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y moruined spirit. Now bid me run, And I will strive with things impossible; Yea, get the better of them. What's to do? Bru. A piece of work, that will make sick men [make sick?
Re-enter a Sercan
5 What say the augurers?
Lig. But are not some whole, that we must
Sere. They would not have yo Plucking the entrails of an offeri They could not find a heart withi Cas. The gods do this in sham Casar should be a beast without If he should stay at home to-day No, Cæsar shall not: danger ki That Cæsar is more dangerous th We were two lions litter'd in one 15 And I the elder and more terribl And Cæsar shall go forth.
Thunder and lightning. Enter Cesar, in his night-gown. 20
Serv. My lord? .
Cal. What mean you, Cæsar? Think you to walk You shall not stir out of your house to-day. [forth? Cæs. Cæsar shall forth: the things that threat
Cal. Alas, my lord,
Your wisdom is consum'd in con
Cas. Mark Antony shall say, I
Ne'er look'd but on my back; when they shall see 35
Cal. Cæsar, I never stood on ceremonies',
Cas. Shall Cæsar send a lye? Have I in conquest stretch'd mine To be afeard to tell grey-beards t Decius, go tell them, Cæsar will no Dec. Most mighty Cæsar, let m Lest I be laugh'd at, when I tell th Cas. The cause is in my will, I That is enough to satisfy the senat But, for your private satisfaction, 45 Because I love you, I will let you Calphurnia here, my wife, stays m She dreamt to-night she saw my s Which, like a fountain, with a hun Did run pure blood; and many! 50 Came smiling, and did bathe thei And these does she apply for war And evils imminent; and on her Hath begg'd, that I will stay at ho
Cas. What can be avoided,
Dec. This dream is all amiss int It was a vision, fair and fortunate Your statue spouting blood in ma In which so many smiling Romans Signifies, that from you great Rom Reviving blood; and that great n For tinctures, stains, relicks, and c
e. I never paid a ceremonious or superstitious regard to prodigies or omens. perhaps, to clash, or move with violence and noise. There are two allusions in th to coats armorial, to which princes make additions, or give new tinctures, and new mark the other to martyrs, whose reliques are preserved with veneration.-The Romans, s come to you as to a saint, for reliques, as to a prince, for honours,
This by Calphurnia's dream is signify'd.
Cas. And this way have you well expounded it. Dec. I have, when you have heard what I can And know it now; the senate have concluded [say; To give, this day, a crown to mighty Cæsar. If you shall send them word, you will not come, Their minds may change. Besides,it were a mock,| Apt to be render'd, for some one to say, "Break up the senate 'till another time, "WhenCasar'swifeshall meetwithbetterdreams." 10 If Cæsar hide himself, shall they not whisper,
Lo, Cæsar is afraid!"
Pardon me, Casar; for my dear, dear love
And look where Publius is come to fetch me.
Cas. Welcome, Publius.What, Brutus, are you stirr'd so early too?Good-morrow, Casca.-Caius Ligarius, Casar was ne'er so much your enemy, As that same ague which hath made you lean.What is 't o'clock?
Bru. Cæsar, 'tis strucken eight.
Cas. I thank you for your pains and courtesy.
See! Antony, that revels long o' nights,
Cas. Bid them prepare within:
I am to blame to be thus waited for.---
I have an hour's talk in store for you;
Treb. Cæsar, I will:—and so near will I be,
And we, like friends, will straightway go together. Bru. That every like is not the same, O Cæsar, The heart of Brutus yerns to think upon! [Exeunt.
A Street near the Capitol.
Here will I stand, 'till Cæsar pass along,
My heart laments, that virtue cannot live
If thou read this, O Cæsar, thou may'st live ;
Another part of the same Street.
Por. I pr'ythee, boy, run to the senate-hou Stay not to answer me, but get thee gone: Why dost thou stay?
Luc. To know my errand, madam,
Luc. Madam, what should I do?
Por. Yes, bring me word, boy, if thy lord
30I heard a bustling rumour, like a fray,
Por, Come hither, fellow: Which way
Sooth. At mine own house, good lady.
Sooth. About the ninth hour, lady.
Por. Thou hast some suit to Cæsar, hast t Sooth. That I have, lady, if it will please C: To be so good to Cæsar, as to hear me : 45 I shall beseech him to befriend himself.
Por, Why, know'st thou any harm's inten towards him? [fear may cha Sooth. None that I know will be, much th Good-morrow to you. Here the street is narr 50 The throng that follows Cæsar at the heels, Of senators, of prætors, common suitors, Will crowd a feeble man almost to death: I'll get me to a place more void, and there Speak to great Cæsar as he comes along. [
Enter Artemidorus, reading a paper. "Cæsar, beware of Brutus; take heed of Cassius; come not near Casca; have an eye to Cinna; trust not Trebonius; mark well Me-|55| "tellus Cimber; Decius Brutus loves thee not; "thou hast wrong'd Caius Ligarius. There is "but one mind in all these men, and it is bent
against Cæsar. If thou be'st not immortal, look "about you: security gives way to conspiracy. 60 "The mighty gods defend thee! "Thy lover,
Por. I must go in.-Ay me! how weak a t 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 the [Exc
with traitom in contriving the destruction
The Capitol: the Senate sitting.
