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. Ant. Therefore I took your hands; but was, Serv. He did receive his letters, and is comindeed,
ing: Sway'd from the point, by looking down on And bid me say to you by word of mouth, Friends am I with you all, and love you all ; O Cesar!
(Seeing the Body. Upon this hope, that you shall give me reasons, Ant. Thy heart is big, get thee apart and Why, and wherein, Cesar was dangerous.
weep. Brit. Or else were this a savage spectacle: Passion, I see, is catching; for mine eyes, Our reasons are so full of good regard, Seeing those beads of sorrow stand in thine, That were you Antony the son of Cesar, Began to water. Is thy master coming ? You should be satisfied.
Sero. He lies to-night within seven leagues Ant. That's all I seek :
of Rome. And am moreover suitor, that I may
Ant. Post back with speed, and tell him Produce his body to the market-place;
what hath chanc'd : And in the pulpit, as becomes a friend, Here is a mourning Rome, a dangerous Rome, Speak in the order of his funeral.
No Rome of safety for Octavius yet; Bru. You shall, Mark Antony.
Hie hence, and tell him so. Yet, stay a while; Cas. Brutus, a word with you.
Thou shalt not back, till I have borne this corse You know not what you do; Do pot consent, Into the market-place: there shall I try, That Antony speak in his funeral:
In my oration, how the people take Know you how much the people may be mov'd The cruel issue of these bloody men; By that which he will utter?
[Aside. According to the which, thou shalt discourse Bru. By your pardon;
To young Octavius of the state of things. I will myself into the pulpit first,
Lend me your hand. And show the reason of our Cesar's death :
[Exeunt with Cesar's Body. What Antony shall speak, I will protest He speaks by leave and by permission;
SCENE II.-The same.-The Forum. And that we are contented, Cesar shall
Enter BRUTUS and Cassius, and a throng of Have all true rites, and lawful ceremonies.
CITIZENS. It shall advantage more, than do us wrong.
Cit. We will be satisfied; let us be satisfied. Cas. I know not what may fall; I like it
Bru. Then follow me, and give me audience, not,
friends.Bru. Mark Antony, here, take you Cesar's Cassius, go you into the other street,
body. You shall not in your funeral speecb blame us, | Those that will hear me speak, let them stay
Ard part the numbers.
(here; But speak all good you can devise of Cesar;
Those that will follow Cassius, go with him; And say, you do't by our permission;
And public reasons shall be rendered Else shall you not have any hand at all
Of Cesar's death. About his funeral: And you shall speak
1 Cit. I will hear Brutus speak. In the same pulpit whereto I am going,
2 Cit. I will hear Cassius; and compare their After my speech is ended. Ant. Be it so;
reasons, I do desire no more.
When severally we hear them rendered.
(Exit Cassius, with some of the CITIZENS. Bru. Prepare the body then, and follow us.
BRUTUS goes into the Rostrum. [Exeunt all but ANTONY.
3 Cit. The noble Brutus is ascended: Si. Ant. O, pardon me, thou piece of bleeding
lence! earth, That I am meek and gentle with these butchers! Romans, countrymen, and lovers!*
Bru. Be patient till the last.
for my cause; and be silent, that you may hear: Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood!
believe me for mine honour; and have respect Over thy wounds now do I prophesy, - [lips, to mine honour, that you may believe: censure Which, like dumb mouths, do ope their ruby that you may the better judge. If there be any
me in your wisdom; and awake your senses, To beg the voice and utterance of my tongue;- in this assembly, any dear friend of Cesar’s, to A curse shall light upon the limbs of men; Domestic fury, and fierce civil strife,
him I say, that Brutus' love to Cesar was no Shall cumber all the parts of Italy:
less than his. If then that friend demand, Blood and destruction shall be so in use,
why Brutus rose against Cesar, this is my an. And dreadful objects so familiar,
swer,--Not that I loved Cesar less, but that I
loved Rome more. That mothers shall but smile, when they behold
Had you rather Cesar Their infants quarter'd with the hands of war;
were living, and die all slaves, than that Cesar All pity chok'd with custom of fell deeds:
were dead, to live all free men? As Cesar And Cesar's spirit, ranging for revenge,
loved me, 1 weep for him; as he was fortunWith Ate by his side, come hot from hell,
ate, I rejoice at ít; as he was valiant, I honour Shall in these confines, with a monarch's voice, There is 'tears, for his love; joy, for his for
him: but, as he was ambitious, I slew him: Cry Havoc,t and let slipt the dogs of war; That this foul deed shall smell above the earth his ambition.' Who
is here so base, that would
tune; honour, for his valour; and death, for With carrion men, groaning for burial.
be a bondman? If any, speak; for him have! Enter a SERVANT.
offended. Who is here so rude, that would
not be a Roman? If any, speak; for him bave You serve Octavius Cesar, do you not?
