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Cleo. O sun,
I learn'd of thee. How! not dead? not dead?
Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, and Iras, abote. Ant. I have done my work ill, friends; Ö, make 5 Cleo. O Charmian, I will never go from hence, Of what I have begun.
Char. Be comforted, dear madam. 2 Guard. The star is fallen.
Cleo. No, I will not : 1 Guard. And time is at his period.
All strange and terrible events are welcome, All. Alas, and woe!
But comforts we despise; our size of sorrow, Ant. Let him that loves me, strike me dead. 10 Proportion'd to our cause, must be as great 1 Guard. Not I.
Enter Diomedes. 2 Guard. Nor 1,
As that which makes it. How now? is he dead? 3 Guard. Nor any one.
[Ereunt. Dio. His death's upon him, but not dead.
Enter Antony, borne by the guard.
(stand Dio. Where's Antony?
Burn the great sphere thou mov'st in ;-darkling: Der. There, Diomed, there.
The varying shore o' the world'!-- Antony ! Dio. Lives he? Wilt thou not answer, man? 20 Antony, Antony !
[Erit Dercetas. Help, Charmian, help; Iras, help; help, friends Ant. Art thou there, Diomed: Draw thy Below; let's draw hiin hither. sword, and give me
Ant. Peace: Sufticing strokes for death.
Not Cæsar's valour hath o’erthrown Antony, Dio. Most absolute lord,
25 But Antony's hath triuniph'd on itself. My mistress Cleopatra sent me to thice.
Cleo. So it should be, that none but Antony Ant. When did she send thee?
Should conquer Antony; but woe 'tis so! Dio. Now, my lord.
Ant. I am dying, Ægypt, dying; only Ant. Where is she?
[phesying fear I here importune death a while, until
Cleo. I dare not,
35 Of the full-fortun'd Cæsar ever shall [have
Your wife Octavia, with her modest eyes, Ant. Too late, good Diomed:-Call my guard, And still conclusion', shall acquire no honour
I pr’ythee. [guard, what, ho! 40 Demurring upon me. Butcome, come, Antony, Dio. What, ho! the emperor's guard! The Help me, my women,--we must draw thee up;Come, your lord calls.
Assist, good friends.
Ant. O, quick, or I am gone. Ant. Bear me, good friends, where Cleopatra Clo. Here's sport, indeed!-How heavyweighs bides ;
45 Our strength is all gone into heaviness, Tis the last service that I shall command you. That makes the weight: Had I great Juno's power, 1 Guard. Woe, woe, are we, sir, you may not The strong-wing’d Mercury should fetch thee up, live to wear
And set thee by Jove's side. Yet come a little, All your true followers out.
Wisherswereeverfools;–0,coine,come,come; Åll. Most heavy day!
[They draw Antony up to Cleopatra. Ant.Nay, good"my fellows, do not please sharp! And welcome, welcome! die, where thou hast To grace it with your sorrows: bid that welcome
liv'd: Which comes to punish us, and we punish it, Quicken with kissing?;-had my lips that power, Seeming to bear it lightly. Take me up: Thus would I wear them out. I have led you oft; carry me now, good friends, 55 All. A heavy sight! And have my thanks for all.
Ant. I am dying, Ægypt, dying: [Exeunt, bearing Antony. Give me some wine, and let me speak a little.
* To dispose may here signify to make terms, to settle matters.
ai.e. without light.
* She desires the sun to burn his own orb, the vehicle of light, and then the earth will be dark. *i.e. adorn'd. A brooch was an ornament formerly worn in the hat. Brooches in the North are buckles set with stones, such as those with which shirt-bosoms and handkerchiefs are clasped. Si. e, silent coulness of resolution. • Dr. Johnson supposes the meaning of these strange words to be, “Here's trifling! You do not work in earnest.” That is, Rctive by my kiss. 1
Cloo. and com
Cleo. No, let me speak; and let me rail so high, Iras. She is dead too, our sovereign.
Char. O madam, madam, madam,-
Char. Peace, peace, Iras.
Cleo. No more-but e'en a woman; None about Czesar trust, but Proculeius.
manded Cle). My resolution, and iny hands, I'll trust, By such poor passion as the maid that milks, None about Cæsar.
