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All. Welcome, ladies !
If Welcome! (A flourish with drums and trumpets. With what he would say, let him feel your sword, TI [E.xeunt. Which we will second. When he lies along,
W Deliver them this paper : having read it,
Enter the Lords of the city.
'T Bid them repair to the market-place; where I,
Lords. You are most welcome home.
Auf. I have not deserv'd it;
do The city ports by this hath enter'd, and
What I have written to you?
Lords. We have.
| Lord. And grieve to hear it.
T Most welcome!
Where he was to begin; and give away
The benefit of our levies, answering us
With our own charge; making a treaty, where
Auf. He approaches, you shall hear him.
Ent CORIOLANUS, with drums and colours; a crowd If you do hold the same intent, wherein
of Citizens with him. You wish'd us parties, well deliver you
Cor. Hail, lords! I am return’d your soldier ;
No more infected with my country's love,
Than when I parted hence, but still subsisting
3 Con. The people will remain uncertain, whilst That prosperously I have attempted, and
The gates of Rome. Our spoils we have bronght home,
Do more than counterpoise, a full third part,
The charges of the action. We have made peace,
We have compounded on.
Auf. Read it not, noble lords ;
But tell the traitor, in the highest degree
He hath abus'd your powers.
Cor. Traitor! - How now ? -
Auf. Ay, traitor, Marcius.
way I'll grace thee with that robbery, thy stol'n name
A twist of rotten silk; never admitting
Counsel o'the war; but at his nurse's tears
He whiu'd and roar'd away your victory;
at him, and mea of heart
army marvell’d at it. And, in the last, Look'd wondering each at other.
duf. Name not the god, thou boy of tears, – Auf. There was it ;
Too great for what contains it. Boy! O slave!-
11 was forc'd to scold. Your judgments, my grare [Drums and trumpets sound, with great lords, shouts of the people.
Must give this cur the lie: and his own nation 1 Con. Your native town you enter'd like a post, (Who wears my stripes impress'd And had no welcomes home; but he returns,
bear Splitting the air with noise.
My beating to his grave;) shall join to thrust 2 Con. And patient fools,
The lie unto him.
Cor. Cut me to pieces, Volces! men and lads,
Stain all your edges on me! - Boy! False hound!
on him; that mast
If you have writ your annals true, 'tis there, 2 Lord. Thou hast done a deed whereat valour
3 Lord. Tread not upon him!— Masters all, be ·Alone I did it. — Boy!
Put up your swords!
Auf. My lords, when you shall know (as in this rage,
Provok'd by him, you cannot,) the great danger
Which this man's life did owe you, you'll rejoice 'Fore your own eyes and ears? Con. Let him die fort! Several speak at once.
That he is thus cut off. Please it your honours Cit. (Speaking promiscuously.) Tear him to pieces, Myself your loyal servant, or endure
To call me to your senate, I'll deliver
1 Lord. Bear from hence his body,
As the most noble corse, that ever herald
Did follow to his urn.
Takes from Aufidius a great part of blame.
Let's make the best of it.
Auf. My rage is gone,
And I am struck with sorrow. - Take him up!
Help, three o'the chiefest soldiers ; I'll be one. — Con, Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill him!
Beat thou the drum, that it speak mournfully;
kill Coriolanus,who falls, and Aufidius Hath widow'd and unchilded many a one,
Which to this hour bewail the injury,
Yet he shall have a noble memory!
Assist! [Exeunt, bearing the body of Coriolanus.
A dead march sounded.
JULIUS CA ES A R.
persons of the Drama.
Flavius and MARULLUS, tribunes.
ARTEMIDORUS, a sophist of Cnidos.
Cinta, a poet. Another Poet.
LUMNIUS; friends to Brutus and Cassius.
Varro, Clitus, Claudius, STRATO, Lucius, DARDA-
NIUS; servants to Brutus.
conspirators against Julius PINDARUS, servant to Cassius.
CALPAURKIA, wife to Caesar.
Portia, wife to Brutus.
