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0, sir, pardon me. 1 Guard. Woe are we, sir, you may notlive to wear Ant. When I did make thee free, swor'st thou All your true followers out. not then
Most heavy day, To do this when I bade thee? Do it at once ;
Ant. Nay, good my fellows, do not please sharp Or thy precedent services are all
fate But accidents anpurpos d. Draw, and come. To grace it with your sorrows: bid that welcome
Eros. Turn from me then that noble countenance, Which comes to punish us, and we panish it Wherein the worship of the whole world lies. Seeming to bear it lightly. Take me up: Ant. Lo thee.
(Turning from him.) I have led you oft: carry me now, good friends, Eros. My sword is drawn.
And have my thanks for all.
[Exeunt, bearing Antoey. The thing why thou hast drawn it.
Scene XIII.-The same. A Monument. Eros.
My dear master,
Enter above, CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, and IRAS. My captain, and my emperor! let me say, Before I strike this bloody stroke, farewell.
Cleo. O Charmian, I will never go from hence. Ant. 'Tis said, man ;--and farewell.
Char. Be comforted, dear madam.
No, I will not :
Now, Eros. All strange and terrible events are welcome, Eros. Why, there then :- (Falls on his sword.) But comforts we despise; our size of sorrow, Thus do I escape the sorrow
Proportion'd to our cause, must be as great Of Antony's death.
Enter DIOMEDES. Ant.
Thrice nobler than myself! As that which makes it.-How now? is he dead? Thou teachest me, o valiant Eros, what
Dio. His death's upon him, but not dead. I should, and thou could'st not. My queen and Eros
Look out o'the other side your monument,
His guard have brought him thither.
Enter ANTONY, borne by the Guard.
0 thoa son, Thy master dies thy scholar; to do thus
Burn the great sphere thou mov'st in-darkling (Falling on his sword.)
stand I learn'd of thee. How! not yet dead? not dead? The varying shore o'the world !_0 Antony! The guard !--ho!–0, despatch ine.
Antony, Antony !-Charmian, help; help, Iras;
Help, friends below: let's draw him hither.
Peace: 1 Guard.
What's the noise ?
Not Cæsar's valour bath o'erthrown Antony, Ant. I have done my work ill, friends; 0, make
But Antony's hath triumphed on itself. an end Of what I have begun.
Cleo. So it should be, ihat none but Antony 2 Guard. The star is fallen.
Should conquer Antony; bat woe 'tis so! 1 Guard. And time is at his period.
Ant. I am dying, Egypt, dying; oply
I here importune death a while, until All
Alas, and woe! Ant. Let him, that loves me, strike me dead.
Of many thousand kisses the poor last 1 Guard.
I lay upon thy lips.-
I dare not, dear,
(Dear my lord, pardon) I dare not,
[Exeunt Guard. Der. Thy death and fortunes bid thy followers fly. or the full-fortun’d Cæsar ever shall
Lest I be taken: not
the imperious shew This sword but shewn to Cæsar, with this tidings, Be brooch'd with me; if knife, drugs, serpents, bare Shall enter me with him.
Edge, sting, or operation, I am safe:
Your wife Octavia, with her modest eyes,
And still conclusion, shall acquire no honour
Demuring upon me.-But come, come, Antony,Dio.
Lives he? Help me, my women,-we must draw thee up;Wilt thou pot answer, man? [Exit Dercetas. Assist, good friends. Ant. Art thou there, Diomed ? Draw thy sword, Ant.
0, quick, or I am gone. and give me
Cleo. Here's sport, indeed !-How heavy weighs Sufficing strokes for death. Dio. Most absolute lord,
Our strength is all gone into heaviness, My mistress Cleopatra sent me to thee.
That makes the weight! Had I great Juno's power, Ant. When did she send thee ?
The strong-wing’a Mercury should fetch thee op, Dio. Now, my lord.
And set thee by Jove's side. Yet come a little, Ant.
Where is she? | Wishers were ever fools ;-0, come, come, come Dio. Lock'd in her monument. She had a pro
(They draw Antony wr; phesying fear
And welcome, welcome! die, where thou hast lis's: Of what hath come to pass: for when she saw Quicken with kissing; had my lips that power, (Which never sball be found,) you did suspect Thus would I wear them out. She had dispos'd with Cæsar, and that your rage All.
