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. I here discard my sickness. Soul of Rome!
Will come, when it will come.
- Re-enter a Serrant.
What say the augurers? [day. Serv. They would not have you to stir forth to
|Plucking the entrails of an offering forth,
They could not find a heart within the beast.
om is consum’d in confidence. Do not go forth to-day: call it my fear, That keeps you in the house, and not your own. We'll send Mark Antony to the Senate-house; And he shall say, you are not well to-day : Let me, upon my knee, prevail in this. Cots. Mark Antony, shall say, I am not well; And, for thy humour, I will stay at home. Enter Decius. Here's DeciusPrutus,he shall tell them so.[Caesar: Dec. Caesar, all hail! Good morrow, worthy I come to fetch you to the senate-house. * -Cars. And you are come in very happy time, To bear iny greeting to the senators, And tell them, that I will not come to-day: Cannot, is false; and that I dare not, falser; I will not come to-day : Tell them so, Decius. Cal. Say, he is sick. ". Cars. Shall Caesar send a lye? Have I in conquest stretch'd mine arm so far, To be afeard to tell grey-beards the truth?— Decius, go tell them, Cæsar will not come. [cause, Dec. Most mighty Cæsar, let me know some Lest I be ...i at, when I tell them so. Cars. The cause is in my will, I will not come; That is enough to satisfy the senate. But, for your private satisfaction, Because I love you, I will let you know. Calphurmia here, my wife, stays me at home; She dreamt to-night she saw my statue, . Which, like a fountain, with a hundred spouts, Did run pure blood; and many lusty Romans Came smiling, and did bath, their hands in it. And these does she apply for warnings, and porAnd evils imminent; and on her knee [tents, Hath begg'd, that I will stay at home to-day. Dec. This dream is all amiss interpreted; It was a vision, fair and fortunate: Your statue spouting blood in many pipes, In which somany smiling Romans bath'd, Signifies, that from you great Rome shall suck Reviving blood; and that great men shall press
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
For tinctures, stains, relicks, and cognisance '.
i. e. I never paid a ceremonious or superstitious regard to prodigies or omens. . .” To hurtle is,
so to clash, or move with violence and noise. o
''There are two allusions in this speech; one
coats armorial, to which princes make additions, or give new tinctures, and new marks of cognisance: the other to martyrs, whose reliques are preserved with veneration.—The Romans, says Decius, all
come to you as to a saint, for reliques, as to a Prince, for honours,
This by Calphurnia's dream is signify’d.
Here will I stand, till Cesar pass along, And as a suitor will I give him this. My heart laments, that virtue cannot live Out of the teeth of emulation. If thou read this, O Casar, thou may’stlive; If not, the fates with traitors do contrive". [Exit. S C E N E IV. , Another part of the same Street. Enter Portia, and Lucius. Por. I pr’ythee, boy, run to the senate-house; Stay not to answer me, but get thee gone: Why dost thou stay Luc. To know my errand, madam. [gain, Por. I would have had thee there, and here aEre I can tell thee what thou should'st do there. Q constancy, be strong upon my side Set a huge thountain 'tween my fieart and tongue! I have a man's mind, but a woman's might. How hard is it for women to keep counsel! Art thou here yet? Luc. Madam, what should I do? Run to the Capitol, and nothing clse? And so return to you, and nothing else? [well, Por. Yes, bring me word, boy, if thy lord look For he went sickly forth: And take good note, What Caesar doth, what suitors press to him. Hark, boy! what noise is that : Luc. I hear none, madam. Por. Pr'ythee, 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 hast thou been 2 Sooth. At mine own house, good lady. Por. What is’t o'clock? Sooth. About the ninth hour, lady. Por. Is Caesar yet gone to the Capitol Sooth. Madam, not yet; I go to take my stand, To see him pass on to the Capitol. [not : Por. Thou hast some suit to Caesar, hast thou Sooth. That I have, lady, if it will please Casar To be so good to Caesar, as to hear me: 5|s shall beseech him to befriend himself. Por, Why, know'st thou any harm's intended towards him * [fear may chance. Sooth, None that I know will be, much that I Good-morrow to you. Here the street is narrow : The throng that follows Caesar at the heels, Qf senators, of praetors, common suitors, Will crowd a feeble man almost to death: I'll get me to a place more void, and there Speak to great Caesar as he comes along. [Exit. Por. I must goin.-Ay me ! how weak a thing The heart of woman is O Brutus ! The heavens speed thee in thine enterprize Sure, the boy o me :-Brutus hath a suit, That Caesar 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.
