Antony and Cleopatra


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Act I
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Act V
Enter Ventidius, as it were in triumph, with Silius and
darting (adj.) arrow-shooting

other officers and soldiers. Before Ventidius is borne

the dead body of Pacorus


VENTIDIUS

Now, darting Parthia, art thou struck; and now

Pleased fortune does of Marcus Crassus' death

Make me revenger. Bear the King's son's body

Before our army. Thy Pacorus, Orodes,

Pays this for Marcus Crassus.


SILIUS

                         Noble Ventidius,

Whilst yet with Parthian blood thy sword is warm,

The fugitive Parthians follow. Spur through Media,

Mesopotamia, and the shelters whither

The routed fly. So thy grand captain, Antony,
captain (n.) commander, chief, leader See Topics: Address forms
grand (adj.) chief, pre-eminent, great

Shall set thee on triumphant chariots, and
triumphant (adj.) triumphal, glorious, celebrating a great victory

Put garlands on thy head.


VENTIDIUS

                         O Silius, Silius,

I have done enough. A lower place, note well,
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank See Topics: Frequency count

May make too great an act. For learn this, Silius:

Better to leave undone than by our deed

Acquire too high a fame when him we serve's away.

Caesar and Antony have ever won

More in their officer than person. Sossius,

One of my place in Syria, his lieutenant,
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank See Topics: Frequency count

For quick accumulation of renown,

Which he achieved by th' minute, lost his favour.
minute, by the minute by minute, continually

Who does i'th' wars more than his captain can
captain (n.) commander, chief, leader See Topics: Address forms

Becomes his captain's captain; and ambition,

The soldier's virtue, rather makes choice of loss

Than gain which darkens him.
darken (v.) obscure, eclipse, deprive of fame

I could do more to do Antonius good,

But 'twould offend him, and in his offence

Should my performance perish.
perish (v.) destroy, wither, become ruined


SILIUS

                         Thou hast, Ventidius, that

Without the which a soldier and his sword

Grants scarce distinction. Thou wilt write to Antony?


VENTIDIUS

I'll humbly signify what in his name,

That magical word of war, we have effected;

How, with his banners and his well-paid ranks,

The ne'er-yet-beaten horse of Parthia
horse (n.) cavalry, horse soldiers

We have jaded out o'th' field.
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count
jade (v.) 1 drive like worn-out hacks


SILIUS

                         Where is he now?


VENTIDIUS

He purposeth to Athens; whither, with what haste
purpose (v.) 1 intend, plan

The weight we must convey with's will permit,

We shall appear before him. – On, there. Pass along.

Exeunt

 
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