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Antony and Cleopatra

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 4 Scene 14
No Fear Act 4 Scene 14 Page 5

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EROS

My sword is drawn.

EROS

I have drawn my sword.

ANTONY

                                                                      Then let it do at once
The thing why thou hast drawn it.

ANTONY

Now let it carry out its purpose immediately.

EROS

                                                                  My dear master,
90My captain, and my emperor, let me say,
Before I strike this bloody stroke, farewell.

EROS

My dear master, my captain, my sovereign, let me say before I strike this fatal blow: farewell.

ANTONY

’Tis said, man, and farewell.

ANTONY

You’ve said it, friend, and farewell to you.

EROS

Farewell, great chief. Shall I strike now?

EROS

Good-bye, great commander. Should I do it now?

ANTONY

                                                                             Now, Eros.

ANTONY

Now, Eros.

EROS

Why, there then!

EROS

Well, then, there!
Stabs himself
He stabs himself.
                                     Thus I do escape the sorrow
95Of Antony’s death.
With this I avoid the grief of Antony’s death.
He dies
He dies.

ANTONY

                                         Thrice nobler than myself,
Thou teachest me, O valiant Eros, what
I should and thou couldst not. My Queen and Eros
Have by their brave instruction got upon me
A nobleness in record. But I will be
100A bridegroom in my death, and run into ’t
As to a lover’s bed. Come then, and Eros,
Thy master dies thy scholar. To do thus
I learned of thee.

ANTONY

Brave Eros, three times more honorable than I am! You teach me what I should do but could not. My Queen and Eros have by their brave examples beaten me to the history books. But I will embrace death as a bridegroom does his bride, and rush to it as to a lover’s bed. Come then. Eros, your master dies your student. I learned to do this from you.