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M^ speech, and what is done, tell him, he has
Hipparchus, my enfranchis'd bondman, whom
He may at pleasure whip, or hang, or torture,
As he shall like, to quit me: Urge it thou:
Hence, with thy stripes, begone. [Eadt Thtb.

Clfo. Have you done yet?

Ant. Alack, our terreiiB moon

Is now eclips'd ; and it portends alone
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690 ANTONY AND

CTeo. I must stay bia time.

AnL To flatter Caeur, would 70a mingle eyes
With one tint ties his points?

Cleo, Not know me yet ?

Ant. Cold-hearted toward me ?

CUo. Ah, dear, if I be so,

From my cold heart let heaven engender hail,
And poison it in the source ; and tne first stone
Drop in my neck : as it determines, so
Dissolve my life! The next Caesarian smitel
Till, by degrees, the memory of my womb,
Together with my brave Egyptians all,
By the discandenng of this pelleted storm.
Lie graveless ; till the flies and gnats of NUe
Have buried them for prey !

AtU, I am satisfied.

Caesar sits down in Alexandria ; where
I will op)>ose his fate. Our force by land
Hath nobly held: our severM navy too
Have Imit again, and fleet, threatening most sua-

like.
Where hast thou been, my heart ?>-Dost thoa

hear, lady?
If from the field 1 shall return once more
To kiss these lips, I will appear in blood ;
I and my sword will earn our chronicle ;
There's hope int yet.

Cleo. That's mv brave lord !

AnL I will be treble-«inew^, hearted, breath'd.



CLEOPATRA.

And fight malicioui^ly : for when mine hours
Were nice and lucky, men did ransom lives
Of me for jests : but now, III set my teeth.
And send to darkness all that stop me. — Come,
Let's have one other gaudy night : call to me
All my sad captains ; fill our bowls once more {
Let's mock the midnight bell.

Cleo. It is my birthday :

I had thought to have held it poor ; but, since my

lord
Is Antony again, I will be Cleopatra.
Ant. We will yet do well.
Cko, Call all his noble captains to my lord,
AnL Do so, well speak to them ; and to-night
111 force
The wine peep through their scars.-— Come on, my

queen ;
There's sivp in't yet The next time I do fight,
111 make Death love me; for I will contend
Even with his pestilent scythe.

[Exeunt Ant., Cleo., and Attendants.
Eno, Now he'll outstare the lightning. To be
furious,
Is to be frighted out of fear : and in that mood,
The dove will peck the estridge ; and I see still,
A diminution in our captain *s brain
Kestores his heart: When valour prevs on reason,
It eats the sword it fights with. 1 will seek
Some way to leave him. ^£aL



ACT IV.



SCENE L— Ccaar^ Oamp at Alexandria.

Unter Casar, reading' a letter; Aobifpa, Me-
OMSABf and others,

OoBt, He calls me boy; and chides, as he had
power
To beat me out of Egypt : my messeAger
He hath whipp'd with rods ; dares me to personal

combat,
Caesar to Antonv : Let the old mffian know,
I have manj other ways to die ; mean time,
Laugh at his challenge.

Aiec Cssar most think,

When one so great begins to rage, he's hunted
Even to falling. Give him no breath, but now
Make boot of his distraction: Never anger
Ifade good guard for itself.

Cces, Let our best heads

Know, that to-morrow the last of manv battles
We mean to fight : — Within our files there are
Of those that served Mark Antony but late.
Enough to fetch him in. See it done ;
And teast the army : we have store to do't.
And they hare eam'd the waste. Poor Antony !

[Exeunt.

SCENE IL^Alexandria. A Boom in the Palace*

Enter Aktoht, Cleopatra, Emobabbus, Chab-
MiAN, Iras, Alexas, and others.

Ant. He will not fight with me, Domitins ?

Eno. No.

Ant. Why should he not?

Eno, He thinks, bemg twenty times of better
fortune,
He is twenty men to one.

AnL To-morrow, soldier,

By sea and land 111 fight : or I will live.
Or bathe my dying honour in the blood
Shall make it live again. Woo't thou fight well?

Eno, 111 strike ; and cry, " Take alL"



Ant. Well said ; come on.—

Call forth my household servants ; letls tonight

Enter Servants.

Be bounteous at our meal. — Give me thy hand,
Thoa hast been rightly honest ;— so hast thou ; —
Thou,— and thou, and thou:— you have serr'd

me well.
And kings have been your fellows.

