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Produce his body to the market-place; .
Bru. You shall, Mark Antony.
Cas. .. Brutus, a word with you You know not what you do; Do not consent,
By your pardon;
Cas. I know not what may fall; I like it not.
Bru. Mark Antony, here, take you Cæsar's body.
Be it so;
[Exeunt all but ANTONY.
Be it so;
in the tide of times.] That is, in the course of times.
Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood!
Cry Havock, and let slip? the dogs of war;
With carrion men, groaning for burial,
Enter a Servant.
Serv. I do, Mark Antony.
Serv. He did receive his letters, and is coming:
[Seeing the Body. Ant. Thy heart is big, get thee apart and weep. Passion, I see, is catching; for mine eyes, Seeing those beads of sorrow stand in thine, Began to water. Is thy master coming? Serv. He lies to-night within seven leagues of
7 let slip ] This is a term belonging to the chase. Slips were contrivances of leather by which greyhounds were restrained till the necessary moment of their dismission. By the dogs of war, as Mr. Tollet has observed, Shakspeare probably meant fire, sword, and jumine.
Ant. Post back with speed, and tell him what
hath chanc'd: : Here is a mourning Rome, a dangerous Rome, No Rome of safety for Octavius yet; Hie lience, and tell him so. Yet, stay a while; Thou shalt not back, till I have borne this corse Into the market-place: there shall I try, In my oration, how the people take The cruel issue of these bloody men; According to the which, thou shalt discourse To young Octavius of the state of things. Lend me your hand. [Exeunt, with CÆSAR's Body.
Enter Brutus and Cassius, and a Throng of
I will hear Brutus speak, : 2 Cit. I will hear Cassius; and compare their . reasons, When severally we hear them rendered. [Exit Cássius, with some of the Citizens,
BRUTUS goes into the Rostrum. .. 3 Cit. The noble Brutus is ascended; Silence!
Bru. Be patient till the last,
Romans, countryinen, and lovers! hear me for my cause; and be silent that you may hear: believe me for mine honour; and have respect to mine honour, that you may believe: censure me in your wisdom; and awake your senses that you may the better judge. If there be any in this assembly, any dear friend of Cæsar's, to him I say, that Brutus’ love to Cæsar was no less than his. If then that friend demand, why Brutus rose against Cæsar, this is my answer, Not that I loved Cæsar less, but that I loved Rome more. Had you rather Cæsar were living, and die all slaves; than that Cæsar were dead, to live all free men? As Cæsar loved me, I weep for him; as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it; as he was valiant, I honour him: but, as he was ambitious, I slew him: There is tears, for his love; joy, for his fortune; honour, for his valour; and death, for his ambition. Who is here so base, that would be a bondman? If any, speak; for him have I offended. Who is here so rude, that would not be a Roman? If any, speak; for hiin have I offended. Who is here so vile, that will not love his country? If any, speak; for him have I offended. I pause for a reply. Cit. None, Brutus, none."
[Several speaking at once. Bru. Then none have I offended. I have done no more to Cæsar, than you should do to Brutus. The question of his death is enrolled in the Capitol: his glory not extenuated, wherein he was worthy; nor his offences enforced, for which he suffered death.
Enter Antony and Others, with CÆSAR's Body. Here comes his body, mourned by Mark Antony: who, though he had no hand in his death, shall receive the benefit of his dying, a place in the tommonwealth; As which of you shall not ? With
this I depart; That, as I slew my best lovers for the
Cit. Live, Brutus, live! live!
Cæsar's better parts
Bru. Good countrymen, let me depart alone,
I do entreat you, not a man depart, · Save I alone, till Antony have spoke. [Exit.
i Cit. Stay, ho! and let us hear Mark Antony.
3 Cit. Let him go up into the publick chair;
Ant. For Brutus' sake, I'am beholden to you.
He says, for Brutus' sake,
8 as I slew my best lover-] This term, which cannot but sound disgustingly to modern ears, as here applied, Mr. Malone considers as the language of Shakspeare's time; but this opinion, from the want of contemporary examples to confirm it, may admit of a doubt.
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