Scene IV

The same. A room in the palace

Enter Mark Antony and Cleopatra, Charmian, and others attending

Mark Antony

Eros! mine armour, Eros!

Cleopatra

Sleep a little.

Mark Antony

No, my chuck. Eros, come; mine armour, Eros!

Enter Eros with armour

Come good fellow, put mine iron on:
If fortune be not ours to-day, it is
Because we brave her: come.

Cleopatra

Nay, I'll help too.
What's this for?

Mark Antony

Ah, let be, let be! thou art
The armourer of my heart: false, false; this, this.

Cleopatra

Sooth, la, I'll help: thus it must be.

Mark Antony

Well, well;
We shall thrive now. Seest thou, my good fellow?
Go put on thy defences.

Eros

Briefly, sir.

Cleopatra

Is not this buckled well?

Mark Antony

Rarely, rarely:
He that unbuckles this, till we do please
To daff't for our repose, shall hear a storm.
Thou fumblest, Eros; and my queen's a squire
More tight at this than thou: dispatch. O love,
That thou couldst see my wars to-day, and knew'st
The royal occupation! thou shouldst see
A workman in't.

Enter an armed Soldier

Good morrow to thee; welcome:
Thou look'st like him that knows a warlike charge:
To business that we love we rise betime,
And go to't with delight.

Soldier

A thousand, sir,
Early though't be, have on their riveted trim,
And at the port expect you.

[Shout. Trumpets flourish]

Enter Captains and Soldiers

Captain

The morn is fair. Good morrow, general.

All

Good morrow, general.

Mark Antony

'Tis well blown, lads:
This morning, like the spirit of a youth
That means to be of note, begins betimes.
So, so; come, give me that: this way; well said.
Fare thee well, dame, whate'er becomes of me:
This is a soldier's kiss: rebukeable

Kisses her

And worthy shameful cheque it were, to stand
On more mechanic compliment; I'll leave thee
Now, like a man of steel. You that will fight,
Follow me close; I'll bring you to't. Adieu.

Exeunt Mark Antony, Eros, Captains, and Soldiers

Charmian

Please you, retire to your chamber.

Cleopatra

Lead me.
He goes forth gallantly. That he and Caesar might
Determine this great war in single fight!
Then Antony,—but now—Well, on.

Exeunt