Cleo. What means this?

Eno. Tis one of those odd tricks which sorrow
shoots lAsidA.

Out of the mind.

Ant, And thou art honest too.

I wish I could be made so many men ;
And all of you clanp'd up together in
An Antony; that 1 might do you service.
So good as you have done.

Serv, The gods forbid!

AnL Well, my good fellows, wait on me to-
night :
Scant not my cups ; and make aa much of me
As when mine empire was your fellow too,
And suffered my command.

Cleo. What does he mean ?

Eno. To make his followers weep.

Ant. Tend me to-night ;

May be, it is the period of your duty:
Haply, you shall not see me more ; or if,
A mangled shadow : perchance, to-morrow
You'll serve another master. I look on yon
As one that takes his leave. Mine honest

friends,
I turn you not away ; but, like a master
Married to your good service, stay till death :
Tend me to-night two hours, I ask no more,
And the gods yield youfor't I

Eno. What mean yon, sir.

To give them this discomfort? Look, they weepi
And I, an ass, am onion-eyed ; for shame,
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ANTONY AND
Mil fio,bo,hol

Now the witeh tikt me if I meant it thus I
Qnoa grow where those drops fall! Mj hearty^

friends,
loa take me in too doloroos a sense.
For I spoke to 70a for your comfort: did desire

you
To bum this night vrith torches : Know, my hearts,
I hope well of to-morrow; and will lead you
Where rather 1*11 expect victorious life,
Than death and honour. Let's to supper : come.
And drown consideration. [ExewU.

SCENEni.— T^iMiie. B^i/brtihe Palace.
Enter two Soldiers, to their Ouard,

1 SoltL Brother, good night: to-morrow b the

day.
8 JSoieL It will determine one way: fare yea

well.
Heard yon of nothing strange about the streets?

1 SoUL Nothing: What news?

2 8old, Belike, His but a rumour :
Good nifffat to yoo.

1 SoUL Well, sir, good night

Enter two other Soldiers.

2 Sold. Soldiers,
Have careftil watch.

3 SoUL And yon: Good night, good night

ITheJiret twojlace thaneelves at their jiosts.

4 SouL Here we : [they take their posts] and if

to-morrow
Our navy thrive, I have an absolute hope
Our lanci men will stand up.

3 SoUL Tis a brave army.
And full of purpose.

[Music 0/ hautboys wider the stage,
A SoUL Peace, what noise?

1 SoUL Li8t,listl

2 SoUL HarkI

1 SoUL Music i' the air.

8 Sold. Under the earth.

4 SoUL It signs well^
Doestnot?

3 SoUL No.

1 SoUL Peace, I say. What should this mean?

2 SoUL Tis the god Hercules, whom Antony

lov'd.
Now leaves him.

1 SoUL Walk; let^ see if other watchmen
Do hear what we do.

[They advance to another post.

2 Sold, How now, masters?
SoUL How now?
How now? do you hear this?

fSstKral sveahina tooether.



CLEOPATRA. 691

Enter 'EaoBf with mwumr.

Gome, good fellow, put thine iron on:—
If fortune be not ours to-day, it is
Because we brave her.— Coma.

Cko, Nay, 111 help too

What's this for?

Ant, Ah, let be, let be ! thou art

The armourer of my heart;— False, false; this, this.

Cleo. Sooth, U, 111 help : Thus it must be.

AnL Well, well*

We shall thrive now. — Seest thou, my good fellow ?
(jh>, put on thy defences.

Eros, Briefly, rir.

Cleo. U not this buckled well?

Ant, Rarely, rarely,

He that unbuckles this, till we do please
To doff*t for our repose, shall hear a storm.—
Thou fumblest, Eros ; and my queen^ a squire
More tight at this than thou : Desnatch.— O love,
That thou couldst see mv wars to^y, and knew*st
The royal occupation! tnou shouldst see

Enter an Officer, armed.

A workman in t— Good morrow to thee; welcome:
Thou look'st like him that knows a warlike charge :
To business that we love we rise betime,
And go tot with delight.

1 Of. A thousand, sir.
Early thought be, have on their riveted trim,
And at the port expect you.

[Shota. Tnanpete. FkmiA.

Enter oiher Officers, aind Soldiers.

2 Off, The morn is fair.— Good morrow, generat
AJL Good morrow, generaL

Ant, Tis well blown, lads.

