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  • Title: Anthony and Cleopatra (Folio 1, 1623)
  • Editor: Randall Martin
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-433-2

    Copyright Randall Martin. This text may be freely used for educational, non-profit purposes; for all other uses contact the Editor.
    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Randall Martin
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    Anthony and Cleopatra (Folio 1, 1623)

    Alarum, Drummes and Trumpets.
    Enter Agrippa.
    Agrip Retire, we haue engag'd our selues too farre:
    sar himselfe ha's worke, and our oppression
    2625Exceeds what we expected.
    Enter Anthony, and Scarrus wounded.
    Scar. O my braue Emperor, this is fought indeed,
    Had we done so at first, we had drouen them home
    2630With clowts about their heads.
    Far off.
    Ant. Thou bleed'st apace.
    Scar. I had a wound heere that was like a T,
    But now 'tis made an H.
    Ant. They do retyre.
    2635Scar. Wee'l beat 'em into Bench-holes, I haue yet
    Roome for six scotches more.
    Enter Eros.
    Eros. They are beaten Sir, and our aduantage serues
    For a faire victory.
    2640Scar. Let vs score their backes,
    And snatch 'em vp, as we take Hares behinde,
    'Tis sport to maul a Runner.
    Ant. I will reward thee
    Once for thy sprightly comfort, and ten-fold
    2645For thy good valour. Come thee on.
    Scar. Ile halt after.