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That rids our dogs of languish?
Do not abuse my master's bounty, by
O temperance, lady!
I'll not sicep neither: This mortal house I'll ruin,
Of censuring Rome? Rather a ditch in Egypt
You do extend
Assuredly, you know me.
I understand not, madain.
Cæs. You shall advise me in all for Cleopatra.
Cleo. I dream'd, there was an emperor An- I am possess'd of: 'tis exactly valued:
O, such another sleep, that I might see
But such another man!
A sun, and moon; which kept their course, and
Most sovereign creature,-
As plates2 dropp'd from his pocket.
Cleo. Think you, there was, or might be, such
As this I dream'd of?
Gentle madam, no.
Cleo. You lie, up to the hearing of the gods.
But, if there be, or ever were one such,
No petty things admitted.-Where's Seleucus?
Cleo. This is my treasurer; let him speak, my lord,
To myself nothing. Speak the truth, Seleucus.
I had rather seel my lips, than, to my peril,
Cæs. Nay, blush not, Cleopatra ; I approve
Go back, I warrant thee; but I'll catch thine eyes,
To one so meek, that mine own servant should
It's past the size of dreaming: Nature wants stuff Addition of his en disgraces by
To vie strange forms with fancy; yet, to imagine
Say, good Cæsar,
As we greet modern friends withal: and say,
Shape or form.
Or I shall show the cinders of my spirits
Thou wouldst have mercy on me.
Forbear, Seleucus. [Exit SELEUCUS. Cleo. Be it known, that we, the greatest, are misthought
For things that others do; and, when we fall,
Not what you have reserv'd,nor what acknowledg'd,
For we intend so to dispose you, as
Yourself shall give us counsel. Feed, and sleep:
Be noble to myself; but hark thee, Charmian.
I your servant.
Thou, an Egyptian puppet, shalt be shown
Shall be brought drunken forth, and I shall see
O the good gods!
Cleo. Nay, that is certain. Iras. I'll never see it; for, I am sure, my nails Are stronger than mine eyes.
Why, that's the way
Show me, my women, like a queen-Go fetch
That will not be denied your highness' presence; He brings you figs.
Cleo. Let him come in. How poor an instrument [Exit Guard. May do a noble deed! he brings me liberty. My resolution's placed, ard I have nothing Of woman in me: Now from head to foot I am marble-constant: now the fleeting moon No planet is of mine.
Re-enter Guard, unth a Clown bringing a Basket. This is the man.
Cleo. Avoid, and leave him. [Exit Guard. Hast thou the pretty worm of Nilus there, That kills and pains not?
Clown. Truly I have him: but I would not be the party that should desire you to touch him, for his biting is immortal; those, that do die of it, do seldom or never recover.
Cleo. Remember'st thou any that have died on't? Clown. Very many, men and women too. I heard of one of them no longer than yesterday: a very honest woman, but something given to lic; as a woman should not do, but in the way of honesty: how she died of the biting of it, what pains she felt,Truly, she makes a very good report o' the worm: But he that will believe all that they say, shall never be saved by half that they do: But this is most fallible, the worm's an odd worm
Cleo. Get thee hence; farewell.
Clown. I wish you all joy of the worm.
Cleo. Farewell. [Clown sets down the Basket. Clown. You must think this, look you, that the worm will do his kind.
Re-enter IRAS, with a Robe, Crown, &c.
To praise my noble act; I hear him mock
I give to baser life.-Šo,-have you done?
Char. Dissolve, thick cloud, and rain; that I may The gods themselves do weep! Cleo.
This proves me base: If she first meet the curled Antony, He'll make demand of her; and spend that kiss, Which is my heaven to have. Come, mortal wretch, [To the Asp, which she applies to her Breast. With thy sharp teeth this knot intrinsicate Of life at once untie: poor venomous fool, Be angry and despatch. O, couldst thou speak! That I might hear thee call great Cæsar, ass Unpolicied!3
O eastern star!
Act according to his nature. Unpolitic, to leave me to myself.
2 Make haste.
Dost thou not see my baby at my breast,
[Applying another Asp to her Arm.
