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Antony and Cleopatra

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 2 Scene 7
No Fear Act 2 Scene 7 Page 5

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POMPEY

                                               This health to Lepidus!

POMPEY

This toast is for Lepidus!

ANTONY

(to a servant) Bear him ashore.—I’ll pledge it for him, Pompey.

ANTONY

(to a servant) Help Lepidus ashore . . . I’ll accept it for him, Pompey.

ENOBARBUS

85Here’s to thee, Menas!

ENOBARBUS

Here’s to you, Menas.
They drink
They drink.

MENAS

                                               Enobarbus, welcome.

MENAS

I accept with thanks, Enobarbus.

POMPEY

Fill till the cup be hid.

POMPEY

Fill the cups until they run over.

ENOBARBUS

There’s a strong fellow, Menas.

ENOBARBUS

There goes a strong fellow, Menas.
Pointing to the servant who carries off LEPIDUS
He points to the servant carrying LEPIDUS away.

MENAS

                                                              Why?

MENAS

Why do you say that?

ENOBARBUS

                                                                           He bears
The third part of the world, man. Seest not?

ENOBARBUS

He carries a third of the world. Can’t you see that?

MENAS

The third part, then, is drunk. Would it were all,
90That it might go on wheels!

MENAS

Then a third of the world is drunk. I wish it were all drunk. Then everything would go more smoothly.

ENOBARBUS

Drink thou. Increase the reels.

ENOBARBUS

Drink up. Liven up the party.

MENAS

Come.

MENAS

All right, then.

POMPEY

This is not yet an Alexandrian feast.

POMPEY

This hasn’t reached the level of an Egyptian feast yet.

ANTONY

It ripens towards it. Strike the vessels, ho!
95Here’s to Caesar.

ANTONY

It’s getting there. Clink your cups together in a toast! Here’s to Caesar.

CAESAR

                                  I could well forbear ’t.
It’s monstrous labor when I wash my brain
And it grows fouler.

CAESAR

I could do without another toast. It’s unnatural. I keep washing my brain with alcohol, and it keeps getting fouler and more muddled.

ANTONY

                                        Be a child o’ th’ time.

ANTONY

Live in the moment.

CAESAR

Possess it, I’ll make answer.
But I had rather fast from all four days
100Than drink so much in one.

CAESAR

I’d prefer to seize the day. But I would rather abstain from everything for four days than drink so much in one.