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Speeches (Lines) for Clown
in "Antony and Cleopatra"

Total: 8

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Cleopatra. Avoid, and leave him.
[Exit Guardsman]
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.



Cleopatra. Rememberest thou any that have died on't?

Clown. Very many, men and women too. I heard of one of
them no longer than yesterday: a 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.



Cleopatra. Get thee hence; farewell.

Clown. I wish you all joy of the worm.



Cleopatra. Farewell.

Clown. You must think this, look you, that the worm will
do his kind.



Cleopatra. 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 worm.



Cleopatra. Take thou no care; it shall be heeded.

Clown. Very good. Give it nothing, I pray you, for it is
not worth the feeding.



Cleopatra. 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 gods, if the devil dress her
not. But, truly, these same whoreson devils do the
gods great harm in their women; for in every ten
that they make, the devils mar five.



Cleopatra. Well, get thee gone; farewell.

Clown. Yes, forsooth: I wish you joy o' the worm.

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