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Immoment toys, things of such dignity
Of one that I have bred? The gods! it smites me
Oct. Forbear, Seleucus.
[Exit SELEUCU3. Cleo. Be it known, that we, the greatest, are mis
For things that others do; and, when we fall,
Not what you have reserv'd, nor what acknowledg'd,
For we intend so to dispose you, as
Yourself shall give us counsel. Feed, and sleep:
[Exeunt CESAR, DOLABELLA, and Train. Cleo. He words me, girls, he words me, that I should
Be noble to myself: But hark thee, Charmian.
Cleo. Hie thee again :
I have spoke already, and it is provided;
Char. Madam, I will.
[Exit, Cleo. Dolabella? Dol. Madam, as thereto sworn by your com
Dol. I your servant.
Now, Iras, what think'st thou ?
Iras. The gods forbid !
Iras. O the good gods.
Iras. I'll never see't; for, I am sure, my nails
Cleo. Why, that's the way
Show me, my women, like a queen; go fetch
And when thou hast done this chare, I'll give thee leave
To play till dooms-day.-Bring our crown and all. [Exit IRAS.-CHARMIAN falls to adjusting CLEOPATRA'S Dress.-Noise within.
Wherefore's this noise?
Enter some of the GUARD.
1 Guard. Here is a rural fellow, That will not be deny'd your highness' presence; He brings you figs.
Cleo. Let him come in. [Exeunt GUARD.] How poor an instrument
May do a noble deed! he brings me liberty.
Enter GUARD, with the CLOWN.,
1 Guard. This is the man.
Clown. Truly, I have him: but I would not be the party that should desire you to touch him, for his biting is immortal; those that do die of it, do seldom
or never recover.
Cleo. Remember'st thou any that have dy'd on't? Clown. Very many; men and women too. I heard of one of them no longer than yesterday: a very honest woman, but something given to lie; as a woman
should not do, but in the way of honesty: how she died of the biting of it; what pain she felt. Truly, she makes a very good report o'the worm: But he that will believe all that they say, shall never be saved by half that they do: But this is most fallible, the worm's an odd worm.
Cleo. Get thee hence; farewell.
Clown. I wish you all joy of the worm.
[Setting down his Basket.
Clown. You must think this, look you, that the worm will do his kind.
Cleo. Ay, 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. Well, get thee gone; farewell.
Enter IRAS, with Robe, &c.
Cleo. Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have Immortal longings in me: Now no more The juice of Egypt's grape shall moist this lip:Yare, yare, good Iras; quick.-Methinks I hear Antony call; I see him rouse himself To praise my noble act; I hear him mock The luck of Cæsar, which the gods give men, To excuse their after wrath: Husband, I come:
[Goes to a Bed, or Sofa, which she ascends; her Women compose her on it: IRAS sets the Basket, which she has been holding upon her own Arm, by her.
Now to that name my courage prove my title!
I am fire, and air; my other elements
Char. Dissolve, thick cloud, and rain; that I may
The gods themselves do weep!
Cleo. This proves me base:
If she first meet the curled Antony,
He'll make demand of her; and spend that kiss,
Cleo. Peace, peace:
Dost thou not see my baby at my breast,
[Stirring it. Be angry, and despatch. O, couldst thou speak! That I might hear thee call great Cæsar, ass, Unpolicy'd !
Char. O eastern star!
Char. O, break! O, break!
Cleo. As sweet as balm, as soft as air, as gentle
O Antony!-Nay, I will take thee too: [Applying another Asp to her Arm. What should I stay— ́
Enter some of the Guard.
1 Guard. Where is the queen ? Char. Speak softly, wake her not.