Document: All > Shakespeare > Tragedies > Antony and Cleopatra > Act IV, scene IV
[Enter MARK ANTONY and CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, and
MARK ANTONY: Eros! mine armour, Eros!
CLEOPATRA: Sleep a little.
MARK ANTONY: No, my chuck. Eros, come; mine armour, Eros!
[Enter EROS with armour]
Come good fellow, put mine iron on:
If fortune be not ours to-day, it is
Because we brave her: come.
CLEOPATRA: Nay, I'll help too.
What's this for?
MARK ANTONY: Ah, let be, let be! thou art
The armourer of my heart: false, false; this, this.
CLEOPATRA: Sooth, la, I'll help: thus it must be.
MARK ANTONY: Well, well;
We shall thrive now. Seest thou, my good fellow?
Go put on thy defences.
EROS: Briefly, sir.
CLEOPATRA: Is not this buckled well?
MARK ANTONY: Rarely, rarely:
He that unbuckles this, till we do please
To daff't for our repose, shall hear a storm.
Thou fumblest, Eros; and my queen's a squire
More tight at this than thou: dispatch. O love,
That thou couldst see my wars to-day, and knew'st
The royal occupation! thou shouldst see
A workman in't.
[Enter an armed Soldier]
Good morrow to thee; welcome:
Thou look'st like him that knows a warlike charge:
To business that we love we rise betime,
And go to't with delight.
Soldier: A thousand, sir,
Early though't be, have on their riveted trim,
And at the port expect you.
[Shout. Trumpets flourish]
[Enter Captains and Soldiers]
Captain: The morn is fair. Good morrow, general.
All: Good morrow, general.
MARK ANTONY: 'Tis well blown, lads:
This morning, like the spirit of a youth
That means to be of note, begins betimes.
So, so; come, give me that: this way; well said.
Fare thee well, dame, whate'er becomes of me:
This is a soldier's kiss: rebukeable
And worthy shameful cheque it were, to stand
On more mechanic compliment; I'll leave thee
Now, like a man of steel. You that will fight,
Follow me close; I'll bring you to't. Adieu.
[Exeunt MARK ANTONY, EROS, Captains, and Soldiers]
CHARMIAN: Please you, retire to your chamber.
CLEOPATRA: Lead me.
He goes forth gallantly. That he and Caesar might
Determine this great war in single fight!
Then Antony,--but now--Well, on.
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA