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rogues and so he fell. When he came to himself again, he said, If he had done, or said, any thing amiss, he desired their worships to think it was his infirmity. Three or four wenches, where I stood, cried, Alas, good soul!--and forgave him with all their hearts : But there's no heed to be taken of them; if Cæsar had stabbed their mothers, they would have done no less.
Bru. And after that, he came, thus sad, away?
Casca. Nay, an I tell you that, I'll ne'er look you i' the face again: But those, that understood him, smiled at one another, and shook their heads: but, for mine own part, it was Greek to me. I could tell you more news too: Marullus and Flavius, for pulling scarfs off Cæsar's images, are put to silence. Fare you well. There was more foolery yet, if I could remember it.
Cas. Will you sup with me to-night, Casca ?
Casca. Ay, if I be alive, and your mind hold, and your dinner worth the eating.
Cas. Good; I will expect you.
[Exit Casca. Bru. What a blunt fellow is this grown to be? He was quick mettle, when he went to school.
Cas. So is he now, in execution
Bru. And so it is. For this time I will leave you: To-morrow, if you please to speak with me,
I will come home to you; or,
if Come home with me, and I will wait for you. Cas. I will do so :-till then, think of the world.
[E.rit BRUTUS. Well, Brutus, thou art noble ; yet, I see, Thy honourable metal may be wrought From that it is dispos'd :? Therefore 'tis meet That noble minds keep ever with their likes : For who so firm, that cannot be seduc'd ? Cæsar doth bear me hard : But he loves Brutus: If I were Brutus now, and he were Cassius, He should not humour me. I will this night, In several hands, in at his windows throw, As if they came from several citizens, Writings, all tending to the great opinion That Rome holds of his name; wherein obscurely Cæsar's ambition shall be glanced at: And, after this, let Cæsar seat him sure; For we will shake him, or worse days endure.
Thunder and Lightning. Enter, from opposite sides,
Casca, with his Sword drawn, and CICERO. Cic. Good even, Casca: Brought you Cæsar home?' Why are you breathless ? and why stare you so ? 7 Thy honourable metal may be wrought
From that it is dispos’d:] The best metal or temper may be worked into qualities contrary to its original constitution. 6 doth bear me hard;] ie. has an unfavourable opinion of me.
If I were Brutus now, and he were Cassius,
ile should not humour me.] The meaning, I think, is this: Cesar loves Brutus, but if Brutus and I were to change places, his love should not humour me, should not take hold of my affection, so as to make me forget my principles. JOHNSON.
Brought you Cæsar home?] Did you attend Cæsar home?
Casca. Are not you mov’d, when all the sway
of earth? Shakes, like a thing unfirm? O Cicero, I have seen tempests, when the scolding winds Have riv'd the knotty oaks; and I have seen The ambitious ocean swell, and rage, and foam, To be exalted with the threat’ning clouds : But never till to-night, never till now, Did I go through a tempest dropping fire. Either there is a civil strife in heaven; Or else the world, too saucy with the gods, Incenses them to send destruction.
Cis. Why, saw you any thing more wonderful? Casca. A common slave (you know him well by
up his left hand, which did flame, and burn Like twenty torches join'd; and yet his hand, Not sensible of fire, remain'd unscorch'd. Besides, (I have not since put up my sword,) Against the Capitol I met a lion, Who glar'd upon me, and went surly by, Without annoying me: And there were drawn Upon a heap a hundred ghastly women, Transformed with their fear; who swore, they saw Men, all in fire, walk up and down the streets. And, yesterday, the bird of night did sit, Even at noon-day, upon the market-place, Hooting, and shrieking. When these prodigies Do so conjointly meet, let not men say, These are their reasons,—They are natural; For, I believe, they are portentous things Unto the climate that they point upon.
Cic. Indeed, it is a strange-disposed time: But men may construe things after their fashion,
sway of earth -] The whole weight or momentum of
Clean from the purpose of the things themselves, Comes Cæsar to the Capitol to-morrow?
Casca. He doth; for he did bid Antonius Send word to you, he would be there to-morrow.
Cic. Good night then, Casca: this disturbed sky Is not to walk in.
-Casca. Farewell, Cicero. (Exit CICERO.
Casca, by your voice. Casca. Your ear is good. Cassius, what night is
this? Cas. A very pleasing night to honest men. Casca. Who ever knew the heavens menace so? Cas. Those, that have known the earth so full of
Cas. You are dull, Casca; and those sparks of life
3 Clean from the purpose — ] Clean is altogether, entirely.
4thunder-stone :) A stone fabulously supposed to be discharged by thunder.
And put on fear, and cast yourself in wonder,
Casca. Indeed, they say, the senators to-morrow Mean to establish Cæsar as a king : And he shall wear his crown by sea, and land, In every place, save here in Italy.
Cas. I know where I will wear this dagger then ;
$ Why birds, and beasts, from quality and kind; &c.] That is, Why they deviate from quality and nature.
and children calculate;} Calculate here signifies to foretel or prophesy.
7. prodigious grown,] Prodigious is portentous.
8 Have thewes and limbs —] Thewes is an obsolete word implying nerves or muscular strength.