Act 2 - Scene 5
Alexandria. CLEOPATRA's palace.
Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, IRAS, and ALEXAS
Give me some music; music, moody food
Of us that trade in love.
The music, ho!
Let it alone; let's to billiards: come, Charmian.
My arm is sore; best play with Mardian.
As well a woman with an eunuch play'd
As with a woman. Come, you'll play with me, sir?
As well as I can, madam.
And when good will is show'd, though't come
The actor may plead pardon. I'll none now:
me mine angle; we'll to the river: there,
My music playing far off, I will betray
Tawny-finn'd fishes; my bended
hook shall pierce
Their slimy jaws; and, as I draw them up,
I'll think them every one an Antony,
'Ah, ha! you're caught.'
'Twas merry when
You wager'd on your angling; when your diver
Did hang a salt-fish on his hook, which
With fervency drew up.
That time, O times!
I laugh'd him out of patience; and that night
I laugh'd him into patience; and next morn,
the ninth hour, I drunk him to his bed;
Then put my tires and mantles on him, whilst
I wore his sword
Enter a Messenger
O, from Italy
Ram thou thy fruitful tidings in mine ears,
That long time have been barren.
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