Antony and Cleopatra


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Cleopatra, Enobarbus, Charmian, and Iras
think (v.) 2 reflect, meditate, brood


CLEOPATRA

What shall we do, Enobarbus?


ENOBARBUS

                         Think, and die.


CLEOPATRA

Is Antony or we in fault for this?


ENOBARBUS

Antony only, that would make his will
will (n.) 2 lust, sexual desire, passion

Lord of his reason. What though you fled

From that great face of war, whose several ranges
face (n.) 1 appearance, outward show, look
range (n.) battle line, fighting position
several (adj.) 1 separate, different, distinct See Topics: Frequency count

Frighted each other? Why should he follow?
fright (v.), past form frighted frighten, scare, terrify See Topics: Frequency count

The itch of his affection should not then
affection (n.) 3 desire, passion, lustful feeling

Have nicked his captainship, at such a point,
nick (v.) [unclear meaning] cut through, maim; do out of, cheat of; mark with foolishness

When half to half the world opposed, he being

The mered question. 'Twas a shame no less
mered (adj.) [unclear meaning] sole, entire; particular, specific
question (n.) 2 point at issue, problem, business

Than was his loss, to course your flying flags
course (v.) 1 chase, hunt, pursue

And leave his navy gazing.


CLEOPATRA

                         Prithee, peace.

Enter the Ambassador, with Antony


ANTONY

Is that his answer?


AMBASSADOR

Ay, my lord.


ANTONY

The Queen shall then have courtesy, so she

Will yield us up.


AMBASSADOR

                         He says so.


ANTONY

                                                         Let her know't. –

To the boy Caesar send this grizzled head,
grizzled (adj.) grey, sprinkled with grey hairs

And he will fill thy wishes to the brim

With principalities.


CLEOPATRA

                         That head, my lord?


ANTONY

(to Ambassador)

To him again! Tell him he wears the rose

Of youth upon him; from which the world should note

Something particular. His coin, ships, legions,

May be a coward's, whose ministers would prevail

Under the service of a child as soon

As i'th' command of Caesar. I dare him therefore

To lay his gay comparisons apart,
comparison (n.) 3 superior trait, outshining point
gay (adj.) showy, pretentious, gaudy

And answer me declined, sword against sword,
declined (adj.) brought low, in poor fortune; or: fallen away in vigour, in poor condition

Ourselves alone. I'll write it. Follow me.

Exeunt Antony and Ambassador


ENOBARBUS

(aside)
high-battled (adj.) in charge of great armies
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably See Topics: Frequency count

Yes, like enough, high-battled Caesar will

Unstate his happiness and be staged to th' show,
show (n.) 1 appearance, exhibition, display
stage (v.) put on stage, put on public display
unstate (v.) 1 strip position from, deprive of standing, dispossess

Against a sworder! I see men's judgements are
sworder (n.) sword-fighter, gladiator

A parcel of their fortunes, and things outward
parcel (n.) 1 part, piece, portion, bit

Do draw the inward quality after them

To suffer all alike. That he should dream,
suffer (v.) 6 perish, be destroyed, collapse

Knowing all measures, the full Caesar will
measure (n.) 6 course of action, means

Answer his emptiness! Caesar, thou hast subdued
answer (v.) 6 engage with, encounter, meet [in fight]

His judgement too.

Enter a Servant


SERVANT

                         A messenger from Caesar.


CLEOPATRA

What, no more ceremony? See, my women,

Against the blown rose may they stop their nose
blown (adj.) 1 in full flower, in its bloom

That kneeled unto the buds. Admit him, sir.

Exit Servant


ENOBARBUS

(aside)
square (v.) 1 quarrel, fall out, disagree

Mine honesty and I begin to square.

The loyalty well held to fools does make

Our faith mere folly. Yet he that can endure
faith (n.) 2 constancy, fidelity, loyalty
mere (adj.) 1 complete, total, absolute, utter See Topics: Frequency count

To follow with allegiance a fallen lord

Does conquer him that did his master conquer

And earns a place i'th' story.

Enter Thidias
story (n.) 2 book of history, historical record


CLEOPATRA

                         Caesar's will?


