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I should, and thou could'st not. My queen and All strange and terrible events are welcome, Eros

But comforts we despise ; our size of sorrow, Have, by their brave instruction, got upon me Proportion'd to our cause, must be as great A nobleness in record : but I will be A bridegroom in my death, and run into't

Enter DIOMEDES. As to a lover's bed. Come then ; and, Eros, As that which makes it.-How now I is he dead i Thy master dies thy scholar : to do thus

Dio. His death's upon him, but not dead. (Falling on his Sword. Look out o'the other side your monument, learn'd of thee. How ! not yet dead ? not His guard bath brought him thither,

dead The guard !-hol--Oh ! despatch me.

Enter ANTONY, borne by the GUARD.

Cleo. O thou sun,

Burn the great sphere thou mov'st in dark. 1 Guard. What's the noise ?

ling stand Ant. I have done my work ill, friends; Oh! The varying shore o'the world !-0 Antony ! make an end

Antony, Antony I-Charmian, help ; help, fras : of what I have begun.

Help, friends below ; let's draw him hither. 2 Guard. The star is fallen.

Ant. Peace : 1 Guard. And time is at his period.

Not Cesar's valour hath o'erthrown Antony, All. Alas, and woe!

But Antony's hath triumphed on itself. Ant. Let him that loves me, strike me dead. Cleo. So it should be, that none but Antony 1 Guard. Not I.

Should conquer Antony : but woe 'tis so ! 2 Guard. Nor I.

Ant. I am dying, Egypt, dying ; only 3 Guard, Nor any one. [Ercunt GUARD. | 1 here importune death a while, until Der. Thy death and fortunes bid thy followers of many thousand kisses the poor last fly.

I lay upon thy lips.-
This sword but shown to Cesar, with this tidinge, Cleo. I dare not, dear
Shall enter me with him.

(Dear my lord, pardon,) I dare not,

Lest I be taken : not the imperious show

of the full-fortun'd Cesar ever shall Dio. Where's Antony !

Be brooch'd t with me: if kuife, drugs, serDer. There, Diomed, there.

pents, have Dio. Lives he ?

Edge, sting, or operation, I am safe : Wilt thou not answer, man? (Erit PERCETAS. Your wife Octavia, with her modest eyes, Ant. Art thou there, Diomed ? Draw thy And still conclusion, shall acquire no honour sword, and give me

Demuring upon me.-But come, come, AnSufficing strokes for death.

tony, Dio. Most absolute lord,

Help me, iny women, we must draw thee up :My mistress Cleopatra sent me to thee.

Assist, good friends. Ant. When did she send thee?

Ant. O quick, or I am gone. Dio. Now, my lord.

Cleo. Here's sport, indeed I-How heavy weighs Ant. Where is she?

my lord ! Dio. Lock'd in her monument. She had a | Our strength is all gone into heaviness, prophesying fear

That makes the weigbt: Had I great Juno's of what hath come pass : for when she saw

power, (Which never should be found,) you did suspect The strong-wing'd Mercury should fetch thee up, She had dispos'd. with Cesar, and that your And set thee by Jove's side. Yet coine a rage

little, Would not be purg'd, she sent you word she was Wisbers were ever fools ;-0 come, come, come; dead;

(They draw ANTONY up. But, fearing since how it might work, bath sent And welcome, welcome ! die where thou bast Me to proclaim the truth ; and I am come,

liv'd : I dread, too late.

Quicken with kissing ; had my lips that power, Ant. Too late, good Diomed :-Call my guard, Thus would I wear them out. I pr'ythee.

All. A heavy sight! Dio. What. ho! the emperor's guard! The Ant. I am dviau. Egypt. dvine : guard, what ho !

Give me some wine, and let me speak a little. Come, your lord calls.

Cleo. No, let me speak; and let me rail so

high, Enter some of the GUARD.

That the false housewife Fortune break ber Ant. Bear me, good friends, where Cleopatra Provok'd by my offence.

