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SCENE II. A room in Cæsar's palace.
Oye gods, Render me worthy of this noble wife!-
[K'nocking within. Hark, hark! one knocks. Portia, go in a while; And by and by thy bosom shall partake The secrets of my heart. All my engagements I will construe to thee, All the characteryl of my sad brows: Leave me with haste.
[Exit Portia. Enter Lucius and LIGARIUS.
Lucius, who's that knocks? Luc. Here is a sick man that would speak
Thunder and lightning. Enter CÆSAR in his
night-goun. Cæs. Nor heaven nor earth have been at
peace to-night; Thrice hath Calpurnia in her sleep cried out, “Help, ho! they murder Cæsar!”- Who's
Enter a Servant.
Bru. Caius Ligarius, that Metellus spake
of. Boy, stand aside.—Caius Ligarius! how? Lig. Vouchsafe good morrow from a feeble
tongue. Bru. O, what a time have you chose out,
brave Caius, To wear a kerchief! Would you were not sick!
Lig. I am not sick, if Brutus have in hand Any exploit worthy the name of honour.
Bru. Such an exploit have I in hand, Ligarius, [Had you a healthful ear to hear of it.
Lig. By all the gods that Romans bow before, I here discard my sickness. Soul of Rome ! Brave
deriv'd from honourable loins ! Thou, like an exorcist, has conjur'd up My mortified 3 spirit. Now bid me run, And I will strive with things impossible, Yea, get the better of them. What's to do? Bru. A piece of work that will make sick
men whole. Lig. But are not some whole that we must
make sick? Bru. That must we also. What it is, my
Set on your foot;
Follow me, then. [Exeunt.
The face of Cæsar, they are vanished.
Cal. Cæsar, I never stood on ceremonies, Yet now they fright me. There is one within, Besides the things that we have heard and
seen, Recounts most horrid sights seen by the watch. A lioness hath whelped in the streets; And graves have yawn'd and yielded up their
What can be avoided,
1 Charáctery, handwriting. • Exorcist, one who raises spirits. See note 89, II. Henry VI.
3 Mortified, deadened. * To uchom, to him to whom.
5 Present, immediate.
8 Use, what is usual.
Cal. When beggars die, there are no comets
seen; The heavens themselves blaze forth the death
of princes. Cæs. ] Cowards die many times before their
deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, It seems to me most strangethat men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come.
Enter a Servant.
augurers ? Serv. They would not have you to stir forth
to-day. Plucking the entrails of an offering forth, 39 They could not find a heart within the beast.
Cæs. The gods do this in shame of cowardice; Cæsar should be a beast without a heart,
[Exit Servant. If he should stay at home to-day for fear. No, Cæsar shall [not. Danger knows full well That Cæsar is more dangerous than he. We are two lions litter'd in one day, And I the elder and more terrible;And Caesar shall ] go forth. Cal.
Alas! my lord, Your wisdom is consum'd in confidence. Do not go forth to-day. Call it my fear That keeps you in the house, and not your own. We'll send Mark Antony to the senate-house, And he shall say you are not well to-day; Let me, upon my knees, prevail in this.
Cæs. Mark Antony shall say I am not well, And, for thy humour, I will stay at home.
That is enough to satisfy the senate.
Dec. This dream is all amiss interpreted;
pounded it. Dec. I have, when you have heard what I
can say; And know it now. The senate have concluded To give this day a crown to mighty Cæsar. If you shall send them word you will not come, Their minds may change. Besides, it were a
mock Apt to be render'd,for some one to say, “Break up the senate till another time, When Cæsar's wife shall meet with better
dreams." If Cæsar hide himself, shall they not whisper, “Lo, Cæsar is afraid”? Pardon me, Cæsar, for my dear, dear love To your proceeding bids me tell you this; And reason to my love is liable.?
1 A feard, nised interchangeably with afraid. 2 Stays, i.e. makes me stay. 3 Statua, statue. 4 Cognizance, tokens, souvenirs; plural. 5 Apt to be render'd, likely to be uttered in reply. 6 Proceeding, progress, career. 7 Liable, subject, subordinate.
Here's Decius Brutus, he shall tell them so.
Cæs. And you are come in very happy time
Cal. Say, he is sick
Shall Cæsar send a lie? Have I in conquest stretch'd mine arm so far,
That your best friends shall wish I had been further.
Caes. Good friends, go in, and taste some wine with me;
And we, like friends, will straightway go together.
[Exeunt Cæsar and Antony, Casca and Decius, Cinna and Metellus, and Trebonius. Bru. That every like is not the same,1 O Cæsar,
The heart of Brutus yearns to think upon!
1 That every like is not the same, that the semblance is not always the reality (the same as it seems).
2 Yearns, grieves.