1599 THE TRAGEDY OF JULIUS CAESAR William Shakespeare
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616) - English dramatist and poet widely regarded as the greatest and most influential writer in all of world literature. The richness of Shakespeare’s genius transcends time; his keen observation and psychological insight are, to this day, without rival. Julius Caesar (1599) - A tragedy that tells of Caesar’s murder at the hands of a group of conspirators led by Brutus and Cassius. Marc Antony delivers a rousing oration at Caesar’s funeral and drives the assassins out of Rome.
Table Of Contents ACT I. . ACT II. ACT III. ACT IV. ACT V. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 15 26 39 48
DRAMATIS PERSONAE JULIUS CAESAR, Roman statesman and general OCTAVIUS, Triumvir after Caesar’s death, later Augustus Caesar, first emperor of Rome MARK ANTONY, general and friend of Caesar, a Triumvir after his death LEPIDUS, third member of the Triumvirate MARCUS BRUTUS, leader of the conspiracy against Caesar CASSIUS, instigator of the conspiracy CASCA, conspirator against Caesar TREBONIUS, “ ” “ CAIUS LIGARIUS, “ ” “ DECIUS BRUTUS, “ ” “ METELLUS CIMBER, “ ” “ CINNA, “ ” “ CALPURNIA, wife of Caesar PORTIA, wife of Brutus CICERO, senator POPILIUS, “ POPILIUS LENA, “ FLAVIUS, tribune MARULLUS, tribune CATO, supportor of Brutus LUCILIUS, “ ” “ TITINIUS, “ ” “ MESSALA, “ ” “ VOLUMNIUS, “ ” “ ARTEMIDORUS, a teacher of rhetoric CINNA, a poet VARRO, servant to Brutus CLITUS, “ ” “ CLAUDIO, “ ” “ STRATO, “ ” “ LUCIUS, “ ” “ DARDANIUS, “ ” “ PINDARUS, servant to Cassius The Ghost of Caesar A Soothsayer A Poet Senators, Citizens, Soldiers, Commoners, Messengers, and Servants SCENE: Rome, the conspirators’ camp near Sardis, and the plains of Philippi.
ACT I. SCENE I. Rome. A street. Enter Flavius, Marullus, and certain Commoners. FLAVIUS Hence, home, you idle creatures, get you home. Is this a holiday? What, know you not, Being mechanical, you ought not walk Upon a laboring day without the sign Of your profession? Speak, what trade art thou? FIRST COMMONER Why, sir, a carpenter. MARULLUS Where is thy leather apron and thy rule? What dost thou with thy best apparel on? You, sir, what trade are you? SECOND COMMONER Truly, sir, in respect of a fine workman, I am but, as you would say, a cobbler. MARULLUS But what trade art thou? Answer me directly. SECOND COMMONER A trade, sir, that, I hope, I may use with a safe conscience, which is indeed, sir, a mender of bad soles. MARULLUS What trade, thou knave? Thou naughty knave, what trade? SECOND COMMONER Nay, I beseech you, sir, be not out with me; yet, if you be out, sir, I can mend you. MARULLUS What mean’st thou by that? Mend me, thou saucy fellow! SECOND COMMONER Why, sir, cobble you. FLAVIUS Thou art a cobbler, art thou? SECOND COMMONER Truly, Sir, all that I live by is with the awl; I meddle with no tradesman’s matters, nor women’s matters, but with awl. I am indeed, sir, a surgeon to old shoes; when they are in great danger, I recover them. As proper men as ever trod upon neat’s leather have gone upon my handiwork. FLAVIUS But wherefore art not in thy shop today? Why dost thou lead these men about the streets? SECOND COMMONER Truly, sir, to wear out their shoes to get myself into more work. But indeed, sir, we make holiday to see Caesar and to rejoice in his triumph. MARULLUS Wherefore rejoice? What conquest brings he home? What tributaries follow him to Rome To grace in captive bonds his chariot wheels? You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless things! O you hard hearts, you cruel men of Rome, Knew you not Pompey? Many a time and oft Have you climb’d up to walls and battlements, To towers and windows, yea, to chimney tops, Your infants in your arms, and there have sat The livelong day with patient expectation To see great Pompey pass the streets of Rome.
And when you saw his chariot but appear, Have you not made an universal shout That Tiber trembled underneath her banks To hear the replication of your sounds Made in her concave shores? And do you now put on your best attire? And do you now cull out a holiday? And do you now strew flowers in his way That comes in triumph over Pompey’s blood? Be gone! Run to your houses, fall upon your knees, Pray to the gods to intermit the plague That needs must light on this ingratitude. FLAVIUS Go, go, good countrymen, and, for this fault, Assemble all the poor men of your sort, Draw them to Tiber banks, and weep your tears Into the channel, till the lowest stream Do kiss the most exalted shores of all. Exeunt all Commoners. See whether their basest metal be not moved; They vanish tongue-tied in their guiltiness. Go you down that way towards the Capitol; This way will I. Disrobe the images If you do find them deck’d with ceremonies. MARULLUS May we do so? You know it is the feast of Lupercal. FLAVIUS It is no matter; let no images Be hung with Caesar’s trophies. I’ll about And drive away the vulgar from the streets; So do you too, where you perceive them thick. These growing feathers pluck’d from Caesar’s wing Will make him fly an ordinary pitch, Who else would soar above the view of men And keep us all in servile fearfulness. Exeunt. SCENE II. A public place. Flourish. Enter Caesar; Antony, for the course; Calpurnia, Portia, Decius, Cicero, Brutus, Cassius, and Casca; a great crowd follows, among them a Soothsayer. CAESAR Calpurnia! CASCA Peace, ho! Caesar speaks. Music ceases. CAESAR Calpurnia! CALPURNIA Here, my lord. CAESAR Stand you directly in Antonio’s way, When he doth run his course. Antonio! ANTONY Caesar, my lord? CAESAR Forget not in your speed, Antonio, To touch Calpurnia, for our elders say The barren, touched in this holy chase, Shake off their sterile curse. ANTONY I shall remember. When Caesar says “Do this,” it is perform’d. CAESAR Set on, and leave no ceremony out. Flourish.
Exeunt all but Brutus and Cassius. CAESAR He is a dreamer. Cassius. Brutus. be you oneNor construe any further my neglect Than that poor Brutus with himself at war Forgets the shows of love to other men. I your glass Will modestly discover to yourself That of yourself which you yet know not of. can you see your face? BRUTUS No. That you have no such mirrors as will turn Your hidden worthiness into your eye That you might see your shadow.SOOTHSAYER Caesar! CAESAR Ha! Who calls? CASCA Bid every noise be still. CASSIUS Brutus. CASSIUS Will you go see the order of the course? BRUTUS Not I. Cry “Caesar. your desires. for the eye sees not itself But by reflection. gentle Brutus. Cassius. good Brutus. CASSIUS ‘Tis just. or did use To stale with ordinary oaths my love To every new protester. Were I a common laugher. CAESAR Set him before me let me see his face. BRUTUS I am not gamesome. BRUTUS Into what dangers would you lead me. And it is very much lamented. But let not therefore my good friends be grievedAmong which number. Which give some soil perhaps to my behaviors. Vexed I am Of late with passions of some difference. CASSIUS I pray you. Tell me. worthy cogitations. by some other things. I’ll leave you. BRUTUS Cassius. Peace yet again! CAESAR Who is it in the press that calls on me? I hear a tongue. Cassius. do. speaking of Brutus And groaning underneath this age’s yoke. Conceptions only proper to myself. You bear too stubborn and too strange a hand Over your friend that loves you. By means whereof this breast of mine hath buried Thoughts of great value. if you know That I do fawn on
. CAESAR What say’st thou to me now? Speak once again. I do observe you now of late. SOOTHSAYER Beware the ides of March. let us leave him. look upon Caesar. be prepared to hear. Pass. shriller than all the music. Cassius. Let me not hinder. That you would have me seek into myself For that which is not in me? CASSIUS Therefore. I have heard Where many of the best respect in Rome. I have much mistook your passion. CASSIUS Fellow. And be not jealous on me. I turn the trouble of my countenance Merely upon myself. CASSIUS Then. come from the throng. Have wish’d that noble Brutus had his eyes. Caesar is turn’d to hear.” Speak. I do lack some part Of that quick spirit that is in Antony. Brutus. Be not deceived. Sennet. good Brutus. CAESAR What man is that? BRUTUS A soothsayer you beware the ides of March. And since you know you cannot see yourself So well as by reflection. Except immortal Caesar. if I have veil’d my look. I have not from your eyes that gentleness And show of love as I was wont to have. SOOTHSAYER Beware the ides of March.
And that same eye whose bend doth awe the world Did lose his luster. and that tongue of his that bade the Romans Mark him and write his speeches in their books. “Darest thou. BRUTUS What means this shouting? I do fear the people Choose Caesar for their king. I cannot tell what you and other men Think of this life. as Aeneas our great ancestor Did from the flames of Troy upon his shoulder The old Anchises bear. honor is the subject of my story. He had a fever when he was in Spain. or if you know That I profess myself in banqueting To all the rout. I had as lief not be as live to be In awe of such a thing as I myself. it cried. As well as I do know your outward favor. Well. Cassius. Cassius. Titinius. Shout. now Leap in with me into this angry flood And swim to yonder point?” Upon the word. CASSIUS I know that virtue to be in you. I was born free as Caesar. The troubled Tiber chafing with her shores.” As a sick girl. Cassius. We both have fed as well. Ay. and we did buffet it With lusty sinews. this god did shake. then hold me dangerous. and Cassius is A wretched creature and must bend his body If Caesar carelessly but nod on him. His coward lips did from their color fly. upon a raw and gusty day.
. For let the gods so speed me as I love The name of honor more than I fear death. Caesar said to me. throwing it aside And stemming it with hearts of controversy. But wherefore do you hold me here so long? What is it that you would impart to me? If it be aught toward the general good. Flourish and shout. BRUTUS I would not. And this man Is now become a god.men and hug them hard And after scandal them. but. “Give me some drink. “Help me. so were you. Brutus. ‘Tis true. The torrent roar’d. Ye gods! It doth amaze me A man of such a feeble temper should So get the start of the majestic world And bear the palm alone. I plunged in And bade him follow. do you fear it? Then must I think you would not have it so. and we can both Endure the winter’s cold as well as he. CASSIUS Ay. For once. for my single self. I did hear him groan. Accoutred as I was. so from the waves of Tiber Did I the tired Caesar. Flourish. or I sink! I. So indeed he did. Caesar cried. And when the fit was on him I did mark How he did shake. But ere we could arrive the point proposed. yet I love him well. Set honor in one eye and death i’ the other And I will look on both indifferently. Alas.
But in ourselves that we are underlings.
. conjure with ‘em. I would not. Sound them. pluck Casca by the sleeve. Till then. man. look you. and room enough. chew upon this: Brutus had rather be a villager Than to repute himself a son of Rome Under these hard conditions as this time Is like to lay upon us. and find a time Both meet to hear and answer such high things. tell you What hath proceeded worthy note today. What you have said I will consider. CASSIUS Why. after his sour fashion. CASSIUS I am glad that my weak words Have struck but thus much show of fire from Brutus.BRUTUS Another general shout! I do believe that these applauses are For some new honors that are heap’d on Caesar. so with love I might entreat you. And all the rest look like a chidden train: Calpurnia’s cheek is pale. Brutus and Caesar: what should be in that “Caesar”? Why should that name be sounded more than yours? Write them together. But. I am nothing jealous. dear Brutus. thou art shamed! Rome. thou hast lost the breed of noble bloods! When went there by an age since the great flood But it was famed with more than with one man? When could they say till now that talk’d of Rome That her wide walls encompass’d but one man? Now is it Rome indeed. he doth bestride the narrow world Like a Colossus. I shall recount hereafter. What you would work me to. The angry spot doth glow on Caesar’s brow. yours is as fair a name.” Now. “Brutus” will start a spirit as soon as “Caesar. in the names of all the gods at once. my noble friend. I have some aim. BRUTUS I will do so. it doth become the mouth as well. CASSIUS As they pass by. is not in our stars. for this present. BRUTUS The games are done. Weigh them. it is as heavy. How I have thought of this and of these times. you and I have heard our fathers say There was a Brutus once that would have brook’d The eternal devil to keep his state in Rome As easily as a king. what you have to say I will with patience hear. and Cicero Looks with such ferret and such fiery eyes As we have seen him in the Capitol. Re-enter Caesar and his Train. O. and Caesar is returning. When there is in it but one only man. Men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault. And he will. Being cross’d in conference by some senators. Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed That he is grown so great? Age. BRUTUS That you do love me. Cassius. and we petty men Walk under his huge legs and peep about To find ourselves dishonorable graves. Be any further moved.
