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Cleo. No, I will not :

Ant. Gentie, hear me:
All strange and terrible events are we.come, None about Cæsar trust, but Proculeius
But comforts we despise ; our size of sorrow, Cleo. My resolution, and my hands, I'll trust;
Proportion'd to our cause, must be as great

None about Cæsar.

Ant. The miserable change now at my end,

Lament nor sorrow at: but please your thoughts, As that which makes it.-How now? is he dead? Dro. His death's upon him, but not dead.

In feeding them with those my former fortunes Look out o' the other side your monument,

Wherein I liv'd, the greatest prince o' the world,

The noblest: and do now not basely die, His guard have brought him thither.

Nor cowardly; put off my helmet to Enter Antony, borne by the Guard. My countryman, a Roman, by a Rornan Cleo.

O, thou sun, Valiantly vanquish'd. Now, my spirit is going; Burn the great sphere thou mov'st in!-darkling I can no more.

[Dies. stand


Noblest of men, woo't die? The varying shore o' the world. O, Antony, Antony, Hast thou no care of me? shall I abide Antony !

In this dull world, which in thy absence is Help, Charmian; help, Iras, help: help, friends

No better than a sty?-0, see, my women, Below, let's draw him hither.

The crown o' the earth doth melt :-My lord ! Ant.


O, wither'd is the garland of the war, Not Cesar's valour hath o'erthrown Antony,

The soldier's pole is fallen;e young boys and girls, But Antony's hath triumph'd on itsell.

Are level now with men: the odds is gone, Cleo. So it should be, that none but Antony

And there is nothing left remarkable Should conquer Antony ; but wo 'us so!

Beneath the visiting moon."

(She faints. Ant. I am dying, Egypt, dying; only


O, quietness, lady! I here importurie death a while, until

Iras. She is dead, too, our sovereign. or many thousand kisses the poor last


Lady, I lay upon thy lips.


Madam, Cleo. I dare not, dear,

Char. O madam, madam, madam! (Dear my lord, pardon,) I dare not,


Royal Egypt ! Lest I be taken:? not the imperious show Empress! Of the full-fortun'd Cæsar ever shall

Char. Peace, peace,

Iras. Be brooch'd' with me; is knife, drugs, serpents,

Cleo. No more, but e'en a woman;'" and comhave

manded Edge, sting, or operation, I am safe :

By such poor passion as the maid that milks Your wife Octavia, with her modest eyes,

And does the meanest chares.'1-It were for me And still conclusion, shall acquire no honour

To throw my sceptre at the injurious gods ; Demuring upon me.-But come, come, Antony,-

To tell them that this world did equal theirs, Help me, my women, -we must draw thee up ;

Till they had stolen our jewel. All's but naught; Assist, good friends.

Patience is sottish; and impatience does
O, quick, or I am gone.

Become a dog that's mad: Then is it sin,
Cleo. Here's sport, indeed 36-how heavy weighs To rush into the secret house of death,

Ere death dare come to us!-How do you, women ? Our strength is all gone into heaviness,

What, what? good cheer! Why, how now, Char That makes the weight: Had I great Juno's power,

mian? The strong-wing'd Mercury should fetch thee up,

My noble girls !--Ah, women, women! look, And set thee by Jove's side. Yet come a little,-- Our lamp is spent, it's out :-Good sirs, take

heart : Wishers were ever fools ;-), come, come, come ;

(To the Guard below. (They draw ANTONY up.

We'll bury him: and then, what's brave, what's And welcome, welcome ! die

, where thou hast liv'd : Let's do it after the high Roman fashion, Quicken with kissing; had my tips that power, Thus would I wear them out.

And make death proud to take us.

Come away: AU.

A heavy sight!

