Speeches (Lines) for LEPIDUS in "Antony and Cleopatra"

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1 I / 4
  • I must not think there are
    Evils enow to darken all his goodness:
    His fa...
  • I must not think there are
    Evils enow to darken all his goodness:
    His faults in him seem as the spots of heaven,
    More fiery by night's blackness; hereditary,
    Rather than purchased; what he cannot change,
    Than what he chooses.
  • OCTAVIUS. You may see, Lepidus, and henceforth know,
    It is not Caesar's natural vice to hate
    Our great competitor: from Alexandria
    This is the news: he fishes, drinks, and wastes
    The lamps of night in revel; is not more man-like
    Than Cleopatra; nor the queen of Ptolemy
    More womanly than he; hardly gave audience, or
    Vouchsafed to think he had partners: you shall find there
    A man who is the abstract of all faults
    That all men follow.

    LEPIDUS. I must not think there are
    Evils enow to darken all his goodness:
    His faults in him seem as the spots of heaven,
    More fiery by night's blackness; hereditary,
    Rather than purchased; what he cannot change,
    Than what he chooses.

2 I / 4
  • Here's more news.
  • Here's more news.
  • OCTAVIUS. You are too indulgent. Let us grant, it is not
    Amiss to tumble on the bed of Ptolemy;
    To give a kingdom for a mirth; to sit
    And keep the turn of tippling with a slave;
    To reel the streets at noon, and stand the buffet
    With knaves that smell of sweat: say this
    becomes him,--
    As his composure must be rare indeed
    Whom these things cannot blemish,--yet must Antony
    No way excuse his soils, when we do bear
    So great weight in his lightness. If he fill'd
    His vacancy with his voluptuousness,
    Full surfeits, and the dryness of his bones,
    Call on him for't: but to confound such time,
    That drums him from his sport, and speaks as loud
    As his own state and ours,--'tis to be chid
    As we rate boys, who, being mature in knowledge,
    Pawn their experience to their present pleasure,
    And so rebel to judgment.

    LEPIDUS. Here's more news.

3 I / 4
  • 'Tis pity of him.
  • 'Tis pity of him.
  • OCTAVIUS. Antony,
    Leave thy lascivious wassails. When thou once
    Wast beaten from Modena, where thou slew'st
    Hirtius and Pansa, consuls, at thy heel
    Did famine follow; whom thou fought'st against,
    Though daintily brought up, with patience more
    Than savages could suffer: thou didst drink
    The stale of horses, and the gilded puddle
    Which beasts would cough at: thy palate then did deign
    The roughest berry on the rudest hedge;
    Yea, like the stag, when snow the pasture sheets,
    The barks of trees thou browsed'st; on the Alps
    It is reported thou didst eat strange flesh,
    Which some did die to look on: and all this--
    It wounds thine honour that I speak it now--
    Was borne so like a soldier, that thy cheek
    So much as lank'd not.

    LEPIDUS. 'Tis pity of him.

4 I / 4
  • To-morrow, Caesar,
    I shall be furnish'd to inform you rightly
    Both what...
  • To-morrow, Caesar,
    I shall be furnish'd to inform you rightly
    Both what by sea and land I can be able
    To front this present time.
  • OCTAVIUS. Let his shames quickly
    Drive him to Rome: 'tis time we twain
    Did show ourselves i' the field; and to that end
    Assemble we immediate council: Pompey
    Thrives in our idleness.

    LEPIDUS. To-morrow, Caesar,
    I shall be furnish'd to inform you rightly
    Both what by sea and land I can be able
    To front this present time.

5 I / 4
  • Farewell, my lord: what you shall know meantime
    Of stirs abroad, I shall bes...
  • Farewell, my lord: what you shall know meantime
    Of stirs abroad, I shall beseech you, sir,
    To let me be partaker.
  • OCTAVIUS. Till which encounter,
    It is my business too. Farewell.

    LEPIDUS. Farewell, my lord: what you shall know meantime
    Of stirs abroad, I shall beseech you, sir,
    To let me be partaker.

6 II / 2
  • Good Enobarbus, 'tis a worthy deed,
    And shall become you well, to entreat yo...
  • Good Enobarbus, 'tis a worthy deed,
    And shall become you well, to entreat your captain
    To soft and gentle speech.
  • POMPEY. I know not, Menas,
    How lesser enmities may give way to greater.
    Were't not that we stand up against them all,
    'Twere pregnant they should square between
    themselves;
    For they have entertained cause enough
    To draw their swords: but how the fear of us
    May cement their divisions and bind up
    The petty difference, we yet not know.
    Be't as our gods will have't! It only stands
    Our lives upon to use our strongest hands.
    Come, Menas.

