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The triple pillar of the world transform'd Aler. Soothsayer.
Sooth, Your will 1
Sooth. In nature's infinite book of secrecy,
Eno. Bring in the banquet quickly; wine
enough, Ant. Grates me :--The sum
Char Good Sir, give me good fortune. Cleo. Nay, hear them, $ Antony:
Sooth. I make not, but foresee.
Sooth. Yon shall be yet far fairer than you are.
Char. Wrinkles forbid !
Aler. Vex not bis prescience : be attentive.
Chur. Hush !
Alex, Nay, bear hiin.
me to marry me with Octavius Cesar, and coin-
Sooth. You shall outlive the lady whom you of the rang'd empire fall! Here is my space :
serve. Kingdons are clay : our dungy earth alike Char. O excellent! I love long life better than Feeds beast as man: the nobleness of life
figs. + Is, to do thus ; when such a mutual pair, Sooth. You have seen and proved a fairer
former fortune And such a twain can do't, in which, I bind
Than that which is to approach.
names : 1 Pr'ythee, bow many boys and wenches Cleo. Excellent falsehold !
must I have Why did he marry Fulvia, and not love her - Sooth. If every of your wishes had a womb, I'll seem the fool' i am not : Antony
And fertile every wish, a million. Will be himself.
Char. Out fool! I forgive thee for a witch.
Aler. You think none but your sheets are privy
Aler. We'll know all our fortunes.
Iras. There's a palm presages chastity, if
nothing else. Ant. Fie, wrangling queen !
Char. Even as the overflowing Nilus presageth
Char. Nay, if an oily palm be not a fruitful
(Ereunt. Ant. and Cleo. with their Train. Iras. But how, but how? give me particulars.
Phi. Sir, sometimes, when he is not Antony, Iras. Am I not an inch of fortune better than He comes too short of that great property
shet Which still should go with Antony.
Char. Well, if you were but an inch of fortune Dem. I'm full sorry,
better than 1, where would you choose itt That he approves the common liar, H who
Iras. Not in my husband's nose. Thus speaks of him at Rome : But I will hope of betier deeds to-morrow. Rest you happy!
Char. Our worser thoughts heavens mend !
Alexas,-come, his fortune, his fortune.-Oh! (Exeunt. let him marry a woman that cannot go, sweet
Isis, 9 I beseech thee! And let her die too, and SCENE II.-The Same.--Another Room.
give him a worse ; and let worse follow worse, Enter CHARMIAN, IRAS, ALEXAS, and a
till the worst of all follow him laughing to his
grave, fifty-fold a cuckold! Good Isis, bear me SOOTHSAYER.
this prayer, though thou deny me a matter of Char. Lord Alexas, sweet Alexas, most any more weight: good Isis, I beseech thee ! thing Alexas, almost most absolute Alexas,
Iras. Amen. Dear goddess, hear that prayer where's the soothsayer that you praised so to of the people! for, as it is a heart-breaking to the queen ? Oh! that I knew this husband, see a handsome man loose-wived, so it is a deadly which, you say, must charge bis horns with gar- Therefore, dear Isis, keep decorum, and fortune lands!
him accordingly! • One of the triomvirs the three masters of the world. + Bound. * Give me the suhstance. 6 News was formerly a plural noun.
• Vulgarly esteemed the fiercest and proudest inonarch I Summons.
1 Kuow. of antiquity.
A common proverb.
An Egyptian godess.
Mess, Ay :
Tulog, plosing i prepares us to produce good seed, 1
There's a great spirit gone ! Thus did I desire it : Aler. Lo, now, If it lay in their hands to What our contempts do often nurl from us, make me a cuckold, they would make themselves We wish it our's again; the present pleasure, wbores but they't dort.
By revolution lowering, does becoine
The opposite of itself : she's good, being gone ;
The hand could pluck her back, that shov'd her
on. Enter CLEOPATRA.
I must from this enchanting queen break off ; ('leo. Saw you my lord ?
Ten thousand harıns, more than the ills I know, Eno. No, lady.
My idleness doth batch.-How now! Enobar(leo. Was he not here?
bus! Cher. No, madam, Cleo. He was dispos'd to mirth; but on the
Eno. What's your pleasure, Sir ?
Eno. Why, then, we kill all our women : We Cleo. Seek him, and bring him hither. Where's see how mortal an unkindness is to them; if Alexas ?
they suffer our departure, death's the word, dlz. Here, madam, at your service. My lord Ant. I must be gone. approaches.
