Caesar cannot live
70 To be ungentle.
EGYPTIAN  So the gods preserve thee.He exits.
CAESAR 
 Come hither, Proculeius. Go and say
 We purpose her no shame. Give her what comforts
 The quality of her passion shall require,
75 Lest, in her greatness, by some mortal stroke
 She do defeat us, for her life in Rome
 Would be eternal in our triumph. Go,
 And with your speediest bring us what she says
 And how you find of her.
PROCULEIUS 80 Caesar, I shall.
Proculeius exits.

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CAESAR 
 Gallus, go you along.Gallus exits.
 Where’s Dolabella,
 To second Proculeius?
ALL  Dolabella!
CAESAR 
85 Let him alone, for I remember now
 How he’s employed. He shall in time be ready.
 Go with me to my tent, where you shall see
 How hardly I was drawn into this war,
 How calm and gentle I proceeded still
90 In all my writings. Go with me and see
 What I can show in this.
They exit.


Scene 2
Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, and Iras.

CLEOPATRA 
 My desolation does begin to make
 A better life. ’Tis paltry to be Caesar;
 Not being Fortune, he’s but Fortune’s knave,
 A minister of her will. And it is great
5 To do that thing that ends all other deeds,
 Which shackles accidents and bolts up change,
 Which sleeps and never palates more the dung,
 The beggar’s nurse, and Caesar’s.

Enter Proculeius.

PROCULEIUS 
 Caesar sends greeting to the Queen of Egypt,
10 And bids thee study on what fair demands
 Thou mean’st to have him grant thee.
CLEOPATRA  What’s thy name?
PROCULEIUS 
 My name is Proculeius.

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CLEOPATRA  Antony
15 Did tell me of you, bade me trust you, but
 I do not greatly care to be deceived
 That have no use for trusting. If your master
 Would have a queen his beggar, you must tell him
 That majesty, to keep decorum, must
20 No less beg than a kingdom. If he please
 To give me conquered Egypt for my son,
 He gives me so much of mine own as I
 Will kneel to him with thanks.
PROCULEIUS  Be of good cheer.
25 You’re fall’n into a princely hand; fear nothing.
 Make your full reference freely to my lord,
 Who is so full of grace that it flows over
 On all that need. Let me report to him
 Your sweet dependency, and you shall find
30 A conqueror that will pray in aid for kindness
 Where he for grace is kneeled to.
CLEOPATRA  Pray you tell him
 I am his fortune’s vassal and I send him
 The greatness he has got. I hourly learn
35 A doctrine of obedience, and would gladly
 Look him i’ th’ face.
PROCULEIUS  This I’ll report, dear lady.
 Have comfort, for I know your plight is pitied
 Of him that caused it.

Gallus and Soldiers enter and seize Cleopatra.

GALLUS 
40 You see how easily she may be surprised.
 Guard her till Caesar come.
IRAS  Royal queen!
CHARMIAN 
 O, Cleopatra, thou art taken, queen!
CLEOPATRA, drawing a dagger 
 Quick, quick, good hands!

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PROCULEIUS, seizing the dagger 45 Hold, worthy lady, hold!
 Do not yourself such wrong, who are in this
 Relieved, but not betrayed.
CLEOPATRA  What, of death, too,
 That rids our dogs of languish?
PROCULEIUS 50 Cleopatra,
 Do not abuse my master’s bounty by
 Th’ undoing of yourself. Let the world see
 His nobleness well acted, which your death
 Will never let come forth.
CLEOPATRA 55 Where art thou, Death?
 Come hither, come! Come, come, and take a queen
 Worth many babes and beggars.
PROCULEIUS  O, temperance, lady!
CLEOPATRA 
 Sir, I will eat no meat; I’ll not drink, sir.
60 If idle talk will once be necessary—
 I’ll not sleep neither. This mortal house I’ll ruin,
 Do Caesar what he can. Know, sir, that I
 Will not wait pinioned at your master’s court,
 Nor once be chastised with the sober eye
65 Of dull Octavia. Shall they hoist me up
 And show me to the shouting varletry
 Of censuring Rome? Rather a ditch in Egypt
 Be gentle grave unto me; rather on Nilus’ mud
 Lay me stark naked, and let the waterflies
70 Blow me into abhorring; rather make
 My country’s high pyramides my gibbet
 And hang me up in chains!
PROCULEIUS  You do extend
 These thoughts of horror further than you shall
75 Find cause in Caesar.

