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ACT IV - SCENE II. Alexandria. CLEOPATRA's palace.
MARK ANTONY
1    He will not fight with me, Domitius.
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
2    No.
MARK ANTONY
3    Why should he not?
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
4    He thinks, being twenty times of better fortune,
5    He is twenty men to one.
MARK ANTONY
6    To-morrow, soldier,
7    By sea and land I'll fight: or I will live,
8    Or bathe my dying honour in the blood
9    Shall make it live again. Woo't thou fight well?
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
10   I'll strike, and cry 'Take all.'
MARK ANTONY
11   Well said; come on.
12   Call forth my household servants: let's to-night
13   Be bounteous at our meal.
Enter three or four Servitors
14   Give me thy hand,
15   Thou hast been rightly honest;--so hast thou;--
16   Thou,--and thou,--and thou:--you have served me well,
17   And kings have been your fellows.
CLEOPATRA
Aside to DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
18    What means this?
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
Aside to CLEOPATRA
19    'Tis one of those odd
20   tricks which sorrow shoots
21   Out of the mind.
MARK ANTONY
22   And thou art honest too.
23   I wish I could be made so many men,
24   And all of you clapp'd up together in
25   An Antony, that I might do you service
26   So good as you have done.
All
27   The gods forbid!
MARK ANTONY
28   Well, my good fellows, wait on me to-night:
29   Scant not my cups; and make as much of me
30   As when mine empire was your fellow too,
31   And suffer'd my command.
CLEOPATRA
Aside to DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
32    What does he mean?
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
Aside to CLEOPATRA
33    To make his followers weep.
MARK ANTONY
34   Tend me to-night;
35   May be it is the period of your duty:
36   Haply you shall not see me more; or if,
37   A mangled shadow: perchance to-morrow
38   You'll serve another master. I look on you
39   As one that takes his leave. Mine honest friends,
40   I turn you not away; but, like a master
41   Married to your good service, stay till death:
42   Tend me to-night two hours, I ask no more,
43   And the gods yield you for't!
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
44   What mean you, sir,
45   To give them this discomfort? Look, they weep;
46   And I, an ass, am onion-eyed: for shame,
47   Transform us not to women.
MARK ANTONY
48   Ho, ho, ho!
49   Now the witch take me, if I meant it thus!
50   Grace grow where those drops fall!
51   My hearty friends,
52   You take me in too dolorous a sense;
53   For I spake to you for your comfort; did desire you
54   To burn this night with torches: know, my hearts,
55   I hope well of to-morrow; and will lead you
56   Where rather I'll expect victorious life
57   Than death and honour. Let's to supper, come,
58   And drown consideration.
Exeunt

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Scene Index
ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII
  • SCENE VIII
  • SCENE IX
  • SCENE X
  • SCENE XI
  • SCENE XII
  • SCENE XIII


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII
  • SCENE VIII
  • SCENE IX
  • SCENE X
  • SCENE XI
  • SCENE XII
  • SCENE XIII
  • SCENE XIV
  • SCENE XV


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II

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