[Enter MARK ANTONY and CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, and]
- Antony. Eros! mine armour, Eros!
- 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?
- 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.
- Antony. Well, well;
We shall thrive now. Seest thou, my good fellow?
Go put on thy defences.
- 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.
- 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
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.