Antony and Cleopatra
Act 2, Scene 6
- Flourish. Enter Pompey, Menas at one door, with Drum and
- Trumpet: at another, Caesar, Lepidus, Antony, Enobarbus,
- Maecenas, Agrippa, with Soldiers marching.
Pompeius4 - 5
- Your hostages I have, so have you mine;
- And we shall talk before we fight.
Caesar6 - 12
- Most meet
- That first we come to words, and therefore have we
- Our written purposes before us sent,
- Which if thou hast considered, let us know
- If ’twill tie up thy discontented sword,
- And carry back to Sicily much tall youth
- That else must perish here.
Pompeius13 - 28
- 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 laboring for him. What was’t
- That mov’d pale Cassius to conspire? And what
- Made all-honor’d, honest, Roman Brutus,
- With the arm’d rest, courtiers of 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 burden
- The anger’d ocean foams, with which I meant
- To scourge th’ ingratitude that despiteful Rome
- Cast on my noble father.
- Take your time.
Mark Antony30 - 32
- 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.
Pompeius33 - 36
- 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.
Lepidus37 - 39
- Be pleas’d to tell us
- (For this is from the present) how you take
- The offers we have sent you.
- There’s the point.
Mark Antony41 - 42
- Which do not be entreated to, but weigh
- What it is worth embrac’d.
Caesar43 - 44
- And what may follow,
- To try a larger fortune.
Pompeius45 - 50
- 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.
Caesar, Antony and Lepidus51
- That’s our offer.
Pompeius52 - 59
- Know then
- I came before you here a man prepar’d
- 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 Antony60 - 62
- I have heard it, Pompey,
- And am well studied for a liberal thanks,
- Which I do owe you.
Pompeius63 - 64
- Let me have your hand.
- I did not think, sir, to have met you here.
Mark Antony65 - 67
- The beds i’ th’ East are soft, and thanks to you,
- That call’d me timelier than my purpose hither;
- For I have gain’d by’t.
Caesar68 - 69
- Since I saw you last,
- There’s a change upon you.
Pompeius70 - 73
- 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.
- Well met here.
Pompeius75 - 77
- I hope so, Lepidus. Thus we are agreed.
- I crave our composition may be written
- And seal’d between us.
- That’s the next to do.
Pompeius79 - 80
- We’ll feast each other ere we part, and let’s
- Draw lots who shall begin.
- That will I, Pompey.
Pompeius82 - 85
- 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.
- You have heard much.
- I have fair meanings, sir.
- And fair words to them.
Pompeius89 - 90
- Then so much have I heard;
- And I have heard, Apollodorus carried—
- No more of that; he did so.
- What, I pray you?
- A certain queen to Caesar in a mattress.
- I know thee now: how far’st thou, soldier?
Domitius Enobarbus95 - 97
- And well am like to do, for I perceive
- Four feasts are toward.
Pompeius98 - 100
- Let me shake thy hand,
- I never hated thee. I have seen thee fight,
- When I have envied thy behavior.
Domitius Enobarbus101 - 104
- I never lov’d you much, but I ha’ prais’d ye
- When you have well deserv’d ten times as much
- As I have said you did.
Pompeius105 - 108
- Enjoy thy plainness,
- It nothing ill becomes thee.
- Aboard my galley I invite you all.
- Will you lead, lords?
Caesar, Antony and Lepidus109
- Show ’s the way, sir.
- Exeunt. Manent Enobarbus and Menas.
Menas112 - 114
- Thy father, Pompey, would ne’er have made this treaty.—You
- and I have known, sir.
- At sea, I think.
- We have, sir.
- You have done well by water.
- And you by land.
Domitius Enobarbus119 - 120
- I will praise any man that will praise me, though it cannot
- be denied what I have done by land.
- Nor what I have done by water.
Domitius Enobarbus122 - 123
- Yes, something you can deny for your own safety: you have
- been a great thief by sea.
- And you by land.
Domitius Enobarbus125 - 127
- There I deny my land service. But give me your hand, Menas;
- if our eyes had authority, here they might take two thieves
- All men’s faces are true, whatsome’er their hands are.
- But there is never a fair woman has a true face.
- No slander, they steal hearts.
- We came hither to fight with you.
Menas132 - 133
- For my part, I am sorry it is turn’d to a drinking. Pompey
- doth this day laugh away his fortune.
- If he do, sure he cannot weep’t back again.
Menas135 - 136
- Y’ have said, sir. We look’d not for Mark Antony here. Pray
- you, is he married to Cleopatra?
- Caesar’s sister is call’d Octavia.
- True, sir, she was the wife of Caius Marcellus.
- But she is now the wife of Marcus Antonius.
- Pray ye, sir?
- ’Tis true.
- Then is Caesar and he forever knit together.
Domitius Enobarbus143 - 144
- If I were bound to divine of this unity, I would not
- prophesy so.
Menas145 - 146
- I think the policy of that purpose made more in the marriage
- than the love of the parties.
Domitius Enobarbus147 - 150
- 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
- Who would not have his wife so?
Domitius Enobarbus152 - 157
- 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.
Menas158 - 159
- And thus it may be. Come, sir, will you aboard? I have a
- health for you.
- I shall take it, sir; we have us’d our throats in Egypt.
- Come, let’s away.