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That you would have me seek into myself
Cas. Therefore, good Brutus, be prepar'd to hear :
[Flourish, and Shout. Bru. What means this shouting? I do fear, the
Cas. Ay, do you fear it?
Bru. I would not, Cassius; yet I love him well :
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 Cæsar; 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 Tyber chafing with her shores, Cæsar said to me, Dar'st thou, Cassius, now Leap in with me into this angry flood, And swim to yonder point ?-Upon the word, Accouter'd 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, Cæsar cry'd, Help me, Cassius, or I sink. I, as Æneas, our great ancestor, Did from the flames of Troy upon his shoulder The old Anchises bear, so, from the waves of Tyber Did I the tired Cæsar : And this man Is now become a god; and Cassius is A wretched creature, and must bend his body, If Cæsar 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 his lustre: I did hear himn groan:
Ay, and that tongue of his, that bade the Romans
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 some time are masters of their fates: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings. Brutus, and Cæsar : What should be in that Casar? Why should that name be sounded more than yours? Write thein together, yours is as fair a name; Sound them, it doth become the mouth as well ; Weigh them, it is as heavy; conjure them, Brutus will start a spirit as soon as Cæsar. · [Shout. Now in the names of all the gods at once, Upon what meat doth this our Cæsar feed, That be 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? When could they say, till now, that talk'd of Rome, That her wide walks encompass’d but one man ? Now is it Rome indect, and room enough,
When there is in it but one only man.
Bru. That you do love me, I am nothing jealous ;
Cas. I am glad, that my weak words Have struck but thus much show of fire from Brutus.
Re-enter CÆSAR, and his Train Bru. The games are done, and Cæsar is returning.
Cas. As they pass by, pluck Casca by the sleeve;
Bru. I will do so :-But, look you, Cassius,
As we have seen him in the Capitol,
Cas. Casca will tell us what the matter is.
Cas. Let me have men about me that are fat;
Ant. Fear him not, Cæsar, he's not dangerous;
Cas. 'Would he were fatter :-But I fear him not: Yet if my name were liable to fear, I do not know the man I should avoid So soon as that spare Cassius. He reads much ; He is a great observer, and he looks Quite through the deeds of men : he loves no plays, As thou dost, Antony; he hears no music: Seldom he smiles ; and smiles in such a sort, As if he mock'd himself, and scorn'd his spirit That could be mov'd to smile at any thing. Such men as he be never at heart's ease, Whiles they behold a greater than themselves; And therefore are they very dangerous. I rather tell thee what is to be fear'd, Than what I fear, for always I am Cæsar. Come on my right hand, for this ear is deaf, And tell me truly what thou think’st of him.
[Exeunt CÆSAR and his Train. Casca stays
behind. Casca. You pulld me by the cloak; Would you speak with me?