Antony and Cleopatra

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 3 Scene 13
No Fear Act 3 Scene 13 Page 5

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THIDIAS

                                        ’Tis your noblest course.
80Wisdom and fortune combating together,
If that the former dare but what it can,
No chance may shake it. Give me grace to lay
My duty on your hand.

THIDIAS

That’s your most dignified course of action. When confronted with the choice between a prudent action and a risky one, a wise man should dare to do only what he can practically accomplish—if he follows this course, he will never be subjected to unpredictable chance. Allow me to pay my respects by kissing your hand.
He kisses her hand
He kisses her hand.

CLEOPATRA

Your Caesar’s father oft,
85When he hath mused of taking kingdoms in,
Bestowed his lips on that unworthy place
As it rained kisses.

CLEOPATRA

When Octavius Caesar’s father thought about conquering kingdoms, he rained kisses on my unworthy hand.
Enter ANTONY and ENOBARBUS
ANTONY and ENOBARBUS enter.

ANTONY

                                      Favors? By Jove that thunders!
What art thou, fellow?

ANTONY

Promising favors? By Jove that thunders! Who are you, slave?

THIDIAS

                                             One that but performs
The bidding of the fullest man, and worthiest
90To have command obeyed.

THIDIAS

A person who merely follows the orders of the best man, the man most worthy of service.

ENOBARBUS

                                                      You will be whipped.

ENOBARBUS

You will be whipped.

ANTONY

(calling for servants) Approach, there! (to THIDIAS ) Ah, you kite!—Now, gods and devils!
Authority melts from me. Of late, when I cried “Ho!”
Like boys unto a muss kings would start forth
And cry, “Your will?” (calling to servants) Have you no ears? I am
95Antony yet.

ANTONY

(calling for servants) Come here! (to THIDIAS ) Ah, you bird of prey! Now by all the gods and devils, my authority weakens. Not long ago, when I cried, “Ho!” kings would jump up and cry, “What’s your pleasure?” (calling to servants) Are you deaf? I’m still Antony.
Enter a SERVANT, followed by others
A SERVANT enters, followed by others.