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Antony and Cleopatra: Act 4, Scene 14

Antony and Cleopatra
Act 4, Scene 14

Alexandria. Another room in Cleopatra’s palace.

  1. Enter Antony and Eros.

Mark Antony

2
  1. Eros, thou yet behold’st me?

Eros

3
  1.                              Ay, noble lord.

Mark Antony

4 - 10
  1. Sometime we see a cloud that’s dragonish,
  2. A vapor sometime like a bear or lion,
  3. A tower’d citadel, a pendant rock,
  4. A forked mountain, or blue promontory
  5. With trees upon’t that nod unto the world,
  6. And mock our eyes with air. Thou hast seen these signs,
  7. They are black vesper’s pageants.

Eros

11
  1.                                   Ay, my lord.

Mark Antony

12 - 14
  1. That which is now a horse, even with a thought
  2. The rack dislimns, and makes it indistinct
  3. As water is in water.

Eros

15
  1.                       It does, my lord.

Mark Antony

16 - 29
  1. My good knave Eros, now thy captain is
  2. Even such a body. Here I am Antony,
  3. Yet cannot hold this visible shape, my knave.
  4. I made these wars for Egypt, and the Queen,
  5. Whose heart I thought I had, for she had mine
  6. Which whilst it was mine had annex’d unto’t
  7. A million more (now lost)—she, Eros, has
  8. Pack’d cards with Caesar’s, and false-play’d my glory
  9. Unto an enemy’s triumph.
  10. Nay, weep not, gentle Eros, there is left us
  11. Ourselves to end ourselves.
  12. Enter Mardian.
  13.                             O, thy vild lady!
  14. She has robb’d me of my sword.

Mardian

30 - 32
  1.                                No, Antony,
  2. My mistress lov’d thee, and her fortunes mingled
  3. With thine entirely.

Mark Antony

33 - 34
  1.                      Hence, saucy eunuch, peace!
  2. She hath betray’d me, and shall die the death.

Mardian

35 - 42
  1. Death of one person can be paid but once,
  2. And that she has discharg’d. What thou wouldst do
  3. Is done unto thy hand; the last she spake
  4. Was Antony, most noble Antony!”
  5. Then in the midst a tearing groan did break
  6. The name of Antony; it was divided
  7. Between her heart and lips. She rend’red life,
  8. Thy name so buried in her.

Mark Antony

43
  1.                            Dead then?

Mardian

44
  1.            Dead.

Mark Antony

45 - 69
  1. Unarm, Eros, the long day’s task is done,
  2. And we must sleep.
  3. To Mardian.
  4.                    That thou depart’st hence safe
  5. Does pay thy labor richly; go.
  6. Exit Mardian.
  7.                                Off, pluck off,
  8. The sevenfold shield of Ajax cannot keep
  9. The battery from my heart. O, cleave, my sides!
  10. Heart, once be stronger than thy continent,
  11. Crack thy frail case! Apace, Eros, apace.
  12. No more a soldier. Bruised pieces, go,
  13. You have been nobly borne.—From me awhile.
  14. Exit Eros.
  15. I will o’ertake thee, Cleopatra, and
  16. Weep for my pardon. So it must be, for now
  17. All length is torture; since the torch is out,
  18. Lie down and stray no farther. Now all labor
  19. Mars what it does; yea, very force entangles
  20. Itself with strength. Seal then, and all is done.
  21. Eros!—I come, my queen!—Eros!—Stay for me!
  22. Where souls do couch on flowers, we’ll hand in hand,
  23. And with our sprightly port make the ghosts gaze.
  24. Dido and her Aeneas shall want troops,
  25. And all the haunt be ours. Come, Eros, Eros!
  1. Enter Eros.

Eros

71
  1. What would my lord?

Mark Antony

72 - 86
  1.                     Since Cleopatra died
  2. I have liv’d in such dishonor that the gods
  3. Detest my baseness. I, that with my sword
  4. Quarter’d the world, and o’er green Neptune’s back
  5. With ships made cities, condemn myself to lack
  6. The courage of a womanless noble mind
  7. Than she which by her death our Caesar tells,
  8. I am conqueror of myself.” Thou art sworn, Eros,
  9. That when the exigent should come, which now
  10. Is come indeed, when I should see behind me
  11. Th’ inevitable prosecution of
  12. Disgrace and horror, that on my command
  13. Thou then wouldst kill me. Do’t, the time is come.
  14. Thou strik’st not me, ’tis Caesar thou defeat’st.
  15. Put color in thy cheek.

Eros

87 - 89
  1.                         The gods withhold me!
  2. Shall I do that which all the Parthian darts,
  3. Though enemy, lost aim and could not?

Mark Antony

90 - 96
  1.                                       Eros,
  2. Wouldst thou be window’d in great Rome, and see
  3. Thy master thus with pleach’d arms, bending down
  4. His corrigible neck, his face subdu’d
  5. To penetrative shame, whilst the wheel’d seat
  6. Of fortunate Caesar, drawn before him, branded
  7. His baseness that ensued?

