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my lord,

Ces. Cleopatra, know,

We answer others' merits* in our name,
We will extenuate rather than enforce: Are therefore to be pitied.
If you apply yourself to our intents,

Ces. Cleopatra,

[ledg'd, (Which towards you are most gentle,) you Not what you have reserv'd, nor what acknow. shall find

Put we i'the roll of conquest: still be it yours, A benefit in this change; but if you seek Bestow it at your pleasure; and believe, To lay on me a cruelty, by taking

Cesar's no merchant, to make prize with you Antony's course, you shař bereave yourself Of things that merchants sold. Therefore be Of my good purposes, and put your children

cheer'd; To that destruction 'which l’il guard them Make not your thoughts your prisons: no, from,

dear queen; If thereon you rely. I'll take my leave. For we intend so to dispose you, as (sleep: Cieo. And may, through all the world : 'tis Yourself shall give us counsel. Feed, and yours: and we

Our care and pity is so much upon you, Your ’scutcheons, and your signs of conquest, That we remain your friend; And so adieu. shall

[lord Cleo. My master, and my lord ! Hang in what place yon please. Here, my good Ces. Not so: Adieu. Ces. You shall advise me in all for Cleopa

[Exeunt CESAR, and his Train. tra.

Cleo. He words me, girls, he words me, that Cleo. This is the brief of money, plate, and

I should not jewels,

Be noble to myself: but hark thee, Charmian. I am possess’d of: 'tis exactly valued ;

[Whispers CHARMIAN. Not petty things admitted.-- Where's Seleucus? Iras. Finish, good lady; the bright day is Sel. Here, madam.

And we are for the dark.

[done, Cleo. This is my treasurer; let him speak, Cleo. Hie thee again:

I have spoke already, and it is provided; Upon his peril, that I have reserv'd

Go, put it to the haste.
To myself nothing. Speak the truth, Seleucus. Char. Madam, I will.

Sel. Madam,
I had rather seel* my lips, that, to my peril,

Re-enter DOLABELLA.
Speak that which is not.

Dol. Where is the queen ? Cleo. What have I kept back?

Char. Behold, Sir. [Exit CHARMIAN. Sel. Enough to purchase what you have

Cleo. Dolabella ? made known. Ces. Nay, blush not, Cleopatra; I approve

Dol. Madam, as thereto sworp by your com. Your wisdom in the deed.

mand,

Which my love makes religion to obey, Cleo. See, Cesar! (, behold,

I tell you this: Cesar through Syria How pomp is follow'd! mine will now be intends his journey; and, within three days, yours;

(mine. You with your children will he send before: And, should we shist estates, yours would be Make your best use of this: I have perform'd The ingratitude of this Seleucus does (trust Your pleasure, and my promise. Even make me wild:-0 slave, of no more Than love that's hir'd !-What, goest thou I shall remain your debtor.

Cleo. Dolabella, back? thou shalt

[eyes, Go back, I warrant thee; but I'll catch thine Adien, good queen; I must attend on Cesar.

Dol. I your servant. Though they had wings : Slave, soulless vil.

Cleo. Farewell, and thanks. (Erit Dol.1 lian, dog!

Now, Iras, what think'st thou ? O rarelyt base!

Thou, an Egyptian puppet, shall be shown Ces. Good queen, let us entreat you.

In Rome, as well as I: mechanic slaves, Cleo. O Cesar, what a wounding shame is With greasy aprons, rules, and hammers, shall this;

Uplift us to the view; in their thick breaths, That thou, vouchsafing here to visit me, Doing the honour of thy lordliness

Rank of gross diet, shall we be enclouded,

And forc'd to drink their vapour. To one so meek, that mine own servant should

Iras. The gods forbid ! Parcel: the sum of my disgraces by

Cleo. Nay, 'tis most certain, Iras: Saucy Addition of his envy! Say, good Cesar,

lictorst

(rhymers That I some lady trifles have reserv'd,

Will catch at us, like strumpets; and scald Immoment toys, things of such dignity

Ballad us out o'tune: the quicki comedians As we greet moderne friends withal; and say, Extemporally will stage us, and present Some nobler token I have kept apart

Our Alexandrian revels; Antony For Livial and Octavia, s to induce

Shall be brought drunken forth, and I shall see Their mediation ; must I be unfolded With one that I have bred? The gods! It l'the posture of a whore.