THIDIAS

Hear it apart.


CLEOPATRA

                         None but friends; say boldly.


THIDIAS

So, haply, are they friends to Antony.
haply (adv.) perhaps, maybe, by chance, with luck See Topics: Frequency count


ENOBARBUS

He needs as many, sir, as Caesar has,

Or needs not us. If Caesar please, our master

Will leap to be his friend; for us, you know,

Whose he is we are, and that is Caesar's.


THIDIAS

                         So.

Thus then, thou most renowned: Caesar entreats

Not to consider in what case thou stand'st
case (n.) 1 state, plight, situation, circumstance

Further than he is Caesar.


CLEOPATRA

                         Go on; right royal.


THIDIAS

He knows that you embraced not Antony

As you did love, but as you feared him.


CLEOPATRA

                         O!


THIDIAS

The scars upon your honour therefore he

Does pity, as constrained blemishes,

Not as deserved.


CLEOPATRA

                         He is a god, and knows

What is most right. Mine honour was not yielded,
right (adj.) 2 correct [in opinion], right-minded

But conquered merely.


ENOBARBUS

(aside)
merely (adv.) 1 completely, totally, entirely See Topics: Frequency count

                         To be sure of that,

I will ask Antony. Sir, sir, thou art so leaky

That we must leave thee to thy sinking, for

Thy dearest quit thee.

Exit


THIDIAS

                         Shall I say to Caesar

What you require of him? For he partly begs
require (v.) 1 request, ask, beg

To be desired to give. It much would please him

That of his fortunes you should make a staff

To lean upon. But it would warm his spirits

To hear from me you had left Antony,

And put yourself under his shroud,
shroud (n.) 1 protection, shelter

The universal landlord.


CLEOPATRA

                         What's your name?


THIDIAS

My name is Thidias.


CLEOPATRA

                         Most kind messenger,

Say to great Caesar this: in deputation
deputation (n.) 1 delegation, appointment as deputy

I kiss his conquering hand. Tell him I am prompt
prompt (adj.) 2 ready and willing, well-disposed

To lay my crown at's feet, and there to kneel,

Till him from his all-obeying breath I hear
all-obeying (adj.) obeyed by everyone

The doom of Egypt.
course (n.) 1 course of action, way of proceeding See Topics: Frequency count
doom (n.) 2 final destiny, deciding fate, death and destruction


THIDIAS

                         'Tis your noblest course.

Wisdom and fortune combating together,

If that the former dare but what it can,

No chance may shake it. Give me grace to lay

My duty on your hand.

She gives him her hand
oft (adv.) often See Topics: Frequency count


CLEOPATRA

                         Your Caesar's father oft,

When he hath mused of taking kingdoms in,
take in (v.) conquer, subdue, overcome

Bestowed his lips on that unworthy place,

As it rained kisses.

Enter Antony and Enobarbus


ANTONY

                         Favours, by Jove that thunders!

What art thou, fellow?


THIDIAS

                         One that but performs

The bidding of the fullest man, and worthiest
full (adj.) 2 ideal, perfect, complete

To have command obeyed.


ENOBARBUS

(aside)

                         You will be whipped.


ANTONY

Approach there! – Ah, you kite! Now, gods and devils!
kite (n.) bird of prey; thieving bird [of ill omen; also, strong term of abuse]

Authority melts from me. Of late, when I cried ‘ Ho!’,

Like boys unto a muss, kings would start forth
muss (n.) type of children's game in which players scramble for things thrown on the ground

And cry ‘ Your will?’ Have you no ears? I am

Antony yet.

Enter servants
Jack (n.) 1 Jack-in-office, ill-mannered fellow, lout, knave

                         Take hence this Jack and whip him.


ENOBARBUS

(aside)

'Tis better playing with a lion's whelp

Than with an old one dying.


ANTONY

                         Moon and stars!

Whip him! Were't twenty of the greatest tributaries
tributary (n.) ruler who pays tribute

That do acknowledge Caesar, should I find them

So saucy with the hand of she here – what's her name,
saucy (adj.) 1 insolent, impudent, presumptuous, defiant

Since she was Cleopatra? Whip him, fellows,

Till like a boy you see him cringe his face
cringe (v.) distort, contort, twist

And whine aloud for mercy. Take him hence.


