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Cleopatra, Upon his peril, that I have reserv'd Cleo. Think you there was, or might be, such a To myself nothing. Speak the truth, Seleucus.

Sel. Madam, As this I dreamt of?

I had rather seal my lips, than, to my peril, Doi. Gentle madam, no.

Speak that which is not. Cleo. You lie, up to the hearing of the gods.

Cleo.

What have I kept back! But, if there be, or ever were, one such,

Sel. Enough to purchase what you have maše It's past the size of dreaming: Nature wants stuff

known. To vie strange forms with fancy; yet, to imagine Cæs. Nay, blush not, Cleopatra ; I approve An Antony, were nature's piece 'gainst fancy, Your wisdom in the deed. Condemning shadows quite.

Cleo.

See, Cæsar! O, behold. Dol.

Hear me, good madam: How pomp is follow'd! mine will now be yours; Your loss is as yourself, great; and you bear it And should we shift estates yours would be mine. As answering to the weight : 'Would I might never The ingratitude of this Seleucus does O'ertake pursued success, but I do feel,

Even make me wild: 0 slave, of no more trust By the rebound of yours, a grief that shoots Than love that's hir'd !- What, goest thou back! My very heart at root.

thou shalt Cleo. I thank you, sir.

Go back, I warrant thee; but I'll catch thine eyes Know you what Cæsar means to do with me? Though they had wings: Slave, soulless vilkain, Doi. I am loth to tell you what I would you dog ! knew.

O rarely base! Cleo. Nay, pray you, sir,

Cæs. Good queen, let us entreat you. Dol.

Though he be honourable,- Cleo. O Casar, what a wounding shame is this; Cleo. He'll lead me then in triumph ?

That thou, vouchsafing here to visit me, Dol.

Madam, he will; | Doing the honour of thy lordliness I know it.

To one so meek, that mine own servant should Within. Make way there,—Cæsar !

Parcel the sum of my disgraces by Enter Cæsar, Gallus, PROCULEIUS, MECÆNAS,

Addition of his envy! Say, good Cæsar,

That I some lady trifies have reserv'd,
SELEUCCS, and Attendants.

Immoment toys, things of such dignity
Cæs. Which is the queen of Egypt ?

As we greet modern friends withal; and say, Dol. 'Tis the emperor, madam.

Some nobler token I have kept apart

(CLEOPATRA kneels. For Livia, and Octavia, to induce Cæs. Arise, you shall not kneel :

Their mediation ; must I be unfolded I pray you, rise; rise, Egypt.

With one that I have bred? The gods! It smites Cleo.

Sir, the gods Will have it thus; my master and my lord

Beneath the fall I have. Prithee, go hence; I must obey.

[ To SELEUCUS. Cæs. Take to you no hard thoughts : Or I shall show the cinders of my spirits The record of what injuries you did us,

Through the ashes of my chance : --Wert thou a
Though written in our flesh, we shall remember
As things but done by chance.

Thou wouldst have mercy on me.
Cleo.
Sole sir o' the world, Cæs.

Forbear, Seleucns. I cannot project mine own cause so well

[Erit SeleyCUS. To make it clear; but do confess, I have

Cleo. Be it known that we, the greatest, are inisBeen laden with like frailties, which before

thought Have often sham'd our sex.

For things that others do; and, when we fall, Cas.

Cleopatra, know, We answer others' merits in our name, We will extenuate rather than enforce :

Are therefore to be pitied. If you apply yourself to our intents,

Cæs.

Cleopatra, (Which towards you are inost geutle,) you shall Not what you have reserv'd, nor what acknowledg'd, find

Put we i' the roll of conquest : still be it yours, A benefit in this change; but if you seek

Bestow it at your pleasure; and believe To lay on me a cruelty, by taking

Cæsar's no merchant, to make prize with you Antony's course, you shall bereave yourself Of things that merchants sold. Of my good purposes, and put your children

cheer'd ; To that destruction which I'll guard them from, Make not your thoughts your prisons: no, dear If thereon you rely. I'll take iny leave.

queen; Cleo. And may, through all the world : 'tis For we intend so to dispose you, as yours; and we

Yourself shall give us counsel. Feed, and sleep:
Your 'scutcheons, and your signs of conquest, shall Our care and pity is so much upon you,
Hang in what place you please. Here, my good | That we remain your friend : And so adieu.
lord.

Cleo. My master, and my lord !
Ces. You shall advise me in all for Cleopatra. Cæs.
Cleo. This is the brief of money, plate, and

[Ereunt Cesar, and his Traia, jewels,

Cleo. He words me, girls, he words me, that I I am possess d of : 'tis exactly valued ;

should not Not petty things aiınitted.— Where's Seleucus ? Be noble to myself: but hark thee, Charmian. Sel. Here, madam.