I rather tell thee what is to be fear’d Than what I fear. CASSIUS They shouted thrice. as I told you. Antony. Then he offered it to him again. As thou dost. He is a great observer. every time gentler than other. then he put it by again. and such as sleep o’ nights: Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look. were you not? BRUTUS I should not then ask Casca what had chanced. What was the last cry for? CASCA Why. He is a noble Roman and well given. Caesar. But for all that. He reads much. he put it the third time by. he put it by with the back of his hand. the rabblement hooted
. for that too. tell us what hath chanced today That Caesar looks so sad. he would fain have had it. CAESAR Would he were fatter! But I fear him not. CASCA You pull’d me by the cloak. to my thinking. It was mere foolery. he’s not dangerous. I did not mark it. I do not know the man I should avoid So soon as that spare Cassius. He thinks too much. Seldom he smiles. and smiles in such a sort As if he mock’d himself and scorn’d his spirit That could be moved to smile at anything. He loves no plays. Yet if my name were liable to fear. for always I am Caesar. and he put it by thrice. Exeunt Caesar and all his Train but Casca. And tell me truly what thou think’st of him. for this ear is deaf. I saw Mark Antony offer him a crown (yet ‘twas not a crown neither. marry. and then the people fell ashouting. wast. for that too. CASCA Why. would you speak with me? BRUTUS Ay. to my thinking. and being offered him. such men are dangerous. Sennet. he hears no music. ANTONY Fear him not. Antony. gentle Casca. Casca. ‘twas one of these coronets) and. BRUTUS What was the second noise for? CASCA Why. you were with him. CASSIUS Who offered him the crown? CASCA Why. and still as he refused it. But. And then he offered it the third time. CAESAR Antonio! ANTONY Caesar? CAESAR Let me have men about me that are fat. CASCA Why. he was very loath to lay his fingers off it. Sleek-headed men. there was a crown offered him. he put it by once. And therefore are they very dangerous. Come on my right hand. Such men as he be never at heart’s ease Whiles they behold a greater than themselves. thus.CASSIUS Casca will tell us what the matter is. and he looks Quite through the deeds of men. CASCA I can as well be hang’d as tell the manner of it. BRUTUS Was the crown offered him thrice? CASCA Ay. and at every putting by mine honest neighbors shouted. BRUTUS Tell us the manner of it.
did Caesars wound? CASCA He fell down in the marketplace and foamed at mouth and was speechless. we have the falling sickness. CASSIUS But. Which gives men stomach to digest his words With better appetite. he spoke Greek. And for mine own part. but I am sure Caesar fell down. BRUTUS What said he when he came unto himself? CASCA Marry. both. CASCA I know not what you mean by that. I could tell you more news too: Marullus and Flavius. I durst not laugh for fear of opening my lips and receiving the bad air. An had been a man of any occupation. Fare you well. Exit. I am promised forth. for pulling scarfs off Caesar’s images. CASSIUS No. but for mine own part. they would have done no less. if he had done or said anything amiss. away? CASCA Ay. BRUTUS ‘Tis very like. but those that understood him smiled at one another and shook their heads. good soul!” and forgave him with all their hearts. if I would not have taken him at a word. CASSIUS Will you sup with me tonight. Casca? CASCA No. Three or four wenches where I stood cried. if Caesar had stabbed their mothers. what.
. when he perceived the common herd was glad he refused the crown. When he came to himself again. farewell. he said.and clapped their chopped hands and threw up their sweaty nightcaps and uttered such a deal of stinking breath because Caesar refused the crown that it had almost choked Caesar. CASSIUS To what effect? CASCA Nay. This rudeness is a sauce to his good wit. He hath the falling sickness. if could remember it. Caesar hath it not. I am no true man. And honest Casca. and your mind hold. an I tell you that. I will expect you. “Alas. CASSIUS Will you dine with me tomorrow? CASCA Ay. There was more foolery yet. CASSIUS So is he now in execution Of any bold or noble enterprise. If the tagrag people did not clap him and hiss him according as he pleased and displeased them. But there’s no heed to be taken of them. CASSIUS Did Cicero say anything? CASCA Ay. as they use to do the players in the theatre. thus sad. And so he fell. it was Greek to me. CASSIUS Good. BRUTUS What a blunt fellow is this grown to be! He was quick mettle when he went to school. and your dinner worth the eating. before he fell down. for he swounded and fell down at it. but you. However he puts on this tardy form. CASCA Do so. I pray you. BRUTUS And after that he came. I’ll ne’er look you i’ the face again. he plucked me ope his doublet and offered them his throat to cut. I would I might go to hell among the rogues. if I be alive. soft. are put to silence. and I. he desired their worships to think it was his infirmity.
. who swore they saw Men all in fire walk up and down the streets. wherein obscurely Caesar’s ambition shall be glanced at. Till then. For who so firm that cannot be seduced? Caesar doth bear me hard. therefore it is meet That noble minds keep ever with their likes. if you please to speak with me. and Cicero. when all the sway of earth Shakes like a thing unfirm? O Cicero. yet. thou art noble. I have seen tempests when the scolding winds Have rived the knotty oaks. And after this let Caesar seat him sure. As if they came from several citizens. I will this night. and why stare you so? CASCA Are not you moved. If I were Brutus now and he were Cassius. and yet his hand Not sensible of fire remain’d unscorch’d. think of the world. they are natural”: For I believe they are portentous things Unto the climate that they point upon.I ha’ not since put up my swordAgainst the Capitol I met a lion. saw you anything more wonderful? CASCA A common slave. For this time I will leave you. Or else the world too saucy with the gods Incenses them to send destruction. Howling and shrieking. Well. A street. CICERO Good even. Brutus. or. or worse days endure. Who glaz’d upon me and went surly by Without annoying me. let not men say “These are their reasons. For we will shake him. Besides. And there were drawn Upon a heap a hundred ghastly women Transformed with their fear. Writings. He should not humor me. But never till tonight. I will come home to you. Exit. In several hands.you know him well by sightHeld up his left hand. And yesterday the bird of night did sit Even at noonday upon the marketplace. which did flame and burn Like twenty torches join’d. in at his windows throw. Brought you Caesar home? Why are you breathless. Enter. if you will. SCENE III. from opposite sides. Tomorrow. never till now.BRUTUS And so it is. with his sword drawn. Casca. Casca. Thunder and lightning. Come home to me and I will wait for you. I see Thy honorable mettle may be wrought From that it is disposed. and I have seen The ambitious ocean swell and rage and foam To be exalted with the threatening clouds. Did I go through a tempest dropping fire. Exit Brutus. Either there is a civil strife in heaven. When these prodigies Do so conjointly meet. but he loves Brutus. CASSIUS I will do so. CICERO Why. all tending to the great opinion That Rome holds of his name.
CASSIUS You are dull. That thunders. why all these gliding ghosts. it is a strange-disposed time. lightens. Cicero. opens graves. and children calculate. I have walk’d about the streets.CICERO Indeed. is it not. CASCA Your ear is good. CASCA Who ever knew the heavens menace so? CASSIUS Those that have known the earth so full of faults. Casca. for he did bid Antonio Send word to you he would be there tomorrow. Or else you use not. Have bared my bosom to the thunderstone. by your voice. And we are govern’d with our mothers’ spirits. Exit Cicero. But if you would consider the true cause Why all these fires. fools. Now could I. But men may construe things after their fashion. Casca. Casca. why. CASCA ‘Tis Caesar that you mean. as these strange eruptions are. and those sparks of life That should be in a Roman you do want. CASSIUS Casca. and preformed faculties To monstrous quality. Cassius? CASSIUS Let it be who it is. I did present myself Even in the aim and very flash of it. woe the while! Our fathers’ minds are dead. And thus unbraced. Casca. name to thee a man Most like this dreadful night. CASSIUS Who’s there? CASCA A Roman. Their natures. Enter Cassius. for Romans now Have thews and limbs like to their ancestors. But. You look pale and gaze And put on fear and cast yourself in wonder To see the strange impatience of the heavens.
. what night is this! CASSIUS A very pleasing night to honest men. Comes Caesar to the Capitol tomorrow? CASCA He doth. CICERO Good then. Why all these things change from their ordinance. For my part. And when the cross blue lightning seem’d to open The breast of heaven. CASCA Farewell. CASCA But wherefore did you so much tempt the heavens? It is the part of men to fear and tremble When the most mighty gods by tokens send Such dreadful heralds to astonish us. A man no mightier than thyself or me In personal action. Why birds and beasts from quality and kind. This disturbed sky Is not to walk in. as you see. Submitting me unto the perilous night. Our yoke and sufferance show us womanish. Cassius. and roars As doth the lion in the Capitol. Why old men. you shall find That heaven hath infused them with these spirits To make them instruments of fear and warning Unto some monstrous state. Clean from the purpose of the things themselves. yet prodigious grown And fearful.
But I am arm’d. it is Casca. nor walls of beaten brass. He were no lion. For now. Am I not stay’d for. this fearful night. Nor airless dungeon. ye gods. O grief. CASCA So can I. Now know you. He is a friend. where haste you so? CINNA To find out you. CASSIUS There’s a bargain made. And I will set this foot of mine as far As who goes farthest. And I do know by this. Cinna. What a fearful night is this! There’s two or three of us have seen strange sights. What rubbish. and what offal. CASSIUS I know where I will wear this dagger then: Cassius from bondage will deliver Cassius. fiery. know all the world besides. But life. CASSIUS And why should Caesar be a tyrant then? Poor man! I know he would not be a wolf But that he sees the Romans are but sheep.CASCA Indeed they say the senators tomorrow Mean to establish Caesar as a king. There is no stir or walking in the streets. And the complexion of the element In favor’s like the work we have in hand. you tyrants do defeat. Who’s that? Metellus Cimber? CASSIUS No. Casca. I have moved already Some certain of the noblest-minded Romans To undergo with me an enterprise Of honorable-dangerous consequence. you make the weak most strong. they stay for me In Pompey’s Porch. And dangers are to me indifferent. being weary of these worldly bars. Hold. one incorporate To our attempts. CASCA Stand close awhile. for here comes one in haste. I do know him by his gait. And he shall wear his crown by sea and land In every place save here in Italy. and most terrible. Cinna? CINNA I am glad on’t. CASCA You speak to Casca. Those that with haste will make a mighty fire Begin it with weak straws. were not Romans hinds. when it serves For the base matter to illuminate So vile a thing as Caesar? But. CASSIUS ‘Tis Cinna. nor strong links of iron Can be retentive to the strength of spirit. Nor stony tower. Therein. Enter Cinna. Never lacks power to dismiss itself. That part of tyranny that I do bear I can shake off at pleasure. Be factious for redress of all these griefs. So every bondman in his own hand bears The power to cancel his captivity. If I know this. Most bloody. Therein. my hand. What trash is Rome.
. Where hast thou led me? I perhaps speak this Before a willing bondman. ye gods. then I know My answer must be made. Thunder still. and to such a man That is no fleering tell-tale.
he sits high in all the people’s hearts. Come. if you could But win the noble Brutus to our partyCASSIUS Be you content.CASSIUS Am I not stay’d for? Tell me. His countenance. O Cassius. Three parts of him Is ours already. CASSIUS That done. CASSIUS Him and his worth and our great need of him You have right well conceited. Let us go. and throw this In at his window. All this done. For it is after midnight. you and I will yet ere day See Brutus at his house. Where Brutus may but find it. like richest alchemy. Is Decius Brutus and Trebonius there? CINNA All but Metellus Cimber. Good Cinna. where you shall find us. you are.
. repair to Pompey’s Theatre. Exeunt. and the man entire Upon the next encounter yields him ours. Casca. Exit Cinna. set this up with wax Upon old Brutus’ statue. and ere day We will awake him and be sure of him. take this paper. Will change to virtue and to worthiness. CASCA O. Repair to Pompey’s Porch. I will hie And so bestow these papers as you bade me. Well. and he’s gone To seek you at your house. And look you lay it in the praetor’s chair. And that which would appear offense in us. CINNA Yes.
BRUTUS Get you to bed again. for my part. that what he is. I know no personal cause to spurn at him. I grant. Lucius. lest he may. But when he once attains the upmost round. by the progress of the stars. He then unto the ladder turns his back. When it is lighted. Looks in the clouds. But ‘tis a common proof That lowliness is young ambition’s ladder. I have not known when his affections sway’d More than his reason. Re-enter Lucius. I say! What. sir. Lucius. Enter Brutus in his orchard. Crown him that. and. LUCIUS The taper burneth in your closet.ACT II. sir. it is not day. we put a sting in him That at his will he may do danger with. When. there’s the question. augmented. I say! I would it were my fault to sleep so soundly. And. And then. LUCIUS I will. It is the bright day that brings forth the adder And that craves wary walking. since the quarrel Will bear no color for the thing he is. LUCIUS Call’d you. come and call me here. And therefore think him as a serpent’s egg Which hatch’d would as his kind grow mischievous. ho! I cannot. So Caesar may. my lord. and I am sure It did not lie there when I went to bed. Searching the window for a flint I found This paper thus seal’d up. Lucius. sir. Gives him the letter.
. And kill him in the shell. Exit. Whereto the climber-upward turns his face. Give guess how near to day. scorning the base degrees By which he did ascend. and. SCENE I. Exit. Fashion it thus. Would run to these and these extremities. the ides of March? LUCIUS I know not. to speak truth of Caesar. BRUTUS What. Is not tomorrow. my lord? BRUTUS Get me a taper in my study. BRUTUS The exhalations whizzing in the air Give so much light that I may read by them. Then. when? Awake. The abuse of greatness is when it disjoins Remorse from power. BRUTUS Look in the calendar and bring me word. BRUTUS It must be by his death. boy. But for the general. He would be crown’d: How that might change his nature. Lucius! Enter Lucius. Lucius. LUCIUS I will. prevent.
sir. I make thee promise. Hide it in smiles and affability. “Brutus. LUCIUS Sir. BRUTUS ‘Tis good. thou sleep’st: awake!” Such instigations have been often dropp’d Where I have took them up. The genius and the mortal instruments Are then in council. there are more with him. Go to the gate.” Thus must I piece it out. Between the acting of a dreadful thing And the first motion. their hats are pluck’d about their ears. all the interim is Like a phantasma or a hideous dream. redress!” “Brutus. “Speak. and the state of man. then. Conspiracy. Decius. Speak. thou sleep’st: awake and see thyself! Shall Rome. “Shall Rome. When evils are most free? O. somebody knocks. when he was call’d a king. etc. Shamest thou to show thy dangerous brow by night. Since Cassius first did whet me against Caesar I have not slept. Brutus. That by no means I may discover them By any mark of favor. BRUTUS Is he alone? LUCIUS No. Shall Rome stand under one man’s awe? What. LUCIUS Sir. suffers then The nature of an insurrection. ‘tis your brother Cassius at the door. do we trouble you? BRUTUS I have been up this hour. CASSIUS I think we are too bold upon your rest. Cassius. Cinna. Metellus Cimber. Casca. Exit Lucius. Like to a little kingdom. Exit Lucius. Rome? My ancestors did from the streets of Rome The Tarquin drive. March is wasted fifteen days. O Conspiracy. If the redress will follow. thou receivest Thy full petition at the hand of Brutus! Re-enter Lucius. Who doth desire to see you. thy native semblance on. awake all night. Re-enter Lucius. sir. etc. redress!” Am I entreated To speak and strike? O Rome. Not Erebus itself were dim enough To hide thee from prevention. BRUTUS Do you know them? LUCIUS No.
