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ACT II - SCENE VI. Near Misenum.
POMPEY
1    Your hostages I have, so have you mine;
2    And we shall talk before we fight.
OCTAVIUS CAESAR
3    Most meet
4    That first we come to words; and therefore have we
5    Our written purposes before us sent;
6    Which, if thou hast consider'd, let us know
7    If 'twill tie up thy discontented sword,
8    And carry back to Sicily much tall youth
9    That else must perish here.
POMPEY
10   To you all three,
11   The senators alone of this great world,
12   Chief factors for the gods, I do not know
13   Wherefore my father should revengers want,
14   Having a son and friends; since Julius Caesar,
15   Who at Philippi the good Brutus ghosted,
16   There saw you labouring for him. What was't
17   That moved pale Cassius to conspire; and what
18   Made the all-honour'd, honest Roman, Brutus,
19   With the arm'd rest, courtiers and beauteous freedom,
20   To drench the Capitol; but that they would
21   Have one man but a man? And that is it
22   Hath made me rig my navy; at whose burthen
23   The anger'd ocean foams; with which I meant
24   To scourge the ingratitude that despiteful Rome
25   Cast on my noble father.
OCTAVIUS CAESAR
26   Take your time.
MARK ANTONY
27   Thou canst not fear us, Pompey, with thy sails;
28   We'll speak with thee at sea: at land, thou know'st
29   How much we do o'er-count thee.
POMPEY
30   At land, indeed,
31   Thou dost o'er-count me of my father's house:
32   But, since the cuckoo builds not for himself,
33   Remain in't as thou mayst.
LEPIDUS
34   Be pleased to tell us--
35   For this is from the present--how you take
36   The offers we have sent you.
OCTAVIUS CAESAR
37   There's the point.
MARK ANTONY
38   Which do not be entreated to, but weigh
39   What it is worth embraced.
OCTAVIUS CAESAR
40   And what may follow,
41   To try a larger fortune.
POMPEY
42   You have made me offer
43   Of Sicily, Sardinia; and I must
44   Rid all the sea of pirates; then, to send
45   Measures of wheat to Rome; this 'greed upon
46   To part with unhack'd edges, and bear back
47   Our targes undinted.
OCTAVIUS CAESAR
48   That's our offer.
POMPEY
49   Know, then,
50   I came before you here a man prepared
51   To take this offer: but Mark Antony
52   Put me to some impatience: though I lose
53   The praise of it by telling, you must know,
54   When Caesar and your brother were at blows,
55   Your mother came to Sicily and did find
56   Her welcome friendly.
MARK ANTONY
57   I have heard it, Pompey;
58   And am well studied for a liberal thanks
59   Which I do owe you.
POMPEY
60   Let me have your hand:
61   I did not think, sir, to have met you here.
MARK ANTONY
62   The beds i' the east are soft; and thanks to you,
63   That call'd me timelier than my purpose hither;
64   For I have gain'd by 't.
OCTAVIUS CAESAR
65   Since I saw you last,
66   There is a change upon you.
POMPEY
67   Well, I know not
68   What counts harsh fortune casts upon my face;
69   But in my bosom shall she never come,
70   To make my heart her vassal.
LEPIDUS
71   Well met here.
POMPEY
72   I hope so, Lepidus. Thus we are agreed:
73   I crave our composition may be written,
74   And seal'd between us.
OCTAVIUS CAESAR
75   That's the next to do.
POMPEY
76   We'll feast each other ere we part; and let's
77   Draw lots who shall begin.
MARK ANTONY
78   That will I, Pompey.
POMPEY
79   No, Antony, take the lot: but, first
80   Or last, your fine Egyptian cookery
81   Shall have the fame. I have heard that Julius Caesar
82   Grew fat with feasting there.
MARK ANTONY
83   You have heard much.
POMPEY
84   I have fair meanings, sir.
MARK ANTONY
85   And fair words to them.
POMPEY
86   Then so much have I heard:
87   And I have heard, Apollodorus carried--
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
88   No more of that: he did so.
POMPEY
89   What, I pray you?
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
90   A certain queen to Caesar in a mattress.
POMPEY
91   I know thee now: how farest thou, soldier?
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
92   Well;
93   And well am like to do; for, I perceive,
94   Four feasts are toward.
POMPEY
95   Let me shake thy hand;
96   I never hated thee: I have seen thee fight,
97   When I have envied thy behavior.
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
98   Sir,
99   I never loved you much; but I ha' praised ye,
100  When you have well deserved ten times as much
101  As I have said you did.
POMPEY
102  Enjoy thy plainness,
103  It nothing ill becomes thee.
104  Aboard my galley I invite you all:
105  Will you lead, lords?
OCTAVIUS CAESAR
106  Show us the way, sir.
POMPEY
107  Come.
Exeunt all but MENAS and ENOBARBUS

MENAS
Aside
108   Thy father, Pompey, would ne'er have
109  made this treaty.--You and I have known, sir.
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
110  At sea, I think.
MENAS
111  We have, sir.
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
112  You have done well by water.
MENAS
113  And you by land.
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
114  I will praise any man that will praise me; though it
115  cannot be denied what I have done by land.
MENAS
116  Nor what I have done by water.
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
117  Yes, something you can deny for your own
118  safety: you have been a great thief by sea.
MENAS
119  And you by land.
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
120  There I deny my land service. But give me your
121  hand, Menas: if our eyes had authority, here they
122  might take two thieves kissing.
MENAS
123  All men's faces are true, whatsome'er their hands are.
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
124  But there is never a fair woman has a true face.
MENAS
125  No slander; they steal hearts.
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
126  We came hither to fight with you.
MENAS
127  For my part, I am sorry it is turned to a drinking.
128  Pompey doth this day laugh away his fortune.
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
129  If he do, sure, he cannot weep't back again.
MENAS
130  You've said, sir. We looked not for Mark Antony
131  here: pray you, is he married to Cleopatra?
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
132  Caesar's sister is called Octavia.
MENAS
133  True, sir; she was the wife of Caius Marcellus.
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
134  But she is now the wife of Marcus Antonius.
MENAS
135  Pray ye, sir?
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
136  'Tis true.
MENAS
137  Then is Caesar and he for ever knit together.
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
138  If I were bound to divine of this unity, I would
139  not prophesy so.
MENAS
140  I think the policy of that purpose made more in the
141  marriage than the love of the parties.
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
142  I think so too. But you shall find, the band that
143  seems to tie their friendship together will be the
144  very strangler of their amity: Octavia is of a
145  holy, cold, and still conversation.
MENAS
146  Who would not have his wife so?
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
147  Not he that himself is not so; which is Mark Antony.
148  He will to his Egyptian dish again: then shall the
149  sighs of Octavia blow the fire up in Caesar; and, as
150  I said before, that which is the strength of their
151  amity shall prove the immediate author of their
152  variance. Antony will use his affection where it is:
153  he married but his occasion here.
MENAS
154  And thus it may be. Come, sir, will you aboard?
155  I have a health for you.
DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS
156  I shall take it, sir: we have used our throats in Egypt.
MENAS
157  Come, let's away.
Exeunt

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Scene Index
ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII
  • SCENE VIII
  • SCENE IX
  • SCENE X
  • SCENE XI
  • SCENE XII
  • SCENE XIII


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII
  • SCENE VIII
  • SCENE IX
  • SCENE X
  • SCENE XI
  • SCENE XII
  • SCENE XIII
  • SCENE XIV
  • SCENE XV


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II

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