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To every Roman citizen he gives,
To every several man, seventy-five drachmas.*
2 Cit. Most noble Cæsar !-we'll revenge his death.
3 Cit. O royal Cæsar !
Ant. Hear me with patience.
Cit. Peace, ho!
Ant. Moreover, he hath left you all his walks,
His private arbours, and new-planted orchards,
On this side Tyber; he hath left them you,
And to your heirs for ever; common pleasures,
To walk abroad, and recreate yourselves.
Here was a Cæsar: When comes such another ?
1 Cit. Never, never :-Come, away, away :
We'll burn his body in the holy place,
And with the brands fire the traitor's houses.
Take up the body.
2 Cit. Go, fetch fire.
3 Cit. Plúck down benches.
4 Cit. Pluck down forms, windows, anything.
[Exeunt CITIZENS, with the body. Ant. Now let it work: Mischief, thou art afoot, Take thou what course thou wilt !-How now, fellow?
Enter a SERVANT.
Serv. Sir, Octavius is already com to Rome.
Ant. Where is he?
Serv. He and Lepidus are at Cæsar's house.
Ant. And thither will I straight to visit him :
He comes upon a wish. Fortune is merry,
And in this mood will give us anything.
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,
How I had moved them. Bring me to Octavius. [Exeunt.
SCENE III.-The same. A Street.
Enter CINNA, the Poet.
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,
Yet something leads me forth.
Enter CITIZENS. 1 Cit. What is your name? 2 Cit. Whither are you going ? 3 Cit. Where do you dwell ? 4 Cit. Are you a married man, or a bachelor ? 2 Cit. Answer every man directly. 1 Cit. Ay, and briefly. 4 Cit. Ay, and wisely. 3 Cit. Ay, and truly, you were best. Cin. What is my name? Whither am I 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.
2 Čit. 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. 1 Cit. As a friend, or an enemy? Cin. As a friend. 2 Cit. That matter is answered directly. 4 Cit. For your dwelling,-briefly. Cin. Briefly, I dwell by the Capitol. 3 Cit. Your name, Sir, truly. Cin. Truly, my name is Cinna. 1 Cit. Tear him to pieces, he's a conspirator. Cin. I am Cinna the poet, I am Cinna the poet. 4 Cit. Tear him for his bad verses, tear him for his bad verses.
2 Cit. It is no matter, his name's Cinna; pluck but his name out of his heart, and turn him going.
3 Cit. Tear him, tear him. Come, brands, ho! fire-brands. To Brutus', to Cassius'; burn all. Some to Decius' house, and some to Casca's: some to Ligarius': away; go.
SCENE I.-The same. A Room in ANTONY'S IIouse.
ANTONY, OCTAVIUS, and LEPIDUS, seated at Table.
Ant. These many then shall die; their names are prick’d.
Oct. Your brother too must die; Consent you, Lepidus ?
Lep. I do consent.
Oct. 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* him.
But, Lepidus, go you to Cæsar's house;
Fetch the will hither, and we will determine
How to cut off some charge in legacies.
Lep. What, shall I find you here?
Oct. Or here, or at The Capitol.
Ant. This is a slight unmeritable man,
Meet to be sent on errands: Is it fit,
The three-fold world divided, he should stand
One of the three to share it ?
Oct. So you thought him;
And took his voice who should be prick’d to die,
In our black sentence and proscription.
Ant. Octavius, I have seen more days than you;
And though we lay these honours on this man,
To ease ourselves of divers slanderous loads,
He shall but bear them as the ass bears gold;
To groan and sweat under the business,
Either led or driven, as we point the way;
And having brought our treasure where we will,
Then take we down his load, and turn him off,
Like to the empty ass, to shake his ears,
And graze in commons.
Oct. You may do your will;
But he's a tried and valiant soldier.
Ant. So is my horse, Octavius; and, for that,
I do appoint him store of provender.
It is a creature that I teach to fight,
To wind, to stop, to run directly on;
His corporal motion govern'd by my spirit.
And, in some taste, is Lepidus but so;
He must be taught, and train'd, and bid go
A barren-spirited fellow; one that feeds
On objects, arts, and imitations:
Which, out of use, and staled by other men,
Begin his fashion: Do not talk of him,
But as a property.* And now, Octavius,
Listen great things.-Brutus and Cassius
Are levying powers; we must straight make head:
Therefore let our alliance be combined,
Our best friends made, and our best means stretch'd out;
And let us presently go sit in council,
How covert matters may be best disclosed.
And open perils surest answered.
Oct. Let us do so: for we are at the stake,
And bay'd about with many enemies;
And some, that smile, have in their hearts, I fear,
Millions of mischief.