[Whispers CHARMTAS. Cleo. This is any treasurer; let him speak, my Tras. Finish, good lady; the bright day is done, lord,

And we are for the dark.

me

man,

Therefore be

Not so: Adien.

Cleo.

Hie thee again :
have spoke already, and it is provided ;
Go, put it to the haste.
Char.

Madam, I will

Re-enter DOLABELLA.
Dol. Where is the queen ?
Char.

Behold, sir. (Erit CHARMIAN.
Cleo.

Dolabella?
Dol. Madam, as thereto sworn by your command,
Which my love mukes religion to obey,
I tell you this : Cæsar through Syria
Intends his journey: anil, within three days,
You with your children will he send before :
Make your best use of this: I have perform'd
Your pleasure, and my proinise.
Cleo.

Dolabella,
I shall remain your debtor.
Dol.

I your servant.
Adieu, good queen; I must attend on Cæsar.
Cleo. Farewell, and thanks.-[Erit Dol.)--

Now, Iras, what think'st thou?
Thou, an Egyptian puppet, shalt be shown
In Rome, as well as I: mechanic slaves
With greasy aprons, rules, and hammers, shall
Uplift us to the view; in their thick breaths,
Rank of gross diet, shall we be enclouded,
And forc'd to drink their vapour.
Iras.

The gods forbid !
Cleo. Nay, 'tis most certain, Iras : Saucy lictors
Will catch at us like strumpets; and scald rhyrners
Ballad us out o' tune : the quick comedians
Extemporally will stage us, and present
Our Alexandrian revels : Antony
Shall be brought drunken forth, and I shall see
Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness
l'the posture of a whore.
Iras.

O the good gods!
Cleo. Nay, that is certain.

Iras. I'll never see it; for, I am sure, my nails
Are stronger than mine eyes.
Cleo.

Why, that's the way
To fool their preparation, and to conquer
Their most absurd intents.—Now, Charmian ?-

Cleo. Avoid, and leave him. (Erit Guard. Hast thou the pretty worm of Nilus there, That kills and pains not?

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 ?

Clown. Very many, men and women too. 1 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.

Cleo. Get thee hence; farewell.
Clown. I wish you all joy of the worm.
Cleo. Farewell. [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: 1 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

(Exit.
Re-enter Iras, with a robe, crown, fr.
Cleo. Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have
Immortal longings in me: Now no more
The juice of Egypt's grape shall moist this lip :-
Yare, yare, good Iras; quick.—Methinks I hear
Antony call; I see him rouse himself
To praise my noble act; I hear him mock
The luck of Cæsar, which the gods give men
To excuse their after wrath : Husband, I come:
Now to that name my courage prove my title !
I am fire and air; my other elements
I give to baser life.-So,-have you done?
Come then, and take the last warmth of my lips.
Farewell, kind Charmian ;-Iras, long farewell.

[Kisses them. IRAs falls and dies. Have I the aspic in my lips? Dost fall ? If thou and nature can so gently part, The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch, Which hurts, and is desir'd. Dost thou lie stil? If thus thou vanishest, thou tellist the world It is not worth leave-taking. Char. Dissolve, thick cloud, and rain; that I

may 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, thou mortal

wretch,

[ To the asp, which she applies to her breasl. With thy sharp teeth this knot intrinsicate

worm.

Enter CHARMIAN. Show me, my women, like a queen ;-Go fetch My best attires ;-I am again for Cydnus, To meet Mark Antony :-Sirrah, Iras, go.Now, noble Charmian, we'll despatch indeed : And, when thou hast done this chare, I'll give thee

leave To play till doomsday.-Bring our crown and all. Wherefore's this noise ?

(Exit IRAS. A noise within.

Enter one of the Guard.
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 instru-
ment

(Erit Guard. May do a noble deed! he brings me liberty. My resolution's plac'd, and I have nothing Of woman in me: Now from head to foot I

am marble-constant: now the fleeting moon No planet is of mine. Re-enter Guard, with a Clown bringing a basket. Guard.

This is the man.

Of life at once untie : poor venomous fool,
Be angry, and despatch. O, couldst thou speak!
That I might hear thee call great Cæsar, ass
Unpolicied!

Char. O eastern star!
Cleo.

Peace, peace!
Dost thou not see my baby at my breast,
That sucks the nurse asleep?

Char.

O, break! O, breu Cleo. As sweet as balm, as soft as air, as gentleO Antony -Nay, I will take thee too :

(Applying another asp to ker an What should I stay- (Falls on a bed, and ex

Char. In this wild world ?-So, fare thee wellNow boast thee, Death! in thy possession lies A lass unparallel'd.-Downy windows, close;

(K

CLEO

Poor venomous fool, be angry, and despatch.

[ Dies.

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 ?
Char.

Speak softly, wake her not. 1 Guard. Cæsar hath sentChar.

Too slow a messenger.

