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

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1 II / 1
  • If the great gods be just, they shall assist
    The deeds of justest men.
  • If the great gods be just, they shall assist
    The deeds of justest men.
  • CLEOPATRA. My salad days,
    When I was green in judgment: cold in blood,
    To say as I said then! But, come, away;
    Get me ink and paper:
    He shall have every day a several greeting,
    Or I'll unpeople Egypt.

    POMPEY. If the great gods be just, they shall assist
    The deeds of justest men.

2 II / 1
  • Whiles we are suitors to their throne, decays
    The thing we sue for.
  • Whiles we are suitors to their throne, decays
    The thing we sue for.
  • MENECRATES. Know, worthy Pompey,
    That what they do delay, they not deny.

    POMPEY. Whiles we are suitors to their throne, decays
    The thing we sue for.

3 II / 1
  • I shall do well:
    The people love me, and the sea is mine;
    My powers are...
  • 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.
  • MENECRATES. We, ignorant of ourselves,
    Beg often our own harms, which the wise powers
    Deny us for our good; so find we profit
    By losing of our prayers.

    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.

4 II / 1
  • Where have you this? 'tis false.
  • Where have you this? 'tis false.
  • MENAS. Caesar and Lepidus
    Are in the field: a mighty strength they carry.

    POMPEY. Where have you this? 'tis false.

5 II / 1
  • He dreams: I know they are in Rome together,
    Looking for Antony. But all the...
  • He dreams: I know they are in Rome together,
    Looking for Antony. But all the charms of love,
    Salt Cleopatra, soften thy waned lip!
    Let witchcraft join with beauty, lust with both!
    Tie up the libertine in a field of feasts,
    Keep his brain fuming; Epicurean cooks
    Sharpen with cloyless sauce his appetite;
    That sleep and feeding may prorogue his honour
    Even till a Lethe'd dulness!
    [Enter VARRIUS]
    How now, Varrius!
  • MENAS. From Silvius, sir.

    POMPEY. He dreams: I know they are in Rome together,
    Looking for Antony. But all the charms of love,
    Salt Cleopatra, soften thy waned lip!
    Let witchcraft join with beauty, lust with both!
    Tie up the libertine in a field of feasts,
    Keep his brain fuming; Epicurean cooks
    Sharpen with cloyless sauce his appetite;
    That sleep and feeding may prorogue his honour
    Even till a Lethe'd dulness!
    [Enter VARRIUS]
    How now, Varrius!

6 II / 1
  • I could have given less matter
    A better ear. Menas, I did not think
    This...
  • 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.
  • VARRIUS. This is most certain that I shall deliver:
    Mark Antony is every hour in Rome
    Expected: since he went from Egypt 'tis
    A space for further travel.

    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.

7 II / 1
  • I know not, Menas,
    How lesser enmities may give way to greater.
    Were't n...
  • 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.
  • 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.

    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.

8 II / 6
  • Your hostages I have, so have you mine;
    And we shall talk before we fight.
  • Your hostages I have, so have you mine;
    And we shall talk before we fight.
  • CLEOPATRA. I am paid for't now.
    Lead me from hence:
    I faint: O Iras, Charmian! 'tis no matter.
    Go to the fellow, good Alexas; bid him
    Report the feature of Octavia, her years,
    Her inclination, let him not leave out
    The colour of her hair: bring me word quickly.
    [Exit ALEXAS]
    Let him for ever go:--let him not--Charmian,
    Though he be painted one way like a Gorgon,
    The other way's a Mars. Bid you Alexas
    [To MARDIAN]
    Bring me word how tall she is. Pity me, Charmian,
    But do not speak to me. Lead me to my chamber.

    POMPEY. Your hostages I have, so have you mine;
    And we shall talk before we fight.

9 II / 6
  • To you all three,
    The senators alone of this great world,
    Chief factors...
  • To you all three,
    The senators alone of this great world,
    Chief factors for the gods, I do not know
    Wherefore my father should revengers want,
    Having a son and friends; since Julius Caesar,
    Who at Philippi the good Brutus ghosted,
    There saw you labouring for him. What was't
    That moved pale Cassius to conspire; and what
    Made the all-honour'd, honest Roman, Brutus,
    With the arm'd rest, courtiers and beauteous freedom,
    To drench the Capitol; but that they would
    Have one man but a man? And that is it
    Hath made me rig my navy; at whose burthen
    The anger'd ocean foams; with which I meant
    To scourge the ingratitude that despiteful Rome
    Cast on my noble father.
  • OCTAVIUS. Most meet
    That first we come to words; and therefore have we
    Our written purposes before us sent;
    Which, if thou hast consider'd, let us know
    If 'twill tie up thy discontented sword,
    And carry back to Sicily much tall youth
    That else must perish here.

