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Antony and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra Translation Act 4, Scene 10

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Enter ANTONY and SCARUS, with their army


Their preparation is today by sea.We please them not by land.


They're preparing to fight by sea today. They're not happy fighting us on land. 


For both, my lord.


They're preparing to fight by both land and sea, my lord. 


I would they’d fight i’ th’ fire or i’ th’ air, We’d fight there too. But this it is: our foot Upon the hills adjoining to the city Shall stay with us. Order for sea is given; They have put forth the haven, Where their appointment we may best discover And look on their endeavor.


I wish they'd also fight in fire or in the air—we'd fight them there too. But this is how we'll do things—our foot soldiers up on the hills beside the city will stay with us. I've given the orders for our preparations at sea. The ships have left the port. Let's go up higher where we can better observe their battle plans and watch what they're doing. 


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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.