Antony and Cleopatra

by: William Shakespeare

Act 4 Scene 5

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Trumpets sound. Enter ANTONY and EROS, and a SOLDIER meeting them
Trumpets sound. ANTONY and EROS enter and are met by a SOLDIER entering from another direction.

SOLDIER

The gods make this a happy day to Antony!

SOLDIER

May the gods bless Antony today!

ANTONY

Would thou and those thy scars had once prevailed
To make me fight at land!

ANTONY

I wish you and your scarred self had convinced me to wage our last battle on land.

SOLDIER

                                                   Hadst thou done so,
The kings that have revolted, and the soldier
5That has this morning left thee, would have still
Followed thy heels.

SOLDIER

If you had, the kings that have revolted and the soldier that deserted this morning would still be behind you.

ANTONY

                                      Who’s gone this morning?

ANTONY

Who deserted this morning?

SOLDIER

                                                                                          Who?
One ever near thee. Call for Enobarbus
He shall not hear thee, or from Caesar’s camp
Say “I am none of thine.”

SOLDIER

You don’t know? Someone who was always near you. If you call for Enobarbus, he won’t hear you. Or if he can hear you from Caesar’s camp, he’ll reply, “I’m no longer on your side.”

ANTONY

                                                   What sayest thou?

ANTONY

What are you saying?

SOLDIER

                                                                                        Sir,
10He is with Caesar.

SOLDIER

Sir, he’s with Caesar.

EROS

                                     Sir, his chests and treasure
He has not with him.

EROS

Sir, he left his belongings and treasure.

ANTONY

                                          Is he gone?

ANTONY

He’s gone?

SOLDIER

                                                                 Most certain.

SOLDIER

It’s certain.

ANTONY

Go, Eros, send his treasure after. Do it.
Detain no jot, I charge thee. Write to him—
I will subscribe—gentle adieus and greetings.
15Say that I wish he never find more cause
To change a master. Oh, my fortunes have
Corrupted honest men! Dispatch.—Enobarbus!

ANTONY

Eros, send his treasure to him. Do it now. Don’t keep anything back, I insist. Write to him from me—I’ll sign it—sending greetings and gentle good-byes. Say that I hope he never has cause to look for a new master. Oh, my bad luck has forced honest men to become traitors. Hurry. Enobarbus!