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SCENE 1.–CÆSAR's Camp before Alexandria. Agr.
A rarer spirit never
Did steer humanity: but you, gods, will give us Enter CÆSAR, AGRIPPA, DOLABELLA, MECENAS, Gallus, PROCULEIUS, and others.
Some faults to make us men. Cæsar is touch'd.
Mec. When such a spacious mirror's set before Cæs. Go to him, Dolabella, bid him yield;
him, Being so frustrate, tell him,
He needs must see himself. He mocks us by the pauses that he makes.
O Antony ! Dol. Cæsar, I shal). [Exit DOLABELLA. I have follow'd thee to this :—But we do lance
Diseases in our bodies : I must perforce Enter DERCETAS, with the sword of Antony.
Have shown to thee such a declining day, Cæs. Wherefore is that? and what art thou that Or look on thine; we could not stall together dar'st
In the whole world : But yet let me lament, Appear thus to us?
With tears as sovereign as the blood of hearts, Der. I am call'd Dercetas;
That thou, my brother, my competitor Mark Antony I serv'd, who best was worthy In top of all design, my mate in empire, Best to be serv’d: whilst he stood up, and spoke, Friend and companion in the front of war, He was my master; and I wore my life
The arm of mine own body, and the heart To spend upon his haters: If thou please
Where mine his thoughts did kindle,—that our stars, To take me to thee, as I was to him
Unreconciliable, should divide I'll be to Cæsar; if thou pleasest not,
Our equalness to this.—Hear me, good friends,I yield thee up my life.
But I will tell you at some meeter season; Cæs.
What is't thou say'st ?
Enter a Messenger.
We'll hear him what he says.--Whence are you ! Should have shook lions into civil streets,
Mess. A poor Egyptian yet. The queen my And citizens to their dens :—The death of Antony mistress, Is not a single doom; in the name lay
Confin'd in all she has, her monument, A moiety of the world.
Of thy intents desires instruction; Der.
He is dead, Cæsar; That she preparedly may frame herself Not by a public minister of justice,
To the way she's forced to. Nor by a hired knife; but that self hand,
Bid her have good heart; Which writ his honour in the acts it did,
She soon shall know of us, by some of ours, Hath, with the courage which the heart did lend it, How honourable and how kindly we Splitted the heart.- This is his sword;
Determine for her: for Cæsar cannot live I robb’d his wound of it; behold it stain'd
To be ungentle. With his most noble blood.
Mess. So the gods preserve thee! [Eril. Cæs.
Look you sad, friends ? Cæs. Come hither, Proculeius : Go, and say The gods rebuke me, but it is tidings
We purpose her no shame: give her what comforts To wash the eyes of kings.
The quality of her passion shall require ; Agr.
And strange it is Lest, in her greatness, by some mortal stroke That nature must compel us to lament
She do defeat us: for her life in Rome Our most persisteil deeds.
Would be eternal in our triumph: Go, Mec.
His taints and honours And, with your speediest, bring us what she says, Wag'd equal with him.
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.
SCENE II.-Alexandria. A Room in the Monument.
Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, and IRAS. Cleo. My desolation does begin to make A better life : 'Tis paltry to be Cæsar; Not being Fortune, he's but Fortune's knave, A minister of her will: And it is great To do that thing that ends all other deeds ; Which shackles accidents, and bolts up change; Which sleeps, and never palates more the dung, The beggar's nurse and Cæsar's. 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? Pro. My name is Proculeius. Cleo. Within.)
Antony Did tell me of you, bade me trust you; but I do not greatly care to be deceiv'd, That have no use for trusting. If your master Would have a queen his beggar, you must tell him That majesty, to keep decorum, must No less beg than a kingdom: if he please To give me conquer'd Egypt for my sou, He gives me so much of mine own, as I Will kneel to him with thanks. Pro.
Be of good cheer; You are fallen into a princely hand; fear nothing: Make your full reference freely to my lord, Who is so full of grace that it flows over On all that need: Let me report to him Your sweet dependency: and you shall find A conqueror that will pray in aid for kindness, Where he for grace is kneelid to. Cleo. (Within.]
