Music plays. Enter two or three
|First Servant||Here they'll be, man. Some o' their plants are
ill-rooted already: the least wind i' the world
will blow them down.
|Second Servant||Lepidus is high-coloured.|
|First Servant||They have made him drink alms-drink.|
|Second Servant||As they pinch one another by the disposition, he
cries out 'No more;' reconciles them to his
entreaty, and himself to the drink.
|First Servant||But it raises the greater war between him and
|Second Servant||Why, this is to have a name in great men's
fellowship: I had as lief have a reed that will do
me no service as a partisan I could not heave.
|First Servant||To be called into a huge sphere, and not to be seen
to move in't, are the holes where eyes should be,
which pitifully disaster the cheeks.
|[A sennet sounded. Enter OCTAVIUS CAESAR, MARK
ANTONY, LEPIDUS, POMPEY, AGRIPPA, MECAENAS,
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS, MENAS, with other captains]
|MARK ANTONY||[To OCTAVIUS CAESAR] Thus do they, sir: they take
the flow o' the Nile
By certain scales i' the pyramid; they know,
By the height, the lowness, or the mean, if dearth
Or foison follow: the higher Nilus swells,
The more it promises: as it ebbs, the seedsman
Upon the slime and ooze scatters his grain,
And shortly comes to harvest.
|LEPIDUS||You've strange serpents there.|
|MARK ANTONY||Ay, Lepidus.|
|LEPIDUS||Your serpent of Egypt is bred now of your mud by the
operation of your sun: so is your crocodile.
|MARK ANTONY||They are so.|
|POMPEY||Sit,--and some wine! A health to Lepidus!|
|LEPIDUS||I am not so well as I should be, but I'll ne'er out.|
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||Not till you have slept; I fear me you'll be in till then.|
|LEPIDUS||Nay, certainly, I have heard the Ptolemies'
pyramises are very goodly things; without
contradiction, I have heard that.
|MENAS||[Aside to POMPEY] Pompey, a word.|
|POMPEY||[Aside to MENAS] Say in mine ear:
|MENAS||[Aside to POMPEY] Forsake thy seat, I do beseech
And hear me speak a word.
|POMPEY||[Aside to MENAS] Forbear me till anon.
This wine for Lepidus!
|LEPIDUS||What manner o' thing is your crocodile?|
|MARK ANTONY||It is shaped, sir, like itself; and it is as broad
as it hath breadth: it is just so high as it is,
and moves with its own organs: it lives by that
which nourisheth it; and the elements once out of
it, it transmigrates.
|LEPIDUS||What colour is it of?|
|MARK ANTONY||Of it own colour too.|
|LEPIDUS||'Tis a strange serpent.|
|MARK ANTONY||'Tis so. And the tears of it are wet.|
|OCTAVIUS CAESAR||Will this description satisfy him?|
|MARK ANTONY||With the health that Pompey gives him, else he is a
|POMPEY||[Aside to MENAS] Go hang, sir, hang! Tell me of
Do as I bid you. Where's this cup I call'd for?
|MENAS||[Aside to POMPEY] If for the sake of merit thou
wilt hear me,
Rise from thy stool.
|POMPEY||[Aside to MENAS] I think thou'rt mad.
|[Rises, and walks aside]|
|MENAS||I have ever held my cap off to thy fortunes.|
|POMPEY||Thou hast served me with much faith. What's else to say?
Be jolly, lords.
|MARK ANTONY||These quick-sands, Lepidus,
Keep off them, for you sink.
|MENAS||Wilt thou be lord of all the world?|
|POMPEY||What say'st thou?|
|MENAS||Wilt thou be lord of the whole world? That's twice.|
|POMPEY||How should that be?|
|MENAS||But entertain it,
And, though thou think me poor, I am the man
Will give thee all the world.
|POMPEY||Hast thou drunk well?|
|MENAS||Now, Pompey, I have kept me from the cup.
Thou art, if thou darest be, the earthly Jove:
Whate'er the ocean pales, or sky inclips,
Is thine, if thou wilt ha't.
|POMPEY||Show me which way.|
|MENAS||These three world-sharers, these competitors,
Are in thy vessel: let me cut the cable;
And, when we are put off, fall to their throats:
All there is thine.
|POMPEY||Ah, this thou shouldst have done,
And not have spoke on't! In me 'tis villany;
In thee't had been good service. Thou must know,
'Tis not my profit that does lead mine honour;
Mine honour, it. Repent that e'er thy tongue
Hath so betray'd thine act: being done unknown,
I should have found it afterwards well done;
But must condemn it now. Desist, and drink.
|MENAS||[Aside] For this,
I'll never follow thy pall'd fortunes more.
Who seeks, and will not take when once 'tis offer'd,
Shall never find it more.
|POMPEY||This health to Lepidus!|
|MARK ANTONY||Bear him ashore. I'll pledge it for him, Pompey.|
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||Here's to thee, Menas!|
|POMPEY||Fill till the cup be hid.|
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||There's a strong fellow, Menas.|
|[Pointing to the Attendant who carries off LEPIDUS]|
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||A' bears the third part of the world, man; see'st
|MENAS||The third part, then, is drunk: would it were all,
That it might go on wheels!
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||Drink thou; increase the reels.|
|POMPEY||This is not yet an Alexandrian feast.|
|MARK ANTONY||It ripens towards it. Strike the vessels, ho?
Here is to Caesar!
|OCTAVIUS CAESAR||I could well forbear't.
It's monstrous labour, when I wash my brain,
And it grows fouler.
|MARK ANTONY||Be a child o' the time.|
|OCTAVIUS CAESAR||Possess it, I'll make answer:
But I had rather fast from all four days
Than drink so much in one.
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||Ha, my brave emperor!|
|[To MARK ANTONY]|
|Shall we dance now the Egyptian Bacchanals,
And celebrate our drink?
|POMPEY||Let's ha't, good soldier.|
|MARK ANTONY||Come, let's all take hands,
Till that the conquering wine hath steep'd our sense
In soft and delicate Lethe.
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||All take hands.
Make battery to our ears with the loud music:
The while I'll place you: then the boy shall sing;
The holding every man shall bear as loud
As his strong sides can volley.
|[Music plays. DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS places them
hand in hand]
|Come, thou monarch of the vine,
Plumpy Bacchus with pink eyne!
In thy fats our cares be drown'd,
With thy grapes our hairs be crown'd:
Cup us, till the world go round,
Cup us, till the world go round!
|OCTAVIUS CAESAR||What would you more? Pompey, good night. Good brother,
Let me request you off: our graver business
Frowns at this levity. Gentle lords, let's part;
You see we have burnt our cheeks: strong Enobarb
Is weaker than the wine; and mine own tongue
Splits what it speaks: the wild disguise hath almost
Antick'd us all. What needs more words? Good night.
Good Antony, your hand.
|POMPEY||I'll try you on the shore.|
|MARK ANTONY||And shall, sir; give's your hand.|
You have my father's house,--But, what? we are friends.
Come, down into the boat.
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||Take heed you fall not.|
|[Exeunt all but DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS and MENAS]|
|Menas, I'll not on shore.|
|MENAS||No, to my cabin.
These drums! these trumpets, flutes! what!
Let Neptune hear we bid a loud farewell
To these great fellows: sound and be hang'd, sound out!
|[Sound a flourish, with drums]|
|DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS||Ho! says a' There's my cap.|
|MENAS||Ho! Noble captain, come.|
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|Full Text||Act III, Scene 7 Near Actium Mark Antony's camp.|
|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.|
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|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.|
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|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.|
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