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Cleo. No matter, sir, what I have heard, or known: You laugh, when boys or women tell their dreams; Is't not your trick?
If it might please you,Cleo. His face was as the heavens; and therein stuck A sun and moon; which kept their course, and lighted The little O, the earth.
Most sovereign creature,Cleo. His legs bestrid the ocean: his reared arm Crested the world; his voice was propertied As all the tuned spheres, and that to friends; But when he meant to quail and shake the orb, He was as rattling thunder. For his bounty, There was no winter in't; an autumn 'twas, That grew the more by reaping. His delights Were dolphin-like; they showed his back above The element they lived in. In his livery Walked crowns, and crownets; realms and islands were As plates dropped from his pocket.
Cleo. Think you, there was, or might be, such a man As this I dreamed of?
Gentle madam, no.
Cleo. You lie, up to the hearing of the gods.
Hear me, good madam.
By the rebound of yours, a grief that shoots
I thank you, sir. Know you what Cæsar means to do with me? Dol. I am loath to tell you what I would you knew. Cleo. Nay, pray you, sir,
Though he be honorable,Cleo. He'll lead me then in triumph?
I know it.
Within. Make way there!- Cæsar!
Madam, he will;
Enter CESAR, GALLUS, PROCULEIUS, MECENAS, SELEUCUS, and Attendants.
Which is the queen
'Tis the emperor, madam. [CLEOpatra kneels. Arise,
You shall not kneel.
I pray you, rise; rise, Egypt.
We will extenuate rather than enforce.
(Which towards you are most gentle,) you shall find
Cleo. And may, through all the world; 'tis yours: and we Your 'scutcheons, and your signs of conquest, shall Hang in what place you please. Here, my good lord. Caes. You shall advise me in all for Cleopatra. Cleo. This is the brief of money, plate, and jewels, I am possessed of: 'tis exactly valued; Not petty things admitted.-Where's Seleucus?
Sel. Here, madam.
Cleo. This is my treasurer; let him speak, my lord, Upon his peril, that I have reserved
To myself nothing. Speak the truth, Seleucus.
I had rather seel my lips, than, to my peril,
Cleo. What have I kept back? Sel. Enough to purchase what you have made known. Cæs. Nay, blush not, Cleopatra; I approve Your wisdom in the deed.
Even make me wild. O slave, of no more trust
Good queen, let us entreat you.
To one so meek, that mine own servant should
With one that I have bred? The gods! it smites me Beneath the fall I have. Pr'ythee, go hence;
Or I shall show the cinders of my spirits
[Exit SELEUCUS. Cleo. Be it known that we, the greatest, are misthought For things that others do; and, when we fall, We answer others' merits in our name,
Are therefore to be pitied.
Not what you have reserved, nor what acknowledged,
Make not your thoughts your prisons: no, dear queen,
Not so; adieu.
[Exeunt CESAR and his Train. Cleo. He words me, girls, he words me, that I should not Be noble to myself; but hark thee, Charmian.
[Whispers CHARMIAN. Iras. Finish, good lady; the bright day is done, And we are for the dark.
Hie thee again. I have spoke already, and it is provided; Go, put it to the haste.
Madam, I will.
Dol. Where is the queen?
Dol. Madam, as thereto sworn by your command,
Behold, sir. [Exit CHARMIAN.
I shall remain your debtor.
I your servant. Adieu, good queen; I must attend on Cæsar.
Cleo. Farewell, and thanks. [Exit DoL.] Now, Iras, what think'st thou?
Thou, an Egyptian puppet, shalt be shown
Our Alexandrian revels. Antony
Shall be brought drunken forth, and I shall see
O the good gods!
Cleo. Nay, that is certain.
Show me, my women, like a queen.-Go fetch
Enter one of the Guard.
Cleo. Let him come in. How poor an instrument
May do a noble deed! he brings me liberty.
Re-enter Guard, with a Clown, bringing a basket.
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 died 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,