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Antony and Cleopatra
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Act 3, scene 10
Antony turns his ship in mid-battle to follow Cleopatra’s flight. His officers begin to desert.Canidius marcheth with his land army one way
over the stage, and Taurus the lieutenant of Caesar
the other way. After their going in is heard the
noise of a sea fight.
Alarum. Enter Enobarbus.
1980 Naught, naught, all naught! I can behold no longer.
1981 Th’ Antoniad, the Egyptian admiral,
1982 With all their sixty, fly and turn the rudder.
1983 To see ’t mine eyes are blasted.
SCARUS 1984 5 Gods and goddesses,
1985 All the whole synod of them!
ENOBARBUS 1986 What’s thy passion?
1987 The greater cantle of the world is lost
1988 With very ignorance. We have kissed away
1989 10 Kingdoms and provinces.
ENOBARBUS 1990 How appears the fight?
1991 On our side, like the tokened pestilence,
1992 Where death is sure. Yon ribaudred nag of Egypt,
1993 Whom leprosy o’ertake, i’ th’ midst o’ th’ fight,
1994 15 When vantage like a pair of twins appeared
p. 1531995 Both as the same—or, rather, ours the elder—
1996 The breeze upon her like a cow in ⌜June,⌝
1997 Hoists sails and flies.
ENOBARBUS 1998 That I beheld.
1999 20 Mine eyes did sicken at the sight and could not
2000 Endure a further view.
SCARUS 2001 She once being loofed,
2002 The noble ruin of her magic, Antony,
2003 Claps on his sea-wing and, like a doting mallard,
2004 25 Leaving the fight in height, flies after her.
2005 I never saw an action of such shame.
2006 Experience, manhood, honor ne’er before
2007 Did violate so itself.
ENOBARBUS 2008 Alack, alack.
2009 30 Our fortune on the sea is out of breath
2010 And sinks most lamentably. Had our general
2011 Been what he knew himself, it had gone well.
2012 O, ⌜he⌝ has given example for our flight
2013 Most grossly by his own.
2014 35 Ay, are you thereabouts? Why then goodnight
CANIDIUS 2016 Toward Peloponnesus are they fled.
2017 ’Tis easy to ’t, and there I will attend
2018 What further comes.⌜He exits.⌝
CANIDIUS 2019 40 To Caesar will I render
2020 My legions and my horse. Six kings already
2021 Show me the way of yielding.⌜He exits.⌝
ENOBARBUS 2022 I’ll yet follow
2023 The wounded chance of Antony, though my reason
2024 45 Sits in the wind against me.