I offended. Who is here so vile, that will not Serv. I do, Mark Antony.
love his country? If any, speak; for bim bave Ant. Cesar did write for him tò come to
I offended. I pause for a reply.
Cit. None, Brutus, none.
(Sereral speaking at once. Course. + The signal for giving no quarter.
Bru. Then none have I offended. I have To let slip a dog at a deer, &c. was the technical phrase of Shakspeare's time.
done no more to Cesar, than you should do to | And Brutus is an honourable man.
Yet Brutus says, he was ambitious;
And, sure, he is an honourable man.
My heart is in the coffin there with Cesar,
And I must pause till it come back to me.
sayings. 2 Cit. Give him a statue with his ancestors. 2 Cit. If thou consider rightly of the matter, 3 Cit. Let him be Cesar.
Cesar has had great wrong. 4 Cit. Cesar's better parts
3 Cit. Has he, masters ? Shall now be crown'd in Brutus.
I fear, there will a worse come in his place. 1 Cit. We'll bring him to his house with 4 Cit. Mark'd ye his words? He would not shouts and clamours.
take the crown; Bru. My untrymen,
Therefore, 'tis certain he was not ambitious. 2 Cit. Peace; silence! Brutus speaks. 1 Cit. If it be found so, some will dear abide 1 Cit. Peace, ho!
it. Bru. Good countrymen, let me depart alone, 2 Cit. Poor soul! his eyes are red as fire And, for my sake, stay here with Antony :
with weeping. Do grace to Cesar's corpse, and grace his 3 Cit. There's not a nobler man in Rome, speech
than Antony Tending to Cesar's glories; which Mark An- 4 Cit. Now mark him, he begins again to By our permission, is allow'd to make.
speak. I do entreat you, not a man depart,
Ant. But yesterday, the word of Cesar might Save I alone, till Antony have spoke. (Exit. Have stood' against the world: now lies he 1 Cit. Stay, ho! and let us hear Mark An
And none so poor to do him reverence. 3 Cit. Let him go up into the public chair; O masters! if I were dispos’d to stir We'll hear him :-Noble Antony, go up,
Your hearts and minds to mutiny and rage, Ant. For Brutus' sake, I am beholden to I should do Brutus wrong, and Cassius wrong, you.
Who, you all know, are honourable men: 4 Cit. What does be say of Brutus?
I will not do them wrong; I rather choose 3 Cit. He says, for Brutus' sake,
To wrong the dead, to wrong myself, and you, He finds himself beholden to us all.
Than I will wrong such honourable men. 4 Cit. 'Twere best he speak no harm of Bru- But here's a parchment, with the seal of Cesar, tus bere.
I found it in his closet, 'tis his will: i Cit. This Cesar was a tyrant.
Let but the commons hear this testament, 3 Cit. Nay, that's certain :
(Which, pardon me, I do not mean to read,) We are bless'd, that Rome is rid of him. And they would go and kiss dead Cesar's 2 Cit. Peace; let us hear what Antony can
And dip their napkinst in his sacred blood;
Yea, beg a hair of him for memory,
And, dying, mention it within their wills,
Unto their issue.
Ant. Have patience, gentle friends, I must If it were so, it was a grievous fault;
not read it; And grievously hath Cesar answer'd it. It is not meet you know how Cesar lov'd you. Here, under leave of Brutus, and the rest, You are not wood, you are not stones, but (For Brutus is an honourable man;
It will inflame you, it will make you mad:
For if you should, 0, what would come of it!
4 Cit. Read the will; we will hear it, AnHe hath brought many captives home to Rome.
tony; Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill: You shall read us the will; Cesar's will. Did this in Cesar seem ambitious ? (wept:
Ant. Will you be patient? Will you stay a
* The meanest man is now too high to do reverence to Friend.
