Act 2 - Scene 6
Flourish. Enter POMPEY and MENAS at one door, with drum and trumpet: at another, OCTAVIUS CAESAR,
MARK ANTONY, LEPIDUS, DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS, MECAENAS, with Soldiers marching
Your hostages I have, so have you mine;
And we shall talk before we fight.
That first we come to words; and therefore have we
Our written purposes before us sent;
if thou hast consider'd, let us know
If 'twill tie up thy discontented sword,
And carry back to Sicily much
That else must perish here.
To you all three,
The senators alone of this great world,
Chief factors for the gods, I do not know
my father should revengers want,
Having a son and friends; since Julius Caesar,
Who at Philippi the good
There saw you labouring for him. What was't
That moved pale Cassius to conspire; and
Made the all-honour'd, honest Roman, Brutus,
With the arm'd rest, courtiers and beauteous freedom,
drench the Capitol; but that they would
Have one man but a man? And that is it
Hath made me rig my
navy; at whose burthen
The anger'd ocean foams; with which I meant
To scourge the ingratitude that despiteful
Cast on my noble father.
Take your time.
Thou canst not fear us, Pompey, with thy sails;
We'll speak with thee at sea: at land, thou know'st
much we do o'er-count thee.
At land, indeed,
Thou dost o'er-count me of my father's house:
But, since the cuckoo builds not for himself,
in't as thou mayst.
Be pleased to tell us
For this is from the presenthow you take
The offers we have sent you.
There's the point.
Which do not be entreated to, but weigh
What it is worth embraced.
And what may follow,
To try a larger fortune.
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