.Opens the letter and reads. And half their faces buried in their cloaks. by day Where wilt thou find a cavern dark enough To mask thy monstrous visage? Seek none. They are the faction. Enter the conspirators. and Trebonius. BRUTUS Let ‘em enter. Knocking within. strike. Good morrow. strike. For if thou path.
. Nor the insuppressive mettle of our spirits. let us have him. BRUTUS They are all welcome. sir. Old feeble carrions and such suffering souls That welcome wrongs. bear fire enough To kindle cowards and to steel with valor The melting spirits of women. BRUTUS He is welcome hither. as I point my sword. and the high east Stands as the Capitol. METELLUS O. If not the face of men. the time’s abuseIf these be motives weak. but do not stain The even virtue of our enterprise. not an oath. And every man hence to his idle bed. BRUTUS He is welcome too. CINNA No. for his silver hairs Will purchase us a good opinion. it doth. countrymen. Doth not the day break here? CASCA No. and every one doth wish You had but that opinion of yourself Which every noble Roman bears of you. and yongrey lines That fret the clouds are messengers of day. Which is a great way growing on the south.Know I these men that come along with you? CASSIUS Yes. BRUTUS No. But if these. CASSIUS But what of Cicero? Shall we sound him? I think he will stand very strong with us. by no means. one by one. As I am sure they do. Here. This. CASSIUS And let us swear our resolution. and no man here But honors you. CASCA Let us not leave him out. every man of them. directly here. Weighing the youthful season of the year. Metellus Cimber. BRUTUS Give me your hands all over. Some two months hence up higher toward the north He first presents his fire. DECIUS Here lies the east. when every drop of blood That every Roman bears. To think that or our cause or our performance Did need an oath. pardon. Casca. CINNA O. Decius Brutus. the sun arises. So let high-sighted tyranny range on Till each man drop by lottery. This is Trebonius. and nobly bears. Is guilty of a several bastardy If he do break the smallest particle Of any promise that hath pass’d from him. break off betimes. The sufferance of our souls. then. this. Cinna. What watchful cares do interpose themselves Betwixt your eyes and night? CASSIUS Shall I entreat a word? They whisper. What need we any spur but our own cause To prick us to redress? What other bond Than secret Romans that have spoke the word And will not palter? And what other oath Than honesty to honesty engaged That this shall be or we will fall for it? Swear priests and cowards and men cautelous. CASSIUS This. And buy men’s voices to commend our deeds. and this. unto bad causes swear Such creatures as men doubt. CASCA You shall confess that you are both deceived.
and much company. TREBONIUS ‘Tis time to part. And the persuasion of his augurers May hold him from the Capitol today. This shall make Our purpose necessary and not envious. For Antony is but a limb of Caesar. Not hew him as a carcass fit for hounds. Let’s kill him boldly. And for Mark Antony. all that he can do Is to himself. that we then could come by Caesar’s spirit.It shall be said his judgement ruled our hands. so well beloved of Caesar. If he love Caesar. good Cassius. alas. If he improve them. For in the ingrated love he bears to CaesarBRUTUS Alas. Quite from the main opinion he held once Of fantasy.
. O. of dreams. It may be these apparent prodigies. take thought and die for Caesar. well urged. To cut the head off and then hack the limbs Like wrath in death and envy afterwards. CASSIUS The clock hath stricken three. and ceremonies. For he is superstitious grown of late. to wildness. Let us be sacrificers. Clock strikes. For he can do no more than Caesar’s arm When Caesar’s head is off. think not of him. name him not. DECIUS Shall no man else be touch’d but only Caesar? CASSIUS Decius. For he will live and laugh at this hereafter. Caesar must bleed for it! And. CASSIUS But it is doubtful yet Whether Caesar will come forth today or no. gentle friends. may well stretch so far As to annoy us all. BRUTUS O. as subtle masters do. Should outlive Caesar. TREBONIUS There is no fear in him-let him not die. for he is given To sports. But all be buried in his gravity. but not butchers. We shall be call’d purgers. CASSIUS Yet I fear him. And in the spirit of men there is no blood. BRUTUS Our course will seem too bloody. The unaccustom’d terror of this night. Stir up their servants to an act of rage And after seem to chide ‘em. Our youths and wildness shall no whit appear. which to prevent. Let Antony and Caesar fall together. Caius. CASCA Indeed he is not fit. And not dismember Caesar! But. and you know his means. I think it is not meet Mark Antony. Caius Cassius. not murderers. We all stand up against the spirit of Caesar. let us not break with him. BRUTUS Peace. And that were much he should. We shall find of him A shrewd contriver. count the clock. For he will never follow anything That other men begin. And let our hearts. do not think of him. but not wrathfully. Let’s carve him as a dish fit for the gods. CASSIUS Then leave him out. Which so appearing to the common eyes.
And. and I have given him reasons. Brutus. And bears with glasses. Let not our looks put on our purposes. I urged you further. And when I ask’d you what the matter was. Fearing to strengthen that impatience Which seem’d too much enkindled. Lions with toils. my lord! BRUTUS Portia. Stole from my bed. PORTIA Nor for yours neither. Therefore thou sleep’st so sound. We’ll leave you. Exeunt all but Brutus. and I’ll fashion him. Which sometime hath his hour with every man. Enter Portia. BRUTUS By the eighth hour. If he be so resolved.
. For I can give his humor the true bent. I can o’ersway him. Thou hast no figures nor no fantasies. and withal Hoping it was but an effect of humor. Which busy care draws in the brains of men. and fail not then. Brutus. With untired spirits and formal constancy. And too impatiently stamp’d with your foot. being then most flattered. go along by him. CASSIUS The morning comes upon ‘s. elephants with holes. what mean you? Wherefore rise you now? It is not for your health thus to commit Your weak condition to the raw cold morning. Send him but hither. good morrow to you every one. Boy! Lucius! Fast asleep? It is no matter. But when I tell him he hates flatterers. yet you answer’d not. He loves me well. You stared upon me with ungentle looks. but all remember What you have said and show yourselves true Romans.DECIUS Never fear that. PORTIA Brutus. look fresh and merrily. CASSIUS Nay. But with an angry waiter of your hand Gave sign for me to leave you. then you scratch’d your head. But bear it as our Roman actors do. BRUTUS Good gentlemen. Musing and sighing. Enjoy the honey-heavy dew of slumber. for he loves to hear That unicorns may be betray’d with trees. BRUTUS Now. Let me work. And I will bring him to the Capitol. And so. disperse yourselves. So I did. Yet I insisted. He says he does. and yesternight at supper You suddenly arose and walk’d about. and men with flatterers. have ungently. friends. with your arms across. Is that the utter most? CINNA Be that the uttermost. good Metellus. METELLUS Caius Ligarius doth bear Caesar hard. Who rated him for speaking well of Pompey. I wonder none of you have thought of him. we will all of us be there to fetch him.
I should not know you. I will not disclose ‘em. Leave me with haste. as it were. so I do. but withal A woman that Lord Brutus took to wife. That you unfold to me. go to bed. PORTIA Brutus is wise. by my once commended beauty. [Exit Portia. Make me acquainted with your cause of grief.] Lucius. Giving myself a voluntary wound Here in the thigh. BRUTUS Kneel not. PORTIA Is Brutus sick. All my engagements I will construe to thee.It will not let you eat. comfort your bed. BRUTUS I am not well in health. Is it excepted I should know no secrets That appertain to you? Am I yourself But. who did hide their faces Even from darkness. Cato’s daughter. BRUTUS You are my true and honorable wife. You have some sick offense within your mind. not his wife. Good Portia. were he not in health. Which by the right and virtue of my place I ought to know of. then should I know this secret. Hark. To keep with you at meals. my Brutus. By all your vows of love and that great vow Which did incorporate and make us one. nor talk. yourself. And talk to you sometimes? Dwell I but in the suburbs Of your good pleasure? If it be no more. I charm you. Portia is Brutus’ harlot. hark. and that is all. Brutus. in sort or limitation. gentle Portia. Brutus. if you were gentle Brutus. nor sleep. is Brutus sick. And by and by thy bosom shall partake The secrets of my heart. And. LUCIUS Here is a sick man that would speak with you. I have made strong proof of my constancy. Can I bear that with patience And not my husband’s secrets? BRUTUS O ye gods. and. Think you I am no stronger than my sex. Being so father’d and so husbanded? Tell me your counsels. one knocks. Why you are heavy and what men tonight Have had resort to you. your half. tell me. could it work so much upon your shape As it hath much prevail’d on your condition. As dear to me as are the ruddy drops That visit my sad heart. Within the bond of marriage. All the charactery of my sad brows. PORTIA If this were true. but withal A woman well reputed. and is it physical To walk unbraced and suck up the humors Of the dank morning? What. And will he steal out of his wholesome bed To dare the vile contagion of the night And tempt the rheumy and unpurged air To add unto his sickness? No. Render me worthy of this noble wife! Knocking within. for here have been Some six or seven. Dear my lord. who’s that knocks? Re-enter Lucius with Ligarius. He would embrace the means to come by it. PORTIA I should not need. I grant I am a woman.
. I grant I am a woman. upon my knees. go in awhile. BRUTUS Why. Portia. and.
Thrice hath Calpurnia in her sleep cried out. I shall unfold to thee. Boy. that Metellus spake of. but it sufficeth That Brutus leads me on. Exit. And bring me their opinions of success. stand aside. get the better of them. CAESAR Caesar shall forth: the things that threaten’d me Ne’er look’d but on my back. Exeunt.BRUTUS Caius Ligarius. To do I know not what. Now bid me run. my Caius. Enter Calpurnia. LIGARIUS By all the gods that Romans bow before. Enter Caesar. Yet now they fright me. derived from honorable loins! Thou. Recounts most horrid sights seen by the watch. my lord. What it is. SERVANT My lord? CAESAR Go bid the priests do present sacrifice. Thunder and lightning.
. Yea. LIGARIUS But are not some whole that we must make sick? BRUTUS That must we also. Caesar? Think you to walk forth? You shall not stir out of your house today. Caesar’s house. To wear a kerchief! Would you were not sick! LIGARIUS I am not sick. how? LIGARIUS Vouchsafe good morrow from a feeble tongue. LIGARIUS Set on your foot. what a time have you chose out. brave Caius. SCENE II. ho! They murther Caesar!” Who’s within? Enter a Servant. CALPURNIA Caesar. I here discard my sickness! Soul of Rome! Brave son. as we are going To whom it must be done. “Help. BRUTUS Such an exploit have I in hand. And with a heart new-fired I follow you. SERVANT I will. hast conjured up My mortified spirit. Had you a healthful ear to hear of it. in his nightgown. Ligarius. I I stood on ceremonies. And I will strive with things impossible. like an exorcist. they are vanished. There is one within. CAESAR Nor heaven nor earth have been at peace tonight. BRUTUS O. Caius Ligarius. What’s to do? BRUTUS A piece of work that will make sick men whole. if Brutus have in hand Any exploit worthy the name of honor. BRUTUS Follow me then. when they shall see The face of Caesar. Besides the things that we have heard and seen. CALPURNIA What mean you.
Horses did neigh and dying men did groan. upon my knee. falser: I will not come today. We’ll send Mark Antony to the Senate House. Plucking the entrails of an offering forth. Caesar shall not. my lord.A lioness hath whelped in the streets. CAESAR The gods do this in shame of cowardice. Lest I be laugh’d at when I tell them so. CAESAR The cause is in my will: I will not come. for these predictions Are to the world in general as to Caesar. for thy humor. No. Which drizzled blood upon the Capitol. go tell them Caesar will not come. That is enough to satisfy the Senate. all hail! Good morrow. CALPURNIA Alas. DECIUS Caesar. And he shall say you are not well today. Fierce fiery warriors fight upon the clouds. What say the augurers? SERVANT They would not have you to stir forth today. Enter Decius. Tell them so. In ranks and squadrons and right form of war. The valiant never taste of death but once. CAESAR Cowards die many times before their deaths. Let me. CALPURNIA Say he is sick. he shall tell them so. CALPURNIA When beggars die. prevail in this. And graves have yawn’d. there are no comets seen. I will stay at home. DECIUS Most mighty Caesar. The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes. Re-enter Servant. O Caesar! These things are beyond all use. Decius. Danger knows full well That Caesar is more dangerous than he. Your wisdom is consumed in confidence. Call it my fear That keeps you in the house and not your own.