Eno. Under a compelling occasion, let women
die : It were pity to cast them away for nothing : Enter Antony, with a MESSENGER, and At- though, between them and a great cause, they tendants.
should be esteemed nothing. Cleopatra, catching Cleo. We will not look upon him : Go with but the least noise of this, dies instantly : I have
seen her die twenty times upon far poorer ino. (Exeunt CLEOPATRA, ENOBARBUS, ALEXAS, ment:* I do think there is mettle in death, which
Iras, CHARMLAN, SOOTHSAYER, and commits some loving act upon her, she hath such
a celerity in dying. Mess
. Falvia thy wife first came into the field. Ant. She is cunning past man's thought. Ant. Against my brother Lucius ?
Eno. Alack, Sir, no : ber passions are made
of nothing but the finest part of pure love: we But soon that war had end, and the time's state cannot call her winds and waters, sighs and tears; Made friends of them, joining their force 'gainst they are greater storms and tempests than alma
uacks cau report: this cannot be cunning in her; Whose better issue in the war, from Italy, if it be, she makes a shower of rain as well as Upon the first encounter, drave them.
Ant. 'Would I had never seen ber ! What worse 1
Eno. O Sir, you had then left unseen a won. Mess. The nature of bad news infects the derful piece of work; which not to bave been teiler.
blessed withal, would have discredited your Ant. When it concerns the fool or coward.travel,
[thus ; Ant. Fulvia is dead.
Eno. Fulvia ?
Ant. Dvad. Extended. Asia from Euphrates ; This is stiffnews) kath, with hls Parthian force, Eno. Why, Sir, give the gods a thankful sacri
fice. When it pleaseth their deities to take the His conquering bauper shook, from Syria wife of a man from him, it shows to man the To Lydia, and to lonia ;
tailors of the earth ; comforting therein, that Whilst
when old robes are worn out, there are members Ant. Antony, thou would'st say,
to make new. If there were no more women but Mess. O my lord 1
Fulvia, then had you indeed a cut, and the case Ant. Speak to me home; mince not the ge- to be lamented: this grief is crowned with conneral tongue ;
solation--your old smock brings forth a new petName Cleopatra as she's call'd in Rome ; ticoat :-and indeed the tears live in an onion, Rail thou in Fulvia's phrase ; and taunt my that should water this sorrow.
[lice Ant. The business she hath broached in the With such full licence, as both truth and ma- Cannot endure my absence.
[state Have power to utter. 'oh 1 tben we bring forth Eno. And the business you have broached Weeds,
here cannot be without you ; especially that of Fhen our quick winds + lie still; and our ills tola Cleopatra's, which wholly depends on your abode. us,
Ant. No more light answers. Let our officers by as our earing. I Fare thee well a while. Have notice what we purpose. I shall break Mess. At your noble pleasure.
[Erit, The cause of our expedience + to the queen, Ant. From Sicyon how the news? Speak and get her love I to part. For not alone
The death of Fulvia, with more urgent touches, 1 Alt. The man froin Sicyon. Is there such Do strongly speak to us; but the letters too. a one 1
of many our contriving friends in Rome 2 Att. He stays upon your will.
Petitiou us at home : Sextus Pompeius
Hath given the dare to Cesar, and commands These strong Egyptian fetters I must break, The empire of the sea : our slippery people
(Whose love is never link'd to the deserver, Enter another MESSENGER.
Till bis deserts are past,) begin to throw Of lose myself in dotage.--What are you? Pompey the great, and all bis dignities, 2 Mess. Fulvia thy wife is dead.
Upon his son ; who, high in name and power, Ant Where died she?
Higher than both in blood and life, stands up 2 Mess, In Sicyon :
For the main soldier : whose qualiiy, going on, Mer length of sickness, with what else more seri- The sides o'the world may dauger : Much is importeth thee to know, this bears. (ous breeding,
(Gires a letter. Which, like the courser's 5 hair, hath yet but life, Ant. Forbear me. [Erit MESSENGER.
• t'fon far less rcason. Expedidon. 1 Leave. + By some read minds.
Horse's hair, arope into pitrid water, was supposed
to turo into an abdial.
