Antony and Cleopatra


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Caesar, Agrippa, Dolabella, Maecenas,

Gallus, Proculeius, with his council of war


CAESAR

Go to him, Dolabella, bid him yield.

Being so frustrate, tell him, he mocks
frustrate (adj.) unsuccessful, thwarted, fruitless

The pauses that he makes.


DOLABELLA

                         Caesar, I shall.

Exit

Enter Decretas, with the sword of Antony


CAESAR

Wherefore is that? And what art thou that dar'st

Appear thus to us?


DECRETAS

                         I am called Decretas.

Mark Antony I served, who best was worthy

Best to be served. Whilst he stood up and spoke,

He was my master, and I wore my life

To spend upon his haters. If thou please

To take me to thee, as I was to him

I'll be to Caesar; if thou pleasest not,

I yield thee up my life.


CAESAR

                         What is't thou sayst?


DECRETAS

I say, O Caesar, Antony is dead.


CAESAR

The breaking of so great a thing should make

A greater crack. The round world

Should have shook lions into civil streets
civil (adj.) 5 civic, public, city

And citizens to their dens. The death of Antony

Is not a single doom; in the name lay

A moiety of the world.
moiety (n.) 2 half, equal share


DECRETAS

                         He is dead, Caesar,

Not by a public minister of justice

Nor by a hired knife; but that self hand
self (adj.) same, selfsame, identical, exact

Which writ his honour in the acts it did

Hath, with the courage which the heart did lend it,

Splitted the heart. This is his sword;

I robbed his wound of it. Behold it stained

With his most noble blood.
sad (adj.) 1 serious, grave, solemn See Topics: Frequency count


CAESAR

                         Look you, sad friends.

The gods rebuke me, but it is tidings

To wash the eyes of kings.


AGRIPPA

                         And strange it is

That nature must compel us to lament

Our most persisted deeds.
persisted (adj.) persistent, continual, enduring
taint (n.) 1 fault, blemish, flaw


MAECENAS

                         His taints and honours

Waged equal with him.
rare (adj.) 2 unusual, striking, exceptional
wage (v.) 4 struggle, do battle, vie


AGRIPPA

                         A rarer spirit never

Did steer humanity. But you gods will give us

Some faults to make us men. Caesar is touched.
touch (v.) 3 affect, move, stir


MAECENAS

When such a spacious mirror's set before him,

He needs must see himself.


CAESAR

                         O Antony,

I have followed thee to this. But we do launch
follow (v.) 1 seek after, pursue, strive for, court
launch (v.) lance [to let out infection]

Diseases in our bodies. I must perforce
perforce (adv.) 2 of necessity, with no choice in the matter See Topics: Frequency count

Have shown to thee such a declining day

Or look on thine. We could not stall together
stall (v.) 3 dwell, live, settle

In the whole world. But yet let me lament

With tears as sovereign as the blood of hearts
sovereign (adj.) 3 overpowering, unmitigated, extreme

That thou, my brother, my competitor
competitor (n.) 1 partner, associate, colleague

In top of all design, my mate in empire,
design (n.) 1 undertaking, purpose, enterprise
mate (n.) 1 companion, associate, comrade
top / tops of, in (prep.) at the highest level of, at the peak of, in the forefront of

Friend and companion in the front of war,

The arm of mine own body, and the heart

Where mine his thoughts did kindle – that our stars,

Unreconciliable, should divide
unreconciliable (adj.) unreconcilable, in perpetual conflict

Our equalness to this. Hear me, good friends –
equalness (n.) equality

Enter an Egyptian
meet (adj.) 1 fit, suitable, right, proper See Topics: Frequency count
season (n.) 2 opportunity, favourable moment

But I will tell you at some meeter season.

The business of this man looks out of him;
look out (v.) 1 show, appear, manifest

We'll hear him what he says. Whence are you?


EGYPTIAN

A poor Egyptian yet. The Queen my mistress,

Confined in all she has, her monument,

Of thy intents desires instruction,
intent (n.) intention, purpose, aim See Topics: Frequency count

That she preparedly may frame herself
frame (v.) 2 adapt, adjust, shape, accommodate

To th' way she's forced to.


CAESAR

                         Bid her have good heart.

She soon shall know of us, by some of ours,

How honourable and how kindly we

Determine for her. For Caesar cannot live
determine (v.) 1 make a decision [about], reach a conclusion [about]

To be ungentle.


EGYPTIAN

                         So the gods preserve thee!

Exit
ungentle (adj.) 1 unmannerly, discourteous, impolite


CAESAR

Come hither, Proculeius. Go and say

We purpose her no shame. Give her what comforts
purpose (v.) 1 intend, plan

The quality of her passion shall require,
passion (n.) 3 suffering, torment, deep grief

Lest in her greatness, by some mortal stroke,
greatness (n.) 2 nobility of mind, dignity of spirit
mortal (adj.) 1 fatal, deadly, lethal

She do defeat us. For her life in Rome

Would be eternal in our triumph. Go,
triumph (n.) 2 triumphal procession into Rome

And with your speediest bring us what she says

And how you find her.


PROCULEIUS

                         Caesar, I shall.

Exit


CAESAR

Gallus, go you along.

Exit Gallus

                         Where's Dolabella,

To second Proculeius?


ALL CAESAR'S ATTENDANTS

                         Dolabella!


CAESAR

Let him alone, for I remember now

How he's employed. He shall in time be ready.

Go with me to my tent, where you shall see

How hardly I was drawn into this war,
hardly (adv.) 1 with great difficulty, only with difficulty

How calm and gentle I proceeded still
gentle (adj.) 4 peaceful, calm, free from violence
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

In all my writings. Go with me, and see

What I can show in this.

Exeunt

 
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