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Antony and Cleopatra

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Enter POMPEY, MENECRATES, and MENAS, in warlike manner
POMPEY, MENECRATES, and MENAS enter, dressed for battle.


POMPEY
If the great gods be just, they shall assist
The deeds of justest men.
POMPEY
If the great gods are just, they will help the most honest men.


MENAS
                                                  Know, worthy Pompey,
That what they do delay, they not deny.
MENAS
You should know, noble Pompey, that although the gods may delay action, that doesn’t mean they will necessarily refuse their help.


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POMPEY
Whiles we are suitors to their throne, decays
The thing we sue for.
POMPEY
But while we pray and wait for that help, the cause we petition for may be lost.




MENAS
                                          We, ignorant of ourselves,
Beg often our own harms, which the wise powers
Deny us for our good, so find we profit
By losing of our prayers.
MENAS
Sometimes we don’t know what’s best for us and ask for things that may harm us. In that case, the wise gods deny our prayers for our own good.



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POMPEY
                                                I shall do well.
The people love me, and the sea is mine.
My powers are crescent, and my auguring hope
Says it will come to th’ full. Mark Antony
In Egypt sits at dinner, and will make
No wars without doors. Caesar gets money where
He loses hearts. Lepidus flatters both,
Of both is flattered, but he neither loves,
Nor either cares for him.
POMPEY
I’ll do well. The people are on my side, and I’m in charge of the sea. My forces are growing, and everything I know tells me it’s all coming together. Mark Antony is at dinner in Egypt and won’t be going outside to make war. Caesar loses supporters wherever he raises money. Lepidus flatters both of them, as they flatter him, but he doesn’t love them, and they don’t love him.


MENAS
                                                Caesar and Lepidus
Are in the field. A mighty strength they carry.
MENAS
Caesar and Lepidus are organizing their military operation. They have a massive army.

POMPEY
Where have you this? ’Tis false.
POMPEY
Where did you hear this? It’s not true.

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