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Cleopatra, Cleo. Think you, there was, or might be, such a man As this I dreamed of? Dol.
Gentle madam, no. Cleo. You lie, up to the hearing of the gods. But, if there be, or 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 pursued success, but I do feel, By the rebound of yours, a grief that shoots My very heart at root. Cleo.
I thank you, sir. Know
you what Cæsar means to do with me?
Though he be honorable,
Madam, he will ; I know it.
Within. Make way there !-Cæsar !
Enter CÆSAR, Gallus, PROCULEIUS, MECENAS,
SELEUCUS, and Attendants. Cæs.
Which is the queen Of Egypt? Dol. 'Tis the emperor, madam.
[CLEOPATRA kneels. Cæs.
pray you, rise; rise, Egypt.
Sir, the gods
which are round, flat pieces of silver money, perhaps without any stamp or impress.
i To vie here has its metaphorical sense of to contend in rivalry.
Will have it thus; my master and my
lord I must obey.
Cæs. Take to you no hard thoughts.
Sole sir o'the world,
you apply yourself to our intents,
Cleo. And may, through all the world ; 'tis yours :
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 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,
What have I kept back ?
1 To project is to delineate, to shape, to form. 2 To seei bawks was the technical term for sewing up their eyes.
Sel. Enough to purchase what you have made
See, Cæsar! O behold
yours; And, should we shift estates, yours would be mine. The ingratitude of this Seleucus does Even make me wild. Oslave, of no more trust Than love that's hired !—What, goest thou back; thou
shalt Go back, I warrant thee; but I'll catch thine eyes, Though they had wings. Slave, soulless villain, dog ! O rarely base! 1 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 honor 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 reserved, Immoment toys, things of such dignity As we greet modern 3 friends withal ; and say, Some nobler token I have kept apart For Livia, and Octavia, to induce Their mediation ; must I be unfolded With 4 one that I have bred? The gods! it smites me Beneath the fall I have. Pr’ythee, go hence ;
[To SELEUCUS. Or I shall show the cinders of my spirits Through the ashes of my chance. 5-Wert thou a man, Thou wouldst have mercy on me. Cæs.
[Exit SELEUCUS. Cleo. Be it known that we, the greatest, are mis
1 i. e. base in an uncommon degree.
2 “ That this fellow should add one more parcel or item to the sum of my disgraces, namely, his own malice.” 3 i. e. common, ordinary. 4 With is here used with the power of by. 5 i. e. fortune.
Cleo. My master, and my lord !
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.
Behold, sir. [Exit CHARMIAN. Cleo.
Dolabella? Dol. Madam, as thereto sworn by your command, Which
love makes religion to obey,
1 i. e. we answer for that which others have merited by their transgressions.
2 “Be not a prisoner in imagination.”
I tell you this. Cæsar through Syria
I shall remain your debtor.
I your servant.
Iras, what think'st thou ?
The gods forbid !
O the good gods !
Iras. I'll never see it; for, I am sure, my nails
Why, that's the way
1 i. e. the lively or quick-witted comedians.
2 It has been already observed that the parts of females were played by boys on our ancient stage.
3 Absurd here means unmeet, unfitting, unreasonable.