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So oft as that shall be,
o often shall the knot of us be call'd
'he men that gave their country liberty.

Dec. What, shall we forth?

Ay, every man away:
Brutus shall lead; and we will grace his heels
Vith the most boldest and best hearts of Rome.
Brun Soft! who comes here?

Enter a Servant.

A friend of Antony's. Serv. Thus, Brutus, did my master bid me kneel; "hus did Mark Antony bid me fall down; Ind, being prostrate, thus he bade me say: Brutus is noble, wise, valiant, and honest; Cæsar was mighty, bold, royal, and loving: Say I lov'd Brutus, and I honour him; ay I fear'd Cæsar, honour'd him, and lov'd him, f Brutus will vouchsafe that Antony May safely come to him, and be resolv'd low Cæsar hath desery'd to lie in death, Tark Antony shall not love Cæsar dead lo well as Brutus living; but will follow 'he fortunes and affairs of noble Brutus "horough the hazards of this untrod state Vith all true faith. So says my master Antony.

Bru. Thy master is a wise and valiant Roman:
never thought him worse.
ell him, so please him come unto this place,
Ie shall be satisfied; and, by my honour,
Depart untouch'd.

I'll fetch him presently.
Bru. I know that we shall have him well to friend.

Cas. I wish we may: but yet have I a mind
that fears him much; and my misgiving still
Calls shrewdly to the purpose.
Bru. But here comes Antony.

Re-enter ANTONY.

Welcome, Mark Antony. Ant. O mighty Cæsar! dost thou lie so low? Ire all thy conquests, glories, triumphs, spoils, Shrunk to this little measure?-Fare thee well.: know not, gentlemen, what you intend, Who else must be let blood, who else is rank: f I myself, there is no hour so fit

, [Exit.

laye him well to es

As Cæsar's death's hour; nor no instrument
Of half that worth as those your swords, made rich
With the most noble blood of all this world.
I do beseech ye, if you bear me hard,
Now, whilst your purpled hands do reek and smoke,
Fulfil your pleasure. Live a thousand years,
I shall not find myself so apt to die:
No place will please me so, no mean of death,
As here by Cæsar, and by you cut off,
The choice and master spirits of this age.

Bru. O Antony! beg not your death of us.
Though now we must appear bloody and cruel,
As by our hands and this our present act
You see we do; yet see you but our hands,
And this the bleeding business they have done:
Our hearts you see not,--they are pitiful;
And pity to the general wrong of Rome,-
As fire drives out fire, so pity pity,–
Hath done this deed on Cæsar. For your part,
To you our swords have leaden points, Mark Antony:
Our arms no strength of malice, and our hearts,
Of brothers' temper, do receive you in
With all kind love, good thoughts, and reverence.

Cas. Your voice shall be as strong as any man's
In the disposing of new dignities.

Bru. Only be patient till we have appeas'd
The multitude, beside themselves with fear,
And then we will deliver you the cause
Why I, that did love Cæsar when I struck him,
Have thus proceeded.
- Ant.

I doubt not of your wisdom.
Let each man render me his bloody hand:
First, Marcus Brutus, will I shake with you;
Next, Caius Cassius, do I take your hand;-
Now, Decius Brutus, yours ;-now yours, Metellus ;-
Yours, Cinna ;--and, my valiant Casca, yours;—.
Though last, not least in love, yours, good Trebonius.
Gentlemen all,-alas, what shall I say?
My credit now stands on such slippery ground
That one of two bad ways you must conceit me,
Either a coward or a flatterer.-
That I did love thee, Cæsar, 0, 'tis true:
If, then, thy spirit look upon us now,
Shall it not grieve thee dearer than thy death
To see thy Antony making his peace,
Shaking the bloody fingers of thy foes,

ost noble! in the presence of thy corse?
ad I as many eyes as thou hast wounds,
eeping as fast as they stream forth thy blood,
would become me better than to close
. terms of friendship with thine enemies.
ırdon me, Julius!—Here wast thou bay'd, brave hart;
ere didst thou fall; and here thy hunters stand,
gn'd in thy spoil, and crimson'd in thy Lethe.
world, thou wast the forest to this hart;
nd this, indeed, O world, the heart of thee. --
ow like a deer strucken by many princes
ost thou here lie!
Cas. Mark Antony,-

Pardon me, Caius Cassius: . he enemies of Cæsar shall say this; hen in a friend it is cold modesty. Cas. I blame you not for praising Cæsar so; ut what compact mean you to have with us? 'ill you be prick'd in number of our friends ; r shall we on, and not depend on you?