[wheel bides:

Ant. One word, sweet queen: 'Tis the last service that I shall command yon. of Cesar seek your honour, with your sale. 1 Guard, Woe are we, Sir, you may not live

ty.-0! to wear

Cleo. They do not go together. All your true followers out.

Ant. Gentle, hear me : All. Most beavy day!

None about Cesar trust, but Proculeius. Ant. Nay, good my fellows, do not please Cleo. My resolution, and my hands, I'll trust;

None about Cesar. To grace it with your sorrows : bid that welcome Ant. The miserable change now at my end, Which comes to punish us, and we punish it Lament nor sorrow at : but please your thoughts Seeming to bear it lightly. Take me up :

In feeding them with those my former fortunes I have led you oft ; carry me now, good friends, Wherein í liv'd, the greatest prince o'the world, And have my thanks for all.

The noblest; and do now not basely die, (Exeunt, bearing ANTONY. | Nor cowardly ; put off my helmet to

My countryman; a Roman, by a Roman, SCENE XIII.-The same.--A Monument. Valiantly vanquisb’d. Now, my spirit is going;

I can no more.

(Dies Enter above, CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, and

Cleo. Noblest of men, woo't die

Hast thou no care of me? sball I abide
('leo. O Charmian, I will never go from hence. In this dull world, which in thy absence is
Char. Be comforted, dear madam.

No better than a stye?--O see, my women, Clco. No, I will not:

The crown o'the earth doth melt :--My lord

Ant. Narp fate

corrows : bid that

• Without light,

• Made terms with

| Adorned.

My noh, Charmian od cheer? W

Oh! wither'd is the garland of the war, Hath, with the courage which the beart did The soldier's pole is fallen ; young boys, and

lend it,

Splitted the heart. This is his sword,
Are level now with men : the odds is gone, I robb’d his wouud of it: bebold it stain'd
And there is nothing left remarkable,

With his most noble blood.
Beneath the visiting moon.

She faints. Ces. Look you sad, friends ? Char. O quietness, lady !

The gods rebuke me, but it is a tidings Iras. She is dead too, our sovereign.

To wash the eyes of kings. Char. Lady,

Agr. And strange it is, Iras. Madam,

That nature must compel us to lament Char. O madam, madam, madam!

Our most persisted deeds. Iras. Royal Egypt !

Mec. His taints and honours Empress!

Waged equal with him. Char. Peace, peace, Iras.

Agr. A rąrer spirit never Cleo. No more, but e'en a woman; and com Did steer humanity : but you, gods, will give us manded

Some faults to make us men. Cesar is touch'd. By such poor passion as the maid that milks, Mec. When such a spacious mirror's set be. And does the meanest chares. - It were for me

fore him, To throw my sceptre at the injurious gods; He needs must see himself. To tell them, that this world did equal theirs, Ces. O Antony ! Till they had stolen our jewel. All's but naught; I have foliow's thee to this :-But we do lance Patience is sottish ; and impatience does

Diseases in our bodies : I must perforce Become a dog that's mad : Then, is it sin, Have shown to thee such a declining day, To rush into the secret house of death,

Or look on thine; we could not stall together Ere death dare come to us -How do you, In the whole world : But yet let ine lament, women

With tears as sovereign as the blood of hearts, What, what? good cheer? Why, how now, That thou, my brother, my competitor

in top of all design. my inate in empire, My noble girls !-Ab, women, women ! look, Friend and companion in the front of war, Our lamp is spent, it's out :Good Sirs, take The arm of mine own body, and the heart heart :

Where mine his thoughts did kindle,-that [To the GUARD below.

our stars, We'll bury bim : and then, what's brave, what's Unreconcileable, should divide noble,

Our equalness to this.-Hear me, good friends,Let's do it after the bigh Roman fashion,

But I will tell you at some meeter season ;
And make death proud to take us. Come, away :
This case of that huge spirit now is cold.

Ah, women, women ! come; we have no friend | The business of this man looks out of him,
But resolution, and the briefest end.

