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Things that are past are done with me. 'Tis thus :
I hear him as he flatter'd.
To Lydia and to Ionia; whilst-
Name Cleopatra as she is call'd in Rome;
power to utter. O, then we bring forth weeds When our quick minds lie still; and our ills told us
Is as our earing. Fare thee well awhile.
Let him appear.
Enter another Messenger.
What are you?
Where died she?
Her length of sickness, with what else more serious
[gives a letter. ANT.
[Exit Second Messenger.
I must from this enchanting Queen break off:
mortal an unkindness is to them; if they suffer our
departure, death 's the word. ANT. I must be gone. ENO. Under a compelling occasion, let women die: it
were pity to cast them away for nothing; though, between them and a great cause, they should be esteem'd nothing. Cleopatra, catching but the least noise of this, dies instantly; I have seen her die twenty times upon far poorer moment: I do think there is mettle in death, which commits some loving act upon
her, she hath such a celerity in dying. Ant. She is cunning past man's thought. Eno. Alack, Sir, no; her passions are made of nothing
but the finest part of pure love. We cannot call her winds and waters sighs and tears; they are greater storms and tempests than almanacs can report: this cannot be cunning in her; if it be, she makes a shower
of rain as well as Jove. ANT. Would I had never seen her! Eno. O, Sir, you had then left unseen a wonderful piece
of work; which not to have been blest withal would
have discredited your travel.
it pleaseth their Deities to take the wife of a man from
but Fulvia, then had you indeed a cut, and the case to
169 Eno. And the business you have broach'd here cannot
be without you; especially that of Cleopatra's, which
wholly depends on your abode.
I shall break
Our quick remove from hence.
Enter CLEOPATRA, CHARMIAN, IRAS, and ALEXAS.
I did not see him since.
I did not send
If you find him sad,
[Exit ALEXAS. CHAR. Madam, methinks, if you did love him dearly,
You do not hold the method to enforce
The like from him. CLEO.
What should I do, I do not? CHAR. In each thing give him way, cross him in nothing. CLEO. Thou teachest like a fool; the way to lose him. 10 CHAR. Tempt him not so too far; I wish, forbear:
In time we hate that which we often fear.
But here comes Antony. CLEO.
I am sick and sullen.
It cannot be thus long, the sides of nature
Will not sustain it.
Now, my dearest Queen-
What's the matter? CLEO. I know, by that same eye, there's some good news. the married woman, you may go
? Would she had never given you leave to come! Let her not say 'tis I that keep you here;
I have no power upon you; ANT. The Gods best knowCLEO.
O, never was there Queen So mightily betray'd! yet at the first
I saw the treasons planted.
Though you in swearing shake the throned Gods,
Which break themselves in swearing!
Most sweet QueenCleo. Nay, pray you, seek no colour for your going,
But bid farewell, and
you sued staying,
Art turn'd the greatest liar.
How now, Lady!
There were a heart in Egypt.
Hear me, Queen:
Is Fulvia's death.
It does from childishness: can Fulvia die?
Look here, and, at thy sovereign leisure, read
See when and where she died.
O most false love!
In Fulvia's death, how mine receiv'd shall be.
The purposes I bear; which are, or cease,
ii.e. of heavenly descent.