[Exeunt. SCENE II.-Before BRUTUS' Tent, in the Camp near Sardis. Drum. — Enter BRUTUS, LUCILIUS, LUCIUS, and Soldiers :
TITINIUS and PINDARUS meeting them.
Bru. Stand here.
Luc. Give the word, ho! and stand.
Bru. What now, Lucilius ? is Cassius near ?
Luc. He is at hand; and Pindarus is come
To do you salutation from his master.
[PINDARUS gives a letter to BRUTUS.
Bru. He greets me well. - Your master, Pindarus,
In his own change, or by ill officers,
Hath given me some worthy cause to wish
Things done, undone : but if he be at hand,
I shall be satisfied.
Pin. I do not doubt
But that my noble master will appear
Such as he is, full of regard and honour.
Bru. He is not doubted. A word, Lucilius :
How he received you, let me be resolved.
* As a thing at our disposal.
Luc. With courtesy, and with respect enough;
But not with such familiar instances,
Nor with such free and friendly conference,
As he hath used of old.
Bru. Thou hast described
A hot friend cooling: Ever note, Lucilius,
When love begins to sicken and decay,
It useth an enforced ceremony.
There are no tricks in plain and simple faith:
But hollow men, like horses hot at hand,
Make gallant show and promise of their mettle :
But when they should endure the bloody spur,
They fall their crests, and, like deceitful jades,
Sink in the trial. Comes his army on?
Luc. They mean this night in Sardis to be quarter'd;
The greater part, the horse in general,
Are come with Cassius.
[March within. Bru. Hark, he is arrived :March gently on to meet him.
Enter CASSIUS and Soldiers.
Cas. Stand, ho!
Bru. Stand, ho! Speak the word along.
Cas. Most noble brother, you have done me wrong.
Bru. Judge me, you gods! Wrong I mine enemies ?
And, if not so, how should I wrong a brother?
Cas. Brutus, this sober form of yours hides wrongs;
And when you do them-
Bru. Cassius, be content,
Speak your griefs * softly,—I do know you well:-
Before the eyes of both our armies here,
Which should perceive nothing but love from us,
Let us not wrangle: Bid them move away;
Then in my tent, Cassius, enlarge your griefs,
And I will give you audience.
Bid our commanders lead their charges off
A little from this ground.
Bru. Lucilius, do the like; and let no man
Come to our tent, till we have done our conference.
Let Lucius and Titinius guard our door.
[Exeunt. SCENE III.-Within the Tent of BRUTUS. LUCIUS and
TITINIUS at some distance from it.
Enter BRUTUS and CASSIUS.
Cas. That you have wrong'd me, doth appear in this:
You have condemn’d and noted Lucius Pella,
For taking bribes here of the Sardians;
Wherein, my letters, praying on his side,
Because I knew the man, were slighted off.
Bru. You wrongd yourself, to write in such a case.
Cas. In such a time as this, it is not meet
That every nice * offence should bear his comment.
Bru. Let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself
Are much condemu'd to have an itching palm
To sell and mart your offices for gold.
Cas. I an itching palm ?
You know, that you are Brutus that speak this,
Or, by the gods, this speech were else your last.
Bru. The name of Cassius honours this corruption,
And chastisement doth therefore hide his head.
Bru. Remember March, the ides of March remember!
Did not great Julius bleed for justice sake :
What villain touch'd his body, that did stab,
And not for justice ? What, shall one of us,
That struck the foremost man of all this world,
But for supporting robbers; shall we now
Contaminate our fingers with base bribes ?
And sell the mighty space of our large honours,
For so much trash as may be grasped thus ?-
I had rather be a dog, and bay the moon,
Than such a Roman.
Cas. Brutus, bay not me,
I'll not endure it: you forget yourself,
To hedge me in ; I'am a soldier, I,
Older in practice, abler than yourself to make conditions.t
Bru. Go to; you're not, Cassius.
Cas. I am.
Brų. I say, you are not.
Cas. Urge me no more, I shall forget myself;
Have mind upon your health, tempt me no further.
Bru. Away, slight man !
Cas. Is't possible?
Bru. Hear me, for I will speak.
Must I give way and room to your rash choler ?
Shall I be frighted, when a madman stares ?
Cas. O ye gods ! ye gods! Must I endure all this?
Bru. All this? ay, more: Fret till your proud heart break;
Go, show your slaves how choleric you are,
And make your bondmen tremble. Must I budge?
Must I observe you ? Must I stand and crouch
Under your testy humour? By the gods,
You shall digest the venom of your spleen,
Though it do split you: for, from this day forth,
I'll use you for my mirth, yea, for my laughter,
When you are waspish.
Cas. Is it come to this?
Bru. You say you are a better soldier: