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Proc. Be of good cheer;
Cleo. Pray you, tell him
Proc. This I'll report, dear lady.
Enter into the Monument, from behind, Proculeius and Soldiers, hastily.
Iras. O, royal queen!
Char. O Cleopatra! thou art taken, queen!
Cleo. Quick, quick, good hands.
[Drawing a Dagger.
Proc. Hold, worthy lady, hold: [Staying her.
Do not yourself such wrong; who are in this
Cleo. What, of death too,
Cleo. Where art thou, death? Come hither, come! come, come, and take a queen Worth many babes and beggars!
Proc. O, temperance, lady.
Cleo. Sir, I will eat no meat; I'll not drink, sir: If idle talk will once be necessary,
I'll not speak neither: this mortal house I'll ruin,
Do Caesar what he can. Know, sir, that I
Will not waitpinion'd at your master's court;
Nor once be chastis'd with the sober eye
Of dull Octavia. Shall they hoist me up,
And show me to the shouting varletry
Of censuring Rome? Rather a ditch in Egypt
Be gentle grave unto me; rather on Nilus' mud
Lay me stark naked, and let the water-flies
Blow me into abhorring; rather make
My country's high pyramides my gibbet,
And hang me up in chains.
Proc. You do extend
Proc. So, Dolabella,
Cleo. Say, I would die.
[Exeunt Proculeius, and Soldiers.
Dol. Most noble empress, you have heard of me?
Cleo. I cannot tell.
Dol. Assuredly you have.
Cleo. No matter, sir, what I have heard, or known. You laugh, when boys, or women, tell their dreams; Is't not your trick?
Dol. I understand not, madam.
Cleo. I dreamt there was an Emperor Antony!— Oh! such another sleep! that I might see But such another man!
Dol. 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 o'the earth.
Dol. Most sovereign creature,—
Cleo. His legs bestrid the ocean; his rear'd arm Crested the world: his voice was property'd As all the tuned spheres, when 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
were As plates dropt from his pocket.
Cleo. Think you there was, or might be, such a man, As this I dreamt of.
Dol. Gentle madam, no.
Cleo. You lie, up to the hearing of the gods.
Dol. Hear me, good madam:
Cleo. I thank you, sir.
Dol. I am loath to tell you what I would you
Enter Caesar, and Train of Romans, and Seleucus.
Oct. Which is the Queen of Egypt?
Dol. It is the emperor, madam.
Oct. Arise, you shall not kneel: I pray you, rise; rise, Egypt.
[To Cleopatra, raising her.
Cleo. Sir, the gods
Oct. Take to you no hard thoughts:
Cleo. Sole sir o'the world,
Oct. Cleopatra, know,
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,
Oct. You shall advise me in all for Cleopatra.
Cleo. This is the brief of money, plate, and jewels, I am possest of: 'tis exactly valued ; Not petty things omitted.—Where's Seleucus?
Sel. Here, madam.
Cleo. This is my treasurer; let him speak, my
Cleo. What have I kept back?
Sel. Enough to purchase what you have made known.
Oct. Nay, blush not, Cleopatra; I approve Your wisdom in the deed.
Cleo. See, Caesar! O, behold, How pomp isfollow'd! mine will now be yours; And, should we shift estates, yours would be mine. The ingratitude of this Seleucus does E'en make me wild :—O slave, of no more trust Than love that's hir'd! What, go'st thou back? thou
shalt Go back, I warrant thee; but I'll catch thine eyes, Though they had wings: Slave! soulless villain!
dog! O rarely base! [Flying at him.
Oct. Good queen, let us in treat you. [Interposing.
Cleo. O Caesar, what a wounding shame is this;