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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 never 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.
[Setting down his 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.
Clown. Very good: give it nothing, I pray you, for it is not worth the feeding.
Cleo. Well, get thee gone; farewell.
Clown. Yes, forsooth: I wish you joy of the worm.
Enter Iras, with Robe, etc.
Cleo. 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, 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 Caesar, which the gods give men, To excuse their after wrath: Husband, I come:
[Goes to a Bed, or sofa, which she ascends; her Women compose her on it: Iras sets the Basket, which she has been holding upon her own Arm, by her. Now to that name my courage prove my title!
I am fire, and air; my other elements
[Kissing them. Iras Jails.
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; applying it to her Breast. With thy sharp teeth this knot intrinsicate Of life at once untie: poor venomous fool,
[Stirring it. Be angry, and despatch. O, couldst thou speak! That I might hear thee call great Caesar, ass, Unpolicy'd!
Char. O eastern star!
Cleo. Peace, peace:
Char. O, break 1 O, break!
Cleo. As sweet as balm, as soft as air, as gentle— O Antony!—Nay, I will take thee too:—
[Applying another Asp to her Arm. What should I stay— [Dies.
Enter some of the Guard.
1 Guard Where is the queen? Char. Speak softly, wake her not. 1 Guard. Caesar hath sent— Char. Too slow a messenger. [Applying the Asp, O, come apace, despatch; I partly feel thee.
1 Guard. Approach, ho! All's not well: Caesar's
2 Guard. There's Dolabella, sent from Caesar: call
1 Guard. What work is here!—Charmian, is this well done?
Char. It is well done, and fitting for a princess Descended of so many royal kings. Ah, soldier ! [Dies.
Dol. How goes it here?
2 Guard. All dead.
Touch their effects in this: Thyself art coming
Enter Caesar, and Train.
Dol. O, sir, you are too sure an augurer;
Oct. Krav'st at the last:
Dol. Who was last with them?
1 Guard. A simple countryman, that brought her figs; This was his basket.
Oct. Poisoned, then.
Dol. Here, on her breast,
1 Guard. This is an aspick's trail;
[Pointing to the Floor.
And these fig-leaves have slime upon them, such
Oct. Most probable,
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