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Antony and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra Translation Act 3, Scene 8

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Enter CAESAR with his army, and TAURUS, marching

CAESAR

Taurus!

CAESAR

Taurus!

TAURUS

My lord?

TAURUS

My lord?

CAESAR

Strike not by land; keep whole. Provoke not battleTill we have done at sea. Do not exceedThe prescript of this scroll.

CAESAR

Don't send out any troops to attack them on land; stay in reserve. Don't start to fight on land until we have finished fighting at sea. Do not go beyond the instructions written in this scroll. 

He gives a scroll

Our fortune liesUpon this jump.

Our fortune depends on this strategy.

Exit with army

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Maria devlin
About the Translator: Maria Devlin

Maria Devlin received her Ph.D. in English Literature from Harvard University, where she specialized in Renaissance drama. She has worked as a bibliographical and editorial assistant for The Norton Anthology of English Literature and for The Norton Shakespeare. She is currently working with Stephen Greenblatt to design online courses on Shakespeare, including the modules "Hamlet's Ghost" and "Shylock's Bond" offered through HarvardX. She is writing a book on Renaissance comedy.

Maria Devlin wishes to credit the following sources, which she consulted extensively in composing her translations and annotations:

William Shakespeare. The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition. Eds. Gary Taylor et al. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

William Shakespeare. The Norton Shakespeare, 3rd ed. Eds. Stephen Greenblatt et al. New York: W.W. Norton& Company, Inc., 2016.