This morning, like the spirit of a vouth
That means to be of note, begins betimes.—
80, so ; come, give me that : this way ; well said.
Fare thee well, dame, whatever becomes of me.
This is a soldier's kiss : rebukable, [Kisses kar.
And worthy shameful check it were, to stand
On more mechanic compliment; 111 leave thee
Now, like a man of steel,— Ton that will fight
Follow me close ; 111 bring you tot. — Adieu.

[Exeunt AvrosT, Eros, Officers, and
Soldiers.

Char. Please yon, retire to your chamber?

Cleo. Lead me.

He goes forth gaHantly. That he and Cesar might
Determine this great war in single fightl
Then, Antony,— But now,— Well, on. [Eacema,

SCENE v.— Antony^ 0!amp near Alexandria.

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JBros, Sir, his chests and treasore

He has not with him.

Ant, Is he gone?

Sold, Most certain.

Ant Gk), Eros, send his treasure after ; do it;
Detain no jot, I charge thee : write to him
(I will suhscrihe) gentle adieas and greetings;
Baj, that I wish he never find more cause
To change a master — O, nay fortunes have
Corrupted honest men; — Despatch: Enobarbns!

[Exeunt

SCENE VI.— Caesar'^ Oatnp be/ore Alexandria.

Flowith, Enter CiBSAR, toUli, Agrippa,

Enobarbus, and others.

Ccet, GU> forth, Agrippa, and begin the fight;
Onr will is Antony be took alive;
Make it so known.

Apr. Caesar, I shall. [Exit Agbippa.

Cos. The time of wiiversal peace is near:
Prove this a prosperous day, the three-nook'd

world
Shall bear the olive freelj.

Enter a Messenger.

MetB. Antonj

b come into tlie field.

Ccea. Go, charge Agrippa:

Plant those that have revolted in the van,
That Antony may seem to spend his fury
Upon himself. [Exeunt Cesar and his Tram.

Em, Alexas did revolt; and went to Jewry,
On affairs of Antony ; there did persuade
Great Uerod to incline hiinself to Caesar,
And leave hb master Antony : for his pains,
Caesar hath hang'd him. Canidius, and the reit,
That fell away, nave entertainment, but
No honourable trust I have done ill :
Of which I do accuse myself so sordy,
That I will joy no more.

Eidesr a Soldier ^Caesar^g.

Soid, Enobarbus, Antony

Hath after thee sent all thy treasure, with
His bounty overplus : The messenger
Came on my guard ; and at thy tent is now
Unloading of his mules.

Eno, I give it you.

Sold, Mock not, Enobarbus.

T tell you true : Best you saf d the bringer
Out or the host ; I must attend mine ofBce,
Or would have don't myself. Your emperor
Continues still a Jove. [Exit Soldier.

Eno. I am alone the villain of the earth,
And feel I am so most. Antony,
Thou mine of bounty, how wouldst thou have paid
My better service, when my turpitude
Thou dost so orown with gold! This blows my

heart:
If swift thought break it not, a swifter mean
Shall outstrike thought: but thought will do% I

feel.
I fight against thee! — No: I will go seek
Some ditch wherein to die; the foul'st best fits
My ktter part of life. [Exit.

SCENE y 11,— Ekldqf battle hettoeen (he Camps.

^Janmu Drums and trumpets. Enter Agbippa
and others,
Agr, Retire, we have engag'd ourselves too far:
CsBsar himself has work, and our oppreasion
Exceeds what we expected. [EremU,



ATTTONT AND CLEOPATRA.

Alarum, Enter kvsovt^ and \^kvct,woMsded,

Scar, my brave emperor, this is fought mdeed 1
Had we done so at first, we liad driven them home
With clouts about their heads.

Ant, Thou bleed'st uiace.

Scar, I had a wound here that was like a T,
But now 'tis made an H.

Ant. They do retire.

Scar, We'll beat 'em into bench-holes; I haTt
yet
Room for six scotches more.

Enter Ebos.

Eros, They are beaten, air ; and our advantage
serves
For a fair victory.

Sccar. Let us score their backs.

And snatch 'em up, as we take hares, behind;
'Tis sport to maul a runner.

Ant. I will reward thee

Once for thy spritely comfort, and ten-fold
For thy good valour. Come thee on.

Scar, 111 halt after. [Exemit,



SCENE VIII.
Alarum,



-Under the Walls q/" Alexandria.



Enter Antony, manMng; Soabus, and
Forces.

