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Poison'd then. 1 Guard.
O Cæsar, This Charmian lived but now; she stood, and spake: I found her trimming up the diadem On her dead mistress ; tremblingly she stood, And on the sudden dropp'd. Cæs.
O noble weakness! If they had swallow'd poison, 'twould appear By external swelling: but she looks like sleep, As she would catch another Antony In her strong toil of grace. Dol.
Here, on her breast, There is a vent of blood, and something blown +1 : The like is on her arm. 1 Guard. This is an aspick's trail: and these fig
the earth shall clip in it A pair so famous. High events as these
41 i. e. swelled, puffed. See p. 487, note 2. 42 To pursue conclusions is to try experiments. So in Hamlet :
like the famous ape
To try conclusions.' Such an
easy way to die' was by the aspick's venom. Thus Lucan, lib. ix. I. 1815 :
• At tibi Leve miser fixus præcordia pressit
Strike those that make them: and their story is
This play keeps curiosity always busy, and the passions always interested. The continual hurry of the action, the variety of incidents, and the quick succession of one personage to another, call the mind forward without intermission from the first act to the last. But the power of delighting is derived principally from the frequent changes of the scene; for, except the feminine arts, some of which are too low, which distinguish Cleopatra, no character is very strongly discriminated. Upton, who did not easily miss what he desired to find, has discovered that the language of Antony is, with great skill and learning, made pompous and superb, according to his real practice. But I think his diction not distinguishable from that of others: The most tumid speech in the play is that which Cæsar makes to Octavia.
The events, of which the principal are described according to history, are produced without any art of connection or care of disposition.
END OF VOL. VIII.
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