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Or I shall show the cinders of my spirits
Through the ashes of my chance:-Wert thou a man,
Thou would'st have mercy on me.
Cæs.

Forbear, Seleucus.

(Erit Seleucus. Cleo. Be it known, that we, the greatest, are mis.

thought
For things that others do; and, when we fall,
We answer others' meritst in our namne,
Are therefore to be pitied.
Cæs.

Cleopatra,
Not what you have reserv'd, nor what acknowledg'd,
Put we i' the roll of conquest: still be it youts,
Bestow it at your pleasure ; and believe,
Cæsar's no merchant, to make prize with you
Of things that merchants sold. Therefore be cheer'd;
Make not your thoughts your prisons : no, dear

queen ;
For we intend so to dispose you, as
Yourself shall give us counsel. Feed, and sleep:
Our care and pity is so much upon you,
That we remain your friend; And so adieu.

Cleo. My master, and my lord !
Cæs.

Not so: Adieu.

[Ereunt Cæsar, and his train. Cleó. He words me, girls, he words me, that I

should not Be noble to myself: but hark thee, Charmian.

[Whispers Charmian.
Iras. Finish, good lady: the bright day is done,
And we are for the dark.
Cleo.

Hie thee again:
I have spoke already, and it is provided;
Go, put it to the haste.
Char.

Madam, I will.

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Re-enter Dolabella.
Dol. Where is the queen ?
Char.

Behold, sir. [Erit Char. Cleo.

Dolabella?
Dol. Madam, as thereto sworn by your command,
Which my love makes religion to obey,
I tell you this: Cæsar through Syria
Intends his journey; and, within three days,
You with your children will he send before:
Make your best use of this: I have perform'd
Your pleasure, and my promise.
Cleo.

Dolabella,
I shall remain your debtor.
Dol.

I your servant.
Adieu, good queen; I must attend on Cæsar.
Cleo. Farewell, and thanks. (Erit Dol.] Now,

Iras, what think'st thou ?
Thou, an Egyptian puppet, shalt be shown
In Rome, as well as I: mechanick slaves
With greasy aprons, rules, and hammers, shall
Uplift us to the view; in their thick breaths,
Rank of gross diet, shall we be enclouded,
And forc'd to drink their vapour.
Iras.

The gods forbid !
Cleo. Nay, 'tis most certain, Iras: Saucy lictors
Will catch at us, like strumpets; and scald rhymers
Ballad us out o'tune: the quickt comedians
Extemporally will stage us, and present
Our Alexandrian revels; Antony
Shall be brought drunken forth, and I shall see
Some squeaking Cleopatra boy I my greatness
l' the posture of a whore.
Iras.

O the good gods ! Cleo. Nay, that is certain.

• Beadles.

1 Lively.
| Female characters were played by boys.

Iras. I'll never see it; for, I am sure, my nails Are stronger than mine eyes. Cleo.

Why, that's the way To fool their preparation, and to conquer Their most absurd intents.-Now, Charmian ?

Enter Charmian.

Show me, my women, like a queen ;-Go fetch
My best attires;~I am again for Cydnus,
To meet Mark Antony :--Sirrah, Iras, go.
Now, noble Charmian, we'll despatch indeed :
And, when thou hast done this chare*, I'll give thee

leave. To play till dooms-day.-Bring our crown and all. Wherefore's this noise ?

[Exit Iras. A noise within.

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Guard.

. Here is a rural fellow, That will not be denied your highness' presence; He brings you figs. Cleo. Let him come in. How poor an instrument

(Erit Guard. May do a noble deed! he brings me liberty. My resolution's plac'd, and I have nothing Of woman in me: Now from head to foot I am marble-constant: now the fleeting + moon No planet is of mine.

Re-enter Guard, with a Clown bringing a basket. Guard.

This is the man. Cleo. Avoid, and leave him. (Er it Guard. Hast thou the pretty worm 1 of Nilus there, That kills and pains not?

+ Inconstant.

* Job of work.
* Serpent.

Clown. Truly I have him: but I would not be the party that should desire you to touch him, for his biting is immortal; those, that do die of it, do seldom or never recover.

Cleo. Remember'st thou any that have died on't?

Clown. Very many, men and women too. I heard of one of them no longer than yesterday: a very honest woman, but somethiog given to lie; as a woman should not do, but in the way of honesty: how she died of the biting of it, what pain she felt, -Truly, she makes a very good report o'the worm: But he that will believe all that they say, shall ne. ver be saved by half that they do: But this is most fallible, the worm's an odd worm.

Cleo. Get thee hence; farewell.
Clown. I wish you all joy of the worm.
Cleo. Farewell. [Clowo sets down the basket.

Clown. You must think this, look you, that the worm will do his kind.

Cleo. Ay, ay; farewell.

Clown. Look you, the worm is not to be trusted, but in the keeping of wise people; for, indeed, there is no goodness in the worm.

Cleo. Take thou no care; it shall be heeded.

Cloun. Very good : give it nothing, I pray you, for it is not worth the feeding.

Cleo. Will it eat me?

Clown. You must not think I am so simple, but I know the devil himself will not eat a woman: I know, that a woman is a dish for the gods, if the devil dress her not. But, truly, these same whore. son devils do the gods great harm in their women; for in every ten that they make, the devils mar five.

Cleo. Well, get thee gone; farewell. Clown. Yes, forsooth; I wish you joy of the worm.

(Eiit.

* Act according to his nature.

Re-enter Iras, with a robe, crown, &c.

Cleo. Give me my robe, put on my crown; I bave Immortal longings in me: Now no more The juice of Egypt's grape shall moist this lip :Yare, yare*, good Iras; quick-Methinks, I hear Antony call; I see him rouse himself To praise my noble act; I hear him mock The luck of Cæsar, which the gods give men To excuse their after wrath: Husband, I come; Now to that name my courage prove my title ! I am fire, and air; my other elements I give to baser life.-50,-have you done? Come then, and take the last warmth of my lips. Farewell, kind Charmian;-Iras, long farewell.

(Kisses them, Iras falls and dies. Have I the aspick in my lips ? Dost fall? If thou and nature can so gently part, The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch, Which hurts, and is desir'd. Dost thou lie still? If thus thou vanishest, thou tell'st the world It is not worth leave-taking. Char. Dissolve, thick cloud, and rain; that I

may say, The gods themselves do weep! Cleo.

This proves me base : If she first meet the curled Antony, He'll make demand of her; and spend that kiss, Which is my heaven to have. Come, mortal wretch,

[To the asp, which she applies to her breast. With thy sharp teeth this knot intrinsicate Of life at once untie : poor venomous fool, Be angry, and despatch, 0, could'st thou speak ! That I might hear thee call great Cæsar, ass Unpoliciedt! Char.

O eastern star!

• Make haste.
+ Unpolitick, to leave me to myself,

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