A heavy sight! Would not be purg'd, she sent you word she was Ant. I am dying, Egypt, dying : dead;
Give me some wine, and let me speak a little. But, fearing since how it might work, hath sent
Cleo. No, let me speak; and let me rail so high, Me to proclaim the truth; and I am come,
That the false housewife Fortune break her wheel, I dread, too late.
Provok'd hy my offence. Ant. Too late, good Diomed:--Call my guard, Ant.
One word, sweet queen: I pr'ythee.
[guard, what, bo! of Cæsar seek your honour with your safety.-0! Dio. What, ho! the emperor's guard! The Cleo. They do not go together. Come, your lord calls.
Gentle, hear me: Enter some of the Guard.
None about Cæsar trust, but Proculeins. Ant. Bear me, good friends, where Cleopatra Cleo. My resolution, and my hands, I'll trust;
None about Cæsar. 'Tis the last service that I shall command vou. Ant. The miserable change now at my end,
Lament nor sorrow at: but please your thoughts, Not by a public minister of justice,
Hath, with the courage which the heart did lend it,
Splitted the heart.- This is his sword,
I robb'd his wound of it; behold it stain'd
Look you sad, friends!
Noblest of men, woo't die? The gods rebuke me, but it is a tidings
To wash the eyes of kings.
And strange it is,
His taints and honours
A rarer spirit never And there is nothing left remarkable
Did steer humanity: but you, gods, will give us Beneath the visiting moon.
(She faints.) Some faults to make us men. Cæsar is touch'd. Char.
0, quietness, lady! Mec. When such a spacious mirror's set before Iras. She is dead too, our sovereign.
He needs must see himself,
Madam, I have follow'd thee to this ;-But we do lance
Diseases in our bodies : I must perforce
Royal Egypt! Have shewn to thee such a declining day,
Or look on thine; we could not stall together
[manded In the whole world : But yet let me lament,
Unreconcileable, should divide
(stars, Become a dog that's mad: Then is it sin,
Our equalness to this.-Hear me, good friends,-
But I will tell you at some meeter season;
Enter a Messenger.
We'll hear him what he says.-Whence are you?
(To the Guard below.) of thy intents desires instruction;
To the way she's forced to.
Bid her have good heart;
How honourable and how kindly we
To be ungentle.
Ces. Come hither, Proculeius; Go, and say, ACT V.
We purpose her no shame: give her what com-
She do defeat us : for her life in Rome
And how you find of her.
Cæsar, I shall. [Exit Proculeius.
Cæs. Gallus, go you along.- Where's Dolabella, To second Proculeius?
[Exit Gallus. Cæs. Wherefore is that? and what art thou, that
Agr. & Mec.
[dar'st Cæs. Let him alone, for I remember now
How he's employed; he shall in time be ready.
How calm and gentle I proceeded still
In all my writings : Go with me, and see
What I can shew in tbis.
[Exeunt. I'll be to Cæsar; if thou pleasest not,
SCENE II.-Alexandria. A Room in the Monument.
Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, and IRAS.
Cleo. My desolation does begin to make
A minister of ber will; And it is great
Which shackles accidents, and bolts up change ;
Which sleeps, and never palates more the dung, Der.
He is dead, Cæsar; The beggar's nurse and Cæsar's,
Enter, to the gates of the Monument, PROCULEIUS, , What thou hast done thy master Cæsar knors, Gallus, and Soldiers.
And he hath sent for thee : as for the queen, Pro. Cæsar sends greeting to the queen of Egypt; I'll take her to my guard. And bids thee study on what fair demands
So, Dolabella, Thou mean'st to have him grant thee.
It shall content me best: be gentle to her.Cleo. (Within.)
What's thy name? To Cæsar I will speak what you shall please, Pro. My name is Proculeius.
(To Cleopatra.) Cleo. (Within.)