AM, We have beat him to his camp : Run one
before,
And let thequeen know of our guests. — To-morrow,
Before the sun shall see us, we'll spill the blood
That has to-day escap'd. I thank you all ;
For doughty-handed are you ; and have fought
Not as you serv'd the cause, but as't had been
Each man's like mine; you have shown all Hectors.
Enter the city, clip your wives, your friends,
Tell them your feats ; whilst they with joyful tears
Wash the congealment from your wounds, and kiss
The honoured gashes whole.— Give me thy hand ;

[To SOARUS.

Enter Cleopatra, atteiukd.

To this great fairy ni commend thy acts,

Make her thanks bless thee.— thou day o' the

world,
Chain mine arm'd neck; leap thoa, attire and all.
Through proof of harness to my heart, and there
Ride on the pants triumphing.

Cleo, Lord of lords 1

O, infinite virtue t com^t thou smiling from
The world's great snare uncaught?

Ant, Mj nightingale.

We have beat them to their beiids. What, girl?

though grey
Do something mingle with our younger orown ;
Yet ha' we a brain that nourishes our nerves.
And can get goal for goal of youth. Behold this

man;
Commend unto his lips thy favouring hand ;—
Kiss it, my warrior:— He nath fought to-day
As if a god, in hate of mankind, had
Destroy'd in such a shape.

Cleo. Ill give thee, friend.

An armour all of gold ; it was a king's.

Ant, He has deserv'd it, were it carbuncled
Like holy Phoebus' car. — Give me thy Imnd : '
Through Alexandria make a jolly march;
Bear our hack'd targets like the men that owe

them:
Had our great palace the capacity
To camp this host, we all would sap together.
And drink carouses to the next day's fate, t

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ANTONY AND
Which promises royi] perils— Trampeters,
With brazen din blast yon the city's ear ;
Make mingle with oar rattling tabourines;
That heaven and earth may strike their sounds

together,
Applaading our approach. [Exeunt.

SCENE IX.~CaB8ar*s Ocmp.
Senthiels on that pott. Enter Enobarbus.

1 Sold, If we be not relief ^ within this boar,
We must return to the court of guard : The night
Is shiny ; and, they say, we shall embattle

By the second hour i* the uiom.

2 Sold, This last day was a shrewd one to us,
Eno. 0, bear me witness, night, —

3 Sold, What man is thU?

2 Sold, Stand close, and list hiro*
Eno, Be witness to me, O thou blessed moon,

When men revolted shall upon record
Bear hateful memory, poor Enobwrbus did
Before thy fi^e repent I—

1 SoUL Eoobarbnst

^Sold, PeMM;

Hark further.

Eno. sovereign mistress of tme melancholy,
The poisonous damp of night disponge npon me ;
That life, a very rebel to my will,
May hang no longer on me: Throw my heart
Against the flint and hardness of my fault ;
Which, being dried with grief, will break to powder,
And finitih all foul thoughts. Antony,
Nobler than my revolt Is infamous,
Fur^ve me in thine own particular ;
But let the world rank me in register
A master-leaver and a fugitive :
O Antony! O Antony! [Die$.

8 Sold. Let's speak to him.

1 Sold. Let's hear him, for the things he speaks
oaay concern Ctesar.

8 Sold Li t'8 do so. But he sleeps.

1 SoUL Swoons rather ; for so l>ad a prayer as
his was never yet for hleep.

8 Sold. Gk> we to him.

3 Sold, Awaken sir, awake; speak to ns.
^Sold, Hear yon, sir?

1 StM, The hand of death hath raught him.
Hark, the drums {Drums afar off.

Demurely wake the sleepers. Let as bear him
To the court of goard ^ he is of note : oar hoar
Is fully out

3 Sold, Come on, then :
He may recover yet. {Eaoemit taiik ike body.

SCENE X.— Between ike two Campe.
Enter AwTOTT and Bcarvb, with Ibroee marchmff.

Ant. Their preparation is to^y by sea ;
We please them not by land.

Sear. For both, my lord.

Ant. I would they'd fight i' the fire, or in the air ;
We'd fight there too. But this it is : Oar foot.
Upon the hills adjoining to the cit^,
Shall stay with us: — order for sea is given ;
They have put forth the haven : —
Where their appointment we may best discover.
And look on their endeavour. [Exeunt

Enter Cabab, andkU Forces marddng.

