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Were dolphin-like; they show'd his back above
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
* Silver money.
Dol. 'Tis the emperor, madam.
(Cleopatra kneels. Ces.
Sir, the gods
Cæs. Take to you no hard thoughts:
Sole sir o'the world,
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,
Sel. llere, madam.
* Shape or form.
Upon his peril, that I have reserv'd
What have I kept back? Sel. Enough to purchase what you have made
See, Cæsar! O, behold,
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;
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Or I shall show the cinders of my spirits
[Exit Seleucus. Cleo. Be it known, that we, the greatest, are mis.
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.
Hie thee again :
Madam, I will.
+ Merits or demerits.
Dol. Where is the queen ?
Behold, sir. (Erit Char. Cleo.
I your servant. •
Iras, what think'st thou?
The gods forbid !
O the good gods ! Cleo. Nay, that is certain.