Some squeaking Cleopatra boyộ my greatness smites me

Iras. () the good gods ! Beneath the fall I have. Pr’ythee, go hence ;

Cleo. Nay, that is certain. [TO SELEUCUS.

Irus. I'll never see it; for, I am sure, my nails Or I shall show the cinders** of my spirits

Are stronger than mine eyes. Through the ashes of my chance :- Wert thou

Cleo. Why that's the way a man,

To fool their preparation, and to conquer Thou would'st have mercy on me.

Their most absurd intents.-Now, Charmian? Ces. Forbear, Seleucus. (Erit SELEUCUS. Cleo. Be it known, that we, the greatest, are

Enter CHARMIAN. misthought For things that others do; and, when we fall, Show me, my women, like a queen ;-Go fetch

* Merits or demerits. * Sew up. + Uncommonly. 1 Add to. $ Common.

+ Beadles. I Cesar's wife and 9 Sister.

1 Lively. $ Female characters were played by boy

* Fire.

ment

My best attires ;-I am again for Cydnus, To praise niy noble act ; I hear him mock
To meet Mark Antony :-Sirrah, Iras, go.- The luck of Cesar, which the gods give men
Now, noble Charmian, we'll despatch indeed: To excuse their after wrath: Husband, I come:
And, when thou hast done this chare,* I'll Now to that name my courage prove my title !
give thee leave

I am fire, and air; my other elements
To play till doomsday:-Bring our crown and I give to baser life.-50,-have you done?
Wherefore's this noise ?

[all. Come then, and take the last warmth of my [Exit Iras. A Noise withir.

lips.

well. Enter one of the GUARD.

Farewell, kind Charmian ;-Iras, long fareGuard. Here is a rural fellow,

[Kisses them. Iras falls and dies. That will not be denied your highness' presence; If thou and pature can so gently part,

Have I the aspic in my lips ? Dost fall ? He brings you figs.

The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch, Cleo. Lei him come in. How poor an instru- Which hurts, and is desir’d. Dost thou lie still?

(Exit GUARD. If thus thou vanishest, thou tell'st the world May do a noble deed! he brings me liberty. It is not worth leave-taking. My resolution's plac'd, and I have nothing

Char. Dissolve, thick cloud, and rain ; that I of woman in me: Now from head to foot

may say I am marble-constant: now the ileetings moon

The gods themselves do weep! No planet is of mine.

Cleo. This proves me base :
Re-enter GUARD, with a Clown bringing a

If she first meet the curled Antony,
Basket.

He'll make demand of her; and spend that kiss, Guard. This is the man.

Which is my heaven to have. Come, mortal Cleo. Avoid, and leave him. [Exit GUARD.

wretch, Hast thou the pretty wormt of Nilus there,

[To the Asp, which she applies to her Breist. That kills and pains not?

With thy sharp teeth this knot intrinsicate Clown. Truly I have him : but I would not

Of life at once untie : poor venomous fool, be the party that should desire you to touch

Be angry, and despatch. O, could'st thot him, for his biting is immortal; those, that do that I might hear thee call great Cesar, ass

speak! die of it, do seldom or never recover. Cleo. Remembers't thou any that have died

Uppolicied!"

Char. O eastern star! on't? Clown. Very many, men and women too. I Dost thou not see my baby at my breast,

Cleo. Peace, peace! heard of one of them no longer than yesterday: That sucks the nurse asleep? a very honest woman, but something given to lie; as a woman should not do, but in the way

Char. O, break! O, break!

Cleo. As sweet as balm, as soft as air, as of honesty : how she died of the biting of it, what paiu she felt,Truly, she makes a very Antony !-Nay, I will take thee too :

gentle,good report o'the worm: But he that will believe all that they say, shall never be saved by What should I stay

{Applying another Asp to her Arm. half that they do: But this is most fallible, the Worm's an odd worm.

(Falls on a Bed, and dies. Cleo. Get thee hence; farewell.