Enter Dolabella.

DOLABELLA  Proculeius,
 What thou hast done thy master Caesar knows,

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 And he hath sent for thee. For the Queen,
 I’ll take her to my guard.
PROCULEIUS 80 So, Dolabella,
 It shall content me best. Be gentle to her.
 To Cleopatra. To Caesar I will speak what you
 shall please,
 If you’ll employ me to him.
CLEOPATRA 85 Say I would die.
Proculeius, Gallus, and Soldiers exit.
DOLABELLA 
 Most noble empress, you have heard of me.
CLEOPATRA 
 I cannot tell.
DOLABELLA  Assuredly you know me.
CLEOPATRA 
 No matter, sir, what I have heard or known.
90 You laugh when boys or women tell their dreams;
 Is ’t not your trick?
DOLABELLA  I understand not, madam.
CLEOPATRA 
 I dreamt there was an emperor Antony.
 O, such another sleep, that I might see
95 But such another man.
DOLABELLA  If it might please you—
CLEOPATRA 
 His face was as the heavens, and therein stuck
 A sun and moon, which kept their course and
 lighted
100 The little O, the Earth.
DOLABELLA  Most sovereign creature—
CLEOPATRA 
 His legs bestrid the ocean, his reared arm
 Crested the world. His voice was propertied
 As all the tunèd spheres, and that to friends;
105 But when he meant to quail and shake the orb,

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 He was as rattling thunder. For his bounty,
 There was no winter in ’t; an autumn ’twas
 That grew the more by reaping. His delights
 Were dolphin-like; they showed his back above
110 The element they lived in. In his livery
 Walked crowns and crownets; realms and islands
 were
 As plates dropped from his pocket.
DOLABELLA  Cleopatra—
CLEOPATRA 
115 Think you there was, or might be, such a man
 As this I dreamt of?
DOLABELLA  Gentle madam, no.
CLEOPATRA 
 You lie up to the hearing of the gods!
 But if there be nor ever were one such,
120 It’s past the size of dreaming. Nature wants stuff
 To vie strange forms with fancy, yet t’ imagine
 An Antony were nature’s piece ’gainst fancy,
 Condemning shadows quite.
DOLABELLA  Hear me, good madam.
125 Your loss is as yourself, great; and you bear it
 As answering to the weight. Would I might never
 O’ertake pursued success but I do feel,
 By the rebound of yours, a grief that smites
 My very heart at root.
CLEOPATRA 130 I thank you, sir.
 Know you what Caesar means to do with me?
DOLABELLA 
 I am loath to tell you what I would you knew.
CLEOPATRA 
 Nay, pray you, sir.
DOLABELLA  Though he be honorable—
CLEOPATRA 135He’ll lead me, then, in triumph.
DOLABELLA Madam, he will. I know ’t.

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Flourish. Enter Caesar, Proculeius, Gallus, Maecenas,
and others of his train.


ALL Make way there! Caesar!
CAESAR Which is the Queen of Egypt?
DOLABELLA It is the Emperor, madam.
Cleopatra kneels.
CAESAR 140Arise. You shall not kneel.
 I pray you, rise. Rise, Egypt.
CLEOPATRA  Sir, the gods
 Will have it thus. My master and my lord
 I must obey.She stands.
CAESAR 145 Take to you no hard thoughts.
 The record of what injuries you did us,
 Though written in our flesh, we shall remember
 As things but done by chance.
CLEOPATRA  Sole sir o’ th’ world,
150 I cannot project mine own cause so well
 To make it clear, but do confess I have
 Been laden with like frailties which before
 Have often shamed our sex.
CAESAR  Cleopatra, know
155 We will extenuate rather than enforce.
 If you apply yourself to our intents,
 Which towards you are most gentle, you shall find
 A benefit in this change; but if you seek
 To lay on me a cruelty by taking
160 Antony’s course, you shall bereave yourself
 Of my good purposes, and put your children
 To that destruction which I’ll guard them from
 If thereon you rely. I’ll take my leave.
CLEOPATRA 
 And may through all the world. ’Tis yours, and we,
165 Your scutcheons and your signs of conquest, shall
 Hang in what place you please. Here, my good lord.
She holds out a paper.