. Cannot. And. a necessary end. let me know some cause. CAESAR What can be avoided Whose end is purposed by the mighty gods? Yet Caesar shall go forth. The noise of battle hurtled in the air. CAESAR Mark Antony shall say I am not well. It seems to me most strange that men should fear Seeing that death. Here’s Decius Brutus. And I the elder and more terrible. Will come when it will come. and yielded up their dead. and that I dare not. And I do fear them. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard. Do not go forth today. is false. We are two lions litter’d in one day. worthy Caesar! I come to fetch you to the Senate House. They could not find a heart within the beast. CAESAR Shall Caesar send a lie? Have I in conquest stretch’d mine arm so far To be afeard to tell greybeards the truth? Decius. And Caesar shall go forth. CAESAR And you are come in very happy time To bear my greeting to the senators And tell them that I will not come today. And ghosts did shriek and squeal about the streets. Caesar should be a beast without a heart If he should stay at home today for fear.
CAESAR Welcome. for someone to say “Break up the Senate till another time. Caius Ligarius. I am to blame to be thus waited for. Metellus. CAESAR And this way have you well expounded it. It was a vision fair and fortunate. I have an hour’s talk in store for you. Antony. Calpurnia here. PUBLIUS Good morrow. ‘tis strucken eight. I will. What is’t o’clock? BRUTUS Caesar. See. Be near me. stains. CAESAR Bid them prepare within. Antony. And know it now. CAESAR How foolish do your fears seem now. and on her knee Hath begg’d that I will stay at home today. Publius.Caesar. for your private satisfaction. Trebonius.
. Their minds may change. I will let you know. what. Caesar was ne’er so much your enemy As that same ague which hath made you lean. Casca. Brutus. ANTONY So to most noble Caesar. When Caesar’s wife shall meet with better dreams. for I will go. Besides. Did run pure blood. Good morrow. Metellus. Caesar is afraid”? Pardon me. shall they not whisper “Lo. and many lusty Romans Came smiling and did bathe their hands in it. DECIUS This dream is all amiss interpreted. like a fountain with an hundred spouts. the Senate have concluded To give this day a crown to mighty Caesar. my wife. for my dear dear love To your proceeding bids me tell you this. it were a mock Apt to be render’d. CAESAR I thank you for your pains and courtesy.] And so near will I be That your best friends shall wish I had been further. stays me at home. that revels long o’ nights. If you shall send them word you will not come. Give me my robe. Which. What. [Aside. This by Calpurnia’s dream is signified. now. Ligarius. Trebonius. Enter Publius. that I may remember you. are you stirr’d so early too? Good morrow. Brutus. and that great men shall press For tinctures. And reason to my love is liable. TREBONIUS Caesar. Enter Antony. Your statue spouting blood in many pipes. Casca. She dreamt tonight she saw my statue.But. And these does she apply for warnings and portents And evils imminent. And look where Publius is come to fetch me. In which so many smiling Romans bathed. relics. Remember that you call on me today. DECIUS I have. Signifies that from you great Rome shall suck Reviving blood. Because I love you. when you have heard what I can say. Cinna. Is notwithstanding up.” If Caesar hide himself. Now. and Cinna. Calpurnia! I am ashamed I did yield to them. and cognizance. Caesar.
My heart laments that virtue cannot live Out of the teeth of emulation. madam. but get thee gone. what suitors press to him. look about you. be strong upon my side! Set a huge mountain ‘tween my heart and tongue! I have a man’s mind. listen well. And we like friends will straightway go together. How hard it is for women to keep counsel! Art thou here yet? LUCIUS Madam. and take good note What Caesar doth. SCENE III. Decius Brutus loves thee not. trust not Trebonius. thou hast wronged Caius Ligarius. and nothing else? PORTIA Yes. There is but one mind in all these men. before the house of Brutus. If not.” Here will I stand till Caesar pass along. reading paper. Enter the Soothsayer. If thou beest not immortal. and it is bent against Caesar. madam. if thy lord look well. thou mayest live. Another part of the same street. have an eye to Cinna. LUCIUS Sooth. I hear nothing. SCENE IV. boy. Enter Artemidorus. what should I do? Run to the Capitol.
. what noise is that? LUCIUS I hear none. the Fates with traitors do contrive. Exit. bring me word. PORTIA I prithee. For he went sickly forth. boy. Hark. mark well Metellus Cimber. O Caesar. The heart of Brutus yearns to think upon! Exeunt. Stay not to answer me. A street near the Capitol. Security gives way to conspiracy. BRUTUS [Aside. ARTEMIDORUS “Caesar. Artemidorus. I heard a bustling rumor like a fray. PORTIA I would have had thee there. Enter Portia and Lucius.CAESAR Good friends. beware of Brutus. come not near Casca. run to the Senate House.] That every like is not the same. and here again. Ere I can tell thee what thou shouldst do there. and nothing else? And so return to you. madam. Why dost thou stay? LUCIUS To know my errand. And as a suitor will I give him this. O Caesar. but a woman’s might. boy. If thou read this. O constancy. go in and taste some wine with me. take heed of Cassius. And the wind brings it from the Capitol. The mighty gods defend thee! Thy lover. PORTIA Prithee.
of praetors. Exeunt severally. PORTIA Thou hast some suit to Caesar. Run. I go to take my stand To see him pass on to the Capitol. lady. Here the street is narrow. the boy heard me. know’st thou any harm’s intended towards him? SOOTHSAYER None that I know will be. Will crowd a feeble man almost to death. I shall beseech him to befriend himself. I grow faint. Ay me. Of senators.
. Lucius. The heavens speed thee in thine enterprise! Sure. PORTIA I must go in. much that I fear may chance.PORTIA Come hither. hast thou not? SOOTHSAYER That I have. fellow. common suitors. PORTIA What is’t o’clock? SOOTHSAYER About the ninth hour. how weak a thing The heart of woman is! O Brutus. not yet. PORTIA Is Caesar yet gone to the Capitol? SOOTHSAYER Madam. Good morrow to you. O. PORTIA Why. Exit. And bring me word what he doth say to thee. Say I am merry. The throng that follows Caesar at the heels. Which way hast thou been? SOOTHSAYER At mine own house. If it will please Caesar To be so good to Caesar as to hear me. I’ll get me to a place more void and there Speak to great Caesar as he comes along. and commend me to my lord. lady. Brutus hath a suit That Caesar will not grant. Come to me again. good lady.
POPILIUS I wish your enterprise today may thrive. you are the first that rears your hand. for we fear prevention. For I will slay myself. BRUTUS He is address’d. give place. how he makes to Caesar. CASSIUS Trebonius knows his time. press near and second him. among them Artemidorus and the Soothsayer. DECIUS Where is Metellus Cimber? Let him And presently prefer his suit to Caesar. CAESAR What. Brutus. BRUTUS Look. Advances to Caesar. Publius. A crowd of people. CASSIUS What enterprise. SOOTHSAYER Ay. Kneels. Trebonius. Read it. Decius. BRUTUS What said Popilius Lena? CASSIUS He wish’d today our enterprise might thrive. the rest follow. Lepidus. A Hail. Metellus. and others. be constant. CAESAR The ides of March are come. Caesar.ACT III. I fear our purpose is discovered. is the fellow mad? PUBLIUS Sirrah. BRUTUS Cassius. Popilius Lena speaks not of our purposes. He draws Mark Antony out of the way. Cinna. what shall be done? If this be known. ARTEMIDORUS O Caesar. At your best leisure. CAESAR Are we all ready? What is now amiss That Caesar and his Senate must redress? METELLUS Most high. Antony. the Senate sitting above. for. Casca. Caesar. look. Brutus. great Caesar. Exeunt Antony and Trebonius. Rome. Mark him. CAESAR What touches us ourself shall be last served. Cassius or Caesar never shall turn back. Caesar! Read this schedule. most mighty. look you. DECIUS Trebonius doth desire you to o’er read. Enter Caesar. Caesar goes up to the Senate House. read it instantly. Brutus. and Caesar doth not change. Popilius. and most puissant Caesar. Be sudden. Before the Capitol. read mine first. For. SCENE I. Metellus Cimber throws before thy seat An humble heart. for mine’s a suit That touches Caesar nearer. he smiles. Popilius? POPILIUS Fare you well. this his humble suit. CASSIUS Casca. CINNA Casca. CASSIUS What. Flourish.
. Cassius. ARTEMIDORUS Delay not. but not gone. urge you your petitions in the street? Come to the Capitol.
If I could pray to move. and base spanielfawning. CASCA Go to the pulpit. prayers would move me. CASSIUS Some to the common pulpits and cry out “Liberty. To sound more sweetly in great Caesar’s ear For the repealing of my banish’d brother? BRUTUS I kiss thy hand. CINNA Liberty! Freedom! Tyranny is dead! Run hence. even in this. then the other Conspirators and Marcus Brutus stab Caesar. quite confounded with this mutiny. Low-crooked court’sies. for me! Casca first. Caesar. Let me a little show it. And constant do remain to keep him so. Of whose true-fix’d and resting quality There is no fellow in the firmament. Fly not. stand still. be not affrighted. Brutus. nor without cause Will he be satisfied. but not in flattery. CAESAR What. if I were as you. CINNA O Caesar CAESAR Hence! Wilt thou lift up Olympus? DECIUS Great CaesarCAESAR Doth not Brutus bootless kneel? CASCA Speak. ‘tis furnish’d well with men. But there’s but one in all doth hold his place. freedom. Brutus? CASSIUS Pardon. I spurn thee like a cur out of my way. cry it about the streets. and apprehensive. hands. and enfranchisement!” BRUTUS People and senators. Brute?. Thy brother by decree is banished. So in the world. They are all fire and every one doth shine. These couchings and these lowly courtesies Might fire the blood of ordinary men And turn preordinance and first decree Into the law of children. and that I am he. Cimber.CAESAR I must prevent thee. DECIUS And Cassius too. Caesar! Caesar. The skies are painted with unnumber’d sparks. ambition’s debt is paid. But I am constant as the northern star.
. Know. Be not fond To think that Caesar bears such rebel blood That will be thaw’d from the true quality With that which melteth fools. And men are flesh and blood.I mean sweet words. Yet in the number I do know but one That unassailable holds on his rank. If thou dost bend and pray and fawn for him. pardon! As low as to thy foot doth Cassius fall To beg enfranchisement for Publius Cimber. proclaim. CAESAR Et tu. METELLUS Is there no voice more worthy than my own. BRUTUS Where’s Publius? CINNA Here. CAESAR I could be well moved. Unshaked of motion. Caesar! Dies. Desiring thee that Publius Cimber may Have an immediate freedom of repeal. That I was constant Cimber should be banish’d.Then fall. Caesar doth not wrong.
So are we Caesar’s friends that have abridged His time of fearing death. Nor to no Roman else. Let’s all cry. being prostrate. and liberty!” CASSIUS Stoop then. Romans.METELLUS Stand fast together. ‘tis but the time And drawing days out that men stand upon. lest some friend of Caesar’s Should chanceBRUTUS Talk not of standing. If Brutus will vouchsafe that Antony May safely come to him and be resolved How Caesar hath deserved to lie in death. BRUTUS Fates. and honest. shall we forth? CASSIUS Ay. Enter a Servant. Brutus shall lead. and children stare. How many ages hence Shall this our lofty scene be acted over In states unborn and accents yet unknown! BRUTUS How many times shall Caesar bleed in sport. Brutus. So says my master Antony. CASSIUS And leave us. and loved him. and run As it were doomsday. So often shall the knot of us be call’d The men that gave their country liberty. BRUTUS Do so. That now on Pompey’s basis lies along No worthier than the dust! CASSIUS So oft as that shall be. we know. we will know your pleasures. And. did my master bid me kneel. even to the marketplace. cry out. valiant. Publius. That we shall die.
. There is no harm intended to your person. Say I fear’d Caesar. Caesar was mighty. Mark Antony shall not love Caesar dead So well as Brutus living. thus he bade me say: Brutus is noble. BRUTUS Grant that. So tell them. And waving our red weapons o’er our heads. wives. who comes here? A friend of Antony’s. BRUTUS Soft. and let no man abide this deed But we the doers. Men. Stoop. honor’d him. SERVANT Thus. “Peace. and wash. and we will grace his heels With the most boldest and best hearts of Rome. he that cuts off twenty years of life Cuts off so many years of fearing death. And let us bathe our hands in Caesar’s blood Up to the elbows. CASSIUS Why. freedom. Publius. CASSIUS Where is Antony? TREBONIUS Fled to his house amazed. but will follow The fortunes and affairs of noble Brutus Thorough the hazards of this untrod state With all true faith. Then walk we forth. and then is death a benefit. Say I love Brutus and I honor him. Publius. DECIUS What. bold. lest that the people Rushing on us should do your age some mischief. stoop. good cheer. and besmear our swords. wise. royal. and loving. every man away. Re-enter Trebonius. Thus did Mark Antony bid me fall down.
so pity pityHath done this deed on Caesar. yours. BRUTUS Only be patient till we have appeased The multitude. do receive you in With all kind love. beg not your death of us! Though now we must appear bloody and cruel. Have thus proceeded. And then we will deliver you the cause Why I. and reverence. yours. nor no instrument Of half that worth as those your swords. I shall not find myself so apt to die. Shrunk to this little measure? Fare thee well. not least in love. CASSIUS I wish we may. ANTONY I doubt not of your wisdom.BRUTUS Thy master is a wise and valiant Roman. Our hearts you see not. As here by Caesar. First. they are pitiful. beside themselves with fear. Re-enter Antony. SERVANT I’ll fetch him presently. spoils. That one of two bad ways you must conceit me. Marcus Brutus. by my honor. do I take your hand. To you our swords have leaden points. Mark Antony. good Trebonius.alas. triumphs. Welcome. glories. will I shake with you. now yours. Gentlemen all. what you intend. Mark Antony. and by you cut off. BRUTUS O Antony. Cinna. Decius Brutus. Our arms in strength of malice. and our hearts Of brothers’ temper. by our hands and this our present act You see we do. gentlemen.
