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Histories and Tragedies: Antony and Cleopatra, 4.14.1-20

Line numbers are from the Bevington Necessary Shakespeare.


MARK ANTONY: Eros, thou yet behold'st me?

EROS:                     Ay, noble lord.

MARK ANTONY: Sometimes we see a cloud that's dragonish;
A vapour sometime like a bear or lion,
A tower'd citadel, a pendent rock,
A forked mountain, or blue promontory                                             [5]
With trees upon't, that nod unto the world,
And mock our eyes with air: thou hast seen these signs;
They are black vesper's pageants.

EROS:                     Ay, my lord,

MARK ANTONY: That which is now a horse, even with a thought
The rack dislimns, and makes it indistinct,                                         [10]
As water is in water.

EROS:                    It does, my lord.

MARK ANTONY: My good knave Eros, now thy captain is
Even such a body: here I am Antony:
Yet cannot hold this visible shape, my knave.
I made these wars for Egypt: and the queen,--                                    [15]
Whose heart I thought I had, for she had mine;
Which whilst it was mine had annex'd unto't
A million more, now lost,--she, Eros, has
Pack'd cards with Caesar, and false-play'd my glory
Unto an enemy's triumph.                                                                      [20]
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