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To see thy Antony making his peace,
Art. Pardon me, Caius Cadius.
Ant. Therefore I took your hands : but was indeed
Bru. Or else this were a favage spectacle,
Ant. That's all I seek;
Bru, You shall, Mark Antony.
Gof. Brutus, a word with you.
- in thy lethe,
Know you how much the people may be mov'd
Bru. By your pardon,
Caf. I know not what may fall, I like it not.
Bru. Mark Antony, here, take you Cæsar's body.
Ant. Be it fo;
[Exeant Conspirators, SC E N E IV.
Manet Antony Ant. O pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth! That I am meek and gentle with these butchers, Thou art the ruins of the noblest man That ever lived in the side of times. Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood ! Over thy wounds now do I prophesy, (Which, like dumb mouths, do ope their ruby lips, To beg the voice and utterance of my tongue), A curfe shall light upon the line of men *; Domestic fury, and fierce civil ftrife, Shall cumber all the parts of Italy; Blood and destruction shall be so in use, And dreadful objects fo familiar, That mothers thall but smile, when they behold Their infants quarter'd by the hands of War: All pity chok'd with custom of fell deeds ; " And Cæsar's spirit, ranging for revenge,
* 1.6. human race
" With Até by his fide come hot from hell,
Enter Octavius's Servant.
Ser. I do, mark Antony.
Ser. He did receive his letters, and is coming ;
[Seeing the body.
Ser. He lies to•night within seven leagues of Rome:
Ant. Poft back with speed, and tell him what hath Here is a mourning Rome, a dangerous Rome, [chanc'do. No Rome of safety for O&avius yet; Hie hence and tell him so. Yet itay a while; Thou shalt not back, till i have born this corse Into the market-people: there fhall I try In my oration, how the people take The cruel issue of thefe bloody men'; According to the which thou shalt discourse To young Octavius of the late of things. Lend me your hand, [Exeunt with Cæsar's body
SCENE V. Changes to the Forum.
Bru. Then follow me, and give me audience, friends,
i Pleb. I will hear Brutus speak,
2 Pleb. I will hear Caffius, and compare their rea. When sev'rally we hear them rendered. [fons,
[Exit Caffius, with fome of the Plebeians. 3. Pleb. The noble Brutus is afcended: filence ! Bru. Be patient till the lait.
Romans, countrymen, and lovers! hear me for my cause; and be filent, 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 affembly, any dear friend of • Cæsar's, to him I say, that Brutus's love to Cæsar
was no less than his. If then that friend demand, ( why Brutus rose again! Cæfar, this is my answer: • Not that I lov'd Cæfar less, but that I lov'd Rome
you rather Cæsar were living, and die • all slaves ; than that Cælar icre dead, to live all free
inen ? As Cæsar lov'd me, I weep for him; as lic « was fortunate, I rejoice at it; as he was valiant, I " honour him; but as he was aubitious, I flew bim. • There are tears for his love, joy for his fortune, ho«ncur for his valour, and death tor his ambition. Who's • here fo bale, that would be a bond man? if any, "speak; for him have I offended Who's here so rude, « that would not be a Roman? If any, speak; for « him have I offended, Who's here fo vile, that will ' not love his country! If any, speak; for him have ! a offended. I pause for a reply
All None, Brutus, none.
Bru. Then one have I offended, I have done no more to Cæiar than you shall do to Brutus, stion of his death is iorolld in the Capitol ; his glory not extenuated, wherein he was worthy ; nor his of. fences inforc'd, for which he suffered death.
Enter Mark Antony with Cæsar's body.. Here comes his body, mourn'd by Mark Antóny ; 'who, though he had no hand in his death, shall receive the benefit of his dying, a place in the common wealth; as which of you shall not? With this I depart, that as I flew my belt lover for the good of Rome, I have the
fame dagger for myself, when it shall please my cous try to need my death. All Live, Brutus, live ! live ! i Pleb. Bring him with triumph home unto his house.. 2 Pleb. Give him a statue with his ancestors. 3 Pleb. Let him be Cæfar.
4 Pleb. Cælar's better parts Shall be crown'd in Brutus. i Pleb. We'll bring him to his house with shouts and
Bru. Good countrymen, let me depart alone.
[Exit S. CE N E
VI. I Pleb. Stay, ho, and let us hear Mark Antony. ..
3. Pleb. Let him go up into the public chair, We'll bear him. Noble Antony, go up. Ant. For Brutus' fake, I am beholden to you.
Pleb. What does he say of Brutus? 3 Pleb. He says, for Brutus' fake He finds himself beholden to us all.
4 Pleb. 'Twere beft he speak no harm of Brutus hereg. i Pleb. This Cæfar was a tyrant.
3 Pleb. Nay, that's certain; We are bless'd, that Rome is rid of him.
2 Pleb. Peace ; let us hear what Antony can saya : Ant. You gentle RomansAll. Peace, ho, let us hear him.
Ant, Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your "I come to bury Cælar, not to praise him. [ears, • The evil that men do, lives after them; " The good is oft interred with their bones; · So let it be with Cæfar! Noble Brutas : 'Hath told you, Læiar was ambitious ;