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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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