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i Pleb. I will hear Brutus speak.

2 Pleb. I will hear Cassius, and compare their reaWhen severally we hear then rendered. [fous,

[Exit Caflius, with some of the Plebeians, 3

Pleb. The noble Brutus is afcended : silence ! Bru. Be patient ’till the last.

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. Ceasure 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 Cæfar's, to him I say, that Brutus' love to Cæfar was no less than his. If then that friend demand, why Brutus role against Cæfar, this is my answer:

: not that I loved Cæfar less, but that I loved Rome more.

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rather Cæfar were living, and die all slaves, than that Cæfar were dead, to live all free men? As Cæsar loved me, I. weep for him; as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it; as he was valiant, I honour him ; but as he was ambitious, I flew him. There are tears for his love, joy.for his fortune, honour for his valour, and death for his ambition. Who's here so base, that would be a bond-man? If any, spcak; for him have I offended. Who is here to rude, that would not be a Roman? If any, speak; for him have I offended. Who is here fo vile, that will not love his country? If any, speak; for him have I offended.-----I pause for a reply

All. None, Brutus, none.

Bru. Then none have I offended.--I have done no more to Cæfar, than you iħall do to Brutus. The question of his death is inrolled in the Capitol; his glory not extenuated, wherein he was Vol. X.

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worthy; nor his offences enforced, for which he fuffered death.

Enter MARK ANTONY, with Cæsar's Body. Here comes his body, mourned by Mark Antony, who though he had no hand in his death, shall receive the benefit of his dying, a place in the commonwealth ; as which of you shall not? With this I depart, that as I New my best lover for the good of Rome, I have the fame dagger for myself, when it shall please my Country to need my death.

All. Live, Brutus, live ! live! 2 Pleb. Bring him with triumph home unto his

house. 2 Pleb. Give him a ftatue with his ancestors. 3

Pleb. Let him be Cæfar. 4

Pleb. Cæsar's better parts Shall be crowned in Brutus.

i Pleb. We'll bring him to his house With shouts and clamours.

Bru. My Countrymen
2 Pleb. Peace! filence! Brutus speaks.
1 Pleb. Peace, ho!

Bru. Good Countrymen, let me depart alone,
And, for my fake, stay here with Antony;
Do grace to Cæsar's corps, and grace his speech
Tending to Cæsar's glories; which Mark Antony
By our permission is allowed to make.
I do intreat you, not a man depart,
Save I alone, til) Antony have spoke. [Exit.

i Pleb. Stay, ho, and let us hear Mark Antony.

3 Pleb. Let him go up into the public Chair, We'll hear him: roble Antony, go up.

Ant. For Brutus' fake, I am beholden to you. 4

Pleb. What does he fay of Brutus? 3 Pleb. He says, for Brutus' fake

He finds himself beholden to us all.
4 Pleb. 'Twere best he speak no harm of Brutus

here.
1 Pleb. This Cæfar was a tyrant.

3 Pleb. Nay, that's certain;
We are bleft that Rome is rid of him.

2 Pleb. Peace; let us hear what Antony can say. fint. You gentle Romans All. Peace, ho, let us hear him.

Ant. Friends, Romans,countrymen, lend me your I come to bury Cæfar, not to praise him. [earsi The evil that men do, lives after them; The good is oft interred with their vones; So let it be with Cæsar! Noble Brutus Hath told you, Cæsar was ambitious : If it were fo, it was a grievous fault; And grievously hath Cæsar answered it. Here, under leave of Brutus, and the rest, (For Brutus is an honourable man, So are they all, all honourable men) Come I to speak in Cæfar's funeral. He was my friend, faithful and just to me; But Brutus fays, he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honourable man. He hath brought many captives home to Rome, Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill; Did this in Cæfar seem ambitious ? When that the poor have cried, Cæfar hath wept ; Ambition should be made of sterner stuff. Yet Brutus says, he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honourable man. You all did fee, that on the Lupercal, I thrice presented him a kingly crown; Which he did thrice refuse. Was this ambition? Yet Brutus says, he was ambitious, And, sure, he is an honourable man.

I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,
But here I am to speak what I do know.
You all did love him once, not without cause:
What cause withholds you then to mourn for him?
O judgment, thou art fled to brutith breafts,
And men have lost their reason!

- Bear with me, My heart is in the coffin there with Cæfar, And I must pause till it come back to me.

I Pleb. Methinks there. is much reason in his If thou consider rightly of the matter, [sayings. Cæsar has had great wrong.

3 Pleb. Has he, Masters? I fear there will a worse come in his place.

4 Pleb. Marked his words? he would not take

ye the crown;

Therefore, 'tis certain, he was not ambitious.

1. Pleb. If it be found so, fome will dear abide it. 2 Pleb. Poor foul ! his eyes are red as fire with

weeping. 3 Pleb. There's not a nobler man in Rome than

Antony. 4 Pleb. Now mark him, he begins again to speak.

Ant. But yesterday the word of Cæfar might Have stood against the world; now lyes he there, And none so poor to do him reverence. O masters! if I were disposed to stir Your hearts and minds to mutiny and rage, I fhould do Brutus wrong, and Caffius wrong; Who, you all know, are honourable men. I will not do them wrong: I rather chuse 7o wrong the dead, to wrong myself and you, Than I will wrong such honourable men. But here's a parchinent, with the seal of Cæfar, I found it in his closet, 'tis his will; Let but the commons hear this testament, (Which, pardon me, I do not mean to read)

And they would go and kiss dead Cæsar's wounds,
And dip their napkins in his facred blood;
Yea, beg a hair of him for memory,
And dying, mention it within their wills,
Bequeathing it as a rich legacy
Unto their illue.

4 Pleb. We'll hear the will, read it, Mark Antony. All. The will, the will; we will hear Cæsar's

will. Ant. Have patience, gentle friends, I must not

read it; It is not meet you know how Cæfar lov'd you. You are not wood, you are not stones, but men; And, being men, hearing the will of Cæsar, It will inflame you, it will make you

mad. 'Tis good you know not that you are his heirs ; For if you should-- what would come of it !

4 Pleb. 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'er-shot myself, to tell you of it.) I fear I wrong the honourable men, Whose daggers have stabbed Cæfar I do fear it.

2 Pleb. They were traitors--honourable men ! All. The will ! the testament !

2 Pleb. 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 corps of Cæsar, And let me shew you him that made the will. Shall I descend? and will you give me leave ?

All. Come down. 2 Pleb. Descend. [He comes down from the Pulpit, 3 Pleb. You shall have leave. 4 Pleb. A ring; stand round.

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