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The same. A Street near the Capitol.
Enter ARTEMIDORUS reading a Paper.

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 same.

Another Part of the same Street, before

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
Soothsayer. Flourish. Enter CÆSAR, BRUTUS,
LIUS, and Others.
Cæs. The ides of March are come.
Sooth. Ay, Cæsar; but not gone."
Art. Hail, Cæsar! Read this schedule.

Dec. Trebonius doth desire you to o'er-read,
At your best leisure, this his humble suit.

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.


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.


And presentere is Metellators take their us: Cæsar

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