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Act 1:Sc.11./a rrom in the Monument enter guards, rushing in.)
II in the com?
Char, O eastern star!
O, break! O, break! Clco. 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 unparalleld.-Downy windows, close ; And golden Phæbus 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 ?
Speak softly, wake her not.
Too slow a messenger.
[Applies the xsp. 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. c. play her part in this tragick scene by destroying herself: or she may mean, that having performed her last office for her mistress, she will accept 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?
Cæsar, thy thoughts
A way there, way for Cæsar!
Enter CÆSAR, and Attendants.
Dol. O, sir, you are too sure an augurer ;
Bravest at the last :
Who was last with them? i Guard. A simple countryman, that brought her
figs; This was his basket. Ces.
Poison'd then. i 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
By external swelling: but she looks like sleep,
Here on her breast,
grave upon the earth shall clip in it
- something blown :) The flesh is somewhat puffed or swoln. • She hath pursu'd conclusions infinite-) To pursue conclusions, is to try experiments.
shall clip-] i. e. infold.
their story is No less in pity, than his glory, &c.] i.e. the narrative of such events demands not less compassion for the sufferers, than glory on the part of him who brought on their sufferings.
3 This play keeps curiosity always busy, and the passions always interested. The continual hurry of the action, the variety of incidents, and the quick succession of one personage to another, call the mind forward without intermission from the first Act to the last. But the power of delighting is derived principally from the frequent changes of the scene; for, except the feminine arts,