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His vacancy with his voluptuousness,
Cle. What, was he sad, or merry? Full surfeits, and the dryness of his bones, Ale. Like to the time o'th' year, between Call on him for't: but to confound such time, the extremes That drums him from his sport, and speaks as Of hot and cold; he was nor sad or merry: As his own state and ours—'tis to be chid Cloud Cle. O well-divided disposition !—Note him, As we rate boys, who, being mature in know- Note hiin, good Charmian, 'tis the man; but ledge,
note him, Pawn' their experience to their present plea- He was not sad, for he would shine on those And so rebel to judgement.
That make their looks by his; he was not
Which seem'd to tell them, his remembrance lay Leave thy lascivious wassels. When thou once In Egypt with his joy: but between both : Wert beaten from Modena, where thou slew'st O heavenly mingle !---Be'st thou sad or merry, Hirtius and Pausa, consuls, at thy heel The violence of either thee becomes ; Did famine follow;whom thou fought'st against, So does it no man else. Though daintily brought up, with patience The Vanity of human Wishes. more
Pom. If the great gods be just, they shall Than savages could suffer: Thou didst drink The deeds of justest pen.
[assist The stale of horses, and the gilded puddle Men. Know, worthy Pompey, Which beasts would cough at. Thy palate That what they do delay, they not deny: then did deign
Pom. Whiles we are suitors to their throne, The roughest berry on the rudest hedge; The thing we sue for.
[decays Yea, like the stag, when snow the pasture Men. We, ignorant of ourselves, sheets,
[Alps, Beg often ourown harms, which the wise pow'ss The barks of trees thou browsed'st : on the Deny us for our good; so find we profit, It is reported, thou didst eat strange flesh, By losing of our prayers. Which some did die to look on : and all this Pompey's Wish' for Antony's Captivity in (It wounds thine honor that I speak it now)
Pleasure. Was borne so like a soldier, that thy cheek Pom. I know they are in Rome together, So much as lank'd not.
Looking for Antony: but all the charms of love, Cleopatra on the absence of Antony.
Salt Cleopatra, soften thy wan lip! O Charmian,
[šits he? Let witchcraft join with beauty, lust with both ! Where think'st thou he is now? stands he? or Tie up the libertine in a field of feasts, Or does he walk? or is he on his horse?
Keep his brain fuming : Epicusean cooks O happy horse, to bear the weight of Antony! Sharpen with cloyless sauce his appetite ; Do bravely, horse! for wot'st thou whom thon That sleep and feeding may prorogue his honor, mov’st?
Even till a Lethe'd dolness. The demi-Atlas of this earth, the arm
Antony's Soldiership. And burgonet of man. He's speaking now,
Pom. Menas, I did not think, Or murmuring, “Where's my serpent of old This amorous surfeiter would have don'd his For so he calls me; now I feed myself [Nile?" For such a pelty war : his soldiership [helm With most delicious poison : think on me
Is twice the other twain : but let us rear That am with Phæbus' amorous pinches black; The higher our opinion, that our stirring And wrinkled deep in time ! 'Broad-fronted Can from the lap of Egypt's widow pluck Cæsar,
The ne'er lust-weariedl Antony. When thou wast here above the ground, I was
Antony's ingenuous Acknowledgement. A morsel for a monarch ; and great Pompey
Art. The article of my oathWould stand, and make his eyes grow in my
Cæs. To lend me arms and aid, when I rç. brow;
quir'd them; There would he anchor his aspect, and die
The which you both denied.
Ant. Neglected, rather ;
And then, when poison'd hours had bound How much unlike art thou Mark Antony !
From my own knowledge. As nearly as I. Yet, coming from him, that great medicine hath I'll play the penitent to you: but mine honesty
may, With his tinct gilded thee.