Of eyes again so royal! Your crown's awry;
Enter the Guard, rushing in.
1 Guard. Where is the queen? Char. Speak softly, wake her not. 1 Guard. Cæsar hath sentChar. Too slow a messenger. [Applies the Asp. O, come; apace, despatch: I partly feel thee. 1 Guard. Approach, ho! All's not well: Cæsar's beguild.
2 Guard. There's Dolabella sent from Cæsar;call him.
1 Guard. What work is here?-Charmian, is
this well done?
O noble weakness! If they had swallow'd poison, 'twould appear By external swelling: but she looks like sleep, As she would catch another Antony In her strong toil of grace1 Dol.
Here, on her breast, There is a vent of blood, and something blown: The like is on her arm.
1 Guard. This is an aspic's trail: and these fig. leaves
Have slime upon them, such as the aspic leaves Upon the caves of Nile.
And bear her women from the monument:-
No grave upon the earth shall clips in it
And then to Rome-Come, Dolabella, sce
SCENE I.-Britain. The Garden behind Cymbe- Against the Romans, with Cassibelan:
Enter two Gentlemen.
1 Gent. You do not meet a man, but frowns: our bloods!
No more obey the heavens, than our courtiers;
But what's the matter? 1 Gent. His daughter, and the heir of his kingdom, whom
He purpos'd to his wife's sole son, (a widow,
None but the king?
1 Gent. He, that hath lost her, too: so is the queen, That most desir'd the match: But not a courtier, Although they wear their faces to the bent Of the king's looks, hath a heart that is not Glad at the thing they scowl at.
But had his titles by Tenantius, whom
I honor him
2 Gent. Even out of your report. But, 'pray you, tell me, Is she sole child to the king? 1 Gent. His only child. He had two sons, (if this be worth your hearing, Mark it,) the eldest of them at three years old, I' the swathing clothes the other, from their
Ente. the QUEEN, POSTHUMUS, and IMOGEN. Queen. No, be assured, you shall not find me, daughter,
After the slander of most step-mothers,
That lock up your restraint. For you, Posthúmus,
I will be known your advocate mariy, yet
You lean'd unto his sentence, with what patience
I will from hence to-day. Queen.
Please your highness,
You know the peril :I'll fetch a turn about the garden, pitying The pangs of barr'd affections; though the king Hath charged you should not speak together. [Exit QUEEN.
Were you but riding forth to air yourself,
How! how! another?You gentle gods, give me but this I have, And sear up my embracements from a next With bonds of death!-Remain thou here Putting on the Ring. While sense can keep it on! And sweetest, fairest, As I my poor self did exchange for you, To you so intinite loss; so in our trifles I still win of you: For my sake, wear this; It is a manacle of love; I'll place it Upon this fairest prisoner.
[Putting a Bracelet on her Arm. Imo. O, the gods! When shall we see again?
The gods protect you!
O disloyal thing,
Harm not yourself with your vexation; I
Cym. That might'st have had the sole son of my
Imo. O bless'd, that I might not! I chose an eagle, And did avoid a puttock.9
Cym. Thou took'st a beggar; wouldst have made my throne A seat for baseness. Imo.
No; I rather added
A lustre to it.
O thou vile one!
It is your fault that I have loved Posthumus:
What!-art thou mad?
Imo. Almost, sir: Heaven restore me!-'Would
A neat-herd's daughter! and my Leonatus
Thou foolish thing!-
Not after our command. Away with her,
'Beseech your patience:-Peace, Dear lady daughter, peace:-Sweet sovereign, Leave us to ourselves; and make yourself some
To draw upon an exile!-O brave sir!
I would they were in Afric both together;
Myself by with a needle, that I might prick
I humbly thank your highness, Queen. Pray, walk a while. Imo.
About some half hour hence, I pray you speak with me: you shall, at least, Go see my lord aboard: for this time, leave me. [Exeunt.
SCENE III-A public Place.
Enter CLOTEN and two Lords.
1 Lord. Sir, I would advise you to shift a shirt; the violence of action hath made you reek as a sacrifice: Where air comes out, air comes in: there's none abroad so wholesome as that you vent.