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CAESAR 
 You shall advise me in all for Cleopatra.
CLEOPATRA 
 This is the brief of money, plate, and jewels
 I am possessed of. ’Tis exactly valued,
170 Not petty things admitted.—Where’s Seleucus?

Enter Seleucus.

SELEUCUS Here, madam.
CLEOPATRA 
 This is my treasurer. Let him speak, my lord,
 Upon his peril, that I have reserved
 To myself nothing.—Speak the truth, Seleucus.
SELEUCUS 
175 Madam, I had rather seel my lips
 Than to my peril speak that which is not.
CLEOPATRA What have I kept back?
SELEUCUS 
 Enough to purchase what you have made known.
CAESAR 
 Nay, blush not, Cleopatra. I approve
180 Your wisdom in the deed.
CLEOPATRA  See, Caesar, O, behold
 How pomp is followed! Mine will now be yours,
 And should we shift estates, yours would be mine.
 The ingratitude of this Seleucus does
185 Even make me wild.—O slave, of no more trust
 Than love that’s hired! What, goest thou back? Thou
 shalt
 Go back, I warrant thee! But I’ll catch thine eyes
 Though they had wings. Slave, soulless villain, dog!
190 O rarely base!
CAESAR  Good queen, let us entreat you—
CLEOPATRA 
 O Caesar, what a wounding shame is this,
 That thou vouchsafing here to visit me,

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 Doing the honor of thy lordliness
195 To one so meek, that mine own servant should
 Parcel the sum of my disgraces by
 Addition of his envy! Say, good Caesar,
 That I some lady trifles have reserved,
 Immoment toys, things of such dignity
200 As we greet modern friends withal, and say
 Some nobler token I have kept apart
 For Livia and Octavia, to induce
 Their mediation, must I be unfolded
 With one that I have bred? The gods! It smites me
205 Beneath the fall I have. To Seleucus. Prithee, go
 hence,
 Or I shall show the cinders of my spirits
 Through th’ ashes of my chance. Wert thou a man,
 Thou wouldst have mercy on me.
CAESAR 210 Forbear, Seleucus.
Seleucus exits.
CLEOPATRA 
 Be it known that we, the greatest, are misthought
 For things that others do; and when we fall,
 We answer others’ merits in our name—
 Are therefore to be pitied.
CAESAR 215 Cleopatra,
 Not what you have reserved nor what acknowledged
 Put we i’ th’ roll of conquest. Still be ’t yours!
 Bestow it at your pleasure, and believe
 Caesar’s no merchant to make prize with you
220 Of things that merchants sold. Therefore be
 cheered.
 Make not your thoughts your prisons. No, dear
 queen,
 For we intend so to dispose you as
225 Yourself shall give us counsel. Feed and sleep.
 Our care and pity is so much upon you
 That we remain your friend. And so adieu.

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CLEOPATRA 
 My master and my lord!
CAESAR  Not so. Adieu.
Flourish. Caesar and his train exit.
CLEOPATRA 
230 He words me, girls, he words me, that I should not
 Be noble to myself. But hark thee, Charmian.
She whispers to Charmian.
IRAS 
 Finish, good lady. The bright day is done,
 And we are for the dark.
CLEOPATRA, to Charmian  Hie thee again.
235 I have spoke already, and it is provided.
 Go put it to the haste.
CHARMIAN  Madam, I will.

Enter Dolabella.

DOLABELLA 
 Where’s the Queen?
CHARMIAN  Behold, sir.She exits.
CLEOPATRA 240 Dolabella.
DOLABELLA 
 Madam, as thereto sworn by your command,
 Which my love makes religion to obey,
 I tell you this: Caesar through Syria
 Intends his journey, and within three days
245 You with your children will he send before.
 Make your best use of this. I have performed
 Your pleasure and my promise.
CLEOPATRA  Dolabella,
 I shall remain your debtor.
DOLABELLA 250 I your servant.
 Adieu, good queen. I must attend on Caesar.
CLEOPATRA 
 Farewell, and thanks.He exits.
 Now, Iras, what think’st thou?

