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Por, Prithee listen well :
I heard a bustling rumour, like a fray,
And the wind brings it from the capitol.
Luc. Sooth, madam, I hear nothing,

Enter Soothsayer.
Por. Come hither, fellow : which way haft thou been?
Sooth. At mine own house, good lady.
Por. What is 't o'clock?
Sooth. About the ninth hour, lady.
Por. Is Cæfar yet gone to the capitol ?

Sooth. Madan, not yet; I go to take my stand, To see him pass on to the capitol.

Por. Thou hast some suit tó Cæfar, haft throu not?

South. That I have, lady, if it will please Cæfar To be so good to Cæfar, as to hear me : I shall beseech him to befriend himself. Por. Why, know't thou any harm's intended towards

him? Sooth. None that I know will be, much that I fear o may

chance.
Good morrow to you. Here the street is narrow
The throng that follows Cæfar at the heels,
Of senators, of prætors, common suitors,
Wil crowd a feeble man almoft to deatlı:
I'll get me to a place more void, and there
Speak to great Cæfar as he comes along,

[Exit

B So the fo's and C; the rest, Artemidorus for Sørbsayer.

c R. P. and H. defend for befriend.

d P. and all after, except C. barm for barm's.

c P. and all after, creept G. omit mar

chance.

Por.

Por. I must go in. - Aye me ! how weak a thing The heart of woman is ! . Brutus, The heavens speed thee in thine enterprize! Sure the boy heard me. - Brutus hath a suit That Cafar 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. [ Exeunt.

ij. Ab for Aye.

h The three last fo's and C. omit this 8 So the fo's and R; the reft, o Bru- dircdion. ) Brutus ! &c

ACT

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Flourish. Enter Cæsar, Brutus, Caffius, Casca, Decius,

Metellus, Trebonius, Cinna, Antony, Lepidus, Artes midorus, k Publius, 'Popilius, and the * Soothsayer, .

Caf. THEode

, Ay, Cafar; but not gone,

HE ides of March are come.

Sooth, , , Art. Hail, Cæfar! Read this schedule.

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

* There is no description of ihe scene capitol already. Or, if by the capitol be in the fo's; R. P. and C. describe it, meant the outside of the capitol, as exTbe copitol; H. The entrance into tbe ca- plained by the two last descriptions, it is pitol; T.W. and J. Tibe freet before ibe ftill improper to suppose that the buficapirol; and ibe, capitol open. But it is ness, which is hereafter to be transacted evident that these are all improper de within the capitol, may be commodiously scriptions. For, according to the firft, heard and seen by an audience to whom it is absurd to make the capitol the scene the outside only of the capitol is presentof what passes in the street ; Caffinid says, ed, and who, in that case, can but sec W bal, urge you your petitions in obe friety and hear through the door-way. Be. and still more absurd, when he bids them. fides, if the scene be supposed the enCome to obe capitol, to suppose them in the trance into the capitol, fufius would

better

Art. O Cafar, read mine firft; for mine's a fuit
That touches Cæfar nearer : Read it, “great Cæfar.

Czes. What touches us ourself, shall be last servid,
Art. Delay not, Cæfar; read it instantly,

better have said, Wbat urge you your pea Of fenators, of prætors, common suitors, titions at the door? Come into ibi capi. Will crowd a feeble man almost to deaths sol.

I'll get me to a place more void, and I have therefore presumed to make there what is done without and within the Speak to great Cafar as he comes along. capitol, two diftin& scenes, as I believe Now for any thing that appears in this şbakespeare intended. Nor is it necessary laft speech, the Soothsayer migh¢ be supto fix the firft scene close to the capitol, posed to remove to a place more remote but rather more confonant with feveral from the capitol than Brutus's house passages in the foregoing act that it should was; for his only reason for removing be at some distance. In scene fifth of the from thence was, because the street there second act Artemidorus says, Here will I was narrow. But admitting that he refland, till Cæsar pass along, &c. which moved nearer the capitol, yet the sense implies that the part of the street where of his words makes it unlikely he should he had fixed bimself was at some dif- station himself at the entrance of the tance from the capitol; for if it was at capitol, which he might reasonably ex. the entrance of the capitol, he would pect would be more crowded than any with more propriety have said, Here will other part of the street. Again, if he I fand, till Cæfar fall arrive. And in had designed to station himself at the the same act, scene 6, before Brutus's entrance of the capitol, he would with house (which is understood to be at a greater accuracy have said, considerable distance from the capitol by I'll to the door o'tb' capitel, and there Portia's words to Lucius,

Speak to great Cæfar as he enters in. Prithce liften well: k The three last fo's, R. and P. omit I heard a buftling rumour like a fray, Publius in the entrance, but make him And the wind brings it from the capitol. Speak in the scene. the Soothsayer says,

| The first f. omits Popilius. Here the Atreet is narrow : m R.'s duodecimo and P. Soorb The throng that follows Casar at the Sayers. heels,

P. and H. omit greut.

Cæf. What, is the fellow mad ?
Pub. Sirrah, give place.

Caf. What, urge you your petitions in the street ?
Come to the capitol.

[° Exzunt.

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The Senate fitting. Enter Cæsar and the resi, as in the foregoing

Scene. Senate rifes. Cæsar moves towards his Seat,

Pop. I will your enterprize to-day may thrive.

[P Afide to Car, Caf. What enterprize, Popilius? Pop. Fare

you
well,

[ Follows Czfar. Bru. What said Popilius Lena? [ Afide to Caffius,

Caf. He wish'd to-day our enterprize mnight thrive, I fear our purpose is discovered.

It is needless to fay, that this di- inconsistent, he should be bidden to com re&ion, and the rest that are made so obe capitol, and yet pushed back. Recessary by altering the scenes, are p This direction in ao edition betot in any edition before. C. here fore. directs, Artemidorus is fub'd back : 9 Here G, directs (leaves bim, and which would have been proper enough, joins Cæsar. But Popilius does not yet fuppofing the scene to be the street; but join Cæfar, nor has he join'd him three as C. Supposes the scene to be the capi- {peeches after, when Bruiss says, Lock tol, and Artemidorus in the entrance, bow be makes "to Cæsar, &c. The rest amid a tbrong of people, and whom, in have no direction. this case, we must imagine to be presling r This direction in no editian be. after Cæfar iato the capitol, it is very fore.

Bru,

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