Antony and Cleopatra

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter an armed SOLDIER
An armed SOLDIER enters.
                                   Good morrow to thee. Welcome.
Thou look’st like him that knows a warlike charge.
20To business that we love we rise betimes
And go to ’t with delight.
Good morning to you. Welcome. You look like a person who knows the business of war. When we love our job we get up early and go to it joyfully.

SOLDIER

                                                  A thousand, sir,
Early though ’t be, have on their riveted trim
And at the port expect you.

SOLDIER

Even though it’s early, there are already a thousand armored soldiers waiting for you at the harbor.
Shout. Trumpets flourish
A shout is heard, then a trumpet fanfare.
Enter CAPTAINS and SOLDIERS
CAPTAINS and SOLDIERS enter.

CAPTAIN

The morn is fair. Good morrow, General.

CAPTAIN

The weather is fair. Good morning, General.

ALL

25Good morrow, General.

ALL

Good morning, General.

ANTONY

                                                ’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.

ANTONY

That was a fine fanfare, boys. Like a young man who wants to amount to something, this morning begins early. (to CLEOPATRA ) So, so. Here, give me that. This is how it goes on. Well done.
Farewell, lady.
He kisses her
He kisses her.
                                              Whate’er becomes of me,
30This 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 to draw out our good-byes. I’ll leave you without revealing any emotion, like a man of steel. (to the others) Anyone who wants to fight, follow me now, and I’ll see you get your wish. (to CLEOPATRA ) Good-bye.