: i.e. subordinate. i. e. the fates join with traitors in contriving thy destruction,
A C T
Decius, Metellus, Trebonius, Cinna, Antony, Lopidus, Artemidorus, Popilius, Publius, and 1he Soothsayer. Cats. Tils. ides of March are come. Sooth. Ay, Caesar, but not gone. Art. Hail, Caesar! Read this schedule. Dec. Trebonius doth desire you to o'er-read, At your best leisure, this his humble suit... [suit Art. O, Caesar, read mine first; for mine’s a That touches Caesar nearer: Read it, great Caesar. Cats. What touches us ourself, shall be last serv’d. Art. Delay not, Casar; read it instantly. Cars. What, is the fellow mad? Pub. Sirrah, give place. Cas. What urge you your petitions in the street? Come to the Capitol. [Caesar enters the Capitol, the rest following.] Pop. I wish your enterprize to-day may thrive. Cas. What enterprize, Popilius Pop. Fare you well. Bru. What said Popilius Læna? [thrive. Cas. He wish'd, to-day our enterprize might I fear, our purpose is discover'd. him. Bru. Look, how he makes to Caesar: Mark Cas. Casca, be sudden, for we fear prevention. Brutus, what shall be done : If this be known, Cassius, or Caesar, never shall turn back, For I will slay myself. Bru. Cassius, be constant: Popilius Læna speaks not of our purposes; | For, look, he smiles, and Casar doth not change. Cas. Trebonius knows his time; for, look you, Brutus, He draws Mark Antony out of the way. [Ertunt Ant. and Treb. Dec. Where is Metellus Cimber: Let him go, And presently prefer his suit to Casar. , [him. Bru. He is addrest': press near, and second Cin. Casca, you are the first that rear your hand. Cats. Are we all ready ? What is now amiss, That Caesar, and his senate, must redress? Met. Most high, most mighty, and most puissant Caesar, MetellusCimberthrows before thy seat [Kneeling. An humbleheart:Cats. I must prevent thee, Cimber, These couchings, and these lowly courtesies, Might fire the blood of ordinary men;
Bru. I kiss thy hand, but not in flattery, Caesar; Qesiring thee, that Publius Cimber may Haye an immediate freedom of repeal. Cars, What, Brutus ! Cas. Pardon, Casar; Caesar, pardon: As low as to thy foot doth Cassius fall, To beg enfranchisement for Publius Cimber. Cats. I could be well mov’d, if I were as you ; If I could pray to move, prayers would moveme:
25|But I am constant as the northern star,
Qf whose true-fixt, and resting quality,
Let me a little shew it, even in this;
And turn pre-ordinance’, and first decree,
* Pre-ordinance, for ordinance already established.
Bru, Where's Publius?
* Dr. Johnson proposes to
read, “the law of children. That is, change pre-ordinance and decree into the law of children; into such
slight determinations as every start of will would alter.”
