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You laugh, when boys, or women, tell their dreams;
I understand not, madam.
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.
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.
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.
Dol. I am loath to tell you what I would you knew.
Though he be honourable,-
Madam, he will; I know it.
Within.- Make way there, Cæsar.
SELEUCUS, and Attendants.
Which is the queen
[CLEOPATRA kneels. 3 To vie strange forms -) To vie was a term at cards.
yet, to imagine
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.
Sir, the gods
Cæs. Take to you no hard thoughts :
Sole sir o'the world,
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. Here, madam.
s I cannot project-]i.e. I cannot shape or form my cause, &c.
Upon his peril, that I have reserv'd
What have I kept back?
See, Cæsar! O, behold,
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.
[Exit SELEUCUS. Cleo. Be it known, that we, the greatest, are
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.