Pray you, tell him I am his fortune's vassal, and I send him The greatness he has got. I hourly learn A doctrine of obedience; and would gladly Look him i' the face. Pro.
This I'll report, dear lady.
Monument by a ladder, and come behind
[ To PROCULEIUS, and the Guard. Erit Gallus.
[ Drawing a dagger. Pro.
Hold, worthy lady, hold:
(Seizes and disarms her.
Do not yourself such wrong, who are in this
What, of death too,
death Will never let come forth. Cleo.
Where art thou, Death ? Come hither, come! come, come, and take a queen Worth many babes and beggars ! Pro.
lady! Cleo. Sir, I will eat no meat, I'll not drink, sir ;If idle talk will once be necessaryI'll not sleep neither: This mortal house I'll ruin, Do Cæsar what he can. Know, sir, that I Will not wait pinion'd at your master's court; Nor once be chastis'd with the sober eye Of dull Octavia. Shall they hoist me up, And show me to the shouting varletry Of censuring Rome? Rather a ditch in Egypt Be gentle grave unto me! rather on Nilus' mud Lay me stark naked, and let the water-flies Blow me into abhorring! rather make My country's high pyramides my gibbet, And hang me up in chains ! Pro.
You do extend These thoughts of horror further than you shall Find cause in Cæsar.
[To CLEOPATRA. If you'll employ me to him. Cleo.
Say, I would die. (Ereunt PROCULEIUS, and Soldiers. Dol. Most noble empress, you have heard of me? Cleo. I cannot tell. Dol.
Assuredly, you know me. Cleo. No matter, sir, what I have heard or known. You laugh, when boys or women tell their dreams ; Is't not your trick ? Dol.
I understand not, madam. Cleo. I dreamt there was an emperor Antony ;O, such another sleep, that I might see But such another man! Dol.
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 0, the earth. Dol.
Most sovereign creature,Cleo. His legs bestrid the ocean: his rear'd 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 show'd his back above The element they liv'd in: In his livery Walk'd crowns and crownets; realms and islands
As plates dropp'd from his pocket.
Cleopatra,- Upon his peril, that I have reserv'd Cleo. Think you there was, or might be, such a To myself nothing. Speak the truth, Seleucus.
I had rather seal my lips, than, to my peril,
Speak that which is not.
What have I kept back? But, if there be, or ever were, one such,
Sel. Enough to purchase what you have made It's past the size of dreaming: Nature wants stuff
known. To vie strange forms with fancy; yet, to imagine Cæs. Nay, blush not, Cleopatra; I approve An Antony, were nature's piece 'gainst fancy, Your wisdom in the deed. Condemning shadows quite.
See, Cæsar! O, behold, Dol.
Hear me, good madam : How pomp is follow'd! mine will now be yours; Your loss is as yourself, great; and you bear it And should we shift estates yours would be mine. As answering to the weight : 'Would I might never The ingratitude of this Seleucus does O'ertake pursued success, but I do feel,
Even make me wild : O slave, of no more trust By the rebound of yours, a grief that shoots Than love that's hir'd !- What, goest thou back? My very heart at root.
thou shalt Cleo. I thank you, sir.
Go back, I warrant thee; but I'll catch thine eyes, Know you what Cæsar means to do with me? Though they had wings: Slave, soulless villain, Dol. I am loth to tell you what I would you dog ! knew.
O rarely base! Cleo. Nay, pray you, sir,
Cas. Good queen, let us entreat you. Dol.
Though he be honourable, - Cleo. O Cæsar, what a wounding shame is this; Cleo. He'll lead me then in triumph ?
That thou, vouchsafing here to visit me, Dol.
Madam, he will ; Doing the honour of thy lordliness I know it.
To one so meek, that mine own servant should Within. Make way there,--Cæsar!
Parcel the sum of my disgraces by
Addition of his envy! Say, good Cæsar,
That I some lady trifles have reserv'd,
Immoment toys, things of such dignity
As we greet modern friends withal; and say, Dol. 'Tis the emperor, madam.
Some nobler token I have kept apart
(CLEOPATRA kneels. For Livia, and Octavia, to induce Cæs. Arise, you shall not kneel :
Their mediation ; must I be unfolded I pray you, rise; rise, Egypt.