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 Thou an Egyptian puppet shall be shown
255 In Rome as well as I. Mechanic slaves
 With greasy aprons, rules, and hammers shall
 Uplift us to the view. In their thick breaths,
 Rank of gross diet, shall we be enclouded
 And forced to drink their vapor.
IRAS 260 The gods forbid!
CLEOPATRA 
 Nay, ’tis most certain, Iras. Saucy lictors
 Will catch at us like strumpets, and scald rhymers
 Ballad us out o’ tune. The quick comedians
 Extemporally will stage us and present
265 Our Alexandrian revels. Antony
 Shall be brought drunken forth, and I shall see
 Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness
 I’ th’ posture of a whore.
IRAS  O the good gods!
CLEOPATRA 270Nay, that’s certain.
IRAS 
 I’ll never see ’t! For I am sure mine nails
 Are stronger than mine eyes.
CLEOPATRA  Why, that’s the way
 To fool their preparation and to conquer
275 Their most absurd intents.

Enter Charmian.

 Now, Charmian!
 Show me, my women, like a queen. Go fetch
 My best attires. I am again for Cydnus
 To meet Mark Antony. Sirrah Iras, go.—
280 Now, noble Charmian, we’ll dispatch indeed,
 And when thou hast done this chare, I’ll give thee
 leave
 To play till Doomsday.—Bring our crown and all.
Iras exits. A noise within.
 Wherefore’s this noise?

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Enter a Guardsman.

GUARDSMAN 285 Here is a rural fellow
 That will not be denied your Highness’ presence.
 He brings you figs.
CLEOPATRA 
 Let him come in.Guardsman exits.
 What poor an instrument
290 May do a noble deed! He brings me liberty.
 My resolution’s placed, and I have nothing
 Of woman in me. Now from head to foot
 I am marble-constant. Now the fleeting moon
 No planet is of mine.

Enter Guardsman and Countryman, with a basket.

GUARDSMAN 295 This is the man.
CLEOPATRA Avoid, and leave him.Guardsman exits.
 Hast thou the pretty worm of Nilus there
 That kills and pains not?
COUNTRYMAN Truly I have him, but I would not be
300 the party that should desire you to touch him, for
 his biting is immortal. Those that do die of it do
 seldom or never recover.
CLEOPATRA Remember’st thou any that have died on ’t?
COUNTRYMAN Very many, men and women too. I
305 heard of one of them no longer than yesterday—a
 very honest woman, but something given to lie, as a
 woman should not do but in the way of honesty—
 how she died of the biting of it, what pain she felt.
 Truly, she makes a very good report o’ th’ worm.
310 But he that will believe all that they say shall never
 be saved by half that they do. But this is most
 falliable, the worm’s an odd worm.
CLEOPATRA Get thee hence. Farewell.
COUNTRYMAN I wish you all joy of the worm.
He sets down the basket.

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CLEOPATRA 315Farewell.
COUNTRYMAN You must think this, look you, that the
 worm will do his kind.
CLEOPATRA Ay, ay, farewell.
COUNTRYMAN Look you, the worm is not to be trusted
320 but in the keeping of wise people, for indeed there
 is no goodness in the worm.
CLEOPATRA Take thou no care; it shall be heeded.
COUNTRYMAN Very good. Give it nothing, I pray you,
 for it is not worth the feeding.
CLEOPATRA 325Will it eat me?
COUNTRYMAN You must not think I am so simple but
 I know the devil himself will not eat a woman. I
 know that a woman is a dish for the gods if the devil
 dress her not. But truly these same whoreson devils
330 do the gods great harm in their women, for in every
 ten that they make, the devils mar five.
CLEOPATRA Well, get thee gone. Farewell.
COUNTRYMAN Yes, forsooth. I wish you joy o’ th’
 worm.He exits.

Enter Iras bearing Cleopatra’s royal regalia.

CLEOPATRA 
335 Give me my robe. Put on my crown. I have
 Immortal longings in me. Now no more
 The juice of Egypt’s grape shall moist this lip.
Charmian and Iras begin to dress her.
 Yare, yare, good Iras, quick. Methinks I hear
 Antony call. I see him rouse himself
340 To praise my noble act. I hear him mock
 The luck of Caesar, which the gods give men
 To excuse their after wrath.—Husband, I come!
 Now to that name my courage prove my title.
 I am fire and air; my other elements
345 I give to baser life.—So, have you done?