This case of that huge spirit now is cold. Ant. I am dying, Egypt, dying :

Ah women, women! come ; we have no friend

But resolution and the briefest end.
Give me some wine, and let me speak a little.
Cleo. No, let me speak; and let me rail so high,

(Exeunt ; those above bearing of Antony's That the false housewife Fortune break her wheel,

Provok'd by my offence.
One word, sweet queen :

7 "Let us sit and mock the good housewife

Fortune from her wheel,' &c. of Cæsar seek your honour with your safety.--0!

As You Like It. Cleo. They do not go together.

s That is, their standard or rallying point is thrown Il should be remembered that, according to the old down. Marlowe concludes his Faustus with a similar philosophy, the sun was accounted a planet, and thought image: to be whirled round the earth by the motion of a solid Cut is the branch that might have grown full straight, sphere in which it was fixed. Supposing this consumed, And burned is Apolloes laurel bough.' the sun must wander in endless space, and the earth be


From this instant involved in endless night.

There's nothing serious in mortality : 2 Cleopatra means that she dare not come down All is but toys; renown and grace is dead; out of the monument to Antony. Ritson proposed to

The wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees read :

Is left this vault to brag on.'

Macbeth. (Dear my lord, pardon) I dare not come doron.'

10 Tras has just said, “ Royal Egype, Empress ! Cleo. 8 Brooch'd here must mean ornamented, adorned. patra completes the sentence, (without taking notice of Any ornamental jewel was called a brooch :

-Ho the intervening words of Charmian,)Empress' no more; nour's a good brooch to wear in a man's hat at all but e'en a woman,' now on a level with the meanest of unes.'Ben Jonson's Portaster.

my sex. The old copy reads but in a woman.' Dr. And love to Richard

Johnson made the correction.
Is a strange brooch in this all hating world.

II i. e. task-work. She, like a good wife, is teaching King Richard II. Ad ii. Sc. 5. her servalits sundry chares.'— Heywood's Brazen Age, 4 'Sedale determination ; silent coolness of resolu. 1613. 'don.

* And at my crummed messe of milke, each night from $ Cleopatra by these words seems to contrast the

maid or dame melancholy task in which they are now engaged with To do their chares as they supposed,' &c. their former sports.

Warner's Albion's England. 6 i e, revive by my kise. To quicken, according to Thus in Act v. Sc. 2, Cleopatra says :-Barel, is to make livelie and lūstie ; to make strong

"When thou hast done this chare, I'll give thee leave and sound, lo refresh."

To play till doonsday'

my lord!


Diseases in our bodies : I must perforco SCENE I. Cæsar's Camp before Alexandria. Or look on thine ; we could not stall together

Have shown to thee such a declining day, Enter CÆSAR, AGRIPPA, DOLABELLA, Mece- In the whole world : But yet let me lament, NAS, GALLUS, PROCULEIUS, and others.

With tears as sovereign as the blond of hearts, Cæs. Go to him, Dolabella, bid him yield; That thou, my brother, my competitor Being so frustrate,' tell him, he mocks us by In top of all design, my mate in empire, The pauses that he makes.

Friend and companion in the front of war, Dol. Cæsar, I shall. (Exit DOLABELLA. The arm of mine own body, and the heart Enter DERCETAs, with the Sword of Antony.

Where mine his thoughts did kindle-chat our stars Cæs. Wherefore is that ? and what art thou that Our equalness to this. —Hear me, good friends,

Unreconcileable, should divide

But I will tell you at some meeter season;
Appear thus to us ??
I am call'd Dercetas ;

Enter a Messenger.
Mark Antony I serv'd, who best was worthy The business of this man looks out of him,
Best to be serv'd: whilst he stood up and spoke, We'll hear him what he says.-Whence are you ?
He was my master; and I wore my life,

Mess. A poor Egyptian yet.' The queen, my To spend upon his haters: If thou please

mistress, Tu take me to thee, as I was to him

Confin’d in all she has, her monument, I'll be to Caesar; if thou pleasest not,

of thy intents desires instruction ; I yield thee up my life.

That 'she preparedly may frame herself Ces.

What is't thou say'st ? To the way she's forced to. Der. I say, O, Cæsar, Antony is dead.


