Julius Caesar by Shakespeare | Marcus Junius Brutus The Younger | Julius Caesar

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.

come from the throng. A soothsayer bids you beware the Ides of March. Set him before me. CASSIUS. Cry "Caesar"! Speak. What man is that? BRUTUS. Beware the Ides of March. do. Cassius. Caesar is turn’s to hear. your desires. CASSIUS.] CASSIUS. BRUTUS. SOOTHSAYER. Be not deceived: if I have veils my look. CAESAR. I do observe you now of late: I have not from your eyes that gentleness And show of love. let us leave him. He is a dreamer. Pass. shriller than all the music. CAESAR. Cassius. I turn the trouble of my countenance . look upon Caesar. Fellow. CASSIUS.Who is it in the press that calls on me? I hear a tongue. SOOTHSAYER. Let me not hinder. I pray you. Not I. I'll leave you. Beware the Ides of March. Will you go see the order of the course? BRUTUS. 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. What say’s thou to me now? Speak once again. CAESAR. [Sonnet. BRUTUS. let me see his face. I am not gamesome. CAESAR. I do lack some part Of that quick spirit that is in Antonym. Brutus.

To the entire rout. Brutus. gentle Brutus. if you know That I do fawn on men. Tell me. No. Cassius? That you would have me seek into myself For that which is not in me? CASSIUS. Than that poor Brutus. CASSIUS. Brutus. But let not therefore my good friends be grieved-Among which number. worthy cogitations. I have heard Where many of the best respect in Rome. your glass. That you have no such mirrors as will turn Your hidden worthiness into your eye. in banqueting. Vexed I am Of late with passions of some difference. and hug them hard And after scandal them. Conceptions only proper to myself. Then. What means this shouting? I do fear the people Choose Caesar for their king. Which give some soil perhaps to my behaviors. BRUTUS. for the eye sees not itself But by reflection.] BRUTUS. Therefore. Into what dangers would you lead me. 'Tis just: And it is very much lamented. That you might see your shadow. By means whereof this breast of mine hath buried Thoughts of great value. be prepared to hear.Merely upon myself. I. And since you know you cannot see yourself So well as by reflection. I have much mistaken your passion. Have wish’s that noble Brutus had his eyes. be you one-Nor construe any further my neglect. [Flourish and shout.speaking of Brutus. good Brutus. or if you know That I profess myself. good Brutus. And be not jealous on me. And groaning underneath this age's yoke. by some other thing. Forgets the shows of love to other men. or did use To stale with ordinary oaths my love To every new protester. CASSIUS. Cassius. Will modestly discover to you That of yourself. -Except immortal Caesar!-. can you see your face? BRUTUS. which you yet know not of. with himself at war. Were I a common laugher. . Cassius. then hold me dangerous.

I know that virtue to be in you. and we did buffet it With lusty sinews. Well. upon a raw and gusty day. Cassius. do you fear it? Then must I think you would not have it so? BRUTUS. I was born free as Caesar. Brutus. As well as I do know your outward favor. If Caesar carelessly but nod on him. I did hear him groan: Ay. so were you: We both have fed as well. it cried. as Aeneas. I cannot tell what you and other men Think of this life. or I sink! I. "Dearest you Cassius. CASSIUS. and write his speeches in their books. Cassius. but for my single self. And that it eye whose bend doth awe the world Did lose his luster. and we can both Endure the winter's cold as well as he: For once. and must bend his body.CASSIUS. I plunged in. and that tongue of his that bade the Romans Mark him. 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. I had. Ay. --Ye gods. Caesar said to me. I would not. A man of such a feeble temper should . "Help me. "Give me some drink. Titanium. And when the fit was on him I did mark How he did shake: 'tis true. yet I love him well. The troubled Tiber chafing with her shores. our great ancestor. and Cassius is A wretched creature. honor is the subject of my story. Accoutered as I was. throwing it aside And stemming it with hearts of controversy. as life not is as live to be In awe of such a thing as I myself. But ere we could arrive the point proposed. this god did shake: His coward lips did from their color fly. Did from the flames of Troy upon his shoulder The old Enchases bear. The torrent roars. so from the waves of Tiber Did I the tired Caesar: and this man Is now become a god. For let the gods so speed me as I love The name of honor more than I fear death. Set honor in one eye and death I' the other And I will look on both indifferently." As a sick girl. He had a fever when he was in Spain. now Leap in with me into this angry flood And swim to yonder point?" Upon the word. Caesar cried. it doth amaze me. Alas. And bade him follow: so indeed he did.

and find a time Both meet to hear and answer such high things. 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. he doth bestride the narrow world Like a Colossus. thou art shamed! Rome. for this present. I am nothing jealous. What you would work me to. man. conjure with them. When there is in it but one only man. so with love I might entreat you. Weigh them.So get the start of the majestic world. what you have to say. is not in our stars. that we are underlings. and we petty men Walk under his huge legs and peep about To find ourselves dishonorable graves. I would not. What you have said. it doth become the mouth as well. Another general shout! I do believe that these applauses are For some new honors that is heaps on Caesar. . that talk’s of Rome? That her wide walls encompassed but one man? Now is it Rome indeed. "Brutus" will start a spirit as soon as "Caesar. O. I will consider. [Shout. I shall recount hereafter. Why. thou hast lost the breed of noble bloods! When went there by an age since the great flood. I have some aim: How I have thought of this. That you do love me. And bear the palm alone. and room enough. But it was famed with more than with one man? When could they say. CASSIUS. Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed That he is grown so great? Age. 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. Sound them. As easily as a king! BRUTUS. "Brutus" and "Caesar": what should be in that "Caesar"? Why should that name be sounded more than yours? Write them together. Flourish. But in ourselves. Till then. my noble friend.] BRUTUS. it is as heavy." Now. I will with patience hear. Men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault. in the names of all the gods at once. Be any further moved. and of these times. dear Brutus. yours is as fair a name. CASSIUS. till now.

As they pass by. Antonym. He is a noble Roman and well given. And all the rest look like a chidden train: Calpurnia's cheek is pale. Caesar? CAESAR. CASSIUS. Such men as he be never at heart's ease Whiles they behold a greater than themselves. I rather tell thee what are to be fears . -ANTONY. Casco will tell us what the matter is. CAESAR. CASSIUS. He thinks too much: such men are dangerous. look you. He is a great observer. Caesar. 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. pluck Casco by the sleeve. As thou dost. And therefore are they very dangerous. Sleek-headed men. And he will. BRUTUS. Fear him not. --But. tell you What hath proceeded worthy note today? [Re-enter Caesar and his Train. Antonio’s. he's not dangerous. The angry spot doth glow on Caesar's brow.I am glad that my weak words Have struck but thus much show of fire from Brutus. ANTONY. and Caesar is returning. Cassius. Being crosses in conference by some senators. after his sour fashion. and he looks Quite through the deeds of men: he loves no plays. I will do so. He reads much. I do not know the man I should avoid So soon as that spare Cassius. Would he were fatter! But I fear him not: Yet. The games are done. if my name were liable to fear. and Cicero Looks with such ferret and such fiery eyes As we have seen him in the Capitol. CAESAR.] BRUTUS. Let me have men about me that are fat. he hears no music: Seldom he smiles. and such as sleep o' nights: Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look.

Who offer’s him the crown? CASCA. You pull’s me by the cloak. and he put it by thrice. wasn’t. BRUTUS. were you not? BRUTUS. I saw Mark Antonym offer him a . He put it by with the back of his hand. I did not mark it. They shouted thrice: what was the last cry for? CASCA. for that too. Tell us the manner of it. would you speak with me? BRUTUS. BRUTUS. Casco stays. and being offer’s him. Why. for this ear is deaf.Than what I fear. That Caesar looks so sad. Why. marry. tell us what hath chanced today. and then the People fell a-shouting. as tell the manner of it: it was Mere foolery. you were with him. Why. Ay. And tell me truly what thou thing’s of him. CASSIUS. Casco. What was the second noise for? CASCA. BRUTUS. I can as well be a hang. Why. [Exeunt Caesar and his Train. and at every putting-by mine honest neighbors Shouted. thus. Was the crown offer’s he thrice? CASCA. there was a crown offer’s he. gentle Casco. Why. CASCA. for that too. Come on my right hand. Antonym. I should not then ask Casco what had chanced. for always I am Caesar.] CASCA. CASSIUS. CASCA. every time gentler Than other. Ay. CASCA.

and threw up their sweaty night-caps. No. he said. to my Thinking. for all That. and offered them his throat to cut: an I had been a Man of any occupation. "Alas. before he fell down. He fell down in the market place. after that he came. BRUTUS. Caesar hath it not. Ay. as he refused it. I durst not laugh for Fear of opening my lips and receiving the bad air. but I am sure Caesar fell Down. What. CASSIUS. And honest Casco. and I. Good soul!" and forgave him with all their hearts. 'twas one of these Coronets. According as he pleased and displeased them. Marry. --and. --yet 'twas not a crown neither. I know not what you mean by that. they would have done no less. if I would not have taken him at a word. I would I might go to hell among the rogues: --and so he fell. What said he when he came unto himself? CASCA. that it had almost choked Caesar. and Still. But. but you. If the tag-rag people did not clap him and hiss him. he would fain have had it. 'Tis0 very like: he hath the falling-sickness. CASCA. And then He offered it the third time. BRUTUS. we have the falling-sickness.Crown. But there's No heed to be taken of them: if Caesar had stab’s there Mothers. . he was very loath to lay his fingers off it. for he swooned and Fell down at it: and for mine own part. And. to my thinking. CASSIUS. and claps Their chop hands. soft! I pray you. if he had done or said Any thing amiss. When he came to himself again. did Caesar swoon? CASCA. he pluck’s me open his Doublet. CASSIUS. as I told you. the rabblement shouted. and was Speechless. as they use to do The players in the theatre. he put it the third time by. Three or four wenches where I stood cried. BRUTUS. thus sad away? CASCA. when he perceived the common Herd was glad he refused the crown. I am no true man. he desired their worships to think it was his Infirmity. and Uttered such a deal of stinking breath because Caesar refused The crown. and foam’s at mouth. Then he Offered it to him again: then he put it by again: but. he put it by once: but.

There was more foolery yet. and your mind hold. What a blunt fellow is this grown to be! He was quick mettle when he went to school. an I tell you that. CASSIUS. Will you sup with me tonight. and your dinner worth The eating. [Exit CASCA.Did Cicero say any thing? CASCA. CASSIUS. To what effect? CASCA. are put to silence. Will you dine with me tomorrow? CASCA. it was Greek to me. Ay. BRUTUS. I am promised forth. I will expect you. if you will. Which gives men stomach to digest his words With better appetite. CASSIUS. And so it is. I'll ne'er look you I' the face Again: but those that understood him smiled at one another and Shook their heads. and I will wait for you. but for mine own part. So is he now in execution Of any bold or noble enterprise. CASSIUS. for pulling Scarf’s off Caesar's images. I Could tell you more news too: Modulus and Flavius. if you please to speak with me. No. or. Fare you well. Good. if could remember it. For this time I will leave you: Tomorrow. CASSIUS. farewell both. This rudeness is a sauce to his good wit. However he puts on this tardy form. Do so. Casco? CASCA. if I were alive. CASSIUS.] BRUTUS. Nay. I will come home to you. Come home to me. . he spoke Greek. CASCA. Ay.

