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ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.
Beneath the fall I have. Pr'ythee, go hence;
Enter CESAR, GALLUS, PROCULEIUS, MECENAS,
Ces. Which is the queen
Del. Tis the emperor, madam.
Ces. Arise :
You shall not kneel:
I pray you, rise: rise, Egypt.
Cleo. Sir, the gods
Will have it thus; my master and my lord
Ces. Take to you no hard thoughts:
A benefit in this change: but if you seek
Cleo. And may, through all the world: 'tis
Cles. This is my treasurer: let him speak, my
Upon his peril, that I have reserv'd
1 had rather seel+ my lips, than, to my peril,
Cles. What have I kept back?
Sel. Enough to purchase what you have made
I have bred? The gods! It sinites.
+ Sew up. Cour's wife and
make me wild:-O slave, of no more trust
Iras. The gods forbid !
Cleo. Nay, 'tis most certain, Iras: Saucy
Shall be brought drunken forth, and I shall see
6 Female characters
Iras. I never for it; for, I am sure, my Immortal longings in me: Now no more
Are stronger than mine eyes.
Yare, yare, ⚫ good Iras; quick.-Methinks, I
To fool their preparation, and to conquer
Show me, my women, like a queen ;-Go fetch
To praise my noble act; I hear him mock
To play till doomsday.-Bring our crown and all.
Farwell, kind Charmian ;-Iras, long farewell.
Guard. Here is a rural fellow,
That will not be denied your highness' pre- If thus thou vanishest, thou tell'st the world
Char. Dissolve, thick cloud and rain; that I
sence: He brings you figs.
Cleo. Let him come in. How poor an instru-
Re-enter GUARD, with a CLOWN bringing a
Cleo. Avoid, and leave him.
Cleo. Get thee hence; farewell.
Clown. I wish you all joy of the worm.
The gods themselves do weep!
If she first meet the curled Antony,
He'll make demand of her; and spend that
[Exit GUARD. Hast thou the pretty worm of Nilus there, That kills and pains not?
Clown. Truly I have him: but I would not be the party that should desire you to touch him, for his biting is immortal: those that do die of it, do seldom or never recover.
Cleo. Remembers't thou any that have died on't f
Clown. Very many, men and women too. I heard of one of them no longer than yesterdaya very honest woman, but something given to lie as a woman should not do, but in the way of honesty-how she died of the biting of it, what pain she felt,-Truly, she makes a very good report o'the worm: But he that will believe all that they say, shall never be saved by half that they do: But this is most fallible, the worm's an odd worm.
Which is my heaven to have. Come, mortal wretch,
[CLOWN sets down the Basket. Clown. You must think this, look you, that the worm will do his kind. t
With thy sharp teeth this knot intrinsicate
Act according to his nature.
Cleo. Ay, ay; farewell.
Clown. Look you, the worm is not to be trusted, but in the keeping of wise people; for, indeed, there is no goodness in the worm.
Cleo. Take thou no care: it shall be heeded. Clown. Very good: give it nothing, I pray you, for it is not worth the feeding.
[To the Asp, which she applies to her Breast.
Char. O eastern star!
Cleo. Will it eat me?
Clown. You must not think I am so 'simple, but I know the devil himself will not eat a woman: I know that a woman is a dish for the But, truly, gods, if the devil dress her not. these same whoreson devils do the gods great harm in their women; for in every ten that they make, the devils mar five.
Cleo. Well, get thee gone: farewell.
Cleo. Peace, peace!
Dost thou not see my baby at my breast,
Char. O break! O break!
Cleo. As sweet as balm, is soft as air, as gentle,
Antony - Nay, I will take thee too :[Applying another Asp to her Arm. What should I stay
[Falls on a Bed and Dies. fare thee Char. In this wild world ?-So well.
Now boast thee, death! in thy possession lies
Del. Cesar, thy thoughts
Within. A way there, way for Cesar!
Enter CESAR, and Attendants.
Del. O Sir, you are too sure an augurer; That you did fear, is done.
Ces. Bravest at the last :
She levell'd at our purposes, and, being royal,
she would catch another Antony In her strong toil of grace.
Ces. O noble weakness !
If they had swallow'd poison, 'twould appear
Dol. Here, on her breast,
There is a vent of blood, and something blown,
1 Guard. This is an aspic's trail: and these
Have slime upon them, such as the aspic leaves
Del. Who was last with them?
1 Guard. A simple countryman, that brought She shall be buried by her Antony:
her figs :
This was his basket.
Ces. Poison'd then.
Ces. Most probable,
That so she died; for her physician tells me,
Of easy ways to die.-Take up her bed;
1 Guard. O Cesar,
This Charmian lived but now; she stood, and Brought them to be lamented.
I found her trimming up the diadem
On her dead mistress; tremblingly she stood,
No grave upon the earth shall clip in it
Our army shall,
In solemn show, attend the funeral;
Some part of the flesh puffed. + Tried experiments.
LITERARY AND HISTORICAL NOTICE.
