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Antony and Cleopatra: Act 5, Scene 1

Antony and Cleopatra
Act 5, Scene 1

Scene 1

Alexandria. Octavius Caesar’s camp.

  1. Enter Caesar with his council of war: Agrippa, Dolabella,
  2. Maecenas, Gallus, Proculeius.

Caesar

3 - 5
  1. Go to him, Dolabella, bid him yield;
  2. Being so frustrate, tell him, he mocks
  3. The pauses that he makes.

Dolabella

6
  1.                           Caesar, I shall.
  1. Exit.
  1. Enter Decretas with the sword of Antony.

Caesar

9 - 10
  1. Wherefore is that? And what art thou that dar’st
  2. Appear thus to us?

Decretas

11 - 18
  1.                    I am call’d Decretas;
  2. Mark Antony I serv’d, who best was worthy
  3. Best to be serv’d. Whilst he stood up and spoke,
  4. He was my master, and I wore my life
  5. To spend upon his haters. If thou please
  6. To take me to thee, as I was to him
  7. I’ll be to Caesar; if thou pleasest not,
  8. I yield thee up my life.

Caesar

19
  1.                          What is’t thou say’st?

Decretas

20
  1. I say, O Caesar, Antony is dead.

Caesar

21 - 26
  1. The breaking of so great a thing should make
  2. A greater crack. The round world
  3. Should have shook lions into civil streets,
  4. And citizens to their dens. The death of Antony
  5. Is not a single doom, in the name lay
  6. A moi’ty of the world.

Decretas

27 - 34
  1.                        He is dead, Caesar,
  2. Not by a public minister of justice,
  3. Nor by a hired knife, but that self hand
  4. Which writ his honor in the acts it did
  5. Hath, with the courage which the heart did lend it,
  6. Splitted the heart. This is his sword,
  7. I robb’d his wound of it; behold it stain’d
  8. With his most noble blood.

Caesar

35 - 37
  1.                            Look you sad, friends?
  2. The gods rebuke me, but it is tidings
  3. To wash the eyes of kings.

Agrippa

38 - 40
  1.                            And strange it is
  2. That nature must compel us to lament
  3. Our most persisted deeds.

Maecenas

41 - 42
  1.                           His taints and honors
  2. Wag’d equal with him.

Agrippa

43 - 45
  1.                       A rarer spirit never
  2. Did steer humanity; but you gods will give us
  3. Some faults to make us men. Caesar is touch’d.

Maecenas

46 - 47
  1. When such a spacious mirror’s set before him,
  2. He needs must see himself.

Caesar

48 - 65
  1.                            O Antony,
  2. I have followed thee to this; but we do launch
  3. Diseases in our bodies. I must perforce
  4. Have shown to thee such a declining day,
  5. Or look on thine; we could not stall together
  6. In the whole world. But yet let me lament,
  7. With tears as sovereign as the blood of hearts,
  8. That thou, my brother, my competitor
  9. In top of all design, my mate in empire,
  10. Friend and companion in the front of war,
  11. The arm of mine own body, and the heart
  12. Where mine his thoughts did kindlethat our stars,
  13. Unreconciliable, should divide
  14. Our equalness to this. Hear me, good friends
  15. Enter Second Egyptian Servant.
  16. But I will tell you at some meeter season,
  17. The business of this man looks out of him;
  18. We’ll hear him what he says.—Whence are you?

Second Egyptian Servant

66 - 70
  1. A poor Egyptian yet; the Queen my mistress,
  2. Confin’d in all she has, her monument,
  3. Of thy intents desires instruction,
  4. That she preparedly may frame herself
  5. To th’ way she’s forc’d to.

Caesar

71 - 75
  1.                             Bid her have good heart.
  2. She soon shall know of us, by some of ours,
  3. How honorable and how kindly we
  4. Determine for her; for Caesar cannot live
  5. To be ungentle.

Second Egyptian Servant

76
  1.                 So the gods preserve thee!
  1. Exit.

Caesar

78 - 85
  1. Come hither, Proculeius. Go and say
  2. We purpose her no shame. Give her what comforts
  3. The quality of her passion shall require,
  4. Lest in her greatness, by some mortal stroke
  5. She do defeat us; for her life in Rome
  6. Would be eternal in our triumph. Go,
  7. And with your speediest bring us what she says,
  8. And how you find of her.

Proculeius

86
  1.                          Caesar, I shall.
  1. Exit Proculeius.

Caesar

88 - 91
  1. Gallus, go you along.
  2. Exit Gallus.
  3.                       Where’s Dolabella,
  4. To second Proculeius?

Agrippa, Maecenas and Decretas

92
  1.                       Dolabella!

Caesar

93 - 99
  1. Let him alone; for I remember now
  2. How he’s employ’d; he shall in time be ready.
  3. Go with me to my tent, where you shall see
  4. How hardly I was drawn into this war,
  5. How calm and gentle I proceeded still
  6. In all my writings. Go with me, and see
  7. What I can show in this.
  1. Exeunt.
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