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And bids thee study on what fair demands
Where art thou, Death? Thou mean’st to have him grant thee.
Come hither, come ! come, come, and take a queen CLEO.
What's thy name? Worth babes and beggars ! Pro. My name is Proculeius.
O, ternperance, lady ! CLEO.
Cleo. Sir, I will eat no meat, I'll not drink, Did tell me of you,
bade me trust you; but I do not greatly care to be deceivid,
If idle talk will once be accessary, That have no use for trusting. If your master I'll not sleep neither: this mortal house I'll ruin, Would have a queen his beggar, you must tell him Do Cæsar what he can. Know, sir, that I That majesty, to keep decorum, must
Will not wait pinion'd at your master's court; No less beg than a kingdom: if he please Nor once be chástis’d with the sober eye To give me conquer'd Egypt for my son,
Of dull Octavia. Shall they hoist me up, He gives me so much of mine own, as I
And show me to the shouting varletry Will kneel to him with thanks.
Of censuring Rome? Rather a ditch in Egypt PRO.
Be of good cheer; Be gentle grave unto me! Rather on Nilus' mud You're fall'n into a princely hand, fear nothing : Lay me stark nak'd, and let the water-flies Make your full reference freely to my lord, Blow me into abhorring! Rather make Who is so full of grace, that it flows over
My country's high pyramids my gibbet, On all that need. Let me report to him
And hang me up in chains ! Your sweet dependency, and you shall find
You do extend A conqueror that will
in aid for kindness, These thoughts of horror further than you shall Where he for grace is kneeld to.
Find cause in Cæsar.
Pray you, tell him
This I'll report, dear lady. What thou hast done thy master Cæsar knows, Have comfort, for I know your plight is pitied
And he hath sent for thee: for the queen, Of him that caus'd it.
I'll take her to my guard. GAL.* You see how easily she may be surprisid ; PRO.
So, Dolabella, [Here PROCULEIUS and two of the Guard It shall content me best : be gentle to her.ascend the Monument by a ladder placed To Cæsar I will speak what you
shall please, against a window, and, having descended,
[To CLEOPATRA. come behind CLEOPATRA. Some of the If you 'll employ me to him. Guard unbar and open the gates.
Say, I would die Guard her till Cæsar come.
[Exeunt PROCULEIUS and Soldiers. [To PROCULEIUS and the Guard. Exit. Dol. Most noble empress, you have heard of IRAS. Royal queen! Char. O, Cleopatra ! thou art taken, queen ! CLEO. I cannot tell. CLEO. Quick, quick, good hands.
Assuredly, you know me. [Drawing a dagger. Cleo. No matter, sir, what I have heard or PRO. Hold, worthy lady, hold !
known. [Seizes and disarms her. You laugh, when boys or women tell their dreams ; Do not yourself such wrong, who are in this Is't not your trick ? Reliev'd, but not betray’d.
I understand not, madam. CLEO.
What, of death too, Cleo. I dreamt there was an emperor AnThat rids our dogs of languish ?
O, such another sleep, that I might see Do not abuse my master's bounty by
But such another man ! The undoing of yourself: let the world see
If it might please ye,His nobleness well acted, which your
CLEO. His face was as the heavens ; and Will never let come forth.
a Gal.] The prefix in the first folio is “ Pro.:" in the second, “Char." Malone first assigned the speech to Gallus, and added the stage direction which follows.
b If idle talk will once be accessary, -] We adopt here Hanmer's substitution "accessary" in place of necessary, the
reading of the old copies. The sense is plainly,—"I'll neither eat nor drink, and, if idle talk will, for the nonce, be assistant, I'll not sleep."
c – for the queen,-) The second folio reads," as for."
A sun and moon, which kept their course, and Cæs. Arise, you shall not kneel : lighted
I pray you, rise, rise, Egypt. The little 0,* the earth.
Sir, the gods Dol. Most sovereign creature, Will have it thus ; my master and my
lord Cleo. His legs bestrid the ocean; his rear'd I must obey.
