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l'll leave you.
to old shoes; when they are in great danger, I re- Caes. Set on, and leave no ceremony out. (Music.
Caes, Ha! Who calls?
Caes. What man is that? What tributaries follow him to Rome,
Bru. A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of To grace in captive bonds his chariot-wheels ?
March, You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless Caes, Set him before me, let me see his face. things!
Cas. Fellow, come from the throng: look upon 0, you hard hearts, you cruel men of Rome,
(Sennet. Exeunt all but Bru. and Casi To see great Pompey pass the streets of Rome: Cas. Will you go see the order of the course? And, when you saw his chariot but appear,
Bru. Not I.
Cas. I pray you, do !
of that quick spirit that is in Antony: Made in lier concuve shores?
Let ic not hinder, Cassius, your desires;
Cas. Brutus, I do observe you now of late:
You bear too stubborn and too strauge a hand
Be not deceiv'd: if I have veil'd my look,
Merely upon myself. Vexed I am,
Conceptions only proper to myself,
Than that poor Brutus, with himself at war, If you do find them deck'd with ceremonies,
Forgets the shows of love to other men. Mar. May we do so?
Cas. Then, Brutus, I have much mistook your pasYou koow, it is the feast of Lupercal. Flav. It is no matter; let po images
By means whereof, this breast of mine hath buried
Cus, 'Tis just :
Your luidden worthiness into your eye,
Have wish'd, that poble Brutus had his eyes.
Bru. Into what dangers would you lead me, Cassius,
For that which is not in me?
Cas. Therefore, good Bratus, be prepar'd to hear:
Will modestly discover to yourself
And be rot jealous of me, gentle Brutus :
Were I a common laugher, or did us Shake off their sterile curse.
To stale with ordinary oaths my love Ant. I shall remember:
To every new protester; if you know, When Caesar says, Do this, it is perforin'd. That I do fawn on men, and hug thein bard,
And after scandal them; or if you know,
Brutus will start a spirit as soon, aš Caesar. [Shout.
Now in the names of all the gods at once,
Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed,
[Flourish, and shout. That he is grown so great? Age, thou art sham'd: Bru. What means this shouting? I do fear, the people Rome, thou hast lost the breed of noble bloods! Choose Caesar for their king.
When went there by an age, since the great flood, Cas. Ay, do you fear it?
But it was fam'd with more, than with one man?
Bru. I would not, Cassius; yet I love him well : That her wide walks encompass’d but one man?
When there is in it but one only man.
0! you and I have heard our fathers say,
that would have brook'd And I will look on both indifferently:
The eternal devil to keep his state in Rome,
As easily, as a king,
Cas. I know that virtue to be in you, Brutus, What you would work me to, I have some aim:
How I have thought of this, and of these times,
I would not, so with love I might entreat you,
I will consider; what you have to say,
I will with patience hear : and find a time
Both mcet to hear, and answer, such high things.
Brutus had rather be a villager,
Than to repute himself a son of Rome
Cas. I am glad, that my weak words
Re-enter Caesar, and his train.
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
Bru. I will do so. - But, look you, Cassius,
And all the rest look like a chidden train :
As we have seen him in the Capitol,
Being cross’d in conference by some senators.
Caes. Let me have men about me that are fat;
Yond' Cassius has a lean and hungry look ;
Ant. Fear him not, Caesar, he's not dangerous;
I do not know the man I sliould avoid
So soon, as that spare Cassius. He reads much;
He is a great observer, and he looks
As thou dost, Antony; he hears no music:
Seldom he smiles ; and smiles in such a sort,
Such men as he be never at heart's ease,
And therefore are they very dangerous.
Than what I fear; for always I am Caesar.
Come on my right hand, for this ear is deaf,
[Exeunt Caesar and his train. Cuesur Write them together, yours is as fair a name;
stays behind. Sound them, it doth become the mouth as well; Casca. You pulld me by the cloak; would you Weigh them, it is as heavy; conjure with them, speak with me?
Bru. Casca; tell us what hath chanc'd to-day, Cas. Will you sup with me to-night, Casca?
Casca. No, I am promised forth.
(Exit Carca. Bru. What was the second noise for?
Bru. What a blunt fellow is this grown to be?
He was quick mettle, when he went to school.
bold or noble enterprize,
However he puts on this tardy form.
With better appetite.
Bru. And so it is. For this time I will leave you:
To-morrow, if you please to speak with me,
Casca. I can as well be hanged, as tell the manner Come home to me, and I will wait for you.
SCENE III. The sume. A street.
Casca. I know not what you mean by that; but, 1 Casca, with his sword drawn, and Cicero.
sway in the theatre, I am no true man.
Casca. Marry, before he fell down, when he per- I have seen tempests, when the scolding winds
and so he fell. When he came to himself again, Either there is a civil strife in heaven;
Like twenty torehes joiu'd; and yet his hand, Bru. And after that, ke came; thus sad, away? Not sepsible of fire, remain'd unscorch'd. Casca. Ay.
Besides, (I have not since put up my sword,)
Against the Capitol I met a lion,
Who glar'd upou me, and went surly by;
Without annoying me: and there were drawn
These are their reasons, - They are natural;
For, I believe, they are portentous things
If I know this, know all the world besides,
That part of tyranny that I do bear,
Casca. So can I;
The power to cancel his captivity.
