On board Pompey's galley, off Misenum.
Music plays. Enter two or three Servants, with
First Serv. Here they'll be, man. Some o' their
plants are ill-rooted already; the least wind i'
the world will blow them down.
Sec. Serv. Lepidus is high-coloured.
First Serv. They have made him drink alms-drink.
Sec. Serv. As they pinch one another by the disposi-
tion, he cries out ' No more'; reconciles them to
his entreaty and himself to the drink.
First Serv. But it raises the greater war between him
and his discretion. 10
Sec. Serv. Why, this it is to have a name in 'great
men's fellowship: I had as lief have a reed that
will do me no service as a partisan I could not
First Serv. To be called into a huge sphere, and not
to be seen to move in 't, are the holes where eyes
should be, which pitifully disaster the checks.A sennet sounded. Enter Cæsar, Antony, Lepidus, Pom-
pey, Agrippa, Mæcenas, Enobarbus, Menas, with
Ant. [To Cæsar] Thus do they, sir: they take the flow o'
By certain scales i' the pyramid; they know,
By the height, the lowness, or the mean, if dearth 20 Or foison follow: the higher Nilus swells,
The more it promises: as it ebbs, the seedsman
Upon the slime and ooze scatters his grain,
And shortly comes to harvest.