• Enter CLEOPATRA and her maids aloft, with CHARMIAN and IRAS

    CLEOPATRA

    O Charmian, I will never go from hence.

    CHARMIAN

    Be comforted, dear madam.

    CLEOPATRA

                                                          No, I will not.
    All strange and terrible events are welcome,
    But comforts we despise. Our size of sorrow,
    5Proportioned to our cause, must be as great
    As that which makes it.
    Enter below DIOMEDES
                                                     How now? Is he dead?

    DIOMEDES

    His death’s upon him, but not dead.
    Look out o’ th’ other side your monument.
    His guard have brought him thither.
    Enter below ANTONY, and the guard bearing him

    CLEOPATRA

                                                                            O sun,
    10Burn the great sphere thou mov’st in. Darkling stand
    The varying shore o’ th’ world! O Antony,
    Antony, Antony! Help, Charmian, help, Iras, help!
    Help, friends below! Let’s draw him hither.

    ANTONY

                                                                                         Peace!
    Not Caesar’s valor hath o’erthrown Antony,
    15But Antony’s hath triumphed on itself.

    CLEOPATRA

    So it should be, that none but Antony
    Should conquer Antony, but woe ’tis so!
  • CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, and IRAS enter with Cleopatra’s maids in the upper gallery.

    CLEOPATRA

    Oh, Charmian, I will never leave this tomb!

    CHARMIAN

    Be calm, dear lady.

    CLEOPATRA

    No, I won’t. Strange and terrible events are all welcome, but I despise comforts. The size of my sorrow must be as great as its source.
    DIOMEDES enters below.
    What’s the news! Is he dead?

    DIOMEDES

    He is close to death, but not dead yet. Look out the other window; his guard has brought him here.
    Guards enter, carrying ANTONY.

    CLEOPATRA

    Oh, sun, burn up the orbit in which you move, so that the world may be dark forever! Oh, Antony, Antony, Antony! Help, Charmian, help, Iras, help! Help, friends below; lift him up here.

    ANTONY

    Be calm! It was not Caesar’s bravery that conquered Antony but Antony’s that has triumphed over himself.

    CLEOPATRA

    That’s the way it should be—only Antony should conquer Antony. But how terrible that it has happened!