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Antony and Cleopatra: Act I, Scene 5

Antony and Cleopatra
Act I, Scene 5

Alexandria. Cleopatra’s palace.

  1. Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, Iras, and Mardian.

Cleopatra

1
  1. Charmian!

Charmian

2
  1. Madam?

Cleopatra

3 - 4
  1. Ha, ha!
  2. Give me to drink mandragora.

Charmian

5
  1.                              Why, madam?

Cleopatra

6 - 7
  1. That I might sleep out this great gap of time
  2. My Antony is away.

Charmian

8
  1.                    You think of him too much.

Cleopatra

9
  1. O, ’tis treason!

Charmian

10
  1.                  Madam, I trust not so.

Cleopatra

11
  1. Thou, eunuch Mardian!

Mardian

12
  1.                       What’s your Highness’ pleasure?

Cleopatra

13 - 16
  1. Not now to hear thee sing. I take no pleasure
  2. In aught an eunuch has. ’Tis well for thee,
  3. That being unseminar’d, thy freer thoughts
  4. May not fly forth of Egypt. Hast thou affections?

Mardian

17
  1. Yes, gracious madam.

Cleopatra

18
  1. Indeed?

Mardian

19 - 22
  1. Not in deed, madam, for I can do nothing
  2. But what indeed is honest to be done;
  3. Yet have I fierce affections, and think
  4. What Venus did with Mars.

Cleopatra

23 - 39
  1.                           O Charmian!
  2. Where think’st thou he is now? Stands he, or sits he?
  3. Or does he walk? Or is he on his horse?
  4. O happy horse, to bear the weight of Antony!
  5. Do bravely, horse, for wot’st thou whom thou mov’st?
  6. The demi-Atlas of this earth, the arm
  7. And burgonet of men. He’s speaking now,
  8. Or murmuring, Where’s my serpent of old Nile?”
  9. (For so he calls me). Now I feed myself
  10. With most delicious poison. Think on me,
  11. That am with Phoebus’ amorous pinches black,
  12. And wrinkled deep in time? Broad-fronted Caesar,
  13. When thou wast here above the ground, I was
  14. A morsel for a monarch; and great Pompey
  15. Would stand and make his eyes grow in my brow;
  16. There would he anchor his aspect, and die
  17. With looking on his life.
  1. Enter Alexas from Antony.

Alexas

40
  1.                           Sovereign of Egypt, hail!

Cleopatra

41 - 44
  1. How much unlike art thou Mark Antony!
  2. Yet coming from him, that great med’cine hath
  3. With his tinct gilded thee.
  4. How goes it with my brave Mark Antony?

Alexas

45 - 47
  1. Last thing he did, dear Queen,
  2. He kiss’dthe last of many doubled kisses
  3. This orient pearl. His speech sticks in my heart.

Cleopatra

48
  1. Mine ear must pluck it thence.

Alexas

49 - 57
  1.                                Good friend,” quoth he,
  2. Say the firm Roman to great Egypt sends
  3. This treasure of an oyster; at whose foot,
  4. To mend the petty present, I will piece
  5. Her opulent throne with kingdoms. All the East,
  6. Say thou, shall call her mistress.” So he nodded,
  7. And soberly did mount an arm-gaunt steed,
  8. Who neigh’d so high that what I would have spoke
  9. Was beastly dumb’d by him.

Cleopatra

58
  1.                            What, was he sad, or merry?

Alexas

59 - 60
  1. Like to the time o’ th’ year between the extremes
  2. Of hot and cold, he was nor sad nor merry.

Cleopatra

61 - 69
  1. O well-divided disposition! Note him,
  2. Note him, good Charmian, ’tis the man; but note him:
  3. He was not sad, for he would shine on those
  4. That make their looks by his; he was not merry,
  5. Which seem’d to tell them his remembrance lay
  6. In Egypt with his joy; but between both.
  7. O heavenly mingle! Be’st thou sad or merry,
  8. The violence of either thee becomes,
  9. So does it no man’s else. Met’st thou my posts?

Alexas

70 - 71
  1. Ay, madam, twenty several messengers.
  2. Why do you send so thick?

Cleopatra

72 - 76
  1.                           Who’s born that day
  2. When I forget to send to Antony,
  3. Shall die a beggar. Ink and paper, Charmian.
  4. Welcome, my good Alexas. Did I, Charmian,
  5. Ever love Caesar so?

Charmian

77
  1.                      O that brave Caesar!

Cleopatra

78 - 79
  1. Be chok’d with such another emphasis!
  2. Say the brave Antony.”

Charmian

80
  1.                         The valiant Caesar!

Cleopatra

81 - 83
  1. By Isis, I will give thee bloody teeth,
  2. If thou with Caesar paragon again
  3. My man of men.

Charmian

84 - 85
  1.                By your most gracious pardon,
  2. I sing but after you.

Cleopatra

86 - 91
  1.                       My salad days,
  2. When I was green in judgment, cold in blood,
  3. To say as I said then! But come, away,
  4. Get me ink and paper.
  5. He shall have every day a several greeting,
  6. Or I’ll unpeople Egypt.
  1. Exeunt.
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