10 And does the meanest chares ?.-It were for me Ant. The miserable change now at my end, To throw my scepter at the injurious gods; Lament nor sorrow at: but please your thoughts To tell them, that this world did equal theirs, In feeding then, with those my former fortunes 'Till they had stolen our jewel. All's but naught; Wherein I liv'd, the greatest prince o' the world, Patience is sottish; and impatience does The noblest: and do now not basely dic, 15 Become a dog that's mad: Then is it sin, Nor cowardly; put off my helmet to
To rush into the secret house of death, My countryman, a Roman, by a Roman Ere death dare come to us?--How do you, women! Valiant y vanquish’d. Now, my spirit is going; What, what? good cheer! Why, how now, Char-. I can no more.
mian? Cleo. Noblest of men, woo't die ;
20 My noble girls !--Ah, women, women! look, Hast thou no care of me? shall I abide
Our lamp is spent, it's out :- -Good sirs, take In this dull world, which in thy absence is
[noble, No better than a stye!--0, see, my women, We'll bury hin: and then, what's brave, what's The crown o'the earth doth melt:-\ly lord! Let's do it after the high Roman fashion, 0, wither'd is the garland of the war,
25 And make death proud to take us. Come, away: The soldier'spole is fallen’; young boys, and girls, This case of that huge spirit now is cold. Are ievel now with men: the odds is gone, Ah, women, women! come; we have no friend And there is nothing left remarkable
But resolution, and the briefest end. Beneath the visiting moon. [She faints.
[Ercunt, bearing off Antony's body. Char.O, quietness, lady!
Cæs. The breaking of so great a thing should Cæsar's Camp
A greater crack: The round world (unakc
40 Should have shook lions into civil streets, Enter Cæsar, Agrippa, Dulubella, Mecanas, Gallus, And citizens to their dens *:-The death of Air Proculeius, and train.
tony Cæs. Go to him,
Dolabella, bid him yield; Is not a single doom; in the name lay
45 Der. He is dead, Cæsar; Dol. Cæsar, I shall.
[Erit Dolabella. Not by a public minister of justice,
[that dar’st Hath, with the courage which the heart did lend it, Der. I am call'd Dercetas;
50 Splitted the heart.- This is his sword,
With his most noble blood.
Cæs. Look you sad, friends ?
55 To wash the eyes of kings. I'll be to Cæsar; if thou pleasest not,
Agr. And strange it is, I yield thee up my life.
That nature must compel us to lament "Cæs. What is 't thou say'st?
Our most persisted deeds. Der. I say, O Cæsar, Antony is dead.
Mec. His taints and honours He at whom the soldiers pointed, as at a pageant held high for observation..
? i.e. taskwork. Hence the modern term chure-woman. 3 i.e. he trifles with us. * Dr. Johnson conjectures, that a line is lost here: Mr. Malone, however, believes that only two words are wanting, and proposes to Frad, “Theroundworld should huve shook, Thrown raginglions into civil streets, And citizens to their dens.” But for if not.
Waged equal with him'.
In all my writings : Go with me, and see Agr. A rarer spirit never
What I can shew in this.
(Exeunt. Did steer humanity: but you, gods, will give us Some faults to niake us men. Cæsar is touch'd.
SCENE II. Mec. When such a spacious mirror's set before 5
The Monument. He needs inust see hinself.
[him, Cæs. O Antony!
Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, and Iras. I have follow'd thee to this ;-But we do lance Cleo. My desolation does begin to make Diseases in our bodies. I must perforce
A better life: 'Tis paltry to be Cæsar ; Have shewn to thee such a declining day,
10 Not being fortune, he's but fortune's knave”, Or look on thine; we could not stall together
A minister of her will; And it is great In the whole world : But yet let me lament, To do that thing that ends all other deeds; With tears as sovereign as the blood of hearts,
Which shackles accidents, and bolts up change; That thou, my brother, my competitor
Which sleeps, and never palates more the dung-, In top of all design, my mate in empire, 15 The beggar's nurse and Cæsar's.Friend and companion in the front of war,
Enter, below, Proculeius, Gallus, &c. The arm of mine own body, and the heart
Pro. Cæsar sends greeting to the queen of Where mine his thoughts did kindle,—that our
Ægypt ; stars,
And bids thee study on what fair demands Unreconciliable, should divide
20 Thou mean'st to have him grant thee, Our equalness to this?.--Hear me, good friends, Cleo. What's thy name? But I will tell you at some meeter season;
Pro. My name is Proculeius.