Bid her have good heart; Ces. The breaking of so great a thing should She soon shall know of us, by some of ours, make

How honourable'' and how kindly we
A greater crack: The round world should have shook Determine for her: for Cæsar cannot live
Lions into civil streets,

To be ungentle.
And citizens to their dens :—The death of Antony Mess. So the gods preserve thee! [Esil.
Is not a single dooin; in the name lay

Cæs. Come hither, Proculeius ; Go, and say, A moiety of the world.

We purpose her no shame : give her what comforts * Der.

He is dead, Cæsar; The quality of her passion shall require ; Not by a public minister of justice,

Lest in her greatness, by some mortal stroke Nor by a hired knife ; but that self hand, She do defeat us: for her life in Rome Which writ his honour in the acts it did,

Would be eternal in our triumph :" Go, Hath, with the courage which the heart did lend it, And, with your speediest, bring us what sho says, Splitted the heart. This is his sword,

And how you find of her. I robb'd his wound of it; behold it stain'd

Pro. Cæsar, I shall. (Exit PROCULEIUL. With his most noble blood.

Cæs. Gallus, vou go along.-Where's Dolabella, Ces. Look you sad, friends ? To second Proculeius ?

(Exit GALLUS. The gods rebuke me, but it is tidings

Agt. Mec.

Dolabella! To wash the eyes of kings.

Ces. Let him alone, for I remember now Agr.

And strange it is, How he's employed; he shall in time be ready. That nature must compel us to lament

Go with me to my tent; where you shall see Our most persisted deeds.

How hardly I was drawn into this war; Mec.

His taints and honours How calm and gentle I proceeded still
Wageds equal with him.

In all my writings : Go with me, and see
A rarer spirit never What I can show in this.

(Eseunt. Did steer humanity : but you, gods, will give us Some faults to make us men. Cæsar is touch'd.

SCENE II. Alexandria. A Room in the MomsMec. When such a spacious mirror's set before

ment. Enter CLEOPATRA,"? CHARMIAN, and him,

IRAS. He needs must see himself.

Cleo. My desolation does begin to make Ces.

0, Antony !

A better life : 'Tis paltry to be Cæsar; I have follow'd thee to this ;-But we do lance®

4. May the gods rebuke me if this be not tidings to i Frustrate for frustrated was the language of Shak. make kings weep.' But again in its exceptive sense. speare's time; and we find contaminate for contami. 5 Waged here must mean to be opposed, as equal nated, consummate for consummated, &c. Thus in stakes in a wager; unless we suppose that weighed is The Tempest :

The second folio reads toay. and the sea mocks

6 Launch, the word in the old copy, is only the obOur frustrate search by land.'

solete spelling of lance. The ewu last words in this line, us by, are not in the old 7 His for ils. copy, in which something seems omitted, and these 8 That is, should have made us, in our equality of words, which suit the context well, were supplied by fortune, disagree to a pitch like this, that one of us Malone, who has justified his selection of them by in- must die. stances of similar phraseology in other passages of 9 i. e. ' yet an Egyptian, or subject of the queen of these plays.

Egypt, though soon to become a subject of Rome.' ? i. e. with a drawn and bloody sword in thy hand. 10 I have before observed that the iermination Ole was 3 The passage is thus arranged in the old copy :- anciently often used for bly. This Malone calls using

The breaking of so great a thing should make adjectives adverbially, or using substantides adjec. A greater crack: the round world

tively, as the case may be. I doubt whether it be any Should have shook lions into civil streets,

thing more than the laxity of old orthography. We And citizens to their dens.'

have honourable for honourably again in Julius CæThe second line is evidently defective, some word or sar :words being omitted at the end, as in a former instance. Young man, thou could'st not die more honourable.' What is lost may be supplied by conjecture, thus :- 11 If I send her in triumph, to Rome, her memory The round world contulside.'

and my glory will be eternal.' Thus in The Scourge Johnson thought that there was a line lost: and Stee. of Venus, 1614 :-vens proposed to read :