Art. Let him appear,
And not a serpent's poison. Say, our pleasure, Breeds scrupulous faction : Tbe hated, grown to To such whose place is under us, requires
(Pompes Our quick remove from hence.
Are newly grown to love : the condena Eno. I shall do't.
(Ereant. Rich in bis father's honour, creeps apace
Into the hearts of such as have not thrivia
Upon the present state, whose numbers threaten i
And quietness, grown sick of rest, would purge Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARYIAN TRAS,
By any desperate change: My more particular,
And that which most with you should saie
going, Cleo. Where is he?
Is Fulvia's death. Char. I did not see bim since.
Cleo. Though age from folly could not give Cleo. See where he is, who's with him, what
me freedoin, he does :
It does from childishness :-Can Fulvia die it I did not send you ; -If yon find him sad, Ant. She's dead, my queen : Day, I am dancing ; if in mirth, report
Look here, and, at thy sovereign leisnre, read That I am sudden sick : Quick, and return. The garboils she awak'd ; 1 at the last, best :
(Erit ALEXAS. See, when and where she died. Char. Madam, methinks, if you did love him Cleo. O most false love ! dearly,
Where be the sacred vials thou should'st fill You do not hold the method to enforce
With sorrowful water? Now I see, I see, The like from biin.
In Fulvia's death, how mine receiv'd shall be. Cleo. What should I do, I do not !
Ant. Quarrel no more, but be prepar'd to know Char. In each thing give himn way, cross him The purposes ! bear; which are, or cease, in nothing,
As you shall give the advice : Now, by the fire Cleo. Thou teachest like a fool : the way to That quickens Nilus' slime, I go from hence, lose bim.
Thy soldier, servant; making peace, or war, Char. Tempt him not so too far: I wish for. As thou affect'st. bear :
Cleo. Cut my lace, Charmian, come :-
So Antony loves.
Ant. My precious queen, forbear ;
And give irvie evidence to his love, which stands Cleo. I am sick, and sollen.
An honourable trial. Ant. I am sorry to give breathing to my pur.
Cleo, So Fulvia told me. pose,
I pr'ythee turn aside, and weep for her ; Cleo. Help me away, dear Charmian, I shall Then bid adieu to me, and say the trars fall;
Belong to Egypt : Good now, play one scene It cannot be this long; the sides of nature of excellent dissembling; and let it looks will not sustain it.
Like perfect honour. Ant. Now, my dearest queen,
Ant. You'll heat my blood; no more. Cleo. Pray you, stand further from me.
Clco. You can do better yet; but this is meetly. Ant. What's the malier ?
Ant. Now, by iny sword, Cleo. I know, by that saine eye, there's some Cleo. And target, -Still he mends; good news.
But this not the best: Look, pr'ythee, Char. What says the married woman - You may go ;
miani, "Would, she had never given you leave to come! How this Herculean Roman does become Let her not say 'tis I that keep you here,
The carriage of his chafe. I have no power upon yon : her's you are.
Ant. I'll leave, you, lady. Ant. The gods best know,
Cleo. Courteous lord, one word. ('leo. Oh! never was there queen
Sir, you and I must part,-but that's not it: So mightily betray'd! Yet, at the first,
Sir, you and I have lov'd, --but there's not it ; I saw the treasons planted.
That you know well : Something it is I would,Ant. Cleopatra,
Oh! my oblivion 9 is a very Antony, Cleo. Why should I tbluk you can be mine, And I am all forgouen. and true,
Ant. But that your royalty
Cleo. 'Tis sweating labour,
As Cleopatra this. But, Sir, forgive me ;
Since my becomings kill me, when they do not Cleo. Nay, pray you, seek do colour for your Eye well to you : Your honour calls you bence ; going,
(ing, Therefore be deaf to my unpitied folly, But bid farewell, and go : when you sued stay. And all the gods go with you! upon your sword Then was the time for words : No going then ;-Sit laurel’d victory! and sinooth success Eternity was in our lips, and eyes ;
Be strew'd before your feet!
Ant. Let us go. Come :
And I, hence fleeting, here remain with thee. Ant. How now, lady!