Cme. But being charg'd. we will be still by land,
Which, as I taket, we shall ; for hu best force
Is forth to man his galleys. To the Tales,
And hohl oar best i^vantage. [Exeunt,



CLEOPATRA. 698

Be^nter Ahtont emd BOAim.

Ant, Yet they are not join'd : Where jond' pine
does stand,
T shall discover all; 111 bring thee word
Straight, how tia like to go. [Exit

Scar. Swallows hmve oailt

In Cleopatrals sails their nests: the augurers
Say, they know not,— they cannot tell ;— look

grimly.
And dare not speak their knowledge. Antony
Is valiant and aejected ; and, by starts,
His fretted fortunes give him hope, and fear,
Of what he has, and has not.

Alartan afar off, as at a mafight,
Be-enter Antokt.
Ant. All is lost;

This foul Egyptian hmth betrayed me :
My fleet hath yielded to the foe ; and yonder
They cast their caps up, and carcase together
Like friends long lost. — Trif^le-tam'd whore! His

thoa
Hast sold me to this novice ; and my heart
Makes only wars on thee.— Bid them all fly;
For when I am reveng'd upon my charm,
I have done all ^~Bid them all fly ; be gone*

[JBt^SOABUB.

son, thy aprise shall I see no more :
Fortune and Antony part here; even here
Do weshakehands.— AH come to this? — Thehearts
That spaniel 'd me at heels, to whom I gave
Their wishes, do discandy, melt their sweets
On blossoming Csesar ; and this pine is bark'd,
That overtopp'd them alL Betray*d I am :
this false soul of Egypt I this grave charm.
Whose eve beck'd forth my wars, and caird them

home;
Whose bosom was my crownet, my chief ead.
Like a right gipsy, hath, at fkst and loose, *
Beguird me to the very heart of loss. —
What, Eros, Eros 1

Enter Cleopatra.
Ah, thoa spell I Avaont
CfUo. Why is my lord enrag'd against his love?
Ant. Vanish ; or I shall give thee th^ deserving,
And blemish Caesar's triumph. Let him take thee,
And hoist thee ap to the shouting plebeians.
Follow bis chariot, like the greatest spot
Of all thy sex:«most monster-like, be shown
For poor'st diminutives, for dolts ; and let
Patient Octavia plough thy visage up
With her prepared nails. [ExUQhm},] Tis well

tnouVt gone.
If it be well to live : But better *twere
Thou feirst mto my fary, for one death
Might have prevented many.— Eros, boat
The shirt of N casus is upon me : Teach me,
Alcides, thoa mine ancestor, thy rage :
Let me lodge Lichas on the horns (r the moon ;
And with those hands, that grasp'd the heaviest

club.
Subdue my worthiest self. The witch shall die ;
To the Roman boy she hath sold me, and I fall
Under this plot : she dies fort— Eros, hoa 1 [ExU.

SCENE XI.— Alexandria. A BMminihe Palace,

Enter Cleopatra, Charmiav, Iras, ana
Marduh.



Cleo. Help me, my women 1 0, he is more mad
Than Telamon for his shield ; the bo|r of T^— '-

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004 ANTONY AND

Char. To the monnment;

There lock jonneU^ and send him word 70a are

dead.
The ioiil and body rive not more in parting,
Than greatness going off.

CUo, To the monument : —

Mardian, so tell him I have slain myself;
Say that the last I spoke was, Antony,
And word it, prithee, piteously: Hence, Hardian,
And bring me how his takes my death. —
To the monument. [ExeunU

SCENE XII.— T%« some. Another Room,
Enter Amtont and Eros.

JsU, Eros, thoa yet behold'st me?

Sro§, Ay, noble lord.

Ant, Sometime we see a olood that's dragonish :
A yaponr, sometime, like a bear, or lion,
A towered citadel, a pendant rock,
A forked moantain, or blue promontory
With trees apon*t, that nod unto the world,
And mock our eyes with air : thou hast seen these

siens;
The^ are black vesper'^ pageants.

Eroi, Ay, my lord.

Ani, That which is now a horse, even with a
thouj^ht
The rack dislimbs; and makes it indistinct,
As water is in water.

JEroi, It does, my lord.