We'll hear him what he says.-Whence are you? (Exeunt : those above bearing off* ANTONY'S Mess. A poor Egyptian yet. The queen my Body.

Confin'd in all she has, her monument,
of thy intents desires instruction :

That she preparedly may frame herself

To the way she's forced to.

Ces. Bid her have good heart; SCENE 1.-Cesar's Camp before Alexan- She soon shall know of us, by some of ours, dria.

How honourable and how kindly we

Determine for her : for Cesar cannot live Enter CESAR, AGRIPPA, DOLABELLA, MECA-IT

* To be ungentle. NAS, GALLUS, PROCULEIUS, and others.

Mess. So the gods preserve thee ! [Erit. Ces. Go to bim, Dolabella, bid him yield; Ces. Come bither, Proculeius : Go, and say, Being so frustrate, I tell him, he mocks us by We purpose her no shame : give her what comThe pauses that he makes.

forts Dol. Cesar, I shall.

The quality of her passion shall require ; [Exit DOLABELLA. Lest, in her greatness, by some mortal stroke

She do defeat us ; for her life in Rome, Enter DERCETAS, with the sword of ANTONY.

Would be eternal in our triumph : Go, Ces. Wherefore is tbat ? and what art thou, And, with your speediest, bring us what she says, that dar'st

And how you find of her. Appear thus g to us?

Pro. Cesar I shall. Der. I am call'd Dercetas :

[Erit PROCULEIUS. Mark Antony I serv'd, wbo best was worthy Ces. Gallos, go you along.-Where's DolaBest to be serv'd : whilst he stood up and spoke,

bella, He was my master; and I wore my life,

To second Proculeius? To spend upon his haters: If thou please

(Exit GALLUS. To take me to thee, as I was to him

Agr. Mec. Dolabella! I'll be to Cesar; if thou pleasest not,

Ces. Let him alone, for I remember now I yield thee up my life.

How he's employed : he shall in time be ready. Ces. What is't thou say'st!

Go with me to my tent, where you shall see Der. I say, o Cesar, Antony is dead.

How hardly I was drawn into this war; Ces. The breaking of so great a thing should How calm and gentle I proceeded still make

[shook In all my writings : Go with me, and see A greater crack : The round world should have What I can show in this. Lions into civil streets,

[Ereunt. And citizens to their dens : The death of Antony Is not a single doom ; in the name lay

SCENE II.-Alexandria.-A Room in the A moiety of the world.

Der. He is dead, Cesar;
Not by a public minister of justice,

Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMAIN, and Iras. Nor by a hired knife : but that self hand,

Cleo. My desolation does begin to make Which writ his honour in the acts it did,

A better life : 'Tis paltry to be Cesar :

Not being fortune, he's but fortune's kpave, • The soldier's object of admiration. Task-work. I Frustrated. With Antony's bloody sword.

1 Servant

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Biow me into abborring I rather make
To do that thing that ends all other deeds ; My country's bigh pyramids my gibbet,
Which shackles accidents, and bolts up change; And hang me up in chains !
Which sleeps, and never palates more the dung, Pro. You do extend
The beggar's nurse and Cesar's.

These thoughts of borror further than you shall

Find cause in Cesar.
Enter, to the Gates of the Monument, PROCU.
LEIUS, GALLUS, and Soldiers.

Pro. Cesar sends greeting to the queen of Dol. Proculeius,

What thou hast done thy master Cesar knows, And bids thee study on what fair demands And he hath sent for thee : as for the queen, Thou mean'st to have him grant thee.

I'll take her to my guard. Cleo. Within.) What's thy name?

Pro. So, Dolabella, Pro. My name is Proculeius.

