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Antony and Cleopatra

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Enter CLEOPATRA and her maids aloft, with CHARMIAN and IRAS
CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, and IRAS enter with Cleopatra’s maids in the upper gallery.

CLEOPATRA
O Charmian, I will never go from hence.
CLEOPATRA
Oh, Charmian, I will never leave this tomb!

CHARMIAN
Be comforted, dear madam.
CHARMIAN
Be calm, dear lady.




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CLEOPATRA
                                                      No, I will not.
All strange and terrible events are welcome,
But comforts we despise. Our size of sorrow,
Proportioned to our cause, must be as great
As that which makes it.
CLEOPATRA
No, I won’t. Strange and terrible events are all welcome, but I despise comforts. The size of my sorrow must be as great as its source.
Enter below DIOMEDES
DIOMEDES enters below.
                                                 How now? Is he dead?
What’s the news! Is he dead?



DIOMEDES
His death’s upon him, but not dead.
Look out o’ th’ other side your monument.
His guard have brought him thither.
DIOMEDES
He is close to death, but not dead yet. Look out the other window; his guard has brought him here.
Enter below ANTONY, and the guard bearing him
Guards enter, carrying ANTONY.


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CLEOPATRA
                                                                        O sun,
Burn the great sphere thou mov’st in. Darkling stand
The varying shore o’ th’ world! O Antony,
Antony, Antony! Help, Charmian, help, Iras, help!
Help, friends below! Let’s draw him hither.
CLEOPATRA
Oh, sun, burn up the orbit in which you move, so that the world may be dark forever! Oh, Antony, Antony, Antony! Help, Charmian, help, Iras, help! Help, friends below; lift him up here.



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ANTONY
                                                                                     Peace!
Not Caesar’s valor hath o’erthrown Antony,
But Antony’s hath triumphed on itself.
ANTONY
Be calm! It was not Caesar’s bravery that conquered Antony but Antony’s that has triumphed over himself.


CLEOPATRA
So it should be, that none but Antony
Should conquer Antony, but woe ’tis so!
CLEOPATRA
That’s the way it should be—only Antony should conquer Antony. But how terrible that it has happened!