I fear, I wrong the honourable men, [it. They, that have done this deed, are bonourWhose daggers have stabb'd Cesar: I do fear
(DOL, 4 Cit. They were traitors: Honourable men! What private griefs* they have, alas, I know Cit. The will! the testament !
That made them do it; they are wise and hos2 Cit. They were villains, murderers: The
ourable, will! read the will !
And will, no doubt, with reasons answer you. Ant. You will compel me then to read the I come not, friends, to steal away your hearts; will?
I am no orator, as Brutus is : Then make a ring about the corpse of Cesar, But, as you know me all, a plain blant man, And let me show you him that made the will. That love my friend ; and that they know fall Shall I descend ? And will you give me leave?
weli Cit. Come down.
That gave me public leave to speak of him. 2 Cit. Descend.
For I have neither wit, nor words, nor worth, [He comes down from the Pulpit. Action, nor utterance, nor the power of speech, 3 Cit. You shall have leave.
To stir men's blood : I only speak right on; 4 Cit. A ring; stand round.
I tell you that, which you yourselves do know; 1 Cit. Stand from the hearse, stand from the show you sweet Cesar's wounds, poor, poor body.
tus, Cit. Room for Antony ;-most noble An- And bid them speak for me: But were I Brutony.
And Brutus Antony, there were an Antony Ant. Nay, press not so upon me; stand far Would ruffle up your spirits, and put a tongue oft.
In every wound of Cesar, that should move Cit. Stand back! room! bear back!
The stones of Rome to rise and mutiny. Ant. If you have tears, prepare to shed them Cit. We'll mutiny.
1 Cit. We'll burn the house of Brutus. You all do know this mantle: I remember 3 Cit. Away then, come, seek the conspiraThe first time ever Cesar put it on;
tors. 'Twas on a summer's evening, in his tent; Ant. Yet hear me, countrymen ; yet hear me That day he overcame the Nervii :
speak. Look! in this place, ran Cassius' dagger Cit. Peace, ho! Hear Antony, most poble through:
Antony. See, what a rent the envious Casca made: Ant. Why, friends, you go to do you know Through this, the well-beloved Brutus stabb'd;
not what: And, as he pluck'd his cursed steel away, Wherein hath Cesar thus deserv'd your loves? Mark, how the blood of Cesar follow'd it; Alas, you know not :- I must tell you then :As rushing out of doors, to be resolv'd You have forgot the will I told you of. If Brutus so unkindly knock’d, or no;
Cit. Most true ;-the will;-let's stay, and For Brutus, as you know, was Cesar's angel:
hear the will. Judge, O you gods, how dearly Cesar lov'd Ant. Here is the will, and under Cesar's seal. him!
To every Roman citizen he gives, This was the most unkindest cut of all: To every several man, seventy-five drachmas. For when the noble Cesar saw him stab, 2 Cit. Most noble Cesar!-we'll revenge bis Ingratitude, more strong than traitor's arms,
death. Quite vanquish'd him: then burst bis mighty 3 Cit. O royal Cesar! heart;
Ant. Hear me with patience. And, in his mantle muffling up his face,
Cit. Peace, ho!
And with the brands fire the traitor's houses.
3 Cit. Plack down benches. 1 Cit. O piteous spectacle!
4 Cit. Pluck down forms, windows, any 2 Cit. O noble Cesar!
thing. [Exeunt Citizens, with the 3 Cit. () woeful day!
Body. 4 Cit. O traitors, villains !
Ant. Now let it work : Mischief, thou art 1 Cit. () most bloody sight!
(fellow? 2 Cit. We will be revenged: revenge; about, Take thou what course thou wilt!-How now, -seek,- burn,-fire-kill,-slay !-let not a traitor live.
Enter a SERVANT. Ant. Stay, countrymen.
Serv. Sir, Octavius is already come to Rome. 1 Cit. Peace there :-Hear the noble An- Ant. Where is he? tony.
Serv. He and Lepidus
are at Cesar's house. 2 Cit. We'll hear him, we'll follow him, we'll Ant. And thither will I straight to visit him: die with him.
He comes upon a wish. Fortune is merry,
Serv. I heard him say, Brutus and Cassius
+ Greek coin
stir you up
Ant. Belike, they had some notice of the The three-fold world divided, he should stand people,
One of the three to share it? How I had mov'd them. Bring me to Octavius. Oct. So you thought him;
(die, [Exeunt. And took his voice who should be prick'd to SCENE III. The same.-A Street.
