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Cæsar, I shall. To the way she's forced to.
Bid her have good heart ;
She soon shall know of us, by some of ours,
To be ungentle.
Mess. Appear thus to us ?
So the gods preserve thee! (Exit. Der. I am call'd Dercetas;
Cæs. Come hither, Proculeius ; Go, and say, Mark Antony I serv'd, who best was worthy
We purpose her no shame: give her what comforts Best to be serv'd: whilst he stood up, and spoke, The quality of her passion shall require ; He was my master; and I wore my life,
Lest, in her greatness, by some mortal stroke To spend upon his haters : If thou please
She do defeat us : for her life in Rome To take me to thee, as I was to him
Would be eternal in our triumph: Go, I'll be to Cæsar; if thou pleasest not,
And, with your speediest, bring us what she says, 1 yield thee up my life.
And how you find of her.
Cæsar, I shall. (Exit Pro, Der. I say, O Cæsar, Antony is dead.
Cæs. Gallus, go you along.-Where's Dolabella, Cæs. The breaking of so great a thing should makeTo second Proculeius ?
[Exit Gallus. Agr. Moc,
Dolabella! A greater crack: The round world should have sbook
Cæs. Let him alone, for I remember now Lions into civil streets,
How he's employed; he shall in time be ready. And citizens to their dens : – The death of Antony How hardly I was drawn into this war;
Go with me to my tent; where you shall see
How calm and gentle I proceeded still
In all my writings: Go with me, and see
What I can show in this.
(Exeunt. Nor by a hired knife ; but that self hand, Which writ his honour in the acts it did,
SCENE II.-Alexandria. A room in the monuHath, with the courage which the heart did lend it, ment. Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, and Iras. Splitted the heart. This is his sword, I robb'd his wound of it; behold it stain'd
Cleo: My desolation does begin to make With his most noble blood.
A better life: 'Tis paltry to be Cæsar; Cas.
Look you sad, friends ? | Not being fortune, he's but fortune's knave, 2 The gods rebuke but it is a tidings
A minister of her will; And it is great To wash the eyes of kings.
To do that thing that ends all other deeds ; Agr.
And strange it is,
Which shackles accidents, and bolts up change ; That nature must compel us to lament
Which sleeps, and never palates more the dung, Our most persisted deeds.
The beggar's nurse and Cæsar's. Mec.
His taints and honours | Enter, to the gates of the monument, Proculeius, Waged equal with him.
Gallus, and Soldiers. Agr.
A rarer spirit never Did steer humanity : but you, gods, will give us
Pro. Cæsar sends greeting to the queen of Some faults to make us men. Cæsar is touch'd.
Egypt; Mec. When such a spacious mirror's set before|| And bids thee study on what fair demands him,
Thou mean'st to have him grant thee. He needs must see himself.
What's thy name? Cas. O Antony !
Pro. My name is Proculeius. I have follow'd thee to this ;-But we do lance
Antony Diseases in our bodies : I must perforce
Did tell me of you, bade me trust you; but Have shown to thee such a declining day,
I do not greatly care to be deceiv'd, Or look on thine; we could not stall together
That have no use for trusting. If your master In the whole world : But yet let me lament,
Would have a queen his beggar, you must tell him, With tears as sovereign as the blood of hearts,
That majesty, to keep decorum, must That thou, my brother, my competitor
No less beg than a kingdom : if he please In top of all design, my mate in empire,
To give me conquer'd Egypt for my son, Friend and companion in the front of war,
He gives me so much of mine own, as I The arm of mine own body, and the heart
Will kneel to him with thanks. Where mine hisl thoughts did kindle,—that our You are fallen into a princely hand, fear nothing :
Be of good cheer; stars, Unreconciliable, should divide
Make your full reference freely to my lord, Our equalness to this. —Hear me, good friends,- || On all that need : 'Let me report to him
Who is so full of grace, that it flows over
Your sweet dependancy; and you shall find
A conqueror, that will pray in aid for kindness,
Where he for grace is kneel'd to. The business of this man looks out of him,
Pray you, tell him We'll hear him what he says.-Whence are you? I am his fortune's vassal, and I send him Mess. A poor Egyptian yet. The queen my The greatness he has got. I hourly learn mistress,
A doctrine of obedience; and would gladly Confind in all she has, her monument,
Look him i'the face. Of thy intents desires instruction ;
This I'll report, dear lady. That she preparedly may frame herself
Have comfort ; for, I know, your plight is pitied
Of him that caus'd it. (2) Servant.
Gal. You see how easily she may be suroris'd:
[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 quails 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!
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 Dol.
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?
Gentle madam, no.
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 your 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 I My very heart at root. Will not wait pinion'di at your master's court; Cleo.
I thank you, sir. Nor once be chastis'd with the sober eye
Know you, 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 Dol.
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
Dol.' 'Tis the emperor, madam. (Cleo. kneels. What thou hast done thy master Cæsar knows, Cæs.
I pray you, rise; rise, Egypt.
Sir, the gods
[70 Cleopatra. Cæs. Take to you no hard thoughts : If you'll employ me to him.
The record of what injuries you did us, Cleo.
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 projects mine own cause so well
Assuredly, you know me. To make it clear; but do confess, I have
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!
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 , 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 mucn 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.
(Ereunt 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. Se. 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.
Hie thee again:
I have spoke already, and it is provided ;
Madam, I will.
Dol. Where is the queen! Cæs. Nay, blush not, Cleopatra ; I approve Char.
Behold, sir. (Exit Char. Your wisdom in the deed.
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 :- 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. dog!
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 ?
In Rome, as well as I : mechanic slaves
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. Iminoment toys, things of such dignity
The gods forbid ! As we greet modern 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, and Octavia, to induce
Ballad us out o'tune : the quick 10 comedians Their mediation; must í be unfolded
Extemporally will stage us, and present With one that I have bred? The gods! It smites me || Our Alexandrian revels; Antony Beneath the fall I have. Priythee, go hence; Shall be brought drunken forth, and I shall see
(To Seleucus. || Some squeaking Cleopatra boyll my greatness Or I shall show the cinders? of my spirits l'the posture of a whore. Through the ashes of my chance :-Wert thou a Iras.
O the good gods !
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.
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, We answer others' meritss in our name,
Enter Charmian. Are therefore to be pitied.
Show me, my women, like a queen ;-Go fetch Ces.
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. (7) Fire.
(11) Female characters were played by boys. (8) Merits or demerits.
(12) Job of work.
Cleo Let him come in. How poor an instru- Char. Dissolve, thick cloud, and rain; that I
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 wretcha Re-enter Guard, with a Clown bringing a basket. With thy sharp teeth this knot intrinsicate
[To 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 worm2 of Nilus there, That I might hear thee call great Cæsar, ass That kills and pains not?
Unpolicied! Clown. Truly I have him : but I would not be Char. O eastern star! the party that should desire you to touch him, for Cleo.
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. 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 O 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 bebeld Cleo. Get thee hence; farewell.
of eyes again so royal! Your crown's awry; Clown. I wish you all joy of the 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. O, 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.
(Exit. Dol. How goes it here?
Cæsar, thy thoughts
Enter Cæsar, and Attendants.
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 burts, and is desir'd. Dost thou lie still? 1 Guard.
O Cæsar, If thus thou vanishest, thou tellist the world This Charmian liv'd but now; she stood, and spake. It is not worth leave-taking.
I found her trimming up the diadem
(1) Inconstant. (2) Serpent. (3) Act according to his nature.
(4) Make haste.
On her dead mistress; tremblingly she stood, In solemn show, attend this funeral;
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. 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 her 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 clip 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.