Antony and Cleopatra


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Act I
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Act V
Alarum. Enter Antony, with Scarus and others,

marching
gest (n.) 1 feat, deed, exploit


ANTONY

We have beat him to his camp. Run one before

And let the Queen know of our gests. Tomorrow,

Before the sun shall see's, we'll spill the blood

That has today escaped. I thank you all,

For doughty-handed are you, and have fought
doughty-handed (adj.) valiant in fighting, formidable in combat

Not as you served the cause, but as't had been

Each man's like mine; you have shown all Hectors.

Enter the city, clip your wives, your friends,
clip (v.) 1 embrace, clasp, hug

Tell them your feats, whilst they with joyful tears

Wash the congealment from your wounds, and kiss
congealment (n.) congealed mess, clotted blood

The honoured gashes whole.
whole (adj.) 1 healthy, well, in sound condition

Enter Cleopatra

                         (To Scarus) Give me thy hand.

To this great fairy I'll commend thy acts,
commend (v.) 3 present, introduce, bring [for favourable acceptance]
fairy (n.) 1 enchantress, captivator

Make her thanks bless thee. – O thou day o'th' world,
day (n.) 6 light, brightness

Chain mine armed neck; leap thou, attire and all,

Through proof of harness to my heart, and there
proof (n.) 1 tested strength, proven power of resistance, impenetrability

Ride on the pants triumphing.


CLEOPATRA

                         Lord of lords!

O infinite virtue, com'st thou smiling from
virtue (n.) 3 courage, valour, bravery

The world's great snare uncaught?


ANTONY

                         My nightingale,

We have beat them to their beds. What, girl! Though grey

Do something mingle with our younger brown, yet ha' we
something (adv.) 2 a little, to some extent

A brain that nourishes our nerves, and can
nerve (n.) 1 sinew, ligament, muscle

Get goal for goal of youth. Behold this man.

Commend unto his lips thy favouring hand. –
commend (v.) 2 commit, entrust, hand over

Kiss it, my warrior. – He hath fought today

As if a god in hate of mankind had

Destroyed in such a shape.


CLEOPATRA

                         I'll give thee, friend,

An armour all of gold; it was a king's.


ANTONY

He has deserved it, were it carbuncled
carbuncled (adj.) set with precious stones

Like holy Phoebus' car. Give me thy hand.
car (n.) carriage, cart, chariot [often of the sun god]

Through Alexandria make a jolly march.

Bear our hacked targets like the men that owe them.
owe (v.) 1 own, possess, have See Topics: Frequency count
target (n.) light round shield See Topics: Weapons

Had our great palace the capacity

To camp this host, we all would sup together
camp (v.) accommodate, lodge, put up
host (n.) 1 army, armed multitude
sup (v.) 1 have supper See Topics: Frequency count

And drink carouses to the next day's fate,
carouse (n.) toast, long draught, cup filled to the brim to be downed in one go
fate (n.) destiny, fortune

Which promises royal peril. Trumpeters,

With brazen din blast you the city's ear;

Make mingle with rattling tabourines,
taborin, tabourine (n.) type of drum [narrower and longer than a tabor]

That heaven and earth may strike their sounds together,

Applauding our approach.

Trumpets sound. Exeunt

 
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