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Cæs.

No, sweet Octavia,
You shall hear from me still ; the time shall not
Out-go my thinking on you.
Ant.

Come, sir, come;
I'll wrestle with you in my strength of love :
Look, here I have you ;—thus I let you go,
And give you to the gods.
Cæs.

Adieu ; be happy!
Lep. Let all the number of the stars give light
To thy fair way!
Cæs. Farewell, farewell!

[Kisses OCTAVIA. Ant.

Farewell !

[Trumpets sound. Exeunt.

SCENE III.-Alexandria. A Room in the Palace.

Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, IRAs, and ALEXAS.

Cleo. Where is the fellow ?
Alex.
Cleo. Go to, go to :-

Half afеard to come.

Enter a Messenger.

Come hither, sir. Alex.

Good majesty, Ilerod of Jewry dare not look upon you, But when you are well pleased. Cleo.

That Herod's head
I'll have: but how, when Antony is gone
Through whom I might command it?—Come thou near.

Mess. Most gracious majesty,
Cleo. Didst thou behold Octavia ?

i Still.] Constantly.

Mess. Ay, dread queen.
Cleo. Where?

Mess. Madam, in Rome;
I looked her in the face, and saw her led
Between her brother and Mark Antony.

Cleo. Is she as tall as me ?
Mess.

She is not, madam.
Cleo. Didst hear her speak? Is she shrill-tongued or

low?
Mess. Madam, I heard her speak; she is low-voiced.
Cleo. That's not so good :-he cannot like her long.
Char. Like her? O, Isis ! 't is impossible.
Cleo. I think so, Charmian : dull of tongue and dwarf-

ish !
What majesty is in her gait? Remember,
If e'er thou look’dst on majesty.
Mess.

She

creeps, -
IIer motion and her station !
She shows a body rather than a life;
A statue than a breather.
Cleo.

Is this certain ?
Mess. Or I have no observance.2
Char.

Three in Egypt
Cannot make better note.
Cleo.

He's very knowing;
I do perceive't there's nothing in her yet:
The fellow has good judgment.
Char.,

Excellent.
Cleo. Guess at her years, I pr'ythee.
Mess.

Madam,
She was a widow,-
Cleo.

Widow !-Charmian, hark.

are as one:

· Her motion and her station.] Her walking and her standing. : Observance.] Observation..

Mess. And I do think she's thirty.
Cleo. Bear'st thou her face in mind ? is 't long or round?
Mess. Round even to faultiness.
Cleo. For the most part, too, they are foolish that are

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Her hair, what colour ?

Mess. Brown, madam : and her forehead
As low as she would wish it."
Cleo.

There's gold for thee.
Thou must not take my former sharpness ill :-
I will employ thee back again ; I find thee
Most fit for business : go, make thee ready;
Our letters are prepared.

[Exit Messenger. Char.

A proper man.
Cleo. Indeed, he is so : I repent me much
That so I harried him. Why, methinks, by him,
This creature's no such thing. 3
Char.

Nothing, madam.
Cleo. The man hath seen some majesty, and should

know.
Char. Hath he seen majesty ? Isis else defend, 4
And serving you so long !
Cleo. I have one thing more to ask him yet, good Char-

mian :
But 't is no matter ; thou shalt bring him to me
Where I will write. All may be well enough.
Char. I warrant you, madam.

[Exeunt.

2

As low as she would wish it.] This is said satirically.

By him.] From what he says. 3 Is no such thing.] Is not much of a thing ; is a paltry enough thing.

Defend.] Forbid. So in K. Richard II., i. 3, 'Which heaven defend a knight should violate.

SCENE IV.-Athens. A Room in Antony's House.

Enter ANTONY and OCTAVIA.
Ant. Nay, nay, Octavia, not only that,
That were excusable, that and thousands more
Of semblable' import --but he hath waged
New wars 'gainst Pompey; made his will, and read it
To public ear:
Spoke scantly of me: When perforce he could not
But pay me terms of honour, cold and sickly
He yented? them: most narrow measure lent me:
When the best hint 3 was given him, he not took 't,4
Or did it from his teeth.5
Octa.

O, my good lord,
Believe not all; or if you must believe,
Stomach not6 all. A more unhappy lady,
If this division chance, ne'er stood between,
Praying for both parts: 7

2

i Semblable.] A French word signifying similar.

Vented.] Uttered. 3 Hint.] Occasion. 4 Not took 't.] The old reading is look'd.

5 From his teeth.] The phrases from the teeth outward and from the teeth forward are still used in the north to describe what is spoken without serious intent.

8 Stomach not.] Resent not.

? A more unhappy lady, &c.] See Extracts from Plutarch, 26. Compare what the mother of Coriolanus says to him :

• Thou barrest us
Our prayers to the gods, which is a comfort
That all but we enjoy : For how can we-
Alas ! how can we for our country pray,
Whereto we are bound ? together with thy victory
Whereto we are bound ?' &c. Coriolanus, v. 3.

The good gods will mock me presently,
When I shall pray, 0, bless my lord and husband !
Undo that prayer by crying out as loud,
O, bless my brother ! Husband win, win hrother,
Prays, and destroys the prayer; no midway
'Twixt these extremes at all.
Ant.

Gentle Octavia,
Let your best love draw to that point which seeks
Best to preserve it : if I lose mine honour,
I lose myself: better I were not yours,
Than yours so branchless." But, as you requested,
Yourself shall go between 's : the mean time, lady,
I'll raise the preparation of a war
Shall stain 2

your

brother : make your soonest haste, 3 So your

desires are yours. Octa.

Thanks to lord.
The Jove of power make me, most weak, most weak,
Your reconciler! Wars 'twixt you twain would be
As if the world should cleave, and that slain men
Should solder up

the rift.
Ant. When it appears to you where this begins,
Turn your displeasure that way; for our faults
Can never be so equal, that your

love
Can equally move with them. Provide your going;
Choose your own company, and command what cost
Your heart has mind to.

[Exeunt.

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So branchless.] That is, thus like a branchless tree, through the loss of honour.

2 Shall stain.] More probably, as Boswell suggested, Shakspeare wrote shall stay, that is, shall await. If stain be the true reading, its meaning here is, cast discredit upon. 8 Make your

soonest haste, fc.] Return as quickly as you can, if 80 be that your desires are granted.

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