Antony and Cleopatra

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 6

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CAESAR

                                                Take your time.

CAESAR

Take your time.

ANTONY

Thou canst not fear us, Pompey, with thy sails.
25We’ll speak with thee at sea. At land, thou know’st
How much we do o’ercount thee.

ANTONY

Pompey, you cannot frighten us with your navy. We’ll meet you at sea. You know that on land our army is far greater than yours.

POMPEY

                                                                 At land indeed
Thou dost o’ercount me of my father’s house,
But since the cuckoo builds not for himself,
Remain in ’t as thou mayst.

POMPEY

Yes, on land you do outnumber me. Even more since you annexed my father’s house and lands. But since,

like the cuckoo

Cuckoo birds lay their eggs in other birds’ nests.

like the cuckoo
, you don’t build anything for yourself, live in those lands as long as you can.

LEPIDUS

                                                     Be pleased to tell us—
30For this is from the present—how you take
The offers we have sent you.

LEPIDUS

To get back to the matter at hand, what do you think of our proposal?

CAESAR

                                                        There’s the point.

CAESAR

That’s the point.

ANTONY

Which do not be entreated to, but weigh
What it is worth embraced.

ANTONY

Don’t let us talk you into anything, but consider carefully the value of our offers.

CAESAR

                                                      And what may follow,
To try a larger fortune.

CAESAR

And consider the possible consequences of fighting against us, in the hopes of gaining a greater fortune.

POMPEY

                                              You have made me offer
35Of 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 unhacked edges and bear back
Our targes undinted.

POMPEY

You have offered me the lands of Sicily and Sardinia. In return, I must clear the sea of pirates and send tributes of wheat to Rome. If I agree to this, we may leave unharmed, with our shields undented.

CAESAR, ANTONY, LEPIDUS

                                          That’s our offer.

CAESAR, ANTONY, AND LEPIDUS

That’s our offer.