Antony and Cleopatra
|ACT IV SCENE I||Before Alexandria. Octavius Caesar’s camp.|
|[ Enter OCTAVIUS CAESAR, AGRIPPA, and MECAENAS, with his Army; OCTAVIUS CAESAR reading a letter ]|
|OCTAVIUS CAESAR||He calls me boy; and chides, as he had power|
|To beat me out of Egypt; my messenger|
|He hath whipp’d with rods; dares me to personal combat,|
|Caesar to Antony: let the old ruffian know|
|I have many other ways to die; meantime||5|
|Laugh at his challenge.|
|MECAENAS||Caesar must think,|
|When one so great begins to rage, he’s hunted|
|Even to falling. Give him no breath, but now|
|Make boot of his distraction: never anger||10|
|Made good guard for itself.|
|OCTAVIUS CAESAR||Let our best heads|
|Know, that to-morrow the last of many battles|
|We mean to fight: within our files there are,|
|Of those that served Mark Antony but late,||15|
|Enough to fetch him in. See it done:|
|And feast the army; we have store to do’t,|
|And they have earn’d the waste. Poor Antony!|
Antony and Cleopatra, Act 4, Scene 2
Explanatory Notes for Act 4, Scene 1
From Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. Ed. M. Eaton. Boston: Educational Publishing Company.
(Line numbers have been altered.)
5. I have many other. Said ironically.
10. Make boot. Take advantage.
16. Fetch him. Take him captive.
17. Store. Abundance of means.
18. Waste. Lavishness.
How to cite the explanatory notes:Shakespeare, William. Antony and Cleopatra. Ed. M. Eaton. Boston: Educational Publishing Company, 1908.