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Music plays. Enter two or three Servants with a banquetFirst Servant
Here they'll be, man. Some o' their plants areSecond Servant
ill-rooted already: the least wind i' the world
will blow them down.
Lepidus is high-coloured.First Servant
They have made him drink alms-drink.Second Servant
As they pinch one another by the disposition, heFirst Servant
cries out 'No more;' reconciles them to his
entreaty, and himself to the drink.
But it raises the greater war between him andSecond Servant
Why, this is to have a name in great men'sFirst Servant
fellowship: I had as lief have a reed that will do
me no service as a partisan I could not heave.
To be called into a huge sphere, and not to be seenMARK ANTONY
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
[To OCTAVIUS CAESAR] Thus do they, sir: they takeLEPIDUS
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.
You've strange serpents there.MARK ANTONY
Your serpent of Egypt is bred now of your mud by theMARK ANTONY
operation of your sun: so is your crocodile.
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'MENAS
pyramises are very goodly things; without
contradiction, I have heard that.
[Aside to POMPEY] Pompey, a word.POMPEY
[Aside to MENAS] Say in mine ear:MENAS
[Aside to POMPEY] Forsake thy seat, I do beseechPOMPEY
And hear me speak a word.
[Aside to MENAS] Forbear me till anon.LEPIDUS
This wine for Lepidus!
What manner o' thing is your crocodile?MARK ANTONY
It is shaped, sir, like itself; and it is as broadLEPIDUS
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.
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 aPOMPEY
[Aside to MENAS] Go hang, sir, hang! Tell me ofMENAS
Do as I bid you. Where's this cup I call'd for?
[Aside to POMPEY] If for the sake of merit thouPOMPEY
wilt hear me,
Rise from thy stool.
[Aside to MENAS] I think thou'rt mad.MENAS
Rises, and walks aside
I have ever held my cap off to thy fortunes.POMPEY
Thou hast served me with much faith. What's else to say?MARK ANTONY
Be jolly, lords.
These quick-sands, Lepidus,MENAS
Keep off them, for you sink.
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,POMPEY
And, though thou think me poor, I am the man
Will give thee all the world.
Hast thou drunk well?MENAS
Now, Pompey, I have kept me from the cup.POMPEY
Thou art, if thou darest be, the earthly Jove:
Whate'er the ocean pales, or sky inclips,
Is thine, if thou wilt ha't.
Show me which way.MENAS
These three world-sharers, these competitors,POMPEY
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,MENAS
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.
[Aside] For this,POMPEY
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.
This health to Lepidus!MARK ANTONY
Bear him ashore. I'll pledge it for him, Pompey.DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
Here's to thee, Menas!MENAS
Fill till the cup be hid.DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
There's a strong fellow, Menas.MENAS
Pointing to the Attendant who carries off LEPIDUS
A' bears the third part of the world, man; see'stMENAS
The third part, then, is drunk: would it were all,DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
That it might go on wheels!
Drink thou; increase the reels.MENAS
This is not yet an Alexandrian feast.MARK ANTONY
It ripens towards it. Strike the vessels, ho?OCTAVIUS CAESAR
Here is to Caesar!
I could well forbear't.MARK ANTONY
It's monstrous labour, when I wash my brain,
And it grows fouler.
Be a child o' the time.OCTAVIUS CAESAR
Possess it, I'll make answer:DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
But I had rather fast from all four days
Than drink so much in one.
Ha, my brave emperor!POMPEY
To MARK ANTONYShall we dance now the Egyptian Bacchanals,
And celebrate our drink?
Let's ha't, good soldier.MARK ANTONY
Come, let's all take hands,DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
Till that the conquering wine hath steep'd our sense
In soft and delicate Lethe.
All take hands.OCTAVIUS CAESAR
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 handTHE SONG.
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!
What would you more? Pompey, good night. Good brother,POMPEY
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.
I'll try you on the shore.MARK ANTONY
And shall, sir; give's your hand.POMPEY
O Antony,DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
You have my father's house,--But, what? we are friends.
Come, down into the boat.
Take heed you fall not.MENAS
Exeunt all but DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS and MENASMenas, I'll not on shore.
No, to my cabin.DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
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
Ho! says a' There's my cap.MENAS
Ho! Noble captain, come.
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