Cas. TIE ides of March are come.
Into the lane' of children. Be not fond,
Low-crooked cur'tsies, and base spaniel fawning.
If thou dost bend, and pray, and fawn, for him,
10 Know, Cæsar doth not wrong; nor without cause Will he be satisfied.
Sooth. Ay, Cæsar, but not gone.
Art. Delay not, Cæsar; read it instantly.
Pub. Sirrah, give place.
Cas. What urge you your petitions in the street? Come to the Capitol.
[Cæsar enters the Capitol, the rest following.] Pop. I wish your enterprize to-day may thrive. Cas. What enterprize, Popilius?
Pop. Fare you well.
Bru. What said Popilius Læna? [thrive. Cas. He wish'd, to-day our enterprize might I fear, our purpose is discover'd.
Met. Is there no voice more worthy than my
Cas, What, Brutus !
Cas. Pardon, Cæsar; Cæsar, pardon:
Cas. I could be well mov'd, if I were as you;
Bru. Look, how he makes to Casar: Mark 30
Bru. Cassius, be constant:
Popilius Læna speaks not of our purposes;
He draws Mark Antony out of the way.
35 Unshak'd of motion: and, that I am he,
That I was constant Cimber should be banish'd,
Cin, O Cæsar,
Cas. Hence! Wilt thou lift up Olympus?
Bru. He is addrest: press near, and second
Met. Most high, most mighty, and most puissant
Cas. I must prevent thee, Cimber,
Cars. Doth not Brutus bootless kneel?
[They stab Cæsar. Cæs. Et tu, Brute?- -Then fall, Cæsar!
1i.e. he is ready. Pre-ordinance, for ordinance already established. Dr. Johnson proposes to read, "the law of children. That is, change pre-ordinance and decree into the law of children; into such slight determinations as every start of will would alter." i. e. susceptible of fear, or other passions,
Cin. Here, quite confounded with this mutiny.]
There is no harm intended to your person,
With all true faith. So says my master Antony.
Tell him, so please him come unto this place, 5 He shall be satisfied; and, by my honour, Depart untouch'd.
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, 10 But we the doers.
Cas. Where is Antony?
Tre. Fled to his house amaz'd:
Men, wives, and children, stare, cry out, and run, 15
Bru. Fates! we will know your pleasures:
Cas. Why, he that cuts off twenty years of life,
Bru. Grant that, and then is death a benefit:
Shall this our lofty scene be acted over,
Cus. So oft as that shall be,
So often shall the knot of us be call'd
Cas. Ay, every man away:
Brutus shall lead; and we will grace his heels
Sere. I'll fetch him presently. [Exit Servant.'
Cas. I wish we may: but yet have I a mind,
Bru. But here comes Antony.-
Ant. O mighty Cæsar! Dost thou lie so low?
As Cæsar's death's hour; nor no instrument
25With 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. Though now we must appear bloody and cruel, 35 As, by our hands, and this our present act,
Bru. Soft, who comes here? A friend of An-45
Serv. Thus, Brutus, did my master bid me
You see we do: yet see you but our hands,
Our arms, in strength of malice, and our hearts,
Bru. Only be patient, 'till we have appeas'd
Ant. I doubt not of your wisdom.
55 Let each man render me his bloody hand :
60lYours, Cinna;-and, my valiant Casca, yours;
1 This use of two negatives, not to make an affirmative, but to deny more strongly, is common to our ancient writers. i. e. who else is grown too high for the public safety. Brutus' meaning is, Antony, our arms, strong in the deed of malice they have just perform'd, and our hearts, united like those of brothers in the action, are yet open to receive you with all possible affection. 3 C
My credit now stands on such slippery ground,
That I did love thee, Cæsar, O, 'tis true:
Else shall you not have any har
Here didst thou fall; and here thy hunters stand,
Cas. Mark Antony,
Ant. Pardon me, Caius Cassius:
Cas. I blame you not for praising Cæsar so;
Bru. Or else were this a savage spectacle:
Ant. That's all I seek:
And am moreover suitor, that I may
Bru. You shall, Mark Antony.
You know notwhat you do; Do not consent,[Aside.
I do desire no more.
Bru. Prepare the body then,
[Ex Manet Antony
Ant. O, pardon me, thou bleed
Know you how much the people may be mov'd
Bru. By your pardon ;
I will myself into the pulpit first,
And shew the reason of our Cæsar's death:
Ant. Thy heart is big; get thee Passion, I see, is catching; for m Seeing those beads of sorrow star 45 Began to water. Is thy master c Serv. He lies to-night within s Rome,
Ant. Post back with speed, an Here is a mourning Rome, a dar 50 No Rome of safety for Octavius Hie hence, and tell him so. Yet Thou shalt not back, 'till I have Into the market-place: there sha In my oration, how the people tak 55 The cruel issue of these bloody m According to the which, thou sha To young Octavius of the state of Lend me your hand. [Exeunt, wi SCENE II. The Forum. Enter Brutus, and Cassius, with Pleb. We will be satisfied; let u
Lethe was a common French word, signifying death or destruction, from the Latin le in that sense by many of the old translators of novels. 2 i. e. the course of times. proposes to read, "these lymnis of men;" that is, these bloodhounds of men.