Antony and Cleopatra

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Enter Anthony and Cleopatra, withEnter Antony and Cleopatra, with Charmian and AC IV.iv.1.1
others.others AC IV.iv.1.2
Eros, mine Armour Eros.Eros! Mine armour, Eros! AC IV.iv.1.1
Sleepe a little.Sleep a little. AC IV.iv.1.2
No my Chucke. Eros, come mine Armor Eros.No, my chuck. Eros! Come, mine armour, Eros!chuck (n.)

old form: Chucke
chicken, chick [usually as a term of endearment]
AC IV.iv.2
Enter Eros.Enter Eros with armour AC IV.iv.3.1
Come good Fellow, put thine Iron on,Come, good fellow, put thine iron on.iron (n.)
AC IV.iv.3
If Fortune be not ours to day, it isIf fortune be not ours today, it is AC IV.iv.4
Because we braue her. Come.Because we brave her. Come.brave (v.)

old form: braue
challenge, defy, confront, provoke
AC IV.iv.5.1
Nay, Ile helpe too, Anthony.Nay, I'll help too. AC IV.iv.5.2
What's this for?What's this for? AC IV.iv.6.1
Ah let be, let be, thou artAh, let be, let be! Thou artlet be
be quiet
AC IV.iv.6.2
The Armourer of my heart: False, false: This, this,The armourer of my heart. False, false; this, this.false (adj.)
wrong, mistaken
AC IV.iv.7
Sooth-law Ile helpe: Thus it must bee.Sooth, la, I'll help; thus it must (int.)
AC IV.iv.8.1
sooth (n.)
truth [in exclamations, emphasizing an assertion]
Well, well,Well, well, AC IV.iv.8.2
we shall thriue now. / Seest thou my good Fellow.We shall thrive now. Seest thou, my good fellow? AC IV.iv.9
Go, put on thy defences.Go put on thy defences.defence (n.)
arms, armour, means of defence
AC IV.iv.10.1
Eros. EROS 
Briefely Sir.Briefly, sir.briefly (adv.)

old form: Briefely
quickly, soon, in a moment
AC IV.iv.10.2
Is not this buckled well?Is not this buckled well? AC IV.iv.11.1
Rarely, rarely:Rarely, rarely.rarely (adv.)
splendidly, beautifully, excellently
AC IV.iv.11.2
He that vnbuckles this, till we do pleaseHe that unbuckles this, till we do please AC IV.iv.12
To daft for our Repose, shall heare a storme.To daff't for our repose, shall hear a storm.daff (v.), past form daft

old form: daft
take off, throw off
AC IV.iv.13
Thou fumblest Eros, and my Queenes a SquireThou fumblest, Eros, and my queen's a squiresquire (n.)
gentleman below a knight in rank, attendant on a knight or nobleman
AC IV.iv.14
More tight at this, then thou: Dispatch. O Loue,More tight at this than thou. Dispatch. O, love,tight (adj.)
skilled, deft, adept
AC IV.iv.15
dispatch, despatch (v.)
hurry up, be quick
That thou couldst see my Warres to day, and knew'stThat thou couldst see my wars today, and knew'st AC IV.iv.16
The Royall Occupation, thou should'st seeThe royal occupation; thou shouldst seeoccupation (n.)
handicraft, trade, employment
AC IV.iv.17
A Workeman in't.A workman in't.workman (n.)

old form: Workeman
craftsman, skilled worker
AC IV.iv.18.1
Enter an Armed Soldier.Enter an armed Soldier AC IV.iv.18
Good morrow to thee, welcome,Good morrow to thee. Welcome.morrow (n.)
AC IV.iv.18.2
Thou look'st like him that knowes a warlike Charge:Thou look'st like him that knows a warlike charge.charge (n.)
commission, responsibility, official duty
AC IV.iv.19
To businesse that we loue, we rise betime,To business that we love we rise betimebetime (adv.)
early, at an early hour
AC IV.iv.20
And go too't with delight.And go to't with delight. AC IV.iv.21.1
A thousand Sir,A thousand, sir, AC IV.iv.21.2
early though't be, haue on their / Riueted trim,Early though't be, have on their riveted trim,trim (n.)
trappings, equipment, outfit
AC IV.iv.22
and at the Port expect you. And at the port expect you. AC IV.iv.23
Showt. Trumpets Flourish. / Enter Captaines, and Shout. Trumpets flourish. Enter Captains and AC IV.iv.24.1
Souldiers.soldiers AC IV.iv.24.2
The Morne is faire: Good morrow Generall.The morn is fair. Good morrow, General.morn (n.)

old form: Morne
morning, dawn
AC IV.iv.24
morrow (n.)
Good morrow Generall.Good morrow, General. AC IV.iv.25.1
'Tis well blowne Lads.'Tis well blown, lads.blown (adj.)

old form: blowne
in full flower, in its bloom
AC IV.iv.25.2
This Morning, like the spirit of a youthThis morning, like the spirit of a youth AC IV.iv.26
That meanes to be of note, begins betimes.That means to be of note, begins betimes.betimes (adv.)
speedily, soon, in a short time
AC IV.iv.27
So, so: Come giue me that, this way, well-sed.So, so. Come, give me that; this way; well said.said, well

old form: sed
well done
AC IV.iv.28
Fare thee well Dame, what ere becomes of me,Fare thee well, dame. Whate'er becomes of me,fare ... well (int.)
goodbye [to an individual]
AC IV.iv.29
This is a Soldiers kisse: rebukeable,This is a soldier's kiss. Rebukeable AC IV.iv.30
And worthy shamefull checke it were, to standAnd worthy shameful check it were to standcheck (n.)

old form: checke
reprimand, reproof, rebuke
AC IV.iv.31
On more Mechanicke Complement, Ile leaue thee.On more mechanic compliment. I'll leave theemechanic (adj.)

old form: Mechanicke
common, vulgar, commonplace
AC IV.iv.32
compliment, complement (n.)

old form: Complement
ceremony, etiquette, protocol
Now like a man of Steele, you that will fight,Now like a man of steel. You that will fight, AC IV.iv.33
Follow me close, Ile bring you too't: Adieu. Follow me close; I'll bring you to't. Adieu. AC IV.iv.34
Exeunt.Exeunt all but Cleopatra and Charmian AC IV.iv.34
Please you retyre to your Chamber?Please you retire to your chamber? AC IV.iv.35.1
Lead me:Lead me. AC IV.iv.35.2
He goes forth gallantly: That he and Caesar mightHe goes forth gallantly. That he and Caesar might AC IV.iv.36
Determine this great Warre in single fight;Determine this great war in single fight! AC IV.iv.37
Then Anthony; but now. Well on. Then Antony – but now. Well, on. AC IV.iv.38
ExeuntExeunt AC IV.iv.38
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