. I do beseech ye. and my misgiving still Falls shrewdly to the purpose. If I myself. there is no hour so fit As Caesar’s death’s hour. Now. but yet have I a mind That fears him much. that did love Caesar when I struck him. CASSIUS Your voice shall be as strong as any man’s In the disposing of new dignities. Next. no means of death. if you bear me hard. who else is rank. yet see you but our hands And this the bleeding business they have done. and. ANTONY O mighty Caesar! Dost thou lie so low? Are all thy conquests. He shall be satisfied and. I never thought him worse. Tell him. Live a thousand years. The choice and master spirits of this age. yours. Caius Cassius. For your part. whilst your purpled hands do reek and smoke. No place will please me so. As. And pity to the general wrong of RomeAs fire drives out fire. Depart untouch’d. Though last. I know not. Either a coward or a flatterer. Now. Yours. Metellus. my valiant Casca. what shall I say? My credit now stands on such slippery ground. Exit. BRUTUS But here comes Antony. Fulfill your pleasure. made rich With the most noble blood of all this world. Who else must be let blood. BRUTUS I know that we shall have him well to friend. Let each man render me his bloody hand. good thoughts. so please him come unto this place.
And that we are contented Caesar shall Have all true rites and lawful ceremonies. CASSIUS I know not what may fall. Friends am I with you all and love you all. You should be satisfied. Sign’d in thy spoil. But speak all good you can devise of Caesar.] You know not what you do. BRUTUS Or else were this a savage spectacle. Caesar. BRUTUS You shall. brave hart. The enemies of Caesar shall say this: Then. Exeunt all but Antony. O. Most noble! In the presence of thy corse? Had I as many eyes as thou hast wounds. it is cold modesty. but was indeed Sway’d from the point by looking down on Caesar. Shall it not grieve thee dearer than thy death To see thy Antony making his peace. I do desire no more. in a friend. the son of Caesar. What Antony shall speak. and not depend on you? ANTONY Therefore I took your hands. Speak in the order of his funeral. I will protest He speaks by leave and by permission. and follow us. How like a deer strucken by many princes Dost thou here lie! CASSIUS Mark AntonyANTONY Pardon me. And am moreover suitor that I may Produce his body to the marketplace. Or shall we on. Do not consent That Antony speak in his funeral. ‘tis true! If then thy spirit look upon us now. I like it not. Else shall you not have any hand at all About his funeral. ANTONY That’s all I seek. here. Mark Antony. Upon this hope that you shall give me reasons Why and wherein Caesar was dangerous. O world. ANTONY Be it so. Pardon me. And this. Here didst thou fall. And say you do’t by our permission. the heart of thee. After my speech is ended. Our reasons are so full of good regard That were you. Shaking the bloody fingers of thy foes. Antony. take you Caesar’s body. and here thy hunters stand. It shall advantage more than do us wrong. But what compact mean you to have with us? Will you be prick’d in number of our friends. O world. Caius Cassius. Weeping as fast as they stream forth thy blood. And in the pulpit. thou wast the forest to this hart. It would become me better than to close In terms of friendship with thine enemies. Julius! Here wast thou bay’d. BRUTUS Prepare the body then. You shall not in your funeral speech blame us. a word with you. BRUTUS Mark Antony.That I did love thee.
. [Aside to Brutus. CASSIUS Brutus. And you shall speak In the same pulpit whereto I am going. and crimson’d in thy Lethe. CASSIUS I blame you not for praising Caesar so. indeed. as becomes a friend.
Here is a mourning Rome. do you not? SERVANT I do. No Rome of safety for Octavius yet. Thou shalt not back till I have borne this corse Into the marketplace. Lend me your hand.
. That mothers shall but smile when they behold Their infants quarter’d with the hands of war. FIRST CITIZEN I will hear Brutus speak. Cassius. a dangerous Rome. friends. And bid me say to you by word of mouthO Caesar! Sees the body. ANTONY Caesar did write for him to come to Rome. Exeunt with Caesar’s body. And dreadful objects so familiar. Enter a Servant. Enter Brutus and Cassius. pardon me. That this foul deed shall smell above the earth With carrion men. Domestic fury and fierce civil strife Shall cumber all the parts of Italy. Those that will hear me speak. Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood! Over thy wounds now do I prophesy (Which like dumb mouths do ope their ruby lips To beg the voice and utterance of my tongue) A curse shall light upon the limbs of men. Hie hence. There shall I try. groaning for burial. The Forum. Began to water. I see. In my oration. All pity choked with custom of fell deeds. And public reasons shall be rendered Of Caesar’s death. You serve Octavius Caesar. is catching. and tell him so. for mine eyes. how the people take The cruel issue of these bloody men. Blood and destruction shall be so in use. Yet stay awhile. and a throng of Citizens. and is coming. ANTONY Thy heart is big. go with him. Mark Antony. get thee apart and weep. With Ate by his side come hot from hell. let ‘em stay here. Shall in these confines with a monarch’s voice Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the dogs of war. According to the which thou shalt discourse To young Octavius of the state of things.ANTONY O. ANTONY Post back with speed and tell him what hath chanced. Those that will follow Cassius. Passion. SCENE II. thou bleeding piece of earth. SERVANT He did receive his letters. CITIZENS We will be satisfied! Let us be satisfied! BRUTUS Then follow me and give me audience. Is thy master coming? SERVANT He lies tonight within seven leagues of Rome. And Caesar’s spirit ranging for revenge. That I am meek and gentle with these butchers! Thou art the ruins of the noblest man That ever lived in the tide of times. Seeing those beads of sorrow stand in thine. go you into the other street And part the numbers.
let me depart alone. SECOND CITIZEN Give him a statue with his ancestors. Censure me in your wisdom. speak. with Caesar’s body. I rejoice at it. wherein he was worthy. and have respect to mine honor. I pause for a reply. BRUTUS Then none have I offended.
. countrymen. speak. with some Citizens. There is tears for his love. ho! BRUTUS Good countrymen. when it shall please my country to need my death. I honor him. and be silent. mourned by Mark Antony. THIRD CITIZEN Let him be Caesar. his glory not extenuated.SECOND CITIZEN I will hear Cassius and compare their reasons. If there be any in this assembly. Brutus. and death for his ambition. as which of you shall not? With this I depart. shall receive the benefit of his dying. BRUTUS My countrymenSECOND CITIZEN Peace! Silence! Brutus speaks. If then that friend demand why Brutus rose against Caesar. Believe me for mine honor. but that I loved Rome more. honor for his valor. and lovers! Hear me for my cause. that you may believe. I have done no more to Caesar than you shall do to Brutus. I slew him. THIRD CITIZEN The noble Brutus is ascended. for him have I offended. live! FIRST CITIZEN Bring him with triumph home unto his house. who. live. to him I say that Brutus’ love to Caesar was no less than his. Who is here so rude that would not be a Roman? If any. though he had no hand in his death. The question of his death is enrolled in the Capitol. FOURTH CITIZEN Caesar’s better parts Shall be crown’d in Brutus. for him have I offended. FIRST CITIZEN Peace. than that Caesar were dead to live all freemen? As Caesar loved me. but as he was ambitious. And. speak. for my sake. none. for which he suffered death. ALL Live. that you may the better judge. FIRST CITIZEN We’ll bring him to his house with shouts and clamors. I weep for him. stay here with Antony. Brutus. Enter Antony and others. Exit Cassius. Who is here so vile that will not love his country? If any. Romans. a place in the commonwealth. for him have I offended. and awake your senses. Here comes his body. When severally we hear them rendered. this is my answer: Not that I loved Caesar less. as he was valiant. any dear friend of Caesar’s.that. as he was fortunate. I have the same dagger for myself. Silence! BRUTUS Be patient till the last. as I slew my best lover for the good of Rome. ALL None. Brutus goes into the pulpit. Who is here so base that would be a bondman? If any. joy for his fortune. that you may hear. nor his offenses enforced. Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves.
If it were so. it was a grievous fault. ho. The good is oft interred with their bones. SECOND CITIZEN Peace! Let us hear what Antony can say. So are they all. go up. ANTONY For Brutus’ sake. Was this ambition? Yet Brutus says he was ambitious. Which he did thrice refuse. We’ll hear him. Goes into the pulpit. lend me your ears! I come to bury Caesar. Noble Antony. ho! Let us hear him. which Mark Antony. And men have lost their reason. And grievously hath Caesar answer’d it. But Brutus says he was ambitious. I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke. and let us hear Mark Antony. He hath brought many captives home to Rome. Here. ANTONY Friends. What cause withholds you then to mourn for him? O judgement. I am beholding to you. Ambition should be made of sterner stuff: Yet Brutus says he was ambitious. FIRST CITIZEN This Caesar was a tyrant.Do grace to Caesar’s corse. Exit. is allow’d to make. FOURTH CITIZEN What does he say of Brutus? THIRD CITIZEN He says. And Brutus is an honorable man. He finds himself beholding to us all. not without cause. And sure he is an honorable man. till Antony have spoke. THIRD CITIZEN Nay. And I must pause till it come back to me. and grace his speech Tending to Caesar’s glories. FIRST CITIZEN Stay. under leave of Brutus and the restFor Brutus is an honorable man. Romans. The noble Brutus Hath told you Caesar was ambitious. He was my friend. By our permission. THIRD CITIZEN Let him go up into the public chair. And Brutus is an honorable man. I do entreat you. not to praise him. not a man depart. Did this in Caesar seem ambitious? When that the poor have cried. for Brutus’ sake. faithful and just to me. all honorable menCome I to speak in Caesar’s funeral. Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill. But here I am to speak what I do know. So let it be with Caesar. that’s certain. The evil that men do lives after them. ANTONY You gentle RomansALL Peace.
. We are blest that Rome is rid of him. Save I alone. You all did see that on the Lupercal I thrice presented him a kingly crown. thou art fled to brutish beasts. FOURTH CITIZEN ‘Twere best he speak no harm of Brutus here. My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar. You all did love him once. Caesar hath wept. Bear with me. countrymen.
It is not meet you know how Caesar loved you. ‘tis his will. ANTONY Have patience. hearing the will of Caesar. Bequeathing it as a rich legacy Unto their issue. SECOND CITIZEN If thou consider rightly of the matter. SECOND CITIZEN Poor soul. FOURTH CITIZEN They were traitors. THIRD CITIZEN Has he. I should do Brutus wrong and Cassius wrong. O masters! If I were disposed to stir Your hearts and minds to mutiny and rage. he begins again to speak. gentle friends. I found it in his closet. are honorable men. For if you should. O. And. FOURTH CITIZEN Mark’d ye his words? He would not take the crown. I must not read it. And none so poor to do him reverence. it will make you mad. the will! We will hear Caesar’s will. THIRD CITIZEN There’s not a nobler man in Rome than Antony. FIRST CITIZEN If it be found so. Let but the commons hear this testamentWhich. you are not stones. I rather choose To wrong the dead. I do not mean to read And they would go and kiss dead Caesar’s wounds And dip their napkins in his sacred blood. murtherers. ALL The will. ‘Tis good you know not that you are his heirs. Read it. ANTONY But yesterday the word of Caesar might Have stood against the world. Caesar’s will. Antony. Honorable men! ALL The will! The testament! SECOND CITIZEN They were villains. pardon me. FOURTH CITIZEN Now mark him. And. mention it within their wills. But here’s a parchment with the seal of Caesar. some will dear abide it. I fear I wrong the honorable men Whose daggers have stabb’d Caesar. Who. You are not wood. Caesar has had great wrong. Therefore ‘tis certain he was not ambitious. Than I will wrong such honorable men. FOURTH CITIZEN We’ll hear the will. Now lies he there. being men. It will inflame you. Yea. his eyes are red as fire with weeping. you all know.FIRST CITIZEN Methinks there is much reason in his sayings. beg a hair of him for memory. dying. to wrong myself and you. The will! Read the will!
. ANTONY Will you be patient? Will you stay awhile? I have o’ershot myself to tell you of it. I do fear it. masters? I fear there will a worse come in his place. but men. Mark Antony. we’ll hear it. You shall read us the will. what would come of it! FOURTH CITIZEN Read the will. I will not do them wrong.
These are gracious drops. Mark how the blood of Caesar follow’d it. Which all the while ran blood. in his mantle muffling up his face. FOURTH CITIZEN A ring. stand from the body. For when the noble Caesar saw him stab. marr’d. press not so upon me. Then burst his mighty heart.ANTONY You will compel me then to read the will? Then make a ring about the corse of Caesar.
