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Antony and Cleopatra: Act 3, Scene 11

Antony and Cleopatra
Act 3, Scene 11

Alexandria. Cleopatra’s palace.

  1. Enter Antony with Attendants.

Mark Antony

2 - 7
  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

8
  1.                                  Fly? Not we.

Mark Antony

9 - 26
  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

29
  1. Nay, gentle madam, to him, comfort him.

Iras

30
  1. Do, most dear Queen.

Charmian

31
  1. Do? Why, what else?

Cleopatra

32
  1. Let me sit down. O Juno!

Mark Antony

33
  1. No, no, no, no, no.

Eros

34
  1. See you here, sir?

Mark Antony

35
  1. O fie, fie, fie!

Charmian

36
  1. Madam!

Iras

37
  1. Madam, O good Empress!

Eros

38
  1. Sir, sir!

Mark Antony

39 - 44
  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

45
  1. Ah, stand by.

Eros

46
  1. The Queen, my lord, the Queen.

Iras

47 - 48
  1. Go to him, madam, speak to him,
  2. He’s unqualited with very shame.

Cleopatra

49
  1. Well then, sustain me. O!

Eros

50 - 52
  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

53 - 54
  1. I have offended reputation,
  2. A most unnoble swerving.

Eros

55
  1.                          Sir, the Queen.

Mark Antony

56 - 59
  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

60 - 62
  1.                       O my lord, my lord,
  2. Forgive my fearful sails! I little thought
  3. You would have followed.

Mark Antony

63 - 68
  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

69
  1.             O, my pardon!

Mark Antony

70 - 77
  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

78
  1.                       Pardon, pardon!

Mark Antony

79 - 84
  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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