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To spend upon his haters: If thou please
What is't thou say'st ?
Cæs. The breaking of so great a thing should make
He is dead, Cæsar;
Look you sad, friends ?
And strange it is,
His taints and honours
A rarer spirit never
Mec. When such a spacious mirror's set before him, He needs must see himself. Cæs.
O Antony !
but it is a tidings To wash the eyes of kings.] That is, May the gods rebuke me, if this be not tidings to make kings weep.
Mr. Malone omits a.
I have follow'd thee to this; - But we do lance
Enter a Messenger.
Mess. A poor Egyptian yet. The queen my mistress,
Bid her have good heart; She soon shall know of us, by some of ours, How honourable and how kindly we Determine for her: for Cæsar cannot live To be ungentle.
1 But we do lance
Diseases in our bodies :] When we have any bodily complaint, that is curable by scarifying, we use the lancet; and if we neglect to do so, we are destroyed by it. Antony was to me a disease; and by his being cut off, I am made whole. We could not both have lived in the world together. Malone.
his thoughts — ] His is here used for its. 3 Our equalness to this.] That is, should have made us, in our equality of fortune, disagree to a pitch like this, that one of us must die.
So the gods preserve thee ! [Exit. Cæs. Come hither, Proculeius: Go, and say, We purpose her no shame: give her what comforts The quality of her passion shall require; Lest, in her greatness, by some mortal stroke She do defeat us: for her life in Rome Would be eternal in our triumph: Go, And, with your speediest, bring us what she says, And how you find of her. Pro.
Cæsar, I shall. [Exit PROCULEIUS. Cæs. Gallus, go you along. Where's Dolabella, To second Proculeius?
[Exit GALLUS. Agr. Mec.
Alexandria. A Room in the Monument.
Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, and Iras.
Cleo. My desolation does begin to make
fortune's knave,] The servant of fortune.
Enter, to the Gates of the Monument, PROCULEIUS,
Gallus, and Soldiers. Pro. Cæsar sends greeting to the queen of Egypt; And bids thee study on what fair demands Thou mean'st to have him grant thee. Cleo. [within.]
What's thy name?
Be of good cheer;
is kneel'd to.
difficulty there be, arises only from this, that the act of suicide, and the state which is the effect of suicide, are confounded. Voluntary death, says she, is an act which bolts up change; it produces a state,
Which sleeps, and never palates more the dung,
The beggar's nurse and Cæsar's. Which has no longer need of the gross and terrene sustenance, in the use of which Cæsar and the beggar are on a level.
The speech is abrupt, but perturbation in such a state is surely natural. Johnson.
6 — that will pray in aid for kindness,] Praying in aid is a term used for a petition made in a court of justice for the calling in of help from another that hath an interest in the cause in question.
Pray you, tell him
This I'll report, dear lady.
Monument by a Ladder placed against a Window, and having descended, come behind CLEOPATRA.
Some of the Guard unbar and open the Gates. Guard her till Cæsar come.
[To PROCULEIUS and the Guard. Exit GALLUS. Iras. Royal queen! Char. O Cleopatra ! thou art taken, queen! Cleo. Quick, quick, good hands.
[Drawing a Dagger. Pro.
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
Where art thou, death?
send him The greatness he has got.) i. e. her crown which he has won. 8 Worth many babes and beggars!) Why, death, wilt thou not rather seize a queen, than employ thy force upon babes and beggars,