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I have follow'd thee to this ;-But we do lance
Diseases in our bodies. I must perforce
Have fhewn to thee fuch a declining day,
Or look on thine; we could not stall together
In the whole world: But yet let me lament,
With tears as fovereign as the blood of hearts,
That thou, my brother, my competitor
In top of all defign, my mate in empire,
Friend and companion in the front of war,
The arm of mine own body, and the heart
Where mine his thoughts did kindle,---that our


Unreconciliable, should divide

Our equalness to this 2.---Hear me, good friends,---|
But I will tell you at fome meeter season;

Enter an Egyptian.

The bufinefs of this man looks out of him,
We'll hear him what he fays.---Whence are you?
Ægypt. A poor Ægyptian yet: The queen my

Confin'd in all fhe has, her monument,
Of thy intents defires inftruction;
That the preparedly may frame herself
To the way fhe's forc'd to.

Caf. Bid her have good heart;

She foon fhall know of us, by fome of ours,
How honourably and how kindly we
Determine for her: for Cæfar cannot live
To be ungentle.

Egypt. So the gods preferve thee!



In all my writings: Go with me, and fee
What I can fhew in this.

The Monument.

Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, and Iras.
Cleo. My defolation does begin to make
A better life: "Tis paltry to be Cæfar;
Not being fortune, he's but fortune's knave 3,
10A minifter of her will; And it is great


To do that thing that ends all other deeds;
Which fhackles accidents, and bolts up change;
Which fleeps, and never palates more the dung *,
The beggar's nurse and Cæfar's.---

Enter, below, Proculeius, Gallus, &c.
Pro. Cæfar fends greeting to the queen of

And bids thee study on what fair demands
20 Thou mean'ft to have him grant thee.
Cleo. What's thy name?

Pro. My name is Proculeius.
Cleo. Antony

Did tell me of you, bade me truft you; but 25I do not greatly care to be deceiv'd,

That have no ufe for trufting. If your master
Would have a queen his beggar, you must tell him,
That majefty, to keep decorum, must
No lefs beg than a kingdom: if he please
30 To give me conquer'd Ægypt for my fon,
He gives me fo much of mine own, as I
Will kneel to him with thanks.

Pro. Be of good cheer;

You are fallen into a princely hand, fear nothing:
35 Make your full reference freely to my lord,
Who is fo full of grace, that it flows over
On all that need: Let me report to him
Your fweet dependancy; and you shall find
A conqueror, that will pray in aid 5 for kindness,
Where he for grace is kneel'd to.

Caf. Come hither, Proculeius; Go, and say,
We purpose her no fhame: give her what com-40

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Cleo. Pray you, tell him

I am his fortune's vaffal, and I fend him The greatnefs he has got 5. I hourly learn A doctrine of obedience; and would gladly 45 Look him i' the face.


[Exit Gallus.

Caf. Let him alone, for I remember now
How he's employ'd; he fhall in time be ready.
Go with me to my tent; where you fhall fee
How hardly I was drawn into this war;
How calm and gentle I proceeded still

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Char. O Cleopatra! thou art taken, queen! 55 Cleo. Quick, quick, good hands.

[Drawing a dagger.

Proculeius rufes in, and difarms the Queen.

* i. e. bis taints and bonours were an equal match; were opposed to each other in just proportions, like the counterparts of a wager. 2 That is, fhould have made us, in our equality of fortune, difagree to a pitch like this, that one of us must die. 3 i. e. the fervant of fortune. 4 i. e. Voluntary death produces a state which has no longer need of the grofs and terrene fuftenance, in the ufe of which Cæfar and the beggar are on a level. 5 Praying in aid is a law term, 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.


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Come hither, come! come, come, and take a
Worth many babes and beggars!

Pro. O, temperance, tady!

Cles. Sir, I will eat no meat, I'll not drink, fir;
If idle talk will once be neceffary',

I'll not fleep neither: This mortal houfe I'll ruin,
Do Cæfar what he can. Know, fir, that I
Will not wait pinion'd at your master's court;
Nor once be chaftis'd with the fober eye
Of dull Octavia. Shall they hoift me up,
And shew me to the shouting varletry

Of cenfuring Rome? Rather a ditch in Ægypt
Be gentle grave unto me! rather on Nilus' mud
Lay me ftark 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!

