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(Here Proculeius, and two of the guard, ascend Dol.

Most sovereign creature,the monument by a ladder placed against Cleo. His legs bestrid the ocean: his rear'd arm a window, and having descended, come be- Crested the world : his voice was propertied hind Cleopatra. Some of the guard unbar || As all the tuned spheres, and that to friends; and open the gates.

But when he meant to quail3 and shake the orb, Guard her till Cæsar come.

He was as rattling thunder. For his bounty, (To Proculeius and the guard. (Exit Gal. There was no winter in't; an autumn 'twas, Iras. Royal queen!

That grew the more by reaping: His delights Char. O'Cleopatra! thou art taken, queen! Were dolphin-like; they show'd his back above Cleo. Quick, quick, good hands.

The element they liv'd in : In his livery

[Drawing a dagger. Walk'd crowns, and crownets; realms and islands Pro.

Hold, worthy lady, hold :

(Seizes and disarms her. As plates4 dropp'd from his pocket. Do not yourself such wrong, who are in this


Cleopatra, Reliev'd, but not betray'd.

Cleo. Think you, there was, or might be, such a Cleo.

What, of death too, That rids our dogs of languish ?

As this I dream'd of? Pro.



Gentle madam, no.
Do not abuse my master's bounty, by

Cleo. You lie, up to the hearing of the gods. The undoing of yourself: let the world see But, if there be, or ever were one such, His nobleness well acted, which


death It's past the size of dreaming : Nature wants stuff Will never let come forth.

To vie strange forms with fancy; yet, to imagine Cleo.

Where art thou, death ? || An Antony, were nature's piece 'gainst fancy, Come hither, come ! come, come, and take a queen Condemning shadows quite. Worth many babes and beggars !


Hear me, good madam : Pro.

O, temperance, lady ! | Your loss is as yourself, great; and you bear it Cleo. Sir, I will eat no meat, I'll not drink, sir; As answering to the weight: 'Would I might never If idle talk will once be necessary,

O’ertake pursu'd success, but I do feel,
I'll not sleep neither: This mortal house I'll ruin, || By the rebound of yours, a grief that shoots
Do Cæsar what he can. Know, sir, that My very heart at root.
Will not wait pinion'di at your master's court;


I thank

you, sir. Nor once be chastis'd with the sober eye



what Cæsar means to do with me? Of dull Octavia. Shall they hoist me up,

Dol. I am loath to tell you what I would you And show me to the shouting varletry2

knew. Of censuring Rome? Rather a ditch in Egypt Cleo. Nay, pray you, sir,Be gentle grave to me! rather on Nilus' mud


Though he be honourable, Lay me stark naked, and let the water-flies

Cleo. He'll lead me then in triumph? Blow me into abhorring ! rather make


Madam, he will; My country's high pyramides my gibbet,

I know it. And hang me up in chains !

Within. Make way there, -Cæsar. Pro.

You do extend These thoughts of horror further than you shall

Enter Cæsar, Gallus, Proculeius, Mæcenas, SeleuFind cause in Cæsar.

cus, and Attendants. Cæs.

Which is the queen
Enter Dolabella.

Of Egypt?

Dol. 'Tis the emperor, madam. (Cleo. kneels. What thou hast done thy master Cæsar knows,


And he hath sent for thee : as for the queen, You shall not kneel
I'll take her to my guard.

I pray you, rise; rise, Egypt.
So, Dolabella,

Sir, the gods
It shall content me best : be gentle to her. Will have it thus; my master and my lord
To Cæsar I will speak what you shall please, I must obey

[To Cleopatra. Cæs. Take to you no hard thoughts : If you'll employ me to him.

The record of what injuries you did us, Čleo.

Say, I would die. Though written in our flesh, we shall remember (Exeunt Proculeius, and Soldiers. || As things but done by chance. Dol. Most noble empress, you have heard of me? Cleo.

Sole sir o'the world, Cleo. I cannot tell.

I cannot project5 mine own cause so well

Assuredly, you know me. To make it clear; but do confess, I have
Cleo. No matter, sir, what I have heard, or known. Been laden with like frailties, which before
You laugh, when boys, or women, tell their dreams ;| Have often sham'd our sex.
Is't not your trick?


Cleopatra, know, Dol.

