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Antony and Cleopatra - Act 4, scene 12
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Act 4, scene 12
Antony watches as his ships desert him and join Caesar’s. He vows to kill Cleopatra, on whom he blames this treachery.Enter Antony and Scarus.
2745 Yet they are not joined. Where yond pine does stand,
2746 I shall discover all. I’ll bring thee word
2747 Straight how ’tis like to go.He exits.
Alarum afar off, as at a sea fight.
SCARUS 2748 Swallows have built
2749 5 In Cleopatra’s sails their nests. The ⌜augurs⌝
2750 Say they know not, they cannot tell, look grimly
2751 And dare not speak their knowledge. Antony
2752 Is valiant and dejected, and by starts
2753 His fretted fortunes give him hope and fear
2754 10 Of what he has and has not.
ANTONY 2755 All is lost!
2756 This foul Egyptian hath betrayèd me.
2757 My fleet hath yielded to the foe, and yonder
2758 They cast their caps up and carouse together
2759 15 Like friends long lost. Triple-turned whore! ’Tis thou
2760 Hast sold me to this novice, and my heart
2761 Makes only wars on thee. Bid them all fly—
2762 For when I am revenged upon my charm,
2763 I have done all. Bid them all fly. Begone!
2764 20 O sun, thy uprise shall I see no more.
2765 Fortune and Antony part here; even here
2766 Do we shake hands. All come to this? The hearts
2767 That ⌜spanieled⌝ me at heels, to whom I gave
2768 Their wishes, do discandy, melt their sweets
2769 25 On blossoming Caesar, and this pine is barked
2770 That overtopped them all. Betrayed I am.
2771 O, this false soul of Egypt! This grave charm,
p. 2132772 Whose eye becked forth my wars and called them
2774 30 Whose bosom was my crownet, my chief end,
2775 Like a right gypsy hath at fast and loose
2776 Beguiled me to the very heart of loss.—
2777 What Eros, Eros!
2778 Ah, thou spell! Avaunt!
2779 35 Why is my lord enraged against his love?
2780 Vanish, or I shall give thee thy deserving
2781 And blemish Caesar’s triumph. Let him take thee
2782 And hoist thee up to the shouting plebeians!
2783 Follow his chariot, like the greatest spot
2784 40 Of all thy sex; most monster-like be shown
2785 For poor’st diminutives, for dolts, and let
2786 Patient Octavia plow thy visage up
2787 With her preparèd nails.Cleopatra exits.
2788 ’Tis well th’ art gone,
2789 45 If it be well to live. But better ’twere
2790 Thou fell’st into my fury, for one death
2791 Might have prevented many.—Eros, ho!—
2792 The shirt of Nessus is upon me. Teach me,
2793 Alcides, thou mine ancestor, thy rage.
2794 50 Let me lodge Lichas on the horns o’ th’ moon,
2795 And with those hands that grasped the heaviest
2797 Subdue my worthiest self. The witch shall die.
2798 To the young Roman boy she hath sold me, and I
2799 55 fall
2800 Under this plot. She dies for ’t.—Eros, ho!