If some foule-swelling ebon cloud would fall *A greater crack than this : The ruin'd world,' &c. For her to hide herself eternal in." I know not with whoin the present arrangement of the 12 The poet here has attempted to exhibit at once the text originated, but I do not think it judicious. Malone outside and the inside of a building. It would be diffi thought that the passage might have stood originally cult to represent this scene on the stage in any other way thus :

than making Cleopatra and her atendants speak alt The round world should have shook , their speecbes, till the queen is seized within the mon Throwon hungry lions into civil streets,' &c. numont


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Not being fortunç, he's but fortune's knave,' Char. O, Cleopatra ! thon art taken, queen!A minister of her will; And it is great

Cleo. Quick, quick, good hands. To do that thing that ends all other deeds ;

[Drawing a Dagger. Which shackles accidents, and bolts up change ;


Hold, worthy lady, holu: Which sleeps, and never palates more the dung;

(Seizes and disarms her. The beggar's nurse and Cesar's.”

Do not yourself such wrong, who are in this
Enter, to the Gates of the Monument, Proculeius, Reliev'd, but not betray'd.

Gallus, and Soldiers.

What, of death too,

That rids our dogs of languish ? Pro. Cæsar sends greeting to the queen of Egypt ; Pro.

Cleopatra, And bids thee study on what fair demands

Do not abuse my master's bounty, by. 'Thou mean'st to have him grant thee.

Thc undoing of yourself: let the world see Cleo. (Within.)

What's thy name? His nobleness well acted, which your death Pro. My name is Proculeius.

Will never let come forth. Cleo. [Within.)


Cleo. Did tell me of you, bade me trust you; but

Where art thou, death ?

Come bither, come! come, come, and take a queen I do not greatly care to be deceiv'd, That have no use for trusting. If your master

Worth many babes and beggars !

Pro. Would have a queen his beggar, you must tell him,

0, temperance, lady!

Cleo. Sır, I will eat no meat, I'll not drink, sir, That majesty, to keep decorum, must,

(If idle talk will once be necessary;') No less beg ihan a kingdom: if he please To give me conquer'd Egypt for my son,

I'll not sleep neither : This mortal house I'll ruin, He gives me so much of mine own, as I

Do Cæsar what he can. Know, sir, that I

Will not wait pinion'd at your master's court; Will kneel to him with thanks.

Nor once be chastis'd with the soher eye Pro.

Be of good cheer; lor dull Octavia. Shall they hoist me up, You are fallen into a princely hand, fear nothing :

And show me to the shouting varletry. Make your full reference freely to my lord,

Of censuring Rome? Rather a ditch in Egypt Who is so full of grace, that ii flows over On all that need : Let me report to him

Be gentle grave to me! rather on Nilus' mud

Lay me stark naked, and let the water-flies
Your sweet dependency; and you shall find

Blow me into abhorfing! rather make
A conqueror, that will pray in aid" for kindness,
Where he for grace is kneel'd 10.

My country's high pyramides' my gibbet,
Cleo. (Within.]

Pray you, tell him

And hang me up in chains !

You do extend
I am his fortune's vassal, and I send him
The greatness he has got, I hourly learn

These thoughts of horror further than you shall

Find cause in Cæsar.
A doctrine of obedience ; and would gladly
Look him i' the face.

This I'll report, dear lady. Dol.

Have comfort; for, I know, your plight is pitied

What thou hast done thy master Caesar knows, or him that caus'd il..

And he hath sent for thee : for the queen,
Gal. You see how easily she may besurpris'd; I'll take her to my guard.
(Here PROCULEIUS, and tico of the Guard, ascend Pro.

So, Dolabella,
the Monument by a Tulder placed against a It shall content me best : be gentle to her.-
Window, and having descended, come behind To Cæsar I will speak what you shall please
CLEOPATRA. Some of the Guard unbar and

[To CLEOPATRA. open the Gates.