Shall not make poor my greatness, nor ny pow's Antony's Love and Dissipation. Work without it. Truth is, that Fulvia, Ale. Good friend, quoth he,
To have me out of Egypt, made wars here ; Say, “The firm Roman to great Egypt sends For which myself, the ignorant motive, do This treasure of an oyster ; at whose foot, So far ask pardon, as befits mine honor To mend the petty present, I will piece To stoop in such a case. Her opulent throne with kingdoms : all the Lep. "'Tis nobly spoken. east,
Description of Cleopatra's Sailing down the Say thou, shall call her mistress.” So he nodded,
Cydnus. And soberly did mount an arm-gaunt steed, The barge she sat in, like a burdish'd throne, Who neigh'd so high, that what I would have Burn'd on the water: the poop was beaten gold, Was beastly dumb'd by him. [spoke Purple the sails, and so perfumed, that
The winds were love-sick with them: th' oars | I laugh'd him into patience: and next morn, were silver :
[mnade Ere the ninth hour, I drunk him to his bed ; Which to the tune of Autes kept stroke, and Then put my tires and niantles on him, whilst The water which they beat, to follow faster, I wore his sword Philippan. As amorous of their strokes. For her own
Ambition, jealous of a too successful Friend. It beggar'd all description: she did lie [person,
O Silius! Silius ! In her pavilion (cloth of gold, of tissue), I have done enough: a lower place, note well, O'er-picturing that Venus, where we see The fancy oui-work nature. On each side her May make too great an act:' for learn this, Stood pretty dimpled boys, like smiling Cu- Better to leave undone, than by our deed pids,
Acquire too high a fame, when him we serre's With divers-color'd fans, whose wind did seem To glow the delicate cheeks which they did cool, Octavia's Entrance, what it should have been.
away. And what they undid, did. Agr. O rare for Antony !
Why have you stolen upon us thus? You
Like Cæsar's sister: the wise of Antony
The neighs of horses to tell of her approach, Swell with the touches of those Aow'r-sofi Long ere she did appear: the trees by th' way hands
Should have borne men; and expectation That garely frame the office. From the barge
fainted, A strange invisible perfume hits the sense
Longing for what it had not: nay, the dust Of the adjacent wharfs. The city cast
Should have ascended to the roof of heaven Her people out upon her; and Antony,
Rais'd by our populous troops. But you are Enthron d i'th' market-place, did sit alone, Whistling to th' air; which, but for vacancy, The ostentation of our love, which, left un
A market-maid to Rome; and have prevented Had gone to gaze on Cleopatra 100, And made a gap in nature.
shown, Cleopatra's infinite Power in pleasing.
Is often left unlov'd ; we should have met Age cannot wither her, por custom stale
you Her infinite variety: other women cloy
By sea and land; supplying ev'ry stage The appetites they feed ; but she makes hungry,
With an augmented greeting.
Women are not
The ne'er-touch'd vestal.
[perjure Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, Iras, and Alexas.
Fortune forms our Judgement.
I see man's judgements are
To draw the inward quality after them,
To suffer all alike.
Mine honesty and I begin to square. Char, My arm is sore, best play with Mar- The loyalty well held to fools does make dian.
Our faith mere folly: yet, he that can endure Cleo. As well a woman with an eunuch To follow with allegiance a fall'n lord, play,
Does conquer him that did his master conquer, As with a woman; come-you'll play with
And earns a place i' the story.
me, Mar. As well as I can, Madam.
Wisdom superior to Fortune. Cleo. And when good will is show'd, tho' | if that the former dare but what it can,
Wisdom and fortune combating together, it come too short, The actor may plead pardon. I'll none now:
No chance may shake it. Give me mine angle-we'll to the river: there, Vicious persons infatuated by Heaven. My music playing far off, I will betray When we in our viciousness grow hard, Tawny-finn d'fishes ; my bended hook shall (O misery on't!) the wise gods seal our eyes pierce
In our own filth, drop our clear judgements, Their slimy jaws; and, as I draw them up,
make us I'll think them every one an Antony, Adore our errors ; laugh at us ; while we strut And say, Ah, ha! you are caught.
To our confusion. Char. 'Twas merry, when
Fury expels Fear. [rious You wager'd on your angling; when your Now he'll outstare the lightning. To be fudiver
Is to be frighted out of fear: and, in that mood, Did hang a salt-fish on his hook, which he The dove will peck the estridge; and I see still With fervency drew up.
A diminution in our captain's brain Cleo. That time!-0 times !
Restores his heart: when valour preys on reason I laugh'd him out of patience ; and that night It eats the sword it fights with.
