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And after seem to chide s'em. This shall make
Our purpose necessary, and not envious :
Which so appearing to the common eyes,
We shall be called purgers, not murderers.
And for Mark Antony, think not of him;
For he can do no more than Cæfar's arm,
When Cæsar's head is off.
Caf. Yet I " fear him:
For ' in the ingrafted love he bears to Cæfar-
Bru. Alas, good Caffius, do not think of him:
If he love Cæfar, all that he can do
Is to himself; take thought, and die for Cæfar:
And that were much he should; for he is given
To sports, * to wildness, and much company.
Treb. There is no fear in him; let him not dic;
For he will live, and laugh at 'this hereafter. [Clock strikes.
Bru. Peace, count the clock.
Caf. The clock hath fricken three,
Treb, 'Tis time to part.
Caf. But it is doubtful yet,
* Whether Cafar will come forth to-day, or no:
For he is superstitious grown of late,
Quite from the main opinion he held once
Of " fantasy, of dreams, and ceremonies :
It may be, these apparent prodigies,
The unaccuftom'd terror of this night,
& So the three firft fo's; the rest, ! R.'s octavo, us for ibis. çbem for 'em.
m So the fo's and R; C. We'r; b P. and all after insert do after I. . the rett, if for TVbeeber, i H. omits in.
H. fantasies. * Ri's octavo, and for to.
And the persuasion of his augurers,
May hold him from the capitol to-day.
Dec. Never fear that: If he be so resolvid,
I can o'ersway him; for he loves to hear,
That unicorns may be betray'd with trees,
And bears with glasses, elephants with holes,
Lions with toils, and men with flatterers.
But when I tell hiin, he hates flatterers,
He says, he does; being then moft flattered.
° Let me work :
For I can give his humour the true bent;
And I will bring him to the capitol.
Caf. Nay, we will all of us be there to fetch him.
Bru. By the P eighth hour; is that the uttermost?
Cin. Be that the uttermoft, and fail not then,
Met. Caius Ligarius doth bear Cæfar I hard,
Who rated him for speaking well of Pompey;
I wonder none of you have thought of him.
Bru. Now, good Metellus, go along' to him :
He loves me well; and I have given himn reasons.
Send him but hither, and I'll fashion him.
Caf. The morning comes upon's; we'll leave you, Brutus,
And, friends, disperse yourselves: but all remember
What you have said, and shew yourselves true Ramans,
Bru. Good gentlemen, look fresh and merrily;
Let not our looks put on our purposes;
P. alters this to, Leave me to work: 9 The three laft fo's, R. P. H. and Go followed by the after-editors, except 7. barred for bard. and C.
• The fo's and R. by far to. ” The three first fo's, eig bra
: C.upin us for upon 'sa
But bear it, as our Roman actors do,
With untir'd spirits, and formal constancy :
And so, good morrow to you, every one.
[Exeunt all but Brutus,
Boy, Lucius! Fast asleep? It is no matter,
Enjoy the honey-heavy dew of flumber :
Thou haft no figures, nor no fantasies,
Which busy care draws in the brains of men;
Therefore thou sleep'ft fo found.
Por. Brutus, iny lord.
Bru. 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.
Por. Nor for yours neither. You ’ve ungently, Brutus, * Stole from my bed : And yesternight at supper, You suddenly arose, and walk'd about, Musing, and fighing, 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 staip'd with your foot:
# The two firf fo's, fodainly.
• The fo's, Y'bave for You'rdi. " J. Stolix.
Yet I insisted; yet you answer'd not;
But, with an angry I 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,
It will not let you eat, nor talk, nor Sleep;
And could it work so much upon your shape,
As it hath much prevail'd on your condition,
I should not know you, Brutus. Dear my lord,
Make me acquainted with your cause of grief.
Bru. I am not well in health, and that is all.
Por. Brutus is wise; and were he not in health, He would einbrace the means to come by it.
Bru. Why 10 I do. Good Portia, go to bed.
Por. Is Brutus fick; 'and is it physical
To walk unbraced, and fuck up the humours
Of the dank morning? What, is Brutus sick;
And will he steal out of his wholesome bed,
To dare the vile contagion of the night,
And tempt the rheumy and unpurged air
To add unto 2 his fickness ? No, my Brutus ;
You have some fick offence within your mind,
Which, by the right and virtue of
I ought to know of: And upon iny knees,
I charm you, by my once commended beauty,
By all your vows of love, and that great vow
* The fo's, wafter for wafture.
y The three last fo's and R.'s octavo, dark for denk.
2 The firft f. bit for bis.
· P. and H. cbarge for cbarik.
Which did incorporate and make us one,
That you unfold to me, your self, your half,
Why you are heavy; and what men to-night
Have had resort to you; for here have been
Some fix or seven, who did hide their faces
Even from darknels.
Bru. Kneel not, gentle Portia.
[ Raifing her.
Por. I should not need, if you were gentle Brutus.
Within the bond of marriage, tell me, Brutus,
Is it excepted, I should know no secrets
That appertain to you? Am I your felf,
But as it were in fort, or limitation ?
To keep with you at meals, a comfort your bed,
And talk to you sometimes? Dwell I but in the fuburbs
Of your good pleasure? If it be no more,
Portia is Brutus' harlot, not his wife.
Bru. You are my true and honourable wife,
As dear to me, as are the ruddy drops
That visit my fad heart.
Por. If this were true, then should I know this secret.
I grant I am a woman; but withal,
A woman that lord Brutus took to wife:
I grant I am a woman; but withal,
A woman well reputed, Cato's daughter:
I am no ftronger than my sex,
Being so father'd, and so husbanded?
Tell me your counsels, I will not disclose f 'em :
1 This direction first given by C.
« First f. ibo for ibe.
• T. H. and 7. confort for comforto
e P. and H. omit sometimes.
r so the three first fo's ; the rest, them for me