Antony and Cleopatra

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 2

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PROCULEIUS

                                                              Be of good cheer.
You’re fall’n into a princely hand. Fear nothing.
Make your full reference freely to my lord,
Who is so full of grace that it flows over
25On all that need. Let me report to him
Your sweet dependency, and you shall find
A conqueror that will pray in aid for kindness
Where he for grace is kneeled to.

PROCULEIUS

Be content. You’re in the charge of an honorable man. Don’t be afraid. You can ask for anything from my lord. His generosity flows to anyone in need. If I can tell him that you have submitted to him sweetly, he’ll request your assistance in finding ways in which he can support you.

CLEOPATRA

                                                                Pray you, tell him
I am his fortune’s vassal, and I send him
30The greatness he has got. I hourly learn
A doctrine of obedience, and would gladly
Look him i’ th’ face.

CLEOPATRA

Please tell him I have surrendered to his fortune. I give up to him the glory he has won. I’m learning every hour how to be subservient. I’d be happy to meet with him in person.

PROCULEIUS

                                         This I’ll report, dear lady.
Have comfort, for I know your plight is pitied
Of him that caused it.

PROCULEIUS

I’ll tell him all of this, dear lady. Be at ease. I know he’s sorry for your situation, especially since he caused it.
GALLUS and Roman soldiers enter from behind and take CLEOPATRA prisoner
GALLUS enters with soldiers. They seize CLEOPATRA.

GALLUS

35You see how easily she may be surprised.
(to the soldiers) Guard her till Caesar come.

GALLUS

(to PROCULEIUS ) See how easy it was to capture her? (to soldiers) Guard her until Caesar arrives.

IRAS

                                                                                    Royal Queen!

IRAS

Your majesty!

CHARMIAN

O Cleopatra! Thou art taken, Queen.

CHARMIAN

Oh, Cleopatra! You’ve been betrayed, my Queen!
CLEOPATRA draws a dagger
CLEOPATRA pulls out a knife.

CLEOPATRA

Quick, quick, good hands.

CLEOPATRA

Quick, quick good hands!