I have seen tempests. think of the world. Either there is a civil strife in heaven. To be exalted with the threatening clouds: But never till tonight.--I ha' not since put up my sword. in at his windows throw. thou art noble. CICERO. and yet his hand Not sensible of fire remain'd unscorch'd.] CICERO. He should not humor me. For who so firm that cannot be seduced? Caesar doth bear me hard. Thy honorable metal may be wrought. Casca: brought you Caesar home? Why are you breathless. Writings all tending to the great opinion That Rome holds of his name. when all the sway of earth Shakes like a thing unfirm? O Cicero. A common slave--you'd know him well by sight-Held up his left hand. wherein obscurely Caesar's ambition shall be glanced at: And after this let Caesar seat him sure. Good even. Did I go through a tempest dropping fire. CASCA. Incenses them to send destruction.-[Exit Brutus. and CICERO. The same. In several hands. Brutus.] SCENE III.I will do so: till then. Or else the world too saucy with the gods. never till now. with his sword drawn. Why. [Exit. Are not you moved. saw you anything more wonderful? CASCA. and I have seen Th' ambitious ocean swell and rage and foam. I see. From that it is disposed: therefore 'tis meet Those noble minds keep ever with their likes. but he loves Brutus. A Street. If I were Brutus now and he were Cassius. I will this night. from opposite sides. and why stare you so? CASCA. As if they came from several citizens. For we will shake him. Besides.] Well. when the scolding winds Have rived the knotty oaks. . [Thunder and lightning. or worse days endure. yet. Enter. which did flame and burn Like twenty torches join'd.-Against the Capitol I met a lion.

walk up and down the streets. who swore they saw Men. A Roman. CASCA. And yesterday the bird of night did sit Even at noonday upon the marketplace. But men may construe things after their fashion. Cassius. Who's there? CASCA. [Exit Cicero. . Transformed with their fear. Comes Caesar to the Capitol tomorrow? CASCA. all in fire. Casca. A very pleasing night to honest men. CASCA. When these prodigies Do so conjointly meet. Good then. Those that have known the earth so full of faults. Indeed. For I believe they are portentous things Unto the climate that they point upon. Submitting me unto the perilous night. Howling and shrieking. CICERO. by your voice. CASCA.] CASSIUS. For my part. and went surly by. Farewell. CASSIUS. CICERO. I have walk'd about the streets. Who ever knew the heavens menace so? CASSIUS. they are natural". He doth. Cicero. for he did bid Antonius Send word to you he would be there to-morrow.] [Enter Cassius. Without annoying me: and there were drawn Upon a heap a hundred ghastly women. Your ear is good.Who glared upon me. Casca: this disturbed sky Is not to walk in. let not men say "These are their reasons. Clean from the purpose of the things themselves. what night is this! CASSIUS. it is a strange-disposed time.

-Why all these things change from their ordinance. Casca.and those sparks of life That should be in a Roman you do want. Now could I. opens graves. You look pale and gaze.--why. Cassius from bondage will deliver Cassius: Therein.And. Their natures. But wherefore did you so much tempt the Heavens? It is the part of men to fear and tremble. and children calculate. And when the cross blue lightning seem'd to open The breast of heaven. 'Tis Caesar that you mean. is it not. CASSIUS. Why old men. as you see. Our yoke and sufferance show us womanish. Casca. You are dull. CASCA. Name to thee a man most like this dreadful night. And he shall wear his crown by sea and land. To make them instruments of fear and warning Unto some monstrous state. yet prodigious grown. as these strange eruptions are. Cassius? CASSIUS. Or else you use not. Therein. And fearful. and preformed faculties To monstrous quality. That thunders. And we are govern'd with our mothers' spirits. I know where I will wear this dagger then. ye gods. you make the weak most strong. and roars. But. thus unbraced. Have bared my bosom to the thunder-stone. you shall find That Heaven hath infused them with these spirits. CASSIUS. lightens. In every place save here in Italy. A man no mightier than thyself or me In personal action. why all these gliding ghosts. When the most mighty gods by tokens send Such dreadful heralds to astonish us. Why birds and beasts. fools. As doth the lion in the Capitol. Casca. ye gods.from quality and kind. you tyrants do defeat: . To see the strange impatience of the Heavens: But if you would consider the true cause Why all these fires. Let it be who it is: for Romans now Have thews and limbs like to their ancestors. Indeed they say the senators to-morrow Mean to establish Caesar as a king. woe the while! our fathers' minds are dead. And put on fear and cast yourself in wonder. CASCA. CASCA. I did present myself Even in the aim and very flash of it.

And I will set this foot of mine as far As who goes farthest. nor strong links of iron Can be retentive to the strength of spirit.Nor stony tower. CASSIUS. There's a bargain made. but I am arm'd. CASSIUS. they stay for me In Pompey's Porch: for now. Now know you. Hold. But life. and to such a man That is no fleering tell-tale. What rubbish. this fearful night. [Thunders still. Where hast thou led me? I perhaps speak this Before a willing bondman: then I know My answer must be made. O grief. for here comes one in haste. . Most bloody. nor walls of beaten brass. Stand close awhile. And the complexion of the element Is favor'd like the work we have in hand. Never lacks power to dismiss itself. 'Tis Cinna. You speak to Casca.] CASCA. There is no stir or walking in the streets. and what offal. Those that with haste will make a mighty fire Begin it with weak straws: what trash is Rome. I have moved already Some certain of the noblest-minded Romans To undergo with me an enterprise Of honorable-dangerous consequence. I do know him by his gait. when it serves For the base matter to illuminate So vile a thing as Caesar! But. And dangers are to me indifferent. CASCA. CASSIUS. fiery. If I know this. know all the world besides. being weary of these worldly bars. So can I: So every bondman in his own hand bears The power to cancel his captivity. Nor airless dungeon. But that he sees the Romans are but sheep: He were no lion. my hand: Be factious for redress of all these griefs. and most terrible. Casca. That part of tyranny that I do bear I can shake off at pleasure. CASCA. And I do know by this. And why should Caesar be a tyrant then? Poor man! I know he would not be a wolf. were not Romans hinds.

where you shall find us. one incorporate To our attempts. I will hie And so bestow these papers as you bade me. it is Casca. Well. CASSIUS. CASSIUS. set this up with wax Upon old Brutus' statue: all this done. Will change to virtue and to worthiness. His countenance. Good Cinna. and the man entire. CASSIUS. All but Metellus Cimber. ere day. Cinna? CINNA. And look you lay it in the praetor's chair. he sits high in all the people's hearts! And that which would appear offense in us.-[Exit Cinna. No. O Cassius.He is a friend. To find out you. Casca. O. Am I not stay'd for. Repair to Pompey's Porch. if you could but win The noble Brutus to our party. Yes. yields him ours. and throw this In at his window.] Cinna. CINNA.] Come. What a fearful night is this! There's two or three of us have seen strange sights. That done.-[Enter Cinna. CASCA. you and I will yet. . where haste you so? CINNA. Who's that? Metellus Cimber? CASSIUS. and he's gone To seek you at your house. Be you content. take this paper. repair to Pompey's theatre. You are. Am I not stay'd for? tell me. I am glad on't. like richest alchemy. See Brutus at his house: three parts of him Is ours already. Upon the next encounter. Where Brutus may but find it.-CASSIUS. Is Decius Brutus and Trebonius there? CINNA.

we put a sting in him. [Exeunt. You have right well conceited. I say!-I would it were my fault to sleep so soundly. my lord? BRUTUS. BRUTUS'S orchard. He would be crown'd: How that might change his nature. since the quarrel . We will awake him. scorning the base degrees By which he did ascend: so Caesar may. when! Awake. I say! What. Lucius: When it is lighted. And. I will. ho!-I cannot.-When. What. Lucius! [Enter Lucius. by the progress of the stars. Lucius. SCENE I.] BRUTUS. He then unto the ladder turns his back. prevent. That at his will he may do danger with. Whereto the climber-upward turns his face. Give guess how near to day. I know no personal cause to spurn at him. lest he may. come and call me here. when he once attains the upmost round.Him. and be sure of him. my lord. and his worth. ere day. Let us go. Crown him?--that: And then. there's the question: It is the bright day that brings forth the adder. Lucius.] LUCIUS. But. I grant. [Exit. to speak truth of Caesar. and. Looks in the clouds. That lowliness is young ambition's ladder. Call'd you. Rome. For it is after midnight. LUCIUS. I have not known when his affections sway'd More than his reason. Then.--Lucius. But 'tis a common proof. Get me a taper in my study. [Enter Brutus. and our great need of him.] BRUTUS. Th' abuse of greatness is. And that craves wary walking.] ACT II. for my part. It must be by his death: and. But for the general. and. when it disjoins Remorse from power.

Get you to bed again. March is wasted fifteen days. the Ides of March? LUCIUS. redress!"--Am I entreated. thou sleep'st: awake!--" Such instigations have been often dropp'd Where I have took them up. [Exit. sir.-"Speak.] "Brutus.-[Opens the letter and reads." Thus must I piece it out: Shall Rome stand under one man's awe? What.] . BRUTUS. BRUTUS. Fashion it thus. I know not. [Knocking within. would. and bring me word. Shall Rome. Is not tomorrow. then. and I am sure It did not lie there when I went to bed. it is not day. If the redress will follow. LUCIUS. sir. thou sleep'st: awake and see thyself. I make thee promise. when he was call'd a king. Rome? My ancestors did from the streets of Rome The Tarquin drive. strike. Speak. The taper burneth in your closet. Would run to these and these extremities: And therefore think him as a serpent's egg Which hatch'd. thou receivest Thy full petition at the hand of Brutus! [Re-enter Lucius. To speak and strike? O Rome.Will bear no color for the thing he is. Sir.--that what he is. as his kind grow mischievous. [Re-enter Lucius. boy. Searching the window for a flint I found This paper thus seal'd up. & c. And kill him in the shell.] LUCIUS. strike. &c. whizzing in the air Give so much light that I may read by them. Look in the calendar. redress--! Brutus. sir. "Shall Rome. The exhalations.] BRUTUS.] LUCIUS. augmented. I will.

'tis your brother Cassius at the door. LUCIUS. their hats are pluck'd about their ears. BRUTUS. thy native semblance on. Is he alone? LUCIUS.BRUTUS. [Enter Cassius. Go to the gate. suffers then The nature of an insurrection. Let 'em enter. all the interim is Like a phantasma or a hideous dream: The genius and the mortal instruments Are then in council. [Re-enter Lucius].-[Exit Lucius. Between the acting of a dreadful thing And the first motion. Who doth desire to see you.--O conspiracy. and Trebonius. Shamest thou to show thy dangerous brow by night. sir. No. And half their faces buried in their cloaks. Do you know them? LUCIUS.-[Exit Lucius. Casca. Hide it in smiles and affability: For if thou pass. No. and the state of man. conspiracy. Decius. That by no means I may discover them By any mark of favor. Not Erebus itself were dim enough To hide thee from prevention. I think we are too bold upon your rest: . When evils are most free? O. 'Tis good. Like to a little kingdom. Metellus Cimber. sir. CASSIUS. then.] Since Cassius first did whet me against Caesar I have not slept. BRUTUS. there are more with him. somebody knocks. by day Where wilt thou find a cavern dark enough To mask thy monstrous visage? Seek none. Sir.] They are the faction. Cinna. BRUTUS.

do we trouble you? BRUTUS. awake all night. CASSIUS. sir. CASCA. O. as I point my sword. Casca. This. and every one doth wish You had but that opinion of yourself Which every noble Roman bears of you. CINNA. Cinna. the Sun arises. and yon grey lines That fret the clouds are messengers of day.] DECIUS. . BRUTUS. Here. Here lies the east: doth not the day break here? CASCA. This is Trebonius. directly here. BRUTUS. up higher toward the North He first presents his fire. Metellus Cimber. CASSIUS. Weighing the youthful season of the year. and this. pardon. one by one. Yes. BRUTUS. Give me your hands all over.-What watchful cares do interpose themselves Betwixt your eyes and night? CASSIUS. Brutus. They are all welcome. and no man here But honors you. I have been up this hour. Some two months hence. You shall confess that you are both deceived. it doth. BRUTUS. He is welcome hither.Good morrow. and the high East Stands. Which is a great way growing on the South. this. Know I these men that come along with you? CASSIUS. every man of them. This Decius Brutus. No. He is welcome too. as the Capitol. Shall I entreat a word? [BRUTUS and CASSIUS whisper apart.

The sufferance of our souls. Nor th' insuppressive mettle of our spirits. That this shall be. and nobly bears. O. But if these. when every drop of blood That every Roman bears. To think that or our cause or our performance Did need an oath. and cowards. the time's abuse-If these be motives weak. or we will fall for it? Swear priests. So let high-sighted tyranny range on. BRUTUS. O. But all be buried in his gravity. Is guilty of a several bastardy. let us have him! for his silver hairs Will purchase us a good opinion. No. And will not palter? and what other oath Than honesty to honesty engaged. CASCA. CASSIUS. If he do break the smallest particle Of any promise that hath pass'd from him. unto bad causes swear Such creatures as men doubt: but do not stain The even virtue of our enterprise. METELLUS. and such suffering souls That welcome wrongs. As I am sure they do. and men cautelous. Old feeble carrions. and to steel with valour The melting spirits of women. then. bear fire enough To kindle cowards. Till each man drop by lottery. Let us not leave him out. For he will never follow any thing That other men begin. break off betimes. by no means. No. . BRUTUS. And buy men's voices to commend our deeds: It shall be said. CINNA. What need we any spur but our own cause To prick us to redress? what other bond Than secret Romans.CASSIUS. his judgment ruled our hands. countrymen. Our youths and wildness shall no whit appear. And let us swear our resolution. And every man hence to his idle bed. But what of Cicero? Shall we sound him? I think he will stand very strong with us. that have spoke the word. not an oath: if not the face of men. name him not! let us not break with him.

