JULIUS CAESAR by William Shakespeare
PERSONS REPRESENTED JULIUS CAESAR OCTAVIUS CAESAR, Triumvir after his death. MARCUS ANTONIUS, " " " M. AEMIL. LEPIDUS " " " CICERO, PUBLIUS, POPILIUS LENA, Senators. MARCUS BRUTUS, Conspirator against Caesar. CASSIUS, " " " CASCA, " " " TREBONIUS, " " " LIGARIUS, " " " DECIUS BRUTUS, " " " METELLUS CIMBER, " " " CINNA, " " " FLAVIUS, tribune MARULLUS, tribune ARTEMIDORUS, a Sophist of Cnidos. A Soothsayer CINNA, a poet. Another Poet. LUCILIUS, TITINIUS, MESSALA, young CATO, and VOLUMNIUS, Friends to Brutus and Cassius. VARRO, CLITUS, CLAUDIUS, STRATO, LUCIUS, DARDANIUS, Servants to Brutus PINDARUS, Servant to Cassius The Ghost of Caesar Senators, Citizens, Soldiers, Commoners, Messengers, and Servants CALPURNIA, wife to Caesar PORTIA, wife to Brutus SCENE: Rome, the conspirators' camp near Sardis, and the plains of Philippi.
ACT I. SCENE I. Rome. A street. [Enter Flavius, Marullus, and a Throng of Citizens.] 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 you? FIRST CITIZEN. Why, sir, a carpenter. MARULLUS. Where is the leather apron and the ruler? What dost you with the best apparel on?-You, sir; what trade are you? SECOND CITIZEN. 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 CITIZEN. 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 CITIZEN. Nay, I beseech you, sir, be not out with me; yet, if you be out, sir, I can mend you. MARULLUS. What means’s you by that? Mend me, thou saucy fellow! SECOND CITIZEN. Why, sir, cobble you. FLAVIUS. Thou art a cobbler, art thou? SECOND CITIZEN. 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 re-cover them. As proper men as ever trod upon Neat’s-leather has gone upon my handiwork. FLAVIUS. But wherefore art not in thy shop today? Why dost thou lead these men about the streets? SECOND CITIZEN. 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’s 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 a 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 CITIZENS.] See whether their basest metal is not moved; They vanish tongue-tied in their guiltiness. Go you down that way towards the Capitol; This way wills I. Disrobe the images, If you do find them deck’s with ceremonies. MARULLUS. May we do so? You know it is the feast of Lupe cal. 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’s 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. The same. A public place. [Enter, in procession, with music, Caesar; Antonym, for the Course; Calumnies, Portia, Deices, Cicero, Brutus, Cassius, and Casco; a great crowd following, among them a Soothsayer.] CAESAR. Calpurnia,-CASCA. Peace, ho! Caesar speaks. [Music ceases.] CAESAR. Calpurnia,-CALPURNIA. Here, my lord. CAESAR. Stand you directly in Antonius' way, When he doth run his course.--Antonius,-ANTONY. Caesar, my lord? CAESAR. Forget not in your speed, Antonius, 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 performed. CAESAR. Set on; and leave no ceremony out. [Music.] SOOTHSAYER. Caesar! CAESAR. Ha! Who calls? CASCA. Bid every noise be still. --Peace yet again! [Music ceases.] CAESAR.
Who is it in the press that calls on me? I hear a tongue. Not I. do. CAESAR. CASSIUS. I pray you. Beware the Ides of March. SOOTHSAYER. I do lack some part Of that quick spirit that is in Antonym. Set him before me. Be not deceived: if I have veils my look. I am not gamesome. I turn the trouble of my countenance
. Pass. A soothsayer bids you beware the Ides of March. your desires. I'll leave you. [Sonnet. CAESAR. come from the throng. let us leave him. as I was wont to have: You bear too stubborn and too strange a hand Over your friend that loves you. Exeunt all but BRUTUS and CASSIUS. Cry "Caesar"! Speak. let me see his face. CASSIUS. I do observe you now of late: I have not from your eyes that gentleness And show of love. He is a dreamer. Brutus. shriller than all the music. CAESAR. BRUTUS. Let me not hinder. BRUTUS. What man is that? BRUTUS. Will you go see the order of the course? BRUTUS. What say’s thou to me now? Speak once again. CASSIUS.] CASSIUS. SOOTHSAYER. Caesar is turn’s to hear. Fellow. look upon Caesar. Cassius. Cassius. CAESAR. Beware the Ides of March.
That you might see your shadow. Were I a common laugher. To the entire rout. I. gentle Brutus. Cassius. Tell me. -Except immortal Caesar!-. Therefore. What means this shouting? I do fear the people Choose Caesar for their king. 'Tis just: And it is very much lamented. CASSIUS. That you have no such mirrors as will turn Your hidden worthiness into your eye. Then. Brutus. by some other thing. with himself at war.Merely upon myself. And be not jealous on me. BRUTUS. I have much mistaken your passion. Forgets the shows of love to other men. I have heard Where many of the best respect in Rome. good Brutus. in banqueting. worthy cogitations. which you yet know not of. can you see your face? BRUTUS. Will modestly discover to you That of yourself. Which give some soil perhaps to my behaviors. Vexed I am Of late with passions of some difference. Conceptions only proper to myself. and hug them hard And after scandal them. Into what dangers would you lead me. Than that poor Brutus. Brutus. then hold me dangerous.] BRUTUS. or if you know That I profess myself. your glass. be prepared to hear.speaking of Brutus. for the eye sees not itself But by reflection. And since you know you cannot see yourself So well as by reflection. if you know That I do fawn on men. Have wish’s that noble Brutus had his eyes. be you one-Nor construe any further my neglect. But let not therefore my good friends be grieved-Among which number. CASSIUS. Cassius. Cassius? That you would have me seek into myself For that which is not in me? CASSIUS.
. No. good Brutus. or did use To stale with ordinary oaths my love To every new protester. [Flourish and shout. And groaning underneath this age's yoke. By means whereof this breast of mine hath buried Thoughts of great value.
it cried. And bade him follow: so indeed he did. I was born free as Caesar. I know that virtue to be in you. Brutus. For let the gods so speed me as I love The name of honor more than I fear death. upon a raw and gusty day. Alas. And that it eye whose bend doth awe the world Did lose his luster. As well as I do know your outward favor. yet I love him well. it doth amaze me. Set honor in one eye and death I' the other And I will look on both indifferently. I would not. or I sink! I. Accoutered as I was. as life not is as live to be In awe of such a thing as I myself. The torrent roars. Caesar said to me. If Caesar carelessly but nod on him. Did from the flames of Troy upon his shoulder The old Enchases bear. and we did buffet it With lusty sinews. I plunged in. Cassius. I had. Caesar cried. A man of such a feeble temper should
. and we can both Endure the winter's cold as well as he: For once. and Cassius is A wretched creature. throwing it aside And stemming it with hearts of controversy. and that tongue of his that bade the Romans Mark him. I cannot tell what you and other men Think of this life. so were you: We both have fed as well. "Help me. but for my single self. --Ye gods. "Dearest you Cassius. Cassius. I did hear him groan: Ay. as Aeneas. "Give me some drink. The troubled Tiber chafing with her shores. and must bend his body. honor is the subject of my story. this god did shake: His coward lips did from their color fly." As a sick girl. 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. now Leap in with me into this angry flood And swim to yonder point?" Upon the word. Ay. Titanium. our great ancestor. and write his speeches in their books.CASSIUS. CASSIUS. so from the waves of Tiber Did I the tired Caesar: and this man Is now become a god. do you fear it? Then must I think you would not have it so? BRUTUS. He had a fever when he was in Spain. Well. But ere we could arrive the point proposed. And when the fit was on him I did mark How he did shake: 'tis true.
"Brutus" and "Caesar": what should be in that "Caesar"? Why should that name be sounded more than yours? Write them together. that talk’s of Rome? That her wide walls encompassed but one man? Now is it Rome indeed. Weigh them. Why. What you have said. What you would work me to. so with love I might entreat you. Men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault. conjure with them.So get the start of the majestic world. Be any further moved. and of these times. [Shout. dear Brutus. man. Flourish. it is as heavy. what you have to say. for this present. I am nothing jealous. that we are underlings. he doth bestride the narrow world Like a Colossus. "Brutus" will start a spirit as soon as "Caesar. CASSIUS. thou art shamed! Rome. I shall recount hereafter." Now. I will consider. is not in our stars. When there is in it but one only man. O. And bear the palm alone. and room enough. in the names of all the gods at once. But in ourselves. till now. it doth become the mouth as well. you and I have heard our fathers say There was a Brutus once that would have brooks The' eternal devil to keep his state in Rome. Sound them.] BRUTUS. That you do love me.
. I will with patience hear. I would not. yours is as fair a name. As easily as a king! BRUTUS. and find a time Both meet to hear and answer such high things. and we petty men Walk under his huge legs and peep about To find ourselves dishonorable graves. Another general shout! I do believe that these applauses are For some new honors that is heaps on Caesar. I have some aim: How I have thought of this. Till then. CASSIUS. But it was famed with more than with one man? When could they say. 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 lie upon us. Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed That he is grown so great? Age. thou hast lost the breed of noble bloods! When went there by an age since the great flood. my noble friend.
CASSIUS. As they pass by. And he will. Such men as he be never at heart's ease Whiles they behold a greater than themselves. As thou dost. after his sour fashion. look you. Would he were fatter! But I fear him not: Yet. and such as sleep o' nights: Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look. Fear him not. And therefore are they very dangerous. CASSIUS. He is a great observer. Antonym. Sleek-headed men. Being crosses in conference by some senators. He reads much. Let me have men about me that are fat. and smiles in such a sort As if he muck’s he and scorn’s his spirit That could be moved to smile at any thing. And all the rest look like a chidden train: Calpurnia's cheek is pale. I do not know the man I should avoid So soon as that spare Cassius. he hears no music: Seldom he smiles. Caesar? CAESAR. The games are done. and Cicero Looks with such ferret and such fiery eyes As we have seen him in the Capitol.] BRUTUS. I will do so. He is a noble Roman and well given. The angry spot doth glow on Caesar's brow. BRUTUS. tell you What hath proceeded worthy note today? [Re-enter Caesar and his Train. and he looks Quite through the deeds of men: he loves no plays. I rather tell thee what are to be fears
. CAESAR. ANTONY. He thinks too much: such men are dangerous. Antonio’s. pluck Casco by the sleeve. Caesar. CAESAR. Cassius. he's not dangerous. Casco will tell us what the matter is. and Caesar is returning.I am glad that my weak words Have struck but thus much show of fire from Brutus. -ANTONY. --But. if my name were liable to fear.
Ay. there was a crown offer’s he. [Exeunt Caesar and his Train. Come on my right hand. thus. That Caesar looks so sad. CASCA. and he put it by thrice. would you speak with me? BRUTUS. you were with him. CASSIUS. I can as well be a hang. Why. Ay. Antonym. and then the People fell a-shouting. He put it by with the back of his hand. What was the second noise for? CASCA. I did not mark it. Casco stays. Tell us the manner of it. They shouted thrice: what was the last cry for? CASCA. BRUTUS. CASCA. gentle Casco. CASCA. wasn’t. and at every putting-by mine honest neighbors Shouted. Who offer’s him the crown? CASCA. for always I am Caesar. Why. BRUTUS. You pull’s me by the cloak. Casco. Why.Than what I fear. as tell the manner of it: it was Mere foolery. I should not then ask Casco what had chanced. and being offer’s him. tell us what hath chanced today. for this ear is deaf. BRUTUS. were you not? BRUTUS. for that too. every time gentler Than other. CASSIUS.] CASCA. Why. for that too. I saw Mark Antonym offer him a
. Why. And tell me truly what thou thing’s of him. marry. Was the crown offer’s he thrice? CASCA.
if he had done or said Any thing amiss. and Still. and threw up their sweaty night-caps. the rabblement shouted. CASSIUS. as I told you. If the tag-rag people did not clap him and hiss him. Then he Offered it to him again: then he put it by again: but. I am no true man.
. as they use to do The players in the theatre. What said he when he came unto himself? CASCA. as he refused it. CASSIUS. soft! I pray you. before he fell down. What. we have the falling-sickness. he desired their worships to think it was his Infirmity. and I. but you. CASSIUS. he would fain have had it. BRUTUS. Good soul!" and forgave him with all their hearts. But there's No heed to be taken of them: if Caesar had stab’s there Mothers. that it had almost choked Caesar. CASCA. for all That. I would I might go to hell among the rogues: --and so he fell. he put it the third time by. BRUTUS. And honest Casco. when he perceived the common Herd was glad he refused the crown. thus sad away? CASCA. BRUTUS. According as he pleased and displeased them. and claps Their chop hands. "Alas. to my Thinking. Marry. he pluck’s me open his Doublet. they would have done no less. for he swooned and Fell down at it: and for mine own part. Three or four wenches where I stood cried. he was very loath to lay his fingers off it. did Caesar swoon? CASCA. and Uttered such a deal of stinking breath because Caesar refused The crown. but I am sure Caesar fell Down. No. And. if I would not have taken him at a word. to my thinking. --yet 'twas not a crown neither. --and.Crown. and offered them his throat to cut: an I had been a Man of any occupation. and was Speechless. He fell down in the market place. I durst not laugh for Fear of opening my lips and receiving the bad air. Caesar hath it not. Ay. 'Tis0 very like: he hath the falling-sickness. And then He offered it the third time. But. When he came to himself again. he put it by once: but. he said. and foam’s at mouth. after that he came. 'twas one of these Coronets. I know not what you mean by that.
