Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition
Editor’s NoteMusic plays. Enter two or three Servants [including a Boy] with a Editor’s NotebanquetEditor’s Note1
first servant Here they'll be anon. Some o' their plants are ill rooted 2already; the least wind i'th' world will blow them down.3
second servant Lepidus is high-coloured.Editor’s Note4
first servant They have made him drink alms-drink.Editor’s Note5
second servant As they pinch one another by the disposition, he Editor’s Note6cries out 'No more!'—reconciles them to his entreaty and himself 7to th' drink.8
first servant But it raises the greater war between him and his 9discretion.Editor’s Note10Editor’s Note13
first servant To be called into a huge sphere and not to be seen to move 14in't, are the holes where eyes should be which pitifully disaster the Editor’s Note15cheeks.Editor’s NoteA sennet sounded. Enter Caesar, Antony, Pompey, Lepidus, Agrippa, Maecenas, Enobarbus, [and] Menas, with other captainsEditor’s Note16
antony Thus do they, sir: they take the flow o'th' Nile
Editor’s Note17By certain scales i'th' pyramid. They know
Editor’s Note18By th' height, the lowness, or the mean, if dearth
Editor’s Note19Or foison follow. The higher Nilus swells
20The more it promises; as it ebbs, the seedsman
21Upon the slime and ooze scatters his grain,
22And shortly comes to harvest.24
antony Ay, Lepidus.25
lepidus Your serpent of Egypt is bred now of your mud by the operation 26of your sun; so is your crocodile.27
antony They are so.28
pompey Sit, and some wine. A health to Lepidus!Editor’s Note[Antony, Pompey, and Lepidus sit]Editor’s Note29
lepidus I am not so well as I should be, but I'll ne'er out.Editor’s Note30
enobarbus Not till you have slept—I fear me you'll be in till then.Editor’s Note31
lepidus Nay, certainly, I have heard the Ptolemies' pyramises are very 32goodly things: without contradiction I have heard that.Editor’s Note33
menas [aside to Pompey] Pompey, a word.
pompey [aside to Menas] Say in mine ear, what is't?34
menas [aside to Pompey] Forsake thy seat, I do beseech thee, captain,
Editor’s Note35And hear me speak a word.
pompey [aside to Menas] Forbear me till anon.[Aloud]
36This wine for Lepidus!Editor’s Note[Menas] whispers in [Pompey's] ear37
lepidus What manner o' thing is your crocodile?38
antony It is shaped, sir, like itself, and it is as broad as it hath breadth. Editor’s Note39It is just so high as it is, and moves with it own organs. It lives by that Editor’s Note40which nourisheth it, and the elements once out of it, it transmigrates.41
lepidus What colour is it of?42
antony Of it own colour, too.43
lepidus 'Tis a strange serpent.44
antony 'Tis so, and the tears of it are wet.45
caesar [to Antony] Will this description satisfy him?46
antony With the health that Pompey gives him; else he is a very Editor’s Note47epicure.48
pompey [aside to Menas] Go hang, sir, hang! Tell me of that? Away,
49Do as I bid you. [Aloud] Where's this cup I called for?Editor’s Note50
menas [aside to Pompey] If for the sake of merit thou wilt hear me,
pompey [rising] I think thou'rt mad. The matter?Editor’s Note52
menas I have ever held my cap off to thy fortunes.53
pompey Thou hast served me with much faith. What's else to say?
54Be jolly, lords.
antony These quicksands, Lepidus,
55Keep off them, for you sink.56
menas Wilt thou be lord of all the world?
pompey What sayst thou?57
menas Wilt thou be lord of the whole world? That's twice.Editor’s Note58
pompey How should that be?
menas But entertain it
59And, though thou think me poor, I am the man
pompey Hast thou drunk well?61
menas No, Pompey, I have kept me from the cup.
62Thou art, if thou dar'st be, the earthly Jove.
