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ACT IV - SCENE XIV. The same. Another room.
Enter MARK ANTONY and EROS

MARK ANTONY
1    Eros, thou yet behold'st me?
EROS
2    Ay, noble lord.
MARK ANTONY
3    Sometimes we see a cloud that's dragonish;
4    A vapour sometime like a bear or lion,
5    A tower'd citadel, a pendent rock,
6    A forked mountain, or blue promontory
7    With trees upon't, that nod unto the world,
8    And mock our eyes with air: thou hast seen
9    these signs;
10   They are black vesper's pageants.
EROS
11   Ay, my lord,
MARK ANTONY
12   That which is now a horse, even with a thought
13   The rack dislimns, and makes it indistinct,
14   As water is in water.
EROS
15   It does, my lord.
MARK ANTONY
16   My good knave Eros, now thy captain is
17   Even such a body: here I am Antony:
18   Yet cannot hold this visible shape, my knave.
19   I made these wars for Egypt: and the queen,--
20   Whose heart I thought I had, for she had mine;
21   Which whilst it was mine had annex'd unto't
22   A million more, now lost,--she, Eros, has
23   Pack'd cards with Caesar, and false-play'd my glory
24   Unto an enemy's triumph.
25   Nay, weep not, gentle Eros; there is left us
26   Ourselves to end ourselves.
Enter MARDIAN
27   O! thy vile lady!
28   She has robb'd me of my sword.
MARDIAN
29   No, Antony;
30   My mistress loved thee, and her fortunes mingled
31   With thine entirely.
MARK ANTONY
32   Hence, saucy eunuch; peace!
33   She hath betray'd me and shall die the death.
MARDIAN
34   Death of one person can be paid but once,
35   And that she has discharged: what thou wouldst do
36   Is done unto thy hand: the last she spake
37   Was 'Antony! most noble Antony!'
38   Then in the midst a tearing groan did break
39   The name of Antony; it was divided
40   Between her heart and lips: she render'd life,
41   Thy name so buried in her.
MARK ANTONY
42   Dead, then?
MARDIAN
43   Dead.
MARK ANTONY
44   Unarm, Eros; the long day's task is done,
45   And we must sleep.
To MARDIAN
46   That thou depart'st hence safe,
47   Does pay thy labour richly; go.
Exit MARDIAN
48   Off, pluck off:
49   The seven-fold shield of Ajax cannot keep
50   The battery from my heart. O, cleave, my sides!
51   Heart, once be stronger than thy continent,
52   Crack thy frail case! Apace, Eros, apace.
53   No more a soldier: bruised pieces, go;
54   You have been nobly borne. From me awhile.
Exit EROS
55   I will o'ertake thee, Cleopatra, and
56   Weep for my pardon. So it must be, for now
57   All length is torture: since the torch is out,
58   Lie down, and stray no farther: now all labour
59   Mars what it does; yea, very force entangles
60   Itself with strength: seal then, and all is done.
61   Eros!--I come, my queen:--Eros!--Stay for me:
62   Where souls do couch on flowers, we'll hand in hand,
63   And with our sprightly port make the ghosts gaze:
64   Dido and her AEneas shall want troops,
65   And all the haunt be ours. Come, Eros, Eros!
Re-enter EROS

EROS
66   What would my lord?
MARK ANTONY
67   Since Cleopatra died,
68   I have lived in such dishonour, that the gods
69   Detest my baseness. I, that with my sword
70   Quarter'd the world, and o'er green Neptune's back
71   With ships made cities, condemn myself to lack
72   The courage of a woman; less noble mind
73   Than she which by her death our Caesar tells
74   'I am conqueror of myself.' Thou art sworn, Eros,
75   That, when the exigent should come, which now
76   Is come indeed, when I should see behind me
77   The inevitable prosecution of
78   Disgrace and horror, that, on my command,
79   Thou then wouldst kill me: do't; the time is come:
80   Thou strikest not me, 'tis Caesar thou defeat'st.
81   Put colour in thy cheek.
EROS
82   The gods withhold me!
83   Shall I do that which all the Parthian darts,
84   Though enemy, lost aim, and could not?
MARK ANTONY
85   Eros,
86   Wouldst thou be window'd in great Rome and see
87   Thy master thus with pleach'd arms, bending down
88   His corrigible neck, his face subdued
89   To penetrative shame, whilst the wheel'd seat
90   Of fortunate Caesar, drawn before him, branded
91   His baseness that ensued?
EROS
92   I would not see't.
MARK ANTONY
93   Come, then; for with a wound I must be cured.
94   Draw that thy honest sword, which thou hast worn
95   Most useful for thy country.
EROS
96   O, sir, pardon me!
MARK ANTONY
97   When I did make thee free, sworest thou not then
98   To do this when I bade thee? Do it at once;
99   Or thy precedent services are all
100  But accidents unpurposed. Draw, and come.
EROS
101  Turn from me, then, that noble countenance,
102  Wherein the worship of the whole world lies.
MARK ANTONY
103  Lo thee!
Turning from him