A Master taking Leave of his Servants. Is done unto thy hand; the last she spake Tend me to-night;
Was Antony ! most noble Antony! May be, it is the period of your duty : Then in the midst a tearing groan did break Haply, you shall not see me more; or if,- The name of Antony; it was divided A mangled shadow. Perchance to-morrow Between her heart and lips : she render'd life, You'll serve another master. I look on you Thy name so buried in her. As one that takes his leave. Mine honest
Cleopatra on the Death of Antony. friends,
It were for me I turn you not away; but, like a master, To throw my sceptre at th' injurious gods ; Married to your good service, stay till death :
To tell them, that this world did equal theirs, Tend me to-night two hours, I ask no more, Till they had stoľn our jewel. ‘All's but And the gods yield you for it.
nought; Early Rising the Way to Eminence.
Patience is sottish ; and impatience does This morning, like the spirit of a youth
Become a dog that's mad: then is it sin, That means to be of note, begins betimes. To rush into the secret house of death, (men? Antony to Cleopatra on his return with Victory.
Ere death dare come to us? How do you, woO, thou day o'th' world, [ail, What, what? good cheer! Why how now, Chain mine arm'd neck ; leap thou, attire and
Charmian? Through proof of harness to my heart, and there My noble girls !—Ah women, women! Look, Ride on the pants triumphing.
Our lamp is spent, it's out :-Good sirs, take Louthed Life.
(what's noble, O sovereign mistress of true melancholy,
We'll bury him: and then, what's brave,
This case of that huge spirit now is cold.
My desolation does begin to make Do we shake hands. All come to this! The A better life': 'tis paltry to be Cæsar ; hearts
Not being fortune, he's but fortune's knave, That spaniel'd me at heels, to whom I gave
A minister of her will; and it is great Their wishes, do discandy, melt their sweets
To do that thing that ends all other deeds; On blossoming Cæsar ; and this pine is bark'd, Which sleeps, and never palates more the dung,
Which shackles accidents, and bolts up change; That over-topp'd them all. Departing Greatness.
The beggar's nurse and Cæsar's. The soul and body rive not more in parting Cleopatra's Dream, and Description of Antony. Than greatness going off.
Cleo. I dream'd, there was
an emperor Antony on his faded Glory.
Dol. If it might please you
[in stuck A forked mountain, or blue promontory,
Cleo. His face was as the heavens; and thereWith trees upon 't, that nod unto the world, A sun and moon; which kept their course, And mock our eyes with air - Thou hast seen The little O, the earth. [and lighted these signs ;
Dol. Most sovereign creature- [arm They are black vesper's pageants.
Cleo. His legs bestrid the ocean: his rear'd Eros. Ay, my lord.
Crested the world : his voice was propertied Ant. That which is now a horse, even with As all the tuned spheres, and that to friends ; a thought
But when he meant to quail and shake the orb, The rack dislimns, and makes it indistinct, He was as rattling thunder. For his bounty, As water is in water.
There was no winter in’t; an autumn 'twas Eros. It does, my lord.
[tain is That grew the more by reaping; his delights Ant. My good knave, Eros, now thy cap- Were dolphin-like; they show'd his back above Even such a body: here I am Antony, The element they livid in; in his livery Yet cannot hold 'this visible shape, my knave. Walk'd crowns and crownets; realms and I made these wars for Egypt; and the queen, As plates dropt from his pocket. [islands were Whose heart I thought I had, for she had mine;
Firm Resolution. Which, whilst it was mine, had annex'd unto't
How poor an instrument A million more, now lost; she, Eros, has
May do a noble deed! he brings me liberty. Pachid cards with Cæsar, and false play'd my My resolution's plac'd,
and I have nothing Unto an enemy's triumph.
[glory of woinan in me: now from head to foot Nay, weep not, gentle Eros; there is left us
I am marble constant: now the fleeting moon Ourselves to end ourselves,
No planet is of mine.
Cleopatra's Speech on applying the Asp. And that she has discharged. What thou Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have wouldst do,
Immortal longings in me. Now no more
The juice of Egypt's grape shall moist this lip: | And call him noble, that was now your hate,
Aufidius's Hatred to Coriolanus.
