Act II, Scene 6 Near Misenum.
Flourish. Enter POMPEY and MENAS
at one door,
|POMPEY||Your hostages I have, so have you mine;
And we shall talk before we fight.
|OCTAVIUS CAESAR||Most meet
That first we come to words; and therefore have we
Our written purposes before us sent;
Which, if thou hast consider'd, let us know
If 'twill tie up thy discontented sword,
And carry back to Sicily much tall youth
That else must perish here.
|POMPEY||To you all three,
The senators alone of this great world,
Chief factors for the gods, I do not know
Wherefore my father should revengers want,
Having a son and friends; since Julius Caesar,
Who at Philippi the good Brutus ghosted,
There saw you labouring for him. What was't
That moved pale Cassius to conspire; and what
Made the all-honour'd, honest Roman, Brutus,
With the arm'd rest, courtiers and beauteous freedom,
To drench the Capitol; but that they would
Have one man but a man? And that is it
Hath made me rig my navy; at whose burthen
The anger'd ocean foams; with which I meant
To scourge the ingratitude that despiteful Rome
Cast on my noble father.
|OCTAVIUS CAESAR||Take your time.|
|MARK ANTONY||Thou canst not fear us, Pompey, with thy sails;
We'll speak with thee at sea: at land, thou know'st
How much we do o'er-count thee.
|POMPEY||At land, indeed,
Thou dost o'er-count me of my father's house:
But, since the cuckoo builds not for himself,
Remain in't as thou mayst.
|LEPIDUS||Be pleased to tell us--
For this is from the present--how you take
The offers we have sent you.
|OCTAVIUS CAESAR||There's the point.|
|MARK ANTONY||Which do not be entreated to, but weigh
What it is worth embraced.
|OCTAVIUS CAESAR||And what may follow,
To try a larger fortune.
|POMPEY||You have made me offer
Of Sicily, Sardinia; and I must
Rid all the sea of pirates; then, to send
Measures of wheat to Rome; this 'greed upon
To part with unhack'd edges, and bear back
Our targes undinted.
| That's our offer.
I came before you here a man prepared
To take this offer: but Mark Antony
Put me to some impatience: though I lose
The praise of it by telling, you must know,
When Caesar and your brother were at blows,
Your mother came to Sicily and did find
Her welcome friendly.
|MARK ANTONY||I have heard it, Pompey;
And am well studied for a liberal thanks
Which I do owe you.
|POMPEY||Let me have your hand:
I did not think, sir, to have met you here.
|MARK ANTONY||The beds i' the east are soft; and thanks to you,
That call'd me timelier than my purpose hither;
For I have gain'd by 't.
|OCTAVIUS CAESAR||Since I saw you last,
There is a change upon you.
|POMPEY||Well, I know not
What counts harsh fortune casts upon my face;
But in my bosom shall she never come,
To make my heart her vassal.
|LEPIDUS||Well met here.|
|POMPEY||I hope so, Lepidus. Thus we are agreed:
I crave our composition may be written,
And seal'd between us.
|OCTAVIUS CAESAR||That's the next to do.|
|POMPEY||We'll feast each other ere we part; and let's
Draw lots who shall begin.
|MARK ANTONY||That will I, Pompey.|
|POMPEY||No, Antony, take the lot: but, first
Or last, your fine Egyptian cookery
Shall have the fame. I have heard that Julius Caesar
Grew fat with feasting there.
|MARK ANTONY||You have heard much.|
|POMPEY||I have fair meanings, sir.|
|MARK ANTONY||And fair words to them.|
|POMPEY||Then so much have I heard:
And I have heard, Apollodorus carried--
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||No more of that: he did so.|
|POMPEY||What, I pray you?|
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||A certain queen to Caesar in a mattress.|
|POMPEY||I know thee now: how farest thou, soldier?|
And well am like to do; for, I perceive,
Four feasts are toward.
|POMPEY||Let me shake thy hand;
I never hated thee: I have seen thee fight,
When I have envied thy behavior.
I never loved you much; but I ha' praised ye,
When you have well deserved ten times as much
As I have said you did.
|POMPEY||Enjoy thy plainness,
It nothing ill becomes thee.
Aboard my galley I invite you all:
Will you lead, lords?
| Show us the way, sir.
|[Exeunt all but MENAS and ENOBARBUS]|
|MENAS||[Aside] Thy father, Pompey, would ne'er have
made this treaty.--You and I have known, sir.
