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Have shewn to thee such a declining day,
let me lament With tears as sovereign as the blood of hearts, That thou my brother, my competitor In top of all design, my mate in Empire, Friend and companion in the front of war, The arm of mine own body, and the heart Where mine its thoughts did kindle; that our stars, Unreconcileable, should have divided Our equalness to this. Hear me, good friends, But I will tell you at some meeter season.The business of this man looks out of him, We'll hear him what he says. Whence are you?
Enter an Egyptian.
Caf. Bid her have good heart;
Egypt. May the Gods preserve thee! (Exit.
Cæs. Come hither, Proculeius; go, and say, We purpose her no shame; give her what comforts The quality of her passion shall require; Left in her greatness by some mortal stroke She do defeat us: for her life in Rome Would be eternaling our triumph. Go, And with your speedieft bring us what she says, And how you find her. Pro. Cæsar, I shall.
[Exit Proculeius. Cæf. Gallus, go you along ;-where's Dolabella, To second Proculeius?
Cæs. Let him alone; for I remember now,
[Exeunt. S C Ε Ν Ε. II.
Changes to the Monument.
A better life; 'tis paltry to be Cafar ;
Cleo. What's thy name?
He gives me so much of miné own, as I
Pro. Be of good cheer:
Cleo. Pray you, tell him,
I hourly learn
Pro. This I'll report, dear lady.
a Ladder, and enter at a back Window,
[Drawing a Dagger. The Monument is open'd; Proculeius rughes in,
and difarms the Queen.
[languilh ? Cleo. What, of death too, that rids our dogs of
Pro., Do not abuse my master's bounty, by Th' undoing of yourself: let the world see His Nobleness well acted, which your death Will never let come forth.
Cleo. Where art thou, death? Come hither, come: oh come, and take a Queen
Worth many babes and beggars.
Pro. Oh, temperance, lady!
Cleo. Sir, I will eat no meat, I'll not drink, Sir:
Pro. You do extend
shall Find cause in Cæfar.
S CE N E III.
Pro. So, Dolabella,
Cleo. Say, I would die. [Exit Proculeius. Dol. Most noble Empress, you have heard of me. Cleo. I cannot tell. Dol. Assuredly, you know me. * If idle talk will once be necessary,] This Nonsense should be re. formed thus, - If idle time will once be necessary. i. c. if Repose be necessary to cherish Lise, I will not sleep.
Cleo. No matter, Sir, what I have heard or known: You laugh, when boys or women tell their dreams; Is't not your trick?
Dol. I understand not, Madam.
Cleo. I dreamt, there was an Emp'ror Antony;
[stuck Cleo. His face was as the heav'ns ; and therein A Sun and Moon, which kept their course, and The little O o'th' Earth.
[lighted Dol. Moft sovereign creature !-
Cleo. His legs bestrid the ocean, his rear'd arm Crested the world : his voice was propertied As all the tuned Spheres, when that to friends : But when he meant to quail, and shake the Orb, He was a ratling thunder. For his bounty, There was no winter in't : An Autumn 'twas That grew the more by reaping. His delights Were dolphin-like, they few'd his back above The element they liv'd in; in his livery Walk'd Crowns and Coronets, realms and islands · As plates dropt from his pocket.
were Dol. Cleopatra
Cleo. Think you, there was, or might be, such a As this I dreamt of ?
(man Dol. Gentle Madam, no.
Cleo. You lie, up to the hearing of the Gods ;
Dol. Hear me, good Madam: