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Antony and Cleopatra - Act 4, scene 4
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Act 4, scene 4
Cleopatra and Eros arm Antony for battle.Enter Antony and Cleopatra, with
⌜Charmian, and⌝ others.
2501 Eros! Mine armor, Eros!
CLEOPATRA 2502 Sleep a little.
2503 No, my chuck.—Eros, come, mine armor, Eros.
Enter Eros, ⌜carrying armor.⌝
2504 Come, good fellow, put thine iron on.
2505 5 If fortune be not ours today, it is
2506 Because we brave her. Come.
CLEOPATRA 2507 Nay, I’ll help too.
2508 What’s this for?
⌜ANTONY⌝ 2509 Ah, let be, let be! Thou art
2510 10 The armorer of my heart. False, false. This, this!
2511 Sooth, la, I’ll help. Thus it must be.
ANTONY 2512 Well, well,
2513 We shall thrive now.—Seest thou, my good fellow?
2514 Go, put on thy defenses.
p. 193EROS 2515 15 Briefly, sir.
2516 Is not this buckled well?
ANTONY 2517 Rarely, rarely.
2518 He that unbuckles this, till we do please
2519 To daff ’t for our repose, shall hear a storm.—
2520 20 Thou fumblest, Eros, and my queen’s a squire
2521 More tight at this than thou. Dispatch.—O love,
2522 That thou couldst see my wars today, and knew’st
2523 The royal occupation, thou shouldst see
2524 A workman in ’t.
Enter an armed Soldier.
2525 25 Good morrow to thee. Welcome.
2526 Thou look’st like him that knows a warlike charge.
2527 To business that we love we rise betime
2528 And go to ’t with delight.
SOLDIER 2529 A thousand, sir,
2530 30 Early though ’t be, have on their riveted trim
2531 And at the port expect you.Shout. Trumpets flourish.
Enter Captains and Soldiers.
2532 The morn is fair. Good morrow, general.
2533 Good morrow, general.
ANTONY 2534 ’Tis well blown, lads.
2535 35 This morning, like the spirit of a youth
2536 That means to be of note, begins betimes.
2537 So, so.—Come, give me that. This way.—Well said.—
2538 Fare thee well, dame.⌜He kisses her.⌝
2539 Whate’er becomes of me,
2540 40 This is a soldier’s kiss. Rebukable
2541 And worthy shameful check it were to stand
2542 On more mechanic compliment. I’ll leave thee
p. 1952543 Now like a man of steel.—You that will fight,
2544 Follow me close. I’ll bring you to ’t.—Adieu.
⌜Antony, Eros, Captains, and Soldiers⌝ exit.
2545 45 Please you retire to your chamber?
CLEOPATRA 2546 Lead me.
2547 He goes forth gallantly. That he and Caesar might
2548 Determine this great war in single fight,
2549 Then Antony—but now—. Well, on.