I understand not, madam. We will extenuate rather than enforce : Cleo. I dream'd, there was an emperor Antony;- If you apply yourself to our intents 0, such another sleep, that I might see

(Which towards you are most gentle,) you shall But such another man!

find Dol. If it might please you,-

A benefit in this change; but if you seek Cleo. His face was as the heavens; and therein | To lay on me a cruelty, by taking stuck

Antony's course, you shall bereave yourself A sun, and moon ; which kept their course, and Of my good purposes, and put your children lighted

To that destruction which I'll guard them from, The little O, the earth.

If thereon you rely. I'll take my

leave. (1) Bound, confined. (2) Rabble. (3) Crush.

(4) Silver money.

(5) Shape or form.


Cleo. And may, through all the world: 'tis || Our care and pity is so much upon you,
yours; and we

That we remain your friend; And so adieu.
Your 'scutcheons, and your signs of conquest, shall Cleo. My master, and my lord !
Hang in what place you please. Here, my good lord. Cæs.

Not so: Adieu. Cæs. You shall advise me in all for Cleopatra.

(Exeunt Cæsar, and his train. Cleo. This is the brief of money, plate, and jewels, Cleo. He words me, girls, he words me, that I I am possess'd of : 'tis exactly valued ;

should not Not petty things admitted.

Where's Seleucus ? Be noble to myself: but hark thee, Charmian. Sel. Here, madam.

[Whispers Charmian. Cleo. This is my treasurer; let him speak, my lord, Iras. Finish, good lady: the bright day is done, Upon his peril, that I have reserv'd

And we are for the dark. To myself nothing. Speak the truth, Seleucus. Cleo.

Hie thee again :
Sel. Madam,

I have spoke already, and it is provided ;
I had rather seell my lips, than, to my peril, Go, put it to the haste.
Speak that which is not.


Madam, I will.
What have I kept back?

Re-enter Dolabella.
Sel. Enough to purchase what you have made

Dol. Where is the queen ? Cæs. Nay, blush not, Cleopatra ; I approve Char.

Behold, sir. [Exit Char. Your wisdom in the deed.


Dolabella? Cleo.

See, Cæsar! O, behold, Dol. Madam, as thereto sworn by your command, How pomp is follow'd! mine will now be yours; Which my love makes religion to obey, And, should we shift estates, yours would be mine. I tell you this : Cæsar through Syria The ingratitude of this Seleucus does

Intends his journey ; and, within three days, Even make me wild :-0 slave, of no more trust You with your children will be send before : Than love that's hir'd!—What, goest thou back? | Make your best use of this : I have perform'd thou shalt

Your pleasure, and my promise. Go back, I warrant thee; but I'll catch thine eyes, Cleo.

Dolabella, Though they had wings: Slave, soul-less villain, || I shall remain your debtor.


I your servant. O rarely2 base !

Adieu, good queen; I must attend on Cæsar. Cæs.

Good queen, let us entreat you. Cleo. Farewell, and thanks. (Exit Dol.] Now, Cleo. O Cæsar, what a wounding shame is this;

Iras, what think'st thou ? That, thou vouchsafing here to visit me,

Thou, an Egyptian puppet, shalt be shown Doing the honour of thy lordliness

In Rome, as well as I : mechanic slaves To one so meek, that mine own servant should With greasy aprons, rules, and hammers, shall Parcel the sum of my disgraces by

Uplift us to the view ; in their thick breaths, Addition of his envy! Say, good Cæsar, Rank of gross diet, shall we be enclouded, That I some lady trifles have reserv'd,

And forc'd to drink their vapour. Immoment toys, things of such dignity


The gods forbid? As we greet moderni friends withal; and

say, Cleo. Nay, 'tis most certain, Iras : Saucy lictors Some nobler token I have kept apart

Will catch at us, like strumpets; and scald rhymers For Livia,5 and Octavia, 6 to induce

Ballad us out o'tune : the quick10 comedians Their mediation ; must I be unfolded

Extemporally will stage us, and present With one that I have bred? Thegods! It smites meOur Alexandrian revels; Antony Beneath the fall I have. Prythee, go hence; Shall be brought drunken forth, and I shall see

{To Seleucus. Some squeaking Cleopatra boyll my greatness Or I shall show the cinders7 of my spirits I'the posture of a whore. Through the ashes of my chance:-Wert thou a Iras.

