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To excuse their after wrath: Husband, I come:
[Kisses them. IRAs falls and dies.
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
[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. O, could'st thou speak ! That I might hear thee call great Cæsar, ass Unpolicied!
? Have I the aspick in my lips?] Are my lips poison'd by the aspick, that my kiss has destroyed thee?
3- Dost fall?] Iras must be supposed to have applied an asp to her arm while her mistress was settling her dress, or I know not why she should fall so soon. STEEVENS.
* He'll make demand of her;] He will enquire of her concerning me, and kiss her for giving him intelligence.
ass Unpolicies !] i. e. an ass without more policy than to leave the means of death within my reach, and thereby deprive his triumph of its noblest decoration.
E H. Geamet so. Act V.Sc.II./a room in the Monument enter guards, rushing in,
1.Guard. - Where is the Queen ?
Char. O eastern star !
O, break! O, break! Cleo. As sweet as balm, as soft as air, as gen
tle,O Antony!--Nay, I will take thee too :
[ Applying another Asp to her Arm. What should I stay- [Falls on a Bed, and dies.
Char. In this wild world?-So, fare thee well.Now boast thee, death! in thy possession lies A lass unparallel'd.-Downy windows, close; 6 And golden Phæbus never be beheld Of eyes again so royal! Your crown's awry; I'll mend it, and then play.?
Enter the Guard, rushing in.
i Guard. Where is the queen ?
Speak softly, wake her not.
Too slow a messenger.
[Applies the Asp. O, come; apace, despatch: I partly feel thee. i Guard. Approach, ho! All's not well: Cæsar's
beguild. 2 Guard. There's Dolabella sent from Cæsar ;
" Downy windows, close ;] Charmian, in saying this must be conceived to close Cleopatra's eyes; one of the first ceremonies performed toward a dead body.
i and then play.) i. e. play her part in this tragick scene by destroying herself: or she may mean, that having performed her last office for her mistress, she will accept the permission given her before, to“ play till doomsday."
i Guard. What work is here?-Charmian, is this
Enler Dolabella. Dol. How goes it here? 2 Guard.
All dead. Dol.
Cæsar, thy thoughts Touch their effects in this: Thyself art coming To see perform’d the dreaded act, which thou So sought'st to hinder. Within.
A way there, way for Cæsar !
Enter CÆSAR, and Attendants.
Bravest at the last:
Who was last with them? 1 Guard. A simple countryman, that brought her
figs; This was his basket. Cres.
Poison'd then. 1 Guard.
o Cæsar, This Charmian lived but now; she stood, and spake: I found her trimming up the diadem On her dead mistress; tremblingly she stood, And on the sudden dropp'd. Cæs.
O noble weakness! If they had swallow'd poison, 'twould appear