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And, thus unbraced, Casca, as you see,
Casca. But wherefore did you so much tempt the heavens?
It is the part of men to fear and tremble
Cas. You are dull, Casca, and those sparks of life That should be in a Roman you do want,
Or else you use not. You look pale, and gaze,
Now could I, Casca, name to thee a man
Most like this dreadful night,
That thunders, lightens, opens graves, and roars
A man no mightier than thyself or me
48 unbraced: with doublet open
from the sky by thunder
66 ordinance: ordinary conduct
In personal action, yet prodigious grown
Casca. 'Tis Cæsar that you mean; is it not, Cas
Cas. Let it be who it is: for Romans now Have thews and limbs like to their ancestors; But, woe the while! our fathers' minds are dead, And we are govern'd with our mothers' spirits; Our yoke and sufferance show us womanish.
Casca. Indeed, they say the senators to-morrow Mean to establish Cæsar as a king; And he shall wear his crown by sea and land, In every place, save here in Italy.
Cas. I know where I will wear this dagger then; Cassius from bondage will deliver Cassius: Therein, ye gods, you make the weak most strong; Therein, ye gods, you tyrants do defeat: Nor stony tower, nor walls of beaten brass, Nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron, Can be retentive to the strength of spirit: But life, being weary of these worldly bars, Never lacks power to dismiss itself. If I know this, know all the world besides, That part of tyranny that I do bear
I can shake off at pleasure.
So can I:
every bondman in his own hand bears The power to cancel his captivity.
Cas. And why should Cæsar be a tyrant then?
78 fearful: inspiring fear eruptions: freaks of nature 82 woe the while: alas for the times
84 yoke and sufferance: patience under the yoke
Thunder still. 100
He were no lion, were not Romans hinds.
So vile a thing as Cæsar! But, O grief,
Casca. You speak to Casca, and to such a man
handclasp as pledge
118 factious: active griefs: grievances
126 Pompey's porch; cf. n.
There's a bargain made.
Of honourable-dangerous consequence;
In favour's like the work we have in hand,
Casca. Stand close awhile, for here comes one in
element: visible condition of the sky
106 hinds: female of red deer; also, servants, rustics 107-111 Cf. n. 114 My . made: I shall have to answer for my words 117 That: as fleering: mocking Hold, my hand: here, take this
125 by this: by this time
Cas. 'Tis Cinna; I do know him by his gait: He is a friend.
Cinna, where haste you so?
Cin. To find out you. Who's that?
Cas. No, it is Casca; one incorporate To our attempts. Am I not stay'd for, Cinna? Cin. I am glad on't. What a fearful night is
There's two or three of us have seen strange sights.
Yes, you are.
O Cassius, if you could
Cas. Be you content. Good Cinna, take this paper,
Cin. All but Metellus Cimber; and he's gone To seek you at your house. Well, I will hie, And so bestow these papers as you bade me. Cas. That done, repair to Pompey's theatre. Exit Cinna.
Come, Casca, you and I will yet ere day
Upon the next encounter yields him ours.
Casca. O, he sits high in all the people's hearts:
135 incorporate: joined, affiliated
143 prætor's chair: official seat of judge in Roman tribunal 150 hie: hasten away
And that which would appear offence in us,
Will change to virtue and to worthiness.
Cas. Him and his worth and our great need of him You have right well conceited. Let us go, For it is after midnight; and ere day We will awake him and be sure of him.
Enter Brutus in his Orchard.
Bru. What, Lucius! ho!
I cannot, by the progress of the stars,
Luc. Call'd you, my lord?
Bru. Get me a taper in my study, Lucius: When it is lighted, come and call me here.
159 countenance: patronage, support
Luc. I will, my lord.
Bru. It must be by his death: and, for my part, I know no personal cause to spurn at him, But for the general. He would be crown'd: How that might change his nature, there's the ques
It is the bright day that brings forth the adder;
alchemy: pseudo-science of 162 conceited: expressed figuratively