O the good gods ! man,

Cleo. Nay, that is certain. Thou would'st have mercy on me.

Iras. I'll never see it; for, I am sure, my nails Cæs.

Forbear, Seleucus. || Are stronger than mine eyes.
[Exit Seleucus. Cleo.

Why, that's the way Cleo. Be it known, that we, the greatest, are To fool their preparation, and to conquer mis-thought

Their most absurd intents.—Now, Charmian ? For things that others do; and, when we fall,

Enter Charmian.
We answer others' merits in our name,
Are therefore to be pitied.

Show me, my women, like a queen ;-Go fetch Cæs.


My best attires ;-I am again for Cydnus, Not what you have reserv'd, nor what acknowledg'd,|| To meet Mark Antony :-Sirrah, Iras, go.Put we i'the roll of conquest : still be it yours, Now, noble Charmian, we'll despatch indeed : Bestow it at your pleasure; and believe, And, when thou hast done this chare, 12 I'll give thee Cæsar's no merchant, to make prize with you

leave Of things that merchants sold. Therefore be To play till dooms-day.-Bring our crown and all. cheer'd;

Wherefore's this noise? (Ex. Iras. A noise within. Make not your thoughts your prisons : no, dear

Enter one of the Guard. queen ; For we intend so to dispose you, as


Here is a rural fellow, Yourself shall give us counsel. Feed, and sleep: That will not be denied your highness' presence;

He brings you figs. (1) Sew up. (2) Uncommonly. (3) Add to. (4) Common. (5) Cæsar's wife.

(9) Beadles.

(10) Lively. (6) Cæsar's sister.

(11) Female characters were played by boys. (8) Merits or demerits.

(12) Job of work.

(7) Fire.

Cleo. Let him come in. How poor an instru- Char. Dissolve, thick cloud, and rain ; that I ment

(Exit Guard.

may say, May do a noble deed! he brings me liberty. The gods themselves do weep! My resolution's plac'd, and I have nothing


This proves me base: Of woman in me: Now from head to foot If she first meet the curled Antony, I am marble-constant: now the fleeting' moon He'll make demand of her; and spend that kiss, No planet is of mine.

Which is my heaven to have. Come, mortal wretch, Re-enter Guard, with a Clown bringing a basket. With thy sharp teeth this knot intrinsicate

[7'o the asp, which she applies to her breast. Guard. This is the man.

Of life at once untie : poor venomous fool, Cleo. Avoid, and leave him. (Exit Guard. || Be angry, and despatch. O, could'st thou speak ! Hast thou the pretty worm? of Nilus there, That I might hear thee call great Cæsar, ass That kills and pains not?

Unpolicied!5 Clown. Truly I have him : but I would not be Char. O eastern star ! the party that should desire you to touch him, for


Peace, peace! his biting is immortal ; those, that do die of it, do Dost thou not see my baby at my breast, seldom or never recover.

That sucks the nurse asleep? Cleo. Remember'st thou any that have died on't? Char.

O, break! O, break! Clown. Very many, men and women too. I Cleo. As sweet as balm, as soft as air, as heard of one of them no longer than yesterday: a

gentle, very honest woman, but something given to lie; as || Antony !-Nay, I will take thee too :a woman should not do, but in the way of honesty :

[Applying another asp to her arm. how she died of the biting of it, what pain she felt, || What should I stay- (Falls on a bed, and dies. - Truly, she makes a very good report o'the worm: Char. In this wild world?—So, fare thee well.But he that will believe all that they say, shall Now boast thee, death! in thy possession lies never be saved by half that they do : But this is A lass unparallel'd.—Downy windows, close ; most fallible, the worm's an odd worm.

And golden Phæbus never be beheld Cleo. Get thee hence; farewell.


eyes again so royal ! Your crown's awry; Clown. I wish you all joy of tne worm.

I'll mend it, and then play.
Cleo. Farewell. (Clown sets down the basket.
Clown. You must think this, look you, that the

Enter the Guard, rushing in. worm will do his kind.3

1 Guard. Where is the queen ? Cleo. Ay, ay ; farewell.


Speak softly, wake her not. Clown. Look you, the worm is not to be trusted, 1 Guard. Cæsar hath sentbut in the keeping of wise people; for, indeed, Char.

Too slow a messenger. there is no goodness in the worm.

