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Beneath the fall I have.—Pr’ythee, go hence;
[To SELEUCUS. Or I shall show the cinders of my spirits Through th' ashes of mischance
Wert thou a man,
your friend; and adieu.
Adieu. [Flourish. E.count CÆSAR, and his train. Cleo. He words me, girls, he words me, that I should not Be noble to myself: but hark thee, Charmian.
Hie thee again :
Madam, I will.
owing to the mistake of the abbreviation ye : we derive the change from the corr. fo. 1632, from whence if Mr. Singer procured it, he observes silence upon the point: it is not one of the emendations he claims for his own corrected second folio, but for himself. See the same mistake, in “Coriolanus," A. i. sc. 6, Vol. iv. p. 620, in “ King Lear," A. i. sc. I, Vol. v. p. 620, &c.
6 Through th' ashes of mischANCE.] So the corr. fo. 1632, for “ the ashes of my chance" of the old copies. There cannot be a doubt about the fitness of the change, and the misprint explains itself.
Dol. Where is the queen?
Behold, sir. [Exit CHARMIAN.
Dol. Madam, as thereto sworn by your command,
I tell you this: Cæsar through Syria
I shall remain your debtor.
I your servant.
Adieu, good queen: I must attend on Cæsar.
Cleo. Farewell, and thanks. [Exit DOLABELLA.] Now, Iras, what think'st thou ?
Thou, an Egyptian puppet, shalt be shown
With greasy aprons, rules, and hammers, shall
And forc'd to drink their vapour.
The gods forbid !
Cleo. Nay, 'tis most certain, Iras. Saucy lictors
Will catch at us, like strumpets; and scald rhymers
Our Alexandrian revels: Antony
Shall be brought drunken forth, and I shall see
I' the posture of a whore.
Cleo. Nay, that is certain.
Oh, the good gods!
Iras. I'll never see it; for, I am sure, my nails Are stronger than mine eyes.
7 Some SQUEAKING Cleopatra boy my greatness] It may be worth noting that squeaking of the folio, 1623, became "speaking" in the folio, 1632, but squeaking is restored by the old annotator on that edition. In "Othello," A. iii. sc. 1 (this Vol. p. 59), the same error of speak for "squeak seems committed in all the old copies. In the instance before us, speaking went through all the folios after that of 1632, and it remained unchanged even by Rowe.
Why, that's the way
To fool their preparation, and to conquer
Show me, my women, like a queen :-go fetch
And, when thou hast done this chare, I'll give thee leave
[Exit IRAS. A noise within.
Enter one of the Guard.
Here is a rural fellow,
That will not be denied your highness' presence:
He brings you figs.
Cleo. Let him come in.-What poor an instrument
May do a noble deed! he brings me liberty.
I am marble-constant; now, the fleeting moon
Re-enter Guard, with a Clown bringing in a basket.
Cleo. Avoid, and leave him.-
Clown. Truly I have him; but I would not be 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.
Cleo. Remember'st thou any that have died on't?
Their most ABSURD intents.] Cleopatra may mean to laugh at the futile intents of the Romans: Theobald altered the text to "assur'd intents," and so it is amended in the corr. fo. 1632; but still we do not consider the change at all imperative, and do not make it.
9 SIRRAH, Iras, go.] In Vol. iii. p. 330, we have seen "sirrah" used otherwise than derogatorily: here we find it also applied to a woman, but of course as a mere expletive. Steevens produced an instance from Arthur Hall's translation of Homer, where Hector addresses the "maids" of Andromache as Sirs, and it would be easy to multiply proofs of the application of "sirrah" to women.
Clown. Very many, men and women too. I heard of one of them no longer than yesterday; a very honest woman, but something given to lie, as a woman 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 1.
Cleo. Get thee hence: farewell.
Clown. I wish you all joy of the worm.
[Clown sets down the 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. Will it eat me?
Clown. You must not think I am so simple, but I know the devil himself will not eat a woman: I know, that a woman is a dish for the gods, if the devil dress her not; but, truly, these same whoreson devils do the gods great harm in their women, for in every ten that they make, the devils mar five'. Cleo. Well, get thee gone: farewell.
Clown. Yes, forsooth; I wish you joy of the worm. [Exit.
Re-enter IRAS, with a robe, crown, &c.
Cleo. Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have
The juice of Egypt's grape shall moist this lip.-
the worm's an ODD worm.] "The worm's an adder worm in the corr. fo. 1632, but we do not venture to introduce the change, not being convinced that the Clown may not mean that the adder is a strange or uncommon worm. Still, the emendation is plausible, and adder was then pronounced like "odder."
the devils mar FIVE.] So the old impressions, for "the devils mar nine” of the corr. fo. 1632: the satire is broader in the emendation.
3 YARE, YARE, good Iras;]
terous, in this play, A. iii. sc. 5,
We have already had "yare," i. e. nimble, dexand it here requires no farther explanation.
To praise my noble act; I hear him mock
[Kisses them. IRAs falls and dies.
Char. Dissolve, thick cloud, and rain, that I may say,
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, thou mortal wretch,
[To the asp which she applies to her breast.
Char. Oh eastern star!
Oh, break! oh, break!
4 If she first meet the curled Antony,] The folio, 1632, here corrupts the text of the folio, 1623, by printing
“ If she proves the curled Antony," which Rowe, without consulting the original edition, gave
If she approve the curled Antony."
“ If she first should meet the curled Antony;" but he subsequently erased “ should," and left the passage precisely as it stands in the folio, 1623.
- this knot INTRINSICATE] For intricate. In “ King Lear," A. ii. sc. 2, Vol. v. p. 654, we have seen the word “intrinse" employed in the same way.