Antony and Cleopatra


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Canidius marcheth with his land army one way over

the stage, and Taurus, the lieutenant of Caesar, with

his army, the other way. After their going in is heard

the noise of a sea fight

Alarum. Enter Enobarbus


ENOBARBUS

Naught, naught, all naught! I can behold no longer.
naught, nought (n.) 3 ruin, disaster, catastrophe

Th'Antoniad, the Egyptian admiral,
admiral (n.) admiral's ship, flagship

With all their sixty, fly and turn the rudder.

To see't mine eyes are blasted.

Enter Scarus
blast (v.) 1 blight, wither, destroy


SCARUS

                         Gods and goddesses,

All the whole synod of them!
passion (n.) 5 passionate outburst, emotional passage
synod (n.) assembly, council, gathering


ENOBARBUS

                         What's thy passion?


SCARUS

The greater cantle of the world is lost
cantle (n.) segment, corner, slice

With very ignorance. We have kissed away
very (adj.) 1 [intensifying] thorough-going, absolute

Kingdoms and provinces.


ENOBARBUS

                         How appears the fight?


SCARUS

On our side like the tokened pestilence,
pestilence (n.) plague, epidemic, fatal disease
tokened (adj.) shown by marks, spotted, blotchy

Where death is sure. Yon ribaudred nag of Egypt –
ribaudred (adj.) [unclear meaning] foul, obscene, wanton

Whom leprosy o'ertake! – i'th' midst o'th' fight,

When vantage like a pair of twins appeared,
vantage (n.) 2 advantageous position, place of vantage, superiority

Both as the same, or rather ours the elder,
elder (adj.) greater

The breese upon her, like a cow in June,

Hoists sails and flies.


ENOBARBUS

                         That I beheld.

Mine eyes did sicken at the sight, and could not

Endure a further view.
loof (v.) luff, bring into the wind


SCARUS

                         She once being loofed,

The noble ruin of her magic, Antony,

Claps on his sea wing and, like a doting mallard,
clap on (v.) activate promptly, put on smartly
mallard (n.) wild drake
sea-wing (n.) means of flight by sea

Leaving the fight in height, flies after her.

I never saw an action of such shame.

Experience, manhood, honour, ne'er before

Did violate so itself.


ENOBARBUS

                         Alack, alack!

Enter Canidius


CANIDIUS

Our fortune on the sea is out of breath,

And sinks most lamentably. Had our general

Been what he knew himself, it had gone well.

O, he has given example for our flight

Most grossly by his own.
grossly (adv.) 1 openly, blatantly, brazenly


ENOBARBUS

Ay, are you thereabouts? Why then, good night indeed.


CANIDIUS

Toward Peloponnesus are they fled.


SCARUS

'Tis easy to't; and there I will attend
attend (v.) 1 await, wait for, expect See Topics: Frequency count

What further comes.


CANIDIUS

                         To Caesar will I render

My legions and my horse. Six kings already

Show me the way of yielding.


ENOBARBUS

                         I'll yet follow

The wounded chance of Antony, though my reason
chance (n.) 5 fortune, lot, destiny
wounded (adj.) damaged, tainted, tarnished

Sits in the wind against me.

Exeunt

 
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