Char. In this wild world ?-So, fare thee

well. Clown. I wish you all joy of the worm. Cleo. Farewell. (Clown sets down the Basket. Now boast thee, death! in thy possession lies Clown. You must think this, look you, that And golden Phoebus never be beheld

A lass unparallelld.—Downy windows, close; the worm will do his kind.§

Of eyes again so royal! Your crown's awry; Cleo. Ay, ay; farewell.

Clown. Look you, the worm is not to be I'll mend it, and then play. trusted, but in the keeping of wise people; for,

Enter the GUARD, rushing in. 'ndeed, there is no goodness in the worm.

1 Guard. Where is the queen ? Cleo. Take thou no care; it shall be heeded. Clown. Very good: give it nothing, I pray

Char. Speak softly, wake her not.

1 Guard. Cesar hath sentyou, for it is not worth the feeding.

Char. Too slow a messenger.
Cleo. Will it eat me?
Clown. You must not think I am so simple,

[Applies the Asp but I know the devil himself will not eat à 0, come; apace, despatch: I partly feel thee woman: I know, that a woman is a dish for the

1 Guard. Approach, ho! All's not well : Cegods, if the devil dress her not. But, truly,

sar's beguild. these same whoreson devils do the gods great

2 Guard. There's Dolabella sent from Ceharm in their women ; for in every ten that they

sar;--call him. make, the devils mar five.

1 Guard. What work is here ?—Charmian, is

this well done? Cleo. Well, get thee gone; farewell. Clown. Yes, forsooth; I wish you joy of the

Char. It is well done, and fitting for a prinworm.

[Exit.

Descended of so many royal kings.
Ah, soldier!

[Dies. Re-enter Tras, with a Robe, Crown, &c. Cleo. Give me my robe, put on my crown; Í

Enter Dola BELLA have

Dol. How goes it here? Immortal longings in me: Now no more 2 Guurd. All dead. l'he juice of Egypt's grape shall moist this Dol. Cesar, thy thoughts lip :

[hear Touch their effects in this: Thyself art coming Yare, yare,ll good Iras; quick.—Methinks, 1 To see perform’d the dreaded act, which thoa Autony call; I see him rouse himself

So sought'st to hinder.

Within. A way there, way for Cegar! + Inconstant. * Serpent. Ast uccording to his nature.

:

cess

|| Make haste.

* Unpolitic, to leave me to Digrest.

* job of work.

Enter Cesar, und Attendants.

Dol. Here, on her breast, Dol. O, Sir, you are too sure an augurer;

There is a vent of blood, and something blown.

The like is on her arm.
That you did fear, is done.
Ces. Bravest at the last :

i Suard. This is an aspic's trail : and these She levell’d at our purposes, and, being royal, Have slime upon them, such as the aspic leaves

fig-leaves Took her own way. The manner of their I do not see them bleed.

[deaths ?

Upon the caves of Nile. Dol. Who was last with them?

Ces. Most probable, 1 Guard. A simple countryman, that brought she had pursu'd conclusions* infinite

That so she died; for her physician tells pe, her tigs; This was his basket.

Of easy ways to die.—Take up her bed ;

And bear her women from the monument:Ces. Poison'd then, 1 Guard. () Cesar,

[spake:

She shall be buried by her Antony: This Charmian lived but now; she stood, and No grave upon the earth shall clipt in it I found her trimming up the diadem

A pair so famous. High events as these On her dead mistress; tremblingly she stood,

Strike those that make them: and their story i And on the sudden dropp'd.

No less in pity, than his glory, which Ces. () noble weakness !-

Brought them to be lamented. Our arcy If they had swallow'd poison, 'twould appear

shall, By external swelling: but she looks like sleep, And then to Rome.-Come, Dolabella, see

In solemn show, attend the funeral;
As she would catch another Antony
In her strong toil of grace.*

High order in this great solemnity. [Erezat.
Graceful appearance.

* Tried esperiments.

+ Enfold

TIMON OF ATHENS.

PERSONS REPRESENTED.

Timon, a noble Athenian.