And not dismember Caesar! But. but not wrathfully. and not envious. not murderers. CASSIUS. Let Antony and Caesar fall together. DECIUS. Let us be sacrificers. Mark Antony. so well beloved of Caesar. Decius. And after seem to chide 'em. let him not die. well urged. to wildness. And let our hearts. Then leave him out. We all stand up against the spirit of Caesar. Caius. Yet I do fear him. And in the spirit of men there is no blood: O. for he is given To sports. do not think of him: If he love Caesar. To cut the head off. alas. For he can do no more than Caesar's arm When Caesar's head is off. may well stretch so far As to annoy us all: which to prevent. Caius Cassius. Our course will seem too bloody. as subtle masters do.--I think it is not meet. This shall mark Our purpose necessary. that we then could come by Caesar's spirit. For in th' ingrafted love he bears to Caesar-BRUTUS. all that he can do Is to himself. . Stir up their servants to an act of rage. and laugh at this hereafter. If he improve them. There is no fear in him. BRUTUS. Indeed.CASSIUS. and envy afterwards. but not butchers. We shall be call'd purgers. Which so appearing to the common eyes. and much company. good Cassius. Let's carve him as a dish fit for the gods. Let's kill him boldly. Not hew him as a carcass fit for hounds.--take thought and die for Caesar. And that were much he should. he is not fit. and you know his means. For he will live. Alas. TREBONIUS. Caesar must bleed for it! And. gentle friends. and then hack the limbs. CASCA. Should outlive Caesar: we shall find of him A shrewd contriver. For Antony is but a limb of Caesar. And for Mark Antony. Shall no man else be touch'd but only Caesar? CASSIUS. Like wrath in death. think not of him.

And the persuasion of his augurers May hold him from the Capitol to-day. and I have given him reason. METELLUS. elephants with holes. Quite from the main opinion he held once Of fantasy. Be that the uttermost. and I'll fashion him. 'Tis time to part.-- . CASSIUS. being then most flattered. CASSIUS. Never fear that: if he be so resolved. BRUTUS. of dreams. For he is superstitious grown of late. and ceremonies. CASSIUS. Let me work. Now. BRUTUS. We'll leave you. For I can give his humor the true bent. for he loves to hear That unicorns may be betray'd with trees. and fail not then. By the eighth hour: is that the uttermost? CINNA. Caius Ligarius doth bear Caesar hard.] BRUTUS.[Clock strikes. He says he does. The unaccustom'd terror of this night. But it is doubtful yet Whether Caesar will come forth today or no. TREBONIUS. good Metellus. Who rated him for speaking well of Pompey: I wonder none of you have thought of him. The clock hath stricken three. CASSIUS. go along by him: He loves me well. Peace! count the clock. we will all of us be there to fetch him. and men with flatterers: But when I tell him he hates flatterers. The morning comes upon 's. Nay. And bears with glasses. DECIUS. Lions with toils. And I will bring him to the Capitol. It may be these apparent prodigies. Brutus. I can o'ersway him. Send him but hither.

Brutus. friends. Portia.] Boy! Lucius!--Fast asleep? It is no matter. disperse yourselves. I am not well in health. BRUTUS. PORTIA. Therefore thou sleep'st so sound. Brutus is wise. And. You suddenly arose. But. So I did. But bear it as our Roman actors do. my lord! BRUTUS. nor talk. Make me acquainted with your cause of grief. and that is all. With untired spirits and formal constancy: And so. He would embrace the means to come by it. what mean you? wherefore rise you now? It is not for your health thus to commit Your weak condition to the raw-cold morning. Nor for yours neither. and walk'd about.And. Gave sign for me to leave you. with your arms across. yet you answer'd not. and withal Hoping it was but an effect of humour. And. Which busy care draws in the brains of men. It will not let you eat. Brutus. were he not in health. I should not know you. Good gentlemen. Let not our looks put on our purposes. and. Fearing to strengthen that impatience Which seem'd too much enkindled. could it work so much upon your shape As it hath much prevail'd on your condition.-[Exeunt all but Brutus. nor sleep. Stole from my bed: and yesternight. at supper. then you scratch'd your head. Which sometime hath his hour with every man. with an angry wafture of your hand. Musing and sighing. look fresh and merrily. You stared upon me with ungentle looks: I urged you further. Dear my lord. and show yourselves true Romans. PORTIA. Brutus. good morrow to you every one. Enjoy the honey-heavy dew of slumber: Thou hast no figures nor no fantasies. And too impatiently stamp'd with your foot: Yet I insisted. BRUTUS. but all remember What you have said. You've ungently. [Enter Portia. when I ask'd you what the matter was.] PORTIA. .

gentle Portia. but withal A woman well reputed. I will not disclose 'em. And tempt the rheumy and unpurged air To add unto his sickness? No. upon my knees. PORTIA. if you were gentle Brutus. yourself. By all your vows of love. I should not need. I grant I am a woman. Why you are heavy. go to bed. Portia is Brutus' harlot. by the right and virtue of my place. And will he steal out of his wholesome bed To dare the vile contagion of the night. tell me. Within the bond of marriage. BRUTUS. Why. so I do. If this were true. Good Portia. You have some sick offense within your mind. 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. BRUTUS. for here have been Some six or seven. Being so father'd and so husbanded? Tell me your counsels. and that great vow Which did incorporate and make us one. And talk to you sometimes? Dwell I but in the suburbs Of your good pleasure? If it be no more. but withal A woman that Lord Brutus took to wife: I grant I am a woman. Cato's daughter. I have made strong proof of my constancy. then should I know this secret. As dear to me as are the ruddy drops That visit my sad heart.BRUTUS. Kneel not. I charge you. your half. That you unfold to me. You are my true and honorable wife. and what men to-night Have had resort to you. Think you I am no stronger than my sex. in sort or limitation. PORTIA. Is Brutus sick? and is it physical To walk unbraced and suck up the humours Of the dank morning? What. not his wife. PORTIA. I ought to know of: and. Brutus. Which. Is it excepted I should know no secrets That appertain to you? Am I yourself But. who did hide their faces Even from darkness. by my once commended beauty. as it were. comfort your bed. my Brutus. is Brutus sick.

To wear a kerchief! Would you were not sick! LIGARIUS. O. one knocks: Portia.--Caius Ligarius. if Brutus have in hand Any exploit worthy the name of honour. BRUTUS. LIGARIUS.] Hark. like an exorcist. Caius Ligarius.] --Lucius. Yea. Vouchsafe good-morrow from a feeble tongue. Render me worthy of this noble wife! [Knocking within. BRUTUS. And by and by thy bosom shall partake The secrets of my heart: All my engagements I will construe to thee. I am not sick. But are not some whole that we must make sick? . what a time have you chose out. derived from honorable loins! Thou. Such an exploit have I in hand.BRUTUS. O ye gods. Had you a healthful ear to hear of it. hark.--how? LIGARIUS. And I will strive with things impossible. Soul of Rome! Brave son. LIGARIUS. What's to do? BRUTUS. brave Caius.] LUCIUS. hast conjured up My mortified spirit. By all the gods that Romans bow before. [Exit Portia. I here discard my sickness.-Boy. get the better of them. stand aside. BRUTUS. who's that knocks? [Re-enter Lucius with Ligarius. Here is a sick man that would speak with you. go in awhile. that Metellus spake of. A piece of work that will make sick men whole. Ligarius. All the charactery of my sad brows. Now bid me run. Leave me with haste.

Caesar shall forth: the things that threaten me Ne'er look but on my back. SERVANT. Yet now they fright me. Nor heaven nor earth have been at peace tonight: Thrice hath Calpurnia in her sleep cried out. I will.] SCENE II. they are vanished. as we are going. To whom it must be done. . "Help. What it is. Go bid the priests do present sacrifice. BRUTUS. I never stood on ceremonies. CALPURNIA. And with a heart new-fired I follow you. There is one within. Caesar? Think you to walk forth? You shall not stir out of your house to-day. And bring me their opinions of success.] CALPURNIA. LIGARIUS. ho! They murder Caesar!"--Who's within? [Enter a Servant. when they shall see The face of Caesar. A room in Caesar's palace.] CAESAR. Set on your foot. My lord? CAESAR. in his nightgown. Enter Caesar. my Caius. Follow me then. [Exeunt. That must we also. Caesar. [Exit. I shall unfold to thee.] SERVANT. CAESAR.] [Enter Calpurnia. What mean you.BRUTUS. To do I know not what: but it sufficeth That Brutus leads me on. [Thunder and lightning. my lord.

Recounts most horrid sights seen by the watch. If he should stay at home today for fear. And Caesar shall go forth. No. CAESAR. The noise of battle hurtled in the air.-[Re-enter Servant. a necessary end. It seems to me most strange that men should fear. And graves have yawn'd. The gods do this in shame of cowardice: Caesar should be a beast without a heart.Besides the things that we have heard and seen. What can be avoided Whose end is purposed by the mighty gods? Yet Caesar shall go forth. Fierce fiery warriors fight upon the clouds. The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes. When beggars die. A lioness hath whelped in the streets. In ranks and squadrons and right form of war.] What say the augurers? SERVANT. Caesar shall not: danger knows full well That Caesar is more dangerous than he: We are two lions litter'd in one day. and not your own. CALPURNIA. CAESAR. and dying men did groan. and yielded up their dead. They could not find a heart within the beast. there are no comets seen. And I the elder and more terrible. . Of all the wonders that I yet have heard. Will come when it will come. Plucking the entrails of an offering forth. Cowards die many times before their deaths. my lord. Seeing that death.these things are beyond all use. And I do fear them! CAESAR. CALPURNIA. Which drizzled blood upon the Capitol. Alas. Horses did neigh. for these predictions Are to the world in general as to Caesar. And ghosts did shriek and squeal about the streets. They would not have you to stir forth to-day. O Caesar. We'll send Mark Antony to the Senate-house. Your wisdom is consumed in confidence! Do not go forth to-day: call it my fear That keeps you in the house. The valiant never taste of death but once.

This dream is all amiss interpreted: It was a vision fair and fortunate. Mark Antony shall say I am not well. Say he is sick. stays me at home: She dreamt to-night she saw my statua. CAESAR. To be afeard to tell grey-beards the truth?-Decius. prevail in this. Because I love you. Most mighty Caesar. The cause is in my will. upon my knee. he shall tell them so. And tell them that I will not come to-day. and that great men shall press . And you are come in very happy time To bear my greeting to the Senators. DECIUS. Caesar. Did run pure blood. CAESAR. Tell them so. CAESAR. Your statue spouting blood in many pipes. my wife. Cannot. In which so many smiling Romans bathed. I will let you know: Calpurnia here. Which. DECIUS. is false. [Enter Decius. I will stay at home. DECIUS. 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. CALPURNIA. and that I dare not. all hail! Good morrow. let me know some cause. CAESAR. for thy humor. worthy Caesar: I come to fetch you to the Senate-house. like a fountain with an hundred spouts. I will not come: That is enough to satisfy the Senate. falser: I will not come to-day. for your private satisfaction. Signifies that from you great Rome shall suck Reviving blood.And he shall say you are not well to-day: Let me. Shall Caesar send a lie? Have I in conquest stretch'd mine arm so far. Decius. But.] Here's Decius Brutus. go tell them Caesar will not come. Lest I be laugh'd at when I tell them so. And. and on her knee Hath begg'd that I will stay at home to-day.