Will you sup with me tonight. if could remember it. Ay. he spoke Greek. are put to silence. To what effect? CASCA. And so it is. So is he now in execution Of any bold or noble enterprise. and your dinner worth The eating. I will come home to you. Fare you well. CASSIUS. I am promised forth. No. CASSIUS. if you will. but for mine own part. it was Greek to me.
. Nay.Did Cicero say any thing? CASCA. BRUTUS. and your mind hold. or. and I will wait for you. This rudeness is a sauce to his good wit. CASSIUS. Will you dine with me tomorrow? CASCA. Which gives men stomach to digest his words With better appetite. CASCA. Casco? CASCA. CASSIUS. [Exit CASCA. Ay. Good. for pulling Scarf’s off Caesar's images. However he puts on this tardy form. Do so. I'll ne'er look you I' the face Again: but those that understood him smiled at one another and Shook their heads. What a blunt fellow is this grown to be! He was quick mettle when he went to school. I Could tell you more news too: Modulus and Flavius. For this time I will leave you: Tomorrow. Come home to me.] BRUTUS. I will expect you. if I were alive. CASSIUS. an I tell you that. farewell both. There was more foolery yet. CASSIUS. if you please to speak with me.
In several hands. For who so firm that cannot be seduced? Caesar doth bear me hard. and CICERO. which did flame and burn Like twenty torches join'd.
. The same. saw you anything more wonderful? CASCA.] CICERO. Why. For we will shake him. think of the world.]
SCENE III. yet. Casca: brought you Caesar home? Why are you breathless. when all the sway of earth Shakes like a thing unfirm? O Cicero. CICERO. Besides. and I have seen Th' ambitious ocean swell and rage and foam. Or else the world too saucy with the gods. A common slave--you'd know him well by sight-Held up his left hand. Did I go through a tempest dropping fire. [Exit. when the scolding winds Have rived the knotty oaks. [Thunder and lightning. A Street. I see. Enter. I have seen tempests. Brutus.--I ha' not since put up my sword. thou art noble. Thy honorable metal may be wrought. To be exalted with the threatening clouds: But never till tonight. Good even. Either there is a civil strife in heaven. with his sword drawn. Incenses them to send destruction. If I were Brutus now and he were Cassius.-[Exit Brutus.] Well. or worse days endure. wherein obscurely Caesar's ambition shall be glanced at: And after this let Caesar seat him sure. From that it is disposed: therefore 'tis meet Those noble minds keep ever with their likes. Writings all tending to the great opinion That Rome holds of his name. I will this night. As if they came from several citizens. in at his windows throw. and why stare you so? CASCA.I will do so: till then. CASCA. but he loves Brutus. He should not humor me. and yet his hand Not sensible of fire remain'd unscorch'd.-Against the Capitol I met a lion. never till now. Are not you moved. from opposite sides.
[Exit Cicero. But men may construe things after their fashion. I have walk'd about the streets. CASSIUS. For I believe they are portentous things Unto the climate that they point upon. for he did bid Antonius Send word to you he would be there to-morrow. they are natural". Cicero. walk up and down the streets. who swore they saw Men. it is a strange-disposed time. Who's there? CASCA. He doth. When these prodigies Do so conjointly meet. CASCA.] CASSIUS.
. by your voice. Farewell. all in fire. And yesterday the bird of night did sit Even at noonday upon the marketplace. CASCA. Who ever knew the heavens menace so? CASSIUS. Good then. Indeed. Howling and shrieking. Cassius. Comes Caesar to the Capitol tomorrow? CASCA. CICERO. and went surly by. A very pleasing night to honest men.Who glared upon me. For my part. Casca. what night is this! CASSIUS. Without annoying me: and there were drawn Upon a heap a hundred ghastly women. Transformed with their fear. Casca: this disturbed sky Is not to walk in.] [Enter Cassius. Submitting me unto the perilous night. CASCA. Clean from the purpose of the things themselves. CICERO. Those that have known the earth so full of faults. let not men say "These are their reasons. Your ear is good. A Roman.
And. as you see.and those sparks of life That should be in a Roman you do want.from quality and kind. CASCA. fools. Casca. CASSIUS. But wherefore did you so much tempt the Heavens? It is the part of men to fear and tremble. And he shall wear his crown by sea and land. is it not. That thunders. yet prodigious grown. I did present myself Even in the aim and very flash of it. To see the strange impatience of the Heavens: But if you would consider the true cause Why all these fires. Cassius? CASSIUS. And we are govern'd with our mothers' spirits. you shall find That Heaven hath infused them with these spirits. 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 old men.--why. you make the weak most strong. Indeed they say the senators to-morrow Mean to establish Caesar as a king. Casca. opens graves. Casca. You look pale and gaze. why all these gliding ghosts. you tyrants do defeat:
. Their natures. ye gods. Name to thee a man most like this dreadful night. thus unbraced. I know where I will wear this dagger then. But. CASCA. In every place save here in Italy. To make them instruments of fear and warning Unto some monstrous state. Our yoke and sufferance show us womanish. You are dull. and roars. lightens. Cassius from bondage will deliver Cassius: Therein. As doth the lion in the Capitol. And fearful. 'Tis Caesar that you mean. Or else you use not. And when the cross blue lightning seem'd to open The breast of heaven. Now could I. and children calculate. as these strange eruptions are. and preformed faculties To monstrous quality. Why birds and beasts. CASSIUS.-Why all these things change from their ordinance. woe the while! our fathers' minds are dead. And put on fear and cast yourself in wonder. Have bared my bosom to the thunder-stone. Let it be who it is: for Romans now Have thews and limbs like to their ancestors. Therein. ye gods. CASCA.
my hand: Be factious for redress of all these griefs.Nor stony tower. fiery. and to such a man That is no fleering tell-tale. Never lacks power to dismiss itself. So can I: So every bondman in his own hand bears The power to cancel his captivity. this fearful night. nor strong links of iron Can be retentive to the strength of spirit.
. Those that with haste will make a mighty fire Begin it with weak straws: what trash is Rome. and what offal. Where hast thou led me? I perhaps speak this Before a willing bondman: then I know My answer must be made. and most terrible. Hold. but I am arm'd. If I know this. And dangers are to me indifferent. O grief. There's a bargain made. I have moved already Some certain of the noblest-minded Romans To undergo with me an enterprise Of honorable-dangerous consequence. Now know you. CASCA. And the complexion of the element Is favor'd like the work we have in hand. That part of tyranny that I do bear I can shake off at pleasure. But that he sees the Romans are but sheep: He were no lion. You speak to Casca. they stay for me In Pompey's Porch: for now. when it serves For the base matter to illuminate So vile a thing as Caesar! But. CASSIUS. CASSIUS. [Thunders still. nor walls of beaten brass. What rubbish. for here comes one in haste. There is no stir or walking in the streets. CASCA.] CASCA. Nor airless dungeon. Most bloody. CASSIUS. But life. I do know him by his gait. Stand close awhile. were not Romans hinds. And I do know by this. being weary of these worldly bars. 'Tis Cinna. And I will set this foot of mine as far As who goes farthest. And why should Caesar be a tyrant then? Poor man! I know he would not be a wolf. know all the world besides. Casca.
where haste you so? CINNA. To find out you. Will change to virtue and to worthiness. Repair to Pompey's Porch.-CASSIUS. Be you content. I will hie And so bestow these papers as you bade me. Am I not stay'd for. one incorporate To our attempts. CASSIUS. What a fearful night is this! There's two or three of us have seen strange sights. ere day. That done. Casca. take this paper. CINNA. it is Casca. And look you lay it in the praetor's chair. set this up with wax Upon old Brutus' statue: all this done. Good Cinna. O Cassius. like richest alchemy. he sits high in all the people's hearts! And that which would appear offense in us. and throw this In at his window. and the man entire. and he's gone To seek you at your house. Upon the next encounter.
. His countenance. repair to Pompey's theatre. Who's that? Metellus Cimber? CASSIUS. I am glad on't. Where Brutus may but find it.] Come.] Cinna. where you shall find us. if you could but win The noble Brutus to our party. CASSIUS. Yes. No. CASSIUS.-[Enter Cinna.-[Exit Cinna. O.He is a friend. You are. Well. CASCA. All but Metellus Cimber. Is Decius Brutus and Trebonius there? CINNA. Cinna? CINNA. you and I will yet. Am I not stay'd for? tell me. yields him ours. See Brutus at his house: three parts of him Is ours already.
We will awake him. It must be by his death: and. prevent. Th' abuse of greatness is. Looks in the clouds. You have right well conceited. [Exit. scorning the base degrees By which he did ascend: so Caesar may. and our great need of him. by the progress of the stars. there's the question: It is the bright day that brings forth the adder. But. and his worth. Lucius. and. But 'tis a common proof. I say! What.Him. when! Awake. Give guess how near to day.-When. to speak truth of Caesar. That at his will he may do danger with. He would be crown'd: How that might change his nature. Then. Get me a taper in my study. and. Crown him?--that: And then.] BRUTUS. Lucius. For it is after midnight. SCENE I. when it disjoins Remorse from power.] BRUTUS. for my part. That lowliness is young ambition's ladder. BRUTUS'S orchard. I grant. Let us go.--Lucius. and be sure of him. ere day. And that craves wary walking. Whereto the climber-upward turns his face.]
ACT II. LUCIUS. since the quarrel
. we put a sting in him. He then unto the ladder turns his back. my lord? BRUTUS. Rome. my lord. [Enter Brutus. Call'd you. And. ho!-I cannot. I say!-I would it were my fault to sleep so soundly. But for the general. Lucius! [Enter Lucius. I will. come and call me here. [Exeunt. Lucius: When it is lighted. What. I have not known when his affections sway'd More than his reason.] LUCIUS. I know no personal cause to spurn at him. when he once attains the upmost round. lest he may.
sir. and I am sure It did not lie there when I went to bed.] LUCIUS. If the redress will follow.] LUCIUS. I will. redress--! Brutus. augmented. Shall Rome.-[Opens the letter and reads. redress!"--Am I entreated.--that what he is. BRUTUS. Is not tomorrow. Rome? My ancestors did from the streets of Rome The Tarquin drive. the Ides of March? LUCIUS. Searching the window for a flint I found This paper thus seal'd up. [Exit. when he was call'd a king. it is not day. boy. & c. would. Get you to bed again.Will bear no color for the thing he is. The taper burneth in your closet. BRUTUS. thou sleep'st: awake and see thyself." Thus must I piece it out: Shall Rome stand under one man's awe? What. To speak and strike? O Rome. LUCIUS. sir.]
. thou sleep'st: awake!--" Such instigations have been often dropp'd Where I have took them up. sir. Speak.-"Speak. strike. strike.] BRUTUS. then. Would run to these and these extremities: And therefore think him as a serpent's egg Which hatch'd. Sir. and bring me word. [Knocking within. And kill him in the shell. The exhalations. Look in the calendar. March is wasted fifteen days. I make thee promise. I know not. [Re-enter Lucius. Fashion it thus. "Shall Rome. whizzing in the air Give so much light that I may read by them. &c.] "Brutus. as his kind grow mischievous. thou receivest Thy full petition at the hand of Brutus! [Re-enter Lucius.
BRUTUS.-[Exit Lucius. Is he alone? LUCIUS. thy native semblance on.-[Exit Lucius. and Trebonius. Like to a little kingdom.] They are the faction. Let 'em enter. 'tis your brother Cassius at the door. by day Where wilt thou find a cavern dark enough To mask thy monstrous visage? Seek none. BRUTUS. Not Erebus itself were dim enough To hide thee from prevention. suffers then The nature of an insurrection. [Enter Cassius. Decius. LUCIUS. CASSIUS. Shamest thou to show thy dangerous brow by night. Hide it in smiles and affability: For if thou pass. No. Go to the gate. Who doth desire to see you. No. sir.--O conspiracy. Sir. I think we are too bold upon your rest:
.] Since Cassius first did whet me against Caesar I have not slept. all the interim is Like a phantasma or a hideous dream: The genius and the mortal instruments Are then in council. sir. BRUTUS. and the state of man. And half their faces buried in their cloaks. Cinna. somebody knocks. Casca. their hats are pluck'd about their ears. When evils are most free? O. 'Tis good. BRUTUS. there are more with him. conspiracy. Do you know them? LUCIUS. [Re-enter Lucius]. then. Between the acting of a dreadful thing And the first motion. Metellus Cimber. That by no means I may discover them By any mark of favor.
Shall I entreat a word? [BRUTUS and CASSIUS whisper apart. They are all welcome. No. every man of them. Casca. This is Trebonius. CASSIUS. Metellus Cimber. and yon grey lines That fret the clouds are messengers of day. pardon. BRUTUS. up higher toward the North He first presents his fire. I have been up this hour. as I point my sword. sir. CINNA. and every one doth wish You had but that opinion of yourself Which every noble Roman bears of you.
. Weighing the youthful season of the year.-What watchful cares do interpose themselves Betwixt your eyes and night? CASSIUS. He is welcome hither. CASSIUS. BRUTUS. O. and no man here But honors you. awake all night.Good morrow. one by one. as the Capitol. do we trouble you? BRUTUS. CASCA. He is welcome too. Yes. this. Brutus. This. This Decius Brutus. Some two months hence. BRUTUS. and the high East Stands.] DECIUS. directly here. BRUTUS. Which is a great way growing on the South. Give me your hands all over. Here lies the east: doth not the day break here? CASCA. Here. Know I these men that come along with you? CASSIUS. the Sun arises. You shall confess that you are both deceived. and this. it doth. Cinna.
