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Antony and Cleopatra: Act III, Scene 11

Antony and Cleopatra
Act III, Scene 11

Alexandria. Cleopatra’s palace.

  1. Enter Antony with Attendants.

Mark Antony

1 - 6
  1. Hark, the land bids me tread no more upon’t,
  2. It is asham’d to bear me. Friends, come hither:
  3. I am so lated in the world, that I
  4. Have lost my way forever. I have a ship
  5. Laden with gold, take that, divide it; fly,
  6. And make your peace with Caesar.

All Antony’s Attendants

7
  1.                                  Fly? Not we.

Mark Antony

8 - 25
  1. I have fled myself, and have instructed cowards
  2. To run and show their shoulders. Friends, be gone,
  3. I have myself resolv’d upon a course
  4. Which has no need of you. Be gone.
  5. My treasure’s in the harbor; take it. O,
  6. I follow’d that I blush to look upon.
  7. My very hairs do mutiny; for the white
  8. Reprove the brown for rashness, and they them
  9. For fear and doting. Friends, be gone, you shall
  10. Have letters from me to some friends that will
  11. Sweep your way for you. Pray you look not sad,
  12. Nor make replies of loathness; take the hint
  13. Which my despair proclaims: let that be left
  14. Which leaves itself. To the sea-side straightway;
  15. I will possess you of that ship and treasure.
  16. Leave me, I pray, a little; pray you now,
  17. Nay, do so; for indeed I have lost command,
  18. Therefore I pray you. I’ll see you by and by.
  1. Sits down.
  1. Enter Cleopatra led by Charmian and Eros, Iras following.

Eros

26
  1. Nay, gentle madam, to him, comfort him.

Iras

27
  1. Do, most dear Queen.

Charmian

28
  1. Do? Why, what else?

Cleopatra

29
  1. Let me sit down. O Juno!

Mark Antony

30
  1. No, no, no, no, no.

Eros

31
  1. See you here, sir?

Mark Antony

32
  1. O fie, fie, fie!

Charmian

33
  1. Madam!

Iras

34
  1. Madam, O good Empress!

Eros

35
  1. Sir, sir!

Mark Antony

36 - 41
  1. Yes, my lord, yes; he at Philippi kept
  2. His sword e’en like a dancer, while I struck
  3. The lean and wrinkled Cassius, and ’twas I
  4. That the mad Brutus ended. He alone
  5. Dealt on lieutenantry, and no practice had
  6. In the brave squares of war; yet nowNo matter.

Cleopatra

42
  1. Ah, stand by.

Eros

43
  1. The Queen, my lord, the Queen.

Iras

44 - 45
  1. Go to him, madam, speak to him,
  2. He’s unqualited with very shame.

Cleopatra

46
  1. Well then, sustain me. O!

Eros

47 - 49
  1. Most noble sir, arise, the Queen approaches.
  2. Her head’s declin’d, and death will seize her, but
  3. Your comfort makes the rescue.

Mark Antony

50 - 51
  1. I have offended reputation,
  2. A most unnoble swerving.

Eros

52
  1.                          Sir, the Queen.

Mark Antony

53 - 56
  1. O, whither hast thou led me, Egypt? See
  2. How I convey my shame out of thine eyes
  3. By looking back what I have left behind
  4. ’Stroy’d in dishonor.

Cleopatra

57 - 59
  1.                       O my lord, my lord,
  2. Forgive my fearful sails! I little thought
  3. You would have followed.

Mark Antony

60 - 65
  1.                          Egypt, thou knew’st too well
  2. My heart was to thy rudder tied by th’ strings,
  3. And thou shouldst tow me after. O’er my spirit
  4. Thy full supremacy thou knew’st, and that
  5. Thy beck might from the bidding of the gods
  6. Command me.

Cleopatra

66
  1.             O, my pardon!

Mark Antony

67 - 74
  1.               Now I must
  2. To the young man send humble treaties, dodge
  3. And palter in the shifts of lowness, who
  4. With half the bulk o’ th’ world play’d as I pleas’d,
  5. Making and marring fortunes. You did know
  6. How much you were my conqueror, and that
  7. My sword, made weak by my affection, would
  8. Obey it on all cause.

Cleopatra

75
  1.                       Pardon, pardon!

Mark Antony

76 - 81
  1. Fall not a tear, I say, one of them rates
  2. All that is won and lost. Give me a kiss.
  3. Even this repays me. We sent our schoolmaster,
  4. Is ’a come back? Love, I am full of lead.
  5. Some wine, within there, and our viands! Fortune knows
  6. We scorn her most when most she offers blows.
  1. Exeunt.
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