    POMPEY. To you all three,
    The senators alone of this great world,
    Chief factors for the gods, I do not know
    Wherefore my father should revengers want,
    Having a son and friends; since Julius Caesar,
    Who at Philippi the good Brutus ghosted,
    There saw you labouring for him. What was't
    That moved pale Cassius to conspire; and what
    Made the all-honour'd, honest Roman, Brutus,
    With the arm'd rest, courtiers and beauteous freedom,
    To drench the Capitol; but that they would
    Have one man but a man? And that is it
    Hath made me rig my navy; at whose burthen
    The anger'd ocean foams; with which I meant
    To scourge the ingratitude that despiteful Rome
    Cast on my noble father.

10 II / 6
  • At land, indeed,
    Thou dost o'er-count me of my father's house:
    But, sinc...
  • 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.
  • ANTONY. Thou canst not fear us, Pompey, with thy sails;
    We'll speak with thee at sea: at land, thou know'st
    How much we do o'er-count thee.

    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.

11 II / 6
  • You have made me offer
    Of Sicily, Sardinia; and I must
    Rid all the sea o...
  • You have made me offer
    Of Sicily, Sardinia; and I must
    Rid all the sea of pirates; then, to send
    Measures of wheat to Rome; this 'greed upon
    To part with unhack'd edges, and bear back
    Our targes undinted.
  • OCTAVIUS. And what may follow,
    To try a larger fortune.

    POMPEY. You have made me offer
    Of Sicily, Sardinia; and I must
    Rid all the sea of pirates; then, to send
    Measures of wheat to Rome; this 'greed upon
    To part with unhack'd edges, and bear back
    Our targes undinted.

12 II / 6
  • Know, then,
    I came before you here a man prepared
    To take this offer: bu...
  • Know, then,
    I came before you here a man prepared
    To take this offer: but Mark Antony
    Put me to some impatience: though I lose
    The praise of it by telling, you must know,
    When Caesar and your brother were at blows,
    Your mother came to Sicily and did find
    Her welcome friendly.
  • OCTAVIUS. [with Antony and Lepidus] That's our offer.

    POMPEY. Know, then,
    I came before you here a man prepared
    To take this offer: but Mark Antony
    Put me to some impatience: though I lose
    The praise of it by telling, you must know,
    When Caesar and your brother were at blows,
    Your mother came to Sicily and did find
    Her welcome friendly.

13 II / 6
  • Let me have your hand:
    I did not think, sir, to have met you here.
  • Let me have your hand:
    I did not think, sir, to have met you here.
  • ANTONY. I have heard it, Pompey;
    And am well studied for a liberal thanks
    Which I do owe you.

    POMPEY. Let me have your hand:
    I did not think, sir, to have met you here.

14 II / 6
  • Well, I know not
    What counts harsh fortune casts upon my face;
    But in my...
  • 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.
  • OCTAVIUS. Since I saw you last,
    There is a change upon you.

    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.

15 II / 6
  • I hope so, Lepidus. Thus we are agreed:
    I crave our composition may be writt...
  • I hope so, Lepidus. Thus we are agreed:
    I crave our composition may be written,
    And seal'd between us.
  • LEPIDUS. Well met here.

    POMPEY. I hope so, Lepidus. Thus we are agreed:
    I crave our composition may be written,
    And seal'd between us.

16 II / 6
  • We'll feast each other ere we part; and let's
    Draw lots who shall begin.
  • We'll feast each other ere we part; and let's
    Draw lots who shall begin.
  • OCTAVIUS. That's the next to do.

    POMPEY. We'll feast each other ere we part; and let's
    Draw lots who shall begin.

17 II / 6
  • No, Antony, take the lot: but, first
    Or last, your fine Egyptian cookery
  • No, Antony, take the lot: but, first
    Or last, your fine Egyptian cookery
    Shall have the fame. I have heard that Julius Caesar
    Grew fat with feasting there.
  • ANTONY. That will I, Pompey.

    POMPEY. No, Antony, take the lot: but, first
    Or last, your fine Egyptian cookery
    Shall have the fame. I have heard that Julius Caesar
    Grew fat with feasting there.

18 II / 6
  • I have fair meanings, sir.
  • I have fair meanings, sir.
  • ANTONY. You have heard much.

    POMPEY. I have fair meanings, sir.

19 II / 6
  • Then so much have I heard:
    And I have heard, Apollodorus carried--
  • Then so much have I heard:
    And I have heard, Apollodorus carried--
  • ANTONY. And fair words to them.

    POMPEY. Then so much have I heard:
    And I have heard, Apollodorus carried--

20 II / 6
  • What, I pray you?
  • What, I pray you?
  • DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS. No more of that: he did so.

    POMPEY. What, I pray you?

21 II / 6
  • I know thee now: how farest thou, soldier?
  • I know thee now: how farest thou, soldier?
  • DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS. A certain queen to Caesar in a mattress.

    POMPEY. I know thee now: how farest thou, soldier?

