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Der. I say, O Cæsar, Antony is dead.
He is dead, Cæsar; Not by a publick minister of justice, Nor by a hired knife; but that self hand, Which writ his honour in the acts it did, Hath, with the courage which the heart did lend it, Splitted the heart.-This is his sword, I robb'd his wound of it; behold it stain'd With his most noble blood. Cæs.
Look you sad, friends?
And strange it is,
His taints and honours
A rarer spirit never
Mec. When such a spacious mirror's set before him,
but it is a tidings To wash the eyes of kings.] That is, May the gods rebuke me, if this be not tidings to make kings weep.
But we do lance
Have shown to thee such a declining day,
Enter a Messenger.
Bid her have good heart;
So 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 ; Lest, in her greatness, by some mortal stroke She do defeat us: for her life in Rome Would be eternal in our triumph: Go, And, with your speediest, bring us what she says, And how
that is curable by scarifying, we use the lancet; and if we neglect to do so, we are destroyed by it. Antony was to me a disease ; and by his being cut off, I am made whole. We could not both have lived in the world together. MALONE.
his thoughts-] His is here used for its. Our equalness to this.] That is, should have made us, in our equality of fortune, disagree to a pitch like this, that one of us must die.
find of her. Pro.
Cæsar, I shall. [Exit PROCULEIUS. Cæs. Gallus, go you along.–Where's Dolabella, To second Proculeius ?
[Exit Gallus. Agr. Mec.
Alexandria. A Room in the Monument.
Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, and Iras.
- fortune's knave,] The servant of fortune.
And it is great, &c.] The difficulty of the passage, if any difficulty there be, arises only from this, that the act of suicide,
Enter, to the Gates of the Monument, PROCULBIUS,
Gallus, and Soldiers.
What's thy name?
bade me trust you ; but I do not greatly care to be deceiv’d, That have no use for trusting. If your master Would have a queen his beggar, you must tell him, That majesty, to keep decorum, must No less beg than a kingdom: if he please To give me conquer'd Egypt for my son, He gives me so much of mine own, as I Will kneel to him with thanks. Pro.
Be of good cheer;
full reference freely to my lord,
Pray you, tell him
and the state which is the effect of suicide, are confounded. Vo. luntary death, says she, is an act which bolts up change ; it produces a state,
Which sleeps, and never palates more the dung,
The beggar's nurse and Cæsar's. Which has no longer need of the gross and terrene sustenance, in the use of which Cæsar and the beggar are on a level.
The speech is abrupt, but perturbation in such a state is surely natural. Johnson.
that will pray in aid for kindness,] Praying in aid is a term used for a petition made in a court of justice for the calling in of help from another that hath an interest in the cause in question.
I am his fortune's vassal, and I send him
This I'll report, dear lady.
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 Proculeius and the Guard. Exit GALLUS. Iras. Royal queen! Char. O Cleopatra ! thou art taken, queen ! Cleo. Quick, quick, good hands.
[Drawing a Dagger. Pro.
Hold, worthy lady, hold:
[Seizes and disarms her.
What, of death too
Where art thou, death? Come hither, come! come, come, and take a queen Worth many babes and beggars !®
send him The greatness he has got.) i. e. her crown which he has won. Worth
many babes and beggars !] Why, death, wilt thou not rather seize a queen, than employ thy force upon babes and beggars.