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Antony and Cleopatra - Act 3, scene 11
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Act 3, scene 11
Antony, in despair over his action, accuses Cleopatra but then forgives her.Enter Antony with Attendants.
2025 Hark, the land bids me tread no more upon ’t.
2026 It is ashamed to bear me. Friends, come hither.
2027 I am so lated in the world that I
2028 Have lost my way forever. I have a ship
2029 5 Laden with gold. Take that, divide it. Fly,
2030 And make your peace with Caesar.
ALL 2031 Fly? Not we!
2032 I have fled myself and have instructed cowards
2033 To run and show their shoulders. Friends, begone.
2034 10 I have myself resolved upon a course
2035 Which has no need of you. Begone.
2036 My treasure’s in the harbor; take it. O,
2037 I followed that I blush to look upon!
2038 My very hairs do mutiny, for the white
2039 15 Reprove the brown for rashness, and they them
2040 For fear and doting. Friends, begone. You shall
2041 Have letters from me to some friends that will
2042 Sweep your way for you. Pray you look not sad,
2043 Nor make replies of loathness. Take the hint
2044 20 Which my despair proclaims. Let ⌜that⌝ be left
2045 Which leaves itself. To the seaside straightway!
2046 I will possess you of that ship and treasure.
2047 Leave me, I pray, a little—pray you, now,
2048 Nay, do so—for indeed I have lost command.
2049 25 Therefore I pray you—I’ll see you by and by.
⌜Attendants move aside. Antony⌝ sits down.
Enter Cleopatra led by Charmian, ⌜Iras,⌝ and Eros.
2050 Nay, gentle madam, to him, comfort him.
p. 157IRAS 2051 Do, most dear queen.
CHARMIAN 2052 Do! Why, what else?
CLEOPATRA 2053 Let me sit down. O Juno!⌜She sits down.⌝
ANTONY 2054 30No, no, no, no, no.
EROS 2055 See you here, sir?
ANTONY 2056 Oh fie, fie, fie!
CHARMIAN 2057 Madam.
IRAS 2058 Madam, O good empress!
EROS 2059 35Sir, sir—
2060 Yes, my lord, yes. He at Philippi kept
2061 His sword e’en like a dancer, while I struck
2062 The lean and wrinkled Cassius, and ’twas I
2063 That the mad Brutus ended. He alone
2064 40 Dealt on lieutenantry, and no practice had
2065 In the brave squares of war, yet now—no matter.
2066 Ah, stand by.
EROS 2067 The Queen, my lord, the Queen.
2068 Go to him, madam; speak to him.
2069 45 He’s unqualitied with very shame.
CLEOPATRA, ⌜rising⌝ 2070 Well, then, sustain me. O!
2071 Most noble sir, arise. The Queen approaches.
2072 Her head’s declined, and death will seize her but
2073 Your comfort makes the rescue.
ANTONY 2074 50I have offended reputation,
2075 A most unnoble swerving.
EROS 2076 Sir, the Queen.
2077 O, whither hast them led me, Egypt? See
2078 How I convey my shame out of thine eyes,
2079 55 By looking back what I have left behind
2080 ’Stroyed in dishonor.
p. 159CLEOPATRA 2081 O, my lord, my lord,
2082 Forgive my fearful sails! I little thought
2083 You would have followed.
ANTONY 2084 60 Egypt, thou knew’st too well
2085 My heart was to thy rudder tied by th’ strings,
2086 And thou shouldst ⌜tow⌝ me after. O’er my spirit
2087 ⌜Thy⌝ full supremacy thou knew’st, and that
2088 Thy beck might from the bidding of the gods
2089 65 Command me.
CLEOPATRA 2090 O, my pardon!
ANTONY 2091 Now I must
2092 To the young man send humble treaties, dodge
2093 And palter in the shifts of lowness, who
2094 70 With half the bulk o’ th’ world played as I pleased,
2095 Making and marring fortunes. You did know
2096 How much you were my conqueror, and that
2097 My sword, made weak by my affection, would
2098 Obey it on all cause.
CLEOPATRA 2099 75 Pardon, pardon!
2100 Fall not a tear, I say; one of them rates
2101 All that is won and lost. Give me a kiss.⌜They kiss.⌝
2102 Even this repays me.—
2103 We sent our schoolmaster. Is he come back?—
2104 80 Love, I am full of lead.—Some wine
2105 Within there, and our viands! Fortune knows
2106 We scorn her most when most she offers blows.