If you'll employ me to him. Did tell me of you, bade me trust you; but
Say, I would die. I do not greatly care to be deceiv'd,
[Exeunt Proculeius and Soldiers. That have po use for trusting. If your master Dol. Most nobie empress, you have heard of me! Would have a queen his beggar, you must tell him Cleo. I cannot tell. That majesty, to keep decorum, must
Assaredly, you know me. No less beg than a kingdom : if he please
Cleo. No matter, sir, what I have heard or knowo. To give me conquer'd Egypt for my son,
You laugh, when boys, or women, tell their dreams; He gives me so much of mine own, as I
Is't not your trick? Will kneel to him with thanks.
Dol. I understand not, madam. Pro.
Be of good cheer; Cleo. I dream'd, there was an emperor Antony;You are fallen into a princely hand, fear nothing: 0, such another sleep, that I might see Make your full reverence freely to my lord, But such another man! Who is so full of grace, that it flows over
If it might please you, On all that need : Let me report to him
Cleo. His face was as the heavens, and therein Your sweet dependency; and you shall find
stuck A conqueror, that will pray in aid for kindness, A san, and moon; which kept their course, and Where he for grace is kneel'd to.
The little 0, the earth.
Most sovereign creature, I am his fortune's vassal, and I send him
Cleo. His legs bestrid the ocean: bis rear'd arm The greatness he has got. I hourly learn Crested the world: his voice was propertied A doctrine of obedience ; and would gladly As all the tuned spheres, and that to friends, Look him i' the face.
Bat wben he meant to quail and shake the orb, Pro.
This I'll report, dear lady. He was a rattling thunder. For his bounty, Have comfort; for I know your plight is pitied There was no winter in't; an autumn 'twas, Of him that cans'd it.
That grew the more by reaping: His delights Gal. You see how easily she may be surpris’d; Were dolphin-like; they shew'd his back above (Here Proculeius, and two of the Guard, ascend The element they liv'd in: In his livery
the Monument by a ladder placed against a Walk'd crowns, and crownets ; realms andislands eindow, and having descended, come behind As plates dropp'd from bis pocket.
(were Cleopatra. Some of the Guard unbar and Dol.
Cleopatra, open the gates.)
Cleo. Think you, there was, or might be, such a Guard her till Cæsar come.
As this I dream'd of? (To Proculeius and the Guard. Exit Gallus. Dol.
Gentle madam, no. Iras. Royal queen!
Cleo. You lie, up to the hearing of the gods. Char. 0 Cleopatra! thou art taken, queen! But, if there be, or ever were one such, Cleo. Quick, quick, good hands.
It's past the size of dreaming: Nature wants staf
(Drawing a dagger.) To vie strange forms with fancy; yet, to imagine Pro.
Hold, worthy lady, hold? An Antony, were nature's piece 'gainst fancy,
(Seizes and disarms her.) | Condemning shadows quite. Do not yourself such wrong, who are in this
Hear me, good madam: Reliev'd, but not betray'd.
Your loss is as yourself, great ; and you bear it Cleo.
What, of death too, As answering to the weight:' 'Would I might That rids our dogs of langaisla ?
O'ertake pursu'd success, but I do feel,
Cleopatra, By the rebound of yours, a grief that shoots Do not abuse my master's boanty by
My very heart at root. The undoing of yourself: let
I thank you, sir. His vobleness well acted, which your death Know you, what Cæsar means to do with me! Will never let come forth.
Dol." I am loath to tell you what I would you Cleo.
Where art thou, death? Cleo. Nay, pray you, sir, Come hither, come! come, come, and take a queen Dol.
Though he be honourable, Worth many babes and beggars !
Cleo. He'll lead me then in triumph ? Pro.
0, temperance, lady! Dol. Cleo. Sir, I will eat no meat, I'll not drink, sír; I know it. If idle talk will once be necessary,
Within. Make way there.-Cæsar. I'll not sleep neither: This mortal house I'll ruin, Enter CÆSAR, Gallus, Proculeius, MECENAS, Do Cæsar what he can. Know, sir, that I Will not wait pinion'd at your master's court;
SELEUCUS, and Attendants. Nor once be chastis'd with the sober eye
Which is the queen Of dull Octavia. Shall they hoist me up,
Of Egypt ? And shew me to the shooting varletry
'Tis the emperor, madam. Of censuring Romo? Rather a ditch in Egypt Be gentle grave to me! rather on Nilas' mud
I pray you, rise, rise, Egypt.
