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Antony and Cleopatra - Act 4, scene 2
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Act 4, scene 2
Antony asks his servants to tend him for a few more hours.Enter Antony, Cleopatra, Enobarbus, Charmian, Iras,
2412 He will not fight with me, Domitius?
ENOBARBUS 2413 No.
ANTONY 2414 Why should he not?
2415 He thinks, being twenty times of better fortune,
2416 5 He is twenty men to one.
ANTONY 2417 Tomorrow, soldier,
2418 By sea and land I’ll fight. Or I will live
2419 Or bathe my dying honor in the blood
2420 Shall make it live again. Woo’t thou fight well?
2421 10 I’ll strike and cry “Take all.”
ANTONY 2422 Well said. Come on.
2423 Call forth my household servants.
Enter three or four Servitors.
2424 Let’s tonight
2425 Be bounteous at our meal.—Give me thy hand;
2426 15 Thou hast been rightly honest.—So hast thou,—
2427 Thou,—and thou,—and thou. You have served me
2429 And kings have been your fellows.
CLEOPATRA, ⌜aside to Enobarbus⌝ 2430 What means this?
ENOBARBUS, ⌜aside to Cleopatra⌝
2431 20 ’Tis one of those odd tricks which sorrow shoots
2432 Out of the mind.
ANTONY, ⌜to another Servitor⌝ 2433 And thou art honest too.
2434 I wish I could be made so many men,
2435 And all of you clapped up together in
2436 25 An Antony, that I might do you service
2437 So good as you have done.
p. 187ALL ⌜THE SERVITORS⌝ 2438 The gods forbid!
2439 Well, my good fellows, wait on me tonight.
2440 Scant not my cups, and make as much of me
2441 30 As when mine empire was your fellow too
2442 And suffered my command.
CLEOPATRA, ⌜aside to Enobarbus⌝ 2443 What does he mean?
ENOBARBUS, ⌜aside to Cleopatra⌝
2444 To make his followers weep.
ANTONY, ⌜to the Servitors⌝ 2445 Tend me tonight;
2446 35 May be it is the period of your duty.
2447 Haply you shall not see me more, or if,
2448 A mangled shadow. Perchance tomorrow
2449 You’ll serve another master. I look on you
2450 As one that takes his leave. Mine honest friends,
2451 40 I turn you not away, but, like a master
2452 Married to your good service, stay till death.
2453 Tend me tonight two hours—I ask no more—
2454 And the gods yield you for ’t!
ENOBARBUS 2455 What mean you, sir,
2456 45 To give them this discomfort? Look, they weep,
2457 And I, an ass, am onion-eyed. For shame,
2458 Transform us not to women.
ANTONY 2459 Ho, ho, ho!
2460 Now the witch take me if I meant it thus!
2461 50 Grace grow where those drops fall! My hearty
2463 You take me in too dolorous a sense,
2464 For I spake to you for your comfort, did desire you
2465 To burn this night with torches. Know, my hearts,
2466 55 I hope well of tomorrow, and will lead you
2467 Where rather I’ll expect victorious life
2468 Than death and honor. Let’s to supper, come,
2469 And drown consideration.