• Alarum. Enter ANTONY again in a march; SCARUS, with others

    ANTONY

    We have beat him to his camp. Run one before
    And let the Queen know of our gests.
    Exit a soldier
                                                                             Tomorrow,
    Before the sun shall see ’s, we’ll spill the blood
    That has today escaped. I thank you all,
    5For doughty-handed are you, and have fought
    Not as you served the cause, but as ’t had been
    Each man’s like mine. You have shown all Hectors.
    Enter the city. Clip your wives, your friends.
    Tell them your feats, whilst they with joyful tears
    10Wash the congealment from your wounds and kiss
    The honored gashes whole.
    Enter CLEOPATRA
                (to SCARUS )                Give me thy hand.
    To this great fairy I’ll commend thy acts,
    Make her thanks bless thee. O thou day o’ the world,
    (to CLEOPATRA ) Chain mine armed neck. Leap thou, attire and all,
    15Through proof of harness to my heart, and there
    Ride on the pants triumphing!

    CLEOPATRA

                                                                Lord of lords!
    O infinite virtue, com’st thou smiling from
    The world’s great snare uncaught?
  • A battle call. ANTONY marches in, followed by SCARUS and others.

    ANTONY

    We’ve driven him all the way back to his camp. One of you run to the Queen with the news.
    A soldier exits.
    Before sunrise tomorrow, we’ll kill anyone who escaped today. I want to thank all of you. You’re formidable. You fought not as if you served the cause but as though it were as much your personal fight as mine. You are all Hectors. Go on into the city. Embrace your wives and your friends. Describe your feats for them while they cry for joy. Their tears will wash the congealed blood from your wounds, and they will kiss those honorable cuts until they heal.

    Hectors

    Hector was a powerful Trojan warrior

    CLEOPATRA enters.
    (to SCARUS ) Give me your hand. I’ll praise your actions to this powerful enchantress so that she will thank you with blessings. Oh, light of the world, (to CLEOPATRA ) wrap your arms around my armored neck. Leap, with all your finery through my armor and go straight to my heart. There you can ride upon my heartbeats, sharing in my triumph.

    CLEOPATRA

    Lord of lords! Your courage is infinite. Have you returned smiling from the great battle for the world?