Senators, Citizens, Guards, Attendants, etc.
Mar. But what trade art thou? Answer me directly. A C T 1.
2 Cit. A trade, sir, that, I hope, I may use with a SCENE I. - Rome. A street.
safe conscience; which is, indeed, sir, a mender of
2 Cit. Nay, I besecch you, sir, be not out with me: Upon a labouring day, without the sign
yet, if you be out, sir, I can mend yon. of your profession? --Speak, what trade art thoa? Mar. What meanest thou by that? Mend me, thon 1 Cit. Why, sir, a carpenter. Mar. Where is thy leather apron, and thy rule? 2 Cit. Why, sir, cobble you. What dost thou with thy best apparel on? - Flav, Thou art a cobbler, art thon? You, sir; what trade are you?
2 Cit. Truly, sir, all that I live by is, with the awl: 2 Cit. Truly, sir, in respect of a fine workman, 1 I meddle with no tradesman's masters, nor women's am but, as you would say, a cobbles.
matters, but with aw. I am, indeed, sir, a surgeon
l'll leave you.
to old shoes; when they are in great danger, I re- Caes, Set on, and leave no ceremony out. (Music. AI cover them. As proper men as ever trod upon neats- Sooth. Caesar!
ТІ leather, have gone upon my handy-work. Caes, Ha! Who calls?
T Flav. But wherefore art not in thy shop to-day?) Casca. Bid every noise be still. -- Peace yet again! Why dost thou lead these men about the streets ?
(Music ceases. 2 Cit. Truly, sir, to wear out their shoes, to get Caes. Who is it in the press, that calls on me?
C myself into more work. But, indeed, sir, we make I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music, holiday, to see Caesar, and to rejoice in his triumph. Cry, Caesar: speak; Caesar is turn'd to hear.
T Mar. Wherefore rejoice? What conquest brings he sooth. Beware the ides of March. home? Caes. What man is that?
Bi What tributaries follow him to Rome,
Bru. A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of
| W To grace in captive bonds his chariot-wheels?
If You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless Caes. Set him before me, let me see his face.
Cas. Fellow, come from the throng: look upon A 0, you hard hearts, you cruel men of Rome,
I Knew you not Pompey ? Many a time and oft Caes. What say'st thou to me now? Speak once T Have you climb'd np to walls and battlements,
[Sennet. Exeunt all but Bru. and Cas.
I 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. Hlave you not made an universal shout,
Cas. I pray you, do ! That Tyber trembled underneath her banks,
Bru. I am not gamesome: I do lack some part To hear the replication of your sounds,
Of that quick spirit that is in Antony:
Let me not hinder, Cassius, your desires ;
Cas. Brutus, I do observe you now of late:
You bear too stubborn and too strange a hand
Be not deceiv’d: if I have veil'd my look,
Merely upon myself. Vexed I am,
Conceptions only proper to myself,
one;) Go you down that way towards the Capitol, Nor construe any further my neglect, This way will I. Disrobe the images,
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?
Cos. Then, Brutus, I have much mistook your pasYou know, it is the feast of Lupercal.
sion; Flay. It is no matter; let no images
By means whereof, this breast of mine hath buried Be hung with Caesar's trophies. I'll about,
Thoughts of great value, worthy cogitations.
Cas, 'Tis just :
Your hidden worthiness into your eye, SCENE II. - The same. A public place. That you might see your shadow. I have heard, Enter, in procession, with music, Caesan; Antony, Where many of the best respect in Rome, for the course; CalphurNIA, PORTIA, Decius, Cicero, (Except immortal Caesar,) speaking of Brutus, BRUTUS, Cassius, and Casca, a great crowd follow- And groaning underneath this age's yoke, ing; among them a Soothsuyer.
Have wish'd, that noble Brutus had his eyes.
Brit. Into what dangers would you
For that which is not in me?