Our youths and wildness shall no whit appear. That this shall be. by no means. And will not palter? and what other oath Than honesty to honesty engaged. O. break off betimes.
. his judgment ruled our hands. For he will never follow any thing That other men begin. So let high-sighted tyranny range on. Old feeble carrions. To think that or our cause or our performance Did need an oath. the time's abuse-If these be motives weak. But what of Cicero? Shall we sound him? I think he will stand very strong with us. Till each man drop by lottery. And buy men's voices to commend our deeds: It shall be said. No. If he do break the smallest particle Of any promise that hath pass'd from him. and nobly bears. And let us swear our resolution. BRUTUS. But if these. not an oath: if not the face of men. unto bad causes swear Such creatures as men doubt: but do not stain The even virtue of our enterprise. And every man hence to his idle bed. 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. But all be buried in his gravity. countrymen. when every drop of blood That every Roman bears. CASCA. bear fire enough To kindle cowards. and such suffering souls That welcome wrongs.CASSIUS. Let us not leave him out. As I am sure they do. and cowards. METELLUS. CASSIUS. then. and to steel with valour The melting spirits of women. Is guilty of a several bastardy. The sufferance of our souls. let us have him! for his silver hairs Will purchase us a good opinion. CINNA. or we will fall for it? Swear priests. Nor th' insuppressive mettle of our spirits. BRUTUS. and men cautelous. O. No. name him not! let us not break with him.
And not dismember Caesar! But. and envy afterwards. For Antony is but a limb of Caesar.--take thought and die for Caesar. he is not fit. We all stand up against the spirit of Caesar. all that he can do Is to himself. Caesar must bleed for it! And. Yet I do fear him. Caius Cassius. so well beloved of Caesar. may well stretch so far As to annoy us all: which to prevent. This shall mark Our purpose necessary. For in th' ingrafted love he bears to Caesar-BRUTUS. BRUTUS. CASCA. that we then could come by Caesar's spirit. let him not die. Our course will seem too bloody. Should outlive Caesar: we shall find of him A shrewd contriver. CASSIUS. And that were much he should. but not wrathfully. And let our hearts. well urged. And for Mark Antony. For he can do no more than Caesar's arm When Caesar's head is off. For he will live. Shall no man else be touch'd but only Caesar? CASSIUS. Mark Antony. Like wrath in death. as subtle masters do.--I think it is not meet. Alas.CASSIUS. alas. There is no fear in him. Stir up their servants to an act of rage. Let's carve him as a dish fit for the gods. Let's kill him boldly. and much company. Indeed. If he improve them. good Cassius. for he is given To sports. but not butchers. And after seem to chide 'em. Which so appearing to the common eyes. DECIUS. To cut the head off. gentle friends. and then hack the limbs. We shall be call'd purgers. TREBONIUS. do not think of him: If he love Caesar.
. Let us be sacrificers. Then leave him out. and laugh at this hereafter. and not envious. to wildness. Let Antony and Caesar fall together. Not hew him as a carcass fit for hounds. not murderers. Decius. and you know his means. think not of him. And in the spirit of men there is no blood: O. Caius.
Peace! count the clock. of dreams. The morning comes upon 's. For I can give his humor the true bent. for he loves to hear That unicorns may be betray'd with trees. The clock hath stricken three. Never fear that: if he be so resolved. By the eighth hour: is that the uttermost? CINNA. Brutus. BRUTUS. go along by him: He loves me well. And bears with glasses. The unaccustom'd terror of this night. CASSIUS. And the persuasion of his augurers May hold him from the Capitol to-day. CASSIUS. Send him but hither. Lions with toils. and men with flatterers: But when I tell him he hates flatterers. we will all of us be there to fetch him. Caius Ligarius doth bear Caesar hard. He says he does. It may be these apparent prodigies. DECIUS. Nay. For he is superstitious grown of late. and fail not then. BRUTUS. and I'll fashion him. CASSIUS. CASSIUS. Be that the uttermost.--
. I can o'ersway him.] BRUTUS. TREBONIUS. Who rated him for speaking well of Pompey: I wonder none of you have thought of him. Now. and ceremonies. Quite from the main opinion he held once Of fantasy. good Metellus. and I have given him reason. Let me work. But it is doubtful yet Whether Caesar will come forth today or no. METELLUS. elephants with holes. And I will bring him to the Capitol. 'Tis time to part. being then most flattered. We'll leave you.[Clock strikes.
BRUTUS. Musing and sighing. Portia. You've ungently. and show yourselves true Romans.
.And. Gave sign for me to leave you. look fresh and merrily.] PORTIA. PORTIA. And. nor talk. Which busy care draws in the brains of men. He would embrace the means to come by it. Nor for yours neither. and walk'd about. Which sometime hath his hour with every man. Enjoy the honey-heavy dew of slumber: Thou hast no figures nor no fantasies. And. Good gentlemen. It will not let you eat. So I did. then you scratch'd your head. but all remember What you have said. my lord! BRUTUS. good morrow to you every one. Therefore thou sleep'st so sound. Make me acquainted with your cause of grief. and withal Hoping it was but an effect of humour. Stole from my bed: and yesternight. Brutus. Brutus.] Boy! Lucius!--Fast asleep? It is no matter. [Enter Portia. Fearing to strengthen that impatience Which seem'd too much enkindled. with your arms across. when I ask'd you what the matter was. friends. Brutus. Brutus is wise. with an angry wafture of your hand. nor sleep. Dear my lord. I should not know you. were he not in health. PORTIA. You suddenly arose. yet you answer'd not. But. I am not well in health. disperse yourselves.-[Exeunt all but Brutus. And too impatiently stamp'd with your foot: Yet I insisted. But bear it as our Roman actors do. could it work so much upon your shape As it hath much prevail'd on your condition. and. at supper. what mean you? wherefore rise you now? It is not for your health thus to commit Your weak condition to the raw-cold morning. Let not our looks put on our purposes. and that is all. BRUTUS. You stared upon me with ungentle looks: I urged you further. With untired spirits and formal constancy: And so.
Within the bond of marriage. yourself. then should I know this secret. Giving myself a voluntary wound Here in the thigh: can I bear that with patience And not my husband's secrets?
.-To keep with you at meals. but withal A woman well reputed. who did hide their faces Even from darkness. By all your vows of love. And tempt the rheumy and unpurged air To add unto his sickness? No. Which. BRUTUS. You have some sick offense within your mind. your half. PORTIA. for here have been Some six or seven. not his wife. comfort your bed. by the right and virtue of my place. I should not need. my Brutus. I charge you. Why. tell me. Being so father'd and so husbanded? Tell me your counsels.BRUTUS. And talk to you sometimes? Dwell I but in the suburbs Of your good pleasure? If it be no more. and that great vow Which did incorporate and make us one. I ought to know of: and. if you were gentle Brutus. That you unfold to me. Why you are heavy. I grant I am a woman. I will not disclose 'em. by my once commended beauty. Think you I am no stronger than my sex. go to bed. PORTIA. Good Portia. gentle Portia. Cato's daughter. I have made strong proof of my constancy. As dear to me as are the ruddy drops That visit my sad heart. Is it excepted I should know no secrets That appertain to you? Am I yourself But. BRUTUS. so I do. in sort or limitation. is Brutus sick. And will he steal out of his wholesome bed To dare the vile contagion of the night. and what men to-night Have had resort to you. but withal A woman that Lord Brutus took to wife: I grant I am a woman. Portia is Brutus' harlot. Brutus. Kneel not. PORTIA. as it were. If this were true. You are my true and honorable wife. Is Brutus sick? and is it physical To walk unbraced and suck up the humours Of the dank morning? What. upon my knees.
-Boy. And I will strive with things impossible.] Hark. And by and by thy bosom shall partake The secrets of my heart: All my engagements I will construe to thee. who's that knocks? [Re-enter Lucius with Ligarius. [Exit Portia. hark.--how? LIGARIUS. stand aside.BRUTUS. BRUTUS. what a time have you chose out. Soul of Rome! Brave son. like an exorcist. I am not sick. LIGARIUS. Yea. Ligarius. A piece of work that will make sick men whole. Such an exploit have I in hand. hast conjured up My mortified spirit. I here discard my sickness. By all the gods that Romans bow before.] LUCIUS. O ye gods. if Brutus have in hand Any exploit worthy the name of honour. What's to do? BRUTUS. one knocks: Portia. derived from honorable loins! Thou.] --Lucius. Render me worthy of this noble wife! [Knocking within. O. But are not some whole that we must make sick?
. To wear a kerchief! Would you were not sick! LIGARIUS. brave Caius. Here is a sick man that would speak with you. that Metellus spake of. Now bid me run. All the charactery of my sad brows. get the better of them. BRUTUS. LIGARIUS. Leave me with haste. go in awhile. BRUTUS. Caius Ligarius.--Caius Ligarius. Vouchsafe good-morrow from a feeble tongue. Had you a healthful ear to hear of it.
A room in Caesar's palace. when they shall see The face of Caesar. Enter Caesar. To whom it must be done. ho! They murder Caesar!"--Who's within? [Enter a Servant. SERVANT. Yet now they fright me. my Caius. There is one within. Nor heaven nor earth have been at peace tonight: Thrice hath Calpurnia in her sleep cried out. I will.] [Enter Calpurnia. [Exit. Caesar shall forth: the things that threaten me Ne'er look but on my back. That must we also.] CAESAR. Caesar? Think you to walk forth? You shall not stir out of your house to-day. my lord.] SERVANT. [Exeunt. Go bid the priests do present sacrifice. To do I know not what: but it sufficeth That Brutus leads me on. Follow me then. What mean you. they are vanished. My lord? CAESAR.] CALPURNIA.]
SCENE II. BRUTUS. What it is. [Thunder and lightning. Set on your foot. And bring me their opinions of success. And with a heart new-fired I follow you.BRUTUS. LIGARIUS. I never stood on ceremonies. Caesar. in his nightgown. I shall unfold to thee. as we are going. CAESAR. CALPURNIA. "Help.
Alas. The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes. And graves have yawn'd. It seems to me most strange that men should fear. Recounts most horrid sights seen by the watch. In ranks and squadrons and right form of war.
.Besides the things that we have heard and seen. The valiant never taste of death but once. and yielded up their dead. and not your own. And I the elder and more terrible. Your wisdom is consumed in confidence! Do not go forth to-day: call it my fear That keeps you in the house. Will come when it will come. And I do fear them! CAESAR. CALPURNIA. Which drizzled blood upon the Capitol.these things are beyond all use. They would not have you to stir forth to-day. A lioness hath whelped in the streets. What can be avoided Whose end is purposed by the mighty gods? Yet Caesar shall go forth. If he should stay at home today for fear.] What say the augurers? SERVANT. there are no comets seen. CALPURNIA. Seeing that death. When beggars die. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard. The noise of battle hurtled in the air. Plucking the entrails of an offering forth. O Caesar. a necessary end. We'll send Mark Antony to the Senate-house. Cowards die many times before their deaths. my lord. And Caesar shall go forth.-[Re-enter Servant. CAESAR. Caesar shall not: danger knows full well That Caesar is more dangerous than he: We are two lions litter'd in one day. Horses did neigh. CAESAR. No. for these predictions Are to the world in general as to Caesar. and dying men did groan. The gods do this in shame of cowardice: Caesar should be a beast without a heart. Fierce fiery warriors fight upon the clouds. And ghosts did shriek and squeal about the streets. They could not find a heart within the beast.
CAESAR. Signifies that from you great Rome shall suck Reviving blood. CAESAR. and many lusty Romans Came smiling and did bathe their hands in it: And these does she apply for warnings and portents And evils imminent. The cause is in my will. like a fountain with an hundred spouts. Most mighty Caesar. In which so many smiling Romans bathed. he shall tell them so. all hail! Good morrow. and on her knee Hath begg'd that I will stay at home to-day. Did run pure blood. Cannot. Decius. Tell them so. CAESAR. I will let you know: Calpurnia here. To be afeard to tell grey-beards the truth?-Decius. And you are come in very happy time To bear my greeting to the Senators. I will stay at home. Which. let me know some cause. Say he is sick. I will not come: That is enough to satisfy the Senate. Shall Caesar send a lie? Have I in conquest stretch'd mine arm so far. DECIUS. and that I dare not. Because I love you. my wife. Lest I be laugh'd at when I tell them so. go tell them Caesar will not come. Caesar. CAESAR. DECIUS. for your private satisfaction. upon my knee. Your statue spouting blood in many pipes. worthy Caesar: I come to fetch you to the Senate-house. This dream is all amiss interpreted: It was a vision fair and fortunate. DECIUS. falser: I will not come to-day. CALPURNIA.] Here's Decius Brutus. is false. prevail in this. for thy humor.And he shall say you are not well to-day: Let me. [Enter Decius. But. stays me at home: She dreamt to-night she saw my statua. And. Mark Antony shall say I am not well. and that great men shall press
. And tell them that I will not come to-day.
CAESAR. Casca. If you shall send them word you will not come. Good morrow. ANTONY. Calpurnia! I am ashamed I did yield to them. Caesar. Is notwithstanding up. CAESAR. I thank you for your pains and courtesy. Trebonius. Caesar. [Enter Antony. PUBLIUS. shall they not whisper "Lo. Their minds may change. Publius. 'tis strucken eight.--Caius Ligarius. Caesar was ne'er so much your enemy As that same ague which hath made you lean. Metellus. and cognizance. This by Calpurnia's dream is signified.
