Antony and Cleopatra


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Antony, Cleopatra, Enobarbus, Charmian, Iras,

Alexas, with others


ANTONY

He will not fight with me, Domitius?


ENOBARBUS

                         No.


ANTONY

Why should he not?


ENOBARBUS

He thinks, being twenty times of better fortune,

He is twenty men to one.


ANTONY

                         Tomorrow, soldier,

By sea and land I'll fight. Or I will live

Or bathe my dying honour in the blood

Shall make it live again. Woo't thou fight well?


ENOBARBUS

I'll strike, and cry ‘ Take all.’
take all all or nothing, victory or death!


ANTONY

                         Well said; come on.

Call forth my household servants. Let's tonight

Be bounteous at our meal. Give me thy hand.

Enter three or four servitors

Thou hast been rightly honest. So hast thou;

Thou, and thou, and thou. You have served me well,

And kings have been your fellows.


CLEOPATRA

(aside to Enobarbus)

                         What means this?


ENOBARBUS

(aside to Cleopatra)

'Tis one of those odd tricks which sorrow shoots

Out of the mind.


ANTONY

                         And thou art honest too.

I wish I could be made so many men,

And all of you clapped up together in
clap up (v.) 2 shut up, imprison

An Antony, that I might do you service

So good as you have done.


ALL THE SERVANTS

                         The gods forbid!


ANTONY

Well, my good fellows, wait on me tonight.

Scant not my cups, and make as much of me
scant (v.) 1 neglect, stint, withhold

As when mine empire was your fellow too

And suffered my command.


CLEOPATRA

(aside to Enobarbus)

                         What does he mean?


ENOBARBUS

(aside to Cleopatra)

To make his followers weep.


ANTONY

                         Tend me tonight.

May be it is the period of your duty.
period (n.) 1 full stop, end, ending, conclusion

Haply you shall not see me more; or if,
haply (adv.) perhaps, maybe, by chance, with luck See Topics: Frequency count

A mangled shadow. Perchance tomorrow
perchance (adv.) 1 perhaps, maybe See Topics: Frequency count
shadow (n.) 5 spirit, phantom, spectre, ghost

You'll serve another master. I look on you

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 tonight two hours, I ask no more,

And the gods yield you for't!
yield (v.) 7 reward, repay, thank


ENOBARBUS

                         What mean you, sir,

To give them this discomfort? Look, they weep,
discomfort (n.) 1 sorrow, distress, grief

And I, an ass, am onion-eyed. For shame,

Transform us not to women.


ANTONY

                         Ho, ho, ho!

Now the witch take me if I meant it thus!
take (v.) 7 bewitch, take possession of, take into one's power

Grace grow where those drops fall! My hearty friends,
grace (n.) 12 herb of grace
hearty (adj.) loving, devoted, sincere

You take me in too dolorous a sense,

For I spake to you for your comfort, did desire you

To burn this night with torches. Know, my hearts,
burn (v.) 4 waste, fritter away

I hope well of tomorrow, and will lead you

Where rather I'll expect victorious life

Than death and honour. Let's to supper, come,

And drown consideration.
consideration (n.) 1 moody contemplation, deep reflection

Exeunt

 
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