Speeches (Lines) for Dolabella
in "Antony and Cleopatra"

Total: 23

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1

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Octavius. Let him appear that's come from Antony.
Know you him?

Dolabella. Caesar, 'tis his schoolmaster:
An argument that he is pluck'd, when hither
He sends so poor a pinion off his wing,
Which had superfluous kings for messengers
Not many moons gone by.


2

V,1,3281

Octavius. Go to him, Dolabella, bid him yield;
Being so frustrate, tell him he mocks
The pauses that he makes.

Dolabella. Caesar, I shall.


3

V,2,3463

(stage directions). [Enter DOLABELLA]

Dolabella. Proculeius,
What thou hast done thy master Caesar knows,
And he hath sent for thee: for the queen,
I'll take her to my guard.


4

V,2,3474

(stage directions). [Exeunt PROCULEIUS and Soldiers]

Dolabella. Most noble empress, you have heard of me?


5

V,2,3476

Cleopatra. I cannot tell.

Dolabella. Assuredly you know me.


6

V,2,3480

Cleopatra. No matter, sir, what I have heard or known.
You laugh when boys or women tell their dreams;
Is't not your trick?

Dolabella. I understand not, madam.


7

V,2,3484

Cleopatra. I dream'd there was an Emperor Antony:
O, such another sleep, that I might see
But such another man!

Dolabella. If it might please ye,—


8

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Cleopatra. His face was as the heavens; and therein stuck
A sun and moon, which kept their course,
and lighted
The little O, the earth.

Dolabella. Most sovereign creature,—


9

V,2,3501

Cleopatra. His legs bestrid the ocean: his rear'd arm
Crested the world: his voice was propertied
As all the tuned spheres, and that to friends;
But when he meant to quail and shake the orb,
He was as rattling thunder. For his bounty,
There was no winter in't; an autumn 'twas
That grew the more by reaping: his delights
Were dolphin-like; they show'd his back above
The element they lived in: in his livery
Walk'd crowns and crownets; realms and islands were
As plates dropp'd from his pocket.

Dolabella. Cleopatra!


10

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Cleopatra. Think you there was, or might be, such a man
As this I dream'd of?

Dolabella. Gentle madam, no.


11

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Cleopatra. You lie, up to the hearing of the gods.
But, if there be, or ever were, one such,
It's past the size of dreaming: nature wants stuff
To vie strange forms with fancy; yet, to imagine
And Antony, were nature's piece 'gainst fancy,
Condemning shadows quite.

Dolabella. Hear me, good madam.
Your loss is as yourself, great; and you bear it
As answering to the weight: would I might never
O'ertake pursued success, but I do feel,
By the rebound of yours, a grief that smites
My very heart at root.


12

V,2,3519

Cleopatra. I thank you, sir,
Know you what Caesar means to do with me?

Dolabella. I am loath to tell you what I would you knew.


13

V,2,3521

Cleopatra. Nay, pray you, sir,—

Dolabella. Though he be honourable,—


14

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Cleopatra. He'll lead me, then, in triumph?

Dolabella. Madam, he will; I know't.
[Flourish, and shout within, 'Make way there:]
Octavius Caesar!']
[Enter OCTAVIUS CAESAR, GALLUS, PROCULEIUS,]
MECAENAS, SELEUCUS, and others of his Train]


15

V,2,3529

Octavius. Which is the Queen of Egypt?

Dolabella. It is the emperor, madam.


16

V,2,3632

(stage directions). [Re-enter DOLABELLA]

Dolabella. Where is the queen?


17

V,2,3636

Cleopatra. Dolabella!

Dolabella. Madam, as thereto sworn by your command,
Which my love makes religion to obey,
I tell you this: Caesar through Syria
Intends his journey; and within three days
You with your children will he send before:
Make your best use of this: I have perform'd
Your pleasure and my promise.


18

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Cleopatra. Dolabella,
I shall remain your debtor.

Dolabella. I your servant,
Adieu, good queen; I must attend on Caesar.


19

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(stage directions). [Re-enter DOLABELLA]

Dolabella. How goes it here?


20

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Second Guard. All dead.

Dolabella. Caesar, thy thoughts
Touch their effects in this: thyself art coming
To see perform'd the dreaded act which thou
So sought'st to hinder.


21

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(stage directions). [Re-enter OCTAVIUS CAESAR and all his train marching]

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


22

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

Dolabella. Who was last with them?


23

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Octavius. O noble weakness!
If they had swallow'd poison, 'twould appear
By external swelling: but she looks like sleep,
As she would catch another Antony
In her strong toil of grace.

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


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