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Antony and Cleopatra: Act IV, Scene 4

Antony and Cleopatra
Act IV, Scene 4

Alexandria. Before Cleopatra’s palace.

  1. Enter Antony and Cleopatra, Charmian, with others.

Mark Antony

  1. Eros, mine armor, Eros!


  1.                         Sleep a little.

Mark Antony

3 - 6
  1. No, my chuck. Eros, come, mine armor, Eros!
  2. Enter Eros with armor.
  3. Come, good fellow, put thine iron on.
  4. If Fortune be not ours today, it is
  5. Because we brave her. Come.


7 - 8
  1.                             Nay, I’ll help too.
  2. What’s this for?

Mark Antony

9 - 10
  1.                  Ah, let be, let be! Thou art
  2. The armorer of my heart. False, false; this, this.


  1. Sooth law, I’ll help. Thus it must be.

Mark Antony

12 - 14
  1.                                        Well, well,
  2. We shall thrive now. Seest thou, my good fellow?
  3. Go, put on thy defenses.


  1.                          Briefly, sir.


  1. Is not this buckled well?

Mark Antony

17 - 28
  1.                           Rarely, rarely:
  2. He that unbuckles this, till we do please
  3. To daff’t for our repose, shall hear a storm.
  4. Thou fumblest, Eros, and my queen’s a squire
  5. More tight at this than thou; dispatch. O love,
  6. That thou couldst see my wars today, and knew’st
  7. The royal occupation, thou shouldst see
  8. A workman in’t.
  9. Enter an armed Scarus.
  10.                 Good morrow to thee, welcome.
  11. Thou look’st like him that knows a warlike charge.
  12. To business that we love we rise betime,
  13. And go to’t with delight.


29 - 31
  1.                           A thousand, sir,
  2. Early though’t be, have on their riveted trim,
  3. And at the port expect you.
  1. Shout. Trumpets flourish.
  1. Enter Captain of Antony’s Army, Captains and Soldiers.

Captain of Antony’s Army

  1. The morn is fair. Good morrow, general.

All Antony’s Soldiers

  1. Good morrow, general.

Mark Antony

34 - 43
  1.                       ’Tis well blown, lads.
  2. This morning, like the spirit of a youth
  3. That means to be of note, begins betimes.
  4. So, so; come give me that: this waywell said.
  5. Fare thee well, dame, what e’er becomes of me.
  6. This is a soldier’s kiss; rebukable
  7. And worthy shameful check it were, to stand
  8. On more mechanic compliment. I’ll leave thee
  9. Now like a man of steel. You that will fight,
  10. Follow me close, I’ll bring you to’t. Adieu.
  1. Exeunt Antony, Eros, Scarus, Captains, and Soldiers.


  1. Please you retire to your chamber?


45 - 48
  1.                                    Lead me.
  2. He goes forth gallantly. That he and Caesar might
  3. Determine this great war in single fight!
  4. Then, Antonybut nowWell, on.
  1. Exeunt.
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