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CLEOPATRA'S INFINITE POWER IN PLEASING. Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale Her infinite variety: Other women Cloy th'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*.
THE UNSETTLED HUMOURS OF LOVERS.
Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, IRAs, and ALEXAS.
Cleo. Give me some music; music, moodyt food Of us that trade in love. Attend.
The music, ho!
Char. My arm is sore, best play with Mardian.
Cleo. As well a woman with an eunuch play'd, As with a woman:--Come, you'll play with me, sir?
Mar. As well as I can, madam.
come too short,
I'll none now:
when You wager'd on your angling; when your diver
* Wanton. + Melancholy.
Did hang a salt-fish on his hook, which he
That time! O times !-
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 deeds acquire, Too high a fame, when him we serve's away. WHAT OCTAVIA'S ENTRANCE SHOULD HAVE BEEN. Why have
stol'n upon us thus? You come Like Cæsar's sister: The wife of Antony [not 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 borne men; and expectation fainted, 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 ostentt of our love, which, left unshown, Is often left unlov’d: we should have met you: By sea, and land; supplying every stage With an augmented greeting. * Head-dress.
+ Show, token.
Women are not,
FORTUNE FORMS OUR JUDGMENTS.
-Yet, he, that can endure
WISDOM SUPERIOR TO FORTUNE.
VICIOUS PERSONS INFATUATED BY HEAVEN.
Good, my lord, But when we in our viciousness grow hard, (O misery on't!) the wise gods sealt our eyes; In our own filth drop our clear judgments; make us Adore our errors; laugh at us, while we strut To our confusion.
* Are of a piece with them.
FURY EXPELS FEAR.
Now he'll out-stare the lightning. To be furious, Is, to be frighted out of fear: and, in that mood, The dove will peck the estridge* ; and I see still, A diminution in our captain's brain Restores his heart: When valour preys on reason, It eats the sword it fights with.
A MASTER TAKING LEAVE OF HIS SERVANTS.
Tend me to night;
I look on you,
EARLY RISING THE WAY TO EMINENCE.
This morning, like the spirit of a youth That means to be of note, begins betimes.
ANTONY TO CLEOPATRA, AT HIS RETURN WITH
VICTORY. O thou day o'the world, Chain mine arm'd neck; leap thou, attire and all, Through proof of harness to my heart, and there Ride on the pants triumphing. * Ostrich. + Perhaps.
* Reward. § Armour of proof
O sovereign mistress of true melancholy, The poisonous damp of night disponge* upon me; That life, a very rebel to my will, May hang no longer on me.
ANTONY'S DESPONDENCY. O sun, thy uprise shall I see no more: Fortune and Antony part here; even here Do we shake hands. All come to this ?- The bearts That spaniel'd me at heels, to whom I gave Their wishes, do discandy, melt their sweets On blossoming Cæsar; and this pine is bark'a, That overtopp'd them all.
The soul and body rivet not more in parting, Than greatness going off.
ANTONY'S REFLECTIONS ON HIS FADED GLORY.
Sometime, we see a cloud that's dragonish: A vapour, sometime, like a bear, or lion, A tower'd citadel, a pendent rock, A forked mountain, or blue promontory With trees upon't, that nod unto the world, And mock our eyes with air: Thou hast seen these They are black vesper's pageants.
[signs; Eros. Ant. That, which is now a horse, even with a
thought, The rack| dislimns; and makes it indistinct, As water is in water.
Ay, my lord.
• Discharge, as a sponge when squeezed discharges the moisture it had imbibed.
ť Split. The fleeting clouds.