. Caesar is afraid"? Pardon me. And this way have you well expounded it.For tinctures. So to most noble Caesar. and Cinna. that revels long o'nights. And reason to my love is liable. CAESAR. stains.-What." If Caesar hide himself.--Good morrow. DECIUS. CAESAR. Brutus. for someone to say "Break up the Senate till another time. When Caesar's wife shall meet with better dreams. Brutus. when you have heard what I can say. Besides. And know it now: The Senate have concluded To give this day a crown to mighty Caesar. it were a mock Apt to be render'd. How foolish do your fears seem now. I have. Casca. Ligarius. [Enter Publius.-What is't o'clock? BRUTUS. relics. Antony. are you stirr'd so early too?-Good morrow. Welcome. for I will go. for my dear dear love To your proceeding bids me tell you this.] And look where Publius is come to fetch me.] See! Antony. Caesar. Give me my robe.
] and so near will I be. that I may remember you. There is but one mind in all these men. go in.--what.--now. [Aside. [Enter Portia and Lucius. and taste some wine with me. I will. and it is bent against Caesar. O Caesar. [Enter Artemidorus. come not near Casca. The mighty gods defend thee! Thy lover. but get thee gone.]
SCENE IV. trust not Trebonius. Caesar. The heart of Brutus yearns to think upon! [Exeunt.] PORTIA. reading paper. have an eye to Cinna. If thou be'st not immortal. Be near me.] ARTEMIDORUS. mark well Metellus Cimber." Here will I stand till Caesar pass along. take heed of Cassius. Decius Brutus loves thee not. like friends. [Exit. Another part of the same street. Cinna. Trebonius! I have an hour's talk in store for you: Remember that you call on me to-day. Metellus. "Caesar. Stay not to answer me.
. And as a suitor will I give him this. boy. That your best friends shall wish I had been further. A street near the Capitol. the Fates with traitors do contrive.-If thou read this. before the house of Brutus. CAESAR.-Now. If not. I pr'ythee.] That every like is not the same. O Caesar. TREBONIUS. run to the Senate-house. thou hast wrong'd Caius Ligarius. Artemidorus. Good friends.]
SCENE III. Bid them prepare within: I am to blame to be thus waited for. beware of Brutus. BRUTUS. [Aside. will straightway go together. thou mayest live.CAESAR. look about you: security gives way to conspiracy. And we. My heart laments that virtue cannot live Out of the teeth of emulation.
Why dost thou stay? LUCIUS. and nothing else? And so return to you. PORTIA. madam. boy! what noise is that? LUCIUS. what should I do? Run to the Capitol. Pr'ythee. and nothing else? PORTIA.] O constancy. madam. For he went sickly forth: and take good note What Caesar doth. Come hither. PORTIA. bring me word. At mine own house. what suitors press to him. Sooth. To know my errand. but a woman's might. be strong upon my side! Set a huge mountain 'tween my heart and tongue! I have a man's mind. listen well: I heard a bustling rumour. lady. boy. About the ninth hour. I would have had thee there. Is Caesar yet gone to the Capitol? ARTEMIDORUS. I hear nothing. like a fray. Madam. Hark. I hear none. good lady. fellow: Which way hast thou been? ARTEMIDORUS. PORTIA. And the wind brings it from the Capitol.] PORTIA. if thy lord look well. PORTIA. Madam. How hard it is for women to keep counsel!-Art thou here yet? LUCIUS. [Enter Artemidorus. What is't o'clock? ARTEMIDORUS. madam. Ere I can tell thee what thou shouldst do there. LUCIUS. not yet: I go to take my stand
. and here again.-[Aside. Yes.
--O. Trebonius. PORTIA. Casca. of Praetors. None that I know will be.] PORTIA. Thou hast some suit to Caesar. I grow faint. The Ides of March are come. Lepidus. Of Senators. the Senate sitting. know'st thou any harm's intended towards him? ARTEMIDORUS. Why. Good morrow to you. and there Speak to great Caesar as he comes along. I must go in. The heavens speed thee in thine enterprise!-Sure.
. Enter Caesar. Ay. That I have. but not gone. among them Artemidorus and the Soothsayer. lady: if it will please Caesar To be so good to Caesar as to hear me.]
ACT III. hast thou not? ARTEMIDORUS. Antony. SCENE I. Lucius. Say I am merry: come to me again. Before the Capitol.--[Aside. and commend me to my lord. the boy heard me. Metellus. ARTEMIDORUS. and others. SOOTHSAYER. Hail. Caesar. [Exit. Flourish. Popilius.--Brutus hath a suit That Caesar will not grant. PORTIA. Cinna.] Ah me. I shall beseech him to befriend himself. how weak a thing The heart of woman is!--O Brutus.--Here the street is narrow: The throng that follows Caesar at the heels. And bring me word what he doth say to thee. Decius.To see him pass on to the Capitol. Rome. Cassius.] CAESAR. common suitors. much that I fear may chance. [Exeunt. Caesar! read this schedule. Will crowd a feeble man almost to death: I'll get me to a place more void.-Run. Publius. Brutus. [A crowd of people in the street leading to the Capitol.
Cassius. What.DECIUS. O Caesar. All the Senators rise. BRUTUS.-Brutus. Casca.
. read it instantly. CAESAR. He wish'd to-day our enterprise might thrive. [Caesar enters the Capitol. how he makes to Caesar: mark him. be constant: Popilius Lena speaks not of our purposes. What enterprise. the rest following. CAESAR. be sudden. BRUTUS. What. urge you your petitions in the street? Come to the Capitol. Look. CASSIUS. for mine's a suit That touches Caesar nearer: read it. Cassius or Caesar never shall turn back. Sirrah. BRUTUS. At your best leisure. give place. ARTEMIDORUS. ARTEMIDORUS. I fear our purpose is discovered. for we fear prevention. Trebonius doth desire you to o'er-read. what shall be done? If this be known. Caesar. For I will slay myself. Advances to Caesar. What said Popilius Lena? CASSIUS.] POPILIUS. I wish your enterprise to-day may thrive. Fare you well. CASSIUS. read mine first. CASSIUS. great Caesar. Popilius? POPILIUS. What touches us ourself shall be last served. this his humble suit. is the fellow mad? PUBLIUS. Delay not.
look you. look. Cimber. Caesar. Where is Metellus Cimber? Let him go.
. BRUTUS. Are we all ready? CAESAR. Most high. Brutus. METELLUS. press near and second him. He draws Mark Antony out of the way. he smiles. [Kneeling. sweet words. Casca. most mighty. And presently prefer his suit to Caesar. CINNA. [Exeunt Antony and Trebonius. These couchings and these lowly courtesies Might fire the blood of ordinary men. thou dost me wrong. CAESAR. I spurn thee like a cur out of my way. Caesar and the Senators take their seats. and most puissant Caesar.] CAESAR. for. and pray. and base spaniel-fawning. you are the first that rears your hand. Metellus Cimber throws before thy seat An humble heart.] DECIUS. Be not fond. Thy brother by decree is banished: If thou dost bend. Trebonius knows his time. To think that Caesar bears such rebel blood That will be thaw'd from the true quality With that which melteth fools. METELLUS. and fawn for him. Low-crooked curtsies. I must prevent thee. Caesar did never wrong but with just cause. and Caesar doth not change. He is address'd. I mean. CASSIUS.For. CASCA. Is there no voice more worthy than my own. Nor without cause will he be satisfied. And turn pre-ordinance and first decree Into the law of children. What is now amiss That Caesar and his Senate must redress? METELLUS.
But there's but one in all doth hold his place: So in the world. and apprehensive. and at last by Marcus Brutus. CINNA. Unshaked of motion: and that I am he. Brutus? CASSIUS.-CAESAR. prayers would move me: But I am constant as the northern star. If I could pray to move. CAESAR. CAESAR. pardon: As low as to thy foot doth Cassius fall. hands. What. 'tis furnish'd well with men. for me! [Casca stabs Caesar in the neck. Speak. Great Caesar. Yet in the number I do know but one That unassailable holds on his rank. Hence! wilt thou lift up Olympus? DECIUS. Caesar!
. And constant do remain to keep him so. And men are flesh and blood. and every one doth shine. Brute?-. O Caesar. even in this. The skies are painted with unnumber'd sparks.] CAESAR. Let me a little show it. Caesar catches hold of his arm.-CAESAR.To sound more sweetly in great Caesar's ear For the repealing of my banish'd brother? BRUTUS. Et tu. He is then stabbed by several other Conspirators. Of whose true-fix'd and resting quality There is no fellow in the firmament. Caesar. To beg enfranchisement for Publius Cimber. I could be well moved.Then fall. Caesar. but not in flattery.-That I was constant Cimber should be banish'd. They are all fire. Pardon. Doth not Brutus bootless kneel? CASCA. Desiring thee that Publius Cimber may Have an immediate freedom of repeal. Caesar. I kiss thy hand. if I were as you.
[Dies. Fly not. stand still. BRUTUS. People and Senators. 'tis but the time
. Talk not of standing. As it were doomsday. Some to the common pulpits and cry out.--and let no man abide this deed But we the doers. lest that the people Rushing on us. BRUTUS. cry it about the streets. freedom. and enfranchisement!" BRUTUS. we will know your pleasures: That we shall die. good cheer! There is no harm intended to your person. Stand fast together. And Cassius too. And leave us. Publius. we know. Liberty! Freedom! Tyranny is dead!-Run hence. cry out. The Senators and People retire in confusion. Publius. Here. Men. METELLUS. should do your age some mischief. lest some friend of Caesar's Should chance-BRUTUS.] CASSIUS. CASSIUS. DECIUS. proclaim. quite confounded with this mutiny. [Re-enter Trebonius. CASCA.] CINNA. Where's Publius? CINNA. Nor to no Roman else: so tell them. Fled to his house amazed. ambition's debt is paid. be not affrighted. and children stare.--Publius. Go to the pulpit. BRUTUS. "Liberty. wives. and run. Fates. Do so. Brutus. Where's Antony? TREBONIUS. CASSIUS.
bold. Thus did Mark Antony bid me fall down. did my master bid me kneel. Ay. BRUTUS. That now on Pompey's basis lies along No worthier than the dust! CASSIUS. CASCA. royal. Brutus. BRUTUS. And let us bathe our hands in Caesar's blood Up to the elbows. even to the market-place. DECIUS. that have abridged His time of fearing death. SERVANT. Caesar was mighty. Soft. valiant. and wash. And.--Stoop. and be resolved
. Say I love Brutus and I honor him. Let's all cry. So often shall the knot of us be call'd The men that gave their country liberty. every man away: Brutus shall lead. "Peace. How many times shall Caesar bleed in sport. and liberty!" CASSIUS. and loved him. he that cuts off twenty years of life Cuts off so many years of fearing death. Stoop then. And waving our red weapons o'er our heads. who comes here? [Enter a Servant. Romans. and we will grace his heels With the most boldest and best hearts of Rome. So oft as that shall be. Thus. and besmear our swords: Then walk we forth. How many ages hence Shall this our lofty scene be acted o'er In States unborn and accents yet unknown! BRUTUS. stoop. What. honour'd him. and then is death a benefit: So are we Caesar's friends.] A friend of Antony's. and loving. If Brutus will vouchsafe that Antony May safely come to him. being prostrate. that men stand upon.And drawing days out. Grant that. and honest. shall we forth? CASSIUS. wise. thus he bade me say: Brutus is noble. Say I fear'd Caesar. Why. freedom.
The choice and master spirits of this age.] Welcome. Mark Antony. Thy master is a wise and valiant Roman.How Caesar hath deserved to lie in death. O mighty Caesar! Dost thou lie so low? Are all thy conquests. and by you cut off. CASSIUS. As here by Caesar. He shall be satisfied and. Fulfill your pleasure. made rich With the most noble blood of all this world. but will follow The fortunes and affairs of noble Brutus Thorough the hazards of this untrod state With all true faith. Depart untouch'd. I do beseech ye. if you bear me hard. Tell him. As. whilst your purpled hands do reek and smoke. beg not your death of us! Though now we must appear bloody and cruel.-[Re-enter Antony. who else is rank: If I myself. gentlemen.-I know not. I never thought him worse. But here comes Antony. glories. I wish we may: but yet have I a mind That fears him much. I shall not find myself so apt to die: No place will please me so. spoils.] BRUTUS. [Exit. SERVANT. by my honour. BRUTUS. O Antony. Mark Antony shall not love Caesar dead So well as Brutus living. nor no instrument Of half that worth as those your swords. BRUTUS. there is no hour so fit As Caesar's death-hour. BRUTUS. by our hands and this our present act
. So says my master Antony. and my misgiving still Falls shrewdly to the purpose. Shrunk to this little measure? Fare thee well. no means of death. Live a thousand years. so please him come unto this place. Who else must be let blood. ANTONY. I know that we shall have him well to friend. what you intend. I'll fetch him presently. Now. triumphs.
Let each man render me his bloody hand: First. thou wast the forest to this hart.
