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Bru. You shall, Mark Antony.
Caf. Brutus, a word with you,
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 ;
S C Ε Ν Ε IV.
Manet Antcny. 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 tide of times. Woe to the hand, that shed this costly blood ! -in the tide of times.] That is, in the course of times.
Over thy wounds now do I prophesy,
Cry Havock, and let nip the Dogs of war;
7 —upon the LIMBS of men;] tained in the Black Book of We should read,
the Admiralty, there is the folLINE of men.
lowing chapter. i. e. human race.
“ The peyne of hym that WARBURTON. " crieth havock & of them that Hanmer roads,
followeth hym, ent. v." kind of m'n.
“ Item Si quis inventus fueI rather think it Mould be, “ rit qui clamorein inc perit qui -the lives of men.
vocatur Havok.” unless we read,
". Also that no man be so harthese lymms of ren. dy to crie llavok upon peyne That is, thuje bloodhounds of men. " that he that is begynner shall The uncommonnels of the word “ be deede cherefore : & the re. lymm easily made the change manent that doo the same or
8 Cry Havock,--] A learn “ folow fhall lose their horse & ed correspondent has informed " harneis : and the persones of me, chat, in the military opera " such as foloweth & escrien tions of old times, have.he was " Mal be under arrest of the the word by which declaration " Coneitable & Mareschall was made, that no quarter Tould warde unto tyme
“ have made fyn ; & founde În a tract intitled, .be Of “ furetie no morr to offende ; & fice of the Confia le Mail“ his body in prison at the Kyng tball in the Ty of Werre, con. "wylle,"
Enter Octavius's Servant.
Serv. I do, Mark Antony.
Serv. He did receive his letters, and is coming ;
(Seeing the Body.
Serv. He lii s 10-night within seven leagues of Rome.
Changes to the Forum.
Bru. Then follow me, and give me
We will be fatisfied. Let us be satisfied.
Those that will follow Cassius, go with him,
1 Pleb. I will hear Brutus speak.
(Exit Caflius, with some of the Plebeians. 3 Pleb. The noble Brutus is afcended : Glence ! 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. Censure me in your wisdom, and awake your senses, that you may the better judge. If there be any in this assembly, any dear friend of Cæsar's, to him I say, that Brulus's love to Cæfar was no less than bis. If then that friend demand, why · Brutus rose against Cæfar, this is my Answer: Not that I lov’d Cefar less, but that I lov’d Rome more. Had
you rather Cesar were living, and dye all Naves; than that Cæfar were dead, to live all free men ? As Cafar lov'd 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 new him. There are tears for his love, joy for his fortune, honour for his valour, and death for his ambition,
9 Countrymen, and Lovers ! &c. fimple, natural and easy: this is There is no where, in all Shuke- quaint. artificial, gingling, and speare's works, a sironger proof abounding with forced antitheof his not being what we call a fis's. In a word a brevity, thac fcholar, than this; or of his not for its false eloquence would have knowing any thing of the genius suited any character, and for its of learned antiquity. This speech good sense would have becorie of Brutus is wrote in imitation the greateit of our author's 'i e; of his famed laconic breviry, and but yet, in a ftile of declaiming, is very fine in its kind. But no that fits as ill upon Brut s as our more like that brevity, than his author's trowsers or collar-band times were like Brutus's. The would have done.
WARB. ancient laconic brcvity was
Who is here so base, that would be a bond-man?
oll. None, Brutus, none.
I have done no more to Cæfar, than you shall do to Brutu'. The question of his death is inrolld in the Capitol ; his glory not extenuated, wherein he was, worthy; nor his offences enfurc'd, for which he fufc fered death.
Enter Mark Antony with Cæfar's body.
All. Live, Bruius, live! live!
4 Pleb. Cæsar's better Parts Shall be crown'd in Brutus.
i Pleb. We'll bring him to his house Wish shouts and clamours.
Bru. My Countrymen-
Bru. Good Countrymen, let me depart alone,