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If thus thou vanishest, thou tell’st the world
Char. Dissolve, thick cloud, and rain; that I may say,
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, t
[To the Asp, which she applies to her breast.
O eastern star !
O, break! O, break!
[Applying another Asp to her arm. What should I stay -
[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 ; 6 And golden Phæbus never be beheld
+ He'll make demand of her ;] He will enquire of her concerning me, and kiss her for giving him intelligence.
p“Come, thou mortal wretch," &c. - Malone.
Unpolicies ! ] 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. 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.
Of eyes again so royal! Your crown's awry;
Enter the Guard, rushing in. 1 Guard. Where is the queen ? Char.
Speak softly, wake her not. 1 Guard. Cæsar hath sent Char.
Too slow a messenger.
[Applies the Asp. O, come; apace, despatch: I partly feel thee. 1 Guard. Approach, ho! All's not well: Cæsar's
beguild. 2 Guard. There's Dolabella sent from Cæsar ; - call
him. 1 Guard. What work is here? - Charmian, is this
Enter DOLABELLA. Dol. How goes it here? 2 Guard.
All dead. Dol.
Cæsar, thy thoughts Touch their effects in this: Thyself art coming To see perform'd the dreaded act, which thou So sought'st to hinder. Within.
A way there, a way for Cæsar !
Enter CÆSAR, and Attendants.
did fear, is done.
- 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."
Bravest at the last:
The manner of their deaths ?
Who was last with them?
figs; This was his basket. Cæs.
Poison'd then. 1 Guard.
O noble weakness !
Here, on her breast,
—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.
A pair so famous. High events as these
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.
3 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 of which
too low, which distinguish Cleopatra, no character is very strongly discriminated. Upton, who did not easily miss what he desired to find, has discovered that the language of Antony is, with great skill and learning, made pompous and superb, according to his real practice. But I think his diction not distinguishable from that of others : the most tumid speech in the play is that which Cæsar makes to Octavia.
The events, of which the principal are described according to history, are produced without any art of connection or care of disposition.