(Applies the asp. 0, come; apace, despatch : 1 partly feel thee. 1 Guard. Approach, ho! All's not well: Cæsar's

beguild. 2 Guard. There's Dolabella sent from Cäsar;

call him. | Guard. What work is here!--Charmian, is

this well done? Char. It is well done, and fitting for a princess

Descended of so many royal kings.
Ah, soldier!

Enter 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, a way for Cæsar! Enter CÆSAR, and Attendants. Dol. O, sir, you are too sure an augurer; That you did fear is done. Cæs.

Bravest at the last: She levell’d at our purposes, and, being royal,

ook her own way. — The manner of their There is a vent of blood, and something blown: deaths ?

The like is on her arm. do not see them bleed.

1 Guard. This is an aspic's trail: and these figDol. Who was last with them?

leaves 1 Guard. A simple countryman, that brought Have slime upon them, such as the aspic leaves her figs.

Upon the caves of Nile. This was his basket.

Cæs.

Most probable
Cæs.
Poison'd then.

That so she died; for her physician tells me 1 Guard.

O Cæsar, She hath pursued conclusions infinite This Charmian liv'd but now; she stood, and Of easy ways to die.—Take up her bed ; spake:

And bear her women from the monument :| found her trimming up the diadem

She shall be buried by her Antony: On her dead mistress; tremblingly she stood, No grave upon the earth shall clip in it And on the sudden dropp'd.

A pair so famous. High events as these Cæs.

O noble weakness ! Strike those that make them; and their story is If they had swallow'd poison 'twould appear No less in pity than his glory, which By external swelling: but she looks like sleep, Brought them to be lamented. Our army shall, As she would catch another Antony

In solemn show, attend this funeral; In her strong toil of grace.

And then to Rome.-Come, Dolabella, see Dol. Here, on her breast. High order in this great solemnity. [Ereun.

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ACT 1.-SCENE I.

"But stirrid by Cleopatra" —Johnson explains this

as if" but” had the meaning of ercept—Antony will be * — RENEAGUEy all lemper"-i. e. Renounces. This is

himself, unless Cleopatra keeps him in commotion. N usually spelled reneger. Coleridge suggested the or

Mason objects to this, and interprets the passage, “ if bat thography here adopted, which is the old spelling, and stirred by Cleopatra." Knight, dissenting from both

, besides gives the proper pronunciation, as in league. considers the obvious meaning to be, “ Antony accepts Stevens proposed to read reneyes, a word used by Cleopatra's belief of what he will be. He will be hiChaucer in the same sense; but we have the word in self, but still under the influence of Cleopatra ; and to the form here used, in LEAR.

show what that influence is, he continues, "Now, for "— TRIPLE pillar of the world"-" Triple" is here

the love of Love,' etc." used in the sense of third, or one of three-one of the Triumvirs, the three masters of the world. So in All's

To-night we'll wander through the streets," etc. Well that Ends Well, we have a “triple eye" for a

Platı writeth that there are four kinds of flattery; third eye. The industry of the commentators has not but Cleopatra divided it into many kinds. For she found any similar use of the word, in any other old

(were it in sport, or in matters of earnest) still devised author.

sundry new delights to have Antonius at commandment,

never leaving him night nor day, nor once letting him “Grates me”-i. e. Offends me; is grating to me. go out of her sight. For she would play at dice with “ The sum"-i. e. What is the amount of your

him, drink with him, and hunt commonly with him, ridings?

and also be with him when he went to any exercise or

activity of body. And sometime also, when he would " hear them"-i. e. The news, which word, in the go up and down the city disguised like a slave in the l'oet's age, still retained its plural use.

night, and would peer into poor men's windows and Take in that kingdom"—“Take in," it has been

their shops, and scold and brawl within the house, Cleo elsewhere observed, signifies subdue, conquer.

patra would be also in a chambermaid's array, and amble

up and down the streets with him, so that oftentimes “ Where's Fulvia's PROCESS"-A word used with Antonius bare away both mocks and blows. Now, technical accuracy. “ Process" here means summons. though most men misliked this manner, yet the Aler: “ Lawyers call that the processe by which a man is andrians were commonly glad of this jollity, and liked called into the court, and no more. To serve with pro- it well, saying, very gallantly and wisely, that Antonius cesse is to cite, to summon."2."-MInshew.

showed them a comical face, to wit, a merry connte

nance; and the Romans a tragical face, that is to say, a “ — RANG'd empire"-Capell, the most neglected of

grim look.–North's Plutarch. the commentators, properly explains this—"Orderly ranged-whose parts are now entire and distinct, like a number of well-built edifices." He refers to a passage

Scene II. in CORIOLANUS:

Enter Charmian, Iras, Alexas," etc. Bury all which yet distinctly ranges,

Shakespeare followed Plutarch, and appears to have In heaps and piles of ruin.

been anxious to introduce every incident and every per - to wp-i. e. To knoro.

sonage he met with in his historian. Plutarch inenbons

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