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And, with your speediest, bring us what she says,
And how you find of her.
Pro. Cæsar, I shall.

[Exit Proc. Cæs. Gallus, go you along.–Where's Dolabella, To second Proculeius?

[Exit GALLUS. Agr. Mec. Dolabella ! Cæs. Let him alone, for I remember now . How he's employed ; he shall in time be ready. Go with me to my tent ; where you shall see How hardly I was drawn into this war ; How calm and gentle I proceeded still In all my writings : Go with me, and see What I can show in this.

[Exeunt.

SCENE II. Alexandria A Room in the Monument. Enter CLEOPATRA,

CHARMIAN, and IRAS. Cleo. My desolation does begin to make A better life : 'Tis paltry to be Cæsar; Not being fortune, he's but fortune's knave, A minister of her will; And it is great To do that thing that ends all other deeds ; Which shackles accidents, and bolts up change ; Which sleeps, and never palates more the dung, The beggar's nurse and Cæsar's.4 Enter, to the Gates of the Monument, PROCULEIUS, Gallus,

and Soldiers.
Pro: Cæsar sends greeting to the queen of Egypt.;
And bids thee study on what fair demands
Thou mean'st to have grant ee.

Cleo. [Within.] What's thy name?
Pro. Ñy name is. Proculeius.

Cleo. ["Vithin.] Antony
Did tell me of you, bade me trust you ; but
I do not greatly care to be deceiv'd,
Tbat have no use for trusting. If your master
Would have a queen his beggar, you must tell him,
That majesty, to keep decorum, must
No less beg than a kingdom : if he please

[4] The difficulty of the passage, if any difficulty there be arises from this, that the act of suicide and the state-which is the effect of suicide,are confoundel. Voluntary death, says she, is an act which bolts.up change ; it produces a state, Which sleeps, and never palates more the dung,

The beggar's nurse, and Cesari's. Which has no longer need of the gross and-terrene sustenance, in the use of whicle Cæsar and the beggar are on a level. The speech is abrupt, but perturbation in such a state is surely natural. JOHNSON.

To give me conquer'd Egypt for my son,
He gives me so much of mine own, as I
Will kneel to him with thanks.

Pro. Be of good cheer ;
You are fällen into a princely hand, fear nothing :
Make your full reference freely to my lord,
Who is so full of grace, that it flows over
On all that need. Let me report to him
Your sweet dependency; and you shall find
A conqueror, that will pray in aid for kindness,
Where he for grace. is kneeld to:

Cleo. [Within.] Pray you, tell him
I am his fortune's vassal, and I send him
The greatness he has got." I hourly learn
A doctrine of obedience ; and would gladly
Look him i'the face.

Pro. This I'll report, dear lady.
Have comfort ; for, I know, your plight is pitiedi
Of him that caus'd it.

Gal. You see how easily she may be surpris'd ; [Here PROCULEIUS, and two of the Guard, ascend the Monu

ment by a ladder placed against a window, and having descended, come behind CLEOPATRA. Some of the Guard unbar

and open the gates, Guard her till Cæsar come.

[To PROCULEIUS and the Guard. Exit GALLUS. Iras. Royal queen! Char. O Cleopatra ! thou art taken, queen !Cleo. Quick, quick, good hands. [Drawing a dagger.

Pro. Hold, worthy lady, hold: (Seizes and disarms her. Do not yourself such wrong, who are in this Reliev'd, but not betray’d.

Cleo. What, of death too,
That rids our dogs of languish ?6.

Pro. Cleopatra,
Do not abuse my master's bounty, by
The undoing of yourself: let the world see
His nobleness well acted, which your death
Will never let come forth.

Cleo. Where art thou, death?
Come hither, come ! come, come, and take a queen
Worth many babes and beggars.

Pro. O, temperance, lady!
Cleo. Sir, I will eat no meat ; I'll not drink, sir :

(5) I allow him to be my conqueror ; Town his superiority with complete submission. JOH. [6] For languish, I think we may read anguish. JOH.

If idle talk will once be necessary,
I'll not sleep neither : This mortal house I'll ruin,
Do Cæsar what he can. Know, sir, that I
Will not wait pinion'd at your master's court;
Nor once be chastis'd with the sober eye
Of dull Octavia. Shall they hoist me up,
And show me to the shouting varletry
Of censuring Rome! Rather a ditch in Egypt
Be gentle grave to me! rather on Nilus' mud
Lay me stark naked, and let the water-flies
Blow me into abhorring ! rather make
My country's high pyramides my gibbet,
And hang me up in chains !

Pro. You do extend
These thoughts of horror further than you shall
Find cause in Cæsar.