Pro. You do extend

Thefe thoughts of horror further than you shall
Find cause in Cæfar.

Enter Dolabella.

Del. Proculeius,

What thou haft done thy mafter Cæfar knows,
And he hath fent for thee: as for the queen,
I'll take her to my guard.

Pro. So, Dolabella,

It shall content me beft: be gentle to her.---
To Cæfar I will speak what you shall please,

If you'll employ me to him.

Cleo. Say, I would die.

Dol. Moft fovereign creature,--

Cleo. His legs beftrid the ocean; his rear'd arm
Crefted the world: his voice was property'd
As all the tuned fpheres, and that to friends;

5 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 fhew'd his back above
10 The element they liv'd in: In his livery [were
Walk'd crowns, and crownets; realms and inlands
As plates 3 dropt from his pocket.

Dol. Cleopatra,—————


Cleo. Think you there was, or might be, fuch a 15 As this I dream`d of?

Dol. Gentle madam, no.

Cleo. You lye, up to the hearing of the gods.
But, if there be, or ever were one fuch,
It's paft the fize of dreaming: Nature wants stuff
20 To vie ftrange forms with fancy; yet, to imagine
An Antony, were nature's piece 'gainst fancy,
Condemning fhadows quite 4.

Dol. Hear me, good madam:

Your lofs is as yourself, great; and you bear it
25 As anfwering to the weight: 'Would I might never
O'ertake purfu'd fuccefs, but I do feel,

By the rebound of yours, a grief that shoots
My very heart at root.

Cico. I thank you, fir.

30 Know you, what Cæfar means to do with me? Dol. I am loth to tell you what I would you Cleo. Nay, pray you, fir,--


Dol. Though he be honourable,--

Cleo. He'll lead me then in triumph?

Dol. Madam, he will; I know it.

All. Make way there,---Cæfar.


Enter Cæfar, Gallus, Mecanas, Proculeius, and


Caf. Which is the queen of Ægypt?

[To Cleopatra.


Dol. It is the emperor, madam.

[Exit Proculeius.

Del. Most noble emprefs, you have heard of me?
Cleo. I cannot tell.

Del. Affuredly, you know me.

Cæfar. Arife, you fhall not kneel:

I pray you, rife; rife, Ægypt.
Cleo. Sir, the gods

[Cleo. kneels.

Will have it thus; my master and my lord

Cles. No matter, fir, what I have heard or 45I must obey. known.


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

Cleo. Sole fir o' the world,

I cannot project 5 mine own caufe fo well
To make it clear; but do confefs, I have
Been laden with like frailties, which before
Have often fham'd our fex.

Caf. Cleopatra, know,

We will extenuate rather than enforce:
If you apply yourfelf to our intents,

1 Once may mean fometimes. The meaning of Cleopatra feems to be this: If idle talking be fometimes neceffary to the prolongation of life, why I will not fleep, for fear of talking idly in my flerts i. e. the little orb or circle. 3 Plates probably mean, filver money. 4 The word piece is a terr 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 paft the fize of dreaming; he was more by Nature than Fancy could present in sleep. 5 To project a cause is to reprefent a caule; to project it will, is to plan or contrive a scheme of defence.

(Which towards you are most gentle) you shall findf
A benefit in this change: but if you seek
To lay on me a cruelty, by taking
Antony's courfe, you shall bereave yourself
Of my good purposes, and put your children
To that deftruction which I'll guard them from,
If thereon you rely. I'll take my leave.

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

Your 'fcutcheons, and your signs of conqueft, fhall Hang in what place you please. Here, my good lord.

Caf. You shall advise me in all for Cleopatra.
Cleo. This is the brief of money, plate, and

I am poffefs'd of: 'tis exactly valued;
Not petty things admitted.-Where's Seleucus?
Sel. Here, madam.


