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But for the general. He would be crown'd. “ How that might change his nature, there's the que
ftion. " It is the bright day that brings forth the adder; « And that craves wary walking: crown him-that“ And then I grant we put a fting in him, " That at his will he may do danger with. “ Th' abuse of greatness is, when it disjoins " Remorse * from power: and, to speak truth of Cæsar, I have not known when his affections sway'd More than his reason. But 'tis a common proof, • That lowliness is young ambition's ladder, • Whereto the climber-upward turns his face; . But when he once attains the upmost round, • He then unto the ladder turns his back, • Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees
By which he did ascend : so Cæfar may : Then, left he may, prevent.
And since the quarrel Will bear no colour, for the thing he is, Fashion it thus; that what he is, augmented, Would run to these, and these extremities: And therefore think him as a serpent's egg, Which hatch'd, would, as his kind, grow mischieAnd kill him in the shell..
[.vous, Enter Lucius. Lue. The taper burneth in your closet, Sir. Searching the window for a flint, I found This paper thus seal'd up; and I am sure It did not lie there when I went to bed,
[Gives him a letter, Bru. Get you to bed again, it is not day. Is not to-morrow, boy, the ides of March?
Luc. I know not, sir.
[Exit. Bru. The exhalations whizzing in the air, Give so much light, that I may read by them.
[Opens the letter, and readse Brutus, thou sleep' ft ; awake, and see thyself: Shall Rome - Speak, firike, redress.
* remorse, for mercy.
Brutus, thou seepft : awake,
[knock within Bru. 'Tis good. Go to the gate; fome body knocks :
[Exit Lucius.. Since Cassins first did whet me against Cæfar,. I have not slept. “. Between the acting of a dreadful thing.. . And the first motion, all the interim is • Like a pbantasina, or a hideous. dream :. 6. The genius, and the mortal instruments s Are then in council; and the Itate of man,, « Like to a little kingdom, suffers then. & The nature of an insurrection..
Bru, Is he alone ?
Luc. No, sir, their hats are pluck’d about their ears,
[Exit Luciusa. They are the faction.
".0 Conspiracy! "Sham't thou to thew thy dang'rous brow.by night, 45 When evils are most free? U then, by day 4. Where wilt thou find a cavern dark enough
" To mark thy monstrous visage? Seek none, Conspi. si Hide it in smiles and affability :
[racy; • For if thou path, thy native semblance on, o Not Erebus itself were dim enough " To hide thee from prevention.
S CE N E II.
Bru. I have been up this hour, awake all night. Know I these men that come along with you? [ Aside,
Caf. Yes, every man of them, and no man here But honours you, and every one doth with You had but that opinion of yourself, Which every
noble Roman bears of you.. This is Trebonius,
Bru. He is welcome hither.
Caf. This Casca; this Cinna;
Bru. They are all welcome.
Caf. Shall I intreat a word ? [They whispers
Cin. O pardon, Sir, it doth; and yon grey lines That fret the clouds, are messengers of day.
Casca. You shall confess, that you are both deceiv’d:
Bru. Give me your hands all over, one by one.,
6 The sufferance of our souls, the time's abuse,-
To kindle cowards, and to steel with valour 6. The melting spirits of women ; then countrymen, es What need we any (pur, but our own cause, “ To prick us to redreis ? what other bond, 6 Than secret t Romans, that have spoke the word, • And will not palter ? and what other oath, " Than honesty to honesty engag'd, " That this shall be, or we will fall for it? “ Swear priests and cowards, and nen cautelous, " Old feeble carrions, and such suffering fouls " That welcome wrongs: unto bad causes, swear “ Such creatures as men doubt; but do not stain " The even virtue of our enterprise, « Nor th' insuppressive mettle of our spirits, • To think, that or our cause, or our performance, " Doth need an oath: when ev'ry drop of blood That ev'ry Roman bears, and nobly bears, Is guilty of a several baltardy, If he doth break the finallelt particle: of any promise that hath pass'd froin him.
Caf. But what of Cicero? shall we found him ?
Cafca* Let us not leave him out.
Met. O let us have him, for his silver hairs
Bru. O, name him not : let us not break with him ;
* Alluding to a hawk soaring on high, and intent upon its prey.
+ secret, for federate ; used becaule secrecy is an efiential quality in confederations,
Cas. Then leave him out.
Caf. Decius, well urg'd : I think it is not meet,
Bru, Our course will seem too bloody, Caius Casqus, To cut the head off, and then hack the limbs ; Like wrath in death, and envy afterwards : For Antony is but a limb of Cæsar, Let us be facrificers, but not butchers, Caius; We all stand up again the spirit of Cæfar, And in the spirit of man there is no blood : o, that we then could come by Cæsar's spirit, And not dismember Cæfar ! but alas ! Cæsar must bleed for it- And, gentle friends, " Let's kill him boldly, but not wrathfully ; " Let's carve him as a dish fit for the gods, “ Not hew him as a carcase fit for hounds. " And let our hearts, as fubtle masters do, " Stir up their servants to an act of rage, " And after seem to chide them. This shall make Our purpole necessary, and not envious : Which so appearing to the common eyes, We shall be callid purgers, not murtherers. And for Mark Antony, think not of him 1; For he can do no more than Cæsar's arm, When Cæsar's head off.
Caf. Yet do I fear him ;
Bru. Alas, good Caffius, do not think of him :
Treb. There is no fear in him; let him not die; For he will live, and laugh at this her eafter. [Glock strikese
Bru. Peace, count the clocka.