. beside themselves with fear. brave hart. do receive you in With all kind love.--and. yours. Dost thou here lie! CASSIUS. That one of two bad ways you must conceit me. O.-That I did love thee. ANTONY. the heart of thee. yours.-O world. and reverence. Sign'd in thy spoil. 'tis true: If then thy spirit look upon us now. so pity pity-Hath done this deed on Caesar. good thoughts. good Trebonius. Shaking the bloody fingers of thy foes. will I shake with you. that did love Caesar when I struck him. yet see you but our hands And this the bleeding business they have done: Our hearts you see not. yours. my valiant Casca. and here thy hunters stand. Pardon me. And this. and crimson'd in thy death. To you our swords have leaden points.You see we do.-Though last. O world.-Most noble!--in the presence of thy corse? Had I as many eyes as thou hast wounds. Your voice shall be as strong as any man's In the disposing of new dignities. not least in love.-ANTONY. Mark Antony. It would become me better than to close In terms of friendship with thine enemies. Shall it not grieve thee dearer than thy death To see thy Antony making his peace. Marcus Brutus.-Yours. what shall I say? My credit now stands on such slippery ground. Gentlemen all--alas. Metellus.-Now.-Next.-How like a deer strucken by many princes. And then we will deliver you the cause Why I. Only be patient till we have appeased The multitude. Caesar. Julius! Here wast thou bay'd. Here didst thou fall. and our hearts Of brothers' temper. Our arms in strength of amity. BRUTUS. Weeping as fast as they stream forth thy blood. Mark Antony. indeed.--now yours. Cinna. For your part. And pity to the general wrong of Rome-As fire drives out fire. Decius Brutus. CASSIUS. Caius Cassius. Either a coward or a flatterer. Have thus proceeded. do I take your hand. I doubt not of your wisdom. they are pitiful.
Pardon me. [Aside to Cassius. Caius Cassius: The enemies of Caesar shall say this. Brutus. and not depend on you? ANTONY. CASSIUS. BRUTUS. CASSIUS. Or else were this a savage spectacle: Our reasons are so full of good regard That were you.
. BRUTUS. But what compact mean you to have with us? Will you be prick'd in number of our friends. take you Caesar's body. that you shall give me reasons Why and wherein Caesar was dangerous. Speak in the order of his funeral. And in the pulpit. [Aside to Brutus. CASSIUS. You shall.] By your pardon: I will myself into the pulpit first. do not consent That Antony speak in his funeral: Know you how much the people may be moved By that which he will utter? BRUTUS. That's all I seek: And am moreover suitor that I may Produce his body to the market-place. and love you all. Or shall we on. And show the reason of our Caesar's death: What Antony shall speak. it is cold modesty. Upon this hope. as becomes a friend. by looking down on Caesar. Mark Antony. Then. [Aside to Brutus. Antony.] I know not what may fall. I blame you not for praising Caesar so.] You know not what you do. I like it not. You shall not in your funeral speech blame us. Friends am I with you all. And that we are contented Caesar shall Have all true rights and lawful ceremonies. You should be satisfied. a word with you. Therefore I took your hands. It shall advantage more than do us wrong. BRUTUS. in a friend. but was indeed Sway'd from the point. Mark Antony. I will protest He speaks by leave and by permission. the son of Caesar. ANTONY. here.
That mothers shall but smile when they behold Their infants quarter'd with the hands of war. [Exeunt all but Antony. Prepare the body. do you not? SERVANT.-A curse shall light upon the limbs of men. I do. Blood and destruction shall be so in use. then. He did receive his letters. And dreadful objects so familiar. And bid me say to you by word of mouth. ANTONY. SERVANT. and follow us. ranging for revenge. pardon me. O. 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. ANTONY.-[Enter a Servant]. I do desire no more. Be it so. Shall in these confines with a monarch's voice Cry "Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war. Mark Antony. Domestic fury and fierce civil strife Shall cumber all the parts of Italy. After my speech is ended. Else shall you not have any hand at all About his funeral: and you shall speak In the same pulpit whereto I am going. With Ate' by his side come hot from Hell. Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood! Over thy wounds now do I prophesy. That this foul deed shall smell above the earth With carrion men. thou bleeding piece of earth.But speak all good you can devise of Caesar.-Which.] ANTONY. BRUTUS. groaning for burial. like dumb mouths do ope their ruby lips To beg the voice and utterance of my tongue.] O Caesar!-ANTONY.
.-[Seeing the body. All pity choked with custom of fell deeds: And Caesar's spirit. and is coming. And say you do't by our permission. Caesar did write for him to come to Rome. You serve Octavius Caesar.
and give me audience. [Exit Cassius. Those that will follow Cassius. and compare their reasons. The noble Brutus is ascended: silence! BRUTUS. and tell him so.] THIRD CITIZEN.Thy heart is big. is catching. Hie hence.-Those that will hear me speak. Began to water. When severally we hear them rendered. Post back with speed.
. ANTONY. FIRST CITIZEN.]
SCENE II. [Exeunt with Caesar's body. I see. how the people take The cruel issue of these bloody men. In my oration. SECOND CITIZEN. Here is a mourning Rome. let 'em stay here. And public reasons shall be rendered Of Caesar's death. Then follow me. BRUTUS. go with him. let us be satisfied. No Rome of safety for Octavius yet.-Cassius. I will hear Cassius.] CITIZENS. The same. with some of the Citizens. go you into the other street And part the numbers. with a throng of Citizens. Seeing those beads of sorrow stand in thine. Lend me your hand. He lies tonight within seven leagues of Rome. friends. Thou shalt not back till I have borne this corse Into the market-place: there shall I try. Yet stay awhile. for mine eyes. Passion. We will be satisfied. [Enter Brutus and Cassius. a dangerous Rome. I will hear Brutus speak. and tell him what hath chanced. get thee apart and weep. Brutus goes into the rostrum. According to the which thou shalt discourse To young Octavius of the state of things. Be patient till the last. Is thy master coming? SERVANT. The Forum.
mourned by Mark Antony. I slew him. for which he suffered death. who. speak. for him have I offended. and lovers! Hear me for my cause. [Enter Antony and others. Who is here so vile that will not love his country? If any. Brutus. as he was ambitious. and have respect to mine honor.] Here comes his body. Bring him with triumph home unto his house.Romans. Had you rather Caesar were living. Who is here so base that would be a bondman? If any. The question of his death is enroll'd in the Capitol. SECOND CITIZEN. THIRD CITIZEN. as I slew my best lover for the good of Rome. than that Caesar were dead. for him have I offended. any dear friend of Caesar's. Give him a statue with his ancestors.
. as which of you shall not? With this I depart-. I have done no more to Caesar than you shall do to Brutus. speak. Let him be Caesar. as he was fortunate. but. If then that friend demand why Brutus rose against Caesar. and death for his ambition. I honour him.that. FOURTH CITIZEN. CITIZENS. but that I loved Rome more. though he had no hand in his death. joy for his fortune.. live! FIRST CITIZEN. shall receive the benefit of his dying. to him I say that Brutus' love to Caesar was no less than his. countrymen. and die all slaves. none. to live all freemen? As Caesar loved me. with Caesar's body. BRUTUS. CITIZENS. FIRST CITIZEN. speak. honour for his valour. I pause for a reply.--Not that I loved Caesar less. and awake your senses. a place in the commonwealth. I have the same dagger for myself. wherein he was worthy. Caesar's better parts Shall be crown'd in Brutus. for him have I offended. nor his offenses enforced. that you may believe: censure me in your wisdom. Live. when it shall please my country to need my death. Brutus! live. I weep for him. and be silent. I rejoice at it. There is tears for his love. as he was valiant. Who is here so rude that would not be a Roman? If any. None. that you may hear: believe me for mine honour. Then none have I offended. that you may the better judge. this is my answer. his glory not extenuated. If there be any in this assembly.
for Brutus' sake. ANTONY. THIRD CITIZEN. [Goes up.--Noble Antony.We'll bring him to his house with shouts and clamours. not a man depart. FIRST CITIZEN. I am beholding to you. for my sake. FIRST CITIZEN. Nay. 'Twere best he speak no harm of Brutus here. that's certain: We are blest that Rome is rid of him.] FIRST CITIZEN. THIRD CITIZEN. You gentle Romans. till Antony have spoke. We'll hear him. let me depart alone.--
.-SECOND CITIZEN. Peace. which Mark Antony. is allow'd to make.] FOURTH CITIZEN. For Brutus' sake. I do entreat you. SECOND CITIZEN. What does he say of Brutus? THIRD CITIZEN. By our permission. go up. Peace! let us hear what Antony can say. Let him go up into the public chair. ho! BRUTUS. Stay. ANTONY. [Exit. FOURTH CITIZEN. He finds himself beholding to us all. stay here with Antony: Do grace to Caesar's corpse. And. and grace his speech Tending to Caesar's glory. He says. My countrymen. This Caesar was a tyrant. ho! and let us hear Mark Antony. BRUTUS. Good countrymen. Save I alone. Peace! silence! Brutus speaks.
CITIZENS. Peace, ho! let us hear him. ANTONY. Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones: So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus Hath told you Caesar was ambitious: If it were so, it was a grievous fault; And grievously hath Caesar answer'd it. Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest,-For Brutus is an honourable man; So are they all, all honorable men,-Come I to speak in Caesar's funeral. He was my friend, faithful and just to me: But Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honourable man. He hath brought many captives home to Rome, Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill: Did this in Caesar seem ambitious? When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept: Ambition should be made of sterner stuff: Yet Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honourable man. You all did see that on the Lupercal I thrice presented him a kingly crown, Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition? Yet Brutus says he was ambitious; And, sure, he is an honourable man. I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke, But here I am to speak what I do know. You all did love him once,--not without cause: What cause withholds you, then, to mourn for him?-O judgment, thou art fled to brutish beasts, And men have lost their reason!--Bear with me; My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar, And I must pause till it come back to me. FIRST CITIZEN. Methinks there is much reason in his sayings. SECOND CITIZEN. If thou consider rightly of the matter, Caesar has had great wrong. THIRD CITIZEN. Has he not, masters? I fear there will a worse come in his place. FOURTH CITIZEN. Mark'd ye his words? He would not take the crown; Therefore 'tis certain he was not ambitious.
FIRST CITIZEN. If it be found so, some will dear abide it. SECOND CITIZEN. Poor soul! his eyes are red as fire with weeping. THIRD CITIZEN. There's not a nobler man in Rome than Antony. FOURTH CITIZEN. Now mark him; he begins again to speak. ANTONY. But yesterday the word of Caesar might Have stood against the world: now lies he there, And none so poor to do him reverence. O masters, if I were disposed to stir Your hearts and minds to mutiny and rage, I should do Brutus wrong and Cassius wrong, Who, you all know, are honourable men: I will not do them wrong; I rather choose To wrong the dead, to wrong myself, and you, Than I will wrong such honourable men. But here's a parchment with the seal of Caesar,-I found it in his closet,--'tis his will: Let but the commons hear this testament,-Which, pardon me, I do not mean to read,-And they would go and kiss dead Caesar's wounds, And dip their napkins in his sacred blood; Yea, beg a hair of him for memory, And, dying, mention it within their wills, Bequeathing it as a rich legacy Unto their issue. FOURTH CITIZEN. We'll hear the will: read it, Mark Antony. CITIZENS. The will, the will! We will hear Caesar's will. ANTONY. Have patience, gentle friends, I must not read it; It is not meet you know how Caesar loved you. You are not wood, you are not stones, but men; And, being men, hearing the will of Caesar, It will inflame you, it will make you mad. 'Tis good you know not that you are his heirs; For if you should, O, what would come of it! FOURTH CITIZEN. Read the will! we'll hear it, Antony; You shall read us the will,--Caesar's will! ANTONY. Will you be patient? will you stay awhile? I have o'ershot myself to tell you of it:
I fear I wrong the honorable men Whose daggers have stabb'd Caesar; I do fear it. FOURTH CITIZEN. They were traitors: honourable men! CITIZENS. The will! The testament! SECOND CITIZEN. They were villains, murderers. The will! read the will! ANTONY. You will compel me, then, to read the will? Then make a ring about the corpse of Caesar, And let me show you him that made the will. Shall I descend? and will you give me leave? CITIZENS. Come down. SECOND CITIZEN. Descend. [He comes down.] THIRD CITIZEN. You shall have leave. FOURTH CITIZEN. A ring! stand round. FIRST CITIZEN. Stand from the hearse, stand from the body. SECOND CITIZEN. Room for Antony!--most noble Antony! ANTONY. Nay, press not so upon me; stand far' off. CITIZENS. Stand back; room! bear back. ANTONY. If you have tears, prepare to shed them now. You all do know this mantle: I remember The first time ever Caesar put it on; 'Twas on a Summer's evening, in his tent, That day he overcame the Nervii. Look, in this place ran Cassius' dagger through: See what a rent the envious Casca made: Through this the well-beloved Brutus stabb'd; And as he pluck'd his cursed steel away, Mark how the blood of Caesar follow'd it,-As rushing out of doors, to be resolved
If Brutus so unkindly knock'd, or no; For Brutus, as you know, was Caesar's angel: Judge, O you gods, how dearly Caesar loved him! This was the most unkindest cut of all; For when the noble Caesar saw him stab, Ingratitude, more strong than traitors' arms, Quite vanquish'd him: then burst his mighty heart; And, in his mantle muffling up his face, Even at the base of Pompey's statua, Which all the while ran blood, great Caesar fell. O, what a fall was there, my countrymen! Then I, and you, and all of us fell down, Whilst bloody treason flourish'd over us. O, now you weep; and, I perceive, you feel The dint of pity: these are gracious drops. Kind souls, what, weep you when you but behold Our Caesar's vesture wounded? Look you here, Here is himself, marr'd, as you see, with traitors. 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. CITIZENS. Revenge,--about,--seek,--burn,--fire,--kill,--slay,--let not a traitor live! ANTONY. Stay, countrymen. FIRST CITIZEN. Peace there! hear the noble Antony. SECOND CITIZEN. We'll hear him, we'll follow him, we'll die with him. ANTONY. Good friends, sweet friends, let me not stir you up To such a sudden flood of mutiny. They that have done this deed are honourable: What private griefs they have, alas, I know not, That made them do it; they're wise and honourable,
But. Hear me with patience. seventy-five drachmas. I must tell you then: You have forgot the will I told you of.
