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

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1 II / 1
  • Caesar and Lepidus
    Are in the field: a mighty strength they carry.
  • Caesar and Lepidus
    Are in the field: a mighty strength they carry.
  • POMPEY. I shall do well:
    The people love me, and the sea is mine;
    My powers are crescent, and my auguring hope
    Says it will come to the full. Mark Antony
    In Egypt sits at dinner, and will make
    No wars without doors: Caesar gets money where
    He loses hearts: Lepidus flatters both,
    Of both is flatter'd; but he neither loves,
    Nor either cares for him.

    MENAS. Caesar and Lepidus
    Are in the field: a mighty strength they carry.

2 II / 1
  • From Silvius, sir.
  • From Silvius, sir.
  • POMPEY. Where have you this? 'tis false.

    MENAS. From Silvius, sir.

3 II / 1
  • I cannot hope
    Caesar and Antony shall well greet together:
    His wife that...
  • I cannot hope
    Caesar and Antony shall well greet together:
    His wife that's dead did trespasses to Caesar;
    His brother warr'd upon him; although, I think,
    Not moved by Antony.
  • POMPEY. I could have given less matter
    A better ear. Menas, I did not think
    This amorous surfeiter would have donn'd his helm
    For such a petty war: his soldiership
    Is twice the other twain: but let us rear
    The higher our opinion, that our stirring
    Can from the lap of Egypt's widow pluck
    The ne'er-lust-wearied Antony.

    MENAS. I cannot hope
    Caesar and Antony shall well greet together:
    His wife that's dead did trespasses to Caesar;
    His brother warr'd upon him; although, I think,
    Not moved by Antony.

4 II / 6
  • [Aside] Thy father, Pompey, would ne'er have
    made this treaty.--You and I ha...
  • [Aside] Thy father, Pompey, would ne'er have
    made this treaty.--You and I have known, sir.
  • POMPEY. Come.

    MENAS. [Aside] Thy father, Pompey, would ne'er have
    made this treaty.--You and I have known, sir.

5 II / 6
  • We have, sir.
  • We have, sir.
  • DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS. At sea, I think.

    MENAS. We have, sir.

6 II / 6
  • And you by land.
  • And you by land.
  • DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS. You have done well by water.

    MENAS. And you by land.

7 II / 6
  • Nor what I have done by water.
  • Nor what I have done by water.
  • DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS. I will praise any man that will praise me; though it
    cannot be denied what I have done by land.

    MENAS. Nor what I have done by water.

8 II / 6
  • And you by land.
  • And you by land.
  • DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS. Yes, something you can deny for your own
    safety: you have been a great thief by sea.

    MENAS. And you by land.

9 II / 6
  • All men's faces are true, whatsome'er their hands are.
  • All men's faces are true, whatsome'er their hands are.
  • DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS. There I deny my land service. But give me your
    hand, Menas: if our eyes had authority, here they
    might take two thieves kissing.

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

10 II / 6
  • No slander; they steal hearts.
  • No slander; they steal hearts.
  • DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS. But there is never a fair woman has a true face.

    MENAS. No slander; they steal hearts.

11 II / 6
  • For my part, I am sorry it is turned to a drinking.
    Pompey doth this day lau...
  • For my part, I am sorry it is turned to a drinking.
    Pompey doth this day laugh away his fortune.
  • DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS. We came hither to fight with you.

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

12 II / 6
  • You've said, sir. We looked not for Mark Antony
    here: pray you, is he marrie...
  • You've said, sir. We looked not for Mark Antony
    here: pray you, is he married to Cleopatra?
  • DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS. If he do, sure, he cannot weep't back again.

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

13 II / 6
  • True, sir; she was the wife of Caius Marcellus.
  • True, sir; she was the wife of Caius Marcellus.
  • DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS. Caesar's sister is called Octavia.

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

14 II / 6
  • Pray ye, sir?
  • Pray ye, sir?
  • DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS. But she is now the wife of Marcus Antonius.

    MENAS. Pray ye, sir?

15 II / 6
  • Then is Caesar and he for ever knit together.
  • Then is Caesar and he for ever knit together.
  • DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS. 'Tis true.

    MENAS. Then is Caesar and he for ever knit together.

16 II / 6
  • I think the policy of that purpose made more in the
    marriage than the love o...
  • I think the policy of that purpose made more in the
    marriage than the love of the parties.
  • DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS. If I were bound to divine of this unity, I would
    not prophesy so.

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

17 II / 6
  • Who would not have his wife so?
  • Who would not have his wife so?
  • DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS. 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.

    MENAS. Who would not have his wife so?

18 II / 6
  • And thus it may be. Come, sir, will you aboard?
    I have a health for you.
  • And thus it may be. Come, sir, will you aboard?
    I have a health for you.
  • DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS. 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.

