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To excuse their after wrath: Husband, I come:
[Kisses them. Iras falls and dies.
say, The gods themselves do weep! Cleo.
This proves me base: If she first meet the curled Antony, He'll make demand of her;* and spend that kiss, Which is my heaven to have. Come, mortal
[To the Asp, which she applies to her Breast. With thy sharp teeth this knot intrinsicate Of life at once untie: poor venomous fool,
and despatch. O, could'st thou speak ! That I might hear thee call great Cæsar, ass Unpolicied!
? Have I the aspick in my lips?] Are my lips poison’d by the aspick, that my kiss has destroyed thee?
Dost fall?] Iras must be supposed to have applied an asp to her arm while her mistress was settling her dress, or I know not why she should fall so soon. STEEVENS.
+ He'll make demand of her;] He will enquire of her concerning me, and kiss her for giving him intelligence.
Unpolicies !] i. e. an ass without more policy than to leave the means of death within my reach, and thereby deprive his triumph of its noblest decoration.
Act v.Sc.11./a room in the Monument, enter guards, rushing in, 1.Guard. Where is the Queen?
Publishid by C&F Rington. London Marz. 1304.
Char. O eastern star !
O, break! O, break! Cleo. As sweet as balm, as soft as air, as gen
tle,O Antony!--Nay, I will take thee too :
[ Applying another Asp to her Arm. What should I stay- Falls on a Bed, and dies.
Char. In this wild world?-So, fare thee well.Now boast thee, death! in thy possession lies A lass unparallel'd.—Downy windows, close;" And golden Phoebus never be beheld Of eyes again so royal! Your crown's awry; I'll mend it, and then play?
Enter the Guard, rushing in.
i Guard. Where is the queen ? Char.
Speak softly, wake her not. i Guard. Cæsar hath sentChar.
Too slow a messenger.
[Applies the Asp. O, come; apace, despatch: I partly feel thee. 1 Guard. Approach, ho! All's not well: Cæsar's
beguild. 2 Guard. There's Dolabella sent from Cæsar ;
Downy windows, close ;] Charmian, in saying this must be conceived to close Cleopatra's eyes; one of the first ceremonies performed toward a dead body.
7- and then play.) i. e. play her part in this tragick scene by destroying herself: or she may mean, that having performed ber last office for her mistress, she will ac the permission given her before, to “play till doomsday.”
i Guard. What work is here?-Charmian, is this
well done? Char. It is well done, and fitting for a princess Descended of so many royal kings. Ah, soldier !
Dol. How goes it here? 2 Guard.
All dead. Dol.
Cæsar, thy thoughts Touch their effects in this: Thyself art coming To see perform’d the dreaded act, which thou So sought'st to hinder. Within.
A way there, way for Cæsar !
Enter CÆSAR, and Attendants.
Dol. O, sir, you are too sure an augurer ; That
you did fear, is done. Cæs.
Bravest at the last: She levell’d at our purposes, and, being royal, Took her own way.—The manner of their deaths ? I do not see them bleed. Dol.
Who was last with them? i Guard. A simple countryman, that brought her
figs; This was his basket. Cæs.
Poison'd then. 1 Guard.
O Cæsar, This Charmian lived but now; she stood, and spake: I found her trimming up the diadem On her dead mistress; tremblingly she stood, And on the sudden dropp'd. Cæs.
O noble weakness!
If they had swallow'd poison, 'twould appear