. And. stand round. Whilst bloody treason flourish’d over us. SECOND CITIZEN Descend. SECOND CITIZEN Room for Antony. what weep you when you but behold Our Caesar’s vesture wounded? Look you here. See what a rent the envious Casca made. Judge. Here is himself. now you weep. most noble Antony. room. as you know. THIRD CITIZEN You shall have leave. As rushing out of doors. FIRST CITIZEN Peace there! Hear the noble Antony. bear back! ANTONY If you have tears. I remember The first time ever Caesar put it on. ALL Stand back. ‘Twas on a summer’s evening. Ingratitude. in this place ran Cassius’ dagger through. And as he pluck’d his cursed steel away. what a fall was there. Through this the well-beloved Brutus stabb’d. and you. FIRST CITIZEN Stand from the hearse. That day he overcame the Nervii. ALL Revenge! About! Seek! Burn! Fire! Kill! Slay! Let not a traitor live! ANTONY Stay. Quite vanquish’d him. and all of us fell down. He comes down from the pulpit. Even at the base of Pompey’s statue. ANTONY Nay. to be resolved If Brutus so unkindly knock’d. For Brutus. in his tent. and I perceive you feel The dint of pity. or no. prepare to shed them now. great Caesar fell. Kind souls. more strong than traitors’ arms. Shall I descend? And will you give me leave? ALL Come down. my countrymen! Then I. stand far off. how dearly Caesar loved him! This was the most unkindest cut of all. was Caesar’s angel. as you see. countrymen. O. FIRST CITIZEN O piteous spectacle! SECOND CITIZEN O noble Caesar! THIRD CITIZEN O woeful day! FOURTH CITIZEN O traitors villains! FIRST CITIZEN O most bloody sight! SECOND CITIZEN We will be revenged. O you gods. with traitors. And let me show you him that made the will. Look. You all do know this mantle. O.
ALL Most true. ALL Peace. SECOND CITIZEN Most noble Caesar! We’ll revenge his death. ANTONY Yet hear me. there were an Antony Would ruffle up your spirits and put a tongue In every wound of Caesar that should move The stones of Rome to rise and mutiny.SECOND CITIZEN We’ll hear him. Action. And will. poor dumb mouths. Come. never. THIRD CITIZEN Away. nor words. They that have done this deed are honorable. Exeunt Citizens with the body. I tell you that which you yourselves do know. Here was a Caesar! When comes such another? FIRST CITIZEN Never. as Brutus is. To walk abroad and recreate yourselves. and that they know full well That gave me public leave to speak of him. And Brutus Antony. we’ll follow him. ANTONY Here is the will. Wherein hath Caesar thus deserved your loves? Alas. That love my friend. To every several man. you go to do you know not what. sweet friends. as you know me all. most noble Antony! ANTONY Why. windows. I must tell you then. alas. you know not. away. no doubt. ho! Hear Antony. he hath left you all his walks. nor the power of speech. he hath left them you. THIRD CITIZEN Pluck down benches. to steal away your hearts. They are wise and honorable. ALL Peace. That made them do it. yet hear me speak. ALL We’ll mutiny. nor utterance. friends. and under Caesar’s seal. On this side Tiber. away! We’ll burn his body in the holy place And with the brands fire the traitors’ houses. ANTONY Good friends. countrymen. And bid them speak for me. For I have neither wit. To stir men’s blood. friends. I know not. a plain blunt man. Take up the body.
. let me not stir you up To such a sudden flood of mutiny. ho! ANTONY Moreover. You have forgot the will I told you of. seventy-five drachmas. And to your heirs forevercommon pleasures. His private arbors. FOURTH CITIZEN Pluck down forms. What private griefs they have. Show you sweet Caesar’s wounds. To every Roman citizen he gives. I am no orator. I come not. I only speak right on. But. nor worth. seek the conspirators. then! Come. FIRST CITIZEN We’ll burn the house of Brutus. anything. we’ll die with him. But were I Brutus. the will! Let’s stay and hear the will. and newplanted orchards. THIRD CITIZEN O royal Caesar! ANTONY Hear me with patience. with reasons answer you. SECOND CITIZEN Go fetch fire.
THIRD CITIZEN Ay. FIRST CITIZEN As a friend or an enemy? CINNA As a friend. CINNA I dreamt tonight that I did feast with Caesar. Mischief. CINNA I am not Cinna the conspirator. thou art afoot. and truly. I dwell by the Capitol. Bring me to Octavius. CINNA Directly. and wisely. I am going to Caesar’s funeral. sir. You’ll bear me a bang for that.
. ANTONY Where is he? SERVANT He and Lepidus are at Caesar’s house. CINNA What is my name? Whither am I going? Where do I dwell? Am I a married man or a bachelor? Then. SECOND CITIZEN That matter is answered directly. you were best. wisely and truly: wisely I say. ANTONY Be like they had some notice of the people. And in this mood will give us anything. Take thou what course thou wilt. FOURTH CITIZEN For your dwelling. FIRST CITIZEN What is your name? SECOND CITIZEN Whither are you going? THIRD CITIZEN Where do you dwell? FOURTH CITIZEN Are you a married man or a bachelor? SECOND CITIZEN Answer every man directly. SCENE III. truly. Octavius is already come to Rome. and briefly. he’s a conspirator. tear him for his bad verses. I fear. FIRST CITIZEN Ay. my name is Cinna. Proceed directly. And things unluckily charge my fantasy. SECOND CITIZEN That’s as much as to say they are fools that marry. I have no will to wander forth of doors. Exeunt. Yet something leads me forth. I am a bachelor. He comes upon a wish. Enter Citizens. to answer every man directly and briefly. I am Cinna the poet. Enter a Servant. A street. Enter Cinna the poet. ANTONY And thither will I straight to visit him. CINNA Briefly. THIRD CITIZEN Your name. CINNA I am Cinna the poet. Fortune is merry. How I had moved them. CINNA Truly. FOURTH CITIZEN Ay. How now. briefly. SERVANT I heard him say Brutus and Cassius Are rid like madmen through the gates of Rome. fellow? SERVANT Sir. FOURTH CITIZEN Tear him for his bad verses. FIRST CITIZEN Tear him to pieces.ANTONY Now let it work.
FOURTH CITIZEN It is no matter. Away. brands. and turn him going. some to Ligarius’. Pluck but his name out of his heart. and some to Casca’s.
. THIRD CITIZEN Tear him. his name’s Cinna. to Cassius’. go! Exeunt. To Brutus’. tear him! Come. firebrands. burn all. ho. Some to Decius’ house.
Who is your sister’s son. LEPIDUS Upon condition Publius shall not live. one that feeds On objects. to shake his ears And graze in commons. Octavius. or at the Capitol. And bay’d about with many enemies. in some taste. Fetch the will hither. Antony. is Lepidus but so: He must be taught. Then take we down his load and turn him off. His corporal motion govern’d by my spirit. How covert matters may be best disclosed. I have seen more days than you. to stop. and train’d. It is a creature that I teach to fight.ACT IV. our means stretch’d. out of use and staled by other men. Our best friends made. Exit Lepidus. look.
. and imitations. OCTAVIUS Let us do so. I fear. To wind. Antony. and bid go forth. ANTONY These many then shall die. Begin his fashion. go you to Caesar’s house. But he’s a tried and valiant soldier. he should stand One of the three to share it? OCTAVIUS So you thought him. And open perils surest answered. Octavius. And having brought our treasure where we will. arts. To groan and sweat under the business. to run directly on. Millions of mischiefs. Is it fit. ANTONY He shall not live. Which. ANTONY Octavius. we must straight make head. shall I find you here? OCTAVIUS Or here. And now. And let us presently go sit in council. OCTAVIUS Your brother too must die. The three-fold world divided. their names are prick’d. Brutus and Cassius Are levying powers. And some that smile have in their hearts. and for that I do appoint him store of provender. Therefore let our alliance be combined. SCENE I. A house in Rome. Do not talk of him But as a property. OCTAVIUS You may do your will. LEPIDUS What. and we shall determine How to cut off some charge in legacies. A barren-spirited fellow. But. Mark Antony. Lepidus? LEPIDUS I do consentOCTAVIUS Prick him down. Lepidus. Octavius. with a spot I damn him. and Lepidus. And though we lay these honors on this man To ease ourselves of divers slanderous loads. Like to the empty ass. ANTONY This is a slight unmeritable man. Listen great things. Either led or driven. as we point the way. Meet to be sent on errands. for we are at the stake. consent you. And took his voice who should be prick’d to die In our black sentence and proscription. And. He shall but bear them as the ass bears gold. seated at a table. ANTONY So is my horse.
SCENE II. BRUTUS He greets me well. But not with such familiar instances. BRUTUS Thou hast described A hot friend cooling. As he hath used of old. how should I wrong a brother? CASSIUS Brutus. How he received you. CASSIUS Stand. Are come with Cassius. Lucilius. BRUTUS Judge me. March gently on to meet him. full of regard and honor. Low march within. Enter Brutus. The greater part. Lucilius. And when you do themBRUTUS Cassius. Nor with such free and friendly conference. But hollow men. ho. FIRST SOLDIER Stand! SECOND SOLDIER Stand! THIRD SOLDIER Stand! CASSIUS Most noble brother. and stand. ho! LUCILIUS Give the word. PINDARUS I do not doubt But that my noble master will appear Such as he is. Your master. he is arrived. Lucilius. LUCILIUS With courtesy and with respect enough. the horse in general.Exeunt. and Soldiers. Lucilius. Hath given me some worthy cause to wish Things done undone. Make gallant show and promise of their mettle. I shall be satisfied. Before Brutus’ tent. Speak your griefs softly. or by ill officers. is Cassius near? LUCILIUS He is at hand. like horses hot at hand. A word. Lucius. BRUTUS What now. BRUTUS Stand. you gods! Wrong I mine enemies? And.
. When love begins to sicken and decay It useth an enforced ceremony. BRUTUS He is not doubted. Titinius and Pindarus meet them. BRUTUS Hark. ho! BRUTUS Stand. be content. but if he be at hand. and Pindarus is come To do you salutation from his master. Pindarus. this sober form of yours hides wrongs. you have done me wrong. ho! Speak the word along. Ever note. if not so. Comes his army on? LUCILIUS They meant his night in Sard is to be quarter’d. But when they should endure the bloody spur. They fall their crests and like deceitful jades Sink in the trial. In his own change. Let me be resolved. Camp near Sardis. There are no tricks in plain and simple faith. Drum. I do know you well. Enter Cassius and his Powers.
slight man! CASSIUS Is’t possible?
. SCENE III. I’ll not endure it. Let Lucius and Titinius guard our door. you are not. and bay the moon. Brutus’ tent. you yourself Are much condemn’d to have an itching palm. BRUTUS I say you are not. abler than yourself To make conditions. Enter Brutus and Cassius. by the gods. Wherein my letters. BRUTUS Away. BRUTUS Lucilius. that did stab. And I will give you audience. Which should perceive nothing but love from us. this speech were else your last. CASSIUS Urge me no more. I shall forget myself. Cassius. Did not great Julius bleed for justice’ sake? What villain touch’d his body. Than such a Roman. shall one of us. Cassius. and let no man Come to our tent till we have done our conference. shall we now Contaminate our fingers with base bribes And sell the mighty space of our large honors For so much trash as may be grasped thus? I had rather be a dog. CASSIUS That you have wrong’d me doth appear in this: You have condemn’d and noted Lucius Pella For taking bribes here of the Sardians. BRUTUS The name of Cassius honors this corruption. Cassius. To sell and mart your offices for gold To undeservers. BRUTUS You wrong’d yourself to write in such a case. Older in practice. And not for justice? What. That struck the foremost man of all this world But for supporting robbers. Bid them move away. Then in my tent. bait not me. CASSIUS In such a time as this it is not meet That every nice offense should bear his comment. CASSIUS Brutus. BRUTUS Go to. And chastisement doth therefore hide his head. Bid our commanders lead their charges off A little from this ground. do you the like. Let us not wrangle.Before the eyes of both our armies here. CASSIUS Chastisement? BRUTUS Remember March. were slighted off. CASSIUS I an itching palm? You know that you are Brutus that speaks this. praying on his side. Or. BRUTUS Let me tell you. CASSIUS I am. tempt me no farther. CASSIUS Pindarus. I am a soldier. You forget yourself To hedge me in. Have mind upon your health. Exeunt. enlarge your griefs. the ides of March remember. I. Because I knew the man.
gods. For mine own part. for my laughter.
. A friend should bear his friend’s infirmities. I had rather coin my heart And drop my blood for drachmas than to wring From the hard hands of peasants their vile trash By any indirection. I did send To you for gold to pay my legions. CASSIUS A friendly eye could never see such faults. Dash him to pieces! CASSIUS I denied you not. BRUTUS I do not. Brutus hath rived my heart. CASSIUS You wrong me every way. Must I give way and room to your rash choler? Shall I be frighted when a madman stares? CASSIUS O gods. For I am arm’d so strong in honesty. There is no terror. for. BRUTUS Peace. Go show your slaves how choleric you are. Though it do split you. You shall digest the venom of your spleen. CASSIUS What. BRUTUS You have done that you should be sorry for. BRUTUS You did. I’ll use you for my mirth. from this day forth.BRUTUS Hear me. For I can raise no money by vile means. in your threats. for I will speak. And it shall please me well. till you practise them on me. He was but a fool That brought my answer back. Cassius. I shall be glad to learn of noble men. Did I say “better”? BRUTUS If you did. Be ready. That they pass by me as the idle wind Which I respect not. CASSIUS When Caesar lived. I may do that I shall be sorry for. ye gods! Must I endure all this? BRUTUS All this? Ay. Fret till your proud heart break. not a better. I said. more. I care not. an elder soldier. BRUTUS A flatterer’s would not. durst not tempt him? BRUTUS For your life you durst not. Must I bouge? Must I observe you? Must I stand and crouch Under your testy humor? By the gods. CASSIUS Is it come to this? BRUTUS You say you are a better soldier: Let it appear so. CASSIUS I durst not? BRUTUS No. When you are waspish. make your vaunting true. yea. I did send to you For certain sums of gold. Which you denied me. BRUTUS I do not like your faults. By heaven. CASSIUS You love me not. peace! You durst not so have tempted him. CASSIUS Do not presume too much upon my love. which you denied me. you wrong me. But Brutus makes mine greater than they are. though they do appear As huge as high Olympus. he durst not thus have moved me. Brutus. CASSIUS I did not. with all your thunderbolts. Was that done like Cassius? Should I have answer’d Caius Cassius so? When Marcus Brutus grows so covetous To lock such rascal counters from his friends. And make your bondmen tremble.
