Enter CLEOPATRA and
I will be even with thee, doubt it not.
But why, why, why?
Thou hast forspoke my being in these wars
And sayst it is not fit.
Well, is it, is
5Is ’t not denounced against us? Why should not
Be there in person?
Well, I could reply,
If we should serve with horse and mares together,
The horse were merely lost. The mares would bear
A soldier and his horse.
What is ’t you
10Your presence needs must puzzle Antony,
Take from his heart, take from his brain, from ’s time
What should not then be spared. He is already
Traduced for levity, and ’tis said in Rome
That Photinus, an eunuch, and your maids
15Manage this war.
Sink Rome! And their tongues
That speak against us! A charge we bear i’ th’ war,
And as the president of my kingdom will
Appear there for a man. Speak not against it.
I will not stay behind.