With one that I have bred? The gods! It smites Cleo.
Sir, the gods Will have it thus; my master and my lord
Beneath the fall I have. Prithee, go hence; I must obey.
(7. SELEUCUS. Cas. Take to you no hard thoughts : Or I shall show the cinders of my spirits The record of what injuries you did
Through the ashes of my chance :-Wert thou a Though written in our flesh, we shall remember
man, As things but done by chance.
Thou wouldst have mercy on me.
Forbear, Seleucus. I cannot project mine own cause so well
[Erit SELEYCUS. To make it clear; but do confess, I have
Cleo. Be it known that we, the greatest, are misBeen laden with like frailties, which before
thought Have often sham'd our sex.
For things that others do; and, when we fall, Cæs.
Cleopatra, know, We answer others' merits in our name, We will extenuate rather than enforce:
Are therefore to be pitied. If you apply yourself to our intents,
Cleopatra, (Which towards you are inost geutle,) you shall Not what you have reserv'd, nor what acknowledgid, find
Put we i the roll of conquest : still be it yours, A benefit in this change; but if you seek
Bestow it at your pleasure; and believe To lay on me a cruelty, by taking
Cæsar's no merchant, to make prize with you Antony's course, you shall bereave yourself Of things that merchants sold. Therefore be Of my good purposes, and put your children
cheer'd ; To that destruction which I'll guard them from, Make not your thoughts your prisons: no, dear If thereon you rely. I'll take iny leave.
queen; Cleo. And may, through all the world : 'tis For we intend so to dispose you, as yours; and we
Yourself shall give us counsel. Feed, and sleep: Your 'scutcheons, and your signs of conquest, shall Our care and pity is so inuch upon you, Hang in what place you please. Here, my good | That we remain your friend : And so adieu. lord.
Cleo. My master, and my lord ! Ces. You shall advise me in all for Cleopatra. Cas.
Not so: Adien. Cleo. This is the briet of money, plate, and
[Ereunt Cæsar, and his Train. jewels,
Cleo. He words me, girls, he words me, that I I am possess d of: 'tis exactly valued;
should not Not petty thinys adlınitted.- Where's Seleucus ? Be noble to myself: but hark thee, Charmian. Sel. Hero, madam.
[Whispers CHARMIAN. Clco. This is my treasurer; let him speak, my Iras. Finish, good lady; the bright day is done, lord,
And we are for the dark.
Cleo. Avoid, and leave him. [Erit Guard. have spoke already, and it is provided ;
Hast thou the pretty worm of Nilus there, io, put it to the haste.
That kills and pains not ?
Clown. Truly I have him: but I would not be
the party that should desire you to touch him, for Re-enter DOLABELLA.
his biting is immortal; those that do die of it do Dol. Where is the queen ?
seldom or never recover. Char. Behold, sir. [Erit CHARMIAN. Cleo. Remember'st thou any that have died on't ?
Clown. Very many, men and women too. Cleo.
heard of one of them no longer than yesterday : a
very honest woman, but something given to lie; as Which my love mukes religion to obey,
a woman should not do, but in the way of honesty: I tell you this: Cesar through Syria
how she died of the biting of it, what pain she felt, Intends his journey: anil, within three days,
– Truly, she makes a very good report o' the You with your children will he send before : Make your best use of this: I have perform'd
worm : But he that will believe all that they say, Your pleasure, and my proinise.
shall never be saved by half that they do: But this
is most fallible, the worm's an odd worm. Cleo.
Cleo. Get thee hence; farewell.
Clown. I wish you all joy of the worm.
Cleo. Farewell. (Clown sets down the baskel. Adieu, good queen; I must attend on Cæsar.
Clown. You must think this, look you, that the Cleo. Farewell, and thanks.—[Erit Dol.)
worm will do his kind. Now, Iras, what think'st thou ? Thou, an Egyptian puppet, shalt be shown
Cleo. Ay, ay; farewell.
Clown. Look you, the worm is not to be trusted, In Rome, as well as I : mechanic slaves
but in the keeping of wise people : for, indeed, With greasy aprons, rules, and hammers, shall
there is no goodness in the worm. Uplift us to the view; in their thick breaths,
Cleo. Take thou no care; it shall be heeded. Rank of gross diet, shall we be enclouded, And forc'd to drink their vapour.