When Caesar's wife shall meet with better dreams. How foolish do your fears seem now.--Good morrow. I have. I thank you for your pains and courtesy.-What. Their minds may change. for my dear dear love To your proceeding bids me tell you this. for someone to say "Break up the Senate till another time. Caesar was ne'er so much your enemy As that same ague which hath made you lean. Ligarius. Good morrow. and Cinna. DECIUS. Caesar is afraid"? Pardon me. Caesar. Casca. Trebonius. Brutus. CAESAR. when you have heard what I can say. And know it now: The Senate have concluded To give this day a crown to mighty Caesar. If you shall send them word you will not come. ANTONY. Publius. CAESAR. PUBLIUS. shall they not whisper "Lo.] See! Antony. stains. This by Calpurnia's dream is signified. Calpurnia! I am ashamed I did yield to them. Brutus. Casca. that revels long o'nights. for I will go. it were a mock Apt to be render'd." If Caesar hide himself. are you stirr'd so early too?-Good morrow. Antony. So to most noble Caesar. Caesar.--Caius Ligarius. 'tis strucken eight. relics. And this way have you well expounded it. Metellus.] And look where Publius is come to fetch me. Besides. . and cognizance. [Enter Antony.For tinctures. Welcome. Give me my robe.-What is't o'clock? BRUTUS. Is notwithstanding up. [Enter Publius. And reason to my love is liable. CAESAR. CAESAR. Caesar.

look about you: security gives way to conspiracy. come not near Casca. . TREBONIUS.--now. BRUTUS. Metellus. like friends.] ARTEMIDORUS. Artemidorus. Decius Brutus loves thee not. [Aside.-Now. and taste some wine with me. reading paper. go in.--what. A street near the Capitol. O Caesar. will straightway go together. Stay not to answer me. thou mayest live. but get thee gone. beware of Brutus. Bid them prepare within: I am to blame to be thus waited for. "Caesar. I pr'ythee. There is but one mind in all these men." Here will I stand till Caesar pass along. If thou be'st not immortal. [Enter Portia and Lucius.] SCENE IV.CAESAR.] and so near will I be. And we. [Enter Artemidorus. and it is bent against Caesar. [Exit.] That every like is not the same. that I may remember you. CAESAR. If not. I will.-If thou read this. mark well Metellus Cimber. Be near me. [Aside. have an eye to Cinna. before the house of Brutus. boy. run to the Senate-house.] SCENE III. thou hast wrong'd Caius Ligarius. O Caesar. Caesar. Cinna. Another part of the same street.] PORTIA. The heart of Brutus yearns to think upon! [Exeunt. And as a suitor will I give him this. take heed of Cassius. trust not Trebonius. the Fates with traitors do contrive. The mighty gods defend thee! Thy lover. My heart laments that virtue cannot live Out of the teeth of emulation. Trebonius! I have an hour's talk in store for you: Remember that you call on me to-day. Good friends. That your best friends shall wish I had been further.

boy! what noise is that? LUCIUS. LUCIUS. fellow: Which way hast thou been? ARTEMIDORUS. About the ninth hour. boy. good lady. PORTIA. Sooth. Hark. What is't o'clock? ARTEMIDORUS. what should I do? Run to the Capitol. And the wind brings it from the Capitol. At mine own house. listen well: I heard a bustling rumour. [Enter Artemidorus. To know my errand. I hear nothing. but a woman's might. PORTIA. like a fray. madam.Why dost thou stay? LUCIUS. I hear none. and here again. madam. Yes. and nothing else? And so return to you. madam. lady. bring me word. be strong upon my side! Set a huge mountain 'tween my heart and tongue! I have a man's mind. Is Caesar yet gone to the Capitol? ARTEMIDORUS. if thy lord look well. I would have had thee there.] O constancy. and nothing else? PORTIA. Come hither. How hard it is for women to keep counsel!-Art thou here yet? LUCIUS. what suitors press to him.] PORTIA. For he went sickly forth: and take good note What Caesar doth. PORTIA. Pr'ythee.-[Aside. PORTIA. Madam. Madam. not yet: I go to take my stand . Ere I can tell thee what thou shouldst do there.

Lucius. I must go in.] Ah me. know'st thou any harm's intended towards him? ARTEMIDORUS. Why. Popilius. SCENE I. PORTIA. Of Senators.--[Aside. [A crowd of people in the street leading to the Capitol.--Brutus hath a suit That Caesar will not grant. Trebonius.--O. The heavens speed thee in thine enterprise!-Sure. Good morrow to you. the Senate sitting. Metellus. common suitors.] ACT III. Publius. of Praetors. lady: if it will please Caesar To be so good to Caesar as to hear me. Rome. Lepidus. and others. Decius. And bring me word what he doth say to thee. Flourish. much that I fear may chance. Brutus. hast thou not? ARTEMIDORUS.] CAESAR. ARTEMIDORUS. Will crowd a feeble man almost to death: I'll get me to a place more void.-Run. the boy heard me. how weak a thing The heart of woman is!--O Brutus. The Ides of March are come. .--Here the street is narrow: The throng that follows Caesar at the heels. That I have. Enter Caesar. Before the Capitol. Say I am merry: come to me again.] PORTIA. Ay. Casca. PORTIA. Thou hast some suit to Caesar. and commend me to my lord. and there Speak to great Caesar as he comes along. SOOTHSAYER. [Exeunt. Cassius. None that I know will be. Caesar. among them Artemidorus and the Soothsayer. Hail.To see him pass on to the Capitol. [Exit. but not gone. Antony. Caesar! read this schedule. I grow faint. I shall beseech him to befriend himself. Cinna.

] POPILIUS. how he makes to Caesar: mark him. the rest following. Delay not. be constant: Popilius Lena speaks not of our purposes. be sudden. BRUTUS. read mine first. read it instantly.-Brutus. [Caesar enters the Capitol. Fare you well. He wish'd to-day our enterprise might thrive. give place. this his humble suit. All the Senators rise. . Cassius. for we fear prevention. is the fellow mad? PUBLIUS. BRUTUS.DECIUS. CAESAR. CASSIUS. what shall be done? If this be known. Trebonius doth desire you to o'er-read. Caesar. For I will slay myself. CASSIUS. I fear our purpose is discovered. Advances to Caesar. Casca. At your best leisure. What said Popilius Lena? CASSIUS. for mine's a suit That touches Caesar nearer: read it. great Caesar. Sirrah. What. I wish your enterprise to-day may thrive. What enterprise. What touches us ourself shall be last served. Cassius or Caesar never shall turn back. O Caesar. ARTEMIDORUS. urge you your petitions in the street? Come to the Capitol. CAESAR. What. BRUTUS. Look. CASSIUS. ARTEMIDORUS. Popilius? POPILIUS.

Trebonius knows his time. and base spaniel-fawning. METELLUS. To think that Caesar bears such rebel blood That will be thaw'd from the true quality With that which melteth fools. I spurn thee like a cur out of my way. you are the first that rears your hand. and fawn for him. and most puissant Caesar. CINNA. Where is Metellus Cimber? Let him go. press near and second him. Brutus. I mean. and Caesar doth not change. Is there no voice more worthy than my own. Casca. most mighty.] DECIUS. Cimber. I must prevent thee. look. Be not fond. [Exeunt Antony and Trebonius. And turn pre-ordinance and first decree Into the law of children. Most high.For. These couchings and these lowly courtesies Might fire the blood of ordinary men. . [Kneeling. CAESAR. Are we all ready? CAESAR. Metellus Cimber throws before thy seat An humble heart.] CAESAR. Caesar did never wrong but with just cause. METELLUS. CASSIUS. sweet words. BRUTUS. Caesar and the Senators take their seats. And presently prefer his suit to Caesar. for. thou dost me wrong. he smiles. CASCA. Nor without cause will he be satisfied. Thy brother by decree is banished: If thou dost bend. and pray. He draws Mark Antony out of the way. What is now amiss That Caesar and his Senate must redress? METELLUS. Caesar. look you. He is address'd. Low-crooked curtsies.

I could be well moved. pardon: As low as to thy foot doth Cassius fall. Desiring thee that Publius Cimber may Have an immediate freedom of repeal. Caesar catches hold of his arm. CAESAR. Doth not Brutus bootless kneel? CASCA. And constant do remain to keep him so. even in this.-That I was constant Cimber should be banish'd. Caesar! . Unshaked of motion: and that I am he. CAESAR. Et tu.] CAESAR. Brute?-. CINNA. To beg enfranchisement for Publius Cimber. Caesar. and at last by Marcus Brutus. Great Caesar.-CAESAR. O Caesar. and apprehensive. Of whose true-fix'd and resting quality There is no fellow in the firmament. I kiss thy hand. And men are flesh and blood. But there's but one in all doth hold his place: So in the world. He is then stabbed by several other Conspirators. Yet in the number I do know but one That unassailable holds on his rank. The skies are painted with unnumber'd sparks. Caesar. Hence! wilt thou lift up Olympus? DECIUS. Brutus? CASSIUS. for me! [Casca stabs Caesar in the neck. They are all fire. What. hands. if I were as you. If I could pray to move.Then fall. prayers would move me: But I am constant as the northern star. 'tis furnish'd well with men.-CAESAR.To sound more sweetly in great Caesar's ear For the repealing of my banish'd brother? BRUTUS. Caesar. Speak. but not in flattery. Let me a little show it. and every one doth shine. Pardon.

BRUTUS. Fled to his house amazed. and run. Go to the pulpit. DECIUS. The Senators and People retire in confusion. Where's Antony? TREBONIUS. should do your age some mischief. 'tis but the time . BRUTUS.--Publius. be not affrighted. good cheer! There is no harm intended to your person. quite confounded with this mutiny. As it were doomsday. CASCA.[Dies. ambition's debt is paid. And leave us. CASSIUS. and enfranchisement!" BRUTUS.] CINNA.--and let no man abide this deed But we the doers. Liberty! Freedom! Tyranny is dead!-Run hence. Fly not. stand still. Do so. CASSIUS. [Re-enter Trebonius. METELLUS. Men. People and Senators. lest that the people Rushing on us. Talk not of standing. Nor to no Roman else: so tell them. lest some friend of Caesar's Should chance-BRUTUS. And Cassius too. BRUTUS. Stand fast together. cry it about the streets. and children stare. proclaim. we will know your pleasures: That we shall die. Brutus. Some to the common pulpits and cry out. we know. Fates. cry out. "Liberty. freedom. Where's Publius? CINNA. Publius. Here. wives. Publius.] CASSIUS.

CASCA. Soft.And drawing days out. SERVANT. who comes here? [Enter a Servant. even to the market-place. If Brutus will vouchsafe that Antony May safely come to him. being prostrate. Thus. that have abridged His time of fearing death. and wash. Say I love Brutus and I honor him. he that cuts off twenty years of life Cuts off so many years of fearing death. DECIUS. valiant. Thus did Mark Antony bid me fall down. stoop. Let's all cry. every man away: Brutus shall lead.--Stoop. and loving. thus he bade me say: Brutus is noble. Say I fear'd Caesar. and liberty!" CASSIUS. freedom. Romans. and be resolved . and then is death a benefit: So are we Caesar's friends. BRUTUS. wise. royal. Brutus.] A friend of Antony's. and loved him. Stoop then. Ay. And. How many ages hence Shall this our lofty scene be acted o'er In States unborn and accents yet unknown! BRUTUS. BRUTUS. bold. Grant that. did my master bid me kneel. So oft as that shall be. honour'd him. "Peace. That now on Pompey's basis lies along No worthier than the dust! CASSIUS. Why. and honest. and besmear our swords: Then walk we forth. And waving our red weapons o'er our heads. How many times shall Caesar bleed in sport. Caesar was mighty. What. And let us bathe our hands in Caesar's blood Up to the elbows. that men stand upon. and we will grace his heels With the most boldest and best hearts of Rome. shall we forth? CASSIUS. So often shall the knot of us be call'd The men that gave their country liberty.

whilst your purpled hands do reek and smoke. So says my master Antony. BRUTUS. Depart untouch'd. I do beseech ye. no means of death. so please him come unto this place. He shall be satisfied and. made rich With the most noble blood of all this world. and by you cut off. As. gentlemen. I shall not find myself so apt to die: No place will please me so. what you intend. As here by Caesar.-[Re-enter Antony.How Caesar hath deserved to lie in death. who else is rank: If I myself. nor no instrument Of half that worth as those your swords. Live a thousand years.] Welcome. SERVANT. and my misgiving still Falls shrewdly to the purpose. CASSIUS. triumphs. [Exit. But here comes Antony. ANTONY. I wish we may: but yet have I a mind That fears him much. Shrunk to this little measure? Fare thee well. I know that we shall have him well to friend. if you bear me hard. I'll fetch him presently. glories.] BRUTUS. BRUTUS. Mark Antony shall not love Caesar dead So well as Brutus living. Who else must be let blood. O Antony. Now. Thy master is a wise and valiant Roman. O mighty Caesar! Dost thou lie so low? Are all thy conquests. Tell him. spoils. The choice and master spirits of this age. I never thought him worse. there is no hour so fit As Caesar's death-hour. but will follow The fortunes and affairs of noble Brutus Thorough the hazards of this untrod state With all true faith. BRUTUS.-I know not. beg not your death of us! Though now we must appear bloody and cruel. by my honour. by our hands and this our present act . Fulfill your pleasure. Mark Antony.

