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Gal. You see how easily she may be surprised. | Pro. So, Dolabella, [PROCULEIUS and two of the Guard enter the It shall content me best : be gentle to her. —
Monument by a ladder placed against a win- To Cæsar I will speak what you shall please, dow, and come behind CLEOPATRA. Others If you 'll employ me to him. [To CLEOPATRA. unbar and open the gates.
Cleo. Say, I would die. Guard her till Cæsar come. [Exit GALLUS.
[Exeunt PROCULEIUS and Soldiers. Iras. Royal queen!
Dol. Most noble empress, you have heard of Char. O Cleopatra, thou art taken, queen!
me ? Cleo. Quick, quick, good hands !
Cleo. I cannot tell.
[Draws a dagger. Dol. Assuredly you know me. Pro. Hold, worthy lady, hold! [Disarms her. | Cleo. No matter, sir, what I have heard or Do not yourself such wrong, who are in this
known. Relieved, but not betrayed.
You laugh when boys or women tell their dreams : Cleo. What, of death too,
Is 't not your trick ? That rids our dogs of languish ?
Dol. I understand not, madam. Pro. Cleopatra,
Cleo. I dreamed there was an emperor AnDo not abuse my master's bounty by
Dol. If it might please you, -
Cleo. His face was as the heavens; and therein Come hither, come ! come, come, and take a queen
stuck Worth many babes and beggars !
A sun and moon, which kept their course, and Pro. O, temperance, lady!
lighted Cleo. Sir, I will eat no meat; I'll not drink, The little O, the earth. sir :
Dol. Most sovereign creature, — If idle talk will once be necessary,
Cleo. His legs bestrid the ocean : his reared arm I'll not sleep neither: this mortal house I'll ruin, Crested the world : his voice was propertied Do Cæsar what he can. Know, sir, that I As all the tuned spheres, and that to friends; Will not wait pinioned at your master's court, But when he meant to quail and shake the orb, Nor once be chástised with the sober eye He was a rattling thunder. For his bounty, Of dull Octavia. Shall they hoist me up, There was no winter in 't; an autumn 't was, And shew me to the shouting varletry
That grew the more by reaping : his delights Of censuring Rome? Rather a ditch in Egypt | Were dolphin-like; they shewed his back above Be gentle grave to me: rather on Nilus' mud The element they lived in : in his livery Lay me stark naked, and let the water-flies Walked crowns and crownets; realms and islands Blow me into abhorring: rather make
were My country's high pyramidés my gibbet, As plates dropped from his pocket. And hang me up in chains !
Dol. Cleopatra, Pro. You do extend
Cleo. Think you there was or might be such a These thoughts of horror further than you shall
man Find cause in Cæsar.
As this I dreamed of?
Dol. Gentle madam, no.
Cleo. You lie, up to the hearing of the gods ! Dol. Proculeius,
But if there be or ever were one such, What thou hast done thy master Cæsar knows, It's past the size of dreaming. Nature wants And he hath sent for thee: as for the queen,
stuff I'll take her to my guard.
| To vie strange forms with fancy: yet to imagine
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.
An Antony were nature's piece 'gainst fancy, Cleo. And may through all the world: 't is Condeming shadows quite.
yours; and we, Dol. Hear me, good madam :
Your 'scutcheons and your signs of conquest, shall Your loss is as yourself, great; and you bear it Hang in what place you please. Here, my good As answering to the weight. 'Would I might never
lord :O’ertake pursued success but I do feel,
Cæs. You shall advise me in all for Cleopatra. By the rebound of yours, a grief that shoots Cleo. This is the brief of money, plate, and My very heart at root.
jewels, Cleo. I thank you, sir.
I am possessed of: 't is exactly valued ; Know you what Cæsar means to do with me? Not petty things admitted. — Where's Seleucus ? Dol. I am loth to tell you what I would you Sel. Here, madam. knew.
Cleo. This is my treasurer: let him speak, my C leo. Nay, pray you, sir, — Dol. Though he be honorable. —
Upon his peril, that I have reserved Cleo. IIe 'll lead me, then, in triumph ? To myself nothing. — Speak the truth, Seleucus. Dol. Madam, he will: I know it.
Sel. Madam, Within. Make way there :— Cæsar!
I had rather seel my lips than, to my peril,
Speak that which is not.
Sel. Enough to purchase what you have made
known. Cæs. Which is the Queen of Egypt?
Cæs. Nay, blush not, Cleopatra : I approve Dol. It is the emperor, madam.
Your wisdom in the deed.
[CLEOPATRA kneels. Cleo. See, Cæsar! 0, behold Cæs. Arise; you shall not kneel. —
How pomp is followed !- mine will now be yours : I pray you, rise : rise, Egypt.