Ant. Therefore I took your hands; but was, indeed, way'd from the point by looking down on Cæsar. riends am I with you all, and love you all; pon this hope, that you shall give me reasons hy and wherein Cæsar was dangerous. Bru. Or else were this a savage spectacle: ur reasons are so full of good regard hat were you, Antony, the son of Cæsar, ou should be satisfied. Ant.

That's all I seek:
nd am moreover suitor that I may
roduce his body to the market-place;
nd in the pulpit, as becomes a friend,
peak in the order of his funeral.

Bru. You shall, Mark Antony.

Brutus, a word with you. ou know not what you do: do not consent [A side to BRU. hat Antony speak in his funeral: , now you how much the people may be mov'd y that which he will utter? Bru.

By your pardon ;will myself into the pulpit first, .nd show the reason of our Cæsar's death: Vhat Antony shall speak, I will protest [e speaks by leave and by permission; nd that we are contented Cæsar shall

Have all true rites and lawful ceremonies.
It shall advantage more than do us wrong.

Cas. I know not what may fall; I like it not.

Bru. Mark Antony, here, take you Cæsar's body.
You shall not in your funeral speech blame us,
But speak all good you can devise of Cæsar;
And say you do't by our permission;
Else shall you not have any hand at all
About his funeral: and you shall speak
In the same pulpit whereto I am going,
After my speech is ended.

Be it so;
I do desire no more.
Bru. Prepare the body then, and follow us.

[Exeunt all but ANTONY.
Ant. 0, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth,
That I am meek and gentle with these butchers!
Thou art the ruins of the noblest man
That ever lived in the tide of times.
Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood !
Over thy wounds now do I prophesy,--
Which like dumb mouths do ope their ruby lips,
To beg the voice and utterance of my tongue, -
A curse shall light upon the limbs of men;
Domestic fury and fierce civil strife
Shall cumber all the parts of Italy;
Blood and destruction shall be so in use,
And dreadful objects so familiar,
That mothers shall but smile when they behold
Their infants quarter'd with the hands of war;
All pity chok'd with custom of fell deeds:
And Cæsar's spirit, ranging for revenge,
With Até by his side come hot from hell,
Shall in these confines with a monarch's voice
Cry Havoc, and let slip the dogs of war;
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial.

Enter a Servant.
You serve Octavius Cæsar, do you not?

Serv. I do, Mark Antony.
Ant. Cæsar did write for him to come to Rome.

Serv. He did receive his letters, and is coming;
And bid me say to you by word of mouth,-
O Cæsar!-

[Seeing the body. Ant. Thy heart is big, get thee apart and weep.

'assion, I see, is catching; for mine eyes, eeing those beads of sorrow stand in thine, egan to water. Is thy master coming? Serv. He lies to-night within seven leagues of Rome. Ant. Post back with speed, and tell him what bath

chanc'd: [ere is a mourning Rome, a dangerous Rome, To Rome of safety for Octavius yet; lie hence and tell him so. Yet, stay awhile; 'hou shalt not back till I have borne this corse nto the market-place: there shall I try, n my oration, how the people take The cruel issue of these bloody men; According to the which thou shalt discourse So young Octavius of the state of things. end me your hand.

[Esceunt with CÆSAR's body.

SCENE II.-- ROME. The Forum.
Enter BRUTUS and CASSIUS, and a throng of Citizens.
Citizens. We will be satisfied ; let us be satisfied.

Bru. Then follow me, and give me audience, friends. -
Cassius, go you into the other street,
And part the numbers.-
l'hose that will hear me speak, let 'em stay here;
Chose that will follow Cassius, go with him;
And public reasons shall be rendered
Of Cæsar's death.

1 Cit. I will hear Brutus speak.

2 Cit. I will hear Cassius; and compare their reasons, When severally we hear them rendered.

[Exit CASSIUS, with some of the Citizens. BRUTUS

goes into the Rostrum. 3 Cit. The noble Brutus is ascended : silence!

Bru. Be patient till the last. Romans, countrymen, and lovers! hear me for my cause; ind be silent, that you may hear: believe me for mine honour; and have respect to mine honour, that you may believe: censure me in your wisdom; and awake your senses, that you may the better judge. If there be any in this assembly, any dear friend of Cæsar's, to him I say that Brutus' love to Cæsar was no less than his. If, then, that friend demand why Brutus rose against Cæsar, this is my answer,—Not that I loved Cæsar less, but that I loved Rome more. Had you rather Cæsar were living, and die

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