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To give me conquer'd Egypt for my son,
Pro. Be of good cheer ;
Cleo. [Within.] Pray you, tell him
Pro. This I'll report, dear lady.
Gal. You see how easily she may be surpris'd ; [Here PROCULEIUS, and two of the Guard, ascend the Monu
ment by a ladder placed against a window, and having descended, come behind CLEOPATRA. Some of the Guard unbar
and open the gates. Guard ner till Cæsar come.
[T. PROCULEIUS and the Guard. Exit GALLUS. Iras. Royal queen! Char. O Cleopatra ! thou art taken, queen !Cleo. Quick, quick, good hands. [Drawing a dagger.
Pro. Hold, worthy lady,hold: Seizes and disarms her.
Cleo. What, of death too,
Cleo. Where art thou, death?
and take a queen Worth many babes and beggars.
Pro. O, temperance, lady!
(5) I allow him to be my conqueror ; Town his superiority with complete submission. JOH.  For languish, I think we may read anguish: JOH.
If idle talk will once be necessary,
Pro. You do extend
Pro. So, Dolabella,
Cleo. Say, I would die. [Ete. PROCUL. and Soldiers.
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 dream'd, there was an emperor Antony ;0, 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, the earth.
Dol. Most sovereign creature,-
Cleo. His legs bestrid the ocean ; his rear'd arm
He was as rattling thunder. For his bounty,
Cleo. Think you, there was, or might be, such a man As this I dream'd 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 knew.
Dol. Madam he will;
Within. Make way there,-Cæsar. Enter CÆSAR, GALLUS, PROCULEIUS, MECENAS, SELEUCUS,
and Attendants. Cæs. Which is the queen Of Egypt?
Dol. 'Tis the emperor, madam. (CLEO. Ineels
Cleo. Sir, the gods
Cæs. Take to you no hard thoughts-:-
The record of what injuries you did us,
Cleo. Sole sir o'the world,
Cæs. Cleopatra, know,
and we Your 'scutcheons, and your signs of conquest, shall Hang in what place you please. Here,
my good lord. Cæs. You shall advise me in all for Cleopatra.
Cleo. This is the brief of money, plate, and jewels, I am possess'd of : 'tis exactly valued ; Not petty things admitted. Where's Seleucus ?
Sel. Here, madam.
Cleo. This is my treasurer ; let him speak, my lord, Upon his peril, that I have reserv'd To myself nothing. Speak the truth, Seleucus.
Sel. Madam, I had rather seel my lips, than, to my peril, Speak that which is not. Cleo. What have I kept back? Sel. Enough to purchase what you have made known.
Cæs. Nay, blush not, Cleopatra ; I approve Your wisdom in the deed.
Cleo. See, Cæsar ! O, behold, How pomp is follow'd! mine will now be yours; And, should we shift estates, yours would be mine. The ingratitude of this Seleucus does Even make me wild :-0 slave, of no more trust Than love that's hir'd !-What, goest thou back ? thou
shalt Go back, I warrant thee ; but I'll catch thine eyes, Though they had wings : Slave, soul-less villain, dog ! O rarely base !!
Cæs. Good queen, let us entreat you.
Cleo. O Cæsar, what a wounding shame is this ; That thou, vouchsafing here to visit me, Doing the honour of thy lordliness To one so meek, that mine own servant should Parcel the sum of my disgraces by Addition of his envy! Say, good Cæsar, That I some lady trifles have reserv'd, Im moment toys, things of such dignity As we greet modern friends withal ; and say, Some nobler token I have kept apart For Livia, and Octavia, to induce Their mediation ; must I be unfolded With one that I have bred ? The gods ! It smites me Beneath the fall I have. Pr’ythee, go hence ; [T. SEL. Or I shall show the cinders of my spirits Through the ashes of my chance :-Wert thou a man, Thou wouldst have mercy on me. Cæs. Forbear, Seleucus.
[Exit SELEUCUS. Cleo.Be it known, that we, the greatest, are misthought For things that others do ; and, when we fall, We answer others' merits in our name, Are therefore to be pitied.
Cleo. My master, and my lord !
Cleo. He words me,girls, he words me, that I should not Be noble to myself : But hark thee, Charmian.
[Whispers CHARMIAN. Iras. Finish, good lady ; the bright day is done,  Base in an uncontmon degree. (2) We suffer at our highest state of elevation in the thoughts of mankind for that which others do, and when we fall, those that contented themselves only to think ill before, call us to answer in our own names for the merits of others. We are therefore to be pitied.' Merits is in this place taken in an int sense, for actions mériting censure. JOHNS. 13] Be not a prisoner in imagination, when in reality you are free. Joi,