: i.e. susceptible of fear, or other passions,
Cin. Here, quite confounded with this mutiny. Met. Stand fast together, lest some friend of Should chance [Casar's Bru. Talk not of standing:—Publius, good cheer; There is no harm intended to your person, Nor to no Roman else': so tell them, Publius. Cas.And leave us, Publius; lest that the people, Rushing on us, should do your age some mischief. Bru. Do so;-and let no man abide this deed, But we the doers. Re-enter Trebonius. Cas. Where is Antony Tre. Fled to his house amaz'd: Men, wives, and children, stare, cry out, and run, As it were dooms-day. Bru. Fates! we will know your pleasures: That we shall die, we know ; 'tis but the time, And drawing days out, that men stand upon. Cas. Why, he that cuts off twenty years of life, Cuts off so many years of fearing death. Bru. Grant that, and then is death a benefit: So are we Caesar's friends, that have abridg'd His time of fearing death.--Stoop, Romans, stoop, And let us bathe our hands in Casar's blood Up to the elbows, and besmear our swords: Then walk we forth, even to the market-place: And, waving our red weapons o'er our heads, Let's all cry, Peace Freedom and Liberty! Cas. Stoop then, and wash.-How many ages hence, Shall this our lofty scene be acted over, In states unborn, and accents yet unknown Bru. How many times shall Caesar bleedinsport, That now on Pompey's basis lies along, No worthier than the dust? Cus. So oft as that shall be, So often shall the knot of us be call'd The men that gave their country liberty. Dec. What, shall we forth : Cas. Ay, every man away; Brutus shall lead; and we will grace his heels With the most boldest and best hearts of Rome. Enter a Servant. Bru. Soft, who comes here? A friend of Antony's. [kneel; Serr. Thus, Brutus, did my master bid me Thus did Mark Antony bid me fall down; And, being prostrate, thus he bade me say, Brutus is noble, wise, valiant, and honest; Casar was mighty, bold, royal, and lowing: Say, I love Brutus, and I honour him; Say, I fear'd Caesar, honour'd him, and lov’d him. If Brutus will vouchsafe, that Antony May safely come to him, and be resolv'd How Casar hath deserv'd to lie in death, Mark Antony shall not love Casar dead So well as Brutus living; but will follow The fortunes and affairs of noble Brutus,
With all true faith. So says my master Antony. Bru. Thy master is a wise and valiant Roman; I never thought him worse. Tell him, so please him come unto this place, He shall be satisfied; and, by my honour, Depart untouch'd. Serv. I'll fetch him presently. Bru. I know, that we joia friend. Cas. I wish we may: but yet have I a mind, That fears him much ; and my misgiving still Falls shrewdly to the purpose. Re-enter Antony. Bru. But here comes Antony. Mark Antony. Ant. O mighty Caesar! Dost thou lie so low : Are all thy conquests, glories, triumphs, spoils, Shrunk to this little measure —Fare thee well.— I know not, gentlemen, what you intend, Who else must be let blood, who else is rank": If I myself, there is no hour so fit As Caesar's death's hour; nor no instrument Of half thatyon, as those your swords, made ric With the most noble blood of all this world. I do beseech ye, if you bear me hard, [smoke, Now, whilst your purpled hands do reek and Fulfil your pleasure. Live a thousand years, I shall not find myself so apt to die: No place will please me so, no mean of death, As here by Cæsar, and by you cut oil, The choice and master spirits of this age. Bru. O Antony! beg not your death of us. Though now we must appear bloody and cruel, As, by our hands, and this our present act, You see we do: yet see you but our hands, And this the bleeding business they have done; Our hearts you see not, they are pitiful; And pity to the general wrong of Rome (As fire drives out fire, so pity, pity) Hath done this deed on Casar. For your part, . To you our swords have leaden points, Mark Antony: Qur arms, in strength of malice, and our hearts, Qf brother's temper, do receive you in, With all kind love, good thoughts, and reverence". Cus. Your voice shall be as strong as any man's, In the disposing of new dignities. Iru. Only be patient, 'till we have appeas'd The multitude, beside themselves with fear, And then we will deliver you the cause, Why I, that did love Caesar when I struck him, Have thus proceeded. Ant. I doubt not of your wisdom. Let each man render me his bloody hand: First, Marcus Brutus, will I shake with you;— Next, Caius Cassius, do I take your hand;— Now, Polo Brutus, yours;–now yours, Metellus;–
[Erit Serrant. ve him well to
Thorough the hazards of this untrod state,
* This use of two negatives, not to make an affirmative, but to deny more strongly, is common
to our ancient writers.
“ i. e. who else is grown too high for the public safety.
ing is, Antony, our arms, strong in the deed of malice they have just perform'd, and our hearts,
united like those of brothers in the action, are yet open to receive you with all possible affection. 3 C
Though last, not least in love, yours, good Tre-
You shall not in your funeral speech blame us,
5|And dreadful objects so familiar,
That mothers shall but smile, when they behold
Pleb. We will be satisfied; let us be satisfied.
'...Lethe was a common French word, signifying death or destruction, from the Latin lethum, and used
in that sense by many of the old translators of novels.
* i.e. the course of times, Dr. Johnson