[ Applies the asp. Cleo. Take thou no care ; it shall be heeded. 0, come; apace, despatch : I partly feel thee.

Clown. Very good : give it nothing, I pray you, 1 Guard. Approach, ho! All's not well : Cæfor it is not worth the feeding.

sar's beguil'd. Cleo. Will it eat me?

2 Guard. There's Dolabella sent from Cæsar;Clown. You must not think I am so simple, but

call him. I know the devil himself will not eat a woman :

I 1 Guard. What work is here ?--Charmian, is know, that a woman is a dish for the gods, if the

this well done? devil dress her not. But, truly, these same whore- Char. It is well done, and fitting for a princess son devils do the gods great harm in their women; Descended of so many royal kings. for in every ten that they make, the devils mar five. | Ah, soldier !

[Dies. Cleo. Well, get thee gone; farewell.

Enter Dolabella.
Clown. Yes, forsooth; I wish you joy of the

(Exit. Dol. How goes it here?
2 Guard.

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


Cæsar, thy thoughts
Cleo. Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have Touch their effects in this: Thyself art coming
Immortal longings in me : Now no more To see perform'd the dreaded act, which thou
The juice of Egypt's grape shall moist this lip :-|| So sought'st to hinder.
Yare, yare,4 good Iras; quick.--Methinks, I hear [Within.) A way there, way for Cæsar!
Antony call; I see him rouse himself

Enter Cæsar, and Attendants.
To praise my noble act; I hear him mock
The luck of Cæsar, which the gods give men Dol. O, sir, you are too sure an augurer;
To excuse their after wrath: Husband, I come ; That

you did fear, is done. Now to that name my courage prove my title!


Bravest at the last : I am fire, and air; my other elements

She levell'd at our purposes, and, being royal, I give to baser life.--So,-have you done? Took her own way.--The manner of their deaths ? Come then, and take the last warmth of my lips. I do not see them bleed. Farewell, kind Charmian ;-Iras, long farewell. Dol.

Who was last with them? (Kisses them. Iras falls and dies. i Guard. A simple countryman, that brought her Have I the aspic in my lips ? Dost fall?

figs; If thou and nature can so gently part,

This was his basket. The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch,


Poison'd then. Which hurts, and is desir'd. Dost thou lie still? 1 Guard.

O Cæsar, If thus thou vanishest, thou tell'st the world This Charmian liv'd but now; she stood, and spake: It is not worth leave-taking.

I found her tri. oming up the diadem (1) Inconstant. (2) Serpent.

(4) Make haste. (3) Act according to his nature.

(5) Unpolitic, to leave me to myself



On her dead mistress; tremblingly she stood, In solemn show, attend this funeral ;
And on the sudden dropp'd.

And then to Rome.-Come, Dolabella, see

O noble weakness :- High order in this great solemnity. [Exeunt, If they had swallow'd poison, 'twould appear By external swelling : but she looks like sleep, As she would catch another Antony In her strong toil of grace.1 Dol.

Here, on her breast,

This play keeps curiosity always busy, and the There is a vent of blood, and something blown:

passions always interested. The continual hurry The like is on her arm.

of the action, the variety of incidents, and the quick 1 Guard. This is an aspic's trail: and these fig. || succession of one personage to another, call the leaves

mind forward without intermission, from the first Have slime upon them, such as the aspic leaves

act to the last. But the power of delighting is deUpon the caves of Nile.

rived principally from the frequent changes of the Cæs. Most probable,

scene; for, except the feminine arts, some of which That so she died; for her physician tells me,

are too low, which distinguish Cleopatra, no characShe hath pursu'd conclusions2 infinite

ter is very strongly discriminated. Upton, who did Of easy ways to die. --Take up her bed; not easily miss what he desired to find, has discovAnd bear ber women from the monument :

ered that the language of Antony is, with great She shall be buried by her Antony :

skill and learning, made pompous and superb, acNo grave upon the earth shall clip3 in it

cording to his real practice. But I think his dicA pair so famous. High events as these

tion not distinguishable from that of others : the Strike those that make them : and their story is most tumid speech in the play is that which Cæsar No less in pity, than his glory, which

makes to Octavia. Brought them to be lamented. Our army shall,

The events, of which the principal are described

according to history, are produced without any art (1) Graceful appearance.

of connection or care of disposition. (2) Tried experiments. (3) Enfold.


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