It shall content me best : be gentle to her. Cleo. [Within.) Antony

To Cesar I will speak what you shall please. Did tell me of you, bade me trust you ; but

[TD CLEOPATRA. I do not greatly care to be deceiv'd,

If you'll employ me to him. That have no use for trusting. If your master Cleo. Say, I would die. Would have a queen his beggar, you must tell him,

(Ereunt PROCULEIUS, and Soldiers. That majesty, to keep decorum, must

Dol. Most noble empress, you have heard of No less beg tban a kingdom: if he please

me ? To give me conquer'd Egypt for my son,

Cleo. I cannot tell. he gives me so much of mine own, as I

Dol. Assuredly, you know me. Will kneel to him with thanks.

Cleo. No maiter, sir, what I have heard, or Pro. Be of good cheer :

known. You are fallen into a princely band ; fear no-You laugh, when boys, or women, tell their thing;

dreams; Make your full reference freely to my lord, Is't not your trick ? Who is so full of grace, that it flows over

Dot. I understand not, madam. On all that need : Let me report to him

Cleo. I dream'd, there was an emperor AnYour sweet dependancy; and you shall find

tony ;A conqueror, that will pray in aid for kindness, Oh! such another sleep, that I might see Where he for grace is kneel'd to.

But such another man ! Cleo. (Within.) Pray you, tell him

Dol. If it might please yoll, I am his fortune's vassal, and I send him

Cleo. His face was as the heavens ; and therein The greatness be bas got.. I hourly learn

stuck A doctrine of obedience, and would gladly

A sun and moon : which kept their course, and Look him i'the face.

lighted Pro. This I'll report, dear lady.

The little o, the earth. Have comfort: for I know your plight is pitied Dol. Most sovereign creature, of him that caus'd it.

Cleo. His legs bestrid the ocean: his rear'd Gal. You see how easily she may be sur

arm priz'd;

Crested the world : his voice was propertied [Here PROCULEIUS, and two of the Guard, As all the tuned spheres, and that to friends;

ascend the Monument by a Ladder placed But when he meant to quail • and sbake the against a Window, and having descended,

orb, come behind CLEOPATRA. Some of the He was as ratling thunder. For his bounty, Guard unbar and open the Gutes.

There was no winter in't ; an autumn 'twas, Guard her till Cesar come.

That grew the more by reaping : His delights (TO PROCULEIUS and the Guard Exit. Were dolphin-like; they show'd his back above GALLUS.

The element they liv'd in : In his livery Iras. Royal queen!

Walk'd crowns and crownets ; realms and islands Char. o Cleopatra ! thou art taken, queen!

were (leo. Quick, quick, good hands.

As plates + dropp'd froin his pocket. (Drawing a Dagger. Dol. Cleopatra, Pro. Hold, worthy lady, hold :

Cleo. Think you there was, or might be, such (Seizes and disarms her.

a man Do not yourself such wrong, who are in this As this I dream'd of? Reliev'd, but not betray'd.

Dol. Gentle madam, no. Cleo. What, of death too

Cleo You lie, up to the hearing of the gods. That rids our dogs of languish ?

But, if there be, or ever were one such, Pro. Cleopatra,

It's past the size of dreaming : Nature wants Do not abuse my master's bounty, by


[gine The indoing of yourself : let the world see To vie strange forms with fancy ; yet, to imaHis nobleness well acted, which your death An Antony, were nature's piece 'gainst fancy, Will never let come forth.

Condeinning shadows quite. Cleo. Where art thou, death?

Dol. Hear me, good madam : Come hither, come I come, come, and take a queen | Your loss is as yourself, great ; and you bear it Worth many babes and beggars !

As answering to the weight: 'Would I might Pro. O temperance, lady!

never Cleo. Sir, I will eat no meat, I'll not drink, O'ertake pursu'd success, but I do feel, If idle talk will once be necessary,

(Sir: By the rebound of yours, a grief that shoots I'll not sleep neither : This mortal house I'll My very beart at root. ruin,

Cleo. I thank you, Sir. Do Cesar what he can. Know, Sir, that I Know you what Cesar means to do with me? Will not wait pinion's + at your master's court; Dol. I am loath to tell you what I would you Nor once be chastis'd with the sober eye

knew. or dull Octavia. Shall they hoist me up,

('leo. Nay, pray you, Sir, And show me to the shouting varletry

Dol. Though he be honourable,
of censuring Rome? Rather a ditch in Egypt Cleo. He'll lead me then in triumph
Be gentle grave to me! rather on Nilus' mud Dol. Madam, he will :
Lay me stark naked, and let the water-flies I know it.

