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If idle talk will once be necessary,
I'll not speak neither; this mortal house I'll ruin,
Do Cæsar 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 Octavia. Shall they hoist me up,
And show me to the shouting varletry
Of censuring Rome? Rather a ditch in Egypt
Be gentle grave unto me; rather on Nilus' mud
Lay me stark naked, and let the water-flies
Blow me into abhorring; rather make
My country's high pyramides my gibbet,
And hang me up in chains,

Proc, You do extend
These thoughts of horror farther than you

shall Find cause for it in Cæsar.

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.

Proc. So, Dolabella,
It shall content me best: be gentle to her.
To Cæsar I will speak what you shall please,
If you'll employ me to him.
Čleo, Say, I would die.

Dol. Most noble empress, you have heard of me?
Cleo. I cannot tell.
Dol. Assuredly you have.

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 dreamt there was an Emperor Antony !
Oh! such another sleep! that I might see
But such another man!

Dol. If it might please you,
Cleo. His face was as the heavens: and therein

stuck A sun and moon; which kept their course, and

lighted The little 0 o'the earth.

Dol. Most sovereign creature,

Cleo. His legs bestrid the ocean; his rear'd arm
Crested the world: his voice was property'd
As all the tuned spheres, 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 show'd his back above
The element they liv'd in:-In his livery
Walk'd crowns, and crownets; realms and islands


As plates dropt from his pocket.

Dol. Cleopatra,

Cleo. Think you there was, or might be, such a man, As this I dreamt of.

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 to imagine An Antony, were nature's piece 'gainst fancy, Condemning shadows quite.

Dol. Hear me, good nadam:
Your loss is as yourself, great; and you bear it
As answering to the weight: 'Would I might never
O'ertake pursu'd success, but I do feel,
By the rebound of yours, a grief that smites
My very heart al root.

Cleo. I thank you, sir.,
Know you, what Cæsar means to do with me?

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Dol. I am loath to tell you what I would you

Cleo. Nay, pray you, sir.
Dol. Though he be honourable,-
Cleo. He'll lead me in triumph?

Dol. Madam, he will; I know it.
Enter CÆSAR, and Train of ROMANS, and SELEUCUS.

Oct. Which is the Queen of Egypt?
Dol. It is the emperor, madam.

Oct. Arise, you shall not kneel:
pray you, rise; rise, Egypt.

(To CLEOPATRA, raising her.
Cleo. Sir, the gods
Will have it thus; my master and my lord
I must obey.

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

Cleo. Sole sir o'the world,
I cannot project mine own cause so well
To make it clear; but do confess, I have
Been laden with like frailties, which before
Have often sham'd our sex.

Oct. Cleopatra, know,
We will extenuate rather than enforce:
If you apply yourself to our intents,
(Which towards 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 them from,
If thereon you rely. I'll take my leave.

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

and we


ing her.


Your'scutcheons, and your signs of conquest, shall
Hang in what place you please. Here, my good lord.

Oct. You shall advise me in all for Cleopatra.

Cleo. This is the brief of money, plate, and jewels,
I am possest of: 'tis exactly valu’d;
Not petty things omitted.- Where's Seleucus ?

Sel. Here, madam.
Cleo. This is my treasurer; let him speak, my

Upon his peril, that I have reserv'd
To myself nothing.–Speak the truth, Seleucus.

Sel. Madam,
I had rather seal my lips, than, to my peril,
Speak that which is not.

Cleo. What have I kept back?
Sel. Enough to purchase what you have made

Oct. Nay, blush not, Cleopatra; I approve
Your wisdom in the deed.

Cleo. See, Cæsar! O, behold,

is follow'd! mine will now be yours ;
And, should we shift estates, yours would be mine.
The ingratitude of this Seleucus does
E’en make me wild :-O slave, of no more trust
Than love that's hir'd! What, go'st thou back? thou

Go back, I warrant thee; but I'll catch thine eyes,
Though they had wings: Slave! soulless villain!

O rarely base!

[Flying at him. Oct. Good queen, let us intreat you. [Interposing.

Cleo. O Cæsar, what a wounding shame is this;
That thou vouchsafing here to visit me,
Doing the honour of thy lordiness
To one so mean, that mine own servant should
Parcel the sum of my disgraces by
Addition of his envy! Say, good Cæsar
That I some lady trifles have l'eserv'd,



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Immoment toys, things of such dignity
As we greet modern friends withal; and say,
Some nobler token I have kept apart
For Livia, and Octavia, to induce
Their mediation : must I be unfolded
Of one that I have bred? The gods! it smites me
Beneath the tall I have.- Wert thou a man,
Thou wouldst have mercy on me.

Oct. Forbear, Seleucus. [Exit SELEUCUS.
Cleo. Be it known, that we, the greatest, are mis-

For things that others do srød, when we fall,
We answer others' merits : in our name
Are therefore to be pity’d.

Oct. Cleopatra,
Not what you have reservd, nor what acknowledg’d,
Put we i'the roll of conquest: still be it yours,
Bestow it at your pleasure; and belieze,
Cæsar's no merchant, to make prize with you
Of things that merchants sold. Therefore be cheer'd;
Make not your thoughts your prisons: no, dear

For we intend so to dispose you, as
Yourself shall give us counsel. Feed, and sleep:i!
Our care and pity is so much upon you,
That we remain your friend ; and so, adieu.

Cleo. My master, and my lord,-
Oct. Not so: Adieu.

[Ereunt CÆSAR, DOLABELLA, and Train. Cleo. He words me, girls, he words me, that I should

not Be noble to myself: But hark thee, Charmian.

Iras. Finish, good lady, the bright day is done,
And we are for the dark.

Cleo. Hie thee again :
I have spoke already, and it is provided ;
Go, pui it to the haste.
Char. Madam, I will.


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