Antony and Cleopatra

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 2

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CAESAR

                                      The power of Caesar, and
His power unto Octavia.

CAESAR

He has both my power and my influence over Octavia.

ANTONY

                                                 May I never
To this good purpose, that so fairly shows,
155Dream of impediment! Let me have thy hand
Further this act of grace, and from this hour
The heart of brothers govern in our loves
And sway our great designs!

ANTONY

I wouldn’t dream of opposing such an obviously promising idea. Let’s shake on it. If you go through with this plan, from now on we’ll be brothers, and our love for one another will guide our actions.

CAESAR

                                                         There’s my hand.

CAESAR

Here’s my hand.
They clasp hands
They shake hands.
A sister I bequeath you whom no brother
160Did ever love so dearly. Let her live
To join our kingdoms and our hearts, and never
Fly off our loves again!
I give you a sister whom I love more than a brother ever loved any sister. She will be the bond that joins our kingdoms and our hearts. We’ll never fight again.

LEPIDUS

                                             Happily, amen!

LEPIDUS

I’m happy to say “amen” to that!

ANTONY

I did not think to draw my sword ’gainst Pompey,
For he hath laid strange courtesies and great
165Of late upon me. I must thank him only,
Lest my remembrance suffer ill report;
At heel of that, defy him.

ANTONY

I didn’t think I would ever fight Pompey. He’s shown me unusual deference lately, and I must repay his favors or risk a reputation for ingratitude. That done, I can turn against him.

LEPIDUS

                                                 Time calls upon ’s.
Of us must Pompey presently be sought,
Or else he seeks out us.

LEPIDUS

There isn’t much time. Either we go after Pompey or he’ll come after us.