22 II / 6
  • Let me shake thy hand;
    I never hated thee: I have seen thee fight,
    When...
  • Let me shake thy hand;
    I never hated thee: I have seen thee fight,
    When I have envied thy behavior.
  • DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS. Well;
    And well am like to do; for, I perceive,
    Four feasts are toward.

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

23 II / 6
  • Enjoy thy plainness,
    It nothing ill becomes thee.
    Aboard my galley I inv...
  • Enjoy thy plainness,
    It nothing ill becomes thee.
    Aboard my galley I invite you all:
    Will you lead, lords?
  • DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS. Sir,
    I never loved you much; but I ha' praised ye,
    When you have well deserved ten times as much
    As I have said you did.

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

24 II / 6
  • Come.
  • Come.
  • OCTAVIUS. [with Antony and Lepidus]

    POMPEY. Come.

25 II / 7
  • Sit,--and some wine! A health to Lepidus!
  • Sit,--and some wine! A health to Lepidus!
  • ANTONY. They are so.

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

26 II / 7
  • [Aside to MENAS] Say in mine ear:
    what is't?
  • [Aside to MENAS] Say in mine ear:
    what is't?
  • MENAS. [Aside to POMPEY] Pompey, a word.

    POMPEY. [Aside to MENAS] Say in mine ear:
    what is't?

27 II / 7
  • [Aside to MENAS] Forbear me till anon.
    This wine for Lepidus!
  • [Aside to MENAS] Forbear me till anon.
    This wine for Lepidus!
  • MENAS. [Aside to POMPEY] Forsake thy seat, I do beseech
    thee, captain,
    And hear me speak a word.

    POMPEY. [Aside to MENAS] Forbear me till anon.
    This wine for Lepidus!

28 II / 7
  • [Aside to MENAS] Go hang, sir, hang! Tell me of
    that? away!
    Do as I bid...
  • [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?
  • ANTONY. With the health that Pompey gives him, else he is a
    very epicure.

    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?

29 II / 7
  • [Aside to MENAS] I think thou'rt mad.
    The matter?
  • [Aside to MENAS] I think thou'rt mad.
    The matter?
  • MENAS. [Aside to POMPEY] If for the sake of merit thou
    wilt hear me,
    Rise from thy stool.

    POMPEY. [Aside to MENAS] I think thou'rt mad.
    The matter?

30 II / 7
  • Thou hast served me with much faith. What's else to say?
    Be jolly, lords.
  • Thou hast served me with much faith. What's else to say?
    Be jolly, lords.
  • MENAS. I have ever held my cap off to thy fortunes.

    POMPEY. Thou hast served me with much faith. What's else to say?
    Be jolly, lords.

31 II / 7
  • What say'st thou?
  • What say'st thou?
  • MENAS. Wilt thou be lord of all the world?

    POMPEY. What say'st thou?

32 II / 7
  • How should that be?
  • How should that be?
  • MENAS. Wilt thou be lord of the whole world? That's twice.

    POMPEY. How should that be?

33 II / 7
  • Hast thou drunk well?
  • Hast thou drunk well?
  • MENAS. But entertain it,
    And, though thou think me poor, I am the man
    Will give thee all the world.

    POMPEY. Hast thou drunk well?

34 II / 7
  • Show me which way.
  • Show me which way.
  • 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.

    POMPEY. Show me which way.

35 II / 7
  • Ah, this thou shouldst have done,
    And not have spoke on't! In me 'tis villan...
  • 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. 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. 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.

36 II / 7
  • This health to Lepidus!
  • This health to Lepidus!
  • 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.

    POMPEY. This health to Lepidus!

37 II / 7
  • Fill till the cup be hid.
  • Fill till the cup be hid.
  • MENAS. Enobarbus, welcome!

    POMPEY. Fill till the cup be hid.

38 II / 7
  • This is not yet an Alexandrian feast.
  • This is not yet an Alexandrian feast.
  • MENAS. Come.

    POMPEY. This is not yet an Alexandrian feast.

39 II / 7
  • Let's ha't, good soldier.
  • Let's ha't, good soldier.
  • DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS. Ha, my brave emperor!
    [To MARK ANTONY]
    Shall we dance now the Egyptian Bacchanals,
    And celebrate our drink?

    POMPEY. Let's ha't, good soldier.

40 II / 7
  • I'll try you on the shore.
  • I'll try you on the shore.
  • OCTAVIUS. What would you more? Pompey, good night. Good brother,
    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.

    POMPEY. I'll try you on the shore.

41 II / 7
  • O Antony,
    You have my father's house,--But, what? we are friends.
    Come,...
  • O Antony,
    You have my father's house,--But, what? we are friends.
    Come, down into the boat.
  • ANTONY. And shall, sir; give's your hand.

    POMPEY. O Antony,
    You have my father's house,--But, what? we are friends.
    Come, down into the boat.

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