Within. Make way there,-Cesar. • The crown which he has non.

1 In bonds. I Rabble.

• Crush.

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Enter CBSAR, GALLUS, PROCULEIUS, MBCÆNAS, With one that I have bred? The gods ! It smites SELEUCUS, and Attendants.

me Ces. Which is the queen

Beneath the fall I have. Priytbee, go hence ; Of Egypt

(TO SELEUCUS. Dol. 'Tis the emperor, madam.

Or I shall show the cinders of my spirits [CLEOPATRA kneels.

Through the ashes of my chance :-Wert thou a Ces. Arise :

man. You shall not kneel:

Thou would'st have mercy on me. I pray you, rise : rise, Egypt.

Ces. Forbear, Seleucus. Cleo. Sir, the gods

[Erit SELEUCUS. Will have it thus; my master and my lord

Cleo. Be it known, that we, the greatest, are I must obey.

misthought Ces. Take to you no hard thoughts :

For things that others do ; and, when we fall, The record of what injuries you did us,

We answer others' merits in our names, Though written in our flesh, we shall remember

Are therefore to be pitied. As things but done by chance.

Ces. Cleopatra, Cleo. Sole Sir O'the world,

Not what you have reserv'd, nor what acknow. I cannot project mine own canse so well

ledg'd, To make it clear ; but to confess, I have

Put we i'the roll of conquest : still be it yours, Been laden with like frailties, which before

Bestow it at your pleasure, and believe, Have often sham'd our sex.

Cesar's no merchant, to make prize with yon Ces. Cleopatra, know,

of things that inerchants sold. Therefore be We will extenuate rather than enforce :

cheer'd; If you apply yourself to our intents,

Make not your thoughts your prisons: no, dear (Which towards you are most gentle,) you shall

queen; find

For we intend so to dispose you, as A benefit in this change : but if you seek

Yourself shall give us counsel. Feed, and sleep : To lay on me a cruelty, by taking

Our care and pity is so much upon you, Antony's course, you shall bereave yourself

That we remain your friend ; And so adieu. of my good purposes, and put your children

Cleo. My master, and my lord ! To that destruction which I'll guard them from,

Ces. Not so : Adieu. . If thereon you rely. I'll take my leave.

Exeunt CESAR, and his Train. Cleo. And may, through all the world : 'tis |

Cleo. He words me, girls, he words me, that yours : and we

I should not Your 'scutcheons, and your signs of conquest,

Be noble to myself : but hark thce, Charmian. shall


[Whispers CHARMIAN, Hang in what place you please. Here, my good

Iras. Finish, good lady: the bright day is done, Ces. You shall advise me in all for Cleopatra.

And we are for the dark. Cleo. This is the brief of money, plate, and

Cleo. Hie thee again : jewels,

I have spoke already, and it is provided : I am possess'd of : 'tis exactly valued ;

Go, put it to the baste. Not petty things admitted.-- Where's Seleucus ?

Char. Madam, I wi!). Sel. Here, madam.

Re-enter DOLABELLA. Cleo. This is my treasurer : let liim speak, my lord,

Dol. Where is the queen ? Upon his peril, that I have reserv'd

Char. Behold, Sir. To myself nothing. Speak the truth, Seleucus.

(Eixt CHARMIAN. Sel. Madam,

Cleo. Dolabella ? I had rather seelt my lips, than, to my peril,

Dol. Madam, as thereto sworn by your comSpeak that which is not.

mand, Cleo. What have I kept back?

Which my love makes religion to obey, Sel. Enough to purchase what you have idade

I tell you this : Cesar through Syria known.

