You laugh, when boys, or women, tell their dreams;
Is't not your trick?

I understand not, madam.
Cleo. I dream'd, there was an emperor Antony;-
0, such another sleep, that I might see
But such another man !

If it might please you, Cleo. His face was as the heavens; and therein

stuck A sun, and moon; which kept their course, and

lighted The little O, the earth. Dol.

Most sovereign creature, Cleo. His legs bestrid the ocean: his rear'd arm Crested the world :' his voice was propertied As all the tuned spheres, and that to friends; But when he meant to quail and shake the orb, He was as rattling thunder. For his bounty, There was no winter in't; an autumn 'twas, That grew the more by reaping : His delights 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

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his rear'd arm Crested the world : ] Alluding to some of the old crests in heraldry, where a raised arm on a wreath was mounted on the helmet.

* As plates-] Mr. Steevens justly interprets plates to mean silver money. It is a term in heraldry. The balls or roundels iu an escutcheon of arms, according to their different colours, have different names. If gules, or red, they are called torteaures ; if or, or yellow, bezants ; if argent, or white, plates,

hich are buttons of silver without any impression, but only prepared for the stamp. VOL. VII.


As this I dream'd of?

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.*

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 grief 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,--

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

Madam, he will; I know it.

Within.- Make way there, Cæsar.

SELEUCUS, and Attendants.

Which is the queen
Of Egypti
Dol. 'Tis the



[CLEOPATRA kneels. 3 To vie strange forms -) To vie was a term at cards.

yet, to imagine
An Antony, were nature's piece 'gainst fancy,

Condemning shadows quite.] The word piece, is a term appro. priated to works of art. Here nature and fancy produce each their piece, and the piece done by nature had the preference. Antony was in reality past the size of dreaming , he was more by Nature than Fancy could present in sleep.


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 projects 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

To lay on me a cruelty, by taking
Antony'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. And 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. Here, madam.
Cleo. This is my treasurer; let him speak, my lord.

s I cannot project-]i.e. I cannot shape or form my cause, &c.

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

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 not, 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 : O slave, of no more trust
Than love that's hir'd !-What, goest thou back?

thou shalt Go back, I warrant thee; but I'll catch thine

eyes, Though they had wings: Slave, soul-less villain, dog! O rarely 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 dignity

seel my lips,] It means, close up my lips as effectually as the eyes of a hawk are closed. To seel hawks was the technical term.

? O rarely base !] i. e. base in an uncommon degree.

: Parcel the sum of my disgraces by-] The meaning either is, " that this fellow should add one more parcel or item to the sum of my disgraces, namely, his own malice;" or, " that this fellow should tot up the sum of my disgraces, and add his own malice to the account.”

As we greet modern friends withal; and

say, Some nobler token I have kept apart For Livia, 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. Pr’ythee, go hence;

ÎTo Seleucus. 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. Cæs.

Forbear, Seleucus.

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

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

Not what you have reserv’d, nor 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 thoughts your prisons: no, dearqueen;
For we intend so to dispose you, as
Yourself shall give us counsel. Feed, and sleep:

9 - modern friends --- ) Modern means here, as it generally does in these plays, common or ordinary.

1 With onej with, in the present instance, has the power of by.

2 Through the ashes of my chance:] Or fortune. The meaning is, Begone, or I shall exert that royal spirit which I had in my prosperity, in spite of the imbecility of my present weak condition.

3 We answer others' merits-] As demerits was often used, in Shakspeare's time, as synonymous to merit, so merit might have been used in the sense which we now affix to demerit; or the meaning may be only, we are called to account, and to answer in our own names for acts, with which others, rather than we, deserve to be charged.

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