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I am his fortune's vassal, and I send him
The greatness he has got. I hourly learn
A doctrine of obedience; and would gladly
Look him i' the face.
Pro.

This I'll report, dear lady.
Have comfort ; for, I know, your plight is pitied
Of him that caus'd it. -

Gal. You see how easily she may be surpriz'd;
. [Here PROCULEIUS, and two of the Guard, ascend

the Monument by a Ladder placed against á
Window, and having descended, come behind
CLEOPATRA. Some of the Guard unbar and

open the Gates. Guard her till Cæsar come.

TTo PROCUleius and the Guard. Exit GALLUS.
Iras. Royal queen !
Char, O Cleopatra ! thou art takèn, queen!
Cleo. Quick, quick, good hands.

[Drawing a Dagger.
Hold, worthy lady, hold:

[Seizes and disarms her.
Do not yourself such wrong, who are in this
Reliev'd, but not betray’d.
Cleo.

What, of death too
That rids our dogs of languish ? '
Pro.

Cleopatra,
Do not abuse my master's bounty, by
The undoing of yourself: let the world see
His nobleness well acted, which your death
Will never let come forth.
Cleo.

Where art thou, death? Come hither, come! come, come, and take a queen . Worth many babes and beggars !8

· Pro.

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send him . ." The greatness he has got.) i. e. her crown which he has won.

s Vorth many babes and beggars !] Why, death, wilt thou not rather seize a queen, than employ thy force upon babes and beggurs.

Pro. ?

0, temperance, lady! Cleo. Sir, I will eat no meat, I'll not drink, sir; If idle talk will once be necessary, I'll not sleep 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 to me! rather on Nilus' mud Lay me stark naked, and let the water-fljes Blow me into abhorring ! rather make My country's high pyramides my gibbet, And hang me up in chains ! Pro.

You do extend These thoughts of horror further than you shall . Find cause in Cæsar.

Enter DOLABELLA.
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.
Pro.

So, Dolabella,
It shall content me bést: be gentle to her.
To Cæsar I will speak what you shall please,

e CLEOPATRA, If you'll employ me to him. Cleo.

Say, I would die. [Exeunt PROCULEIUS, and Soldiers. Dol. Most noble empress, you have heard of me? Cleo. I cannot tell. Dol.

Assuredly, you know me. Cleo. No matter, sir, what I have heard, or known.

will once be necessary,] Once may mean sometimes:

WOL

Doi.

You laugh, when boys, or women, tell their dreams ; Is't not your trick ?" ,

I understand not, madam. Cleo. I dream'd, there was an emperor Antony; O, 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

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

lighted The little O, the earth.

Most sovereign creature, tam
Cleo. His legs bestrid the ocean: his rear'd arm
Crested the world:' his voice was propertied
As all the tuned spheres, and 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

.:: were
As plates” dropp'd from his pocket.
Dol.

Cleopatra,
Cleó, Think you, there was, or might be, such a

man

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In his rear'd arm

Crested the world :) Alluding to some of the old crests in heraldry, where a raised arm on a wreath was mounted on the helmet.

s As plates--] Mr. Steevens justly interprets plates to mean silver money. It is a term in heraldry. The balls or roundels in an escutcheon of arms, according to their different colours, have different names. If gules, or red, they are called torteauses; 'if or, or yellow, bezants; if argent, or white, plates, which are but. tons of silver without any impression, but only prepared for the stamp. VOL. VII,

KK

As this I dream'd of ?
Ꭰol. .

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. 4
Dol.

Hear me, good madam: 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 shoots : My very heart at root. Cleo..

I thank you, sir. Know you, what Cæsar means to do with me? · Dol. I am loath to tell you what I would you knew.

Cleo. Nay, pray you, sir,-
Dol.

Though he be honourable,
Cleo. He'll lead me then in triumph?
Dol.

Madam, he will ; I know it.

Within. Make way there,—Cæsar. ·
Enter Cæsar, Gallus, Proculeius, Mecænas,

Seleucus, and Attendants.
Cæs.

Which is the queen
Of Egypt ?
Dol. 'Tis the emperor, madam.

(CLEOPATRA kneels.

3 To vie strange forms-] To vie was a term at cards. 4 yet, to imagine

An Antony, were nature's piece 'gainst fancy,

Condemning shadows quite.] The word piece, is a term 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 past the size of dreaming ; he was more by Nature than Fancy could present in sleep.

* Cleo.

Cæs.

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

Sir, the gods Will have it thus; my master and iny lord in I must obey. :

Cæs. ": 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. Cleó.

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. Cæs.

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; and we .

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

Cæs. You shall advise me in all for Cleopatra.

Cleo. This is the brief of money, plate, and jewels,
I am possess'd of: 'tis exactly valued ;
Not petty things admitted. Where's Seleucus ?

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

I cannot project-] i, e. I cannot shape or form my cause, &c.

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