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I am his fortune's vassal, and I send him
This I'll report, dear lady.
Gal. You see how easily she may be surpriz'd;
the Monument by a Ladder placed against á
open the Gates. Guard her till Cæsar come.
TTo PROCUleius and the Guard. Exit GALLUS.
[Drawing a Dagger.
[Seizes and disarms her.
What, of death too
Where art thou, death? Come hither, come! come, come, and take a queen . Worth many babes and beggars !8
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.
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.
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:
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
The element they liv'd in: In his livery
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,
As this I dream'd of ?
Gentle madam, no.
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,-
Though he be honourable,
Madam, he will ; I know it.
Within. Make way there,—Cæsar. ·
Seleucus, and Attendants.
Which is the queen
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.
:: 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,
Sel. Here, madam. .
I cannot project-] i, e. I cannot shape or form my cause, &c.
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