EROS
104  My sword is drawn.
MARK ANTONY
105  Then let it do at once
106  The thing why thou hast drawn it.
EROS
107  My dear master,
108  My captain, and my emperor, let me say,
109  Before I strike this bloody stroke, farewell.
MARK ANTONY
110  'Tis said, man; and farewell.
EROS
111  Farewell, great chief. Shall I strike now?
MARK ANTONY
112  Now, Eros.
EROS
113  Why, there then: thus I do escape the sorrow
114  Of Antony's death.
Kills himself

MARK ANTONY
115  Thrice-nobler than myself!
116  Thou teachest me, O valiant Eros, what
117  I should, and thou couldst not. My queen and Eros
118  Have by their brave instruction got upon me
119  A nobleness in record: but I will be
120  A bridegroom in my death, and run into't
121  As to a lover's bed. Come, then; and, Eros,
122  Thy master dies thy scholar: to do thus
Falling on his sword
123  I learn'd of thee. How! not dead? not dead?
124  The guard, ho! O, dispatch me!
Enter DERCETAS and Guard

First Guard
125  What's the noise?
MARK ANTONY
126  I have done my work in, friends: O, make an end
127  Of what I have begun.
Second Guard
128  The star is fall'n.
First Guard
129  And time is at his period.
All
130  Alas, and woe!
MARK ANTONY
131  Let him that loves me strike me dead.
First Guard
132  Not I.
Second Guard
133  Nor I.
Third Guard
134  Nor any one.
Exeunt Guard

DERCETAS
135  Thy death and fortunes bid thy followers fly.
136  This sword but shown to Caesar, with this tidings,
137  Shall enter me with him.
Enter DIOMEDES

DIOMEDES
138  Where's Antony?
DERCETAS
139  There, Diomed there.
DIOMEDES
140  Lives he?
141  Wilt thou not answer, man?
Exit DERCETAS

MARK ANTONY
142  Art thou there, Diomed? Draw thy sword, and give me
143  Sufficing strokes for death.
DIOMEDES
144  Most absolute lord,
145  My mistress Cleopatra sent me to thee.
MARK ANTONY
146  When did she send thee?
DIOMEDES
147  Now, my lord.
MARK ANTONY
148  Where is she?
DIOMEDES
149  Lock'd in her monument. She had a prophesying fear
150  Of what hath come to pass: for when she saw--
151  Which never shall be found--you did suspect
152  She had disposed with Caesar, and that your rage
153  Would not be purged, she sent you word she was dead;
154  But, fearing since how it might work, hath sent
155  Me to proclaim the truth; and I am come,
156  I dread, too late.
MARK ANTONY
157  Too late, good Diomed: call my guard, I prithee.
DIOMEDES
158  What, ho, the emperor's guard! The guard, what, ho!
159  Come, your lord calls!
Enter four or five of the Guard of MARK ANTONY

MARK ANTONY
160  Bear me, good friends, where Cleopatra bides;
161  'Tis the last service that I shall command you.
First Guard
162  Woe, woe are we, sir, you may not live to wear
163  All your true followers out.
All
164  Most heavy day!
MARK ANTONY
165  Nay, good my fellows, do not please sharp fate
166  To grace it with your sorrows: bid that welcome
167  Which comes to punish us, and we punish it
168  Seeming to bear it lightly. Take me up:
169  I have led you oft: carry me now, good friends,
170  And have my thanks for all.
Exeunt, bearing MARK ANTONY

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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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