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For Livia and Octavia, to induce
Cæf. Forbear, Seleucus.
cheer'd: Make not your thoughts your prisons; no, dear For we intend so to dispose you, as
Cleo. My master, and my Lord!
[Exeunt Cælar and his frair.
Iras Finish, good Lady. The bright day is done, And we are for the dark.
Cleo. Hie thee again..
Char. Madam, I will: [Exit Charmiar
Dol. Madam, as thereto fworn, by your command,
Dol. I your servant.
think’lt thou ?
Iras. The gods forbid !
Cleo. Nay, 'tis most certain, Iras; faucy li&tors Will catch at us like strumpets, and scalp'd rhimers. Ballad us out of tune. The quick comedians Extemp'rally will fage us, and present Our Alexandrian revels: Antony Shall be brought drunken forth, and I fall see Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatnessy l'th' pofture of a whore.
Iras. O the good Gods! + Cleo Nay, that's certain.
Iras. l'll nøver see it; for, I'm sure, my nails Are stronger than mine eyes.
Cleo. Why, that's the way
[A noise within.
Enter Guardsman, and Clown with a basket.
Cleo. Avoid, and leave him. [Exit Guardsman,
Clown. Truly I have him, but I would not be the party should defire you to touch bim, for his biting iä imniorial; those that do die of it, do fel doin or never recover.
Cleo. Remember'it thou any that have dy'd on't?
Clown. Very many, men and women too. I heard of one of them no longer than yesterday, a very honest woman, but fomething given to lie, as a woman fhould not do, but in the way of honefty. How the dy'd of the biting of it, what pair the felt! truly, the makes a very good report of th? worm : but he that will believe all that they fay, lhall never be faved by half that shey do. , But this is most fallible, the worin's an odd worm.
Cleo. Get thee hence, farewell,
Clown. I wish you all joy of the worm.
Clown. You must think this, look you, that the worm will do his kind *.
Cleo. Ay, ay, farewell.
Clown. Look you, the worm is not to be trusted but in the keeping of wise people ; for, indeed, there is no goodness in the worm.
Cleo. Take thou no care, it shall be heeded.
Clown, Very good. Give it nothing, I pray you ;; for it is not worth the feeding.
Cleo. Will it eat me?
Clown. You must not think I am so simple, but I know the devil himself will not eat a woman: [. lenow that a woman is a dish for the gods, if the devil dress her not. But, truly, these same whore-son devils do the gods great harm in their wol men! for, in every ten that they make, the devils mar fire.
Cleo. Well, get thee gone. Farewell.
[ Applying the aspi Haye I the aspic in my lips ?' dolt fall? [To Iras. The serpent, will act according to his nature:
If thou and nature can fo gently part,
[Iras dies. Char. Dissolve, thick cloud, and rain, that I may The gods themselves do weep.'
[lay, Cleo. This proves me baseIf he first meets the curled Antony, He'll make demand of her, and spend that kiss, Which is my heav'n to have. Come, mortal wretch, With thy Tharp teeth this knot intrinlicate
[To the serpent. Of life at once untie ; poor venomous fool, Be angry, and dispatch. Oh, couldst thou fpeak, That I might hear thee call great. Cæsar ass, Unpolicied!
Char. O eastern star !
Cleo. Peace, peace! Dort thou not see my baby at my breast, 'That sucks the nurse asleep?
Char. O break! O break!
Cleo. As fweet as balm, as soft as air, as gentle, O Antony !-Nay, I will take thee too.
[ Applying another app to her arm. What, should I stay
[Dios. Char. In this wild world? fo, fare thee well. Now, boast thee, Death ; in thy pofseflion lyes A lass unparalleld. Downy windows, clofe ; And golden Phoebus never be beheld Of eyes again fo royal! Your crown's awry; I'll mend it, and then play
Enter the Guard, rushing in, i Guard. Where is the Queen ? Char. Speak foftly, wake her not, 1 Guard. Cæfar haih fentChar. Too flow a messenger.
[Charmian applies the ofp. Oh, come. Apace, dispatch. I partly feel thee. Guard. 'Approach, ho! all's not well. Cæfar's