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(It wounds thine honour, that I speak it now,)
Was borne so like a soldier, that thy cheek
So much as lank'd not.
Lep.

It is pity of him,
Crés. Let his shames quickly
Drive him to Rome: 'Tis time we twain
Did show ourselves i'the field; and, to that end,
Assemble we immediate council: Pompey
Thrives in our idleness.
Lep.

To-morrow, Cæsar,
I shall be furnish'd to inform you rightly
Both what by sea and land I can be able,
To 'front this present time,
Cæs.

Till which encounter, It is my business too.

business too. Farewell, Lep. Farewell, my lord : What you shall know

mean time
Of stirs abroad, I shall beseech you, sir,
To let me be partaker.
Cæs.

Doubt not, sir;
I knew it for

my
bond.

[Exeunt.

SCENE V.

Alexandria. A Room in the Palace.

Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, IRAs, and MARDIAN.

Cleo. Charmian,
Char. Madam.

Cleo. Ha, ha!
Give me to drink mandragora.?
Char.

Why, madam?

I knew it for my bond.] That is, to be my bounden duty.

mandragora.) A plant of which the infusion was : nposed to procure sleep.

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Cleo. That I might sleep out this great gap of

time,
My Antony is away.
Char.

You think of him
Too much.
Cleo.

O, treason!
Char.

Madain, I trust, not so. Cleo. Thou, eunuch ! Mardian! Mar.

What's your highness' pleasure ? Cleo. Not now to hear thee sing; I take no

pleasure
In aught an eunuch has : 'Tis well for thee,
That, being unseminar'd, thy freer thoughts
May not fly forth of Egypt. Hast thou affections ?

Mar. Yes, gracious madam.
Cleo. Indeed!

Mar. Not in deed, madam; for I can do nothing
But what in deed is honest to be done :
Yet I have fierce affections, and think,
What Venus did with Mars.
Cleo.

O Charmian, Where think'st thou he is now? Stands he, or sits he? Or does he walk ? or is he on his horse? O happy horse, to bear the weight of Antony ! Do bravely, horse! for wot'st thou whom thou

mov'st? The demi-Atlas of this earth, the arm And burgonet of men. -He's speaking now, Or murmuring, Where's my serpent of old Nile? For so he calls me; Now I feed myself With most delicious poison :—Think on me, That am with Phæbus' amorous pinches black, And wrinkled deep in time? Broadfronted Cæsar, When thou wast here above the ground, I was

& And burgonet of men.) A burgonet is a kind of helmet.

Broad-fronted Cæsar,] In allusion to Cæsar's baldness:

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A morsel for a monarch : and great Pompey
Would stand, and make his eyes grow in my brow;
There would he anchor his aspect, and die
With looking on his life.

Enter ALEXAS.
Aler.

Sovereign of Egypt, hail!
Cleo. How much unlike art thou Mark Antony !
Yet, coming from him, that great medicine hath
With his tinct gilded thee.'
How goes it with my brave Mark Antony?

Aler. Last thing he did, dear queen,
He kiss'd,—the last of many doubled kisses,-
This orient pearl ;-His speech sticks in my heart. .

Cleo. Mine ear must pluck it thence.
Aler.

Good friend, quoth he,
Say, The firm Roman to great Egypt sends
This treasure of an oyster; at whose foot
To mend the petty present, I will piece
Her opulent throne with kingdoms; All the east,
Say thou, shall call her mistress. So he nodded,
And soberly did mount a termagant steed,
Who neigh'd so high, that what I would have spoke
Was beastly dumb’d by him.
Cleo.

What, was he sad, or merry ? Aler. Like to the time o' the year between the

extremes Of heat and cold; he was nor sad nor merry. Cleo. O well-divided disposition !

-Note him, Note him, good Charmian, 'tis the man; but note

him:

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that
great

medicine hath With his tinct gilded thee.] Alluding to the philosopher's stone, which, by its touch, converts base metal into gold. The alchemists call the matter, whatever it be, by which they perforin transmutation, a medicine. Johnson.

: -- termagant steed,] Termagant means furioas.

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He was not sad ; for he would shine on those
That make their looks by his : he was not merry ;
Which seem'd to tell them, his remembrance lay
In Egypt with his joy: but between both :
O hcavenly mingle ! - Be'st thou sad, or merry,
The violence of either thee becomes ;
So does it no man else.--Met'st thou my posts ?

Alex. Ay, madam, twenty several messengers :
Why do you send so thick?3
Cleo.

Who's born that day
When I forget to send to Antony,
Shall die a beggar.-Ink and paper, Charmian.-
Welcome, my good Alexas.-

Did I, Charmian,
Ever love Cæsar so?
Char.

O that brave Cæsar!
Cleo. Be chok’d with such another emphasis!
Say, the brave Antony.
Char.

The valiant Cæsar!
Cleo. By Isis, I will give thee bloody teeth,
If thou with Cæsar paragon again
My man of men.
Char.

By your most gracious pardon,
I sing but after you.
Cleo.

My sallad days ; When I was green in judgment:-Cold in blood, To say, as I said then ?-But, come, away: Get me ink and paper : he shall have every day A several greeting, or I'll unpeople Egypt.*

[E.reunt:

so thick?] i. e. in such quick succession. unpeople Egypt.) By sending out messengers.

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SCENE I. Messina. A Room in Pompey's House.

Enter POMPEY, MENECRATES, and Menas.
Pom. If the great gods be just, they shall assist
The deeds of justest men.
Mene.

Know, worthy Pompey,
That what they do delay, they not deny.

Pom. Whiles we are suitors to their throne, decays
The thing we sue for.
Mene.

We ignorant of ourselves,
Beg often our own harms, which the wise powers
Deny us for our good; so find.we profit,
By losing of our prayers.
Pom.

I shall do well:
The people love me, and the sea is mine;
My power's a crescent, and my auguring hope
Says, it will come to the full. Mark Antony
In Egypt sits at dinner, and will make
No wars without doors : Cæsar' gets money, where
He loses hearts : Lepidus flatters both,
Of both is flatter'd; but he neither ļoyes,
Nor either cares for him.
Men.

Cæsar and Lepidus
Are in the field; a mighty strength they carry.

Pom. Where have you this ? 'tis false.
Men.

From Silvįus, sir.
Pom. He dreams; I know, they are in Rome

together, Looking for Antony: But all charms of love Salt Cleopatra, soften thy wan'd lip!

Sthy wan'd lip!] Shakspeare's orthography (or that of his ignorant publishers] often adds a d at the end of a word,

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