Enter CLEOPATRA and her maids
|CLEOPATRA||O Charmian, I will never go from hence.|
|CHARMIAN||Be comforted, dear madam.|
|CLEOPATRA||No, I will not:
All strange and terrible events are welcome,
But comforts we despise; our size of sorrow,
Proportion'd to our cause, must be as great
As that which makes it.
|[Enter, below, DIOMEDES]|
|How now! is he dead?|
|DIOMEDES||His death's upon him, but not dead.
Look out o' the other side your monument;
His guard have brought him thither.
|[Enter, below, MARK ANTONY, borne by the Guard]|
Burn the great sphere thou movest in!
The varying shore o' the world. O Antony,
Antony, Antony! Help, Charmian, help, Iras, help;
Help, friends below; let's draw him hither.
Not Caesar's valour hath o'erthrown Antony,
But Antony's hath triumph'd on itself.
|CLEOPATRA||So it should be, that none but Antony
Should conquer Antony; but woe 'tis so!
|MARK ANTONY||I am dying, Egypt, dying; only
I here importune death awhile, until
Of many thousand kisses the poor last
I lay up thy lips.
|CLEOPATRA||I dare not, dear,--
Dear my lord, pardon,--I dare not,
Lest I be taken: not the imperious show
Of the full-fortuned Caesar ever shall
Be brooch'd with me; if knife, drugs,
Edge, sting, or operation, I am safe:
Your wife Octavia, with her modest eyes
And still conclusion, shall acquire no honour
Demuring upon me. But come, come, Antony,--
Help me, my women,--we must draw thee up:
Assist, good friends.
|MARK ANTONY||O, quick, or I am gone.|
|CLEOPATRA||Here's sport indeed! How heavy weighs my lord!
Our strength is all gone into heaviness,
That makes the weight: had I great Juno's power,
The strong-wing'd Mercury should fetch thee up,
And set thee by Jove's side. Yet come a little,--
Wishes were ever fools,--O, come, come, come;
|[They heave MARK ANTONY aloft to CLEOPATRA]|
|And welcome, welcome! die where thou hast lived:
Quicken with kissing: had my lips that power,
Thus would I wear them out.
|All||A heavy sight!|
|MARK ANTONY||I am dying, Egypt, dying:
Give me some wine, and let me speak a little.
|CLEOPATRA||No, let me speak; and let me rail so high,
That the false housewife Fortune break her wheel,
Provoked by my offence.
|MARK ANTONY||One word, sweet queen:
Of Caesar seek your honour, with your safety. O!
|CLEOPATRA||They do not go together.|
|MARK ANTONY||Gentle, hear me:
None about Caesar trust but Proculeius.
|CLEOPATRA||My resolution and my hands I'll trust;
None about Caesar.
|MARK ANTONY||The miserable change now at my end
Lament nor sorrow at; but please your thoughts
In feeding them with those my former fortunes
Wherein I lived, the greatest prince o' the world,
The noblest; and do now not basely die,
Not cowardly put off my helmet to
My countryman,--a Roman by a Roman
Valiantly vanquish'd. Now my spirit is going;
I can no more.
|CLEOPATRA||Noblest of men, woo't die?
Hast thou no care of me? shall I abide
In this dull world, which in thy absence is
No better than a sty? O, see, my women,
|[MARK ANTONY dies]|
|The crown o' the earth doth melt. My lord!
O, wither'd is the garland of the war,
The soldier's pole is fall'n: young boys and girls
Are level now with men; the odds is gone,
And there is nothing left remarkable
Beneath the visiting moon.
|CHARMIAN||O, quietness, lady!|
|IRAS||She is dead too, our sovereign.|
|CHARMIAN||O madam, madam, madam!|
|IRAS||Royal Egypt, Empress!|
|CHARMIAN||Peace, peace, Iras!|
|CLEOPATRA||No more, but e'en a woman, and commanded
By such poor passion as the maid that milks
And does the meanest chares. It were for me
To throw my sceptre at the injurious gods;
To tell them that this world did equal theirs
Till they had stol'n our jewel. All's but naught;
Patience is scottish, and impatience does
Become a dog that's mad: then is it sin
To rush into the secret house of death,
Ere death dare come to us? How do you, women?
What, what! good cheer! Why, how now, Charmian!
My noble girls! Ah, women, women, look,
Our lamp is spent, it's out! Good sirs, take heart:
We'll bury him; and then, what's brave,
Let's do it after the high Roman fashion,
And make death proud to take us. Come, away:
This case of that huge spirit now is cold:
Ah, women, women! come; we have no friend
But resolution, and the briefest end.
|[Exeunt; those above bearing off MARK ANTONY's body]|
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|Full Text||Act III, Scene 7 Near Actium Mark Antony's camp.|
|Act I, Scene 1 Alexandria. A room in Cleopatra's palace.||Act III, Scene 8 A plain near Actium/Act III, Scene 9 Another part of the plain./Act III, Scene 10. Another part of the plain.|
|Act I, Scene 2 The same. Another room.||Act III, Scene 11 Alexandria. Cleopatra's palace./Act III, Scene 12 Egypt Octavius' camp.|
|Act I, Scene 3 The same. Another room.||Act III, Scene 13 Alexandria. Cleopatra's palace.|
|Act I, Scene 4 Rome. Octavius Caesar's house.||Act IV, Scene 1 Before Alexandria. Octavius' camp. /Act IV, Scene 2 Alexandria. Cleopatra's palace.|
|Act I, Scene 5 Alexandria Cleopatra's palace.||Act IV, Scene 3 The same. Before the palace./Act IV, Scene 4 The same. A room in the palace.|
|Act II, Scene 1 Messina Pompey's house.||Act IV, Scene 5 Alexandria. Mark Antony's camp/Act IV, Scene 6 Alexandria Octavius' camp.|
|Act II, Scene 2 Rome. The house of Lepidus.||Act IV, Scene 7 Field of battle between the camps./Act IV, Scene 8 Under the walls of Alexandria.|
|Act II, Scene 3 The same Octavius Caesar's house./Act II, Scene 4 The same. A street.||Act IV, Scene 9 Octavius Caesar's camp/Act IV, Scene 10 Between the two camps. /Act IV, Scene 11 Another part of the same.|
|Act II, Scene 5 Alexandria. Cleopatra's palace.||Act IV, Scene 12 Another part of the same./Act IV, Scene 13 Alexandria Cleopatra's palace.|
|Act II, Scene 6 Near Misenum.||Act IV, Scene 14 The same. Another room.|
|Act II, Scene 7 On board Pompey's galley, off Misenum||Act IV, Scene 15 The same. A monument.|
|Act III, Scene 1 A plain in Syria/ Act III Scene 2 An ante-chamber in Octavius Caesar's house.||Act V, Scene 1 Octavius Caesar's camp.|
|Act III, Scene 3Alexandria Cleopatra's palace./Act III, Scene 4 Athens. A room in Mark Antony's house.||Act V, Scene 2 A room in the monument.|
|Act III, Scene 5 The same. Another room./Act III, Scene 6 Octavius Caesar's house.|
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