Act II, Scene 7 On board POMPEY's galley, off Misenum.

Music plays. Enter two or three Servants with
a banquet


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
his discretion.
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
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:
what is't?
MENAS [Aside to POMPEY] Forsake thy seat, I do beseech
thee, captain,
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
very epicure.
POMPEY [Aside to MENAS] Go hang, sir, hang! Tell me of
that? away!
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.
The matter?
  [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!
MENAS Enobarbus, welcome!
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!
  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.
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.
POMPEY O Antony,
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.


To view other scenes from the show:

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.
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.  


To view other Antony and Cleopatra sections:

Main Play Page      Play Text     Scene by Scene Synopsis     Character Directory     Commentary  


To view the other Plays click below:

By  Comedies    Histories    Romances    Tragedies

All's Well the Ends Well Antony & Cleopatra As You Like It Cardenio Comedy of Errors Coriolanus
Cymbeline Edward III Hamlet Henry IV, Part 1 Henry IV, Part 2 Henry V
Henry VI, Part 1 Henry VI, Part 2 Henry VI, Part 3 Henry VIII Julius Caesar King John
King Lear Love's Labours Lost Love's Labours Wonne Macbeth Measure for Measure Merchant of Venice
The Merry Wives of Windsor A Mid Summer Night's Dream  Much Ado About Nothing Othello Pericles Richard II
Richard III Romeo & Juliet Sir Thomas More Taming of the Shrew The Tempest Timon of Athens
Titus Andronicus Troilus & Cressida Twelfth Night Two Gentlemen of Verona The Two Noble Kinsman The Winter's Tale


To view other Shakespeare Library sections:

Biography     Plays     Poems     Sonnets     Theaters     Shake Links 

Send mail to with questions or comments about this web site.
[Home]  [Upcoming Shows]  [HSC Venues]  [Past Productions]  [Articles] [HSC Programs]
 [Shakespeare Library] [Actor Resources]   [Contact Us]  [Links]  [Site Map]