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Lig. I am not sick, if Brutus have in hand Any exploit worthy the name of honour.
Bru. Such an exploit have I in hand, Ligarius,
Lig. By all the gods that Romans bow before,
Lig. But are not some whole, that we must make
Bru. That must we also. I shall unfold to thee, as we To whom it must be done.
Set on your foot;
Follow me then.
Re-enter a Servant.
What say the augurers?
Cars. The gods do this in shame of cowardice:
What it is, my Caius, No, Cæsar shall not: Danger knows full well,
[Exeunt. The same. A Room in Cæsar's
Thunder and lightning. Enter CESAR, in his
Cas. Nor heaven, nor earth, have been at peace to-night:
Thrice hath Calphurnia in her sleep cried out,
Enter a Servant.
Serv. My lord?
Cas. Go bid the priests do present sacrifice,
Cal. What mean you, Cæsar? Think you to walk forth?
I come to fetch you to the senate-house.
Caes. And you are come in very happy time,
You shall not stir out of your house to-day.
Cæs. Cæsar shall forth: The things that threaten'd
Ces. Cowards die many times before their deaths;
It seems to me most strange that men should fear;
Ne'er look'd but on my back; when they shall see
Cal. Cæsar, I never stood on ceremonies,
Cal. When beggars die, there are no comets scen;
Cæs. Mark Antony shall say, I am not well;
Here's Decius Brutus, he shall tell them so.
Shall Cæsar send a lie? Have I in conquest stretch'd mine arm so far, To be afeard to tell grey-beards the truth? Decius, go tell them, Cæsar will not come.
Dec. Most mighty Cæsar, let me know some
Lest I be laugh'd at, when I tell them so.
Cæs. The cause is in my will, I will not come ;
Dec. This dream is all amiss interpreted;
Cas. And this way have you well expounded it.
Caes. Bid them prepare within :
I have an hour's talk in store for you;
Treb. Cæsar, I will: - and so near will I be,
That best friends shall wish I had been further. your Cæs. Good friends, go in, and taste some wine with me; And we, like friends, will straightway go together. Bru. That every like not the same, O Cæsar, The heart of Brutus yearns to think upon!
[Exeunt. A Street near the
So to most noble Cæsar.
SCENE III. - The same. Capitol.
My heart laments, that virtue cannot live
If thou read this, O Cæsar, thou may'st live;
Por. I pr ythee, boy, run to the senate-house; Stay not to answer me, but get thee gone: Why dost thou stay?
Luc. To know my errand, madam. Por. I would have had thee there, and here again, Ere I can tell thee what thou should'st do there. O constancy, be strong upon my side! Set a huge mountain 'tween my heart and tongue! I have a man's mind, but a woman's might. How hard it is for women to keep counsel! Art thou here yet?
Luc. Madam, what should I do? Run to the Capitol, and nothing else? And so return to you, and nothing else?
Por. Yes, bring me word, boy, if thy lord look
For he went sickly forth: And take good note,
Luc. I hear none, madam.
Pr'ythee, listen well:
Come hither, fellow
Which way hast thou been?
About the ninth hour, lady.
Sooth. Madam, not yet; I go to take my stand, To see him pass on to the Capitol.
Por. Thou hast some suit to Cæsar, hast thou not?
Sooth. That I have, lady: if it will please Cæsar To be so good to Cæsar, as to hear me, I shall beseech him to befriend himself.
Por. Why, know'st thou any harm's intended towards him?
Sooth. None that I know will be, much that I fear may chance.
Good morrow to you. Here the street is narrow:
Por. I must go in.- Ah me! how weak a thing The heart of woman is! O Brutus ! The heavens speed thee in thine enterprize! Sure, the boy heard me :- Brutus hath a suit, That Cæsar will not grant. —O, I grow faint: — Run, Lucius, and commend me to my lord; Say, I am merry: come to me again, And bring me word what he doth say to thee.
Art. O, Cæsar, read mine first; for mine's a suit That touches Cæsar nearer: Read it, great Cæsar. Cas. What touches us ourself, shall be last serv'd. Art. Delay not, Cæsar; read it instantly. Caes. What, is the fellow mad?
Sirrah, give place. Cas. What, urge you your petitions in the street? Come to the Capitol.
Pop. I wish, your enterprize to-day may thrive.
Fare you well. [Advances to CESAR.
Bru. What said Popilius Lena? Cas. He wish'd, to-day our enterprize might thrive.
Of whose true-fix'd, and resting quality,
The skies are painted with unnumber'd sparks,
CESAR enters the Capitol, the rest following. All So, in the world; 'Tis furnish'd well with men,
the Senators rise.
And men are flesh and blood, and apprehensive;
I fear, our purpose is discovered.
Bru. Look, how he makes to Cæsar: Mark him. Cas. Casca, be sudden, for we fear prevention. Brutus, what shall be done? If this be known, Cassius or Cæsar never shall turn back, For I will slay myself.
Cassius be constant : Popilius Lena speaks not of our purposes; For, look, he smiles, and Cæsar doth not change. Cas. Trebonius knows his time; for, look you, Brutus,
He draws Mark Antony out of the way.
[Exeunt ANTONY and TREBONIUS. CESAR and the Senators take their seats. Dec. Where is Metellus Cimber? Let him go, And presently prefer his suit to Cæsar.