    MENAS. And thus it may be. Come, sir, will you aboard?
    I have a health for you.

19 II / 6
  • Come, let's away.
  • Come, let's away.
  • DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS. I shall take it, sir: we have used our throats in Egypt.

    MENAS. Come, let's away.

20 II / 7
  • [Aside to POMPEY] Pompey, a word.
  • [Aside to POMPEY] Pompey, a word.
  • LEPIDUS. Nay, certainly, I have heard the Ptolemies'
    pyramises are very goodly things; without
    contradiction, I have heard that.

    MENAS. [Aside to POMPEY] Pompey, a word.

21 II / 7
  • [Aside to POMPEY] Forsake thy seat, I do beseech
    thee, captain,
    And hear...
  • [Aside to POMPEY] Forsake thy seat, I do beseech
    thee, captain,
    And hear me speak a word.
  • POMPEY. [Aside to MENAS] Say in mine ear:
    what is't?

    MENAS. [Aside to POMPEY] Forsake thy seat, I do beseech
    thee, captain,
    And hear me speak a word.

22 II / 7
  • [Aside to POMPEY] If for the sake of merit thou
    wilt hear me,
    Rise from...
  • [Aside to POMPEY] If for the sake of merit thou
    wilt hear me,
    Rise from thy stool.
  • POMPEY. [Aside to MENAS] Go hang, sir, hang! Tell me of
    that? away!
    Do as I bid you. Where's this cup I call'd for?

    MENAS. [Aside to POMPEY] If for the sake of merit thou
    wilt hear me,
    Rise from thy stool.

23 II / 7
  • I have ever held my cap off to thy fortunes.
  • I have ever held my cap off to thy fortunes.
  • POMPEY. [Aside to MENAS] I think thou'rt mad.
    The matter?

    MENAS. I have ever held my cap off to thy fortunes.

24 II / 7
  • Wilt thou be lord of all the world?
  • Wilt thou be lord of all the world?
  • ANTONY. These quick-sands, Lepidus,
    Keep off them, for you sink.

    MENAS. Wilt thou be lord of all the world?

25 II / 7
  • Wilt thou be lord of the whole world? That's twice.
  • Wilt thou be lord of the whole world? That's twice.
  • POMPEY. What say'st thou?

    MENAS. Wilt thou be lord of the whole world? That's twice.

26 II / 7
  • But entertain it,
    And, though thou think me poor, I am the man
    Will give...
  • But entertain it,
    And, though thou think me poor, I am the man
    Will give thee all the world.
  • POMPEY. How should that be?

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

27 II / 7
  • Now, Pompey, I have kept me from the cup.
    Thou art, if thou darest be, the e...
  • Now, 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,
    Is thine, if thou wilt ha't.
  • POMPEY. Hast thou drunk well?

    MENAS. Now, 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,
    Is thine, if thou wilt ha't.

28 II / 7
  • These three world-sharers, these competitors,
    Are in thy vessel: let me cut...
  • These three world-sharers, these competitors,
    Are in thy vessel: let me cut the cable;
    And, when we are put off, fall to their throats:
    All there is thine.
  • POMPEY. Show me which way.

    MENAS. These three world-sharers, these competitors,
    Are in thy vessel: let me cut the cable;
    And, when we are put off, fall to their throats:
    All there is thine.

29 II / 7
  • [Aside] For this,
    I'll never follow thy pall'd fortunes more.
    Who seeks,...
  • [Aside] For this,
    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.
  • POMPEY. Ah, this thou shouldst have done,
    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.

    MENAS. [Aside] For this,
    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.

30 II / 7
  • Enobarbus, welcome!
  • Enobarbus, welcome!
  • DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS. Here's to thee, Menas!

    MENAS. Enobarbus, welcome!

31 II / 7
  • Why?
  • Why?
  • DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS. There's a strong fellow, Menas.

    MENAS. Why?

32 II / 7
  • The third part, then, is drunk: would it were all,
    That it might go on wheel...
  • The third part, then, is drunk: would it were all,
    That it might go on wheels!
  • DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS. A' bears the third part of the world, man; see'st
    not?

    MENAS. The third part, then, is drunk: would it were all,
    That it might go on wheels!

33 II / 7
  • Come.
  • Come.
  • DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS. Drink thou; increase the reels.

    MENAS. Come.

34 II / 7
  • No, to my cabin.
    These drums! these trumpets, flutes! what!
    Let Neptune...
  • No, to my cabin.
    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!
  • DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS. Take heed you fall not.
    [Exeunt all but DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS and MENAS]
    Menas, I'll not on shore.

    MENAS. No, to my cabin.
    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!

35 II / 7
  • Ho! Noble captain, come.
  • Ho! Noble captain, come.
  • DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS. Ho! says a' There's my cap.

    MENAS. Ho! Noble captain, come.

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