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place in the commonwealth; As which of you shall not? With this I depart; That, as I slew my best lover for the good of Rome, I have the same dagger for myself, when it shall please my country to need my death.
Cit. Live, Brutus, live! live!
1st Cit. Bring him with triumph home unto his house. 2nd Cit. Give him a statue with his ancestors.
3rd Cit. Let him be Cæsar.
Shall now be crown'd in Brutus.
Cæsar's better parts
1st Cit. We'll bring him to his house with shouts and clamors. Bru. My countrymen,
2nd Cit. Peace; silence! Brutus speaks.
1st Cit. Peace, ho!
Bru. Good countrymen, let me depart alone,
Do grace to Cæsar's corpse, and grace his speech
1st Cit. Stay, ho! and let us hear Mark Antony. 3rd Cit. Let him go up into the public chair; We'll hear him: Noble Antony, go up.
Ant. For Brutus' sake, I am beholden to you.
He finds himself beholden to us all.
He says, for Brutus' sake,
4th Cit. Twere best he speak no harm of Brutus here. 1st Cit. This Cæsar was a tyrant.
Nay, that's certain:
We are bless'd, that Rome is rid of him.
2nd Cit. Peace; let us hear what Antony can say. Ant. You gentle Romans,
Peace, ho! let us hear him.
Ant. Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Cæsar, not to praise him.
The evil that men do, lives after them;
And Brutus is an honorable man.
He hath brought many captives home to Rome,
When that the poor have cried, Cæsar hath wept:
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?
O judgment, thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And men have lost their reason!-Bear with me;
My heart is in the coffin there with Cæsar,
And I must pause till it come back to me.
1st Cit. Methinks, there is much reason in his sayings. 2nd Cit. If thou consider rightly of the matter,
Cæsar has had great wrong.
Has he, masters?
I fear, there will a worse come in his place.
4th Cit. Mark'd ye his words? He would not take the crown; Therefore, 'tis certain, he was not ambitious.
1st Cit. If it be found so, some will dear abide it.
2nd Cit. Poor soul! his eyes are red as fire with weeping.
3rd Cit. There's not a nobler man in Rome, than Antony.
4th Cit. Now mark him, he begins again to speak.
Ant. But yesterday, the word of Cæsar might
Have stood against the world: now lies he there,
O masters! if I were dispos'd to stir
Your hearts and minds to mutiny and rage,
But here's a parchment, with the seal of Cæsar,
Let but the commons hear this testament,
And they would go and kiss dead Cæsar's wounds,
4th Cit. We'll hear the will: Read it, Mark Antony.
4th Čit. 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 o'ershot myself, to tell you of it.
I fear I wrong the honorable men,
Whose daggers have stabb'd Cæsar: I do fear it.
4th Cit. They were traitors: Honorable men!
Cit. The will! the testament!
2nd Cit. 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?
Cit. Come down.
2nd Cit. Descend.
3rd Cit. You shall have leave.
4th Cit. A ring; stand round.
[He comes down from the pulpit.
1st Cit. Stand from the hearse, stand from the body. 2nd Cit. Room for Antony ;-most noble Antony. Ant. Nay, press not so upon me; stand far off.
Cit. Stand back! room! bear back!
Ant. If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.
You all do know this mantle: I remember
The first time ever Cæsar put it on;
"Twas on a summer's evening, in his tent;
That day he overcame the Nervii :—
Look! in this place, ran Cassius' dagger through:
Through this, the well-beloved Brutus stabb'd;
For when the noble Cæsar saw him stab,
Ingratitude, more strong than traitors' arms,
Even at the base of Pompey's statue,
2nd Cit. O noble Cæsar!
3rd Cit. O woful day!
4th Cit. O traitors, villains!
1st Cit. O most bloody sight!
2nd Cit. We will be revenged: revenge; about,-seek,—burn, fire,-kill,-slay !-let not a traitor live.
Ant. Stay, countrymen.
1st Cit. Peace there :-Hear the noble Antony.
2nd Cit. 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 honorable :
What private griefs they have, alas, I know not,
But as you know me all, a plain blunt man,
Show you sweet Cæsar's wounds, poor, poor dumb mouths,
1st Cit. We'll burn the house of Brutus.
Ant. Why, friends, you go to do you know not what : Wherein hath Cæsar thus deserv'd your loves!
Alas, you know not-I must tell you then :
You have forgot the will I told you of.
Cit. Most true; the will:-let's stay and hear the will.
To every Roman citizen he gives,
To every several man, seventy-five drachmas.
2nd Cit. Most noble Cæsar!-we'll revenge his death. 3rd Cit. O royal Cæsar !
Ant. Hear me with patience.
Cit. Peace, ho!
Ant. Moreover, he hath left you all his walks,
[Exeunt Citizens with the body. Ant. Now let it work; Mischief; thou art afoot, Take thou what course thou wilt!-How now, fellow ?
Enter a Servant.
Serv. Sir, Octavius is already come to Rome.
Serv. He and Lepidus are at Cæsar's house.
Serv. I heard him say, Brutus and Cassius
Antony, Octavius, and Lepidus, assume the government of Rome. They are opposed by Brutus and Cassius, who levy powers to make war on the triumvirate.
SCENE Before Brutus' Tent, in the Camp near Sardis. Drum.-Enter BRUTUS, LUCILIUS, Lucius, and Soldiers: TITINIUS and PINDARUS meeting them.
Bru. Stand here.
Luc. Give the word, ho! and stand.