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OTHELLO, THE MOOR OF VENICE.
Like the base Indian, threw a pearl away,
Richer than all his tribe; of one, whose subdued eyes,
Drop tears as fast as the Arabian trees
Lod. O bloody period!
All that's spoke is marr❜d.
no way but this, [Falling upon Desdemona.
Oth. I kiss'd thee, ere I kill'd thee:
Killing myself, to die upon a kiss.
Cas. This did I fear, but thought he had no weapon,
For he was great of heart.
O Spartan dog!
More fell than anguish, hunger, or the sea,
- To you, lord governor,
The time, the place, the torture: - - O, enforce it!
Myself will straight aboard, and to the state
This heavy act with heavy heart relate.
M. EMIL. LEPIDUS,)
TAURUS, Lieutenant-General to
CANIDIUS, Lieutenant-General to
SILIUS, an Officer under Ventidius.
ALEXAS, MARDIAN, SELEUCUS,
CHARMIAN, Attendants on Cleo-
Officers, Soldiers, Messengers, and other Attendants.
SCENE, in several Parts of the Roman Empire.
ACT I. SCENE I.
Alexandria. A Room in CLEOPATRA'S Palace.
Enter DEMETRIUS and PHILO.
Phi. Nay, but this dotage of our general's O'erflows the measure: those his goodly eyes, That o'er the files and musters of the war
Have glow'd like plated Mars, now bend, now turn
The office and devotion of their view
Upon a tawny front: his captain's heart,
To cool a gipsy's lust. Look, where they come.
Flourish. Enter ANTONY and CLEOPATRA, with their Trains; Eunuchs fanning her.
Take but good note, and you shall see in him
The triple pillar of the world transform'd
Into a strumpet's fool: behold and see.
Cleo. If it be love indeed, tell me how much.
Ant. There's beggary in the love that can be reckon'd.
Cleo. I'll set a bourn how far to be belov'd.
Ant. Then must thou needs find out new heaven, new earth.
Enter an Attendant.
Att. News, my good lord, from Rome.
Cleo. Nay, hear them, Antony:
His powerful mandate to you, "Do this, or this;
How, my love!
- nay, and most like,
Ant. Let Rome in Tyber melt, and the wide arch Of the rang'd empire fall! Here is my space.
Kingdoms are clay: our dungy earth alike
Why did he marry Fulvia, and not love her? -
Will be himself.
But stirr'd by Cleopatra.
Now, for the love of Love, and her soft hours,
Fie, wrangling queen!
Whom every thing becomes, to chide, to laugh,
To weep; whose every passion fully strives
To make itself, in thee, fair and admir'd.
To-night we 'll wander through the streets, and note
Last night you did desire it.
Speak not to us.
[Exeunt ANT. and CLEOP. with their Train. Dem. Is Cæsar with Antonius priz'd so slight? Phi. Sir, sometimes, when he is not Antony, He comes too short of that great property Which still should go with Antony.
I am full sorry,
That he approves the common liar, who
Rest you happy.
The Same. Another Room.
Enter CHARMIAN, IRAS, ALEXAS, and a Soothsayer.
Char. Lord Alexas, sweet Alexas, most any thing Alexas, almost most absolute Alexas, where's the soothsayer that you praised so to the queen? O! that I knew this husband, which you say, must charge his horns with garlands!
Eno. Bring in the banquet quickly; wine enough, Cleopatra's health to drink.
Char. Good Sir, give me good fortune.
Sooth. I make not, but foresee.
Char. Pray, then, foresee me one.
Sooth. You shall be yet far fairer than you are.
Char. He means, in flesh.
Iras. No, you shall paint when you are old.
Alex. Vex not his prescience; be attentive.
Sooth. You shall be more beloving, than belov'd.
Alex. Nay, hear him.
Char. Good now, some excellent fortune. Let me be married to three kings in a forenoon, and widow them all: let me have a child at fifty, to whom Herod of Jewry may do homage: find me to marry me with Octavius Cæsar, and companion me with my mistress.
Sooth. You shall outlive the lady whom you serve.