    LEPIDUS. Good Enobarbus, 'tis a worthy deed,
    And shall become you well, to entreat your captain
    To soft and gentle speech.

7 II / 2
  • 'Tis not a time
    For private stomaching.
  • 'Tis not a time
    For private stomaching.
  • DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS. I shall entreat him
    To answer like himself: if Caesar move him,
    Let Antony look over Caesar's head
    And speak as loud as Mars. By Jupiter,
    Were I the wearer of Antonius' beard,
    I would not shave't to-day.

    LEPIDUS. 'Tis not a time
    For private stomaching.

8 II / 2
  • But small to greater matters must give way.
  • But small to greater matters must give way.
  • DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS. Every time
    Serves for the matter that is then born in't.

    LEPIDUS. But small to greater matters must give way.

9 II / 2
  • Your speech is passion:
    But, pray you, stir no embers up. Here comes
    The...
  • Your speech is passion:
    But, pray you, stir no embers up. Here comes
    The noble Antony.
  • DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS. Not if the small come first.

    LEPIDUS. Your speech is passion:
    But, pray you, stir no embers up. Here comes
    The noble Antony.

10 II / 2
  • Noble friends,
    That which combined us was most great, and let not
    A lean...
  • Noble friends,
    That which combined us was most great, and let not
    A leaner action rend us. What's amiss,
    May it be gently heard: when we debate
    Our trivial difference loud, we do commit
    Murder in healing wounds: then, noble partners,
    The rather, for I earnestly beseech,
    Touch you the sourest points with sweetest terms,
    Nor curstness grow to the matter.
  • OCTAVIUS. I do not know,
    Mecaenas; ask Agrippa.

    LEPIDUS. Noble friends,
    That which combined us was most great, and let not
    A leaner action rend us. What's amiss,
    May it be gently heard: when we debate
    Our trivial difference loud, we do commit
    Murder in healing wounds: then, noble partners,
    The rather, for I earnestly beseech,
    Touch you the sourest points with sweetest terms,
    Nor curstness grow to the matter.

11 II / 2
  • Soft, Caesar!
  • Soft, Caesar!
  • OCTAVIUS. You have broken
    The article of your oath; which you shall never
    Have tongue to charge me with.

    LEPIDUS. Soft, Caesar!

12 II / 2
  • 'Tis noble spoken.
  • 'Tis noble spoken.
  • ANTONY. Neglected, rather;
    And then when poison'd hours had bound me up
    From mine own knowledge. As nearly as I may,
    I'll play the penitent to you: but mine honesty
    Shall not make poor my greatness, nor my power
    Work without it. Truth is, that Fulvia,
    To have me out of Egypt, made wars here;
    For which myself, the ignorant motive, do
    So far ask pardon as befits mine honour
    To stoop in such a case.

    LEPIDUS. 'Tis noble spoken.

13 II / 2
  • Worthily spoken, Mecaenas.
  • Worthily spoken, Mecaenas.
  • MECAENAS. If it might please you, to enforce no further
    The griefs between ye: to forget them quite
    Were to remember that the present need
    Speaks to atone you.

    LEPIDUS. Worthily spoken, Mecaenas.

14 II / 2
  • Happily, amen!
  • Happily, amen!
  • OCTAVIUS. There is my hand.
    A sister I bequeath you, whom no brother
    Did ever love so dearly: let her live
    To join our kingdoms and our hearts; and never
    Fly off our loves again!

    LEPIDUS. Happily, amen!

15 II / 2
  • Time calls upon's:
    Of us must Pompey presently be sought,
    Or else he see...
  • Time calls upon's:
    Of us must Pompey presently be sought,
    Or else he seeks out us.
  • ANTONY. I did not think to draw my sword 'gainst Pompey;
    For he hath laid strange courtesies and great
    Of late upon me: I must thank him only,
    Lest my remembrance suffer ill report;
    At heel of that, defy him.

    LEPIDUS. Time calls upon's:
    Of us must Pompey presently be sought,
    Or else he seeks out us.

