Antony and Cleopatra Translation Act 4, Scene 4
Enter ANTONY and CLEOPATRA, with CHARMIAN and others attending
[calling] Eros! Mine armor, Eros!
[Calling] Eros! Bring me my armor, Eros!
Sleep a little.
Sleep a little.
No, my chuck.—Eros, come, mine armor, Eros!
No, my dear—Eros, come, my armor, Eros!
Enter EROS with armor
Come, good fellow, put thine iron on.If fortune be not ours today, it isBecause we brave her. Come.
Nay, I’ll help too.What’s this for?
No, I'll help too. What's this for?
She helps to arm him
Ah, let be, let be! Thou artThe armorer of my heart. False, false. This, this.
Ah, leave it alone, leave it alone! It's bad enough that you put the armor on my heart. [Showing CLEOPATRA how to put on the armor properly] That's not how you do it. Like this, like this.
Sooth, la, I’ll help. Thus it must be.
Really, I'll help. This is how it should be.
Well, well,We shall thrive now.—Seest thou, my good fellow?Go put on thy defenses.
Well, well, we'll succeed now.
[To EROS] Do you see, my good man? Go put on your armor.
Is not this buckled well?
Isn't this buckled well?
Rarely, rarely. He that unbuckles this, till we do please To doff ’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 today, and knew’st The royal occupation! Thou shouldst see A workman in ’t.
Uncommonly well. The one that unbuckles this armor—until I am pleased to take it off and rest—will face my anger.
[To EROS] You're fumbling, Eros, and my Queen is more skillful as a squire than you are. Hurry.
[To CLEOPATRA] Oh my love, if only you could see me in battle today, and if only you were familiar with the techniques of war! You'd see an expert at work.
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 betimes And go to ’t with delight.
A thousand, sir,Early though ’t be, have on their riveted trimAnd at the port expect you.
Even though it is early, sir, a thousand soldiers have put on their armor and wait for you at the port.
Shout. Trumpets flourish
Enter CAPTAINS and SOLDIERS
The morn is fair. Good morrow, General.
It is a favorable morning. Good morning, General.
Good morrow, General.
Good morning, General.
’Tis well blown, lads. This morning, like the spirit of a youth That means to be of note, begins betimes. So, so. [To CLEOPATRA] Come, give me that. This way. Well said. Fare thee well, dame.
The morning begins well, boys. Like a spirited young man who means to accomplish great things, it gets started early. So, so.
[To CLEOPATRA] Come, give me that. Like this. Well done. Goodbye to you, my lady.
He kisses her
Whate’er becomes of me, This is a soldier’s kiss. Rebukable And worthy shameful check it were to stand On more mechanic compliment. I’ll leave thee Now like a man of steel. [To others] You that will fight, Follow me close. I’ll bring you to ’t. [To CLEOPATRA] Adieu.
Whatever happens to me, this is a soldier's kiss. It would be shameful and worthy of a scolding if I were to give you any baser or less noble a compliment than that. I'll leave you now like a true soldier.
[To the others] You who wish to fight, follow me closely, I'll bring you into battle.
[To CLEOPATRA] Farewell.
Exeunt ANTONY, EROS, CAPTAINS, and SOLDIERS
Please you retire to your chamber?
Would you like to retire to your room?
Lead me. He goes forth gallantly. That he and Caesar might Determine this great war in single fight! Then Antony—but now—. Well, on.
Lead me. He goes forward bravely. If only he and Caesar could fight this war through single combat! Then Antony—but now—Well, let's go.
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