If you'll employ me to him. Guard her till Cæsar come.


Say, I would die. [To PROCULEIUS. and the Guard. Exit

(Exeunt PROCULEJUS, and Soldiers. GALLUS.

Dol. Most noble empress, you have heard of me? Iras. Royal queen!

Cleo. I cannot tell. 1 Servant.

reported her aunswere unto Cesar: who immediately 2 Voluntary death (says Cleopatra) is an act which sent Gallus to speak once againe with her, and bad him bolts up change; it produces a state--.

purposely hold her with talk, whilst Proculejus did set Which sleeps, and never palates more the dung, up a ladder against that high windowe, by the which The beggar's nurse and Caesar's.'

Antonius rras Iressed up, and came doron into the moWhich has no longer need of the gross and terrene sus. nument with lico of his men, hard by the gate, where tenance, in the use of which Cæsar and the beggar are Cleopatra stood to hear what Gallus said unto her. One on a level. It has been already said in this play, that of her women shrieked out, o poore Cleopatra, thou our dungy earth

art taken. Then when she sawe Proculeius behind her, Feeds inan as beast.'

as she came from the gate, she thought to have stabbed The Æthiopian king (in Herodotus, b. jii.) upon hear herself with a short dagger she wore of purpose by her ing a description of the nature of wheat, repliesl, that side. But Proculeius came sodainly upon her, and he was not at all surprised if men, who cat nothing but taking her by both the hands, sayd unto her, Cleopatra, dung, did not attain a longer life.”

first thou shalt doe thyselle greate wrong, and secondly 3 Mason would change as I, to and 1; but I have unto Cæsar, in deprive him of the occasion and oppor. shown in another place that as was used by Shakspeare unitie openlie to shew his vaunlage and mercie, and to and his conxemporaries for that.

give his enemies cause to accuse the most courteous 4 Pruying in aid is a term used for a petition made and noble prince that ever was, and to appeach him as in a court of justice for the calling in or help from an though he were a cruel and mercilesse man that were other that hath an interest in the cause in question. not to be trusted.

So even as he spake the word he 5 By these words Cleopatra means—'In yielding to looke her dagger from her, and shooke her clothes for him I only give him that honour which he himselr fear of any poison hid aboute her. The speech given achieved." A kindred idea seems to oecur in Tho Tem o Gallus here is given by mistake to Proculeius in the pest: (Theu as my gift, and thy own acquisition,

7 11 should be remembered that once is used as onee Worthily purchased, iake thou my daughter.' for all by Shakspeare. I take the meaning of this line, o There is no stage direction in the oll copy. that which is evidentiy parentherical, to be, Onee for all, it which is now inserted is formed on the old translation of idle talk be necessary, about my purposes.' Johnson Plutarch :- Proculeius came to the gates, that were has shown that will be is often used in conversation very thicke and strong, and surely barred; but yet there without relation to the future. I have placed this line were some cranews through the which her royce might in a parenthesis, by which the sense of the passage is he heard, and so they without understood that Cleopatra now rendered sufficiently clear, without having re. demaunded the kingdome of Egypt for her sonnes, and course to supplementary words, as Malone and Ritson that Proculeius aunswered her, that she should be of propused. food cheere, and not be affrayed to refer all unto Cæsar. 8' Pyramides is so written and used as a quadrisyllaIfter he had viewed the place very well, he came and ble by Sandys and by Drayton.

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Dol. Assuredly, you know me.

Cleo. Sir, the gods
Cleo. No matter, sır, what I have heard, or known. Will have it thus; my master and my lord
You laugh, when boys, or women, tell their dreams; I must obey.
Is'ı uot your trick ?

Cas. Take to you no hard thoughts :

I understand not, madam. The record of what injuries you did us, Cleo. I dream'd, there was an emperor Antony; Though written in our flesh, we shall remember 0, such another sleep, that I might see

As things but done by chance. But such another man !


Sole sir o' the world Dol.