Cas. Therefore, good Brutus, be prepard to hear
Will modestly discover to yourself
And be not jealous of mě, gentle Brutus:
Were I a common laugher, or did usc
To stale with ordinary oaths my love
To every new protester; if you know,
And after scandal them; or if you know,
Brutus will start a spirit as soon, as 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, Cus. 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,
The eternal devil to keep his state in Rome,
As easily, as a king,
Bru. That you do love me, I am nothing jealous;
I shall recount hereafter; for this present,
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 meet 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 should 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,
Whiles they behold a greater than themselves ;
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. Caesar Write them together, yours is as fair a name;
stayå 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.
Casca. Why, there was a crown offered him: and your dinner worth the cating.
Bru. What a blunt fellow is this grown to be?
He was quick mettle, when he went to school. Cas. They shouted thrice; what was the last ery
for? Cas. So is he now, in execution Casca. Why, for that too.
Of any noble enterprize, Bru. Was the crown ofler'd him thrice?
However he puts on this tardy form. Casca. Ay, marry, was’t, and he put it by thrice, This rudeness is a sauce to his good wit, every time gentler, than other; and at every putting Which gives men stomach to digest his words by, mine honest neighbours shouted.
With better appetite. Cas. Who offered him the crown?
Bru, And so it is. For this time I will leave you: Casca. Why, Antony.
To-morrow, if you please to speak with me, Bru. Tell us the manner of it, gentle Casca ! I will come home to you; or, if you will,
Casca. I can as well be hanged, as tell the manner Come home to me, and I will wait for you. of it: it was mere foolery, I did not mark it. I saw Cas. I will do so:
till then, think of the world. Mark Antony offer him a crown; — yet'twas a crown
(Exit Brutus. neither, 'twas one of these coronets; — and, as I told Well, Bratus, thou art noble; yet, I see, you, he put it by once: but, for all that, to my thinking, Thy honourable metal may be wrought he would fain bave had it. Then he offered it to him from that it is dispos'd: therefore 'tis meet again : then he put it by again: but, to my thinking, That noble minds keep ever with their likes : he was very loath to lay his fingers off it. And then for who so firm, that cannot be sedue'd? he offered it the third time; he put it the third time Caesar doth bear me hard; but he loves Bratus : by: and still as he refused it
, the rabblement hooted, If I were Brutus now, and he were Cassius,
Bru. 'Tis very like; he hath the falling-sickness.
SCENE III. The sume. A street.
, Casca. I know not what you mean by that; but, I Casca, with his sword drawn, and CICERO. am sure, Caesar fell down. If the tag-rag people did Cic. Good even, Casca : brought you Caesar home? not clap him aud hiss him, according as he pleased, Why are you breathless ? and why stare you so? aud displeased them, as they use to do the players Cusca. Are not you mor'd, when all the swag in the theatre, I am no true man.
earth Bru. What said he, when he came unto himself? | Shakes, like a thing anhrm? O, Cicero, Casca. Marry, before he fell down, when he per- I have seen tempests, when the scolding winds ceiv'd the common herd was glad he refused the Have riv'd the knotty oaks; and I have seen crown, he plucked me ope his doublet, and offered The ambitious ocean swell, and rage, and foals, them his throat to cut. - An I had been a man of To be exalted with the threat'niog clouds: any occupation, if I would not have taken him at a But never till to-night, never till now, word, I would I might go to hell among the rogues : Did I go through a tempest dropping fire. - and so he fell. When he came to himself again, Either there is a civil strife in heaven; he said, if he had done or said any thiog amiss, he or else the world, too saucy with the gods, desired their worships to thiņk it was his infirmity. lacenses them to send destruction. Three or four wenches, where I stood, cried : Alas, Cic. Why, saw you any thing more wonderful? good soul! — and forgave him with all their hearts : Casca. A common slave (you know him well bj but there's no heed to be taken of them; if Caesar
sight,) had stabbed their mothers, they would have done Held up his left hand, which did flame, and bars
Like twenty torehes join'd; and yet his hand,
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
. Hooting, and shrieking. When these prodigies Fare you well! There was more foolery yet, if I Do so conjointly meet, let not men say, could remember it.
These are their reasons, — They are naturali