Intends his journey ; and, within three days, Ces. Nay, blush not, Cleopatra ; I approve

You with your children will he send before : Your wisdom in the deed.

Make your best use of this : I have perforin'd Cleo. See, Cesar! O behold

Your pleasure, and my promise. How pomp is follow'd! mine will now be yours ;

Cleo. Dolabella, And, should we shift estates, yours would be shall remain your dentor. mine.

Dol. I your servant. The ingratitude of this Selencus does

Adieu, good queen; I must attend on Cesar. Even make me wild :-0 slave, of no more trust

Cleo. Farewell, and thanks. Than love that's hir'd 1-What, goest thou

[Erit Dol. back 1-thou shalt

Now, Iras, what think'st thou ? Go back, I warrant thee: but I'll catch thine eyes.

Thon, an Egyptian puppet, shalt be shown Though they had wings: Slave, soulless villain,

In Rome, as well as 1 : mechanic slaves, dog!

With greasy aprons, rules, and hammers, shall O rarely t base !

Uplift us to the view ; in their thick breaths, Ces. Good queen, let us entreat you.

Rank of gross diet, shall we be enclouded, Cleo. O Cesar. what a wounding shame is And forc'd to drink their vapour.

Vapour. tbis ;

Iras. The gods forbid ! That thou, vouchsafing here to visit me,

Cleo. Nay, 'tis most certain, Iras : Saury Doing the honour of thy lordliness

lictors +

(mers To one so meek, that mine own servant should Will catch at us, like strumpets ! and scald i thyParcel ġ the sum of my disgraces by

Ballad us out o'tune : the quick comedians Addition of his envy ! Say, good Cesar,

Extemporally will stage us, and present That I some lady trifles have reserv'd,

Our Alexandrian revels : Antony Immoment toys, things of such dignity

Shall be brought drunken forth, and I shall see As we greet modern | friends withal ; and say,

Some squeaking Cleopatra buy $ my greatness Some nobler token I have kept apart

l'the posture of a whore. For Livia S and Octavia, *. to induce

Iras. O the good gods ! Their mediation ; must í be unfolded

Cleo. Nay, that is certain.

Cleo: The cofink their we be chick brearshall

• State.

Sew up.
Add to.

7 Cesar's wife and

1 Uncommonly,
I Common.
*** Sister

• Merits or de merits.

1 Beadles. * A term of contempt.

Female character were played by boys.

Iras. I'll never for it; for, I am sure, my Immortal longings in me : Now no more nails

The juice of Egypt's grape shall noist this Are stronger than mine eyes.

lip :Cleo. Why that's the way

Yare, yare, • good fras; quick. -Methinks, I To fool their preparation, and to conquer

Their most absurd intents.--Now, Charmnian - Antony call; I see him ronse himselt

To praise my noble act; I hear him mock

The luck of Cesar, wbich the gods give men Show me, my women, like a queen ;-Go fetch To excuse their after wrath : Husband, I come: My best attires I am again for Cydnus,

Now to that name my courage prove my title ! To meet Mark Antony :-Sirrab, Iras, go.

I am fire, and air ; my other elements Now, noble Charmian, we'll despatch indeed: I give to baser life. --So,-have you done? And, when thou hast done this chare, I'll give Come then, and take the last warinth of my thee leave

lips. To play till doomsday.-Bring our crown and all. Farwell, kind Charmian ;-Iras, long farewell. Wherefore's this noise ?

(Kisses them. IRAs falls and dies. [ Exit IRAS. A Noise within. Have I the aspic in my lips ? Dost fall ?

If thou and nature can so gently part,
Enter one of the GUARD.

The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch,
Guard. Here is a rural fellow,

Wbich hurts and is desir'd. Dost thou lie still i That will not be denied your highness' pre-If thus thou vanishest, thou tell'st the world sence :

It is not worth leave-taking. He brings you figs.

