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Ant. Will you be patient? Will you stay a while ? I have o'ershot myself, to tell you of it. I fear, I wrong the honourable men, Whose daggers have stabb’d Cæsar : I do fear it.

4 Cit. They were traitors : Honourable men! Cit. The will ! the testament !

2 Cit. They were villains, murderers : The will! read the will !

Ant. You will compel me then to read the will ? Then make a ring about the corpse of Cæsar, And let me show you him that made the will. Shall I descend ? And will you give me leave?

Cit. Come down. 2 Cit. Descend. (He comes down from the Pulpit. 3 Cit. You shall have leave. 4 Cit. A ring;

stand round. 1 Cit. Stand from the hearse, stand from the body. 2 Cit. Room for Antony ;-most noble Antony. Ant. Nay, press not so upon me; stand far off. Cit. Stand back ! room! bear back !

Ant. If you have tears, prepare to shed them now. You all do know this mantle : I remember The first time ever Cæsar put it on; 'Twas on a summer's evening, in his tent; That day he overcame the Nervii :Look! in this place, ran Cassius' dagger through : See, what a rent the envious Casca made : Through this, the well beloved Brutus stabb'd; And, as he pluck'd his cursed steel away, Mark how the blood of Cæsar follow'd it ; As rushing out of doors, to be resolv'd If Brutus so unkindly knock'd, or no;

For Brutus, as you know, was Cæsar's angel :
Judge, O you gods, how dearly Cæsar lov'd him!
This was the most unkindest cut of all :
For when the noble Cæsar saw him stab,
Ingratitude, more strong than traitors' arms,
Quite vanquish'd him: then burst his mighty heart;
And, in his mantle muffling up his face,
Even at the base of Pompey's statua,2
Which all the while ran blood, great Cæsar fell.
0, what a fall was there, my countrymen !
Then I, and you, and all of us fell down,
Whilst bloody treason flourish'd over us.3
O, now you weep; and, I perceive, you feel
The dint 4 of pity : these are gracious drops.
Kind souls, what, weep you,



but behold Our Cæsar's vesture wounded? Look you here, Here is himself, marr'd, as you see, with traitors.

i Cit. O piteous spectacle !
2 Cit. O noble Cæsar !
3 Cit. O woful day !
4 Cit. O traitors, villains !
1 Cit. O most bloody sight!

2 Cit. We will be revenged: revenge; about, seek,-burn,-fire,-kill,--slay !-let not a traitorlive.

Ant. Stay, countrymen.
i Cit. Peace there :-Hear the noble Antony.

2 Cit. We'll hear him, we'll follow him, we'll die with him. Ant. Good friends, sweet friends, let me not stir

you up
> Statua for statue, is common among the old writers.

3 Was successful. 4 Impression.

To such a sudden flood of mutiny.
They, that have done this deed, are honourable ;
What private griefs s they have, alas, I know not,
That made them do it; they are wise and honourable,
And will, no doubt, wit reasons answer you.
I come not, friends, to steal away your hearts;
I am no orator, as Brutus is :
But, as you know me all, a plain blunt man,
That love my friend ; and that they know full well
That gave me publick leave to speak of him.
For I have neither wit, nor words, nor worth,
Action, nor utterance, 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 Cæsar's wounds, poor, poor dumb


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

every wound of Cæsar, that should move The stones of Rome to rise and mutiny.

Cit. We'll mutiny.
1 Cit. We'll burn the house of Brutus.
3 Cit. Away then, come, seek the conspirators.
Ant. Yet hear me, countrymen; yet hear me speak.
Cit. Peace, ho! Hear Antony, most noble Antony.
Ant. Why, friends, you go to do you know not

what :
Wherein hath Cæsar thus deserv’d your loves ?
Alas, you know not :-) must tell you then :-
You have forgot the will I told you of.

5 Grievances.

Cit. Most true;—the wil);-let's stay, and hear the

Ant. Here is the will, and under Cæsar's seal.
To every Roman citizen he gives,
To every several man, seventy-five drachmas.

2 Cit. Most noble Cæsar !-we'll revenge his death.
3 Cit. O royal Cæsar !
Ant. Hear me with patience.
Cit. Peace, ho!

Ant. Moreover, he hath left you all his walks,
His private arbours, and new-planted orchards,
On this side Tyber; he hath left them you,
And to your heirs for ever ; common pleasures,
To walk abroad, and recreate yourselves.
Here was a Cæsar : When comes such another ?

i Cit. Never, never :-Come, away, away :
We'll burn his body in the holy place,
And with the brands fire the traitors' houses.
Take up the body.

2 Cit. Go, fetch fire.
3 Cit. Pluck down benches.
4 Cit. Pluck down forms, windows, any thing.

[Exeunt Citizens, with the Body. Ant. Now let it work : Mischief, thou art afoot, Take thou what course thou wilt!-How now, fellow?

Enter a Servant.
Serv. Sir, Octavius is already come to Rome.
Ant. Where is he?.
Serv. He and Lepidus are at Cæsar's house.
Ant. And thither will I straight to visit him:

6 Greek coin,

He comes upon a wish. Fortune is merry,
And in this mood will give us any thing.

Serv. I heard him say, Brutus and Cassius
Are rid like madmen through the gates of Rome.

Ant. Belike, they had some notice of the people, How I had moy'd them. Bring me to Octavius.



The same. A street.

Enter CINNA, the Poet. Cin.. I dreamt to-night, that I did feast with Cæsar, And things unluckily charge my fantasy : I have no will to wander forth of doors, Yet something leads me forth.

Enter Citizens.

i Cit. What is your name?
2 Cit. Whither are you going ?
3 Cit. Where do you dwell ?
4 Cit. Are you a married man, or a bachelor?
2 Cit. Answer every man directly.
i Cit. Ay, and briefly.
4 Cit. Ay, and wisely.
3 Cit. Ay, and truly, you were best.

Cin. What is my 'name? Whither am I going? Where do I dwell ? Am I a married man, or a bachelor ? Then to answer every man directly, and briefly, wisely, and truly. Wisely I say, I am a bachelor.

2 Cit. That's as much as to say, they are fools that

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