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I will possess you of that ship and treasure.
Leave me, I pray, a little : 'pray you, now :
Nay, do so; for, indeed, I have lost command.
Therefore I pray you :-I'll see you by and by.

Act IV.
Antony taking Leave of his Servants.
Tend me to night;
May be it is the period of your duty :
Haply, you shall not see me more; or if,
A mangled shadow : perchance to-morrow
You'll serve another master. I look on you
As one that takes his leave. Mine honest friends,
I turn you not away ; but, like a master
Married to your good service, stay till death :
Tend me to-night two hours, I ask no more,
And the gods yield * you for’t !

Antony's Despondency.
O sun, thy uprise shall I see no more :
Fortune and Antony part here ; even here
Do we shake hands.-All come to this ;—the hearts
That spaniell’d me at heels, to whom I gave
Their wishes, do discandy, melt their sweets
On blossoming Cæsar ; and this pine is bark’d,
That overtopp'd them all. Betray'd I am :
O this false soul of Egypt ! this grave charm,
Whose eye beck'd forth my wars, and call'd them home,
Whose bosom was my crownet, my chief end,
Like a right gipsy, hath, at fast and loose,
Beguil'd me to the very heart of loss.

* Requite.

Description of Cleopatra's supposed Death. Death of one person can be paid but once ; And that she has discharged: what thou wouldst do, Is done unto thy hand : the last she spake Was Antony! most noble Antony ! Then in the midst a tearing groan did break The name of Antony ; it was divided Between her heart and lips : she render'd life, Thy name so buried in her.

Cleopatra on the Death of Antony. It were for me To throw my sceptre at the injurious gods ; To tell them that this world did equal theirs, Till they had stolen our jewel. All's but nought; Patience is sottish ; and impatience does Become a dog that’s mad ; then is it sin, To rush into the secret house of death, Ere death dare come to us ?-How do you, women? What, what? good cheer! Why, how now, Charmian? My noble girls !—Ah, women, women! look, Our lamp is spent, it's out ;-good sirs, take heart :We'll bury him; and then, what's brave, what's noble, Let's do it after the high Roman fashion, And make death proud to take us. Come, away ; This case of that huge spirit now is cold.

Act V.

Firm Resolution.
How poor an instrument ,
May do a noble deed! He brings me liberty.
My resolution's placed, 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.
Cleopatra's Speech on applying the Serpent to her breast.

Give me my robe, put on my crown ; I have
Immortal longings in me: now no more
The juice of Egypt's grape shall moist this lip:
Yare, yarent 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 ;-Iris, long farewell.

Cæsar's Comments on the Death of Cleopatra.
Her physician tells me,
She hath pursu'd conclusions | infinite
Of easy ways to die. Take up her bed ;
And bear her women from the monument :-
She shall be buried by her Antony:
No grave upon the earth shall clip $ in it
A pair so famous. High events as these
Strike those that make them; and their story is
No less in pity, than his glory which
Brought them to be lamented. Our army shall
In solemn show, attend this funeral ;
And then to Rome. Come, Dolabella, see
High order in this great solemnity.
* Changeable.

+ Be quick.
| Tried experiments.

Enclose.

MERCHANT OF VENICE.

Shylock, a rich Jew of Venice, has advanced on loan three thousand dučats to Antonio, the Merchant of Venice, an agreement being signed by which, if the borrowed money be not repaid by a certain period, Shylock is to claim a pound of flesh to be cut from the merchant's body. Antonio, owing to sudden and unforeseen losses, forfeits the bond, and is cited before the Duke and magnificoes of Venice to pay the incurred penalty. The Duke tries to persuade Shylock to accept the money, which is now ready to be paid, but, influenced by a feeling of rancorous hatred, he insists on having the pound of flesh. In the meantime, Portia, a rich heiress, just married to Bassanio, an intimate friend of Antonio's, disguises herself as a doctor of laws, and attends the court where the Duke is sitting in judgment. The cause is left to Portia to arbitrate on; she admits the justice of Shylock's claim, but urges him to accept payment of the loan in money ; this he refuses to do, and she then proceeds to pronounce sentence, explaining to the Jew that the bond gives him “no jot of blood,” the words being "expressly a pound of flesh.” Thus baffled, he agrees to take the money, but Portia further shows him that by the laws of Venice, he, being an alien, having sought the destruction of a citizen, has placed his life at the mercy of the Duke. The Duke pardons the Jew on condition that he turns Christian and " records a gift of all he dies possessed” to Lorenzo, a Christian gentleman, to whom his daughter Jessica is wedded. The loves of Bassanio and Portia, and Gratiano and Nerissa, form an agreeable episode, and the clown, Launcelot Gobbo, Shylock's servant, excites much amusement in the various scenes in which he appears.

Act I.
The true Value of the World.
I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano;
A stage where every man must play a part.

Cheerfulness.
Let me play the fool :
With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come ;
And let my liver rather heat with wine,
Than my heart cool with mortifying groans.
Why should a man, whose blood is warm within,
Sit like his grandsire cut in alabaster ?
Sleep when he wakes ? and creep into the jaundice
By being peevish?

Affected gravity.
I tell thee what, Antonio,
I love thee, and it is my love that speaks ;
There are a sort of men, whose visages
Do cream and mantle like a standing pond ;
And do a wilful stillness entertain,
With purpose to be dress'd in an opinion
Of wisdom, gravity, profound conceit;
As who should say, “I am Sir Oracle,
And, when I ope my lips, let no dog bark !”
O, my Antonio, I do know of these,
That therefore only are reputed wise,
For saying nothing.

Loquacity. Gratiano speaks an infinite deal of nothing, more than any man in all Venice: his reasons are as two grains of wheat hid in two bushels of chaff; you shall seek all day ere you find them; and when you have them, they are not worth the search.

Mediocrity.
For aught I see, they are as sick that surfeit with

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