Did tell ine of you, bade me trust you; but
That have no use for trusting. If your master £gypt. A poor Ægyptian yet: The qucen my Would have a queen his beggar, you must tell him, mistress,
That majesty, to keep decorum, must Confin'd in all she has, her monument,
No less beg than a kingdom: if he please Of thy intents desires instruction;
30 To give me conquer'd Ægypt for my son, That she preparedly may frame herself
He gives me so much of mine own, as I To the way she's forc'd to.
Will kneel to him with thanks. Cæs. Bid her have good heart;
Pro. Be of good cheer;, She soon shall know of us, by some of ours,
You are fallen into a princely hand, fear nothing : How honourably and how kindly we
35 Make your full reference freely to my lord, Determine for her: for Cæsar cannot live Who is so full of grace, that it flows over To be ungentle.
On all that need : Let me report to him Agypt. So the gods preserve thee! Exit. Your sweet dependency; and you shall find
Cæs. Come hither, Proculeius; Go, and say, A conqueror, that will pray in aid' for kindness, We purpose her no shame: give her what com- 40 Where he for grace is kneed to. forts
Cleo. Pray you, tell him The quality of her passion shall require;
I am his fortune's vassal, and I send him Lest, in her greatness, by some mortal stroke, The greatness he has got. I hourly learn She do defeat us: for her life in Rome
A doctrine of obedience; and would gladly Would be eternal in our triunph: Go,
45 Look him i’ the face. And, with your speediest, bring us what she says,
Pro. This I'll report, dear lady, And how you find of her.
Have comfort ; for, I know your plight is pity'd Pro. Cæsar, I shall. [Exit Proculeius. Of him that caus'd it. Cæs. Gallus, go you along.--Where's Dola- [ Aside. ] You see how easily she may be surpriz'd; bella,
[Here Gallus and guard ascend the mo To second Proculeius? | [Erit Gallus.
nument, and enter behind. All. Dolabella!
Guard her, 'till Cæsar come.
(Erit. Cæs. Let him alone, for I remember now Iras. Royal queen! How he's employ'd; he shall in time be ready. Char. 0 Cleopatra ! thou art taken, queen! Go with me to my tent; where you shall see 55) Cleo. Quick, quick, good hands. How hardly I was drawn into this war;
[Drawing a dagger. How calm and gentle I proceeded still
Proculeius rushes in, and disarms the Queen. 'i. e. his taints and honours were an equal match; were opposed to each other in just proportions, like the counterparts of a wager. ? That is, should have made us, in our equality of fortune, disagree to a pitch like this, that one of us must die. 'i. e. the servant of fortune, 1. e. Voluntary death produces a state which has no longer need of the gross and terrene sustenance, in the use of which Cæsar and the beggar are on a level. Praying in aid is a law terın, 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 allow him to be my conqueror.
Pro. Hold, worthy lady, hold:
Dnl. Most sovereign creature, Do not yourself such wrong, who are in this Cleo. His legs bestrid the ocean ; his rear'd arm Reliev'd, but not betray'd. [languish? Crested the world: his voice was property'd
Cleo. What, of death too, that rids our dogs of As all the tuned spheres, and that to friends ; Pro. Cleopatra,
5 But when he meant to quail and shake the orb, Do not abuse our master's bounty, by.
fle was'as rattling thunder. For his bounty, The undoing of yourself: let the world see There was no winter in't ; an autumn 'twas, His nobleness well acted, which your death That grew the more by reaping: His delights Will never let come forth.
Were dolphin-like; they shew'd his back above Cleo. Where art thou, death? [qucen 10 The element they liv'd in: In his livery (were Come hither, come! come, come, and take a Walk'd crowns, and crownets; realms and islands Worth many babes and beggars !
As plates' dropt from his pocket. Pro. O, temperance, lady!
