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Ant. For Brutus' sake, I am beholden to you.
4 Pleb. What docs he say of Brutus ? 3 Pleb. He says, for Brutus' sake, He finds himself beholden to us all.
4 Pleb. 'Twere best he speak no harm of Brutus ́ here.
1 Pleb. This Cæsar was a tyrant.
3 Pleb. Nay, that's certain;
We are blest, that Rome is rid of him.
2 Pleb. Peace, let us hear what Antony can say. Ant. You gentle Romans
All. Peace, ho, let us hear him.
Ant. Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your
I come to bury Cæsar, not to praise him :
He hath brought many captives home to Rome,
When that the poor have cry'd, Cæsar hath wept.
Yet Brutus says, he was ambitious,
I thrice presented him a kingly crown;
Which he did thrice refuse. Was this ambition ? ·
Yet Brutus says, he was ambitious,
I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,
You all did love him once, not without cause;
What cause withholds you then to mourn for him?
1 Pleb. Methinks there is much reason in his sayings, If ihou consider rightly of the matter,
Cæsar has had great wrong.
3 Pleb. Has he, masters! I fear there will a worse come in his place.
4 Pleb. Mark'd ye his words? he would not take the crown;
Therefore, 'tis certain he was not ambitious.
1 Pleb. If it be found so, some will dear abide it. 2 Pleb. Poor soul! his eyes are red as fire, with
3 Pleb. There's not a nobler man in Rome, than
4 Pleb. Now mark him, he begins again to speak. Ant. Umt yesterday the word of Cæsar might Have stood against the world; now lies he there, And none so poor to do him reverence,
O, masters, if I were dispos'd to stir
Your hearts and minds to mutiny and rage,
I will not do them wrong: I rather chuse
And they would go and kiss dead Cæsar's wounds,
And, dying, mention it within their wills,
Unto their issue.
4 Pleb. We'll hear the will; read it, Mark Antony. All. The will, the will: we will hear Cæsar's will. Ant. Have patience, gentle friends, I must not read it;
It is not meet you know how Cæsar loved
--O what would come of it! 4 Pleb. Read the will, we will hear it, Antony; You shall read us the will, Cæsar's will.
Ant. Will you be patient? will you stay a while? (I have overshot myself, to tell you of it)
I fear, I wrong the honourable men,
-I do fear it. 4 Pleb. They were traitors--honourable men! All. The will—the testament!
2 Pleb. They were villains, murderers; the will ! read the will!
Ant. You will compel me, then, to read the will: Then make a ring about the corpse of Cæsar, And let me show you him that made the will. Shall I descend? and will you give me leave? All. Come down.
2 Pleb. Descend.
[He comes down from the Rostrum.
3 Pleb. You shall have leave.
4 Pleb. A ring; stand round.
1 Pleb. Stand from the hearse, stand from the body.
2 Pleb. Room for Antony—Most noble Antony.
Ant. Nay, press not so upon me, stand far off.
Ant. If you have tears, prepare to shed them
You all do know this mantle; I remember,
Look! in this place ran Cassius' dagger through :—
For when the noble Cæsar saw him stab,
Even at the base of Pompey's statue,
(Which all the while ran blood) great Cæsar fell.
2 Pleb. O noble Cæsar !
3 Pleb. O woful day!
4 Pleb. O traitors, villains!
1 Pleb. O most bloody sight!
2 Pleb. We will be reveng'd: reveng'd: abon
seek burn fire kill slay! let not a
Ant. Stay, countrymen▬▬
1 Pleb. Peace there, hear the noble Antony.
2 Pleb. We'll hear him, we'll follow him, we'll die with him.
Ant. Good friends, sweet friends, let me not stir you up
To such a sudden flood of mutiny :
They, that have done this deed, are honourable.
And will, no doubt, with reasons answer you.
But, as you know me well, a plain, blunt man,
And bid them speak for me. But were I Brutus,
All. We'll mutiny
1 Pleb. We'll burn the house of Brutus. 3 Pleb. Away then, come, seek the conspirators. Ant. Yet hear me, countrymen, yet hear me speak. All. Peace ho, hear Antony, most noble Antony. Ant. Why, friends, you go to do you know not what.
Wherein hath Cæsar thus deserv'd your loves?