And, should we shift estates, yours would be mine. Cleo. Sir, the gods
The ingratitude of this Seleucus does Will have it thus : my master and my lord Even make me wild : — slave, of no more trust I must obey.
Than love that 's hired ! — What, go'st thou back ? Cæs. Take to you no hard thoughts :
thou shalt The record of what injuries you did us,
Go back, I warrant thee: but I'll catch thine eyes, Though written in our flesh, we shall remember Though they had wings ! Slave, soulless villain, As things but done by chance.
dog! Cleo. Sole sir o' the world,
O rarely base! I cannot project mine own cause so well
Cæs. Good queen, let us entreat you. To make it clear: but do confess I have
Cleo. O Cæsar, what a wounding shame is this? Been laden with like frailties which before That thou, vouchsafing here to visit me, Have often shamed our sex.
Doing the honor of thy lordliness Cæs. Cleopatra, know
To one so meek, that mine own servant should We will extenuate rather than enforce.
Parcel the sum of my disgraces by
Addition of his envy! Say, good Cæsar,
As we greet modern friends withal; and say,
Beneath the fall I have. — Pr'y thee, go hence; Intends his journey, and within three days
[To SELEUCUS. You with your children will be send before. Or I shall shew the cinders of my spirits Make your best use of this: I have performed Through the ashes of my chance :- wert thou a Your pleasure and my promise. man,
Cleo. Dolabella, Thou wouldst have mercy on me.
I shall remain your debtor. Cæs. Forbear, Seleucus. [Exit SELEUCUS. Dol. I your servant. Cleo. Be it known that we, the greatest, are Adieu, good queen : I must attend on Cæsar. mis-thought
Cleo. Farewell, and thanks. [E.cit DOLABELLA. For things that others do; and when we fall,
Now, Iras, what think'st thou ? We answer others' merits in our name:
Thou, an Egyptian puppet, shalt be shewn Are therefore to be pitied.
In Rome, as well as I: mechanic slaves, Cæs. Cleopatra,
With greasy aprons, rules, and hammers, shall Not what you have reserved, nor what acknowl-Uplift us to the view: in their thick breaths, edged,
Rank of gross diet, shall we be enclouded,
Iras. The gods forbid !
Ballad us out o'tune: the quick comedians Make not your thoughts your prisons; no, dear Extemporally will stage us, and present queen;
Our Alexandrian revels : Antony For we intend so to dispose you as
Shall be brought drunken forth, and I shall see Yourself shall give us counsel. Feed and sleep: Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness Our care and pity is so much upon you,
I'the posture of a whore. That we remain your friend : and so adieu.
Iras. O the good gods ! Cleo. My master and my lord !
Cleo. Nay, that is certain. Cæs. Not so: adieu.
Iras. I'll never see it; for I am sure my nails [Exeunt CÆSAR and Train. Are stronger than mine eyes. Cleo. He words me, girls; he words me, that Cleo. Why, that's the way I should not
To fool their preparation, and to conquer Be noble to myself: but hark thee, Charmian. Their most absurd intents. — Now Charmian ?
[Whispers CHARMIAN. Iras. Finish, good lady: the bright day is done,
Enter CHARMIAN. And we are for the dark.
Shew me, my women, like a queen : go fetch Cleo. Hie thee again :
My best attires: I am again for Cydnus,
Now, noble Charmian, we ’ll despatch indeed : Char. Madam, I will.
And, when thou hast done this chare, I'll give
thee leave Re-enter DOLABELLA.
To play till doomsday. - Bring our crown and all. Dol. Where is the queen ?
[Exit IRAs. — A noise within. Char. Behold, sir. [Exit CHARMIAN. Wherefore 's this noise ? Cleo. Dolabella ?
Enter one of the Guard. Dol. Madam, as thereto sworn by your command,
Guard. Here is a rural fellow Which my love makes religion to obey
That will not be denied your highness' presence : I tell you this : Cæsar through Syria
| He brings you figs.
Cleo. Let him come in. [Exit Guard]. — How Cleo. Well, get thee gone : farewell. poor an instrument
Clown. Yes, forsooth. I wish you joy of the May do a noble deed! he brings me liberty. worm.
[Exit. My resolution's placed, and I have nothing Of woman in me. Now from head to foot
Re-enter IRAs, with a robe, crown, &c. I am marble-constant : now the fleeting moon No planet is of mine.
Cleo. Give me my robe; put on my crown. I
have Re-enter Guard, uith a Clown bringing a basket.
Immortal longings in me: now no more Guard. This is the man.
The juice of Egypt's grape shall moist this lip. — Cleo. Avoid, and leave him. — [Exit Guard. Yare, yare, good Iras ; quick. — Methinks I hear Hast thou the pretty worm of Nilus there, Antony call: I see him rouse himself That kills and pains not?