Cæs. Take to you no hard thoughts: Crested the world; his voice was propertied The record of what injuries you did us, As all the tuned spheres, and that to friends ; Though written in our flesh, we shall remember But when he meant to quail and shake the orb, As things but done by chance. He was as rattling thunder. For his bounty,
Sole sir o' the world, There was no winter in 't; an autumn * 't was, I cannot project mine own cause so well That grew the more by reaping. His delights To make it clear ; but do confess I have Were dolphin-like; they show'd his back above Been laden with like frailties which before The element they liv’d in: in his livery
Have often sham'd our sex. Walk'd crowns and crownets ; realms and islands Cæs.
We will extenuate rather than enforce: As plates dropp'd from his pocket.
If you apply yourself to our intents, DOL.
- (Which towards you are most gentle) you shall CLEO. Think you there was, or might be, such
seek As this I dreamt of?
To lay on me a cruelty, by taking
Antony's course, you shall bereave yourself Cleo. You lie, up to the hearing of the gods ! Of my good purposes, and put your children But, if there be, or ever were, one such,
To that destruction which I 'll guard them from, It's past the size of dreaming: Nature wants stuff If thereon you rely. I'll take my leave. To vie strange forms with fancy; yet, to imagine Cleo. And may, through all the world : 't is An Antony, were Nature's piece 'gainst fancy,
we, Condemning shadows quite.
Your scutcheons and your signs of conquest, shall Doc.
Hear me, good madam : | Hang in what place you please. Here, my good Your loss is as yourself, great; and you bear it
lord. As answering to the weight : would I might never Cæs. You shall advise me in all for Cleopatra. O'ertake pursu'd success, but I do feel,
CLEO. This is the brief of money, plate, and By the rebound of yours, a grief that smitest
jewels, My very heart at root.
I am possess'd of: ’t is exactly valu'd ;
Not petty things admitted.- Where's Seleucus ?
lord, Cleo. Nay, pray you, sir,
Upon his peril, that I have reservd Dol.
Though he be honourable,- To myself nothing. Speak the truth, Seleucus. Cleo. He 'll lead me, then, in triumph ?
SEL. Madam, Dol. Madam, he will ; I know 't.
I had rather seal® my lips, than, to my peril,
[Flourish without. Speak that which is not. Without. Make way there,—Cæsar !
What have I kept back ? SEL. Enough to purchase what you have made
known. Enter CÆSAR, Gallus, PROCULEIUS, MECÆNAS, SELEUCUS, and Attendants.
Cæs. Nay, blush not, Cleopatra ; I approve
Your wisdom in the deed. Cæs. Which is the queen of Egypt?
See, Cæsar ! O, behold, Dol. It is the emperor, madam.
How pomp is follow'd ! mine will now be yours ; [CLEOPATRA kneels. And should we shift estates yours would be mine.
(*) First folio, Antony. Corrected by Theobald.
(1) Old text, suites. Corrected by Cape!l. a The little 0,-) The little orb, circlet, or round.
plates-) Silver coin. c To vie--) To rie was a term at cards, and meant, particularly, to increase the stakes, and, generally, to challenge any one to a contention, bet, waycı, &c.
mastered the sense of this, or indeed that the text exhibits precisely what Shakespeare wrote, but the meaning apparently is,
Nature lacks material to compete with fancy in unwonted shapes, yet the conception of an Antony was a masterpiece of Nature over fancy, abasing phantoms quite."
d Condemning shadows quite.) We are not sure of having
e-seal my lips,-) The old reading is, "seele my lippes," but here there is no allusion to the practice of seeling a bawk's eyes, as some editors suppose; to seal one's lips was a familiar expression ages before Shakespeare lived.
The ingratitude of this Seleucus does
Cleo. He words me, girls, he words me, that I Even make me wild :-0, slave, of no more-trust
should not Than love that's hir’d !— What, goest thou back ? Be noble to myself: but hark thee, Charmian. thou shalt
[Whispers CHARMIAN. Go back, I warrant thee ; but I'll catch thine IRAs. Finish, good lady; the bright day is eyes,
done, Though they had wings. Slave, soulless villain, And we are for the dark.