If it might please you, I cannot project mine own cause so well Cleo. His face was as the heavens ; and therein To make it clear; but do confess, I have stuck

Been laden with like frailties, which before A sun, and moon; which kept their course, and Have often sham'd our sex. lighted


Cleopatra, know, The little O, the earth.'

We will extenuate rather than enforce : Dol.

Most sovereign creature, If you apply yourself to our intents, Cleo. His legs bestrid the ocean :' his rear'd arm (Which towards you are most gentle,) you shall Crested the world: his voice was propertied

find As all the tuned spheres, and that to friends ; A benefit in this change ; but if you seek But when he meant to quail and shake the orb, To lay on me a cruelty, by taking He was as ratiling thunder. For his bounty, Antony's course, you shall bereave yourself There was no winter in't; an autumn 'twas, of my good purposes, and put your children Thai grew the more by reaping: His delights To that destruction which I'll guard them from, Were dolphin-like : they show'd his back above If thereon you rely. Pll take my leave. The element they liv'd in: In his livery

Cleo. And may, through all the world: 'tu Walk'd crowns, and crownels ; realms and islands

yours: and we

Your 'scutcheons, and your signs of conquest, shall As plates* dropp'd from his pocket.

Hang in what place you please. Here, my good Dol,


lord. Cleo. Think you, there was, or might be, such a Cæs. You shall advise me in all for Cleopatra."

Cleo. This is the brief of money, plate, and! As this I dream'd of?

jewels, Dol.

Gentle madam, no. I am possess'd of: 'tis exactly valued; Cleo. You lie, up to the hearing of the gods. Not petty things admitted.Where's Seleucus ? But, if there be, or ever were one such,

Sel. Here, madam. It's past the size of dreaming: Nature wants stuff Cleo. This is my treasurer ; let him speak, mga To vie strange forms with fancy; yet, to imagine lord, An Antony, were nature's piece 'gainst fancy, Upon his peril, that I have reserv'd Condemning shadows quite.

To myself nothing. Speak the truth, Seleucus. Dol.

Hear me, good madam: Sel. Madam,
Your loss is as yourself, great; and you bear it

I had rather seel* my lips, than, to my peril,
As answering to the weight: 'Would, I might never Speak that which is not.
O'ertake pursu'd success, but I do feel,


What have I kept back ?" By the rebound of yours, a grief that shoots

Sel. Enough to purchase what you have made My very heart at root.

known. Cleo. I thank you, sir.

Cæs. Nay, blush not, Cleopatra! 1 approve Know you, what Cæsar means to do with me? Your wisdom in the deed. Dol.'I am loath to tell you what I would you


See, Cæsar! O, behold' knew.

How pomp is follow'd! mine will now be yours; Cleo. Nay, pray you, sir,

And, should we shift estates, yours would be mine.Dol. Though he be honourable,

—The ingratitude of this Seleucus does Cleo. He'll lead me then in triumph ?

Even make me wild :--slave, of no more trust Dul.

Madam, he will; Than love that's hir'd !--What, goest thou back ;; I know it.

thou shalt Within. Make way there !--Cæsar!

Go back, I warrant thee;, but I'll catch thine eyesig

Though they had wings: Šlave, soulless villain, dog! Enter CÆSAR, GALLUS, PROCULEIUS, MECENAS, O, rarely base !" SELEUCUS, and Attendants.


Good queen, let us etreat your Ces.

Which is the queen Cleo. O, Cæsar, what a wounding shame is this :: of Egypt?

That thou, vouchsafing here to visit me, Dol. 'Tis the emperor, madam.

Doing the honour of thy lordliness

(CLEOPATRA kneels. To one so meek, that mine own servant should Ces.

Arise, Parcel the sum of my disgraces by
You shall not kneel:
I pray you, rise ; rise, Egypt.

Steevens should have expunged a note that appeared in

his edition of 1778, in which he cites the following 1 Shakspeare uses o for an orb or circle. Thus in beautiful passage from Ben Jonson's New Inn, on the King Henry V.:

subject of liberality :-

"He gave me firs' my breeding, I acknowledgo : Within thig wooden O the very casques.'