(Ezeunt. Cleo. I would, I had thy inches thou shouldst know,
SCENE IV.- Rome.-An apartment in
Enter OCTAVIUS CESAR, LEPIDUS, and Atter. The strong necessity of time commands
dants. Our services a while ; but my full heart Remains in use with yon, Our Italy
Ces. You may see, Lepidus, and henceforth
know, Shines o'er with civil swords ; Sextus Pompeius Makes his approaches to the port of Rome :
It is not Cesar's natural vice to hate Equality of two domnestic powers
One great competitor : 11 from Alexandria
• Render my going agreeable. Can Fulvia be dead ? • Lock as if I did not send you, +0jr eye brows, The commotion she occasioned. Oblis ous memory. 1 A táste. Gate.
| Associate or partust.
This is the news-He fishes, drinks, and wastes | Yea, like the stag, when snow the pasture sheets,
It is reported, thou did'st eat strange Resh,
So much as lank'd not.
Lep. It is pity of bim.
Ces. Let his shames quickly
Drive him to Rome : Tis time we twain
I shall be furnish'd to inform you rightly
To 'front this present time.
Ces. Till which encounter,
It is my business too. Farewell.
To let me be partaker.
Ces. Doubt not, Sir;
SCENE V.-Alexandria.-A Room in the
Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN,
Char. Why, madam;
Cleo. O treason 1
Cleo. Thou eunuch ! Mardian !
Mar. What's your higbness' pleasure 1
Cleo. Not now to hear thee sing; I take no
May not dy forth of Egypt. Hast thou affec-
tions 1 It bath been taught us from the primal state, Mar. Yes, gracious madam. That he, which is, was wisb'd, until he were ; Cleo. Indeed ? And the ebb'd man, ne'er lov'd, till ne'er worth Mar. Not in deed, madam for I can do 20. love
Yet have I ferce affections, and think
Wbat Venus did with Mars.
Cleo. O Charmian,
Where think'st thou he is now Stands he, or
O happy horse, to bear the weight of Antony
Aud burgonet 9 of men. He's speaking now,
For so he calls me : Now I feed myself
With most delicious poisot :--Think on me,
daintily brought up, with patience more A morsel for a monarch : and great Pompey Than savages could suffer: 'Thou didst drink Would stand, and make his eyes grow in my The stale of horses, and the gilded puddle
brow ; Which beasts would cough at: thy palate then there would be anchor his aspéct, and dle
With looking on his life. The roughest berry on the rudest hedge ;
Enter ALEXAS. . Precured by his own fall.
Alex. Sovereign of Egypt, bail !
+ A sleepy potion,
Mulaontenti. ** Plough
Cleo. How much unlike art thou Mark An. Men. Cesar and Lepidus
Are in the field ; a mighty strength they carry
Men. From Silvius, Sir.
Let witchcran join with beauty, lust with both !
Tie up the libertine in a field of feasts,
Mark Antony is every hour in Rome
Expected; since he went from Egypt, 'tis
Pom. I could have given less matter
Cleo. O well-divided disposition !-Note hiin, This amorous surfeiter world have don'd this
Is twice the other twain : But let us rear
Alen. I cannot hope,
His wife, that's dead, did trespasses to Cesar;
Aler. Ay, madain, twenty several inessengers : Not mov'd by Antony.
Pom. I know not, Menas,
How lesser enmities may give way to greater.
Were't not that we stand lip against them all,
For they have entertained cause enough
To draw their swords; but how the fear of us
The petly difference, we yet not know.
Be it as our gods will have it ! It only stands
Char. By your most gracious pardon, SCENE 11.---Rome.-A Room in the house of
Enter ENOBARBUS and LEPIDUS.
Lep: Good Enobarbus, 'tis a worthy deed,
To answer like himself: if Cesar move him,
Let Autony look over Cesar's head,
And speak as loud as Mars. By Júpiter,
Were i the wearer of Antonius' beard,
Lep. 'Tis not a time
For private stoniaching.
Serves for the matter that is then born in it.
En. Noi is the small come first,
Lep. Your speech is passion :
[decays The noble Antony.
Eno. And yonder, Cesar.
Enter CESAR, MECÆNAS, and AGRIPPA.
Ant. If we compose ? well bere, lo Parthia : My power's a crescent, and my auguring hope Says, it will come to the full.
Hark you, Ventidins.
Ces. I do not know, In Egypt sits at dinner, and will make
Mecænas; ask Agrippa. No wars without doors : Cesar gets money, where
Lep. Noble friends, He loses hearts : Lepidus flatters boin,
That which combiu'd'us was most great, and let or both is flatter'd ; but be neither loves,
not For either cares for him.
Helalt. • Furious,