Plutarch and Shakespeare Compared

The Life of Marcus Antonius Antony and Cleopatra
The [Antony's] wound, however, was not immediately mortal; and the flow of blood ceasing when he lay down, presently he came to himself, and entreated those that were about him to put him out of his pain; but they all fled out of the chamber, and left him crying out and struggling, until Diomede, Cleopatra's secretary, came to him, having orders from her to bring him into the monument. When he understood she was alive, he eagerly gave order to the servants to take him up, and in their arms was carried to the door of the building. MARK ANTONY
Art thou there, Diomed? Draw thy sword, and give
me
Sufficing strokes for death.
DIOMEDES
Most absolute lord,
My mistress Cleopatra sent me to thee.
MARK ANTONY
When did she send thee?
DIOMEDES
Now, my lord.
MARK ANTONY
Where is she?
DIOMEDES
Lock'd in her monument...

[MARK ANTONY]
Take me up:
I have led you oft: carry me now, good friends,
And have my thanks for all.

IV.xiv.115-119, 137-139


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