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Ant. Why, friends, you go to do you know not what.
Wherein hath Cæsar thus deserv'd your loves?
Let's stay and hear
Ant. Here is the will, and under Cæsar's seal. To every Roman citizen he gives,
To every several man, seventy-five drachmas.
Sec. Ple. Most noble Cæsar! We'll revenge his
Third Ple. O royal Cæsar!
Ant. Hear me with patience.
Ant. Moreover, he hath left you all his walks,
And with the brands fire the traitors' houses.
Sec. Ple. Go fetch fire.
Third Ple. Pluck down benches.
Fourth Ple. Pluck down forms, windows, anyExeunt Plebeians [with the body].
thing. Ant. Now let it work: mischief, thou art afoot; 265 Take thou what course thou wilt!
247 drachmas: Greek coins; cf. n.
255 pleasures: pleasure-grounds (in which)
254 this; cf. n. 264 forms: long seats
Serv. Sir, Octavius is already come to Rome.
Serv. He and Lepidus are at Cæsar's house.
Serv. I heard him say Brutus and Cassius Are rid like madmen through the gates of Rome. Ant. Belike they had some notice of the people, 275 How I had mov'd them. Bring me to Octavius.
Third Ple. Ay, and truly, you were best.
271 upon a wish: as if at my wish
2 unluckily fantasy: weigh upon my fancy ominously 13 you were best: it would be best for you
Enter Cinna, the Poet, and after him the Plebeians.
Cin. I dreamt to-night that I did feast with Cæsar, And things unluckily charge my fantasy:
I have no will to wander forth of doors,
First Ple. What is your name?
Fourth Ple. Are you a married man, or a bachelor?
Sec. Ple. Answer every man directly.
Fourth Ple. Ay, and wisely.
going? Where do I dwell? Am I a married man, or a bachelor? Then, to answer every man directly and briefly, wisely and truly: wisely I say, I am a bachelor.
Sec. Ple. That's as much as to say, they are fools that marry; you'll bear me a bang for that, I fear. Proceed; directly.
Cin. Directly, I am going to Cæsar's funeral.
Cin. As a friend.
Sec. Ple. That matter is answered directly.
Fourth Ple. Tear him for his bad verses, tear him for his bad verses!
Cin. I am not Cinna the conspirator!
Sec. Ple. It is no matter, his name's Cinna; pluck but his name out of his heart, and turn him going.
Cin. Truly, my name is Cinna. Sec. Ple. Tear him to pieces; he's a conspirator!
Cin. I am Cinna the poet, I am Cinna the poet!
20 bear me a bang: get a blow from me 26 For: now for
Third Ple. Tear him, tear him! Come, brands, ho! Firebrands! To Brutus', to Cassius'; burn all. Some to Decius' house, and some to Casca's; some to Ligarius'. Away! Go!
Exeunt all the Plebeians.
[A Room in Antony's House]
Antony, Octavius, and Lepidus [seated at a table].
Oct. Your brother too must die; consent you,
Lep. I do consent.
Prick him down, Antony. Lep. Upon condition Publius shall not live, Who is your sister's son, Mark Antony.
Ant. He shall not live; look, with a spot I damn
But, Lepidus, go you to Cæsar's house;
Fetch the will hither, and we shall determine
Lep. What, shall I find you here?
Ant. Octavius, I have seen more days than you:
6 with him: by a mark 'prickeď opposite his name, I condemn
charge: reduce some expenditures (by killing the legatees) 12 unmeritable: without merit
14 The divided: if the world is to be divided into three parts 17 In the black sentence of our proscription
And though we lay these honours on this man,
Ant. So is my horse, Octavius; and for that
It is a creature that I teach to fight,
He must be taught, and train'd, and bid go forth;
Which, out of use and stal'd by other men,
26 empty: unladen, worthless
30 appoint: assign
27 commons: public pasture 32 wind: turn 34 taste: measure, degree 36 barren-spirited: lacking initiative 37 objects: objects of interest, in general; cf. n. arts: works of art; cf. n. imitations: conventional forms, empty counterfeits 38 stal'd: outworn, made stale
39 Begin his fashion: are to him the height of fashion
make head: raise an army
40 property: instrument, tool
stretch'd out: strained to the utmost
41 Listen: hear