ANTONY. that did love Caesar when I struck him. the heart of thee. Have thus proceeded. For your part. do receive you in With all kind love. will I shake with you. my valiant Casca. good thoughts. thou wast the forest to this hart. Metellus. beside themselves with fear. Mark Antony.-O world.--and.-How like a deer strucken by many princes. To you our swords have leaden points. Shall it not grieve thee dearer than thy death To see thy Antony making his peace. BRUTUS. Caius Cassius. Your voice shall be as strong as any man's In the disposing of new dignities. Pardon me. And pity to the general wrong of Rome-As fire drives out fire. And this. yet see you but our hands And this the bleeding business they have done: Our hearts you see not. I doubt not of your wisdom. yours. yours. Only be patient till we have appeased The multitude.-Yours. indeed. good Trebonius. brave hart. O world. That one of two bad ways you must conceit me. Julius! Here wast thou bay'd.-Next.-Now.-ANTONY. Let each man render me his bloody hand: First. so pity pity-Hath done this deed on Caesar. Shaking the bloody fingers of thy foes. And then we will deliver you the cause Why I. 'tis true: If then thy spirit look upon us now. Cinna. Caesar. O. Marcus Brutus. Dost thou here lie! CASSIUS. Weeping as fast as they stream forth thy blood. and here thy hunters stand. and crimson'd in thy death. yours. CASSIUS.--now yours.You see we do.-Though last. Decius Brutus. It would become me better than to close In terms of friendship with thine enemies.-Most noble!--in the presence of thy corse? Had I as many eyes as thou hast wounds. do I take your hand. and reverence. . and our hearts Of brothers' temper. Here didst thou fall. Gentlemen all--alas. what shall I say? My credit now stands on such slippery ground. not least in love. Our arms in strength of amity. Sign'd in thy spoil.-That I did love thee. they are pitiful. Mark Antony. Either a coward or a flatterer.

I like it not.] By your pardon: I will myself into the pulpit first. Caius Cassius: The enemies of Caesar shall say this. I blame you not for praising Caesar so. Therefore I took your hands. and not depend on you? ANTONY. You should be satisfied. [Aside to Brutus. And show the reason of our Caesar's death: What Antony shall speak. BRUTUS. Antony. Friends am I with you all. [Aside to Brutus. the son of Caesar. That's all I seek: And am moreover suitor that I may Produce his body to the market-place. 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. here. BRUTUS. . Mark Antony. and love you all. that you shall give me reasons Why and wherein Caesar was dangerous. CASSIUS. as becomes a friend.] I know not what may fall. But what compact mean you to have with us? Will you be prick'd in number of our friends. Or else were this a savage spectacle: Our reasons are so full of good regard That were you. take you Caesar's body. And that we are contented Caesar shall Have all true rights and lawful ceremonies. by looking down on Caesar. You shall not in your funeral speech blame us. Or shall we on. it is cold modesty. in a friend. a word with you. Upon this hope. BRUTUS.] You know not what you do. CASSIUS. CASSIUS. You shall. [Aside to Cassius. but was indeed Sway'd from the point. Brutus. ANTONY. I will protest He speaks by leave and by permission. Then. It shall advantage more than do us wrong. Mark Antony. Speak in the order of his funeral.Pardon me. And in the pulpit.

] ANTONY. I do desire no more. ANTONY. Mark Antony. He did receive his letters. SERVANT. thou bleeding piece of earth. I do. Be it so. 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. All pity choked with custom of fell deeds: And Caesar's spirit. And bid me say to you by word of mouth.-A curse shall light upon the limbs of men. Shall in these confines with a monarch's voice Cry "Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war. pardon me. [Exeunt all but Antony. ANTONY. do you not? SERVANT. groaning for burial.-[Enter a Servant]. O. .] O Caesar!-ANTONY. With Ate' by his side come hot from Hell. And say you do't by our permission.-[Seeing the body. like dumb mouths do ope their ruby lips To beg the voice and utterance of my tongue. ranging for revenge. then. And dreadful objects so familiar. That mothers shall but smile when they behold Their infants quarter'd with the hands of war. That this foul deed shall smell above the earth With carrion men.But speak all good you can devise of Caesar. BRUTUS. Domestic fury and fierce civil strife Shall cumber all the parts of Italy. and is coming. and follow us. Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood! Over thy wounds now do I prophesy. You serve Octavius Caesar. Blood and destruction shall be so in use. 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. Prepare the body.-Which. Caesar did write for him to come to Rome.

I will hear Brutus speak.-Cassius. BRUTUS.] SCENE II. I will hear Cassius.-Those that will hear me speak. go you into the other street And part the numbers. FIRST CITIZEN. Yet stay awhile. let 'em stay here. SECOND CITIZEN.] THIRD CITIZEN. Here is a mourning Rome. and compare their reasons. Is thy master coming? SERVANT. ANTONY. and tell him what hath chanced. Seeing those beads of sorrow stand in thine. Brutus goes into the rostrum. Then follow me. with some of the Citizens. We will be satisfied. and tell him so. is catching. . Passion. The noble Brutus is ascended: silence! BRUTUS. and give me audience. how the people take The cruel issue of these bloody men. I see. Hie hence. a dangerous Rome. In my oration. [Exit Cassius. And public reasons shall be rendered Of Caesar's death. Thou shalt not back till I have borne this corse Into the market-place: there shall I try. for mine eyes. Those that will follow Cassius. According to the which thou shalt discourse To young Octavius of the state of things. get thee apart and weep. [Enter Brutus and Cassius. No Rome of safety for Octavius yet. The same. Began to water. friends. He lies tonight within seven leagues of Rome. let us be satisfied. Be patient till the last. Post back with speed. go with him. [Exeunt with Caesar's body. with a throng of Citizens. The Forum.Thy heart is big.] CITIZENS. When severally we hear them rendered. Lend me your hand.

Romans. nor his offenses enforced. shall receive the benefit of his dying. . and have respect to mine honor. as he was ambitious. that you may believe: censure me in your wisdom. Who is here so rude that would not be a Roman? If any. FIRST CITIZEN. that you may the better judge. Bring him with triumph home unto his house. Who is here so vile that will not love his country? If any. but. this is my answer. I have done no more to Caesar than you shall do to Brutus.that. that you may hear: believe me for mine honour. and die all slaves. any dear friend of Caesar's. [Enter Antony and others.] Here comes his body. FOURTH CITIZEN. Let him be Caesar. I weep for him. and be silent. countrymen.--Not that I loved Caesar less. wherein he was worthy. Give him a statue with his ancestors. I have the same dagger for myself. and awake your senses. to him I say that Brutus' love to Caesar was no less than his. CITIZENS. Brutus. for him have I offended. who. If there be any in this assembly.. Who is here so base that would be a bondman? If any. when it shall please my country to need my death. for him have I offended. and death for his ambition. SECOND CITIZEN. BRUTUS. as he was valiant. I slew him. I honour him. and lovers! Hear me for my cause. Had you rather Caesar were living. as which of you shall not? With this I depart-. None. none. with Caesar's body. I pause for a reply. honour for his valour. Brutus! live. THIRD CITIZEN. CITIZENS. joy for his fortune. speak. speak. his glory not extenuated. but that I loved Rome more. though he had no hand in his death. Caesar's better parts Shall be crown'd in Brutus. There is tears for his love. live! FIRST CITIZEN. The question of his death is enroll'd in the Capitol. as he was fortunate. for him have I offended. speak. Live. than that Caesar were dead. Then none have I offended. mourned by Mark Antony. for which he suffered death. a place in the commonwealth. to live all freemen? As Caesar loved me. as I slew my best lover for the good of Rome. If then that friend demand why Brutus rose against Caesar. I rejoice at it.

We'll hear him.] FIRST CITIZEN. FOURTH CITIZEN. What does he say of Brutus? THIRD CITIZEN. And. For Brutus' sake. ho! and let us hear Mark Antony. He finds himself beholding to us all. for Brutus' sake.-SECOND CITIZEN. Peace! silence! Brutus speaks.] FOURTH CITIZEN. Save I alone. go up.We'll bring him to his house with shouts and clamours. Let him go up into the public chair. till Antony have spoke. 'Twere best he speak no harm of Brutus here. He says. and grace his speech Tending to Caesar's glory. SECOND CITIZEN. Peace! let us hear what Antony can say. is allow'd to make. Stay. BRUTUS.-- . I do entreat you. [Exit. Nay. FIRST CITIZEN. You gentle Romans. My countrymen. [Goes up. for my sake.--Noble Antony. THIRD CITIZEN. ANTONY. which Mark Antony. THIRD CITIZEN. I am beholding to you. Peace. that's certain: We are blest that Rome is rid of him. let me depart alone. FIRST CITIZEN. not a man depart. Good countrymen. ho! BRUTUS. This Caesar was a tyrant. By our permission. ANTONY. stay here with Antony: Do grace to Caesar's corpse.

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,

Action. nor worth.And will. countrymen. Why. to steal away your hearts: I am no orator. as Brutus is. seventy-five drachmas. Yet hear me. nor words. nor the power of speech. royal Caesar! ANTONY. yet hear me speak. friends. and under Caesar's seal. CITIZENS. To every several man. Away. CITIZENS. To every Roman citizen he gives. To stir men's blood: I only speak right on. We'll burn the house of Brutus. and hear the will. I must tell you then: You have forgot the will I told you of. you know not. We'll mutiny. That love my friend. Hear me with patience. poor dumb mouths. THIRD CITIZEN. friends. ANTONY. CITIZENS. . Most noble Caesar!--we'll revenge his death. But. no doubt. you go to do you know not what. and put a tongue In every wound of Caesar. Most true. the will!--let's stay. O. and that they know full well That gave me public leave to speak of him: For I have neither wit. ho! hear Antony. there were an Antony Would ruffle up your spirits. most noble Antony! ANTONY. Show you sweet Caesar's wounds. And bid them speak for me: but were I Brutus. then! come. I tell you that which you yourselves do know. Wherein hath Caesar thus deserved your loves? Alas. THIRD CITIZEN. CITIZENS. with reasons answer you. that should move The stones of Rome to rise and mutiny. a plain blunt man. nor utterance. SECOND CITIZEN. seek the conspirators. And Brutus Antony. Here is the will. Peace. ANTONY. as you know me all. FIRST CITIZEN. I come not.

ANTONY. How I had moved them. with the body. thou art afoot. any thing. Sir.] How now. windows. never. THIRD CITIZEN. Fortune is merry. Take thou what course thou wilt!-[Enter a Servant. away! We'll burn his body in the holy place. and new-planted orchards. ANTONY. ho! ANTONY. ANTONY.--Mischief. His private arbors. SECOND CITIZEN. fetch fire. Moreover. And to your heirs forever. fellow? SERVANT.--Come. Where is he? SERVANT. SERVANT. [Exeunt Citizens. . On this side Tiber: he hath left them you. And thither will I straight to visit him: He comes upon a wish. I heard 'em say Brutus and Cassius Are rid like madmen through the gates of Rome. Here was a Caesar! when comes such another? FIRST CITIZEN.] ANTONY. Belike they had some notice of the people. and recreate yourselves. To walk abroad. Pluck down forms. And in this mood will give us any thing. Pluck down benches. common pleasures. He and Lepidus are at Caesar's house. Go. he hath left you all his walks. FOURTH CITIZEN. away. And with the brands fire the traitors' houses. Take up the body. Never. Octavius is already come to Rome. Bring me to Octavius.Peace. Now let it work.

and briefly. [Enter Cinna. CINNA.[Exeunt.] FIRST CITIZEN. Answer every man directly. FIRST CITIZEN. Proceed. Wisely I say I am a bachelor. or an enemy? . 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. I dreamt to-night that I did feast with Caesar.] SCENE III. Where do you dwell? FOURTH CITIZEN. FIRST CITIZEN. you'll bear me a bang for that. And things unluckily charge my fantasy: I have no will to wander forth of doors. THIRD CITIZEN. and wisely. you were best. and truly. directly. the poet. A street. Are you a married man or a bachelor? SECOND CITIZEN. CINNA. SECOND CITIZEN. [Enter Citizens. I am going to Caesar's funeral.] CINNA. Yet something leads me forth. Ay. Ay. I fear. As a friend. The same. to answer every man directly and briefly. Directly. wisely and truly. FOURTH CITIZEN. What is your name? SECOND CITIZEN. Whither are you going? THIRD CITIZEN. Ay.

