Antony and Cleopatra

by: William Shakespeare

Act 4 Scene 15

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Enter CLEOPATRA and her maids aloft, with CHARMIAN and IRAS
CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, and IRAS enter with Cleopatra’s maids in the upper gallery.

CLEOPATRA

O Charmian, I will never go from hence.

CLEOPATRA

Oh, Charmian, I will never leave this tomb!

CHARMIAN

Be comforted, dear madam.

CHARMIAN

Be calm, dear lady.

CLEOPATRA

                                                      No, I will not.
All strange and terrible events are welcome,
But comforts we despise. Our size of sorrow,
5Proportioned to our cause, must be as great
As that which makes it.

CLEOPATRA

No, I won’t. Strange and terrible events are all welcome, but I despise comforts. The size of my sorrow must be as great as its source.
Enter below DIOMEDES
DIOMEDES enters below.
                                                 How now? Is he dead?
What’s the news! Is he dead?

DIOMEDES

His death’s upon him, but not dead.
Look out o’ th’ other side your monument.
His guard have brought him thither.

DIOMEDES

He is close to death, but not dead yet. Look out the other window; his guard has brought him here.
Enter below ANTONY, and the guard bearing him
Guards enter, carrying ANTONY.

CLEOPATRA

                                                                        O sun,
10Burn the great sphere thou mov’st in. Darkling stand
The varying shore o’ th’ world! O Antony,
Antony, Antony! Help, Charmian, help, Iras, help!
Help, friends below! Let’s draw him hither.

CLEOPATRA

Oh, sun, burn up the orbit in which you move, so that the world may be dark forever! Oh, Antony, Antony, Antony! Help, Charmian, help, Iras, help! Help, friends below; lift him up here.

ANTONY

                                                                                     Peace!
Not Caesar’s valor hath o’erthrown Antony,
15But Antony’s hath triumphed on itself.

ANTONY

Be calm! It was not Caesar’s bravery that conquered Antony but Antony’s that has triumphed over himself.

CLEOPATRA

So it should be, that none but Antony
Should conquer Antony, but woe ’tis so!

CLEOPATRA

That’s the way it should be—only Antony should conquer Antony. But how terrible that it has happened!