THIDIAS

Mark Antony –


ANTONY

                         Tug him away. Being whipped,

Bring him again. This Jack of Caesar's shall
again (adv.) 2 back [to a former position]
Jack (n.) 1 Jack-in-office, ill-mannered fellow, lout, knave

Exeunt servants with Thidias

Bear us an errand to him.

You were half blasted ere I knew you. Ha!
blasted (adj.) blighted, withered; accursed, malevolent

Have I my pillow left unpressed in Rome,

Forborne the getting of a lawful race,
getting (n.) 1 begetting, procreation, breeding

And by a gem of women, to be abused

By one that looks on feeders?
feeder (n.) 1 servant, parasite, lackey


CLEOPATRA

                         Good my lord –


ANTONY

You have been a boggler ever.
boggler (n.) waverer, vacillator, mind-changer

But when we in our viciousness grow hard –

O, misery on't! – the wise gods seel our eyes,
seel (v.) [falconry: sewing up a bird's eyelids, as part of taming] sew up, close up, blind

In our own filth drop our clear judgements, make us

Adore our errors, laugh at's while we strut
's (pron.) 1 contracted form of ‘us’

To our confusion.
confusion (n.) 1 destruction, overthrow, ruin


CLEOPATRA

                         O, is't come to this?


ANTONY

I found you as a morsel cold upon

Dead Caesar's trencher. Nay, you were a fragment
fragment (n.) scrap of food, left-over
trencher (n.) plate, platter, serving dish

Of Gnaeus Pompey's, besides what hotter hours,
hot (adj.) 3 lecherous, lustful, hot-blooded

Unregistered in vulgar fame, you have
fame (n.) 2 report, account, description
vulgar (adj.) 2 generally known, commonly acknowledged

Luxuriously picked out. For I am sure,
luxuriously (adv.) lustfully, lecherously, lasciviously

Though you can guess what temperance should be,

You know not what it is.


CLEOPATRA

                         Wherefore is this?


ANTONY

To let a fellow that will take rewards
fellow (n.) 8 worthless individual, good-for-nothing

And say ‘ God quit you!’ be familiar with
quit (v.) 5 pay back, repay, reward

My playfellow, your hand, this kingly seal
seal (n.) 2 pledge, promise, token, sign

And plighter of high hearts! O that I were
high (adj.) 4 proud, haughty, grand

Upon the hill of Basan to outroar

The horned herd! For I have savage cause,
savage (adj.) 1 fierce, ferocious, wild

And to proclaim it civilly were like

A haltered neck which does the hangman thank
haltered (adj.) with a noose around it

For being yare about him.

Enter a Servant with Thidias
yare (adj.) 2 quick, deft, adept

                         Is he whipped?


SERVANT

Soundly, my lord.


ANTONY

                         Cried he? And begged 'a pardon?


SERVANT

He did ask favour.


ANTONY

If that thy father live, let him repent

Thou wast not made his daughter; and be thou sorry

To follow Caesar in his triumph, since

Thou hast been whipped for following him. Henceforth

The white hand of a lady fever thee;
fever (v.) throw into a fever, cause to shiver

Shake thou to look on't. Get thee back to Caesar.

Tell him thy entertainment. Look thou say
entertainment (n.) 1 treatment, hospitality, reception

He makes me angry with him; for he seems

Proud and disdainful, harping on what I am,

Not what he knew I was. He makes me angry,

And at this time most easy 'tis to do't,

When my good stars that were my former guides

Have empty left their orbs and shot their fires
orb (n.) 2 sphere, orbit, circle

Into th' abysm of hell. If he mislike
abysm (n.) abyss, chasm, gulf
mislike (v.) dislike, be displeased with

My speech and what is done, tell him he has

Hipparchus, my enfranched bondman, whom
bondman (n.) bondsman, serf, slave
enfranched (adj.) enfranchised, freed, liberated

He may at pleasure whip, or hang, or torture,

As he shall like, to quit me. Urge it thou.
quit (v.) 6 avenge, requite, take vengeance [on]

Hence with thy stripes, be gone!
stripe (n.) stroke of a whip, lash, weal

Exit Thidias


CLEOPATRA

Have you done yet?
terrene (adj.) earthly, human, in this world


ANTONY

                         Alack, our terrene moon

Is now eclipsed, and it portends alone

The fall of Antony.


