• Enter DEMETRIUS and PHILO

    PHILO

    Nay, but this dotage of our general’s
    O’erflows the measure. Those his goodly eyes,
    That o’er the files and musters of the war
    Have glowed like plated Mars, now bend, now turn
    5The office and devotion of their view
    Upon a tawny front. His captain’s heart,
    Which in the scuffles of great fights hath burst
    The buckles on his breast, reneges all temper
    And is become the bellows and the fan
    10To cool a gypsy’s lust.
    Flourish. Enter ANTONY, CLEOPATRA, her ladies, the train, with eunuchs fanning her
                                                Look where they come.
    Take but good note, and you shall see in him
    The triple pillar of the world transformed
    Into a strumpet’s fool. Behold and see.

    CLEOPATRA

    If it be love indeed, tell me how much.

    ANTONY

    15There’s beggary in the love that can be reckoned.

    CLEOPATRA

    I’ll set a bourn how far to be beloved.

    ANTONY

    Then must thou needs find out new heaven, new earth.
    Enter a MESSENGER

    MESSENGER

    News, my good lord, from Rome.

    ANTONY

    Grates me, the sum.
  • DEMETRIUS and PHILO enter.

    PHILO

    No, our general’s infatuation is out of control. His eyes used to glow with pride when he reviewed his troops. Now his eyes devote themselves exclusively to a certain brown-skinned face. His heart used to burst the buckles on his breastplate in great fights, but now he’s lost all temperance and dedicates his heart to satisfying the lust of an Egyptian whore.
    A trumpet fanfare announces the entrance of ANTONY, CLEOPATRA, her ladies and attendants, and eunuchs with fans.
    Look at them. Take a good look, and you’ll see that one of the three men who rule the world has turned into a whore’s jester. Look and see.

    CLEOPATRA

    If what you feel is really love, tell me how much.

    ANTONY

    It would be a pretty stingy love if it could be counted and calculated.

    CLEOPATRA

    I want to measure the extent of your love, to see how far it stretches.

    ANTONY

    Then you would have to go beyond heaven, beyond earth.
    A MESSENGER enters.

    MESSENGER

    I have news from Rome, my good lord.

    ANTONY

    Which irritaties me. Give me a summary.