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[Scene I.]

Enter Pompey, Menecrates, and Menas, in

warlike manner.

If the great Gods be iuſt, they ſhall aſſiſt
The deeds of iuſteſt men.

Know worthy Pompey, that what they do de-
lay, they not deny.

Whiles we are ſutors to their Throne, decayes
the thing we ſue for.

We ignorant of our ſelues,
Begge often our owne harmes, which the wiſe Powres
Deny vs for our good: ſo finde we profit
By looſing of our Prayers.

I ſhall do well:
The people loue me, and the Sea is mine;
My powers are Creſſent, and my Auguring hope
Sayes it will come to'th'full. Marke Anthony
In Egypt ſits at dinner, and will make
No warres without doores. Cæſar gets money where
He looſes hearts: Lepidus flatters both,
Of both is flatter'd: but he neither loues,
Nor either cares for him.

Cæſar and Lepidus are in the field,
A mighty ſtrength they carry.

Where haue you this? 'Tis falſe.

From Siluius, Sir.

He dreames: I know they are in Rome together
Looking for Anthony: but all the charmes of Loue,
Salt Cleopatra ſoften thy wand lip,
Let Witchcraft ioyne with Beauty, Luſt with both,
Tye vp the Libertine in a field of Feaſts,
Keepe his Braine fuming. Epicurean Cookes,
Sharpen with cloyleſſe ſawce his Appetite,
That ſleepe and feeding may prorogue his Honour,
Euen till a Lethied dulneſſe———
Enter Varrius.
How now Varrius?

This is moſt certaine, that I ſhall deliuer:
Marke Anthony is euery houre in Rome
Expected. Since he went from Egypt, 'tis
A ſpace for farther Trauaile.

I could haue giuen leſſe matter
A better eare. Menas, I did not thinke
This amorous Surfetter would haue donn'd his Helme
For ſuch a petty Warre: His Souldierſhip
Is twice the other twaine: But let vs reare
The higher our Opinion, that our ſtirring
Can from the lap of Egypts Widdow, plucke
The neere Luſt-wearied Anthony.

I cannot hope,
Cæſar and Anthony ſhall well greet to gether;
His Wife that's dead, did treſpaſſes to Cæſar,
His Brother wan'd vpon him, although I thinke
Not mou'd by Anthony.

I know not Menas,
How leſſer Enmities may giue way to greater,
Were't not that we ſtand vp againſt them all:
'Twer pregnant they ſhould ſquare between themſelues,
For they haue entertained cauſe enough
To draw their ſwords: but how the feare of vs
May Ciment their diuiſions, and binde vp
The petty difference, we yet not know:
Bee't as our Gods will haue't; it onely ſtands
Our liues vpon, to vſe our ſtrongeſt hands
Come Menas. Exeunt.

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