• Enter ENOBARBUS and LEPIDUS

    LEPIDUS

    Good Enobarbus, ’tis a worthy deed,
    And shall become you well, to entreat your captain
    To soft and gentle speech.

    ENOBARBUS

                                                       I shall entreat him
    To answer like himself. If Caesar move him,
    5Let Antony look over Caesar’s head
    And speak as loud as Mars. By Jupiter,
    Were I the wearer of Antonio’s beard,
    I would not shave ’t today.

    LEPIDUS

    ’Tis not a time for private stomaching.

    ENOBARBUS

    10Every time serves for the matter that is then born in ’t.

    LEPIDUS

    But small to greater matters must give way.

    ENOBARBUS

    Not if the small come first.

    LEPIDUS

    Your speech is passion. But pray you stir
    No embers up. Here comes the noble Antony.
    Enter ANTONY and VENTIDIUS

    ENOBARBUS

    15And yonder, Caesar.
    Enter OCTAVIUS CAESAR, MECAENAS, and AGRIPPA

    ANTONY

    (to VENTIDIUS ) If we compose well here, to Parthia.
    Hark, Ventidius.
    They talk aside

    CAESAR

    (to MECAENAS ) I do not know, Maecenas. Ask Agrippa.
  • ENOBARBUS and LEPIDUS enter.

    LEPIDUS

    Good Enobarbus, you would be doing a very good thing if you advised your captain to speak calmly and quietly.

    ENOBARBUS

    I will advise him to speak as he usually does. If Caesar makes him mad, let Antony stand tall and speak as loudly as Mars, the god of war. By Jupiter, if I were Antony, I wouldn’t shave my beard today. I’d leave it long and dare Caesar to insult me by pulling on it, just so I could fight him.

    LEPIDUS

    This is not the time for dwelling on personal grievances.

    ENOBARBUS

    It’s always appropriate to deal with matters as they arise.

    LEPIDUS

    But major issues must come before minor ones.

    ENOBARBUS

    Not if the minor ones come up first.

    LEPIDUS

    You speak out of passion, but I beg you not to stir things up. Here comes the noble Antony.
    ANTONY and VENTIDIUS enter.

    ENOBARBUS

    And there comes Caesar.
    CAESAR, MAECENAS, and AGRIPPA enter from another door.

    ANTONY

    (to VENTIDIUS ) If we can come to an agreement here, we’ll move on to Parthia. Listen, Ventidius.
    They talk privately together.

    CAESAR

    (to MAECENAS ) I don’t know, Maecenas. Ask Agrippa.