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Did this in Cæsar seem ambitious ?
104 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: 108 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 Cæsar,
112 And I must pause till it come back to me. First Ple. Methinks there is much reason in his
sayings. Sec. Ple. If thou consider rightly of the matter, Cæsar has had great wrong. Third Ple.
Has he, masters? I fear there will a worse come in his place. Fourth Ple. Mark'd ye his words? He would not
take the crown; Therefore 'tis certain he was not ambitious. First Ple. If it be found so, some will dear abide it.
120 Sec. Ple. Poor soul, his eyes are red as fire with
weeping. Third Ple. There's not a nobler man in Rome than
101 on the Lupercal: on the day of the Lupercalia
Fourth Ple. Now mark him; he begins again to
speak. Ant. But yesterday the word of Cæsar might 124 Have stood against the world; now lies he there, And none so poor to do him reverence. O masters, if I were dispos’d to stir Your hearts and minds to mutiny and rage, 128 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, 132 Than I will wrong such honourable men. But here's a parchment with the seal of Cæsar; I found it in his closet; 'tis his will. Let but the commons hear this testament
136 Which, pardon me, I do not mean to readAnd they would go and kiss dead Cæsar's wounds, And dip their napkins in his sacred blood, Yea, beg a hair of him for memory,
140 And, dying, mention it within their wills, Bequeathing it as a rich legacy Unto their issue. Fourth Ple. We'll hear the will: read it, Mark Antony.
144 All. The will, the will! we will hear Cæsar's will! Ant. Have patience, gentle friends; I must not
read it: It is not meet you know how Cæsar lov'd you. You are not wood, you are not stones,
but men: And, being men, hearing the will of Cæsar, 149 It will inflame you, it will make you mad. 124, 125 word ... world: his bare assertion would have carried his
point against the world 126 And there are none so humble as to show him any respect 136 commons: common people 139 napkins: handkerchiefs
'Tis good you know not that you are his heirs;
153 You shall read us the will, Cæsar's will.
Ant. Will you be patient? Will you stay awhile? I have o'ershot myself to telloyou of it.
Fourth Ple. They were traitors: honourable men!
read the will.
All. Come down.
[Antony comes down.]
Ant. If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.
178 That day: on the day on which; cf. n.
Through this the well-beloved Brutus stabb’d;
First Ple. O piteous spectacle!
208 [All.] Revenge ! - About !-Seek!-Burn! Fire !-Kill !Slay! Let not a traitor live!
Ant. Stay, countrymen,-
186 angel: dear as his guardian spirit 199 dint: impression
Sec. Ple. We'll hear him, we'll follow him, we'll die with him!
213 Ant. 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, 217 That made them do it; they are wise and honourable, And will, no doubt, with reasons answer you. I come not, friends, to steal away your hearts: I am no orator, as Brutus is; But, as you know me all, a plain blunt man, That love my friend; and that they know full well That gave me public leave to speak of him. For I have neither wit, nor words, nor worth, 225 Action, nor utterance, nor the power of speech, To stir men's blood: I only speak right on; I tell you that which you yourselves do know, Show you sweet Cæsar's wounds, poor poor dumb
All. We'll mutiny.
spirators. Ant. Yet hear me, countrymen; yet hear me speak. All. Peace, ho!-Hear Antony, most noble An
tony ! 226 Action, nor utterance: orator's powers of gesticulation and elo
cution 227 right on: with simple straightforwardness
232 ruffle: stir