Cas. And why should Caesar be a tyrant then? Send word to you, he would be there to-morrow. Poor man! I know, he would not be a wolf,
Cic. Good night then, Casca : this disturbed sky But that he sees the Romans are but sheep:
He were no lion, were not Romans hinds.
(Exit Cicero. Those that with haste will make a mighty fire,
Begin it with weak straws. What trash is Rome,
What rubbish, and what oflal, when it serves
For the base matter to illuminate
So vile a thing as Caesar? But, o grief!
Before a willing bondman: then I know
That is no fleering tell-tale. Hold my hand;
And I will set this foot of mine as far,
As who goes farthest.
Cas. There's a bargain made.
To undergo with me an enterprize
And I do know, by this, they stay for me
In Pompey's porch; for now, this fearful night,
And the complexion of the element
Most bloody, ficry, and most terrible.
Cas. No, it is Casca; one incorporate
The noble Brutus to our party
Cas. Be you content! good Cinna, take this paper,
And look you lay it in the praetor's chair,
Upon old Brutus' statue: ali this done,
Cas. That done, repair to Pompey's theatre.
(Exit Cinna. In every place, save here in Italy.
Come, Casca, you and I will, yet, ere day,
is ours already; and the man entire,
Casca. 0, he sits high in all the people's hearts;
Will change to virtue, and to worthiness.
Cas. Him, and his worth, and onr great need of him,
You have right well conceited. Let us go,
coldind I bare
For it is after midnight; and, ere day,
Bru. 'Tis good. Go to the gate; somebody knocks. We will awake him, and be sure of him. (Exeunt.
(Exit Lucius. Since Cassius first did whet me against Caesar,
I have not slept.
Between the acting of a dreadful thing
Like a phantaswa, or a hideous dream : Bru. what, Lucius! ho!
The genius, and the mortal instruments,
Are theu in council; and the state of man,
Luc. Sir, 'tis your brother Cassius at the door,
Who doth desire to see you.
Bru. Is he alone?
Luc. No, sir, there are more with him.
Bru. Do you know them? (Exit
. Luc. No, sir; their hats are pluck'd about their ears, Bru. It must be by his death: and, for my part, I know no personal cause to spurn at him,
And half their faces buried in their cloaks, But for the general. He would be crown'd:
That by no means I may discover them How that might change his nature,there's the question. By any mark of favour.
Bru, Let them enter.
They are the faction. O conspiracy!
When evils are most free? o, then, by day, The abuse of greatness is, when it disjoins
Where wilt thou find a cavern dark enough Remorse from power: and, to speak truth of Caesar,
To mask thy monstrous visage? Seek none, conspiI have not known when his affections sway'd
racy; More than his reason. But 'tis a common proof,
Hide it in smiles, and affability: That lowliness is young ambition's ladder,
For if thou path, thy native semblanco on,
Not Erebus itself were dim enough
To hide thee from prevention.
Enter Cassius, Casca, Decius, Cisxa, METELLUS CIXLooks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees
BER, and TaeBONUS. By which he did ascend: so Caesar may;
Cas. I think we are too bold upon your rest: Then, lest he may, prevent. And, since the quarrel Good-morrow, Brutus! Do we trouble you? Will bear no colour for the thing he is,
Bru. I have been up this hour; awake, all nighh
. Fashion it thus; that what he is, augmented,
Know I these men, that come along with you? Would ron to these, and these extremities:
Cus. Yes, every man of them; and no man here, And therefore think him as a serpent's egg,
But honours you: and every one doth wish, Which, hatch’d, would, as his kiad, grow mischievous ; Which every noble Roman bears of you.
You had but that opinion of yourself,
This is Trebonius.
Bru. He is welcome hither.
Cas. This Decius Brutus..
Bru. He is welcome too.
And this, Metellus Cimber.
Bru. They are all welcome! Is not tomorrow, boy, the ides of March? What watchful cares do interpose themselves Luc. I know not, sir,
Betwixt your eyes and night? Bru. Look in the calendar, and bring me word. Cas. Shall I entreat a word? Luc. I will, sir.
(Exit. Dec. Here lies the east; doth not the day breat Bru. The exhalations, whizzing in the air,
here? Give so much light, that I may read by them. Casca. No.
(Opens the letter, and reads. Cin. O, pardon, sir, it doth; and yon grey lines, Brutus, thou sleep’st ; awake, and see thyself ! That fret the clouds, are messengers of day. Shall Rome, etc. Speuk, strike, redress!
Casca. You shall coufess, that you are both deccir'd. Brutus, thou sleep'st; awake,
Here, as I point my sword, the sun arises; Such instigations have been often dropp'd Which is a great way growing on the south, Where I have took them up.
Weighing the youthful season of the year. Shall Rome etc. Thus must I piece it out; Some two months hence, up higher toward the north, Shall Rome stand under one man's awe? What! He first presents his fire; avd the high east Rome?
Stands, as the Capitol, directly here. My ancestors did from the streets of Rome Bru. Give me your hands all over, one by one. The Tarquin drive, when he was call'd a king. Cas. And let us swear our resolution. Speak, strike, redress ! -- Am I entreated then Bru. No, not an oath. If not the face of men, To speak, and strike? O Rome! I make thee promise, The sufferance of our souls, the time's abuse, If the redress will follow, thon receivest
If these be motives weak, break off' betimes,
And every man hence to his idle bed;
So let high-sighted tyranay range on
(Knock within. As I am sure they do, bear fire enough