Antony and Cleopatra

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 2

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CAESAR

                                                   Cleopatra,
180Not what you have reserved nor what acknowledged
Put we i’ th’ roll of conquest. Still be ’t yours.
Bestow it at your pleasure, and believe
Caesar’s no merchant, to make prize with you
Of things that merchants sold. Therefore be cheered.
185Make not your thoughts your prison. No, dear Queen,
For we intend so to dispose you as
Yourself shall give us counsel. Feed and sleep.
Our care and pity is so much upon you
That we remain your friend. And so, adieu.

CAESAR

Cleopatra, our conquest won’t include either the things you kept back or the ones you listed. It’s all still yours. Do whatever you like with it. You can trust that Caesar is not a merchant to haggle with you over your property. So cheer up. Don’t be captured by your depressed thoughts. No, dear Queen. We want to follow your own counsel when making arrangements for you. Eat and sleep. I have so much care and pity for you that you could call me friend. And so, good-bye.

CLEOPATRA

190My master, and my lord!

CLEOPATRA

My master and my lord!

CAESAR

                                                 Not so. Adieu.

CAESAR

Not true. Good-bye.
Flourish. Exeunt CAESAR and his train
Trumpet flourish. CAESAR and his entourage exit.

CLEOPATRA

He words me, girls, he words me, that I should not
Be noble to myself. But, hark thee, Charmian.

CLEOPATRA

He’s trying to talk me into forgetting my nobility, girls. But listen, Charmian.
She whispers to CHARMIAN
She whispers to CHARMIAN.

IRAS

Finish, good lady. The bright day is done,
And we are for the dark.

IRAS

It’s time to end it, good lady. The bright day of our lives is over, and now there will only be darkness.

CLEOPATRA

         (to CHARMIAN )        Hie thee again.
195I have spoke already, and it is provided.
Go put it to the haste.

CLEOPATRA

(to CHARMIAN ) Go out again. I’ve already given the order, and it is ready. Hurry with your errand.

CHARMIAN

                                           Madam, I will.

CHARMIAN

I will, madam.