Two SERVANTS of VARRO, and the SERVANT of Lucius,

ISIDORE ; two of Timon's Creditors. LUCULLUS, Lords, and Flatterers of Tinon CUPID, and MASKERS. SEMPRONIUS,

Three STRANGERS. VENTIDIUS, one of Timon's false Friends, Poet, PAINTER, JEWELLER, and MERCHANT. APEMANTUS, a churlish Philosopher.

AN OLD ATHENIAN. ALCIBIADES, an Athenian General.

A PAGE.
FLAVIUS, Steward to Timon.

A FOOL.
FLAMINIUS,
LUCILIUS, - Timon's Servants.

PHRYNIA,
SERVILIUS,

TIMANDRA, S

Mistresses to Alcibiades.
Caphis,
PHILOTUS,

Other Lords, Senators, Officers, Soldiers, Tirus, Servants to Timon's Creditors.

Thieves, and Attendants.
Lucius,
HORTENSIUS,

Scene, Athens; and the Woods adjoining.

ACT I.

Puin. You are rapt, Sir, in some work, some SCENE I.-Athens.-A Hall in Timon's

dedication House.

To the great lord.

Poet. A thing slipp'd idly from me. Enter Poet, PAINTER, JEWELLER, MERCHANT, Our poesy is as a gum, which oozes [flint and others, at sereral Doors.

From whence 'tis nourished: The fire i'the Poet. Good day, Sir.

Shows not, till it be struck; our gentle flame Pain. I am glad you are well.

Provokes itself, and, like the current, flies Poet. I have not seen you long; How goes Each bound it chafes. What have you there ? the world?

Pain. A picture, Sir.-And when comes your Pain. It wears, Sir, as it grows.

book forth ? Poet. Ay, that's well known :

Poet. Upon the heels of my presentment, But what particular rarity? what strange,

Let's see your piece.

[Sir Which manifold record not matches ? See,

Pain. 'Tis a good piece. Magic of bounty ! all these spirits thy power

Poet. So 'tis: this comes off well and excel

lent. Hath conjur'd to attend. I know the merchant. Pain. I know them both; t'other's a jeweller.

Pain. Indifferent. Mer. 0, 'tis a worthy lord !

Poet. Admirable : How this grace Jew. Nay, that's most fix'd.

Speaks his own standing! what a mental power Mer. A most incomparable man; breath'd, * This eye shoots forth! how big imagination as it were,

Moves in this lip! to the dumbness of the ges. To an untirable and continuater goodness :

One inight interpret.

(ture He passes.

Pain. It is a pretty mocking of the life. Jew. I have a jewel here.

Here is a touch ; Is't good ?
Mer. O, pray, let's see't: For the lord Ti- Poet. I'll say of it,
mon, Sir?

It tutors nature : artificial strifet
Jew. It he will touch the estimate: But, for Livre in these touches, livelier than life.

that
Poet. When we for recompense have prais'd

Enter certain SENATORS, and pass orer. the vile,

Pain. How this lord's follow'd ! It stains the glory in that happy verse

Poet. The senators of Athens:--Happy men! Which aptly sings the good.

Pain. Look, more! Mer. "Tis a good form.

Poet. You see this ccnfluence, this great food [Looking at the Jewel.

of visitors. Jew. And rich: here is a water, look you. I have, in this rough work, shap'd out a mau, . liuced by constant practice. + For continual. * As soon as my book has been presented to Timing

i/ e. kxceeds, goes beyond common bounds. + 1.e. The contest of art with nature,

ance

Whom this beneath world doth embrace and Ven. Serv. Ay, my good lord: five talents is bug

his debt; With amplest entertainment: My free drift His means most short, his creditors most strait: Halts not particularly, * but moves itself Your honourable letter he desires [him, In a wide sea of wax: no levell’d malice To those have shut him up; which failing to Infects one comma in the course I hold; Periods his comfort. But flies an eagle flight, bold, and forth on, Tim. Noble Ventidius! Well; Leaving no tract behind.

I am not of that feather, to shake off [him Pain. How shall I understand you?

My friend when he must need me. I do know Poet, I'll unbolt to you.