I was ill-temper’d too. away. That carries anger as the flint bears fire. saucy fellow. ‘tis not meet They be alone. all his faults observed. learn’d and conn’d by rote. and young Octavius.] Nothing but death shall stay me. CASSIUS O Brutus! BRUTUS What’s the matter? CASSIUS Have not you love enough to bear with me When that rash humor which my mother gave me Makes me forgetful? BRUTUS Yes. take it forth. richer than gold. If that thou best a Roman. BRUTUS Sheathe your dagger. it shall have scope. what’s the matter? POET For shame. and from henceforth. CASSIUS How now. Revenge yourselves alone on Cassius. Do what you will. a heart Dearer than Pluto’s mine. To cast into my teeth.] You shall not come to them. POET [Within. He’ll think your mother chides. within. CASSIUS Do you confess so much? Give me your hand. LUCILIUS [Within. as thou didst at Caesar. Titinius. thou lovedst him better Than ever thou lovedst Cassius.CASSIUS Come. followed by Lucilius. And here my naked breast. Set in a notebook. be gone! Exit Poet. and be friends. For Cassius is aweary of the world: Hated by one he loves. Brutus. much enforced. O Cassius. CASSIUS Hath Cassius lived To be but mirth and laughter to his Brutus. I. come. When grief and blood ill-temper’d vexeth him? BRUTUS When I spoke that. you are yoked with a lamb. than ye. Enter Poet. dishonor shall be humor. ‘tis his fashion. sirrah. BRUTUS I’ll know his humor when he knows his time.
. hence! CASSIUS Bear with him. Antony. braved by his brother. hence! CASSIUS Away. I’m sure. Who. O. you generals! What do you mean? Love. What should the wars do with these jigging fools? Companion. Check’d like a bondman. as two such men should be. for I know. and leave you so. For I have seen more years. shows a hasty spark And straight is cold again. There is some grudge between ‘em. Strike. will give my heart. CASSIUS Ha. Cassius. I could weep My spirit from mine eyes! There is my dagger. When you are overearnest with your Brutus.] Let me go in to see the generals. BRUTUS And my heart too. When thou didst hate him worst. that denied thee gold. ha! How vilely doth this cynic rhyme! BRUTUS Get you hence. Be angry when you will. and Lucius. POET [Within.
BRUTUS Lucilius and Titinius. MESSALA Myself have letters of the selfsame tenure. CASSIUS And come yourselves and bring Messala with you Immediately to us. a bowl of wine! Exit Lucius. Fill. Portia is dead. And call in question our necessities. with wine and taper. I have here received letters That young Octavius and Mark Antony Come down upon us with a mighty power. CASSIUS I did not think you could have been so angry. Messala. CASSIUS O ye immortal gods! Re-enter Lucius. bid the commanders Prepare to lodge their companies tonight. CASSIUS And died so? BRUTUS Even so. and Lepidus Have put to death an hundred senators. If you give place to accidental evils.with this she fell distract. BRUTUS O Cassius. BRUTUS Speak no more of her. MESSALA That. Lucius. I cannot drink too much of Brutus’ love. CASSIUS Cicero one! MESSALA Cicero is dead. Antony. BRUTUS There in our letters do not well agree. Welcome. And grief that young Octavius with Mark Antony Have made themselves so strong.
. I pray you. Bending their expedition toward Philippi. And (her attendants absent) swallow’d fire. with Messala. CASSIUS Portia. CASSIUS My heart is thirsty for that noble pledge. CASSIUS Ha? Portia? BRUTUS She is dead. In this I bury all unkindness. Exeunt Lucilius and Titinius. good Messala. MESSALA Nor nothing in your letters writ of her? BRUTUS Nothing. CASSIUS How ‘scaped killing when I cross’d you so? O insupportable and touching loss! Upon what sickness? BRUTUS Impatient of my absence. I am sick of many griefs. Messala. Titinius! Exit Lucius. till the wine o’erswell the cup. is strange. BRUTUS Lucius. Now sit we close about this taper here. Drinks. Give me a bowl of wine.for with her death That tidings came. Drinks. CASSIUS Of your philosophy you make no use. Cicero being one. And by that order of proscription. my lord? BRUTUS No. Messala. methinks. Mine speak of seventy senators that died By their proscriptions. BRUTUS With what addition? MESSALA That by proscription and bills of outlawry Octavius. art thou gone? BRUTUS No more. Re-enter Titinius. Cassius. BRUTUS Come in. BRUTUS No man bears sorrow better. Had you your letters from your wife.
good brother. Good night and good repose. new-added. Exit Lucius. MESSALA Then like a Roman bear the truth I tell: For certain she is dead. BRUTUS The deep of night is crept upon our talk. CASSIUS I have as much of this in art as you. Which we will niggard with a little rest. On such a full sea are we now afloat. to our work alive. good Messala. noble. tell me true. marching along by them. Messala. For they have grudged us contribution. CASSIUS O my dear brother!
. And nature must obey necessity. Farewell. We’ll along ourselves and meet them at Philippi. and nimbleness. Titinius. And we must take the current when it serves.BRUTUS Why ask you? Hear you aught of her in yours? MESSALA No. BRUTUS Your reason? CASSIUS This it is: ‘Tis better that the enemy seek us. From which advantage shall we cut him off If at Philippi we do face him there. There is a tide in the affairs of men Which taken at the flood leads on to fortune. We. These people at our back. BRUTUS Good reasons must of force give place to better. my lord. our cause is ripe: The enemy increaseth every day. So shall he waste his means. and by strange manner. defense. are ready to decline. What do you think Of marching to Philippi presently? CASSIUS I do not think it good. BRUTUS Under your pardon. With meditating that she must die once I have the patience to endure it now. BRUTUS Now. But yet my nature could not bear it so. There is no more to say? CASSIUS No more. CASSIUS Hear me. all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. The enemy. MESSALA Even so great men great losses should endure. at the height. Omitted. go on. By them shall make a fuller number up. You must note beside That we have tried the utmost of our friends. Good night. Our legions are brim-full. Come on refresh’d. My gown. Early tomorrow will we rise and hence. as you are a Roman. BRUTUS Well. Good night. and encouraged. Doing himself offense. with your will. The people ‘twixt Philippi and this ground Do stand but in a forced affection. weary his soldiers. CASSIUS Then. Portia. noble Cassius. Or lose our ventures. We must die. BRUTUS Why. whilst we lying still Are full of rest. farewell. BRUTUS Lucius! Re-enter Lucius.
BRUTUS Farewell. I will not hold thee long. Lord Brutus. I know young bloods look for a time of rest. we will stand and watch your pleasure. sirs. thou break’st thy instrument. here’s the book I sought for so. good brother. LUCIUS I was sure your lordship did not give it me. BRUTUS It was well done. Where is thy instrument? LUCIUS Here in the tent. my lord. but thou art willing. and a song.This was an ill beginning of the night. VARRO So please you. good night. Re-enter Lucius. already. Canst thou hold up thy heavy eyes awhile. BRUTUS What. And touch thy instrument a strain or two? LUCIUS Ay. VARRO Calls my lord? BRUTUS I pray you. an’t please you. Varro and Claudio lie down. BRUTUS Everything is well. thou art o’erwatch’d. I put it in the pocket of my gown. Layest thou thy leaden mace upon my boy That plays thee music? Gentle knave. Give me the gown. my lord. Brutus. LUCIUS Varro and Claudio! Enter Varro and Claudio. CASSIUS Good night.
. If thou dost nod. Never come such division ‘tween our souls! Let it not. TITINIUS MESSALA Good night. Exeunt all but Brutus. my lord. O murtherous slumber. I’ll have them sleep on cushions in my tent. I trouble thee too much. and. BRUTUS Bear with me. I will be good to thee. Look Lucius. good boy. thou speak’st drowsily? Poor knave. BRUTUS I should not urge thy duty past thy might. BRUTUS I would not have it so. lie in my tent and sleep. good boy. good sirs. If I do live. everyone. It may be I shall otherwise bethink me. It may be I shall raise you by and by On business to my brother Cassius. good night. my boy. Music. BRUTUS Good night. LUCIUS I have slept. with the gown. BRUTUS It does. and thou shalt sleep again. sir. I am much forgetful. LUCIUS It is my duty. This is a sleepy tune. I blame thee not. I’ll take it from thee. Call Claudio and some other of my men. Lie down. I will not do thee so much wrong to wake thee.
are false. at Philippi. let me see. I do not know that I did cry. my lord. BRUTUS Sleep again. Exeunt. then I shall see thee again? GHOST Ay. CLAUDIO Nor I. Sits down. in your sleep? VARRO CLAUDIO Did we. BRUTUS Why comest thou? GHOST To tell thee thou shalt see me at Philippi. my lord. awake! Claudio! LUCIUS The strings. Bid him set on his powers betimes before. Enter the Ghost of Caesar. Sirrah Claudio! [To Varro. And we will follow. that thou so criedst out? LUCIUS My lord. that thou didst. Boy! Lucius! Varro! Claudio! Sirs. saw you anything? VARRO No. who comes here? I think it is the weakness of mine eyes That shapes this monstrous apparition. BRUTUS Go and commend me to my brother Cassius. Art thou anything? Art thou some god. BRUTUS Yes. sirs. awake! LUCIUS My lord? BRUTUS Didst thou dream.] Fellow thou. Ill spirit. Lucius. It comes upon me.
. Lucius. BRUTUS Why. awake! VARRO My lord? CLAUDIO My lord? BRUTUS Why did you so cry out. some angel. Brutus. GHOST Thy evil spirit. How ill this taper burns! Ha. VARRO CLAUDIO It shall be done. is not the leaf turn’d down Where I left reading? Here it is. I would hold more talk with thee. Now I have taken heart thou vanishest. or some devil That makest my blood cold and my hair to stare? Speak to me what thou art. I saw nothing. my lord? BRUTUS Ay. Didst thou see anything? LUCIUS Nothing. my lord. my lord. Exit Ghost. Lucius.Let me see. I will see thee at Philippi then. BRUTUS Well. BRUTUS He thinks he still is at his instrument. I think. my lord.
It proves not so. as you do. ANTONY Why do you cross me in this exigent? OCTAVIUS I do not cross you. Brutus. Enter Octavius. OCTAVIUS Now. And leave them honeyless. OCTAVIUS Stir not until the signal not until the signal. OCTAVIUS Upon the right hand I. Antony. Octavius. keep thou the left. March. Antony. MESSENGER Prepare you. Their battles are at hand. SCENE I. our hopes are answered. But for your words. Lucilius. Caesar. ANTONY Tut. and their Army. thinking by this face To fasten in our thoughts that they have courage. yes. The plains of Philippi. They could be content To visit other places. and soundless too. we must out and talk.
. shall we give sign of battle? ANTONY No. Crying “Long live! Hail. generals. Witness the hole you made in Caesar’s heart. Make forth. Enter a Messenger. Caesar!” CASSIUS Antony. the generals would have some words. ANTONY Not stingless too. Messala. Enter Brutus. Titinius. and would have parley. Answering before we do demand of them. For you have stol’n their buzzing. lead your battle softly on. countrymen? OCTAVIUS Not that we love words better. Is it so. we will answer on their charge. I am in their bosoms.ACT V. BRUTUS O. Titinius. OCTAVIUS Mark Antony. and come down With fearful bravery. Antony. you give good words. But ‘tis not so. Their bloody sign of battle is hung out. and I know Wherefore they do it. BRUTUS Words before blows. The posture of your blows are yet unknown. BRUTUS Good words are better than bad strokes. but I will do so. Drum. Cassius. And very wisely threat before you sting. You said the enemy would not come down. they rob the Hybla bees. BRUTUS They stand. ANTONY In your bad strokes. and others. And something to be done immediately. Upon the left hand of the even field. But keep the hills and upper regions. They mean to warn us at Philippi here. and their Army. The enemy comes on in gallant show. CASSIUS Stand fast. ANTONY Octavius.
Young man. As Pompey was. Unless thou bring’st them with thee. If you dare fight today. CASSIUS Messala! MESSALA [Stands forth. OCTAVIUS Come. This is my birthday. Be thou my witness that. a word with you. kissing Caesar’s feet. Lucilius! Hark. hurl we in your teeth. And bow’d like bondmen. worthless of such honor. Join’d with a masker and a reveler! ANTONY Old Cassius still! OCTAVIUS Come. thank yourself. CASSIUS Why.] What says my general? CASSIUS Messala. BRUTUS O. the cause. and swim bark! The storm is up. Give me thy hand. OCTAVIUS So I hope. like a cur. as this very day Was Cassius born. traitors. CASSIUS A peevish school boy. Whilst damned Casca. O you flatterers! CASSIUS Flatterers? Now. I draw a sword against conspirators. The proof of it will turn to redder drops. blow and. When think you that the sword goes up again? Never. come. Brutus. till Caesar’s three and thirty wounds Be well avenged. thou couldst not die more honorable. come to the field. Antony. If arguing make us sweat. or till another Caesar Have added slaughter to the sword of traitors. Look.
