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A sennet sounded. Enter CÆSAR, ANTONY, POMPEY,
LEPIDUS, AGRIPPA, MECÆNAS, ENOBARBUS, MENAS,
the flow o' the Nile
Lep. You have strange serpents there.
Lep. Your serpent of Egypt is bred now of your mud by the operation of your sun : so is your crocodile.
Ant. They are so.
Lep. I am not so well as I should be, but I'll ne'er out.
Eno. Not till you have slept: I fear me, you 'll be in till then.
Lep. Nay, certainly, I have heard the Ptolemies' pyramises are very goodly things; without contradiction, I have heard that. Menas. Pompey, a word.
Say in mine ear : what is 't?
Menas. Forsake thy seat, I do beseech thee, captain,
Caside. And hear me speak a word. Pom.
Forbear me till anon.This wine for Lepidus.
Lep. What manner o' thing is your crocodile ?
Ant. 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 norisheth it; and the elements once out of it, it transmigrates.
Lep. What color is it of?
Ant. With the health that Pompey gives him, else he is a very epicure. Pom. [to Menas aside.) Go, hang, sir, hang!
Tell me of that? away!
Menas. If for the sake of merit thou wilt hear me, Rise from thy stool.
[aside. Pom. I think thou 'rt mad. The matter?
[rises, and walks aside. Menas. I have ever held my cap off to thy
fortunes. Pom. Thou hast served me with much faith :
what's else to say ? Be jolly, lords.
Ant. These quicksands, Lepidus,
Keep off them, for you sink.
Menas. Wilt thou be lord of all the world ?
What say'st thou ? Menas. Wilt thou be lord of the whole world?
But entertain it, and,
Hast thou drunk well ? Menas. No, Pompey, I have kept me from the
Show me which way. Menas. These three world-sharers, these com
Ah, this thou shouldst have done,
know, 'Tis not my profit that does lead mine honor; Mine honor it. Repent, that e'er thy tongue Hath so betray'd thine act: being done unknown,
I should have found it afterwards well done;
[aside. I'll never follow thy pall’d 1 fortunes more. Who seeks, and will not take, when once 'tis
offer'd, Shall never find it more. Pom.
This health to Lepidus.
He bears The third part of the world, man; seest not? Menas. The third part then is drunk : would it
Eno. Drink thou ; increase the reels.
ho! Here is to Cæsar. Cæ.
I could well forbear it.
It 's monstrous labor, when I wash my brain,
Be a child o' the time.
rather fast From all, four days, than drink so much in one.
Eno. Ha, my brave emperor! [to Antony.. Shall we dance now the Egyptian Bacchanals, And celebrate our drink? Pom.
Let's ha 't, good soldier. Ant. Come, let us all take hands; Till that the conquering wine hath steep'd our sense In soft and delicate Lethe. Eno.
All take hands : 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. Enobarbus places them hand in hand.
? Burden, chorus. 3 Eyes inflamed with drinking.