Antony and Cleopatra
|ACT IV SCENE II||Alexandria. Cleopatra’s palace.|
|[ Enter MARK ANTONY, CLEOPATRA, DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS, CHARMIAN, IRAS, ALEXAS, with others ]|
|MARK ANTONY||He will not fight with me, Domitius.|
|MARK ANTONY||Why should he not?|
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||He thinks, being twenty times of better fortune,|
|He is twenty men to one.||5|
|MARK ANTONY||To-morrow, soldier,|
|By sea and land I’ll fight: or I will live,|
|Or bathe my dying honour in the blood|
|Shall make it live again. Woo’t thou fight well?|
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||I’ll strike, and cry ‘Take all.’||10|
|MARK ANTONY||Well said; come on.|
|Call forth my household servants: let’s to-night|
|Be bounteous at our meal.|
|[Enter three or four Servitors]|
|Give me thy hand,|
|Thou hast been rightly honest;–so hast thou;–||15|
|Thou,–and thou,–and thou:–you have served me well,|
|And kings have been your fellows.|
|CLEOPATRA||[Aside to DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS] What means this?|
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||[Aside to CLEOPATRA] ‘Tis one of those odd|
|tricks which sorrow shoots||20|
|Out of the mind.|
|MARK ANTONY||And thou art honest too.|
|I wish I could be made so many men,|
|And all of you clapp’d up together in|
|An Antony, that I might do you service||25|
|So good as you have done.|
|All||The gods forbid!|
|MARK ANTONY||Well, my good fellows, wait on me to-night:|
|Scant not my cups; and make as much of me|
|As when mine empire was your fellow too,||30|
|And suffer’d my command.|
|CLEOPATRA||[Aside to DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS] What does he mean?|
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||[Aside to CLEOPATRA] To make his followers weep.|
|MARK ANTONY||Tend me to-night;|
|May be it is the period of your duty:||35|
|Haply you shall not see me more; or if,|
|A mangled shadow: perchance to-morrow|
|You’ll serve another master. I look on you|
|As one that takes his leave. Mine honest friends,|
|I turn you not away; but, like a master||40|
|Married to your good service, stay till death:|
|Tend me to-night two hours, I ask no more,|
|And the gods yield you for’t!|
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||What mean you, sir,|
|To give them this discomfort? Look, they weep;||45|
|And I, an ass, am onion-eyed: for shame,|
|Transform us not to women.|
|MARK ANTONY||Ho, ho, ho!|
|Now the witch take me, if I meant it thus!|
|Grace grow where those drops fall!||50|
|My hearty friends,|
|You take me in too dolorous a sense;|
|For I spake to you for your comfort; did desire you|
|To burn this night with torches: know, my hearts,|
|I hope well of to-morrow; and will lead you||55|
|Where rather I’ll expect victorious life|
|Than death and honour. Let’s to supper, come,|
|And drown consideration.|
Antony and Cleopatra, Act 4, Scene 3
Explanatory Notes for Act 4, Scene 2
From Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. Ed. M. Eaton. Boston: Educational Publishing Company.
(Line numbers have been altered.)
9. Woo’t. Would thou. A provincial form.
10. Take all. That is, I would give no quarter.
24. Clapp’d. That is, I wish I could be made into many persons while you all became Antony.
28. Scant. Do not stint the wine.
30. Fellow. That is, when I had an empire at my command as well as you.
35. Period. End.
36. Haply. Perhaps.
36. If. That is, if you do see me, it may be as a mangled corpse.
43. Yield. Give you reward.
46. Onion-eyed. Have tears in my eyes.
48. Ho, etc. Said in mockery and perhaps rebuke.
52. Dolorous. Doleful, melancholy.
54. Burn this night. That is, burn out; feast all night long.
44. Death and honor. An honorable death.
45. Consideration. Serious thoughts.
How to cite the explanatory notes:Shakespeare, William. Antony and Cleopatra. Ed. M. Eaton. Boston: Educational Publishing Company, 1908.