Sir, the gods And hang me up in chains !
Will have it thus; my master and my lord Pro.
You do extend I must obey.
The record of what injuries you did us,
Though written in our flesh, we shall remember
As things but done by chance.
Madam, he will;
Sole sir o'the world, | Make not your thoughts your prisons : no, dear I cannot project mine own cause so well
For we intend so to dispose you, as
Our care and pity is so much upon you,
Cleopatra, know, That we remain your friend; And so adieu.
Cleo. My master, and my lord!
Not so: Adieu. (Which towards you are most gentle,) you shall find
[Exeunt Cæsar and his train. A benefit in this change; but if you seek
Cleo. He words me, girls, he words me, that I To lay on me a cruelty, by taking
should not Antony's course, you shall bereave yourself Be noble to myself: but hark thee, Charmian. of my good purposes, and put your children
(Whispers Charmian.) To that destruction which I'll guard them from, Iras. Finish, good lady; the bright day is done, If thereon you rely. I'll take my leave.
And we are for the dark.
Hie thee again:
[shall I have spoke already, and it is provided ;
Madam, I will.
Dol. Where is the queen?
Behold, sir. (Exil Char. Not petty things admitted. Where's Seleucas? Cleo.
Dolabella? Sel. Here, madam.
[lord, Dol. Madam, as thereto sworn by your command,
I tell you this : Cæsar through Syria
You with your children will be send before:
Your pleasure, and my promise.
servant. Cæs. Nay, blash pot, Cleopatra; I approve Adieu, good queen; I must attend on Cæsar. Your wisdom in the deed.
Cleo. Farewell, and thanks. (Exil Dol.] Now,
Iras, what think'st thou?
With greasy aprons, rules, and hammers, shall
And forc'd to drink their vapour.
The gods forbid !
[dog! Will catch at us, like strumpets; and scald rhymers Ces. Good queen, let us entreat you. Ballad us out o' tune: the quick comedians Cleo. O Cæsar, what a wounding shame is this ; Extemporally will stage us,
Our Alexandrian revels ; Antony
Shall be brought drunken forth, and I shall see
I'the posture of a whore.
O the good gods!
Cleo. Nay, that is certain.
Iras. I'll never see it; for, I am sure, my nails
Why, that's the way
To fool their preparation, and to conquer.
(To Seleucus.) Shew me, my women, like a queen ;-Go fetch Or I shall shew the cinders of my spirits
My best attires ;-I am again for Cydnus, Through the ashes of my chance : -Wert thou a To meet Mark Antony :-Sirrah, Iras, go.-man,
Now, noble Charmian, we'll despatch indeed :
And, when thou hast done this chare, I'll give thee
[Exit Seleucus. To play till dooms-day.-Bring our crown and all. Cleo. Be it known, that we, the greatest, are mis- Wherefore's this noise ? [Exit Tras. A noise within.
Enter one of the Guard.
Here is a rural fellow,
That will not be denied your highness' presence;
He brings you figs.
[Exit Guard. Bestow it at your pleasure; and believe,
May do a noble deed! he brings me liberty.
I am marble-constant: now the fleeting moon Cleo.
Peace, peace! No planet is of mine.
Dost thou not see my baby at my breast,
That sucks the nurse asleep? Re-enter Guard, with a Clown bringing a basket.
0, break ! O, break! Guard. This is the man.
Cleo. As sweet as balm, as soft as air, as gentle,Cleo. Avoid, and leave him. [Exit Guard. 0 Antony !-Nay, I will take thee too :Hast thou the pretty worm of Nilus there,
(Applying another asp to her ars.) That kills and pains not?
What should I say (Palls on a bed and dies.) Clown. Truly I have him: but I would not be Char. In this wild world ?-So, fare thee wellthe party that should desire you to touch bim, for Now boast thee, death! in thy possession lies his biting is immortal; those, that do die of it, do A lass unparallel'd.-Downy windows, close ; seldom or never recover.
