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CLEOPATRA

Well then, sustain me. Oh!

CLEOPATRA

Well, then, help me.
She rises
Her attendants help her to stand.

EROS

45Most noble sir, arise. The Queen approaches.
Her head’s declined, and death will seize her but
Your comfort makes the rescue.

EROS

Most noble sir, stand up. The Queen is coming. She’s weak and will die unless you comfort her.

ANTONY

I have offended reputation,
A most unnoble swerving.

ANTONY

I’ve destroyed my reputation, a most shameful error.

EROS

                                                     Sir, the Queen.

EROS

Sir, here’s the Queen.

ANTONY

50Oh, whither hast thou led me, Egypt? See
How I convey my shame out of thine eyes
By looking back what I have left behind
’Stroyed in dishonor.

ANTONY

Oh, where have you led me, Egypt? See how I hide my shame from you by turning around? I look behind me to see my past, destroyed by dishonor.

CLEOPATRA

                                          O my lord, my lord,
Forgive my fearful sails! I little thought
55You would have followed.

CLEOPATRA

Oh, my lord, my lord, forgive my panic! I didn’t think you would follow me.

ANTONY

                                                   Egypt, thou knew’st too well
My heart was to thy rudder tied by th’ strings,
And thou shouldst tow me after. O’er my spirit
Thy full supremacy thou knew’st, and that
Thy beck might from the bidding of the gods
60Command me.

ANTONY

Queen, you knew very well that my heart was tied to your ship and that you would pull me along with you. You knew that my spirit was completely under your control and that I would ignore the gods’ orders in favor of yours.

CLEOPATRA

                              Oh, my pardon!

CLEOPATRA

Oh, forgive me!

ANTONY

                                                               Now I must
To the young man send humble treaties, dodge
And palter in the shifts of lowness, who
With half the bulk o’ th’ world played as I pleased,
Making and marring fortunes. You did know
65How much you were my conqueror, and that
My sword, made weak by my affection, would
Obey it on all cause.

ANTONY

Now I will have to send my humble proposal of peace to that young man. I’ve done as I pleased with half the world, making and losing fortunes, but now I negotiate from a position of weakness. You knew how far you had conquered my spirit. You knew that my sword, weakened by my love for you, would obey that love no matter what.