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I'll take her to my guard,
Pro. So, Dolabella, It shall content me best; be gentle to her. To Cæfar I will speak what you shall please, [70 Cleo, If you'll employ me to him. Cleo. Say, I would die. [Exe. Proculeius and Gallus. Dol. Most Noble Empress, you have heard of me Cleo. I cannot tell. Dol. Assuredly you know me.
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 dream'd there was an Emp'ror Antony :
Dol. If it might please ye.
Cleo. His face was as the heav'ns; and therein luck A fun and moon, which kept their course, and lighted The little O o'ch' earth.
Dol. Most sovereign creature !
Cleo. His legs bestrid the ocean; his rear'd arm Crested the world; his voice was propertied As all the tuned fpheres, when that to friends; But when he meant to quail, and shake the orb, He was as rattling 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 shew'd their back above The element they liv'd in ; in his livery Walk'd crowns and coronets, realms and illánds were As plates dropp'd from his pocket.
Cleo. Think you there was or might be such a man As this I dream'd of?
Dol. Gentle Madam, no.
Cleo. You lie up to the hearing of the gods; But if there be, or ever were one such, ?Tis past the fize of dreaming: Nature wants Nuff lo vie strange forms with Fancy; yet t'imagine An Antony, were Nature's prize 'gainst Fanctis, Condemning shadows quite.
Dol. Hear me, good Madam.
Cleo. I thank you, Sir.
Dol. I'm lóth to tell you what I would you knew.
Enter Cæfar, Gallus, Mecænas, Proculeius, and At
Cæs. Arise, you shall not kneel :
Cleo. Sir, the gods
Cæs. Take to you no hard thoughts:
Gleo. Sole Sir o'th' world,
C&f. Cleopatra, know,
Of my good purposes, and put your children
leave. Cleo. And may through all the world : ’tis your's ;
Your scutcheons and your signs of conquest, shall
Cleo. This is the brief of money, plate, and jewels
Sel. Here, Madam.
Cleo. This is my treasurer ; let him speak, my Lord, Upon his peril, that i have reserv'd To myselt nothing. Speak the truth, Seleucus.
Sel. Madam, I had rather feal my lips,
Cleo. What have I kept back?
Caf. Nay, blush not, Cleopatra ; I approve
Cleo. See, Cæsar! Oh, bebold How pomp is follow'd: mine will now be your's, And, Thould we shift estates, your's would be mine; Th’ingratitude of this Seleucus does Ev'n make me wild. Oh llave ! of no more trust Than love that's bird - What, goeft thou back ?
thou shalt Go back, I warrant thee : but Ill.catch thine eyes, Though they had wings. Slave, foul-less villain, dog, O rarely bale!
Cæs. Good Queen, let us intreat you.
Cleo. O Cæfar, what a wounding thame is this,
For Livia and Odavia, to induce
Gaf. Forbear, Seleucus.
Cles Be't known, that we, the greatest, are mis. For things that others do And when we fall, [thought We answer. Others' merits, in our names Are therefore to be.picied.
Cleo. My Master and my Lord?
[Whispers Charmian, Iras. Finish, good Lady; the bright day is done, And we are for the da:k.
Cleo. Hie thee again.
Which my love makes religion to obey,
Dól. I your servant.
Cleo. Farewel, and thanks. Now, Iras, what think'st Thou, an Ægyptian puppet, shalt be thewn [thou? In Rome as well as 1: mechanic flaves, With greasy aprons, rules, and hammers, shall Uplift us to the view. In their thick breaths, Rank of grois diet, shall we be inclouded, And forc'd to drink their vapour.
Iras. The gods forbid !
Gleo. Nay, 'tis most certain, Iras: saucy lictors
Iras. O the good gods!
Iras. I'll never fee it; for I'm sure my nails
Cleo. Why, that's the way
Heretofore the parts of women were acted on the stage by boys;