16 II / 2
  • Noble Antony,
    Not sickness should detain me.
    [Flourish. Exeunt OCTAVIUS...
  • Noble Antony,
    Not sickness should detain me.
    [Flourish. Exeunt OCTAVIUS CAESAR, MARK ANTONY,]
    and LEPIDUS]
  • ANTONY. Let us, Lepidus,
    Not lack your company.

    LEPIDUS. Noble Antony,
    Not sickness should detain me.
    [Flourish. Exeunt OCTAVIUS CAESAR, MARK ANTONY,]
    and LEPIDUS]

17 II / 4
  • Trouble yourselves no further: pray you, hasten
    Your generals after.
  • Trouble yourselves no further: pray you, hasten
    Your generals after.
  • ANTONY. Get thee gone:
    Say to Ventidius I would speak with him:
    [Exit Soothsayer]
    He shall to Parthia. Be it art or hap,
    He hath spoken true: the very dice obey him;
    And in our sports my better cunning faints
    Under his chance: if we draw lots, he speeds;
    His cocks do win the battle still of mine,
    When it is all to nought; and his quails ever
    Beat mine, inhoop'd, at odds. I will to Egypt:
    And though I make this marriage for my peace,
    I' the east my pleasure lies.
    [Enter VENTIDIUS]
    O, come, Ventidius,
    You must to Parthia: your commission's ready;
    Follow me, and receive't.

    LEPIDUS. Trouble yourselves no further: pray you, hasten
    Your generals after.

18 II / 4
  • Till I shall see you in your soldier's dress,
    Which will become you both, fa...
  • Till I shall see you in your soldier's dress,
    Which will become you both, farewell.
  • AGRIPPA. Sir, Mark Antony
    Will e'en but kiss Octavia, and we'll follow.

    LEPIDUS. Till I shall see you in your soldier's dress,
    Which will become you both, farewell.

19 II / 4
  • Your way is shorter;
    My purposes do draw me much about:
    You'll win two d...
  • Your way is shorter;
    My purposes do draw me much about:
    You'll win two days upon me.
  • MECAENAS. We shall,
    As I conceive the journey, be at the Mount
    Before you, Lepidus.

    LEPIDUS. Your way is shorter;
    My purposes do draw me much about:
    You'll win two days upon me.

20 II / 4
  • Farewell.
  • Farewell.
  • MECAENAS. [with Agrippa] Sir, good success!

    LEPIDUS. Farewell.

21 II / 6
  • Be pleased to tell us--
    For this is from the present--how you take
    The o...
  • Be pleased to tell us--
    For this is from the present--how you take
    The offers we have sent you.
  • POMPEY. 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.

    LEPIDUS. Be pleased to tell us--
    For this is from the present--how you take
    The offers we have sent you.

22 II / 6
  • Well met here.
  • Well met here.
  • POMPEY. 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.

    LEPIDUS. Well met here.

23 II / 7
  • You've strange serpents there.
  • You've strange serpents there.
  • 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.

24 II / 7
  • Your serpent of Egypt is bred now of your mud by the
    operation of your sun:...
  • Your serpent of Egypt is bred now of your mud by the
    operation of your sun: so is your crocodile.
  • ANTONY. Ay, Lepidus.

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

25 II / 7
  • I am not so well as I should be, but I'll ne'er out.
  • I am not so well as I should be, but I'll ne'er out.
  • 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.

26 II / 7
  • Nay, certainly, I have heard the Ptolemies'
    pyramises are very goodly things...
  • Nay, certainly, I have heard the Ptolemies'
    pyramises are very goodly things; without
    contradiction, I have heard that.
  • 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.

27 II / 7
  • What manner o' thing is your crocodile?
  • What manner o' thing is your crocodile?
  • POMPEY. [Aside to MENAS] Forbear me till anon.
    This wine for Lepidus!

    LEPIDUS. What manner o' thing is your crocodile?

28 II / 7
  • What colour is it of?
  • What colour is it of?
  • 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?

29 II / 7
  • 'Tis a strange serpent.
  • 'Tis a strange serpent.
  • ANTONY. Of it own colour too.

    LEPIDUS. 'Tis a strange serpent.

30 III / 2
  • Let all the number of the stars give light
    To thy fair way!
  • Let all the number of the stars give light
    To thy fair way!
  • OCTAVIUS. Adieu; be happy!

    LEPIDUS. Let all the number of the stars give light
    To thy fair way!

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