I dwell by the Capitol. sir. FIRST CITIZEN. OCTAVIUS. and turn him going. Lepidus? LEPIDUS. Tear him to pieces! he's a conspirator. truly.CINNA. FOURTH CITIZEN. I am not Cinna the conspirator. Some to Decius' house. THIRD CITIZEN. and some to Casca's. SCENE I. go! [Exeunt. CINNA. I am Cinna the poet. pluck but his name out of his heart. As a friend. to Cassius'. Briefly. his name's Cinna. [Antony. SECOND CITIZEN. For your dwelling. FOURTH CITIZEN. .--briefly. seated at a table. tear him for his bad verses. A room in Antony's house. That matter is answered directly. I am Cinna the poet. burn all. some to Ligarius': away. Octavius. Your name. FOURTH CITIZEN. THIRD CITIZEN. These many then shall die. CINNA. and Lepidus. CINNA. Rome.] ACT IV. CINNA. It is no matter. Truly.] ANTONY. their names are prick'd. ho! firebrands. Your brother too must die: consent you. my name is Cinna. tear him! Come. To Brutus'. brands. Tear him for his bad verses. Tear him.

go you to Caesar's house. Like to the empty ass. Mark Antony. he should stand One of the three to share it? OCTAVIUS. ANTONY. Antony. Octavius. Who is your sister's son. shall I find you here? OCTAVIUS. LEPIDUS. to stop. --Upon condition Publius shall not live. . He shall but bear them as the ass bears gold. To groan and sweat under the business. To wind. And took his voice who should be prick'd to die. He shall not live. To ease ourselves of divers slanderous loads. and we shall determine How to cut off some charge in legacies. Either led or driven. look. In our black sentence and proscription. This is a slight unmeritable man. But. But he's a tried and valiant soldier. to shake his ears And graze in commons. The three-fold world divided. to run directly on. Prick him down. Then take we down his load and turn him off.I do consent. though we lay these honors on this man.and for that I do appoint him store of provender: It is a creature that I teach to fight. I have seen more days than you: And. Fetch the will hither. ANTONY. So you thought him. You may do your will. with a spot I damn him. So is my horse. And having brought our treasure where we will.-OCTAVIUS. What. as we point the way.] ANTONY. [Exit Lepidus. Octavius. ANTONY. Lepidus. Meet to be sent on errands: is it fit. or at the Capitol. OCTAVIUS. His corporal motion govern'd by my spirit. Or here. LEPIDUS.

Lucilius! is Cassius near? LUCILIUS.--Your master. if he be at hand. is Lepidus but so. Listen great things. Pindarus. our means stretch'd. [Pindarus gives a letter to Brutus. And open perils surest answered. Pindarus meeting them. I fear. undone: but. and Pindarus is come To do you salutation from his master. PINDARUS. ho! LUCILIUS. Millions of mischiefs. out of use and staled by other men. Enter Brutus. Before Brutus' tent. or by ill officers. Octavius. Stand. He is at hand. I shall be satisfied. He must be taught. arts. Let us do so: for we are at the stake. in some taste. one that feeds On objects. I do not doubt But that my noble master will appear Such as he is.And.] BRUTUS. in the camp near Sardis.] SCENE II. and train'd. And let us presently go sit in council. What now. Lucilius. Begin his fashion: do not talk of him But as a property. . Our best friends made. and Soldiers. and bid go forth: A barren-spirited fellow. And bay'd about with many enemies. How covert matters may be best disclosed. Brutus and Cassius Are levying powers: we must straight make head. Lucius at some distance. [Drum. BRUTUS. full of regard and honour. Hath given me some worthy cause to wish Things done. Titinius. And some that smile have in their hearts. and imitations. ho! and stand. He greets me well. In his own change. Therefore let our alliance be combined. Give the word. Which. OCTAVIUS. [Exeunt. And now.] BRUTUS.

Stand. like horses hot at hand. [Enter Cassius and Soldiers. Stand! SECOND SOLDIER. Thou hast described A hot friend cooling: ever note. With courtesy and with respect enough.] BRUTUS. Comes his army on? LUCILIUS. like deceitful jades Sink in the trial. you have done me wrong.BRUTUS. When love begins to sicken and decay. It useth an enforced ceremony. He is not doubted. LUCILIUS. and. Make gallant show and promise of their mettle. There are no tricks in plain and simple faith. Judge me. Hark! he is arrived. BRUTUS. you gods! wrong I mine enemies? . Are come with Cassius. [March within. But hollow men. They fall their crests. They meant his night in Sard is to be quarter'd: The greater part. BRUTUS. Most noble brother. Lucilius. let me be resolved. Stand. Nor with such free and friendly conference. Stand! THIRD SOLDIER. ho! BRUTUS. ho! Speak the word along. FIRST SOLDIER. March gently on to meet him. Lucilius: How he received you. Stand! CASSIUS. when they should endure the bloody spur. But not with such familiar instances. the Horse in general.--A word.] CASSIUS. As he hath used of old. But.

Cassius. And I will give you audience. 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. And when you do them-BRUTUS. Let me tell you. Lucilius. Brutus. be content. Which should perceive nothing but love from us. if not so. guard our door. I an itching palm! You know that you are Brutus that speak this. You wrong'd yourself to write in such a case. how should I wrong a brother? CASSIUS. do you the like. within the tent of Brutus. In such a time as this it is not meet That every nice offense should bear his comment. BRUTUS. To sell and mart your offices for gold To undeservers. CASSIUS. this sober form of yours hides wrongs. enlarge your griefs.] CASSIUS. Pindarus. Before the eyes of both our armies here. Bid our commanders lead their charges off A little from this ground. were slighted off. Let us not wrangle. BRUTUS. Cassius. [Exeunt. you yourself Are much condemn'd to have an itching palm. Whereas my letters. CASSIUS. . [Enter Brutus and Cassius.And. Cassius. bid them move away. praying on his side Because I knew the man. I do know you well.-Lucius and Titinius.] SCENE III. BRUTUS. CASSIUS. and let no man Come to our tent till we have done our conference. Then in my tent. Speak your griefs softly.

tempt me no farther. CASSIUS.Or. Must I give way and room to your rash choler? Shall I be frighted when a madman stares? CASSIUS. the Ides of March remember: Did not great Julius bleed for justice' sake? What villain touch'd his body. this speech were else your last. I shall forget myself. BRUTUS. for I will speak. Go to. slight man! CASSIUS. abler than yourself To make conditions. And not for justice? What! shall one of us. Hear me. BRUTUS. and bay the moon. Brutus. Remember March. That struck the foremost man of all this world But for supporting robbers. Is't possible? BRUTUS. Cassius. Older in practice. I'll not endure it: you forget yourself. Urge me no more. And chastisement doth therefore hide his head. by the gods. bay not me. CASSIUS. BRUTUS. The name of Cassius honors this corruption. CASSIUS. I say you are not. you are not. that did stab. I am. O gods. Have mind upon your health. ay. I am a soldier. Away. Than such a Roman. ye gods! must I endure all this? .--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. Chastisement! BRUTUS. CASSIUS. To hedge me in. BRUTUS.

You wrong me every way. You shall digest the venom of your spleen. BRUTUS. I durst not? BRUTUS. Do not presume too much upon my love. Cassius. make your vaunting true. in your threats. Is it come to this? BRUTUS. CASSIUS. durst not tempt him? BRUTUS. peace! you durst not so have tempted him. You have done that you should be sorry for. What. When you are waspish. CASSIUS. For your life you durst not. And make your bondmen tremble. I shall be glad to learn of abler men. CASSIUS. CASSIUS. And it shall please me well: for mine own part.BRUTUS. No. from this day forth. For I am arm'd so strong in honesty. I care not. BRUTUS. I did send to you . Peace. more: fret till your proud heart break. Must I budge? Must I observe you? Must I stand and crouch Under your testy humour? By the gods. I said. Go show your slaves how choleric you are. That they pass by me as the idle wind Which I respect not. You say you are a better soldier: Let it appear so. you wrong me. an elder soldier. I'll use you for my mirth. All this? ay. not a better: Did I say "better"? BRUTUS. he durst not thus have moved me. There is no terror. CASSIUS. When Caesar lived. If you did. Brutus. Though it do split you. I may do that I shall be sorry for. yea. CASSIUS. for my laughter. for.

braved by his brother. 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. BRUTUS. You love me not. all his faults observed. He was but a fool That brought my answer back.-For I can raise no money by vile means: By Heaven. Revenge yourselves alone on Cassius. Antony and young Octavius. a heart Dearer than Plutus' mine. For Cassius is a-weary of the world. CASSIUS. 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. I do not like your faults. BRUTUS. come. though they do appear As huge as high Olympus. Brutus hath rived my heart: A friend should bear his friend's infirmities. To cast into my teeth. CASSIUS. Hated by one he loves. I do not. I. which you denied me. You did. within. richer than gold: If that thou be'st a Roman. CASSIUS. learn'd and conn'd by rote. BRUTUS. till you practise them on me. And drop my blood for drachmas. CASSIUS. Dash him to pieces! CASSIUS. with all your thunderbolts. O. . Come. that denied thee gold. Check'd like a bondman. will give my heart: Strike as thou didst at Caesar. A friendly eye could never see such faults. for I know. And here my naked breast. I had rather coin my heart. Set in a note-book. take it forth. A flatterer's would not. gods. I did not. But Brutus makes mine greater than they are. I could weep My spirit from mine eyes!--There is my dagger. BRUTUS. Be ready.For certain sums of gold. I denied you not.

CASSIUS. POET. thou lovedst him better Than ever thou lovedst Cassius.] . 'tis not meet They be alone. and from henceforth. What's the matter? CASSIUS.] Let me go in to see the generals: There is some grudge between 'em. Sheathe your dagger: Be angry when you will. Who. BRUTUS. I was ill-temper'd too. and leave you so. vexeth him? BRUTUS. Hath Cassius lived To be but mirth and laughter to his Brutus. [Enter Poet. LUCILIUS. Cassius. When I spoke that. followed by Lucilius. O Brutus.] POET. much enforced. And my heart too. Yes. When you are over-earnest with your Brutus. and Titinius. And straight is cold again. When that rash humor which my mother gave me Makes me forgetful? BRUTUS. [Within. and blood ill-temper'd.-BRUTUS. shows a hasty spark. [Noise within.] Nothing but death shall stay me.] You shall not come to them. Do you confess so much? Give me your hand. CASSIUS. He'll think your mother chides. [Within. dishonor shall be humour. you are yoked with a lamb That carries anger as the flint bears fire. O Cassius. --Have not you love enough to bear with me. CASSIUS.When thou didst hate him worst. Do what you will. When grief. it shall have scope. [Within. BRUTUS.

