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I shall be furnished to inform you rightly
Till which encounter, a
business too. Farewell. Lep. Farewell, my lord; what you shall know mean
, time Of stirs abroad, I shall beseech you, sir, To let me be partaker. Cæs.
Doubt not, sir; I knew it for bond.3
A Room in the Palace.
Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, IRAS, and MARDIAN.
Cleo. That I might sleep out this great gap of time
You think of him too much.
1 I can be able.] I can be in ability or force. 2 Encounter.] Meeting with you.
8 I knew it for my bond.] I knew it to be my duty from the terms of the covenant of our triumvirate. See Extracts from Plutarch, 18.
4 Mandragora.] A herb of soporific quality, referred to in Pliny's Natural History. • Not poppy, nor mandragora, nor all the drowsy 4yrups of the world. Othello, iii. 3.
5 'Tis treason.] His departure is treacherous.
Where think'st thou he is now? Stands he, or sits he ?
my brow;2 There would he anchor his aspect, and die With looking on his life.
Sovereign of Egypt, hail !
Alex. Last thing he did, dear queen,
Think on me, fc.] Will he think of me, whose complexion the sun has made so dark, and who am now so old ?
? Make his eyes grow in my brow.] Look with fixed gaze at, or plant, as it were, his eyes in, my brow.
3 With his tinct, 8c.] With its tinct, &c. The philosopher's stone, or powder of projection, was often called a medicine. The old alchymists pretended that with this powder they could transmute prepared metal into gold. 'I will make admirable use i' the pro · jection of my medicine upon this lump of copper.' B. Jonson's Every Man out of his Humour, i. 2.
This orient? pearl :
-his speech sticks in my heart. Cleo. Mine ear must pluck it thence. Alex.
Good friend, quoth he, Say, the firm Roman to great Egypt sends This treasure of an oyster ; at whose foot, To mend the petty present, I will piece 2 Her opulent throne with kingdoms : all the east, Say thou, shall call her mistress. So he nodded, And soberly did inount an arm-gaunt: steed, Who neighed so high, that what I would have spoke Was beastly dumbed4 by him. Cleo.
What, was he sad or merry ? Alex. Like to the time o' the year between the extremes Of hot and cold, he was nor sad nor merry.
Cleo. O, well-divided disposition !--Note him, Note him, good Charmian, 't is the man; but 5 note him: He was not sad,—for he would shine on those That make their looks by his; he was not merry, — Which seemed to tell them his remembrance lay In Egypt with his joy ; but between both : O, heavenly mingle !- Be'st thou sad or merry, The violence of either thee becomes So does it 6 no man else.—Mett'st thou my posts ?
Alex. Ay, madam, twenty several messengers: Why do you send so thick ?
1 Orient.] Bright; glittering.
? Piece.] Eke; make addition to. Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts. K. Henry V., Chorus to Act i.
Arm-gaunt.] Wright says the epithet here means lean, thin as an arm. We think it refers to the angular parts of the horse's armour, as resembling the projecting bones of a gaunt or lean animal.
4 Dumbed.] So in Pericles, v. 1, Gower says of Marina—' Deep clerks she dumbs.'
5 But.] Only.
Who's born that day
O, that brave Cæsar !
The valiant Cæsar !
By your most gracious pardon,
My salad days;
To say as I said then !] That you should say the brave Cæsar ! How can you say as I said in my cool salad days?
? Or I'll unpeople Egypt.] Though by sending so many I should unpeople Egypt. Or has the sense of though in K. Richard III. i. 1, • I will deliver you, or lie (though I lie in prison] for you;' and in Hamlet, ii. 2, • The lady shall say her mind freely, or the blank verse shall halt for it.
SCENE I.-Messina. A Room in Pompey's Fouse.
Enter POMPEY, MENECRATES, and MENAS.
Know, worthy Pompey,
Pom. Whiles we are suitors to their throne, decays
We, ignorant of ourselves,
I shall do well :
· They shall assist.] We should now say They will assist. ? Decays, &c.] The thing we sue for decays.
8 Crescent.] Growing like the waxing moon. It is to this word, though an adjective, that the pronoun it in the next line refers: hope says that crescent will come to full.