AS it is intended, in the present collection of Shakspeare's Dramatic Works, to present in regular succession all such as have the scenery, characters, or manners, drawn from the same country, the sanguinary and disgusting Tragedy of Titus Andronicus is placed in immediate sequence to those that are essentially of Roman origin. The events, however, are not of historical occurrence, but were probably borrowed from an old ballad entered on the books of the Stationers' Company in the year 1593, about which period it may also have been written. Its identity, however, as one of Shakspeare's productions, rests on a very doubtful foundation. Dr. Percy supposes it only to have been corrected and re-touched by aim; but, says Dr. Johnson, "I do not find his touches very discernible." It is devoid of any striking sentiment it has none of the philosophic stateliness which generally distinguishes his plays---the anachronisms are gross---the language throughout is a tumid and laboured as the plot is horrid and unnatural ;---and the only approach to energy discernible in the play, occurs in the scene between Aaron, the nurse, and Demetrius. Indeed, there is internal evidence enough (in the versification, the character of the composition, the total difference of conduct, language, and sentiment, and also in its resemblance to several dramas of much more ancient date) to prove, with irresist ible force, that it has been erroneously ascribed to Shakspeare. Dr. Johnson says, "All the editors and critics agree with Mr. Theobald in supposing this play spurious. I see no reason for differing from them; for the colour of the style is wholly different from that of the other play, and there is an attempt at regular ver sification and artificial closes, not always inelegant, yet seldom pleasing. The barbarity of the spectacle, and the general massacre which are here exhibited, can scarcely be conceived tolerable to any audience; yet we are told by Jonson, that they were not only borne but applauded. That Shakspeare wrote any part, though Theobald declares it incontestible, I see no reason for believing."
SATURNINUS, Son to the late Emperor of Rome, EMILIUS, a noble Roman.
Sons to Tamora.
AARON, a Moor, beloved by Tamora.
MARCUS ANDRONICUS, Tribune of the People;
YOUNG LUCIUS, a Boy, Son to Lucius.
Sons to Titus Andronicus.
TAMORA, Queen of the Goths.
SCENE I.-Rome.-Before the Capitol. The tomb of the ANDRONICI appearing; the TRIBUNES and SENATORS aloft, as in the Senate. Enter, below, SATURNINUS and his Followers, on one side; and BASSIANUS and his Followers on the other; with Drum and Colours.
Kinsmen of Titus, Senators, Tribunes, Officers, Soldiers, and Attendants.
SCENE: Rome, and the Country near it.
Keep then this passage to the Capitol :
Mar. Princes, that strive by factions and by friends, Ambitiously for rule and empery,—
Know, that the people of Rome, for whom we stand
Sat. Noble patricians, patrons of my right,
Bas. Romans, friends, followers, favourers of A nobler man, a braver warrior,
• My title to the succession.
A special party, have, by their common voice,
For many good and great deserts to Rome;
Lives not this day within the city walls:
That, with his sons, a terror to our foes,
And now, at last, laden with honour's spoils,
Bas. Marcus Andronicus, so I do affy •
And so I love and honour thee and thine,
[Exeunt the Followers of BASSIANUS. Sat. Friends, that have been thus forward in my right,
I thank you all, and here dismiss you all;
[Exeunt the Followers of SATURNINUS.
Bas. Tribunes! and me, a poor competitor. [SAT. and BAS. go into the Capitol, and exrunt with SENATORS, MARCUS, &c.
SCENE II.-The same.
Enter a CAPTAIN, and others.
Cap. Romans, make way-The good Andronicus,
Patron of virtue, Rome's best champion, Successful in the battles that he fights, With bonour and with fortune is return'd, From where be circumscribed with his sword, And brought to yoke, the enemies of Rome. Flourish of Trumpets, &c. Enter MUTIUS and MARTIUS: after them, two Men bearing a Con corered with black; then QUINTUS and Lucius. After them, TITUS ANDRONIets; and then TAMORA, with ALARBUS, CHI2cs, DEMETRIUS, AARON, and other Goths, gers, Soldiers and People following. The Bearers set down the Coffin, and TITUS speaks.
T. Hail, Rome, victorious in thy mourning weeds!
La as the bark that hath discharged her fraught, +
mid the poor remains, alive, and dead! These, that survive, let Rome reward with love: Tame, that I bring unto their latest home, *sh burial amongst their ancestors:
sword. Tims, sskind, and careless of thine own, ay safer'st thou thy sons, unburied yet,
To hover on the dreadful shore of Styx ?-
How many sons of mine hast thou in store,
That we may hew his limbs, and, on a pile
Tit. 1 give him you; the noblest that survives,
Confide. I Jupiter, to whom the Capitol was sacred.
Victorious Titus, rue the tears I shed,
Alive and dead; and, for their brethren slain,
To this your son is mark'd; and die he must,
And with your swords, upon a pile of wood,
Chi. Was ever Scythia half so barbarous ?
To tremble under Titus' threatening look.
To quit the bloody wrongs upon her foes.
Our Roman rites: Alarbus' limbs are lopp'd
In peace and honour rest you here, my sons.
her Goths have given me leave to sheath my Secure from worldly chances and mishaps!
[Trumpets sounded, and the Coffins laid in the Tomb.
It was supposed that the ghosts of unburied people appeared to solicit the rights of funeral.