Antony and Cleopatra

by: William Shakespeare

Original Text

Modern Text

Enter CAESAR and all his train, marching
CAESAR and his entourage enter, marching.

ALL

330A way there, a way for Caesar!

ALL

Step aside, step aside for Caesar!

DOLABELLA

O sir, you are too sure an augurer.
That you did fear is done.

DOLABELLA

Oh, sir, you are too good at predicting the future. What you were afraid of has happened.

CAESAR

Bravest at the last,
She leveled at our purposes and, being royal,
335Took her own way. The manner of their deaths?
I do not see them bleed.

CAESAR

She was bravest at the end. She knew what I intended to do with her and, being royal, she took her own way out. How did they die? I don’t see any blood.

DOLABELLA

                                                Who was last with them?

DOLABELLA

Who was with them last?

FIRST GUARD

A simple countryman that brought her figs.
This was his basket.

FIRST GUARD

A simple country farmer who brought her figs. This was the basket.

CAESAR

                                         Poisoned, then.

CAESAR

They were poisoned, then.

FIRST GUARD

                                                                         Oh, Caesar,
This Charmian lived but now. She stood and spake.
340I found her trimming up the diadem
On her dead mistress. Tremblingly she stood
And on the sudden dropped.

FIRST GUARD

Oh, Caesar, this Charmian lived until a moment ago. She stood and spoke. I found her adjusting the crown on her dead mistress. She stood trembling, then suddenly dropped dead.

CAESAR

                                                         Oh, noble weakness!
If they had swallowed poison, ’twould appear
By external swelling, but she looks like sleep,
345As she would catch another Antony
In her strong toil of grace.

CAESAR

Oh, noble weakness! If they had swallowed poison, it would be evident by external swelling. But she looks like she’s asleep, as if she would charm another Antony.

DOLABELLA

                                                   Here on her breast
There is a vent of blood, and something blown.
The like is on her arm.

DOLABELLA

Here on her breast there’s a little bloody mark. There’s a similar mark on her arm.