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To see thy Antony making his peace,
Cas. Mark Antony,
Pardon me, Caius Cassius :
Cas. I blame you not for praising Cæsar so; But what compact mean you to have with us? Will you be prick'd in number of our friends; Or shall we on, and not depend on you?
Ant. Therefore I took your hands; but was, indeed,
Bru. Or else were this a savage spectacle :
That's all I seek :
5-crimson'd in thy lethe.] Lethe is used by many of the old translators of novels, for death.
Produce his body to the market-place;
Bru. You shall, Mark Antony.
you. You know not what you do; Do not consent,
[Aside. That Antony speak in his funeral : Know you how much the people may be mov'd By that which he will utter? Bru.
By your pardon ;I will myself into the pulpit first, And show the reason of our Cæsar's death : What Antony shall speak, I will protest He speaks by leave and by permission; And 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 your Cæsar's body.
[Exeunt all but ANTONY.
Be it so;
in the tide of times.] That is, in the course of times.
Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood !
their ruby lips,
Enter a Servant.
You serve Octavius Cæsar, do
Serv. I do, Mark Antony.
Serv. He did receive his letters, and is coming:
[Sceing the Body. Ant. Thy heart is big, get thee apart and weep. Passion, I see, is catching; for mine eyes, Seeing those beads of sorrow stand in thine, Began to water. Is thy master coming ? Serv. He lies to-night within seven leagues of Ant. Post back with speed, and tell him what
1 let slip-] This is a term belonging to the chase. Slips were contrivances of leather by which greyhounds were restrained till the necessary moment of their dismission. By the dogs of war, as Mr. Tollet has observed, Shakspeare probably meant fire, sword, and famine.
hath chanc'd :
young Octavius of the state of things. Lend me your hand. [Exeunt, with CÆSAR's Body.
The same. The Forum.
Enter Brutus and Cassius, and a Throng of
Citizens. Cit. 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.Those that will hear me speak, let them stay here; Those that will follow Cassius, go with him ; And publick reasons shall be rendered Of Cæsar's death. i Cit.
I will hear Brutus speak. 2 Cit. I will hear Cassius; and compare their
reasons, When severally we hear them rendered. [Exit Čassius, with some of the Citizens.
BRUTUS goes into the Rostrum. s Cit. The noble Brutus is ascended : Silence ! Bru. Be patient till the last.
Romans, countrymen, and lovers ! hear me for my cause; and 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 all slaves; than that Cæsar were dead, to live all free men ? As Cæsar loved me, I weep for him; as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it; as he was valiant, I honour him: but, as he was ambitious, I slew him: There is tears, for his love; joy, for his fortune; honour, for his valour; and death, for his ambition. Who is here so base, that would be a bondman? If any, speak; for him have I offended. Who is here so rude, that would not be a Roman? If any, speak; for him have I offended. Who is here so vile, that will not love his country? If any, speak; for him have I offended. I pause for a reply. Cit. None, Brutus, none.
[Several speaking at once. Bru. Then none have I offended. I have done no more to Cæsar, than you should do to Brutus. The question of his death is enrolled in the Capitol : his glory not extenuated, wherein he was worthy; nor his offences enforced, for which he suffered death.
Enter Antony and Others, with Cæsar's Body. Here comes his body, mourned by Mark Antony: who, though he had no hand in his death, shall receive the benefit of his dying, a place in the commonwealth; As which of you shall not ? With