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