Antony and Cleopatra
Act 5, Scene 1
Alexandria. Octavius Caesar’s camp.
- Enter Caesar with his council of war: Agrippa, Dolabella,
- Maecenas, Gallus, Proculeius.
Caesar3 - 5
- Go to him, Dolabella, bid him yield;
- Being so frustrate, tell him, he mocks
- The pauses that he makes.
- Caesar, I shall.
- Enter Decretas with the sword of Antony.
Caesar9 - 10
- Wherefore is that? And what art thou that dar’st
- Appear thus to us?
Decretas11 - 18
- I am call’d Decretas;
- Mark Antony I serv’d, who best was worthy
- Best to be serv’d. Whilst he stood up and spoke,
- He was my master, and I wore my life
- To spend upon his haters. If thou please
- To take me to thee, as I was to him
- I’ll be to Caesar; if thou pleasest not,
- I yield thee up my life.
- What is’t thou say’st?
- I say, O Caesar, Antony is dead.
Caesar21 - 26
- The breaking of so great a thing should make
- A greater crack. The round world
- Should have shook lions into civil streets,
- And citizens to their dens. The death of Antony
- Is not a single doom, in the name lay
- A moi’ty of the world.
Decretas27 - 34
- He is dead, Caesar,
- Not by a public minister of justice,
- Nor by a hired knife, but that self hand
- Which writ his honor in the acts it did
- Hath, with the courage which the heart did lend it,
- Splitted the heart. This is his sword,
- I robb’d his wound of it; behold it stain’d
- With his most noble blood.
Caesar35 - 37
- Look you sad, friends?
- The gods rebuke me, but it is tidings
- To wash the eyes of kings.
Agrippa38 - 40
- And strange it is
- That nature must compel us to lament
- Our most persisted deeds.
Maecenas41 - 42
- His taints and honors
- Wag’d equal with him.
Agrippa43 - 45
- A rarer spirit never
- Did steer humanity; but you gods will give us
- Some faults to make us men. Caesar is touch’d.
Maecenas46 - 47
- When such a spacious mirror’s set before him,
- He needs must see himself.
Caesar48 - 65
- O Antony,
- I have followed thee to this; but we do launch
- Diseases in our bodies. I must perforce
- Have shown to thee such a declining day,
- Or look on thine; we could not stall together
- In the whole world. But yet let me lament,
- With tears as sovereign as the blood of hearts,
- That thou, my brother, my competitor
- In top of all design, my mate in empire,
- Friend and companion in the front of war,
- The arm of mine own body, and the heart
- Where mine his thoughts did kindle—that our stars,
- Unreconciliable, should divide
- Our equalness to this. Hear me, good friends—
- Enter Second Egyptian Servant.
- But I will tell you at some meeter season,
- The business of this man looks out of him;
- We’ll hear him what he says.—Whence are you?
Second Egyptian Servant66 - 70
- A poor Egyptian yet; the Queen my mistress,
- Confin’d in all she has, her monument,
- Of thy intents desires instruction,
- That she preparedly may frame herself
- To th’ way she’s forc’d to.
Caesar71 - 75
- Bid her have good heart.
- She soon shall know of us, by some of ours,
- How honorable and how kindly we
- Determine for her; for Caesar cannot live
- To be ungentle.
Second Egyptian Servant76
- So the gods preserve thee!
Caesar78 - 85
- Come hither, Proculeius. Go and say
- We purpose her no shame. Give her what comforts
- The quality of her passion shall require,
- Lest in her greatness, by some mortal stroke
- She do defeat us; for her life in Rome
- Would be eternal in our triumph. Go,
- And with your speediest bring us what she says,
- And how you find of her.
- Caesar, I shall.
- Exit Proculeius.
Caesar88 - 91
- Gallus, go you along.
- Exit Gallus.
- Where’s Dolabella,
- To second Proculeius?
Agrippa, Maecenas and Decretas92
Caesar93 - 99
- Let him alone; for I remember now
- How he’s employ’d; he shall in time be ready.
- Go with me to my tent, where you shall see
- How hardly I was drawn into this war,
- How calm and gentle I proceeded still
- In all my writings. Go with me, and see
- What I can show in this.