In our black sentence and proscription.
Ant. Octavius, I have seen more days than Enter CINNA, the Poet.
you; Cin. I dreamt to night, that I did feast with And though we lay these honours on this man, Cesar,
To ease ourselves of divers slanderous loads, And things unluckily charge my fantasy :
He shall but bear them as the ass bears gold; I have no will to wander forth of doors,
To groan and sweat under the business, Yet something leads me forth.
Either led or driven, as we point the way;
And having brought our treasure where we Enter Citizens.
will, 1 Cit. What is your name?
Then take we down his load, and turn him off, 2 Cit. Whither are you going?
Like to the empty ass, to shake his ears, 3 Cit. Where do you dwell ?
And graze in commons. 4 Cit. Are you a married man, or a bachelor?
Oct. You may do your will;, 2 Cit. Answer every man directly.
But he's a tried and valiant soldier. Cit. Ay, and briefly.
Ant. So is my horse, Octavius; and, for that, 4 Cit. Ay, and wisely.
I do appoint him store of provender. 3 Cit. Ay, and truly, you were best.
It is a creature that I teach to fight, Cin. What is my name? Whither am I go- His corporal
motion governd by my spirit.
To wind, to stop, to run directly on; ing? Where do I dwell ? Am I a married or a bachelor? Then to answer
every man di? And, in some taste, is Lepidus but so, rectly, and briefly, wisely, and truly. Wisely He must
be taught, and train'd, and bid go
forth: I say, I am a bachelor.
2 Cit. That's as much as to say, they are A barren-spirited fellow; one that feeds
Which, out of use, and stal'd by other men, Cin. Directly, I am going to Cesar's funeral. Begin
his fashion: Do not talk of him, 1 Cit. As a friend, or an enemy?
But as a property. And now, Octavius, Cin. As a friend.
Listen great things. Brutus and Cassius, 2 Cit. That matter is answered directly.
Are levying powers: we must straight make 4 Cit. For your dwelling,-briefly.
head: Cin. Briefly, I dwell by the Capitol.
Therefore let our alliance be combin'd, 3 Cit. Your name, Sir, truly.
Our best friends made, and our best means Cin. Truly, my name is Cinna.
stretch'd out; 1 Cit. Tear
him to pieces, he's a conspirator. And let us presently go sit in council, Cin. I am Cinna the poet, I am Cinna the How covert matters may be best disclos’d, poet.
And open perils surest answered. 4 Cit. Tear him for his bad verses, tear him
Oct. Let us do so: for we are at the stake, for his bad verses.
And bay'dt about with many enemies; [fear, 2 Cit. It is no matter, his name's Cinna; And some, that smile, have in their hearts, pluck but his name out of his heart, and turn Millions of mischief.
(Exeunt. him going:
SCENE 11.-Before Brutus' Tent, in the 3 Cit. Tear him, tear him. Come, brands,
Camp near Sardis. ho! fire brands. Ío Brutus', to Cassius'; burn all. Some to Decius' house, and some to Cas- Drum.-- Enter Brutus, Lucilius, Lucius, und ca's; some to Ligarius': away; go. (Excunt.
Soldiers: TITINIUS and PindaRUS meeting
Bru, Stand here.
Bru. What now, Lucilius? is Cassius near? ANTONY, OCTAVIUS, and LEPIDUS, seated at a
Luc. He is at hand; and Pindarus is come Table.
To do you salutation from his master.
(PINDARUS gives a letter to Brutus. Ant. These inany then shall die ; their names Bru. He greets me well.-Your master, Pinare prick'd.
In his own change, or by ill officers, (darus, Oct. Your brother too must die; Consent Hath given me some worthy cause to wish you, Lepidus ?
Things done, undone: but if he be at hand, Lep. I'do consent.
I shall be satisfied. Oct. Prick* him down, Antony.
Pin. I do not doubt, Lep. Upon condition Publius shall not live, But that my noble master will appear Who is your sister's son, Mark Antony. Such as he is, full of regard, and honour. Ant. He shall not live'; look, with a spot I Bru. He is not doubted.- A word, Lucilius : damnt him.
How he received you, let me be resolv'd. But, Lepidus, go you to Cesar's house ; Luc. With courtesy, and with respect Fetch the will hither, and we will determine
enough; How to cut off some charge in legacies. But not with such familiar instances, Lep. What, shall I find you here?
