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And that craves wary walking. Crown him that,
ambition's ladder, Whereto the climber-upward turns his face; But when he once attains the upmost round, He then unto the ladder turns his back, Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees By which he did ascend. So Cæsar may: Then, lest he may, prevent. And, since the quarrel 28 Will bear no colour for the thing he is, Fashion it thus; that what he is, augmented, Would run to these and these extremities; And therefore think him as a serpent's egg
32 Which hatch'd, would, as his kind, grow mischievous, And kill him in the shell.
Bru. Get you to bed again; it is not day.
40 Luc. I know not, sir. Bru. Look in the calendar, and bring me word.
15 Crown him that; cf. n.
19 Remorse: mercy, conscience 20 affections: passions
21 proof: proved experience 26 degrees: steps, rungs 28 prevent: be beforehand quarrel: attack on him, accusation 29 colour: justification
30 Fashion: put, formulate 31 these and these: such and such 33 as his kind: as is the nature of his species
35 closet: study 64 Like a phantasma, or a hideous dream: The genius and the mortal instruments 44 exhalations: meteors 58 Thy full petition: full measure of what thou askest 59 fourteen; cf. n. 61, 62 Cf. n. 64 motion: instigation, inception 65 phantasma: vision, phantasmagorio 66 genius: the guardian spirit, within man mortal instruments: hu
Luc. I will, sir.
Exit. Bru. The exhalations whizzing in the air 44 Give so much light that I may read by them.
Opens the letter, and reads. ‘Brutus, thou sleep'st: awake, and see thyself. Shall Rome, &c. Speak, strike, redress! Brutus, thou sleep'st: awake!'
48 Such instigations have been often dropp'd Where I have took them up. 'Shall Rome, &c.' Thus must I piece it out: Shall Rome stand under one man's awe? What, Rome?
52 My ancestors did from the streets of Rome The Tarquin drive, when he was call'd a king. 'Speak, strike, redress! Am I entreated To speak, and strike? O Rome, I make thee promise:
56 If the redress will follow, thou receivest Thy full petition at the hand of Brutus !
Enter Lucius. Luc. Sir, March is wasted fourteen days. 59
Knocking within. Bru. 'Tis good. Go to the gate: somebody knocks.
[Exit Lucius.] Since Cassius first did whet me against Cæsar, I have not slept. Between the acting of a dreadful thing And the first motion, all the interim is
Are then in council; and the state of man,
Luc. Sir, 'tis your brother Cassius at the door,
Is he alone?
Do you know them?
84 To hide thee from prevention. Enter the Conspirators, Cassius, Casca, Decius,
Cinna, Metellus, and Trebonius.
70 brother: he had married Brutus' sister, Junia 72 moe: more, others 76 mark of favour: trait of countenance 77 faction: band of conspirators 83 path: walk, proceed native: natural on: being on 84 Erebus: gloomy region leading to Hades (the name signifies 'darkness')
85 prevention: being forestalled
Cas. I think we are too bold upon your rest: Good morrow, Brutus; do we trouble you?
Bru. I have been up this hour, awake all night.
Cas. Yes, every man of them; and no man here
92 Which every
noble Roman bears of you.
He is welcome hither.
He is welcome too.
They are all welcome.
[Brutus and Cassius) whisper. Dec. Here lies the east: doth not the day break
here? Casca. No.
Cin. O pardon, sir, it doth; and yon grey lines That fret the clouds are messengers of day. 104 Casca. You shall confess that you both
deceiv’d. Here, as I point my sword, the sun arises; Which is a great way growing on the south, Weighing the youthful season of the year. 108 Some two months hence up higher toward the north He first presents his fire; and the high east Stands, as the Capitol, directly here.
86 bold: i.e., in intruding
90 and no: and there is no
106 as: where 108 Weighing: on account of 116 betimes: before it's too late 118 high-sighted: haughty
Bru. Give me your hands all over, one by one. 112
Bru. No, not an oath: if not the face of men,
abuse: abuses of the time
119 lottery: arbitrary decree 123 What: why
125 Than secret: than that of resolute 126 palter: play fast and loose
129 cautelous: crafty, deceitful 130 carrions: wretches no better than soulless carcasses suffering: long-suffering
133 even: just 134 insuppressive: irrepressible 135 or . . . or: either ... or 138 Is individually condemned as illegitimate