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    Cleopatra - Helen Mirren


    by poetictouch

    Helen Mirren reads Cleopatra - BBC - 25 April 2014

    Antony and Cleopatra
    Act 5 Scene 2
    by William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

    I dreamed there was an Emperor Antony:
    O, such another sleep, that I might see
    But such another man!
    His face was as the heavens, and therein stuck
    A sun and moon, which kept their course, and lighted
    The little O, the earth.
    His legs bestrid the ocean, his rear'd arm
    Crested the world; his voice was propertied
    As all the tuned spheres, and that to friends;
    But when he meant to quail and shake the orb,
    He was as rattling thunder. For his bounty,
    There was no winter in't; an autumn 'twas
    That grew the more by reaping: his delights
    Were dolphin-like; they show'd his back above
    The element they lived in: in his livery
    Walk'd crowns and crownets; realms and islands were
    As plates dropp'd from his pocket.
    Think you there was, or might be, such a man
    As this I dreamed of?