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be saved by half that they do: But this is most fale lible, the worm's an odd worm.
Cleo. Get thee hence; farewell.
Clown. You must think this, look you, that the worm will do his kind.
Cleo. Ays ay; farewell.
Clown. Look you, the worm is not to be trusted, but in the keeping of wise people; for, indeed, .. there is no goodness in the worm. .
Cleo. Take thou no care; it shall be heeded.
Clown. Very good: give it nothing, I pray you, 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 devil dress her not. But, truly, these same whoreson devils do the gods great harm in their women; for in every ten that they make, the devils mar five.
Cleo. Well, get thee gone; farewell.
Clown. Yes, forsooth; I wish you joy of the worm.
9.- will do his kind.) The serpent will act according to his ! L'are, yare,] i. e. make baste, be nimble, be ready.
To excuse their after wrath: Husband, I come: ?
[Kisses them. Iras falls and dies,
say, The gods theinselves do weep! Cleo. . ! in
This proves me base; If she first meet the curled Antony, He'll make demand of her;4 and spend that kiss, Which is my heaven to have. Come, mortal
wretch, ; . . i
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, could'st thou speak! That I might hear thee call great Cæsar, ass Unpolicied!
? Have I the aspick in my lips?] Are my lips poison’d by the aspick, that my kiss has destroyed thee?
Dost fall?] Iras must be supposed to have applied an asp to her arm while her mistress was settling her dress, or I know not why she should fall so soon. STEEVENS.
4 He'll make demand of her;] He will enquire of her concerning me, and kiss her for giving him intelligence. . .
- ass Unpolicied!] i. e. an ass without more policy than to leave the means of death within my reach, and thereby deprive his triumph of its noblest decoration,
Char. eastern star ! !!
- Peace, 'peace!
O, break! O, break !
tle, . - : .* . O Antony!-Nay, I will take thee too :
Ī Applying another Asp to her Arm. What should I stay-s . Falls on a Bed, and dies.
Char. In this wild world ?-So, fare thee well. Now boast thee, death! in thy possession lies A lass unparalleld. Downy windows, close;8 And golden Phæbus never be beheld .. Of eyes again so'royal! Your crown's awry: I'll mend it, and then play.”
Enter the Guard, rushing in.
Speak softly, wake her not. 1 Guiard. Cæsar hath sent
Too slow a messenger.
[Applies the Asp. O, come; apace, despatch: I partly feel thee. : i Guard. Approach, ho! All's not well: Cæsar's
beguild. 2 Guard. There's Dolabella sent from Cæsar ;
6 - Downy windows, close ;] Charmian, in saying this must be conceived to close Cleopatra's eyes; one of the first ceremonies performed toward a dead body.
1- and then play.) i. e. 'play her part in this tragick scene by destroying herself: or she may mean, that having performed her last office for her mistress, she will accept the permission given her before, to " play till doomsday.”
i Guard. What work is here!--Charmian, is this
well done? Char. It is well done, and fitting for a princess Descended of so many royal kings. Ah, soldier !
Dol. How goes it here?
Cæsar, thy thoughts
: : A way there, way for Cæsar!
Enter Cæsar, and Attendants. Dol. O, sir, you are too sure an augurer ; That you did fear, is done.
Bravest at the last: She levell’d at our purposes, and, being royal, Took her own way. The manner of their deaths ? I do not see them bleed, · Dol.
Who was last with them? i Guard. A simple countryman, that brought her
figs; This was his basket. - Cæs. ,:.. Poison'd then. i Guard.
O Cæsar, This Charrnian lived but now; she stood, and spake: I found her trimming up the diadem On her dead mistress; tremblingly she stood, And on the sudden dropp’d. Cres.
O noble weakness! If they had swallow'd poison, 'twould appear
By external swelling: but she looks like sleep,
Here, on her breast,
8 - something blown:] The flesh is somewhat puffed or swoln.
9 She hath pursu'd conclusions infinite-) To pursue conclusions, is to try experiments.
shall clip-] i. e, infold. 2 their story is
No less in pity, than his glory, &c.] i. e, the narrative of such events demands not less compassion for the sufferers, than glory on the part of him who brought on their sufferings.
* This play keeps curiosity always busy, and the passions always interested. The continual hurry of the action, the variety of incidents, and the quick succession of one personage to another, call the mind forward without intermission from the first Act to the last. But the power of delighting is derived principally from the frequent changes of the scene; for, except the feminine arts, some