Antony and Cleopatra

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 4 Scene 14
No Fear Act 4 Scene 14 Page 6

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He falls on his sword
He falls on his sword.
                                  How! Not dead? Not dead?
The guard, ho! Oh, dispatch me!
What! I’m not dead? Not dead?—Guard, here! Oh, kill me!
Enter DERCETUS and others of a GUARD
DERCETUS enters with three GUARDS.

FIRST GUARD

105What’s the noise?

FIRST GUARD

What’s the trouble?

ANTONY

I have done my work ill, friends. Oh, make an end
Of what I have begun!

ANTONY

I’ve botched the job, friends. Oh, finish what I’ve begun.

SECOND GUARD

                                             The star is fall’n.

SECOND GUARD

Our guiding light is out.

FIRST GUARD

And time is at his period.

FIRST GUARD

And time itself is ended.

ALL

                                                   Alas, and woe!

ALL

Sadness and despair!

ANTONY

Let him that loves me strike me dead.

ANTONY

Whoever’s a real friend should strike me dead.

FIRST GUARD

110Not I.

FIRST GUARD

Not me.

SECOND GUARD

Nor I.

SECOND GUARD

Me neither.

THIRD GUARD

Nor anyone.

THIRD GUARD

None of us.
Exeunt GUARD
The GUARDS exit.

DERCETUS

Thy death and fortunes bid thy followers fly.

DERCETAS

Your death and destiny advise your followers to escape.
He takes up ANTONY’s sword
He takes up ANTONY’s sword
This sword but shown to Caesar, with this tidings,
115Shall enter me with him.
I only need to show your sword to Caesar and tell him about your death to get into his good favor.
Enter DIOMEDES
DIOMEDES enters.

DIOMEDES

Where’s Antony?

DIOMEDES

Where’s Antony?

DERCETUS

There, Diomed, there.

DERCETAS

There, Diomedes, there.

DIOMEDES

Lives he? Wilt thou not answer, man?

DIOMEDES

Is he still alive? Why don’t you answer me, man?