. To stir men's blood: I only speak right on. and that they know full well That gave me public leave to speak of him: For I have neither wit. FIRST CITIZEN. most noble Antony! ANTONY. That love my friend. countrymen. THIRD CITIZEN. royal Caesar! ANTONY. To every several man. nor words. nor the power of speech. poor dumb mouths. CITIZENS. that should move The stones of Rome to rise and mutiny. CITIZENS. Most noble Caesar!--we'll revenge his death. a plain blunt man. Action. you know not. and hear the will. Away. Why. Peace. ANTONY. as you know me all. nor utterance. then! come. CITIZENS. to steal away your hearts: I am no orator. We'll burn the house of Brutus.And will. Wherein hath Caesar thus deserved your loves? Alas. SECOND CITIZEN. as Brutus is. CITIZENS. with reasons answer you. friends. ANTONY. friends. Show you sweet Caesar's wounds. yet hear me speak. I come not. Yet hear me. Here is the will. the will!--let's stay. there were an Antony Would ruffle up your spirits. you go to do you know not what. no doubt. Most true. and put a tongue In every wound of Caesar. seek the conspirators. THIRD CITIZEN. And bid them speak for me: but were I Brutus. ho! hear Antony. We'll mutiny. nor worth. O. To every Roman citizen he gives. and under Caesar's seal. I tell you that which you yourselves do know. And Brutus Antony.
His private arbors.Peace. And in this mood will give us any thing. ANTONY. Take thou what course thou wilt!-[Enter a Servant. SECOND CITIZEN. away! We'll burn his body in the holy place. Fortune is merry. I heard 'em say Brutus and Cassius Are rid like madmen through the gates of Rome.--Mischief. SERVANT. Bring me to Octavius.--Come.] How now. away. And thither will I straight to visit him: He comes upon a wish. and recreate yourselves. Belike they had some notice of the people. And to your heirs forever. Pluck down forms. Pluck down benches. Octavius is already come to Rome. FOURTH CITIZEN. Where is he? SERVANT. and new-planted orchards. he hath left you all his walks. windows. thou art afoot. And with the brands fire the traitors' houses. ANTONY. Now let it work. How I had moved them.
. Go.] ANTONY. with the body. fetch fire. Take up the body. He and Lepidus are at Caesar's house. Never. ANTONY. THIRD CITIZEN. fellow? SERVANT. Here was a Caesar! when comes such another? FIRST CITIZEN. Moreover. Sir. [Exeunt Citizens. common pleasures. On this side Tiber: he hath left them you. ho! ANTONY. To walk abroad. never. any thing.
SECOND CITIZEN. and truly. Ay. the poet. Wisely I say I am a bachelor. and briefly. Yet something leads me forth. The same. Are you a married man or a bachelor? SECOND CITIZEN.] CINNA. I fear.]
SCENE III. And things unluckily charge my fantasy: I have no will to wander forth of doors. Whither are you going? THIRD CITIZEN. That's as much as to say they are fools that marry. What is my name? Whither am I going? Where do I dwell? Am I a married man or a bachelor? Then. or an enemy?
. Proceed. Directly. directly. CINNA. FIRST CITIZEN. FIRST CITIZEN. I dreamt to-night that I did feast with Caesar. Where do you dwell? FOURTH CITIZEN. Ay. CINNA. THIRD CITIZEN. and wisely.[Exeunt. FOURTH CITIZEN. [Enter Citizens. wisely and truly. A street. Answer every man directly. [Enter Cinna. to answer every man directly and briefly. you were best. you'll bear me a bang for that. What is your name? SECOND CITIZEN.] FIRST CITIZEN. Ay. I am going to Caesar's funeral. As a friend.
Truly. tear him for his bad verses. A room in Antony's house.--briefly. CINNA. my name is Cinna. FIRST CITIZEN.CINNA. sir. ho! firebrands. CINNA. FOURTH CITIZEN. As a friend. To Brutus'. Tear him. pluck but his name out of his heart. I am Cinna the poet.] ANTONY. burn all.]
ACT IV. OCTAVIUS. FOURTH CITIZEN. Tear him for his bad verses. some to Ligarius': away. SECOND CITIZEN. Briefly. THIRD CITIZEN. FOURTH CITIZEN. For your dwelling. and some to Casca's. THIRD CITIZEN. his name's Cinna. CINNA. brands. I am Cinna the poet. and turn him going. SCENE I. That matter is answered directly. Rome. CINNA. go! [Exeunt. I am not Cinna the conspirator. truly. Some to Decius' house. Lepidus? LEPIDUS. Your name. to Cassius'. Tear him to pieces! he's a conspirator. These many then shall die. their names are prick'd. tear him! Come. I dwell by the Capitol. Your brother too must die: consent you. seated at a table. It is no matter. Octavius.
. [Antony. and Lepidus.
Fetch the will hither. to run directly on. to stop. Octavius. Lepidus. But. What. He shall not live. This is a slight unmeritable man. though we lay these honors on this man. The three-fold world divided. Or here. LEPIDUS. Meet to be sent on errands: is it fit. You may do your will. I have seen more days than you: And. ANTONY. To wind. To groan and sweat under the business. with a spot I damn him. To ease ourselves of divers slanderous loads. Either led or driven. look.I do consent.-OCTAVIUS. LEPIDUS. Like to the empty ass. to shake his ears And graze in commons. as we point the way. Antony. Prick him down. Mark Antony. Who is your sister's son. ANTONY. [Exit Lepidus. His corporal motion govern'd by my spirit. --Upon condition Publius shall not live. he should stand One of the three to share it? OCTAVIUS. And took his voice who should be prick'd to die.
. In our black sentence and proscription. or at the Capitol. Then take we down his load and turn him off. ANTONY.] ANTONY. So you thought him. So is my horse.and for that I do appoint him store of provender: It is a creature that I teach to fight. go you to Caesar's house. And having brought our treasure where we will. Octavius. OCTAVIUS. He shall but bear them as the ass bears gold. But he's a tried and valiant soldier. and we shall determine How to cut off some charge in legacies. shall I find you here? OCTAVIUS.
In his own change. one that feeds On objects. Pindarus. ho! and stand. Our best friends made. Stand. Therefore let our alliance be combined. Brutus and Cassius Are levying powers: we must straight make head. and Pindarus is come To do you salutation from his master. Before Brutus' tent. our means stretch'd. He is at hand. I do not doubt But that my noble master will appear Such as he is. Give the word. And some that smile have in their hearts. and bid go forth: A barren-spirited fellow. BRUTUS. or by ill officers. ho! LUCILIUS. if he be at hand. Titinius.--Your master. And now. Which. Begin his fashion: do not talk of him But as a property. undone: but. He greets me well. I shall be satisfied. Let us do so: for we are at the stake.] BRUTUS. Pindarus meeting them. What now. Lucilius! is Cassius near? LUCILIUS. And bay'd about with many enemies. OCTAVIUS. in the camp near Sardis. And open perils surest answered. and imitations. I fear. Hath given me some worthy cause to wish Things done. He must be taught. And let us presently go sit in council. Listen great things. is Lepidus but so. [Drum. arts. Octavius. full of regard and honour.] BRUTUS. Lucilius. in some taste. How covert matters may be best disclosed. PINDARUS.]
SCENE II. [Exeunt.
. out of use and staled by other men.And. and train'd. Lucius at some distance. [Pindarus gives a letter to Brutus. and Soldiers. Millions of mischiefs. Enter Brutus.
Are come with Cassius. Stand! SECOND SOLDIER. When love begins to sicken and decay. Nor with such free and friendly conference. March gently on to meet him. Hark! he is arrived.BRUTUS. like horses hot at hand. ho! Speak the word along.] CASSIUS. Lucilius: How he received you. the Horse in general. Make gallant show and promise of their mettle. With courtesy and with respect enough. But not with such familiar instances. LUCILIUS. [Enter Cassius and Soldiers. Stand! CASSIUS. There are no tricks in plain and simple faith. BRUTUS. Lucilius. He is not doubted. you gods! wrong I mine enemies?
. like deceitful jades Sink in the trial. when they should endure the bloody spur. They fall their crests. BRUTUS. They meant his night in Sard is to be quarter'd: The greater part. It useth an enforced ceremony. Thou hast described A hot friend cooling: ever note. As he hath used of old. But hollow men. Stand! THIRD SOLDIER. Stand. you have done me wrong. FIRST SOLDIER. Most noble brother. let me be resolved.] BRUTUS. [March within. and. Comes his army on? LUCILIUS. Stand. Judge me.--A word. ho! BRUTUS. But.
To sell and mart your offices for gold To undeservers. Cassius.-Lucius and Titinius. And when you do them-BRUTUS. I do know you well. praying on his side Because I knew the man. Let me tell you. BRUTUS. Let us not wrangle. 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. CASSIUS. how should I wrong a brother? CASSIUS. Brutus.]
SCENE III.] CASSIUS. CASSIUS. do you the like. be content.
. Cassius. Pindarus. Whereas my letters.And. Lucilius. Cassius. if not so. Before the eyes of both our armies here. Speak your griefs softly. Which should perceive nothing but love from us. and let no man Come to our tent till we have done our conference. BRUTUS. You wrong'd yourself to write in such a case. within the tent of Brutus. And I will give you audience. you yourself Are much condemn'd to have an itching palm. Bid our commanders lead their charges off A little from this ground. I an itching palm! You know that you are Brutus that speak this. [Enter Brutus and Cassius. were slighted off. [Exeunt. CASSIUS. enlarge your griefs. bid them move away. Then in my tent. guard our door. In such a time as this it is not meet That every nice offense should bear his comment. this sober form of yours hides wrongs.
BRUTUS. To hedge me in. that did stab. Must I give way and room to your rash choler? Shall I be frighted when a madman stares? CASSIUS.Or. slight man! CASSIUS. you are not. ye gods! must I endure all this?
. ay. abler than yourself To make conditions. I am. BRUTUS. Older in practice. Cassius. by the gods. And chastisement doth therefore hide his head. CASSIUS. Chastisement! BRUTUS. Have mind upon your health. Remember March. O gods. this speech were else your last. tempt me no farther. Is't possible? BRUTUS. CASSIUS. the Ides of March remember: Did not great Julius bleed for justice' sake? What villain touch'd his body. Urge me no more.--shall we now Contaminate our fingers with base bribes And sell the mighty space of our large honours For so much trash as may be grasped thus? I had rather be a dog. That struck the foremost man of all this world But for supporting robbers. Brutus. And not for justice? What! shall one of us. and bay the moon. for I will speak. I am a soldier. Away. Go to. I say you are not. I shall forget myself. BRUTUS. Hear me. The name of Cassius honors this corruption. Than such a Roman. bay not me. CASSIUS. CASSIUS. BRUTUS. I'll not endure it: you forget yourself.
an elder soldier. I did send to you
. I durst not? BRUTUS. That they pass by me as the idle wind Which I respect not. For your life you durst not. I shall be glad to learn of abler men. BRUTUS. There is no terror. Brutus. You shall digest the venom of your spleen. you wrong me. I'll use you for my mirth. more: fret till your proud heart break. CASSIUS. CASSIUS. Do not presume too much upon my love. I may do that I shall be sorry for. No. make your vaunting true. You say you are a better soldier: Let it appear so. Is it come to this? BRUTUS. CASSIUS. BRUTUS. CASSIUS. I said. yea. not a better: Did I say "better"? BRUTUS. in your threats. peace! you durst not so have tempted him. I care not. And it shall please me well: for mine own part. Though it do split you. Must I budge? Must I observe you? Must I stand and crouch Under your testy humour? By the gods. All this? ay. When Caesar lived. Peace. Go show your slaves how choleric you are. And make your bondmen tremble. CASSIUS. he durst not thus have moved me. You wrong me every way.BRUTUS. from this day forth. What. If you did. You have done that you should be sorry for. for. For I am arm'd so strong in honesty. Cassius. CASSIUS. When you are waspish. durst not tempt him? BRUTUS. for my laughter.
Revenge yourselves alone on Cassius. A flatterer's would not. BRUTUS. 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. I denied you not. that denied thee gold. for I know. Check'd like a bondman. all his faults observed. BRUTUS. I could weep My spirit from mine eyes!--There is my dagger. come. He was but a fool That brought my answer back. But Brutus makes mine greater than they are. CASSIUS. For Cassius is a-weary of the world. You did. Be ready.
. BRUTUS. braved by his brother. Brutus hath rived my heart: A friend should bear his friend's infirmities. And here my naked breast. I did not. gods. O. though they do appear As huge as high Olympus. Which you denied me: 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. To cast into my teeth. I. a heart Dearer than Plutus' mine. Dash him to pieces! CASSIUS. And drop my blood for drachmas. BRUTUS. take it forth. CASSIUS. CASSIUS. learn'd and conn'd by rote. Come. I do not. I do not like your faults. which you denied me. You love me not.-For I can raise no money by vile means: By Heaven. with all your thunderbolts. within. I had rather coin my heart. Hated by one he loves.For certain sums of gold. CASSIUS. will give my heart: Strike as thou didst at Caesar. richer than gold: If that thou be'st a Roman. Antony and young Octavius. A friendly eye could never see such faults. till you practise them on me. Set in a note-book.
much enforced. Do you confess so much? Give me your hand.] POET. CASSIUS. [Within. O Brutus. it shall have scope. BRUTUS. Do what you will.] You shall not come to them. He'll think your mother chides. Cassius. --Have not you love enough to bear with me. LUCILIUS. O Cassius. [Noise within. Hath Cassius lived To be but mirth and laughter to his Brutus. CASSIUS. vexeth him? BRUTUS. [Within. Sheathe your dagger: Be angry when you will. and from henceforth.] Nothing but death shall stay me. [Within.When thou didst hate him worst. and leave you so. What's the matter? CASSIUS. When grief. When that rash humor which my mother gave me Makes me forgetful? BRUTUS. And my heart too. CASSIUS. and blood ill-temper'd. and Titinius.]