Cleo. This is my treasurer; let him fpeak, my
Upon his peril, that I have referv'd

To myself nothing. Speak the truth, Seleucus.
Sel. Madam,

I had rather feel my lips, than, to my peril,
Speak that which is not.

Cleo. What have I kept back?

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Sel. Enough to purchase what you have made Caf. Nay, blush not, Cleopatra; I approve Your wifdom in the deed.

Cleo. See, Cæfar! O, behold,

How pomp is follow'd! mine will now be yours;
And, should we shift eftates, yours will be mine.
The ingratitude of this Seleucus does

Even make me wild :-O flave, of no more trust
Than love that's hir'd !-What, gocft thou back?
thou fhalt

Go back, I warrant thee; but I'll catch thine eyes,
Though they had wings: Slave, foul-less villain,
O rarely base 2!




Caf. Good queen, let us intreat you.
Cleo. O Cæfar, what a wounding shame is this; 40
That thou, vouchfafing here to vifit me,
Doing the honour of thy lordliness

To one fo meek, that mine own fervant should
Parcel the fum of my difgraces by
Addition of his envy! Say, good Cæfar,
That I fome lady trifles had referv'd,
Immoment toys, things of fuch dignity
As we greet modern friends withal; and say,
Some nobler token I have kept apart
For Livia, and Octavia, to induce
Their mediation; muft I be unfolded
With one that I have bred? The gods! It fmites
Beneath the fall I have. Pr'ythee, go hence;
[To Seleucus.


That we remain your friend: And fo, adieu.
Cleo. My mafter, and my lord!

Caf. Not fo: Adieu.

[Exeunt Cæfar, and his train. Cleo. He words me, girls, he words me, that I

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Del. Madam, as thereto fworn by your com.
Which my love makes religion to obey,

I tell you this: Cæfar through Syria
Intends his journey; and, within three days,
You with your children will he fend before :
Make your best use of this: I have perform'd
Your pleafure, and my promise.

Cleo. Dolabella,

I fhall remain your debtor.
Dol. I your fervant.

45 Adieu, good queen; I must attend on Cæfar.


Cleo. Farewel, and thanks. Now, Iras, what

think'ft thou?

Thou, an Ægyptian puppet, shalt be shewn
50 In Rome, as well as I: mechanic flaves
With greafy aprons, rules and hammers, shall
Uplift us to the view; in their thick breaths,
Rank of grofs diet, fhall we be enclouded,
And forc'd to drink their vapour.

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Or I shall fhew the cinders of my spirits
Through the ashes of my chance 3: Wert thou a
Thou would't have mercy on me.
Caf. Forbear, Seleucus.

[Exit Seleucus.

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1 i. e. close up my lips as effectually as the eyes of a hawk are closed.

2 i. e. bafe in an uncom

mon degree. 3 Or fortune. The meaning is, Begone, or I fhall exert that royal fpirit which I had in my prosperity, in fpight of the imbecility of my present weak condition. 4 Merits is in this place taken in an ill fenfe, for actions meriting cenfure. 5 Scald was a word of contempt, implying poverty, disease, and filth.


Ballad us out o' tune: the quick comedians
Extemporally will ftage us, and present
Our Alexandrian revels; Antony

Shall be brought drunken forth, and I fhall fee

Some fqueaking Cleopatra boy my greatness
I' the posture of a whore.

Iras. O the good gods!
Cleo. Nay, that's certain.

Iras. I'll never fee it; for, I am fure, my nails Are ftronger than mine eyes.

Cleo. Why, that's the way
To fool their preparation, and to conquer
Their most abfurd intents.-Now, Charmian !—
Enter Charmian.

Shew me, my women, like a queen ;-Go fetch
My beft attires ;-I am again for Cydnus,
To meet Mark Antony :-Sirrah, Iras, go.-
Now, noble Charmian, we'll dispatch indeed:
And, when thou haft done this chare, I'll give thee

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but in the keeping of wife people; for, indeed, there is no goodness in the worm.

Cleo. Take thou no care; it fhall be heeded. Clorun. Very good : give it nothing, I pray you, 5 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: I know, that a woman is a dish for the gods, if the 10 devil drefs her not. But, truly, these fame whorefon devils do the gods great harm in their women; for in every ten that they make, the devils mar five.