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||At sea, I think.|
|MENAS||We have, sir.|
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||You have done well by water.|
|MENAS||And you by land.|
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||I will praise any man that will praise me; though it
cannot be denied what I have done by land.
|MENAS||Nor what I have done by water.|
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||Yes, something you can deny for your own
safety: you have been a great thief by sea.
|MENAS||And you by land.|
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||There I deny my land service. But give me your
hand, Menas: if our eyes had authority, here they
might take two thieves kissing.
|MENAS||All men's faces are true, whatsome'er their hands are.|
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||But there is never a fair woman has a true face.|
|MENAS||No slander; they steal hearts.|
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||We came hither to fight with you.|
|MENAS||For my part, I am sorry it is turned to a drinking.
Pompey doth this day laugh away his fortune.
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||If he do, sure, he cannot weep't back again.|
|MENAS||You've said, sir. We looked not for Mark Antony
here: pray you, is he married to Cleopatra?
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||Caesar's sister is called Octavia.|
|MENAS||True, sir; she was the wife of Caius Marcellus.|
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||But she is now the wife of Marcus Antonius.|
|MENAS||Pray ye, sir?|
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||'Tis true.|
|MENAS||Then is Caesar and he for ever knit together.|
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||If I were bound to divine of this unity, I would
not prophesy so.
|MENAS||I think the policy of that purpose made more in the
marriage than the love of the parties.
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||I think so too. But you shall find, the band that
seems to tie their friendship together will be the
very strangler of their amity: Octavia is of a
holy, cold, and still conversation.
|MENAS||Who would not have his wife so?|
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||Not he that himself is not so; which is Mark Antony.
He will to his Egyptian dish again: then shall the
sighs of Octavia blow the fire up in Caesar; and, as
I said before, that which is the strength of their
amity shall prove the immediate author of their
variance. Antony will use his affection where it is:
he married but his occasion here.
|MENAS||And thus it may be. Come, sir, will you aboard?
I have a health for you.
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||I shall take it, sir: we have used our throats in Egypt.|
|MENAS||Come, let's away.|
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|Act I, Scene 1 Alexandria. A room in Cleopatra's palace.||Act III, Scene 8 A plain near Actium/Act III, Scene 9 Another part of the plain./Act III, Scene 10. Another part of the plain.|
|Act I, Scene 2 The same. Another room.||Act III, Scene 11 Alexandria. Cleopatra's palace./Act III, Scene 12 Egypt Octavius' camp.|
|Act I, Scene 3 The same. Another room.||Act III, Scene 13 Alexandria. Cleopatra's palace.|
|Act I, Scene 4 Rome. Octavius Caesar's house.||Act IV, Scene 1 Before Alexandria. Octavius' camp. /Act IV, Scene 2 Alexandria. Cleopatra's palace.|
|Act I, Scene 5 Alexandria Cleopatra's palace.||Act IV, Scene 3 The same. Before the palace./Act IV, Scene 4 The same. A room in the palace.|
|Act II, Scene 1 Messina Pompey's house.||Act IV, Scene 5 Alexandria. Mark Antony's camp/Act IV, Scene 6 Alexandria Octavius' camp.|
|Act II, Scene 2 Rome. The house of Lepidus.||Act IV, Scene 7 Field of battle between the camps./Act IV, Scene 8 Under the walls of Alexandria.|
|Act II, Scene 3 The same Octavius Caesar's house./Act II, Scene 4 The same. A street.||Act IV, Scene 9 Octavius Caesar's camp/Act IV, Scene 10 Between the two camps. /Act IV, Scene 11 Another part of the same.|
|Act II, Scene 5 Alexandria. Cleopatra's palace.||Act IV, Scene 12 Another part of the same./Act IV, Scene 13 Alexandria Cleopatra's palace.|
|Act II, Scene 6 Near Misenum.||Act IV, Scene 14 The same. Another room.|
|Act II, Scene 7 On board Pompey's galley, off Misenum||Act IV, Scene 15 The same. A monument.|
|Act III, Scene 1 A plain in Syria/ Act III Scene 2 An ante-chamber in Octavius Caesar's house.||Act V, Scene 1 Octavius Caesar's camp.|
|Act III, Scene 3Alexandria Cleopatra's palace./Act III, Scene 4 Athens. A room in Mark Antony's house.||Act V, Scene 2 A room in the monument.|
|Act III, Scene 5 The same. Another room./Act III, Scene 6 Octavius Caesar's house.|
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