[man Cleo. Sir, I will eat no meat, I'll not drink, sir ; Cleo. Think you there was, or might be, such a If idle talk will once be necessary',
15 As this I dreani'd of? I'll not sleep neither: This mortal house I'll ruin, Dol. Gentle madam, no. Do Cæsar what he can. Know, sir, that I Cleo. You lye, up to the hearing of the gods. Will not wait pinion'd at your master's court; But, if there be, or ever were one such, Nor once be chastis'd with the sober eye It's past the size of dreaming : Nature wants stuff Of dull Octavia. Shall they hoist me up, 20 To vie strange forms with fancy; yet, to imagine And shew me to the shouting varietry
An Antony, were nature's piece 'gainst fancy, Of censuring Rome? Rather a ditch in Egypt Condemning shadows quite *. Be gentie grave unto me ! rather on Nilus mud Dol. Hear me, good inadam: Lay me stark naked, and let the water-flies Your loss is as yourself, great; and you bear it Blow me into abhorring! rather make 23 Asanswering to the weight:'Would I might never My country's high pyrainides my gibbet, O’ertake pursu'd success, but I do feel, And hang me up in chains !
By the rebound of yours, a grief that shoots Pro. You do extend
My very heart at root. These thoughts of horror further than you shall Cleo. I thank you, sir. Find cause in Cæsar.
30 Know you, what Cæsar means to do with me! Enter Dolabella.
Dol.' I am loth to tell you what I would you Dol. Proculeius,
Cleo. Nay, pray you, sir,
[knew. What thou hast done, thy master Cæsar knows, Dol. Though he be honourable, And he hath sent for thee: as for the queen,
Cleo. He'll lead me then in triumph? I'll take her to my guard.
33 Dol. Madam, he will; I know it. Pro. So, Dolabella,
All. Make way there, --Cæsar. It shall content ine best: be gentle to her.- Enter Cæsar, Gallus, Mccenus, Proculoius, and To Cæsar I will speak what you shall please,
Attendants. [To Cleopatra. Cæs. Which is the queen of Ægypt? If you'll employ me to him.
401 Dol. It is the emperor, madam. (Cleo, kneels. Cleo. Say, I would die. [Exit Proculeius. Cæs. Arise, you shall not kneel: Dol. Most noble empress, you have heard of me? I pray you, rise ; rise, Ægypt. Cleo. I cannot tell.
Cleo. Sir, the gods Dol. Assuredly, you know me,
Will have it thus ; my master and niy lord Cleo. No matter, sir, what I have heard or 45 I must obey. known.
[dreams; Cæs. Take to you no hard thoughts: You laugh, when boys, or women, tell their The record of what injuries you did us, Is't not your trick?
Though written in our flesh, we shall remember Dol. I understand not, madam.
As things but done by chance. Cleo. I dream'd, there was an emperor Antony; 50, Cleo. Sole sir o' the world, 0, such another sleep, that I might see
I cannot project' mine own cause so well But such another man !
To make it clear; but do confess, I have Dol. If it might please you,
Been laden with like frailties, which before Cleo. His face was as the heavens; and therein Have often sham'd our sex. stuck
[lighted 55 Cæs. Cleopatra, know, А and moon ; which kept their course, and We will extenuate rather than enforce: The little? O, the earth.
lIf you apply yourself to our intents, 'Once may mean sometimes.—The meaning of Cleopatra seems to be this: If idle talking be sometimes necessary to the prolongation of life, why I will not sleep, for fear of talking idly in ny sleep. *i. e. the little orb or circle. Plates probably mean, silver money. * The word piece is a term appropriated to works of art. Here Nature and Fancy produce each their piece, and the piece done by Nature had the preference.-Antony was in reality past the size of dreaming; he was more by Nature than Fancy could present in sleep • To project a cuuse is to represent a cause ; to project it well, is to plan or contrive a scheme of defence.
