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  • Title: Anthony and Cleopatra (Modern)
  • 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 (Modern)

    Camidius marcheth with his land army one way over the stage, and Taurus the Lieutenant of Caesar the other way. 1975After their going in is heard the noise of a sea-fight. Alarum.
    Enter Enobarbus.
    Naught, naught, all naught! I can behold no longer.
    Th'Antoniad, the Egyptian Admiral,
    With all their sixty fly and turn the rudder!
    1980To see't mine eyes are blasted!
    Enter Scarrus.
    Gods and goddesses,
    All the whole synod of them!
    What's thy passion?
    The greater cantle of the world is lost
    1985With very ignorance. We have kissed away
    Kingdoms and provinces.
    How appears the fight?
    On our side, like the tokened pestilence,
    Where death is sure. Yon ribald nag of Egypt,
    1990Whom leprosy o'ertake, i'th'midst o'th'fight,
    When vantage like a pair of twins appeared
    Both as the same, or rather ours the elder,
    The breese upon her, like a cow in June,
    Hoists sails and flies.
    That I beheld.
    Mine eyes did sicken at the sight, and could not
    Endure a further view.
    She once being luffed,
    The noble ruin of her magic, Antony,
    2000Claps on his sea-wing, and like a doting mallard,
    Leaving the fight in height, flies after her.
    I never saw an action of such shame;
    Experience, manhood, honor, ne'er before
    Did violate so itself!
    Alack, alack.
    Enter Camidius.
    Our fortune on the sea is out of breath
    And sinks most lamentably. Had our general
    Been what he knew himself, it had gone well.
    2010Oh, he has given example for our flight
    Most grossly by his own.
    Ay, are you thereabouts? Why then goodnight indeed.
    Toward Peloponnesus are they fled.
    'Tis easy to't, and there I will attend
    What further comes.
    To Caesar will I render
    My legions and my horse. Six kings already
    Show me the way of yielding.
    I'll yet follow
    The wounded chance of Antony, though my reason
    Sits in the wind against me.
    Exeunt separately.