. 'tis not meet They be alone. When you are over-earnest with your Brutus. shows a hasty spark. Yes.-BRUTUS.] Let me go in to see the generals: There is some grudge between 'em. BRUTUS. dishonor shall be humour. [Enter Poet. Who. When I spoke that. thou lovedst him better Than ever thou lovedst Cassius. POET. followed by Lucilius. And straight is cold again. you are yoked with a lamb That carries anger as the flint bears fire. I was ill-temper'd too.
BRUTUS. I did not think you could have been so angry.
. hence! CASSIUS.] CASSIUS. Ha. hence! CASSIUS. If you give place to accidental evils. Away. saucy fellow. Brutus. And come yourselves and bring Messala with you Immediately to us.] BRUTUS. I'm sure. BRUTUS. and be friends. you generals! what do you mean? Love. Get you hence. Bear with him. No man bears sorrow better. away. Lucius. Portia is dead. sirrah. than ye. 'tis his fashion. CASSIUS. O Cassius. How now! What's the matter? POET. I am sick of many griefs. be gone! [Exit Poet. bid the commanders Prepare to lodge their companies tonight. ha! How vilely doth this cynic rhyme! BRUTUS. Lucilius and Titinius. I'll know his humor when he knows his time: What should the wars do with these jigging fools?-Companion.CASSIUS. Of your philosophy you make no use. a bowl of wine! [Exit Lucius. BRUTUS. For I have seen more years.] BRUTUS. CASSIUS. For shame. [Exeunt Lucilius and Titinius. as two such men should be. CASSIUS.
Fill. How 'scaped I killing.CASSIUS. And. her attendants absent. when I cross'd you so?-O insupportable and touching loss!-Upon what sickness? BRUTUS. CASSIUS. I cannot drink too much of Brutus' love. And died so? BRUTUS. My heart is thirsty for that noble pledge.] CASSIUS.--for with her death That tidings came. Come in. swallow'd fire. She is dead. Portia. CASSIUS. Speak no more of her. [Drinks. CASSIUS.] Welcome. And call in question our necessities. [Drinks. Titinius!-[Exit Lucius.--with this she fell distract. And grief that young Octavius with Mark Antony Have made themselves so strong. till the wine o'erswell the cup.] BRUTUS. Lucius. Ha! Portia! BRUTUS.-Now sit we close about this taper here. good Messala. Even so. CASSIUS. Cassius. with Messala. art thou gone?
. O ye immortal gods! [Re-enter Lucius.] [Re-enter Titinius. with wine and a taper.--Give me a bowl of wine. Impatient of my absence.-In this I bury all unkindness.] BRUTUS.
Nor nothing in your letters writ of her? BRUTUS. There in our letters do not well agree: Mine speak of seventy Senators that died By their proscriptions. Nothing. That young Octavius and Mark Antony Come down upon us with a mighty power.-Messala. BRUTUS. Cicero is dead. I have here received letters.-Had you your letters from your wife. With what addition? MESSALA. No more. BRUTUS. Why ask you? hear you aught of her in yours? MESSALA. No. Messala. MESSALA. Cicero one! MESSALA. Then like a Roman bear the truth I tell: For certain she is dead. Antony. my lord? BRUTUS. MESSALA. Messala. methinks. as you are a Roman.
. That. and by strange manner. I pray you. CASSIUS. No. And by that order of proscription. BRUTUS.BRUTUS. Myself have letters of the selfsame tenour. is strange. my lord. MESSALA. MESSALA. Now. Bending their expedition toward Philippi. Cicero being one. That by proscription and bills of outlawry Octavius. BRUTUS. and Lepidus Have put to death an hundred Senators. tell me true.
From which advantage shall we cut him off. at the height. I have as much of this in art as you. This it is: 'Tis better that the enemy seek us. Come on refresh'd. Doing himself offense. BRUTUS. Hear me. By them shall make a fuller number up. We. give place to better. Are full of rest. Portia. Under your pardon. Our legions are brim-full. defense. CASSIUS. What do you think Of marching to Philippi presently? CASSIUS. leads on to fortune. good brother. marching along by them. to our work alive. BRUTUS. That we have tried the utmost of our friends. Why. I have the patience to endure it now. are ready to decline. I do not think it good. We must die. CASSIUS. Your reason? CASSIUS.: So shall he waste his means. all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. MESSALA. new-added. These people at our back. On such a full sea are we now afloat. Good reasons must. For they have grudged us contribution: The enemy. Even so great men great losses should endure. If at Philippi we do face him there. But yet my nature could not bear it so. BRUTUS. taken at the flood. and encouraged. There is a tide in the affairs of men Which. lying still. And we must take the current when it serves. BRUTUS.BRUTUS. Messala: With meditating that she must die once. You must note besides. weary his soldiers. of force. our cause is ripe: The enemy increaseth every day. and nimbleness. Well.
. whilst we. farewell. Omitted. The people 'twixt Philippi and this ground Do stand but in a forced affection.
No more. go on: We'll along ourselves. everyone. Titinius:--noble. And nature must obey necessity. Good night. CASSIUS. Here in the tent. good Messala:-Good night. CASSIUS. with the gown. and meet them at Philippi. Where is thy instrument? LUCIUS. Titinius. noble Cassius. I'll have them sleep on cushions in my tent. and Messala. Good night. BRUTUS. There is no more to say? CASSIUS. Then. BRUTUS. Which we will niggard with a little rest. BRUTUS. BRUTUS. MESSALA. Never come such division 'tween our souls! Let it not. CASSIUS. thou art o'er-watch'd. good brother. and hence. O my dear brother! This was an ill beginning of the night. Good night. The deep of night is crept upon our talk.--Farewell now. What. Good night. Call Claudius and some other of my men.
. thou speak'st drowsily: Poor knave.] [Re-enter Lucius. TITINIUS. BRUTUS.Or lose our ventures. Lucius!--My gown. Every thing is well. BRUTUS. my lord. and good repose.] Give me the gown. I blame thee not. Farewell. Good night: Early to-morrow will we rise. with your will. Brutus.-[Exeunt Cassius. Lord Brutus.
I put it in the pocket of my gown. BRUTUS. Varro and Claudius! [Enter Varro and Claudius. Canst thou hold up thy heavy eyes awhile. LUCIUS. we will stand and watch your pleasure. I should not urge thy duty past thy might. I pray you. good sirs: It may be I shall otherwise bethink me. BRUTUS. lie in my tent and sleep. VARRO. good boy. LUCIUS. Calls my lord? BRUTUS. sirs. And touch thy instrument a strain or two? LUCIUS.] VARRO. my boy: I trouble thee too much. sir. Ay. and thou shalt sleep again. It may be I shall raise you by-and-by On business to my brother Cassius. Bear with me. lie down. It is my duty.-Look. [Servants lie down.-[Lucius plays and sings till he falls asleep. So please you. It was well done. I was sure your lordship did not give it me. I have slept. my lord. BRUTUS. BRUTUS.LUCIUS. I will not hold thee long: if I do live. I know young bloods look for a time of rest. an't please you. I will be good to thee. I would not have it so. but thou art willing. already. I am much forgetful. It does.] LUCIUS. BRUTUS. here's the book I sought for so.]
. Lucius. my lord.
-Let me see. is not the leaf turn'd down Where I left reading? Here it is. good boy. at Philippi. let me see. Didst thou dream. good night.] How ill this taper burns! Ha! who comes here? I think it is the weakness of mine eyes That shapes this monstrous apparition.] Now I have taken heart. Brutus. BRUTUS. then I shall see thee again? GHOST. Lucius. my lord. I would hold more talk with thee. BRUTUS. Why. Ay. BRUTUS. some angel.-Lucius. or some devil. The strings. Well. and.--O murderous Slumber.This is a sleepy tune. that thou so criedst out?
. thou vanishest: Ill spirit. Thy evil spirit. It comes upon me. He thinks he still is at his instrument. I think. That makest my blood cold and my hair to stare? Speak to me what thou art. [Enter the Ghost of Caesar.-Boy! Lucius!--Varro! Claudius! Sirs. I will not do thee so much wrong to wake thee: If thou dost nod. I'll take it from thee. awake!--Claudius! LUCIUS. To tell thee thou shalt see me at Philippi. [Ghost vanishes. thou breakst thy instrument. Why comest thou? GHOST. BRUTUS. GHOST. That plays thee music?--Gentle knave. Lay'st thou thy leaden mace upon my boy. I will see thee at Philippi.--Art thou any thing? Art thou some god. My lord? BRUTUS. good night. awake! LUCIUS. then. are false.
VARRO. [Enter Octavius. Yes. CLAUDIUS.--Sirrah Claudius!-[To Varro. My lord? BRUTUS. Antony. I saw nothing. It shall be done.] Fellow thou. Now.] OCTAVIUS. SCENE I. You said the enemy would not come down. my lord. in your sleep? VARRO. Sleep again. my lord. And we will follow. my lord? BRUTUS. and their Army. Antony. Bid him set on his powers betimes before. awake! VARRO.]
ACT V. My lord? CLAUDIUS. my lord. Go and commend me to my brother Cassius. CLAUDIUS. CLAUDIUS. BRUTUS. Nor I. No. Nothing. I do not know that I did cry. The plains of Philippi. My lord. But keep the hills and upper regions:
. [Exeunt. Did we. our hopes are answered. Lucius.LUCIUS. Why did you so cry out. my lord. BRUTUS. Ay: saw you any thing? VARRO. that thou didst: didst thou see any thing? LUCIUS. BRUTUS. sirs.
Upon the right hand I. OCTAVIUS. Answering before we do demand of them. Upon the left hand of the even field. we will answer on their charge. thinking by this face To fasten in our thoughts that they have courage. ANTONY. Mark Antony. countrymen? OCTAVIUS. Words before blows: is it so. Messala. BRUTUS. [Enter a Messenger. the generals would have some words.] BRUTUS. Tut. I am in their bosoms. CASSIUS.
. Enter Brutus. Their bloody sign of battle is hung out. shall we give sign of battle? ANTONY. But 'tis not so. OCTAVIUS. Drum. OCTAVIUS. Stir not until the signal. Stand fast. ANTONY.It proves not so. and Others. Titinius. And something to be done immediately. Prepare you. Titinius: we must out and talk. generals: The enemy comes on in gallant show. Why do you cross me in this exigent? OCTAVIUS. and would have parley. and come down With fearful bravery. and their Army. No. keep thou the left. but I will do so. They stand. [March. Cassius. their battles are at hand: They mean to warn us at Philippi here. Caesar. ANTONY. I do not cross you. lead your battle softly on.] MESSENGER. Octavius. Lucilius. and I know Wherefore they do it: they could be content To visit other places. Make forth.
BRUTUS. they rob the Hybla bees.
. Crying. Not stingless too. The proof of it will turn to redder drops. If Cassius might have ruled. And bow'd like bondmen. Caesar!" CASSIUS. And leave them honeyless. But for your words. OCTAVIUS. Unless thou bring'st them with thee. Brutus. I was not born to die on Brutus' sword. Come. till Caesar's three and thirty wounds Be well avenged. For you have stol'n their buzzing. ANTONY. behind Struck Caesar on the neck. Antony. ANTONY. So I hope. Brutus. BRUTUS. Good words are better than bad strokes. In your bad strokes. and fawn'd like hounds. yes.Not that we love words better. Look.-I draw a sword against conspirators: When think you that the sword goes up again? Never. like a cur. O flatterers! CASSIUS. kissing Caesar's feet. as you do. BRUTUS. And very wisely threat before you sting. ANTONY. Villains. or till another Caesar Have added slaughter to the sword of traitors. thank yourself: This tongue had not offended so to-day. Flatterers!--Now. Antony. Whilst damned Casca. BRUTUS. OCTAVIUS. the cause: if arguing makes us sweat. Caesar. and soundless too. thou canst not die by traitors' hands. "Long live! Hail. O. The posture of your blows are yet unknown. Octavius. come. you did not so when your vile daggers Hack'd one another in the sides of Caesar: You show'd your teeth like apes. you give good words: Witness the hole you made in Caesar's heart.
thou couldst not die more honourably. Messala. Join'd with a masker and a reveller! ANTONY. ready to give up the ghost. hurl we in your teeth: If you dare fight today. And in their steads do ravens. and all is on the hazard. and their Army. Messala. Lucilius! Hark. Antony.