(Which towards you are most gentle)you shall find Cleo. Be it known, that we, the greatest, are A benefit in this change: but if you seek
misthought To lay on me a cruelty, by taking
For things that others do; and, when we fall, Antony's course, you shall bereave yourself We answer others' merits in our names, Of my good purposes, and put your children 5 Are therefore to be pitied. To that destruction which I'll guard them from, Cas. Cleopatra, If thereon you rely. I'll take my leave. Notwhatyouhave reserv'd, norwhatacknowledg'd, Cleo. And may; through all the world : 'tis Put we i' 'the roll of conquest : still be it yours, yours; and we
Bestow it at your pleasure; and believe, Your’scutcheons, and yoursigns of conquest,shall 10 Casar 's no merchant, to make prize with you Hang in what place you please. Here, my good Of thingsthatmerchantssold. Thereforebecheer'd; lord.
Make not your thoughts your prisons; no, dear Cæs. You shall advise me in all for Cleopatra.
queen: Cleo. This is the brief of money, plate, and
For we intend so to dispose you, as jewels,
15 Yourself shall give us counsel. Feed, and sleep: I am possess’d of: 'tis exactly valued ; Our care and pity is so much upon you, Not petty things admitted- Where's Seleucus : That we remain your friend: And so, adieu. Sel. Here, madam.
Flord, Cleo. My master, and my
lord. Cleo. This is my treasurer; let him speak, ney
Cæs. Not so: Adieu. Upon his peril, that I have resery'd
[Exeunt Cæsar, and his train. To myself nothing. Speak the truth, Seleucus. Cleo. He words me, girls, he words me, that I Sel. Madam,
should not I had rather seel my lips', than, to my peril, Be noble to myself: But hark thee, Charmian. Speak that which is not.
[Whispers Charmian. Cleo, What have I kept back ?
[known. 23 Iras. Finish, good lady; the bright day is done, Scl. Enough to purchase what you have made And we are for the dark. Cæs. Nay, blush not, Cleopatra; I approve
Cleo. Hie thee again : Your wisdom in the deed.
I bave spoke already, and it is provided : Cleo. See, Cæsar! O, behold,
Go put it to the haste. How pomp
is follow'd! mine will now be yours; 30 Char. Madam, I will. And, should we shift estates, yours will be inine.
Re-enter Dolabella. The ingratitude of this Seleucus does
Dol. Where is the queen? Even make me wild :-() slave, of no more trust Char. Behold, sir.
[Erit Charmian. Than love that's hir'd!~What, goest thou back: Cleo. Dolabella?
(mand, thou shalt
135 Dol. Madam, as thereto sworn by your comGo back, I warrant thee; but I'll catch thine eyes, Which my love makes religion to obey, Though they had wings : Slave, soul-less villain, I tell you this : Casar through Syria O rarely base?!
(dog! Intends his journey; and, within three days, Cas. Good queen, let us intreat you.
You with your children will he send before : Cleo. O Cæsar, what a wounding shame is this:40 Make your best use of this : I have perform’d That thou, vouchsafing here to visit me,
Your pleasure, and my promise,
Dol. I your servant.
[Erit. Immoment toys, things of such dignity
Cleo. Farewell, and thanks. Now, Iras, what As we greet modern triends withal: and say,
think'st thou? Some nobler token I have kept apart
Thou, an Ægyptian puppet, shalt be shewn For Livia, and Octavia, to induce
50|In Rome, as well as I : mechanic slaves Their mediation ; must I be unfolded [me With greasy aprons, rules, and hammers, shall With one that I have bred? The gods! It smites Cplift us to the view; in their thick breaths, Beneath the fall I have. Pr’ythee, go hence ;
diet, shall we be enclouded,
[1o Seleucus. And forc'd to drink their vapour. Or I shall shew the cinders of my spirits (man, 55 Iras. The gods forbid ! Through the ashes of my chance'': Wert thou á Cleo. Nay, 'tis most certain, Iras: Saucy lictors Thou would'st have mercy on me.
Will catch at us, like strumpets; and scald' chiCæs. Forbear, Seleucus. [Exit Selcucus.
,"i. e. close up my lips as effectually as the eyes of a hawk are closed. , ? i, e, base in an uncommon degree. Or fortune.-The meaning is, 'Begone, or I shall exert that royal spirit which I had in my prosperity, in spight of the imbecility of my present weak condition. Merits is in this place taken in an ill sense, for actions meriting censure. s Scald was a word of contempt, implying poverty, disease, and filth.