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Eno. A certain queen to Cæsar in a mattress.
Pom. I know thee now: how farest thou,

soldier ?
Eno. Well:
And well am like to do; for, I perceive,
Four feasts are toward.

Let me shake thy hand;
I never hated thee: I have seen thee fight,
When I have envied thy behaviour.

I never loved you much; but I ha' praised ye,
When you have well deserved ten times as much
As I have said


did. Pom.

Enjoy thy plainness, 80
It nothing ill becomes thee.
Aboard my galley I invite you all:
Will you lead, lords?

Cæs. Ant. Lep. Show us the way, sir.

Come. [Exeunt all but Menas and Enobarbus. Men. [Aside] Thy father, Pompey, would ne'er have made this treaty.—You and I have known, sir.

Eno. At sea, I think.
Men. We have, sir.
Eno. You have done well by water.
Men. And you by land.

.90 Eno. I will praise any man that will praise me; though it cannot be denied what I have done by land. Men. Nor what I have done by water.

Eno. Yes, something you can deny for your own safety: you have been a great thief by sea.

Men. And you by land. Eno. There I deny my land service. But give me your hand, Menas: if our eyes had authority, here they might take two thieves kissing

Men. All men's faces are true, whatsome'er their hands are.

Eno. But there is never a fair woman has a true face.

Men. No slander; they steal hearts.



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Eno. We came hither to fight with you.

Men. For my part, I am sorry it is turned to a drinking Pompey doth this day laugh away his fortune.

Eno. If he do, sure, he cannot weep't back again.

Men You've said, sir. We looked not for Mark Antony here: pray you, is he married to Cleopatra ?

Eno. Cæsar's sister is called Octavia.

Men. True, sir; she was the wife of Caius Marcellus.

Eno. But she is now the wife of Marcus Antonius.
Men. Pray ye, sir?
Eno. Tis true.

Men. Then is Cæsar and he for ever knit together.

Eno. If I were bound to divine of this unity, I would not prophesy so.

Men. I think the policy of that purpose made more in the marriage than the love of the parties.

Eno. 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.* 131

Men. Who would not have his wife so ?

Eno. 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 Cæsar; 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.

*Behaviour. 140 Men. And thus it may be. Come, sir, will you aboard ? I have a health for you.

Eno. I shall take it, sir: we have used our throats in Egypt. Men. Come, let's away.



SCENE VII. On board Pompey's galley, off

- Misenum. Music plays. Eiter two or three Servants with

a banquet. First Serv. Here they'll be, man. Some o their plants are ill-rooted already; the least wind i' the world will blow them down.

Sec. Serv. Lepidus is high-coloured.

First Serv. They have made him drink almsdrink.

Sec. Serv. As they pinch one another by the disposition, he cries out .No more;' reconciles them to his entreaty, and himself to the drink.

First Serv. But it raises the greater war between him and his discretion.

Sec. Serv. Why, this it 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 Serv. 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 CÆSAR, ANTONY,

BARBUS, MENAS, with other captains.
Ant. [To Cæsar] 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, *Plenty.
The more it promises: as it ebbs, the seedsman
Upon the slime and ooze scatters his grain,
And shortly comes to harvest.

Lep. You've strange serpents there.
Ant. Ay, Lepidus.

Lep. Your serpent of Egypt is bred now of your mud by the operation of your sun: so is your crocodile.

31 Ant. “They are so.



Pom. Sit,-and some wine! A health to Lepidus!

Lep. I am not so well as I' should be, but l'11 ne'er out.

Eno. Not till you have slept; I fear me you'll be in till then.

Lep. Nay, certainly, I have heard the Ptolemies' pyramises* are very goodly things; without contradiction, I have heard that. *Pyramids. 41

Men. [Aside to Pom.] Pompey, a word.

[Aside to Men.] Say in mine ear: what is 't? Men. [Aside to Pom.] Forsake thy seat, I do

beseech thee, captain, And hear me speak a word.

Pom. [Aside to Men.] Forbear me till anon. This wine for Lepidus!

Lep. What manner o' thing is your crocodile?

Ant. 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 it own organs: it lives by that which nourisheth it; and the elements once out of it, it transmigrates.

51 Lep. What colour is it of? Ant. Of it own colour too. Lep. 'Tis a strange serpent. Ant. 'Tis so. And the tears of it are wet. Cæs. Will this description satisfy him?

Ant. With the health that Pompey gives him, else he is a very epicure. Pom. [Aside to Men.] Go hang, sir, hang!

Tell me of that? away! Do as I bid you. Where's this cup I call’d for? Men. [Aside to Pom.] If for the sake of merit thou wilt hear me,

61 Rise from thy stool. Pom. [Aside to Men.] I think thou’rt iad. The matter?

[Rises, and walks aside. Men. I have ever held my cap off to thy for

tunes. Pom. Thou hast served me with much faith.

What's else to say? Be jolly, lords.

Ant. These quick-sands, Lepidus,
Keep off them, for you sink.

Men. Wilt thou be lord of all the world?

What say'st thou ? Men. Wilt thou be lord of the whole world ?

That's twice.
Pom. How should that be?

But entertain* it, 69 And, though thou think me poor, I am the man Will give thee all the world.

*Experience. Pom.

Hast thou drunk well ? Men. No, 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,t Is thine, if thou wilt ha't. *Encloses.

+Embraces. Pom.

Show me which way. Men. These three world-sharers, these com

Are in thy vessel: let me cut the cable;
And, when we are put off, fall to their throats:
All there is thine.

Ah, this thou shouldst have done,
And not have spoke on 't! In me 'tis villany; 8o
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.

Men. [Aside] For this, I'll never follow thy pall’d* fortunes more. Who seeks, and will not take when once 'tis offer'd,

*Impaired, Shall never find it more. Pom.

This health to Lepidus! 90 Ant. Bear him ashore. I'll pledge it for him,

Eno. Here's to thee, Menas!

Enobarbus, welcome!
Pom. Fill till the cup be hid.
Eno. There's a strong fellow, Menas.
[Pointing to the Attendant who carries

off Lepidus.

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