Hie thee again rarely base!
I have spoke already, and it is provided ; Cæs.
Good queen, let us entreat you. Go, put it to the haste. Cleo. 0, Cæsar, what a wounding shame is CHAR.
Madam, I will
Dol. Where is the queen ?
Behold, sir. [Exit. Addition of his envy! Say, good Cæsar,
Dolabella! That I some lady trifles have reserv’d,
Dol. Madam, as thereto sworn by your comImmoment toys, things of such dignity
mand, As we greet modern“ friends withal; and say, Which my love makes religion to obey, Some nobler token I have kept apart
I tell you this : Cæsar through Syria For Livia and Octavia, to induce
Intends his journey ; and, within three days, Their mediation ; must I be unfolded
You with your children will he send before : With one that I have bred ? The gods ! It smites Make your best use of this : I have perform’d
Your pleasure, and my promise. Beneath the fall I have.--Prythee, go hence;
Dolabella, [T. SELEUCUS. I shall remain
debtor. Or I shall show the cinders of my spirits
I your servant. Through the ashes of my chance :-wert thou a Adieu, good queen; I must attend on Cæsar. man,
Cleo. Farewell, and thanks. [Exit Dou. Thou wouldst have mercy on me.
Now, Iras, what think'st thou ? Cæs.
Forbear, Seleucus. Thou, an Egyptian puppet, shalt be shown
[Exit SeleucUS. In Rome, as well as I: inechanic slaves Cleo. Be it known, that we, the greatest, are
greasy aprons, rules, and hammers, shal misthought
Uplift us to the view ; in their thick breaths, For things that others do; and, when we fall, Rank of gross diet, shall we be enclouded, We answer others' merits in our name,
And forc'd to drink their
vapour. Are therefore to be pitied.
The gods forbid ! Cæs. Cleopatra,
CLEO. Nay, 't is most certain, Iras :—saucy Not what you have reserv’d, nor what acknow
Will catch at us, like strumpets; and scald rh mers Put we i’ the roll of conquest:(1) still be't yours, Ballad us out o' tune: the quick comedians Bestow it at your pleasure ; and believe
Extemporally will stage us, and present Cæsar 's no merchant, to make prize with you Our Alexandrian revels ; Antony Of things that merchants sold. Therefore be Shall be brought drunken forth, and I shall see cheerd;
Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness Make not your thoughts your prisons; no, dear I’ the posture of a whore. queen;
0, the good gods ! For we intend so to dispose you as
Cleo. Nay, that's certain. Yourself shall give us counsel. Feed, and sleep:
IRAS. I'll never see't; for, I am sure, my Our care and pity is so much upon you,
Why, that 's the way Cæs.
Adieu. To fool their preparation, and to conquer [Flourish. Exeunt CÆSAR and his Train. Their most absurd' intents.
the quick comedians-] The lively, quick-witted comedians. absurd intents.-) Theobald has, " - assur'd intents."
A - modern friends-1 Ordinary, common friends.
- mərits--] “Merits" is here employed for demerits or deserts.
Of woman in me: now from head to foot
I am marble-constant; now the fleeting moon
No planet is of mine.
Now, Charmian ! Show me, my women, like a queen:go
Re-enter Guard, with Clown, bringing in a My best attires ;-I am again for Cydnus,
basket. To meet Mark Antony :-sirrah, Iras, go.
This is the man. Now, noble Charmian, we'll despatch indeed :
CLEO. Avoid, and leave him. Exit Guard, And, when thou hast done this chare, I'll give thee leave
Hast thou the pretty worm of Nilus there,
That kills and pains not? To play till doomsday.—Bring our crown and all.
Clown. Truly I have him : but I would not be Wherefore's this noise ? [A noise without.
the party that should desire you to touch him, for his biting is immortal; those that do die of it do
seldom or never recover. Enter one of the Guard.