Enter DOLABELLA.
Dol. Proculeius,
What thou hast done thy master Cæsar knows,
And he hath sent for thee : as for the queen,
I'll take her to my guard.

Pro. So, Dolabella,
It shall content me best : be gentle to her.-
To Cæsar I will speak what you shall please, [To Cleo.
If you'll employ me to him.

Cleo, Say, I would die. [Exe. PROCUL.and Soldiers.
Dol. Most noble empress, you have heard of me?
Cleo. I caunot tell.
Dol. Assuredly, you know me.

Cleo. No matter, sir, what I have heard, or known. You laugh, when boys, or women, tell their dreams ; Is't not your trick ?

Dol. I understand not, madam.

Cleo. I dream'd, there was an emperor Antony ;-
O, such another sleep, that I might see
But such another man !

Dol. If it might please you,

Cleo. His face was as the heavens; apd therein stuck A sun, and moon ; which kept their course, and lighted The little O, the earth. 8

Dol. Most sovereign creature,

Cleo. 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,

[8] The little orb or circle. THEO.

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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 liv'd in : In his livery
Walk'd crowns, and crownets ; realms and islands were
As plates dropp'd from his pocket.9

Dol. Cleopatra,

Cleo. Think you, there was, cr might be, such a man As this I dream'd of ?

Dol. Gentle madam, no.

Cleo. You lie, up to the hearing of the gods.
But, if there be, or ever were one such,
It's past the size of dreaming : Nature wants stuff
To vie strange forms with fancy ; yet, to imagine
An Antony, were nature's piece 'gainst fancy,
Condemning shadows quite.

Dol. Hear me, good madam :
Your loss is as yourse

great ; and you bear it
As answering to the weight : 'Would I might never
O’ertake pursu'd success, but I do feel,
By the rebound of yours, a grief that shoots
My very heart at root.

Cleo. I thank you, sir.
Know you, what Cæsar means to do with me?.

Dol. I am loath to tell you what I would you knew,
Cleo. Nay, pray you, sir,-
Dol. Though he be honourable,-
Cleo. He'll lead me then in triumph?

Dol. Madam he will;
I know it.

Within. Make way there,-Cæsar.. Enter CÆSAR, GALLUS, PROCULEIUS, MECENAS, SELEUCUS:

and Attendants.. Cæs. Which is the queen Of Egypt?

Dol. 'Tis the emperor, madam. (CLEO. kneels.

Cæs. Arise,
You shall not kneel :-
I
pray you, rise ; rise, Egypt...

Cleo. Sir, the gods
Will have it thus.; my master and my lord
I must obey.

Cæs. Take to you no hard thoughts :
[9] Plates mean, I believe, silver money. STEEV

33* VOL. VI.

The record of what injuries you did us,
'Though written in our flesh, we shall remember
As things but done by chance.

Cleo. Sole sir o'the world,
I cannot project mine own cause so well
To make it clear ; but do confess, I have
Been laden with like frailties, which before
Have often sham'd our sex.

Cæs. Cleopatra, know,
We will extenuate rather than enforce :
If you apply yourself to our intents,
(Which towards you are most gentle) you shall find
À benefit in this change: but if you seek
To lay on me a cruelty, by taking
Antony's course, you shall bereave yourself
Of my good purposes, and put your children
To that destruction which I'll guard them from,
If thereon you rely. I'll take my leave.
Cleo. And may, through all the world : 'tis yours ;

and we Your 'scutcheons, and your signs of conquest, shall Hang in what place you please. Here, my good lord.

Cæs. You shall advise me in all for Cleopatra.

Cleo. This is the brief of money, plate, and jewels, I am possess’d of : 'tis exactly valued ; Not petty things admitted.- Where's Seleucus ?

Sel. Here, madam.

Cleo. This is my treasurer ; let him speak, my lord,
Upon his peril, that I have reserv'd
To myself nothing. Speak the truth, Seleucus.

Sel. Madam,
I had rather seel my lips, than, to my peril,
Speak that which is not.

Cleo. What have I kept back!
Sel. Enough to purchase what you have made known.

Cæs. Nay, blush not, Cleopatra ; I approve
Your wisdom in the deed.

Cleo. See, Cæsar ! 0, behold, How pomp is follow'd ! mine will now be yours; And, should we shift estates, yours would be mine. The ingratitude of this Seleucus does Even make me wild :-O slave, of no more trust Than love that's hir'd !-What, goest thou back? thou

shalt Go back, I warrant thee; but I'll catch thine eyes, Though they had wings • Slave, soul-leșs villain, dog !

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