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sayer calls out upon Cæs. to beware the ides of March. Caf. calls him a dreamer, and disregards
his caution. Exeunt, Sc. III. Manent Bru, and Caf. Caf. hints to Bru. the
. . growing greatness of Cæs. and the approaching slavery of the Romans. Shout within. Bru, expresses his fear that 'the people are choosing Caf.
for their king. Sc. IV. Enter Cæf, and his train. Cæs. tells Ant. he would
choose to have such men about him who are fat, Sleek-headed, and who seep o' niglits : and hints that Caf. and such sort of men, who are lean, and think much, are dangerous. Exeunt Cæs, and his
train, Sc. V. Manent Bru. Caf. and Casc. The last informs the
other two, that the crown had thrice been offered Caf. which he has often refused, and that this had been the occasion of the people's shouting. Exeunt Casc. and Bru. Caf. intends at night to throw in at Bru's window, papers written in different hands, tending to express the great opinion the Roa
mans have of Bru. Exit. Sc. VI. Thunder and lightning. Enter from opposite sides,
Cic. and Calc. with his sword drawn. Talk of the dreadfulness of the night, and portentous prodigies that had appeared. That Cæf. is to go to the Ca
pitol on the morrow. Exit Cic. Sc. VII. To Casc. enter Caf. Casc. informs Caf. that it is
reported the Senators intend on the morrow to establith Caf. as a king, Caf. discloses to Casc. a conspiracy that he had formed with others against Cæf. into which Cafe. readily enters,
Sc. VIII. To them enter Cin. who tells Caf. that the Con
spirators are waiting for him at Pompey's porch. Caf. hopes to make Bru. of their party. Exeunt.
Sc. I. Brutus's Garden. Enter Bru. who calls and awakeng
Luc. Enter Luc. whom Bru. orders to light a taper in his study. Exit Luc. Bru. in a soliloquy resolves that, for the welfare of Rome, Cæf. muft die. Enter Luc. who gives Bru. a letter he had found in the study. Exit Luc. Bru. reads the letter, which is written to stir up Bru. against Caf. Enter Luc. who brings word that Caf. and others muffled up are at the door. Bru, orders them to
be adınitted. Exit Luc. Se. II. To Bru. enter Caf. Cafo. Dec. Cin. Met. and Treh.
They deterinine to assassinate Cas. A proposal is made to cut off M. Ant. also, which is over-ruled by Caf. It is proposed to engage C. Lig, in the conspiracy, for which purpote Met. is desired to call on him, and send him to Bru. Exeunt all but
Bru. Sc. III. To Bru. enter Por. who, from the unwonted gloom
iness and irregularity of Bru.'s behaviour, suspe&ts some hidden' grief to lie upon his mind; and conjures him to impart it to her; adding, that although she is a woman, yet being the daughter of Caro and wife of Bru. she is able to keep a secret; and that, to prove her patience and constancy, she had given herself a wound in the thigh. Knocking within, Bru. bids Por. retire, and promises to unfold to her all the secrets of his heart. Exit Por. Enter Luc. bringing in Lig, who is sick. Exit Luc. Lig. declares that (though sick) if Bru. have any honourable exploit in hand, he is ready to engage in it. Bru. tells him, he will open the
business to him, as they walk. Exeunt. Sc. IV. Cæfar's palace. Thunder and lightning. Enter
7. Caf. in his night-gown. Cali's disturbed sleep. Enter a Servant, whoin Cæs. sends to the priests to bid them do sacrifice. Enter Cal. who, from the prodigies that had appeared, endeavours to diffuade Caf: froin going to the capitol. Enter Servant, who brings word that the augurs, plucking forth the entrails of an offering, found no heart in the beast, and advise Caf. not to go to the capitol. Coef. notwithstanding these prodigies, from the principle of courage, maintains his determination of going ; till, farther conjured by Cal. he at length consents that M. Ant. shall make his excuse to the Senate for not attending them. ` Enter Deco whom Cæf. informs of his having been persuaded by Cal. on account of a frightful dream she had, not to go to the capitol. But Dec. by giving a fortunate interpretation of the dream, and informing Caf. that the Senate have concluded to present him with a crown, induces him to go. Enter Bru. Lig. and Casc. Treb. Cin. and Pub. and soon after Ant. as to attend him to the capitol. Caf. invites them to drink some wine with him before they go. Exeunt.
Sc. V. The street. Enter Artemid. reading a paper of his
own writing, wherein he bids Cæf. beware of the
who intends to caution Caf. as he passes to the capitol. This scene exhibits the terror of Por, on account of the approaching attempt, and her anxie. ty for the success of it,
Sc. I. The street near the capitol, Flourish. Enter Caf
Bru. Caf, Casc. Dec. Met. Treb. Çin, Ant, Lep. Art, Pop. and Soothsayer. Caf. tells the Soothsayer that the ides of March are come; to which the Soothfayer answers, Ay, but not gone Art, and Dec. offer papers to Cæf. to read; Art. bids Caf. not to delay reading his, as it nearly concerns himself (Caf.) Cæs, answers that what regards himself shall be last considered. Caf. asks why they urge their petitions in the street, and bids them
come to the Capitol. Exeunt. &c. II, The capitol. The senate fitting. Enter Cæf, and
the rest, as in the foregoing Scene. After Caf. has taken his seat, Met, goes towards hiin, and being followed by the conspirators (who range
them, selves about Caf.) he petitions for the repealing his banished brother Pub, Cimber, and is backed by
Caf. Cin, and Dec. But Cæs. persisting to reject the petition, the Conspirators ftab Cæs. and cry out, Liberty! &c. Exeunt all but Conspirators. They besmear their arms and swords in Cæfi's blood. Enter a fervant from Ant. to know if his master may with safety speak with the conspirators; and being answered in the affirmative, exit Servant to fetch his master. Enter Ant. who apparently enters into league with the Conspirators, and gets permission of them to inake an oration in praise of Caf. over his dead body in the marketplace. Exeunt all but Ant. Enter Oslavius's fervant, with advice that his master is on the way to
Rome. Exeunt, with the body of Cas. Sc. III. The Forum. Enter Bru. Caf. and the Plebeians.
The Plebeians are clamorous for satisfaction about the murder of Cæfi Bru. promises to give them good reasons for the deed, provided they will give him audience; and bids Caf. go into the other street, and harangue, that fo the numbers may be parted. Exit Cas, with some of the Plebeians. Bru. goes into the pulpit, and tells them that Caf. was cut off for his ambition, and that the liberties of the people might be preserved. The Plebeians applaud Bru. and are for carrying him home in triumph to his house; but he persuades them to stay and hear the funeral oration on Caf. to be spoken by Ant. who enters with the body. Exit Bru. Ant. by his artful speech ftirs the Plebeians to love and pity for Cef. and hatred and rage against the Conspirators. Exeunt Plebeians, to burn Casi's body, and with a resolution to set fire to the houses of the Conspira