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Art. Cæsar, beware of Brutus; take heed of Cassius; come not near Casca; have an eye on Cinna; trust not Trebonius; mark well Metellus Cimber; Decius Brutus loves thee not; thou hast wronged 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. The mighty gods defend thee! Thy lover,
Artemidorus. Here will I stand, till Cæsar pass along, And as a suitor will I give him this. My heart laments, that virtue cannot live Out of the teeth of emulation.3 If thou read this, O Cæsar, thou may'st live; If not, the fates with traitors do contrive. (Exit.
the House of Brutus.
Enter Portia and Lucius. Por. I prythee, boy, run to the senate-house; Stay not to answer me, but get thee gone:
s e mulation.] Here, as on many other occasions, this word is used in an unfavourable sense, somewhat like-factious, envious, or malicious rivalry.
- the fates with traitors do contrive.] The fates join with traitors in contriving thy destruction.
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: The throng that follows Cæsar at the heels, Of senators, of prætors, common suitors, Will croud 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. [Exit.
Por. I must go in.-Ah me! how weak a thing The heart of woman is! O Brutus! The heaven 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.
ACT II. SCENE I. The same. The Capitol; the Senate sitting.
A Croud of People in the Street leading to the
Capitol; among them ARTEMIDORUS, and the
Dec. Trebonius doth desire you to o'er-read,
Art. 0, Cæsar, read mine first; for mine's a suit That touches Cæsar nearer: Read it, great Cæsar. Ces. What touches (is ourself, shall be last serv'd. Art. Delay not, Cæsar; read it instantly. Cæs. What, is the fellow mad?.., Pub. Ai
Sirrah, give place. Cas. What, urge you your petitions in the street ? Come to the Capitol.
Cæsar enters the Capitol, the rest following. All
the Senators rise. Pop. I wish, your enterprize to-day may thrive. Cas. What enterprize, Popilius? Pop.
Fare you well.
Advances to CÆSAR. Bru. What said Popilius Lena?
Cas. Hewish’d, to-day our enterprize might thrive. 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. Bru..
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,
i Brutus, He draws Mark Antony out of the way.
Exeunt'ANTONY and TreBONIUS. CÆSAR
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.
And presentere is Metellators take their us: Cæsar