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?