Nor with such free and friendly conference, Oct. Or here, or at
As he hath used of old. The Capitol.
(Exit LEPIDUS. Bru. Thou hast describ'd Ant. This is a slight unmeritable man, A hot friend cooling: Ever note, Lucilius, Meet to be sent on errands : Is it fit,
When love begins to sicken and decay, • Set, mark, + Condemn. * As a thing at our disposal. + Surrounded, baited.
It useth an enforced ceremony.
That struck the foremost man of all this world There are no tricks in plain and simple faith : But for supporting robbers; shall we now But hollow men, like horses hot at hand, Contaminate our fingers with base bribes! Make gallant show and promise of their mettle: And sell the mighty space of our large honours, But when they should
endure the bloody spur, For so much trash, as may be grasped thus ?They fall their crests, and like deceitful jades, I had rather be a dog, and bay* the moon, Sink in the trial. Comes his army on?
Than such a Roman.
I'll not endure it: you forget yourself,
To make conditions.
Bru. Go to; you're not, Cassius.
Cus. I am,
Bru. I say, you are not.
Cas. Urge me no more, I shall forget myself; Bru. Stand, ho! Speak the word along.
Have mind upon your health, tempt me Du Within. Stand.
further. Within, Stand.
Bru. Away, slight man! Within. Stand.
Cas. Is't possible? Cas. Most noble brother, you have done me
Bru. Hear me, for I will speak. wrong.
Must I give way and room to your rash choler! Bru. Judge me, you gods! Wrong I mine Shall I be frighted, when a madman stares? enemies?
Cas. 0 ye gods! ye gods! Must I endure
all this? And, if not so, how should I wrong a brother? Cas. Brutus, this sober form of yours hides
Bru. All this ? ay, more : Fret till your proud
heart break; And when you do them
(wrongs; Bru. Cassius, be content,
Go, show your slaves how choleric you are, Speak your griefs* softly, - I do know you
And make your bondmen tremble. Must I Before the eyes of both our armies here, [us, Must I observe you? Must I stand and crouch
budge? Which should perceive nothing but love from Let us pot wrangle: Bid them move away;
Under your testy humour ? By the gods,
You shall digest the venom of your spleen,
I'll use you for my mirth, yea, for my laughter, Bid our commanders lead their charges off
When you are waspish. A little from this ground.
Cas. Is it come to this? bru. Lucilius, do the like; and let no man
Bru. You say, you are a better soldier: Come to our tent, till we have done our con
Let it appear so; make your vaunting true, ference.
And it shall please me well: For mioe owi Let Lucius and Titinius guard our door.
I shall be glad to learn of noble men.
Cas. You wrong me every way, you wrong
Bru. If you did, I care not.
Cas. When Cesar liv'd be durst not thus Cas. That you have wrong'd me, doth appear
have mov'd me. in this:
Bru. Peace, peace; you durst not so have You have condemn’d and noted Lucius Pella, tempted him. For taking bribes here of the Sardians;
Cus. I durst not? Wherein, my letters, praying on his side, Bru. No. Because I knew the man, were slighted off.
Cas. What? durst not tempt him? Bru. You wrong'd yourself, to write in such Bru. For your life you durst not.
Cas. Do not presume too much upon my Cas. In such a time as this, it is not meet
I may do that I shall be sorry for. [love, That every nicet offence should bear his com- Bru. You have done that you should be sorry
Which I respect not. I did send to you.
For certain sums of gold, which you denied You know, that you are Brutus that speak this,
me;Or, by the gods, this speech were else your For I can raise no money by vile means: last.
By heaven, I had rather coin my heart, Bru. The name of Cassius honours this cor- And drop my blood for drachmas,g than to ruption,
wring And chastisement doth therefore bide his head. From the hard hands of peasants their vile Cas. Chastisement!
By any indirection. I did send Bru. Remember March, the ides of March To you for gold to pay my legions, Cassius? remember!
Which you denied me: Was that donc like Did not great Julius bleed for justice' sake?
Should I have answer'd Caius Cassius so? What villain touch'd his body, that did stab,
When Marcus Brutus grows so covetous,
To lock such rascal counters from his friends,
+ Limit my authority * Grievances.
† Triking. 1 Terins, fit to confer the offices at my disposal. Coin