To praise my noble act: I hear him mock Clown. Truly I have him : but I would not be The luck of Cæsar, which the gods give men the party that should desire you to touch him, for To excuse their after-wrath. — Husband, I come: his biting is immortal : those that do die of it, do Now to that name my courage prove my title ! seldom or never recover.
I am fire and air; my other elements Cleo. Remember’st thou any that have died I give to baser life. — So; have you done? on't?
Come, then, and take the last warmth of my lips. Clown. Very many, men and women too. I Farewell, kind Charmian :- Iras, long farewell. heard of one of them no longer than yesterday :
[Kisses them. IRAs falls and dies. a very honest woman, but something given to lie, Have I the aspick in my lips? Dost fall ? as a woman should not do but in the way of hon. If thou and nature can so gently part, esty: how she died of the biting of it, what pain The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch, she felt; — truly she makes a very good report o' Which hurts and is desired. Dost thou lie still? the worm: but he that will believe all that they If thus thou vanishest, thou tell'st the world say, shall never be saved by half that they do. It is not worth leave-taking. But this is most fallible, — the worm 's an odd | Char. Dissolve, thick cloud, and rain : that I worm.
may say, Cleo. Get thee hence : farewell.
The gods themselves do weep! Clown. I wish you all joy o'the worm.
Cleo. This proves me base : Cleo. Farewell. [Clown sets down the basket. If she first meet the curléd Antony,
Clown. You must think this, look you, that the He'll make demand of her; and spend that kiss worm will do his kind.
Which is my heaven to have. — Come, thou morCleo. Ay, ay: farewell.
tal wretch, Clown. Look you, the worm is not to be trusted [To the asp, which she applies to her breast. but in the keeping of wise people : for indeed / With thy sharp teeth this knot intrinsicate there is no goodness in the worm.
Of life at once untie : poor venomous fool, Cleo. Take thou no care: it shall be heeded. Be angry, and despatch. O couldst thou speak!
Clown. Very good : give it nothing, I pray you; That I might hear thee call great Cæsar “ ass for it is not worth the feeding.
Unpolicied!” Cleo. Will it eat me?
Char. O eastern star! Clown. You must not think I am so simple but Cleo. Peace, peace ! I know the devil himself will not eat a woman. Dost thou not see my baby at my breast, I know that a woman is a dish for the gods, if the That sucks the nurse asleep? devil dress her not: but truly these same whore- Char. O break! O break ! son devils do the gods great harm in their women; Cleo. As sweet as balm, as soft as air, as genfor in every ten that they make, the devils mar five. ! tle,
O Antony !— Nay, I will take thee too : Took her own way. — The manner of their deaths ?
[Applying another asp to her arm. I do not see them bleed. What should I stay – [Falls on a bed, and dies. | Dol. Who was last with them?
Char. In this wild world ? — So, fare thee well. 1st Guard. A simple countryman, that brought Now boast thee, death! in thy possession lies A lass unparalleled. — Downy windows, close; This was his basket. And golden Phæbus never be beheld
Cæs. Poisoned, then. Of eyes again so royal ! - Your crown 's awry: 1st Guard.
O Cæsar, I'll mend it, and then play.
This Charmian lived but now; she stood and
spake. Enter the Guard, rushing in.
I found her trimming up the diadem 1st Guard. Where is the queen ?
On her dead mistress : tremblingly she stood, Char. Speak softly; wake her not.
And on the sudden dropped. 1st Guard. Cæsar hath sent
Cæs. O noble weakness ! Char. Too slow a messenger. [Applies the asp. If they had swallowed poison, 't would appear O come! apace, despatch! I partly feel thee. By external swelling : but she looks like sleep, 1st Guard Approach, ho! all's not well. As she would catch another Antony Cæsar's beguiled.
In her strong toil of grace. 2nd Guard. There's Dolabella sent from Cæ Dol. Here on her breast sar:- call him.
There is a vent of blood, and something blown : 1st Guard. What work is here ? - Charmian, The like is on her arm. is this well done ?
1st Guard. This is an aspick's trail : and these Char. It is well done, and fitting for a princess
fig-leaves Descended of so many royal kings.
Have slime upon them, such as the aspick leaves Ah, soldier !
[Dies. Upon the caves of Nile.
Cæs. Most probable
That so she died; for her physician tells me Dol. How goes it here?
She hath pursued conclusions infinite 2nd Guard. All dead.
Of easy ways to die. — Take up her bed,
And bear her women from the monument.
A pair so famous. — High events as these
No less in pity than his glory which
Brought them to be lamented. Our army shall,
And then to Rome. — Come, Dolabella, see Cæs. Bravest at the last !
High order in this great solemnity. [Exeunt. She leveled at our purposes, and, being royal,