Then shower'd his bounties on me, like the houres 2 So in Julius Caesar :

That open-handed sit upon the clouds, "Why, man, he doth bestride the world

And press the liberality of heaven Like a Colossus.'

Down to the laps of thankful men." 3 Dr. Percy thinks that 'this is an allusion to some

5 To vie here has its metaphorical sense of to contend of the old crests in heraldry, where a raised arm on a

in rivalry. wreath was mounted on the helmet.' To cresl is to

6 To project is to delineate, to shape, to form. Soin surmouni.

Look About You, a Comedy, 1600 : 4 Plales means silver money :

"But quite dislike the project of your sute.! "What's the price of this slave, 200 crowns ?

7 Cæsar afterwards says : Belike he has some new trick for a purse, And if he has, he's worth 300 plates.'

* For we intend so to disperse you, as In heraldry, the rounullets in an escutcheon, ir or, or Yourself shall give us counsel.' yellow, are called besunts ; if'argent, or white, plales, 8 Close up my lips as effectually as the eyes of a hawk which are round flat pieces of silver money, perlaps are closed. To scel hawks was the technical term for without any stamp or impress. It is remarkable after sewing up their eyes. all that the commentators have said against Ben Jonson, o i. e. base in an ancommon degreo.

can we cram

I your servant.


Addition of his onvy! Say, good Cæsar,

Cleo. Dolabella, That I some lady trifles have reserv'd,

I shall remain your debtor.

Innmoment toys, things of such dignity
As we greet moderno friends withal : and say, Adieu, good queen; I must attend on Caesar.
Some nobler token I have kept apart

Cleo. Farewell, and thanks. (Erit Dou.) Now For Livia, and Octavia, to induce

Iras, what think'st thou? Their mediation ; must I be unfolded

Thou, an Egyptian puppet, shall be shown With one that I have bred? The gods ! It smites mc In Rome, as well as I: mechanic slaves, Beneath the fall I have. Prythee, go hence; With greasy aprons, rules, and hanımers, shall

[T. SELEUCUs. Uplift us to the view; in their thick breaths, Or I shall show the cinders of my spirits

Rank of gross diet, shall we be unclouded, Through the ashes of my chance. -Wert thou a And forc'd to drink their vapour.

Iras. man,

The gods forbid! Thou would'st have mercy on me.

Cleo. Nay, 'tis most certain, Iras: Saucy liclors Cæs.

Forbear, Seleucus. Will catch at us, like sirumpets ; and scald rhymers

(Exit SELEUCUS. Ballad us out o' tune : the quick? comedians Cleo. Be it known that we, the greatest, are Extemporally will stage us, and present misthought

Our Alexandrian revels; Antony For things that others do; and, when we fall, Shall be brought drunken forth, and I shall see We answer others' merits in our name,

Some squeaking Cleopatra boyê my greatness Are therefore to be pitied.

l'the posture of a whore. Cas. Cleopatra,


O, the good gods! Not what you have reserv'd, nor what acknow- Cleo. Nay, that is certain. ledg'd,

Iras. I'll never see it; for, I am sure, my nails Put we i' the roll of conquest: still be it yours, Are stronger than mine eyes. Bestow it at your pleasure ; and believe,


Why, that's the way Cæsar's no merchant, to make prize with you To fool their preparation, and to conquer Of things that merchants sold. Therefore be cheerd; Their most absurd' intents.- Now, Charmian ?Make not your thoughts your prisons: no,


Enter CHARMIAN. , For we intend so to dispose you, as

Show me, my women, like a queen ;-Go fetch Yourself shall give us counsel. 'Feed, and sleep: My best attires ;-I am again for Cydnus, Our care and pity is so much upon you,

To meet Mark Antony :-Sirrah,'° Iras, go. That we remain your friend ; And so adieu.