[Exeunt Lucilius and Titinius. and be friends. ha! How vilely doth this cynic rhyme! BRUTUS. hence! CASSIUS. than ye. Portia is dead. you generals! what do you mean? Love. I am sick of many griefs. as two such men should be. I'll know his humor when he knows his time: What should the wars do with these jigging fools?-Companion.CASSIUS. I'm sure. Brutus. CASSIUS. And come yourselves and bring Messala with you Immediately to us. Away. For shame. How now! What's the matter? POET. I did not think you could have been so angry. CASSIUS. sirrah. hence! CASSIUS. be gone! [Exit Poet.] BRUTUS. Get you hence. a bowl of wine! [Exit Lucius. saucy fellow. No man bears sorrow better. BRUTUS. Lucius. Lucilius and Titinius. If you give place to accidental evils. Ha. Of your philosophy you make no use. For I have seen more years. O Cassius. BRUTUS.] BRUTUS. . Bear with him. bid the commanders Prepare to lodge their companies tonight. 'tis his fashion.] CASSIUS. away. BRUTUS. CASSIUS.

when I cross'd you so?-O insupportable and touching loss!-Upon what sickness? BRUTUS.--Give me a bowl of wine. with wine and a taper. Come in. till the wine o'erswell the cup.] BRUTUS. Speak no more of her.-In this I bury all unkindness. good Messala. O ye immortal gods! [Re-enter Lucius.--for with her death That tidings came. Even so.-Now sit we close about this taper here. CASSIUS. with Messala. [Drinks. How 'scaped I killing. And call in question our necessities. [Drinks. Impatient of my absence. her attendants absent.] Welcome.--with this she fell distract. Ha! Portia! BRUTUS. Fill. swallow'd fire. CASSIUS. Cassius. Portia. art thou gone? . And grief that young Octavius with Mark Antony Have made themselves so strong. Titinius!-[Exit Lucius. CASSIUS. And died so? BRUTUS.] BRUTUS. She is dead. My heart is thirsty for that noble pledge.] CASSIUS.] [Re-enter Titinius. I cannot drink too much of Brutus' love. CASSIUS. And. Lucius.CASSIUS.

as you are a Roman. and by strange manner. Now. Cicero is dead. BRUTUS. I have here received letters. No. That by proscription and bills of outlawry Octavius. Then like a Roman bear the truth I tell: For certain she is dead. I pray you.-Had you your letters from your wife. tell me true. Nor nothing in your letters writ of her? BRUTUS. is strange. That young Octavius and Mark Antony Come down upon us with a mighty power. Antony. BRUTUS. And by that order of proscription. my lord. MESSALA. That. Nothing. Myself have letters of the selfsame tenour. Cicero being one. No. BRUTUS. No more. Messala. and Lepidus Have put to death an hundred Senators. Why ask you? hear you aught of her in yours? MESSALA. MESSALA. With what addition? MESSALA. There in our letters do not well agree: Mine speak of seventy Senators that died By their proscriptions. MESSALA. . MESSALA. Bending their expedition toward Philippi. Cicero one! MESSALA. methinks. BRUTUS.BRUTUS. my lord? BRUTUS.-Messala. CASSIUS. Messala.

farewell.: So shall he waste his means. Our legions are brim-full. Under your pardon. BRUTUS. are ready to decline. We. By them shall make a fuller number up. From which advantage shall we cut him off. Well. all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. This it is: 'Tis better that the enemy seek us. On such a full sea are we now afloat. There is a tide in the affairs of men Which. leads on to fortune. Good reasons must. Portia. For they have grudged us contribution: The enemy. That we have tried the utmost of our friends. give place to better. Doing himself offense. These people at our back. BRUTUS. to our work alive.BRUTUS. And we must take the current when it serves. defense. good brother. taken at the flood. . Your reason? CASSIUS. and nimbleness. Messala: With meditating that she must die once. Hear me. new-added. Come on refresh'd. at the height. marching along by them. CASSIUS. You must note besides. whilst we. weary his soldiers. MESSALA. What do you think Of marching to Philippi presently? CASSIUS. our cause is ripe: The enemy increaseth every day. Omitted. I do not think it good. I have the patience to endure it now. CASSIUS. We must die. Even so great men great losses should endure. But yet my nature could not bear it so. BRUTUS. and encouraged. of force. I have as much of this in art as you. Why. The people 'twixt Philippi and this ground Do stand but in a forced affection. Are full of rest. If at Philippi we do face him there. BRUTUS. lying still.

Titinius. Where is thy instrument? LUCIUS. Every thing is well. BRUTUS. BRUTUS. BRUTUS. and good repose. Call Claudius and some other of my men. good brother. O my dear brother! This was an ill beginning of the night. Good night: Early to-morrow will we rise. my lord. And nature must obey necessity. I'll have them sleep on cushions in my tent. What.Or lose our ventures. Good night. and Messala. Here in the tent. and meet them at Philippi. Lucius!--My gown. thou art o'er-watch'd.-[Exeunt Cassius. MESSALA. Then. BRUTUS. The deep of night is crept upon our talk. There is no more to say? CASSIUS. thou speak'st drowsily: Poor knave. No more.] Give me the gown. I blame thee not. with the gown. BRUTUS. Titinius:--noble. TITINIUS. CASSIUS. BRUTUS. noble Cassius. Brutus.] [Re-enter Lucius. Lord Brutus. CASSIUS. go on: We'll along ourselves. Good night.--Farewell now. and hence. with your will. CASSIUS. Farewell. . good Messala:-Good night. everyone. Good night. Which we will niggard with a little rest. Never come such division 'tween our souls! Let it not. Good night.

It does. my boy: I trouble thee too much. lie in my tent and sleep. we will stand and watch your pleasure. an't please you. my lord. I pray you. LUCIUS. and thou shalt sleep again. but thou art willing. BRUTUS. I put it in the pocket of my gown. So please you.LUCIUS. good boy.] VARRO. I know young bloods look for a time of rest. Varro and Claudius! [Enter Varro and Claudius. lie down. LUCIUS. my lord.-Look.-[Lucius plays and sings till he falls asleep. Lucius. I was sure your lordship did not give it me. already. VARRO. BRUTUS. And touch thy instrument a strain or two? LUCIUS. [Servants lie down. good sirs: It may be I shall otherwise bethink me.] LUCIUS. sir. BRUTUS. Ay. It was well done. here's the book I sought for so. BRUTUS. It is my duty. It may be I shall raise you by-and-by On business to my brother Cassius. Bear with me. Canst thou hold up thy heavy eyes awhile.] . I will be good to thee. I should not urge thy duty past thy might. I have slept. I would not have it so. I am much forgetful. BRUTUS. sirs. Calls my lord? BRUTUS. I will not hold thee long: if I do live.

then I shall see thee again? GHOST. BRUTUS. I'll take it from thee. Didst thou dream.-Let me see. To tell thee thou shalt see me at Philippi. I will not do thee so much wrong to wake thee: If thou dost nod. Thy evil spirit. Well. awake!--Claudius! LUCIUS. BRUTUS. My lord? BRUTUS. some angel. I would hold more talk with thee. let me see. at Philippi. It comes upon me. Lucius. and.This is a sleepy tune. thou breakst thy instrument. He thinks he still is at his instrument. good boy. that thou so criedst out? . That makest my blood cold and my hair to stare? Speak to me what thou art. thou vanishest: Ill spirit. 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. then. [Enter the Ghost of Caesar. GHOST. or some devil. Ay. Why. [Ghost vanishes.] Now I have taken heart. BRUTUS. Brutus.-Lucius. BRUTUS. good night. That plays thee music?--Gentle knave. Lay'st thou thy leaden mace upon my boy.--O murderous Slumber. The strings.--Art thou any thing? Art thou some god. my lord. is not the leaf turn'd down Where I left reading? Here it is. Why comest thou? GHOST.-Boy! Lucius!--Varro! Claudius! Sirs. I think. I will see thee at Philippi. are false. awake! LUCIUS.

But keep the hills and upper regions: . I saw nothing.] ACT V. You said the enemy would not come down. BRUTUS. and their Army. Antony. The plains of Philippi. awake! VARRO. Bid him set on his powers betimes before. sirs. CLAUDIUS. [Exeunt. Ay: saw you any thing? VARRO. My lord. my lord.LUCIUS. SCENE I. It shall be done. My lord? BRUTUS. No. my lord? BRUTUS. CLAUDIUS. my lord. my lord. Nothing.--Sirrah Claudius!-[To Varro. Did we. Yes. Now. Sleep again. my lord. I do not know that I did cry. Why did you so cry out. that thou didst: didst thou see any thing? LUCIUS. Go and commend me to my brother Cassius. BRUTUS. [Enter Octavius. Lucius.] Fellow thou. CLAUDIUS. our hopes are answered.] OCTAVIUS. My lord? CLAUDIUS. Antony. BRUTUS. And we will follow. in your sleep? VARRO. VARRO. Nor I.

and would have parley. . OCTAVIUS. ANTONY. Prepare you. Enter Brutus. ANTONY. [March. generals: The enemy comes on in gallant show. Messala. OCTAVIUS. Stand fast. [Enter a Messenger. CASSIUS. Why do you cross me in this exigent? OCTAVIUS. their battles are at hand: They mean to warn us at Philippi here. Titinius: we must out and talk. Octavius. we will answer on their charge. Titinius. But 'tis not so. lead your battle softly on. Upon the right hand I. Answering before we do demand of them. Drum. Make forth. Their bloody sign of battle is hung out. and I know Wherefore they do it: they could be content To visit other places.] BRUTUS. Stir not until the signal. They stand. but I will do so. And something to be done immediately. Lucilius. ANTONY. Caesar. and Others. BRUTUS. countrymen? OCTAVIUS. Mark Antony. and come down With fearful bravery. and their Army. Tut. the generals would have some words. Upon the left hand of the even field.] MESSENGER. thinking by this face To fasten in our thoughts that they have courage. Words before blows: is it so. shall we give sign of battle? ANTONY. I am in their bosoms. I do not cross you. keep thou the left. OCTAVIUS.It proves not so. No. Cassius.

ANTONY. behind Struck Caesar on the neck. Not stingless too. Good words are better than bad strokes. For you have stol'n their buzzing. you give good words: Witness the hole you made in Caesar's heart. Caesar!" CASSIUS. BRUTUS. thou canst not die by traitors' hands. And very wisely threat before you sting. OCTAVIUS. "Long live! Hail. as you do. ANTONY. In your bad strokes. yes. I was not born to die on Brutus' sword. And bow'd like bondmen. So I hope. and soundless too. Antony. Whilst damned Casca. Crying.Not that we love words better. BRUTUS. kissing Caesar's feet. and fawn'd like hounds. till Caesar's three and thirty wounds Be well avenged. BRUTUS. Flatterers!--Now. BRUTUS. Look. come. Come. If Cassius might have ruled.-I draw a sword against conspirators: When think you that the sword goes up again? Never. Brutus. OCTAVIUS. The posture of your blows are yet unknown. Unless thou bring'st them with thee. the cause: if arguing makes us sweat. Caesar. they rob the Hybla bees. The proof of it will turn to redder drops. O flatterers! CASSIUS. Brutus. Octavius. Villains. O. thank yourself: This tongue had not offended so to-day. And leave them honeyless. or till another Caesar Have added slaughter to the sword of traitors. like a cur. you did not so when your vile daggers Hack'd one another in the sides of Caesar: You show'd your teeth like apes. But for your words. ANTONY. Antony. .

A peevish school boy. Coming from Sardis. LUCILIUS.-MESSALA. come to the field. And in their steads do ravens. swell billow. and swim bark! The storm is up. under which Our army lies. CASSIUS. away!-Defiance. Why. Who to Philippi here consorted us: This morning are they fled away and gone.] CASSIUS. a word with you. . as this very day Was Cassius born. Join'd with a masker and a reveller! ANTONY. Gorging and feeding from our soldiers' hands. Come. am I compell'd to set Upon one battle all our liberties. on our former ensign Two mighty eagles fell. Old Cassius still! OCTAVIUS. hurl we in your teeth: If you dare fight today. And his opinion: now I change my mind. worthless of such honour. This is my birth-day. and all is on the hazard. and their Army. when you have stomachs. Ho. traitors. My lord? [Brutus and Lucilius talk apart.O. Messala: Be thou my witness that against my will. Messala. and kites Fly o'er our heads and downward look on us. Antony. As Pompey was. now. blow wind. crows. What says my General? CASSIUS. And partly credit things that do presage. [Exeunt Octavius. As we were sickly prey: their shadows seem A canopy most fatal. Lucilius! Hark. Young man. Give me thy hand. BRUTUS. thou couldst not die more honourably.] CASSIUS. Antony. Messala. ready to give up the ghost. and there they perch'd. If not. You know that I held Epicurus strong. if thou wert the noblest of thy strain.