And golden Phæbus never be beheld Cleo. Remember'st tbou any that have died on't? Of eyes again so royal! Your crown's awry; Clown. Very many, men and women too. I heard I'll mend it, and then play. of one of them no longer than yesterday: a very honest woman, but something given to lie; as a
Enter the Guard, rushing in. woman should not do, but in the way of honesty:
1 Guard. Wbere is the queen! how she died of the biting of it, what pain she felt,
Speak softly, wake her not. – Truly, she makes a very good report o' the worm:
1 Guard. Cæsar bath sentBut he that will believe all that they say, shall never Char.
Too slow a messenger. be saved by half that they do: But this is most fal
(Applies the asp.) Jible, the worm's an odd worm.
0, come ; apace, despatch: I partly feel thee. Cleo. Get thee hence ; farewell.
i Guard. Approach, ho! All's not well : Cæsar's Clown. I wish you all joy o' the worm.
[call him. Cleo. Farewell. (Clown sets down the basket.)
2 Guard. There's Dolabella sent from Cæsar ;Clown. You must think this, look you, that the
1 Guard. What work is here !-Charmian, is this worm will do his kind.
well done? Cleo. Ay, ay; farewell.
Char. It is well done, and fitting for a princess, Clown. Look you, the worm is not to be trusted, Descended of so many royal kings. bat in the keeping of wise people ; for, indeed, Ah, soldier!
(Dies.) there is no goodness in the worm.
All dead. for it is not worth the feeding.
Cæsar, thy thoughts Cleo. Will it eat me?
Touch their effects in this: Thyself art coming Clown. You must not think I am so simple, but To see perform’d the dreaded act, which thou I know the devil himself will not eat a woman:-I So sought'st to binder. know, that a woman is a dish for the gods, if the devil Within.
A way there, way for Cæsar! dress her not. But, truly, these same whoreson
Enter CÆSAR and Attendants, devils do the gods great harm in their women; for Dol. O, sir, you are too sure an augurer ; in every ten that they make, the devils mar five. That, you did fear, is done. Cleo. Well, get thee gone; farewell.
Bravest at the last : Clown. Yes, forsooth; I wish you joy of the She levell’d at our purposes, and, being royal,
(Exit. Took her own way.-The manner of their deaths ?
I do not see them bleed.
Who was last with them? Cleo. Give me my robe, put on my crown;
I have 1 Guard. A simple countryman, that brougbt ber Immortal longings in me: Now no more
This was his basket.
[6gs; The juice of Egypt's grape shall moist this lip : Cæs.
Poison'd then. Yare, yare, good Iras ; quick.-Metbinks, I hear 1 Guard.
O Cæsar, Antony call; I see him rouse himself
This Charmian lived but now; she stood, and spake : To praise my noble act; I hear bim mock
I found her trimming up the diadem The luck of Cæsar, which the gods give men On her dead mistress; tremblingly she stood, To excuse their after wrath : Husband, I come : And on the sudden dropp'd. Now to that name my courage prove my title !
O noble weakness! I am fire, and air; my other elements
If they had swallow'd poison, 'twould appear I give to baser life.--So,-have you done? By external swelling: but she looks like sleep, Come then, and take the last warmth of my lips. As she would catch another Antony Farewell, kind Charmian ;-Iras, long farewell. In her strong toil of grace. (Kisses them. Iras falls and dies.) Dol.
Here, on her breast, Have I the aspick in my lips? Dost fall?
There is a vent of blood, and something blown: If thou and nature can so gently part,
The like is op her arın.
(leaves The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch,
1 Guard. This is an aspick's trail: and these fig. Which hurts, and is desir'd. Dost thou lie still? Have slime upon them, such as the aspick leaves If thus thou vanishest, thou tell’st the world Upon the caves of Nile. It is not worth leave-taking.
Most probable, Char. Dissolve, thick cloud, and rain; that I may That so she died; for her physician tells me, The gods themselves do weep!
She hath pursu'd conclusions infinite Cleo.
This proves me base : Of easy ways to die.-Take up her bed ;
And bear her women from the monament:-
(To ihe asp, which she applies to her breast.) A pair so famous. High events as these With thy sharp teeth this knot intrinsicate Strike those that make them: and their story is Of life at once untie : poor venomous fool,
No less in pity, than bis glory, which
And then to Rome.-Come, Dolabella, see
High order in this great solemnity. [Exeunt.