Ant, My good knave, Eros, now thy captain is
Even such a body ; here I am Antony ;
Yet cannot hold this visible shape, my knave.
I made these wars for Egvpt; and the queen, —
Whose heart I thought 1 had, for she had mine ;
Which, whilst it was mine, had annexed unto*t
A million more, now lost, — she, Eros, has
Pack'd cards with Cassar, and false-play'd my glory
Unto an enemy's triumph. —
Nay, weep not, eentle Eros; there is left us
Ourselves to end ourselves.~0, thy vile lady I

Enter Mardiav.

She has robb*d me of my sword.

Mar, No, Anttmj ;

My mistress lov*d thee, and her fortunes mingled
With thme entirely.

Ant, Hence, saucy eunuch ; peace ;

She hath betrayed me, and shall di^ the death.

Hot, Death of one person can be paid but once ;
And that she has discharged: What thou wonldst do
Is done unto thy hand ; the last she spake
Was, Antony I most noble Antony 1
rhen in the midst a tearing groan did break
rhe name of Antony ; it was divided
Between her heart and lips; she rendered life
Thy name so buried in her.

Ant, Dead then?

Mar, Dead.

Ant. Unarm, Eros; the long day's task is done,
And we munt sleep: — That thou depart'st hence

safe,
Does pay thy hibour richly; Oto* — Off, pluck off;—
[Exit Maroian.
rhe seven-fold shield of Ajax cannot keep
The battery from my heart O, cleave, my sides I
Heart, once be stronger than thy continent ;
Crack thy frail case ! - Apace, Eros, apace. —
No more a soldier z—Rniised pieces, go ;
Toa have been nobly borne.— From me a while.^

[ExUEBoa,

Till overtake thee, Cleopatra, and



CLEOPATRA.

Weep for my pardon. 80 it must be, for now
All length is torture :^Sinoe the torch is out,
Lie down and stray no farther : Now all labour
Mars what it does: yea, very foroe entangles
Itself with strength : Seal then, and all is done.—
E^osl — I come, my queen:— Erost—Stav foroie:
Where souls do couch on flowers, well hand in

hand.
And with our sprightly port make the ghosts gaze:
Dido and her ^neas shall want troops.
And all the haunt be ours.— Come, Erof. Eros I

Be^nter Erob,

Era. What would my lord?

AnL Since Cleopatra died,

I have lived in such dishonour, tliat the gods
Detest my baseness. I. that with my sword
Qnarter'd the world, ana o'er green Neptune's back
With ships made cities, condemn myself, to lack
The courage of a woman; leas noble mind
Than she, which, by her death, our Cassar tells,
*^ I am oonqueror of myself.** Thou art swem,

Eros,
That, when the exigent should come (which now
Is come, indeed) when I should see behind me
Th' inevitable prosecution of disgrace
And horror, that, on my command, thou then
Wouldst kill me : dot ; the time is come :
Thou strik'st not me, 'tis Caesar thou defeat^t
Put colour in thy cheek.

Erot. The eods wi thhold me 1

Shall I do that which all the Parthian darts,
Though enemy, lost aim, and could not ?

Ant. Eros,

Would thou be window'd in great Rome, and see
Thy master thus with pleach u arms, bending down
His corrigible neck, his face subdued
To penetrative shame ; whibt the wheel'd seat
Of fortunate C»uir, drawn before him, branded
His baseness that ensued?

Eros. I would not see't

Ant, Come, then; for with a wound I must be
cur'd.
Draw that thv honest sword, which thou hast worn
Most useful mr thy country.

Eros, O, sir, pardon me.

Ant. When I did make thee free, swor'st thou
not then
To do this when I bade thee ? Do it at once;
Or thy precedent services are all
But accidents unpurposed. Draw, and come.

Eros. Turn from me then that noble cOuntenanoe,
Wherein the worship of the whole world lies.

^n«. Lothee. [Turning /ram hm,

Eros. My sword is drawn.

Ant, Then let it do at onoe

The thing why thou hast drawn it.

Eros. My dear master.

My captain, and my emperor ; let me say.
Before I strike this bloody stroke, farewell.

Ant. Tis said, man ; and farewell

Eros. Farewell, great chief. Shall I strike now?

AnL Now, Eros.

Eros, Why, there then:~[^aZZs on Ju$ewortL\
Thus I do escape the sorrow
Of Antony's death. rZ>iii».

Ant. Thrice nobler than myself!

Thou teachest me, valiant Eros, what
I should, and thou couldst not. My queen and

Eros
Have, by their brave instruction, got npon me
A nobleness in record : But I will be
A bridegroom in my death, and run ioto) ^ I ^



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