Nor sleep, nor sanctuary,
T excuse their after wrath. Husband, I come : The prayers of priests, nor times of sacrifice,
Their rotten privilege and custom 'gainst
My hate to Marcius. Where I find him, were it Come then, and take the last warmth of my lips: Al home, upon my brother's guard, even there, Farewell, kind Charmian; Iras, long farewell
. Against the hospitable canon, would I [Kisses them. Iras falls and dies. Wash my herce hand in his heart. Have I the aspic in my lips? Dost fall ? If thou and nature can so gently part,
An imaginary Description of Coriolanus war. The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch,
ring. Which hurts, and is desired Dostihou lie still?
Methinks I hear hither your husband's drum; If thus thou vanishest, thou tellst the world
See him pluck Aufidius down by the hair ; It is not worth leave-taking.
As children from a bear, the Volsces shunning him :
[thus, Char. Dissolve, thick cloud, and rain ; that I The gods themselves do weep.
Methinks I see him stamp thus,—and call Cleo This proves me base
Come on, ye cowards! ye were got in fear, If she first meet the curled Antony,
Though ye were born in Rome :" his bloody
brow He'll make demand of her; and spend that kiss
[goes Which is my heaven to have. "Come, thou With his mail'd hand then wiping, forih he mortal wretch,
Like to a harvest man, that's task'd to mow [To the asp, which she applies to her breast.]
Or all, or lose his hire.
[blood ! With thy sharp teeth this knot intrinsicate Virge. His bloody brow! Oh, Jupiter, no Of life at once untie: poor venomous fool,
Vol. Away, you fool! it more becomes a man, Be angry and dispatch.' 0, couldst thou speak, Than gilt his trophy: the breasts of Hecuba, That I might hear thee call great Cæsar ass,
When she did suckle Hector, looked not loveUnpolicy'd!
[blood Char. O, eastern star.
Than Hector's forehead, when it spit forth Cleo. Peace, peace!
At Grecian swords contending. Dost thou not see my baby at my breast,
Doing our Duty merits not Praise. That sucks the nurse asleep?
Pray now, no more : my mother, Char. O, break, 0, break! [gentle who has a charter to extol her blood,
Cleo. As sweet as balm, as soft as air, as When she does praise me, grieves me : I have O Antony! Nay, I will take thee 100:
[duc'd [Applying another Asp. As you have done ; that's what I can! inWhat should I stay
[Dies. As you have been; that's for my country : Char. In this wide world? so, fare thee well. He that has but effected his good will, Now, boast, thee, death! in thy possession lies Hath overta'en mine act. A lass unparallel'd.
All tongues speak of him; and the bleared $ 16. CORIOLANUS.
Are spectacled to see him. Your prattling nurse Mob.
Into a rapture lets her baby cry,
While she chats him : the kitchen malkin pins What would you have, you curs !
Her richest lockram 'bout her reechy neck, That like nor peace nor war? The one affrights Clamb'ring the walls to eye him: stalls, busks, you,
you, windows, The other makes you proud. He that trusts to Are smother'd up, leads fill'd, and ridges hors d Where he should find you lions, finds you with variable complexions ; all agreeing hares;
In earnestness to see him : seld-shown flamens Where foxes, geese ; you are no surer, no, Than is the coal of fire upon the ice,
Do press among the popular throngs, and puff Or hailstone in the sun. Your virtue is, (him, Commit the war of white and damask, in
To win a vulgar station : our veil'd dames To make him worthy, whose offence subdues Their nicely-gawded cheeks to the wanton
spoil And curse that justíce did it. Who deserves Of Phæbus burning kisses : such a pother, greatness,
As if that whatsoever god, who leads him, Deserves your hate : and your affections are
Were slily crept into his human powers,
And gave him graceful posture.
Cominius' Speech in the Senate. Upon yonr favors, swims with fins of lead, I shall lack voice: the deeds of Coriolanus And hews down oaks with rushes. Hang ye,- Should not be atter'd feebly. It is held trust ye?
