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seek burn fire kill——slay ! let not a traitor live. Ant. Stay, countrymen—— 1 Pleb. Peace there, hear the noble Antony. 2 Pleb. We'll hear him, we'll follow him, we'll die with him. Ant. Good friends, sweet friends, let me not stir you u To such a sudden flood of mutiny : They, that have done this deed, are honourable. What private griefs they have, alas, I know not, That made them do it; they are wise and honourable, And will, no doubt, with reasons answer you. I come not, friends, to steal away your hearts: I am no orator, as Brutus is : But, as you know me well, a plain, blunt man, That love my friends, and that they know full well, That give me public leave to speak of him ; For I have neither wit, nor words, nor worth, Action or utt’rance, nor the power of speech, To stir men's blood; I only speak right on. I tell you that which you yourselves do know; Show you sweet Caesar's wounds, poor, poor dumb mouths, And bid them speak for me. But were I Brutus, And Brutus Antony, there were an Antony Would ruffle up your spirits, and put a tongue In every wound of Caesar, that should move The stones of Rome to rise and mutiny. All. We'll mutiny 1 Pleb. We'll burn the house of Brutus. 3 Pleb. Away then, come, seek the conspirators. Ant. Yet hear me, countrymen, yet hear me speak. All. Peace ho, hear Antony, most noble Antony. Ant. Wy friends, you go to do you know not What. Wherein hath Caesar thus deserv'd your loves? 1
Alas, you know not ; I must tell you then:
Act the FourTH.
ANTony, Octavius, and LEPIDUs, discovered. Ant. These many, then, shall die; their names are prick'd.
Oct. Your brother too must die; consent you, Lepidus * Lep. I do consent. Oct. Prick him down, Antony. Lep. Upon condition Publius shall not live, Who is your sister's son, Mark Antony. Ant. He shall not live; look, with a spot I damn - him. But, Lepidus, go you to Caesar's house; Fetch the will hither, and we shall determine How to cut off some charge in legacies. Lep. What, shall I find you here Oct. Or here, or at the capitol. [Erit LEPIDUs. Ant. This is a slight unmeritable man, Meet to be sent on errands; is it fit, The threefold world divided, he should stand One of the three to share it * Oct. So you thought him, And took his voice who should be prick'd to die, In our black sentence and proscription. Ant. Octavius, I have seen more days than you; And though we lay these honours on this man, To ease ourselves of divers sland’rous loads; He shall but bear them, as the ass bears gold, To groan and sweat under the business, Or led or driven, as we point the way; And having brought our treasure where we will, Then take we down his load, and turn him off, Like to the empty ass, to shake his ears, And graze in commons. Oct. You may do your will; But he's a try’d and valiant soldier. Ant. So is my horse, Octavius: and, for that, I do appoint him store of provender. It is a creature that I teach to fight, To wind, to stop, to run directly on; His corporal motion govern'd by my spirit. And, in some taste, is Lepidus but so:
Do not talk of him,
Enter BRUTUs, TREBon IUs, and Soldiers: PINDARUs meeting them.
Bru. Stand, hoa
Tre. Give the word, hoa and stand.
Bru. What now, Trebonius, is Cassius near
Tre. He is at hand, and Pindarus is come To do you salutation from his master.
Bru. He greets me well. Your master, Pindarus,
Pind. I do not doubt,
Bru. He is not doubted. A word, Trebonius—
Tre. With courtesy and with respect enough,
Bru. Thou hast describ'd
Tre. They mean this night in Sardis to be quar
ter'd : The greater part, the horse in general, Are come with Cassius. [Low March within,
Enter CAssIUs and CASCA.
Bru. Hark! he is arriv'd. Cas. Stand, hoa! Bru. Stand, hoa! speak the word along. Within. Stand 1 Within. Stand 1 Within. Stand 1 Cas. Most noble brother, you have done me wrong. Bru. Judge me, ye gods ! Wrong I mine enemies? And, if not so, how should I wrong a brother Cas., Brutus, this sober form of yours hides wrongs, And when you do them Bru. Cassius, be content, Speak your griefs softly, I do know you well. Before the eyes of both our armies here, (Which should perceive nothing but love from us) |