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; I am sick, and sullen. -
Cleo. Help me away, dear Charmian, I shall fall;
Ant. . Now, my dearest queen,
Cleo. Pray you, stand further from me.
What's the matter?
'Would, she had never given you leave to come! :
Ant. The gods best know-
0, never was there queen
i Cleopatra, a du. Cleo, Why should I think, you can be mine, and ;
true, orce Though you in swearing shake the throned gods,
Who have been false to Fulvia? Riotous madness, do, 6 To be entangled with those mouth-made vows, #, CIC. Which break themselves in swearing! Ant.
** Most sweet queen, che ? Cleo. Nay, pray you, seek no colour for your going,
But bid farewell, and go: when you sued staying, I wis, Then was the time for words: No going then; fear. Eternity was in our lips, and eyes;
Bliss in our brows' bent;' none our parts so poor,
But was a race of heaven:2 They are so still, · Or thou, the greatest soldier of the world,
Art turn'd the greatest liar.
1.- in our brows' bent;] i. e. in the arch of our eye-brows..
a race of heaven:] i. e. had a smack or flavour of heaven. VOL. VII.
Anticong nece nile; but " Our Italy pompeius
How now, lady!
Hear me, queen: The strong necessity of time commands Our services a while; but my full heart Remains in use with you. Our Italy Shines o'er with civil swords: Sextus Pompeius Makes his approaches to the port of Rome: Equality of two domestick powers Breeds scrupulous faction: The hated, grown to
strength, i' , Are newly grown to love: the condemn'd Pompey, Rich in his father's honour, creeps apace · Into the hearts of such as have not thriv'd Upon the present state, whose numbers threaten; And quietness, grown sick of rest, would purge By any desperate change: My more particular, And that which most with you should safe my going, Is Fulvia's death. Cleo. Though age from folly could not give me
Ant. She's dead, my queen: .
O most false love!
S should safe my going,] i. e. should render my going not dangerous, not likely to produce any mischief to you.
+ It does from childishness:--Can Fulvia die?] i. e. Though age has not exempted me from folly, I am not so childish, as to have apprehensions from a rival that is no more. And is Fulvia dead indeed?
's The garboils she awak'd;] i e, the commotion she occasioned. The word is derived from the old French garbouil, which Cotgreaye explains by hurlyburly, great stir.
Thy soldieffect'st. cut my lace:
Where be the sacred vials thou should'st fill
Ant. Quarrel no more, but be prepar'd to know
Cleo. Cut my lace, Charmian, come;--.
My precious queen, forbear;
Cleo. . So Fulvia told me.
You'll heat my blood; no more. ::
And target,Still he mends; But this is not the best: Look, pr’ythee, Charmian, How this Herculean Roman' does become The carriage of his chafe.
O most false love!
With sorrowful water?] Alluding to the lachrymatory vials, or bottles of tears, which the Romans sometimes put into the urn of a friend.
7 So Antony lotes.] i. e, uncertain as the state of my health is the love of Antony.
8 to Egypt :) To me, the Queen of Egypt.
l_ Herculean Roman -] Antony traced his descent from Anton, a son of Hercules.
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I'll leave you, lady.
But that your royalty
'Tis sweating labour,
Let us go. Come;
1:0, my oblivion is a very Antony, '.
And I am all forgotten,] Cleopatra has something to say, which seems to be suppressed by sorrow; and, after many attempts to produce her meaning, she cries out: 0, this oblivious memory of mine is as false and treacherous to me as Antony is, and I forget every thing. Oblivion, is boldly used for a memory apt to be deceitful. 2 But that your royalty,
Holds idleness your subject, I should take you
For idleness itself:] i. e. But that I know you to be a queen, and that your royalty holds idleness in subjection to you, exalting you far above its influence, I should suppose you to be the very genius of idleness itself.
3 Since my becomings kill me,] There is somewhat of obscurity in this expression ; perhaps she may mean-That conduct which,
in my own opinion, becomes me, as often as it appears ungraceful 1; to you, is a shock to my insensibility,
Enter Octavius CÆSAR, LEPIDUS, and Attendants,
Cæs. You may see, Lepidus, and henceforth know,
I must not think, there are
Rather than purchas'd;' what he cannot change, :
And keep the turn of tippling with a slave; .
. 4 One great competitor:] Competitor means here, as it' does
purchas'd;] Procured by his own fault or endeavour.