CLEOPATRA

                         I must stay his time.


ANTONY

To flatter Caesar, would you mingle eyes
eye (n.) 2 look, glance, gaze

With one that ties his points?
point (n.) 2 (usually plural) tagged lace [especially for attaching hose to the doublet]


CLEOPATRA

                         Not know me yet?


ANTONY

Cold-hearted toward me?


CLEOPATRA

                         Ah, dear, if I be so,

From my cold heart let heaven engender hail,

And poison it in the source, and the first stone

Drop in my neck: as it determines, so
determine (v.) 5 come to an end, dissolve, melt
neck (n.) throat

Dissolve my life! The next Caesarion smite,

Till by degrees the memory of my womb,

Together with my brave Egyptians all,
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent

By the discandying of this pelleted storm,
discandying (n.) dissolving, melting, thawing
pelleted (adj.) filled with pellets, full of hail

Lie graveless, till the flies and gnats of Nile

Have buried them for prey!


ANTONY

                         I am satisfied.

Caesar sits down in Alexandria, where
sit down (v.) begin a siege, encamp, blockade

I will oppose his fate. Our force by land
fate (n.) destiny, fortune

Hath nobly held; our severed navy too

Have knit again, and fleet, threatening most sea-like.
fleet (v.) 4 be afloat, be under sail
sea-like (adj.) in sea-going trim; or: like a stormy sea

Where hast thou been, my heart? Dost thou hear, lady?

If from the field I shall return once more
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count

To kiss these lips, I will appear in blood.

I and my sword will earn our chronicle.
chronicle (n.) 2 place in history, historical account

There's hope in't yet.


CLEOPATRA

                         That's my brave lord!
brave (adj.) 1 fine, excellent, splendid, impressive See Topics: Frequency count


ANTONY

I will be treble-sinewed, hearted, breathed,
breathed (adv.) exercised, extended, exerted
hearted (adj.) 1 heartfelt, spirited, full of vigour
treble-sinewed (adj.) strengthened three times over

And fight maliciously. For when mine hours

Were nice and lucky, men did ransom lives
lucky (adj.) fortunate, successful, prosperous
nice (adj.) 1 fastidious, particular, fussy, overscrupulous

Of me for jests; but now I'll set my teeth,

And send to darkness all that stop me. Come,
stop (v.) 1 block, hinder, impede, obstruct

Let's have one other gaudy night. Call to me
gaudy (adj.) 2 festive, joyful, merry

All my sad captains. Fill our bowls once more.
sad (adj.) 2 dismal, morose, sullen

Let's mock the midnight bell.


CLEOPATRA

                         It is my birthday.

I had thought t' have held it poor. But since my lord

Is Antony again, I will be Cleopatra.


ANTONY

We will yet do well.


CLEOPATRA

Call all his noble captains to my lord.


ANTONY

Do so, we'll speak to them; and tonight I'll force

The wine peep through their scars. Come on, my queen,

There's sap in't yet! The next time I do fight,

I'll make death love me, for I will contend
contend (v.) 1 fight, engage in combat, struggle

Even with his pestilent scythe.

Exeunt all but Enobarbus


ENOBARBUS

Now he'll outstare the lightning. To be furious
furious (adj.) 1 passionate, uproarious, excitable

Is to be frighted out of fear, and in that mood
fright (v.), past form frighted frighten, scare, terrify See Topics: Frequency count

The dove will peck the estridge; and I see still
estridge (n.) type of large hawk, goshawk

A diminution in our captain's brain

Restores his heart. When valour preys on reason,
heart (n.) 1 courage, spirit, valour

It eats the sword it fights with. I will seek

Some way to leave him.

Exit

 
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