Editor’s Note63Whate'er the ocean pales or sky inclips
64Is thine, if thou wilt ha't.
pompey Show me which way!Editor’s Note65
menas These three world-sharers, these competitors,
66Are in thy vessel. Let me cut the cable;
67And when we are put off, fall to their throats.
68All then is thine.
pompey Ah, this thou shouldst have done
69And not have spoke on't. In me 'tis villainy,
70In thee 't had been good service. Thou must know
71'Tis not my profit that does lead mine honour;
Editor’s Note72Mine honour, it. Repent that e'er thy tongue
Editor’s Note73Hath so betrayed thine act. Being done unknown,
74I should have found it afterwards well done,
75But must condemn it now. Desist, and drink.[He returns to the others]Editor’s Note76
menas [aside] For this, I'll never follow thy palled fortunes more.
77Who seeks and will not take when once 'tis offered,
78Shall never find it more.
pompey This health to Lepidus!79
antony Bear him ashore.—I'll pledge it for him, Pompey.80
enobarbus Here's to thee, Menas!
menas Enobarbus, welcome.81
pompey Fill till the cup be hid.[One lifts up Lepidus, drunk, and carries him off]
enobarbus There's a strong fellow, Menas.82
enobarbus A bears the third part of the world, man; seest not?84
menas The third part then is drunk. Would it were all,
Editor’s Note85That it might go on wheels.
enobarbus Drink thou, increase the reels.86
pompey This is not yet an Alexandrian feast.Editor’s Note88
antony It ripens towards it. Strike the vessels, ho!
89Here's to Caesar!
caesar I could well forbear't.
Editor’s Note90It's monstrous labour when I wash my brain,
91An it grow fouler.92
antony Be a child o'th' time.Editor’s Note93
caesar Possess it, I'll make answer.
94But I had rather fast from all, four days,
enobarbus [to Antony] Ha, my brave Emperor,
Editor’s Note96Shall we dance now the Egyptian bacchanals,
97And celebrate our drink?98
pompey Let's ha't, good soldier.99
antony Come, let's all take hands
100Till that the conquering wine hath steeped our sense
Editor’s Note101In soft and delicate Lethe.
enobarbus All take hands.
Editor’s Note102Make battery to our ears with the loud music.
103The while I'll place you, then the boy shall sing.
Editor’s Note104The holding every man shall beat as loud
Editor’s Note105As his strong sides can volley.Music plays. Enobarbus places them hand in hand106
boy [sings] Come, thou monarch of the vine,
Editor’s Note107Plumpy Bacchus, with pink eyne!
108In thy vats our cares be drowned,
109With thy grapes our hairs be crowned!
Editor’s Note110Cup us till the world go round,
111Cup us till the world go round!Editor’s Note112
caesar What would you more? Pompey, good night.[To Antony]
Editor’s Note113Let me request you off. Our graver business
114Frowns at this levity. Gentle lords, let's part.
115You see we have burnt our cheeks. Strong Enobarb
116Is weaker than the wine, and mine own tongue
Editor’s Note117Splits what it speaks. The wild disguise hath almost
Editor’s Note118Anticked us all. What needs more words? Good night.
Editor’s Note119Good Antony, your hand.
pompey I'll try you on the shore.120
antony And shall, sir. Give's your hand.
pompey O, Antony,
Editor’s Note121You have my father house. But what, we are friends!
Editor’s Note122Come down into the boat.[Exeunt all but Enobarbus and Menas]123
enobarbus Take heed you fall not.124
menas I'll not on shore.
125No, to my cabin. These drums, these trumpets, flutes, what!
126Let Neptune hear we bid a loud farewell
127To these great fellows. Sound and be hanged, sound out!Sound a flourish, with drums [flutes, and trumpets]Editor’s Note128
enobarbus [throwing his cap in the air] Hoo, says a! There's my cap.
menas Ho, noble captain, come!Editor’s NoteExeunt