Bru. He is address'd: press near, and second him. Cin. Casca, you are the first that rears your hand. Caes. Are we all ready? what is now amiss, That Cæsar, and his senate, must redress?
Met. Most high, most mighty, and most puissant
Metellus Cimber throws before thy seat
If thou dost bend, and pray, and fawn, for him,
Met. Is there no voice more worthy than my own, To sound more sweetly in great Cæsar's ear, For the repealing of my banish'd brother?
Bru. I kiss thy hand, but not in flattery, Cæsar; Desiring thee, that Publius Cimber may Have an immediate freedom of repeal.
Caes. What, Brutus !
Cas. Pardon, Cæsar: Cæsar, pardon: As low as to thy foot doth Cassius fall, To beg enfranchisement for Publius Cimber. Cas. I could be well mov'd, if I were as you; If I could pray to move, prayers would move me: But I am constant as the northern star,
Cæs. Hence! Wilt thou lift up Olympus? Dec. Great Cæsar,Cæs. Doth not Brutus bootless kneel? Casca. Speak, hands, for me. [CASCA stabs CESAR in the neck. catches hold of his arm. He is then stabbed by several other Conspirators, and at last by MARCUS BRUTUS. Cæs. Et tu, Brute? - Then fall, Cæsar. [Dies. The senators and people retire in confusion. Cin. Liberty! Freedom! Tyranny is dead! Run hence, proclaim, cry it about the streets.
Cas. Some to the common pulpits, and cry out, Liberty, freedom, and enfranchisement !
Bru. People, and senators! be not affrighted; Fly not; stand still: - - ambition's debt is paid. Casca. Go to the pulpit, Brutus.
And Cassius too.
Bru. Where's Publius? Cin. Here, quite confounded with this mutiny. Met. Stand fast together, lest some friend of Cæsar's Should chance
Bru. Talk not of standing;
Publius, good cheer; There is no harm intended to your person, Nor to no Roman else: so tell them, Publius. Cas. And leave us, Publius; lest that the people, Rushing on us, should do your age some mischief. Bru. Do so; and let no man abide this deed, But we the doers.
Cas. Where's Antony?
Tre. Fled to his house amaz'd: | If I myself, there is no hour so fit Men, wives, and children, stare, cry out, and run, As Cæsar's death's hour; nor no instrument As it were doomsday. Of half that worth, as those your swords, made rich
Fates! we will know your pleasures: -
Bru. Grant that, and then is death a benefit:
Shall this our lofty scene be acted over,
Bru. How many times shall Cæsar bleed in sport,
So oft as that shall be,
I'll fetch him presently. [Exit Servant. Bru. I know that we shall have him well to friend.
Cas. I wish, we may : but yet have I a mind, That fears him much; and my misgiving still Falls shrewdly to the purpose.
But here comes Antony. Welcome,
Enter a Servant.
Bru. Soft, who comes here? A friend of Have thus proceeded.
Serv. Thus, Brutus, did my master bid me kneel;
With the most noble blood of all this world.
No place will please me so, no mean of death,
Bru. O Antony! beg not your death of us.
Our arms, in strength of malice, and our hearts,
With all kind love, good thoughts, and reverence.
Cas. Your voice shall be as strong as any man's,
Bru. Only be patient, till we have appeas'd
I doubt not of your wisdom.
Yours, Cinna;-and, my valiant Casca, yours;—
Gentlemen all, -alas! what shall I say?
Shall it not grieve thee, dearer than thy death,
Cas. Mark Antony,
Cas. I blame you not for praising Cæsar 30;
That Antony speak in his funeral :
Cas. I know not what may fall; I like it not.
Be it so ;
I do desire no more.
Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood!
Enter a Servant.
Hie hence, and tell him so. Yet, stay a while;
SCENE II. The same. Enter BRUTUS and CASSIUS, and a throng of Citizens.
Cit. We will be satisfied; let us be satisfied.
Bru. Then follow me, and give me audience,
I will hear Brutus speak.
2 Cit. I will hear Cassius; and compare their
When severally we hear them rendered.
[Exit CASSIUS, with some of the Citizens. BRUTUS goes into the Rostrum. 3 Cit. The noble Brutus is ascended: Silence! Bru. Be patient till the last.
Romans, countrymen, and lovers! hear me for my cause; and be silent, that you may hear: believe me for mine honour; and have respect to mine honour, that you may believe: censure me in your wisdom; and awake your senses, that you may the better judge. If there be any in this assembly, any dear friend of Cæsar's, to him I say, that Brutus' love to Cæsar was no less than his. If then that friend demand, why Brutus rose against Cæsar, this is my answer,—— Not that I loved Cæsar less, but that I loved Rome more. Had you rather Cæsar were living, and die all slaves; than that Cæsar were dead, to live all free men? As Cæsar loved me, I weep for him; as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it; as he was valiant, I honour him but, as he was ambitious, I slew him: There is tears, for his love; joy, for his fortune; honour, for his valour; and death, for his ambition. Who is here so base, that would be a bondman? If any, speak; for him have I offended. Who is here so rude, that would not be a Roman? If any, speak; for him have I offended. Who is here so vile, that will not love his country? If any, speak; for him have I offended. I pause for a reply.
Cit. None, Brutus, none.
[Several speaking at once.