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 Come then, and take the last warmth of my lips.
 Farewell, kind Charmian.—Iras, long farewell.
She kisses them. Iras falls and dies.
 Have I the aspic in my lips? Dost fall?
 If thou and nature can so gently part,
350 The stroke of death is as a lover’s pinch,
 Which hurts and is desired. Dost thou lie still?
 If thus thou vanishest, thou tell’st the world
 It is not worth leave-taking.
CHARMIAN 
 Dissolve, thick cloud, and rain, that I may say
355 The gods themselves do weep!
CLEOPATRA  This proves me base.
 If she first meet the curlèd Antony,
 He’ll make demand of her, and spend that kiss
 Which is my heaven to have.—Come, thou mortal
360 wretch,She places an asp on her breast.
 With thy sharp teeth this knot intrinsicate
 Of life at once untie. Poor venomous fool,
 Be angry and dispatch. O, couldst thou speak,
 That I might hear thee call great Caesar ass
365 Unpolicied!
CHARMIAN  O eastern star!
CLEOPATRA  Peace, peace!
 Dost thou not see my baby at my breast,
 That sucks the nurse asleep?
CHARMIAN 370 O, break! O, break!
CLEOPATRA 
 As sweet as balm, as soft as air, as gentle—
 O Antony!—Nay, I will take thee too.
She places an asp on her arm.
 What should I stay—Dies.
CHARMIAN In this wild world? So, fare thee well.
375 Now boast thee, Death, in thy possession lies
 A lass unparalleled. Downy windows, close,
She closes Cleopatra’s eyes.

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 And golden Phoebus, never be beheld
 Of eyes again so royal. Your crown’s awry.
 I’ll mend it, and then play—

Enter the Guard rustling in.

FIRST GUARD 
380 Where’s the Queen?
CHARMIAN  Speak softly. Wake her not.
FIRST GUARD 
 Caesar hath sent—
CHARMIAN  Too slow a messenger.
She takes out an asp.
 O, come apace, dispatch! I partly feel thee.
FIRST GUARD 
385 Approach, ho! All’s not well. Caesar’s beguiled.
SECOND GUARD 
 There’s Dolabella sent from Caesar. Call him.
A Guardsman exits.
FIRST GUARD 
 What work is here, Charmian? Is this well done?
CHARMIAN 
 It is well done, and fitting for a princess
 Descended of so many royal kings.
390 Ah, soldier!Charmian dies.

Enter Dolabella.

DOLABELLA 
 How goes it here?
SECOND GUARD  All dead.
DOLABELLA  Caesar, thy thoughts
 Touch their effects in this. Thyself art coming
395 To see performed the dreaded act which thou
 So sought’st to hinder.

Enter Caesar and all his train, marching.

ALL A way there, a way for Caesar!

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DOLABELLA 
 O sir, you are too sure an augurer:
 That you did fear is done.
CAESAR 400Bravest at the last,
 She leveled at our purposes and, being royal,
 Took her own way. The manner of their deaths?
 I do not see them bleed.
DOLABELLA  Who was last with them?
FIRST GUARD 
405 A simple countryman that brought her figs.
 This was his basket.
CAESAR  Poisoned, then.
FIRST GUARD  O Caesar,
 This Charmian lived but now; she stood and spake.
410 I found her trimming up the diadem
 On her dead mistress; tremblingly she stood,
 And on the sudden dropped.
CAESAR  O, noble weakness!
 If they had swallowed poison, ’twould appear
415 By external swelling; but she looks like sleep,
 As she would catch another Antony
 In her strong toil of grace.
DOLABELLA  Here on her breast
 There is a vent of blood, and something blown.
420 The like is on her arm.
FIRST GUARD 
 This is an aspic’s trail, and these fig leaves
 Have slime upon them, such as th’ aspic leaves
 Upon the caves of Nile.
CAESAR  Most probable
425 That so she died, for her physician tells me
 She hath pursued conclusions infinite
 Of easy ways to die. Take up her bed,
 And bear her women from the monument.
 She shall be buried by her Antony.

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430 No grave upon the earth shall clip in it
 A pair so famous. High events as these
 Strike those that make them; and their story is
 No less in pity than his glory which
 Brought them to be lamented. Our army shall
435 In solemn show attend this funeral,
 And then to Rome. Come, Dolabella, see
 High order in this great solemnity.
They all exit, the Guards
bearing the dead bodies.