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.
Well, well,We shall thrive now.—Seest thou, my good fellow?Go put on thy defenses.
Is not 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.
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.
Shout. Trumpets flourish
Enter CAPTAINS and SOLDIERS
The morn is fair. Good morrow, General.
Good morrow, 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.
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.
Exeunt ANTONY, EROS, CAPTAINS, and SOLDIERS
Please you retire to your chamber?
Lead me. He goes forth gallantly. That he and Caesar might Determine this great war in single fight! Then Antony—but now—. Well, on.
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