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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, Cleo. Think you, there was, or might be, such a

man As this I dream'd of? Dol.

Gentle madam, no. Cleo. You lie, up to the hearing of the gods. But, if there be, ever were one such, It's past the size of dreaming: Nature wants stuff To vie strange forms with fancy; yet, to imagine An Antony, were nature's piece 'gainst fancy, Condemning shadows quite. Dol.

Hear me, good madam : Your loss is as yourself, great; and you bear it As answering to the weight: 'Would I might never O'ertake pursu'd success, but I do feel, By the rebound of yours, a griet' that shoots My very heart at root. Cleo.

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,Dol.

Though he be honourable, Cleo. He'll lead me then in triumph ? Dol.

Madam, he will; I know it.

Within. Make way there,-Cæsar.

Enter Cæsar, Gallus, Proculeius, Mæcenas, Seleu.

cus, and Attendants.

Which is the queen

Of Egypt?

* Silver money.

Dol. 'Tis the emperor, madam.

(Cleopatra kneels. Ces.

You shall not kneel:
I pray you, rise, rise, Egypt.

Sir, the gods
Will have it thus; my master and my lord
I must obey.

Cæs. Take to you no hard thoughts:
The record of what injuries you did us,
Though written in our flesh, we shall remember
As things but done by chance.

Sole sir o'the world,
I cannot project* mine own cause so well
To make it clear; but do confess, I have
Been laden with like frailties, which before
Have often sham'd our sex.

Cleopatra, know, We will extenuate rather than enforce: If you apply yourself to our intents (Which towards you are most gentle), you shall find A benefit in this change; but if you seek To lay on me a cruelty, by taking Autony's course, you shall bereave yourself Of my good purposes, and put your children To that destruction which I'll guard them from If thereon you rely. I'll take my leave. Cleo. Avd 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.

Cæs. You shall advise me in all for Cleopatra,

Cleo. This is the brief of money, plate, and jewels,
I am possess’d of: 'tis exactly valued;
Not petty things admitted. Where's Seleucus ?

Sel. llere, madam.
Cleo. This is my treasurer; let him speak, my lord,

* Shape or form.

Upon his peril, that I have reserv'd
To myself nothing. Speak the truth, Şeleucus.

Sel. Madam,
I had rather seel* my lips, than, to my peril,
Speak that which is not.

What have I kept back? Sel. Enough to purchase what you have made

Cæs. Nay, blush got, Cleopatra; I approve
Your wisdom in the deed.

See, Cæsar! O, behold,
How pomp is follow'd ! mine will now be yours;
And, should we shift estates, yours would be mine.
The ingratitude of this Seleucus does
Even make me wild:-0 slave, of no more trust
Than love that's hird !--What, goest thou back?

thou shalt Go back, I warraut thee; but I'll catch thine eyes, Though they had wings: Slave, soul-less villain,

dog! O rarelyt base! Cæs.

Good queen, let us entreat you. Cleo. O Cæsar, what a wounding shame is this ; That, thou vouchsafing here to visit me, Doing the honour of thy lordliness To one so meek, that mine own servant should 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 diguity As we greet modern g friends withal; and say, Some nobler token I have kept apart For Livia ll, and Octavia, to induce Their mediation; must I be unfolded With one that I have bred? The gods ! It smites me Beneath the fall I have. Priythee, go hence;

[To Seleucus.

. Sew up

+ Unconimooly
# Cæsar's wife, and

| Add to.



Or I shall show the cinders of my spirits
Through the ashes of my chance:- Wert thou a man,
Thou would'st have mercy on me.

Forbear, Seleucus.

[Exit Seleucus. Cleo. Be it known, that we, the greatest, are mis.

For things that others do; and, when we fall,
We answer others' meritst in our name,
Are therefore to be pitied.

Not what you have reserv'd, por what acknowledg'd,
Put we i' the roll of conquest : still be it yours,
Bestow it at your pleasure; and believe,
Cæsar's no merchant, to make prize with you
Of things that merchants sold. Therefore be cheer'd;
Make not your thouglits your prisons : no, dear

queen ; For we intend so to dispose you, as Yourself shall give us counsel. Feed, and sleep: Our care and pity is so much upon you, That we remain your friend; And so adieu. Cleo. My master, and my lord ! Cæs.

Not so: Adieu.

(Exeunt Cæsar, 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.

• Fire.

+ Merits or demerits.

Re-enter Dolabella,

Dol. Where is the queen ?

Behold, sir. (Erit Char. Cleo.

Dol. Madam, as thereto sworn by your command,
Which my love makes religion to obey,
I tell you this : Cæsar through Syria
Jotends his journey; and, within three days,
You with your children will he send before:
Make your best use of this: I have perform'd
Your pleasure, and my promise.

I shall remain your debtor.

I your servant. •
Adieu, good queen; I must attend on Cæsar.
Cleo. Farewell, and thanks. (Erit Dol.] Now,

Iras, what think'st thou?
Thou, an Egyptian puppet, shalt be shown
In Rome, as well as I : mechanick slaves
With greasy aprons, rules, and hammers, shall
Uplift us to the view; in their thick breaths,
Rank of gross diet, shall we be enclouded,
And forc'd to drink their vapour.

The gods forbid !
Cleo. Nay, 'tis most certain, Iras: Saucy lictors*
Will catch at us, like strumpets; and scald rhymers
Ballad us out o'tune: the quickt comedians
Extemporally will stage us, and present
Our Alexandrian revels; Antony
Shall be brought drunken forth, and I shall see
Some squeaking Cleopatra boy f my greatness
l'the posture of a whore.

O the good gods ! Cleo. Nay, that is certain.

• Beadles.

+ Lively.
Female characters were played by boys.

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