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Friends of Antony.
Friends of Casar.
Friends of Pompey.
Servants to Cleopatra. DIOMEDES, A Soothsayer. Clown.
CLEOPATRA, Queen of Ægypt.
Messengers, and other Attendants.
The Scene is dispersed in several parts of the Roman empire.
A CT 1.
The Palace at Alexandria in Ægypt.
Enter Demetrius and Philo.
in the train, Eunuchs fanning her. Take but good note, and you shall see in him The triple + pillar of the world transform'd Into a strumpet's fool 1. Behold, and see.
Cleo. If it be love, indeed, tell me how much?
• Renounces. Pope.
+ Triple is here used improperly for third, or one of three. One of the Triumvirs, one of the three masters of the world. Warburton.
# We should read, -Into a strumpet's stool. The pillar of the world, says he, is transformed into a ftrumpet's stool. Alluding to the custom of strumpets fite ring in the lap of their lovers. Ib.
Ant. There's beggary in the love that can be
Enter a Melenger.
Cleo. Nay, hear it, Antony, Fulvia perchance is angry; or who knows If the scarce bearded Cæfar have not fent His powerful mandate to you, “ Do this, or this; “ Take in that kingdom, and infranchise that ; “ Perform't, or else we damn thee."
Ant. How, my love?
Cleo. Perchance, nay and most like, You must not stay here longer, your dismission Is come from Cæsar ; therefore hear it, Antony. Where's Fulvia's process? Cæsar's I'd say-Both ? --Call in the messengers--As I'm Ægypt's Queen, Thou blushest, Antony, and that blood of thine Is Cæfar's homager; else fo thy. cheek pays shame When shrill-longu'd Fulvia scolds. The messen
Cleo. aside.] Excellent falfhood !
Ant. But stirr'd by Cleopatra *.
* I think Mr Upton's emendation can admit of no dispute : Will be himself, but stirr'd by Cleopatra.
That is, Antony will act like himself,- if he be but incited by Cleopatra. Revijah
Now for the love of Love, and his soft hours,
Cleo. Hear the ambassadors.
Ant. Fy, wrangling Queen! Whom every thing becomes; 10 chide, to laugh, To weep: whose every pallion fully strives To make itself in thee fair and admir'd. No messenger, but thine. And all alone, To-night we'll wander through the streets, and note The qualities of people. Come, my Queen; Last night you did desire it. --Speak not to us.
[Exeunt with their train. Dem. Is Cæsar with Antonius priz'd so flight?
Phil. Sir, sometimes, when he is not Antony,
Dem. I am full sorry
(Exeunt. SCE N E II. Enter Enobarbus, Charmian, Iras, Alexas, and de
Soothsayer. Char. Lord Alexas, sweet Alexas, most any thing Alexas, almost most absolute Alexas, where's the Soothsayer that you prais'd so to th' Queen? Oh! that I knew this husband, which you say must change his horns with garlands,
Alex. Soothsayer, : Sooth. Your will?
Char. Is this the man ?-Is't you, Sir, that know things?
Sooth. In Nature's infinite book of Secrecy, A little I can read.
Alex. Shew him your hand.
Eno. Bring in the banquet quickly. Winc enough, Cleopatra's health to drink.
Char. Good Sir, give me good fortune.
Char. Good now, some excellent fortune ! let me
Sooth. You shall out-live žbe Lady whom you ferve.
Char. Oh, excellent! I love long life better than
Socih. You have seen and proved a fairer former
wishes had a womb, and
Char. Out, fool! í forgive thee for a witch.
Alex. You think none but your sheets are privy
Char. Nay, come. Tell Iras hers.
Eno. Mine and most of our fortunes to-night shall
Iras. There's a palm presages chastity, if nothing else.
Char. Ev'n as the o'erflowing Nilus presagech famine.
Add fertil ev'ry will,bo, Warburton,