Now, noble Charmian, we'll despatch, indeed : Cleo. My master, and my lord !

And, when thou hast done this I'll give thee

leave Cæs.

Not so: Adieu. [Exeunt Cæsar, and his Train. To play till doomsday.—Bring our crown and all : Cleo. He words me, girls, he words

Wherefore's this noise ?

that I should not

(Exit Iras. A Noise within. Bo noble to myself: but hark thee, Charmian.

Enter one of the Guard. (Whispers CHARMIAN. Guard.

Here is a rural fellow, Iras. Finish, good lady; the bright day is done, That will not be denied your highness' presence ; And we are for the dark.

He brings you figs.
Hie thee again :

Cleo. Let him come in. How" poor an instrument I have spoke already, and it is provided ;

[Erit Guard. Go, put it to the haste.

May do a noble deed! he brings me liberty.
Madam, I will.

My resolution's plac'd, and I have nothing

of woman in me: Now from head to foot Dol. Where is the queen ?

I am marble-constant: now the fleeting"? moon Char. Behold, sir. [Erit CHARMIAN.

No planet is of mine. Cleo.


Re-enter Guard, with ~ Clown, bringing a Basket. Dol. Madam, as thereto sworn by your command, Guard.

This is the man. Which my love makes religion to obey,

Cleo. Avoid, and leave him. [Erit Guard, I tell you this : Cæsar through Syria

Hast thou the pretty worm" of Nilus there, Intends his journey; and, within three days, That kills and pains not? You with your children will he send before : Clown. Truly I have him; but I would not be Make your best use of this : I have perform’d the party that should desire you to touch him, for Your pleasure, and my promise.

his biting is immortal; those, that do die of it, do

seldom or never recover. 1 That this fellow should add one more parcel or Item to the sum of my disgraces, namely, his own reproachful or injurious ; being applied, with a sort o! malice.'

playful kindness, to children, friends, and servants, and 2 i. e. common, ordinary.

what may seem more extraordinary, as in the present 9 With is here used with the power of by.

case, to women. It is nothing more than the exclama. 4 i. e. fortune. * Begone, or I shall exert that royaltion, Sir ha! and we sometimes find it in its primitive spirit which I had in my prosperity, in spite of the im- form, "A syr a, there said you wel.'— Confutation of becility of my present weak condition.' Chaucer has a Nicholas Sharton, 1546. The Heus tu or' Plautus is similar image in his Canterbury Tales, v. 3150 :-- rendered by an old translator, Ha Sirra. In Beaumont * Yet in our ashen cold is fire yreken.'

and Fletcher's Knight of Malta, one gentlewoman says 5 i. e. we answer for that which others have merited to another, 'Sirrah, why dost thou not marry ?, by their transgressions.

11 The first folio has • What poor an instrument.' 6 'Be not a prisoner in imagination, when in reality 12 Fleeting, or flitting, is changeuble, inconstant :you are free.

More variant than is the flitting lune.' 7 i. e. the lively or quick-witted comedians.

Walter's Gustard anrl Sismond, 1597. 8 It has been already observed that the parts of females I am now (says Cleopatra) whole as ihe marble, were played by boys on our ancient stage. Nash, in his founded as ihe rock,' and no longer inconstant and Pierce Pennilesse, makes it a subject of exultation that changeable, as woman often is. our players are not as the players beyond sea, that 13 Worm is used by our old writers to signify a serpent. have whores and common courtesans to play women's The word is pure Saxon, and is still used in the north parts.' To obviate the impropriety of men representing in the same sense. We have it still in the blind noorm women, T. Goff, in his Tragedy of the Raging Turk, and slow-irori. Shakspeare uses il several times.1631, has no female character.

The notion of a serpent that caused death without pain 9 Absurd here means unmeet, unfitting, unreason. was an ancient sable, and is here adopted with propriety. alle.

The worm of Nile was the asp of the ancients, which ic Sirrah was not anciently an appellation either | Dr. Shaw says is wholly unknown to us.

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