You are contented to be led in triumph Thorough the streets of Rome? BRUTUS. if we lose this battle. Brutus! If we do meet again. That ever Brutus will go bound to Rome. For I am fresh of spirit. CASSIUS. If not. BRUTUS. If not. Cassius! If we do meet again. 'tis true this parting was well made. then is this The very last time we shall speak together: What are you then determined to do? BRUTUS.MESSALA. CASSIUS. But this same day Must end that work the Ides of March begun. Lucilius. Therefore our everlasting farewell take: For ever. BRUTUS. I but believe it partly. we shall smile. O. Lovers in peace. why. If we do lose this battle. CASSIUS. most noble Brutus. that a man might know The end of this day's business ere it come! . why. And whether we shall meet again I know not. No. so to prevent The time of life. lead on our days to age! But. that we may. farewell. and for ever. since th' affairs of men rest still incertain. Why then. we'll smile indeed. lead on. Cassius. For fear of what might fall. thou noble Roman. But I do find it cowardly and vile. no: think not. and resolved To meet all perils very constantly. Now. then this parting was well made.--arming myself with patience To stay the providence of some high powers That govern us below. For ever and for ever farewell. Even by the rule of that philosophy By which I did blame Cato for the death Which he did give himself. The gods to-day stand friendly.--I know not how. Let's reason with the worst that may befall. He bears too great a mind. CASSIUS. Then. Even so. Believe not so.

ride. Enter Brutus and Messala. O Cassius. Mark Antony is in your tents.] SCENE II. Took it too eagerly: his soldiers fell to spoil. CASSIUS. [Alarum. Titinius. my lord. my lord. Whilst we by Antony are all enclosed.--Come. fly far' off. Fly further off. Titinius. noble Cassius.] BRUTUS. Enter Cassius and Titinius. Messala. Messala: let them all come down. ho! away! [Exeunt. This hill is far enough. . Another part of the field. Mount thou my horse and hide thy spurs in him. for I perceive But cold demeanor in Octavius' wing. my lord: Fly. They are. if thou lovest me. Are those my tents where I perceive the fire? TITINIUS. fly further off.--Look. and did take it from him.] CASSIUS. ride. [Alarum. [Enter Pindarus. And then the end is known. TITINIUS. look. Brutus gave the word too early. and give these bills Unto the legions on the other side: Let them set on at once.] PINDARUS.] SCENE III. look. Who. And sudden push gives them the overthrow. Ride. Ride. The field of battle. having some advantage on Octavius. the villains fly! Myself have to mine own turn'd enemy: This ensign here of mine was turning back. The same. ride. therefore. I slew the coward. [Exeunt. O.But it sufficeth that the day will end. Titinius. look. CASSIUS.

That ran through Caesar's bowels.] Titinius is enclosed round about With horsemen. [Dies. My life is run his compass. what news? PINDARUS. get higher on that hill: My sight was ever thick: regard Titinius. To see my best friend ta'en before my face! [Pindarus descends. thou art revenged. [Shout.-Now. and with this good sword. Stand not to answer: here. he 'lights too: He's ta'en. And tell me what thou notest about the field. Come now.--Caesar. And then I swore thee. saving of thy life. I am free. take thou the hilts. . coward that I am. Titinius!--Now some 'light. to live so long. That whatsoever I did bid thee do. Even with the sword that kill'd thee.] CASSIUS. Pindarus. Go.] PINDARUS. And when my face is cover'd. Come down.] Come hither. So. [Exit. Thou shouldst attempt it. Now be a freeman. TITINIUS. [Above.-[Pindarus goes up. hark! they shout for joy. I will be here again. What news? PINDARUS. O.--Sirrah. sirrah: In Parthia did I take thee prisoner.] O my lord! CASSIUS. that I may rest assured Whether yond troops are friend or enemy. as 'tis now.] and.-O. keep thine oath. search this bosom. that make to him on the spur: Yet he spurs on. yet would not so have been.Till he have brought thee up to yonder troops And here again. Now they are almost on him. behold no more. CASSIUS. And where I did begin. Guide thou the sword. even with a thought. there shall I end.] This day I breathed first: time is come round. [Above.

Pindarus? MESSALA. MESSALA. Clouds. and dangers come. thrusting this report Into his ears: I may say. The sun of Rome is set! Our day is gone. dews. for Octavius Is overthrown by noble Brutus' power. on this hill. Thou never comest unto a happy birth. MESSALA.] [Re-enter Titinius with Messala. Messala. MESSALA. Mistrust of good success hath done this deed. Pindarus! where art thou. Where did you leave him? TITINIUS.--O Cassius! Far from this country Pindarus shall run. thrusting it. With Pindarus his bondman. [Exit.--O setting Sun. Titinius. O my heart! MESSALA. But Cassius is no more. So in his red blood Cassius' day is set. What. As in thy red rays thou dost sink to night. this was he. Titinius. Where never Roman shall take note of him. All disconsolate. These tidings would well comfort Cassius. He lies not like the living.Durst I have done my will. It is but change. No. Melancholy's child! Why dost thou show to the apt thoughts of men The things that are not? O Error. O hateful Error. Seek him. As Cassius' legions are by Antony. whilst I go to meet The noble Brutus. . But kill'st the mother that engender'd thee! TITINIUS.] MESSALA. soon conceived. our deeds are done! Mistrust of my success hath done this deed. TITINIUS. Is not that he that lies upon the ground? TITINIUS. Is not that he? TITINIUS.

hold thee. And bid me give it thee? Didst thou not hear their shouts? Alas. and turns our swords In our own proper entrails. Strato.] CATO. come apace. gods: this is a Roman's part: Come. O Julius Caesar. where. [Dies. He is slain. Lo.-I shall find time. Cassius' sword. Hie you. Cassius. BRUTUS. young Cato.] Why didst thou send me forth.] [Alarum. fare thee well! It is impossible that ever Rome Should breed thy fellow. yonder. Thy Brutus bid me give it thee. Messala. Messala. and Titinius mourning it. 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. I owe more tears To this dead man than you shall see me pay. and find Titinius' heart. Brave Titinius! Look whether he have not crown'd dead Cassius! BRUTUS. Are yet two Romans living such as these?-The last of all the Romans. CATO. Volumnius.-By your leave. with Brutus. TITINIUS. take this garland on thy brow. and Lucilius. doth his body lie? MESSALA. Where. thou art mighty yet! Thy spirit walks abroad. [Low alarums. thou hast misconstrued every thing! But. And I will seek for Pindarus the while.] BRUTUS. BRUTUS.--Brutus. Re-enter Messala. And see how I regarded Caius Cassius.-- .--Friends. I shall find time.-[Exit Messala. brave Cassius? Did I not meet thy friends? And did not they Put on my brows this wreath of victory. Titinius' face is upward.

O. And I am Brutus.-Labeo and Flavius. I am the son of Marcus Cato. young Cato. know me for Brutus! [Exit.] LUCILIUS. [Exeunt. . FIRST SOLDIER. O young and noble Cato. A noble prisoner! SECOND SOLDIER. countrymen. yet ere night We shall try fortune in a second fight. Soldiers of both armies.] BRUTUS.] BRUTUS. being Cato's son. and to Thassos send his body: His funerals shall not be in our camp. set our battles on:-'Tis three o'clock. ho! Tell Antony. Enter. and Romans. Brutus.] SCENE IV. and falls. Lest it discomfort us. and Others. fighting. Lucilius. ho! [Charges the enemy. Room. art thou down? Why.Come therefore. Another part of the field. yet hold up your heads! CATO. And mayst be honour'd. and be honour'd in his death. now thou diest as bravely as Titinius. my country's friend. charging the enemy. come. then Brutus. Marcus Brutus. young Cato. Yield. Brutus is ta'en.-And come. and my country's friend. We must not. What bastard doth not? Who will go with me? I will proclaim my name about the field:-I am the son of Marcus Cato. or thou diest.--Lucilius. FIRST SOLDIER. LUCILIUS. FIRST SOLDIER. Yet. ho! A foe to tyrants.--let us to the field.] Kill Brutus. Cato is overpowered. [Offering money. Only I yield to die: There is so much that thou wilt kill me straight. I. [Alarum.

He came not back: he is or ta'en or slain. [Exeunt. Brutus is ta'en. poor remains of friends. Clitus: slaying is the word. Where is he? LUCILIUS. my lord. ANTONY. BRUTUS. [Whispering. rest on this rock. I assure you. Sit thee down.] Brutus is ta'en.-[Enter Antony. but. CLITUS. 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. not for all the world. and Volumnius. Statilius show'd the torch-light. He will be found like Brutus. Another part of the field. I.] BRUTUS. like himself. Keep this man safe. Peace then! no words.] SCENE V. What. And see whether Brutus be alive or dead. And bring us word unto Octavius' tent How everything is chanced. Strato. Hark thee. A prize no less in worth. Go on. . Antony. friend. Give him all kindness. ANTONY. BRUTUS. my lord. Safe. Clitus. [Enter Brutus.I'll tell the news. Clitus. This is not Brutus.] CLITUS. my lord? No. It is a deed in fashion. I had rather have Such men my friends than enemies. Here comes the General. Dardanius. or alive or dead. but. I'll rather kill myself. Come. CLITUS.

Even for that our love of old. . Shall I do such a deed? CLITUS. What says my lord? BRUTUS. Good Volumnius. Why. I pr'ythee. Not so. he meditates. O Dardanius! DARDANIUS. Hark thee. list a word. at Sardis once.BRUTUS. VOLUMNIUS. Come hither. Nay I am sure it is. CLITUS. whilst I run on it. VOLUMNIUS. BRUTUS. O Clitus! CLITUS.] It is more worthy to leap in ourselves Than tarry till they push us. Volumnius: The ghost of Caesar hath appear'd to me Two several times by night. Hold thou my sword-hilts. Our enemies have beat us to the pit: [Low alarums. my lord. Now is that noble vessel full of grief. Volumnius. What ill request did Brutus make to thee? DARDANIUS. BRUTUS. [Whispers him. Volumnius. good Volumnius. how it goes. Dardanius. this. To kill him. Clitus. That's not an office for a friend. Thou know'st that we two went to school together. Thou seest the world. And this last night here in Philippi fields: I know my hour is come. Look. That it runs over even at his eyes.] DARDANIUS. VOLUMNIUS. my lord.

BRUTUS. fly.--and you.] I pr'ythee. fly!"] CLITUS. I shall have glory by this losing day. Hence! I will follow. then. and dies. . My master's man. [He runs on his sword. What man is that? MESSALA. Farewell to thee too. Give me your hand first: fare you well. Messala. and Army.] OCTAVIUS.-[Exeunt Clitus. BRUTUS.--and you. My heart doth joy. my lord. Thy life hath had some smack of honor in it: Hold. my lord! there is no tarrying here. Farewell. Antony. my sword. now be still: I kill'd not thee with half so good a will. thou hast been all this while asleep. where is thy master? STRATO. Free from the bondage you are in. and turn away thy face. stay thou by thy lord: Thou art a fellow of a good respect. Cry within. Fly.] CLITUS. Dardanius.] [Alarum. Strato. fly.--Countrymen.--Caesar. that yet in all my life I found no man but he was true to me. Messala: The conquerors can but make a fire of him. fare you well at once. "Fly. Fly. Retreat. and Volumnius. So. Volumnius. Lucilius. Strato? STRATO. my bones would rest That have but labour'd to attain this hour. fly! BRUTUS. for Brutus' tongue Hath almost ended his life's history: Night hangs upon mine eyes. my lord. Farewell to you. Strato. More than Octavius and Mark Antony By this vile conquest shall attain unto.--Strato.-Strato. Wilt thou.[Alarums still. good Strato. [Alarums. While I do run upon it. Enter Octavius.

I held the sword.] THE END End of Project Gutenberg Etext of Julius Caesar by Shakespeare PG has multiple editions of William Shakespeare's Complete Works . I will entertain them. This was the noblest Roman of them all: All the conspirators. good Messala. He only. then take him to follow thee. order'd honorably. According to his virtue let us use him With all respect and rites of burial. Do so. Did that they did in envy of great Caesar. That did the latest service to my master. So Brutus should be found. and he did run on it. Most like a soldier.-Fellow. and the elements So mix'd in him that Nature might stand up And say to all the world. MESSALA. MESSALA. [Exeunt. How died my master. Octavius. OCTAVIUS. Within my tent his bones to-night shall lie. To part the glories of this happy day. All that served Brutus. and let's away. wilt thou bestow thy time with me? STRATO. Strato? STRATO. ANTONY. "This was a man!" OCTAVIUS. if Messala will prefer me to you. in a general-honest thought And common good to all.--I thank thee.For Brutus only overcame himself.-So. Brutus. call the field to rest. That thou hast proved Lucilius' saying true. save only he. made one of them. His life was gentle. OCTAVIUS. And no man else hath honour by his death. Ay. LUCILIUS.

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