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Brutus. I have been up this hour, awake all night.
Know I these men that come along with you?
But honors you; and every one doth wish
This is Trebonius.
He is welcome hither.
He is welcome too.
[Brutus and Cassius retire to the back of the stage and ta!k in whispers.] Decius. Here lies the east; doth not the day break here? Casca. No. Cinna. 0, pardon, sir, it doth; and yon gray lines
That fret 1 the clouds are messengers of day.
Here, as I point my sword, the sun arises.
[Brutus and Cassius come forward.]
That every Roman bears, and nobly bears,
1 fret: variously interpreted by Shakespearean scholars as fleck, variegate, or mark with interlacing lines like fret-work.
2 high: due, full, perfect.
If he do break
The smallest promise that hath passed from him.
But only Cæsar?
Mark Antony, so well belov'd of Cæsar,
Let Antony and Cæsar fall together.
To cut the head off and then hack the limbs;
When Cæsar's head is off.
Yet I fear him.2 Trebonius. There is no fear of him; let him not die.
A clocks begins to strike] Brutus. Peace! count the clock.
It strikes three.
[Exeunt all but Brutus L.)
I meet: fit.
2 Yet I fear him. Cassius is unconvinced but avoids an argument, as he thinks Brutus' influence necessary to the success of the conspiracy
3 clock. The clock, of course, should not be seen. The Romans had no clocks which struck the time.
Scene 1 The rising of the curtain reveals Cæsar going up the steps that lead to the area before the Roman Capitol. Metellus Cimber is seeking to detain him (and has hold of the bottom of Cæsar's toga). The other conspirators (Brutus, Cassius, Casca, Decius, Trebonius,
and Cinna) are grouped around, joining in Cimber's petition." Cæsar. [To Metellus.] I must prevent thee, Cimber.
Thy brother by decree is banished;
Will he be satisfied.
to one knee.)
Doth not Brutus bootless kneel? Casca. Hands, speak for me!
Casca first stabs Cæsar in the back; then the other conspirators stab, and last Marcus Brutus.3 Cæsar. You too, Brutus! Then fall, Cæsar!
And he dies.
1 Various citizens and senators should also be on the stage if the number of players will permit.
Olympus (ó-lím'půs): the mountain upon which the Greek mythological gods were supposed to live.
3 and last Marcus Brutus. As Cæsar sees this, he pulls his toga over his face and falls.
common pulpits: public platforms in the Forum.
"Liberty, freedom, and enfranchisement!" Brutus. People and senators, be not affrighted;
Fly not; stand still; ambition's debt is paid.
And Cassius too.
[Reënter Cinna.] Cassius. Where is Antony? Cinna. Fled to his house amazed.
Men, wives, and children stare, cry out, and run
As it were doomsday. Brutus.
Now to the market-place, And, waving our red weapons o'er our heads,
Let's all cry, “Peace, freedom, and liberty!” Cassius. How many ages hence
Shall this our lofty scene be acted over
In states unborn and accents yet unknown!
Who now on Pompey's basis lies along 2
No worthier than the dust! Cassius.
So oft as that shall be,
The men that gave their country liberty.
Ay, every man away.
Antony enter 3 (R.).
Are all thy conquests, glories, triumphs, spoils,
1 This speech must, of course, be omitted if the number of players did not admit of having a crowd of citizens and senators on the stage.
2 Who now on Pompey's basis lies along: Who now lies prostrate at the base of Pompey's statue.
3 Antony enters. Antony appears meek and downcast and speaks in a subdued voice.