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My mortified spirit. Now bid me run,
Bru. That must we also. What it is, my Caius,
Lig. Set on your foot ;
SCENE II. T'he same. A Room in Cæsar's Palace. Thunder and lightning.
Enter Cæsar, in his night-gown. Cæs. Nor heaven, nor earth, have been at peace to
night : Thrice hath Calphuruia in her sleep cried out, Help, ho ! They murder Cæsar ! Who's within ?
Enter a Servant.
Cæs. Go bid the priests do present sacrifice,
Cæs. Cæsarshall forth : The things that threaten’d me, Ne'er look'd but on my back ; when they shall see The face of Cæsar, they are vanished.
Cal. Cæsar, I never stood on ceremonies, 4 Yet now they fright me. There is one within, Besides the things that we have heard and seen, Recounts most horrid sights seen by the watch. A lioness hath whelped in the streets ; And graves have yawn'd, and yielded up their dead : Fierce fiery warriors fight upon the clouds, In ranks, and squadrons, and right form of war, Which drizzled blood upon the Capitol : The noise of battle hurtled in the air,  i.e. I never paid a soperstitious regard to prodigies or omens, STEE.
ACT II. Scene II. Calpurnia. Let me on my knees prevail in this
Cesar. Mark Antony shall say I am not well, and for thy humour I will stay at home.
Horses did neigh, and dying men did groan;
Cæs. What can be avoided,
Cal. When beggars die, there are no comets seen ; The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes:
Cæs. Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, It seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come, when it will come.5
Re-enter a Servant.
Serv. They would not have you stir forth to-day.
Cæs. The gods do this in shame of cowardice : 6
Cal. Alas, my lord,
Cæs. Mark Antony shall say, I am not well ;
Dec. Cæsar, all hail! Good morrow, worthy Cæsar : I come to fetch you to the senate-house.
(5) This is a sentence derived from the stoical doctrine of predestination, and is therefore improper in the mouth of Cæsar. JOHNS.
 The ancients did not place courage, but wisdom in the heart. JOHN.
Cæs. And you are come in very happy time,
Cal. Say, he is sick.
Cæs. Shall Cæsar send a lie ?
Dec. Most mighty Cæsar, let me know some cause, 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 ;
Cæs. And this way have you well expounded it.
Dec. I have, when you have heard what I can say : And know it now; The senate have concluded 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,
 This speech, which is intentionally pompous, is somewhat confused. There are two allusions : one to coats armorial, io which
princes make additions, or give new tinctures, and new marks of cognizance ; the other to martyrs, whose reliques are preserved with veneration. The Romans, says Decius, all come to you as to a saint for reliques, as to a prince for hort ours. JOHNS.