. when you have stomachs. Who to Philippi here consorted us: This morning are they fled away and gone. This is my birth-day. If not. under which Our army lies. and there they perch'd. Young man. You know that I held Epicurus strong. Coming from Sardis. Come. And partly credit things that do presage. What says my General? CASSIUS. Antony. and kites Fly o'er our heads and downward look on us. as this very day Was Cassius born.-MESSALA. [Exeunt Octavius.] CASSIUS. A peevish school boy. Ho.] CASSIUS. Messala: Be thou my witness that against my will. As Pompey was. BRUTUS. now. Old Cassius still! OCTAVIUS.O. CASSIUS. crows. My lord? [Brutus and Lucilius talk apart. if thou wert the noblest of thy strain. and swim bark! The storm is up. traitors. Why. Give me thy hand. As we were sickly prey: their shadows seem A canopy most fatal. swell billow. come to the field. am I compell'd to set Upon one battle all our liberties. LUCILIUS. Gorging and feeding from our soldiers' hands. worthless of such honour. And his opinion: now I change my mind. blow wind. a word with you. away!-Defiance. on our former ensign Two mighty eagles fell.
why. But this same day Must end that work the Ides of March begun. we shall smile. And whether we shall meet again I know not. Cassius! If we do meet again. most noble Brutus. If not. farewell. Lovers in peace. Even so. Believe not so. For I am fresh of spirit. 'tis true this parting was well made. we'll smile indeed. That ever Brutus will go bound to Rome.MESSALA. Lucilius. lead on our days to age! But. Then.--I know not how. so to prevent The time of life. then is this The very last time we shall speak together: What are you then determined to do? BRUTUS. The gods to-day stand friendly. and for ever. For ever and for ever farewell. Now. Let's reason with the worst that may befall. and resolved To meet all perils very constantly. No. CASSIUS. For fear of what might fall. Even by the rule of that philosophy By which I did blame Cato for the death Which he did give himself. If we do lose this battle. since th' affairs of men rest still incertain. I but believe it partly. Brutus! If we do meet again. CASSIUS. if we lose this battle. If not. no: think not. BRUTUS.--arming myself with patience To stay the providence of some high powers That govern us below. then this parting was well made. He bears too great a mind. Therefore our everlasting farewell take: For ever. You are contented to be led in triumph Thorough the streets of Rome? BRUTUS. that we may. lead on. BRUTUS. CASSIUS. O. Why then. thou noble Roman. that a man might know The end of this day's business ere it come!
. Cassius. But I do find it cowardly and vile. why. CASSIUS.
[Enter Pindarus. CASSIUS. and did take it from him. the villains fly! Myself have to mine own turn'd enemy: This ensign here of mine was turning back. [Alarum. look. ho! away! [Exeunt. Mount thou my horse and hide thy spurs in him. Titinius. Titinius. Ride. if thou lovest me. Ride. [Alarum. I slew the coward. my lord. noble Cassius. ride. Another part of the field. Messala. ride.] CASSIUS. Enter Cassius and Titinius. ride.--Look. TITINIUS. Titinius. This hill is far enough. [Exeunt. Whilst we by Antony are all enclosed. O. Mark Antony is in your tents. my lord: Fly.] BRUTUS. and give these bills Unto the legions on the other side: Let them set on at once. Are those my tents where I perceive the fire? TITINIUS. Fly further off. And then the end is known. O Cassius. Messala: let them all come down. Brutus gave the word too early. They are. And sudden push gives them the overthrow.] PINDARUS.]
SCENE III. for I perceive But cold demeanor in Octavius' wing.But it sufficeth that the day will end. fly far' off.--Come. therefore. Took it too eagerly: his soldiers fell to spoil. The same. look. Who. look. Enter Brutus and Messala. fly further off. The field of battle. CASSIUS.
. having some advantage on Octavius. my lord.]
To see my best friend ta'en before my face! [Pindarus descends. I will be here again.Till he have brought thee up to yonder troops And here again. [Above. Even with the sword that kill'd thee. And when my face is cover'd. to live so long.] and. Come down. keep thine oath.] PINDARUS. Titinius!--Now some 'light. that I may rest assured Whether yond troops are friend or enemy. behold no more. Guide thou the sword. And then I swore thee. Now they are almost on him. [Above.] O my lord! CASSIUS. thou art revenged. what news? PINDARUS. search this bosom.] This day I breathed first: time is come round. My life is run his compass.-O. [Dies.
. even with a thought. that make to him on the spur: Yet he spurs on.] Titinius is enclosed round about With horsemen. coward that I am. take thou the hilts. That whatsoever I did bid thee do. hark! they shout for joy. Go. he 'lights too: He's ta'en. O.-[Pindarus goes up.-Now. Pindarus. there shall I end.--Caesar. get higher on that hill: My sight was ever thick: regard Titinius. Come now. What news? PINDARUS. [Shout. CASSIUS. And where I did begin. as 'tis now.--Sirrah. And tell me what thou notest about the field. sirrah: In Parthia did I take thee prisoner. saving of thy life. I am free. and with this good sword. yet would not so have been.] CASSIUS. TITINIUS. That ran through Caesar's bowels. [Exit.] Come hither. So. Stand not to answer: here. Now be a freeman. Thou shouldst attempt it.
] MESSALA. But Cassius is no more. Thou never comest unto a happy birth. thrusting this report Into his ears: I may say. Where never Roman shall take note of him. this was he. Pindarus? MESSALA. and dangers come. MESSALA. our deeds are done! Mistrust of my success hath done this deed. These tidings would well comfort Cassius. TITINIUS. O my heart! MESSALA. Is not that he that lies upon the ground? TITINIUS. What. for Octavius Is overthrown by noble Brutus' power. Melancholy's child! Why dost thou show to the apt thoughts of men The things that are not? O Error. Mistrust of good success hath done this deed. thrusting it. [Exit. dews. O hateful Error. whilst I go to meet The noble Brutus. on this hill. MESSALA. Titinius. MESSALA. With Pindarus his bondman.Durst I have done my will. It is but change. As in thy red rays thou dost sink to night. No. He lies not like the living. The sun of Rome is set! Our day is gone. Titinius. soon conceived. All disconsolate. Where did you leave him? TITINIUS.--O Cassius! Far from this country Pindarus shall run. As Cassius' legions are by Antony. But kill'st the mother that engender'd thee! TITINIUS.--O setting Sun. Clouds.
. So in his red blood Cassius' day is set. Seek him. Messala. Is not that he? TITINIUS. Pindarus! where art thou.] [Re-enter Titinius with Messala.
[Low alarums.--Brutus. hold thee. CATO.--Friends. He is slain. doth his body lie? MESSALA. Re-enter Messala. thou hast misconstrued every thing! But. with Brutus.] BRUTUS. fare thee well! It is impossible that ever Rome Should breed thy fellow. and Titinius mourning it. Messala. BRUTUS. Cassius. Titinius' face is upward.] [Alarum. Messala.--
. Volumnius. And see how I regarded Caius Cassius. Brave Titinius! Look whether he have not crown'd dead Cassius! BRUTUS.] Why didst thou send me forth. Thy Brutus bid me give it thee. Cassius' sword. BRUTUS. yonder. Hie you.-[Exit Messala. and find Titinius' heart. Are yet two Romans living such as these?-The last of all the Romans. and turns our swords In our own proper entrails. And I will seek for Pindarus the while. brave Cassius? Did I not meet thy friends? And did not they Put on my brows this wreath of victory. Strato. come apace.-I shall find time. I owe more tears To this dead man than you shall see me pay. and Lucilius. [Dies.] CATO. I shall find time. Where.-By your leave. and I Will do his bidding.For piercing steel and darts envenomed Shall be as welcome to the ears of Brutus As tidings of this sight. And bid me give it thee? Didst thou not hear their shouts? Alas. where. take this garland on thy brow. thou art mighty yet! Thy spirit walks abroad. Lo. young Cato. TITINIUS. gods: this is a Roman's part: Come. O Julius Caesar.
Cato is overpowered. and my country's friend. Yet. What bastard doth not? Who will go with me? I will proclaim my name about the field:-I am the son of Marcus Cato. Another part of the field. and be honour'd in his death.] LUCILIUS. and Romans. yet ere night We shall try fortune in a second fight. Lest it discomfort us. Marcus Brutus. charging the enemy. Lucilius.-And come. And mayst be honour'd.-Labeo and Flavius. come. And I am Brutus. ho! [Charges the enemy. Room.]
SCENE IV. Enter. FIRST SOLDIER. fighting.Come therefore.] BRUTUS. set our battles on:-'Tis three o'clock.] BRUTUS. Soldiers of both armies. Brutus. countrymen. I am the son of Marcus Cato. We must not. art thou down? Why. or thou diest. my country's friend. young Cato. young Cato.--let us to the field. ho! A foe to tyrants. then Brutus. FIRST SOLDIER. I. Only I yield to die: There is so much that thou wilt kill me straight. [Exeunt. A noble prisoner! SECOND SOLDIER. O. O young and noble Cato. FIRST SOLDIER.
. Brutus is ta'en.--Lucilius. being Cato's son. yet hold up your heads! CATO. and falls. LUCILIUS. [Offering money. ho! Tell Antony. Yield. [Alarum. and to Thassos send his body: His funerals shall not be in our camp. now thou diest as bravely as Titinius.] Kill Brutus. know me for Brutus! [Exit. and Others.
but. Go on. poor remains of friends. CLITUS. Give him all kindness. He will be found like Brutus. but. rest on this rock.]
SCENE V. and Volumnius. BRUTUS. [Exeunt. CLITUS. Another part of the field. A prize no less in worth. Safe.] Brutus is ta'en.] CLITUS. ANTONY. Sit thee down. Strato. It is a deed in fashion. And see whether Brutus be alive or dead. And bring us word unto Octavius' tent How everything is chanced. Clitus. He came not back: he is or ta'en or slain. Here comes the General.-[Enter Antony. Antony. my lord. ANTONY. Keep this man safe. I assure you. Brutus is ta'en. my lord? No. This is not Brutus. Dardanius. Clitus: slaying is the word. Hark thee. Peace then! no words.
. I had rather have Such men my friends than enemies.I'll tell the news. Statilius show'd the torch-light.] BRUTUS. Clitus. I'll rather kill myself. BRUTUS. like himself. Brutus is safe enough: I dare assure thee that no enemy Shall ever take alive the noble Brutus: The gods defend him from so great a shame! When you do find him. I. [Enter Brutus. Where is he? LUCILIUS. my lord. Come. What. friend. [Whispering. or alive or dead. not for all the world.
] It is more worthy to leap in ourselves Than tarry till they push us. Shall I do such a deed? CLITUS. Look. That's not an office for a friend. VOLUMNIUS. I pr'ythee. What ill request did Brutus make to thee? DARDANIUS. he meditates. good Volumnius. Hold thou my sword-hilts. O Dardanius! DARDANIUS. my lord.] DARDANIUS. Volumnius: The ghost of Caesar hath appear'd to me Two several times by night. this. BRUTUS. Thou seest the world. Thou know'st that we two went to school together. To kill him. how it goes. Clitus. Why. Even for that our love of old. Volumnius. list a word. O Clitus! CLITUS. [Whispers him. at Sardis once. Dardanius. whilst I run on it. Hark thee.BRUTUS. Our enemies have beat us to the pit: [Low alarums. Good Volumnius. Now is that noble vessel full of grief. That it runs over even at his eyes. Not so. BRUTUS. What says my lord? BRUTUS. my lord. VOLUMNIUS. Nay I am sure it is. And this last night here in Philippi fields: I know my hour is come. Volumnius. CLITUS.
. VOLUMNIUS. Come hither.
--Caesar. my bones would rest That have but labour'd to attain this hour. What man is that? MESSALA.] OCTAVIUS.] CLITUS. Dardanius. Farewell to you. fly. More than Octavius and Mark Antony By this vile conquest shall attain unto. and dies.] I pr'ythee. my lord. So. Wilt thou. where is thy master? STRATO. thou hast been all this while asleep.--and you. now be still: I kill'd not thee with half so good a will. Fly.--and you. My heart doth joy. then. fly! BRUTUS. Strato? STRATO.-Strato. Volumnius. Fly. [Alarums.
. Thy life hath had some smack of honor in it: Hold. Give me your hand first: fare you well. Hence! I will follow. my lord. fare you well at once. stay thou by thy lord: Thou art a fellow of a good respect.--Strato. for Brutus' tongue Hath almost ended his life's history: Night hangs upon mine eyes. Strato. fly!"] CLITUS. my lord! there is no tarrying here. my sword. [He runs on his sword. I shall have glory by this losing day. fly. My master's man.-[Exeunt Clitus. Free from the bondage you are in. Messala: The conquerors can but make a fire of him. Strato. that yet in all my life I found no man but he was true to me.] [Alarum. BRUTUS. BRUTUS. Enter Octavius.[Alarums still. Antony. Retreat. While I do run upon it. and Volumnius. and Army. and turn away thy face. good Strato. Cry within. Farewell to thee too. "Fly. Farewell. Messala. Lucilius.--Countrymen.
LUCILIUS. OCTAVIUS. in a general-honest thought And common good to all. So Brutus should be found. and the elements So mix'd in him that Nature might stand up And say to all the world. order'd honorably. call the field to rest. OCTAVIUS. [Exeunt. MESSALA. That thou hast proved Lucilius' saying true. made one of them. He only. I will entertain them. wilt thou bestow thy time with me? STRATO. According to his virtue let us use him With all respect and rites of burial.--I thank thee. MESSALA. Do so. good Messala. I held the sword. "This was a man!" OCTAVIUS. All that served Brutus. ANTONY. How died my master. This was the noblest Roman of them all: All the conspirators. And no man else hath honour by his death.] THE END
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.-So. His life was gentle. save only he. if Messala will prefer me to you.-Fellow. That did the latest service to my master. and let's away. Ay. Octavius. Did that they did in envy of great Caesar. Within my tent his bones to-night shall lie. and he did run on it. Most like a soldier. then take him to follow thee. Brutus. Strato? STRATO.For Brutus only overcame himself. To part the glories of this happy day.