CLEO. Remember'st thou any that have died GUARD. Here is a rural fellow
Clow. Very many, men and women too. I That will not be denied your highness' presence ;
heard of one of them no longer than yesterday : He brings you figs.
a very honest woman, but something given to lie; CLEO. Let him come in. What poor an in
as a woman should not do, but in the way of strumenta
[Exit Guard. honesty: how she died of the biting of it, what May do a noble deed ! he brings me liberty !
pain she felt,-truly, she makes a very good reMy resolution 's plac'd, and I have nothing
port 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 is an • What poor an instrument-) See note (b), p. 127, Vol. II,
on 't ?
CLEO. Get thee hence; farewell.
Which is my heaven to have. — Come, thou Clown. I wish you all joy of the worm.
mortal wretch, Cleo. Farewell. [Clown sets doum the basket. [To an asp, which she applies to her breast.
Clown. You must think this, look you, that With thy sharp teeth this knot intrinsicate the worm will do his kind.
Of life at once untie : poor venomous fool, CLEO. Ay, ay; farewell.
Be angry, and despatch. O, couldst thou speak, Clown. Look you, the worm is not to be That I might hear thee call great Cæsar, Ass trusted but in the keeping of wise people ; for, Unpolicied! indeed, there is no goodness in the worm.
CHAR. 0, eastern star ! Cleo. Take thou no care; it shall be heeded. CLEO.
Peace, peace! Clown. Very good. Give it nothing, I pray
Dost thou not see my baby at my breast, you, for it is not worth the feeding.
That sucks the nurse asleep? CLEO. Will it eat me?
O, break! O, break! Clown. You must not think I am so simple, Cleo. As sweet as balm, as soft as air, as but I know the devil himself will not eat a woman :
gentle, I know that a woman is a dish for the gods, if the O, Antony !-Nay, I will take thee too :devil dress her not. But, truly, these same whore
[Applying another asp to her arm. son devils do the gods great harm in their women ; What should I stay
[Dies. for in every ten that they make, the devils mar CHAR. In this vile* world ?-So, fare thee five.
well. Cleo. Well, gone; farewell.
Now boast thee, Death, in thy possession lies Clown. Yes, forsooth; I wish you joy o' the A lass unparallel'd !Downy windows, close;
[Exit. And golden Phæbus never be beheld
Of eyes again so royal !-Your crown's awry;t
I'll mend it, and then play.
Enter the Guard, rushing in.
1 GUARD. Where is the
CHAR. The juice of Egypt's grape shall moist this lip :
Speak softly, wake her not.
1 GUARD. Cæsar hath sentYare, yare, good Iras ; quick.—Methinks I hear
Too slow a messenger. Antony call ; I see him rouse himself To praise my noble act; I hear him mock
[Applies an asp. The luck of Cæsar, which the gods give men
O, come apace, despatch : I partly feel thee. To excuse their after wrath :-husband, I come :
1 GUARD. Approach, ho! All's not well : Now to that name my courage prove my title !
Cæsar's beguild. I am fire and air ; my other elements
2 GUARD. There's Dolabella sent from Cæsar ;
--call him. I give to baser life.—So,—have you done?
1 GUARD. What work is here !-Charmian, is Come then, and take the last warmth of my lips. Farewell, kind Charmian ;-Iras, long farewell.
this well done? [Kisses them. IRAs falls and dies."
CHAR. It is well done, and fitting for a princess Have I the aspic in my lips ? Dost fall ?
Descended of so many royal kings.(2) If thou and nature can so gently part,
[Dies. The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch, Which hurts, and is desir'd. Dost thou lie still?
Dol. How goes it here?
All dead. may say,
Cæsar, thy thoughts The gods themselves do weep!
Touch their effects in this : thyself art coming CLEO.
This proves me base : To see perform’d the dreaded act which thou If she first meet the curled Antony,
So sought'st to hinder.
there! a way
[Tras falls and dies.) "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.
(*) Old text, wilde. Corrected by Capell.