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Would have a Queen his beggar, you must tell him,
That majesty, to keep' decorum, must
No lels beg ihan a kingdom : if he please
To give me conquer'd Ægypt for my fon,
He gives me so much of mine own, and I
Will kneel to him with thanks.

Pro. Be of good cheer.
You're fall'n into a princely hand. Fear nothing;
Make your full ref'rence freely to my Lord,
Who is so full of grace, that it flows over
On all that need. Let me report to him
Your sweet dependency, and you shall find
A conqu’ror that will pray in aid for kindness,
Where he for grace is kneeld to.

Cleo. Pray you, tell him,
I am his fortune's vafal, and I send him
The greatness he has got. I hourly learn
A doctrine of obedience, and would gladly
Look him i' th' face.

Fro. This I'll report, dear lady. Have comfort; for, I know, your plight is pity'd Of him that caus' [Aside.] You see how easily she may be surpriz'd. (Here Gallus and Guard afcend the monument by a

ladder, and enter at a back window. Guard her, 'uill Cæsar come.

Iras. O Royal Queen!
Char. Oh Cleopatra ! thou art taken, Queen.
Cleo. Quick, quick, good hands.

[Drawing a dagger. [The monument is open'd; Proculeius rushes in,

and disarms the Queen.
Pro. Hold, worthy lady, hold;
Do not vourself such wrong, who are in this
Relievit but not betray'd.
Cleo. What, of death too, that rids our dogs of

Janguish * ?
Pro. Do not abuse my master's bounty, by
Th' undoing of yourself: let the world see
His nobleness well aced, which your death

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For languis, I think we may read, anguish, Jobah

Will never let come forth.

Cleo. Where art thou, death? Come hither, come : oh come, and take a Queen Worth many babes and beggars.

Pro. Oh, temperance, Lady!

Cleo. Sir, I will eat no meat, I'll not drink, Sir: If idle talk will once be necessary t; I'll not fleep neither. This mortal house I'll ruin, Do Cæfar what he can. Know, Sir, that I Will not wait pinion'd at your master's court, Nor once be chastis'd with the sober eye Of dull Oétavia. Shall they hoist me up, And shew me to the fhouting varletry Of cens'ring Rome? rather a ditch in Ægypt Be gentle grave unto me! rather on Nilus muid Lay me stark naked, and let the water-flies Blow me into ahhorring! rather make My country's high Pyramides my gibbet, And hang me up in chains !

Pro. You do extend These thoughts of horror further than you shall Find cause in Cæsar.


Enter Dolabella.
Dol Proculeius,
What thou hast done 'thy master Cæsar knows,
And he hath sent for thee': as for the Queen,
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,

[To Cleopatrai If you'll employ me to him.

Cleo. Say, I would die. [Exit Proculeius. Dol. Most noble Empress, you have heard of me. Cleo. I cannot tell.

+ That is, I will not eat; and if it will be necessary now for once to waste a moment in idie talk' of my purpose, ? will not seep neither. Johnson. VOL. IX.


Ad V. Dol. Afsuredly 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: Oh such another sleep, that I might see But such another man ! Dol. If it might please ye

Cleo. His face was as the heav'ns; and therein stuck A fun and moon, which kept their course, and The little O o'th' earth.

[lighted 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 spheres, when that to friends;
But when he meant to quail, and make the orb,
He was as ratling 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 his back above
The element they liv'd in; in his livery
Walk'd crowns and coronets; realms and islands
As plates drop'd from his pocket.

[were Dol. Cleopatra

Cleo.' Think you there was, or might be, such a As this I dream'd of?

[mán Dol. Gentle Madam, no.

Cleo. You lie, up to the hearing of the gods. But if there be, or ever were one such, It's past the size of dreaming; , nature wants stuff To vie strange forms with fancy, yet t' imagine An Antony, were nature's piece 'gainst fancy, Condemning shadows quite.

Dol. Hear me, good Madam. Your loss is as yourself, great; and you bear it, As answ'ring to the weight. 'Would' I might never O'er-take pursu'd success, but I do feel, By the rebound of yours, a grief that shoots My very heart at root.

Cleo, I thank you, Sir. Know


what Cæsar means to do with me?

Dob. I'm loth to tell you what I would you knew.
Cleo. Nay, pray you, Sir.
Dol. Though he be honourable-
Cleo. He'll lead me in triumph?
Dol. Madam, he will. I know't.
All. Make way there---Cæfar.

'S CE N E IV. Enter Cæfar, Gallus, Mecænas, Proculeius, and

Attendants. Cæs. Which is the Queen of Ægypt? Dol. It is the Emperor, Madam. [Cleo. kneels

Cæs. Arise, you shall not kneel,
I pray you, rise. Rise, Ægypt.

Cleo. Sir, the gods
Will have it thus; my master and my Lord
I must obey.

Cæs. Take to you no hard thoughts.
The record of what injuries you did us,
Though written in our flesh, we shall remeinber
As things but done by chance.

Cleo. Sole Sir oth world,
I cannot project * mine own cause so well:
To make it clear; but do.confeis I have
Been laden with like frailties, which before: --
Have often sham'd our sex.

Cleo. Cleopatra, know
We will extenuate rather than inforce:
If you apply yourself to our intents,
Which tow'rds you are most gentle, you shall find
A benefit in this change ; but if you seek
To lay on me a cruelty, by taking
Antony's course, you shall bereave yourself
Of my good purposes, and put your children
To that destruction which I'll guard thein from,
If thereon you rely. I'll take my leave.-

Cleo. And may, through all the world : 'tis yours;

and we,

To proje&t a cause, is to represent a cause; to project it well, is to plan or contrive a scheme of defcoce. Johnso

O N'Y and Ad v. Your seutcheons, and your figns of conquest, fall Hang in what place you please. Here, my good

Cæf. You shall advise me in all for Cleopatra.

Cleo. This is the brief of money, plate, and jewels
I am poffefs'd of; 'tis exactly valued,
Not petty things admitted t. Where's Seleucus?

Seh. Here, Madam.

Cleo. This is my treasures ; let him speak, my Lord, Upon his peril, that I hare reserv'd To myself nothing. Speak the truth, Seleucus,

Sel. Madam, I had rather feel my lips,
Than to my peril speak that wbich is not.

Cleo. Whai have I kept back?
Şel. Enough to purchase what you have made

Cæf. Kay, bluh not, Cleopatra; I approxe
Your wisdom in the deed.

Cleo. See, Cafar! Oh, behold, How pomp is follow'd; mine will now be yours, And, fhould we ihift estates, yours would be minc. Tb'ingratitude of this Seleucus does Ev'n make me wild. Ob fare, of no more trust Than love ihai's bird.What, goeft thou back?

thau falt Go back, I warrant thee; but I'll catch thine eyes, Though they bad wings. Slave, foul-lefs villain dog,

[Striking him O rarely base!

Cæs. Good Queen, let us entreat you.
Cleo. O Casar, what a wounding ihame is this,
That thou, vouchfafing hese to viħt me,
Doing the bonour of thy lordliness
To one so reak, that mine own servant fiould
Patcel the sum of iny disgraces by
Addition of bis envy! Say, good Cæfar,
That I some lady-trifies have reserv'd,
Immoment toys. things of such dignity
As we greet modern friends withal; and fax,
Sume nobler token I have kept apart

+ Omitted. Theob. Hanm. Harb.

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