That valor is the chiefest virtue, and With every minute you do change a mind; Most dignifies the haver : if it be,
The man I speak of cannot in the world Action is eloquence, and the eyes of the ignorant Be singly counterpois'd. At sixteen years, More learned than the ears), waving thy head, When Tarquin made a head for Rome, he Which often, thus, correcting thy stout heart, fought
Now humble, as the ripest mulberry, [them, Beyond the mark of others; our then dictator, That will not hold the handling ; or, say to Whom with all praise I point at, saw him fight, Thou art their soldier, and, being bred in broils, When with his Amazonian chin he drove Hast not the soft way, which, thou dost confess, The bristled lips before him: he bestrid Were fit for thee to use, as they to claim, An o'er-prest Roman, and i the consul's view In asking their good loves; but thou wilt frame Slew three opposers : Tarquin's self he met, Thyself, forsooth, hereafter theirs, so far And struck him on his knee; in that day's As thou hast power and person.
feats, When he might act the woman in the scene,
Coriolanus: his Abhorrence of Flattery.
Well, I must do't : He prov'd best man i' the field, and for his meed
Away, my disposition, and possess me Was brow-bound with the oak. His pupil-age Which quir'd with my drum, into a pipe,
Some harlot's spirit! my throat of war be turn'd, Man-entered thus, he waxed like a sea ; And in the brunt of seventeen battles since,
Small as an eunuch, or the virgin voice He lurch'd all swords o' the garland. For this That babies lulls asleep! the smiles of knaves Before, and in Corioli, let me say, [last,
Tent in my cheeks; and school-boy's tears I cannot speak him home: he stopp d the flyers; The glasses of my sight! a beggar's tongue And, by his rare example, made the coward Turn terror into sport i As waves before
Make motion through my lips; and my arm'd A vessel under sail, so men obey'd, , (stamp) who bow d but in my stirrup, bend like his
knees, And fell below his stem : his sword (death's Where it did mark, it took; from face to foot That hath receiv'd an alms!—I will not do't
Lest I surcease to honor mine own truth, He was a thing of blood, whose every motion Was tim'd with dying cries ; alone he enter'd And, by my body's action, teach my mind The mortal gate o'the city, which he painted A most inherent baseness. With shunless destiny; aidless came off, His Mother's Resolution on his stubborn Pride. And with a sudden reinforcement struck
At thy choice, then : Corioli, like a planet. Now all's his : To beg of thee, it is my more dishonor When by and by the din of war 'gan pierce Than thou of them. Come all to ruin : let His ready sense, then straight his doubled spirit Thy mother rather feel thy pride, than fear Requicken'd what in Aesh was fatigate, Thy dang'rous stoutness : for I mock at death And to the battle came he ; where he did With as big heart as thou. Do as thou list. Run reeking o'er the lives of men, as if Thy valiantness was mine, thou suck’dst it 'Twere a perpetual spoil : and till we callid But own thy pride thyself. [from me ; Both field and city ours, he never stood To ease his breast with panting.
His Detestation of the Vulgar.
You common cry of curs ! whose breath I The Mischief of Anarchy.
hate, My soul aches,
As reek o'the rotten fens; whose loves I prize To know, when two authorities are up, As the dead carcases of unburied men, Neither supreme, how soon confusion
That do corrupt my air : I banish you ; May enter 'twixt the gap of both, and take And here remain with your uncertainty ! The one by the other.
Let every feeble rumor shake your hearts ! Character of Coriolanus.
Your enemies with nodding of their plumes His nature is too noble for the world : Fan you into despair! have the power still He would not Aatter Neptune for his trident, To banish your defenders : till at length Or Jove for his power to thunder. His heart's Your ignorance (which finds not, till it feels, his mouth;
(vent; Making not reservation of yourselves,
That won you without blows.
Precepts against Ill-fortune.
-You were us'd
bear; lo peace, what each of them by th' other loss, That, when the sea was calm, all boats alike That they combine not there !
Show'd mastership in floating. Fortune's The Method to gain popular Favor.
[ed, crave Go to them, with this bonnet in thy hand; When most struck home, being gentle woundAnd thus far having stretch'd it (here be with A noble cunning. You were used to load me them),
[siness, With precepts that would make invincible Thy knee bussing the stones (for in such bu- The heart that conn'd them.