Clown. Very good : give it nothing, I pray you,
for it is not worth the feeding. Iras.
The gods forbid !
Cleo. Will it eat me ? Cleo. Nay, 'tis most certain, Iras: Saucy lictors Will catch at us like strumpets; and scald rhymers I know the devil himself will not eat a woinan: 1
Clown. You must not think I am so simple, but Ballad us out o' tune : the quick comedians Extemporally will stage us, and present
know that a woman is a dish for the gods, if the Our Alexandrian revels : Antony
devil dress her not. But, truly, these same whoreShall be brought drunken forth, and I shall see
son devils do the gods great harm in their women; Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness
for in every ten that they make, the devils mar five.
Cleo. Well, get thee gone; farewell.
Cloun. Yes, forsooth; I wish you joy of the worm.
[Erit. Cleo. Nay, that is certain. Iras. I'll never see it; for, I am sure, my nails
Re-enter Iras, with a robe, crown, fr.
Cleo. Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have To fool their preparation, and to conquer
Immortal longings in me: Now no more Their most absurd intents.—Now, Charmian ?
The juice of Egypt's grape shall moist this lip :
Yare, yare, good Iras; quick.—Methinks I hear Enter CHARMIAN.
Antony call; I see him rouse himself
To praise my noble act; I hear him mock Show me, my women, like a queen;—Go fetch The luck of Cæsar, which the gods give men My best attires ;-I am again for Cydnus,
To excuse their after wrath: Husband, I come: To meet Mark Antony :-Sirrah, Iras, go.— Now to that name my courage prove my title ! Now, noble Charmian, we'll despatch indeed :
I am fire and air; my other elements And, when thou hast done this chare, I'll give thee
I give to baser life.-So,-have you done? leave
Come then, and take the last warmth of my lips. To play till doomsday.-Bring our crown and all.
Farewell, kind Charmian ;-Iras, long farewell. Wherefore's this noise ?
[Kisses them. IR48 falls and dies. [Exit Iras. A noise within.
Have I the aspic in my lips ? Dost fall ?
If thou and nature can so gently part,
The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch,
Here is a rural fellow Which hurts, and is desir'd. Dost thou lie stil ? That will not be denied your highness' presence ; If thus thou vanishest, thou tell'st the world He brings you figs.
It is not worth leave-taking. Cleo. Let him come in. What poor an instru- Char. Dissolve, thick cloud, and rain ; that I ment
may say, May do a noble deed! he brings me liberty. The gods themselves do weep! My resolution's plac'd, and I have nothing
This proves me base : Of woman in me: Now from head to foot
If she first meet the curled Antony, I am marble-constant: now the fleeting moon He'll make demand of her; and spend that kiss No planet is of mine.
Which is my heaven to have. Come, thou mortal
wretch, Re-enter Guard, with a Clown bringing a basket.
[ To the asp, which she applies to her breasl. Guard. This is the man.
With thy sharp teeth this knot intrinsicate
Of life at once untie : poor venomous fool,
Char. O eastern star!
0, 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 atm. What should I stay —
(Falls on a bed, and dies.
Poor venomous fooi, be angry, and despatch.
And golden Phæbus never be beheld
Descended of so many royal kings. Of eyes again so royal! Your crown's awry; Ah, soldier!
[ Dies. I'll mend it, and then play
Dol. How goes it here ?
Cæsar, thy thoughts 1. Guard. Cæsar hath sent
Touch their effects in this: Thyself art coming Char. Too slow a messenger.
To see perform'd the dreaded act which thou
(Applies the asp. So sought'st to hinder. O, come; apace, despatch : ( partly feel thee.
Within. A way there, a way for Cæsar! 1 Guard. Approach, ho! All's not well: Cæsar's beguild.
Enter Cæsar, and Attendants. 2 Guard. There's Dolabella sent from Cæsar ;call him.
Dol. O, sir, you are too sure an augurer; I Guard. What work is here ?-Charmian, is That you did fear is done. this well done?
Bravest at the last : Char. It is well done, and fitting for a princess She levell’d at our purposes, and, being royal,