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[Before the Capitol] Flourish. Enter Cæsar, Brutus, Cassius, Casca, De
cius, Metellus, Trebonius, Cinna, Antony, Lepidus, Artemidorus, [Popilius,] Publius, the Sooth
sayer (and Others). Cæs. [To the Soothsayer.] The ides of March are
Sooth. Ay, Cæsar; but not gone.
Dec. Trebonius doth desire you to o’er-read, 4 At your best leisure, this his humble suit.
Art. O Cæsar, read mine first; for mine's a suit That touches Cæsar nearer. Read it, great Cæsar. Cæs. What touches ourself shall be last
Sirrah, give place.
following.) Pop. I wish your enterprise to-day may thrive. Cas. What enterprise, Popilius?
Fare you well.
[Advances to Cæsar.] Bru. What said Popilius Lena? Scene One S. d. Before ... Capitol; cf. n. 3 schedule: written scroll
8 serv'd: attended to 22 constant: unmoved 28 prefer: present, offer 29 address'd: ready 36 couchings: prostrations courtesies: bowings 38 pre-ordinance: what is already ordained 39 law of children: arbitrary uncertainty fond: foolish
Cas. He wish'd to-day our enterprise might thrive.
16 I fear our purpose is discovered.
Bru. Look, how he makes to Cæsar: mark him.
Cas. Casca, be sudden, for we fear prevention. Brutus, what shall be done? If this be known, 20 Cassius or Cæsar never shall turn back, For I will slay myself. Bru.
Cassius, be constant:
[Exeunt Antony and Trebonius.] Dec. Where is Metellus Cimber? Let him go, And presently prefer his suit to Cæsar.
28 Bru. He is address'd; press near and second him. Cin. Casca, you are the first that rears your hand.
Cæs. Are we all ready? What is now amiss,
I must prevent thee, Cimber. These couchings and these lowly courtesies, 36 Might fire the blood of ordinary men, And turn pre-ordinance and first decree Into the law of children. Be not fond,
To think that Cæsar bears such rebel blood
40 That will be thaw'd from the true quality With that which melteth fools; I mean sweet words, Low-crooked curtsies, and base spaniel fawning. Thy brother by decree is banished:
44 If thou dost bend and pray and fawn for him, I spurn
thee like a cur out of my way. Know, Cæsar doth not wrong, nor without cause Will he be satisfied.
48 Met. Is there no voice more worthy than my own, To sound more sweetly in great Cæsar's ear For the repealing of my banish'd brother?
Bru. I kiss thy hand, but not in flattery, Cæsar; 52
Cæs. What, Brutus !
Pardon, Cæsar; Cæsar, pardon:
Cæs. I could be well mov'd if I were as you;
64 But there's but one in all doth hold his place: So, in the world; 'tis furnish'd well with men, And men are flesh and blood, and apprehensive; Yet in the number I do know but one 40 rebel: ungovernable
42 With: by 43 Low-crooked: low-bending curtsies: same as 'courtesies,' line 36 spaniel: servile, obsequious
47, 48 Cf. n. 51 repealing: recalling 54 freedom of repeal: free, unconditional recall
59 Cf. n. 61 resting: stationary
63 painted: decorated 67 apprehensive: intelligent
That unassailable holds on his rank,
73 Cin. O Cæsar,Cæs.
Hence! Wilt thou lift up Olympus ? Dec. Great Cæsar, Cæs.
Doth not Brutus bootless kneel? Casca. Speak, hands, for me!
They stab Cæsar. Cæs. Et tu, Brute? Then fall, Cæsar! Dies.
Cin. Liberty! Freedom! Tyranny is dead! Run hence, proclaim, cry it about the streets.
Cas. Some to the common pulpits, and cry out, 80 'Liberty, freedom, and enfranchisement !
Bru. People and senators, be not affrighted; Fly not; stand still; ambition's debt is paid.
[Exeunt all but the Conspirators and Publius.] Casca. Go to the pulpit, Brutus. Dec.
And Cassius too. 84 Bru. Where's Publius? Cin. Here, quite confounded with this mutiny. Met. Stand fast together, lest some friend of Cæ
sar's Should chance
88 Bru. Talk not of standing. Publius, good cheer; There is no harm intended to your person, Nor to no Roman else; so tell them, Publius.
Cas. And leave us, Publius; lest that the people, 92 Rushing on us, should do your age some mischief.
69 holds on: maintains rank: position 75 bootless: unavailingly 80 common pulpits: public rostra 89 good choer: be of good cheer, undismayed
Bru. Do so; and let no man abide this deed But we the doers.
Fled to his house amaz’d.
Fates, we will know your pleasures.
Casca. Why, he that cuts off twenty years of life Cuts off so many years of fearing death.
Bru. Grant that, and then is death a benefit: So are we Cæsar's friends, that have abridg'd 104 His time of fearing death. Stoop, Romans, stoop, And let us bathe our hands in Cæsar's blood Up to the elbows, and besmear our swords: Then walk we forth, even to the market-place; 108 And waving our red weapons o'er our heads, Let's all cry, 'Peace, freedom, and liberty !
Cas. Stoop, then, and wash. How many ages hence Shall this our lofty scene be acted over, In states unborn and accents yet unknown!
Bru. How many times shall Cæsar bleed in sport, That now on Pompey's basis lies along, No worthier than the dust! Cas.
So oft as that shall be, 116
Dec. What, shall we forth?
Ay, every man away: 94 abide: pay the penalty for
97 wives: women 100 drawing . ... out: prolonging their life stand upon: lay stress 115 Pompey's basis: pedestal of Pompey's statue along: outstretched 117 knot: group
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