• Enter POMPEY, MENECRATES, and MENAS, in warlike manner

    POMPEY

    If the great gods be just, they shall assist
    The deeds of justest men.

    MENAS

                                                      Know, worthy Pompey,
    That what they do delay, they not deny.

    POMPEY

    Whiles we are suitors to their throne, decays
    5The thing we sue for.

    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.

    POMPEY

                                                    I shall do well.
    The people love me, and the sea is mine.
    10My 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,
    15Of both is flattered, but he neither loves,
    Nor either cares for him.

    MENAS

                                                    Caesar and Lepidus
    Are in the field. A mighty strength they carry.

    POMPEY

    Where have you this? ’Tis false.
  • POMPEY, MENECRATES, and MENAS enter, dressed for battle.

    POMPEY

    If the great gods are just, they will help the most honest men.

    MENAS

    You should know, noble Pompey, that although the gods may delay action, that doesn’t mean they will necessarily refuse their help.

    POMPEY

    But while we pray and wait for that help, the cause we petition for may be lost.

    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.

    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 organizing their military operation. They have a massive army.

    POMPEY

    Where did you hear this? It’s not true.