[Exit Guard

Haft thou the pretty worm 3 of Nilus there,

That kills and pains not?

Clown. Truly I have him: but I would not be the party that should defire you to touch him, for 40 his biting is immortal; those, that do die of it, do feldom or never recover.

Cleo. Remember'st thou any that have dy'd on't? Clown. Very many, men and women too. heard of one of them no longer than yesterday:45 a very honest woman, but something given to lye: as a woman should not do, but in the way of honefty: how the dy'd of the biting of it, what pain the felt,---Truly, she makes a very good report o the worm: But he that will believe all that they 50 fay, fhall never be faved by half that they do: But this is moft fallible, the worm's an odd worm. Cleo. Get thee hence; farewel.

Clown. I wish you all joy of the worm.
Cleo. Farewel.

Clown. You must think this, look you, that the worm will do his kind 4.

Cleo. Ay, ay; farewel.

Clown. Look you, the worm is not to be trufted,



Cleo. Well, get thee gone; farewel.
Clown. Yes, forfooth; I wish you joy o' the
Cleo. Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have
Immortal longings in me: Now no more
The juice of Egypt's grape fhall moist this lip :---
Yare, yare 5, good Iras; quick.---Methinks, I hear
Antony call; I fee him roufe himself

To praife my noble act; I hear him mock
The luck of Cæfar, which the gods give men
To excufe their after wrath: Husband, I come:
Now to that name my courage prove my title!
I am fire, and air; my other elements

I give to bafer life.---So,---have you done?
Come then, and take the laft warmth of my lips.
Farewel, kind Charmian:---Iras, long farewel.
[applying the afp.
Have I the afpick in my lips? Doft fall? [To Iras.
If thou and nature can fo gently part,
The ftroke of death is as a lover's pinch,
Which hurts, and is defir'd. Doft thou lye ftill?
If thus thou vanifheft, thou tell'ft the world
It is not worth leave-taking.

[Iras dies.

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Char. In this wild world 1?---So, fare thee well.]
Now boat thee, death! in thy poffeffion lies
A lafs unparalleï'd.---Downy windows, close;
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.

1 Guard. Where is the queen?
Char. Speak foftly, wake her not.
1 Guard. Cæfar hath fent---
Char. Too flow a meffenger.---



[Charmian applies the afp. O, come; apace, difpatch :---1 partly feel thee. 1 Guard. Approach, ho! All's not well: Cæfar's [call him. 15 2 Guard. There's Dolabella fent from Cæfar ;--1 Guard. What work is here?---Charmian, is this well done?


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This Charmian liv'd but now; fhe stood, and spake:
I found her trimming up the diadem

On her dead miftrefs; tremblingly she stood,
And on the fudden dropp'd.

Caf. O noble weakness!

If they had fwallow'd poifon, 'twould appear By external fwelling: but the looks like sleep, As fhe would catch another Antony

In her ftrong toil of grace.

Del. Here, on her breast

There is a vent of blood, and something blown2: The like is on her arm.

1 Guard. This is an afpick's trail; and thefe fig leaves

20 Have flime upon them, ch as the afpick leaves Upon the caves of Nile.

Caf. Most probable,

That fo fhe dy'd; for her phyfician tells me,
She hath purfu'd conclufions infinite

25 Of eafy ways to die.-Take up her bed;
And bear her women from the monument :-
She thall be buried by her Antony:
No grave upon the earth fhall clip in it
A pair fo famous. High events as these
30 Strike thofe that make them: and their story is
No lefs in pity, than his glory, which
Brought them to be lamented. Our army shall,
In folemn fhew, attend this funeral;
And then to Rome.-Come, Dolabella, fee
High order in this great folemnity. [Exeunt omnes.

She levell'd at our purposes, and, being royal,
Took her own way. --The manner of their deaths?--35
I do not fee them bleed.

Mr. Steevens conjectures, that our author may have written vild (i. e. vile according to ancient fpelling) for worthless.

2 i. e. fwoln.


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