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Swear priests, and cowards, and men cautelous,
(Exeunt all but BRUTUS.)
(Enter Portia.) Portia.
Brutus, my lord ! Brutus. Portia, what mean you ? Wherefore rise you now? It is not for your health, thus to commit Your weak condition to the raw-cold morning.
Portia. Nor for your's neither. You have ungently, Brutus, Stole from my bed: And yesternight, at supper, You suddenly arose, and walk'd about, Musing and sighing, with your arms across : And when I ask'd you what the matter was, You star'd upon me with ungentle looks : I urg'd you further: then you scratch'd your head, And too impatiently stamp'd with your foot : Yet I insisted, yet you answer'd not; But with an angry wafture of your hand, Gave sign for me to leave you: so I did; Fearing to strengthen that impatience, Which seem'd too much enkindled; and, withal, Hoping it was but an effect of humour, Which sometime hath his hour with every man. . . .-Id. Calphurnia. What mean you, Cæsar? Think you to
walk forth ? You shall not stir out of your house to-day.
Cæsar. Cæsar shall 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.
Calphurnia. Cæsar, I never stood on ceremonies, Yet now they fright me. There is one within,
Besides the things that we have heard and seen,
What can be avoided,
Calphurnia. When beggars die, there are no comets seen:
Cæsar. Cowards die many times before their deaths;
Antony. O! pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth,
With carrion men, groaning for burial.-Act. 3, Sc. 1.
Citizens. We will be satisfied ; let us be satisfied;
Brutus. Then follow me, and give me audience, friends.-
1st Citizen. I will hear Brutus speak.
2nd Citizen. I will hear Cassius; and compare their reasons, When severally we hear them rendered.
(Exit Cassius, with some of the Citizens.
BRUTUS goes into the Rostrum.) 3rd Citizen. The noble Brutus is ascended : Silence ! Brutus. Be patient till the last.
Romans, countrymen, 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 friends 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 freemen? 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 bave I offended. Who is here so rude, that would not be a Roman? If any, speak; for him 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.
Citizens. None, Brutus, none. (Several speaking at once.)
Brutus. 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 commonwealth ; as which of you shal] not? With this I depart; That as I slew my best lover for the good of Rome, I have the same dagger for myself, when it shall please my country to need my death.
Citizens. Live, Brutus, live ! live! 1st Citizen. Bring him with triumph home unto his house. 2nd Citizen. Give him a statue with his ancestors. 3rd Citizen. Let him be Cæsar. 4th Citizen.
Cæsar's better parts Shall now be crown'd in Brutus. 1st Citizen. We'll bring him to his house with shouts and
Brutus. Good countrymen, let me depart alone,
(Exit.) 1st Citizen. Stay, ho! and let us hear Mark Antony.
3rd Citizen. Let him go up into the publick chair; We'll hear him :-Noble Antony, go up.
Antony. For Brutus' sake, I am beholden to you.
He says for Brutus' sake, He finds himself bebolden to us all.
4th Citizen. 'Twere best he speak no harm of Brutus here. 1st Citizen. This Cæsar was a tyrant. 3rd Citizen.
Nay, that's certain ; We are bless'd, that Rome is rid of him.
2nd Citizen. Peace; let us hear what Antony can say.
Peace, ho! let us hear him.
So are they all ; all honourable men),
1st Citizen. Methinks, there is much reason in his sayings.
2nd Citizen. If thou consider rightly of the matter, Cæsar has had great wrong. 3rd Citizen.
Has he, masters ? I fear there will a worse come in his place.
4th Citizen. Mark’dye his words? he would not take the crown? Therefore, tis certain, he was not ambitious.
1st Citizen. If it be found so, some will dear abide by it. 2nd Citizen. Poor soul! his eyes are red as fire with weeping. 3rd Citizen. There's not a nobler man in Rome, than Antony. 4th Citizen. Now mark him, he begins again to speak.
Antony. But yesterday the word of Cæsar might