Antony and Cleopatra

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 6

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POMPEY

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

POMPEY

Let me shake your hand. I’ve never been your enemy. I’ve seen you fight and envied your skill.

ENOBARBUS

                                                                  Sir,
I never loved you much, but I ha’ praised ye
When you have well deserved ten times as much
80As I have said you did.

ENOBARBUS

Sir, I wouldn’t say I was your friend, but I’ve praised you when you deserved ten times more praise than I gave.

POMPEY

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

POMPEY

Enjoy your frankness; it suits you. I invite you all aboard my ship. After you, my lords?

CAESAR, ANTONY, LEPIDUS

                                         Show ’s the way, sir.

CAESAR, ANTONY, AND LEPIDUS

Show us the way, sir.

POMPEY

                                                                                Come.

POMPEY

Come with me.
Exeunt all but ENOBARBUS and MENAS
Everyone exits except for ENOBARBUS and MENAS.

MENAS

(aside) Thy father, Pompey, would ne’er have made this
85treaty. (to ENOBARBUS ) You and I have known, sir.

MENAS

(to himself) Your father would never have agreed to this treaty, Pompey. (to ENOBARBUS ) You and I have met, sir.

ENOBARBUS

At sea, I think.

ENOBARBUS

I think it was at sea.

MENAS

We have, sir.

MENAS

That it was, sir.

ENOBARBUS

You have done well by water.

ENOBARBUS

You’ve done well at sea.

MENAS

And you by land.

MENAS

And you’ve done well on land.

ENOBARBUS

90 I will praise any man that will praise me, though it cannot be denied what I have done by land.

ENOBARBUS

I’ll flatter anyone who flatters me—though what I’ve accomplished on land cannot be denied.

MENAS

Nor what I have done by water.

MENAS

Neither can my accomplishments at sea.