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Cars. Who is it in the press, that calls on me t I hear a tongue shriller than all the music, Cry, “Caesar!” Speak; Caesar is turn'd to hear. Sooth. Beware the ides of March. Cats. What man is that ? Bru. A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March. Caes. Set him before me, let me see his face. Cas. Fellow, come from the throng, look upon Caesar, Cats. What say'st thou to me, now * speak once again. Sooth. Beware the ides of March. Caes. He is a dreamer, let us leave him; pass. [Ereunt CESAR and TRAIN. Cas. Will you go see the order of the course? Bru. Not I. Cas. I pray you, do. Bru. I am not gamesome; I do lack some part Of that quick spirit that is in Antony: Let me not hinder, Cassius, your desires; I'll leave you, Cas. Brutus, I do observe you now of late; I have not from your eyes that gentleness And show of love, as I was wont to have : You bear too stubborn and too strange a hand, Over your friend that loves you. Bru. Cassius, The not deceiv'd: if I have veil'd my look, I turn the trouble of my countenance, Merely upon myself. Vexed I am, Of late, with passions of some difference, Conceptions only proper to myself; Which gives some foil, perhaps, to my behaviour: But let not therefore my good friends be griev'd, Among which number, Cassius, be you one; Nor construe any farther my neglect,
Than that poor Brutus, with himself at war,
Forgets the shows of love to other men.
Cas. Then, Brutus, I have much mistook your
By means whereof this breast of mine hath buried
Thoughts of great value, worthy cogitations.
Tell me, good Brutus, can you see your face
Bru. No, Cassius; for the eye sees not itself,
But by reflection from some other thing.
Cas. "Tis just,
And it is very much lamented, Brutus,
That you have no such mirror as will turn
Your hidden worthiness into your eye,
That you might see your shadow. I have heard,
Where many of the best respect in Rome,
(Except immortal Caesar) speaking of Brutus,
And groaning underneath this age's yoke,
Have wish'd, that noble Brutus had his eyes.
Bru. Into what dangers would you lead me, Cassius,
That you would have me seek into myself,
For that which is not in me *
Cas. Therefore, good Brutus, be prepar'd to hear;
And since you know you cannot see yourself,
So well as by reflection; I, your glass,
Will modestly discover to yourself,
That of yourself, which yet you know not of.
And be not jealous of me, gentle Brutus:
Were I a common laugher, or did use
To stale with ordinary oaths my love,
To every new protestor; if you know,
That 1 do fawn on men, and hug them hard,
And after scandal them; or if you know
That I profess myself in banqueting
To all the rout, then hold me dangerous.
[Flourish and Shouts.
Bru. What means this shouting? I do fear the people
Chuse Caesar for their king.
Cas. Ay, do you fear it?
Then must I think you would not have it so.
Bru. I would not, Cassius; yet I love him well.
But wherefore do you hold me here so long
What is it, that you would impart to me?
If it be aught toward the general good,
Set honour in one eye, and death i'th other,
And I will look on both indifferently:
For let the gods so speed me, as I love
The name of honour, more than I fear death.
Cas. I know that virtue to be in you, Brutus,
As well as I do know your outward favour.
Well, honour is the subject of my story:
I cannot tell what you and other men
Think of this life; but for my single self,
I had as lief not be, as live to be
In awe of such a thing as I myself.
I was born free as Caesar, so were you;
We both have fed as well; and we can both
Endure the winter's cold, as well as he.
For once, upon a raw and gusty day,
The troubled Tiber chafing with his shores,
Caesar says to me, “Dar'st thou, Cassius, now,
Leap in with me into this angry flood,
And swim to yonder point?” Upon the word,
Accoutred as I was, I plunged in,
And bade him follow : so indeed he did:
The torrent roar'd, and we did buffet it,
With lusty sinews, throwing it aside,
And stemming it with hearts of controversy.
But ere we could arrive the point propos'd,
Caesar cry’d, “Help me, Cassius, or I sink.”
I, as AEneas, our great ancestor,
Did from the flames of Troy, upon his shoulder,
The old Anchises bear, so, from the waves of Tiber,
Did I the tired Caesar: and this man
Is now become a god; and Cassius is
A wretched creature, and must bend his body,
If Caesar carelessly but nod on him.
He had a fever, when he was in Spain,
And when the fit was on him, I did mark
How he did shake: ’tis true, this god did shake;
His coward lips did from their colour fly,
And that same eye, whose bend doth awe the world,
Did lose its lustre; I did hear him groan:
Ay, and that tongue of his, that bade the Romans
Mark him, and write his speeches in their books,
Alas! it cry’d——“Give me some drink, Titinius”—
JAs a sick girl. Ye gods, it doth amaze me
A man of such a feeble temper, should
So get the start of the majestic world,
And bear the palm alone. [Shout.—Flourish.
Bru. Another general shout!
I do believe, that these applauses are
For some new honours that are heap'd on Caesar.
Cas. Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow
world, Like a Colossus; and we petty men Walk under his huge legs, and peep about To find ourselves dishonourable graves. Men at sometimes are masters of their fates: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings. Brutus and Caesar! what should be in that Caesar Why should that name be sounded more than yours? Write them together, yours is as fair a name: Sound them, it doth become the mouth as well: Weigh them, it is as heavy : conjure with them, Brutus will start a spirit, as soon as Caesar. Now, in the name of all the gods at once, Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, That he is grown so great Age, thou art sham'd Rome, thou hast lost the breed of noble bloods. When went there by an age, since the great flood, But it was fam'd with more than with one man C
When could they say, till now, that talk'd of Rome,
That her wide walls encompass'd but one man?
Oh! you and I have heard our fathers say,
There was a Brutus once, that would have brook’d
Th’eternal devil to keep his state in Rome,
As easily as a king.
Bru. That you do love me, I am nothing jealous;
What you would work me to, I have some aim; .
How I have thought of this, and of these times,
I shall recount hereafter: for this present,
I would not (so with love I might entreat you)
Be any further mov’d. What you have said,
I will consider; what you have to say,
I will with patience hear; and find a time
Both meet to hear, and answer such high things.
Cas. I am glad that my weak words
Have struck but thus much show of fire from Brutus.
Bru. The games are done, and Caesar is returning.
Cas. As they pass by, pluck Casca by the sleeve,
And he will, after his sour fashion, tell you,
What hath proceeded worthy note to-day.
Bru. I will do so; -
- Enter CAESAR and his TRAIN.
But look you, Cassius,
The angry spot doth glow on Caesar's brow,
And all the rest look like a chidden train.
Cas. Casca will tell us what the matter is.
Caes. Antonius—— -
Caes. Let me have men about me that are fat,
Sleekheaded men, and such as sleep o'nights:
Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look.
He thinks too much : such men are dangerous.
Ant. Fear him not, Caesar, he's not dangerous:
He is a noble Roman, and well given.
Caes. Would he were fatter; but I fear him not:
Yet, if my name were liable to fear,