Eros

97
  1.                           I would not see’t.

Mark Antony

98 - 100
  1. Come then; for with a wound I must be cur’d.
  2. Draw that thy honest sword, which thou hast worn
  3. Most useful for thy country.

Eros

101
  1.                              O, sir, pardon me!

Mark Antony

102 - 105
  1. When I did make thee free, swor’st thou not then
  2. To do this when I bade thee? Do it at once,
  3. Or thy precedent services are all
  4. But accidents unpurpos’d. Draw, and come.

Eros

106 - 107
  1. Turn from me then that noble countenance,
  2. Wherein the worship of the whole world lies.

Mark Antony

108
  1. Lo thee!
  1. Turning from him.

Eros

110
  1. My sword is drawn.

Mark Antony

111 - 112
  1.                    Then let it do at once
  2. The thing why thou hast drawn it.

Eros

113 - 115
  1.                                   My dear master,
  2. My captain, and my emperor: let me say,
  3. Before I strike this bloody stroke, farewell.

Mark Antony

116
  1. ’Tis said, man, and farewell.

Eros

117
  1. Farewell, great chief. Shall I strike now?

Mark Antony

118
  1.                                            Now, Eros.

Eros

119 - 122
  1. Why, there then.
  2. Kills himself.
  3.                  Thus I do escape the sorrow
  4. Of Antony’s death.

Mark Antony

123 - 133
  1.                    Thrice-nobler than myself!
  2. Thou teachest me, O valiant Eros, what
  3. I should, and thou couldst not. My queen and Eros
  4. Have by their brave instruction got upon me
  5. A nobleness in record; but I will be
  6. A bridegroom in my death, and run into’t
  7. As to a lover’s bed. Come then; and, Eros,
  8. Thy master dies thy scholar: to do thus
  9. Falling on his sword.
  10. I learnt of thee. How, not dead? Not dead?
  11. The guard, ho! O, dispatch me!
  1. Enter Decretas and Antony’s First Guardsman.

Antony’s First Guardsman

135
  1.                                What’s the noise?

Mark Antony

136 - 137
  1. I have done my work ill, friends. O, make an end
  2. Of what I have begun.

Antony’s Second Guardsman

138
  1.                       The star is fall’n.

Antony’s First Guardsman

139
  1. And time is at his period.

All Guards

140
  1.                            Alas, and woe!

Mark Antony

141
  1. Let him that loves me strike me dead.

Antony’s First Guardsman

142
  1.                                       Not I.

Antony’s Second Guardsman

143
  1. Nor I.

Antony’s Third Guardsman

144
  1. Nor any one.
  1. Exeunt Antony’s Third Guardsman.

Decretas

146 - 148
  1. Thy death and fortunes bid thy followers fly.
  2. This sword but shown to Caesar, with this tidings,
  3. Shall enter me with him.
  1. Enter Diomedes.

Diomedes

150
  1. Where’s Antony?

Decretas

151
  1.                 There, Diomed, there.

Diomedes

152 - 153
  1.                       Lives he?
  2. Wilt thou not answer, man?
  1. Exit Decretas.

Mark Antony

155 - 156
  1. Art thou there, Diomed? Draw thy sword, and give me
  2. Sufficing strokes for death.

Diomedes

157 - 158
  1.                              Most absolute lord,
  2. My mistress Cleopatra sent me to thee.

Mark Antony

159
  1. When did she send thee?

Diomedes

160
  1.                         Now, my lord.

Mark Antony

161
  1.               Where is she?

Diomedes

162 - 169
  1. Lock’d in her monument. She had a prophesying fear
  2. Of what hath come to pass; for when she saw
  3. (Which never shall be found) you did suspect
  4. She had dispos’d with Caesar, and that your rage
  5. Would not be purg’d, she sent you word she was dead;
  6. But fearing since how it might work, hath sent
  7. Me to proclaim the truth, and I am come,
  8. I dread, too late.

Mark Antony

170
  1. Too late, good Diomed. Call my guard, I prithee.

Diomedes

171 - 172
  1. What ho! The Emperor’s guard! The guard, what ho!
  2. Come, your lord calls!
  1. Enter four or five of the Guard of Antony.

Mark Antony

174 - 175
  1. Bear me, good friends, where Cleopatra bides,
  2. ’Tis the last service that I shall command you.

Antony’s First Guardsman

176 - 177
  1. Woe, woe are we, sir, you may not live to wear
  2. All your true followers out.

All Guards

178
  1.                              Most heavy day!

Mark Antony

179 - 184
  1. Nay, good my fellows, do not please sharp fate
  2. To grace it with your sorrows. Bid that welcome
  3. Which comes to punish us, and we punish it
  4. Seeming to bear it lightly. Take me up.
  5. I have led you oft, carry me now, good friends,
  6. And have my thanks for all.
  1. Exeunt bearing Antony.
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