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ACT I - SCENE I. Alexandria. A room in CLEOPATRA's palace.
Enter DEMETRIUS and PHILO

PHILO
1    Nay, but this dotage of our general's
2    O'erflows the measure: those his goodly eyes,
3    That o'er the files and musters of the war
4    Have glow'd like plated Mars, now bend, now turn,
5    The office and devotion of their view
6    Upon a tawny front: his captain's heart,
7    Which in the scuffles of great fights hath burst
8    The buckles on his breast, reneges all temper,
9    And is become the bellows and the fan
10   To cool a gipsy's lust.
11   Look, where they come:
12   Take but good note, and you shall see in him.
13   The triple pillar of the world transform'd
14   Into a strumpet's fool: behold and see.
CLEOPATRA
15   If it be love indeed, tell me how much.
MARK ANTONY
16   There's beggary in the love that can be reckon'd.
CLEOPATRA
17   I'll set a bourn how far to be beloved.
MARK ANTONY
18   Then must thou needs find out new heaven, new earth.
Enter an Attendant

Attendant
19   News, my good lord, from Rome.
MARK ANTONY
20   Grates me: the sum.
CLEOPATRA
21   Nay, hear them, Antony:
22   Fulvia perchance is angry; or, who knows
23   If the scarce-bearded Caesar have not sent
24   His powerful mandate to you, 'Do this, or this;
25   Take in that kingdom, and enfranchise that;
26   Perform 't, or else we damn thee.'
MARK ANTONY
27   How, my love!
CLEOPATRA
28   Perchance! nay, and most like:
29   You must not stay here longer, your dismission
30   Is come from Caesar; therefore hear it, Antony.
31   Where's Fulvia's process? Caesar's I would say? both?
32   Call in the messengers. As I am Egypt's queen,
33   Thou blushest, Antony; and that blood of thine
34   Is Caesar's homager: else so thy cheek pays shame
35   When shrill-tongued Fulvia scolds. The messengers!
MARK ANTONY
36   Let Rome in Tiber melt, and the wide arch
37   Of the ranged empire fall! Here is my space.
38   Kingdoms are clay: our dungy earth alike
39   Feeds beast as man: the nobleness of life
40   Is to do thus; when such a mutual pair
Embracing
41   And such a twain can do't, in which I bind,
42   On pain of punishment, the world to weet
43   We stand up peerless.
CLEOPATRA
44   Excellent falsehood!
45   Why did he marry Fulvia, and not love her?
46   I'll seem the fool I am not; Antony
47   Will be himself.
MARK ANTONY
48   But stirr'd by Cleopatra.
49   Now, for the love of Love and her soft hours,
50   Let's not confound the time with conference harsh:
51   There's not a minute of our lives should stretch
52   Without some pleasure now. What sport tonight?
CLEOPATRA
53   Hear the ambassadors.
MARK ANTONY
54   Fie, wrangling queen!
55   Whom every thing becomes, to chide, to laugh,
56   To weep; whose every passion fully strives
57   To make itself, in thee, fair and admired!
58   No messenger, but thine; and all alone
59   To-night we'll wander through the streets and note
60   The qualities of people. Come, my queen;
61   Last night you did desire it: speak not to us.
DEMETRIUS
62   Is Caesar with Antonius prized so slight?
PHILO
63   Sir, sometimes, when he is not Antony,
64   He comes too short of that great property
65   Which still should go with Antony.
DEMETRIUS
66   I am full sorry
67   That he approves the common liar, who
68   Thus speaks of him at Rome: but I will hope
69   Of better deeds to-morrow. Rest you happy!
Exeunt

ACT I, SCENE II (Next) >
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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