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Enter Antony, and Cleopatra, her Ladies; the Train, with
Eunuchs fanning ber.. Take but good Note, and you shall see him, The tripple Pillar of the World, transform’d Into a Strumpet's Fool. Behold and fee.
Cico. If it be Love indeed, tell me how much? 1 Ant. There's beggary in the love that can be reckon'd.
Cleo. I'll set a bourn how far to be belov'd.
Ant. Then must thou needs find out new Heav'n, new Earth. i.
. , Enter a Messenger.
Cleo. Nay, hear them Antony.
Ant. How, my Love?
Cleo. Perchance, nay, and most like,
Ant. Let Rome in Tyber melt, and the wide Arch
Cleo. Excellent Fallhood !
Feeds Roms are Clayte fall; here and the widlengers.
3. Ant. But stirr'd by Cleopatra.
Cleo. Hear the Ambassadors.
Ant. Fie wrangling Queen !
[Exennt with their Train. Dem. Is Cæfar with Antonius prizid so flight?
Phil Sir, fomecimes when he is not Antony, He comes too short of that great Property Which till should go with Antony.
Dem. I am full sorry, that he approves the common Liar, who thus speaks of him at Rome ; but I will hope of better Deeds to morrow. Rest you happy.
[Exeunt. Enter Enobarbus, Charmian, Iras, Alexas, and a
Şoothsayer. Char. L. Alexas, sweet Alexas, most any thing Alexas, almost most abfolute Alexas, where's the Soothsayer that you i prais’d to th’ Queen ? Oh ! that I knew this Hufband, which you fay, must change his Horns with Garlands.
Sooth. In Nature's infinite Book of Secrecy, a little I can read.
Alex. Shew him your Hand.
Eno. Bring in the Banquet quickly : Wine enough, Cleopatra's Health to drink. Char, Good Sir, give me good Fortune. Sooth. I make not, but forefee. Char. Pray then, foresee me one. Sooib. You shall be yet far fairer than you are. Char. He means in Flesh.
Iras. No, you shall paint when you are old.
Alex. Vex nor his Patience, be attentive. . . .
Alex. Nay, hear him.
Char. Good now, some excellent Fortune.' Let me be Married to three Kings in a Forenoon, and Widow them all ; let me have a Child at fifty, to whom Herod of Jewn may do Homage. Find me to marry me with Ostavius Cafar, and Companion me with my Mistress. .!.! Dobie
Sooth. You shall out-live the Lady whom you ferve. V. Char. Oh excellent, I love long Life better than Figs.
Sooth. You have seen and proved a fairer former Fortune, than that which is to approach.
Char. Then belike my Children shall have no Names ; Prithee how many Boys and Wenches must I have ?
Sooth. If every of your Wishes had a Womb, And foretel every Wish, a Million.
Char. Our Fool, I forgive thee for a Witch.
Alex. You think none but your Sheets are privy to your Wishes.
Char. Nay come, tell Iras herse
Eno. Mine, and most of our Fortunes to night, shall be to go drunk to Bed.
Iras. There's a Palm prefages Chastity, if nothing else. Char. E'en as the o'erflowing Nylus presageth Famine. Iras. Go you wild Bedfellow, you cannot Soothsay.
Char. Nay, if an oily Palm be not a fruitful Prognostication, I cannot scratch' mine Ear. Prithee tell her but a Workyday Fortune.
Sooth. Your Fortunes are alike.
Char. Well, if you were but an inch of Fortune better than I; where would you chuse it?
Iras. Not in my Husband's Nose,
Alex. Come, his Fortune, his Fortune. Oh let him Marry a Woman that cannot go, sweet Isis, Į beseech thee, and let her die too, and give him a worse, and let worse follow worse, 'till the worst of all follow him laughing to his Grave, Fifty-fold a Cuckold. Good Ifis, hear me this Prayer, though thou deny me a matter of more Weight; good Isis, I beseech thee.
Char. Amen, dear Goddess, hear that Prayer of the People. For, as it is a heart-breaking to see a handsome Man loose-wiv’d, so it is a deadly Sorrow, to behold a foul Knave Uncuckolded ; therefore, dear Isis, keep decorum, and Fortune him accordingly.
Alex. Lo now, if it lay in their Hands to make me a Cuckold, they would make themselves Whores, but they'd do't.
. Enter Cleopatra.
Cleo. He was dispos’d to Mirth, but on the sudden
Enter Antony with a Messenger and Attendants.
Mes. Ay, but soon that War had end, and the times state
Ant. Well, what worst?
Ant. The Businefs she hath broached in the State, Cannot endure my Absence.
Eno. And the Businefs you have broach'd here cannot be without you, especially that of Cleopatra's, which wholly depends on your Aboad.
Ant. No more like Answers: Let our Officers
Cleo. See where he is, who's with him, what he do's:
Char. Madam, methinks if you did love him dearly,
Cleo. What should I do, I do not ??