Char. Dissolve, thick cloud and rain; that I Cleo. Let him come in. How poor an instru

may say ment

Exit GUARD. The gods themselves do weep ! May do a noble deed l he brings me liberty.

Cleo. This proves me base : My resolution's plac'd, and I bave nothing

If she first meet the curled Antony, or woman in me: Now from head to foot

He'll make demand of her; and spend that I am marble-constant : now the fleeting moon

kiss, No planet is of mine.

Which is my heaven to have. Come, mortal

wretch, Re-enter GUARD, with a Clown bringing a

[To the Asp, which she applies to her Basket.

Breast. Guard. This is the man.

With thy sharp teeth this knot intrinsicate Cleo. Avoid, and leave him.

of life at once untie : poor venomous fool,

(Erit GUARD. Be angry, and despatch. Oh! could'st thou Hast thou the pretty worm of Nilus there,

speak! That kills and pains not?

| That I might hear thee call great Cesar, Ass Clown. Truly I have him: but I would not be Unpolicied!t the party that should desire you to touch him, Char. O eastern star! for his biting is immortal : those that do die of|

de die ofl Cleo. Peace, peace ! it, do seldom or never recover.

Dost thou not see my baby at my brcast, Cleo. Remembers't thou any that have died That sucks the nurse asleep 7 on't

Char. O break! O break! Clown. Very many, men and women too. Il Cleo. As sweet as balm, 28 soft as air, as heard of one of them no longer than yesterday

gentle, a very honest woman, but something given to o Antony !-- Nay, I will take thee too :lie as a woman should not do, but in the way

[Applying another Asp to her Arm. of honesty-how she died of the biting of it, / What should I staywhat pain she felt,--Truly, she makes a very

(Falls on a Bed and Dies. good report o'the worm : But he that will be.

Char. In this wild world 1-So fare thee lieve all that they say, sball never be saved by

well. half that they do : But this is most fallible, the | Now boast thee, death! in thy possession lies worm's an odd worm.

A lass unparallel'd.-Downy windows, close ; Cleo. Get thee hence : farewell.

And golden Phæbus never be beheld Clown. I wish you all joy of the worm. of eyes again so royal! Your crown's awry; Cleo. Farewell.

I'll mend it, and then play. (CLOWN sets down the Basket. Clown. You must think this, look you, that

Enter the GUARD, rushing in. the worm will do his kind. +

1 Guard. Where is the queen 3 Cleo. Ay, ay ; farewell.

Char. Speak softly, wake her not. Clown. Look you, the worm is not to be 1 Guard. Cesar hath senttrusted, but in the keeping of wise people ; for, Char. Too slow a messenger. indeed, there is no goodness in the worm.

(Applies the Asp. Cleo. Take thou no care: it shall be heeded. 10 come : apace, despatch: I partly feel thee.

Clown. Very good : give it nothing, I pray 1 Guard. Approach, ho! All's not well : Ceyou, for it is not worth the feeding

sar's beguil'd. Cleo. Will it eat me ?

2 Guard. There's Dolabella sent from Ce. Clown. You must not think I am so simple,

sar call him. but I know the devil himself will not eat a 1 Guard. What work is here 1-Charmian, is woman: I know that a woman is a dish for the

this well done? gods, if the devil dress her not. But, truly, Char. It is well done, and fitting for a prin. these same whoreson devils do the gods great

cess harm in their women ; for in every ten that they | Descended of so many royal kings. make, the devils mar five,

Ah, soldier! Cleo. Well, get thee gone : farewell.

(Dies. Clown. Yes, forsooth; I wish you joy of the worm.


Enter DOLABELLA. Re-enter Iras, with a Robe, Crown, 8c.

Dol. How goes it here?

2 Guard. All dead.
Cleo. Give me my robe, put on my crown; 1

• Make haste.
1 + Are my lips already poisoned by the aspic?

1 An ass without common policy, thus to leave me ty • Serpent. | Act arcording to his datute. myself.

Play my part in this tragedy.


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