A gentleman, that well deserves a help, You see how all conditions, how all minds, Which he shall have: I'll pay the debt, and (As well of glib and slippery creatures, as

free him. Of grave and austere qirality,) tender down Ven. Serv. Your lordship ever binds tim. Their services to lord Timon: his large fortune, Tim. Commend me to him: I will send his Upon his good and gracious nature hanging,

ransom;

[me:Subdues and properties to his love and tend. And, being enfranchis'd, bid him come to

'Tis not enough to help the feeble up, All sorts of hearts; yea, from the glass-fac'd But to support him after.- Fare you well. flattereri

Ven. Serv. All happiness to your honour! To Apemantus, that few things loves better

[Erit. Than to abhor himself: even he drops down The knee before him, and returns in peace

Enter an old ATHENIAN, Most rich in Timon's nod.

Old Ath. Lord Timon, hear me speak. Pain. I saw them speak together.

Tim. Freely, good father. Poet. Sir, I have upon a high and pleasant Old Ath. Thou hast a servant nam'd Lu. hill,

cilius. Feign'd Fortune to be thron'd: The base Tim. I have so: What of him? o'the mount

Old Ath. Most noble Timon, call the man Is rank'd with all deserts, all kind of natures,

before thee. That labour on the bosom of this sphere

Tim. Attends he here, or no ?-Lucilius!
To propogate their states:ş amongst them all,
Whose eyes are on this sovereign lady fix'd,

Enter LUCILIUS.
One do I personate of lord Timon's frame,
Whom Fortune with her ivory hand wafts to

Luc. Here, at your lordship's service.

Old Ath. This fellow here, lord Timon, this her;

[vants Whose present grace to present slaves and ser

thy creature, Translates his rivals.

By night frequents my house. I am a man Puin. 'Tis conceiv'd to scope. [thinks,

That from my first have been inclin'd to thrift; This throne, this Fortune, and this hill, me

And my estate deserves an heir more rais'd,

Than one which holds a trencher.
With one man beckon'd from the rest below,
Bowing his head against the steepy mount

Tim. Well; what further?
To climb his happiness, would be well ex-

Old Alh. One only daughter have I, no kin

else, In our condition.

(press'd Poet. Nay, Sir, but hear me on:

On whom I may confer what I have got: All those which were his fellow's but of late,

The maid is fair, o'the youngest for a bride,

And I have bred her at my dearest cost, (Some better than his value,) on the moment Follow his strides, his lobbies till with lend. In qualities of the best. This man of thine

Attempts her love: I pr’ythee, noble lord, ance, Rain sacrificial whisperings|| in his ear,

Join with me to forbid him her resort ; Make sacred even his stirrup, and through him Myself have spoke in vain.

Tim. The man is hopest.
Drink the free air.

Old Ath. Therefore he will be, Tinion:
Pain. Ay, marry, what of these?
Poet. When Fortune, in her shift and change it must not bear my daughter.

His honesty rewards him in itself,
of mood,

[ants,

Tim. Does she love him? Spurns down her late belov'd, all his dependWhich labour'd after him to the mountain's top; Our own precedent passions do instruct us

Old Ath. She is young, and apt: Even on their knees and hands, let him slip What levity's in youth.

down, Not one accompanying his declining foot.

Tim. (To LUCILIUS.) Love you the maid? Pain. "Tis common :

Luc. Ay, my good lord, and she accepts A thousand moral paintings I can show That sball demonstrate these quick blows of

Old Ath. If in her marriage my consent be fortune

missing, More pregnantly than words. Yet you do well, Mine heir from forth the beggars of the world,

I call the gods to witness, I will choose
To show lord 'i'imon, that mean eyes** have And dispossess her all.
The foot above the beari.

(seen

Tim. How shall she be endow'd, Trumpets sound. Enter TIMON, attended ; the

If she be mated with an equal husband? SERVANT « VENTIDIUS talking with him.

Old Ath. Three talents, on the preseni; in

future, ail. Tim. Imprison'd is he, say you?

Tim. This gentleman of mine hath serv'd re

long; * My design clocs not stop at any particular character.

To build his fortune, I will strain a little, *+ Open, explain.

For 'tis a bond in men. Give him thy deegla One who shows by reflection the looks of his patron.

ter: To advance their conditions of life. * Whisperings of officious servility.

What you bestow, in him I'll counterpoir,

T Inhale. - le. loferior spectators.

And make him weigh with her.

of it.

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