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Came smiling, and did bathe their hands in it.
Dec. This dream is all amiss interpreted:
Cæs. And this way have you well expounded it.
Dec. I have, when you have heard what I can say:
you And reason to my love is liable.
Cæs. How foolish do your fears seem now, Calphurnia ! I am ashamed I did yield to them.Give me my robe, for I will go : Enter PUBLIUS, BRUTUS, LIGARIUS, METELLUS, CASCA,
TREBONIUS, and CINNA.
Pub. Good morrow, Cæsar.
Bru. Cæsar, 'tis strucken eight.
Ant. So to most noble Cæsar.
Cæs. Bid them prepare within :-
Remember that you call on me to-day:
Treb. Cæsar, I will :- and so near will I be,
Cæs. Good friends, go in, and taste some wine with me; And we, like friends, will straightway go together.
Bru. That every like is not the same, o Cæsar, The heart of Brutus yearns * to think upon !
[Exeunt. SCENE III.-The same. A street near the Capitol.
Enter ARTEMIDORUS, reading a Paper. Art. Cæsar, beware of Brutus; take heed of Cassius; come not near Casca; have an eye to Cinna; trust not Trebonius; mark well Metellus Cimber; Decius Brutus loves thee not; thou hast wronged Caius Ligarius. There is but one mind in all these men, and it is bent against Cæsar. If thou be'st not immortal, look about you : Security gives way to conspiracy. The mighty gods defend thee! Thy lover, †
Artemidorus. Here will I stand, till Cæsar pass along, And as a suitor will I give him this. My heart laments, that virtue cannot live Out of the teeth of emulation. I If thou read this, O Cæsar, thou may'st live; If not, the fates with traitors do contrive.
[Exit. SCENE IV.-The same. Another part of the same street
before the house of Brutus.
Enter PORTIA and LUCIUS.
Luc. To know my errand, madam.
Por. I would have had thee there, and here again,
Luc. Madam, what should I do?
Por. Yes, bring me word, boy, if thy lord look well,
Luc. I hear none, madam.
Luc. Sooth, madam, I hear nothing.
Sooth. At mine own house, good lady.
Sooth. Madam, not yet; I go to take my stand,
Sooth. That I have, lady: if it will please Cæsar
Por. Why, knowest thou any harm's intended towards him ?
Sooth. None that I know will be, much that I fear may chance. Good-morrow to you. Here the street is narrow: The throng that follows Cæsar at the heels, Of senators, of prætors, common suitors, Will crowd a feeble man almost to death : I'll get me to a place more void, and there Speak to great Cæsar as he comes along.
[Exit. Por. I must go in.-Ah me! how weak a thing The heart of women is! O Brutus! The heavens speed thee in thine enterprise ! Sure, the boy heard me :-Brutus hath a suit, That Cæsar will not grant.-0, I grow faint: Run, Lucius, and commend me to my lord; Say, I am merry, come to me again, And bring me word what he doth say to thee.
SCENE I.-The same. The Capitol; the Senate sitting. A Crowd of People in the Street leading to the Capitol; among
them ARTEMIDORUS, and the SOOTHSAYER. Flourish. Enter CÆSAR, BRUTUS, CASSIUS, CASCA, DECIUS, METELLUS, TREBONIUS, CINNA, ANTONY, LEPIDUS, POPILIUS, PUBLIUS, and others. Ces. The ides of March are come. Sooth. Ay, Cæsar; but not gone, Art. Hail, Cæsar, read this schedule.
Dec. Trebonius doth desire you to o'er-read, At your best leisure, this, his humble suit.
Art. 0, Cæsar, read mine first; for mine's a suit
Cæs. What touches us ourself, shall be last served.
Cas. What, urge you your petitions in the street ?
[Advances to CESAR. Bru. What said Popilius Lena ?
Cas. He wish'd, to-day our enterprise might thrive. I fear our purpose is discovered.
Bru. Look, how he makes to Cæsar: Mark him.
Cas. Casca, be sudden, for we fear prevention.-
Bru. Cassius, be constant :
Cas. Trebonius knows his time; for, look you, Brutus,
[Exeunt ANTONY and TREBONIUS. CÆSAR and the
SENATORS take their seats.
is address’d:* press near and second him. Cin. Casca, you are the first that rears your hand.
Ces. Are we all ready? what is now amiss,
Met. Most high, most mighty, and most puissant Cæsar,
Met. Is there no voice more worthy than my own,
Bru. I kiss thy hand, but not in flattery, Cæsar;
+ Ordinance already established.
Cæs. What, Brutus !
Cas. Pardon, Cæsar, Cæsar pardon:
Cæs. I could be well moved, if I were as you ;
Cin. O Cæsar,
arm. He is then stabbed by several other Conspirators,
and at last by MARCUS BRUTUS. Cæs. Et tu, Brute t-Then, fall, Cæsar.
[Dies. The Senators and People retire in confusion. Cin. Liberty! Freedom! Tyranny is dead !Run hence, proclaim, cry it about the streets.
Cas. Some to the common pulpits, and cry out, Liberty, freedom, and enfranchisement !
Bru. People, and senators ! be not affrighted;
Casca. Go to the pulpit, Brutus.
Bru. Talk not of standing; Publius, good cheer;
Cas. And leave us, Publius ; lest that the people,
on us, should do your age some mischief. Bru. Do so ;--and let no man abide this deed, But we the doers.
Re-enter TREBONIUS. Cas. Where's Antony ? * Intelligent.
+ And thou, Brutus!