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Who is so full of grace that it flows over
Pray you, tell him
This I 'll report, dear lady. Have comfort; for I know your plight is pitied Of him that caus d it. Gal. You see how easily she may be surpris'd; [Here PROCULEIUS and two of the Guard ascend
the Monument by a ladder placed against a window, and, having descended, come behind CLEOPATRA. Some of the Guard unbar and
open the gates. Guard her till Cæsar come.
[ To Pro. and the Guard. Exit GALLUS.
(Drawing a dagger. Pro.
Hold, worthy lady, hold :
[ Seizes and disarms her. 'Do not yourself such wrong, who are in this Reliev'd, but not betray'd. Cleo.
What, of death too
Where art thou, Death?
Come hither, come ! come, come, and take a queen
0, temperance, lady!
You do extend These thoughts of horror further than you shall Find cause in Cæsar.
[To CLEOPATRA If you 'll employ me to him. Cleo.
Say, I would die.
[Exeunt PROCULEIUS and Soldiers. a Johnson explains this, we think correctly, "I will not eat, and, if it will be necessary now for once to waste a moment in idle talk of my purpose, I will not sleep neither."
• Pyramides—the Latin plural of pyramid; used as a qua: drisyllable.
Dol. Most noble empress, you have heard of me?
Assuredly, you know me.
I understand not, madam.
If it might please you,
Most sovereign creature, Cleo. His legs bestrid the ocean: his rear'd arm Crested the world: his voice was propertied As all the tuned spheres, and that to friends; But when he meant to quail and shake the orb, He was as rattling thunder. For his bounty, . There was no winter in 't; an autumn 't was, That grew the more by reaping : His delights Were dolphin-like; they show'd his back above The element they liv'd in: In his livery Walk'd crowns and crownets ; realms and islands
As plates a dropp'd from his pocket.
Gentle madam, no.
a Plates. Pieces of silver money were called plates.
An Antony, were nature's piece 'gainst fancy,
Hear me, good madam;
I thank you, sir.
Dol. I am loth to tell you what I would you knew.
Though he be honourable,-
Madam, he will; I know it.
Within. Make way there,—Cæsar! Enter CÆSAR, GALLUS, PROCULEIUS, MECÆNAS,
SELEUCUS, and Attendants.
Cæs. Arise, you shall not kneel :-
Sir, the gods
Cæs. Take to you no hard thoughts :
Sole sir o' the world,
Cleopatra, know, We will extenuate rather than enforce : If you apply yourself to our intents, (Which towards you are most gentle,) you shall find A benefit in this change; but if you seek To lay on me a cruelty, by taking Antony's course, you shall bereave yourself Of my good purposes, and put your children To that destruction which I'll guard them from, If thereon you rely. I'll take my leave.
Cleo. And may, through all the world : 't is yours;
Your 'scutcheons, and your signs of conquest, shall Hang in what place you please. Here, my good lord. Cæs. You shall advise me in all for Cleopatra.
Cleo. This is the brief of money, plate, and jewels, I am possess d of: ’t is exactly valued; Not petty things admitted.—Where 's Seleucus ?
Sel. Here, madam.
Cleo. This is my treasurer ; let him speak, my lord,
What have I kept back ?
Cæs. Nay, blush not, Cleopatra ; I approve
See, Cæsar! O, behold,
shalt Go back, I warrant thee; but I'll catch thine eyes,