William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra in the complete original text
William Shakespeare's plays, sonnets and poems at AbsoluteShakespeare.com
Home Plays Sonnets Poems Quotes Summaries Essays Glossary Links Help

HOME > Plays > Antony and Cleopatra > Act IV. Scene VII.

Antony and Cleopatra

Study Guides
Hamlet
Julius Caesar
King Henry IV
King Lear
Macbeth
Merchant of Venice
Othello
Romeo and Juliet
The Tempest
Twelfth Night

Trivia
Authorship
Bard Facts
Bibliography
Biography
FAQ
Films
Globe Theatre
Pictures
Quiz
Timeline

Act IV. Scene VII.

Scene VII.— Field of Battle between the
Camps.

Alarum. Drums and trumpets. Enter AGRIPPA
and Others.

Agr. Retire, we have engaged ourselves too far.
Cæsar himself has work, and our oppression
Exceeds what we expected. [Exeunt.

Alarum. Enter ANTONY, and SCARUS wounded.
Scar. O my brave emperor, this is fought
indeed!
Had we done so at first, we had droven them
home
With clouts about their heads.
Ant. Thou bleed'st apace.
Scar. I had a wound here that was like a T,
But now 'tis made an H.
Ant. They do retire.
Scar. We'll beat 'em into bench-holes: I have
yet
Boom for six scotches more.

Enter EROS.
Eros. They are beaten, sir; and our advant-
age serves
For a fair victory.
Scar. Let us score their backs,
And snatch 'em up, as we take hares, behind:
'Tis sport to maul a runner.
Ant. I will reward thee
Once for thy sprightly comfort, and ten-fold
For thy good valour. Come thee on.
Scar. I'll halt after. [Exeunt.
< PREVIOUS
Copyright 2000-2005 AbsoluteShakespeare.com. All rights reserved.  Contact Us  Privacy  Awards