Antony and Cleopatra
Act III, Scene 11
Alexandria. Cleopatra’s palace.
- Enter Antony with Attendants.
Mark Antony1 - 6
- Hark, the land bids me tread no more upon’t,
- It is asham’d to bear me. Friends, come hither:
- I am so lated in the world, that I
- Have lost my way forever. I have a ship
- Laden with gold, take that, divide it; fly,
- And make your peace with Caesar.
All Antony’s Attendants7
- Fly? Not we.
Mark Antony8 - 25
- I have fled myself, and have instructed cowards
- To run and show their shoulders. Friends, be gone,
- I have myself resolv’d upon a course
- Which has no need of you. Be gone.
- My treasure’s in the harbor; take it. O,
- I follow’d that I blush to look upon.
- My very hairs do mutiny; for the white
- Reprove the brown for rashness, and they them
- For fear and doting. Friends, be gone, 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
- Which my despair proclaims: let that be left
- Which leaves itself. To the sea-side 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,
- Therefore I pray you. I’ll see you by and by.
- Sits down.
- Enter Cleopatra led by Charmian and Eros, Iras following.
- Nay, gentle madam, to him, comfort him.
- Do, most dear Queen.
- Do? Why, what else?
- Let me sit down. O Juno!
- No, no, no, no, no.
- See you here, sir?
- O fie, fie, fie!
- Madam, O good Empress!
- Sir, sir!
Mark Antony36 - 41
- 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
- Dealt on lieutenantry, and no practice had
- In the brave squares of war; yet now—No matter.
- Ah, stand by.
- The Queen, my lord, the Queen.
Iras44 - 45
- Go to him, madam, speak to him,
- He’s unqualited with very shame.
- Well then, sustain me. O!
Eros47 - 49
- Most noble sir, arise, the Queen approaches.
- Her head’s declin’d, and death will seize her, but
- Your comfort makes the rescue.
Mark Antony50 - 51
- I have offended reputation,
- A most unnoble swerving.
- Sir, the Queen.
Mark Antony53 - 56
- O, whither hast thou led me, Egypt? See
- How I convey my shame out of thine eyes
- By looking back what I have left behind
- ’Stroy’d in dishonor.
Cleopatra57 - 59
- O my lord, my lord,
- Forgive my fearful sails! I little thought
- You would have followed.
Mark Antony60 - 65
- 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
- Command me.
- O, my pardon!
Mark Antony67 - 74
- Now I must
- To the young man send humble treaties, dodge
- And palter in the shifts of lowness, who
- With half the bulk o’ th’ world play’d as I pleas’d,
- 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.
- Pardon, pardon!
Mark Antony76 - 81
- Fall not a tear, I say, one of them rates
- All that is won and lost. Give me a kiss.
- Even this repays me. We sent our schoolmaster,
- Is ’a come back? Love, I am full of lead.
- Some wine, within there, and our viands! Fortune knows
- We scorn her most when most she offers blows.