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Cæs. You are too indulgent: Let us grant it is not
composure must be rare indeed,
* Levity. † Visit him. * Consume.
T Stagnant, slimy water.
ANTONY. o Charmian, Where thinkst thou he is now? Stands he, or sits he? Or does he walk? or is he on his horse? O happy horse, to bear the weight of Antony! Do bravely, horse! for wot'st thou whom thou
mor'st? The demi-Atlas of this earth, the arm And burgonet* of men.-He's speaking now, Or murmuring Where's my serpent of Old Nile? For so he calls me: Now I seed myself With most delicious poison :--Think on me, That am with Phæbus' amorous pinches black, And wrinkled deep in time? Broad-fronted Cesar, When thou wast here above the ground, I was A niorsel for a monarch: and great Pompey Would stand, and make his eyes grow in my brow: There would he anchor his aspect, and die With his looking on his life.
ACT II. THE VANITY OF HUMAN WISHES. We, ignorant of ourselves, Begin osten our own harms, which the wise powers Deny us for our good; so find we profit, By losing of our prayers. DESCRIPTION OF CLEOPATRA SAILING DOWN THE
CYDNUS. The barge she sat in, like a burnish'd throne, Burn'd on ihe water: the poop was beaten gold; Purple the sails, and so perfumed, that The winds were love-sick with them: the oars were
silver; Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and made The water which they beat, to follow faster, As amorous of their strokes. For her own person, It beggar'd all description: she did lie
* A Helmet.
In her pavilion, (cloth of gold, of tissue,)
0, rare for Antony.
CLEOPATRA'S INFINITE POWER IN PLEASING. Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale Her infinite variety: Other women Cloy the appetites they feed; but she makes hungry Where most she satisfies. For vilest things Become themselves in her; that the holy priests Bless her, when she's riggish. I
THE UNSETTLED HUMOURS OF LOVERS.
Enter CleopatrA, CharmiAN, Íras, and ALEXAS
Cleo. Give me some music, music, moody foud
The music, ho!
Char. My arm is sore, best play with Mardian.
Cleo. As well a woman with an eunucn play'd As with a woman:--Come you'll play with me, sir:
* Added to the warmth they were intended to diminish + Readily perform.' I Wanton. $ Melancholy.
Mar. As well as I can, madam,
come too short,
'Twas merry, when
That time!-0 times!
ACT III. AMBITION JEALOUS OF A TOO SUCCESSFUL FRIEND.
O Silius, Silius, I have done enough: A lower place, note well, May make too great an act: For learn this, Silius; Better leave undone, than by our deed acquire Too high a same, when him we serve's away. WHAT OCTAVIA'S ENTRANCE SHOULD HAVE BEEN. Why have
stol'n upon us thus? You come not Like Cesar's sister: The wise of Antony Should have an army for an usher, and The neighs of horse to tell of her approach, Long ere she did appear; the trees by the way, Should have burne men; and expectation sainted, Longing for what it had not: nay the dust Should have ascended to the roof of heaven, Rais'd by your populous troops: But you are come A market-maid to Rome: and have prevented
The ostent* of our love, which, left unshown
Women are not, In their best fortunes, strong; but want will perjuro The ne'er touch'd vestal.
FORTUNE FORMS OUR JUDGMENTS.
I see men's judgments are
Mine honesty, and I, begin to square. I
WISDOM SUPERIOR TO FORTUNE.
VICIOUS PERSONS INFATUATED BY HEAVEN Good, my lord,Bint when we in our viciousness grow hard, (O misery on't!) the wise gods sealş our eyes; in our own filth, drop our clear judginents, make us Adore our errors; laugh at us, while we strut To our confusion.
FURY EXPELS FEAR.
* Show, token. † Are of a piece with them.