. against my will. thou canst not die by traitors’ hands. I was not born to die on Brutus’ sword. now. LUCILIUS [Stands forth. am I compell’d to set Upon one battle all our liberties. BRUTUS Ho. away! Defiance. Messala. swell billow.ANTONY Villains! You did not so when your vile daggers Hack’d one another in the sides of Caesar. and all is on the hazard. BRUTUS Caesar. If Cassius might have ruled. You show’d your teeth like apes. Exeunt Octavius. behind Strooke Caesar on the neck. and fawn’d like hounds.] My lord? Brutus and Lucilius converse apart. If not. when you have stomachs. This tongue had not offended so today. if thou wert the noblest of thy strain. Antony. and their Army.
That ever Brutus will go bound to Rome. Think not. crows. why.arming myself with patience To stay the providence of some high powers That govern us below.I know not how. no. And in their steads do ravens. Who to Philippi here consorted us. And whether we shall meet again I know not. The gods today stand friendly that we may. since the affairs of men rest still incertain. If not. And partly credit things that do presage. Cassius! If we do meet again. Gorging and feeding from our soldiers’ hands. CASSIUS Now. and there they perch’d. thou noble Roman. and kites Fly o’er our heads and downward look on us. most noble Brutus. then is this The very last time we shall speak together. Coming from Sardis. that a man might know The end of this day’s business ere it come!
. Cassius. so to prevent The time of life.You know that I held Epicurus strong. Therefore our everlasting farewell take. Forever. For I am fresh of spirit and resolved To meet all perils very constantly. lead on. we shall smile. Lucilius. MESSALA Believe not so. Brutus! If we do meet again. If not. we’ll smile indeed. He bears too great a mind. But I do find it cowardly and vile. You are contented to be led in triumph Thorough the streets of Rome? BRUTUS No. farewell. If we do lose this battle. if we lose this battle. ready to give up the ghost. As we were sickly prey. What are you then determined to do? BRUTUS Even by the rule of that philosophy By which I did blame Cato for the death Which he did give himself. O. CASSIUS I but believe it partly. BRUTUS Even so. on our former ensign Two mighty eagles fell. under which Our army lies. Now I change my mind. Lovers in peace. Their shadows seem A canopy most fatal. This morning are they fled away and gone. And his opinion. why then this parting was well made. and forever. But this same day Must end that work the ides of March begun. lead on our days to age! But. Let’s reason with the worst that may befall. CASSIUS Forever and forever farewell. CASSIUS Then. BRUTUS Why then. ‘tis true this parting was well made. For fear of what might fall.
Sirrah. And where I did begin. that make to him on the spur. The field of battle. TITINIUS I will be here again. Titinius: Are those my tents where I perceive the fire? TITINIUS They are. even with a thought. Pindarus ascends the hill. Enter Cassius and Titinius. CASSIUS O. there shall I end. fly further off. Alarums. Brutus gave the word too early. Mount thou my horse and hide thy spurs in him. Exit. my lord. Alarum. Messala. ride.But it sufficeth that the day will end. This day I breathed first: time is come round. PINDARUS Fly further off. Took it too eagerly. And then the end is known. Let them all come down. Come. and give these bills Unto the legions on the other side. Fly. my lord.
. Who.Loud alarum. get higher on that hill. noble Cassius. His soldiers fell to spoil. Pindarus. if thou lovest me. CASSIUS Go. Exeunt. And tell me what thou notest about the field. ride. Yet he spurs on. my lord. Let them set on at once. Enter Pindarus. Messala. having some advantage on Octavius. look. ho! Away! Exeunt. look. Titinius. I slew the coward. My sight was ever thick. SCENE III. Now they are almost on him. And sudden push gives them the overthrow. BRUTUS Ride.] Titinius is enclosed round about With horsemen. Enter Brutus and Messala. look. therefore. ride. Whilst we by Antony are all enclosed. and did take it from him.] O my lord! CASSIUS What news? PINDARUS [Above. CASSIUS Titinius. for I perceive But cold demeanor in Octavia’s wing. CASSIUS This hill is far enough. fly far off. regard Titinius. TITINIUS O Cassius. that I may rest assured Whether yond troops are friend or enemy. what news? PINDARUS [Above. Ride. My life is run his compass. This ensign here of mine was turning back. Look. the villains fly! Myself have to mine own turn’d enemy. Another part of the field. Till he have brought thee up to yonder troops And here again. Mark Antony is in your tents. SCENE II.
whilst I go to meet The noble Brutus. And then I swore thee. on this hill. our deeds are done! Mistrust of my success hath done this deed. soon conceived. thou art revenged. Messala. CASSIUS Come down. coward that I am. Messala. As Cassius’ legions are by Antony. Re-enter Titinius with Messala. And I will seek for Pindarus the while. Come now. this was he. for Octavius Is overthrown by noble Brutus’ power. yet would not so have been. keep thine oath. and with this good sword. saving of thy life. MESSALA It is but change. For piercing steel and darts envenomed Shall be as welcome to the ears of Brutus As tidings of this sight.Now. he lights too. Where never Roman shall take note of him. TITINIUS Hie you. MESSALA Mistrust of good success hath done this deed. O hateful error. sirrah. Guide thou the sword. to live so long.] And. dews. O. Pindarus! Where art thou. Exit Messala. MESSALA Is not that he that lies upon the ground? TITINIUS He lies not like the living. MESSALA Where did you leave him? TITINIUS All disconsolate. O my heart! MESSALA Is not that he? TITINIUS No. Titinius! Now some light. Thou shouldst attempt it. Exit. I may say “thrusting” it. [Pindarus stabs him. In Parthia did I take thee prisoner. That whatsoever I did bid thee do. I am free. TITINIUS These tidings would well comfort Cassius. and dangers come. That ran through Caesar’s bowels. With Pindarus his bondman. as ‘tis now. Come hither. He’s ta’en [Shout. So in his red blood Cassius’ day is set. O Cassius! Far from this country Pindarus shall run.] Caesar. Why dost thou show to the apt thoughts of men The things that are not? O error. melancholy’s child. Titinius. Stand not to answer: here. Even with the sword that kill’d thee. Durst I have done my will. O. PINDARUS So. But Cassius is no more. To see my best friend ta’en before my face! Pindarus descends. behold no more. search this bosom. Dies. O setting sun. Clouds.
. hark! They shout for joy. thrusting this report Into his ears. As in thy red rays thou dost sink to night. Thou never comest unto a happy birth. take thou the hilts. Now be a freeman. Pindarus? MESSALA Seek him. The sun of Rome is set! Our day is gone. Titinius. But kill’st the mother that engender’d thee! TITINIUS What. And when my face is cover’d.
set our battles on. and my country’s friend. and others. I am the son of Marcus Cato. I am the son of Marcus Cato. take this garland on thy brow. Enter. brave Cassius? Did I not meet thy friends? And did not they Put on my brows this wreath of victory. fare thee well! It is impossible that ever Rome Should breed thy fellow. CATO Brave Titinius! Look whe’er he have not crown’d dead Cassius! BRUTUS Are yet two Romans living such as these? The last of all the Romans. Come therefore. BRUTUS Titinius’ face is upward. and others. By your leave. BRUTUS Where. Lucilius. Exeunt. Lucilius. I owe moe tears To this dead man than you shall see me pay. I shall find time. Lest it discomfort us. thou hast misconstrued everything! But. and find Titinius’ heart. Brutus. let us to the field. O. SCENE IV. Labio and Flavio. Come. ‘Tis three o’clock. this is a Roman’s part. And bid me give it thee? Didst thou not hear their shouts? Alas. fighting. come apace. thou art mighty yet! Thy spirit walks abroad. Alarum. and to Thasos send his body. And come. Low alarums. BRUTUS O Julius Caesar. His funerals shall not be in our camp. Kills himself. yonder. And see how I regarded Caius Cassius. and I Will do his bidding. Messala. hold thee. Soldiers of both armies. countrymen. yet hold up your heads! CATO What bastard doth not? Who will go with me? I will proclaim my name about the field. then Brutus. Another part of the field. ho! A foe to tyrants. CATO He is slain. gods. yet ere night We shall try fortune in a second fight. BRUTUS Yet. where. young Cato. and Romans. Friends. Cassius. Cassius’ sword. young Cato. Thy Brutus bid me give it thee. and Titinius mourning it. Re-enter Messala. with Brutus. Alarum. and turns our swords In our own proper entrails. I shall find time. doth his body lie? MESSALA Lo.Why didst thou send me forth. young Cato. ho!
Clitus. BRUTUS Sit thee down. I. my lord.] There is so much that thou wilt kill me straight: Kill Brutus. He came not back. no words. know me for Brutus! Exit. like himself. LUCILIUS Only I yield to die. BRUTUS Peace then. Clitus. Brutus is ta’en. or thou diest. Here comes the general. He will be found like Brutus. SCENE V. or alive or dead. Hark thee. now thou diest as bravely as Titinius. Keep this man safe. Dardanius. and Volumnius. Exeunt. CLITUS I’ll rather kill myself. Another part of the field. A noble prisoner! SECOND SOLDIER Room. And mayst be honor’d. but. FIRST SOLDIER We must not. Slaying is the word: It is a deed in fashion. my country’s friend. Give him all kindness. And see wheer Brutus be alive or dead. He is or ta’en or slain. Clitus. my lord. [Offers money. I dare assure thee that no enemy Shall ever take alive the noble Brutus. Brutus is ta’en. Brutus is ta’en. Whispers. A prize no less in worth. CLITUS What. The gods defend him from so great a shame! When you do find him. ho! Tell Antony. not for all the world. LUCILIUS O young and noble Cato. FIRST SOLDIER Yield. Clitus. art thou down? Why. he meditates. Marcus Brutus. rest on this rock.
. being Cato’s son. Strato. BRUTUS Hark thee. Enter Antony. I. but. BRUTUS Come. I had rather have Such men my friends than enemies. Go on. Antony. Look. FIRST SOLDIER I’ll tell the news. ANTONY This is not Brutus. Enter Brutus. And bring us word unto Octavius’ tent How everything is chanced. Brutus is safe enough. poor remains of friends.BRUTUS And I am Brutus. I assure you. and be honor’d in his death. Brutus. Dardanius. friend. my lord? No. CLITUS Statilius show’d the torchlight. ANTONY Where is he? LUCILIUS Safe. Whispers. DARDANIUS Shall I do such a deed? CLITUS O Dardanius! DARDANIUS O Clitus! CLITUS What ill request did Brutus make to thee? DARDANIUS To kill him.
And no man else hath honor by his death. For Brutus only overcame himself. thou hast been all this while asleep. That it runs over even at his eyes. Low alarums. While I do run upon it. I thank thee. I shall have glory by this losing day. my lord. Volumnius. BRUTUS Nay I am sure it is. Messala: The conquerors can but make a fire of him. Volumnius. BRUTUS Farewell. Cry within. Brutus. my lord. Thou art a fellow of a good respect. Alarum. Volumnius: The ghost of Caesar hath appear’d to me Two several times by night. BRUTUS Farewell to you. Strato. where is thy master? STRATO Free from the bondage you are in. Even for that our love of old. Runs on his sword. Strato. Lucilius. BRUTUS Hence! I will follow. It is more worthy to leap in ourselves Than tarry till they push us. Strato? STRATO Give me your hand first. Strato. Dies. Antony. Thou seest the world. and the Army. this. fly. Dardanius. So. BRUTUS Come hither.
. my lord. I prithee. And this last night here in Philippi fields. Retreat Enter Octavius. Messala. Farewell to thee too. list a word. VOLUMNIUS Not so. Hold thou my sword-hilts. at Sardis once. Our enemies have beat us to the pit. Alarum still. Hold then my sword. my lord. Night hangs upon mine eyes. for Brutus’ tongue Hath almost ended his life’s history. good Volumnius. whilst I run on it.CLITUS Now is that noble vessel full of grief. there is no tarrying here. good Strato. Fare you well. my bones would rest That have but labor’d to attain this hour. now be still. I know my hour is come. LUCILIUS So Brutus should be found. OCTAVIUS What man is that? MESSALA My master’s man. Exeunt Clitus. my lord. I prithee. and you. VOLUMNIUS What says my lord? BRUTUS Why. VOLUMNIUS That’s not an office for a friend. Wilt thou. how it goes. and you. CLITUS Fly. “Fly. Caesar. fly. Good Volumnius. fly. Volumnius. More than Octavius and Mark Antony By this vile conquest shall attain unto. Strato. fare you well at once. Alarum. and Volumnius. That thou hast proved Lucilius’ saying true. and turn away thy face. My heart doth joy that yet in all my life I found no man but he was true to me. Countrymen. Thou know’st that we two went to school together. stay thou by thy lord. fly!” CLITUS Fly. I kill’d not thee with half so good a will. Thy life hath had some smatch of honor in it.
MESSALA Octavius. ordered honorably. and let’s away. Most like a soldier. then take him to follow thee That did the latest service to my master. THE END-
. if Messala will prefer me to you. So call the field to rest. Did that they did in envy of great Caesar. Strato? STRATO I held the sword. His life was gentle. Within my tent his bones tonight shall lie.OCTAVIUS All that served Brutus. save only he. in a general honest thought And common good to all. Exeunt. He only. MESSALA How died my master. wilt thou bestow thy time with me? STRATO Ay. Fellow. To part the glories of this happy day. OCTAVIUS Do so. made one of them. good Messala. and he did run on it. ANTONY This was the noblest Roman of them all. All the conspirators. and the elements So mix’d in him that Nature might stand up And say to all the world. “This was a man!” OCTAVIUS According to his virtue let us use him With all respect and rites of burial. I will entertain them.